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President Trump tweeted the following: “A massive 200 Billion Dollar Sea Wall, built around New York to protect it from rare storms, is costly, foolish, & environmentally unfriendly idea that, when needed, probably won’t work anyway. It will also look terrible. Sorry, you’ll just have to get your mops and buckets ready!” Not that such a wall is part of the Rockaway reformulation project, but we checked with the Army Corps to make sure there wasn’t going to be any White House resistance to jetties, etc.  “Nope…all should be ok,” is what we were told.

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Sometimes a horrific event serves as a reminder. The house fire on Beach 132nd  and Cronston Avenue early Saturday morning reminds us to check smoke alarms and change

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Want to vent about commuting issues (there are lots of you! With lots of issues)? Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato will be hosting a Commuters Town Hall with MTA New York City Transit President Andy Byford at the YMCA on Thursday, February 6 at 7 p.m.

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Pizza, pizza. RT reporter, Kami-Leigh Agard, had the idea of celebrating pizza week (or month) in Rockaway and we thought the idea was downright tasty. Rockaway pizza choices are better and more diverse than ever, and you no

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Happy New Year! Yes, it seems like we’re jumping the gun but our next issue comes out on January 2, 2020. So, holy smokes, it’s going to be 2020. Year of the Hindsight? And before we forget, we demand that DOT make a resolution to fix Rockaway roads in the new year!  

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This is our last advertiser and contributor alert for 2019. We close the paper on MONDAY, December 30, so get everything in as soon as possible. If you want to advertise the first week of January, please notify us

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Advertiser alert: we have early, early deadlines the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. We’re publishing and delivering as usual on Thursday (December 26 and January 2) but all ads must be in by MONDAY (December 23 and December 30) for those weeks and must be in by NOON.

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The Police Commissioner, the top guy, announced that it was an accident. We’re talking about the razor blade that fell into a cop’s sandwich at Bon Appetit, the deli on Beach 129th Street. Some people on

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Today is January 2. How are those resolutions holding up?

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We went to press on Monday, December 30, so we couldn’t publish any pictures of all the wacky people who jumped in the ocean to mark the new decade. We’ll play catch up in next week’s edition. The early finish also explains the year 2019 recap features in this edition!

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Speaking of new years and decades, some (very few!) people believe the new decade starts next year because there was not a Year Zero. Picky

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Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas. We feel blessed to be part of this community and further blessed that you’ve shown us so much support. Thank you!

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Longtime principal of Scholars’ Academy, Brian O’Connell, surprised lots of people with his announcement last week that he’d be leaving the school to take over the headmaster position at Lawrence Woodmere Academy. Before O’Connell took over the school, parents clamored for a good middle school option in Rockaway. Many Rockaway kids

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‘Tis the season. Please Shop Local if you can. If you’re going to use Amazon, go to Smile.Amazon.com. It’s still Amazon but a portion of your purchases go to charities and non-profits of your choice. Your purchases can help The Graybeards, for instance. 

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We are waiting on Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Rickey “R.D.” James to approve (or not) Rockaway’s Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Project, which will include 19 new or reconstructed jetties and will go a long way in

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