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PHOTO CONTEST WINNER SELECTED THIS SUNDAY By Katie McFadden

The end is near. From more than 1,000 photos submitted to the 2nd Annual Rockaway Times Photo Expo, just one will take the top $500 prize on Sunday, July 2. This year’s photo contest has been a big hit. The contest opened in February and closed in mid-April. We received more than 1,000 photos, which were narrowed down to just 30 by three judges in the first round of judging. Since Memorial Day weekend, those 30 photos have decorated the boardwalk from Beach 17th to Riis Park, with the help of the Parks Department. Earlier this month, the public had opportunities to vote on their favorites. We’re now down to 15 finalists. And on Sunday, July 2, at 10 a.m. at Beach 106th concession Caracas, the grand prize winner will be chosen by judges. The first place winner will receive $500 and front page glory in The Rock-

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away Times. The second and third place winners will receive an Admiral Pass for Hornblower NY’s brunch or dinner cruises. All of the finalists will also be entered into a raffle for a 30-day NYC Ferry pass. There will also be a beach ball, sunglasses and a NYC Ferry water bottle for a runner up. The photographers who have entries in the final include Bill Ryan, Ed Gormley (2), Jennifer Keim, Gregory DeBoer, Jessica Shulman, Joe Seminara, Kristen Ryan, Michelle Anne Green, Parsla Vintere, Peter Brady, Randi Savron (2), Steve Jambeck and Tim Burke. Anyone is welcome to join at Caracas for breakfast on Sunday to see who is crowned the winner. Special thanks goes to John Cori for organizing the contest, the Parks Department, NYC Ferry, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the Rockaway Artists Alliance for all of their help.

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The Rockaway ferry is being used—a lot. This has led to long waits, and some even getting left behind at the dock. What is being done to address these issues? Last weekend, American Princess Cruises was spotted at the Beach 108th dock. According to an NYC Ferry spokesperson, “To accommodate the mass demand on the Rockaway Route last weekend, which usually has two to three vessels, we had five vessels total to transport beachgoers as the other boats reached capacity. Across all three routes, there were 11 NYC Ferry boats and three chartered vessels: two from NY Waterway and one American Princess.” Even so, wait times were still problematic. The number of ferry riders increased across the city last weekend, making it the biggest travel weekend yet. There were 10,3000 riders on the Rockaway route, com-

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pared to 8,000, the weekend of June 10, which was the previous high. A New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) press release stated last week that three new boats, built to accommodate 250 riders rather than the current 149, would be added to the fleet. We reached out to the NYCEDC to find out when, and if any of these boats would be used in Rockaway. A spokesperson said the boats will arrive sometime next year, and it was unclear if they would be used in Rockaway, as the spokesperson was unsure if they were “seafaring vessels” that could handle the ocean. NYCEDC also said that actions are being taken to accommodate those who board the Rockaway-bound boat at Sunset Park. NYC Ferry has started to hold some seats at Pier 11, during peak travel times on weekends so the stop in Brooklyn can be made to pick up passengers there.

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Strength in Numbers at the Walk for the Shore II Rally “What do we want? Groins! When do we want them? Now!” That was just one of many chants heard along the beach on Sunday, June 25, when hundreds gathered at Beach 87th and Beach 140th Streets to demand immediate action from

the Army Corps of Engineers regarding beach protection. John Cori and Eddy Pastore of Friends of Rockaway Beach organized the successful event after clear evidence had shown that our beaches, specifically those without jetties, or groins, are getting smaller and smaller, and nearly five years since Hurricane Sandy, the beaches are still not well protected. There was a strong showing from local residents at both rally locations, with some even making the walk from Beach 87th to Beach 140th. Councilman Eric Ulrich was on hand to show his support and speak to his constituents. Organizers hope that the rally will send a clear message to the Army Corps of Engineers and that the time for studies is over and action is overdue. Photos by Katie McFadden and Joe Lupo.

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J Words For $600 A young friend and a former, mild-mannered reporter for a not-so major metropolitan newspaper appeared on the TV show “Jeopardy!” a couple weeks back. I knew he had brains but had no idea how much crap, er, trivia, was in his head, too. He was crushing it halfway through the second round. Now, of course, you watch “Jeopardy!” mostly to feel superior the odd time you know an answer before the contestant buzzes in. Or, best of all, you nail your own Daily Double, that’s when you know the answer and nobody on the show does. You say pffff or ha, these idiots. But I did not take great joy or burst with disdain when my guy, who was on a roll, suddenly swung and missed on an easy one. At least I

thought it was a piece of cake at the time. Ok, you wanna play? Got your hand on the buzzer? The category was “J” Words – words that begin with the letter J. My guy says, Alex give me J Words for $600. Alex reads the answer: “One theory derives this word from the name of a Mexican town where many used, dilapidated American cars were sent.” And the answerer is? (Don’t forget — in the form of a question!). If you said, “What is Juarez?” like my guy, you lose 6 million pesos. The answer, of course, is jalopy. And if you’re over the age of 40 you probably got that one right. In fact, you’ve probably owned a jalopy or two. My guy’s answer really spoke to his youth rather than lack of knowledge. I spoke to him after the show aired and he said he still never heard of a jalopy and was just grateful he didn’t blurt out “jalapeno.”

A few weeks back I mentioned a couple of cars of mine that could qualify for the Jalopy Hall Of Disaster. My lemons brought back some memories for readers from the good old days – the days when your greatest hope wasn’t to play in the Major Leagues or become President. Your greatest hope was your car would start. One guy told me his friend had a car that would only turn right. They'd have to figure out a course, to get where they were going, only making right turns. When I relayed this tale to another friend she asked if the car could only make right turns or was it the driver? She added she still doesn’t like left turns, herself. One family owned a Delta 88. “It was like a Delta 12” by the time we were through with it, a buddy said. They had to replace door panels and the hood and didn’t care that the colors didn’t match.

“By the end, we were calling it The Quilt.” Another guy owned a car with no reverse gear. Everything was cool except when it came to parallel parking. And, of course, there were plenty of people who told me they painted their car with house paint. You could see the brush strokes. It was a classy era. Everybody had a car story. A now long-married couple told me about the time they went to a concert and came out to find their car gone from the big parking lot. They called the cops to report it stolen and described the dented yellow Pinto with a green door and said it had a bad clutch and you had to push it to get started. The cop said, your car’s not stolen. Keep looking. Kinda funny that my young “Jeopardy!” friend lost $600 on Japoly – that was way more than we spent on some of ours.

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***** Ok, so you’re not supposed to call 911 unless it’s an emergency. Better to call the precinct, right? Well, that doesn’t seem to do much good with the 100th Precinct. Readers have told us that the 100th Precinct doesn’t pick up the phone. We gave it a test last week. Three calls, no answer. We tried again three times on Tuesday (and double checked the number, 718-318-4200): no answer. We went to Twitter and asked @NYPD100Pct if the phones were working because no one was picking up. Their answer: the phones are working. We wrote back and asked- ok, does anyone pick up? After a long wait, we got a yes. Well, we tried again Wednesday: no answer. We hope this is rectified soon. Residents should be able to get a response to quality of life calls and other matters.

THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 ***** We heard some 800 people were waiting at Pier 11 to get on the ferry to Rockaway on Sunday. That’s about 650 more than can fit on the ferry. The New York Times had a positive article with nice mentions of the new beer garden, Liquid Bread at Community House, and Tracy Obolsky’s Rockaway Beach Bakery and the sculpture exhibit along Shore Front Parkway. And the article mentioned the great new ferry service. That article, no doubt, caused an uptick in Rockaway-bound day trippers. ***** Advertiser alert. Next week is a screwy work week. The Rockaway Times will be in on Monday ‘til noon. Closed on Tuesday, the 4th. Open on Wednesday. Please have your ad ready by Monday or first thing Wednesday for the July 6 issue. Thanks! ***** In case you missed it, the Community Board rejected the proposal of the FDNY to acquire the vacant HSBC Bank at 116th Street and Beach Channel Drive and move the 116th Street firehouse

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Page 7 and Beach 116th Street, received a notice from the Department of Buildings to fix the place or tear it down. We asked Ester Konig, one of the people involved in ownership, what she was planning to do. She said the notice (which we showed her) was news to her and would seek a remedy. And she mentioned that there are “many interested parties” who’d like to buy or lease the place. She says patience is a virtue. We say an eyesore is an eyesore. ***** The winner of The Rockaway Times Photo contest will be selected on Sunday, July 2. We’ll have the lucky winner on the front page July 6. ***** Glad to see so many concerned citizens turn out for the beach (we want jetties now) rallies last week. All other issues pale in comparison to the importance of beach protection. There won’t be much to say about parking, dog crap, bike lanes, and ferries if Rockaway doesn’t get the protection it needs. The molasses-like movement of the Army Corps of Engineers is inexcusable.

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St. Francis to Welcome Father Bill as New Pastor By Katie McFadden

Starting Friday, June 30, a new priest will be in charge at St. Francis de Sales church. But he’s not new at all. Father William Sweeney, better known as Father Bill, has been a priest for 36 years and has been bringing smiles to the parishioners of the Belle Harbor church for more than a year, but he’ll soon become Pastor as the beloved Monsignor John Bracken moves on to serve other local parishioners. Since January 2016, St. Francis de Sales churchgoers have gotten to know Father Bill for his tendency to make them laugh. “Every Mass, I like to start off with a joke to get people’s attention,” Father Bill said. And it seems to do the trick. “I’ve been doing it for 36 years as a priest and it’s gone over pretty well so far.”

