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Happy Ferryversary! Rockaway Boat Hits One-Year Mark By Katie McFadden

One year in and the boat is still afloat. Happy first anniversary to the Rockaway ferry! On May 1, 2017, the boats of the new citywide ferry service launched on their maiden voyages on the Rockaway and East River routes. For those in Rockaway, having the return of the ferry was much welcomed. The ferry has had its ebbs and flows over the past year but it seems the consensus is that Rockaway loves the commute by boat, as does much of the city. The launch of the Rockaway ferry route, which goes to and from Rockaway, making a stop at Sunset Park, Brooklyn and ending at Pier 11 near Wall Street, saw 1,828 riders on day one. A year later, representatives from NYC Ferry tell us the Rockaway route has seen approximately 640,400 riders in

its first year of service. Locals got a taste of ferry life following Hurricane Sandy, after the A train was damaged and a transportation alternative was a necessity. However, after several extensions, the service operated by Seastreak came to an end. However, in 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to bring it back as part of a citywide ferry service system. And on May 1, 2017, Rockaway saw that promise kept when the first boat, now operated by Hornblower, left the dock at Beach 108th at 5:30 a.m.

The service, at just $2.75 per ride, introduced brand new 149-passenger vessels complete with a bathroom, bike racks, indoor and outdoor seating, outlets to keep those devices charged for the ride, and a snack bar serving unique treats, coffee, and beer and wine. In its first year of service, the city has seen the launch of four ferry routes, with East River and Rockaway being the first, the South Brooklyn route launching in June 2017 and the Astoria route being added in August 2017. The first year has been a wild ride, literally, but it seems that learning from the not-so-great aspects will open the service up to an even brighter future. One of the biggest challenges was seen during the Rockaway ferry’s first summer season. The city had been warned about large summer crowds,

but only boats with a capacity of 149-people were added to system. After seeing several examples of people being left behind at docks and having to charter boats from other companies to pick up the slack, the phrase, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat,� became apparent. The stats also supported that phrase. By July 26, between the East River, South Brooklyn and Rockaway routes, the service hit the milestone of serving one million riders. With all four routes, in its first year, NYC Ferry served more than three million riders, surpassing initial projections by 34 percent or nearly 800,000 riders. It seems the city is aiming to right that wrong of insufficient capacity going forward. After the summer, NYC Ferry announced that it will be adding six larger vessels to its fleet that Continued on page 16

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Small World And The Big Stadium By John Sica

My daughter-in-law Liz gave me the best compliment recently when she said she is going to be more like me, in that I talk to everyone I meet and make friends easily. A few days later, we were going out to breakfast by their new home in Babylon at a great little diner named Glen’s Dinette. Since there was a 30-minute wait, she offered to wait while my son, my two grandsons and I went over to the local surf shop, Bungers, to kill some time. The couple behind the counter was very nice. I mentioned that I just got back from Rincon, Puerto Rico because I knew the shop was started by the legendary surf board shaper Charlie Bunger, who now lives down in Rincon. “That’s my father!” Theresa informed us. Her husband Ray noticed my son’s Yankees jacket and

asked if we were Yankees fans. As it turns out, he wrote a children’s book called “One Last Time,” a baseball fantasy about the legends of the Yankees coming back to play a final game together at the old stadium before it is closed. Ray gave my grandsons a free

copy of the book that they will cherish for years to come. I mentioned that the Yankees have a day game Thursday that I was thinking of going to. “Who you going to go with?” Ray inquired. “My daughter Trish, we go to a lot of games together.”

“Write down your name and phone number,” Ray said as he passed me a pen and paper. “I’ll get you tickets, just go to will call when you get to the stadium.” Wow. I just met Ray and Theresa and he gave my grandsons a book, and me and Trish tickets to the game. Who was this special man? I was about to find out. There was another book behind the counter called “Yankee Miracles.” I inquired about that book and sure enough, Ray wrote that one too. I told him I’d like to buy a copy and as I read it I learned what a special man Ray is. If you get a chance, pick up a copy. The book tells the true story of Ray Negron, who as a young 17-year-old in the early 1970’s, cut out of school and was spray painting graffiti on the walls of Yankee Stadium when a limo pulled up and out Continued on page 6

