Evil Dad Sentenced In Daughter’s Death



An Arverne man whose 7-year-old daughter died after he viciously abused her and then failed to get medical attention for her was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Russell Roberts, 43, was sentenced to a decade behind bars for the death of his daughter, Sierra Roberts. The little girl died days […]

Old Firehouse Up For Grabs. Got Any Ideas?



The city wants to sell or lease the old, fire-damaged firehouse in Edgemere and needs Community Board 14’s input, but board members said Tuesday night that they want to hear from the public before they weigh in on the subject. The former home of Engine 265/ Ladder 121 on Beach 56 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard was shut down in […]

Chief Blows Whistle On New York City Lifeguard System



A local lifeguard chief who is risking her job by blowing the whistle on her bosses has publicly unleashed her fury over the city’s lifeguard system. Janet Fash, a 28-year veteran lifeguard and the chief of the Beach 97 Street shack, recently told Daily News Columnist Denis Hamill that she fears understaffing and poor training may lead to drownings in […]

Chamber Lights Its Holiday Tree As Chorus Sings



The children’s chorus from the Rockaway Theatre Company sings as the Chamber of Commerce lights its Holiday Tree at Beach 116 Street on Friday, December 8. More than 100 people crowded the area outside the firehouse on the shopping street awaiting Santa Claus, who arrived in an NYPD vehicle to light the tree on what has so far been the […]

PHC Chemotherapy Department Hosts Holiday Party



Each year, Rosemarie Zapata, RN, and Janet DePaolo, RN, the nurses responsible for Peninsula Hospital Center’s Ambulatory Chemotherapy Department, organize a festive holiday celebration for the patients of Ambulatory Chemotherapy, an integral part of the Hospital Center’s Cancer Treatment Program. The packages filled the room, the food was delicious and a special visit from Santa Claus added to the festivities. […]

The Dunes Should Go, Say Engineers For Plaintiffs In Suit



Make the beach wall taller and get rid of the dunes that restrict beach access in Belle Harbor. So say the engineers hired by the Belle Harbor residents who are suing the city and state to get the dunes removed. The engineers recently toured a stretch of dunes in Belle Harbor that spans from Beach 139 to Beach 142 Street, […]

Two Give Up Fight To Keep ‘Member Items’ Secret



After years of trying to hide “member items” from the public, the New York State Legislature was recently ordered by a State Supreme Court judge to release the information about our legislator’s spending on pet projects, which amounts to about $170 million a year, to the public. Even after the ruling, however, legislative leaders fought disclosing the information, first refusing […]

Grocery Hold Up No Joke For Employees

Gun-Toting Quartet Gets $8 Thousand, Phone Cards

A gun-toting quartet of bandana-bound stickup men took more than $8,000 from a Rockaway Park grocery store on Monday evening, leaving with the money and more than $500 worth of phone cards, police say. The four youths, aged 15 to 25, entered the Rockaway Grocery and Deli at 112-32 Rockaway Beach Boulevard at about 9:24 p.m. on Monday. The four […]

Assaulted, Robbed On Way Home From PS 42

Looking For Four Men In Series Of Incidents

Police are searching for four men in their twenties in connection with a series of assaults and robberies of young children coming home from the after-school program at PS 42 in Arverne, The Wave has learned. Those sources, both in the police department and in the community, say that there have been at least three incidents since Thanksgiving in which […]

Solstice Celebration Features Local Bands



The Rockaway Artists Alliance will present a Solstice Celebration on Thursday, December 21 featuring local favorites from the Rockaway music scene. Indaculture headlines the free music festival, with additional performances by Kuff & The Buttheads, Zeps, T.K. Kearney, Walker, and a live DJ. The Solstice Celebration is also sponsored by the Brooklyn Brewery, and begins at 8 p.m. at RoCA […]