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May 5, 2016

Soon To Be 100! Rose Oshinsky

Rose Oshinsky was born in 1916 in Grodno, Poland on May 15, 1916. In the midst of Word War I with Europe being in much turmoil, much of the extended family lived together and they did what they could to get by. Rose’s grandmother owned a small bakery which contributed to the support of the family. In 1923, Rose and her family emigrated to America – a move that changed her life forever. A young girl in Poland had limited opportunities in life. But now, settling into a walkup apartment on the lower east side of New York – all things were possible. Rose enrolled in school, quickly learning t…

May 5, 2016

Choosing A Doc

 Dear Editor: For most people, selecting a good Primary Care  Physician (PCP) is a big decision. Let’s see, what do I want?   A doctor close to home, a doctor that comes highly  recommended by neighbors and friends or a doctor who has  been many years in the community? Do I want a male doctor, or  a female doctor? Some doctor-patient relationships last  many years, and some disintegrate quickly. I felt compelled  to write this letter as I heard quite a few horror stories lately. These scenarios can serve as a word to the wise for  us all. 1] A patient had a PCP for 14 years-The PCP moved…

May 5, 2016

Rockaway Rant

Dear Editor: Manhattan like Rockaway is surrounded by water. Manhattan’s waterfronts, since Bloomberg, have been amazingly and stupendously transformed, beautified and retrofitted. What about Rockaway’s waterfront?Not one development, it seems to me anyway — not one creative or interesting improvement here in Rockaway since 2000 (or, can I say since 1965?).In fact, Rockaway is not even breaking even!!! Rockaway still hasn’t even returned to her 1960 state of being! Look at the Neponsit home, and how about the twenty blocks of beachfront from Beach 30 to Beach 50, and why is the boardwalk…

May 5, 2016

This Week in History

MAY 5 Seibert Ward was born.  1891 – Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor. 1961 – Alan Shepard became the first American in space.   MAY 6 Kitty Kelly was born. Coleen Mimnagh was born.  1941 – Dictator Joseph Stalin be­came the premier of Russia. 1954 – British athlete Roger Ban­nister became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes (3:59:4). 1994 – The Chunnel between En­gland and France officially opened.   MAY 7 Doug Owens was born. Megan Prendergast was born. Rosemary Munro was born.  191…

May 5, 2016


 May is the official month of spring celebrating Mother Earth’s abundance.  All at once the trees pop with flowering buds and the soil brings forth all sorts of greenery and colors.   It is a time of rejuvenation: refreshing what is old, reviving what has been resting, bringing new life into the day to day.  Spring in many cultures in the world is a time to celebrate motherhood; in some cultures it falls on the first day of spring, in others it is during the spring season.  Bringing forth life is associated with this season manifesting in the seeds that grow into flowers and vegetables, an…

May 5, 2016


 I was arrested on Monday.  I was in Washington DC with our daughter Katie. She has been arrested four or five times but this time we got arrested together.  It wasn’t just the two of us; over 300 people were with us, including Jerry Greenfield and Ben Cohen. You know, the ice cream guys. On their website Ben said, “The history of our country is that nothing happens, until people start putting their bodies on the line and risk getting arrested.” It all comes down to a simple idea that we believe in whole-heartedly: if you care about something, you have to be willing to risk it all—your rep…

May 5, 2016

Women of Rockaway: Lola Star

 Who runs the peninsula? Women. A large number of local businesses and organizations are owned and operated by females. And they deserve recognition. As part of an ongoing series, the Rockaway Times is profiling local female entrepreneurs each week. This week is Lola Star, owner of Lola Star Rockaway on Beach 116th. This month, Lola Star celebrates her first year of bringing her magic to Rockaway with her Beach 116th Street souvenir and gift shop. When you walk into the bright red doors of the shop, you’re welcomed into party-like atmosphere as you browse original Rockaway-inspired t-shirt…

May 5, 2016

Arts in Parts Does Their Part

To Restore Bus Stop Murals Esther Grillo’s bus stop murals are getting a facelift, but first they needed a good cleaning. On Wednesday, April 27, Grillo received some help from a group of kids from the creative nonprofit Arts in Parts who cleaned up the Beach 85th Street mural. Grillo painted her bus stop murals back in 1997. Vulnerable to the elements, the murals have lost their sparkle and Grillo is hoping to bring it back. Always looking to involve children in her projects, Grillo attended a recent Rock Soup meeting in hopes of finding a helping hand to clean up the  Beach 85th Street …

May 5, 2016

Don’t Sleep On This – Get Checked

 The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, in the United States is high, estimated at 2% of women and 4% of men in the middle-aged work force. The incidence of OSA in black people, Asians and older adults is estimated to be even higher. Unfortunately only 10% of people with OSA are diagnosed – a dismal figure considering that OSA is associated with resistant hypertension and a greater risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and death. In fact OSA is directly linked to hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, stroke and diabetes…

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