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Calling all St. John’s Basketball fans—and we know there are plenty of you. It’s that time of year again when we raffle off free tickets to games played at St. John’s and at Madison Square Garden. The Home Opener, is Tuesday, November 6 against Loyola, Maryland. Game two follows on Friday, November 9 against Bowling Green. Both have 6:30 p.m. tip-off times. Want your name in the raffle hat? Just send an email stating which game (or both) you’re interested in. Go Johnnies!

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Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day. There is a very helpful website that lists candidates that are running in your district. Some candidates state where they stand on some issues and some have posted resumes and qualifications.  Go to www.ballotready.org, type in your address and you’ll be taken to a page with candidates running this time around.

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What’s old is new. Junk mail, as in regular snail mail junk, is making a comeback. In recent years, a lot of junk mailers moved online, spamming inboxes. There was/is so much spam that advertisers are starting to look at new ways to reach customers. They’re starting to look at regular junk mail, since there’s less of it these days, as a better bet than spam.

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Holiday markets will spring up here and there through Christmas. A new one will kick off this weekend in Gliders Gym at 114-04 Beach Channel Drive. The only exercise you’ll get is going from vendor to vendor to check out what they’re offering. This holiday market will run every Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) through December 23. Might be a good time to try Fit Food Kitchen, the popular food truck in the parking lot.

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An interfaith vigil was held last Sunday evening at West End Temple. Religious and elected leaders asked the community to turn out and show solidarity with the people of Pittsburgh still reeling after the synagogue massacre at which 11 people were killed. The place had an overflowing crowd. It was a sad but moving event that, once again, showed what an amazing community we have here. Rabbi Marjorie Slome and Father Bill Sweeney offered prayers, words of comfort and a joint message of how communicating and trying to understand others, no matter how different they might seem, is so vital in a free, caring society. They did a remarkable job and our community is lucky to have them. The evening concluded with the crowd singing America The Beautiful. It was a moment few will forget.

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The Rockaway Times is free. Duh. You know that. Well, the only thing we ask is that you tell our advertisers you saw their ad in our paper. They’ll appreciate it and they’ll probably let us know.

Support our advertisers and you’ll keep The Rockaway Times rocking. Thanks!

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We post videos on Facebook and Twitter, some of them shot by our readers. We shared a classic this week, filmed by Linda Kittle in Broad Channel. At first it appears to be just another flooded street in Broad Channel after last Saturday’s storm and then…a bevy of swans comes into view. Six of them just merrily paddling along. If you haven’t seen it, go to our Facebook page. It’s worth it!

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Paninico’s last day was Halloween, but there’s a treat ahead. Owner Mike Adil says he’s already secured a new, bigger location in Rockaway that will allow him to expand his menu. It’ll take a few months to renovate before opening.

 

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