Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween - Let's do the Time Warp again!

What would Christmas be without  "It's a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

What would Thanksgiving be without  Judy Garland and Margaret Hamilton in "The Wizard of Oz"?

 And of course. no Halloween would be complete without Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

 So take a few minutes and let's all do the Time Warp again!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Ferry is Dead! - A Message from Danny and Linda Ruscillo

The Mayor terminated our Ferry!!!

The great question is not whether we have failed, but whether we are content with failure.  

Join us in "A Final Kick To The Mayor" Friday night, October 31st,  at 8:45 p.m. when the last scheduled ferry boat arrives at Beach 108th street and the Beach Channel Drive ferry landing.

Please  join with us... it will only be for 30 to 45 minutes.  It will be dark so bring a flashlight if you like. 

Let the Mayor know, as the Ferry docks in Rockaway for the final time, how disgusted we all are with his termination of our Rockaway Ferry service. 

Anyone who would like to join in can arrive around  8:30 pm.  Bring a sign if you want, we are. 

Danny & Linda Ruscillo 

Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino

Around midnight last Friday I came home from a fun evening in the city with my cousin, sat on the top step of my deck and watched the stars. The bay and the night sky were beautiful and everything was still.
If you ever have the chance, take a look up at the night sky over Broad Channel.
Just another reminder of what a beautiful place we live in.
First things first. This Saturday night is the American Legion’s 2nd annual Halloween bash. It starts at 8 p.m. and runs till midnight. Or until the Legion Hall turns into a pumpkin.
Your friendly neighborhood DJ’s@Work will be keeping the music pumping all night. There will be hot dogs, 50/50s, raffles, a cash bar and more. There will also be cash prizes for best costumes.
Last year was a colorful cavalcade of creative costumes. The place was packed from wall to wall. People went all out and really outdid themselves with every kind of get up imaginable. I am still reeling over the Beetlejuice costume with the homemade carousel hat with actual working lights!
Come out and enjoy. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to support the Legion’s programs and our vets.
Still need a ticket? Call Carol at 917- 930-0546 or Karen at 347-306-4851 for tickets. But don’t wait!!
Also, I understand that no questions will be asked at church if you turn up still dressed in your costume on Sunday morning.
What happens in Broad Channel
A big Happy Birthday to Andrew Miccio. He’ll be 98 this Nov. 4.
There will be a Legion Auxiliary meeting on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The next Legion brunch will be on Sunday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome and proceeds will go towards the Children’s Christmas Party.
Stay tuned for details of where and when the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department will present a donation check to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness. As they mentioned in May, a percentage of the funds the Vollies raised this year would go towards that worthy cause.
The official BCVFD fund drive might be over, but I am sure any donations will still be gladly accepted.
Speaking of which, the Vollies hosted a fantastic BC Children’s Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25. The kids had a blast, and it looked like their parents were having a great time too.
From babes in carriages dressed up as Dracula and newborn chicks to dragons, dinosaurs, superheroes, postmen, princesses and pirates, there were too many standouts to mention. Special mention does need to go to the family on bicycles dressed up as Thomas the Tank Engine, with a pint-sized engineer inside, and yellow school bus.
Marching from 17th Road Park to Noel Road, the whole thing ended with a kind of a kiddie block party as cupcakes and candy were given out at the firehouse.
Kudos to Chief Wilmarth and BCVFD for holding such an enjoyable event for the kids, and for our whole town. I hear they have even bigger plans for next year!
Your chance to get three years’ worth of discounts and four points off your license is coming up again. The 6-Hour Defensive Driving Course will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
That’s right. You can do the whole course in one day! The class will take place in the school auditorium of St. Camillus Catholic Academy at 185 Beach 99th St., just over the bridge. No test will be given; there will be a lunch break and you will, get 10 percent off your liability, collision and no fault insurance.
Payment of the $45 fee guarantees your seat. Proceeds help benefit the St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Religious Instruction Program (CCD). Call Helen at 917- 553-2409 or 718-945-4648 now.
There’s a free NYS Boating Course for ages 10 to 18 offered over three Sundays, Nov. 9, 16 and 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in St. Camillus’s Springman Hall at 180 Beach 100th St. Space is limited.
There will be a Memorial Mass for all who were buried from St. Virgilius Church this past year on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. A Memorial Mass for St. Camillus will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8th at 12 noon.
Tickets for the Andy Cooney Concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Dec. 5 are available at Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street and St. Camillus Rectory. Andy and his band put on a great, free, fun show at the Beach 108th Street Hockey Rink in Rockaway over the summer. Each band member also did a solo spot in the first part of the show.
Turns out Mr. Cooney has friends in the area and a friend and I ran into him after the concert. Ever the gentleman, he graciously stopped and chatted with us in the street. My friend was thrilled when he gave her a signed copy of his new CD.
Planning an event? Call Joyce Adamiszyn at 718-479-3580, leave a message and hold a date for the Christ Presbyterian by the Sea Church Hall.
Tickets are going fast for Stephanie Wagner’s Broad Channel Christmas Lights 2014 $5,000 Giveaway raffle. There are nearly $10,000 in cash prizes in total. Check it out on Facebook. It’s $50 a ticket, and only 400 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be at the Bungalow Bar on Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. Donations of every size are also accepted at
Dorothy Fraher dropped off some photo copies with some great pictures and text about A. Rossi’s Premier Market, which did business in the Channel in the 1930s. It was owned and operated by Amelio and Maria Rossi and did business at 1005 Cross Bay Blvd. There is a great picture of a rough-hewn block curb and either a cobble stone or dirt road down in front and Rossi’s shop, which looks just like an old-fashioned general store!
Hey, maybe I can get a copy of that for the new book! (Yes, it’s “coming along.”)
Thanks, Dorothy.
And thanks for reading


