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VOL. 4, NO. 40 - THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018

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Egg-cellent Progress at Madelaine Chocolate By Rosemary McGuire

Estee Farber, director of sales and marketing, strains her delicate voice to rise above the cacophony of machines pounding out Madelaine Chocolate’s signature treats. She gestures to the newest, massive addition at the factory; a massive, sophisticated, computerized chocolate molding line capable of filling and molding 30-50,000 pounds of chocolate per day. It wasn’t always this way. Six

years ago, Hurricane Sandy devastated all 200,000 square feet of Madelaine’s buildings—the equivalent of three-and-a-half NFL football fields—between Beach 96th and Beach 97th Streets. Fifty million dollars in losses reported. They’ve come a long way since then. And although Madelaine’s rebirth is slow and steady and not yet back to pre-hurricane production, they’re picking up the tempo, producing a total of about four to five million pounds of chocolate goodies annually and have since re-hired approximately 250 employees. High above Farber’s head, 100 feet of piping snakes across the ceilings. This, she says is their system for moving chocolate throughout the facility to one of the seven production rooms, otherwise known as “kitchens.” In each kitchen, faithful employees take their posts. What’s intriguing about Madelaine Chocolate Company is that many employees average more than 20 years on the job. Take Mariella Roig, for example. She spent her last 42 years at Madelaine’s. “I started here as a single young woman, got mar-

er bunnies, ranging from one to 24 ounces in white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Variety abounds: there’s plain, crispy, caramel or peanut butter filled eggs galore. Longstemmed chocolate roses, large and small bags of chocolate chicks, and chocolate spring pansies to name a few. When asked about her favorite item, Farber replied, “Mine is the hazelnut truffle. I asked the same question to my father (president and CEO) and he can’t choose a favorite because he loves them all!” Non-Easter items are for sale as well. Miniature chocolate baby shoes and celebratory cigars in pink and blue are sold to commemorate a birth, and for a sporting event or birthday party for a little athlete, they offer bite-sized soccer, golf, baseball, football and basketballs. And what about Madelaine? Ever wonder who she was? Well, here’s a fun fact. No such person exists. The name was cherry-picked for the quality Estee Farber, director of sales and marketing pictured with long time employee, and sophistication it exudes, Clifford Jean Batiste. just like the confections they ried, had a child, and became a tory and store, it’s hard to miss produce. widow all while working here. the vibrant spring-colored This is my home,” she said. And foils used to wrap the goodies. now her daughter calls it home Farber says they’ve been using as well, recently joining in the the same Italian foil company for the last 40 years. “Quality is customer service department. For the past 69 years, Mad- something we never comproelaine’s family prides itself on mise on,” Farber said. “Our rebeing a good old-fashioned lationship with our suppliers is American family business. “It that they know our standard of all started with my grandfather, quality. We don’t settle for less.” Henry Kaye and my great-uncle, She points to her foils, noting the (his brother-in-law), Jack Gold,” brilliant coloring on both sides, Farber said. “Now many of my remarking that some competirelatives, cousins and second tors use single-sided foil, which can ‘look cheap.’ Certainly not cousins work here too.” Clifford Jean Batiste, a 26-year Madelaine-worthy. As one shopper filling her basNearby, a machine hums, veteran at Madelaine’s, keeps his eyes on the gigantic ma- churning out thousands of ket at the store remarked, “This chine in front of him popping chocolate eggs to a rhythmic chocolate? It’s outstanding.” Madelaine’s retail store, loout perfectly formed rounds of beat, with the exactness of a chocolates. With precision and well-choreographed ballet. The cated on Beach 95th Street and balance, he carefully transfers final curtain however, is not a Rockaway Freeway, is open to each tray of freshly made con- bow of a dance troupe, but fine- the public Monday through fections from the moving belt, ly crafted pieces of chocolatey Friday from. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and stacks them onto a table deliciousness. Two million eggs from Halloween through Mothbeside him, acutely aware that per day, in fact, according to er’s Day. All products are cerall it takes is one jerky move- president and CEO, Jorge Far- tified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. ment for his tower of treats to ber. Craving more chocolate yumHop over to their retail store topple. Here Batiste oversees the finished molds before they on Beach 95th Street and you miness? Check out Madelaine’s find the shelves lined with hun- Facebook page, blog and follow continue to the foiling room. Wandering around the fac- dreds of dazzling eggs and East- them on Twitter.

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SHOWSTOPPER – Theater In Contract By Kevin Boyle

Michael Konig, owner of the long-vacant and deteriorating theater on Beach 116th Street, called The Rockaway Times to confirm the property is in contract and should officially change hands within 60 days. Konig said he was not at liberty to speak on behalf of the buyers but said they are “good buyers and will do something good. People will be happy.� Records indicate Konig has signed the contract to sell to an entity called 148 Beach 116 LLC. Konig would not reveal the purchase price but a few years back, before it was for sale, he suggested the property was worth around $6 million. When asked if the selling price was “north of six million� he laughed and said he wasn’t going to comment. The abandoned theater is directly across the street from the new condos and mixed use building being developed by The Marcal Group, which purchased the old Beach Club property for

$5 million. Construction at that site is underway. Konig said the string of vacant stores between the theater and the boardwalk, which included the Sand Bar, is another property likely to change hands. Those stores are technically part of the same property as the Park Inn Adult Home on the boardwalk but can be split off for a separate sale.

In addition to the sale of the theater, the Park Inn facility will be transformed into an assisted living residence and will undergo a complete overhaul, inside and out, according to Konig. He said such work should commence within six months. Konig, who developed a luxury property, The Regency, on Central Avenue in Lawrence,

claims he had hoped to develop the theater himself through the years but “various obstacles� kept him from doing so. The theater had been closed since the 1970s although it sprang to life for a brief period in the late 1990s when a community theater, pasta restaurant, and the first home of the Rockaway Artists Alliance occupied various spots in the space. Mostly, the theater has long been an eyesore that nearby merchants and residents have complained about to no avail. The building was seen as an impediment to positive change for what many consider Rockaway’s main commercial strip. That seems like its about to change. With an investment of multi-millions, the buyers are likely to demolish the theater and develop the property that measures 200 x 80 feet and is zoned for commercial and residential use. The sale of the theater, the new condos, and the planned overhaul of the Park Inn signal the most dramatic change for the street in decades.

