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VOL. 4, NO. 19 - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

Election Showdown Mayor De Blasio vs. Malliotakis

Councilman Ulrich vs. Scala

Boro Prez Katz vs. Kregler

And More! Election Day - Tuesday, November 7


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Your Local Voting Guide By Katie McFadden

Make sure to stop by the ballot box on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7. With a vote for mayor on this year’s ballot, it’s going to be a big one, but there are also many choices to make that will affect our borough and immediate districts as well. Here’s a rundown of what’s on the local ballots. Mayor of NYC Bill de Blasio (D) is hoping to win re-election, but Nicole Malliotakis, running on the Republican, Conservative and “Stop de Blasio” ticket is hoping to challenge him. So are Akeem Browder of the Green Party, Sal F. Albanese of the Reform party, Bo Dietl of the “Dump the Mayor” party, Libertarian Aaron Commey and Michael Tolkin, running on the Smart Cities platform. City Comptroller Scott Stringer (D) is hoping to maintain his spot as city comptroller, but Michael J. Faulkner of the Conservative, Reform, Republican and "Stop de Blasio" parties is running against him,

Justice of the Supreme Court – 11th Judicial District You can choose seven out of the nine people running. Among them are Jodi Orlow-Mackoff (C, D), who lives in Rockaway, Richard Latin (D), Joseph Kasper (C, R), James J. Kevins Jr. (R), Ulysses B. Leverett (D), Woodruff L. Carroll (R), David Elliot (C, D, R), Gregory L. Lasak (C, D, R) and Michael B. Aloise (C, D, R). Don’t forget to check all pages of the ballot! There are three important Statewide Proposals to vote on at the end. Statewide Proposal Number 1, a Question: Constitutional Convention: Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same? You will vote Yes or No. Statewide Proposal Number 2, an Amendment: The proposed Amendment to Section 7 of Article 2 would allow a court to reduce or revoke the public pension of a public officer who is convicted of a felony that has a direct and actual relationship to the performance of the pub-

as well as Julia Willebrand of the Green Party and Libertarian Alex Merced. Public Advocate Letitia James (D) is up for re-election and Juan Carlos Polanco of the Reform, Republican and "Stop de Blasio" parties will be challenging her, as well as Conservative Michael O’Reilly, James C. Lane of the Green Party and Libertarian Devin Balkind. City Council- District 32 Eric A Ulrich, of the Conservative, Independence, Reform and Republican parties is hoping to maintain his role as councilman for District 32, but Democrat Michael Scala is hoping to take the seat. City Council- District 31 Democrat Donovan J. Richards is up for re-election, but he is running unopposed. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (D) is hoping to keep her seat as Boro Prez, but William Kregler (C, R) and Everly D. Brown, running on the Homeowners NYCHA platform, are her challengers.

lic officer’s existing duties. Shall the proposed amendment be approved? You will vote Yes or No. Statewide Proposal Number 3, an Amendment: The proposed amendment will create a land account with up to 250 acres of forest preserve land eligible for use by town, villages and counties that have no viable alternative to using forest preserve land to address specific public health and safety concerns; as a substitute for the land removed from the forest preserve, another 250 acres of land will be added to the forest preserve, subject to legislative approval. The proposed amendment will also allow bicycle trails and certain public utility lanes to be located within the width of specific highways that cross the forest preserve while minimizing removal of trees and vegetation. Shall the proposed amendment be approved? You will vote Yes or No. Head to https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com to find your designated polling site.

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Mayor Reflects On Sandy & Announces New Resiliency Projects By Katie McFadden

On the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bill de Blasio came to town to tout some achievements since the storm, admit to some shortcomings and announce what’s in store for the future—including how $145 million in funding leftover from the boardwalk project and other contributions, will be used for other resiliency projects on the peninsula. On an eerily stormy Sunday, October 29, Mayor de Blasio joined local elected officials and representatives of the Parks Department at the Rockaway YMCA to discuss Rockaway’s recovery since the storm and to officially announce seven projects that will soon be able to start due to $120 million in leftover FEMA money from the boardwalk project, which came in under budget, plus another $25 million in contributions from the administration, Borough President Melinda Katz’s office, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and other public and private sources. The Mayor reflected on some events of the storm and admitted to some mistakes that were made since—particularly with Build it Back. “I think Sandy was unfair to everyone. I think, as a city our defenses were not prepared for it. And I don’t like what happened in the immediate aftermath. I think we had a chance to start responding better. A series of things, I think, were done that were not necessarily the right direction. And I’ve been self-critical, for example, in the case of Build it Back. I think in retrospect, we should have questioned whether to continue the model as it was all together,” the mayor said. “I think Build it Back was not designed properly. I think we lost a yearplus that didn’t need to be lost. And I’m not saying people didn’t try hard. They were dealt a really tough hand to be fair to them. No one anticipated a Sandy. But I look back and think, it took too long – we walked in the door, none of the Build it Back homes

had been completed obviously, and the design of the program was wrong and I wish they had done differently and I wish in retrospect we had questioned it, rather than trying to fix it and tinker with it, we had said wait a minute, maybe this is not the right model to begin with. But that being said, once we recognized we were too far down the road to turn back, we tried to at least improve it in the ways we could and speed it up in the ways we could.” The Mayor also touted a major accomplishment since Sandy hit—the new boardwalk. “We’re all particularly proud of the new boardwalk in the Rockaways because it is sort of an example of the phoenix rising, of everything’s that great about the Rockaways and the people of the Rockaways coming back – and literally in this case coming back stronger,” de Blasio said. “That boardwalk happened on time, it happened under budget. It was not only a beautiful boardwalk, it was a new resiliency measure, and when you think about something that was part of the problem last time now being part of the solution, that’s very encouraging. It gives me some hope for the future – five-and-a-half miles protected by that boardwalk and the dunes leading up to it.” De Blasio also spoke of the return of the ferry as a major accomplishment. “I don’t have to tell anyone here today that for many decades the Rocka-

ways didn’t get a fair deal. The Rockaways were ignored. There wasn’t investment. And we have a chance to start to right the wrongs. Let NYC Ferry be an example of the investment the Rockaways deserved a long time ago,” de Blasio said. “Let it be evidence that we can right some of the wrongs of the past, that we can become stronger. “Again, the human resiliency is already there in the Rockaways – always has been. Let’s make the investments the people deserve. Today is another step in that direction,” de Blasio said before announcing the seven resiliency projects that will be built in the future. They include 1) Bayswater Park: This project will install a berm along the waterfront and other features to help manage stormwater. It will also include new sports fields, play areas, a public plaza, a refurbished comfort station and access for kayaks; 2) Raised Shoreline in Edgemere: This project will raise the shoreline around the Edgemere neighborhood. It will include new vegetated berms and new bulkheads to help mitigate coastal flooding; 3) Shore Front Parkway Recreation Zone: This project will include six new recreational facilities along Shorefront Parkway to replace those lost during Hurricane Sandy; 4) Rockaway Community Park: This project will include raising the shorelines around the park’s eastern and western edges as well as

restore the native wetlands as a natural buffer between the park and Jamaica Bay; 5) Beach 88th Street Park: This new waterfront park will include a new seawall and restores wetlands to mitigate against tidal flooding in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood. It will also include play and seating areas and kayak access; 6) Thursby Basin Park: This project will transform a vacant lot into a park with a seawall and new resilient vegetation along the water to help protect against tidal flooding. It will also include new sport courts, play equipment, and a kayak launch; and 7) NYC Parks Operations Headquarters for the Rockaways and Broad Channel: This project will elevate past the current facility to protect from future flooding to ensure it can serve as a response center in the event of a future storm. The announcement didn’t come without questions, particularly about timing and prioritization. These projects were voted on at the end of 2016 through January 2017, and were first announced in 2017, so it didn’t seem like new news, but this new announcement came as the City finally got approval from FEMA to move forward with the projects. What was new was the surprising timeline for each project. De Blasio announced that the projects would be prioritized based on their level of resiliency, so the Bayswater Project would be first, and won’t be completed for three years. And for the other projects? “We’re shooting for five years to six years to get them all done,” de Blasio said. Some in the audience pointed out the absurdity of these projects not being finished until more than 10 years after Sandy. De Blasio responded, “It’s not fair for anyone to need something and not have it. The question is – are we applying the resources we have, are we attempting it as quickly as we know how to get things fixed for people? Now, I think because of a number of changes that have been made over the last few years, the answer is yes.”

