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We did our share of bragging about bagging five awards at the statewide New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest but nothing topped the trophy they sent us for winning Blooper of The Year. Atop the sizeable trophy was not a figure of writer or a pen or a typewriter. The gold figurine was of a horse’s ass. Look mom, first place!

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Don’t forget, you have something to do this Saturday. You’ve got to get to Rockaway Beach and partake in The Taste of Rockaway, which kicks off at noon. It’s a great day to meet old friends and make new ones as you make the rounds of all the great places that give Rockaway Beach its vibrant vibe.

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And don’t forget you have something to do on Sunday, too. Make your way over to Whit’s on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 97th Street and check out the submissions to the Rockaway Times Photo Contest. You can pick your favorites between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

There are some great ones!

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Have a slice – of life, that is. Beth Hanning has joined The Rockaway Times as its newest columnist. You never know what slice you’ll get as Beth can be funny, outraged, miffed, and sometimes all of the above. See her RT debut on Page 28 this week.

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Governor Cuomo announced that the old Tappan Zee Bridge will have a second life of sorts as parts of it will be used to create artificial reefs including off the shores of Rockaway. The material to be repurposed will be cleaned of harmful waste. The new reefs will also include steel pipes, decommissioned barges, and tugboats. And, the new reefs will also include jetty rocks! Jetty rocks are now in Long Beach. Jetty rocks are being sunk to create reefs. Hmmm, we wonder if jetty rocks might be used somewhere else….

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Happy Hornblower. We’re not sure if it’ll go down as historic, but May 1 is the first anniversary of the new ferry service. One significant achievement: a year later and there are very few haters.

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Cynthia Nixon, the Sex and the City actress, activist, and friend of Bill de Blasio is running for governor, challenging the tolling governor, Andrew Cuomo. She was in Rockaway last week at the YMCA calling for New York to embrace renewable energy. She’s been called a neophyte but she seemed like an old hand (political hack) when she said she’d make New York 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2050. 2050? We know you’ve got to start somewhere but are we supposed to wait until then to ask if she’s kept her campaign promises? We’re encouraging others to run for governor too. Just pledge to make all New Yorkers millionaires by 2060. 

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That’s not to say we’re here to bury politicians. State Senator James Sanders deserves credit for running seminars, workshops and information sessions on a regular basis. Many of the events are on the mainland but plenty are in Rockaway. Just recently, he and his team have helped constituents with flood preparation, hosted a free mammogram event, led a home and business ownership program, and even ran a seminar for women on how to run for office and win. 

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Someone probably didn’t need coupons that week. A winning Take 5 ticket, drawn on April 15, was sold at the Key Food Supermarket in Rockaway Beach. You can buy a lot of bread and milk with $29,266.

 

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