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Nov 24, 2022


The road back from Covid and two flooded seasons out of their gym seemed long and endless at times, but the Xaverian High School Girls volleyball program has completed the goal they set for themselves when going to Co-Ed 7 years ago. On Wednesday evening, November 9, the Xaverian Junior Varsity and Varsity Volleyball program finished a clean sweep and took home the CHSAA City Tier One Championship Title. Finishing the regular season as the top seed going into the playoffs (11-1), the Junior Varsity squad qualified for their trip to City’s by winning the Brooklyn-Queens Tier 1 Championshi…

Nov 24, 2022


We might be a little biased, but we think some of the best photographers in the world live in Rockaway.  Here are some shots that readers shared with us this week.  Send your photos (limit to 2 per week) to mail@rockawaytimes.com and we’ll do our best to print them (space permitting).  We do receive more than we can print.
Deanna Augustinas
Iryna Medvedovska (On another coast)
Dolores Koo
Mark Eidinger
Joe OBrien
Patricia Hickey
Tedd Havlicek
Vincent Moriarty

Nov 24, 2022

Far Rockaway Center’s Honors Our Veterans

Far Rockaway Center, the 100-bed skilled nursing facility on Virginia Street in Far Rockaway, celebrated Veterans Day with a ceremony on Friday, November 11, to acknowledge the twelve veterans residing at the facility. Leadership thanked them for the freedom we all enjoy. Veterans at Far Rockaway Center served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy and their ranks range from Private, Specialist, Sergeant, Petty Officer and Captain, rankings that should be commemorated. The Veterans Day ceremony opened with a bagpiper leading a resident veteran, Mr. Wayne Council, who carried the Color Guard …

Nov 24, 2022

NYC Plover Project Hosts Free Educational Series

Rockaway-based non-profit will hold free webinars for residents to learn more about the plight of the endangered shorebird. NYC Plover Project, our local Rockaway volunteer effort to protect Piping Plovers, has kicked off a free webinar series on Zoom. The series began this week with a presentation by Dr. Grainne Maguire who leads the shorebird protection effort for the Hooded Plover in Australia. “While not a Piping Plover effort, we wanted to kick off this series by highlighting a very successful effort to protect vulnerable shorebirds, 18 years running, in Victoria, Australia,” said C…

Nov 24, 2022


I want to wish all the readers of Wrestle Talk, and The Rockaway Times a very happy and safe Thanksgiving! We have news from All Elite Wrestling (AEW), that former WWE Commentator Renee Paquette has been officially signed to an AEW contract. Most of you will know Renee as the wife of AEW Superstar Jon Moxley. Renee had left the WWE in 2020, and it has been reported that before signing with AEW, the WWE had made her an offer to return to the company, as a backstage interviewer for the WWE Raw Brand. Renee declined their offer and chose to join AEW instead. We wish Renee all the best in he…

Nov 17, 2022

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…

Nov 17, 2022

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 si…

Nov 17, 2022

High Tide

***** Advertiser and reader reminder: Next week is a short week for us. Deadline is Tuesday, November 22, 12 noon for ads.  The paper will be delivered on Wednesday and the email version of the paper will go out Wednesday morning. Still haven’t signed up for The Rockaway Times email blast? Subscribe (it’s free!) at Rockawaytimes.com or just shoot us a quick email telling us to sign you up and we’ll take care of the rest. Send an email to: Mail@Rockawaytimes.com ***** And with next week a short one, put those orders in now, make those reservations today. And start by checking the pages of…

Nov 17, 2022

This Week in History

November 17 Marie Marrone Moriarty was born. Lauren Raphael McCallion was born. Jaime Jordan was born. Bob Moran was born. Finbar Devine was born.   1973 – President Nixon said “I am not a crook.”   November 18 Dylan Courtney was born. Annie Graves was born. Jim McDonald was born. Christy Cook was born. Colleen Brady was born.   1928 – Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie. 1978 – Jim Jones, a U.S. pastor, led 914 of his followers to their deaths at Jonestown, Guyana, by drinking a cyanide-laced fruit drink. Cult me…

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