Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo: Final Advisory




[AS OF  5:00 AM,  SATURDAY,  OCTOBER 18th, 2014]

Storm Name:  "Gonzalo" [7th "named" storm of the 2014 hurricane season]

Classification:  Category 2 Hurricane

Sustained Wind Speeds:  105 mph 

Pressure:   955mb/28.20 inches

Movement:  NNE at 22 mph

Present Location:  190 miles NNE of Bermuda

Distance from Broad Channel:   704 miles ESE

Storm's Status:   Gonzalo has weakened to a Category 2 Hurricane and, presently north of Bermuda,               is the storm is now well out to sea, some  700+ ESE of our area here in Broad Channel, and will pass north of our latitude later today.

Impact in our Broad Channel area:  Miminmal (possible rough surf and rip currents)

Wind/Rain:  None forecast at this time

Storm Surge:  None forecast

Coastal Flooding:  None forecast

Surf/Rip Currents:  Rough surf and rip currents possible today at local beaches.


[This will serve as the final advisory on Hurricane Gonzalo]

Friday, October 17, 2014

Category 3 Hurricane Gonzalo: Advisory 5


[AS OF  11:00 AM,  FRIDAY,  OCTOBER 17th, 2014]

Storm Name:  "Gonzalo" [7th "named" storm of the 2014 hurricane season]

Classification:  Category 3 Hurricane

Sustained Wind Speeds:  125 mph 

Pressure:   947mb/27.97 inches

Movement:  NNE at 16 mph

Present Location:  150 miles SSW of Bermuda

Distance from Broad Channel:  SE 826 miles

Storm's Status:   Gonzalo has weakened slightly and is  now a still dangerous Category 3 Hurricane and although forecast to slowly weaken, Gonzalo is fast approaching Bermuda and is expected to impact Bermuda later today with damaging winds and a life theatening storm surge (10+  feet) accompanied by wave heights in excess of 20 feet.

Gonzalo is now only 800+ SE of our area here in Broad Channel but, thankfully, is forecasted to remain well offshore and quickly weaken further after it strikes Bermuda and ultimately passes our area this weekend.

Impact in our Broad Channel area:  Miminmal (possible rough surf and rip currents)

Wind/Rain:  None forecast at this time

Storm Surge:  None forecast

Coastal Flooding:  None forecast

Surf/Rip Currents:  Rough surf and rip currents possible Friday into Saturday at local beaches.

Note:

Mike Keenan, who I used to work with in City Corections, now lives on the coast near Somserset Village, Bermuda.  He relocated to Hamilton early yesterday to ride out the storm with friends.  He provided me with this link to a live webcam broadcast from the former Naval Dockyard on Ireland Island in Sandy's Parish.  He said this is the first time he has seen the docks and mooring at the former dockyard so empty.

[Click Here to View Live Port Bermuda WebCam]

100th Precinct Community Council Meeting" (Wed. Oct, 22nd)




100th Precinct Community
Council Meeting


President 100th Precinct Community Council
Danny Ruscillo Jr.  

***Cop Of The Month Awards***

Will Be Presented To The 100th Precinct And Transit District 23

***Our Guest Speaker***

An Officer Of The N.Y.P.D. Sexual Offenders Monitoring Unit will be present this month since they could not attend last month’s Community Council meeting.

On

Wed October 22nd 2014 
Time - 7:30 PM

Location – The Macedonia Baptist Church
330 Beach 67th Street In Arverne 

Come Ask Questions Get Involved!!

Ulrich and Miller Host Woodhaven Veterans Town Hall


News From…
City Council Member Eric Ulrich


October 17, 2014

Contact: Redmond Haskins
(646)584-3715
Ulrich and Miller Host Woodhaven Veterans Town Hall

Woodhaven, NY – Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Chair of the City Council Veterans Committeeand Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) held a veterans town hall Wednesday night at American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven to discuss important issues impacting local veterans and their families. Ulrich touched upon legislation the Council Veterans Committee has explored including various local laws and resolutions to improve city services for veterans and returning military members. Assemblyman Miller briefed the audience on strides the State Legislature made this past session for veterans and the Assembly’s 2015 plans. 

