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Happy Purim!

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Congrats to the St. John’s Basketball team for getting invited to the Men’s NCAA tourney. It was a close call but an invite’s an invite. The good news was certainly needed as Coach Chris Mullin was dealing with the sad news that his older brother, Roddy, died just days before.

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Maybe they were six very influential people. That’s the number of people who showed up at a New Hampshire meet-and-greet roundtable for Mayor de Blasio, who continues to think about running for president. The mayor and his wife were part of a panel on mental health. Indeed.

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Speaking of amusing mayors, we smiled when news came out that the next mayor of Chicago will be named either Lori Lightfoot or Toni Preckwinkle.

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Planning for our Summer Guide is underway. If you’re a business, you’ve got to be in the publication that’s always a keeper. Contact Pat McVeigh at 718-634-3030 or better, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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You have 113 chances to live beachfront in Far Rockaway, from $331/month. That’s the headline from a number of websites touting Beach Green Dunes at 4519 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units until May 17. Residents of Queens Community Board 14 will be given preference for 50 percent of the units. Your income must be in the 30 to 100  percent of the area median income. Amenities: indoor/ outdoor parking, landscaped courtyard, bike storage room, on-site laundry facility and children’s playground. For more info, go to nyc.gov/housingconnect 

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Join artists in creative conversation. At monthly get-togethers, artists have the opportunity to network, organize, meet community stakeholders, and develop strategies for community advocacy and learn about other Queens Council for the Arts (QCA) opportunities. It is open to the general public and artists of all disciplines are welcome to attend. The next one in this neck of the beach is Tuesday, March 26, 6 p.m. at 44-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

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City Councilman Eric Ulrich led a protest in front of the home of Steven Banks, the NYC Commissioner of Social Services, which oversees DHS, because Rockaway is targeted as a prime location to place the homeless. “I’m not here to protest homeless people. I’m here to protest failed homeless policy, lack of affordable housing and bad leadership,” Ulrich said. We fear this might backfire. If Banks were to cave, it might send a signal to others that the only way to change things is by going to the personal homes of officials. You don’t like transit, bike lanes, parking rules, schools, whatever? Stage a rally at the commissioner’s or chancellor’s home. Reminder: such people have families, children, neighbors.

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More than sixty elected officials signed a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to deny the permits necessary for the construction of the Williams pipeline, a new fracked gas pipeline that would run through the waters off Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. All Rockaway reps signed on, well except Michele Titus. Khaleel Anderson is going to run for her seat and it’s a safe bet he’ll be a more active representative for Rockaway.

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And you’ve got about three weeks before we close the 2019 Photo Contest. There’s a $500 top prize, a chance for your photo to be on the cover of The Summer Guide, and a better chance your photo will be made poster-sized and displayed on the boardwalk. Send your best to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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