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It Was Kids' Play A couple weeks back I documented some of the dangers of being a kid before helicopter parents were invented. Factologist Sean McVeigh could not believe there were such things as glass shampoo bottles. But I was proven right as his research showed Prell shampoo to be the iPhone of its time. Tell ya, if I traveled back in time I’d open an Urgent Care center or maybe a Stitches R Us. It was such a big deal when shampoo was finally put in plastic bottles, they made TV commercials about this new revolution. Somebody would be all lathered up in the shower and someone else would poke their head into the bathroom to ask something like, honey, where are the keys? But then they’d see all that soapy lather and say, don’t waste all the shampoo. The

person in the shower would say something like there’s plenty left and toss the bottle, which would fall to the floor. The fully-clothed person would exclaim, it didn’t break! Amazing. Of course, things have changed. Now plastic bottles are the dangerous things. And water comes in boxes. Dan Edwards remembers those dangerous times. He wrote in to say that everyone in the neighborhood had to be home for dinner. But sometimes that was just impossible – like the time he and his boyhood pal, Gary Carroll, got into a scuffle. The scuffle turned into a neighborhood event as the crowd grew to cheer on the battling boys. This was Brooklyn so, no doubt, someone started taking bets. The brawl continued but the crowds suddenly disappeared because it was dinner time. For everyone else, any way. After dinner, the crowd came back and the two brawlers still had each other in a headlock.

Update: the two combatants are still good friends. The talk now is of a rematch at next year’s Thrilla at Camilla. It will be scheduled for after dinnertime. And maybe there will be fireworks. Speaking of which. In those dangerous days, kids played with fireworks. The only recommended safeguard was using an eightinch punk (That’s a lighting device, youngsters), instead of a match to set off the explosives. Eight year olds would be setting ash cans and cherry bombs. Those were the days when toothaches were common. And it was just as common for you to be handed a shot glass with whiskey. You were told to swish it around in your mouth and then spit it out. Nice. And since it’s the season, it’s worth noting that parents did not, ever, chaperone kids to go trick or treating. It was perfectly sane to go door to door as far as your feet could take you. You’d sometimes fill up your brown pa-

per bag with candy, lug it home, and then head out to fill another. You’d log miles hauling the loot. The big safety advisory in those days? Don’t eat Halloween apples you got trick or treating. Somebody might have slipped a razor blade inside. That was the extent of be careful out there. I don’t know how we’re here. Most of us still have burn scars from going down scorching sliding ponds. The sliding pond was basically a griddle on a hot, sunny day. If you survived the sliding pond you went to the monkey bars and climbed to the top which was 10 or 12 feet off the concrete. You didn’t have to worry about hitting the concrete straight. You’d first bounce off bars on the way down. They called it play. Oh, and play also included running in the fog behind mosquito - DDT trucks which came around to spray the neighborhoods once in a while. Hmm….maybe that’s why we’re so screwed up.

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Rockaway Rallies For Protection on Sandy Anniversary By Katie McFadden

“Today needs to mark the beginning of a new timeline for Rockaway. The first five years was about getting our lives back, the next five years will be about guaranteeing that our lives remain here,” Rockaway Women For Progress’ Jean Belford said before a crowded beach on Saturday, October 28, the day before the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. The message that the fight continues radiated throughout Beach 129th Street during the rally calling for immediate action to take place to protect our coastline. Belle Harbor Property Owner’s Association President Hank Iori, who was instrumental in organizing Saturday’s rally, reflected on what occurred five years ago and what needs to be done, moving forward. “The Rockaway community and Broad Channel experienced a devastating storm. It destroyed many homes and many lives were lost,” Iori said. “There is a saying that if we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat the past. We’re here to celebrate our community’s resilience. Now is the time to take action to protect lives and property for the future from devastating storms. We’re still very vulnerable right now and we want to see that’s corrected and fast.” The rally served as a way to get the attention of elected officials and the Army Corps of Engineers and send the message that something needs to be done—soon—to protect

residents from the beach and bay. This included asking for permanent berms, rock jetties, storm walls, bulkheads, construction, reefs and sand replenishment. This message was also made clear on petitions that circulated the peninsula for about six weeks leading up to the event. By the time of the rally, there were nearly 2,000 signatures. Several others spoke, including Father Bill Sweeney and Rabbi Marjorie Slome, who opened with prayers, plus Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Rockaway homeowner Walter Meyer and Comptroller Scott Stringer. Walter Meyer, an urban designer, professor and Harvard graduate, who just returned from working in Puerto Rico to bring them solar energy after the storm, spoke about Rockaway’s struggles and the need to put pressure on the city and

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state. “You’re learned lessons from these storms and you’re building your houses stronger, but the ocean is everyone’s space and it’s bigger than any government can handle. While we have these beautiful dunes, they’re only sacrificial and will erode over time as they’re designed to if these jetties don’t come,” Meyer said. “Rockaway is eroding to the east and gaining to the west on Breezy Point, up to an acre a year of land. Here, in the middle, around Belle Harbor, is a transition zone where we’re not really sure if they should do jetties here. But if they run the numbers again, after seeing the sea level rise, and higher water temperatures and record-breaking hurricanes this season, I bet they’d run the numbers and we’d have jetties here. We’re more vulnerable in terms of ecology and nature, and our community is stronger, but governmental support is diminishing with each storm and federal funds are on their way out and what’s going to be left is going to be the city and state to organize from here on out, so it’s important to push the city and state as much as possible.”

Stringer, who has audited Build it Back closely, spoke about the issues with the program, and the urgency to protect the peninsula. “It’s unacceptable that we cannot verify or understand how 11,900 people who went to Build it Back in good faith, who were told that they would be made whole, that they simply dropped from the rolls. We need answers from the Build it Back program right now,” he said. “And if you think about what’s happening across this country and around the world from Puerto Rico to Texas, if there isn’t an urgency to deal with the issue of resilience for jetties and the dunes and the sand replacement, and the fact that we are no further along, in a real way, than we were five years ago. I say enough is enough.” The message was made clear when Iori asked the attendees, “Are we better protected now than we were prior to Hurricane Sandy?” The resounding answer was no. The petitions with approximately 2,000 signatures, will be sent to Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Photos by Dan Brown and Katie McFadden.


