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Happy Labor Day weekend.  Labor Day first became a federal holiday in 1894.

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Another comment about decrepit Riis Park. As bad as the concrete boardwalk is and as bad as the rest of the place looks, the most concerning thing is the disappearing beaches. The ocean regularly rolls right onto the boardwalk at Bay 4 and 5. National Parks had no interest in getting jetty protection and therefore Riis is a disaster waiting to happen. And that is a danger to the nearby communities. Riis is like a side door that’s left open in a storm. Ocean water will rush into Riis and not be stopped and will flow into Neponsit and Belle Harbor.

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Congratulations to Kathleen Klohe who takes First Prize in The Shore Garden Club photo contest.  The Shore Garden Club, with The Rockaway Times as the sponsor, held a mini photo contest in August and some great photos of flowers and gardens were submitted. See Page 36 for some of the top ones chosen by Robin Shapiro. Kathleen receives a $100 gift certificate to Lisena for her winning photo – flowers in a salvaged tub from Hurricane Sandy!

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They had to give up the ship. The three guys who left Rockaway hoping to row all the way to Ireland made it well into the Atlantic before communication and safety systems went on the blink. The crew had to call the Canadian Coast Guard for a rescue. The Coast Guard contacted a tanker in the area and the huge ship scooped the guys up.

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The 3 on 3 By The Sea Tournament in memory of Clare Droesch was cut short by rain but even the disagreeable weather couldn’t stop this from being a wonderful day and one of the best new traditions in Rockaway.

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It’s September, right?  Since we didn’t get much in July and August, we’re hoping for some summer weather the next few weeks. The Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic is Sunday, September 12 and the Poseidon Parade is set for Saturday, September 25.  According to NYC Parks, the 2021 beach and pool season will close -to swimming – at the end of day on Sunday, September 12.

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City Council candidate Felicia Singh visited The Rockaway Times last week and this weekend we got a visit from the other top candidate, Joann Ariola. Joann left with a couple of Rockaway Times t-shirts so we can expect to spot her somewhere soon.

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If you’ve traveled through Neponsit in the morning, chances are you’ve seen trucks lined up with huge boulders for jetty construction.  Apparently, state troopers had been pulling over some of the trucks because of excess weight (you’ve seen those truck weigh stations on highways). This struck some as unfair and they wondered if fines were being issued. Dan Falt of the Army Corps looked into it and said: “The trucks have all been underweight in total, but since rock is lumpy and loaded unevenly, it can trigger an individual axle as overweight on the bridge scales.” So, no harm, no foul.

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Sad news. Laura Ferragamo, once a much loved teacher at PS 114, died this week. A scholarship will be established in her name. We'll provide details as they come in.

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