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The Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide is out and will be distributed through the 4th of July. Keep an eye out for your copy at local businesses and at our orange news racks. We’re thrilled with the response. Thank you for the compliments!

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Are you proud of the grad(s) in the house? Or maybe you’re proud grandparents who want to give a shout out to the youngsters who will soon be donning the cap and gown. Why not take out a congratulatory ad in The Rockaway Times?  You give us the info and we’ll make it nice. Call Mary 718-634-3030 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she’ll provide rates and details.

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The official beach opening was held at Beach 17th Street last Friday (May 28) and it seemed to attract more elected officials (and those who want to be elected officials) than usual. Community Board District Manager Jon Gaska said he’s been at more than thirty (30!) official beach season openings. Besides the usual speeches about how Rockaway is New York’s best beach and how people should only go in the water when lifeguards are present, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards injected some life into the proceedings by singing Rockaway Beach by the Ramones, acapella style. He wasn’t terrible!

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With the large summer crowds heading this way, the City will also be offering walk-in, no appointment needed vaccinations on mobile units throughout the summer. One has been posted at Beach 84th Street recently.

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And speaking of walk-ins, Rockaway Park will be getting another urgent care. And that’ll make three. The new place is CityMD, part of a chain, and is located at Beach 116th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. It’s set to open next week.  

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Rockstock and Barrels, the annual skate, surf and music fest is back next Saturday, June 12 at Beach 90th Street!

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Well, this is a buzz killer. Rockaway Bazaar (aka the concessions) is still trying to get a liquor/beer/wine license. Aaron Broudo, one of the Bazaar principals, says it’s under review by the State Liquor Authority (SLA) but so far they can’t do much except keep their fingers (and toes) crossed. 

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You know about The Rockaway Hotel. But did you know, Margie’s, a restaurant on the ground level is now open? Margie is named for Margie Murphy, grandmother to owners Terence and Dee Tubridy. It’s not only a great new dining option, it’s a great employment opportunity for locals.

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Don’t know where to put guests who want to crash this summer?  You can send them camping. Or is it glamping (glamorous camping)? Camp Rockaway is back for its 4th season and you can   make reservations now for overnight stays in safari-style, 10-foot-by-12-foot canvas tents tucked just behind the dunes at Fort Tilden. It ain’t cheap: Prices range from $149 to $189 on weekdays and Sundays and $189 to $289 on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays with a maximum of two people per tent. But if you don’t want those guests underfoot, maybe it’s a bargain! Check out camprockaway.com for more info.

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Mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia came to Bungalow Bar on Tuesday evening for a meet and greet. A quick overview: She supports ferries and wants to have “both” a Queensway and Queenslink.  She is for supportive housing, not shelters. She does not support defunding the police. She is big on cutting bureaucracy especially in regard to helping small businesses. Garcia said she’s running for mayor not to be the mayor but to do the job of the mayor.

 

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