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Puerto Rico, Rockaway is Here For You By Kami-Leigh Agard Last week, Hurricane Maria hurled its power and devastated many islands in the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico. Now Rockaway’s Superstorm Sandy survivors and fellow Boricua lovers are stepping up in a big way to help the island that some locals call “hogar lejos del hogar,” (translated as “home away from home”). Adi Carter, a former Rockaway Beach resident and founder of Rincón’s yoga retreat, Redefining Balance, who permanently made Rincón, Puerto Rico her home, launched the Facebook page, “Rincón & Aguadilla Relief Fund and Check In” so folks on the mainland and Puerto Rico could communicate with each other about their safety and what they need so that others could donate towards relief efforts. If you go on the Facebook page, you will see locals and folks across the country desperately trying to find out if their loved ones are okay. One post reads, “Please help if you can. My husband and

CROM led a huge effort to collect supplies for PR.

I are looking for his dad. He lives in Rincón, and we haven’t heard from him since Maria hit. Please, if anyone knows and could verify he is okay, have him call from someone’s phone. We would greatly appreciate it.” Carter said, “I set up this FB page just for this purpose. We are all desperate to know if our loved ones, friends — all locals are safe. This was the only avenue I could think of. With the power grid down, limited cell phone

service, we all just want to know our friends are alive and kicking. As a Rockaway Beach resident, Sandy prepared me for Maria. I learned a lot about the power of community, and what together we can do to rebuild in a bigger and more resilient way. Because of my experience in Rockaway, as a surfer, I fell in love and immediately connected with Rincón, Aguada, Aguadilla, Isabela and other surrounding areas on PR’s northwest corner coast.

“Forget the shock value with the photos and videos we see in the news. Forget blaming the government. Any negative propaganda is not going to help. What PR needs is for folks to step up and show what community can and will do, like Rockaway did with Hurricane Sandy. Who knows the possibilities of how Maria can actually make PR more resilient and launch the road to another renaissance, similar to Rockaway? The power grid desperately needs to be revamped, the water supply and the overall sustainability of the island needs to be carefully re-thought and rebuilt. Rockaway is such a beautiful example of when folks really unite, a powerful resurgence is possible and will happen. That is my hope for my fellow Rincónians,” Carter said. If you want to donate towards Carter’s PR Hurricane relief efforts, you can donate directly to her PayPal account with her yoga company Redefining Balance at Continued on page 8

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The Rockaway Times Human Resource department is having a tough time setting bathroom limits for employees. That is, we would be, if we actually had an HR department. It seems a big stink is brewing as more and more companies struggle with determining how long is a reasonable time for employees to spend in the john. Word from the corporate world is that too many people are working on their make-up, visiting travel websites, napping, or playing games all under cover of the stall. Of course, households with several daughters have had battles through the years. But workplaces are now the new bathroom battlegrounds. For some, the workplace throne is now a place to multi-task. Although it used to be

a place for Numbers 1 and 2, it seems Numbers 3 through 10 are options now. Some employees update their Facebook statuses or Tweet important things like I’m in the bathroom. These bathroom malingerers, aka stall campers, are savvy enough to engage in such activities with their pants at their ankles in an effort to evade detection by employers and colleagues who suspect stalling in the stall. There’s no flushing away the hard feelings brewing. There are some people who are particularly miffed by potty potatoes (as opposed to couch potatoes) because they themselves can’t even use the work place john. In other words, they can’t do their business in their place of business. These are the people who have system shutdowns and cannot use facilities outside the comfort stations of their own home. They just can’t go. They’ve got the daily double: shy kidneys and shy bowels.

When I first came across this tempest in the toilet, I knew this would require further research. Who knew, for instance, that the can’t-goaway-from-home crowd had a counterpart? Apparently there are some people who will only relieve themselves at work because it’s on the employer’s dime. They feel like they are getting paid to go. Hey, I made a sh**load of money last year. It’s a mess according to Human Resource teams everywhere. How do they monitor loo etiquette? Some employees bring laptops in to the bathroom. Are they so dedicated to their work that they bring their work from their work cubicle to the private cubicle? Or is just a ruse? The employers and HR people are in a bind. What are they supposed to say, hey, what are you doing in there? And why is it taking so long? Bathroom monitor is sure to become one of the fastest growing job opportunities for college graduates. I hear some

schools are now offering degrees in Bathroom Management. It’s no easy job. There is more of a challenge than just standing outside the door with a stopwatch. Some of the aforementioned people who can’t go at work actually have no trouble going if they have an option. Some need to travel to a bathroom on another floor, away from people they might know. Others have to leave the building. They can let loose at a Starbucks but not in the office latrine. It won’t be long before some politician introduces the Employee Bathroom Leave Act allowing people time to find the right throne. And you can expect technology to offer options. Can’t use a bathroom? There’s an app for that. Oh, two things. Don’t tell me where you were when you read this. And wash your hands. (This column first ran in 2014. As soon as Boyle gets out of the john, he’ll write new material).

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payment@redefiningbalance. com Here in Rockaway, many locals and PR lovers are being proactive in Hurricane Maria disaster relief efforts including Sarah and Chris Romulo of CROM Physical Culture and Guy Nevirs (aka The Professor) of local popular band, Big Squid. The Romulos collected three truckloads of donations by locals. One of CROM’s members is an employee of JetBlue and according to Sarah and Chris, said that he would personally take the donated items down to PR. Sarah Romulo, even personally went shopping at big warehouse club, BJ’s, to buy more items for relief efforts. “As a parent and a neighbor, who survived and is still enduring everything after Sandy, it was in our hearts and souls to do this. All I want is to alert people, who are anxious to help, ‘Be careful what you donate. Be proactive, but patient, and realize that PR needs

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 basic necessities like water and batteries. The entire island has no electricity. We can all remember how a warm bath became such a luxury for us in Rockaway after Sandy. Let’s please, just band together and help PR, like many people nationwide paid it forward to us,” Romulo said. CROM is continuing to collect donations towards PR’s Hurricane Maria’s disaster relief. They are donating items to the Puerto Rican Family Institute. For more information, contact CROM at 718-945-1700. Guy Nevirs of Squid is also stepping up. Local band Big Squid will join forces with Puerto Rican trovador, Fernandito Ferrer this Friday, September 29, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Beach 106th concession to play music and raise funds for disaster relief in Puerto Rico. This past weekend at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club, Squid collected over $500 of which they donated 100 percent of proceeds towards PR. Rockaway Beach homeowner and PR native, Walter Meyer, is spearheading an effort to bring solar power to PR as most of

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the island is without electricity. "We have a tax deductible fund matching commitment of $50k from architect Jonathan Marvel. We are shipping in containers of solar equipment below wholesale cost, and building on site at community hubs throughout the country with volunteer technicians. However, we need to match the donation this coming week to activate the $50k wire transfer. If you know any corporations, individuals or organizations that could use a tax relief, and believe solar is the future for PR, the 501c3 fiscal sponsor will write a donation letter for the accountant. Solar libre!” Meyer said. To donate, visit: http://solparatodos.org/donate Other locals who have a piece of their hearts in PR advise people to not try head to there anytime soon. Brandon d’Leo of the Rockaway Beach Surf Club said, “Right now, everyone wants to go down and help. However, this is a serious humanitarian crisis. What we went through in Rockaway with Sandy was brutal, but we could still cross the bridge and get elec-

The Rockaway Times tricity, food, gas, water. What’s going in PR is completely different. There is no bridge where you can cross for any normalcy. I’m just thinking of my neighbors in Aguadilla. The elderly and children. How are they surviving? If you can’t truly rough it, don’t go. Don’t take from the resources that locals desperately need. Just do what you can from the mainland. Otherwise, I’ll see you there.” Alex Karinsky, president of the Rockaway Surfers Association and Conrad Karl, proprietor of Uma’s in Rockaway Beach and Uma’s Playa Jobos in Islabella, PR agreed. “Don’t go, if you can’t help. The area is in dire need of assistance and collaborative help, but don’t go and take away from the resources meagerly available right now,” Karinsky said. Karl said, “PR just needs our resources and willingness to help.” Karl has heard that Uma’s Playa Jobos is still standing, but has sustained damage to the outside areas of the restaurant. “As fellow Rockaway surfers and residents with homes in Rincón, Aguada , Isabe­ la and Aguadilla, PR is certainly ‘hogar lejos del hogar,’” Karl said.

