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VOL. 4, NO. 25 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017

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Dead Whale Washes Up Near Breezy Point By Katie McFadden

Some whaley unfortunate news came out of the west end when a small whale washed up dead on the beach near the Silver Gull Beach Club in Breezy Point on Monday morning. At around 11 a.m. on December 11, a beachgoer found a dead whale on the shoreline around Beach 193rd Street and reported it. Members of the National Park Service (NPS) and the United States Park Police responded, followed by members of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to secure the area around the whale. Members of Gotham Whale, a local citizen science group that monitors whales in New York waters, was also on site. A chain was placed around the deceased animal’s tail and it was pulled by bulldozer, further up onto the beach and out of the high tide line, so that the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) could conduct a necropsy on site the next day to determine how

the whale, which initially appeared to be young, had died. AMCS officials arrived by 11 a.m. on Tuesday, along with members of Mystic Aquarium, NPS and NYSDEC to collect data on the animal and conduct the necropsy. Researchers determined that the whale was an 18.7-foot female minke whale. Minke whales, one of the smallest of the baleen whales, can grow up to 30 feet long. Minkes have been spotted in local waters, but they are more commonly found further up north. This particular whale was a “sub adult,” meaning it may be mature in age but had not repro-

duced. Pathologists will be able to determine the exact age based on samples. The approximately 2,000 pound animal’s carcass was beginning to decompose, indicating it had died within 48-72 hours before the necropsy. Unfortunately, researchers weren’t able to determine an immediate cause of death based on their findings. Samples were sent to a pathologist to be analyzed and results could take several weeks. The whale’s remains were buried on site. “I would like to thank Mystic Aquarium, National Park Service, and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for

their efforts today,” AMCS chief scientist Robert A. DiGiovanni, Jr. said. “Today was a great example of different organizations coming together in an event that requires a lot of effort and manpower on short notice, and shows there is a strong need for these types of partnerships. Thanks to them, today’s efforts were successful. This was the 13th large whale that AMCS has responded to this year, and we need the support of these organizations and the public. We look forward to continuing our work together in the future." Photos by the AMCS and Katie McFadden.

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SANTA SHUFFLE WALK-RUN FOR A GOOD A CAUSE

Ho, Ho Ho and a Ready, Santa, Go! The annual Santa Suit and Pub Crawl Run aka the Santa Shuffle is set for Saturday, December 16. This year’s fun will include a special goal as funds raised will be donated to the Curley family. Twelve-year-old TJ Curley died in a fire on December 4 at 122-20 Ocean Promenade.

Other family members were hospitalized, and the apartment in which they lived was destroyed. The event is coordinated each year by John Edwards and the Rockapulco Running series and Rockaway Gliders. The red-filled fun draws people from Rockaway, all over the city and even other states. Families, groups of friends, organizations and clubs have come out to run in years past and the same is expected this Saturday. “We’ve had ages from four or five to 90-year-olds,” Edwards says. “And everybody gets a suit. We hope organizations will also get members to come out. I’m looking forward to seeing some people in Santa suits that I usually see in sweats!” More than that, Edwards says, “We hope the whole community comes out and supports it. It’s a great event, a great community event. It raises money

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***** The festival of lights continues! Happy Hanukkah! ***** Kudos to all who help in holiday beautifications efforts. Civic and merchant groups and lots of good-hearted people contribute to the holiday cheer. Thank you! We can’t get to all the events, but if you send us photos and some info, we’ll do our best to get them in The Rockaway Times. ***** The Sandpiper Playground, on Shorefront Parkway from Beach 105th to Beach 108th, that remains nowhere to be seen since Sandy, seems on its way to a new life. The City and Parks announced that bids are being accepted for construction/reconstruction of the playground. The cost es-

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***** Speaking of politicians… Governor Cuomo, the guy who couldn’t wait to put the tolls back on the bridges after Sandy, is the same guy who disbanded the Moreland Commission of Public Corruption and he is the same guy now being investigated by the FBI for hiring employees to work in the governor’s office while paying them through other state agencies. Oh, and Politico recently reported that he held a “press conference” by phone, but first had staff calling reporters requesting they ask specific questions. And the charade was all the more ridiculous because he was physically in the Governor’s chambers making it unnecessary to do the conference by phone. Unless he wanted to rig it. And this guy is eyeing The White House? ***** You can play Santa for a good cause on Saturday. The Santa Shuffle will raise some money for the Curley family. T.J. Curley, 12, died in a fire

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Beach 116th Street Welcomes Hanukkah By Katie McFadden

A festival of lights took place on Beach 116th Street as a crowd gathered and lit the first candle for the start of Hanukkah on Tuesday, December 12. Members of the community, school groups, local elected officials and local rabbis joined to celebrate the event hosted by the Rockaway Civic Association and the merchants of Beach 116th Street. Guests were treated to cantor singing and hot chocolate and donuts before Rabbi Marjorie Slome of West End Temple and Rabbi Jacob Malki led blessings and had help lighting the large menorah from local children. Children from the West End Temple chorus then joined in song. Rockaway Civic Assocation president Noureen Ellis and local politicians like Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Senator Joe Addabbo and Democratic District Lew Simon, wished everyone a happy Hanukkah, thanked the local

merchants for helping make the event possible and took a few moments to remember the late Noni Signoretti, for whom the menorah is dedicated to. Signoretti was a co-owner of Brown’s Hardware who was instrumental in supporting positive improvements to the block. She died in 2015. The Beach 116th Street menorah will continue to be lit each night of Hanukkah, through Wednesday, December 20.

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Mayor de Blah Blah Blah Dear Editor: The Mayor put on quite the performance last week at PS 114. After 45 nauseating minutes of politicians patting themselves and each other on the back, the Town Hall meeting finally got around to the business of fielding questions from the audience. By the end, I found it strange that the Mayor had somehow found the courage to fight the State and Feds on such things as housing court judges, proposed gas lines and jetties, yet plays the

helpless victim when it comes to restoring the sorely needed and long overdue rebuilding of the Rockaway Beach Branch, AKA QueensRail. Mr. de Blasio thought he had gotten off the hook by reminding us that the MTA is controlled by the state, but the fact is that he even refuses to advocate for it. After all, state control doesn’t stop the Mayor from going to Albany to ask for more control of city public schools, tax dollars or speed cameras. Why not speak on behalf of QueensRail? I bet if he was among the thousands of southeast Queens commuters that waste an hour a day getting to midtown Manhattan, he’d find a way to make his voice heard. Instead, he pretends that he hasn’t any influence over what happens to the NYC-owned, 3.5 mile right of way. We’re not buying it. Although the Town Hall meeting was a great show, the Mayor’s words about caring about saving us time, reducing congestion, air pollution and traffic congestion rang hollow.

