This past weekend the Broad Channel VFW hosted a barbecue for several busloads of disabled veterans residing at the St. Albans Veterans Hospital Living Center. During the BBQ, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Mr. Anton Dietrich who recalls how after being drafted into the United States Army as a young man in the 1940's, he trained with a shaped piece of wood instead of an actual rifle because actual weapons were hard to come by, even for the Army. This was because of the drastic reductions in defense spending after WWI, exacerbated by the 1941 Lend-Lease Act, which saw a great deal of American-made arms and defense materials being transferred without compensation to Great Britain, China, the Soviet Union.

Ultimately the

Police Officer Miosotis Famila was assassinated as she sat in her police vehicle in the Bronx during the early morning hours of July 5. Familia, a mother of three, was the first female New York Police Department officer killed in the line of duty since the September 11 attacks and only the third female officer killed in a combat-type encounter in the department’s history. 

As the citizens of New York were reeling from the execution-style killing of yet another one of their police officers, our

You think Councilman Ulrich is a tad bit upset with Mayor Bill de Blasio? At a recent City Council hearing, Ulrich was in rare form as he unloaded on the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency regarding the city's Build it Back Program as well as plan(s) for a study regarding beach erosion and sand replenishment in the Rockaway area, a program, the details of such, Ulrich very obviously felt the Mayor's Office was not exactly being forthcoming with.

"It's almost like we don't exist!...I

Having li­ved in Broad Channel since 1993 and experienced my fair share of tidal flooding... as well as storm surges from nor'easters, tropical storms and hurricanes...I do consider myself to be at least somewhat environmentally conscious. Nevertheless, I couldn't help but notice all the weeping, gnashing of teeth and the plethora of nightmarish environmental predictions of an impending global apocalypse, stemming from the President's decision last week to withdraw from the Paris Climate

I recently was lucky enough to acquire one of the newest Rockaway Times t-shirts, which, in my humble opinion, is the best design to date, especially with the iconic RT bicycle featured prominently on both the back and front of the shirt. I should also add that the color preference of our esteemed publisher, Kevin Boyle, still remains steadfast with bright, Day-Glo, orange.

My beloved Grace took one look at it and said, "That t-shirt's so bright you gotta wear shades!" I even mentioned to

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Lew Simon who is recovering at home from recent heart surgery. Here’s hoping these initial and painful post-op days pass quickly and you are back on your feet soon.

Don’t forget this Sunday is Father’s Day. Still unsure what to get Dad? The Broad Channel VFW is having a "Father’s Day BBQ" Sunday, June 18 starting at 1 p.m. Hopefully Sunday’s weather will be filled with lots of sun and warm temps, so gather up Dear Old Dad, your family, friends and neighbors

Were all of you just as confused as I was when several weeks ago our City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, just couldn't contain herself and had to fly down to Puerto Rico to personally greet and hug Oscar Lopez Rivera on the day he was released under a commutation issued by (then) President Obama?

Perhaps I should mention that Speaker Mark-Viverito's newly released terrorist buddy was co-founder of The Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), a Marxist-Leninist organization, which

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