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Nobody Here But Us Chickens In the old days, you had to be brave. Things were dangerous. I mean, jeez, even shampoo bottles were made of glass. There was a smoking section on airplanes because you know – the smoke would stay in that section only. Not that any of us ever flew on a plane back then. The usual mode of transportation was the station wagon without seatbelts and a back section where four or five kids could fit just to be bounced off each other. Of course, that wasn’t quite as dangerous as the trunk – which was sometimes used to store kids to sneak into various venues, like the Surf Club. Those days it seemed like the only parental rule was: be home for dinner. Some parents would add, “bring me

home a pack of cigarettes.” You’d be out all day climbing over fences in other peoples’ backyards. You’d be making slingshots and other weapons to use against your friends for fun. You’d have unsupervised boxing matches, rock fights, and sometimes some kid would have a pocket knife and might show off some whittling skills. And yeah, we’d be home for dinner – where the danger continued. Most of us would be going home to the house filled with cigarette smoke to have dinner that was prepared with tubs of butter and salt. Shit was dangerous. And this was life before high school. Come to think of it, my parents sent my brother to an orthodontist in the city – Manhattan. They sent him by subway, by himself. Sixth grade. You weren’t much safer at school if you had one of those psycho teachers. Plenty of

nuns and religious brothers get their deserved reputations for being sadistic but some lay teachers – as they used to be called – got in on the cruel and unusual, too. One teacher had a paddle, which he named “George.” If kids got in trouble, they had to bend over for whacks. The conventional wisdom was you couldn’t tell your parents because you might get whacked again. You probably should’ve worn a helmet to school but you wore helmets for two things only, little league baseball and peewee football. Those were the days when dentists used novocaine if they felt like it. Parents would open the car window a smidge, lock you inside and go into a store. Stray dogs were common and one or two would take turns terrorizing the neighborhood. It’s funny how kids don’t answer their phones these days. Well, in the dangerous days, actual fights would break out

as kids lunged for the ringing phone. Everything was a battle. You’d think such an upbringing would be good training as we age. You’d think we’d have some spine. Last week I lamented how little common sense there is. Well, this week, I go straight to contradicting myself. Most of us have too much common sense. And it’s paralyzing. Too much common sense makes you a big scaredy cat. We live our lives looking at our past, like whew, better not try that again. And it gets worse. All my elders? They only cross the street at the corner. I mean, we can’t enjoy ourselves because we have to save for retirement. You know, retirement. That period of life where you can do as many boring and safe things as possible. Now, that’s scary. Screw it, I vow to get crazy again. I’m jay walking. Next month, for real.

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Residents Hit With Huge Fines Since Cashless Tolling Rollout By Katie McFadden Belle Harbor resident Tommy Share was beyond shocked when he came home to nine orange envelopes in the mail from the E-ZPass violations department, claiming that he owed thousands of dollars in fines for crossing Rockaway’s local bridges. “I never got a bill in the mail, and suddenly it says I owe all of these tolls for insufficient funds, plus administration and late fees,” Share said. He called E-ZPass to see if anything could be done and was told he owed $4,989. “The violations department guys said I have to pay it right now or they’re going to suspend my registration. I said, ‘I can’t pay that! Do you hear how ridiculous that is? A $50 fine for a $4.25 toll each time?’” The situation was similar for Rockaway Park resident Dina

Hanning. “In August, I got 12 of these orange envelopes in the mail. I had never gotten a bill. I was never told my E-ZPass balance was low, or I would’ve sent the money in. But I received these violations saying that I owed $3,960.25. Every time I went over the Cross Bay Bridge, which can be about six to eight times between going to work and taking my kids to school, and different activities in Rockaway and Broad Channel, I was charged the $4.25 toll, plus a $50 fee,” Hanning said. “It’s a free bridge for Rockaway and Broad Channel residents, and I’m being fined for a bridge I shouldn’t be paying tolls on.” Both Share, Hanning and several other residents have said that they never had such issues until the cashless tolling system rolled out across Rockaway’s bridges on April

30. In some of these instances, residents found that they received the violations for having insufficient funds on their E-ZPass. Yet with the new system, which no longer has the booths that warn people about their low balance, many were clueless about their violations that would wind up costing them $54.25 each time. Since E-ZPass customers are automatically charged, those with the violations wouldn’t receive a bill by mail. Instead, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridge & Tunnels (MTABT), customers are expected to simply keep on top of their accounts. E-ZPass customers won’t receive a bill by mail for insufficient funds. Rather, according to MTABT, violations are sent if a customer doesn’t replenish their account within a 10-day period of the un-

paid crossing. If the customer doesn’t replenish their account within those 10 days, they receive a violation for the toll, plus a $50 to $100 fee per transaction, depending on the facility, which a customer has 30 days to pay. Due to this stipulation, some may opt to forgo the E-ZPass to avoid any fines, since nonE-ZPass customers are supposed to receive bills by mail for their tolls. Yet even those customers are facing issues. In September, Breezy Point resident Steph Norton says she received a violation notice saying she owed $59.50 for tolls, plus $700 in “late fees” for not paying her bill. “I got a bill by mail for June, but not for July and August. How can they charge me a late fee when I never got a bill?” Norton said, Continued on page 42

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In last week’s article about local politicians’ views on the constitutional convention, Councilman Eric Ulrich was the only one to show support for Con Con. After listening to his constituents, Ulrich has changed his stance and has chosen to no longer support the ballot question. ***** This was a first. We sometimes get calls and emails if the paper isn’t delivered or the email version (sign up now!) goes out a little late but hand it to our beloved columnist, Pete Mahon, for a classic jump the gun. Pete called to wonder why the paper hadn’t come out, why he didn’t get his email. We had to gently break it to him that it was only Wednesday and that we’ve published on Thursdays for the last 173 weeks. ***** Is there such a thing as regu-

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017 lar garbage anymore? You’ve got to recycle paper and plastic and glass and metal. And now Brown Bins for organics – food scraps and more – are being delivered to homeowners. ***** Keep an eye out for Kids Corner, a new weekly feature. We’ll have mazes, puzzles, find-the-differences in pictures. Stuff like that. It’ll be a good way for kids to be introduced to newspapers. And we know adults will have fun with them too! See page 46. ***** The New York Housing Authority is installing solar power at a number of developments, one of which is Carleton Manor at Beach 41st Street and Beach Channel Drive. ***** Live in Far Rock and find getting to the ferry a hassle? Well, there will be two new free shuttle stops starting Monday, October 23. It’s a pilot program that will run for three months. The two stops will be Mott Avenue, and Central Avenue and Seagirt Blvd. and Beach 20th Street.

