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Progress From End To End Plans For Far Rock and Riis Park

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Riis Bathhouse May Get the Beach Bazaar Treatment By Katie McFadden

New life will be coming to a piece of Rockaway’s history. The Riis Park Bathhouse may see a future reminiscent of its heyday with a likely takeover by the folks who’ve already brought renewal to Riis with the Riis Park Beach Bazaar. On Friday, March 2, the National Park Service (NPS) reached out to The Rockaway Times to let us know that they have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Brooklyn Bazaar for the Jacob Riis Park Bathhouse. According to NPS, a LOI is a tentative agreement between the government and a potential leaseholder for building use, which includes preliminary requirements to be completed within a stated timeframe. In November 2016, NPS put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the re-use of the Bathhouse. They deemed Brooklyn Bazaar as most responsive to the competitive RFP and negotiations between

the two parties for a long-term lease are currently underway. “We are looking forward to taking our partnership with Brooklyn Bazaar to the next level,” said Gateway Superintendent Jennifer T. Nersesian. “This Letter of Intent marks the first step in revitalizing the Riis Beach Bathhouse in a way that will offer new opportunities to our beachgoing visitors while ensuring the preservation of this iconic historic structure.” In the summer of 2015, Brooklyn Bazaar brought Riis Park Beach Bazaar to Bay 9 and other parts of the Riis boardwalk, featuring a variety of events, entertainment shopping and food and drink vendors. Attendance at Riis Park has since tripled, so the hopes are high for what they may bring to the historic bathhouse. “We look forward to developing a comprehensive and exciting vision for the Bathhouse that is in line with the continued rejuvenation of Riis Park,” said Aaron Broudo and Belvy Klein of Brooklyn Bazaar.

As of right now, since negotiations are still underway, specifics of the bathhouse plan are still under wraps. According to the NPS press release, “Brooklyn Bazaar proposes to develop the Bathhouse Complex into a unique seaside destination, and to return Riis Park, the ‘People’s Beach’” to its heyday of decades past. Using a phased development plan, certain things will be open this summer, while other aspects of this site should be open by summer of 2020.” The Rockaway Times reached out to Klein for more details, but did not hear back by press time. Re-use of the iconic Riis Park Bathhouse is long overdue. The building, listed on the National Register of His-

toric Places, was first completed in 1933. At the time, it served as a hub for beachgoers as it featured more than 8,000 lockers for men and women, washrooms, a medical clinic, a glass-covered sun room, two restaurants and a cafeteria, plus a concession to rent chairs and umbrellas. For several decades, the building has gone underutilized, with the exception of serving as a headquarters for the federal lifeguards. The deteriorating building was further damaged by Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy, but at the end of 2015, a contractor was brought in to clean up the building from storm damage, conduct some renovations and make it more storm-resilient, with the hopes that someone would show interest in putting the building to good use once again. With this LOI to Brooklyn Bazaar, it looks like the Bathhouse’s future is bright. Photo from National Park Service.

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Far Out

I have a stupid idea I want to share. So don’t tell me it’s stupid, I just told you it was stupid. You know what far is? It’s far. And in most cases, it’s not a good thing. It’s a simple word but it’s loaded. I mean even when it’s used in a positive way it carries the hint of possible doom. So far, so good. To those of us who see the glass ninetenths empty, the phrase “so far so good” is not complete unless you add “but.” As in, so far so good, but anything can happen. So far so good, but not for long. Far is a little word that often makes people groan or sigh or say “but.” You tell someone you want to go to Australia or Tahiti and what do they say? Me, too but it’s so faaaaaar. Far left or far right in poli-

tics means the fringe. In either case, far is used to define somebody way out there. You know what they say, there was nothing wrong with the bridge but it was a bridge too far. By now, you might be asking how far am I going with this. See? You’ve got negative thoughts. Ok, so here’s the far out idea: change the name of Far Rockaway. It should be like Greenland. You know the story about Iceland and Greenland. They named it Iceland because it was paradise and they didn’t want too many people coming to ruin it. They named it Greenland because it had nothing but ice and they were hoping to attract people to move there. It was Viking Marketing 101. Far Rockaway is like Greenland, if they named it Iceland. Far Rockaway is too damn literal. Jeez, if the originals used just a little imagination they would’ve called it Near Rockaway.

This isn’t some real estate or gentrification scam. It’s really meant to improve the mental health of people living there or heading there. If you commute home to Far Rockaway you have to go far every day. Who wants to go far every day? Newscasters and credit card companies and the generally clueless refer to Belle Harbor, Rockaway Park and Rockaway Beach as Far Rockaway because the post office has the whole peninsula designated so. It drives some people just a little insane. Me among them. Other places have changed names. Sleepy Hollow sounds quaint and maybe a little fancy. Not long ago it was just North Tarrytown. The town got an economic boost with the name change. Far Rockaway could use a boost. Far Rockaway should really be called East Rockaway but that’s already taken by a town, which could use a name change, too. Dish, Texas used to be Clark,

Texas but the satellite TV company, DISH, convinced residents to change the name. They got free TV service for 10 years. I’m not saying Far Rockaway should change its name to the highest bidder but let’s hear some offers. “This is Eyewitness News reporting from Google, Queens.” Some people have tried to improve their real estate holdings by calling one neck of Far Rock, “West Lawrence.” It’s a pretty weak attempt to be associated with the affluent and neighboring Five Towns (one of which is Lawrence). And besides, Lawrence is in Nassau County. Downtown Rockaway ain’t bad. “Reporting from Downtown Rockaway…” “I’m moving to Downtown.” Or call it Pleasantville, or Summerfield, or Happy Rock or whatever. Just don’t call it far. Maybe this isn’t a stupid idea. Maybe it makes too much sense — but in Rockaway that makes something too farfetched.

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This Week in History MARCH 8 Gerry Casey was born. 1948 - The Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in public schools violated the Constitution. 1950 - The Soviet Union claimed to be in possession of the atomic bomb. 1965 - First U.S. combat troops arrived in Vietnam.

1942 - General Douglas MacArthur leaves the Philippines saying, "I shall return." MARCH 12 Peter Brady was born. Brian Gillen was born. Mitch Coutu was born.

