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VOL. 3, NO. 53 - THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

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THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

Paddle Out for Dylan Smith on Friday

On Friday, June 23, all are welcome to remember and celebrate the life of Dylan Smith with a memorial paddle out. Smith, a lifeguard and surfer, was known for going out on his surfboard on the night of Hurricane Sandy to rescue several of his neighbors from their burning homes around Beach 130th Street. Just a few months later, he died while surfing on December 23, 2012. He was 23.

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Since his passing, friends, family and the community have joined together to remember this hometown hero, with a memorial paddle out. On June 23, at around 6 p.m., all are welcome to bring a board and participate in the paddle out or watch from the shore on Beach 86th Street. There will be t-shirts for sale. All proceeds will go to FACES (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures).

Maybe it was just a coincidence, but as everyone celebrated the 42nd anniversary of the movie “Jaws,” this guy paid a visit to Rockaway. Local, Dylan Sirgiovanni found this guy stranded on Beach 136th Street on the evening

of Tuesday, June 20. Sirgiovanni snapped this pic before lending him a helping fin and threw the shark back into the water. We were told it was either a brown shark or a dusky shark, not a great white like in the famous film.

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Look Who’s 3! THE ROCKAWAY TIMES CELEBRATES THIRD ANNIVERSARY Time flies. This week marks the third anniversary of The Rockaway Times. And we’re celebrating by giving away the paper for free! Haha, we do that every week and have done so for 156 weeks in a row. Not bad. We’re not doing a victory lap. Even in good times, anyone who owns a small business feels like they’re one disaster away from a real disaster. Still, year three means, well, we’ve made it this far! At the outset, there were a couple of naysayers who predicted gloom. There was even a startup rival paper – does anyone remember The Rockaway Beat? It took a while for people to know us. Months into publishing week in and week out, some potential advertisers would ask our salespeople, The Rockaway Times, what’s that? And then we won an award on our first try at The New York Press Association’s statewide newspaper contest. And then storeowners started calling us to leave stacks of papers. People in the Shore Front buildings asked us to put a rack in their lobbies for weekly deliveries. Our Facebook page started getting a lot of likes. Our weekly email version of the paper got dozens of new subscribers every week. A lot of people told us — since The Rockaway Times arrived — they don’t spend money on newspapers any longer. So, lo’ and behold, our name got known in Rockaway. And in a lot of other places, too. People started buying our t-shirts and sending us photos of themselves wearing The Rockaway Times t-shirt in places from all over the globe. We know newspapers by themselves are often dull and tired. We try to mix things up

a bit. We run photo contests and sandcastle contests. And we add a personal touch by listing locals in This Week In History and the Word Search, and printing photos you send us in Local Color. And we go beyond newsprint with social media (which earned us another New York Press Award). Some Rockaway Times Facebook posts have reached literally hundreds of thousands of people. We’re happy to say even young people seem to like us or at least they follow us on Instagram. And who knows, we might even be trying this thing called Snapchat soon. Ok, that’s enough bragging. We know we couldn’t brag at all if it weren’t for the people who’ve helped us along the way. Readers — that’s you! — have been so great. They’ve encouraged us and informed us; they’ve even sent advertisers our way. A lot of our readers are like sales reps — they tell business people they should put their ad in The Rockaway Times. Some of our columnists have been here for the whole trip! Pete Mahon (Between the Bridges), John Cori (Between The Groins), Helen Kilgallen and Paulette Mancuso (Be Well, Be Happy) and Alex Karinsky (Tubular Views) wrote columns for our first-ever edition three years ago. Some of our current advertisers were in that first issue as well. Pretty awesome. Thank you to all of our advertisers throughout the years! Anyway, here we are, celebrating our third anniversary with you, our beloved readers. We’ve heard people say newspapers are dying. We feel pretty spry thanks to you!

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LOCAL SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT It’s summer. I usually declare it over by now but this one hasn’t really started yet. I’m taking a leap and saying there’ll be good weather from here on in. Good weather, good times. Good opportunity to stay on this side of the bridges. I republish a couple of columns every year because I’m lazy. In this case, it’s for the public good and I have an obligation. This the annual Please Don’t Invite Us To Anything Over The Summer Announcement that you hope friends and family who live off the peninsula will read. It’s necessary to basically reprint the column each year because you don’t want mainlanders thinking maybe we’re cracking, giving in to the idea that we’d be okay with leaving Rockaway for a day trip. And for those who live here, it’s a reminder to be careful with invitations. If you invite family and friends down during the off-season you can bet they’ll reciprocate in the summer, the worst time of the year to leave the beach. If you want to celebrate your kid’s birthday, who happened to be born in January, celebrate it in July. Keep the January date classified. If a nephew or niece was born in the summer and the family lives on the Island, New Jersey or Connecticut, get out in front and suggest a beach day. Tell them to come here. They will see through your blatant, outrageous attempt to avoid leaving Rockaway. They may hate you for it. But there’s a good chance they’ll accept, so do it. Couples marry for love in Rockaway, but if it’s a mixed marriage (one family in Rockaway and the other anywhere else), there’s gotta be a pre-nup. Rockaway marriage pre-nups are written, not over finances, but over leaving the beach

during June, July, and August. “Honey, I love you and your family but there’s no way we’re visiting them in the summer. And we have to put that in writing.” We live and enjoy Rockaway for five months a year. There’s the Big Three plus May and September. The other seven months we endure. It’s the price of paradise. Those who don’t live here just don’t appreciate how those five months are ours. We do not want to leave. Even when we vacation during those five good months we are happy to get back. If you vacation during the summer, you cannot impress anyone here, no matter how spectacular your trip was. You vacation somewhere warm in the winter and people here have extreme envy. They want you to tell them more so they might feel a wave of vicarious warmth. You vacation in the summer and no one cares. You might have gone somewhere amazing but you missed Rockaway. Your amazing trip gets stuck with an asterisk. You can’t brag. No one cares. We are protective of our five measly months. We do not want anything intruding on summer glory. You might be invited to a party or barbecue at a Hamptons mansion but you will not be happy. You will be stuck in traffic both ways. You will wonder what you’re missing back in Rockaway. You will seethe and ask yourself, how could they not know? You will think they invited you just to aggravate you. You utter The Rockaway Groan: I gotta leave Rockaway for this? I gotta leave Rockaway to sit in someone’s backyard? So, a word to the wise, careful with your invitations. And here’s hoping this column travels.

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***** Well, we might as well mark some milestones in this week’s Rockaway Times. It’s our Third Anniversary (we’re not sure if time flies!). Anyway, The Rock Times gets around. We print roughly 10,000 copies each week (and 20,000 Summer Guides). We email the full paper to almost 3,000 people! (Sign up on our website). We’re zeroing in on 12,000 Likes on Facebook and we have more than 4,000 followers on Instagram. Not bad for a start-up. ***** In our first edition in 2014 we said: Not too long ago Rockaway beaches were described by a local observer this way: “If you see little kids in underpants, it’s a Puerto Rican beach. If you see grown men in their underpants, it’s the Russian beach.” With people coming from all over the city, and the world, now it’s

THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017 harder to pigeonhole particular beaches. 2017 update: beaches are diverse and underpants can happen anywhere! ***** Here’s something that locals and visitors can agree on: the beaches are shrinking and need immediate attention. There will be a rally – Walk for The Shore II– this Sunday, June 25 at 9 a.m. starting at the Beach 87th Street jetty. There will be a second walk starting at 10:30 in Belle Harbor at Beach 140th. The event will draw attention to the critical matter of beach protection. ***** Rockaway is connected! The Rockaway Business Alliance just won a huge tech grant to upgrade Rockaway's connectivity. And The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance launched RockSpot, a free Wi-Fi network within a 10-block radius of the RISE Center (58-03 RBB). ***** We still get emails and phone calls asking about making submissions to our Photo Contest. The deadline for entries was

April 14. We put it on our front page and posted it on Facebook. We can’t feel too bad about those who missed out (hint for next year: read the paper!). ***** Earlier this week, some men, holding what looked like blue prints, entering the abandoned Neponsit Home, sparked some curiosity. We reached out to NYC Health and Hospitals, which maintains the property. They claim that representatives from the Parks Department, and an electrical contractor, were on site to inspect the power running from the building to the adjacent lifeguard trailer, and that it has nothing to do with future development of the site. “While there is no news, NYC Health + Hospitals remains committed to finding the best use for this land that addresses community need,” a spokesperson said. ***** Two steps forward, one step back? The LaQuinta Inn at 4317 Rockaway Beach Boulevard might become a City shelter for homeless. We know it does

Page 7 a fairly good business and the online reviews are generally decent. But the City pays top, top dollar for rooms and the temptation is often too much for some to turn down. It has been known to house homeless already, but we believe the place could make it without City money. ***** Katie Couric does a video series on Yahoo called Cities Rising: Rebuilding America. On Wednesday, Chris Romulo of CROM on Beach 92nd Street gave producers a tour and touted all that is good here. Chris is on a roll. Vogue.com is doing a story on wellness in Rockaway and they interviewed him for the piece. CROM, by the way, advertised with us in our first-ever edition (gotta love them!). ***** Matt Preis aka Max Power is launching the first annual Rock! Away! Music Fest. It’ll be at Riis Park Beach Bazaar from July 1416. It’ll be a three-day bash of food, art and local music. And it’s free. We’ll have more as we get closer to the event.

