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Congratulations to the Final 15. We have to say, The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is underrated as something that makes Rockaway more beautiful! Thanks to all who entered the contest (hey, get out there with your cameras now and save your best for the 2019 contest!).  The winner will be selected this Sunday, August 12 at Caracas on the Boardwalk and Beach 106th Street at 10 a.m.

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This Saturday a lot of locals head to Riis Park. Why? Well, it’s the playoffs for the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League.

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There’s nothing like 90-plus degree weekend days to make the whole Rockaway peninsula a vehicular insane asylum. One person posted her experience saying she was by the Verrazano Bridge on the Belt at 1:20 p.m. and got to Breezy Point at 3:30 p.m. Another said it took an hour from Aviator on Flatbush Avenue to Belle Harbor (that’s usually about seven minutes). And then there were the stories of cars just parking in private driveways or anywhere a car might fit. Shore Front Parkway was a mess. As some have pointed out, illegally parked cars along Shore Front are obstacles for rescue operations.

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We got more mail complaints this week. We suggest you call Rep. Meeks, he’s the fed rep. Or if your complaint involves the 11694 Post Office, try calling the supervisor at 718-634-6057.

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We had gone to press last week and didn’t have any details about the fatal accident that occurred last Wednesday around noontime. Patrick Kenny, 88, was killed when a driver in a Ford F-150 was making a U-turn at Beach 116th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard when he accidently hit the gas instead of the brake and hit Mr. Kenny. Our thoughts are with the Kenny family.

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Reunion news. We had wrong contact info last week regarding the Nazareth - St. Brendan's Class of ‘73 reunion. Classes will be celebrating their 45th anniversary at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club on Saturday, September 15 from 7-11 p.m. For tickets, contact Michael DiFede at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 908-337-2882.

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Happy anniversary to Esther Konig. Two years ago she told a crowd that they would hear “within three months” about development of the Sand Bar and the string of vacant stores on Beach 116th Street. A year later she said she and her partners were “in serious negotiations” regarding a sale. Oh, and more recently, she’s said the Park Inn will no longer be an Adult Home but will be “completely redone” as an assisted-living facility. She also said, “Good things come to those who wait.” There’s waiting and then there’s waiting enough. Meanwhile the condo across the street is going up quickly and the dilapidated theater was sold and will be torn down (leaving the Konig eyesore more sore than ever). 

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We know there’s a ton of fun going on in the summer, but if you’re usually a churchgoer, don’t forget about church! Christ Presbyterian Church By the Sea in Broad Channel has suspended church services for August because of such low attendance. Paired with a lack of rentals for the hall, the Church is currently facing a financial crisis and cannot afford to open with such poor attendance. Services will resume on Sunday, September 2 and the future of the church will be discussed.

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Welcome, Yamila! The Townsend Harris High School student is interning with us to gain some journalism experience. Check out her first article on the Steve Belson Memorial Swim on Page 16.

 

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