Next week's, Thanksgiving schedule

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Next week's, Thanksgiving schedule. The Rockaway Times will be delivered by email on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. The paper edition will be delivered on Friday. (Another reason to sign up for email!  Just send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you’d like to be added to the email list). Deadlines for ads is Wednesday 10 a.m.

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The Rockaway Times is looking for a full-time reporter/editor. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your interest and qualifications. There’s lots to cover and we hope you’ll consider coming onboard The RT. Thanks!

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A couple months back, racist and anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on walls at Silver Gull Beach Club and on the beach in Belle Harbor. Silver Gull and Breezy Point Surf Club, Ortega National Parks, National Park Service and Simon Wiesenthal Center are inviting the community to a town hall and open discussion on Monday, November 25, 1 p.m. at Silver Gull (Beach 193rd Street and the ocean). There will be experts and advocates and an update on the investigation.

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A new speed camera has been installed on Newport Avenue, just off Beach 133rd Street. It is set up to catch speeders heading east. The speed limit is 25 mph. The New York Post reported that a speed camera on Seagirt Boulevard proved to be the number one money maker in all of New York City last July. The DOT told us that light, get this, caught more than 700 speeders PER DAY. Drivers have caught on, somewhat. Now it’s “only” 275 per day. 

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Rogers Pub on Beach 116th Street got one of the quickest makeovers we’ve ever heard of. It was closed for a couple days last week, then reopened with a whole new look. Owner Mike McMahon is quietly transforming the place into something grand. A backyard beer garden, an outdoor space on the second floor, and hotel rooms. The times, they are a changin’ on 116th. Thank You café across the street is new and spiffy. A pizza restaurant is slated for the old PJ Currans. The theater is gone on the beach block as new residential and commercial spaces take shape. The new condos on 116th and the coming hotel on Beach 108th  are great bookends which will help the blocks in between. 

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Congratulations to the Beach Channel Dolphins football team on their first playoff game win this past Saturday against Stuyvesant. Now they go on to face William E. Grady on Saturday, November 23, at 12 p.m., at Grady High School (25 Brighton 4th Road) in Brooklyn. They’re going to need some local love at this away game! Consider making the trip to cheer them on!

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The Rockaway Rotary Food Drive is this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Stop and Shop on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 114th Street. Donations will go to local pantries.

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Reminder: If you want in on the raffle for St. John's Basketball tickets, send us an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Kids have a voice, too. And on Monday, November 25 at 3:45 p.m., they’re going to let them be heard in front of the proposed homeless shelter at 226 Beach 101st Street. Kids and their families are welcome to express their concerns over safety if the shelter were to open.

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Please have a look at Thanksgiving Memories by octogenarian Jean McKenna on Page 31. Good stuff!

 

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