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That went quick! Happy Labor Day. And Happy Mardi Gras to all who celebrate.

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Beach season isn’t over! Lifeguards will be on duty through September 8.

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Congratulations to Emily McNeil, this year’s winner of The Rockaway Times Photo Contest.  This year’s entries were the best yet. As for next year, now is a good time to get out there and snap photos and save them for our 2020 competition. Thanks everyone!

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The U.S. Army Corps’ plan is one step closer to being approved. On Thursday, August 22, the Chief of Engineers, LTG Todd Semonite signed the Chief’s Report for the Atlantic Coast of New York, East Rockaway Inlet to Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay Hurricane Sandy Reformulation Study. The Chief’s Report will now be submitted to the ASA (CW) for final approval and authorization to proceed with construction of the features of the project that will be funded with Sandy Disaster Relief Act appropriations.

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Curious moves by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Community Board 14 did not approve of moving the Beach 116th Street firehouse to Beach Channel Drive, the site of the old HSBC bank/Sunset, Ram’s Horn Diner. CB 14 did suggest the National Grid site at Beach 110th. Melinda Katz did not follow the Community Board and voted to approve the move. In June, the CB rejected the Peninsula site plan. Melinda Katz has now given the greenlight for that, albeit with some recommendations. But an approval is what the builders sought, and got. The City Planning Commission will soon cast its vote on this project.

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Speaking of that huge development, and Downtown Far Rockaway, for that matter. These buildings will not have gas to heat their units as long as National Grid insists that new service will be prohibited because the proposed new pipeline was denied. If National Grid doesn’t budge, there’s little doubt that developments will have to be rethought.

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We don’t recall Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ever setting foot in Rockaway. Maybe Chuck Schumer told her to stay clear? Anyway, she hasn’t been noticed much in other places either. She’s neck and neck with Bill de Blasio in recent presidential polling. Both have yet to scratch the one percent support mark. In an Iowa poll, de Blasio even trailed Wayne Messam, mayor of Miramar, Florida. Out of 33,000 votes cast, our mayor got 61 votes. He needs about 22 Anthony Weiner-type scandals to get past those in front of him.

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The 15th Annual Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic is Sunday, September 8 at 91st Street and the ocean. This annual event is sponsored by Boarders Surf Shop and friends and family of Richie, who was a firefighter killed on 9/11. Signups begin at 8 a.m. and contests start at 9 a.m. There will also be a traditional paddle out. It’s always a great day, wave or no waves!

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Who woulda thunk it?  The old courthouse looks like it’s stone and concrete and not much else. But a fire broke out last Wednesday with flames filling the night sky. Thanks to the fast-acting FDNY, the fire was under control within minutes, minimizing damage and preventing the spread of the fire. A cause is still under investigation.

 

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