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Yay, to this. The 3 on 3 By The Sea Tournament in honor of Clare Droesch, the legendary basketball player and friend to many, will happen Friday, August 28. Last year’s event was a festival of fun and love and it’s great news indeed that the tournament is now a tradition that lives on. See Page 11 for more details.

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Congratulations to Theresa Racine for nabbing top prize in the Rockaway Times Photo Contest. Her photo swayed judges who loved the endless summer vibe. The Top 10 this year were all spectacular. Thanks to all who make this such a great event. The photos, displayed on the boardwalk, since Memorial Day, were seen and enjoyed by thousands. If one of your photos was a Top 30 and you want the one that was on the

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So, there was some weather on Tuesday. A tornado warning caused the Staten Island Ferry service to be suspended. NYC Ferry service was suspended. Downed trees caused the MTA to stop service on the A line. The Verrazano Bridges was closed to all traffic. A kiddie pool in Rockaway Beach went airborne and got stuck in wires over the street. And as of press time, some residents, throughout Rockaway, were still without power.

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And as the storm caused havoc throughout Rockaway we were

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Shannon Reed, who taught English at Stella Maris High School, has written a book, Why Did I Get A B?, and a recent excerpt was printed on The Daily Beast website. She lists A through Z reasons why she loved her experience at the school so much. You can buy the book on Amazon or you can subscribe to The Daily Beast for a short term subscription (for just a buck) to see the excerpt. Whether you went to Stella, sent your kids there or just remember the school that closed in 2010, you’ll

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We can’t blame this on the mayor but sure seems like ever since he said okay to outdoor dining, we’ve had rain every day.

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Well, it came as a surprise to us. Ludwig’s Catering is sailing into the sunset as Mary Morgan and Jimmy Carr have decided to retire and move on to the next chapter in their lives. Delicious food and service were staples for 25 years. Best of luck to Mary and Jimmy. They will be missed!

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Claire Conti, wife of retired police officer, Bob Conti, sent out

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 So, what’s going on with the jetties? The plan (hope) is for real work to start in early September. They are collecting rocks (really), getting equipment ready, and above all, waiting for the piping plovers to leave which usually happens in mid-August. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, it takes about two months for one jetty to be installed. So, the project will take a couple of years to complete. In 2018, fifteen jetties (groins) were installed at Long Beach and the beaches

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You know what we say in the newspaper business: Damned if we do, damned if we don’t.

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A very large crowd, maybe three or four thousand people, walked from Beach 121st Street on the boardwalk to the 100th Precinct last Saturday in a show of support for the NYPD. It was a peaceful march that got little coverage in the main media. One reason, we’d guess, is that few in the media thought the crowd would be that large. At one point, the marchers were met by some with opposing or

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Happy 4th of July.

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Heads up. Parking restrictions are in effect starting Friday this week (12:01 tonight) as the official 4th of July holiday is recognized a day early.

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The annual Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide is now out and will be available at many stores and other locations, including our orange news boxes. If you don’t get one right away, we will be restocking throughout July. Please remember to tell our advertisers you saw their ad.

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