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The Rockaway Times
CB14 December Meeting Recap
By Katie McFadden
Community Board 14 gath-
ered at the Knights of Colum-
bus on Tuesday, December
13 for its monthly meeting
to discuss bylaws, ferry up-
dates, healthcare and educa-
tion issues.
The meeting opened with
some words from Chairper-
son Dolores Orr and Dis-
trict Manager Jon Gaska. Orr
spoke about a recent Rocka-
way resilience meeting host-
ed by city agencies like NYC
Housing Preservation and
Development and the Parks
Department, in which there
was a discussion over how
roughly $120 million should
be spent towards resilience
in Rockaway. Orr found that
there were mixed answers
to whether or not the resil-
ience projects would require
money beyond the approxi-
mate $120 million. She also
found that only some of the
projects actually contain re-
silience measures such as
bulkheads for the bay and
suggested that the focus be
placed on things that strictly
add to resiliency. Gaska put
out a request to boy scouts,
girl scouts or anyone looking
to volunteer to call the CB
office when it snows if they
can help shovel the side-
walks of seniors who physi-
cally or financially can’t do it
Seven people signed up
to speak during the public
speaking segment. Joe Har-
tigan expressed his support
of Select Bus Service. Bruce
Jacobs of the Coalition of the
Rockaways spoke about his
hopes to improve Far Rock-
away. Robert Hunter intro-
duced himself as a new res-
ident to Far Rockaway who
was an activist in his previ-
ous communities and plans
to become active in more lo-
cal affairs. Lew Simon spoke
about the “Christmas that
almost wasn’t,” or the Beach
116th Christmas Tree Light-
ing, which he helped to make
possible along with Elizabeth
Hanna and Kathleen Lalsie.
He also announced that the
Beach 116th Hanukah Meno-
rah Lighting will take place
at 6 p.m. on December 27.
Monet Davis spoke of some
of the offerings at the Sor-
rentino Recreation Center
in Far Rockaway, such as cy-
cling, zumba and bootcamp.
Yearly membership is a low
fee, free for those under 17
and discounts are availa-
ble to veterans, seniors and
city employees. Anyone can
try a class free for the first
time. Sabine Bernard of the
Citizens Committee for NYC
announced that they’re ac-
cepting applications for the
Neighborhood Grants pro-
gram with grants up to $3,000
available for ideas on ways to
improve the neighborhood.
Finally a representative from
ter School in Far Rockaway
said they’re accepting ap-
plications for kindergarten
through 2nd grade for the
2017-2018 school year.
CB14 held their final dis-
cussion on their bylaws.
They recapped what was
added and changed over the
past two months, and a mo-
tion was made to accept the
bylaws, which passed unan-
The Transportation Com-
mittee recapped the events
of their November 21 meet-
ing, in which Hornblower
and the NYC Economic De-
velopment Corp. provided
updates on the citywide fer-
ry. Representatives said the
ferry is on schedule to begin
in Spring 2017. The boats
and landings are currently
being built. At the request of
the community, the shuttle
bus for the ferry will extend
further east to Beach 35th
Street, however a bus con-
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