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He admits that we have a serious transportation problem that is not addressed by the ferry or A train, yet refuses to lobby for QueensRail or offer any other solutions. One wonders what special interests he is protecting. Rockaway doesn’t get much local political support either. Perhaps we need to do a better job of letting our elected representatives know how important restoring this connection is to us, our families and future generations. After all, it’s not just about saving time on the trips we take, but the tremendous opportunity and quality-of-life costs that are incurred for all the trips we don’t take. Rick Horan, President Coalition for QueensRail

Mayor Praise Dear Editor: I would like to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio, Councilman Eric Ulrich and all those involved in organizing for a productive, in-

The Rockaway Times formative and inspiring Town Hall meeting in Belle Harbor last week. I truly appreciate you taking the time to visit our community, listen to our concerns, and work with us to find potential solutions to the issues that impact the quality of our lives on our peninsula. The profound presence of the commissioners and staff showed City Hall’s commitment to finding solutions to issues, and it did not go unnoticed! This clearly set the tone for a positive, effective and truly inspiring event. It was hopeful to see politics set aside by all who attended for the good of the Rockaways and going forward, this will serve all of us well in finding solutions. We hope that it is among the Mayor’s New Year’s resolutions to pay regular visits to the Rockaways to continue to get to know us better and stay in touch with the needs of our community! Jodi Heywood Member, Rockaway Women for Progress Continued on page 11


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Dear Editor : With so much talk and attention paid to these pesky summonses I am curious to know how some locals are handling them? I myself am loathe to pay them. My EZ pass tag worked fine since April. Nothing on my end changed. Their system is what changed; it is modern, updated and seriously flawed. Glenn Lawson

Dear Editor : I really didn’t know who to reach out to about this, but, I was driving down Beach 116th Street last night, and noticed how nice the block looked with all the trees in the middle of the island lit up in white lights. Wouldn’t it be nice if they were lit like that for every night of the year? The clear/white lights do not have to represent “Christmas” all year, I just thought it brought a little glam to a street that has so much blight. You see trees in other cities' commercial districts lit up all year round. Just a nice look! Maybe you can pass it on to someone who has the power to delegate that. Ryan Frontera

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DBP Residents Accuse Board of Nepotism By Kami-Leigh Agard

For seven families residing at Dayton Beach Park (DBP) coop, a NYC supervised Mitchell-Lama Development located in Rockaway Beach, this may not be the season to be jolly, as they were served with an eviction notice due to suspicions that they were illegally renting apartments on the ground floor of one of DBP’s buildings. The drama became even more rabid when rumors circulated amongst the co-op’s shareholders that these seven families were illegally renting the apartments because of their familial relationships with various DBP Board members. One shareholder, who chose to remain anonymous, said, “One family is the sister of one of the Board members; one family is the ex-boyfriend of the Board president, who also has a mysterious job at the co-op, that he rarely shows up for, except to punch in and out; one family, who works for the management company is also the cousin of the Board president; one family is the son of the contractor who restores apartments at Dayton; and one family is the daughter of an employee of the management company.” The Rockaway Times reached out to the DBP management company and Board to confirm these claims, but they refused to comment. Just last month, The Rockaway Times published a story (DBP Residents Left in Limbo as HPD Throws Out Board Vote: November 22) revealing why the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) threw out DBP’s Board of Election vote due to suspicions of voter fraud. HPD issued a memo, dated November 1, to all resident-shareholders of the five buildings that make up DBP, located at 8600 Shore Front Parkway, stating: “HPD has received many concerns about the accuracy of the list of eli-

gible shareholders that Honest Ballot Association (HBA) has been relying on to determine the outcome of the 2017 Board of Directors. After a careful review of these concerns, HPD is voiding the voting that has occurred to date and is suspending the current voting. Proxies that have been submitted are also voided.” According to HPD guidelines for affordable rental apartments, the co-op management company must first publicly advertise that their waiting list for rentals is open. Interested renters can then request an application from the management company. Once their application is approved, they would be entered in an HPD-supervised lottery, where their name would literally be picked from hundreds. This week, when RT probed HPD as to why the seven families were evicted, the spokesperson responded, “The audit is still ongoing. We are working diligently but going through records that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy is a bit time consuming. We do not yet have a firm date for when the audit will be completed.” That statement even adds fire to shareholding-residents’ suspicions due to rumors that many families displaced in the buildings during Sandy were never able to return. One resident-shareholder said, “I would hope there is legal action being taken against any and all Board members who duped the Sandy survivors out of their home!” To add to the unfurling drama, a share-holding resident posted a memo on Facebook from DBP Board President Jennifer Grady stating, “I am happy to announce, on behalf of DBP’s Board of Directors, that DBP finalized and closed on $55M in Build It Back (BIB) New York…one Continued on page 13


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DBP RESIDENTS Continued from Page 12 of the largest awarded in the program ever, and the largest BIB funding awarded in the Rockaways at $9M more than any other development here.â&#x20AC;? The resident, who posted Gradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memo, commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New terraces, windows and more. Most money given.... very nice and much needed.â&#x20AC;?

To this one resident responded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can keep saying whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on and what isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, but coming from someone on the Board, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just covering for the corrupt sh*t thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been going on for years.â&#x20AC;? With accusations of nepotism, corruption and moreâ&#x20AC;Ś Stay tuned, as The RT will provide updates in future editions.

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Stepping into someone’s shoes after 47 years of service isn’t an easy task, but Temple Beth-El’s newest rabbi, Jacob Malki, is embracing the challenge. Rabbi Malki, appointed to the post only a few weeks ago, takes over from Rabbi Allan Blaine, who passed away in 2016 after serving the congregation for almost five decades. And while there have been a handful of visiting rabbis over that time, Rabbi Malki’s assignment comes with more permanence. Officially inaugurated this past November, Rabbi Malki is busy at work, getting to know his congregation and assessing the needs of the nearly 100 families in the Temple BethEl community, located at 201 Beach 121st Street. One of his goals, in alignment with those of the Board at the temple, is to find a balance between what the community needs, what he will

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TEMPLE BETH-EL WELCOMES Continued from Page 14 turally and spiritually. He will provide pastoral counseling, teach, lead services, and officiate at life cycle events. His commitment to Jewish education, ability to connect with people, and engaging personality so far seem to be a good match with his congregation. His first educational series, “Protection for the Evil Eye: A Chapter in Jewish Folklore” is held on Thursday evenings. He’s also providing classes in the Hebrew language and its basic grammar. Malki notes that all are welcome, but pre-registration is a must. Rabbi Malki has learned plenty himself in his impressive background. As a small child, Malki and his family, immigrated to Italy from Egypt as refugees. “We, as other Jews and many non-Egyptians, were forced to leave because of the circumstances,” Malki said. During his time in Italy,