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Rockaway’s Beaches Slowly Disappearing? COME OUT & RALLY AGAINST BEACH EROSION By Kami-Leigh Agard Imagine standing on the boardwalk, looking out to the ocean, and suddenly discovering that the beach has disappeared? According to the organizers of the rally, Walk for the Shore II, this bleak outcome could be a reality with erosion swiftly happening in Rockaway Beach, and other parts of the peninsula’s oceanfront. Whether you are a homeowner, renter or Rockaway visitor, the Friends of Rockaway Beach (FORB), Belle Harbor Property Owners Association (BHPOA) and Neponsit Property Owners Association (NPOA) are imploring everyone to come out to the rally, Walk for the Shore II on Sunday, July 25 to demand that government agencies fast track beach erosion mitigations to save homes, business

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and beaches up and down the peninsula. FORB co-organizer, John Cori, said, “If folks have to give up church, softball, volleyball — whatever — they need to come out, show their support and declare that the Mayor and the Governor need to do something now! If we don’t get some protection, not only will we lose our beach, but if another hurricane hits, not even half as powerful as Super Storm Sandy, our community would be propelled back to ground zero. If our government officials truly believe that sea levels are rising as reported everywhere, shouldn’t

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our coastal communities from beach erosion? It is ridiculous. Every hurricane season, our beaches become more eroded, it’s almost as if our government officials are playing Russian Roulette with us.” The Walk for the Shore II organizers are demanding government officials act now and secure Rockaway’s beachfronts with groins, sand replenishment and concrete/stone enforced dunes. “It’s like the game: rock, paper, scissors. Each mitigation measure could outdo the other, making sure that all avenues are exhausted to protect the peninsula from devastating storm surges,” Cori said. BHPOA President Hank Iori protested, “The forecast for hurricanes show significant activity this year and into the future, just as the Rockaway Continued on page 9

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BEACHES Continued from Page 8 peninsula is again becoming a destination for New Yorkers and visitors. We have worked hard to rebuild our community and businesses to thrive with the influx of visitors. The city, state and federal government must come together now to protect Rockaway!” “The Army Corp of Engineers has disappeared after providing us with a permanent protection plan and asking our opinions”, Amanda Agoglia, president of NPOA, said. “The Parks Department told us just a few days ago on June 15 that engineering studies won’t start until 2020 or later.” At the June 15 City Council hearing on erosion of NYC’s beaches, Rockaway’s District 32 Councilman Eric Ulrich was vehement about the neglect of Rockaway. “I represent the district that perhaps was the most severely affected by Hurricane Sandy and the coastal erosion that has happened since,” Ulrich said. For the past year, I

THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017 have not heard from anybody at City Hall or the Mayor’s office. I have not heard from anybody, other than my friends in the Parks Department like First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh, and Queens Borough Commissioner Dottie Lewandowski about what the Mayor’s Office plans to do to combat the fact that my district is now more at risk today than prior to Hurricane Sandy. “When Mayor de Blasio comes to Queens, as he has done in the Bronx and Staten Island, he better bring a few cubic yards of sand with him, and plans to reform BIB, because when he comes to Rockaway, he will not be welcomed. The ocean is eating up the sand and the beach in my district, and many homeowners are still not back in their homes, which due to the beach erosion are now at more risk today, than the day before Hurricane Sandy. I haven’t heard a damn thing from anybody in City Hall about what they are going to do to speed up sand replenishment, rock

jetties, groins or some longterm measure to curtail the erosion that is happening. I believe that they are allowing my district to disappear. “If I was to grade the City’s response to beach erosion and Hurricane Sandy recovery, it would be F, zero, terrible job, absolutely disgraceful. When will this 90-day study be completed? What is taking you 90 days would take me 90 minutes. I’ll personally take you to Rockaway to see for yourself. When are the results of this study going to be made available to the public and local officials?" Ulrich asked. Senator Charles Schumer has also been putting on the pressure. “The Army Corps should begin constructing projects that had consensus long ago – projects like jetties and groins that cover the length of Rockaway - while completing its study on Jamaica Bay,” Senator Schumer said. “There’s no reason to leave Rockaway vulnerable when federal funds are available now for measures that can provide protection

Page 9 during future storms. I urge the Corps to release a schedule for the completion of the Jamaica Bay Rockaway Reformulation Study, and move forward with any projects that are ready-to-go. In the meantime the Army Corps must provide temporary relief through placing additional sand on erosion hotspots.” Iori said, “Rockaway residents, by attending this demonstration you will see the vulnerability of the Peninsula due to storms, and the impact of the beach erosion. You will have the opportunity to engage, see and hear the urgency for protection and resiliency.” Walk for the Shore II rally will be this Sunday, June 25, 9 a.m. on Beach 87th Street, hosted by the FORB and at 10:30 AM on Beach 140th Street, hosted by the BHPOA and the NPOA. Prior to the walk, there will be a talk on Rockaway’s Eroding Beaches. Cori and Pastore will be discussing the issue at the Rockaway YMCA on Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m.

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La Quinta Hotel Turning Shelter? By Kevin Boyle

There was much fanfare around the grand opening, all of 13 months ago. State Senator James Sanders and City Councilman Donovan Richards hailed the launch of Rockaway’s newest hotel, The La Quinta Inn, at 43-17 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. They welcomed the new owners, RiverBrook Equities, and dismissed worries that some residents had expressed – that the hotel would become a City shelter. It was not a day to worry but a day to celebrate. There was even hopeful talk that the group would look to do another hotel further east, in Far Rockaway. That was in May 2016. By August, online reviewers were saying there were homeless people being sheltered there. Steven Mendel, Executive Vice President of Riverbrook Equities, said, “Incorrect and not true. We charge every guest on a credit card and don't ask about background. So it maybe true that some of our guests have some sort of vouchers. It has nothing to do with us and we wouldn't know.” There was a report that “battered women and children” were housed at the hotel through October 2016. Ownership continued to deny any official agreement with the City regarding supportive housing. For the past several months there has been very little news, good or bad, about La Quinta. In fact, online reviews have been largely favorable as travelers from all over the map have weighed in with opinions about the hotel in Edgemere. Although such reviews can’t be verified, many come from Trip Advisor and other sites that rely on regular contributors. Reviews might become a tad harsher should the fears of Community Board 14 District Manager Jon Gaska be realized. On Tuesday, Gaska received a phone call from the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) notifying him that the Community Board will be receiving what’s called a “Fair Share” letter. Such a notice indicates that the agency will be considering the site to place

homeless and will first review if the community already has its “fair share” of homeless. The letter follows policy language that can be quite specific so that “homeless” might be distinguished from other at-need populations. Gaska says his experiences tell him a “Fair Share” letter means it will be full-steam ahead. When asked on Tuesday about reports that La Quinta was turning into a homeless shelter, Mendel said, “This is absolutely incorrect. It's completely false. Thank you for verifying before printing. We do not plan on filling this hotel up with DHS guests. Perhaps they are mixing up the La Quinta with another.” Gaska was given more than notice about more potential homeless coming. The DHS spokesperson told him that “57 out of 99” rooms are already booked by DHS at the Rockaway La Quinta Inn. The Rockaway Times asked Mendel about this but he did not reply. A spokesperson for Councilman Richards said the owners of La Quinta showed no interest in accepting “more beds” from the City and that DHS had no specific or current plans for the hotel. The Councilman’s rep said the “Fair Share” letter was sent to numerous lodging places because a spike in homelessness often occurs when schools close for the summer and educational options come into play for families and DHS must scramble to find living places for these families. With the uncertainty and uproar on Facebook caused by the news that DHS was eyeing La Quinta as a shelter, the Councilman is expected to meet with DHS and the hotel owners to discuss the situation. Senator Sanders did not get back to The Rockaway Times by press time. Meanwhile, Riverbrook Equities has a website on which they say, “We invite you to book your stay at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Far Rockaway hotel where you and your pets can settle into comfort and exceptional hospitality.”

