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VOL. 4, NO. 31 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018

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Graybeards to Honor John Edwards & RBVL By Katie McFadden

Rockaway’s Graybeards are known for giving back to the community. At the 17th Annual Graybeards Dinner Dance on Saturday, January 27, they’ll be honoring a man and an organization that have supported Rockaway in their own ways. John Edwards and the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League (RBVL) are this year’s much-deserving honorees. Each year, the Graybeards hold a dinner dance to raise funds to keep the group doing the work that they’ve been doing for nearly two decades. With funds from last year’s event, the Graybeards had a successful 2017. Stocking the food pantry at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, helping the Rockaway Civic Association build fences for the gardens, and organizing another successful Family Fun Run are just some of the things the charitable group accomplished last year. They also assisted at the Rockaway Special Athletics’ block party, co-sponsored an alcohol and

drug awareness program and held a big blood drive in the fall. Members of the Graybeards also went down to Houston to help those hit by Hurricane Harvey back on their feet, others served Thanksgiving dinner at St. Mary’s and some helped set up the Christmas trees in St. Francis de Sales’ Prayer Garden. As if that wasn’t enough, the Graybeards also provided scholarships to two high school students in memory of Chris Lawler and Richie Allen, and sent seven soldiers’ families to Disney World. The Graybeards do amazing work for the Rockaway community and this year they’ll be honoring some who also share that mission of making Rockaway great. John Edwards, known for his Rockapulco Running series, and the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League, known for keeping locals busy on Wednesday nights with the sport all summer, are this year’s honorees. Each year, one individual earns the Don “DH� Hart Memorial Award. Hart, a husband, father,

USMC veteran, police officer and more, was also member of the Graybeards and exemplified what it meant to be a part of the charitable group. He was known for leading spring spruce ups, helping rebuild a school in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, assisting with putting up decorations at Joe Mure’s Little North Pole, supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, and overall, a man who was always asking, “How can I help?� The Don “DH� Hart Memorial Award goes to those who rise to meet the challenges that Hart answered through their efforts and accomplishments. Recipients are commended for their efforts in Service, Community and Friendship, without expecting anything in return. This year, that award goes to John Edwards. Edwards long worked in the bakery business, with his own bakery out in Wyandanch, LI, but found himself gaining weight even before being surrounded by baked goods and pastries. “When I was about 25, a guy I


used to play baseball with told me he was going to run a road race, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d lose weight doing it. So we went and ran this 5-miler and we threw up during the race, but then we decided to keep going. We ran our first Brooklyn half marathon in 1979. When we first started doing it, it was all about the parties afterwards, all about the beer, friends and fun, but running became an addiction. I eventually got into marathoning,â&#x20AC;? Edwards said about starting his running career. Edwards, who has run 31 marathons, including 24 of the New York City marathons, loved the Continued on page 3







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GRAYBEARDS Continued from Page 2 activity so much that he wanted to share it with the community. In 1996, he began the CYO track program at St. Francis de Sales and coached young kids. Then in 1999, he began the Thursday Night Rockapulco Summer Series Runs, also known as cookie races. Having the perk of working at a bakery, Edwards would entice youngsters into participating in the weekly runs, by having cookies and other baked goods as rewards. Now, Edwards hosts Rockapulco run events every month, many of which are designed to give runners an event to look forward to each month, provide a social aspect with after parties, and raise money for good causes. One of such runs is the Kevin Kearney Scholarship 5K, which Edwards started to honor his friend, the late Kevin Kearney, and to raise money for scholarships for local kids to attend Catholic schools. Why did Edwards want to encourage running in the community? “It’s something to do and keep kids busy and it’s good for

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you. It’s a good habit and the basis of most other sports,” Edwards said. Although not a member of the Graybeards, Edwards is honored to receive the award. “The Graybeards do good work for the community and this is a great honor,” Edwards said, adding that he’s looking forward to Saturday. “It’s a nice excuse to get my family together,” the father, husband, new grandfather and one of seven siblings, said. This year’s Special Recognition Award, in honor of Tom Ryan, is going to the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League. Each Wednes-

day night, hundreds of Rockawayites and others can be found at Riis Park, working up a sweat and having some fun, thanks to the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League. The league started with just 30 players around the mid-1980s thanks to Nancy Gentile and Sue Brown, and Jimmy Mack’s truck. By 2000, the league grew to 19 teams and the torch was passed on to Patty Moule to keep the league going, with the help of Rocky Dorogoff and Joe McGivney. Soon Steve Gifford, Keith “Bugsy” Goldberg and John Sica joined the committee and together, they helped grow

the league to more than a thousand players across 74 teams. Rockaway Beach Volleyball has become the social event of the summer, but the League also helps the community by giving back through holding clinics for children, donating to local charities and providing employment for local teenagers. The League also helped restore the community’s spirit by continuing the league the summer after Hurricane Sandy. For these efforts, the Graybeards have decided to give the League special recognition. This year’s Dinner Dance is being held at El Caribe (5945 Strickland Ave) in Mill Basin, Brooklyn. The evening will include a cocktail hour and dinner, open bar, remarks and the presentation of the awards, raffles, a Pot of Gold drawing and a 50/50 drawing and music by DJs@ Work to dance the night away to. As we go to press, tickets are still available for $150 per person. For tickets, stop by the Graybeards office at 129-04 Newport Avenue, or contact them at 718-634-6812 or office@graybeards.com


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I don’t think I know any longshoremen. So, I’ve never heard a longshoreman curse. You still hear the expression that somebody curses like a longshoreman. Others curse like sailors or truck drivers. Occasionally I slip some salty language into this column. I think my girlfriends in the Golden Age Club kinda like my swearing. They still like bad boys and they get to curse vicariously. But hard as it might friggin’ be, I’m gonna try to go this whole column about cursing without cursing. Someone asked me the other day about cursing in print and why I don’t use asterisks as in sh*t. I dunno, this is the adult section and Kids’ Korner is in the back of the paper. And I try to write like I talk and some-

times I talk like a longshoreman. Whenever I slipped a curse word into Boyleing Points, my mother would tsk, tsk me and say I’m contributing to the growing coarseness in language, and society as a whole. Which reminds me. In the mid-1970s, my mother and I were playing tennis (I think that happened all of once) and some guy on the court next to us apparently made an error because he shouted F**K! for all the world to hear. Moments later my mother said to me, “I’m getting awfully tired of that word.” That was the mid-70s. She had a lot more tired to get. Seeing a curse word in print is still kinda rare. In the old days, we’d look for dirty words in the dictionary. The bigger the dictionary, the better chance you’d find sh** and fu**. (For F*** sake, using these *** is killing me). Dirty dictionary to us also included those stillweird words like copulation

and fornication. They seem more obscene than the street terms. I remember, in grade school, reading an Encyclopedia Brown story. A man was riding his horse and when he wanted it to stop he yelled, “Whoa!” Legit, my eyes almost popped out of my head. Whoa? Now I grew up in Brooklyn — where my last name was sometimes pronounced Berle. Whore was pronounced, who-a. So, of course, I think the guy in Encyclopedia Brown is calling his horse a whore. I call my friends over. Look, who-a! No one corrected me. They looked at Encyclopedia Brown books in a whole new light. It was good, everyone spent more time reading. Newspapers still seem reluctant to use swear words because I guess they consider themselves “family newspapers.” I’m not sure what families they’re talking about. Most curse words fly right by me. Every now and then you

meet someone who uses the F-bomb every other word. I mean, every other word. It’s so over the top, ya have to laugh. It’s like a stutter, they have to say F***. No matter what. It’s effin nice effin weather. How the eff are you? I’m F’n going to the F’n store you want me to F’n pick you up something? Cursing is coarse, of course, but using the other side of the vulgarity coin is F’n strange. Imagine if that guy on the tennis court yelled, “Fudge!” Or “Sugar Honey Iced Tea!” My mother would’ve been pleased, but I would’ve said, “What the front door did he just say?” I know, I know I’m on way to H-E Double Hockey Sticks. What can I say? If your kids find a curse word in Boyleing Points, maybe they’ll look back and remember it like I did with Encyclopedia Brown. And maybe they’ll read more. So, I don’t give a Donald Duck if you think this is bull spit. I do it for the children.