1930 - Mohandas Gandhi began his 200mile march to protest the British salt tax. 1933- President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the first of his nation-wide "fireside 1841 - The Supreme Court ruled that the chats" on radio. Amistad slaves were free. 1990 - Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in MARCH 13 as both the first Hispanic and woman to Theresa Estes was born. be U.S. surgeon general. Argirios “Mister Softee” Kostaras was born. MARCH 10 Ray Otton was born. John Dwinell was born. Casey Gallagher was born. Jo Anne Alessi was born. MARCH 9 Mary Boyle was born.

1864 - U. S. Grant became commander of the Union armies during the Civil War. 1876 - The first telephone call ("Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.") was made by Alexander Graham Bell.

1868 - The Senate began President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial. 2012 - The Encyclopaedia Britannica discontinued its print edition after 244 years.

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About Laws and Liberty Dear Editor: In every state, there are laws to prevent the purchase of drugs without a doctor's prescription, yet people continue to die of drug overdoses. If laws can really control a person's behavior, as gun control advocates would have us believe, why aren't illegal drug use and deaths a thing of the past? Maybe there are lessons to be learned from the billions of dollars that we have spent on the "War on Drugs" and the millions of lives impacted by punitive laws that seek to control what people choose to put in their own bodies. Despite all the laws, fines and jail

time designed to discourage illegal drug use, it continues with a vengeance. Maybe more laws are not the answer. And so it is with gun control. Every time some lunatic kills someone, or many people, there is an outcry for more restrictive gun laws. “If only guns were harder to get’ the theory goes, ‘these heinous crimes would stop.” Well, if we evaluate the efficacy of our drug laws over the past 60-plus years, we can see that is not the case. The first rule in medicine is “do no harm.” The same should apply to legislation that reduces our individual liberty. The essence of America is the freedom of its 330 million individuals to live the life they want as long as they don’t hurt others in the process. Some laws are a necessary evil, and others are unnecessary and evil. I implore my fellow citizens to think twice before voting away one of our fundamental rights as Americans. As New York City has proven, what starts off as innocent registration, soon turns into an outright ban on gun ownership unless the government

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decides to make an exception. Really? Without access to guns, people hell-bent on killing would simply find some other means. Europe, with its more restrictive gun laws, loses far more people to bombings than the U.S. Besides, there are already more than 270 federal laws on the books, as well as countless state laws covering gun sales and gun ownership. Will more gun control laws make our country safer? Not likely, but one thing is for sure, restrictive gun laws are the antithesis of individual liberty. Let's be very careful before giving up even more personal freedom than we have already. To quote Benjamin Franklin, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Rick Horan

ter voltage lines are championed vigorously and triumphantly as 'non-invasive' and 'self-sustaining' by the Governor and local environmentalists, but one single underwater pipeline to bring clean and green and cheap natural gas to NYC is vilified by the very-same Governor and the very-same environmentalists as destructive! The ultimate outcome some years from now (after Governor Cuomo has run for President... twice!) — bigger, much bigger!, electric bills from Con-Ed and PSE&G. Best for better energy for NYC and Rockaway...clean, green and cheap natural gas and solar. Peter Stubben

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WAIT To Flush Your Toilet During a Storm By Kami-Leigh Agard

March has certainly come in like a lion. Torrential rains related to the nor’easter and high tides caused flooding in many vulnerable areas on the peninsula and Broad Channel last week. However, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says there are simple ways to do your part to mitigate flooding and sewage overflow. How? By simply, waiting… The DEP asserts that you can be a hero by waiting to use water in your home when there’s a heavy storm. For example, thinking about doing laundry? Wait, until the storm ends. Want to take a long, luxurious shower or bath to warm up your bones — wait. What about flushing the toilet after a quick number one — wait. Why? The DEP encourages New Yorkers to ‘wait’ because household sewage flows into

the same underground sewer pipes that also collect rainwater runoff from rooftops and streets. According to the DEP website, “When there’s heavy rain, NYC’s sewers can fill to

capacity and a mix of stormwater and wastewater can end up in our waterbodies. Think of it like rush hour on the freeway. There’s only so much road and when everyone’s trying to use

it at the same time, it can get jammed. “You can be a hero and help keep our waterways clean for our community and wildlife. All you need to do is wait to use water until after the heavy storm. When there’s heavy rain, rest the drain.” Also, the DEP recommends to collect rainwater in barrels, which residents can use to water their gardens and plants, instead of using running pipe water. In 2016, DEP launched the pilot “Wait...” program in Newtown Creek (Brooklyn), where the agency recorded a five percent decrease in the demand for water from residents who participated. This past Monday, March 5, the DEP announced that the “Wait…” program is expanding through western Queens. Participating Continued on page 13

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WAIT TO FLUSH YOUR TOILET Continued from Page 12 homeowners and tenants will be sent text messages alerting them that they should minimize their water use in order to prevent sewer overflows from spilling into already polluted waterways. The pilot program area of Queens covers all neighborhoods north of the Jackie Robinson Parkway and west of the Van Wyck Expressway, as well as portions of Kew Gardens Hills and Briarwood. When will it be coming to Rockaway? A DEP spokesperson said, “The expansion of the ‘Wait…’ Pilot Program extends only to those northern portions of Queens that drain to Newtown Creek, Bowery Bay and Flushing Creek and Bay. The Rockaway peninsula is not part of this expansion, although if the expansion is successful, we will look to expand it to even more neighborhoods.” So while we are waiting, The Rockaway Times asked Don

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 Riepe, the American Littoral Society's Jamaica Bay program director and official Jamaica Bay Guardian, if DEP’s “Wait…” advice is worth the wait before the program is officially introduced to the peninsula and Broad Channel. Riepe said, “This is something certainly to consider. We all have to be responsible. In our area, we have a serious problem because we are in a low-lying coastal area with frequent coastal flooding, and it’s only going to get worse. We have to start taking both simple and severe measures to deal with the reality of flooding. DEP’s ‘Wait…’ plan is not a cure, but it’s a step towards changing people’s behavior. For example, you can’t take 20-minute showers, twice a day, especially during rainfall. If you do that, you are going to impact the bay and the local water treatment plant on Beach Channel Drive serving the entire peninsula and BC. It can only hold so much water. Also, locals need to clear the catch basins in front of their

homes and backyard. The DEP has actively worked on water conservation for years with very intensive and costly capital projects. We’re supportive of the DEP’s ‘Wait…’ program because it will have some positive affect, only if people subscribe to it. However, it’s just one amongst many things we as a community will have to do to solve the problem of flooding, especially as we expect more and more people coming into our area, which inadvertently will impact our sewage

system and water treatment plant.” According to Riepe, thankfully Rockaway’s water treatment plant is one of the newer ones in the City, and can handle more water capacity than the older ones, which only have one pipe, instead of two, to funnel both sewage and water coming off the roadways. However, Riepe said, “We built these communities many years ago, and sea levels are rising. The tides are coming in higher and flooding the catch basins in the streets.” Riepe encourages everyone to attend the next Jamaica Bay Task Force Meeting on April 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel. “Folks needs to come out, learn from experts and ask questions about the future of the community and wildlife affected by coastal flooding and rising sea levels.” For more information about DEP’s wait program, visit: www.nyc.gov/html/dep Photos by Torey Schnupp and Kim Mannino.