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Rockstock and Barrels Rolls Through on Saturday By Katie McFadden Get ready to hang ten, catch some air and rock out to some tunes. The 11th Annual Rockstock and Barrels Surf/Skate and Music Festival is Saturday, June 24. Head down to Beach 92nd and the boardwalk on Saturday for an all day funfest celebrating surfing, skateboarding, live music and the Rockaway community. The surf action starts around 8 a.m., with the full festival kicking off at 10 a.m. and going to when the beaches close at 6 p.m., but there will be even more fun taking place

with an after party to follow at Low Tide bar. Back in 2006, Jimmy Dowd of St. James Clothing, Walker Hornung of Into the Whip Records and Steve Stathis of Boarders Surf Shop, collaborated to bring the first ever Rockstock and Barrels festival to celebrate the Parks Department designating Beach 90th Street as a surf beach and bringing a skate park to the area. Now in its 11th year, Rockstock and Barrels is a successful event that continues to get bigger and bigger, with more than 8,000 people attending last year’s festival. The Parks De-

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partment, which also hosts the event, calls it one of the biggest events on the boardwalk. This year will be no different. The Eastern Surfing Association surf contests kicks off at 8 a.m. The contest includes shortboard, longboard and bodyboard contests for both males and females of all different age groups. There is an entry fee of $30 to $40 depending on the event. For more information about the contest, head to ny.surfesa.org. Details about the skate contest were not available by press time, as the Beach 91st Street skate park has been undergo-

ing some work, but all skateboarders are encouraged to stop by as there will be cash prizes available for those with the best tricks. Don’t forget to bring your wallet, as there will be plenty of goodies to buy, with as many as 50 vendors expected. St. James Clothing and Boarders, both sponsors of the event, will be among them. Visitors won’t go hungry either. Local food vendors like Caracas, Beach Bistro 96, Uncle Louie G’s and ByTheBeach Coconuts will be on hand, plus Bubba’s Clams. Continued on page 13


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“A majority of the vendors on the boardwalk are from the neighborhood. Come shop and support your local businesses,” Dowd said. The Red Bull MTK truck featuring a DJ booth and the Queens Library bus will also be on hand, giving people even more options for the day. Besides surfing, skating and shopping, one of the biggest draws of Rockstock and Barrels is the music, and there will be plenty of it this year. A new band based out of Long Island, Baked Shrimp, will open up the show at 10 a.m. They’ll be followed by Wolkoff, an electronic music artist at 11 a.m. Hip hop/ funk band Grim Pickens will play at noon. Coming all the way from Puerto Rico, the Disfunction will play at 1 p.m. “They’re like the Indaculture of Rincon,” Hornung says. Speaking of Indaculture, they’ll be playing this year as Rockstock doesn’t clash with the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Indaculture is a beloved local favorite. They’ll be on at 2 p.m. Walker himself, along with The Brotherhood of the Grape, will be performing at 3 p.m., and with a new rock album out last November and an electronic album out this past February, they’ll have plenty of new tunes along with their old favorites. The Hop City Hellcats may be coming from upstate, but they know how to honky tonk and will be keeping it country at 4 p.m. Topping off the event at 5 p.m. is the John Scarpulla Band. Hornung calls this blues, soul and rock and roll band a not-to-miss act. While all of the bands comes from different areas and bring a different vibe and sound, Hornung says they all have something in common. “We do this event for the love of it, and I do the music portion to help get new bands exposed. All of the bands that are playing and that have played Rockstock over the years are bands that play original music. We don’t have cover bands because it’s hard enough for bands that play original music to get gigs, so we do this so original bands can

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Chilly Reaction Dear Editor: After reading the column, Between the Bridges (June 8), it made me so aware that the inability to see things clearly has completely escaped this country. You say you are “somewhat of an environmentalist” and then you go on to support the end of the most important environmental agreement of our lives. The article basically says how Obama didn’t check with Congress regarding the Paris climate agreement. Previously, legislation stopped us from entering into agree-

THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017 ments that would harm the economy of the country. There is no greater harm to this country than not protecting the environment. Mahon writes that he has lived through storms and tides so I think he wants us to assume he is an expert on the climate. This has become the prevailing mentality in the country. Everyone wants to believe they are smarter than the scientists and experts who study these problems. Yes, climate change is one of the biggest threats to this country’s economy. The Trump obsession with everything Obama is the only reason he is pulling out of this most important Paris agreement. His twisted ego will only help to destroy us, maybe not in our lifetime but certainly in our grandchildren’s. What was the point of the article? To show how smart Trump is about climate change? To prove that Obama was underhanded in his attempt to help resolve the planet’s environmental issues? Do

you really believe that congress would have given approval to anything by Obama? So here we are cutting off our noses to spite our faces. Your article does nothing to elevate the thinking of its readers. The only thing this article does is pander to the constituents that agree with you. Mike Scandiffio

Bikers Beware Dear Editor: On Father’s Day, two of us went to Beach 116th street (free parking) and walked on the boardwalk of cement down to 110th Street — I was showing my friend Diana the sights — there is my old high school, St. Johns Home for Boys, and the Beacon Rehab and Nursing home. Way before the turn at Beach 110th Street, Diana was almost run down by a man on a bike, who deliberately came too close to her and was smirking as he did it. He was not a kid but a grown up a-hole and she understandably got upset.

Page 15 There were three of them riding next to each other in the middle lane when they should have been in the BIKE LANE or not on the boardwalk at all because it was 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. It's that kind of disregard for walkers’ safety that spurs on the problems with bikes on the boardwalk. Let the bikers know I will be recording their actions. Dorothy J.

Bikers Applauded Dear Editor: I was on the boardwalk and suddenly noticed all these bicycles, some had two wheels, but a lot of them had four, and they were all decorated. It looked like so much fun! I found out that this was a Bike Parade run by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. I wish I knew about it. I am definitely joining in next year. Bravo to all the participants! Julie Southard Continued on page 16

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Missing? Dear Editor: I like many others enjoyed the photos of many popular and well-deserving photos of the Rockaway Dads that were published in last week’s edition. I just have one bone to pick with the "Publisher." He left out one of the more deserving and popular Rockaway Dads. Where was "Family Dad" photo of Kevin Boyle ?!...Just wondering...if you are unaware of who "Kevin Boyle" is, ask anyone walking, or biking on the boardwalk, or any local Rockaway Tavern...you will find he's a pretty interesting guy!.... Maybe next year! Kenny M (Editor’s note: No way)

A Little Help? Dear Editor: I reside in Rockaway Beach.

Among Internet providers, we have just 2 options: Verizon and Spectrum. Both are visually overpriced (we pay around $80 for Spectrum Internet only, including taxes). Why? Because of monopoly. Recall: same story was with international phone service and cell phone service providers. As soon as the phone monopoly (it was just Verizon/Bell Atlantic, AT&T, Sprint and MCI at the time) was broken and the market was totally open for competition, prices for such service decreased about 10 times. I contacted the Federal Communications Commission, they replied - it's your state’s business. I contacted NY State Public Service Commission, they replied —we know that but it's nothing we can do. I contacted our elected representatives. I met personally with our NY State Senator Joseph Addabbo in his Rockaway office. He assured me that he'd start working on that the very next day to prepare

an appropriate bill. It was in November of 2016. Nothing still. I contacted his office a few months thereafter to follow up. "Senator is working on it", — was standard refrain. I sent an e-mail to our NY State Assembly member Stacey Pheffer Amato; sent twice - by regular e-mail and on her website. No answer after few months. I sent a letter to Congressman Gregory Meeks; I even got confirmation generated by his automated system. The same: no answer after a few months. Ladies and gentlemen! What's sense does it make to elect/reelect these officials if they ignore our requests, our problems and don't care about us? Do you seriously think they represent us, share our pain and spend their time to improve our life? Or do they just represent their own inner circle? Alex Litvak

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Countdown to Rockaway’s 1st Caribbean Carnival Begins!

By Kami-Leigh Agard

If you were passing through Beach 20th in Far Rockaway last Saturday, June 17, your curiosity may have been aroused by a large crowd of folks congregated in the Plaza, some adorned with vibrantly colorful, feathered headpieces, and a man on milehigh stilts, (referred to as a moko jumbie), effortlessly gyrating to soca (Caribbean) music.

