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The annual 3 on 3 By the Sea Basketball Tourney in honor of Clare Droesch is tomorrow, Friday, at the St. Francis de Sales schoolyard.

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The Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic is Sunday, September 18.

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Which is part of a big weekend for Rockaway. The Rockaway Film Festival kicks off Saturday, September 17 (keep an eye out for lots more info in The Rockaway Times) and the Poseidon Parade is that Saturday as well. You can watch a parade, then a movie, wake up the next day, and watch some surfing. Or join in the parade or the surf classic.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says traffic fatalities are rising, with 7% more fatalities in 2022 than for the same period of time in 2021. And that’s the biggest increase from year to year since 2002. (And buckle up. New York is up 37%!). The overall death rate has jumped nearly 20% from prepandemic levels. Many experts say the pandemic is a big factor because alcohol and drug abuse soared as did mental health crises for many. These factors contributed to speeding and reckless driving. No such surge has occurred in Europe. There’s no clear answer and Vision Zero has a very mixed report card. According to Streetsblog.org, “Selvena Brooks-Powers has the most-dangerous roads in town. Eleven people were killed last year in her District 31.”

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If your photo was a Top 30 in The Rockaway Times Photo Contest or received an Honorable Mention (and was posted at the ferry dock) your photo is waiting to be picked up at The Rockaway Times office. If you don’t come and fetch them by Friday, September 2 (wow, it’s almost September!) we’ll give them away or hang them up on our outside deck.

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Owen Loof, probably better known as The Best Dressed Man In Rockaway (which also happens to the title of his newly-published book) is having a book signing at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street this Friday, August 26 from 6-9 p.m.

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On August 4, we featured a story about a water rescue of two boys on paddle boards. Lifeguards and firefighters were given credit for the rescue, but we were just informed Greg Bender and Donny Powell were the first on scene and played a huge role in saving the boys. Kudos to these local heroes!

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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz on August 19 announced that Austin Amos, 20, and Nickolas Porter, 20, have been charged with gang assault and manslaughter related to the fatal attack on a 52-year-old taxi driver in Edgemere on August 13. The defendants are accused of repeatedly punching and kicking Kutin Gyimah after he confronted them for an unpaid fare. A juvenile girl was also arrested and the NYPD is still looking for another juvenile girl who allegedly participated in the fatal beating.

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New Yorkers for Parks announced the launch of this year’s Daffodil Project, New York’s largest annual volunteer program, which brings together volunteers across New York City to plant daffodils as a living memorial to honor New Yorkers lost to 9/11 and COVID-19. Since the Daffodil Project’s inception in 2001, over 400,000 volunteers have planted more than 9 million daffodil bulbs.  Distribution of the daffodils will take place on Saturday, October 1 at the RISE Center at 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd. To learn more, google: Volunteer with the 2022 Daffodil Project

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