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'BLUM LUCK:' SANDY SPARKS FRIENDSHIP & PARADE ADDITION By Katie McFadden

On the morning of Saturday, March 3, the sound of bagpipes and drums filled a bayside Beach 139th home as one of many bands in the 43rd Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day parade tuned up inside. On one of the bay-facing walls of the home, hangs that now iconic Pete Brady photo, showing a row of massive ocean waves threatening the old wooden boardwalk on the morning of October 29, 2012, before Hurricane Sandy would claim the whole boardwalk as one of its victims. Beyond the photo, the scene outside was eerily reminiscent of what happened that day more than five years before, as wild waves, stirred up by the remnants of a nor’easter, crashed over the bay wall and onto Beach Channel Drive. Fortunately, on this Saturday, the bay wasn’t going to meet the ocean like it did during Sandy. And what was taking place inside this home was the result of Sandy bringing together more than just the ocean and the bay. Each year, the Rockaway St. Paddy’s Day parade features dozens of bagpipe bands from all across New York. Over the past few years, some may have wondered why the New Haven County Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums Band, hailing from two hours away in Connecticut, marches among them. The answer goes back more than five years ago, to that Beach 139th bayside home, when a group of out-of-town firefighters showed up, needing some direction. “It was a few days after the storm and I was out front and a pickup truck full of guys comes down the block and they say, ‘can you tell us where 138th and Newport is?’ I asked what they were up to. They said they were from New Haven and they saw how the storm devastated Rockaway and they were just here to help,” John Blum, who shares his home with his wife, Joanne, and daughters, Courtney, Erin and Kerrianne, said. “As they were about to pull away for 138th, I said to them, ‘this is what’s left of my house. Feel free to use

the bathroom or whatever you need.” And from there, a lifetime friendship between the Blum family and the New Haven Firefighters Emerald Society began. “We’re an Irish organization and we heard there was a very heavy Irish population here with a lot of police and firemen, so we said, let’s go down and see what we can do,” Billy Richards, a retired New Haven firefighter and bagpiper, said. “We didn’t know a soul here.” That was, until they met Blum. Every weekend, about 40 members of the New Haven Firefighters Emerald Society would come back to Rockaway in pickup trucks, doing what they could to help, while using Blum’s house as a headquarters. “We basically helped clean up, rip out what was left of homes, commandeered a generator, brought a grill down to feed the neighbors and basically tailgated out of John’s house,” Richards said. “John basically told us the best place to set up for maximum coverage so we could serve the most people in the neighborhood,” John Hines, another band member said. “I can’t tell you how much food, drinks, clothing, and everything they brought in the weeks after Sandy. It was just unbelievable,” Blum said. “They set up tents and a grill and fed the community and they kept coming back with tools to help and used me as a reference point to direct them to the houses of people who needed whatever after the storm. They just kept coming back and helping.” In exchange for being able to

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use Blum’s home while working around the neighborhood, the New Haven helpers started to show generosity to their hosts. “In between helping, they would come here and drink and we started making fun of them, saying, who tailgates at a hurricane?” Joanne Blum said. “One by one, they would go upstairs and use the bathroom, and later that night, I went upstairs and was shocked by what I found. Every guy that went to the bathroom had left $20 or $50 bills. There was like a thousand dollars by the end of the night and no one knew it,” she added. That generosity would continue for years to come. After helping during Sandy, John Blum encouraged the New Haven band to march in Rockaway’s own St. Paddy’s Day parade. In 2013, the first parade after the storm, the New Haven Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe Band joined the lineup, and they have each year since. As a thanks, the Blums host the band at their home pre- and post-parade and show them true Rockaway Irish hospitality, with food and drinks aplenty. And the band members still pay them back. “That year when we left money in John’s medicine cabinet after Sandy, he was pissed. So when they invited us to march in the parade and put out this spread, we took up a collection and left it in his medicine cabinet again,” Richards said. “The next year, he was on to us and he had taped off all the medicine cabinets because he didn’t want the money. So we went to Home Depot and

bought our own medicine cabinet and put the money in it and left it in his garage.” “They’re always leaving something and playing pranks on my dad,” daughter, Courtney Blum said. “I run the St. Edmunds golf outing for work so we invited them to come play,” Joanne Blum said. “A few of the guys went but I don’t play golf, so while John and Joanne were at the outing, me and a couple guys went to their house and ripped the whole garage apart and redid it,” Richards said. “If we ever had any doubts about the goodness of humanity, these guys proved us wrong. They were our heroes. They couldn’t give enough and it hasn’t stopped,” Joanne said. “When I first met these guys, I figured we’d never see them again, like some others that helped out after the storm, and yet here we are, five years later,” daughter, Erin Blum said. Besides coming to march in the parade, the New Haven guys have also come back to Rockaway for things like the Irish Festival, the Hope for the Warriors weekend, and for days on the beach. John Blum now also marches in the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “This was one of those things that you couldn’t have forecasted. We came out here just looking to help and we happened to meet John by chance and it’s incredible that something like Sandy was the origin of a lifelong friendship,” Richards said. “We call it ‘Blum Luck.’”