All the fanfare was organized as a backdrop to Senator James Sanders’ press conference officially announcing the first-ever Caribbean Carnival coming to Rockaway on Saturday, August 19. Sanders and his team collaborated with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), Rockaway Development Revitalization Corporation (RDRC),

NYC Parks Department and NYPD to bring the event to Rockaway. The Senator, holding a scorpion king-style headpiece in his hand, first led the crowd in a mini-parade down Beach 20th, and gave a sneak preview to the festivities to come at the Plaza. “Caribbean people work hard and also play mas (Carnival) hard, and on August 19, we are going to celebrate their culture and contribution to the Rockaway community. Instead of building walls, we are building bridges for folks across the peninsula to learn and celebrate their Caribbean neighbors.” Sanders said. Next up was RDRC President and CEO, Kevin W. Alexander. “RDRC is looking forward to connecting this great cultural event launching from the Beach 20th Plaza to the beach and boardwalk. This first annual Caribbean Carnival will be the centerpiece of summertime at the Plaza, which

was made possible by our Senator. We will be working with local merchants to participate and vend their goods to the thousands of people expected to come to the Carnival in downtown Far Rockaway,” Alexander said. Sanders then introduced Jean P. Alexander, WIADCA board secretary and marketing and media director. “This year marks the 50th anniversary of our Caribbean Carnival in Brooklyn on Labor Day. I have seen our Carnival grow from a couple thousand people to two million, the largest Carnival in the U.S. and Canada. We have a very strong relationship with the NYPD, and their partnership with WIADCA has made our event successful, safe and fun.” Alexander said. When Sanders was posed the question about safety concerns for spectators and paraders in the Carnival, esContinued on page 19

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COUNTDOWN Continued from Page 18 pecially in light of negative reports of shootings and other crime in the massive Brooklyn Carnival, he responded, “We are doing this, but not in a vacuum. My team and I are working closely with the WIADCA to make sure we do everything right to avoid problems. Also we have the local precinct on board to implement all safety measures to make this a safe, family-friendly event, where safety will be a priority.” The 101st Precinct’s new commanding officer, Captain J. Tavalaro, reiterated, “Our Precinct will have everything in place to make this event both safe and fun. We are serious about safety and will be on duty to ensure that folks have fun, but in a safe manner.” The Senator then introduced Mike Scala, first vice president of the Queens Public Transit Committee, a democrat aiming to unseat Eric Ulrich as councilman for District 32. Scala announced

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Bike Parade A Wheel Blast On Saturday, June 17, the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) hosted the 6th Annual Rockaway Bike Parade. This year's event was sponsored by Arverne By the Sea and NYC Ferry. The Rockaway Times’ own Kevin Boyle was on hand to judge the competition for "Best of Show," along with RWA's Ana Fisyak and Franny Civitano of NYC Ferry. As the rain cleared, neighbors, friends and supporters came out to join the parade on multi-seat chassis' and bikes

that rode the Rockaway Freeway underpass and then the boardwalk to the Beach 97th Street concessions. Most of the bikes were decorated using recycled plastics and materials to match the event's theme of recycle, reduce and reuse. The awardees were each given trophies made by Judy and Clayton Richardson. It was another great day in Rockaway; helping to promote biking and people-powered transit! (Photos by Giles Ashford)

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Flea Market Coming to Town By Katie McFadden

Rockaway is getting a flea market. The Beach 80th Street Flea is coming starting July 1. Antiques, collectibles, gifts, sneakers, jewelry, handbags, cell phone accessories and fresh fruit and veggies are just some of the items you’ll find at the flea market coming to Beach 80th Street and Beach Channel Drive. Back in 2015, someone else attempted to bring a flea market to Arverne, but it never took off. However, the Beach 80th Street Flea is being brought to Rockaway by someone who knows flea markets. After all, he was once called “Lord of the Fleas.” Sal Valenti, also known as Big Sal of A & E’s Storage Wars: New York, and once a partner in the Aqueduct Flea Market, is the man behind the new endeavor. Valenti says he wanted to bring a flea market to Rockaway, because it’s a shopping desert. “Rockaway is a great up-and-coming area, but there’s really not much out there shopping-wise. We’re going to offer the best shopping anywhere in the Rockaways. The prices are unbelievable and there’s great merchandise. You won’t get deals, you’ll get steals here,” he said. Beach 80th Street Flea (350 Beach 80th Street) will be open Wednesdays through

Sundays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It may be a project that’s here for the long run as Valenti signed a 10-year lease for the lot on Beach 80th. He says the flea market will be all-year round and he may consider adding other elements like a beer garden. “It’s an unpainted canvas right now. We’re just trying to figure out the nicest way to use the space,” he said. So far, Valenti has more than 30 vendors already registered, but he has experience handling as many as 500, so he’s looking for more. Anyone looking to be a vendor can reach him at 917-528-5554 or email farrockawayflea@gmail. com The grand opening for the Beach 80th Street Flea will be July 1 and it’s going to be a big deal. “We’re gonna have a big party over here with all kinds of things. There will be children’s face painting and we’re going to have a free perfume gift set, valued at $40, for the first 2,000 people, while supplies last,” Valenti said. “Come find your treasures and have a great time shopping!” Photos by Bill Gehlhaus.

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Gone To Pot? At present, 29 states plus Washington, D.C. have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes while overall attitudes towards marijuana have become more permissive. There is increasing evidence for the use of marijuana in treating pain and spasticity, plus there is evidence for its use in treating nausea caused by chemotherapy. There is even a website that touts the use of marijuana to treat nausea caused by pregnancy, which just goes to show that much information on many websites cannot be trusted, especially from .com websites.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that women who are pregnant, likely to become pregnant, or are at an age where they can become pregnant, should not use marijuana or any products containing THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. This recommendation is based on studies that have linked marijuana use during pregnancy to anemia, low birth weight, and the higher likelihood of the newborn requiring a neonatal ICU stay. In addition, marijuana has been linked to defects in fetal neurodevelopment with

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children born to marijuana users having impaired higher-order brain executive functions like impulse control, visual memory, and attention during the school years. Believe it or not, there is an endocannabinoid system present in early fetal development of the central nervous system. This system first appears at eight days after gestation, aka conception. At eight days after conception most women do not even realize that they are pregnant. THC directly impedes the functioning of the endocannabinoid system. The fetus is most susceptible to interference from outside toxins like drugs and alcohol during his or her first trimester of life. Surveys have shown that between 2002 and 2014, the rate of women who admitted using marijuana during pregnancy rose from two to four percent, and that is probably a low estimate, as many women may not want to admit they used drugs during pregnancy. In the 1970s and 80s most pot contained about four percent THC, whereas today’s pot contains about 12 percent. Products

like K2 and Spice may contain 40 or more percent. Studies in mice showed brain, eye, and facial disfigurement (cleft palate) in mouse fetuses exposed to cannabinoids at day eight of gestation (the 8th day of mouse gestation is roughly equivalent to the third or fourth week of human embryonic development), and the percentage of birth defects rose as the cannabinoid dose increased. A recent study done at Columbia University showed that use of marijuana during pregnancy is on the rise. They found that the rate of women who admitted using marijuana during pregnancy rose by 62 percent between 2002 and 2014. Further work needs to be done in this area, but it is clear that marijuana use among women of reproductive age is rising which may lead to a rise in birth defects. Women in this age group need to be more aware of the risks of the use of this drug. For more information go to www.acog.org Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes. com.

