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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
The Rockaway Times
McFaddenWins Award
for Feature Writing
For the second year in a
row, the Rockaway Times is
an award-winning newspaper
after receiving another award
in the New York Press Asso-
ciation’s Better Newspaper
Contest. On Saturday, April 9,
Rockaway Times Assistant Ed-
itor Katie McFadden was hon-
ored by the NYPA for feature
writing during the 2016 NYPA
Spring Convention in Sarato-
ga Springs, NY.
Last year, the Rockaway
Times won a second place
award for Best Special Sec-
tion for its Hurricane Sandy
2nd Anniversary edition. This
year, the NYPA honored Katie
McFadden with an honorable
mention in the Best Feature
Story category. Best Feature
Story is the most entered cat-
egory in NYPA’s Better News-
paper Contest. This year, there
were 324 entries in the catego-
ry altogether.
McFadden was recognized
for her story “Dear Old Dad,”
a tribute to her father, Danny
McFadden, which was pub-
lished before Father’s Day in
the June 18, 2015 issue. The
story was about Danny’s role
as a United States Park Police
officer, a father and a neigh-
bor. The Better Newspaper
Contest judges called the sto-
ry, “A heartfelt tribute that
was very, very interesting and
touching.”
NYPA, founded in 1853, has
held the Better Newspaper
Contest since 1930. Each year,
more than 150 newspapers
across the state enter for a
chance at a prestigious award
that recognizes newspapers
and its staff for excellence in
writing, photography and ad-
vertising. This is the first solo
NYPA award for McFadden,
who has been a local journal-
ist for more than three years
and has worked for the Rocka-
way Times since August 2014.
WATERSIDE IS GETTING TECH –
KNOWLEDGE – Y
TheWaterside School for Lead-
ership, MS318, is excited about
the technology upgrades they re-
cently received to benefit all their
students in the coming school
year! Watersidewas a recipient of
a technology grant from Queens
Borough President Melinda Katz.
The school plans new up-to-date
technology which includes new
IPADs, brand new Promethean
boards in every classroom, lap-
tops andprinters.
Teachers will use the technol-
ogy to differentiate materials to
meet the needs of their scholars
and integrate Computer Science
for All, the new initiative an-
nounced by Chancellor Fariña.
The IPads will also support Wa-
terside’s work with many gifted
students who will continue to re-
ceive advanced instruction over
the Summer of 2016! For more
information, please contact Ms.
Amira at 718-634-1128.
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