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The brutal cold on Thursday forced us to hold off on some deliveries until Friday. The email version, however, went out as usual on Thursday morning. Please sign up at RockawayTimes.com (just click on Subscribe) or send a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It’s free! And no-body gets frostbite!

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It’s not just Rockaway. Restaurants and bars are dead all over. According to Grubstreet.com, Dry January is a thing all over. One Queens bartender said, “Things are dead. Like dead-dead.” But the article emphasized that no matter how bleak, business always bounces back. Hmmm… we wonder if Dry January is the reason the Super Bowl moved to February?

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By the way, this is probably best left to Sean McVeigh (the factologist), not the coach in the Super Bowl who goes by Sean McVay, but did you know….The Super Bowl was played in January for the first 35 years. The game has been played in February since 2002. And also by the way, flip through our pages for catering and restaurant specials this Sunday.

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The City is looking to further reduce childhood exposure to lead. The Mayor announced LeadFreeNYC, which will target “every apartment, every lead source” within 24 months. For the first time, rented one- and two-family homes will be required to get inspections annually. It requires landlords to have the annual inspections done in any apartment that houses a child younger than six years old. We will provide more specific information as it becomes available.

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The Mayor said he expects to “have an important announcement quite soon” regarding a stopgap beach replenishment that will go a long way in avoiding beach closures like last summer. We believe such an announcement will be in the next week or two.

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Longtime Brooklyn DA Joe Hynes who lived in Breezy Point died on Tuesday at the age of 83. Hynes was the special prosecutor in the New Park Pizza - Howard Beach case and other high profile trials.

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Here’s another reminder that the annual Rockaway Times Photo Contest will be bigger than ever in 2019. Start sorting through your great shots now (and keep an eye out for photo opportunities!)

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It rained like crazy last week and we were blessed with a double rainbow. We hate to be a spoiler but such rainbows are not considered rare. HowStuffWorks, a science-based website, says they occur often but adds: "This  doesn't mean that double rainbows aren't double cool, or double pretty or double awe-inspiring.”

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Assemblywoman Stacey Amato presented the Rockaway Beach Broadcasting Company (RBBC) with a NYS Assembly Citation honoring them as her 2019 January Small Business of the Month. RBBC launched on August 1, 2018 and was founded by Bryan Doremus, Matt Preis (aka Max Power), Caitlin Moss, and Frisco Granda. RBBC has a “mission to promote everything local; musicians and artists of all kinds, small businesses, events around town, and anything else that contributes to our community in a positive way.”

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Ten candidates have qualified for the First Official Debate for the 2019 Public Advocate Special Election to be televised on NY1 and on their website, Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. City Councilman Eric Ulrich cracked the top 10 and will be joined by Melissa-Mark Viverito, Daniel O’Donnell, Jumaane Williams and others, who met a fundraising and spending benchmark and other criteria under the Campaign Finance Act.

 

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