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Rockaway’s Chef Julia Steinberg to Helm The Dropout at Riis Get ready foodie lovers! Riis Park Beach Bazaar is off to a new season in the off season with The Dropout, a new and exciting restaurant headed by Rockaway’s born-andbred Chef Julia Steinberg. Steinberg’s impressive background includes running local kitchens, including Rockaway Seafood, Red Hook’s Lobster Pound, this past summer’s popular Bay 9 standout, Rockaway Clam Bar, and the ever-notorious, but sorely missed, Whitney Aycock’s Whit’s End, which was booted from Riis by the National Park Service in late July (Miss Whit? You can still find his food at Old Man Chill near the marina in Arverne. For a location hint, check out whitsendrockaway on Instagram). Steinberg accelerated her culinary training at Chef’s Club New York under renowned Chef Didier Elena, where she studied a more traditional approach to fine dining. Steinberg is also well known for her regular solo pop-ups at local popular eating establishments, which

sell out after announcements of her upcoming presence in the kitchen. Over the years, Steinberg said that she developed her own personal touch of service and farmto-table consciousness, which became reflected in her menu design and private dining experiences. The Dropout’s grand opening is this Friday, September 29, and will feature recipes from Steinberg’s personal playbook. The menu will change weekly, rotating seasonal offerings such as fresh carpaccio tartare, sautéed pork fat edamame, fried spicy chicken sandwiches, heirloom tomato with garlic sauce, charred broccolini, whole fried porgy and much more! Each off season, Riis Park Beach Bazaar transforms Rockaway’s Riis summer hub at the iconic Bay 9 Art Deco pavilion into a gorgeous seaside destination for curated food and drink with massive flat screen TVs showing football, hockey, basketball and more within a heated dining room. Plus, if you would rather gaze outside, lap up the

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breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean while you feast. Heading into its third off season, RPBB has established itself as one of NYC’s premiere oceanfront dining and event spaces, boosting Rockaway as the hottest foodie destination and a reason to visit the beaches year-round. The Dropout will continue RPBB’s goal of making Riis the beachside place to be throughout the year. In addition to The Dropout, there will also be one-off, fun programming throughout the entire off season including the third annual Oktoberfest dubbed as “the first and only oceanfront Oktoberfest in NYC!” Check it out this Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, Octo-

ber 1 and next Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8. Other activities in the works include karaoke, game nights, music from local and visiting artists, a local holiday market and more! — Giving both locals and Rockaway's visitors even more reason to visit Riis year-round. The Dropout’s initial hours will be Wednesdays through Mondays, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with longer weekend hours and bar specials offered throughout the football season. Brunch service will be on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Note that parking is free through Memorial Day 2018. For more information, email: info@rpbeachbazaar.com

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Good Old Broad Channel Dear Editor, Why, I could walk down the boulevard, then Jamaica Bay Boulevard, all sand, and say hello to everyone. Now? Forget it. All new people, or perhaps grandchildren or great-grandchildren of the people I remember. Some of them even have the same names. Regardless, I’m still here in the old homestead or “Boathouse,” my dad, William, and his two brothers, Charles and Arthur, built on the boulevard in 1898 and completed in 1900. I was baptized, confirmed and married in the same church, Christ Church on Noel Road by Bishop Arthur Brooks, pastor. I’m in pretty good shape for my age, 90, since January 2017. And I don’t know how I got so old so fast. We had the greatest drug store, Whalen’s, run by Dan O’Sullivan and his wife. Frank O’Sullivan or Bill Morris would fill your prescriptions while old Frank, a retired Borden’s Milk Man, would whip you up a strawberry float while you waited at the soda fountain. Across the way was Gus Colberg’s Hardware Store. If you needed anything for the home, they had it. To get new soles on your shoes, you went to Mr. Minnie, the shoe repair man; or to John Goetke, the tailor, to shorten your skirt. On the other corner of West 10th Road was Hans Glass, the baker, where you got the best lemon meringue pie you ever tasted. Across from him was Dr. Louie Granierer; if you wanted to get better, you saw him. We also had Bodack’s, an A&P, Segerdell’s

The Rockaway Times dry goods; Dick Soliday and Ed Smith, fine meats; Rossi’s for fruit and veggies, Behr’s deli, a cleaner’s and even a liquor store. But two guys stopped in for lotto tickets and robbed the liquor store and that was the end of that. Also, there was Bob Berry, my nephew, the TV repair man. Do you remember Gus Brudermann who owned a restaurant between East 19th and 20th Roads on the boulevard? It was called Gus’ and later sold and renamed Harvey’s. Charlie Phillips rented the back room and called it The Bay Club. Maxi’s was on the corner of East 16th Road (now a bus stop and playground); it had two gas pumps out front and was sort of a grocery. They had Breyer’s ice cream by the quart and that was some quart— Yum Yum! Over on Channel Road in back was Hartell’s Grassy Point. Stop for a slug of booze or a bottle of beer, even during the Depression, if you had a nickel to spare. Down the boulevard a bit was Broad Channel Baths. Don’t forget to take a dip, weather permitting, or a ride on the merry-go-round. And stop on the way home at Weiss’ for a hamburger or at Sun Toy’s for a chow mein sandwich for 35 cents. Down at the north end of the Channel at 1st Road, have Bud fix your flat at Demerest and Stenson’s Shell garage. And I nearly forgot the old Enterprise Hotel over by the Long Island Railroad station, owned by Eugene and Ruth Bollermann. Their daughter Ruthie was my sister-in-law. (And be very careful whom you talk to in Broad Channel, they may be a relative.) Plus Dutch’s Barn where the American Legion is now. Then there is Noonan’s Inn on East 9th Road, the Brown Derby at the end of West 10th Road, Mauro’s Channel Inn by the Sluice (knocked down when they widened the boulevard in ’36) or Moran’s dance hall that stood for years. Continued on page 17


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Continued from Page 16 Or sometimes you’d take a day off and go to the Cross Bay Movie on Liberty Avenue or The Park at 116th Street in Rock Park to see Burgess Meredith and Betty Fields in “Of Mice and Men” or Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney in “Boy’s Town” or even Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery in “Tugboat Annie.” But there’s a couple of things I shall never forget— the old outhouse out back or the coal stove in the kitchen. And the memories shall always remain. You sure didn’t have to go out of Broad Channel for anything. We had it all right there—right here. I wonder if there is anyone

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left who remembers these places. I’d like to know. PS…My grandpa, Mickey Finn, was sports editor for the Daily Sun ‘til he drank himself to death. Muriel Stemmann

A Peach, Not Impeach Dear Editor, President Trump should not be impeached. The Democratic party should be feverishly searching right now for a brilliant, personable, beautiful strong female candidate for that Office. And we average caring dames should vote 'er in! I believe a woman can focus, handle emergencies and solve problems of great governmental magnitude. Most of Europe agrees with me. And she can deal with Congress properly: After all, we do have children. No, America, Trump should not be impeached. A 'Peach' should replace him. Maureen McNelis

