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VOL. 4, NO. 18 - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017

BEEN A LONG ROAD BACK

5 Years Later The Fight Continues

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AFTER SANDY AND FIVE YEARS LATER

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The Sandy Toll Memory plays tricks on all of us. We forget things so we can move on. We forget some things just so we can deal with them – when they inevitably happen again. I’m not sure what I’ve forgotten about Hurricane Sandy. What follows is what I wrote a couple months after. I headed out of Rockaway in country darkness, depressed. Emergency lights atop a util­ ity truck flashed giving some light to a side street full of

garbage. Piles of it. But, of course, it really wasn’t gar­ bage. I didn’t need the flash­ ing lights to know these were mounds of personal belong­ ings. Picture frames and clo­ thes mixed with broken desks, televisions, baby strollers, and a guy’s favorite chair. All ruined now. I drove over the Marine Parkway Bridge, sometimes called the Gil Hodges, through a half-lit toll plaza barely no­ ticing the small sign that read: Do Not Stop / No Toll. Just

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ahead, traffic on the Belt was backed up as hundreds of cars waited in the left lane hoping to get gas at the Mobil sta­ tion on the parkway median. I inched past and then drove into light traffic on my way to Staten Island to crash at my sister-in-law’s house. Hurricane Sandy had made our house unlivable. And typical, I suppose. Six feet of salt water filled the base­ ment leaving us with no heat, no hot water, no lights. I got some short-term pity brag­ ging rights with neighbors be­ cause our heating oil tank had breached giving our mess a distinct, noxious stench. A neighbor and realist had glanced up and down the block and offered a deadpan spot-on summary: “Now this, is a fuck’n disaster.” With that, a Sisyphean rou­ tine began. Pump out water. Drag stuff out to the curb. Tear down sheetrock. Curse the nonexistent cell service. Help your neighbor. Get help from your neighbor. Pump out water again. Drive to Staten

Island or Bay Ridge for a few hours to nap. Do it all again the next day. Of course, we knew things could’ve been worse. We were lucky compared to good friends who had had their houses burned to the ground or others who had water flood the basement and the first floor. Local business owners, almost all of whom live in Rockaway, got a double dose of misfortune. Steve Stathis battled flooding in his home for days before he could even get to Boarders, the iconic surf shop he owns in Rocka­ way Beach. When he finally got there, a 50-foot section of boardwalk rested in the mid­ dle of the street after floating three hundred yards from where it started. The store was destroyed. Rockaway needed help, a lot of it, but that obvious fact seemed lost on May­ or Bloomberg as he insisted the New York City Marathon could go on as scheduled. Locals seethed. There was Continued on page 6

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BOYLEING POINTS

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angry talk about dropping shovels and heading to a spot along the marathon route and locking arms to block the race. Actually, it was more than just talk. It would have happened. Rockawayites have long felt snubbed by the city. Lousy transit options, unfair tolls on the two bridges to the pen­ insula, failing schools, cops issuing tickets for open beer bottles on the beach (while concert goers in Central Park could openly drink wine) are familiar grievances. Grousing, like basketball and surfing, is a community past time. But this was different. The thought that the mara­ thon would go on meant the city didn’t get it. This was a true disaster and the city was send­ ing a signal that it was business as usual. Confirming this fear, was the odd absence of tele­ vision news crews. Normal­ ly, they’d show at the rumor of a missing swimmer. Now, with twenty or more houses

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017 burned down and dozens more collapsed along the beach, news cameras and reporters were nowhere. FEMA and Red Cross hadn’t been seen. Rock­ away needed help and no one seemed to know or care. All around, you could see that the spirit was willing — it always is in Rockaway — but prospects were grim. But then a different tide rolled in. I came off the Marine Park bridge into Rockaway one morning. I can’t remem­ ber what day it was. I can’t recall the sun or the color of the sky. I just remember my eyes stretching in wonder and disbelief as I passed the side streets I’d glanced at the night before. The debris was gone, many streets clear ex­ cept for a layer of dusty sand. Apparently, Sanitation crews had worked overnight — and worked miracles at that. It’s a moment I won’t for­ get. The Sanitation workers had given me the one thing I needed: hope. They illuminat­ ed the end of the tunnel. The message was loud and clear:

Things were actually going to get better. These city workers were re­ lentless. You’d almost be em­ barrassed by the amount of garbage you were dumping at the curb but the guys in green scooped, lifted and dragged tons upon tons of stuff all the while showing both strength and empathy. They were heroes to many and a soaring symbol that the city — yes, Mayor Bloomberg, too — was coming through in the clutch. The city had our back. And then volunteers came from everywhere. And a ferry service was started. And traffic cops kept things rolling. Although Rockaway is full of resilient, can-do peo­ ple, all the help was needed. And is still needed. But does Governor Cuomo know that? Almost exactly a month after Hurricane Sandy rolled over Rockaway, the tolls on the bridges to Rocka­ way were suddenly reinstated. What’s that telling us? You had your month, now be quiet?

The Rockaway Times Volunteers now have to pay tolls to come and help. Fam­ ilies who’ve been displaced and have to check on their bat­ tered or burned homes must pay a toll for the privilege. Res­ idents of Broad Channel have to pay a toll to go to the post office in their own zip code. So many stores and business­ es are closed that people have to leave the peninsula to go get essentials but first they’ve got to pay a toll. Both ways. Things are not back to nor­ mal, Governor. It’s a long road back and we don’t need tolls on that road. We’re too busy to have a rally on the bridge or plan civil dis­ obedience. But maybe we’ll be forced to find the time. How about you save us the trouble and lift the tolls until we’ve got our legs back? This is Rockaway, we’ll get there soon enough. Postscript: Rockaway people rose to the challenge. Governor Cuomo, FEMA, Red Cross, Build It Back, not so much. Hats off to those who made Rockaway Strong!

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***** Residents responded. Hundreds of petition signatures calling for coastal protection were dropped off at The Rockaway Times office. DON’T FORGET: The rally to draw attention to this extremely important issue is this Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m. on Beach 129th Street. ***** There are no current plans to sell the Stop & Shop store located at 112-15 Beach Channel Drive. That’s the word from corporate headquarters after we made an inquiry about a Public Notice that came from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) applica­ tion from Ahold U.S.A., Inc. (the Stop & Shop owners) for a site known as Belle Harbor Shopping Center, site ID #C241048. What’s the Brownfield Cleanup program? Basically it’s to clean up up con­

taminants in the soil. The New York program is “designed is to encourage private sector clean­ ups of brownfields and to pro­ mote their redevelopment as a means to revitalize economically blighted communities.” Promote their redevelopment? Despite the corporate statement, we still say, “Hmmm,……” ***** It’s the fifth-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. We might not have been able to predict this in the immediate aftermath: Belle Harbor is currently the priciest Queens neighborhood according to Property Shark, an online real estate hub. The median price of home sales in the neighborhood was $1,072,500 in the third quarter of 2017. Which, hard to believe, is a relative bargain. There were 27 other New York City neighbor­ hoods with higher price tags. ***** You might think it’s no longer beach season but don’t tell that to the dolphins and whales that are making regular appearances most mornings. The amazing sea life can be spotted up and down the beach. Most of the action is in the

morning but you can spot them pretty much at any time. ***** Who is Ken Jennings? That would be one of the all-time Jeop­ ardy! champions. Jennings tweet­ ed about “the end of the earth in the Arctic - The most inaccessible place on earth,” which was im­ mediately shot down by another tweeter, Mike Cassin, who wrote: “Try taking the A train Ken - Far Rockaway is the most inaccessi­ ble place on earth.” ***** Great thanks to photographers who sent us Sandy photos. We couldn’t use them all but all were stunning. Thanks to Ed Cash­ en, Rita Tortorelli, Dan Guarino, Paul Richter, Meghan Courtney, Robert Killian, Janet Raisin, Tim Lane, Stanley Eisen, Teddy Os­ trander, Melissa Torres-Echevar­ ria, Sandra Smith, Raymond Watson, Paul Jakubowski, Bar­ bara MacCourtney and Tim Kli­ mowicz. ***** We also owe great thanks to guest columnists Beefchip and Bob Hardt. And a hats off to all regular columnists who reflected

Page 7 on Sandy. We think they helped make this week’s paper a great edition. ***** The race for City Council be­ tween incumbent Eric Ulrich and challenger Mike Scala just had some nastiness injected into it. Ulrich’s team found a rap vid­ eo by Scala made several years ago and posted it online. Some of the lyrics some people would no doubt find highly offensive. The video, according to Scala, was made in his youth, before he went to law school and became an attorney. ***** Last week’s story about outra­ geous bridge toll fines got a lot of attention. We were happy to hear an update from Dina Hanning, who was mentioned in the story. All of her tolls and fines for using the Cross Bay Bridge, which is normally free to residents with E-ZPass, were eliminated. ***** Permits are in place. Work has started on the condo develop­ ment on Beach 116th Street. ***** Happy Halloween.