Councilman Ulrich and Assemblyman Miller were joined by Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Loree Sutton, New York State Division of Veterans Affairs Deputy Director Jamal Othman, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Outreach Specialist Edward Perry, Vietnam Veterans of America National President John Rowan, Veterans of Foreign Wars Queens County Commander Ryan Graham, American Legion Queens County Adjutant Paul Schottenhamel, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Senior Program Manager Jason Hansman. Veterans representing other service organizations and neighborhoods throughout Queens were present for the event as well.

“This was the first of many town hall events I plan on sponsoring that will bring together elected officials, government representatives, veterans service organizations, and the community in an effort to raise awareness about important issues facing New York City’s veterans,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich. “I want to thank everyone who participated last night - especially American Legion Post 118 for providing the venue for this event.”

“This upcoming session, I will make it a priority to pass legislation that I have introduced to give veterans’ services organizations 120-days to rectify violations given by city agencies as well as legislation that would create a voluntary contribution on the state personal income tax return for veterans’ services organizations.  I am committed to fight for our veterans in the Assembly to get them the services that they need including state funding assistance for the burial of indigent or unclaimed veterans.  I want to thank Councilman Ulrich for his leadership in addressing the needs of the large and increasing number of veterans throughout New York City and I thank him for bringing us all together to discuss the needs of veterans during this town hall meeting,” said Assemblyman Mike Miller.
"As the Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs, It is an honor to serve shoulder to shoulder with Chairman Ulrich on behalf of New York City veterans and their families. There simply is no greater privilege,”said Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Loree Sutton. 

“I am delighted to participate in tonight’s Veteran Town Hall. I want to thank Councilman Eric Ulrich and Assemblyman Mike Miller for providing a venue where the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs can share information on state services and programs available to Veterans in their districts. We look forward to working with our local elected officials on future collaborations to assist our state’s Veterans,” New York State Division of Veterans Affairs Deputy Director Jamal Othman.     
"I thank CM Ulrich and Assemblyman Miller for this opportunity to inform veterans on the adverse effects on their health from military service. In particular, their exposure to toxic substances such as Agent Orange in Vietnam and other location; various poisons in Iraq during the first Gulf War; and the "burn pits" and other issue in Iraq and Afghanistan. Further, we ask everyone to support S2738 and HR5484, legislation that would provide funding for studies on the effects of toxic substances on the progeny of Veterans since Vietnam,” said Vietnam Veterans of America President & CEO John Rowan.
"The Veterans Town Hall meeting hosted by New York City Council Member Eric Ulrich and New York State Assemblyman Mike Miller certainly gave local New York City Veterans in attendance an opportunity to hear the agenda and work from multiple Veteran Agency Representatives and Organizations. This was not only great for transparency in regards to the issues our Veterans are faced with but also an excellent commune to network and share ideas collectively to enhance the lives of Veterans from all Generations," said Veterans of Foreign Wars Queens County Commander Ryan Graham.

"IAVA applauds Councilman Ulrich and Assemblymen Miller for holding a town hall to hear from veterans in their constituency. In this especially trying time for veterans it is great to see elected officials speaking directly to their veteran constituents. IAVA is proud to be participating," said Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Senior Program Manager Jason Hansman.
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Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo: Advisory 4


[AS OF  5:00 AM,  FRIDAY,  OCTOBER 17th, 2014]

Storm Name:  "Gonzalo" [7th "named" storm of the 2014 hurricane season]

Classification:  Category 4 Hurricane

Sustained Wind Speeds:  135 mph 

Pressure:   946mb/27.94 inches

Movement:  NNE at 15 mph

Present Location:  240 miles SSW of Bermuda

Distance from Broad Channel:  SE 874 miles

Storm's Status:   Gonzalo is now a very dangerous Category 4 Hurricane and although forecast to slowly weaken, Gonzalo is expected to impact Bermuda later today as a Category 3 hurricane with damaging winds and a life theatening storm surge (10+  feet) accompanied by high waves possibly 25 to 30 feet in height.

Gonzalo is now only 800+ SE of our area here in Broad Channel but, thankfully, is forecasted to remain well offshore as it passes our area this weekend.

Impact in our Broad Channel area:  Miminmal (possible rough surf and rip currents)

Wind/Rain:  None forecast at this time

Storm Surge:  None forecast

Coastal Flooding:  None forecast

Surf/Rip Currents:  Rough surf and rip currents possible Friday into Saturday at local beaches.

