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Here’s the one question the City should address regarding the proposed homeless shelter on Beach 101st Street: where are the job opportunities for these 120 men? Rockaway already has close to the highest unemployment rate in Queens. Most neighborhoods resist the placement of homeless, but most neighborhoods don’t have the employment and poor transportation challenges as Rockaway. Follow-up question: if they can’t find work, what will they do?

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The good folks at the local Allstate insurance office at 112-30 Beach Channel Drive are conducting a food drive. If you want to help the effort, please drop off non-perishables at their office during business hours. The food will help local residents.

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Khaleel Anderson, a

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New York Magazine did a story on Charlie Howard, the owner of Call-A-Head, the porta-potty business based in Broad Channel. They’re the guys who are Number One in Picking Up Number Two. The pun-filled article says Charlie keeps coming up smelling like roses in the battle with competitors. You can find the article online, too, at NyMag.com

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The Parks Department has not yet selected a replacement for Portia Dyrenforth, the hard-working, popular Rockaway Beach Parks Administrator

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The brutal cold on Thursday forced us to hold off on some deliveries until Friday. The email version, however, went out as usual on Thursday morning. Please sign up at RockawayTimes.com (just click on Subscribe) or send a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It’s free! And no-body gets frostbite!

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It’s not just Rockaway. Restaurants and bars are dead all over. According to Grubstreet.com, Dry January is a thing all over. One Queens bartender said, “Things are dead. Like

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Two colorful personalities, John Lenihan and Owen Baxter, died within days of each other last week. John was an active member in the Rockaway Park Homeowners and Residents Association and Owen ran the Beautiful Palm Gardens pub and the short-lived Irish Circle on The Boulevard (no relation to the well-known place on Beach 102nd Street). They’ll be missed by many.

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What a nice gesture by Elegante Pizzeria. The popular eatery offered free pizza to furloughed Federal workers on

PSEG tells us that they’ll be out inspecting wooden poles for the next few weeks. Maybe it’s the Rockaway wind, but we know there are plenty of leaning towers throughout the peninsula. And here’s some utility pole trivia: PSEG maintains 350,000 such poles.

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Capital One Bank on Beach 116th Street is closing, as is the one on Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. Capital One has been turning some of their banks into banks with cafes in an effort to win over millennials. No such attempt will be made

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Oh, snap! The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is in the works. We’ll have details in the next couple of weeks. The finalists will have their photos posterized and put on display on the boardwalk, ferry landing, and Broad Channel. The National Park Service told us last year they want to be part of it as well, which means photos at Riis Park. But we can’t get confirmation because of the government  shutdown. In any case, start going through your best photos and get ready to be part of this

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Queens Park Commissioner, Dorothy “Dottie” Lewandowski is retiring. A Queens native, Dottie was with Parks for almost 40 years. She was a regular visitor to Rockaway, had her critics here for sure, but we thought she cared and was accessible. We wish her the best in retirement.

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Nate Tabor from Far Rockaway announced that he’ll be playing basketball for St. John’s next year, according to the New York Post. He plays for a high school in Connecticut and was recruited by a number of

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