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Happy Anniversary to us. The Rockaway Times turns 6 tomorrow, June 26. And to think, we were only given 6 weeks to live. Thanks to all our advertisers, readers, writers, salespeople and unsung supporters who’ve helped us every step of the way. 

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Finally. Mayor de Blasio announced on Wednesday that lifeguards will be back on duty starting Wednesday, July 1.

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The annual Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide will be published next Thursday, July 2. We will distribute it with the regular weekly and then continue to restock drop locations throughout July.

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Congratulations to the many graduates in Rockaway. While some traditions and honors might have been impossible to do with the Covid-19 restrictions, we know these graduates will remember 2020. Lots of us old-timers can barely remember high school or graduation day but we bet most graduates will never forget this year. Kudos to parents, teachers and school administrators who were so creative!

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The Primary was held Tuesday (see Page 7). Voting headaches (as usual!) occurred all over. Locations moved, long delays. Donovan Richards (candidate for Boro Prez) reported scanners were down at I.S. 53. Many people will receive mail-in ballots. Too bad, they will receive them after the vote has been held.

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The owners of 226 Beach 101st Street, the site of the homeless shelter, have taken an $8 million loan against the building, with rent as collateral.

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Yes, we have noticed that every night seems like the 4th of July. The nightly explosions are happening across the city. And not just this city. The fireworks are plaguing people everywhere.  Boston clocked 1,445 complaints in the first week of June — compared to just 22 in the same week in 2019. And just last year, Philadelphia made them legal! With everything that’s come our way, we were half-expecting locusts, but not fireworks. We have to ask about the mental state of people who think setting off explosions in the middle of the night is ok.

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As summer season gets underway, please try your best at maintaining social distancing and continue to wear face coverings. With all the news about Arizona and Texas having major spikes, we really don’t want to repeat what happened here in April and May.

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The 100th Precinct has released a video of the incident on the boardwalk last Saturday at which a police officer used a chokehold. The video is on YouTube (search 100th Precinct NYPD Arrest June 21, 2020) and is worth a look to get a full understanding of what occurred.

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The Edgemere Farm on Beach 45th Street is inviting the public to visit the farm stand on every Friday between the hours of noon and five. They’ll have lots of great stuff. Strawberries, kale, lettuce, turnips, radishes, rainbow chard, collard greens, flowers, herbs, eggs, and more. The Farm also has a weekend market on Beach 74th.

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Lou Harris, founder of the East Coast chapter of the Black Surfing Association, coordinated another paddle out on Saturday, June 20. Hundreds took to the water to bring attention to police injustice and to support Black Lives Matter.

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A long and detailed story about lifeguard union boss, Peter Stein is in the most recent edition of New York Magazine. According to the piece, “Stein relies on a playbook of patronage, power brokering, and intimidation.” Janet Fash, a beloved lifeguard and friend to many in Rockaway, has battled him for a long time.

 

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