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9/11 Dust Victims May Have a Claim By Katie McFadden Thousands of people lost their lives on September 11, 2001. But those who lost their lives that day were not the only victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center. In the 16 years since that tragedy, many have experienced the after-effects of breathing in the air while near Ground Zero. If you were living, working, volunteering or visiting Lower Manhattan in the days, weeks and months after September 11, 2001, and you’ve been diagnosed with a certain cancer of respiratory illness, you may be entitled to financial assistance. Rockaway native and attorney Bill Kelly may be able to help stake your claim. Bill Kelly of McCarthy/ Kelly LLP has joined forces with Barasch and Kreindler law firms that fought for the Zadroga Act, to help those whose illnesses may be connected to being exposed to

the dust in the air below Canal Street in Lower Manhattan. Those who were in the area following the collapse of the World Trade Center were exposed to asbestos, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, crystalline silica and

other dangerous toxins. A long-term study showed that the 9/11 dust was connected to 68 types of cancer, plus lung disease and respiratory illnesses. Over the years, many first responders who were down at Ground Zero

have been impacted, with some even dying as 9/11 continues to claim victims. However, those beyond first responders may have also been impacted. As someone originally from Rockaway, which was heavily impacted by loss on 9/11, Kelly is looking to help those in the neighborhood who may have been impacted by the dust following the event. “I was born and raised in Rockaway and my family has been there for more than 100 years, so I know tons of people that not only worked downtown, but also firemen from the area. Also, my brother-in-law, an FDNY Battalion Chief and Rockaway native, was diagnosed with 9/11 dust related respiratory illness that forced him into retirement at the FDNY. Many friends of mine from Rockaway have been diagnosed

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with cancers and respiratory illnesses in connection with working downtown after 9/11 so I’m motivated to help people make claims,” Kelly said. This isn’t the first time McCarty/ Kelly LLP has been focused on helping Rockaway residents. Over the past few years, they’ve been working hard to represent hundreds of Hurricane Sandy victims with flood claims. “That occupied several years of our work and it’s kind of winding down now, so 9/11 dust exposure victims is the next thing we’re returning our focus to. It’s something we had been working on, but we can now devote more resources to it, so we’ve teamed up with law firms that were instrumental in creating the law that allows this—the Zadroga Act,” Kelly said. The Zadroga Act was established to compensate people with 9/11 dust-related illnesses with $7.3 billion

worth of funding. Kelly says that anyone who was in the area for up to eight months following September 11, 2001, could be entitled to compensation if they have been diagnosed with a certain cancer or illness. “We’ve spoken to everyone from first responders to a guy who worked on the Statue of Liberty ferry that was diagnosed with a respiratory illness to a Rockaway client that worked an office job at 1 Centre Street and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with no family history of the disease. Thousands of people could have been affected by this,” Kelly said. Kelly and his firm are willing to help people with no strings attached, unless they win the case. “Our team will evaluate all claims at no cost. There is no fee unless we win. If we win the fee is only 10 percent.,” Kelly said. A person may have a valid claim if they were present in lower Manhattan, below Canal Street between September 11, 2001

and May 20, 2002; they have been diagnosed with cancer or a respiratory illness, which needs to be on the approved list of illnesses connected to the dust, and they have their illness certified by the WTC Health Program. The client only has two year to file the claim after certification by the WTC Health Program, Worker’s Comp or the Social Security Administration. The final date to file a claim is December 18, 2020. Kelly encourages those who may be impacted to see if they qualify. “The government doesn’t give money away. These funds are there to compensate people because they were wrongfully exposed to lethal poisons. The government said the air was safe so people returned to lower Manhattan. Later the government admitted that the air was highly toxic. People breathed the toxic air for months and months without knowing the truth. When the truth was revealed and the government admitted that

Page 21 the air was highly toxic it was too late. People were never given the choice to make an educated decision on whether or not to go back downtown. People were deceived. Now years later thousands of people are sick and dying,” Kelly said. “People will benefit from filing the claim because the illnesses caused by 9/11 dust are life-altering and in some cases life-ending. The federal government specifically made these funds available to people who inhaled 9/11 dust because these funds are necessary to care for the victims and their families. The diseases and illnesses caused by 9/11 dust are causing people to become disabled, shortening working lives, etc. There are thousands of people out there that don’t realize they are entitled to and deserving of these funds. We need to get the word out.” If you think you may have a case, contact Bill Kelly at 212-732-5040 or bk@mccarthykelly.com.

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Rockaway At Work - Elizabeth Smith of Amstel

By Frances Feuer Have you ever wondered what people do all day at their jobs? I have, and that’s the basis for this column, Rockaway at Work. What is a woman doing in an auto body shop? Running it! Liz Smith, and her father, Ruben, are the owners of Amstel Auto Body on Beach 74th Street. Smith gets to work at 8 a.m. and is supposed to leave at 5 p.m. But she generally ends up staying later than that. When I asked her what takes up most of her day, she laughed and said, “lots of phone calls.” But she does so much more than that! I wondered how she can keep track of every car, and what part it is up to in the repair process. She is quite organized, and showed me just how she does it. When a car comes in, she creates a folder. Once the insurance adjuster has seen the car, and sends a written estimate, she uses that to decide all the parts of the process it will go through, and when. What parts need to be purchased? Does it need restoration work? When

should it go to body and assembly? When should it be painted? Polished and compounded? When will it be ready to leave the shop? These dates are noted on the folder, and used as her guide. Also noted is who she spoke to at the insurance company, and when. Smith has the responsibility of making sure every part for every car is delivered. Approximately

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20 parts are delivered in one day, with orders coming in from all the different car companies, and she keeps track of them all. If a part doesn’t arrive, and there is a deadline, she sends an employee, or even drives out herself to get it. She describes her job as being there for the customer, “on their side, here to help.” Smith handles the finances, pays the bills, and takes care of all the paperwork. Her B.A. degree in Business Management from Brooklyn College, which she obtained this past May, certainly helps. She relies a lot on her staff of 13 employees. They include certified painters, prep and assembly workers, and body workers. “We have great workers, a great team, 100 percent professional.” Her job also involves obtaining a rental car for every customer who wants one. When I arrived, she had just finished meeting with representatives of Enterprise Car Rental. They offer door-to-door service, picking up the customer and taking them to the Enter-

prise location. Hertz, on the other hand, has cars on site. She writes the contract, hands them the keys, and the customer drives away in five to ten minutes. Smith says she’s fascinated by “seeing a car coming in destroyed, and leaving our shop like nothing ever happened to the car.” According to Smith, the best part of her job is the “satisfaction of seeing the customer’s face when they pick up their vehicle.” Her father, Ruben, has been in this business for 38 years. He followed his brothers into the business…. “they were body men.” Smith grew up around this business, and became interested. Smith is one essential part behind Amstel’s success. Amstel will soon be opening an additional location on Beach 71st Street and Beach Channel Drive, which will include glass repair, as well as body work. Most notably, Smith handles all of this with a sweet smile, and lots of patience. I was impressed. Just as I suspected, Rockaway works hard!


