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In a Win for Sandy Victims, Utility Companies Get Burned By Katie McFadden

Looks like LIPA and National Grid are feeling the burn this time. On Tuesday, February 20, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the utility companies are not immune from a lawsuit charging them for failing to turn off the power to the peninsula prior to Hurricane Sandy, which played a role in nearly 150 properties burning to the ground during the storm. This ruling clears the pathway for those property and business owners to have their day in court. In a lawsuit that goes back to 2013, Heeran v. Long Island Power Authority & National Grid alleges that the utility companies failed to cut off the electrical power to the Rockaway Peninsula, despite forecasts for the damaging storm, which led to electrical fires completely decimating homes and businesses in Breezy Point, Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor. “If LIPA and National Grid acted responsibly in preparing for

the storm, my clients would be living in their homes with all of their life’s possessions,� attorney Keith Sullivan of Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP, said. “Industry protocol and common sense called for de-energizing the electric system. However, LIPA and National Grid chose to keep the dangerous electric flowing into the beachfront communities during the worst storm this area has ever seen without any oversight or monitoring of the lethal electricity.� The case has been slow to proceed after the defendants, LIPA and National Grid, claimed that they were not liable under the governmental immunity defense doctrine of law. On Tuesday, the New York Court of Appeals, the

highest court in the state, ruled in a 6-0 judge opinion, that the utility companies are not immune. This upheld the Second Department, Appellate Division who in a 3-1 decision upheld Queens County, Supreme Court Justice Bernice Siegal’s decision in July of 2014, who also ruled that the defendants were not free from liability. This recent decision clears the way for a jury trial to proceed in the coming months. According to court filings, the case will be certified as ready for trial on March 9. A trial date has not yet been assigned by the court. The defendants could face as much as $100 million in damages in the case. The lawsuit alleges that while LIPA was entrusted with the power and authority to distribute the electricity, they passed that responsibility off to National Grid by paying them an annual base of $224 million with various added incentive bonuses to operate and maintain the electrical transmissions. In ruling against the defendants, Justice Stein wrote in the

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CURLING Man, did you watch the Winter Olympics? That mixed curling was intense and hit way too close to home. Mixed curling is like housework on steroids — and this being the Olympics — I think I mean that literally. Mixed curling is a completely made up sport that no one plays or understands. The TV network bosses must think it’s rating magic because it just appears every four years. Teams consist of men and women, that’s the mixed part.

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The curling part seems to be like bocce but I’m not really sure. Like in bocce, there are things that get knocked around. But the announcers don’t explain the rules they just yell that some orb is going too fast on the ice. Too much! Too much! Oh boy! Oh, no! In some cases, they seem to be just trying to outshout the competitors some of whom bark, howl, and scream like complete lunatics. You’ve seen this, right? The players are on some ice court

but they’re not on skates. They just wear what seems to be regular sneakers or shoes — the kind of footwear you might have on while ironing your clothes. Which makes sense, because they're using some tool that looks like an iron and they push the orb — wait, what? I’m getting a message in my ear piece — it’s a stone! Not an orb! Sorry, where was I? Ok, they crouch down and use an iron to push a stone. And then teammates chase after it. With a broom. They sweep frantically in front of the stone as it slides. I’m not sure if that helps speed it up or slow it down. Just a warning, your teammates can hate the way you sweep. And they might hate the way you use the iron. And they will let you know. For me it’s like being at home. In the background, I heard one player yelling and I thought it was my wife. You don’t know how to iron! Don’t you know how to sweep?! Give me that, let me do it.

Good thing mixed curling doesn’t have making the bed. Come to think of it, I’ve deserved a gold medal but never got one. Anyway, really, the sport is such a crock. Slide, push a stone, sweep. Yell. I’m gonna try to qualify in four years because it doesn’t look like the thing you could be too old to do. Who wouldn’t want to be an Olympian? You don’t have to worry about wind or getting a chill and you dress in something like bowling clothes. You’re not expected to wear sequins. Though there is a hipsterish bar game intensity that might make an old man melt. The players all look like they’re playing the most awesome Jenga game ever. One little slip-up and you’d get those dirty looks. Somebody might even hit you with the ultimate put-down: “Not cool.” I guess I’ll just stick to the Rockaway version of curling which is beach bocce ball with a red cup. I’m better with brews than brooms.

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Local’s New Book Aims to ‘Untangle’ Children’s Self-Esteem Issues

By Kami-Leigh Agard

Lifetime Rockaway resident, La-Shonda Rice (or Lala “The Doll Lady,” as she is affectionately called), has weathered many storms and obstacles in life, but one of the most deep-seated ones was with her

daughter. One Sunday morning, her then three-year-old Genesis, did not want to get out of bed, much less eat breakfast and get ready for church. She was ailing with something, not physical, but something else. At the tender age of three, Genesis did not like what she saw in

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the mirror, and told her mom that she wanted lighter skin and blonde long hair like the fairytale character, Rapunzel. This was the ‘genesis’ of Rice’s just published children’s book, “Sunshine’s Tangled Tresses.” Rice, who has served active duty in the U.S. Army and is now a retired NYPD police officer, said she was shocked. “My family and I have faced many challenges, including when we were forced to move from my childhood home in Far Rockaway due to Hurricane Andrew, when my husband was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident a few years ago, and then in 2012, when Hurricane Sandy struck. However, when Genesis said that to me, it made me wonder what kind of mother I was. I told her that you can’t have hair like Rapunzel. You have hair like momma. When you get older, and you still want

to sport blonde, floor-length hair, that is up to you, but you can’t have that now. “I realized that at just the tender age of three, Genesis had self-esteem issues and didn’t love herself. So I started planting positive statements in her, like telling her how beautiful she was, determined to let her appreciate her God-given natural beauty in the mirror,” Rice said. Rice said that she also wanted Genesis to appreciate all little girls’ natural beauty — regardless of race, facial features and cultural backgrounds. She said, “On her bedroom wall, I put up pictures of little black, white, Asian and Latina girls with their natural hair. I wanted her to see that they were all beautiful with their diverse natural hair and features. The majority of the pictures looked more like Continued on page 9


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***** Great news came out of the New York State Court of Appeals. The Court ruled that LIPA and National Grid are not immune and can be sued for failing to cut off the power in the hours before Hurricane Sandy struck. As a result of electrical fires, hundreds of homes burned down. Homeowners can now seek damages at trial. ***** The Photo Contest is now open. The deadline is April 13. Last year we had people sending us entries in July. Two photos per category. Beach Life, The Ferry, Pets, Jamaica Bay, Rockaway Action Shots (5 categories). Send only your two best per category to PhotoExpo@ RockawayTimes.com. Please don’t send to other Rockaway Times email addresses. Thanks and good luck!

