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Bigger Boats on the Way We’re gonna get a bigger boat. After a summer of large ferry crowds and many getting left behind at the dock, it looks like the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) finally got the message. According to a September 27 report by AM New York, NYCEDC and NYC Ferry operator, Hornblower, are working out an arrangement to bring three 350-passenger vessels to the ferry fleet by 2018—more than twice the capacity for current boats operating across the citywide ferry service. The AM New York article said that NYCEDC will be spending millions of dollars to bring the new boats into service by the summer of 2018. As of last Wednesday, NYCEDC was formalizing a change order with Horn-

blower. Horizon Shipbuilding Inc. in Alabama and Metal Shark in Louisiana are currently working to build 20 ferries for NYC Ferry and the change order will have Metal Shark build the three large ferries, according to the article. The bigger boats will cost the city between $7 million and $7.5 million, each. It is not guaranteed that the larger boats will be strictly used for the Rockaway route. The larger boats will be used across the citywide ferry service on an as-needed basis. By the summer of 2018, when these larger boats are expected to be in service, the citywide ferry service will include two additional routes, to the Bronx and the Lower East Side.

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A Helping Hand for Halloween

This Halloween, new venue, Rustwoods, will be transformed into a spooktacular site that is sure to cause chills and thrills on Beach 97th Street. Get ready for Lostwoods. Since the early 1990’s, artist Geoff Rawling has helped turn venues into fun, interactive fight fests with creative creepy creatures and costumed actors. Rawling’s spooky touch has been seen in the old theater and Rockaway Artists Alliance Building in Fort Tilden, and in the past few years, he’s brought it to other local venues like the former Playland Grill, and last year’s display sent families on a spooky Pokemon hunt across the neighborhood. Now Rust-

woods, at 97-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard is getting the Rawling treatment this Halloween. The dates have been set already. It’ll kick off on Friday, October 27 and continue that Saturday night, as well as Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31, and will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will be free to the public, but turning a venue into a Halloween haunt doesn’t come cheap. Rawling could use some financial assistance to help defray the cost. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to held raise money for the event. If interested in donating and continuing this community tradition, head to www.gofundme.com/lostwoods-halloween

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Citizen Jetties

Yeah, I’ve got rocks in my head and but now I know what to do with them. It’s hurricane season and it’s five years since Sandy and there’s not a new jetty in sight. The beach is shrinking and plenty of people without rocks in their heads are frustrated, angry and fearful. Rallies are held and elected officials express outrage over the inaction. Same old, same old. Shortly after Sandy, when the destruction was fresh, the Army Corps of Engineers hurried to do beach replenishment and finish some study (the reformulation study) that would bring jetties here and a bunch of other measures that would fortify the peninsula. A nice fellow who lives in Rockaway and actually works for the Army Corps uttered

somewhat infamous words: This time it’s different, he said. Only it wasn’t. We’ve got a new boardwalk and after that we got bubkus. Diddly. Jack. Looking forward, we can hold rallies. And we can wait. Both of which we’ve done before. And here’s where the rocks in my head come in. I think we should all take part in building a jetty. Rock by rock, pebble by pebble. Twenty-something years ago they made a movie, The Englishman Who Went up a Hill but Came down a Mountain. The story goes that a village was proud of a mountain in its midst but its status as a mountain was being threatened. A surveyor alleged that it was a few feet short of a mountain and therefore it was just a hill. The villagers wouldn’t have it. They devised a plan, which included carrying dirt in their pockets to the top of the hill

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to make sure it maintained its mountainous status. Everybody got in on it. I say we steal the idea. Pick out a beach, any beach, and we drop a few rocks. And then a few more. We get on social media and tell people – bring a rock to Rockaway. We get how many million visitors a summer? We tell ‘em to bring a rock. Bring a rock to Rockaway. I think citizen jetties are the way to go. The Army Corps acts like they’re building the Great Pyramids but while they dawdle we’d be building. Rock after rock. Civic groups would come armed with wheelbarrows. I bet there’d be middle-of-the-night boulder-dropping pick-up trucks doing their part. The New York Times would pick up the story. Then network news. More people would bring rocks. And more people. People from far away places would bring their rocks to throw on the pile giving it

all an international flair. Pretty soon you’d have a real jetty forming. There’d be talk of doing a second one. Who’s to stop us? The Parks Department? They can’t stop litterers – they’re not going to stop people innocently tossing stones into the ocean. Seriously! A rock here and a rock there is a million miles faster than what the Army Corps is doing. And beach rallies would be a lot more fun. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones but everyone else should. Citizen Jetties – there’s a movie in this! (Not to mention beach protection).

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Bigger boats on the way. After too many people were left at the dock too many times, Hornblower, the NYC Ferry operator, will bring three new boats into service next year which can each accommodate 350 passengers. The current fleet includes boats with 149-passenger capacity. (Some bigger boats were leased from Seastreak and other companies when the summer crowds swelled). ***** 100th Precinct Community Affairs is holding a Walk For Breast Cancer to raise awareness on Sunday, October 8 at 10 a.m. It kicks off at Beach 94th Street and the Boardwalk. All are welcome. ***** Mary Lu Plunkett, a Belle Harbor resident died last weekend at the age of 89. She was a longtime member of

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017 the Queens Democratic Party. Numerous officials, including the Mayor, issued statements expressing admiration for her dedication and service. ***** This is worth repeating: Civic leaders are hard at work drawing attention to the need for storm protection. Keep an eye out for petitions. Rockaway is not close to being ready for another major storm. Please plan on going to the beach at Beach 129th on Saturday, October 28 to show solidarity for this most important cause. ***** Speaking of beach protection, this week’s Boyleing Points column has an idea that might shame the Army Corps of Engineers to get moving. Boyle suggests residents start building jetties on their own. Rock by rock. Although it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, it would be a great visual for TV (and we know how TV makes government move) if people brought rocks to the beach to start building the much-needed jetties.

***** Stacey Amato, New York Assemblywoman, is supporting Mike Scala for City Council in the upcoming race in November. And quite frankly, we had to ask Stacey. We haven’t heard much from Mr. Scala since he won the Democratic primary a few weeks ago. ***** The Inertia is an online publication calling itself the “definitive voice of Surf, Mountains and Outdoors.” A recent headline for an article: Rockaway Sucks caught our attention. Turns out, it’s a long time propaganda tradition used by surfers who want to keep Rockaway a secret. If enough people hear that the waves are no good, it’ll keep the crowds away. Seems like a lost cause these days. ***** You never know what you might spot off the shore. According to various reports, a fisherman noticed 39-year-old Paul Sayre's boat almost six miles off Rockaway Point on Sunday and called the police. He had been stranded at sea

Page 7 for days with no food and no fuel. Sayre had been traveling from Fire Island to Manhattan when he ran out of gas, The Daily News reported. ***** Reminder: we’re still happy to receive Photos of AFTER Sandy and Now photos. If you’ve got photos of showing the destruction and now the rebuild or rebirth and would like to share, please send to Mail@ RockawayTimes.com. Thanks! ***** What’s going on with the old Sand Bar location joint at Beach 116th Street and the Boardwalk? They’ve sure fortified the place and owners say it was in response to violations. We also asked one of the owners, Esther Konig, if the rumors were true that a Nathan’s was going there. (Hey, one like the Coney Island version wouldn’t be bad – but not a generic franchise). She didn’t address Nathan’s specifically, she’d only say, “Rumors, rumors. Gotta love em. Seriously, nothing concrete. Lots of negotiations but nothing final.”

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Rockaway Raises Awareness By Katie McFadden One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. On average, every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. More than 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the U.S. today. Some of them are even men. And among the survivors, the afflicted, and their family, friends and supporters, are many in Rockaway who are taking action to bring attention to the cause this October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The above facts from the National Breast Cancer Foundation may come as a shock. Some are aware of how large of an issue it is, especially those who are impacted directly and indirectly. Many locals are taking action to make others aware and do what they can to help those who are suffering. Rockaway WISH kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month

Many supported Catch a Cure. Photo by Linda Humphrey.

on Sunday, October 1 with a fun run to honor women afflicted with not only breast cancer, but any cancer. The Catch a Cure 5K run was held to memorialize women who have passed and to raise funds for local women who are currently fighting their own battles with cancer. Around 400 participants came out to run or walk for the cause. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is raising awareness by providing resources to women. On Wednesday, the hospital hosted a workshop on early detection. On Wednesday, October 11, they’ll be

hosting a presentation on breast cancer awareness at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the hospital (327 Beach 19th Street). On Monday, October 16 at 10 a.m., they’ll be hosting a workshop on healthy cooking in the lobby. At the end of the month, the hospital will also provide free mammogram screenings. These will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24 and Saturday, October 28. To schedule an appointment for a screening, call 718-869-7780. This weekend, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., everyone can shop for

the cause at 141-02 Newport Avenue. The 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fall Fundraiser Sale will feature new and gently used items from vendors including clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, housewares, toys and more. Plus there will be fun for the whole family with face painters, pizza, pastries, coffee, bagels, popcorn and cotton candy. Donations are appreciated. Finally, this weekend, the NYPD is going pink as the 100th Precinct hosts a 3-mile Walk for Breast Cancer to raise awareness. The walk will take place on Sunday, October 8 at 10 a.m., starting on the boardwalk on Beach 94th Street. “The walk is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors, and raise awareness about steps we can take to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer,” an event flyer reads. Participants are asked to register by contacting Maurice Moore at Maurice.Moore@nypd.org or 646-3731620. Following the walk, the 100th Precinct will also have information and resources to raise awareness for Domestic Violence.