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SMALL WORLD AND THE BIG STADIUM Continued from Page 5 came George Steinbrenner who grabbed Ray and took him into the stadium where he was going to be arrested. But George saw an opportunity to change a kid’s life and made Ray work for him to pay off the damage. Ray found himself in a Yankees uniform on the field, shagging fly balls during batting practice hours later, while his cousins watched in disbelief. So began Ray’s lifelong career working with the Yankees in many different capacities. While his inside-the-clubhouse tales of all the Yankee greats through the years are riveting, the real story is what Ray did with his opportunity, parlaying it into his becoming a community leader, dedicating his own life to helping, inspiring and rescuing generations of city kids from the temptations of the street. The book is funny, inspirational, emotional and a fun read

for Yankees and non-Yankees fans alike. Back to Babylon, when we got back to the diner, all my daughter-in-law Liz could do was shake her head in disbelief at our good fortune of meeting such great people. The game itself was an adventure. At the stadium, they were having trouble tracking down our tickets. Ray was in Florida and the Yankees staff couldn’t have been nicer trying to locate where our tickets were. It took two innings and phone calls to a half dozen Yankees officers to finally get us in. But it was worth the wait. The seats were in the second section, front row, just to the right of home plate. Trish and I were in our glory watching the game so close. After about an inning, a gentleman and Yankees staff member named George came over to us and asked us if we knew about the Delta Club. He told us to go up there when we wanted and help ourselves to free snacks, gourmet food and drinks

for sale in a beautiful setting. When he walked away, the people sitting around us said, “Who do you know?” The answer, of course, is Ray. The Delta Club was great. They had an outdoor deck with waiter service and views of the field. But we spent most of our time back in our great seats. Even when the opposing pitcher had a perfect game going in the fifth, Trish and I were counting our blessings. As a great Yankee once said, we considered ourselves to be the luckiest people on the face of the earth. Trish and I had a bet, we each picked one Yankee to see who would hit a home run. She had Stanton and I had Sanchez. With the Yankees down in the bottom of the ninth 3-1, Sanchez got up with two on and drilled one into the left field seats for a game winning walk off homer. Lifetime memories are made at the Stadium. One more amazing coincidence. Sitting next to us was this wildly enthusiastic

fan that we struck up a conversation with named Sokol. Small talk led us to find out he was from Astoria, Queens and when we told him we were from Rockaway, he said he was working on a house in Belle Harbor. We asked him the address and sure enough it was my son’s house, which he just sold a month ago. Our jaws dropped when he said the address. Of the 40,758 people in attendance, we are sitting next to a guy working on my son’s house a month after he sold it. Crazy world. The moral of the story is to greet people with a smile and an open heart. Everyone you meet has a story and the beauty of life is to open your eyes and ears to it.

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Kicking Off A Career—With the NFL A Far Rockaway football star will continue playing local—and by local, we mean the New York Jets. Hometown favorite, Folorunso Fatukasi of Beach 46th Street was selected by the New York Jets during the 2018 NFL draft last week. The 6 -foot-4, 318 pound defensive linebacker was one of six picks the Jets chose to vie for a spot on Gang Green’s roster come opening day. Fatukasi, or “Foley” to his friends and family, is still reeling from the hearing his name called as a 6th round pick by the New York Jets. Although hints of interest from the team swirled, they all waited anxiously until the official announcement on draft day confirming that Fatukasi would soon be going for the green and white. “It feels great,” Fatukasi told the New York Post. “I give thanks, I don’t want to sound cliché, but I have to thank God for every moment that I have had up until now. It’s surreal.

Talent runs in the family and some think life on the professional offensive and defensive lines may one day become a family affair. Fatukasi’s two younger brothers, Olakunie

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Words can’t explain how I feel right now.” Fatukasi’s football career started on the peninsula as a Rockaway Raven, then as a Dolphin on Beach Channel High School’s football team. A few stellar years on that team earned him a football scholarship as a UConn Huskie at the University of Connecticut and more than a few glances from NFL scouters. Natural athleticism may contribute to Fatukasi’s success, but

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KICKING OFF A CAREER Continued from Page 10 brother’s footsteps. Rockaway Ravens Coach Edwin Williams, presently working with Fatukasi’s brother, Olalemi, says, “These boys have a lot of talent, a real football family. They work very hard and come from a really nice, quiet, humble family.” Fatukasi graduated from UConn with a dual major in communications and sociology, but his cheerleaders, Williams among them, anticipate a long, successful career in football for Foley. At his old high school stomping grounds at Channel View School for Research, the news spread fast and was shared more than a thousand times on social media. Sheila Murray, athletic director at the school, said, “I can tell you that the entire school is so proud of Foley for his hard work and determination and we wish him all the best in the NFL. Many people on the campus wore Jets shirts on Monday in support of Foley. It is just incredibly exciting news for all of

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us, especially the athletes coming up behind him.” It’s likely that Fatukasi will also never forget those who were left behind. A March 2013 profile in the New York Daily News highlighted the strong bond between Dolphins teammates Breland Archbold, Christopher Carr, Nkozi Stewart, Fatukasi and the late Justin Zemser. Pals since seventh grade, Zemser’s future

