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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, whic…

Rhapsody Players Ready To Rock ‘One-Night Only’

A big sound is coming to Rockaway this Saturday, November 26, at 8 p.m., as the Rhapsody Players hit the Rockaway Theatre Company stage for a post-Thanksgiving celebration in song. The eight accomplished vocalists and six-piece band will be performing powerhouse hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and more at RTC’s Post Theater at Fort Tilden, with all tickets available directly at the door. For the group, it marks a welcome return. “We’ve got to do a show in Rockaway,” said the Player’s John Heffernan recently at a Bay Ridge benefit concert. Speaking to many Rockaway friends and fans who …

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 grati…

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 …

One Year Later, Rockaway Remembers Lew

By Katie McFadden It’s been a whole year in Rockaway without Lew Simon. On Thursday, November 10, 100th Precinct Deputy Inspector Carlos Fabara, a dear friend of Lew, brought the community together for a candlelight vigil to remember the late Democratic District Leader who fought for everyone. On November 6, 2021, Lew Simon left this world. And the lack of the presence of Rockaway’s fiercest advocate has been felt ever since. At the vigil, candles were lit while friends, elected officials and Fabara spoke of that loss and who Lew was. “Passionate, dedicated…a royal pain in the …

Election Results 2022

The results are in, and while some races are clear, one big Rockaway race is too close to call. Millions of voters across the state took to the polls in early voting and on Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, and as the polls closed at 9 p.m., results started to pour in. The race to watch …

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 …

Anna Palmer Brings Breast Cancer Awareness

Anna Palmer is a community member and a strong activist for Breast Cancer Awareness. She tirelessly goes to events to encourage people in the community to get their mammogram. Most recently, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, she held an event at the Community Serenity Garden (30-15 Seagir…

A 102-Year-Old Veteran Who’s Full of Life

Opportunities to sit and speak with those from the Greatest Generation, especially those who served our country, are becoming more rare as we start to lose them. But at nearly 102 years old, the self-proclaimed “Jimmy the Kid,” having lived a full life, is still full of life. On December 18, 1…

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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, whic…

This Week in History

November 23 Christopher Warren was born. Nancy Cregan was born. Mary Ryan was born.   1945- The United States stopped rations after World War II. However, sugar rations still existed.   November 24 Sheila Dalton was born. Mary Sanford was born.   19…

SPOTTED: THE TALK OF IRELAND

Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland you’ll be blessed with the Gift of Gab. Knowing some in this group, we think that’d be a bit of overkill! We can’t imagine them becoming more gifted in gab.  A large group of St. Francis de Sales parishioners from Rockaway made a trip to…

High Tide

***** Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for having loyal readers and simply awesome customers who have been so supportive this year (and every year!). We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. ***** Don’t expect any final call on the NYS Assembly race between Stacey Pheffer Amato and Tom S…

Grateful For Silver Linings

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and feast on an abundance of food and drink. It’s about watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with loved ones while chaotically preparing turkey, stuffing and all the comforting trimmings from sweet potato pie to pumpkin pie – and so …

Rhapsody Players Ready To Rock ‘One-Night Only’

A big sound is coming to Rockaway this Saturday, November 26, at 8 p.m., as the Rhapsody Players hit the Rockaway Theatre Company stage for a post-Thanksgiving celebration in song. The eight accomplished vocalists and six-piece band will be performing powerhouse hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s …

