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Residents responded. Hundreds of petition signatures calling for coastal protection were dropped off at The Rockaway Times office. DON’T FORGET:  The rally to draw attention to this extremely important issue is this Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m. on Beach 129th Street.

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There are no current plans to sell the Stop & Shop store located at 112-15 Beach Channel Drive.  That’s the word from corporate headquarters after we made an inquiry about a Public Notice that came from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Ahold U.S.A., Inc.  (the Stop & Shop owners) for a site known as Belle Harbor Shopping Center, site ID #C241048.  What’s the Brownfield Cleanup program? Basically it’s to clean up up contaminants in the soil. The New York program is “designed is to encourage private sector cleanups of brownfields and to promote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities.”  Promote their redevelopment?  Despite the corporate statement, we still say, “Hmmm,……”

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It’s the fifth-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.  We might not have been able to predict this in the immediate aftermath:  Belle Harbor is currently the priciest Queens neighborhood according to Property Shark, an online real estate hub. The median price of home sales in the neighborhood was $1,072,500 in the third quarter of 2017.  Which, hard to believe, is a relative bargain. There were 27 other New York City neighborhoods with higher price tags.

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You might think it’s no longer beach season but don’t tell that to the dolphins and whales that are making regular appearances most mornings. The amazing sea life can be spotted up and down the beach. Most of the action is in the morning but you can spot them pretty much at any time.

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Who is Ken Jennings?  That would be one of the all-time Jeopardy! champions. Jennings tweeted about “the end of the earth in the Arctic - The most inaccessible place on earth,” which was immediately shot down by another tweeter, Mike Cassin, who wrote: “Try taking the A train Ken - Far Rockaway is the most inaccessible place on earth.”

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Great thanks to photographers who sent us Sandy photos.  We couldn’t use them all but all were stunning.  Thanks to Ed Cashen, Rita Tortorelli, Dan Guarino, Paul Richter, Meghan Courtney, Robert Killian, Janet Raisin, Tim Lane, Stanley Eisen, Teddy Ostrander, Melissa Torres-Echevarria, Sandra Smith, Raymond Watson, Paul Jakubowski, Barbara MacCourtney and Tim Klimowicz. 

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We also owe great thanks to guest columnists Beefchip and Bob Hardt. And a hats off to all regular columnists who reflected on Sandy. We think they helped make this week’s paper a great edition.

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The race for City Council between incumbent Eric Ulrich and challenger Mike Scala just had some nastiness injected into it.  Ulrich’s team found a rap video by Scala made several years ago and posted it online.  Some of the lyrics some people would no doubt find highly offensive.  The video, according to Scala, was made in his youth, before he went to law school and became an attorney. 

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Last week’s story about outrageous bridge toll fines got a lot of attention. We were happy to hear an update from Dina Hanning, who was mentioned in the story. All of her tolls and fines for using the Cross Bay Bridge, which is normally free to residents with E-ZPass, were eliminated.

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Permits are in place.  Work has started on the condo development on Beach 116th Street.

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Happy Halloween.

 

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