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Boo. Happy Halloween!

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The coast is clear for another 91 years, right? Nine years ago, tomorrow (October 29), they called it a 100-year storm after Sandy rolled in and wreaked destruction and caused hundreds of deaths along the east coast.  Just a couple months back, Hurricane Ida, which largely spared Rockaway, was the most recent reminder that such storms aren’t 100-year events anymore.

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Now is a good time to check batteries and discuss evacuation plans with family. And check with neighbors and seniors who may need additional help during an emergency.

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A lot of Rockaway looks better than ever since Sandy, but you can still find reminders of Hurricane Sandy. The concrete sidewalk next to the boat ramp at Beach 109 remains shattered as if the storm hit last week. The ocean road at Fort Tilden has never been replaced and you can still spot Build It Back signs here and there.

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November starts on Monday and Election Day is Tuesday, November 2. Some have taken advantage of early voting, but the big day is Tuesday. Please get out and vote. While the mayoral race is likely to be one-sided, the City Council District 32 race promises to be a squeaker. If the candidates hold their respective neighborhoods, The Rockaway vote may very well be the determining factor in the race between Joann Ariola and Felicia Singh.

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We happened upon the student newspaper, The Hoya, from Georgetown University and came across an article by Noelle Cook, daughter of Dennis and Karine. We don’t know what Noelle is studying but her impressive writing talent is sure to help in whatever career she chooses. Nice work, Noelle! We love seeing the talent of Rockaway’s next generation.

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The National Park Service is moving forward with The Riis Bazaar team and its plans to overhaul the bathhouse. In a public announcement, NPS said: The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to enter into a 60-year lease for use and occupancy of the Jacob Riis Bathhouse and related buildings, located on the Rockaway Peninsula within the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area (GATE). Comments are welcome through November 6. Visit: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=80516 

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The 100 Precinct Halloween Trunk or Treat event will be in the precinct's parking lot on Friday, October 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is a free event for the community. Costumes, by kids of all ages, are encouraged!

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Vets. There will be a resource fair and barbecue sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at the Knights of Columbus Saturday Nov 6  from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. VA will assist Veterans, Spouses, and Dependents apply for Veterans benefits and resources (Home Loan, Education, Healthcare, Caregiver Program, Mental Health counseling, etc).  Bring your DD-214 military discharge papers. Please RSVP in order to ensure enough food for everyone: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (212)686-7500 x 4218 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (347)439-5965.

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There was some fun on Twitter after Ann Kirby-Payne, with her editor’s eye, caught New York Magazine listing Rockaway Beach as a Brooklyn neighborhood. Of course, many a cool Brooklynite, not just magazine editors, think Rockaway is theirs. And to be kind, we get it, the western part of the peninsula is across the water from Brooklyn, not Queens. But the same NY Magazine feature listed South Ozone Park in Brooklyn. Huh?

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