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It’s Parade Time! And This Year’s Honorees Are... By Rosemary McGuire

In honor of their exemplary leadership roles and positive impact on their communities, the 43rd Annual Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee has chosen a great group of honorees, with Patrick Dolan, Jr. leading the way as grand marshal. The honorees were celebrated at the Antun’s Gala Installation Ball on February 17 and on Saturday, March 1, they’ll be marching in the parade, which kicks off at 1 p.m. from Beach 129th Street. Dolan, president of Enterprise Association of Steamfitters Local Union 638, began his career in the steamfitters union as an apprentice in 1987 and worked his way up. He served on the finance board for three years, followed by a sixyear term on the 638 Executive Board. In 2004, he served as business agent until his election as president of the union in February of 2011. Currently as president, Dolan serves as chairman of the Steamfitters Industry Trust Funds. This encompasses the pension, medical, security benefit, educational and vacation funds of the union and includes 12 union trustees. Dolan is also chairman of the Political Action Committee of Local 638. Dolan was elected vice-president of District One by his international union. He’s a seated executive board member of the Long Island Federation of Labor and member of several councils such as the New York City Central Labor Council, New York State AFL-CIO, New York City Building and Construction Trades Council and Nassau and Suffolk Building Trades Council. Dolan is also a member of the New York City Masters Plumbers and Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors Licensing Board, Town of Hempstead Labor Advisory Council and is the director of the Outreach Program and director of The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction

Skills, Inc. Even though a resident of Maspeth, Dolan holds Rockaway close to his heart. “Rockaway is a very special place to me. Growing up in Middle Village, Rockaway was the place that I spent my summers. My friends and I spent all our days on 116th Street. Then we would stop at the Bow Wow or Pizza City on our way home. I attended St. Margaret’s grammar school. We could never beat St. Francis De Sales in basketball. I then became a referee. I used to love refereeing the St. Francis De Sales Christmas Tournament and Summer Classics. I have great memories of my time in Rockaway. It is truly an honor to be this year’s grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” Dolan said. Gael of the Year is Brian E. McCabe chairman of the American Irish Historical Society and former NYPD detective and commander. McCabe comes from a large Irish-American family with a distinguished history of service in the political, legal education and cultural life of New York. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, McCabe served in the Irish-American response to the disaster by providing volunteer workers, supplies and relief to affected areas including Rockaway and Breezy Point. He is currently a system director with Bon Secours Charity Health System and a consult-

ant in investigative and security operations. McCabe is married to Joan and is the father of five children. This year’s Honorary Grand Marshals are Rockaway resident, Michael McMahon, and Deirdre Feerick. Michael McMahon was in County Meath, Ireland, to parents Patrick McMahon of Kilvine, Irishtown Co Mayo and Nora McMahon of County Mayo. He was the eldest of eight children and grew up on a dairy farm, where he learned the value of hard work. Despite being prosperous as a printing business owner in Ireland, McMahon decided to come to America at 23 years old, where he started working behind the stick at his cousin, Jerry Fitzgerald’s bar, Ashford Arm’s pub on Flatbush Avenue. McMahon then got into the construction trade. In October 1991, McMahon met his wife Karen and in 1997 they got married in Ireland. The pair raised their three kids in Marine Park before moving to Belle Harbor in 2010. Not far from McMahon’s first bartending job, they opened their first pub, McMahon’s Irish Pub, soon followed by their second, Kevin Ryan’s, named after their sons. These paved the way for McMahon’s Public House in Brooklyn and taking over Rogers in Rockaway. Honorary Grand Marshal, Deirdre Feerick, is the daugh-

ter of an NYPD detective (and later Teamster 817) and a registered nurse. Raised in Long Island City and Sunnyside, Queens, she graduated from Dominican Academy, then went on to SUNY Albany and then Brooklyn Law School. Feerick began her professional career in government at the Oversight and Investigations Unit at the NY City Council. She then served as counsel to the legislative division of the NYC Council where she helped craft legislation to protect the most vulnerable, including domestic violence survivors and children. Later, she was appointed counsel and deputy director of the Administrative Services Division of the NYC Council. Following Superstorm Sandy, Feerick was appointed Queens borough coordinator for recovery for NYC covering Breezy Point, Rockaway and Broad Channel. Today she is the senior director of the legal department at the Transport Workers Union of America Local 100, the same organization both her grandfathers had been members of as well. The deputy grand marshals this year include Noreen Ellis, Matt Glynn, Fr. William Sweeney and Robert Zimmer, Bridget Rush Hernandez, Major John Allen, Daniel Continued on page 16

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You know I can’t resist dropping a proverb on you that was dropped on me: “If wars were fought with words, Ireland would rule the world.” Of course, there are a couple of variations on what’s keeping Ireland from ruling the world but it’s hard to argue that it rules a good chunk of Rockaway this week, including this column. I’m guessing a lot of people who live in New Orleans hate Mardi Gras. They can do without the crowds and the madness. I’m guessing a few feel the same way about Parade Day in Rockaway. But New Orleans without Mardi Gras, Rockaway without St. Paddy’s — they just wouldn’t be the same. Among other things, the parade presents me with the chance to regurgitate some

Irishisms. I get to say things are grand and brilliant and ask people, where’s the crack? (And they don’t point to a drug den or suggest rehab). Everyone knows that with Irish Alzheimer’s you forget everything but your grudges. And the grudges live on until you read the name of your nemesis in the Irish Comics otherwise known as the obituaries. (Sometimes people ask why we don’t publish obituaries. Well, I just get too sad when I lose another reader). You know, good Irish old-timers might express frustration by saying Jesus, Mary, and Joseph while the new, saltier, generation expresses it with: for feck’s sake. I can’t remember (see Irish Alzheimer’s) who told me this one but I get a kick out of the cockiness. He said, any Irishman worth his salt, walks into the room, and convinces himself he’s either the smartest or funniest guy in the room. If he’s neither, he knows he’s the best

looking. And if none of those fit he can still believe he’s got the best singing voice. Such cockiness or arrogance is actually kinda rare in Irishisms. The Irish are usually more comfortable putting themselves down or making light of tough circumstances. When you pack your clothes in a trash bag and call it Irish Luggage you’re not exactly boasting. There are Irish Twins (children born within a year of each other) and Irish Exits (you know, slipping out without saying goodbye). There are Irish Wakes and Irish Tempers. And there’s even Irish Camouflage – otherwise known as freckles. There are a few that can’t be said in church. And easier said after a pint. And while Irish-this and Irish-that are common enough, there are some words and sentiments that seem appropriate as the parade takes shape.

Do not resent growing old, some are denied the privilege. Irish women are like tea bags, they don’t know their strength until they’re in hot water. A silent mouth is musical. It's often a man's mouth that broke his nose. May good luck be your friend in whatever you do, And may trouble be always a stranger to you. May the lilt of Irish laughter lighten every load, May the mist of Irish magic shorten every road, May you taste the sweetest pleasures that fortune ere bestowed, And may all your friends remember, all the favors you are owed. All very nice. But I’ll end on some practical advice: Your kilt should be short enough for a jig and long enough to hide your lucky charms. (This column runs every year before the parade. Here’s hoping you had a case of Irish Alzheimer’s and it all seems fresh).

