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Thanks for all the congratulations and well-wishes to us as we celebrated our fifth anniversary. You guys are the greatest.

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Next week is 4th of July. We'll deliver the paper on Friday, July 5 but our email version will be sent on Thursday, the 4th. If you want to sign up for email, send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Jianna and Jason Heuer, the folks behind the pop-up bookstore, Avoid The Day, are set on opening a permanent bookstore/bar in Rockaway. They’re hoping people chip in and help the cause. You can do so by going to Indiegogo.com and plug in Avoid the Day in the search bar.

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The Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) is looking for volunteers this weekend to help plant marsh grass at Sunset Cove in Broad Channel. The JBRPC, the Littoral Society, and the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers are working together to restore marshes which are crucial for flood protection. The goal is to plant 74,000 marsh plugs this summer. The planting happens Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up at JBRPC.org. It’s a fun day and you’ll be helping the environment.

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New York Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato voted No on the so-called Green Light bill which allows undocumented immigrants the right to get a driver’s license in New York. State Senator Joe Addabbo voted Yes. We misread the vote on the State Assembly site last week and incorrectly reported that Amato was in favor. We regret the error and thanks to the careful reader who caught the mistake.

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Do you use Amazon Prime a lot? You can very easily ensure that a piece of each purchase price goes to the charity of your choice. It’s very easy to sign up at smile.amazon.com. By just making this your regular Amazon shopping page, a non-profit, such as The Graybeards, can benefit. There is no cost, zero, to you. It’s a very easy way to give.

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Reminder: The Rockaway Artists Alliance continues to put on great shows at the studio in Fort Tilden. Stories in Print ends this weekend, June 30, so make a point to stop by Saturday or Sunday between noon to  4 p.m.

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Permits have been filed for a ten-story mixed-use building at 1047 Beach 21st Street in Far Rockaway, Queens, according to NewYorkYimby.com. The New York City Economic Development Corp. (EDC) is listed as the owner. The building will have 224 residences, a cellar and 96 enclosed parking spaces.

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Diane Cardwell has written a surfing memoir and her first draft is off to the publisher. The working title is Rockaway: Surfing Headlong into a New Life. Congrats to Diane, who used to work at The New York Times, and has been riding waves here for a long time. We’ll let you know when it’s available.

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The NYPD Transit District 23 is holding a blood drive on July 5 from 12:45 to 6:45 p.m. at 222 Beach 116th Street. You can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-933-2566.

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Greg Lasak won the sign competition in Belle Harbor and Neponsit; Melinda Katz had lots of fans in Rockaway Beach, but Tiffany Caban looks like the winner in the lead for the Queens District Attorney election. The voting is tight enough that all absentee ballots will be counted with an official winner to be named within days.

 

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