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 ***** We missed putting this in our This Week In History column. On February 15, 1984, the State Public Service Commission voted to divide New York City into two area codes to ''prevent an impending exhaustion of telephone numbers.'' Hence, 718 was born. It became operational in September and, interestingly enough, was optional until January 1, 1985. People were not happy about it.That pretty much put the end to phone exchanges like Neptune. (The Rockaway Times can still be reached by dialing NE 4-3030 — as long as you put 718 first). ***** As you should with smoke alarms, check your online banking accounts, including credit cards, for auto payments. We recently heard about someone getting double billed. One debit was made on their charge card and the other direct from checking for the same service. It happened when the “method of payment” was changed but somehow that didn’t occur. Just a heads-up.

***** Art Slam: Are you an artist, designer, performer, creator, or musician? Well, get on down to the Art Slam on March 9, at RISE (the old firehouse that is now a spectacular space) at 5803 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Show off your talent! RSVP in advance and email your name, along with your talent, to events@rwalliance.org. You will have three to five minutes to perform. The event is being co-hosted by Rockaway Artists Alliance, FRANC, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. ***** Rockaway Artists Alliance is running a Solo Show Competition. Artists from the tri-state area are eligible and must submit work by March 1 to be eligible. The winner will get use of sTudio 6 at Fort Tilden for a solo exhibit at no cost. Please check out rockawayartistsalliance.org/solocomp for details. The RAA is also accepting submissions for its April exhibit, Mayfly. The deadline is March 21. See www.rockawayartistsalliance.org/themayfly for info.

***** For those of you who missed it, Edward Andrews died on Saturday, February 17 and was buried on Wednesday, February 21. Mr. Andrews was a friend to many and a much-loved coach at St. Francis de Sales. He was the patriarch of a large family, many of whom still live and work here. ***** There’s a neck of the woods in Far Rockaway that is off the beaten path. Seagirt Avenue runs parallel to Seagirt Boulevard on the ocean side. (Jose Velez of Community Board 14, we’re looking at you). A new development, Saltmeadow, has sprung up and opened on the site that lay fallow for many years. It’s being billed as luxury living and the prices sounds like it: owners are seeking $3785 a month for a 3 bedroom. ***** Rockaway is still a place where people do the right thing. Somebody found some money and came to us to put a notice in the paper. See Page 30 for details.

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LOCAL’S NEW BOOK AIMS Continued from Page 6 Genesis because I wanted her to love herself for whom she was, while still appreciating the natural beauty of other little girls.” Amidst all this, Rice had already begun designing and creating crocheted dolls. “I started back crocheting, a craft I learned from a classmate when I was in the sixthgrade. She told me how to do it, just using a pencil. Then one day, my grandmother said, ‘It would be easier, if you used a hook.’ Then my mom showed me how to make blankets and baby items. “In 2010, when I had my son, Brazil, I started making dolls and took one to my church, Mount Carmel on Beach 71st Street. Everyone loved it and encouraged me to make more,” Rice said. In 2012, Rice gave birth to her business, The Christian Crochet Addict, and has sold more than 100 dolls worldwide. So when did the birth of her book begin?” Rice said, “In the process of making the dolls and a family, my husband one day asked,

‘When are you finally going to write a book?’ I had a pile of notebooks that I had been scribbling in, and he wanted me to write my very own book. I promised him that in 2018, I’m going to do it, and I started writing again,” she said. The main character of the book is a doll named Sunshine, named after a doll Rice created for a woman in Texas. “I created this doll, not so much in the image of my daughter, but the style of the doll’s hair resembled my daughter’s hair. In a nutshell, the book is a little about my daughter (with some added fiction to it),” Rice said. Sunshine’s Little Tresses, hot off the press, was just published this past Monday, February 19. The first 25 people to order it through Rice’s website: TheChristianCrochetAddict. com or Facebook page, will get a free gift. Also, book orders can be personalized with the giftee's name and age. The book (both digital and hardcopy) is also available on Amazon. Rice’s handmade dolls can also be found on her website.

This Week in History FEBRUARY 26 Major James G. McKeon, Esq. was born. Steph Norton was born. 1879 - Frank Winfield Woolworth opened Suzanne Corrigan was born. his first "Five Cent Store" in Utica, New Laura Reynolds Bean was born. York. 1935 - Airplanes were no longer permitted 1919 - Grand Canyon National Park was to fly over the White House. established. 1993 - A bomb exploded at the World FEBRUARY 23 Trade Center in New York. The blast killed Paddy Tubz was born. six people and injured more than 1,000. Sonny Livingston was born. Brian Cori was born. FEBRUARY 27 1945 - U.S. Marines raised the American 1951 - The 22nd Amendment to the Conflag on Iwo Jima. stitution was ratified, limiting the Presi1997 - Scottish scientists announced the dent to two terms. successful cloning of a sheep, Dolly. 1991 - Kuwait was liberated in the Gulf War. FEBRUARY 24 FEBRUARY 22 Patrick McFadden was born.

Peter McFadden was born. Marvin Eisenstadt was born.

FEBRUARY 28 Christine Mastros was born. 1821 - Mexico declared its independence Jean Supple was born. from Spain. Harold Cornell was born. 1980 - The U.S. hockey team defeated Kevin Judge was born a day later. Finland to win the gold medal at the Lake Placid Olympics. 1983 - The final episode of M*A*S*H aired. It was the most watched television program in history. 1993 - Four federal agents were killed in 1964 - Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) be- Waco, Texas, after they tried to serve an came world heavyweight boxing champi- arrest warrant for weapons charges on on for the first time by knocking out Sonny Branch Davidians sect leader David KoListon in Miami Beach. resh, starting a 51-day standoff . FEBRUARY 25 Briege McGarrity was born.

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FROM THE ROCKAWAY WATERFRONT ALLIANCE FOOD IS POWER!

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This month in Rockaway Waterfront Alliance’s (RWA) Living Classroom program, we are exploring the world of food. The younger students are learning the basics of food — where it comes from, how it is grown and what its life is like as a plant before we cook it.

