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Happy anniversary to…US! The Rockaway Times turns 7 on June 26. When we first published, the other Times, the New York one, called us “an unusual start-up,” since a good old fashioned newspaper was so different than many other media and internet start-ups.

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The National Park Service (NPS) runs Gateway National Park and Recreation Area. It sure seems like they forget the recreation part. The Rockaway Beach Volleyball League is still prohibited from running the Wednesday evening tradition for god-knows-what-reason. (Yes, if piping plovers had a team, NPS would move heaven and earth). The shore road through Fort Tilden hasn’t been fixed since Hurricane Sandy. Nobody can bike or jog on a road not there. You know, it can’t be used for recreation, if it’s not there. The vibe at Riis Bazaar is totally shot. No music, no nothing allowed. And the picnic tables are now fenced in. The bathhouse, which had a pub and courtyard, is closed. The concrete boardwalk and the Beach 169th road looks like the surface of the moon. Old handball and basketball courts around Bay 11 look like something from “After People.” Even charging $20 for parking. What’s that say? They just don’t want people. Gateway, allegedly, attracts the 4th most visitors among all National Parks. Well, that’s despite their best efforts to turn people off and away. They must be counting people on the ferry (hey they’re using the bay) and people crossing the Marine Parkway bridge.

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Some better news for the Rockaway Bazaar concessions. As of last Friday, the concessions have their liquor license. They also announced a full summer music lineup for Beach 97th. Music plans are in the works for Beach 106th and Beach 86th.

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Rockaway Artists Alliance is offering lifetime memberships through June 28.  Covid-19 closed their gallery doors, but now RAA is ready to get back to doing what they do best. After 15 months without revenue, RAA needs your support to kick start their 26th year. RAA has plans for exciting new exhibitions and engaging art programs for adults and their favorite people, the children of Rockaway! Your lifetime memberships will keep you connected to all things RAA! To join for a lifetime, visit RAA’s website: rockawayartistsalliance.org.

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Did you know?  Did you know, a group of people in 1986 buried a time capsule near the Doughboy Monument net at the Beach 94th-95th Street mall. The capsule, actually a coffin! donated by the Denis O’Connor Funeral Home, was filled with an assortment of historical records and items such as newspapers noting the 1986 Mets World Series win. Letters from residents to future residents and galley proofs of From Rockaway, the best-selling book by Jill Eisenstadt, were also included (or enclosed or entombed). Jill thinks there should be a plaque at the spot so people living in 2186 can dig it up and have a look.

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Save the date! After being canceled last year, the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 21 Irish Festival is scheduled for the weekend of September 18 and 19 this year.

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After the male residents of the Beach 101st shelter were relocated to hotels across the city due to Covid, as restrictions lift, they will be returning. According to shelter staff, the men are expected to return during the first week of July.

 

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