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The New and Never Returned By Katie McFadden

THANK YOU, ROCKAWAY As the Fifth Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, the Bungalow Bar Family extends admiration and gratitude to our friends, family and neighbors. We are proud to be part of such a powerful community. We were tested at the highest level, rose to the occasion collectively, and passed with flying colors. Though we have made considerable progress in 5 years, the good fight continues for sound storm protection and resiliency. We will not stop until we get it. From our family to yours, All the best!

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Much of Rockaway is dif­ ferent than it was pre-Sandy. Rockaway proved how resil­ ient it could be by the num­ ber of residents and business owners that chose not to aban­ don ship. Many fought to stay and rebuilt their homes and businesses. However, there were some things that never returned, or that attempted to but later fell victim to the af­ ter-effects of the storm. Yet the storm also sparked the desire to improve and gave the com­ munity the momentum to be­ come better. The community gained much more than what was lost. This is a reflection of what’s new since the storm and what never returned. On Beach 116th Street, Rockaway lost the Sandbar, the large 99 Cents store, Ulti­ mate Headquarters Hair Sa­ lon, PJ Currans Bar, and the new HSBC bank. Suncycle Studios attempted to return, but couldn’t keep the busi­ ness going after Sandy. Rocka­ pup and Station Liquors found a similar fate, but they closed more recently. On Rockaway Beach Boule­ vard, a number of businesses succumbed to fire between Beach 112th and Beach 115th Street. Rose’s Barber Shop, Papa John’s, Pine Nail, Cad­ awan’s Martial Arts Center and Top Top Salon never came back. Some of the other busi­ nesses relocated. On Beach Channel Drive, around Beach 114th Street, photo store Rock­ away Beach Digital & Design, was unable to return. Further uptown, Roxbury lost its only grocery store, Kate’s Market. Beach 129th had few changes. The Animal Clinic never returned and is now a Verizon store. Cur­ ran’s Meats made the move to Beach 116th and Rockaway Seafood Company was trans­ formed into PICO by its own­ ers. In the low Beach 100s, Key­ food never returned, but is be­ coming a much-needed med­

ical center. Shape Up Ladies Fitness Center also never re­ turned. The Irish Circle made a comeback, but later sold and became Community House and Liquid Bread. Rockaway Beach lost the Su­ per Wok chinese restaurant and the Fish Market in the Beach 90s. Radio Shack and some other small businesses never returned to Dayton Pla­ za in the Beach 80s. Further downtown, in the Beach 60s, Bank of America never returned. The Beach 40s never saw the return of Grand Slam Pizza. Broad Channel never saw the return of Traza Insurance on Cross Bay Boulevard. Jap­ anese restaurant Aqua House on Van Brunt Road was totaled along with Bayview, which was later rebuilt but has since been closed due to non-Sandy related issues. While the local communities lost plenty, the what’s new list is much larger. Beach 129th now has PICO, End of the A and Polly & Esther clothing store. On Beach 116th, you’ll now find Lola Star, Brisas Del Mar, Nurture4U Wellness, Lo­ cal Liquids, Rockaway Greens, Sakura Japanese Restaurant, Tru Force Martial Arts, Panin­ ico and One on One Physical Therapy. Mazzone’s Hardware has since replaced Brown’s Hardware. The burnout boule­ vard will soon see the addition of a residential building with new retail space, plus Fami­ ly Dollar opened not too far away. In the other direction, in the 120s, RBNY Physical Therapy arrived. On Beach Channel Drive around Beach 114th, your very own Rock­ away Times newspaper was born in 2014, not far from the new Gliders Gym and Fit Food, and A-Team Paddleboarding, which now operates out of the new Rockaway Beach surf shop, Station RBNY. Speaking of Rockaway Beach, this area saw a major renaissance after Sandy with

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The Rebuild and Rebirth Continues

The Harbor Light was destroyed by fire and is now nearing a full rebirth. The Boulevard had a massive fire destroying more than 10 properties. More than 50 new apartments and some commercial spaces will soon be available. Key Food on Beach

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105th was flooded and never reopened. The site will be home to a state-of-the-art medical center. (Photos by Ed Cashen and Robert Killian)


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This poem was significant to us all 5 years ago. Our “Kennedy’s family” would like to thank our neighbors for all the love and support during the rebuild and reopening of Kennedy’s. BREEZY STRONG!

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I SOUGHT MY GOD, MY GOD I COULD NOT SEE. I SOUGHT MY SOUL, MY SOUL ELUDED ME. I SOUGHT MY NEIGHBOR AND I FOUND ALL THREE. WE WILL COME HOME, YOUR NEIGHBOR

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Sandy Isn’t Over

By Katie McFadden Take a drive through Broad Channel, and on any given street today, you’ll find sev­ eral houses dotting the block that are fenced up as con­ struction crews may or may not be working on them. Same is the case for parts of Breezy Point, Arverne, and some homes on other parts of the peninsula. Five years have passed since Hurricane Sandy rolled through. On the sur­ face, many of these commu­ nities seem to have come back strong. Yet for many families, Sandy still isn’t over. Broad Channel resident Jef­ frey Rhodes and his five chil­ dren still aren’t back home. After the storm, Rhodes thought he would just need to elevate his home, but was told through Build it Back (BIB) that he’d be better off tearing down the whole house and starting from scratch. Opt­ ing for the choose your own contractor option, he found that finding a contractor that wasn’t going to overcharge and that could be vetted by the BIB program, proved to be a challenge. He was final­ ly able to find a contractor in 2014, but couldn’t sign a contract with him until Oc­ tober 2016, as the contrac­ tor needed to be vetted. The demolition occurred quickly, but then no action took place until this past spring, when construction started, but it started to slow down, Rhodes said. “They started working and there were delays here and there, but my contrac­ tor hasn’t been getting paid by Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). He was only reimbursed for the dem­ olition, but the foundation was poured, the house now has frames, windows and a roof, but he hasn’t been re­ imbursed for any of it. These guys need to get paid,” Rhodes said. Rhodes added that con­ struction has been starting to move more quickly as the 5th Anniversary of the storm ap­ proaches, but he doesn’t have

high hopes for getting home quickly. “My contractor told me we’ll be back by the end of November and I laughed. I’m just hoping we’re in around Christmas,” he said. “I never though we’d be in this posi­ tion five years later.” Breezy Point resident George Donley was able to move back into his home in July 2013, but after hearing about the potential for flood insurance premiums to go as high as $10,000 in the future, he decided to reduce this risk by elevate his home using BIB. Donley has once again been out of his house since May. “We don’t have a completion date. We know better than to even ask since the whole pro­ gram has been a botch job. We’re just hoping to be back by next May,” he said. Megan Phillips, of Broad Channel, decided to drop out of BIB completely due to frustrations with the pro­ gram. When working with BIB, Phillips says her family was planning to increase the size of their former home. The old house was demolished in May 2014 and they worked out a reasonable price with BIB for the construction plan until Phillips says, BIB turned around and said the addition­ al square footage to make the new house larger would cost more than $200,000 alone. “They were trying to screw us over,” she said. So they pulled out and went with a private contractor instead. Phillips adds that her battle included fighting with FEMA after the agency had underpaid them. After a year and a half, they fi­ nally got the additional mon­ ey to use toward the rebuild. The waiting game also came into play. “We had to wait 11 months just for building per­ mits before we could begin construction,” she said. Con­ struction began in April of this year and with work done by the architect and whatever her husband could do himself, Phillips is hopeful that they’ll be able to move in by next month. “We’re aiming to be

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back in before Thanksgiving,” she said. “I never thought it would take five years. We’ve been paying rent and mort­ gage on top of this, and we’ve moved six times over the past five years. I can’t wait to just put this all behind me.” For others, putting Sandy behind them, even five years later, seems impossible. While Sandy became a much-un­ welcomed obstacle, regular life had to go on. Following Sandy, Broad Channel resi­ dent Kathy Smilardi-Kelly and her family had to relocate to the Bronx as she had health complications that would make it unsafe to try to stay in her damaged home. She says she enrolled in BIB from the start, but wound up us­ ing much of her own funding to rebuild her home to move back in within a year. Mean­ while, her husband Jimmy was diagnosed with cancer shortly after the storm. “Sandy wasn’t even a thought at the time. Af­ ter we moved back in, it was in the back of my head. The most important issue was Jimmy,” she said. Her husband, James Kelly, died in March. And Sandy still lingered. “I hadn’t heard anything from BIB for four-and-a-half years after the storm, until my husband was dying,” Kelly said. “When you’re told someone has six months to live, you’re just distraught. I remember get­ ting a phone call while I was in Rite Aid, trying to get Jim­ my his meds, when BIB called

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me and I had to tell them to call back at another time,” she said. Kelly says that BIB start­ ed asking her to leave her home in September so that they could start on an ele­ vation project. Yet for Kelly, who is disabled and has two dogs and a bird, the search for temporary housing hasn’t been easy. Last Friday, she re­ ceived a letter from BIB saying that she’s now in default for not following their timeline. “I don’t know if I’m going to get kicked out of the program now. BIB doesn’t realize that life goes on, and they always talk about ‘the house.’ They don’t realize it’s my home. I watched my husband die here,” she said. It’s been five years since the storm and now BIB wants to do something and I have nowhere to go. I’m probably going to get kicked out the program.” With normal life needing to continue, some aren’t sure if returning is still worth it after five years. “We didn’t evacuate for Sandy. But after the house wasn’t livable, PS 114 wasn’t functional, so my daughter started school in the city, and the gyms where I taught were closed. We relocated our lives in Manhattan,” Belle Harbor resident Libby Schlesing­ er said. Schlesinger says her mother has attempted to fix the house, but the contractor she had hired turned out to be fraudulent and disappeared after doing shoddy work and creating fake work permits. “My mom also has PTSD from the storm. She can’t go a day without saying anything about Hurricane Sandy. She would still consider coming back to Rockaway if the house could miraculously be back to normal at this point, but she’s burnt out. It’s just been so long at this point, I feel like she’s done, so I don’t know if we’re even going to come back at this point, but Rocka­ way will always feel like home. I just never thought in a mil­ lion years that we wouldn’t be back after five years.”


