Happy Hanukkah!

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Happy Hanukkah! The first night is Tuesday, December 12. There will be menorah lightings on Beach 116th Street at 5:30 p.m. and in front of Peninsula Library at 6:30 p.m.

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Our deepest condolences to the family of T.J. Curley, the 12-year-old boy, who died in a fire last Sunday morning.  Please donate to The Graybeards or the online GoFundMe.com site to help the family (some who were hospitalized). Just search “Curley” at gofundme.com and you’ll find the donation link.

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It’s like no hamburgers or French fries at McDonald’s. There were no stamps at the post office.  That’s what we were told last Thursday. We don’t know what’s going on at the Rockaway Park branch but no stamps? We hope that’ll get straightened out before the holiday crush.

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‘Tis the season for thieven’.  Cars are being broken into (it’s been a real problem in Broad Channel lately) and packages have been taken off porches in Belle Harbor. Be careful and keep your eyes open. And call the police if you’ve suspect something (or been a victim). A police presence will occur if the precinct is made aware.

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The Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization, releases comprehensive plans every twenty years or so. Its most recent plan got some attention when they suggested saving money by closing the subway overnight. That was just one take away. The plan focuses on four urban challenges: institutions, climate change, transportation, and affordability. Another take away was the study’s recommendation that the Rockaway Branch line be reactivated so passengers could have a one seat ride from JFK to Manhattan. The full plan is available online at FourthPlan.org. Although most of the plan will never happen (price tags and the bureaucracy are two murderous hurdles), it is an easy-to-read summary of what the region needs. 

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We got an interesting message from a notable figure in the arts who wants to work with an architect, preferably a retired one, on an experimental flood-proof house or structure that is different than the Build It Back standard lift job. If you’re such an architect, drop us a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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And now playing at Yankee Stadium…. Ray Marten! The Belle Harbor resident and football player for Boston College will be taking the field on December 27 in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium as he and fellow Eagles take on Iowa. Way to go, Ray!

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The Bugalou music series continues. It’s the once-a-month music show that’s been a huge, fun hit. The next one is January 5 with John Sebastian, formerly of The Lovin’ Spoonful. BreezyGrass is the local band kicking off the night.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets and info.

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Another place is in the works. A restaurant/pub is being built on Mickey Carton Way, the old Rockaway Beach Drive between 108-109. (Next to Coastal Yogurt, a few doors down from Healy’s). It’s being opened by someone who’s no stranger to the block.

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Someone gave Mayor de Blasio a Rockaway Times t-shirt. John Kenny of NYTRUE.com, snapped and sent us a picture of the mayor holding up the shirt with a note, “Don't know if is marketing gold or a nightmare that will drive your readers away.”  Exactly, John. It seems anytime we put a politician(s) on the front page we get leftover papers in our news rack which otherwise empty out quickly. We’re guessing he won’t be wearing the shirt as he works out in the gym in Park Slope, but he liked it enough that a photo was posted to the Mayor’s official photo page.

 

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