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If you’re reading this on Thursday, there’s still time to head over to a Rockaway Community Housing Engagement Meeting hosted by State Senator James Sanders. The meeting will address the “various housing concerns of the residents of  all New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments in Far Rockaway.” NYCHA representatives will be answering questions and responding to various concerns. They will also provide updates on upcoming NYCHA projects and developments. If interested, head to the Beach 41st Cornerstone Community Center, 426 Beach 40th St at 7 p.m.

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The Park Inn, the somewhat notorious adult home, may have a more neighborhood-pleasing future.  According to one of the principles, Esther Konig, the current operators have signed a new lease and will transform the property from an adult home into an assisted-living facility and “will be completely redone” with a changing clientele and reduced number of residents. The change will take at least a year, she says.  Things tend to move slow at the Park Inn. We hope a year doesn’t mean ten. 

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On Tuesday morning, there was a gas leak due to ongoing construction on Beach 108th. Martin de Porres HS was evacuated while Waterside school stayed put. Everything was under control by the afternoon.

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A couple weeks back we wrote about how the National Park Service is seeking ideas for Fort Tilden and Riis Landing. The article prompted some to ask for more time as the original deadline was February 23.  NPS has complied and has extended the deadline to March 30. Go to NPS.GOV and search for “Fort Tilden.”  That should get you to the link. 

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And speaking of extensions, the Rockaway Artists Alliance has extended their deadline for the Solo Show competition, which is open to both RAA and non-RAA members. It is open to any subject matter and all artistic mediums are welcome. Both 2D and 3D artists are encouraged to submit their best work for consideration. See RockawayArtistsAlliance.org for more info.

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Flooding was a nightmare for some with the recent nor’easters.  Some of Rockaway is vulnerable because some streets sit in the middle of a “bathtub” meaning the street is the low point between higher streets on either side.  Others told us how they blocked water from coming into their houses with sand bags only to have water seep through the basement floor.

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Got a kick out of this on Twitter: The Brooklyn Eagle reported a “Manhattan motorist” was arrested “at Arverne” for going 22 mph on “The Boulevard.” He was chased down by a “Bicycle Policeman.” The year was 1908.

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Trey Pegues, the son of Alivia Pegues, and the great-grandson of Jimmy and Jacqueline Stillwell, represented Sorrentino’s Community Recreation Center in Far Rockaway at a citywide spelling bee held by the NYC Parks Department.  Trey took top honors in the 6-7 year-old category.

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Our thoughts are with local firefighter Jimmy Brady. He was hospitalized after a roof collapsed in a burning building in Brooklyn on Monday morning. We hear he’s going to be okay!

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Sign up for The Rockaway Times by email. These nor’easters don’t hamper email delivery. Go to Rockawaytimes.com and click Subscribe.

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Photos for The Rockaway Times contest should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Our Summer Guide, the annual publication that has proven to be a real keeper each year, is in the planning stages.  Advertisers, you’ll want in.  Want info?  Just call us 718-634-3030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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