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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016
The Rockaway Times
Our
Summer/
Community
Guide is out! The 96 page FREE
magazine is chock-full of infor-
mation and great articles and an
advertiser index (so you’ll know
where to go or whom to call). We
will be distributing the guide from
now through 4th of July weekend.
Picking the cover was a tough
choice but we finally settled on
a photo of a bike on the beach
by Tim Burke. A bike, a beach, a
sunset –now that’s a cover!
*****
With beaches opening and
the season getting underway
it’s sometimes easy to forget
that Monday is Memorial Day.
Last year’s parade was the best
attended in many years. The
parade hosted by the American
Legion Daniel M. O’Connell Post
follows 10:30 Mass at St. Francis
de Sales. The day before, on
Sunday, the Broad Channel VFW
will hold its parade, kicking off at
1 p.m. at 17th Road Park.
*****
Stuart
Richner,
publisher
of more than 20 newspapers
including theLongBeachHerald
and Riversdale Press, says it
takes two years for a reporter
to know a community. Hey,
that reminds us. The Rockaway
Times is almost two!
*****
Congrats to The Channel View
Boys Varsity baseball team for
taking first place in its PSAL
Division.
*****
We don’t often steer you to the
WeGetEmail /Letters sectionbut
there’s a particularly powerful
one in this week’s paper, so
please have a look on Page 24.
*****
Seals might be more popular
than Rockaway sunsets. We put
twopicturesof aseal onInstagram
andbothgotmoreLIKES thanany
another picture we’ve posted. But
our video we posted on Facebook
was a real show stopper. The clip
of the little guy sunning himself
around Beach 110th Street last
Saturday reached more than
140,000 people and gotmore than
1,200 LIKES !
*****
Starting Saturdays through
the fall, there will be a Farmer’s
Market in Broad Channel. Check
out the healthy choices at the
BCAC field from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30
p.m.
*****
The Joseph P. Addabbo Cen-
ter received approval from
the Queens Borough Board to
expand some 20,000 square
feet as they take over an
adjacent vacant lot. Plans are
in place for a $17 million dollar
addition. According to reports,
the expansion will create
approximately 60 full-time jobs.
*****
There was a hold up on Sunday
afternoon at the Lola Star stop on
Beach 116th. The knife wielding
thiefallegedlyranthroughanalley
towards Beach 115th Street after
stealing a few hundred dollars.
There’s been an undeniable
uptick in panhandlers this spring.
We hope police pursue this
vigorously and maintain a visible
presence in the months ahead.
The merchants are working hard
to make that commercial strip
attractive for all shoppers.
*****
We know this is going down to
the wire but we asked National
GridonTuesdayifBeachChannel
Drive would reopen byMemorial
Day. They said DOT has to sign
off on it. We calledDOT andwere
sent to voicemail…
*****
Quick reminder: The Annual
WISH Fundraiser is Friday
evening at Bungalow Bar.
*****
Speaking of the Bungalow Bar,
Sundaymarks anice little tradition
atthebaysidefaveastheGrayriders
make their annual Memorial Day
weekend appearance. The boys
start playing at 4 p.m. and go ‘til
sundownor thereabouts.
*****
What a great surprise! Principal
SheilaSmith-Gonzalestellsusthat
US Air Force major Sargent Laura
Angeles surprised her daughters,
Leah in grade 3 and Janae in pre-
kindergarten at St. Camillus on
Monday, May 23. She had been
deployed for many months and
the kids didn’t know anything
until the surprise homecoming.
The St. Camillus folks planned the
surprisewith dad.
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