After a beautiful day, the wind picked up and the sky darkened with clouds as evening fell on October 29, Sandy’s anniversary. In the west, the horizon turned orange, then purple blue and rain began to fall. A reminder? Through rain and darkness and storms that have come and gone since, two years later, we are still here.
The arts are popping in Rockaway. Expect to see more on this story soon: “Artist Robyn Renee Hasty And Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects Unveil The Design For ‘Stilt City’ An Artist Residency Program And Community Art Center In Rockaway Park.”
As The Wave goes to press, local elected officials are meeting with Mayor de Blasio about the fate of the Rockaway-Brooklyn-Manhattan ferry. Some people hopefully consider this meeting a ‘we’ll see’ on the mayor’s part. Hopefully that’s the case. Of course, we also know what every parent often means when they say ‘we’ll see,’ too.“Dad, can we have a pony?” “We’ll see.”

A short film is set to start shooting out our way in mid-November. “Forgiving Sandy Glass,” features
Rockaway’s Jaime Dolan and Evan Davis and Mario Tineo of the Bronx, in a story about three Rockaway Beach born and raised brothers and one secret which “can either destroy (their) family, or unite them.” Search “Forgiving Sandy Glass” to find out more or help fund it through
Numerous “Cuomo/Hochul” campaign signs along Beach Channel Drive have been spray painted over. So much for winning people over by having better ideas.
Remembering being made ‘homeless’ by Sandy and now paying it forward, Scholars’ Academy students and staff are starting a Toy Drive this week. Their goal is to gather 750 toys for homeless children by November 24. Spread the word to local organizations and residents. Toys, books or games for kids ages 7-16 years old, should be new and unwrapped. All donations will be anonymous. Donations can be dropped off at the school. Contact guidance counselor Gianfranco Moretta for more info at gmoretta@scholars, or call 718-474-6918, ext. 1114
Reconstruction of the Peninsula’s bulkhead along Jamaica Bay continues. Crews have been seen installing rebar, the steel understructure, along Beach Channel Drive nearBeach 108th Street and getting ready to pour concrete.
We mentioned “Rockaway After the Storm”, which “documents the first summer and fall after the storm as the urban beach community re-builds, re-thinks, and re-invents.” Preview the new trailer
Dr. Jonas Salk, who would have turned 100 on October 28, developed a vaccine for a disease called poliomyelitis which mostly affected children. For an idea of what a real public health crisis looks like, look up “polio” in the 1950’s.
On October 27, Councilman Donovan Richards and his staff held a ribbon cutting ceremony with the principal and students of PS/MS 183 for their new state-of-theart Apple (MAC) Computer Lab. “My office has invested nearly $5 Million over the last two years for technology, parks, and science labs in our schools and look forward to continuing to do so” Richards noted.
PSEG has opened a new office at 68- 20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, customers can pay their bill and get help with issues. Under New York State’s LIPA Reform Act, they took over power operations for Rockaway andLong Island.
Call it Winter Beach Party in Rockaway. Several establishments are pushing to keep people coming out as the weather cools and keep business going. Last Thursday the Playland Motel lounge drew a convivial crowd with an open mic hosted by Jammin Jon Kiebon.This Friday, Rebaroque Industries, Playland and Holland Helado launch the first installment of Rockaway Winter Session with ‘Halloween Night with DJ PreSkool’.
Rockaway’s Jammin Jon hosts a stellar musical line up on from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, at the Rockaway Artists Alliance T-7 Gallery, Fort Tilden. All proceeds go to help keep YANA community and social service center in operation.
Christine Strehle from Kennedy’s Restaurant notes, “After two long years we will reopen Kennedy’s inBreezy Point. We are grateful for the grant money we received from National Grid. The $75,000 aided in the reconstruction process which was hindered by financial difficulties and ultimately got us closer to the completion of the project.”
Broad Channel saw hundreds come out as kids and their parents got into the spirit for the annual Children’s Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 25. Organized by the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, the riot of costumes and color marched from17th Road Park to the ‘Vollies’ Firehouse on Noel Road where treats were given out and enjoyed.
The Tuesday after Halloween is Election Day. Boo! Spookier still is that more money is being poured into this year’s election races, more than any in American history. A remarkable feat in a stuttering economy. Want to scare people, Rockaway? Go out and vote with your own mind and for your and your community’s own best interests