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A New Appreciation, Some Old Grudges I don’t actually remember the storm but my earliest rec­ ollection of any serious weath­ er was Hurricane Gloria. I was a toddler at the time, and I had no comprehension of what a storm meant. At 9 years of age, I woke up to the streets of Broad Channel flooded and

weather systems. I point to a “Lieutenant Dan” style confi­ dence aboard shrimpin’ boat Jenny, “You call this a storm!” as a measure of my self-assur­ ance. How wrong I was. I was a lifeguard for a num­ ber of years. My days on the beach consisted of: what’s for

was expected to make it to school. Amazingly, it was still open despite the major flood­ ing. Through my teens and twenties, our area was left rel­ atively unscathed by the wrath of Mother Nature and its capa­ bilities. And though Irene did significant damage to some homes, and popped a few 2X4’s off the boards, it was all a setup for what would come a year later. I think anyone my age can re­ late…Hurricanes were some­ thing that occurred ONLY in the South, far away from our beautifully "protected" beach­ es and neighborhood. In retro­ spect, I consider my attitude as cocky, even arrogant towards

breakfast, definitely not drill­ ing, ‘dollar bill through the boards’ prank, and where we were going after work. But on those down times on the chair, the rainy days, when my eyes weren’t peeled to our custom­ ers, I often thought about what I would do if a tidal wave were to hit Rockaway. Again, it could and would never happen here, right Mom and Dad? Wrong, Beefchip, you are wrong! When I get asked about my experience of Hurricane Sandy and what I saw, the only way I know how to relate it is to a ter­ rifying three-hour tsunami. As the night progressed and the peninsula went dark, it only got worse. Though most video

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surveillance of the height of the storm proved to be of little use, I doubt anyone that expe­ rienced it will be able to erase the destruction from their memories. I remember thinking a few things as I walked onto an ee­ rily desolate sand-filled Shore Front at 4 a.m. I didn't know how many, but I thought about those people who lost their lives that night. I thought about everyone I loved, my family and friends who stayed, and most of all about my 87-yearold stubborn grandfather. Af­ ter a few attempts to lure him to my Hurricane Party, he stoi­ cally rebuffed our offer of end­ less Jameson whiskey and rode out the storm in three feet of cold water. Amazingly, he sur­ vived the night. I experienced those emo­ tions, and put them quick­ ly aside. There was work that needed to get done, and we had to organize. If there is one thing that Rockaway and Broad Channel are known for, is our unity in tragedy and in triumph. For as much sadness and de­ spair we were experiencing, the greatest acts of kindness and compassion were on full display. Namely on Day One, the "BCPD" went door to door checking on their neighbors. "Team Delta" similarly assisted

the army of Mormon Helping Hands. Tzu Chi came in with some monetary love, hugs and warmth. We needed it all. Sandy brought out the abso­ lute best in most, but I would be remiss if I didn't acknowl­ edge the absolute worst of a few. I congratulate you MTA and Governor Cuomo, the toll was the first business open, and business was booming. While bodies were still being recov­ ered, your assets were more concerned with collections. I'd like to think a few choice words from Yours Truly to Bloomberg as I wiggled my way through the Channel on Sandy +3 days had something to do with temporary relief a few days after, but I am doubt­ ful an angry attack by Beefchip was a deciding factor. I'm looking at you Red Cross. You were collecting funds on national television within 24 hours of the tide receding, but it feels like we're still waiting for you. And I'm looking at every low life looter that graced us with their unwelcome presence. I never understood how a pair of Air Jordans could satisfy my appetite, but maybe with salt it has some taste to it. May God have mercy on your sinful souls. There has been a lot of pro­ gress in the last five years, but

in Rockaway. Though I could afford a skipped meal, my first one came by way of the Sikh community in Forest Hills. They set up shop on Cross Bay serving curry and rice. Team Rubicon came in with guns blazing, not to be outdone by

there is a long road ahead in the fight for sound storm pro­ tection. I look forward to liv­ ing out the rest of my days in "Zone A, Stayin and Prayin" with the rest of the chosen few. Just kidding, I'm evacuating for the next thunderstorm!


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Waiting On The Army We’d like to take a victory lap. We’d like to say Rocka­ way is back, better than ever. We’d like to celebrate and say the worst is behind us. But we can’t. We can’t because Rockaway is still vulnerable. There’s no doubt that the boardwalk is spectacular and does offer protection that was not in place before. But the boardwalk does half the job, literally. The board­ walk is five-and-a half miles long and the peninsula is 11

miles. And that’s not to say the neighborhoods tucked in behind the boardwalk are safe. Eroded beaches al­ low the ocean to edge ever closer. The boardwalk is the front door but these commu­ nities are also vulnerable to the open side and backdoors as water could spill in from east and west and, of course, from the bay. And those communities not protected by the board­

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walk are particularly at risk and can only hope a halfgrown dune system will hold (it won’t). Jetties and other measures are urgently needed. The Army Corps of Engineers has said so. But the Army Corps of Engineers doesn’t seem to get the urgent part. And that’s what we have to real­ ize. We have an Army Corps problem. Politicians have zero clout. Senator Chuck Schumer rep­ resents New York. He used to represent Rockaway as a Congressman. He still bikes through Rockaway in the summer. He has often spo­ ken about his love for the area. Like him or not, he also happens to be about as pow­ erful as a senator can be in his position as Democratic Minority Leader. What’s he been able to get done? He demands action. He wants the jetties. But so far? Noth­ ing. What we have is an Army Corps problem. Can you name who’s in charge of the Army Corps? Of course, you can’t. It’s a faceless bureau­ cracy and worse – it has cat­ astrophic failures in its port­ folio. Although the Army Corps seems to have a cloak of pro­ found expertise and the pub­ lic (and politicians) reflex­ ively defer to their positions, it’s worth remembering a federal judge held the Army Corps accountable for the levee failures that lead to so much death and destruction during Hurricane Katrina. The judge delivered the brutal truth: “The bureau­ cratic behemoth that is the Army Corps of Engineers is virtually unaccountable to the citizens it protects…. The Flood Control Act of 1928 as interpreted over the years gives the United States Army Corps of Engineers vir­ tually absolute immunity.” That immunity feeds a bu­ reaucracy. It wasn’t just a judge who found the agency at fault. An independent peer review found the Army Corps at fault as well. A spokesman for the Army

The Rockaway Times Corps did not dispute the review and said: "The Army Corps is first and foremost a learning organization." Oy. There’s a rally on Saturday to bring attention to Rocka­ way’s need for coastal pro­ tection. We don’t have con­ fidence the Army Corps will hear us but we do hope the rest of New York City does. The chorus needs to grow. New Yorkers must appreci­ ate that if Rockaway is better protected, so too, will they be. This is not a Rockaway problem. It’s a city and re­ gional challenge. If Rocka­ way is left unprotected, the ocean and bay waters will roll past right into Brook­ lyn and Queens. If more and more New Yorkers join the chorus, the sound might get loud enough for someone at the Army Corps to hear. We had a hard time trying figure out who the someone is. The Army Corps is mas­ sive and has regional offices and both military and civil­ ian leadership. Lieutenant General Todd Semonite might be the guy in charge. He surfaced in Puerto Rico after the recent hurricane there. But there are districts and divisions throughout the U.S. and there are Brigadier Gener­ als and then there’s the As­ sistant Secretary of the Army who is below the Secretary of the Army who reports to the President. Projects can get stuck any­ where. Many locals have pointed to the jetties now being in­ stalled in Long Beach and sensibly ask, why not us? Well, the Long Beach pro­ ject, was authorized in 1996. We have an Army Corps of Engineers problem.