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SOUTHERN COMFORT You always hear how people are so friendly in the south. That’s because they’re surrounded by comfort food. Comfort food, for you hardcore vegans and micro and nano dieters, is defined as food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being. Generally, such food is packed with sugar and carbs and you never, ever, count the calories. If you did, that would make you uncomfortable. And besides, you can tell yourself, I’m burning most of the calories with all this chewing. Some say comfort food is associated with nostalgia or home cooking. I don’t know. In the south, if people are eating comfort food for nostalgia then they’re only looking back to the day before.

I’m not being featured in any Bowflex commercials (well, maybe in the Before pictures) and I confess to having worn pants with expandable waists (good at cocktail hours!). I’ve put on husky pants and people have ridiculed me for wearing skinny jeans. But in the south I feel like somebody’s gonna take my picture and put me in National Geographic to show, the world how malnourished northern Yankees are. While on a quick getaway (yea, I missed the latest nor’easter) to Myrtle Beach, I’ve been called darlin’, hon’, and sweetie. I looked over my shoulder each time to see if they were talking to me. I tried to hide my surprise when I realized they were really talking to me. Their pleasantness had to be a direct result of having just recently made themselves comfortable with carbs. I swear on a stack of waffles there are three pancake hous-

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Peninsula Hospital Site Plan Calls for 17 Buildings, 2,200 Apartments By Katie McFadden

What’s in store for the old Peninsula Hospital site? Housing. And lots of it. On March 23, the NYC Department of City Planning released a Draft Scope of Work for an Environmental Impact Statement for the redevelopment of the old Peninsula Hospital Site, around Beach 51st Street. The plan calls for “an approximately 2,289,000 gross square feet (gsf ) development, which would include 17 buildings with approximately 2,200 residential dwelling units (DUs), of which 1,910 DUs are intended to be affordable with 270 DUs set aside for senior housing. In addition to the residential DUs, the proposed project would include approximately 151,800 gsf of retail space, approximately 25,000 gsf of which may be

used for a gym; approximately 64,400 gsf of community facility space programed for medical offices, and approximately 37,600 square feet (sf ) of publicly-accessible open space.” The planners expect the entire project to be complete by 2034, with construction starting some time in 2019. For this plan to be possible, Peninsula Rockaway Limited Partnership, the entity behind the plan, is requesting several zoning changes from the City. As part of the process, a draft environmental impact statement must be issued. The NYC Department of City Planning is giving locals an opportunity to have their voices heard. As websites like Curbed NY and YIMBY revealed some of the plans mentioned in the draft scope, and links were shared on local social media pages,

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***** Happy Easter and Happy Passover! ***** Wow. The theater on Beach 116th Street, for years, a towering impediment to the block’s potential, is in contract to be sold. We don’t know what the buyers have in mind but we’re betting it’s going to be a dream come true for merchants on that block who’ve been in the shadow of the hulking eyesore. The times, they are a changin’. ***** We hope this means more attention will be paid to the rather sad state of Beach 115th Street. We hope Matthew and Jack Safos, who own real estate under the name Rockaway Revival Inc., will find a buyer(s) for their various properties. Jack tells us he’s looking for $5 million-plus for three of the properties.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 ***** And while we’re at it, we think Queens Borough President Melinda Katz should rescind her Ok to allow the firehouse on Beach 116th Street to move to the HSBC site on Beach Channel Drive. In the summer, even in rush hour during other times of the year, cars get backed up on Beach Channel Drive and Newport Avenue. In an emergency, we believe these cars will block fire units from responding as quickly as they might. A firehouse is also not the ideal facility to have at the foot of a major commercial strip. The Community Board suggested the old LIPA site on Beach 110th (or so). We think Katz should go along with the community. According to records, the property is still privately held. ***** The NYC Comptroller’s Office released a report that claims the Rockaways had the second-fastest population growth among the City’s 55 Census-defined neighborhoods from 2000 to 2012, but experienced a 16 percent loss in the two years following Sandy.

And, no big shock, Rockaway residents had the longest commute of the 55 neighborhoods in the City (52 minutes). With all the new development underway – including Far Rockaway – any loss after Sandy will be more than made up. With more population comes plenty of good and bad. One thing that should make a difference – we’ll have more votes. ***** A new park and kayak launch is coming to Beach 88th Street. According to the sign on the fence, it’ll be ready by April 1. But Rick Horan says the kayak program likely won’t get on the water until closer to Memorial Day. The boats are on the way and volunteers are needed to help run the boathouse. Anyone interested in getting involved can attend a planning meeting on Thursday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Jameson’s on Beach 129th. ***** The Rockaway Business Alliance is the most vibrant merchants group to come along in memory. They smartly implemented a broad approach by

recruiting business owners from Edgemere to Riis Park. They’ve brought tech innovation, run events, promoted members, and seem in it for the long run. If you’re a business owner, why not send them an email to find out more? (Info@rockawaybusinessalliance.org). ***** There are just a couple more weeks for you to send your best photos to the Rockaway Times to be part of the contest. Come on, how great would it be for one of your shots to be featured on the boardwalk? Send to PhotoExpo@RockawayTimes.com ***** Happy Anniversary to Tracy Obolsky. She opened the fabulous Rockaway Beach Bakery one year ago! ***** Our thoughts are with local photographer and ferry activist, Laura Deckelman. Her husband, Paul, died suddenly on Tuesday. Locals are raising money for her and her family. Search “Laura Deckelman” on www.GoFundMe.com to donate.

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This Week in History MARCH 29 Grace Leahy was born. Davina Grincevicius was born. Chris Howard was born.

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Okinawa during World War II. 1976-Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer.

APRIL 2 1973 - The last U.S. troops left South Denise Neibel was born. Vietnam. 1999- The Dow Jones industrial aver- MaryBeth Chickie Raphael was born. age closed above 10,000 for the first Clare Droesch was born. time, at 10,006.78. 1932-Charles Lindbergh paid a MARCH 30 $50,000 ransom for the return of his Patrick Brady was born. The earth kidnapped son. stood still. 2005-Pope John Paul II died. Adriana Greco was born. Andy Lauro was born. APRIL 3 1842-Anesthesia was used for the Chantal Lizzi was born. Gail McGuire Allen was born. first time in an operation. 1964-The game show "Jeopardy!" debuted on television. 1936-Bruno Hauptmann was elec1981- President Ronald Reagan was trocuted for the kidnapping and murshot in the chest by John Hinckley as der of the Lindbergh baby. he left a Washington hotel. 1996-Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was arrested. MARCH 31 Artie Boyland was born. APRIL 4 1889-The Eiffel Tower in Paris offi- Rick Anthony was born. cially opened. 1918-Daylight Saving Time went into 1973-The ribbon was cut to open effect in the United States. the World Trade Center in New York City. APRIL 1 1983-Sally Ride became the first U.S. Matthew Harris was born. woman in space aboard the space 1945-American forces landed on shuttle Challenger.

