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Will The Beach Be Here for Summer? The beaches are supposed to open in a month, on May 26, but problem is, in some areas, there won’t be much beach to use. More than five million people used Rockaway’s beaches last summer and that number is expected to grow this season, but where are they supposed to go? As the beach season nears, the problem of erosion, which appears to be worse than ever, is a tremendous concern. Last week, the Parks Department closed off the entrance to the Beach 91st Street ramp, which is looking more and more like a boat dock with each high tide. If you’re able to make your way down to that beach in that area, the level of erosion is alarming. In that area, the dunes built after Hurricane Sandy,

now have a seven-foot drop off from the water chipping away at it over the past year. We reached out to the Parks Department for a comment on the ramp situation, to which a spokesperson replied, "Some of the beach access points along the boardwalk were closed because of a steep drop off at the end of the ramps. We will grade the

sand before beach season to correct this issue and ensure that all access points to the beach are safe for visitors." As for the erosion issue and need for protection? Well, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has pushed their protection plan timeline up to 2019, rather than 2020, but the evidence is clear—we need help, NOW.

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Lettuce Be Careful It looked like an old-style bank run this week when people stormed donut shops and bakeries. “What are you going to do? You just can’t starve,” a man, with a ring of sugar around his lips, said to me. He held his bag of donuts and muffins open, offering me whatever caloric time bomb I wanted. “One of them is banana. Bananas are good for you. Here, take one, have something good.” “It’s like a diet dispensation,” a woman chimed in. “If the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

tells you not to eat something, it’s only fair you look for alternatives.” She held up a bran muffin and basically sneered at me, “Fiber.” I didn’t mean to look at the other items that filled her see-through bag but the blueberry muffins, the size of pillows, were hard to avoid. I kept a blank face but she seemed intent on burning up calories by getting annoyed and jumping up and down. “It’s about the ORAC score.” I think she added, “you idiot,”

but I was distracted by a small group of people laughing about cheating and how it was good that it happened on a Friday. Somebody said, “Wrap this.” And it cracked everyone up. I was confused. The blueberry muffin lady continued about ORAC and oxygen radical absorption and brain and heart health and daily fiber needs. She finally waved her hand at me and walked away. The Stop and Shop bakery displays were getting refilled. I’m getting in on this. If I could improve my ORAC score with blueberry muffins, I’d grab three. Probably eat one before getting to the self-checkout line. Just when I was about to commit to the new health fad, I caught the calorie notice card—who the hell’s idea was this?—under the muffins. A raisin bran muffin, the king of fiber, had more calories than a double chocolate chip muffin. Seriously. What the? A couple in matching yoga suits grabbed some cranberry

muffins. They caught me looking. “Smoothies,” the guy said. “Can’t do green this week.” “The only smoothie I’m having this weekend is a strawberry daiquiri,” someone said behind me. “Vitamin C.” Things were too weird so I got out of there without any health food. I went to Beach 116th and nodded at the guy behind the counter and ordered a BLT. His eyes bulged. “You crazy, man? “You didn’t see the news?” I’m thinking, if it’s not in The Rockaway Times, no. “Lettuce. You can have a BT but not a BLT.” I saw a guy in a HAZMAT suit walk past carrying a head of lettuce. “They outlawed lettuce. You can’t be eating that green sh*t,” counter guy said. “E-coli ain’t good for you.” I called the CDC and they confirmed the advisory about avoiding lettuce for the time being. They said Oreos and double chocolate chip muffins were safe. I told the counter guy to make me a smoothie.

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Ready, Set, Cook! CHILI AND CHEESE COOK-OFF THIS FRIDAY

Things are heating up with only a few days left until the 100th Precinct Community Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9th Annual Chili and Mac-n-Cheese Cook-Off this Friday, April 27 at the Knights of Columbus (333 Beach 90th Street). Better be hungry because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gearing up to be a tasty,

five-alarm blazing event full of cheesy, meaty and hearty good eats. More than 22 chili entries and for the first time in the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be throwing some macaroni and cheese into the ring. Twelve mac-n-cheese dishes are already in the running. All of the entries will be battling for the

top trophy, and bragging rights as the best on the block. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entries come from local businesses, restaurants, and organizations. We hear that reps from Addabbo and Pheffer Amatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offices are joining in the competition too, and all are going up against Jessica Luina of Councilman Donovan Richardsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office, last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first place champ, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be back to defend her title. First, second and third prizes are chosen by the three judges and a fourth, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choiceâ&#x20AC;? award will be chosen by attendees that evening. DJ Eddy will be spinning great tunes and there will be raffles, door prizes, a 50/50 and a Chinese auction featuring gift certificates, gift baskets and more. Joe Young, president of the community council, notes the organization receives no funding to operate and relies on this annual event to support

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***** We did our share of bragging about bagging five awards at the statewide New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest but nothing topped the trophy they sent us for winning Blooper of The Year. Atop the sizeable trophy was not a figure of writer or a pen or a typewriter. The gold figurine was of a horse’s ass. Look mom, first place! ***** Don’t forget, you have something to do this Saturday. You’ve got to get to Rockaway Beach and partake in The Taste of Rockaway, which kicks off at noon. It’s a great day to meet old friends and make new ones as you make the rounds of all the great places that give Rockaway Beach its vibrant vibe.

***** And don’t forget you have something to do on Sunday, too. Make your way over to Whit’s on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 97th Street and check out the submissions to the Rockaway Times Photo Contest. You can pick your favorites between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There are some great ones! ***** Have a slice – of life, that is. Beth Hanning has joined The Rockaway Times as its newest columnist. You never know what slice you’ll get as Beth can be funny, outraged, miffed, and sometimes all of the above. See her RT debut on Page 28 this week. ***** Governor Cuomo announced that the old Tappan Zee Bridge will have a second life of sorts as parts of it will be used to create artificial reefs including off the shores of Rockaway. The material to be repurposed will be cleaned of harmful waste. The new reefs will also include steel pipes, decommissioned barges,

and tugboats. And, the new reefs will also include jetty rocks! Jetty rocks are now in Long Beach. Jetty rocks are being sunk to create reefs. Hmmm, we wonder if jetty rocks might be used somewhere else…. ***** Happy Hornblower. We’re not sure if it’ll go down as historic, but May 1 is the first anniversary of the new ferry service. One significant achievement: a year later and there are very few haters. ***** Cynthia Nixon, the Sex and the City actress, activist, and friend of Bill de Blasio is running for governor, challenging the tolling governor, Andrew Cuomo. She was in Rockaway last week at the YMCA calling for New York to embrace renewable energy. She’s been called a neophyte but she seemed like an old hand (political hack) when she said she’d make New York 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2050. 2050? We know you’ve got to start somewhere but are we supposed to wait

until then to ask if she’s kept her campaign promises? We’re encouraging others to run for governor too. Just pledge to make all New Yorkers millionaires by 2060. ***** That’s not to say we’re here to bury politicians. State Senator James Sanders deserves credit for running seminars, workshops and information sessions on a regular basis. Many of the events are on the mainland but plenty are in Rockaway. Just recently, he and his team have helped constituents with flood preparation, hosted a free mammogram event, led a home and business ownership program, and even ran a seminar for women on how to run for office and win. ***** Someone probably didn’t need coupons that week. A winning Take 5 ticket, drawn on April 15, was sold at the Key Food Supermarket in Rockaway Beach. You can buy a lot of bread and milk with $29,266.

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PIPELINE BATTLE GOES ON DESPITE REJECTION Just as protesters and supporters are gearing up to battle it out over Williams’ newly proposed natural gas pipeline project off of Rockaway’s waters, the project has been temporarily stopped. There is much debate over whether Williams’ proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement Project will be helpful or harmful and on Thursday, April 26 at the Best Western Gregory Hotel (8315 4th Ave), all parties will provide their thoughts on the project during a public hearing from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This meeting will focus on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project, issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Williams must go through the process with FERC before proceeding with construction for the project, which includes a 23-mile pipeline that will extend under the ocean from New Jersey and connect to the already-existing Rockaway Lateral Project, which goes through Riis Park and up

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Flatbush Avenue. The addition would bring more natural gas to New York City. The FERC process will continue and the meeting on Thursday will still take place, but the project has taken a big step backwards after the Department of Environmental Conservation denied a necessary water quality certification for the project. In an announcement on Friday, April 20, the DEC said, “Williams has not completed its application in a timely manner, and the environmental review of the project being conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission remains incomplete, as well. Moreover, the application materials that were submitted to DEC showed potentially significant environmental impacts that raised serious concerns.” Williams has an opportunity to complete its application and resubmit it, but this denial now puts the project on hold, no matter what FERC decides.