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One Tough Town

Five years ago this week on Monday, October 29, 2012, a wicked storm by the name of Sandy was making its way to­ ward landfall, south of us near Brigantine, NJ, just north of Atlantic City. That morning's storm tide at 8:39 a.m. in Broad Channel was similar to that of Hurricane Irene's storm surge of 10 feet, which rolled through

our town on a high tide the previous year on the morning of August 28, 2011. Although the morning's tidal flooding receded from the streets of Broad Channel, the level of the water in Jamaica Bay nev­ er diminished as it would with a normal low tide, and the bay remained pregnant with rough water throughout the day as we approached that evening's high tide at 8:59 p.m. As damaging as that morning's tidal flooding was, none of us could shake the feeling that the worst was yet to come. And it was! At 7:28 p.m. on Monday evening, Broad Channel lost all power as the waters of the bay rose up once again flooding all of Broad Channel, not unlike a slow-moving tsunami, but this time with a twelve-foot storm tide. We didn't realize it at the time, but Broad Channel had been instantly transformed from a vibrant 21st-century community into that of an ear­ ly 1800’s coastal village, be­ reft of power, communication,

transportation, fuel, sanitation, food, habitable living spaces, churches, and schools. As the sun rose on the morn­ ing of Tuesday, October 30, the residents of Broad Chan­ nel slowly emerged from their homes and apartments and surveyed the devastation that surrounded them. Almost without exception, all of our faces were etched with the strain of complete disbelief and shock, eyes staring blank­ ly into the distance, bereft of emotion as if the life had been sucked out them. The realiza­ tion slowly dawned on all of us that not only had we suffered incredible individual losses, we might have also lost what most of us hold most dear, that which keeps us anchored to this island life of ours we love so much - our town. Five long years have passed since Sandy devastated our fair town. As terrible as that time was, as we look back now, it becomes clear that, although there are many who are still

struggling with the aftermath of the storm and much work still needs to be done, it was only our ability to come together as a community that provided each of us with the hope, strength, and courage to get up and face each day with a singular de­ termination to get back on our feet. It was only by our sharing laughter, tears, frustration, ela­ tion, sorrow, hope, food, drink, showers, towels, soap, clothes, tools and much more that we refused to allow despair to gain a foothold within the mindset of our community. Today, some 1,826 days lat­ er, it is clear that as terrible as Sandy was, the storm was no match for our community of Broad Channel. We are still living and thriving in our little hamlet on Jamaica Bay but now imbued with a strong, postSandy, sense of confidence and purpose as well as a healthy optimism for the future. Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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OCTOBER 27 Kevin Brown was born. Michael Carey was born. 1904 - New York City's first rapid transit subway, the IRT, opened. 2004 - After an 86-year wait, the Boston Red Sox finally captured a World Series trophy.

tionwide panic among listeners. 1974 - Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire (“rumble in the jungle”) to regain his world heavyweight title. OCTOBER 31 Dennis O’Connor was born. Marilyn Kohn was born. Jim Slowey was born. Kathleen Coughlin was born.

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Laughing At Danger Dear Editor: I LOVED Boyleing Points (about Danger, 10-19). My husband and I laugh at what we did as kids: I used to go to Tobacconist for two packs of cigarettes and I played the number for my dad! 523, 1$ straight and 1$ box! Another one of our friends (no name mentioned) went to the corner store with a note and got a six pack for his dad!!! How are we alive? I could go on and on! Thanks ! Beth Hanning

Dear Editor: I am one of probably many Rockaway residents that use Cross Bay/Woodhaven Blvd to commute to work. NYC has created the Franken­ stein monster of traffic jams due to the installation of bus stops, shelters, and street de­ sign changes for the moronic Select Bus Service scheme. There are no less than six sep­ arate lane closures for con­ struction work on Woodhav­ en Blvd., which has created huge traffic problems. Firstly, the City is reducing the number of traffic lanes on one of the most heavily trav­ eled roads in the City, a road that has no alternate useable routes. Secondly, the work is being done during morning rush hour, instead of at night when the impact would be less. Where are our elected of­ ficials? Did they know of this work and approve it?

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Due to Uber, Lyft, and oth­ er livery services, the num­ ber of vehicles on the road has mushroomed. Driving in Manhattan is a driver's worst nightmare, with the outer boroughs not far behind. Our current Mayor claims to be against traffic congestion yet he and his predecessor have made traffic much worse. I suggest voters remember that when they go to the polls in two weeks. Peter Galvin

True Do It Yourselfer Dear Editor: I have been blessed to ride my bike most mornings on the boardwalk in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York City! What a beautiful and amazing spiritual experience it is to watch the waves, the many faces that pass my way and the gentle breeze. AMER­ ICA THE BEAUTIFUL! At the same time I get to see

the crap, literally the crap from dogs that somehow is getting worse and worse each day all along the board­ walk. Those people? What are they thinking or not think­ ing? I try to understand. Why would they let their dog do that? So thoughtless. It’s a place where people walk barefoot. Why doesn’t the Parks Department do something about it? But who wants to pick up other peo­ ple’s crap, no less their own? Or the cops can ticket peo­ ple, or maybe we need some signs telling people not to do it? There were some of my nic­ er initial thoughts! How many of us leave our crap, literally or figuratively, around our schools, parks, city, neighborhoods, in gov­ ernment each day? How many of us complain, argue, yet leave the crap for some­ one else to pick up? Or fling it in our words that we speak? Continued on page 23

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Continued from Page 22 Which I have done myself, so I can be hypercritical but I can still change. So the crap continues and in a way the world gets smellier and more annoying, what’s next? I thought how hard is it real­ ly, if every day I pick it up. Upon looking and paying attention, I find other garbage that is usually also thrown around or I go to a nearby gar­ bage can and find something to clean up our boardwalk. So instead of complaining, wait­ ing for others or getting angry, I am doing one thing to make the world a better place. You are either part of the problem (those that do it and those that do nothing) or part of the solution (doing something to change, clean, fix, help out.) Now imagine if others did that, I pass dozens of people and hundreds who use the boardwalk daily! Weekend and summers, thousands! So instead of just self-centered exercise, why not stop once

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017 and clean up the crap or gar­ bage, do your part? Result: clean boardwalks, no more crap! Now imagine applying this to life, which I am trying. If I or others did that with

our families, and in our re­ cent political world, instead of crapping on others, or com­ plaining, judging and waiting for someone else to clean up a mess, we did it. Without the government and without any taxpayers money. And it can be done today, not some empty, some day promise. My final thought, in riding my bike I discovered most people don’t live in aware­ ness of others, their world is

small, self-centered, hence they don’t notice what their dog does effects the larger community. At the same time, I think they also don’t realize that each decision, little or big, actually has a positive or a negative effect? I know deep down that all humans are cre­ ated the same, by the same God and deep down want the same things: respect, hope, love and security for their families. Don’t you? I know we can’t always agree or see things the same way, and crap is always go­ ing to be a part of life! But, the Golden Rule still applies! Do unto others, as you would want done unto you! I repeat, in other words, treat others the way you want to be treated. I know no one likes to be put down, hurt, or told they are wrong, or if you don’t like it go fly a kite or leave. So I am trying not to judge the dog walkers but am doing some­ thing positive about scooping the poop. I believe what made Amer­

Page 23 ica Great and makes America Great, is it’s a country where people have always thought beyond their individual self for the greater of the com­ munity and where countless people through history and today give of themselves, not expecting anything back and without judgement of others. Shit happens but let us be more mindful what comes out of our mouths and stop and think before we speak shit about anyone, for everyone’s shit does stink! Even mine! And maybe the old cliché that “Shit happens!” can now be said, “Shit happens and I cleaned it up!” Grateful to be an American! Kenneth Wodzanowski

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Coastal Protection Rally Set for Saturday For the past five years, and even before then, Rockaway has been calling for bet­ ter protection for the peninsula. Hurricane Sandy was hard proof of what could happen, and the fight to prevent fur­ ther tragedies has raged on. On Saturday, Octo­ ber 28, all residents are asked to gather on the beach at Beach 129th Street at 2 p.m., to de­ mand that the Army Corp of Engineers, the New York City Mayor’s office and the New York Parks Department pro­ vide better protection for the area. Hank Iori, President of the Belle Harbor Property Owners As­ sociation, has stated, “The city, state and federal government must come together to demand protection for Rockaway.

