2012-12-28 / Columnists


The East River Ferry proved so popular that a long-term operator is being sought according to the Mayor’s office.  It was originally just part of a pilot program. Let’s hope the same thing occurs with ferry service now running in Rockaway.  As a reminder, ferry service is now operating from Beach 108 street. There’s even free parking.  Rockaway commuters take advantage!  See Seastreakuse.com for details.

We hope to do a story in coming weeks about all the people and groups who delivered news and information that proved really useful during the weeks following the storm. You might google some of these: Bob Hardt NY1 blog, the Rockaway Emergency Plan (aka Rockaway Help); Rockaway Wish; Rockawayist; W12thrd blogspot; and RockawayVivian; and we’re still finding more all the time.

The Graybeards have raised more than $450,000 online for hurricane relief. 100% of the money raised will go to the community.  The success of the online fundraising effort is in no small part due to two Catholic University students, Nick Compagnone of Belle Harbor, and Matthew Petronis of Breezy Point.  Their social media skills really helped give the Graybeards a boost.

Howie Schwach, long time editor of The Wave, has moved on and is taking over as Managing Editor of Richner Publications in Nassau County.  We know he’ll do a great job there.

People magazine listed Michael McDonnell and Dylan Smith of Belle Harbor in its 2012 Heroes of the Year edition.  The two men saved neighbors as flood and fire took over Beach 130 street.  Just a few short days after the magazine announcement came the terribly sad news that Dylan, just 23, died while surfing in Puerto Rico.

Dan Guarino joins the Wave as reporter and assistant editor. Dan has written the Broad Channel Bits column for a couple of years and coordinates the Writer’s Group of the Rockaway Artists Alliance.  Look for Dan everywhere.

Subscriptions to the Wave will resume as soon as possible.  There are post office and data base challenges but we’re working on it. If you have a subscription it will be extended to the amount of weeks we don’t mail.  In the meantime, please check out rockawave.com

A fin whale – the second biggest whale in terms of length-- was found beached and struggling along the shores of Breezy Point on Wednesday.  The Point Breeze Fire Department hosed the whale with sea water in an attempt to revive the animal until high tide rolled in.  Marine biologists were called in to assess. 

 The state's Board for Historic Preservation designated the Far Rockaway Beach Bungalow Historic District one of 25 nominees to be in the New York and national registers of historic places, calling it one of “the last remaining intact community of the seasonal beach bungalow architecture that once dominated the oceanfront of Far Rockaway.”  And the community, we might add, did relatively well in the storm.





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