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 North Pole’s little helpers being around on college break, and a December full of Joe Mure finding even more ways to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the end-of-November lighting made sense this year. And while Christmas is arriving early to Neponsit, it’s not stopping Mure from pulling out all the stops for the annual event to light up his home. On Saturday, head to 144-03 Neponsit Avenue for an evening of festive fun. It all starts with a pre-show at 3 p.m. featuring performances by local school and dance groups and the big show starts at 4 p.m. This year, Joe Causi, WCBS-FM radio host, is back to emcee the event while sports radio host Sid Rosenberg and talk show host Todd Wharton will share co-hosting duties for the night. Plus there will be plenty of special guests taking the stage. Some may remember The Sopranos  star Tony Sirico aka Paulie Walnuts as a regular visitor to The Little North Pole. In wake of his passing earlier this year, another Sopranos star will be coming down to help light up the Little North Pole. Some may know him as Silvio Dante on the show, while others know him as Bruce Springsteen’s righthand man as lead guitarist of the E-Street Band. Little Steven or Miami Steve himself, Steven Van Zandt, will be coming out to help support the cause. “He wants to help out the children and JDRF and he’s excited about it. I think he’s gonna add a lot to our event this year,” Mure said. And of course, after the Little North Pole is all lit up, and eyes and ears are dazzled by the many performances, an even bigger star will close out the show, making a special entrance—Santa Claus. The big man in the red suit will have toys for all of the children in attendance at the end of the night. The Little North Pole is made possible by the Mure family and many volunteers that make it come to life starting before Halloween. Some of his top helpers include Richie Keane, Tony Orzano, John Sluyk, Anthony Calamari, John Reinhardt and more. Mure says the Graybeards were also a big help in setting up this year among other volunteers. Dozens of performers and businesses will also be donating their time for this cause. There will be several food stands available, with options for everyone for a $20 donation toward JDRF. Among the vendors are Anthony Canonolli serving up cannollis and cookies, Whit’s End serving pizza, Beach Bagels serving up hot chocolate and food, Bagel Barista Station, Roccos of Roc Beach, Divinos, Matteos, Brunos and Brothers Ravioli of Howard Beach, Lucy Sausage and more. All of these folks come together each year, and Mure keeps its going every year, for a good cause. “There are two reasons for lighting the Little North Pole. One, is to put a smile on every child’s face and give them a memory of the holidays that we believe will last the rest of their lives and two, to help a special group of children that need our help—those that live each and every day with juvenile diabetes,” Mure said. That’s why every penny collected at the lighting event and throughout the holiday season, goes towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which is always aiming to make advancements in the treatment of juvenile diabetes, with the hope of one day finding a cure. Most recently, JDRF celebrated the FDA approval of teplizumab, a drug that can delay the onset of type 1 diabetes in at-risk individuals. “JDRF was leading the fight to get this approved,” Mure said. Donations like those from the Little North Pole only help further such advancements. Last year, Mure was able to donate more than $80,000 to the organization from money raised through the Little North Pole. Every penny counts from the donations collected at the event and online at www.LittleNorthPole.org. Some may also be presenting bigger contributions towards the cause, such as Owen Loof, the Best Dressed Man in Rockaway, who will be presenting a $600 check to JDRF, as part of the four charities he’s raised money for from the proceeds of his first book. It’ll all help the Mure family reach or maybe surpass their $80,000 fundraising goal this year. But in addition to raising money for a great cause, Mure is most looking forward to those smiling faces on Saturday. “It’s not easy to keep doing this every year but when I see those smiles, it makes it well worth it. The holiday season is a good season to be happy,” he said. He’ll see even more smiles on Monday, November 28, when he does it all again for five groups of children from special needs schools on Monday morning and the St. Camillus Special Olympics program and a group of fire department handicapped kids at 6:15 p.m. “We want everyone to come down and help support the charity. We got a great show planned, a lot of talent, some nice surprises and we want everyone to enjoy it,” Mure said. The Little North Pole is located at 144-03 Neponsit Ave. After Saturday, it will be lit up throughout the holiday season. Please support the cause by making a donation at the home or online at www.LittleNorthPole.org

This Week in History

November 23 Christopher Warren was born. Nancy Cregan was born. Mary Ryan was born.   1945- The United States stopped rations after World War II. However, sugar rations still existed.   November 24 Sheila Dalton was born. Mary Sanford was born.   1963 -Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s accused assassin, in the garage of Dallas police headquarters. 1971 – D. B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines flight with $200,000.   November 25 Margaret Powers was born. Jazmine Outlaw was born.   2002 – President George W. Bush signed into law the Department of Homeland Security and named Tom Ridge as head.   November 26 Billy Heeran was born. Cathi Ryan Lahey was born. Robert Hauck was born.   1789  – The first national Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. was proclaimed by President George Washington. 2000 – Katherine Harris certified George W. Bush the winner in Florida’s presidential balloting.   November 27 Katie Honan was born. Melissa Fallon was born. Prerana Reddy was born.   1910 – New York’s Pennsylvania Station opened. 1973 – Gerald R. Ford was confirmed by the Senate to become vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew.   November 28 1520 – Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan passed through the strait which bears his name to the Pacific Ocean. 1990 – Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Great Britain; John Major took over.   November 29 Greg Sullivan was born.   1986 – Actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82. 2001 – Beatle George Harrison died of cancer.   November 30 1940 – Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married. 2004 – Ken Jennings ended his 74-game winning spree on the game show, Jeopardy!

