2003-03-01 / Community

Wave Announces 110th Anniversary Issue

The Wave will celebrate its 110th anniversary this July and is planning a special issue to commemorate the event.

The special theme issue will focus on "110 Years of Rockaway History as Seen Through The Pages of The Wave."

It will features some of the most important Rockaway stories during that 110-year period.

It will also feature a special advertising section where local residents can pay tribute to those loved ones who had "sand in their shoes" and have passed on.

The first issues of The Wave hit the peninsula in late June of 1893. By all reports, it was an immediate success.

And, although the paper has gone through a number of publishers and a number of Rockaway locations, The Wave has been in continuous publication since that day.

The genesis of The Wave came with a fire that devastated the Seaside area of Rockaway in September of 1892. The entire area of what is now Beach 102 Street and Beach 106 Street, from the ocean to the bay, was devastated.

Confusion and a lack of information ruled the day because local residents had to wait for copies of either the "Brooklyn Eagle," or the "Brooklyn Times" to be brought in by the Long Island Railroad, which were busy moving fire equipment from and to Brooklyn, Long Island City and the Five Towns.

James Keenan of Hammels, who owned a printing shop on Eldert Avenue (Beach 87 Street) gathered information and put out a single page newspaper that was headlined "Wave of Fire Strikes Rockaway."

Keenan's single sheet newspaper was so successful that he decided to start a newspaper and that paper became The Wave.

Those interested in advertising in the special edition should contact their advertising representative or The Wave at (718) 634-4000.

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