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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Pun alert: You want to stump your friends? Ask them to guess how many trees there are in the world. Even our resident factologist, Sean McVeigh, might find it amazing that the world has, get ready, 3.04 trillion. We sent out a team to double check this but we have not heard back so we’re just going with the Google.

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John Edwards, lord of the Rockapulco Running Series, says the weather looks great for this Saturday’s, Mother's Day race. And it’s not just a race –it’s a panoply of events. There’s a marathon, a half marathon, a 5K, some kids races. Check out RockapulcoRun.com to register and get more info. And see Page 29 as well.

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Of course, after Mayor de Blasio said the city would fully

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Want to put a nice pic of mom in the newspaper? Send your photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll do our best to put it in next week for Mother’s Day.

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Speaking of photos, the Top 30 have been selected in the annual Rockaway Times Photo Contest. It was especially challenging this year and choosing one great shot over another was not fun! Thanks to all who submitted: you make the contest great!

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A big thanks to all who did their part in the peninsula-wide cleanup. From one

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Bummer. We saw a listing that the old Sand Bar property on Beach 116th and the Boardwalk was ready to be leased and we ready for a beachfront happy hour. But alas, the listing broker had the wrong photo and it's the vacant lot across from the new condos that can be leased on a temp or short-term basis.

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For the seventh year in a row, The Rockaway Times won multiple awards at the New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, a statewide competition among New York newspapers

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Happy Easter.

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As of April 6, any New Yorker over 16 years of age will be able to get the vaccine. This news followed the Biden directive that all states make the COVID-19 vaccine eligible to all residents by no later than May 1 of this year. According to some projections, almost the entire U.S. population will be fully vaccinated by late July.

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is open for a couple more weeks. You are allowed to submit up to four photos. You might have a

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Mount Sinai South Nassau has a mobile unit, a bus that travels to sites throughout Nassau offering vaccine shots. We think St. John’s, with the help of our elected officials, should do the same. And we’re offering The Rockaway Times parking lot as a site (and we’re sure other places would love to join such an effort). We sent a tweet to all peninsula electeds and so far…nothing.

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Reminder: the peninsula-wide cleanup is this Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  You can join a

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Almost last call. The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is accepting photos until next Friday, April 16. Please see Page 26 for details. We haven’t looked at any of the entries yet but we know Rockaway’s Got Talent and we can’t wait to see photos that best say: Rockaway!

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Full steam ahead on the vaccine front. On Tuesday of this week, people 16 years of age and older are now eligible to get the vaccine. It can be a challenge making a reservation online but refresh the page and keep on

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Happy Passover to those who celebrate starting this weekend.

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116th Street continues its steady climb up.  Rogoff’s (and the Thank You Café) are closed but get ready for Bagel Barista Station. Rob Pisani who ran Channel Market and Bagel Barista in Broad Channel is opening a supersized bagel place that will seat 25 people and have an open kitchen and baking area. They’ll offer catering as well. Barista Station will be the latest makeover joining Rogers, Rocco’s Pizza (on the

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