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Happy Passover to those cele­brating! 

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Flood insurance alert. In a una­nimous, bi-partisan vote, The House Financial Services Com­mittee passed the Flood In­surance Market Parity and Mo­der­nization Act which can now go to the full congress for a vote. The act is expected to entice private insurers to offer flood insurance and with more companies writing policies there should be more competitive pricing. Until now, lenders (banks and mortgage companies) have demanded home­owners carry policies issued by the National Flood Insurance Program, which is now $23 billion in the hole.  It’s got support from diverse groups including The National Association of Realtors, environmental groups, taxpayer advocates and insurance companies.

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Dan Guarino, part of an award winning editorial team a couple years back, has been let go by The Wave.  He wrote the Broad Channel Bits and Pieces column and was a presence at a million events.  He posted the news of his firing on Facebook so that people who relied on him would know why he was no longer with the paper.  And he asked that people spread the word to those who don’t use Facebook.  Here’s hoping Dan finds this to be an opportunity rather than a setback. 

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Looks like he knows how to upstage the old man. Con­gra­tulations to Phil Goldfeder and his wife, Esther, on the birth of their son born April 14, a day before Phil’s birthday.  

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The fix must’ve been in. Some­how The Rockaway Ti­mes’ entry in the Chili Cook-off Contest at the Knights of Colum­bus last Friday did not win.  Katie McFadden, too busy winning awards at The New York Press Better Newspaper contest, con­coc­ted our entry and came up empty.  But she didn’t care.  She won the night’s 50/50 and donated $100 back.  The event was a huge success. Congrats to organizers and chefs!

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The deadline for the Rockaway Times photo contest has now passed.  We received hundreds of entries so that’s a big WOW and thanks from us.  It’ll take a few weeks for judges to pick winners.  Stay tuned.

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The Wall Street Journal did a story about the coming de­velopment of Edgemere. The blocks of the Beach 40’s, with so many vacant lots, are ripe for an overhaul and the City allegedly is ready to pour big money into the area.  For people who live there and hope for more shops, they’ve been told that development will require more “density.”  That’s city talk for housing.

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Crime Dog Dougie MacLeod, who gets to the scene sometimes before police, is soon to make it legal with Michelle Comins.  Congratulations to Dougie and Michelle on their engagement.

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Tick….tick…tick…. Hello Natio­nal Grid, are you really going to fix Beach Channel Drive by Memorial Day?   You haven’t subcontracted to Skanska, have you?  The wind isn’t slowing you down, we hope.

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Reports say Mike Scala might run for Councilman Eric Ulrich’s seat. Scala challenged Gregory Meeks for a congressional seat a few years back.  This time around, the Democrat and First Vice President of the Queens Public Transit Committee (the group trying to get the Queens Rail on track) is eyeing the City Council especially if Ulrich decides not to run (or runs for mayor) in 2017.

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The FDNY Bravest will battle the New York Corrections De­partment Boldest in a football game at Aviator Sports in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. It’s $10 for adults, free for kids, and should be a good time for all.

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Need a Mother’s Day gift? Next Thursday, April 28, from 6-9 p.m., there is a spring shopping night at the Bungalow Bat. Check out available items from local vendors and get a complimentary glass of wine while you shop.

 

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