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JAMAICA BAY ECOWATCHERS MAKE TREMENDOUS STRIDES TO PROTECT THE BAY By Kami-Leigh Agard The Rockaway Vollies is a special series by The Rockaway Times highlighting the amazing local nonprofit organizations and volunteers who freely give of their time and resources to help their neighbors, not just across the peninsula and Broad Channel, but beyond. Jamaica Bay is New York City’s largest open space – larger than Central Park, Prospect Park and Van Cortlandt Park — protected by a local band of citizen scientists. What is a citizen scientist? Just ask, Dan Mundy, Sr. and his son, Dan Mundy, Jr., both lifelong Broad Channel residents, members of the FDNY, leaders of the Broad Channel Civic Association and founders of The Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers. The Ecowatchers is an environmental organization comprised of local fishermen, kayakers, windsurfers, bird watchers, scuba divers and other Bay enthusiasts who came together to fight to preserve and enhance the great natural resources of Jamaica Bay. Though their backgrounds are varied, the members are united in their determination to see the Bay protected for future generations to come. Mundy, Jr. says “Citizen scientists are the guys like us in Broad Channel (BC), who grew up on the Bay all our lives, swimming, diving, fishing and knowing the ins and outs of the Bay we grew up on and immensely love. We can tell you the changes in water color, temperature, and about the marine and wildlife. You don’t need a PhD for that, just a sensitivity and understanding of something we’ve grown up with all our lives. “With the Ecowatchers, this is what I am most proud of. When we go out to meetings with scientists and experts who have doctorates, they now respect our local knowledge and sensitivity to the Bay’s needs. In the beginning it was hard to get recognition and respect, but after time, these so-called experts

began to turn to us for our local knowledge, and this is why I refer to us as citizen scientists,” Mundy, Jr. said. According to Mundy, Jr., the community’s stimulus to launch the Ecowatchers was due to the changes for the worse that lifelong BC Jamaica Bay lovers were witnessing during the mid 1990s. “Particularly there were two issues, the salt water loss with the wetlands disappearing and the water quality. We were seeing that the water was become increasingly brown and murky. So those two issues were visible factors that we saw which motivated us to start going to meetings and demand answers for what was going on. “The National Park Service (NPS), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and other agencies answered that nothing was going on. According to them, everything was fine, but we as a community were convinced that something was amiss. Hence, after our frustration with both the lack of awareness and inability to get answers of what was really happening to the Bay, coupled with feelings of powerlessness to make an impact, we made a decision to mobilize. It was unacceptable that this great natural resource that many of us in BC grew up enjoying and loving was obviously deteriorating quickly. So we banded together to prevent this and make positive change,

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and this is how the Ecowatchers was born,” Mundy said. In 1995 the Ecowatchers became an official organization and began to document marsh loss on the Bay. Then in 1999, they became aware of the impact that the U.S. Congress’ ban on the Ocean Dumping Act in 1992 was having on the Bay after they reviewed data from DEP Water Quality reports that indicated nitrogen loading of the bay had spiked from 30,000 pounds a day to more than 57,000 pounds. Nitrogen loading is suspected as a cause for algae blooms, low dissolved oxygen content and marshland deterioration. That same year, Dan Mundy, Sr., president of the Ecowatchers (and Mundy, Jr.’s father), delivered a telling presentation to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Jamaica Bay Ecosystem Restoration Project’s public hearings of the Ecowatchers’ findings regarding water quality and marsh loss, and invited them to send representatives for a boat tour of the marshes. After the tour, the representatives were amazed at the losses they personally observed. Then in 2000, Mundy, Sr. made another presentation at a Jamaica Bay Task Force meeting presenting the same findings. Findings were challenged by National Parks Service representatives as anecdotal and inaccurate, but that didn’t deter the Ecowatchers.

Fast forward to the present, the Ecowatchers’ work with Jamaica Bay got international attention with the documentary, Saving Jamaica Bay featuring the Mundys and other BC Ecowatchers. The documentary written by Bay enthusiast, Daniel Hendrick, directed by David Sigal and narrated by Academy Award-winning actress, Susan Sarandon, tells the compelling story of how BC and other Bay neighboring communities fought government inaction and overcame Hurricane Sandy to clean up and restore the Bay, which had become a dumping ground for garbage, sewage and even bullet-riddled mobsters. The documentary powerfully underscores the importance of citizen action and the role of urban nature in protecting cities from the effects of climate change. In a NY1 Inside City Hall interview, the documentary’s writer, Hendrick said, “My goal with Saving Jamaica Bay was to simply illustrate the tremendous work people like the Mundys with the organization, the Ecowatchers overcame to make the Bay something beautiful just not just after Sandy, but with environmental changes. They worked really hard to come up with creative ideas to make the Bay and its marine and wildlife healthier.” However, the Ecowatchers believe that their work is far from over. Mundy, Jr. said, “The Bay is still in great danger due to climate change. As residents, we are still concerned about hurricane resiliency, not just for us residents, but the marine and wildlife. Of course, there aren’t any easy answers, but more tough questions to solve. And as citizen scientists, the Ecowatchers will keep working towards our mission of making the Bay habitable and safe for everyone.” For more information on the Ecowatchers and how you can get involved, visit: jamaicabayecowatchers.org or their Facebook page.


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Storm Protection Needed Dear Editor: Last Friday I was invited by Congressman Meeks, as a representative of Rockaway Women for Progress, to participate in an unprecedented event regarding storm protection in Rockaway. With so many different needs from east to west and bay to ocean, it seems our disparate requests, demands, and wishes have made for a perfect environment of confusion and, perhaps, delay. We, as a peninsula, have both completely different storm protection needs every few blocks, as well as many groups from which aid comes. There is

the Army Corps of Engineers, the state, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the city via the Parks Department. All of these agencies attempt to work in concert and have their studies and budgets complement one another, but it seems the bureaucracy is paralyzing. Last Friday, Meeks did what has never been done. He gathered about 20 groups, governmental and residential, and put us on a five-hour bus tour of Rockaway. Our itinerary went from Beach 9th to Broad Channel to Roxbury and many stops in between. At each stop, local invested and knowledgeable residents explained their issues around flooding, erosion, and events the night of Sandy. Also, at each stop, the engineers and representatives from the different agencies explained what has been done, what will be done, and what probably won't be done anytime soon. It helped all of us to better understand the "why" behind some things, and it helped to form some serious

questions. The most pressing questions are around the said $120 million currently available to the Parks Department. It was told to us that this money is earmarked for "various" projects, including but not limited to playgrounds along Shore Front Parkway and a new Parks Department headquarters, priced at $30 million. While both are important to Rockaway, neither seems to serve the storm protection needs of the residents. I pressed the First Deputy Commissioner

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of Parks, Liam Kavanaugh, on this and hope the Rockaway community does the same. There's time to fight for future funding of projects. However, this funding is ready to go, so let's discuss the best use of the money as a community. The most important take away from this day was that each area of Rockaway has to truly understand and care about the specific storm protection and flooding needs each has. Breezy has to care Continued on page 12

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Continued from Page 11 about Arverne, Belle Harbor needs to care about Roxbury, Rockaway Park needs to care about Far Rockaway, etc. Going forward, Congressman Meeks intends to gather us all for a de-briefing. Hopefully, the many areas of Rockaway will be able to form a concise, clear list of needs so that all of the agencies see that there is less confusion and chaos in our own understanding, as a peninsula, of the hard work that needs to be done. It was an inspiring, frustrating, educational, and hopeful day. Thank you, Congressman Meeks, for this authentic opportunity. In a few weeks, it will be the 5th anniversary of Sandy. Rockaway has come so far, but we all know how much work needs to still be done. The Rockaway Storm Protection group will be hosting a rally on the beach at 2 p.m. on October 28. St. Francis de Sales has kindly offered their parking lot for the event. Not that any

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017 of us need it, but the recent hurricanes should serve as a harsh reminder that living by the ocean can be precarious. Please come out and demand better storm protection for our beloved Rockaway. We cannot be forgotten. Jean Belford More Than an Eyesore Dear Editor: On September 28, 2017, CBS news reported from the abandoned building, (formerly Chai Assisted Living), located at 125-02 Ocean Promenade, concerning the declining health of a local resident, whose health condition has been further compromised due to the unsanitary and hazardous conditions of the abandoned building. A search of the New York City Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS), www.nyc.gov/acris, (for search purposes the block is 16235 and the lot is 0039), reveals the present owner to be Chai Bonim, LLC. The identity of the owner(s) behind the

limited liability corporation is unclear as the property has changed hands quite frequently over the past few years. The trustee is listed as Abraham J. Backenroth. A search on the New York City Department of Buildings website, www.nyc.gov/buildings, reveals a long list of open hazardous violations. The New York City Fire Department has marked the abandoned building with a “boxed x” as a warning to first responders that the building is unsafe. The New York City Police Department has frequently responded to the abandoned building due to quality of life complaints, including trespassers, graffiti and public urination. A search on the New York City Lobby website, www.nyc. gov/lobbyistsearch, reveals the owner Chai Bonim, LLC, has spent $61,516.50, since 6/22/15 to present, targeting City Planning Commission (CPC), Department of City Planning (DCP), Borough President-Queens, Communi-

