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Several Good Samaritans came to the aid of a woman who’d fallen off her bike and knocked unconscious last Saturday morning on Cronston Avenue. Sarah Palmer, and a couple of young ladies called 911 and others, including Jim Moriarty and Brian Kelly, helped comfort the woman and alerted the family. The woman is recovering and doing well.

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Facebook and Instagram went down on Monday. The general health of people soared for a few hours. Meanwhile, local newspapers continued without a pause. Which reminds us. Sign up for our email and get the paper in your inbox every Thursday morning. Go to Rockawaytimes.com and click Subscribe or send us an email and we’ll do it for you (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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As reported in The Queens Chronicle, a seal in Jamaica Bay has given birth to a pup. Dan Mundy Jr. of EcoWatchers believes it’s a milestone and probably the first time it’s happened in a hundred years. The seal is called Ruffles (after the island, Ruffle Bar) and is often spotted enjoying Jamaica Bay, which is now cleaner than it’s been in decades, allowing all sorts of sea life to flourish. Here’s hoping Ruffles Jr sticks around.

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NPS tells us that equipment and broken concrete on Heinzelman Road (the main road into the park off State Road) is part of the Fort Tilden Paving and Drainage Improvements project. “Curb and paving work will resume in early October. Current schedule anticipates completion in mid-December.” They didn’t say what year.

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Is it too early to talk holiday shopping? Yes, it probably is but if you like planning, Black Friday is Friday, November 28, the busiest shopping day of the year. The next two busiest? Super Saturday, the Saturday before Christmas is December 18 and Thursday before Christmas is December 23. (Christmas is on a Saturday this year, the first time in ten years).

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There’s a beach cleanup with a history tie-in this Saturday. AmpSurf and Senator Joe Addabbo are conducting a rededication ceremony honoring Hawaiian surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, the Father of Surfing, who visited Rockaway in 1912. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. followed by at beach cleanup at Beach 38th Street.

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Councilman Eric Ulrich announced that his office has secured $65,000 in funding to remove derelict boats from Jamaica Bay. NYC Parks will use the money to rid local waters of vessels that are often just abandoned by owners who can longer afford to maintain them. It’s estimated that more than 100 such vessels remain in New York’s waterways.

Are you 50+ years of age? Retired? Thinking of Retiring? Want to learn something new? There’s an online Zoom program from November 4 through December 14 from 3-4:30 p.m. You can learn about navigating longer life, better sleep, financial fitness, exercise, health relationships and more. Email Susan Lavin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Susan at 347-260-3891 for more info.

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State Senator Joe Addabbo wants students in his district to participate in the New York State Senate 2021 Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. Participating students in Kindergarten through grade 12 can electronically submit — in jpeg or PDF format — an original poem, one-page essay, or artwork expressing what they are thankful for this year to Senator Addabbo’s website. All submissions will be published on Addabbo’s website, and participating students will receive a certificate from the Senator, thanking them for taking part in the elebration. Teachers may also submit students’ artwork to Addabbo’s website.

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