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Doesn’t it seem longer? Exactly a year ago, the first vaccines were distributed at St. John’s Hospital and it was front page news. There have been so many stops and starts, bumps and variants, mandates and masks, a Roaring Twenties hasn’t quite taken hold. 2020 was memorable; 2021 not so much.

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Outgoing city councilman Eric Ulrich spearheaded a drive to remove derelict boats from Jamaica Bay. With the help of NYC Parks, some were removed last week. Abandoned boats have been an issue for years because no agency (federal, state, or city) wants to take responsibility for the job of removing them. There’s plenty more around the bay that is otherwise so much cleaner than it’s been in decades. A massive crane has been sitting in the water off Amstel and Beach 74th Street for years. 

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Congratulations to Rogers Pub on Beach 116th Street. The oldest bar in Rockaway celebrated anniversary number 102 last Saturday. Current owner, Mike McMahon, invited members of the Rogers family to come in for the evening celebration.

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And congratulations are due to some Rockaway Times’ family members. We’re thrilled to report our managing editor, Katie McFadden, announced her engagement to Paul Zinskie on December 9 and former do-it-all executive chief, Pat McVeigh, and her husband Tom became first-time grandparents to Thomas Kenneth McVeigh on December 14. (Congrats to parents Tom and Jill and Welcome Tommy!).

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The holiday season is already underway, and with it comes colder weather and snow. Last winter, New York City received 42 inches of snow. As we head into the winter months, the New York City Department of Sanitation has 300,000 tons of salt at the ready to remove snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of city streets. And now, if you’re wondering when they’re going to get to your street, you can track the progress of salt spreaders and plow vehicles by visiting PlowNYC. You can also sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free emergency notification system to receive alerts on winter weather and advisories.

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Speaking of snow, which pains us, that white stuff that sometimes makes delivering The Rockaway Times a real challenge, but if you sign up for email, you never even have to go outside for the paper. Drop us a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll add you to the list. More than 4,000 people have signed up for our weekly paper by email!

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Leave it to NPS to ruin a good thing. After the Riis Bazaar people came in and made the long-neglected beach and boardwalk a place to go, NPS set up new guidelines that proved untenable. So, who knows who will be running the Riis concessions come summer of 2022. The Bazaar guys issued this statement: The terms of the most recent (March 2021) lease were a bit challenging and ultimately unworkable for us so we're hoping to submit again when the RFP for Bay 9, 2, 6 and 14 is reissued. It's been incredible operating out of those locations at Riis over the years and we're looking forward to throwing our hat in again for another run there.

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An affordable housing lottery is now open for 10-47 Beach 21st Street, a ten-story mixed-use building. For particulars, see Page 31.

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