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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Hannukah!  – Already? Yes, the Festival of Lights, begins Sunday, November 28. November 28 is the earliest start to the eight day holiday. In 2035, the first day of Hannukah will be on Christmas, December 25.

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The de Blasio administration has succeeded in making driving a frustrating and maddening experience. The latest ridiculousness is the installation of speed bumps on Shore Front Parkway (parkway, ha ha!). The speed limit is 25 on Shore Front but at the speed bumps it’s 15! And you better slow down to a crawl because they’re more a hill than bumps. Four of them are just one block from the next. Ridiculous! Going east, cars try to avoid them by swinging into the bike lane. Is that increased safety? Going west, where cars are parked along the curb, there’s no avoiding the bumps. We’d hate to be in an ambulance going that way. These did not get Community Board approval, by the way.

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Rockaway historians, we have a question. Evander Holyfield, the former heavyweight champion (yes, who lost bit of an ear thanks to Mike Tyson) was in the Harbor Light for lunch last week, a guest of attorney Keith Sullivan. We’re wondering if another heavyweight champ ever set foot on the peninsula. Gil Clancy, born in Rockaway Beach, was a famed corner man and trainer who worked with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman and with middleweight champion, Emile Griffith. Clancy died in 2011. We’re wondering if he ever brought along one of his champs. And Mike Tyson?  Maybe he came to the beach while growing up in Brownsville? And we almost had one of our own. Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, who grew up in Far Rockaway, once fought Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title, losing in the tenth round.

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Comhghairdeas to Katie McFadden!  That’s congratulations in Gaelic and it’s well-deserved as our managing editor has been named a Deputy Grand Marshal for the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade to held Saturday, March 5, 2022. The parade promises to be back in full swing and it’s a grand idea to have Ms. McFadden as an honoree. She’s been celebrating Irish culture since she was a wee child. There’ll be great craic in early March.

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The Neponsit Home on Beach 149th and the ocean will be razed as NYC Parks takes possession of the long-abandoned facility. It is expected the building will come down after the 2022 summer season.

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We believe the Rockaway peninsula should be in one congressional district. If it’s split, you can bet the representation will suffer (you’d have two Reps looking at Rockaway as a sliver instead of one knowing it’s a large chunk). There are various redistricting plans being considered as a result of the 2020 census.  We believe one option which basically covers Coney Island to Point Lookout (and includes Marine Park in Brooklyn and the Five Towns) is the best for areas dealing with coastal issues, including transportation challenges. Public opinion is sought, and you can weigh in at the New York State Redistricting Commission site (NYIRC.gov). 

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The Bugalou music series starts this Friday, November 26, 7 p.m. at the St. Camillus Springman Hall, featuring Grammy-nominated Steve Forbert. Series promoter, Keith Bugsy Goldberg says if you like The Band, you will like Steve Forbert. If you like Bruce Springsteen, you will like Steve Forbert; If you like Gerald Bair, who will open our show with his friends Walter Ensor and Mark Magliaro, you will like Steve Forbert. Get tickets at: www.bugaloumusic.com 

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