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 A little late, but just in time for halfway to St. Patrick’s Day—Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 21’s 8th Annual Rockaway Beach/Breezy Point Irish Festival is this weekend!

After last year’s Irish Festival was canceled due to Covid and this year’s festival, typically held in June, was postponed, it’s time to enjoy the craic this weekend as the Irish Festival takes place Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. each day and continue through 9 p.m

 Immense concern spread over the peninsula as black smoke could be seen billowing from Rockaway’s only hospital on Friday, September 10. Luckily, thanks to the quick actions of the FDNY and the brave hospital staff, the fire at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital was quickly extinguished and nobody was injured in the fire. However, St. John’s could use some help for repairs.

On Friday, September 10, shortly after 5 p.m., a two-alarm fire broke out in a construction area on the roof of St. John’s

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To our Jewish friends: Gmar chatima tova as they observe Yom Kippur.

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Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Mike Melfi, a young, local ironworker who died in a work-related incident on Tuesday. Melfi also bartended at Bungalow Bar and was known as the life of the party. He will be missed.

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This past September 11 was particularly hard for many people. The Friends of Tribute Park, the people who do so much to make that oasis a special place, deserve heaps of credit

SEPTEMBER 16

Amanda Agoglia was born.

Beth Murphy Ward was born.

James Grant was born.

 

1630 - The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.

1974 - President Ford announced conditional amnesty for Vietnam War deserters and draft evaders.

 

SEPTEMBER 17

Jen Poyant was born.

Ozzie Edwards was born.

 

1908 - Lt. Thomas Selfridge, a passenger in a plane piloted by Orville Wright, became the first airplane fatality when the craft crashed.

 

SEPTEMBER 18

Leah

 After being shuttered due to Covid in March 2020, the Rockaway Artists Alliance is ready to make its triumphant return with its first exhibit. “Read Desert” opens Saturday, September 18.

The RAA is welcoming guests back to Studio 7 in Fort Tilden with open arms on Saturday for Read Desert, which will run through November 21. Read Desert will feature the works of 14 different artists, curated by artist, John Garcia.

Garcia, from California, frequents Fort Tilden and became familiar with the

 Dear Editor:

 Katie McFadden's eulogy (RT 9-2-21) was a beautiful, heartfelt tribute and celebration of her mother Patricia's life. The process of writing it, reminded me to be mindful of our present life and the people in it. Katie captured the essence of her mother’s life. I am sure it was cathartic for her as well as for the readers. I am a devotee of eulogies and obituaries having eulogized my father, mother, sister and brother. I have read the New York Times Book of the Dead. It is an

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To our Jewish friends: Gmar chatima tova as they observe Yom Kippur.

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Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Mike Melfi, a young, local ironworker who died in a work-related incident on Tuesday. Melfi also bartended at Bungalow Bar and was known as the life of the party. He will be missed.

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This past September 11 was particularly hard for many people. The Friends of Tribute Park, the people who do so much to make that oasis a special place, deserve heaps of credit

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The seashell flag tribute on our cover was made by Editor Katie McFadden and her boyfriend, Paul Zinskie. It's surrounded by 20 flags to mark the 9/11 anniversary, and 13 at top as a tribute to the troops recently killed in Afghanistan. Check it out on Beach 127th.

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The twentieth anniversary of 9/11 is Saturday. “Never forget” is an appropriate term because we never will and never can. There is no right way to honor those who were taken that day. The day remains extraordinarily

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Happy Labor Day weekend.  Labor Day first became a federal holiday in 1894.

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Another comment about decrepit Riis Park. As bad as the concrete boardwalk is and as bad as the rest of the place looks, the most concerning thing is the disappearing beaches. The ocean regularly rolls right onto the boardwalk at Bay 4 and 5. National Parks had no interest in getting jetty protection and therefore Riis is a disaster waiting to happen. And that is a danger to the nearby communities. Riis

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Life is a bit sadder around here this week with the heartbreaking news that Patricia McFadden, mother of Katie McFadden, our Managing Editor, and a great supporter of The Rockaway Times herself, died this week. Arrangements are pending.

 

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You know what they say, you don’t want to own a boat, you want a friend with a boat. If you’re short on such friends, you still have the option of renting a boat. And if you do, you can do worse than renting a pontoon boat out of Marina 59 in

Well, how great was Katie McFadden’s story last week about George Johnson and his friendship with a Kentucky man, first begun when George was a bone marrow match with the young Forrest Nichols 25 years ago?  They loved it in Kentucky, too. A chain of Kentucky newspapers will run the story around September 11. 

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From our star marine reporter: The Jamaica Bay subway bridge, a swing bridge just east of the Cross Bay Bridge, has been stuck in the closed position since early July. When

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So Governor Cuomo gave a two week notice (thanks to Patrick Goldberg for that). Congratulations and best of luck to the next governor, Kathy Hochul (rhymes with local).

Kathy: End the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge!