The Rockaway Times ty Boards, and New York City Council Members. Lobbyists are hired to persuade someone in authority, usually an elected member of a government, to support laws or rules that give their client an advantage. The community has held a rally. Elected officials were present, demanding that the owner be held accountable for the hazardous conditions that are a blight upon the neighborhood. The local newspapers have reported on the hazardous conditions, even publishing photos of the “eyesore” building. Complaints have been filed with the New York City Department of Buildings. Neighbors have shared information concerning the dangerous conditions on social media. The health and safety of the local community and first responders is at risk due to the dangerous and hazardous conditions of the abandoned building located at 125-02 Ocean Promenade owned by Chai Bonim, LLC. Erin M. O’Grady

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Local Heralds FDNY for Finding Her Mom After PR Hurricane By Kami-Leigh Agard For seven days after Hurricane Maria ripped its fury through Puerto Rico on that apocalyptic Wednesday, September 20, making landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm with 155-mph winds, Rockaway Park resident, Vilma Diaz did not hear from her 80-year-old mother. “Though miles apart physically, my mom and I are really close. I was used to speaking to her every day, sometimes even twice a day. So with no way to communicate with her, can you imagine my desperation? “I was glued to the news depicting images of the utter destruction, people left homeless with no power, phone service, clean water, food, the rising death toll. I was imploding and exploding, ‘Is my mom okay?” an emotional Diaz said. Her mom, Delores, (affectionately called Lola), lives by

herself in Hatillo, a municipality located on the northern coast of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, one hour away driving from Aguadilla to the west and the island’s capital, San Juan to the east. However, Diaz was finally able to speak with her mom on the phone. How this was arranged, some may describe as a miracle. “My cousin told me that she knew of some FDNY firefighters going down to help with disaster relief. I felt this was my last hope and gave them my mom’s address. I had no idea if they would be able to get to, much less find Hatillo, but I prayed and hoped they would find her,” Diaz said. Then this past Sunday, October 1 Diaz got a call from one of the firefighters. They found her mother, Lola, alive. “One of the firefighters was a

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medic who said that my mom and her neighbors were fine and in good spirits. Though many of the side roads were impassable because of flooding and a lot of debris strewn, they were able to find her street. “He checked my mom’s vitals, and said that she was okay. I was just so filled with gratitude that they found her,” Diaz said. That relief was solidified when Diaz got to hear her mother’s voice. “My mother is really resilient and was her stubborn self. She said that the neighbors really banded together to help each other before, during and after the storm. The fire medic had me

laughing when he said that my 80-year-old mom wanted to go stand in line for food. He said that he told her that with the heat and her age, it was not a good idea. So they went in her steed, of which she was not too pleased,” Diaz laughed. According to Diaz, her mother lives in a neighborhood where most of the residents are like herself, retirees from NY. One neighbor has a generator in her home, and everyone goes there to charge their phones and store food in the refrigerator. However, one of the biggest problems is the Continued on page 15

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lack of gas. Diaz said, “One of my mom’s vecinos (translated to ‘neighbors’) said that people would stand in line for hours to fill up on gas. At first you weren’t allowed more than $10 in gas and then it was increased to $20. However, now people are afraid they won't be able to get gas to fuel their cars and generators. Also folks have no idea when they will get power and are afraid of food shortages. Only one supermarket, Amigos is operating, letting in only 10 people at a time. Most frighteningly is almost everyone is out of work. Many businesses are closed, where the majority of locals are employed, such as a McDonalds and Walmart, which were destroyed in the storm. If people can’t work, where are they going to get money to buy basic necessities like food and gas?” Diaz said.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017 Puerto Rico’s lack of power stems from the destruction of the country’s transmission lines, which carry electricity from power plants to distribution centers in the cities. More than 80 percent of these cables are out, and practically all of the power lines that carry electricity from distribution centers to local business and residences have been destroyed. Another problem is that most of the island’s power plants generate two thirds of their power from burning oil, of which 100 percent is imported. The island needs electricity to pump water into homes, a critical need as it is difficult to find clean water to drink and bathe. Catapult that with the dire situation with Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), which even before Maria was on the verge of collapse, due to bankruptcy issues and technicians who left the island in droves to pursue more lucrative jobs on the U.S. mainland. This is where Rockaway residents Walter Meyer and his wife, Jennifer Bolstad are stepping in to help with their Resilient Power Puerto Rico (RPPR), an initiative

with the Coastal Marine Resource Center (CMRC), building on the model of CMRC's successes with the Power Rockaways Resilience project after Hurricane Sandy. RPPR launches with targeted efforts to deliver solar generators to the most under-served areas as a relief measure to get communities powered up and back in contact, with a planned evolution into long-term disaster-preparedness and clean-energy solutions to impact the entire island. According to Denise Ofelia Mangen, an educational designer and technologist at New York University (NYU), who took leave from her NYU post to volunteer with RPPR, the first phase will be to bring as much energy to as many people as possible, using a proven, mobile solar-electric system that targets the hardest-hit and most remote communities first, especially for charging up devices, boosting communications, filtering water and funneling energy to doctor’s offices, clinics with immediate triage and food establishments. “In the second phase, our goal is to deliver 100 mobile so-

Page 15 lar-electric kits by the end of 2017. In each of the 78 municipalities we will install solar systems and train local residents during the installation. In Phase 3, which is expected to extend through 2021, we will work to promote solar electric energy for every household on the island. This plan is a coordinated effort to address the vulnerabilities of the island's existing, fossil-fueled electrical infrastructure and instead provide clean production of energy that allows each household to be self-reliant,” Mangen said. Meyer and his team will be leaving this Friday for Puerto Rico to start work. For more information on donating or volunteering with RPPR, visit: resilientpowerpr.org/resilientpr/ As for Diaz, she is absolutely grateful for the firefighters who stayed the course and found her mom, Lola. “I plan to go to PR later on this month and convince my mom to return to New York with me. Knowing her, it may be a fight. As for the firefighters, upon their return, I am going to treat them to a special dinner. They are truly New York's finest,” Diaz said.

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Hard Drugs a Harsh Reality for Rockaway By Katie McFadden Last weekend, a local 17-yearold white male died from a suspected drug overdose. Out of respect to friends and family, The Rockaway Times is withholding the young man’s name, and the names of the victims to follow. At 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, October 1, the young man was found unconscious at a residential location in Rockaway Park. EMS responded and administered two doses of anti-overdose serum, naloxone and the victim was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. The young man was pronounced dead on arrival at 9:20 a.m. The victim’s girlfriend reportedly told police that her boyfriend had consumed a quantity of Xanax and methadone. Another friend said he had also smoked marijuana. Just 10 hours later, on the other end of the peninsula, a 37-yearold white male was found unconscious due to a suspected overdose in a Mott Avenue restaurant in Far Rockaway at around 5 p.m. Fortunately for him, the ending wasn’t grim. When patrol officers from

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the 101st precinct administered naloxone, the victim regained consciousness. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital by EMS. The victim had no paraphernalia on him, but admitted to injecting heroin he had purchased in a clear plastic bag with no markings on it. October has just started, yet the latest police reports, sent to The Rockaway Times by a source that wished to remain anonymous, come as no surprise following the events of last month. In the month of September alone, across the city, the NYPD reported more than 145 overdose responses, including more than 12 fatalities. And some

of those took place in Rockaway. On Tuesday, September 26, at 9:30 a.m., a 21-year-old man was found by patrols from the 100th Precinct, face up in the bathroom of a chain restaurant on Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Beach. EMS arrived and administered Narcan to the victim. He came to and was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital for treatment. No paraphernalia was found on the scene, but it is believed he had done heroin. The brand of heroin in the incident above was unknown. But this incident came just a little more than a week after Chief Robert

Boyce, Chief of Detectives for the NYPD, tweeted a warning to the Rockaway community, about a particularly dangerous brand of heroin laced with the opioid pain medication, Fentanyl, that was circulating around the neighborhood. On Monday, September 18, Chief Boyce wrote on Twitter, “#CommunityAlert: There were four overdoses last week in the #Rockaways using heroin stamped 8888 containing Fentanyl. Any info call #800577TIPS.” Those four cases involved men, ranging from 23 to 71 years old. Two of those overdoses took place that past Friday, September 15. That day, at St. John’s Hospital, hospital staff found a 43-year-old man unconscious in a bathroom. The man was given Narcan and he regained consciousness. He later admitted to shooting up half a bag of heroin. That heroin, which was found by police at the scene, turned out to be the brand in the “8888”-stamped glassine envelopes. Continued on page 29

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It is estimated that between 10 and 30 percent of medications prescribed to patients are not used. Physicians are rarely asked what to do with unused medications and, if asked, most physicians, myself included, would recommend disposing of them in the household trash. Pharmacies, with good reason, will not take back unused or partially used prescription bottles. Disposing of them in the toilet is not a good idea as the medications will wind up in our waterways where they may be harmful to marine life. Until recently the DEA and FDA both agreed trash disposal was a safe and environmentally friendly method of disposing of unused pills. Unused medications often linger in medicine cabinets where unintended recipients may access them.

