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Controversy Follows FTW Surf Shop Owner

'Marketing Tool' Worries Many Locals

When Bobby Vaughn left his murder trial in California behind and came to New York City to change his life, he believed that he was leaving controversy behind. More...

PS 256 Parents, Staff Hit City With 500M Lawsuit

Public School 256, a District 75 special education school located at 445 Beach 135 Street, opened its doors on September 2, 2008 along with all of the other city schools despite the fact that parents and staff said that the deteriorating building w More...

Motorcycle Torches Car In Dayton Towers Lot

Fire officials say that a blazing motorcycle engine torched off a fire in a car parked in an adjacent spot in the Dayton Towers West parking lot at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. More...

School News

School Scope

How I Learned To Live In A Banana Republic

Don't count this as rational. I'm a Terminator . . . and am in the midst of John Grisham's latest, The Associate. So don't mind my paranoia. If Arnold were to show up as a robot from the future, I wouldn't be shocked. More...

Reading is Fundamental

Knowing how to read is fundamental for everyone, but no one thinks that it's more fundamental, especially for young children in elementary school, like Olga Fyne. More...

Columnists

Beachcomber

When City Councilman James Sanders Jr. defied the will of the people and voted to extend term limits for both himself and the mayor, he said that he did it because he wanted a new technical school for Rockaway and More...

Historical Views of the Rockaways

'Rescued By A Damsel… In Dis-Dress!'

Ibet since female lifeguards came on the scene years ago, many a lad has fantasized about being rescued by a "lovely" lifesaver. More...

Broad Channel Bits

The April holidays have come and gone. Many people took advantage of the opportunity to get together with their extended families and enjoy dinner together and each other's company. Perhaps they also took part in religious services as well. More...

Editorial/Opinion

Another Example Of DOE Spin

There should be no doubt in anybody's mind that the bottom line for the Department of Education should be the safety of every student attending its schools. More...

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Obits

Lula Belle Cunningham

Nursing Assistant

Lula Belle Cunningham, 71, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 7. Cunningham was born on July 30, 1937, in Laurens County, South Carolina and worked as a Nursing Assistant. Her hobbies were fishing, crocheting, sewing and gardening. More...

Harry Dobson

NYCTA Dispatcher

Harry Dobson, 84, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 8. Dobson was born on July 20, 1924 in Clifton, South Carolina. He worked as a New York City Transit Authority dispatcher. More...

Paul Fitzpatrick

WWII Navy Veteran

Paul Fitzpatrick, 83, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 7. Fitzpatrick was a longtime Belle Harbor and Neponsit resident before moving to Florida. He grew up in Rockaway with his brothers, Thomas, William and the late Charles Fitzpatrick. More...

Busted For Borrowing Sis's Car, Selling It

A Rockaway man who borrowed his sister's Mercedes Benz sedan and then sold it to a dealer for cash, was arrested last week on a myriad of charges related to the incident, police say. More...

Woman And Dog Killed In Broad Channel MVA

While details were sketchy at press time, a woman and her pet dog walking along Cross Bay Boulevard on Thursday afternoon at about 5:10 p.m. were hit by an automobile. More...

Community

FDR Played Large Part In NC-4 Story

Visited Rockaway For First, Historic Flight

Most people remember Franklin D. Roosevelt, fondly called "FDR" by most Americans, as the president who safely brought us through the Great Depression and World War II. He is considered by many historians to be one of our greatest presidents. More...

Hospital Group Sponsors PHC

Peninsula Hospital Joins MediSys Network

The MediSys Health Network has announced that Peninsula Hospital Center has become a sponsored facility, adding a fourth hospital and a third nursing home to its growing New York based network. Robert V. More...

Prodigal Whale Returned To Rockaway Monday

For a certain humpback whale, a love affair with Rockaway is an on-again and offagain thing. More...

Entertainment/Lifestyles

The Haunting In Connecticut' - Creep Show Dog

One of the most horrifying images in movie history is the surgically severed eyeball in the 1929 Luis Buñuel/ Salvador Dali surreal short, "An Andalusian Dog." When we see the cutting of corpses' eyelids in "The Haunting in Connecticut," it More...

Wiggles At Nassau Coliseum

The most beloved family entertainment band in the world, The Wiggles, is setting out on their wildest adventure to date. More...

Sports

Villanova, St. John's Are PC Soccer Leaders At The Break

Peninsula Cup Soccer reached the midseason break with teams from St. John's and Villanova leading three divisions each with the Fighting Irish also claiming the top spot in the two remaining brackets. More...

Breezy Point Resident Named To State Hall Of Fame

Tim Leary, the all-time leader in victories as St. Francis Prep High School varsity basketball coach, and Breezy Point resident, was recently elected on March 29 to the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame. More...

Game On For Rockaway Ravens: Players, Coaches Registration

The Rockaway Ravens organization is currently holding registration for the cheerleading, football and soccer programs. Boys and girls are welcome to join the award winning organization. More...

Letters

'World Class Boardwalk' Is Hyperbole

Dear Editor, In your editorial from April 3, you claim that if the stimulus package that the President says we are getting, is put to use in Rockaway, we will get, among a plethora of other amenities too numerous to mention, More...

Don't Need An 'Inner Gangsta'

Dear Editor, For the past few years it has been clear that the Rockaways are on the cusp of change, just what that change might look like seems less clear. More...

A Clear Contrast Between Politicians

Dear Editor, A clear contrast already seems to be developing between our old and new political reps. Just this week, new Rockaway City Councilman Ulrich introduced legislation in chambers to thwart higher taxes. More...


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