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The Rockaway Storm Protection Group, in collaboration with the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association (BHPOA) has scheduled a meeting for November 28, 7 p.m., at MS/PS-114, 134-01 Cronston Avenue. The topic is Planning for Future Storms. All are invited to attend.

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Few things seem to get people more excited than sea life.  We posted that whale photo by Ron McGrisken (the front page) on Instagram and set a Rockaway Times record for likes. Although the picture is awesome, some might wonder if it’s really Rockaway. Well, we posted video of Ron McGrisken taking the still photo – so yes, it’s Rockaway! Right off Beach 134th Street. Long time Rockaway Times readers will remember the cover with young Joe Butler on a surfboard looking out at a whale off Beach 129th in the summer of 2014. The big mammals are out there, folks.

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We mentioned the Park End Tavern last week, a long gone bar across from Fort Tilden on State Road. We then came across this classic from The New Yorker, April 4, 1977: “…the Park End Tavern restaurant, 12 miles southeast of Manhattan in the middle of a bungalow colony called Roxbury, on Rockaway Point. At 9:30 one morning last week, Betty Moran, who is the wife of Park End's owner, and John Barile, a bartender, talked with the writer. Mrs. Moran said, “In the 1930's, this place was called Kaufmann's. It was a hotel and night club... and could handle about 300 people. It was a kind of hideaway... It's not a bungalow place anymore. Now everybody here has wall-to-wall carpeting... We're going to tear this place down at the end of the year. December 31, 1977. It will probably be used as a parking lot. But we're hoping to build a new one somewhere right around here.”  Imagine: Wall-to-wall carpeting!

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The 2018 Broad Channel Historical Calendar, a bargain at just $5, is a must for the town’s residents with its vintage photos and times of high tide, which is very important in the island community. The calendar is available at Channel Market, All American Bagel & Barista, from members of the Historical Committee, and at civic meetings.

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Want to make some extra cash? The Sanitation Department is looking for temporary snow removal laborers. Pay starts at $15 an hour. You must be 18 or older, eligible to work in the U.S. and can handle physical labor. To register, bring two photos (1.5 inches), two original forms of ID, plus copies, and a Social Security card to any DSNY garage on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Restaurant row, Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the Beach 90s, seems as appetizing as ever. A new Japanese restaurant is on the way, a bakery has opened, a West Indian and a Peruvian restaurant, too, and Whit’s is back. There’s not Taste of Rockaway this fall but there’s plenty to taste.

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Falling telephone pole? Who do you call?  Verizon? Well, you could call Verizon but their automated system asks for a bunch unrelated questions.  Then you’re finally told the wait time is ONE HOUR. So, you call 311 and guess what they tell you? Call Verizon. The pole on Beach 117th off the boardwalk looks like it will fall any day now.

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Congrats to Danny Rayder – he was our last winner for St. John’s basketball tickets. We’ve got tickets for Sunday, December 17 at Madison Square Garden. If interested, send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — if you’ve done so already no need to mail again.

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