2013-12-13 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

Old Wine In A New Bottle
By Ilyassha Shivers

There is a scripture in the bible, Mark 2:22, that says “No one puts new wine into old wineskins, for the wine will burst the skin." You may say Mr. Shivers where are you going with this one? This past November, New Yorkers elected a new mayor. It was time for change. The relationship between the NYPD and the people whom they are paid to protect is not where it should be or can be. So with all that being said it was a little strange to me that our mayor elect decided to choose Bratton as our next Police Commissioner. You mean to tell me that there was no one in the rank and file qualified to fill this position? Or it appears to be business as usual. For those who don't know, that wonderful tactic Stop and Frisk began under Bratton. So here we go again. See old wine, new bottle, get it?

I don't see how our mayor can expect things to be any different, maybe that was his point.

Anyway, I want to thank everyone who helped me wish Baby Judah a happy first birthday. He was a little under the weather but he’s much better now.

I have a lot to share with you these last few weeks of 2013. This week I will sit down with Jacqueline Pitts who is a resident of the Rockaways and the author of a new book, 'The Children of Wasafa: Message to Gang- Bangers." I have had a chance to read the book and, trust me; once I started I could not put it down. The story is set here on the peninsula. It takes you on a journey and makes a connection that would seem impossible. Ms. Pitts is a retired New York City Department of Correction, Assistant Deputy Warden. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Anthropology. So make sure you look for that interview next week.

As I mentioned there will be many events taking place locally during the week of Kwanza. The culmination will be the first Five Towns Far Rockaway Arts and Sports Alliance AAA Community Black Tie Awards Ceremony recognizing those in the community who have contributed to making Far Rockaway a better place. You can find out more about the event how you can support by checking out the event page on Facebook. The event will take place on December 29th from 7-10 p.m. at PS/MS 42. This event is in collaboration with Title I PAC.

So tell me what you think, email me at shiverswave@gmail.com. As always, keep reading The Wave. And thank you for your continued support.

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