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The Mayor says schools will stay closed for the school year. The governor says that’s “his opinion.” Ugh. Both of them. Cuomo’s riding a wave of popularity for now but his heavy-handedness will wear thin soon (once again). De Blasio? Enough said. Still, we have to ask: In the most perilous of times, these two can’t get on the same page?

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The idea of just opening up places with small populations and few, if any, reported cases of coronavirus is not all that simple. South Dakota is now home to one of the largest clusters in the United States. Three hundred people at a pork-processing plant fell ill recently. Such incidences at factories and plants can harm the supply chain and create problems for the entire economy. We’re all connected.

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Reminder: Please go to 2020census.gov and fill out the form.

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According to the NYC Department of Health, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, are contributing to the Covid19 outbreak. Some animals, such as dogs and cats, can get infected, but there are no reports of them spreading the virus.

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Vino By the Sea’s April 6 fundraiser to support local restaurants in feeding healthcare workers at St. John’s was a success! The Arvene wine/liquor store had one of its busiest days, raising around $4,000 for the cause, which will go toward purchasing around 500 meals from local restaurants to support those on the frontlines.

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Everyone’s watching a lot of TV and Netflix these days. Here’s a nice opportunity to catch Saving Jamaica Bay, a wonderful documentary by Dan Hendrick. It’s free through May, thanks to The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, making it available on their website.  Go to jbrpc.org/video

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Alternate side of the street has been suspended through April 28.

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Let's not freak out yet. The New York Post reported that the beaches might be closed this summer. It's mid-April, let's wait a bit. 

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The only "news" about the beach right now, is the Army Corps had a successful bid for groins/jetties and more good news will come within the next couple of weeks.

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John Moroney, the proprietor of RBQ, the great bar/restaurant on RBB, is raising money to continue to offer free food and support to first responders and those in need. You can pitch in at his Gofundme page. Just go to Gofundme.com and search “RBQ.” This week, St. John’s Hospital will get donations. Great work, John!

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Free Meals: The New York City Department of Education is offering three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one, can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city. Two locations in Rockaway: P.S. 104 2601 Mott Avenue Far Rockaway; the other is P.S. 183 245 Beach 79th Street. Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday. These meals hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and for adults from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All adults and children can pick up three meals at one time.

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We're sad to report that Ed Antonio of St. Francis de Sales parish via St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Mark's in Brooklyn,  died this week.

 

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