Dear Editor:

I have been a backstage tour guide at the Metropolitan Opera for the past 30 years, so it was with great delight that I read about the Lazer’s newfound enthusiasm for the opera. Yes, as convoluted as the stories can sometimes seem, they sometimes also mirror life with themes of greed, jealousy revenge, family strife, love and hope. Absolutely sit in parterre, open up to the soaring unamplified singing and maybe your own passionate feelings. Comfortable seats and elegant surroundings further contribute to a memorable experience. A good introduction and adjunct to the opera are the Met’s HD movie performances at theaters throughout the boroughs. Do not be reluctant to take your children to the opera. From my experience

No on Homeless

Dear Editor:

As someone born and raised on the Rockaway Peninsula, I have been at the forefront of every issue since the late 70s. Once again again the City of New York is attempting to dump on the Rockaways! The proposed 120-bed men’s shelter is very troubling to all of us.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) plan to warehouse homeless people in a community that already has been inundated with homeless shelters, nursing homes, adult homes and

Animal Angels

Dear Editor:

When someone does something kind, it's important to acknowledge it. When my dog, Jack, had to be put down last Monday, I called the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways. When Samantha and Dr. Seeder from the staff arrived, they could not have been more compassionate. They gave us time with Jack before he transitioned to the "Rainbow Bridge," as well as great hugs. Our sincere thanks to all of them.

Kate & Walter Patterson


Kindness Goes a Long Way


More Expansion

Dear Editor:

(In response to High Tide article about NYC Ferry 1/17/19) There SHOULD be a JFK ferry, and they could easily make a stop at the foot of Lefferts Blvd. (with shuttle bus to terminals and/or airtrain) and a route from Wall Street, stopping at Sunset Park, Coney Island, and Rockaway, ending there OR continuing to Far Rock (Mott Avenue/ Bayswater State Park) or Nassau County (near Five Towns Shopping Center). De Blasio could easily do this with little cost, building

Camillus  Closing

Dear Editor:

I am writing an open letter to the Rockaway community today to seek your help and guidance in a very sad situation that has occurred in Rockaway this week. As you have probably heard either through social media or from talking to your neighbors, the Brooklyn Diocese has announced the closing of St. Camillus Catholic Academy as of June 30th, 2019. St. Camillus has always been a small school that has catered to a more one-on-one interaction between the students

Ulrich Will Win & Lose

Dear Editor:

The field of 23 candidates for NYC Public Advocate is now effectively down to 10 who qualified for matching funds and an invitation to the TV debates. Seven others who may appear on the ballot will not have the resources to compete. Nine of the 10 candidates are registered Democrats. Councilman Eric Ulrich is the only registered Republican to be part of the contest. Although this is a nonpartisan election, we can assume that most voters will be aware of

Word Search Wonder

Dear Editor:

Just wanted to compliment The Rockaway Times on an amazing word search last week. Challenging yet intriguing! Keep up the great work!

Kaitlin McVeigh


More Please

Dear Editor:

(In response to the Babka Cake recipe printed last week)  Would love if someone has and would share the recipe for Harbor Bake Shop’s famous Chocolate Layer Cake or Apple Chocolate Ring!

Robert Meyerson


Cut The Red Tape

Dear Editor:

I am dismayed by how long it takes for some

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