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Though a just-released report by NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli parades the peninsula as experiencing an explosion in booming economic activity, unfortunately it also proves that Rockaway is still at the bottom of the barrel in the city, when it comes to transportation, income, unemployment, healthcare, and storm resiliency since Hurricane Sandy. Last Friday, March 23, at the Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) in Edgemere, DiNapoli delivered his much-anticipated report, â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Economic Snapshot of the Rockaways,â&#x20AC;? giving an up-to-date look at the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evolving landscape with quantifiable metrics on economic growth, median household income, population, healthcare and more. In attendance were local elected pols and community leaders including Senators Joseph P. Addabbo and James Sanders, Assemblywomen Stacey Pheffer Amato and Michele Titus, Councilman Donovan Richards, Community 14 Board Chair Jonathan Gaska, NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Hospital (SJEH) representatives, and the media. DiNapoli said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This report really shows the resilience of Rockaway since Superstorm Sandy, showing record job growth, business activity and significant improvements to the area since the storm. However, clearly there are challenges that remain, and we hope this information will help the community move forward in dealing with those challenges.â&#x20AC;? First, the good news. Despite Hurricane Sandy, the number of businesses has increased by nearly 11 percent since 2011, similar to the citywide growth rate. Most business are small with 81 percent having fewer than five employees. Though these stats show that the community relies on the small business sector, large businesses (those that employ 100 or more employees) represent only

three percent of all business, but were responsible for 49 percent of total private sector employment. The largest employers on the peninsula are SJEH, Peninsula Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Madelaine Chocolate. Though taxable business sales dipped in 2012 in the aftermath of Sandy, by 2016 it rebounded with sales reaching a record of 149 million, exceeding the pre-storm level by 35 percent. The community lost more than 1,500 jobs (11 percent) between 2011 and 2013 as a result of Hurricane Sandy and the closure of Peninsula Hospital. However, private sector employment rebounded strongly in 2014 and continued to grow over the following two years, reaching a record level of 14,900 in 2016, 400 more than the prior record in 2011. During the first three-quarters of 2017, job growth increased at an annual rate of four percent (600 jobs), much faster than the citywide rate (2.3 percent). Note more than half of the 2,000 jobs gained between 2013 and 2016 were concentrated in three areas: health, restaurants and bars and personal services. Population growth in Rockaway was the second fastest among NYCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 55 U.S. Census-defined neighborhoods between 2000 and 2012. Though the population growth increased by 20 percent, reaching a record 128,400, Hurricane Sandy intercepted the population boom. By 2014, the population declined by 16 percent, but has since nearly recovered reaching 127,400 in 2016. In terms of racial groups, in 2016, 35 percent identified as Black or African American; 30 percent Continued on page 11


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ROCKAWAY’S ON THE RISE Continued from Page 10 White; 27 percent Hispanic; and four percent Asian. Immigrants accounted for one-quarter of the population, (two-thirds being from Latin America (including the Caribbean) and one-fifth from Europe.) Now for the bad news. Transportation is still a major issue for residents as Rockaway has the longest commute (averaging 52 minutes) among NYC’s 55 neighborhoods. Between 2011 and 2016, average weekday ridership on the subway increased by 20 percent. However, only 62 percent of the subway trains were on time during weekdays in 2016, and performance further deteriorated in 2017, contributing to long commutes. Though the unemployment rate fell from a high of 14.2 percent in 2010 to nine percent in 2016, it is still almost twice the 2007 pre-recession level, the third highest of any neighborhood in Queens. The unemployment rate varied by neighborhood, ranging

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 from 2.9 percent in Belle Harbor to 17.9 percent in Edgemere. According to the census, twothirds of Rockaway households were renters in 2016 with the median monthly rent (including utilities) rising by 39 percent between 2005 and 2016. Note that despite the rent increase, median household incomes remained flat. School enrollment in NYC Department of Education District 75 schools serving the entire community, grew by 35 percent between the 2006 to 2007 and 2015 to 2016 school years. Despite the addition of several new schools in the past 10 years, eight schools remain overcrowded. With healthcare, many residents struggle. According to the 2015 NYC Community Health Profiles, the rate of stroke hospitalizations in Rockaway ranked third among the NYC’s community districts and the rate of psychiatric hospitalizations ranked fifth. In 2015, the death rate was higher in Rockaway than in the city as a whole, for all but two of the 10 leading causes of death. Also, a major community con-

cern is limited access to healthcare facilities. After Peninsula Hospital closed, SJEH is the only full-service acute care hospital serving the entire peninsula. However, on the upside, several projects are in line to improve healthcare access. SJEH has received approval for a $10 million grant to double the size of its emergency room, and NYCEDC plans to expand facilities and programs at the Addabbo Familiy Health Center in Arverne. Also, the Rockaway Medical Arts Complex on Beach 105th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, scheduled to open its doors this year, will provide a wide range of critically-needed medical services. In terms of storm resiliency, Rockaway is still very vulnerable post-Sandy. However, after many fervent rallies and passionate protests by locals, community leaders and elected pols, solid beach and bay protection may be on the way, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed to fast track its Rockaway Reformulation Project, with construction expected to begin in 2019 instead

of 2020. Other resiliency measures on the pipeline include the Breezy Point Risk Mitigation Project, which with a price tag of $58 million will be designed to withstand the forces associated with a 100-year flood. Also, the Resilient Edgemere Community plan will create resilient housing and improve streets and transportation over a 10-year period in the flood-plagued area. Though DiNapoli’s report was well-received, CB 14 District Manager Gaska brought reality home when he stated, “This report quantifies what we already know. From poor transportation, healthcare and high unemployment, these numbers don’t lie. Finally, instead of dumping on Rockaway like the city has done for decades, our community may finally get what we’re due. In the 29 years I’ve been district manger for CB 14, I never thought I would see the day when the Far Rockaway Shopping Center would finally be revamped. Change is coming and it’s long overdue.” For access to the entire report, visit: www.osc.state.ny.us/osdc/ rpt13-2018.pdf

