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We'd say congratulations, but there's no winner yet. Selvena Brooks-Powers holds the lead in the City Council District 31 race with Pesach Osina closely trailing behind, but since nobody got 50% of the vote, ranked choice voting will come into play and rounds will begin in March.

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According to the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League, the one and only meeting for the 2021 season is set for Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. The place is yet to be determined but keep the date in mind and check out RBVL.com regularly. The National Park Service, which runs Riis Park, home of the RBVL, tells us nothing has been set yet as far as restrictions, etc.

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Some people noticed the Connolly’s sign is no longer up on the building that is for sale. That got some wondering what was going on. We checked with the sales broker who says the place is still for sale and the signs were removed because of heavy snow and ice. There’s been no word if the iconic, much-loved bar will open this summer.

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We tweeted to all twelve thousand or so mayoral candidates asking if they’d ever been to Rockaway. Kathryn Garcia was the first and so far only! candidate to respond (with a big yes). She also is the first one to make a candidate stop here. The former Sanitation Commissioner is working!

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You pull into a gas station looking for regular and all of a sudden you see Steve Martin and Martin Short. The two actor/comedians/entertainers were filming Only Murders in the Building, an upcoming comedy television series for Hulu, at the gas station on Beach 112th and Beach Channel Drive on Monday. Selena Gomez was there as well and stopped to take photos with young fans.

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Congrats to Ian James Geraghty, a senior at Lawrence Woodmere Academy, for being named by News 12 as a top Student-Athlete. Ian is the son, of Jim Geraghty, an FDNY firefighter who died in 2015. His proud grandparents, Jim and Jeanette Geraghty, still live in Rockaway. Oh, and happy birthday, Ian! (February 24).

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Tolls on the Cross Bay and Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial bridges will rise from $2.29 to $2.45 for E-Zpass users and from $4.75 to $5.09 for non-tag holders. The Cross Bay Bridge toll remains fully rebated for Rockaway and Broad Channel residents properly using their NYCSC E-Zpass.

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Don’t miss out. If you’ve got a photo or two that are great and really represent the best that is Rockaway, please enter The Rockaway Times Photo Contest.  See Page 18 for more info.

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Things are getting there. Not that Rockaway has one, but New York City is allowing 25% capacity at movie theaters beginning March 5. Restaurants will also be allowed to open to 35% capacity for indoor dining this Friday. These decisions, like most things these days, have people on both sides and others somewhere in the middle.

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The mayor was in Far Rockaway on Monday touting hundreds of new units of affordable housing being completed there. He also was promoting an agreement with the Port Authority that is expected to bring 20,000 jobs to JFK over the next few years. The plan is to support to working with minority and women-owned businesses and hire from the surrounding neighborhoods in Southeast Queens. With all the housing coming to Far Rockaway, we hope these jobs really do become available for its residents. 

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