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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 75. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 59. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Taste of LIC

Come experience the diverse flavors of Long Island City at the 8th annual Taste of LIC food festival. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gantry Plaza State Park,, the event, hosted by The Chocolate Factory Theater, will feature food and beverage samples from some of the borough’s culinary forerunners such as The Astor Room, Sweetleaf, and the Rockaway Brewing Company. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYPD deploys additional officers, resources in wake of weekend shootings

Following multiple shootings across the city this weekend, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has ordered additional police resources to prevent more violence, Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne said in a statement. Read more: The Queens Courier

Cuomo to propose bill allowing for later-term abortions in New York State

An abortion battle could be brewing in Albany, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to propose a major change to abortion laws in New York State. Read more: CBSNewYork/AP

Statue of Liberty visitors to be screened in Battery Park

The federal government has changed plans and will screen Statue of Liberty visitors in lower Manhattan instead of letting them board boats to be checked later on Ellis Island, officials announced Monday. Read more NBC New York

New NYC ad campaign targets sweetened teas, fruit drinks

New York City’s campaign to cut consumption of sugary drinks now features ads warning people about sweet teas, sports and energy drinks and fruit-flavored beverages. Read more: CBSNewYork/AP

Radio ad campaign to use Ramones hit ‘Rockaway Beach’ to lure visitors back to the shorefront devastated by Hurricane Sandy

The Ramones are back (sort of). And with their help, visitors to Rockaway Beach should be back this summer, too. Read more: New York Daily News

Christie faces major decision in NJ Senate choice

In filling a vacant Senate seat, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faces a significant choice fraught with political implications for his re-election campaign and, perhaps, a future presidential run. Read more: AP

Rockaway Beach reopens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by LOGAN MILLER

BY LOGAN MILLER

The sun is out and the shore is open, but not everything is back to normal at Rockaway Beach.

There is still work to be done to restore the beach to the way things were before Sandy devastated the Rockaway community in November. An uprooted boardwalk, damaged homes and buildings as well as a destroyed sea wall are some of the problems the community has faced the past seven months.

Rockaway Beach officially reopened on Friday, May 24.

Christine Charles, a local who tries to make her way to the beach every day, said homeowners have tried their best with whatever resources are available.

“The city has done well overall helping us rebuild,” she said. “But with no full seawall yet, sand continues to get pushed onto the streets closest to the water during heavy winds.”

Other residents were not as happy with efforts to restore the beach.

“It’s been terrible,” said resident Cassie Mulholand. “We’ve been forgotten compared to the Jersey Shore, Coney Island and other beach areas, They need to be more active in getting the beach walls up again, as well as the boardwalk.”

Those working on the beach this summer are anxious to see how residents and visitors respond to the changes.

“This should be an exciting, but interesting summer,” said Morgan White, who has worked the last six summers as a lifeguard on Rockaway Beach. “The fact that we don’t have a boardwalk right now will definitely change things. It should be interesting to see if more beachgoers come to Rockaway Beach with some of the other beaches closed.”

According to the Parks Department’s website, “boardwalk islands” will provide a way for people to walk from the streets to the beach at multiple points along the seven-mile beachfront. The Department of Environmental Protection is working with the Department of Transportation to build four-foot-high concrete walls that extend above the sand between Beach 126th and Beach 149th Street. The planned walls will be a foot taller than those in place now.

Sandy’s aftereffects could extend beyond the beach itself.

John Biscaino, a five-year lifeguard at Rockaway Beach, said there are concerns about the storm’s effects on the water.

“Overall, the beach has definitely changed,” he said. “There’s less sand than before, and it’s causing new rip tides we need to look out for.”

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of rain, then thunderstorms and rain in the afternoon. High of 66. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Tuesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain. Low of 59. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Design Zone Exhibit

Create a video game, practice your DJ skills, or build a roller coaster while exploring how each uses math and science. Find out how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to meet their design challenges. Free with admission to the New York Hall of Science. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Woman’s body found in bag in car trunk in Queens

Police are investigating the death of an unidentified female in Queens. Read more: ABC New York 

Girl, 9, struck by van in Queens: FDNY

A girl was struck by a van in a Queens street Monday evening, fire officials said. Read more: NBC New York

Brooklyn Bridge reopens after it was shut down due to suspicious SUV

Police shut down the entire span of the Brooklyn Bridge for several hours Monday evening because of a suspicious abandoned SUV. Read more: Fox New York 

Rockaway Beach is back . . . but for now, you’d better bring your own food

The beach is open for business, but for now you’d better bring your own food. Read more: New York Daily News 

Officials say new Statue Of Liberty security plan is risky

New York officials say new security plans for the Statue of Liberty could leave visitors vulnerable to terrorism when the island reopens on July Fourth. Read more: AP/CBS New York

Obama, NJ’s Christie together again in mutual aid 

President Barack Obama and Gov. Chris Christie, the odd couple of politics, are finding common cause again. Read more: AP

Mets stars announce Sandy relief efforts, offer sneak peek of Queens Taste 2013


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Photo courtesy of Queens Economic Development Corp.