Forecasts for hurri­ canes show significant strength and activity just as the Rockaway Peninsula is becoming a valuable destination. Rockaway has worked hard to rebuild its community and busi­ nesses. We urgently need permanent storm protection. All Rockaway resi­ dents are demanding that immediate ac­ tion be taken for Per­ manent Berms, Rock Jetties, Storm Walls, Bulkheads Construc­ tion, Reefs and Sand Replenishment.” Their voices will be heard on Saturday at the rally. Over the past few weeks, petitions have been making their way around the neighbor­ hood for residents to demand protective measures for the pen­

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Breezy Point Resident Pens Sandy Memoir By Katie McFadden Hurricane Sandy left many of those in the same boat, having to deal with the after-effects of their communities and homes being devastated. Yet each person’s personal story was unique. Five years later, some of the memories have started to fade as people try to block out the bad and move on. Yet some chose to document one of the biggest life-changing ordeals by putting it all down in writ­ ing, like Breezy Point (tempo­ rarily Broad Channel) resident, George Donley. He recently published, Someone Else Al­ ways Has it Worse: A Memoir Of My Family’s Struggles In Re­ covering From The Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. In his first-ever, self-pub­ lished book, Donley docu­ ments the trials, tribulations and even heartwarming mo­ ments of enduring Sandy and all that came in the months and years that followed with

the recovery process. In April 2014, Donley started to record everything that had been going on in the past year and a half, to document his experience for his family, but came to realize that his story could be useful to others going through similar situations, and he made the de­ cision to put it out there for the public. “I first committed to writing down my experiences to create a family chronicle so the young kids, my grandkids, would ap­ preciate what their family went through,” Donley said. “But I also hope the book provides a guideline for families dealing with problems caused by future storms.” Donley was back in his Breezy Point home by July 2013 and completed most of the book by October 2014, but found that the story was never really over for him. Since May of this year, he has once again been out of his home as he awaits Build it Back to complete the elevation.

Sugar Bowl Blowout Breezy Point’s Sugar Bowl was decimated. Delia Lunny Frank’s photo shows what was left after Sandy. The Sugar Bowl first came back on a small scale as the “Sugar Cube,” but was fully rebuilt and opened by July 2016.

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Yet he felt the 5th Anniversary of Sandy was the right time to publish his memoir. “I could’ve kept it going, but the 5th anni­ versary was the proper cutoff. There was no point in waiting until the 10th anniversary,” he said. So in August of this year, he finally put the book to bed. Donley’s memoir chroni­ cles the events of evacuating his Breezy Point home and staying with family, find­ ing a temporary place to live in the aftermath, finding his home and community deci­ mated by Mother Nature, the fight for him and his children to get back into their homes, the unique challenges of the Breezy Point community, hit by devastating fires, the complex­ ities of being part of a private Co-op, the headache of dealing with insurance companies and the red tape and bureaucracy from governmental agencies,

the frustrations of the Build it Back program, and the positive aspects of seeing the good in humanity and the little signs of hope for the future, like enjoy­ ing a beer with your neighbors at the Sugar Bowl after it just made its comeback from the storm. Donley’s book is available at local retail locations around the neighborhood for $10. It can be found at the liquor store or coffee shop in Breezy Point, the card store on Beach 129th Street, and The Gift is Love on Beach 116th Street. Donley has also sent copies of his book to those hit by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. “I hope that people in other catastrophes can look at this as a guide for how to deal with insurance companies and governmental agencies, and inject some hope into them, knowing that it gets better,” Donley said.


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Rockaway Remembers The Fallen Albert McSwain, 77 “Mr. McSwain died Nov. 10 at Jamaica Hospital Med­ ical Center after sustaining storm-related trauma to his head and body. He was found by family members on Oct. 31 at the bottom of the steps of his apartment building on Rock­ away Beach Boulevard. Power had gone out in the building.”

On this 5th Anniversary of Sandy, we must not forget those who lost their lives due to the storm. Hurricane Sandy was directly responsible for 147 deaths of those in her path in the Caribbean, United States and Canada. Of those, 48 were in New York. In a No­ vember 2012 article, The New York Times mapped out the deaths across the state. Ac­ cording to that article, we lost eight Rockaway neighbors. Richard Gold, 67 “Mr. Gold was found dead Oct. 30 in the basement of his home on Beach 133rd Street in Belle Harbor by a neighbor. The police said the cause was drowning.” David Gotthelf, 72 “Mr. Gotthelf was found dead in his home in Rocka­ way Park by a friend on Oct. 30. The police said the cause of death apparently was drown­ ing.”

Mr. William McKeon, 78 Mr. McKeon died on the night of Nov. 6 at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center as a result of injuries sustained during the storm. Mr. McKeon had been found bleeding from the head at the bottom of a dark stair­ well that was still wet and cov­ ered with sand in a building on Shore Front Parkway in Rocka­ way Park.”

Nancy Sorenson, 50 “Ms. Sorenson died Oct. 30 from an injury she received while shutting off the gas to her house on Beach 124th Street in Rockaway Park. Ms. Sorenson cut her arm and bled to death.” George Stathis, 90 “Mr. Stathis was found dead Nov. 3 in his basement at Beach 121st Street in Rockaway Park. He had drowned.” Henry Sullivan, 57 “Mr. Sullivan was found dead Oct. 30 in his basement on Beach 136th Street in Belle Har­ bor. His wife, Brenda Sullivan,

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What Works By Shane Kulman I dedicate this week's Dear Enchantress to Dear Sandy. Nothing about Sandy was enchanting, it was quite the opposite, scary, terrify­ ing, miserable and just plain whack. Even now, five years later, there are still projects and people not settled back in. So what’s enchanting about all this? Well something we all know so well. Commu­ nity. An enchanting commu­ nity here in Rockaway is like nowhere else in the world. Personally this will be my

fifth winter here, I love it. You all love it. Without the prac­ tical and emotional support, it would have been a bigger whack mess. So what are you currently doing to create the commu­ nity feel you want? Perhaps a lot, or perhaps it's a smile to your neighbor, or returning to the same bar over and over. My offer and suggestion on this five year anniversary of Sandy, is for you to focus on "what works." My mentor who recently passed away, Jerry Brody, was an acting mentor and mentor

for life. He took classes with Dustin Hoffman, a protégé of Lee Strassberg, and he suf­ fered tremendously and had an early life of pain and sor­ row. What he taught and gave to all of us was FOCUS ON WHAT WORKS. My angry, bit­ ter, rage-filled Brooklyn-born self took this as a hard pill to swallow. "But what about all this garbage! The loss, the struggle, the lost...” He would say, especially then, focus on what works... So my offer to you as this marker of time, five years lat­ er, is to focus on what works from moment to moment, thought to thought and for each person you meet in your community, regardless of the judgment or assessment you have about them. Focus on what works about the garbage that Sandy has left. I know I will and I do, and life gets to be a bit lighter this way. I would love to hear any comments on this offer. How does this work in your life?

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Times That Bind For most of us, much has changed since Sandy. We became stronger as a com­ munity, supporting one an­ other with the cleanup and everything else that needed to be done to return to our homes and businesses. Unfortunate­ ly, there are still some who are not in their homes. At the time of Sandy, I was running Ocean Bliss Yoga out of Mrs. Elaine’s Dance Studio. We had a beautiful commu­ nity and were growing day by day simply by word of mouth. Within two months after Sandy, we were able to open our doors again to offer free classes for the first week and then if anyone had a hardship, we worked with them to pro­

vide this necessary healing service. Our community grew with new students who began to come to our studio due to the loss of their dedicated space. Our doors were wide open and we welcomed all. Yoga is all about healing from within and there was no question that we now had a population that needed to heal while dealing with the emotional traumas, anxiety, and depression postSandy. Our yoga studio began to offer a variety of different styles of yoga to fit each stu­ dent such as restorative, yin, gentle, yoga nidra and open flow vinyasa. Many from our community were not back in their homes,

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but we opened our doors to the few that were back with the support of Elaine Free­ burg, my dearest friend and dance studio owner who has since passed away from breast cancer. She also opened the dance studio even though

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opened the dance studio and we re-opened the yoga studio and so many came to our sa­ cred space.-HELEN I left for Baja, Mexico on or about October 10, 2012 for my yoga teacher training at Yandara Yoga Institute. At this point in my life, I knew, I just knew, that this is what I wanted to do and this is what I should do. I received many affirmations to support this and set up my work schedule and home life so that I could do it. I was in a remote place with no internet. I did text home every day, but other than that, no communi­ cation. Total real immersion in learning and sharing from early morning to late at night. Long story short, I arrived home on November 10 to the devastation and disaster. Not too long after, Helen opened her heart and space to those who would come. I did. And she offered to me, just like that, a yoga class to guide.