The older students are learning about the different ways food is grown. We have introduced the different industries that inform these practices and how each industry affects our environment, health and economy. We are also learning about how these systems have manipulated the way in which we govern, having major impacts on human rights, civil rights and social injustice. The eighth graders at Kappa VI in Far Rockaway are curious about how we have arrived at this current state of national food arrest. They have been reading Michael Pollan’s book, Omnivore’s Dilemma, which covers the timeline of modern food production. Pollan brings to light the carefully constructed web that encompasses how and why we produce food in the way that we do. Our students are learning to understand the differences and re-

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lationships between biology, ecology, farming, industrial farming, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), organic farming and industrial organic farming. The common lack of knowledge surrounding these topics is one of the main reasons we have fallen into these ways. We are also discussing how the government crafts policies that ignore science, hurt our environment and poison our bodies. Cooking is an important skill for all ages. We see cooking as an entry point into learning about the complex issues that revolve around food. For our cooking lessons we emphasize use of local and nonindustrial organic ingredients. We work with local farms including Sang Lee Farm, Edgemere Farm and Urban Agro Farm. Our youth interns in the Environmentor program are also growing greens using a hydroponic system that we use for our cooking lessons. Of course, we still end up having to source some of our ingredients from the local supermarkets, so we also discuss how to shop smart and healthy when your choices are limited. Hint: stick to the outside edges of the store, all the processed foods are in the middle. We like to follow Michael Pollan’s food rules, and have added one of our own as well: Eat only foods that eventually rot. Nothing with preservatives. However, using fermentation processes to preserve

food is encouraged. Eat only foods that have been cooked by humans. Processed and most frozen (unless you know who cooked and froze it) foods are made by a machine. Avoid foods you see advertised. Most of our food production is run by big corporations, who are the ones that are allowing chemicals into our food and stifling small farms. Monsanto is a company that provides our chemical fertilizers, and GMOs. Most food you see is made from their crops or grown using one of the many chemicals they have patented. Eat mostly plants. Meat, cheese, butter, bread when done right are all things that we can and should eat. Animal fats and whole grains are necessary in order to absorb nutrients. However, we live in a culture that encourages us to eat too much of the wrong kind of meats and grains and more of it than fruits and vegetables. Simply put you need to eat mostly plants, but please still eat some meat and grains, and make sure it is the whole kind, not processed. Try everything and learn how to cook. This is one of our own rules. Today in America, we have arrived at a national food arrest. Most of our food production is run by only a handful of corporations, who put profit over the health of their employees and customers. Most of us do not realize how companies decide what we do and do not like to eat. In fact, over decades, fast-food restaurants and food deserts have been strategically placed in low-income neighborhoods, disproportionately affecting minority communities. Every community deserves access to affordable healthful food. When a community knows the food industry, understands how plants grow and learns how to cook, it gives power and agency to those that would normally be marginalized, directly connecting people to their own health and wellbeing.


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Rockaway Community Inspires Short Film By Rosemary McGuire

A good day at the beach turned into a great day at the beach when Long Island Citybased filmmaker, Charlotte Purser met two friendly, local Rockawayites at Bungalow Bar one summer afternoon, five years ago. As the day turned into evening and the trio talked and talked, Purser saw something she hadn’t found anywhere else in the city. “I was amazed at the local culture. It’s such a tightknit community where it seemed everyone knows everyone else,” Purser said. She didn’t know it at the time, but striking up a conversation with the two women would change the trajectory of her career, spurring her directorial debut with the creation of a short film titled, “Rockaway Moon.”

More than the beach, it was the strong sense of community that moved her. “I’ve been living in LIC for 17 years and I never knew this (Rockaway) existed,” Purser said. “I was blown away. It’s hard to believe this is a part of New York.” Beneath the backdrop of the ocean and sand, she knew there was a story somewhere to be told, illustrating the bond the people here have. She calls it “something special,” not found anywhere else she’s been and said as the sun set behind the bridge that evening, she knew she had to find a way to bring a story to life. “I knew that day that I wanted to write a play or a story or something about this incredible place,” Purser said. That bit of inspiration which was Rockaway, gnawed at her for weeks, refusing to leave. But

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back then, she had no idea what form it might take. Several months later, tragedy struck. Purser’s brotherin-law died suddenly, leaving her sister widowed with two small children. As Purser puts it, she watched her sister face a whole new world with new challenges. “The process of creating a new life and recognizing a new normal became paramount to me as far as an exploration of a story,” Purser said, and it was then that “Rockaway Moon” was born. “Rockaway Moon” follows two fictional sisters who grew up in Rockaway. When one loses her husband, she’s haunted by him, seeing him everywhere. She sees him in the park. Under the train trestle. On the beach. Ultimately, only through the help and love of her sister, she realizes she must find a way to release him. Weaving together elements of grief, loss and unconditional love, Purser says, “The only place I could possibly set a story like this, is in a place like Rockaway.” The 12-minute short film was anything but brief in the making, spanning a total of 24 months. “Rockaway Moon” was shot in the summer of 2015 in various locales around town, at the beach, under the A train and on the streets.

Purser spent all of 2016 editing it and finished the piece in 2017. Now that it’s done, she begins the next steps of submitting it to film festivals in the hopes it gets chosen. In the meantime, she reminds us of what we sometimes forget: How fortunate we are to live in this community and what a special place Rockaway is. The filmmaker is young, but not exactly a novice. She is a writer, producer and editor who received her master’s degree in acting from the Royal Conservatory in Scotland. Before “Rockaway Moon,” her directorial debut, she produced four films with her production company, This Thistle Media, and a stage reading of her play, “The War Letters,” which was recently accepted to a year-long residency at the Town Stages theater in Tribeca. For more information about Purser or her film, visit Thisthistle.org

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Rockaway At Work SHEILA SMITH-GONZALEZ, PRINCIPAL, SAINT CAMILLUS CATHOLIC ACADEMY 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. The students at Saint Camillus Catholic Academy, and their parents, are very lucky to have Sheila Smith-Gonzalez at the helm as principal. Mrs. Smith-Gonzalez starts her day at 7:30 a.m., before classes start. She supervises students as they arrive, chats with teachers, and addresses any parent phone calls, or questions. She always has an opendoor policy for parents because she understands the importance of the parent-school partnership. In one of her roles, as administrator, she takes care of the business of the school, dealing with budgets, purchasing, and payroll. One night a month, she reports to the board of directors on teacher evaluations, parent concerns, status of the building and property, test results, and other issues. As educator, Mrs. Smith-Gonzalez supervises the teachers and students, and visits every classroom twice every day. Without an assistant principal or dean, it is her responsibility to handle all school problems and to step in when a situation arises, so that the teachers can continue instruction. When I was with her, a boy couldn’t find his coat after lunch, and she played detective until the coat was found. “I love what I do,” Mrs. Smith-Gonzalez said. “Being the principal of a Catholic school is

not just my profession, it is my vocation, my calling. It’s not just being an administrator and an educator, but also being a spiritual leader of faith and values. It is important in today’s world to teach values, and for my students to grow up to become good citizens and good people.” I observed the relationship between the students and Smith-Gonzalez, and it is obvious to me that they like her, respect her, and behave well in school, because of her. Thirdgrade teacher Lori Caputo, explained, “Her tone is gentle and firm at the same time. When you have that combination, the students and the staff trust her. It sets the tone for the school.” I asked some students to tell me what they think about their principal, and their admiration and respect were clear. Among some of the comments: “She is very helpful. She gets things done. She solves any problems the school has,” one student said. “She always comes into the classrooms to check on the kids,” said another. “She also tells us every morning that God is always with us,” another student said. “She prays for people who are sick.” Almost all of them told me she teaches them to “respect others.” When I asked them what “respect” was, I was impressed by their answers. Some of their responses: “to be nice and kind to others,” “not to take others’ property and things,” “to be loyal, and no gossiping.” That respect goes both ways. As we walked