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement Released For New Gas Pipeline By Katie McFadden

The newest Williams-Transco natural gas pipeline project has reached a milestone in the process to make it a reality with the release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Williams’ latest proposal is the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE). According to Williams, this project would provide additional gas supply to National Grid. This project would have affects on Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, but the main portion of the project includes 23.5 miles of 26-inch-diameter pipeline loop from New Jersey to the shores off of Rockaway. This pipeline would start in Middlesex, NJ, would make its way through the ocean, and would connect to the recently-built Rockaway Lateral Project, which goes under Riis Park and into Brooklyn up Flatbush Avenue. On March 23, FERC released the more than 600-page draft EIS for the project, summarizing

“that construction and operation of the NESE Project would result in some adverse environmental impacts.” The summary goes on to say, “Most of these impacts would be temporary and occur during construction (e.g., impacts on residences and offshore impacts related to turbidity, sedimentation, and pile driving noise). Long-term impacts on air quality and noise would result from the operation of Compressor Station 206 (located in Somerset County, NJ). We also conclude that, with implementation of Transco’s impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures, as well as their adherence to our recommendations, all Project effects would be reduced to less than-significant levels.” Williams, the company behind the proposed project, is pleased with the draft, saying, “This draft Environmental Impact Statement is a significant milestone for the project. Since this proposal was first introduced in 2016, we have worked diligently to identify

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close relationships here over the past years,” SANE said. “We know they have deep wisdom about what they need and don't need, and great pride and love for their natural resources, and know whether or not it's fair to make the customers of National Grid pay for this pipeline, or safe to trench the ocean floor in a flood zone where people have already suffered from intense flooding and terrible storms.” SANE has already been hosting meeting and will announce future ones to discuss this project. In the meantime, the draft EIS is now open to public comment though May 14, 2018. The only nearby public comment session meeting for this project will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at the Best Western Gregory Hotel (8315 4th Avenue in Brooklyn). Otherwise, comments can be made online or sent by mail. Search “NESE Environmental Impact Statement” or Docket Number CP17-101-000 on www.ferc.gov to see the whole EIS and to leave an electronic comment.

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St. Francis de Sales Parish Wishes you a Happy Easter

Holy Week Schedule 2018 HOLY THURSDAY, March 29

Snow, Surf and Sand By Nicole Taylor-Lang

- Morning Prayer 7:30 PM Washing of the feet; Adoration until 11:00 PM

GOOD FRIDAY , March 30 Morning Prayer Stations of the Cross on Boardwalk at Beach 126th Street 3:00 PM - Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord 7:00 PM - Stations of the Cross Prayer Garden

When it comes to surfing, “sun, surf and sand” tends to come to mind but what do you get when you take out the sun and add in the snow? For some, surfing is a year-round sport, no matter what the weather is and winter surfers are bringing a whole new spin to the sport itself. “I love surfing when it is snowing, the crowds are pretty light and the waves are nice,” local surfer and co-owner of Locals Surf School, Mike Reinhardt, said. “As long as the waves are good I’m happy whether it’s a sunny day or a blizzard.” Surfing became legal in New York City back in 2005, and with

ognized season to surf, but that hasn’t stopped some from going out in the brisk of winter (even spring) during nor’easters to blizzards. “Most people actually think that the waves go by seasons (such as winter is for skiing and summer is for surfing),” Paula Kim, a Manhattan resident who loves the local waves, said. “The concept of winter surfing is so foreign for most—and find it quite incredulous that there is a community of surfers who opt to do this year-round.” Winter surfing has attracted more surfers over the years and now, it’s not surprising to see them running towards the beach with their wetsuits on

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that, the popularity of city surfers has risen. Locals and people from other parts of the city are making their way to the Rockaways to catch some waves. Summer may be the more rec-

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Holy Cold Water! They were freezin’ for a reason and it paid off! The 4th Annual Rockaway Polar Plunge for Special Olympics New York was another big success. About 300 people showed up at Riis Park on a chilly Saturday, March 24 to take the plunge. As we go to press, the event website says more than $31,000 was raised, and that number keeps rising. The top fundraiser of the day? None other than Father Jim Cunningham of St. Francis de Sales, who raised more than $2,500. The top fundraising team was the CT Warriors, with nearly $5,700 raised, followed by Emily’s Favorites, raising more than $5,350 in honor of the late Emily Hutton. Way to go to the brave participants and to Special Olympics New York for hosting another successful event. The money raised will help Special Olympics athletes participate in some of the program’s sports, free of charge. Photos by K. Hernandez and Bob Kalfur.

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Show Some Love for Autism Awareness Month By Kami-Leigh Agard

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. More than 3.5 million Americans currently live with ASD, and one in 68 children are born with a variation of it. Forget high-functioning or low-functioning, no one child or adult with ASD is the same. They are all specially unique in their own personalities, and not to mention, abilities. And with such statistics, as more and more people are diagnosed with ASD, Rockaway is filled with many families and friends, though faced with challenges, who are blessed with the privilege of knowing, loving and nurturing someone one on the spectrum. So what as a community can we do to support the cause and raise awareness? Starting this Monday April 2, light it up blue! Perfect Piece of the Puzzle, Inc., (PPoP), a local nonprofit advocating for and assisting families with special-needs children, is hosting the first “Light It Up Blue” event in Rockaway. Join Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, local businesses and residents as they “Light It Up Blue” by installing or stringing blue light bulbs in the window of your home and business. To participate in “Light It Up Blue – Rockaway” (use for social media platforms #LIUBRockaway), turn on your blue lights at sundown, estimated to be 7:21 p.m. on April 2. If you are in need of lights or have questions, please call PPoP at (646) 342-8157 or email info@perfectpop.org. On Sunday, April 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Families Support Group (RBAFSG), under the expert stewardship of local artist and Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA)

