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The Timmy Klein Volleyball Tournament held last Saturday in honor of the fallen firefighter and friend to many was an amazing site to behold. We’re bad at guessing crowd numbers but it looked like a few thousand showed to play and/or join the fun and support the event (which raised money for The Timmy Klein Foundation and the Answer The Call Foundation. Big, big kudos go to the many volunteers and donors.

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Sometimes we forget to acknowledge some accomplishments and we’re definitely late with this one: Congratulations to The Rockaway Beach Surf Shop which got started in 1972, 50 years ago! Surfing is now a year-round thing in Rockaway with multiple surf shops and schools. Fifty years ago, not so much. Congratulations to Tom Sena (and family and staff) for this remarkable run.

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AmpSurf's second Adaptive Surf Clinic will be held on Saturday, July 23 on Beach 67th Street from 8:30 am - 12:00 noon. AmpSurf is a 501 (c) (3) non - profit teaching Veterans, People with Disabilities, and Special Olympians surfing using the healing power of the ocean. Go to ampsurf.org to register as a participant, instructor or water assist volunteer. There is a $50 refundable deposit to hold a spot. It will be returned after participation or may be used as a tax-deductible donation. Text John Roberts at (917) 734 - 8711 if you have any questions.

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Grandma: How was school? Napoleon: The worst day of my life. What do you think? You can discover or reenjoy such classic lines from Napoleon Dynamite at Beach Flix: Free Movies on The Beach tonight, Thursday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Caracas Arepa Bar and the Rockaway Civic Association, Beach Flix is a great night out and all you have to do is bring your popcorn (or tater tots), beach chair, and maybe your best dance moves to enjoy this offbeat classic. PS: Vote for Pedro.

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The 15th annual City of Water Day returns to the shores of the metropolitan region on Saturday, July 16. A day to celebrate the waters that surround our region and to raise awareness about current and future impacts of climate change and sea level rise. As part of the celebration, The Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy will host its 5th Annual Jamaica Bay Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the Festival, nature and water enthusiasts can paddle in the kayak parade, see wildlife, learn to fish and go biking or sailing while enjoying the beauty of Jamaica Bay and the surrounding community. Check out JBRPC.org for more info.

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Weather or not. If the forecast calls for any rain, the crowds just don’t show. The ferry is overflowing when the sun is shining and the temps are warm but if there’s a whisper, even a 10% chance of rain, lots of people stay away. Rockaway has its own weather and lots of times the rain is brief or doesn’t happen at all. Locals could do without the crowds; local businesses often need the crowds and locals want local businesses to succeed.

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