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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 …

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….

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 …


Army Corps & Partners Reflect on 10th Sandy Anniversary

Ahead of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and partners in city, state and federal government, stopped for a moment to reflect on how far the coastal communities impacted by the storm have come. On Friday afternoon, October 28, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works, Jaime A. Pinkham, COL John Lloyd, commander, USACE, North Atlantic Division, and COL Matthew Luzzatto, commander, USACE, New York District, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, plus representatives from NYC Parks and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation spoke at a press conference on the boardwalk at Beach 73rd Street to discuss the work that’s been done over the last decade. “The goal of this event is to take a few moments to reflect on the tragedy that was Superstorm Sandy, recognize the work we’ve accomplished together over the last 10 years, and to renew our commitment to completing what we have started,” COL Matthew Luzzatto said. He thanked the partners involved, plus Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for passing the Superstorm Sandy Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Act, which brought funding to the recovery and rebuilding work after the storm. He also thanked the contractor, Michels, for helping to make the work possible. He then spoke of some of the work USACE has accomplished in ten years. This $6B job required repair and restoration of eight existing projects–most of which were substantially completed by December 2014—less than 18 months after construction began in July 2013 at a cost of $242M. Over 15.2 million cubic yards of sand was placed on beaches for projects in New York City, Long Island, and Northern New Jersey. Another $158M effort saw the District repair 29 federally maintained navigation projects for channels and structures impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  USACE’s New York District also completed work on five coastal storm risk reduction projects including in Long Beach, Downtown Montauk, Coney Island and Fire Island to Moriches Inlet. Another nine projects, authorized through the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Bill, will also be completed in the coming years. Six are already underway, including Rockaway’s comprehensive coastal storm risk reduction project that includes construction of a reinforced steel sheet pile dune, new and extended groins with beach restoration, and re-nourishment along the Atlantic Ocean shorefront. New York District is also working on a nature-based plan with structural features to be constructed on the Jamaica Bay shoreline to address coastal storm surge flooding. Two construction contracts totaling $340 million are ongoing along the shorefront until early 2026 while design work continues on the Jamaica Bay features with construction scheduled to start in 2025. Fire Island to Montauk Point and the Montauk Point Lighthouse are other New York-based projects that are also under construction. COL. Luzzatto also reminded the crowd about the new draft of the NY/NJ Harbor and Tributaries Study that was released in September and is open to public comment through January 6. NYC Parks Deputy Commissioner for Environment and Planning, Jennifer Greenfeld,spoke about the positive changes NYC Parks has seen in the last 10 years and mentioned the success of the latest beach season. “We welcomed 4.4 million visitors to Rockaway and our wonderful concessions did exceptionally well, up almost 50% from the year before,” she said. Pinkham reflected on what was lost during the storm and the heroes who stepped up to help. “It’s impressive to see the amount of work that’s been accomplished in ten years’ time. Let’s take time to make sure we never forget the neighbors who we lost, as well as the heroes who arose that day, neighbor helping neighbor in those early hours and first responders of this city, and then a nation who responded with resources, expertise and prayers to help set this work ahead,” Pinkham said. “I’m not a New Yorker. I’m from Idaho, so I’ve never lived through a Hurricane, but one thing I can tell you from being from Indian country is, I know about resilience, and I know about staying power and I see both of those characteristics in this community.” New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reflected on how far the community has come in ten years and how Hurricane Sandy brought to light the reality of climate change. “It marked a turning point in our awareness of climate change and the extraordinary damages that can come from our natural environment. It reminded us about the need to reduce emissions and the need to adapt our entire landscape, not just here in New York but nationally. I believe addressing climate change will be the hardest thing we will ever do as a society,” Seggos said. The conference ended with remarks from Queens Borough President Richards, who was a councilman at the time of Hurricane Sandy. “It’s hard to believe  it’s been a decade since Sandy changed our borough and our city forever,” he said. “The storm did not discriminate. It stole our homes, it stole our businesses, in many neighborhoods. But one thing Sandy did not do is steal our spirit here on the Rockaway peninsula and that’s what defined October 29 and the days after for me.  Not the way the wind howled or the water but how we reacted once the sun came out. It’s a story of resiliency that’s been running or 10 years. And even in these ten years we’ve made a hell of a lot of progress,” he said. Project managers from USACE New York District are expected to be at the next Community Board 14 meeting on Wednesday, November 9, at 7:15 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus (333 Beach 90th) to provide specific updates on the current USACE work taking place on the peninsula.

