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The summer ferry schedule begins May 20.  There will be additional ferries on weekends. Go to NYC Ferry for full details.

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It’s the season of car Tetris. Summer weekend parking rules go into effect this weekend. If you’re uptown, get those cars of the street before midnight on Friday night.

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The times, they are a-changin'. Bishop Kearney High School in Brooklyn announced that it will be closing its doors for good on August 31, 2019. Changing demographics and financial challenges for both schools and families are the primary reasons private educational institutions are finding it so hard to remain viable. Many Rockaway families have ties to Kearney.

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The boardwalk concessions open on Friday, May 17. We’re hoping, hoping, hoping the good weather starts acting like it should.

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In addition to summer crowds, thousands of horse shoe crabs will be coming to our shores. There’s even a Horseshoe Crab Festival at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to mark the annual arrival of these creatures that are older than the dinosaurs. The day of celebrating is Sunday, May 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Rockaway Times t-shirts can be ordered online at Rockawaytimes.com or by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You don’t have to travel to exotic places to show off the Rock tee—they look great around town! And maybe you’ll be featured in the paper.

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On Tuesday, the Mayor came to Rockaway to announce that all beaches would be open unlike last year. Rockaway Point News Publisher Mike Schramm wondered aloud where the Mayor was last year when it was announced beaches would be closed. Next thing you know he was escorted away by a couple of cops and made to stand far away from the Mayor and his minions. Mike was basically put in a penalty box. He was allowed to wave to us, though! Ridiculous.

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State Senator James Sanders will host a Job Fair and Career Expo at the Rockaway YMCA on Friday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A good number of companies are expected to attend.

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According to Crain’s New York, the City has only spent 54 percent of the $14.7 billion in already-approved U.S. funds for recovery and storm-protection following Sandy. These numbers come courtesy of Comptroller Scott Stringer.

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Although a variety of factors could influence the numbers, we still have to acknowledge the 100th Precinct for this bit of impressive news. In a study by the New York City Independent Budget Office, our local precinct, had the quickest response time in the City at 1.6 minutes, Response time is the time from a 911 call to the time officers arrive at the scene.

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Some businesses near the subway on Beach 116th Street face an uncertain future as they’ve been notified by their landlord, the MTA, that their leases will be terminated on May 31. The MTA is required to open up a bidding process when current leases expire. The affected businesses include The Last Stop, Joseph A. Otton Tax & Accounting, Beach Cleaners and Tailors, and A & J Jewelry. We hope they remain! Just a few storefronts away, the old Fashion Wave space has been vacant for years.

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Tick tock, where's the clock? The Riis Park clock, which is undergoing renovations, was supposed to be back in April, but it looks like it's not on time. As of this past weekend, it still wasn't there. We asked the National Park Service about it, which said, "There has been a delay, but we are hopeful this will be back in place by the end of May."

 

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