This Week in History APRIL 26 1865 - John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s assassin, was surrounded by federal troops in a barn in Virginia. He was shot and killed, either by the soldiers or by his own hand. 1986 - The worst nuclear power plant accident in history occurred at Chernobyl, near Kiev, in the former U.S.S.R. APRIL 27 Michelle Comins was born. Nancy Gahles was born. 1956 - Rocky Marciano retired as the undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion. 1983 - Pitcher Nolan Ryan surpassed Walter Johnson’s strikeout record — one Johnson had held since 1927. APRIL 28 Jim Moore was born. 1945 - Benito Mussolini was executed. 1947 - Thor Heyerdahl and five others began their Pacific Ocean crossing on the raft, Kon-Tiki.

Margaret O’Hanlon was born. Stephanie Wagner was born. 1803 - France sold Louisiana and adjoining lands to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. 1945 - Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. MAY 1 John O’Connor was born. Megan Rochelle was born. 1931 - The Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 102 stories, it would be the world's tallest building for the next 41 years. 1960 - The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Soviet territory.

MAY 2 Mary Kilgallen was born. APRIL 29 1939 - Lou Gehrig established a new Terence McNicholas was born. Major League Baseball record when he Mary Sternhell was born. 1992 - A Los Angeles jury acquitted played his 2,130th consecutive game. It four police officers accused of beating would take another 57 years before Cal Rodney King. Massive rioting and loot- Ripken, Jr., broke it. ing ensued. 2011 - U.S. troops and CIA operatives shot and killed Osama bin Laden in APRIL 30 Abbottabad, Pakistan. Rose Love Resker was born.

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Spring Your Appetite with Taste of Rockaway This Saturday! cuisines from 29 local foodie businesses, it’s time to get your walking shoes and make sure your belly is empty because as you consume those well worth it, yummy calories — you will be stomping around town literally burning it all for more! Using the map on each ticket, locals and visitors alike can choose exactly where they want to go — or take on the ultimate

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As aptly stated by the ever-notorious and much loved, Whitney Aycock of Whit’s End, this Saturday, April 28, Rockaway can finally say, “Spring is sprung!” with the kickoff of this year’s Annual Taste of Rockaway! With more than 24 Rockaway Beach locations featuring an eclectic array of sumptuous

belly-popping challenge — by going to all 24 locations, extending from Beach 72nd to 102nd Streets. With the great ticket price of $15 in advance or $20 on the day of, how can you resist delectable choices ranging from Thai, West Indian, Uzbek, Italian, Peruvian, desserts — too much to list, but you get the idea. Note that the event has no start or end place, it’s a crawl at your

pace, in any order you choose. Just be rest assured, you will receive a sampling of food from every participating location you make it to. Purchase your ticket at any of the participating businesses or online, (where you can also check out the map) at www. rockawayunion.org. Tickets purchased online can be picked up at Thai Rock (375 Beach 92nd Street). The ticket allows each participant to get a sampling of what each restaurant has to offer on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. The food march route this year includes: 101 Deli, Best Caribbean Restaurant & Grill, Bungalow Bar & Restaurant, Community House, CROM Physical Culture, Elegante Pizza, Fat Cardinal Provisions, La Continued on page 11

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TASTE OF ROCKAWAY Continued from Page 10 Cabaña Peruana, Last Dragon Pizza, Liquid Bread, Paninico, Pico, Polly & Esther, Rockaway Beach Bakery, Rockaway Brewing Company, Rockaway Roasters, Rocket Rolls, Sayra’s Wine Bar, Ship To Shore Wine Shop, Station RBNY, Surfside Bagels, Thai Rock, The Rock, The Studio Phantasmagoria, The Swellife Fashion Truck, Uma’s, Uncle Louie G, Whit’s End and Zingara Vintage, who will be hosting the underground, but scrumptious in-demand Last Dragon Pizza. Note that some of the aforementioned favorite culinary business delights will be hosting pop-ups. Pico will be at CROM, and Paninico will be at the new boutique and tattoo parlor, The Studio Phantasmagoria. Though the route has shortened in size and length, this year’s ever-growing lineup and reputation was impressive enough that NYC Ferry has joined as a sponsor. According to Robert Kaskel, event organizer and owner of Thai Rock, “Last year, the event attracted

over 2,000 participants, and with NYC Ferry on board this year as a sponsor, we anticipate even more people. NYC Ferry has been running ads on all of their boats, so this year’s event is definitely going to bring more people to Rockaway, ready to literally dive in and taste everything delicious we have to offer.” Aycock from Whit’s End, already popular with locals and visitors, is excited about this Saturday. “I’ve been participating in Taste of Rockaway since its genesis. For many of us, this Sat-

urday is a significant statement — January is finally over. Let the spring/summer fun time begin! I love my location at this spot on Beach 97th and the Boulevard. There is something ‘real world’ about who walks past here everyday.” Aycock added, as he coyly winked, “And this Saturday, I am going to serve the food and service Whit’s is known for.” New apparel and tattoo studio, The Studio Phantasmagoria, co-owned by Jackii Ramis and Taryn Elise, will be doing a soft opening at the event featuring

a pop-up from Beach 116th’s Paninico. “We really planned to have our official opening on Cinco de Mayo (May 5), but after speaking with Robert, this was a no-brainer. This Saturday, we get to present ourselves to the community, start building relationships, and show what we have to offer,” Elise said. For longtime business, Elegante, owner Toni Amato, says the smiles from visitors keeps him serving up tasty Italian treats at each Taste. “It’s so nice to see the community come together just for the love of Rockaway, and of course, our great pizza!” When asked why he keeps organizing the Taste every year for the last four years, Kaskel said, “I keep doing this because it’s so in demand. People actually approach me, demanding to know when the next Taste will be. The community loves it. It’s almost like a pre-Memorial Day unofficial kickoff to summer. It’s healthy for us because folks come out, get some fresh air and sun, see old friends, make new friends, all the while indulging in Rockaway’s best cuisine.”

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School Safety Officer Abby Yearwood with her students.

Hooked at P.S./M.S.114 By Rosemary McGuire

There’s a crochet craze sweeping P.S./M.S.114Q and Miss Abby and Miss Lisa are leading the charge. While some use their breaks to check emails or Facebook, and one or two may even still slip out to grab a smoke, Safety Officer Abby Yearwood and School Aide, Lisa Consavo are using

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their breaks to teach the smallest of hands how to work a loom, a hook and knitting needles. Yearwood, or the Crochet Queen as some call her, picked up her skills from Consavo, and together the two women are paying it forward. A few years back, Yearwood noticed students hovering around her desk, fixated on

the rhythmic movement of her hook as she worked the brightly colored yarns into hats and headbands. With each passing week, the crowd of pint-sized spectators grew, and it wasn’t long before they wanted to join in. Within a few weeks the floodgates opened; knitting and crocheting was a hit and Yearwood couldn’t have been happier. Together, the women volunteer their lunchtimes, breaks and after-school time to teach the kids, some as young as seven, how to make brilliant blankets, scarves, coasters and even pocketbooks. It’s been two years since that first student sheepishly asked for a lesson and The Crochet Club is now booming with both boys and girls from first through fifth grades participating at lunch and after school. On Monday morning, at exactly 10:47 a.m. as the classroom doors open, children spill out into the halls, shuffling from one room to another. It’s the change of class for some but for others it’s what they’ve been waiting for all morning: knitting and

crocheting time. Hurrying over to Miss Abby’s desk, a group of about ten boys and girls gather cross-legged on the floor, pull out their creations and get to work. “Miss Abby, should I rip this out?” “Miss Abby, is this ok?” “Miss Abby, is this long enough?” “Miss Abby, do you like this?” With her gentle voice and simple instructions, Miss Abby guides her students through the stitches, standing by like a proud mother watching over her brood. Yearwood patiently works with each student until she finds what works best for them. “It took one student weeks and weeks to finally get it. I tried her on the loom, then with a hook, then needles. She finally got it and I was thrilled,” Yearwood said, beaming at the accomplishment. “Another student was so shy when she started with me. She barely ever spoke. Now she comes to the club and she’s made friends and is happy.” There’s not a cell phone, iPad Continued on page 13