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Few Voices Heard at Peninsula Hospital Site Meeting By Katie McFadden

On Thursday, April 26, the public got a chance to have their say in the future plans for the old Peninsula Hospital site near Beach 51st Street. However, with the only public scoping meeting held at 4 p.m. on a Thursday by the Department of City Planning, only a few locals were available to voice their thoughts on the plan that calls for 17 buildings and more than 2,200 residential units on a less than 10-acre piece of land. At P.S. 105, a school diagonally across from the recently-razed Peninsula Hospital site, not even a quarter of the auditorium was full as the Department of City Planning held its scoping meeting, outlining the early plans for the future of the site and zoning changes that will be necessary to make some aspects of the plan possible. In the summer of 2016, Arker Companies and the Northeast Brooklyn Housing De-

velopment Corporation, together under the Peninsula Rockaway Limited Partnership, purchased the Peninsula Hospital site, which had been unused since the hospital closed in 2012, for $19 million. At the end of March of this year, the Department of City Planning (DCP) released a draft scope of the project, detailing the early plan for the site’s future. It calls

for an approximately 2,289,000 gross square feet (gsf ) development on the 9.34-acre site. The plan includes 17 buildings with around 2,200 residential dwelling units, of which 1,910 are intended to be affordable, restricted to households with incomes up to 80 percent of Area Median Income, while another 270 units will be set aside for senior housing. In addition

to housing, the project would include approximately 151,800 gsf of retail space, around 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 of publicly-accessible open space. The whole site would only include 624 new parking spaces. The planners expect the entire project to be complete by 2034, with construction starting some time in 2019. Arker Companies is no stranger to Rockaway. The company recently developed the Beach Channel Senior Housing project, a seven-story, 154-unit building, mostly reserved for senior citizens and formerly homeless families, located at 34-11 Beach Channel Drive. This was the first project to break ground, in August 2015, under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $350 Million program to provide affordable housing Continued on page 13

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FEW VOICES HEARD Continued from Page 12 for seniors. The Peninsula site would be Arker’s second Rockaway project. At Thursday’s meeting, DCP and interested parties gave a brief presentation on the project and opened the floor to public comments. The response among the few that signed up to speak was mixed, with some adamantly against the plan, others in support of it, and many explaining some concerns with certain aspects of the project planned for an already vulnerable peninsula. Councilman Donovan Richards, the only elected official to appear at the meeting, said he “looks forward to working with Arker on this long overdue plan,” but, “we need to make the plan better.” He complimented Arker for hiring many locals for the Beach Channel Senior Housing project, but said the newly proposed project needs to take some things into consideration. “It is critical that some sort of medical facility be included in this plan. There should also be significant square footage for recreation areas for families,” Richards said. He also suggested bringing quality, healthy food store options to the area, urged that 50 percent of the units be made available to residents first and that jobs related to the project go to locals. Richards also pointed out local flooding issues, saying, “In this area, from Beach 56th to 48th, the streets flood with the slightest amount of rainfall, so I’m looking forward to seeing a plan to reduce flooding and improving the draining system in this area as we entertain new development. Resiliency is going to be critical,” he said. He also addressed the need for improved transportation in the area, a need for adequate parking related to the project, the possibility of creating another school in a borough that faces overcrowding in current classrooms and more. “We have some ways to go in this plan to make it a better plan for this community,” he said, adding, “This will go through the ULURP process and will make its way to

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THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 my desk and we’ll be the ones saying if we like it and want to approve it or not.” Among other public comments, many pointed out the inconvenient time of holding the meeting at 4 p.m. on a Thursday, many requested that the project include something for children and families, some thanked Arker for providing local jobs, several expressed concerns over having adequate parking, many pointed out that the peninsula can’t meet the medical needs of the residents already here, and some pointed out that the company wants to squeeze too many people into one area. “They took away the only other hospital and now want to turn it into housing units. Where are they gonna go when they’re sick? I can promise you that St. John’s, in its current capacity, cannot handle 2,000 more patients. I’m not against housing or adding people, but the amount you’re doing is ridiculous,” a resident named Samuel said. “This isn’t even a 10-acre site and you want to put 2,200 units on it,” local Glenn DiResto said. “Compare that to Arverne by the Sea. That has the same number of units, 2,200 on 120 acres of land. Not 10 acres. The city is planning to cram 2,200 on 10 acres. That’s too populated for this peninsula that already lacks services such as adequate transportation, schools, hospitals and retail. This plan needs to be scaled back and looked at by the city.” For those who missed the meeting, you can still have your voices heard. Public comments will be accepted through Monday, May 7 and can be sent to Robert Dobruskin, director of the Environmental Assessment and Review Division of the Department of City Planning. Comments should be sent by mail to Dobruskin at 120 Broadway, 31st Floor New York, N.Y. 10271. However, he can also be reached by phone at (212) 720-3423 or email: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov. The documents related to this project and meeting can be found at www1.nyc.gov/site/ planning/applicants/scoping-documents.page

