Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 15

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Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 15. It is celebrated on the third Monday in January each year. This year it falls on his birthday.

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Don’t worry if you feel neglected about not receiving regular mail. We haven’t either, for a week. Amazon, can you please deliver our mail?

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Your complaints were valid. The brutal weather we just endured was the coldest stretch of freezing temps since 1961. The cold didn’t stop some intrepid photographers from getting out there for some great shots. We have more Local Color pix than usual this week.  See pages 16 and 38.

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Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) announced the opening of the $32 million Beach Green Dunes energy-efficient and resilient affordable housing development in Edgemere (44-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard). Beach Green Dunes is one of the largest multi-family passive housing developments in the country.

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Some 180 Breezy Point homeowners were represented in court on Tuesday in New York’s highest court.  The Breezy Pointers sued LIPA and National Grid for failing to cut off power in the hours before Hurricane Sandy slammed the community. The utilities had done so in some Long Island communities. In Breezy, hundreds of houses burned during the storm.  The utilities have argued that they are immune from such lawsuits but lower courts have said otherwise. A decision by the top court is expected soon.

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Are your feet happy?  If not, you might try a traditional Chinese foot rub. A new place on Beach 116th Street has just opened and early reviews have people dancing in the streets.  It’s called, you guessed it, Happy Feet. They make backs happy, too.

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Rockaway got some TV coverage this week due to some expert wedding crashing by Patrick Goldberg and a friend. Bobby Butler (who plays with the popular Indaculture band) and Casey Brouder were married in the fall and the reception was at Bungalow Bar. When family and friends watched the video taken at the reception, a couple having a great time, kept appearing, making people ask, who are they? After posting a still photo on Facebook, Patrick Goldberg’s jig was up, with a cousin ratting him out. Channel 2 got hold of the story and the newlyweds and Goldberg had a funny reunion at Bungalow Bar.  You can see the clip on our Facebook page.

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Shaun Cerrone, a longtime Rockaway resident, is the owner of Burn Fitness gym. In last week’s New Year fitness article we incorrectly identified David Riley as a “co-owner.” We regret the error. Call Burn Fitness at 718-318-2200 for hours and discount specials.

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Calling all grad students. The Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay Fellowship Program will award funds to a limited number of graduate students. Awards will be given to students who propose innovative research projects that promote the resilience of Jamaica Bay and its surrounding communities.

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Rockaway Brewing Company is bringing Rockaway to Long Island City on Saturday, January 27. And they’re bringing Tacoway Beach there, too. It’s a beach-themed day at their LIC taproom and they’ll offer their summertime brews, and Andrew Field of Tacoway will be there cooking up tacos that are usually in hibernation this time of year. You can get there by ferry (which is hoping for beach-themed weather!)

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January 15 is the last day to take the Lifeguard Qualifying Test and work at NYC beaches public pools for summer 2018. For more info, visit: nycgovparks.org/opportunities/jobs/lifeguards/qualifying-test

 

 

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