Five Killed, Five Injured In Fiery Van Crash

Good Samaritans Rush to the Rescue

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are joining the probe into a fiery crash that killed five people and injured five others Wednesday on Cross Bay Boulevard. The NTSB announced Thursday that its team would be on the scene in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge later that day. Meanwhile, the fire that consumed the victims after the van crashed […]

RB Downzone Debate Rages On



For the second time in almost three months, residents came together to hear a proposal to downzone Rockaway Beach. With a larger crowd than before, consultant Paul Graziano explained his proposal for rezoning the area. “The proposed are contextual zones to better fit the current context of the building there today,” said Graziano. Graziano, a consultant hired by City Councilman […]

Cops Catch Graffiti Artist In the Act



Police caught an alleged graffiti artist in the act Tuesday as he was using a permanent marker to scrawl a message to other boneheads on a mural on Shore Front Parkway. Andy Lora, 17, was writing the words “Lost Boyz” on the wave mural on Shore Front Parkway and Beach 84 Street when cops rushed in and busted him before […]

Bay Researcher Finds Marsh Killer



A Long Island-based researcher says he may have found the smoking gun in the investigation into the rapid decline of marshes in Jamaica Bay. While the cause of the depletion of marshes is unclear, postdoctoral researcher Dr. Alex Kolker has found a connection. Kolker, of Stony Brook’s Marine Science Research Center, says it is the result of the mid-90’s decision […]

Gateway Auto Racing Plan Hits Red Flag

Official says Racing 'Not Appropriate' For National Park

In racing circles, a yellow flag warns drivers of danger ahead and orders them to slow down and stay in line. A red flag orders them to stop where they are. No movement is allowed once the red flag comes out. This week, Gateway National Urban Recreation Area Superintendent Barry Sullivan waved the red flag at developer Geoffrey Whaling and […]

Does the DEP Plant Have A Hurricane Plan?



What’s the plan for the Rockaway Water Pollution Control Plant in the event of a hurricane? That’s what community board and Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. want to know. Doubt over how the plant would weather a severe storm surfaced at a community board meeting June 13, when Maryann E. Marrocolo, the Office of Emergency Management’s Director or Plan Management, presented […]

Senator Smith Proposes Health Insurance For All Kids



There is no excuse why any of the 500,000 uninsured children in New York should be without proper health care. Senator Malcolm A. Smith knows this, and is pushing to make health insurance a reality for all kids. Smith recently proposed plans to provide affordable health insurance and lower prescription drug prices to uninsured children, as well as fight the […]

Correction Officer Applications Due For September Test



Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has been contacted by the New York State Department of Correctional Services (DCS), requesting her assistance with their Department’s Correction Officer recruitment effort. Accordingly, under the auspices of the New York State Department of Civil Service, a new examination will be held on September 9, 2006. The filing deadline for the exam is August 7 and […]

Pheffer Installs Bay Towers Tenant Officers



Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer was the Installing Officer at the Bay Towers Tenants’ Association board meeting in June. The Tenant Association meets regularly with Assemblywoman Pheffer’s office, other local-elected officials, and the Housing Urban Development to plan activities and voice concerns of the Bay Towers residents, ensuring them the best possible quality of life. Among those installed for 2006 leadership […]

Teens in July Fourth Rape of Girl, 11



Two teenagers from Far Rockaway were arrested for the rape of an 11-year-old girl on the night of July 4, according to law enforcement sources. Aubrey Armstrong, 17, teamed up with a 15-year-old accomplice who helped him pull the young girl behind 13-21 McBride Street at about 10:25 p.m., according to the allegations. The accomplice, whose name was withheld because […]