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The Rockaway Times has moved. About 20 feet. We are now occupying the back office of the building at 114-04 Beach Channel Drive (the old Glider’s Gym and pre-Sandy, the old Dr. Rogoff’s dentist office). Geoff Rawling just finished a mural of our new logo, on the second floor of the front of the building. Just look up to see his great work.

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You can walk from Rockaway into Nassau County. That’s how close indoor restaurant options are. But you do have to leave the county of Queens. New York City remains the only area in the state that prohibits indoor dining, not even allowing 50 percent capacity. When do the mayor and governor explain what their definition of a flattened curve is? If people feel uncomfortable dining indoors, they won’t and shouldn’t do it. The cooler weather will be here before we know it and an entire industry is at great risk. By the way, the governor’s office announced this past Monday that August 24 was the “17th Straight Day with Positivity Rate Below 1 Percent; and 0.66 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive.”

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If you want to win editorial awards at the New York Press Association annual contest, it helps to have Katie McFadden doing the writing, reporting, picture taking and social media posting. For the sixth year in a row, The Rockaway Times won multiple awards at the prestigious newspaper competition and Katie’s the top reason why. Kudos to Katie! (And not bad, multiple awards for a free newspaper).

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There are sure to be a lot of people vying for Eric Ulrich’s council seat next year. We expect Mike Scala and Lew Simon and others which might include Shaeleigh Severino, currently a senior at St. John’s University. The Queens Daily Eagle reports that the 21-year-old is hoping to be the first female to represent Council District 32. Twenty-one might seem young, but Khaleel Anderson is just 24 and he’s on his way to the NYS Assembly.

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The old Brendan’s Bar, which was the old Blackwater Inn at 112-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd. was recently purchased by the House on the Rock Church, a nondenominational multicultural church founded more than twenty years ago. We’ll let you know when services will be at the new place. Cheers to them!

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Rockaway is rolling. And grinding. The new skate park near Beach 92nd and Shore Front is now open. Skaters are already enjoying the new features at this revamped park. Kudos to all who helped make this happen. Sandpiper playground at Beach 108th, the skate park, the workout area, and the handball and basketball courts are all bustling.

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More than 250 surfers gathered for a paddle out last Saturday to host a floating memorial service for Breonna Taylor, the black EMT who was killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky in March. Lou Harris, founder of the East Coast chapter of the Black Surfing Association, organized the event.

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A first in Summer Classic history? The rain would’ve forced the games to stop on Tuesday night at the St. Francis Schoolyard but before any drops fell, a transformer blew, loudly and brightly, right across the street on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Games were called immediately and everyone hurried away.

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