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It’s hard to keep track of all the annual things we have around here. This Friday, July 8 at 6 p.m. is Thrilla in Camilla! It’s a great night of FDNY boxing for a good cause at St. Camillus (99-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard). This year proceeds benefit Tunnel to Towers. For tickets, see www.fdnyboxing.com. Also in the St. Camillus lot, next Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Assemblywoman Stacey Amato and Senator Joe Addabbo host an annual Rockaway Paper Shredding Day. The electeds invite everyone to safely and securely shred their unwanted documents.

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Speaking of annual things. Here’s our annual plea to Parks: Please put more garbage receptacles on the beach and please have more frequent pick-ups. Parks must do more because too many people are disgusting slobs. It’s truly disheartening that some people leave garbage on the beach and think nothing of it. It’s a waste of time for us to remind these knuckleheads but we will do so anyway: If cans are full, take your garbage with you when you leave. 

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Remember when The Army Corps said they should be finished part of their work by mid-July (the beaches from 92-106)? Lots of people groaned and hollered. Well, the Army Corps finished early so the beaches can open (assuming there are lifeguards). The Army Corps has made timeline announcements in the past and have often completed jobs on the early side. Sounds like it’s part of their overall strategy. Get everyone prepared for the worst and then look good In the end.

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Something’s gotta give. This past Saturday, drivers, pedestrians and boardwalk patrons were terrified when a big gang of guys on dirt bikes and ATVS went gallivanting through the streets, across medians, and speeding through the crowds on the boardwalk. To many people’s surprise, police did seemingly little to stop it. This has become a big problem through the city but was a first for the boardwalk.

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Last fall, we did a story about the dilapidating state of Riis Park. Among the things we noted, was the crumbling concrete boardwalk. In a classic National Park Service way of doing things, with the boardwalk (at Bay 3 or so) crumbling worse than ever, NPS did not fix it but simply put a fence around it. They charge twenty bucks to park, they never fix anything, they just don’t want people in the National Recreation Area.

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Vandals did a job tagging/putting graffiti on the boardwalk in the Beach 50s. We spotted this when it first happened but resist putting photos of it online or in the paper. Some vandals love the publicity, and we’d rather not oblige.

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We expect a lot of pressure will be put on City Hall regarding the ferry and the subsidies it requires after a report by the City Comptroller comes out. The argument that is rarely heard is, what are the costs associated with people taking cars instead (traffic, pollution, accidents, etc.)

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The folks of sketchRockaway! are celebrating their one-year anniversary. The group organizes sketch days, inviting artists to different locations around the peninsula to be inspired as they draw. In honor of the occasion, Norma Allende and Chris Jorge put some of the sketch artists’ work on display in the windows of the old Fashion Wave at 216 Beach 116th Street. If you have a chance, check it out, there’s some great stuff.

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