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Chili Contest Heats Up the Rock ardsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office was named the winner of the 100 Precinct Community Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chili Cook-Off for the second year in a row. The 9th Annual Chili & Macn-Cheese Cook-off, the 100 Precinct Community Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest fundraiser of the year, was a huge success! Bellies were full from chili and for the first time this year, macaroni and cheese, feet were dancing to the beats of DJ Eddy Pastore and smiles were seen around the Knights of Columbus as many won raffle prizes and the cook-off champs were crowned. Jessica Luinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chili once again came on top, but the Rockaway Beach Civic Association put up a delicious bowl that landed them second place this year. The judges, 100th Precinct Captain Janice Holmes, Wave Editor Mark Healey and local activist John Cori were given the tough job of tasting Jessica Luina is chili queen. all of the entries as judges and The Community Liaison for picking their favorites. HowevCouncilman Donovan Rich- er, the general public also got

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HAPPY FERRYVERSARY! Continued from Page 3 will be able to hold up to 349 passengers. The first three of these boats are expected to arrive this summer, so the summer commute may be smoother for 2018. Some other things have not gone so smoothly. After the summer battle was over, the Rockaway ferry seemed to have a bad stroke of luck, or poor navigation come into play. In November 2017, a ferry that just departed from Pier 11, got stuck on some old pilings near the pier and the more than 100 passengers had to be transported back to the dock and placed on another vessel. Then, just a month later, a city-bound Rockaway ferry veered off course and found itself stranded on a sandbar between Breezy Point and Coney Island. The 27 passengers on board spent several hours in the cold, awaiting rescue, but they were eventually transported by smaller boats

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RBA Wins Big City Grant The Rockaway Buisness Alliance (RBA), just got a big boost from the city. The local organization was among nine across the city to be awarded yearly grants from the NYC Small Business Services (SBS) Avenue NYC initiative. On Thursday, April 26, SBS Commissioner Gregg Bishop announced $1.17 million in grant awards to community based development organizations (CBDOs) to boost underserved neighborhoods through community development projects. The awards, funded by SBS’ Avenue NYC initiative, will be used to strengthen CBDOs capacity to carry out tailored, multi-year commercial revitalization programs in low- and moderate-income communities. This is the first year that Avenue NYC is awarding grants for multi-year program commitments in an aim to enhance the capacity of CBDOs to understand local neighborhood needs and deliver impactful community development projects. Grantees will be awarded

up to $100,000 per year for up to three years. “As New Yorkers, we take great pride in our neighborhoods, which is why the City is committed to empowering community-based organizations to strengthen and preserve their neighborhoods,” Gregg Bishop, commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, said. “With these new multi-year awards, we’ve taken this commitment to the next level by funding valuable commercial revitalization projects for up to three years.” The other groups awarded include the Chhaya Community Development Corporation in Jackson Heights, the Community League of the Heights in Washington Heights, the Flatbush Development Corporation in Brooklyn, Greater Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation in the Bronx, the Harlem Park to Park Initiative in Manhattan, the Jamaica Center Improvement Association in Queens, the Mosholu Preservation Corpora-

tion in the Bronx and the Pitkin Avenue District Management Organization in Brownsville. Rockaway’s council members weighed in on the big win for the local Rockaway Business Alliance. “As we work to revive long-forgotten communities and their commercial corridors, it is critical that we lift up the small businesses on the ground today and make new opportunities for potential business owners,” Councilman Donovan Richards said. “I look forward to working with the Rockaway Business Alliance to support our local organizations and create solid community development projects in the Arverne and Edgemere neighborhoods where there is a great need for commercial revitalization. I’d also like to thank SBS Commissioner Bishop for investing in our communities and the organizations that serve them.” “The Rockaway Business Alliance played an instrumental role in our resiliency efforts in the years following Superstorm

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Activists Pipe Up on Pipeline at Public Hearing On Thursday, April 26, the only New York public hearing about a proposed natural gas pipeline off the waters of New Jersey and Rockaway, was held at 5 p.m. in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. While the meeting was advertised as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;public comment session,â&#x20AC;? the process for hearing the public comments was rather, private. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is bulls***,â&#x20AC;? was a common phrase heard around the Best Western Gregory Hotel last Thursday as the dozens of people that showed up to let the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hear their thoughts on the Williams Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest proposed project, the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE), were displeased with the new speaking format. Rockaway locals and other New Yorkers have been battling against natural gas projects proposed for our waters for several years, so many were shocked to find the public hearing format changed for Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. Instead