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Mayoral Candidate Malliotakis Pays a Visit By Katie McFadden Mayoral hopeful, Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis stopped by the Neponsit Property Owners Association meeting on Tuesday, September 26, to explain why voters should choose her on Election Day. Before a crowd at West End Temple, Malliotakis, the daughter of Greek and Cuban immigrants, introduced herself as the Assemblywomen for District 60, covering Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and the East Shore of Staten Island, for almost seven years. “The City is spending $15 billion more than we were the last year that Bloomberg was in office. Do you think we’re better off than we were then?” Malliotakis asked. “I feel really good about this campaign because I feel that there’s not much excitement coming from Mayor de Blasio’s base because he’s failed them.” Malliotakis says she under-

stands some of Rockaway’s unique issues following Hurricane Sandy. “Your district and mine were the most devastated by the storm. I had to work to try to cut the bureaucracy and red tape and it’s been a disaster. I’ve come up with a plan for how to make improvements to things like the Build it Back (BiB) program, the red tape and the amount of money that’s being spent on these projects. We have a home in Staten Island valued at $250K and BiB spent $700,000 to rebuild it. This program has been mismanaged. I hope it doesn’t happen, but I have made a plan for what we’d do differently if it were to happen again,” she said. With limited time, she did not go into details about the plan, but it is available at www.nicolemalliotakis.com. Malliotakis also touched upon the homeless crisis within the city. “I plan to address this issue by investing in supportive housing, which

will save the city money in the long run. The city is spending $500K a night to house the homeless in hotels and de Blasio plans to build 90 shelters across the city. He’s trying to commit people to the shelter system as opposed to creating supportive housing or veteran housing to help them transition out of the shelter system and give them skills so they can get a good paying job and support their families,” she said, adding that she would support these actions. She addressed how de Blasio says education has improved, yet 60 percent of students are failing state math and reading exams and 80 percent of public school graduates that enter the CUNY system need remedial math, writing and reading. “We’re spending too much money at the top level of bureaucracy. We need to make sure the money is being spent on classroom needs,” she said.

Transportation is another hot-button issue. “There are 70,000 delays a month on the subway and the mayor refuses to work with the governor on this issue. Politicians tend to look at how to spend money to get immediate political benefit and aren’t as concerned with investing in infrastructure for growth. We need to upgrade our systems, which is going to take a decade to do, but now is the time. The money is there for an emergency plan and then we need to look more long-term to provide revenue towards transit.” Malliotakis ended by saying, “the bottom line is this that things like quality of life, homelessness, and transit are basic responsibilities of the mayor. The job of the mayor isn’t to be fighting international affairs or ideological wars. It’s to take care of the city’s citizens and make sure people get basic services. This mayor has failed this city.”

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Couple Of Things To Watch For By Peter Galvin, MD Recently a medical journal had some interesting information that I would like to share with you. The first involved a patient who suffered second degree burns from an MRI scanner. MRI scanners emit powerful radiofrequency energy, which can create heat. In this report, the patient had undergone an MRI for a skin infection of the right thigh and developed second degree (redness, pain, and blisters) burns of both inner thighs. Thermal burns are a little-known (in the lay community) potential cause of injury from MRI scanning. Most burns associated with MRIs occur in patients con-

nected to external metal devices such as EKG leads and pulse oximeters. A much less common cause of burns can occur when the patient’s body is touching the radiofrequency coils or when the patient has skin-toskin contact inside the scanner. Skin-to-skin contact can cause the scanner to emit high-power radiofrequency pulses that are conducted through the body, creating heat. When the patient has skin-to-skin contact it can create a closed-conducting circuit, or loop. The current flowing through this circuit creates heat and can cause burns. In this case, the patient admitted that he had moved his legs together be-

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fore the scan and he was burned where his thighs touched. MRI technologists are well trained in all aspects of safety including skin-to-skin contact, but in this case the patient moved his legs after being properly positioned by the tech. The second bit of information concerns the shingles, or herpes zoster (HZ) vaccine. Following primary infection with the varicella-zoster virus, usually in childhood, the virus remains dormant for many years in the spinal nerve roots. The reason it reactivates causing shingles is not well understood but is thought to be associated with a decline in a person’s immune system. Human immune systems decline naturally with age, with prolonged use of corticosteroids (i.e. prednisone) or other immune-suppressing medications, in persons with cancer, and with infections like HIV. Shingles in the general population occurs between three and five per thousand but rises to 13 to 15 per thousand after age 60. The varicella vaccine, which has been available for about 20 years, does not protect against shingles

and shingles caused by the vaccine-strain virus do occur. In 2006 the FDA approved the use of Zostavax, a live-attenuated (weakened) strain of the varicella zoster virus manufactured by Merck. The vaccine, like all vaccines, is not 100 percent effective at preventing shingles and it does not protect against postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). PHN occurs in eight to 32 percent of people with shingles and the incidence increases with age. PHN can cause severe, persistent and debilitating pain in the area that was affected by shingles and may last from three months to as long as 10 years or longer. Zostavax is licensed for use in adults 50 and older but is approved by insurance plans only for those 60 and older. Recent research has shown that the immunity against shingles due to the vaccine is essentially gone in 10 years, and while repeat vaccination is not currently approved, it soon may be approved. So if you are 60 or over, see your doctor about getting vaccinated. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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Facing Fear Fear, realize it’s there and how it makes you feel, but acknowledge that one day you will look back on how silly it all is. Everyone has some kind of fear in their life. Being truthful and honest with your emotions is the best medicine to calm your fears and anxieties. There is a place and time for everything. All you have to do is recognize and respect how you feel. No judgments, no hang-ups, no embarrassment, just own it and become the witness of it all. The only thing I fear is injury or loss of my loved ones. But I accept that one day they may not be here

and often I pray I go first. That is the easy way out for sure. I believe there is something so much greater than what exists in this life but I don’t know anything for certain. So I make the decision to believe. Believe that fear exists for everyone in one form or another. The greatest gift you can give to yourself is to let go of these thoughts or preconceived notions that something bad is going to happen. One of the greatest benefits of teaching yoga or taking a class is that you stay on your mat with your breath and movements without ever thinking about things that give

you anxiety or fears. It is a special time with yourself, your positive intention and your higher source. It is as if the higher source takes over the space and allows you to connect to something special within. You begin to let go of life and all the struggles that come with it. There are many moments of peace along with the struggles of staying on your mat in the pose. There are times that you are tested on the mat, but if you stay focused with your breath and the asana (pose), you will release the struggles that you deal with on and off the mat. But you must sit with discomfort and learn to witness it as it passes by you. I have learned to overcome fear in my life by leaning into it. Not running away or ignoring the issues but facing them head on. I know fear can be caused by crazy thoughts that may never even happen. I would like to offer the following for those of you who struggle with fear and anxiety. Take a really deep breath in through the nose and open your mouth to let out the air. Breathe like this for three breaths. Then close your mouth and breathe in through your nose and exhale out.

Page 31 As you breathe in, count to four, pause then exhale out to the count of four, pause and inhale to four, pause, exhale four, pause and continue breathing like this for two to five minutes. Add a finger mudra, connecting your thumb and ring finger to touch, Prithivi Mudra. This mudra helps to alleviate physical weakness and enhance stability and balance. It helps to overcome fear. Practice breathing in for the count of four, pausing, exhaling out for four, pausing and using this mudra to overcome fear and anxiety. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. “I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers flow in the right direction, will the earth turn as it was taught, and if not, how shall I correct it? Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven, can I do better? Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows can do it and I am, well, hopeless. Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it, am I going to get rheumatism, lockjaw, dementia? Finally, I saw that worrying had come to nothing. And gave it up. And took my old body and went out into the morning.” ~ Mary Oliver

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Beach 101st Gets a Touch of Beauty after many, many months of planning and design,” the RBCA said on its Facebook page. This is one of many gardens along the boardwalk that have been planted over the past few months. The Rockaway Civic Association and the Shore Garden Club have also been working all summer to beautify parts of Belle Harbor and Rockaway Park.

Beach 101st is looking good. Last weekend, the Rockaway Beach Civic Association (RBCA) stepped up to help beautify the area by the boardwalk with a garden in a project spearheaded by RBCA President Marni Rhyne. “With a generous grant from Citizens Committee for New York City and help from the NYC Department of Parks and

Recreations, RBCA Executive Board planted this perennial garden in record breaking temperatures on Saturday! We especially thank Izzy, Carolyn, Josh, Portia, Darryl, and Adriana from Parks! We also thank Ken from The Garden Gallery - Inwood, NY for the amazing quality plants and all the help in planning the garden! We are very happy with the outcome,

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ROCKAWAY IS READING NEED A GOOD BOOK?

