Subway Predator Gets 25 Years In Slay



A Far Rockaway thug, who shot and killed a young father of two in a botched jewelry robbery on the Beach 36 Street subway platform, pleaded guilty this week and now faces 25 years in prison. Raymond Burney, 19, pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter and admitted that he shot Shamel Garrett, 21, once in the back with a .38 […]

Street Creep Tries To Snatch Kid



A crazed street person landed behind bars this week after he tried to snatch a toddler from the tot’s terrified mother on a street in Far Rockaway, police say. Anthony Garcia, 27, allegedly attempted the bizarre kid caper on Wednesday afternoon near Beach 21 Street and Cornaga Avenue, according to court records. Law enforcement sources say he walked up to […]

Controversy Grows Over New Site For Gutted Synagogue



Bob Wein, the President of Congregation Derech Emunoh, wants a new home to replace the historic, 98-year-old synagogue at Beach 67 Street in Arverne that was gutted by fire and then demolished by the city in June of 2002. “For nearly 100 years, we had our own building,” Wein told The Wave. “The outward appearance of a synagogue is important. […]

Archer Leaves RDRC For Harlem Development Corp.



After seven and a half years of running the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC), Executive Director Curtis Archer will be leaving for a new post as President of the prestigious Harlem Community Development Corporation. Archer, who will leave the Rockaway position on January 20, issued a prepared statement: “It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you […]

101 Pct. XO Safeguards New Year’s Eve



Broad Channel Bits



This is the first column in 2006. Happy New Year everybody—whether you slept through the midnight revelry, quietly celebrated in front of the TV with Dick Clark, greeted January 1 with a glass of champagne in one hand and a noisemaker in the other or took a brisk walk later along the beach with the American Littoral Society—I hope you […]

Blum Memorial Blood Drive



Some 40 odd years ago, Walter Blum was a regular blood donor for a number of organizations, which included the American Red Cross, Peninsula Hospital, The Knights of Columbus, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. The tradition continues with the Walter J. Blum Annual Memorial Blood Drive, sponsored by New York Methodist Hospital, on Sunday, January 15 from 8 a.m. to […]

Beachcomber



The accident that occurred on Cronston Avenue and Beach 130 Street in the middle of December injured a young girl but could have been much worse. In that accident, ex-judge Edward Re passed a school bus that clearly had its flashing lights on and struck the young girl, who was in a group of six youngsters crossing the street in […]

CB14 Committee Approves Rezoning: Full Board Could Vote At January 10 Meeting



Contributing Editor The community board’s Land Use Committee voted Tuesday night in support of a proposed rezoning in Bayswater/Far Rockaway, according to a key representative. The vote followed an hour-long meeting with residents of Bayswater and parts of Far Rockaway at the Bayswater Jewish Center, where a rezoning proposal for those two communities was specifically addressed. Support for the rezoning […]

Christmas Tree Collection And ‘Mulchfest’



The Sanitation Department has announced that they began its annual Christmas tree collection and recycling program on Wednesday, January 4, 2006. The program will run through Saturday, January 14. Residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from holiday trees before they are put out for removal. Trees must not be put into plastic bags . Clean, non-bagged […]