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Army Corps to Fast Track Protection Plan Following Push By Katie McFadden

Locals demanded faster action, and with some help, it seems as if their rallies and endless requests from a postSandy panicked peninsula, have finally been heard. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) agreed to fast track its Rockaway Reformulation Project to bring protection to the beach and the bay, making way for construction to begin in 2019 instead of 2020. With additional funding secured by Senator Charles Schumer in February, and a meeting by Mayor Bill de Blasio with USACE in January, promises were made to move full steam ahead with the plans that would protect the peninsula. The only question that remained was…when? With an announcement by Schumer and de Blasio on Tuesday, March 20, that timeline is now a bit clearer. The Rockaway Reformulation Study, which will ultimately determine the solution for long-term erosion control and coastal protection projects along the Atlantic Coast, between East Rockaway Inlet, Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay, is now being expedited. A press release sent by Senator Schumer’s office on Tuesday reads, “According to the USACE, the draft report will now be issued in August, followed by a final report in November, allowing for construction in the Rockaways to start as early as next year.” The last time USACE held a public meeting for their preliminary plans was in December 2016. At the time, USACE said their final report would be available by June 2017, which would need to be reviewed, and the target date for the construction start was 2019. Then nothing happened. In August 2017, The Rockaway Times followed up with the project manager for USACE New York, who said, “If all approvals go as planned, we expect to start

work on the Atlantic Shoreline portions of the project in early 2020,” effectively pushing back the original target date. After seeing storm after storm threaten the peninsula since Sandy and watching the beaches deplete with each major tide, 2020 wasn’t good enough. And locals let the higher ups know it. Following years of highly attended meeting and rallies organized by locals like John Cori, Eddy Pastore, Hank Iori, Amanda Agoglia, Jean Dierking Belford and many others, it appears that their push has paid off. The endless requests of locals led leaders to take serious action. Following Sandy, Schumer pushed for federal funding for protection in the Rockaways. In February, he announced that the funding was finally available after he secured $730 million to ensure USACE had the money they needed to deliver coastal resilience projects across Sandy-stricken areas in New York. This also came after Mayor de Blasio kept good on a promise he made to locals at a town hall meeting held in December 2017. The mayor promised residents that he heard their concerns and that he would meet with the USACE Lieutenant General Todd Semonite in Washington D.C. at the end of January. That meeting occurred and resulted in de Blasio announcing that Semonite confirmed that the timeline would be expedited, but at the time, no specifics were revealed. Then earlier this month, Schumer met with Colonel Asbery, head of the

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, to urge him to speed things up. With Tuesday's announcement, the senator and mayor say that USACE officially agreed to move things quicker than 2020. “The residents of the Rockaways and Southern Brooklyn need better protections ASAP, and they are justifiably scared and tired of waiting. This agreement with the Army Corps, forged by Mayor de Blasio and I, will take the flood protection projects from the back burner to the front. In addition to the hundreds of millions we secured by reprogramming hundreds of millions in vital construction funds for this project, this agreement will mean that we can greatly accelerate the actual building of vital protections like a sea wall on the bay side, jetties and groins and more to protect every resident of the Rockaways from future storms and flooding,” Senator Schumer said. “For far too long, the Rockaways have been waiting for a solution. As a strong supporter of this project, I commend the Army Corps for heeding our call and moving full steam ahead on this vital project.” “New York City’s shoreline is our first line of defense against climate change. We are grateful that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to accelerate its work to protect our coastal neighborhoods. By working with communities and local leaders, we are continuing to deliver on our commitment to build a more sustainable, more resilient, and more equitable city,” Mayor de Blasio added. The Rockaway Reformulation Study has been a long time coming. It dates back to a 2003 agreement with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, but it ran into several delays, mostly due to funding. With Schumer securing $730 million, funding is no longer an obstacle.

The latest announcement may sound positive, but with much of the language saying the project “can begin as early as next year,” some who have worked hard for this urgency, are thankful for the progress, but remain dubious and vow to continue the fight. “It’s promising that there’s some forward movement. It has a lot to do with the hard work of our local elected officials and our mayor who came to our town hall. This has been a collaborative effort with a lot of people that seem to be pushing in the right direction,” Belle Harbor Property Owners Association President Hank Iori said. “I wish it would begin tomorrow, but at least it’s not 2020 now. The more we work together, the faster we can get this going and hopefully it will start in early 2019 instead of late 2019.” “I’m a bit skeptical. This is similar to what the mayor did when he took away the ferry and then gave it back. USACE originally said they’d start in 2019 and then all of a sudden it was 2020, and now they’re going back to the original plan,” Rockaway Beach Civic Association President John Cori said. “Now is the time to keep the pressure on and pay close attention. This is the first time that USACE is talking about a specific date, saying the draft report will be out in August of this year, and it’s great that they’ll open that to public comment. However, now isn’t the time to be celebrating,” Cori added. “Now is when we really have our work cut out for us and we need to make sure this extra money goes to the projects that it’s meant for and that when that public comment period comes around, we’ll be prepared to say yes or no to certain proposals in the study. I’m cautiously optimistic about this news, but the day I’ll really be happy is when I see a construction crane out on the beach with rocks for groins.”

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I forget that I won an all-expense paid trip to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The tourism board of Australia ran a contest about why you were the best person for “the Best Job In the World.” It was a sixth month gig, the pay was a 100 grand, and the job involved lying around in the sun (missing the Rockaway winter), snorkeling, and writing a weekly blog about life in paradise Down Under. The official title was Island Caretaker. The workplace was an idyllic island off the Aussie coast. It had my name all over it though I thought I might be overqualified with the lying around part. Anyway, you had to send them a video making your case. Unfortunately, 34,000 other people thought they were better suited than

me. The judges whittled the finalists down to 16. I was not among them. My self-esteem flatlined. With 34,000 entrants, it was more about luck than the quality of your video (and mine was classic, of course). And when it came to luck, I didn’t have much to brag about. When I was a kid I entered a contest in which you had to guess how many lemons a year were used in Lemon-Up shampoo. I didn’t win but I got a consolation prize of a lemon-colored clock radio. And I won a twofoot sandwich at a St. Francis parish outing. A radio and a sandwich. It was about thirty years in between wins. Some Brit was the lucky winner of the Island Caretaker gig and I hated him for it. But little did I know, the 33,999 who did not win were tossed into the Loser’s Bracket for a drawing to win an all-expense paid trip for two to the Great Barrier Reef. Again, I did not win.

But wait, there’s more. The winner of the Loser’s Bracket did not step forward. They had another drawing and the third time was actually the charm. I won. Holy shitski. They just pulled my name out of a Crocodile Dundee hat. Of course, I thought a bunch of Nigerian scam artists were behind this contest, which was basically run through email. But sure enough, two tickets for Quantas airlines and an itinerary with hotels and transportation were soon delivered to me. To me. No longer Bad Luck Boyle. No longer Kevin Bagel. No Longer Wrongo Starr. No longer Mr. Mush. I remained lucky as the plane didn’t crash and the bride and I had what should have been an unforgettable time. But it is forgettable. I forget that I was ever lucky when I take a box in a Super Bowl or fill out brackets for the NCAA Basketball tourney,

now underway. I pick teams not having a clue, yet I think I deserve to win. Or at the very least, I believe I’m due. I’ve never won anything, I start to think. The gods are against me and it’s BS. I’m due. You know with the lottery, you gotta be in it to win it. The rare times I buy a ticket I actually get a good feeling. This ticket feels goooooood. How am I gonna spend this boatload of dough? Yeah, right. Better to stick with the x-ray motto: you can’t lose, if you don’t play. I have zero knowledge of most teams but once money is riding on it, I become an expert. I can hate a coach or a player who does something wrong and extends my unlucky streak. It’s personal. And yea, I picked Virginia. The first number one seed to ever—ever!—lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament. I’ve never won anything.

