Storm Rescue



A large number of firefighters, police, emergency personnel and onlookers crowded onto the sand off Beach 56th Street in Arverne early on Thursday morning, Feb. 25. Just off shore, the 76-foot fishing boat Carolina Queen III lay wedged in the sand, as it had run aground in the very early hours of the morning. The large ship still swayed as […]

Goldfeder Announces SAFER Grants

Assemblyman Urges Local Vollies To Apply

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has announced the open application for the current round of Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). With $340 million available nationwide to fund improvements to staffing and deployment capabilities, Goldfeder is urging local volunteer fire departments to consider applying for the grants. “The brave men and […]

Goldfeder’s Law



Saint Patrick’s Day or Lá Fhéile Pádraig is as much a cultural holiday as any in New York City. That’s why The Wave supports Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s efforts to make St. Patrick’s Day a school holiday for Irish-Americans. Many of the early Irish settlers who came to America were indentured servants, and they brought the Irish tradition of celebrating St. […]

EDITORIAL COMMENT



For The Birds



Dear Editor: Last week’s editorial “Litter Is Everyone’s Problem” is right on. Another blight in our community is the amount of pigeon excrement accumulating on the awnings on Beach 116th Street. Benevolent birdfeeders come to the center median and throw birdseed and stale bread for the pigeons. Well, what goes in, has to come out. Take a look at the […]

Joe Calls Shenanigans



Dear Editor: My daughter and son jointly own a house in Bayswater, which is in the Rockaways. The Rockaways have been designated by the government as a location prone to flooding. During Hurricane Sandy, the storm devastated most of Bayswater, including my children’s house. The 54 inches of sea water that entered the house completely destroyed the first floor of […]

CompStat 2.0



The New York City Police Department is taking the unprecedented step of making much of the crime data developed in the CompStat model available to the public. This new advancement, called CompStat 2.0, will provide greater specificity about crimes through an interactive experience. “CompStat 2.0 changes the way crime data is reported,” Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said. “It provides […]

Sign Up For ‘Freezin’ For A Reason’ Polar Plunge



Special Olympics New York is looking for volunteers to hit the water in Riis Park for a good cause. As a recent release says, they are “recruiting hardy, brave souls to participate in the 2nd Annual Rockaways Polar Plunge” on Saturday March 12, on the beach at Jacob Riis Park.” Under the slogan “Freezin’ For A Reason,” the Polar Plunge […]

County Cork Honors Rockaway



On Saturday, March 5, the County Cork B.P. & P. Association of New York will hold its 132nd Banquet in honor of St. Patrick at Antun’s of Queens Village. This year, the Association is delighted to recognize three distinguished honorees, and the first “65 Year Member” of the Association. Tim Murphy retired lieutenant of the New York City Fire Department […]

SJEH Community Forum



The message delivered at the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital community forum was simple; we have a plan. SJEH CEO Gerard Walsh introduced Chris Parker, Chief Operating Officer and Del Joiner, Interim Vice President of Quality to the community. Walsh said having Parker and Joiner on the team is “a breath of fresh air.” Walsh spoke confidently about 2016, saying the […]