Rabbi Malki studied for his master’s degree in physics and was ordained. He eventually found his way to New York City in 1985 to study at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), where he received his MPhil in Jewish history and then onto Queens College where he received his MS in library and information science. He is also a certified archivist and completed four Clinical Pastoral Education units at Bellevue Hospital. Most recently, Rabbi Malki was awarded an honorary

doctorate, Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa from JTS in recognition of his achievements and contribution to Jewish life. All 55 honorees from across the US, Canada, Israel and Switzerland are members of the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) and have served the Jewish community with distinction for 25 years or more. Having served as a pulpit rabbi, cantor and teacher both in Italy and in the United States, Rabbi Malki is proud of the multicultural experience he brings with him. He’s eager to share his devotion to learning, researching and teaching with his new family at Temple Beth-El. Malki’s connection to Rockaway Beach goes back many years ago when he was a student living in Elmhurst, Queens. When he could find the time to take a break from his academics, he would come to the beach in Rockaway. He recalls always noticing Temple Beth-El’s majestic stained glass window, never imagining that one day his

Page 15 path would bring him back to the place he passed by so many years before. “There is a peacefulness here and beauty here,” he says. “The boardwalk is fantastic, and the air is so fresh and I feel lucky to be at this congregation. They have welcomed me and I will try my best to understand their needs and do what they need and want.” Rabbi Malki has already started to immerse himself into the community by participating in local events. On Tuesday, December 12, he joined the crowd at Beach 116th Street to lead some of the blessings for the menorah lighting on the first night of Hanukkah. When asked if he might be able to match his predecessor’s 47 years of service he says, “Inshallah. ‫םשה תרזעב‬. (If God wishes).” Temple Beth-El is located at 201 Beach 121st Street. For more information or to register for a program, call 718634-8100.

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The Rockaway Graybeards knew Bob Donohue as a loyal fan of their weekly summer basketball games. What they might not have known was the rich life he led until his death on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Bob grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, a parishioner of St. Gregoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and graduated from Power Memorial High School. He was a marine drill sergeant at Parris Island, serving from 1953-1957. He returned to Brooklyn and married Joan Roughneen. Bob worked at J.P. Morgan and went to night school to earn a degree from St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University. He became active in CYO and other parish activities at St. Agathaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Brooklyn and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Bob and Joan had four daugh-

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The last Community Board 14 meeting of the year was short and sweet, and rather unattended due to it falling on the first night of Hanukkah. Still, plenty was discussed from failures of the MTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bus system, zombie properties, healthcare and a nomination process for CB14. The meeting on Tuesday, December 12 began with holidays wishes from CB14 Chairperson Dolores Orr, District Manager Jon Gaska and State Senator Joe Addabbo, who also thanked the Board for all that they do. A representative from Comptroller Scott Stringerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office was on hand to announce a new report showing problems with the MTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bus service, as the service has lost more than 100 mil-

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COMMUNITY BOARD 14 Continued from Page 16 about â&#x20AC;&#x153;zombie homes.â&#x20AC;? The representatives defined them as â&#x20AC;&#x153;one to four unit homes that are physically distressed and vacant and abandoned and have a delinquent mortgage.â&#x20AC;? HPD has a new initiative to address this problem. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re currently conducting exterior surveys of properties and are designing approaches to return the homes to productive use, and helping other owners prevent foreclosure. This comes after NY State passed a law in 2016, the Zombie Property and Foreclosure Prevention Act, which holds mortgage holders and lenders accountable for the maintenance of abandoned and vacant properties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they know thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a vacant home, they go out and inspect it and make sure its maintained property and report it back to the state,â&#x20AC;? one representative said. The city is currently conducting surveys of these homes and collecting evidence to see if

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Angels & Trees Illuminate SFDS Prayer Garden Let there be light! St. Francis de Sales Church rang in the Christmas season on Tuesday, December 12 with their annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Many huddled up on a cold Tuesday night to celebrate as St. Francis de Sales lit up more than 100 trees, plus angels, in the prayer

garden between Beach 129th and Beach 128th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Carolers kicked off the event before honorary lighter, Monsingor Bracken, and the current priests of St. Francis lit the trees. The ceremony concluded with a visit from Santa Claus and Roger the Elf, who en-

tertained the kids as they enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate. Each tree in the prayer garden is dedicated in the memory of late parishioners, and by local families who wish to spread good cheer. Photos by Kevin Boyle, Katie McFadden and Pat McVeigh.

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A Complex Market The pharmaceuticals market in the U.S. is very complex. On the distribution side, physical drug products such as a pill or vial leave the manufacturer when it is purchased by a distributor. Distributors then sell and ship the products to retail pharmacies where patients access their prescription medications. On the financing side, since the 1980s, pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs) have evolved to provide services to help payers like insurance companies manage their drug benefits. PBMs developed as employers added outpatient prescription drug coverage to their health insurance plans. By 2015, industry consolidation resulted in three PBMs accounting for almost

75 percent of the PBM market – CVS Caremark, Express Scripts, and United Health’s Optum. Distributors play an intermediary role in product distribution by purchasing from manufacturers, providing warehousing services, and shipping products to retailers. This reduces the number of transactions that would be required if the retailers purchased directly from the manufacturer. Distributors handle about 91 percent of overall pharmaceutical sales revenues. Like PBMs, the distributors have consolidated and currently three companies account for 85 percent of the market share – AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson. In 2015, the es-

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timated combined revenues for these three companies was $378 billion. Also in 2015, an estimated 4.4 billion prescription drugs were distributed in the U.S. Of the approximately 60,000 pharmacies in the U.S., 38,000 were chain stores and 22,000 independent pharmacies. Retail pharmacies can be divided into three major categories: chain pharmacies and mass merchants with pharmacies (i.e. Costco), independent pharmacies, and mail-order pharmacies. The 15 largest retailers, including CVS, Walgreens, Express Scripts, and Walmart, generated more than $320 billion in 2015. Of the total figure generated, $167 billion represented retail revenue, $103 billion mail-order sales, and $48 billion from independent pharmacies. As far as prescription benefits for patients, most public and private health insurance plans provide this coverage. In 2015, 44 percent of prescription drug spending was from private insurance, 30 percent from Medicare, 10 percent from Medicaid, and about 14 percent from out-of-pocket payments. Medicare covers pharmaceutical products separately depending on

whether or not they were directly administered by a physician. Part B covers physician-given drugs and Part D covers oral and self-administered medications. Although Part D plans generally have “open” formularies (i.e. few drugs are excluded from the plan), 98 percent have very aggressive five-tier benefit structures. By law, Medicare cannot negotiate with manufacturers and distributors to set drug prices (like many of our laws, that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me). As to Medicare funding, Part A hospital insurance is paid for by Medicare payroll taxes. Parts B and D are paid for by general tax revenues, beneficiary premium payments, and some support from states. In 2015, Medicare required $250 billion in general tax revenues and that figure is estimated to rise to $542 billion by 2025. So, as you can see, the U.S. pharmaceutical market, as well as health insurance coverage, is complex, lucrative (for some), and expensive and likely to get even more expensive in the not-too-distant future. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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One Solitary Life He was born in an obscure village, the son of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village, where He worked in a carpenter's shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He Became an itinerant preacher. He never owned a Home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never Had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He Had no credentials but Himself... He was only thirty three, when the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went throug the mockery of a trail. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth - his coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the Human race and the leader of mankind's progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all tfie Kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on earth as much as that one solitary life.

