Wave Update, November 14
230 Students Have Left Belle Harbor’s PS 114
Superstorm Sandy has scattered students from one of Rockaway’s premier schools, with at least 230 of the school children enrolled in either public or parochial schools in other parts of the city, Department of Education sources say.
The students all attended Public School 114 in Belle Harbor, DOE sources say, until Sandy inundated both homes and schools on the Rockaway peninsula.
Education sources say that some of the school’s students are now registered in schools as far away as Long Island, Virginia, Connecticut and Tennessee. There is no indication whether or not those students will come back to Rockaway when electricity is. Restored. DOE sources said on Tuesday that the school is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, but local school officials have been telling parents that the opening date supplied by the DOE is unrealistic.
Attendance for PS 114 students at the three alternate sites set up by the DOE has ranged from 2 to 10 percent daily, according to DOE statistics. One parent said that only her daughter and one other student have shown up for a fourth grade class in a Glendale school.
In other school news, the Diocese of Brooklyn has announced that the St. Rose of Lima school on Beach 84 Street will reopen on November 15 and that the students at St. Francis de Sales school on Beach 129 Street will be relocated to SS Simon and Jude in Gravesend, Brooklyn, but no opening date has yet been set. Diocese schools declined to talk about the number of students from Rockaway who have already registered in other parochial schools.
200 Police Cars Destroyed By Sandy
Police sources say that 200 police department vehicles were destroyed by the raging tide of Superstorm Sandy.
Most of those were lost in Rockaway and Coney Island, stranded by the six-foot ocean tide and covered with sea water.
A number of the local cars were stranded in the Waldbaum’s Parking Lot on Beach 112 Street when the storm surge inundated the area. Cops had to leave their cars and walk in shoulder-high water to get to higher ground.
In addition, the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach had to be evacuated when the water reached the first floor. That building has now been declared dangerous by the city’s Department of Buildings and may need extensive repairs.
Flight 587 Memorial Service In Washington Heights
For the first time since the Flight 587 Memorial in Rockaway Park was dedicated to those who died in the November 12, 2001 crash, the city ceremony was held not in Rockaway, but at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Washington Heights.
Due to the carnage brought by Superstorm Sandy, city officials moved this year’s ceremony, once again provided over by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
About 300 family members of the victims attended, city officials said on Wednesday.
Five locals died in the crash, along with 260 passengers and crew.