Goldfeder Gives‘Gift’ To Broad Channel

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (l) presents Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy, Jr. with a signed copy of the new Jamaica Bay Protection Law.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (l) presents Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy, Jr. with a signed copy of the new Jamaica Bay Protection Law.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder attended the Broad Channel Civic Association’s monthly meeting to recognize the outstanding community service of Civic President Dan Mundy, Jr.
Goldfeder presented Mundy with a framed copy of his Jamaica Bay Protection Bill, together with the initial 2012 press release announcing the legislation and including the pen used by Gov. Cuomo to sign the bill into law this year.
Goldfeder consulted Mundy during the research and drafting of the new law, which prevents the dumping of toxic chemicals into Jamaica Bay.

24-Hour Rebuild In Broad Channel

By Chris Viaggio

Breezy Point rebuilds with little help from city program: Residents

Residents walk among rebuilding efforts in Breezy Point.
Breezy Point, which was originally a community of 2,836 houses, lost 350 homes in the storm. Some 130 of those homes burned to the ground in a fire that started during the storm. Flooding and winds flattened the other 220 in the sandy gated community, which sits on the tip of the Rockaways..
Thousands of homes were damaged and there were very few in Breezy Point that were completely untouched by the flooding.
While few dwellings had been rebuilt in the first year since the storm hit, more than 270 homes are either rebuilt or in the process, according to Arthur Lighthall, the general manager of the Breezy Point Cooperative.
“From a community and home owner point of view, we’ve seen a tremendous amount of work,” Lighthall said.
Build it Back, which uses federal funds to rebuild houses or reimburse home owners who have already done it themselves, has only completed one project to date in Breezy Point, Lighthall said. The program was launched in June 2013 to facilitate the rebuilding of homes, but has been snagged by a confusing applications process, inadequate coordination and delays in executing construction agreements, a recent report by the city Department of Investigation said.
More than 90 percent of households still seeking help from Build it Back citywide have not received any assistance yet, the report said.
“It’s frustrating enough to have to contend and deal with the bureaucracy in some of the city agencies, but it’s even more frustrating to try to offer some support or help to someone who is in the Build it Back program,” Lighthall said. “Nothing seems to be getting done.”
Maritza Mure has been waiting for the Build it Back program to rebuild her waterfront home, which was demolished by the city after floodwaters tore it apart.
“I thought it was going to be a faster process,” she said. “It’s so slow moving. They should have given each family a chunk of money and let them build a house. They’ve wanted to control it so much because of what happened in Katrina, but we’re the ones left out of our own homes.”
The single mother of three, who was a longtime resident of the Rockaways and lived in Breezy Point for eight years, now resides in Long Island while she waits for her turn.
“It’s been very hard on my kids. They’ve been in Breezy Point since they were little and that was all they knew,” she said. “Coming out here was quite a shocker. They lost everything they had.”
She said Build it Back has not even given her any kind of time line for the reconstruction of her home.
“The city needs to take care of the people who lost their homes,” she said. “We’re not looking to cash in on things. We just want our little homes back.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently defended Build it Back, saying a lot of progress has been made since his administration overhauled the program.
The mayor said Build it Back had not begun constructing a single house before he took office, but since then there have been 762 construction starts and 1,090 reimbursement checks sent across the city as of late October.
In Breezy Point, the Build it Back program had only made 100 offers to homeowners at the begging of the year, but has now provided 550 offers to date.
De Blasio committed to start building on an additional 1,000 houses citywide and said the program would distribute 1,500 reimbursements by the end of 2014.
The mayor’s promises gave little hope to Elle Healey, whose house was damaged in the storm, but was not to the point that it needed to be demolished and rebuilt. She said contractors working with Build it Back finally came a few weeks ago to do some work on her house, but did not complete repairs and gave her no indication of when they would be back.
“It’s a sham,” she said of the program. “It’s really horrible what they’re doing.”
Many Breezy Point homeowners have given up on Build It Back all together.
Jimmy and Noreen Dengler were told they would not qualify for the program, because they did not buy flood insurance after they were granted federal funds to deal with damage caused by Hurricane Irene a year before Sandy struck.
The Denglers are set to move into their brand new home in Breezy Point next month after two years of wrangling with the city, FEMA and insurance companies to get their house leveled and rebuilt.
“The process has been very rough,” Jimmy Dengler said.
The family had 6 feet of water in their living room after the storm and had to tear down their home and completely rebuild it.
On top of figuring out how they would finance their new home, the Denglers had to wait for flood maps to be released by FEMA to know how they could rebuild. Those maps were not finalized until spring 2013.
“I don’t know what’s worse - FEMA giving us hope and snatching it away or letting us just meddle through on our own,” he said.
The family has moved to four different residences while it went through a long struggle to rebuild.
The Denglers said they were initially worried that other families might not rebuild in Breezy Point, which would possibly depress the area and lessen the value of their own home. But families have begun moving back into their homes and the small tight-knit community - where passers-by say hello to each other and residents rarely lock their doors - has started to get back on its feet.