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Kids Show Humbleness For the Holidays By Katie McFadden

The holidays are a time to spread cheer and some little ones are doing that in more ways than one this season through Rockaway Rising’s Rock the Holidays project. Rockaway Rising, a local organization that helps kids at risk of dropping out of school, is showing their “Little Risers” the true meaning of the holidays by encouraging them to give back to the community and those they care about. In its fourth year, the Rock the Holidays project encourages kids to perform community service projects in exchange for monetary rewards, which they in turn use to purchase holiday gifts for the family and friends. Harmony is hoping to buy her grandma fuzzy slippers to wear around the house. Dynasty wants to give her big sister a friendship ring. David is hoping to gift his

big brother a pair of new winter boots. To be able to make their holiday giving wishes come true, these kids, and more than 100 others are going around Far Rockaway, making the community merry and bright. Every weekend, the kids carry out various community service projects like decorating neighbors’ doors for the holidays in their apartment buildings, cleaning up the

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neighborhood, visiting nursing homes to sing Christmas carols, making cards or cookies for local police and firemen, running lemonade and hot chocolate stands to raise funds for good causes like St. Jude’s, and much more. For every hour that they spend serving the community, they earn $10. After spending weeks bettering their community, the children take their hard-

earned money and go on a monitored shopping trip to Burlington Coat Factory, where they use the funds to purchase holiday gifts for their loved ones. Where does the money come from? From anyone that’s willing to support the cause. Rockaway Rising recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to help make this year’s Rock the Holidays project successful once again. Anyone is welcome to support the project by making a donation at www. gofundme.com/rocktheholidays. The more successful the campaign, the more children will be able to fulfill their holiday giving list. One hundred percent of the money the kids earn goes toward buying presents for someone else. Rockaway Rising has been around since after Hurricane Sandy, but the Rock the Holidays project began in 2014. Continued on page 25


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KIDS SHOW HUMBLENESS Continued from Page 24 “Rockaway Rising is all about hands up, not hands out,” Executive Director Meaghan Holley said. “I know my life has been changed most by the people that came along and helped me. Working in Far Rockaway, we realized that our kids were getting really excited about getting people things for Christmas, but they didn’t have the means to do it, so at the last minute,

we put up a GoFundMe page and said these kids want to work to buy presents for their families and we had a huge outpouring of support.” The project has grown each year since. With the $13,000 that was raised last year, 110 kids were able to buy gifts to give. Rockaway Rising is hoping to have even more success this year. Following their shopping trip, the kids are treated to a wrapping party, where the kids wrap their presents, enjoy hot chocolate, and engage in Mariah Carey sing-alongs and a dance party, in reward for their selflessness. “This project is my favorite thing we do all year,” Holley said. “The kids are spending 100 percent of every dollar on other people. It rarely becomes about, ‘oh this is for me.’ Their spirit of generosity is the most pure, genuine part of this whole thing and this always reminds me of what Christmas is about. I’m humbled by their selfless thought of others.” Howev-

er, the kids don’t go empty handed. At the wrapping party, Santa Claus makes an appearance, bearing gifts donated from Toys for Tots. “Santa’s elves make sure the kids get gifts as well,” Holley said. Rockaway Rising aims to keep kids in school and provides services such as before and after-school mentorship, taking kids to summer camps, Thanksgiving food and coat drives and much more, but for many of the kids and staff, Rock the Holidays is a highlight of the program. “The kids start talking about it in June because they’re so excited,” Holley said. “There’s nothing greater than seeing kids genuinely want to do good unto others this holiday season. There’s so much bad that goes on in the news and this is something that’s truly good. These kids are an inspiration and show what it means to selflessly help others and give generously, and it reminds me that our future

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The holiday season is upon us or as Andy Williams use to sing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” For the most part, we are able to recall and rest our hearts in the happy memories of years past spent with family and friends, but the holidays can also be the most challenging time of the year for many people. For those suffering with loss, serious illness, addiction, depression, and for caregivers and the elderly, the season of joy can trigger sadness and sorrow. Any struggle creates this

suffering, which separates us from the divine inner connection, our peace, our joy, as well as from family, friends and community. How do we reconnect with our spirit, and search the landscape of our heart for peace and clarity of mind amidst the cacophony of the never-ending news cycle and bombardment of marketing to buy things for this “joyful time of year,” as if buying another thing will quell the angst in our heart? Irish poet John O’Donohue speaks of attaining salvation and peace through both connection and solitude. Connection with oth-

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ers can lift our burden, perhaps just through their silent presence, where we hold space or voice a blessing in our heart for them. We can connect with community through friends, groups and clubs, faith-based organizations, or volunteering. On the other hand, stillness gives way to solitude, which is different than loneliness. In solitude, we rest in awareness to find our divine light and love. Meditation and prayer are tools we can use to quiet our restless hearts and minds. Making time to meditate, to be still and connect with spirit, can bring more calm and clarity. Meditation is a practice that one can develop and incorporate into their lives gradually. Start by sitting comfortably in a quiet space and connecting with the subtle movement of breath through the body. Breath is our life force and our connection to spirit. Fo-

The Rockaway Times cusing on the breath brings our attention to the present. Breath is the bridge between mind and body, it quiets the waves of thoughts that distract us, creating calm. Set an intention such as peace, calm, clarity. Start with five minutes and gradually work your way to 20 minutes. “Meditation is like a meal that is served to the spirit, the food that is provided to the hungry soul of the human being. The soul is hungry. It is asking for its daily meal. We deny the food to the spirit while we give satisfaction to the body and senses, so while the body thrives and the senses grow in apparent joy of having fulfilled their desire, the spirit is starving.” Swami Krishnananda, 1973 Transform your struggle and adversity through connecting with spirit, and you may find the most beautiful light of all this season…. your radiating heart and soul. Let it shine!

