Happy Rockaway St. Patrick’s Parade Day!

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Happy Rockaway St. Patrick’s Parade Day!

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It does feel strange publishing the last day of February and then looking up and seeing the parade just two days later. Time flies. But hey, it’s also the unofficial start of spring—we’ll take it! As for the weather, the forecast seems Irish with morning showers and a high of 41 degrees, but the parade goes on rain or shine. Big round of applause for Michael Benn and the rest of the parade committee that makes this annual event great, no matter the weather.

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Now you know these words will resonate with voters everywhere. When asked if he’s running for president, Bill de Blasio said he hadn’t decided, but called it “a very personal reality.” Whatever, you say, Bill. When asked if he would be attending the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Parade, the mayor’s press office never got back to us. A very personal disappointment for us.

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Speaking of voters, a respectable number pulled the lever (or whatever they do in voting booths these days) for Eric Ulrich in Tuesday’s Public Advocate Special Election race. Seventeen people were on the ballot and Ulrich placed second behind winner, Jumaane Williams, a City Councilman from Brooklyn. Lew Simon was among others who were ready to for Ulrich’s council seat had he won.

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There are seasonal job openings at Gateway. If you are looking for summer employment, check out the opportunities at usajobs.gov. Laborers, lifeguards, and other positions are open, but the deadlines are in early March so hurry up.

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There’s a march on Saturday, but there’s also a run. The annual Parade Day 5K starts at 10:30 a.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Gliders Gym at 114-04 Beach Channel Drive. And besides exercise, you get shirts, beer, soda bread. It’s a great tradition! See Page 11 for more details.

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We have weekly reminders about The Rockaway Times Photo Contest but this week we’ve got a tip. One of the categories for the photo contest is PARADES. And we hear there might be some good photo ops at an event on Saturday. Please send no more than two photos per category to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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And yes, because you’ve been asking. There will be a Community and Summer Guide. Hard to believe (at least for us), it will be our fifth such edition. Psst, advertisers, reserve space now!

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The Community Board meeting was well attended last Monday, but there’s a call for an even bigger turnout at the next meeting on Tuesday, March 12. The Department of Homeless Services is supposed to be sending reps to that meeting. Activists fighting to keep the shelter out of the area might look towards Glendale and how Community Board 5 fought a shelter from coming there.

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Let there be light! We spotted crews on the boardwalk attending to light posts, so it seems those stretches that have been dark for too long will now be remedied.

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Bingo with music is also known as Radio Bingo. We’re not sure of the rules but sounds like fun. The fun will be at St. Francis de Sales on Friday, March 8 and you can buy tickets at the rectory. We can’t wait for Radio Shuffleboard and Radio Mahjong.

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That’s a Petra Becker photo classic we touched up on the first page. Thanks, Petra!

 

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