The unofficial start of spring is here

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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 102nd Street. Race day registration, number pick-up and the after-party is at the Community House. To register in advance, head to www.rockapulcorun.com

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Mazzone Hardware, the company taking over Brown’s on Beach 116th, is hiring. Cashiers, stock and drivers are wanted. Head to mazzonehardware.com to submit an application or apply in person at their Court Street, Brooklyn location. The hardware store is expected to open in April.

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A woman was fatally stabbed by her common-law husband in their Far Rockaway apartment on Sunday, February 26. Jonnie Jones, 42, of Beach 32nd Street, stabbed Monet Franklin, 51, multiple times, causing her death. He also stabbed the woman’s mother, but she survived. Jones faces charges of second-degree murder, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If found guilty, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

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Kevin Boyle received a you-should-know-better call from Mrs. Sullivan who said it’s not Patty or Paddy, it’s just St. Patrick.  Kevin pleads ignorance and also admits to the fact he doesn’t know the difference between a shamrock and a four-leaf clover.  It must also be noted, Mrs. Sullivan said she loves The Rockaway Times!

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Woah, this Photo Contest thing is getting some attention.  The Citywide Ferry people, The Rockaway Artists Alliance and of course, NYC Parks have volunteered to help and get involved to make it bigger and better.  We say, why not?  (And we guess they read The Rockaway Times!).  Now you photographers who want to submit – send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submissions to other email accounts won’t be considered for the contest.

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Sanjay Kirtane was a Good Samaritan this past Sunday afternoon. When he was leaving work, he was called to give assistance to a man in his car who was apparently suffering a hypoglycemic attack (a diabetic with dangerously low blood sugar level). The doctor made sure the driver got some sugar and waited with him until the ambulance arrived. Bob McManus of McManus Mechanical Maintenance was also on hand, assuring the driver throughout the episode.

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Congrats on Rockaway’s newest Glider.  Bree Kathleen was born Thursday, February 23.  Tom and Meghan Murphy are the proud parents.

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Bridge tolls are going up again. Starting March 19, it will cost $8.50 for a day at the beach. The tolls on both bridges are going up to $4.25. Those with an EZ-Pass will pay $2.16 each way and $1.41 for Rockaway/Broad Channel residents. The Cross Bay Bridge toll is free for residents with an EZ-Pass due to the rebate program.

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Shout out to Tim Rohrs of Sands Point Physical Therapy. Not only is he a great PT, but he's an amazing cook. We got to see so for ourselves when he brought us some of his specialties like barbecue ribs, brisket chili and potato salad. The RT staff was spoiled on Monday!

 

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