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Reservations recommended. It’s rainy? It’s chilly? No worries.Indoor dining started yesterday with 25% capacity.Please see restaurant options starting on Page 34 and on the back page. Here’s to hoping the 25% is just for the month of October with a minimum of 50% by November 1.

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The restaurant cap is certainly tied to the city’s overall positivity rate. A new lockdown will be put in place if the positivity rate jumps over 3%. Schools will close and other businesses will likely face the same. Positivity rates are climbing in neighborhoods with large Orthodox Jewish populations and it’s feared the increase will spread to other areas. The City Health department says there is “no evidence of herd immunity for any community.”

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Rockaway Hoops is a podcast that we’ve been hyping, for good reason. The show gets better every week and this week they’ve got a true legend as a guest. Nancy Lieberman, who fashioned a Hall of Fame career which began in Far Rockaway, joined the guys on a Zoom call and the show will air on Facebook this Sunday, October 4. Basketball has been a huge part of Rockaway history and culture and Rockaway Hoops taps into it beautifully.

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Rockaway Has Choices. Bar Marseilles is the newest place in town. The great looking spot at Arverne by the Sea opens today (Thursday). It has indoor dining and an outdoor patio (each 75 seats), and a rooftop area with an additional 50 seats. The fare is French, bistro-inspired with strong coastal influences that focus on seafood.

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The Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC), the non-profit which has sponsored art shows, the Rockaway Times Photo Contest, beach and bay clean-ups, and champions a climate resilient New York is now our next-door neighbor at 114-04 Beach Channel Drive.

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People along the Shore Front buildings have told us that voter mail absentee ballots have been left in lobbies or have wrong addresses. In the best of times, the Board of Elections (everywhere it seems!) has trouble, and often the Post Office. Seniors and the disabled, in particular, need the option to vote by mail.

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Speaking of elections, you can expect a Special Election to be scheduled once City Councilman Donovan Richards is declared winner of the race for Queens Borough President on November 3, barring a major upset at the hands of Republican candidate Joann Ariola.

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Manuel Silva, Richards’s Chief of Staff, is expected to vie for the job as are others. Richards actually took the seat in a Special Election after James Sanders Jr. won a seat in the NY State Senate, narrowly edging out Pesach Osina. We asked Pesach about trying again and he told us, “I’ll keep you in the loop.”

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Even though the 3 on 3 By The Sea tourney in memory of the great, Clare Droesch, was limited by Covid restrictions, the turnout and generosity of many wasn’t limited. This year, The Clare Droesch Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Brenna and Danielle Tansey.

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Kudos to the coffin carriers. When New York City tried to kill the beach season in 2018 and closed stretches of beach with little notice to boardwalk businesses, some locals staged a mock funeral and carried a coffin followed by a bagpiper. The coffin reemerged this past week in Manhattan as locals protested the leadership of the Mayor and Governor. The 25% capacity restriction (while the rest of the state has 50%) is something that will kill the restaurant business, they say.   

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