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De Blasio Sits Down With Uptown By Katie McFadden

“I went to the St. Patrick’s Day parade and heard your message at the parade. The community is good at getting important messages across during parades,” Mayor Bill de Blasio joked in front of a packed house at PS 114 on Tuesday, December 5. For the first time, residents of the west end of the peninsula got to deliver their messages to the Mayor in a much more controlled atmosphere. De Blasio directly heard and addressed locals’ concerns at a Town Hall, which many found to be a positive and productive open forum. More than 200 residents packed the gym of PS 114 of the event hosted by Councilman Eric Ulrich. Over the course of nearly three hours, Mayor de Blasio and commissioners of almost every major city agency, listened to the unique concerns of the Rockaway peninsula, and came up with instant solutions to some, promises of improvements on others, and admis-

De Blasio spoke directly with residents. Photo by Dan Brown.

sions that some things are out of the city’s hands. Some of the hot button issues of the evening included coastal protection, transportation, housing, and education. Before opening the Town Hall to questions from the audience, the Mayor provided some updates about some good things coming to the community. “We know that your council district and Rockaway didn’t get the

investment they deserved in many ways for many decades. My job had been to try to make up for that,” he said. He spoke about Rockaway being a town full of first responders and provided updates about local fire departments and police. “We’re making two investments. We’re going to be making the firehouses better at Engines 266 and 329. They deserve it,” he said, without going

into detail. He also spoke of the decrease in crime across the city, and specifically the 100th Precinct, which saw an eight percent decrease in crime from last year, zero homicides and only one shooting. Before the audience could even get into it, de Blasio acknowledged the need for urgent coastal protection, and his plans to hopefully get it to Rockaway quicker. “I didn’t live it the way you lived it, but I was here in the days after Sandy. I saw just how shocking the devastation was. We have a lot more work to do. Compared to five years ago, some things are better. That doesn’t let us off the hook for the many things we have to do. On the beach, 4 million plus cubic yards of sand was added. I know a lot of it’s gone, but it was added. And it made things better. We’re proud of the boardwalk. The new boardwalk protects everyone. We’ve been doing a lot, but we’ve got Continued on page 9

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Not Been There, Not Done That A great conversation starter was posted on Twitter by Katie Honan. She asked, “New Yorkers, what’s the one New York thing you haven’t done?” Lots of people weighed in. Glancing through the replies, I’d say the Empire State Building was the place most mentioned. The Statue of Liberty was another famous spot that a lot of New Yorkers just haven’t made it to, yet. (And if they haven’t yet, they ain’t likely to). I’m not, I swear, going down memory lane again but these two

places were easier to visit a few decades ago. You could go to the Empire State Building on a whim. It was free to ride the elevator to the 86th floor and get an unmatched view of the city. For a couple of bucks, they even had a recording booth in which you could make your own 45 record (if you’re under 30, don’t ask). In my deep research for this week’s column, this one blew me away. You can still ride the elevator to the 86th floor but it costs $36! That made me curse

but I don’t use such language. If you’re a New Yorker and haven’t been to the Empire State Building, you can now avoid it on principle. Thirty-six dollars, my ass. And these days, you gotta make reservations for the Statue of Liberty, if you want to go up to the crown. Reservations? Who’s doing that? Katie herself listed McSorley’s, the famous Irish bar on the lower East Side, as a New York institution that somehow she’s missed. I’m guessing she’ll get to it. Katz’s Deli, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Times Square on New Year’s Eve, and the Circle Line were mentioned by others. Peter Luger Steakhouse, Radio City, the UN, and the Cloisters were places still on the bucket list for some. This being New York, you had to expect some true New York responses. One person said he’d never jumped a subway turnstile and another said he’d never thrown up in a subway station or train. Someone else said they’d never stopped pro-

Page 5 fessing love for the BQE. Another guy said he’d never had a hot dog from a street vendor. Say what? He must’ve arrived 10 minutes ago. Islands seem to be too much of a hassle for some. Ellis, Liberty, Governors, City, and Staten were yet to be visited by people claiming to be New Yorkers — which makes me wonder about Rockaway. All those New York landmarks might as well be the moon for some locals. It’s completely possible to live on this spit of land and never, ever, leave. You might not get the best meal, healthcare or education but all those things are still available for those who can’t bear to leave the beach. I mean you can even go to college online. You can even play a parochial version of Katie Honan’s game. What Rockaway thing have you never done? It’ll be easy to find someone who’s never been to the Empire State Building, but the trick is to find someone who hasn’t been to Connolly’s or on the boardwalk. What haven’t you done?

