2013-01-11 / Columnists


SEEN ONLINE is a new feature in The Wave. Besides following us on twitter (@thewavenews), and liking our Facebook page and visiting rockawave.com you should also check out these other online voices. Each week we’ll provide a teaser or item we found by surfing the net. You can really keep up on all things Rockaway by following these folks. Rockaway Emergency Plan, for one, is on top of everything.

The Graybeards have given out more than $485,000 in cash and gift cards to victims of Superstorm Sandy. The group is still accepting donations and have pledged that 100% raised will go directly to victims. Administrative costs are being picked up by the Graybeards themselves.

Lisa Long, owner of Rockapup on Beach 116th Street is struggling to stay in business. One of her strategies is to raise money online. Please visit gofundme.com to donate. You don’t have to be a pet owner just a local business supporter!

Call 911 if you spot thieves taking aluminum or parts of the boardwalk. We can’t let crime take off. There are enough issues to deal with.

The JASA Rockaway Park Senior (Temple Beth-el, Beach 121- Rockaway Beach Boulevard) center is open for lunch and activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phones aren’t working since the storm but the center is open.

Yes, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a go. First Saturday in March, as always. Michael Benn tells us John T. Ahern, business manager of International Union Local 30 Operating Engineers has been named Grand Marshal. We hope the parade committee will give a special place in the parade for the Department of Sanitation. The parade signals the start of spring in Rockaway and if ever a spring was needed this is the year. We hope all those who’ve been displaced mark their calendars and make their way here on March 2nd.

The Moreland Commission appointed by Governor Cuomo recommended that LIPA be replaced by a private company. According to the commission, LIPA did not prepare adequately for Sandy and its performance in its aftermath was unacceptable. There will be no argument in many corners – especially in those corners where customers are still reading by candlelight.

There was a happy ending in Belle Harbor for a family and its missing pooch who was just hours away from being euthanized. CBS news reported that Buster, a one year old Ridgeback Shepherd mix had been missing since mid-November. The dog owners, the O’Donovans in Belle Harbor, were thrilled to find out that a friend, Kim Frazier, had located the dog in a Brooklyn shelter just in time to be rescued.

Crash Wednesday. Calls came in to The Wave about an oil truck overturning on Burnside avenue shutting down 878; a ferry crashed in Lower Manhattan (not a Rockaway ferry); and an FDNY ambulance hit a Sanitation truck in Broad Channel.

The Community Board meeting on Tuesday was attended by more people than any since Arverne By The Sea was on the agenda more than ten years ago, according to District Manager, Jon Gaska. Next month’s meeting might be larger as the Army Corps is scheduled to address beach replenishment and groins (jetties). It is expected the Community

Board will seek a larger venue to accommodate the expected crowd.

Got a regular column in you? The editorial staff is looking for some new voices to liven up the pages of The Wave. We’re not set on any particular angle but we’re open to columns such as advice, medical, teens, humor, sports, and who knows what?! We’re not set but we think we’ll stay away from generalists. Send in a sample and maybe you’ll suddenly find a readership. Email only. 500 words. editor@rockawave.com

As The Wave was going to press we got word that a new Disaster Relief Center was opening at the Sands Point Professional Building at 230 Beach 102nd Street. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Bert and Jeanne Metz were surprised to find a new home in Breezy Point. Operation Blessing International, many volunteers, and the Metz’s children worked together to replace their home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The happy couple burst into tears at the sight of the new home and the cheering crowd.

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