Father Jim, Monsignor Bracken and Father Bill. But it’s not just at Mass. When The Rockaway Times sat down with Father Bill at the St. Francis de Sales rectory this week, he was in his element. “I was assigned here in January 2016,

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but I didn’t report until March because I fell and fractured my ankle and broke my leg,” Father Bill said, recalling a serious accident, but immediately made light of the situa-

tion. “Now I can tell when the weather is going to change,” he joked, much like he did on his first day at St. Francis. “I have a plate with three screws in my leg and on my first day here, during Mass, I said, ‘Sometimes people say priests have a screw loose. I can prove it, I have three!’” he said. “It’s always a good way of getting people to relax, when you start making fun of yourself.” Father Bill, along with Father Jim Cunningham and Monsignor Bracken, have all found their own ways to make their parishioners comfortable. And it works. Father Bill says he won’t have much work to do when Monsignor Bracken leaves. “One of the great things about St. Francis is that it’s working. I don’t have to fix anything because people are Continued on page 11


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ST. FRANCIS TO WELCOME Continued from Page 8 coming to Mass. I would like to reach out to even more people who don’t go to church and do what Msgr. Bracken has done so well while he’s been here. He’s always made church feel like home. This is your home. This is your place. There’s no excluding anybody. Everybody is a part of our family. Our goal is just to make people feel welcome,” Father Bill said. Msgr. Bracken, who just celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination, won’t be going far. He’ll be saying Masses at St. Genevieve’s Church down in Roxbury. “It’s bittersweet because Monsignor is leaving and he’s been the rock that has been holding this place together. It’s been a pleasure working with him. He offered to give the keys back, and I said, ‘You're welcome here any time.’ St. Francis was his first assignment for ten years, and he came back three years ago to help down here after Sandy. This has always been his home,” Father Bill said. As for Father Bill, his first home was Astoria. “I was born on Rosh Hashanah. The Jewish doctor said I ruined his celebration. I arrived early,” Father Bill joked. He lived with his parents, two brothers and sister. Father Bill says he never intended to be a priest. “I went to Cathedral Prep in Elmhurst and you usually go there if you were thinking of becoming a priest. I only went there because I didn’t get into any other Catholic high school and my parents wouldn’t let me go to public school. But while I was there I was introduced to a lot of nice, hard-working guys who had a love for the Lord and wanted to help people and help me during my teenage years. So I went on to a minor seminary for college and I was there for four years, but I was still dating at the time and wasn’t sure if I wanted to do this. I went on to a major seminary and the spiritual director was very good and he helped me decide,” he said. Father Bill was ordained by Bishop Mugavero

THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 in May 1981. “Now 36 years later, I’m still happy with what I’m doing,” he said. Father Bill’s first assignment was Holy Family in Flushing, where he was for seven years. It was in 1988 when Rockaway first got to know Father Bill. He was at St. Camillus from June 1988 until October 1997. While there, he was named Chaplain of Stella Maris High School. In 1997, he was moved to St. Francis Prep High School, where he worked until January 2016. “I joke that I’m the slowest priest in the diocese because it takes me 19 years to get out of high school,” he said. In between that time at St. Francis Prep, Father Bill was also named pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna in St. Albans, where Al Roker, who Father Bill calls “very generous,” was one of his parishioners. Father Bill, a huge Mets fan, also got to spend some time saying Sunday Mass at Citifield before games. After leaving St. Francis Prep, Father Bill found himself at another St. Francis, and he says he plans on staying. “The bishop said I can retire from St. Francis de Sales. I have 15 years before I want to retire, so I plan on being here for a while. I have sand in my shoes,” he said. On Friday, June 30, at 9 a.m., there will be a Mass to say farewell to Msgr. Bracken, to welcome Father Bill into his new position, and to welcome the newest priest at St. Francis, Father Patrick Burns. Despite starting his position as pastor on Friday, Father Bill’s official installation won’t be until October 29. “I know that it’s summertime and I don’t want to drag people off the beach in the summer. So I decided to push it off until October. October 29, the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, was an option. I was a little hesitant to do it then, as it’s almost a solemn day, but Monsignor Bracken and Father Jim and some in the parish said it would be a great idea. It’s symbolic. It shows that St. Francis is going to continue and it’s a celebration of the great work that’s been done and it’s a great excuse to get the whole parish together for a party,” he said.

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FDNY to Battle Birmingham in Epic Boxing Showdown (And Local Grudge Matches, Too) By Katie McFadden

In 1776, America declared independence from Great Britain. On July 4, we’ll celebrate that anniversary with BBQs and fireworks. But on July 7, America will battle the Brits once again, but this time they’re taking it to the ring. FDNY Bravest Boxing and the West Midlands Fire Service of Birmingham, England will be making fireworks of their own at the Thrilla in Camilla boxing event. On Friday, July 7, at 6 p.m. the gates will open at the St. Camillus (99-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) parking lot as spectators pour in to catch the first bout at 7 p.m. sharp. The night will be jampacked with grudge matches between each team, plus a special match between two FDNY Rockaway locals. The program includes three preliminary bouts, and eight grudge matches between welterweight, cruiserweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight contenders from FDNY and West Midlands. There’s also a special matchup. Jimmy Frontera of Ladder 113 and Thomas McVeigh of Ladder 153, both from Rockaway, have been training for months just for this showdown. “This is a match that Rockaway people are going to want to see,” event organizer and FDNY Bravest Boxing President Bobby McGuire said. The fighters are battling it out in the ring, all for a great cause. Tickets are $25 for general admission or $50 for VIP ringside seats, plus there will be a 50/50 raffle all to raise money for Building Homes for Heroes (BHFH). The firefighting men and women who serve their city will be giving their all in honor of those who serve their country. BHFH has changed hundreds of lives by building or modifying homes, and gifting them,

mortgage-free, to injured veterans and their families. One of these heroes will be present at next Friday’s event. On June 21, 2004, US Army Specialist Hugo Gonzalez was severely injured in combat in Baqubah, Iraq. His vehicle took a direct hit from an improvised explosive device (IED) and a furious gun battle broke out with insurgents. Specialist Gonzalez suffered a traumatic brain injury. He was taken to the base camp where he was placed in a medically-induced coma, and had a piece of bone from his cranium removed to relieve the pressure of the swelling of his brain. He also suffered internal bleeding, a sinus bone fracture, a crushed optic nerve (right eye) and a hole in the left retina. He is now legally blind. SPC Gonzalez also now requires long-term therapy with anti-epileptic medications. SPC Gonzalez and his family will be receiving a home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. FDNY Bravest Boxing has been hosting events to benefit BHFH for about five years and has raised more than $100,000 for the charity. “Ninety-six perfect of the money we receive goes right toward the cause,” McGuire said. FDNY Bravest Boxing has been boxing for charity ever since they started in 1982. Their team motto is “We’ll fight anyone,…anywhere,…anytime…as long as its for a good cause.” The team members volunteer and don’t get paid or special time off from work to compete.

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McGuire serves as the president of the organization. He boxed in more than 50 matches for FDNY before retiring from boxing in 1991. The head trainer for the team is Mike Reno, who also has more than 50 matches under his belt. He trains team members who range in skill levels, with some entering the ring for their first match next Friday, to others who have been fighting for years. The team faces off against firefighters, law enforcement and other teams from all over the state, country and even world, which is how this matchup against Birmingham came to be. It's the first time the West Midlands Fire Service will be in America, but it’s not their first matchup against the FDNY. “Last year, we went overseas and fought them for the transatlantic champi-

onship. Right now, we own the belt, and they’ll be trying to win it back on Friday,” McGuire said. In support of the event, some local groups have already made direct donations to BHFH including Georgi Vodka, RIBS, Healy's Pub, Sands Point Physical Therapy, Rockaway Wish, Bungalow Bar, Thai Rock, Epstiens Beach, The Wharf, Rogers, The Big House: Eng Co. 264, Eng Co. 328 & Lad Co. 134, Rockaway Beach Golf Club, Jamesons, Community House, Kennedy's, Whits End, Rockaway Brewery, Manhattan Beer, Oak Beverage, Long Trail and Anheuser-Busch. If you’d like to help support this great cause, come out next Friday, July 7. Children 12 and younger can enter for free. Tickets are available at www.fdnyboxing.com

Welcome The Warriors Next Thursday! The Warriors are coming! Next Thursday, July 6, the veterans of the Hope for the Warriors program will be coming for a funfilled weekend by the beach. Hope for the Warriors will be hosting a weekend full of activities for wounded military members. The weekend starts with a welcome parade on Thursday, June 6, just after 6 p.m. Residents are encouraged to line Rockaway Beach Boulevard, from Beach 149th to Beach 120th, to cheer on the warriors. Bring your flags and high spirits! After they pass through Rockaway, they’ll be heading toward Roxbury and up State Road to Breezy Point for a lap around the ball field. On Friday and Saturday, the warriors will enjoy beach activities and a surf clinic with AMP Surf, A-Team Paddle Boarding and Deirdre Roberts, from 9 a.m. to noon on Beach 219th Street in Breezy Point. On

Friday, July 7 at 6 p.m., there will be a dinner cruise out of Sheepshead Bay on the Stars of New York. Tickets can be purchased for $40 where t-shirts will be sold. Shirts will be sold in front of the stores in Breezy Point on weekends and holidays, as well as at Wednesday night volleyball. During the parade on July 6, shirts will be sold at the corner of Beach 129th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The program will come to an end on Sunday. On July 9 at 10 a.m., there will be an outdoor Mass for the warriors at the Breezy Point 9/11 Memorial. Refreshments will be provided by the Breezy Point Co-op.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 are not alone in our gratitude to the staff of St. John's: Just wonderful! Maureen & Neil McNelis

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Cheers for St. John’s Dear Editor: My husband was a recent patient at St. John's Hospital in Far Rockaway, first in the ER and then as an admission for surgery and after-care. I want to express our thanks to Drs. Valentine and Michael Spatcher, among others, and to the excellent nurses both in the ER and on the eleventh floor for their combined care, contributing to his recovery. Gerard Walsh, the CEO, should be made aware that procedurally, hospital staff are performing well above expectations. I'm sure we

Dear Editor: On Sunday, June 25, Friends of Rockaway Beach, Belle Harbor and Neponsit Property Owners’ Associations, organized two demonstrations on Beach 87th and 140th Streets, respectively, the purpose of which was to bring attention to the fact that Rockaway Beach continues to experience severe erosion, especially where jetties are missing, and is still extremely vulnerable to future storms, requiring federal, state and city elected officials to LISTEN to their tax-paying constituents who reside in the Rockaways, most of whom feel their representatives have either chosen to ignore the issue until another disastrous storm occurs, or they just don’t realize the urgency to get the job done!

