Reminder: The Warriors are coming, tonight!

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Reminder: The Warriors are coming, tonight! Some of our wounded service members will be coming through town for a welcome parade at around 6:30 p.m., down Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Memorial Circle on Beach 120th Street, and back up to Breezy Point. Grab a flag and give them a warm welcome!

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Another one we missed. Happy 90th birthday to Lenny Kohn of Rockaway Graphics. July 6 came and went and we’re kicking ourselves for not having the Rockaway legend in our This Week in History column. (He ran Lenny’s Amusements on the boardwalk way back when and has been making t-shirts and trophies and brochures, etc. for Rockaway groups for, well, a long time). Happy Birthday, Lenny!

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It’s City of Water Day on Saturday, July 14. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) will host a bunch of activities around the bay with the main event area at the ferry landing at Beach 108th Street. The JBRPC is doing more and more to help make the bay accessible.  They’re doing this event with help from the American Littoral Society Northeast Chapter.

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Ever been to Rockaway’s castle aka The Wedding Cake house? The iconic building on Beach 117th and Newport Avenue in Rockaway Park will host  Lightning Whelk, a group exhibition that draws inspiration from the lightning whelk mollusk, a sea dwelling snail. It opens July 14 and runs through August 5.

There will be an opening reception on July 14 from 5-8 p.m.

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The Caribbean Carnival in the Rockaways has been rescheduled to August 18.  It’ll run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., after kicking off at the Beach 20th Street Pedestrian Plaza. There’ll be floats, steel pan bands, and moko jumbies (ok, we had to look that up. Moko jumbies are stilts walkers). The fun will culminate with live performances at Bayswater Park, located at 701 Beach 32nd.

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We heard this was a longshot possibility after Sandy. Now, the Army Corps of Engineers is presenting the idea as one of five options for protecting the New York waterfront from storm surges. At public hearings, the Army Corps is proposing a five-mile long barrier from Sandy Hook, N.J., to Breezy Point. It would essentially be a gate that would close in advance of severe weather.

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We have heard a lot of gripes about cars parking on fields (and seemingly everywhere) outside Riis Park when the parking lot fills up. It’s a tough call but it’s better than hundreds of cars going up and down nearby streets looking for parking (and deciding to risk a ticket and just park on no-parking streets).

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A reporter for Vanity Fair, Maya Kasoff, tweeted a series of beach rules that got a lot of notice: “I am not a fussy person but I have rules for the beach and they are: 1. I only go to the Rockaways.” She followed that up “as New York’s #1 weekend ferry evangelist, I always take the ferry to the beach but until they build some sort of awning over the hot cement waiting area at the Rockaway pier, I practice self-care by taking the A train back home.” 

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Reunion news: Class of 1970, St. Francis de Sales. Bungalow Bar, August 3 from 4 p.m.

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The ROMEOWS, a film by Bob Sarnoff, will be showing at West End Temple on Thursday, July 19. Bob will be there for a Q and A. What’s The ROMEOWS about? Retired Older Men Eating Out Wednesdays.

 

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