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FROM THE RBA Holiday Shopping in Rockaway! Don’t miss out on our holiday market, this Thursday (December 14) from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Bungalow Bar’s Event Room — featuring a cash bar, dance floor, and 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds going to Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief. Here are some other holiday specials that our member businesses are offering: Hot Yoga Rockaway Beach: TWO DAY SALE, December 14 and 15 ONLY. SAVE 10 percent on class packages and yoga accessories. Lana’s Loft: Lana’s is offering discounts on almost everything in the store,

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The recent spate of car thefts and vehicle pilferage in our community of Broad Channel has served as an unfortunate wake-up call to us to make sure our vehicles are locked while parked, and that no package(s), jewelry, electronic gadgets, cash, or any other items of apparent worth are left visible within the vehicle that only serve as an invitation for thieves while your cars are unattended, even for a short period of time. The keywords here are "make sure your vehicle is locked..." Those of us who drive newer model "keyless entry" vehicles should also be aware that these always-on key fobs present a serious weakness in your car's security. As long as your keys are in range, anyone can open the car and the system will think it's you. That's why newer car models won't unlock until the key fob is within a foot of them. Although we all delight in technology that makes our own lives easier, it is a double-edged sword, and in this case, car thieves have been quick to equip themselves with new technology that outwits the manufacturers. For less than $100, anyone can utilize the Internet to obtain an "amplifier" that can detect your key fob signal from more than 100 feet away and then transmit that signal to your car. In other words, your keys could be in

your house, and the thieves could simply walk up to your car, open it and drive away. In order to prevent your key fob signal from being hijacked, you might want to stash the fob in a commercially available key fob security pouch (essentially a Faraday cage) or even the static shielding bag your EZ Pass came with. Of course, you could also simply tightly wrap your key fob with aluminum foil. The keywords here are "wrap tightly" to safeguard against any radio frequency (RF) leakage from the fob. I also know of one friend who routinely tossed his key fob into the freezer of his refrigerator when he arrived home at night. He discontinued this practice when he found his key fob had been inadvertently tossed into a bowl of punch during a summer BBQ. Of course you might also want to consider utilizing more traditional, yet still effective security methods such as steering wheel and brake pedal locks, which are still commercially available for about $20. If your car is to be left unattended for an extended period of time and is old enough to still have a distributor and if you might want to switch you car's coil wire with a spark plug wire. If you have a newer car without a distributor, simply look in your owners’ manual to identify your ignition relay and fuel pump fuses and pull them until you are ready to get back on the road. Very few thieves will take the time to search down and correct these simple measures and will simply move on to an easier target. Although most people think of it as something new, "keyless entry" criminal technology has actually been around and readily available since well before I was a kid back in the 1950's. Back then all youthful joyriders needed were a wire

hanger or a "slim jim" to gain entry to the car and a screwdriver to pop the ignition sleeve, and the knowledge of how to connect your battery power, accessory and engine wires together, and then touch your "crank" wire to them to start the car. Of course back then, car theft (or joyriding as we used to refer to it) was seriously frowned upon by the local gendarmes and so, for the most part, our youthful exuberance was always seriously tempered with the knowledge that a painful "attitude adjustment" was sure to be forthcoming by the local beat cop's nightstick if he found you messing with a car other than your own! The bottom line is to remember that most car thieves are not professionals, they do not completely understand the inner work-

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Thursday, December 14, 10:30 a.m. BUILDING JUST COMMUNITIES RISE Center 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd Interactive and collaborative workshop for changemakers who want to create equitable community spaces. Participants will learn how to be reflective and effective racial justice advocates and will leave with a toolkit for social change. Thursday, December 14, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. RBA HOLIDAY PARTY & MARKETPLACE Bungalow Bar 377 Beach 92nd Street Cash bar, DJ, raffles, shopping from local vendors and Surfin Santa. Friday, December 15, 6:30 p.m. WEST END TEMPLE HANUKKAH PARTY 147-02 Newport Avenue Hanukkah party and potluck dinner. Bring a kosher dish. $10 donation. Call the temple at (718) 634-0301 to rsvp. Saturday, December 16, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. AMERICAN LITTORAL SOCIETY PARTY American Legion Hall 209 Cross Bay Blvd Support the Littoral Society. $55 for

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Sunday, December 17, 12 p.m. CHANUKAH SING-A-LONG Temple Beth-El Hall 201 Beach 121st Street Chanukah sing-a-long with the Yellow Sneaker Puppets featuring Ora & Yoshie Fruchter. Everyone is invited. Sunday, December 17, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ROCKAWAY MAKERS MARKET Rockaway Brewing Co 415 Beach 72nd Street Grab a drink or brunch and shop from local vendors. DJ set. Clothing swap from 1 p.m. to 6 pm. Sunday, December 17, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. RIIS POINT HOLIDAY MARKET Riis Park Beach Bazaar Shop from local artisan vendors. Monday, December 18, 6:30 p.m. PARKS & PUBLIC SAFETY MEETING Peninsula Library 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd Discuss parks issues with the CB committee. Wednesday, December 20, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. RWA HOLIDAY PARTY & SHOWCASE RISE Center 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd Food, holiday music, games and a talent show by the RISE UP students.

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A Victor of Community Service

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The bell rings and the pitter-patter of feet go scurrying into classrooms. It’s another day of school at Village Academy in Far Rockaway, where 27-year-old Victor Boamah, Director of the YMCA after-school program, starts his day. “Working with the YMCA, I get a chance to impact young scholars’ lives,” Boamah says. “I encourage, motivate and challenge them to do better every day.” Boamah strives to motivate and challenge Rockaway youth by practicing what he preaches. As director of the after-school program, Boamah manages more than 30 staff members and has 140 students from 6th through 8th grade, who he is responsible for. He is also in charge of budgeting, keeping in contact with funders and answering any questions or concerns parents may have. Graduating with an English degree from John Jay College here in New York, education is very important to him and he projects that onto his students. He says, “The program itself consists of tutoring, sports, arts, promoting healthy eating, community service, leadership skills, and bettering their individual talents.” While the YMCA program may keep him busy, that is

just one of the many roles he plays in the community. Boamah also serves as president of a local nonprofit organization called Giving the Gift of Love Inc. The organization, which started back in 2011, hosts many charitable events, including and not limited to, the distribution of food to low income families, back to school drives where they give underprivileged kids supplies, toy and clothing drives, street cleanups, talent shows for senior citizens, and recently they held their annual free Thanksgiving dinner for the community, just off of Beach 40th Street. “I often joke around with Victor and call him the Mayor of Far Rockaway,” says Lisa Quammie-Jones, Director of the YMCA after-school program at PS.197. “He is generous and is always giving back to the community,” she added. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Boamah saw poverty as a child every single day. Seeing this at such a young age left an impact. “I saw parents and kids not having any food or clothes. This always inspired me to help and give back,” says Boamah. At the age of eight, Boamah and his parents came to Rockaway from Ghana and he has been a resident ever since. He attended local schools including Far Rockaway High School, where he and fellow classmates ex-

perienced a tragedy close to heart. Fellow classmate, Patrick Hernandez, was killed from a gunshot wound back in 2008. “His death meant a lot to us and we wanted to do something to show that,” Boamah said. That’s when he and fellow students got the idea to raise money and put their own money together to help the family with funeral expenses. This incident helped prompt the idea of having a non-profit organization one day to help give back to the community and to promote non-violence. Sandee Doremus, Community Liaison for Senator Addabbo’s office, says Boamah’s tendency to help others has been constant. “I’ve known Victor since he was in high school,” Doremus said. “He used to clean the office each week for community service and he was a very impressive young man then. He has grown to be a great idol for Rockaway and more kids should follow in his footsteps. We need more people like him.” Serving the community doesn't stop there for Victor Boamah. This past July, he was elected President of the 101st Precinct Community Council. “Being President of the Council, it is my job and goal to bring peace between the community and the police. It can be challenging, but we want to close the gap between the citizens and local cops so we can build good relationships,” Boamah says. The Council hosts many events for the community. This past November, they held a feast the day before Thanksgiving at the Village Academy and gave out Stop and Shop gift cards to families. “He is a great influence for the kids in Rockaway and is doing an outstanding job as the Council’s president,” 101st Precinct Community Affairs Officer Kevin Campbell, said. “He is very religious and positive individual.” “With the existing crime in Rockaway predominately by

