Dear Editor:

Thank you, Dolores Orr and Jonathan Gaska of CB14 and the Land Use Committee for taking an official stand against future development without the accountability of our electeds to ensure that community infrastructure, resiliency plans and overall concern for the impact to the Rockaway communities is addressed. Back in December, SHAFT raised these concerns in regard to the potential development by Alma on the Surfside property. We are now hopeful this position will benefit us as well. Thank you again!

Barbara Buffolino
SHAFT

 Dear Editor:

Unfortunately, many tragic events happened on Friday, June 17 involving the need for many emergency vehicles from FDNY, EMT and NYPD. Because it was not the weekend and the weather not being ideal, the emergency vehicles were free to get access to the boardwalk and beach without any interference with cars parked on the south side of SFP. I have attached pictures that the freedom of access the emergency vehicles had.

Just another reason and probably the most important reason to

 Dear Editor:

(In response to Ask the Doc on Aspirin) Recent studies show that aspirin raises homocysteine levels and is dangerous and that all of the supposed benefits are now being found in Curcumin, a miracle herb.

Unfortunately no money will go to big pharma with that study so it will be ignored by the AMA.

Joseph Mugivan

 Dear Editor:

I would like to comment on the unfortunate drowning of the two 13-year-olds. First, there are no sandbars in that area of the Bay. The underwater topography of that area, known as the North Channel, is very similar to that of Reynold's Channel, which abuts Far Rockaway from about Beach 30th Street eastward. As you may recall, drownings are common in the Reynold's Channel area. Both areas have strong tidal currents that flow through narrow passages, creating a steep drop-off of

 Dear Editor:

Friday evening, I was taking our dog out for her nightly walk and there was still a good crowd of people on the beach, enjoying themselves, as they should.

However, aside from the garbage strewn across the beach, which has sadly become more commonplace, I noticed a group of ten to fifteen YOUTHS drinking and falling over themselves in the dunes (120s). These kids must’ve been between eleven and thirteen years old and they didn’t have odd cans or bottles taken from their parent's

 Dear Editor:

I keep on hearing about a lifeguard shortage in Rockaway.  I have gone to the beach a few times on Beach 117th and noticed that one of the lifeguards who has been there my whole life hasn't been there yet this season. I asked a few of the lifeguards if he was working this season and someone mentioned that he wasn't working yet even though he was there for forty-two seasons. What type of B.S. is that? A lifeguard shortage and they don’t bring back a seasoned lifeguard that is in

 Dear Editor:

 Last week’s High Tide section of the RT included information about a bill to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores. Too many New York State pet stores obtain animals from commercial breeding facilities known as puppy, kitten, and bunny mills. The mills keep animals in cruel and filthy conditions. Litter after litter is exploited to make a profit, causing suffering for the animals and heartache/costly veterinarian care for families who adopt animals with

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