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The only classes I guided were those few at the end of our training. She had faith in the flow of what was supposed to be and become. I came back to the studio with some train­ ing and she opened her heart to allow me to be in front of the room. Helen’s yoga studio was one of the many, many en­ gines that started up after a disastrous hiatus. There were many, many kind words and many, many acts of kindness. I would like to take a mo­ ment to remember every­ one who gave help, kindness, aid, support, labor, supplies, smiles, pies (we had a man and his daughter I think from NJ coming around near Thanksgiving with apple and pumpkin pies!), food, gener­ ators, etc. – too numerous to mention. United we stand and contin­ ue to live and offer gratitude to all in our community for rising above with grace, bal­ ance and strength. As I always say in yoga class: GBS like GPS! - PAULETTE

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RWA Plants & Cleans for Sandy Anniversary This year marks the fiveyear anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Five years later, and the damage and destruction that Sandy wrought on Rockaway is still vivid in the minds of Rock­ away residents. To counteract the harmful memories, Rocka­ way Waterfront Alliance (RWA) organized a dune planting on October 21. Together, people of all ages worked to create a natu­ ral dune buffer for the Rockaway community. In the event of an­ other Sandy, these dunes will go a long way in protecting houses and businesses from the damag­ ing effects of storm surges. In total, 50 pitch-pine trees were planted at this fun event on Beach 44th street. Pitchpine is a native species that, once planted, will thrive in the sandy soil. Eventually, the roots of these trees will grow and ex­ pand underground. As the root systems stretch, they work to­ gether to hold sand in place as it builds up. When storm surges occur, these roots cre­ ate a strong enough dune that water is blocked before it can reach residential areas. Many areas that had strong dunes in 2012 were spared from the worst of Sandy’s effects, but many of these dunes have been compromised and need to be replenished. Other areas are working on building up dunes for the first time. This type of system is an ex­ ample of green-infrastructure. In green infrastructure, natu­ ral elements, such as plants, are used to mimic the natural water cycle. This is in contrast to grey infrastructure, which includes initiatives such as sea walls. While grey infrastructure may be effective, it is usually

more costly than green infra­ structure, and introduces an unnatural element into the en­ vironment. Green infrastruc­ ture has been shown to be as effective as grey infrastructure, less costly, and to offer other advantages such as a healthier environment and social bene­ fits. The day was perfect: sunny and seventy-degree weather made for a relaxing, if a little sweaty, day of planting. Res­ idents from all over the pen­ insula made their way to 44th street, in addition to volun­ teers from Surfrider Founda­ tion, Airbnb, Ilegal Mezcal, and NYU. The day was buzzing with talk of excitement: people were ready and willing to get their hands dirty and get these fivefoot, 50-pound trees into the ground. After a hole was dug, groups of four-to-five people worked to move a tree into the hole, fill it, add some mulch, and make sure the tree stood firmly. RWA’s Shore Corps stu­ dents were happy to help the NYC Parks Department move trees along the beach, do some heavy lifting for community members, and even plant some trees themselves. All-in-all, everyone worked together to make the day a huge success. Head on down to 44th street to see the trees in their new home, and keep on the lookout for more plantings come spring time! This anniversary planting was a huge success, but there is still more work to do. RWA would like to thank the NYC Department of Environ­ mental Protection, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

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Rockaway Beach – A Sandy Microcosm By Bob Hardt The office on Rockaway Beach Boulevard is finally for rent. For several years, it’s been filled with men and women working for Skanska, the mas­ sive company hired by the city to rebuild Rockaway’s board­ walk after the storm. Next door to the shuttered of­ fice is Rockaway Roasters, a cof­ fee shop that opened after the hurricane and is thriving. And then there’s CROM, a bustling gym that relocated on the cor­ ner after its old home was flood­ ed by Sandy. Across the street is our branch of the Queens li­ brary. With a beautiful garden, it’s now reopened and renovat­ ed, better than what stood there five years ago. This half-block is a micro­ cosm of Rockaway in the storm’s

aftermath. There’s been plenty of change; some of it was tem­ porary, a lot of it has been good. It’s the dirty little secret that we understand but don’t tell outsiders: the storm has sparked us to be better than we were before. And the storm put us on the map. Thousands of New Yorkers who had never been here before came to pitch in – and some of them never left. And now we have a ferry for all these new visitors. That’s not to say we still don’t have real problems. The city’s Build It Back program has been a case study in how not to help homeowners who have been hit by a hurricane. The beach is badly eroded in places and would likely do little to stop an­ other storm surge. It all feels a little bit like the town in “Jaws” that reopens the beach with a shark still lurking in the waters

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it’s funneled in a positive di­ rection. We heard a lot of pret­ ty words after the hurricane so it’s smart to ask the city why it’s delaying a playground that was destroyed by the storm. How are those “temporary” lights doing on the boardwalk? And why not come up with a real plan to keep the beach from washing away almost every winter? The storm forced many of us into action, creating new bonds while giving the penin­ sula a mandatory makeover. Our challenge now is to finish the job and build on it – while making sure many promises by the government aren’t forgot­ ten over time. Meanwhile, I’m curious what’s moving into that vacant office. Bob Hardt is a Rockaway Beach resident and Political Director at NY1.

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the addition of Uma’s, The Rock wine bar, Uncle Louie G’s, Rockaway Roasters, Beach Bistro 96, Rockaway Beach Veterinary Services, Sayra’s Wine Bar, Ship to Shore wine store, The Fat Cardinal Bak­ ery, Rockaway Beach Bakery, VIP Kids Center, Zingara Vin­ tage, Rockaway Love yoga stu­ dio, Epstein’s Beach bar, the Rockaway Beach Golf Club, Chicks to Go, which is now The Kitchen and will soon be tak­ en over by Whit’s End, which has bounced around different locations after opening his original spot following Sandy as part of Playland, which has since closed. Down on Beach 87th Street, the Rock­ away Beach Surf Club was just starting to form around the time Hurricane Sandy oc­ curred. It later became home to Tacoway Beach, a variation of the former Rockaway Taco that was on Beach 96th Street before the storm. Thai Rock

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017 brought in Rockaway Jet­ ski and the Tarzan Boat. The Beach 100s also saw the addi­ tion of Coastal Frozen Yogurt, Community House, Nicole Frontera Beauty, Rockaway Bites and more. The beach concessions were just starting to get an upgrade before Hurricane Sandy, and now beachgoers have plenty of new options from Beach 106th to Beach 86th, plus Dredsurfer on Beach 17th. Riis Park also had a major concession overhaul with Riis Park Beach Bazaar, featuring a variety of summer vendors, and now The Dropout for the winter season. New development was planned for Arverne before the storm, but it wasn’t until after Sandy that Rockaway fi­ nally got a YMCA, plus busi­ nesses like Boardwalk Piz­ za, Breakwater Surf and Thai Kitchen by the Sea. Some other new additions since Sandy, that are worth mentioning: a concrete board­ walk, a much-needed ferry service, and, well, the people.

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October 26 thru 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 ad­ mission. Friday, October 27, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 100TH PCT ROCK-APOCALYPSE 92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd Walk though the haunted police station! Games, prizes, giveaways, candy and more. Saturday, October 28, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDGEMERE CORRIDOR CLEANUP 385 Beach 45th Street Join the RBA and Edgemere Farm to clean up BCD between Beach 45th and Beach 60th. Volunteers can enjoy potluck dinner at the farm and Bungalow Bar drink ticket. Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. HARVEST FESTIVAL 385 Beach 45th Street Bring a shirt to be screenprinted, plus face painting, pumpkin paint­ ing, potluck dinner, farm dance

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57-14 REALTY GROUP LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/18/17. Latest date to dissolve: 12/31/2077. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 57-14 59th Street, Maspeth, NY 11378. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Vinces Graphic Arts LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 08/02/17. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 9138 91st street, Woodhaven, NY 11421. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Marketing Fortress LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/10/2017. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 4013 69th St., 2nd Fl., Woodside, NY 11377. General Purpose. 9006 Park Lane South LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 9/15/2017. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 8239 62nd Ave., Middle Villag Notice of formation of LJA Fashion, LLC, a limited liability company (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 07/24/2017. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 3606 Ditmars Blvd, Apt 3R, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Success 35 LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 08/04/17. Off. Loc.: Queens County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 133-13 35 th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act.

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2012 = Disaster 2017 = Rebirth

A crushed car seemed to be holding up this beachfront home on Beach 138th Street in the days after Sandy. Now, five years later, a new car is safely in the driveway and the house has been rebuilt. On Beach 127th Street, an older

beachfront home was crushed and now a new house with large windows overlooks the ocean. The Bayhouse in Breezy was wrecked but came back bigger and better than ever in 2017.

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A Look Back Photos from the day of and after Hurricane Sandy rolled through Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point.