Homeowners are frightened that the tens of thousands of dollars spent to rebuild their homes will soon be considered “wasted.” The lack of effective resiliency measures is evident. Elected officials had stated YEARS ago, right after the storm, something needs to be done if the peninsula is to be fully protected. “Rock Jetties are needed!” Where are they? “Reinforced Dunes are a must!” Where are they? “Artificial reefs should be considered!” Where are they? “More sand?” Where is it? How much longer do we have to wait for adequate protection? While I realize the demonstration was organized quickly, I am disappointed that some NYC Council Members on the Parks and Resiliency Committees, who were invited, were not in attendance. Hopefully they realize how important this issue is, not only for residents, but to the millions of yearly visitors. I must take this opportunity to thank Kevin Forrestal, president of Queens Civic

The Rockaway Times Congress, an umbrella organization of over 110 civic organizations, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for its members in Queens County, and for vowing to support the erection of effective measures designed to improve Rockaway Beach’s resiliency. Finally, I pray that Mayor de Blasio, who has taken the new ferry to Rockaway and walked on our beautifully built boardwalk, realizes that the time is NOW for him to come to Rockaway a third time for the SOLE purpose of walking the beach with John Cori, Eddy Pastore, Amanda Agoglia and Hank Iori to see for himself the urgency for immediate implementation of effective resiliency measures. Once he sees the shoreline, I am certain he will agree that all “left over” FEMA funds, given to NYC, be allocated strictly for Rockaway’s protection from future storms. Barbara S. Larkin Continued on page 15

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Hit & Don’t Run Dear Editor: There was a Hit & Run on Saturday, June 24 during the early morning hours around 4 a.m. at 126-02 Newport Ave. The driver fled in a dark SUV before NYPD arrived at the scene. Any information should be reported to the 100th PCT. John Kaleta Dear Editor: Early Saturday morning at about 4:00 AM a supposed black SUV jumped the curb at the northwest corner of Newport Ave and Beach 126th Street and plowed into the fence surrounding the front lawn of the property. The damage to the vinyl fence was substantial but the driver decided it was in his own irresponsible best interest to flee the scene, leaving the homeowner with the headache and financial burden of replacing the fence and a flagpole. Luckily the vehicle didn't hit

THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 the house. About three to four weeks prior to this incident, a car parked on the north side of Newport Ave and Beach 126th Street was struck by another vehicle late at night and again the irresponsible driver left the scene. The damage to the rear of the parked car was substantial, appearing to leave the vehicle a total loss, again leaving the owner with a financial burden and unable to use it. Of course there could be different reasons why these two incidents happened but if the drivers were alert and responsible, this wouldn't have occurred. I've lived on Newport Ave for many years and one thing I can say is that at times, late at night, some cars are ripping along the avenue at 50-60 miles an hour maybe even a little faster. If these drivers lose control the results could be catastrophic. Tom Zuhlke

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can see the sun is shining. I am on my way to my in-laws to my niece’s high school graduation in a backyard in Bayshore, LI. Yay! We are on the Belt Parkway in dead stop traffic. Fortunately my wife is driving at the moment, so I get to drive home, no beer for me. I have two young children in the car fighting. I can't utter a word out loud, so you're it. You're all I have right now. I know you can feel my pain. Oh yeah, the dog just threw up,

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The Best of Times and the Worst of Times By Sarah Arikian

June is a month where a lot seems to happen in my family, and this year is no exception. It started well this year, as I celebrated 12 months without an alcoholic drink, which in some ways was less challenging than I expected because I have friends taking this adventure along

with me, and it was so nice to feel healthy, clear-headed and full of energy. Even at dawn! I have really enjoyed some beautiful sunrises over the ocean, which is absolutely the best way to start the day. Then I went on the vacation of a lifetime, a National Geographic expedition with my younger daughter to the Galapagos Is-

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lands, way out in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador. It was number one on my bucket list (yes, I’ve decided it’s time to get going on that!) and our days were filled from dawn to dusk, which is equal in length on the equator, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hikes and snorkeling and talks from the naturalists on board and photography lessons and interesting chats with fellow travelers from all over the world. There are many islands that make up the Galapagos, all volcanic, and it is all national parkland, and access is strictly limited. I was happy to hear this because I didn’t like to think of inquisitive tourists like myself making a negative impact on the unspoiled islands. We trekked in groups of six or eight and always with a naturalist, wrapped in layers of protective clothing, including floppy hats, sunglasses and gloves, to protect against the strong UV rays. Albatrosses and frigate birds were courting and their bizarre dances and bright plumage were in full force for us to

enjoy, and they had no fear of humans. This was amazing! We had to keep a two-meter distance, but sometimes they came closer to inspect and preen and we sat quietly to take it all in. Iguanas, sea lions and birds alike were completely

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BE WELL BE HAPPY Continued from Page 16 blue and I’d be a great provider for your family.” The albatrosses in pairs weaved their heads, clacked beaks and pointed them skyward with a shriek in their wonderful, elaborate dance. We swam with sea lions, and sharks, off reefs that dropped 100 feet into the turquoise waters and were exquisitely clear, with hundreds of parrot fish and barracuda moving beneath us and the occasional Galapagos penguin zooming by like a bullet underwater. Tourist money helps to fund the Charles Darwin Research Facility on the Island of Santa Cruz, and it was a dream to sit among the Giant Tortoises and watch them mash ripe guavas as they trundled over the territory. The air smelled of guava and incense from the Palo Santo trees. My daughter, goes away at college so I don’t get to see her that often. When she’s home she’s always surrounded by her Rockaway buddies. She and I talked under the full moon as we crossed the equator for the first time and gazed up at the Southern Cross about the endless variety of mother nature, and the joys of being able to take this trip together, and everything in between! I am so grateful for this incredibly precious time. We came home on June 11 and our family dog, the magnificent Montague, our nine- yearold golden retriever, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the spleen on the day that we left for the Galapagos, had taken a turn for the worse. Monty was the best of dogs, with a golden heart and a sweet, loving disposition that made people stop and smile and put their hands out for a quick stroke. As a puppy he used to dive into the pool with complete abandon, and create a huge splash. He and I would have swim races, where I would cheat and still often not get to the ball first. My kids grew up with him and we competed for who would get to hug him at night. I’ve heard him described as a gentleman, a humble, noble and serious creature, who al-

THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 ways seemed to know if someone needed comfort or support because he would lay his big, blonde head on your lap and just be there for you. On Tuesday, friends came to visit to hear about my trip and between tales of fish and fowl, they sat with him and breathed with him. He even received a massage! The following day his breathing had worsened and his abdomen had swollen and we had to take him to Rockaway Beach Veterinary Services where Dr. Hollander and his staff helped us, with kindness and dignity, and we had to say goodbye to our dear friend. There is a lot of beauty to this story, as well as pain. I give thanks for the life Monty led and the happiness he brought us, and although he passed away too young, he brought a lot of joy into the world. I came upon this quote from an interview with the poet Mary Oliver, which spoke to me: “And now my old dog is dead, and another I had after him, and my parents are dead, and that first world, that old house, is sold and lost, and the books I gathered there lost, or sold — but more books bought, and in another place, board by board and stone by stone, like a house, a true life built, and all because I was steadfast about one or two things: loving foxes, and poems, the blank piece of paper, and my own energy — and mostly the shimmering shoulders of the world that shrug carelessly over the fate of any individual that they may, the better, keep the Niles and the Amazons flowing. And that I did not give to anyone the responsibility for my life. It is mine. I made it. And can do what I want to with it. Live it. Give it back, someday, without bitterness, to the wild and weedy dunes.” June has shown me the best of times and the worst of times and the important thing is to live it. Here and now. Just today I heard the joyful news that my friend Catherine is expecting a baby. Experience the grief as well as the joy and the world continues to spin, and as Louis Armstrong sang “It’s a Wonderful World.”