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around the building together, Smith-Gonzalez was able to identify each child by name. Smith-Gonzalez says running a successful school is a team effort. She supervises a staff of 18 teachers, a nurse and two secretaries, and speaks highly of them. “We collaborate on a daily basis to provide our mission, which is excellence in Catholic education. My team is so dedicated that without them this school would not be viable. The reality is this staff, this dedicated team, makes this school work,” she said. Part of her job is to support teachers whenever they have questions or problems, and facilitate and plan professional development in many subject areas. She attends workshops and training sessions with her teachers in the school one Friday afternoon a month, and at Saint John’s University. School may be closed in the

summer, but Smith-Gonzalez works a 12-month schedule. Even when school isn’t in session in the summer, she is responsible for registration, paying bills, ordering materials, planning curriculum, and hiring new teachers. Smith-Gonzalez said she wanted to be a teacher and work with children ever since she was a child herself. After teaching for 19 years, and knowing the importance of a positive leadership role, she received a second master's degree, Master's of School Building Leadership, from Saint John’s University. She became principal at Saint Camillus four years ago, after being a principal in Brooklyn for eight years. Saint Camillus is located at 185 Beach 99th Street, and accepts all students grades pre-k to eight. Administrator, supervisor of teachers, teacher of faith and values…… Rockaway works hard!


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New AOH Forms in Memory of 9/11 Firefighter By Katie McFadden

Lieutenant Kevin C. Dowdell was a husband, a father, an active member of the Breezy Point community, a longtime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a firefighter for FDNY Rescue Company 4. Dowdell died on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center. Now a group that represents Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity, is forming to keep his memory alive—the Lieutenant Kevin C. Dowdell AOH Division 4 Breezy Point, NY. Dowdell was one of 18 members of the Irish Catholic charitable fraternal organization, the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), who perished on September 11. In honor of him, a new AOH Division, Division 4, numbered after Dowdell’s firehouse, Rescue Company 4, is being formed on the

west end of the peninsula just in time for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day season. “Dowdell was an active member of the AOH before he died. Out of the 18 AOH members that perished, he was the only first responder. We came up with the idea to form a Division in his name after a group in New Jersey that’s named after Father Mychal Judge, who also died that day. The thought was, how do we memorialize Kevin Dowdell? What we don’t want to happen is to ever forget. Someone will come to the group in 50 years from now and say, why is this named after Kevin Dowdell? And someone will be able to tell them why,” founder John Manning said. The Rockaway peninsula has long had representation of the AOH with Division 21, which accounts for both Rockaway

and Breezy Point members. Division 21 has been serving the community for more than 40 years and will continue to do so, including continuing to run the newly returned Rockaway Irish Festival. However Manning and others felt it was time for a change. “There’s enough Irish to go around.

Rockaway has had its own Division for more than 40 years and we thought it was time for something new in Breezy,” Manning said. AOH Division 21 President Mark Edwards wishes the new group well. “If Breezy wants their own division, they should have one. Division 21 has grown with members from all over the peninsula, we are the Rockaways as a whole. We have members from Breezy Point to Broad Channel. As long as you live in the Rockaways and are a practicing Catholic with Irish heritage, you are welcome in our Division. We wish the new division luck and prosperity. If they need any help, we are always here,” Edwards said. For information about Division 21, check out www.aohrbny21. org. Continued on page 17

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NEW AOH FORMS Continued from Page 15 Fifteen members are required to form a new AOH Division, which Manning says they already have in time for their inaugural meeting on Thursday, February 22. Among some of the members are Dowdell’s own sons, firefighter James Dowdell, and army veteran, Patrick Dowdell. “I’ve been a member of the AOH since I was a teenager. My dad and I signed up when I turned the minimum age of 16 and my father was very involved in the group,” Patrick Dowdell said. The son of the late firefighter believes his father would be honored by having a group in his name. “He would love it. He was obviously a proud Irish Catholic and fireman, and he was proud to be a resident of Breezy and to raise his family there. The fact that the group is all about charity and is something positive for the community is something he’d be happy that we’d be

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 involved in. It’s pretty cool to have it named in his honor because those are the things he stood for. He was about sacrifice and helping others and that’s the goal of the AOH in general,” Dowdell said. AOH Division 4’s first meeting will be held at the Breezy Point Catholic Club (204-10 Rockaway Point Blvd) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 22. NY State AOH President, Timothy McSweeney, and AOH National Director Liam McNabb, will be making the trip from Albany for the official swearing-in ceremony. Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to attend. The AOH revolves around the principles of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. Members must be males, 16 and up, who are practicing Roman Catholics of Irish birth or descent and U.S. citizens. If you’re interested, but cannot attend the first meeting, contact John Manning at queenscountyaohpres@gmail. com or 917-589-0047.

Thanks for the memories! T. Trotta

Memory Lane Dear Editor: I enjoyed looking at the old picture of Curley’s Hotel in your Feb. 15, 2018 issue of The Rockaway Times. Growing up I heard many stories of the great Curley’s as both my mother and grandmother worked there in the late 1940’s and early 50’s. Mom’s family hailed from the Upper West Side, but during the summer months they rented a room in a house on St. Mark’s Place (which I don’t believe is around anymore either). Mom used to tell me of the many happy summers she spent working at the hotel as a “locker girl” where she assisted beach-goers who would rent a locker for the day.

