FEMA Follies At CB14



After a lengthy and contentious sparring session over Select Bus Service at the monthly Community Board 14 meeting on Jan. 10, CB14 then tackled the formidable task of FEMA funding for resiliency, recovery and amenities for Rockaway. Funds left over from the reconstruction of the Rockaway Boardwalk are around $100 -$120 million, and Daniel Zarrilli, Director of the Mayor’s Office […]

The Fight For Free Tuition



Last Tuesday, Jan. 3, Governor Andrew Cuomo offered his constituents a belated holiday gift, promising low and middle-income New Yorkers free tuition at the state’s public universities. Much discussed during the 2016 Democratic primary this past year, turned free college tuition into a trending topic across liberal America. However, though Tennessee and Oregon codified similar legislation at two-year community colleges, […]

A Halo For Rockaway



Seems we aren’t the only ones who think Richard E. Santaga is a great photographer. Here’s a photo taken on Jan. 9 that was shown during the weather report on the CBS2’s noon news. “It’s called a 22º Halo,” Santaga told The Wave. “Ice crystals form a ring with a radius of approximately 22° around the sun. The sunlight is […]

A Progress Report from CM Richards



At the Jan. 10 Community Board 14 meeting, Councilman Donovan Richards began his Progress Report with a very positive tone: “It’s going to be an exciting year.” The Central Library is on schedule for redevelopment and there will be a $3.5 million dollar expansion of the Arverne library. The Councilman invited all attendees to the ribboncutting for the 20 new […]

The de Blasio Shell Game



On Sept. 26, 2014, The Wave obtained a memo, sent from the NYC Parks Department to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, informing him that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had “set the reimbursement for the Rockaway Boardwalk at $480 million, which will become public knowledge when the federal agency makes its official announcement in the coming days or weeks. That […]

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Tears To My Eyes



Dear Editor: The article Gail Johnson wrote (Loss For Arverne, Dec. 23, 2016) brought tears to my eyes. She touched on just how we felt. Mark, Dawn and I have worked so hard to bring quality service and items to the community and we poured our hearts into that store and are sad to let it go, but thank God […]

Struggling With Stuttering



Dear Editor: For many people, ringing in the New Year brings hope and joyful anticipation. But for those who struggle with stuttering, the old fears of speaking and being teased remain the same—year after year. Many of your readers don’t know that help for stuttering is available from so many places. Trusted information on stuttering is available at your local […]

Cuomo’s Big Plans For JFK



Dear Editor: I for one am not opposed for future JFK dramatic changes in design, efficiency, parking, etc. But, how and will there be fortitude to enforce vehicles to use designated parking lots and not the vehicle safety zones outside and inside the JFK International Airport. Not only is parking revenue lost, but potential accidents may occur and airport security […]

Watchdog Group Calls For Investigation Into LIRR Safety Measures



The Far Rock- away Long Island Rail Road train derailment on Jan. 4 was the second Long Island Rail Road accident is less than three months. An eastbound Huntington LIRR train derailed after it struck a work train on Oct. 8, 2016. The eastbound LIRR work train moved into the path of a Huntington passenger train just east of New […]