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Shannon Reed, who taught English at Stella Maris High School, has written a book, Why Did I Get A B?, and a recent excerpt was printed on The Daily Beast website. She lists A through Z reasons why she loved her experience at the school so much. You can buy the book on Amazon or you can subscribe to The Daily Beast for a short term subscription (for just a buck) to see the excerpt. Whether you went to Stella, sent your kids there or just remember the school that closed in 2010, you’ll enjoy Reed’s recount. Although now she’s writing and living in Pittsburgh, Reed says she still feels like a Stella girl.

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Almost normal and better late than never. The Summer Classic, the annual basketball league held at St. Francis de Sales, got underway on Monday with boys and girls high school action. It was great to see the schoolyard come alive. The hoops hadn’t been used for months during the lockdown, probably the longest stretch of nonuse since the Father Grogan Memorial Schoolyard was dedicated many decades ago.

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So many friends, so little time. Rockaway Beach is quite the magnet for friend groups on Facebook. Friends of Rockaway Beach, as far as we can tell, is the original group and has some 30,000 members and was started way back in 2011.  (Someone will tell us we’re wrong, even if they’re wrong). And then came The Better Friends of Rockaway Beach in 2017. And then came Best Friends of Rockaway Beach in 2018.  The newest group we’ve found is the Real Friends of Rockaway Beach created just last month.

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Well, unless some fluke happens, City Councilman Donovan Richards will be the next Queens Borough President. Elizabeth Crowley conceded on Tuesday, before the Board of Elections even officially called the race. Congratulations to both candidates for running great campaigns during these most challenging times. With Democrats outnumbering Republicans in Queens by an overwhelming number, Richards seems a shoo-in. It’s not just the numbers: The Queens County GOP website still has 2019 info.

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History in the baking. Keith Bugsy Goldberg and some students didn’t let the oppressive heat get in the way of history lessons and discussion. Each morning at 8 a.m. in the St. Francis schoolyard, Bugsy has been conducting a history class for students in grades 5 through 8.

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Another kind of history is being covered by Ryan Woerner and Coach Charlie Marquardt. These two host a weekly Sunday night hoops chat covering Rockaway basketball, past and present, and it’s for all ages. If you’re hoop head, you gotta check it out on Facebook. Just search Rockaway Hoops and you’ll find the channel.

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The State’s Liquor Authority issued new guidelines for bar/restaurants. Bars are not allowed to sell chips and call it food. In order to sell drinks, bars must offer sandwiches or soups or other items of “substance.” Bar/restaurants face crackdowns on social distancing and mask requirements and even the most conscientious places have a very tough time. Not all patrons are as conscientious. And then there are the watchdogs who have 311 on speed dial. One person complained about a local place saying they were “uncomfortable” with the lack of masks by staff on both Saturday and Sunday last week. The place can refute this because it has video of staff wearing mask. But we gotta ask, why go back on Sunday if you were uncomfortable on Saturday? We wonder if big box stores get the same kind of complaints.

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