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Happy New Year! Well, it might not seem like 2021 was so great but, for most, it was better than 2020. So, we’re trending in the right way?? Here’s to a great 2022 (well, after the shaky start that’s sure to happen). This time next week, Eric Adams will have been mayor for six days already!

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Congratulations to Liz Hannah our The Rockaway Times Person of the Year! Time magazine’s got theirs; Sports Illustrated’s got theirs. We have ours! We should have thought of this years ago!  There are always a lot candidates in Rockaway– after all, this place is about the people –we thought Liz was a great choice because she went so above and beyond to help businesses and people during these very trying times!

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So, our Word Search puzzle, easily one of the most popular features in the paper, has been too easy lately, say two complainers, coincidentally both named George. By George, we promise this week’s is more challenging. See Page 42.

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Rick Horan is selling tickets again. The Graybeard is doing his annual full-court press to get people to buy Pot-o-Gold raffle tickets which support The Graybeards, the non-profit which has done so much for Rockaway through the years. Last year’s winner-take-all raffle was like Rockaway Powerball as the pot surpassed $190,000. Yes, the winners (a group chipped in for the winning ticket) walked away with a bundle. If you or you and a couple of friends want to play (and help a great organization!) you can contact The Graybeard directly or call Rick Horan at 917-345-3700 and he’ll get a raffle ticket to you. A ticket is $100.

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If there were a Hall of Fame for Rockaway runners, Jim McVeigh would be a first ballot inductee. The longtime trackman will be running something else soon as a changing of the guard occurs at Rockapulco Running. Jim will take the reins from John Edwards who established the Rockapulco Running series more than twenty years ago. John, with lots of help from a handful others, organized hundreds of races and workouts through the years. Many of the events raised money for various charities. John won’t be too missed. He’ll still be helping out as Jim takes over this Rockaway institution.

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Even in the winter, a nice day will get lots of people up on the boardwalk. If you’ve trekked by the Beach 56th through Beach 44th area, you may have spotted a 35-acre nature preserve taking shape as part of the Arverne East development. The preserve will have walking paths and a welcome center. The overall project is 116 acres and plans include housing and retail spaces, with coastal resilience and a “net zero” goal for the development. (Net zero refers to a state in which the greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere are balanced by removal out of the atmosphere).

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The Department of City Planning (DCP) released its Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, a 294-page overview of what the City has done since Hurricane Sandy and what needs to be done to improve the City’s vast coastline to promote economic development, improve resilience and promote environmental justice. Rockaway figures substantially in the plan. Among the biggest challenges is sorting out jurisdiction with numerous agencies, local, state, and fed all claiming oversight. Go to waterfrontplan.nyc to have a look

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Looking for some fun on New Year’s Day? It’s Red Day at The Wharf.

 

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