Legendary former New York Mets pitcher Ron Darling and current outfielder Mike Baxter, a Whitestone native, headlined a small business luncheon at the Irish Circle Tavern in Rockaway Beach on May 7. In addition to signing autographs and posing for photos, the athletes discussed Citi’s local efforts to help rebuild after Hurricane Sandy and plugged Queens Taste 2013. The Irish Circle is one of about 45 restaurants and other food or beverage purveyors that will offer samples for roughly 800 attendees at Queens Taste 2013.

Tickets for Queens Taste 2013 are available at www.queensny.org or 718-263-0546.

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast with a chance of rain. High of 70. Winds from the East at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 54. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Beer Burger Conquest Dinner

NY Burger Week culminates at Alewife in Long Island City with a beer and burger pairing dinner. There will be a menu featuring five gourmet burgers made from five different animals—each expertly paired with a top-rated craft beer by the Alewife’s beer sommelier, Patrick Donagher. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Hospital expansion passes important hurdle 

The state Health Department has approved a major facelift of a western Queens hospital. Read more: New York Daily News

3 women, missing for a decade, found alive in Ohio

The voice of the long-missing woman was frantic and breathless, choking back tears. “Help me. I’m Amanda Berry,” she told a 911 dispatcher. “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years and I’m, I’m here, I’m free now.” Read more: AP/ABC New York

Quinn offers plan to add slots for gifted in city schools

Seeking to address pervasive racial disparities at the top echelons of New York City schools, Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, plans on Tuesday to propose a significant overhaul of gifted and talented programs that would provide space for more children and loosen admissions requirements. Read more: New York Times

State Senator John Sampson surrenders to face corruptions charges

A New York state senator from Brooklyn, once among Albany’s most powerful politicians, is surrendered to authorities Monday to face corruption charges. Read more: ABC New York

Shoring up Rockaway beaches before another hurricane season hits

The city is turning to war zones for ideas on how to hold back the raging Atlantic Ocean on storm-battered Rockaway. Read more: New York Daily News

Internet sales tax bill faces tough sell in House

Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 68. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 20 mph shifting to the South in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 45. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 10 to 20 mph shifting to the WNW after midnight. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Neighborhood Street-Ups – Queens Edition

Do you care about safe streets? Of course you do! Come join us for the launch of our meet and mingle bar events: Neighborhood Street-Ups! Hosted by Transportation Alternatives. Don’t miss out on an exciting opportunity to connect one-on-one with like-minded New Yorkers and become more involved with the issues that matter most to you. There will be food and drink specials available throughout the evening. The Queens event will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Gleason’s Bar in Astoria. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Driver crashes into Queens auto body shop, killing 1, injuring 2

A car slammed into an auto body shop near Citi Field Tuesday, leaving one dead and two injured. Read more: The Queens Courier 

Bombing suspect’s uncle: Friend in Cambridge ‘brainwashed him completely

The evolution of Tamerlan Tsarnaev from aspiring Olympic boxer to apparent self-radicalized jihadist may have been influenced by a friend in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read more: CNN

Sand coming to Rockaway beaches in June 

The first extra dose of sand is coming this June to storm-worn sections of Rockaway’s beaches. Read more: New York Daily News

NYC gets green light for smartphone cab app

The city can experiment with letting taxi seekers hail rides electronically, a judge said Tuesday in a ruling that could clear the way for riders to summon the city’s signature yellow taxis with smartphone apps instead of raised arms. Read more: Fox New York 

MTA ticketed nearly 57G fare-beaters since enforcement program launched

The MTA has ticketed nearly 57,000 fare-beaters since it launched its own enforcement program five years ago. Read more: New York Daily News 

2nd Miss. man investigated in ricin case 

Law enforcement officials searched the home of a second Mississippi man in connection to ricin-laced letters sent to the president and a U.S. senator after charges were dropped without explanation against a man arrested in the case last week. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 77. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Wednesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers, then a chance of rain after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 52. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Big Thing

