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If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. And then try 29 more times.  That’s what the Beach House volleyball team did as the team finally captured a championship at the Rockaway Beach Volleyball Finals held last Saturday, August 13. The team had been competing for 32 years but came up short the first 31 times. Bob Fash and Dicky Ferrin were there for the whole drought. Now, the question is, can they repeat next year?!

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Congratulations to all the volleyball champs and to the league organizers who make this humongous event such a fantastic Rockaway tradition.

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And it’s a week full of congratulations as we tip our caps to Mike Dier for winning The Rockaway Times Photo Contest. His photo of his son, Robert Kelly Dier hard at work doing his own beach reformulation project, was selected by a host of judges at a ceremony last Friday at The Rockaway Times building. (And Happy Birthday to Robert who turns 3 on September 25). A hardy congratulations to all the photographers who placed in the Top 30 and/or Honorable Mention. It’s a nearly impossible task to pick the very best when so many great photos are submitted, but we try.  Get your cameras out there now and get ready for next year’s contest! Thanks to all who entered this year and thanks to the contest sponsors: Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, NYC Parks, and NYC Ferry.

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Congratulations are also in order for those who are so good with sand and shovels. There were some amazing creations at The Rockaway Times Sandcastle Contest. (Which reminds us, isn’t it great that world-famous Rockaway Beach has a sandcastle contest?!  We should have one, right?). Katie McFadden orchestrates this event and gets extraordinary help from NYC Parks and this year Liz Hanna helped acquire a boatload of prizes from local businesses to make this event even better.

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Happy trails to Marilyn Kohn who has retired from The Wave after being a one-woman sales force for more than 40 years. Best wishes, Marilyn! Now you’ll have more time to listen to husband Lenny’s great ideas!

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Sharks get the most attention.  Dolphins and whales, too. But the waters around Rockaway are teeming with sea life. Brian Sullivan took out his handy drone and caught a fever of rays (bull rays, cow rays, stings rays). Yes, a group of rays is called a fever. Check out the video (and accompanying waltz music) on our Facebook page. 

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It’s easy to get The Rockaway Times by email every Thursday. Just send a note to Mail@Rockawaytimes.com  and we’ll sign you right up.

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NYC Health + Hospitals announced the reopening of the Neponsit Adult Day Health Center at 230 Beach 102nd Street in Rockaway Park, which closed in March 17, 2020 because of Covid-19.  Those interested in learning about the center and its services should call 718-634-1400. The center accepts Medicaid, private payment, and some health insurers. Those interested in learning about the center and its services should call 718-634-1400.

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As usual, the calendar is filling up but a couple of things are worth making plans around. The 3 on 3 By The Sea Basketball Tournament in honor of Clare Droesch is Friday, August 26 and in September, the Poseidon Parade is set for Saturday, September 17 (get your costumes and floats ready!)

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