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Abandonment Issues: The Once Chai Nursing Home By Nicole Taylor-Lang

Five years ago, Hurricane Sandy came crashing into the Rockaways, taking a toll on many residents’ homes and businesses in the area. Many abandoned and “zombie properties” are still all around us, some causing problems for the community. Belle Harbor residents, Michael and Nancy Palmiero, are experiencing trouble with one neighboring zombie property in particular. Previously known as the Chai Nursing Home and before that the Hotel Del Mar, the Beach 125th building sits right beside their beachfront home. Since Sandy, the Chai Nursing Home has become an “eye sore of the community,” says Nancy Palmiero. According to her, it has become a refuge for criminal activity, squatters and rodents. Opossums, raccoons and rats have been spotted on the property. Gang graffiti is painted on and around the deteriorating building. Vacant properties also tend to draw those that use these properties for hanging out, partying and other mischief. These are just some of the many issues that have occurred since the nursing home was abandoned. For the Palmieros and other neighboring residents, the issues have a direct impact on their lives. According to NYC Department of Buildings website, the Chai Home property, located at 125-02 Ocean Promenade has had many violations including failure to maintain wall or appurtenances, and allowing work without proper permits. Complaints that have been filed on the property include debris being removed in excess and unsafely. After sitting many years, open for anyone to explore the old building, whether it be raccoons or people, the old nursing home was recently boarded up and fenced in to prevent the continuing vandalism, graffiti and trespassing. Yet for the Palmieros, it’s not enough. “It’s like putting a bandage on a dam,” says Michael Palmiero. “Boarding it up is serving no use to the

neighborhood.” The Rockaway Times (RT) reached out to our local elected officials to see if any further measures will be taken. State Senator Joe Addabbo said, “The local elected officials are working with our constituents to make sure the property is safe and secure while the owner determines future plans.” Addabbo says he will keep us updated on any further progress that will be done on this site. Robby Schwach from Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office says, “We know the neighborhood is not happy with the eyesore, and hopefully within the next month or so, the owner will decide what he has planned for the property." Once the owner, Abraham Lichtstein, decides on the building’s future, plans and paperwork will be taken to the community board’s next meeting, to get approval for the construction. “We will not put anything up that is not approved by the community," added Schwach. Along with the vandals and rodent problem, the surrounding environment may also be at risk and the conditions may be causing health issues for neighbors. Deteriorating buildings tend to grow mold spores and the danger of asbestos inhalation is possible when released into the air. Nancy Palmiero, who has struggled with health issues, is concerned for her well-being along with her family. She is convinced that the building is putting her health at greater risk. “Our well-being is very important and I would like to see that building go away before it causes more damage,” she says. With the structure being so old, there was also concern of it being a potential fire hazard. The RT contacted the FDNY to see if the building was at any risk and according to them, the building was just inspected last week. Frank Dwyer of the FDNY office press said, “No unsafe fire conditions were found in our last inspection and no violations were given.” But with the winter season upon us, neighbors are worried if someone does

Michael Palmiero stands in front of the abandoned Chai Home.

Nancy and Michael Palmiero are neighbors to the Chai Home.

The Chai Home on Beach 125th has been neglected since Sandy.

break in, that they may start a fire for heat. “Action needs to happen sooner than later. We shouldn’t have to wait for an accident or fire to happen for something to be done,” said M. Palmiero. With the issues that have resided in the past with this building, residents are hoping

that a solution will come soon, along with peace of mind to the surrounding neighborhood. “I would like to see something built that will enhance the community,” M. Palmiero says, “something like one or two family homes or even a park for families.” Photos by Nicole Taylor-Lang.

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I Before E Well, who else is he gonna think to? I can’t quite enjoy the rest of the song because Mr. Armstrong was being redundant. And redundant brings me back to eighth grade, which, if you’ve read recent columns, were the bad old days. I had a drill sergeant — I mean teacher — who was preparing us for the Catholic High School entrance exam known as the CoOp. The preparation was thorough and completely fit with the bad old days. We all had those

It’s a wonderful world – partly because Louis Armstrong inhabited it. The raspy baritone is a musical immortal, of course. I should be able listen to him all day. But I get stuck on “What A Wonderful World.” It goes back to eighth grade. Which I’ll get to in a second. Louis sings, “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.” And I don’t hear another word. You know what my twisted, stunted mind does? It focuses on those words: I think to myself.

thick Barron study guides. And so did the teacher. He’d walk up and down the aisles calling upon students in a grammar usage exercise. They’re vs. their, you’re vs. your, it’s vs. its, things like that. He’d bring that Barron’s book down over your head if you messed up. You might get a double whack if you didn’t finally get that “a lot” was two words. Mercifully, he wasn’t too much of a stickler for lay and lie. Being eighth graders, we had many giggles over lay, lie and laid. He knew “laid” was a lost cause with boys (who really didn’t know what it meant but had to snicker anyway). I certainly never learned the correct usage. I don’t know if you lay down or lie down. The only thing I’m certain of is that no one in the history of speaking has ever used the word “lain” which is the past participle (whatever that is) of the word “lie.” It’s been a while since I’ve been in eighth grade but my wild-ass guess is they don’t whack you on the head with a big book anymore. But I can’t

Page 5 guess if the kids are learning today or not. I know we learned. We learned a lot (not alot). Oh, dented head and all, I’m still friends with the book-swinging teacher. I’m actually grateful for the English drilling but it’s probably why I have a problem with Louis Armstrong. I hear bad grammar and I look around for a Barron’s book. But I try not to be a grammar cop and let most atrocities slip past without reaction. I never corrected a buddy who said we were going to Bay Ridge “viva” the Belt Parkway. And I never said anything when he saw a sign “No Pedestrian Crossing” and asked if people in that church weren’t allowed to cross. You, know, pedestrian — Presbyterian, same thing. My buddy was the Slip Mahoney of his time. You remember Slip, from the Bowery Boys. He once bragged about saving someone: “I had to give him mouth-to-mouth perspiration.” Ok, that’s enough English. I ain’t got nothing more to say on that.

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Local Election Results cent of the vote while Akeem Browder, Michael Tolkin, Bo Dietl had one percent each.

