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Summer parking rules have gone into effect. For those uptown, make sure to move your cars off the street before midnight on Friday, so that you do not get a ticket.

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It may have taken a while, but it’s finally starting to feel like summer. Nothing says summer like riding your bike to the concessions. They’ll be opening on May 19.

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Hey Esther, what’s the story?  Esther Konig, who lives in Belle Harbor, owns that strip of dilapidated empty stores near the beach on 116th including the old Sand Bar. In August 2016, she told a crowd that she’d have some news on the place in “three or four months.” Well, people keep asking us what’s going on, and we keep asking Esther.  But that’s gotten us nowhere.  It’s a shame….

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You know what Sunday, May 21 is?  It’s a Day at The Races at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street.  The fun starts at 2:30 p.m. and the donation is a measly five bucks. Sounds like fun and sounds like a deal!

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Look out for ticks! A local woman found one on the back of her daughter’s ear last weekend. She said her daughter hadn’t been anywhere but Rockaway. With the threat of Lyme disease and the new Powassan virus, it’s important to stay extra vigilant.

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One of these boats is not like the others. Some may notice a red, black and white vessel, that looks different from the other ferry boats. The Provincetown 111 has joined the fleet for a few weeks as the city awaits more new boats.

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Don’t drive over the cobblestones! Drivers occasionally cut across the cobblestone area of the U-turn at the beach end of Beach 116th Street as a short cut. It’s a no-no. We’ve heard an unmarked police car has been ticketing people who drive their cars across the cobblestones.  So there’s your warning.

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NYCountry Swag is a special events and clothing brand (which you already know if you know local Stephanie Wagner!).  The company has created a "Hero Collection" in honor of the fire and police departments across the country. This month, a portion of all sales will be donated to the FDNY Timothy Stackpole Foundation.  The mission of the foundation “is to build a legacy of small acts of kindness where need arises, providing the gifts of our talents and resources, and bring hope when a hand reaches out in need.” Timmy Stackpole was killed on 9/11.  His family and many friends live in Rockaway. Go to nycountryswag.com to see the Hero Collection.

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You might remember a piano that showed up on the boardwalk at Beach 86th Street last summer.  Well, you’ll see one again on June 6.  Sing for Hope, a nonprofit making arts accessible to all, will place 62 pianos throughout the five boroughs. One will be placed on the boardwalk at Beach 86th, just for three weeks. The group is looking for a few people to keep an eye on it. “Piano Buddies” will keep the instrument clean and cover it in inclement weather.

Go to singforhope.formstack.com/forms/piano_buddy or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to be a buddy.

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Good question raised by surf columnist, Alex Karinsky. Why aren’t the remnants of the old wood jetties aka “death sticks” removed from the beaches? When they are submerged because of a high tide they’re particularly hazardous. The City goes overboard with Vision Zero regulations in the name of safety.  Well, these sticks are certainly not safe and the City knows about them. Mayor de Blasio? Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver?  Hello??

 

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