By Martha Rossi I am a 42-year-resident of Rockaway, and spent 15 years as a Library Media Specialist in a local grammar school. I love to read, and especially enjoy exchanging book recommendations with my friends. In this article, I would like to introduce you to Swedish author, Fredrik Backman, and all of his novels. He is the author of four novels and a novella, and I greatly enjoyed them all. He is best known for his best-selling, debut book, A Man Called Ove. The central character, Ove, is a cantankerous, 55-yearold retiree whom you initially find extremely difficult to like. But as the story progresses, Backman makes the reader emotionally invested in Ove. We learn the heartbreaking circumstances that have molded Ove into the

curmudgeon he is. Bachman infuses his character with wit and warmth that is endearing. Overall, A Man Called Ove is a story of love and rebirth. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is about the special bond between an eccentric grandmother and her precocious seven-year-old granddaughter, Elsa. It is a story of forgiveness, acceptance, love, and loss. Elsa’s grandmother sends her on a quest that brings to life the fairytales she has told. The characters are embodied by the neighbors in her apartment house, each of whom has their own story and unique relationship with the grandmother. This was, by far, my favorite of all of Bachman’s books, and well worth the read. Just as Ove goes on a journey of self-discovery, so does

Britt-Marie in Backman’s third novel, Britt Marie Was Here. She leaves her cheating husband, and starts a new life in a dying town. The oddball cast of characters have a profound impact on the protagonist, as she sets to transform not only the members of the soccer team, but the whole town and herself in the process. Beartown, Backman’s latest novel, is a story of flawed characters united by their love of hockey. Tragedy occurs which tests a family, and questions if morality and decency should take a back seat to winning. Backman tackles homophobia, peer pressure and bigotry with grace and humanity. Backman’s art is his simple but emotive language. He says things simply but profoundly. You will root for his characters, feel their pain,

wince at their awkwardness, and laugh out loud at their stubbornness and insight. If you like Backman’s books, you will appreciate Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It portrays the title character as a social misfit much like Ove. She grows throughout the novel, even as we learn the tragic events that scarred her, and haunt her still. Like Backman, Honeyman uses humor to brighten her prose and give her characters depth. You really want Eleanor Oliphant to be completely fine. If readers would like to send me their favorite recommendations, I would enjoy including them in a special Rockaway is Reading section in each column. Please no politics or religion. You can email me at RTCoveringbooks@hotmail.com

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RESILIENCE MEASURES By Alex Zablocki Like many of you, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) welcomed the reopening of the full Rockaway boardwalk this summer. JBRPC is energized by a series of exciting milestones achieved over the past few months in the Rockaways by our partners, government agencies and our organization. While the reopening of the boardwalk is a major milestone in Rockaway’s recovery post-Sandy, we know that more needs to be done to ensure the long-term sustainability of parklands and overall resiliency of the Rockaway community. With recent storms such as Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, we are reminded that Mother Nature is both unpredictable and unforgiving. In Rockaway, the best buffer we have to protect us from extreme weather and climate change are our salt marshes, beaches and dunes. While maintaining the integrity of these natural areas is one piece of the

overall resilience strategy, it is key to providing Rockaway with protection from dangerous storms. As part of our mission, as a nonprofit organization charged with providing support to the National Park Service and NYC Parks in Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways, we seek to support these natural areas and restore them, and by doing so improve habitat, help sustain open spaces and protect inland areas from the threats of storms and climate change. For example, JBRPC partnered with The Nature Conservancy to restore parkland in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to improve the ecological health of habitats, increase resiliency, and enhance visitor experience at the Refuge. In over 14-acres of the Refuge, this project restores native plant communities, including flood and salt-tolerant plants, to create better habitat for migratory birds and improve the site’s ability to recover from future floods, and provide a natural buffer to surrounding communities.

On October 21 and 28, hundreds of volunteers are needed to help plant over 17,000 trees and shrubs as part of this project. If you would like to assist in this effort, please visit our website at http://www. jbrpc.org/volunteer/. Get to know our parks. Did you know that Floyd Bennett Field, New York City’s first municipal airport now part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, plays an important role in protecting the Rockaways and Jamaica Bay from storms? With our partners at the National Park Service, NYC Parks and the Natural Areas Conservancy, the JBRPC is preparing for future shoreline restoration projects through the support of the Marian S. Heiskell Beach Grass Nursery at Floyd Bennett Field. While the nursery may be located in Brooklyn, native beach grasses grown at this 3.25-acre site are used to stabilize dunes and other natural areas buffering the Rockaway coastline from storms and sea level rise.

Floyd Bennett Field also offers both natural and active recreation areas, including camping, bird watching, fishing, hiking and kayaking. Visitors can also learn about the parks important place in aviation history at the Ryan Visitor Center and the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP) located at Hangar B. We want to hear from you. As we approach the five-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, JBRPC is co-hosting a three-part event titled “Science of the Living City: New York City’s Coastal Future: What Can Jamaica Bay Be?" This free public event takes place October 10, 17 and 24 and will bring together voices from over 25 local organizations to discuss current life in the Jamaica Bay watershed and its future. For more information, please visit: http://bit.do/resilienceseries. If you would like more information on JBRPC, including volunteer opportunities and events, please visit www.jbrpc.org.

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By Kami-Leigh Agard

ly. But wait, stick around for no beer...That's why we drink the after-party, and get served ours here.” Sláinte! with another round of enter203 Beach 116th Street tainment featuring live music from Rockaway’s wildly popSunday, October 1 ular Indaculture and Rattrap 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bumpkin at the Tiki Bar. Forget the Monday blues. Beach 119th Street End your weekend with another round of live music on Saturday, September 30 the boardwalk featuring some Noon surprise guests. This may be Prost! The 3rd Annual Riis your last chance for the last Park Oktoberfest is this week- dance under the stars. With end. Celebrate with some Ger- the ocean in the backdrop and man beer, the opening of new great music floating in the air, seasonal restaurant The Drop- what better way to nourish out and music by the Bike East your soul as you finally emTin Pan Trio and Walkr & The brace the fall days ahead? Brotherhood of the Grape. Beach 106th Concession Riis Park Beach Bazaar Sundays Saturday, September 30 6 p.m. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Come out and be blessed by Alas! It’s the last weekend live and direct positive vibrafor live music on the board- tions at Reggae Sunday Splash at walk at Caracas! With the the Rockaway Brewing Company weather still balmy as ever, hosted by Rockawavesradio, Max party it up as surprise guests Power Productions’ ROCK AWAY dish up some sounds that will Rockaway and Vinyl Makes Me have you wistfully finally bid- Happy Hour. This week’s special ding adieu to dancing in the guest — The Foundation Band. open air under the stars, but 415 Beach 72nd Street no need to fret, one more day to go! Mañana! Thursdays Beach 106th Concession 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Rockaway Brewing CompaSaturday, September 30 ny’s Open Mic Night features an 9 p.m. eclectic array of musicians and This evening, close out the vocalists who take the stage last night of September with a to share their live music. Of blast! Who else can faithfully course, guitarist extraordinaire, deliver a festive night of live Jammin' Jon, and Irish crooner, music than Rockaway’s home- John Baxter are local favorites, town rock n’ roll band, Gray- but don’t be afraid to take the riders! If good ol’ classic rock mike and share your musical like the Grateful Dead, Stones, talents! CCR and Van Morisson gets 415 Beach 72nd Street your heart rejoicing, tonight OTHER ART NEWS is your ticket to a 60s/70s-infused ride at Thai Rock. The Rockaway Artist Alliance 375 Beach 92nd Street is calling for RAA members-only entries for their upcoming Saturday, September 30 ArtSplash 2017 exhibit. In this 9 p.m. juried exhibition, artists are Tonight, take a walk down free to explore any theme and memory lane at Rogers, and it’s open to all media. $35 entry get a perfect pint of your fa- fee for a maximum of six works. vorite 60s and 70s music with Submissions must be received Rockaway’s own Mike Byrnes by October 20. For further info, and surprise guests. Chase it visit: www.rockawayartistsaldown with a quenching bev- liance.org/upcoming-exhierage of your choosing, and bitions, call 718-474-0861 or you’ll get a sound reminder email: info@raanyc.org of why, “In heaven there is sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden