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***** We urge you to vote on Tuesday, November 7. Even if you don’t like anybody! Voting totals get the attention of politicians. If Rockaway's voter turnout is high, it’ll get noticed. If it’s considered a place where people go to the polls, it’s less likely to be the dumping ground it’s traditionally been. Rockaway’s got no shortage of complainers – the gripes carry more weight if you vote. ***** It’s that time of year again. We’re raffling off St. John’s University basketball tickets! We’ve got four tickets for next Friday evening, November 10. Email your interest (and if you need two or four tickets) to Mail@ RockawayTimes.com. We’ll put the names in a hat and get back to you – if you’re the winner. You’ve just got to pick them up at the RT office.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017 ***** In last week’s edition, which marked the five year anniversary of Sandy, there was a lot to cover. We did not give enough attention to the many who were heroic, like Dylan Smith and Mike McDonnell, on the night of the storm. The story of Sandy is not complete without acknowledging the efforts of the brave. ***** The story of Sandy is also not complete until Parks replaces playgrounds destroyed by Sandy. And it looks like a never-ending story as the Parks Department (and the Mayor) said the parks would be completed in five or six years! Note to Parks and Mayor: It took two years to build the Empire State Building. Five or six years for playgrounds? Does anyone in government get embarrassed by saying such things? ***** Rockaway had more than Sandy heroes. We remember Firefighter Robert Tilearcio who died on Thursday due to 9/11 related cancer. Tilearcio worked at local Engine 266 and was

known to many around town. Prayers go out to his friends and family. ***** Film for fundraising. The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is offering an exclusive screening of “Jane,” a documentary about the life of Jane Goodall, the famous expert on chimpanzees, on Sunday, November 12 at 11:45 a.m. at the RISE Institute (the old firehouse at Beach 58th Street). The film is directed by Brett Morgan. There’ll be a Q and A after with executive producer Debra Eisenstadt. Tickets are $30 (it’s a fundraiser!) and all proceeds will go toward the RWA’s environmental arts program. Seating is limited. Check out www.rwalliance.org for more info. ***** Sorry for the annoying reminder: Set your clocks back an hour this weekend. Officially you’re supposed to do it 2 a.m. Sunday. Annoying because it’s a reminder that it will be so dark, so early. Such a bummer. ***** There’s a Blood Drive at St. John's Hospital tomorrow, Fri-

Page 7 day, November 3 from noon until 5 p.m. Please try to give. Call 201-251-3703 if you’ve got questions. ***** Playland Motel on RBB and Beach 98th Street was sold for $2.3 million according to a report in DNAInfo.com. The sale hasn’t been recorded yet so we can’t say who bought it, but rumor is its someone local. ***** If you’re looking to get in on the new condo development on Beach 116th, pre-construction sales will probably be in April, 2018. ***** Kudos to the 100th Precinct. We heard nothing but rave reviews for their Halloween haunted house fun held last Saturday night. ***** Some of you have been holding back. You can now dance legally in bars. The City Council repealed a law passed in 1926 that made it illegal to dance in places without a cabaret license. If you’ve been dancing all along, you’ll just to find another law to break.

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Why do you want to continue to be our Councilman instead of running for Mayor? “I am reminded on a daily basis why I chose the path of public office – to help others and to serve the people of my district. I chose to run for re-election because I genuinely love what I do, and the communities I represent. The residents of District 32 are not just my constituents - they are my neighbors. While I am proud of all that our office has been able to accomplish, especially in the years following Sandy, we are far from finished. If given the opportunity to serve my

constituents for another four years, I vow to continue fighting for Rockaway and to stand up to the Mayor to ensure that the Peninsula has an ally at City Hall. What are some of the big things you have done for the Rockaways, and what future plans are in the works? “Our office spearheaded a number of successful initiatives to bring much-needed resources for the neighborhoods impacted by Sandy: • Less than three years after that fateful day, our office celebrated the opening of the Rockaway Beach Skate Park. • Our office has helped hundreds of constituents return home, but we are far from done. • Five years after Sandy, the Peninsula has recovered in ways I could have never imagined. In 2013, Broad Channel Library reopened. • Significant investments have also been made in our district schools. • Our office was instrumental in expanding Citywide Ferry’s shuttle bus service. • Ensuring that our seniors and our veterans have access to valuable resources has also been a priority.” What do you think our biggest issues are, and how do you plan on solving them? “We do not need any more studies on beach erosion. The Rockaway Peninsula needs an interim sand replenishment project for our beaches as soon as possible. The shoreline is a key location for recreation by my constituents and people citywide, and a major destination for tourism and the businesses that are supported by it. Mayor de Blasio has promised to do more to protect the Peninsula, but five years after Superstorm Sandy, parts of Rockaway are still vulnerable – and it is unacceptable. Our Continued on page 9


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Q & A WITH ULRICH VS. SCALA Continued from Page 8 office has helped hundreds of constituents return home, but we are far from finished. I will continue to stand up to our Mayor to demand accountability within the Build It Back program, sand replenishment for our beaches and infrastructure to protect vulnerable communities on the coastline.” In what ways are you better for the Rockaways, than your opponent? “Despite trying to distance himself from the de Blasio administration, Michael Scala is a longtime supporter of the Mayor. He has donated to and worked on de Blasio’s campaigns for Mayor. Scala has remained silent on who he will be endorsing for Mayor because he does not want voters to know that he is a rubber stamp for the de Blasio administration. Democratic nominee Mike Scala, a Queens native, attorney,

and Howard Beach resident: We want to know why you’re running for councilman? “I am running to be a strong advocate for our working men and women, one who won't back down in the face of a fight or waver from his principles. We need better transportation, health care and education, and my experience as an attorney in the private and public sectors prepares me well for these battles.” What would you do for Rockaway if you were to win? “I will work to improve and expand ferry service and move the QueensRail project forward with our Assemblywoman, Stacey Pheffer Amato, who endorsed our campaign. I'll continue the fight against the dangerous Select Bus Service plan, which was rejected by

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our neighborhoods but supported by the opposing candidate. I'll be a champion of increasing access to health care on the peninsula and innovative after-school programming that focuses on coding and technology. I'll call for more than just an investigation of the disastrous Build It Back program, but restitution to the victims for their pain and suffering. Additionally, I'll demand more input from our neighborhoods before decisions are made by the city.” What do you think are the most important issues and what is your stance on them? “In addition to the ones cited, the Constitutional Convention is a major issue this year. I have always been opposed to it because I do not want to risk jeopardizing the protections guaranteed by our state constitution such as public employee pensions that cannot be diminished or impaired, collective bargaining and a sound basic education. The other candidate supported it to achieve

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pension entitlement reform. Our working men and women deserve better.” In what ways are you better for the Rockaways, than your opponent? “I will be more of a fighter for Rockaway's needs, including better public transportation. As First Vice President of the Queens Public Transit Committee and co-chair of the Rockaway Ferry Committee, I've been at the forefront of these battles. Unlike the opponent, I would not support dangerous ideas like Select Bus Service. I would not say reducing our commutes up to 45 minutes via the QueensRail would not happen in our lifetimes. I will stand up to City Hall when appropriate, without being an obstructionist for its own sake: why continue banging our heads against a brick wall when there is a door in sight?” No matter who you prefer, exercise your right to vote. Let your voice be heard on Tuesday!

