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Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

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The Parks Department deserves all the scorn coming its way.  The announcement that beaches would be closed from Beach 91st to Beach 102nd this summer could have been made months ago. The erosion is obvious.  Businesses and the public could have made plans accordingly. 

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With increased ferry service there will be increased shuttle service.  Rumors were flying around that there would be no weekend service at all.  Common sense wins!  Keep up to date at Ferry.NYC

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One thing to be emphasized:  The full boardwalk and the surfing area from Beach 88th Street to Beach 91st Street will remain open. The Beach 97th Street concession and bathrooms will be open and a section in

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We heard Laurel.  (That's an internet joke).

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The 38th Annual Buckley’s-Kennedy’s 5K Charity run is Sunday, rain or shine. This year’s event honors the memories of Pat Tracy, Terry Flaherty, and Richie Bollman. All proceeds benefit HeartShare. You can get more info at HeartShare.org.

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This Saturday, May 19, the Annual Ryan Rudden Memorial Hockey Tournament will be held at the hockey rink on Beach 108th off the boardwalk. Ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m.

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We’ve been

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Well, that was a lousy April.

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Send us a photo of your mom. We’ll do our best to include it in a Mother’s Day collage in next week’s paper. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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This Saturday, May 5 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the Belle Harbor Property Owners' Association is hosting its 30th Annual Beach Clean-Up Event. Meet at the sea wall on Beach 134th Street to pick up plastic bags, and your free T-shirt (while supplies last). Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own rakes

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Sunday is Earth Day.  That’s a good reminder for us to thank all the civics, non-profits, and individuals (a long list!) who work tirelessly to improve the environment and make Rockaway beautiful.

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Sorry, we gotta brag. The Rockaway Times took home five awards at a statewide newspaper contest held in Albany last week. At The Better Newspaper contest held by the New York Press Association, our editor, Katie McFadden, won two writing awards herself. We couldn’t be more proud of her

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  And thanks to readers who sent in mom pics.  See pages 21 and 38.

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Ok, we were all complaining but we weren’t wrong!  The lousy April weather we endured was historic. It was the coldest April since 1894. 

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Congratulations to the photographers who’ve had their entries selected to be in the next round of The Rockaway Times Photo Contest. These photos will be blown up to poster size and adorn the boardwalk, ferry landing, and Broad Channel. A few others

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We did our share of bragging about bagging five awards at the statewide New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest but nothing topped the trophy they sent us for winning Blooper of The Year. Atop the sizeable trophy was not a figure of writer or a pen or a typewriter. The gold figurine was of a horse’s ass. Look mom, first place!

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Don’t forget, you have something to do this Saturday. You’ve got to get to Rockaway Beach and partake in The Taste of Rockaway, which kicks off

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Last call! The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is closing on Friday, April 13. Send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can send two per category.  And they don’t necessarily have to be recent shots. You have a great shot from years back?  Send it in. A great shot is timeless.

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So, you know where Checkers used to be in Arverne By The Sea? (Well, if you don’t, it was at 68-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard before closing some months ago).  That space, directly across from the

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