The Thrilla In Camilla is returning...

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The Thrilla In Camilla is returning to the St. Camillus schoolyard on July 13. The exhibition boxing matches between the boxing team of the FDNY and members of the London Metro Police Service is a great night out, so make plans to be there. The fun night includes annual “grudge matches” in which long-time friends have to settle old scores by getting in the ring. Huge props, as they say, to those who lace up for this event which raises money for Building Homes for Heroes, a nonprofit that builds mortgage-free, handicap-accessible homes for veterans returning home with severe injuries. Rumor has it, locals Danny Quinn and Ryan McNamara will square off in one of the grudge matches. Now, there are a couple of Danny Quinns (and probably a couple of Ryan McNamaras) so don’t worry until you see which is climbing into the ring.

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Update on the photo contest. The Top 30 are up on the boardwalk (some photos don’t have the greatest resolution so they might lose something when they’re blown up, but what are you gonna do?) As a bonus, an additional eighteen photos (which we loved!) will also be on display. These won’t be eligible for the Grand Prize of $500, but it’s pretty cool, nonetheless, having a photo made poster-sized and being displayed for the beach crowds. Congrats and get up there and have a look to see if one of yours is there. They are in groups of six.

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We’re not yet planning next year’s Summer Guide, but attorney, Victor Re, called to reserve space, a little miffed that we didn’t ask him to advertise in the just-released 2018 Guide. Sorry, Victor! Next year, for sure. But the back page is taken: Bungalow Bar for life.

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You like sports and a little pop culture mixed in?  Sometimes-sportswriter Richie George has launched a new podcast, RG’s Podcast on SoundCloud.com. We listened, we liked! 

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Congrats to homegrown Katie Honan who has just been hired as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She’ll be covering City Hall. Watch out Mr. Mayor.

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If you hear a loud noise near the bay on Saturday, fear not. A cannon shot will commence  “The Blessing of the Fleet” taking place at The Wharf as boats pass along in the bay.  Dozens of boats from various area yacht clubs will cruise through Jamaica Bay as part of this annual tradition. It’s a great sight so maybe make plans to have a bite at The Wharf. Things will kick off around 10:30 a.m.

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Wow, she really exists. At the Beach Opening ceremony last Friday, there was an actual sighting of New York State Assemblywoman Michele Titus who has earned various nicknames including Missing Titus and Michele Absent-Titus.  

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And there’s more congrats to go around. Congrats to Joan Diehl, the longtime writing teacher at P.S. 114.  The highly-esteemed teacher was selected to receive the first “Top Teacher” award as part of the Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin American Writer Awards. The Breslin family launched this writing competition to highlight the journalistic voices of NYC public school students. Rosemary and Jimmy Breslin believed that a young person would be the next great writer with a voice in this city. Joan Diehl is helping groom future writers.

 

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