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City asks for FEMA to review, change flood maps

Maps decide the cost of Rockaway flood insurance

Posted at 5:30 p.m. on June 27

Three employees of Peninsula Nursing Home busted

AG says that they mistreated, dragged, ignored bleeding patient

Posted at 2:30 p.m. on June 25

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Howard Schwach



Report: Build new parks, but little maintenance

Small percentage of city parks get regular care

Posted at 2 p.m. on June 22

Flags, flagpoles seemingly vandalized

Some believe loss was weather-related

Posted at 1:15 p.m. on July 1

Addabbo FHC gets new CEO after controversies

Vital health care facility seeks stability

Posted at 10:15 a.m. on June 24

100 Precinct CC awards cop, introduces new Transit CO

June meeting draws a large crowd

Posted at 3:15 p.m. on June 25

Call-A-Head being sued in federal court

Workers charge company did not pay overtime

Posted at 1 p.m. on July 1

The registered sex offenders of Rockaway

More than 100 in clusters throughout the peninsula

Updated at 10 p.m. on Aug. 5


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Local girl pens new onrockaway.com column

written from the perspective of a pre-teen

Updated on March 9

Shooting on Beach 38 Street doubles last year's tally

Police find shell casings, seek victim at hospital

Posted at 10:45 a.m. on June 24

Smith sentenced to seven years in bribe try

Former state senator served Rockaway for a decade

Posted at 12:30 p.m. on July 1

New NYPD website will allow locals to give opinions

Invitations will soon be in the E-mail

Posted at 3 p.m. on June 25

Community battles Beach 93 Street construction

Do not want previously approved high-rise built

Posted at 1:45 p.m. on July 1

Breaking News: Wednesday, July 1

  Former State Senator Malcolm Smith was sentenced to seven years in prison in connection with his scheme to bribe Republican committee leaders to give him the Republican nod for mayor in 2013.

Important News: Tuesday, June 23

     Tuesday, June 23, is the first anniversary of onrockaway.com. When it first began a year ago today stories posted on the new hyper-local, digital newspaper got 50 or 60 hits and it was exciting if individual stories got more than 125 hits.

     Now, the paper gets more than 120,000 hits each week. For example, a story about a Far Rockaway man who lured a young girl into his car got 4,780 hits overnight.

      And, not only crime stories get big play. A story about a seventh grader who threw a complete game no-hitter for the onrockaway.com Pirates in the Rockaway Little League got 2,036 hits overnight.

     A recap of the violent, bloody weekend that saw four people shot and another stabbed got 3,672 hits. A story about the sale of problematic beach hotels on the shopping street got 3,278 hits.

     onrockaway.com has quickly become your digital news choice for local news and commentary. After 45 years as a professional journalist and at the age of 75, digital journalism continues to amaze me, but we will only continue to get better in our service to the communities we serve.

Thank you to all of our loyal readers,

Howie Schwach, editor and founder

Paddle-out remembers surfing hero Dylan Smith

Sandy hero's memory draws hundreds to stormy beach

Posted at  9 a.m. on June 24

NYPD crime statistics posted each week at onrockaway.com

Posted each week, provided by NYPDs DCPI

Posted every Monday

Meeks' pal testifies in court against Sampson

Sampson 'loan' gets Sampson in the dock

Posted at 12:45 p.m. on July 1

Richards appointed to head prestigious council committee

Will decide on zoning changes for Rockaway, city

Posted at 5:15 p.m. on June 27

Richards seeks shooting-free summer with rally

Critics point out it is already six shootings too late

Posted at 11:15 a.m. on June 24

Smoky fire at Arverne by the Sea home

Four firefighters suffer minor injuries, smoke inhalation

Posted at 2 p.m. on July 1

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More cops coming to patrol Rockaway streets

Budget deal includes 1,300 new police officers

Posted at 2:45 p.m. on June 23

New EDC leader chosen by mayor

May have large impact on Rockaway's future development

Posted at 1:30 p.m. on July 1

Shooter in Beach 96 Street incident arraigned

Chase followed step by step on social media

Posted at 2 p.m. on June 25

Slight turnout for anti-gun violence rally

New program will work with gangs, unemployed, students

Posted at 4:30 p.m. on June 27

Cops: Shooting in Riis Park might be a fake

Victim drove to Brooklyn Hospital, didn't call cops

Posted at 10 a.m. on June 24, updated at 9 a.m. on June 25

Try onrockaway.com's photo puzzle page

The who, what and where are up to you. Let us know your answers

Posted at 9 p.m. on June 25

Wounded Warriors coming to Rockaway

Weekend adaptive watersports event set for early July

Posted at 11 a.m. on June 24