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***** Seals do show up on our beaches this time of year. Please keep a safe distance away. If you suspect the seal is injured or sick, please call the Riverhead Foundation (631369-9840), which specializes in rescue and rehabilitation of marine life. ***** Greasing poles. That sounds like a slang way of paying off politicians, but it’s what they do in Philadelphia to stop crazy football fans from climbing street light poles. They put Crisco shortening, that sloppy white stuff, up and down the poles, hoping to keep the Philly Phanatics at street level. It doesn’t always work. ***** The 18th Annual Take the Plunge is set for Saturday, February 3 in Breezy Point

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018 (200 Bayside Avenue). Monies raised will support the New York Lung Transplant Fund. Even landlubbers can partake as there’s an after party with DJ James Tubridy with an open bar, food, and raffles. ***** Unable to attend but still want to help? Please visit: helphopelive.org/campaign/9980 ***** There’s an abandoned rail line that runs through Queens. People in Rockaway have long called for its reactivation. It would mean a much quicker trip to the City. Some people in those parts of Queens want the railway turned into an elevated park modeled after the High Line. The Regional Plan Association calls for both. Select Bus Service, which will continue to frustrate drivers along Woodhaven Boulevard, may get more people pushing for the rail line. And by “more people” we mean those outside Rockaway. ***** Meanwhile, at a reporter’s roundtable at Queens Bor-

ough Hall on Tuesday, Borough President Melinda Katz punted on two questions. She said she’s focusing on 2018, not running for mayor in 2021. And she took no position on Queensway (the elevated park) or Queens Rail, the reactivation of the old Rockaway Beach line. ***** Christine Banker, a Rockaway resident, just completed her first children’s book, "We All Have a God Light." The author hopes it starts a conversation between parents and children on the importance of being kind and compassionate. She also tells us that she’ll pay it forward by helping local charities and veteran groups if the book is successful. Stay tuned for its launch date. ***** Last week’s front page with a cop carrying a distraught senior away from the Dayton Beach fire was snapped by Doug MacLeod, longtime friend of The Rockaway Times. The 101st Precinct asked permission to use it after seeing

that we had posted it on Facebook and Twitter. Then the general NYPD Media Unit got hold of it, then some TV news shows used it. Then another Queens paper used it on their front page, giving photo credit to the NYPD. Uh-uh. It was Doug MacLeod! ***** St. Francis Prep High School, which draws students from Rockaway, got big basketball news when senior Emily Engstler was selected for the 2018 McDonald's All American High School Basketball Team. ***** Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica, Inc. is hosting a workshop for those affected by Hurricane Sandy from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31 at the Queens Library Swing Space (1003 Beach 20th Street). Residents will receive information about programs that provide affordable home repair loans and grants, foreclosure prevention services, financial counseling and relocation assistance and employment assistance.

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Local Pols Put Pressure On Post Office Following weeks of complaints due to mail issues, local politicians are demanding answers from the United States Post Office. Since the January 4 snowstorm, area residents have experienced a plethora of postal problems including not receiving mail at all, getting mail at late hours or getting mail for addresses on different parts of the peninsula. Local politicians are starting to put pressure on USPS, but the post office hasn’t been quick to give any answers. As Rockaway’s local federal representative, many have been referred to Congressman Gregory Meeks’ office to file complaints about their mail problems. On January 18, Meeks sent a letter to USPS Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan, to demand immediate solutions.

“For far too long, my constituents in the Fifth Congressional District have experienced significant and unacceptable delays in their mail service,” Meeks said in his letter. “These hard-working New Yorkers rely on the United States Postal Service (USPS) to deliver their prescriptions, W-2 forms, paychecks, bills, and many other packages essential to their daily lives. After hearing their concerns, I scheduled a meeting for today with a senior official at your agency to seek an expeditious solution to this problem. Yet, I was irate when I learned that your office had cancelled this important meeting. This is simply unacceptable. “I demand an immediate and thorough briefing on the USPS’ failure to deliver my constituents’ mail in an appropriate and timely manner. I have already discussed the

matter with my colleagues on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as it is now clear to me that the problem is more sweeping than was originally reported and therefore warrants robust Congressional oversight. I am deeply concerned that my constituents aren’t the only ones adversely affected by your agency’s demonstrated incompetence. I expect an immediate resolution and long-term solution to this ongoing issue,” Meeks said. Councilman Eric Ulrich is also feeling the pressure of postal problems between complaints from his constituents and seeing a lapse in mail deliveries to his own office. "It is completely unacceptable that the community - and even government offices - have

had such abysmal postal service. Sensitive mail - including checks, tax documents, bills and medicine - is often missing or delivered to the wrong address," Ulrich said. "Constituents have gone an entire week without a delivery - some of whom rely on USPS to deliver checks so that they can afford to eat." Ulrich's office reached out to USPS in the beginning of January, following up on a number of occasions, but is still awaiting a response or an explanation. "I understand there are certain circumstances, like this month's snow storm, that can cause delays," Ulrich said. "But the majority of complaints are completely unrelated to weather conditions.The snow has long melted and service continues to worsen. My constituents need answers."

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The grey sky this past Wednesday, January 24, reflected the somber mood inside Bungalow Bar, as locals dashed in with their morning caffeine in tow, patiently waiting to hear Governor Andrew Cuomoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office representativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recap of the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2018 â&#x20AC;&#x153;State of the Stateâ&#x20AC;? address. The address featured proclamations that the projected new state budget will be the lowest in history, plans to improve the Long Island Railroad, jubilations that 50 percent of NYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students are attending CUNY and SUNY colleges for free, removing abortion from the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penal code, and more plans to overhaul the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax code, sue opioid manufacturers for allegedly violating rules on the monitoring and reporting of suspicious drug shipments, a new subway line to Red Hook in Brooklyn, and a new park in Jamaica Bay. However locals grew frustrated as the big question on everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minds wasâ&#x20AC;Śwell, what about Rockaway? While Cuomo had little to offer on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in store for the peninsula, others were on hand to give some local updates. The presentation, hosted by the Rockaway Business Alliance (RBA), was kicked off by RBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board chairman, Yarden Flatow, who heralded the progress the Alliance has made in the past year. Flatow said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;With adding more and more local businesses from Beach 43rd to Beach 169th streets, RBA has grown about 300 percent in the past year. We take on lots of projects and initiatives to promote the economic health of our borders, and improve relations between residents and local businesses.â&#x20AC;? Flatow also announced the inauguration of their Rockaway ConneX technology project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today, we will be deploying 100 smart beacons to RBA business members on the peninsula, which will passively communicate information to smartphone users about transportation, local events, business promo-

tions, and public artwork,â&#x20AC;? Flatow said. Some businesses already in the works with the beacons include Station RBNY, Cuisine by Claudette, Lanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Loft Inc., Bungalow Bar, Uncle Louie G - Rockaway Beach, Assemblywomanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stacey Pheffer Amitosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office and many more. A fatigued, but always passionate Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, (who just came in from Albany the night before), ignited the meeting with her platform to eliminate the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge (CBB), which Governor Cuomo has a say in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cuomo is a Queens boy, and he has a greater understanding of what Queens residents need than any other governor New York has had, besides of course, his father. Governor Cuomo has a great listening ear, and that is why he is sending representatives to Rockaway and other places in Queens to hear what we need. So speak up, and let him know that the CBB, which we are looking out here at Bungalow Bar makes no sense,â&#x20AC;? Pheffer Amato said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to know if his plans are to eliminate the toll. For example, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a grandmother in Howard Beach whose grandchildren live on our peninsula. She spends $400 a month just to visit her grandchildren. Does that make sense? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about Rockaway residents, some of whom get the rebate, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about our families who want to freely come and visit with us without incurring huge costs. Also our local library offers dance classes, a family in Ozone Park who wants to bring their children to the classes is being attacked with tolls for driving from Queens to Queens just to benefit from our local libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services. This is not about just Rockaway, but about Queensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; residents as a whole. We need this CBB toll to be eliminated.â&#x20AC;? The audience applauded the Assemblywoman's request. Next up was Hersch Parekh, Queens regional representative from Governor Cuomoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, Continued on page 11