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ment for treating elevated lipid levels (aka dyslipidemia) as a risk factor for CVD. However, as there is considerable variation in people’s responses to statins, other non-statin medications are also recommended by current guidelines. A number of studies have shown an inverse relationship between HDL levels and CVD. Therefore targeting raising HDL levels has been proposed as a means of reducing CVD risk. The problem is that statins, while they lower total cholesterol and LDL levels, do not raise HDL levels. A low-fat diet and proper exercise may elevate HDL a bit, but

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there is only one medication that raises HDL levels and that is niacin, aka Vitamin B3. Niacin may lower total cholesterol, triglyceride, and LDL by small amounts, but its main effect is raising HDL. The main side effect of niacin is skin flushing, or the feeling that your skin is on fire. This relatively common side effect can be lessened or eliminated by taking a non-coated aspirin with the niacin or using a slow-release niacin product like Niaspan. Niacin is also associated with an increased risk of new-onset or worsening diabetes, gastrointestinal distress, and muscle pains and aches. It is interesting to note that a number of studies have shown that despite niacin causing a significant increase in HDL levels, it was not associated with a decreased risk of death, heart attacks, and strokes. This confusing outcome obviously requires more study. It is thought that part of the reason may be that there are a number of subtypes of HDL and perhaps niacin affects a sub-type that is not linked to CVD. The jury is still out

but it is becoming clear that current lipid testing is insufficient to determine the levels of the subtypes of not just HDL, but all the lipids. Research is ongoing to determine how all these sub-types affect the human body. In most cases, lipid levels are primarily determined by a person’s genetic background. Families with early CVD, like strokes and heart attacks at a young age (below 50), often have very low HDL levels (below 20) and very high LDL levels (above 190). Despite there being little evidence that niacin affects mortality and CVD, most practitioners would place people in this category on both a statin and niacin and would perform frequent cardiovascular testing. So if you don’t know what your lipid levels are get tested and start at a young age (below 40) to create a baseline. Assessing your risk of CVD and doing something about it are vital to staying alive longer and staying healthy. Please direct questions and comments to editor@rockawaytimes.com

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THE SCHOLARS’ ACADEMY PARENT ASSOCIATION Congratulates the High School Graduating Class of 2017 We are proud of our Scholars’ accomplishments! The Scholars’ Academy Parent Association is very proud to congratulate our 2017 Graduates and their families on a job well done! The Class of 2017 earned nearly 22 million dollars in scholarships. 100% were accepted to a four year college. 100 % of seniors graduating with 98% attending a 4 year college or university. The graduates collectively earned over $24 million in scholarships! That averages to almost $201,000 per student! This is over $3 million more in scholarship money from 2016! Casey Colleran, Valedictorian Tithi Adhikary: St. John’s University* Tatiana Alejo: Brooklyn College of the CUNY William Anderson: Rochester Institute of Technology*§ Jonathan Archila: New York University*§ Aryeh Armstrong: York College of the CUNY Michelle Atehortua: Queensborough Community College of the CUNY Thomas Atehortua: University ersity at Buffalo The State Universityy of New York Amanda manda Austin: St. John’s University§ Seline line Bacchus: Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College llege of the CUNY§ Sarah ah Balkaran: Stony Brook University*§ Univerrsiity t *§ Brittney University* ney Barnes: Adelphi Univers siti y** Ashleyy Bethea: Hunter College of tthe CUNY*§ h C he UNY*§ UN Stephanie anie Bongiorno: Hofstra Hofst stra r University. Uni niversity. * Zacharyy Boodoo: Hunt Hunter College nter er C ollege of the CUNY§ Michellee Boodram Boodram: St.t. Jo m: St JJohn’s ohn hn’s’s University Theresa Borrello Borrello: o: Stony Stton o y Brook Broook University § Br Reshmi Bridgelall: Queens Que ueens College of the CUNY*§ De’Andre Brown Brown: n: Oa Oakwood University§ Kerone Brown: Stony own:: St Sto ony Brook University*§ Angelica Burac: urac a : New N w Yo Ne York University*§ Charlotte Chapman: hap apma m n: n Binghamton Binghamton University§ Motunrayo Charles: BBrooklyn rooklyn College of the CUNY CUN NY Samantha Charles: St.t. Francis College arles:: St Jacky Cheng: Stony tonyy Brook Brook University§ Meenakshi Chickery: University* ckery ry: Stony Ston St onny Brook B ook University Br y* Melina Chin: Hunter unter Collegee of the CUNY§§ Rayeed Chowdhury: College CUNY ury: Queens Col o le lege g of thee CU UNY Casey Colleran: University of Penn Pennsylvania*§ n sy nn sylvaniaa*§ Kalista Cox: City College of New Yor York CUNY*§ o k CUNY N *§ NY Alexander Cuglewski: ki: Farmingdale SState tate ta te College Colllege Lukasz Czyzo: Queens ns College of the CUNY CU UNY Malachi Davidson: Baruch CUNY aruch College of the CU C N NY Malik Davidson: Baruch uch College of the CUNY N NY Annie Dengler: University rsity of New Haven*§ Kerry Ann Deopersad: Hunter College of the CUNY* Caitlin Donohue: Hunter er College of the CUNY Mary Doyle: Binghamtonn University§ Emma Edri: Marist College ge Mary Esguerra: Stony Brook University§ ok Universit Cristaly Espinal: Queens College of the CUNY Juan Pablo Essel: University at Buffalo The State University of New York Ava Evangelista: Adelphi University

Kalista Cox, Salutatorian

Joseph Focarino: Baruch College of the CUNY Jesse Funtleyder: John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the CUNY Nycia Glover: St. Francis College Amanda Goldberg: Brooklyn ooklyn College Colleg ege of the CUNY*§ David College CUNY vid Grant: Hunterr Co Coll lleg egee of tthe h C he UNY Alex Greaves: Ad Adelphi University A elph el phi Universi sity tyy Amanda G Gresser: College reesser: SUNY Col olle lege g at Oneonta* Jamess Gu Guaman: College Gua aman: City Colle ege of New York CUNY Zhane Hazel: University Zhhan a eH azel: Howard Un nivversity Justin University*§ Just Ju stin Henry: Columbia U n versity* ni y§ Ryan CUNY Ryan Hilgendorf: Hunterr College Colllleg Co egee of tthe he C UNY UN Y Danielle Hoffman: SUNY College at Oneonta Namia Islam: City College of New York CUNY § Marie James: Queens College of the CUNY Kyrsten Kane: SUNY College at Cortland Samantha Kaplan: Long Island University (Brook (Brooklyn) okly lyn) n) *§ Samantha Kerr: Hunter College of the CUNY § Mawuli Kofie: State University of New York at Albanyy Jillian Krol: Univer University Delaware*§ ersi sity ty ooff De D laware*§ Alexander Allex exan annde d r Kucherina: Kuch Ku cherin ina: a Cornell Cor orne nellll University*§ Uni nive v rs rsitity* y§ Aydavis Criminal Ayda Ay davi da v s La Lara: John Jay College off Cr C im min inal al JJustice ussti t cee of of the the h CUNY Taylor Taylor Lombardino: Fashionn IInstitute nsti ns titu tute te of of Technology§ Tech Te chnology§ Mason Maxwell: U University niivers nive rsitity off San Francisco*§ Francissco*§ *§§ Sean McCarthy-Coyne: College CUNY*§ McCarrth t yy Co Coyne: BBaruch aruchh Co ar Coll lleg ege of o tthe he C UNY UN Y*§ Emma M McCarthy: College cC Carthy: SSUNY UNY UN YC ollege at Oneonta Erinn McDermott: Quinnipiac McD c ermoott t :Q uinnipiac University*§ James McManus: Jame mees McMa Manu nus: SUNY Maritime College*§ MaryBrigid Mary Ma ryBrigid idd McManus: McManus: Molloy College*§ Mia College* Miaa Melchiorri: Melchi h orri: Muhlenbergg C olle ol lege ge* Zakiya Mendez: Za ki k ya M endez: Fashion IInstitute en nsti ns t tu t te of Technology* Miyah Miya Mi y h Morales: Moraa les: Howard Howarrd University U iversity Un Dayana Morataya: College Da M orat or a aya: York Co ollleg ege of the CUNY Tiyanna Mullgrav: College New Rochelle Tiya Ti y nna Mu Mull llgravv: Co C llege off N ew R ochelle § Alia College CUNY Aliia Nasim:: Hunter Hunteer C Hu olle ol lege ge ooff the CU UNY § Advanced Regents Diploma with Advvanced Reg Ad gen ents ts D iploma w ip itih Honors Hono Ho nors rs Guillermo Drexel Guuililermo Navas: Dre rexxel University re Victoria Nowinski: Saint Joseph’s Jos h University* Brandon Obando: John Jay College of Criminal Justice Ob of the CUNY Kings Odigie: Massachusetts Institute of Technology*§ Ashley Ortiz: Hunter College of the CUNY *§

