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The Rockaway Times would like to thank readers and advertisers who have shown such great support for us these past five years. Our first-ever issue was June 26, 2014, proving time flies.

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And speaking of time, the Wise Clock at Riis looks great after being overhauled for the past six months or so. Think of it more as a piece of art than a clock, however. If you use it to tell time, you’ll be late or early or thoroughly confused. The clock has four faces and it’s not unusual to see at least three different times. NPS officials have told us it'll be fixed but don’t set your clock to it.

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Tuesday is a primary voting day for Democrats as several people are on the ballot to run in the general election for the job of Queens District Attorney. Whoever wins on Tuesday is very likely to win the general because Democrats outnumber Republicans by a large margin in Queens. There are no term limits for this job, so whoever wins will likely hold the position for a long time.

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Catholic schools are out for summer this week; public schools next. Summer arrives officially on Friday and here's a surprise: it's supposed to be sunny on Saturday.

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The Dylan Smith Paddle Out is Sunday, June 23 around 6:30 p.m. at Beach 86th Street. Dylan was a hero on the night of Hurricane Sandy, helping people to safety as the flood waters rushed in and fires raged. Just a couple months later, the 23-year-old died while surfing in Puerto Rico. The Paddle Out in his memory supports a cure for epilepsy and seizures. A beach get-together will follow, so bring a beach chair.

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Respect the ocean, and please don’t go in the water when lifeguards are off duty. On Saturday, June 15, at around 6:50 p.m., a man and woman had to be rescued from the waters off of Riis Park. The woman, 25, later died. Do not let her death go in vain. Don’t go in the water after-hours, and let others, especially those not from the area, not to either.

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Just as we mention the new speed cameras by Seagirt and on Cross Bay Blvd., last week, another has popped up at Beach 51st and Edgemere Avenue, going uptown. And expect more. The city has expanded the program and plans to add 750 cameras throughout the five boroughs over the next year. Starting July 11, they will be functional year-round, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.

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The Wave building at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard was put up for sale in late 2018 for $2,495,000 and is now priced at $2,295,000, a $200,000 drop in the asking price. On the residential side, there’s a big wow in Neponsit. A private home on a beach block is on the market for, get ready, $7 million. A few blocks over, on a 200-block in Belle Harbor, the price tag on a house is $3mil.

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Stop FEMA Now, a group formed soon after Hurricane Sandy, is urging homeowners to press fed reps (Meeks and Schumer) to hold back support for the latest reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Plan. Sometimes the lawmakers have no sense of unintended consequences. The infamous Bigger-Waters Act had to be amended in emergency fashion as potentially devastating flood insurance premiums were set to ruin many homeowners. The latest bill got through the House Financial Services Committee with unanimous support from both Democrats and Republicans. As details emerge, we’ll keep you posted.

 

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