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Two Rockaway Schools Are Spared de Blasio’s Ax By Rosemary McGuire

A contentious fight to save P.S./M.S. 42 and M.S. 53 from closing is over for now, with the two schools remaining open for at least another school year. The early morning decision to spare the schools from getting the ax, came from the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) after listening to close to nine hours of testimony from parents and elected officials in a meeting that began on Wednesday, February 28. Ten other NYC schools weren’t so lucky and will be forced to close. In an unexpected move by the de Blasio administration last December, Renewal Schools P.S./M.S. 42 (488 Beach 60th Street) and M.S. 53 (10-45 Nameoke Street) found themselves on his agenda slated for closures, blindsiding the staff at both schools. Jaime Haberstumpf, United Federation of Teachers (UFT)

delegate has been at P.S./M.S. 42 for the past 25 years. She recalls December 18, 2017 vividly. “We were shocked when we got this news that our school would be completely closed, and no one would be returning,” Haberstumpf said. “Our school is thriving. Out of all the K-8 Renewal schools, ours did the best, we had the most improvement among all of them, our enrollment is up, grades are up and we have solid teacher attendance. Why was our school on the list?” Infuriated, confused and determined not to close quietly, Haberstumpf and John Krattinger, also a UFT union

representative, led the march to save their school. “John and I got everyone involved. We were nonstop rallying parents, teachers, school aides, and community members activists. They saw us at every PEP meeting. We weren’t about to let up,” Haberstumpf said. Alongside passionate parents, concerned students and loyal teachers, supporters like Ken Cohen of the NAACP, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Donovan Richard’s office added strength to the movement. Commenting on the victory, Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato and Councilman Donovan Richards' offices said, "We'd like to congratulate the students and parents of P.S./M.S. 42 and M.S. 53 for their successful advocacy to keep their schools open to continue learning with the friends and teachers they know and trust. Now, we must continue to invest in our existing neighborhood schools to both ensure

full growth in our students and our surrounding community. These are our children and their education is worth fighting for!" As for the future of the schools beyond next year, that remains to be seen. Department of Education Press Secretary Toya Holness, said, “The schools are going to stay open for the next school year and they’ll remain in the Renewal program. We will re-evaluate them again next year. We carefully monitor and review Renewal schools on an ongoing basis.” When asked if they think they’ll have to fight this fight every year, both Haberstumpf and Krattinger, in unison answered, “We hope not.” But if they have to, they vow they will. At least for now, both schools can breathe a sigh of relief as can the students that call P.S/M.S. 42 and M.S. 53 home. Photo courtesy of Jamie Haberstumpf.

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It has been a long winter but like many of you, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) is looking forward to the arrival of spring in less than two weeks. Spring will bring buds on trees, bulbs sprouting and birds to the bay! Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways offer some of the best bird-watching in New York City. With over 300 species of birds recorded throughout the year, Jamaica Bay always offers visitors something new to see. This winter, we joined our friends at the American Littoral Society (ALS) Northeast Chapter to count winter waterfowl in Jamaica Bay. Just beyond the patches of ice, brant, bufflehead and mallard were a few of the bird species identified. This winter, a few snowy owls were also seen throughout Jamaica Bay and at Breezy Point. To support birds in our bay, the JBRPC is partnering with ALS to replace, repair and erect new osprey nest platforms and barn owl boxes in 2018. This work kicked off in February. These nesting sites provide a safe place for these birds to raise their young and will be monitored through the end of the year. Get to know our parks. Speaking of birds, one of the best places to get acquainted with our feathered friends is at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is made up of over 9,000 acres and includes two man-made ponds with adjacent walking trails that offer a great opportunity for bird-watching. The visitor center offers a wealth of information on wildlife in Jamaica Bay. The Ref-

uge is accessible by car, bike, bus and even subway (a short walk from the Broad Channel station). Last fall, the JBRPC, The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service completed a threeyear project to restore 14-acres of habitat in the Refuge. This work included the planting of more than 28,000 trees and shrubs in the north and south gardens. If you haven’t visited the Refuge, add it to your list. Besides birds, the park is home to diamondback terrapin that nest along the shoreline and in the fall, you can spot hundreds — and sometimes thousands — of monarch butterflies as they prepare to leave the bay and migrate south. For Visitor Center hours, visit: https://www. nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/jamaica-bay-hours.htm. We want to hear from you. The National Park Service (NPS) has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the reuse of buildings and land at Fort Tilden East and Riis Landing in the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. According to NPS, this RFEI seeks proposals from non-profit and for-profit organizations, individuals and other interested parties that will contribute to the Park's vision of creating a Great Urban National Park experience. For more information, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/gate/request-for-expressions-of-interestfor-fort-tilden-and-riis-landing. htm. Proposals are due March 30 by 1 p.m. If you would like more information on JBRPC, including volunteer opportunities and events, please visit www.jbrpc.org.


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WISL — A Testimony of Rockaway’s Black History and Strength — Part 2 By Kami-Leigh Agard

Last week, Rockaway Times’ readers were introduced to the Women’s Industrial Service League (WISL), an organization started in 1931 by Eleanor B. Hull, an African American woman deeply moved to start the organization after witnessing the squalid living conditions, lack of year-round employment opportunities and poor healthcare blacks endured in Far Rockaway. Hull joined in solidarity with other African American women to help, and this year, the still-active WISL is celebrating an illustrious 87 years of “black women helping other black women.” With each decade, from purchasing their own building to house homeless women, join-

ing forces with the community to fight for fair housing and healthcare, and organizing voter drives, the feats WISL accomplished are nothing short of remarkable, especially in light of the racial climate of Rockaway in earlier decades. According to the book, “Between Ocean and City, The Transformation of Rockaway, New York” by Lawrence and Carol P. Kaplan, “Poor people, mainly African American, whom they were unwilling to place elsewhere (in NYC), ended up in almost all sections of the peninsula, save Breezy Point, Neponsit and Belle Harbor. Racism played a key role in this process because white communities would not accept an influx of black residents. Municipal leaders and administrators accepted this

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as a given when they steered blacks to declining areas, thus reinforcing racial segregation. They were evicted repeatedly, without consideration for their well-being, and invariably placed in dangerously inadequate accommodations. Few, if any services, were made available to them. In Rockaway, the area’s remoteness compounded this sense of isolation from the mainstream.” However, the WISL ladies under the leadership of Ada Green, Rev. Annie Simmons, Josie Dennis, Yolanda Walker and Florine Jenkins were determined to change that, and worked hard to do so, humbly boasting a trailblazing legacy of women who advocated

fervently for their community without monetary help from the government. Mae E. Thomas, born in 1914 in Cedarhurst, moved to Rockaway with her family. Her mother, Emily Capers Brown, was WISL’s second president (1940 to 1962), and because of her mother’s active civic leadership, Thomas was inspired to join the organization. In 1969, she became WISL’s executive secretary and became a member of the Rockaway Community Corporation (RCC). The RCC was the first official orContinued on page 19