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Our days of the Rockaway Groan, (succinctly coined by Rockaway Times Publisher, Kevin Boyle) are almost over, but don’t weep, there’s still much to enjoy! The boardwalk concessions and other local hot spots are still hopping with fabulous live music, theater and arts. So stick around, there’s still a lot to do on the Rock! LIVE MUSIC: Friday, September 29 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Rockaway’s big band, Big Squid joins forces with epic Puerto Rican trovador, Fernandito Ferrer to pay it forward for disaster relief in Puerto Rico. With Squid’s always-fabulous funk and NOLA acoustics powerfully combined with Ferrer’s soulful percussive guitar-playing style, use of looper effects pedals and impressive tenor range — this is a musical feast you won’t want to miss! All proceeds go towards helping the Maria-devastated island. Caracas, Beach 106th Concession Friday, September 29 8:30 p.m. Tonight, find out why Austin, Texas singer/songwriter, Ricky Stein, has been dubbed by nationwide media as a “Rising Talent to Watch.” Whether performing as a soloist with a blues harp and a J-45 or going full-throttle with a rock and roll band, Stein delivers nothing but soul in his eclectic blend of folk, blues, rock, and country. Check him out at Thai Rock. 375 Beach 92nd Street Saturday, September 30 10 a.m. Back by popular demand, it’s the Indabumpkin 4’s volleyball tournament! With DJ Kuff Daddy entertaining the crowd, while Rockaway’s finest v-ball players serve their best for the crown, this will be a fun day for the entire fami-

Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rockaway Artist Alliance Oils & Acrylics Painting Class with instructor, Joseph Perez (www. seapainter.net). Students bring their own supplies. Pay-AsYou-Go. $20 RAA Member / $30 Non-member sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden RAA offers a wide variety of art classes, including Oils & Acrylics Painting and Screen Printing. To receive weekly updates on series of classes and one-time workshops, email: j.dalid@raanyc.org and or call 718-474-0861 Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. On weekends through October 8, the Rockaway Artists Alliance showcases its Salon Show 2017. This non-juried exhibition features artists displaying a variety of themes and mediums, including but not limited to painting, watercolor, photography, print, poetry and literature and sculpture. For further info, call 718-474-0861 or email: info@raanyc.org sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden Theater in Rockaway (Yes, Rockaway has its own theater company!) In 2011, the Rockaway Theatre Company brought you Rockaway Cafe – A Decade of Dynamite! and by popular demand, it’s back! Come and enjoy the musical revue directed by John Gilleece, and musical arrangements and direction by the amazing duo, Jeff & Heather Arzberger that has titillated audiences for over a decade. Tickets are now up for sale. Note that the show sells out quickly, so seize the chance to get your hands on some tickets! Show dates are November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19. Visit: www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org Got info on live music and art exhibitions coming up in Rockaway and Broad Channel? Send it to kami@rockawaytimes.com

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Around The House

Your Boiler 101 By Adam Magniccari Owner/Operator of Solo Plumbing & Heating & Belle Harbor Plumbing Yes indeed, summer is over and even though it doesn’t feel like it yet, the cold weather will be here before you know it. That means one thing; time to get your heating system and other winter “to-do’s” checked off your list. Now, I know what you’re all thinking….my boiler is brand new since Sandy… what could possibly need to be checked? And the answer is simple. Absolutely everything. The reality is that every new boiler is more like a computer than a heating system. It runs on sensors and safeties and computer chips just like everything else these days

and the reality is that all these components are much more sensitive than the boilers of a generation ago. The good news is that every boiler, whether it be steam or hot water, is designed to be completely safe. Unfortunately, if any of the controls sense even the slightest thing wrong, the entire system simply won’t work. It’s not like the old days where you go down to the basement with a match, throw it in and magically the boiler comes on. So before its too late, it’s a good idea to check that everything is working properly. The steps to check your heating system are simple: 1. Turn on your thermostat. Make sure it doesn’t have any dust around or near it. Go

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down to the basement and make sure the boiler comes on. 2. Bend down to check the color of the flame. You should see a uniform light blue color on each burner. 3. If you have a STEAM HEATING SYSTEM, drain the water out of it several times until the water comes out clear into a bucket. 4. Dust off the boiler itself and its surrounding controls. Vacuum underneath and around your boiler. Some electronic components fail just because they have dust on them. Move any flammable objects from around the boiler such as carpets and old artwork. The boiler room should be for the boiler and hot water systems only. 5. Let the system run for at least 20 minutes and make sure all the radiators get hot. Bleed any radiators that are not getting hot. 6. Last, but possibly the most important thing you can do while you’re in that boiler room, is change the batteries

The Rockaway Times of the carbon monoxide detector. Oh, what’s that? You don’t have one down there? Get one. It is the most important room of the house to have one. Do not place it directly over the boiler as sometimes it will go off due to the heat but please put it in the vicinity. It is the smallest thing that can literally save your life. Dedicating a little time and effort will assure a safe and warm winter season for all. If you have any questions in regard to your house’s heating system, feel free to email me (1soloplumbing@gmail.com). Make sure you attach a picture of your boiler so I can appropriately advise. Stay warm.

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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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Life With Our “Artistic” Child By Kami-Leigh Agard

Nonverbal Autism Will my nonverbal child with autism ever learn to speak? This is a question that has plagued me since my daughter suddenly one day, just stopped saying words, even when her favorite bag of crisps was temptingly dangled in front of her. The first day it occurred, I thought to myself, maybe she was in a mood. That mood lasted days, months, years and today at eight years old, nothing. It particularly seemed strange as you would assume her mom ate a parrot’s bottom from birth and her dad, from in the womb, was excitedly spewing aeronautical scientific equations. Admittedly, sometimes I start to lose hope, asking myself if there is some miracle potion that I can give her? Perhaps, feeding her a parrot’s bottom may not be such a bad idea after all! Then one night, coming home from a Depeche Mode concert, I was reflecting on the mesmerizing image of a cartoonish figure with just legs adorned with boots walking across the screen, as Depeche’s lead singer, Dave Gahan, sang “Walking In My Shoes.” Then I had a Eureka moment! What if my daughter had a live visual of an action on a screen, where she could see the movement, mimic it, and possibly say it? I came home and researched, and came across

an article about Assistive Technological Devices (ATD) for nonverbal people on the autism spectrum by Susan Stokes. “According to the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-407), assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, off-the-shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Basically, AT is any kind of technology (lowtech or high-tech) that can be used to enhance the functional independence and quality of life for a person with a disability.” After reviewing the high prices of such devices, (some over $1,000), I contacted a few people in the special educational field about how I could possibly get the NYC Board of Education to pay for such a device. I learned that the school district is required to provide appropriate (AT) when it supports your child’s access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that children with disabilities have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), which is a written plan for educating a child with a disability. The

