Don’t forget to turn out for Memorial Day parades this weekend

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Don’t forget to turn out for Memorial Day parades this weekend. The American Legion Daniel M. O’Connell Post #272 will hold its annual parade on Monday beginning after a 10:30 a.m. memorial mass at St. Francis de Sales on Beach 129th Street.  In Broad Channel, the parade begins at 1 p.m. from 17th Road Park. These parades are conducted to remember the people who died while serving the country in the armed forces. 

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Wild about animals? Jill Lauri of Healing With Animals is looking for volunteers to participate in Animal Rock 2017 on Sunday, July 30 at Beach 94th Street. This event will be “A Celebration of Our Relationship With Animals” and will feature speakers, demonstrations, adoptions, animal-friendly vendors, a memorial service and more, with proceeds going to charity. Those interested in speaking or vending or volunteering, contact Lauri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 212-289- 3540.

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Ridiculous. Next time you hear a politician say they are for lower taxes, keep in mind they just mean to kill you with fees. There’s a red light camera right outside Rockaway on the Nassau Expressway in the Five Towns shopping area. A driver goes through as the light changes to red and the dreaded camera snaps. The fine is $50. But that’s not enough. Nassau County adds a $45 “Driver Responsibility Fee” (how is that different than the fine!).  So that’s $95. But wait, there’s more! There is a “Public Safety Fee” charge of $55 as well. That’s $150 for a red light violation. And there is a $6 convenience fee if you want to pay online.  Convenient for whom?!  Oh, and pay after the due date if you’d like to pay more.

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The Bayhouse in Breezy is sooooo close to opening.  Maybe it’ll be open by the time you read this. The place has passed all its inspections and now they’re just waiting for the C of O (certificate of occupancy). Let’s hope the place on the bay moves from red tape to a red-letter summer.

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Our 2017 Summer Guide hits the streets this week. Don’t worry if you didn’t get a copy yet.  We will be distributing them (refilling news racks and other drop off locations) through the Fourth of July. The Guide is 124 pages this year and is a great resource for all things Rockaway.  Yep, 124 pages and it’s free!

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St. Francis de Sales is having a block party on Beach 129th Street on Sunday, May 28 in honor of Monsignor Bracken who is celebrating 50 years in the priesthood. It kicks off at noon.

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The boardwalk, the entire boardwalk from Beach 9th to Beach 126th Street, officially opens this weekend. The entire 5.5 miles is now “new” with all sections being replaced made necessary by that storm we had in 2012.

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You’ll soon see photos adorning the boardwalk railing at various spots. The photos are finalists in the annual Rockaway Times Photo Expo. A winner will be picked in a few weeks.  (Not by us but by independent judges with an assist by the public – stay tuned for voting details).

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Still recovering from Sandy? Neighborhood Hou­sing Services of Jamaica is hosting a free workshop to help on May 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 10-03 Beach 20th Street. Learn about resources that help your recovery plans and unmet needs like loans and grants for home repair, foreclosure prevention, relocation and employment assistance. To register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 718-517-6655.

 

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