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Happy Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering and honoring persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Thanks to all who support parades and community gardens and the like. Such efforts make the holiday more than a day off.

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The commissioner of the NYC Parks Department, Mitch Silver, is expected to declare the beaches officially open on Friday, May 24. The opening ceremony will be at Beach 17th Street, starting at 11 a.m. The forecast looks promising.

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Say congrats to your favorite graduate. A Congratulations ad special is available for $50.

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It’s official. The Community House property, including the

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The summer ferry schedule begins May 20.  There will be additional ferries on weekends. Go to NYC Ferry for full details.

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It’s the season of car Tetris. Summer weekend parking rules go into effect this weekend. If you’re uptown, get those cars of the street before midnight on Friday night.

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The times, they are a-changin'. Bishop Kearney High School in Brooklyn announced that it will be closing its doors for good on August 31, 2019. Changing demographics and financial

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Many people are fans of the radio show, "This American Life," (also available as a podcast). This week’s episode included a segment about the Re family. It’s quite a tale of how eleven children go about dividing up what mom and dad left behind. And dividing doesn’t end there. The siblings are split as the Rockaway crew and those that left are known as the non-Rockaway crew. Attorney Victor Re is prominently featured. It’s worth a listen. If you know Victor, it’s a must-listen.

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Sometimes you get more than you pay for. The Rockaway Times might be a free paper but there’s quality in these here pages. For the fifth straight year, we’ve won awards at the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, a statewide competition. This year, Editor Katie McFadden knocked it out of the park as she won First Prize for best Feature Story (The Golden Venture, 25 Years Later). The RT also won in some photo categories. Don’t worry, we won’t start charging for the

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Happy Mother’s Day! If you’re wondering how we got our mom pictures in this week’s paper, we asked last week! And keep an eye out, we'll be asking for dear old dad photos in a few weeks.

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This could be something. Or like for decades, it could be nothing. So, an outfit named Sea Wave Realty that owned the Park Inn Home for Adults and the Sand Bar building, and a string of vacant stores from the boardwalk to the theater on the east side of Beach 116th Street, right off the

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Happy Passover and Happy Easter.

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When different zoning changes or variances are sought for buildings, owners must conduct an environmental impact study, which essentially states whether or not the new use would have an adverse effect on the surrounding area. Things like traffic, air pollution and socioeconomic factors must be addressed. We suggest City Councilman Eric Ulrich and the Community Board demand an environmental impact be done before any homeless shelter is placed in

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It looks like it’ll be a while. In light of new toll hikes and congestion pricing, we are not too optimistic about the State legislature ever sending a bill to Governor Cuomo to lift the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge. And if he ever gets such a bill, he’ll probably tell us how lucky we are already. The Verrazano Bridge is now the most expensive one-way bridge toll in the country. If you don’t have E-Zpass or a resident discount, the toll will set you back $19.

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