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The seashell flag tribute on our cover was made by Editor Katie McFadden and her boyfriend, Paul Zinskie. It's surrounded by 20 flags to mark the 9/11 anniversary, and 13 at top as a tribute to the troops recently killed in Afghanistan. Check it out on Beach 127th.

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The twentieth anniversary of 9/11 is Saturday. “Never forget” is an appropriate term because we never will and never can. There is no right way to honor those who were taken that day. The day remains extraordinarily difficult for many among us. We wish comfort and solace for all who suffer. We will never forget.

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The Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic is Sunday, September 12 at Beach 91st Street (Richie Allen’s Way). The surfing fun, geared towards younger surfers, is a day to remember Richie, a firefighter who was killed on September 11, 2001. The sign-ups start at 8 a.m. and the contest begins at 9. There will also be a traditional paddle out to honor Richie. It’s always a great day with smiles everywhere. Even if you don’t surf or have kids that do, come anyway, buy a t-shirt and enjoy.

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The Rockaway Film Festival kicks off Monday, September 13 and runs through September 19. There are short films, feature films, documentaries and experimental films and at least one classic, “Weekend at Bernie’s.” Co-founders, Sam Fleischner and Courtney Muller, put a huge amount of effort into the festival (a non-profit) and could use your support. Check out some of the stuff at 72-02 Gouverneur Avenue in Arverne (next door to the Rockaway Brewery). See Page 44 for schedules.

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Well, here’s one we didn’t expect. Apparently, there were “storm crimes” committed during that historic rainfall that came with Hurricane Ida last week. Some people set up sandbags in such a way that water would flow onto neighbors’ property. We’ve heard of grudge fences, but grudge sandbags?

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Thankfully, Hurricane Ida mostly skipped the peninsula, but the damage was considerable in other parts of the city. More people died in New York as a result of the storm than in Louisiana, which took the initial hit. It’s fair to say that New York officials were caught off guard even though the National Weather Service had issued a warning that “potentially life-threatening flash flooding is expected."

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The International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, September 18, 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Beach 59th St and Rockaway Boardwalk. Join RISE for the annual International Coastal Cleanup in partnership with the American Littoral Society. People of all ages are encouraged to participate. All trash collected at this event will be entered into the national database, which goes to help establish legislation to reduce trash along our shores.

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Community Resource Fair: On Tuesday, September 14 from 11am - 3pm, the Peninsula Adult Learning Center will host a community resource fair. Meet and chat with community organizations and leaders. Let’s celebrate! Outdoors @Peninsula, Queens Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd for info email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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The beaches remain open (lifeguards are on duty) through this Sunday, September 12. The month of September can be very summer-like. Be mindful that it is dangerous to swim on unprotected beaches.

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The Mother Ship, or rather, “Mother Earth,” the giant rusted metal sculpture that landed on Beach 98th Street last summer, is leaving. Artist Kris Perry announced it would be de-installed Thursday, September 9 and returned to his studio. The 35’ piece was quite the conversation starter and was photographed by many.

 

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