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Accidental ingestion of pharmaceuticals is on the rise, including an epidemic of opioid overdoses in adults and children. Recent studies, however, have found pharmaceuticals in environmental and ground water. This finding is due to the medications seeping out of landfills. So if medications cannot safely be disposed of in trash or in toilets, then where should they go? The answer can be found in Canada and Europe. Environmental activists have been promoting pharmaceutical “take-back” programs where qualified entities like fire departments, police stations, and pharmacies set up kiosks where medications can be safely disposed of. Medications from these kiosks are then incinerated. Canada and Europe already have this system in place. The advo-

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SETTLE IN We can know ourselves. If we stop, we can think about what we are feeling, what we are thinking, what we are seeing, what we are hearing, what we are smelling, and if we’re eating, what we are tasting. We are the keepers of our senses. We are the keepers of our thoughts. We are the keepers of our emotions. Sometimes we are so much outside of our bodies that we are not in touch with what is going on – physically, mentally, emotionally. There is so much going on out there. A

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controlled heating and A/C units in each room Washer/Dryer. Indoor

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100 x 100 Close to Beach and near Transportation and Shopping

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spacious one bedroom, galley kitchen, hardwood floors, over

plenty of parking, close to all.

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accessible, utilities included ............................................. $4400

maintenance $489.00 ................................................. $205K

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APARTMENTS ONE BEDROOM 120’s Newly renovated, terrace, washer & dryer hookup, no parking, pay gas & elec ,NO PETS .......................... $1600 120’s Stunning, extra large with hardwood

120’s Newly renovated, hardwood floors, no pets, pay elec............................ $1450 120’s Newly renovated, small bedroom, hardwood floors, no pets, pay elec. Call Susan 347 260-3891....... $1450 123rd Ocean View, hardwood floors,

TWO BEDROOMS 130’s 2nd level, private entrance, Beautifully renovated, bright and airy, hardwood floors, island in kitchen, huge

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floors, plenty of closets, no pets, pay electric.

pay gas & elec.

utilities.

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Call Susan 347 260 3891 ....... $1600

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weekends, share utilities ................$1600

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B R O O K LY N M E M B E R

5 Year Member

Lic. Broker-Owner: Lisa Jackson Lic. Associate Brokers: Barbara Ferguson • Nia Casilla Lic. RE Agents: Melissa Carrington • Ariana David • Colleen Brady • Jenny Dantone

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328 Cross Bay Blvd, Sun, Oct 8th 11-1pm 164 Beach 139th, Sun, Oct 10th 1:30-3pm the fresh sea air from this lovely all brick 3BR, 2 bath Updated home with custom kitchen, baths, beautiful wood Enjoy home only steps from the beach. Fin bsmt, front porch and floors, spacious 3BR, 2 bath, SS appliances, laundry and long private drive with detached garage are some of the great granite counters. Close to all! $489,000 features of this beautiful home. $1,095,000

BELLE HARBOR

Last Oceanfront Land Left

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Sprawling 80’ x 100’

Take advantage of this 72’x100’ vacant oceanfront lot and build your 3,600 mini mansion in the heart of Belle Harbor. Call for more details. $2,500,000

Entertain your family and friends in style with this fabulous 4BR split level home. Beautiful property with flagstone patio, stone retaining walls and high end finishes. Two car garage and plenty of parking. $1,875,000

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Beach Block Center Hall - 70’ x 100’

Center Hall Colonial 50’x100’

ENORMOUS 4BR, 5 bath solid brick home located on a beautiful beach block featuring, HW floors, wood burning fireplace, HUGE basement and private parking. $1,150,000

Built in 1991, this home has 4BR’s, 3.5 baths, decked yard with pool, full finsihed bsmt and private drive and detached garage. $1,175,000

ROCKAWAY PARK

BRAND NEW TO MARKET

Zoned R4A, C of O reads, Medical offices, Doctor and Dentist suite, one dwelling 4 BR unit and 6 off street parking spaces. Parking for at least 12. $899,000

Located on one of the most desirable blocks in all of Rockaway Beach. Both apartments have 2BR’s and 1 bath with W/D in unit and private parking. Present All Offers! $699,000

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY BEACH

Just 5 houses from the newly renovated boardwalk. Tenants in both units are on a month to month. 2 new on demand boilers and electrical panels. Call today to find out more! $599,999

This 2BR bungalow is simply adorable and was completely renovated from top to bottom. Super low taxes, a cellar for storage, large front and rear yard. $499,000

NEW TO MARKET

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Spacious 2BR, 2 bath corner unit, open floor plan, terrace with ocean views, laundry in unit and private parking. $489,000

This 3BR, 1.5 bath home is spacious, clean and move in ready. HW floors throughout, SS appliances, plus new roof, siding, windows and mechanicals. $459,000

Unique 100’ x 100

Beach Block - Legal 2 Family

Rockaway Beach Condo

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Lic. Broker-Owner: Lisa Jackson Lic. Associate Brokers: Barbara Ferguson • Nia Casilla Lic. RE Agents: Melissa Carrington • Ariana David • Colleen Brady • Jenny Dantone

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Spacious 4 BR, split level. Gorgeous A Classic Victorian Rockaway Gem! This Beach Block 7 BR 60’x100’ corner property with patio, private home exudes charm and character with high ceilings, stained parking and garage. Call for a private showing. glass windows, deep moldings, beautiful entry and HW floors. $1,150,000 $1,650,000

ROCKAWAY PARK

BRAND NEW TO MARKET

Beach Block - Legal 2

Perfect for investor seeking income producing property. First floor 3BR’s, 2 baths. LR and kitchen. 2nd floor 2-3BR and 1 bath. Third floor has 5 rooms. $799,000

D Arverne - Two Family! TE P E concept with Owners unit features C anCopen A large loft, spacious R open kitchen and 3BR’s with a 2 BRF F1Ebath rental. Large backyard andOprivate pakring. $499,000

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BROAD CHANNEL

Move Right In

This 3BR, 1 bath chic house has all comforts of home but the convenience of condo life without a monthly maintenance fee. Charming front porch and so much more. $450,000 . . . . . Rentals . . . . .

137th: 3BR, 2BA home with open living room/dining room area (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . ABTS: Updated and spacious 3BD, 2BA apt with garage, yard and W/D (NC) . . . . . . . . 116th: Loft/Studio space with new kitchen and bath (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118th: Beach block 4BR, 1BA apt with huge terrace and parking (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . 98th: Freshly painted 3BR, 1BA apartment in Rockaway Beach (MC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91st: 3BR, 2BA apt with HW floors, freshly painted and laundry (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129th: 3BR, 1BA house with finished basement (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118th: Beach block 2BR, 1BA apt with HW floors and parking (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128th: 2BR, 1BA apt with CAC, wood floors and summer parking (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . 125th: Beach block newly updated 1BR, 1BA apt with terrace (MC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73rd: 1BD, 1BA modern and updated bungalow rental with skylights (NC). . . . . . . . . 125th: 2R, 1BA with private terrace, new kitchen, W/D in building (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . 125th: 1BR, 1BA apt with new kitchen and bath, W/D in building (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . 126th: Renovated 1BR, 1BA with terrace and SS appliances (JD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102nd: Spacious second floor 2BR, 1BA apt with ocean view terrace (BF) . . . . . . . . . . 123rd: Spacious top floor 1BR in oceanfront building with HW floors (NC/JD) . . . . . . . 118th: L shaped studio with updated kitchen and bathroom in elevator building (MC)

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All new 2BR/1BA home on a Jamaica Bay canal. NEW Roof, plumbing, electric, HW floors, deck, bulkhead, bathroom & kitchen. $359,000 . . . . . Condos and Co-Ops . . . . .

