I received hundreds of inquiries last week asking why there was no Between the Bridges column in The Rockaway Times.  Okay, maybe not hundreds but I did get quite a few.  Several maybe? Sadly, truth be told, only my neighbor and friend Larry called and asked about the missing column. I figured I would use this column to come clean.

Myself and my beloved Grace ("she who must be obeyed") were recently happily preparing to depart on a 10-day Caribbean cruise aboard the Norwegian Gem leaving from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in Hell's Kitchen over on the west side on the Hudson.  We were scheduled to visit four islands that (hopefully) were not overly traumatized by the recent spate of hurricanes. Accompanying us was a rather significant

The below Thanksgiving Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln was written 154 years ago and yet the words contained therein remain as powerful today as they were back then.

Lincoln's simple juxtaposition of the misery of the ongoing Civil War and the "blessings" enjoyed by the citizens of this great nation is one all of us should keep in mind during this coming holiday.

"No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the

Five years ago this week on Monday, October 29, 2012, a wicked storm by the name of Sandy was making its way toward landfall, south of us near Brigantine, NJ, just north of Atlantic City. That morning's storm tide at 8:39 a.m. in Broad Channel was similar to that of Hurricane Irene's storm surge of 10 feet, which rolled through our town on a high tide the previous year on the morning of August 28, 2011. Although the morning's tidal flooding receded from the streets of Broad Channel, the level

This Saturday, October 14, the guys and gals up at the Broad Channel VFW will be holding their annual Penny Social at the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel located at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard. Everyone is invited! Admission is $10 with doors opening at 6 p.m. There will be early bird specials, a door prize, a 50/50 and raffles. This year, raffle calling will kick off at 8:30 p.m. in order to give everyone ample time to partake of the early bird specials, view the raffle prizes and obtain

Three conspiracy theorists walk into a bar. You can't convince me that's just a coincidence! Conspiracy theorists are salivating over the fact that the National Archives recently unsealed thousands of documents relating to the assassination of JFK more than five decades ago back in November of 1963. Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone or was he abetted by the KGB? Cuba's Fidel Castro? The Mafia? The CIA? A cabal of seditious businessmen? His own Vice President, LBJ?

Theories abound with no lack of

I recently overheard several people remark that as we progress further into the fall season, they are "relieved" that we no longer have to worry about a serious hurricane or tropical storm impacting our area here in Broad Channel. I don't want to be a Debbie Downer but, truth be told, it is still a tad too early for any of us to be breaking out into our "happy" dance just yet. During most years, around this point in October, atmospheric conditions begin to change near North America that tend to

The combination of constant news, social media and an unfiltered fire hose of opinion has created a tsunami of political news, comment, and often times downright fiction that can best be described as overwhelming - especially to many of us who are already beset upon at all times by our own personal problems and struggles. This almost pandemic infection of rancid political diatribes on the part of our nation’s self-perceived aristocracy who seriously believe they are eminently more qualified and

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