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Happy Mardi Gras weekend! And Happy Labor Day! But summer isn’t over! Keep in mind that the beaches are open and staffed for another week—until September 10.

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Senator Ted Cruz and Senator John Cornyn of Texas and six House members from that state voted against the Sandy relief bill. They are now seeking federal relief as a result of Hurricane Harvey. When an aid package is voted on we expect New York reps to do the right thing and help the people devastated by this horrific storm.

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Flooding was a primary contributor to the devastation in Texas. Flooding and flood insurance will soon be a major topic facing Congress. The National Flood Insurance Program must be reauthorized as it is set to expire September 30. This is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue. The NFIP is in debt and there are strong voices against further federal commitment to the program. Many would like to “fix” the program in place. We hope legislators will read and understand any new laws or provisions. The infamous Biggert-Waters Act was passed and even the bill’s sponsors, Judy Biggert (R-Ill) and Maxine Waters (D- Cal), were surprised by its impact, including the fact that some homeowner policies would skyrocket to $30,000 per year. After a grassroots effort (in which Rockaway residents played a huge role) the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act was passed, which repealed much of Biggert-Waters. Senator Chuck Schumer issued a press release Wednesday calling for the NFIP to be extended beyond the September 30 deadline and that needed changes can be worked on after the extension. Stay tuned, we'll have more in coming weeks.

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In the aftermath of Sandy, Rockaway benefited from the kindness of strangers and other groups. Plenty of people here were not impressed with the efforts of the Red Cross. If you want to donate please consider Team Rubicon (teamrubiconusa.org).

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Dorothy from Broad Channel reminds us to check to see if you have “Unclaimed funds.”  Google “New York unclaimed funds” and you’ll find a link to the State Comptroller’s office. Once there, just type in your name and find out if lost money is looking for you.

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Hey, like to write? Want to do some part-time, freelance stories for your favorite paper, The Rockaway Times? If you’ve got the time, the interest, and the talent, send an email stating your interest and availability. Oh, and try to keep your email typo-free!  First impressions, you know. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Determined to become (or remain) civic-minded? The next Community Board 14 meeting is Tuesday September 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall starting time 7:15 pm.

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Some of you Stella Maris High School grads remember former principal, Geri Martinez.  Well, she’s back in the principal seat again, this time at Christ The King High School in Middle Village.

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A new ferry shuttle schedule has been issued for the fall. See page 43 for both east and west shuttle bus schedules.

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Ok, this is one usually seen in The Idea Guys column (on summer hiatus) but we think once you get past the silliness, the idea doesn’t stink. You know how parks and highways are adopted by groups or individuals who pledge to help with the upkeep? Well, how about Febreeze or Glade of whatever company is in the air freshener business – how about they adopt sewage treatment plants?!  Hey they could install a big spray machine for when things get ripe.

 

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