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Happy Mother’s Day. Happy Nurses’ Week.

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We’re back. Although we really never left. We are once again delivering The Rockaway Times newspaper door-to-door from Beach 149th to Breach 84th Street and will make bulk drops at news racks and at some open businesses. But you should still get the RT by email each week. We deliver the whole paper and deliver new videos and other features on our new website: RockawayTimesTV.com. This week we even have a short film by John Sica. Send us an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to be added to the email list.

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest has closed to entries. Once again, the photos submitted this year somehow top last year’s entries. Good job from the many photographers who made the choices so difficult for judges. Even though so many things are in flux these days, we believe 30 Finalists will have their photos enlarged and placed along the boardwalk by the end of this month. Fingers crossed!

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According to the NYS Department of Health, as of May 3, Queens and Suffolk County had more Covid-related deaths in nursing homes than other counties in the state. As you know, Rockaway has more than its share of nursing and adult homes.

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East Meets West re-opened on Tuesday. Many, many people had been dying for Chinese food. Lana’s Loft is doing some curbside business and she’s got an updated online store. O’Sake says they’re reopening on May 14.

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No official word on what’s happening with beaches this summer besides: they won’t be open by Memorial Day weekend. De Blasio says there’s a chance of an opening later this summer.

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The Graybeards ran a food drive last week and deserve a big round of applause. The group collected more than two thousand bags of food and received more than $4000 in donations. All the food went to food pantries at St. Camillus, St. Rose, and St. Mary’s. The money will go into an account that will be used to supplement the food pantries which help many in desperate need.

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The Daniel M. O'Connell Post 272 of the American Legion, using an abundance of caution due to the Covid-19 pandemic, announced the cancellation of the 101st Annual Memorial Day Parade. They ask at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25 that you pause and reflect on the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.

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Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato joined with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the NYPD 100th Precinct, and local volunteers to distribute food to seniors at Dayton Beach Park (DBP). Last week, Stacey went on Facebook Live and blasted the DBP co-op board for refusing food meant for seniors. In a press release, she said, “This is not the first instance of improper behavior by the board,” citing a NYC Department of Investigations report confirming numerous improprieties with both the board and former management company.

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The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) continues to be a nightmare for local businesses. While a few have gotten their loans in recent days, many are still waiting. It’s also a program full of holes. Example: A business, deemed non-essential, has been forced to close. They get the loan but can’t open. Why hire people back if you can’t open and seventy-five percent of the loan is supposed to go to payroll? And the loan is supposed to be used as soon as the money is in the bank. 

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