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The Real Diehl LONGTIME TEACHER LEAVES LASTING IMPACT ON LOCAL STUDENTS Story and photos by Nicole Taylor-Lang

The small hand is on the two and the big hand just hits the four as the bell rings throughout PS/MS 114, marking the end of the school day for most. It’s a Tuesday and children scurry toward the front doors to be picked up by their parents, all except for a select group. Every Tuesday, The Writer’s Club of PS/MS 114, taught and founded by Mrs. Joan Diehl, gathers in her classroom to expand their literary minds. “I love learning about new things and writing. It’s two of my favorite things in school put together,” Alexander Car-

bonaro, one of The Writer’s Club students, said. “Mrs. Diehl is very intelligent and she helps me become a better writer.” The Club consists of 28 fifth-grade students who voluntarily signed up to be in the after-school program. Ten years ago Diehl, a teacher at the school for 30 years, started The Writer’s Club of PS/MS 114 with the hope of helping kids further pursue their writing goals and she is doing that and so much more. “The students are not just learning to write, they are learning reading and thinking skills, figurative language,” says Mrs. Diehl. “I

teach poetry as a second language.” Quinn Breslin, another Club member who benefits from Mrs. Diehl’s teachings said, “I get to write and use my imagination at the same time and make something good out of it. I want to write and be a director like my dad.” Diehl has been impacting students’ lives since the 1970’s when she first started teaching. “My mother’s students are not simply other kids, in other classrooms, in other years…. My mom's students are her ‘children’ and she attends to them like a great mother come principal of her previous would — with kindness, com- school and hundreds of Rockaway students have reaped in the benefits of that tough decision. Two years prior to teaching at PS/MS114 Diehl received the Teacher of the Year award from the New York Alliance for Excellence in Public Schools and that award-winning effort has shown throughout her career. “Instead of just teaching the curriculum, she’s teaching her craft,” PS/MS 114 Principal Elizabeth Welsome, said. “She has a passion for teaching and writing, and instills that passion in her students.” That passion comes from an opportunity to play many roles. “Growing up, I wanted to be an actor, singer, writer, model, psychologist, doctor, but I get to be all those passion and constant atten- as a teacher,” Diehl said. And tion—way beyond their grad- the role of teacher is one she uation date,” says Mrs. Diehl’s plays well. “Some teachers daughter, MJ Diehl. “It is not teach to live, Joan Diehl lives uncommon to get a random to teach,” Diehl’s daughter, call from a student, testifying MJ said. Diehl says she has to their ‘life-changing’ time the perfect recipe for teachin my mom's class—whether ing the subject of writing in particular. And it’s “the recithirty or three years ago.” Originally from Brooklyn, pe that works,” she says. “Like where she started her teaching my grandma's meatballs, it is career, Diehl moved to Rocka- a time-proven recipe for sucway in 1973. In 1988, she was cess. And, since it’s abstract offered a teaching position at language, it improves thinkPS/MS 114. “It was a dream ing and reading skills,” says come true. I always wanted to Diehl. “For me, writing is not work for this school,” says Die- simply about starting with a hl. Upon accepting the job she capital letter, ending with a turned down an offer to be- period and spelling each and

every word correctly. We can always work on that. It’s about creativity—making magic with words, writing something that captivates the reader—whether you’re a lawyer, teacher, or head of state.” Her students’ work itself shows the results of Mrs. Diehl’s teachings. Rockaway Times readers may be familiar with their creative work, which is often published in the newspaper. Students not only get to experience being published authors, but the feedback from the community is an added perk. “I felt famous because people were coming up to me saying they read my writing in The Rockaway Times,” Writer’s Club student, Gerard Guglielmo, said. Diehl doesn’t just inspire her students during the school day and after class…she leaves an impact that lasts a lifetime. “I could tell you many stories, but here’s a recent favorite: Several months ago, I received a call from a kid who was in the first class I ever taught. He told me he’d been trying to find me for decades to thank me for changing his life—to thank me for making him a writer who facilitated his role into an important part of the Obama’s Presidential staff. Later that year he sent me a box of the finest ground coffee. While the coffee was great, his success was much more important to me,” says Diehl.

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A Year To Remember March 1 is Ocean Bliss Yoga’s One Year Anniversary at the beautiful Belle Harbor Yacht Club. It is hard to believe one year has gone by. We are thankful to John McCann and the entire BHYC board members for welcoming us into their home. It is a beautiful place and we are honored to serve our community. Our intention was to create a sacred space where one could come to connect to body, mind and spirit in a very special way helping one to find peace and balance. Thank you for helping us to build this space. It is above and beyond our expectations. To be fearless is to be courageous. Everyone has fear of failure. However, taking the leap has made all the difference in creating this story. Paulette Mancuso is the brains behind this business

endeavor. Without my good friend and colleague, I would not have been brave enough to start a business. It takes a lot of forethought and planning to start a business. There are the weekly meetings, the shopping for studio supplies, designing the studio, finding a logo, (we almost have one thanks to Linda Humphrey), scheduling teachers, upkeep of the website and installation of Mind Body online, which connects Rockaway and beyond with our wellness community. The list goes on. The old saying, “if you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life,” applies to our love of offering yoga here at Ocean Bliss. It has been an amazing year with so much love and support from everyone in this community. This work has been extremely rewarding but I must give most of the credit to Paulette who is on top of the everyday workings of the studio. Thank

you, Paulette, for being a loyal, true blue friend. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of values,” Albert Einstein said. This emulates our studio and the teachers who selflessly give of themselves. We wanted to create a space that was welcoming and open to all levels. We thank each and every one of you for helping to make Ocean Bliss Yoga a success with your wisdom and knowledge. You are all so generous, compassionate and kind. Denise Lee, Kathy Pastina, Sarah Arikian, Christina Cruz, Christine Walker, and Jackie Kenel, we are forever grateful for your service. Without this team, we would not be who we are today. It is an honor to work with all of you. We need one another and lean on each other for support and guidance. We are all lifelong learners who enjoy sharing this passion for health through movement of body, breath and mind.

Finally, thank you to Kevin Boyle for giving us an opportunity to write a column about being happy and well. At first, we didn’t know if we had what it takes to write a weekly column. There are some weeks it is really hard to come up with a topic. We now know the true meaning of writer’s block — especially when you are not feeling happy or healthy. But yoga has taught us so much about being happy and well, even when times are tough. Life can be difficult at times, so we try to pass along to our students some tools to help deal with the ups and downs on the path, so they can integrate them into their life off the mat. Teaching yoga at Ocean Bliss Yoga has been a lifesaver, not only for Paulette and me, but for many people who walk through our doors. We are truly honored and humbled to serve in Rockaway teaching what we love. Build it and they will come! Thank you.

