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 The peninsula-wide cleanup has gotten a head start—on Beach 116th Street. On Wednesday, April 21, more than 20 planters along Rockaway Park’s shopping corridor were spruced up ahead of Saturday’s full cleanup.

“They look so good,” Liz Hanna, who has been spearheading the effort to fix the planters along Beach 116th Street said. “It’s a game changer when you turn down the block and see it.”

On Wednesday morning, crews from Lisena Garden Center were hard at work cleaning out the garbage-filled

What happened to “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” The NYC Parks Department has been doing a spring spruce up. The flowers around the welcome sign at Beach 108th Street and Shore Front Parkway are looking great, but notice something different? The “Welcome to Rockaway Beach” sign was replaced. The wooden wavy sign that had survived Hurricane Sandy is gone and has been replaced with a more generic sign that look more like something you’d find at a subway station. Why? Were the community board

I might have Attention Deficit Disorder but I don’t have the patience to get tested. I was filling a coffeemaker with water the other morning and I got bored doing it. I got halfway through filling up the reservoir or whatever they call the water thing on those Keurig machines and just stopped. I was bored to tears. I couldn’t take it.

Of course, yes, yes, I know –that would mean I’d have to fill it up again that much sooner. Didn’t matter, doesn’t matter. As the women of Be Well Be Happy tell

Today, Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day but many celebrate and honor Mother Earth throughout the month. For some background information, NYC Parks provides this chronology:

Earth Day began in 1970 as a way to raise awareness about environmental issues. Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, and Denis Hayes, a young environmentalist, joined to organize events across the country and "shake things up." Following that first Earth Day, which was celebrated by 20 million people across the

 Skateboarding can be a fun activity, but it’s even better when doing it safely. Christine Scheppa is hoping to share the importance of wearing a helmet while skateboarding, during an event in collaboration with Ernie Herrera, owner of GrindTime Skateshop located at 90-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard next month.

Scheppa knows firsthand how vital a helmet can be. In 2016, Scheppa’s son, Vinny, fell off his skateboard. According to Scheppa, “he was not wearing a helmet and suffered a traumatic brain

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Mount Sinai South Nassau has a mobile unit, a bus that travels to sites throughout Nassau offering vaccine shots. We think St. John’s, with the help of our elected officials, should do the same. And we’re offering The Rockaway Times parking lot as a site (and we’re sure other places would love to join such an effort). We sent a tweet to all peninsula electeds and so far…nothing.

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Reminder: the peninsula-wide cleanup is this Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  You can join a

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Mount Sinai South Nassau has a mobile unit, a bus that travels to sites throughout Nassau offering vaccine shots. We think St. John’s, with the help of our elected officials, should do the same. And we’re offering The Rockaway Times parking lot as a site (and we’re sure other places would love to join such an effort). We sent a tweet to all peninsula electeds and so far…nothing.

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Reminder: the peninsula-wide cleanup is this Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  You can join a

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Bummer. We saw a listing that the old Sand Bar property on Beach 116th and the Boardwalk was ready to be leased and we ready for a beachfront happy hour. But alas, the listing broker had the wrong photo and it's the vacant lot across from the new condos that can be leased on a temp or short-term basis.

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For the seventh year in a row, The Rockaway Times won multiple awards at the New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, a statewide competition among New York newspapers

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Almost last call. The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is accepting photos until next Friday, April 16. Please see Page 26 for details. We haven’t looked at any of the entries yet but we know Rockaway’s Got Talent and we can’t wait to see photos that best say: Rockaway!

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Full steam ahead on the vaccine front. On Tuesday of this week, people 16 years of age and older are now eligible to get the vaccine. It can be a challenge making a reservation online but refresh the page and keep on

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Happy Easter.

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As of April 6, any New Yorker over 16 years of age will be able to get the vaccine. This news followed the Biden directive that all states make the COVID-19 vaccine eligible to all residents by no later than May 1 of this year. According to some projections, almost the entire U.S. population will be fully vaccinated by late July.

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is open for a couple more weeks. You are allowed to submit up to four photos. You might have a

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Happy Passover to those who celebrate starting this weekend.

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116th Street continues its steady climb up.  Rogoff’s (and the Thank You Café) are closed but get ready for Bagel Barista Station. Rob Pisani who ran Channel Market and Bagel Barista in Broad Channel is opening a supersized bagel place that will seat 25 people and have an open kitchen and baking area. They’ll offer catering as well. Barista Station will be the latest makeover joining Rogers, Rocco’s Pizza (on the

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Advertiser alert:  The summer’s coming and so is The Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide. This great Rockaway tradition somehow made it to print in 2020 thanks to the commitment and faith in Rockaway of so many of our merchants. The Summer Guide will be a great way to welcome back normalcy! Or something close to that!