***** The Rockaway Park Post Office branch hasn’t had a custodian in more than a month – and it shows. The lobby is a bit of a mess with loose paper, boxes, and other debris. Seems like a joint effort of customers (put litter in the basket!) and the manager might go a long way in keeping the place tidy. ***** Dominique Cannelongo is moving on from managing the Riis Park Bazaar. His presence will be missed but he says he’s staying in Rockaway and will let us know his next move. ***** A movie company is looking to rent a Broad Channel home in December. The company is “searching for an interior home with a working fireplace.” They need the space for about a week. The company is fully insured and working with the Mayor’s Office of Film and Theater. Call Sue Pazos at 646-262-0613 if you think you’ve got what they’re looking for and want to make a few bucks. The film, by the way, is called Escape At Dannemo-

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Bad Bus Plans Dear Editor: Your October 12 article, "Fireworks at CB14 Meeting" shows the stupidity of MTA planners. They would rather see the disabled and seniors use Access-A-Ride (which cost them over $50 per trip) than local buses. The purpose of eliminating bus stops is to increase bus speeds. When bus stops are very lightly utilized, as is the case with the western end of the Q22, most buses skip most of the stops anyway most of the time. That means that the buses will not save any sig-

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017 nificant time by eliminating stops, but passengers' trips will become longer. That is because under the plan, they will have to walk further to and from the bus stops and the chance of just missing a bus will increase. This change could add over 20 minutes to someone's trip, turning a 20-minute trip into a 40-minute one. Also, the MTA, by making their proposed change, violates their own service planning guidelines, which stipulate passengers should not walk more than a quarter mile to the nearest bus route. Walking distances will now exceed a half mile in some cases. This is no way to encourage bus travel. Bus stops should only be eliminated when bus stops are very close together and usage is moderate. It makes no sense to eliminate stops when usage is very high or very low. When usage is high and stops are eliminated, the remaining stops become overcrowded so the bus just spends more time load-

ing and unloading and the amount of time saved is negligible. The only time saved is from buses not having to accelerate or decelerate at the eliminated stops. The MTA's justification for the change is that few riders use the western end of the route. Unless there is a major destination at a terminus, light usage is typical of any route in the city a mile or two from its end. The B44, one of the heaviest routes in Brooklyn, carries no more than six passengers per bus at all times in the last mile in either direction on the southern end. This is very a shortsighted cost-cutting measure, which will only increase costs when riders switch to Access-A-Ride and livery services. But will the MTA listen to the Board's objections or go ahead with the plan anyway? (I am a retired director of bus planning for the MTA NYCT and a member of the Queens Public Transit Committee.) Allan Rosen

Page 9 Rocks-Away Dear Editor: I have to give a shout out to my co-Idea Guy in-residence on his crowd-building jetty idea. Brilliant!!! Now why didn’t I think of that? Sure, it might be easier for the Army Corps to just build the jetties as they are doing right now just down the shore in Long Beach. But what fun is that? Besides, when government fails to do what’s needed, as is often the case, we have to be prepared to take things into our own hands, and pockets. Perhaps, not coincidently, I’ve noticed more than the average number of people chucking rocks into the ocean, so maybe this idea is catching on. I know I’m taking it seriously. Lately I’ve been studying the pitching style of Yankee fastball phenomenon, Ardolis Chapman so I can chuck my stones far enough to ensure our new jetty will offer some real protection. RockaContinued on page 10

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Continued from Page 9 way may be in trouble. I was very impressed to read that Long Beach is not actually getting new jetties but rather replacing their worn-out existing jetties! Good for them! Maybe Rockaway should hire or elect whomever they have dealing with the Feds. Back to Boyle’s idea… can we really build the jetties we need one small stone at a time? Maybe. Doing some quick math, it seems that if each of Rockaway’s 120,000 residents threw in just 10 stones a week, we’d have over 50 million of them in the water by next year’s hurricane season. Even if that’s only enough for one jetty, it would be the biggest jetty project Rockaway has seen in 50 years. Rick Horan Rally Call Dear Editor: Many thanks for publishing a full page article and petition “Calling all Communities” to encourage all Rockaway and

Broad Channel residents, organizations and business to support the Rockaway Storm Protection Group initiatives for the 5th year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The Rockaway Storm Protection Group is counting on every single organization, business and resident to be on the beach at Beach 129th Street at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 28 to send a message to the NYC Mayor’s Office, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the NYC Parks Department and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation that they need to cut through the red tape and give us the protection we need! They also need to use the funds provided by Congress for Rockaway storm protection for the intended purpose! We expect all our elected officials to join us in support of this action. With so much on the line, we as a community are coming together to demand protection for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren and future

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generations who have the right to create happy memories and raise their children in our beautiful Rockaway. Elda Vale Local Percent? Dear Editor: In last week's issue, the first item in Facts You Probably Don't Need stated that 30 percent of American adults don't drink any alcohol. Having been born and raised here and having done more than my fair share (I don't drink anymore), I wonder what the percentage is for Rockaway. Anyone care to share their thoughts? Andy Feldman Diet Doubts Dear Editor: Dr. Galvin’s comments in the latest issue about the Mediterranean Diet may be true, but don’t really follow the evidence. Studies have shown that either high carbohydrate/low fat or high fat/low carbohydrate diets will result in weight

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By Pete Tyler If all the leaves are brown, and the skies are gray, it must be October in the Rockaways. The leaves pile up as some of us go into hibernation mode and rest, eat and leave leftovers. The leaves and leftovers gotta go somewhere, right? Well, we’re all in luck, as the NY Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has just the place: The Brown Bin! And it’s coming to a curb near you. With the City’s goal of contributing zero waste to landfills by 2030, DSNY is increasing its efforts to compost and is distributing Brown Bins made for food scraps and yard waste to the local area through the end of October. More than two million New Yorkers are already utilizing Brown Bins, and now it’s Rockaway's turn, but only if you want to. DSNY is in the process of delivering for free, Brown Bins to residential buildings with one to nine units, with larger apartment buildings needing to request their bins. Collections will start on the week of October 29 on your normal recycling day. So what goes in these Brown Bins? Organic material, like food scraps, yard waste, leaves, and food-soiled paper like the paper in the bottom of the pizza box. Other examples are Halloween pumpkins, coffee grounds, weeds, pizza crusts,

potato peelings, egg shells, tea bags, paper plates and bags, chicken/turkey bones, and even Aunt Hilda’s fruit cake. Just don't put in things like diapers, pet waste, or those plastics bags, that are everywhere. All the seasoned composters who use Edgemere Farm to help reduce waste have a head start. For those who are new to this, I can already hear the whispers and complaining, because I’ve been there. It takes a bit of getting used to at first. Just like when NYC started recycling, it may start out as a pain. But once you get the system down, it becomes part of your routine, and you’ll see the benefits. It is only recommended to participate, but there are some benefits to separating organics. With a little planning, and trial and error, you’ll see a reduction in your regular trash, and it will help keep the planet alive a little longer. Many school-aged kids are already doing this in school, so you can refer to your young Captains of Composting for help, or make it their new chore. I dated a beautiful environmentalist a few years back, and learned the basics. This, along with the DSNY tips, help make it easier than it sounds. She used a grocery bag to collect the waste and kept the bag Continued on page 19


