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Tuesday was Groundhog’s Day but we know it’s basically been Groundhog Year. Oh, the Staten Island Ground Hog predicted an early spring but there was some controversy because the groundhog’s appearance was actually taped (which why not? It’s like Groundhog’s Day). Punxsutawney Phil on the other hand called for six more weeks of winter.

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This is an annual statement of a pet peeve. We wish drivers would at least try to get snow off the roofs of their cars. Especially if they’ll be driving at high speeds on the highway. Snow can turn icy and become flying missiles. And then there are the drivers who wipe off just a peephole on the windshield snow on cars. 

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PS/MS 47 in Broad Channel will have a new (temporary) home.  The Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) unanimously approved a plan to relocate the student body to the old Stella Marris High School (and Martin de Porres) on RBB and Beach 111th. The move will happen over the winter recess. We first caught this news from our friends at the Queens Chronicle.

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There won’t be a Poseidon Prom which has been a fabulously fun party at the Knights of Columbus the past few Februarys but the organizers, those nautical nuts, are planning some fun to take its place. Stay tuned. The Prom helped offset costs of running Rockaway’s annual boardwalk extravaganza. So whatever they come with it we hope you’ll support. As of now, we fully expect the parade to be back better than ever in September.

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Whoa. Maybe it wasn’t Powerball but the Graybeards’ Pot-a-Gold raffle was certainly a mega thousands. The winner take all pot ballooned to $191,400 by 8 p.m. last Saturday when Tom Morgan invited Fr. Jim Cunningham to pick the ticket from the big raffle wheel live on Instagram. A group identified as DOT DOC Builders were the lucky winners. But so too were The Graybeards and the community they serve. Big thumbs up to all those who made this such a huge success.

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Please check smoke alarms and be aware of possible fire hazards. Last Friday, a fire broke out in the dormitory of Yeshiva Mercaz HaTorah of Belle Harbor causing significant damage. Firefighters had to battle strong winds and frigid temperatures. The next day, a fire ravaged a house on Beach 86th Street near the Rockaway Freeway. A young child was critically injured and taken to the hospital.

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Cheese, Louise it’s that time of year, already? Yep. Stay tuned for details about the annual Rockaway Times Photo Contest. There’s no doubt, Rockaway’s Got Talent and we like to put the spotlight on peninsula shutterbugs. As we’ve done in years past, The Top 30 photos selected are made poster-size and put on display on the boardwalk.  Start going through your great photos (or go out and snap!)

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We’re happy Governor Cuomo has relented and allowed indoor dining (though 25% capacity is hardly enough for the businesses that have struggled for almost a year). He has set Valentine’s Day as the start. Very romantic but not very practical. Valentine’s Day is Sunday, February 14 why is that any better than February 10, 11, 12 or 13? Especially since the 12th and 13th are weekend nights!

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