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Army Corps / Jetties/ Groins update: “We are on schedule to complete the groins near Beach 32 and Beach 36 in March. We intend to start construction on the groins near Beach 149th and Beach 145th in February. In the next few months, we will have more information to provide on the next construction contract that will provide for the reinforced dune, beach sand, and dune crossings.”

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Speaking of the beach, we don’t blame you if you avoid it this time of year. But, we’re just saying, you might miss out on a few things. You can still see dozens (hundreds?) of surfers on some days, you can see the jetties being built with big machines, and you might see somebody getting engaged. On January 1 when lots of people jumped in the ocean, one man really took the plunge. Timmy Dunne went in the water, came out, got down on one knee and proposed to Clare Higgins. Congrats!

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Young women of the Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF) caused quite a stir when several went public alleging that RYTF founder, Milan Taylor, was guilty of sexual and emotional abuse. The charges, many posted on social media, are quite explicit. Taylor, a former member of Community Board 14, was arrested in 2014 for throwing a female victim onto a couch in the RYTF office and then choking her. He was sentenced to eight weeks of anger management in a plea deal. In response to the latest allegations, many elected officials came out in support of the women and are urging law enforcement to investigate.

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Rockaway makes its way into a lot of publications but it was still a surprise to see it make National Geographic. The famed magazine did a story on all the whale sightings around New York. Rockaway (and the American Princess, the whale watching boat) are prominently mentioned. Scientists say the clean water and a “brimming buffet” of bunker make the place irresistible to humpbacks and other whales. It so happens, The Rockaway Times had a front page photo of a school of bunker on the cover just a few weeks ago.

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The National Risk Index by FEMA is an online tool to help illustrate the nation’s communities more at risk of natural hazards. The index combines 18 natural hazards (hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, etc) with socioeconomic and other factors. Los Angeles is the riskiest place to hang your hat. Three of the five boroughs are in the top 10 (but not Queens!) though we’re “high risk.” The index is supposed to encourage communities mitigate factors as they can.

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Restaurants and most service industries have had a challenging time to say the least but an overlooked business facing lean times are auto body places. There’s less traffic with no place to go (and there are fewer places to go, for sure!). So less traffic, less fender benders.

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Don‘t forget you can still buy a Pot-a-Gold ticket to support The Graybeards. Last year’s winner won a whopping 50 grand. Please consider purchasing one or more tickets as it’s the Graybeards’ most important fundraising effort. Contact Rick Horan and he’ll make things easy for you. Email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or give him a call at 917-345-3700. The big drawing is set for January 30.

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