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New Leadership Arrives At The Belle Harbor School By Rosemary McGuire Much to her disappointment, There’s a sense of excitethe school wasn’t eligible for ment and anticipation at any city or state funding and PS/MS114 The Belle Harthere wasn’t enough at her disbor School as Interim Actposal to allow participation. ing (IA) Principal Elizabeth Without funding, her hope Welsome and Assistant for this endeavor appeared Principal Deana Folchetgrim. It looked like she was goti-Puglin (IA) step into the ing to have to pass on the oppositions formerly held by portunity. Stephen Grill and Barbara That’s when the Parents’ AsPoggioli-Esposito this new sociation (PA) stepped in. school year. “The PA here is amazing,” Determined to jump right Welsome said. “It’s only bein and wasting no time, the cause of their financial supduo has already started port we are able to participate launching new programs. in this program.” One of Principal WelThe PA donated enough some’s first goals was to get money to send nine teachthe teachers involved in ers, one from each grade, up the Teachers College Writto Columbia University for 45 ing Initiative in kindergardays over the academic year ten through eighth grades. Assistant Principal Deana Folchetti-Puglin for training in the writing proand Principal Elizabeth Welsome. (K-8). Prior to her arrival, a gram. needs assessment indicated the “I thought this would be a And the generosity didn’t stop teachers would benefit from a wonderful place to start,” Wel- there. The PA even generated uniform writing curriculum to some said. But unfortunately, money to pay for the substitute guide them through all grades. the first challenge was funding. teachers while the classroom

teachers were out in training. “This gift for our teachers could not have happened without the support of the PA, and for that we are truly grateful,” Welsome said. Principal Welsome is also attending Columbia University’s program. “I lead by example,” she said. “Any unified program like this creates common expectations and we can all be on the same page. “It’s very important for teachers to have a strong skill set,” she continued. Principal Welsome praises the teachers at the school as hardworking, and committed to the students and to their own professional development. PS/MS 114 has a large special education population, so she knew her assistant principal would need expertise in that realm. After much interviewing, Deana Folchetti-Puglin, with a Continued on page 15

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degree in special education and 11 years experience at PS/MS47 in Broad Channel, seemed to be the perfect candidate. “My passion is working with teachers, students and families to offer support and guidance through the special education process,” Folchetti-Puglin said. “Our vision is that all of our special education students are educated in the least restrictive environment and have access to the general education curriculum with the appropriate supports and structures in place for each student's academic, social and emotional success,” Folchetti-Puglin said. Principal Welsome lights up when she talks of the learning environment in the rooms. “I come alive when I get to go into a classroom and watch teachers teach and children learn,” she says.

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A love of literacy and love color on a particular day and of the academic environeach donate one dollar. This ment drove Principal Welmonth they proudly raised some to her next initiative: $803, which was turned into implementing guided read$50 gift cards that were doing groups based on reading nated to the victims of Hurlevels. ricanes Irma and Harvey via She’s planning to develop Operation Blessing. Next a designated guided reading month, it’s pink. room with resources for the Principal Welsome’s inchildren and teachers, and itiatives and ideas of what she’s considering a program works come from 26 years of to have the middle school experience in education as a students go into classrooms teacher, consultant, adjunct of the younger children and professor in Fordham Uniread to them or with them. versity’s Graduate School of Both Principal Welsome Education and assistant prinand Assistant Principal Folcipal at PS/MS207 in Howard chetti-Puglin agree that not Beach. Accepting the position only is academic success as principal of PS 114 seemed important for students, but like the right next step. having them develop and Assistant Principal Deana Folchetti-Puglin and “Not only did I make the succeed socially and emo- Principal Elizabeth Welsome hard at work. choice to accept the position tionally is also critical. discussion. It gets them think- for me, but most importantly In the few short weeks she’s ing about the future outside the I had to be sure I was the right been here, Principal Welsome doors of their school. choice for the school,” she said. has implemented an “advisory Another way of nourishing so“Schools have a lot of moving period” for sixth through eighth cial awareness in the students parts,” notes Welsome. “It’s imgrades. This time is reserved for is introducing the school to the portant to have a qualified team developing students socially, “Dress For a Cause” initiative. working together as I do with learning communication tech- Each month a different cause is Mrs. Folchetti-Puglin and the niques, career planning, con- chosen and discussed. Students entire staff here at The Belle Harflict resolution and some college and staff then wear a particular bor School.”

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Mayor de Blasio’s ‘3-K for All’ Coming Soon to Rockaway and BC Schools By Kami-Leigh Agard Parents, last Thursday, October 12, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that next Fall, ’3-K for All’, a prekindergarten program for threeyear-olds that was recently launched this past September in the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn, is expanding to two Queens districts, one of which includes District 27 that encompasses all public NYC Department of Education (DOE) schools and community-based education centers in Rockaway and Broad Channel. The expansion builds on the city's previous efforts to bolster early childhood education by offering free pre-kindergarten for every 4-year-old, which officials said has more than tripled the number of kids in such classes. Now, with ‘3-K for All, your three-year-old is guaranteed a seat. Howev-

er, according to the Mayor’s press spokesperson, Will Mantell, the rollout for District 27 will take two years. The added South Queens districts will have a two-year expansion plan, with classes launching in some schools Fall 2018, then finally offered in all schools by the following Fall 2019. At last week’s press conference in Ozone Park, the Mayor said, “If it weren’t for free Pre-K for All, many parents would not have the choice of sending their 4-year-old child to school. Yes, their child could be home but they wouldn’t have the chance to learn in the same way, or if a parent wanted to find a preschool that would give their child that ability to start learning and growing, they have to pay a lot of money for it. “A typical preschool in this city is $10,000 to $15,000 and a vast majority of families can’t

afford that. The whole idea was to help reach our kids at the moment when they are able to grow intellectually the most, and give them that strong foundation, but also lift a burden on parents. To get pre-K for free, and now 3-K, it’s going to be a game changer for so many families.” However, note that to reach all school districts, the city will need $700 million in either state or federal funding, or a combination of both. State Senator James Sanders Jr. is all for it. In a statement, he said, “Universal Pre-K has so many benefits including ensuring equal access to education for children of all backgrounds and creating potentially diverse classrooms. This (3-K for All) expansion is also a positive step forward in spreading the notion that early education is important for the public good.”