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The results are in. Some voters came out on a rainy Tuesday, November 7 to cast their vote on Election Day. Mayor Bill de Blasio maintains his reign as mayor of New York City and Rockaway voters came out to say they want Councilman Eric Ulrich to continue to serve the community. Here is a further breakdown of the results of all local elections. Mayor De Blasio slid into victory with 66 percent of the vote to Nicole Malliotakis’ 28 percent. Sal Albanese took two per-

Comptroller Scott Stringer maintains his position as NYC Comptroller with a landslide 77 percent of the vote. Michel Faulkner had 20 percent, followed by Julia Willebrand with three percent and Alex Merced with one percent. NYC Public Advocate Letitia James maintains her role with 74 percent of the vote. Juan Carlos Polanco has 16 percent, Michael O’Reilly took eight percent, James Lane with two and Devin Balkind with one. Queens Borough President Queens loves Katz. Seventy-eight percent of the vote went to current Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz, while her challenger, William Kregler had 21 percent. Everly

Brown had one percent of the vote. City Council District 32 “I am truly grateful, humbled and honored to serve four more years as your Councilman,” Eric Ulrich said after this victory. “Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!” Ulrich had 66 percent of the vote to Mike Scala’s 34 percent. Supreme Court – District 11 Queens had a choice of six judges and they voted democrat straight down the line out of the nine choices. The winners are David Elliot, Gregory Lasak, Michael Aloise, Jodi Orlow-Mackoff (who lives in Rockaway!), Richard Latin and Ulysses Leverett. On the back of the ballot were three very important proposals to vote on, including the controversial proposal to host a Constitutional Convention. Here’s how New Yorkers voted:

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Parking Inequality Dear Editor: I awoke on an otherwise peaceful Friday morning to the sound of a transportation crew once again destroying my block. Another two to three quality street parking spots gone from Beach 108th Street, just months after a comically unnecessary bike lane was installed on the corner of Shore Front Pkwy across from the hockey rink. Sure, this won't be the biggest problem from November to May. But when the summer crowds start coming back,

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017 when the bungalows are once more filled, Beach 108th becomes on par with the worst of midtown Manhattan. So when will it end? While Belle Harbor and Neponsit continue to prevent weekend street parking in the summer months, Rockaway Park is instead seeing permanent quality parking spaces taken away, and for what? To prevent non-existent accidents? To free up space for bikers that have a flat concrete boardwalk 50 feet away? It is asinine urban planning, and it is a case of the haves and have-nots. When will the Rockaway parking burden be shared equally and equitably? Dylan Watton

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be special-ordered. When it arrived, we opened it, and immediately saw that it was far too small. Upon returning, we were told that we could not get our money back, as it was a special order. A salesgirl, who was standing nearby said: “Give them their money back, as I will buy the dish rack.” I thanked the salesgirl, for her generosity, and she said: “That's what customer service is.” I neglected to get her name, as I would have mentioned it. I guess I was in a bit of shock, and disbelief. Many thanks again to that salesgirl, I hope she reads this article. SHOP LOCAL! Thanks. Bill Dickesheid

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Little North Pole To Light Up Early By Katie McFadden Christmas is coming early this year. The lighting of The Little North Pole, the impressively decorated Neponsit home that serves to raise money for juvenile diabetes research, often marks the start of the holiday season, but this year, Santa’s coming to town before the turkey’s defrosted for Thanksgiving. The lighting of the Little North Pole is this Sunday, November 12—but the early date is for a potential good cause. “This year there’s going to be a TV show involved,” Joe Mure, who owns the decorated home, said. Mure said he couldn’t disclose what TV show it is, but everyone who attends is encouraged to wear some festive clothing, to get some screen time. Mure was extremely hesitant to allow a TV show to become involved in the longtime tradition that primarily serves as a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). “They asked me if I wanted to

be a part of the show, and I told them no,” Mure said. But then the show made an offer—which Mure still refused. “They told me that if my house was picked by someone that’s going to show up, that I could win $50,000. I said I’m not interested in the money,” he recalled. Mure eventually reached a compromise. “I said if the charity could get the $50K and I’d be able to talk about the cause on the show, I’d be interested in doing it.” Three weeks later, Mure got a callback and the producers

agreed to his terms. “We’re going to do the best we can. I think we have a good chance of winning the $50K by the neighborhood pulling together and showing that as a community, we’re raising money for JDRF and we’re Rockaway strong,” Mure said. The ceremony will take place with the pre-show starting at 3:30 p.m. and the main event starting at 4 p.m. at 144-03 Neponsit Avenue. Traditionally, the Little North Pole holds its big lighting ceremony during the first weekend

of December, but with the event getting some time in the spotlight, the early date was determined by the TV show producers. Yet Mure says after cameras are gone, he’s planning to give the time to give thanks its own time in the spotlight. “This is the first time we’ll be lighting up before Thanksgiving, and we still want to respect the holiday. So we’ll most likely shut the lights off for a few weeks and light up again right after Thanksgiving,” he said. After Thanksgiving, there will be separate lighting events for a group of special-needs students and St. Camillus Special Olympics. Despite the early start, the lighting, which is in its 22nd year, won’t be undermined. In fact, Mure says it may be even better this year. “We have a couple new items out there that will make for a surprise additions to the lights, which is pretty amazing. We worked long and hard and put a lot of thought and energy into it and I think we’re going to stand Continued on page 13

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LITTLE NORTH POLE Continued from Page 12 out a bit more this year,” Mure said. Besides the impressive lights, the show itself, emceed by Goumba Johnny and Joe Causi, is guaranteed to entertain with everyone from local school and dance groups to up-and-coming artists to stars that have had radio hits, taking the stage. Among some of the performers are Angelo and Maria Venuto, Dani Dante, Mr. Christmas Vinnue Medugno and Lucas Prata. Mure says there will

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017 also be some fun surprises like the USO girls who will sing some military songs, Stuntman, the original singer of “I Like to Move It, Move It,” Alive and Kicking of the hit “Tighter and Tighter” and other surprise guests. The biggest guest of all, Santa Claus, will also be making his stop at the Little North Pole on Sunday. Just like every year, the big man in red will be stopping by at the end of the show to give out toys to all of the children in attendance. Each year, Mure puts on this grand display and opening cer-

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making a donation toward the cause can do so at: www.littlenorthpole.org. There will also be donation boxes set up outside Mure’s home throughout the season. On the night of the event, visitors will also have a chance to buy raffle ticket for a stay at a resort in the U.S., Mexico or parts of the Caribbean. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100. The money raised from the raffle will also go toward JDRF. “We’re hoping the community comes out strong, especially with the TV show filming, and that everyone has a great time,” Mure said.

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This Week in History NOVEMBER 9 Ellen Rayder Collins was born. John Doherty was born. Patty Curry was born. 1888 - Jack the Ripper killed his last victim, Mary Jane Kelly. 1989 - Borders between East and West Germany were opened and the Berlin Wall began to be dismantled the next day. NOVEMBER 10 Mike (aka Mick) Schramm was born. Mark Mina was born. Ryan Woerner was born.

2001 - American Airlines Flight 587 crashed down in Belle Harbor. NOVEMBER 13 Amy McDade was born. 1927 -The world's first long, mechanically ventilated underwater tunnel, the Holland Tunnel, opened between New York and New Jersey. 1956 - The Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on buses.

NOVEMBER 14 Cathy Mulholland was born. Ryan Quigley was born. 1871 - Journalist and explorer Henry Stan- Michael Gliner was born. ley found the missing David Livingstone in Linda Carter-Murray was born. Central Africa and made his famous comment, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" 1851 - Herman Melville's novel, Moby 1969 - Sesame Street premiered on PBS TV. Dick was published. It mentions Rockaway in the first chapter. NOVEMBER 11 2002 - Nancy Pelosi of California became 1620 - The Mayflower Compact was the first woman to lead a party in Consigned by Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower. gress. 1992 - The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests. NOVEMBER 15 Roger Clark was born. NOVEMBER 12 Elisabetta Di Stefano was born. Janet Fash was born. 1806 - Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the 1954 - Ellis Island stopped serving as the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak. chief immigration station for the United 1969 - About 250,000 protesters against States. Twenty million immigrants went the Vietnam War, the largest war protest through Ellis Island in its 62 years of oper- ever, converged peacefully in Washington, ation. DC.