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***** Happy Hanukkah! The first night is Tuesday, December 12. There will be menorah lightings on Beach 116th Street at 5:30 p.m. and in front of Peninsula Library at 6:30 p.m. ***** Our deepest condolences to the family of T.J. Curley, the 12-year-old boy, who died in a fire last Sunday morning. Please donate to The Graybeards or the online GoFundMe.com site to help the family (some who were hospitalized). Just search “Curley” at gofundme.com and you’ll find the donation link. ***** It’s like no hamburgers or French fries at McDonald’s. There were no stamps at the post office. That’s what we were told last Thursday. We don’t know what’s going on at the Rockaway Park branch but no stamps? We

hope that’ll get straightened out before the holiday crush. ***** ‘Tis the season for thieven’. Cars are being broken into (it’s been a real problem in Broad Channel lately) and packages have been taken off porches in Belle Harbor. Be careful and keep your eyes open. And call the police if you’ve suspect something (or been a victim). A police presence will occur if the precinct is made aware. ***** The Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization, releases comprehensive plans every twenty years or so. Its most recent plan got some attention when they suggested saving money by closing the subway overnight. That was just one take away. The plan focuses on four urban challenges: institutions, climate change, transportation, and affordability. Another take away was the study’s recommendation that the Rockaway Branch line be reactivated so passengers could have a one seat ride from JFK to Manhattan. The full plan is

available online at FourthPlan. org. Although most of the plan will never happen (price tags and the bureaucracy are two murderous hurdles), it is an easy-to-read summary of what the region needs. ***** We got an interesting message from a notable figure in the arts who wants to work with an architect, preferably a retired one, on an experimental flood-proof house or structure that is different than the Build It Back standard lift job. If you’re such an architect, drop us a note at Mail@ RockawayTimes.com . ***** And now playing at Yankee Stadium…. Ray Marten! The Belle Harbor resident and football player for Boston College will be taking the field on December 27 in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium as he and fellow Eagles take on Iowa. Way to go, Ray! ***** The Bugalou music series continues. It’s the once-a-month music show that’s been a huge, fun hit. The next one is January 5 with John Sebastian, formerly

Page 7 of The Lovin’ Spoonful. BreezyGrass is the local band kicking off the night. Email bugaloumusic@ gmail.com for tickets and info. ***** Another place is in the works. A restaurant/pub is being built on Mickey Carton Way, the old Rockaway Beach Drive between 108-109. (Next to Coastal Yogurt, a few doors down from Healy’s). It’s being opened by someone who’s no stranger to the block. ***** Someone gave Mayor de Blasio a Rockaway Times t-shirt. John Kenny of NYTRUE.com, snapped and sent us a picture of the mayor holding up the shirt with a note, “Don't know if is marketing gold or a nightmare that will drive your readers away.” Exactly, John. It seems anytime we put a politician(s) on the front page we get leftover papers in our news rack which otherwise empty out quickly. We’re guessing he won’t be wearing the shirt as he works out in the gym in Park Slope, but he liked it enough that a photo was posted to the Mayor’s official photo page.

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DE BLASIO SITS DOWN Continued from Page 3 more to do,â&#x20AC;? de Blasio said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But everyone can agree we need our partners at the Army Corps to do more and do it more quickly. And next month, Janaury 26 in Washington, D.C., I have a meeting with the commanding general of the Army Corps, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to tell him that Rockaway needs more protection and we need it to be a priority,â&#x20AC;? he announced to heavy cheers from the crowd. De Blasio also addressed the issue of dirty beaches over the summer and announced that the Parks Department will be adding an additional 10-person cleaning crew for heavily utilized areas from Beach 59th to Beach 117th Street. De Blasio spoke of some education updates including expanding free, full day pre-K across the city and efforts to start 3k, or free education for three-year-olds, which will be coming to Rockawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s District 27 starting in the fall, with applications opening on February 5. He also spoke of increasing af-

ter-school resources for middle school students in the area and across the city. The mayor touted his achievement of bringing back the ferry as part of a citywide service, so that it would be difficult to get rid of. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We built this thing so no one can take it away. God help the future mayor who tries to take it away from you. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not gonna happen,â&#x20AC;? de Blasio said, adding that new upgrades will be coming, including more bike racks and digital kiosks directing passengers to local businesses at docks, plus larger boats by the spring to accommodate big summer crowds. In his final update, de Blasio announced that a $55 million grant is going towards the apartments at Dayton Beach Park to secure the future of the development and ensure that it will be affordable for the next 35 years. Resiliency measures will be added as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look forward to your always colorful and passionate comments,â&#x20AC;? de Blasio said before opening the floor to questions from the audience. Community

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Board 14 President Dolores Orr was granted the first question, which happened to be about Dayton Beach Park. Orr spoke of investigations of the board and management company there, and Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) voiding a recent board election due to questions about the legitimacy of the vote, among other issues. The Mayor directed the question to Lydon Sleeper, HPDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chief of Staff, who said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re aware of the issues and are currently doing an audit, which will determine actions that will be taken. He also said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be working closely with a new management company that is set to come in at the beginning of next year. Next up, both John Cori and Hank Iori, big advocates for beach protection, requested that when the Mayor speaks to the Army Corps of Engineers next month, that he urges them to include adding jetties from Beach 123rd to Beach 149th as part of their protection plan. The Mayor and Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell

Silver said they will ask for the addition, and reiterated that they will urge the Army Corps to start with their plans in 2018. Speaking on other beach issues, a mother of a son in a wheelchair asked for beach access to be increased for those with disabilities, which includes adding more beach mats, maintaining them and ensuring they go from the street to the water. Demanding immediate action, de Blasio had Parksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Queens Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowki estimate the cost, which she determined to be $200,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will pay for this,â&#x20AC;? de Blasio said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Between Beach 127th and 149th Street, we will pay for the staffing and equipment so mats will be placed on every street in that section.â&#x20AC;? Jean Belford brought up the need for a trauma center, especially in the wake of the fire that killed 12-year-old T.J. Curley, as he and his family had to be brought to a hospital in Nassau County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have one hospital, which is subpar. If we have an emergency, we have to go Continued on page 35

