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An Early Start for the Little North Pole

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Neponsit Ave. Right after he’s eaten his turkey and picked up some Black Friday deals for the Mrs., Santa Claus will be making a stop at the home of a good friend—Joe Mure. Christmas has come early this year to The Little North Pole, which will light up on Saturday, November 26. In its 27th year, the annual lighting of the Little North Pole will take place the Saturday right after Thanksgiving, giving locals and visitors alike even more time to see this holiday delight. With hopes of the weather being a little warmer, one of the Little...

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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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SPOTTED: THE TALK OF IRELAND

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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Grateful For Silver Linings

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and feast on an abundance of food and drink. It’s about watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with loved ones while chaotically preparing turkey, stuffing and all the comforting trimmings from sweet potato pie to pumpkin pie – and so much more in between. For sports fans, it’s a time to watch the football game, cheer on your favorite team and kick back with a few beers. And no Turkey Day is complete without tuning into a holiday classic like, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Oh, and let’s not forget about who retires early due to feeling...

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Rhapsody Players Ready To Rock ‘One-Night Only’

A big sound is coming to Rockaway this Saturday, November 26, at 8 p.m., as the Rhapsody Players hit the Rockaway Theatre Company stage for a post-Thanksgiving celebration in song. The eight accomplished vocalists and six-piece band will be performing powerhouse hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and more at RTC’s Post Theater at Fort Tilden, with all tickets available directly at the door. For the group, it marks a welcome return. “We’ve got to do a show in Rockaway,” said the Player’s John Heffernan recently at a Bay Ridge benefit concert. Speaking to many Rockaway friends and fans who came out,...

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The New York Dippers Club Makes a Splash

Before filling your bellies with warm turkey and all the fixin’s, consider starting your holiday in an invigorating way, with a cold-water dip. The New York Dippers Club (NYDC) is taking off, and are welcoming all to join in on their daily dips into the Atlantic, or at the very least, for a gratitude dip on Thursday, November 24 as a warmup to their upcoming Full Moon Charity Dip on December 7. Graham Cullis, a content creator, artist and philanthropist from the UK, took charge of this dipping mission just two days after arriving in Rockaway on October 5 to visit a friend. After creating a video...

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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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St. John’s Gains Ground as Premier Healthcare Facility

St. John’s Episcopal is on a roll. The hospital is steadfastly gaining ground as a recognized premier health faciltity. A recent upgrade by the Leapfrog Safety Grade adds to the hospital’s recent achievements which include a Gold Plus with Elite Status for stroke care from the American Heart Association; recertification for stroke care from the Joint Commission; Planetree International Silver Certification for committment to person-centered care and special designation by the World Health Organization and UNICEF as a baby-friendly organization.   And according to EHS Vice President...

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