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***** Well, Uri Kaufman hasn’t done much with the Rockaway courthouse building. We came across a Daily News article from 2002 in which Kaufman says his firm was the only developer that had responded to a request for proposal the EDC issued in 1999. In 2002 he was going to convert it to an office building and lease space to local politicians and the Community Board. It’s not clear why that fell apart. A decade or more later, Kaufman resurfaced with a plan to turn the courthouse into a medical center. And the EDC was onboard. They gave him the building for $50,000. He said he was going to invest $10 mil. Those plans fell apart. The crumbling building sits there, decaying further. Per-

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outside the Graybeard office on Beach 129th Street. This is an annual effort spearheaded by Jimmy Mullen. ***** Wallethub, an online site, has triggered some anxiety eating by listing the Top 100 Fattest Cities in the country. The Top 10 places where obesity reigns are in the South. The least fat city on the list is where skinny jeans are a necessity: Portland, Oregon. ***** We love getting email with opinions and suggestions even if we don’t agree with them. But we can’t print them all, like from someone saying he’s going to teach a lesson to the next dog owner who doesn’t pick up after their pet on the boardwalk and beach. We might agree with your sentiments but we really can’t print your threats. In any case, readers, keep writing, send your letters to Editor@Rockawaytimes.com ***** Have you sent your best photos to The Rockaway

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Train Change: A/ Shuttle Service to be Impacted Starting in April Get ready. Train service is going to be disrupted more than usual this summer. To protect the transit system from flood issues, commuters will have to make some sacrifices this summer and prepare to alter Shuttle and A train rides with the west end being impacted in late spring, and the east end being impacted for a bulk of the summer. Work will be done on the transit system in Rockaway as part of the Hammels Wye Flood Mitigation Project, according to the MTA. The goal is to implement long-term flood mitigation measures to protect NYC Transit’s “campus” of rail operations support facilities located in the Hammels Wye triangle of the Rockaway Peninsula. The peninsula is in a flood zone that is vulnerable to the surges generated by a major storm/ hurricane event. The transit facilities located in Hammels Wye include signal compressor and hydraulic rooms, circuit breaker houses, crew quarters, a sig-

nal tower, and a power substation—all of which are critical to rail operations along the Rockaway segment of the A line. The work being done on the facilities at the Hammels Wye triangle, is mostly precautionary, but very important. While the Rockaways were devastated by Superstorm Sandy, the transit infrastructure in Hammels Wye sustained only moderate damage, due to previous smart engineering efforts. NYC Transit’s power substation survived, and critical equipment was undamaged because it was elevated within that facility. However, if the transit campus remains unprotected, a more extreme storm could result in devastating damage that would disrupt train operations for an extended period. The Hammels Wye Flood Mitigation Project is an effort to prepare for such an event. The project includes the design and construction of a perimeter flood wall and flood gates, as well as the construc-

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NEW MEDICAL CENTER RENDERING Since 2008, Community Healthcare Associates (CHA) has been revitalizing existing, and constructing new, healthcare facilities resulting in job creation and preservation of community-based healthcare. Now, with assistance from well-known local healthcare professional Dr. Mark Gelwan, they have brought that expertise to Rockaway and will be opening the Rockaway Medical Arts Complex on Beach 105th Street with a target date of summer 2018. Gelwan also runs the Center For Specialty Eye Care on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 122nd Street. Set to include a multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center (ASC) with state-ofthe-art operating rooms and specialists of all kinds available for the community, the newly-constructed facility is expected to be a major community asset when it comes to healthcare delivery. A local health system is planning on

providing primary care as well as specialty care with an imaging center. CHA will also lease space to other providers offering care in areas such as physical therapy, blood laboratory, infu-

sion services, and others. The four-story complex, as seen in the latest rendering, will offer parking on the ground floor as the project adheres to new building codes. All offices and medical facil-

ities will be well above flood elevation requirements. As the facility nears completion, there will be staffing needs. Please continue to read The Rockaway Times for updates.

Plenty of Pricey Parks Plans Since Hurricane Sandy, many park-related projects have been in the works to replace things that were destroyed and to improve other areas. Some may be curious about things like when old playgrounds will be replaced and how much new handball courts might costs. The Parks Department recently provided an update on the status of certain projects, their cost and the next steps before they become a reality. On Tuesday, March 20, Robby Schwach of Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office provided some of the updates from the Parks Department. Construction on a flagpole on Beach 94th is expected to begin sometime this summer. A schematic design was presented to Community Board 14 in May 2017 and the design should be complete sometime this month. It will then need to be approved by the Department of Environ-

mental Conservation. The total budget for the project? $200,000. The budget for the Beach 94th Street Performance space is $3M. This project started the design process on January 29, 2018 and the design concept is still being formulated. The anticipated construction start date is spring 2020. The design start date for a new dog park located at Beach 92nd Street was January 24, 2018 and the design is still being formulated. The dog park, budgeted at $1,493,292, is also estimated to begin in spring 2020. New playgrounds are part of the plan, of course. Sandpiper Playground, located around Beach 106th, just off the boardwalk, is expected to start this summer. The design is complete. The procurement process began in June 2017. Bids were reviewed and the Parks Department is in

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the process of awarding the contract. This playground is budgeted as $5.2M. Another playground located between Beach 101st and Beach 98th, may take longer. The design phase began on January 22, 2018 and the design is still being formulated. This playground, with a budget of $7,907,088, won’t begin until spring 2020. A new and exciting adventure course, located between Beach 91st and Beach 86th Street, will begin construction in spring 2020. The design phase began on January 22, 2018 and is still being formulated. This project is budgeted at $4,479,912. The long-awaited handball courts and skate park will be coming soon. The handball courts, located at Beach 103rd and Beach 105th, are expected to begin being constructed this summer. The procurement process began in December 2017 and bids for this

$2.1M project are due this month. The new skate park, located at Beach 91st Street, will also begin construction this summer, but more towards the end of summer. The design is complete. A low bid dollar amount received requires a re-bid for this project. The project will be rebid in the spring. The budget for this project is $3,914,000. A multi-purpose sports field, located between Beach 81st and Beach 77th, has a total budget of $7,775,681. The design process is scheduled to begin on March 21, 2018 and the anticipated construction start is summer 2020. The final update provided was for a labyrinth and seating area planned for a space between Beach 94th and Beach 93rd. The design process for this project, budgeted at $2,169,726, is set to begin on March 29, 2018 and construction may begin in the summer of 2020.