Andrew O’Sullivan: St. John’s University§ ers Yerandy Pacheco: Southern California§ o: University of Southe Ryan Panetta: Augustana College Madhurie Parasram: Stony Brook Unive University*§ Heather Parra Cortez: John Jay College of o Criminal Justice of the CUNY Steven Persaud: Cornell University*§ Damien Pizarro: Sophie Davis School of Bio Biomedical Education *§ Naresh Ragoobeer: Stony Brook University*§ Maariz Rahman: Brooklyn College of the CU CUNY Brandon Ram: Stony Brook University*§ Lena Rampersaud: New York Institute of Techn Technology*§ Angelique Ange An g lique Rodriguez: John Jay College of Criminal Crimi Justice off tthe he CUNY CUNY Cara Rosenfeld: Ros osen e feld: SUNY College at Oneonta Jenna Rosenfeld: Je Rose Ro enf n eld: Adelphi University* Cristina Crristi tina Ruiz: Rui uiz: z: Stony Sto t ny n Brook Brook University Shanyah Shan Sh annyah Rumph: New York Yor orkk Institute Innst s ititute of Technology Rebecca Schreiner: St. John’s University Unniv i er ersi sity ty Ryan Schwach: Brooklyn College of the CUNY CU UNY Kathryn Sheehan: The George Washington Unive University*§ ers rsiit y Zakaria Siddiqui: University at Buffalo The T e Statee University Th Un of New York Sanjiv Sanj Sa njiv nj iv Singh: Sinngh gh: CUNY New ew York City College Colleege g of Technology T chnolo Te Nicole Skolnick: Sko kolnnicck: k Boston Bostonn College*§ Collllleg Co ege**§ Lloyd Lloy oydd Smith: Smititth: h St. FFrancis ranc ncis College Col o leegee Manuel Manueel SSoto: Ma oto: ot o:: JJohn ohnn Jay oh J y College Ja C lleg Co ege of Criminal Justice of the CUNY§ CUN NY§ Vincent Spiteri: Stony Stoony Brook ok University§ Brandon Brando Br donn Stewart: Georgia Institute Innsti t tute of Technology*§ Juliet Juuliiet e Sullivan: Sulllivvan: n: Stony Sto tony ny Brook Brookk University*§ University*§ Shabinaa Ta Tammi: T m i: St. John’s University§ mm Ryan Tardona: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Kelley Thakurdeen: Hunter College of the CUNY§ Courtney VanEtten: Hunter College off the CUNY Ann Velluzzi: Iona Ion College C Anmol Virk: Queens College of the CUNY Addie Winfield: St. Francis College Josephine Yanful: John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the CUNY Iyannah Young: St. John’s University§ Zefan Zhou: Stony Brook University§ Thahmena Zzaman: Hofstra University*§ *National Honor Society §Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors

Best of Luck in your future endeavors. You’ve made us proud! PA President: Irene Dougherty

Principal: Brian O’Connell

Assistant Principals: ToniMarie Viera, Michele Smyth, Scott Milczewski, Dannielle Colleran

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We Mean Business: Notes from The RBA BUSINESS RESILIENCY: PLANNING FOR YEAR-ROUND BUSINESS STABILITY Presented by Rockaway Business Alliance, NYC Department of Small Business Services, and Great Jamaica Bay Development Corporation, in partnership with Perch Advisors. The Rockaway Business Alliance (RBA) represents dozens of businesses in the Rockaways and strives to provide them the tools that they need to thrive, on season and off. We are excited to announce that we will be producing a series of workshops aimed at offering businesses the specific skills they need to navigate the unique challenges of Rockaway geography. Disaster preparedness is a crucial topic for business owners in the Rockaways, but

preparing for the slow season can be equally important. How can Rockaway businesses ride the wave of a seasonal business trend and avoid getting dragged under in the winter months? The RBA is hosting its first business workshop, focusing on the topic of resiliency. We are teaming up with the Greater Jamaica Bay Development Corporation who will provide tips, techniques, and tricks to handling seasonal business cashflow trends and alternatives to traditional financing. The NYC Department of Small Business Services will also speak about emergency planning and preparedness. These business workshops

are free to members and also available to non-members thanks to the support of Avenue NYC and CitiBank. Business Resiliency: Planning for YearRound Business Stability will take at Caracas Arepa Bar, 106-01 Shore Front Parkway on Thursday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A delicious breakfast will be provided by Caracas Rockaway and sponsored by Greater Jamaica Bay Development Corporation. This workshop is made possible with support from Avenue NYC, a grant from NYC Department of Small Business Services aimed to help commercial districts thrive. We also gratefully acknowledge CitiBank for their co-sponsorship of this event.

Formally known as the Beach 116th Partnership, the Rockaway Business Alliance has expanded to include areas of business on the Rockaway Peninsula between Riis Park and Beach 43rd Street. The RBA engages business owners and residents to create a more unified community, to contribute to the eco-

nomic and social impact of the Rockaways, and to build a resilient, eventful and prosperous way forward. Please email Rockaway Business Alliance to RSVP: info@rockawaybusinessalliance.org (This is the first of what will be a regular column in The Rockaway Times submitted by RBA).

718-945-5512

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Two family on 30x100 with garage and private drive. Steps from the Atlantic Ocean, beach and the wonderful new boardwalk. Three bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths over a walk in two bedroom apartment. Perfect mother/daughter. Large yard and bi-level deck on the second à oor. Great block and neighbors. $699K ¡

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

5 Year Member

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

417 Beach 129th St • (718) 634-3134 • Mon-Sat 10am-6pm Homes For Sale

NEPONSIT 155'X100' OCEANFRONT Your Opportunity Has Arrived....

Attention Savvy Buyers, • Renovate this 4,200 sq. ft. home and enjoy over a 1/3 acre of uniterrupted panoramic ocean views • Build your custom 7,750 sq ft home, create a beautiful garden and still plenty of room for an Olympic size pool • Subdivide this property and reinvest in creating two spec homes for a hefty profit Present all offers! BELLE HARBOR Last Oceanfront Land Left Take advantage of this 72’x100’ vacant oceanfront lot and build your 3,600 mini mansion in the heart of Belle Harbor. $2,500,000

BELLE HARBOR Legal 3 Family - 60’x100’ Solid brick 5BR, 3 bath home brings together the perfect mix of charm with a modern renovation. Private parking & in-gound pool. $1,350,000

BELLE HARBOR Beach Block 71’x100’ Center Hall Enormous 4BR, 5 baths solid brick home, HW floors, 2 fireplaces HUGE basement, terrace and private parking. $1,150,000

BRAND NEW TO MARKET Rockaway Park Featuring high ceilings, HW floors, updated baths, new roof, back deck and a above ground pool. Call today for private showing. $755,999

BRAND NEW TO MARKET Rockaway Beach 52’x100’ Classic Rockaway 3 BR, 2 bath. Huge front yard, private parking, low taxes and close to all. Come and get this amazing buy. $639,000

BAYSWATER

BRAND NEW EXCLUSIVE Selling Fully Furnished! 5BR, 5.5 bath Colonial built in 2013, every detail was carefully selected and quality crafted. In-ground pool and unimaginable upgrades. $1,900,000

ARVERNE BY THE SEA Oceanfront Home 35’x100’ lot Fabulous single family 5BR, 4 bath oceanfront home with amazing ocean views. Present all Offers! $1,350,000

BELLE HARBOR Center Hall Colonial 50’x100’ Built in 1991, this home has 4BR’s, 3.5 baths, decked yard with pool, full finsihed bsmt and private drive and detached garage. $1,199,000

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

100’x100’ Mixed Use Attention Medical Professionals! C of O reads Medical offices, Doctor and Dentist suite, one dwelling 4BR unit. Private Parking. $899,000

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

BELLE HARBOR Great Starter Home Sip lemonade on the front porch while watching the sun sets over the NYC skyline. Renovated home with decked yard and pool. $750,000

ROCKAWAY PARK Beach Block - Legal 2 Family 5 houses from the newly renovated boardwalk. 2 new on demand boilers and electrical panels. Call today to find out more! $599,000

BRAND NEW TO MARKET

Rare Find 1/3 Acre Comfy 3BR, 2 bath, sits back from street in a beautiful residential neighborhood. Extremely low taxes. $499,000

NEPONSIT Sprawling 80’ x 100’ Fabulous 4BR, 4 bath split level home. Gourmet kitchen, gleaming HW floors throughout, fin bsmt with 2 BR’s and 2 car garage. $1,875,000

Broad Channel Updated Mother/ daughter with custom kitchen, bath, spacious 3BR, 2 bath, SS appliances, laundry and granite counters. $499,000

ROCKAWAY BEACH Classic Rockaway Gem - 68’x100’ Lot Bright 4BR, 1.5 bath home sits on a double lot located in the hottest spot in town. High ceilings, HW floors and a beautiful slate roof. $749,999

FAR ROCK  BEACH BLOCK! Three Minutes to Lawrence One Family 4BR Ranch with 2.5 baths, HW floors, updated EIK, granite counterts and SS appliances. Full bsmt, garage and long pvt drive. $599,000

FAR ROCKAWAY Legal 2 Family D T E3 BR’s, 2 Features Pincludes E baths master C front proch and ACsuite, R a 2 BR rental. High E ceilings and private F parking. It’s a steal! OF $478,500

BELLE HARBOR Oceanfront Land For Sale UPPER BELLE HARBOR. Imagine waking up to this fabulous Belle Harbor ocean view every morning, well this dream view can be a reality! $1,749,000

UPPER BELLE HARBOR Beach Block - 60’x100’ Stately 5BR, 4 bath Center Hall with HW floors, high ceilings, FLR, fireplace, huge master suite with pricate terrace, 2 car garage. $1,625,000

NEPONSIT

UPPER BELLE HAROR Beach Block All Brick Lovely 3BR, 2 bath home only steps from the beach. Spacious FLR, DR, and EIK, large master, fin bsmt and private parking. $1,195,000

ROCKAWAY PARK Oversized Multi Family Home 3rd floor 2BR rents for $1200, 2nd floor 4BR, 2.5 bath rents for $2200, 1st floor newly renovated 3BR, 2 bath is rented for $2100 per month. $799,000

BRAND NEW TO MARKET Mint - Legal 2 Family D E 3 BR’s, Semi-attached P T fabulous 2C Ebaths, den, rooftop ACupgrades, terrace with ocean R views & spacious yard. FE Beautiful 1 BR rental . OF $699,000

