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Well, you’re reading The Rockaway Times. Know what that means?  The RT Team did not win Mega Millions or Powerball. We would’ve flown the coop and never published (after donating to our favorite Rockaway charities, of course, and secretly buying the Neponsit Home). We knew the odds. We knew throwing the money in the bay was probably money better spent, but we bought some tickets anyway. And hey, we wanted to show solidarity with the rest of you nuts who caught the $1.6 Billion fever.

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Monday marks six years since that storm. You know the one we’re talking about. Some people are STILL not back home. The Harbor Light is STILL not open (but will be soon!) Our beaches STILL remain without adequate protection as they erode more and more. We hope one day that Hurricane Sandy will be more like a memory than something that’s still noticed around town.

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Water or no water? The Reconstruction of Beach Channel spearheaded by the Department of Design and Construction has been a nightmare for local businesses. Beach 116th was essentially closed early in the week and businesses along Beach Channel Drive were notified that there’d be no water on Monday. But then there was water. Then word came there’d be a water interruption of eight hours on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the water flowed. (It’s tough to sell coffee without water. It’s tough for dentists to work on patients without water. It’s tough to plan a work day without working toilets). More than a little puzzled, we called DDC and were told all good, there’ll be no shutdown. 

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The iconic clock at Riis Park is being removed for a complete rehab. We have to admit that we didn’t know it by its name, The Wise Clock, named after jewelers from Brooklyn. We just know it was the star in a Cracker Jack commercial.

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The Bugalou Music Series kicks off Year 2 this Saturday at St. Camillus. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams will headline this Saturday’s show, which will be made extra inviting because The Kerry Kearney Band will play as well. Go to BugalouMusic.com for more info. You can also email concert impresario, Keith Bugsy Goldberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We’re sad to report that Muriel Berry Stemmann died this week. Born in 1922, Muriel spent most of her life in Broad Channel. We got to know Muriel through the postal service. She read every square inch of The Rockaway Times each week and would often send us old (and we mean old!) news clippings and photos from various papers and magazines that were somehow pertinent to today’s Rockaway and Broad Channel. The correspondence was often just a little wacky, stamped with Muriel’s sense of humor. 

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According to the New York Law Journal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a district court’s order that had found in favor of an insurance company that denied Madelaine Chocolate its Hurricane Sandy claim. Madelaine filed claims for more than $40 million but Great Northern, a Chubb division, only paid $4 million. The chocolate company sued for the balance, lost in court, then won on appeal by a unanimous three-judge appeals panel on Tuesday. How sweet it is. Talk about a Happy Halloween…

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It’s still Breast Cancer Awareness month! Community House is raising awareness with a special pink cocktail. Buy one this October and the proceeds go to Rockaway WISH.

 

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