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of convening in one conference room and testifying before all, as at past FERC meetings, those making public comments, whether in support of or against the project, were confined to a waiting room while individuals were selected one by one to enter another room to state their thoughts to FERC. The meeting was a public comment session on the more than 600-page draft Environmental Impact Statement for Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proposed NESE, released on March 23. Williams, the same company that installed the Rockaway Lateral Project in 2014, a natural a gas pipeline that goes under Riis Park and the bay, and up Flatbush Avenue, says this newest proposal would provide additional natural gas to

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waiting area, while keeping their voices to a minimum, and the response was greatly anti-pipeline. Kim Fraczek of the Sane Energy Project mentioned several reasons for being against the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will include 23 miles of trenching on our ocean floor that is going to occur and stir up the toxins that have been settling there. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re now seeing the return of life, the return of endangered species in our area and we want to keep it that way. The Williams pipeline will disrupt that process of bringing life back to our shores,â&#x20AC;? she said. She also spoke about the necessity of the pipeline, or lack thereof. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know National Grid is the customer of this pipeline. We know that one of the five chairs of FERC is Cheryl LaFleur, a 27year veteran and lead of National Grid. We know Cheryl LaFleur is a crooked person and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the people determining whether this pipeline should be Continued on page 21

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approved or not. Also, according to 2012 reports of our energy necessity for the city of New York, we know we have enough gas to get us through and we’re now investing in renewable infrastructure.” Many mentioned supporting renewable energy alternatives, like wind energy, which very well may be in Rockaway’s future. Although he couldn’t attend, local Danny Rusciilo’s statement against the pipeline was also read. “How much does Rockaway have to put up with? It only takes one mistake or oversight to cause catastrophic damage from an explosion or fire. Williams Company has a terrible track record when it comes to accidents, a very good reason why we, residents of the Rockaway peninsula do not need to take that chance with the installation of their pipeline. Rockaway already went through one devastation, Superstorm Sandy. We say no to this pipeline, we say no to this Williams Company period. We implore you Governor Cuomo to veto this catastrophe away as you did for the LNG port for the Rockaways,” Ruscillo said. According to a press release sent by anti-pipeline organizations, other elected officials have spoken out against the project, including Councilman Donovan Richards and Assemblywoman

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THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 Stacey Pheffer Amato. “New York must get serious in our efforts to combat climate change immediately by focusing on clean, renewable energy projects,” Richards said. “We should be talking about tapping into wind energy off our shores or the geothermal energy beneath our feet, not building pipelines. Renewable energy is the future and the faster we get on board the faster we can train New Yorkers for quality green jobs and provide sustainable economic growth for the long term. The Williams Pipeline is the wrong approach for this city, this state and this nation.” “We have a duty as New Yorkers to protect our environment so that our children and future generations can inhabit it. Today I stand with our community and Civic Organizations against the proposed William’s Pipeline,” Pheffer Amato said. “Together we must take collective actions to preserve our beaches, our marine life, our water quality, and most importantly, protect the hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of residents that could possibly be put at risk.” The project needs approval by FERC for construction to begin, but another factor has come into play, which has put Williams’ timeline on pause. On April 20, the Department of Environmental Conservation denied a necessary water quality certification for the project, saying that Williams failed to complete its application on time and the environmental review was incomplete, and that the “materials that were submitted to DEC showed potentially significant environmental impacts that raised serious concerns.” This denial has put the project on hold, regardless of the FERC decision, but Williams has an opportunity to complete its application. For those who missed Thursday’s meeting, public comments are still being accepted through May 14. Comments can be made online or sent by mail. Search “Northeast Supply Enhancement Project” or Docket Number CP17-101-000 on www. ferc.gov to see the whole EIS and to leave an electronic comment. Photos by Lee Ziesche.

