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Nov 17, 2022

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…

Nov 17, 2022

Rockaway Honors Our Veterans

On Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, the Daniel M. O’Connell Post 272 of the American Legion brought the community together to honor those who have served this country. A small crowd gathered at the Doughboy Monument on Beach 94th Street, where members of the American Legion, including president Mike Honan, led prayers and speeches. U.S. Army Veteran Brian Galarza then played Taps on the bugle. The ceremony ended with the crowd coming together to sing “God Bless America.”  Photos by Katie McFadden.

Nov 17, 2022

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, unti…

Nov 17, 2022

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 …

Nov 17, 2022

Election Day Headaches

Dear Editor: My wife and I had a new voting experience this year. For many years, we voted at PS 225 on the Boulevard and Beach 110th St. Then, redistricting sent us to PS 114, and again we voted there for many years. Both facilities were roomy, airy, and had accessible parking. This year, our voting site was changed again, this time to the Public Library on the Boulevard and Beach 117th St. Conditions there were abominable. There was no nearby parking. All voting activities were stuffed into a room not much larger than 12 ft by 24 ft. The room was stifling hot with no air circulation. I…

Nov 17, 2022

Kudos to Katie

Dear Editor: Katie’s article on Veteran James Cavanagh was spot on – thank you for sharing “Jimmy the Kids” amazing life with your readers. It was so well written that I felt I personally knew this wonderful gentleman. Ann Lundon

Nov 17, 2022

Dear Editor:

Katie, thanks so much for the most enjoyable article about James Cavanaugh. Excellent! Your writing and stories are always cohesive and well-researched and, most importantly, you capture the subject.  Now I know him. You provide a needed lift for me and others in the community. Maureen McNelis

Nov 17, 2022

Local Shooting Incidents

The 100th Precinct sent out alerts regarding two shooting incidents within the confines of the precinct this week. On Wednesday, November 9, at approximately 9:21 P.M., during a dispute, two males were shot in the area of Beach 60 Street and Beach Front Road. The victims transported them­selves to an area hospital where they received treatment for their injuries that are non-life threatening. On Sunday, November 13 at approximately 7:48 P.M. officers from the 100th Precinct responded to a 911 call for a male shot in the vicinity of Beach 81st Street and Beach Channel Drive. Upon arriv…

Nov 17, 2022


Some homes have basic plastic light switches and plugs. It is relatively easy to upgrade the light switch covers. The best places to do this are bathrooms, kitchen, master bedroom, and at the front entrance. Some older homes do not have GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlets. These outlets (they have a red reset button) are used whenever proximity to water increases the risk of shock. To improve safety and increase home value replace regular outlets with GFCI’s in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and anywhere possibly exposed to water. Dimmer switches are also a nice touch …

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