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L'Shana Tova.

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We think the 25% capacity cap for indoor dining is overly restrictive and see no reason to wait until September 30. We’re offering places that have indoor dining more than 25% off on some ads and hope this helps them get through this difficult stretch.

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An underrated casualty of the Covid crisis is the suspension of senior activities. Golden Age, Sea Breeze and other senior meetings were important social functions that lift the spirits of so many who need interaction. And unfortunately, it’s this same group that are most vulnerable to the virus. Reach out to a senior you know, just to say hello.

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So there’s this huge 81-acre parcel called Arverne East. Way back, in 2005, the City issued an RFP for development of the area. One requirement for bidders was taking on (paying for) the huge infrastructure makeover. Well, fifteen years later, the infrastructure costs are now being paid by the City (you the taxpayer). And the same group awarded the development is still in charge. We wonder how a new RFP was never issued. Since 2005, Rockaway has become a much more desirable place which would attract interest from a lot of developers (maybe some willing to pay for the infrastructure!). And really, a new RFP should have been issued after Sandy and after the new boardwalk. If we were one of the bidders in the first go-around, we’d ask a court for an injunction. It’s an outrage, that a development group (no matter how wonderful they might be) could sit on this property for 15 years and now make changes to the original bid without competition.

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Speaking of big developments, a little birdie or two told us the huge project coming to the site of the old Peninsula Hospital is in danger of grinding to a halt because the City's HPD money has dried up. Well, on Tuesday, in an article in the Commercial Observer, Daniel Moritz, a principal at the firm, Arker Companies said, “We believe in the project and we’re still investing in construction plans (but) at this point it’s an issue of funding.”

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Thanks to James Russell for sending along an article from Newsday. It appears the town of Long Beach, right next door, is unhappy with their jetties which were installed just last year. Officials say, “jetties that were rebuilt are now separating with boulders sinking into the ocean.” The Army Corps, in response, said “the groin field is functioning as designed and functioning effectively.”

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With Covid-19 putting the brakes on so many things we're thrilled the newest, biggest thing, The Rockaway Hotel, is getting rave reviews with the most common comment being, it's beautiful. 

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The Summer Classic is over but the Rockaway Hoops interview show with Charlie Marquadt and Ryan Woerner offers great interviews with hoopers from all over. Find it on Facebook.

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Gail Allen, the mother of Firefighter Richie Allen, who died on 9/11, woke up last Friday and found more than 343 flags on her front lawn, to honor the firefighters who died that day, as well as locals such as Charlie Heeran, who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald. A retired firefighter looked at the display and the breeze picked up, blowing the flags in the wind, he said, “do you hear that? It sounds like angel wings.” A beautiful site and a beautiful gesture made by friends.

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