2003-04-12 / Community

The Rockaway Connection

When Jim and Mary Kelly vacationed on Marco Island, Florida this January and February, they became keenly aware of the Rockaway connection, especially among those of retirement age.

"We met so many couples who spoke fondly of their summers in Rockaway, and naming their bungalow courts and rooming houses where their families resided from Memorial Day to Labor Day," Mary Kelly says.

"Rockaway of old was the meeting place where many couples dated and fell in love. A couple that now resides in Sag Harbor initially met at The Last Stop Inn, and another Staten Island couple met at The Irish Circle. We spoke fondly of 103 Street and Ruthie Morissey and Mickey Carton and St. Camillus Bazaars. It was such a fun and carefree time in our lives to remember," she adds.

"Jim and I were proud to tell our former summer Rockaway residents about the new Rockaway – the construction of homes throughout the peninsula and our diverse population. We were eager to share the good news that Rockaway is experiencing a Renaissance where people are involv-ed in their community associations, helping to improve the quality of life for all residents. Jim and I are thankful that we live in Rockaway, which can only be described as a hidden jewel."

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