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Happy Birthday to us. Or maybe it’s Happy Anniversary? Anyway, four years ago this week, The Rockaway Times was born. We couldn’t have done it without you. And big shout out to current columnists, Paulette Mancuso and Helen Kilgallen, Pete Mahon, and John Cori who were there at the beginning. We can’t decide if time flew or if it feels like ten years!

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The 12th annual Rockstock and Barrels Surf and Music Festival is this Saturday, June 23. It’s one of the best beach events of the summer. It’s got surfing, skating, shopping, music. Fun, fun, fun. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Beach 90th Street.

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Rob Pisani, former owner of the Bayview Restaurant and All American Channel Market in Broad Channel, is scheduled for

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Flag Day is June 14. In celebration, 7-year-old Willow Gresser wrote a short poem called "My Flag"...The flag is my life, my freedom and my heart. I believe the flag is the magnet that holds our country together.

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It’s not ‘til Sunday but it’s never too early to say: Happy Father’s Day! The photos we have on the front and on pages 20-21 were sent in by family members. If you want dad in next year, ya gotta email us!   

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Emil Lucev died this week. The amateur, and expert

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The Thrilla In Camilla is returning to the St. Camillus schoolyard on July 13. The exhibition boxing matches between the boxing team of the FDNY and members of the London Metro Police Service is a great night out, so make plans to be there. The fun night includes annual “grudge matches” in which long-time friends have to settle old scores by getting in the ring. Huge props, as they say, to those who lace up for this event which raises money for Building Homes for Heroes, a nonprofit that

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We heard Laurel.  (That's an internet joke).

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The 38th Annual Buckley’s-Kennedy’s 5K Charity run is Sunday, rain or shine. This year’s event honors the memories of Pat Tracy, Terry Flaherty, and Richie Bollman. All proceeds benefit HeartShare. You can get more info at HeartShare.org.

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This Saturday, May 19, the Annual Ryan Rudden Memorial Hockey Tournament will be held at the hockey rink on Beach 108th off the boardwalk. Ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m.

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We’ve been

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Got a photo of Dear Old Dad you’d like to see in The Rockaway Times?  We’ll do our best to include it in our June 14 edition for Father’s Day. Please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Volleyball canceled? A bit of mystery was cast over the reason the games were called off as The Rockaway Times went to press.  First report was a permitting issue.  But an NPS official said an "incident" was being investigated and games would be suspended until NPS and RBVL officials meet to discuss

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Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

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The Parks Department deserves all the scorn coming its way.  The announcement that beaches would be closed from Beach 91st to Beach 102nd this summer could have been made months ago. The erosion is obvious.  Businesses and the public could have made plans accordingly. 

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With increased ferry service there will be increased shuttle service.  Rumors were flying around that there would be no weekend service at all.  Common sense

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  And thanks to readers who sent in mom pics.  See pages 21 and 38.

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Ok, we were all complaining but we weren’t wrong!  The lousy April weather we endured was historic. It was the coldest April since 1894. 

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Congratulations to the photographers who’ve had their entries selected to be in the next round of The Rockaway Times Photo Contest. These photos will be blown up to poster size and adorn the boardwalk, ferry landing, and Broad Channel. A few others

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