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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 shot. Brian Tunick is the subject. The snowstorm last Thursday may have stopped delayed delivery of The Rockaway Times, but it didn’t stop Tunick from hopping on his bike and hitting the waves as if it were a summer day. By the way, we’re only 125 days away from the the first official day of summer!

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Construction has officially started on the new medical center coming to the old Keyfood spot on Beach 105th Street. The old supermarket was demolished at the end of 2016 and according to Dr. Gelwan, who is heading the project, construction started on Wednesday, February 15.

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What will happen to bridge employees when cashless tolling rolls in? According to Joyce Mulvaney of MTA Bridges & Tunnels, “There are no plans to lay off any permanent Bridges and Tunnels employees as a result of converting facilities to Cashless/ORT(Open Road Tolling). Bridge and Tunnel Officers, who are Peace Officers under New York State Law, will no longer collect tolls once a bridge or tunnel becomes a Cashless facility. Officers will continue to be assigned to duties within their job specifications, such as traffic management, patrol and enforcement.”

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Spotted! The light-up block sign that was in Playland Grill’s back deck, is up for sale on Craigslist. Asking price: $2,500. The sign was made in 2013 and was allegedly $10,000. The ad says cash only, but the price is negotiable. Buyer must remove the sign themselves. $2,500 is chump change compared to how much the building is going for. Got $2.6 million to spare?

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Attention drivers! The southbound lane of the Marine Parkway Bridge will close nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Tuesday, February 21 through Saturday, February 25 and Monday, February 27 through Wednesday, March 1. The Q35 will operate as normal. One-lane will remain open for Brooklyn-bound traffic. Use the Cross Bay Bridge instead.

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Jamaica Bay is getting the small-screen treatment! As a reminder, the documentary, Saving Jamaica Bay, will make its TV debut on Channel 13 on Saturday, February 18 at 1 p.m. The film, produced by Dan Hendrick and narrated by Susan Sarandon, tells the untold story of our local bay and its recovery and transformation, especially after Hurricane Sandy. In case you miss it, it will be on again on at 9 p.m. on Sunday, February 26 at 9 p.m. on Channel 21.

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Help a Friend in Need. Broad Channel is hosting a fundraiser for a local woman with stage 3 cancer. Head to the American Legion Post 1404 (209 Cross Bay Blvd.) starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, for this good cause. $20 at the door gets you hot dogs and live music from Lisa Chloe, Walker & the Brotherhood of the Grape, BreezyGrass and Poor House. Beers are $2, shots are $3. There will also be plenty of raffles and a 50/50.

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A fake flyer was going around in connection with the bullying incident at P.S. 114 that we reported on last week. The flyer announced an anti-bullying fundraiser on February 25. The flyer was mean-spirited and no such event is taking place.

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Last chance to register for Rockaway Little League! Registration ends February 24. Go to www.rockawaylittleleagueny.siplay.com

 

 

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