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Chancellor Blows Off Student Leader

School Chancellor Joel Klein blew off a meeting with a student leader from Beach Channel High School last Wednesday, even though the student traveled to Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan with a promised confab in hand. More...

Arrest Made in October Stabbing

Brooklyn Man Arrested For Rockaway Stabbing

A Brooklyn man has been arrested in connection with an October stabbing that resulted from an altercation on Beach 15 Street near Heyson Road, according to police. More...

Bust Local In Summer Assault

Criminal Mischief Call Leads To Assault Arrest

A Far Rockaway man has been arrested for allegedly beating a man in Ozone Park in August, causing the victim’s jaw to be wired shut after a fight broke out between the two men, according to police. More...

School News

School Scope

The Utter Farce of the Beach Channel HS Closing (and the other 19 schools) Part 1

It’s been a busy two weeks and my blog has been humming with activity since so many school closings were announced by Tweed. More...

Goldie Maple’s First Winter Extravaganza

Goldie Maple Academy Parent Teach er Association held its First An nual Winter Extravaganza on December 18 in the school’s auditorium. More...

St. Edmunds Eagles On Tour

St. Edmund Prep High School has recently been on tour to the elementary schools in Brooklyn. The tour started at St. Bernard Elementary School in Mill Basin and has continued to St. Rose of Lima in Rock - away, St. More...

Milestones

Rockaway Jetty’s Operation Santa

The Rockaway Jetty carried out their first Operation Santa on December 19, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Rock away Beach. The event was a great success that was enjoyed by more than 60 children and their families. More...

Smith Delivers Gifts To PHC Pediatric Unit

Pediatrics Nurse Manager Janet Mc - Gowan, RN, accepts gifts on behalf of the Angels on the Bay Pediatric Unit at Pen - insula Hospital Center from representatives of NYS Senate President Pro Tem - po More...

Blessed Trinity Parishioners Volunteer

Edward McKenna, Vanessa Rieth, Nich - olas Foley, Susanne Rieth and Andrea Hines, members of Blessed Trinity Parish in Breezy Point, volunteered their time on Christmas Day by performing for the Al - More...

Editorial/Opinion

Wave Wishes For The Year 2010

Moving into the second decade of the 21st Century, this year may well be a pivotal one for Rockaway. The peninsula’s revitalization has been underway for nearly five years and we need it to continue, and it looks as if we will succeed. More...

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Letters

Not Aware Of Bishop’s Duties

This letter is in reply to Mr. Richard J. Veneziano’s “Changes in Catholic Church.” Dear Mr. Veneziano, More...

Obits

Thomas Walter Fitzsimmons

Stage Hand

Thomas “Tommy” Walter Fitzsim - mons, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 28. Fitzsimmons was born in Long Is - land City and worked as a stage hand. He also served in the United States Air Force. More...

Catherine “Katie” Quadrozzi

Homemaker

Catherine “Katie” Quadrozzi (Di Res - ta), 99, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died December 27. More...

Anna Tamelis

Receptionist

Anna Tamelis, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 17. Tamelis was born in New York City and worked as a receptionist. She later moved to Rockaway. Tamelis is preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Tamelis and sister, Sophie McDermott. More...

Man Robbed At Knifepoint On B. 67 Street

A Far Rockaway man walking past the Beach 67 Street subway station was accosted at knifepoint and robbed of his money and Blackberry cell phone on December 24, police say. More...

RBB MVA Leaves Two Damaged Vehicles

Police say that Belle Harbor resident Shauna Friel, 25, was driving her 1999 Honda northbound on Beach 108 Street at about 4 p.m. on December 27, when she attempted to make a left turn on to Rockaway Beach Boulevard. More...

Community

Get Ready To ‘Plunge’ For Cystic Fibrosis

The average water temperature in the first week of February is 34 degrees. That, however, won’t stop a group of swimmers who plan to take a plunge into the frigid winter Atlantic Ocean waters, but all for a noble cause. More...

RWA Holds RockSpot Exhibition

Despite the challenging weather conditions last weekend, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) still had a good show of people who braved the snowy weather to come to the RockSpot Exhibition at the Rockaway Artists Alliance sTudio 6 Gallery in Fort Til More...

100 PCT Chess Clubs Celebrate Holiday

The 100 Precinct Youth Committee hosted holiday parties at P. S. 47, P. S. 225 and St. John’s Home for Boys. There was homemade food for all and gifts including chess sets, youth committee caps and boxes of candy canes. More...

Entertainment/Lifestyles

MovieScope

‘Everybody’s Fine’ – Meet The Children, Unannounced

If ex-CIA operative Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) of “Meet the Parents” were an old geezer trying to reconnect with his adult children, he’d likely bring his lie detector. More...

Business News

Suzanne’s Swim Academy: A Water Education Program For All Ages

Suzanne’s Swim Academy, located inside the Rockaway Park Physical Therapy building at 103-22 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Park, offers swim instruction programs to residents of all ages, ranging from one-year-olds to adults More...

Columnists

It’s My Turn

Sanassa’s Phone Call

J. Bryan McGeever has taught Writing and Literature in New York City Public Schools for five years. His essays on NYC education recently appeared in Thomas Beller’s Lost and Found: Stories from New York. More...

The Rockaway Beat

Politicians Think Extortion Is Crompromise

You would think that a new year would bring a new outlook on life, particularly moving into my 71st year, but I just can’t help the feeling that our nation is slipping into a grand funk that will rival that of the 1930’s, the time we call More...

From The Artists Studio

Coming Attractions – Part Deux

And now, without further ado, the second half of RAA’s 2010 Exhibition Schedule (first half was in last week’s column): More...

Sports

SFDS Christmas Tournament Championships Held This Weekend

The 25th St. Francis de Sales Christmas Basketball Tournament draws to a close this weekend. The snowstorm of December 19-20 caused an adjustment to the schedule and the championships will now be held on Sunday, January 3. More...

Pepper Steppers Grab Gold, Silver At Double Dutch Championships

The Apollo Theater has become familiar place for Stan’s Pepper Steppers, the renowned double-dutch group from Far Rockaway. More...

NYCHA Announces Registration To Citywide Tournament

The New York City Housing Author ity has announced that registration is underway for the 2010 Citywide Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament. The league will begin in January. More...


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