The average high temperature for the first week of February is 39 degrees. That, however, won’t stop a group of daring swimmers who plan to take a plunge into the frigid winter Atlantic Ocean water. But why do they do it? No, not because they are crazy, but rather, to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. The ninth annual event, to […]
The Rockaway Penguins celebrated the New Year by being the first in the water and the last ones out. The group took a dip in the ocean at Beach 127 Street at 10 a.m. on January 1. The newest penguins include Jimmy Lunny and John Ross.
Despite the cold weather, members of the Walrus Swim Club went for a New Year’s dip on Beach 127 Street on January 1, at noon. The Walruses inducted their newest member Bob C. before hitting the surf. Some of the oldtimers missed the dip, including 87 year old Mr. Vinny who up until that point held a 43-year New Year’s […]
Park Rangers at the Gateway National Recreational Area’s Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will lead a stroll on Sunday, January 11 at 1 p.m. Looking, listening, gathering scents and textures are part of the winter stroll into the South Garden and onto the West Pond Trail. The program is free and advance registration is requested. Participants should bring binoculars and dress […]
A large group of Rockaway residents gathered at Beach 119 Street on New Year’s Day at 12 p.m. to bring in the New Year by racing into icy waters.
The Monsignor William F. Burke Rockaway Council #2672 enjoyed the weeks before Christmas commencing with the parking lot manger set up on November 29 in preparation for the international “Light Up for Christ” theme celebration on December 2 at 8 p.m. Many hands made for light work with the manger construction and the blessing. Lighting of the manger was well […]
Strong female and male swimmers are being encouraged to take the pre-employment test scheduled locally to qualify for summer 2009 lifeguard jobs with the National Park Service (NPS) at Jacob Riis Park in Rockaway, Great Kills Park in Staten Island and Sandy Hook in New Jersey. All are units of Gateway National Recreation Area. Lifeguards with the NPS work five, […]