black males, we need more positive African male roles like Victor,” Denean Ferguson, former Vice President of the 101st Precinct Community Council, added. “He sends a constructive message to the youth in our community.” Boamah does what he can to preach what he practices. In addition to serving the community, he makes time to give motivational speeches at local Far Rockaway libraries. “I like to inspire others and give them the push they need to better their lives,” he says. For Boamah, that inspiration came from his parents. Boamah says he always had great support and motivation growing up from his loving mother and father, Naana Bonoh and Kwasi Boamah. “African parents can be tough,” he says with a laugh, “but I owe it all to them and hope I make them proud.”

At only 27, Boamah has impacted many lives already, and his work isn’t done. In the future he hopes to expand his work with his supportive fiancé by his side, Salma Muhyedeen. “People don’t always see the other side of life. Not everybody is fortunate, so it is always good to help,” Boamah says. “I want to do more, be more and go wherever God wants me to serve,” he said, with a big smile on his face.

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RT Salutes Animal Communicator Jill Lauri for Santa Paws Month By Kami-Leigh Agard

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. Got a recommendation? Email kami@rockawaytimes.com. This week’s nominee is Jill Lauri! A fellow Rockaway Beach resident, (name disclosed as she did not want to share the spotlight), nominated Jill Lauri of Healing With Animals (HWA), not only because of her dedicated advocacy in rescuing distressed animals, but Lauri’s inborn ability to radiate her love to them. “Jill’s spirit alone is so nurturing, and her power lies in how she is able to communicate with animals that we are here to be of ser-

vice to each other,” the resident said. Lauri is a telepathic animal communicator and healer who focuses on the healing potential for people and their animals in their relationships together. “There’s a reason each of us is presented with a particular animal, who offers an opportunity and invitation to heal. For example, it could be that the animal’s purpose is to teach us lessons in love and compassion, making them in service to us, and we in turn, in service to them," Lauri said. When asked how her communicative ability with animals was born she answered, “I feel as though I came out of the womb feeling spiritually connected to animals. Every animal I encounter, I know they came to present

Bus Business Stoppage Finds a Solution By Kami-Leigh Agard

Collaborative community advocacy does work! A frustrating bus conundrum problem has been solved thanks to community outreach and the power of the press. For several of the 30 business owners on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, (RBB) between Beach 86th and Beach 90 Streets, it seemed like the holiday boom turned into a bust, when the MTA started interrupting the block with temporary A-train shuttle bus service the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Due to construction work on the A-train line, the MTA was running these buses from Beach 90th Street to Mott Avenue. This left storefronts being blocked by a long line of congregating buses, some waiting idly for hours for passengers, and making parking even more limited and problems more

prevalent. Rockaway Beach Bakery proprietor Tracey Obolsky was the first to voice her concerns to The Rockaway Times (RT). She said, “These shuttle buses are a nuisance. First they ran only on weekends, and all of a sudden they were running seven days a week. We were told that this would continue until December 22! Many of us are mom-and-pop shops, and can’t afford that. My customers aren’t coming in as before. Usually by 4 p.m., I literally have the bare minimum of baked goods left on the counter, now it’s the complete opposite. Many of us business owners are feeling the effect of significantly reduced sales and services since the MTA shuttle buses began congregating here. Also with the number of people waiting on the bus Continued on page 45

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me with a certain gift, and I in return, gift them with caring and understanding.” Lauri shared a powerful experience she had when a live baby shark was found on Rockaway Beach. “I was there on the spot with many other concerned locals who were able to contribute to the baby shark’s rescue. For example, there was one man who was physically holding the shark, while I was holding the energy and love to communicate to the shark that he was safe, while another person was on the phone contacting a marine life rescue. It was a great opportunity to see how each of us, if we are willing, can contribute our strengths towards one common goal. The powerful lesson learned that day is that when as a community we work together out of a place of love to save a living being, we really are at our best,” Lauri said. If you are confronted with an animal in distress, lost or abandoned, but unsure if you have the courage to come to its rescue, Lauri recommends to first get yourself into a calm state and think. She advised, “First recognize that both your safety and the animal’s are paramount. Once you make the decision in your heart that you are

committed to helping the animal, I have found that the resources present themselves. For example, someone may pop into your mind who may know of an animal rescue, or you may recall an article or a social media post with a phone number you could call. It’s amazing how things fall in place, when we make decisions out of love as opposed to fear. The main reason people don’t help is fear, however, when we make decisions out of a place of love, we are supported by the universe. When we make decisions out of fear, we become closed off to the wonderful possibilities.” Lauri shared a recent experience she had. “I was walking on the beach when I found this butterfly. I placed it on my hand and continued heading uptown towards Beach 116th Street, and ended up at the Memorial Park. I was torn what to do as I had errands, so I placed the butterfly on a shrub and hurried off. I was amazed that when I returned, it was still there! So I put it back on my hand and it stayed with me the entire afternoon. I was at a low point in my life then, and I felt that the universe was looking out by blessing me with the friendship of this butterfly. Eventually I set him on his way, but that day will always remain with me. I firmly believe that when we rescue animals, they save us.” For the holidays, Lauri is offering a 20 percent discount on Animal Communication phone sessions purchased by December 31. Also, get ready for her second annual Animal Rock Event in 2018, a day dedicated to animals and their caregivers. For more info about Animal Rock or Lauri’s services with HWA, visit : www. HealingWithAnimals.com, or email Jill@healingwithanimals.com


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Wishing all a Freilichen Chanukah. May the light illuminating from the menorah be a light of happiness and may the story of the Chanukah give us all hope and inspiration throughout the year.

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ANOTHER LANDMARK “GONE FISHING”ROSIE’S BAIT & TACKLE 1933

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GARLIC SHRIMP AND CHICKPEAS By Sharon Feldman

By Katie Lucev, mentored by Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. Rosemary and Theodore Eicher opened their Boat, Bait & Tackle Yard at Beach 87th Street and Beach Channel Drive (BCD) in 1933. At this spot, BCD was a ‘sort of elbow’ with Rosie’s at the crux or bending point. The next generation of the Eicher family (Cecilia & her daughter, Madelyn) carried on the business, which lasted for 80 years until Superstorm Sandy came along. Top Photo: Eicher Family in the front yard of the Bait & Tackle Shop in the 1930’s (Rosie is the woman on the right). Bottom Photo: Rosie’s Dock out into the bay at Rosie’s Marina. All hurricanes from 1938 on damaged Rosie’s place as well as other places east and west of Rosie’s. At present, the property has been sold and the land leveled for some future unknown sort of construction. RIP ROSIE’S!

