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Attention: Small businesses. A $10,000 advance payment (it’s a grant—no repayment required) is being offered as part of the federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The initial application for EIDL loans, which is where you apply for the Advance, has been dramatically streamlined, and takes under 10 minutes. Go to https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/  and make sure you check the box stating you’d like to receive the grant. If you apply for more funds later, additional docs will be required. BUT we can’t stress enough that you should apply for this grant if you’ve been in business and now need quick monetary help. The turnaround, according to the SBA is 1-3 days!

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We regret to pass along this news. Long-time

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Please use The Rockaway Times as a source to order food and other items. Many of our local businesses are facing severe challenges to stay afloat. If you can, order lunch or dinner now and hold on to those canned goods for another time. Luckily, we have a good number of places advertising this week so there are some great options.

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Before you repeat something a friend heard from a friend, do a little research. Please don’t pass on rumors. Just about none of them are good. And

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The Photo Contest is on.  Please see Page 10 for details. Don’t you want that great photo be seen by everyone?!

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It’s all everyone is talking about. St. John’s Hospital in Far Rockaway announced that one of its patients was diagnosed with the Coronavirus last Saturday.  The patient, an Uber driver, was put in isolation. Here's hoping for a fast recovery for him and for a better overall handle on the situation.

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Please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Well, some patients really better start eating an apple a day because their doctor is going away. Dr. Peter Galvin will be retiring and closing his office at the end of May. We’re happy for him! And happy for us. He is not retiring from being a highly unpaid columnist for The Rockaway Times. 

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The Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday, March 7. That’s the unofficial start of spring, which is the unofficial start of summer! And if summer comes, so will The Rockaway Times

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We are profoundly grateful for our health care professionals! Thank you for your service, bravery, and compassion.

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He is not “the media.” The straight-shooting Dr. Anthony Fauci is Director of the National Institutes of Health and a top expert on infectious diseases. He is Brooklyn-born and a Regis High School grad. Cut through all the noise and listen to what he says. “I mean, people always say, well, the flu does this, the flu does that. The flu has a mortality of 0.1%. This

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Have a wonderful Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day! Congratulations to all the honorees. And a big round of applause to those who organize (That’s you Mike Benn!) and march.

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Been friends with anyone for fifty years or more?  Or maybe mom and dad have longtime friends and they’d want to share their stories? Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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If you’re wondering where our award-winning editor, Katie McFadden, is in this week’s RT, we’re happy to say she’s on a

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is open and it’s a chance to show the world that great photo you snapped. Send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please see Page 6 for rules and details.

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Things we’re waiting for: Official notice about jetties (and a schedule of when and where work will actually begin). The MTA to get back to us about their plans for vacant storefronts on Beach 116th Street. The Rockaway Medical Arts Complex at Beach 105th Street to provide any

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