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This past Saturday night, many children across the peninsula, in Broad Channel (BC) and beyond, who just attended the Beach 116th Christmas tree lighting, may have gone to bed singing Jingle Bells with visions of jolly Ol' Saint Nick in their heads. However, tragically, one 12-year-old boy’s life ended in a nightmare before Christmas. Early morning Sunday, December 3, around 3:05 a.m., a ferocious fire broke out in a fifth floor apartment of six-story residential rental building, 122-20 Ocean Promenade. According to an FDNY spokesperson, the fire was an all-hands response with 60 firefighters and 12 units, and took about an hour to get under control. Twelve-year-old Thomas Curley, affectionately called T.J. by his family and friends, was found unresponsive by first responders, and after being taken to Nassau Community Medical Center was pronounced dead due to smoke inhalation. Three other people, including T.J.'s family members, suffered serious injuries in the blaze, while five more — one of them a firefighter — suffered minor injuries. All were taken to Nassau Community. In the days after the fire, the FDNY determined the cause to be an accident due to smoking. The smoke detectors were reported to be not working.

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Rockaway Park resident, Eileen Steakin, visiting friends in a third floor apartment of the building, said, “I woke up feeling as though I was having heart burn. I jumped up and suddenly realized that I was smelling smoke. It was pouring in thick as a blanket from the hallway. My friends and I grabbed the dogs, and immediately fled into the hallway, and saw absolute bedlam. It was around three in the morning, and people were in their pajamas with their pets and children panicking. Then we saw the firefighters, who safely guided us out of the building. From outside, we could see as the fire hoses were going up, more and more firefighters were coming down with residents. “We weren’t able to go back in until four hours later. However, the real heartbreaking part is what happened to little T.J. I fondly remember him as

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ROCKAWAY KEEPS STRONG Continued from Page 10 a good kid, well-behaved. He was an only child, who brought so much joy to his family and the community.â&#x20AC;? T.J. Curley was a student at PS 114 in Belle Harbor, who played the trumpet. One friend of the family, Rockaway resident, Donna Miley-Figueroa, who could barely speak because of her utter heartbreak said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could never pick one memory about T.J. He respectfully called my husband and I, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;uncle and aunt.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He con-

sidered our two girls, Marley and Vinni, cousins. As a family, we always went to block parties, the beach, birthdays, holidays â&#x20AC;&#x201D; everything! I knew his family for as long as I could remember. T.J. was such a pleasure to be around, so kind and polite. He always stopped to hug you â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hello.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; T.J., my daughters, and his friends Alannah, Claire and Danielle helped Liz Hanna from Mazzone Hardware light the Christmas tree just hours before this tragedy. My heart is broken for the Curley family. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll miss him more than anything.â&#x20AC;? In true Rockaway fashion, lo-

cals are now banning together to do what they can to help the Curley family through what is sure to be an extremely tough road ahead, emotionally and financially. Here are some ways you can help to forever remember T.J., support his family and all the other residents who were left homeless after this untimely tragedy: A friend of the family established an Amazon Wish page to help replace the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basic needs. From toilet paper, toothpaste to an airbed, check out their list to help them through the next few months. Visit Amazonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wish list page and search for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Curley Family Support.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Curley family member, Danielle McMahon, established a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family. The holidays will be even harder for them to stomach life without T.J., but they need all the support they can get to start anew. As we go to press, more than $11,000 has been raised in this campaign. Visit: www.gofundme.com/curley-family to make a donation. Another GoFundMe page was established by Timothy Stines to

The Rockaway Times help the family pay for T.J.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral expenses. As we go to press, more than $24,000 has been raised in this fundraiser. Visit: www.gofundme.com/tj-curley to donate. The ladies of Rockaway WISH always step up and are collecting gift cards and monetary donations through PayPal at info@rockawaywish.org or the Venmo app. Other locals collecting are the Graybeards and Assembly District leader Lew Simon. Simon and Kathy Mallon, Ocean Promenade Tenant Association leaders, are collecting gift cards, checks, clothing and furniture for the five families that lost everything during Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fire at 122-20 Ocean Promenade. As of press time, they are compiling a list of clothing sizes and other things that are needed. For further info, call Lew Simon at 719-945-1216. On Saturday, December 16, head to Brendan's Bar (112-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) starting at 5 p.m. for a fundraiser. All donations are welcome There will also be drink specials, a 50/50 and entertainment. Photos by Paul Lurrie.

