2012-11-30 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News • 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

WE WAVE BACK TO YOU!

Yes, we were sent under with SANDY and it did take the breath out of us, waterlogged us, destroyed homes and businesses. BUT, not our spirit and WE SURVIVED! And, this WAVE is stronger and will still feed the news coverage to their Rockaway families.

SWISH, SWASH, OH MY GOSH! BREEZY POINT took a lashing. Homes were blown off their foundations, basements, living rooms were flooded. Terry Folly’s second floor is now sand level on the beach. The oceanfront home next to her was blown off its foundation into the backyard just missing crashing into the home behind. Most basements and living rooms were flooded. Gladys Crowley would not leave her cat and bird behind and had to be rescued when the waters flooded the bedroom area. She is now safely living in Florida with her son Johnny and family. Marie and Danny McCarthy and daughter Alanna stayed through the storm though they would not have done it had they known its ravages. However, the McCarthy house survives with flooding of the first floor, which is ground floor. After the first week so chaotic. Marie tells me she is so impressed with the amount of help of the volunteers who came to their aid: Operations Blessing, Habitat for Humanity, FDNY, Veterans, and American Red Cross supplied hot food every day. Marie said the volunteers were so kind and generous and gave their all to help them. She will be forever grateful to them. Not a fatality occurred and all the people in Breezy/Rockaway Point will never forget the love and care that poured in to help them. Ursula and Mike Boccio on 220 Street and the ocean only had flooding on their first floor since the kitchen and dining are on second floor, which makes it safe for daughter Erika, her husband and their child, who live on 222 Street to move in because their home was devastated.

Patty and Bobby Crowley and daughter, Nicole toughed it out with a small generator and little cold wa-ter for all these weeks and Kennedy’s by the Bay Restaurant has to be gutted and redone.

Poor Donald Ritter, owner of the Surf Shop, lost everything: his flip flops, surf boards, beach apparel. Sandy left him nothing. And 100 homes caught fire from Lincoln and Atlantic Walks. They were completely totaled. Burned to a crisp. And, Help! Help! No one heard their cries for help for one week. No heat, no water, no food. They were neglected by the city, state and humanities until this past week when volunteers showed up to help tear down water logged rooms with mold. Sad to say the Rockaways were the forgotten ones. However, all have combined their efforts and bonded together to try to heal the ravages of this storm. While most of the of the machines and data were lost on the first floor of The Wave, some data was saved on the floor above. It will take time, we will be back, stronger than ever and Howard and Susan and Sandy, Carol and all others at The Wave will still give the weekly reports of our community. Thank God we are not here in the after spirits . WE ARE STILL HERE AND WE SEND A WAVE BACK TO YOU...Love to all and God Bless and wish you all a speedy recovery.

And, a big thank you and a kiss for the generous volunteers.

Email dorothydunne@yahoo.com with comments. AND AWAY WE GO!!!

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