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Tuesday is Valentine's Day! Thanks to Suzanne O'Rahilly for this week's love-ly front page photo. Be sure to check our local advertisers for reservation ideas.

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Playland Motel, now vacant after public outcry regarding rooms being used to house the homeless, is being to shown to prospective buyers. The asking price is 2.6 mil.  One prospect said the building appears to be a "total tear down" as work that was done was "nothing more than a band-aid.

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Boxer Joe “Mack” Williams (10-0, 7 KOs) will make his national television debut on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, Feb. 10 at 10 p.m. ET live on SHOWTIME.  Williams is an undefeated light heavyweight prospect, a three-time New York Golden Gloves Champion and a 2012 National Golden Gloves Champion.  He was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate, and is a union worker outside the ring.  He’ll take on former Dominican Republic Olympian Lenin Castillo (15-0-1, 10 KOs) on the ShoBox boxing series. Rockaway Times readers might recall reading about Mack in a story by Pat Morgan last July.

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State Senator Joe Addabbo signed on to pass legislation that will clear the way for New York voters to decide this November whether pensions should be stripped from officials convicted of felonies related to their public duties. The proposal is to put a referendum on the ballot, which will allow courts to revoke or reduce pensions for corrupt, convicted public officials. That seems sensible.  In fact, it raises a question.  Which current legislators are against this idea?

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Want to weigh in on your Build It Back experience, even if you bailed out right away because you sensed a disaster and wanted to remain sane?  The Center for Urban Research (CUNY) is conducting a survey as part of an independent survey designed to help highlight improvements for future housing recovery programs. Try this link: http://bit.do/BIB-Survey

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The Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade is just a few weeks away.  The Installation Dinner at Antun’s is Saturday, February 18.  Among those being honored this year are Monsignor Bracken from St. Francis de Sales, John Manning (AOH), Joanne Fogerty, Chris Dalton, and Jimmy McGovern. We’ll have the full list of honorees and more parade details as we approach Saturday, March 4.

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Since 2017 rolled in there have been a number of real estate closings in 11694 and 11693.  Houses in 11694 that were top price getters were 353 Beach 143rd Street, which sold for $1.2 million and 235 Beach 134th got $999,000, according to public records. In 11693, 96-13 Rockaway Beach Boulevard sold for $650,000. These sales were recorded in January.

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Best wishes to Artie Lighthall who is retiring from the General Manager position at the Breezy Point Co-op.  Artie helped the Co-op steer through its biggest challenge – the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and all that involved.

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A suspect in the murder case of Karina Vetrano, has been arrested and charged. Chanel Lewis, 20, of East New York, was arrested for the murder of the 30-year-old woman while she was jogging in Howard Beach. DNA evidence led police to Lewis. Howard Beach is close enough to home for the news to have local interest. It should also be noted that Lewis had attended Martin de Porres High School in Rockaway Park. Lewis is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Last Thursday, residents of Beach 127th voiced their opposition to the flag placed in memory of FDNY Lt. Joe Angello, being removed by the Parks Department. Parks said the flag would be removed for a construction project near the baffle wall. Parks acknowledged the concerns from neighbors. The project may be delayed until a solution is found.

 

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