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LOCALS NOT IMPRESSED Continued from Page 10 who summarized some of the governors’ plans mentioned in his State of the State address. Here are some highlights: • A plan for a new 407-acre state park on Jamaica Bay, a wetland estuary, which sits between Brooklyn and Queens. • Third round of investments in NYS downtown. First introduced in 2016, the Downtown Revitalization Initiative gives select cities and towns all over the state and gives them $10 million apiece to invest in their core commercial districts. This latest round allocates $100 million for development, and the Regional Economic Development Councils will select the cities. • To empower women across the state, as part of his 2019 budget proposal, the governor has called for removing abortion from the state’s penal code. The proposal also includes increasing access to computer science and tech-

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nology, education about healthy dating relationships, a campaign to encourage young women to pursue leadership positions and free access to feminine hygiene products for girls in grades 6 through 12 in the state's public schools. The governor also wants the State Education Department and the Department of Health to develop a learning module for students from kindergarten through 12th grade that teaches young people about

healthy relationships, sexual health and dating violence. • Challenge the new Republican-led federal tax plan in court by restructuring the state’s tax code by adding a statewide payroll tax and possibly eliminating the state income tax, whose deductibility was capped by the new federal tax bill. After the lengthy presentation, questions abounded about where does Rockaway fit into the Governor’s plan?

One resident asked, “What about Cuomo’s awful proposal to eliminate NYS' tip credit. I own several hospitality businesses, and such a proposal would hit us hard. Restaurant workers make their money from tips besides their hourly wage.” Parekh responded, “I can give you my email and contact information, so you can tell the Governor himself your concerns.” Another resident asked who is paying for the 50 percent of CUNY and SUNY students receiving a free college education. Parekh responded, “Some of these students are under the Excelsior Scholarship program, but most apply for traditional financial aid grants. So, this is not something resting solely on tax payers.” Folks in attendance were not convinced. Another person asked if cashless tolling and tolls altogether could be eliminated from CBB. Parekh responded, “The Governor knows your concerns, and I will communicate what you stated today to him.” Only time will tell if the governor is listening.


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Bottoms Up Dear Editor: Two health-related articles in the Jan. 18 issue are worth commenting on. Boyleing Points adds humor to a very serious therapeutic health issue. Since the time of the great physician, philosopher, Maimonides, almost a thousand years ago, the recommended treatment offered by him for the management of hemorrhoid problems has not significantly changed. Hemorrhoids reside in the anal canal, a one-and-a-half inch long structure at the exit

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018 of the 20-foot long intestinal tract. This canal has pockets where fecal matter can be trapped with subsequent development of inflammation leading to infection and all the complications of hemorrhoids. Maimonides stressed the importance of perianal hygiene to prevent this complication, a recommendation that continues to exist. The bidet addresses this issue and remains an important therapeutic treatment. For those not having a bidet, similar perianal hygiene can be accomplished with a hand held shower spray. The issue of acute diarrhea was nicely addressed by Dr. Galvin who gave a very tight discussion of a very loose subject. He rightfully mentioned the two most common etiologies for the development of acute diarrhea, viral illness and bacterial contamination of foods. Both these illnesses rarely require more than supportive treatment with additional fluid intake and prudent diet and yet many individuals are given


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antibiotics and sometimes suffer the adverse consequences of this treatment. Paying attention to Dr. Galvin’s advice will prevent many future problems from occurring. W. Erber MD

Between the Chuckles Dear Editor: I just finished reading my eagerly anticipated weekly edition (1/18/2018) of The Rockaway Times and I must say that Peter Mahon's column, "Between The Bridges,"- "Dog Duty" left me both laughing and crying at the same time. Laughing because of his description of his dog's antics before doing his duty (doody) and crying because of the memories it evoked of my previous pets' (always dogs) performance repertoires before their duty. But mostly because this has been a very sad Christmas / New Year's for me due to losing my wife of 50 years, Linda

The Rockaway Times on Dec. 1, after a long struggle with cancer, reading Peter's column tonight put a smile on my face and made a lonely old man able to laugh out loud! Keep up the most excellent work! Thank You and Semper Fi. Andy Rohman

Sense and Cents Dear Editor: In response to the letter from the person who sent gift cards and cash through the mail and everything got stolen. She said she uses the Post Office a lot. Why didn’t she just buy money orders? About the park and shuttle bus to JFK, I think it’s a great idea. A lot of people can save money this way. Not only those who fly out of JFK, but a lot of people work at JFK and live in Rockaway. No doubt some busybody dropped a dime. NYC is very anti-business, along with the State. Maybe that’s why we lost two million residents in the last 10 years. Local Resident

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This Week in History JANUARY 25 Mara Brady was born. Ed Mills was born. Lidice Henriquez was born. Fran Redden was born.

ploded 72 seconds after lift-off, killing all seven crew members aboard, including school teacher Christa McAuliffe.

JANUARY 29 1886 - Karl Benz received a patent for the first successful gasoline-driven car. 1936 - Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus JANUARY 26 Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Diana Cinicola was born. Walter Johnson were the first players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame 1979 - Former Vice President Nelson in Cooperstown, New York. Rockefeller died in New York at age 70. 1988 - Andrew Lloyd Webber's The JANUARY 30 Phantom of the Opera opened on Terence Moriarty was born. Broadway. It would go on to become Flavia Oliveria was born. the longest-running Broadway show. 1948 - Gandhi was assassinated. JANUARY 27 1972 - British troops opened fire on Patricia Hannan was born. civil rights marchers in Northern IreRuth Graves was born. land, sparking the "Bloody Sunday" Chris Cori was born. massacre. 1945 - The Russians liberated Auschwitz concentration camp, JANUARY 31 where the Nazis had killed over 1.5 Lori Healey-Wasson was born. million people, including over 1 mil- Ryan Feeney was born. lion Jews. 1951 The U.S. Air Force started atom- 1865 - The House of Representatives ic testing in the Nevada desert. approved the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which JANUARY 28 abolished slavery in the United Esther Grillo was born. 1915 - Congress passed legislation States. 1940 - The first social security check creating the U.S. Coast Guard. 1986 - U.S. shuttle Challenger ex- was issued to Ida Fuller for $22.54.

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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital welcomed the hospital’s first baby born in 2018 on New Year’s Day. Ms. Karla Balarezo gave birth to a son, Dylan Gutierrez Balarezo via Caesarian Section at 10:06 am on January 1st. Dylan is Karla’s first son, joining his father, Enrico Gutierrez, and sister, Karla Abigail Gutierrez. Dylan entered the world, weighing 6 pounds and 13.5oz and at a height of 20.5 inches.