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Skin Care Dear Editor: While I applaud Janet Fash on her advice regarding skin exams, I also wish her well on what sounds like a near miss (Be Well column February 22). Like me, she spent many years in the sun as a lifeguard here in Rockaway. Now we are reaping the "rewards" of all that time spent in the sun. I would also like to remind readers that having a darker skin tone does not protect one from sun-related skin damage and skin cancer. Great job, Janet! Peter Galvin, M.D. Same Old Dear Editor:

New Year-Same story... With last night’s (Friday) mild weather, about 15-20 kids were partying and being loud, between the dune and the sea wall/beach access. I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunrise and was going for a run on the beach. Guess what I saw, as I made my way towards the beach access? All their garbage! Cans, bottles, boxes and bags that they could’ve used to put the aforementioned in, strewn all over the sand. Not to mention, the sea wall smelled like urine. Strong neighborhood and community values at work! Name Withheld Ferry Forewarning Dear Editor: I take the ferry everyday morning and night since it began. The summer was filled with torture, fights and anxiety due to line cutters and not sure if I was going to make it. I get to the line everyday at 5:02. The winter has been wonderful, but as soon as the weather starts there are major problems.

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The parade may be the main event on Saturday, but after the pipers, Irish dancers and various community groups have made their stroll, some may be wondering what to do next. Luckily, there are plenty of options before and after! Why not run before the

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an Irish bead necklace, Irish soda bread and a cold pint back at the Community House afterwards, where medals will also given. To pre-register, head to www.rockapulcorun.com After the parade, it’s all about the music. The popular place to be is “The Tent,” hosted by the Rockaway Rugby Club. It’ll be at the same place as last year, at the Sands Point Physical Therapy parking lot at Beach 102nd Street. Doors open at 3 p.m., with Irish band, the Newfie Bastards kicking off the fun until 5 p.m. They’ll be followed by favorite Shilelagh Law, playing until 8:30 p.m., with DJ Timmy Tubs continuing the party after. There will be a cover charge to support the Local Fisheads and guests must be 23 and up. Fake IDs will be confiscated. If you want to celebrate Irish Day on the bay, head to the Bungalow Bar where the Irish Mutts will be entertaining all afternoon and evening, starting

at 3 p.m. The Irish Mutts consist of Danny, Jenna and Bobby of "Indaculture," Chris Stanis of "Rattrap Bumpkin," and Ian Boyle, Joe Boyle and John Bernstein of "Thy Burden." Together, they’ll be playing traditional Irish music and Irish American music and teaming up with DJs at Work to keep the party going until 8 p.m. Looking for another bayside party? Check out The Wharf for some good food and drink. They’re serving up corned beef sandwiches, Guinness shepherds pie and cold brew Irish coffee with Bailey’s whipped cream, all week long! Not an Irish music band, but still a local rock and roll favorite, Wine With Sue will be playing at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. They’ll be followed by Chris Decker playing Irish music until midnight. There will Continued on page 15


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WHAT’S THE CRAIC? Continued from Page 14 be good cheer and food (while it lasts). Looking for more Irish tunes? Head to the Community House for Mike Wallace starting at 2 p.m., followed by the Canny Brothers at 4 p.m. and DJs to continue into the night. Brendan’s Bar will be opening at 10 a.m., serving up Irish coffee, Bloody Mary’s and mimosas before the parade, then corned beef sandwiches and music by John Baxter after the parade, followed by DJs. There’s never a wrong day for good pizza and beer. Local folk ensemble, The BEasy Band will be playing tunes at Whit’s End starting at 5 p.m. Some other great options this weekend? Stop by Rogers, Kerry Hills, Jamesons or even Connolly’s (yes, they’re open for the day and will be serving green pina coladas). Kids can have their own fun after the parade by learning how to Irish dance! Head to Seaside Library at 2 p.m., where McManus Irish Dance will be

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Donovan, John Rocco, Frank O’Keefe, Michael Foley, Sean Halligan, Lt. Col Raymond Lamboy, and Peter Calandra. Noreen Ellis is an active member of the community, serving as a member of Community Board 14, president of Rockaway Civic Association and board member of the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Cultural Committee. She lives in Rockaway with her husband Stephen (FDNY ret.) and they have two children. Professionally, Ellis is an administrative officer in a real estate mezzanine fund. Matt Glynn, a proud Rockaway resident since 1982, is very active in the St. Francis de Sales community where his two children attend school. Glynn volunteers as a CYO basketball coach, a baseball coach for Rockaway Little league and occasionally plays guitar with the folk group at mass on Sundays. Glynn is being honored for his work in the Rockaway community and the Rockaway Rovers Gaelic football team, which his sons, Matthew and Peter are members. He also serves as financial secretary for the Queens county Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and recording secretary for AOH Division 21. Father Bill Sweeney, the second son of William F. and Mary Frances Regan, was born in Astoria. Since being ordained as a priest by Bishop Francis J. Mugavero on May 1, 1981, Father Bill has served in many churches and Catholic schools, including Stella Maris High School and currently as pastor at St. Francis de Sales. Robert Zimmer, a lifelong Rockaway resident, is an active member of the Graybeards and the Rockaway Civic Association. Zimmer, a father of three, lives with his wife, Kathy, in Rockaway Park, but can usually be found somewhere on the beach or at his summer Bungalow on Beach 109th. Bridget Rush-Hernandez was born and raised in Rockaway and has been quite active in the Irish American community. She joined the Ladies

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Celebrating Purim Locally By Rosemary McGuire

If you happen to see a superhero, or a young looking Esther, Mordechai or Haman walking around the peninsula this week, you’re not seeing things, and no it’s not October. It’s Purim, the Jewish holiday marked by costumes, carnivals and celebration. Purim dates back to the year 3405 from Creation (Chabad. org) and tells the story of how Mordechai and Queen Esther helped save the Jewish people from the hands of the wicked Haman whose sinister plan was to kill all Jewish people in a single day in ancient Persia. The tale, told in the Book of Esther, known as the Megillah, ends with Haman's hanging and all the Jewish people being saved. Because the Jewish people were saved, it is a day of rejoicing. This year, the holiday begins on the evening of Wednesday, February 28 and ends on the evening of March 1. “Purim is a festive holiday with difficult beginnings,” said Elisa Burke, religious school co-chairperson at West End Temple. “It’s a day where we celebrate delivery from certain death at the hands of an evil person, Haman, an advisor to the king and are saved by the Jewish Queen of Persia (Esther).” Traditions include dressing up in costumes, but West End Temple celebrates by choosing a theme. “One year we did Rock n' Roll-Purim, last year we did Broadway Purim and this year we are doing Superhero Purim (think Wonder Woman/Wonder Esther),” Burke said. As the children at the temple read the Book of Esther together, they stop to “boo” each time the evil Haman’s name is read. “It’s a fun-filled holiday with lots going on for the children,” Sharon Gabriel, congregant of Temple Beth El said. “We eat Hamantaschen and the children dress up and celebrate. Children love it. They even get

to wear their costumes to services.” Hamantaschen, she explains, is a traditional triangular pastry filled with fruit or marmalade or poppy seeds and is named for the villain, Haman. In addition to eating a festive meal and donning brightly colored costumes, it’s customary to perform at least two acts of charity during Purim, such as giving gifts of money, clothing or food to the poor.

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The family of Thomas (TJ) Curley would like to extend their heartfelt and deepest gratitude to the Rockaway community and beyond for the outpouring of love and support during this most difficult time.