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More Resiliency Ideas — Residents Want Action By Kami-Leigh Agard

Coastal protection, evacuation plans and wind mills were the bones of contention that fired up attendees at a Superstorm Sandy commemoration hosted by Rockaway United this past Monday, October 30 at Queens Public Library-Seaside branch. Rockaway United, spearheaded by William Schacht, an urban designer and architect, is a coalition of urban designers and community advocates, committed to improving resiliency on the Rockaway peninsula and Broad Channel. Schacht kicked off the event by proclaiming that the coalition wants to bridge the gap between the City’s resiliency measures being speedily propelled in Manhattan and the lackluster efforts in Rockaway. “Rockaway United wants to see real progress being done for the people here that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. We feel that the City is not getting the message. The community needs a well-thought out and communicated evacuation plan, power and light alternatives, solid coastal protection, its own resiliency center and with the proposed installation of an offshore wind farm — a community benefits agreement,� Schacht said. One project the coalition wants to move forward with is a solid evacuation route where roads would be color coded, indicating where residents can safely navigate if they have to leave in case of a major disaster. Also, a sound system coordinated with the local fire departments to immediately alert residents about a storm surge or even a terrorist attack. Schacht said, “We’ve talked to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) dating back to when Sandy occurred, and to this day, they have not provided the community with an evacuation plan. With 21 agencies involved, all they have provided are handouts, but five years later, folks still don’t know. When faced with a disaster, the community needs reliable sound,

light and communications, and I don’t mean just giving out pamphlets.� However, the mood in the room switched from hopeful to exasperated. Lifelong Rockaway Park resident, Bob Zimmer, a member of the Rockaway Civic Association, said, “For all these years, I’ve listened to conversations and attended meetings with wonderful people like you with great ideas, but I have not seen any meaningful change. I’m not discrediting your good intentions, but I’m tired of hearing plans. I want to see action.� Schacht responded, “Our organization is moving from reactive to proactive, but we need your support, and are working on getting grants to make our projects come to fruition.� Next up was Kim Fraczek, director of Sane Energy Project (saneenergyproject.org) an advocacy group fighting against installation of natural gas pipelines such as the Rockaway Lateral, built by Williams-Transco. Fraczek said that the pipeline is not only unnecessary, but dangerous. “Construction of these pipelines harm both human and marine life, and are incompatible with fighting climate change. Not to mention that Williams has a poor safety record. We are fighting for a commitment from the Mayor to commit to purchasing offshore wind power from Statoil, the Norwegian company that won the lease to develop offshore wind farms dubbed, Empire Wind, in NYC. Offshore wind can power thousands of homes on the peninsula and BC and provide jobs for locals,� Franczek said. Belle Harbor resident, Joe “The Ferry Guy� Hartigan, is all for offshore wind — with one caveat, the jobs must be reserved for locals. “They better hire kids in Rockaway, and they better be from both ends of the peninsula. There must be a community benefits agreement with a contract that gets signed strictly ensuring that jobs stay here,� Hartigan said. For information about offshore wind, visit: www.nyserda.ny.gov. To get involved with Rockaway United, email: wfschacht@aol.com

       

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Special Thanks Dear Editor: As a 69-year-old lifelong resident of Rockaway, I wish to extend a big Thank You to Rockaway Times Publisher Kevin Boyle for his coverage of our community's concerns regarding Superstorm Sandy, which hit our shores five years ago. Kevin published an article by me, "My Concerns with the Army Corps Plan for the Rockaway's" on September 18, 2016, and another one on September 28, 2017 entitled "Hurricane Sandy Beach Resiliency and Recovery 5 Years Later." This week’s edition of the RT on October 26, 2017 was enti-

tled "Been a Long Road Back: 5 Years Later the Fight Continues." I believe it was his most outstanding issue to date. There were editorials, articles from both the staff and guest writers, photos and remembrances of the physical, emotional, spiritual and financial impact of the most devastating storm to hit our shores in my generation. We need to continue to ask… Is there permanent protection for Rockaway five years after Sandy? The 1,000-page Army Corp report is an ongoing rehash of studies going back to the 1960's. The Rockaway Peninsula has not yet been mitigated as is necessary. Special thanks to Hank Iori, President of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association. He has been spearheading the effort to get results from our elected officials. He has formed the Rockaway Protection Committee with locals to get answers and put pressure on government officials. Currently, they have gotten more than 2,000 signatures on petitions requesting Permanent Storm Protection.

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Their demands include: Permanent Berms, Rock Jetties, Storm Walls, Bulkhead Construction, Reefs and Sand Replenishment. Petitions will be forwarded to NYS senators, Schumer and Gillibrand. Hank and his committee organized a rally on Saturday, October 28, 2017 on the beach at 129th Street to bring attention to the issue. There were elected officials, clergy, civic leaders, community activists and advocates, the press and hundreds of community residents who attended. Speeches were made, demands were vocalized and the petition gained names. However, we cannot stop here. Everyone is needed to join the fight by supporting our civic association's storm protection initiatives; attend civic meetings and be a part of the solution; contact our elected officials on a regular basis; and provide support that Climate Change is not a hoax. It is real and is affecting people all over our community, the hemisphere and the world. The government cannot continue to be reactive when it comes to naturally occurring storms. We must demand that they become proactive and get the necessary funds to protect our community. Everyone needs to do their part. Let's keep up the pressure! John W. Roberts More Work Ahead Dear Editor: On behalf of the Rockaway Storm Protection Group, thank you everyone who joined the rally on Beach 129th Street last Saturday and the nearly 2,000 Rockaway residents who signed the petition. These actions have sent a clear message to our city, state and federal politicians that we will not stop urging them to provide storm protection from one side of the peninsula to the other. On Sunday, Mayor de Blasio announced 145 million dollars for specific Rockaway resiliency projects. Those projects will help a few areas get parks and playgrounds that could withstand another major storm and address flooding problems in the surrounding communities, but these projects will not protect Rockaway from the impact

The Rockaway Times of another major storm. We need to put pressure on our political leaders to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to start the work on dunes, jetties, reefs and bayside protection. Here’s how you can help: 1. Go to every event like the rally last Saturday. 2. Get information about next steps, especially organized efforts to contact your political leaders, by showing up at your community civic association meetings. 3. Learn what you can do about climate change. It’s important, it’s your Rockaway. We are also asking all religious institutions and civic associations across the peninsula to join our efforts. Email us at rockawaystormprotection@gmail.com. United, we will make a difference! Elda Vale Gillibrand Fan Dear Editor: As part of a group representing Rockaway Women for Progress, I had the opportunity to meet with the State Director at U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office last Friday. We spoke for 45 minutes about local concerns and about larger federal initiatives that the Senator is addressing. We presented our concerns about gun violence in NYC and in the country, and we will be partnering with established gun control advocacy groups in the near future. We also spoke about the influence of money on elected officials and the lack of transparency in government. From the State Director, we heard some of the Senator’s current initiatives. Repairing and rebuilding from the devastation of this year’s active hurricane season is the first priority. A $36.5 billion relief package that includes money for a federal flood insurance program was passed in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon. The Senator has also sponsored the FAMILY (Family and Medical Insurance Leave) Act, which has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance. The FAMILY Act would establish an employer and employee-fiContinued on page 15


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WE GET EMAIL Continued from Page 14 nanced benefit fund, much like Social Security, so that employees can receive pay when caring for a baby or an ill family member. The most important information we took away is that Senator Gillibrand’s Manhattan Office is specifically for Constituent Services. Whether you voted for her or not, if you are a resident of NY State, she represents you in the U.S. Senate. Bethany Scott Rockaway Women for Progress Precinct Haunts Dear Editor: On Friday, October 27th I went to the 100th Precinct haunted station house and I just wanted to let them know what a great job those guys did! I wasn’t really expecting to be scared but the people I was with and I definitely were!!! It was a great event for the community. Lynn Duffy

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A Great Treat Dear Editor: A very special thank you to the men and women of the 100th Precinct for an absolutely outstanding job with their Haunted House 2017! The time, effort and dedication that went into the event was apparent and appreciated. I've walked through my share of haunted houses, but this NYPD presentation was by far the most spectacular. A big thank you to all of you for your dedication to the community! Gary Gugliada

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Stabbing at Dayton Results in Police Officer Shooting Assailant By Kami-Leigh Agard