However, there are many questions that abound regarding the 3-K program such as — Have local DOE schools been notified about the timeline when 3-K will be introduced at their institution, staffing requirements and of course, funding? The Rockaway Times did some sleuthing, but most local school administrators did not want to comment. However, they confirmed that they weren’t notified as of yet. The Mayor’s office press spokesperson, Will Mantell, said that the specific Fall 2018 rollout for District 27 schools has not been confirmed. However, registration for parents looking to enroll their threeyear-olds kicks off from February 2018. Another question is how will ‘3-K for All’ affect enrollment at current commuContinued on page 17

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nity-based centers offering EarlyLearn pre-K programs? Will this affect these centers’ staff benefits such as salary and vacation, now that their pre-K government-funded programs will now be under the jurisdiction of the DOE, instead of the Administration for Children's Services (ACS)? Mantell answered, “ACS EarlyLearn sites are part of the ‘3-K for All’ initiative. All EarlyLearn programs are transitioning to management by DOE by early 2019. The planning process for this transition is being led by ACS and DOE, and includes engagement with other city agencies, such as the Human Resources Administration, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as providers, early childhood care

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017 and education experts, and state and federal regulators. Early education teachers received salary increases as part of a 2016 contract agreement; we’ll continue to discuss salary and benefits as the program moves forward in collaboration with the Office of Labor Relations and unions. All details of current EarlyLearn contracts remain in place.” As to how to this will affect special education students, Mantell stated, “DOE is committed to creating inclusive 3-K and Pre-K classrooms that enable all children to enter Kindergarten with a solid foundation for future success. The Division of Early Childhood Education also works closely with the DOE’s Office of Special Education to support every ‘3-K for All’ program, and develop professional learning opportunities for all programs that meet the needs of all learners.” For further information about ‘3-K for All’, visit: http:// www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/ service/6704/3-k-for-all

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By Kami-Leigh Agard If you are entering or exiting the Broad Channel (BC) Subway Station, get ready for an eye-pleasing shock. On Friday, October 13, the Broad Channel Civic Association (BCCA) got their hands dirty, and joined the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) and Councilman Erich Ulrich’s office in giving the Station’s community garden a much-needed cosmetic facelift. According to Dan Mundy, Jr., BCCA president, community volunteers removed 22 bags of weeds and debris from a nearly 3,000 square foot garden space adjacent to the Station. A weed barrier cloth was installed to help limit future maintenance needs at the site and loads of woodchips were placed across the garden. Twelve native flowering plants and trees were planted including beach plumb,

holly, gray birch and andropogon. Also, the group installed two signs at the site recognizing the work of the BCCA to maintain the garden in partnership with the JBRPC.

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In 1990, BCCA ‘adopted’ the Station’s garden and received a grant to beautify it with plants and trees. However 12 years later, Hurricane Sandy decimated it. BC resident Barbara Toborg said, “Sandy wiped out all the tender loving care locals diligently gave to the garden in all those past years, transforming what once was beautiful into a garbage-littered eyesore. Then a few years later, the Metro Transit Authority

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Low Back Pain Chronic (lasting > three months) low back pain is a common health problem. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil, Aleve, etc. are often used to help relieve the pain, as is a subclass of NSAIDs called COX-2 inhibitors (Mobic, Celebrex). NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors are among the most prescribed medications. Most clinical practice guidelines recommend short-term use of these medications for pain relief in patients with low back pain, however their effectiveness remains unclear. Recently a summary review of studies performed to evaluate NSAIDS and relief of back pain was published.

The review looked at 13 studies performed between 1981 and 2013. These studies compared pain relief from NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors vs. placebo, paracetamol (Tylenol), pregabilin (Lyrica), tramadol, and home-based exercise. The studies measured primary outcomes in pain intensity, overall improvement, back pain-specific functional status, and adverse events. The studies found by and large low-quality but positive evidence that NSAIDs did provide some relief of low back pain and did mildly improve the functioning ability of those with low back pain. Four studies measured improvement in disability. Again low-quality evidence was found

that NSAIDs were associated with greater benefit than placebo for the outcome of disability. Six studies looked at adverse events and found that NSAIDs were not associated with higher rates of adverse event vs. placebo, however these studies were short and may have underestimated the rates of adverse events. One study looked at home-based exercise and found that disability improved but pain did not. Because of the risk of adverse events like gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney dysfunction, the European Guidelines of the Management of Chronic Low Back Pain recommends using NSAIDs for no longer than three months, while the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society guidelines on chronic low back pain recommend the shortest duration possible. Low back pain that does not extend below the buttocks, also known as mechanical back pain or lumbago, usually resolves by itself over time. How traditional medicine treats low back pain and especially more complicated back problems like sciatica and lumbar radiculopathy is becoming more, rather than less, problemat-

The Rockaway Times ic. Traditional treatments like microdiscectomy and lumbar fusion are increasingly being found to have limited benefit over the long term. Disc arthroplasty, where the problematic disc is removed and an artificial disc is inserted, once thought to be a bright ray of hope for pain relief has not lived up to its high hopes so far. Epidural steroid injections, while often prescribed and performed, usually give limited short-term pain relief, if they even work at all. Insertion of a spine stimulator may offer some help, but problems like infection of the inserted device are not uncommon. Narcotic medications for relief of back pain are never recommended, at least initially, due to their side effects and the high risk of addiction, abuse, and diversion. So for the time being the use of NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors is still recommended, at least in the short term, with home exercise and/or physical therapy, and more research is needed to find ways to help those afflicted with chronic low back pain. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes. com.

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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

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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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Kudos And Canes

I recently overheard several people remark that as we progress further into the fall season, they are "relieved" that we no longer have to worry about a serious hurricane or tropical storm impacting our area here in Broad Channel. I don't want to be a Debbie Downer but, truth be told, it is still a tad too early for any of

us to be breaking out into our "happy" dance just yet. During most years, around this point in October, atmospheric conditions begin to change near North America that tend to inhibit tropical storm formation and keep those tropical storms that do manage to fire up away from our area. Unfortunately, this season, conditions will remain favorable for tropical storms and hurricanes to form for several more weeks. Additionally, as post-summer warmth has persisted over much of the southern and eastern United States this month, so too will the potential for additional tropical storms and hurricanes to form and track near populated areas. Bottom line? Although the odds are against any significant storm impact as we approach the end of this year's hurricane season, we should all keep in mind that, back in 2012, a tropical depression developed late in the season

(on October 22nd) down in the Caribbean, which ultimately became Superstorm Sandy! Besides, once the 2017 hurricane season is behind us, we can all sit back, fire up our home heating systems, and keep our eyes peeled for the first 2017-2018 Winter Nor'easter season to appear. The Mayor's office recently announced the allocation of $7 million dollars towards the restoration of Sunset Cove in Broad Channel. Kudos to both Dan Mundy Sr. and Jr., Broad Channel's very own "A" Team," which has worked long and hard to ensure the clean-up and environmentally sound restoration of the 12 acre parcel of land on the marsh islands of Jamaica Bay (formerly known as Schmitt’s Marina), which was acquired by the Parks Department back in 2009. I have been told by a reliable source that Dan Mundy Jr. was recently spotted on his back deck quoting Colonel John 'Hannibal' Smith to

no one in particular, "I love it when a plan comes together!" And now time for something completely different. Admittedly, when it comes to food I am no gourmand but recently Grace and the girls took me over to Belle Harbor for brunch at the Pico Kitchen and Cantina on Beach 129th street where I thoroughly enjoyed my meal consisting of a Jumbo Lump Crab Cake covered with sunny side eggs, home fries and a hollandaise sauce. Grace and my daughter, Amy were also all smiles as they enjoyed their favorite, panko crusted french toast with caramelized bananas, whipped cream and maple syrup. I also got a big kick out of the use of Patron Silver Tequila bottles as each table's water carafe. A pleasant ambiance, reasonable prices, terrific food and friendly service have guaranteed Pico as a place on the Mahon clan's Continued on page 29