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WISL — A Testimony of Rockaway’s Black History and Historical Strength — Part 1 By Kami-Leigh Agard

Picture the year, 1931, in Rockaway’s blessed seaside peninsula. Though the Great Depression was already full-throttle, many of you or your parents and grandparents may nostalgically reminisce about fun-filled memories of living or visiting the peninsula’s popular seaside resorts. Many of Rockaway’s Irish settlers cherished the peninsula because according to the book, “Between Ocean and City, The Transformation of Rockaway, New York” by Lawrence and Carol P. Kaplan, “Rockaway resembled their original home in County Sligo on the Atlantic Ocean in northwestern Ireland.” However, for the growing population of African Americans coming in droves from the South, seeking work as menial workers in these

picturesque resorts, it was a tale of two cities. Their experience was far from picturesque, much less a period of frolicking fun on the beach. But one plucky lady hailing from Augusta, Georgia, was determined to change that, and thus the Working Girls Cooperative League, later renamed the Women’s Industrial Service League, Inc., (WISL) was born. WISL, which celebrates its 87th year anniversary this year, is still in action with no plans to stop helping the community they have dutifully served for almost nine decades. WISL’s founder and first president, Eleanor Beatrice Hull, who served from 1931 to 1940, came to NYC from her hometown Augusta, Georgia, where she attended Lucy Lane College for nursing. She worked at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx as a nurse, and decid-

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ed to switch gears to become an entrepreneur. According to WISL’s current president, Frances Shackelford-Howell, (who was installed as president in 2012), Hull was a very

motivated woman, who was determined to make a positive difference in the Far Rockaway community. According to Shackelford-Howell, when Ms. Hull decided to switch from nursing to become an entrepreneur, she relocated to Far Rockaway, where she purchased property. After witnessing how African American men and women hailing from the South failed to secure steady and fair employment as domestic workers and laborers in Rockaway’s seaside resorts, she was determined to help them not just find jobs, but train them to be highly-skilled, invaluable workers. A lot of these women and men experienced harsh conditions in the seasonal resorts they worked. Also, once the summer season ended, Continued on page 27


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WISL Continued from Page 26 many were left unemployed and homeless, and lived in the streets. Ms. Hull saw the need, and stepped in to help. According to the Kaplans' book, “Largely hidden from view, invisible in the manner described by Ralph Ellison’s novel, ‘The Invisible Man,’ small numbers of black people lived in the Rockaways, for hundred of years. Along with the English, they were among Rockaway’s earliest settlers. Almost from the very beginning of its resort history, Rockaway’s summer businesses employed poorly paid black workers for some of the most arduous jobs…nonetheless, they were never seen in white sections of town.” Hull, determined to change that, became a member of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce and received her NYS license to open an employment agency. Her first business was on Beach 20th Street and later moved to 20-11 Mott Avenue, where she remained

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until her retirement. During Hull’s leadership, to help with the housing need, in 1936, she pooled resources with other WISL members to purchase a home located at 1428 Beach Channel Drive. This blue and white house not only provided housing, but was designed as a multi-purpose facility. Shackelford-Howell said, “The house didn’t just provide shelter, it also served as a communal kitchen, where warm food

was served. At the back was a playground for the children to play and where community barbecues were held. It was a safe place, where the women could entertain their visiting family and friends. Due to the steeped religiosity of WISL, profane activity or lifestyle was not encouraged. Many of the women went to school at night, and went on to become nurses, secretaries, beauticians and entrepreneurs. Due to Hull’s untimely death in 1962, Emily Capers Brown succeeded her as WISL’s second president. She continued the legacy of “black women helping other black women.” However, Brown saw another need. These woman who had their own growing families with husbands and children, needed a safe, clean, habitable place to call home. At the time, some lived in dilapidated housing without heat. Consequently, there was a high incidence of tuberculosis, especially among the children. Brown, with the help of influ-

ential members of the community, conducted a survey of Far Rockaway’s black ghetto. Through the sponsorship of WISL and the Queens TB 6000 TB and Health Association, after a chest x-ray program was launched, it became obvious the tuberculosis was the culprit, and intolerable living conditions were to blame. Thus, the Council for Health and Welfare was born. Brown led the fight for adequate housing, a 10-year battle that culminated in the Redfern Housing Project, providing homes for hundreds of families. However, the Redfern Projects initially were not designated for African American families, but for displaced white war veterans and their families who met the New Deal’s criteria for the working poor. Fast forward to 2018, the Women’s Industrial Service League is still up and running. Tune in next week for more of WISL's intriguing history and present progress in The Rockaway Times.

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By Shane Kulman

Body Image Dear Enchantress, I am writing you with body image issues. I dress my body, and wash it, and I think I'm pretty healthy. I don't even look at my body. I'm in my early 30s and I don't know if it's body shame or what. No one ever taught me about a woman's body, and I know this may sound stupid, but somewhere along my life, I learned to hide my body, I always wear big shirts and stretched out sweaters. I know I look like I don't care what I look like, inside I know I dress like a dude. Even in the summer I wear an athletic two-piece suit, and I'm not an athlete. My mom never

told me anything, and we've never been open in this way. I see all that you are doing with burlesque and I cannot get myself to show up. I feel stupid and like this will never be any different, and I'm also mad at myself for this, my boyfriend thinks the way I dress is "fine" and "fine" sucks. I can see what he looks at with the women on TV and they are not dressing in t-shirts and sweats. What can I do that's easy and anything else you got to give me on this? Dear burlesque resistor, I am so honored you are open and sharing what is happening for you. I think you speak for

many, so way to go on being a leader in the sweatpants, t-shirt struggle. Oh dear Goddess, there are a couple of things you can do to begin your journey towards being connected to your body. I'll give you a bunch and choose which you like or do all of them, mostly though make sure to be kind to yourself and have compassion, knowing that you are doing new things, means patience. First, it might be interesting to take a bath, submerging your body in water and washing yourself slowly, giving your body tender nurturing. Imagine that your body and you have a relationship and she has been ignored for many years, so be nice to her. Focusing on your relationship to your body is the most important, think of her as a sacred temple or church or home. Buy luxurious pajamas, they can be pants and a button-up top, BUT make sure they are made with a material that FEELS good, and let the pajamas look beautiful to you, not a t-shirt and shorts or random PJ pants.

The Rockaway Times After your bath or shower, give yourself a total coconut oil treatment. Rub coconut oil all over, so your skin starts to feel soft and cared for. A big step after doing those things for a while would be to turn the lights low, and look in a full body mirror, maybe starting from far away and slowly moving closer. Take a lipstick and write "I love you" on the mirror to remind yourself to be nice to yourself. Also, remember to take your time with yourself, taking small steps to start. And let this part of the body love journey be done with yourself, let your boyfriend love you as he is already. Lastly, you are welcome to class, I would be honored to be a part of you alchemizing your feelings towards your body. Enchantress Shane coaches and guides women wanting more magic and confidence in their lives. To ask Enchantress Shane a question, email her at Love@enchantedembodiment.com. Also you can attend Beginner Burlesque in Rockaway!