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from NurtureU Wellness Sharky Piggybanks craft activity from Tsadik G Management Pizza Eating Contest at Ciros Ice Cream Eating Contest at Carvel Crystal Healing with Marilyn Lopez Qi Gong with Chad Brigockas Outdoor cafe Cuisine by Claudette 100th Precinct, Crime Prevention Table FDNY, Fire Safety Demo Yoga With Intention/ Rachel Krieger, Enchantress Shane: Improv Theater, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance Your Soul,â&#x20AC;? Maze Meditation Nancy Gahles Seedball Making DJ Mikey Palms Magic and balloon-animals from Omar Olusion, sponsored by Kids â&#x20AC;&#x2122;N Shape Live music hosted by the Believe in Rockaway Community Center, featuring:

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HEPATITIS Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that may be caused by a viral infection, medication, alcohol, and other things. Today I would like to concentrate on hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV) and can be transmitted by contact with the feces of an infected person. Transmission may occur by directly touching the feces of an infected person or consuming food or water that has been contaminated by fecal matter. Hepatitis B and C are not transmitted by food or feces but rather by contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. Hepati-

tis A may be spread by sexual activity (mostly men who have sex with men) and intravenous drug use, however these types of cases are uncommon. Foods most commonly associated with hepatitis A are fruits, vegetables, salads, raw shellfish, and contaminated rice. Fruits, vegetables, and salads may become contaminated if prepared by someone with hepatitis A who did not properly wash their hands following a bowel movement. Shellfish can be contaminated if harvested from polluted waters and rice by contaminated rice paddies. Hepatitis A may be spread up

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to two weeks before symptoms appear and up to a week after symptoms appear. The time from exposure to symptoms is usually two to six weeks. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). Jaundice is caused by the liver releasing bilirubin, or bile, into the blood stream rather than into the biliary ducts, which normally conduct bile into the small intestine. Because bile is released into the blood stream and not the intestine, not only do the skin and eyes turn yellow, but the urine darkens to a tea-like color and the stools, without bile, are a pale color. Because it is caused by contaminated food, hepatitis A usually occurs in localized outbreaks. There have been several recent outbreaks in the U.S. among homeless people. The HAV can survive on food surfaces and is only killed when the food is heated to at least 185 degrees for a minimum of one to two minutes. There is no specific

The Rockaway Times treatment for hepatitis A and symptoms usually subside within two months, although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does report that 10 to 15 percent of those infected by the HAV may have symptoms that can last up to nine months. Someone who knows they have been exposed to hepatitis A may be given immune globulin (basically, antibodies to HAV) within two weeks of exposure. Otherwise vaccination is the only prevention. Vaccination is recommended for all children at age one year and to those at risk for infection. Those at risk for HAV infection include men who have sex with men, those who travel often to areas where HAV is common (i.e. Southeast Asia), intravenous drug users, those with liver disease or clotting problems, and teachers and children in childcare facilities. At any rate, regardless of vaccination status, everyone should wash their hands often to prevent spread of hepatitis A. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.


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 By Beth Hanning

Status Huh? Last week I wrote about privacy and how pretty much many people are being hypocritical when saying their privacy is being violated. This week I would like to talk about the “Vague-Bookers.” You know who they are…those people who post those vague statuses about how certain people have harmed them or that a certain person will one day find karma. Recently, a friend of mine on Facebook (and in life) put up a status: “Stop asking peo-

ple to pray for you if you’re not going to say what’s wrong, I am not going to be praying for you to heal your yeast infection.” I literally laughed out loud. When I messaged Barbara Knott to ask her to use the status for the column, she mentioned that some people took the status offensively and not as a joke. She said to me that people often put those vague statuses and when you ask them what is the matter they reply, “I don’t want to talk about it.” Well then, why

did you post it? Recently, one of those vague posts went up about prayers. I received many calls from friends, texts and group chats: “What is the matter with so and so?” I said, “I have no idea.” One friend asked me if I was going to text the said person and ask, and I said “No, if they wanted us to know they would have told us.” The next day I received a text: “Go back on the post and read the comments you can see what is the matter.” I actually looked, however, there were more than one hundred comments. I responded: “I’m good.” In this case the information became public knowledge. Sometimes, it does not. That vague post stays a secret and the subject of group chats and dinner conversations. You also have to screenshot all of those Vague-book posts because the said person may delete it when they have come to their senses and have realized it was a bit much. The posts I am referring to are usually about a friendship

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FIND YOUR CALM There are 1,440 minutes in one day. Some of those minutes are sleep time – very important to rest. Some of those minutes are perhaps scheduled work time or time with children or yoga class time or food shopping time or however we carve into those 1,440 minutes to apportion out everything that happens in one day. We soon see that all of the minutes are taken. If we were to “take the time” to document how we spend all of the minutes in one day, it would be surprising to see what we really do. Think about the words “spend

time.” We are really spending the allocation every day – the allocation of minutes. . . we’re using them up day after day after day. It may seem that even though we’re scheduling all of the activities, we’re not in control of how we spend our time. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. But, there are enough minutes. Breaking the day into minutes shows us that we have time. We have time to stop to be in a calm place. Being in a calm place is beneficial for our well-being. Take 10 minutes out of every

