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Vote for your favorite photos this weekend. The Rockaway Times Photo Contest has 30 finalists. The amazing shots have been on display on the boardwalk and the ferry landing since Memorial Day. This weekend, the field will be narrowed to 15 finalists. On Saturday, voting will take place at three locations. On Sunday at two. See Page 8 for details.

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The 100th Precinct tweeted a Vision Zero notice. We’re hearing that there will be enhanced enforcement of traffic laws for the next couple of weeks. 

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Man, this stinks for Rockaway. Portia Dyrenforth, the Parks Administrator for Rockaway, will be moving on in mid-September to an “opportunity she couldn’t pass up.” She’s been here for three years and loves Rockaway (even though we’re sure she heard her fair share of crap). She was responsive, gung-ho on beach activities (especially helping with our Photo Contest and Sandcastle Contest), and just generally nice. We have our fingers crossed that her replacement is nearly as good.

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As we were going to press on Wednesday, we received a message from the 100th Precinct saying an 88-year-old man was stuck by a vehicle making an illegal U-Turn at Rockaway Beach Blvd. and Beach 116th Street. The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Our thoughts are with him.

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The Tarzan Boat at Thai Rock is for sale. It’s a wild and fun attraction but it attracts lawsuits and high insurance premiums, too.

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There was a report of a big oil spill in Vernam Basin, around Beach 73rd Street and Thursby Avenue on Monday. There are a lot of sunken barges and cranes in those waters. A crane fell into the water right off Amstel Boulevard a few years back and it’s still there. For all the cleanup work being done in Jamaica Bay this area remains a potential hazard.

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The U.S. mail delivery in Rockaway stinks. We’ve heard from people who mailed checks at the Rockaway Park office and it took eight days for the mail to be delivered, locally. (We tested that out. We’re literally across the street from the Post Office. We mailed a letter to ourselves on Thursday morning and got it Monday. Is that good? By Rockaway standards, yes). We’ve heard people have had their credit scores dinged because their checks to credit card companies were lost. Contact Congressman Meeks to complain.

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Reunion news: SFDS Class of 1978 - 40th Reunion is Saturday, September 22 at Belle Harbor Yacht Club, 6 to 10 p.m. ($80 per person). Guests welcome! Contact Mary Ellen Blum Olsen at 917-603-8008 or visit the Facebook page - SFDS Class of 1978 - 40th Reunion.

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More reunion news: Nazareth - St. Brendan's Class of ‘73 reunion will be at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club on Saturday, September 15 from 7-11 p.m. For ticket information contact Michael DiFede, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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A lot of dockless bikes are now electric. Yes, we’ve heard there are some careless riders (i.e. speeders) but this innovation is likely here to stay. Similar eBikes and scooter-sharing businesses are sprouting up all over the city. The City does what it can to make driving a miserable experience while promoting all sorts of bike use.

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As far as the Rockaway bikes go, it’s been reported that Pace and Lime had more than 3,000 rentals the first two weeks. Sometimes the bikes are left in front of people’s homes or at other places they shouldn’t be. Call the companies to have them removed: Pace (white bikes) 1-833-321-PACE and the number for Lime is 1-888-LIME-345.

 

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