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Beach 116th Street Looks Merry, Happy & Bright

The Rockaway Civic Association and the Beach 116th Street merchants have been hard at work to make the block merry and bright this holiday season. On Tuesday, they celebrated the beginning of Hanukkah with the annual menorah lighting (See Page 9), and last week they kicked off the season with the annual tree lighting, plus an extra surprise. The annual Christmas Tree lighting has been a longtime, popular tradition on the block and means a lot to the business owners and the community alike. So when the merchants, along with Rockaway Civic, began planning, painstaking care was given to each detail to ensure the events would not disappoint.

Part of the planning included a special surprise to the corridor and community, which has been a big hit since. On December 2, the Christmas Tree Lighting festivities took place replete with musical entertainment from Belle Harbor School, Scholars Academy, House on the Rock church and St. Francis de Sales. Dancers of all ages from Mrs. Elaine’s delighted the crowd with their lively foot work. After a blessing from Father Bill of SFDS, the tree was lit. The night ended with the arrival of Santa and his elves to hear all Rockaways’ good little boys and girls’ holiday requests. Attendees also got a first look at a special surprise for the block. With a flip of a switch, the center median street trees wrapped in lights were set aglow. This street tree project was a major decision and collective effort by the merchants on the corridor. Once the decision to invest in creating a more welcoming corridor for the community to shop along and enjoy was made, the merchants

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banded together, contributing their money to fund the project. With clock ticking, local Jim Brady and his team at Monster Window & Power Washing were hired to make the vision into a reality. Merchants on Beach 116th Street say the lights are more than a decoration to mark the holiday season; the lights will remain as an enhancement to the corridor year-round. They also symbolize the bright new direction and first

steps the merchants are taking together with their renewed collaborative efforts to bring more unique and exciting things to the corridor. The Beach 116th merchants would also like to remind all to shop local and shop often. Your patronage is greatly appreciated. The merchants of Beach 116th Street and the Rockaway Civic Association wish our community a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.

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ROCKAWAY AT WORK: John Blake, Manager of Breezy Point Lumber By Frances Feuer

Have you ever wondered what people do all day at their jobs? I have, and that’s the basis for this column, Rockaway at Work. When I arrived at Breezy Point Lumber to watch John Blake at work, I first thought he was speaking a foreign language. Customers were asking for things that I had never heard of. I kept watching and eventually Blake helped me understand. Blake supervises the staff and does the ordering for all the lumber. He worked indoors taking phone orders, printing out the invoices, and putting them on the counter for the drivers to deliver. He also took care of walk-in customers, and handled returns. When a customer brought back the wrong kind of molding, it was replaced immediately. I was fascinated when a customer came in and just showed Blake a picture on his

phone, and Blake knew exactly what he wanted. Blake also works outdoors on a forklift, and helps put stock away. He cleans the outdoor area, and is in charge of monitoring the inventory. He goes to job sites and field-checks the merchandise. When I was

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there, he had to go with a forklift on a delivery. The area was so small that a truck could not get through, and Blake walked beside the forklift, guiding it down the lane. Talking to Blake, I learned a lot about wood. Breezy Point Lumber sells Douglas fir, birch, poplar, cedar, spruce and pine, among others. I didn’t know there were 14 different kinds of plywood, all different grades and quality, depending on what the wood will be used for. Birch, for example, is a very thin tree, and makes a top grade of plywood, and could be used to make cabinets. A customer came to Blake asking if the birch he purchased was domestic. Blake explained to me that domestic wood (made in North America) was a better grade, and quality, than wood from China, and had less or no voids (spaces in the wood). Texture 111 plywood would be used for siding, has grooves to funnel rainwater down, and would never be used inside a house. Outdoor wood needs to be pressure-treated with a copper liquid to make it more durable. John explained to me that someone would purchase the cheapest plywood to put up a temporary construction fence around a property. Besides wood, Breezy Point Lumber also sells small hand tools, plumbing supplies, and construction supplies, such as spray insulation, sheet rock

tape, etc., and Blake has to know what all of these things are. A customer came in and asked him for Tyvek tape, pex couplings, and copper crimps. Was this a foreign language? No, I learned that Tyvek tape is tape that is used to connect outside house wraps, to prevent drafts. Pex couplings are used in plumbing and are made of high-density polyurethane. A copper crimp is a copper ring used in plumbing. Thankfully, Blake explained to me what the customers were asking for. “It’s all about listening to the customer and figuring out what they need,” Blake said. Blake says of his job, “I love it. I was stuck in an office. Now I am outdoors dealing with people on an everyday basis. It’s never the same thing twice.” Blake has been the manager of Breezy Point Lumber for only 10 months, but knows all the stock and what each customer is asking for. Working there for a year before he became manager, driving fork lifts, unload ing deliveries, and loading outbound deliveries, helped him to learn the business. “He’s a very conscientious worker, and took over the responsibility of manager last year. I let him handle the dayto-day problems,” said Kathy Dady, the owner, and Blake’s aunt. Dady took over the business in 2010 when her husband, Danny Dady died. He owned the business since 1997, having started there as an employee in 1978. Blake credits the staff with helping to keep the business going. "We have an unbelievable staff with some of them being with the company for 30 years. The day to day operations could not be handled as well as they are without the knowledge and dedication of these guys." Breezy Point Lumber (28 Market Street) is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon. Blake works 40 hours a week. Being the manager of a busy lumber yard is a tough job. Rockaway works hard.


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BUS BUSINESS STOPPAGE Continued from Page 40 to get to Mott Avenue, we see fights breaking out, people defecating on the side streets and folks leaving so much garbage behind. I feel like I spend most of the day cleaning the outside of the bakery than servicing my customers, who aren’t coming in since this MTA mess started.” Obolsky wasn’t the only one to fell the burden of the buses. Twenty-eight businesses are housed on this strip, and many expressed their complaints. Phil Cicia, proprietor of Beer House Beverages, said, “It’s been terrible since the shuttles buses started operating here. My deliveries are being affected, as the drivers can’t find parking with all these buses. They even added signs indicated vehicles will be towed if they even manage to find a space to park here. I think the only businesses on this strip making money are those selling ‘loosies’ (single cigarettes) to people waiting to board the buses. Not to mention, the added congestion caused by the SBS buses and the regular local Q52 and Q22 buses, just make it all the more crazy. We’ve tried calling 311 to make complaints, but so far, nothing’s changed.” Dave Khamaraj of Dave’s Liquor said, “This is supposed to be our busy season, and it’s the opposite. I personally have seen a 20 percent reduction in sales volume since the shuttle bus service started.”

