O’Boo-berg Jeered At Parade



The walk down Newport Avenue was not a walk in the park for Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he took part in the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday afternoon. Stepping off from Beach 129 Street and surrounded by his security detail, political backers and parade officials, Bloomberg almost immediately began to hear jeers and catcalls. “Get out of Rockaway […]

Senior Centers A Budgetary Target



Unless Mayor Bloomberg gets $25 million worth of state funding he plans to close more than 100 senior centers throughout the city, two of which are located on the Rockaway peninsula. Bloomberg’s senior center hit list plans to shutter centers located at 90-01 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the Young Israel of Wavecrest Senior League in Far Rockaway, among 103 others […]

Feds Indict Gang-Banger



Twenty-five members of the vicious La Maria Salvatrucha (MS-13) South American street gang were indicted this week in federal court in Islip, Long Island, charged with 70 counts of murder, including the death of Mario Alberto Canton Quijada, 25, of Beach Channel Drive, who was found dead with multiple stab wounds on Beach 12 Street in Far Rockaway on March […]

Spring Ahead This Sunday, March 13



Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, when Daylight Saving Time begins. New start and stop dates for DST, which will be a month longer and now ends on the first Sunday in November, were included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Local Firefighter Achieves Success In Many Areas



Taylor Murphy faced a career crossroads only three years ago. After trying to further his professional basketball career in Canada, the then 24-year-old Murphy had second thoughts about continuing his career. Murphy turned inwards and relied on his faith and belief in God to make the right decision. That decision for Murphy was to ultimately save lives and help his […]

What Is Appropriate For An Urban Park?



If you are a Rockaway resident whose kids play little league baseball or soccer at Fort Tilden; if you enjoy the musical shows produced by the Rockaway Theatre Company or the art shows hosted by the Rockaway Artists Alliance; if you enjoyed the RMAC’s summer concert series or the Fall Festival, then some of the recommendations now under consideration for […]

EDITORIAL COMMENT




Gateway Does Not Fit The Mold



Dear Editor, In treating Gateway as a traditional national park, the NPS is ignoring history and doing a grave injustice to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers this recreation area should be serving. Unlike the lands set aside by Presidents Roosevelt and Clinton, Gateway wasn’t some pristine natural wonder. It was land that was already developed and being used […]

Too Comfortable With The Rich



Dear Editor, Here is a letter I wrote to Brian Schweitzer, Governor of Montana: Dear Governor, I was looking at your state and much to my surprise I see that you have a surplus of $355 million. In these troubling times that is truly amazing. And what is even more amazing is that you have union contracts with all your […]

Doesn’t Sound Fair



Dear Editor, Gateway wants people to pay to use parkland that the taxpayer has already paid for. They are not requesting a donation, they are charging admission. Gateway has already killed RMAC’s very popular Fall Festival and the Summer Concert Series. Now they are coming for the playgrounds our children use. Gateway wants to charge Little League and CYO Soccer […]