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HOOKED AT PS/MS 114 Continued from Page 12 or electronic device in sight, not one eye riveted on a screen— only a group of children keeping busy with their individual crochet projects, all the while, encouraging each other with exclamations of “You’re doing great,” and “Wow, that’s really nice.” “I mean, look at them,” Yearwood said pointing to “her kids” sitting on the floor beside

her, focused on their yarn, some tongues sticking out as they work intently. “They’re learning a skill and gaining confidence too. I’m so proud of them,” she said. Fourth-grader, Dylan Taruskin is delighted with his multi-colored blanket that’s almost complete. “I’m so proud of what I’ve made. When I finish something I go right away to start something new. I just can’t wait to start the next thing.” Other

students show off vibrant headbands, blankets, scarves, doormats, coasters and hats they’ve made. Assistant Principal Deana Folchetti-Puglin said," On behalf of Principal Welsome and I, we're very appreciative of the time and dedication they devote to the P.S./M.S.114 community. The crochet club offers our students another opportunity to pursue interests and discover hidden talents. We are very excited to see their hard

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Dear Editor: Your art i c l e , “Don’t Let Spring Fever Cause Reckless Driving” was, in a word, disappointing. It was, in essence, a rewrite of a DOT press release with no data or analysis to support the conclusions. Is it true that drivers behave differently in warmer weather? Do they drive faster or slower? Or are there more cars on the road? Is the mix of drivers different? i.e., are there more people on the road who rarely drive? Is the mix of vehicles different (more motorcycles, boat trailers)? Are there more people walking or playing in the street? I’m not saying that I know the answers, but I am sure that the city planners who run things at DOT under the supervision of Eric Beaton and Polly Trottenberg have no idea of the reasons for the rise in crashes. People go to school to get PE

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degrees so that they can understand these matters, but such people do not run the NYC DOT. Eugene Falik Well Done, DOT Dear Editor: I just want to commend the DOT on a job well done regarding the paving of Beach 126th Street. The signs were posted well in advance and the job began promptly at 6:00 a.m. as stated. By 9:30 a.m. the street looked great. Thanks again. Kate Patterson

See you later, alligator. That’s what someone must’ve thought when they dropped off a four-foot alligator in Fort Tilden last week. On Friday, April 20, United

Birthday Magic Dear Editor: Just wanted to say "Thank you!" Our son Michael was so happy/excited when he saw his name in the paper for his birthday. It made my day as well as my mother's who was there to see his enthusiastic reaction. Also, many congratulations on all your awards! As a lifelong Rockaway person, I love reading your paper, especially Boyleing Points!! Ann Erhard-Coughlin

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A Permanent Place for POWs

Belle Harbor resident Brian Galazara is doing his part to ensure the prisoners of war and those missing in action, are never forgotten, by bringing awareness to those who pass through JFK Airport. Lazara, a retired Army sergeant and a member of the Daniel M. O’Connell American Legion Post 272 in Rockaway Beach, began working as an American Airlines fleet service clerk at JFK Airport in 2016. On Veterans Day 2016, he set up a POW/MIA table in the employee break room, which

sparked a lot of questions from those unfamiliar with the reason behind the fully set table, complete with a rose and an American Flag. He was appointed veterans’ coordinator for Local 501 of the Transportation Workers Union (TWU) in 2017, and shortly after, the Veterans’ Committee put him in charge of creating a permanent POW/ MIA table located at Gate 12 in Terminal 8 of JFK Airport. This gate is JFK’s veterans’ gate, which pays tribute to Medal of Honor Recipients.

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The old Tappan Zee Bridge will see new life in the form of artificial reefs, one of which will be coming to Rockaway. You may soon see more tugboats and barges on the water. On Tuesday, April 17, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the largest expansion of artificial reefs in state history. The barges will be carrying concrete and clean, recycled materials from the former Tappan Zee Bridge, which will be used to create six artificial reefs across the state. One will be in our waters. The others will be off the shores of Smithtown, Shinnecock, Moriches, Fire Island, and Hempstead. "The sustainability and health of New York's marine resources is critical to communities along our shores, and by constructing these reef habitats, we are investing in a stronger more diverse marine ecosystem," Governor Cuomo said. "As the largest artificial reef construction program in state history, these efforts will increase New York's

marine biodiversity, provide new habitats for a variety of coral and fish, and support a growing tourism industry that brings thousands of anglers and travelers to Long Island's pristine waters every year." Some reefs will start to be constructed in May. The construction of the Rockaway Reef will begin later this summer with a barge of Tappan Zee Bridge material heading our way in July and August. The material will be used to expand Rockaway’s artificial reef. The 413-acre reef is located 1.6 nautical miles from shore with a depth of 32-40 feet. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) manages New York's Artificial Reef Program. Artificial reefs improve existing habitats in order to increase local marine biodiversity, stimulating more productive and diverse aquatic ecosystems, and promoting environmental sustainability through fish habitat improvement.

What the Heck Is That? What is that? With the weather finally feeling more like spring last weekend, the boardwalk was full of folks enjoying the sun. But out on the horizon on Sunday, April 22, a mysterious boat off the shore of Rockaway had many asking questions. Many who looked out on the water, may have noticed a barge with some abnormally tall cargo. Some even posted photos on local social media pages, asking, what’s that? Some speculated that it was a tall ship, a dredger, or something related to the natural gas pipeline off our shores. As the vessel got closer to shore, making its way past the Belt Parkway, some got a better view. Local Joe Lupo was on the

Rockaway ferry when he got some close-up shots of the Zhen Hua 20, a barge carrying four “Super Cranes.” According to an article by SILive.com, the 247-foot super cranes traveled for more than 60 days from Shanghai, China. They are on their way to the A.P. Moller-Maersk Terminal in Port Elizabeth, N.J. After reaching their destination, the cranes will be unloaded and will be used to load container ships within a few weeks. Photo by Joe Lupo.


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Cheers to 50 Years, Healy’s! the people that got a little older and made their way back for the occasion.” The day was full of food, live music by The Fabulous Wades and Gerald Bair, plenty of drinks and fun. On April 23, 1968, George Healy opened the former Morrissey’s as Healy’s Pub, and as they say, the rest is history. But it’s always been Healy history. George Healy passed the bar down to his son, Tom Healy, Sr., who had worked around the bar starting at 17, and about a decade ago, he passed it down to his sons, Tommy Healy, Jr. and Kevin Healy. For 50 years, not much has changed, but to many, that’s the thing that keeps them coming.

the help of my children, Kristen, Thomas, Maureen and Kevin,” Tom Healy, Sr. said, also crediting the bartenders that keep the show going; Johnny Magee, Virginia Connolly, Mike McGee, Sue O’Shea, Danny Powers, John Magee, Jr., and the newest addition, Rita Regan, whose father worked at the bar 30 years ago. After 50 years in business, it goes to show that the Healys are doing something right, and they plan to continue. According to Tommy Healy, Jr., they’ll have plenty more entertainment this summer, they’ll be firing up the frozen drink machine soon, and they’ll always continue the traditions that makes Healy’s what it is. “This has been a really big

“With all of the changes in Rockaway, we’re very happy to see that something has stayed the same,” Dorothy Zimmerman, a patron who was celebrating on Saturday, said. “My friends and I would come here on Friday nights when we were younger, and now we’re back and it feels the same. A lot of fun times and great memories were made here. And we’re lucky to have a place that’s owned by the nicest family—The Healys.” On Monday morning, the official 50th Anniversary of the bar, Tom Healy, Sr. was at his bar, as he is every day, when he and his sons took the time to speak about the occasion. “It’s a big accomplishment, but I didn’t do it alone. My wife of 44 years, Kathy, has always been a big help behind the scenes and I couldn’t have done it without

accomplishment and we’re trying to keep the tradition. This bar means a lot to our family and customers and we’d love to see another 50 years,” Kevin Healy said. George Healy has been gone since January 8, 2002, but with his portraits hanging behind the bar each day, his presence is still felt in the legacy he left behind. And the Healys believe he’d say something along the lines of, “job, well done.” “He’d be thrilled,” Tom Healy, Sr. said. “Every once in a while, I glance up at the photo of him in his Army outfit and I know what he’d be saying. He didn’t have to say much. I remember those eyes said it all. All you had to do was look at them and you could tell what he was thinking, and I know he’d be proud,” Tom Healy, Sr. said.