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THE SCUNGILLI SHORTAGE

By Lou Pastina

Ever see those beautiful long, nautilus type shells along the shore here in Rockaway? We all love them, and sometimes pick them up and decorate our homes with them. In some cases, those shells are known as whelks, and were once ignored by fisherman as they searched for shrimp, squid and octopus. You see the squid could be turned into calamari, which served fried with red sauce, is an Italian staple. And polpo, served cold or hot, is the octopus that is found on many Mediterranean menus. Ever wonder then, what the heck scungilli is? Well, those are the sea creatures that live in the whelk shells, which can be found up and down the eastern seaboard. Essentially, they are

sea snails! I hope I haven’t ruined that for you. Scungilli marinara over pasta is one of my favorite meals of all time. Somewhat chewy and rubbery, I find that with a little garlic and sauce, I can easily devour an entire plateful. Up until recently I never thought about them as snails, but that doesn’t bother me because I am a fan of escargot, too. Occasionally some Italian restaurants will not offer scungilli. I got my first taste of that (no pun intended) at Tiberios on Beach 116th Street several years ago when I was told that it was too expensive for them to get it anymore. I looked at the waitress like she was a sea monster! Too expensive, nobody eats scungilli, it can’t be. All was fine for a while as I had no reports from any of my mermaid friends or relatives that scungilli was being harvested by fisherman who had limits imposed upon them for lobsters and oysters, and had instead turned to whelk to supplement

their incomes. But that was exactly what was happening in the dark shadows of the sea. When I am in Greenpoint I go to Frost Restaurant, which is naturally on Frost Street, and I always order the scungilli. I never even look at a menu, and they don’t even ask, they just bring it to the table. My father, my brother, everyone knows Lazer eats scungilli at Frost! But recently I was informed by Frost that they no longer serve it because it had become too expensive due to the scungilli shortage! Even my father remarked, “There is something fishy here!” Apparently, the demand is not coming from Italians, who have long loved the sea creatures, but from the Asian markets who are buying up the prized catch and shipping it overseas. This is not the same as the tuna trade in the 1980’s, when tuna were being hunted and shipped out to Japan, making fisherman on the East Coast very rich, while depleting the North Atlantic of local

tuna. No, this is a smaller niche market, but it is hitting home. Recently I ordered the calamari and scungilli from Elegante’s but was told they too had succumbed to the scungilli shortage and could no longer afford to offer the dish to diners. To say that I am distressed by this is understating the situation. I mean if this can happen with whelk, could it also happen with calamari, oysters, lobsters?? We need some regulation around sea snails, so that they all don’t just disappear. How sad would it be if we walked along the seashore and there were no shells, not just whelk, but of any kind. So it is in this spirit that I am thinking of creating a new organization aimed at remedying this dire situation. Save the Scungilli will devote its resources to empowering mermaids and mermen to save the environment by saving the whelk! By doing this we will save scungilli for future generations!

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RBA Wins Big Tech Grant The Rockaway Business Alliance just got a big grant for a peninsula-wide tech boost. The NYC Department of Small Business Services announced on Monday, the winners of the Neighborhood Challenge program grants. RBA was among five winners selected out of 40 proposals from community-based organizations (CBOs) that paired with local technology companies to develop creative tech solutions to enhance commercial districts. RBA was one of five winners that were awarded $100,000 for their project. Awardees will use funding to implement tailored, data-driven solutions that build the capacity of CBOs to address the challenges faced in their commercial districts. “Great neighborhoods make a great city, and we are using technology to build vibrant neighborhoods across the five boroughs,� said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “These awards will empower community-based organizations to meet

local needs – boosting small businesses and enhancing quality of life.� Grantees will have one year to complete projects that address a significant commercial district challenge and have a measureable impact on the commercial district management organization’s operations. Neighborhood Challenge receives funding from the New York City Economic Development Corporation. RBA’s project will use technology to expand connectivity throughout the Rockaways for visitors and residents alike. RBA partnered with Perch Advisors, Combrr Delivery, #connectthings and others on their project. The money will be used toward digital connectivity infrastructure throughout the peninsula. Combrr Delivery will also receive support so that they can help local businesses deliver food to customers on the beach. They will also use #connectthings to create a network to share information via smart phone alerts.

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A Friend in Need By Katie McFadden

Time to rally, Rockaway. A neighbor is in need. Around Easter, Mary Ambery of Breezy Point had a terrible fall in her home, resulting in a severe spinal cord injury, which has left her paralyzed. Now friends and neighbors are doing what they can to help her. “Anyone who knows Mary, knows she’s one of the strongest, most loving people and someone who was always there to help someone in need,” Maura Buckley said. Ambery is currently in California, where she is participating in a clinical trial stem cell transplant. In doing so she is taking part in the advancement of a potential treatment for future patients who have been paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury and hope to regain some of their mobility. Despite her situation, Buckley says Ambery continues to remain positive and upbeat, cracking jokes and saying how

lucky she is to be alive. Buckley has started a GoFundMe campaign to help her friend, who will require 24/7 care, plus plenty of medical bills that are racking up. The funds will help cover some of the bills and will go toward making renovations in her home so that it is handicap-accessible for her. As we go to press, more than $10,650 has been raised towards the $50,000 goal in the GoFundMe campaign. Those who want to contribute can head to www.gofundme.com/ MaryAmberySupplementalNeedsTrust. If you would like to make a direct donation, you can also mail a check instead (made payable to: Mary

Ambery Supplemental Needs Trust). For the address or more information, contact Maura Buckley at incredibleoccasions@gmail.com or 917-8554683. On Friday, July 14, there will be a benefit for Ambery. The Sons and Daughters of America Breezy Point are hosting a We All Love Mary Ambery Concert. The event will take place at the Colony Theater in Breezy Point and starts at 7:30 p.m. Kerry Kearney and Friends, plus The Locals will be performing. Admission is $20 per person at the door. It is a Bring Your Own Beverage event. There will also be a 50/50 and a Chinese Auction to help raise funds. Anyone who is able to make a donation towards the auction, such as gift certificates, event tickets, electronics, beach gear or other items, is encouraged to do so. For information, contact Thom McCarthy at 718-6340021 or Maureen Petronis at 917-502-7250.

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On June 15, the New York City Council's office of Recovery and Resiliency held a joint hearing with the Council's committee on Parks and Recreation at City Hall. Council chairs Mark Treyger, Chair of Recovery and Resilience, and Mark Levine, Chair of Parks and Recreation, did an awesome job! They held NYC Parks, the Mayor, and the Army Corps of Engineers quite accountable and stressed a keen sense of urgency. They reminded all those under oath that the communities that are affected, are paying very close attention. I want to commend Councilmembers Eric Ulrich and

Donovan Richards for representing their districts on the peninsula at the hearing. While Councilman Richards' concerns are certainly substantial along the shore in the Beach 20s and 30s, he also stressed that there are large areas within Jamaica Bay's failing bulkhead system. The erosion issues facing Councilman Ulrich's district are by far some of the most severe erosion seen in the tri-state area, especially since Superstorm Sandy. I've been at this beach stuff for quite a few years now along with my partner in crime, Eddy Pastore. I have to say Eric's recent testimony was, by far, some

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of his most passionate I've heard in a long, long time, and rightfully so! It was exactly what we needed, a true shot in the arm for the urgent message of beach erosion and a testament to how much the city of New York has failed us along the peninsula since Sandy. I attended the recent Council hearing along with several members of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association and, boy oh boy, did Councilman Ulrich let the City really have it! I had a chance to testify at the erosion hearing as well. It was hardly as colorful as Eric's, but I tried! Here is my testimony! "The Army Corps of engineers (ACOE) did an valiant job after Hurricane Sandy on the Rockaway shoreline, just as it has for over 50 years. After Hurricane Sandy, ACOE placed roughly 600,000 cubic yards of sand dredged from East Rockaway Inlet onto severely eroded areas from Beach 87th Street to Beach 149th Street. A second con-

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BETWEEN THE GROINS Continued from Page 36 duction. It should be pointed out that since there are no beach or groins, the dunes are now rapidly eroding, as well as west of Beach 86th, all the way to Riis Park! If the current rate of sand loss is any indication, the dunes will be totally washed away by 2019 or sooner, leaving the residents and businesses west of Beach 86th Street and east of Beach 32nd, 100 percent vulnerable to wave inundation from just a simple high tide. ACOE tells the residents and the business owners of the peninsula that dunes are "sacrificial" and the erosion of the dune is part of the design. If this is true, what is next when the dune is gone? The sacrificing of our homes and businesses? AGAIN?!?! Dunes do work on the peninsula. But only when coupled with LARGE STONE GROINS!! At last night's Build it Back town hall by NY1 at the College of Staten Island, Senior Director of Climate Policy, Dan Zarrilli talked about Resilient Neighborhoods. Mr. Zarrilli specifically commented about the neighborhood of Arverne By The Sea, on the Rockaway peninsula, and how it sustained significantly less damage from flooding compared to the rest of the peninsula. While Mr. Zarrilli's comments about Arvene By the Sea are accurate, he failed to mention that the portion of the Rockaway peninsula east of Beach 86th sustained significantly less damage from the oceanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wave inundation than was sustained west of Beach 86th Street. What Mr. Zarrilli neglected to point out was the fact that Arverne By the Sea is east of Beach 86th street, where LARGE STONE GROINS kept sand in place. Part of the design for Arverne By the Sea's success in preventing flooding during hurricanes Irene and Sandy was NYC's requirement for

THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017 Arverne By the Sea to plant a line of dunes between the development and the beach. This created the most successful protection anywhere in NYC from wave inundation on our beaches, during Hurricane Sandy. What is significant, is how much groins do work! They kept more than 200 feet of beach in front of Arverne By The Sea in place for over two miles on the Rockaway shoreline for more than 36 years prior to Hurricane Sandy, with minimal replenishment. A "consensus" of sea level rise is acknowledged and adopted by the City of New York. I implore the Mayor and the City Council to adopt legislation, which leads to the expeditious preparation for the impending doom that will be brought on by the rising Atlantic. Wind farms and solar panels are great to lower carbon emissions, but they are the equivalent to crossing our fingers if we truly believe they will stop the oceans from rising. Since we do not use sand and beach grass to seal our tunnels under our rivers, obviously we should not be using sand and beach grass as exclusive protection for our neighborhoods. Hard structures should be protection of choice to protect us from higher tides. The time to get ready is yesterday." Testifying in front of the NYC Council is a true exercise in our amazing democracy, but it was just a warm up for this Sunday, June 25, as we exercise our freedom of speech and WALK FOR THE SHORE! Please join us as we bring attention to the accelerated pace of beach erosion on our shores of the peninsula. Sea level rise is real! Let's ask our elected officials to expedite the Army Corps plans as it would in a natural disaster zone! There will be two locations as we "Walk For The Shore." Please join us at 9 a.m. at the groin on Beach 87th and at 10:30 a.m. at Beach 140th on the beach. See everyone Sunday.

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Thursday, June 22, 7 p.m. TALK: ROCKAWAY’S ERODING BEACHES Rockaway YMCA 207 Beach 73rd Street John Cori and Eddy Pastore will lead this discussion on beach erosion and what can be done.

Thursday, June 22, 8 p.m. COUNTRY NIGHT ON THE WATER Bungalow Bar 377 Beach 92nd Street A night of country music by Jackie Lee. $15 admission. Tickets nycountryswag.com/bungalow

Friday, June 23, 7 p.m. RAA’S BATTLE OF THE BANDS sTudio 7 Gallery Fort Tilden See The Skells, Rattrap Bumpkin, Blame Mercury, Nimbus Knight and Punch Face Champion battle it out with music. $10.

Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUMMER FUN, FIT AND FABULOUS Beach 59th Street Playground Free day of fitness and health! Hula hoop, jump rope, dance, rock climbing, zumba, yoga, martial arts, refreshments and more,

BEACH BAWDY The Castle Beach 117th and Newport Avenue See Teresa Farrel’s solo art exhibit.

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ROCKSTOCK AND BARRELS FESTIVAL Beach 92nd Street Surfing, skating, vendors, food, music and more.

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Saturdays, 8 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ROCKSTOCK AFTER SHOW Beach 97th Concession Music by HoneyChrome and Exit Verona.

Sunday, June 25, 9 a.m. WALK FOR THE SHORE II Beach 87th/ Beach 140th Street Join Friends of Rockaway Beach to demand jetties and other beach erosion mitigation projects. Walk at 87th starts at 9 a.m. Walk at Beach 140th starts 10:30 a.m. Show your support!

Friday, June 23, 6 p.m. DYLAN SMITH PADDLE OUT Beach 86th Street Bring a board and remember this hometown hero with a paddleout. T-shirts for sale.

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Sunday, June 25, 4 p.m. HAMMELS PAINT OUT Hammels Playground Beach 84th Kids of all ages welcome to paint whale tails, shark fins and t-shirts (bring your own shirt).

Tuesday, June 27, 7 p.m. WORKING POOR FILM PREMIERE Belle Harbor Yacht Club See premiere of film starring Thaddeus Schneider, Musical guest Walker. $10 donation toward Rockaway WISH.

Sunday, June 25, 1 p.m. Monday, June 26, 7 p.m. RTC’S ELEPHANT MAN AUDITIONS Post Theatre Fort Tilden Auditions for the RTC’s September musical. See rockawaytheatrecompany.org for info.

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Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. KARAOKE AT RIIS Riis Park Beach Bazaar Happy hour and karaoke with DJ Nicky B.

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LEGAL NOTICES Notice of Qual. of Tshalach Real Estate Solutions, LLC, Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/20/17. Off. loc: Queens Co. LLC org. in NV 10/10/16. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Business Filings, 187 Wolf Rd., Albany, NY 12205. NV off. addr.: PO Box 27740, Las Vegas, NV 89126. Art. of Org. on file: 202 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701. Purp: any lawful activities.

Notice of Formation of 199 JAMAICA AVENUE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/23/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of formation of RUIMING LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 05/09/2017. Office located in QUEENS. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 148-48 58 AVENUE, 1ST FLOOR, FLUSHING,NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

BIAO & L REAL ESTATE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/09/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 82-17 St. James Ave, Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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Free Sunset Paddles on Thursdays

Why not see the sunset from the water? The Gateway Bike & Boathouse is pleased to announce its first, regular evening series, Sunset Paddles! The brainchild of Programming Director George Sullivan, announced that Sunset Paddles will take place on most Thursday evenings between June 15 and Labor Day weekend. “This is a great opportunity for people to easily get on Jamaica Bay with kayaks,” Sullivan said. “All you have to do is call ahead of time to reserve your seat. The best part is there’s no charge to participate, but space is limited.”

Sunset Paddles is open to people of all skill levels, and will meet on the west side of the Riis Landing (NOT Riis Park) parking lot at 6 p.m. Launch time is 6 p.m., returning by about 8 p.m. Plan on paddling at a leisurely pace for about one-and-a-half hours on the water. Kayaks (sit-on-top doubles), PFDs (personal floatation devices) and paddles are provided. You are encouraged to bring water, a change of clothes and towel. You will get wet! Like all paddling events, Sunset Paddles are weather permitting, so last minute cancellations are possible. Contact Rick Horan to reserve your seat at 718-530-0040 or RickHoran@GatewayBoathouse.org. Volunteers are always welcome! The Gateway Bike & Boathouse is a Rockaway-based not-for-profit organization that has been providing paddling to the Rockaways since 2008.

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This Week in History JUNE 22 James Brian Boyle was born. Anne Chiavetta was born. Frank Chimera was born. Morgan Shannon was born.

tle Bighorn in Montana. 1950 - Communist North Korean troops invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War.

1944 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill of Rights. 2011 - Legendary Boston crime boss, James "Whitey" Bulger is found and arrested by federal authorities in Santa Monica, Calif

JUNE 26 The Rockaway Times was born.

JUNE 23 Nolan Harrison Hopkins was born. Janet O’Hare was born. Nicholas Andrew Rowe was born. Janice Sorgente was born.

2000 - The first map of the human genome, which required decoding more than 3 billion biochemical "letters" of human DNA, is completed. JUNE 27 Vinny Bonanno was born.

1969 - Police and gays clashed at the 1992 - Mobster John Gotti was sen- Stonewall Inn in New York City, fostertenced to life in prison. ing the gay rights movement. JUNE 24 1948 - The Soviet Union began a blockade of Berlin. Allied forces responded with what would be known as the Berlin Airlift flying in more than 2 million tons of supplies over the next year. 1997 - The U.S. Air Force released The Roswell Report, closing the case on the 1947 Roswell, N.M. incident concerning UFOs and alien bodies. JUNE 25 Phil McManus was born. Louise Racy was born. Chris Kalisak was born.

2003 - The national do-not-call registry, formed to combat unwanted telemarketing calls and administered by the Federal Trade Commission, enrolled almost three-quarters of a million phone numbers on its first day. JUNE 28 Carl Perrara was born. Charlie Greenberg was born.

1894 - Labor Day became a federal holiday by an act of Congress. 1997 - Boxer Mike Tyson bit Evander 1876 - Lt. Col. George A. Custer and Holyfield's ear during their heavyall his men were killed by Sioux and weight title fight, earning a 16-month Cheyanne Indians at the Battle of Lit- suspension.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

RESTORE ENERGY & REJUVENATE The sun in summer - intense, irradiant, long in the day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; brings to mind its intense energy without which there would be no life here. Our bodies need energy in order to function, which we obtain primarily through food intake. Even if we eat properly for the most part, however, the demanding parts of our lives often zap our energy and we find ourselves out of fuel with still more to do. I tend to separate my work day (whether that be the job duties or tending to my vegetables or family obligations)

with my evening by doing one to a few restorative yoga poses. Each day, I am astounded as to how these completely supported poses, that is, no muscle or any energy exerted, gives me clarity of mind and less aches in my body. There are two ways to do them. One, you can allow yourself time for you. Just a half hour to however long you can, in a private space. Or, you can do them while with family members, etc. if you have a lot going on around. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say you all watch a movie together, or have that kind of time at home.