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Mini photo contest. August flowers bring happy hours. Rockaway has some beautiful gardens. Send a photo of your garden or favorite flowers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Robin Shapiro of the Shore Garden Club will select a winner who will receive a $100 Gift Certificate

 Dear Editor:

 Katie McFadden's eulogy (RT 9-2-21) was a beautiful, heartfelt tribute and celebration of her mother Patricia's life. The process of writing it, reminded me to be mindful of our present life and the people in it. Katie captured the essence of her mother’s life. I am sure it was cathartic for her as well as for the readers. I am a devotee of eulogies and obituaries having eulogized my father, mother, sister and brother. I have read the New York Times Book of the Dead. It is an

 Dear Editor:

 Good morning!  IT WAS NOT!  Tuesday September 7. We were already a little bummed out that our summer was over, save the lifeguards being on duty until Sunday September 12, thank goodness for that.

Then the bulldozers arrived. 8 a.m.  Unannounced. Started tearing apart and levelling the sand dunes and sand grass with extraordinary speed - center line 116th Street, then to the east and west.

Who told us? Why, or should I add, why weren't we forewarned? So much for democracy. Do

Dear Editor:

 One day last week, while waiting to cross at the corner outside of Pickles & Pies, a deranged homeless man attempted to attack

me for no reason whatsoever. I ran into the middle of the street waving my arms for someone to help me. No one did. The man proceeded to pick up a huge green garbage bin in front of Sweet Sixteen corner store and throw it at me.  I ran into Kings Pharmacy where I was told that "this goes on all day every day."  I understand why no one helped.  Fear

 Dear Editor:

(Sent to Gerald Walsh, CEO St John’s Episcopal Hospital)

I am writing this letter to acknowledge the incredible care I received at St John’s Episcopal Hospital’s Emergency Room. I had misfortune of taking a fall last week that required surgery to my arm to repair some tendon damage. After arriving home following the surgery, I had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia sending me into anaphylaxis shock. After several unsuccessful attempts to reach the Surgical Center Orvis and

 Dear Editor:

Reading Kami-Leigh Agard’s heartfelt and thought-provoking column (“A Cure For Autism?”, 8/26) reminds me of why we as a community need voices like hers and designated columns in papers like yours.

A monolithic view that autism must be cured denies the complexity and variability of neurodiverse individuals, negates their potential, and dismisses the contributions such individuals can bring to their community and the world.  The only thing that needs “curing” is the ignorance and

 Dear Editor:

(Regarding The Lazer Speaks column, 08-19-2021) I'd like to make a comment on the column re gardens and gardeners.

While I'm unsure if this is still in effect, my former now-retired gardener, and a neighbor whom did not use his services, told me that the assorted gardening and landscaping services seem to have some sort of gentlemen's agreement. If you wanted to change services, you couldn't directly switch from service 1 to service 2. Instead, you'd have to stop service 1 for

Over the years my family, friends and I have all worked in the restaurant industry. I used to say everyone should have to do a semester of hospitality work to become empathetic with the workers and understand walking a mile in their shoes. Unfortunately, not everyone has taken that semester of working in the restaurant industry, so a lesson in restaurant etiquette is needed. Since I know so many people in the industry, I sent out a few texts to servers from local restaurants and this is what

Thank you so much for all of your emails this past week. Everyone seems to be on the same page with people needing beach etiquette. I just want to note these rules are for everyone, not just our visitors. I just am so sad we had such a poor weather weekend that we could not try to implement the rules. 

Here are some we ran out of room for last week:

Rule 4: PDA. Our beach is a public beach, not a private beach on a romantic getaway. You may hold hands but do not make out in the water or on

I should have had this column in last week, but I did not know it was going to be such a spectacular weekend. I usually do not go swimming this early in the year and I almost went in for a dip!

Here is my annual beach etiquette column and it is for all of our new residents and our visitors that were pouring off of the ferry this past week. One loyal reader said Kevin should place my column as one of the photos on the boardwalk, but my suggestion has been ignored! 

Rule 1: When you get to the

For those of you who read my column regularly, you know I am a high school English teacher. One of the reasons I love being an English teacher is I get paid to do what I love: teaching reading and writing and oftentimes spreading that love to my students. Being an English teacher is challenging, but there is nothing greater than when students inform you about their enjoyment for a novel or short story you just finished.

During the last month of “regular school” in 2020, my ninth grade class

Mother’s Day has a long history. According of History.com, the Greeks and Romans had festivals honoring mothers and England had celebrations during Lent to honor mothers. The American holiday can be traced back to Anna Jarvis from West Virginia, who around the time of the Civil War, started “Mother’s Day Work Clubs,” which helped mothers learn skills to raise their children. Ms. Jarvis then changed the focus of the club to “Mother’s Friendship Day,” where mothers of former Confederate and Union

During the last year, many of us have realized that the news media is sensationalized. I think we always knew that it was, but the events of the last year have really brought it out. I remember as a young elementary school student learning about yellow journalism, and I feel that has truly taken hold in our mainstream news media. Not all news publications have great covers such as “Smells Like Summer” or “April Fools: No Joke Connolly’s to Reopen!”

I have taken to Twitter quite often to see

 

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