Kevin Healy, Tom Healy, Sr. and Tommy Healy, Jr., hold a portrait of the man who started it all, George Healy.

It was a Golden Jubilee at Healy’s. The longtime community staple, Healy’s Pub, said cheers to 50 years on Saturday, April 21 and hundreds came through to celebrate the occasion. Any night at Healy’s is a good time for friends and family to get together, but last Saturday was a special one. Old friends joined and new friends were made as people of all generations came out to celebrate the bar’s 50th Anniversary. For many, Healy’s is a place that united them. A place where many met their spouses, where some got engaged and where many have celebrated

special occasions from birthdays to anniversaries of their own. It’s Rockaway’s own “Cheers” bar, “where everybody knows your name… and they’re always glad you came!” And on Saturday, everyone came to say cheers to the Healy family on their accomplishment of keeping the bar in the family for five decades. “It was packed on Saturday,” Tommy Healy, Jr. said. “We had a great turnout. There were a lot of faces you don’t see as much anymore with people moving away or going down south for the winter. A lot came back and it was almost like a reunion. All of the regulars were here, plus all

A group of ladies enjoyed Saturday’s celebration.

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Cynthia Nixon Pays Rockaway a Visit By Kami-Leigh Agard Two days before Earth Day, on Friday, April 20 at the YMCA, former Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon, now 2018 gubernatorial hopeful, came out full force with an entourage to pitch to Rockaway why she is the best candidate to put New York State on the map as the leader in a clean energy economy and 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Before Nixon took center stage to reveal her bold climate platform: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Just Transition For New York,â&#x20AC;? with the exception of Rockaway Beach Civic Association (RBCA) President, John Cori, the other speakers hailing from various backgrounds throughout NYS, came out with an impassioned cry on why the state needs Nixon in and Cuomo out. Cori just simply expressed his concerns about fortifying Rockawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waterfront against another Superstorm Sandy and his skepticism about the expansion of the already existing Williams-Transco Pipeline in Rockawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wa-

ters. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sandy was a big game changer, and I definitely believe that we need to fortify our waterfront communities. Another big problem is that we have big capital companies trying to force a gas pipeline down our throats. The Williams Trans-

Juxtapose Coriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation to other speakers such as Heather McGhee, president of public policy organization, Demos, and equity thought leader and advocate, who said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am bowled over by the bold, courageous leadership and vision

co Pipeline is in the next phase, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve basically bought out many organizations in our community, who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really fight against the pipeline as they have accepted money. We really need to think forward, and I appreciate Cynthiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thought process on the whole issue.â&#x20AC;?

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CYNTHIA NIXON Continued from Page 18 I am here because I reject that homes in the Rockaways must flood in order for the lights on Wall Street to turn on. I am here because I believe that Democrats are not Democrats at all unless they take money from the fossil fuel industry. I am here because when the sun rises on primary day, I believe Cynthia Nixon will be the next governor of NY.â&#x20AC;? After more rallying cries for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nixon not Cuomoâ&#x20AC;? by the remaining speakers, Nixon opened with the following Iroquois saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.â&#x20AC;? She then rehashed her personal experiences with Hurricane Sandy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the eve of Sandy, I was home with my wife and our children (in Manhattan). It was horrible, but we were able to get our kids to safety. Here in Rockaway, people did not have that luxury,â&#x20AC;? Nixon said. Some components of Nixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan: â&#x20AC;˘ Transition to 100 Percent Renewable Energy. According to

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The Rockaway Times for their damage to communities and to our planet with a pollutersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tax, holding these big oil and gas companies accountable for climate change. I pledge to take zero contributions from the oil, gas and coal industry, and instead prioritize the health of our families, our climate and our democracy over fossil fuel industry profits,â&#x20AC;? Nixon said. Though Nixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan seemed utopic and even puerile in nature, one local resident agreed that something needs to be done, but questioned if Nixon is the one to do it. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this all sounds great, but what she wants to do is going to ruffle a few feathers in Albany and Wall Street, and who is going to pay? Us the tax payers. A pollutersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tax? Not on my watch. We are so dependent on oil, you think the oil industry is going to let a pollutersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tax fly? Nope!â&#x20AC;? As a bevy of people surrounded Nixon, congratulating her on her initiative, this same resident piped up with â&#x20AC;&#x153;What about the Cross Bay toll? This is what I came to hear about.â&#x20AC;?

Compost Giveaway on Saturday Now that the spring weather has arrived, why not give your garden a boost with some compost? The Rockaway Civic Association (RCA) will be giving some away for free on Saturday, April 28. For those that choose to use the new Department of Sanitation (DSNY) brown bins to discard food and other organics, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not for no reason. Those recycled organics can be used to create compost, and in turn, that compost comes back to the neighborhood in giveaways such as the Rockaway Civicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s giveaway on Saturday. From noon until 3 p.m., all are welcome to swing by the bus shelter on Beach 107th Street and Shore Front Parkway, where the Rockaway Civic Association and DSNY will be distributing bags of compost to be used in your gardens. Compost is a beneficial resource for gardens as it enriches soil, helps retain

moisture and suppresses plant diseases and pests, allowing your plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables to grow better and healthier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a really beautiful cycle,â&#x20AC;? RCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bobby Zimmer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get a food product that goes from the store to your home to DSNYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compost barrels and then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turned into compost and makes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way back to Rockaway to beautify our gardens.â&#x20AC;? Both members of the Rockaway Civic Association and the general public, can get compost on Saturday. Supplies will be limited, so it is suggested to pre-register at RockawayCivic.com. Anyone looking to volunteer to distribute compost is also encouraged to come out on Saturday. School students will be eligible for community service hours.


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Rockaway Beach House Realty 114-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Rockaway Park, NY 11694

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On Saturday May 19, the Rockaway Business Alliance (RBA) will host #EatShopSurfRock, a digital scavenger hunt around the Rockaway peninsula to showcase Rockaway ConneX, a technology project funded by NYC Small Business Services’ Neighborhood Challenge Grant. Participants will visit RBA member businesses, using their phones to engage with beacon and QR code technology to collect clues and treasure. The scavenger hunt will begin at the NYC Ferry Landing at Beach 108th and Beach Channel Drive. There will also be several other starting locations around the peninsula (TBD). Participants

will connect with a beacon and/ or QR code at the starting location, which will link to a map of all participating locations. From there, they can “choose their own adventure,” traveling around the peninsula by foot, bike, car or public transportation and engaging with Rockaway ConneX to receive hidden clues and special discounts at local businesses. The first clue will be available starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday May 19, but participants can join anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event will also partner with LadyBo’s 2nd Annual Rockaway Beach Fitness Crawl. Scavenger hunt participants can drop into abbreviated fitness class at participating RBA member businesses (schedule TBD). We’ll join the fitness crawl after-party at 4 p.m. at The Wharf for snacks, drinks and prizes! See Facebook event for upto-date information and details: https://bit.ly/2JdLsI4

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137th: 5BR, 4BA home rental with finished basement, yard and private driveway (LJ) . . . .$4,200

112th: Renovated 1BR, 1.5BA home with deck, laundry room and parking (CB) . . . . . . . .$2,000

136th: Legal 2 family home 3BR, 3BA with huge terrace and yard (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,000

91st: Spacious 2BR, 1BA with HW floors, designer kitchen, private outdoor space (LJ) . . . .$2,000

112th: Renovated 5BR, 2BA beach block home with yard, basement and private drive (CB) . . . $3,200 ABTS: Beautiful 3BR, 2.5BA home with W/D. yard and garage (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,850 77th: 3BR, 2.5BA modern unit with yard, W/D, CAC and private driveway (NC) . . . . . . . . .$2,800 91st: Renovated 4BR, 2.5BA home with porch, finished basement and laundry (NC) . . . . .$2,600 123rd: 2BR, 1BA top floor co-op with private terrace (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500