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jumping out of planes and helicopters while playing with the rest of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children (USMC), I actually think I am still ahead of the curve. OK, the curve may be pointing downward but I'm still ahead of it. As far as naming my cane "Ivan" being creepy is concerned..."Ivan" originally belonged to my sainted Irish mother who made it all the way to 98 years of age before departing this mortal coil to put in a few good words with St. Peter in order to ensure that when her favorite (only?) son's time came that my heavenly arrival did not result in an immediate transfer for points further south! In the interim, I choose to follow Mom's sage advice that since there is no escaping the sundry ills that are quietly sitting out there just waiting to take a bite of our butts as we age, we might as well just stop our complaining, pick one we like and stick to it! Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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Friday, October 20, 7 p.m. HALLOWEEN RADIO BINGO Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street Wear a costume for a chance to win $100 cash. $25 for radio bingo, DJ, light pub fare. Drink specials. To reserve tickets, call/text Jamesy at 917-783-4687. Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. BAYSWATER PARK MURAL PAINTING Bay 32nd & Beach Channel Drive Help paint the mural in the BBQ area. Supplies provided. Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. SANDY ANNIVERSARY PLANTING Beach 44th Boardwalk Join RWA to plant vegetation on the dunes to help reinforce them. Students can receive community service credit. Saturday, October 21, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. PR HURRICANE RELIEF BENEFIT Epstein’s Beach 88-22 Rockaway Beach Blvd Bring gift cards to be given to PR hurricane victims. DJ and live music.

Sunday, October 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EXPLORE BACK WOODS OF FORT TILDEN Fort Tilden Building 1 Walk the back woods of Ft. Tilden with naturalist Mickey Cohen to search for signs of autumn and learn the history. Sunday, October 22, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. SALT MARSH DETECTIVE Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Families are welcome to join a ranger and learn about salt marshes. Tuesday, October 24, 7 p.m. FRIENDS OF FIREFIGHTERS GALA Pioneer Works 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn For tickets go to friendsoffirefighters.org Wednesday, October 25, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. SHOPPING NIGHT OUT Bungalow Bar 377 Beach 92nd Street Support local vendors. Complimentary champagne. Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m. 100TH PCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL

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Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street Precinct updates, cop of the month awards, postal inspector speakers & more. Thursday, October 26-29, 8 p.m. BCVFD HAUNTED HOUSE 15 Noel Road, Broad Channel Time for a huge fright! Those 13 and older are welcome to the firehouse for this interactive haunted house from Thursday through Sunday night. $10 admission. Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m. RALLY FOR STORM PROTECTION Beach 129th Street Come to the beach and demand better protection for the peninsula as we approach the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Sunday, October 29, 11 a.m. MEMORIAL PROGRAM Temple Beth El 201 Beach 121st Street Memorial program for Rabbi Dr. Allan & Suzanne Blaine. Sunday, October 29, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. FLOOD BROTHERS OPENING RECEPTION sTudio 7 Fort Tilden

On this 5th anniversary of Sandy, see Christopher Saucedo’s water-centric art exhibit. Open weekends through November 12. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC FORT TILDEN Fort Tilden, Building 1 Join a ranger for the tour of Ft. Tilden’s fortifications and learn about the history. Mondays, 8 p.m. MEDITATION & DHAMMA TALK Rockaway Summer House 504 Beach 68th Street Meditation with a Buddhist monk. Free but donations are welcome to sustain the program. Monday, Wednesday & Fridays, 8 a.m. YOGA/HUMAN MOVEMENT WITH KEVIN Beach 105th Street Bring a mat or towel and join Kevin Campbell for beach yoga. Monday, Wednesday & Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. TOTS DROP IN AT WEST END TEMPLE 147-02 Newport Avenue Activities for toddlers up to 30 months old. $15 per session, 10 for $125. Call Gail for info at 718-634-0301.

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Rally For The WEED-way Out of sight out of mind! That seems to be what NYC Parks is counting on from the people of Rockaway when it concerns about the desolate and barren stretch of Shore Front Parkway. From Beach 86th Street to Beach 108th Street, what stands today is just overgrown weeds instead of parks and playgrounds. We've grown so accustomed to seeing weeds instead of parks and playgrounds along Shore Front Parkway that I may make a motion at the next CB 14 meeting to change the name to "Shore Front WEEDway" instead of "PARKway." Those who may have arrived on our 11-mile slice

of heaven for the first time in the past four-and-a-half years, may not know that the mile long stretch of weeds on the south side of Shore Front Parkway was once essentially the peninsula's Central Park! It was complete with 28 handball courts, raised botanical flower beds, basketball courts, shuffle board courts, paddle tennis courts, picnic tables, pathways, lighting, water fountains and green spaces. Basically a park! There is an awesome conceptual plan for this entire stretch of wasteland with more than a dozen amenities beautifully thought out, but to date, there are only a few designs in place. These designs are for Sand-

piper playground at Beach 107th, the skate park at Beach 91st, a handball court at Beach 103rd and a performance stage at Beach 94th. All of these projects were supposed to begin construction within the next several months. Sadly, these have all been delayed, yet AGAIN, for many months to a year! This egregious display of disrespect for the people of the neighborhoods of Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park by NYC Parks Commissioner Silver and Queens Parks Commissioner Lewandowski goes on year in, year out. When is enough, ENOUGH!? I say TODAY!!! So on Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, a group of civically-minded people will gather with a message, on a large banner, for our "compas-

sion-challenged commissioners." Please join us! Stop by for a minute or two and sign the banner. Maybe take a photo and Twitter and Instagram it out! Our goal is to present it to the City of NY on the steps of City Hall in the near future. Please join us on Saturday morning at Beach 107th and Shore Front WEEDway, Thanks! Bring a pen!

