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Santa gets to reclaim his reputation after Santacon, the annual pub crawl last week at which many bad Santas act naughty. It’s time for some Santapro. On Saturday, December 15, the annual Santa Shuffle takes place. The fun run/walk with everybody wearing a Santa suit kicks off at 11 a.m. on the boardwalk. Registration (9:30-10:45 a.m.), suit pick up and after-party occur at Glider’s gym, 114-04 Beach Channel Drive. Even if you’re not a runner, here’s your chance to walk around with a red suit and make people smile.  Oh, and at the party there will be a sign-up for The Rockaway Gliders Running Club.

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More good Santa will happen the Friday evening before the Shuffle. Movie Night with Santa is December 14 at St. Camillus

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Friendly neighbors with shared driveways often share car keys as well to make car jockeying a bit easier. Our tip for the week is, don’t leave the shared keys in the car. A regular thief turned into a car thief when he came across a set of keys after entering a car to look for loose change and other valuables. Oh, another tip: lock your car.

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We said it was an easy, well-paying job that has no real value. So far 21 people, most facing term limits, have announced plans to run for

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SHOP LOCAL. After Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday on November 24. Our local businesses depend on YOU all year round. And by helping them, you help us. If you stop by one of our advertiser businesses, let them know you saw their ad in The Rockaway Times!

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Raise a glass to Vino by the Sea, the new wine and liquor store that has finally opened at Arverne By The Sea. Running a small business is a monumental challenge and sometimes the hardest part is getting open. Waiting

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Thanksgiving is on the way. Check out our pages for local caterers and restaurants taking reservations. Claudette’s and Ludwig’s are two of the best. Don’t wait too long or else it’ll be too late.

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Need a quick phone number or address of a business? Check out Page 37. We’ll update and publish this Business Directory every so often. We hope you find it handy!

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We get occasional calls and emails about noise. We know you probably won’t think of it but we’ll feel better having

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Someone tweeted a photo of the never-completed 16-story buildings that stood like a skeletons for years at Beach 193rd Street in Breezy Point. The photo was from the early 1970s. Lawsuits stopped the complex of residences and commercial spaces that would have changed the area forever. The buildings themselves were imploded in 1979. The hills from the rubble remain there today, though covered by grass and shrubs. The company that built the complex sued the City and wanted the rubble

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Thanksgiving week heads up:  Don’t fret if you don’t see or receive The Rockaway Times next Thursday. It’s Thanksgiving and we will be delivering the paper on Friday aka Black Friday.  The email version will be delivered on Thursday. If you can’t wait until Friday, now would be a good time to sign up for our Rockaway Times edition by email. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. telling us you want the RT by email and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Advertiser heads up. Please get

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Calling all St. John’s Basketball fans—and we know there are plenty of you. It’s that time of year again when we raffle off free tickets to games played at St. John’s and at Madison Square Garden. The Home Opener, is Tuesday, November 6 against Loyola, Maryland. Game two follows on Friday, November 9 against Bowling Green. Both have 6:30 p.m. tip-off times. Want your name in the raffle hat? Just send an email stating which game (or both) you’re interested in. Go Johnnies!

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