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Tomorrow, Friday August 12, we’re naming the Winner of The Rockaway Times Photo Contest.  We’ve invited all photographers who earned a spot in the Top 30. They’ll be able to take home the enlarged photo that was on display in the boardwalk since Memorial Day (and maybe get a Rockaway Times t-shirt). The winner will receive $500 as the Grand Prize and earn bragging rights for at least a year. The public is invited to the final ceremony, too.  The Rockaway Times office, 114-04 Beach Channel Drive at 5 p.m. on Friday.

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Speaking of contests, our Rockaway Times Sandcastle Contest is this Sunday, August 14 on Beach 109th Street. Registration starts on the boardwalk at 11:30 a.m. and the contest starts at 12:30 p.m. Participants

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We’ve now got a Top 10 in The Rockaway Times Photo Contest. A total of nine judges (from the Rockaway Times, NYC Ferry, NYC Parks, and Jamaica Bay – Rockway Parks Conservancy) had an excruciating time narrowing down from the Top 30 photos which are on display on the boardwalk. Congratulations to the Top 10 – all of whom will be eligible to win the top prize of $500. The final is scheduled from Friday, August 12. See the Top 10 on Pages 13 and 14.

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And we’re already planning next

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The Resilient Edgemere Plan was approved last week by the City Council. The plan, first pushed by the de Blasio administration, could add 1,200 new housing units and improve resilience in the area that has been plagued by floods for years. Community Board 14 Manager Jon Gaska heaped praise on City Councilwoman Selvena Brooks-Powers who negotiated with the city on housing and infrastructure.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, we’d like to hear who has eyes that say the

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It’s hard to keep track of all the annual things we have around here. This Friday, July 8 at 6 p.m. is Thrilla in Camilla! It’s a great night of FDNY boxing for a good cause at St. Camillus (99-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard). This year proceeds benefit Tunnel to Towers. For tickets, see www.fdnyboxing.com. Also in the St. Camillus lot, next Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Assemblywoman Stacey Amato and Senator Joe Addabbo host an annual Rockaway Paper Shredding Day. The electeds

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So, we posted a video of a spinner shark or blacktip (at least that’s what the consensus was from shark aficionados) and the video and story about beach closing went viral and was even picked up by papers in the U.K. The Daily Mirror headline blared: Incredible moment SHARK leaps out of the sea and spins off Queens! Just a few days later the Daily Telegraph amped it up a bit: The US is in the grip of a shark panic amid a sharp rise in attacks and sightings…. beaches were closed after a

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The Timmy Klein Volleyball Tournament held last Saturday in honor of the fallen firefighter and friend to many was an amazing site to behold. We’re bad at guessing crowd numbers but it looked like a few thousand showed to play and/or join the fun and support the event (which raised money for The Timmy Klein Foundation and the Answer The Call Foundation. Big, big kudos go to the many volunteers and donors.

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Sometimes we forget to acknowledge some accomplishments and we’re

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Happy July 4th! Have a fun, safe holiday!

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The complaint department has received the following requests: Can you please report that Stop & Shop never has any meat? Can you please have someone do something about (utility) wires that are a big mess? A lot of the wires are dead and should be removed. (Verizon says it’s Spectrum; Spectrum says it’s PSEG; PSEG says it’s Thomas Edison’s fault and Thomas Edison was unavailable). Residents of the Dayton Beach Park buildings say a

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