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long as you like. You will create space in the breathing cavity of the body and open the heart. Second, lie on the mat in front of a sofa of chair. Move hips towards the bottom of the sofa; raise legs up and rest knees, calves, ankles, feet onto the sofa or chair so your calves resting on the sofa or chair are at a right angle to the floor. Place a rolled blanket or pillow under your neck. Place arms out to the side. Relax. Focus on the breath. You will reduce fatigue in the legs and rejuvenate the mind. Whatever you do, tune in to how your body feels. Learning to tune in will give you confirmation to make decisions about what you can and cannot do in any exercise regimen, sports activity and yoga practice. May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. (This is reprint of a July 13, 2014 column, Happy Anniversary to The Rockaway Times!)

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Rockaway Mermaids Roar Upon Coney Island Some Rockaway Mermaids brought the Roaring 20’s to Brooklyn last Saturday at the 35th Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Despite a rainy start, the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade flapped their way through Coney Island to the tune of jazz, with their own speakeasy in tow, in the form of a firetruck. Winners of this year’s parade have not yet been announced, but the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade has a good streaking winning four years in a row for both best music and best motorized float. They have participated in the annual event for 11 years. They’re also the ones that are behind Rockaway’s own nautical parade. The 3rd Annual Poseidon’s Parade is set for September 16 along Rockaway’s boardwalk. Photos by Kerry Ann Douglas, Katie Pastina, Lizzy Vivino and Jessica Wishart.

Remembering Nice Guy Rich

On Saturday, June 10, dozens gathered at the surfing beach on Beach 91st to celebrate the life of a fellow surfer. Richard Livsey known in Rockaway Beach as “Nice Guy Rich” died on December 24, 2016. He was 46. Livsey was an active part of the Rockaway Beach community for many years. He was a surf instructor with New York Surf School. He had just recently moved to Florida to be

closer to family and discovered he had lung cancer. He died shortly afterward as it was pretty aggressive and already prevalent. On Saturday, many gathered to pay tribute to their friend with a common tradition among surfers—a memorial paddle out. The turnout showed how much Livsey impacted surfers in the area. Photos by Beth Perkins.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

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Hope for the Warriors Weekend By Joseph J. Gajewski and John W. Roberts

The Rockaway Beach and Breezy Point communities will be welcoming back wounded service members for the second annual "Hope for the Warriors" weekend festivities July 6-9, 2017. Local volunteers make this event possible. They support military families and help our community continue to heal from the tragic events of the past. The weekend will kick off with a Hero's Welcome Parade on Thursday, July 6. It will proceed through the streets of Neponsit, Belle Harbor, Rockaway Park, Roxbury, and will finish in Breezy Point at the Rockaway Point Yacht Club. The parade route will enter Rockaway shortly after 6:00 p.m. It will roll down Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 149th Street to Beach 120th Street. It will then head down the State Road in Roxbury and Breezy Point to Beach 208th Street. The route will continue around the ball

field then back to State Road and end at the Rockaway Point Yacht Club at Wounded Warrior Way. Let's give the returning warriors a big Rockaway welcome by lining the parade route, cheering them on, and waving your American Flags in a show of support for the returning soldiers. This year’s events will consist of sailing, fishing, paddle boarding and surfing. A local chapter of AmpSurf, a national organization helping rehabilitate people with disabilities, especially our veteran heroes through Adaptive Surfing Therapy will provide a surfing clinic on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8 at Beach 219th Street from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Paddle boarding, fishing and sailing will be held in the Rockaway Point Yacht Club. We welcome the community to come and support our soldiers in these water activities. Amy Mahoney from Peaceful Minds will be providing acupuncture and massage therapy for our warrior veterans

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on the beach at the RPYC. Andy Newman, Commodore, and the members of the RPYC have once again opened their hearts and arms to help the soldiers and their families enjoy the festivities. Roxbury resident, Adam Bishop of the Portable Pig Man Company will be cooking up some great barbecue. DJ Mouse will provide entertainment along with live music by Wine With Sue. Ludwig's Catering will provide dinner on the cruise on Friday night, July 7. The Rockaway Point Yacht Club will be hosting dinner on Thursday, July 6 and Saturday, July 8. PFC John McLaughlin VFW Post 8540, The American Legion Breezy Point Post 1847, The Rockaway Point Association, The Sons and Daughters of Breezy Point and NYPD 100th Precinct Community Affairs have once again generously donated their assistance for the weekend's events. The soldiers will be lodging at The Hilton at JFK airport compliments of the Gary Sinese Foundation. John Atwell of Atwell Tents is providing tent service. This is an open invitation for everyone to bring your beach chairs to attend a memorial service at the Breezy Point's September 11th Memorial on Sunday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m. The Breezy Point Co-op is generously providing refreshments after the service. Events like these need finan-

cial support. You can provide a show of support by mailing your tax deductible donation made out to FDNY Foundation c/o Hope for Warriors to Richie Whalen at 27 Reid Ave., Rockaway Point, N.Y. 11697 or Joe "Buffalo" Gajewski at 123-07 Newport Ave. Rockaway Park, N.Y. 11694. Commemorative t-shirts will be sold during the weekend at the shopping center in Breezy Point and Wednesday night at the Volleyball League in Riis Park. A dinner cruise to the Statue of Liberty aboard the Star of New York will depart from Pier 9, at 2300 Emmons Avenue in Sheephead Bay on Friday, July 7 at 6:00 p.m. It will cost $40 per person donation, which will include food catered by Ludwig's Catering, music and dancing. There will be a cash bar for refreshments. You can purchase tickets for the cruise from either Rich or Joe, along with commemorative tee shirts. We are also looking for donations of old soft surfboards and wetsuits. Thanks for your support.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

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Rockaway Locals…You Tell Us! Get Your Voice Heard! In our feature, reporter, Kami-Leigh Agard scours the streets to get your opinion on current issues facing the peninsula. Your Voice…Your Community…Your Platform For Rockaway natives, growing up on the peninsula conjures up memories of summers at the beach, businesses long gone and nostalgia about what was THEN and conflicting feelings about the community NOW. Natives weigh in:

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THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

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LOCAL COLOR: READERS SEND IN THEIR PIX We might be a little biased but we think some of the best photographers in the world live in Rockaway. Here are some shots that readers shared with us this week. Send your photos (limit to 2 per week) to mail@rockawaytimes.com and we’ll do our best to print them (space permitting). We do receive more than we can print.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

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Where’s the Ramp? Far Rock Seniors Left Without Boardwalk Access By Kami-Leigh Agard

When walking up the stairs to the boardwalk on Beach 24th and 25th Streets in Far Rockaway, you immediately stop in your tracks, awed by the quiet beauty of the Atlantic ocean and yards of pristine quiet beach, where the piping plovers take up residence during the summer months. However, unfortunately wheelchair-bound seniors and handicapped residents, living in this quaint bungalow community, some since the late 1970s, can no longer enjoy the beautiful view they enjoyed for decades. The ramps connecting these two streets to the boardwalk were demolished last year, after boardwalk reconstruction. Now only stairs remain. Adam Nash, a compassionate resident of Beach 24th Street reached out to The

Rockaway Times (RT) for help as he was concerned about his neighbors’ plight.

