Dear Editor:
There are so many incredible things that make Rockaway so special. It is the only place I know where 70+ year-olds who shared the same first-grade class still hang out together. It is a place where we all just walk right into each other’s houses without knocking and have been doing it for 40, 50, or 60 years. It is a place with one social event after the next where the motto is “come one, come all” or “more the merrier.” It is a place where you can easily have four generations living within a few blocks of one another.
It is all these things that make Rockaway so beautiful. So unique. A place like no other that I have come across in my 30 years of traveling back and forth, across this great country of ours. These unique

Dear Editor:

I am a past president of the Nassau County Medical Society and a past member of the House of Delegates of the Medical Society of the State of New York and, as such, fought many a battle in the malpractice wars. Unfortunately, we lost the war, and Dr. Galvin’s words ring oh, so true. I, along with many of my fellow physicians, left independent practice because the malpractice insurance premiums were so high, and the insurance companies' reimbursement for patient care was so low

 Dear Editor:

The article, The Men Move In (2/27/20), of The Rockaway Times was startlingly one-sided. As a voting member of this community, I decided to go over and welcome the opening of the shelter and ask what they needed. It was quiet, no crazy people hanging outside, in fact no indication that anyone was there. I spoke briefly with the officers having their lunch in a parked car across from the shelter and asked them where it was. They didn’t know it was open, they said it had not opened

Dear Editor:

Thank you for including two stories covering the spectrum of feelings and opinions within our community when it comes to homelessness and possible solutions. While the, "Edgemere Housing Celebrates Official Opening" was received as a positive sign and commitment of the city to building a more resilient community, the other story, "Showing the Love for Solutions Not Shelters" shows opposition to building yet another shelter without any clear plan as to what to do to empower

 Dear Editor:

Beach Channel Drive was closed last week for emergency repairs and Rockaway roads became a parking lot.  Traffic was at a standstill on Newport Avenue from Beach 121st Street to Beach 116th Street. The same was true on Beach Channel Drive, all traffic going east was not moving.  That is why moving the firehouse to the old HSBC Bank site could be a very serious problem. Fire trucks trying to exit will be met with cars unable to move out of the way.  At the very least, minutes will

Dear Editor:

Thank you, Lou Pastina, for your interesting article about Memorial Circle. You provided some important information about a very beautiful and established part of our community. While the Parks Department has been very instrumental in much of the care and maintenance of this location and other designated parks in New York City, there are a lot more involved. The Friends of Memorial Circle have managed the Circle for about 30 years. 

As a small group of volunteers, we do the

 Dear Editor:

 My husband is wheelchair bound and due to some health issues on top of that, he has not been able to get out of the house for quite a while. Last month, we borrowed a wheelchair van and went to a doctor’s appointment and since it was such a nice day, we thought we would try to visit the Harbor Light afterwards. We had not been there since Superstorm Sandy.

It was about 3 p.m. and we arrived to learn that they are not really open at that time on a weekday. Nevertheless, an

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