The firehouse on Beach 116th Street...

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The firehouse on Beach 116th Street looks more and more like it’s destined to move to the spot on Beach Channel Drive between Beach 116th and 117th (the old HSBC bank, the old Ram’s Horn and Sunset Diner spot).  The Borough Pres recommended the FDNY consider Beach 112th and BCD as the Community Board suggested but that recommendation is hardly binding.  The Beach 112th Street location seems a better place than the entrance to the area’s main commercial strip. Of course, the response time of the FDNY to area emergencies must be considered paramount.

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Plenty of friends of Mary and Jack Meade pitched in to help out while Mary fights to get her health back after a recent episode. Jack was really touched by the generosity and asked that we give a shout out to those who contributed.

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Ah, too bad, the more the merrier. Community Board member Danny Ruscillo says people have been asking him to start a newspaper or blog but has decided against doing either for now. Danny regularly sends community news by email.

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The 14th Annual Graybeards Family Run is tomorrow evening Friday, July 28 at St. Francis de Sales on Beach 129th. This year's event is special, honoring the memory of Eileen M. Lavin and the theme will be "Always Run with your Heart." It’s always a great event and probably draws as many runners/walkers as any in Rockaway. You can still sign up and join the fun. See Page 44 for info.

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Dig in. The Rockaway Times Sandcastle contest is Sunday, July 30 at Beach 117th. Bring your own tools. Registration begins at 11 a.m. on the boardwalk. The contest starts at noon, sharp, so don’t be late! You have until 2 p.m. to complete your creation. There are trophies and prizes for the top three in the 8 and under category, 9 to 15 and 16 and up!

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So there’s no more Slice O’ Whit at Riis Park. Whitney Aycock, aka The Pizza Nazi, has been given the heave-ho by The Feds who say they got numerous complaints and “Despite our efforts to work with Whit, he continued to act in such a way that is not in keeping with the National Park Service values.”  One complaint was a lewd picture on a door allegedly in view of the public. (We’re guessing NPS sees Bay 1 as nude not lewd).  One thing’s for sure, Whit’s got a large, loyal following and he’ll be heard from again.

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Katie Honan of DNAInfo.com always does great reporting on Rockaway. This week she writes that the City closed down an illegal hostel on Beach 69th Street. The two-family house was putting up 22 people some nights. The place had been run by Laura Jones, who gained some infamy a couple years back when she attempted to open a place on Beach 88th Street called “Hostile Hostel” with rooms such as the “Wife Beater Bungalow” and the "Domestic Violence Bungalow." Jones later claimed it was a joke gone bad.

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National Night Out Against Crime (it’s a daylight thing!) is Tuesday, Aug 1. The 100th Precinct's fun will be held in the parking lot at Beach 94th off Rockaway Beach Boulevard.  The 101st will be at O’Donohue Park at Beach 17th and Seagirt.  Festivities run from 4-8 p.m. in the 100th and from 3-9 p.m. in the 101st.

 

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