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can actually have a negative effect on the people who already live there. This was a main point of the project. A play on the words Arverne, By the Sea, the name of the residential development that brought middle-class housing and more commerce to the area, Arverne, By the People is a project that envisions the future of Arverne by and for the people who live here. The designs were by and for not only the student designers, but the people who came out to collaborate with them. RWA invited a host of community members, politicians, and representatives from city organizations to come out and offer feedback, opinions, and constructive criticism of the designs. Guests included Manuel Silva from Councilman Donovan Richards' office, Brendan Pillar and Hallah Saleh from the Department of City Planning, Laura MacNeil from the Department of Transportation, and


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Smoking It is generally known that smoking cigarettes causes cancer, in particular lung cancer. Years ago, when cigarettes were unfiltered, most lung cancers occurred in the trachea and main bronchi, or the large diameter airways that carry air into and out of the lungs. This was because the particulate matter that was inhaled from unfiltered cigarettes was composed of relatively large particles that were too large to get to the smaller passages in the outer lungs. Cancers occurring

in the large airways usually make their presence known early in the disease course by causing symptoms like severe cough and hemoptysis (coughing up blood). Symptoms that occur early in the disease make for an earlier diagnosis and treatment. With the advent of filtered cigarettes this changed, as the particles from these cigarettes are much smaller and can get to the smaller airways in the outer lung causing cancers without early symptoms. These cancers are diagnosed

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much later and often have already spread making treatment more problematic. Recognizing this fact, last year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) disseminated a new policy for early detection of lung cancer in smokers and former smokers. The policy applies to people between 55 to 77 years old who are current smokers or have quit within 15 years, are asymptomatic, and have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history (one pack-year is equivalent to smoking one pack a day for one year). Those who qualify for this policy can get a prescription from their healthcare provider for a low-dose CT scan of the chest (LDCT). Low-dose refers to the amount of radiation the test uses. A chest X-ray has the equivalent amount of radiation that a person would receive from a day at the beach. In general, a CT scan has 50 times that amount of radiation, but a LDCT has significantly less. The policy calls

The Rockaway Times for the LDCT to be repeated annually for as long as the patient is qualifies for it. Medicare and Medicaid will automatically cover the LDCT without pre-authorization. Other healthcare plans require pre-authorization and may not cover the test, and that includes managed Medicaid and Medicare, especially Medicare “advantage” plans. The managed Medicaid and Medicare plans are not required to automatically cover the test and it has been my experience that they will deny coverage for it, despite the CMS recommendation and the obvious advantage to the patient of discovering early lung cancers. If you meet the criteria for a LDCT as outlined above, get to your healthcare provider to get the test authorized and done. Finally, if you still smoke, please stop. You know it’s not good for you. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.


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Pain Had Benefits Recently, I had an injury that came on very quickly and left just as quickly. Within that short time, I learned so much about compassion, empathy, rest, adjusting my mindset. I was praying for relief so I could walk without a limp and practice yoga. I began to appreciate the little things, such as being able to tie my shoes and put on my pants. I also began to realize how many people I know who have difficulty with these small tasks. You think you know how someone feels but you really don’t until you

walk in their shoes. Life can be very hard for some of us when we are not feeling healthy. We think there is no way out, but there is a way. Some of the things that helped during my downtime was to accept the pain and embrace the rest my body needed. Typically, I practice yoga every day but I was only able to teach the students without demonstration. This proved to be valuable because I became more present for the students in front of me. My teaching became more precise and I felt

connected to each and every person in the room. My cues were spot on, knowing exactly what came next. If you know me, that is not always the case. My injury was becoming a valuable lesson to me, on and off my mat. Meditation was now my everyday practice and I loved being still with myself. It changed my yoga practice to be more kind and gentle with the students. Practice with ease. Teach with ease. The fact is I love to teach and this injury would not hold me back. When I am in the yoga studio there is a powerful healing energy that makes me feel alive and well. The next part of this lesson was to visit someone very close and dear to me who can no longer walk. In fact, the excruciating pain I felt was in the exact same area for this person. I felt divine intervention and was summoned to visit one of the most resilient and strongest persons in my life. It was a sign to be compassionate and caring. Never forget where you come from and visit

your loved ones often. It will mean the world to that person you are visiting. I am grateful to have had this painful experience that opened my eyes to the suffering of others. Compassion is an important tool in life. Kindness is also of utmost importance. My mother-in-law, Kathleen Kilgallen, would always say to me, “It costs nothing to be nice and if you don’t have anything kind to say then say nothing at all.” Words of wisdom. My wish for all of you is to be healthy, happy, content and full of love for yourself and others. Help someone that could use a kind word of encouragement and support. Be the wind beneath their wings and lift their spirits with your positive energy. Expect nothing in return. Just do the work and be present for each person you meet. Take time to listen. We are responsible for our own happiness and sharing the joy. I am grateful for this day. Staying present more and more. Yes, living for today.

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About five or six years ago, I walked into the Broad Channel VFW to meet up with Grace (aka she who must be obeyed) and was met with a chorus of giggles from the assembled crowd at the canteen bar. Not knowing what was so funny I simply sidled up next to my beloved and queried, "What's so funny?" Grace pointed behind

me and I spied a cage containing a motley-looking, long-haired feline within, all curled up and shaking nervously. Grace, matter-of-factly announced, "Meet Sasha and she is coming to live with us." Now Grace is one of those individuals who never met an animal in need that she didn't immediately scoop up and take home to our zoo down at the end of West 12th Road. Turned out Sasha was an abused rescue cat who was missing most of her teeth and had been cruelly declawed. Our home was already populated with two other cats, two dogs, two turtles, two guinea pigs, a bearded dragon, two white lab rats and a rabbit (all rescues) so my initial thought was that perhaps adding another cat might be somewhat of an overkill, but as it was quite clear that Grace was not seeking my approval to adopt this cat, I wisely sauntered over to the cage and intro-

duced myself stating, "Welcome to the clan...you don't realize it yet but you have hit the cat lottery!" Later that day, Sasha arrived home and upon meeting the other members of our menagerie she started hissing and spitting at the other cats and dogs who made the mistake of trying to check out this new-arrival making it very apparent that this was not going to be the most sociable of cats. Surprisingly, Sasha ultimately decided to take up residency in our bedroom, which was already occupied by a large white rabbit named, "Velle." Our oldest daughter had brought the rabbit home, stating that she had found her in Forest Park. Initially, Velle resided in Amy's bedroom until she left to go to college upstate and I had to relocate her to our bedroom to more easily clean and feed her. To my surprise, both Sasha

and Velle hit it off almost immediately, becoming inseparable as they roamed the second floor at their leisure and then returned to the bedroom where they would both either hide under the bed or sleep on it. It got to the point that whenever any other animal (cat or dog) entered the bedroom to check things out, Velle would immediately stand in front of Sasha and rear up on her hind legs and hop about making all sorts of unpleasant noises, scaring the bejesus out of whatever animal had foolishly trespassed onto their turf. As life would have it, Velle passed on and Sasha went into a funk, refusing to leave the bedroom for any reason. The only human she would interact with was Grace and every night when Grace would get into bed, Sasha curled up right next to her and would not move until she arose the Continued on page 29

