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We think 2021 will get better but it won’t feel good on the first Saturday in March now that the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Parade has been canceled for this year. The City is not issuing the permits necessary for such events.

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You might want to watch a local version of the Powerball (or mega thousands) this Saturday on Instagram.The Graybeards Pot-a-Gold raffle, a fundraiser to help the wonderful charitable organization, is now more than 100Gs. The drawing will happen via livestream on Instagram, @the.Graybeards, this Saturday evening, January 30 at 8 p.m. If you want to be part of the fun and give yourself a shot you can still buy a ticket. Call Rick Horan at 917-345-3700 and he’ll get a raffle ticket to you. Cost is $100.

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It’s Restaurant Week in New York City. So that’s a good enough reason to send along a reminder to order in from one of the great places in Rockaway. There are more diverse choices than ever.

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Sad to pass along the news that Sandy Nesoff died this past Sunday. She and her husband Bob Nesoff collaborated on the Travels with Bob and Sandy column that we used to run until Sandy fell ill.

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The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Borough President Donovan Richards, will hold a virtual public hearing on the Mayor's Fiscal Year 2022 Preliminary Expense and Capital Budget on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain the testimony of Queens Community Boards, community stakeholders and members of the public regarding the proposals contained in the Mayor's FY22 Preliminary Budget. This input will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board's budget priorities in FY22. On Friday, January 29, individuals who have registered will be emailed a time slot and the link to the virtual public hearing. Visit queensbp.org/budget for more info. (Thanks to Eugene Falik for the tip on this. We know he’ll be attending).

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The states with the fewest Covid restrictions are Oklahoma, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas and Florida. New York comes in at 39. This info comes via Wallethub.com. The site also lists the “safest” states as far as Covid goes and the restrictions don’t necessarily correlate with safety. For the metrics they used, visit WalletHub.

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People care about pooches. At least ones that have to be rescued from the bay. After Scott and Carol Denaro of Harbor Optics alerted Harbor Patrol and a rescue dog was rescued and we posted it online, quite a few media outlets picked up the story. It’s always nice to see good news!

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And speaking of dogs, here’s another reason to love them: they are helping in the fight against Covid. It was just announced that covid-sniffing dogs will be utilized at Miami Heat basketball games. According to CBS-Miami, fans arriving for the game will be brought to a screening area and the detection dogs will walk past. If the dog keeps going, the fan is cleared; if the dog sits, that’s a sign it detects the virus, and the fan will be denied entry. A German study last year found that dogs there were right 94% of the time when it came to coronavirus detection.

 

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