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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest Final will be Friday, July 30 at 5 p.m. at Caracas at Beach 106th on the Boardwalk. All Top 30 finalists are invited (there will be happy hour prices courtesy of the sponsors Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy, NYC Ferry, The Rockaway Times and NYC Parks). Top 30 photographers can pick up their photos that day after the winner is chosen. See you there!

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Elizabeth Crowley conceded the Borough President race after finishing a very close second to Donovan Richards. Richards’s margin widened because of Ranked Choice Voting. More people who voted for Jimmy Van Bremer first made Richards their second choice than Crowley.

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A new homeless shelter is coming to Far Rockaway. The Community Board was notified by Department of Social Services that 1312 Beach Channel Drive (just off Mott Avenue) will be shelter for 200 single adult women “experiencing homelessness with safety, security, social services, and support in their time of need, with priority at this location offered to individuals who have roots in this community and this area of Queens more broadly.” The notice also indicated that “Along with the transitional shelter, the site will also include a 147-unit apartment building with affordable and supportive housing.” Anticipated opening is Fall 2023.

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Vince Castellano, 68, died last week. The former Chair of Community Board 14, and member of the Board for 24 years, was a big supporter of Arverne by the Sea while it was still being planned. He hosted a radio show, Real Estate Nightmares, and most recently was the owner of Deuces car service.

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Dig it. The Rockaway Times Sandcastle Contest is on. The great tradition sponsored by the RT and Parks will be Sunday, August 1 on Beach 117th street (on the sand!). It’s a fun-for-all-ages event. Stay tuned for start times and registration info.

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In 2019, The MTA released a study saying the cost of reactivating the Rockaway Branch Line of the LIRR and making a north-south route that would cut commuter times for thousands would cost $8 billion but a new study shows the price tag would be less than half that and create 150,000 new jobs. The new study, done by Transportation Economics and Management Systems, (TEMS), was commissioned by QueensLink the advocacy group pushing for the reactivation. Part of the Queenslink approach is to allow the route to be used for both railway and park. If nothing else, advocates are to be praised for their sticktoitiveness! Some have been pushing this for more than twenty years.

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The NYC Streets Plan is a five-year transportation plan to improve the safety, accessibility, and quality of the City’s streets for all New Yorkers. The plan will involve an in-depth analysis of the current state of New York City’s streets and respond equitably to the uniqueness of the City’s many neighborhoods and local needs. The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has begun its engagement for the New York City Streets Plan (NSP) through a series of community workshops. Rockaway residents can attend a virtual session on Friday, July 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The registration link: https://bit.ly/3BxwJ71

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