We urge you to vote on Tuesday, November 7

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We urge you to vote on Tuesday, November 7. Even if you don’t like anybody! Voting totals get the attention of politicians. If Rockaway's voter turnout is high, it’ll get noticed. If it’s considered a place where people go to the polls, it’s less likely to be the dumping ground it’s traditionally been. Rockaway’s got no shortage of complainers – the gripes carry more weight if you vote.

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It’s that time of year again. We’re raffling off St. John’s University basketball tickets! We’ve got four tickets for next Friday evening, November 10.  Email your interest (and if you need two or four tickets) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll put the names in a hat and get back to you – if you’re the winner.  You’ve just got to pick them up at the RT office.

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In last week’s edition, which marked the five year anniversary of Sandy, there was a lot to cover. We did not give enough attention to the many who were heroic, like Dylan Smith and Mike McDonnell, on the night of the storm. The story of Sandy is not complete without acknowledging the efforts of the brave.

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The story of Sandy is also not complete until Parks replaces playgrounds destroyed by Sandy.  And it looks like a never-ending story as the Parks Department (and the Mayor) said the parks would be completed in five or six years! Note to Parks and Mayor: It took two years to build the Empire State Building. Five or six years for playgrounds? Does anyone in government get embarrassed by saying such things?

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Rockaway had more than Sandy heroes. We remember Firefighter Robert Tilearcio who died on Thursday due to 9/11 related cancer. Tilearcio worked at local Engine 266 and was known to many around town. Prayers go out to his friends and family.

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Film for fundraising. The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is offering an exclusive screening of “Jane,” a documentary about the life of Jane Goodall, the famous expert on chimpanzees, on Sunday, November 12 at 11:45 a.m. at the RISE Institute (the old firehouse at Beach 58th Street). The film is directed by Brett Morgan. There’ll be a Q and A after with executive producer Debra Eisenstadt. Tickets are $30 (it’s a fundraiser!) and all proceeds will go toward the RWA’s environmental arts program. Seating is limited. Check out www.rwalliance.org for more info.  

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Sorry for the annoying reminder: Set your clocks back an hour this weekend. Officially you’re supposed to do it 2 a.m. Sunday.  Annoying because it’s a reminder that it will be so dark, so early. Such a bummer.

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There’s a Blood Drive at St. John's Hospital tomorrow, Friday, November 3 from noon until 5 p.m. Please try to give. Call 201-251-3703 if you’ve got questions.

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Playland Motel on RBB and Beach 98th Street was sold for $2.3 million according to a report in DNAInfo.com. The sale hasn’t been recorded yet so we can’t say who bought it, but rumor is its someone local.

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If you’re looking to get in on the new condo development on Beach 116th, pre-construction sales will probably be in April, 2018.

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Kudos to the 100th Precinct.  We heard nothing but rave reviews for their Halloween haunted house fun held last Saturday night.

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Some of you have been holding back. You can now dance legally in bars. The City Council repealed a law passed in 1926 that made it illegal to dance in places without a cabaret license.  If you’ve been dancing all along, you’ll just to find another law to break.

 

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