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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 much about a lot of the races. With Ranked Choice Voting there is unlikely to be a clear-cut winner in the mayoral race and the District 32 City Council race, on the democrat side, might not be settled either. It remains to be seen how long it will take to figure out winners.

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The Rockaway Times does not make endorsements although we do endorse the idea that politics is local and we hope the candidate that can best help Rockaway gets your vote.

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And speaking of voting, State Senator Joe Addabbo and State Assemblywoman Stacey Amato both endorsed Eric Adams for mayor. With ranked choice voting they figured they’d announce their second choice: Kathryn Garcia. According to recent polls, Adams and Garcia are 1-2.

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Making a splash with an Olympic dream. Tess Howley of Belle Harbor, who just turned 16, is an amazing swimmer with many records to her name. She’s currently at the Olympic Trials (running from June 13-20) in Omaha, Nebraska. We’re rooting hard for her and hope she makes it to Tokyo for the Olympics, starting in late July.

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Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, honors the self-determination of the federal troops that arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and their commitment to ensuring freedom reached all enslaved Black people. This was achieved after two and a half years of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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The Mayor announced there will be a Hometown Heroes ticker tape parade on July 7 to celebrate the efforts and heroism of essential workers who provided such vital services during the height of the pandemic. With all the heroes here, Rockaway should be a ghost town that day. Then again, a lot of Rockaway people will probably skip and keep doing essential work that day.

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A so-not-your average gal from Queens falls for a Wall Street Planner & Developer, unaware he's behind a plot to take over her house, block and the entire neighborhood under the guise of Eminent Domain. That's the premise of a new romantic spoof from local, Maureen McNelis. The Block is available now on Amazon. Maureen writes under the name Marlene Cunningham.

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The Rockaway Bazaar folks tell us the liquor/beer licenses for the concessions might be issued as soon as this weekend. Fingers crossed. Meanwhile, they can serve at the Riis Park concessions but that operation is scaled back as the National Park Service has told them the bathhouse is off-limits this season. That building is supposed to be overhauled by the Bazaar guys, starting sometime this summer.

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The official Hurricane season started June 1 and according to NOAA (North Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) there’s a 60% chance that it will be an “above normal” hurricane season.

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Our thoughts are with the family of Bernard Warnock. The U.S. Army veteran,173rd Airborne Retired Locomotive Engineer with LIRR, and past president of Friends of Tribute Park, died on June 10.

 

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