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Gun Owner Says

Response and Responsibility Dear Editor: My thanks to Dylan Watton for replying to Rick Horan’s anti-gun control letter. I tried to reply myself using the same reasoning, but I could not express my thoughts without resorting to profanities, which would prevent you from publishing them. I want to add one thing about who is responsible for the current mess. It is incredible to me that our elected representatives in Congress can be so devoid of morals, so spineless, so self-serving, and so generally reprehensible that they not only accept, but justify the status quo. The only people more reprehensible than they, are the voters who continue to put them in office. Richard Epro Word Clash Dear Editor: I love Facts You Probably Don't Need. But.....More revolutionary war battles fought in New Jersey? Does that include skirmishes over Turnpike tolls? I get 24 in the COLONY (not yet a state) of New Jersey, 28 in our beloved New York, but 31 in South Carolina. Kevin Dowd (Sean Factologist McVeigh responds: Throughout the Revolutionary War, there were many clashes between the Americans and British within the colony of New Jersey. In total, there were 296 engagements that occurred within New Jersey, more clashes than occurred in any other colony in the Revolutionary War. Granted, maybe “battles” was the wrong word, Mr. Dowd.)

Dear Editor: I debated on sending in this letter but I had to go with my true feelings. I was a gun owner for many years of my life and yes, I did target shooting and different types of big and small game hunting. As time went along, I lost interest in both sports. I'm sending my message to gun owners, no one is saying take all your guns away and no one is saying take away the 2nd Amendment. If you believe that, then your leadership in the NRA and GOP have done what they set out to do and that is to brainwash you. What I'm saying is ban AR-15 type weapons, adopt gun laws that will help save lives, stronger background checks, no weapons sold without background checks and take the NRA out of Government. Danny Ruscillo Slow Down Dear Editor: If we don’t use nukes because we know it is bad why do we use robots knowing it is bad? Just to justify advancement. Everything needs to be regulated otherwise there are no rules and or no restraints. Why do we need drones to deliver pizza, can’t you wait a couple of minutes? Why risk allowing drones to become a problem when we can keep someone working and be safer? Our need of indulgence is going to either put ourselves out of work or kill us. Jake Pisano Students Teach Dear Editor: I admire and congratulate the students of the Far Rockaway High School campus for advocating in favor of gun control. But how sad it is to see that the adults in their lives have been unable or unwilling to demand protection for their children through government policies restricting the use of guns. Owning a gun is a “liberty” perhaps, but like not using seat belts or smoking in public, such a “liberty “ should be curtailed in favor of the common good. We adults should learn from these students. Kitty Chen Dean

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ArtistYear Fellow Inspires A New Generation Of Musicians at Waterside School By Kami-Leigh Agard

If you are walking through the halls of local middle school, Waterside School of Leadership in Rockaway Park, you may hear the sonorous notes of classical piano, drums and singing wafting from the classrooms like soft cotton buds blowing through the air. However don’t be fooled, most of these middle schools students were only introduced to the technical aspects of music just under a year ago, and with the help of ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellow Ava Nazar, have begun their path to not just appreciating music, but emerging as the next generation of accomplished acoustic and song-writing artists. ArtistYear, founded by Margo Drakos and Elizabeth Warshawer, is the first national service program dedicated to partnering with U.S. school districts to provide underserved students with access to arts education through a year of national service. The program trains and supports AmeriCorps members and accomplished artists such as Nazar to serve as full-time teaching artists alongside established arts educators or classroom teachers in federally-designated Title I schools. Drakos and Warshawer piloted the program with three Philadelphia fellows in 2014. It grew to a 501(c)3 nonprofit and nine fellows in 2016. In summer 2017, Americorps offered ArtistYear $1.45M in funding, giving the program the needed bandwidth to expand to 25 fellows in Philadelphia, Colorado and now NYC. According to Drakos, an active duty U.S. Military spouse and former professional cellist, ArtistYear just expanded to NYC this past year. “We worked very closely with the NYC Department of Education (DOE) and DOE’s Queens Borough Office of Arts & Special Projects to help us identify underserved, high-needs schools where we could enhance, expand and deepen arts for NYC’s students. They were thrilled when we shared Ava’s musical background and found a placement for her at Waterside, ArtistYear’s first initiative, not just in the borough

of Queens, but citywide,” Drakos said. The manner in which Nazar gushes about her Waterside students belies her own tremendous accomplishments as a classical pianist. Born in Iran, Nazar received her bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and received her master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the Juilliard School. She has had numerous performances as a soloist and chamber musician in her home country and across the U.S. in venues such as Lincoln Center, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and La Peña Cultural Center in San Francisco. She has been featured at Académies Internationales d'été du Grand Nancy in France, and is also is a prizewinner of several competitions in Iran including the Fajr International Music Festival. She released a CD, Memoires, from the conservatory

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in Iran, which includes recordings of works by Oskar Rieding and Ferdinand Küchler for violin and piano. However for Nazar, her dream was not only to help students experience music as a way of artistic expression, but to use it as a positive avenue for upliftment. Nazar said, “I was born in Iran, one year after the Iraq-Iran war, which was a really difficult time in my country. My father is a musician, so under his mentorship, I learned to play music from a very early age. Music has always been a companion in my life. It really helped me get through a lot as a child. Basically music saved me. So I think it is really important that every child has access to art and music. For example, not all U.S. public school students have access to art. So when I discovered ArtistYear, I was blown away, thinking this is exactly what I was looking for — a platform to realize my dream to teach music to underserved students. At Waterside, Nazar not only

teaches classical piano, but percussion and songwriting. “What my Waterside students have been able to accomplish in just under a year is nothing short of amazing. They have learned to play classical piano, percussion and the saxophone. For the songwriting class, they composed their own hip-hop music and lyrics. Independently they picked themes and collaborated to write group songs accompanied by the band. For Black History Month, they wrote a song about Martin Luther King Jr. It was really beautiful seeing their team work and eagerness to create something original together.” When asked what were some lessons she learned herself in her first year teaching the students, Nazar laughed, “I have a classical music background and of course not every student was into that. For example, I realized some were more interested in percussion instruments or writing and playing hip-hop songs. I had no experience in those areas, but because they are so amazing on their own, I just went along with what they really were passionate about. It was about flexibility and connection.” Recently, Nazar launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to purchase music instruments for the school. Nazar said, “The school needs instruments for all the students to be able to learn and play. If these much-needed instruments are purchased for the school, they will not only be available for the present-day students, but also for generations to come.” Nazar’s Waterside students have two recitals coming up this spring. On April 15, they will be performing at the Scholes Street Studio in Brooklyn (375 Lorimer Street). There will also a Mother's Day tribute performance at Waterside, in which the chorus, band, and songwriting club will perform. To show some love for these Waterside music enthusiasts, you can donate towards their GoFundMe campaign, visit: gofundme.com/ middle-school-music-class-supplies. Also, feel free to donate instruments to the school.


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This Week in History MARCH 22 Ray Corrigan was born. Siobhan Fitzgerald was born. Shannon McFadden was born.