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At least one or two days almost every summer, the sirens and helicopters can be heard hovering over the beach after the lifeguards have gone home for the day. The all-too-familiar sound usually indicates that someone has drowned. Since 2011, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the NYC Department of Education has been trying to curb these preventable tragedies. Through Swim for Life, young children are learning to swim at area pools for free. For the first time, the pool on the Far Rockaway High School (FRHS) campus is being utilized as part of the program. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, for a 10-week program that began in mid-October, second grade students from local elementary schools, P.S. 104 and Wave Prep, visit the FRHS Campus for 40-minute sessions to learn a sport that can potentially save their lives. One day a week, the kids from an entire second grade class are bussed over for the sessions to incorporate the swim lessons in their learning. For some students, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their first time getting familiar with the pool. Many start out below Level 1, which is a mastery of pool ability that will ensure safe swimming. To achieve Level 1, the kids are taught simple skills such as floating, breathing control, changing directions/position (front to back) and entering/exiting the water, to give them more confidence. According to Parks, 83 percent of students achieve Level 1 after the 10 weeks. They achieve Level 2 when they can swim one lap in the pool. The Rockaway Times paid a visit on Tuesday, October 31 to observe the students of P.S. 104 learn skills in their third week. Aquatics specialist Gary Walunas, stood before the kids in the pool and used games like Simon Says and Red Light, Green Light, to motivate them to perform certain moves like

kicking while sitting on the pool wall, or getting in and out of the water. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the kids are scared of the water, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still in the stage of getting them used to it,â&#x20AC;? Walunas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But by the 10th week, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping that about 70 percent will be able to make it from one side of the pool to the other.â&#x20AC;? Walunas, who usually teaches in Flushing, said the chance to teach kids in Rockaway at their hometown pool is big. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The opportunity to use this pool in Far Rockaway is huge because there are very few pools in Rockaway for kids to learn how to swim,â&#x20AC;? Walunas said. The opportunity was made possible due to a grant from the USA Swimming Foundation, which provides funding for a portion of the Swim for Life program, which takes place across the city. A recent USA Swimming Foundation grant allowed for the expansion to FRHS. Swim for Life Director Peter Khonstamm was determined to bring the program to Rockaway after seeing the number of drowning incidents on its beaches. With the extra funding, he approached the principals of the four schools that make up the FRHS Campus to ask for permission to use the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pool. The principals were more than willing to put the underutilized pool to use so that the young kids could learn an important skill, while getting comfortable with a school campus that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely attend in the future. They recommended P.S. 104 and Wave Prep students for the program, as 80 percent of those students go on to attend high school at the Far Rockaway campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proud to host this program here because these students are an extension of us. In the next few years, they might be attending school here. Also, when we hear the number of swimmers that drown, you realize how important a program like this is Continued on page 17


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This weekend, we honor those military members who served our country. Veteran’s Day is Saturday, November 11, with the federal holiday being observed this Friday. There are a few events taking place to honor our veterans locally this weekend. There are no local parades, but you can head to Manhattan for the city parade, which kicks off around 11:15 a.m. from 26th to 52nd Street along 5th Avenue. There is an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. at Madison Square Park and a wreath laying at the Eternal Light Monument at 11 a.m. Locally, the American Legion Daniel M. O’Connell Post #272 usually holds a small ceremony at the Doughboy and GI Jane statues on Beach 95th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, which includes a prayer service and a wreath laying at the monuments. The ceremony has been held at around 11 a.m. in the past, but we could not

get confirmation of this by press time. On Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, all veterans are invited to a breakfast at the Child Center of NY (426 Beach 40th Street) in Far Rockaway. Veterans will be treated to a light breakfast and entertainment from the Redfern Afterschool and Beach 41st Cornerstone programs. The event is sponsored by the Child Center of NY and the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. RSVP by calling 718-471-2061. Also on Saturday, November 11, the VFW Post 260 in Broad Channel is hosting a party to honor veterans and raise money for the VFW. The event kicks off at 713 Shad Creek Road at 7 p.m., with live music starting at 8 p.m. The lineup includes OTR, The Rail, The Kitchen and Walker & the Brotherhood of the Grape. There will be beer for sale and raffles.

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Playing It Back for Team Rubicon Hurricane Relief By Kami-Leigh Agard

Get ready to pay it back to Team Rubicon at the Rockaway for Hurricane Relief concert, this Saturday, November 11, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., featuring an incredible lineup of musicians gracing the stage at the Knights of Columbus. Longtime Rockaway resident and community activist, Dan Brown, said after seeing the massive devastation of areas in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and how Team Rubicon (TR) was immediately on the ground helping, it brought him back to the days when Rockaway and Broad Channel were just hit by Hurricane Sandy. “TR was so essential in the help they gave to our community. They didn’t just toss out blankets and hand out supplies. They worked with residents elbow-to-elbow, helping us drag debris out, gut our water-soaked walls, bring gas to the lucky few who had generators, and even source critically-needed health supplies for the sick and elderly,” Brown said.

So Brown started organizing the Rockaway for Hurricane Relief concert, a hurricane disaster fundraiser, where all proceeds go towards TR’s hurricane disaster relief projects. He spoke with other community activists, who were all eager to help organize the event, including Rockaway Beach Civic Association President John Cori, Rockaway Women for Progress organizer, Jean Belford, Belle Harbor Property Owners Association (BHPOA) board member Elda Vale, Neponsit Property Owners Association Board President Amanda Agoglia, and Knights of Columbus’ former grand knight, Andy McCracken and present grand knight, Russ Hauk. Vale said, “The reason as a group we chose this Saturday, November 11, which is also Veterans Day, as the date for the fundraising concert is because TR is a crisis response organization of veterans, and we thought what more perfect day to honor them as veterans, striving to help others in their time of need.” TR’s website states that their

primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international, by pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions. Also, through continued service, TR seeks to provide veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and identity, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Coupled with leadership development and other opportunities, TR looks to help veterans transition from military to civilian life. Brown states that hosting the benefits concert at Knights of Columbus was a no-brainer. “Knights’ Andy McCracken and Russ Hauk have been so instrumental in helping us organize the event, especially the vital components that they have decades of experience in,” Brown said. McCracken responded, “Knights has been in the Rock-

away community since 1928. Our four core values are charity, community, fraternism and patriotism. We have traditionally been a community hub for hosting local events, however when Sandy hit, our organization took on a bigger role as a disaster relief center. When Dan came to us about hosting this benefit concert for TR, we were both excited and honored. TR helped the community in so many ways after Sandy, and still are, and we want to help them continue their mission.” Rockaway for Hurricane Relief concert DJed by Rockaway’s spin master, Paddy Tubz, has an eclectic line-up: Wine With Sue, Gerald Bair, Walter Ensor, Al Willaum and Sheila Cassidy. Admission is $15 at the door. Free hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar only. Doors open at 6 p.m., but live music kicks off at 7 p.m. All money raised will be donated directly to Team Rubicon’s Hurricane Relief Efforts. For more info, visit Facebook page: Rockaway for Hurricane Relief.

