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Companies Make Final Push On Aqueduct Racino

In May, seven companies submitted bids to develop a casino and hotel complex at the Aqueduct horse racing track in nearby Howard Beach. It's the second time that the contract to build an entertainment "racino" has been bid. More...

Arrest Made In Fatal Brick Beating

A Far Rockaway man was arrested last week for allegedly beating someone to death with a brick this past May, police said. More...

Local Nabbed In Internet Watch Scam

A Far Rockaway man who bills himself as a watch enthusiast has been charged with defrauding a California man out of $100,000 by offering a nonexistent Patek Philippe watch for sale on an Internet website that caters to watch collectors. More...

Entertainment/Lifestyles

MovieScope

'Julie & Julia' - Chef Streep

Be warned. Do not go to "Julie & Julia" on an empty stomach, or prepare to eat plenty of popcorn. Otherwise, you will suffer. The abundance of exquisite food displayed throughout the film will have your gastric juices churning. More...

Last Week For 'Jimmy Dean'

For the past two weekends audiences at the Post Theater have been enthralled with the Rockaway Theatre Company's production of Ed Gracyk's quirky play, "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean." The plot centers around six members of More...

Milestones

Blumenthals Celebrate 50 Years!

Myrna and Harold Blumenthal of Rockaway Beach celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends on August 23. They were married on that day in 1959. More...

Shayla Maeve Benn Born On June 30

Shayla Maeve Benn was born on June 30, 2009 to parents Lena and Billy Benn of Rockaway Beach. She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces. More...

Nicholas Denisov Celebrates 7th Birthday

Nicholas Denisov will soon celebrate his 7th Birthday. He is the son of Minerva and Jose Naruaez and the son of brenda Lee Denis Denisov. More...

Editorial/Opinion

An Old-Time Solution For A Modern Problem

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said last week, "Where there is an undertow, there are going to be drownings. The question is, how safe can you make it? More...

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Bring Back The Good 'Ol Days

More Ropes, More Barrels, Fewer Drownings. More...

Letters

Assigned Parking Spaces

Dear Editor, Recently I have had people leaving notes on my car and even knocking at my door to tell me that I'm "in [their] parking space." We are a small community with small blocks. More...

Supporting Mayoral Candidate Avella

Dear Editor, On Saturday, August 8, Democratic Mayoral candidate Tony Avella will be present at the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League championship game to get the word out in Rockaway about who he is. As someone who supports Mr. More...

Care At Peninsula Hospital Center

Dear Editor, Several weeks ago I was admitted to Peninsula Hospital with severe breathing problems. More...

Two Shot And Killed Blocks Apart

Morning Murder At Ocean Bay

Two as yet unidentified men were arrested on Monday for the murder of a local resident who was shot once in the head and killed in front of 411 Beach 54 Street, in the sprawling Ocean Bay Houses complex, officials say. More...

Surfers Cheer, Swimmers Sob As Bill Closes Beaches

An unwanted visitor named Bill came to Rockaway last weekend, closing the beaches to all but surfers for four days, causing exhilaration to some and trauma to others. More...

Community

Firefighters In Triathlon For Charity

Local firefighter Thomas Dolan participated in the Iron Man triathlon in Lake Placid, New York on July 26. An estimated 2,300 participated in the event that consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle race that ended with a 26-mile marathon. More...

Apprenticeship Committee Seeking Plumber Apprentices

State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith recently announced that the Joint Apprenticeship Committee for Plumbers Local #1 will conduct a recruitment from August 24 through September 4 for 80 plumber apprentices. More...

PHC Helps Youth Earn First Aid/CPR Certification

Participants in the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation's Summer Youth Employment Program and the 1199SEIU Youth Mentoring Program at Peninsula Hospital Center received a potentially lifesaving bonus at the end of their work program More...

Business News

DiCosmo's Italian Ices

Anchors Rockaway's Newest 'Snack Corner'

About 18 months ago, locals began to notice improvements at the corner where Rockaway Beach Boulevard intersects the Cross Bay Bridge. More...

Columnists

The Rockaway Beat

Throw The Dysfunctional Bums Out!

When you are a politician and have a 33 percent approval rating, you know that you are in trouble. More...

From The Councilman's Desk

Transportation, Transportation, Transportation

Shortly after I was elected to the City Council, I was asked to name the top three committees I wanted to serve on. My answer was simple: (1) Transportation, (2) Transportation and (3) Transportation. More...

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

A Final Weekend; A Premiere; An Art Auction Call

ARTSPLASH 2009 multimedia arts event is the next "big thing" on the RAA calendar. More...

Sports

Williams Stays True To Winning Path

The memories of winning the Daily News Golden Gloves heavyweight novice championship for 21-year old Joseph "Mack" Williams is just as fresh today as it was when he lifted the title belt last April. More...

Girls Rule At World Champions Karate Center

At a recent training event held at the World Champions Karate Center, the beginner girls received accolades for their commitment to their training. Pictured left to right are Mary, Victoria, Madisyn, Gianna and Hannah. More...

Broad Channel Athletic Club Soccer Registration

The Broad Channel Athletic Club will hold soccer registration on Tuesday, September 1 at BCAC Field on Cross Bay Boulevard and First Road. Registration will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. More...

Obits

Oakdale Stanley Fox Sr.

Painter

Oakdale Stanley Fox Sr., 76, a longtime Rockaway resident, died August 12. Fox was born on October 11, 1932 in St. George, Bermuda and was a business owner and painter. More...

Joseph Patrick Hall

NYPD Sergeant

Joseph Patrick Hall, a 24-year Rockaway resident, died August 22. Hall was born in Brooklyn, New York and worked as a NYPD sergeant. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II. More...

Eleanor Hassett

Teacher's Assitant

Eleanor Hassett, 81, a 50-year Rockaway resident died, August 21. Hassett was born in Manhattan and worked as a teacher's assistant for the New York City Board of Education. She was a Eucharistic Minister and CCD teacher at St. More...


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