Superstorm Sandy was more devastating to humans than to nature.

Jamaica Bay survived storm much the same

Superstorm Sandy was more devastating to humans than to nature.
But that is not to say nature was immune to the aftermath of the hurricane that crushed the Rockaways and pushed infinite tons of wreckage to Jamaica Bay’s shoreline.
“A lot of debris came into Jamaica Bay,” said Dan Hendrick, producer of the documentary “Jamaica Bay Lives.”
Soon after Sandy swept parts of the eastern coast, boats, refrigerators, sofas, pushed docks and other rubbish surfaced in and around the 20,000-acre wetland estuary. .
“Fortunately, some of the debris was pulled out,” Hendrick said, referring to the extensive work to repair the damage led by organizations such as the American Littoral Society, the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, the U.S. Corps of Engineers and the National Parks Services. “But a lot of it is still underwater.”
According to a report by the American Littoral Society, a coastal conservation organization, the superstorm had “no significant shift in sand placement and no damage to existing plants.”
But one of the post-Sandy major consequences at the surface of the bay was the breach at the 45-acre freshwater West Pond, a home and migratory stop for about 300 species of birds.
The American Littoral Society said 61 species are declining in numbers, including egrets, red knots, American oystercatchers and herons.
“The storm breached both the East and West Ponds of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, but these were artificial ponds and not part of the bay’s original marshes,” said Don Riepe, director of the northeast chapter of the American Littoral Society.
The ponds were inundated with saltwater. The breach transformed the West Pond into a tidal lagoon.
“One of the two ponds just turned into a lagoon,” Hendrick said. “The freshwater went away and the number of bird species was reduced.”
The bay’s landscape contains a variety of native habitats that includes a salt marsh, upland field and woods.
But Sandy didn’t changed Jamaica Bay as a whole.
“There was no significant change to the bay’s topography, other than to the West Pond,” said Hendrick, also author of the book “Jamaica Bay.”
“Outside of pushing old docks and other debris onto the marshes and shorelines, Superstorm Sandy had little effect on the Jamaica Bay ecosystem,” Riepe said.
The author and producer said Jamaica Bay has become a laboratory of ideas for climate resilience in urban sites.
“We are looking at the bay as a lab for ideas,” Hendrick said. He pointed out that one of the scenarios being discussed is the possibility of building tidal gates across the bay “which will have a phenomenal cost.”
After Sandy hit, there were calls to balance the environment with construction developments.
“Jamaica Bay can teach us lessons on how to better balance nature and developments,” Hendrick said.
Sandy basically left human desolation behind.
“The storm was more of a human tragedy as homes were lost and flooded,” said Riepe.
“Water came into the bay and went out,” Hendrick said. “But there is no question so many people and communities were affected.”

W12thRd New Bulkhead Construction Activity: Thursday, October 30th, 2014

October 30, 2014

An early morning delivery of additonal steel sheets for the cofferdam.

October 30, 2014

The steel sheets are driven into the bay and secured in place.

October 30, 2014

A fuel delivery for the work barge.

Daylight Saving Time Ends this Sunday!

Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday morning, November 2nd, 2014, at 2 am.

Don't forget to reset your clocks by turning them back one hour prior to going to bed Saturday night.