NEW TO MARKET

Sunny and Bright Split Level Spacious 4 BR, 3 bath split level. Gorgeous 60’x100’ corner property with patio, private parking and garage. $1,150,000

BELLE HARBOR Looking For a Fixer Upper? ALL BRICK legal 2 family home sits on a lovely 50’x100’ corner property on a beautiful quiet block with HUGE back and side yard. $799,000

ROCKAWAY BEACH Calling all Surfers! Standing tall and proud this 1910 large Multi-Family home has amazing Bay Views, 4 bedrooms and 3 baths and low taxes. $695,000

NEW TO MARKET

Far Rockaway Beautifully renovated 2 family home with 6BR’s, 5 baths and a full finished basement. Private garage and parking. $579,000

ROCKAWAY BEACH

Legal 2 Family Lovely 2 family home with bonus guest suite for family quests. Updated kitchens, appliances, tile floor, windows, electric and furnace. $499,000

BRAND NEW EXCLUSIVE

Newly Renovated SemiD T E 1 bath is This 2Pbed, E the perfect starter, C or for anyone ACweekend R looking to downsize. Private driveway plus FE F parking pad, yard with O deck. $425,000

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Broad Channel All new 2BR/1BA home on a Jamaica Bay canal. NEW Roof, plumbing, electric, HW floors, deck, bulkhead, bathroom & kitchen. $390,000


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

5 Year Member

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

417 Beach 129th St • (718) 634-3134 • Mon-Sat 10am-6pm Belle Harbor Beach Block Anyone?

BELLE HARBOR BEACH BLOCK 60'X100' Spectacular Ocean Views!

This classic 7 bedroom Victorian Gem exudes charm and character! High ceilings, stained glass windows, deep moldings, and HW floors throughout. Walk up to a delightful front porch with spectacular ocean views and step inside to a beautiful two story entry way with a spacious layout and a 4 season sunroom. Two car garage with bonus room above. $1,650,000

BELLE HARBOR BEACH BLOCK 60'X100' Huge Center Hall Colonial!

Here’s a wonderful, spacious home you can make a lifetime of family memories in! Huge LR with cozy fireplace, HW floors and a dining area with enough room to invite the entire family. Eat in kitchen, comfy den and large first floor office or guest room with adjacent full bath. Impressive master suite with private deck and cathedral ceilings. Tremendous finished basement. $1,625,000

BELLE HARBOR BEACH BLOCK 40'X100' Home Sweet Home!

Enjoy the fresh sea air from this lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath home! Spacious formal living room, high ceilings, dining room, and eat in kitchen make up the first floor. Three spacious bedrooms, a full finished basement. Lovely yard with outdoor shower, large front porch with ocean views and long private Driveway with detached garage. Motivated Seller! $1,195,000      Rentals      142nd: Summer rental, 4BR, 3BA home with open floor plan and out door space (AD) . . . . 135th: Summer rental, 2BR large 2nd flr apt with large deck and weekend parking (NC) . . 135th: Summer rental 3BR, 2BA with outdoor space and parking (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140th: Beach block 2BR, 2.5 BA house rental with finished basement and garage (LJ) . . . . 139th: Monthly summer rental, 1BR, 1BA furnished walk in apt with parking (NC) . . . . . . . 91st: 3BR, 2BA apt with terrace, open floor plan, garage and driveway (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . ABTS: Spacious 2BR, 1.5 BA duplex apt with patio, backyard and parking (MC) . . . . . . . . . 91st: Renovated 4BR, 2 full baths apt with master suite, laundry and HW floors (NC) . . . . . 98th: Beach block 3BR, 2BA renovated apt with SS appliances (JD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98th: Beach block 3BR, 2BA with master suite and ocean views (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122nd: Beach block 2BR, 1BA walk in apt with summer parking (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22nd: 3BR, 1BA in private home with porch and backyard (JD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97th: 3BR, 1BA third floor walk up apt with HW floors and spacious rooms (MC) . . . . . . . . 128th: 2BR, 1BA newly renovated apt with fresh paint and private parking spot (BF) . . . . . 79th: 2BR, 1BA apt with oceanfront terrace, CAC and dishwasher (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118th: Renovated legal basement apt 1BR, 1BA, new SS appliances (MC) . . . . . . . . . . . . 124th: Spacious duplex 1BR unit on beach block with space for office (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . 25th: Beach block bungalow, 3BR, 1BA renovated with small yard (JD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109th: Studio apt in bungalow court with private porch (MC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69th: 1BR with SS appliances, wood cabinets and updated bath (BF). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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72nd: Three lots featuring two factories and one warehouse (AD) . . . . . . . . . 98th: Unique store front with 3 attached renovated bungalows (MC) . . . . . . . 72nd: Income producing 80x100 property, investor alert! (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . 92nd: Extra large space with high ceilings and out door space (AD) . . . . . . . . 120th: Newly renovated 2,500 sq ft w/ receptionist counter and 3 offices (MC) 92nd: 850 square feet of prime space available for business (AD) . . . . . . . . . 116th: Prime location, 1,100 sq ft, reception area plus 4 rooms (BF) . . . . . . . . 72nd: Two offices and conference room available fully furnished (BF). . . . . . .

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134th: Build your 3500 sq ft masterpiece! 72x100 lot (LJ) . . . . . . . 87th: Build your Rockaway Beach dream home on 38x110 lot (MC) . Arverne: 6,000 Square feet of commercial land (NC) . . . . . . . . . . Arverne: Vacant bay front lot, 75x100 zoned R4-1 (NC) . . . . . . . . . 72nd: 40x100 parcel zoned R4A , combine with adjacent lot (BF) . . 72nd: 40x100 parcel zoned R4A, developers opportunity (BF) . . . . Arverne: Vacant bay front lot zoned R4-1, survey available (NC) . . . Arverne: 2,000 Square feet zoned C3, Marina/Yacht (NC). . . . . . . .

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917-742-7779 Marie Villanueva Dominick Maiorano Glenn DiResto

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

Call for Price and Details

NEW TO MARKET NEW EXCLUSIVE Neponsit Side hall colonial Four bedrooms 2.5 baths; large dining room and living room; eat in kitchen; Den full basement and a large front porch; private driveway on a 50x100 property lot. Beautifully landscaped and secluded back yard asking $1.175ml

New exclusive Beach 45th street Legal two family Two bedrooms over two bedrooms plus addition living space in the basement three kitchens,three full baths corner property w/pvt driveway and large backyard

$539,000 neg

Lorraine Tom

Exclusive Home Is Where The Heart Is". Sunsets On The Bay. Neponsit Contemporary Built In 2007. Cathedral Ceilings; Custom Eik W/Aga Oven; Living Room W/Gas Fire Place Dining Room; Den/Guest Bedroom; Upper Level Sitting Room; Large Master Suite Plus Additional Bedroom W/ Bathroom;

$1,399,000

Kiyan Hagan

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

$959,000

NEW EXCLUSIVE BELLE HARBOR BEACH BLOCK THIS LEGAL TWO FAMILY IS USED AS A ONE FAMILY BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED WITH AN OPEN FLOOR PLAN, GREAT FOR ENTERTAINING. NEWLY RENOVATED THIS HOME HAS IT ALL!!! Four bedrooms 3.5 baths large custom eat in kitchen with all high end appliances, two fireplaces one gas the other wood burning, large living room and dining room; huge finished basement, hard wood floors throughout. Upper deck w/ocean views, front porch, new back deck and pool. CAC, long pvt drive & many more amenities. Please call for price and further details.

NEW EXCLUSIVE, ROCKAWAY BEACH

New Exclusive Arverne By The Sea NEW EXCLUSIVE 130 Beach 121 Ocean front L-Shaped studio Completely renovated with a sea side flare of color and style Dark wood floors white subway tiles Very nicely done! Average maintenance $711.00 asking $235,000

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

APARTMENTS FOR RENT

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Ed Burns Enjoying Rockaway Summertime

Rockaway is feeling the Burn—Edward Burns. The actor and director has been spotted around town as he films his new coming-of-age film, Summertime. “Set on the south shore of Long Island in the summer of 1983, [Summertime] follows a group of working-class teenagers and 20-somethings as they work their summer jobs, fall in and out of love, and wrestle with what the future holds when the summer ends and the real world beckons,” according to Deadline.com. The film is writ-

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the 1998 film, No Looking Back, but it looks like he decided to look back at Rockaway for his newest film. Burns started film-

ing earlier this month around the bungalows at Beach 109th, as well as Beach 121st Street. Some locals have had the opportunity to meet Burns, and even get a cameo in the film. Sarah Kenny met Burns while he was filming at the bungalows on Thursday, June 22 and gave her daughter, Tessa Cooke, an opportunity to be in the film. “He loved my daughter's hair so much he put her in the movie. He and his crew were absolutely wonderful and stayed to have a beer with my mom on her porch!” Kenny said.


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The soft breezes finally came after all that rain. The waves tucked in and lengthened across the sand bars allowing the young ones to play in small lagoons formed at the shoreline. The sun got hotter, the sand, what’s left of it, got warmer, and the ocean looked friendlier. Yes, it seems that almost despite Mother Nature, summer has indeed arrived. Families gathering, generations coming together, teenag-

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Be sure they are at a 90-degree angle to your elbows to make your “V” stand upright. 3- Standing up one of your V’s, glue a 12-inch piece in to each T, so that they are coming out on the same side. Connect the 12-inch pieces using another 12-inch piece and two elbows. 4- On the other side of your T’s, glue a piece of three-inch PVC. 5- Now glue on a V to the 3 ½ pieces, and glue a 12-inch piece to the open side of the T’s. 6- Repeat steps 4 and 5, four times. 7- To close the end off, repeat step 3 Note: To ensure that you have all your pieces in the proper

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What’s Up BiB?

