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Apr 28, 2016

Mad As Hell

 Dear Editor: Can you please publish this in the next paper?  If the perpetrator wants to come forward and apologize, I can forward them a copy of the bill for the new paint job I will need to get. I work in midtown, for many years I took the QM16, but due to the fact it kept its own timetable depending on how the driver was feeling on any one day, I eventually gave it up and proceeded to look for another way to commute.  Next up, the Shuttle or A train from 116th Street, but once again, freezing my butt off on the way home during the winter while waiting for a Rockaway Park train for 30 …

Apr 28, 2016

Honor Contract!

Dear Editor: Let’s see, the boardwalk in Rockaway Park area will not be finished on time as promised by the City. We would think that the City had a signed contract with a completion date on it for the boardwalk project. Why can’t the company be “held responsibly” to a signed agreement and fined. We believe this should be possible and the additional money should be given back to the affected area of our community Rockaway Park. The money given back could be used on other amenities for the Rockaway Park area due to this outrageous inconvenience. Danny Ruscillo & Linda Ruscillo

Apr 28, 2016

Dare You

 Dear Editor: One reason the Rockaway Times wins awards is the governance of Editor Kevin Boyle.  Although he is master of the personal putdown, e.g, his own best target, he brings his own inimitable style to this paper. I’ve been meaning to commend him for a job well done, and too, for the staff reporting and good content.  Consider it done. And I dare you to print this, Kevin.  Maureen McNelis  

Apr 28, 2016


 Slowly…..and one at a time, various settlements on the Marsh Islands in Jamaica Bay faded away. As did many on the bay’s shorelines.  Broad Channel is the ONLY Jamaica Bay island community which still survives today, despite the efforts of New York City and the Port Authority to be rid of it. Today’s Ol’ Times shows the last effort of the Port Authority to expand JFK Airport with a HUGE bay landfill for more runways. Broad Channel would have been history if this plan was not SHOUTED DOWN in the late 1960’s (Arrow indicates Broad Chan­nel).

Apr 28, 2016


 Recently, my body had an unexpected injury that seemingly came from nowhere. The signs were not there and I felt super strong and flexible.  I was searching for lots of challenging yoga poses that would help with raw emotions coming from sadness, anger, frustrating situations that life sometimes brings on. The journey of yoga is moving your energy through your body to update yourself, often liberating mind and body from limiting beliefs. We think we get over things, but we really don’t. The memory is always there and for me it usually takes residency in my body. The shoulders in Eastern m…

Apr 28, 2016

Holocaust Remembrance Program

On Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Temple Beth El, West End Temple and the Jewish War Veterans will co-sponsor a community-wide program commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, also known as Yom HaShoah. This event, open to adults and children of all religions and faiths, will be held in the Main Sanctuary of Temple Beth El, 201 Beach 121st Street on the corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard.  This moving program begins with a candlelight procession by Survivors of the Holocaust and members of their families. There will be messages from noted community members, a youth presentation, and an oppor…

Apr 28, 2016

Mill Basin Day Camp: Summer Paradise for Kids

As soon as you enter Mill Basin Day Camp, you know you’re in for a treat.  With four slides connecting to an outdoor pool bigger than most backyards, dozens or colorful rooms where different activities take place, basketball courts and more, it could make any adult jealous of the kids that get to spend their summer days there. Located just over the Marine Parkway Bridge and behind El Caribe (5945 Strickland Avenue) in Mill Basin, Mill Basin Day Camp is a hidden gem that is a discovered treasure for the more than 1,600 children that attend each summer. With a place so close to home that off…

Apr 28, 2016

A Writer’s Road. Famed Writer Speaks To The Rockaway Times

 Terence Winter knows how to tell a story.  And he’s been recognized for that ability.  Four Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, an Edgar (as in Allan Poe, presented by the Mystery Writers of America), and numerous others.  Even if his name doesn’t quite ring a bell you know his work.  Those awards? They come your way when you write stuff like The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and The Wolf of Wall Street. But how he got to Hollywood is a story unto itself. As the youngest of five children in a working-class family from Marine Park, Brooklyn, Winter went with the flow during his teen years. He atten…

Apr 28, 2016

Parent-Teacher Conference: Your Rights and Responsibilities

The last parent-teacher conferences of the year for public school children are scheduled for the week of May 10.  This can be a stressful time for both teachers and parents, especially if a child is struggling and in danger of failing.  It is at this conference that parents will be advised if their child’s promotion to the next grade is doubtful. It is very important for a parent to know their rights and the rights of their child.  Each child who resides in NYC, whether a student at a public or non-public school, has the same rights.  One of the most important of these is the right of a pa…

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