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Show Us The Love Just when I thought it was about the kids, I quick­ ly learned that it was much, much more. This past Saturday a group of "civically-minded people" gathered at the wave bus shel­ ter at Beach 107 and Shore Front Parkway (WEEDway). We hung a large 4’ x 15’ banner reminding NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver that over one mile of parks in Rockaway Beach and Rock­ away Park is still not recon­

structed since Superstorm Sandy completely obliterated every inch of park and play­ ground from Beach 87th to Beach 108th. After the banner was hung, more than seventy-five people stopped by to sign it, essential­ ly sending their own personal message to Mitchell Silver. The banner was summed up with four bold words: WHERE IS THE LOVE??? These banner signings are an extremely powerful means

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of sending a message to gov­ ernment officials. Once signed with hundreds of signatures, we will send it along to the ap­ propriate agency. This banner will be taken directly to City Hall and symbolically present­ ed to Mayor de Blasio and NYC Parks Commissioner Silver. After we set up on Saturday morning, one of the first fam­ ilies to come sign the banner was the Casey Family. Mom Denise, seemed so eager to sign the banner, her first words were, "where do I sign?" Af­ ter she signed, her husband and two children, 7-year old Walker and 5-year old Shea all signed. I asked young Walk­ er if he missed Sandpiper. He didn't seem to remember it all that well, as five years to a 7-year-old is two-half lifetimes away. Sad! What did strike deep in my heart was Walker's mom, Den­ ise and her recollection as a child growing up and enjoying Sandpiper Playground. She told me about learning to ride a bike and playing with her friends, many of whom still

live in the area, when she was the same age as Walker and Shea. At a recent meeting this past Monday between NYC Parks and The Rockaway Beach Civ­ ic association, I pointed out that with the recent depar­ ture of past Parks' manager for Rockaway's parks, the two most influential parks employ­ ees in Rockaway do not know the Shore Front Parkway Park system prior to Superstorm Sandy. This is not to say that they care any less, but nothing beats the memory of a young kid learning to ride a bike to push NYC Parks Commission­ er Mitchell Silver to get the job done and show Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park some love. If you did not have a chance to sign the banner, you will have a chance this weekend! We will have the banner at the Protection Protest this Satur­ day at Beach 129th at 2 pm. And again on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the perfor­ mance space at Beach 94th and Shore Front Parkway.

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Rockaway Locals…You Tell Us! Get Your Voice Heard! In our feature, reporter, Kami-Leigh Agard scours the streets to get your opinion on current issues facing the peninsula. Your Voice…Your Community…Your Platform With the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaching this Sun­ day, October 29, we asked locals a host of questions such as: Are things better for you SINCE sandy? Do you feel safer than BEFORE Sandy? Would you stay if ANOTHER Sandy hit? What GOOD came out of Sandy? Locals weighed in:

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Build It Back Still Not Built Back The City says 87 percent of Build It Back projects are complete. Well the unfinished ones seem to be spread through Rockaway, Breezy Point and Broad Channel. Photos by Kami-Leigh Agard and Katie McFadden.

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

What My Daughter Taught Me About Hurricane Sandy Wow, a lot has changed in the past five years since Hur­ ricane Sandy. Life as I knew it then, has radically changed on so many levels, however thankfully, my one constant, my daughter, is still teeming with joy and a lust for life. The day before Sandy hit, my mom and grandmom were adamant that we evacuated. I was annoyed because work and school were the next day, and didn’t we evacuate the year before with Hurricane Irene when nothing notable occurred? With Irene, my daughter’s dad and I were more prepared. We stored valuable items such as fami­ ly photos and books in plas­ tic bags, and placed them on a high surface. We lifted and placed our brand new sofa on the dining room table. You would think from the amount of clothes, toys, books and snacks we packed in suitcas­ es that the family was going on a month’s vacation! How­ ever with Sandy, I was an­ noyed thinking that we were going through the same song and dance for no reason, and half-heartedly pitched a few things hurriedly in a bag. For­ get the hurricane, I was more worried about how my non­ verbal daughter with autism, who had just turned four, was going to react to sleeping on a different bed, her routine completely shattered by shar­

ing a room with four cranky adults. She was and still is a picky eater. I crammed a bag with her usual favorites — chips, fruit and juice so we could survive the night in the hotel. My daughter’s dad was just as annoyed as I was, but to keep the peace with my mum and gran, we went to the same hotel in How­ ard Beach that we stayed the previous year with Irene. Well folks, you know the rest of the story, at least the gist of it. Sandy hit, the fat lady sang, and we lost everything in the storm, including the pot spoon. However that fateful Mon­ day night, as we huddled in the hotel room, gasping at the dire devastation shown on the news, my daughter was oblivious to it all. She was jumping around, gig­ gling, driving us all crazy with her antics. Then the electric­ ity and heat went out in the hotel. So now with no light, much less television, bedlam erupted. The four adults in the room began to argue and snap at each other. Suddenly, my daughter with a flashlight in tow, began running for­ ward, then backward, giggling what sounded like, “Rat’s ass!” Well, everyone busted out laughing, with me won­ dering, where in the world did she hear that.” For over an hour, she kept the same

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motion, shouting, “Rat’s ass” at the top of her lungs. Storm or no storm, I thought for sure that the hotel was going to kick us out. I took her out into the dimly lit hallway for a breather, and met other fam­ ilies from Broad Channel and Breezy Point who like us, had evacuated. Children were running all over the place, playing, innocently enjoy­ ing themselves. My daughter usually does not engage with other children, but she had a ball running after them. It was like immediately we be­ came one family. Race, soci­ oeconomic status, disability, none of that played a roll. I spoke with mothers who were worried about their homes and husbands who stayed behind. I would never forget this little girl who ran to her mom and piped, “Mommy, this is so fun, but when are we going home? Remember I have school tomorrow.” The mom, who was from Breezy Point, tearfully looked away and whispered to me, “She does not know yet, but we

don’t have a home anymore. It’s burned down.” Another woman, who was observing my daughter, asked, “She’s autistic, yes? My daughter is the same. Right now, I wish I could be in their world, where nothing matters, but just giving joy and love.” And folks, that’s exact­ ly what my daughter gave throughout the whole ordeal after Sandy. Of course, we had problems when we returned home. She stopped eating and developed what locals described as the “Rockaway cough,” but you know what? She was the most courageous of us all. While the rest of us were focused on the physi­ cal devastation of our homes and community, my autistic daughter was more attuned to what really matters: Fami­ ly, Faith and Friends. Stay tuned for details about the next Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Families support group. For info, email: ourartisticchild@outlook.com or visit our Facebook page.

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ALL HOTELS ALONG BEACH. 60TH STREET 1916

By Katie Lucev-Terino; Mentored by Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. This is a view of Beach 60th Street in Arverne, looking towards Rockaway Beach Boulevard from the Beachside. There was NO shortage of these beautiful hotels around the peninsula.

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By Peter Galvin, MD

Advertising Alert

The U.S. Food and Drug Admin­ istration (FDA) draws a distinc­ tion between direct-to-consumer advertising for pharmaceutical products, which it regulates, and advertisements meant to create disease awareness, which it does not regulate. Most other coun­ tries ban direct-to-consumer ad­ vertising because it can be mis­ leading and may interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. Challenges arise when disease awareness efforts are made for a condition for which there is only one drug available for treatment. In this case, raising awareness of the disease may also raise the use of the one product available. This year a novel approach to dis­

ease awareness promotion has caused a number of questions to be raised regarding this type of marketing. General Hospital is the long­ est-running U.S. soap opera. The producers of the show formed a partnership with Incyte, a phar­ maceutical company that man­ ufactures only one product, Rux­ olitinib, which is used to treat myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). MPNs, which are can­ cers that affect the bone marrow, can cause an overabundance of white blood cells (leukemia), red blood cells (polycythemia vera or PV), and platelets (thrombo­ cythemia). Ruxolitinib treats the genetic mutation that causes PV.

Due to their partnership, the pro­ ducers of General Hospital cre­ ated a plotline where a character on the show was diagnosed with PV. When faced with the various means of treatment the character chose to take Ruxolitinib. There are several problems with this plotline. First of all, it is essentially direct-to-consumer advertising. PV causes the blood to thicken due to too many red blood cells, which can lead to blood clots. First line treatment of PV involves anti-clotting medica­ tions and regular blood donation (yes, believe it or not this amounts to medieval bloodletting). A drug called hydroxyurea is often used to reduce the bone marrow’s out­ put of red blood cells. Ruxolitinib is not first line treatment of PV and is only used in selected cas­ es where the preferred treatment doesn’t work or is ineffective. So the show’s storyline is misleading. In addition, increasing public dis­ ease awareness is said to improve outcomes by having patients seek care earlier in the disease. But this is plausible for common diseases that may otherwise go unrecog­ nized or for diseases in which

The Rockaway Times early treatment is superior to de­ layed treatment. MPNs are in fact rare and PV is even rarer still. PV is often diagnosed by either the patient suffering a blood clot or having it picked up on routine blood testing. In the U.S., drug company ad­ vertising reached the highest an­ nual spending in 2016, amount­ ing to $5.6 billion for the year. Advertisements are appearing for specific drugs and unprece­ dented indications. There were even TV ads for topical antifun­ gal medication and treatment for irritable bowel syndrome during the 2016 Super Bowl. Im­ agine what that cost! Ultimately direct-to-consumer advertising amounts to a massive medical in­ tervention with unproven health benefits, dubious plausibility, and may indeed lead to harm, but un­ fortunately it is probably here to stay. By the way, in case you were wondering, the information for this column came from a medi­ cal journal. I don’t watch General Hospital! Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes. com.

