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Plans Announced For Sandpiper Playground

NYC Parks Department recently released the rendering for the proposed reconstruction of the Sandpiper Playground, located between Beach 106th and Beach 108th streets, which was decimated by Superstorm Sandy.

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Rockaway’s Ready For The Ferry

Members of the Community Board 14 Transportation Committee met with representatives from New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Hornblower Cruises and Events, the San Francisco based company

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Students Get NBA All-Star Treatment

Last week, as New York City welcomed some of the biggest names in professional basketball for the start of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, league officials announced that they would reach a seasonlong goal: to interact with more than one million students at 100 public schools across the five boroughs.

On Feb. 13, NBA Cares – an outreach initiative addressing the importance of education, youth, family development, health and wellness – came to PS 20 in Flushing to engage students in fun, fitness and basketball-related activities.

Originally appeared in the Feb. 19 – 25, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune

Big Shifts In Queens’ Jewish Demographic

Queens has seen a major shift in its existing Jewish population in recent years. This change in demographics – whether for better or for worse – has already led some synagogues to shutter their doors, while others have found solace in merging with other neighboring temples.

Cynthia Zalisky, executive director of the Queens Jewish Community Council, said that while it is unfortunate, several Conservative synagogues have closed in the borough in recent years.

“In certain areas, we’re losing the Jewish population,” Zalisky said. “It’s dwindling demographics. The populations of these temples are all elderly.”

This originally appeared in the May 28 – June 3, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune

CB 3 ‘OK’s Proposed School In Jackson Heights

To try and ease overcrowded schools in Jackson Heights, the School Construction Authority is proposing a new elementary school at 69-01 34th Ave., the former site of White Castle’s regional headquarters.

Representatives with the SCA met with members of Community Board 3 on May 21, to propose the acquisition and demolition of the existing property in order to make way for a 450 seat elementary school.

This story originally appeared in the May 28 – June 3, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune

Bayside Boxer Triumphs At Golden Gloves

Stepping into the ring at the Barclay’s Center on April 2, 25-year-old boxer Stylianos Kalamaras of Bayside was confident he would defeat his opponent Franklin Johnson and take the title as the 2015 New York Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Champion. With five victories under his belt – two by way of knock-out – Kalamaras was the only contender to knock his opponent to the canvas. “I fight very aggressively,” Kalamaras said. “In the amateurs, you don’t really see people getting knocked out a lot.”

Originally appeared in the April 9 – 15, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune.

Throughout 14 of his fights, Kalamaras said not one of his opponents made it out without bleeding or getting hit to the floor. The main event, on April 2, was no different. “I feel amazing,” Kalamaras said about winning this year’s Golden Gloves tourney. “This is something everyone dreams about.”

Kalamaras said winning the Golden Gloves was something he had been trying to do since 2011, when he was eliminated by majority decision in the tournament semifinals over a heavily favored opponent.

Before becoming a Golden Gloves contender, Kalamaras was a three-time junior Olympic gold medalist, five-time national champion and six-time international champion in judo. By age 16, when he decided to pick up the gloves for the first time, he was already a natural.

“I don’t get nervous [fighting in front of people],” Kalamaras said. “I knew I would make it.”

Today, Kalamaras serves as an engineer with the U.S. Navy and is a full-time student at Queens College, where he is pursuing a degree in exercise science and nutrition. He added that winning this year’s Golden Gloves Championship was a once in a lifetime experience, which he hopes will open more doors to future competitions.

Still Friends of Rockaway

As part of their ongoing effort to help return Hurricane Sandy victims to safe and sustainable homes, the Friends of Rockaway, a community-based non-profit organization, will host a fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 30. The Dine Out for Hurricane Sandy recovery will feature seven local eateries which have agreed to donate a portion of the money raised to help Sandy victims.

Source: Still Friends of Rockaway

Still Kickin’ After All These Years

Alive N’ Kickin’ couldn’t be a more appropriate name for this classic rock cover band, which has continued to perform hit music for more than 40 years.

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Kids Help Restore Murals

Thanks to the help of some student volunteers with Arts in Parts, Rockaway artist Esther Grillo is restoring her mural at the “wave” bus shelter on Shore Front Parkway and Beach 85th Street, back to its original, colorfully vibrant state.

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Writer’s Roundtable: One Island, One Album

Brought up in discussions this past week, we phased ourselves with the question: If you were stuck on a deserted island, what would be the one album you would take with you?

Easier asked than answered was the revelation found by AWM, but after much thought, four brave writers have voiced their opinions on the one album they would want to have with them if they were deserted on an island.

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