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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 us goosebumps!

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Thanks for your thanks. There was a lot of praise online as well for The Rockaway Times. We celebrated Year 7 last week and we were heartened by the support. We love Rockaway.

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Rough seas make for a hard way home, indeed. The intrepid trio who set out from Rockaway to row across the ocean to Ireland had a wee bit of trouble thanks to a storm. They had to be rescued after their electronic system went kaput and are now somewhere near Boston hoping to get things fixed so they can get going again. We’ll keep you posted if they venture out again.

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The race for Queens Borough President remains nearly deadlocked which is quite a surprise to many. Incumbent Donovan Richards has a narrow lead over Liz Crowley (who lost to Richards in the Borough President’s Special Election last year). With ranked choice voting and mail-in ballots still to be counted, it really is anyone’s guess. (Jimmy Van Bramer came in third with 18% so voters who selected him first will have their second choice counted now. Both Richards and Crowley have made arguments why those second-choice votes favor one over the other).

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It's not a shock the Board of Elections messed up Ranked Choice Voting in the mayoral race. What has to be fixed is the BOE, not necessarily Ranked Choice Voting. Who is in charge there? Even its website isn't clear.

 

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The Photo Contest is entering its next phase. With the help of people on Facebook we will soon choose a TOP 10.  And we’ll announce a date for the finals soon.

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We hear the Rockaway Medical Arts building on Beach 105th and Rockaway Beach Blvd is fully leased and occupants include:  St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, MercyFirst children and family care, and the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Rockaway Beach. St. John’s services will include primary care, dermatology, endocrinology, physical therapy, behavioral health, cardiology, neurology, general surgery, women’s health, and cancer care.

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If we could only offer injections of common sense. It’s not just ebikes, scooters, (and motorcycles!) making the boardwalk look like the Indy 500, it’s Lance Armstrong wannabes who regularly top 20 miles per hour weaving in and out. Parks didn’t help things when they commissioned the new boardwalk. One, the boardwalk should have been wider and two, the bike lanes should have been placed in the middle (like Long Beach). Before banning all, why not have a speed limit? How would it be enforced? Let officials figure that out. Bike riders out for a leisurely ride shouldn’t be banned from the boardwalk if there’s a move to ban or curtail the hours when bikes are allowed.

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