Gun Control Dear Editor: After another school shooting, it is encouraging to see young people getting involved in the issue of gun control. Some gun owners say protect the Second Amendment at all costs and any kind of regulation is a slippery slope. The First Amendment has a regulation we can all agree on. You cannot yell ‘Fire!” in a crowded theater just because you have a right to free speech. And if you spread lies you can be sued for libel or slander, and saying you have freedom of speech is not an excuse. There are limits to the First Amendment. There should be limits on the Second. There should be background checks. You shouldn’t have an arsenal unless you can make the case why it’s needed. Maybe the law enforcement failed to follow up on tips in Florida but that doesn’t mean controls are useless. Some people say give guns to teachers. Well, not to the teachers I had! William L. Riley

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NOSE JOBS Today I would like to discuss a common plastic surgery procedure called a rhinoplasty, otherwise known as a “nose job.” This is a procedure that involves reshaping or resizing the nose. There are two major categories of rhinoplasty: aesthetic and functional. Aesthetic rhinoplasty involves changing the outward appearance of the nose for cosmetic reasons. The most common reasons for cosmetic rhinoplasty are a dorsal hump (a hump on the mid to upper front part of the nose), a wide tip, and

a crooked nose. A functional rhinoplasty is done to improve nasal airflow and reduce obstruction to improve breathing. Most of the human nose is made of cartilage, much like the ears. The cartilage joins to bone at about the level of the bottom eyelid. The nasal septum divides the two sides of the nose internally. There are upper lateral cartilages on both sides which form most of the nose and there are small lower lateral cartilages below the upper ones. The bridge of skin

that separates the nostrils is called the columella. There are two surgical approaches to rhinoplasty. In the open approach, a small incision is made externally on the columella and other incisions are made internally. An endonasal rhinoplasty is done with extensive internal incisions only. With either technique, the incisions allow access to the bony-cartilaginous framework of the nose. In functional rhinoplasty, there are three major components of the nose that are evaluated for repair — the septum, inferior turbinates (ridges on the lateral inside of the nostril), and the valves (just above the inferior turbinates). In some cases, the inferior turbinates may become enlarged, thereby restricting airflow. Likewise a deviated septum may obstruct airflow. In addition, the nasal valves, which are the narrowest point in the entrance of the nasal cavity, may need to be widened to improve airflow. In cosmetic rhinoplasty,

dorsal hump reduction involves removing both bone and cartilage from the roof of the nose to create a more aesthetic profile. Tip reduction may involve removal of nasal tip cartilage. Straightening a crooked nose may involve any of a variety of techniques, including osteotomy (breaking the nasal bones) to create more symmetry in a frontal view. Once the surgeon is pleased with the new appearance of the nose, the incisions are closed. Splints are usually placed outside of the nose to maintain stability during the early healing process. In cases of septal surgery, internal splints are often used for the same reason. For more information go to the American Academy of Facial, Plastic, and Reconstructive surgery at www. aa f p r s. o r g / p at i e nt / p ro c e dures/rhinoplasty.html Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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SPOTTED – EVERYWHERE! Lots of familiar faces got together for this great shot in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Let’s see there’s John and Esther Grillo… Guy and Karen Nevirs, Mike and Heather Tubridy. Is that Lips? But c’mon. Nobody looks better than Paddy Tubz and Dan Tubridy! They win best dressed in this group, hands down!

Ron The Don McGrisken took time off from snapping great photos of whales feeding off Belle Harbor beaches to see if the beaches in Hawaii were comparable to those in Rockaway. Nope, they weren’t. And nothing was comparable to his outfit. He rocked The Rockaway Times tee at the Sheraton

Black Rock. Aloha, indeed! And finally, our famous sales man, Fred Marino, is trying to convince an elephant to take out an ad in The Rockaway Times. His shirt is sure to win over customers in Thailand! Way to rep Rockaway everybody!

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Be Offended... Be Very Offended

Being an early riser I tend to be up and about sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. each morning. This is a good thing as it affords me the opportunity to follow the advice of one of my favorite Rockaway Times columnists, Helen Kilgallen (Be Well, Be Happy), to conduct my morning meditation and check into the collective consciousness to see what’s com-

ing to the surface and being felt by us as a community and then envisioning for the day before proceeding to go outside on the deck for my morning movement routine. For all of you non-introspective people out there still in search of your inner Zen, the above means I fed the cats, dog and Bearded Dragon, started the coffee, lit a cigarette and fired up the old laptop read the daily online editions of the national and local news before taking the dog out on the deck to do his business. Last week I kept seeing the word “offended” coming up over and over again. Then something hit me — I had heard the following statements literally hundreds of times over the past several weeks. “That’s offensive.” “What that person said was really offensive.” “I would never do that because that’s of-

fensive.” “If you call someone this, that’s offensive.” And on it goes. I realized that whether it be in articles, videos, conversations, or comments online, this was becoming a HUGE collective norm. The problem as I saw it was that being socially unaware or "non-woke" if you will, I was not part of this new-found norm. Having spent my formative education years under the kind tutelage of the Sisters of Charity, a misnomer as there was nothing charitable about them, and then later in high school with the Christian Brothers, yet another misnomer but that's another column. I then underwent five years of active sensitivity training with the United States Marines Corps (two enlistments), followed by 31 years of social work with the New York City Police and Correction de-

partments. That being said, I have come to view myself as a laid back kind of guy, pretty much incapable of being offended and thus incapable of participating in this new norm of the victimhood of offense. I realized right then and there that I was doing something wrong and I had better get off my butt and fix it post haste! Over this past weekend I participated in a 6-hour online course designed for people just like me that teaches the ability to easily be offended is no longer a luxury but a down right necessity in this life. The course was entitled "How to be Offended." In a nutshell, this course taught me how to become easily offended by realizing that people have every right to see things from their own perspective as long as it Continued on page 27

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BETWEEN THE BRIDGES Continued from Page 26 is the same as my perspective. Ergo, all I need do is simply listen carefully and attentively to what the other person is saying and then selflessly make it all about me by taking it personally and becoming seriously offended even if it has nothing to do with me! I now realize that people have every right to see things from their own perspective as long as it is the same as my perspective. Now when other people do not see things the way I see them, I just get in their face all offended and such, and it teaches them how not to see things from their point of view. Just this morning I read a sports article about some high school team upstate named "The Cougars" and I immediately dashed off a self-important email letting the school administration know that the term is offensive and must be changed since saucy old tarts

like to call themselves cougars! And speaking of old tarts, at 67 years of age I have also now declared war on â&#x20AC;&#x153;ageist stereotypesâ&#x20AC;? including the words "old," "elderly," "frail," "mature," "senior" as I now feel they are terms that diminish the perceived value of our aged selves. When I see these terms used in news articles or elsewhere I now fire off a blistering missive to the author as well as AARP demanding that they use the more inoffensive alternative, â&#x20AC;&#x153;older adults.â&#x20AC;? Sure, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a crayon for every color, but why wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Crayola acknowledge the fact that the white crayon has the most privilege? I fired off a quick email to the Crayola people over in Pennsylvania about this one. Even my trips over to Stop and Shop now find me offended at the turn of every aisle. Did that cow ever give you CONSENT to milk it? Um yeah, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so. Another blast to the dairy farmers of America! I also had a stern word with the store manager who looked at me

