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Great news came out of the New York State Court of Appeals. The Court ruled that LIPA and National Grid are not immune and can be sued for failing to cut off the power in the hours before Hurricane Sandy struck. As a result of electrical fires, hundreds of homes burned down. Homeowners can now seek damages at trial.

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The Photo Contest is now open. The deadline is April 13. Last year we had people sending us entries in July. Two photos per category. Beach Life, The Ferry, Pets, Jamaica Bay, Rockaway Action Shots (5 categories). Send only your two best per category to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please don’t send to other Rockaway Times email addresses. Thanks and good luck!

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We missed putting this in our This Week In History column. On February 15, 1984, the State Public Service Commission voted to divide New York City into two area codes to ''prevent an impending exhaustion of telephone numbers.'' Hence, 718 was born. It became operational in September and, interestingly enough, was optional until January 1, 1985. People were not happy about it.That pretty much put the end to phone exchanges like Neptune. (The Rockaway Times can still be reached by dialing NE 4-3030 — as long as you put 718 first).

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As you should with smoke alarms, check your online banking accounts, including credit cards, for auto payments. We recently heard about someone getting double billed. One debit was made on their charge card and the other direct from checking for the same service. It happened when the “method of payment” was changed but somehow that didn’t occur. Just a heads-up.

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Art Slam: Are you an artist, designer, performer, creator, or musician? Well, get on down to the Art Slam on March 9, at RISE (the old firehouse that is now a spectacular space) at 5803 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Show off your talent! RSVP in advance and email your name, along with your talent, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will have three to five minutes to perform. The event is being co-hosted by Rockaway Artists Alliance, FRANC, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Rockaway Artists Alliance is running a Solo Show Competition.  Artists from the tri-state area are eligible and must submit work by March 1 to be eligible.  The winner will get use of sTudio 6 at Fort Tilden for a solo exhibit at no cost. Please check out rockawayartistsalliance.org/solocomp for details. The RAA is also accepting submissions for its April exhibit, Mayfly. The deadline is March 21. See www.rockawayartistsalliance.org/themayfly for info.

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For those of you who missed it, Edward Andrews died on Saturday, February 17 and was buried on Wednesday, February 21. Mr. Andrews was a friend to many and a much-loved coach at St. Francis de Sales. He was the patriarch of a large family, many of whom still live and work here.

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There’s a neck of the woods in Far Rockaway that is off the beaten path. Seagirt Avenue runs parallel to Seagirt Boulevard on the ocean side. (Jose Velez of Community Board 14, we’re looking at you). A new development, Saltmeadow, has sprung up and opened on the site that lay fallow for many years. It’s being billed as luxury living and the prices sounds like it: owners are seeking $3785 a month for a 3 bedroom.

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Rockaway is still a place where people do the right thing. Somebody found some money and came to us to put a notice in the paper.  See Page 30 for details.

 

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