It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share with everyone that our community lost a truly inspirational and giving resident — Denise Woutila.
Denise served as an Officer in the Rockaway Beach Improvement Association for seven years, as secretary and most recently as our Treasurer. Denise truly had a passion for making the world a better place, and for being an active participant in working to improve and preserve the place she called home.
We have draped the Rockaway Beach Community Sign in Pink to not only honor Denise Protani Woutila and her courageous battle with breast cancer, but to signify that that the Community of Rockaway Beach and Turkey Point mourn the loss of such a wonderful and truly amazing woman who touched each and every one of our lives and strived to make our community a better place!
We love and miss you Denise! Thank You for your service to our community and for touching our lives and inspiring us to be the best we can be! Click here for details on Arrangement for Denise and to read a statment from RBIA.
Bill, Jordan, and Denise Woutila
Jordan, Denise, and Tiffanie Woutila
Welcome to Turkeypoint.org – the official home of the Rockaway Beach Improvement Association Inc. / Turkey Point Improvement Association! For 58 prosperous years we have served as the voice of the Turkey Point Peninsula on all sorts of community issues ranging from development, County Master Plan Development, road concerns, safety concerns, requests for community improvements, environmental oversight, individual member issues, and essentially everything that involves the welfare of the residents of the Turkey Point Peninsula.
Please take a few minutes to browse through our website, check out our community’s sponsors, news and happenings on the Peninsula, and delve into the rich history of the place we call home by looking through old photographs and watching somoe old film clips we have dug up! We encourage you to let us know of any questions, concerns or comments you may have by using the Contact Us section of the website. We also encourage you to join our efforts of community preservation and improvement by becoming a member of the Rockaway Beach Improvement Association Inc. (yearly membership dues are $20 per household).
Thanks for Visiting our Website,
Kevin M. McDonough , Secretary & Web Administrator
Rockaway Beach Improvement Association Inc. / Turkey Point Improvement Assoc.
The Rockaway Beach Community sufered a great loss during the month of November with the loss of lifelong resident, Frederick “Otz” Kerby after 93 years. Mr. Kerby devoted 65 years of service to the Rockaway Beach Volunteer Fire Department and was also a founding member of the Fire Department back in the 1950′s. Over those 65 years, he became a highly decoraded member of the department and was their oldest living member.
Mr. Kerby furthered his exemplary community service as a founding member of the Rockaway Beach Improvement Association Inc, in 1955. He was responsbile for a number of community projects during his time with the Improvement Association. Community service was clearly in Otz’s blood, as it was a passion of his which never waivered.
Mr. Kerby is survived by his relatives who continue the family legacy of service within the Rockaway Beach Volunteer Fire Department and continue to reside in Rockaway Beach, the place Otz refered to as his “own piece of paradise.”
Kevin McDonough and Denise Woutila discovered these negatives of the Rockaway Beach Improvement Association building while rummaging through some old papers. This is the outbuilding that once stood on the ballfield property. These photos were taken after the building was destroyed by an arsonist and before it was torn down.
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Among those pictured: Lt. Freddie Decker, Capt. Fitzwater, Howard Darnell, Charlie Zeigler, Fred Deckler, Sr., Parks. Photo taken in front of Hoffman’s Lounge, April 3, 1947.
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