At the Laughing Devil Comedy Club , get the New York area’s  freshest jokes by comedians vying to be the next big thing and become a club regular. The show also features some special guest headliners. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Council Speaker Christine Quinn blasts Councilman Dan Halloran’s ‘arrogance’

City Councilman Dan Halloran was a no-show Tuesday for the first council meeting since he was pinched by the feds last week, as Speaker Christine Quinn eviscerated him for sending out a “stupid” press release. Read more: New York Daily News

New York City councilman proposes crackdown on costumed characters

New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. introduced legislation Tuesday that would either ban or introduce tight regulations on costumed characters in New York City. Read more: CBS New York

Temptress who swindled elderly Queens man arrested after 6 years on lam

A temptress on the lam for six years after she was convicted of milking an elderly Queens man out of his life savings has been busted halfway across the country, authorities said Tuesday. Read more: New York Daily News

Quinn suffers small drop poll shows, but still outpaces opponents

A couple of weeks of constant battering cost City Council Speaker Christine Quinn a few points in the latest mayoral poll. Read more: New York Post

FEMA: Building a sea wall would change home elevation requirements

The community board in the Rockaways announced Tuesday that the city will spend $4 million on each of the five new lifeguard stands planned for this summer and $2 million on each of two public bathrooms to be built on Rockaway Beach. Read more: NY1

Obama budget targets millionaires, replaces sequester cuts

The White House on Wednesday proposed a budget that sharply trims the U.S. deficit over three years by forcing millionaires to pay more in taxes and enacting spending cuts that replace the “sequester” reductions that went into place last month. Read more: Reuters

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 75. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with rain showers. Low of 55. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the South after midnight. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: A Celebration of Queens Composers

At the Center for Mediation Services in Jamaica, the Quintet of the Americas will present a program featuring Wind Quintet by Beata Moon (Forest Hills), Quintet No. 2 for Winds by James Cohn (Douglaston), The Stuff of Comets by Dylan Glatthorn (Astoria) and Sincerita by Christopher Caliendo (Jackson Heights). Starts at 1 p.m. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens middle school teacher arrested for alleged sexual relationship with student

A Queens public school teacher has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student that started when the girl was 13 years old , according to police and published reports. Read more: The Queens Courier

Queens Councilman Dan Halloran can’t dole out council funds, but makes it look like he can

Busted by the feds last week, City Councilman Dan Halloran is moving ahead with an effort to dole out $1 million in discretionary funds after soliciting recommendations from constituents. Read more: New York Daily News

Sources: NYS Legislature to change ethics rules following back-to-back scandals

The embarrassing corruption scandals that took down a state senator and two assemblymen may finally lead to ethics changes. Read more: CBS New York

New test of patience for Rockaway: late-night work on storm-ravaged boardwalk

Rockaway residents, already battered by a storm that left their peninsula hobbled for months, are facing another test of patience. Read more: New York Daily News

Ad nausea for Quinn: Demands enemies’ TV spot be pulled

Democratic mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn declared war yesterday on the left-wing backers of a TV ad attacking her, demanding that Time Warner Cable stop airing the spot because, she claims, it is factually wrong. Read more: New York Post

Senators to add high-tech visas, dispute details 

Senators finalizing a massive immigration bill are arguing over plans to boost visas for high-tech workers, Senate aides and industry officials say, with disputes flaring over how best to punish companies that train workers here only to ship them overseas. Read more: AP

Kevin Ware, Louisville beat Michigan to win NCAA title

Rick Pitino held court in a tunnel beneath the Georgia Dome, going on and on about the grittiest bunch of guys he’s ever coached. Read more: AP/ABC New York

 

 

 

Flood-resistant buildings to be installed on Rockaway Beach


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Rendering courtesy of NYC Parks & Recreation

This summer it will be safe to go back in the water.

Improved beachfront structures that adhere to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) new flood elevation standards will be installed at Rockaway Beach by Memorial Day weekend, according to the New York City Parks Department.

These modern-looking lifeguard stands, comfort stations and offices will also be placed at Brooklyn’s Coney Island and Staten Island’s Midland, Cedar Grove and Wolfe’s Pond Beaches.

“We simply don’t know how high sea levels will rise in future years. Building higher will help these new public amenities stand the test of time,” said the Parks Department in a January newsletter.

