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Rep. Gregory Meeks, who represents Rockaway in Congress, chose to boycott the President’s State of the Union on Tuesday night. He was joined by several others as well. Some Rockawayans took exception and took the chance to blast the congressman on past corruption charges. 

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The Graybeards held their annual Dinner Dance fundraiser last Saturday and it was another big success. The small group of men (and women!), who manage ticket and raffle sales, and do a million little things, don’t get nearly the credit they deserve. Great job!

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Power of the press? A couple weeks ago, we reported on a city-owned lot on Beach 80th Street being used by a company for JFK parking. Lo’ and behold, the lot is now empty (save for school buses, which are supposed to vacate as well). Will the marina project get back on track? Stay tuned.

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Charles Cheswick of Breezy wrote to the Office of Inspector General of the Triboro Bridges and Tunnels Authority concerning the past 10 years of repairs on the Marine Parkway Bridge, and about how the bridge is managed and holds up during high winds. The response he received said the bridge gets a complete inspection every two years and concluded with this somewhat puzzling conclusion: “Long term resiliency needs of the Rockaway Crossings will determine if the existing bridge is to be maintained or replaced.” Hmmm, replaced? Maybe the Army Corps of Engineers will have that in its Reformulation Study. Then again, by the time that comes out, the bridge will have to be replaced for sure!

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Speaking of resiliency, there is a push for off-shore wind projects thanks to the Governor saying the state would invest some $15 million towards development. The Sane Energy Project team is holding an open meeting regarding the benefits of offshore wind while maintaining its opposition to the Williams pipeline. The meeting is February 9 from 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. at Challenge Prep, 1526 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway. Another meeting is in the works at Seaside Library in Rockaway Park.

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And still on the subject of resiliency… commuters had floodwaters to contend with on Tuesday morning, particularly around Beach 59th Street and Broad Channel. It’s a good thing that Mayor de Blasio met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite. According to City Hall, the meeting focused largely on coastal protections on the Rockaway peninsula and in Jamaica Bay. The Mayor made the case that residents felt vulnerable to the beach erosion that’s so obvious. The Lieutenant General “agreed to accelerate the project timeline by expediting beachfront protections and continuing to move forward on bayside investments.” Now, let’s see what they mean by expediting.

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Another reminder: The 18th Annual Rockaway Plunge is Saturday, February 3 in Breezy. Visit RockawayPlunge.com for details.

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Just ahead, Saturday, February 10 is the annual Poseidon Prom, which helps raise some money for that great fall event, Poseidon’s Parade.  It’s at the Knights of Columbus and $40 gets you an open bar and some lite bites – can’t beat that. 

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Our last give-away of St. John’s Basketball is for Senior Night on Wednesday, February 28.  Mail your interest for 4 tickets to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 (even if you mailed us previously).

 

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