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Regents Change Teacher Eval Procedure

Amid controversy and significant opposition from the teacher union groups, the New York State Board of Regents voted on Monday night to incorporate student growth on test scores as a part of the teacher evaluation system in state school district, inc More...

Arverne Shootout Leaves Two Hospitalized

Shots erupted near an Arverne school and a hospital center last week, sending two men to the hospital and police looking for the shooter. Police say that patrol officers responding to a call of shots fired at 6:05 p.m. More...

Wood Plank Robber Arrested

An Arverne man was arrested last weekend after he and two others robbed a man of his backpack along New Haven Avenue and Beach 20 Street, according to Queen Criminal Court papers. More...

School News

PS/MS 114 Links Up With RAA For Art Lessons

The PTA of PS/MS 114 and the Rockaway Artists Alliance have joined forces to provide art workshops for several grades at the school. The workshops are individualized for each grade. More...

Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Opening Reception

Full day at RAA that covers all the artistic bases. Sunday, May 22 from 12-4 p.m. More...

The Rockaway Beat

The Gang(s) That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

When Jimmy Breslin wrote his novel about the Italian mob and called it the “Gang who Couldn’t Shoot Straight,” he defined the modern buzzwords for anybody who was so bad at their job that they couldn’t walk and chew gum at the More...

From The Seawolve’s Den

PART 1

Readying for College witha Councilman’s DonationBy Stephanie Stewart More...

Sports

BLS Championship Games: Stars, Sparks, Chargers And A Party Post OT

The week unfolded with medals for all first-graders and friendly competition for the rest. Round 1: Boys-Second/Third Grade Fire’s Dylan Ostrander solves Dynamo Keeper Mike Butklewicz for only goal. Bulls shutout Sounders. More...

Pepper Steppers Advance to Championship

Four teams representing Stan’s Pepper Steppers Double Dutch group earned the opportunity to represent New York State in the 38th Annual American Double Dutch League World Invitational Champions More...

H.S.Roundup: DolphinsAdvance: BCHS Tennis Bows Out

Whitney Brown ended her final girls lacrosse game at home on Tuesday with another fantastic performance. More...

Obits

Sr. Jeanne Kevin Barkey CSJ

Religious High School Teacher

Sr. Jeanne Kevin Barkey CSJ, a Rockaway resident, died May 17. Barkey was born in Ireland. She moved to Rockaway from Hempstead, New York four years ago. She was a religious high school teacher formerly of Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, New York. More...

Varnell Caligiuri

Waitress

Varnell Caligiuri, a longtime Rockaway resident, died May 14 at Peninsula Hospital Center. More...

Ella Mae Hunter

Homemaker

Ella Mae Hunter, a longtime Rockaway resident, died May 7. Hunter was born in Courtland, Virginia on July 25, 1936. She attended the First Baptist Church of Far Rockaway where she ushered and sang in the choir. More...

Auto Shop Burns Down On Beach 109 Street

An all-hands fire occurred last Thursday, May 12 inside the auto shop located at 109-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard at approximately 6:39 a.m. The initial firefighters responded on scene at 6:44 a.m. More...

Community

Wave Cartoonist Pens New Book

‘Got A Minute? Humorous Travel Tales And Tips’ by Robert Sarnoff

This funny, quirky book filled with vacation stories, is punctuated throughout with on-location paintings, collages, pen and ink drawings by Robert Sarnoff. More...

St. Mary Star Of The Sea Closing

A rich part of Far Rockaway history will soon be gone. After 134 years in operation, St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School will be closing its doors come June 30. In February, St. More...

PHC Visits JASA For Ophthalmology Talk

Fay Schwimmer, Project Director for JASA Rockaway Park, recently welcomed Peninsula Hospital Center’s Department of Ophthalmology to make a presentation about eye health awareness to the group. More...

Entertainment/Lifestyles

MovieScope

‘Soul Surfer’ – Jaws and Jesus

Faith saved Jonah from the belly of the whale. It also brought surfer Bethany Hamilton from the depths of depression after a shark chopped off her left arm. More...

Milestones

First Congregational Awards Culinary Kids

The members of First Congregational Church recently voted to contribute a portion of their benevolence funds to the Culinary Kids organization of Far Rockaway, in recognition of the exceptional servi More...

Pinter Named To Adelphi Dean’s List

Far Rockaway resident Miriam Pinter, daughter of Boomie and Rena Pinter, has been named to the Dean’s List of Adelphi University in Garden City. More...

Foley Wins AAA Grand Prize

Jamie Foley, daughter of James and Marilyn Foley of Rockaway Park and a student at St. More...

Editorial/Opinion

Does A Boardwalk Actually Need Boards?

The question above might seem silly, but the city’s boardwalks in both Rockaway and Coney Island are getting a makeover that includes the use of custom-made concrete “planks” that are specially constructed to replace the wooden plan More...

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Letters

Former Owner Speaks

Dear Editor,I learned, last week, that Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer is leaving Albany for Sutphin Boulevard, to be Queens County Clerk. Wishing Ms. More...

Simon Not Truthful

Dear Editor, I’m writing to respond to the letter written by Lew Simon, Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B, featured in the May 6, 2011 issue of your newspaper. More...

The Wrong Time

Dear Editor, Thank you for your excellent editorial and photographic coverage of the 2011 Rockaway Rotary Ocean Run held on the boardwalk on Sunday morning, May 1. More...


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