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Ahoy! Fun weekend ahead. The Poseidon Parade is Saturday (see you on the boardwalk!) and The Richie Allen Surf Classic is Sunday (see you on the beach!).

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The alarm went off a little early on Tuesday morning. If you have a cell phone and don’t turn it off overnight, chances are you got a tornado alert sometime around 4:40 a.m. The National Weather Service issued the warning which included the advice to move to a basement or lower floor. The twister was allegedly heading towards Rockaway. A meteorologist tweeted “if you hear a train like noise, seek shelter in the most interior room of your home. Coney Island and the Rockaways are the areas most at risk.” (There’s a train you want to miss). Anyway, no such wind event occurred. Though some say they spotted a waterspout in the waters off of Brooklyn, we couldn’t find as much as a toppled trash can later that morning. And now we wonder, how many of you headed to a basement or a safe place. Or did you just try and go back to sleep?

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St. Camillus/St. Virgilius Basketball is finally back. Registration for the St. Camillus/St. Virgilius Community Basketball programs will take place in the St. Camillus gym (Springman Hall) on Tuesday 9/20, and on Thursday 9/22 from 7- 8 p.m. There will be a final registration held on Wednesday 9/28, also from 7-8 p.m. All games are played at St. Camillus. Anyone from the 4th to the 8th grade is eligible to play.  Please be aware that only a parent can sign up a child to play. If you are interested in volunteering as a coach, please come to registration and let organizers know.

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This Friday, September 16, 1 p.m. at Roger’s Pub there will be a meeting with businesspeople, City Councilwoman Joann Ariola and interested citizens regarding issues facing the important commercial strip. Sanitation, panhandlers, and safety issues will be among the issues discussed. It’s a great thing that business owners are demanding better conditions. Let’s see if officials do their part.

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New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, released an “Economic and Demographic Snapshot of The Rockaways.” Most of the report was (relatively) good news, especially regarding new businesses and crime. Some interesting tidbits include: Rockaway’s population grew by 8 percent from 2010 to 2020, the fourth-largest increase among 14 Queens neighborhoods. Growth rates were highest for the Hispanic and Asian populations. Not so great and not so surprising: the average commute time (49.7 minutes) for residents was the longest of all City neighborhoods. The number of businesses in the Rockaways grew by 55.8 percent (459 firms) from 2000, to reach a total of 1,281 in 2021. This was greater than the borough (43.8 percent) and citywide (28.5 percent) rates. More than three-quarters of the increase (77 percent) was in businesses with fewer than 10 employees.

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Between 2012 and 2021, property crimes on the Peninsula declined in almost every year, while violent crimes increased in three of the 10 years. Overall, the rate of decline in major crimes was considerably higher (30.4 percent) for the area than it was for the borough as a whole (12.8 percent). You can find the whole report on the Comptroller’s website or use this shortcut link:

https://bit.ly/3BzLDLP

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As a reminder, as of Monday, September 12, individual ferry rides are now $4 each way (still $2.75 if you buy a 10-ride pack). Discounts are also available for seniors, people with disabilities and MTA Fair Fare participants.

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