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Playland Sells for $2.3M By Katie McFadden

Playland has been sold. After about a year since its closing, the building of the former Playland Motel and Restaurant has sold for a whopping $2.3 million. The group of buyers include locals Javed Rambaran, Adam Ecker, and an established local business owner choosing to remain anonymous for now and a Manhattan-based developer, Thomas McClcoskey. It is expected the upstairs rooms will be redesigned and converted into residential units, and the ground floor will be leased to an experienced restaurant operator. CPEX Real Estate made the sale for $2,315,000 total. CPEXâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mixed-Use Sales Team, consisting of Managing Director Lawrence Sarn and Associate Chase Reiter, and Associate Catherine Vintonik of the CPEX Development and Conversion Sales Team represented the seller, Cayuga Capital, and procured the buyer, a group of local investors.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A neighborhood icon after Hurricane Sandy, the former Playland Hotel received a tremendous amount of interest from prospective buyers,â&#x20AC;? Sarn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ultimately, this was a unique opportunity for local investors to acquire a valuable corner property with a high volume of summertime subway riders and foot traffic. They have already begun to speak with potential food operators and other useful amenities to add to the neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This transaction demonstrates the buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confidence in the ongoing development of Rockaway Beach,â&#x20AC;? Reiter added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The acquisition gives them an opportunity to contribute to the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth while revitalizing an asset with a rich history and close ties to the Rockaway community.â&#x20AC;? Located on the corner of Beach 98th Street and Rockaways Beach Boulevard, the 7,200 square-foot building,

formerly the Tap and Grill and Boggianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s before that, was purchased by Cayuga Capital Management principal, Jamie Wiseman in September 2012 for $1.3 million. The restaurant, bar, hotel and backyard space opened in July 2013, after renovations following Hurricane Sandy. In its time there, Playland was a hotspot for visitors and locals alike and became known as a party place. In May 2015, Dan Cipriani stepped in to overhaul the restaurant and bar portion of the building and turned around its late-night party reputation to more of a family-friendly spot. Despite the changes, complaints by neighbors eventually led to the backyard space

being shut down, which Cipriani said killed the business and he decided to leave. At the time, rumors were circulating that the upstairs hotel rooms were also being used to house the homeless, which led to a public outcry by local residents, who felt blindsided by the sudden change. Cayuga Capital said the renting to the homeless population was temporary, and eventually the property was left vacant and put up for sale. With the two-story, 7,137square foot property, the new owners plan to convert the 12 second-floor hotel rooms into residential units and lease the three commercial retail spaces on the ground level to restaurateurs and other possible uses.

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Rockaway Wish Ladies who Brunch What a wonderful day celebrating women of Breezy Point, Broad Channel and Rockaway! A day filled with gratitude and good cheer, we cherish your dedication to fundraising each year! We rely on YOU to grow and flourish- for it’s YOU who allow us all to be WISH! Rockaway WISH would like to thank the following for supporting our organization:

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We would also like to thank Andy McCracken and Richie Knott from the Knights of Columbus for providing a great venue. A special thank you to Jet Blue for donating four round trip tickets for the 4 th year in a row.

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Air Relic Takes To Sky After 15 Years Just in time for Veterans’ Day, a veteran plane is back in the skies. In operation from 1954 until being retired to in 1976, the Boeing C-97G Stratofreighter had been in mothballs at Floyd Bennett Field since 2002. The plane, known as The Angel of Deliverance, was used during the Cold War in the Berlin Airlift. The Berlin Airlift was a coordinated effort by the Western Allies to get food and supplies to the people of West Berlin during the Cold War. The aircraft, owned by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation (BAHF), took off on Tuesday morning, November 7, after years of painstaking restoration at Floyd Bennett Field. Tim Chopp, founder

of the BAHF, joked with Warbirdnews.com, “If you had to choose between a sharp stick in the eye, or restoring a C-97 to airworthy condition, you might want to choose the stick, because it would be less painful.” The plane and its crew flew to Tom’s River, New Jersey and then on to Reading, Pennsylvania. Plans are for the C-97 to be on display at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading. A search for a permanent home is underway.

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organizations were born out of a desire to connect the business community after Sandy. Here is Rachel Krieger, founder of Ladies of Business Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Business Alliance executive board member, on how Sandy inspired her to dedicate herself to supporting the business community: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disasters are devastating. But in darkness it becomes easier to see a light shining through. When it comes to Hurricane Sandy, I consider myself lucky. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the tropical storm made landfall in New York, I had already arrived at a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment in Brooklyn Heights. Unlike some of my neighbors on the West End of Long Beach, I had accepted the voluntary evacuation order. I was fine, safe, and warm. However, I felt a sense of dread, thinking about the people who ignored the order. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My brother in Rockaway Beach was one who stayed to weather the storm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He watched our car float away. He heard and saw the transformer explosion in Breezy, and watched the flames fight through the night. He and his two roommates retired to their rooms in the top floors. They thought the noise and tremors felt through the night were cars hitting the side of their house. In the morning they realized it was slabs of the boardwalk pounding against their home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After the hurricane, I found myself drawn to Rockaway more than any other place. My time spent working here the summers before planted a seed of belonging. The friends, business owners and residents of Rockaway Beach seemed to have more substance and a capacity for "otherness" that I had never known outside myself. I had left my cozy job in luxury retail, never wanting to look back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Zak's Sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for the first two years I lived here, but slowly I put down my own roots, made my own friends and was called by my

The Rockaway Times own name. I realized that so many of my female friends were business owners, many of them also mothers, and all of them wanting to better this community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By nature and grooming, I talk to everyone and so I did while exploring the Rockaways. From business owners and residents I found a common desire for more ease in life and work year-round. Finding the divisions left from the past made me desire to bring together the people separated by mere miles or business corridors. I had never been surrounded by so many women who had taken all the risks to do what they loved, and getting to know their struggles inspired me to risk struggling on my own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I came back from my yoga teacher training, I moved in with a local clothing designer. She and many other artists were facing hardships, not being able to support their businesses by selling on the boardwalk. We began talking about a female business alliance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to try and mediate conversations in a safe space so that everyone could be heard and supported. I had a yearning to give back to those who supported me and provided safety for me to express my worries, desires and beliefs. I called the first meeting of Ladies of Business Rockaway Beach in May of 2016. â&#x20AC;&#x153;LBRB is an organization built upon supporting each other with honesty, compassion and transparency. We allow everyone a chance to be heard, to ask and to offer something from our community. We have directly aided in the growth of several businesses and we recently received our 501(c)3. Our meetings are a place where collaborative projects are born and where anyone who respects our mission will be accepted with open arms. We hope to grow and we hope to have your support. With love.â&#x20AC;? This article was submitted by The Rockaway Business Alliance. For more information, email: info@rockawaybusinessalliance.org


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Sudden Loss of Consciousness Syncope (a sudden loss of consciousness) is a common challenging and non-specific problem that may require medical intervention, especially in older individuals. Causes range from transient, benign, self-limited problems to life-threatening conditions. Patients who are evaluated in the emergency department for syncope are often admitted to the hospital. Nationally, about one percent of those evaluated in the ER are there for syncope, while up to about 35 percent of those patients are admitted.

