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This Week in History

June 10 Ryan Frontera was born. Alex Moule was born.   1935 –  Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by “Bill W.” 1967 – The Six-Day War between Israel and Syria, Egypt, and Jordan ended.   June 11 Bill Gehlhaus was born. Khaleel Anderson was born. Alyssa Santiago was born.   1770 – Capt. James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia . 2001 – Timothy McVeigh, the 1995 Oklahoma City bomber, was executed.   June 12 Nancy and Robert Fash were born.   1939 – The Baseball Hall of Fame opened to the public in Cooperstown, New York. 1942 – Anne...

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This Week in History

JANUARY 14 Bernadette McCann was born.   1954 – Marilyn Monroe married baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. 1963 – George Wallace sworn in as Alabama’s governor, promising “segregation forever.”   JANUARY 15 Anne Marie Greene was born. Joan Prendergast was born. Mary Butler was born. Richie Magoolaghan was born. Bob Magoolaghan was born.   1967 – The first Super Bowl was played: Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10.   JANUARY 16 Terry Schmitt Boyle was born. Gen Berretta was born. Kelly Caiazzo was born.   1920 – A year after it was ratified, the 18th...

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St Johns Welcomes Patients Back

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Welcomes Patients Back    Safety measures have been put in place at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, its Emergency Room, and its outpatient primary and specialty care sites to ensure the wellbeing of patients who want to see their health care provider in-person. St. John’s outpatient primary and specialty care sites located throughout the peninsula, and the hospital’s emergency department are open and community members should not delay in getting the in-person medical care they need.   The hospital and its community practices have enacted several safety measures including: Providing...

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Facts You Probably don’t Need

As many as 91 million chocolate bunnies are sold in the U.S. for Easter annually. In 1818, the U.S. began building a fort near the New York-Quebec border to defend against invasion from Canada. After two years of construction, they realized the fort was actually on the Canadian side. They abandoned it and named it Fort Blunder. The world’s first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, when Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival telecommunications company and informed them he was speaking via a mobile phone. 16 billion jellybeans are eaten by Americans each...

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Far Rock Man  Sentenced for Sexual Contact with Minor

A Far Rockaway man will serve his time for a horrendous crime. On Tuesday, February 11, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that a 40-year-old Far Rockaway man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted at trial for course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree. The District Attorney identified the defendant as Joseph Petty, 40, of Beach 20th Street. Last month, Petty was convicted of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree. Petty will serve 25 years, and then another 10 years of post release supervision. Petty will also be required to...

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THE SHOW GOES ON.

The Beach 116th Street theater is going away, brick by brick. The block is being transformed and if you haven’t been down the block in a while, have a look! A condo project, One Sixteen, across the street is nearing completion and more of the same is expected to replace the theater that had been abandoned and vacant for nearly twenty years.Photos by James Supple.

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Action: Stage Set For Rockaway’s Film Festival

Next week Rockaway will play host to the second annual Rockaway Beach Film Festival on Beach 74th Street which aims to fill the cinema void in Rockaway by presenting a collection of short- and full-length feature films. “Ever since I’ve been living in Rockaway, there was always a need for a movie theater,” Sam Fleischner said. Fleischner is a Rockaway resident of ten years, who brought the idea to show films on the peninsula to life last October with the first festival. “It was successful, and had good energy all weekend long.” Fleishner is a filmmaker himself. His feature, Stand Clear of the...

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NPS / Gateway Happenings

** Are you in the 4th grade? If so, you can get a free entry pass for you and your family to visit all National Parks for the entire year! Come and pick up your pass and join us for a day filled with adventure.  It’s Every Kid Outdoors Adventure Day at Jamaica Bay on Sunday October, 6. Who: fourth-graders and their families.  When: Sunday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. ** The Breezy Point Tip is closed to driving until further notice due to flooding. ** Jamaica Bay Raptorama: See and celebrate hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and other birds of prey. Learn about...

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Rockaway Farmers Market Chef Keeps Customers Wanting More

If the smell of barbecue hits your senses as you drive past the bayside of Beach 116th Street, it’s not your imagination. For the past few weekends, the smell has drawn crowds to the Rockaway Farmers Market where Chef Reinhard Stih has been whipping up a variety of unique barbecue delicacies on an outdoor grill, that has customers licking their lips and coming back for more. Since opening in January, the Rockaway Farmers Market has been a welcome new addition to the peninsula. Providing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs of all varieties, plus pasta items, pre-packaged salads, smoothies, juices...

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