Kim Fraczek Takes On The Williams Pipeline Again

Rockaway Beach, NY – In today’s ever-changing environment, some people welcome the change and those who don’t want the change.  One of the biggest issues plaguing NYC today is the Williams Pipeline.

The purpose of the pipeline is to transport fracked gas also known as methane through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Rockaways. The project according to the Williams Co is a safe way to emit less carbon dioxide than coal and oil and it coordinates with the goals of NYC.

A recent post on LinkedIn states that the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project will be beneficial to New York and Long Island long term.

This issue has brought various organizations together who are not interested in the fracked gas for a multitude of reasons.  Fracked gas is harmful to the well-being of humans and marine life. There are safety issues that concern even those in other places like California that are dealing with fracking.

California governor criticizes increase in fracking permits from r/Fracking

One advocate that stands up for the fight against the Williams Pipeline is Kim Fraczek.   Kim has been advocating for over 9 years and campaigning against the pipeline here in NYC.  As the director of the Sane Energy Project, Kim facilitates and helps to organize events within the communities to present the case of why the people don’t want these pipelines.

Kim’s past experiences line up with advocacy issues relating to animal rights, clean water and the right to ownership of public energy.

Kim’s creativity also helps with the design of art showcasing various ways to promote a cleaner and safer environment.  As an activist, her talents can lead the team in strategic pathways to engage the community against the current issues.

With the current issue of the Williams pipeline, Kim and her team along with other organizations were able to get the Department of Environmental Conservation to decline the proposal for the pipeline.  The appeals and talking to the politicians like Govern Cuomo has given Kim and the Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition enough ammunition to put a halt to the pipeline, but the process of the Williams Co reapplied again to continue the ongoing fight to build the pipeline in New York City.

Kim’s passion for protecting the environment and the community will continue to plan and delegate scenarios to help propose a foolproof campaign that will hopefully stop the Williams pipeline altogether.

With the help of 350BK, Rockaway Beach Civic Association, New York Communities for Change, Food and Water Watch, Surfrider Foundation and 350Org help to make up the coalition for Stop the Williams Pipeline.  Kim Fraczek and other members utilizing their social media platforms to help show what is going on with the project and where it stands.  They provide links and sources to reputable people and sites for you to gain knowledge about the pipeline proposal and why they are against the building of the pipeline.

According to sources, the coalition will not stop until the Williams pipeline is stopped for good.

Connect with Kim Fraczek on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more details on how you can join in with the fight to stop the Williams Pipeline.

Bungalow Bar hosts their weekly Trivia Game Night

By Shani Hannah | April 9, 2019

Rockaway Beach, NY – The Bungalow Bar located in the middle of the Rockaways hosted their weekly Trivia Game night on Thursday, April 4, 2019.  Trivia games are hosted by a local event team called DJs @ Work.

Bungalow Bar is a relaxed environment that serves the Rockaway community along with visitors from all over the city, Long Island and even out of state to name a few.  People come from all over to enjoy good eats and drinks.

The Bungalow Bar has been opened for 10+ years.  BB decided to have events to bring out the customers as well as new business to enjoy and have fun not just during the warm season but also during the cold nights when people are looking for something to do but don’t want to go far.  Trivia night is only one source of entertainment that they provide to their customers.  By having Trivia and other events it has brought in more revenue than just a regular night especially during the winter.  Most restaurants have a decline in sales when it is the cold months.

The Bungalow Bar is nestled right in the middle of Jamaica Bay where you can overlook it when you’re crossing the Crossbay Bridge.  During the summer months, you can swim up to the restaurant or even dock your small boat and stop in for drinks and food and entertainment.

Bungalow Bar thrives on having happy customers, therefore, they cater to what they enjoy.  Trivia game night allows people to have teams and they have to answer questions and there is a winner at the end of the game.

The workers cater to their clientele, so they feel like part of the Bungalow family.

The Bungalow Bar will continue to host various events to assure that the community continues to come back as well as spread the word.

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Lime Bikes, Everywhere in the Rockaways

By Shani Hannah | April 2, 2019

Lime Bike left on the ground.                                                                   Photo: Shani Hannah

Rockaway Beach, NY – Lime Bike program was launched in July of 2018 in the Rockaways.  Lime Bike is a dockless bike program that came into the Rockaway Peninsula.  Dockless bikes are brought in by a truck and put out on certain street corner locations.  The purpose is to aid in the convenience of getting around in the Rockaways without the worry of traffic and finding parking when you are visiting certain areas.  As long as you stay in the Rockaways you can ride the bike for $1 for thirty minutes.  You scan the code after you download the app, add your debit or credit card to it and go for a ride.

Residents of the Rockaways love the idea of Lime Bike.

“I find the lime bikes useful to those who do not have a bike of their own,” said Taneek.

Another Rockaway resident, Danasia stated, “I think it’s doing well as promoting a healthier lifestyle for people who may not be able to afford a bike, have space or even want to save money and don’t like carpooling.”

Overall, the residents are happy except for the bikes being left all over.

“People throw them everywhere and anywhere,” Taneek stated.

The bikes seem to be left just anywhere, which is an issue to some residents.

Logan,  a 33-year-old male said, “I don’t like the fact that the kids take the bikes however they take it and ride the bikes wherever and then dump it anywhere, literally!”

The residents of the Rockaways welcome the bike sharing program but it’s bothersome to see how people destroy property that is meant to help. The bikes are thrown anywhere, and the residents want people to just respect the program.

“All it takes for too many issues with the bikes as far as stolen, broken, and not taking care of them and the company will grab their bikes and leave Far Rockaway dry again,” said Jalen.

The Rockaways embrace the program and look forward to the Lime Bike to expand more within the community.

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