SPOTTED: THE TALK OF IRELAND

Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland you’ll be blessed with the Gift of Gab. Knowing some in this group, we think that’d be a bit of overkill! We can’t imagine them becoming more gifted in gab.  A large group of St. Francis de Sales parishioners from Rockaway made a trip to Ireland and a smart handful of them packed wisely. The Rockaway Times t-shirts, especially the green ones, had everyone in Blarney gabbing. Mark Spadaro, Father Jim Cunningham, Linda Spadaro, Eileen Davies and Pauline Kalish – you all look magically delicious!

High Tide

***** Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for having loyal readers and simply awesome customers who have been so supportive this year (and every year!). We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. ***** Don’t expect any final call on the NYS Assembly race between Stacey Pheffer Amato and Tom Sullivan this week. Ballots are still being counted and with this being a holiday week we expect no news on that front. The Queens Chronicle reported that just seven (7!) votes separate the two. Being so close, and with a lawsuit filed by Amato’s team, a recount is also expected. Let’s hope it’s sorted out soon, though calling the Queens Board of Elections doesn’t instill much confidence in the process. We asked one person for info on the race, and she said, “I have no idea” and transferred our call.  The next person said, “they’re still counting.” When we asked when that would end, we got another “no idea.” Want to try it yourself?  Call 1-718-730-6730. ***** Ho, ho, ho. Santa Claus is coming early this year. The Little North Pole lights up this Saturday, November 26, just a couple of days after Thanksgiving. The fun starts off with a pre-show at 3:30 p.m. with the show of shows at 4 p.m.  The fun will be emceed by Joe Causi and co-hosts Sid Rosenberg and Todd Wharton. The holiday tradition, the 27th annual, is a seasonal highlight in Rockaway and best of all, funds raised goes to JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Joe Mure and his band of merry volunteers deserve heaps of praise. ***** Help us hit some milestones. The Rockaway Times Facebook page has 23,355 likes and we’re aiming for 24,000. Can you give our page a like? The RT Instagram account has a healthy 12,500 followers and we’d love a follow. And all this Social Media stuff reminds us to remind you: join our weekly email blast and get the full Rockaway Times in your inbox.  Shoot us an email at Mail@Rockawaytimes.com and we’ll sign you right up. ***** Over the summer, to fend off soaring gas prices, Governor Hochul and state lawmakers agreed to a suspension of New York State’s gas tax, helping drivers save about 17 cents per gallon. With gas prices on the rise again over the last couple of weeks, there’s a push by lawmakers to extend the gas break past the original December 31st deadline. Coulda fooled us, we thought the taxes had to be back on already, with prices so high. ***** Another plus for Beach 116th…The Rose Den, a new DIY cocktail bar with food, art and entertainment is opening at the old Lola Star location (174 B. 116th). They’ll be hosting an open house event on Wednesday, 11/23 from 5 p.m. on. ***** It feels like it gets dark right after lunch these days, so it was a welcome sight to see Beach 116th getting festive as holiday lights were strung up last week and brightened the street. Much thanks for the merchants and supporters of Beach 116th who helped make it happen! ***** Want to skip Black Friday and maybe do something that’s basically on the other end of the spectrum?  Go to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge: Winter Plant ID tour. No flowers? No leaves? No problem! Learn some simple techniques to help you identify trees, shrubs and all types of plants even in the winter.  The free tour starts Friday at 12:30. Space is limited so please call (718) 318-4340 to make a reservation.

