Rockaway Community draws a line in the sand

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Community activist groups rallied in Rockaway on Sunday to protest Port Ambrose, a proposed marine port for importing liquified natural gas (LNG) located 19 miles off the coast of New York City. Protestors drew a symbolic line in the sand, asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto the proposed port.

“Whether we look at the proposed LNG as an environmentally dangerous project, a safety and security risk, or a project with no benefit to my constituents or true need for a liquid natural gas offshore facility at this time, this project should be stopped in its tracks and not be approved,” State Senator Joseph Addabbo, who attended the rally, said.

Assemblyman Paul Goldfeder and 52 other state legislators sent a letter to Cuomo urging him to kill the project.

“The proposed Port Ambrose LNG project is simply not worth the risk to our families and to the beaches and waterways vital to our economic growth,” Goldfeder said. “Bringing unstable LNG to Rockaway’s shores would jeopardize the safety of thousands of families, pollute our fragile marine environment, and threaten nearby JFK Airport.”

Read the full story in the Leader-Observer

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Resorts World Casino adds electronic blackjack machines

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Last week, Resorts World Casino revealed 60 electronic blackjack machines to its casino.

While the casino already offers electronic table games like roulette and craps, it’s the first time that a New York racetrack casino has been allowed to offer games of skill such as blackjack and poker. In an effort to boost that state’s revenue, and especially assist in state education aid, casinos such as the ones in Yonkers, Saratoga Springs and Monticello have all been given the green light to use the electronic games by Governor Cuomo.

To play, an attractive female dealer on the screen will lead the game. Those playing will choose whether to hit or stand using a touchscreen.

In addition to the 60 current tables, the casino will add 300 more blackjack machines by the fall.

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Lumidee & Dean Scala

lumideeTomorrow night, polar-opposite musical acts Dean Scala and Lumidee will be performing at Resorts World Casino.

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., listen to Dean Scala’s brilliant guitar riffs in his return to Queens. Lumidee will follow Dean Scala at 11 p.m. The artist is most known for her hit “Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh).”

Resorts World Casino is locate at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park.

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Far Rockaway Aqua 101 Youth Program is making waves

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On Friday, July 31, the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance was presented with a $5,000 check from the Aviation Development Council (ADC) that will go towards their new partnership program, Aqua 101 Youth Program. The education and leadership development program for Rockaway’s youth came about through dialogue with airline board members of ADC and the community affairs office of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Throughout the program, students from local middle schools and high schools will learn how they can protect the local environment with visits from renowned environmental scientists and educators. Students will also tackle environmental conservation work by conducting shoreline clean-ups on Jamaica Bay as well as restoring a natural dune barrier.

“Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is grateful to Aviation Development Council for supporting our summer youth program this year,”said Executive Director Jeanne DuPont. “Their support allows us to serve local youth who have not had previous experience connecting to the natural environment to discover the valuable waterfront resources and the environment of the Rockaway Peninsula, while enjoying opportunities to take part in swimming, surfing and kayaking directly off the Rockaway shoreline.”

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Residents to protest South Ozone Park juvenile detention center again

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Residents in South Ozone Park are planning yet another protest in response to the ACS’ juvenile detention center in the area.

The state’s Close to Home program moves 18 juveniles in upstate facilities back down to the city in order to have them closer to their families.

A group of residents, named the Committee to Stop the Prison in South Ozone Park, is hosting the protest. They will rally on Saturday at the parking lot of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, located on 133-25 128 Street.

“When our government infringes into our way of life, our freedom and our prosperity, we need to stand together and honorably fight for our rights,” a flier for the protest states.

Recently, the center was audited by city comptroller Scott Stringer. The contract was rejected last month but ACS resent the contract to Stringer’s office on July 13.

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Man wanted for beating up and stealing car from security guard at Resorts World

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Another day, another crime at Resorts World Casino.

Around 7 p.m. on Saturday night, a man attacked a 66-year-old security guard outside of the casino. During the attack, the security guard dropped the keys to his 2008 Lexus. The attacker stole the keys and took off in the vehicle.

The guard was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a broken eye socket and a broken nose.

The suspect is approximately 6 feet tall and bald. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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Ozone Park strip mall gets new businesses

Ozone Park’s new strip mall, located on Cross Bay Boulevard between Albert Road and North Conduit Avenue, is now in business. Some stores have already opened up shop while others will be opening soon.

The site had previously sat vacant for over a decade. Permits for the strip mall were finalized in March 2014 and construction began shortly after. Currently, there are a few businesses, such as Empire J Nail Spa (formerly Nail Tek, which was further down Cross Bay Boulevard but now closed), Nadia Rima and CKO Kickboxing that are opened.

TruBurger, Dunkin Donuts, a Verizon Wireless storefront, a sushi restaurant are all coming to the mall as well, although there is no specific completion date for any of the businesses.

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Few homes still reporting power loss after heat wave

ozoneparkAfter Monday’s sweltering heat, some homes in Queens are still without power.

Homes in Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn either lost power or had to live with reduced power as temperatures rose to nearly 100 degrees. Eight percent, close to 138,000, of Con Edison’s customers within the neighborhoods of Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Lindenwood, Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Kew Gardens and Woodhaven were affected. Most have regained full power.

On Wednesday, however, some homes near the Aqueduct Racetrack have still reported no lights in their homes. Restoration is estimated to occur within the early afternoon between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

You can check service restoration status at www.conEd.com or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).

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Resorts World Casino hosts All-Star Meet & Greet

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Tonight is the 2015 ESPYs Awards Show, where some of the biggest athletes from around the world will be honored. However, you can also meet with local sports heroes tonight when Resorts World Casino hosts the All Star Meet & Greet.

The event is taking place at Genting Palace within Resorts World at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd and runs from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Athletes include three-time Pro Bowler and former wide receiver and tight end for the New York Jets, Richard Caster, as well as former running back for the New York Giants, O.J. Anderson. Anderson played in the Pro Bowl twice and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXV in 1991. Bruce Harper, the Jets’ all-time leader in kick returns, with 5,407 yards in kickoff returns, will also be in attendance.

Knicks first round pick and St. John’s University alum, Mel Davis, will join the football greats. Fans will also get a chance to meet Pam Oliver, one of the most respected female sportscasters on air.

Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at rwnewyork.com or within the gift shop at Resorts World Casino. You must be 21 years and older to attend the event.

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Thief Steals $2,000 from Resorts World Casino Player

resortsthiefIt seems like Resorts World Casino has become a breeding ground for crime. Not long ago, there was a massive brawl and even a brutal murder occurring on the steps of the Queens casino. Now, people are robbing one another.

Last Thursday, around 11:30 p.m., a thief stole $2,000 from an unassuming gambler then disappeared into the night. The 54-year-old victim was sitting at an electronic table game when the suspect grabbed the wad of cash from his hands and dashed away. Security cameras managed to record the crook escaping through a side exit stairwell.

The suspect is described as a light skinned man with a thin build in his early to mid 20s.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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