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 The photos are up! The amazing photos, finalists in The Rockaway Times Photo Contest, are up on the boardwalk railing, around Beach 95th Street. Five bird photos are posted at the bird nesting area in the Beach 50s. Five Honorable Mention beauties are at the ferry dock.

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If you’re not sure where to enroll your child for the 2022-23 school year, the Waterside School for Leadership, 190 Beach 110th Street, is still accepting students. Some parents and teachers are actively promoting the school as a good option.

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The boardwalk bike lanes should be in the middle, not hugging the railing. Many people, those on foot, naturally gravitate towards the rail as if it’s a banister. People walking onto the boardwalk from ramps shouldn’t be expected to jump out of the way of a bike going 20 miles per hour. Speaking of which….

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How about a speed limit on the boardwalk? We’ve seen full-fledged motorcycle and all sorts of hoverboards and Segways and who-knows-what-they-are machines flying along. The argument over what is allowed might not matter if a speed limit was posted. How about 12 miles per hour? Or eleven? Or thirteen? And while enforcement will be a challenge (how’s enforcement doing so far?) the limit should be posted using digital radar signs. Studies show speeders will slow down up to 80% of the time when alerted by a radar sign.  80%! We’ll take it! D. Brian Heffernan came into the RT office and would like credit for this idea. Ok, done.

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It's strange to say just as the summer starts but with the good weather comes the advisory that Hurricane season is here, too. Might be a good time to consider emergency supplies, go-kits, and brushing up on evacuation routes. We can never be too prepared.

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Best of luck to Alex Zablocki. As executive director, he undoubtedly made the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy what it is today. On Tuesday, he announced he accepted a position as executive director at the Fund for Public Housing. We’re sad to see our RT office neighbor go but he leaves behind a great team at JBRPC who will keep the great work going. We wish Alex well and hope he doesn’t become a stranger.

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The Edgemere Community Civic Association (ECCA) is holding a meeting on Monday, June 6.

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State Senator James Sanders announced that he is hosting a Carnival Kick-Off Launch Party and a preview of the upcoming Queens Carnival 2022.  It’ll be on Saturday, June 11 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at DredSurfer Grill at Beach 17th Street.

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Former presidential and mayoral candidate Andrew Yang is pushing the idea of a 4-day work week. We agree! And even better, we would like to publish once a month and still call it a weekly paper.

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We visited Tap That on The Boulevard and Beach 111th Street and stayed longer than we planned. The place is great. It’s got a front yard with umbrellas and picnic tables, a sleek interior with a wall of taps – you tap your own brew– and a backyard with more tables and some unique ambience as you can see the A train pulling in and out the 116th Street station. And they’ve got a great, welcoming staff. For now, they are teamed up with Meat Up Grill on the menu but will doing their own food once they get a gas hook-up.

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