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Driver Smacks Four Parked Cars, Runs Away

An errant driver lost control of his car and smashed into four cars parked on Seagirt Boulevard at Beach 32 Street on January 3. Police say that the unidentified driver jumped out of the car and fled west on the boulevard after the crash. More...

Mom And Baby Involved In Neponsit Car Accident

An unidentified mother and her young baby were transported to the Peninsula Hospital Center on New Year's Day after the car the mother was driving on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 145 Street was reportedly struck by another vehicle, forcing it in More...

Will Hoffman Face The Rap In Bellamy Case?

Published reports on Wednesday say that Thomas Hoffman, the lawyer who helped convicted murderer Kareem Bellamy get out of jail after 14 years, now may face charges of his own in connection with a tape that another Rockaway man said pointed to the More...

School News

Lt. Dowdell Visits St. Francis de Sales School

Lt. Patrick Dowdell, a graduate of St. Francis de Sales School, visited his alma mater while on Christmas leave. He is currently a soldier stationed in Iraq. Pictured is Dowdell with first grade students. More...

Columnists

Beachcomber

There were many Rockaway residents at the Orthodox Jewish Hanukkah Wonderland party at the former Baker's Hardware in Woodmere when an elderly man lost control of his car and crashed into the crowd, injuring a number of people, including seven chil More...

The Rockaway Beat

Good Riddance To 2008: Not Our Worst Year By A Long Shot

There are those who look at 2008 as the worst year in American history. More...

Ken's Math Korner

Here are a few strategies I have found helpful. More tips are coming soon. Feel free to contact me if you would like to share some of your ideas. I like to do a bit of meditation the night before and on the morning of a test. More...

Sports

A Rip Roaring End To Annual SFDS Christmas Tournament

The 24th Annual St. Francis de Sales Christmas Tournament concluded with another rousing day of championship games on Saturday, December 27. The day began with the Subnovice Division final, which set the tone for the day. More...

Sorrentino Center Hosts Double-Dutch Holiday Festival

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation's Sorrentino Center hosted the 18th Annual Double- Dutch Holiday Festival Tournament on Saturday, December 27. More...

Former College Stars Go In Different Directions

Former Christ the King High School and Boston College standout Clare Droesch's playing career may be over but her coaching opportunities continues to blossom. St. More...

Letters

Candidates Should Not Have a Column

Dear Editor, Now that Lew Simon is running for city council, I was wondering if you were going to let him continue to write his column. I don't think that would be fair, unless you let all the candidates for the seat have a column in your paper. More...

Barn Door Syndrome

Dear Editor, Politicians in this country are now more than ever suffering from the "barn door syndrome." What is the "barn door syndrome?" It is acknowledging an unfortunate event after the fact. More...

Hopes for 2009

Dear Editor, The year 2009 is here. Let's hope it is a better year. I know that is a worn out expression, but it fits. Let's hope and pray for an end to people losing jobs, homes and pensions at a brisk pace. More...

Ricatto Campaign Bus Kills Kid

Anine-year-old Ozone Park boy was struck and killed on Tuesday afternoon by a Mike Ricatto for City Council campaign bus operated by a man with a suspended license, police say. More...

Bloody Clothing Leads To Homicide Arrest

Bloody clothing found in a car parked on Beach 92 Street in Rockaway Beach led to the arrest of a Meriden, Connecticut man, police in that city say. More...

Community

Get Ready To Take The Plunge

The average high temperature for the first week of February is 39 degrees. That, however, won't stop a group of daring swimmers who plan to take a plunge into the frigid winter Atlantic Ocean water. But why do they do it? More...

Meeks Welcomes New Postmaster

Congressman Gregory Meeks welcomes Far Rockaway's new postmaster, Dermont Tuohy, to his office in an informal meet and greet last month. An official press conference or meeting to introduce Tuohy to the community is expected shortly. More...

Rockaway Penguins Are First In The Water

The Rockaway Penguins celebrated the New Year by being the first in the water and the last ones out. The group took a dip in the ocean at Beach 127 Street at 10 a.m. on January 1. The newest penguins include Jimmy Lunny and John Ross. More...

Entertainment/Lifestyles

Rockaway Artists Alliance Starts The New Year With 'Heritage'

The Rockaway Artists Alliance rings in the New Year with Heritage: Where We Came From, a new exhibition dedicated to the past and to the future. The exhibition will run from Saturday, January 17 to Sunday, February 15 at sTudio 6 in Fort Tilden. More...

MovieScope

'Valkyrie' - Cruise's Kill-Hitler Coup

The plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler was undermined by more than evil forces of the Third Reich in the film, "Valkyrie,"at the Green Acres Theater on Christmas Day. Hundreds of teenagers set the audience aglow with nonstop text messaging. More...

Milestones

Local Youth Named Ambassador In Leadership Program

Maura Hennessey, of Breezy Point, will attend the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. The 13-year-old received her invitation from Mary Eisenhower, the granddaughter of President Dwight D. More...

SJEH Received American Cancer Society Plaque

The American Cancer Society presented St. John's Episcopal Hospital with a plaque for raising $18,110 for the Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk on Long Island. The hospital's team, Team Sunbums, came in fourth for team fundraising. More...

Domanic Caraballo Has Arrived

Domanic A. Caraballo made his debut on December 13, 2008. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 22 inches. Maria Hernandez and Angel Caraballo are happy parents and big brother Giovanni is proud. Pictured are Giovanni and Domanic. More...

Editorial/Opinion

A Chance To Reform Our 'Dysfunctional' State Legislature

Experts at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University have called the New York State Legislature "the most dysfunctional in the nation." That is an understatement. More...

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Obits

Esther Ann Gordon

Lifelong Resident

Esther Gordon, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died December 30, 2008. She was 60. Gordon, a dedicated Key Food employee of more than 20 years, was born in Brooklyn in 1948. More...

Maryann Holich

Secretary

Maryann Holich, a Rockaway resident, died December 29, 2008. She was 55. Holich was born in the Bronx. She worked as a Lawyers Compensation Secretary. More...

John 'Jack' King

Community Leader

John King, a 36-year Belle Harbor resident, died January 4. King was born in Brooklyn and moved his family to Rockaway in 1972. From the onset, he was active in the Rockaway community. He coached CYO baseball for St. More...


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