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Nothing better than a Sweet 16. It’s hard to believe the annual RockStock and Barrels festival celebrates their sixteenth year this Saturday, June 11. They’ve got a full lineup of bands, skate and surf contests, local vendors selling goods and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Beach 91st Street, with an after party to follow at the Rockaway Hotel.

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Just as Connolly's is staying Connolly's, Elegante is staying Elegante. After nearly 40 years owning the beloved Rockaway Beach pizzeria, this week, brothers, Frank and Tony Amato shared that they're hanging up their aprons, as they officially sold the place. They didn't share many details but emphasized "everything is staying the same" under the new owners. Plus, they'll still be in Rockaway to give the new guys a slice of advice. Congratulations to the Amatos on a job well done, and for all their contributions to the community!

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Looks like New York City’s speed cameras will soon become active 24/7. Last week, the state legislature voted to approve 24/7 operation for the cameras that result in a $50 ticket for going over the speed limit. In a 51-12 vote in the Senate, both of Rockaway’s senators, Joe Addabbo and James Sanders, voted in favor of the bill. In the 94-55 Assembly vote, Rockaway’s Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato was among those who voted against the bill. This comes after a May 26 NYC Council vote on the matter, in which only seven councilmembers voted against the resolution, including Rockaway’s Councilwoman Joann Ariola. The bill will move on to Governor Kathy Hochul who will have to sign it before it goes into effect.

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Photos from this year's Rockaway Times Photo Contest are up on the boardwalk (and look fabulous) and we're happy to say five Honorable Mentions are now posted at the ferry dock. Did yours get selected? Check out these great photos on Page 51.

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Some pet stores might become a thing of the past in NY. A bill recently passed state legislature banning the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. Pet stores that heavily relied on this aspect of their business may have to get creative to stay open.

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Our thoughts are with the Marten family on the tremendous loss of Raymond Marten. In November, we profiled Lauren Marten who decided to run the 2021 NYC Marathon with StacheStrong in honor of her father, Ray, who was diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), an aggressive type of brain cancer, in August 2020. Ray kept a positive attitude in his brave battle, but unfortunately passed away on Saturday, June 4. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis de Sales on Beach 129th on Thursday, June 9 at 11 a.m.

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Get your paddle on! The Community Boathouse has launched its season, offering free kayaking opportunities at Bay Breeze Park on Beach 88th Street and Riis Landing. The schedule shows openings for weekend paddles and occasional paddles on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For a full schedule and more information, check out: www.communityboathouse.org/ 

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The next monthly Community Board 14 meeting is Tuesday, June 15 at 7:15 p.m. This will be the last monthly meeting before CB14 goes on summer hiatus, so get your gripes and announcements in now and hear the latest.  For meeting access info and the agenda, see the Announcements tab at:  https://www1.nyc.gov/site/queenscb14/index.page 

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