Halloween felt like a horror show for Rockaway residents in a Dayton building who were greeted not by trick-or-treaters on Tuesday, October 31, but by an avalanche of police officers running inside to stop a knife-wielding man, who repeatedly stabbed his sister. According to the NYPD, after the officers gave repeated commands to “drop the knife,” and deployed three separate Tasers which had no effect on restraining the man, one officer discharged his weapon once, striking the suspect in the right leg. The incident occurred inside a first floor apartment at 10300 Shore Front Parkway, between Beach 102nd and Beach 105th streets around noon. The briefing with NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan was a media circus as numer-

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ous newspaper, television and online news outlets clamored in the parking lot behind the building to find out what happened. The briefing was indeed brief as Chief Monahan succinctly revealed what transpired: There was a dispute between the 34-year-old man and his 32-year-old sister, after which led to their mother, a resident of the building, to chase the siblings out. As to what provoked the argument leading to the grisly stabbing,

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Rockaway At Work KATY GREY, GENERAL MANAGER OF BUNGALOW BAR By Frances Feuer

Have you ever wondered what people do all day at their jobs? I have, and that’s the basis for this column, Rockaway at Work What does the general manager of a restaurant do? A lot of everything, apparently! Katy Grey, general manager of Bungalow Bar, told me she is responsible for guest relations, food service, training of staff, health inspections, scheduling, disciplining, and the overall daily operations of the restaurant. But I needed to observe her at work to see what that actually means. When I arrived, the computers were down, and she was working on getting them back up. Then Grey met with a family helping them se-

lect food for their wake. She explained to an employee what to set up in the tent for the buffet, for the Fishing Tournament. Then she found the scale for weighing the fish. She got a call from a boater asking her to ask other boaters to pull up on the pier; they needed room to dock. She called waitresses at home, changing their schedules, based on the weather and last-minute events. She cleaned off a table, checked the kitchen, talked to the staff at both bars, and answered questions from a waiter. She explained to the bar staff and the hostesses what to expect during the tournament later that day. This is only a small list of what she did while I was there. I was fascinated watching

her eyes. She was talking to one employee, and at the same time she was scanning the restaurant, watching and assessing; and then on she went to deal with the next problem or person. Grey has a great deal of expertise dealing with people. It is evident she has a warm relationship with her staff, and they had no hesitation going to her with problems or concerns. Grey also has a great relationship with the guests. She does what she calls ‘touching tables,’ going from table to table, talking to guests. Guests came over to her, and kissed her on the cheek, and talked to her as if they were friends or family. Indeed, she says the most rewardContinued on page 19

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ROCKAWAY AT WORK Continued from Page 18 ing part of her job is meeting new guests and “having them become regulars, because they become family.” Bungalow Bar and Restaurant, with its magnificent garden and breathtaking view from the outdoor seating area on the water, is a beautiful place to work. Grey works six days a week, about from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., usually 45 to 55 hours, “sometimes more, very rarely less. As hard as it is, it’s extremely rewarding. I am very fortunate to have bosses who don't mind getting dirty, no job is too small for them; and they are hands on with the operations”, says Grey of the three owners, Dee Tubridy, Terence Tubridy and Ryan Whelan. Katy does all the hiring, except for the kitchen staff. “I love the fact that we hire locals, and get to watch these kids grow up. It’s very rewarding to see the progression of the work ethic

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017 in the people who work for us. Because their job is not easy. Many of the people who work here have worked for us for many years. And they all work so hard,” says Grey. Grey’s B.A. degree in Mass Communications, with a minor in Business, from SUNY Oneonta, led her into fashion sales. But then she went back to school for a Certificate in Culinary Management from the Institute of Culinary Education. She worked for the Institute and Shake Shack, until she moved back to Rockaway. Grey says her job is “orchestrating the flow of service from the back of the house to the front of the house. It’s like putting on a theater production every single day… with many moving parts.” Her words beautifully summed up what happens every day at Bungalow Bar and Restaurant. And she makes it look so easy… even though it’s far from it. Rockaway works hard.

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3 Generations To Represent Rockaway at NYC Marathon 2017 By Kami-Leigh Agard Age ain’t nothing but a number, at least not when it comes to these three Rockaway runners who aim to run, jog and even waddle to reach the finish line at this Sunday’s NYC Marathon. These locals will join more than 50,000 runners worldwide revving up for the ever-popular event, happening this Sunday, November 5. Though the recent terror attack in downtown Manhattan casts an ominous shadow on the race with organizers canceling some events, Rockaway’s John Edwards, Patrick Goldberg and Pastor Ron Taylor, despite their 20-year age gaps, various running-related injuries and unorthodox training and diet regimens, they all have one goal - to finish and represent Rockaway strong! Baby boomer, John Edwards, a Belle Harbor resident and founder of Rockaway’s running

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series, Rockapulco Run and the Rockaway Gliders running club, at age 63 is not trying to profile as an elite runner. He may not look like your typical runner, but don’t let his physique fool you. With more than 30 marathons under his belt, 24 just in NYC alone, he is not exactly a beginner. “It’s funny, when I was in my 40s running with my now deceased good friend, Kevin Kearney, we would see

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this neighborhood guy in his 60s running around and would try to subtly avoid him because we thought he would slow us down. However, now that I am 63 and my neighbor is in his 80s, I actually get excited when I see him. He’s an inspiration for me to keep going, despite my 63year old knees,” Edwards said. As for his diet and training regimen, Edwards laughed. “For breakfast, I have french

fries with a cheese burger, lunch consists of a good steak with rice or pasta and well, as for dinner, I go postal. I started running to keep my weight somewhat under control. I love food and refuse to deny myself. However, I love running and encouraging children and adults alike to try it. Age, weight, rusty knees and joints should not deter you from at least trying over and over again,” Edwards said. As for his goal for this Sunday’s race, he joked, “Well, for the first half, I plan to waddle and the second half, a really methodic routine of waddle, jog, walk and then waddle to the finish.” For millennial Belle Harbor resident, Patrick Goldberg, this will not be his first marathon as he has run the Long Island Marathon in 2014. However, though nursing a hamstring injury, he is excited for the chance to exContinued on page 21


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perience the NYC Marathon. “It’s really a fortunate happenstance how I got the opportunity to join the race. In July of this year, I was coming off an injury and my club coach and mentor, John Edwards of the Rockaway Gliders, sent out an email stating that he had three spots available for anyone in the club who wanted to run in the marathon. So though I was still recovering from my injury, I thought it over and said to myself, ‘Why not?’” At just age 22, Goldberg was recently appointed St. Joseph’s College’s head men’s and women’s cross country coach. From fifth grade when he was a student at St. Francis de Sales, Edwards coached a team that he joined at the school, and since then he’s literally kept running. Years later, as a student athlete at the College of Mount Saint Vincent (MSV), he served as captain and earned All-Skyline First Team honors in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and was named Rookie of the Year in 2013. He was MSV’s Dolphins’ record holder in the 8-kilometer, 5-kilometer and 5-mile distances. So it’s safe to say that he’s not the new kid on the block when it comes to running. However, he says because of his injury, his training has been unorthodox. “Depending on how my body feels that day, I would run six miles in a stretch and then another day, I would run a non-

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stop 18 miles. I just try to keep conditioned, stretching myself, but making sure not to irritate my injury. As for my diet, I just make sure that when I’m training, I just keep hydrating myself and of course eating a lot of carbs, which I do on a regular basis anyway,” Goldberg said. For Generation Xer, Pastor Ron Taylor, age 41, senior pastor of Beach Church located on Beach 97th Street, the opportunity to run in the NYC Marathon was a blessing he did not expect. “The New York Road Runners contacted me earlier this year about entering the lottery for the marathon. Then miraculously months later, I found out that I won! So for the last six months I’ve been training steadfastly. Running the length of Rockaway's brand new boardwalk is so therapeutic and motivating. Just being able to zone out and peacefully run with the ambiance of the ocean as a backdrop is so amazing. Of course, the NYC’s Marathon course will be jampacked with people and completely different from running in Rockaway, but I’m so excited and grateful for the opportunity,” Taylor said.

