Flag Day is June 14

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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, Rockaway historian was the author of our Rockaway Ol’ Times column. He started out collecting old bottles along the shores of the peninsula and his interest in local history grew from there. He was a long-time columnist, book author, and an important contributor to the now-dormant Rockaway Museum. A friendly guy with a ready laugh and story to tell, he’ll be missed. Emil recorded history and in doing so, made some history himself.

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FYI: More than “4.5 blocks of Rockaway Beach remain open.” It’s more like 4.5 miles. Nightly news broadcasts, yes, more than one, recently made this huge mistake when talking about beach closures. Incorrect information like this is damaging to the local economy, so please get the word out there…the beach is open!

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The annual RIBS Golf Classic, a great tradition honoring lost friends, Charlie Heeran, Chris Lawler and Mike Glover has been cancelled. The event, which raised thousands of dollars that supported various charity efforts, had to be called off because the cost of running the event at Riis Pitch N Putt became prohibitive. New ownership says they have catering, liquor licenses, and partnership deals, which gives them little flexibility with pricing. That’s not good. It’s been a great time, year in and year out, and the golf course benefitted from all the locals who turned out (and then patronized the place throughout the summer). We hope the RIBS can figure out an alternative.

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Row-row reunion. On September 8, there’ll be a reunion of all Beach Channel High School Crew Team Alumni. Coach Bill Stein will be attending. For more information contact Corinne Waldheim McDonough ’93 (718) 869-0105 or Phil McManus ’83 (718) 679-5309.

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Speaking of rowing. The Grand Opening / Open House for the Community Boathouse on Beach 88th Street and Jamaica Bay is set for Saturday, June 30!  See Page 15 for more info.

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Our little free newspaper is noticed far and wide. An editor from The Los Angeles Times Book Review saw Marilyn Macron’s review of John Rechy's Pablo! in the May 31 issue of The RT and contacted Marilyn about lengthening the review a bit to fit their guidelines and then they’d publish it. Marilyn writes The Literary Chick for us every couple of weeks.  

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Always good to see a new business getting started. Best of luck to  Stitch N Print in Broad Channel. And the gas station next to Duane Reade on Beach 116th and Beach Channel Drive has reopened as Gulf.

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The date of the New York City Council Parks & Recreation Committee hearing on beach erosion has been moved to June 25 at 11 a.m. at 250 Broadway.

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Madelaine Chocolate celebrated its post-Sandy recovery on Tuesday and were joined by Rep. Gregory Meeks and reps from the Small Business Administration.  The company was able to hire many workers back and has  now rebuilt to its pre-Sandy capacity.

 

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