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respirator until his surgery five days later. “After the surgery, our baby remained for about 40 days in the NICU, where he progressively graduated from the tube taken out from his lungs to being placed on a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine to help him breathe. Then eventually he was taken off the CPAP machine, and had to learn how to feed through a bottle, then finally, we were able to take him home,” Williams said. However, today, looking at Ryan, one would never suspect that this little rambunctious toddler had any development issues, much less CDH. Ryan’s dad, Brian, is beyond ecstatic and proud of his little soldier. “Ryan is doing great! He has no developmental setbacks. He is walking, talking his head off, and loves Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster and Elmo. When he’s eating, Ryan even mimics Cookie Monster by declaring, 'Me want cookie!’ and ‘Om nom nom nom!’” Williams crowed with jubilation.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 Because of their gratitude to Cherubs and Columbia University, which did a CDH study called, Diaphragmatic Hernia Research & Exploration; Advancing Molecular Science (DHREAMS) on genetic testing and overall CDH research, the Williams family is hosting their Second Annual Cherubs 5K race. Williams said, “Both Cherubs and DHREAMS did so much for my son, and we want to continue to help other families who are faced with the same decision we had to make. I want them to never give up hope, miracles happen everyday, and with steadfast faith, our ‘Cherubs’ will surpass all expectations even in the midst of a dismal diagnosis and directive.” Last year, the Williams family was able to raise $10K for both organizations. “We want to continue to support these organizations to make strides in curing or even preventing CDH. Just because our son is out of the woods, doesn’t mean we are going to forget those who were there for us, and the many other parents looking for hope. To this day, through

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Page 15 5K Walk/Run fundraiser will take place on Saturday, April 28, at the boardwalk on Beach 102nd Street. Registration and bib pick up begins 9 a.m. at Community House, (101-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd). The Diaper Dash begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Kids race at 10:45 a.m., and the Adult 5K Run/Walk is at 11 a.m. After the race, Community House will be offering one complimentary beer to runners/walkers. If you want to sign up in advance for the race, visit: rockapulcorun.com. For those who can’t make it, you can still register and pay to participate, even if you will not be running or walking. Ryan “Rockstar” Williams will be two years old this August 3, and dad could not be more stoked about his son’s progress. “April is CDH awareness month. When Ryan was diagnosed with CDH, we had no clue what it was. We just want more people to be aware. Some people are told not to go through with the pregnancy, but we just want them to know, don’t give up, there is a chance and everything will be fine,” Williams said.

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Belle Harbor Property Owners Association Meeting Recap By Rosemary McGuire

About two dozen residents braved the rain and wind Tuesday night to attend the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association's (BHPOA) first meeting of 2018, held at PS/MS114Q. BHPOA board member, Elda Vale, standing in for Board President Hank Iori, started off with a recap of their last meeting in 2017 and praised the “spectacular” mayor’s town hall meeting held in Rockaway this past December. Dave Randall, standing in for Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, who “was busy working on the budget and the bill to eliminate the Cross Bay bridge toll” stopped by briefly to introduce himself. Councilman Eric Ulrich then took the stage, starting with highlights from the mayor’s town hall meeting. He commended both the mayor and the residents of Rockaway on a powerful, productive event, which he said, “was a big success.”

“I was very appreciative to the mayor for holding the meeting and coming here. Rockaway is not the friendliest territory,” he said, citing the cold reception the mayor received during the St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2017. “He did a very good job of listening to our concerns, addressing those issues and then following up,” Ulrich said. Discussion highlights of the meeting included limited beach accessibility for wheelchairs and strollers due to lack of beach mats on every beach in Belle Harbor. Ulrich thanked Mary Ellen Olsen for bringing the situation to his attention and said the mayor committed money that night for the additional beach mats. Expect to see them roll out this summer. Residents vented about lack of sand on the beach and the long time waiting for the jetty project to get up and running. Ulrich said, “Following that town hall meeting, the mayor personally met with the head of the Army Corps of Engineers and they

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agreed to move the timeline up a year and to make it higher on the priority list. The mayor heard the community’s concerns and the challenges of living between the ocean and bay. They’re now aggressively lobbying to get the ball rolling.” Fare integration across all forms of travel, including the ferry is on Ulrich’s to-do list. He’s pushing the MTA to have one method of fare payment for all modes of NYC transportation, making public transportation much easier to use. But, he says the MTA claims integrating the MetroCard at this point isn’t feasible because it is going to be phased out in the very near future. Ulrich joked, “but of course when the MTA says very near future that could be in the very far and distant future, but I’ll take them at their word.” He spoke a bit about the new city council appointments and the reshuffling of his assignments, including his own role back on the education committee. He took a moment to compliment Principal Welsome and her staff on the “excellent job” she is doing at PS/MS114Q, highlighting her focus on professional development and the initiation of a robust writing program. He also shared that in addition to his role on the education committee, he’s now serving on the environmental committee and although no longer on the veterans committee, says he will remain involved in veterans issues as needed. The reconstruction project on Beach Channel Drive between Beach 116th Street and Beach 124th Streets was confirmed by Ulrich. It’s set to begin the second week of April and continue through 2020. He wrapped up his talk by again commending the community on their decorum during the mayor’s town hall meeting. “People were appreciative and even when they were venting and critical, they were polite. The mayor has a new-found respect for this community,” he said. The floor was then open for comments. Daniel Ruscillo thanked Ulrich and the mayor

for successfully getting the DEP to change filters every month as opposed to every four months as was protocol for the Water Treatment Plant, effectively mitigating the offensive smells permeating Beach Channel Drive. This, he notes is one change that complements 18 different projects being implemented at the plant to control the odors. Another resident voiced concerns about the condition of the boat launch on Beach Channel Drive, while another echoed the warm and fuzzy feelings from the mayor’s town hall event. The resident said that only after speaking to the mayor did his problem get resolved and did so quickly. “My issue of trying to raise my house did not fall on deaf ears.” Lew Simon then mentioned the possibility of bringing back the old Rockway Beach subway line and also raised concerns about the bus lanes on Cross Bay and Woodhaven Boulevards, suggesting that they also be used as an HOV lane to ease congestion during rush hours. In closing, Ulrich reminded everyone of the free snow-shoveling program for the homebound elderly. Call or email his office for more information Representatives from St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (SJEH) were up next with updates on the expected completion of Phase I of the emergency department’s (ED) expansion and renovation project this April. Renee Hastick-Motes, vice president of external affairs, said the new 22,000 square foot ED will include 19 private treatment rooms, 21 waiting positions, six rapid evaluation beds and 14 private areas for psychiatric emergency care. Phase 2 begins in September 2018. Continued on page 24


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Plunge for Special Olympics This Saturday By Katie McFadden

Dreaming of beach days? Why wait to plunge into the ocean? The weather may not be ideal, but the cause will warm your heart. The Freezin’ For a Reason polar plunge for Special Olympics New York is this weekend. On Saturday, March 24 at noon, hundreds will jump into the chilly ocean at Riis Park Bay 9 for a good cause. Now in it’s 4th year, the Rockaway Polar Plunge aims to raise money for Special Olympics athletes across New York. “We serve individuals with intellectual disabilities and provide them with opportunities to train and compete in 22 Olympic-style sports. Through New York, we have 71,000 athletes in the program, with 40,000 of those in New York City. So we raise money so that the athletes and their families are never charged to participate,” Pamela Parker, associate director of development for Special Olym-

pics New York said. Last year, 225 people participated and they were able to raise $54,000. Passing the $50,000 mark is a big goal, as according to Parker, with at least that much, 125 athletes can participate in one sport for one season. “It costs $400 per athlete per season in one sport and most participate in multiple sports throughout the year. So it’s important that we raise as much as possible so we can continue supporting our current athletes and bring new athletes to our program,” Parker said. Fundraising for the event is off to a good start, with about $20,000 raised as we go to press. So far the top individual fundraiser is none other than Father Jim Cunningham of St. Francis de Sales church. As we go to press, he alone raised more than $1,215. Another impressive individual is local Danny McKeefrey, who is the only member of team Kaitlin McKeefrey. Alone, McKeefrey,

