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Happy Passover and Happy Easter.

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When different zoning changes or variances are sought for buildings, owners must conduct an environmental impact study, which essentially states whether or not the new use would have an adverse effect on the surrounding area. Things like traffic, air pollution and socioeconomic factors must be addressed. We suggest City Councilman Eric Ulrich and the Community Board demand an environmental impact be done before any homeless shelter is placed in Rockaway. There will certainly be an adverse effect on the socioeconomic conditions in the area. City Planning and the Buildings Department should be involved—not just Homeless Services.

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Once again, thanks to all who submitted photos to our annual contest. We’re still reviewing the hundreds and hundreds that came in (to the correct email address and on time!). And we’re still puzzled about some. It’s The Rockaway Times photo contest. We’re not sure how the Grand Canyon fits or that shot of a building in Chicago.   

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Our condolences go out to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, whose older brother, Michael Katz, died this week. He was 66.

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So, a new building might be coming to Beach 115th Street. Jack Safos, the owner of numerous SROs, says it’ll be luxury condos or apartments. Nothing gets done in a hurry, so we don’t think anything (luxury or not) will be ready for a couple of years. At least.

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State legislators, Stacey Pheffer Amato and Joe Addabbo, announced that the resident rebate program at the Cross Bay Bridge will be expanded to include all Queens residents. In other words, it’ll be free as long as people register through E-Zpass. The program will start in about a year. Rockaway businesses should benefit.

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Many pet owners have relied on Dr. Simon, a veterinarian, who has served the Rockaway community for more than four decades. Dr. Simon will soon be working in Howard Beach and if you’d like to contact him, shoot him an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Jerry Walsh, CEO of St. John’s Hospital, was interviewed by Crain’s New York Business about the challenges of running an independent hospital. It’s likely St. John’s will find a partner but not until a consultant does an overall health-needs assessment of Rockaway. Those needs are changing with all the development going on in Far Rockaway.

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NPS advisory: From March 15 through September 15, no pets are allowed on Riis Park beach, Fort Tilden beach, West Beach (area between the Silver Gull Beach Club and Reid Avenue) and the Breezy Point Tip including the Bayside Beach. Pets are also not allowed on the ocean beaches in the Sandy Hook Unit.  The only exception to the “no pets on the beach” rule are service animals that are recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Therapy and emotional support animals are not covered under the ADA. All service animals must be on a leash.

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More from NPS: there are still vacant seasonal positions in Maintenance at Riis Park and Floyd Bennett. In an effort to increase the number of qualified applicants from Rockaway, an informal information session will be held this Friday April 19 at 10:00 am at Building 69 at Floyd Bennett Field. It’s recommended to bring a resume.

 

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