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Huntley Passes Through BC State Senate Primary

State Senator Shirley L. Huntley defeated her democratic challenger by an impressive margin in this Tuesday's primary election. She received 69.97 percent of the vote (7,351) compared to Allan Jennings 30.03 percent (3,155). More...

CBB Northbound Ramp To Be Closed 9/15

As part of a new stage in the major deck and ramp reconstruction of the Cross Bay Bridge, the northbound ramp from Beach Channel Drive east to the bridge will be closed to traffic beginning September 15, 2008, and remain so through December. More...

Driver Jumps As Car Bursts Into Flames

The driver of a car heading northbound on Cross Bay Boulevard on Friday afternoon, September 4, had to think fast and jump for his life as his vehicle suddenly burst into flames. More...

School News

New Initiative To Stop Bullying In New York City Schools

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced a comprehensive new set of initiatives aimed at combating bullying and harassment in New York City public schools. More...

NYC Public School Closings 2008 - 2009

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Lee Named To Ithaca College Dean's List

Alyson Lee, daughter of Rockaway Park residents Michael and Denise Lee, was named to the Dean's List at Ithaca College's School of Health Sciences and Human Performance for the spring 2008 term. More...

Business News

Dr. Yashodhara Kirtane

Lifestyle Medicine For The Rockaways

Dr. Kirtane is board certified in internal medicine, allergy immunology and diagnostic and laboratory immunology. In addition to her private practice, she holds an academic appointment to SUNY, Downstate Medical Center. Pictured, Dr. More...

Milestones

Vittorini Crowned Miss New York

Gianna Vittorini, niece of Monica Vittorini of Rockaway Beach, was crowned Miss New York at the 2008 National American Miss Pageant, Jr. Pre-Teen Division 1 competition, which was held at the downtown Brooklyn Marriott. More...

Ashley Enters The Fourth Grade

Ashley Pascual, (at left) has begun the fourth grade at PS 253 in Far Rockaway. She completed the third grade reading requirements and was promoted to the fourth grade. More...

Riley Regan Brasch's Christening

Riley Regan Brasch was christened on July 12. A celebration was held at Harbor Light Restaurant with family and friends. She is the daughter of Tom and Tara Brasch of Oceanside and little sister of Rian. More...

Editorial/Opinion

Change Term Limits At Your Own Peril

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council are playing an Alphonse-Gaston game, each trying to goad the other into being first to move away from the eight-year term limits that were vetted by the public in two elections. More...

EDITORIAL COMMENT

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Obits

Dennis E. Abbott

Proprietor

Dennis Abbott, a 19-year Roxbury resident, died August 31. He was 55. Abbott, born in Brooklyn, was the proprietor of Syspro Solutions. He was also a member of St. Stanislaus Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. More...

Martika Lashawn Boyd

Student

Martika Boyd, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died August 29. Martika was born in Far Rockaway on April 16, 1993. She was a student at Far Rockaway High School. More...

Joyce A. Brodigan

Property Manager

Joyce Brodigan, a longtime Rockaway resident, died September 9. Brodigan was born in Springfield Gardens. She was a property manager at Gateway National Recreation Area. She also worked as a security guard at Breezy Point Co-op before retiring. More...

Family: Labor Day Lifeguard Ignored Cry For Help

The family of one of the victims in last week's daring water rescues claims that the lifeguard on duty ignored their cries for help when the 62-year-old man got caught in a rip current off the shores of Beach 73 Street. More...

Hammels Man Shot In Leg

An unidentified Hammels man, leaving home, reportedly for a court date, was shot once in the leg by a gunman who then fled west in an automobile, police said on Wednesday. The shooting was one of three "shots fired" calls in Rockaway this week. More...

Community

A Bird's-Eye View Of The Rockaway Peninsula

Can You Guess The Locations?

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Auxilians Welcome PHC Residents

The featured topic at this month's Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary meeting was, "A Day in the Life of a PHC Resident." Peter A. More...

'Cathedral Windows' To Be Raffled Off

A handmade quilt, made by the Shore Garden Club, will be raffled off at the Rockaway Music and Arts Festival on September 13 and 14 at Jacob Riis Park. More...

Entertainment/Lifestyles

Rhyte Hitters Have Unfinished Business

The Rhyte Hitters, Rockaway's positive anti-violence hip-hop stars, are getting ready to release their second studio album later this year with a revamped, fresh new lineup. More...

The Silly Dilly Band Performs At ARTSPLASH

The Silly Dilly Band is set to perform at the opening reception for ARTSPLASH, the Rockaway Artists Alliance multimedia arts celebration, on September 14th at 1 p.m. on the MoonStage, RoCA, Fort Tilden. More...

Three Rock Bands To Perform At Westbury

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Columnists

From the Editor's Desk

Who Gets My Vote? Probably Nobody

First, as a matter of full disclosure, let me say that I probably will not vote for John McCain for president. There are just too many conservative values that he holds dear that are dealbeakers as far as I am concerned. More...

NPS Hosts Two Walks This Weekend

The National Park Service will host two walks at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge this weekend. Join a coastal biologist for an exploration of the restoration of Big Egg Marsh on Saturday, September 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. More...

Beachcomber

Mark your calendars for this weekend's annual Fall Festival sponsored by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC). More...

Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

Tropical Storm Hanna wasn't much of a storm if you ask me. At least not around here. We dodged a bullet this time. The only positive I saw from the blow was the removal of dead bunker from Shellbank Creek. More...

BCAC Shamrock Football Ponies Win Season Opener

The Broad Channel Athletic Club Ponies football team opened the season with a strong effort with a 25-14 win over Lindenhurst. More...

St. Camillus/St. Virgilius CYO Basketball Registration

St. Camillus and St. Virgilius have recently combined as one parish. Therefore our CYO teams will be combined for the upcoming year. More...

Letters

Bloomberg Should Be Clear

Dear Editor, I believe the time has come for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to clearly, truthfully and directly let the people of New York City know whether he supports term limit extensions. More...

We Need New Garbage Cans!

This letter was directed to Commissioner Benepe of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Dear Editor, As a resident of Rockaway Park I have given considerable thought to the ongoing problem of beach garbage. More...

A Few Details About China

Dear Editor, I was mesmerized at the militaristic precision with which the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympic Games were conducted. More...


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