Grief Grips Riis As Thousands Pray



By Howard Schwach Had it not been for thousands of people grieving for their lost friends and relatives, it would have been a "Rockaway Day" to enjoy. The day was sparkling and sunny, warm for early November. Gulls wheeled overhead and the ocean lapped gently at the sand. It was not, however, a day to enjoy the beauty of the […]

Crash Renews Call for Use Of ‘Breezy Track’



Crash Renews Call for Use Of ‘Breezy Track’ By Howard Schwach When Flight 587 crashed into Beach 131 Street and Newport Avenue, there were many who were not entirely surprised that an aircraft accident impacted the peninsula. "The possibility of an aircraft accident has always been in the back of my mind," said one Belle Harbor activist. "With hundreds of […]

“United We Stand” Stamp Unveiled



"United We Stand" Stamp Unveiled By Gary G. Toms This past Tuesday, November 20, employees of the Far Rockaway Post Office conducted a special ceremony at the FDNY Firehouse at 257 Beach 116 Street, between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Newport Avenue, in which they unveiled the "United We Stand" stamp and paid homage to those lost in the September 11 […]

Man Convicted In 1999 Murder Case



Man Convicted In 1999 Murder Case Richard A. Brown, the Queens District Attorney, announced this week that Far Rockaway resident, Allah McCall, 19, has been found guilty of the 1999 murder of Eddie Newson. McCall was convicted of fatally shooting Newson after a dispute over the victim’s gold chain. McCall, of 14-30 Gateway Boulevard, Far Rockaway, was convicted following a […]

Meeting On Victim’s Needs Turns To Talk of Flight Paths



Meeting On Victim’s Needs Turns To Talk of Flight Paths By Howard Schwach A meeting that was called to address the needs and problems of the families of those who died in the fiery crash of Flight 587 as well as those who lost their homes, quickly turned into a community protest about flight plans last Monday night at PS […]

Memorial Planned for WTC and Flight 587 Victims



Memorial Planned for WTC and Flight 587 Victims By Gary G. Toms Community Board 14 held a meeting on November 19, at the Peninsula Library on Beach 92 Street, to discuss a proposal to develop a Rockaway/Broad Channel – 9/11 WTC Memorial for the victims of the World Trade Center attack and the Flight 587 airline disaster. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer […]

DMV Mobile Outreach Program For Seniors



DMV Mobile Outreach Program For Seniors Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer has invited the NY State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to visit her District Office, located at 90-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, to offer her constituents a special opportunity and avoid a trip to DMV. On Tuesday, November 27, 2001, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., DMV representatives will be […]

School Board Seeks Replacement



As Councilman Sanders Resigns The resignation of newly-elected city councilman James Sanders, Jr., from Community School Board 27 has created a vacancy in the nine-member board that must be filled as soon as possible. Sanders will leave the school board, which he has served for many years as president, vice president and member, on December 31, the day before he […]

Sorrentino Center Provides Food and Love



By Gary G. Toms On Monday, November 19, the Sorrentino Center, located at Beach 19 Street and Cornaga Avenue, in Far Rockaway, took part in its annual Multicultural Thanksgiving Feast. The event, in conjunction with the Creedmoor Adult Home Clinic Program, provided turkey dinners, with all the trimmings, to a number of residents from adult homes around the peninsula. "This […]

Special “Harry Potter” Showing For Local Kids



Special "Harry Potter" Showing For Local Kids "Rockaway’s children were psychologically scarred by the plane crash in their neighborhood," says Congressman Anthony Weiner. "We have to do something for the kids who are afraid every time they hear an airplane pass over their house." Weiner said that at a meeting held last week, and now he is following up by […]