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BETWEEN THE BRIDGES Continued from Page 28 next morning. A few weeks ago, Sasha starting acting funny and a trip to the vet diagnosed her with advanced cancer. She didn't appear to be in pain so we brought her home. Last week she curled up with Grace for the final time and when we awoke the next morning we discovered that she had peacefully passed away during the night.

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In hindsight, my initial reaction to Sasha's rescue "adoption" was most assuredly shortsighted as, grouchy as she was, she gave our family much more than we provided her in the short six years she was with us. Additionally, while she was with us, our rabbit Velle got a new best friend out of the deal. What could be better than that? Broad Channel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; why would anyone want to live anywhere else?



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The Lazer Returns By Lou Pastina

The mermaid has been telling me for years that she may have lived past lives…after all, you never know; perhaps a slave in Egypt, a cotton picker down south, who knows? So, one day I see an ad for Ancestry.com and it’s only $69.95, and so I get it under the guise of a gift for the mermaid, and we scrape a few scales off her and send it in to the DNA processors. Now, there are people who say this is a big scam, and others who say that it is the way that the bad guys are collecting the world’s DNA. For me, it was just a way to set the record straight. We patiently waited the six weeks and the results finally came in: 87 percent Irish, 12 percent British and one percent Viking (or the equivalent). No Egyptian, no other past lives DNA! Ha!! However, the mermaid was quick to point out that past lives don’t show up in DNA. Who knew? She did theorize however,

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that the crazy in her family was probably due to the one percent Viking, but there I had her, as I pointed out that I was pretty sure it was related to the 87 percent Irish. So, all this DNA talk led me to test my own DNA. I was pretty confident that coming from Italian and Irish parents, had, well, produced Italian and Irish kids. There are four of us, some look more Irish than Italian, some the other way around. But I was pretty sure in the end, we would all wind up with two DNA strands. So, I was very surprised when I received the results. Now it wasn’t like the guy on TV who trades his lederhosen for kilts, but it set me back and started a conversation in the family that was interesting. My mother held her end of the bargain up, as I was listed as 48 percent Irish. Good work mom, it seems that her family who came over from Ireland in the 1850’s, had pretty much stayed within the clan. My dad however had some explaining to do, because the report listed me as only 28

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family made the trek across the Carpathian Mountains and landed in Italy, where after consuming many bottles of homemade wine, more canoodling happened. At some point, one of the relatives went to visit Sicily and met some vacationing Bantus from the southeast coast of Africa, and let’s just say that both groups left happy. Finally, those southern Italian half breeds, tired of being dumped on by their arrogant northern brothers, left for the shining shores of America via Boston and finally New York City, where my grandfather opened a thriving junk business. And I guess to the horror of the family, the baby of their family fell in love with the baby of that aforementioned Irish family, and the rest as they say, is history. So as Passover and Easter approach, remember we are all one, a wonderful mix of humanity, swirling together just trying to do our best and make this world a better place. Peace!

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THE HOFFMAN HOUSE – 1906 By Katie Lucev, mentored by Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr.

Marinated Slow Cooker Skirt Steak Tacos By Sharon Feldman

The Hoffman House was located on Beach 68th Street and the ocean. It was a small family-owned hotel. The difference between the Hoffman House and other hotels, is it catered to the same “elite clientele” every year. The rooms were set up to bring much of the comfort pleasures from the client’s home. Breakfast and dinner were prepared daily. Much like a cruise today, one price paid for everything.

Channel View Students Become Farmers for a Week

On the week of March 12, 24 sixth-grade students from Channel View School for Research worked at Springbrook Farm in Reading, Vermont. They got to experience milking a cow, tapped trees to get sap for maple syrup and watched a cow give birth to a baby bull. They also learned how to make cheese by watching the Cheese House Farmers. It wasn’t all work and no play. The kids also got to go snowshoeing and sledding. They also planted seeds to grow basil, dill and cilantro to go into the salads for the next school that will be working on the farm. The children were accompanied by science teachers, Ms. Husnain, Ms. McGoldrick and Literacy Coach Kerri Walsh. Kayla Shanahan, a sixth-grader said, “it was an unforgettable experience combining fun with learning.”

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Serves: 6 Ingredients: Soft tortillas 2 pounds of skirt steak 1 ½ teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon pepper 1 lime, juiced 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 7 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano 1 red pepper, thinly sliced 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced ** ½ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped, optional Directions: Cut skirt steak in half or thirds to fit in slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper and put to the side. In a small bowl, mix together

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P.S. 253 Students Attend Conference

Fifth-grade students from P.S. 253 participated recently in Mentor New York’s Youth Day where 250 students from Long Island, Queens and the Bronx toured the LIU Post campus to engage their interest in attending college. Workshops were also held on budgeting, empowerment, emergency preparedness with the Red Cross and coding. Along with the students, pictured (left to right) are: Vice Principal Candra Sutherland and staff members Teneisha Bailey and Immacolata Dibaro.


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SNOW, SURF AND SAND Continued from Page 16 snowing,” Reinhardt said. Despite what some might think, that doesn’t stop them from surfing it up in the cold. “Surfing in the snow is a majestic kind of feeling. Being out in the water and seeing snow come down is such a great, amazing feeling,” longtime surfer Raymond Wilkins who manages Rockaway Surf School, said. Temperatures and wind chills during the winter/early spring season can hit below the 20s making the waters anywhere from 50 degrees to as low as the 30s. “The cold adds an extra element of challenge,” says Patrick Duggan, surfer and instructor for Locals. “It also makes me extra grateful for the warmer temps, when they come.” Surfers take precautions and are prepared with proper gear for this type of weather. Hooded wetsuits, surf gloves and boots are worn. The temperature also determines how thick your wetsuit will need to be that day. The most common used are 5/4/3 wetsuits, which is 5mm thickness for the torso, 4 mm for the legs and 3mm for the arms. For extreme cold waters 6/5/4 works best or “wear a rash guard underneath your suit to hold more body heat in” recommends Reinhardt. To maintain your core body heat is important to help prevent your body from going into hypothermia. “Putting vaseline on your face also comes in handy to avoid wind burn,” Reinhardt said. Being out during a nor’easter or blizzard also raises the question, is it more dangerous?

