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Yes, it’s comical to think Bill de Blasio might run for president, (maybe Anthony Weiner will help him out again), but ya know, let’s not forget, George Pataki ran, too.

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Last chance to have a say on the newest Williams Pipeline proposal is Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. A hearing was held in Rockaway last week, with an overwhelming majority turning down the proposed 23-mile natural gas pipeline that would stretch from New Jersey to the waters off of Rockaway. Head to www.stopthewilliamspipeline.org to send a quick letter to the DEC.

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Big congrats to Charlie Marquardt of Belle Harbor, a longtime basketball coach at Molloy College. He’s turned out many great players (including his son who played pro ball overseas and for the Long Island Nets), but he’s never coached a team to the East Coast Conference Championship until Sunday, March 10. His team fell behind 14-0 to start the game and then trailed by as many as 17 with 12 minutes to play. The team fought back and wound up winning the Championship game in overtime. Chris O’Reilly (some of you will remember his dad, Mike O’Reilly, who starred back in the day at the Summer Classic), hit the clinching free throws.

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Staying on hoops, Far Rockaway High School, a 17th seed, knocked off top-ranked Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology, 58-50 last Wednesday.

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On Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee held full committee hearing on flood insurance reauthorization entitled “Preparing for the Storm: Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.” Among the items discussed were: allowance for premiums to be paid monthly; increased coverage limits for homes and businesses, with limits for homes increasing from $250,000 to $500,000 and commercial policy limits increasing from $500,000 to $1,500,000; improved mapping; and allowance for communities to adopt portions of new flood maps while continuing to appeal others. Flood insurance continues to be a major issue for numerous communities and certainly Rockaway and Broad Channel.

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Diane Cardwell, we hear, will be publishing a surfing memoir in 2020. Diane was a reporter for The New York Times and learned to surf right here in Rockaway and has plenty of friends at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Congrats, Diane!

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Hello teens. Trying to get a job and love the outdoors? The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance might be an option. The Shore Corps summer application period is now open. Shore Corps is a service learning program for high school students focused on job training, environmental stewardship, and community development. Got to www.rwalliance.org for more info.

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Planning for our Summer Guide is underway. If you’re a business, you’ve got to be in the publication that’s always a keeper. Contact Pat McVeigh at 718-634-3030 or better, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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And speaking of the Summer Guide, there’s a good chance an entry to The Rockaway Times Photo contest will end up being this year’s cover. Tim Burke, Joe Seminara, and Petra Becker have sent us awesome photos that didn’t win the photo contest but made the cover. Send your best to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Does New York City need a massive sea wall —a barrier from Breezy Point to Sandy Hook, NJ? Well, the Army Corps wants feedback and are holding eight public hearings (none of which are in Breezy Point or Sandy Hook). The two closest are one that already took place in Brooklyn; and the other on Tuesday, April 9, 5-7 p.m. Location: Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, New York, N.Y.

 

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