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You've all seen Geoff Rawling's work on various murals around the neighborhood, and of course, Whalemina. Now he'll have his own gallery display at Rustwoods General Store Gallery on Beach 97th Street starting this Thursday and running through August 1. There’ll be music by The BEasy band starting at 7 p.m. for the opening on Thursday.

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Reunion news: Plans for a 1968 St. Francis de Sales reunion are underway. It’s set for September 22. A Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. for the fifteen members of the class who’ve since died.  A cocktail reception will follow at Jameson’s. The cost for the reception is $70. You can call 646-296-8690 for more info.

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Hello Captain Hall. The 100th  Precinct has a new Commanding Officer and

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Reminder: The Warriors are coming, tonight! Some of our wounded service members will be coming through town for a welcome parade at around 6:30 p.m., down Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Memorial Circle on Beach 120th Street, and back up to Breezy Point. Grab a flag and give them a warm welcome!

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Another one we missed. Happy 90th birthday to Lenny Kohn of Rockaway Graphics. July 6 came and went and we’re kicking ourselves for not having the Rockaway legend in our This Week in History

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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! No, the summer’s not over. You can’t declare the summer over since we didn’t have a spring and may not have a fall.

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Advertiser alert. We are going to press on Tuesday because the 4th of July is on a Wednesday this year. The deadline for ads is Tuesday, July 3 at noon, but please try to send in ads by Monday!

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Volunteers Needed. The weekly volunteer cleanup and maintenance of Tribute Park has begun. Every Tuesday, weather permitting, until the fall

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Flag Day is June 14. In celebration, 7-year-old Willow Gresser wrote a short poem called "My Flag"...The flag is my life, my freedom and my heart. I believe the flag is the magnet that holds our country together.

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It’s not ‘til Sunday but it’s never too early to say: Happy Father’s Day! The photos we have on the front and on pages 20-21 were sent in by family members. If you want dad in next year, ya gotta email us!   

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Emil Lucev died this week. The amateur, and expert

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest doesn’t yet have a finals date. We’ll let you know when it’s set.  And let this be a reminder to get out there now and take photos for the 2019 contest! A top supervisor with Gateway National Park told us they want to be part of the exhibit next year. And why not? The photos really enhance the beach experience. We hope you’ve seen the photos on the boardwalk, ferry landing or in Broad Channel. They’re great!

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There’s something new at Riis Park

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Happy Birthday to us. Or maybe it’s Happy Anniversary? Anyway, four years ago this week, The Rockaway Times was born. We couldn’t have done it without you. And big shout out to current columnists, Paulette Mancuso and Helen Kilgallen, Pete Mahon, and John Cori who were there at the beginning. We can’t decide if time flew or if it feels like ten years!

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The 12th annual Rockstock and Barrels Surf and Music Festival is this Saturday, June 23. It’s one of the best beach events of the

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Got a photo of Dear Old Dad you’d like to see in The Rockaway Times?  We’ll do our best to include it in our June 14 edition for Father’s Day. Please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Volleyball canceled? A bit of mystery was cast over the reason the games were called off as The Rockaway Times went to press.  First report was a permitting issue.  But an NPS official said an "incident" was being investigated and games would be suspended until NPS and RBVL officials meet to discuss

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