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 “It can be dangerous because of the limited visibility but as long as you’re aware of the surroundings and surf with another experienced surfer, you should be fine,” Reinhardt says. “The cold can rattle you a bit, it can make it seem harder to breathe — ultimately it’s psychological though, if you keep presence of mind and stay relaxed, it’s not that dangerous,” Duggan said. It is always recommended to go out with other surfers even in warmer weather because powerful waves and rip currents can be hazardous. “Undertows and rip currents are way more strong in the winter,” Wilkins says. “You should always know your limitations, especially surfing winter.” So if you are thinking about catching some waves and don’t want to wait until summer, cold weather surfing can be for you. Just be prepared to get some strange looks. “I get people stopping me and saying ‘are you crazy? I can't believe you're doing this.’ I just laugh,”Wilkins said. “I never questioned why I would suit up on a frigid winter morning … it was just a given. I looked forward to walking across the snow-covered beach to paddle out at first light,” Kim said. Reinhardt encourages people wanting to learn to give it a try. “A lot of our students like learning to surf during the winter season so by the summer they are more experienced,” Reinhardt said. “They also like to take pictures of themselves out in the snow surfing so it is kind of a novelty experience for them as well.” So if the snow is falling 'Surf's Up!’

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Since Sandy, almost all of Breezy Point and plenty of Rockaway homes have installed tankless systems for both their hot water and their heating needs. You’ll often hear your neighbors refer to them as instant or on demand hot water tanks. No matter what you call them, they have been becoming more popular every passing year. Like everything, they have their pros and cons and this week I’ll give you my professional opinion of this technology. All the companies that make these units originally advertised and marketed them as energy efficient compared to the traditional freestanding water heater. There are two main reasons that this technology is more energy efficient. The first is that when these units kick on, they use virtually all their energy to heat the water you need and none of the heat escapes up the chimney. The second and main reason, is that it only heats the water when you need it, instead of heating that 50 gallon tank all day and night whether you need it or not. In the end, everyone asks me the same question. Does it save me money? The simple answer is “No.” Let me explain. It does technically save you money on your gas bill every month. Usually between $15 and $25 per month. The catch is that every tankless water heater needs to be serviced annually by a professional in order to keep it running properly. I charge $275 for this service. Do the math and the tankless unit actually costs you more than your standard tank that requires almost no maintenance. Now, let's say you do the maintenance yourself, which you absolutely can. The descaling solution and pump

necessary to flush your system will run you around $90. Everyone doing the math on this? Don’t do it to save any money. Now let’s look at upfront costs. The traditional 50-gallon hot water heater usually runs between $475-$575 depending on warranty and brand name. The typical tankless option runs between $900$1,200 depending on the size and capacity of the unit. The tankless option costs more to install professionally by about 30 percent. A standard hot water tank lasts between 12 and 14 years, while the best brands for tankless usually will last around 20. Now, let me be very clear about one thing. Tankless technology started in Japan and Europe and it is the numbers in those countries that I am gauging the lifespan on. I don’t know anyone in this community that has had one of these for much longer than five years. So time will tell. I can also tell you that the parts for all of the tankless heaters are harder to get than the standard domestic tank-style heaters. In the end there are only two reasons that I like the new tankless heaters. The first is that they can be put almost anywhere in your home. Any closet or attic or unused corner of your basement will work. The other is that all of these units provide virtually endless hot water, which is a luxury in its own right. Forget the money, forget the maintenance, for most people this is the main selling point and I would have to agree with them. I’d love to know what experience you’ve had with your standard or new tankless unit in your own home. Email me directly at 1soloplumbing@ gmail.com or leave a comment on our Facebook page.


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Rockaway’s Rising Youth Stars: Davon Armstead By Kami-Leigh Agard

Do you know of a local youth who is doing amazing things — whether playing sports — excelling academically in the classroom — working with a nonprofit or doing philanthropic endeavors on their own? The Rockaway Times (RT) is giving you the opportunity to nominate a youngster who is shooting for the moon, proving that they are our future leaders of tomorrow. Give them their well-deserved spotlight by sending in your nominations to RT’s monthly feature, Rockaway’s Rising Youth Stars. (Email Kami@rockawaytimes. com to nominate.) This week’s nominee: Davon Armstead Nominated by: Arverne resident and community activist, Edwin Williams What makes one good — to great — to unstoppable? For 17-year-old lifelong Far Rockaway resident, Davon Armstead, it’s being relentless. The high school senior football wide receiver was recently awarded a football scholarship to Buffalo State (also known as SUNY-Buffalo) Bengals football Division III National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) team. NCAA Division III teams are not required to offer athletic scholarships to their student athletes, however, Armstead was offered a scholarship and he jubilantly accepted. Why? Armstead said, “When the recruiters approached me, they said, ‘It’s your choice. If you want to come to Buffalo, it’s because you chose to come to Buffalo. They didn’t sugarcoat anything, and it felt legit. Besides being able to play a game that I passionately love, I am going to get the education I need to become the successful author I hope to become. My favorite subject is English, and if I don’t get to be in the NFL, at least I will have the chance to become a writer or who knows, I could become a future ESPN journalist.”

Davon Armstead in uniform.