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WISL Continued from Page 18 ganization in Rockaway to be controlled by African Americans that coordinated all poverty-oriented services for the area’s low-income population by advocating for fair housing, family planning, drug abuse prevention, cancer detection, lead poisoning and even halting the closing of the local Legal Aide office. Thomas employed both by Planned Parenthood and Peninsula Hospital as a doctor’s assistant and community educator in family-planning services, was very active with the establishment of the Senior Citizen’s Center on Beach 37th Street and served for six years as the historian for the National Council of Negro Women. Josie Dennis, a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, joined WISL in 1938 under the leadership of the organization’s first president, Eleanor Hull. Dennis said, “In 1931, Sister Hull’s dream became a reality when WISL was organized. We were all just Christian

ladies who believed in Hull’s dream. We came together, put our shoulders to the wheel and began to make a positive difference.” Dennis served as WISL’s president from 1985 to 1997. According to WISL’s current president, Frances Shackelford-Howell, “The countless number of women who served WISL may have begun as domestic workers, but they bettered themselves by going to school. Consequently, they became entrepreneurs, nurses, social workers, etc. They were active in their churches and community organizations. These women were not rich, but they all contributed to WISL’s rich legacy of caring, loving and serving the community.” Shackelford-Howell, a retired high school teacher, joined WISL because she fell in love with these humble Christian women whose only ambition was to serve and help. “When I met the WISL women, I was impressed by how much love they had for

the community and their sole desire to lift each other up. They didn’t depend on the government for funding, they pooled their resources to keep the organization going. In fact, I was so happy when my own mother joined. Like me, she too was moved to serve,” Shackelford-Howell said. Today, almost nine decades later, WISL is still very much active. They sold their historic WISL building and adjacent lot in 2003 in order to establish a scholarship and awards fund for deserving high school students and senior citizens. The scholarships and awards are bestowed annually at their Scholarship and Awards

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Rockaway At Work Rabbi Marjorie Slome, West End Temple 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. I wondered what a rabbi does at work, and what Rabbi Marjorie Slome’s schedule was like. Contrary to popular belief, she doesn’t just work Friday nights and Saturdays, and she has many different roles at West End Temple. On Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, and on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Rabbi

Slome is the administrator of the religious school, advising teachers on curriculum, ordering supplies, and assisting in planning. “The purpose of religious school is to help make Jewish memories for kids. It is important that the curriculum is values-based, holiday-based, and fun,” she said. She leads a short prayer service during each session, giving the students a sense of the form and contents of the Jewish prayers, helping them to learn the prayers through repetition. On Friday nights, Rabbi Slome co-leads the services with the student cantor, and delivers her sermon. Once a month, the service is earlier in the evening, family-based, and she encourages and assists the children in grades three to seven in leading the service. On Saturday mornings, she leads a Torah study class. They engage in a discussion of the “Torah portion of the week,” and its

connection to their lives. “The goal is to create community and have people share information as they manage their lives. If you see yourself struggling with the same things as our biblical ancestors, then you feel more connected,” Rabbi Slome said. Rabbi Slome works six, and sometimes seven days per week. She officiates at funerals, weddings, baby-namings, and co-officiates at brises. She also visits homes or hospitals for sick congregants. Rabbi Slome says, “I love my job because every day is so different and so interesting. I get invited into the most joyous, and sometimes sorrowful and difficult times of people’s lives.” During the week, she writes her sermon, and plans for the

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Saturday morning Torah Study. It is also her responsibility to write articles, including ‘The Rabbi’s Message’ column for the monthly Temple Bulletin. She researches Jewish-themed movies and books, and then runs the Jewish Movie Series and the Jewish Book Group. What impressed me about Rabbi Slome was her ability to make others feel comfortable talking, and unburdening themselves to her. Watching her talk with many people, I witnessed her ability to communicate the compassion and sympathy she felt. “I want my congregants to feel that my door is always open,” says Rabbi Slome. Rabbi Slome sees her role as “taking the best of Jewish traditions and passing it to anyone…

children, adults, teens. I want to bequeath to the next generation a love of Judaism, and to help them make it a part of their lives.” Last week, on the holiday of Purim, the Temple celebrated with music and skits in between the chapters of the readings. Rabbi Slome, along with the student cantor and musical director wrote and directed the skits, which were performed by the students. Rabbi Slome got into the spirit herself by dressing up as the Joker from Batman. Rabbi Slome says she couldn’t do her job alone. “There are many necessary moving parts in a synagogue. Our office staff members, Gail Rosenberg and Carol McKenna, play an important role in the day-today operations of the Temple, which could not function without them. I also work with excellent lay leadership to fulfill our mission and vision. They are the drivers of the Temple’s programs and direction. West End Temple’s Early Childhood Center enjoys a reputation on the peninsula due to its nurturing teachers and director. Equally important is our custodial staff, Louie Diaz and Elesio Rios, who tirelessly keep the physical plant operational.” Rabbi Slome’s desire to become a rabbi did not start when she was young, because women were not allowed to be rabbis. But growing up in Ohio, her role models for social justice were the male student rabbis she studied with. After many years as a social worker in Jewish Communal Service, she went back to school, attending Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and in New York. She was ordained in 1987 and has been Rabbi at West End Temple (14702 Newport Avenue) since January 2005. Preparing for, and leading services, writing sermons, being available to congregants, officiating at funerals and weddings….Rockaway works hard.


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Who'da Thunk It?

