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Eight years ago, on June 26, 2014, The Rockaway Times published its inaugural issue. We are so grateful for the community for backing us all along. We love living here and we’ve run our paper trying to reflect our affection for this one-of-a-kind place. The support we’ve received is appreciated beyond words.

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Casey Skudin, just few days before turning 46, of Rockaway’s Ladder 137/ Engine 268, was killed when a tree fell on the SUV he and his family were in while visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. A windstorm caused the tree to fall. His wife and two sons survived, with injuries. Casey was a member of the Skudin family, who many know through surfing and swimming. Our hearts go out to his family and

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Happy Father’s Day! Dads didn’t always have their day. It wasn’t until 1966, when President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers. He probably had golf in mind when he set the day as the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

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Our Dad photos we’re printing this week were sent to us after we put a call out on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks!

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Holy smokes. The Rockaway Times will be celebrating

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 The photos are up! The amazing photos, finalists in The Rockaway Times Photo Contest, are up on the boardwalk railing, around Beach 95th Street. Five bird photos are posted at the bird nesting area in the Beach 50s. Five Honorable Mention beauties are at the ferry dock.

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If you’re not sure where to enroll your child for the 2022-23 school year, the Waterside School for Leadership, 190 Beach 110th Street, is still accepting students. Some parents and teachers are actively

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Count on Parks. Well, one thing is pretty consistent every beach season, the NYC Parks Department throws a stink bomb on the beach blanket. The announcement of beach closures comes late, the reasoning of such closures comes half-baked, and the delivery comes from who-knows-who? The Press office (who are just taking orders from ???? ) makes the announcement, there’s an uproar, and then some tweaks are made. And even then, you have to be a puzzle-solver to figure out which beaches are

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Nothing better than a Sweet 16. It’s hard to believe the annual RockStock and Barrels festival celebrates their sixteenth year this Saturday, June 11. They’ve got a full lineup of bands, skate and surf contests, local vendors selling goods and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Beach 91st Street, with an after party to follow at the Rockaway Hotel.

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Just as Connolly's is staying Connolly's, Elegante is staying Elegante. After nearly 40 years owning the beloved Rockaway Beach pizzeria

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The annual Summer & Community Guide is out this week. We had an outstanding response from advertisers who believe in us and the Rockaway community. Somehow, we were able to put together a 120-page magazine. Just like the weekly newspaper, The Rockaway Times Summer Guide is free and will be available throughout the peninsula.

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Longtime NYC Parks official, Liam Kavanagh, has retired. Kavanagh held top jobs, including Parks Commissioner (twice in an “acting commissioner capacity)

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As usual, it was a tough task selecting a Top 30 in the annual Rockaway Times Photo Contest. Our selections are on Pages 14, 15, and 16. Unfortunately some great shots couldn’t make the cut because the resolution was too low. In fact, we had to make some last minute choices because a few photos we picked lost quality as we enlarged them. The Top 30 get enlarged to poster-size and are put up on display on the boardwalk. If the resolution is too low the photos become pixelated and aren’t

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