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Want to put a nice pic of mom in the newspaper? Send your photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll do our best to put it in next week for Mother’s Day.

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Speaking of photos, the Top 30 have been selected in the annual Rockaway Times Photo Contest. It was especially challenging this year and choosing one great shot over another was not fun! Thanks to all who submitted: you make the contest great!

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A big thanks to all who did their part in the peninsula-wide cleanup. From one end of Rockaway to the other, people chipped in and must’ve picked up literally tons of garbage to make Rockaway just a bit more beautiful.

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Congratulations to Firefighter James Hayden who received the Fire Bell Club Medal for a rescue The Rockaway Times reported in July 2019. Hayden hails from a family (brothers, cousins, fathers, uncles) of New York’s Bravest.

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Thankfully, Covid numbers are plunging in Rockaway with fewer and fewer cases being reported. As more and more people get vaccinated, the sooner the pandemic ends. In an effort to keep the momentum going, there are now free walk-in vaccination sites and one is right here in Rockaway at Beach Channel Educational Campus. If you’re 18 and older, to get the Moderna vaccine, go to 100-00 Beach Channel Drive Thursdays and Fridays (4-8 p.m.) and/or Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Bruce Hodes is back. The longtime karate sensei has opened his school (World Champions Karate) again and this time he’ll be sharing space with Jump Dance Studio at 181 Beach 116th Street.

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So, New York state lost a congressional seat because of the 2020 census. It was pointed out that had New York registered just 89 (89!) more residents the seat count, 27, would have remained the same. Much of the counting was done during the height of the pandemic. While it’s true many people have fled New York for good, a lot of people just left temporarily and others were reluctant to even answer the front door for fear of the virus. No way an accurate count was obtained. It’ll be another ten years before the next census.

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You can’t fight City Hall goes the old expression. And if Andrew Yang becomes mayor, the fight will become even more futile for those dreaming of activating the old Rockaway Beach Line (Queensrail). For the uninitiated, the commute from Rockaway to midtown Manhattan used to take 34 minutes or so. When the Rockaway Beach Line was abandoned in the 1960s, so were the tracks, and the stretch of railway became an overgrown, overhead wasteland. Advocates for reviving the line have been giving the good fight for many years but a recent MTA study concluded it would cost billion$ to bring back and political opposition on the other side (those against bringing it back) has always been strong. Yang announced his support for the Queensway which would turn the old rail line into a park, modeled after the High Line in the City.

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This is the last call to be in The Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide. The popular summer magazine will be published Thursday, May 27 and be distributed through the 4th of July. As usual, we’ve gotten a fantastic response from businesses who want to be part of this Rockaway tradition. Hurry!  Don’t live with summer remorse. Get in the Guide! Call 718-634-3030 to reserve space.

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