If you had your doubts about the winter ever ending,..

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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 Taffer of TV show Bar Rescue, recently thanked the Tubridys for their generous $10K donation towards Big Mike’s Sports Bar in Louisiana, which was flooded in 2016. Bar Rescue helped revamp the Tubridy’s Bungalow Bar after Hurricane Sandy in an episode that aired in October 2013.

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The battle of the columnists continues.  Dr. Peter Galvin recently took Factologist (which is not a real word) Sean McVeigh to task for stating in his Facts You Probably Don’t Need column that measles have been eradicated from the United States.  Dr. Galvin said, not so.  Mr. McVeigh pointed to the website of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which states:  Since 2000, when measles was declared eliminated from the U.S., the annual number of people reported to have measles ranged from a low of 37 people in 2004 to a high of 667 people in 2014.  It’s been (more of less!) eradicated, but unvaccinated travelers bring measles into the country sometimes.  But it wasn’t just measles that has fueled the feud.  Last week, Dr. Galvin called into question a couple of other facts. He doubted whether a man could blow up a balloon with his ears and whether a certain type of turtle breathes through its, uhm, rear end.  Well, Mr. McVeigh seems to have been vindicated by Youtube videos.  (Not that we checked if the videos are legitimate but they seemed so). 

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is still open for entries. The deadline is April 15. Photos have to be submitted through email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Finalists will have their photos blown up to poster size and be placed on the boardwalk.  The winner will receive 500 smackeroos and the runner-up will receive a free monthly pass on the ferry thanks to Hornblower. The Rockaway Artists Alliance will be a sponsor, too.

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Goodbye tollbooths on both Rockaway bridges; they’ll be gone by April 29. Of course, the fees will still be collected as E-Zpass cameras will catch E-Zpass tags and/or license plates numbers.  The Governor’s office says drivers will save on gas because they won’t have to slow down. A couple of things occur to us. Look at how much gas Mayor de Blasio costs drivers who get stopped at every intersection as part of Vision Zero (not to mention the cost of increased blood pressure as drivers fume over not being able to get anywhere!).  The other thing, by removing toll booth and “hiding” the E-Zpass cameras, you can bet it will be easier for the MTA to raise tolls in the future.  Guaranteed!

 

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