This Sunday afternoon, March 11, the men and women of the Broad Channel VFW Post #260 Auxiliary will once again host their annual St. Patrick's Day dinner for the disabled veterans who reside at St. Albans Hospital. After tearful farewells to their families, these individuals went off to war where they saw and did things young men and women should not have to see or do. While many of

them came home unscathed, many made the ultimate sacrifice and did not return, while others returned damaged in body or spirit or both. What many of you may not realize is that, as the years pass, the pain of combat-related disability pales in comparison to the heartache of feeling forgotten by those who remained on the home front. Why not take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and stop by the VFW hall Sunday afternoon to speak to some of these vets for a few minutes while thanking them for their service and sacrifice? I guarantee you the vets will sincerely appreciate it and you will come away feeling better for the experience! Afterwards, stop by the canteen at the rear of the Post and say hello and thank your friends and neighbors who work so hard and unselfishly throughout the year at the Post to ensure our veterans are not forgotten! Here's hoping all of you managed to get through this past weekend's strong nor’easter without too much difficulty. This is the second major storm to hit the region thus

far this year. Last week’s nor’easter was particularly bad, with an area of low pressure holding the storm off the coast, resulting in widespread coastal flooding. The storm tide flooding was exacerbated by higher than normal tides brought on by a nearly full moon, adding an additional couple of feet to the water line at high tide. The worst of the flooding came with Saturday evening's sixfoot high tide at 9:44 p.m. A tidal surge from the nor'easter of more than 2.5 feet flooded many sections of the Channel with a storm tide of almost nine feet. At the time, we had winds of 30 mph gusting to almost 50 mph, but thankfully they were coming from the north or matters could have been much worse. Nonetheless, tidal flooding rose above the first steps of the Broad Channel VFW on Shad Creek Road Saturday evening, so you know it was a big blow, not unlike the significant coastal flooding that took all of us by surprise back in February of 2016 resulting in property damage and the loss of numerous cars both

in Broad Channel as well as Rockaway! The good news is that the new bay end of street bulkheads and raised roadways on both West 11th and West 12th Roads served to keep both roads free from flooding, save for a couple of inches of tidal flooding that encroached the bay ends of both blocks as a result of damaged or missing canal bulkheads with Saturday evening's extraordinarily high tide. If anyone out there is still questioning the efficacy of the ongoing Capital Project to construct new bulkheads, infrastructure and raised streets in our community, consider this: I was up and about early on Sunday morning and noticed several non-West 12th Road residents moving their cars off 12th Road where they had parked Saturday evening prior to the unusually high tide because of a lack of spaces on the Cross Bay median. Broad Channel residents intentionally parking on West 12th Road to avoid tidal flooding— Who’da thunk it? Broad Channel — why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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Ask the DOC

By Peter Galvin, MD

Looking Out For Number One Nearly half of adult women may experience urinary incontinence, or the involuntary leakage of urine. This condition increases with age, affecting 10 to 20 percent of all women and nearly 80 percent of elderly women residing in nursing homes. The most recent data available indicates that incontinence affects 17 percent of women over 20 and 38 percent of women over 60. Despite the fact that incontinence in women is common, it remains underdiagnosed and undertreated. Only 25 percent of affected women seek care and, of those, less than half receive treatment. Untreated incontinence is asso-

ciated with falls and fractures, sleep disturbances, depression, and urinary tract infections. Many women do not volunteer incontinence symptoms to their primary care provider due to embarrassment and/or lack of knowledge or misconception about treatment. In all women reporting incontinence, the clinician should identify and treat possible causes such as urinary tract infection, excessive fluid intake (> 2 liters per day), use of medications that may worsen incontinence (i.e. diuretics), and comorbid conditions contributing to incontinence (obesity, constipation, sleep apnea,

tobacco use, dementia, and depression). It is important to differentiate between the two subtypes of incontinence, urgency and stress. Stress incontinence is characterized by loss of urine with increases in abdominal pressure such as exercising and coughing. The main reason for this is a poorly functioning urethral closure mechanism and is associated with loss of anatomic support or trauma from childbirth, obesity, and situations that cause repetitive increases in abdominal pressure like chronic constipation, heavy lifting, and high-impact exercise. Urgency incontinence is characterized by a sudden compelling desire to pass urine that is difficult to defer. Once incontinence has been diagnosed, treatment should start with noninvasive measures because they are low risk and inexpensive. For starters, smoking cessation should be advised for all types of incontinence. If constipation is present it should be addressed. Avoidance of excessive fluid intake is advised with reduction in con-

sumption of caffeine, carbonated beverages, diet beverages, and alcohol. Fluid intake should be limited to small amounts at intervals (i.e. 4-5 oz per hour) and less than two liters daily. Voiding at regular intervals can reduce urge incontinence. There is also strong evidence that weight loss improves incontinence. There are no medications for stress incontinence but there are for urge incontinence. OB/GYN providers often advise pelvic floor muscle exercises. Always a last result, there are surgical procedures for both types of incontinence for those who do not improve with noninvasive measures. Any woman who has incontinence issues and who wants to seek treatment should start with a visit to her primary care provider. From there it may be necessary to see a gynecologist and/or a urologist but sometimes the simple measures do help and surgery, if necessary, is usually a last resort. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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New Life for Old Far Rockaway Shopping Center By Rosemary McGuire

Far Rockaway Village is becoming a reality. After years of neglect, permits were filed to transform a long vacant site in Far Rockaway from an empty eyesore into a vibrant neighborhood center. Plans include creating an active village center that will bring new mixed-income housing, modern retail and commercial space, and public space to the centermost part of the neighborhood. For decades, much of the Far Rockaway Shopping Center located near Beach 20th Street and Mott Avenue, has sat vacant, with the exception of the Thriftway drugstore, a supermarket and a new Dunkin Donuts at the site. Now, according to a press release from Councilman Donovan Richards’ office, plans were filed with the Department of Buildings this week to reactivate a portion of the land that has long gone

underutilized. Further activation of the property could bring additional mixed-income rental homes, along with new commercial and ground floor retail, and open public space to the heart of the neighborhood. Construction of the first phase of the project is expected to begin this year and be complete by late 2021. The creation of Far Rockaway Village is a major step in the complete plan to revitalize Downtown Far Rockaway. The project, following City Council’s approval of the de Blasio Administration’s plan to rezone Downtown Far Rockaway, which helped to bring $288 million of City investment to the area, will unlock new mixed-income housing, commercial space, open space, community facilities, and better connections to transportation. “It’s been a long wait for economic progress in downtown Far Rockaway, which is why today’s news is a victory for residents, business owners and community leaders,” Council

