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Want to see some great photos all in one place? The Rockaway Times Photo Contest Finals is this Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m., at Caracas concession, Beach 106th and the Boardwalk. Judges will have a hard time picking this year’s best. First there was a top 30, then a top 12 and just for fun we’re throwing in three more wild card photos so judges will have 15 to choose from. All are welcome. Caracas and Brothers will supply some morning refreshments.

If you were one of the Top 30 or Honorable Mentions, you can come, have fun, and take home your poster-sized photo. For those photogs who can’t make it, we’ll hold on to your photo until September 7 and you can claim it at The Rockaway Times office.

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The Pickle People are coming this weekend! The beloved vendor will be at Connolly’s on Beach 95th Street on Saturday, August 24, starting at noon, until they sell out or until 7 p.m. We’re not sure pickles and piña coladas pair well, but this pickle pop-up sure is expected to be packed!

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You don’t know what to do with your Poseidon costume from last year’s parade? Or maybe you could use one for this year? If you’re reading this on Thursday, you can go to Caracas on the Boardwalk and Beach 106th and do a costume exchange from 5 to 9 p.m.  Or you just might go there for inspiration or for fun. That’s today, Thursday, August 22. The parade is September 21. Check out poseidonsparade.com

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The St. Francis Summer Classic will conclude another fantastic season with Women’s championship play this week. Last week’s Men’s finals which was played in the gym was a thriller. The place was absolutely packed and the game was tight throughout. Local standout, Charlie Marquardt, scored from everywhere and every which way, ending with 44 points. But that was not quite enough as a squad from Breezy prevailed in the final seconds. The effort and intensity exhibited by both teams were wholly appreciated by the crowd. Although a lot was at stake, some lighthearted moments occurred when a young man assigned to wipe up sweat spots on the floor drew several standing ovations. At one point, about twenty-five fans chanted, “MVP!  MVP!” for his efforts. Great game, great atmosphere. Bugsy, always have the finals in the gym!

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Speaking of hoops, don’t forget the Clare Droesch Memorial, 3 on 3 By The Sea, is Saturday, September 7 at St. Francis. Clare was an outstanding player on the high school and collegiate level who died at the tragically young age of 36 after a long battle with cancer. Her legacy is more than about basketball. She had a million friends and touched the lives of many.

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We were invited to celebrate Birthday #99 with Toots Becker and family on the beach last Sunday but we couldn’t make it, so Channel 7 got the scoop. Happy birthday, Toots!

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Congratulations to all the people (especially the EcoWatchers) who helped restore Sunset Cove in Broad Channel. The ribbon-cutting on the $14 million ecological restoration was Tuesday. NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver was there to commemorate the event. The project brings new open space and helps improve the overall health of Jamaica Bay.

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The Rockaway End-of-Summer Half Marathon is this Saturday, August 24. It’s a 7:30 a.m. start (so take it easy, Friday). Registration and number pick-up is at Rockaway Gliders, 114-04 Beach Channel Drive. Go to Rockapulcorun.com for more info.

 

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