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Breezy Point has one of the highest vaccination rates in the city (including partial, one shot so far).  Rockaway Park (including Belle Harbor and Neponsit) also has a good percentage compared to other parts of the city. You can track vaccination rates at www.public.tableau.com 

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Early voting is underway in the Special Election in District 31. Many are vying for the seat vacated by Donovan Richards. Pesach Osina and Selvena Brooks are among the favorites.

Whoever wins won’t have much time to get comfortable. There will likely be a number of people running in the primary in just a few months.

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The Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not happening this year (at least officially) and that throws off our sense of seasons. The parade marks (unofficially) the end of winter/the beginning of spring. Before we know it, Memorial Day will be here and it’s certain to be better than last year. NYC Parks is planning a full beach season and that includes partnering with The Rockaway Times for the annual Photo Contest.

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest has officially launched. In addition to NYC Parks, we’re happy to have our old gang of co-sponsors back. The Jamaica Bay- Rockaway Parks Conservancy and NYC Ferry are back onboard helping to ensure this will be another great Rockaway event. The deadline for submitting photos is Friday, April 16. That gives you two months to find your best photos or get out there and snap some great ones now. See Page 5 for important details.

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Door to door delivery has been put on hold while snow and ice abound. You can still get a copy at many stores or from our orange news racks around town. Of course, the best way to get The Rockaway Times every week is to sign up for our weekly email. Just tell us you’d like to receive the paper by email and we’ll do the rest. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and join the more than 4,000 people getting the paper that way.

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Governor Cuomo is under increasing scrutiny for the way he handled the nursing home crisis during the height of the pandemic, as well he should. Cuomo said his team should have provided “more information” but they were in “the middle of hell.”  Well, he did find time to write a book. A bit of déjà vu: A few years ago, Cuomo was subject to a corruption probe by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. The governor's office was accused of interfering with and restricting the investigation which was part of the Moreland Commission. This time many top officials at the New York State Health Department have resigned recently and according to the New York Times they resigned because of Cuomo. Increasingly, state Democrats are expressing anger and calling for further investigation.

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The is a Community Board Transportation Committee meeting on Monday, February 22 at 7:15 p.m. via Zoom. There will be a host of things covered including the A train shuttle, bikes and scooters on the boardwalk, parking under the Freeway in Arverne, and bus lanes and pedestrian crossings. If you want to join in, call the Community Board (718-471-7300) for Zoom info.

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Robert Thomas Minor, a former chief of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department died on February 9. He was 75. Minor was elected chief in 1974 and was known for his decision to paint the fleet yellow to give it more visibility. A memorial service was held at St. Camillus on Tuesday.

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