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You've all seen Geoff Rawling's work on various murals around the neighborhood, and of course, Whalemina. Now he'll have his own gallery display at Rustwoods General Store Gallery on Beach 97th Street starting this Thursday and running through August 1. There’ll be music by The BEasy band starting at 7 p.m. for the opening on Thursday.

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Reunion news: Plans for a 1968 St. Francis de Sales reunion are underway. It’s set for September 22. A Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. for the fifteen members of the class who’ve since died.  A cocktail reception will follow at Jameson’s. The cost for the reception is $70. You can call 646-296-8690 for more info.

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Hello Captain Hall. The 100th  Precinct has a new Commanding Officer and we wish Louron Hall all the best. He said hello to the community via Twitter, “I’m so excited to be a part of this community and can’t wait to get to meet you!”

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You know the old Yogi Berra line, “Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.” Locals know weekdays are the best times to patronize pubs and restaurants. On weekends, the best time to get a good seat is right after a thunderstorm. The DFDs flock home and locals take advantage.

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It’s a farm affair. The Campaign Against Hunger is holding an event on July 31 at Far Rock Farm, 385 Beach 45th Street. Reverend Evan D. Gray of the Macedonia Baptist Church and Camesha Grant of the Food Bank will be the honorees. There will be food & drinks, live music and a farm market. Tickets can be purchased at bedstuyagainsthunger.org/farm-affair. (If you haven’t been to the farms/gardens on Beach 45th Street, you’re missing out!)

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So, you can sometimes have a whole ferry and crew to yourself. Even in the middle of the summer. One person (one!), was on the 10:45 a.m. from the city on Tuesday. Our friend tells us she was happy for all the room but she did say it was weird. We asked NYCFerry about it but never heard back. No way, no how, does a ferry on a summer day go empty unless there was a mix-up. We wonder if the Rockaway-bound crowd was sent to New Jersey!

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More than $30,000 was raised at the Thrilla At Camilla, the FDNY boxing exhibition last Friday.  The funds go to Building Homes for Heroes, the organization that builds or modifies homes, and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families.

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You know the Chai Home (aka The Hotel Del Mar), the abandoned oceanfront home on Beach 125th Street? Plans are for upscale senior assisted living. It’ll be a while.

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Want to know what your neighbors are complaining about? Google 311Buddy and you’ll find a site that maps out where and what people are calling 311 about. Buildings, sanitation, noise, rode cave-ins —you name it.  The map allows you to zoom in and click on a data point so you can tell where the incident existed and the city’s response.

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Are your shovels and pails ready? The Rockaway Times Sandcastle contest is Sunday, July 29 on Beach 117th Street. Registration begins on the boardwalk at 11 a.m. and the contest starts promptly at noon! Participants have two hours to make whatever their hearts desire, out of sand. So far Uncle Louie G, The Wharf, Lana’s Loft, Far Rock Shop, Avoid the Day Pop-up Bookstore, Mazzone Hardware and Zingara Vintage have generously donated prizes for winners!

 

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