Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend

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Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

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The Parks Department deserves all the scorn coming its way.  The announcement that beaches would be closed from Beach 91st to Beach 102nd this summer could have been made months ago. The erosion is obvious.  Businesses and the public could have made plans accordingly. 

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With increased ferry service there will be increased shuttle service.  Rumors were flying around that there would be no weekend service at all.  Common sense wins!  Keep up to date at Ferry.NYC

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One thing to be emphasized:  The full boardwalk and the surfing area from Beach 88th Street to Beach 91st Street will remain open. The Beach 97th Street concession and bathrooms will be open and a section in front of the concessions will be open for recreation, but there will be no access to the water.

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Memorial Day ceremonies: On Sunday, in Broad Channel, the ceremonies start at 1 p.m. at the 17th Road Park flag pole.  And then in Rockaway on Monday, after 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Francis de Sales, there will be a procession to the Memorial Circle on Beach 121st Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard and then the parade will continue to the Doughboy Monument at Beach 94th Street.

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It’s that time of year.  (The watch-your-bike time of year). The Graybeards and the 100th  Precinct will be hosting a bike serializing event at the St. Francis de Sales school yard, Beach 129th Street, on June 9 from 9-11 a.m.  Bring your bike, and have The Graybeards and local police officers etch a serial number onto your bike or they’ll copy the one that already exists. These numbers will then be entered into a 100th  Precinct database so that in the event your bike is lost or stolen and subsequently recovered, it can be returned to the rightful owner.

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James O’Connor residing in Bolivia, North Carolina sent us a photo of a badge from the old Rockaway Beach Hotel (also known as The Imperial).  It was a huge place that ran along the boardwalk from Beach 116th Street all the way to Beach 110th in the late 1800s.  Mr. O’Connor is wondering if the place had its own security detail and has asked our historian, Emil Lucev and daughter, Katie, to look into it.  We’ll let you know.  Meanwhile, a new Rockaway Beach Hotel is going up not far from the original.

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There’s a top show at the Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) studio in Fort Tilden.  BWS (Brooklyn Watercolor Society) invites everyone to the Sunday reception of their show, Water Colors.  This is a great chance to see work by local favorite, Arlene Cornell.

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PBS will broadcast "Going to War," May 28, at 9 p.m. Local, Dennis Graham, is featured with other veterans discussing their experiences in Vietnam. Dennis hopes sharing his experiences will help other veterans to tell their stories and heal.

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Congrats to Terence Stackpole (and mom, Tara!) on his recent graduation from the Naval Academy in Annapolis.  He’s being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and reports to Quantico in early June.

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There will be a rally on Sunday morning calling attention to the need for immediate action by the Army Corps of Engineers to begin the Reformulation Plan. See John Cori's column on Page 31.

 

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