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Tomorrow, Friday August 12, we’re naming the Winner of The Rockaway Times Photo Contest.  We’ve invited all photographers who earned a spot in the Top 30. They’ll be able to take home the enlarged photo that was on display in the boardwalk since Memorial Day (and maybe get a Rockaway Times t-shirt). The winner will receive $500 as the Grand Prize and earn bragging rights for at least a year. The public is invited to the final ceremony, too.  The Rockaway Times office, 114-04 Beach Channel Drive at 5 p.m. on Friday.

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Speaking of contests, our Rockaway Times Sandcastle Contest is this Sunday, August 14 on Beach 109th Street. Registration starts on the boardwalk at 11:30 a.m. and the contest starts at 12:30 p.m. Participants have two hours to create the sculpture of their dreams. All ages welcome. Thanks to many local businesses we have some great prizes for the winners from kids to adults, plus giveaways for all participants. Should be a great day! Any questions, email katie@rockawaytimes.com 

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Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Adrienne Guttieri. Guttieri, who grew up in Broad Channel, died unexpectedly on August 7 at age 33. She was a beloved Chef with In Good Company Hospitality. A funeral Mass is being held Thursday, August 11 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Virgilius Church in BC.

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Federal investigators seek information about the vandalization of an American oystercatcher egg in Breezy Point, as well as other incidents of destruction of eggs and nests of protected birds.  According to a press release, NPS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) responsible for the intentional destruction of at least one American oystercatcher egg at the border of the Breezy Point Co-Op and Gateway’s Breezy Point Unit. American oystercatchers are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Maximum penalties under this act are $15,000 and/or up to six months imprisonment for the take of each egg. The destroyed egg(s) were discovered on July 6, 2022, at approximately 6 p.m. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact either USFWS Special Agent Kathryn McCabe at (516) 318-7383; the NPS Jamaica Bay Unit 24-hour dispatch at (718) 354-4700; or 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477).

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Some readers alerted The Rockaway Times about a 25-foot-long piece of wood that washed ashore at Beach 72nd Street. With pieces of iron sticking out of it, the plank was a definite beach hazard. The Parks Department said they attempted to remove it last week, but the front-end loader needed for the job was out of service. It’s expected Parks will now use a saws-all and cut it for easier removal. Although that stretch of beach is off-limits to both swimmers and surfers, caution is advised.

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The Lonely Planet did a nice piece on Rockaway, giving good shoutouts to Claudette’s, The Rockaway Hotel, Whit’s End, The Rockaway Surf Club and Tacoway Beach. Check it out at www.Lonelyplanet.com 

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The calendar gets filled up fast these days. Mark down Friday, August 26 as a must. One of the great new traditions in Rockaway is the 3 on 3 By The Sea Basketball Tournament in honor of Clare Droesch, the basketball superstar and friend to many, who died in 2018. Players and teams must register by Monday, August 15. Registration forms and fees can be mailed to the Graybeards office at 129-04 Newport Ave (side entrance). Forms can be picked up at the Summer Classic.

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