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Is RPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transit Plan Good For Rockaway? By Kami-Leigh Agard

Envision NYC, a paradise for residents and visitors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where everyone can reap the benefits of a seamless, customer-oriented mass transportation network, affordable housing for all, a robust job market, streets that peacefully accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all well-prepared for the after effects of climate change. The Regional Plan Association (RPA), a think tank that has been studying New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrastructure for decades, believes that its latest plan can accomplish this and more. The Fourth Regional Plan, released at the end of November 2017, includes 61 specific recommendations to achieve greater equity, shared prosperity, better health, and sustainability in the Tri-State area. A bulk of the recommendations include

upgrades and changes to infrastructure and transportation. The full plan can be found at http://fourthplan.org. Since its inception 90 years ago, the RPA is known for throwing its support behind urban planning projects that have come to fruition. Some examples include: its first regional plan in 1929, which ultimately led to the relocation of the George Washington Bridge; with its second plan in 1968, RPA led the effort to create Gateway National Recreation Center, which in 1972 became the first major federal recreation area in an urban setting; and in 1996, RPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third plan helped shape the alternative development for Hudson Yards when city leaders proposed building a football stadium on the site. With some recommendations in the latest plan, such as shutting down the NYC subway

system during late night hours on weeknights in order to get train lines back into a state of good repair; levy additional charges and tolls to manage traffic and generate revenue; and create housing without any new building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by legalizing â&#x20AC;&#x153;mother-in-lawâ&#x20AC;? apartments and transitioning one-family homes to two-family housing through zoning changes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some Rockaway residents may have some bones of contention. However, there are some recommendations that some locals may laud, like RPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endorsement of reactivating the old Rockaway Branch line so passengers could have a oneseat ride from JFK to Manhattan. Just to give you a little history as cited in an article, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building a better city: QueensWay vs. Subwayâ&#x20AC;? (www.vanshnookenraggen.com): â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Long Island Railroad-Rock-

away Branch once ran from Rego Park straight down to Howard Beach and then jumped across Jamaica Bay as a quicker way to the Rockaways. In the 1950s ridership was dropping and the LIRR wanted to cut the line loose. The city bought the line and converted the southern section to rapid transit, which is today the A train. The northern section, from Rego Park to Liberty Avenue, Ozone Park, was left fallow with the future potential to restore LIRR service or connect the line to the IND Queens Boulevard subway, which was built with multiple provisions for such a connection. In the 1970s, reactivation was studied as a way to get to JFK Airport via rail but ultimately the AirTrain was built along the Van Wyck Expressway instead. The city, state and MTA have been Continued on page 17






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RPA PLAN Continued from Page 16 cool to such a project so far given the cost overruns of basically every large-scale rail project undertaken by the MTA since its inception. The MTA claims that rail service would only take bus riders off the road and not do much for traffic congestion.”

The RPA recommends that the Army Corps looks into the costs and benefits of a regional surge barrier.

However, note in 2016, former local Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announced a one-house budget proposal to include millions of dollars invested for a feasibility study of the line. The flip side of the argument against re-opening the Rockaway Beach Line is instead creating the QueensWay, a 21st Century park designed similar to the High Line, the first major urban rail line to be converted into a public park. Note that Governor Andrew Cuomo threw his support behind the project and green lit funding to develop a working design proposal. RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan for a revamped mass transit infrastructure is ambitious, but with a timeline of 15 years, when will NYC (especially Rockaway residents) reap the benefits? As reported in City Limits: “The most ambitious aspect of the plan is the expansion of the region’s transit system. RPA calls for a full subway overhaul in 15 years, then expanding the subway system to hit underserved parts of the city. It also envisions a much more comprehensive regional rail system — including the reactivation of defunct lines, constructing new tunnels, and a rail line running from the new Gateway tunnel right into Brooklyn.”

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018 However, fifteen years is a long time to wait for all this reconstruction to be completed, while residents who work late at night have to take several buses home because of a possible subway shut down during late evening hours. Also local politicians, such as Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, believe the plan’s recommendation of adding additional tolls and congestion prices for driving commuters is unreasonable. In fact, she’s doing what she can to combat tolls that are already in place. In a recent statement, Amato said, “This past week, I introduced a bill that would end the toll on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. The toll has outlived its original stated purpose of paying for the bridge, and has absolutely no stated current purpose besides supplementing the MTA’s budget on the backs of New Yorkers.” Another recommendation that may peak the interest of locals in a post-Hurricane Sandy New York, is to determine the costs and benefits of a regional surge barrier to protect parts of New York and New Jersey from future flooding. The plan mentions a barrier design that “would entail constructing a five-mile long ‘Outer Harbor Gateway’ across the New York Bight from Sandy Hook to the Rockaway Peninsula.” The plan adds, “Constructing a surge barrier has the potential to protect critical infrastructure and hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses from the effects of storm-surge flooding.” However, the RPA suggests that the Army Corps of Engineers conducts a thorough study to determine the need, cost, and feasibility of a regional surge barrier, before any action takes place to make this barrier a reality. Due to this factor, the RPA currently doesn’t argue in favor or against such a system. RPA has a good track record of getting their initiatives implemented, however, let’s see what’s shuttles in for New Yorkers, especially Rockaway and Broad Channel residents. Keep reading The Rockaway Times for future updates.


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Transit Museum Takes Passengers Back in Time By Katie McFadden

Looking for an idea to get out of the house and break the winter cabin fever? Try taking some trains back in time. If you’re looking for a good family day trip, go no further than downtown Brooklyn to the New York Transit Museum. It may be easy to miss, as the entrance looks like a regular subway station entrance, with a staircase leading downstairs. However, take a walk down those stairs, and you’ll be transported into a hub that takes you through New York City’s transit history and gives you a look into real, vintage subway cars. Rockaway residents may get a laugh when they see some of the “old” trains after taking the A train to the nearby museum stops at Hoyt-Schermerhorn or Jay Street. Some of the old trains on display at the museum are actually more modern than some of the current A trains that are in service. However with some trains dating back to the early 20th century, guests can experience what it was like to

ride a train during the roaring ‘20s and beyond. The old trains make for a great history lesson, and not to mention, some cool photo ops. However, Rockaway residents may find some other intriguing aspects to the exhibit with explanations of the MTA’s role during and after events like the attacks on September 11, 2001, and the recovery efforts of NYC’s transit system after Hurricane Sandy. And as you take a walk through some of the vintage train cars, keep your eyes up at the old advertisements, some of which recommend making stops at Rockaway for the beach and of course, Playland. The museum, located at the corner or Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn, is open 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. It is closed Mondays. Admission is just $10 for adults or $5 for kids, ages 2 to 17, or seniors, 62 and up, but admission is free for seniors on Wednesdays. Photos by Katie McFadden.

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I am writing this letter to the members of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) ferry team because I am extremely concerned about the safety of passengers who ride the citywide ferry system. Since the ferry service started, there have been three ferryboat groundings by the citywide ferry service. The first was a test run near Coney Island last April that did not make the papers, second was near Pier 11 and the third grounding was off of Breezy Point. What has me deeply concerned is the first and third happened within a third of a mile of each other and occurred within six months of each other. All the grounding events were on the Rockaway ferry route. After the first grounding, there should have been a "lesson learned." The lesson learned should have been that there is a shifting sea bottom and all ferry routes should be constantly checked before waiting for the Coast Guard updated charts. In an article in AM NEW YORK (April 24, 2017) about citywide ferry service [Hornblower] the story highlighted advanced ferry simulator training that all ferry captains had to complete. Was the Rockaway ferry route part of their training? It certainly doesn't seem so. What is the turnover rate of employees at NYC Ferry? The next big problem with the NYC Ferry boats is electrolysis [dissimilar metals not properly grounded or isolated in the boat construction]. The ferry dock locations and overnight storage of the vessels could be a big part of the problem. The term "hot docks" is when there could be excess electrical currents in the water near where the ferries dock or are stored overnight, thus making the problem even greater. Electrolysis is causing the boat hulls to have holes in them below the water line and the area around the holes to have weakened metal. Electrolysis is a problem for all boats, small or large. This electrical problem is compounded in the