When looking at the 6 ft. 2 inches, 190-pound, well-muscled teen gush about his favorite books and authors, all stereotypes about the average high school jock disappear. Armstead is an avid reader, ranking his favorite book, none other than “Relentless” by elite athlete trainer, Tim S. Grover, (who has taken on the greats including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Duane Wade and dozens more). Armstead said, “I read a lot. I like the series of Perry Jackson books by Rick Riordan such as ‘The Last Olympian’ and ‘The Battle of the Labyrinth.’ However, the reason I would rank ‘Relentless’ as my favorite is because after all the obstacles and unexplainable emotions I faced just trying to play football in high school, and on a more personal level with my younger brother, who has cancer, this book just spoke on a deeper level about why to never give up, whether on the field, in school or in life.” From nine years old, Armstead started playing football with local American Youth Football (AYF) team, Rockaway Ravens. When he first entered high school, he played football with Grand Street Campus High School football Wolves’ team in Brooklyn. Though progressing steadfastly in the ranks of the high school’s varsity team, in his sophomore year, the coaches were fired. Still lit with a

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fire to play his favorite sport, Armstead transferred to Abraham Lincoln High School. He didn’t get to play in his junior year, however, during this hiatus, Armstead said his motivation to keep his strength and agility, and more importantly, to not give up on his goal to play football and go to college, was his family, especially his brother. “My entire family works out everyday and keeping in shape is just a lifestyle for all of us,” Armstead said. “However, my 15-year-old younger brother, Jacob, was my main motivation.” Jacob was diagnosed with stage-four cancer during Armstead’s high school junior year. However, his brother’s determination to keep positive and beat cancer inspired him to never give up. “My brother is amazing and he also loves football. He’s had it rough and is still pushing despite the dire prognosis and

daily challenges. He’s my hero and my motivation to keep on keeping on,” Armstead said. As for what Armstead wants other youth like him, aspiring to great heights, but thrown with detours and challenges in life to keep focused on? “After having a successful two years playing high school football, then a year-long hiatus from the game after having to transfer, and painfully seeing my brother struggle with cancer, I just kept reading motivating books and repeating positive reinforcements to myself. Stay relentless. Never give up. Never quit. Keep the bigger picture in mind and realize you have to keep going, not just for yourself, but also for those you love. Like Grover states in his book, ‘Success depends on the strength of only one muscle: the one that beats in your chest.’ Buffalo State, here I come!” Armstead determinedly said.

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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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FROM THE ROCKAWAY WATERFRONT ALLIANCE Continued from Page 20 Deborah Morris of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, among others. The night started off as a sortof gallery walk, with the student groups set up around the room, ready and willing to answer questions and talk about their projects with the guests. Then came the formal presentations. First up were Fardin Bari, Dominick George, and Nairoby Peña-Peralta, who presented their idea for a redesign of Thursby Basin Park. George explained with ease how their flower-themed park presented a huge upgrade to a plot of land the NYC Parks Department has left empty for so long. Peña-Peralta and Bari helped answer questions about the educational services their park would offer, such as kayaking lessons. Group two was formed by Quadiara Peggs and Ayobami Olabode. In the plot of land

across from the Addabbo HealthCare Center, these two have dreamt up a recreational center that will include a workout room, swimming pool, library, basketball courts, charging stations outside, and so much more. They plan to keep most amenities free for the community but to offer swimming and other lessons at a cost to operate the building, and create jobs for local youth. Far Rock Ice is an idea for an ice skating rink behind the Queens Food Stamp Center on Beach 59th Street. Imagine that, a huge rink right in the middle of Arverne, aimed at helping to keep Far Rockaway active, and open-

Women for Progress March for Lives On Saturday, March 24, a group of Rockaway Women for Progress (RWP) members joined the hundreds of thousands of people at the March for Our Lives in Manhattan. The March was a part of a national movement of student-led marches sparked by the tragic events in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day. RWP stood with the students at the March to demonstrate to our federal elected officials that they must immediately draft a comprehensive bill to address our unique national problem of gun violence. The weather was spring-like and the crowd was immense. Many of the RWP members marched as mothers, teachers and concerned citizens, thinking the entire time about how much every parent has the same interest in their child's safety and opportunity for education, and that the lack of

congressional action on the subject of guns is an abject failure to all schoolchildren in the USA. What was most heartening about the experience was the young men and women holding clipboards and registering marchers to vote in the upcoming midterms in November. This demonstrated that there is a concerted effort to make sure that a candidate’s commitment to gun control is a defining issue on Election Day. Rockaway Women for Progress will be hosting voter registration drives at the Arverne library (312 Beach 54th St) on April 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. On April 14, the voter drives will be at Seaside (Beach 117th St and RBB), Peninsula (Beach 92nd St and RBB) and Far Rockaway (1637 Central Ave) libraries from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information visit www.rockawaywomenforprogress.com.

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ing up opportunities for local restaurants to sell food at a new activity center! This idea was presented by Jesutofunmi Olabode and Guy Dautruche who imagined having a unique roofing system that would open in the winter but close in the summer to allow for indoor skating. Finally, on the plot of land adjacent to Rockaway Freeway between Beach 59th and Beach 62nd Streets, Vilinda Joyeux, Paul Tomofeev, and Yariel Pacheco presented The Turtle Plaza. This turtle-themed plaza took home the Creativity Award thanks to its turtle-inspired benches, fountain, and cool use of tiles to create wave like imagery on the ground. It also included three shipping container buildings that would house businesses. The group saw their plaza as a sort-of extension of the Arverne by the Sea pavilion on Beach 67th Street. Imagine if each subway stop on the A-train had a public center akin to that? A strip of aesthetically pleasing and job generating plazas along the A would go a long way in revitalizing the peninsula.

The Rockaway Times Zehra Kuz of Oasis Design Lab, who presented the Creative award, said she loved the work the youth were doing and think that it is so important for them to be involved in this sort of design and planning process. “The youth know their neighborhood and what it needs,” she said. “This civic forum has been a wonderful experience, but one suggestion I will make to the RWA is to start the collaboration process even earlier to get more ideas and opinions throughout an evolving design experiment. If Shore Corps wants to come to Pratt, I will gladly accommodate them!” All of the guests shared Zehra’s excitement and enthusiasm for the students’ work. The success of Arverne, By the People is a testament not only to their hard work, but to the future of Arverne and Rockaway as a whole. Perhaps one day, when designs for these sites start to be considered by the people who can actually bring them to fruition, the designs presented during this civic urban forum will not be forgotten.

Newest Student of the Month Asha Archer is the Student of the Month for March 2018 at World Champions Karate Center. Students who have received this honor have met certain criteria established by Sensei Bruce Hodes. A Karate-ka (student) that receives this honor is one who consistently tries their best in all areas of training, demonstrates respect and discipline on the tatami (workout floor), never hesitates to help other students and always volunteers to lead the class. Congratulations to Asha and her family.


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