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Congratulations to Joann Ariola and Eric Adams. Ariola won the 32nd District City Council race in decisive fashion as did Adams in the mayoral race. The City Council race was expected to be a squeaker, but Ariola won big, taking 68% of the vote to Singh’s 31%. Social media can be noisy. It’s instructive to recall what Adams said when he won the primary: he said he cared about social security not social media. (Which reminds us, both winning candidates advertised big in The Rockaway Times!)

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Congratulations to Selvena Brooks-Powers who kept her Council seat and Donovan Richards who keeps his Borough President title.

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Shhh….hear that silence?  The robocalls have stopped. Enjoy it while you can. Many candidates will barely be able to take a break from campaigning. Redistricting will trigger new races in a couple of years.

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Clocks go back this Sunday at 2 a.m.  We don’t like it. And what’s with this two in the morning thing? Oh, and for those who say summer’s over on the 4th of July, when is winter over? 

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On Friday, November 5, The Rockaway Film Festival is showing “Nest” a film starring Oona Roche who grew up in Rockaway. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Arverne Cinema, 72-10 Gouverneur Avenue. Admission is $10.

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Best of luck to all the Rockaway runners as they tackle the New York Marathon Sunday.

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Starting today, November 4, HBO Max will be streaming The Not-Too-Late with Elmo talk show starring 11-year-old Cailyn Hanna and featuring her grandfather, Owen Loof, known to many as The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway.

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The recent Oktoberfest fundraiser at St. Francis de Sales was quite the success. The 50/50 raffle winner won $98,500. The lucky ticket was sold by Father Jim Cunningham who might have been wearing a lucky Rockaway Times t-shirt at the time.

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City Council candidate Felicia Singh scored a Chuck Schumer endorsement and announced that he’d appear with her on the boardwalk last Sunday. When a group of Ariola supporters showed and at least one shouted threats, the campaign stop was cancelled. Later, Schumer and Singh filmed a promotional spot on Beach 125th Street and the Boulevard.

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The U.S. Army Corps has opened their bids on the massive phase 2 contract for the beach protection project, to include a new armored reinforced dune, sand replenishment, walkovers, etc. The lowest bid, of $232,856,498.56, was submitted by Michels Corp., the contractor that replaced the Mill Basin drawbridge in Brooklyn a few years ago.  The next closest bid, almost ten million dollars higher, was submitted by H & L Contracting, the company that is currently building the groins on our beaches. The Army Corps had set an estimate of $265 million dollars.

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Trailers will be at Joe Mure’s house, Beach 144th and Neponsit Avenue this Saturday at 9 a.m. Why trailers? Because there’s a lot of stuff needed to put together the Little North Pole. Helpers will be needed this Saturday and on other weekends up until the day Santa shows and the lights go on, Saturday, December 4.

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One year ago, restaurants were restricted to 25% capacity.

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