Have a happy Parade Day!

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Have a happy Parade Day!  As Rockaway people know, the St. Patrick’s Rockaway Parade is the unofficial start of spring, which is the unofficial start of summer!  Congratulations to the honorees and the parade organizers.  Oh, if you’re having a house party, please get your corned beef and other supplies at local places.

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Plenty of locals get in the mood for the parade by doing a little run. John Edwards and his Rockapulco running series host a Parade Day Half Marathon and a 5K. Check Page 37 for registration details and other info.

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Maybe Lew Simon was on to something. Soon after City Councilman Eric Ulrich was re-elected, Lew told us that Ulrich would leave office before his term finished and that a Special Election to fill the seat on the council would occur. Well, The New York Post reported that Eric was eyeing a run for Lieutenant Governor and that he’d decide by early April. He wouldn’t necessarily step down from the Council to run but, if he was successful and got elected, he’d have to. What does a Lieutenant Governor do? Not much.

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People ask about the closed Shell gas station at Beach 116th and Beach Channel Drive. Well, we don’t know if it’ll ever open but it’s for sale. Three million bucks and it’s yours.

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Just across the street from the shuttered Shell is the sleepy Sleepy’s site. The place has been vacant since November 2015. Well, something’s about to sprout it seems. A sign on the front of the building says Rockaway Farmer’s Market is coming soon. They’ll be selling fruits and vegetables at the site. The owner of the property said he’s not sure exactly.

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Both Rockaway police precincts (100 and 101) have Twitter accounts and sometimes boast about the police work being done. Justifiably! Both have touted removing guns off the street recently. Unfortunately, reporting on such things requires dealing with the bureaucracy of the DCPI (Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information). Sometimes they get back to you, sometimes not. In the not-too-distant past, you could call the precinct and speak to officers for the scoop. 

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Here’s your weekly reminder to submit photos for The Rockaway Times photo contest. Two per category. Please see Page 35 for more info. And kindly remember, send only to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. That email is set up exclusively for the contest.

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So, a nice rumor is attaching itself to the abandoned Playland restaurant on Beach 97th Street and the Boulevard. We hear a great barbecue place is on the way. Stay tuned.

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Hey advertisers, we’re planning our Summer Guide. You don’t want to miss out on the annual classic. We’ll be in touch soon.

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Some of you read The Rockaway Times just to stay hip, we know. Of course, you’ve heard of Hanne Gaby Odiele and John Swiatek, models, a husband and wife team, and notable people in the fashion world. Vogue.com released a short video of them (Winter Day, Ready To Play) having a romantic weekend on a houseboat at Marina 59.

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Chag Purim Sameach!

And that means Happy Purim to all who celebrate.

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