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Many people are fans of the radio show, "This American Life," (also available as a podcast). This week’s episode included a segment about the Re family. It’s quite a tale of how eleven children go about dividing up what mom and dad left behind. And dividing doesn’t end there. The siblings are split as the Rockaway crew and those that left are known as the non-Rockaway crew. Attorney Victor Re is prominently featured. It’s worth a listen. If you know Victor, it’s a must-listen.

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How bad are the roads in Rockaway? We’re on the lookout for a single road that is in decent shape. Let’s hope this is addressed before the summer season begins.

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Groin envy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the completion of construction on the Long Beach Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Project. The $130 million project was performed in two phases over a three-year period that included construction of four new groins and the rehabilitation of 18 existing groins, installing 284,000 tons of rock. The Corps also used 3.2 million cubic yards of sand to widen the beach and reinforce sand dunes. Meanwhile, in Rockaway…

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According to an annual Census Bureau report, New York City has a shrinking population. The report says almost 40,000 moved elsewhere in 2018. People are not just fleeing the city, but the state as well.

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Here’s a reminder that fun can be had at the 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off at the Knights of Columbus at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

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The primary race for Queens District Attorney is June 25. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced that she picked up an endorsement from the United Firefighters Association.

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Hello advertisers and organizations, this is the Last Call to reserve space in The Rockaway Times Summer and Community Guide, the magazine that people keep and refer to all year long.

Give us a call at 718-634-3030 to reserve. Thanks!

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Speaking of last call, tomorrow (Friday, April 26) is the deadline to apply for seasonal work at Gateway National Recreation Area. Go to USAJOBS.gov to apply.

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We have our 30 finalists for this year’s Rockaway Times Photo Contest. And due to the generosity of the Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy, we will be including 10 Honorable Mention photos among those that get blown up to poster-size and are displayed along the boardwalk, ferry dock, Broad Channel and Riis Park. We’re hoping to reveal the Top 30 in next week’s paper.

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Rockaway Solutions Not Shelters is a newly-formed group led by John Cori of Community Board 14 and the Rockaway Beach Civic Association. The goal is to stop a homeless shelter from opening on Beach 101st Street. The group is looking to make a legal challenge to the shelter and is raising money for legal fees. Checks can be made out to Rockaway Solutions Not Shelters Inc. and mailed to 142 Beach 92nd Street.

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From the MTA: The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions during overnight weeknight hours through Wednesday morning, May 1. All traffic will be detoured to the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., including the Q35 bus. The closures are needed to dismantle and remove protective shielding that was in place for the lift upgrade work, and to perform necessary mechanical maintenance work on the bridge.

 

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