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Have a wonderful Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day! Congratulations to all the honorees. And a big round of applause to those who organize (That’s you Mike Benn!) and march.

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Been friends with anyone for fifty years or more?  Or maybe mom and dad have longtime friends and they’d want to share their stories? Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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If you’re wondering where our award-winning editor, Katie McFadden, is in this week’s RT, we’re happy to say she’s on a well-deserved vacation, this week and next. We eagerly await her “spotted” Rockaway Times t-shirt photo from Antarctica. Some people go to Florida for the winter, not our Katie. She’ll be hanging out with penguins at the bottom of the Earth. She won’t have to watch out for polar bears because—here’s a fact you probably don’t need: there are no polar bears in Antarctica and polar bears and penguins have never met (except in commercials and maybe zoos).  Here’s to calm seas in the Drake Passage, Katie! (We’re seasick thinking about it).

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Were you one of the ones stuck in that ridiculous traffic jam last Thursday? Some people told us it took an hour to drive from Beach 108th to Beach 118th Street. The whole mess was started by a utility pole outside Lana’s Loft on Beach Channel Drive which looked like it was going to topple over in the wind (which was gusty!). The FDNY responded right away at about 12:45 p.m. and closed both ways on Beach Channel Drive from Beach 116th to Beach 108th.  PSEG didn’t arrive until 4:15. Once PSEG secured the pole, it seems police could have opened up the eastbound lane (or south side) and had both westbound and eastbound traffic using that side of Beach Channel. Instead, all traffic had to use Rockaway Beach Boulevard. And that’s where those “left turn” only lanes are—which also contributed to the mess.  What if something like this happens in the summer? 

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The reports of his retirement were greatly exaggerated.  It’s one that is not happening at all, at least not yet.  Dr. Peter Galvin will be sticking around. His practice will remain open. He really was set to retire but he’s being brought back by popular demand, as they say.

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Dr. John Curley, born and bred in Rockaway, will be retiring from his dental practice as of March 15. If he changes his mind, we’ll let you know in next week’s paper.

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Community Board 14 has a new email address so if you want to get in touch, gripe, praise, get info—please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We’re just telling you what Senator Chuck Schumer’s office is telling us and what the Army Corps of Engineers is telling us. And we know seeing is believing. But it does look like the jetties/groins project will actually begin before summer. As for which beaches will be affected (i.e. closed) and when, that has yet to be determined.  And the schedule is also affected by the piping plovers’ nesting season.

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It’s a good weekend for Mark Healey. The Wave editor is marching in the parade as a Deputy Grand Marshal and Arcadia Publishing announced they will be publishing his book on baseball, Gotham Baseball, in April.

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Congratulations to Father Richard J. Ahlemeyer, Pastor of St. Camillus – St. Virgilius Parish, he is being elevated to Monsignor by Pope Francis.  

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