East River and New York Harbor because of subways, large buildings and the factory buildings at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which all have electrical grounds. The NYC subways have numerous subway tunnels that travel under the East River. I would assume they are grounded to the river bottom. All ferry landings have metal pilings that also could be making electrolysis a greater problem than normally expected. The problem with holes in the ferries is a design, manufacturing and an operator problem. I attended all the pre-bid meetings that were held by NYCEDC and wrote letters asking to see the vessels. I was told no. To this day, I still can't believe that the contract was awarded from a picture of a ferry boat. I am extremely concerned about the possibility that the Rockaway ferries have hull or structural damage due to electrolysis. Rockaway ferries operate the longest ferry route and for most of the route, there are no other ferries nearby. If there is a hull problem or grounding event, the ferry and its crew will be on their own with enough time for the vessel to sink. Consider the quote from the New York Post article November 26, 2017 (“de Blasio's beloved ferries are already out service") "A crew member on the East River’s South Brooklyn route between Bay Ridge and Manhattan’s Pier 11 confirmed that the fleet has been plagued by holes in its hulls. “We’ve had lots of little problems, mostly leaks. It really depends on the boat, but it happens,” the worker said. “The system is new — it’s all part of the process.” Is the ferry management team at NYCEDC or City Wide Ferry serious when they think holes in the bottom of a vessel below the water line are a minor problem or part of the process? The vessels are less than seven months old! I would like to know if the other ferry operators such as New York Waterway, Seastreak and New York Water Taxi are operating ferry boats with holes in the hulls. The holes in the bot-

tom of vessels are not a growing pain problem but an incompetence problem. Someone from NYCEDC and the ferry operator should be held accountable. When are holes in the bottom of ferry boats considered a little problem?! The holes in the bottom of the boat could be part of a larger structural problem. A ferry boat could dock every 20 minutes for 12 hours per day, so stress on the hulls increases. The ferry boats are in forward gear while docking, adding extra stress on the hull. NYC Ferry boats should be taken out of the water and inspected. NYCEDC should realize it may be time to subcontract part of the citywide ferry contract until this problem is fixed. (If you remember, NYCEDC needed three years to get it right when they canceled the Rockaway Ferry.) The citywide ferry service is in the middle of winter months when the water is very cold and if a boat was to sink there would likely be casualties. New York City Harbor has a lot of floating debris. If a ferry with a weakened hull were to hit a floating log, the results could be catastrophic. No one can prevent all accidents, but a damaged hull from poor design or maintenance is unacceptable. NYCEDC should consider the following: 1. The NYC Ferry Team should want to know how many of their deckhand workers know how to swim. If there is ever a possible sinking in NYC harbor, it is pretty hard to keep calm if you do not know how to swim while you are assisting passengers. 2. Marker buoys should mark all underwater hazards near ferry landings. In the late 1990s, the pier south of Pier 11 was demolished, but the debris was left on the river bottom. The debris field was once marked with buoys but were subsequently removed. If the hazard had been marked, maybe the ferry grounding that occurred in late November might not have happened. Underwater hazards near the BAT Pier in Brooklyn should also be marked.

3. Beginning this spring there will be ferry service from the Sound View section of the Bronx. My concern here is the river bottom is rock with little sand, so the grounding that happened off Rockaway could have a very different outcome if it happens in the Bronx. 4. In my conversation with Jon Marra, Professor Dept. of Earth and Environmental Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (connected to Brooklyn College) he indicated that they have the capability to re-map Jamaica Bay using tools such as side-scan sonar, Compressed High Intensity Radar Pulse (CHIRP), and Multibeam. The most recent geophysical map of Jamaica Bay was done nearly 10 years ago. I am sure the Institute could map all the hazards where the NYC ferry operates throughout the city. 5. In a Daily News article, "GOTHAM'S COURT" 10/22/17, in 2016 alone, NYC paid out in lawsuits and claims over $1 billion and there was an additional $409 million in other claims, including city worker lawsuits, water-main breaks, salary disputes, special-ed failures. The total figure does not include money paid out by the MTA. Safety and loss prevention should be the number one concern of the NYC Ferry Team. In conclusion, I recognize there are growing pains for any type of new transportation system, but there is no excuse for not using common sense in planning for passenger safety. Over the next several years, ferry service will continue to grow simply for the fact the roads and the trains can't handle any more passengers. I have stated this to the NYCEDC ferry team on several occasions. There is the right way and the wrong way to run a ferry service. Ferry service to the Rockaways has been the biggest investment in Rockaway in the last forty years, by any mayor. Mayor de Blasio deserves all the credit for the establishment of a citywide ferry service, but it must be made safe and this is where NYCEDC falls short of their responsibility.


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Riis Park Beach Bum It’s seal season! This little guy popped up to take a breather on the beach in Riis Park last week. On the morning of Thursday, January 18, the harbor seal was found resting near the jetty on Bay 1 in Riis Park. The animal appeared to have some dried blood on its side and back flippers, but a National Park Service biologist said the seal appeared healthy and alert and was just resting before it returned back into the water. It is common to see seals in the winter and early spring months around town. Seals

will sometimes come out of the water to relax on the beach, so a sighting alone, does not mean the animal needs help. If you come across a seal, it is important to keep your distance (at least 50 meters away), as to not stress the animal out. If the animal appears to be injured or sick, call the Riverhead Foundation to report the sighting at (631) 369-9829. The Riverhead Foundation may respond to the scene to assess the animal and determine if it needs rehabilitation. Photos by Katie McFadden.

New Art Exhibit to Open at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

An exhibit of book arts, Brain Washing from Phone Towers, by Sarah Nicholls will open Saturday, January 27, 2 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Gallery. Sarah Nicholls works in the medium of Book Arts, an interdisciplinary form of contemporary art that capitalizes on the history and craft found in centuries of bookmaking. The processes involved include the creation of linocuts or engravings, the setting of metal type by hand, printing, and bookbinding. This show celebrates the completion of a series of three pamphlets telling the story of

Jamaica Bay, which Nicholls published in the spring, summer, and winter of 2017. The first, Still Life with Oysters, Bottles, and Hooves, examines the history of Barren Island, Floyd Bennett Field, and Dead Horse Bay. The second, Flyway, concerns the ecology of Jamaica Bay, and tells the story of salt marshes, horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, ospreys and more. We will be celebrating the completion of the Jamaica Bay series when the final work, Intertidal, which tells the story of the community of Broad Channel, was completed in December. Nicholls is a visual artist who in her words, “makes pictures with language, books with pictures, images with type, and animations with words.” For twelve years, she ran the studio programs at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, and she teaches book arts and letterpress at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design.


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South Nassau To Get the Mount Sinai Treatment South Nassau Communities Hospital will become the flagship hospital on Long Island for the Mount Sinai Health System under an affiliation agreement announced by the Boards of Trustees of the two institutions. Final state regulatory review is underway and approvals are expected in the coming months. If the affiliation is approved, South Nassau will join Mount Sinai’s $7 billion health system, which includes the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, one of the most prestigious medical schools and leading research centers in the country. Mount Sinai will bring its academic, clinical, and research expertise to South Nassau, extending tertiary-level hospital services that offer advanced medical care to “rival and surpass any of those available on Long Island,” according to a joint document outlining the transaction.

The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 nationally in the 2017-2018 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mount Sinai will infuse a total of $120 million in capital contributions to South Nassau’s five-year master facility plan, which will help expand surgical facilities, intensive care units, and South Nassau’s emergency department. South Nassau’s current Board of Directors will retain local governance over the day-today operations of the 455-bed hospital. CEO and President Robert J. Murphy will report to the existing South Nassau board of directors and to Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, president and CEO of Mount Sinai. The South Nassau Board will be joined by two new members from Mount Sinai’s Board, and two members of South Nassau’s Board will also join the Mount Sinai Board.

