The Wave is pleased to announce two exciting additions to our editorial staff. First, a name very familiar to Rockaway and especially readers of The Wave, Angelica Katz, is joining our team. Angelica has nearly a decade of experience in the political arena of New York City, serving in various high-ranking positions for legislators. Angelica’s work and experience with elected officials on Rockaway, Breezy Point and Broad Channel issues will make her an excellent addition to our team. Also on board is Maria Elena Perez, recently graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journa-lism with a master’s degree in urban reporting. She comes from the Brooklyn Reporter, a local newspaper in South Brooklyn where she covered crime, politics, and community issues. Her other work can be found on the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, Medium, and BuzzFeed Community.
According to witnesses who were interviewed by police, the UPS drop-off box in front of the pharmacy on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 116th Street was broken into by two black men accompanied by a black woman on the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 14, at approximately 3 p.m. Witnesses said the two men reached into the box through the opening in the top used to deposit packages and removed at least two packages while the woman stood lookout. The three then went through the contents of the packages to remove anything of value and left the discarded packaging on a planter box located nearby. Police responded to a report of the crime but arrived too late to apprehend the thieves who had already fled the scene. Store owners on the block said this was not just an isolated incident but just one of a series of pilfering thefts that occurs regularly with this UPS box. UPS customers concerned about the security of their packages would be well advised to avoid using this drop off box.
The Wave wants to congratulate the following local students named to the Hofstra Univer-sity Dean’s List for their outstanding academic achievement. Jacob Brickman and Paige Denton of Neponsit; Kiara Francis, Rosemary Gomez, Kayma Jasper and Ahmed Maflahi of Far Rockaway, and Sophia Zweifler of Belle Harbor.
The Friends of the Beach 59th Street Playground Association invite you to attend its General Meeting on Thursday, Feb 23 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the 100th Precinct. Come and hear all events and activities being planned for the playground and join the fun! Look forward to seeing you there! Please contactFriendsofbeach59thplayground@gmail.com for more information
Join the FINY Congregational Team of Far Rockaway to work on issues that impact the Far Rockaway community. The regularly scheduled team meeting is on the fourth Monday of the month. Their next meeting is on Monday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the McKenna Center of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. Call the rectory at 718-327-1133, ext. 16 for more information.
The University at Albany wants to welcome Dennis Dunne of Breezy Point and Anne Erlie Paul of Far Rockaway as the newest Great Danes. During the week of Jan. 23, the newest members of the Great Dane community participated in an Orientation program that offers new students an opportunity to meet other students, discover academic and campus life opportunities on campus, and meet with their academic advisor. Best of luck! On Wednesday, Feb. 22, there will be a community Birthday Party at 11 a.m. at the Roy Reuther Senior Center, 711 Seagirt Ave. in Far Rockaway. On Thursday, Feb. 23, nutritionist Dr. Shields will be at the Center at 11 a.m. for a discussion on Heart Health and on Friday, March 24, the Chinese Dance Troupe will appear, also at 11 a.m. A hot Kosher lunch is served every day at 12:00 p.m. with a salad alternative. Reservations are required the day before for all meals. All seniors are invited to participate in all activities. Guests are welcome, and transportation is available for all seniors Monday through Friday anywhere on Rockaway peninsula to doctor’s appointments, family visits, etc. Please contact Lena at 718-471- 3200 x3.
Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, has announced that Julius Forde from Far Rockaway, assigned to Company C, 101st Signal Battalion, received a promotion to the rank of specialist. Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. Outstanding, Julius!