1,440 to Find Your Calm. Sometimes when I am not in “body/mind/heart harmony,” I take 10 minutes (well really I don’t count them, I just take a little bit) to center in with a few deep breaths, asking myself what is going on, what can I do to feel better? Basically, how do I find my calm again. Awareness. First of all, being aware that things inside aren’t quite that right; there might be just a feeling of uneasiness. Things reel up now and again through no fault of our own. Our life’s experiences, because they become a part of us, come up time and time again. And it is how we look at them that makes the difference. So we may be uneasy about something or someone and then taking that 10 minutes to be aware and acknowledge and bring a way in to feel better really helps us to move on. We acknowledge whatever it is, we don’t press it down. And, knowing that it had a place in our lives, we go from there. After a while, even moments of sadness from the past become different. They become part of

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Pheffer Amato to Hold Naloxone Training Session Addiction and drug overdoses is a widespread problem. Thankfully, tools like naloxone are available to help reverse overdoses. On Thursday, May 17, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato is hosting a free training session so people can learn how to use this life-saving serum. In conjunction with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Pheffer Amato will hold a free naloxone training session will be provided at the Queens Library in Howard Beach (92-06 156th Ave) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. This session will teach participants how to recognize, respond to, and reverse an opioid overdose using naloxone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Families across New York State and the entire nation have been torn apart by addiction

and a heroin epidemic that has rapidly escalated,â&#x20AC;? Pheffer Amato said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To see families lose loved ones to addiction is heartbreaking. This session can give people the necessary knowledge and training that can help save lives.â&#x20AC;? The training session is free and open to the public. Registration for the event is required. Participants must be 16 years of age. For more information or to register, contact Pheffer Amatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office at 718-945-9550 or amatos@nyassembly.gov â&#x20AC;&#x153;This training program â&#x20AC;&#x201C; along with the increased funding provided in the state budget to fight this addiction crisis â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will help provide life-saving prevention, treatment and recovery services for local communities here in Queens,â&#x20AC;? Pheffer Amato said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I encourage residents to attend.â&#x20AC;?

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THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 Saturday, May 5, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. ROCKAWAY BEACH CIVIC ASSOCATION Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street Courthouse project, Army Corps discussion and pipeline.

EARTH DAY ROCKAWAY RISE Center 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd Live music, food, activities like kite-making, recycling Olympics, mock dolphin rescue, plantings, composting, face painting, water testing, raptor demonstration, firehouse safety obstacle course and more.

MOTTS BASIN CLEANUP 28-16 Edgewater Road Join United by Blue and JBRPC for a cleanup of the wetlands. Register to volunteer at unitedbyblue.com/ mottsbasin

Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. BHPOA BEACH CLEAN UP Beach 134th Beach Wall Meet at the wall and join for a cleanup of the beach with the Belle Harbor Property Owners Assocation.

CINCO DE MEOWMEOW YOGA Beach 116th Street Join for a 90-minute yoga class on the beach to raise funds to send a Thailand shelter home to Rockaway. $5 donation. AVOID THE DAY BOOKSTORE POPUP Rockaway Brewing Company 415 Beach 72nd Street Buy and read books.

THE MOOKS LIVE Uma’s 92-07 Rockaway Beach Blvd Simon Chardiet and Vic Ruggiero play live. LBRB MEETING 160 Beach 94th Street Ladies of Business Rockaway Beach monthly meeting featuring Everything Rockaway app developer.

Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m. BELIEVE IN ROCKAWAY BUSINESS GATHERING Thai Rock 375 Beach 92nd Street Brief presentation on the planned Believe In Rockaway Community Center and Church. Free appetizers.

Tuesday, May 8, 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, May 5, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY Belle Harbor Yacht Club 533 Beach 126th Street Watch the Derby, party and maybe win some money.

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COMMUNITY BOARD 14 MEETING Bayswater Jewish Center 2355 Healy Ave Ferry summer plan, RWA’s Create Rockaway project, pipeline discussion and possible placement of homeless families.

Wednesday, May 9, 11:30 a.m.

EARLY LITERACY SERIES Peninsula Library 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd Musical fun, a read aloud, parent discussion, free book giveaways and library card sign up. Ages 24 months to 4 years. Space is limited. Registration required. Call 718-634-1110.

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Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. COSMIC SALT AT WHIT’S END 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd Live music every Wednesday.

