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Happy Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering and honoring persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Thanks to all who support parades and community gardens and the like. Such efforts make the holiday more than a day off.

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The commissioner of the NYC Parks Department, Mitch Silver, is expected to declare the beaches officially open on Friday, May 24. The opening ceremony will be at Beach 17th Street, starting at 11 a.m. The forecast looks promising.

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Say congrats to your favorite graduate. A Congratulations ad special is available for $50.

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It’s official. The Community House property, including the parking lot on the east side of the building, has been sold for $3,800,000, according to public records. The buyers’ group is led by Mark Caller, the same developer putting up condos on Beach 116th and who bought the old theater across the street. The Community House Bar/ Restaurant will remain open. In fact, we hear there will be a Stella Maris Class of ’77 party there in September.

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Time flies. Riis Beach Bazaar with its many vendors at Bay 9 and the bathhouse returns for it fifth summer. After years of neglect, Riis sure has come a long way. In fact, it’s recently been a venue for a wedding (the courtyard behind the bathhouse). Very cool.

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This weekend will welcome some new additions to the peninsula. Nick’s Italian Ices opened at 157 Beach 116th this week. La Barracuda is reopening for summer on Beach 97th Street and this time, with a Starbucks. Cuisine by Claudette’s second location, at The Tides in Arverne By the Sea (ABTS), officially opens on Friday. And soon to come are Batesy’s BBQ in ABTS and Kimo’s Kitchen on Restaurant Row.

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Far Rockaway Day Center, a day program operated by AHRC New York City serving adults with developmental disabilities, has partnered with IDNYC to serve as host for a mobile enrollment center on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30. All New York City residents 10 years and older who reside in the five boroughs are eligible for the ID card, regardless of immigration status. The center is located at 1069 Dickens Street with registration open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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A new ferry shuttle has launched from Far Rockaway. The free bus is a pilot program that will run for three months, Monday through Friday. One stop is at Beach 21st Street at Mott and Cornaga and the other is on Seagirt Boulevard between Beach 20th Street and Crest Avenue. It’s about a 30-minute trip to the ferry dock at Beach 108th Street.

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Keep an eye out for our TOP 30 photos from The Rockaway Times Photo Contest on the boardwalk, ferry dock, Broad Channel and Riis Park. The poster-sized photos truly beautify the area. And maybe your photo is an Honorable Mention and will be on display as well. All told, there will be 40 photos and posters with last year’s winner by Don Riepe. We know you’ll be impressed by Rockaway photographers.

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And speaking of photos, a great one by Lexi Stathis was selected to be the cover of this year’s Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide. Congratulations to Lexi.

 

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