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POTUS No Float Us Dear Editor: My first time taking the Rockaway ferry was a DISASTER! On Saturday, December 2, I had to get into the City for dinner and a play, so thought I’d hop on the 3:30 p.m. ferry after visiting my girlfriend. I got to the pier and lots of people were waiting, but it was a no-show boat! Plus no announcements as to why — only the “crawl” on monitor saying to go online for service alerts. So I go to the site and it says the Coast Guard closed the East River. WHAT???? (I’m wondering if the boat hit another submerged object.) Now I’m not

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 going to make it to my plans in time. Ugh. I’m so frustrated that I call 311 to complain. They give me complaint info for Hornblower. Customer service claims that announcements were made. (Not while I was there along with the dozens waiting on the pier). They said I had to use their app to get info and that the river was closed because Trump was in town. Plus, they won’t refund my two tickets since they’re good for a year. Hornblower really blows! How about real-time info on that monitor or speaker system for service delays, instead of making people go to an app? Even the subways have Countdown Clocks and garbled voice messages. OR don’t those shuttle bus drivers know what’s happening to let passengers know? (Oh, wait, it’s not their job, right?) OR how about an enclosed area to wait on the pier, especially in winter? I’m left with Transportation Trauma! Gerri Guadagno

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time in his life. If we cannot get help from him, we might as well give up. James Kelly A Last Retort Dear Editor: (In response to Dylan Watton’s 11/30 letter about Beach 108th Parking): Hi Dylan, in response to your response, yes we all have to pay taxes and die LOL. I did say to you how hard it is for even me to get a parking spot here where I reside. Also, where you mention in your letter when it comes to parking uptown, nothing changes, well in my strong opinion, fair or not, nothing will change because that's the way they want it. When it comes to the accidents on Beach 108th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd, I really liked your line: "I suppose it's a case of if a tree falls in the forest but no one's around to hear, it still makes a sound." Like I said, all the accidents (stats) and what type of accident occurred can be obtained at Councilman Eric Ulrich's office. My final statement is me, you and many others want that turn signal badly, so let's hope for the best. Danny Ruscillo

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Car Thieves Ransack Broad Channel By Katie McFadden

Last weekend, at least five suspects ransacked through dozens of cars in Broad Channel and stole two vehicles while residents were sound asleep. Between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sunday, December 3, approximately five young men targeted cars from Noel Road to 11th and 18th Roads, taking items from seats, glove compartments, consoles and trunks. One resident found a key to a neighbor’s car inside their car. Two residents woke up to their cars nowhere to be found. No one saw a thing that early Sunday morning, but security cameras around the neighborhood caught the young men on their spree and at least a dozen police reports were filed. “Our car was broken into and my son's car was stolen on West 18th Road,” Margaret Wagner said. “What is truly so eerie about this whole incident

is that they walked from Noel Road to 18th up and down three or four blocks from 2 to about 3 or 4 a.m., and no one saw anything. I keep thinking that it is a blessing, that no one did confront them. God forbid, one of them was carrying a knife or gun, and someone from our community was hurt or killed.” Some believe the suspects used a unique device to help them break into cars. According to Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr., it is believed the suspects used an amplifier device to break into cars that use a keyless sys-

tem, or an electronic button to open and start cars. Yet some residents admit they didn’t lock their doors. “Mine was the first car hit during the spree on Noel Road. My door was left unlocked after I forgot to lock it after grabbing my headphones to go for a run,” Chrystal Scotti said. “Videos show them coming from the train station, two guys on one sidewalk and three on the other, pulling aggressively at door handles. They spent three minutes in my car. They made off with $10 in change, a spare cell phone and a fishing knife.” Others lost much more. Lauren Wagner's car, one of the cars that was stolen, contained a trunk full of presents from a 60th birthday party the night before. On Tuesday, Wagner reported that her car was discovered in Brooklyn and two boys, ages 15 and 19, were arrested by officers of the 75th Precinct for the theft. The presents were not recovered, but the car was returned in repair-

able condition. On Monday, members of the NYPD Explorers program were out leaving notices on cars to make residents aware of the recent thefts and ways to protect themselves, including a reminder to not leave any valuable items in cars and to keep doors locked. Residents are hoping even more will be done. “There is no reason a group of kids should be able to walk the streets at 2 a.m. without being questioned by police. Anyone out at that hour is up to no good. More police presence, possibly a permanent car stationed in the Channel would be useful,” Scotti said. On Thursday, December 7, at 7 p.m., the Deputy Inspector of the 100th Precinct and the Chief of Queens South are scheduled to appear at the Broad Channel Civic Association meeting at the VFW (705 Shad Creek Road) to provide information and updates on the issue.

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December is Santa Paws Month! Here’s your opportunity to nominate locals, who go above and beyond to rescue and/or find homes for lost and/or abandoned animals. To nominate someone, send an e-mail to kami@rockawaytimes.com. This week's nominee is Kim Fraser. For Patricia Young, fellow Breezy Point resident and animal lover, Kim Fraser, is the epitome of the animal whisperer. “Kim speaks their language, and the animals in turn feel and see her gentleness. Rain, sleet, snow — nothing deters Kim from coming to the rescue of an animal — day or night,” Young said. In January 2013, Fraser, co-founder with her niece, Joey Bones, of Sasha's Mission Animal Rescue (SMAR), was thrust into the national spotlight after several media outlets reported on how she was able to help a Belle Harbor family find their

‘Sandy dog’, Buster, and save it from being euthanized. After Superstorm Sandy, Buster was discovered missing from the O’Donovan’s home. On December 12, Fraser found a picture of Buster on the Animal Care and Control website. He was on their urgent list of animals, scheduled for euthanasia if owners do not claim them or a temporary home is not found within 72 hours. Fraser said, “As soon as I saw the photo, I knew it was Buster, as I had rescued him once before. However the timing was critical, as there was no way to reach the shelter as they were closed at that time. I messaged them, hoping someone would see it on time.” Thankfully, someone did, because the O’Donovans were able to retrieve Buster before he was killed. However, Fraser doesn’t care for the spotlight, she just adores all animals — whether they have fur, fins or feathers.