79th: 2BR, 1BA rental with ocean views from terrace (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,950 74th: Spacious 2BD, 1BA apt with W/D, dishwasher and CAC (LJ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,900 79th: No broker fee 2BR, 1BA with W/D and CAC (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,850 123rd: Renovated 1BR, 1BA co-op with ocean views (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800

119th: Newly renovated 2BR, 2BA duplex apt with backyard and share of driveway (BF) . . . . . $2,400

139th: 1BR, 1BA co-op with huge terrace and parking (JD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,750

72nd: Renovated 2BR, 1.5BA in multi family home, HW floors, quartz counters, storage (LJ) . . . $2,150

128th: 2BR, 1BA top floor apt with summer parking (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,400

62nd: Second floor apt 3BR, 1BA in 2 family home (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,150

138th: Double garage for rent, perfect for cars, truck or motorcycle (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $700

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Guideline Adjustments The diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, especially hypertension and diabetes, has been standardized across the country by the development and use of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). In 1977, the first CPG for the treatment of hypertension was formulated by the first Joint National Committee (JNC) on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure. The members of the JNC1 were appointed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and included experts from major professional societies, the Veterans Administration, and the U.S. Public Health Service. JNC1 concentrated on diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and recom-

mended a stepped-care approach for therapy in all adults with a DBP of 105 or greater. There were no specific recommendations for systolic blood pressure (SBP) because “if both systolic and diastolic blood pressures were used as guidelines, the recommendations would be far too complex.” Since JNC1 in 1997, there have been six other JNCs. In 2003, JNC7 used a classification system in which adults with an average SBP of 140 or above and a DBP of 90 or above were designated as having hypertension and those with a SBP of 130 to 139 and a DBP of 80 to 89 were designated as having prehypertension. All of the JNCs recommended non-pharmaco-

logic treatment measures such as weight loss, aerobic exercise, and smoking cessation, recommendations that are still used today. The goal of diagnosing and treating high blood pressure is to prevent heart disease. Recognizing this, in 2013 the NHLBI transferred the responsibility for development of heart disease prevention to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Last year, the AHA and ACC published their CPG for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension and the prevention of heart disease. The new guideline uses a different classification system for blood pressure as compared to JNC7. Now adults with a SBP of 130 to 139 and a DBP of 80 to 89 are classified as having Stage 1 hypertension, not prehypertension. The new guideline takes into account a person’s risk for developing heart disease, which is why it is now recommended that anyone with diabetes or kidney disease and a blood pressure of 130/80 or greater should begin treatment. For those without diabetes or heart or kidney disease treat-

ment should begin at 140/90. In addition, the 2017 guideline recommends that anyone 65 or older with a SBP of 130 or greater should begin treatment. It is estimated that the 2017 guideline will increase the number of people classified as having hypertension by about 14 percent and will increase the number of those on antihypertensive medications by about 1.9 percent (4.2 million adults). The guideline also concludes that adults who warrant antihypertensive treatment will require at least two drugs. The actual treatment recommendations have not changed though and a diuretic (thiazide like HCTZ or chlorthalidone) should be used first with either an ARB (i.e. losartan), ACE inhibitor (i.e. lisinopril), or calcium channel blocker (i.e. diltiazem). Successful implementation of the new guideline should result in a substantial reduction in blood pressure with a commensurate decrease in the incidence of heart disease, in line with the mission of the organizations responsible for the new guideline. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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 By Beth Hanning

Who are these people that are complaining about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook violating their privacy? I am not sure about you, but I pretty much know everything about everyone I am friends with on Facebook. Sometimes it is actually too much information. In March 2014, the television news show 60 Minutes, did a segment on “The Data Brokers.” The episode was all about how our phones are tracking devices and people are tracking our every move. You know that disclaimer that comes up and we all click “Agree to the terms and conditions of this app/website?” How many of us have ever actually read the disclaimer? The people I am referring to are the said Data Brokers. There were three major companies in this field that were showcased on the episode:

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PRIVACY IN THE FINE PRINT Acxiom, Experian and Epsilon. They actually sell our information. As of 2014 they had 1,500 pieces of information on over 200 million Americans. At the time I saw this episode, I was shocked to hear the answers to some questions that had been bothering me at the time: Why do I get certain emails at certain times of the year? Why am I getting this email about that product? How does the email world know certain things about me? Why does dictionary.com have advertisements for items I just browsed? Well, 60 Minutes answered those questions for me. We are being tracked. Everything we do. Our credit card purchases, our online activity, our social media activity, EVERYTHING! My friends were alarmed when I answered the questions I had previously asked: Why do I get this email? I explained to them what I had learned and again, shocked faces. My one

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friend, Genevieve will forward me emails and say “Why did I get this email?” One time she forwarded me an email about purchasing bibles. She wanted an explanation why she received that email. I emailed her back and asked her: “How many times a day/week do you go onto SFDS Catholic Academy website to check on events for the children?” She replied “every day.” I said, there is your answer… In the episode, Senator Jay Rockefeller was discussing how he was launching an inquiry into the three big companies and warning them that things were going to change. Senator Rockefeller retired not long after that interview and has since passed away. According to Privacyrights.org, it states the following: “According to the FTC, there are no current federal laws requiring data brokers to maintain the privacy of consumer data unless they use that data for credit, employment, insurance, housing, or other

similar purposes. Consumers generally have no federal right to know what information data brokers have compiled about them for marketing purposes. No federal law provides consumers with the right to correct inaccuracies in the data or assumptions made by data brokers.” So when I saw Mark Zuckerberg being questioned by the Senate Committee, I was perplexed. One question they asked him was: What hotel did you stay at last night? He replied he did not want to answer and people did not like his answer. I really wish he said “You do not know where I stayed because I did not check in there like the millions of Facebook users who check in wherever they are.” I know where most of Rockaway spent spring break: The Alden Suites in St. Petersburg, Florida! So why is Zuckerberg being used as the scapegoat in this situation? Email me and let me know: Beth81772@aol.com.


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Senior Volunteers Celebrated at JASA On Wednesday, April 18, the Roy Reuther Senior Center in Far Rockaway celebrated National Volunteer Recognition Week. Each volunteer received a certificate of thanks and appreciation and a plant. The senior center members applauded and cheered each volunteer, and the volunteers were proud to receive the recognition.

NY Medical Skin Solutions is proud to introduce Rachel Bernstein, RPA-C and Rupi Nahal, RPA-C to our practice and to the community we serve. Rupi is a board-certified Physician Assistant, and member of the Society of Dermatology for Physician Assistants. She attained her Master’s Degree as a PA from Touro College. She is trained to treat a variety of skin conditions from acne to psoriasis, and much more. Rupi is very passionate in providing great quality care and improving the conditions of her patients. Her previous experience in Emergency Medicine has given her a well-rounded aspect of pathology and diseases aside from dermatology. Rupi is ready to provide you with the best of care. Rachel graduated summa cum laude from the undergraduate program of Touro College with a BS in Interdisciplinary Sciences.  She continued on to the Touro PA program where she graduated with top honors.  Rachel has been working in Dermatology for over 10 years. She is devoted to her patients and to her, each patient is special and deserving of her time and attention.

