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Happy anniversary to us. It’s our 408th week of publishing. It doesn’t mean anything, but we just felt like celebrating.

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Every year, without fail, The Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide comes out and a couple of advertisers have instant remorse and envy because they missed the boat. They know they should have been in it. Don’t let that happen. The Rockaway Times Summer Guide is something people keep and look through all year. You want to reach people from one end of the peninsula to the other; you want people coming off the ferry to know about you. You want in The Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide, the easy to handle, magazine that’s free and distributed from Memorial Day through the 4th of July. It will be available online as well. If you want in, give us a call 718-634-3030, or contact us through Facebook, Instagram or email.

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Politics, the bar business, and a big family makes for quite the Irish stew. Katie McFadden continues her series with Big Dan Tubridy on Page 16. The series has been quite a hit and we know there are others in Rockaway with extraordinary stories and we’ll be on the lookout. 

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Tomorrow, Friday, April 22, is Earth Day. State Senator James Sanders will commemorate Earth Day by delivering a speech about the significance of climate change. It won’t be a regular speech. It’ll be a speech done while standing knee-deep, wearing a suit–not a wet suit¬– in the ocean around Beach 73rd Street at 10 a.m. The Senator’s Earth Day activities will continue as he hosts a tree planting ceremony at the Goldie Maple Academy on Beach 56th Street at 11:30 a.m.

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Earth Day can be celebrated on Saturday, April 23, as well, at the Beach 91st Street Community Garden. The beach block event from 1-5 p.m. will include educational guest speakers, artwork on display and for sale, and live jazz starting at 3:30 p.m. Donations and purchases from artwork will be donated to the American Littoral Society (Northeast Chapter). This event is free, and all are welcome!

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Thanks to all (hundreds and hundreds!) of you who submitted photos for the annual Rockaway Times Photo Contest. Eleven judges are in the process of selecting their favorites and with the quality of photos submitted, it won’t be easy. We’re hard at work and hope to have a Top 30 named by next week.

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Filmmaker Sam Fleishman who runs the Rockaway Film Festival and the Arverne Cinema is also on the Earth Day train as he host’s the Cinema’s first screening of the year this Saturday/ The program included a documentary (largely set in Rockaway) call The Hottest August and a new short film about Jamaica Bay. The fun and films start at 8:30 p.m. The Cinema is located at 72-02 Gouverneur Avenue in Arverne.

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Covid is up; hospitalizations are not. Vaccines, treatments and natural immunity are all helping.

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We're a little late but we'd like to Congratulate Ray Vann on being named Communications Director for City Councilwoman Joann Ariola. Ray knows Rockaway and will be a great asset to the Ariola team. He sure seemed happy when we saw him this week!

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