Merry Christmas from The Rockaway Times!

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Merry Christmas from The Rockaway Times!

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Holiday schedule heads-up. We’ll be publishing on Friday, December 28 (our New Year’s issue) and Friday, January 4. Paper and email delivery will both be on Friday of those weeks.

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Disaster was averted on Tuesday, December 18 on the bay block of Beach 119th. A house fire broke out but the FDNY responded quickly and the fire under the second floor eaves was quickly extinguished.

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There’s still time to get tickets for the Christmas Concert at St. Francis on Friday, December 21. World famous Irish tenor  Anthony Kearns is this year’s star attraction. Tickets are on sale in the rectory. A reception follows the concert which runs from 7-9 p.m.

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Speaking of tickets, St. John's tickets – who wants ‘em? We’ve got 4 for Saturday, December 22 and 4 for New Year’s Day. Oh, and they’re free to the lucky winners. Send an email to Mail@Rockawaytimes if you’re interested.

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The annual Graybeards Dinner Dance is Saturday, January 26, 2019 at El Caribe. The event is the main fundraiser for this group which does so much for the community. You can contact the office about getting tickets (718-634-6812) and while we’re at it, if you want to make an end of year tax-deductible donation to this fine not-for-profit, please do!

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And you might also give to the Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA). The roof at sTudio 7, the home of exhibitions and performance events, has succumbed in its battle with old age and Mother Nature. RAA is raising funds to match a $10,000 grant from The Fund for the City of New York obtained via advocacy by the Jamaica Bay Rockaway Park Conservancy (JBRPC) to repair the roof. Please go to www.rockawayartistsalliance.org to make a donation.

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The Ferry schedule for the holidays is as follows: Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24 – Weekday Schedule; Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25 – Weekend Schedule; New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31 – Weekday Schedule; New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1 – Weekend Schedule.

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The grammar police were on the case last week after we reported that the stores on Beach 129th Street were robbed. People are robbed; stores are burglarized. Ok, ok but if you’re the one who had your place burglarized, you’d still feel robbed. 

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Ray Marten, a homegrown college football player at Boston College, will be playing in his third bowl game since joining the Eagles. This year, BC will be playing the Boise State Broncos at the First Responder Bowl in Dallas on December 26.

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This past Monday marked the anniversary of one of the more underrated achievements in human history. The Wright Brothers successfully piloted the first powered airplane on December 17, 1903. The first flight lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. Leave it to humans. Just eight years later bombs were being dropped from aircraft in the Italo-Turkish war.

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Real estate news. The Wave Building at 8808 Rockaway Beach Boulevard is for sale. The newspaper changed hands recently and now it looks like the building is the next thing to go. The asking price is $2,495,000. According to Loopnet.com, the listing agent is Charles Rutenberg Realty. Hmmmm, that’s interesting.

 

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