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Life is a bit sadder around here this week with the heartbreaking news that Patricia McFadden, mother of Katie McFadden, our Managing Editor, and a great supporter of The Rockaway Times herself, died this week. Arrangements are pending.

 

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You know what they say, you don’t want to own a boat, you want a friend with a boat. If you’re short on such friends, you still have the option of renting a boat. And if you do, you can do worse than renting a pontoon boat out of Marina 59 in Arverne. The pontoon boat (the kind often seen on lakes) can fit 10 people and if you can drive a car, you can steer the boat. Summer’s almost over but there’s still enough time to get out on the bay. Call 718-945-4500 and definitely say you heard about the pontoon rental through The Rockaway Times.

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A fun day of schoolyard basketball is set for tomorrow (Friday, August 27) at St. Francis de Sales on Beach 129th Street. The 3 on 3 By The Sea Tourney is in honor of the legendary, much-loved, much-missed Clare Droesch who died of cancer in 2018.

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Well, Hurricane Henri gave us big waves and a nice drenching but, for a change, it seems Brooklyn and Manhattan got the local brunt and had bigger flooding problems than Rockaway. Central Park got eight inches of rain which, if that had been snow, would have been nine feet!

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The 17th Annual Richie Allen Surf Memorial Classic will take place on Sunday, September 12 at Beach 91st Street. Richie, a firefighter, was killed on 9/11 and the surfing event keeps his memory alive and with so many young people taking part it’s a great way for the next generation to connect to Richie and the ocean which he loved so much.

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Queens Borough President Donovan Richards announced a free concert series – Queens Live – and it will kick off here in Rockaway on Saturday, August 28 from 3- 7 p.m. with Reggae on the Boardwalk at Beach 94th Street. After years of performances in Brooklyn and the Bronx, the August 28 concert will be the first Reggae on the Boardwalk event hosted in Queens.

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NYPD Harbor Patrol stops at the dock behind The Rockaway Times building regularly as the crew looks to grab lunch at Rockaway Bagels. One of the cops told us that they’re busier than ever keeping out eye for sharks off Coney Island and Rockaway and they relay the information to Parks–which sometimes results in swimmers being told to get out of the water. The presence of sharks means there is plenty of food (other fish) in the area and is another indication that the waters around the peninsula are cleaner than ever.

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Felecia Singh stopped by The Rockaway Times office to say hello. The candidate for City Council is an Adelphi grad, a Peace Corps volunteer, and former teacher at a charter school in Brooklyn. And she was a Census worker, too, where she, no doubt, picked up some door knocking skills. She believes resilience (ocean and bay protection with community input and sewar upgrades, etc.) is an issue all Rockaway residents can support. She said she’ll have an office in Rockaway should she win the November election. The race against Republican Joann Ariola for the District 32 seat is expected to be among the most competitive in the city.

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Sad news. Sally Imperato, a friend to many, and who wrote some great stuff for us, died Friday, August 20. She'll be greatly missed.

 

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