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Well, some patients really better start eating an apple a day because their doctor is going away. Dr. Peter Galvin will be retiring and closing his office at the end of May. We’re happy for him! And happy for us. He is not retiring from being a highly unpaid columnist for The Rockaway Times. 

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The Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday, March 7. That’s the unofficial start of spring, which is the unofficial start of summer! And if summer comes, so will The Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide. We’re planning and planning to have your ad. It’s the one keeper publication of the year.

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The Special Election for Queens Borough President is March 24.  Liz Crowley has raised the most money of any candidate. Donovan Richards failed to meet a fundraising threshold, which would have allowed him to receive matching funds, but he has garnered several big endorsements and has the Queens County Democratic Party backing.

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We reported last week the Army Corps was holding a meeting tonight (Thursday, Feb 27) at Beach Channel High School regarding New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries (NYNJHAT) study and plans for area storm protection. After we went to press, the Army Corps canceled because the whole plan (which includes holding public meetings) is not funded. So, they scrapped the meeting because they don’t have the dough. Fear not, there is money for jetties and we’re told the project will (most likely!) begin in 2020. Since there are ten more months in the year, we’re not holding our breath.

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It was sad to hear that Denis Macrae died last week. The artist and kind soul (sometimes called The Bird Man because he was a great photographer of the birds of Jamaica Bay and often lead walks through the Sanctuary) had many a friend and will be missed, particularly by the artist community.

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What are you doing Friday night? The Bugalou Music series kicks off at St. Camillus at 7 p.m. with The THE BAND Band plus Real Young and Lazy Horse. Tickets for the show are $50 and they’re easy to get. Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The 2020 Rockaway Times Photo Contest is on. Please see Page 14 for details. We’re happy to say NYC Ferry has joined the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and NYC Parks as co-sponsors of this great summertime event. Remember, photos must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  And thank you!

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Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang has been rumored to be interested in running for mayor and a recent tweet suggested he’s trying to get on the good side of New Yorkers. He said if he were mayor, he’d try to get James Dolan to sell the Knicks. And if he adds that he’d fix Rockaway roads, he has our vote.

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Local resident Torey Schnupp has played a major role in leading the fight against the Beach 101 homeless shelter. Now she's hoping to fight for Rockaway further by becoming the next female District Leader. "I'd like to represent this district and fight for what everyone needs," she said. She'll be introducing herself more to the community in the coming weeks. The election will be held in June.

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New speed cameras have gone up. There’s one on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 46th Street, and Beach 51st and Beach Channel Drive. Both face east.

 

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