D & D

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CITY ISLAND IMAGES wishes to congratulate all who participated at Orchard Beach's Down & Dirty.

The Merrell Down & Dirty presented by Subaru returned to New York City yesterday. This benefit race in the mud included a partnership with Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude sends care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and on Naval ships at sea! and much more!

It was an amazing race day in Pelham Bay Park! The 2013 results are in! Click here to view your race:

http://www.downanddirtymudrun.com/

VP DEBATE

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BIDEN: Biden went on the offensive in hopes of regaining ground lost by President Barack Obama's lackluster debate performance. An experienced debater, Biden is comfortable with the attack dog role. But the vice president appeared to get angry and may have lost his cool

RYAN: This was the Wisconsin congressman's first time on the national debate stage. As House Budget Committee chairman, he's a whiz on federal spending and tax policy. Not so much on knowledge of foreign policy and national security.

POISED FOR PROTEST

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A non jury trial in Cleveland has found police officer Michael Brelo not guilty. A judge ruled that Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo was not guilty in the deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.

However, US Justice Department officials have determined that Cleveland police for years engaged in a pattern of using excessive force and vow to investigate. The deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, both black, were included in a 2014 US Department of Justice report that called for a federal monitor to oversee the Cleveland Police Department.

This Week in History

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This Week in History, Mar 11 - Mar 17

Mar 11, 1997

65 IS NO LONGER RETIREMENT AGE

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According to recent surveys, approximately 14% of US citizens are confident they will have enough funds to afford retirement at age 65.

As more baby boomers elect to stay in the workplace, as opposed to going into full retirement mode, one decision to make is what do do with your 401K, which in many cases has replaced the traditional pension enjoyed by folks who entered the workplace in the mid 1900's.

Similar studies indicate that that delaying retirement by just one year can your ability to of successfully retiring by 18%, two years by 37% and three 55%.

UN: TROUBLING’ SITUATION IN SYRIA

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Amid “deeply troubling” evidence of continuing violence in Syria and following a recommendation for the establishment of a United Nations supervision mission there, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the situation on the ground remains highly precarious, despite the Government’s stated commitment to cease all violence.

“The past few days, in particular, have brought reports of renewed and escalating violence, including the shelling of civilian areas, grave abuses by Government forces and attacks by armed groups,” Mr. Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.

This Week in Her and History

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This Week in History, Mar 17 - Mar 23

Mar 17, 461

UK Leaves EU

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Britain has officially voted to leave the European Union, roughly in line with projections published by a few major broadcasters. Financial markets are reacting negatively with an economic and political tsunami headed for USA.

BBC News - Brexit: UK votes to leave EU in historic referendum http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-36615028

Britain votes to leave EU, unleashing global turmoil http://reut.rs/28Q2rUj via @Reuters

UK referendum: Latest updates @CNN http://cnn.it/28RfLUT

NYC SWEET SUPER-SIZE PROHIBITION

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ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF A NYC BIG GULP PROHIBITION. SUPER-SIZE, OR SUPER-SIZE ME NOT?

If Mayor Mike Bloomberg gets his way, We'll soon be saying no to Sweet Super-sized drinks.

Forget about 64-ounce stomach-busting sodas, or 20-ouncers. These have now appeared on are on The Mayors latest heath-conscious hit list.

In a dramatic move to reduce obesity, NYC may become the first in the nation to impose a 16-ounce limit on sweetened beverages sold in food establishments that receive letter grades from the Health Department, along with mobile food carts.

NE #STELLA MORNING

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Good morning... Stella is here and she's knocking at the door. A historic blizzard hits the Northeast region because things just weren’t bad enough already.

The Northeastern portion of The United States, stretching from Washington, DC to Boston is getting slammed by a historic blizzard lasting straight through Tuesday.

Watching WNBC LIVE FEED a2 BB http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Times-Square-Snow-Cam-NYC-New-York-...

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NYC PARK SYSTEM GROWS

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New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has been remeasuring every park in their entire system. They have surveyed the smallest, South Oxford Park in Brooklyn to the largest Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx. Officials are using new mapping software and satellite technology systems, which is is a new method of updating city records dating as far back as the 19th century.

The good news is also bad news, but the best news is that The Bronx is number one. There are other winners and unfortunately some losers. In Manhattan, Fort Washington Park is 24 acres larger, but East River Park lost 11 acres, and Thomas Paine Park downtown lost 0.049 acres.

The Bronx's Soundview Park, where the Bronx River meets the East River, grew by 63 acres. But all of Soundview’s new territory is underwater the parks department owns out to the pier-head line, a federal delineation.

Over all, the department has picked up acres, on paper at least, and the new total, when completed, should push park acreage over 30,000 for the first time.

The biggest loser was clearly Flushing Meadows. Previously the third-largest park in the city, it dropped to fourth place after the new analysis put its actual acreage at 897 (897.62 to be precise), down from 1,255 acres. The park, the site of two World’s Fairs and now the subject of a furious debate over whether part of it should be devoted to a new soccer stadium, essentially switched places with Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, with 1,146 acres.

The largest park in the system is still Pelham Bay 2,772, an increase of 7, followed by the Staten Island Greenbelt, a 2,800-acre expanse of contiguous park-lands that includes 2,316 acres that the parks department controls. Central Park remains in fifth place, with 843 acres.

To the Park department’s relief, most revisions involved under-counting. But not so at Flushing Meadows, where, in addition to the stadium proposal, there are also plans to expand the United States Tennis Center. The official paper record for the park, called a property card, was last modified in 1980, when the size was recorded as 1,255 acres. That was a slight revision from the 1950s, when the park’s size was listed as 1,257 acres. Most puzzling was the acreage given on the original title document from July 1936: 1,031 acres.