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Happy Father’s Day! Dads didn’t always have their day. It wasn’t until 1966, when President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers. He probably had golf in mind when he set the day as the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

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Our Dad photos we’re printing this week were sent to us after we put a call out on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks!

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Holy smokes. The Rockaway Times will be celebrating anniversary Number Eight next week and in all those many years, the Yankees and Mets have not been in first place at the same time this late in the season. Ok, it’s only June, but still…

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Juneteenth is this Sunday, June 19, but the public holiday is a day later, Monday, June 20, a national holiday commemorating emancipation of enslaved black Americans. Juneteenth is a combination of June and nineteenth. On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas and declared slaves free. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln, had freed the slaves two years earlier but because it was during the Civil War confederate states did not honor the Executive Order.

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AmpSurf's first 2022 Learn to Surf Series clinic will be held on Saturday, June 25 from 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon at Beach 67the Street. AmpSurf is a 501 (c) (3) non - profit. The organization teaches veterans, people with developmental disabilities, and Special Olympians surfing using the healing power of the ocean. Go to Ampsurf.org to register as a participant. There is a $50 refundable deposit to hold a spot. It will be returned after participation or may be donated as a tax - deductible donation. Volunteers are needed as water and beach assists as well. Email John Roberts (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any further questions.

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The season’s first grim reminder that the waters around Rockaway can be dangerous came with the news that two 13-year-old boys drowned last Friday after slipping off a sandbar in Jamaica Bay. The drownings occurred near the North Channel (Addabbo) bridge that leads to Howard Beach. There some confusing news reports at first because some outlets reported the drownings occurred at Beach 121st Street and Newport Avenue, which of course, is not even waterfront.

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The members of the St. Francis de Sales Bereavement Ministry invite anyone who has recently lost a loved one to join them for a Memorial Prayer Service on Saturday, June 18  at 11 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis de Sales Church, Beach 129th St. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served after in Monsignor Reddy Hall. Members of the Ministry will be available to talk to if you have any questions.

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This Saturday, A Walk On Water (“AWOW”) is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. At this annual surf therapy event, AWOW’s trained surf instructors will share the therapeutic power of the ocean with children and young adults of unique needs, known to AWOW as, “Athletes.” The goal of this surf therapy is to remove any limitations society may have placed on these athletes, and to have them experience the joy of surfing alongside fellow athletes and their siblings. Our day is dedicated to pushing their boundaries and growing their self-confidence. Families will enjoy a stress-free day on the beach, complimentary lunch, activities, and plenty of good vibrations. For more info go to www.awalkonwater.org 

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