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“I come from a long line of animal lovers. My children are fifth generation Breezy residents, and I raised them to love and care for animals, just like my parents and their parents did. We founded SMAR because we witnessed how many animals in Rockaway are either lost or abandoned.” In 2011, Fraser was inspired

to co-found SMAR after being contacted with an urgent request. A U.S. Army sergeant, on short notice deployment, was having trouble finding a home for his dog, Sasha, and feared that his only resort was to place him in a shelter. After hearing about his situation, Fraser set out to find Sasha a home, and Continued on page 21


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RT SALUTES BREEZY’S Continued from Page 20 did with an enthusiastic family friend. Today, Sasha is thriving in a loving home. Since then, Fraser and Bones have been relentless in rescuing animals — from dogs, cats, raccoons, squirrels — they are there, not just in Rockaway, but across NYC and the Tri-State area. If an animal is wounded, the duo immediately gets them medical care. For animals they aren’t able to find adoptees, they try to pair them with foster homes. “I have four dogs and two cats, two of whom are partially blind, but I still bring some rescue animals to my house when I am unable to find temporary housing for them. I am so grateful for my friends, who always keep their door open, even when I show up in the middle of the night, asking them to temporarily house an animal I just rescued,” Fraser said. As for advice for current animal owners or those looking to foster or adopt a pet, Fraser said, “I am a certified animal trainer, and after rescuing an animal,

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 I conduct a behavioral assessment. Some dogs, due to past inhumane treatment, can be reactive or aggressive. Changing that behavior takes a lot of love, patience and understanding, and it’s important to make sure they sure they are a good fit, especially if an adoptee has children or other pets. “Instead of purchasing an animal through a pet store, I recommend trying to adopt or foster through shelters or rescues like SMAR. There are so many animals that need a loving home, and with the right fit and love, they could become your best friend for life.” For more info on SMAR, (a 501c3 nonprofit), visit their website: sashasmission.wixsite. com/sashasmission or their Facebook page. “All proceeds go toward our vet bills, medication, transportation and ongoing efforts to save animals’ lives. Many times we dip into our own pockets just because a rescue pays for itself with the blessing of being able to find an animal a loving home,” Fraser said.

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SMILE! It’s contagious! By Sarah Arikian

Yesterday I found myself sitting, slumped on a steamy hot subway bench, wearing too many layers, staring downwards, expressionless at the dirty, brown platform tiles. It was a few days after Thanksgiving and I was tired after walking all over Manhattan. I’d finished my book and my phone was dead and the station was eerily quiet with no trains and no announcements and a steadi-

ly increasing crush of resigned commuters. The minutes passed by. My brain chugged along the lines of hot, tired, thirsty, nothing to do but wait, resignation, irritation, getting really annoyed now… And suddenly I remembered to smile. I’d been reading a passage the previous evening from Buddha’s Book of Meditation by Joseph Emet, a Dharma teacher trained by the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, and

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the wise words floated across my negative brain. We smile with our face, but that’s the only visible part of a smile. We can train our brains to connect the smile on our faces with a smiling heart and a smiling body. As I remembered this, and smiled, I was suddenly aware of the change in my posture. My shoulders had moved back and down, away from my ears. My spine was straighter. I felt energy in my abdomen, rather than a sad, defeated hunched over slump. Instead of staring at the dirty ground in front of me, I was glancing around the platform at my fellow travelers. And, interestingly, my breath was deeper and slower — it had space to breathe in me. I felt so much better! We boarded the train, finally, and my smile came along for the ride. I glanced around, because now I was on a mission to see if my newfound joy was going to have any effect on my fellow travelers. Unfortunately, absolutely everyone was hunched over a screen, apart

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from one child who looked over at me quickly, smiled, and then re-engaged with his phone. This was a shame because joy is contagious. You can catch it. When you watch a child play, or a puppy frolic, it’s hard not to laugh or at least enjoy the spirit of lightheartedness. If Continued on page 29

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BE WELL! BE HAPPY! Continued from Page 28 you can view a competition with no bias, just sharing the enjoyment of the talent, the skill and the exhilaration of the winners, their joy is contagious. When you celebrate a friend’s birthday, or graduation, wedding or announcement of a new baby, you are sharing their good news and the joy passes on. When we stay in our senses, without getting too bogged down in the past or the future, and allow ourselves to be a part of another person’s joy, we can experience that transformation from ho hum to something so much more beautiful. I would like to say that by the time I arrived at my destination, the whole subway car was filled with smiling, joyful people, but unfortunately that didn’t happen — in fact this being New York, if someone’s eyes strayed in my direction, they quickly scuttled off probably thinking I was some mad old nutter. But it felt good to carry my

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Shop Here Because of its isolated geography and seasonal business trends, Rockaway thrives on unique models for business. In the summer, businesses on the peninsula can connect with customers on the beach by setting up pop-up shops on the boardwalk. Reaching a maximum potential of costumers is more challenging in the winter. Especially around the holidays, there are lots of shoppers looking to buy holiday gifts, businesses just must find creative ways to connect. The Rockaway Business Alliance (RBA) is hosting a popup market in Bungalow Bar’s event room on Thursday, December 14. It’s a great opportunity to buy all of your holiday gifts, while supporting the