Patrick Goldberg is ready to run.

Taylor said he has lost 24 pounds since he started training, and didn’t even realize it until his wife compared photos of him before and after. “I didn’t really eat differently, but I guess all the running in the past six months did it,” Taylor said. So locals, whether you're able to watch from the sidelines or just on TV, make sure to root for our Rockaway runners! Feeling inspired, sort of? Get your Santa suit and get ready to run, walk, crawl, drink and party it up at Rockapulco’s annual Santa Shuffle Suit 5K and Pub Crawl on December, 16. For more info, visit: www.rockpulcorun.com

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Women’s Fall Fashion Trends 2017

Chloe Meli, co-owner of Lana’s Loft, makes final adjustments on crushed velvet jacket. By Rosemary McGuire

It’s that time of year again when we say goodbye to our beach chairs and umbrellas and hello to our cozy sweaters, boots and colorful scarves. If you’re looking to spice up last year’s wardrobe, this season’s fall fashions are bursting with wearable trends.

From cold shoulders to ruffles, embroidery to embellishments, local boutique owners, Jaime McLeod of Polly & Esther, Tara McKiernan of End of the A, and Lana Meli of Lana’s Loft sat down to discuss what’s hot this season and how to wear the newest styles. “The menswear trend is very big right now,” McLeod said. “So are high-waisted trousers, plaids and ruffles. We love ruffles.” McKiernan agrees. She views the menswear influence as a strong feminine look and suggests pairing tailored pants with a flirty, ruffled sleeve for an up-to-date, modern, fall look. Despite the chill in the air, summer trends are spilling over into autumn with open back shirts and lattice detailing, only now on warmer, plush fabrics. “Cold shoulder shirts and off-the-shoulder shirts are still in and haven’t lost popularity yet,” Meli says.

Jaime McLeod, owner of Polly and Esther and Kristin Cann, show off their Rockaway-inspired line.

What’s different about this season according to Meli, are the fabrics, noting that velvets and crushed velvets are very big right now.

Tassels, embroidery, embellishments and plaids are everywhere this season: on shoes, bags, earrings, pants Continued on page 23

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FALL FASHION Continued from Page 22 and shirts. Effortless dressing is in too, as seen in the array of button down shirtdresses and simple sweater dresses on store racks. Both can be paired with booties or knee-high boots for a chic, put-together look. If you’re hesitant to experi-

Morgan Mack models a suede jacket from End of the A.

ment with trends but are curious to try something out of your comfort zone, the experts suggest starting small. Pick one trend you like and try it out on a shoe or bag or a pair of earrings for a pop of style. Experimenting with trends doesn’t have to cost a small fortune, McKiernan says, explaining that updating your wardrobe can be as simple as going into your closet and pulling out last year’s slouchy, cozy sweater and pairing it with a trending motorcycle jacket or boyfriend jeans. Add a pair of booties and you’re done. Need to dress it up a bit? Add a collared shirt under the sweater, and voila, you are good to go. And how about good old denim? They all agree that it never goes out of style. A common misconception is that trending items are only for the young. Most agree that cropped tops and barely-there mini skirts are better saved for a younger consumer, but everyone, regardless of age, can find something trendy and current to wear. Women of all ages can update their look with a simple short or long cardigan, poncho or shawl in a plush fabric. “It’s all about texture this season,” McKiernan says. Meli and McLeod agree. “We have mothers and

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017 grandmothers coming into our store to buy for their daughters or granddaughters and they often end up finding something for themselves too,” McLeod says. A big seller at Polly & Esther continues to be their Locals line including the Rockaway hat with the Locals RBNY logo on the side. For a casual look, McLeod suggests pairing floral or camouflage sweat pants with the locals sweatshirt, topped with the Rockaway baseball cap. McKiernan loves vintage inspired pieces, noting that they’re items everyone can wear and can also have a relaxed weekend vibe. If a customer isn’t sure what or how to choose, just ask. The owners all agree that their employees are there to help. Take Kristen Cann, for example. She’s the day-to-day operator of Polly & Esther and loves putting together outfits for customers. Discuss the event you’re attending or what items interest you, and in a few minutes she whips together an outfit that’s age and event appropriate. With each change of season, and change of clothes, McKiernan notes that we usually change our home décor too: pumpkins, mums, fall fragrance candles anyone? “I pick my home décor pieces just as I do the clothes for the store,” McKiernan says. “In small quantities.” Visiting antique stores and flea markets every few weeks ensures a fresh inventory of unique home décor items at her store. But, just like the clothes she sells, you may never find the same item twice. Fashion should be fun. No matter what the trend, all owners agree to wear what makes you feel good. “Let’s face it,” Meli says, “There are times when putting on something you feel really good in can lift your spirits.” And she reminds everyone to pay attention to fit. “As we get older, proportion and fit are very important,” Meli says. Check out some of the local fashion trends at Lana’s Loft (114-04 Beach Channel Drive), End of the A (437 Beach 129th Street) and Polly & Esther (418 Beach 129th Street).

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Asthma affects about 7.5 percent of adults in the U.S. and is responsible for 1.8 million hospitalizations and 10.5 million physician office visits per year. It is more common in black people (8.7 percent) and Puerto Rican Hispanics (13.3 percent) than in white people (7.6 percent). Asthma presents as episodic or persistent symptoms of wheezing, shortness of breath, air hunger, and cough. Symptoms may be precipitated or worsened by exposure to allergens and irritants, viral upper respiratory tract infections, bacterial sinusitis, exercise, and cold air. Asthma may develop at any age but its onset is more commonly seen in children and

young adults. Familial clusters do occur suggesting an as-yet undiscovered genetic factor. Risk factors for asthma include a family history of it, viral infections in the first three years of life, and socioeconomic factors such as low income level, cockroach or rodent infestations in the home, and access to medical care. In addition exposure to tobacco smoke is a common exacerbating factor. The airways in the lung, called bronchi, like arteries, have smooth muscle tissue in their walls. In response to a trigger, the airways in those with asthma constrict. This is called airway hyperresponsiveness, which is an exaggerated reduction in airway

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caliber after a stimulus. This was discovered by Claudius Galen, a Roman physician, in AD 150. Airway hyperresponsiveness may be induced by allergens (e.g., pollen and animal dander), chlorine, pollutants (e.g., sulfur dioxide), diesel exhaust particulates, and viral upper respiratory infections. Another important factor in asthma is airway inflammation, which is caused by multiple types of white blood cells invading the airways in response to a stimulus. Asthma is diagnosed by using the patient’s symptoms and physical examination in combination with spirometry. Spirometry, in which the patient must repeatedly blow into a tube, measures factors like total lung air capacity and various types of airflow. It also measures whether or not those measurements improve after the patient uses a rescue inhaler. Unlike emphysema, in which reduced airflow is permanent, airflow reductions in asthma are reversible. The mainstay of asthma treatment is short-acting B2-agonists like albuterol. When inhaled, the B2-agonists act on receptors in the airway walls causing the

smooth muscle to relax, thereby causing the airway to dilate. Often, if the use of an inhaler is not enough to control symptoms, an inhaled steroid (i.e. Advair) is added. Because asthma is often linked to allergies, the use of a mast cell inhibitor like Singulair, which treats both asthma and allergies, can be helpful. In severe cases, oral or intravenous steroids like prednisone must be used. Smoking tobacco products can impair the effectiveness of steroids used to treat asthma. And since tobacco smoke causes airway inflammation, smoking makes symptoms worse. Anyone who has asthma and smokes, even e-cigarettes, needs to have their head examined. Lastly, if you use an inhaled steroid be sure to rinse your mouth out after using the inhaler as this prevents the development of a mouth condition called thrush. For more information go to www.cdc.gov/asthma or www. nhibi.nih.gov/files/docs/guidelines/asthgdln.pdf Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes. com.