Patients admitted for syncope are usually placed on a cardiac monitoring unit and multiple tests are performed including MRIs, EKGs, EEGs, and cardiac catheterization. Despite all the testing, about 42 percent of those admitted for syncope have no cause found for their loss of consciousness by the time of discharge plus about 23 percent of those admitted for syncope are readmitted for the same diagnosis. A recent study done in California looked at the medical records of those admitted for

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syncope. The mean age of these patients was 71 years. The main causes of primary (meaning no underlying disorder) syncope were rarely found. Those causes in descending order of frequency included hypokalemia (low potassium) at 0.24 percent, ventricular tachycardia (rapid heart rate), atrial fibrillation, dehydration, and hyponatremia (low sodium). The most common causes of secondary syncope were heart disease and cancer. Fortunately, mortality from syncope is very low with mortality from primary syncope at 0.2 percent and secondary syncope at 1.4 percent. Higher mortality from secondary syncope was associated with congestive heart failure, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, end-stage kidney disease, and metastatic cancer. Hospital costs associated with admissions for syncope have risen from $20,023 in 2005 to $28,175 in 2011 and the average admission is for two days. Higher costs were

associated with implanted defibrillator and pacemaker placements, cardiac catheterization, and other expensive tests and procedures. In the study nearly a quarter of patients had multiple admissions for syncope with no diagnosis being found. The authors rightly point out that this constitutes an inefficient use of resources. The study concludes with the authorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opinion that the rising costs of hospital admissions for syncope and the rising number of admissions for syncope, especially multiple admissions for some patients, plus the fact that nearly half of those admitted for primary syncope have no cause found, should lead the medical community to question the wisdom of hospital admission for primary syncope. They question the need for admission especially after the emergency room work-up is normal. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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Rockaway Café Returns For Its Final Bow By Rosemary McGuire

As the confetti from last night’s show still lingers on the stage, the performers get ready for the next weekend’s shows. Places everyone! Rockaway Café is about to begin, again. After a five-year hiatus, the iconic Rockaway Café is back at the Post Theatre in Fort Tilden for what is said to be its final curtain call. Now with an estimated 40 cast members, five choreographers and too many to count behind the scenes volunteers, the Café is two fun-filled hours of singing, dancing, laughter, and even some tears. Producer Susan Jasper describes it as an eclectic, upbeat, exceptional combination of talent. The show, inspired by the Broadway production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, is a Rockaway Theatre Company (RTC) original. It debuted at the Post Theatre in 2001 and ran for ten consecutive years ending in 2011. John Gilleece has been its

“Rockaway Café -Then and Now” 2017 cast.

one and only director with both Gilleece and Jasper harnessing their collective creative talents to develop each Café as a unique showcase. No two Rockaway Café shows are alike. Each one hits the stage with a line up of music and dance numbers centering on a particular theme including The Beatles, The Sixties and Great Piano Men. “In most musicals there are only two or three large dance numbers and usually six to eight songs. In this year’s production

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And as Gilleece points out, the cast loves it as well because they get to show off their individual talents. Despite its massive popularity, the annual undertaking became too much and as Jasper puts it, in 2011 “it was time to stop” and “Rockaway Café” took its final bow. Or so everyone thought. Fast forward to early 2012. RTC’s home, The Post Theatre is completely renovated and ready for a new season. Then on October 29, 2012 Superstorm Sandy hits, leaving the new theater in ruins. Flooded and destroyed, hopes for the future of RTC looked dismal. However, thanks to hundreds of volunteers and Jasper’s self described guardian angel, Tony Homsey, the Post Theatre was slowly rebuilt. “We celebrated our rebirth with “Rockaway Café 13 The Comeback” which overflowed with hope and themes of friendship, recovery and resilience,”

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ROCKAWAY CAFÉ RETURNS Continued from Page 30 Gilleece said. The Comeback show was to be the one and only. Rockaway Café would be retired once again. That is, until the 20th anniversary of the Rockaway Theatre Company crept up. After much discussion, organizers felt there was no better way to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the RTC than with an all-time favorite. The decision was made: there would be one last Rockaway Café, titled “Then and Now” filled with music and dance from past shows and new productions never seen before. Dan Guarino, singer, musician and actor in the Rockaway Café, said, “I especially like the juxtaposition in this show of old and new. They’ve cleverly taken highlights from old shows and paired them with the new.” Old favorites from Rockaway Café 2002, The Salute to the Beatles, Mowtown, The Sixties, The Piano Men, The Music of the Movies and the Comeback

(L-R)Dan Guarino, Phyllis DePierro, Dante Rie, Kayla Ann Healy, Brian Sadowski, Anthony Homsey and Norman Scott from the skit “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.”

Rockaway Café 2013 reappear in “Then and Now.” “In this show, the RTC pairs a hit song from a previous Café with a new song in the same genre or by the same composer,” Gilleece said. For example, the 1964 Petula Clark song “Downtown” segues right into the 2014 Bruno Mars’ song “Uptown Funk.” Five choreographers worked together to put their own creative touch to the 12-14 dance numbers. “We can showcase talent in a way that raises the

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level of performance and allows us our creative freedom,” Nicola DePierro-Nellen choreographer and performer said. In a poignant reminder of the passing of the time, the show takes a serious turn to pay homage to those beloved members who have since passed on as well as an excited look to the future acknowledging those who have been raised in the RTC

Choreographer Nicola DePierroNellen pictured with Producer Susan Jasper and Director John Gilleece.

family over the past two decades. “There have been many,” Jasper notes. “There is a tremendous amount of time, work and devotion that’s involved in putting together this type of show,” Jasper said. “We rely heavily on the talented folks who volunteer their time and share their gifts with us.” Most agree that 20 years in the business is a remarkable feat. As Guarino puts it, “theatre only gets to twenty years under the guidance of such talented, creative and dedicated people like Susan and John.” Music, dance laughter and tears, “Rockaway Café Then and Now” has it all. See it while you can. This may be the last chance, or will it? There are only seven more chances to see “Then and Now.” Performances will be November 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and November 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. To reserve your seat, head to www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org or call 718-374-6400.

