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Holy smokes. Advertisers are sleeping outside our office to make sure they don’t miss out. Just kidding, but businesses of all kinds are signing up to be in the one, the only, Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide. If you want to be part of the one can’t miss publication of the year, give us a call 718-634-3030, or contact us through Facebook, Instagram or email.

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Big Dan Tubridy is this week’s Mark Twain who was credited with saying, “reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Last week’s front page had a great photo of Dan with the headline: Big Dan, Big Life. Some thought it meant Dan had died. Heavens, no! The Rockaway legend has led a big life in his 73 years and we wanted to share some of it with you. In fact, his story couldn’t be done in a week, so Katie McFadden’s profile continues this week. See Page 40 for more. And here’s to good health, Dan! Continue the Big Life!               

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The next Community Board meeting will be Tuesday, April 12. Again, it will be a virtual meeting. Contact CB 14 (718-471-7300) for log-in info and public speaking.

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The U.S. Government doesn’t release details of the census records for 72 years. So, the 1950 census has just been released and it’s full of fascinating information. One report we saw showed a photo of census takers, you know, those people who knock on doors. What made the photo so eye-popping was where it was. The census enumerators were just leaving a house on Ruffle Bar, the now-abandoned island in Jamaica Bay. If you visit by kayak or boat you can still spot the foundation of houses on the island, which you can see from The Wharf.

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Paul King accepted the Conservative Party’s designation as a candidate for New York’s 5th Congressional district. At this point, King seems likely to be both the Conservative and Republican nominee. So far, it doesn’t look like Rep. Gregory Meeks will face a primary challenge on the Democrat side in June, setting up a King versus Meeks general election battle in November.

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Pop-Up-With-A-Cop is coming to the 100th Precinct. Pop-Up-With-A-Cop is an innovative method of bringing police into areas of the community which lack engagement and allows for engagement outside a time of crisis. Pop-Up-With-A-Cap takes place under a blue NYPD Tent and Neighborhood Coordination Officer Adam will be hosting this event on April 12 at 4 p.m. (In-front of the Rockaway YMCA) at Beach 73rd Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. 

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A term you hear more and more these days: Keep your head on a swivel. Basically, you’ve got to keep looking over each shoulder to try and avoid being a victim, especially in the subway. The Daily News reported that Obadiah Lashley, 27, of Rockaway, was arrested for terrorizing commuters last Friday on the A train. Lashley, with numerous previous arrests, was swinging a two-handed 36-inch pickaxe aboard the train during rush hour.

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Pizza, pizza, there will be more pizza. Ciro’s on Beach 116th will re-open soon after being closed for months for renovation. We’ll keep you posted.

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Next Friday, April 15 at noon, is the deadline for entries for The Rockaway Times Photo Contest. Send no more than 4 photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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