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If you had your doubts about the winter ever ending, there is a sure sign that nice weather is on the way.  Coastal Frozen Yogurt on Beach 109th Street opens for the season on Saturday, April 1.  Yay!

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The ferry is coming but it’s hit a snag, Literally.  The ferries are being built in Louisiana and Alabama, and need to sail to New York.  The New York Times reported that in an attempt to make the trip a bit shorter, the crew decided to take a shortcut through Florida and wound up getting stuck in some mud in a not-so deep canal.  Reminds us of the time the old ferry operator, Seastreak, ran a test run to JFK – or that was the plan - until the ferry got stuck on a sand bar in Jamaica Bay.

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Way to pay it forward. Jon

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We’re glad you’re paying attention!  The Facts You Probably Don’t Need column devised by the Highly Exalted Mystic Factologist Sean McVeigh had an item claiming measles had been “completely eradicated from The Americas.”  Well, the seventy (70) people who got them in 2016 would beg to differ – as did a couple of our faithful readers, including Dr. Peter Galvin.

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Speaking of doctors, Kevin Boyle was taken to task for calling Doctor Bellows on I Dream Of Jeannie an admiral in last

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Spring forward! Daylight Savings Time is here already here. Be sure to turn the clocks an hour ahead this weekend. Daylight Savings Time officially starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12.

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Keep snapping! The response has been great to The Rockaway Times Photo Contest! We accept photos by email only (please don’t snail mail and or drop any at office; we can’t accept transparencies either). And make sure you send your entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you send photos to other

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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

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Slush was better than two feet. Yes, the forecasters were slightly off but that’s better than them being right. Sloppy weather reminds us: SIGN UP to get The Rockaway Times by email.  More than 2,200 people get the full paper each week by email!  Go to Rockawaytimes.com and click on SUBSCRIBE.  Piece of cake.

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The snow postponed Tuesday’s Community Board  14's meeting. It will instead be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:15 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street. The

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The unofficial start of spring is here. Saturday is parade day! The fun starts at 1 p.m. The route is from Beach 130th to Beach 100th Street. Be sure to stay safe, and bundle up. The forecast calls for low 40s.

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Before the parade, burn off those calories before indulging in corned beef and ale. The Parade Day 5K and Half Marathon is the morning of Saturday. The half marathon starts at 8 a.m. and the 5k starts at 10:30 a.m. Both races start and finish on the boardwalk at Beach

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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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