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The Play’s the Thing By Lou Pastina

Ok, so you have taken the ferry in, done Stone Street, done Fraunces Tavern, hit Federal Hall and the New York Stock Exchange, and the Smithsonian at Bowling Green, now what? I’m glad you asked that question because when you get off the ferry you have access to two things that can make a Wednesday afternoon quite nice in the city. The first is the subway at Wall and William Streets, right up the block from the ferry. The num-

ber 2 or 3 trains will take you directly to Times Square. The second is the TKTS office in Times Square at 47th street. This site opens at 10 a.m. for same day matinee shows. And if you are going to see a play (a non-musical), you can go to the west side of the site and avoid potentially longer lines. How discounted and how good are the tickets? I have sat in the first row for about $70 to see a first rate show. And you can now use your credit card to buy the tickets. At one time it was cash only,

but that has changed. So what should you see? Well there’s an app for that! Go to tdf. org to see real-time listings of shows available. What shows are available? How about Hello Dolly; A Bronx Tale; Kinky Boots; Beautiful; Escape to Margaritaville to name just a few. How many stops on the train? Not bad really, there are five stops and it goes by really fast. Once you get off at Times Square, just navigate your way up to 47th street to the TKTS booth. After the show it’s easy to head back downtown the same way, just hop on the train and back to the ferry. Most shows start at 2 p.m. and are over by 4:30, it’s not out of the question to be on the ferry soon afterwards heading back to the Rock. By then it should be time for a nice sunset and dinner at the Wharf. The last three shows I have seen have been as different as night and day, but I enjoyed them nonetheless. My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center was absolutely beautiful. Great sets, songs and the kind of feeling you get when your spirit has been lifted

by something bigger than you. The Play that Goes Wrong was side-splittingly funny and reminiscent of Monty Python in that ridiculous sort of way. Lobby Hero was also funny but was laden with moral choices that we all face in life and the consequences of the choices we make. Heavier stuff, but a good workout for the mind and spirit too. If you want to try something completely different (to quote a Monty Python saying) check out National Geographic’s Ocean Encounter on West 44th Street. You can find it online at natgeoencounter.com, and get discounted tickets on that site too. This virtual underwater exploration of the seas and the creatures that live there are mindboggling. The technology used to simulate this deep dive is really cool stuff. It takes about an hour to go through the guided tour, but is well worth it. Hope you get the chance to get out and see some of the great things our city has to offer, and with the ferry at our disposal, it’s all only a short ride away! Happy sailing!

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Speaking words of gratitude will bring you happiness and your world will become a bit brighter. You will begin to see things in a different way and your burden will lighten. We are here in gratitude for the blessing of life. Looking around we see love in all things. Sometimes we need to be reminded of all the good things we have in this world. Start by greeting each day with a breath of fresh awareness. When you awaken, find the time to say a simple thank you for this day. Begin by caring deeply and let that carry you through your day. There may be mistakes and misunderstandings, but we will

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grow from our experiences. Prioritize your health, the health of others and our Mother Earth. Share your ideas and learnings with one another. Begin to remove the obstacles that darken or cloud your vision for a better world. Go outside for a walk, even if only for five minutes, it will brighten and refresh your day. The ocean air is natural medicine for the body and soul. Find strength and integrity to endure from deep inside the well within your inner landscape. Show up at the community meetings to serve the greater of all, not just your own personal agenda. Lend a helping hand to someone in need. Be grateful to

be able help someone less fortunate than yourself. The more you give, the more you will receive. As I walk down my block, I see my neighbors once again sitting on their porches taking in some vitamin D. How blessed are we to live in Rockaway Beach with such an amazing community of friendly faces? So thankful to live in Rockaway Beach where there are angels everywhere. I remember to breathe throughout the day. I remind myself that I can choose peace, no matter what is going on around me. Whenever I desire, I can retreat to that quiet place within, simply by closing my eyes or stepping outside in the sunshine. Smell the ocean air, it’s so refreshing and healing. Thank you, Rockaway Beach, thank you Paulette for your guidance and sharing the column among other things. May you all have joy and happiness. Thank you for another beautiful day on Earth. Let’s take this opportunity to make the Earth a better place for our children to inherit. May you all be happy, healthy, safe and live with ease.

Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting over and over announcing your place in the family of things. By Mary Oliver

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 Friday, April 27, 8 p.m. ROCKING OUT FOR AUTISM Rockaway Brewing Co. 415 Beach 72nd Street Raise funds for the RB Artistic Families Support Group. Music by The Squid Band, Ras Atiba Reggae Review, Raenna, and Jammin Jon.

Thursday, April 26, 4 p.m. PENINSULA HOSPITAL SITE SCOPING MEETING P.S. 105 Auditorium 420 Beach 51st Street Learn about and discuss the plans for the residential and commercial 17-building plan at the Peninsula Hospital site. Thursday, April 26, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. WILLIAMS PIPELINE FERC HEARING Best Western Gregory Hotel 8315 4th Ave, Bay Ride, Brooklyn Make your public comments about the new proposed natural gas pipeline off Rockawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waters. Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. SPRING SHOPPING SPREE Belle Harbor Yacht Club 533 Beach 126th Street Shop from over 40 vendors, entertainment by DJ Comedian Gemini and book signing. Friday, April 27, 7 p.m. 100 PCT COMMUNITY CHILI COOKOFF Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street Taste the best chili and mac and cheese on the Rock. Tickets $20 for adults, kids 12 and under eat free, call Joe at 718-634-4970.

Friday, April 27, 8:30 p.m. THE GRAYRIDERS LIVE Community House 101-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd Live music. Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. CDH 5K Community House 108-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Run to raise funds and awareness of CDH. Register from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Diaper Dash at 10:30 a.m., kids race at 10:45 a.m., 5K walk/run at 11 a.m. Pre-register at www.rockapulcorun.com Saturday, April 28, 10 am. NATURE WALK/SCAVENGER HUNT Bayswater Park Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive Join JBRPC for a nature walk, scavenger hunt and arts and crafts. For more info, see www.jbrpc.org Saturday, April 28, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. TASTE OF ROCKAWAY Various Rockaway Beach Businesses Try food samples from 23 locations at 28 participating businesses. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 the day of. See

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LANCLAN, LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 01/10/2018. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave, Ste 202,Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Regional Logistics, LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 02/20/2018. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 211-17 Hollis Avenue, Queens Village, NY 11429. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. AAmerican Electrical Contracting LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 2/12/2018. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 9111 Liberty Ave., #388, Ozone Park, NY 11417. General Purpose. Vandervoort Property LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 01/31/18. Off. Loc.: Queens County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 136-20 Roosevelt Ave #288, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. Notice of Formation of S. K. Simmons Creations, LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/14/18. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to S. K. Simmons Creations LLC, 14504 Lakewood Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11435. Any lawful purpose. JEFFERSON HEISER LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/27/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Aileen Nielsen, 40-17 48th Street, Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. SCHUMAN 10-34/40 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/07/04. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Loeb & Loeb LLP, 345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154, ATTN: Jerome Levine, Esq. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. A.E.N. BUILDINGS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/02/2018. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 22-70 43rd St., Apt.3R, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of TRLSG LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/02/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The Limited Liability Company, 42-44 13 th St., Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activities. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 100 BRENDON HILL ROAD, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/27/18 office location Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC, 23-47 31st Avenue, Astoria, New York 11106. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.


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The Stafford Hotel on Beach 67th Street was one of smaller luxuriously furnished hotels in Arverne. There were accommodations for 125 guests. The beach was 300 feet from their doorstep and one block from the train station. sauté 2-3 minutes. Add garlic. Sauté together about one minute. Add mushrooms. Sauté 2-3 minutes. Add the flour. Sprinkle it over the mushrooms, onions and garlic until moisture is absorbed. Add the chicken and beef broth, Thin Pork Cutlets in stirring and scraping the brown bits. Mushroom Gravy Simmer for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens. If you need to By Sharon Feldman sprinkle more flour, do it now. Reduce heat to medium. Add Serves: 2 the pork chops back into the pan Ingredients: and continue to cook, uncovered, 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 center cut boneless pork for 15 minutes or until gravy is reduced by half and is thickened to chops ½ pound Portobello mush- your liking. Cover and cook an additional rooms, quartered five minutes until pork chops are ½ cup onion, thinly sliced tender. 4 garlic cloves, minced I served this over Jasmine rice ½ cup chicken broth with a side of Caesar Salad and ½ cup beef broth Wondra Quick Flour (I eyeball applesauce. this) Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Salt pork chops on both sides. Heat skillet over medium high heat. Add one tablespoon olive oil. Sear pork chops 2-3 minutes per side. Remove pork chops to dish and keep warm. Add an additional tablespoon olive oil to pan. Add onions and


