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Happy Father’s Day! Sunday is the day we take time to honor dads, with us or gone. Here’s to all the dads who’ve done their best. The Rockaway Times is pleased to present photos we received from readers (we requested them last week and on Facebook and all we can do is ask!).

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The Primary is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23. Shaniyat Chowdhury (D) is challenging Rep. Gregory Meeks who hasn’t had a primary challenge in forever. Both men have written pieces for this week’s Rockaway Times. The race for Queens Borough President has several running with the most notable being Donovan Richards, Elizabeth Crowley, and Costa Constantinides (D).  This is technically a primary for Democratic Presidential contenders as well. Other than Joe Biden, candidates have withdrawn but their names may appear on this state's ballot.

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Bleachers have been put in the St. Francis schoolyard and some might assume that means the Summer Classic is gearing up. Not yet. Basketball is a Phase 4 activity. Bugsy Goldberg will keep us informed.  As we were going to press, Governor Cuomo said Phase 2 should kick in Monday, June 22. Hair cuts and coloring will no longer be done on the black market. Outdoor dining can be done at actual restaurants!

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A fellow named Heshy Tischler and others (including elected officials  Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and Councilman Kalman Yeger) took out bolt cutters and opened playgrounds in Midwood, Boro Park, and Williamsburg for kids to enjoy. The Mayor was not pleased. We’ll see if this civil disobedience spreads.

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We did hear a good line from a local. He said he’s having a party in July and if the cops come, he’s going to say it’s not a party, it’s a protest.

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The annual Rockaway Times Summer Guide will be published Thursday, July 2. A lot of things are up in the air but summer ain’t the summer without this tradition. If you’re a last minute advertiser, hurry and contact Mary at 718-634-3030 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our new sales guy, Rick Horan, seems to have the magic touch. He’s getting ads from all over.

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Lola Star Rockaway has closed after five years. The store on Beach 116th Street brought a bit of magic to the block but being closed during the pandemic and pressure to pay rent left Lola with no choice. We wish her the best as she takes her entrepreneurial spirit online at www.LolaStar.com 

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Across the street, Georgina’s Bakery, which just opened last year, has also closed permanently due to coronavirus impacting business. The Italian bakery offered cakes and pastries as sweet at the owners. We wish them the best.

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Black Surfing Rockaway is organizing a paddle out to support Black Lives Matter this Saturday, June 20 at 9 a.m. at Beach 109th Street. Hundreds showed for a previous paddle out.

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The Heart of Rockaway Civic (THOR) is none too pleased with the YMCA. Residents are complaining about grass that hasn’t been cut and standing water that attracts mosquitoes. The Community Board is now on the case, according to Edwin Williams of THOR.

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Like many others, The Rockaway Artists Alliance is in limbo. No summer camps, no classes, no exhibitions. The group, however, is in partnership with JBRPC and The Rockaway Hotel, and Ft. Tilden will be one of the sites for the Nancy Baker Cahill exhibit that opens on July 4. It's a virtual exhibit. Stay tuned for more info.

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