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incredulously and suggested that I "man up!" Oh Yeah? I told him in no uncertain terms that saying "Man up" is totally offensive as it tells a man that he should stop feeling and conform to a false, unattainable stereotype. Shaming me into being tough is a surefire way to create lingering damage to my psyche and no sir, I won't stand for it. Oh, and don't even mention the produce aisle. Nothing rhymes with orange. You know who that affects? Rappers. This word ruins the careers of rappers. But then again, rap is sexist and it promotes violence. On second thought, never mind. I actually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to feel about oranges. Quite honestly since completing the course and now being open to offense and becoming a "victim" I have been experiencing life-changing results. I realize now that people who don't get offended are insecure, take no personal responsibility for anything and have no purpose in life. I

feel sorry for them for I now see them as I once was! Since I've learned how to be easily offended I feel I now bring joy to everyone I meet as they feel like they are free to be themselves when they are around me as long as they don't offend me! I'm just happy I now can make such a big difference in the world. So all of you non-"woke" people out there, join me and ....be offended â&#x20AC;&#x201D; be very offended! Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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Thursday, February 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. OFFSHORE WIND NOT WILLIAMS PRESENTATION Seaside Library 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd Hear SANE Energy groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reasons to support offshore wind as opposed to the proposed Williams natural gas pipeline. Learn about steps to take to show your support. Thursday, February 22, 7:30 p.m. BEGINNERS BURLESQUE CLASS The Castle Beach 117th Street and Newport Ave Ladies are welcome to learn the art of burlesque dance from Enchantress Shane. $25 donation recommended. No nudity allowed.

4 Roxbury Blvd, Roxbury Live music. Saturday, February 24, 3 p.m. DAY AT THE RACES The Hibernian 4 Roxbury Blvd, Roxbury AOH Division 21 fundraiser. 8 Races, Daily Double, and side betting. $25 per person, includes wine, beer, and food. Saturday, February 24, 7 p.m. WINE WITH SUE LIVE Community House 101-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd Live music. $10 cover, 50/50 raffles. Proceeds benefit CVSR trip to Europe. Saturday, February 24, 9 p.m. 3 SHEETS TO THE WIND LIVE Rockaway Brewing Company 415 Beach 72nd Street Live classic rock and blues.

Saturday, February 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. COMMUNITY PEACE MARCH Bay 25th to Beach 57th Streets In wake of recent youth violence, march for peace. Meet at Bay 25th at the FRHS football field.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018

March Calls for Peace & Action in Wake of Youth Killings By Katie McFadden

On January 13, 15-yearold Trevor Rhudd was shot and killed in the stairwell of his Beach 41st Street Houses apartment building. Less than a month later, on February 8, another 15-year-old, Youssef Solimon, was gunned down in a gang-related incident on Beach 47th Street. He later died. Just two months into 2018, and two local teens have been killed due to gun violence. The community has had enough, and now it’s coming together. On Saturday, February 24, community members will join in for a Community Peace March to send a message of unity, followed by a Call to Action summit, to discuss the next steps to making the community safer. This event is being hosted by the Child Center of NY Ocean Bay Community Center, in response to the murder of Solimon, who was a member of the center, and other recent local killings. The event is also

being supported by several local elected officials and other community groups, showing that everyone is in this together. All are welcomed to join in on the march, which will kick off from the Bay 25th Far Rockaway High School Football Field at 11 a.m., and will continue to Beach 57th and Beach Channel Drive. Marchers are encouraged to wear white to represent peace and unity. After the march, from noon until 4 p.m., all are encouraged to attend the Call to Action Summit at the Ocean Bay Community Center (57-10 Beach Channel Drive). At this event, guests will get to see the work that the Child Center of NY has been doing to keep kids busy and out of trouble, plus there will be a summit panel and discussion, workshops, a Neighborhood Watch Training Program, a mentoring program, a Youth Development program by the Ocean Bay Youth Council, After School Teen and Adult program registration, early bird infor-

mation about summer camps, seminars for job and career development for teens and adults, Intergenerational Program registrations for seniors and youth, plus much more. “My thought behind the march and summit is that if we can reduce the visibility of young people on the street during certain hours, we can hopefully reduce crime,” Ocean Bay Community Center Director Deborah Hoyle, said. “By doing this, we can get youth to see what they can do, and to get them talking about youth on youth crime. We have to address the youth at large and their stakeholders. We’ve had an extreme breakdown in culture. We feel like we don’t have to be responsible for one another, so we’re not responding. Now we’re trying to figure out how to combat that and are trying to bring people together. There’s strength in numbers. The police can’t take care of everything from each end of Rockaway. It has to be neighbor to neighbor.

We have to look at what we’re doing together as a community.” Local elected officials like State Senator James Sanders, Councilman Donovan Richards, Assemblywomen Michelle Titus and Stacey Pheffer Amato and Congressman Gregory Meeks are showing their support for this response. “We recently had two teenagers from the Far Rockaway area lose their lives as a result of senseless acts of violence, one allegedly shot over an iPhone, the other gunned down just blocks from his home in an alleged gang related dispute,” Senator Sanders said. “It is unacceptable for our young people who have so much promise and their whole lives ahead of them to be taken so suddenly. It is my hope that we can bring the community together and set an example that there is a better way.” “We haven’t done something of this magnitude before. Hopefully something good will come out of it,” Hoyle added.

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Leftover Baked Pork Pot Pie By Sharon Feldman

Campos, Natividad February 14, 2018,

It is with great sadness that the family of Natividad Campos announce her passing on February 14, 2018, at the age of 91 years old. Natividad was born in Puerto Rico to Francisco Campos and Paula Mauras on March 22, 1926. She lived most of her life in New York where she loved spending time celebrating life with family and friends. She enjoyed fishing and crabbing and the company of her loved ones with good music and laughter. The mother of 6, she will be lovingly remembered by her surviving children Carlos (Nilsa), Ada, Edward (Maria), and Dalila. She is also survived by her sister, Mercedes, and as many as 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 11 great, great grandchildren. She will forever be remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends. She was predeceased by her beloved sons Jose and Lawrence (survived by Rose) and her two brothers, Taumaturgo and Santos. Affectionately known as Rachel by some and called Mami by many, Natividad will live on in the hearts of those who loved her. There will be no memorial services to commemorate her life. As a devout Christian, the family requests her memory be honored with prayer.