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Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m. PARKS & PUBLIC SAFETY MEETING BOCES Center 521 Beach 20th Street Community Board Parks Committee meeting Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m. ROCKAWAY BEACH CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEETING Bungalow Bar 375 Beach 92nd Street Meet and greet the RBCA and consider joining. Friday, March 2, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. BREAK EVERY CHAIN Beach 41st Cornerstone Center 426 Beach 40th Street All youth ages 12-17 are welcome to this overnight event filled with games, music, 3-on-3 tournament. Build relationships with the local NYPD. Call the center to register at 347-246-9759. Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m. & 11 a.m. PARADE DAY 5K & HALF MARATHON Beach 102nd Boardwalk Participate in a half marathon of 5K run before the parade. Registration and number pickup at Community

House. Half marathon at 8 a.m. 5K at 11 a.m. To pre-register, head to rockapulcorun.com Saturday, March 3, 1 p.m. ROCKAWAY ST. PATRICKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DAY PARADE Beach 130th to 100th Streets Celebrate Irish culture with this longtime traditional parade. Saturday, March 3, 2 p.m. KIDS IRISH STEP DANCING WORKSHOP Seaside Library 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd Kids 2 and up can learn Irish dances for free from McManus Irish Dance. Saturday, March 3, 5 p.m. SHILELAGH LAW IN THE TENT 230 Beach 102nd Street Continue the celebration after the parade with Shilelagh Law. Cover charge. Must be 23+ Sunday, March 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. TEMPLE BETH-EL PURIM PARTY Beach 121st & Rockaway Beach Blvd Fun, games, costumes, raffles, refreshments, magic show and more. Sunday, March 4, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PURIM PARTY AT WEST END

TEMPLE 147-02 Newport Avenue Celebrate Purim with food, fun, games, raffles and more. All are welcome.

Got a creative talent? Singing? Dancing? Artist? Designer? Etc. Meet other artists and show off your talent. All ages. Email events@rwalliance.org or call 718-327-5919 with any questions.

Sunday, March 4, 3 p.m. ST. PATRICKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DANCE St. Camillus Springman Hall Beach 100th Street Music by the Cunningham Brothers, corned beef dinner, beer, soda. $45 for adults, $20 for kids 6-12, 5 and under free. Call 718-634-8229 to make reservations by February 28.

Saturday, March 10, 7 p.m. BUGALOU PRESENTS: JOHN SEBASTIAN St. Camillus 185 Beach 99th Street Live music by John Sebastian and Winston McBoogie. For tickets, email bugaloumusic@gmail.com

Monday, March 5, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. FLOOD CONSULTATION 1931 Mott Avenue, Suite 305 Free flood insurance consultation including mitigation reporting, FEMA regulations and requirement guidance. For more info contact Sandersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office at 718-327-7017.

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Mondays, 8 p.m. MEDITATION & DHAMMA TALK Rockaway Summer House 504 Beach 68th Street Meditation with a Buddhist monk. Free but donations are welcome to sustain the program.

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LEGAL NOTICES Charlie One, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 1/4/2018. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 101-05 Lefferts Blvd., S. Richmond Hill, NY 11419. General Purpose.

Royalty Recordings & Management LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 1/18/2018. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 6486 84th St., Middle Village, NY 11379. General Purpose.

T.O.U.C.H. the World, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 1/2/2018. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Goddess Smith, 752 Onderdonk Ave., Ridgewood, NY 11385. General Purpose.

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Notice of Formation of Earthman Solutions LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/18/2018. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Earthman Solutions LLC, 2611 210th Street, Bayside, NY, 11360. Any lawful purpose.

Virona Management LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 12/14/2017. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Viorica Tepeneu, 127-18 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415. General Purpose.

Notice of Formation of Wooly's NY LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/18/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Eugene Hu, 50-31 175 th Pl, Flushing, NY 11365. Purpose: any lawful activities. MDW CONSULTING AND RESEARCH LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/03/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 30-46 49th Street, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 69 STREET HOLDING LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/21/17. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 254-10 Northern Blvd Little Neck, NY 11362. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of formation of 37A Mountaineer Technology, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 1/9/2018. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC. 92-18 53rd avenue Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: any lawful purpose. J AND E JAMAICA LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/22/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 64-34 Grand Central Parkway, #3A, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of FCM Cypress LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/23/2018. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1091 Cypress Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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More Reason To Give Up Smoking It is certainly no secret that smoking cigarettes is not just a poor lifestyle choice, but is also harmful and, in most cases, shortens life expectancy. Even in the 1930s, cigarettes were slangly referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;coffin nails.â&#x20AC;? Cigarette smoking has been linked to heart disease and cancers, the two leading causes of death in the world. Recent evidence suggests a higher cancer incidence among patients with preexisting cardiovascular disease, including heart failure and heart attacks, as compared to the general

population. Additionally, in the past few decades, a shift in the cause of death after myocardial infarction (MI, aka heart attack) from cardiovascular to non-cardiovascular disease has been documented, with cancer becoming the main cause. Research has shown that cardiovascular disease and cancer are more closely related than had previously been thought. Smokers are overrepresented among cardiac patients and face a worse prognosis than non-smokers. Smoking cessation after an MI instantly im-

proves the prognosis. Late last year, a study called the Israel Study of First Acute Myocardial Infarction was published. This study, done in Tel Aviv from 1992 to 1993, enlisted about 1500 people aged 65 and younger who were admitted to eight Israeli medical centers for heart attacks. These people were then followed for an average of 21 years. Smoking history, incidence of cancer development, diabetes, and other factors were recorded. When the study began, about half of the study participants were smokers (average daily cigarette consumption = 29). The smokers were younger than the non-smokers and were more likely to be male and of lower socioeconomic status. Over the course of the study 18.4 percent of participants developed cancer. Baseline (at the start) smoking was associated with a 40 percent excess risk of cancer and a 25 percent risk of early death. Within one year of quitting smoking, heart disease risk was reduced by half and reached the risk of non-smokers between

five and 15 years after quitting and, although the cancer risk remained higher for those who quit and those who continued to smoke as compared to those who never smoked, cancer risk did go down for those who quit. Among those who continued to smoke, each reduction of 10 cigarettes relative to pre-MI consumption lowered the risk of further heart disease by 10 percent and lowered the cancer risk as well but by less. This was the first study to provide strong evidence for lower cancer risk in people who quit smoking before and even after a heart attack. Many other studies have shown that quitting smoking lowers the risk of heart disease significantly, but this was the first study to look at both heart disease and cancer risks for smokers. This calls for more smoking cessation counseling for survivors of a heart attack, especially younger survivors, as well as more smoking cessation counseling for all smokers. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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On January 24, 2018, the Rockaway Business Alliance (RBA) launched Rockaway ConneX by deploying 20 beacons in RBA member businesses across the peninsula. These beacons, which are accompanied by informational signage letting users know how to connect, allow customers and passersby access to relevant information about the specific location they are in. As the RBA pursues the necessary permissions to place beacons in public spaces, we will continue to offer this beacon technology to our member businesses, allowing for more community-integrated commercial corridors and providing a more immersive experience for residents and visitors. The Rockaway Business Alliance is piloting beacon technology in New York City, but this is still a big experiment. We are interested in how these beacons can be most useful to both our business community, and to the Rockaway peninsula as a whole. As we move forward with this exciting experiment, we are researching how this technology is being used in Europe, and other parts of the world. It’s no secret that New York City trails behind many European cities when it comes to technology — we are interested in how this technology can address the unique challenges of Rockaway and of New York City. Here are some examples of beacon technology in other major cities: Beacons in Paris: In January of 2017, the city of Paris launched a City-Scale infrastructure deployment powered by Connecthings. A network of bluetooth beacons plus the AdTag platform (the beacon backend management platform) was deployed in 2,000 bus shelters and 500 pieces of street furniture in Paris. At every stop or station, mobile users immediately access their transport schedule in real-time, along with relevant news and information on the status of the transit network.