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TURNING THE SEASON

Finally, it almost feels like the season is turning and all at once it is darker and cooler and busier. All at once. I have one foot in summer and one foot in what lies ahead. That is probably why my “balance” is a little off and neither here nor there. So, I just move forward and don’t linger on the what is not happening and why and, and, and because we have change and flow all around, sometimes in big ways like changes of the seasons. And I say to myself that I will soon resume my balance. Maybe not so fast, though, as all of the occurrences of non-happiness

and violence and discord prevail in our perimeters on a daily basis. And if we are thinking, feeling human beings, it affects us. It is a struggle to be centered, focused and be the example for others. I was reminded by my fellow yoga teacher of an interview with Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu and how they were so light and happy given all that they have seen, been through, know. The turning of the season, in a way, is inspirational. Newness. Thinking differently. How can I help? What can I say that will be positive? How

am I positive – even – rather than thinking about how to be positive? I am in awe of the people who live by: “be the change you want to see in the world.” They live it 24 hours a day. Like the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu. And there are others. And others. And others. These are the people I want to listen to, focus on and know. When it is a matter of survival, it is a very different thing to face than when it is a matter of betterment. However, one of the lessons is the same: there is strength in numbers and the more we join together to be positive and peaceful and helpful, the better the world will be. By spreading the message of peace and unity rather than violence and separateness, we can be content, diverse and happy. Watch some Youtube events with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu – you are

sure to be inspired to “be the change.” At a children’s event, the Dalai Lama was asked by one of the students, “How can one eliminate anger?” He said, by thinking, not just praying or chanting, by thinking what is the source of the anger. Usually it is fear, which leads to frustration which leads to anger. So using the mind to control the negative emotions and turn them to positive ones. I think that is a powerful reminder of how we can use our minds to our greatest benefit. So, as we go into this season anew, again, I have hope that the chain of humanity fostered by our modern-day prophets will prevail and the little ones will grow to live without fear in harmony. May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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From The RBA

HEALTH & WELLNESS IS HERE rockawaybeach.com), and Rockaway Love (http://rockawaylove. com). Our board member Rachel Krieger teaches regular classes here! Additionally, RBA member Rockaway Retreat House offers community yoga and meditation, as well as a beautiful space for hosting meetings, retreats and getaways. RBA member CROM Physical Culture provides a wonderful, supportive community sur-

Life in New York City isn’t easy (you can say that again!), and sometimes self-care gets thrown to the wayside for the sake of productivity. In a culture that values working constantly, it’s important to set aside time for health and wellness. Putting time aside to care for ourselves makes us healthier and more focused, and allows our bodies and minds to work most efficiently — so that we can make the most of our working hours. Fortunately, Rockaway has a wealth of offerings when it comes to health and wellness. We asked a few of our member businesses to provide a brief description of their services, and to tell us why they think self-care is valuable. RBA member business NurtureU Wellness (NUW) offers a variety of Massage Modalities including Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Sports Massage, Hot Stones and Cupping. NUW collaborates with other healing/wellness providers to offer a "one stop shop to health & wellness.” Other therapies include Clinical Psychology with Dr. Mary Beth Andrews, Acupuncture and Personal Training with Chad Brigockas, Pilates with Elisa Bluming, and more. NurtureU’s Samantha Cintron said, “Wellness is extremely important for any community, but especially the Rockaways, a community affected by many tragedies including 9/11, the 2001 crash of Flight 587, and Hurricane Sandy. All we have to do is watch the news to experience the turmoil happening in the world. We

can all use some form of healing. Our goal is to help nurture communities, one person at a time. ‘Health. Healing and Time for YOU!’ is our tagline. We also provide services in the workplace, home, special occasions. Our website is www. nurtureuwellness.com.” RBA member Spa Rockaway has grown into a full service spa, thanks to wonderful clients and like-minded therapists. It is a place for all to come and hopefully leave with more energy to keep on moving. Spa Rockaway offers many services including Facial treatments and Massage & Body therapy using an exclusive line of "Skin Holistic" skincare created with natural marine and algae-based ingredients. More services like Reiki, Spray tanning, Infrared Sauna and Hair Removal are listed on the website at www. sparockaway.com. Patricia Rorke, owner of Spa Rockaway, said, “It’s all about feeling good...Body, Mind and Spirit. Life is not so easy for us at times. I hoped for a place to retreat and find some peace, even just for an hour in my own backyard.” An important part of wellness is staying fit — not only is exercise good for the body, it fuels the mind by releasing happiness- triggering endorphins. Yoga is a great way to heal both body and mind, and fortunately Rockaway is a yoga-practitioner’s oasis. Some of our favorite studios on the peninsula are Hot Yoga Rockaway Beach (www.hotyoga-

rounding fitness. CROM thrives on building a community of hard working individuals who are grounded in becoming champions of their own lives, inspiring those around them to rise up and enrich their mind, body and spirit. "I believe wellness and self-care is the first step to preventative healthcare. Mindfulness of exercise, nutrition and proper recovery training is the key to keeping stress under control. Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, as well as mental health conditions like depression or anxiety. This kind of awareness and care can lead to a higher quality of living,” CROM’s Sarah Romulo says. Stay Well, Rockaway!! This article was submitted by The Rockaway Business Alliance. For more information, email: info@ rockawaybusinessalliance.org

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By Martha Rossi A good nonfiction book reads like an intriguing novel. It transports you to a new time and place to see a different world with a new set of eyes. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson and Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides are two that I enthusiastically recommend. The Devil tells the story of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and the serial killer that prowled the fair for victims. American architect, Daniel H. Burnham was committed to outdoing the 1889 Paris Fair with an extravagant celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus coming to America. In just two years time, the 600acre site needed to be filled with a city of nearly 200 neoclassical temporary buildings and, landscaped with a large center pool that would float replicas of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. To paraphrase Paul Simon, this was an age of miracles and wonder. The telegraph, the first moving walkway and the Ferris Wheel were among hundreds of innovations on exposition. Luminaries in architecture, science and the arts contributed to the spectacle. Buffalo Bill Cody brought his Wild West show to a site just outside the fairgrounds. Larson details the enormous challenges inherent in bringing such a monumental dream to fruition, and the genius and determination of the men who overcame them. But while Larson blinds us with the glory of achievement, there is also a dark side. H.H. Holmes cruised the midway of the White City like a shark in shallow water. He was a con man and serial killer who masqueraded as a charming doctor. Most of his victims were young women new to Chicago. He built a crematorium in his “World’s Fair Hotel” to dispose of their corpses. Larson switches back and forth between the two stories and it is a compelling read. Blood and Thunder is a

sweeping portrayal of the spread of settlers into the West and the effect their manifest destiny had on the native tribes, especially the Navajo. While the main focus of the narrative is on Kit Carson, illiterate trapper and scout, Indian lover and army tracker, the tale is rich in complementary stories. Cynthia Ann Parker was captured at a young age by the Comanches after they had slaughtered her family. She spent 24 years with the Indians and mothered the last great Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. She was “rescued” by the Texas Rangers but never readopted the ways of white society. Sides delivers a book rich in character, suspense, action, savagery, brutality and heroism. From the first mountain men to the Navajos’ last desperate stand at the Canyon de Chelly, you are drawn in for an exhilarating ride. Sides’ recounting of the the taming of the West is unvarnished, unapologetic and full of “Oh Wow” moments. Notable mentions: Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides, The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown and, Unbroken and Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. Rockaway Readers Recommend: Maura Watson: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng; Marguerite Kazalski: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; and Marcia Ostfeld: My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith. Email me your book recommendations at RTcoveringBooks@hotmail.com. Jack Rossi contributed to this article.