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IEP describes the educational program and services that the IEP team feels will meet your child’s specific needs, such as school placement, services, and equipment. When AT is included in an IEP, it is the school’s responsibility to make sure it is provided. If you think about it, we all use AT every day, whether we have a disability or not. Reading glasses, step stools and garage door openers are all examples of technology that makes our lives easier. So I contacted the speech therapist at my daughter’s school about possibly getting AT for my daughter both at school and at home. I was told that due to her “inability to stay on task with certain activities, pressing a knob on a device to communicate, may be beyond her capabilities.” However, she was more encouraging. “Presently, we are using Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), which is a system where she uses physical pictures to match upcoming tasks. For

example, ‘We are at school, where is your backpack? She would then take the picture of the backpack and attach it to the poster showing her school day’s itinerary,” she said. We also have a dedicated and loving speech therapist who comes to our home and recognizes that our daughter is a kinesthetic learner, meaning she learns better through carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations, and patiently works with her, and successfully encourages words that sound like “Go,” Jump,” and “Come.” Hey, whatever works, but let’s all stay the course! Who knows the abundant possibilities with our determination and refusal to accept a "no" or "he/she can't?" The next Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Families support group will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 19. Stay tuned for a location. For info about our group, email: ourartisticchild@outlook.com or visit our Facebook page.

Aileen F. Kehoe Retired Teacher

Aileen F. Kehoe died 9/24/17 She was a resident of Rockaway for 57 years and a parishioner of St. Francis de Sales for many years. Aileen is survived by Sons, Thomas (the late Carol), Vincent (Lisa), Gregory (Lonnie), Daughter, Aileen Kaylor (the late Brian), and her Sister Anne LaValley, 13 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, 91-05 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway, NY. There was a Funeral Mass on Wednesday at St. Francis De Sales, Belle Harbor, NY

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Blast on the Boulevard The first Rock-A-Block Blvd on Saturday, hosted by the Rockaway Business Alliance, was a big hit. On Saturday, September 23, Rockaway Beach Boulevard, from Beach 89th to Beach 94th, was closed off for an all-day fun festival. From magic to pizza and pie eating contests, to dance performances and more, kids and par-

ents alike were thrilled. If you missed it, don’t fret. It’ll all be happening again on Saturday, October 7, from noon until 5 p.m. Photos by John Cori.

Fort Tilden Army Center Plan Approved for NYPD Use The former Fort Tilden Army Reserve Center across from Roxbury gained approval to remain as an NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau Training Facility instead of becoming a homeless shelter. On Tuesday, September 26, the Fort Tilden Local Redevelopment Authority voted to approve a redevelopment plan that would dispose the federal property at Fort Tilden to the City of New York. The disposition would continue the use of the New York Police Department (NYPD) Counterterrorism Bureau for its training facility on the 9.15-acre property located at 415 State Road. The redevelopment plan will next be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process that governs the transfer of surplus military property. Once approved by the federal government, it will be conveyed to the NYPD at no cost. “The community has a sound, long-term plan for the reuse of the Fort Tilden Army Reserve Center,”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said. “This would be an opportunity for the NYPD to have a cutting-edge counterterrorism training facility that will enhance the security of our borough, city and region. We look forward to the federal government’s review of the redevelopment plan and are optimistic that this property will continue to be of benefit to the public for decades to come.” When the site was declared “surplus property” in June 2015, Borough President Katz formed the Fort Tilden Local Redevelopment Authority to review and recommend ideas for adapting the site for public benefit use. The Fort Tilden Local Redevel-

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police, fire and other first responder agencies and private security firms from the Northeast region. The Fort Tilden Local Redevelopment Authority concluded that the site was not a feasible location for homeless services due to various reasons including the site’s remoteness, limited mass transportation access, lack of housing, and environmental remediation needs. The New York City Department of Homeless Services has also stated that the site is not part of the City’s plan for providing homeless services, which has a focus on sheltering homeless people in or near their home neighborhoods so they remain close to family members and other support networks that can help them climb out of homelessness. Once the plan is found in compliance with the Base Closure Community Redevelopment and Homeless Assistance Act and approved by the U.S. Department of Defense, the site will be conveyed to the NYPD at no cost, provided that the NYPD continues to use it for public benefit.

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Skillet Sausage and Cabbage By Sharon Feldman Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 package (10 oz) Natures Promise Sweet Apple Sausage, sliced 1 small Savoy Cabbage, sliced thin 1 small onion, diced 1 can (10 ½ oz) Original Rotel Tomato Sauce 3-4 teaspoons brown sugar 1 – 4 oz cup cinnamon apple sauce 1 – 4 oz cup apple juice 1 tablespoon butter Olive oil Directions: Add a little olive oil to coat pan with ½ tablespoon butter. Add sliced sausage. Once browned (approximately 10 minutes) remove on to a paper towel. Add the rest of the butter, onion and sauté 5-10 min-

utes. Add the sliced cabbage. Mix through. Add the apple sauce and apple juice. Sprinkle brown sugar. Mix thoroughly. Add back the sausage; add the Rotel tomato sauce and cook on medium heat until the cabbage gets soft. I like it a little crunchy so you need to play with it. This dish adds a little sweet and spicy.

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been funded by New York City's Mayors Office of Recovery and Resiliency d. reefs, which can prevent great damage during storms (refer to Surfing Narrow Neck Gold Coast, Australia at www.Youtube.com/ watch?V=dv4n1) This video demonstrates how artificial reefs can be employed to delay erosion. These suggestions will be cost effective in the long term and prevent loss of life and billions of dollars in property damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, along with some of the storms and nor'easters which have affected our area in the interim. Along with loss of life due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, a storm

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 that recently destroyed Texas and the Gulf, it has been estimated the devastating damages will incur $100-$200 billion dollars in repairs. As this article is being written, Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria are a threat to the East Coast. In the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP), which is conceptual in nature, Congress has allocated $3.8 billion dollars for projects of this nature. However, there is only $1.8 billion dollars available for multiple projects in the New York tri-state area. In an article entitled, "Schumer and Gillibrand Announce Over $263 million dollars in Anti-Terrorism Funding for NYPD” in the Rockaway Point News on September 15, 2017, it was reported that federal funding will be coming through the U.S. Department of Homeland's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Urban Areas Security In-

itiative (UASI). New York has been allocated 30 percent of the UASI funds. In the “Looking Back 40 Years Ago” column of The Wave, September 15, 2017 it was reported, "Well the beach replenishment program is completed. Now we'll just have to sit back and watch for the first winter storm to wash it all away." We applaud senators Schumer and Gillibrand for obtaining funds for anti-terrorism for our great City. It's now five years after Superstorm Sandy and it is time to follow up with Coastal Resiliency funds to further protect our beaches! High surf during Hurricane Jose this week caused water to reach our berms, especially on the west end of the peninsula. There will be a Rockaway Peninsula Petition for Permanent Protection circulating around town. You are urged to download an electronic

Page 47 copy of the blank petition by emailing RockawayStormProtection@gmail.com. You will receive an email back with an electronic copy of the petition for you to print out and get signatures. There will be instructions on the form on how to complete the petition. Petitions will also be circulating through the local civic associations and in select places around town. Please get signatures from your friends and neighbors on the entire Rockaway peninsula including Broad Channel. Petitions with signatures can be dropped of to The Rockaway Times at 114-04 Beach Channel Drive or to The Wave at 88-18 Rockaway Beach Blvd., no later than Monday October 23, 2017. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Hank Iori at (917) 518-3147, Elda Vale at (917) 612-8935 or John Roberts at (917) 7348711.