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 best of Rockaway business. Vendors include: Zingara Vintage, Life Eclectic Apparel, Fat Cardinal Bakery, Cuisine by Claudette, New Visions Charter High School, Lana’s Loft, Polly & Esther, Station RBNY, John Cori, NurtureU Wellness, Rockaway Park Embroidery, Rockaway Candle Company, and Jimmy Dowd and Keone’s Puerto Rico relief fund tees. Not interested in shopping? This event will double as the RBA’s holiday party. Swing by for a drink and chat with some of our member businesses! There will be a cash bar and dance floor, music by DJ Mikey Palms, and a special appearance by Surfin’ Santa Claus! We’ll also be running a 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds going to Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief. While Rockaway residents used to have to leave the peninsula to access resources, this is no longer the case. This holiday season, you can do all of your holiday shopping without leaving Rockaway!

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Tale of The Tape Cellphones, and particularly smartphones, are everywhere these days. It is estimated that 77 percent of the U.S. population has or has access to a smartphone. Smartphones feature recording devices that can record both audio and video, and can do so clandestinely. Physicians and other health care professionals are now realizing that some patients are recording their office visits, often without the consent of the person being recorded. In one survey of the general public done in the United Kingdom, it was found that 15 percent of respondents admitted that they had secretly recorded a clinic visit, and 11 percent knew of someone who had done so. Many times the motivation to record the visit is reasonable: patients want a recording to listen to again, improve their recall and understanding of medical information, and share the information with family members. In the few healthcare organizations in the U.S. that offer patients recordings of office visits, both the physicians and patients report benefits. In addition, liability (malpractice) insurers maintain that the presence of a recording can protect clinicians. At the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, where patients are routinely offered video recordings of their visits, clinicians who participate in these recordings are offered a 10 percent reduction in insurance premiums and an extra $1 million in liability coverage. Many clinicians and clinics, however, have concerns about the ownership of the recordings and the potential that they will be used as a basis for legal claims or complaints. There are also concerns about the legality of secret recordings, but many clinicians and patients are uncertain as to what the laws actually are.

Actually, wiretapping and eavesdropping statutes vary from state to state. These laws provide a legal framework guiding recording practices and guard against nonconsensual recordings in situations where individuals have a reasonable expectation that the conversation is private. In so-called all-party jurisdictions, covert recording (recording without the express permission of all parties) is illegal. In contrast, in single-party jurisdictions, the consent of just one party is sufficient, including the person making the recording, so covert recording is actually legal in those areas. At present, 39 states and the District of Columbia conform to the single-party consent rule. The 11 states that conform to the all-party rules are California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. The consequences for violating wiretapping laws can be severe as it is typically a felony, and the recorded party can sue for damages, harm, attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fees, and other costs. Plus illegal recordings are not admissible in court. In single-party states, if the clinician is asked by the patient to record the visit, the recording may still be done against the clinicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consent, although the clinician has the right to conclude the visit. In all-party states, if the clinician is recorded without giving consent, that illegal recording may be reported to the authorities. As New York is a single-party state, it is still a good idea, in my opinion, to ask the clinician for consent to record. Secretly recording a visit may lead to erosion of the doctor-patient relationship and jeopardize the trust that that relationship is built upon. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes. com.

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Notice of Qualification of Wellness By Weston, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/31/17. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/30/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 245-20 Grand Central Pkwy., Apt 5m, Bellerose, NY 11426. Address to be maintained in DE: 16192 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, DE 19958. Arts of Org. filed with the Secy. of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities.

5637 Real Estate Holdings, LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 10/20/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Ruben Montejo, Esq., 225 Broadway, #900, NY, NY 10007. General Purposes.

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in Rockaway is like a prison. Like I know everyone here already and I only see the women I'm attracted to as part of the bar scene. I'm on a dating website, and the women are eh... Curious about what you think, how can I make it easier to date again, and date a woman that I genuinely like and am attracted to. Thank you.

Dear Enchantress, I'm a good guy, I help everyone. I'm in my 60's. I fix things, I'm a problem solver. When family needs help, they don't even need to ask, I jump at the chance to be there for the people I care about. I'm a giver. I'm a healthy guy, I work out, I bike ride. I'm social and I have longtime friends. They’re all married a long time and I have my buddies that I know forever. When it comes to dating, I feel a bit hopeless. I have a feeling I will date again, but right now I feel limited. Limited with the women I meet, they all seem to be looking for money, and I hate to say it, but dating a woman who lives

Dear Mr. Fix-It, Thank you for writing, you are NOT alone. I see many men, and meet many who are divorced, sitting with the same situation. "Dating" or connecting with a romantic interest has lost its shape. Men are afraid to be men for

fear of harassment. Also, single folks are out there protecting their hearts, pretending they are not lonely, and online dating sites including swiping apps like Tinder etc., make it more of a challenge to authentically connect...SO it's such a beautiful big deal to be writing in on this subject. First, let me say you are doing all the right things, staying active and being a healthy guy is most important. That can be the difference in a woman thinking your age matters, so you are keeping your selection of women in a wider age range accessible. My advice is to think of dating as making friends. It takes the pressure off yourself and the woman. Making friends has less judgement involved. The women who are looking for men with money have a certain way of going about things. As soon as you can tell a woman is not the same mindset as you, abort that mission, don’t complain or try to change her, and defi-

