Nice weather, huh? April is the new March

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Nice weather, huh? April is the new March.

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If you’re a Facebook user, you might not have been told by Facebook itself but the company has admitted it has been keeping records of Android users’ calls and texts. The company is going through a rocky time as it faces great scrutiny over its data collection. Founder Mark Zuckerberg has been called Big Zucker as in Big Zucker is watching you.

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Your elementary school can win up to $2,500 by entering the WoodmenLife "America Is ..." Video Contest. The contest aims to get elementary school students excited about their country and to show pride in their school and their community. By sharing a 30-60 second video on the topic, “What America means to me,” students and school representatives across the nation have the opportunity to win up to $2,500 for their school. For more info, go to the WoodmenLife Facebook page.

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Rick Hopkins of the Rockaway YMCA was out in front of this one. For a couple of years, he’s been telling us about Pickle Ball.  He was insisting it was this fast-growing, popular sport mostly being played in Florida. We poo-pooed the idea but sure enough Pickle Ball has come to New York and the Parks Department is touting it and also making it part of the upcoming Senior Games which will be held May 7 though May 11.  Go to nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/senior-games for more info. Another good option is to try it out at the Rockaway YMCA. Thanks, Rick!

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The American Planning Association (APA) announced that the new boardwalk will receive an award for Urban Design. The award “recognizes the redesign and reconstruction of the iconic tourist attraction into a more resilient structure.” One feature the APA highlighted was “Blue concrete planks with glow-in-the-dark speckles that spell out ‘Rockaway’ on the boardwalk, visible to air travelers passing overhead, day or night.”  We don’t know if it glows in the dark or it can be fully seen by air travelers but we know Kevin Boyle of The Rockaway Times gave designers the idea!  (No matter what Joe Hartigan says).

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Taxpayer money at work: The Second Avenue Subway cost about eight times as much as recent subway extensions in Berlin and Paris. More tax dollars at work: We asked the MTA for an update on the Rockaway Beach Branch Reactivation Study and a spokesperson responded: “We’re working on it. Let’s make a note to keep in touch on it.” Ok, noted. And still more tax dollars at work: We sent a Freedom of Information Request to the New York Economic Development Corporation regarding emails between the developer (Uri Kaufman and the EDC) regarding the courthouse at 90-01 Beach Channel Drive. We sent it in August. We have received SEVEN emails over the past few months telling us they are “continuing to search.”

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Real estate news. Several lots between Beach 90th  and Beach 91st Street, including some on Shore Front Parkway are being sold as one project hoping to attract developers. The almost 15,000 square foot property deal seeks $5.5 million. The same outfit, One Commercial Realty Services, is also marketing 87-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard for $1,850,000.

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Riis Park Pitch-N-Putt had a shaky start last year as it was closed in the spring while Gateway negotiated a lease with one particular operator. There will be no such disruption this year as Aviator Sports is now operating the course.

 

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