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

Special Feature — Hear From Other Local Autism Warriors As April is National Autism month, I wanted to use my column, "Life With Our 'Artistic' Child” as a platform for local caregivers and friends of loved ones with autism to share their story. An infinite amount of thanks to The Rockaway Times, and the Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Families support group (RBAFSG), which I founded over a yearand-a-half ago. Meet my dear friend, Rockaway Beach resident, Jammin’ Jon Kiebon, a doting single dad to 20-yearold Gail, who is on the autism spectrum. Jon has not only become a creative inspiration in my family’s life, but Rockaway at large. Authored by Jammin’ Jon Kiebon I am writing this on the eve of my daughter, Gail's 20th birthday. It's so hard to believe that two decades have passed since her birth, April 19, 1998. I'll never forget laying eyes on her for the first time, then actually cutting the cord and holding her in my arms. Like every parent, an instant and unbreakable bond was formed. Gail is my first and only child, and from birth was a beautiful, happy, healthy baby girl; playful-

ly rambunctious and a good sleeper (once she got on the night schedule), and oh how she loved that bottle! There were no signs or causes for alarm, or anything out of the ordinary that her mother or I noticed. However at 14 months, Gail had not yet begun to walk and started making flapping motions with her hands. At my mother's suggestion (you know how grandmas are!), we consulted the pediatrician. When Gail began to walk a month or so later, any cause for concern seemed unnecessary. However, from this point, we began hearing terms like early intervention, occupational and physical therapy, neurologist, special needs, developmental delays and then the “A” word. To be honest, I knew very little about autism. The term, autism spectrum disorder was not in vogue at that time, as her initial diagnosis was Pervasive Developmental Disorder — not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Thankfully, we were fortunate to have caring and concerned professional service providers addressing our issues, and helping us connect with other parents. I heard so many different stories about

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this "A" word like about children who isolate, exhibit extreme ritualistic behavior, are anti-social and self harming. Fortunately, little Gail was outgoing, extremely charming and very social. Other than her hand-flapping and minor delays in certain developmental areas, Gail was in the high-functioning classification for sure. As Gail's verbal and social skills progressed, she was always looking to socialize with her peers. This is still a source of much frustration, as I don't understand how some parents can sometimes be so resistant in allowing our kids to get together. However, I am grateful for the friendships my daughter has made, and the time she is able to socialize with peers outside of school. What has confounded me over the years is when people tell me, “I give you so much credit. I don't know how you do it.” I've even had people say to me, “I'm sorry,” after hearing my daughter has special needs. I know they meant well, but my acceptance of my daughter is always complete gratitude for who she is — her person — the most supreme blessing ever granted to me. So forming that bond and having that great daddy-daughter relationship, and becoming Gail's play pal at an early age came easy for me. Patience, of course, was key! Watching her fixate over certain things ran the course with Elmo, Winnie the Pooh, the Powerpuff Girls and video games. This is no knock at her mom, who handled many other tasks well, but just didn't have the patience to be the play pal and sit on the floor with Gail for hours and watch the “Powees” (Powerpuff Girls) go around the train track on the electric train set. Over the years, we captured special family moments on video. Gail really took a liking to the videos and was very fascinated with seeing herself on TV. As we made our home movies, I was the cameraman, and Gail was the narrator. Every time I would

The Rockaway Times turn the camera on, Gail would say, “Hi Kids. Welcome to Gail Video.” Her imaginary audience was “The Kids,” to whom she would describe the events of the day. From there, the Gail Video Show evolved into little stories with themes and scenarios derived from the imagination of the imaginer, Gail. As Gail's tween years approached, and more interactions with peers, and different feelings and situations, which required processing, occurred in her life, the focus of Gail TV shifted in direction and a role reversal of sorts. I now found myself in front of the camera with Gail behind it, still serving as the narrator. Gail TV has continued to evolve as Gail has matured, including a flashback time travel show with little Gail with future Gail, and present Gail, who all interact with people in her life, past and present. So now that the incredible amazing film maker, director extraordinaire, Gail Kiebon has turned 20, the Gail TV live audience is greeted at the opening of each new episode with "Hello Young Adults — Welcome to Gail Kiebon TV.” The prolific team of Kiebon & Kiebon has produced well over 300 Gail shows! Now that's what I call Daddy-Daughter bonding! My hope is that other caregivers might discover a way of helping their loved ones on the spectrum find a constructive, creative means for them to process day-to-day events in their life and express their feelings creatively. Check out Gail as she performs her Gail Kiebon TV show live at the Rock Out for Autism concert at Rockaway Beach Brewery, this Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m.

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A Plumber’s Education By Adam Magniccari

A proud father was showing a fellow worker a picture of his five grown sons. His friend asked what they did for a living. The father said the older two are doctors and the youngest two are lawyers. The friend asked about the middle son and the father said, "Oh, he's a plumber. Someone had to pay for all the others' educations." This week's article is a little bit of a change of pace. While we wait for the weather to officially usher in spring, I’d like to discuss something that is going to affect a lot of people in the near future. When I was a senior in high school, it was a given that you were going to college. I was told by EVERYONE, (except my parents) that

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you wouldn’t ever become successful if you didn’t have a college degree. I applied to college and got accepted, just to keep the guidance counselor off my back, but I knew that the college road was just not for me. Fast-forward 10 years and not much has changed. High school students are immediately ushered into picking a college and a major, two decisions that are unrealistic to make at the age of 17. They sign for loans that they don’t read, and if they read them, don’t understand, all the while believing that they are doing the best thing for their future. After all, this is what they have been told since they were five years old. Why would they think there was any other option? Let me tell you, from the bot-

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tom of my cynical heart and the oldest millennial on the spectrum, that the system is broken. Ten years ago the tuition was affordable compared to what it is today, yet students and their parents are blindly charging forward going deeper and deeper into debt for a degree that is worth less and less. I am not speaking to the people who want their kids to become doctors or lawyers or CPA’s. If your kid wants that, then of course you have to conform to the rules that are in place. What I am saying is that if your kid isn’t sure, or not made for college, it doesn’t mean that he or she will have any disadvantage going forward. The jobs that are available in the “skilled labor” fields are wide open. Heavy machinery operators, plumbers, electricians, the list goes on and on and these are good jobs. You learn a skill that going forward, very few people seem to want, which only makes it more valuable a skill to have. People think that these are the jobs that nobody wants and I

never understood why. Yes, you get your hands dirty, yes you have to move to actually get the work done but I guarantee you the first-year law clerk working 80 hours a week, sleeping at his office works harder than I do. Just because you wear a suit, doesn’t mean the work isn’t hard. It is the perception of these skilled labor jobs that I wish was understood. After all, the main reason that kids don’t want to become plumbers is because their parents don’t want them to become plumbers. Every kid thinks they need to become a surgeon to make their parents happy. I’m telling you, as parents, don’t discourage your kids from seeking an alternative way to the top. There are plenty of ways to get there. It’s the perception that has to change first. It should be perfectly fine not to go to college at all. It starts with the parents. Don’t be afraid of going against the grain. I can tell you firsthand that not going to college was the greatest thing I ever did for myself.

Local Women Learn About Ownership Senator James Sanders Jr. welcomed a new group of applicants to his groundbreaking home and business ownership program called the Madam C.J. Walker Institute, with a celebration on April 20, at the Arverne by the Bay Community Center. "Who is ready to own a home?" Sanders asked the crowd. "Langston Hughes once said that America should be America for everyone. There is so much wealth and progress all around us, but for a long time our plate has been empty. Let's do something about that." The program begins with a mandatory 4-week financial boot camp which teaches participants how to repair / build their credit and how to design a personally tailored budget. The second part of the program will partner candidates with banks that have

various down payment assistant options and move residents closer to their ownership goals. At the kickoff event, industry experts presented free resources designed to promote wealth. Both the senator and the financial advisers are committed to helping applicants achieve their dreams of home and business ownership. The program is named after Madam C.J. Walker, who is recognized as the first black woman to become a millionaire in America.

