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In our May 28, 2015 issue we took note of the cracks in the new boardwalk steps at Beach 94th — a result of rushing the job so it would be “finished” by Memorial Day of that year. They had to rush because they took their damn time in 2014!  Now those cracks are being repaired.  We’re happy to report that the fix is covered by the warranty and Skanska, the contractor, has to repair at no costs to Parks (or to us taxpayers).

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Spring is in the air (we keep saying and hoping).   Taste of Rockaway Beach, the can’t-miss afternoon festival of food sampling will take place on May 6th.  Details about where to buy tickets, etc. to follow.

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So The Master’s Golf weekend is coming up (hey, we even have a golf column by Kelley Brooke starting this week), but we’re sad to report Pitch and Putt at Riis Park won’t be open. The National Park Service put out an RFP for Pitch and Putt and the Flatbush Avenue Golf Range, but so far has not picked a winner.  As of now, the best Gateway will say is, they “hope” it will be open for the season.

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Our Summer Guide is getting put together.  If you have a business, this is the publication you want to be in.  (It’s a keeper and we’ll have a news rack at the ferry).  Better reserve space by April 15.  Call Pat 718-634-3030 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Whoa!  Katie McFadden hustled down to the beach when she got word that a whale had washed up on Beach 118th Street.  She snapped some great photos and video. We put one video online on our Facebook page and it reached more than 500,000 people!  More than 2,950 people shared the clip, which seemed to touch many. Hundreds and hundreds of people weighed in with comments lamenting the creature’s demise.

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Some people, not many, took exception to people taking photographs of themselves or children near the dead whale.  We did not find this objectionable. A whale is an enormous creature and its appearance on our beaches give humans a close-up look at something extraordinary.  Pictures with people next to the whale actually provide scale and allows for appreciation of its magnificent size.  Things live and die in nature, and a simple photograph does not show disrespect.

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Last call for The Rockaway Times Photo contest.  Entries are due by April 14.  Please submit through the correct email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Rockaway Civic Association is spearheading an effort to restore beach block gardens from Beach 109th to Beach 129th Street. You can donate, join the organization, and/or volunteer for this worthy effort that makes every block a bit more beautiful.  It really requires community effort so please help out.  For more information go to RockawayCivic.com or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The next meeting of Community Board 14 is Tuesday, April 11 at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street.

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They really are repaving Shore Front Parkway.  If there were any doubts, just ask the car owners who had their cars towed on Tuesday.

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It’s been a long running joke about how many nail salons are in Rockaway.  Well, look out, but yoga studios are popping up everywhere.  How about getting your nails done while in the downward dog in an aisle of a dollar store? That’s called The Rockaway trifecta.

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