2013-03-22 / Columnists

A Far Rock Perspective –An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

I was a little nervous when I sat down to meet with Mr. Boyle to talk about the possibility of interning at The Wave. I had finally gotten the opportunity to meet with this man who I had been emailing for the past few weeks.

Let me rewind a little, I had first caught the writing bug a few weeks back after writing letters weighing in on our 31st District City Council race. I was really interested in the direction Rockaway was headed. I felt that this was a pivotal time, and that decisions made going forward will shape the future of the peninsula.

I always loved to write since I was young. I found that I could get my point across. And get around talking. As a child I had slight problem stuttering. Fast forward to today, I take my first assignment. So I decided to give you a little perspective on whom this individual is who will be sharing thoughts and ideas on what’s happening on the east end of the peninsula. I take this opportunity seriously. As an intern I am not paid, but what I receive in return is priceless.

That being said, as a stay at home dad, married father of three, my two boys being three and three months. I have lots of free time on my hand. Between changing diapers and charting my next steps in life. I want to know what you guys think, I need your feedback. Email me about your concerns, text me, let me know your concerns, what’s happening on your block. And more important read The Wave.

**What’s the story behind Palm Sunday?

The start of Spring marks some of the most important celebrations on the religious calendars. If you are Jewish you are preparing to celebrate Passover. For millions of Catholics and Christians around the world this Sunday is Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday is a celebration marking the start of a series of events that led up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Palm Sunday is based on the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophesy that says that the king would come on the colt of an ass. So the story goes. More than 2000 years ago as the Jews prepared to celebrate Passover, the people heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. They took branches of Palm trees and went to meet him. As he passed they cried Hosanna blessed is the King of Israel that comes in the name of the lord.

The Palm tree was chosen because it is a symbol of righteousness. So this Sunday when you see thousands of Christians and Catholics across the peninsula coming home with these long green branches in their hands, you will know that they are celebrating Palm Sunday.

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