“My elderly and handicapped neighbors no longer have access to the beach that

they enjoyed for years. They cannot access the boardwalk from where they reside on Beach 24th and 25th Streets. The nearest ramp to the boardwalk is on Beach 26th Street or Beach 19th Street, which means they have to wheel down the street to Seagirt Boulevard and make either a left or right. The intersections of these streets with Seagirt are very dangerous. Just recently there was a tragic accident at the intersection of Beach 32nd and Seagirt Boulevard, where a mother and her two toddlers were struck by a car. For these seniors, now they are homebound and just gaze out the window, reminiscing about their memories of the beach,” Nash said. According to longtime resident, Carmela George, her

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WHEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S THE RAMP? Continued from Page 50 son, Richard â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richieâ&#x20AC;? George, founder of the Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association of Far Rockaway Inc., fought 15 years to get a ramp on these two streets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richie fought hard to get us the ramps, finally we got them and for eight years we enjoyed it. The ramps even survived Sandy. So when they were removed last year, I was mad. I am 82 and use a walker; my next-door neighbor is also elderly and is in a wheel chair. In our senior years, we deserve the liberty to visit the beach easily without having to go far. I mean, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m old. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk around the corner to Seagirt, then walk two blocks to get access to a ramp. I miss the beach. When I was a younger woman, I used to swim in the ocean every day. Now, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m stuck at home, dreaming about all I am missing,â&#x20AC;? George said. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next door neighbor, Neil Dunker, believes that the ramps were removed because of the nearby luxury condominium, Metroplex on the Atlantic, located on Beach 25th Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have lived in this community since 1979,â&#x20AC;? Dunker said. It was former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall who finally helped us get the ramps. Now since Labor Day last year, they are gone, not just because of the boardwalk reconstruction, but because of that new condo. I guess they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thinking about us old

THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017 timers who need the ramp. I live alone and miss being able to just wheel up the ramp to the boardwalk and absorb the ocean breeze and view. Now, I too, like Carmela, am stuck at home. The only time I go out is if I have a doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointment and if I have the energy, grocery shopping. And for those outings, I use the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handicapped transportation service, Access-ARide,â&#x20AC;? Dunker said. When Nash contacted the Parks Department on behalf of his neighbors this past March, inquiring if the ramps can be reinstalled, this was a Parks Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spokesman response: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regarding the access to the boardwalk at Beach 24th to 27th Streets, there will be a land side ramp and stair installed at Pedestrian Way, and a ramp installed at Beach 26th Street. Beach 24th and Beach 25th Streets will only have a stair. We designed the boardwalk access points to meet and/or exceed Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines for access throughout the full length of boardwalk. Nonetheless, I do understand that the new access design failed to provide ramp access at Beach 24th Street as was once provided. Parks desired a ramp in this location as well, and the final design did call for one, however its location necessitated approval from the adjacent property owners which was not granted.â&#x20AC;? Note that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;adjacent property ownersâ&#x20AC;? quoted in the Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representative state include Metroplex on Beach 25th Street and Wavecrest Gardens Apartments on Seagirt Blvd. Now three months later, after learning about these Beach 24th and 25th Streetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plight, RT also reached out to Parks Department and this was the spokespersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parks understands the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frustration regarding the ramp at Beach 24th and 24th streets. NYC Parks is looking into a remedy.â&#x20AC;? Keep reading RT to find out if this â&#x20AC;&#x153;remedyâ&#x20AC;? includes the much-desired ramp.

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Little League Recap HILLTOPPERS WIN MAJOR GIRLS CROWN; MORE TITLE GAMES THIS WEEKEND

The Graybeards Hilltoppers claimed the championship in Rockaway Little League’s Major Girls softball division with a 9-0 victory over the Knights of Columbus Pandas in Tuesday’s winner-take-all finale. Sofia Knoetgen and Tori Mullen combined on the one-hitter. The Hilltoppers were the regular season pennant winners but were stunned by the Pandas, 3-2, in the second round of the playoffs. With the tying run at the plate and two outs, Colleen Bambury sealed the upset with a strike out, sending the Pandas to the championship round. The final inning also featured a sparkling running grab by Hannah Chasnoff. Danielle Tansey scored the winning run with aggressive but smart base running. Hannah plated Alex Conaboy with a run in the

fourth inning. Colleen started the offense, driving in Jen Quagliariello who had tripled to deep left center. Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers were frustrated by superb pitching from Danielle and Colleen. Averi Dalron put a stop to a rally in the second inning with a great catch on a fly ball to short center, perhaps the turning point of the game. Relegated to the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament, the Hilltoppers rallied to a 13-3 win over the El Caribe Tigers to reach the championship round then grabbed a measure of revenge against the Pandas, powering to an 18-6 victory and setting up the finale. Details of the title game will be in next week’s edition. In the always competitive RLL playoffs, the Hilltoppers were not the only pennant winner to taste defeat. In Major Boys, the top two seeds (Drive Safe Rockies and American Legion Reds) both lost early round games. The Reds recovered with a tense

6-5 win over the Robin Shapiro Mariners but their season ended when the Rockies topped them, 6-3. The Rockies continued their resurgence on Tuesday, beating the Ridgewood Savings A’s, 104, to reach the championship round. It was a true team effort with all players contributing from top of line up to bottom of order. The Neponsit Realty Giants await them on Saturday. After finishing in last place during the regular season, the Giants have ridden outstanding pitching to three straight post-season victories. In Minor Boys, the top-seeded Wave Publishing Giants, stumbled in the second round, losing 14-5 to Henry Myers Plumbing Diamondbacks who have posted impressive, backto-back wins. Billy Benoit, Matt Bambury, Nolan Doherty and Max Coughlin all had multiple RBI hits for the D’backs. The defense was solid with Sammy Ayalew, Nick Coughlin, James Johnson and Gerard Guglielmo

in the outfield while Paul Burke and Matt McDonnell shared the hot corner duties. Highlight reel plays were made by Owen Conti with a running outfield catch and James Nichtern starting a rally-killing double play on a line drive hit to him at second base. Michael Nestor played like Keith Hernandez at first base with many scoops to save errant throws. The mighty also stumbled in Pee Wee Seniors as the regular season champ Currans Meats Orioles were knocked off 6-4 by the Breezy Dogs Shakes Rockies. With their backs to the wall, the Orioles rallied for an 8-7 win over the Belle Harbor Yacht Club A’s to keeps their hopes alive. DIAMOND DUST: Registration for the 2018 season is open. Go to rockawaylittleleagueny. website.siplay.com for details… We are look for volunteers for the annual Awards Breakfast. Contact Virginia Donahue at ginia77@aol.com for more information.

Jamaica Bay Softball WEEK 3 RECAP By The Commissioner

Heading into Week 3 we had five teams without a loss and five without a win. After Sunday we’re down to just two teams undefeated and only one that’s winless. Two teams that picked up their first wins of the season were Old Head and the Orioles as they split. Big congrats to Frank on his first win as manager. He said it was the best Fathers Day gift ever. Also putting a check in the W column for the first time was the Knights of Columbus as they swept the Misfits 9-6 & 5-3. The Mudsharks made easy work of the Chuggernauts, winning both 9-5 and 19-1. We had our first tie of the year, and then The Army beat the Member Berries in Game 2, 2-1. In low scoring games, the No-Shows beat the Kings 4-0 and then the Kings won the next one in extras by a score of 3-2. Last but not least, the Moneyballs are letting the league know they are for real as they took down the Champs 10-5 and 16-13. This is what we have on the sched-

ule for this Sunday, June 25. 9:30 a.m. Field 1, Old Head vs Chuggernauts - Chuggers are the only team in the league without a win, but yet are still talking about the playoffs. They need to win a game before they can start talking about playoffs. PREDICTION: Split. 9:30 a.m. Field 2, Member Berries vs Moneyballs - Moneyballs are 6-0 and four of their wins were against the two top teams in the league. They are making their case for being the top team. Member Berries haven't won since Week 1. The Berries need to win to stay in the race in a tight West division. PREDICTION: Moneyballs Sweep. 9:30 a.m. Field 3, Orioles vs Knights of Columbus - Knights looked like they shook off the rust and are back to business. The Orioles’ losing streak finally ended but we might see them start another one. PREDICTION: Knights of Columbus Sweep. 11:30 a.m. Field 1, Misfits vs No-

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Shows - Misfits need to bounce back after getting swept last week. The No-Shows just won then lost a tough game in extras. They need to take both to keep pace in their division. PREDICTION: Split. 11:30 a.m. Field 2, Morning Wood vs The Army - Battle of the camouflage jerseys. The Army are sitting in first place and undefeated. Morning Wood needs to play a lot better than they did last week or they can kiss their first place chances goodbye. PREDICTION: Split. 11:30 a.m. Field 3, Mudsharks vs Kings ***GAME OF THE WEEK*** - The Sharks are rolling after losing in Week 1. Kings finally lost and are sitting one spot ahead of the Mudsharks in the West division. These two games should be a battle ‘til the end. PREDICTION: Split. STANDINGS East 1. The Army 3-0-1

2. Morning Wood 4-2 3. Misfits 2-2 4. Knights of Columbus 2-4 5. Old Head 1-3 6. Orioles 1-5 West 1. Moneyballs 6-0 2. Kings 3-1 3. Mudsharks 4-2 4. Member Berries 2-3-1 5. No-Shows 1-3 6. Chuggernauts 0-4 We would like to let our readers know that the league is running a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $5 a chance. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Broad Channel Athletic Club Mardi Gras Fund. If you are interested in a ticket, please see any team or you can E-Mail JBSLCommish@gmail.com. Winner will be drawn at our All-Star Game on July 29. For up to date News, Schedules and Standings please visit www.leaguelineup.com/JBSL also check us out on Instagram @jamaicabaysoftballleague.


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