RBB Dishes Up New Choices for Foodies By Kami-Leigh Agard Rockaway Beach is getting new food options. The Fat Car­ dinal Bakery is bidding adieu to its space inside Uncle Louie G-Rockaway Beach, and open­ ing its own brick-and-mortar shop on Beach 92nd Street, adjacent to Boarders Surf Shop. According to the own­ ers, Thomas Quinn, James Ot­ ton and John Pagano, they ex­ pect their grand opening to be mid-November. Expect their bakery favorites such as their s'mores pies and custom cake orders, but they will also be ex­ panding their menu to include sandwiches, soups and salads. Also, more great news! Un­ cle Louie G will now be open all fall and winter and have di­ versified their menu by adding pulled pork sandwiches with optional sides of mac n' cheese and turkey chili. Sounds like it will keep you warm as the

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temperatures get cooler. Also, a new Peruvian restaurant, La Cabana Peruana is opening at the old location of the now closed, A+A Chinese Restau­ rant. Expect yummy rotisserie chicken and authentic Peru­ vian dishes such as Parihuela Sopa (fish and shellfish soup) and Bistec A Lo Pobre (steak, french fries, rice, eggs and sweet plantain). La Cabana Peruana opens its doors this Tuesday, October 31. Rocket Roll, a sushi burrito plus other Japanese treats, around Beach 88th is also expected top open soon.


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ROCK SPOOK-Tacular Events Happening Around Town By Kami-Leigh Agard With Halloween just days away, Rockaway gets spooky! From par­ ties, tours, parades, haunted hous­ es and even a canine costume con­ test, here’s The Rockaway Times’ Ultimate ROCK SPOOK-Tacular Guide for everything creepy hap­ pening on the peninsula and Broad Channel between now and the BIG day! Thursday, October 26 through Sunday, October 29 8 p.m. IT'S BAAACCCKKKK!!! By pop­ ular demand, the Broad Chan­ nel Volunteer Fire Department & Ambulance Corp. (BCVFD) Haunted House has returned with a vengeance! The sinister mutation of the firehouse is so scary that only brave adventurers 13 and over are admitted. If you are under 13, you can only enter with a parent or legal guardian. Also, no physical contact per­ mitted with the ghouls. If you do, they will terrorize your dreams forever! $10 admission fee at the door. No advanced reservations. First come, first SCARED! 15 Noel Road, Broad Channel Friday, October 27 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Can you survive the Rock-apocalypse? Challenge your spook-proof nerves at the 100th Precinct police station’s petrifyingly haunted walk­ through. But, WARNING! Be prepared, there’s terror behind the walls! (Test your nerves by watching their spine-chilling trailer on their Facebook page: NYPD 100th Police Precinct). Also with face painting, games, prizes, giveaways, free can­ dy and Halloween safety tips, neighborhood officers dish up something fun for everyone! (Free parking at the Precinct’s adjacent lot). 92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Friday, October 27 / Saturday, October 28 / Tuesday, October 31 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. In the ghostly spirit of Hal­

loween, poppin’ new venue, Rustwoods, transforms into ‘Lostwoods.’ The ghostly mas­ termind behind this hair-raising adventure is none other than local artist, Geoff Rawling, no­ toriously known for his chilling artistry in transforming venues into fun, interactive fright fests featuring unbelievably creative creepy creatures and costumed actors. Whether you are an adult or a child, this is the ultimate harrowing experience that will send you all to bed with chills and thrills. 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Friday, October 27 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. It’s Brendan's Bar Almost Hal­ loween Live Music Party hosted by Rockaway’s ultimate rock­ er, Jammin’ Jon. Get ready for a freaky ghoulish night of live music featuring awesome rock­ in’ bands: Arson Wells, Won­ daFunk, Psychedelic Tornado featuring 'Jammin Jon himself with the Blac Rabbit Twins & Ronnie Bongo and Brooklyn’s TnT Unlimited playing pop, classic, rock, soul and jazz fu­ sion. No cover charge. Come in costume and get a chance to score a 50/50 raffle prize if you are the best-dressed weirdo. 112-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd Saturday, October 28 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Today, Rockaway goes to the dogs, as your lovable pooches are invited to strut their Hal­ loween costumes at the Canine Costume Carnival Annual event and Fundraiser hosted by Al­ lied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness’ (ARF-ARF). Get creative and dress up Fido for a chance to win the crown for best costume, not to mention an epic day of raffles, games and music! Freeway Dog Park, Beach 83rd Street & Rockaway Freeway Saturday, October 28 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Grab your costumed kids and join the excited hundreds descending in Broad Channel

for the Annual Dawn McIntrye Children's Halloween Parade. After the parade, the BCVFD will also treat your children to a free and kid-friendly tour of the fire department. Kids start lining up in the park at 12:45 p.m. Refresh­ ments and goodies to follow at the firehouse. 17th Road Park, BC Saturday, October 28 5 p.m. ‘til late It time for BOOOOzefest at Healy’s Pub. There will be a food spread starting at 5 p.m. DJ Kuff will be turning up the tunes starting at 8 p.m., plus drink and bucket specials all night and prizes for the best costume. Come get wacky! 10807 Rockaway Beach Dr. Saturday, October 28 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This evening, as darkness de­ scends, be brave and head over to the Rockaway Youth Task Force’s Haunted Farm Trail. Feel the terror and get ready to scream as you tread cautious­ ly on the farm’s trail, feverishly anticipating what ghosts and frightening creatures will be on hand to greet you. This event is free. Beach 58th Street & BCD Saturday, October 28 7 p.m. Tonight, the Rockaway Beach Surf Club is hosting its always killer annual Halloween Party. The scariest part? This is the last night the Club will be open for 2017. Ahhhhhhhhh! So get your costumes ready and make a beeline to the Club for your last chance this year to indulge in cocktails and laughs with your besties, and possibly win a prize in the costume contest. 302 Beach 87th Street Saturday, October 28 8 p.m. Head up to Roxbury’s grand Irish pub, The Hibernian for a mythical night of fabulous mu­ sic with wildly-followed Celt­ ic-American singer/songwriter, Jeff Conlon, delivering his wide

lineup of original rock, folk and Irish music, plus your favorite classic rock covers. Costumes are optional, but show up in one and get a chance to win a prize! 4 Roxbury Blvd, Roxbury Saturday, October 28 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. It’s BUMP IN THE NIGHT! A ROCK! AWAY! BOOO-LESQUE SPOOKTACULAR at the Rock­ away Brewing Company. Gear up for a freaky night featuring performance artists: Galatea Stone, Bella La Blanc, Kittyhawk Boone, Shane Kulman, Kia La Sangria, Kelsey Karnival and Emmy Crockett — all ready to enchant and amaze! Also gyrate to live music by insanely popu­ lar bands, The Skells and Rattrap Bumpkin with Indaculture’s Bobby Butler. Don your freakiest costume for a chance to enter the costume contest. Admission is $5 with costume / $10 without 415 Beach 72nd Street Saturday, October 28 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Head up to Riis for their High Haunted Halloween Party at The Dropout, Riis new fabulous off-season restaurant, featuring music by DJ Matt Finley. Come in your costume for a hella spooky night of fun! RPBB (16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd) Saturday, October 28 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Get ready to DANCE ‘TIL YOU’RE DEAD at Epstein’s Beach. Come dressed as your fa­ vorite dead rockstar for a chance to win a costume and dance the night away to the sounds of Atypical Beasts DJ Set and live musicians, Small Drag, The Dis­ function and Frances Rose. 88-22 Rockaway Beach Blvd Sunday, October 29 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Head back to The Dropout at Riis for brunch, and treat your kids to free face painting all in the spirit of Halloween. RPBB (16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd)

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Snowflake League: Cheers to Week 6 By The Commissioner’s Office Another week is in the books. The standings at the top and bottom have primarily stayed the same throughout the course of the season but seeds 3-6 have been in flux through­ out. Lots of movement in the middle of the pack. With next week being the last week of the regular season, it looks like all teams in the middle are going to be fighting for better seed­ ing come playoff time. Should be a solid final week of regular season play. Remember, you can follow the daily action if you friend request 'Snowflake League' on Facebook. So onto the week six action... Allstate finally joined the left column of the standings on Monday night by taking Game 1 by uno. Final score was 1110. The second game saw the Black Sox score six runs in the bottom of the 5th to take the lead. This was a lead they would hold on for the eventu­ al 8-5 victory. Split. Black Sox

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took the series due to run dif­ ferential. Tuesday night's ac­ tion was interrupted due to the roaring comeback of the Bronx Bombers. Lots of tardiness but the show still went on. Even though we started late, all players and the umpire alike got out of there earlier than usual due to the two mercies.

Lots of hits + lots of errors = le­ thal combo. First game ended in the 4th. Second game ended in the 5th. Sweep for the Ruf­ fle Bar over Rock Fam. Scores were 13-1 and 15-5. Wednesday night we had two great one-run games at the Sandlot. Up 12-7 going into the 7th, Marine Park hung on as

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