Peninsula Hospital Ranks Poorly In Hospital Study



By Miriam Rosenberg Peninsula Hospital Center earned poor grades last week in an annual report card issued by two nonprofit coalitions that rate all hospitals across the state. The hospital scored below average in six areas of the report related to death rates for certain procedures. The report card was issued by the Alliance for Quality Health Care and the […]

170 Take To The Boardwalk For Ocean Run



The weather was perfect for running and the venue was Riis Park rather than Beach 116 Street as 170 runners stepped off for the annual Rockaway Rotary Run, sponsored by Sweet’N Low. With temperatures in the 60’s and a flat race course, runners turned in some of the best times in the long history of the event. For the results […]

CB14 ‘Concerned’ With Firehouse’s Future Use



CB14 ‘Concerned’ With Firehouse’s Future UseBy Brian Magoolaghan The community board is throwing water on the city’s idea of using the site of the decommissioned firehouse in Edgemere for more housing. Jonathan Gaska, the board’s district manager, says he made that clear to the Mayor’s Office and other city agencies at a meeting of the firehouse’s steering committee, which was […]

AA Quest For Gynecological Records Termed ‘Outrageous’

Airline Seeks Records For Daughter Of AA 587 Victim

By Howard Schwach The family of a woman killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 is outraged over the airlines’ request for the gynecological records of the victim’s daughter, who was safe on the ground-and just 16 years old-when her mother perished aboard the tragic flight. And it doesn’t stop there. Lawyers for American Airlines want access to […]

Bomb Scare Empties Far Rockaway School



By Howard Schwach An anonymous call spurred an evacuation of a Far Rockaway middle school Tuesday morning, sending all of the students into the chill for several hours. The students and staff of Middle School 53 on Nameoke Street in Far Rockaway were driven into neighborhood streets at about 8:50 a.m. by the call. Officials at the school quickly made […]

TLC Responds To Story Of Car Service Suspension



By Howard Schwach “The law is the law,” says Allan Fromberg, the Deputy Commissioner for Public Affairs for the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC).” We have an obligation to make sure that [taxi and car services] do not negatively impact the community, that there is off-street parking and that it is not a residential area. Our job is to […]

Arverne Library Book Club Meeting May 7

Discussion On The Measure Of A Man

Arverne Public Library and the Queens UFT (United Federation of Teachers) will continue their book discussion group with the New York Times bestseller The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier. All book club members will be provided with a personal, free copy of the book compliments of Queens UFT. Participants must register in advance at the library, located at […]

A Boy Scout Tradition Continues



At a recent Boy Scouts of America Bridge ceremony on Long Island, Thomas Michael Lucev crossed over the symbolic bridge from his Webelos Cub Scout Troop into his new Boy Scout Troop #109 in Suffolk County. Lucev was initiated and welcomed to the troop by his older brother, Emil Robert Lucev III, who is well on his way to becoming […]

Celebrates 90th Birthday In Rockaway



Christine O. Webb was born on May 1, 1917 and has been a Rockaway resident for the past 68 years. Her children and grandchildren, Dick, Marilyn, Judy and Harold, all wished her a happy birthday. This photograph, obviously, was taken when she was younger than she is today.

Last Chance To Show Soldiers You Care



There’s one more chance to donate items for care package items that will be sent to U.S. troops fighting overseas. The Wounded Warrior Project, St. Francis de Sales Parish Council and the SFDS Sea Breeze Golden Age Club will hold their last collection Wednesday, May 16. So far, the drive has been “very successful,” according to Flip Mullen, one of […]