100th: 2BR, 2BA corner condo unit with parking spot and out door shower (MC) . . . . .$489,000 99th: Brand new 3BR, 2BA condo with HW floors, outdoor space, gated parking (NC) . .$439,000 121st: 2BR, 1BA ocean facing co-op with terrace and HW floors (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$399,000 99th: Brand new 2BR, 2BA condo with outdoor space, gated parking and HW floors (NC) $389,000 91st: Spacious 1BR, 1BA condo in oceanfront elevator building (MC). . . . . . . . . . . . . .$319,000 121st: 1BR, 1BA updated co-op with ocean views (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$299,900 81st: Large 2BR, 1BA condo with terrace and parking (NC). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$269,000 80th: Large 2BR, 2.5BA condo with low maintenance and terrace (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . .$269,000 123rd: Spacious top floor 1BR co-op with HW floors (NC/JD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$199,000 118th: Spacious studio co-op with private terrace (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$159,000 118th: Spacious studio co-op, renovated in boardwalk building (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . .$149,000

. . . . . Commercial . . . . . 72nd: Three lots featuring two factories and one warehouse (AD). . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,000,000 98th: Unique store front with 3 attached renovated bungalows (MC) . . . . . . . . . . . $1,200,000

. . . . . Land For Sale . . . . . 134th: Build your 3500 sq ft masterpiece! 72x100 lot (LJ). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arverne: 2 x FAR=6,600 square feet of condos or apts may be developed (MC) . 87th: Build your Rockaway Beach dream home on 38x110 lot (MC) . . . . . . . . Edgemere: 5946 square foot lot with waterfront access, zoned C3 (MC) . . . . . Arverne: 6,000 Square feet of commercial land (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arverne: 2,000 Square feet zoned C3, Marina/Yacht (NC). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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92nd: Extra large space with high ceilings and out door space (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,800 116th: Ground floor 2,000 square foot rental space (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,500 120th: Newly renovated 2500 sq ft space w/ reception counter (MC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,000 92nd: 850 sq ft of prime space for your dream business (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,000 116th: Prime location, 1,100 sq ft, reception area plus 4 rooms (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,800

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917-742-7779

Lorraine Tom

Heart of BELLE HARBOR ALL BRICK THREE FAMILY COLONIAL STYLE HOME LOCATED ON THE SECOND BLOCK 60x100 PROPERTY LOT HAS IT ALL!! OWNERS main level APT HAS THREE BEDROOMS LR,DR, open Kitchen one full bath UPSTAIRS APT HAS TWO BEDROOMS, LR/large eat In kitchen one full bath and a large terrace Basement is a studio apt . Beautifully landscaped Park like grounds w/heated in ground pool, paver's outdoor kitchen /barbecue and cabana Long pvt driveway Garage w/lift

Call for Price and Details

Kiyan Hagan

NEW EXCLUSIVE BREEZY POINT BEACH BLOCK Unique in size, this home is situated on a 50 x 100 corner property lot with car parking all year round. Totally renovated after Sandy, this home has it all. Three bedrooms, two full baths, DINING AND LIVING ROOM, Cathedral Ceilings open floor plan, front porch, rear deck and garden ALL THE BEST! IN THE BEST GATED COMMUNITY OF THE ROCKAWAYS!!!!

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Upper Belle Harbor. High ranch styled home. Could be mother/ daughter. Three bedrooms three full bath eat in kitchen living room dining room with additional large living space on main level 40x100 property lot Pvt drive/ spacious backyard

NEW EXCLUSIVE: NEPONSIT 67x100, built 1920's 8 Bedrooms! 5 bathrooms,13 ft ceilings, grand center hall with two wood burning fire place's (formal living room/ master suite) Old World Victorian Beach house with a huge side porch, park like grounds long pvt driveway. Awesome!

$959,000

NEW EXCLUSIVE Ocean front L-Shaped studio Completely renovated with a sea side flare of color and style Dark wood floors white subway tiles Very nicely done! Average maintenance $711.00 asking $220,000

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NEW EXCLUSIVE, ROCKAWAY BEACH BEACH 90th ST BEACH BLOCK LEGAL TWO FAMILY 3 BEDROOMS OVER 3 BEDROOMS. RENT ROLL IS $3000.00 per month Asking $565,000 neg.

APARTMENTS FOR RENT Beach 95th Street Newly Renovated Three bedrooms,large living room and dining room w/ ocean views and 1.5 baths

$2100

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Rockaway Beach House Realty 114-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Rockaway Park, NY 11694

(718)318-8188

OPEN HOUSE:

Sunday, Oct. 8th Noon - 2pm 528 Beach 65th St. Arverne: Newly remodeled spacious

3 BR 2 BA on quiet street. Large bedrooms, backyard, garage, hardwood floors throughout. $459K

Arverne: Completely

IN CONTRACT

renovated 3BR, 2BA with beautiful open concept, 5 car driveway and large back yard. Asking

$459K Rockaway Park: 2 Bedroom Ocean Front Co-op with AMAZING Ocean Views From Every Room. Asking $369K

Rockaway Beach: Feel Like You Are On Vacation Everyday When You Wake Up In This Spacious Ocean Front 3Br Condo Just Steps To The Atlantic Ocean. This Condo Has a Beautiful Kitchen and Bathrooms. Great Location, Walking Distance To Subway And NYC Ferry. This Is Your Chance To Own A Piece Of Paradise. $605K

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Victorian 3BR, 2BA, Needs some TLC. Make this historic home yours for only $409k

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BROAD CHANNEL WATERFRONT Newly renovated, 2 bedrooms, dining room, living room, kitchen, family room, 2 full bath, boat slip & deck Listed $419,000.00 Beautiful, Newly Renovated one family, living room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, full bath, screened in porch, back yard and storage shed. Best Price in Queens....listed at $355,000.00

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Large Mother/Daughter 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, back deck, yard, work shop. Please call for list price and details..

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HONEY HORSERADISH ROASTED CHICKEN Spread all over the chicken, making sure to get under the skin as well. Truss the chicken, tuck the wings under the body and tie together at the legs. Roast chicken for one hour and 20 minutes, and then turn the oven up to 450 degrees to brown the skin. Continue cooking for another 20 minutes until the internal temperature near the thigh bone reads 160 degrees and the juices run clear (it should continue to cook once removed from the oven until the temperature is 165 degrees) Let the chicken rest for 20 minutes covered with aluminum foil before carving. Garnish with parsley if desired.


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‘Dayton Plaza’ Entryways Repaired!

By Kami-Leigh Agard Collaborative community advocacy does work! If you are walking or driving through Rockaway Commons, locally referred to as Dayton Plaza on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, you may be pleasantly surprised to see that all the metal grates and catch basins at each of the four entryways have been repaired, and most importantly, no longer pose a danger to shoppers. Last week The Rockaway Times (RT), informed by angry locals and local civic associations, contacted the owner of the plaza, the Malachite Group, questioning when the metal grates would be repaired af-

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That night, at a residential address on Almeda Avenue in Arverne, a mother found her 23-yearold son unconscious on the bathroom floor. Cops responded and administered naloxone. The young man regained consciousness. He was taken to St. John’s Hospital to be treated. Police had recovered a spoon at the scene, as well as five bags of heroin with the number “8888” stamped on them. Police were also probing another incident for the “8888” connection, which took place on Sunday, September 17. At 6:30 a.m., a mother found her 25-year-old son unconscious in bed at a Rockaway Park residence on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The family said the young man had a history of heroin use. Police found 11 blue glassine envelopes in his right, front pocket, but they did not contain the “8888” stamp. Drug overdose continues to be a

ter an elderly man fell through and his leg was severely sliced by rusty metal sticking up from the grate last Monday, September 25. (See September 28 RT issue’s article: “Local Man Badly Injured at ‘Dayton Plaza’. Note that this was the second time, RT reported on the plaza’s conditions since August). Within a day, work commenced on repairing the metal grates at each catch basin. And as of press time, the last entryway in front of CVS is under repair. According to the workmen on site on Tuesday, October 3, the work would be completed by the end of the day. Kudos to local residents, Dillon

Banks and Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet and civic leaders, Edwin Williams, president of The Heart of Rockaway Civic and John Cori, president of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association for their persistent efforts to follow through and see that these repairs were done, and reaching out to the RT to help. However, locals want more to be done. Banks, in his online Change.org petition (https:// www.change.org/p/newly-renovated-strip-mall-newly-renovated-and-sa) launched this past August, stated, “The mall in its current state is dirty, unsafe and lacks quality stores. The parking lot needs to

be repaved and re-marked. Panhandlers and dollar vans loiter all day and deter potential customers. The mall needs a complete facelift and security. The local residents and visitors have spent millions in this dilapidated mall and it is now time for the owners to give back and make this a respectable and safe place again.” As we go to press, more than 430 people have signed the petition. Williams-Maisonet succinctly summed it all: “Let’s stand together on this and fight the owners to make this mall clean, safe, and welcoming to ALL of Rockaway and visitors.”

major problem across the country, the state, the city, the borough, and Rockaway. According to the New York State Department of Health County Opioid report, published in July 2017, the amount of drug overdose responses had almost doubled from 2015 to 2016. In 2015, the number of outpatient emergency department visits for opioid overdoses (including heroin) in Queens was 168 in Queens and 1,025 across New York City. In 2016, the number in Queens was 313, and 1,754 in New York City. According to the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner and the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, in 2016, 1,374 people died from overdose deaths across NYC, more than any other year on record. More New Yorkers died from heroin and opioid overdoses in 2016 than from car accidents, homicides, and suicides combined. The NYPD has been doing what it can to combat overdoses. They have been making progress towards stopping illegal drug distribution at the source. Most recently, investigations led the NYPD to recover 213 pounds of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine at an apart-

ment building in Kew Gardens on August 1. A few weeks later, on September 5, 55 pounds of heroin and fentanyl were recovered from a vehicle in the Bronx. As for the case of tracking down the local source of the “8888” brand of heroin laced with fentanyl, NYPD’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information (DCPI) told The Rockaway Times that, “the investigation is ongoing.” Anyone with information is urged to call 800-577-TIPS. According to DCPI, the NYPD investigates each reported overdose and more than 17,000 uniformed members of the service have been trained in the use of naloxone. Police aren’t the only ones that can be prepared. In March, Dr. Janie Simmons, a local resident, a medical anthropologist and the Principal Investigator for the National Development and Research Institutes, helped bring her program, GetNaloxoneNow, to the Rockaway area. Through the program, Simmons helps educate people about naloxone, which counteracts overdoses, and supplies the serum to workshop

participants for free. A grant from the Fund for Public Health in New York, in conjunction with the NYC Department of Health, allowed her to run the program locally as a pilot for four months. Having successfully trained more than 450 Rockaway and Broad Channel residents and providing more than 370 of them with naloxone, the program was a success and was allowed to continue. On Thursday, October 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a RockawayGetsNaloxone Open House at the RISE Center at 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Guests will get free training on how to prevent, recognize and respond to an overdose emergency, obtain naloxone for free, and will be better prepared to save a life. For more information on RockawayGetsNaloxone, check out Simmons’ website www.GetNaloxoneNow.org and follow GetNaloxoneNow on Facebook. She can be contacted directly at simmons@ndri.org or 212-845-4558. Also look out for future RockawayGetsNaloxone events in the “Things to Do” section of The Rockaway Times.

