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We are profoundly grateful for our health care professionals! Thank you for your service, bravery, and compassion.

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He is not “the media.” The straight-shooting Dr. Anthony Fauci is Director of the National Institutes of Health and a top expert on infectious diseases. He is Brooklyn-born and a Regis High School grad. Cut through all the noise and listen to what he says. “I mean, people always say, well, the flu does this, the flu does that. The flu has a mortality of 0.1%. This has a mortality rate of 10 times that. You gotta make sure that people understand that!” He also said the first vaccine trial injections tests started on Monday.

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Social distancing should be demonstrated by leaders. When they hold a press conference, they shouldn’t crowd around each other. Especially those who won’t be speaking. Sheesh.

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Until normalcy returns, you can assume most events are closed, canceled or postponed.

The Rockaway Theatre Company is closed until further notice.  The Graybeards have canceled the Harlem Magic Masters basketball game. Events and programs at Gateway National Recreation Area are canceled.

We have canceled our Things to Do page! (Or renamed it the Nothing To Do page). And we have canceled our Rockaway Good Times page.

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Bars and restaurants are a huge part of Rockaway life. Many of them offer delivery, so please think about supporting them through this crisis. Please consider buying gift cards. It will help businesses during these hard times and you’ll be able to enjoy a good meal or buy that gift when things settle down.

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Miss actual bars? Grab a drink at home or have one delivered from a local bar and log in to the “Coronavirus Quarantine Virtual Bar” on Facebook. A group of locals started this virtual bar where friends can share memes, musicians can livestream performances and everyone can drink, safely in their homes while enjoying the entertainment.

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John Knox, a Belle Harbor resident, friend to many and familiar face around Beach 129th Street died on Monday, March 16. He was taken to South Nassau on February 26 with what was thought to be the flu. He was later diagnosed with Covid19 (Coronavirus) and did not recover. John was 84.

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Although everything seems to be on hold, Spa Rockaway is moving ahead with its plans to expand to The Rockaway Beach Hotel. The will-be beautiful place is set to open in late spring.

Best wishes to Pat Rorke on this exciting new venture.

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In the midst of all the closings, you might have missed that the Mayor has canceled the Special Election for Queens Borough President. The race to replace Melinda Katz was scheduled for Tuesday, March 24. No new date has been decided. City Charter says such elections have to take place no more than 80 days after the vacancy occurs.

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Rockaway Women for Progress are looking for signatures for an online petition that demands Coronavirus Aid for Rockaway. They cite Rockaway’s limited accessibility to off-the-peninsula hospitals, St. John’s Hospital’s limited beds, and the vulnerable population here. Go to Change.org and search “Rockaway.” You will find more information.

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The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the City was cancelled (though an unofficial one was held early in the morning). Here in Rockaway, bagpipers were out and about. Some on the boardwalk and at Memorial Circle and some at the stores in Breezy.

 

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