You think Councilman Ulrich is a tad bit upset with Mayor Bill de Blasio? At a recent City Council hearing, Ulrich was in rare form as he unloaded on the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency regarding the city's Build it Back Program as well as plan(s) for a study regarding beach erosion and sand replenishment in the Rockaway area, a program, the details of such, Ulrich very obviously felt the Mayor's Office was not exactly being forthcoming with. "It's almost like we don't exist!...I don't appreciate it when I am ignored or when the Mayor's Office comes to the City Council and tells us that they have a great, grand, master plan and they don't keep anybody in the loop. Very disrespectful. Unappreciated." When the Mayor's Office staff stated that the Councilman had his facts wrong, Ulrich had the last word by stating, "You want to talk about facts, we'll have another hearing on facts

and I'll rip you and the Mayor to shreds - any day, any time! Have a nice day." How's that for a closer? Speaking of Build it Back, that program's track record of bureaucratic inaction, fueled by administrators who have somehow managed to figure out how to cut red tape sideways, has served to bring many a Broad Channel resident to tears while awaiting return to their homes. As bad as Build it Back has been to date for this displaced population of Sandy survivors, they have somehow now actually managed to anger residents of the Channel who are not even involved with the program. Prior to the transition from EIC contractor staff who were working on the new bulkheads and raised streets on West 11th and 12th Road, to contractors from the city’s Build it Back Program back in April of this year, it was made crystal clear to staff from the Mayor’s Office Build it Back operation that there are multiple families who are not part of the Build it Back operation who will continue to reside in their homes on both streets while the work is being done. At that time it was stated that contractors must remain acutely aware of these remaining families and occupied properties and afford them a modicum of courtesy and consideration so as to not inordinately impact their day to day lives (parking, deliveries, street ingress/egress, driveway access, refuse removal, etc.) That being said, immediate-

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ly after Build It Back took over West 11th and 12th Roads in April to start elevation and rebuild work on some 35 properties, any semblance of the various BIB contractor staff "remaining acutely aware of these remaining families and occupied properties and afford them a modicum of courtesy and consideration so as to not inordinately impact their day to lives" was immediately set aside as they set about to work. Active driveways are often times completely blocked... routine sanitation pick- ups have been missed and scheduled; home deliveries cancelled because of contractor street blockage...dumpsters, portable toilets and a myriad of other contractor-related materials have been placed directly in front of residents’ homes...a cable feed was intentionally cut by a contractor, who never notified anyone, effectively killing cable service on the entire west side of 12th Road for more than 50 hours...a resident's private vehicle parked directly in front of the house was struck and damaged by a contractor's excavator with no notice to the owner who was home at the time...many individual contractor’s staff park their personal vehicles in front of occupied properties without a second thought to the fact that they are effectively displacing parking for an occupied home...a central air unit was removed by a contractor from a property on 11th Road and intentionally placed in the pit under the newly-raised house where it sat half submerged in tidal waters until the owner noticed it during a weekend inspection of the property. Recently when talking with some of the contractor staff about the above issues, I was told that perhaps we were all “over-reacting” to the work on the block because, and I quote, "...you guys probably never had to deal with construction activity of this magnitude before." After taking a deep breath I advised this gentleman that, prior to Build

It Back gracing our street with their presence, our residents had already experienced more than two years of significant construction activity with EIC and other contractors constructing new bulkhead at the bay ends, as well as ripping up the entire length of the street for new infrastructure, along with many scheduled water and power outages, and then constructing a newly raised roadbed along the same length of road. I also added that the difference between the EIC/DDC operation and the present Build it Back operation is one of an awareness of and consideration for the residents of the affected streets that their work impacts. EIC/DDC excelled at it, with an on-site and readily available Community Construction Liaison and providing residents with weekly work schedules (including concrete work) and other relevant information, as a means of maintaining solid and continual communication with all street residents. On the other hand, Build it Back appears either unwilling or unable to grasp the above concept and simply goes about their business with various contractors and workers, each doing their own thing. Although Mayor's Office staff has provided us with, on multiple occasions, multiple assurances that they will ensure BIB staff pay closer attention to these issues, one can only be reminded that the definition of insanity is repeating the same actions, over and over again, each time expecting a different result. When (if?) Build It Back ever completes its final elevation and/or rebuild, the program should be buried under some rich soil where it can serve as an inspiration to cabbage patch kids. I believe something similar was done with that other Mayor's Office gem, Rapid Repair, which is buried in a quarry somewhere upstate inspiring newborn pet rocks! Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?


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Middle Schooler Digs Deep in Local Resident’s New Book By Kimberly Kelliher

Katherine Blakeney’s new novel, “Digging In The Stars,” is an adventure to prove that the lost don’t stay lost forever. I enjoyed reading this book because of the adventures and thrills the characters experienced. In this book, 16-year-old Carter goes on a mission to find her lost best friend, Conrad, but that is not the only goal she hopes to achieve in her mission. Carter and her archeology class travel to distant planet, Thror, to find Conrad, and in the process she meets a few interesting people. Carter’s second goal in this quest is to find the lost burial place of King Loreval of Thror. On her quest, she is stuck in some sticky situations and finds her group to be a big help to her. She faces danger and sadness, along with a few

unexpected emotions along the way. On her journey she finds that people all around this extraordinary planet are willing to help… or are they? The above book review of new young adult, science-fiction novel, “Digging In The Stars,” was submitted by local Scholars’ Academy 8th grade student, Kimberly Kelliher. “It’s a really interesting book, not just for young adults, but readers of all ages,” she said. Kelliher will continue her education this fall at Scholars’ high school program for gifted and talented students. Meet the author, Katherine Blakeney at Uncle Louie G’s (92-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd), on Sunday, July 2 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 718-474-2268. “Digging in the Stars” can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo and Goodreads.

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A Tale of Two Build it Backs By Kami-Leigh Agard

Arverne residents, Marilyn Samaroo and Stefan Perkins, though complete strangers to each other, have a lot in common. They are both single-family homeowners in the same Rockaway neighborhood, who suffered massive destruction to their homes by Hurricane Sandy, and both signed up for Build It Back NYC to help reconstruct their homes. However, this is where their similarities end. Samaroo and her husband have lived in Far Rockaway for 17 years. Like many Rockaway residents who suffered greatly from Hurricane Sandy, Samaroo did whatever repairs to her house that she could afford — new floors, beams, boilers, hot water heater, electrical system and even hired a contractor with money she received from her insurance company. However, the insurance money was not enough, so like many Rockaway residents, she applied to Build It Back (BIB) for help. On November 15, 2015, she handed her house keys to BIB City-selected contractor, Tishman Construction. While construction was being done, Samaroo and her family temporarily moved and rented an apartment in the area for $2,600 monthly. “Admittedly BIB’s rollout for rent reimbursement and storage was really slow at first. However, I was in constant contact with BIB case workers, Cheryl and Tiffany, who kept on top of everything and regularly communicated when we should expect our reimbursement check for temporary housing assistance and storage,” Samaroo said Then 17 months later, not only did the Samaroos get their keys back, but e-construction of their home was done. “Our home was lifted, and foundation, house siding and roof were all replaced. The excitement and gratitude we felt to be back in our beloved home, which today still feels like a brand new house, is amazing. If another storm hit, I feel that we will be perfectly safe!” Samaroo said.

However for Stefan Perkins and his family, their experience with BIB and Tishman Construction has been completely different. In our June 15 issue, The Rockaway Times first reported about Perkins’ plight with BIB, in the article, “Local 3 Union Workers — Waiting in Vain for Spectrum Strike to End & BIB to Deliver.” For over a year, Perkins and his family have been out of their home and renting in the same Arverne neighborhood temporarily. Perkins, due to his Local 3 Spectrum Union strike, has been out of work, living on his savings and simultaneously paying his mortgage, rent and storage. “The BIB rent reimbursement process is so slow, and I am still waiting for storage reimbursement. I keep calling and waiting. And now with my union’s strike, my family is literally living on our savings,” stated Perkins. However, coincidentally, after RT contacted BIB on Perkins behalf, he excitedly reported good news. After a long hiatus of construction and months of not hearing from Tishman, the construction company called him and resumed work the next day. However, last week, a disappointed Perkins contacted RT again and said that work suddenly stopped without notification. The stall in work could have been due to the monsoon rains last week on the peninsula, and while it’s difficult say why

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Tishman stopped working, one thing is for sure. Perkins wants to be back home — soon! “My family and I have had a tough time. Being able to move back would be such a break for us, emotionally and financially. I just hope they finish reconstruction by September 2017 as they are promised,” Perkins stated. According to BIB press secretary Matt Viggiano, “While BIB has more work to do, families are moving back into their elevated and rebuilt homes at a much faster pace. Ninety percent of City-managed construction projects are complete today. The program is fully-funded and that means every family will return to their newly-fortified and sustainable coastal home and communities.” According to Viggiano, as of press time, BIB has completed 3,915 or approximately 90 percent of all City-Managed construction and 7,934 homeowners, or 95 percent of all applicants, have been served with either a construction start or have been sent a check. See Q&A with RT & BIB below: RT: Why are some homes such as the Perkins’ taking so long for construction to be completed? BIB: Some BIB projects may be complex due to the age of the home or overall structural problems. Some of these issues come to light only after the home is prepared for lifting.

