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Santa Comes Early to 116th

On Wednesday, November 23, Santa Claus paid an early visit to Beach 116th Street. Councilwoman Joann Ariola and the Queens Chamber of Commerce teamed up to host an early holiday event at Bagel Barista Station on Beach 116th Street. All of the kids who came out were treated to face painting, hot cocoa, cookies and an opportunity to take photos with Santa Claus! “It was wonderful to see B116 Street bustling and so many smiles on all of the children,” Councilwoman Ariola said after the event. “Wishing everyone a magical holiday season!  

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Facts You Probably don’t Need

The large intestine is about 15 feet shorter than the small intestine.   Jousting is the official sport of Maryland.   The human population has officially passed 8 billion.   The first CEO of Apple was named Michael Scott.   Pumpkins, watermelons, avocados, and bananas are all berries while strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are not.   The Carolina Panthers have never had back-to-back winning seasons but also won the NFC South three years in a row.   The New York Jets have never beaten the Eagles. They are 0-12 against them.   Adolf...

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This Week in History

November 23 Christopher Warren was born. Nancy Cregan was born. Mary Ryan was born.   1945- The United States stopped rations after World War II. However, sugar rations still existed.   November 24 Sheila Dalton was born. Mary Sanford was born.   1963 -Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s accused assassin, in the garage of Dallas police headquarters. 1971 – D. B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines flight with $200,000.   November 25 Margaret Powers was born. Jazmine Outlaw was born.   2002 – President George W. Bush signed into law the Department...

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Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland you’ll be blessed with the Gift of Gab. Knowing some in this group, we think that’d be a bit of overkill! We can’t imagine them becoming more gifted in gab.  A large group of St. Francis de Sales parishioners from Rockaway made a trip to Ireland and a smart handful of them packed wisely. The Rockaway Times t-shirts, especially the green ones, had everyone in Blarney gabbing. Mark Spadaro, Father Jim Cunningham, Linda Spadaro, Eileen Davies and Pauline Kalish – you all look magically delicious!

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High Tide

***** Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for having loyal readers and simply awesome customers who have been so supportive this year (and every year!). We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. ***** Don’t expect any final call on the NYS Assembly race between Stacey Pheffer Amato and Tom Sullivan this week. Ballots are still being counted and with this being a holiday week we expect no news on that front. The Queens Chronicle reported that just seven (7!) votes separate the two. Being so close, and with a lawsuit filed by Amato’s team, a recount is also expected. Let’s hope it’s sorted out soon,...

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Waterside & Jump Team Up To Give

Waterside Children’s School recently spent a morning GIVING in honor of Thanksgiving. Ellen McDonough and the entire kindergarten grade partnered with JUMP Dance Studio on Beach 116th Street to help fill the food pantry in the Rockaways. The children learned a lesson in the spirit of helping their own community and they were so excited to be a part of giving this season. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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My brother-in-law likes to emphatically state: “There are no do-overs in life. This is not a rehearsal!” At this time of THANKSGIVING, it’s a good idea to take inventory of some things to be grateful for. If you are trying to sell your home, then there is some comfort in that the supply of homes on the Rockaway market remains relatively low. Prices in Rockaway may be down a bit from their all-time highs, but they are still high by historical standards. If you are trying to buy a home in Rockaway, then you can be thankful that prices here are still very attractive when compared with other areas...

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Tech Incubator Opens in Rockaway

On, Thursday, November 17, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Queens Tech Council were joined by business, government and community leaders to celebrate the opening of the Queens Tech Incubator at 1 Beach 105th Street in Rockaway.  The Rockaway location and the Queens Tech Incubator at the Greater Nexus in Jamaica are the first two spaces to open as part of this initiative, with plans to open additional locations in Flushing, Long Island City and Forest Hills. “Supporting a strong tech ecosystem requires more than just attracting the world’s most prominent tech companies to Queens, we also...

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32 Guns Collected at Buyback

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and the NYPD announced that 32 guns were collected on Saturday, November 19 at the Church of God Christian Academy in Far Rockaway. The gun buyback events seek to curb gun violence and the destruction it causes by accepting working unloaded firearms – with no questions asked – in exchange for compensation. The event was co-sponsored by the NYPD, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Office of the State Attorney General Letitia James, City Council Majority Whip Selvena Brooks-Powers, Church of God Christian, Academy, First Church of God and Food Bazaar...

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