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We want to join the Rockapulco Running folks as they wish good luck to Kerri Gallagher (a four-time Rockapulco 5K Champion and course record holder) and Matthew Centrowitz (two-time Rockapulco 5K Champion, course record holder and 2012 Olympian) as they compete in the prestigious Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games on Saturday, February 20th at The Armory.

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Oh, and by the way, The 2016 Rockaway Running Series schedule looks like this: The Parade Day 5K will be on March 5th and the St. Pat’s Half Marathon is set for Saturday, March 19th.

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We had gone to press by the time the news reached us that Geraldine D. Chapey of Belle Harbor died on February 9th. Dr. Chapey served for 15 years on the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, was Dean of the Graduate and Undergraduate School of Education at St. John’s University, and President of School Board 27. She was also the mother of Geraldine M. Chapey who writes the “Chatting With Chapey” column for local newspapers.

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If you’re wondering about the medical center planned for the old Key Food at Beach 105 and RBB site, look for demolition and construction to start in 30-45 days. Once things get going it should be full steam ahead.

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Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet, just 20 years old, has launched a blog Primetime Rockaway that he also calls “Rockaway’s Latest Community Newspaper.” He scored a taped interview with State Senator James Sanders about the New York Post article in which Sanders was accused of asking for a kickback from Culinary Kids, a community garden group seeking funding. Jeffrey did a good job asking Sanders tough questions. He asked the senator if he had taken a polygraph (Sanders said no and that he would only do it if his accusers did the same). He also asked him if he had been in touch with the US Attorney’s office. Again, Sanders said no. Interestingly, Sanders had said in a press release he was doing both: “Sanders is going to Bharara’s office tomorrow, with an attorney present, where he will offer to take a polygraph (lie detector test) to clear his name, but he wants the money seeking group to also take one.” We asked a Sanders spokesperson whether the senator had visited the US Attorney yet. Somehow we think there will be more about this.

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Various reports say Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who represents Brooklyn and parts of Queens, is eyeing a mayoral primary challenge (and is being urged to do so by Governor Cuomo). He’s been a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton and taken issue with Bernie Sanders raising his profile in the process. Bill de Blasio went to Iowa for Hillary but didn’t get much notice. Anyway, that’s neither here nor there but what’s worth noting is that Jeffries came out strongly in favor of restoring the Rockaway Beach Rail Line. Phil Goldfeder has made this one of his signature issues. So what if Jeffries does challenge de Blasio? Will Phil back the challenger?

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Parade reminders. The St. Pat’s Parade is just ahead on Saturday, March 5th. The Dinner/Dance fundraiser at Antun’s is Saturday night, February 20th. If you’re with a group looking to march get your application in ASAP. Go to QUEENSCOUNTYPARADE.ORG

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The Rockaway Theatre Company will be holding auditions for its June production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies on Sunday, Feb. 21, 1:30 PM-4PM and Monday-Feb 22, 7PM-9:30PM at the Post Theater, Bldg. T4, Fort Tilden, Gateway NRA. For individual character descriptions and preparations go to: rockawaytheatrecompany.org/auditions. These are the only audition dates, no individual appointments.

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