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Dec 1, 2022


Buyers need to have money set aside for a down payment and closing costs. If the buyer has been approved for a mortgage AND if his income is high enough to justify a slightly larger mortgage, then a “seller’s concession” might be helpful in covering some of the transaction costs. The seller’s concession is usually a fixed amount of money which can be as great as 3% (and sometimes more) of the purchase price . This amount gets added to the agreed upon deal price. For example, a $500,000 house could close for $510,000. The additional $10,000 would go towards paying the buyers closing costs…

Dec 1, 2022

A Special Stockings for a Cause Mission

The season of giving has begun, and this season, a special family could really use some Christmas cheer. Local resident, Eugene Brennan, is hoping the community comes out strong to make this holiday season a special one for the Tan family through the 11th Annual Stockings for a Cause. On Thanksgiving Eve, Brennan hung the first stocking at the Park Avenue Tavern, where he is a managing partner, on the anniversary of the day Stockings for a Cause first began. Each year, several restaurants across New York City, including local restaurants and In Good Company Hospitality’s establishmen…

Dec 1, 2022

The Little North Pole Comes to Life

The Little North Pole is lit for the season! With an early start this year, Joe Mure held his annual show to light up his home at 144-03 Neponsit Avenue on Saturday, November 26. Warmer weather brought out some big crowds for a star-studded show that ended with a visit from Santa Claus who had toys for all of the kids in attendance. School groups like the Scholars’ Academy and P.S. 114 choirs and the Fazio Dance Center, Xaverian Dance Team and the DREAM Dance Team warmed up the crowd. While vendors like Whit’s End, Roccos of Roc Beach, Beach Bagel, Bagel Barista Station, Divino’s…

Dec 1, 2022

A Special Visit to the Little North Pole

The magic never ends at The Little North Pole. After the big show on Saturday, Joe Mure and Jodi Tucci did it all again for a very special audience. On Monday, November 28, the St. Camillus Special Olympics and a group of handicapped children from FDNY families were invited to the home on 144-03 Neponsit Ave for their very own lighting and visit with Santa Claus. On Monday evening, the special group was treated to popcorn and other goodies while DJ Mugsy kept things warm with some hot tunes for the crowd to dance to on the chilly night, in anticipation of the big lighting and Santa’s…

Dec 1, 2022

Things To Do

BHYC Holiday Boutique On Friday, December 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., head to the Belle Harbor Yacht Club (533 Beach 126th) for a shopping extravaganza featuring 40+ local vendors, raffles, live music and more.   Broad Channel Craft Sale On Friday, December 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., head to the American Legion Hall (209 Cross Bay Blvd) to buy crafts made by local vendors. Proceeds benefit local churches and charities.   Mediative Nature Walk On Saturday, December 3 at 12:30 p.m., head to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife R…

Dec 1, 2022

Hereditary Hemochromatosis

Hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) is a genetic condition that may lead to a buildup of iron in tissues throughout the body and is one of five types of hemochromatosis, by far the most common type. Humans absorb iron through the digestive system, but except for blood loss/hemorrhage, humans have no way of getting rid of excess iron. This is why women with HH don’t usually exhibit symptoms until after entering menopause. Normally, the body regulates its supply of iron by raising or lowering the amount of circulating transferrin. Transferrin will bind to iron in the gut and transport it to the o…

Dec 1, 2022


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and our little slice of heaven is already in the holiday swing! From live music, tree lightings, holiday shopping and more—plan your festive Rockaway weekend crawl with our entertainment guide below.   LIVE MUSIC THURSDAY, December 1 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Prepared to be swept away as guitar duo, Aerial Acoustics, performs a mix of holiday favorites, originals and instrumental covers at The Rockaway Hotel’s restaurant, Margie’s. 108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive   FRIDAY, December 2 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tonight, Uma’s se…

Dec 1, 2022

Bus Sense

Dear Editor: Is it too early to send a letter to Santa? I wish Santa would give some of the bus drivers on the Q53 buses more brains or the MTA to get its act together and fix the mess on the corner of Beach 116th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. When three buses are sitting on Beach 116th Street and a bus comes west on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and tries to turn right onto Beach 116th, many times it can’t finish the turn and blocks traffic on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from moving past Beach 116th Street. It also blocks Beach 116th as well. And if he can make the turn, he has no pla…

Dec 1, 2022


Happy 100! On November 19, Johanna O’Connor celebrated her 100th birthday at the Harbor Light with her four children, seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Family from Ireland and many friends were there to acknowledge this milestone birthday. The Harbor Light and staff helped make this a wonderful day. There was singing and dancing thanks to the outstanding DJ Paddy Tubz. The O’Connor, Falvey and Ollquist families are so grateful to everyone who made Joanna’s birthday a cherished event. As Jo would say, “Long legs to the baby.”  

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