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Rebuilding Rockaway East

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Rebuilding Rockway East The birds are coming back.  So are the frogs and salamanders. On Wednesday, May 21, residents of the Peninsula gathered for a community update:  ‘Arverne East and the Future of Rockaway.’ The meeting was an opportunity for the developer, architect and elected officials to present their vision for the rebuilding of the area. The planned design is thoughtful and progressive. The space includes recreational, living, commercial, entertaining and educational spaces.  There will also be plenty of open spaces for passive recreation.  The plan calls for relocating the current school, so students can be dropped off in a quiet location and the creation of the vocational school which will tackle progressive trades like solar energy.  Fifty acres have been set aside as a natur

Planting a Seed, Growing a Community

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods
 Planting a Seed, Growing a Community Worm manure is high in protein. That is but one of the interesting facts learned on recent visit to the Healthy Initia-tives Farm in Far Rockaway. The farm is part of RDRC’s (Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation) healthy finances/healthy food initiatives made possi-ble by a grant from New York Community Trust.  The program wants to strengthen finan-cial stability and increase the food options available to residents of the Peninsula. It’s a novel idea whose time has more than come. When Superstorm Sandy hit, the Penin-sula discovered how vulnerable they were to a healthy food supply. "We realized how unprepared this com-munity was," said Kevin Alexander, Presi-dent and CEO of RDRC. 90% of food on the Peninsula come from el

Its Time for National Action: Information for Action

In Depth Reporting
It's Time for National Action: Information for Action   The extraordinary number of press representation at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s Annual Convention was enough to cause one to pause. One would think their presence would produce more stories and information. Instead, the number of stories about the content of the various panels was minimal. The amount of shock value stories: those that focus on using the race card and blasting the GOP were those that hit mainstream media. The highlights from these articles dealt with Sharpton as an FBI informant. A day before the conference began, an old news story about Sharpton’s involve-ment with the FBI surfaced. The story put a negative spotlight on Shartpon’s credibility as some stories suggested that he was a drug deale
Code Blue: Rescuing the Taboo of Mental Health in the Black Community

Code Blue: Rescuing the Taboo of Mental Health in the Black Community

Central Brooklyn, Neighborhoods
Code Blue: Rescuing the Taboo of Mental Health in the Black Community Raise your hand if you know pain.  Every hand went up in response. It was the request made at ‘Code Blue: A Call for Community Healing’, a free program of speakers, panels and intervention for dealing with mental health issues.  The forum was held at St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church in East New York Brooklyn. That such a forum was held at a predominately Black church in Brooklyn was significant as the issue of mental health continues to be a taboo subject in the Black community, as well as in their churches.  “It is the pink elephant in the room,” said the church’s Senior Pastor Brawley in the opening remarks.  “Many come to church and shout, but are crying on the inside,” he went on to say.  The church ven