Sitting on top of concrete piles, the structures will be seven to 14 feet above ground level and four feet above boardwalk height at seven of the Rockaway sites and eight feet at another Rockaway location. They can withstand another storm surge similar to Sandy.

The structures, designed by Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects, will be installed at 15 different beach locations. Each of the 17 buildings will consist of two modular units that will be connected by a bridge.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 46. Winds from the North at 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 36. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: 3rd Annual Queens World Film Festival

The 3rd Annual Queens World Film Festival, which brings together international and local filmmakers, will take place from March 5 – March 10 and feature 104 films, with 19 works from Queens. The films include shorts and feature lengths, documentaries, animation, fantasies, LGBT, “regular ol’ boy meets girl” and many more. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Midweek storm threatens tri-state with snow, wind, coastal flooding

A storm is threatening the tri-state Thursday, with two weather models showing two different outcomes for our area. Read more: NBC New York

A Drone? A really big bird? A UFO? What did Alitalia pilot see near JFK?

A mystery in the sky over New York City on Monday got one commercial airline pilot’s attention. Read more: CBS New York

Rev. Floyd Flake endorses Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President

Influential Queens pastor Floyd Flake has thrown his support behind Democratic borough president hopeful Melinda Katz, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

Tot’s killer is caged

An angry judge threw the book at a brutal Queens father yesterday, sentencing him to 5 to 15 years in jail for the violent shaking death of his infant daughter. Read more: New York Post

Arverne by the Sea residents say beach bathrooms are a bad call

Years before surfers and foodies rediscovered Rockaway and made it a hip place to visit, a group of homeowners took a chance. Read more: New York Daily News 

Napolitano: Airports feel impact from spending cuts

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Monday cautioned airline passengers to get to the airport extra early because U.S. spending cuts have already led to long lines at some security checkpoints, and said the coming furloughs will only make the situation worse. Read more: Reuters 

 

PHOTOS: 38th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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On Saturday, March 2,  the 38th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in Rockaway Beach.

Here are some photos from the parade.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Overcast with rain, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 50. Winds from the SE at 5 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the evening, then overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 41. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Port Jeff Brewing Company Tap Takeover

As part of NYC Craft Beer Week, on February 27, Alewife in Long Island City will showcase 11 beers from Port Jeff Brewing Company along with a special dinner menu to pair with the beers. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police arrest man suspected of robbing school during Sandy clean up 
A construction worker was charged with stealing computers from a Rockaway Beach school during Hurricane Sandy cleanup. Read more: NY1

NYC taxi fleet owners jump into ‘e-hail’ fray

A group of New York City yellow cab fleet owners has jumped into the fray over “e-hails.” Read more: Fox New York

Cops gather at Queens corner to mourn Eddie Byrne, slain by drug dealers 25 years ago in historic crime

Hundreds of cops gathered to mourn Tuesday at the corner of Inwood St. and 107th Ave. in Queens, where 25 years ago, a rookie cop was murdered in an execution that become synonymous with the ravages of the 1980s drug wars. Read more: New York Daily News

New FEMA flood maps for NYC include WTC site

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released new advisory maps for Manhattan that include the World Trade Center site in the zone seen as most at risk for flooding during a powerful coastal storm. Read more: Fox New York

Tens of thousands bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI in emotional sendoff 

Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square, recalling moments of “joy and light” during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. Read more: CBS New York

Corporations urge Supreme Court to embrace gay marriage

More than 200 businesses will urge the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to strike down a federal law that restricts the definition of marriage to heterosexual unions. Read more: Reuters

Queens’ Morning


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 43. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the West in the afternoon. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 37. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Much Ado About Nothing

On opening night of Much Ado About Nothing at The Secret Theatre in LIC, patrons receive chocolates, a rose and two glasses of pink bubbly in a two-for-$30 deal. Show runs from February 14 to March 2. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Bloomberg to propose more electric  car parking, Styrofoam ban

On the eve of his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a new ban in store, as well as a parking proposal that might drive some New Yorkers crazy. Read more: CBS New York

NYS audit finds MTA is sitting on $90M

A New York State audit finds that the MTA overlooked over $90 million sitting in various bank accounts. Read more: Fox New York

Queens officials request meeting with FAA to discuss noise created by new flight patterns

Queens elected officials are urging the FAA to redesign flight patterns to curb aircraft noise around its two airports. Read more: New York Daily News

