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You never know what being spotted in a Rockaway Times t-shirt will lead to. Last week, Rockaway’s Suntan Dan Edwards was seen rocking the tee at the races in Saratoga. His attire and personal charisma overwhelmed the other guy in the photo, Dave Portnoy, who is the president of Barstool Sports. Portnoy, who has one million followers on Twitter, took note of the shade and tweeted the photo with the good-natured comment: “I think I just got put in a body bag by The Rockaway Times.” More than 11,000 people liked the tweet. Everybody knows the rules, Dave: Suntan Dan overshadows all. PS: We did send Mr. Portnoy a Rockaway Times body bag.

(It’s a limited supply. Please do not order).

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The 2019 Clare Droesch Memorial 3 on 3 By The Sea basketball tourney takes place in the St. Francis schoolyard this Saturday, running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s a free youth clinic for grades 10 and under starting at 9 a.m. Games will follow. There will be a DJ and raffles and all sorts of fun. Clare Droesch was just 36 when she died after years of battling cancer. She was a basketball superstar but her legacy is about the many friends she made and lives she touched.

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And then, the next day, Sunday, September 8 is the 15th Annual Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic at Beach 91st Street and the boardwalk. Sign-ups start at 8 a.m. This is a great day for surfers and non-surfers alike. Richie was a firefighter killed on 9/11. He was also a surfer and lifeguard and this event is a wonderful, fitting tribute to a hero.

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Although Tribute Park has been under construction for some time now, but the 9/11 memorial ceremonies will take place at the site. On Wednesday, September 11 at 8:30 a.m., there will be a reading of the names of Rockaway residents who were killed on that day in 2001.

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Also, on Wednesday, September 11 at 1:15 p.m., the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy community will gather in the Parish Prayer Garden, located on the corner of Beach 129th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, to remember those lost on September 11, 2001. In case of inclement weather, the service will take place in St. Francis de Sales Church.

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Katie McFadden, our award-winning writer, took it upon herself to offer an answer to the horrific anti-semitic and racist graffiti and sand etchings found at Silver Gull and on the beach in Belle Harbor. Katie wrote messages in the sand such as Love (not Hate), Peace, Be Kind, Hate Has No Place Here, and Community. She took photos and posted them on Facebook and more than a thousand people “liked” her photos and hundreds commented about these photos being “the real Rockaway.” Her simple writing was quite powerful. Kudos to Katie!

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The Rockaway Times is the official sponsor of Poseidon’s Parade, so help us look good by joining the parade or making plans to be there. It’s one of the top events of the year. For more info, go to PoseidonsParade.com 

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Big congrats to Rockaway native, 13-year-old Maya Karl for being the newest and youngest member of the Puerto Rico junior national surf team! Maya's parents run Uma's Restaurant.

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Belle Harbor has been plagued with car break-ins lately. Keep your doors locked and alert police if you see anything suspicious.

 

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