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Two colorful personalities, John Lenihan and Owen Baxter, died within days of each other last week. John was an active member in the Rockaway Park Homeowners and Residents Association and Owen ran the Beautiful Palm Gardens pub and the short-lived Irish Circle on The Boulevard (no relation to the well-known place on Beach 102nd Street). They’ll be missed by many.

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What a nice gesture by Elegante Pizzeria. The popular eatery offered free pizza to furloughed Federal workers on Tuesday. The Elegante family wanted to show their appreciation for the hard work of the government employees.

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Well now it’s confirmed: it was a bad idea (and thankfully, unlikely to happen in Rockaway, though you never know). A Paris restaurant, O’naturel, has closed because it couldn’t draw enough customers. Maybe it wasn’t the food. Maybe it was the idea that you were supposed to dine in the nude. Yep, that was the, uh, attraction. It was said that hot soup was a hazard. Well, at least no one had to loosen their belt after the meal.

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It was pretty much a foregone conclusion, but Queens District Attorney Richard Brown made it official and won’t seek re-election after 27 years in office. Current Borough President Melinda Katz, and City Councilman Rory Lancman are among those who’ve already announced they’re running for the job.

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We’d like to welcome Gille Ann Rabbin to our list of stellar columnists. She’ll address consumer protection and privacy issues. She’s a top attorney with deep Rockaway roots and even better, a terrific writer. Her column, Your Life And Privacy, starts this week on Page 25.

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Time’s running out for tickets to the Graybeards Dinner Dance and/or Pot o’ Gold raffle. Call the office at 718-634-6812. You don’t have to be a Graybeard to have a great night out. It’s Saturday, January 26.

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City Limits, a non-profit publication that’s been around for more than 40 years, does investigative journalism and “exists to inform democracy and equip citizens to create a more just city.” The outfit recently conducted a study about how caring neighbors can help overall community health. They asked: “Do you agree that people around your neighborhood are willing to help their neighbors?” Not surprisingly, the Rockaway – Broad Channel community had among the highest percentage of people who agreed.

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The Mayor announced an expansion of the City’s ferry system which will now include Staten Island (giving commuters a chance to get to Midtown West) and Coney Island.  The more entrenched the ferry system is, the better for Rockaway. Now, if they’d figure out how to incorporate a stop at JFK….

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Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato will join the New York City Department of Finance to bring a Notice of Property Value Session to Rockaway in February. Residents are invited to take part in the session on Friday, February 15 at the Knights of Columbus located at 333 Beach 90th Street from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll be able to get one-on-one assistance regarding property taxes. Uhm, that’s great Stacey, but maybe a weeknight or weekend for working homeowners?

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As far as crime in Queens goes, the 100th Precinct had some of the lowest crime rates last year. According to 2018 NYPD stats, the 100th Precinct saw the lowest number of rapes, burglaries, grand larceny and auto thefts in the borough, with five rapes, 59 burglaries, 161 incidents of grand larceny and 18 car thefts.

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News we missed. Ralph Corso is the new principal at St. Camillus Academy and we missed the ball on his arrival some months back. We wish him the best!

 

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