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Buying gift cards for the holidays?  Skip Amazon and buy local. Restaurants, spas, clothing stores, gardening centers, bakeries, surf shops, gyms, bikes shops, you name it–gift certificates from local places is the way to go. 

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And don’t forget the local markets. From the BHYC Boutique on 12/2, the Broad Channel Crafters at the American Legion on 12/3 & 12/4, the Markers Market at the Brewery on 12/5 and Sip and Shop at Bungalow Bar on 12/9, plus more next week, there is no excuse to not shop local!

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It’s Winter Wonderland at The Rockaway Hotel. From our friends at The Hotel: Come celebrate the start of the holiday season with us! Saturday, December 4, from 12- 6 p.m. Carolers, crafts, local vendors, gifts and

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Hannukah!  – Already? Yes, the Festival of Lights, begins Sunday, November 28. November 28 is the earliest start to the eight day holiday. In 2035, the first day of Hannukah will be on Christmas, December 25.

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The de Blasio administration has succeeded in making driving a frustrating and maddening experience. The latest ridiculousness is the installation of speed bumps on Shore Front Parkway (parkway, ha ha!). The speed limit is 25 on Shore Front

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Happy Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your service and sacrifices. (It cannot be overstated how important veterans are to this country and our way of life).

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Tomorrow, November 12 is the 20th anniversary of the crash of Flight 587 in Belle Harbor. It was a terrible and terrifying event that occurred as the community was dealing with the aftermath of 9/11. Two hundred and sixty people aboard the flight were killed and five Rockaway residents were killed in their homes. We hope the

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Boo. Happy Halloween!

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The coast is clear for another 91 years, right? Nine years ago, tomorrow (October 29), they called it a 100-year storm after Sandy rolled in and wreaked destruction and caused hundreds of deaths along the east coast.  Just a couple months back, Hurricane Ida, which largely spared Rockaway, was the most recent reminder that such storms aren’t 100-year events anymore.

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Now is a good time to check batteries and discuss evacuation plans with family. And

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Next week is Thanksgiving so we won’t be delivering the hard copy of the paper until Friday, November 26. We will be emailing the paper, as usual, on Thursday. If you can’t bear to wait to read The Rockaway Times, now would be a good time to sign up for the email version, which is free, of course. Send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we’ll add you to the list.

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Stand by your pan. That’s not a typo (as in, stand by your man). That’s the message from the Consumer Product

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Congratulations to Joann Ariola and Eric Adams. Ariola won the 32nd District City Council race in decisive fashion as did Adams in the mayoral race. The City Council race was expected to be a squeaker, but Ariola won big, taking 68% of the vote to Singh’s 31%. Social media can be noisy. It’s instructive to recall what Adams said when he won the primary: he said he cared about social security not social media. (Which reminds us, both winning candidates advertised big in The Rockaway

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Volunteers Needed. The Friends of Tribute Park have received 500 daffodil bulbs from the Daffodil Project. These are to be planted Saturday October 30 at 10 a.m. Please bring gloves and a trowel. Questions? Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Well, Curtis Sliwa, the mayoral candidate, running on the republican side, ditched the Tuesday evening Belle Harbor Property Owners Association (BHPOA) meeting at PS 114 after committing to it weeks ago. Seems he had to prep for last

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