On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - will only be seen along a path stretching across the country from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Although the "Total" phase of this coming Monday's eclipse of the sun will not be visible in our area here in Broad Channel, it will still be a sight to behold as, weather permitting, we will still be treated to a partial solar eclipse where the Moon will blot out more than 70 percent of our sun's surface. Monday's partial eclipse

Not unlike Waiting for Godot, this past Friday many of us found ourselves waiting around for Mayor de Blasio who was supposed to visit and tour the recent street raising/new bulkhead Capital Project, as well as the 30+ Build it Back home elevations and rebuilds underway on West 11th and 12th Roads.

Quite unsurprisingly, the Mayor failed to show and in his place a Deputy Mayor appeared and walked the west side streets of Broad Channel. News of the Mayor's visit had been kept on the down low

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

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

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

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