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Lace ‘em up for a great cause AND meet an Olympics Gold Medal winner.  On Saturday, June 17 at 9:30 a.m. on the boardwalk at Beach 102nd Street, the annual Kevin Kearney Scholarship 5k will kick off.  Money raised will go toward scholarships for kids of families in need. Named in honor of Kevin Kearney, who had many, many friends in Rockaway, the event is a great example of a doing charity work while having fun. Following the 5K, Matt Centrowitz will be at the Community House signing his book, Like Father, Like Son.  Matt won the 1500 meters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. For more info and to sign up go to RockapulcoRun.com

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Jetties – plenty of people commented about the photo on last week’s cover showing the dramatic effect of beaches with jetties. Just to throw salt on the wound…Long Beach is getting jetties now and we have heard from residents there that the sand is already building up. Army Corps! What the hell are you waiting for? (Sounds like a good rally chant!) On June 25, residents can use that at the Walk For The Shore rally at 9 a.m. at the Beach 87th jetty. This demonstration, held by the Friends of Rockaway Beach, will aim to question the Army Corps' inaction.

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Don't forget Dear Ol' Dad.  Send us a pic of your pop and we'll try to put it in next week, our Father's Day edition.  Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Rockaway resident Aggie Batista, has made a name for herself with her Dream Vacations franchise. Thinking of starting your own? You can learn about nearly 400 franchise opportunities at the International Franchise Expo at the Javits Center from June 15-17. We can get you in for free. Use the promo code Rockaway at www.ifeinfo.com for your free entry.

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A couple of locals heading into the City on the afternoon ferry reported it was packed with tourists speaking various languages.  There aren’t many better deals for tourists. You get on at Pier 11 and sail through New York Harbor, see Coney Island, then check out New York’s best beach. All for $2.75. The ferry should be marketed to tourists for post- and pre-rush hours rides. They’ll help keep the ridership numbers strong, even in the off-season.

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Sunscreen dispensers are officially installed at various locations on the boardwalk.  Not so officially, someone put up a plastic bag dispenser near Beach 125th Street so people can use them in case they “forgot” to bring a plastic bag and can now pick up after their dog.  We know dogs usually don’t go up on the boardwalk by themselves so when we see dog crap up there we know “forgetful” dog owners are to blame. Maybe such dispensers should become official and easily accessible.

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Dylan Watton, former Rockaway Times reporter, appears on Jeopardy! Tuesday, June 13. This trivia expert challenged one of Sean McVeigh’s facts (Facts You Probably Don’t Need) a couple of years ago and the judges ruled it a draw because of unclear grammar. The fact was North Korea and Finland are technically separated by only one country.

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What’s new?  The Bayhouse is finally open  (see page 10) and so is a new place on Beach 90th Street and The Boulevard. The old RBIs has undergone a complete overhaul and is under new ownership.  It’s called Epstein’s Beach.

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Jill Eisenstadt, who wrote the novel From Rockaway in 1988, is back with another Rockaway-based book, Swell. We’ll have more about it in next week’s paper, but you can get a copy at Blue Bungalow, Bungalow Bar and Zingara Vintage, or an Amazon. Also available on Amazon: Marine Corps vet and Sandhogs Local 147 activist, Chick Donohue, who spent many summers in Rockaway, recently co-wrote The Greatest Beer Run Ever with Joanna Molloy. Follow Chick on his wild beer run to Vietnam during the war.

 

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