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Please use The Rockaway Times as a source to order food and other items. Many of our local businesses are facing severe challenges to stay afloat. If you can, order lunch or dinner now and hold on to those canned goods for another time. Luckily, we have a good number of places advertising this week so there are some great options.

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Before you repeat something a friend heard from a friend, do a little research. Please don’t pass on rumors. Just about none of them are good. And plenty are just wrong.

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Bikes and bike shops are considered essential businesses. And it might be a good time to use a bike for exercise and getting around. Paul’s Bike Shop on Beach 116th Street can be reached at  718-318-2000 and a new place, Rockaway Beach Cycles on 98-16 RBB at 718-808-9221. Call them regarding hours and if they have pick up and drop off delivery.

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Yes, we’re still accepting photos for The  Rockaway Times Photo contest and our weekly feature, Local Color. We’re guessing we might be getting more indoor photos soon. The contest and the Summer Guide will happen, but we’ve got to wait a bit to announce new dates and deadlines.

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The first step by the Small Business Services (SBS) to help in this crisis isn’t that helpful. SBS is offering a “retention” grant to companies with four or fewer employees. If you don’t lay off people, SBS will provide up to 40% of the salaries. So far, so good. But, but, but. But you have to show a 25% loss after two months. So basically, businesses have to wait until the middle of May to apply for this grant. If they can stay open that long. The grant will be useless for many.

Layoffs are more feasible. Oh, and then there’s the paperwork.

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Retired NBA basketball player Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest) listed the toughest guys he ever had to defend. Of course, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James were on his list.

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But at Number 9 was “Far Rockaway.” He was essentially saying there were so many good players here he couldn’t name them all! He also listed Junie Sanders who has suited up in the Young Guns division of the Graybeards Summer League.

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Good news for tax filers: Tax Day has been moved as the nation grapples with the coronavirus. You now have until July 15, 2020 to file your 2019 federal and New York State tax returns. Procrastinators, rejoice—within social distancing recommendations!

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It’s the unknowable. If the economy is devastated by prolonged shutdowns, there will be a different kind of health crisis. There will be mental health issues and poverty which can lead to a myriad of physical issues. There is no simple “do it this way” without dire consequences. It’s not comforting to know that New York is now called the “epicenter” of the virus.

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You can go online and do your part for New York by filling out the 2020 census for your household. Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services (and maybe hospital beds). Go to my2020census.gov.

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We are delivering door to door (for now!) and filling our news, racks but we urge you to sign up for email. Send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll happily add you. More than 3,000 of your closest friends have already done so!

 

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