W12thRd Contractor Bulkhead Activity: Thursday, October 16th. 2014

W12thRd
Thursday
October 16th, 2014

Contractors continue to excavate and remove large boulders from Jamica Bay at the end of W12thRd in preparation for the installation of the cofferdam.

W12thRd
Thursday
October 16th, 2014

It's interesting to note that the manhole cover and the hill upon which it sat well above street level  has been removed and now awaits removal. 

Rockaway Times Online Edition (October 16th, 2014)


Broad Channel Bits


Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino
St. Virgilius was packed this past Sunday morning. It was very nice to see so many children, accompanied and minded by mom, dad, grandparents and older brothers and sisters. You never realize how many children, and adorable ones at that, Broad Channel has until you step into church.
Father Ahlemeyer’s homily at Mass was based on the words of Matthew 22:14. He explained the Gospel’s words, “Many are called, but few are chosen,” by relating the story of a chicken and a pig.
They decide to throw a breakfast. With the help of eager kids in congregation, Father Richie related that this breakfast menu would consist of eggs, bacon, sausage and ham.
“Wait a minute,” says the pig, “we need to rethink this whole breakfast thing.”They decide to throw a breakfast. With the help of eager kids in congregation, Father Richie related that this breakfast menu would consist of eggs, bacon, sausage and ham.
“Why?” says the chicken.
“Well, for you this is just a donation. Me, I have to make a commitment.”
Makes you look at brunch in a whole new way.
What’s coming up? Well, don’t miss Oktoberfest at the Anabas Boat Club this Saturday, October 18, from 2 p.m. till. There will be sauerbraten, potato balls, red cabbage, bratwurst, turkey, hot dogs (okay, German pun coming through—“Frankfurters”), clam chowder and more. And there will be music by famous DJ Jeffery. All for only $25 per person.
The Anabas is at 1820 Channel Road, which runs just behind the tennis and basketball courts and 17th Road Park. Get your German on and go have a great time.
Don’t forget Broad Channel Historical Day on Sunday, October 19, from 12 to 5 p.m. All are welcome to come to the VFW, 713 Shad Creek Road, just off Cross Bay Boulevard. Channel history really does come alive in the hundreds of photos, documents and other items. Don’t be surprised to find more than a few happy reminisces, stories retold and one or two lively debates on places, people and events. You don’t have to be from Broad Channel to love this stuff.
All are also invited to bring photos, documents and memorabilia to add to the collection. Items can be copied and then returned if you like.
This year’s Jim and Claire Hanning BCAC Golf Outing will tee off at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 24, Forest Park golf course. This year they will be honoring Frank George. It’s $600 per foursome and $150 per person. Sponsorships are $150, $300 and $500. A party will follow at Bungalow Bar restaurant at 4 p.m., only $50. Contact Ricky Guttieri, 917-825-9263 or John Blake, 917-685-3850
Stephanie Wagner would like to light up Broad Channel for Christmas. Each year since the hurricane, she has made it her mission to get those decorations shining up and over the boulevard for all to enjoy.
To raise funds for Broad Channel Christmas Lights 2014, there’s a super $5,000 Giveaway raffle, with nearly $10,000 in cash prizes total.
It’s $50 a ticket, but only 400 tickets will be sold. So you’ve got a pretty good chance of winning! May the odds be ever in your favor?
Drawing will be at the Bungalow Bar on November 22 at 8 p.m.
(While you’re there have a drink; it’s my mother’s birthday.)
Donations of every size are also accepted at www.gofundme.com/ bclights. It’s never too early.
It seems to me I read somewhere, “that which you have done for the least of these, you have done for me.” Knowing what it’s like to be cold in Broad Channel, it’s easy to know what a miracle a winter coat can be for someone. We also know the kindness and help of others. St. Virgilius and St. Camillus, and other BC and Rockaway locations, have drop boxes for gently used women’s, men’s and children’s coats. Check your closets. Maybe there’s a small miracle or two in there, just waiting to be shared.
Progress has been made, as evidenced by the jump in building, repair and house raising activity in the Channel. Nevertheless, citywide nine out of 10 Build It Back applicants haven’t seen any help yet.
Thanks go to Broad Channel’s Bob Badamo, Robin Lopez and Gene Guttieri who spoke for many when they were interviewed by CBS Channel 2 News reporter Carolyn Gusoff about this.
Likewise Lenny DeVirglio, along with his wife Sophia and their daughter, and Palmer Doyle, who spoke to local Fox 5 News.
Sandy was a storm that raged from the Caribbean to Canada. We do not know how many other communities across that vast sweep were devastated like ours. But there were many. Hundreds of thousands of people were left to pick up the pieces like we were. At what number does the word “Emergency” begin to have any meaning or swing considerable resources into action?
As they say in the military, “Get it done!”
By the way, I finally heard back from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. They said my income was above the limit, (funny, because SBA turned me down for making too little) and that I “didn’t have a burden.”
To date, other than what Allstate paid out for my submerged car, I have received approximately $1,100 from my insurance and absolutely no assistance whatsoever from any program in any direction. Not FEMA. Not SBA. Not Build It Back. Thanks.
The weather turned out great Sunday for the VFW’s Flea Market. A little too windy to have it outside, but it was a success. Heavy rains put a big damper on it the weekend before, even cancelling one day. But they soldiered on and decided to do it all again!
Speaking of which, they mentioned a number of people had heard about the event in The Wave. So if you have something going on, let me know! I’d tell people about it beforehand so they can come down rather than report about it the next week after it’s passed.
Anyway, nice to see good friends Dennis and Chrissy Macrae and family at the VFW.
Finally, a lot of people were unsure, even The Wave, when houses first began to be raised in the Channel. I recently passed by 120 Noel Road, which I wrote about in October, 2013. And I spoke with the owner. It looks great.
Thanks for reading.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Note to Mayor de Blasio: If you can't help us, don't hurt us!



