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Well, how great was Katie McFadden’s story last week about George Johnson and his friendship with a Kentucky man, first begun when George was a bone marrow match with the young Forrest Nichols 25 years ago?  They loved it in Kentucky, too. A chain of Kentucky newspapers will run the story around September 11. 

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From our star marine reporter: The Jamaica Bay subway bridge, a swing bridge just east of the Cross Bay Bridge, has been stuck in the closed position since early July. When closed, the bridge has a vertical clearance of about 26 feet at mean high water. The waterway is an important link for petroleum products going by barge to the tank farm on Burnside Avenue plus contaminated soil is removed by barge from a nearby site and replaced, again by barge, with clean soil. The tugboats that normally push these barges are too high and can’t fit under the bridge so older, lower tugs must be used. Plus, anyone with a sailboat east of the bridge, can’t get out to the main bay. It’s a real mess. There is a work barge with a crane moored at the bridge (blocking one side and creating a hazardous condition) but so far, they don’t seem to be making much progress. In case you were wondering, JFK is not affected because they get jet fuel from an underground pipeline that originates in Bayonne. 

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It’s not the weeds in the cracks at Riis that bothers as much as the cracks. It was a pleasant surprise to see NPS crews clearing some of the overgrown weeds on the old basketball and handball courts but it’s the actual infrastructure that needs to be addressed. If anything, clearing the weeds, shows even more disrepair and neglect. We contacted Congressman Meeks’ and Senator Schumer’s office twelve days ago for comment. So far, they seem to be in cahoots with NPS: we’ve heard zilch.  Please see page 6 if you’d like to contact Gateway directly (it’s contact info from their website).

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Last week we announced a “mini photo contest” and asked you to send a photo of your garden or favorite flowers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Robin Shapiro of the Shore Garden Club will select a winner who will receive a $100 Gift Certificate to Lisena Gardening Center. Contest ends Aug 31. We’ve gotten some good ones already.

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The Belle Harbor Yacht Club will host a 1st Responders “Thank You” Party at the club next week, Thursday, August 26, from 6-10 p.m. There will be free live music with Jim “Wolfie” McGrath, food from Breezy’s Bishop’s Barn, and tequila from the sponsor “Mana Tequila.”  It’ll be outside on the Foggy Wharf Deck and club backyard. Contact the BYYC for more details.

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NYC Parks, The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the Rockaway Film Festival are collaborating to bring movies to the beach. They are offering an End of Summer Film Series at O’Donohue Park in Far Rockaway on the last three Saturdays of the official beach season including August 28, September 4, and September 11. Screenings will begin at sunset. For more information, please visit rockawayfilmfestival.com.

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Queens Public Library announced that the Peninsula branch, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard has reopened after a closure due to a Covid case.

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On August 28 at 4 p.m., there will be an anti-violence/Black August poetry and performance cafe on Beach 9th. Those wishing to contribute can contact Aiysha Simons: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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