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Happy New Year. We said that last year but this time we really mean it.

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We’re curious to see if January 1 polar plunges, which happen up and down the beach, will have smaller or bigger crowds than usual. There are plenty of people who want to wash away 2020 and bring in the New Year with a fresh (cold) start while others remain cautious about being around others. Forecast calls for around 44 degrees. Piece of cake.

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A dolphin washed up on the beach at Riis Park earlier this week. Reports say it died of natural causes. Please keep in mind that you should keep your distance from seals and other sea creatures (dead or alive) on the beach. If you happen upon seal and you believe it is in distress, sick or showing visible wounds, call the N.Y. Marine Rescue Center (formerly the Riverhead Foundation) at 631-369-9829. Share photos or videos of the animal with them. Note the seal’s location, condition and any other important information with the organization, so they can determine if it is necessary to perform a rescue.

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Tweet of the week: In 5 words or less, start a fight without politics.

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116 Street rumors. Odd Lot becoming a day care. Sweet 116 undergoing an overhaul. A Popeye’s Chicken taking over where Tru Force Martial Arts was (old Jamaica Savings Bank). A work permit is in the window of what used to be the Dunkin Donuts.

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A reader asked us to put Melania Trump on the cover of the paper. Well, we just think that would be weird. Although if she moves to Rockaway….

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Rockaway Beach Bazaar has been awarded the next contract to operate food and beverage concessions on the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk beginning Summer 2021. This group has been running operations at Riis Park the last few years. Among the plans is commitment to making the Beach 97th Street concession a year round venue. Oddly enough, the Bazaar people have not received word from Riis (National Park Service - NPS) regarding the renewal of the Bay 9 concessions. NPS received several proposals and will be evaluating through February.

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We also have to note appreciation for those of Rockaway Beach Club who made the concessions such a great attraction for visitors and locals alike since 2011. They had to persevere after Sandy, be limited by an eroding beach, and deal with endless official restrictions. They helped transform the boardwalk and boardwalk life. We hope some of the businesses will continue to exist (and flourish) under the new management.

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There’s always a ray of hope for the Rockaway Beach branch line – the transit line that would drastically cut commute times from Rockaway. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries represents Howard Beach and Ozone Park. At a rally in Queens a few years back, he and Rep. Greg Meeks joined other advocates for restoring the long-abandoned rail. Well, many say Jeffries has a good shot at succeeding Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. In such a powerful position, who knows, maybe he can get that train moving again. (But probably not).

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Thank you! We eclipsed the 10,000 follower mark on Instagram last week. And now we’re aiming to get 5,000 people signed up for our weekly email version of The Rockaway Times. Send us an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your name and interest and we’ll take care of the rest.

 

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