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Dog owners beware. Parks has been issuing $100 fines to dog owners who have let their dogs off a leash while on the beach. Several people contacted us about getting hit with fines though the beach was fairly deserted.  

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Plan on making a day of it on May 7th. That’s when the spring Taste of Rockaway will be. Hundreds of people will descend upon Rockaway Beach for a fun day of sampling the area’s eateries.  

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Last week we mentioned how a short video of the O’Malley Irish Dancers at the parade proved quite popular on Facebook. As of today, it’s reached more than 80,000 people. Another far less exciting post garnered a lot of interest, too. They were filming an episode of Blue Bloods in Broad Channel last week and Frank Chimera snapped a picture of actor Donnie Walhberg sitting in a van. That photo reached almost 50,000 people. If you want to see a boring picture of a TV star see Page 11. Sorry, Frank, we didn’t mean to call your picture boring.

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Last week’s suggestion about making St. Patrick’s Day a City holiday came via Dr. Jeff Zwerling who says he’s been working here long enough he “feels at least half Irish!”

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Keep sending in those Request The Rockaway Times postcards or the form below. The response has been awesome so far. Keep it going! We’ll be distributing them over the next few weeks. Some postcards will be inserted in the paper, others will be delivered to your door. We want to keep delivering you free copies. We just need you to request them. Thank you!

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Our Photo Contest is still underway. We’ve received hundreds of great shots so far. The deadline is April 15th. We really prefer you keep the number of entries to ONE per category. Send only your best to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pat Morgan, of Belle Harbor, has joined the staff at The Rockaway Times and we couldn’t be more excited. His interests are varied and we expect him to surprise us with all sorts of stuff. He makes his debut with a technology column about a GPS app called WAZE. Dylan Watton, who’s been writing for us for a while now, has a new job but he’s still part of the RT family. He’ll continue to be a regular contributor.

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An AK-47 and an AR-15, 17,000 rounds of ammunition multiple revolvers, rifles and shotguns, a semiautomatic pistol and forged Police Department cards. That’s what authorities say was found in the apartment of Lee Bergman of 8100 Shore Front Parkway last week. Bergman faces various felony charges. The weapons were in a safe in the apartment. His wife told the New York Post she had no idea.

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The Rockaway Beach Coastal Association for a Resilient Wa­terfront has a meeting scheduled on Monday, April 4th, 7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 320 Beach 94th. The meeting’s focus will be on protecting homes from flooding and demanding new infrastructure. For more info: call 347-463-1557 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Dana Rubinstein, in Politico New York, wrote that one ferry service is threatening to close its operations if the City awards the new ferry contract to the Hornblower company of San Francisco as has been reported (but not announced). In an email to employees, New York Water Taxi said, “After 15 years of providing waterborne transportation in New York City, we have come to the conclusion that we have no choice, unless New York City’s Economic Development Corporation chan­ges its present course, but to close New York Water Taxi and cease all operations by the end of 2016.” Some have speculated that this is a last minute negotiating ploy. Time will tell.

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When columns collide. Make sure you read Between The Bridges this week. If you’re a fan of Facts You Probably Don’t Need you’ll get a chuckle for sure.

 

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