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Facts You Probably don’t Need

 The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three-day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians. Turkey wasn’t on the menu.  Because they do not have teeth, turkeys have two stomachs to help them digest their food.  The human population has officially passed 8 billion.  Brad Pitt, while starring as Achilles in the movie Troy, ruptured his Achilles tendon on set.  China has just one time zone (Beijing time) that covers the whole country. In the westernmost provinces, the sun may not rise until 10 a.m. or set until midnight. The border with Afghanistan is the...

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Things To Do

Jimmy Crusher O’Neill Turkey Trot On Thursday, November 24, considering running this turkey day 5K on behalf of Jimmy O’Neill, a local 10-year-old boy who has been battling cancer. The race starts at 9:30 a.m. on the boardwalk at Beach 126th Street. Pre-register at Rockawaytc.org or go to in-person registration and bib pickup at the St. Francis Small Hall on Wednesday, 11/23 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.   100th Precinct Thanksgiving Dinner On Thursday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., head to the 100th Precinct at 92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd. for a free Thanksgiving meal. If disabled or a...

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Cooking Oils

There are many different issues to consider when it comes to choosing a cooking oil. Taste is just one factor. Fat content is another factor. Obviously, in the context of this column, how the oil may affect your health is a major factor. Last January, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology published a research article that found that people who consumed more than 7 grams (0.25 ounce) of olive oil exhibited a significantly lower risk of death. Olive oil is a major component of the Mediterranean diet, a very healthy and heart-conscious diet. Saturated fat raises levels of LDL, or “bad”...

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Happy Anniversary, Doc

Our Ask the Doc columnist, Dr. Peter Galvin and his bride, Maryellen, are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this Friday, November 25. They were married at St Vincent Ferrer Church on Glenwood Road in Brooklyn (it poured – good luck they say). This photo was taken at their reception at the Carlyle, a catering hall that once stood on Avenue D in Brooklyn (right across the street was Mahoney’s, where they all went after the reception).  At the time, Galvin was in medical school, so they put off a honeymoon until Christmas week, when they went off to celebrate the magic of their...

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LOCAL COLOR: READERS SEND IN THEIR PIX

We might be a little biased, but we think some of the best photographers in the world live in Rockaway.  Here are some shots that readers shared with us this week.  Send your photos (limit to 2 per week) to mail@rockawaytimes.com and we’ll do our best to print them (space permitting).  We do receive more than we can print. Deanna Augustinas Iryna Medvedovska (On another coast) ...

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Far Rockaway Center’s Honors Our Veterans

Far Rockaway Center, the 100-bed skilled nursing facility on Virginia Street in Far Rockaway, celebrated Veterans Day with a ceremony on Friday, November 11, to acknowledge the twelve veterans residing at the facility. Leadership thanked them for the freedom we all enjoy. Veterans at Far Rockaway Center served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy and their ranks range from Private, Specialist, Sergeant, Petty Officer and Captain, rankings that should be commemorated. The Veterans Day ceremony opened with a bagpiper leading a resident veteran, Mr. Wayne Council, who carried the Color Guard in. Then...

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NYC Plover Project Hosts Free Educational Series

Rockaway-based non-profit will hold free webinars for residents to learn more about the plight of the endangered shorebird. NYC Plover Project, our local Rockaway volunteer effort to protect Piping Plovers, has kicked off a free webinar series on Zoom. The series began this week with a presentation by Dr. Grainne Maguire who leads the shorebird protection effort for the Hooded Plover in Australia. “While not a Piping Plover effort, we wanted to kick off this series by highlighting a very successful effort to protect vulnerable shorebirds, 18 years running, in Victoria, Australia,” said Chris...

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High Tide

***** Advertiser and reader reminder: Next week is a short week for us. Deadline is Tuesday, November 22, 12 noon for ads.  The paper will be delivered on Wednesday and the email version of the paper will go out Wednesday morning. Still haven’t signed up for The Rockaway Times email blast? Subscribe (it’s free!) at Rockawaytimes.com or just shoot us a quick email telling us to sign you up and we’ll take care of the rest. Send an email to: Mail@Rockawaytimes.com ***** And with next week a short one, put those orders in now, make those reservations today. And start by checking the pages of where...

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This Week in History

November 17 Marie Marrone Moriarty was born. Lauren Raphael McCallion was born. Jaime Jordan was born. Bob Moran was born. Finbar Devine was born.   1973 – President Nixon said “I am not a crook.”   November 18 Dylan Courtney was born. Annie Graves was born. Jim McDonald was born. Christy Cook was born. Colleen Brady was born.   1928 – Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie. 1978 – Jim Jones, a U.S. pastor, led 914 of his followers to their deaths at Jonestown, Guyana, by drinking a cyanide-laced fruit drink. Cult members who refused to swallow...

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