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Almost last call. The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is accepting photos until next Friday, April 16. Please see Page 26 for details. We haven’t looked at any of the entries yet but we know Rockaway’s Got Talent and we can’t wait to see photos that best say: Rockaway!

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Full steam ahead on the vaccine front. On Tuesday of this week, people 16 years of age and older are now eligible to get the vaccine. It can be a challenge making a reservation online but refresh the page and keep on trying. Also try different zip codes.

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The online appointment process can be especially challenging for people over 75. In recognition of that, the City has expanded the number of walk-in vaccine sites for New Yorkers 75 and older and the Beach Channel site is now one of those walk-in sites.

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Contact info for the newest member of the City Council, Selvena Brooks-Powers is 1931 Mott Avenue, Suite 410, Far Rockaway, NY 11691 (718-471-7014). That’s her Rockaway office.

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Last week Breezy Point registered one of the highest positivity rates for Covid in the city while also posting one of the highest vaccination rates. Breezy’s small population compared to other zip codes comes into play in these stats.

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The Rockaway Times Summer Guide is scheduled to be published Thursday, May 27. If you’re an advertiser, you don’t want to be left out of the annual magazine. Call us 718-634-3030 and reserve a space.

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Keep an eye out for the re-opening of The Wharf, one of Rockaway’s much-loved places with sunsets that can’t be beat. The inside has gotten a full makeover and with the weather turning nice it’ll be the perfect time to check out the new setup. The grand reopening will be Saturday, April 17.

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They are few and far between, actual visits to Rockaway by mayoral candidates, so we have to acknowledge when we get one. Eric Adams, currently the Brooklyn Borough President, was making the rounds on the peninsula on Monday.

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Speaking of mayors, some news people who cover City Hall say the current job holder, Bill de Blasio, seems downright cheerful lately. Many of the reporters suggest his cheeriness is a direct result of all the grief going Governor Cuomo’s way. Someone else suggested he’s just happy because he’ll no longer be in the job he seems to hate next year.

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As you know, New Yorkers are now allowed to engage in recreational pot smoking which only makes it, uhm, allowed for some longtime Rockaway partakers. You can toke up wherever it’s legal to smoke tobacco, though it is expected a state agency could restrict that at some point. It’s still technically illegal to smoke in NYC’s parks, beaches and boardwalks. Which some hope stays illegal, until they make pot without the pot smell.

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Twenty thousand square feet is available for a new restaurant. Sholom and Zuckerbrot is the broker for a new building going up in Far Rockaway on Beach 21st Street. There will be a built-in clientele as the building will have more than 200 units and more than 600 others in nearby new housing.

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The next Community Board meeting will be Tuesday, April 13 via Zoom. Youth services, Land Use, and Health and Human Services committees will present. Public speaking will be open to those who sign up, which must be done by email no later than noon on April 13. Request speaking time by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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