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C Upper Belle Harbor R A sq. ft. of Legal 2 family with overN T2,700 O is a 2BR, 1 bath, living space. OwnersCunit huge bsmt withE R high ceilings, front porch D and garage. U N 1BR rental and long private driveway. $875,000

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Great Starter Home Quaint brick high ranch located in the heart of Belle Harbor. Sip lemonade on the front porch while watching the sun set over the NYC skyline. Private parking and decked yard with pool! $699,000

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137th: 3BR, 2BA home with open living room/dining room area (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,800

80th: Renovated 2BR, 1BA with terrace and parking (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,100

66th: Spacious 3BR, 2.5BA unit with open floor plan, yard and laundry (NC) . . . . . . . . . . .$2,800

121st: Third floor 1BD with large upstairs loft space (JD/NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000

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ABTS: 3BR, 2.5BA duplex apt with large master suite and backyard (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500

Broad Channel: 2BR, 1BA house rental with HW floors, fenced yard and attic (CB) . . . . . . .$1,800

125th: Renovated 3BR, 2BA apt with terrace, HW floors and weekend parking (LJ) . . . . . .$2,500

79th: 2BR, 1BA apt with CAC, laundry, dishwasher and parking (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800

ABTS: 3BR, 2.5BA owners duplex with master suite, yard, W/D and parking (LJ) . . . . . . . . .$2,500

ABTS: 2BR, 1BA apt with CAC, W/D, dishwasher and parking pass (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800

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125th: Spacious 1BR, 1BA renovated apt with large private terrace (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800

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73rd: 1BD, 1BA modern and updated bungalow rental with skylights (NC). . . . . . . . . . . .$1,750

98th: Renovated 3BR, 2BA beach block apt with master suite and ocean views (NC) . . . . .$2,300

128th: 2BR, 1BA apt with CAC, wood floors and summer parking (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,650

ABTS: Spacious 2BR, 1BA with den and rooftop terrace, CAC and parking (NC) . . . . . . . . .$2,150

126th: Second floor studio apt in multi family home with parking and yard use (MC) . . . .$1,350

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APS Phospholipids are compounds that form the membranes, or walls, of cells. They are long compounds that line up side-by-side in a vertical array, much like a picket fence, to form the cell wall. The outside of a phospholipid is hydrophobic (repels water) while the inside is hydrophilic (attracts water). This arrangement allows things like oxygen, carbon dioxide, and urea to easily pass in and out of cells. Phospholipids are found in many foods including egg yolks, mayonnaise, soybeans, sunflowers,

corn, and cotton seeds. The pharmaceutical industry uses phospholipids in drug delivery systems for some medications (i.e. Valium). For reasons that are as yet not fully understood, some people develop antibodies to phospholipids. The formation of these antibodies is thought to result from an interaction of genetic and environmental factors. The resulting disorder from the formation of these antibodies is called antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). APS is associated with blood clots and pregnancy


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complications including fetal death after 10 weeks of gestation and early or multiple miscarriages. In other words, APS is usually diagnosed at an early age. APS, which can be diagnosed with a blood test, should be looked for in young people with unexplained strokes and blood clots and women with multiple miscarriages. APS antibodies create a hypercoagulable state (high risk of blood clots) by activating platelets, white blood cells, and the endothelium (inner lining of blood vessels) and by interfering with the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural anti-clotting mechanisms. A diagnosis of APS requires the presence of at least one of the three known antiphospholipid antibodies, namely anticardiolipin antibodies, anti-B2 glycoprotein I antibodies, and lupus anticoagulant. Because these antibodies may be transiently elevated in some individuals with rheumatological disorders, infections, and certain cancers, the blood testing

The Rockaway Times for these antibodies must be positive on at least two separate tests done more than 12 weeks apart. As the main effects of APS are strokes and blood clots, people with APS must be on lifetime anticoagulation. One problem with testing for APS is the fact that anticoagulants including heparin, low-molecular weight heparin (Lovenox), warfarin, and other oral anticoagulants (Xarelto, Brilinta, etc.) can interfere with testing for the lupus anticoagulant antibody, so if that antibody must be tested for it, it must be done while the patient is not taking these medications. In short, anyone under age 45 who presents with unexplained strokes or blood clots including phlebitis of the leg and/or pulmonary embolism or with multiple pregnancy complications should be tested for antiphospholipid syndrome. Please direct questions and comments to editor@rockawaytimes.com

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Intentions “Sankalpa” is a Sanskrit word meaning an intention formed by the heart and mind. A solemn vow, determination or will. It is your connection to your deepest heart and soul longings. Aligning with your truth, your heartfelt desires. So very powerful and strong, yet we tend to ignore them and float through life doing whatever we have to do to survive, overlooking the subtle signs trying to guide us on our journey. “San” means truth and “kalpa” means vow or intention. In order to set your intention for the new year or new moon, you must find

your truth. Truth meaning what do you really want to do with your life. Consider Mary Oliver’s famous quote, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” You have the power to live your life in a very special, purposeful way, but often you develop habits that inhibit your true happiness and health. The new moon, the first of 2018 was January 17. The energy was powerful on this particular day. It was a great time to set a new intention for the year. Perhaps you already did that on January 1,

but already threw in the towel by now. Well, there is always time to set new intentions and start over. The easiest way to make positive change is to state a confirmation that you would like to see for yourself such as, “I want to be healthy and strong as I age.” Or, “I want to help others less fortunate than myself.” So many things you can put in motion, but it starts with a heartfelt intention. You don’t have to be perfect, but it should come from your heart where you will find your truth. Looking at the moon each night, I am often amazed at the beauty as it changes each evening. The most beautiful transformation in such a short period of time. It’s a slow process, but before you know it you have a magnificent full moon. Much has happened in your life in that short period of time that the moon blossomed into its fullness. You think to yourself, what positive changes have I made in my life in this one moon cycle? How have I contributed to society to make it a better place to live and work? What am I do-

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Ferry Shuttle Bus Gets 2 New Stops Speak and you will be heard. After listening to the community, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Hornblower, operator of NYC Ferry, decided to follow through and add

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two new shuttle bus stops for the NYC Ferry service. The new stops are at Beach 77th and Beach 96th Streets along Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The Beach 67th Street stop has also been relocated from Beach

Channel Drive to Rockaway Beach Boulevard. These shuttle bus changes come as a direct response to community feedback received at a town hall meeting held by Mayor de Blasio in December 2017. NYCEDC followed up on this request by meeting with community members to walk along the bus route. The new shuttle bus stops, as well as the new winter ferry schedule, went into effect on Saturday, January 20. The full schedule can be found at NYCFerrry.com. “The community spoke and we listened. Based on their feedback, we’ve added two new stops to the Rockaway Shuttle Bus,” NYCEDC President James Patchett, said. “Now it’s going to be even easier for Rockaway residents to ride NYC Ferry, and connect to good jobs and opportunities throughout the city.” “NYC Ferry is proud to connect our communities and we are excited that more shuttle stops are being added, allowing for even more options for Rockaway residents to hop on board. We’re always encour-

aging rider feedback and hope the additional stops will enhance overall service,” Cameron Clark, Senior Vice President, NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower, said. The ferry system has experienced tremendous popularity since it officially launched last May, serving nearly 3 million riders as of December 31, 2017. Based on preliminary ridership projections, NYC Ferry was anticipated to serve approximately 2.1 million riders in its first year of service. However, initial projections were exceeded by 34 percent, or nearly 800,000 additional riders, across all four routes — the rebranded East River, Rockaway, Astoria and South Brooklyn. In response to high ridership, NYC Ferry announced that it will be adding capacity to six new boats starting in 2018. These new vessels will be outfitted with bigger engines and with a capacity to hold 349 passengers. Two additional routes, the Lower East Side and Soundview, are slated to launch this summer.

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Have you ever wondered what people do all day at their jobs? I have, and that’s the basis for this column, Rockaway at Work. What does the owner of a butcher shop do? Tom Murphy starts his day at 7 a.m., two full hours before the store opens. Checking the refrigerators and freezers, and his stock are his primary concern. Are they at the correct temperature? Is everything chilled and fresh? Then the first of two daily deliveries arrives…. beef, chicken, pork, lamb, veal… fresh every day. He inspects the order for correctness and quality, being confident the wholesalers know he will refuse any meat not up to his customers’ standards. After the delivery, the prep work begins. I came early in the morning to watch the meat being cut. Taking a huge section of meat and cutting precisely at the right spot to make it into roast beef, or cutting chicken breast, paper thin to make cutlets, is an art. I was fascinated watching him make a turkey breast boneless, tie it for cooking, and add a pop-up thermometer. That is the epitome of customer service. He also set up the trays, readying the meat for the counter. The chop meat is ground fresh every day. Many different varieties of sausages are also made on the premises, including cheese and parsley, pepper and onion, and chicken and broccoli sausage. Once the counters are set with prime rib steak, London broil, chop meat, chickens, lamb chops, pork loins etc., the store is ready to open. Also on display is gourmet meat loaf (beef, pork, and veal combo), Italian style cutlets, stuffed chicken breast, and pepper steak, marinated in Kansas City juices. Curran’s is well-known for its Kansas City Steak, marinated with soy sauce, garlic, ginger, onions, etc. It is always available, but just to be sure, order in advance.

