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Dec 1, 2022

A Season of Giving for The Best Dressed Man

The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway in doing his best to give back. During this season of giving, Owen Loof has started to dish out checks to charities from the proceeds of his book he released this summer. When Loof published his book, “The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway: The Brooklyn Prep Years,” his mission wasn’t to make money. Instead, he decided to donate the proceeds from his book to four different charities: Tunnel to Towers, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Rockaway Graybeards and his friend Charlie Russo’s charity, Hope House Ministries. On Saturday, November 26, at…

Dec 1, 2022

Lifeguard Candidate Testing Begins

Attention potential lifeguards! NYC Parks wants you! The city is welcoming candidates to take the qualifying test sometime soon, for a chance to protect our city’s pools and beaches. Qualifying tests begin on Friday, December 2, and will be held at 10 pools around the city, returning to pre-pandemic levels (compared to 6 locations last year) including recreation centers and local high schools. Register for an upcoming qualifying exam on the NYC Parks Lifeguard information page (https://www.nycgovparks.org/opportunities/jobs/lifeguards) There are currently no testing sites on the Rocka…

Dec 1, 2022

Winter Waterfowl Workshop At Jamaica Bay

On Sunday, November 20, the American Littoral Society in partnership with NYC Audubon, Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy, and the National Park Service held a waterfowl identification program at the Jamaica Bay Refuge followed by a hike around the East and West Ponds led by naturalist Don Riepe to view the many species arriving for winter. “The Snow Geese just arrived from their summer breeding grounds in Hudson Bay, Canada” Riepe said, “and they will spend winter in the bay.” Other birds present included Brant Geese, Ruddy Ducks, American Coot, Gadwall, Mallard Ducks, Mute Swans, Ho…

Dec 1, 2022

High Tide

***** Okay, it’s December 1, officially not too early to talk Santa. If you’re looking for a Santa costume, we’ve got an idea. You could run (or walk) for one. The Love Rockaway Santa Suit Run is set for Saturday, December 10. The classic, fun, tradition, (once called The Santa Shuffle) will kick off at Beach 108th Street and the Boardwalk at 10 a.m.. You can register for the 5k run and 1 mile walk at RockawayTC.org. The registration fee gets you a Santa Suit, a Santa medal, and a free beer at Healy’s. ***** Speaking of red suits…. On Monday, with a little help from the FDNY’s Engine 329…

Dec 1, 2022

Tony Celebrates 95 at Rogers

Happy 95th birthday, Tony! On Saturday, November 26, a man who’s almost as old as the bar itself celebrated his 95th at his favorite watering hole—Rogers. But it wasn’t just another birthday celebration for Tony Sabatino. This time, his family threw the party as a thank you to the many Rockaway friends that make sure Tony is taken care of when he arrives. Tony Sabatino was looking sharp as ever on Saturday, dressed in a yellow button-down, a brown vest and his signature cap, two days ahead of his actual 95th birthday. But if you go by Tony’s math, he considers November 28 to be the day h…

Dec 1, 2022

This Week in History

DECEMBER 1 Sean Boyle was born. Johanna O’Connor was born. Julia Dionne was born.   1824 – The presidential election between John Q. Adams, Andrew Jackson, William Crawford, and Henry Clay was turned over to the House of Representatives due to the lack of an electoral-vote majority. 1998 – Exxon and Mobil agreed to merge, creating the world’s largest corporation.   DECEMBER 2 Olivia Becker was born. Mike Scala was born.   1980 – Sister Maura Clark, a Belle Harbor native and Stella Maris HS grad, serving as a missionary in El Salvador, was m…

Dec 1, 2022

The Rose Den Blooms on Beach 116th

A new business has blossomed on Beach 116th Street. On Wednesday, November 23, The Rose Den, a new cocktail bar and tapas restaurant located at 174 Beach 116th Street, officially opened its doors. In its soft opening, customers have been able to try some unique cocktails at this hip new spot on the block. One popular drink on the menu includes a spiced pear margarita—a spicy margarita with nice syrup, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger, fresh squeezed lime, and of course, tequila, topped with a poached pear. Or perhaps the Gin Bubble Bath, featuring Empress Gin, coupled with a few se…

Dec 1, 2022

Rockaway Comes Out Strong for Jimmy O’Neill

Before crushing plates of turkey, Rockaway came out strong to crush the Jimmy “The Crusher” O’Neill Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 24. The Rockaway Track Club couldn’t have asked for better weather for Thursday’s charitable event, and with more than 600 people registering to help raise money for the battle against childhood cancer, the run was a wild success. It was all in honor of 9-year-old Jimmy O’Neill, a Rockaway resident, who for two years has been battling kidney cancer. Jimmy himself was able to make it out for the event and give the countdown for the runners to take off on ei…

Dec 1, 2022

What’s In a Name? Dubos Point

In my final installment in this series, I venture just outside the boundaries of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to explore the history of the name behind Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary and its analogous mission with the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Extending from the Rockaway Peninsula into the southeast of Jamaica Bay, Dubos Point is within the area referred to by its earliest recorded occupants as Lekawe, meaning “sandy place.” When colonial settlements proliferated on Long Island in the 1600s, colonizers referred to the group of Munsee Lenape who named Lekawe by the name they gave the la…


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