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Yay, to this. The 3 on 3 By The Sea Tournament in honor of Clare Droesch, the legendary basketball player and friend to many, will happen Friday, August 28. Last year’s event was a festival of fun and love and it’s great news indeed that the tournament is now a tradition that lives on. See Page 11 for more details.

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Congratulations to Theresa Racine for nabbing top prize in the Rockaway Times Photo Contest. Her photo swayed judges who loved the endless summer vibe. The Top 10 this year were all spectacular. Thanks to all who make this such a great event. The photos, displayed on the boardwalk, since Memorial Day, were seen and enjoyed by thousands. If one of your photos was a Top 30 and you want the one that was on the boardwalk, email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Speaking of art, a 35 foot tall sculpture called “Mother Earth” by artist Kris Perry, is now on display at Beach 98th Street and Shorefront Parkway. The work is part of the  New York City Parks Department’s Art in the Parks program. Somehow the rusted veneer of this sculpture goes well with the toilets in the sky (aka the boardwalk bathrooms) that landed after Sandy.

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Gotta admit, we don’t get a lot of news releases about radioactive contamination but that’s exactly what we received last week from the press office of Gateway National. Dead Horse Bay, just over the Marine Park Bridge in Brooklyn, we’re told, will be closed to the public in August “due to the presence of radiological contamination at the site.” Visitors to Dead Horse sometimes dig for old bottles and other items and apparently that’s not safe to do. The NPS is at work investigating the contamination and its extent. And here’s a kicker: “This cleanup may last many years.”  To find out more about this cleanup, please visit Gateway’s website at www.nps.gov/gate. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Rockaway Medical Arts Complex on Beach 105th Street has been largely shrouded in mystery since its quiet opening last summer. No ads, no press releases, no nothing. A couple years back, South Nassau was expected to lease out a big chunk of space but that never materialized. Now, St. John’s Hospital will be taking space and will be keeping us posted on services. 

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We got a tour of The Rockaway Hotel on Monday and we can say with certainty the place is going to be great. Although it may not look it, a lot of the work is done and finishing touches are being done. The ground floor restaurant won’t open for a while but rooms, the pool, and rooftop bar will be opening in just a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed.

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Here’s a reminder to give Super Burrito at Arverne by The Sea a try. Early reviews are great. Order online at www.SuperBurritoNyc.com 

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The 15th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay is happening, this time online, Saturday, August 22 (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) Join on Eventbrite and get a free ticket to this online Zoom event featuring programs by local shorebird experts. Program includes a LIVE presentation by boat from the bay by Don Riepe plus photography and identification sessions by Kevin Karlson and Lloyd Spitalnik. The National Park Service will present a puppet show for children and NYC Audubon scientists will present their research on shorebirds in Jamaica Bay. For more information call (718) 474-0896; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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