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How Would You Like to be Present? Often, we are so busy thinking about our next thing to do on the to-do list that we miss being present with what we are doing right now. It can be the smallest task such as drying your dishes or chopping your vegetables. Are you multi-tasking and preparing the

next thing to do in your mind? Can you just be where you are? Nothing more, nothing less. Many years back, when I was younger, I would go to Brooklyn Sports Club, it was called Starrett City back then. I would first start out in the steam room, relaxing and enjoying

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the warm, wet heat and preparing my body and mind to work out. It is here that I found I could be in the moment with nothing to do but stay in the room. Then I would head to the pool for a workout to stretch and strengthen my body. From there, I would head up to the gym, do some core, weights, stairmaster and maybe even run on the treadmill. I would then run to yoga, yes race to get to the mat to learn how to slow down and be in the moment. It was the hardest part of my workout. The worst thing I did was to leave before savasana (the resting pose that seals in the whole yoga practice) because I had to go to work or pick up my children from school. OY! What was I thinking? I was fitting everything in and checking it off my to do list. Sounds crazy but I was young and not so aware of being in the moment. As a yoga teacher, I must be present to my students in front of me. If I am present they will become present. As I walk around the room, I learn to

help the person with alignment and just give them support by paying attention to them. Holding space and time for each student, I try to give them their quiet time and encourage them to stay in the room with their breath and focus. It’s a great practice for everyone and seems to help students become more focused on the NOW. Be here now. Such a great moment. Being aware brings attention to our lives off the mat. We feel grateful for each moment and enjoy the fullness of our life. Breathing in, we become energized, breathing out, we release clutter from the mind and body. Blessed to be the witness. One day at a time. The more I live, the more I love life and all that it has to offer. Our community is full of loving, kind people. I am very aware of this unique place I call home. Proud to be part of Rockaway Beach. For today I will live in this morning, ride every wave, fall down and get back up. Give yourself the gift of being present with yourself.

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The Price of Saving Money By Adam Magniccari

If I heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times. “You get what you pay for.” I heard it said by one poor woman who wouldn’t spend the extra $12.00 on washing machine hoses that probably would have saved her about $15K in home repairs. That’s right, she bought the black rubber hoses from 20 years ago instead of the new braided hoses and it flooded her entire first floor. It’s the small things that truly make the difference. Now, sometimes it’s not the consumer that is to blame. Most people would look at washing machine hoses, and aside from what they look like, wouldn’t know the downside of buying one instead of the other. When you go to Home Depot and Lowes, you are looking for a solution, and you will usually pick whatever is in your budget at the time.

For your average person, it’s impossible to know what is a quality item and what items are a liability. This week’s article serves to educate the everyday consumer on what items to stay away from. If you are looking for the particular items on my list I suggest you go to whatever specialty trade store is available for professional advice. These stores are more than willing to offer their expertise and recommend the right product. Oftentimes, the extra money you pay can save you in more ways than one. 1. Bathroom and kitchen faucets. This is by far, one of the biggest mistakes people fall for. While the big box stores carry brands such as DELTA, KOHLER and MOEN, the quality and parts that go into making these faucets is totally inferior to the same brands made for the plumbing trade. Most popular models of these faucets

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have a plumbing supply version and a big box version. You will usually save about $100 on average, buying from the big box and think you’re getting a deal, but you’re not. Most of the big box faucets last less than five years and with the high cost of labor in the plumbing industry, the money you will be paying your plumber to take out your “new” faucet will surely outweigh your initial savings. Don’t be fooled. 2. Electric switches. I have bought many electrical parts over the years from the big box stores and nothing has proven more of a liability than the switches. A basic electrical one pole switch will run you about $2.05 at one of these stores. If you bought the identical switch at an electrical supply, you would pay 33 cents more. The difference between the two are night and day. Every aspect is

better with the supply house switch. Especially if you consider how often switches get used in your house, it’s a no brainer. 3. Glidden paint. I hate to call out one particular brand but I have to tell you the truth. This paint isn’t worth the can its put in. It’s the cheapest paint you can find. For a few dollars more, go with BEHR from Home Depot if you’re looking to save. We’re talking a few dollars more for a major difference in a major job in your home. People say paint is paint but it’s not. It looks totally different when you apply it and it fades just the same. I’m a Benjamin Moore fan exclusively. Worth every penny if you ask me. Right at your neighborhood Ace, saves you the toll and everything. As always feel free to email me with your questions or comments at 1soloplumbing@ gmail.com


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Judging from the overall mood of jubilee at the Jamaica Bay Task Force meeting last Thursday, November 2 at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, folks liked what they heard and saw, and were hopeful that it all will come to fruition sooner rather than later. Six presentations were made about promising projects that have occurred and others looming on the horizon. Don Riepe, American Littoral Society's Jamaica Bay program director discussed the clean up efforts that his team undertook over this past summer, including the great work done by the Youth Restoration Corps, which consisted of a group of children who learned and worked together around the Bay, conducting cleanups, planting spartina, and installing Osprey nests. Pete Weppler, Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Environmental Analysis Branch, NY District, gave a walkthrough of options and actual plans for numerous restoration projects in the Bay. Unsurprisingly, sand seems to be the main magical ingredient in preserving and protecting the Bay. Weppler announced that the next round of dredging for the Rockaway Inlet is scheduled for 2018 and that the sand amount produced will be 250,000 CU which is the amount needed for the creation of a wetland island in the bay, based on previous construction techniques. In response, Dan Mundy, Jr., founder of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers and chairman of the Jamaica Bay Task Force, said, “The Ecowatchers have submitted numerous requests for that sand to be considered for the creation of an island near the pumpkin patch channel and they will be following this possible development closely.” One particular slide that sparked interest, labeled as “work in progress-subject to change” was about High Frequency Risk Flooding Reduction Features (HFRFRF) for the Atlantic Coast of East Rockaway Inlet to Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay. It stated, “any projects presented must be independently

justified with a positive BCR and must be able to function independently in the advanced construction of a storm barrier.” Let’s see what the Army Corps drums up in 2018. John McLaughlin, NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) managing director, Office of Ecosystem Services, Green Infrastructure and Research, presented the latest information on the oyster cages that were installed at the head of the Bay. Though the project has shown that the oysters are growing, the big question now is will researchers discover recruitment of oyster spat and new oysters growing in the bay? McLaughlin said, “The project has great implications as oysters are natural filters and their reproduction will have a very positive impact on the Bay’s waters.” Mundy gave an update on the next major restoration that will break ground in Jamaica Bay — Sunset Cove. (For further info, see the October 12 Rockaway Times article “BC Beams As Mayor Allocates $7M to Sunset Cove Restoration.”) Mundy emphasized what a great milestone this was for the people who fought for years to see the Sunset Cove restoration become a reality. “The fact that the restoration is finally on the doorstep is so amazing not for just the Ecowatchers, but everyone who will finally get to see and enjoy the beauty of the Cove. Now we are going to have wetlands, an elevated berm that is going to double as storm protection, while offering opportunities to walk along that berm and see the beauty of the Bay out for miles, a boardwalk and more!” Mundy exclaimed. Other announcements included discussion of ecological restoration at the Wildlife Refuge, where tens of thousands of new native tree species are being planted. Finally Alex Zablocki, executive director of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy highlighted new recent projects he is spearheading around the Bay. See his article, “Project Update and A Nod To Veterans,” on page 43.


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

Revisiting the Past With Hope About the Future What follows below is the first column, Life With Our “Artistic” Child, I wrote in September 2016 that for some reason, I felt it was timely to offer it up again to Rockaway Times’ readers. For all, if not many of us, a lot has changed in the past year. Besides being a year older, circumstances of our lives may have changed due to health, marital status, careers, living situations, financial realities and the list goes on. Also, note that our children have changed too. Their behaviors and personalities have also evolved and suddenly we are walking alongside these little adults. Since writing this first column, my daughter has changed immensely, with one main exception — She is still a little energetic spit fire, who I wouldn’t change for the world! Yes, I consider my daughter, “artistic,” remodeling the label, “autistic.” Eight years ago, my beautiful daughter was born. After much fan fare, with me screaming like a banshee in the back seat of the car, my mum singing at the top of her lungs, we arrived at South Nassau Community hospital. God certainly knows what one can bare, because only after a record-breaking one-hour labor, my little girl popped out like a fighter, red-faced, screaming all sorts of profanities with her fists swinging! (Just joking about the profanities).