a member of the NYPD, has raised more than $1,300 for his sister, Kaitlin, who has Down syndrome. The top team fundraiser is team CT Warriors of the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau. This team is captained by Officer Chris Kennis, who was very involved in the Special Olympics prior to moving to New York and he wanted to continue his involvement in the program, so he encouraged colleagues to join his team. Together they have raised more than $4,355 so far. All are welcome to participate in Saturday’s plunge and there’s still time to register. Day-of registration begins at 10 a.m. at Bay 9 in Riis Park. Any

dollar raised helps, but plungers who raise at least $150 receive a special Polar Plunge sweatshirt. All plungers are also welcome to the after-party at the Bungalow Bar, where they’ll receive a complimentary drink. The Rockaway plunge was started in honor of Special Olympics athlete and Bungalow Bar employee, Emily Hutton, who died in 2014. “We plunge in her memory every year. From the beginning, this plunge was driven by Emily’s mom, Noelle. Each year, her team raises a lot of money and they really rally around Emily’s memory,” Parker said. Those too chicken to plunge are encouraged to show up and cheer the plungers on. Those who want to volunteer to help with the event are also welcome and can contact Parker at pparker@nyso.org or 646-4916035. For more information about Saturday’s plunge, check out https://shar.es/1LlIFH

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Public Comment Invited BROWNFIELD CLEANUP BEACH 79TH STREET The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan from 79 Arverne Development LLC for a site known as 3-60 Beach 79th Street, site ID #C241207. A copy of the application, Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan and other relevant documents are available at the document repositories located at Queens Library - Peninsula Branch, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach and Queens Community Board 14, 1931 Mott Avenue, Room 311 in Far Rockaway. There are several ways to comment on BCP applications. Comments can be submitted to the site Project Manager Mandy Yau at NYSDEC – Region 2, Division of Environmental Remediation, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101; via

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statewide and incentivized redevelopment. There are more than 350 active sites in the BCP. According to the application, the site has no buildings, but does have an asphalt parking lot and grassy open area. Historical industrial occupants of the site from prior to 1894 to present include an ice factory, coal yard, bike corporation, and various manufacturing businesses. A gasoline tank was shown on the western portion of the subject property in the 1933 Sanborn Fire Insur-

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War of the Whipped Cream Roses FROM THE RBA Rockaway locals have been shocked to learn that, after a publicly, very amicable marriage, two favorite local dessert places are splitting up: Fat Cardinal Bakery (FCB) and Uncle Louie G’s. The two have shared a space on Rockaway Beach Boulevard for almost two years, and apparently it’s not working out as well as we’ve been led to believe. We interviewed the respective places on what went wrong, and neither could give a clear answer. “There wasn’t a specific incident that put it over the edge,” says Fat Cardinal’s Tim Cotton. “But I can tell you one thing— that cartoon (Uncle Louie G’s logo) creeped me out. He’d just be staring at me all day at work. He reminded me of when my Uncle Mario used to get drunk and try to make us shaved ice with ice cubes, egg beaters, and

LOCAL CELEBRITY COUPLE SPLITS Hershey’s chocolate syrup.” Cotton shudders. “It triggered some rough childhood memories.” “I’m not sure what Fat Cardinal was up to with my ice cream scoop, but they certainly weren’t using it to scoop ice cream,” Uncle Louie G’s Tara Balantino retorts. The local dessert spots will each be moving into their own separate spaces. Uncle Louie G’s opened their space two doors down Rockaway Beach Boulevard a few months back, and have already hosted several ice-cream centered events, including a Rockaway Business Alliance (RBA) workshop that was rumored to have gotten a little rowdy when Balantino brought out wine ice cream. Fat Cardinal Bakery will rebrand as Fat Cardinal Provisions in their new space just around the corner on Beach 92nd Street, next to Boarders Surf Shop. Balantino just joined the

board of the Rockaway Business Alliance, of which Cotton has been a member since 2017. When Rockaway Times staff expressed concern about the feuding couple’s ability to maintain a working relationship in their involvement with the local business alliance, Board Chair Jordan Playdough responded: “I am 100 percent confident that this board can overcome any petty personal issues and continue to work synergistically. And if for some reason Fat Cardinal and Uncle Louie G’s can’t make this happen…” (he rolls up his sleeves)... “well, I have been known to make grown men cry...” So far, the community’s response to the change has been positive: “This just makes more sense. It was too hard to walk in there and have to choose between an ice cream sundae and that todie-for brownie. The decision tormented me so much, I found

myself avoiding walking down RBB,” RBA Executive Director Jimmy Dean Ellis said. Despite the divorce, Balantino remains positive: “I am so grateful to have had the boys of FCB in my store, in my life and part of my story... once things have settled down a bit, we certainly plan on working together in the future (does drinking together count as work?). And luckily I can see into their new store from mine!” NOTE: With the exception of the last quote, all quotes used in this article are entirely fictional. In fact, the only thing about the entire article we claim to be true is that Uncle Louie G’s and Fat Cardinal are moving into their own spaces. The RBA congratulates them and wishes them the best of luck! This article was submitted by the Rockaway Business Alliance. For more information about the organization, email info@rockawaybusinessalliance.org

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Quick. Can you name three potentially dangerous and toxic items in your home? What came to mind? Maybe everyday items like bleach, ammonia and medications. But what about fluoride toothpaste? Or a fireplace? Cosmetics? Your stove? Yup. All can be hazardous if not used or stored properly. In light of National Poison Prevention Week, from March 18 to March 24, Joseph Chirayil, M.D., chairman of emergency medicine at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway shares some insight with The Rockaway Times on potential hazards lurking in our homes. Here’s what he had to say: RT: What are the most common poisonings seen in emergency departments? Dr. Chirayil: Most common

poisonings are unintentional, and occur in children under six years old. In pediatrics, cosmetics and personal care products make up the most of these ingestions. Cleaning materials and medications follow. Fumes/gases/vapors are the most common cause of pediatric fatalities. In adults, most poisonings are due to pain medications followed by sedatives, antidepressants, and cardiovascular meds. RT: Are there any substances, household or otherwise, other than the obvious ones like bleach and household cleaners that present a poisoning danger? Dr. Chirayil: Definitely. Overconsumption of fluoride toothpaste can lead to poisoning and even death. Moth balls, lead paint, furniture cleaners, and pesticides are

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also harmful, if not lethal. Remember, poisonings don’t have to be ingestions only, inhalation of toxic substances can hinder breathing and direct contact with eyes and skin can cause issues as well. With the wrong amount, something that is meant to be ingested can be toxic as well, for example, over the counter medications and liquor. RT: Who is most at risk? Dr. Chirayil: Kids are most at risk for unintentional poisonings. Elderly patients are at risk with unintentional overdoses on their prescribed meds. As per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 300 children ages 0-19 end up in emergency departments every day as a result of potential poisoning, and at least two of those children die. Many visits are due to accidental ingestion or by parents accidentally giving children the wrong medication. They also note, with the surge in opioid abuse, the trend of accidental ingestion of opioid pain relievers by children may be on the rise too. RT: Can you offer any advice to our readers to stay safe? Dr. Chirayil: Prevention is the best advice. Keep any potential toxic substances out of reach of kids. Lock up medications that can be abused, i.e. pain meds, sleeping aids, recreational drugs. Arrange medications for the elderly, in a way that will make it unlikely to overdose, for example, separate meds by day and dose in a pill box. In case of an ingestion or exposure, a great resource is NYC Poison Control. They can be contacted at any time at 1-212-P-O-I-S-O-N-S. They will give you initial recommendations and advise you appropriately. And what about those non-toxic, environmental-

