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We’re gonna need a bigger bar. That’s what they were saying as the crowd from Jamesons flowed onto Beach 129th Street last week Wednesday, July 31 evening. The Happy Holy Hour, hosted by three St. Francis de Sales priests, made it seem like it was Palm Sunday as those in seek of spiritual fulfillment turned out in force. We hear rumors of an encore.

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You don’t have to play to have a great day. The Rockaway Beach Volleyball Championships will be played at Riis Park this Saturday. We expect to have a special correspondent covering the matches. Stay tuned.

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The Grand Opening of the Rockaway Arts Medical Complex at Beach 105th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard was held Wednesday, August 7, just after we went to press, so we didn’t have much to report. But suffice to say, a brand new medical facility was long needed and we expect it to be a good option for patients. We’ll soon have more info on jobs and services offered.

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Want a change of pace? Join bird and nature enthusiasts for a festive day at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The 14th Annual Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival is Saturday, August 17, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Learn about biology, behavior, and how to identify and protect shorebirds. Activities include guided walks, arts and crafts, and expert presentations. Bring boots, binoculars (some will be available to borrow), and lots of curiosity. And it’s free.

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In celebration of camp kidsmART's 20th Anniversary, RAA will present The Greatest Art Show on Earth! Throughout the summer, campers have been working tirelessly to create incredible works of art, so go and check it out this Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11, at sTudio 7 Gallery at Fort Tilden. Free admission.

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It was another outstanding Rockaway Times Sandcastle contest, held last Sunday, with some amazing sculptures. Queens Parks Commissioner Mike Dockett, RT freelancer Nicole Taylor Lang, and Alex Zablocki of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy were among the judges and they had a tough task picking the winners. The real tough work, however, was done by Katie McFadden who started this event in 2016 and pulls it all together. Big kudos to Katie.

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Jill Weber, former Rockaway Coordinator for NYC Parks, apparently still has fond memories of her time here. She was spotted on the boardwalk on Monday.

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In case you missed it, Tiffany Cabán conceded in the razor-thin primary race for Queens District Attorney. Melinda Katz will be the Democrat choice come the general election in November. Councilman Donovan Richards and Congressman Greg Meeks were Katz backers all the way. A local, attorney Keith Sullivan, had been eyeing a run as a Republican, especially if Cabán was on the ballot, but has decided against such a run with Katz as the nominee.

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There have been five drowning deaths this season and all occurred when lifeguards are off-duty. Councilman Richards is calling for lifeguards to stay on duty until 8 p.m. and wants swimming taught in schools. State Senator Sanders is calling for more signage about the dangers of swimming on unprotected beaches.

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The Summer Classic had a classic. And it's on tape. Charlie Marquadt hit a game-winning buzzer beater from beyond half-court last week in playoff action. And as they say, the crowd went wild.

 

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