Contest is in the works. We’ll have details in the next couple of weeks. The finalists will have their photos...

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Oh, snap! The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is in the works. We’ll have details in the next couple of weeks. The finalists will have their photos posterized and put on display on the boardwalk, ferry landing, and Broad Channel. The National Park Service told us last year they want to be part of it as well, which means photos at Riis Park. But we can’t get confirmation because of the government  shutdown. In any case, start going through your best photos and get ready to be part of this year’s contest.

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The Citizens Committee for New York City awards grants of up to $3,000 for community and school improvement projects carried out by unstaffed resident-led groups to address issues they identify as important to them. Some of the projects supported in the past include community gardening, visual and performing arts, nutrition awareness, composting, beautification, tenant and immigrant organizing, public school recycling drives, physical fitness, and public safety. For more info, go to citizensnyc.org/grants/neighborhood-grants

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The NYC Parks Department announced it will hold a public hearing on March 1 for a proposed amendment regarding feeding animals in parks. Proposed new rules will prohibit feeding wildlife in parks with the idea it will reduce food sources for rats and other rodents. We’re told this prohibition will include beaches, so no feeding seagulls! And now, Parks promises to empty trash cans before they overflow.

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The Rockaway Artists Alliance announced a call to artists for its upcoming Art in Bloom exhibition. Artists are invited to bring to life a world of flowers in all their colorful forms. Artwork may include live flowers. The RAA encourages submissions from artists and community members who are involved in nature/gardening clubs, landscaping, and from local florists and farms. Submissions are open to RAA members and non-members. Open to all mediums. Submission deadline: Sunday, February 17, 11:59 p.m.

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The temperature on Monday morning was seven degrees, but the weather maps said it “feels like -16.” That’s MINUS 16. And really, who cares what the actual temperature is, all we want to know is, what’s it feel like?!

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Assemblywoman Stacey Amato tells us that she has reintroduced legislation that would prohibit the toll on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and is in committee, which is limbo, at least for now. She is pushing to get the bill on the committee agenda. On another matter, she is still waiting to hear from Acting Chairman Fernando Ferrer about the MTA feasibility study for restoration of LIRR service on the old Rockaway Beach line (the original completion date was supposed to be June 2017!). Maybe Fernando should actually act…

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As a somewhat annoying aside, (annoying because we always have to look it up), the Cross Bay for the bridge is two words; Crossbay for the boulevard is one.

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We brag about our columnists and for good reason. They’re good and we’re not the only ones who say so. Marilyn Macron who writes The Literary Chick tells us The Los Angeles Review of Books liked her review of Blood Brothers that ran in The Rockaway Times so much that they’ve asked her to write an expanded one. Way to go, Marilyn. 

 

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