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We can’t blame this on the mayor but sure seems like ever since he said okay to outdoor dining, we’ve had rain every day.

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Well, it came as a surprise to us. Ludwig’s Catering is sailing into the sunset as Mary Morgan and Jimmy Carr have decided to retire and move on to the next chapter in their lives. Delicious food and service were staples for 25 years. Best of luck to Mary and Jimmy. They will be missed!

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Claire Conti, wife of retired police officer, Bob Conti, sent out texts and posted a request on Facebook about raising money to fly a Rockaway and Breezy Support the NYPD banner over the beach. Donations came in from all over, including some from the west coast. Enough money was raised that the banner is expected to fly on weekends throughout the summer.

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It’s like the Academy Awards. Every time we thank people for helping us, we leave somebody out. Sharon Feldman has been submitting recipes to us forever and we forgot the shout out when we were listing contributors on our sixth anniversary edition.  The bright side? Now, she gets a shout out all to herself!

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The Summer Guide is out at newsstands and some local businesses and we’ll continue to distribute for the next couple of weeks. Thanks for the many kind words you’ve sent our way.

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Speaking of The Guide, John Roche reviews Diane Cardwell’s new book, Rockaway: Surfing Headlong Into A New Life. And this is a reminder to order a copy today.

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Originally, the Fire Cadet Academy expected to launch its online application in the spring of 2020 and then begin testing and other processing over the summer. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fire Cadet Academy is delayed to a future date, not yet determined.

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Social media was abuzz after we posted a photo by Robbie Ostrander. His drone shot captured the Rockaway shoreline and the ocean water was a Caribbean-like turquoise. Some thought it had to be photoshopped but nope, it wasn’t. People who have been in the water say it’s never been cleaner and it’s just about as warm as the Caribbean, too.

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Play ball. Basketball, that is. At least you’ll be able to do so in city parks soon. Rims were taken down in March in the effort to flatten the curve. NYC Parks has started reinstalling the 2500 hoops across the city now that the City has entered Phase 3.

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Speaking of basketball, the 36th Annual Summer Classic at St. Francis de Sales will happen and Bugsy Goldberg is hard at work pulling it all together. Assuming Phase 4 occurs, the High School Division kicks off play on Monday, July 20; the Open Division on Tuesday, July 21 and the Grammar School Division on Monday, August 3. Stay tuned for more details.

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Ricky Bellevue, the man seen in an alleged chokehold by a 100th Precinct officer during a boardwalk arrest last month, has been arrested. Bellevue and another man allegedly made anti-gay slurs toward victims before trying to take their bags in the Bronx on Tuesday. Bellevue is accused of cutting the victim in the face and hand during a struggle. He is facing charges of robbery as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, harassment stalking and unlawful possession of marijuana. According to a 2017 Daily News article, Bellevue has more than 35 prior arrests.

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