When you have leftovers. Had to make something so I tried this. You can substitute with cooked chicken and cream of chicken soup. Ingredients: 1 small package of angel hair pasta, broken in thirds (7-8 ozs) 2 cups of cubed cooked pork 1 – 10 ¾ oz can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 cup onion, finely diced ½ cup celery, finely diced 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, defrosted 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley ½ teaspoon dried basil ½ cup milk Salt and pepper to taste 1 oz Parmesan cheese (about ¼ cup)

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Directions: Grease a 3 quart casserole dish. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the diced pork, condensed soup, peas and carrots, onion, celery, parsley, basil and milk. Stir in the drained pasta. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture in the casserole dish and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Bake 20 – 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

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As a guest writer this week, we welcome my dearest sister, Janet Fash to share her story. Anyone that knows Janet recognizes her as the civil activist, chief lifeguard, school teacher, but most of all, one of the most authentic people you will ever meet. She is always saving lives and helping people. A true warrior and one of the strongest women I have ever known. My best friend, my heart and soul. Love her (Helen Kilgallen). By Janet Fash As a community whose backyard is the beach, we enjoy lots of outdoor healthy activities ranging from volleyball to golfing, lifeguarding, skateboarding, biking, swimming, surfing, paddle-boarding, and yoga on the beach, along with countless other activities. Many of us are diligent about watching

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 our ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. For lots of us, especially those of us that are lifeguards with the double trouble of a Celtic background, we have to slather sunblock lotion on, wear SPF 50 rash guards, adorn hats and sit under an umbrella on the beach. Each week I enjoy reading Dr. Galvin’s weekly column on the various health issues that we face. Well, this past week, I, along with many beach-loving people around the world got the call from the dermatologist that no one wants to get: You have a melanoma freckle. According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, “In 2018, over 178,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma. Of these, approximately, 91,000 will be diagnosed with invasive (Stage I, II, III or IV) melanoma and another 87,000 will be diagnosed with melanoma in situ (Stage 0).” I have known many wonderful people who lost their lives to this at times insidious and at times, fast-growing cancer. To

name a few: Guidance Counselor, Jerry Dever, summer resident nurse, Mary Bellew and Kim Mullen Maher’s husband, Guidance Counselor Thomas Maher. Early detection and prevention are the keys. So for all of us who love the outdoors, here is a reminder for us and our family members: Please go visit a dermatologist (if you do not currently do so) and request a full body scan. I have been a lifeguard for over 38 years and for a good amount of those years I’ve visited the dermatologist before and after the season. In the past I had basal and squamous skin cancer.

On January 18, 2018, before I headed down to Rincon, Puerto Rico, I went to the dermatologist because of something on my arm and I randomly also pointed at an irregular shaped freckle on my right calf. Well, while in PR, the dermatologist called and said get back immediately to be treated for a melanoma on my right calf. It was caught very early and they did an excision that went deep because like a weed, it grows out and downward and has roots. So as springtime nears, I implore all of you to make sure to include the dermatologist appointment in your list of things to do. I would be remiss not to mention Rockaway resident and former lifeguard Brian Sullivan who first enlisted me to first visit a dermatologist many moons ago. I have often joked about being a frequent flier to the dermatologist. Well, it appears that those visits may very well have paid off for me and I’m hoping that some of you can be enlisted to visit a dermatologist yearly as well. Bring the whole family.

CROM Boys Get Ready to Rumble in Nat’l Muay Thai Rings By Kami-Leigh Agard

"All It Takes Is Heart” is local fitness center’s CROM Physical Culture’s motto, and these three Rockaway teens have that and more — as they gear up to dominate the ring at two major competitions next week. Next Saturday, March 3, Winston Niles, age 13, and Marcus Laureano, 15, will be headed to Washington, D.C. to fight in the American Muay Thai League’s (AMTL) junior competition. Triston McCleod, age 14, will be fighting the night before (Friday, March 2) at Friday Night Fights (FNF), NYC's longest-running fight series featuring Muay Thai and regular boxing. McCleod has already made himself a name as the youngest competitor to compete in FNF, coincidentally the same series in which CROM’s co-owner and coach, Chris Romulo, made a name for himself as an amateur and professional Muay Thai champion. Niles and McLeod, along with fellow Muay Thai teen fighters,

Josellito Collado, age 16 and Jefferson Palma, 18, are students in CROM’s scholarship program which the fitness center offers to Rockaway youth showing dedicated interest in learning and perfecting the art of Muay Thai boxing. Romulo said, “We partnered up with the Muay Thai Preserva-

tion Project (MTPP) to provide scholarships to local youth who are avidly interested in learning Muay Thai. Currently, there are four teens in our program. To apply, they had to write an essay explaining why they want to learn Muay Thai, and how the martial art could help them develop not just physically, but

mentally and spiritually. It just so happens that all four of them compete, but it is not mandatory for them to jump in the ring.” MTPP was founded in 2010 by John Wolcott and Liam Tarrant, who after a series of trips to Thailand, witnessed how Muay Thai played a significant role in developing a strong character for children living in poverty-stricken areas throughout Thailand. The sport kept these kids out of trouble and in the gyms. Wolcott and Tarrant felt that American youth could benefit, just as the children in Thailand have since Muay Thai’s inception as a sport. “As a coach, mentor and former professional fighter, there is one thing that I have observed over my 30 plus years in the martial arts — work ethic. All of our students have an unwavering hunger to get better at Muay Thai, and are willing to put in the work to achieve it. Work ethic is something that Continued on page 36

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018

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

Why We Need Superdads When Co-Parenting A Child with Autism When I first learned I was pregnant, admittedly I was bewildered asking myself, “Am I really ready?” Bewilderment evolved into excitement, with me naively thinking that my daughter’s dad and I were going to be the highly-esteemed Huxtables of Rockaway, eventually raising a band

of idiosyncratic children in a highfalutin’ middle-class household. Well, truth to be told, nothing of the sort transpired, and today we are two parents, though separated, who are congenially co-parenting a literally bouncing, happy, not to mention, beautiful, nonverbal nine-year-old

