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Happy Thanksgiving. The Rockaway Times is blessed to do business in the greatest seaside town in the world. We thank YOU for all your support and couldn’t do this every week without you. We are not only thankful but lucky to have a great staff, supportive advertisers, talented contributors and well, interesting Rockaway types who keep things, uhm, interesting!

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Leave it to Rockaway historian James Supple to find evidence that a newspaper called itself The Rockaway Times and it was a bit of an upstart. In the 1800s, Rockaway was part of Nassau County and a newspaper war was underway. There was a bit of a tussle over which paper could claim it was the first semi-weekly in the county. Two newspapers, The Owl and The Messenger,  were sniping at each other about which was the first. A man named, W.P.W. Haff Jr. was having none it. He was the publisher of The Rockaway Times and declared, “Don’t be so hasty, gentleman.” He noted the other papers were published on Wednesday so he published The Rockaway Times a day earlier. A brilliant strategy, we must say! The name and the day-before strategy is where we part ways with this long-gone paper. The first Rockaway Times made the mistake of charging for its paper. A buck-seventy five. For the entire year. That’s still more than we charge!

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Far Rockaway coming in on the outside. Here it comes! We’re talking about a racehorse, of course. Far Rockaway is the name of a horse that’s run a couple of good races, according to PaddyPower, an Irish bookmaking site. Per one handicapper, it’s a favorite in an upcoming race. Before betting on Far Rockaway, we must advise you of one of the comments by one of the site’s readers: Get a new job. Your tips are useless!

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Although this is a wonderful few days for many, a Truth In Medicine poll by Mount Sinai South Nassau finds that “Women under 50 are most stressed out as holidays approach, impacting their physical, mental health.” Overall, the poll finds 46% of metro area New Yorkers say their stress is “very high” or “high” during the holidays. Many people use alcohol or drugs to relieve stress. Please don’t hesitate to seek help, if needed.

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Happy birthday Maureen Hoban. Sorry! We’re a week late or so. Next year, (if Mr. Hoban reminds us again) you’ll be in This Week in History.

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Hey, congratulations to Maureen McNelis whose latest book “Paycheck” is being featured at The Belle Harbor Yacht Club on Friday evening, December 6. And we’re gonna take Maureen’s word for it:  It’s a Christmas gift that is worth every penny. It’s on Amazon, too, but you have to look under Marlene Cunningham. Like the book, it’s a bit of a mystery.

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And Maureen is not the only local with a book out. Larry Racioppo has produced a beautiful book of New York City basketball hoops. You don’t have to have the slightest interest in basketball to appreciate the photos in this book. Check out B-Ball NYC if you love great New York photos (or buy it for someone who does!)

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Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Barbara Hillary. The local adventurer died on Saturday, November 23 at 88. She made headlines for being the first African American woman to go to both the North and South Poles. She even went on a trek to Mongolia earlier this year. A life well-lived, indeed!

 

 
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