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The Money Spin On Sunday, October 29 at the YMCA on Beach 73rd street, the Mayor came to announce that the Rockaway peninsula would be finally receiving funding for resiliency and recovery measures of $146 million for the installation of bulkheads and replacement of parks washed away by Sandy. The Mayor said this funding is from "left over" funds to build the boardwalk, taking credit for bringing the boardwalk in under budget. What a crock! The extra $146 million

was sent along by FEMA for Rockaway resiliency (bulkheads and raised shore lines on the bay) and recovery (rebuild what was destroyed by Sandy). The second the Mayor opened his mouth, the spin cycle started to run. Allow me to turn the spin cycle off for just a moment. The real fact is : the completion of the boardwalk actually came in ON budget! BRAVO! So now you are wondering how can the Mayor and NYC Parks purport that this "extra" funding is available

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because of NYC Parks' and The Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) new found efficiency!? It's easy! They think we are stupid and have no memory!! The facts are: NYC Parks and EDC estimated and requested $274 million from FEMA to rebuild the boardwalk and that is exactly what they received to rebuild the boardwalk. And there was always the additional $146 million on hand, for resiliency and rebuilding, while the boardwalk was rebuilt. As reported in The Wave in 2014, Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver wrote in an internal memo to City Hall that the City was in line to receive $480 million which was well above the $274 million initially requested. “Above the $274 million, there are $60 million of additional expenses for the boardwalk to a) meet the publicly anticipated implementation schedule and b) include points of access to the beach, over the

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BETWEEN THE GROINS Continued from Page 30 Parkway from Beach 73rd to Beach 108th. It is still not done to this day, even though the funding did in fact come specifically for it! It's quite evident that Parks requested additional funding to pay for new access points and to rebuild Shore Front Parkway. So, the City then asked for and received $274 million for the boardwalk plus an extra $60 million for additional access points and the Shore Front Parkway recreational zone. That's $334 million. So back to the spin cycle (the press conference). The Mayor announced that he has done such an incredible job of saving an extra $146 million to toss around the peninsula like cake to the poor. During the spin cycle, the mayor also made reference to another very bold lie being perpetrated by himself and Commissioner Silver. They

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017 are purporting that the Boardwalk is a newfound resiliency for the 5.5 miles of neighborhood behind it. IT IS NOT! Not no way, not no how!! The boardwalk is, in fact, resilient, in and of itself, and will more than likely be the only structure standing on the peninsula after the next Sandy. But the reality is the fact that it is just a sand retention wall. The wall you see under the boardwalk only goes one foot into the sand, nullifying it as a sea wall. Again the reality: The Rockaway community, during months of boardwalk scoping and planning meetings, asked for a sea wall to be incorporated into the boardwalk's construction and design. We were warned by then Lead Boardwalk project manager for EDC, Gregg Clancy, that any resiliency measure added into the boardwalk would nullify any future Army Corps of Engineers work on our beaches as it would be viewed by FEMA that protection has been completed.

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Please don't say it! If anyone tries to tell me that a hill of sand along our boardwalk qualifies as "protection," I think I will really lose it! So here we stand now with $146 million in funding to shore up the weakest links in the chain of perfection that surrounds our peninsula and replace that which was demolished by Sandy, and the mayor said we have to wait three to five years to begin the work! WHY? The money is there!

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they gut that brand new bathroom you just finished or they continue to live in the 1970’s pink tiled bathroom you left them with until they can afford to gut it. No matter how nice you make a room in your house, the new owner is going to want to “make it their own,” so save yourself a lot of money. Construction costs are ridiculous these days and they only go higher every year, not to mention the headaches of dealing with contractors, picking products and still getting the kids to school on time. If you want to update your home, with the biggest bang for your buck, here’s my top three suggestions. 1. Rustoleum brand cabinet transformation kit. They make a light kit and a dark kit with simple instructions and you get to keep your wellmade, real wood kitchen cabinets for a fraction of the price of a new kitchen. I have used this system for almost every house I’ve ever owned or rented and it has never failed to

Page 35 make a world of a difference. 2. Re-glazing your bathroom. While this is not a job for a do it yourselfer, this job completely updates your whole bathroom without so much as even removing a tile. Glaze it white and all of a sudden that 1950’s blue or green bathroom looks like new. A new white toilet and pedestal sink, and you’re good for the next 20 years. 3. Refinish your hardwood floors. This treasured find under many 1960’s shag carpeting can completely transform your home. Most of the time, they’re in perfect shape and just need some Murphys oil. At worst, have them sanded and refinished and your home is as good as new. If you’d like any further information on any of the tips or information I’ve shared this week or if you’d like to suggest a future topic you’d like to hear more about, email 1soloplumbing@gmail.com Adam is the Owner/Operator of Solo Plumbing & Belle Harbor Plumbing.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017 Live music from BreezyGrass and Hell or High Water bands.

Thursday, November 2, 7:30 p.m. ROCKAWAY BEACH CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEETING Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street General meeting. Thursday, November 2, 7:45 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FORUM Ocean Promenade Rehab 140 Beach 113th Street Join Lew Simon plus representatives from the mayor’s office, public advocate Letitia James, Borough Prez Melinda Katz, and supreme court justice candidates. $2 donation or $25 membership. Friday, November 3, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. BLOOD DRIVE St. John’s Episcopal Hospital 327 Beach 19th Street Give the gift of blood! Must weigh at least 110 lbs, drink water and eat beforehand, bring ID. Call 201-251-3703 beforehand. Friday, November 3, 7 p.m. BREEZYGRASS & HOHW Breezy Point Catholic Club 20410 Rockaway Point Blvd

Saturday, November 4, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. SEA SHEPHERD BEACH CLEAN UP Beach 116th Boardwalk Help clean the beach with Sea Shepherd NY. Materials provided. Email nyc@seashepherd.org for more info. Saturday, November 4, 2 p.m. LADIES WHO BRUNCH Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street Join Rockaway WISH in honoring three local women. Ladies only-$75 per person for brunch and open bar, plus raffles, 50/50 and more. Saturday, November 4, 6 p.m. SAVING JAMAICA BAY FILM SCREENING RAA sTudio 7 See a film about Jamaica Bay and its recovery after Sandy. Free. Reserve a space. Head to eventbrite.com and search “Jamaica Bay.”

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Saturday, November 11, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. ROCKAWAY FOR HURRICANE RELIEF Knights of Colombus 333 Beach 90th Street Help raise money for hurricane victims. $15 admission. Live music by Wine With Sue, Gerald Bair, Walter Ensor, Al Willaum and Sheila Cassidy. Hosted by DJ Paddy Tubz. Proceeds go to Team Rubicon. Saturday, November 4, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. SOLSHYNE AT ROGERS 203 Beach 116th Street Live rock and roll. Sunday, November 5, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. HIKE DEAD HORSE BAY Floyd Bennett Field Main Building Join naturalist Mickey Cohen for a hike around Dead Horse Bay.