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daughter on the autism spectrum. Sometimes, I wistfully reflect on mistakes I made in the marriage with thoughts like, “Maybe, if I…” Listen, deep down, I knew I was definitely no Claire Huxtable, I was more like Denise, the wayward daughter, searching for individuality, but not in the context of society’s present day, hyper-eulogized politically-correct world. Don’t hate me, but maybe I wanted to be more like June Cleaver in the 1950s classic television show, “Leave it to Beaver.” Well this week, school is on winter recess, and my daughter is snowboarding the ski slopes of Montreal with her affable dad. When I first learned of the trip he planned for them, I was pissed, exploding with questions like, “What! You are taking her out of the country without me there to supervise?” Who’s going to comb her hair, make sure she doesn’t hurt herself on the slopes?” “And of course, the dubious question, “With whom are you staying with?” Her dad, who has the patience of a saint, just painfully gave me looks of frustration, but refused to lose his cool. As I packed her suitcase, I was exploding, imploding, crying with snot spewing everywhere. After they left, I laid in bed, eyes swollen with tears, reflecting, feeling a bit remorseful about how I acted. Then I thought to myself, if it were left up to me, my daughter would be forever swaddled in bubble wrap. She never would have learned to rollerblade, ice skate, skateboard and now snowboard, if it weren’t for her dad. Maybe I was envious, wishing I was more like him, a little more adventurous and less guarded with her. Whether you are still married, divorced, separated or just couples who went their separate ways, co-parenting any child, autistic or not, is difficult. One parent takes on the fun role, while the other is dutifully resigned to be the strict, unrelenting disciplinarian and grand master of logistics. So after two days, laying in bed, crying and bemoaning

The Rockaway Times the universe for allowing this, a sudden calm descended over me. I heard the ‘ping’ of my phone indicating a message. I half-heartedly picked up my phone, and saw a message from my daughter’s dad. In a panic, I sat up, anticipating something terrible. What was the message? A beautiful photo of my daughter, decked out in her ski suit on her snowboard (that he specifically bought for the trip), posing like a natural Olympian with the words, “Looks like she’s a happy camper.” As tears of utter joy rolled down my cheeks, all I could whisper was, “Wow! Look at my pooh! She’s snowboarding, all because of her dad!” Fathers in today’s society are amazing. Oftentimes, I’m astounded by those I see, strolling their children in their prams or biking with them on the boardwalk, even reading books with them in the library. I personally know of one single dad with a lucky young lady on the spectrum, who is raising her on his own. So supermoms, though we want to laud the title of being the uber parent, sometimes we need to step aside, and let our superdads share the limelight! I’m going to end with this quote by American psychiatrist and author, Theodore Isaac Rubin, “I must learn to love the fool in me — the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries.” But the biggest lesson is to learn to trust, love, and let go and let God. 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 have a chockfull of events coming up and would love for you to join in and also, please, share your feedback!


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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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CROM BOYS Continued from Page 33 you cannot teach. Everyone has their own levels of it, and I know Winston, Marcus and Triston, each encompass high levels of passion, desire and willingness to endure any challenges they face,” Romulo said. This will be Niles’ second time facing off in the AMTL’s junior competition, and he’s ready. “I’ve been training hard for this competition. I had to lose five pounds, and I’m already at my goal weight. We’ve all been intensely training twice a day, everyday, oftentimes for as much as up to four hours during some sessions. In my first competition, I was really scared, however, my nervousness went away as soon as the bell rang. This time around, I feel more confident because I know how hard I trained. I just hope I get to fight someone who has trained as hard as I have,” Niles said. This past Saturday, Niles’ mom, Althea, held a cupcake sale fundraiser at local cafe,

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 Roasters, to raise money towards Niles’ and Maureano’s trip to D.C. “I was so happy with the number of people who came out to support the boys. From the nearby police and fire departments’ officers to CROM members and the community in general, it was amazing! Training in Muay Thai has made just a positive change in my son. He used to be so shy, but now he’s more outspoken, mature, and even his grades have improved. I couldn’t be happier,” Althea said. Romulo added, “These boys exhibit true examples of grit and determination because of what they go through in training and knowing a bit about their home lives. Muay Thai was a life-changing experience for me in my early 20’s, and I am excited to see what the lessons of this sport can do for them at such a young age. They are already on a journey towards greatness and if I can help them along that journey, I see them doing bigger and better things.”

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Scholars’ Academy kids learned a little bit about respect from CROM’s Chris Romulo last week. Romulo gave his Champions Uprising speech for the seventh- and eighth-grade classes during the DOE's “Respect for All” week. Romulo, who has taught the youth of Rockaway how to fight over the last eight years, once struggled with bullying, low grades, and a broken home as a kid, but with a steadfast mindset, the Muay Thai fighter

rose up against the challenges life put in front of him. He not only inspires in the gym, but in life as a motivational speaker. Romulo uses slideshows and highlight videos and even some acting. He might even put on the boxing gloves. Romulo teaches teens how to fight for their dreams and goals. He teaches them how to fight for an education. But more importantly, he teaches them how to fight for what they believe in.


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$275 per month 36 month lease. Automatic, Moon Roof, P/S, ABS, A/C, and Much More! MSRP $37,575, VIN#3LJR609322, $4,677 Due at Inception Includes 1st Month Payment, $3,757 Down Payment, $645 Bank Fee, $0 Security Deposit. For those who qualify $2250 Lincoln RCL Cash. Tax, Title MV fees. add’l. Expires 2/28/18.

LEASE PER MONTH 36 MONTHS

BRAND NEW 2018 LINCOLN

MKC PREMIERE

$275 per month 36 month lease. 100A Group, 2.0L 4 Cyl Engine, Moonroof, Remote Start, P/S, A/C and More! MSRP $36,190, VIN#5LJUL03678, $4,539 Due at Inception Includes 1st Month Payment $3,619 Down Payment, $645 Bank Fee, $0 Security Deposit. For those who qualify $1000 RCL Cash. Tax, Title MV fees add’l. Expires 2/28/18.

GREAT WINTER LEASES! BRAND NEW 2018 LINCOLN

MKX

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339

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• Meticulous 200-Point inspection by factory trained technicians

Select 101A, 3.7L V6 Engine, 6-Speed Automatic, P/S, ABS, A/C & Much More! MSRP $43,705, VIN#2LJBL19356. $5,354 Due at Inception Inc. 1st Month Payment, $4,370 Down Payment, $645 Bank Fee, $0 Security Deposit. Tax, Title & MV Fees addt’l. Expires 2/28/18.

• The confidence of a 6-year/100,000-mile comprehensive warranty coverage 2015 LINCOLN MKZ

2018 LINCOLN

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Auto, A/C, Green. 50K Mi. Stk#2606F.

2015 LINCOLN MKC

CONTINENTAL NAVIGATOR SPECIAL LIVERY PRICING ON SELECT MODELS!

16,895

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24,995

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4 AVAILABLE... LEASING FOR MUCH, MUCH LESS!

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Auto, A/C, Blue, Sunroof, Nav. 40K Mi, Stk#2631F.

2016 LINCOLN MKX AWD Select

32,995

$ BUY FOR

CERTIFIED

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Auto, A/C, Nav, Moonroof, Black and More! Stk# 2694F 2015 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR 4x4

34,995

$ BUY FOR

CERTIFIED

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