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017 After listening to many of these local business owners’ concerns, the RT reached out to the MTA, DOT, and local political leaders, Councilman Eric Ulrich and Assemblywoman Stacy Pheffer Amato as to what can be done to mitigate the situation. The RT emphasized that commuters need to be able to get to their destination safely, and in a timely manner, but asked what could be done to mitigate the interference caused by the shuttle buses to these business owners. Both Amato and Ulrich immediately responded and said they were going to look into the matter, and see what could be done as soon as possible. Just an hour before RT’s deadline, the MTA press person responded, “The closure of sections of Rockaway Freeway had necessitated the temporary shuttle buses that are scheduled to stop running before Christmas to lay over on RBB. However, unauthorized automobile parking in the designated bus layover areas has made it necessary to relocate the temporary buses to Holland Street. We have begun implementing this relocation today. We will continue to work with the DOT and NYPD to ensure the best bus operation for our customers and the surrounding community.” So as of Wednesday, the MTA shuttles buses will now be re-rerouted to Holland Avenue, and now businesses on RBB will be able to regain some normalcy. Community advocacy works! Keep reaching out to the RT.

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

Positive Vibrations Ahead for Rockaway’s Autism Community & NYPD Autism warriors — How can our local police officers fit into our autism puzzle? For officers who aren’t exposed to the world of autism, responding to a call where an autistic individual is involved can escalate into a catastrophic situation. However, there are solutions, and right here in Rockaway, great things are on the horizon! In a recent eye-opening forum, Building Autism Awareness With the NYPD, hosted by the Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Families support group and the 100 Precinct’s NYPD neighborhood community officers (NCOs), it was heartwarming to hear folks speak out — autism caregivers and officers alike — on how together — we can build positive and nurturing relationships between the autism community and local police. The forum kicked off with the video, “What Being a Kid With Autism Looks Like,” (https:// www.facebook.com/profile. php?id=100010099034254) showing a police officer restraining a 14-year-old autistic boy named Connor in a park. The officer is shown throwing Connor on the ground, wrestling him, holding his hands down so tightly that the boy’s hands began to turn white. Connor’s caregiver comes and sits on the ground next to him, and tells the officers that he is autistic. Apparently, Connor wandered away from a group music program in the park, then something excited him, provoking him to jump and flap his hands. The officer

immediately jumped to the conclusion that the young man was ‘on something.’ As the 100th Precinct officers watched the video, you could see genuine concern on their faces. One teenaged boy in attendance with his mom, looked excitedly on. Prior to the video, he was excited to be in a police station and enthusiastically asked, “Am I going to be able to see the jail?” He was clearly excited to be in the company of New York’s finest. However, after the lights went on when the video concluded, you could see his anxiety building. This teenage boy is almost six feet tall and solidly built, yet still very childlike. I thought perhaps he related to Connor and thought that he was going to be in trouble. However, from the officers’ smiles, you could see they were happy to be in his company! Many critical points were brought up. One officer said, “The police officer’s initial reaction made sense because you have to look at what his first priorities are — to ensure security and safety. However, because he simply did not know what autistic behavior looked like, he was unable to effectively mitigate the situation.” Another officer, who said he has three cousins on the autism spectrum, said, “This is why more in-depth awareness and interaction is key. My cousins are autistic and I have interacted with them all my life, so I know the behaviors, and so, if I encounter someone on the street exhibiting what looks like autis-

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tic behavior, I would be able to approach them from a different perspective. Some autistic individuals do exhibit violent behaviors, especially when they aren’t able to express themselves, so it could be tough to get the situation under control safely without alarming them, especially if you can’t recognize autism.” According to NCO Supervisor Sergeant Julieann Stapleton, of the 40,000 citywide NYPD police officers, 5,000 this year received Crisis Intervention Training, which is a four-day intensive series in which officers are trained on how to interact with emotionally disturbed persons. She said that the last day is dedicated to training officers on autism and other conditions. “The 100th Precinct has 150 officers, who are all mandated to take the training. Safety is paramount for us, and we are dedicated to making sure that everyone in the community is served with respectful service, though again, we must emphasize safety first,” Stapleton said. One individual, who has a sister with autism said, “I have dealt

The Rockaway Times with autism for over 49 years because of my sister, and I know the behaviors. If our officers had more daily, intimate interaction with autistic individuals, it would not only build awareness, but healthy relationships.” One officer commented, “It was great that the woman sat on the ground next to Connor. She got on his level to make him feel comfortable, and he was able to somewhat calm down and express himself. I think this would be a useful technique for officers. It would be great for us to come together with the local autistic community and learn about each other’s world.” That’s exactly what we plan to do! Starting in 2018, there will be an invaluable opportunity to bring your autistic loved ones to the Precinct, where everyone can get to know each other and build positive relationships right here in Rockaway. Details to come. The powerful possibilities are endless! For more info, email: ourartisticchild@outlook. com or visit our Facebook page: Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Families Support Group.

NUW Holiday Networking Party A Merry Hit!

Snow on the ground and frigid temperatures did not deter droves of local business owners, clients, friends and family from attending NutureU Wellness’ (NUW) 2nd Holiday Networking Party, sponsored by Insperity, this past Saturday, December 9. Not only did folks merrily mix and mingle with Rockaway’s business movers and shakers, but joined in the spirit of holiday giving with the purchase

of spin the wheel/raffle tickets, of which all proceeds went to New Ground (NG), a nonprofit providing homeless families and veterans with educational resources, housing and more. NUW owner, Samantha Cintron said, “I’m so elated that we were able to raise $700 for NG, really reflecting the love and generosity of Rockaway. Infinite thanks to everyone who supported and came out to the event.”


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YMCA Martial Arts Students Win Big At Tournament

By Kami-Leigh Agard

This past Sunday, December 10, students of the YMCA Rockaway Martial Arts Club, under the mentorship of Sensei Tyrone Taylor, beat all odds and jubilantly came home with five medals and three trophies at a tournament at the

Warren Levi Martial Arts & Fitness in Cedarhurst. They won the medals for the belt levels of Kata they participated and the trophies for best karate fighting spirit, best TI (yell) and overall discipline. Sensei Tyrone trains his students in American-Te Goju-Ryu, a martial arts discipline incorporating a wide variety of techniques from Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, Karate do, Dong Soo Do, Kempo, KungFu and Kobudo. According to Sensei Tyrone, these students, ranging from ages four to 16 years, on various belt levels, were only in training for a year, and got seriously focused in the last two weeks. “After watching on the sidelines at several tournaments, they came to me and said, ‘We’re tired of just watching, we want to compete.’ And within the two past weeks, I could see they were intensely focused and determined about competing,” Sensei Tyrone said. “Both myself, the

assistant instructor, Sempai Erica Antoine-Cole and their parents are very proud of what they accomplished, and much more is on the horizon. At the tournament, my students were heavily complimented about how respectful and

well-mannered they were. In my heart, they will always be champions.” For more info about the YMCA Rockaway Martial Arts Club, contact Ann Fosteris at 718-215-6950 or email: afosteris@ymcanyc.org

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