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Count on Parks. Well, one thing is pretty consistent every beach season, the NYC Parks Department throws a stink bomb on the beach blanket. The announcement of beach closures comes late, the reasoning of such closures comes half-baked, and the delivery comes from who-knows-who? The Press office (who are just taking orders from ???? ) makes the announcement, there’s an uproar, and then some tweaks are made. And even then, you have to be a puzzle-solver to figure out which beaches are closed completely, which allow swimming, and which are limited to just “sand.” Maddening.

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An underrated aspect of this annual baloney is the general pall it casts on Rockaway. Visitors, and even people who live nearby, have to ask themselves, are

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As usual, it was a tough task selecting a Top 30 in the annual Rockaway Times Photo Contest. Our selections are on Pages 14, 15, and 16. Unfortunately some great shots couldn’t make the cut because the resolution was too low. In fact, we had to make some last minute choices because a few photos we picked lost quality as we enlarged them. The Top 30 get enlarged to poster-size and are put up on display on the boardwalk. If the resolution is too low the photos become pixelated and aren’t

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The funeral Mass for Firefighter Timothy Klein is tomorrow, Friday, April 29, 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales.

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A newspaper isn’t the place where the phrase, “there are no words” makes much sense but it sure seems appropriate when trying to express the deep sadness and shock the community feels in the aftermath of the death of Firefighter Timothy Klein. A young man, just 31, part of well-known much-loved family, Timothy gave his life protecting others. There are no words, but try

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Happy Easter. Happy Passover.

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In our We Get Email section last week, a letter from Allen Rosen had a wrong link to the online petition he’s promoting regarding transit. The petition Oppose the MTA's Plan to Eliminate Bus Stops, can be found at www.change.org/p/mta-oppose-the-mta-s-plan-to-eliminate-bus-stops. And while we’re cleaning up, credit for last week’s front-page photo of the city bus should have been given to Jean O’Connell.

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If you own a business or run a

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Happy Mother’s Day! We’ve got some great photos of Moms on Pages 20 and 22. Thanks for sending them in!

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120 Pages! We’re putting together our annual Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide and we’re thrilled to say it’ll be a record-setter for us. There’s been such a positive response from advertisers (pretty smart advertisers!) that we’ve had to keep increasing the size of the summer magazine that everybody loves. As usual, it’ll be chock full of fun, interesting stuff and

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Happy anniversary to us. It’s our 408th week of publishing. It doesn’t mean anything, but we just felt like celebrating.

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Every year, without fail, The Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide comes out and a couple of advertisers have instant remorse and envy because they missed the boat. They know they should have been in it. Don’t let that happen. The Rockaway Times Summer Guide is something people keep and look through all year. You want to reach people from one end of the

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Holy smokes. Advertisers are sleeping outside our office to make sure they don’t miss out. Just kidding, but businesses of all kinds are signing up to be in the one, the only, Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide. If you want to be part of the one can’t miss publication of the year, give us a call 718-634-3030, or contact us through Facebook, Instagram or email.

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Big Dan Tubridy is this week’s Mark Twain who was credited with saying, “reports of my death are greatly

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