Today is January 2. How are those resolutions holding up?

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Today is January 2. How are those resolutions holding up?

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We went to press on Monday, December 30, so we couldn’t publish any pictures of all the wacky people who jumped in the ocean to mark the new decade. We’ll play catch up in next week’s edition. The early finish also explains the year 2019 recap features in this edition!

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Speaking of new years and decades, some (very few!) people believe the new decade starts next year because there was not a Year Zero. Picky, picky, picky. Decade might mean ten but we say The Roaring Twenties includes 2020, the Gay Nineties includes 1890, and the Fabulous Fifties includes 1950.

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The NY Times had an article about why the city remains so lit up at night. There are a number of factors, of course. As people live in some of the tall buildings, and some work must be done at night, the FAA requires buildings over 200 feet to be lit in some way and sometimes movie companies request building owners leave on the lights for cinematic purposes. The article reports that City Councilman Donovan Richards tried passing a bill to get buildings to go dim or dark for conservation purposes. The bill never saw the light of day, so to speak.

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The Wave building has sold. In December 2018, the building at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard was listed for $2.495 million. A year later, December 2019, public records indicate the building sold for just $1.4 million.

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HipHopGoldenAge, a platform promoting and preserving hip hop culture, has named Summer Classics by Bobby J (aka Bobby Joseph) as one of the Top 10 Hip Hop albums of 2019. The title, Summer Classics, is inspired by the summer basketball league held at St. Francis de Sales every year. The site called Bobby J’s work “GREAT” in all caps and “an album you need in your collection.”

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Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office sent us a notice that the road that feels like the surface of the moon (Beach Channel Drive and Beach 116th Street) was getting repaved on Friday. We were told that “the New York Paving Company was out, not just re-patching areas identified by the DDC Inspector, but fully repaving, ensuring a safer and more stable roadway.” Well, we can say that new blacktop was applied but it sure looks like a patch job. Or worse. We sometimes think crews do a lousy job just so they get called back.

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We’re thrilled to report that Marina Cregan, born and bred in Rockaway, will be joining The Rockaway Times team as a reporter.

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When we’re amused, we sometimes share, so it’s with amusement we note that Sarah Miller said she was pleased with making This Week In History a couple weeks back but her true  goal is to make the Facts You Probably Don’t Need column. Well, uhm, it’s a fact she made the High Tide column.

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The funeral Mass for beloved local, Michael McDonnell, who died on December 23, will be on January 13, 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales. Many may remember the local as a Hurricane Sandy hero.

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