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Happy Easter and  Happy Passover

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Some good news: St. John’s Hospital reported on Tuesday that more than 120 COVID-19 patients have been successfully treated and discharged from the hospital. St. John’s had the first case of coronavirus in Queens (way back on March 7).

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So, last week we encouraged all local businesses to apply for a $10,000 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The Small Business Administration (SBA) said funds would be directly deposited within one to three days. It was right there on its website—until it wasn’t. There’s no mention of the one to three days now (although the Empire State Development’s site still has it).  The SBA site still states: This loan advance will not have to be repaid. But we have zero faith in this now. Guess, the only good thing was, the application only took a few minutes. As for the Payroll Protection Loans, we’re just hoping it’s not another Build It Back. On television, we hear many millions have gone to small business. In real life, not quite.

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Learn from home. John Reinhardt, maybe best known as a photographer (that was his shot of the USNS Comfort and the Riis Park clock on last week’s cover), but also he's an accomplished, long-time real estate pro. He’s offering access to hundreds of real estate courses online to agents and brokers. Contact him through email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Facebook for details.

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We’ve suspended door-to-door delivery of The RT and will be making limited bulk drops for the time being. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you got the paper by email. Please tell interested friends and neighbors to sign up for our weekly email version. It’s a great way to keep ink off the fingers! Want to get on the list? Drop us a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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In our article, "Spreading the Love With Hopeful Hearts" (April 2, 2020), it was mentioned that a Star of Hope had gone missing causing a bit of distress. Fact is, the star was put back in just a few hours. It was actually “borrowed” to be used as a template to make more stars. The new stars were created to hang near important places like hospitals and even grocery stores, with messages of hope and inspiration. The good deed was done by Tom Jordan who was inspired by his daughter working in an Emergency Room. Bravo!

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest deadline has been extended until April 30. Our Summer Guide, which we normally produce on the Thursday before Memorial Day, is another thing that’s on hold. We’re happy to say we’re still getting inquiries from advertisers, so there is optimism out there. So, there will be a Summer Guide and you’ll be the first to know when!

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Governor Cuomo said on Tuesday that the NYS Department of Health has developed antibody tests for Covid-19 and is “working with the FDA to bring it to scale.” That is great news. This testing can go a long way in determining who is at risk and weighing how long stay-at-home protocols stay in place.

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Thank you for the thank yous. People in Shore Front buildings and on random blocks throughout Rockaway have taken to applauding essential workers at 7 p.m. each evening. We’ve been told it’s greatly appreciated. So clap on! And if you miss it, we’re trying to post videos every night on our Rockaway Times Facebook page, so give us a follow if you’re not already!

 

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