These issues take time to resolve. Many homes require asbestos abatement and testing, following which the contractor needs to obtain the necessary building permits. Often complications include unstable ground conditions and even high tides, which delay soil excavation. RT: What about those homeowners, again like Perkins, who are expressing their frustration with BIB’s rollout of rental assistance? BIB: BIB reimburses homeowners for rental costs during construction. This assistance was added in 2014 in order to minimize the financial burden to homeowners also paying a mortgage. Additionally, BIB has partnered with the Center for NYC Neighborhoods and NY Disaster Interfaith Services to provide one-on-one temporary housing assistance and can make direct payments to landlords for temporary rental apartments. RT: Are there rent cost restrictions for temporary housing? BIB: Temporary relocation assistance during construction for homeowners, who must relocate for more than 30 days, ranges from approximately $1,500 per month for a one-person household to $2,700 per month for a fiveplus person household. Rates are based on federal guidelines. Note that rental assistance is open to any homeowner has to move during construction. RT: For folks, seeking reimbursement and questions about delays for both rent and storage, what's the best contact to apply? BIB: Our Customer Service Center and Construction Centers are available to assist applicants. Applicants can call (212) 615-8329 or email housing@recovery.nyc.gov RT: Is BIB still offering applicants who face long rebuilding timetables the option to sell their property to the City? BIB: Yes, homeowners that are interested in selling should reach out to BIB Customer Service at (212) 615-8329 or email housing@recovery.nyc.gov


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

Building Autism Awareness Vs. Autism Acceptance There’s a saying in my family, “Come see me and come live with me are two different things.” Let’s ponder on this. When you casually visit (see someone), the understanding or intimacy shared is at a completely different level than when you actually live with someone. (For example, think of that “great” friend you made in your freshman year of college, who you later got an apartment with, and were shocked upon the realization that this “friend” was actually Darth Vader reincarnated). This is how I view the functional levels at which, people are able to embrace autism versus tolerate autism. In the following situation described, identify which reaction you most associate with: In the supermarket, you see a child throwing a tantrum by hitting the floor, screaming and crying. Would you: A - Frown and think to yourself that this child has no behavior, all because of poor parenting. B- Look at the child and sympathetically glance at the parent, understanding that this child may be on the autism spectrum, and having a tough moment. C- Cautiously approach the parent, and inquire if you can be of any assistance. Perhaps even offer to buy a particular

treat the child may enjoy or sing a song. In the above scenario and reactions described, I wouldn’t necessarily vilify Reaction A, because that individual may not have a clue about autism, much less the behaviors exhibited by some children on the spectrum. Reaction B shows that this individual is aware of autism, but prefers to observe, rather than get intimately involved. Reaction C exhibits that this individual is not only aware of autism, but also accepts it and is willing to stand in the gap to help. I don’t necessarily subscribe to the notion that everyone should have Reaction C. Some folks have different tolerance levels and respectfully prefer to keep their distance. Sometimes even an element of fear may be involved. I believe the key to the universal understanding of autism is to first build awareness. You can make folks aware, but to cajole them into accepting autism is a much larger undertaking. Here are five suggestions on how to build autism awareness in your community: 1- Learn about autism. The more you learn, the easier it is to raise awareness! Start off by reading blogs by caregivers of those on the spectrum

and from bloggers who have autism. Some of my favorites are theautismdaddy.com and autismwithasideoffries.blogspot.com 2- Befriend a parent of a child on the spectrum. Some parents of children with autism feel isolated. Invite them for a coffee or tea just to chat. Offer to accompany them for a fun day at the park or beach with their children. Invite them to an adult get together. Once childcare is established, it would be beneficial for them to hang out with grownup friends and have some mummy time. Ask them questions about what their daily routines are like and what activities their child enjoys. The goal is to learn about these families and offer solid support and friendship. 3- Support events organized by local autism groups in your community. Here’s a fun one that is being hosted next Friday, July 7, 6 p.m. at Rippers Concession on Beach 86th Street boardwalk. Mark your calendars!

Page 41 Jammin Jon’ & Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Families Support Group present: ROCK OUT for AUTISM AWARENESS CONCERT. Bring your family, your friends, and let’s ROCK ON! In this rockin’ free concert—come out for a good time as WE—through the POWER of music—FIRE UP the boardwalk to raise the bar of autism awareness on the Rockaway peninsula! BAND LINEUP: Indaculture’s Bobby Butler & Jenna Baker, Squid Row, Locals Rule, John Baxter, Dan Guarino, singer-songwriter, Raenna Mo (formerly known as Jessie May from Ethoscope), RCK97 with Ras Atiba and Jammin’ Jon. There will be a raffle with drawings all evening, plus gift giveaways in this boardwalk party atmosphere! This event is open to all ages until 10 p.m. For further information visit our Facebook page: fb.me/ jamminjonRB97 or email: o u ra r t i s t i c c h i l d @ o u t l o o k . com

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Little League Recap ROCKIES STAND TALL; FORCE DRAMATIC FINALES

In both the Pee Wee Senior and Major Boys divisions, the Rockies stared elimination in the face and raised up to force a winner-take-all title game. Last Sunday, the Drive Safe Rockies of Major Boys won a thriller, 6-5, against the Neponsit Realty Giants to keep their championship hopes alive. With the score tied 4-4, the Rockies pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fifth, the big blow being Logan Kase’s tie-breaking double. The Giants rallied back, however, plating one on leav-

ing the bases loaded in their last at bat. The Breezy Dog Rockies of the Pee Wee Senior division had their season-saving victory on Tuesday, topping the Pico Mariners 12-8. Brendan McIntyre started the game on the mound for the Rockies and was solid giving up two runs against a great Mariners lineup. He was followed by Richie Colleran who also pitched very well, holding the Mariners again to just two runs in his two innings. Luke Walsh closed it out by shutting the door on the Mariners rally to get the Rockies the win. All three pitched excellent games. McIntyre (2-2, 3 runs, RBI) and Colleran (3-3, 4 runs, walk) each reached base in all four of their at bats. Clutch hitting came from Jack "Rocco" Duggan who was 3-4 with four huge RBI's. Luke Walsh rapped a monster double in

the third inning, scored twice and knocked in two runs. Key at bats by Andrew Valdemira, Anthony Greco, Michael Biondolillo, Gregory Powers and Brian Durante also kept the team in the game and kept the Rockies’ rallies moving. Jack Hayes added a heads-up putout from centerfield in the 2nd. The championships in these two divisions as well as

Minor Boys and Minor Girls were all settled this week after press deadline. It was an amazing couple of days. Results will be in next week’s edition. DIAMOND DUST: The 2017 season was awesome. Sign up for 2018 now and save. Registration is open at rockawaylittleleagueny.website. siplay.com.

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The clouds cleared and the sun was shining down on Beach 90th Street last Saturday, making the 11th Annual

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Jamaica Bay Softball League – Week 4 By The Commissioner

Week 4 came and left as quick as a moon tide. For the third week out of four, we had the brooms out again. On Field 1 the Chuggernauts got their first wins of the year as they beat the Old Head 14-11 and 22-3. Over on Field 2, the Moneyballs kept their winning streak alive and are the only team undefeated as they won easily 13-1 and 10-4 over the Member Berries. With the two wins, the Moneyballs are sitting at 8-0 on top of the West Division and looking like the new top team in the league. In a big East Division matchup, the Knights of Columbus took out the Orioles 8-6 and 12-6. Shout out to Big Selfie legging out his first triple of the year. From what we heard, it was tough playing left field for anyone over on Field 3 but another shout out goes to

Carmine Scotti for being the best dressed in the league. In our later games, the Misfits got back to their winning ways as they cooled off the No-Shows winning by the mercy rule 16-4 and then shutting them out 8-0. With the two wins, the Misfits, who are under new management, jump up to 2nd place in the East Division. Field 2 was our big matchup of the day as a big bet was on the line. The 1st place The Army took on the Morning Wood in the battle of camo jersey vs camo jersey/ Conklin vs Conklin. At the end of it all, Morning Wood won easily 16-6 and then former league MVP Steve Ellis had a walk / hit as MW took game 2, 5-4. Word on the street is that the younger Conklin owes his brother something at the All-Star Game. Field 3 had our Game of the Week as the 2nd Place Kings took on the 3rd Place Mudsharks.

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After winning four straight games, the Mudsharks fell to the Kings 6-3 and 9-7 in two close games, which we predicted. We are almost at our halfway point and there are no games going on next weekend due to our bye week for the 4th of July. It’s rumored the Chuggernauts and NoShows will make up their matchup from Week 1 but we’re not sure. If they do play, look for the Chuggers to keep the ball rolling over the No-Shows. Since we’re almost at the halfway point we want to remind everyone that the top three teams from each division make the playoffs. Top team in each division have a bye and the 2 seed plays the 3 seed. Good luck to all the teams the rest of the way. STANDINGS East 1. Morning Wood 6-2 2. Misfits 4-2

3. The Army 4. Knights of Columbus 5. Old Head 6. Orioles West 1. Moneyballs 2. Kings 3. Mudsharks 4. Chuggernauts 5. No-Shows 6. Member Berries

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We would like to let our readers know that the league is running a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $5 a chance. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Broad Channel Athletic Club Mardi Gras Fund. If you are interested in a ticket, please see any team or you can E-Mail JBSLCommish@gmail. com. Winner will be drawn at our All-Star Game on August 5. For up to date News, Schedules and Standings please visit www.leaguelineup.com/JBSL also check us out on Instagram @jamaicabaysoftballleague.


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