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Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. The Rockaway Times email edition will go out as usual on Thursday. Our door to door and news rack delivery will be on Friday. If you want The RT hot off the press, now would be a good time to sign up for our email. It’s the entire paper and easy to read. Send us an email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) telling us you’d like to be added and we’ll do the rest. Thanks!

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As we went to press, Mayor de Blasio announced public schools would close and go fully remote starting Thursday, November 19, as coronavirus cases rise and pass the 3% positive threshold. Per the Brooklyn Diocese, Catholic schools will remain open.

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Last week we congratulated Monsignor John Bracken on his 80th birthday. This week we congratulate him on of having the St. Francis de Sales gym named in his honor. We knew it was happening and it was hard to keep it a secret! The gym has been the scene of historic games and events and now has a suitable name.

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Bruce Jacobs died this past week. He was a familiar voice at Community Board meetings and a staunch advocate for Far Rockaway representing the community on behalf of The Coalition of The Rockaways.

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New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities IV is hosting a Food Giveaway event that will provide groceries to families in Rockaway area. In cooperation with community partners Trinity Church of Wall St., Rock Safe Streets, Queens Royal Priesthood, The Queens Defenders, the Far Rock Greek Council and FRANC, New Visions will be distributing foods to a hundred families (first come, first served) on the following Wednesdays at the school from 1-6 p.m., 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, and 12/23. It is recommended that people come with a cart, wagon or car, as the bags are heavy.

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The Graybeards are collecting American Flags that need to be retired and will be done ceremoniously through the VFW. If you see a flag that should be removed, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Speaking of The Graybeards (and the original organizers, The RIBS), hats off to these guys as they set a record with their recent food drive. The previous record of 2,130 bags was shattered. They’re still counting and receiving bags but the final number will be over 2,300. The effort will restock food pantries throughout the Rockaway peninsula. Big thumbs up.

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The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest from e-scooter companies about running a scooter share program (think Lime bikes, only electric scooters). A company called Bird was at the Beach 41st Street houses on Tuesday demonstrating their rides. The pilot program is expected to launch in March 2021.

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Breezy Point made the news this week for having the highest Covid positivity rate in the City at 6.55 percent. The community recorded 11 new cases.

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In last week’s Boyleing Points, Kevin Boyle decried the sorry state of the NY Board of Elections. For those still following vote tallies, as of Tuesday, November 17 his ballot (according to the online tracker) is still at the Post Office.

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You know we like to keep you on your toes. Last week’s Word Search frustrated quite a few of you as the names did not match the puzzle. We double checked this week and it looks good. Those who alerted us to the goof are honored in this week’s puzzle.

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