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This Week in History

November 23 Christopher Warren was born. Nancy Cregan was born. Mary Ryan was born.   1945- The United States stopped rations after World War II. However, sugar rations still existed.   November 24 Sheila Dalton was born. Mary Sanford was born.   1963 -Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s accused assassin, in the garage of Dallas police headquarters. 1971 – D. B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines flight with $200,000.   November 25 Margaret Powers was born. Jazmine Outlaw was born.   2002 – President George W. Bush signed into law the Department...

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Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland you’ll be blessed with the Gift of Gab. Knowing some in this group, we think that’d be a bit of overkill! We can’t imagine them becoming more gifted in gab.  A large group of St. Francis de Sales parishioners from Rockaway made a trip to Ireland and a smart handful of them packed wisely. The Rockaway Times t-shirts, especially the green ones, had everyone in Blarney gabbing. Mark Spadaro, Father Jim Cunningham, Linda Spadaro, Eileen Davies and Pauline Kalish – you all look magically delicious!

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High Tide

***** Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for having loyal readers and simply awesome customers who have been so supportive this year (and every year!). We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. ***** Don’t expect any final call on the NYS Assembly race between Stacey Pheffer Amato and Tom Sullivan this week. Ballots are still being counted and with this being a holiday week we expect no news on that front. The Queens Chronicle reported that just seven (7!) votes separate the two. Being so close, and with a lawsuit filed by Amato’s team, a recount is also expected. Let’s hope it’s sorted out soon,...

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Waterside & Jump Team Up To Give

Waterside Children’s School recently spent a morning GIVING in honor of Thanksgiving. Ellen McDonough and the entire kindergarten grade partnered with JUMP Dance Studio on Beach 116th Street to help fill the food pantry in the Rockaways. The children learned a lesson in the spirit of helping their own community and they were so excited to be a part of giving this season. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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My brother-in-law likes to emphatically state: “There are no do-overs in life. This is not a rehearsal!” At this time of THANKSGIVING, it’s a good idea to take inventory of some things to be grateful for. If you are trying to sell your home, then there is some comfort in that the supply of homes on the Rockaway market remains relatively low. Prices in Rockaway may be down a bit from their all-time highs, but they are still high by historical standards. If you are trying to buy a home in Rockaway, then you can be thankful that prices here are still very attractive when compared with other areas...

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Tech Incubator Opens in Rockaway

On, Thursday, November 17, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Queens Tech Council were joined by business, government and community leaders to celebrate the opening of the Queens Tech Incubator at 1 Beach 105th Street in Rockaway.  The Rockaway location and the Queens Tech Incubator at the Greater Nexus in Jamaica are the first two spaces to open as part of this initiative, with plans to open additional locations in Flushing, Long Island City and Forest Hills. “Supporting a strong tech ecosystem requires more than just attracting the world’s most prominent tech companies to Queens, we also...

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32 Guns Collected at Buyback

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and the NYPD announced that 32 guns were collected on Saturday, November 19 at the Church of God Christian Academy in Far Rockaway. The gun buyback events seek to curb gun violence and the destruction it causes by accepting working unloaded firearms – with no questions asked – in exchange for compensation. The event was co-sponsored by the NYPD, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Office of the State Attorney General Letitia James, City Council Majority Whip Selvena Brooks-Powers, Church of God Christian, Academy, First Church of God and Food Bazaar...

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Facts You Probably don’t Need

 The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three-day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians. Turkey wasn’t on the menu.  Because they do not have teeth, turkeys have two stomachs to help them digest their food.  The human population has officially passed 8 billion.  Brad Pitt, while starring as Achilles in the movie Troy, ruptured his Achilles tendon on set.  China has just one time zone (Beijing time) that covers the whole country. In the westernmost provinces, the sun may not rise until 10 a.m. or set until midnight. The border with Afghanistan is the...

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Things To Do

Jimmy Crusher O’Neill Turkey Trot On Thursday, November 24, considering running this turkey day 5K on behalf of Jimmy O’Neill, a local 10-year-old boy who has been battling cancer. The race starts at 9:30 a.m. on the boardwalk at Beach 126th Street. Pre-register at Rockawaytc.org or go to in-person registration and bib pickup at the St. Francis Small Hall on Wednesday, 11/23 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.   100th Precinct Thanksgiving Dinner On Thursday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., head to the 100th Precinct at 92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd. for a free Thanksgiving meal. If disabled or a...

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