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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Maura Clarke, who attended St. Camillus and St. Francis de Sales elementary schools and graduated from Stella Maris High School, was a missionary throughout Central America. She and others were assassinated forty years ago in El Salvador, this December 2. Numerous Catholic publications have advocated for her to be elevated to sainthood.

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We expect more such notices in the coming weeks. Mount Sinai South Nassau has suspended Emergency Department visitation due to a rise in COVID-19 cases until further notice. Hospital ED staff will keep visitors/companions updated on the condition and status of their loved ones by phone. The only exceptions are for parents of pediatric patients and end of life. As for St. John’s, the Far Rockaway hospital has not seen an uptick in hospitalizations and no new restrictions have been put in place, according to a spokesperson on Tuesday.

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Rudy Giuliani has had some month or so. He was taped “tucking in his shirt” in a hotel room with a young actress, he held a news conference at the Four Seasons (which turned out to be a landscaping company not a prestigious hotel) and his hair dye dripped down his face at another news conference. Reports say he’s trying to get $20,000 per day for his lawyering. We’re guessing he might have to hire a lawyer to try and collect that money.

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Speaking of Giuliani, his old political rival David Dinkins died this week at the age of 93. Dinkins was mayor when New York was, let’s face it, the pits. He was a nice man who enjoyed the job even if he seemed overwhelmed by the times. It’s true that crime did start to lessen while he was still mayor.

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Not sure what lockdowns and restrictions are ahead, so here’s a reminder to shop at local places for the holidays ASAP. Buy gift certificates at restaurants. Get your nails done, your hair cut. Stop in at gift shops. Don’t hoard toilet paper. Get back in the social distancing game and get a flu shot.

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Someone gave us this idea. Why not use the Riis Park parking lot as a drive through Covid test site? It’s a huge empty space this time of year and could be put to good use (especially with recent upticks on the west end).

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One of Rockaway’s newer civics, The Heart of Rockaway Civic (THOR), will host a community Zoom meeting on Friday, December 11 at 7 p.m. Current members will be sent a link and sign in instructions will be posted on various social media pages.

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It’s been shuttered so long most people forget a vacant building on Beach 116th was once The Lawrence Hotel. It’s been more like a bird coop for the past decade or more. Maybe something will happen with it now that it is listed with a new broker (others have tried). The building, a tear down for sure, is listed for sale at $3,688,000. The new condos across the street are nearing completion. If they sell quickly, that will probably signal a developer to scoop up “The Lawrence.” Baxter’s Hotel, right next door, has remained closed since the Department of Buildings issued a vacate order last January because of a sewer system issue. The owner, John Baxter, tells us he is in court with a neighbor on Beach 115th Street who he says caused the damage. With courts being tied up during the pandemic, this might not be resolved for a while.

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