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Labor Day is Monday. Here’s to the countless contributions workers have made to the strength and well-being of our country. And here are a couple of Labor Day facts: Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882 and it’s the third most popular day for a cookout. Can you guess the first two?

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Referring to our cover this week, as of right now, the last day for lifeguards is Monday, September 7, as was planned for the abbreviated season due to coronavirus. However, with school now starting later, the beach season could be extended.

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The Rockaway Mutual Aid (RMA) network put a community fridge at Beach 91st Street off Rockaway Beah Boulevard. Such fridges are stocked with foods for those in need (take what you want, no questions asked). Apparently, someone took exception to the fridge’s location and moved it to a jetty on the ocean. There was an uproar online, but the move seems to have resulted in a big increase in donations and volunteers for the RMA. Another fridge, located on 69-62 Almeda Avenue in Arverne, has been operating since July without incident. You can find RMA online at RockawayMutualAid.com

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More than 300 restaurants have joined a class-action lawsuit due to the city’s ongoing indoor dining ban. We hope this compels the governor and mayor to lighten up and allow the city to have indoor dining. With restrictions, New Jersey is now allowing indoor dining. Long Island and Upstate NY have had indoor dining for weeks. New York City restaurants face peril as the cooler weather arrives. Indoor dining is not just a benefit for customers and restaurant owners. Cooks, waiters, dishwashers, and others need the work. Desperately.

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The Rockaway Hotel is looking good as finishing touches are applied. The New York Times ran an article recently with the headline: Is Opening a Hotel in Rockaway Beach Right Now a Good Idea?  The writer did a good job hiding some good stuff like the rooftop, decks, and outdoor pool and the Tubridy’s hospitality successes elsewhere.  She did mention the LaQuinta Inn at Beach 43rd Street and the long gone Boatel at Marina 59 as failed attempts to make Rockaway an overnight destination. Talk about apples to oranges. There are way too many things to list why those comparisons are ridiculous. The Rockaway Hotel faces challenges because of the pandemic but that’s gonna end and the place will thrive. Here’s to a great run!

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Breezy Pointer Tom Sullivan announced that he will challenge Joe Addabbo Jr. again for a seat in the state senate on November 3. Senate terms are for two years. He lost to Addabbo in 2018, getting 35% of the vote. Addabbo is seeking his sixth term.

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If you’re curious about Covid cases on the peninsula,a the City’s Department of Health has a website for you. Go to https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page. You’ll see the number of cases, the number of deaths, the percentage of people who tested positive, and other info and you can find out by zip code.

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On Tuesday, September 1, a local says her grandfather was stabbed by an emotionally disturbed woman on the boardwalk near Beach 106th Street. The  man is okay and an arrest was made, but the family wanted to make the community aware to stay safe!

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