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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.

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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 ass,” Senator...

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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. Into...

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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

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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

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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 arrival, officers...

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You want to get in The Rockaway Times? You send a photo wearing a Rockaway Times t-shirt and you stand in front of a place called Boyle Sports. Marketing genius Father Jim Cunningham of St. Francis knows what works! Father Jim and a bunch of locals travelled to Ireland recently. We don’t know if he led the group in prayers, but we know he led the group in style. Looking grand, Father Jim!

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Things To Do

WISH Turns 16 On Friday, November 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., join women’s group Rockaway WISH at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club on Beach 126th for a general membership meeting and cocktail celebration for the group’s 16th anniversary. RSVP to: EDuffy@rockawaywish.org   Thanksgiving Half  Marathon/ 5K On Saturday, November 19, the Rockaway Track Club is hosting a half marathon and 5K. Check in at Beach 115th street at 8 a.m. Pickup Bib tag, chip, and T-Shirt. Both 5K and ½ Marathon start at 9 a.m. on the boardwalk at 115th Street. To pre-register, see www.Rockawaytc.org   Broad Channel...

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Facts You Probably don’t Need

John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley all died on November 22, 1963, within a few hours of each other.   Only five Olympic athletes have ever won more than eight gold medals. Four of them have won nine. Michael Phelps has won 23.   Woodrow Wilson signed into law the first permanent peacetime federal income tax in U.S. history.   Maria Anna Mozart, sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was also a talented musician, but once she reached a “marriageable age,” her parents would no longer permit her to show her artistic talents. The first ever speeding ticket in the U.S....

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