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You know what we say in the newspaper business: Damned if we do, damned if we don’t.

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A very large crowd, maybe three or four thousand people, walked from Beach 121st Street on the boardwalk to the 100th Precinct last Saturday in a show of support for the NYPD. It was a peaceful march that got little coverage in the main media. One reason, we’d guess, is that few in the media thought the crowd would be that large. At one point, the marchers were met by some with opposing or alternate messages but most of the exchanges did not escalate and peace was maintained.

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The Low Tide concession at Beach 97th Street posted a photo of marchers with the caption: Racists in our community here they come. It was soon taken down. Broad brush statements lack nuance and often do more harm than good. And that goes both ways. We encourage learning and dialogue but even that might be considered controversial these days.

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The crowd on the boardwalk wasn’t the only notable crowd last weekend. Sunday traffic was Crazy Eddie insane. We posted a photo of the traffic and we think every bike advocate in the city commented.

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Liz Hanna took it upon herself to start a Facebook page, RBNY Rockaway Businesses Need You. She’s been promoting businesses since March, the early days of the lockdown. Well, we’ve asked her to promote businesses on our Facebook page as well. She’ll post menus, specials, pickup and delivery information and other info. Rockaway needs small businesses and small businesses need you.

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Speaking of Facebook, Senator James Sanders Jr. will host a virtual economic development training session on Monday, July 20 from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Facebook live. This event is part of a series aimed to promote entrepreneurialism and grow businesses. Contact LaToya Benjamin to RSVP and for more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Don’t tell us that a history degree isn’t worth it. Cheers to Keith Bugsy Goldberg who is using this down time to do something creative and educational, geared to upper grade students at St. Francis de Sales. He’ll be hosting a 30-minute lecture/discussion series in the schoolyard starting at 8 a.m., beginning Monday, July 20.  The award-winning history student will be passing on his knowledge starting with Pre-Columbian World History to the present day.

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We asked the Parks Department about crowd sizes this summer because the beaches do seem packed. While waiting for their tally, we figured the crowds won’t be swelling with people who’ve flown into New York recently. Governor Cuomo issued an emergency health order stating that travelers from 22 states landing at New York airports must fill out a form and isolate for 14 days. Or face a $2000 fine. Others arriving by car or bus or train (or bike) are expected to fill out the form online. This will mostly be on the honor system because enforcement will be pretty much impossible.

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Yarden Flatow of Cuisine by Claudette’s resigned his position as Chairman of the Rockaway Business Alliance (RBA) on Wednesday. In a letter to the board he said, “I’ve felt that this organization has steered in a course that I don’t agree with. It has come to a crossroads and its actions have steered it down a road of politicalness.”

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Dr. Galvin has retired (not from writing for The RT). Medical records of patients who did not pick up their charts prior to the closing of the office have been taken over by South Shore Medical Associates, PC. They are located at 342 Beach 54 Street, 718-634-5448.

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