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Continued from Page 16 Dr. Tarantino, associate director of wound care at SJEH, spoke about the opening of the SJEH Wound Care Center at the hospital (327 Beach 19th Street). The center has two new hyperbaric oxygen chambers and performs synthetic skin grafts, debridements, compression wraps, and has podiatry services to successfully treat chronic wounds. Belle Harbor resident, Barbara Larkin took a moment to praise the new wound care unit and staff who recently treated her elderly mother. Other residents suggested the possibility of a trauma center and a cardiac catheterization lab as part of the future of the hospital. Hastick-Motes reminded the audience of the importance of reaching out to elected officials with these requests as SJEH relies on state funding for improvements. Lastly, Portia Cook-Dyrenforth, Rockaway Administrator for the Parks Department and Joseph Mauro, Parks deputy administrator, gave their summer plan update. The Sandpi-

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per Park on Shore Front Parkway between Beach 106th and Beach 107th Streets will break ground this summer, followed by construction of the handball courts at the same location. Tribute Park, now closed due to damage from the last nor’easter will be repaired and reopened within the next few weeks. Zumba and Yoga on the beach are back and in anticipation of the record number of beach-goers expected this season, the department hired ten additional staff members to assist with beach maintenance and garbage removal. Thanks to coordinated efforts with the Parks Department and Daniel Ruscillo, co-chair of Community Board 14’s transportation committee, improvements in bicycle signage on the boardwalk and new signage near the ferry terminal are coming this season. One last proposal was made by Lew Simon who requested keeping lifeguards on the beaches until 8 p.m. Parks said it’s not likely this summer, but a possible consideration for next.


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Concussion has been recognized as a clinical entity for more than 1,000 years. The term “concussion” comes from the Latin “concussus,” which means “to shake violently.” The first recorded description of concussion was by Hippocrates about 2,400 years ago although it was not until the 10th century A.D. that a Persian physician, Rhazes, made the distinction between a concussion and other traumatic brain injuries. In the 13th century, a European physician, Lanfrancus, referred to concussion as “commotio cerebri” in contrast to “contusio cerebri,” indicating the first recognition of a concussion as an altered state of mind rather than a physical brain injury. Concussions have become a frequent topic of conversation in homes, schools, and on TV, and have become a major focus for sports programs in commu-

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“whiplash” injury, or a blast injury commonly seen in military personnel serving in a war zone. The most common cause of sports concussions is head to head contact. In the mildest form of concussion, the patient is dazed or “sees stars” and may be momentarily confused. Loss of consciousness may occur, although it is only seen in about 10 percent of concussions. A prolonged loss of consciousness indicates a TBI rather than a concussion. Amnesia may occur and may be anterograde (inability to assimilate new memory) or retrograde (failure to recall the injury or events preceding it). While headache and dizziness are the most common symptoms of concussion, mental “fogginess” and mild cognitive difficulties affecting memory and the ability to concentrate do occur. Post-concussion syndrome occurs in 30 to 80 percent of those with concussion, and in 20 percent of those cases, symptoms

may be persistent. On the other hand, in athletes, symptoms usually resolve in one to two weeks. Post-concussion symptoms include those listed above and may also include nausea, vertigo, fatigue, vision or hearing changes, and mood and personality changes. As I mentioned in a previous column, treatment of concussion now includes light aerobic exercise after one to two days of rest following a head injury. Lastly, repeated head injuries are now suspected of causing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). CTE has caused refocusing on head injuries, especially in football programs. The syndrome, now called CTE, was first described in 1928 by Harrison Martland in an article called “Punch Drunk.” In the last century, the focus on head injuries was on boxing whereas now it is on football and other contact sports. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.


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DOWNTIME When we were kids, built in to our week was a day of downtime: Sunday, for everyone in the family. It is just the way it was and I think it served as a rejuvenation day, a break from routines, no chores, space to just be. Even though my mom made elaborate Sunday afternoon dinners, she enjoyed it so much that it was her downtime too—at least that is my perception of it. Now, there is no such thing. Given the extreme outside technological and other stimulation we have, I think peo-

ple would walk around asking, “What should I do?” Life is busier, there’s more “stuff ” to get, there are no boundaries around when anything could happen, like kids’ games and sales in the stores, and any kind of shopping. So there is no built-in day of rest. With that said, it is absolutely imperative to the health of an individual to rest, restore and rejuvenate. And take time to just be, do something out of the ordinary that is relaxing and fun. It is no wonder that our restorative yoga sessions

at the studio are filled. We enter positions with lots of soft support of bolsters and blankets, propping up to relax into the heart space or the hips or the back body. People schedule that “downtime.” In our lives, we need to schedule the time and the space to relax. I find that when I put myself in that space, and it is usually on Sunday, my mind is free to think about things without any constraints. Ideas arise, thoughts abound and sometimes I work out something or find a solution. There is space and freedom. When you think about it, otherwise, we are just going, running, meeting expectations we set for ourselves, doing this and that. There may be circumstances at this time that prevent this— like having a newborn that needs attention, attention, attention, but there will come a time when there will be a way. Or some project deadline that requires all focus for a couple of months, or an el-

Page 27 derly parent whose care is in your hands. There are ways, there are pockets of time we can take. If we are caught up in these whirlwinds (and that they are), our nervous systems will be unbalanced and we will feel unhealthy. If we are not happy and whole, we cannot be there for others. If we do not get caught up and feel with our hearts to give the signals to our minds that, one, this could be temporary, or two, I can take a little time around four o’clock (or whenever) to just be free, we can bring peace in. This is my experience and I am sharing it with you so that maybe you can feel more at ease in this life. I wish for everyone to be safe, healthy and peaceful; maybe a way to be there is to take some downtime, not just now and then, but to build it in to each and every week of the year. 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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A special shout out to the guys and gals up at the Broad Channel VFW who worked long and hard to make the recent Saint Patrick's Day dinner for the two busloads of disabled veterans from the St. Albans Community Living Center who attended. Thanks to our very own Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, there was no shortage of de-

licious corned beef to be had, all of which was accompanied by cabbage and boiled potatoes as well as ample sides of freshly made Irish Soda Bread slathered with butter. It was hard to tell who was having the better time, the veterans or the staff serving and entertaining them. And before the emails start coming in, yes, I realize that corned beef and cabbage is not actually a traditional meal of Ireland. Very few Irish eat it for St. Patrick's Day and it's absolutely not the Irish national dish. Truth be told, corned beef was used as a substitute for bacon by Irish-American immigrants in the late 19th century, and corned beef and cabbage is the Irish-American variant of the actual Irish dish of bacon and cabbage. That being said, it's still a great Irish-American dish. I would be greatly remiss if I did not also offer a great big thank you to Walker Hornung (of Walker and the Brother-

