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We hope this Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be the best ever. We’d like to put a shamrock on the front page of next week’s Wave. So calling all artists, photographers, creative geniuses: make a shamrock, take a picture and send it to us. We love clever and grand. Send to

From The Mayor: Working with the National Parks Service and the Rockefeller Foundation, we'll develop plans for a worldclass science and resilience center on Jamaica Bay that will be the premier institute for the study of coastal environments and climate change.

It might not occur to you for a couple more weeks but you might be looking for a new bike especially if your garage was flooded. Check out Paul’s Bike shop on Beach 116th Street.

Dave Checketts, former president of the New York Knicks and David Neeleman founder of Jet Blue were among the Mormons who came to Rockaway to help people dig out.

The Sand Bar, at Beach 116th and the Boardwalk, open to the elements since Sandy, finally got boards put up. Let’s hope a brand new bar opens for the summer season.

Spotted on Sunday: Marissa Bernowitz, of the Free Flea Market, delivering baby food to the needy on Beach 116th Street.

Okay, we’ve printed a lot of devastation photos. How about some before and after pics? Send in your pics that were taken right after the storm and ones showing a spruced up transformation.

From the New York Times, 1973: "We have been idle and apathetic long enough," Kathy Goebel, a senior told her classmates in a letter to the Sandpiper, the student newspaper at Stella Maris High School in Rockaway. She said something had to be done about the steady erosion of Rockaway's beaches. You might now know that wise, prescient teenager as Kathy Ryan of Belle Harbor.

The latest word from the MTA is the Rockaways A train will resume operations in June. The Ferry will continue until the City says otherwise, according to the ferry operator, SeaStreak.

We did as State Assemblywoman Michele Titus (aka absent-titus) suggested. We visited her website “often.” The last news item she posted was in 2010. Please let us know when there is a Titus appearance in Far Rockaway.

Dean Hickey – our young intern from Dublin, Ireland-- did a story on Beach 116th stores making a comeback. We heard from a few storeowners that the article neglected to mention them. Well, we can’t mention them now lest we neglect to mention others! Young Dean meant no offense and learns the lesson about the dangers of mentioning anyone: you’re bound to leave people out. We imagine, when he wins the Academy Award one day he will offer just a broad “thank you.” As for The Wave we will continue to announce re-openings. No snubs intended!

Long Beach will NOT have a full boardwalk this summer. Their goal is to have "some part of it open." A spokesman for Sustainable Long Island - a group working with LB officials says they hope "a quarter of it" is operational.

Scott Stringer, current Manhattan Borough Prez and running for NYC Comptroller, set aside Borough money to establish wetlands off Manhattan which will help protect the east side of the City. Perhaps he’ll make wetland proposals for this neck of the woods should he hold a citywide office.

Got real estate tax questions? Councilman Ulrich will be hosting a town hall meeting with the Department of Finance at PS 114 on Tuesday, February 26th at 7 p.m.

Brian Clamar is a new intern who will be snapping pictures in Far Rockaway and Bayswater. See his work in this week’s Wave. Pretty good for a rookie!

Dan Guarino wants to know what businesses you’d like to see in Rockaway and Broad Channel. A Trader Joe’s? A Petco? Send your suggestions to and he’ll write it up in his column and even send your suggestions to the parent companies.

Homeowners and renters that do not qualify for an SBA disaster loan may receive additional FEMA grant assistance so it might be worth it to apply for an SBA loan for that reason alone. And don’t be misled by the name Small Business – this is for homeowners and renters. Visit The DEADLINE is Feb 27.

2013-02-22 / Columnists

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