Dear Old Dad...

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Dear Old Dad deserves a little love, doesn’t he? Send in your favorite photo of your dad (or your kids’ dad) and we’ll get it in the June 13 issue.  Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Rockaway real estate: Prime Realty has listed 92-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard for sale. The property includes a number of well-known businesses. The asking price? $6 mil. It was last sold in 2016 for 3.75 million.

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Martin de Porres High School, which leased the old Stella Maris building on Beach 114th Street, is leaving Rockaway. No word yet on who might be the next tenant or if there are other plans for the facility. The NYC Department of Finance places a market value of more than $18 million on the oceanfront property. Stella Maris High School closed in 2010.

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And speaking of Stella, there will be a reunion of the class of '77 (part 60th birthday bash for many too) on September 28 at Community House. Ellen Fitzgerald Matishek and Fran Redden-Cann are the contacts. Send an email to Fran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

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Apparently, Kevin Boyle is not up on his Bravo TV or the Housewives of New York (or anywhere else, for that matter). He did not know Adam Kenworthy, who was featured on the show. (Google says he was a chef and had a thing with Carole Radziwill and maybe Elle Macpherson). Boyle chatted him up after Kenworthy finished a ride on his hydrofoil, which is something out of Back To The Future. See Page 2 for a look.

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Kenworthy got attention from others on the beach but wasn’t the only one getting attention. A whale breached in the distance at the same time Sunday morning. Very cool. And for you non-believers: Yes, there are whales out there and yes, you can see them.

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The iconic Wise Clock (old-timers might remember it from a Cracker Jack commercial) is back at Riis Park after undergoing an overhaul the past several months.

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It’s so not right. Tom Brady, the famous quarterback, has applied to trademark the name Tom Terrific. Even die-hard Yankee fans would agree there is only one Tom Terrific and that is Tom Seaver. Even die-hard Tom Brady fans must know this is lame!

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There’s an actual race in the campaign for Queens District Attorney. The primary, which in Democratic Queens, is the de facto general election, is on June 25. Melinda Katz, Gregory Lasak, Rory Lancman, and Tiffany Caban all have received support in Rockaway. The Queens for Justice Ad Hoc Committee is holding a debate on Monday, June 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 348 Beach 71st Street.

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Rockaway Beach just got something it needed: a bike shop. Rockaway Beach Cycles is open for repairs, sales, tune-ups and so on. And we can vouch for the friendly staff. Check out the new place on Beach 102nd Street, right next to Community House.

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You know the scaffolding that hides the firehouse on Beach 116th Street and that’s been there forever? Well, forever might mean forever. An FDNY spokesperson tells us that it, “will be in position indefinitely. Reason being it is addressing safety issues with the façade (loose brick work).” Indefinitely in city-speak means don’t hold your breath.

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We accidentally jumped the gun on congratulating Lew Simon on becoming the next 100th Precinct Community Council president last week. He’s only been nominated for the position but is so far unopposed. Voting will take place at the June 26 meeting.

 

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