The Rockaway Times Beacons in the Bologna Airport: Beacons in airports can help improve passenger and visitor information services and increase accessibility and wayfinding around the airport. Retailers and affiliates can also leverage the network of contactless beacons deployed in and around the airport, increasing their audience on promotional campaigns. Bologna Airport deploys Connecthings' integrated solution for Bluetooth beacons, providing a dynamic, hyper-contextualized mobile service to travelers flowing daily through the airport. Connecthings has deployed bluetoooth beacons, NFC tags and QR codes at various locations in Bologna Airport, as well as integrated the BLQ Bologna Airport Application with the beacons, allowing the Bologna Airport team to interface with customers and program different actions (notifications, alerts, redirects). Note: Any application can be integrated with the beacon network, allowing app-users to receive notifications when in range of the network. For example, if the MTA app was integrated with the Rockaway beacon network, smartphone users with the app would receive real-time MTA updates when in range of a beacon. Beacons in Austin, TX: Austin CityUp (ACUP), a consortium of companies and organizations aimed at creating smartcity capabilities in Austin, Texas, plans to install a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon-based solution in the City Center. The group plants to test how well the technology provides location-based content to individuals with an application, and what value that will bring to the city, local businesses and app users. With beacons deployed at locations along 2nd Street in Austin, the system will provide users with location-based content such as schedules of local activities, news, and information about bus routes, schedules and alerts of any bus delays. The long-term plan is to evaluate how the technology could be used to alert individuals regarding events, restaurants or bars in their area that would be of interest, as well as bus transit information and environmental conditions. For more information, contact the Rockaway Business Alliance at info@rockawaybusinessalliance. org


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In Defense of The Good Old Days

I recently became engaged in a conversation with a local youngster (calm down, that's how I refer to anyone under 30 years of age) who readily admitted that she reads this column every week but was nonetheless of the opinion that she found my frequent remarks about the 1950's and ‘60s, the era I grew up in, "creepy" because that time in our history was so "plastic and make believe." When I asked her to explain exactly what it was that she found "creepy" about the 1950's she replied, "You see it on the internet and all over TV....on one hand, you’ve got poodle skirts and soda shops and greaser guys in fast cars and leather jackets; on the other, there’s Mom pulling freshly baked cookies out of the oven just as Dad walks in the door with a big smile and a briefcase in hand. The ’50s and 60's were an era where everyone talked a good game about wholesome values and to top it all off, Elvis was King? I mean c'mon, that is so damn creepy. Why don't you write about that?" It took me a few seconds to realize that here was a young person who just actually said that she found "wholesome values" creepy but then I realized that her "historical" view of the 1950s was possibly engendered by movies such as American Graffiti and Grease as well as television shows not unlike Happy Days, and so I agreed that I would take her

suggestion and pen this column. I'll be the first to admit that the 1950s was an era of contradictions. The Cold War, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. (While Dad was at work and Mom stayed home cleaning, cooking and otherwise making sure us kids were provided for, we attended school and practiced "duck and cover" drills in case of an atomic attack. Most of us jokingly referred to these drills as the "bend over and kiss your butt goodbye" drills. I mean if ducking under a desk is going to save us from an atomic blast, how come Sister Alma Delourde never got down on the floor with us? Yeah, just as I thought.... someone’s idea of a practical joke thinking that it would be funny if the last thing school kids across the city saw prior to being vaporized in an almost fetal position was a view of the student's butt in front of them. A little over a year later we were no longer "ducking and covering" but President John F. Kennedy, the guy who managed to pull everybody's butt out of the fire with the Cuban Missile thing was assassinated down in Dallas, Texas. In the late ‘60s, we also had to deal with the dual assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. Later, we also learned that justice is not always blind when a drunk U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, walked away unscathed by the so-called legal system after causing the death of Mary Jo Kopechne on Chappaquiddick Island. The 50's and 60's were a time of stark contradiction, where ideals and morals played against darkness, and our parents, in an attempt to maintain a modicum of optimism, really focused on family-centric values—get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be

a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Be respectful of your elders. Avoid substance abuse. Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. We gathered around the TV as a family to watch such shows as Ed Sullivan, Gilligan's Island, I Love Lucy and the like, not because we all liked the same show (God knows I didn't) but because it afforded us the chance to gather as a family safe from those greater world terrors that surrounded us over which we had absolutely no control. It certainly wasn't a perfect world as depicted by some but it was far from being "plastic and make believe." Our parents’ dependence on a solid foundation of family val-

ues was born of necessity and not fiction as my young friend would believe, and you know what? In most cases it actually worked! I know it did for me. Oh, and before I forget, as far as Elvis being the "King" is concerned, King George VI died back in 1952 and Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne of England where she still remains today. So who else would you expect to be King? Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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43rd Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018 Line of March - Saturday, March 3 Parade Starts at 1 p.m. at Beach 130th/ Newport Avenue and ends at St. Camillus on Beach 100th Street. Grand Stand at Beach 105th Street.

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SWORD OF LIGHT BAGPIPE BAND - HONORING GRAND MARSHAL PATRICK DOLAN JR 2. UNITED ASSOCIATION STEAMFITTERS LOCAL UNION 638 3. STEAMFITTERS UA LOCAL 638 EXECUTIVE BOARD AND OFFICERS MEMBERS AND FAMILIES PLUMBERS LOCAL UNION 638 4. AFFILIATED LABOR ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING: OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL 30, LOCAL UNION 79 LABORERS, LOCAL 46 METALLIC LATHERS ASSOCIATION & LOCAL ONE PLUMBERS U.A. 5. EMERALD SOCIETY SANITATION BAGPIPE BAND HONORING SUPER FRANK O'KEEFE 6. EMERALD SOCIETY SANITATION DEPT COLOR GUARD 7. EMERALD SOCIETY SANITATION DEPT MARCHING UNIT 8. CORK PIPE AND DRUM BAND IN HONOR MAYOR OF CORK TONY FITZGERALD COUNTY CORK ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT TREASA SMYTH 9. LADIES ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS DIV 25 WITH FLAGS OF 32 COUNTIES OF IRELAND HONORING BRIDGET RUSH HERNANDEZ 10. BREEZY POINT CATHOLIC CLUB PIPE BAND 11. 88TH BRIGADE, NORTHEAST DISTRICT COMMAND HONORING LTC RAYMOND LAMBOY

DIVISION III – BEACH 133rd STREET CAPTAINS: DENISE LOYE, CHARLIE BRUSH, THOMAS AND SHEILA RAY

1. 2. 3.

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PIPE BAND MAUREEN O'MALLEY SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCING ST CAMILLUS SPECIAL OLYMPICS MARCHING UNIT

Lineup subject to change. This is the latest lineup received from President Michael Benn before press time.

