Wow. He’s not only a fast runner...

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Wow. He’s not only a fast runner but Patrick Goldberg (son of MaryBeth and Bugsy) is fast on the career track. Just 21 years old, the Belle Harbor native was just named Head Coach of the Cross-Country team at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.  We can’t swear by it, but we believe he’s the youngest college head coach in the country (in any sport).

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Do you have a human powered vehicle?  That’s a fancy way of saying bike (though it could mean some other contraption).  Well, whatever you ride, make a point of joining in the fun that is the Rockaway Bike Parade!  It starts at 2 p.m. at the RISE Center (the old firehouse on Beach 59th Street) and winds its way under the Freeway and ends up at the Beach 97th concessions.  There’ll be prizes and all sorts of fun.  So, put a fake mustache on your bike or balloons on your unicycle and roll with it!

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Welcome to Rockaway.  So two small fishing boats were drifting next to each other not far from the bay wall around Beach 112th Street or so on Saturday. Each boat had two men. But only one boat had two fully-clothed men. One guy was seen standing in all his glory, while the others paid him no attention and just carried on fishing. Note to nude dude: watch the hooks while fishing! We’re guessing some ferry riders turned the naked angler into an Instagram sensation.  We were sent a photo but decided to spare you.

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What a mess it was trying to get around last weekend when we experienced that suddenly summer weather. Cars were double parked on Shore Front and other streets, and the ferries brought additional crowds. Traffic lights were not in sync. Stupid left turn only lanes. Just a mess. And it really comes down to too many cars.   

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The crowds remind us: it’s a win-win. People love visiting here. And people from here love complaining. (But a lot of complaining is justified this time). A side note: the crowds were so big a number of restaurants ran out of food by Sunday!

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Some travel savvy people left at the ferry dock because of overcrowding, hopped on the east shuttle to Beach 69th street for a subway ride home (with no transfer in Broad Channel necessary).

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Good news! The beach season has been extended. Beaches/pools will be open and staffed through September 10.

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The old Playland Motel/Restaurant building is in contract. Rumors are condos. A couple of groups were vying for the spot.

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The Wounded  Warriors'  weekend kicks off with the parade through Rockaway and Breezy Point on July 6 at around 6 p.m. The Warriors will enjoy a weekend full of activities in the days after.

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The beach season has been extended! City pools and beaches, including Rockaway, will be open and staffed with lifeguards a week past Labor Day, through Sunday, September 10.

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Here’s something for music fans. Lewis Del Mar, a rising band with an international following, profiled in The Rockaway Times last year, is doing a show in Rockaway this Friday at AB Studios on The Boulevard and Beach 112th Street. The Skells will be rocking it too. $5 admission.

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The first after-hours (when lifeguards are off duty) rescue of the season occurred Monday when a woman in the water at approximately 7:40 p.m. had to be saved. Officer William Lauria, 23, of the 100th Precinct, jumped in the water to make the save. Another swimmer who had tried to help the woman had to be rescued as well. He was brought to safety by a surfer.

 

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