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Don’t look now, but August starts this weekend.

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest Final will be tomorrow Friday, July 30 at 5 p.m. at Caracas at Beach 106th on the Boardwalk. All Top 30 finalists are invited (there will be happy hour prices courtesy of the sponsors Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy, NYC Ferry, The Rockaway Times and NY Parks). Top 30 photographers can pick up their photos that day, after the winner is chosen. See you there!

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The Rockaway Times community-based fun isn’t over. The fantastic annual Sandcastle Contest is this, Sunday, Aug 1 on Beach 117th Street. Please see Page 5 for registration and other info. Shout out to our sponsors and supporters who help us do these events! 

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A grand jury has indicted a man in the shooting death of 10-year old Justin Wallace. On Saturday, June 5, Jovan Young, 29, allegedly fired bullets through the door of the boy’s home on Beach 45th Street killing him and injuring the boy’s uncle. Young surrendered to the 101 Precinct and will be back in court on September 16. If convicted, Young faces 25 years to life.

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There is a fairly new professional basketball league, called appropriately enough, The Basketball League. The Enid (Oklahoma) Outlaws just won the league’s first championship with a win over Syracuse Stallions. Rockaway’s own, Charlie Marquadt, who has starred in the St. Francis Summer Classic in recent years, was a key player for the Outlaws and scored better than 18 a game for the champs.

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The mayor announced on Monday that New York will require city workers to be vaccinated by mid-September or face weekly testing.

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Attention Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland. Attention Senator Chuck Schumer. Attention Congressman Gregory Meeks. Do you know Riis Park and Fort Tilden are crumbling and in shameful disrepair? Chuck, you must know! You ride your bike through the craters of the Riis boardwalk. Of course, Chuck, you can’t ride on the shore road in Fort Tilden because it hasn’t been fixed since Sandy, nine years ago!

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We have some sad news to pass along. Frances Abbracciamento of Breezy Point died this week at the age of 108. We covered several of her milestone birthdays and noted just last year that she survived Covid at the age of 107! What an amazing life she led. Her son, Frank, who operated Abbracciamento restaurants died in January at the age of 77.

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More sad news. The Animal Hospital of the Rockaways is closing. Around since 1977, the practice at 114-10 Beach Channel Drive will not accept appointments after August 30. Records can be obtained by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Tuesday is National Night Out Against Crime (though most festivities take place during the day). The 101 Precinct is holding a talent show and other activities at Beach 17th Street. The 100th Precinct will host a bunch of fun things at Beach 94-95 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Paul King of the Belle Harbor Property Owners and Amanda Agoloia of Neponsit Property Owners Association met with State Senator Joe Addabbo, City Councilman Eric Ulrich and State Assemblywoman Stacey Amato regarding local opposition to the Army Corps’ plans to put a concrete path on the beach and tie it in with a large ramp system. Rep. Gregory Meeks is hearing from various parties as well. Various compromises are being offered. Whether you’re pro or con, it’s fair to say this proposal came out of left field and seems rushed. The full Community Board was never apprised of any such plan. Stay tuned. It ain’t over.

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