Member Donovan Richards said. “We’ve laid the groundwork for success and now we must continue to work to ensure this project moves forward rapidly while serving the community’s needs for affordability, quality retail and good jobs.” Back in 2015, Councilman Donovan Richards convened a team of local stakeholders called The Downtown Far Rockaway Working Group to set goals and develop recommendations to support the revitalization of the neighborhood. The Downtown Far Rockaway Working Group received input from more than one hundred community members and from their recommendations, developed The Downtown Far Rockaway Roadmap for Action. In February, 2016 their findings were presented to Mayor de Blasio asking that the city activate the long-vacant site, increase access to housing and retail opportunities in the neighborhood, and help the area realize its potential as the commercial

hub of the peninsula. Some additional highlights of the City’s Far Rockaway investments include building a new open space on the site of a vacant City-owned lot; Advance comprehensive renovation of the Downtown Far Rockaway Library; Upgrading sewer infrastructure, expanding sidewalks, and creating new public plazas; Making 100 percent of new housing built on public land affordable within the Urban Renewal Area committing to finance homes affordable to extremely low and very low income households; Providing free legal services for Rockaway residents and small businesses; Investing $10 million in upgrades to existing schools’ playgrounds, libraries, auditoriums, and science labs, and reserving a site within the Urban Renewal Area for the SCA to accommodate a new elementary school if needed as the neighborhood grows; and grants for cultural organizations and increased arts programing.

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

Navigating the special education process with your child with autism may seem like going on a safari. The background looks picturesque with beautiful skies, the native inhabitants running free, but this question may dawn on you. Are these inhabitants really progressing in what is supposed to be their nurturing natural habitat — or in reality — a faulty man-made invention crafted to impress you? I’m not accusing our beloved dedicated teachers, therapists and administrators of intentionally trying to pull the wool over our eyes, when it comes to the care and education of our special-needs children. Over the years, my daughter has been blessed with loving teachers, paraprofessionals and therapists, but when you see regression or even stagnation in your child’s progress, you have to get

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covered that if we could prove that our child was regressing in her public school education, the DOE is required to pay for independent evaluators. Initially the DOE wanted to use their own evaluators (though note independent of her school), which we admittedly consented to. After her speech re-evaluation, we felt like we won the lotto when our daughter was given a DOEpaid assistive technology device shared with both home and school to help her communicate. However, it was agreed that the neuro-psychological evaluation would be done by a non-affiliated DOE evaluator that accepts payment from the DOE. Folks, it's all possible, you just have to be insistent and stay the course. According to the DOE, in NYC, your parental due-process rights include but are not limited to: • The right to consent to all initial evaluations and re-evaluations. • The right to participate meaningfully in decision-making through attendance at all IEP

(Individualized Education Program) meetings. This includes your right to bring other individuals with special knowledge or expertise about your child to meetings to help in the decision-making process. • The right to copies of evaluations and your child’s IEP. • The right to conflict resolution (a new IEP Team meeting), mediation, and an impartial hearing if you disagree with any decision made about your child. • The right to an independent evaluation paid for by the DOE. Folks, when it comes to your child and their future, never hesitate to stand up and demand what you want. It’s your right! Share your thoughts by emailing ourartisticchild@outlook. com or check out the Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Families support group Facebook page. Our next meeting is Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m. at 421 Beach 141st Street.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 Saturday, March 10, 7 p.m. DEAF POETS LIVE Rockaway Brewing Company 415 Beach 72nd Street American garage rock two-piece, Deaf Poets performs. Saturday, March 10, 9 p.m. IRISH MUTTS AT ROGERS 203 Beach 116th Street Traditional Irish, Americana and rock music. No cover.

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PAINTING THE TOWN GREEN The 43rd Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade was another big hit. Despite a raging nor’easter just the day before, the skies cleared for a beautiful parade day on Saturday, March 3. From bagpipers to Irish Dancers to community groups and spectators donned in green galore, this year’s parade was another great way to kick off the unofficial start of spring in Rockaway. Congratulations to parade president Mike Benn and the parade committee for putting on another great event, and to all of this year’s honorees. Photos by Gee Linares, Paul Lurrie, Nicole Taylor-Lang and Katie McFadden.

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FROM THE RBA RBA Elects 2018 Board of Directors The past Wednesday, the Rockaway Business Alliance (RBA) held its second annual membership meeting, a public meeting intended to engage the community in celebrating the RBA’s achievements and to set goals for the year ahead. Another outcome of the annual meeting was the nomination and election of the 2018 board of directors. The 2018 RBA Board is as follows: Yarden Flatow, Board Chair; Lana Meli, Vice Chair; Rachel Krieger, Secretary; Mi-

ing Beach 116th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard to reconnect with new and old Rockaway businesses. Walsh, who currently is a host on 1010 WINS-AM, was instrumental in assisting businesses on Beach 116th in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and business owners remember him fondly as a major emotional support during that traumatic period. Walsh made visits to Cuisine By Claudette, Mazzone Hardware, Zingara Vintage, Fat Cardinal Provisions, and Uncle Louie G’s, among others. In a heartwarming moment, the former commis-

sioner beckoned over a group of middle-schoolers leaving the library, and purchased Uncle Louie G’s ice cream for the baffled kids. The RBA looks forward to continuing to work with Walsh to bring big changes to Rockaway. A theme throughout the evening was the breaking down of invisible walls: east versus west, old guard versus new guard (in local leadership as well as local business), and between the various commercial corridors. The community celebrated the work that the RBA has done to lessen these issues.

chael Gliner, Treasurer; Erin Silvers; Dominique Cannelongo; Ruth Gilwit; James Otton; Jaime Schultz; John Cori; Marc Scala; Samantha Cintron; Mara Valentino; and Galit Tsadik. The meeting also featured a presentation on Rockaway ConneX, a new technology project that the RBA will roll out in the next few months. Prior to the meeting, former NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh toured the peninsula, visit-