Murphy went behind the counter when it was busy to help out. I watched him wait on customers, knowing most by name. “It is important to make sure the customer comes out happy. We only have one chance to get it right. There are no second chances for a first impression,” says Murphy. “It is important to listen to our customers. They dictate the terms of how I run my business.” While he was behind the counter, I had the opportunity to ask some customers why they shopped at Curran’s. Over and over again, I got the same answers, “quality” and “service.” One woman summed it up, “The prices are good. The food is delicious. You’re guaranteed a good meal; they stand by their product.” Part of Murphy’s job is to pay bills, handle the payroll, and do the banking. He also posts daily on the Curran’s Facebook page. Murphy says one of the reasons he loves his job is because he’s “able to talk with the community. Some jobs, you don’t deal with people; you’re stuck in a cubicle. I have a passion for what I do. This is very self-fulfilling.” The store is closed on Sundays, but Murphy is hard at work, making his famous macaroni and cheese for ‘Mac and Cheese Mondays.’ I couldn’t get the recipe out of him, but he did tell me it includes buttermilk, four cheeses, and jumbo elbow macaroni. When I was there, it was a big seller. Murphy told me how proud and happy he is with his staff. Working for him behind the counter are two Sams…. father and son, Pedro and Danny, all working full-time with Stephen, Paul and Chris as the part-timers. His cashiers are Fatima, Nancy and Hannah. “You are only as good as the men and women behind you, and I’ve been blessed with the help I have,” Murphy said. More than 30 years ago, when Murphy was 20 years old, he was hired and trained by John

Curran to be a butcher. He worked for Curran until 2006, when he bought the business. The original store was on Beach 129th Street, but Murphy had to move it to Beach 116th Street after Hurricane Sandy.

Curran’s, located at 239 Beach 116th Street, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Long hours, seven days a week, managing a busy store…Rockaway works hard.


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Saturday, January 27, 11:30 a.m. INTRO TO ESSENTIAL OILS Rockaway Love 90-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd Free workshop on essential oils with Julia Werman, LMSW, a Health & Recovery Coach and Essential Oils Educator. Call 718-634-7777 to RSVP as space is limited. Saturday, January 27, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. SARAH NICHOLLS BOOK ART EXHIBIT Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Join for the opening of Sarah Nicholls' Exhibit on Book Arts as she tells the story of wildlife in Jamaica Bay with handmade books with lino cut illustrations and hand-set type. Saturday, January 27, 8 p.m. VFA OFFICERS INSTALLATION DINNER VFW Post 260 705 Shad Creek Road Local volunteer firehouse officers will be sworn in. Dinner $45 per person. Call 646-883-2692 for more info. Saturday, January 27, 8 p.m. COOL HAND LOU ROCKS

ROXBURY The Hibernian 4 Roxbury Blvd Live rock n roll classic hits. Saturday, January 27, 9 p.m. KEEGAN & SOOGS Rogers Pub 203 Beach 116th Street Live music. Saturday, January 27, 10 p.m. THE ELECTRIX Thai Rock 375 Beach 92nd Street Classic rock and original jams. Sunday, January 28, 6 p.m. STARGAZING CLUB: THE SUPERMOON Beach 116th Street Boardwalk Let an Urban Ranger be your guide to the solar system. Use telescopes and binoculars to view the night sky and supermoon. Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. WORKSHOP TO REDUCE PROPERTY TAXES Bayswater Jewish Center 1065 Dickens Street, Far Rockaway Looking for a reduction of property taxes? Attend this meeting to find out how from the NYC Office of the Taxpayer Advocate. Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m. ROCKAWAY BEACH "ARTISTIC" FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

421 Beach 142st Street Families of those with autism are welcome to share and learn. Friday, February 2, 6:30 p.m. ST. CAMILLUS CARD PARTY 185 Beach 99th Street Fun night with raffles for prizes. $10 per person. Call 718-634-5260 to reserve tickets or a table. Friday, February 2, 7 p.m. ROCKAWAY WISH MEETING Belle Harbor Yacht Cub 533 Beach 126th Street General meeting for local women’s organization, WISH. New members welcome. Friday, February 2, 8 p.m. WIG N STACHE RADIO BINGO Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street Wear your best wig or bring your best mustache for thie quirky radio bingo. $25 per person includes bingo, DJ, light fare, cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit PS 114 PTA. For tickets, call or text Jamesy at 917783-4687. Saturday, February 3, 1 p.m. TAKE THE PLUNGE The Colony Theater 200 Bayside Avenue, Breezy Point Plunge into the chilly bay to raise money for the Lung Transplant Fund. Registration starts at 1 p.m.

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

No Man Is An Island Since writing this column and founding the Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Family Support Group just over a year ago, I am still amazed by how many people on the peninsula and Broad Channel (BC) are touched by the seemingly beguiling world of autism. Not only are they touched, but they get it, and have reached out to share personal anecdotes, resources and even willingly volunteer to give of their talents and expertise — not for any fanfare or accolade — but just to be true friends and confidants of our small community of autism warriors. For years, I felt alone, ostracized, angry, depressed, and afraid, content to just hibernate and admittedly hide my daughter’s autism. I saw my beautiful baby girl, and was angry at the world. Angry at autism. Angry at societal pressures to be normal. However, what is normal? A damn button on a washer machine? I became a big X-Men movie buff, imagining that my daughter had these super powers (think Jean or Rogue), but because she was not socalled neurotypical, society just wanted to quarantine her in this fish bowl. Comments from friends and family would throw me into a tirade, wanting to lash out, “So what if my Soa has autism, what in the bloody hell do your children have? Perfection? My daughter is strong, beautiful, loving, resilient and a nonconformist.”

Well, fast forward to the present, a lot of my anger has thankfully waned, and my heart has grown so full with the supportive emails, conversations with folks I have met just casually walking down the street, who all simply stated that they get it and are willing to offer any support they can give to our community. From pediatricians, homoeopathists, lawyers, educators, neighborhood community police officers, local business proprietors and politicians, yoga instructors, musicians, artists and the everyman/ everywoman on the street, I am so enamored with each and every one of you. However, consider this a public service announcement. I desire for more families with loved ones on the autism spectrum to come to our group meetings and for the general public to get to know our community. Last summer, we hosted with Jammin’ Jon Kiebon, the Rock Out for Autism concert at the Rippers concession, and it was absolutely amazing. I was humbly shocked and honored, by the droves of people who came to support us, and left their business cards with reminders of resources they can offer to our community. However, note, our desire is not just to receive, but to give back. Whether or not, you have a child, family member or friend on the autism spectrum, I encourage everyone to come to our group meet-

ings. Why? Because it’s all about community advocacy and a desire to empower Rockaway to be a great place to live, grow and advance for all of our children and adult loved ones on the spectrum. Rockaway does not have to be a desert, we have a beautiful natural resource, our beautiful beach and bay community. Let’s come together and collaborate on, for example, a Walk/ Run/Surf for Autism, a Paint Out event or a prom/date night for our loved ones with autism, (yes, as our loved ones mature like any teenager, they do have a desire to have a partner in their lives!). As defined by Wikipedia, “a support group is a gathering of members who can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establish-

ing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy and conversational interaction.” Locals — let’s make it happen for our community of autism warriors. The next Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Family support group is on Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m. at 421 Beach 141st Street (between Cronston and Newport avenues) in Neponsit. Feel free to come, share, learn, listen and of course nibble on some delicious goodies. No fee to attend, all that is desired is your presence! Hope to see you there… Thank you fellow autism warrior, Jane Garfield Frank! I talk about autism to open doors into the reality of our lives as caregivers, build understanding, tolerance and growth of our “artistic” children. Share your thoughts by emailing ourartisticchild@ outlook.com or check out the Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Families support group Facebook page. We would love your feedback!