Saturdays & Sundays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. FLOOD BROTHERS ART EXHIBIT sTudio 7 Fort Tilden On this 5th anniversary of Sandy, see Christopher Saucedo’s waterSaturday, November 4, 7 p.m. centric art exhibit. BCVFD RADIO BINGO Open weekends through November VFW POST 260 12. 705 SHAD CREEK ROAD $25 to play radio bingo. Beer and Saturdays and Sunday, 50/50s will be sold. Proceeds 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. SURFACE IMPRESSION ART benefit BCVFD.

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Pheffer Amato Honors RNSP Officer for Removing Machete from Streets

Last Thursday, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Far Rockaway) presented a citation to Shmuel Russell, a Far Rockaway resident who volunteers with the Rockaway-Nassau Safety Patrol. Russell was out on patrol with the RNSP around Far Rockaway in August when he noticed a person stalking around with a machete, who

was, as the RNSP puts it, “looking for trouble.” Russell called in help, which resulted in the arrest of the man and the confiscation of the machete. “When you really take a deep dive into a community, you can augment safety, comfort and connectedness – and since 2012, the RNSP has been living proof of that concept,” Pheffer Amato said. “They’re totally professional – they patrol, surveil and are trained to maintain safety, working hand-in-hand with police, but not trying to do the NYPD’s job. Shmuel Russell represents the best of this tradition. We’re so grateful for his vigilance and that of the whole Rockaway-Nassau Safety Patrol!”

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sure the Wicked Witch of the West was really and truly dead and gone! It's election time again and in a nation of citizens who will cross an ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote, it's important to keep in mind that casting our votes allows each of us to express an individual choice among candidates who wish to become government leaders. Upon some reflection, I am of the opinion that the problem of voter apathy is also exacerbated by the fact that, after last year's Presidential election, the consensus of the nation's electorate is that 100 percent of Americans are convinced that fully 50 percent of Americans have lost their minds. Notwithstanding the above, remember that in our Post-Sandy Build it Back and flood insurance rate increase era, our elected representatives play an integral role in ensuring the continued viability of our neighborhoods and so if you decide you want to have your say, then learn who and what you are voting for, and go in and vote next Tuesday. As a personal aside, the election of most consequence to those of us here in the Channel is that for the seat of the City Council's 32nd District which is being sought by the Republican incumbent Eric Ulrich

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and all that computer wizardry. I know some of you are thinking what about the Mayor's race, isn't that important too? My personal choice this year is to vote for "ABD" (anyone but de Blasio), but I am also grounded in reality and being of sound mind I am sure (save a miracle) that he will sail through to a second term without too much difficulty so he can continue napping, paper over his face, on his City Hall office couch each morning after counting all the cash he has received from his special interest donors and showing up late (or not at all) for scheduled appearances. I can even quote for you his acceptance speech to his progressive minions and the city's hoi polloi during his inauguration next January. "My apologies for arriving late. There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. I am now in control of the transmission. I control the horizontal and the vertical. I can deluge you with a thousand channels, or expand one single image to crystal clarity and beyond. I can shape your vision to anything my imagination can conceive. For the next four years, I will control all that you see and hear because I know better than all of you. And please rest easy knowing that I fully intend to complete all Sandy-related Build it Back projects prior to finishing my second term as your Mayor! Thank you." Like I said above, I am voting for "ABD." In closing, just a reminder to everyone that Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday morning, November 5, 2017, at 2:00 am. Remember to set all your clocks back one hour! Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?


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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 Next week Tuesday is Election Day, and in addition to voting for your preferred candidates, when you flip over your ballot, you’ll see a question about whether NYS should hold a constitutional convention, a meeting of delegates to discuss and propose changes to the state constitution. However, folks are deeply divided on the issue. Why? Locals weigh in:

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common in Rockaway, and business owners have become quite creative in developing business models that can operate without a home-base. We spoke with a few of our member businesses about the advantages and disadvantages of not having a brick and mortar. Rockaway Park Embroidery Designs was founded by Marie Heaney, better known as Marie Murphy. Murphy has been doing embroidery for more than seventeen years, producing a

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The Rockaway Times recently started to increase my visibility and audience through social media. Another disadvantage is my almost complete reliance on technology — I’d be lost without access to my computer, laptop, and smartphone!” Avoid The Day Bookstore Pop-Up, founded by Jianna Heuer, is currently a used bookstore, carrying finely-curated books and locally screenprinted t-shirts and tank tops, as

well as local art. Avoid the Day pairs with other businesses in Rockaway to utilize their space, working together to co-create programs that highlight both businesses. Heuer also aims to collaborate with local nonprofits and donates a percentage of proceeds to their cause. With Avoid the Day, Heuer hopes to raise awareness and gauge interest in a future bookstore/bar in Rockaway. For now, running Avoid The Day as a popup keeps overhead costs low while also providing the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a variety of local business owners. “A big part of the larger vision for Avoid The Day is a space where people can come and work, play, interact with other community members and hang out in a cozy and spacious environment. I one day hope to buy a house and make the downstairs the bookstore, bar, cafe and event space and the upstairs a co-working space.” For the winter, Avoid The Day will be popping up the first Saturday of every month at (RBA member!) Rockaway Brewing Company. This article was submitted by The Rockaway Business Alliance. For more information, email: info@rockawaybusinessalliance.org


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Week 7: The Final Countdown for the Snowflake League

Team Ruffle Bar By The Commissioner's Office

Another week is in the books. The only issue this week is that our league had its third rain out. Three rainouts out of 28 possible days is pretty good though in the grand scheme of things. Next week is the Snowflake League's designated week for makeup games. So the dates October 30 through

November 1 are all makeup dates. And barring no more interruptions from Mother Nature, Thursday, November 2 will be our first quarterfinal showdown. At this point, Marine Park, Ruffle Bar, Sons of Pitches, and the Alchoballics have concluded their regular seasons. Rock Fam and the Cereal Killers have four games to make up. Allstate and

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with a walk-off mercy single up the middle. Rock Fam sweeps them by the scores of 11-7 and 12-0. Tuesday night saw Mother Nature dominate the fields and cause the third cancellation of the season. The Cereal Killers and Black Sox make up their doubleheader on Halloween night. Wednesday night was the battle for the 1 seed. The first game ended in mercy fashion in the top of the 6th with Ruffle Bar being victorious 16-4. The second game saw Marine Park jump out to an early lead and then found ways to keep it for a one run 4-3 'W'. This showdown ended in a split. By earn-

the Black Sox have two games to make up. The league congratulates Marine Park for finishing the season in first place. With that accolade, Marine Park gets to choose what day they want to play their first playoff round. Remember to bundle up now gents, wind is getting a bit crisper up at the sandlot. With all that said, onto the Week 7 action... Monday night had Rock Fam jumping out to a 9-1 lead on the Alchoballics. The Alchoballics would cut into that lead but the comeback fell short. In Game 2, Rock Fam scored six runs in the second inning and six runs in the 4th inning. Game ended

Standings: (head to head, run differential, winning %) Marine Park Ruffle Bar Cereal Killers Sons of Pitches Rock Fam Black Sox Alchoballics Allstate

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hard, Max Coughlin and Ahmed Hakim on Grace’s goalie, in the second half, Joe Butler scored his 12th goal of the season on a corner kick. Outstanding goal keeping by Matt Bambury, as well as great defensive plays were made by Connor Monahan, Michael Nestor, Ryan Mazzuchin and Ben Gressel to keep the ball out of the SFDS zone. Congratulations to our Tidal Waves for such a great regular season, playoffs, here we come!

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