Because I had a difficult pregnancy being on bed rest, I only got six-weeks maternity leave, and had to report back to work in the stressful fashion industry. My daughter stayed at home with her dad. I would come from work, spinning like a top. Rushing to make her food, cook dinner for us, clean up and retire for the night, exhausted. Weekends were the same. Cleaning, running errands and trying to squeeze in a bit of family time. The question that really eluded me was, am I giving my daughter enough of my attention? I just did not feel as though there were enough hours in the day. She met all her initial milestones. She sat up at three months, crawled at six months and was walking like a ballerina on her toes at 12 months. Thank God, I thought. However at eighteen months, my mother-in-law revealed to us that she suspected that our daughter had some autistic characteristics. I remember feeling livid. Like, how dare you put that label on my daughter? To be honest, I had no idea what she was talking about. Autism? What is that? Anyway, to prove her wrong, I called Early Intervention to have my daughter screened. I remember when the psychologist did certain activities with her and she did not respond as was expected, I cried. I thought he was so rough with

her. So what if she is not making eye contact? So what if she was not stacking the blocks, instead choosing to throw them over her shoulder? So what if she walks on her toes? She was diagnosed with PDD. At eighteen months, my daughter was already built like a brick house. Picture Simone Biles’ powerful legs, arms and core. When we took my daughter to the doctor, it would take me, two nurses and the doctor to hold her down for examination. And trust me, she fought us all like a wrestler! Fast-forward to the present, she is in a District 75 school for children with special-needs. She is non-verbal, (as of now), walks on her toes and does some peculiar self-stimulating actions. However, her eye contact has improved immensely. Also, she indeed is the “danger” girl. She has no fear. She bounces on the furniture, climbs up the bookshelf and sits on top, peering down at you smugly like a Cheshire cat. She has almost destroyed my mum’s house. Door knobs

Page 39 were broken off, bookshelf almost annihilated. I could give you a list. And yet, she is so gifted. She could hear a song once, and repeat it in its entirety. She learned to roller blade after just one trial run. She skateboards. Everyone says she has all the natural equipment and characteristics to exceed athletically. As most parents of autistic children would share, they are indeed exhausting, but such a joy. This is why when asked, I tell people that my daughter is “Artistic,” as opposed to autistic. She is beautiful, gifted and a savant in her own rights. The next Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Families Support Group is Thursday, November 30, 7 p.m. at the 100th Precinct. The topic is Building Autism Awareness with the NYPD. You don’t want to miss this dynamic meeting where folks can share and learn from each other. For more info, email: ourartisticchild@outlook.com or visit our Facebook Page: Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Familes Support Group.

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Once again, another wonderful summer season has sadly closed. Now the holidays are sneaking up fast. Today’s postcard should keep you warm and energized throughout the snow season to continue the “Battle for Jetties” in The Rockaways…and here’s the PROOF!!! It took me a while to find this postcard in my father’s HUGE collection.

Pop Fiction Comes to Lola Star Time to get your writing on! Lola Star and the Rockaway Writers Workshop have started a series of free pop-up creative workshops for adults and kids called Pop Fiction. Pop Fiction aims to provide fun, age-appropriate writing workshop prompts for kids and adults (ages 6 and up) as well as creative activities, special pop-up sales, fun treats, and an excuse to play dress up. The theme of each Pop Fiction event will be based around specific holidays. Participants will learn about the origins of each holiday and will celebrate its history with activities. Claire Van Winkle, the creative mind behind the Rockaway Writers’ Workshop, leads the adult activities and Evelin Gaspar, Lola Star Manager, runs the Kids’ Corner at each workshop, which is held at the Lola Star store at 174 Beach 116th Street. The workshops are being offered for free with the hope

of strengthening the community. However, donations are welcome to help support the Rockaway Writers Workshop. The first workshop took place on November 1 to celebrate the fall harvest and Halloween. The next one will be on November 26 to celebrate Thanksgiving. On December 30 will be a celebration of Christmahanakwanizka, or a Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa collaboration. January 6 will be made to ring in the new year. On February 17, love will be in the air for Valentine’s Day. March 21st will be a St. Paddy’s Day after party and April 1 will be for the April fools out there. All of the workshops are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lola Star’s shop will also have a series of events from Wacky Wednesday surprise sales to a scavenger hunt on November 18 and Customer Appreciation Day on November 22.


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LOCAL COLOR: READERS SEND IN THEIR PIX We might be a little biased but we think some of the best photographers in the world live in Rockaway. Here are some shots that readers shared with us this week. Send your photos (limit to 2 per week) to mail@rockawaytimes.com and we’ll do our best to print them (space permitting). We do receive more than we can print.

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From the JBRPC PROJECT UPDATE AND A NOD TO VETERANS By Alex Zablocki

It has been a busy few weeks at the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC). At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, we recently capped off a three-year restoration project with The Nature Conservancy and National Park Service. This work included 14-acres of restoration and the planting of 28,000 trees and shrubs. Working with the American Littoral Society, Gateway Bike and Boathouse, Rockaway Beach Civic Association and NYC Parks, we helped transform parkland located at Beach 88th Street and Beach Channel Drive into a place for kayaking, with public access to the bay. Finally, two weeks ago we began a project to improve the overlook at Battery Harris East, Fort Tilden, along with our partners at the National Park Service and Groundwork Hudson Valley. While the cold weather seems to be setting in, we look forward to

spending the next few months planning out an aggressive agenda for 2018 to further improve our parks and open spaces. Get to know our parks. Did you know that Gwritzman Triangle, located at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 144th Street in Neponsit, is named after Leroy H. Gwirtzman, a World War II veteran and long-time community activist? According to NYC Parks, the park is part of the city’s Greenstreets Program and provides walkways, a sitting area, flagpole, plantings and a fence with decorative features. Recently, JBRPC joined NYC Parks and local residents in painting the fence and improving the grounds. This work will be completed in the next few weeks. Speaking of veterans, often times we take for granted the joys of enjoying the outdoors and our beautiful landscape. As we approach Veterans Day, we are reminded of the sacrifice so many have made to keep us free. Self-

less acts of heroism and service do not go unnoticed and it is because of the women and men in the armed forces that we can go about our daily routine and enjoy our wonderful open spaces. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has erected many monuments across our parks honoring our veterans. Some of these include the Rockaway Women Veterans Monument, Rockaway Veterans Memorial, Belle Harbor Memorial Circle and Broad Channel Memorial Park Flagstaff and plaque. A full list can be found at: https://www.nycgovparks. org/art-and-antiquities/permanent-art-and-monuments. Across the bay at Floyd Bennett Field, the National Park Service has recognized World War II pilots of the Naval Air Ferry Command, which was once based at Floyd Bennett Field. This plaque can be found in the Ryan Visitor Center. In Floyd Bennett Field’s Hangar B, the Histor-

ic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP) – having many members who served in the military – has a small museum dedicated to armed forces. All of these are worth exploring. We want to hear from you. Last month, JBRPC launched a new activities and events map on our website. The tool allows visitors to sort activities of interest across all Jamaica Bay and Rockaway parks, as well as events taking place in our parks. You can help us build out content for the new map by sending us your events. The map and link to submit events can be found at http://www.jbrpc.org/getting-around. Let us know what you think. If you would like more information on JBRPC, including volunteer opportunities and events, please visit www.jbrpc.org. Alex Zablocki is the executive director of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy.

