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New York Magazine did a story on Charlie Howard, the owner of Call-A-Head, the porta-potty business based in Broad Channel. They’re the guys who are Number One in Picking Up Number Two. The pun-filled article says Charlie keeps coming up smelling like roses in the battle with competitors. You can find the article online, too, at NyMag.com

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The Parks Department has not yet selected a replacement for Portia Dyrenforth, the hard-working, popular Rockaway Beach Parks Administrator, but it did announce that Michael Dockett has been appointed the new Queens Borough Parks Commissioner, and will be starting in early March.

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The Rockaway Times Annual Photo Contest has opened. Send entries (2 per limit per category) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The co-sponsors include the Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy, the NYC Ferry, and The NYC Parks Department. The top prize is $500 and finalists get their photos posted along the boardwalk.  The categories are: Parades (Poseidon and Rockaway St. Pat’s and other Rockaway parades); Humor/Fun; Rainbows/Lightning; Pets and Animals; and Beach Life, or that great Rockaway photo that you’re not sure what category it fits, but it should be on display or in the running for top prize.

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After several home and auto break-ins that have been traced to some residents at the St. John’s Residence for Boys, locals are demanding action from electeds and plan to  attend a meeting at the Knights of Columbus on February 27. The recent crime spree follows an ugly summertime incident in which a man was blindsided and attacked on the boardwalk by a resident of the home.

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As they say in the news business, this is not a man bites dog story. The City and The Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York Graduate Center released a study that Build It Back was a colossal failure for many applicants. Thousands of homeowners dropped out of the program that was supposed to repair, rebuild or elevate homes. One Staten Islander said the program was like Sandy itself, a disaster. Katie Honan, of the Wall Street Journal, reported on the study.

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Recent political headlines worth a chuckle: Schumer and Cuomo approval ratings drop. De Blasio goes to New Hampshire for a possible run for President. Let’s just hope Anthony Weiner doesn’t get involved.

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So, Michele Titus will not be running for re-election for NY State Assembly. She was dubbed Absent-Titus because constituents never saw her anywhere or doing much, but the party machine kept sending her to Albany. She won’t be missed more than she already was. And true to form, her office never got back to us for comment.

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The Community Board meeting was canceled Tuesday because of the weather and has been re-scheduled for MONDAY, February 25 at the Knights of Columbus.

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The times they are a changin’. Word came out late last week that St. Camillus Catholic Academy would be closing because of declining enrollment and increasing costs. Many St. Camillus grads still live in the area and are understandably saddened. The school band was a fixture at the Rockaway St. Patrick’s parade for many years and will be another thing sorely missed.

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Congestion pricing (charging extra for vehicles entering Manhattan) is gaining steam as a way to raise money to help fund the MTA. Pity the poor neighborhoods outside Manhattan that will get an influx of drivers looking to park cars so they can jump on the subway to the city. Unintended consequences….

 

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