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Longtime Rockaway Newspaper Showcases Area's Sandy Recovery

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A newspaper that's served the Rockaways for more than a century is determined to keep doing just that, as it is now dedicated to showing how the community, and the paper itself, have bounced back from Hurricane Sandy. NY1's Arlene Borenstein filed the following report.

Its offices were devastated by Hurricane Sandy and the economic climate is tough for newspapers across the country, but after more than century, The Wave is thriving.

"The Wave always comes out on top because it's reliable," said editor Kevin Boyle.

Boyle and his colleagues are still working out of temporary office space on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Their original office, just downstairs, was inundated by four feet of water from Hurricane Sandy. There was little they could salvage, losing all of their computers and much of their century-old archive.

"Everything was in a disarray," said publisher Susan Locke. "The chairs were all over the place, the refrigerator was thrown down, the sink was pulled out of the wall. It just was really, it was horrible."

It was the first time in the paper's 120-year history that it couldn't publish.

"We had three weeks without power." Locke said. "We couldn't start anything until we had power."

They also lost $120,000, just in revenue, for being closed for about a month. But Locke said the team came together, although many of them were dealing with their own devastation at home.

"We went out to Home Depot and bought stuff to build new desks," she said. "We salvaged some of the parts that we used downstairs, and we built new desks and work stations. It's very compact now."

It wasn't until November 30, a month and a day after Hurricane Sandy, that The Wave was distributed again. They said they're focusing on shining a light on the resilience of the Rockaways after so much devastation.

"When a store comes back, it's good news. We should highlight it," Boyle said. "When people move back after being displaced, that's good news. We should highlight that. When money comes in from a new project, we should highlight it."

Celebrating survival is the idea as the team prepares a special issue dedicated to the anniversary of the storm, come hell or high water. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP