Dear Editor:

I would like to commend Tori Dresch, a former pre-K student of mine at Our Lady Help of Christians in Marine Park, on her poignant tribute to firefighter Tim Klein, a former student in my St. Francis de Sales' Library Media Center class for a number of years.  It was a pleasure to learn how two of my pupils, one from Brooklyn, and one from Queens, forged a long friendship here on the Rockaway peninsula, which began one summer working at The Silver Gull. Tori recognized the goodness, positive personality, and kind spirit of Tim.  She noted how quickly he responded to those in need, at that time, and throughout his short life. It was truly an honor to have taught Tori, and her dear friend, Tim, our local hero, and role

 Dear Editor:

I just got my flood insurance renewal and the premium has doubled from $2,300 to $4,464!  How is it possible the tenants can be given a 2-year moratorium on rent, students can be given a moratorium on repaying loans but home owners can have premiums doubled!?

I reached out to Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand for help with this, but I am not counting on any help. I reached out to both of them two years ago for help with a different issue and neither even acknowledged my

 Dear Editor:

Richard Berger is so right about Memorial Circle. Seventy-five years ago this May, the Belle Harbor Garden Club established Memorial Circle to honor those local men who were killed in WWII. They obtained a local law to name the area “Memorial Circle,” and it is by that name that locals identify the area. On a whim, Parks Commissioner Henry Stern decided to rename the area “Veterans Circle” and replaced all the signs at the Circle with that name. On a number of occasions, the

 Dear Editor:

It is with interest that I read the article on the "Washington Avenue Memorial Circle." However, there are some comments I'd like to express on it.

My historians advise me that Rockaway Beach Boulevard used to be called Washington Boulevard, for which the traffic circle on Beach 120th Street was named, as was the now-gone Washington Hotel and Catering Hall. Heck, the street I live on was originally known as Park Avenue, in addition to the Beach numbered street.

The Memorial

 Dear Editor:

Scuttlebutt around town is the old Tuberculosis hospital turned nursing home before being vacated in the ‘90s is about to be demolished. The property that straddles Neponsit and Riis Park is a prime location for Senator Schumer to keep one of his many long-lost campaign promises he made to us to send him to D.C.: A Pool. NYS has deemed the property to be used for a health care facility. For a beach community, it is a perfect fit!  Swimming is not only healthy, it actually could

 Dear Editor:

I'd like to congratulate Ms. Joan Diehl, Creative Writing teacher at PS/MS 114 on last week’s column of excerpted essays by her students on the end of required masks. As a former high school, college teacher, and weekly columnist, I know the importance of proper writing skills. It requires organization, research, critical thinking, planning, attention to spelling, grammar and sentence structure. Writing is a skill that needs to be nurtured and practiced, just as playing an

 Dear Editor:

I am thoroughly enjoying the series "Big Dan" here in the Rockaway Times.  The compelling writing of Katie McFadden makes it feel like I'm reading the script for an upcoming Netflix series, but unlike Netflix there is no "Binge Reading." You have to wait for the following Thursday to catch the next segment in this engaging series.

Like many others, I'm a transplanted Brooklynite here in Rockaway, but unlike most I grew up in Red Hook, Brooklyn during the '60s. If you saw someone

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