Veteran’s Day is Saturday, November 11

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Veteran’s Day is Saturday, November 11.  The Rockaway Times is grateful for the men and women who have served.

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Sunday, November 12 is the 16th anniversary of the crash of Flight 587 in Belle Harbor.  For those new to the area, this horrific tragedy occurred just two months and a day after 9/11 and resulted in the deaths of 260 people onboard and five on the ground. A memorial was constructed in memory of the victims on Beach 116th Street. A ceremony shortly after 9 a.m. is held each year at the memorial.

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Congrats to Richie Mikell who won the St. John’s University basketball tickets we raffled off last week. We’ve got tickets for the whole season so send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll put you in the weekly raffle. Just let us know if you’d like 2 or 4 tickets. Next games are November 14 and November 20.  Go Johnnies.

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The Bugalou music series continues.  The next show will be on December 2 at St. Camillus on Beach 100th Street. The featured act is called The Band Band – a tribute band of the rock legends. The first show with Max Weinberg at St. Francis was a huge success and great fun.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets and info. Before and after fun will be at the Rockaway Beach Golf Club, the awesome pub with virtual golf. If you haven’t been, now’s the chance.

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It's that time of the year again to raise money for the 2017 Broad Channel Christmas Lights!  There will be a raffle with one grand-prize winner who will take home $5,000. There will also be nine additional cash prize winners. Tickets for the raffle are $50 and only 400 tickets will be sold. The raffle will be drawn on Thursday, November 16, 8 p.m. at Bungalow Bar. Raffle tickets can be purchased at: www.bclights17.eventbrite.com

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People have been asking. If you’d like to buy a Rockaway Times t-shirt — the holidays are coming! — you can do so at RockawayTimes.com. 

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Here’s our solution to voting.  Make it a touchscreen (like a bank ATM).  Get a printout of your vote and drop it in a separate paper ballot box. If there are any shenanigans suspected — officials (and law enforcement) go to the paper ballot. It says a lot about how much politicians get done when the voting system itself is a joke.

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There will be fun in this fundraiser.  On Saturday at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street several groups are joining forces to hold a Rockaway For Hurricane Relief event to raise money for the people suffering in the places devastated by recent storms.  The donation at the door is $15 and there’s a cash bar.

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Last week, there was a series of car break-ins, with Toyota Camry models being a particular target. The local precincts have more patrols on the streets since these reports, but protect yourself by not leaving valuables inside your car and making it a target.

 

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