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Summers are for having fun. It's a time to spend with friends. To make memories and share experiences that last a lifetime. That's what Mill Basin Day Camp is all about. Mill Basin Day Camp is dedicated to providing an exciting and fulfilling camp experience for both children and their parents by providing fun, recreational, social and educational activities. We have grown over the past 20 years to become one of the most popular summer camp programs in New York. At least that is what the kids tell us. The Rockaways have seen major growth in the number of families that have decided to call these neighborhoods

home. Certainly, the fresh air and being near the water plays a major role, and being outdoors in one of the many parks and beaches is something that families, especially those with kids really enjoy. Mill Basin Day Camp is proud to have hundreds of campers attend from the Rockaway area. Over the last 10 years, the number of children attending from this area has grown exponentially and we are proud to serve this wonderful community and their families. Our modern facility offers a wide range of activities for children entering Pre-K through 9th grade in the upcoming September scholastic year. There are six individual camp programs. Each camp has its own unique and innovative program that best suits the needs of the varying ages of our campers. Each group has various methods for integrating new campers into their groups. Head Counselors are trained to make sure that


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Local Aggie Batista to Discuss Franchise Opportunities at Expo

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Ever thought of starting your own franchise? Why not learn about it from a local who knows the process well. Rockaway’s Aggie Batista of Dream Vacations, will be joining other franchise owners at the International Franchise Expo this year, teaching anyone interested in owning a franchise how to make it happen. From May 31 through June 2, the International Franchise Expo (IFE) will be at the Javits Center in Manhattan. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about hundreds of different franchise opportunities, as well as listen in on panels full of advice. Aggie Batista, who owns a Dream Vacations franchise, will be participating in two panels. On Friday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Batista will participate in the panel, “What I Wish I Knew Before Buying a Franchise.” Batista and others will talk about their experiences in selecting their franchise and what they learned about reading the fine print: the importance of location and local demographics in selecting a franchise; negotiating with the franchisor; whether the business category matters relative to your own background, expertise and interests; and the amount of work involved, both in researching and once they became a franchisee. Then at 1 p.m., she’ll be participating in another panel called “Making the Leap: How

to Succeed as a Franchisee.” Batista and other franchisees will discuss the steps they took to grow a successful franchise business. Learn the keys that helped their business thrive, the challenges and pitfalls they faced along the way and how to avoid them. What one thing really made the difference to these top-performers? If they had to do over again, what would they do differently? What advice would they give to new franchisees? There will be plenty of Q&A time after. Need financial help with starting your own franchise? For the first time ever, IFE is hosting a “Franchise Me” Contest, in which one winner will receive up to $25,000 toward a franchise fee, consultations with franchising experts, complimentary “VIP” access to the International Franchise Expo, and travel and lodging for two. Entrants are asked to create and submit a video explaining why he or she wants to own a franchise and would be a great business owner. All are welcome to enter at www.ifeinfo.com/franchiseme. Entries must be received by May 14. If anyone from Rockaway is interested in attending the Expo at the Javits Center, you can get free admission by using the promo code ROCKAWAY. To register, head to https:// r1.events-registration.com/ IFE2018/ and use the promo code.

The Graybeards will be sponsoring a FOOD DRIVE on Saturday, April 28 to help stock the various food pantries throughout the Rockaways. Many people are under the misconception that food pantries and soup kitchens only need our help during the cold weather months. Truth be told the need is just as great if not greater during the warmer months. Below is a list of suggested items that are needed. Just put your donations inside the blue bag and leave it outside your front door on Saturday April 28th before 10:00 AM. Someone will be by to pick it up. Please give what you can. No donation is too small. Thank you for your generosity. Suggested items for donation:

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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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P.S./M.S. 183 2nd Graders Publish Books On Tuesday, April 17, P.S./ M.S. 183's second-grade classes hosted a book publishing party to reveal the book they co-created as a class. Each child worked very hard on writing and illustrating their very own page. The school says they were happy to give the students a chance to showcase their incredible work to their parents and community. Their books were called “Second Grade Superheroes” and “Oh The Places We’ll Go.”

NEW OPERATOR TAKES OVER GATEWAY MARINA Gateway Marina, right over the Marine Parkway Bridge, has a new operator. The National Park Service (NPS) recently announced that the Moonbeam Leasing & Management LLC has been selected as the new operator of Gateway Marina, in the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. “There is no better way to appreciate the natural beauty and history of New York Harbor than by boat," Commissioner Joshua Laird, National Parks of New York Harbor, said. "The Gateway Marina is an important NPS asset in New York City. We congratulate Moonbeam on its successful proposal to operate the marina at Gateway National Recreation Area and look forward to the excellent service they will provide for area boaters," he said. Moonbeam Leasing & Management LLC, is a subsidiary of Moonbeam Capital Invest-

ments LLC, a private equity fund which owns and redevelops commercial and residential properties nationwide. “Moonbeam is excited to take over the management of one of New York’s most desirable waterfront properties – the 500 boat-slip Gateway Marina. We intend to beautify, improve and expand this hidden jewel’s facilities in order to better serve the community, raise the Marina’s profile and provide the highest quality recreational services to boaters from New York City and elsewhere,” Steven Maksin, Chief Executive Officer of Moonbeam, said. Moonbeam was selected based on its ability to reconfigure, upgrade, and make improvements at the marina facilities as specified by NPS. Among the anticipated improvements are upgrades to the marina’s appearance and boater amenities. Moonbeam began operations in mid-April.

Out and About

Spring is here and beach season is fast approaching, so the NYC Parks Department is doing their part to keep the peninsula pretty. On Wednesday, April 25, the wind and rain didn’t stop some NYC

Parks Department employees from sprucing up Beach 108th Street. Pictured left to right, Sadya Sahadewa, Thomas Atkins and Mattia Fazzia, were braving the elements to give some TLC to some plants.

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ROCKAWAY LITTLE LEAGUE OPENING DAY AND PLAY HEATS UP By Alison Kase

Saturday, April 21, kicked off another glorious Rockaway Little League (RLL) Opening Day at the fields of Fort Tilden. Under crisp sunny skies, RLL’s families came out to march and party. The march was led by drum and bagpipe duo, John McManus and Sean Thornton, our youngest players, who came out for our annual parade. Master of Ceremonies Jimmy Smallman welcomed special guests, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer-Amato; Rockaway’s own Dan Brown, representing Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s office; and City Comptroller, Scott Stringer. Thank you to our guests who all came out to wish our families a great season. RLL's president and founder, Marty Andresen offered welcoming words to all, presenting the first pitch to begin Challenger Division’s first game of the 2018 season. Festivities included bounce rides and cotton candy for the kids, an all-you-can-eat barbeque and a special fundamentals clinic sponsored by the Scholars’ Academy Varsity Team. Pitching in to help out RLL’s most important fundraiser of the year were current and former Major Boys/ Girls players, volunteering to help sell chances for the Chinese auction, assist in food prep and act as guides for our special guests. We’re fortunate to have our older teens come back yearafter-year to help out! Leading off a big weekend of Opening Day games, Ryan Wiley of the Empire Unlimited MNB

Angels enjoyed one of his best games, scoring, driving in runs and stealing two bases. The Angels went on to win their Friday afternoon game 5-4 over the Allstate Rockaway Park MNB Dodgers. Speaking of Angels, a big wayto-go to the Walsh Management PWS Angels winning their Sunday game 10-0 over the ABLE Discovery Center for Children’s Diamondback. The Angels had a lot to celebrate as they marked a 3-0 winning record this season. Congrats to Curran’s Meat’s MJB Cubs for their Wednesday 11-6 win over DriveSafe Auto Center’s Orioles. Pee Wee Sr. Baseball division enjoyed a close game with Walsh Management Angels win 7-6 over the A.O.H. Division 21 Athletics. Great game boys! The spring weather is not the only thing heating up as our Major Girls’ Softball division is getting cooking with teams Lana’s Loft Bobcats (coached by Rob

Rose and Donald Powell), and Lola Star’s Pioneers, (coached by Carolyn Nicholson and Heather Belovin) each savoring a 2-1 record so far for this 2018 season. In Minor Girl’s division, Walsh Properties’ Eagles kept it hot celebrating their 10-3 win over Elegante’s Firebirds. While the challenge was on, all girls played with great sportsmanship and a fun time was had by all.

Our Pee Wee Girls and Boys T-Ball divisions continue to delight coaches and parents alike while kids are having fun learning baseball fundamentals and the values of good sportsmanship. RLL is quite fortunate to have supportive parents jumping in to support our youngest team – great family fun for all! (Photos by Dan Brown and Paul King)

Golf League Champs!

Rockaway Beach Golf Club winter league finals went one hole into sudden death, where a team of Rockaway locals aptly named ROCK FAM won their second championship in a row. Featured from left to right: Brian Hayden, Chris McGuinness, Mike Caiazzo, Steve O’Sea, Gary Carroll, Coach, Rich Georg. Not pictured: Sean Greene.

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