Rebuilt Rockaway beaches need more than a big dose of sand, locals say

There’s a whole lot of sand coming to storm-ravaged Rockaway Beach this year, but locals are worried it’s not enough to stave off another attack from Mother Nature. Read more: New York Daily News

DOE to allow students to transfer out of public schools getting phased out

Department Of Education officials announced Wednesday that they will allow families to transfer their children out of 61 public schools deemed by city officials to be failing. Read more: NY1

American Airlines, US Airways announce $11 billion merger

American Airlines and US Airways say they’re merging in a deal they value at $11 billion, creating the world’s biggest airline. Read more: ABC New York

 

Star of Queens: John Cori, founder, Friends of Rockaway


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: In September 2010, community activist John Cori started the group “Friends of Rockaway.” The volunteer-based organization focuses on protecting the Rockaway community, preserving and replenishing the “wonderful beach-going experience” for everyone. Cori works constantly with partner Eddie Pastore to get funds for preserving the area.

Cori is also a member of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, and is running for president. He wants to revitalize the group, and get it even more involved in the community. Outside of the Rockaways, Cori has been active with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York for roughly 26 years. To this day he keeps in touch with his “little brother;” the two are among the longest matches that the group has ever had.

BACKGROUND: Cori grew up in Rockaway Beach, loving the sun and sand as most Rockaway residents do. He enjoyed paddle boarding, surfing, body surfing and other water activities, as well as skateboarding. “I still skateboard,” laughed Cori. “I’m a big kid.” He also enjoys spending time with his two children, Christopher, 21 and Victoria, 18.

FAVORITE MEMORY: “Oh that’s easy, the most recent rally we had,” said Cori. The Friends of Rockaway frequently holds rallies, takes out ads and hits the pavement to talk to residents about what the peninsula needs, especially after Sandy. He believes the Rockaways need more rock jetties to protect the beach and the area behind it, and the most recent rally, “We’re Ready for our Jetties,” spread knowledge about just how that would be accomplished.

INSPIRATION: Cori’s inspiration for his tireless activism lies within “the love of the beach and protection for my neighborhood,” he said. “The beach, to me, is the greatest thing in the world.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Many of the committees, such as the Parks Committee and the local Community Board, don’t meet as often as Cori feels they should. “There’s a lack of support from the Community Board,” he said. “[They’re] the first vehicle by which we should have been able to get this issue any attention.”

He fears that if all committees are not working together, the community becomes a “reactionary body” instead of a “proactive body.” But in the meantime, Cori will continue his own work to get the Rockaways the recognition that he believes it deserves.



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Christmas tree collection to begin today


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The presents have been opened, the stockings unstuffed and the time is coming to take down the decorations and dispose of your Christmas tree.

Beginning Wednesday, January 2, the Department of Sanitation will collect the Christmas trees that have been placed curbside.  All trees should be removed of tinsel, lights, ornaments and stands. The program will run through Saturday, January 12.

The trees must not be placed into plastic bags.

The trees will be chipped and turned into compost and spread throughout the city in parks, ball fields and community gardens. More than 140,000 are “tree-cycled” each year.

“The department is very pleased to offer this special recycling service.  Providing collection and recycling options for residents is environmentally valuable and benefits our neighborhoods,” said Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.

The city’s Parks & Recreation Department will also hold a Mulchfest on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13. Residents can bring their trees to one of the 80 designated locations around the city — 11 in Queens — for mulching. New Yorkers who drop their tree off at the event will also be able to pick up free mulch.

For more information on Christmas tree collection and recycling and/or Mulchfest 2013, visit www.nyc.gov/sanitation, www.nycgovparks.org or call 3-1-1.

Here is a list of Queens Mulchfest locations:

Astoria Park* (19th Street & Hoyt Avenue)

Brookville Park* (Brookville Boulevard between 144th Avenue & Caney Road)

Cunningham Park* (Visitor Parking Lot & 196th Street)

Forest Park Bandshell* (Forest Park Drive, west of Woodhaven Boulevard)

Juniper Valley Park* (80th Street between Juniper Boulevards North & South)

Kissena Park (164th Street at Underhill Avenue)

Land Restoration Project Compound* (Queens Plaza South & 10th Street)

Oakland Gardens/Playground 203* (Springfield Boulevard at 56th Avenue)

Rockaway Beach (Shore Front Parkway & Beach 94th Street)

Roy Wilkins Park (Park entrance at Merrick and Foch Boulevards)

Travers Park* (78th Street at 34th Avenue)

* Free mulch will be provided