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Shore Front Sculpture Exhibit Comes to End By Katie McFadden All summer long, Shore Front Parkway was brightened up with a splash of art. But all good things must come to an end. The outdoor 14 Sculptors On the Rock sculpture exhibit is wrapping up. In May, a variety of sculptures from a sky-high whale’s tail to a roller coaster of relics, to a recycled material mermaid, started to appear between Beach 73rd and Beach 108th and Shore Front Parkway. In June, curators and artists Christina Jorge and Esther Grillo kicked off the official opening of the 14 Sculptors on the Rock exhibit featuring 17 different pieces. The artwork thrilled visitors and locals alike, but the time has come to restore Shore Front Parkway to its pre-sculpture days. The sculptures will begin to be taken down starting Saturday, October 7 through the following weekend.

did that. The Parks Department said this was the most ambitious art project seen in the Rockaways,” Jorge said. “This has been very exciting and we were happy with the love that Rockaway showed for the work.” “This helped make Rockaway hit the map even more and brought attention to our beaches,” Grillo said. In addition to the artwork, we held educational components where groups of seniors or children would come to see the world and we’d ask them to write about the experience. One child wrote us a Pulling off a public exhibit of this scale was no easy task. “It required a lot of time and preparation and a lot of work and money. None of the artists were paid to put their work out there and many of the artists paid out of pocket to create their work and have it installed, plus 14 Sculptors had to pay liability insurance

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for the duration of the exhibition,” Jorge said. While some inquired why there wasn’t work from one end of the peninsula to the other, Grillo says it isn’t as easy as one would think to display that much art. “We reviewed the work of many who had a good track record and at times we found a person’s work to be too fragile or dangerous for a public space, so they weren’t accepted. The artists also had to pay to install their pieces. One spent $6,000 because it required hoists and two trucks to transport it,” Grillo said. Some other challenges the organizers encountered included vandalism and even theft. “I don’t think people realize the risk an artist takes by putting their work out in the public. Sui Park’s piece, ‘Sprout’ on Beach 106th included 10 small works, and in June, two of the parts were missing. Park didn’t want to risk the other eight, so she de-installed the rest and we took the financial loss, as we didn’t have theft insurance,” Jorge said. Another piece, a chain-link heart on Beach 86th Street was vandalized. “If a piece is defaced, you only have 48 hours to repair it or it has to be removed, so the artist had to come repair it,” Jorge said. Despite the challenges, the organizers believe the exhibit was a success. “The goal was to bring art out into the streets of Rockaway and we

card that said it was the best day of their life. We were able to bring the art to people and that was a gift,” Grillo said. The sculptures will now come down and be put up for sale by the artists. For inquiries, call Grillo at 718945-3131. While the art will no longer be around, the organizers will continue some of the programming that accompanied the exhibit. For instance, many got to take tours, hear lectures and learn about the history of Rockaway, and make their own art. Details about future programs will be available in future editions of The Rockaway Times in the Things to Do section. For more information about what’s next for 14 Sculptors, check out www.14sculptors. com. To see those who were involved in making the Rockaway exhibit possible, check out Page 31.


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Keeping Up With the RCA By Katie McFadden The Rockaway Civic Association just wrapped up a busy summer and is now gearing up for their fall and winter events. Throughout the summer, the Rockaway Civic Association (RCA) worked to beautify many beach block gardens throughout the neighborhood. In August, they worked on their biggest garden yet at Beach 109th Street. With resources from the New York Restoration Project, DSNY Organics Program and NYC Parks, many helped volunteer with the RCA to make the garden come to life and beautify the area. The RCA has also helped to bring arts and entertainment to the area. Over the summer, the RCA hosted its Beach Flix series and brought outdoor movies to the beach. On September 9, they held

an American Flag Paddle Painting Project for members. Members and their families created their own unique American flags out of popsicle sticks on a Saturday afternoon in the park on Beach 109th Street. On Saturday, September 23, members were welcome to participate in a sunset paint out in which people created their own renditions of the Rockaway sunset as seen from Tribute Park on Beach 116th Street. Many came out for the last membership meeting on September 14. “Our membership was skyrocketed,” RCA member Pat Wood, said. Many members donated gift cards and cash, which were passed on to the Graybeards to assist in their Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The meeting featured an update from Parks Department administrator Portia Dyrenforth, plus updates on sanitation and transportation. Councilman Eric Ulrich was also on hand to help the RCA present awards to Dyrenforth for her work with Parks and to local Joe Hartigan for all the work he’s done, especially for advocating for the ferry.

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With gratitude 14 Sculptors, Inc. acknowledges our partner NYC Parks & participating artists: Dan Bergman, Allan Cyprys, Carmen Frank, Laura Frank, Sean Febrications, Esther A. Grillo, Christina Jorge, Bibiana Huang Matheis, Sui Park, Siena Gillann Porta, Carl Rattner, Herb Rosenberg, Stan Squirewell, Chuck Von Schmidt, Anne Stanner. Special thanks to Larry OsseiMensah. We appreciate our funders for their program support and the Rockaway community for the love you've shown our work.

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The combination of constant news, social media and an unfiltered fire hose of opinion has created a tsunami of political news, comment, and often times downright fiction that can best be described as overwhelming - especially to many of us who are already beset upon at all times by our own personal problems

and struggles. This almost pandemic infection of rancid political diatribes on the part of our nation’s self-perceived aristocracy who seriously believe they are eminently more qualified and knowledgeable in all things than the rest of us hoi polloi who (at least in their minds) exist simply to take up space and resources. This has, over time, served to taint the places and spaces that used to provide or respite from the drudgery of the daily grind — sporting events, movies, television shows, entertainers, and simple neighborly conversation — are instead becoming part of the ongoing and seemingly never-ending political conversation of revisionist history. Recently it has become commonplace for our progressive political gentry to refer to our nation’s founding fathers as nothing more than a bunch of racist, sexist and misogynist old white men. The Declaration of Independence as

a flawed and systemically racist document and our National Anthem as an insidious government scam to get our boys and girls to go overseas and kill people. Our universities are actually attended and administered by individuals who think the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights should be revised to allow for a restriction of "freedom of speech" where such speech might make an individual uncomfortable. Our police have been the subject of a continual stream of invective in an attempt to inculcate a society-wide characterization of them as nothing more than a group of racist assassins. The sitting President of the United States is continually referred to as a "racist plantation owner," a misogynist, a pedophile, a sexual predator, a clown, a sociopath, a Neanderthal, the "Homer Simpson" of Presidents, scary, crazy, the "Bum in Chief," a Nazi, a batsh*t crazy fascist, men-

tally incompetent, etc. Social media is also a conduit for calls for the President's assassination. Recently, yet another political infected abscess has erupted on the skin of our nation as we now all have to deal with the “take a knee” syndrome that’s infested professional sports, the last bastion of apolitical entertainment. Now if you want to play a football game, strict adherence to the politically correct code of social justice requires you to kneel while the national anthem is played because if you simply stand respectfully, hand over heart, you will have identified yourself as a racist. Of course, back in 2011 when Denver Broncos quarterback, Tim Tebow, took to a knee mid-field in silent prayer, and not during the anthem, he was assailed by the press as a polarizing figure, criticized by commentators for his overt

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display of faith and mocked by his fellow players. Go figure. Sadly, any pretense on the part of the ever-bellicose progressive elite of having enough curiosity to actually engage in meaningful discourse or even to simply listen to opposing points of view has long since left the station. There are times I admit when I begin to think that all is lost because as I grow older, I am increasingly aware of my own mortality and thus able to contemplate the futility of everything, thus causing me to despair against any struggle or rage at the dying of the light. Yet, every so often, someone comes along and restores my tenuous faith that, like all other things in life, this too shall pass. Recently during a conversation with a friend of mine, who is almost rabidly progressive (she thinks de Blasio is too conservative), our political discussion became heated and I attempted to shift gears to a

less volatile subject. We were watching a rerun of the TV show "Breaking the Magicians Code" and I asked who was her favorite magician. Without missing a beat this otherwise supposedly educated individual turned to me and, replied, "That's an easy one, Amelia Earhart, you know the woman who makes the plane disappear." Initially I thought she was joking around and I replied in turn, "Now that's some real revisionist history." She looked at me with dead serious eyes and stated, "You have a problem with female magicians, are you sexist?" Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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From The Rockaway Business Alliance STREET FESTIVALS IN THE FALL!

