Rock Away Pens

2019-11-15 E-Edition

Visioning The “Big Yard”

Friends of Seaside Playground team up with locals to plan future of rec space

On Saturday, Nov. 9, a collaborative effort to design Seaside Playground’s “Big Yard” took place as part of the Friends of Seaside Playground (FSP) “It’s My Park Day” event. The “Big Yard” is a joint-operated park between PS 317 (The Waterside Children’s Studio School), and NYC Parks. Several local children and other members of the community stepped forward to add […]

Gateway Ranks as One of the Nation’s Most Endangered Spaces

The marshlands of Jamaica Bay, a major component of the Gateway National Recreation area, are considered to be at extreme risk of destruction according to a recent report by the Cultural Landscape Foundation.In a shocking report published earlier this month, researchers from The Cultural Landscape Foundation listed the Gateway National Recreation Area as one of the most endangered parks in […]

A Thanksgiving Feast With RISE


With Thanksgiving Day approaching, it is the time of year when many of us pause and give thanks to the special people, places, and things that enrich our lives. On Saturday, Nov. 23, RISE: Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity (formerly Rockaway Waterfront Alliance) will be hosting its third annual Thanksgiving Feast to celebrate Rockaway’s vibrant community of friends, family, […]

Veterans Day In Rockaway


The men and women of American Legion Post #272 gathered alongside members of the Rockaway community on November 11, laying wreaths at the Doughboy Statue on Beach 94th and remembering the contributions of all those who put their lives on the line for our nation. “We’re honoring all veterans of all services here today, and it’s always an honor to […]

Cuisine By Claudette

Employee of the Month

If you frequent either of our locations, I am positive that you have seen this month’s employee of the month behind the juice bar, very efficiently, making beautifully amazing latte art or a perfectly balanced smoothie for our customers. Tatiana Osorio is a powerhouse employee at Claudette’s; you know when you see her working, it is going to be a […]

Listening Leads To Good Ideas

History recognizes the first suggestion box as being used by the British Navy in 1770, and despite the rise of technology over the years, the simple mechanism has proven time and time again that people from all walks of life do have valuable ideas. As a process in today’s world, however, a pile of suggestions is nowhere near as valuable […]

Good Samaritan

Dear Editor: While walking my dog recently at night in the Beach 130’s, I fell and suffered severe bruised ribs. I was in the road at the curb and was unable to get up by myself. After several cars passed by, a Good Samaritan saw me down and stopped to help me get on my feet. I was able to […]

God Bless Rockaway Beach

Dear Editor: My husband is a veteran who served in the army during the Vietnam war. When he returned home in the late ’60s, more people were protesting the war than thanking veterans for their service. However, I do believe that we have come a long way from that type of climate. He always wears his Vietnam veteran hat. On […]