hood of the Grape fame) for taking time out of his busy schedule to provide the fabulous live musical entertainment for our veterans. In addition to being a fantastic musician, songwriter and entertainer, over the years Walker has also proved himself to be one of those selfless individuals who never fails to go out of his way for our vets! It should come as no surprise to anyone that of New York City's 421 subway stations, Manhattan's Times Square 42nd Street ranks number one as the busiest with some 65 million MetroCard swipes annually. The flip side of that coin is our very own Broad Channel station coming in dead last at 421 as the least utilized station with an annual utilization of 91 thousand just squeaking by Beach 105th, which came in at #420 with some 95,000 MetroCard swipes. Speaking of our subway system, I stopped using the iron

horse several years ago. Every time I boarded a train I was bombarded with signage and announcements telling me “If you see something, say something. If you witness suspicious activity report it to a New York City police officer.” I quickly discovered that if I were to spend my day reporting suspicious activity on a New York City subway, I had no time for anything else other than speaking with cops! The straw that broke the camel's back came when I realized that I had stopped reporting this one guy who was constantly exposing himself on the late night A train after he boarded the train at the Jay Street-Metro Tech station. Instead, I simply waited until I departed the car at Broad Channel and remarked to the cop on duty "Hey, I saw Steve again on the way home." Broad Channel - why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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Sunday, March 25, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. SURFRIDER BEACH CLEANUP Beach 69th Street Join Surfrider and Locals Surf School and help clean up the beach. Gloves and bags provided. Look for the flag. Friday, March 30, 7:30 a.m. to noon COMMUNITY CHOMETZ BURNING Dead End of Beach 9th off Seagirt Ave Burn your chometz in celebration of the Jewish holiday Passover. Friday, March 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EGGSTRAVAGANZA Beach 72nd Street Boardwalk Join the 100th PCT for a beach Easter egg hunt. Plus bike registration, crime prevention tips, games and more. Saturdays and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. RAA’S OF WOMEN ART EXHIBIT sTudio 7 Fort Tilden See the RAA’s first art exhibit of the season, featuring the work of all female artists. Open through April 8. Mondays, 8 p.m.

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It’s spring! It’s (almost) time to pack away our winter coats and sweaters - finally! As we clean out our closets, it’s also the perfect time to spruce up our diets. From planting a garden, to cleaning out the fridge, here are five ways simple ways to spring clean your diet. Plant a Garden Get excited for summer veggies, like tomatoes and peppers, by starting your seeds about 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Not only will you get delicious and inexpensive herbs and veggies (have you tasted a homegrown tomato versus a store-bought one? No comparison!), but it also counts as moderate exercise. Bonus: gardening has been found to be great for mental health, and homegrown veggies can have more nutrients and fewer pesticides than those from the supermarket. If you don’t have a yard, or the time, try planting a window box with a few herbs and spices to start. Check Out Your Portions Have you ever actually measured out a bowl of cereal? A portion of cereal that fills the bowl can contain two or sometimes even three servings. While measuring things out every day can be a drag and lead to a different set of unhealthy eating habits, every once in awhile it’s good to check in so you can eyeball it the next time. Don’t have time to measure? Try these tricks.

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

Parenting — The Thing Without A Name Folks, this past week, I had to take a major hiatus, and as usual, for which I will be forever grateful, my mom, granny and daughter’s dad stepped in and took care of my little ‘Energizer Bunny.’ As I was lying in bed at Club Med staring at the beautiful view of the 59th Street Bridge and East River, getting some much needed libations, I worried. Worried about who was dressing my daughter for school. How were they grooming her lion-like mane? Did they make sure she peed before getting on the school bus? Were they warming her food to the volcanic temperature she likes? And the questions and worries continued as I picked up the phone each time interrogating my gran. The four of my daughter’s prime caregivers each has a very distinct parenting approach, and the comical thing is that my daughter, our common denominator, couldn’t care less, and is as tamable as the character, Animal in Sesame Street. Lord, bless her kind, well-intended heart, but my mom is the helicopter nana. You know the type that constantly hovers, critically eyeing every detail and shortcoming? “Kami, I keep telling you stop wetting Soa’s hair, it’s cold outside! “Rado (my daughter’s dad), why is Soa’s coat not zipped up, she is going to get pneumonia!” And the tirades would continue, day and night, provoking me

to silently cuss. However, my daughter’s dad, who has the patience of a saint with a sardonic alter ego, would answer her question with a question. “I don’t know, let me think. Why isn’t her coat zipped up?” My grandmother would just shake her head and retreat to her room in disgust. My granny, however, is the perfectionist. One time, I was putting on a jumper on Soa, and she remarked, “Kami, that jumper is rumpled. Not a good statement.” I could count on my fingers the times she has NOT remarked, “Kami, Soa’s panties are twisted.” To that, I would roll my eyes, give her a constipated look, swallowing cuss words under my breath. If Soa is Animal from Sesame Street, my daughter’s dad is Animal, Sr. Many times after a day of fun, he would bring her home, as groomed as a banshee. Clothing ripped and stained, hair running wildly as if just returned from an audition for “George in the Jungle.” I would look at her as if in pain, eyes bulging like saucers, asking him, “In God’s name, for f**ck’s sake, where the hell have you guys been?” (Note, that I would have to be whispering this because I am not allowed to say such explicits in my family’s puritanical household, which isn’t difficult as my daughter would be howling with laughter at my expressions). Again, a man of few words, he would just respond, “We were having fun.” Fun indeed, with me left

to clean up! Then, there’s me. Truth be told, I guess I’m a combination of my granny and mom, sometimes enviously wishing I was more like her dad. But you know what, she loves us all, even her strict and exacting mummy. When they brought her to Club Med for a visit, I was nervous. Curious to see her state, and mostly, her reaction to seeing me after a week apart. My daughter is one of those children who seems to first disassociate, though she would be astutely observing everything from the corner of her eye. When my affable steward came to give me more necessary libations, Soa suddenly pounced on the bed, as if to say, “What the hell are you doing to my mummy!” This made me laugh so hard that I started to tear, thinking, as crazy as we all are, she loves us all in our madness! Folks, this is just a public service announcement to say, whether your children are autistic or not, whether you

Page 35 live in a traditional household or one as dysfunctional as Archie Bunker’s, love and understanding is what ties us together to do the best for our special children! I talk about autism to open doors into the reality of our lives as caregivers, build understanding, tolerance and growth of our “artistic” children. Share your thoughts by emailing ourartisticchild@ outlook.com or check out the Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Families support group Facebook page. April is National Autism Month and we have a chock full of activities coming up!

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THE AMERICAN IRISH BAND circa 1976 By Katie Lucev, mentored by Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr.

“Air a dhèanamh ach gun dhìochuimhne”… (Gaelic: “Gone but not forgotten”)! Who’s who??