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Half steam ahead. As of this Friday, March 19 dine-in restaurants will be permitted to increase capacity to 50%. Covid cases are falling and vaccine numbers

Dear Editor:

(re: Lazer Lou’s 4/8/22 column) As I read anything, my mind races forward; it’s something I can't rein in. Lou, as I was reading your recent column regarding your father, I was already composing a letter to the editor (I do this in my mind all the time but rarely mail them). How could your father be the best of all time when my father was that guy? As I read on and you related the loss of your Dad, I slowed down. Irish, German, Italian, they all shared the same experiences now

Dear Editor:

It is most unfortunate that the bureaucrats that are running our response to COVID-19 decided to halt the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of six cases of a rare blood clot in the brain that might be linked to the vaccine. There were six cases out of nearly seven million doses of the vaccine. The blood clot rate is actually lower than the known rate in the general population. Recall that prior to Election Day last year, Democratic pols including Biden, Harris

Dear Editor:

When MLB went political and moved the Baseball All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver, they proved two things. 1) MLB does not care about fans, and businesses. 2) They had no problem converging Sports with Politics. This was a calculated blunder which will be felt for years.

Many business owners in Atlanta feel that ROB Manfred (commissioner) of MLB made a quick knee-jerk reaction to legislation passed by both state houses in Georgia. Voter ID was one of the main components of this

Dear Editor:

Who wants to spend the money and time to travel back and forth and pay for something you should be able to get at your local train station? I realize a cut back for services because of COVID may have been necessary but not any longer for seniors!

For some other reason, the A line train stations in this area no longer provide a transfer of the balance on an expiring Senior Metro Card to the new Senior Metro Card.

Give the ability back to the individual stations to provide this

Dear Editor:

It's unfortunate that so many people from Rockaway choose to politicize mask wearing.  It has really soured me to going out enjoying the boardwalk when no one wears masks and absolutely no signage acknowledging we are in a pandemic. I visited Bethany Beach, Delaware and signs all over. Rockaway should follow suit.

Patricia Hickey

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  With all the silencing of voices, I appreciate reading opposing views. Many in the medical and scientific fields were absolutely censored for not towing the Fauci (who has made a career out of being wrong) lockdown line. Dr. Galvin's view is shared by many. It seemed obvious by last April that people of a certain age and certain health issues should have been protected. Everybody else should have been back to work with some precautions.

The CDC just released, "it is fine to

During the last year, many of us have realized that the news media is sensationalized. I think we always knew that it was, but the events of the last year have really brought it out. I remember as a young elementary school student learning about yellow journalism, and I feel that has truly taken hold in our mainstream news media. Not all news publications have great covers such as “Smells Like Summer” or “April Fools: No Joke Connolly’s to Reopen!”

I have taken to Twitter quite often to see

It is that time of year again where we will all be subjected to the crazy elf pictures when many of our social media friends try to outdo one another with their elaborate poses and shenanigans. Will this year be easier or harder? Tell the children that the elf is quarantined? Or does that make life harder, as now you had to order a mask, and supplies to quarantine the elf?

For those of you like me, who either have older children or no children at all, the Elf on the Shelf is a book that was

As I wrote in last week’s column, I love Thanksgiving. I love the food and the low pressure of no presents and just getting the house ready. My house is all autumnal and we will start the Christmas decorations this weekend. Here are a few things I am thankful for:

My friends: Again, when I speak to my friends at work, not many have friends they can trace back to elementary school. I am very lucky to have a group of both old and new friends who live all around me. From book clubs, to Christmas

The next holiday is Thanksgiving. Why is Thanksgiving so shunned in society? I remember in elementary school coloring wonderful pictures of cornucopias, and close dinner gatherings between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving. Is it because now the story is out and the origin is that we technically pillaged the Native Americans and caused their destruction?

Why doesn’t Thanksgiving get any recognition in the world of media? The only Thanksgiving tune that comes to

Over the past few years, I have noticed a decline in the delivery of the mail. However, when we were kids on Beach 117th Street, someone could probably address a postcard with just my first name and possibly an incorrect address and it would arrive at 212D Beach 117th Street because Marty the mailman would know it was for me.

Even the Broad Channel mailman understood the humor of his locals when Uncle Joe from California sent a Christmas card to my in-laws with the name addressed as “George

Nostalgia. What a wonderful thing to hear a song and remember a significant, or minor incident, and smile. I can hear certain songs and remember that my mom or dad liked it, that it created a great memory or sometimes a sad memory.

One of the reasons I enjoy the beach so much is so many of my childhood memories were from the beach. We had a routine each day: someone was in charge of making the drinks, someone made the sandwiches and someone made sure we had snacks. Now we did not have juice

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