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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest held its final judging round at Caracas on the Boardwalk on Sunday, July 2.  What a wonderful community event!  Brothers at the 106th Street concession and Caracas supplied free food and coffee for all who showed up for the photo contest wrap up.  The 15 final photos were extraordinary and a fine reflection of just how talented the people are here.  It was a great day and we’re glad that it will be a great Rockaway tradition!

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Speaking of tradition, another one is on the calendar. The Rockaway Times Sandcastle Contest is set for Sunday, July 30.  You don’t have to be a sculptor to have fun!  Keep a look out in — where else? — The Rockaway Times for more details over the next few weeks.

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Got gripes or suggestions for ferry service? You’re better off directing tweets and emails to the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) than Hornblower or NYCFerry. Their Twitter handle is @NYCEDC.

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Speaking of the ferry, there is word that some people will be left at Pier 11 so 20 people who might be waiting at the Brooklyn Army Terminal can get on. The boat holds 149 people. Pier 11 weekend crowds four and five times that number line up to get to Rockaway. Our suggestion: skip Brooklyn on the weekends. Or better, have a ferry service Brooklyn to Rockaway only and run it from the 69th Street pier, not the Army Terminal. That’s our suggestion.  (And we’ll tweet it).  And our other suggestion is to use one of the Staten Island ferries during the summer months. And if they’re not ready for open seas or the Rockaway Dock couldn’t support such a large boat — at least bring back the 400-passenger vessel SeaStreak used. Oh, and one more: check the forecast and if it looks like sun, run the ferry every 20 minutes on weekends. 

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Every now and then a problem house causes real fear and anxiety for neighbors (illegal activities, illegal overcrowding, etc.) One particular house, 159 Beach 119th Street, has caused neighbors to ask for community help.  Robby Schwach of Councilman Ulrich’s office said eviction proceedings can be sped up if he hears from more people. His contact info is: 718-318-6411 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Ok, it’s pretty clear anything is possible in politics these days but still…. It amazes us that Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo have national ambitions. Cuomo disbanded a public corruption commission and says he doesn’t know who runs the MTA but then declares a State of Emergency for the MTA. (Never mind his sending state troopers to Rockaway!) Oh, and the mayor? National ambitions? He’s got the height and charisma of George Pataki.

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A higher class of panhandler?  An elderly woman with a walker stopped people on Beach 116th Street the other day, saying,  “Can you buy me a steak?”

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Has the ferry helped some local businesses? Well, Rockaway Bagels on Beach Channel Drive ran out of bagels on Monday!

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Reminder: Thrill In Camilla is Friday. See Page 38 for details.

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We wrote about Choo-choo Charlie Ciliberti who, as a 10-year-old, was a political activist (giving the mayor advice and attending Parks Department hearings at City Hall) and a budding entrepreneur selling lemonade near the subway stop at Beach 90th.  Well, fast forward two years and Charlie is still hustling.  We met him at the ferry dock selling bottled water.

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The Rockaway Gets Naloxone program, which educates and distributes the anti-overdose serum, Naloxone, has been such a success, that it is being extended to a year, rather than a four-month pilot program.

 

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