‘Tis the season. Please Shop Local if you can.

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‘Tis the season. Please Shop Local if you can. If you’re going to use Amazon, go to Smile.Amazon.com. It’s still Amazon but a portion of your purchases go to charities and non-profits of your choice. Your purchases can help The Graybeards, for instance. 

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We are waiting on Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Rickey “R.D.” James to approve (or not) Rockaway’s Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Project, which will include 19 new or reconstructed jetties and will go a long way in giving the peninsula the protection it needs from future storms. Mr. James has had the report since August 22, 2019 and is, at the very least, supposed to provide recommendations within 120 days. It’s now 106 days and counting.

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The building that was the site of The Tap and Grill, Boggiano’s, Playland and now home to the popular RBQ, is for sale. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the parking lot in the rear are for sale for $3,550,000 and is listed by the Davada Property Group. RBQ is a business and not part of the sale. The bar/restaurant, according to the listing, has a long-term lease. The second floor is occupied by The High Tide, a boutique inn with nine rooms.

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City Councilman Eric Ulrich told us six weeks ago: “As far as the rumor goes that I am leaving before the end of my term, I have no plans to go anytime soon.” But things change quickly. Eric is interested in running the Board of Elections and is hoping for a majority of Board Commissioners to approve. So that means he will leave the City Council and oversee a Special Election for his seat. Stay tuned.

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There’s been a jump in Grand Theft Auto in the 100th Precinct. We checked Compstat after hearing more and more about recent thefts. Over a four-week period this time last year, there was one car reported stolen. This year, the number is 7. That’s a 600 percent increase. Remember to lock your doors!

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So Alice Ostrander dropped her car key, one of those expensive ones with a chip, in the muni-parking lot on Beach 116th Street. She looked around, couldn’t find it but then took a chance and asked the transit police if a key had been found. Yep. Someone, who didn’t leave a name, found it and gave it to the police. Alice wanted to give a big thanks to the good citizen. Here’s hoping whoever it was reads the RT. But doesn’t everyone?

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We’re not saying this guy could be from Rockaway. According to reports, a man in Japan was arrested for “making 24,000 complaint calls.” He could have saved all that dialing and just went on Facebook.

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A great Rockaway tradition is this Sunday as Joe Mure and many, many volunteers and generous people help make The Little North Pole a can’t-miss seasonal highlight.

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A couple of employment exams are scheduled for 2020. The NYS Court Officer and NYC Sanitation exams are both on the calendar. Both exams are offered infrequently, so if you’re interested, check out the websites for each.

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It's payback time. B&M Towing recently appeared on an episode of Fox's "The People's Court" for allegedly illegally towing someone's car from the Key Food parking lot of the summer. At the end, the judge declared the towing company was in the wrong, and they were forced to pay back the $185 towing fee.

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