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CHANGE FOR THE BETTER We can most times, change things for the better that are maybe dragging down our energy and zest for living. Why does it sometimes take a big blow to plan for a change? We take what is put on our plates and do it day after day without really thinking about it. We don’t think about whether or not it is right for us and if there are any other possibilities. What do we really “have” to do? We really “have” to take care of ourselves - when we are happy, healthy and whole, we can take care of others. And we “have” to take care of others, for sure, family members, friends, whoever needs support in whatever way. Reality of life is stunning—hard, happy, fun, full of laughter, tears, health issues, emotional rollercoasters. We are not alone. We are here to be there for each other as I have heard the Dalai Lama express many times. We may not really know and feel what is dragging us down until the big blow happens and that is what I am pondering. How do we really know what is good and whole for us? How can we examine all that is in our lives to make sure we are happy? When do we do this? Thinking about making it a weekly touch base. A touch base on a life level, physical level, mind level and heart level. Just food for thought. Life level: where do I live? Is it comfortable? What do I have to take care of? Is that comfortable? Am I doing anything just because rather than making a

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conscious choice to be where I am right now? Physical level: how does my body feel when I wake up? Is there anything going on that I should look in to? When I do physical activity, does any part of my body hurt? If so, investigate and find an answer! And if no answer, then honor what is apparent and adjust. Why not? What’s the competition? And why? Mind level: Is my mind calm to some extent? Or always racing? Do I separate out thoughts and thought patterns rather than have everything racing through my mind all of the time? If so, how can I stop to change this and control what is in my mind rather than it controlling me? Heart level: How do I feel? This is a big one. Having the intention of getting to really know how we feel is the key to change and transformation. And that just reinforces my belief that everything originates from the heart space. I intuitively know this. Thinking that we just have to check in on ourselves maybe on a weekly basis to see if we are where we want and need to be in order to live life fully and happily. Before you know it, another 10 years go by and? Be well and happy in the life we have and make a conscious effort to make that happen rather then life just zooming by. May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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am convinced they will last forever. Stick with just the hand tools however, because most of these power tools are made of very low quality parts. Go figure. 2. Le Creuset Cast IronYou can feel it when you pick it up for the first time that this pot is not going anywhere. Despite the ridiculously high price, if you consider it’s the last pan you’ll ever have to buy, it’s the best value in the world. They make hundreds of other products but I would only stick with their cast iron pots and pans. 3. Kitchen Aid Mixers- Almost every home I’ve ever walked into has one of these sitting on the counter. My mother’s has got to be close to 35 years old and it’s the longest lasting appliance she has. Likewise, I have never heard a single complaint from anyone about this product. 4. Benjamin Moore PaintWithout a doubt the best paint you can buy. Every other brand is competing for second. Yes, it costs a little more, but it’s the best “extra ten bucks you’ll ever spend” as I mentioned in a past article. They are always innovating and making paint safer and less toxic, a true leader in the industry. Like I said, a short list but I couldn’t, with good conscience, really endorse any others. If you have any products that have proved themselves in your life, I’d love to hear about them. As always, email me at 1soloplumbing@ gmail.com


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St. Camillus / St. Virgilius Junior and Senior PROGRAMS END WITH AN EXCITING CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT By Bill Swenson

Another successful St. Camillus / St. Virgilius basketball season has ended. The league runs from mid-November through mid-February. We have two main programs. One is the Mini basketball program, which includes children from kindergarten through second grade. The second main program includes several divisions with girls and boys ranging from the third grade to the eighth grade. All together we had well over 300 players participating in these leagues this year. The mini league was featured in an article a few weeks ago, so let’s talk about our older leagues. Our championship night was held on Thursday, February 15. This is an exciting night that is fun for everyone. Our Finals Night certainly did not disappoint. Every game was competitive, and everyone who participated that night should be very proud of their efforts. The Girls' championship game featured our Purple team, coached by Kerry Grosseto, going up against our Red team, coached by Theresa Day. The game was tight all the way. The Purple team held on to a slight lead all game. In the last few minutes, the lead was cut to only one point. The crowd was definitely into this one. Parents and all the other spectators were loudly cheering their teams on. In the end, the Purple team, which showed great poise as the game got frantic, was able to hold on to their one-point victory. The Junior Boys' game featured our Lime Green team, coached by Calvin Stanley, taking on our Orange team, coached by Tom McDonagh. Hopefully the parents, relatives, and friends of everyone who played in this game were able to be there to witness it in person. It would be a shame if you missed it. This was, without question, one of the best championship games ever played in our league. The Lime Green team held on to about a

ton. Also a very special thank you needs to go out to Calvin Stanley who is at the gym three nights every week for a total of about 12 hours every week. It is without question his dedication to this league makes the league possible. Finally, the last thank you always goes to Father Ahlemeyer. He is the foundation of the program and without his consistent enthusiastic support we would not have the ability to provide this wonderful experience to all of these children. Well that’s it for this year. If you weren’t part of the fun this Coach Kerry Grosseto. Back Row (L to R): Allie D’Orazio, Lauren D’Orazio, year, we hope you come down Julia O’Sullivan, and Arlenies Dilone. Front Row (L to R): Aoibhian Williams, and join in next year. RegistraKayla Grosseto, Keira Henry, Siobhan O’Sullivan, and Katie Flanagan. tion begins in mid-September. ten-point lead the entire game. cial thank you to the director Keep your eye on The Rockaway As the clock ticked down, it and girl's league, Nancy Dal- Times for the details. seemed as though the Orange team just didn’t have enough time left to make up the deficit. Then something incredible happened in the last few minutes. The Orange team came storming back. The gym was really in a frenzy. With about a minute to play, the Orange team managed to pull ahead by one point. The end of the game was fast and furious, but the Orange team managed to hold on for a tremendously exciting one point win. So far, two one-point victories on Championship night. You couldn’t ask for anyCoach Tom McDonagh. Back Row (L to R): Michael McCann, Frankie thing better. Flohr, Joe Giambra, Matty O’Sullivan, and JoJo O’Grady. Front Row (L to The Senior Boys' game fea- R): Robert McCartney, Sean McDonagh, James Nichtern, and Eric Abreu. tured our Blue team, coached Not Pictured: Michael McManus. by Greg Grosseto, taking on the Purple team, coached by Dom Maiorano. In this game, the Blue team also managed to jump out to about a ten-point lead. The Purple team fought back all game. They kept getting it close, but they just couldn’t make that one big shot when they needed it. The Blue team held on and took the prize in this one. Thank you to all the coaches who volunteered their time to help teach the children of our community about basketball and some of the important life lessons that are also learned Coach Greg Grosseto. (L to R): Brian Rudolph, Adam Bishop, Frankie by playing a team game. A speWalker, Robert Shaw, Ralphie Tawill, and Dylan Grosseto.

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