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By Kami-Leigh Agard Our days of the Rockaway Groan, (succinctly coined by RT Publisher, Kevin Boyle) are sadly winding down, but don’t weep, local hotspots are still hopping with fabulous live music, theater and arts. Stick around, there’s still a lot to do on the Rock! LIVE MUSIC: Friday, October 20 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall,” says Jordan in the classic novel, The Great Gatsby — and tonight it certainly will as Sarah Dinerman baptizes you with her warm melodic voice and folk acoustic guitar-playing at Bungalow Bar. Get ready to bask in a rebirth of your soul. 377 Beach 92nd Street

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do, whose Rockaway home was destroyed during Sandy. Flood Brothers is intended to remind us all of the irrevocable bond that storm-ravaged communities all share living on the water’s edge and the multifaceted relationship we all have with water. Flood Brothers remains on view until November 12. sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden

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CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MSGR. WILLIAM BURKE Family and friends gathered in St. Camillus Church on Sunday, October 15 to remember Msgr. William Burke. Msgr. Burke, who was called “the Rev” was born in the Bronx on October 17, 1917 and would have celebrated his 100th Birthday this year. Members of the Knights of Columbus Rockaway Council, which is named after Msgr. William Burke, approached Father Ahlemeyer, the pastor of St. Camillus – St. Virgilius last year about a dedication to honor Msgr. Burke. Under the guidance of the Board of Directors of St. Camillus Catholic Academy, the celebration was planned. Msgr. Burke was ordained on April 17, 1943. He served in the parishes of St. Patrick’s (Huntington), St. Francis de

Sales (Belle Harbor) and St. Camillus (Rockaway Park). After serving at St. Camillus, Msgr. Burke was the Director of Institutional Services until he retired in 1995. He continued to celebrate Mass at St. Camillus until his death on May 7, 2005, at the age of 87. While he was assigned to St. Camillus, he founded the school’s renowned marching band. The band went on to perform at the Orange Bowl, Indianapolis 500, the first Mets game at the Polo Grounds in 1962, the yearly St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan, the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Parade, St. Patrick’s Parades in Yonkers and Massachusetts, Rockaway Memorial Day and for Popes Paul VI and John Paul II during their visits to New York. The Band also participated in competitions for

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which many awards were received. Many of the alumni from the band returned on Sunday to perform outside of the Church before the Mass. Family members travelled from near and far to attend the event. Two of Msgr. Burke’s sisters – the last of eight siblings – were joined by his nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. At the end of the Mass, a plaque was dedicated in the Church by the Knights of Columbus. The festivities continued with a luncheon in Springman Hall. The celebration was a fitting way to celebrate the life and legacy of Msgr. Burke and the family, parishioners, friends and Knights whose lives were influenced by more than 60 years of service as a priest in the Diocese of Brooklyn. This story was submitted by Father Richard Ahlemeyer.


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adding that she disputed the fees and was told she could just pay the tolls. “Who knows what they’ll send me next?” she said. Share has attempted to dispute his fees with E-ZPass with constant phone calls, but very little progress. “This whole thing is making me sick. I was on the phone with them for two hours the other day and no one could do a thing,” he said. “Why should I pay $5,000 for tolls? They call it administration fees. How much do these people make? I pay my tolls and my account has always been in good standing until this new system. I’m about to hire an attorney to fight this. It’s a nightmare.” Hanning also attempted to dispute the charges through mail, but her letter to the E-ZPass office was returned

to sender. So she resorted to reaching out to local politicians for help. “Ulrich’s office has been great. I got a call from E-ZPass the other day saying they’re waiving the fines, but I still owe about $300 for the tolls. Now I’m fighting that because it should have been a free toll to begin with,” Hanning said. “This whole thing isn’t fair. I like the idea of cashless tolling helping with traffic flow, but clearly they have to fix this system. It’s not right to do this to people. Some people are just going to pay these fines, out of fear of losing their license or registration, but I’m determined to fight this.” To avoid violations, since the cashless system no longer warns customers about a low balance, MTABT advises all E-ZPass users to sign up for mobile alerts. “The use of an E-ZPass when there are no funds available is a violation, and can result in fees being assessed. To avoid this situation, we highly recommend our customers sign up for E-ZPass mobile alerts, where

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they can receive important information regarding their E-ZPass account, including low balance notifications,” a spokesperson said. To do so, customers can login to their account at www.e-zpassny. com, go to Account Profile, and opt-in to Mobile Alerts. The spokesperson also said that customers can contact MTA Bridges and Tunnels to dispute charges they think are unfair. In addition to mobile alerts, E-ZPass allows drivers to set up automatic payments with a credit card through their online account. Although some drivers may be reluctant to have a credit card on file, it is one way to avoid the "no warning" shock of a violation. Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and her office have also been helping her constituents with these issues. "In July, our office was the first to go to MTA Bridges and Tunnels, because our constituents were being hit hard - in one case, to the tune of ten thousand dollars - by

their sudden implementation of open-road tolling. Along with the changeover came some sudden process shifts no more visible low-balance reminder when you go over the bridge, folks only notified of overdrafts after weeks and weeks, no grace period during the transition - that have inevitably led to people feeling confused and angry,” Stacey Amato said. She is urging MTABT to allow a grace period and better educate the public about how to avoid these fines. "My contacts at MTABT, to their credit, have resolved most of the issues we've brought their way. But I think they need to institute an amnesty program for a certain trial period of time, combined with a serious, effective public education campaign to explain the new system. My constituents can't afford thousands in extra fees per person, so I'm leaning hard on Bridges and Tunnels to step up and, after stumbling out of the gate, making sure they get this one right."


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Local Precincts Aim to End Domestic Violence By Katie McFadden On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Fearsome times keep victims from reporting the act. But the NYPD is reaching out to communities across the city to let people know that help is available and you are not alone. According to the latest statistics provided by the NYPD, in the second quarter of 2017, there were 340 complaints and radio runs involving domestic violence in the 100th Precinct, with 18 being felony assault complaints. Of all of these incidents, 57.5 percent involved an intimate partner. One hundred and thirty of these complaints occurred in the month of June alone. In the 101st Precinct, there were 750 complaints and radio runs involving domestic violence, with 277 occurring just in June. Forty-five of those were felony

assault complaints and one was a rape incident. Of these complaints, 59.7 percent involved an intimate partner. Help is available. Each police precinct has designated Domestic Violence (DV) Prevention officers. These officers can help victims file a domestic incident report or complaint, provide information on the local court process, provide information on how to obtain an order of protection, help you develop a safety plan and provide referrals to counseling services and shelter programs. Throughout the month, these officers have been doing community outreach. On October 8, the DV unit of the 100th Precinct provided resources at their Wave to End Domestic Violence program. They have also been visiting local schools to provide teens with tips on abusive dating behaviors. They’ll also be pro-

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viding resources on October 24, at 4 p.m. at the Hammel Community Center and at 6:30 p.m. on October 27 at Carleton Manor. However, these officers can be reached at any time by calling 718-318-4250. The DV Unit officers of the 101st Precinct have also been providing resources throughout the month at the A

train station at Mott Avenue and Beach 22nd Street. They’ll be there again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on October 26. Their unit can also be reached directly by calling 718-868-3444. Anyone with an emergency is advised to call 911. Family Justice Centers across the city are another option for those seeking help. If you are a victim of domestic violence, elder abuse, or sex trafficking, you can go to one of these centers for free to meet with a prosecutor, speak with a trained counselor or get social services. There is a Family Justice Center in all five boroughs. The closest are at 126-02 82nd Avenue in Queens or 350 Jay Street in Brooklyn. Thursday, October 19 is Go Purple Day across NYC. All New Yorkers are encouraged to wear purple to raise awareness of domestic violence and post photos to social media using the hashtag #NYCGoPurple.

