With a summer-like day last Sunday

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With a summer-like day last Sunday, crowds flocked here. Or tried to. There were reports that ferry lines at Pier 11 stretched for blocks and people were forced to wait more than an hour to get aboard. Some just gave up or headed for the train. If you’re planning on using the ferry on a nice weekend, good luck.

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It was one of those days. The Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide is out (we appreciate the rave reviews!) but it stumbled out of the gate as the door-to-door delivery people forgot to include the Guide with the regular weekly newspaper. We got it straightened out and hope you did eventually get the Guide. We will continue filling news racks and restocking other locations through the 4th of July.  Our trouble didn’t end with the delivery. There was a problem with last week’s RT email as the service we use was on the blink. Well, at least we had a good excuse to go to Bungalow Bar and Connolly’s.

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Rockaway recently got some added beauty. Forty fantastic photos from the Rockaway Times Photo Contest are now on display along the boardwalk, at the ferry dock, and at Broad Channel Park. The photos look amazing!

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We were just testing you. In our Word Search last week, a few readers pointed out that the name Pat McVeigh was listed but not in the actual puzzle. We’re trying to get to the bottom of this and will question Ms. McVeigh. We apologize to those who pulled their hair out looking for her name. (Pat did say it was good to know people were looking for her).

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A local called 311 to complain about the horrible road conditions between Beach 126th and Beach 116th Street. The reply: The Department of Transportation inspected the condition you reported and found that the condition meets its standards and/or there is a valid permit to conduct work. Your Service Request was closed. (Ha!)

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NYC Parks is testing all of its more than 3,500 outdoor drinking fountains for lead. Rockaway fountains have been tested and are below the federal guidelines, except for one. The one on the first base side of the ballfield in Bayswater Park has been benched until it’s remediated.

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It sometimes takes us three years to get things right. In 2018, attorney Victor Re called and wondered why he wasn’t asked to take out an ad in The Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide. In 2019, Mr. Re called us again and asked if he should take it personally (or we don’t need the money) that we didn’t contact about him this year’s Guide. Victor, we won’t forget next year! And if we do, we look forward to your call!

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Lime announced that it is extending its e-bike pilot program in Rockaway and will increase the number of bikes from 400 to 600. Since Lime’s launch, there have been almost 90,000 individual rides in Rockaway. The other company, Pace, fled town, but left some bikes behind, essentially making them garbage.

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Best wishes to Joe Young who is stepping down from the 100th Precinct Community Council after 18 years. He'll be missed! And congratulations to Lew Simon, who'll be taking his place as president.

 

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