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L’Shana Tovah tikatevu. Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of Sunday, September 25 and ends on the evening of Tuesday, September 27. Again, Happy New Year to our friends who celebrate.

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We couldn’t agree more with the idea that Peter Brady suggested recently. The Flight 587 memorial on Beach 116th Street should be redesigned. As it is, there is no access from the boardwalk (you have to leave the boardwalk, go down a ramp and circle back to enter the memorial). On the street side, the structure has a wall that is hardly welcoming. The wall provides privacy for those who might want to contemplate the sad event of the 2001 plane crash, but unfortunately, it’s the kind of privacy that encourages drug dealing, public urination, and hanging out–creating an environment at extreme odds of the memorial’s intention. If it’s going to stay there, it should be open  (perhaps like the Vietnam War memorial in Washington DC).  Beach 116th Street has challenges, the memorial shouldn’t be on that list.

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Speaking of 116th Street, committed business owners, City Councilwoman Ariola, police from the 100th Precinct, civic leaders and neighbors held a meeting last Friday to discuss how to improve this crucial commercial strip. The Rockaway Times is showing its support this week to the many businesses that try so hard to earn your patronage.  Please see Pages 9-19 to remind you of the great options on the block.

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Tonight, Thursday Sept. 22 and into tomorrow morning, the Department of Health will spray for mosquito control in Rockaway. Areas including sections of Arverne, Arverne by The Sea, Bayswater, Belle Harbor, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Hammels, Neponsit and Rockaway Park. Please help in this effort and remove standing water from your property.

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Sports fans in New York were happy on Sunday night. The New York Post reported that the Giants, Jets, Mets and Yankees all won on the same day for the first time since Sept. 27, 2009.

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The fifth edition of Rockaway Film Festival is underway. This year’s lineup runs until September 25, featuring 68 films, 7 musical performances, and additional surprises. This Thursday, September 22 is an evening dedicated to Irish stories, including the New York premiere of A24’s GOD’S CREATURES with filmmakers Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer present for a Q&A. More information: www.rockawayfilmfestival.org/event/gods-creatures .

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Wanna see something colorful? The Monarch/Pollinator Festival is Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Refuge located on Crossbay Blvd. in Broad Channel. Learn about how the important ecological role pollinators (bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, etc.) play in the environment. Activities includes walks and talks by local experts and a visit to Fort Tilden to look for migrating Monarch Butterflies, dragonflies, and other insects. This is a partnership event between NYC Audubon, Jamaica Bay -Rockaway Parks Conservancy, National Park Service,  91st Garden, and the American Littoral Society. Free and open to the public. Kids welcome. For more info contact don@littoralsociety.org. For reservations and information go to: www.littoralsociety.org/pollinator-festival.html

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Election Day is right around the corner. That means campaign events are in full swing. One is taking place tonight, Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club with a fundraiser/ meet and greet for Tom Sullivan, a Republican who’s running for assembly. Bring a checkbook if you’d like to show your support.

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