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Congratulations to Don Riepe who submitted the winning photo in The 2018 Rockaway Times Photo Contest. Don’s winning photo is of swans on Jamaica Bay. The Jamaica Bay connection doesn’t end there. Don’s not only a great photographer, but a guardian of Jamaica Bay and has led environmental efforts to protect that vital body of water for years. 

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Plans for next year’s contest are underway. The Poseidon Parade will be a category and photos or portraits of our treasured seniors will be another. Got a great photo of grandma or grandpa? Save it (or take one now!) and then send it in next year. Photos should be taken in Rockaway (or Broad Channel or from the ferry). Meanwhile, you can send photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’d

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Congratulations to the Final 15. We have to say, The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is underrated as something that makes Rockaway more beautiful! Thanks to all who entered the contest (hey, get out there with your cameras now and save your best for the 2019 contest!).  The winner will be selected this Sunday, August 12 at Caracas on the Boardwalk and Beach 106th Street at 10 a.m.

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This Saturday a lot of locals head to Riis Park. Why? Well, it’s the playoffs for the Rockaway Beach

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The Daily News losing so much of its editorial staff is not good news. The News has been an invaluable watchdog and has called out, investigated, and uncovered many a government scandal. Mayor de Blasio, when told the News was in trouble a couple years back, emailed a confidante and asked, “That would be good for us, right?” In effect, he was speaking for all the hacks who prefer to work in secret with agendas that go unchecked. Without strong daily newspapers, who’s gonna watch what’s

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Reminder: The Warriors are coming, tonight! Some of our wounded service members will be coming through town for a welcome parade at around 6:30 p.m., down Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Memorial Circle on Beach 120th Street, and back up to Breezy Point. Grab a flag and give them a warm welcome!

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Another one we missed. Happy 90th birthday to Lenny Kohn of Rockaway Graphics. July 6 came and went and we’re kicking ourselves for not having the Rockaway legend in our This Week in History

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Vote for your favorite photos this weekend. The Rockaway Times Photo Contest has 30 finalists. The amazing shots have been on display on the boardwalk and the ferry landing since Memorial Day. This weekend, the field will be narrowed to 15 finalists. On Saturday, voting will take place at three locations. On Sunday at two. See Page 8 for details.

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The 100th Precinct tweeted a Vision Zero notice. We’re hearing that there will be enhanced enforcement of traffic laws for the next

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You've all seen Geoff Rawling's work on various murals around the neighborhood, and of course, Whalemina. Now he'll have his own gallery display at Rustwoods General Store Gallery on Beach 97th Street starting this Thursday and running through August 1. There’ll be music by The BEasy band starting at 7 p.m. for the opening on Thursday.

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Reunion news: Plans for a 1968 St. Francis de Sales reunion are underway. It’s set for September 22. A Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. for the

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest doesn’t yet have a finals date. We’ll let you know when it’s set.  And let this be a reminder to get out there now and take photos for the 2019 contest! A top supervisor with Gateway National Park told us they want to be part of the exhibit next year. And why not? The photos really enhance the beach experience. We hope you’ve seen the photos on the boardwalk, ferry landing or in Broad Channel. They’re great!

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