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We just want to check you’re still doing the Word Search so sometimes we put in a couple of misspellings.  Helen Johnson caught us, as usual, and so did a couple of other readers.  Somehow Aries became Aires and Cruelest became Cruelist. 

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We had this in the paper last week but Rockawayans need reminders. If you are looking for something fun to do this Friday night, April 28th...then look no further than the 8th Annual Rockaway Chili Cook Off being run by the 100th Precinct Community Council. It is this Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, located at 333 Beach 90th Street.

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And then the next night more fun is in store for another good cause: The Rockaway Artists Alliance is holding a variety show fundraiser on Saturday.  There’ll be music, dance and comedy starting at 7 p.m. at Building 7, Fort Tilden.

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Former NYPD Detective Bo Dietl is running for mayor. He was unable to primary Mayor de Blasio because he listed himself as a Democrat and an Independent (you can’t be both) if you want to run in a primary.  He’ll run as an Independent.  Reports say he owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes; had a serious gambling problem and gave more than $25,000 to the Trump campaign.  (81 percent of New Yorkers voted for Clinton). He later called the president “a lying, narcissistic scumbag.” (As we said, 81 percent of New Yorkers voted for Clinton). We can’t follow all his positions but we did hear him say on a TV panel: “Let’s stop worrying about peoples’ rights” to stop terrorism.  City Councilman Eric Ulrich endorsed Dietl on Monday.

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Sally Imperato, 85 years young, contributes an autobiographical piece this week.  Please see Page 20. We’d love to hear more from the Greatest Generation.  If you’d like to share some of your life story and you’re past the age of 80, please do!  Keep your story to 1000 words or less and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We know some of you seniors hate that email thing but it’s the only way we’ll be able to consider publishing it.

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Thirty finalists were chosen for The Rockaway Times photo contest (to be listed in an upcoming issue of The Rockaway Times).  Judges do the best they can do, especially with more than 1,000 photos to be considered.  If you didn’t make it, we’ll be doing it again next year and your photo might still be selected to be on the cover of the upcoming Rockaway Summer and Community Guide.  We went through the contest entries and selected 10 favorites and only one of those were chosen to be a finalist in the contest. So, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!  We’ll be picking our cover photo soon.

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Happy Anniversary to O’Sake, the Japanese restaurant on Beach 116th Street.  The popular place is celebrating year 12!

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Alex Zablocki was recently named as the new Executive Director of the Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC), a group that has helped fund the summer art festivals at Fort Tilden the past couple of summers and supported various environmental efforts in the area. Hope Alex is the right guy, that executive director spot had been open since, well, since we forget how long.

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Derek Hamilton, of Far Rockaway, says the area is neglected by the city and needs better services.  He is so fed up he’ll run for City Council.  He’ll be challenging the incumbent, Donovan Richards.

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There will be a Photography/Fundraiser benefitting Friends of Firefighters from May 1 through May 13 at 199 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn. An opening reception will be held Monday 1 from 6-9 p.m..  Works by top talents Peter Brady, Lloyd Mitchell, Kia Carbone, and Mike DiBartolomeo will be featured.

 

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