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Author: Katie McFadden

An Early Start for the Little North Pole

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Neponsit Ave. Right after he’s eaten his turkey and picked up some Black Friday deals for the Mrs., Santa Claus will be making a stop at the home of a good friend—Joe Mure. Christmas has come early this year to The Little North Pole, which will light up on Saturday, November 26. In its 27th year, the annual lighting of the Little North Pole will take place the Saturday right after Thanksgiving, giving locals and visitors alike even more time to see this holiday delight. With hopes of the weather being a little warmer, one of the Little...

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The New York Dippers Club Makes a Splash

Before filling your bellies with warm turkey and all the fixin’s, consider starting your holiday in an invigorating way, with a cold-water dip. The New York Dippers Club (NYDC) is taking off, and are welcoming all to join in on their daily dips into the Atlantic, or at the very least, for a gratitude dip on Thursday, November 24 as a warmup to their upcoming Full Moon Charity Dip on December 7. Graham Cullis, a content creator, artist and philanthropist from the UK, took charge of this dipping mission just two days after arriving in Rockaway on October 5 to visit a friend. After creating a video...

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The Anabas Boat Club An Upright Ship on the Right Course

Back in July, The Rockaway Ti­mes shared a story of a group’s mission to save the Anabas Bo­at Club in Broad Channel, a 121-year-old club that had seen better days. Less than five months later, we’re happy to report that the sinking ship has been righted and is on course to becoming something great once again. On Sunday, November 20, the Anabas at 1820 Channel Road was packed with folks enjoying the Road Kill Country Outlaws playing some jams at the club’s latest fundraiser. The club itself looked a lot different than it did five months prior. It was brighter, cleaner and finally back to life. Back...

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Cristin Mullen Run Benefits St. Rose CYO

The spirit of Cristin Mullen lives on through the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy CYO program. On Friday, October 28, St. Rose honored the late athlete and celebrated the ways in which the proceeds of the Cristin Mullen Run are benefitting young athletes at the school. As described by Bobby Steiner, head of the CYO Program at St. Rose, Mullen was a tremendous athlete herself. “Cristin was a Rockaway resident. She grew up in Belle Harbor and attended St. Francis de Sales grammar school where she played several sports in the CYO program. She then attended Bishop Kearney High School where she...

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Crash of Flight 587 Remembered 21 Years Later

On November 12, 2001, American Airlines Flight 587 came crashing down in Belle Harbor, killing all 260 people on board a flight headed for the Dominican Republic, and five neighbors on the ground—Helen Concannon, Thomas Concannon, Kathleen Lawler, Christopher Lawler and Franco Pomponio. On Saturday, November 12, just after remnants of Hurricane Nicole passed by and the sun came out, those who lost loved ones 21 years ago gathered at the Flight 587 Memorial on Beach 116th Street to remember the fallen. Reverend Deacon Bienvenido Valdez led the ceremony with a prayer. A moment of silence was...

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Author Lays Out the Power of Authentic Relationships

When going through a trying time, it’s all about who’s in the waiting room. Those people, when you’re sick, that are in the waiting room, waiting to see how you’re doing or to take you home. Those people who you’ve formed authentic relationships with throughout your life, that are there for you the most. For some, those relationships don’t come built in. For Neal Goldstein, who grew up in Far Rockaway with a childhood burdened by hardships, and went on to become a successful lawyer, those authentic relationships in his life made for the ingredients of a successful turnaround. And in a newly...

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Turkey Trot to Honor Jimmy ‘The Crusher’ O’Neill

Before crushing that turkey on Thanksgiving, why not crush the pavement and burn a few calories beforehand? And what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than doing something for a good cause? On Thursday, November 24, the Rockaway Track Club is hosting its annual Turkey Trot 5K and this year, it’s being held in honor of a very special boy, who for the past two years, has been crushing cancer—Jimmy O’Neill. On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, all are welcome to join in this fun run on the boardwalk. Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. on the boardwalk at Beach 126th Street, until...

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BHPOA November Meeting Recap

On Tuesday, November 15, the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association met for its last meeting until March, at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. The Army Corps of Engineers was expected to attend to provide updates on the ongoing beach protection work, but bailed out a few days ahead of the meeting, without giving a reason. The National Park Service was also expected to attend to provide updates on the upcoming revitalization of the Riis Bathhouse, but all parties decided it was best to wait until the next meeting to provide the most up-to date information. Barbara Larkin provided some updates on...

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Pizza on the Point Comes to Breezy

Breezy Point finally has a pizza place and it’s on point. On October 29, Pizza on the Point opened with lines out the door, and that excitement has continued as locals line up to grab a slice of their own. With Tom McGoorty and Mike Strong of Breezy Point and Rockaway’s Pat Hayden and Meat Up Grill chef Michael Fiore, at the helm, they know just what was missing in the neighborhood, and the right ingredients to make a great slice. With New York style pizza featuring a thin, crisp crust, fresh sauce, cheese, a hint of garlic in almost everything and popular toppings from pepperoni to more unique...

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