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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 said it. When you leave bars and restaurants and house parties, please be respectful of neighbors. Tone it down, some people are trying to sleep.

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Our thoughts go out to the families who lost loved ones when Flight 587 crashed in Belle Harbor seventeen years ago. Please see Katie McFadden’s recap on Page 11. One astonishing part of that day that shouldn’t be forgotten was the leadership shown by Fire Chief Pete Hayden.  The Chief had worked every single day at Ground Zero for two months, since 9/11. On his first day off, he saw Flight 587 plane coming down and crash, and was among the first on the scene. From there, he led the emergency response. A hero in our midst.

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Our thoughts are also with the friends, family and many former students of Mrs. Annmarie Todes. The beloved teacher to many at PS 114 and Scholars’ Academy died on November 4.

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It’s already in the rearview mirror and we don’t want a curfew, but trick-or-treaters ringing the bell past 8 p.m. is just wrong. Of course, it’s the unthinking adults who do this that we really want to admonish. We heard one woman rang a bell five times and then knocked! As if it was an emergency. Give us a break!

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Rockaway Rotary will be conducting a food drive for local pantries on Saturday, November 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at Stop and Shop on Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park. Non-perishable items will be collected. Please be generous.

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Along, the same lines, the Graybeards will be collecting food items and have already dropped off bags and a list of suggested non-perishables in a few neighborhoods. Please have your bag ready by 9 a.m. this Saturday, November 10 for pick-up.

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Congrats to the election winners. Stacey Amato and Joe Addabbo have kept their seats on the State level. Although Tom Sullivan came up short in his challenge to Addabbo, he ran a good race as a newcomer and we hope he’ll consider trying again for this or another position. It’s worth noting that Addabbo lost his first campaign to Al Stabile and he’s been winning ever since. It’s not easy running a campaign and we salute those who give it a try.

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More congratulations are in order and they go out to Dan Rayder who won four tickets to St. John’s Basketball. If you’d like to have your name thrown in the hat for tickets, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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This happens once or twice a year and we have to call it out. Cars parked for church, including funerals, sometimes get ticketed. Cops or Traffic Enforcement people should really exercise judgment here. It’s not a slippery slope. Well, what about people “just running into a store” as if because one is overlooked they should all get a pass. No. Doesn’t have to be like that. Churchgoers would prefer to park legally but if there are no spots available, they should be able to attend service.

 

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