Rip Current Claims Fifth Victim



The rip current that comes roaring westward out of the East Rockaway Inlet has claimed another life, a Queens man who was wading in the ocean at Beach 15 Street around 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Officials say that Heyward “Winky” Patterson, 40, of South Jamaica, his longtime girlfriend, Lisa Dean, and an unidentified friend went to the beach to […]

Seniors Shaky Over Health Care Reform



Go anywhere in Rockaway where senior citizens gather and you’ll hear one topic discussed and debated over and over again, a topic that many seniors consider a matter of life or death. And, those who spend sleepless nights worried about health care and its proposed reform may well be right. For the thousands of senior citizens who populate the Rockaway […]

Arverne Amenities Lost At Sea?



Since the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Arverne By The Sea development took place on May 28, 2004, the community has grown to 850 homes with the construction of several hundred more planned for the near future. A major selling point for many of those who bought the homes was a planned school, a revamped transit hub, a supermarket, […]

‘A Candle Before Midnight’

Growing Up In Pre-WW II Rockaway

It is not often that a Rockaway resident has a chance to read a gripping story of an immigrant family in Rockaway in the decade prior to World War II, when the Great Depression was in full thrall and the peninsula was generally thought of as a summer resort. “A Candle Before Midnight” is one such story; a gritty, true-to-life […]

Held Mayoral Control Hostage



Sources say that the woman who represents Board Channel in the State Senate offered to support the mayoral control bill in return for the firing of a principal for whom her daughter works. Senator Shirley Huntley admittedly has been trying for several years to get rid of the principal of PS 30 – the school in which her daughter, Pamela […]

Eye Affordable Housing For Beach Club Site

Community Seeks Market Rate For Critical Site

What was once one of Rockaway’s most popular restaurants and then became one of the peninsula’s tony catering halls may soon become dozens of affordable housing rental units, officials say. In late June, Orin Evenhar, who is now one of the owners of the site that was formerly the Beach Club, had a meeting with Jonathon Gaska, the district manager […]

PHC And SJEH Graded On Patient Care: Report Cards Differ On Care In Local Hospitals



New report cards on patient care and mortality rates give our local facilities differing reviews as residents now have two new surveys, to help them choose where to go for medical care. Last month The Wave published the results of consumer surveys from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website and the Niagara Health Quality Coalition (NHQC) […]

FDNY Responds To Fiery Car Crash



Two More Water Rescues Last Week



Contributing to a week that saw several drowning and water rescues along the Rockaway shorelines, New York City Department of Parks and Recrea-tion has informed The Wave of two additional rescues early last week. According to Parks, on Monday, August 3, at Beach 117 Street at 6:30 p.m., when lifeguards were not on duty, a Parks Enforcement Patrol officer repeatedly […]

Local Arrested In Upstate New York



As part of an area drug task force investigation, a Far Rockaway man was arrested and charged with drug possession in upstate New York, according to local published reports. Plattsburgh City Police stopped and arrested Jamell Carter last Monday evening. The 29-year-old South Carolina man was busted for third degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance, according to […]