It appears that Mayor Bill deBlasio will stand in the city's political coliseum and decree a thumbs down to the present Rockaway/BAT Ferry service.

Speaking in Far Rockaway this past week, the Mayor made it very clear that the need to address the specific post-Sandy recovery problems still faced by hundreds of our neighbors are only "narrow issues" that now must take a "back seat" to his planned, much grander, and still incomplete recovery/resilience plan to ensure that much more pressing issues such as affordable housing, jobs, economic devlopment, education, undocumented immigrants, etc. receive his full attention.

That was about the only thing deBlasio made clear as his responses to questions by the media were, at at best, very general and lacking in specifics and substance.

When asked about a time frame for his all encompassing recovery/resiliency plan, deBlasio would only say that we would all be hearing some more specific informaion regarding the Rockaway area in the "coming months" with a finalized plan being completed sometime thereafter.

In the interim, the Mayor did indicate that although his grand plan will seek to implement a city wide ferry system, the Rockaway/BAT Ferry has been deemed a temporary, interim measure, which will no longer be required at the end of this month because the subways are back running at 100%.

Apparently our good Mayor is unable to effectively deal with immediate (operational) and long term (strategic) issues facing his constituents at the same time.

Note to Mayor deBlasio: The pleasant illusion you worked so hard to present with your sound bites of a planned, economically viable and resilient city with sufficient affordable housing and a city wide ferry service and 25 mph speed limits on all roads flies in the face of the present harsh realities still faced by many post-Sandy communities.

Although a very worthwhile strategic endeavor, prior to throwing the baby out with the bath water while attempting a grand reconfiguration of our city months down the road, why don't you deal with the myriad of pressing operational issues first and fix what is so obviously broken.

Let's fix the hundreds of post-Sandy inhabitable homes and then start building affordable housing.

Let's help restore the still numerous small businesses impacted by Sandy and then start envisioning a grand economic recovery.

And as far as Transportation is concerned, how can you expect to plan, fund and effectively impement a city wide water way ferry system if you can't even find a way to fund the present Rockaway Ferry service on a permanent basis?

Focus on the problems at hand and remember, if you can't help us, for God's sake don't hurt us!    


Perhaps Danny Ruscillo and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz summed it up best.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

W12thRd Contractor Bulkhead Activity: Wednesday, October 15th. 2014




W12thRd 
Wednesday
October 15th. 2014

Contractors were busy cleaning out the bay immediately adjacent to the end of street outfall on West 12th Road in preparation for the pending cofferdam installation.

The above work coincides with the published Weekly Construction Bulletin (dated 10/13/2014) below.

*****Just a reminder*****