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Ok, winter’s on the homestretch and it’s not because any groundhogs say so.  We say so because The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is now on and because that makes us start planning our annual Summer Guide.   Can’t wait to see your best photos.  We will still run Local Color, our regular photo feature.  Those pics should be sent to Mail@RockawayTimes.  Photos for the contest should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  See page 9 for more details.

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We're thrilled to say Rosemary McGuire has joined The Rockaway Times editorial staff.  She's done some freelance articles and now we'll get good stuff more often.

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Well, those St. John’s basketball tickets we’ve given away for FREE sure became hot items recently as the team

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Maybe we just need a few Eagles fans here. It’s been a long-time problem in Rockaway about how some people don’t pick up after their dogs. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, just ask someone who goes online, about horse poop and celebrations. We like underdogs as much as the next fan, but if horse poop replaces champagne, we’ll stick with the favorites from now on.

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Speaking of the Super Bowl, we get the feeling that just as many people were talking about television’s

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Seals do show up on our beaches this time of year.  Please keep a safe distance away.  If you suspect the seal is injured or sick, please call the Riverhead Foundation (631-369-9840), which specializes in rescue and rehabilitation of marine life.

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Greasing poles. That sounds like a slang way of paying off politicians, but it’s what they do in Philadelphia to stop crazy football fans from climbing street light poles. They put Crisco shortening, that sloppy white stuff, up and down

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Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 15. It is celebrated on the third Monday in January each year. This year it falls on his birthday.

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Don’t worry if you feel neglected about not receiving regular mail. We haven’t either, for a week. Amazon, can you please deliver our mail?

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Your complaints were valid. The brutal weather we just endured was the coldest stretch of freezing temps since 1961. The cold didn’t stop some intrepid photographers from getting out there for

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Rep. Gregory Meeks, who represents Rockaway in Congress, chose to boycott the President’s State of the Union on Tuesday night. He was joined by several others as well. Some Rockawayans took exception and took the chance to blast the congressman on past corruption charges. 

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The Graybeards held their annual Dinner Dance fundraiser last Saturday and it was another big success. The small group of men (and women!), who manage ticket and raffle sales, and do a million little things

Kudos to the first responders who helped people escape, contain the fire, and put their own lives at risk for their heroism at last week’s fire at 8800 Shore Front. Our condolences to the family of Ethel Davis, 91, who resided in a nearby apartment from where the fire started and lost her life due to the smoke.

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Reports say there were no smoke detectors in the apartment in which the fire started. Please take the time to install some or check the batteries now in your alarms.

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We don’t know if congratulations or psychiatric care is in order for those who jumped in the ocean on New Year’s Day. It was brutally cold and a very low tide required running a long distance to be able to dive under (the official way to do it). It was so cold we even admire the fully-dressed photographers.  Officially, the high for the day was 18 degrees. Last year’s high was 52!

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Speaking of the cold (who isn’t?), the ferry is subject to service suspension because of ice in the

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