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Red flags. That’s the business to be in.

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Too many bike riders are using the boardwalk for speed drills. Shore Front Parkway has a bike lane that should be utilized by these speeders. Our eye test tells us 95% of these Olympian wannabes are dressed for the Tour de France and most are from somewhere off the peninsula. There’s probably very little chance they read The Rockaway Times but if they do, we’re hoping they get this message: slow down!

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Another message that probably won’t reach the intended audience is: stay out of the water unless lifeguards are on duty. We like Mike Balfe’s suggestion (in this week’s We Get Email) that a water safety video should be made and presented to all New York City students through Zoom. That would be a good start to getting the message out there.

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Attention businesses: If you're open (or when you do)—please take a photo of you and/or staff, in or outside the business, (maybe hold a "We're Open" sign) and send it to us ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). We’ll share it in the paper, or on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram.

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The City will finally add testing sites in Far Rockaway, which was one of the hardest hit communities during the pandemic. The first will open on Thursday, May 28 at 18-48 Cornaga Avenue and the second will open on June 4 at Beach 39th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. This news comes after reports that Councilman Donovan Richards screamed at the mayor for the City’s poor response in making testing available.

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Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations are suspended through Sunday, June 7, 2020. Parking meters remain in effect.

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All of the men who had been staying at the controversial homeless shelter on Beach 101st Street have been relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reports say it could be six months or a year before the Department of Homeless Services considers using the facility again.

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Boat sales are up according various publications. Backyard pools, too. And our very own, Propane King from the Business Directory, says he’s never delivered so many BBQ tanks as he has this season.

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Get your favorite Grad in the paper. Graduation for students just won’t be the same this year but you can show your love by taking out an ad in The Rockaway Times. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 718-634-3030 for rates and details.

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Voting reminder: To register to vote in upcoming primaries, your application must be postmarked by tomorrow, Friday, May 29 and it must be received by the Board of Elections by June 3. The primary election (Presidential and Queens Borough President, among others) is scheduled for June 23.

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We’re posting great photos from The Rockaway Times Photo Expo on Instagram each day and they attracts a lot of likes. But the top photo lately is the one we took last Friday afternoon. The line outside Connolly’s, to get a frozen, went down the block and we got close to a thousand likes for that one. Maybe we’ll enter it next year’s contest!

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It was almost like normal. Local band Wine With Sue usually plays Low Tide Bar to kick off Memorial Day weekend, but they took their show online last Saturday, which was viewed more than 12,000 times. The show also served as a fundraiser and the guys wanted to thank their fans for donating more than $2,700, which will go to various projects to boost the community, spearheaded by Liz Hanna of Rockaway Businesses Need You.

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