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Sometimes you get more than you pay for. The Rockaway Times might be a free paper but there’s quality in these here pages. For the fifth straight year, we’ve won awards at the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, a statewide competition. This year, Editor Katie McFadden knocked it out of the park as she won First Prize for best Feature Story (The Golden Venture, 25 Years Later). The RT also won in some photo categories. Don’t worry, we won’t start charging for the paper. You can always pay us by telling our advertisers, you saw their ad in The Rockaway Times.

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Haven’t even seen the beach in months?  Well, locals (and those smart enough to visit) can get a preview of summer fun on Friday, May 17. That’ll be the unofficial opening of the Boardwalk Concessions. The official opening will be a week later.

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Congratulations to Joe Keenan who did a fantastic job as president of the Graybeards for the past four years. Joe had big shoes to fill when he took over for Steve Stathis. And now Tom Morgan has big shoes to fill as he follows Joe. Tom is a great choice to run the non-profit that has done so much since it began after 9/11 and the crash of Flight 587.

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest deadline is Friday, April 12. We’ve received some great shots and hope a few more come in. Please, please, stick to the categories. Rainbows/Lightning, Humor/Fun, Beach Life, Pets/Animals, and Rockaway Parades. And no photos outside of the Rockaway peninsula or Broad Channel. Email high-resolution photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And here’s a big thank you to all who’ve entered. 

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Chris Mullin stepped down as St. John’s basketball coach on Tuesday. His presence drew a lot of fans from Rockaway to home games making Alumni Hall and Madison Square Garden seem like a Rockaway annex. Won’t be the same without him.

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For the first time ever, if not ever, then in a million years, The Rockaway Theatre Company will test out some original, locally-produced plays. Rock Away Pens (that’s three words), a new writer’s group, will present three one-act plays on May 3, 4, and 5. And the shows are FREE.  See Page 19 for more info.

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So they (with your tax dollars) put in a new kind of path along the oceanfront in Fort Tilden. You can’t ride your bike on it unless your tires can handle soft sand and sharp broken shells. Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the concrete road that allowed bike riders and runners to enjoy a nice pass through the old fort. We heard the old road would be replaced by a composite surface more in line with the natural environs. We didn’t expect a soft sand path with shells and fencing that blocks part of the path for the protection of piping plovers. Ugh.

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The forecast calls for Chili. The 10th Annual Community Council Chili & Mac n Cheese Cook-off is set for Friday, April 26, 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus. You can show off your cooking skills or just go to enjoy. Please call Kathy at 917-284-0410 to enter your own dish and she’ll provide details.

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The Taste Of Rockaway is back. The spring food and fun festival will be Saturday, May 4 from noon to 6 p.m. hosted by The Rockaway Union.

 

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