Witness Meeting…Tears And Tales



Commentary By Howard Schwach They came to the meeting at the Beach Club on Wednesday night for many reasons. About 45 people came because they witnessed the last moments of Flight 587 before it crashed into Belle Harbor. Another 25 people came because one or more of their family members were on the flight, headed for the Dominican Republic. Thirty […]

‘He Was Like Sunshine’ Beloved Student Drowns At Family Outing



‘He Was Like Sunshine’ Beloved Student Drowns At Family Outing By Gary G. Toms On the morning of July 10, The Wave sat down with the McDonald family, who are long time residents of the Far Rockaway community. During that time, they fought hard to find words to describe the incident that claimed the life of their 16-year old son, […]

Planes Buzz Beach, Set Off Terrorist Alerts



Planes Buzz Beach, Set Off Terrorist Alerts By Howard Schwach The pilots of two light planes transiting from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to New Jersey, flew through a restricted zone on July Fourth, buzzing Rockaway beaches at a height of 25 feet before being forced down at a New Jersey airport by helicopters from the New York City Police Department. The […]

SJEH Program Helps Families in Crisis



SJEH Program Helps Families in Crisis A new program is being offered on the peninsula to provide support and counseling to at-risk teens and to help troubled families gain stability. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s new "Blended Case Management" program offers intensive services including crisis intervention and supportive services like recreational activities. The program, which is being administered under its Home […]

Family Day At Bayswater Park



By Gary G. Toms On July 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Rockaway Children’s Network, in conjunction with the City of New York Parks and Recreation, will sponsor the second annual "Rockaway Family Day Picnic." The festival will take place at Bayswater State Park, located at Bay 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway. The event, […]

Meeks Mourns Loss of Johnson



Meeks Mourns Loss of Johnson Representatives from the office of Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, and the political arena, are mourning the death of Meeks’ Chief of Staff, Josephine Johnson. Johnson died on July 4, after months of battling a severe illness. She was laid to rest on July 9. Meeks offered the following statements shortly after her death. “I speak […]

PAL Programs Offer Fun For Kids



PAL Programs Offer Fun For Kids During the summer, the Police Athletic League, PAL, closes off streets and other public areas throughout New York City to give children safe, supervised places to play. Play-sites offer sports, arts, games, crafts, music, and dance. PAL will operate in some 233 neighborhoods this summer, including 151 play-site programs, 11 day camps, 52 sports […]

Community Garden Legislation Gains Support



Community Garden Legislation Gains Support Community gardens is a topic that attracts celebrity attention from the likes of Bette Midler to the focus of a Law and Order episode. It now gains the support of the New York City Council, for legislation to provide a public process on determining the use of land and ending the days when bulldozers could […]

Completed Basic Training



Completed Basic Training Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Jason T. Chase, son of Leah A. and David E. Chase of Far Rockaway, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Chase successfully completed twelve weeks of training designed to challenge new marine recruits both physically and mentally. Chase and his fellow recruits began their training at 5 […]

Crafts Shop Reopens



Crafts Shop Reopens Summer is here and there is much activity at the studios of Pottery by Susan and in the Crafts Shop window in the Wave building. Walk by and you’ll see new display shelves, boxes being emptied, and new creations being moved around. "Pottery by Susan" studios, located on the third floor of the Wave Building, 88-08 Rockaway […]