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So, there was some weather on Tuesday. A tornado warning caused the Staten Island Ferry service to be suspended. NYC Ferry service was suspended. Downed trees caused the MTA to stop service on the A line. The Verrazano Bridges was closed to all traffic. A kiddie pool in Rockaway Beach went airborne and got stuck in wires over the street. And as of press time, some residents, throughout Rockaway, were still without power.

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And as the storm caused havoc throughout Rockaway we were reminded how it will soon be eight years since Sandy. All together now: The jetties are coming, the jetties are coming. So glad they were fast-tracked!

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The Finals for The Rockaway Times Photo Contest will be Friday, August 7 and will be featured on Facebook Live, hosted by John Cori. Check out the Friends of Rockaway Beach page at 5 p.m. to watch it unfold. There are 10 finalists and each of the ten have a good shot at the Grand Prize of $500. We will have the results in next week’s paper. The contest is fun and makes Rockaway look even more beautiful. Thanks to all who submitted: you helped make it great!

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In June on the boardwalk, a police officer was suspended for using a chokehold on a suspect, while attempting to arrest the man who was allegedly threatening officers at the scene. Although charges were dropped against Ricky Bellevue for that incident, he has been arrested twice since, the most recent for allegedly robbing a teenage girl on the A train at Beach 44 St. station in Far Rockaway. After the June incident, Bellevue said he suffers from a bipolar disorder.

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Off the beaten path somewhat is Bayfield Avenue which runs parallel to the bay in Arverne. A couple of vacant lots won’t be vacant much longer apparently as permits have been filed residential buildings at 69-26 and 69-28 Bayfield Avenue.

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But the lovely view in Arverne might come with a surprise. Residents in the area have complained about mosquitoes being worse than usual. (Sometimes you’ll see people just putting out the trash while wearing full head and face coverings). The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene plans to conduct spraying soon and they say eliminated nearly 200,000 mosquitoes using traps.

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If you’re interested in getting free Covid testing you can go to the following: The Sorrentino Rec Center at 18-48 Cornaga Avenue,  Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. No appointments necessary and to Beach 39th, 39-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. No appointments necessary. The actual test only takes less than a couple of minutes.

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Have you done your civic duty? Please go to https://my2020census.gov/  and complete the census questionnaire. The 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government. So far, New York has a response rate of 54% while the national rate is 63%. New York is going to need money and representation to help climb out of the financial hole made worse by the pandemic.

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There might be record unemployment, but The Rockaway Beach Hotel is hiring. See the ad on Page 5 for all the positions they’re looking to fill.

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