June 8, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

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DEP Cuts Idling Near Two Rockaway Schools

No More Than 3 Minutes At PS 43, PS 104

Thanks to the Department of Environmental Protection, some Rockaway kids will breathe more freely, at least for the next month. More...

Parking Lot Pin Tragedy

A Brooklyn man who works in the Surfside Houses development was killed when he was struck by a vehicle whose driver was trying to jumpstart a maintenance vehicle on the property, police sources say. More...

SJEH Usage Up 35 Percent In Wake Of PHC Closure

The closure of Peninsula Hospital Center on Beach 51 Street by the state’s Department of Health has caused a wave of new usage by the peninsula’s only hospital, More...

School News

Trying To Keep Their PS 114 Teacher

Its not often that students fight to keep their teacher, but these three Rockaway Park sixth-graders have dedicated their summer days to a fundraiser to save the job of “Miss Licari, our beloved sixth-grade teacher.” More...

PS 114 Participates In Phys Ed Olympics

PS114 participated in the NYC DOE Adaptive Physical Education Olympics at Baisley Pond Park. Some great competition and a good time. More...

Student Receives St. Edmund’s Scholarship

Jillian Stern, an eighth-grader who attends Our Lady of Grace School, recently received the Lorraine Buckley Scholarship. Stern will be attending St. Edmund Preparatory High School in the fall. More...

Sports

RLL Season Heads For The Stretch

Rockaway Little League’s baseball teams will jockey for playoff position over the next 10 days as the regular season winds down. More...

Kosmos Poseidon Wins Final Soccer Game For 2012

The BU10 Kosmos Poseidon team played their last regular season game on Saturday by defeating Real Buenavista, 4-3. The team won their divisional championship on the last day of the season with a record of 7-1. More...

CYO Swim Team Launched

The St. Virgilius-St. Camillus CYO are conducting registration for its Boys Swim Team and Swim Clinic at BCAC Memorial Field (125 Cross Bay Boulevard). Enrollment will be held on Saturday, June 9 from 12 to 2 p.m. More...

Letters

My SJEH Experience

Dear Editor, At 3:30 a.m. on Thursday May 17, I had difficulty breathing and asked my wife to take me to St. John’s Hospital. Upon arrival in the E.R. we found that it was packed with 20 or more people. More...

Stop Provoking Commentary

Dear Editor,Your article, “Israel’s Boomerang,” invites – no, let me rephrase that – provokes commentary. This is primarily because of the tone conveyed by your turn (more like a spin) of phrases. More...

Rail Wrong

Dear Editor, Councilwoman Koslowitz is incorrect in many of her assertions regarding reactivating the LIRR Rockaway Line. First, the train would service the area with the Rego Park Station being proposed More...

Final Countdown Begins

Two Court Motions Seal PHC’s Fate

Want to buy 50 surgical aspirators? How about 75 hospital beds or some ultrasonic blood flowmeters? How about a rehabilitation facility and nursing home; or even a large building that once was a vital hospital? If so, have we got a sale for you. More...

Community

Greenstein Puts Teeth To Work Pulling Cars

Follows Father In Iron Man Role

The last time Rockaway Beach resident Mike Greenstein pulled a car with his teeth was about four years ago in Coney Island. Greenstein was a mere 87-years-of-age at the time. And, he says, he’s ready to do it again at 91. More...

Olexa Promoted To Deputy Inspector

100 Pct CO Steps Up

Captain Scott Olexa, who has been the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach since June of last year, was promoted last week by NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly to Deputy Inspector from Captain. More...

DOE Allows Quatrocchi To Retire

A longtime Far Rockaway elementary/ middle school principal who was unceremoniously walked from his school in September of 2010 after being suspended, has been allowed to quietly retire as More...

Columnists

Rock Solid

Images of America: Rockaway Beach Celebrates Our History

The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission has just selected the month of June for a special celebration of the historic beaches, parks and pools of New York City. More...

Beachcomber

Congratulations to Scott Olexa, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach, who was recently promoted to Deputy Inspector from Captain. Good luck on the rest of your tour in Rockaway and we wish you a safe home. More...

Simon says...

For the first time in so many years I was unable to march in the Rockaway Memorial Day Parade. More...

Milestones

Kerr Graduates Cornell

Julia Kirsten Kerr has graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. She also made the dean’s list. More...

Halpert Named Valedictorian

Far Rockaway resident Rebecca Halpert will be graduating from the Lander College for Women as class valedictorian this month More...

Proudly Signing First Book

Local activist and attorney Vivian Rattay Carter has just published her first book, a picture book about Rockaway history. More...

Editorial/Opinion

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Full Story

Need Some Balance On Bay Bird Kills

For more than a decade, officials at both JFK and LaGuardia Airports have been trying to keep birds off their runways and adjacent departure zones. For a time, they tried poison. More...

Obits

Christian Benitez

Lifelong Resident

Christian Benitez died too young at the age of 14 on June 6. Benitez was a seventh grade student at Middle School 114 in Belle Harbor who enjoyed skate boarding and going to the beach. More...

James Fyall

Maitre‘ d

James Fyall, a resident of Rockaway and Broad Channel for 42 years, died on June 6. Fyall was a restaurant Maitre’ d who came to the local area from Brooklyn. Fyall was an avid New York Mets fan. More...

Martina A. McCartney

Proofreader

Martina A. McCartney, a proofreader, died on June 5 at the age of 85. McCartney was born and raised in Belle Harbor. She is survived by daughters Ellen M. Hohmann (Richard) of Egg Harbor Turnpike, New Jersey and her son, George H. More...


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