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Congrats to Tom Sullivan for his impressive win in the NY State Primary race last week. He beat Slawomir Platta. The newcomer to politics will take on State Senator Joe Addabbo in the November election.

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We got a tragic reminder of how dangerous the ocean can be this week. While swimming near Beach 86th Street on Sunday, Lamine Sarr, a 17-year-old student from Channel View School for Research, went missing. Rescue teams could not locate him. His body was recovered on Tuesday.

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You might think a concrete parking lot could hold much of a fire, but if it’s got 120 cars with gasoline, it’s a different story.  The black smoke from the Kings Plaza parking lot fire was easily seen in Rockaway. A suspect has been arrested for

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If you’re reading this on Thursday, here’s a reminder to get out and vote. Primary Day is on Thursday this time around.

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According to the Commercial Observer, a media company covering commercial real estate, because Rockaway is experiencing a wave of residential development, there will be a retail boom. A senior executive at Cushman & Wakefield says the condos going up on Beach 116th Street “changes everything.”

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There was lots of online griping about a block party on

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The old, basically abandoned, decrepit, sad, sorry theater on Beach 116th Street has officially been sold for $6.125 million. Demolition plans have been submitted and approved. 

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Regular Local Color contributor, Timothy Moriarty, asked us to give a shout out to the Parks Department and Joe Mauro for doing a “fantastic job” clearing away sand last weekend at the Beach 74th ramp making it more wheelchair accessible for visiting disabled veterans.

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Reunion news: On the evening

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Congratulations to the Final 15. We have to say, The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is underrated as something that makes Rockaway more beautiful! Thanks to all who entered the contest (hey, get out there with your cameras now and save your best for the 2019 contest!).  The winner will be selected this Sunday, August 12 at Caracas on the Boardwalk and Beach 106th Street at 10 a.m.

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This Saturday a lot of locals head to Riis Park. Why? Well, it’s the playoffs for the Rockaway Beach

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Voting reminder: The state primary election date is Thursday, September 13, 2018. For Democrats, Governor Cuomo is being challenged by Cynthia Nixon. On the State Senate side, Republicans, Slawek Platta and Thomas Sullivan, vie for the right to challenge Joe Addabbo in the November general election.

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Seasonal reminder: Hurricane season has started and ends November 30. Rockaway and Broad Channel are in Evacuation Zone 1.

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Councilman Eric Ulrich chaired the Veteran’s

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Congratulations to Don Riepe who submitted the winning photo in The 2018 Rockaway Times Photo Contest. Don’s winning photo is of swans on Jamaica Bay. The Jamaica Bay connection doesn’t end there. Don’s not only a great photographer, but a guardian of Jamaica Bay and has led environmental efforts to protect that vital body of water for years. 

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Plans for next year’s contest are underway. The Poseidon Parade will be a category and photos or portraits of our treasured seniors will

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Vote for your favorite photos this weekend. The Rockaway Times Photo Contest has 30 finalists. The amazing shots have been on display on the boardwalk and the ferry landing since Memorial Day. This weekend, the field will be narrowed to 15 finalists. On Saturday, voting will take place at three locations. On Sunday at two. See Page 8 for details.

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The 100th Precinct tweeted a Vision Zero notice. We’re hearing that there will be enhanced enforcement of traffic laws for the next

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