ST. CAMILLUS CATHOLIC ACADEMY MARCHING UNIT COUNTY MAYO ASSOCIATION - BETTY McLOUHLIN NEW HAVEN PIPE BAND - HONORING MICHAEL FOLEY & MATTY GLYNN ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS DIV 21 NEW YORK STATE COURTS PIPE AND DRUMS BAND - HONORING MAJOR JOHN JACK ALLEN NYS COURTS CEREMONIAL UNIT COLOR GUARD NEW YORK STATE COURTS EMERALD SOCIETY & COURT OFFICERS MARCHING UNIT SCHOLARS ACADEMY SCHOOL BAND SCHOLARS ACADEMY CHEERLEADERS SCHOLARS ACADEMY SPORTS: LACROSSE, WRESTLING, BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, STEP TEAM SCHOLARS ACADEMY STUDENTS P. S. 114 MARCHING UNIT LYNBROOK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT GRAOBH ULL MOR NUA EABHRAC, COMHALTAS CEOLTOIRI EIREANN

DIVISION IV – BEACH 134TH STREET CAPTAINS: JACK McHENRY, NOREEN ELLIS, CATHY

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

DIVISION VI – BEACH 136TH STREET CAPTAINS: THOMAS GURRY AND BRIAN BRENNAN, VOLUNTEERS

1. 2. 3. 4.

PATTERSON

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COLUMBUS COUNCIL 126 PIPES & DRUMS BAND MSGR BURKE COUNCIL 2672 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 3. MSGR BURKE COUNCIL 2672 – SQUIRES – BROWNIES 4. ST. FRANCIS DE SALES UNIT - HONORING FATHER WILLIAM(BILL) SWEENEY 5. ST. FRANCIS DE SALES GIRL SCOUT GROUP 6. ROCKAWAY CIVIC ASSOCIATION, CB 14 CHAIRLADY DOLORES ORR- BP MELINDA KATZ HONORING NOREEN ELLIS 7. XAVERIAN H.S. BAGPIPE BAND 8. ST. JOHNS HOSPITAL MARCHING UNIT HONORING JOHN ROCCO 9. ST. JOHNS HOSPITAL SANDY CONNECT UNIT 10. ST. ROSE OF LIMA SCHOOL MARCHING UNIT 11. IRISH COUNTY ASSOCIATIONS CLARE, LIMERICK, ROSCOMMON TIPPERARY, ETC. 12. BOY SCOUT CUB PACK 147

WIND NOT WILLIAMS, LEW SIMON, JOHN CORI GROUP GERRITSEN BEACH COMMUNITY MARCHING BAND THE GRAYBEARDS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION THE ROCKAWAY MERMAID BRIGADE VOLUNTEER FIREMEN'S ASSOCIATION, CITY OF NEW YORK POINT BREEZE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ROCKAWAY POINT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT BROAD CHANNEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT GERRITSEN BEACH VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT EDGEWATER PARK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ROXBURY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT WEST HAMILTON BEACH VOL FIRE DEPARTMENT

5. 6. 7. 8.

CHANNEL VIEW HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND STATEN ISLAND BAGPIPE BAND ROCKAWAY LITTLE LEAGUE MARCHERS HOUSE ON ROCK CHURCH GROUP- PASTOR GARRY NEW ROCKAWAY CUB SCOUT PACK 14 GIRL SCOUT TROOP 6406, TROOP 4286 AND BROWNIE TROOP INWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT 3RD, BN NASSAU SHANNON GAELS GAELIC FOOTBALL CLUB FROM WOODSIDE WITH FLOAT & NAVILLUS FLOAT

DIVISION VII – BEACH 137TH STREET CAPTAINS: RICHARD BERGER, VOLUNTEERS

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

IONA COLLEGE BAGPIPE BAND FRIENDS OF ROCKAWAY COMMUNITY GROUP ROCKAWAY RUGBY CLUB AND FLOAT CROM MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING BEACH 94TH STREET 100 PCT EXPLORERS YOUTH GROUP COORS LIGHT AMBULANCE & M&D FIRE TRUCK WOODHAVEN VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORP MEADOWMERE PARK VOL FIRE DEPARTMENT

DIVISION V – BEACH 135TH STREET CAPTAINS: JIMMY McGOORTY, BRIAN McGANN, VOLUNTEERS

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

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They Don’t Make Them Like The Used To (Part 1) By Adam Magniccari

When I was 18, I bought my first car, a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra in the ugliest blue you’ll ever see. It cost me $1,400 and when I took my mechanic father along for the test ride, he thought I was getting scammed because the car sounded too good for the price I was getting it for. It was the classic old lady car. Never driven more than three miles at a time, never hard on the brakes or the gas. I thought I won the lottery. I ended up buying the car and it was the only car that never gave me any trouble. If I hadn’t neglected changing the oil in my early twenties, that car

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would still be on the road today. Since then, I’ve had a few more cars and for the most part they have been made like junk compared to the old cars. It seems like all the fancy features that we have all become accustomed to, come at a price that to me, isn’t worth it. Everything is electronic and as soon as that word is mentioned, the unreliable bell goes off in my head. Same thing with all the appliances I’ve owned and seen over the years in the field. “They don’t make them like they used to.” I heard this a million times growing up and now it’s true with everything. Even when the price is high, it doesn’t guarantee anything in regard

to the quality of the product. Most people will blame it on greedy corporations outsourcing to other countries for manufacturing. “Made in America” very often means built in China with a sticker put on once it gets here. China has come a long way in the last decade and actually produces a high quality product in many industries. The fact is that, if it were made in China you’d be lucky these days. The outsourcing didn’t stop at China. Now some of the most poorly made products are manufactured in Vietnam, Pakistan, and India. China is a dream compared to the quality control these countries turn out. In the end, the real truth is that it’s our own fault. The number one influencer in the consumer market is price. Everybody always looks for the deal and more often the cheapest product that solves their immediate problem. The mentality is to solve every problem short term, put the Band-Aid on it and deal with it again next year. Our overall culture is

becoming more and more accepting of the disposable technology and the overall expectation is for everything to break. Everybody buys the extended warranty not because they want it, but because they have to, to ensure at least two years with it being someone else’s headache. Even the warranties now, have fine print that rarely guarantees whatever problem you’re having. I wish I could tell you that there is a real solution, but there isn’t. I wish I believed that all the major companies were going to take pride in their work like they did back in the day — but they won’t. It’s a race to the bottom and in the end, we’re all going to lose. It is and always will be up to the consumer to demand the difference. That’s why so many stores are going out of business and Amazon is slowly taking over the world. People are sick of it. Keep the bar high, like the “old days.” I’ll continue next week with the brands that still keep the standard high. To be continued…

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minutes until soft but not crisp. Remove bacon and drain.

Sausage, Cabbage and Potatoes By Sharon Feldman

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 6 slices bacon (chopped) 1 onion (diced) 1 savoy cabbage (trimmed and finely sliced) 1 pound red potato (peeled and chopped) 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seeds 2 cups vegetable broth (reduced-sodium) 3 kielbasa (or other fullycooked smoked sausages, thinly sliced diagonally) Dijon mustard (for serving) Directions: Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook for 3-4

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THE PIER THEATRE –

1904-ish

Put the diced onions in the pan and cook for 5 – 20 minutes until softened. Add the sausage until browned. Add the cabbage, potatoes and mustard By Katie Lucev, mentored seeds; stir well. Add the broth by Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. and 1 cup of water and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Return bacon and mix thoroughly. Serve with mustard.

