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The Breezy Point Co-op and The Graybeards are sponsoring a Youth Awareness Presentation, on Wednesday, July 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Colony Theater. It’s for students in 8th through 12th grade, though college students are welcome as well.  Although serious subjects are covered, such as alcohol abuse, it’s presented in entertaining fashion with an illusionist (Jaden Maxwell who appeared on America’s Got Talent) and motivational speaker, Chris Sandy.  A parent’s presentation is also scheduled from 8-9 p.m. at the Activity Center.  It’s worth noting – this is something young people enjoy!  It’s not a chore and has been a hit throughout the country (and yes, the young may learn some valuable lessons!)

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We were scalded (pun intended!) by a reader because we failed to report a water pressure problem that plagued some residents on July 2. Some said the water pressure was dangerously high and caused plumbing problems.  The DEP tells us it was because of a water main break on Beach 102nd  and RBB. It was fixed the same day.

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Another reader called to complain about a letter we printed. The letter took bike riders to task for not dismounting at the concessions. The caller talked about the people who walk in the bike lane, and how they shouldn't do that. First, we don’t write the letters and we don’t necessarily endorse the points of view expressed. 

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As for bikes, it’s a lost cause!  People tend to gravitate towards the railings and that’s where the bike lanes are. So there will always be people in the bike lanes.  Bike riders (most!) weave in and out of people without a problem. If bike riders are reckless and dangerous, law enforcement can take place. But making blanket statements about bike riders is ridiculous. And the argument “somebody is going to get killed” is what leads to complete overreaction.  (See stupid Left Turn Only lanes everywhere). Riis Park, by the way, doesn’t have bike lanes and somehow pedestrians and cyclists are managing to co-exist. Don’t over-police, don’t overreact. That’s our position, feel free to object!

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Remember the Camp Rockaway proposal? The project to bring a hip tent city to the Rock? The project raised more than $50K in 2014 through donations on Kickstarter. It's 2017 and still no tents. We reached out to founder Kent Johnson, who says "There is a chance we'll be doing a pilot later this summer. We're still hard at work. It's just a slow process."

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The Graybeards Family Fun Run, a summertime tradition that always draws a big crowd is set for Friday, July 28.  See page 38 for details.

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The ferry service brought in big boats last weekend to accommodate the beach crowds. The boats, with a capacity of 500 (as opposed to 149 on the regular ferry) came via Seastreak, the company that lost out to Hornblower when bidding on the ferry.

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Watch out for Free Hugs on the beach.  We hear a notorious (and previously arrested) “hug thug” has been making the rounds on the beach. His hugs are more like aggressive panhandling. Google his name “Jermaine Himmelstein,” and you’ll find a series of articles of not-so friendly incidents. A woman with a young child was being harassed last Saturday and when a man intervened the hugger threw a chair at him.  As much as you might like or need a hug, we suggest you alert lifeguards and police to his presence.

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Reminder: The Rockaway Times Sandcastle Contest is Sunday, July 30 at noon. You don't have to be an artist but you must know how to have fun!

 

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