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Page 35 nitely don’t jump to help, which you do. I love meetup.com for meeting people who have similar interests. It will take you out of Rockaway, so being open-minded and open-hearted to location within reason is less limiting. Mostly, if this is a priority, make it one. So many folks keep a romantic partner, as something nice, but slowly the idea diminishes and then you're with your dude friends all the time. Keep it on the forefront of your mind. If you have certain patterns of where you meet people, change it up. Show up to something that is out of your common places. Take a social dance class. Salsa, and especially blues dancing is a wonderful way to meet women. Wishing you lots of lovely experiences and ultimately a compatible connection that lasts. To ask Enchantress your question about enchanted living, email her at Love@enchantedembodiment.com. For more information go to www. enchantedembodiment.com of NYCEDC agreed to look into the issue and add the stop if they determine it’s necessary. Some residents brought up specific issues with Build it Back. De Blasio touched upon the program in general saying, “Thank God Build it Back is about to end. We can all agree on it and I’m not happy with what happened, some was before we got here and it took us too long to figure out what was wrong. We’re never going to do it the same way,” he said. Specific issues were passed along to Build it Back Director Amy Peterson. Some other issues that arose were cleaning up Beach 116th Street, which the NYPD said it’s on top of, controlling the odor of the sewage treatment plant, which the DEP said it’ll look into, landlords having problems evicting tenants, homelessness and hotels, speeding cars, beaches closed due to piping plovers and extending the lifeguard hours later, to which de Blasio said he’ll push for, if the budget allows it.

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Traditional Hanukkah Potato Latkes By Sharon Feldman I got this recipe from website: thespruce.com "Fried food,” explains Giora Shimoni, "is traditionally eaten on Hanukkah in commemoration of the oil that miraculously burned for eight days when the Maccabees purified and rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem." Shimoni's recipe for classic potato latkes —also known as levivot in Hebrew — uses a food processor to simplify the prep. Yields: 20 latkes Serves: 6 Ingredients: 5 large potatoes (2-1/2 – 3 lbs). I use Yukon Gold. 2 onions, peeled 3 large eggs (lightly beaten) 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper ¼ to ¾ cup flour (all purpose)

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Rockaway’s Reading SEASON'S READINGS FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART By Martha Rossi

Christmas in Broad Channel It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Broad Channel. The Broad Channel Athletic Club’s (BCAC) Christmas Tree Lighting was a big success last Sunday, December 3. Residents were treated to performances by the PS 47 chorus, the local Girl Scouts troop and Thomasina Dance Company. Santa Clause arrived by Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department fire truck and helped light the BCAC’s tree, donated by Lise-

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Pickleball: New Craze Coming to the YMCA By Pete Tyler

“May the odds, be ever in your favor.” Has the Hunger Games come to the Rockaways? Not yet. But if you're looking for excitement, action, and all the visceral competition you can handle, then prepare for Pickleball! The Rockaway YMCA, beginning in January, will begin offering free instructional classes, so that not only members, but all residents can learn to play Pickleball. “Pickleball can best be described as a combination of tennis, table tennis, racquetball, and badminton, played on a small court a third of the size of a tennis court,” according to Rick Hopkins, Executive Director of the Rockaway YMCA at Arverne By The Sea. As an, ahem, middle-aged gentleman of limited athletic prowess, I wondered how I would fare in such an exciting game. Hopkins alleviated my fears, and told me he was in his 50’s, and he “liked the fact that the game allows fair competition between older adults and younger, more athletic players. This allows older players, players with mobility issues, and those without a sports background to be competitive right away.” Whew! In what seems to be a high-energy game, he assured me, it was easier than I thought. I imagined a Serena Williams-powered serve, making a fool out of me. Hopkins let me know the serve, for example, is “underhand, not overhand like in tennis. The return of serve must be allowed to bounce before volleying at the net is allowed. This makes sure that the ball gets into play easier and the rallies are longer.” It seems like the excitement of tennis, the ease of badminton, and the accessibility of handball have been mashed up into a brand new craze. Pickleball all started on Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 1972, at the home of then, State Representative Joel Pritchard. It seems as Pritchard and two friends returned home from playing golf, found the rest of the families bored to tears, and attempted to play badminton. As luck would have it, the shuttlecocks could not be found. In-

Rick Hopkins serves up some Pickleball at the YMCA. Photo by Jammi York.

