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Seals do show up on our beaches this time of year.  Please keep a safe distance away.  If you suspect the seal is injured or sick, please call the Riverhead Foundation (631-369-9840), which specializes in rescue and rehabilitation of marine life.

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Greasing poles. That sounds like a slang way of paying off politicians, but it’s what they do in Philadelphia to stop crazy football fans from climbing street light poles. They put Crisco shortening, that sloppy white stuff, up and down the poles, hoping to keep the Philly Phanatics at street level. It doesn’t always work.

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The 18th Annual Take the Plunge is set for Saturday, February 3 in Breezy Point (200 Bayside Avenue). Monies raised will support the New York Lung Transplant Fund.  Even landlubbers can partake as there’s an after party with DJ James Tubridy with an open bar, food, and raffles.

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Unable to attend but still want to help? Please visit: helphopelive.org/campaign/9980

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There’s an abandoned rail line that runs through Queens.  People in Rockaway have long called for its reactivation. It would mean a much quicker trip to the City. Some people in those parts of Queens want the railway turned into an elevated park modeled after the High Line. The Regional Plan Association calls for both. Select Bus Service, which will continue to frustrate drivers along Woodhaven Boulevard, may get more people pushing for the rail line. And by “more people” we mean those outside Rockaway.

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Meanwhile, at a reporter’s roundtable at Queens Borough Hall on Tuesday, Borough President Melinda Katz punted on two questions. She said she’s focusing on 2018, not running for mayor in 2021. And she took no position on Queensway (the elevated park) or Queens Rail, the reactivation of the old Rockaway Beach line.

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Christine Banker, a Rockaway resident, just completed her first children’s book, "We All Have a God Light."  The author hopes it starts a conversation between parents and children on the importance of being kind and compassionate. She also tells us that she’ll pay it forward by helping local charities and veteran groups if the book is successful. Stay tuned for its launch date.

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Last week’s front page with a cop carrying a distraught senior away from the Dayton Beach fire was snapped by Doug MacLeod, longtime friend of The Rockaway Times. The 101st Precinct asked permission to use it after seeing that we had posted it on Facebook and Twitter. Then the general NYPD Media Unit got hold of it, then some TV news shows used it. Then another Queens paper used it on their front page, giving photo credit to the NYPD. Uh-uh. It was Doug MacLeod!

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St. Francis Prep High School, which draws students from Rockaway, got big basketball news when senior Emily Engstler was selected for the 2018 McDonald's All American High School Basketball Team.

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Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica, Inc. is hosting a workshop for those affected by Hurricane Sandy from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31 at the Queens Library Swing Space (1003 Beach 20th Street). Residents will receive information about programs that provide affordable home repair loans and grants, foreclosure prevention services, financial counseling and relocation assistance and employment assistance.

 

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