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Essay Entries Wanted

Dear Editor:            

I am the Irish Historian for Division 25 of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (Rockaway/Breezy Point).  Could you please put this announcement in The Rockaway Times about the LAOH sponsored essay contest for students in grades 6-12?  Past Rockaway students have fared well in the competition (one placed third in NY State in 2017!) and we would like to encourage our students to participate and continue Rockaway’s tradition of excellence. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Division 25 of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians is proud to announce the 2018-2019 History Essay Contest: “Heroes and Heroines in Celtic Mythology and Celebrations.” Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to participate. Cash awards will be presented to winners at both the state and national levels. For details, email Mrs. Mary Ellen Shevlin, Irish Historian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mary Ellen Shevlin



Army Corps Comments

Dear Editor:            

(In response to the 10/10 Army Corps Meeting)

Ms. Mazey, Thank you for your presentation this evening at the Cedarhurst Village Hall.

Two observations before my comments. It would have been helpful if the paper with the website that was handed out had your email address. Also, in view of the length of the website address, it would be helpful for those of us who are rotten typists, if the project used a web address shortener such as or TinyURL or Bitly. 

Flooding issues.

Brookville Boulevard regularly floods between Rockaway Boulevard / NY 878 and 147 Avenue, particularly at Lat. 40.643868, Long. -73.744375.  The problem could be alleviated by placing one to two feet of crushed rock over the existing roadway and repaving it at the low spot – a distance of perhaps one hundred feet. This would be an important convenience for motorists when the road is flooded, as well as an important life safety feature since southbound traffic is faced with a relatively sharp left turn at the flood location. The NYC DOT has had plans to rebuild the roadway for many years, but nothing has happened.

Residents of the Bayswater section of Far Rockaway would have significant benefits from raising Norton Drive between Coldspring Road and Westbourne Avenue, and Westbourne Avenue between Norton Drive and Dunbar Street. This would prevent high tides and storm surges from infiltrating the low-lying areas of Bayswater.

Finally, all Rockaway residents would benefit from raising Beach Channel Drive from where it drops after the Horton Avenue / Hassock Street intersection to just past the Nassau County line. This is a short distance (50 feet), but the street often becomes impassible if there is a drizzle during high tide. This can be a critical safety matter because Beach Channel Drive is the primary through street in the Rockaways. It is the only street that runs from Nassau County to past the Marine Parkway Bridge.

Eugene Falik


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