Yes, we know that summertime in Rockaway is hard to beat. But as temperatures start to drop and the leaves begin to change, the peninsula still has plenty to offer in the off-season. Whether you’re a year-round resident or just down for the day, events like the Rockaway Business Alliance’s Rock-A-Block Boulevard festival are a great reminder of what a wonderful community we’ve got all year round. Last Saturday, the Rockaway Business Alliance hosted its first-ever street festival on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. “RockA-Block Boulevard” featured an abundance of programming for both kids and adults. Favorite activities included henna tattoos from Zingara Vintage, performances from JUMP Dance Studio and the Bayswater Players, pizza AND pie eating contests, a surfing demo from Black Surfing Rockaway, a skate park from Station RBNY, and much more.

In addition to bringing the Rockaway community together and offering a fun day for families, street festivals are an awesome opportunity to bring attention to local businesses. Businesses on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Uma’s to Epstein’s were bustling with customers all day long during RockA-Block. Missed it? Fear not! There’s another festival coming up this Saturday, October 7 on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 94th to Beach 90th Streets.

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In addition to the programming from last time, Rock-ABlock Blvd on Saturday will also offer massage/ acupuncture demonstrations from NurtureU Wellness, square dancing with The City Stompers, not one but TWO bounce houses (thanks to the generosity of House on Rock Church), performances by the House on Rock choirs, a live reggae band, and an animal talent contest (yes, you heard that right — bring out Toto and let him show off that special thing that he does).

Here are some other fun things going on in Rockaway this fall: *Thursday Night Trivia at Bungalow Bar *Sunday Night Football at Jamesons *Thursday Night Open Mic at Rockaway Brewing Co. *The Bayswater Players Present: The Adam’s Family, October 21 through November 5 at the Bayswater Jewish Center *Oktoberfest at Riis continues on October 7 and 8, and features live music and the grand opening of Rockaway Chef Julia Steinberg’s new seaside restaurant The Dropout. Our member business Zingara Vintage will also be hosting a pop-up market there. Hope to catch you this Saturday on the Boulevard! This report was submitted by The Rockaway Business Alliance (RBA) – for more info, please email info@rockawaybusinessalliance.org


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Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato launched her first Summer Reading Awards Tour at P.S. 114 in Belle Harbor on Wednesday, September 27, by handing out certificates of completion to dozens of students for making regular reading a part of their summer. Pheffer Amato did her first Summer Reading program starting in May, when she supplied schools with materials for their students to track their progress over the summer. Parents and schools have mailed the materials back, and Pheffer Amato has produced a certificate for each student who completed the Summer Reading Challenge.

“This is a fun, straightforward way to get kids to read – and because it’s so easy, it works!” Pheffer Amato said. “These kids have done something really amazing. They got themselves in the habit of reading over the summer. Even when school was out, they made a substantial contribution to their education. “I’m so grateful to all the parents, teachers, administrators and students at P.S. 114 who kept everything on task and made it fun,” she continued. “We’ll be going all throughout the district awarding young readers, and there’s no better place to start than with the bright, enthusiastic kids of P.S. 114!”

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By Kami-Leigh Agard 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! Local hotspots 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, October 6 6:30 p.m. Kick off your Columbus weekend at Bungalow Bar with the amazing acoustic musical stylings of much-loved band, Neutral Corners. Gear up for a beautiful night of bay views and vibes as the duo pumps out their arousing mix of rock, soul, blues and R&B. 377 Beach 92nd Street Saturday, October 7 12 p.m. Guys, strap on your lederhosen and gals, your dirndl — and head down to Riis for NYC's only oceanfront Oktoberfest with fabulous eats, beats and of course, beer! As you clink your colossal steins in uber German fashion, get ready to be on your feet as Patsy throws it down Rockaway style. Also don’t miss the chance to check out The Dropout, Riis’ new off-season restaurant. Riis Park Beach Bazaar (16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd.) Saturday, October 7 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ROCK! AWAY! brings rockin’ reggae to the Rock-A-Block street festival with Rockaway’s first reggae movement, RCK 97, The Foundation Band and surprise guests! Beach 90th to Beach 94th Streets, Rockaway Beach Blvd. Saturday, October 7 8 p.m. The Rockaway Theatre Company presents NYC’s premiere nonprofit musical ensemble, The Rhapsody Players performing your favorite songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s in

extraordinary cabaret style. This one night only of singing magic is RTC’s “Giving Back” benefit concert for a special Rockaway friend in need of lifesaving surgery. All proceeds will go towards medical treatment. Tickets are $20. Note, reservations are not necessary, but this show will sell out! Email broadwayjack@ earthlink.net or call 646-3352710 if you want to reserve your seat in advance. Post Theater, Bldg. T4, Ft. Tilden, Saturday, October 7 9 p.m. In a stomping mood tonight? Then make a beeline to Rogers as the insanely popular musical duo, Keegan & Soogs brings the pub down and has you on your feet, as they belt out their famous eclectic blend of American classics. 203 Beach 116th Street Sunday, October 8 12 p.m. Catch the last wave of Oktoberfest at Riis as NYC’s #1 top surf music band, the Supertones drops in on your senses with their infectious wave-riding music. Also don’t miss the chance to titillate your taste buds at The Dropout, Riis’ new fabulous off season restaurant. Riis Park Beach Bazaar (16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd.) Wednesday, October 14 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Big-name entertainment company, UNIR NYC brings you Stogies and Brew at the Rockaway Brewery. This is going to be a night for the books offering cigars by Line of Duty, music by Walker Brotherhood of the Grape and the ever-notorious Whitney Aycock’s addictive food and service. Tickets are $25 in advance/ $35 at the door. For FDNY, NYPD and military personnel, tickets are a flat $25. Proceeds from sales of Line of Duty cigars and apparel go towards charity. For tickets and further info, email: unir.nyc@gmail.com 415 Beach 72nd Street

Sundays 6 p.m. Come out and be blessed by live and direct positive vibrations at Reggae Sunday Splash at the Rockaway Brewing Company hosted by Rockawavesradio, Max Power Productions’ ROCK AWAY Rockaway and Vinyl Makes Me Happy Hour. This week’s special guest — The Foundation Band. 415 Beach 72nd Street

visit: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org/upcoming-exhibitions, call 718-474-0861 or email: info@raanyc.org sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden 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. $20 RAA Member / $30 Non-member sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden RAA offers a wide variety of art classes. To receive weekly updates on series of classes and one-time workshops, email: j.dalid@raanyc.org or call 718-474-0861

Thursdays 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Rockaway Brewing Company’s Open Mic Night with guest host, Jesse Katz features an eclectic array of musicians and vocalists who take the stage to share their live music. Of course, guitarist extraordinaire, Jammin' Jon, and Irish Saturdays and Sundays crooner, John Baxter are local 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. favorites, but don’t be afraid to On weekends through Octotake the mike and share your ber 8, the RAA showcases its Samusical talents! lon Show 2017. This non-juried 415 Beach 72nd Street exhibition features artists displaying a variety of themes and OTHER ART NEWS mediums, including but not Saturday, October 14 limited to painting, watercolor, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. photography, print, poetry and Rockaway Times columnist, literature and sculpture. For Enchantress Shane Kulman further info., call 718-474-0861 presents Unraveling Inner Pos- or email: info@raanyc.org sibilities - Improv Theatre for sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden Non-Actors. In this play shop, Kulman leads self-expression Theater in Rockaway (Yes, through improvisational act- Rockaway has its own theater ing, centering and relaxation company!) practices leading to authentic In 2011, the Rockaway Thecommunication. The workshop atre Company brought you is 1 to 5 p.m. with a dinner and Rockaway Cafe – A Decade of celebration break from 5 to 6:30 Dynamite! and by popular dep.m. Then the day culminates mand, it’s back! Come and enwith a show at the Rockaway joy the musical revue directed Artists Alliance where your in- by John Gilleece, and musical vited guests get to witness your arrangements and direction by performance! Tickets are $50. the amazing duo, Jeff & HeathFor more info, email: your- er Arzberger that has titillated beautifulchild@gmail.com audiences for over a decade. RAA’s Camp kidsmART, Fort Note that the show sells out Tilden quickly, so seize the chance to get your hands on some tickets! The RAA is calling for mem- Show dates are November 3, 4, bers-only entries for their up- 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19. Visit: coming ArtSplash 2017 exhibit. www.rockawaytheatrecompaIn this juried exhibition, artists ny.org are free to explore any theme and all media. $35 entry fee for Got info. on live music and art a maximum of six works. Sub- exhibitions coming up in Rockamissions must be received by way and Broad Channel? Send October 20. For further info., it to kami@rockawaytimes.com

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Skudin Surf Rallies To Help Rincón Rebuild After Hurricane Maria By Kami-Leigh Agard Skudin Surf is dropping in, in a positive way to help with Hurricane Maria relief efforts in the surfing communities of Puerto Rico in Rincón, Aguadilla and surrounding areas. For almost a decade, the Skudin brothers, Cliff and Will, have brought the sport of surfing to people of all ages and abilities in the seaside towns of Rockaway Beach, Long Beach, Atlantic Beach, Lido-Nickerson the Beach and Rincón, Puerto Rico. They have launched a GoFundMe online fundraising campaign through their nonprofit, Surf For All, an organization in which they educate and teach people with a variety of disabilities about surfing. Through their GoFundMe campaign, 100 percent of proceeds and donations will go towards hurricane disaster relief.

