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Advertiser alert:  The summer’s coming and so is The Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide. This great Rockaway tradition somehow made it to print in 2020 thanks to the commitment and faith in Rockaway of so many of our merchants. The Summer Guide will be a great way to welcome back normalcy! Or something close to that!

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Half steam ahead. As of this Friday, March 19 dine-in restaurants will be permitted to increase capacity to 50%. Covid cases are falling and vaccine numbers are rising. Both are happening as the weather turns nicer.

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Walgreens and CVS pharmacies in Rockaway and Inwood/Five Towns are offering the Covid vaccine for those eligible. Just go to their respective websites and search for available times. We tested both sites and found open slots.

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Nicole Russell runs Last Dragon Pizza, an out of the home business, she’s been operating since soon after Hurricane Sandy.  She and her Arverne business got great coverage in last Sunday’s New York Times. You can try the tasty dishes Nicole serves up by finding her on Instagram.

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Andy Byford used to run the MTA and now is running the equivalent in London. He told The City publication, “I’m now given the space and leeway as a transit professional to do my job. I can do my job for the people of London without interference.” Byford was slamming Cuomo before the Nursing Home scandal took hold and before sexual misconduct allegations started becoming almost everyday occurrences.

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Speaking of Cuomo and the MTA (bridges and tolls), we have our own gripe: Cuomo hurried to reinstate the toll on the Marine Park Bridge a few weeks after Hurricane Sandy. Pretty much the only ones using the bridge were volunteers and people who’d been forced to relocate to Brooklyn and elsewhere and had to go back and forth.

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We don’t follow the polls too much and don’t know what fundraising milestones mean exactly in the mayoral race but again we have to tip our hat to candidate Kathryn Garcia who not only made Rockaway a campaign stop, but seems to be all over the city. We’re guessing she’ll surprise people when it’s primary time.

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And speaking of the primary, 10 candidates will be running for the District 32 City Council currently held by term-limited by Eric Ulrich. Joann Ariola and Steve Sirgiovanni look like the only Republicans running (Ulrich is a Republican). Dem candidates are: Michael Scala, Kaled Alamarie, Raimondo Graziano, Balla Matias, Ruben Cruz, Shaeleigh Severino, Helal Sheikh, Felicia Singh and Kenichi Wilson.

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There will be a free Community Naloxone training class in the main lobby of 107-10 Shore Front Parkway on April 1, starting at 6:30 p.m.  The 100th Precinct-sponsored class will teach how to recognize the signs of an opiod overdose and how to administer nasal naloxone.

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The National Park Service has selected Riis Bazaar, LLC (Riis Bazaar) for a five-year lease for use of facilities at Jacob Riis Park. Riis Bazaar was one of several applicants that submitted proposals in response to a recent Request for Proposals. Riis Bazaar will offer a selection of year-round and seasonal food service along with a variety of music, events and pop-up vendors.  

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