August 29, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

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Bomb Squad Responds to Suspicious Package

The Bomb Squad and the NYPD Emergency Service Unit responded to a call near the fire station at Beach 49 Street last Friday after a suspicious black suitcase was reported on the corner of Beach 49 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. More...

Deceitful Cell Phone Robbery In Edgemere

A Rockaway Beach teenager allegedly ran off with a man's cell phone in Edgemere after asking the victim if he could use it to call his mother, according to police. More...

Did You See That Shark In Far Rock?

The Department of Parks and Recreation received eyewitness reports from fishermen on Monday afternoon citing that they had seen an eight to ten foot shark off the waters of Beach 9 Street. More...

School News

Guzman Receives National Honor

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced that Beach Channel High School student Elliot Guzman of Far Rockaway has been selected for membership. More...

Public School/Middle School 42 Collaborative Art Projects

New York Cares Project ***

PS/MS 42 has had a productive year for the arts. In collaboration with New York Cares, an organization that mobilizes caring New Yorkers in volunteer services, the school family helped to beautify the school. More...

Business News

Wolff Opens The Doors To Thrift Store Heaven

Elizabeth Wolff (nee Schlesinger), a fourth generation Rockaway resident, is combining her passion for art, antiques, fashion and design with her experience in fundraising and knowledge of the thrift shop industry. More...

Making New York Better For Business And Employees

Governor David A. Paterson announced that the successful implementation of workers' compensation reforms will reduce insurance rates for the second year in a row. More...

Paterson Nominates ESD President And CEO

Governor David A. More...

Milestones

Stanton Graduates From Kaplan University

Tracy Stanton of Broad Channel was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies during Kaplan University's commencement exercise at the Chicago Symphony Theatre. The commencement celebrated the achievements of more than 2,000 graduates. More...

Taylor Named Miss Cover Girl

Kayla Taylor, daughter of Stephanie Taylor of Far Rockaway, was crowned National American Miss New York Princess Cover Girl. More...

Magoolaghan Celebrates 90th Brithday

Longtime Broad Channel resident Frances Magoolaghan (seen here surrounded by family members) recently celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family at the North Channel Yacht Club. More...

Editorial/Opinion

From the Editor's Desk

Nobody Asked Me, But … (Odds And Ends Edition)

Nobody asked me, but … 'Tis a puzzlement. Ask the RMAC officials and other locals what they think about Lisa Eckert, the outgoing superintendent of the Breezy Point Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, More...

It's My Turn

(The following is the testimony of David Quintana, a parent activist who attended the Contracts for Excellence Hearing in late July.) My name is David M. Quintana. More...

Obits

Helen E. Donnelly

Hairdresser

Helen Donnelly, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died August 24. Donnelly, a hairdresser, was born in Rockaway Beach. She was preceded in death by her husband, William; and sisters, Margaret Barto and Virginia Parlo. More...

Evelyn A. Pastore

Registered Nurse

Evelyn Pastore, a 17-year Rockaway resident, coming from Inwood, died August 15. Pastore, a retired nurse at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. More...

Fidelina Rivera

Homemaker

Fidelina Rivera, a Rockaway resident for more than 30 years, died August 28. Rivera, a homemaker, was born in Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert. More...

Richards Assembly Ballot Case Sent To Queens Court

A state appellate court has ruled in favor of a would-be challenger to Assemblywoman Michele Titus, who represents Far Rockaway, and sent his case asking to be included on September's primary ballot back to a lower court in Queens. More...

West End Burglar Busted By Cops

A local man has been arrested in connection with three burglaries in Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor for which he faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. More...

Community

13-Year-Old Local Artist Showcases Talents

Myesha Winston, a Far Rockaway resident and aspiring artist has been trying to perfect her drawings since she was five years old. Eight years later and on her way to M.S. More...

Beach Mat Makes Things Easier In Belle Harbor

Residents of Belle Harbor with the help of City Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr, enjoy the benefits of a newly installed beach mat at Beach 131 Street. More...

Bambary Completes Pre-Deployment Exercise

Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher B. More...

Entertainment/Lifestyles

BCAC's Host Its First Annual Irish Festival

The Broad Channel Athletic Club (BCAC) held its first annual Irish Festival on Saturday, August 16 at the BCAC Memorial field. There were vendors, food, drinks, music bands, Irish step dancers and games for the kids. More...

Beach 140th Street Residents Host First Block Party

The 400 block of Beach 140 Street held its first Annual Block Party on Saturday, August 2. Despite the downpour, the event which was arranged by Jill and Jim Nagel, was a success. More...

Fort Tilden Highlights

FREE: SUMMER MOONS: Scheduled bands every Thursday under the stars in the summer on MoonStage & sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden. More...

Columnists

Beachcomber

Several people who saw our story on Geraldine Chapey's appointment as a Commissioner of the State Workers' Compensation Board called to say that Chapey's van service, More...

Broad Channel Bits

This is the last column in August and everybody knows what that means. September is right around the corner. Labor Day is upon us and it's the unofficial end of summer. A lot of folks will put the barbecue tools away for next year. More...

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance SPLASH To Take The Plunge

ARTSPLASH, RAA's annual multimedia Autumn arts celebration, begins in only two weeks (see gray box for dates). We wish to thank the many artists who submitted for jurying. The work of 40 artists was accepted. More...

Sports

Dolphins Want To Incorporate Pride And Passion

It was during an afternoon break in the second week of pre-season football practice that Victor Nazario, head coach of the Beach Channel Dolphins, could smile after just seeing one of his players display a bit of passion on the field. More...

Seahorses Get Ready To Battle In Unfamiliar Surroundings

The hallways at Far Rockaway High School will once again echo with change this fall. A brand new junior high school and two smaller high schools will open inside the building on September 2. More...

New Sparkling Baseball Stadiums Begin To Rise

In 2009, baseball fans will soon be entering New York City's two new complexes that will host the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. More...

Letters

What Does Lew Do?

Dear Editor, What on earth is the public value of our tax dollars to the tune of $20K a year to Lew M. Simon? What work does he do to earn it? More...

Rockaway Peninsula Civic Assn. Senior Program

Dear Editor, There are quite a few senior citizen programs here in the Rockaways. Our senior population needs to know where they're located and what they offer. More...

Silver Gull Members Are Hardly The Elite

Dear Editor, Why is it every time your newspaper mentions Neponsit and Belle Harbor, it is with distain and vitriol? Every homeowner in both sections of Rockaway earned or inherited his home and most probably works hard to maintain it. More...


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