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As many Rockaway businesses await SBA loans (and wait and wait), we’re reminded how “the little guy” so often gets crushed. In the first round of stimulus, the feds said a “small” business was one with 500 or less employees. Five hundred? That sounds like a pretty large medium, not a small. Five hundred. Sheesh. Get real, Washington.

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Gas prices at a station in Wisconsin fell to 89 cents a few days ago. Louisiana and Indiana stations were under a buck. Rockaway is still clocking in at an average of $2.30.  Although prices at New York stations always are maddeningly higher than other places, the truth is most gas stations make their money at their mini-marts. Hint: often a good option to pick up essentials (without waiting on line).

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Speaking of gas and by extension, cars, there is some speculation that there will be an uptick in car sales because some will want to avoid public transportation. The roads might not necessarily get more crowded, as a result. Many people are expected to continue to work at home and not commute as often. 

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St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is not letting the Class of 2020 be forgotten. They've already lost out on end of year events, so the school is bringing them some light. Starting Tuesday, April 21, for 20 days, they are lighting up the schoolyard lights at 8:20 p.m. for 20 minutes and 20 seconds to represent brighter times ahead for the community.

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Our email list of subscribers (we hope you’re one!) continues to catch on. Please go to Rockawaytimes.com and click Subscribe or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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But we do still print.  Paper drop locations:  Breezy Point supermarket, Beach 129th (outside Belle Harbor Foods), Beach 116th Street (outside the subway entrance and in the lobby of Chase bank); Stop and Shop news rack outside; Beach 108 (outside Boardwalk Bagels); Queens County Bank lobby (Beach 105th and RBB); Beach 92nd Street (outside Elegante); Stop and Shop (Arverne); and at The Rockaway Times (outside Belle Rock Car service booth).

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The Rockaway Times Photo contest deadline is next Thursday, April 30 at noon. Other things (like when winners will be announced, when/if the photos will be on the boardwalk, etc.) are still up in the air.

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Back to the Future t-shirts? Creativity abounds in these stuck-at-home times. See the “spotted” feature on Page 9, this time traveler wore a Rockaway Times t-shirt in a Zoom call with a Flatbush Avenue background from about 1980. We’ve seen Rockaway Times t-shirts from all over the world but this is a first from Flatbush Avenue and certainly a first from circa 1980.

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The #FrontStepsProject in Rockaway has been a huge hit. Linda Humphrey and Christine Mullally have taken more than 70 photos of families, singles, couples on front porches, Dayton Towers terraces, in front of stores, you name it. The funds raised go to frontline workers. It’s a great way to mark this moment in history and do some good. Just go to the Rockaway Artists Alliance website, click on Get Involved, and you’ll be contacted.

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We liked this tweet, praising teachers at PS 42. It was a Cat in The Hat image with a rhyme: I will teach you in a room, I will teach you now on Zoom; I will teach you in a house; I will teach you with my mouse.

 

PS: If you read Boyleing Points, he’s joking.

 

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