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We have such a backlog with our Local Color feature (photos sent in by our readers) we couldn’t see straight last week and misidentified some of the photos (the names from the previous week carried over into last week). We think we’ve got it straightened out this week. As always, thanks for sending in the photos and helping our paper be that much more colorful.

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Interesting. The City Council race between Joann Ariola and Felicia Singh will be one of the more closely watched races in the city because it’s likely to be among the more competitive. If each candidate holds their neighborhoods, Ariola in Howard Beach and Singh in Ozone Park (generally) there’s a good chance that Rockaway will be the decisive vote. Things got more interesting this week as each candidate announced an endorsement. Singh got U.S. Senator (and former Rockaway rep) Chuck Schumer to back her run. Ariola scored the endorsement of former Assemblyman and much-liked Phil Goldfeder. There are rumblings that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) will primary Schumer in 2022. His endorsement of Singh might be simply because she is a democrat and they’re in the same party. It might also be a move to please progressives and weaken an AOC bid. But first things first: The City Council election is November 2.

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On again, off again, on again. The Graybeards’ Blood Drive is definitely back on this Sunday. With some of the confusion over whether the space would be available the Graybeards are a bit concerned about turnout, so you’ll be doing the group and the New York Blood Bank a huge favor by donating. The details: Sunday, October 3, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St Francis de Sales gym on Beach 129th. Appointments are preferred (call 516-478-5023 or go to NYBC.org

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Have you been up on the boardwalk recently?  Maybe you’ve noticed the ‘soft spots,’ colorful little orbs or circles that seem to lead somewhere. The somewhere is a path to new mindfulness as the spots are filled with inspirational messages that “remind us to be present, honor our presence here and support others.” Well, at least that’s what NYC Parks tells us what they mean. This newest installation is part of Arts in the Park (like the rusty spaceship that recently departed after being here a year or so). The dots, soft spots, by artist Jeff Kasper, do look kind of cool but we at first wondered if it was a new bike lane idea.

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The proposed 5-foot walkway which caused such a furor in Belle Harbor and Neponsit has morphed into something that seems a lot more sensible. The new plan calls for the walkway to hug the baffle wall from Beach 126 to Beach149. Current baffle walls will remain as they are.  The walkway will be a mobi-mat, not concrete. With this plan, the walkway cannot become a runway. There are turns at every block because of the baffle wall and this will force anyone on a scooter or bike to slow down and see anyone entering from the street. This new proposal comes after significant community input and great effort by a handful of civic leaders.

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What does Rockaway mean to you? Send your photos to Peninsula Library’s contest. Photos of local events, music, bands, businesses, restaurants, parades or community gatherings welcome. The photos will be presented in a digital slideshow at the library. Deadline is Wednesday, October 6. For more info or to send photos, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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