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The first week of March. We normally have a parade to get ready for. This year, we’re just marking the year anniversary of Covid’s arrival in New York. St. John’s Hospital had the first reported case in Queens on parade day. What a year it’s been.

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After that brief bit, a couple weeks back, about the Neponsit Home being demolished and handed over to NYC Parks, there is now a sense of same ol’ same ol’. From the current agency in charge (NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation): A timeline for the transfer of the Neponsit Beach Hospital site to Parks has not been determined. “Once transferred and funding is acquired, we will engage the community for their feedback to help shape the future of this site.” And we got the same message from Parks though they added: Newly acquired parkland undergoes site assessments and review to inform our capital renovation process. And then they have a design process. In short, don’t hold your breath on anything.

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NYC Parks has confirmed that it’s full steam ahead for the boardwalk concessions with the people from Riis Park Bazaar getting the greenlight to be the new operators.  We will provide a roster of businesses that will operate under the new management as soon as it’s set.

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is underway. Submit up to 4 photos (just the photos that you think best capture Rockaway) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . And of course, you can continue to send photos for our weekly feature, Local Color. Those photos should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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New York City’s new head of the NYC Department of Education, Meisha Porter, replacing Richard Carranza, is a Far Rockaway native. We wish her luck.

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How’s Andrew Yang ever gonna get to Rockaway if he thinks the A Train goes to the Bronx? The mayoral candidate tweeted the other day that he was Bronx-bound on the A train and was called on it because the train does not go to the Bronx at all. Then again, when you get on the A Train you can end up anywhere.

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Speaking of mayoral candidates, six of them are expected to join a mayoral townhall virtual event hosted by the Good Democratic, the Harry S Truman Democratic Club and the South Queens Democratic Club. So far, Andrew Yang, Shaun Donovan, Maya Wiley, Ray McGuire, Eric Adams, and Scott Stringer have signed on. The town hall is set for Thursday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. To sign up for the event, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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We’d be remiss without mentioning a mayoral candidate who won’t be attending: Eddie Cullen. Cullen, a Xavier High School grad, a rugby guy (sounds good so far) has just introduced the “Rockaway Energy Corridor” a renewable energy corridor from Rockaway to Wall Street (research and development centers with local economic opportunities). Cullen is a democrat, and we hope Lew Simon can help him be part of the town hall! What do you say, Lew?

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The Queens Daily Eagle reports that a consulting firm has recommended drastically cutting staff and services at St. John’s Hospital in Far Rockaway. One option offered up was making the only hospital in Rockaway a 15-bed micro hospital. The State Department of Health says it provides $60 million to St. John’s every year. St. John’s Board Chair Rev. Lawrence Provenzano and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards issue strong disapproval of the recommendations. With state budget deficits becoming so severe, you can bet many institutions will have targets on their backs.

 

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