June 30: 5 non-coronavirus stories from across the tri-state region
Looking for stories that are not about the coronavirus? Here's a selection from across our regions.
Fan-favorite Torrington competitive eater prepares for Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest: A fan-favorite competitive eater from Torrington is preparing for Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Contest - which is still planned to take place with social distancing restrictions. You could call Nick Wehry and Miki Sudo the "first couple of competitive eating." "We met two years ago on the Fourth of July at the gym of the hotel where they put us up for the hot dog eating contest, but we started dating a year ago," says Sudo.
Chick-fil-A opens new location in New Jersey; 4 more locations planned across state: Popular fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has opened a new location in Watchung, and four more locations are planned across New Jersey. According to a post on its Facebook page, the restaurant located at 1640 Route 22 held its grand opening June 25. Chick-fil-A also has plans to open restaurants in North Brunswick, Edison, Linden and Barrington.
South Nyack residents call for transparency about sale of Nyack College: Nyack and South Nyack residents say they want to have a seat at the table when it comes to the fate of Nyack College, saying it impacts them too.They are calling for transparency about buyers and more effort from officials to represent them during the sale, which reports say, may be to a yeshiva. Some residents say they are concerned what the sale will do to their property value. They say they are also worried about potential overdevelopment.
Nephew of Lou Alvarez graduates from NYPD academy: On the one-year anniversary of his death, the nephew of Lou Alvarez graduated from the NYPD to follow in his uncle's footsteps.Alvarez delivered stirring testimony to Congress, fighting for permanent health care funding for World Trade Center first responders. He died 11 days later of cancer related to the Sept.11 attacks. Michael Alvarez is not only following in his uncle's footsteps, but his father's. Phil Alvarez recently retired from the Suffolk County Police Department after 32 years.
Local artist works with police on George Floyd mural in Canarsie: As protests for George Floyd continue around the country, a local artist is turning to his paint brush to remember him. He's using his paint brush and using the help of some local police officers with the goal to not only honor George Floyd, but to promote unity.The massive mural is being painted on the C-Town at the corner of Flatlands Avenue and East 80th Street, a spot they knew it would be highly visible.