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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 use after years of underutilization. To find details of the Request for Proposals, Google “Riis Park Bathhouse RFP.”

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The pile driving work for the Rockaway ferry landing at Beach 108th Street is complete. Sometime in the next few months, the ferry terminal structure will be installed in preparation for the ferry launch this summer.

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Spring seems to have made an early appearance. The nicer weather has drawn people out to the beach and boardwalk in droves this past week. However the beach has also been drawn to the boardwalk. Large sand piles have turned the boardwalk into an obstacle course. Hey Parks, since there’s no snow to shovel, can focus turn towards shoveling the sand back onto the beach?

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Mark your calendars! The 2nd Annual Poseidon’s Prom will be April 1. This fun evening serves as a fundraiser for the Poseidon’s Parade held at the end of the summer. More details will be available soon.

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Last week in our RockaRage column, we sent out a reminder to dog owners to pick up after their dogs. The poop seems to pile up, especially when the weather gets colder, and each year we find ourselves reminding people to pick up! Local pet store, Rockapup has come up with a productive solution to the poop problem. With the help of donations, they are sponsoring DogiSpots, or stations that contain plastic bags to pick up after your dog. They are placed on signs and electric poles in poop hotspots around the community. No more excuses. Pick up!

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If you missed the TV debut of the documentary Saving Jamaica Bay last weekend, you’ll have a few more chances. It will be on PBS Channel 13 on Friday, February 24 at 5 a.m., WLIW Channel 21 on Sunday, February 26 at 9 p.m. and again on Friday, March 3 at 1 a.m.

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Hey kids, need a job for the summer? The City’s Summer Youth Employment Program is now accepting applications. SYEP provides youth between the ages of 14 and 24, who permanently reside in New York City, with paid summer employment and job readiness training for up to six weeks in July and August. There are opportunities to work in several different fields. Head to www.nyc.gov/dycd to apply by March 17.

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Bridge closures are still ongoing. The southbound lane of the Marine Parkway Bridge will close nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from now 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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Due to a manufacturing issue, the light fixtures, covered under warranty, are being removed from the boardwalk from Beach 61st to Beach 84th. They will all be replaced by April 1.

 

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