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To our Jewish friends: Gmar chatima tova as they observe Yom Kippur.

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Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Mike Melfi, a young, local ironworker who died in a work-related incident on Tuesday. Melfi also bartended at Bungalow Bar and was known as the life of the party. He will be missed.

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This past September 11 was particularly hard for many people. The Friends of Tribute Park, the people who do so much to make that oasis a special place, deserve heaps of credit for the ceremonies held last Saturday. It’s a day fraught with emotion and there’s a lot of pressure to make things go smoothly and respectfully. It was a beautiful commemoration. To all those who contribute, we say job well done and send a big heartfelt thanks.

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Well, the first photos we saw of the St. John’s Hospital fire on Friday of last week made it seem like utter catastrophe would be the outcome.  Fortunately, the FDNY and staff were able to swiftly evacuate patients and other personnel and then got the fire under control and limited damage. As the hospital carries out efforts to rebuild affected areas, you can help by making a donation online at www.ehs.org/firefund.

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60 Minutes did a recap last Sunday about the events of 9/11 and the difficult tasks top FDNY officers faced that day. Rockaway’s Chief Pete Hayden was among those interviewed. Soon after the towers fell, Hayden called firefighters together, called for a moment of silence for those who were gone and then rallied the available firefighters, reminding them all that they had work to do. Heroic. If you missed the show, you can still catch it online on www.CBS.com 

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The Community Flood Watch Project is a growing network of residents and organizations who report local flooding, share experiences, and access resources related to flooding in NYC coastal communities. There is an upcoming webinar you can attend. Designed to bring greater awareness to flooding and rising sea levels, the meeting sponsored by the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay and New York Sea Grant is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21 from 6:30-8 p.m.  You’ve got to register to attend. Go to https://bit.ly/3923E6z for more info.

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The Graybeards will be hosting a Blood Drive on Sunday, October 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Frances De Sales School – Gym, Beach 129th Street. Appointments are preferred and you can do so by going to this link: https://bit.ly/3EgnKbr998

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Remember Klaus Biesenbach? He was the Director of Moma (Museum of Modern Art) and Rockaway resident who helped bring the community space (The Dome) to Beach 95th Street in the months after Sandy. And he was instrumental in bringing great stuff (Patti Smith) to Fort Tilden. He was hired to run MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Los Angeles in 2018 and is now headed to Berlin to run the Neue Nationalgalerie. He’ll be back to Rockaway one of these days.

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CYO bummer: The Diocese of Brooklyn suspended all CYO Sports and large Parish gatherings and events for the remainder of 2021 in response to the ongoing COVID outbreak. After some persuasive appeals, CYO Cross Country and Soccer will be allowed to continue.

 

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