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Ok, so you’re not supposed to call 911 unless it’s an emergency.  Better to call the precinct, right?  Well, that doesn’t seem to do much good with the 100th Precinct. Readers have told us that the 100th Precinct doesn’t pick up the phone. We gave it a test last week. Three calls, no answer. We tried again three times on Tuesday (and double checked the number, 718-318-4200): no answer. We went to Twitter and asked @NYPD100Pct if the phones were working because no one was picking up. Their answer: the phones are working.  We wrote back and asked- ok, does anyone pick up?  After a long wait, we got a yes. Well, we tried again Wednesday: no answer.  We hope this is rectified soon. Residents should be able to get a response to quality of life calls and other matters.

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We heard some 800 people were waiting at Pier 11 to get on the ferry to Rockaway on Sunday. That’s about 650 more than can fit on the ferry. The New York Times had a positive article with nice mentions of the new beer garden, Liquid Bread at Community House, and Tracy Obolsky’s Rockaway Beach Bakery and the sculpture exhibit along Shore Front Parkway. And the article mentioned the great new ferry service.  That article, no doubt, caused an uptick in Rockaway-bound day trippers.

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Advertiser alert. Next week is a screwy work week. The Rockaway Times will be in on Monday ‘til noon. Closed on Tuesday, the 4th. Open on Wednesday. Please have your ad ready by Monday or first thing Wednesday for the July 6 issue. Thanks!

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In case you missed it, the Community Board rejected the proposal of the FDNY to acquire the vacant HSBC Bank at 116th Street and Beach Channel Drive and move the 116th Street firehouse to that location. As part of the ULURP process, the issue goes before the Borough President who makes a recommendation after a public hearing. BPs often base recommendations on the wishes of the Community Board. Such a recommendation, pro or con, will come within 30 days of a hearing. The Community Board suggested the National Grid lot on Beach 110th Street and Beach Channel Drive would make more sense.  One resident suggested the 100th Precinct and the firehouse on 116th be relocated to that spot.

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St. Camillus is establishing the Monsignor William Burke Memorial Fund, a scholarship for a current student who demonstrates a love of music and the values of love, respect, loyalty and faith. To support the scholarship, the Board is sponsoring a 50/50 raffle on Sunday, July 9 after the 11:30 a.m. mass.  Tickets are also available at the rectory.

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The Sandbar, or what remains of the old bar at the boardwalk and Beach 116th Street, received a notice from the Department of Buildings to fix the place or tear it down. We asked Ester Konig, one of the people involved in ownership, what she was planning to do.  She said the notice (which we showed her) was news to her and would seek a remedy. And she mentioned that there are “many interested parties” who’d like to buy or lease the place.  She says patience is a virtue. We say an eyesore is an eyesore.

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The winner of The Rockaway Times Photo contest will be selected on Sunday, July 2.  We’ll have the lucky winner on the front page July 6.

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Glad to see so many concerned citizens turn out for the beach (we want jetties now) rallies last week. All other issues pale in comparison to the importance of beach protection. There won’t be much to say about parking, dog crap, bike lanes, and ferries if Rockaway doesn’t get the protection it needs. The molasses-like movement of the Army Corps of Engineers is inexcusable.

 

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