Attention: ‘A Few Good Men’ Comes To RTC

Things take a dramatic turn as “A Few Good Men” opens at the Rockaway Theatre Company at Fort Tilden on Friday night, November 4, at 8 p.m. The riveting drama involves two Marines on trial for murder where the official story may not be the whole the truth. The play and later film version, starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, were written by Aaron Sorkin, best known for television’s “The West Wing.” RTC’s whip-tight drama runs November 4-20, with Friday and Saturday showtimes at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Veterans and active-duty service personnel will be admitted free on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11. Directed by RTC veterans David Risley and Jodee Timpone, “A Few Good Men is based on a true story. Sorkin wrote the drama, with changes for dramatic purpose, after first hearing about the case from his sister, a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corp lawyer. Originally put on pandemic hold in 2020, Risley and Timpone have been working hard to bring it to the stage. “We started to plan again back in January,” said Timpone. “We have been rehearsing approximately six weeks. This play is much harder to do in real life than it appears on paper. The scenes happen in rapid succession, so all the actors and crew must be on their game.” “This show has a big cast. Finding the right people to fill these roles was a challenge. We didn’t settle. We just kept auditioning,” Risley added “We’re working with 19 actors. The stage crew has seven people including Suzanne Riggs, our wonderful stage manager,” he noted. There are seven actors brand-new to RTC, with cast members coming from as far as New Jersey, Smithtown and upper Harlem. “They’ve thrown themselves into capturing their characters. This play is a story that is made up of many, many words. There are no songs or gimmicks to keep the audience engaged. It is all on the shoulders of the actors,” observed Timpone. Risley agreed. “They have worked very hard in bringing this story to life. They have also brought their own views of the characters. We didn’t want a replication of the movie.” Watching the actors at rehearsal working hard to sharpen their dialogue and moves, it’s clear that they are making this their own production, standing in no other’s shadow. It brings the audience right into the lights, staging, even the air and immediacy of live theatre like no film could ever do. “We were able to pull this off,” Timpone said, “due to hard work and commitment by everyone involved.” They both bring their in-depth experience to “A Few Good Men.” Risley, involved with RTC since 2001, noted, “This my fifth time directing here; my third collaborating with Jodee.” As an actor, singer, director and more, he’s been involved in theatre since high school, and served as Associate Director of Development at the award-winning George Street Playhouse for 10 seasons. Director, actor, singer, dancer, singer Timpone joined RTC in 2007. “I had only been in church shows and one or two community theatre productions before.” Not having studied theatre, she noted, “Everything I have learned has been from observing and performing for RTC’s many wonderful directors. I have been blessed to have been in many shows here. Each time I am, I learn something new!” “We have discovered we think alike when it comes to interpretation and the analytical approach to a play,” Risley said. “We would discuss each character and make sure we were on the same page before rehearsals.” For Timpone, the play is about “honesty, integrity and what it means to live by a code of honor.” “Placing country before ourselves,” added Risley. “I think it reminds us just how important our military is in assuring our continued freedom. I think as Americans, we just take it for granted.” Together with a dedicated and very talented crew and cast, they have brought those ideals and a gripping drama, “A Few Good Men,” into a spotlight that will make audiences feel like they are right there. It’s an experience they will not forget. For tickets go to www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org. For November 11 performance reservations, veterans and active duty servicemembers should email rtcticks@gmail.com or call 347-752-7640. Photos by Dan Guarino.

Ten Years Later

Ten years. It was ten years ago as sometime after sunset on October 29, 2012, we watched the ocean rush down the street like a river, late for a scheduled meeting with the bay on the other side. Something many had only heard stories of from another storm 52 years earlier—Donna. The thought was a little exciting. We stayed this time. Like the Boy Who Cried Wolf, we smirked at the calls for evacuation. We had heard it all before the previous year, for a storm called Irene, which brought little fanfare. We stayed this time, ready to place our bags of sand, board our windows and make sure th…

Putting Time in With Team Rubicon in Florida

When looking back on all of those who came to help Rockaway after Hurricane Sandy, Team Rubicon is at the top of many lists. It’s a name that stuck with people and is often recommended by locals as the go-to organization to donate to when a disaster strikes, anywhere in the world. After all, they…

Rockaway Remembers the Fallen 10 Years Later

Rockaway lost so much during Hurricane Sandy, including neighbors. On this 10th Anniversary, we must not forget those who lost their lives due to the storm. Hurricane Sandy was directly responsible for the deaths of at least 147 people from the Caribbean to the United States and Canada. Of those,…

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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, 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 …

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…

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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