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Queens Park Commissioner, Dorothy “Dottie” Lewandowski is retiring. A Queens native, Dottie was with Parks for almost 40 years. She was a regular visitor to Rockaway, had her critics here for sure, but we thought she cared and was accessible. We wish her the best in retirement.

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Nate Tabor from Far Rockaway announced that he’ll be playing basketball for St. John’s next year, according to the New York Post. He plays for a high school in Connecticut and was recruited by a number of top schools. He told 24/7 Sports that he picked St. John’s because “it’s close to home and everything, family and friends.” He also mentioned the coaching staff headed by Chris Mullin as a top reason for his choice.

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Speaking of St. John’s…and we seem to every week. We had a lot of requests for the January 12 game but we only had 4 to give away. Richie Mikell was the name we pulled out of the hat.

Congrats, Richie. Enjoy! We’ll have other games to offer soon. We hope the Johnnies keep rolling. It’s weird to have a top New York team this time of year.

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Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Firefighter Steven Pollard. Pollard died on Sunday night after falling between a barrier on the Mill Basin Bridge, while trying to rescue people from a car. Although from Marine Park, Pollard was a friend to some locals and we know this is a tough hit for the FDNY community.

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Governor Cuomo says he doesn’t run the MTA and that the subway is New York City’s business (hence it’s the mayor’s fault). So, if he’s not in charge, who is he to say the L line won’t have to be fully closed down, as he did last week. Might as well ask, Governor, you have anything to do with the Cross Bay Bridge toll?

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One of Rockaway’s signature events is the Poseidon Parade. Some great volunteers make this happen each September. The Poseidon Prom, almost as much fun as the parade, will take place at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday evening, February 9. It’s a prom but you don’t need a date – just a sea-themed outfit to dance in. There are costs in running a parade and this is not only fun, but it’s a fundraiser. Keep an eye out for more details.

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Susan Zirinsky, a Neponsit native, has just been named the President of CBS news after a long stint producing the TV magazine show, “48 Hours.” She’s the first woman to hold the top job at the network. In an old NY Post article, Zirinsky talks about hearing gunshots on Beach 147th Street of all places. Two men were rubbed out, gang-style. Later that day, she and friends went to watch “Lady and The Tramp” at the theater on Beach 116th Street.

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We have to give a salute to readers who continue to send in great photos to our Local Color feature. Week in and week out, we get some beauties and are happy to print (when space allows). Keep us in mind when wondering who to share your great photo with. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And please, remember, two per week is the limit.

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Are you 21+ and need your GED? P.S./M.S. 183 (245 Beach 79th Street) is offering GED Courses from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through June. Be on time! For more info, call 718-634-9459.

 

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