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Happy Rosh Hashanah!

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Oops.  Last week we asked you to send in Before and After photos from Hurricane Sandy. And thanks! to those who did. What we meant to ask for are photos of After Sandy AND NOW photos.  So if you’ve got a photo of the wreckage and a photo of the same place now – please send to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.We’re hoping to show we’ve come a long way!

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Got $11 million and change?  If so, you can buy the Sands Point building and parking lot on Beach 102nd Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.  The property, approximately 175 x 300, with nine tenants and 45 parking spaces is listed for $11,495,000 by CPEX Real Estate. 

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The least surprising thing about recent hurricanes and hurricane warnings?  Gas prices shoot up immediately but are slow to fall once the event has passed.

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Former State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder had three top goals when he was in office. Number one was restoring the Rockaway Beach Branch Line (also known as Queens Rail). Number two was restoring the Rockaway Beach Branch Line and number three was restoring the Rockaway Beach Branch line. Now comes word that he is endorsing Republican Eric Ulrich for City Council.  In the not-too-distant past Ulrich uttered these words about restoring the Rockaway Beach Branch Line:  “With all due respect, and I love Phil Goldfeder, it’s not going to happen in my lifetime or yours.”  Phil used to say it would never happen unless you tried.  (Don’t worry, Phil, we just wanted to get your name in the paper because we know you miss it!)

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Sad news.  Pat Tracy, friend to many, many Rockaway residents died this week. He worked at Stella Maris, St. Joseph’s College, taught at St. John’s University, was a youth minister and even a longtime bartender at the legendary Boardy Barn in the Hamptons. He’ll be missed.

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Reminder: The 20th anniversary of the Music That Heals race – (5K/Half Marathon/kids) is Sunday, September 24 at Prospect Park, Brooklyn.  See MusicThatHeals.org for more info.

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And if you’re staying in Rockaway this weekend, why don’t you mosey on down to the first Rock-a-Block Blvd – a street fair, block party from Beach 90th to Beach 94th on the Boulevard.  You’ll hear live music, see magic shows and pet tricks. There’s even a pie-eating contest. Looks like a lot of fun. It runs from noon ‘til 5 p.m.

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Kudos to Poseidon parade organizers and participants. There were fewer gaps in the parade this year and more groups brought music to liven it up so we have to say it was better than last year (which was pretty great). Ferry people came this year, so the crowd lining up along the railings were bigger this year, too. Can’t wait for next year!

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Father Bill Sweeney (Happy birthday, Padre) and Father Jim Cunningham of St. Francis de Sales showed support for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by having their heads shaved. The foundation raises money to battle childhood cancer and the bald heads show solidarity with kids who are fighting the dreaded disease.

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‘Tis the season. Hurricanes are named by the World Meteorological Organization and done so in alphabetical order each season. Harvey before Irma, Irma before Jose, and so on.

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There’s nothing like live – great – theater.  Check out The Elephant Man at the Rockaway Theatre Company in Fort Tilden. Performances of this award-winning drama are Thursday through Sunday.  Get tickets online at Rockawaytheatrecompany.org

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Hurricane Jose brought some high tides on Tuesday. Mobi mats on some beaches streets were completely submerged at some points.

 

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