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Happy Mother’s Day! We’ve got some great photos of Moms on Pages 20 and 22. Thanks for sending them in!

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120 Pages! We’re putting together our annual Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide and we’re thrilled to say it’ll be a record-setter for us. There’s been such a positive response from advertisers (pretty smart advertisers!) that we’ve had to keep increasing the size of the summer magazine that everybody loves. As usual, it’ll be chock full of fun, interesting stuff and be a real keeper. 120 pages!

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Free but good. The Rockaway Times is a free paper but there’s value in these here pages. For the 8th year in a row, we can call ourselves an award-winning newspaper. Each year, The New York Press Association holds its Better Newspaper Contest with newspapers across the state. And so far, each year since we’ve been in existence, we’ve been recognized for good work at this prestigious event. Of course, most of the top work has been done by Katie McFadden.  Kudos to us; kudos to Katie! Oh, and big props to Nicole Taylor-Lang who joined Katie (and Dan Guarino) at the convention. We’re told for the first time in NYPA Convention history someone (that would be Nicole) got the wait staff dancing at the Friday Night Gala, showing NYPA a real Rockaway time.

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We did not see any official crowd estimate for the funeral of Firefighter Tim Klein but it was in the thousands. Uniformed personnel filled the streets near the church. State Attorney General Letitia James and Mayor Adams (who delivered an emotional eulogy) attended as did other elected officials. 

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One light moment occurred when a retired police officer told us that he parked in the Riis Park parking lot because, he was told buses were going to shuttle people to St. Francis on Beach 129th. He got on a bus in the parking lot, the bus took off, and then stopped at the Neponsit Home on Beach 149th. End of the ride. The bus driver just shrugged and told passengers that’s as far as he was told to go, Beach 149th. The riders got off and walked.

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The Pickle People are coming! The beloved West Hempstead-based company that always had the longest lines at boardwalk craft fairs, is packing courts to sell at the Rockaway Farmers Market on Beach 116th starting Friday—and stay tuned for a Pickle People pop-up!

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Edgemere Farm’s Annual Spring Plant Sale is Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m – 1 p.m. The Farm is located 385 Beach 45th Street.

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After a two-year hiatus because of Covid, the action-packed Graybeard Division of the Summer Classic will be back brick by brick starting next Thursday at St. Camillus. Not surprisingly, admission to watch games is free. 

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An oceanfront home on Beach 128th Street which has been vacant since Sandy, almost ten years ago, is under contract.

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Tap That, a new self-pouring pub, is set to open at 111-04 Rockaway Beach Blvd, across from the old Stella Maris building. The owner, John Agnello is hoping for a Memorial Day weekend opening.  We like what they say on their website: Our Mantra – Make it Nice or Make it Twice. Our Love – People, Food, and Cold Beer. We live here. We work here. We play here. (Cheers to that!)

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