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PUBLIC NOTICE OF A SCOPING MEETING DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (CEQR No. 18DCP124Q)

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Section 5-07 of the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Review (CEQR) and 6 NYCRR 617.8 (State Environmental Quality Review) that the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), acting on behalf of the City Planning Commission (CPC) as CEQR lead agency, has determined that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is to be prepared for the Peninsula Hospital Site Redevelopment project (CEQR No. 18DCP124Q). The CEQR lead agency hereby requests that the applicant prepare or have prepared, at their option, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in accordance with 6 NYCRR 617.9(b) and Sections 6-08 and 6-12 of Executive Order No. 91 of 1977 as amended (City Environmental Quality Review). A public scoping meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 4:00pm and will be held in the auditorium of Queens P.S. 105 located at 420 Beach 51st Street, Far Rockaway, New York 11691; access through main school entrance on Beach 51st Street. Written comments will be accepted by the lead agency until the close of business on Monday, May 7, 2018.

mately 64,400 gsf of community facility space programmed for medical offices; and, approximately 37,600 square feet (sf) of publicly-accessible open space. The Proposed Project is expected to be completed by 2034. The actions being sought by the Applicant from the CPC include: • Zoning map amendment to rezone the Project Site from R5, R5/C1-2 and C8-1 zoning districts to C4-4 and C4-3A zoning districts; • Zoning text amendment to designate the Project Site a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Designated Area (MIH) Area; • Zoning text amendment to modify applicable zoning district regulations to allow a physical culture establishment (gym) within Queens CD 14 within a Large-Scale General Development (LSGD) provided certain conditions are met; • Zoning text amendment to modify existing parking regulations that subjects all R6 and R7 district developments within Queens CD 14 to R5 parking regulations so that instead within a LSGD in MIH areas all R6 and R7 districts are subject to R6 and R7 parking district regulations;

Peninsula Rockaway Limited Partnership (the “Applicant”) is requesting several discretionary actions from the City Planning Commission (CPC) to facilitate a proposal by the Applicant to redevelop the Peninsula Hospital Site, an approximately 9.34‐acre site in the Edgemere neighborhood of Queens Community District 14. The Peninsula Hospital Site is located on Lot 1 of Block 15842, Lot 1 of Block 15843, and Lot 1 of Block 15857 (the “Project Site”). The northern portion of the Project Site consists of two contiguous tax lots (Lot 1 on both Block 15842 and Block 15843) and forms an “L”-shape bounded by Beach 50th Street to the east, Rockaway Beach Boulevard to the south, Beach 53rd Street to the west, and Beach Channel Drive to the north. The southern, much smaller, portion of the Project Site occupies Lot 1 of Block 15857, which is bound by Rockaway Beach Boulevard to the north, Lot 7 of Block 15857 to the east, Beach 52nd Street to the west, and Rockaway Freeway to the south.

The Applicant also intends to seek public funds and/or financing from various City and New York State agencies and/or programs related to affordable housing development. The above discretionary actions being sought by the Applicant for the Proposed Project, are collectively referred to as the “Proposed Actions”.

The actions being sought from the CPC, as described below, include zoning map and text amendments plus a large-scale general development (LSGD) special permit. The proposed actions would facilitate an approximately 2,289,000 gross square feet (gsf) development (the “Proposed Project”) on the Project Site, comprised of 17 buildings with approximately 2,200 residential dwelling units (DUs), of which 1,910 DUs are intended to be restricted to households with incomes up to 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) with 270 DUs set aside for senior housing. In addition, the Proposed Project would include approximately 151,800 gsf of retail space, approximately 25,000 gsf of which may be used for a gym; approxi-

Copies of the Draft Scope of Work and the Environmental Assessment Statement may be obtained from the Environmental Assessment and Review Division, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, New York 10271, Robert Dobruskin, AICP, Director (212) 720-3423; or from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10007, Hilary Semel Director (212) 676-3293. The Draft Scope of Work and scoping protocol will also be made available for download at www.nyc.gov/planning. Public comments are requested with respect to issues to be addressed in the draft environmental impact statement.

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• Zoning text amendment to modify applicable zoning district regulations to permit waiver of certain restrictions related to signage within a LSGD; and • LSGD special permits to allow variations to (i) height, setback and street walls; (ii) rear yards and outer courts; (iii) signage in the context of a LSGD; (iv) permit a physical culture establishment (PCE) use as-of-right; (v) floor area to facilitate the distribution of floor area without regard to district boundaries; and, (vi) tree planting requirements.


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LOCAL COLOR: READERS SEND IN THEIR PIX

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

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A New Park for Far Rock

Facts You Probably Don’t Need  King George I of England was German.

What better way to celebrate the start of spring than by opening a new park—or five of them! On Tuesday, March 18, the Parks Department celebrated the opening of five new parks and playgrounds, one in each borough, and one in Far Rockaway was among them. The new Grassmere Playground, located at Grassmere Terr., Briar Pl. between Hanson Ct. and Brookhaven Ave, opened

with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday. The park, which was made possible with $3.3 million in mayoral funding, includes new playground areas, a 100-meter track and junior soccer fields, an educational wooded trail, an outdoor classroom, a junior basketball court, adult fitness equipment, a children’s water play area, and improved planting, seating and lighting.

Team Spirit at World Champions Karate Center

Four first-grade students gathered together and formed a karate team on their own. What made this unique was that they did this without any assistance from any adults. The four karate orange belts, Luke, JW, Shane and Gregory, formed their team and started practicing for a recent talent show. They counted their steps, signaled to each other and stayed in sync, as well as any tournament team. They demonstrated the Kata, Taikyoku shodan, and for their efforts, they were awarded the one-of-a-kind Team Spirit Award from Sensei Bruce Hodes. Congratulations! The Team is L-R: Luke, JW, Shane and Gregory

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he was the last of the Fab Four to join the group, replacing drummer Pete Best.

 Lasting only 38 minutes, the Anglo-Zanzibar War was the  17-21 million Americans have a fear of Friday the shortest war ever fought in 13th. Fear of the number 13 history. is called triskaidekaphobia. This fear is the main reason  Santa Anna, a Mexican Gen80% of the high-rises are eral, once held an extremely missing a 13th floor. elaborate funeral...for his amputated leg.  Each year Disneyland serves 2.8 million churros.  You'd have to consume 480 bananas to die from a potas Walt Disney originally imsium overdose. agined Disneyland as an 8-acre park. When it opened  When Apollo 11 touched in 1955, it was 85 acres. down on the Moon, it only had 25 seconds worth of fuel  India has more people than left. Africa (1.111 billion) and United Kingdom (64.1 mil Ringo is the oldest Beatle— he was born in July 1940, lion) combined. three months before John Lennon. Ringo is also the Facts from Sean McVeigh, youngest Beatle—because factologist.

Beach Channel Construction Coming

You’ll be seeing more construction soon. Robby Schwach of Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office recently provided the following update. In the next few weeks you will begin to see engineers surveying Beach Channel Drive between Beach 116th and Beach 124th Streets. By the end of March, tree guards will go into place and equipment will be staged to begin a major capital construction project. The project will include the installation of a new 20-inch water main, repairs to the sewer system, replacement of the sidewalk on the bay (north) side of the street and a com-

plete reconstruction of all four lanes of the roadbed. The curb on the north side will also be reconstructed. This project will necessitate road closures of one lane at a time (and two lanes for some phases). Councilman Ulrich's office hosted a meeting on Monday with the Department of Design and Construction, Department of Transportation, the contractor, NY Asphalt, and the New York City Police Department to plan ways to lessen the impact on traffic. Work is scheduled to begin in April and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, to try to avoid rush hours. A community construction liaison has been assigned to the project and he will work out of a local office and be available to resolve community concerns. Contact information for the liaison will be provided at a later time.


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