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Antediluvian (Way Back When)

One of my daughters recently expressed her sorrow for my having to grow up in an age without all the electronic and social accouterments and devices deemed so necessary for life in today's world. "What did you do without microwaves, cell phones, apps, computers, the Internet, Netflix, Tumblr, Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio, McDonald's, Wendy's, Sushi Bars and Amazon?” I had to remind her that although living in a cave while dinosaurs roamed free on Queens Boulevard over in Woodside, Queens, back in the ‘50s and early ‘60s, was sometimes difficult, it also had its perks. There was a smorgasbord of "fast food restaurants" in case we got hungry while away from home. The likes of which were: White Castle, Jack in the Box, A&W Root Beer, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald's. As kids, we all gravitated to the local White Castle to take advantage of the cheap, albeit

small, burgers (aka — murder burgers), which were only 12 cents apiece — until they raised the price to 14 cents in 1967. Back then, money wasn't easy to come by and New York's Returnable Container Act wasn't enacted until the early 1980s, so we couldn't scour the neighborhood for empty bottles in order to drum up some deposit money. A few of us with a yearning for a murder burger would hang around in front of the local Bohack grocery store and offer to carry packages home for shoppers in the hopes of scraping up some loose change in tips. We would also check out the coin return slots in the neighborhood phone booths for loose change, which oftentimes increased our coinage booty! My use of the term booty caused my daughter to giggle and I had to explain that back in those days term "booty" was taken from the vernacular of pirates, referring to treasure and not someone’s posterior! Although television was big then back then, as far as entertainment was concerned, the rule was if we weren't in school and the sun was shining, we had to stay the hell out of the house, sight unseen until dinnertime later that evening. As it turned out that was no big thing as daytime TV was a bust for us kids at the time. No, not because it was black and white but because, with the sole exception of Saturday mornings, it consisted solely of smarmy soap operas and dopey game shows. Thus, if the sun was still up, we would head out and wander up to the


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local playground and gather round someone’s AM radio and tell each other tall tales and lies while listening to the great rock and roll performers of the day. On the other hand, if the sun had set, the television then became the focal point of our attention with such shows as I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver, Lassie and The Lone Ranger. There was also a wide selection of amusement parks available to entertain us. Obviously, Rockaway's Playland and Coney Island were the closest, but we also had Freedomland up in the Bronx and Palisades Amusement Park across the George Washington Bridge over in New Jersey, but both of those parks required a transportation assist from our parents. Of course, Walt Disney opened Disneyland out in Anaheim, California in 1955, but none of our parents were about to take us cross country for that action, so a trip to Fantasyland remained just that and was relegated to the tall tales and lies at the playground. Fast food, great rock and roll music, evening TV shows and amusement parks aside, there was also that great bastion of a time killer, always ready to entertain us for several hours for the price of admission — the local movie theater. Our parents had no problem ushering us out the door late Saturday morning with $1.25, enough money for admission to a mindless Saturday afternoon half-price matinee consisting of two feature films, several shorts and a newsreel, as well as a bag of popcorn, a roll of Neccos and a soda with the admonition, "Straight home when the matinee is over!" Obviously there were no cell phones back then, only public pay phones, which initially cost five cents for a local call (until skyrocketing to 10 cents). But that was no big deal as our parents did not expect to hear from us, except in the event of an emergency, which translated to "We don't want to see your face or hear your voice until dinnertime unless you are hospitalized or arrested".

Now, for the most part, the weekend matinee features were geared to the youth audience and we were quite content to fill our minds with such intellectual fare as Creature from the Black Lagoon, Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein (and the Mummy...and Dracula...and the Wolf Man...and the Invisible Man!), Attack of the Crab Monsters, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, The Incredible Shrinking Man, House on Haunted Hill, The Blob and lest I forget (only because Jayne Mansfield was in it) The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw. Nevertheless, we always got a big kick out of the fact that prior to leaving home our parents would always ask us the names of the movies being played at the matinee and then they would whip out their copy of Brooklyn Archdiocese Catholic Newspaper, The Tablet, to check the movie reviews by the "Legion of Decency" to make sure our planned fare was not included amongst the much dreaded "condemned" listings. We found that amusing because our parents were oblivious to the fact that all of us also used this very same paper to identify those films with the dreaded "C" (condemned) rating, to see if we could sneak into a local theater showing it. I remember And God Created Woman with Brigitte Bardot (need I say more?) and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho were always on the top of our list! In retrospect, I think the Tablet's Legion of Decency movie ratings did more to drum up business for some of the "C" rated movies. Besides, that was always a great topic of conversation back then as we all we all wondered just whose job it was to go and see these pictures in order to rate them? Now there was a job we could all aspire to. Looking back now, yeah it was tough growing up without an assist from the likes of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, but we all managed to grow up anyway and had fun doing it! Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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CVSR Students Get In Tune with the Music Industry

On Monday, January 15, NYC Service partnered with the Grammy Association to provide an amazing mentoring opportunity for music students around NYC. It was a way for the music industry to give back a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Four students from local school, Channel View School for Research: Laila Baffour, Khalil Pridgen, Matthew Robinson and James Kim, along with music teacher, Katherine Patrylo were picked to attend the event. Students were able to sit and talk with multiple professionals from the music

industry to hear about their experiences. This included industry executives from Sony, Atlantic, Columbia and Warner Bros who have produced and wrote songs for artists such as Paul McCarthy, Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, Gucci Mane, T.I. and Trey Songz, just to name a few. Students asked things like what are steps needed to be taken to have a career in the music industry. In return, they were given guidance on what courses of study to major in in college, how to write resumes, networking opportunities and the importance of doing internships to help get a foot in the door at many of these companies. As a result of taking part in this event, the Grammy Association is giving each participating school a grant of $2,000 for their music program. Channel View School for Research services students in grades 6-12.


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

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Old School Scoring I found this crazy cool pic a while back. Looking at the points in the judging criteria in this pic, it really shocked me at the disparity of points for some maneuvers. What I mean is that in today’s times, the oohs and aahs you get from the general public watching surfing are above the wave aerial antics or the disappearing moves of a surfer riding inside the tube. Aerial surfing was not a concept back then, and while points on this sheet do reflect that tube riding is rewarded to some degree, clearly this “LOOP (360)” was the holy grail of surfing back then. Back when? I would hazard a guess to the ‘60s when the competitions first started. In today’s times, judging surfers in competition is so subjective and has been cause of bitter

debate. I like this sheet spelling out each move and then having an exception of that move being “radical.” Back when I grew up in Australia through the late ‘60s and ‘70s, that was the best surfer, any guy who was whispered about that he was “radical,” which later turned into “rad” and then it died off, losing that mystique. I have no idea what a “richocet” (their spelling) is, but I’m guessing it’s when you cut back to the white wash and bounce off the foam and ricocheting back to the right direction. I’d probably only gain points for taking off and doing some zigzags, but that’s cool, it’s spelled out on a sheet and no one can dispute that. I think they need to bring something like this scoring criteria back into the future. And I’ll tell you why. It was at the Jeffery’s Bay competition in South Africa last year where it all broke apart. Usually if a guy is going mach10, gets tubed for

three seconds, comes out and boosts a 10 foot air 360 rotation and lands it, the oohs and aahs happen and the general public knows it’s got to be a perfect 10. And it is. Jeez, there’s been times when a surfer boosts just one air and gets a 10. Except

a surfer named Filipe Toledo from Brazil broke all concepts of what a 10 really should be. While going mach10 he proceeds to do not one, but two massive 8-10 foot high above the lip 360 twists in the air (known as alley-oops) and then goes on to demolish the wave with another 8-10 critical turns, leaving the spectators and judges knowing it had to be at least a 20 out of 10. For surfers, the feeling is completely different from what it may look like. While doing some of these moves on this sheet, like cutbacks, the general public doesn’t feel the g-forces we experience. The same with late take-offs, free falling into the flats and then making it. It might not look good and get oohs and aahs, but it feels fantastic, and it’s always fascinated me how surfing is so different to the ones that do to the ones that don’t. I like this sheet because it keeps everyone on the same page.


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