Rockaway Castle Offers Holistic ‘Royalty’ Wellness for All By Kami-Leigh Agard Ever passed by the intersection of Beach 117th Street and Newport Avenue, and wondered what goes on at the conspicuously white, stunningly beautiful colossal architectural structure that some longtime locals refer to as the ‘Wedding Cake House?’ Well, after a two-year refurbishment by its new owner, David Selig, the structure, now named the Rockaway Castle, has opened its doors for everyone searching for an allaround holistic experience. And the best part? Everyone can bask in the experience for most services with just a donation. On Saturday, October 14, the Castle held the soft launch of its Seaside Healing Arts, a wellness center offering a wide range of different modalities including Acupuncture, Herbology, Endobiogeny, Massage Therapy, Transformational Breathing, Pilates and Kripalu Yoga. The Castle even features a Finnish Sauna and Steam room, complemented with a full bathroom and shower. Selig, green restaurateur, known

for his many foodie establishments in Rockaway including Beach 96th Street’s Summer Shift, The Palms and Edgemere Farm, said he did not expect to own the Castle. “I didn’t plan on getting this house, but when you get up to the roof and see the 360-degree view of Jamaica Bay, Manhattan’s skyline and the ocean, it’s hard not to dream. It was not within my financial reach, but somehow things fell into place, and lo and behold, near my birthday two years ago, suddenly I own

this thing. I believe the combined beautiful magic of wishing, and people finding an interest and supporting my vision, made it miraculously happen. “After Sandy, the basement, which formerly was used to house various medical services, was flooded, but we were able to revamp it into this holistic space offering a plethora of wellness services and events. I was looking to revamp it into something more broad-reaching than traditional medicine, and after much contemplation and conversations with supporters, a holistic space offering healing arts seemed to be the perfect idea. “A big part of this was inspired by my mother, who instilled in me the passion to enrich others. She was keen about sharing her soul, ideas and encouragement to give people access to things that may be beyond their reach. Looking at this place, I was trying to wrap my head on how I could share it with others. Not as a commercial institution, but a place where people could create memories and have

an enriching experience right here in Rockaway,” Selig said. When refurbishing, Selig said he preserved much of the original architectural accouterments such as the stained glass windows, original crown molding and wood floors. But he did make a few changes. “I wanted the Castle to be more of a mini version of Rockaway, a town that offers beautiful light and space.” Cindy Solorzano, a seasoned Kripalu yoga instructor offering her services at the Castle, said that she wants people to come regularly with just one catch. “I only want people to come to class and donate what they can afford so they can keep coming on a regular basis to get the most out of the experience. The suggested donation is $10, but if even that is not within your budget, I would rather you give less, so you can keep coming and make your practice consistent.” For more information on the schedule of classes, other amenities and activities offered, visit: thecastlerockaway.com

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Snowflake League Week 5 Recap By The Commissioner's Office Another week is in the books for all Babe Ruth Snowflake members. We almost had another clean week but unfortunately Mother Nature dominated us on Monday night. That is only the second rain out of the season but it comes at the expense of one team who has been unlucky twice. Fingers crossed that the weather can stay intact so that we aren't making up these games when the actual snowflakes start to fall. In other news, the Snowflake League is down to only one undefeated team after this past week. This could be big because only the first seed gets to pick their playoff schedule. Before the season, all captains voted that whatever team comes in first place, that team and only that team can pick what day they would want to play in the playoffs. We don't have byes here in the Snowflake League so that is the only incentive. From here on out, everyone should be coming for the number one

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spot. Now onto the action... As the Yankees beat the Tribe in Game 4 to take the series back to Cleveland, the games between Rock Fam and the Cereal Killers on Monday was rained out. It rained all day here and the field was not playable. The Snowflake League unfortunately does not have the drainage system that Yankee Stadium does, nor the grounds crew. So now Rock Fam has two series to make up. Tuesday night saw the Alchoballics taking on the guys from Allstate. As the injuries for Allstate start to mount even

higher, so does the losing. The Alchoballics mercied Allstate by 11 runs in the first game of the double-dip. The second game was a one run slobberknocker. A sweep by the Alchoballics with the final scores being 12-1 and 3-2. Marine Park came to play Wednesday night and outscored the Black Sox by a wide margin. The first game was an 8-nothing shutout. The second game saw Marine Park hit two grand slams and eventually win by three touchdowns. It was a sweep by Marine Park and be-

cause of run differential, it looks like they took a firm hold of first place. Scores were 8-0 and 22-1. Thursday night saw lots of offense at the sandlot between the Sons of Pitches and Ruffle Bar. The first game had the Sons of Pitches winning by a field goal with the final score 16-13. The second game had Ruffle Bar winning by two field goals with the final score 17-11. Split! Ruffle Bar takes the series due to run differential. This was the first loss of the season for Ruffle Bar. Great job this week and best of luck going forward to all squads. To follow our league on the daily, please friend request 'SnowFlake League' on Facebook. Standings: (head to head, run differential, winning %) Marine Park 10-0 (+95) Ruffle Bar 9-1 (+65) Cereal Killers 5-3 (+11) Rock Fam 3-3 (-5) Sons of Pitches 4-6 (-20) Alchoballics 3-7 (-35) Black Sox 2-8 (-53) Allstate 0-8 (-69)

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$285 per month 24 month lease. Automatic, Moon Roof, P/S, ABS, A/C, and Much More! MSRP $43,055, VIN#3LHR645046, $5,225 Due at Inception Includes 1st Month Payment, $4,295 Down Payment, $645 Bank Fee, $0 Security Deposit. For those who qualify $750 Lincoln RCL Cash. Tax, Title MV fees. add’l. Expires 10/31/17.

$285 per month 36 month lease. 200A Group, 2.0L 4 Cyl Engine, Moonroof, Select Plus Package, Remote Start, P/S, A/C and More! MSRP $40,165, VIN#5LHUL71486, $4,925 Due at Inception Includes 1st Month Payment $3,995 Down Payment, $645 Bank Fee, $0 Security Deposit. For those who qualify $2750 RCL Cash. Tax, Title MV fees add’l. Expires 10/31/17.

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