Ayomide Sowole tries to keep up. Photo by Jammi York.

stead, a Wiffle Ball was used, the nets lowered, and “fabricated paddles of plywood” were used from the family shed. Necessity being the mother of invention, family boredom moved lack of equipment into the realm of sports creation. How did Hopkins discover this exciting new sport? “I discovered Pickleball years ago when the sport of racquetball began to phase out, and YMCAs and health clubs were no longer building courts due to other programmatic demands. In fact, even though I was an avid racquetball player, I, at the risk of being called a traitor, converted several racquetball courts into weight rooms and exercise studios because the demand among members was much higher for those activities. A racquetball friend of mine told me about Pickleball, and invited me to play with him. I was hooked instantly. It was easy to learn and fun to

play.” Pickleball is a game for anyone. “While our initial focus is on active older adults, good candidates for Pickleball also include tennis players, racquetball players, paddleball players, or anyone who wants a fun, easyto-learn sport that will get them moving while also providing a social element. Men can play with women, old can play with young — this is the uniqueness and genius of Pickleball. Over the last couple of years we have inquired with almost any group or organization associated with the Y about their interest in Pickleball; most have never heard of it. We even ran an ad in the local papers asking for people interested in playing Pickleball to contact the Y… crickets! After monitoring the success at the Staten Island Y, we decided to give it a shot.” Hopkins is excited to bring the sport to the local area. “I think this is a great sport for YMCA

members and Rockaway residents because it fits right in with the Rockaway Y’s focus on providing healthy living choices for active older adults, and for those who are currently inactive who would like to change that as well. Recent demographic studies show that, among New York City YMCAs, Staten Island and the Rockaways serve the largest senior populations, as well as have the highest obesity and lowest fitness levels in the five boroughs. In the Rockaway Y’s less than four year history, we have continually strived to introduce new programs and services that meet the needs and desires of our members and the community.” During the month of January, the Rockaway Y will begin offering free instructional classes so that members and community residents can learn how to play the game. You don’t have to be a member of the Y to learn. They allow three free guest passes to community residents that will not only allow them to learn Pickleball, but also to enjoy other amenities such as two swimming pools, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, group exercise classes and a full-sized gymnasium. Regular classes, open court time and challenge play could begin as early as February. Pickleball could be the next big trend in school gyms. It’s a sport that seems ripe for an addition to public school activities and sport teams. Addressing this commonality, Hopkins said, “We are going to take Pickleball ‘inter-generational’ by offering it at our Beacon Program operated out of PS/MS 43 in Far Rockaway. A Beacon is a school that transforms into a community center during after school hours and on weekends. We will be teaching young and old how to play the game. I see Pickleball as being ‘the next big thing’ to hit the Rockaways in terms of getting us up and moving while having fun, whether you prefer the competitive or social aspects of the sport.” See you on the courts, and may the odds be ever in your favor. To find out more about Pickleball coming to the Rockaway YMCA (207 Beach 73rd Street), call 718-215-6950.

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Bonkers For Wave Pools The literal flood gates have been opened and the world has gone bat-shit-crazy for wave pools after the huge success of Kelly Slater’s Wave Co. and the Wavegarden technology, first released as a concept in Spain, but now commercially viable installations in Wales, UK and also in Texas called N-Land. What’s happening now is insane. While all three of the above mentioned wave pools use technology of basically pushing, or dragging, a monumental ballast in a linear motion to upheave the water to create a wall of water, it’s then up to the bathymetry (underlying surface contours) to “shape” the wave into a barrel or big open face for carving. The insane part is that they have broken ground in Australia for a wave pool that uses circular technology, like a pebble

dropped in a pond, with radiating waves going out in all directions. In an interview with Surfers Village, CEO and founder Aaron Trevis comments, “We are employing a concentric wave generator, creating large swells from a central source. The mechanism is large but quite efficient and it allows us to create eight breaks at the same time (four rights and four lefts).” One of the people signed up to endorse and help design the SurfLakes is non other than Mark “Occy” Occhilupo. Trevis says, “We have worked with Occy to shape the ideal wave and his input has been important to get a wave that should be challenging but accessible for intermediate to experienced surfers. Our team was being conservative with reef placement at first, as it has been seen before that full-scale wave pool models did not retain the wave shape and power when scaling up.

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Ours seemed to have the opposite problem in that the CFD model of Occy's Peak looked more like Occy's Slab at first, so we tuned it back to a reasonable shape. Great problem to have.” And it looks like Paris, France wants in on a wave pool too! Former Rip Curl General Manager of Operations Baptiste Caulonque has started

a huge project to transform a space near Paris to become the next European surfing hub. Similar technology of the Wavegarden dragging a ballast, but they’re using their new Cove technology, which creates an intense barrel. Looking to be constructed in Sevran, which is minutes away from Paris and close to the Charles-De-Gaulle airport, they figure they’ll have a huge audience for patrons. Caulonque says “Surfing, Terre D’Eaux Surf Park will offer skateboarding and wakeboarding possibilities. We are building a board-sports park with selected retail activities (incl. food and beverage) that can meet all needs: training, having fun, going to the beach, hanging around and hosting events including music.” With the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France, the big hope here is that they will use the Terre D’Eaux Surf Park to host Olympic surfing.


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(First Row) Lana, Luana, Gregory, Shane and Luke, (Second Row) Eduardo, Alejandro, Felipe, Asha, Olivia and Lena, (Back) Jayden, Sensei Bruce Hodes, Isabel, Davion.

Sunday, December 3, was a wonderful testing day at the World Champions Karate Center as all students were promoted to the next higher rank. The new Yellow Belts include Lana, Luana, Jayden, Eduardo and Jayden. The new Orange Belts are Gregory, Shane, Luke and Davion. Felipe and Lena advanced to Blue and Green re-

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