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Well that came up quick! The Rockaway St. Paddy’s Day Parade is less than two weeks away. The 42nd Annual Parade is Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. You must pre-register to march. Head to www.queenscountyparade.org/forms to apply.

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Monday served as a reminder of why it’s important to support small business. Station Liquors on Beach 116th closed its doors for good after 40 years in business. We wish owner, Tom Hughes, and the staff all the best in their next steps. The building is up for sale and offers are still being accepted. CPEX Real Estate has it listed for $1.5M.

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Riis Reminder: the deadline to submit a proposal for the Riis Park Bathhouse is March 9. National Parks Service hopes to put this historic building to good

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We’ll be hosting The Rockaway Times Photo Contest again this year! It was a big hit last year, so we decided to do it again. John Cori is in charge of the contest, with the help of the Parks Department, which is helping us go bigger and better this year. The finalist’s photos will be blown up to poster size and will be displayed on the boardwalk. The winner gets a $500 grand prize! Stay tuned for more details.

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Speaking of great photos, Betty Marrero took this week’s front page

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So we’ve moved from The Booth at Beach Channel Drive and 114th Street but we haven’t moved very far.  The Rockaway Times has a new office, just across the parking lot, next to Gliders Gym. We’ve taken over the spot that used to be home to the A-Team Paddleboard Company. Our new digs are so big we can now sit down.  It was tight in The Booth.  Only kidding, The Booth was fine, and yes, it has a bathroom.  We’ve got to say that because plenty of people have asked!

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Some civic minded folks are pushing the EDC to move the ferry dock from Beach 108th Street. Hold on, don’t worry.  They are advocating moving it by 120 feet or so, claiming its current location at the intersection is too dangerous.  The newly paved bayfront walkway lends itself to a new, safe spot.  

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Work from home if you can!  A third of workers who have the flu still report to work even though they are aware that the sometimes deadly disease is spread person to person

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Tuesday is Valentine's Day! Thanks to Suzanne O'Rahilly for this week's love-ly front page photo. Be sure to check our local advertisers for reservation ideas.

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Playland Motel, now vacant after public outcry regarding rooms being used to house the homeless, is being to shown to prospective buyers. The asking price is 2.6 mil.  One prospect said the building appears to be a "total tear down" as work that was done was "nothing more than a band-aid.

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Boxer Joe “Mack” Williams

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CNN follows The Rockaway Times.  After we posted video of last week’s explosions from a transformer that was knocked out by lightning and heavy rain, the network contacted us about using the video. We directed them to someone who goes by Mash Ka on Facebook. She sent us the original great footage. Often our best photos and videos come from our readers. Mash Ka’s video reached more than 80,000 people through our Facebook page.  Last week’s cover included a still shot from that

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City Councilman Donovan Richards and the City were moving towards Eminent Domain to solve the long problem of the Far Rockaway Shopping Center before the death of property owner Rita Stark.  Such a move tends to get neglectful landlords to pay attention.  The theater on Beach 116th Street and the string of stores that used to include the Sand Bar are properties that weigh on new developments and businesses on that street.  City Councilman Eric Ulrich might start urging the City to go

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