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The Breezy Point Co-op and The Graybeards are sponsoring a Youth Awareness Presentation, on Wednesday, July 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Colony Theater. It’s for students in 8th through 12th grade, though college students are welcome as well.  Although serious subjects are covered, such as alcohol abuse, it’s presented in entertaining fashion with an illusionist (Jaden Maxwell who appeared on America’s Got Talent) and motivational speaker, Chris Sandy.  A parent’s presentation is also scheduled from 8-9 p.m. at the Activity Center.  It’s worth noting – this is something young people enjoy!  It’s not a chore and has been a hit throughout the country (and yes, the young may learn some valuable lessons!)

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We were scalded (pun

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The Firecracker 5K and Half Marathon is Saturday, July 15. The half marathon kicks off at 7 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9:30 a.m.  Both start and end at the Community House.  Check out RockapulcoRun.com for sign up and other info.

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There was a rumor that condos and maybe a hotel were going up on the bay at 87th Street (near the old Rosie’s bait shop and used tire place).  Turns out there is a Build It Back job going on, with permits for a house elevation. Nothing more according to

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Ok, so you’re not supposed to call 911 unless it’s an emergency.  Better to call the precinct, right?  Well, that doesn’t seem to do much good with the 100th Precinct. Readers have told us that the 100th Precinct doesn’t pick up the phone. We gave it a test last week. Three calls, no answer. We tried again three times on Tuesday (and double checked the number, 718-318-4200): no answer. We went to Twitter and asked @NYPD100Pct if the phones were working because no one was picking up

Wow. He’s not only a fast runner but Patrick Goldberg (son of MaryBeth and Bugsy) is fast on the career track. Just 21 years old, the Belle Harbor native was just named Head Coach of the Cross-Country team at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.  We can’t swear by it, but we believe he’s the youngest college head coach in the country (in any sport).

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Do you have a human powered vehicle?  That’s a fancy way of saying bike (though it could mean some other contraption).  Well, whatever you

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest held its final judging round at Caracas on the Boardwalk on Sunday, July 2.  What a wonderful community event!  Brothers at the 106th Street concession and Caracas supplied free food and coffee for all who showed up for the photo contest wrap up.  The 15 final photos were extraordinary and a fine reflection of just how talented the people are here.  It was a great day and we’re glad that it will be a great Rockaway tradition!

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Well, we might as well mark some milestones in this week’s Rockaway Times. It’s our Third Anniversary (we’re not sure if time flies!). Anyway, The Rock Times gets around. We print roughly 10,000 copies each week (and 20,000 Summer Guides). We email the full paper to almost 3,000 people! (Sign up on our website).  We’re zeroing in on 12,000 Likes on Facebook and we have more than 4,000 followers on Instagram.  Not bad for a start-up.

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In our first edition in 2014 we said: Not too

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Lace ‘em up for a great cause AND meet an Olympics Gold Medal winner.  On Saturday, June 17 at 9:30 a.m. on the boardwalk at Beach 102nd Street, the annual Kevin Kearney Scholarship 5k will kick off.  Money raised will go toward scholarships for kids of families in need. Named in honor of Kevin Kearney, who had many, many friends in Rockaway, the event is a great example of a doing charity work while having fun. Following the 5K, Matt Centrowitz will be at the Community House signing his

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