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The former coach of a star football player who died in May's Amtrak crash is hoping to raise money to honor him with a memorial on the team's field. Justin Zemser, 20, was one of seven passengers killed when the Amtrak train he was riding back to New York derailed outside Philadelphia on May 12. He was a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy and valedictorian of his class at Channel View School for Research in Rockaway Park, where he was also a wide receiver and co-captain of the school's football team. Comment?
A former hotel that recently operated as a substance abuse treatment home sold for $2.7 million earlier this month, records show. The four-story building's former owner, Jay Deutchman - who is notorious for operating many single-room occupancies apartments around the city - purchased the building at 158 Beach 116th St. and an adjacent lot in 2010 for $2.728 million under Beach Far Rockaway Partners LLC, according to records. Comment?
These are just a few of the protesters whose messages are so disruptive to Bill de Blasio that his aides have been shooing them into a so-called "free speech zone" at the mayor's public events over the past few months - despite de Blasio's past defense of First Amendment rights. "Our goal is to get into the mayor's face as much as possible and keep pushing our agenda," said law enforcement officer and civic activist Philip McManus, Sr., 49, of Rockaway Park, who advocates for additional transportation for the peninsula. Comment?
Sign-holding residents were banished by the mayor's office to a "free speech zone" hundreds of feet away from the unveiling of the Rockaway boardwalk - which a de Blasio spokeswoman said was designed to avoid disruptions. Mayor Bill de Blasio , Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and local elected officials gathered at the boardwalk at Beach 95th Street at 2:30 p.m. Friday to celebrate the first completed stretch of the $480 million boardwalk, which was rebuilt after being destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. Comment?
The busy spring real estate season comes with an uptick in new listings - particularly welcome this year considering how limited inventory has been. Here are three units that just hit the market and caught our eye, ranging from a remodeled Downtown space to a place on the beach. Comment?
Parks Department officials are eyeing two locations in Rockaway to create additional surf-only beaches as interest in the sport has grown in recent years. Currently, the only legal places to surf in New York City are at Beach 67th through Beach 69th streets in Arverne, and Beach 87th through Beach 92nd streets in Rockaway Beach. Comment?
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