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Last call! The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is closing on Friday, April 13. Send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can send two per category.  And they don’t necessarily have to be recent shots. You have a great shot from years back?  Send it in. A great shot is timeless.

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So, you know where Checkers used to be in Arverne By The Sea? (Well, if you don’t, it was at 68-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard before closing some months ago).  That space, directly across from the fancy new apartments going up, will be a new barbecue restaurant with a full bar.  We know the owners and here’s a hint: they’ve run other successful local places, so we know it’s going to be great! Stay tuned.

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You’ll get a great list and overview of new places in our 2018 Summer Guide coming out in May.

Advertisers, don’t miss out on the annual Rockaway keepsake! Don’t delay, reserve your ad today:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The annual Buckley’s – Kennedy’s Charity Race is May 20.  Among the people remembered this year is Pat Tracey, a great friend to many in Brooklyn and Rockaway.

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After last week’s letter to the editor regarding jetties (groins) and their possible impact on waves, we got some unofficial feedback from the Army Corps.  We’re told during the planning process, all recreational uses are taken into account. The construction of groins can often create favorable surfing conditions. It’s possible that with additional groins, there will be more pockets of good surfing. It’s expected that about 18 groins will be built between Beach 86th and Beach 121st Street. Surfing has been a major factor in Rockaway’s renaissance. More pockets will fill all pockets.

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New York Weekend Walks is a citywide program being sponsored by the NYC Department of Transportation. The Walks are events on commercial corridors that promote the use of streets as public space. In Rockaway, it’s being called Rock-A-Block and it’ll be on Beach 116th Street from the Boulevard to the Boardwalk on May 11 and May 18 from 6-10 p.m. The fun will be hosted by The Rockaway Business Alliance.

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Robby Schwach, of Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office, tells us the Councilman is not doing Participatory Budgeting this year, the City Council program that allows residents to vote on projects to be funded. He will, however, be holding community engagement sessions to give residents a chance to brainstorm community projects that can be funded in the upcoming capital budget. The local meeting will be at Ulrich’s office (114-12 Beach Channel Drive) at 5:30 p.m. on May 7.

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Pull out your fringe, feathers and flapper dresses. PS/MS 114Q’s Great Gatsby-inspired Spring Gala is April 20 at El Caribe. It’s the largest event of the year and all money raised will go to services and programs at the school. For tickets or to make a raffle or monetary donation, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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In a Boyleing Points column a few weeks back, the columnist wrote about changing the name of Far Rockaway because “far” suggests out of the way, too far, and a name change would give the place a boost. Longtime reader Richard Magoolaghan (uncle of Brian who used to cover Rockaway as a reporter) stopped in and said he’d “rather be strolling on the promenade in Rockapulco than walking on the boardwalk in Far Rockaway.” So, he wants a name change for the boardwalk, too!

 

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