The Pier Theatre was built around 1904. It was located on Beach 67th Street and the ‘Old Arverne Boardwalk.’ This theatre was a part of many “Prettification Spots” throughout the Rockaway peninsula. Located inside was a large dance hall, a theatre and a full size restaurant with seating inside and outside on the deck. The entire building was “washed-away” by a hurricane in 1914. They never rebuilt.

Broad Channel Asks MTA ‘To Clean Up Their Mess!’ By Kami-Leigh Agard

Ever wondered who owns the property at the base of the Cross Bay Bridge in Broad Channel? Well, it’s the MTA, and Rockaway and Broad Channel residents, politicians and civic leaders aren’t pleased with its upkeep. Last week, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, endorsed by BC Civic Association President Dan Mundy, Jr., sent a letter to the MTA imploring the agency to “Clean up your mess!” In the letter to the agency, Pheffer Amato and Mundy bemoaned the lack of cleanliness and safety of the MTA-owned property currently storing construction materials, machines, loose debris, and rusted fences. Pheffer Amato says the MTAowned property is not only an eye sore, but poses a safety hazard as a bike path runs through the property. She and Mundy did a walkthrough, and they both noted first-hand the

horrible conditions including cracked sidewalks and large construction debris. “We’re only months away from the warmer weather and this property is filled with trash and debris. Our homeowners, local businesses, and bike enthusiasts should not be subjected to this continued disrespect,” said Pheffer Amato. “It’s time the MTA clean this area and be good neighbors to the residents of Broad Channel and Rockaway. Our ask is simple: It’s time for some spring cleaning!” Mundy said, “The Broad Channel Civic Association joins with the assemblywoman in calling for the MTA to clean up the mess that they have allowed this parking lot to become. Numerous construction trailers litter the area and have expanded into what was once a clean and open parking lot and have made a complete eye sore. The MTA needs to hear the residents’ concerns and re-

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spond accordingly.” The Rockaway Times reached out to the MTA for a response. Their spokesperson released the following statement: “We make it a priority to ensure that our operations don’t negatively impact the surrounding residential area and we will continue to work with the assemblywoman and local community to address any concerns they may have. The materials associated with

this work are being used for a FEMA-funded Sandy Resiliency project to strengthen flood protections at the bridge, which will ultimately benefit this community for years to come.” The spokesperson added, “This work is confined to MTA property and our facility personnel have made sure there is no contractor spillover, so there is no impact to customers and the pedestrian walkway remains open.”


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From The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance JAMAICA BAY: THREE BLOCKS AWAY! By Heather Kramer

Almost every school on the Rockaway peninsula has the luxury of being located next to a natural body of water. These wild and active waterways are a rich resource in supporting science and service learning education. The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) helps to remind students of this aquatic opportunity with Living Classroom, a STEM educational program for grades Pre-K through 12th grade. It is through this curriculum that RWA hopes to foster an appreciation for the natural environment, not only to encourage students to care for their local resources, but also to go outside and enjoy what these places have to offer. This fall and winter, educator Heather Kramer is working closely with Service Learning teacher John Nolan at P.S. 104 in Bayswater. It is here that the phrase “Jamaica Bay, three blocks away,” can be heard from Caitlin Mahoney’s, Anita Samarodi’s and Lisa Schwartz’s first- and second-grade classrooms as their students learn about their nearest body of water located right down the street, Jamaica Bay. Aligning with New York City’s Science Scope and Sequence goals to help students make sense of the physical world

around them and understand the interdependence of living things, these first- and second-graders have been exploring the habitat of Jamaica Bay by following the food web. Each week, students are introduced to a new organism within this diverse ecosystem (plankton, mussels, horseshoe crabs, eelgrass and osprey, to name a few), after which they create a hands-on project emphasizing each organism’s role within the bay. If students were to take their projects home each week and put them in their refrigerator, they’d have the necessary ingredients for a fully functional habitat. The unit is wrapping up with each student designing their very own creature who could survive and thrive in the Jamaica Bay ecosystem. After sharing their initial designs, they were able to paint their creatures onto cards. After scanning and printing all of the cards, each student receives a complete deck of all the creatures their fellow classmates created, along with an action figure that they make out of clay. Hopefully through creating their own organism, inspired by the real life creatures of Jamaica Bay, they will strengthen their understanding of how the natural world

Jayden Martinez, Miking Odozi, Jazion Diaz, Bryan Zepeda and Kameron Caldwell get excited about horseshoe crabs

Jazion Diaz, Jayden Forester and Carlos Lorenzo explore Jamaica Bay for creatures.

functions around them. Not to mention inspiring them to explore even more. As the spring unfolds, these students, now familiar with the

ingredients of a functioning ecosystem, are going to design their own habitat at P.S. 104 by building a pollinator garden. Stay tuned!

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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.

By Teri Manger

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YOU ARE INVITED

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To a Public Information Meeting about Proposed Far Rockaway Infrastructure Upgrade Project e New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has submitted an application to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for a State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit for the construction of the F ar Rockaway Infrastructure Upgrades (DDC Project ID: SEQ200524) in Wavecrest section of Far Rockaway, Queens. A Public Participation Plan has been developed in accordance with NYSDEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (CP-29). e purpose of this meeting is to inform the public about the project and to involve the community during the SPDES permit application review process. Date: March 15, 2018* Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Location: Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School, Gymnasium 611 Beach 19th Street Far Rockaway, NY 11691 Agenda:

Your Attendance is Important! Project personnel will be available to answer any questions from the community. For additional information on the proposed project: Phone at (347) 619-8870 or (917) 326-9044, Email: beach21cc1@gmail.com

http://www1.nyc.gov/site/ddc/contracts/SEQ200524-public-participation-plan.page *Note: Alternate date will be March 22, 2018 in case of cancellation due to inclement weather.

 Everyone on Earth is moving at 1.9 million miles per hour, technically speaking.  The average temperature of the universe is barely above zero and getting colder.

color-receptive cones, mantis shrimps have anywhere from 12-16. Consequently, these creatures might be capable of perceiving colors that we can't even conceive of.

 The Guinness Book of World Records was created in 1954 as a way to settle pub disputes. It was a marketing ploy that was so successful, they made one every  Colorblind or color deficient year. people may have better night vision on average than people  In the early days, workers at the with normal color vision. Guinness brewery were allowed to have two pints per shift.  Before oranges became popular in Europe, the English word for the orange color was "geo-  There are five Guinness breweries around the world. They can luhread" or "yellow-red." Acbe found in Ireland, Cameroon, cording to the Oxford English Malaysia, Ghana, and Nigeria. Dictionary, it wasn't until 1512 that the word "orange" started to  The Guinness Brewery, in St. be used to describe the color. James' Gate, Dublin, has a 9,000year lease. It was signed in 1759.  The mantis shrimp has the most complex eyes of any living creaFacts from Sean McVeigh, factolture. While most creatures (inogist. cluding humans) have only 3  Since there are no air molecules to vibrate in space, there is absolutely no sound.

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