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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest Final will be Friday, July 30 at 5 p.m. at Caracas at Beach 106th on the Boardwalk. All Top 30 finalists are invited (there will be happy hour prices courtesy of the sponsors Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy, NYC Ferry, The Rockaway Times and NYC Parks). Top 30 photographers can pick up their photos that day after the winner is chosen. See you there!

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Elizabeth Crowley conceded the Borough President race after finishing a very close second to Donovan Richards. Richards’s margin widened because of Ranked Choice Voting. More people who voted for Jimmy Van Bremer first made Richards their second choice than Crowley.

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A new homeless shelter is coming to Far Rockaway. The Community

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It might not be a word, but this summer's weather is underratedly bad.

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And then there were ten. At the start, we had to consider more than 1,300 photos which were submitted to the (fantastic!) Rockaway Times Photo Contest and after many rounds, nine judges eventually settled on a Top 30 and those photos were made poster-sized and placed on the boardwalk railing around Beach 95th Street. Next, we had the nearly impossible task of selecting the ten best. Our Facebook page has more

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The Rockaway Times wishes everyone a safe and Happy 4th of July!

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Two and a half million plus. 2.7 million and counting. That’s a lot of people. And that’s how many people viewed a Facebook post we put up last week. Katie McFadden shot a video of the parade for Tess Howley, who’d just returned from the Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

The wonderfully supportive community display clearly touched a lot of people, even worldwide. The comments and praise for Tess and Rockaway gave

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Happy Father’s Day!  To all the dear old dads, we hope you have a great day.

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On Tuesday afternoon, we glanced out the backdoor and saw three men on The Hard Way Home. Three guys are rowing to Ireland. Rowing, yep. We yelled, Bon Voyage! and wished the young men well. Katie McFadden did a story on them in the May 13 issue. Unbelievable!

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So, by next week’s edition, 6/24, the robocalls will stop (or should stop) as Primary Day is Tuesday, June 22 but it’s unlikely we’ll know

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Somebody’s gonna say otherwise, but we’re saying NYC Parks deserves a lot of praise for cleaning up so well after the 4th of July.

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Our Sandcastle contest is postponed. The date is TBA but please do not show up for the contest this Sunday, July 11!

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We jumped the shark! Previously at 2.7M, our video of Tess Howley's welcome home parade has officially reached more than 3 million people on Facebook. Wild.

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Have a splash! The 4th Annual Jamaica Bay Festival on City of

Happy anniversary to…US! The Rockaway Times turns 7 on June 26. When we first published, the other Times, the New York one, called us “an unusual start-up,” since a good old fashioned newspaper was so different than many other media and internet start-ups.

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The National Park Service (NPS) runs Gateway National Park and Recreation Area. It sure seems like they forget the recreation part. The Rockaway Beach Volleyball League is still prohibited from running the Wednesday evening tradition

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Start sending us your Dear Old Dad photos so we can publish them in our Father’s Day issue, June 17. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Early voting starts, Saturday, June 12. Rockaway’s early voting site is the YMCA on Beach 73rd Street.

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In many City Council primaries, there’s a clear favorite. District 32 (Eric Ulrich is term limited) really does seem up in the air with Mike Scala, Felicia Singh, Kaled Alamarie, Helal Sheikh, and Bella Matias looking to win the Dem primary

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