Cliff Skudin said, “We started this fundraising initiative to help out the local businesses and residents of Rincón, whom we know well and love. We are working with JetBlue to transport cargo such as chain saws, generators, water and other critically-needed supplies. We are mainly focusing on what the community’s needs are for rebuilding. For example, a good friend of ours basically

lost everything in his surfing business — surfboards, paddleboards, you name it. But we are determined to help him and other local businesses get back up and running.” Skudin said that their goal is to reassure people that once Rincón is up and running, don’t cancel your trips, at least hopefully not by the holidays. “I feel like the media is exaggerating when they say the en-

tire island is down for the next 10 years. A lot of pro surfers down there are saying that’s not true. Together we can and will rebuild in a bigger and better way, and remember the awesome waves will always be there,” Skudin said. As of press time, within two days, the Skudins’ online campaign has raised $2,655 of the $50K goal. To donate towards the Skudin’s GoFundMe campaign, visit: https://www. gofundme.com/rinconhurricanemariarelief Also on Saturday, October 14 from 6 to 9 p.m., they will be hosting a Rise Up Rincón relief fundraiser at the Beach House, located at 906 W Beech Street in Long Beach, featuring reggae sensation JahStix, open bar, appetizers and raffle prizes. For more information, visit Skudin Surf ’s Facebook page or email info@ skudinsurf.com

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So the latest on the street is that Surfline just acquired Magicseaweed, one of its competitors in the surf forecasting business. Might not sound like much, but having independent companies trying to have the best forecasting models is big business these days, at least compared to the local phone numbers one would call to get a report only 15 years ago. Surfline acquired Magicseaweed from the Australia-based SurfStitch Group. SurfStitch overshot things by trying to merge surf forecasting with ecommerce and journalism, buying Australia’s STAB magazine and U.S.A based e-commerce site, SWELL. In the end, they sold them all back to their original owners. SurfStitch paid $13.8 million for both Magicseaweed and Stab Magazine combined in 2015. That’s a lot of money! Why the woe? Well Surfline completely overshot the forecast for the last month-and-ahalf ’s worth of swell. In some instances only two to three days out, Surfline was calling for days to be in the 12-15ft range, meanwhile Magicseaweed was more modest calling for 5-7ft. The same for other competitor, SwellInfo. Jeff Berg, CEO of Surfline told Shop-Eat-Surf.com: “We believe we can provide the talented team at Magicseaweed support in places they’ve never quite had it. We are also investing a lot in the next generation of products and services, and the ability to scale some of that across a larger audience is alluring. Ben Freeston, the founder/

CEO of Magicseaweed, is a real talent and I think he’s going to add a lot of value across all the brands in several areas. We believe that there are always going to be different types of surfers looking for different types of products at different price points in the market. The portfolio of brands will allow us to better serve more surfers, especially overseas.” Having been a part of many big business merger/acquisitions in my professional career, what tends to happen is consolidation of resources and merging technologies. So, in all honesty, this could swing either two ways: Surfline’s reports comes more in-line with Magicseaweed’s algorithms or Magicseaweed will be reduced to use the power house reporting agency Surfline’s resources. Usually when the buyer consumes the other, they push their resources on the other for ROI purposes. Whichever the case, this just gave competitor Swellinfo a good kick in the pants for business. With upwards of five million plus subscribers between all three surf forecasting agencies, it’s now become an intense battle to come out on top. The one that can report correctly on all the thousands of local surf breaks bathometry (seafloor shape and slope) worldwide will come out on top. Like with any forecasting, such as weather, always use a variety of tools to figure out what might happen. Then again, just go old-school, get to the beach and see for yourself what it’s like.


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Snowflake League Week 3 Recap By The Commissioner's Office This umpiring crisis has taken itself to a whole new level. So short and sweet: if anyone has any umpiring ability, please friend request 'Snowflake League' on Facebook. Once added as a friend, please upload your resume onto the page. This should be fun. And remember, if you make a bad call, it was probably the right call. And if you made the right call, it was probably God awful. There is really no in between. Not with this cast of gentlemen. But if you are free Monday-Thursday nights, and are looking for pocket change, contact the Commissioner's Office via Facebook. Ya' never know. Maybe we can find a diamond in the rough. In the famous words of that little kid in Disney's Angels in the Outfield, "It could happen!" Monday night's action had Marine Park taking on Rock Fam. The game started with Rock Fam taking a 2-0 lead but that's all they'd get. Marine Park put together nine unanswered runs

to eventually win the game by a touchdown. In the second game, Rock Fam held a 6-2 lead midway through the game but that lead wasn't held either. Marine Park answered with seven runs to win game two by a field goal. A sweep by Marine Park with scores of 9-2 and 9-6. This whole league is in good hands with Allstate when it comes to any sort of insurance, but Ruffle Bar was in really good hands Tuesday night. Ruffle Bar came out swinging and threw down a 14 run mercy shutout on Allstate in game one. The second game was a little closer but ended with the same result. Ruffle Bar took both with the scores 14-0 and 8-3. Wednesday night action was between the Sons of Pitches and the Black Sox. Both games were close and low scoring. Black Sox won the first by four runs by the score of 6-2 and the S.O.P. won the second game by two to earn the split. The score of game two was 7-5. Black Sox take the headto-head series due to run differential. Thursday night was billed

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as a rivalry game and that billing certainly did not disappoint. The amount of trash talk that went on in that game would make Andrew Dice Clay look like a priest. Game one saw the Alchoballics jump out to a 5-1 lead in the second inning. Game ended though with a 5-0 run by the Cereal Killers and a walk-off Sac fly. Game two was a lot more offense. Cereal Killers hit three different kinds of homeruns

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122-18 Rockaway Beach Blvd. • Belle Harbor, NY 11694

Mark J. Gelwan M.D, FACS, FICS Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology Certified, American College of Surgeons Certified, International College of Surgeons Listed, “America’s Top Ophthalmologists“ for Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Consumer Directory,Washington, D.C. – 2002,2010

Expanding to Highest Level of Eye Surgical Care Rockaway Medical Arts Complex – Ambulatory Center 105-38 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Rockaway Park, NY 11694

Eye Surgery Center of Excellence – Comparable and exceeding most Academic Medical Centers Completion expected 11/2017. Start the process now by being one of Dr. Gelwan’s patients.

CATARACT SURGERY – TAKEN TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF SAFE VISION CORRECTION SURGERY • SYMFONY EXTENDED RANGE VISION CORRECTION IMPLANT ACHIEVING ALL RANGES OF VISION AFTER CATARACT SURGERY. WITH IMPROVED CONTRAST AND NIGHT VISION • DR. GELWAN IS ONE OF ONLY A FEW SURGEONS IN NEW YORK USING THIS TECHNOLOGY • FULL CORRECTION OF VISION DURING CATARACT SURGERY. (ASTIGMATISM) WITH INTRAOPERATIVE ANALYSIS TO PERFECT UNCORRECTED VISION • BLADELESS, LASER ASSISTED CATARACT SURGERY • USE OF PRE_OP VISION CORRECTION TECHNOLOGY AND RETINAL TOMOGRAPHY, PREPARATION IN ACHIEVING FINAL RESULTS. (PATIENTS’ CALL “MIRACULOUS“.)

VISION CORRECTION SURGERY • Thousands of successful LASIK surgeries • NEW NIDEK EYE TRACKING TECHNOLOGY • IN-OFFICE Allow Safer Surgery in half the time of previous technology

CORNEAL TRANSPLANTS • DSAEK – Sutureless Endothelial Transplants • Conventional Full Thickness • Transplants

ADVANCED RETINAL TREATMENT CENTER • Macular Degeneration injections for Wet Form Degeneration • Diabetic Retinopathy – Painless In-Office Laser Treatments • Non-lnvasive – Full Diagnostic Testing OCT • Ultrasound • Fluorescein Angiography

GLAUCOMA • SLT (Cold Laser Technology) Eliminates the need for costly irritating drops in most cases Last 2-5 years and can be repeated without risk of scarring • Full range of Laser and Glaucoma Surgery. “NO ONE SHOULD LOSE VISION FROM GLAUCOMA, METICULOUS CARE AND ALL LASER AND SURGICAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE IN DR. GELWAN’S PRACTICE. IF YOU ARE HAVING CATARACT SURGERY AND HAVE GLAUCOMA, YOU NEED TO CONSULT DR. GELWAN BEFORE YOUR SURGERY.“

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The Rockaway Times | OCTOBER 5, 2017  
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