Rockaway Runs the Marathon Rockaway showed up strong at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5. John Edwards and the Rockaway Gliders led a contingent of Rockaway runners as part of the event. Ronald Joseph posted the fastest time in 2:53.19

for the 26 miles and 385 yards. Patrick Goldberg was close behind in 2:54.42. Kevin Quinn also broke the 3-hour barrier in 2:59.07. Jimmy Hayden was next in 3:18.48, Peter Cashin 3:36.36, and Jimmy Lunny 3:48.48. Cristin Mullen

Patrick Goldberg and Kevin Quinn. Photo by Sally Quinn.

was first Rockaway female in 3:54.56. Keith Klein also broke the 4-hour barrier in 3:56.55. Meredith Kelleher clocked 4:18.21, Steve Gifford 4:26.46, and Pastor Ron Taylor came in at 5:19.12, while Gliders guru John Edwards proved himself

crossing in at 6:19.38. It was a great day for all with many post race celebrations of their great accomplishments. All are now looking forward to the much less grueling but funfilled Santa Run on December 16.

Cristin Mullen was the first Rockaway female to cross the finish line. Photo by Maureen Daly.

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Rainout Week for the Snowflake League as planned as Rock Fam swept Allstate by the final scores of 9-5 and 13-5. With that series completed, the regular season was officially over. Playoff schedule and final regular season standings and run differential are below. Playoff Quarterfinal Playoff Schedule: Monday 11/6: (4) Sons of Pitches vs (5) Rock Fam Tuesday 11/7: (2) Ruffle Bar vs (7) Black Sox Wednesday 11/8: (3) Cereal Killers vs (6) Alchoballics Thursday 11/9: (1) Marine Park vs (8) Allstate

By The Commissioner's Office

The week of Halloween was the Snowflake League's designated week to make up games that were rained out. There was a game on Halloween night and the next two nights. The Black Sox and Allstate had to make up one series and the Cereal Killers and Rock Fam both had two series they needed made up. The rain held up and these games were played and the regular season finally came to a close. Details of the games are as follows... The Cereal Killers brought the sticks on Halloween night. The first game saw the Black Sox keep it close but the Cereal Killers would prevail by a 6 spot. The second game saw a late offensive explosion as the Cereal Killers walked off with a mercy in the top of the 7th. A sweep with the scores being 11-5 and 17-4. Wednesday night had Rock Fam jumping out to an 8-2 lead but

The Rock Fam team.

then went cold. Cereal Killers scored 10 unanswered runs to take game one. The second game was a pitcher's duel with the Cereal Killers winning by a

Thrilling Win for SFDS 8th Grade Girls

It played out like a cross-town rival of epic proportions on Saturday, November 4 when St. Francis de Sales (SFDS) defeated Blessed Trinity (BT). Both teams played their hearts out in one of the most exciting games of their eight-year CYO career. Regulation play resulted in a 1-1 tie, with neither team scoring in double overtime. Emily Harkins of SFDS started it off with a breakaway goal early in the first half, which was quickly answered by BT’s Molly Danaher. Both defensive lines dominated in the second half resulting in a draw and forcing double overtime. The spotlight then shifted squarely on star goalies Reilly

Nichtern from SFDS and Kaitlyn Moran from BT, both of whom exceled under extreme pressure. During the shootout, each team gets five direct shots on goal. Nichtern’s cat-like agility in goal proved to be too much for BT to overcome. While BT’s Shannon Davey and Kristen Hennessey successfully netted in ball, it wasn’t enough to overcome the powerful SFDS trifecta of Emily Harkins, Sammie Ostrander, and Fiona Mullen. Congratulations to both teams on a thrilling game and a successful season! Come support SFDS as they take on St. Mel’s for the CYO crown on Sunday, November 12, 7:15pm at Aviator.

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deuce. A sweep with the scores being 12-8 and 3-1. Thursday night Rock Fam took on Allstate as Allstate was playing to avoid the eight seed. Didn't go

Final Regular Season Standings: (head to head, run differential, winning %) Marine Park 13-1 (+86) Ruffle Bar 12-2 (+98) Cereal Killers 9-5 (+34) Sons of Pitches 7-7 (+/- 0) Rock Fam 7-7 (-5) Alchoballics 3-11 (-69) Black Sox 3-11 (-70) Allstate 2-12 (-85)

SFDS 3rd Grade Boys Soccer - Playoff Update By Coaches Chris LaFroscia, Tom McElhinney & Dan Spaeth

This year marks a competitive milestone for the St. Francis de Sales (SFDS) boys, as they competed all season for a spot in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocese playoffs. The kids worked hard at practice and gave it their all throughout the entire fall season, finishing with a 5-4-1 regular season record. Good enough for the #3 seed entering this weekend’s opening round of playoff action. The matchup at Juniper Park saw our squad locked up with the #2 seed, Our Lady of Hope from Middle Village. After two closely contested regular season games between these two groups, which resulted in losses for our boys, twice - SFDS was ready for this one! The Playoff contest was tight all game long, with the score deadlocked at halftime 0-0. Much of that first half action had SFDS in the offensive zone applying pressure, led by Richie Aiken and Nick Castro with scoring opportunities. Those opportunities

were made possible thanks to defensive stoppers Peter McElhinney and Kieran Buonanno, who played lights out. The second half saw Hope strike first with a corner kick that snuck past our defenders to land in the net, making the score 1-0. With their heads up, our boys focused on making the match even through great teamwork and hustle. With only a few minutes remaining, Peter McElhinney scored a goal on a free kick from a good distance away, thanks to that Big Boot he has! Score even 1-1. The match went through two five-minute overtime sessions with neither team scoring a goal. This led to an exciting shoot out! What a way for the boys to experience their first playoff action. Nick Castro jumped in goal and stopped two shots while our boys made three attempts to pull off the upset and win. The sectional Championship is set for next Saturday at home against Blessed Trinity, in what will be another fun and competitive match. Well done boys, everyone is proud of you!


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SFDS Boys Bantam Team Wins 1st Round Playoff

On Saturday, November 4 the SFDS Boys Bantam soccer team won their first playoff game of the post-season against St. Patrick's 2-1. In a heated back-and-forth battle that took them into two overtimes, Matty Martin scored the game-winning goal with just 30 seconds left on the clock! The game started off evenly matched with both teams taking control of the ball early on. Joe Butler (1 goal 1 assist) came through once again to score unassist-

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