Grateful For Silver Linings

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and feast on an abundance of food and drink. It’s about watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with loved ones while chaotically preparing turkey, stuffing and all the comforting trimmings from sweet potato pie to pumpkin pie – and so much more in between. For sports fans, it’s a time to watch the football game, cheer on your favorite team and kick back with a few beers. And no Turkey Day is complete without tuning into a holiday classic like, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Oh, and let’s not forget about who retires early due to feeling comatose from overindulging and who is going to perk up with an espresso before heading out to the stores at midnight for some Black Friday deals? But wait! Stop! While Thanksgiving traditions are no doubt all about the above – let’s take a moment to pause and be mindful of the true meaning behind these festivities – to give thanks! For the Hanna family, this Thanksgiving is an extra special one because my husband, Brian recently underwent a much-needed liver transplant at the Mayo Clinic. This year has been such an intense, emotional road. In mid-February, I started a full-time job for the first time in 17 years. Just days before, Brian had to go out on short term disability because he was beginning to have liver failure. We were grateful that I would at least be able to compensate for Brian’s lost pay. However, just six short weeks afterwards, my work hours were cut from full time to part time. They say, “everything happens for a reason,” but I did not know what it was until a few weeks later when Brian was admitted to the intensive care unit at Mt. Sinai for internal bleeding – I was going to have to be there for him because the disease was failing him rapidly. After his release from the hospital, we were hopeful because the liver team said they may transplant him quicker than initially anticipated. Six weeks later to no avail. Yet, Brian was continuously losing weight, becoming jaundiced, feeling weak and looked extremely frail. He was beginning to experience cramping in his hands and legs due to low hemoglobin. Still, no word on a donor. This went on for the next four months. In early July, Brian applied to the Mayo Clinic to review his case. Two weeks passed with no response. By the end of July, I was laid off from my job and learned Brian would need to go out on long term disability by the end of August. I remember sitting at Tribute Park one day with a friend and feeling scared, close to defeat, then suddenly, no joke, a black cloud came over our heads and started to rain. I cried, but my friend made me laugh at the irony of the moment. I was able to regroup, then headed home to learn that the Mayo Clinic wanted us to go down to Florida for a two-week evaluation. Brian secured an itinerary which consisted of day-long appointments for a nine-day duration, with various members of the transplant team from consults to seminars to lab tests, etc. I was impressed just looking at the numerous pages of his schedule. The other hospital’s consultation was one full day. Despair began to be replaced with hope and even excitement. Days before flying to Jacksonville, I learned that I could not file an unemployment claim because someone tried to file a claim in my name during COVID. Instead, I had to file a fraud claim, wait for it to settle before being able to apply for benefits. Meanwhile, messages were coming in from numerous family members, friends, local not for profit businesses wanting to help us out by way of donations from money to airfare. Wow! Who does this? I remember feeling overwhelmed with gratitude. It’s hard enough going through the motions with a sick loved one, let alone have to worry if you will go broke in the process. One week after the Mayo Clinic placed Brian on their liver transplant waitlist –  I was back to New York for what I thought was to see our daughter, Danielle, off to her first day of senior year and to attend a cousin’s wedding. It was going to be a surprise – they didn’t know I was coming. But, instead of me surprising them, I got my own surprise – a call from Brian telling me to get the next flight back to Jacksonville because Mayo had a donor for him, and he was scheduled for surgery at 1:00 a.m. Just one week after he was on the waitlist! All has been very successful, with the exception of a few bumps in the road, but he is in the best of hands. Brian is a miracle and I mean that whole-heartedly. We have had to rent an apartment down here in Florida as he recovers in Mayo’s care. Donations continued with a full-blown benefit held at Knights of Columbus. Family and friends have stepped up by visiting us, helping us feel less stressed and alone. Guests have continuously come and gone like people go through a revolving door. My mother selflessly moved into our house to help out with Danielle. So, this Thanksgiving, I want to thank you all for helping us with your prayers, donations, and time. We are forever grateful for all your generosity and are honored to have such a loving family – to have caring friends and to be part of this amazing Rockaway community. I recently saw a sign in a store that reads: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations” –  I had to purchase it because it is Brian’s true story – and you all helped make it a reality.

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, whic…

This Week in History

November 23 Christopher Warren was born. Nancy Cregan was born. Mary Ryan was born.   1945- The United States stopped rations after World War II. However, sugar rations still existed.   November 24 Sheila Dalton was born. Mary Sanford was born.   19…

SPOTTED: THE TALK OF IRELAND

Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland you’ll be blessed with the Gift of Gab. Knowing some in this group, we think that’d be a bit of overkill! We can’t imagine them becoming more gifted in gab.  A large group of St. Francis de Sales parishioners from Rockaway made a trip to…

High Tide

***** Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for having loyal readers and simply awesome customers who have been so supportive this year (and every year!). We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. ***** Don’t expect any final call on the NYS Assembly race between Stacey Pheffer Amato and Tom S…

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, whic…

This Week in History

November 23 Christopher Warren was born. Nancy Cregan was born. Mary Ryan was born.   1945- The United States stopped rations after World War II. However, sugar rations still existed.   November 24 Sheila Dalton was born. Mary Sanford was born.   19…

SPOTTED: THE TALK OF IRELAND

Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland you’ll be blessed with the Gift of Gab. Knowing some in this group, we think that’d be a bit of overkill! We can’t imagine them becoming more gifted in gab.  A large group of St. Francis de Sales parishioners from Rockaway made a trip to…

High Tide

***** Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for having loyal readers and simply awesome customers who have been so supportive this year (and every year!). We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. ***** Don’t expect any final call on the NYS Assembly race between Stacey Pheffer Amato and Tom S…



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