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The nation reached a grim milestone on Tuesday. The Coronavirus death toll surpassed 400,000.

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We heard a lot of people saying they would be hesitant to take the vaccine or not take it at all. Well, there’s been no shortage of people who want it. Available time slots sold out like hot concert tickets. If you weren’t quick on the sign-up you were left waiting. We hope vaccine supplies and other logistics get straightened out soon (immediately). The concern right now is that already scheduled appointments will be canceled because vaccine supply will run out.

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It looks like there will be a race after all for Queens Borough President. Donovan Richards won the November election to take over for Melinda Katz who became the

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Sure seems like 2020 will be at least 14 months long.

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Mike Scala, a Democrat who ran for City Council in 2017 opposing Eric Ulrich, is running again. He won’t be facing an incumbent this time around but there will be a lot of others in the race. Scala lives in Howard Beach but he’s in Rockaway often enough to be an almost local. He’s a lawyer who helped fight against the proposed homeless shelter on Beach 101st Street and has been a vocal advocate for QueensRail and expanded

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Happy New Year. We said that last year but this time we really mean it.

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We’re curious to see if January 1 polar plunges, which happen up and down the beach, will have smaller or bigger crowds than usual. There are plenty of people who want to wash away 2020 and bring in the New Year with a fresh (cold) start while others remain cautious about being around others. Forecast calls for around 44 degrees. Piece of cake.

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A dolphin washed up on the beach at Riis Park earlier

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We went to press just as the weather was getting weathery. The forecast called for up to 12 inches which makes complete sense. You couldn’t have 2020 without a blizzard. We write this with fingers crossed that it’s “just” a blizzard and won’t be long remembered. Stay safe!

 

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Speaking of 2020, The New York Post reports that UFO sightings have jumped 31 percent in New York City from 2019. One sighting was an orange, metallic orb over Jamaica Bay. This is not to be confused the

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Army Corps / Jetties/ Groins update: “We are on schedule to complete the groins near Beach 32 and Beach 36 in March. We intend to start construction on the groins near Beach 149th and Beach 145th in February. In the next few months, we will have more information to provide on the next construction contract that will provide for the reinforced dune, beach sand, and dune crossings.”

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Speaking of the beach, we don’t blame you if you avoid it this time of year. But, we’re just saying

Merry Christmas!

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Covid numbers going up on the Peninsula. Robby Schwach of Councilman Ulrich’s office sends out weekly reports and this week is worth noting. Since Thanksgiving, there have been 937 new cases in Rockaway including 243 in 11694 (Rockaway Park/Belle Harbor/Neponsit) alone, and 152 in Breezy Point. Far Rockaway has 374 new cases since Thanksgiving but with a much bigger population than 11694 or 11697.

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The good news is parts of Rockaway are some of the first in line

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Happy Hanukkah. And Happy Chanukah, too!

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On Sunday, December 6, City Councilman Donovan Richards became Queens Borough President Donovan Richards as he was sworn into by office by New York State Attorney General Letitia James. It’s always good to see someone who served Rockaway (and knows where it is!) to move on to bigger jobs.

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We’re not sure how many of the declared Mayoral candidates have been to Rockaway (yes, Mr. Stringer, we know you have) but we’ll start seeing

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