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Yankees are playing in October. But it seems like a Mets game, no one’s there. Sorry, Mets fans. Always open season to take a shot.

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Please see our Restaurant section starting on Page 34 for some places that offer indoor dining. Many favorite places are offering specials.

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The next Community Board meeting is Tuesday, October 13 from 7-9 p.m. The meeting will be virtual via Zoom. Please be advised that you must register by today (October 8, 4 p.m.) if you would like to address the CB in the Public Speaking segment. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name and (most importantly) the phone number you will be calling from.  The call-in info for the meeting is: ZOOM: 646-558-8656. MTG ID# 4445208115; PASSCODE # 817721.

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The Graybeards are holding a blood drive on Sunday, November 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m,. at St. Camillus, 180 Beach 100th Street. Appointments are preferred. You can make one by visiting NYCB.org or calling 516-487-5023.

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Edgemere and Far Rockaway made the news this week and not in a good way. Both areas were cited as Covid-19 spike areas and schools and nonessential businesses (including indoor dining places) were ordered shut by the Mayor. Of course, the Governor might change things at any time. The 11691 zip code was among eight others that faced similar restrictions.

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Speaking of spikes, The White House has more coronavirus cases than New Zealand, Taiwan, and Vietnam combined. The numbers are so bad the president of China is calling it The White House Virus. That’s his joke, not ours.

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The Army Corps of Engineers tells us rocks for the groins (aka jetties) are piling up from Beach 19th through Beach 32nd for the work that will begin soon. In fact, they “should be slinging stone by the end of the week.” Work on the west end is slated to begin in early 2021. Where workers and trucks and temporary work stations will set up is still to be determined.

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The Parks Department is still “evaluating responses” to the bids put in by various groups to run the boardwalk concessions next year and beyond. Parks is expected to make a call by the end of the year. 

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On the Riis Park concessions front: The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking a Lessee “to provide high quality food and beverage services. Operation should have character, offer a menu and service level that is its own quality destination within the park, attracts diverse beach goers, and better serves the surrounding community.” The deadline for proposals is November 6. For more info go to www.nps.gov/gate/getinvolved/riis-park-rfp.htm 

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Speaking of Riis, Gateway Wants Your Feedback. NPS is proposing to increase parking fees beginning in 2021 at Jacob Riis Park in order to maintain and improve visitor services. They’re looking to double the cost of parking from $10 to $20. Most people from Rockaway don’t need to park there but that doesn’t mean it won’t affect the area. With the high cost of parking, you can bet some drivers will seek creative, alternative parking spots. According to NPS, “Your opinion is important to the National Park Service. Please provide your feedback about this proposal.” The comment period will run through Oct. 16, 2020. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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