Local Man Badly Injured at ‘Dayton Plaza’ By Kami-Leigh Agard On Monday, September 25, if you happened to be shopping at Rockaway Commons, locally referred to as the Dayton Plaza on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, you may have noticed that the middle driving entry to the plaza was haphazardly blocked off by police tape and a shopping cart. Angry locals contacted The Rockaway Times (RT) to let us know that a 67-year-old Far Rockaway man was badly injured after falling through an open metal grate at the catch basin located at the entry of the plaza in front of Key Food supermarket. Friends of the injured man, Thaddeus (last name withheld), immediately called 911 for an ambulance, and he was transported to St. John's Episcopal Hospital’s emergency department. According to reports, he has been discharged from St. John’s, however “is in a lot of pain and has swelling” due to the gashes on his foot after being deeply sliced by rusty metal sticking up from the grate. On Tuesday, September 26, the RT went to check if the entryway

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was still blocked off. We found that the tape was torn down and the shopping cart was removed, but the catch basin with the protruding metal was still in disrepair. One local resident, “Rog,” said that someone tore down the tape. “That grate has been in bad condition for months, and Thaddeus is the seventh person I witnessed falling through. One older lady fell this past May. It’s terrible, especially at nights, when it’s even more dangerous because you can’t see where you are stepping. “Thaddeus is still in shock. He’s been coming here for years depositing his bottles, and unluckily as he was pushing his cart through the entryway, he fell

through. I just hope he’s going to be okay, and somebody gets this damn thing fixed before something even more serious happens,” Rog said. In the August 10 issue, the RT published a story on locals’ complaints of the plaza called “Residents Decry Conditions and Demand Change at ‘Dayton Plaza.” At the time, the RT reached out to the owners of the Malachite Group, which owns the plaza, but as of press time, received no response. However, this time around, after repeated phone calls, we were transferred to the maintenance department, and were told, “We are on it. Repairs will be made soon.”

What was the result? Two pieces of plywood were placed over the catch basin’s gap (See photo). For now, the gaps are covered, but will more be done? Local resident, Dillon Banks, frustrated with the conditions of the shopping plaza, started an online petition on Change.org (https://www. change.org/p/newly-renovated-strip-mall-newly-renovated-and-sa) for locals to sign up, vent their concerns, and hopefully get the attention of local politicians and civic leaders, and the Malachite Group. Banks created the petition in August, and already 432 people have signed it. In a Facebook post Banks stated, “The slumlords’ time has run out. A shopper in the decrepit Dayton mall was injured and taken to the hospital. We should protest and demand the owners fix this place ASAP. I have lived here for eight years and I have never seen any improvements. Elected officials need to get together and demand a safe and clean shopping mall for the people who vote for them.”

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3D Printed Boards? Yep! One crafty little guy named Zach Ostroff did it with the help of some scientists, engineers and designers. The goal was to create the world’s first truly sustainable surfboard construction, with the first 3D printed, compostable and recyclable board – built using algae and eco-friendly bio-resins. Called the "Dolphin Board of Awesome," the board is made up of printed parts in algae filament that are then pieced together with bio-resins. Zach told MagicSeaweed, "The material we used for the green sections of the board are derived from algae in lakes in the middle of the United States of America where it's invasive and it's sucking oxygen out of the lakes and killing life. There's a company we work with that has figured out a way to collect that algae and turn it into a 3D printing ink.

"Then the other section is derived from plastic water bottles. Nate Petre, who's the 3D printing genius behind making this whole board, has a lab partner where he works in London and figured out a way to make the 3D printing ink out of those recycled plastic bottles." It’s a head in the right direction, but not really sure how this surfboard is compostable when parts of it are made out of plastic bottles. More Innovation? You might remember the designer named Thomas Mey-

erhoffer who designed these sort of tear-drop-shaped longboards. A gimmick? Maybe. If you play around with any of the surfboard CAD programs like AKU Shaper, you’ll know it’s pretty easy to mess around with the curves to pump out a design like that board, but innovative? I’m not sold on that point. It works, sure, but I mean so does the “Penis Board” ridden by the Aussie larrikan Paul Fisher. Anyway, surfboard makers have always been challenged to find a way to split a board in two, to make travelling easier and not

pay the exorbitant fees that airlines charge. So Meyerhoffer has done a design where he splits the board in two just above the fins. Called the 2PRT, having it split this way also makes it modular. You can combine various nose and tail styles to create the different board setups by mixing nose and tail options to take it from a thruster to a fish to a pintail or a swallow tail quad. Previous board designs that were to split in two usually used tube inserts and either bolts or clamps to keep everything from falling apart. However the 2PRT uses a simple system where a key loosens a latch that pops up to separate the two ends. Only takes 30 seconds to assemble or disassemble. You’d want to be a well-travelled surfer to get your ROI back on airline fees with this board. Meyerhoffer will offer preorders of the 2PRT this December. It will be available through his site and a custom board with one nose and two tails will cost around $1,600, depending on options.

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day, September 23, they won (5 - 2) against Blessed Trinity. Joe Butler scored an impressive four goals with assists by Matty Martin. On Sunday, September 24, the boys dominated against St. Bernard (71 ). Ricky Carioti started the game off with his first career goal, followed by Joe Butler scoring- again- an impressive four more goals. Both Ian Erhard and Kevin Watters had a goal each. Joe Butler, Ahmed Hakim and Brendan Mullen all racked up assists. Matthew Bambury was outstanding as goal keeper for both games as defense: Connor Monahan, Teddy Ostrander, Michael Nestor, Ian Erhard and Kevin Gallagher dominated the field. As forwards and midfielders: Matthew Schneider, Matthew Stack, Max Coughlin and Joe O'Sullivan ensured the teams victories with their strong performances. Way to go Tidal Waves!!


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Snowflake League Week 2 Recap By The Commissioner’s Office A league-wide memo to all participants of the Snowflake League. If you are a player, a coach, an umpire, or even a softball bat, then you need to be ready to go when you are on the schedule. The Commissioner's Office was there together raking and sweeping and made the field playable by 6:30 p.m. this past Tuesday. It didn't rain again and yet the game had to be cancelled. Now the league is behind, and making up games is never an easy task. If you are a Captain of a team and it rains during the day, then get yourself over to the field or send some guys over to get it playable for 8:30 p.m. It's just that simple. There are a million rakes, shovels, mops, wheel-barrels, and enough dirt behind the shack to make a decent effort to getting the field ready. The Tuesday night game should have been played and now we are behind. But on to the recaps. The Monday night game

started with runs early by both squads but an eight-run explosion by Marine Park in the 5th led to the eventual Mercy in the top of the 7th. Game 2 was low scoring for a while but ended up going the distance with Sons of Pitches losing by a five-run deficit. Sweep! Scores were 19-9 and 9-4. As stated so emphatically and eloquently before, the Tuesday night co-commissioner rivalry game between Rock Fam & Allstate

did NOT happen for one reason or another. The field was playable so the show must go on! Wednesday night's action was close in the first game until the Alchoballics opened it up and scored five runs in the 5th to pull away for the 11-6 victory. The second game was close throughout until a crucial over-throw error gave the Black Sox their first victory of the season by a score of 6-5.

Banana Split. Thursday night we had a lot of offense between the Ruffle Bar and the Cereal Killers. The first game balls were flying around the yard and ended with Ruffle Bar winning by an eight-run cushion. Game two saw the Cereal Killers jump out to an early 8-0 lead but they couldn't hold it. Ruffle Bar countered with seven of their own in an inning and wound up taking another W by a deuce. Brooms were out and the scores were 14-6 and 12-10. Week two is in the books - to follow the day-today happenings of our league, please make a friend request to 'Snowflake League' on Facebook. Standings (head to head, run differential, winning %) Marine Park 4-0 Ruffle Bar 4-0 Cereal Killers 2-2 Rock Fam 1-1 Sons of Pitches 1-3 Alchoballics 1-3 Black Sox 1-3 Allstate 0-2

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