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LEGAL NOTICES Notice of formation of Eyez Mobile Now, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 11/17/2017. Office location: Queens. SSNY is designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 102-40 62nd Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of MH Remodeling and Maintenance, LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 01/19/2018. Office in Queens County NY. SSNY designated as agent for LLC whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to MH Remodeling and Maintenance LLC, 159-01 116 Avenue, Jamaica NY 11434. Any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION of Hinomaru Tokyo LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/23/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 88-30 51st Avenue, #3E, Elmhurst, New York 113733995. Purpose: any lawful act. BB68 PROPERTY LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/04/18. 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, 148-14 60th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SIX FIVE GROUP LLC. Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/12/2018. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served again the LLC to 8854 81st Rd, Glendale, NY 11385. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. 29-12 Newtown LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 4/9/2018. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to c/o Restani Construction Corp., 42-04 Berrian Blvd., Astoria, NY 11105. General Purpose.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Pursuant to the lien granted by N.Y. Lien Law § 182, Metro Storage, LLC, as managing agent for Lessor, will sell by public auction (or otherwise dispose) personal property (in its entirety) belonging to the tenants listed below to the highest bidder to satisfy the lien of the Lessor for rental and other charges due. The said property has been stored and is located at the respective address below. Units up for auction will be listed for public bidding on-line at www.Storagestuff.bid beginning five days prior to the scheduled auction date and time. The terms of the sale will be cash only. A 10% buyer’s premium will be charged per unit. All sales are final. Metro Self Storage, LLC reserves the right to withdraw any or all units, partial or entire, from the sale at any time before the sale or to refuse any bids. The property to be sold is described as “general household items” unless otherwise noted. All contents must be removed completely from the property within 48 hours or sooner or are deemed abandoned by bidder/buyer. Sale rules and regulations are available at the time of sale.

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Notice of Formation of Imperial Realty Properties LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/10/2018. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Imperial Realty Properties LLC, 2845 202nd Street, Bayside, NY 11360. 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. S.K.G. FUNDING LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/19/2018. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Spyros Kekatos, 22-76 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Conversion of Crescent Street Associates, a partnership, to Crescent Street Associates, LLC. Certificate filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/07/01. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Rosenwach Tank Company, 40-25 Crescent St., Long Island City, NY 11101 (Attn: Mr. Andrew Rosenwach). Purpose: any lawful activities.

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. 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. Notice of formation of A DREAM PROPERTIES & DEVELOPMENT LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 02/26/2018. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 90-19 88th Ave, Apt B41, Woodhaven, NY 11421. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.


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Anne Griffin June 17, 1924 April 28, 2018 Visitation was Monday, April 30, at Denis Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Funeral Home Mass was held Tuesday, May 1, 10:30 a.m. at St. Camillus Church, 99-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Park, NY Burial was Tuesday, May 1 at St. Charles Cemetery Edward Ramon Montero November 2, 1971 - April 30, 2018 Visitation: Thursday, May 3, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Location: Denis Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Funeral Home Funeral Home Mass: Friday, May 4 at 9:45 a.m. Location: St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 19-20 New Haven Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY Burial: Friday, May 4 following Mass Location: St. Charles Cemetery

NOTICE TO BIDDERS (ADVERTISEMENT) OWNER: Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of: PROJECT: Construction of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department Will be received by the: Becker Engineering, P.C. 777 Sunrise Highway, Suite 300 Lynbrook, NY 11563 Until: 10:00 AM (Prevailing Time) May 14, 2018. A pre-bid meeting will be held on April 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM, hosted by Becker Engineering, PC, at the following location: VFW Post 260 Prince-Wynn 713 Shad Creek Road Broad Channel, NY 11693 Bidders must carefully examine and become familiar with the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS contain information on bidder qualifications and responsibility requirements that are outlined in the INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS. BIDDERS must satisfy themselves of the accuracy of the estimated quantities in the BID Schedule by examination of the site and a review of the drawings and specifications including ADDENDA. After BIDS have been submitted, the BIDDER shall not assert that there was a misunderstanding concerning the quantities of WORK or of the nature of the WORK to be done. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS contain the provisions required for the construction of the PROJECT. Information obtained (such as phone conversations, etc.) from an officer, agent, or employee of the OWNER or any other person shall not affect the risks or obligations assumed by the CONTRACTOR or relieve the contractor from fulfilling any of the conditions of the contract. This project will be completed through five (5) separate work contracts: General Construction Contract 1, General Construction Contract 2, Electrical Contract, HVAC Contract, and Plumbing Contract. Continuous coordination will be required amoung the contractors of each contract during construction as there will be overlap during several phases of construction. Each contract has the following contractor work force goals: t.JOPSJUZ6UJMJ[BUJPO7BSJFT TFF(PBMTGPS.JOPSJUZ1BSUJDJQBUJPOJOUIF$POTUSVDUJPO Industry in CONTRACT DOCUMENTS) t'FNBMF6UJMJ[BUJPO 5IJTDPOUSBDUIBTB%JTBEWBOUBHFE#VTJOFTT&OUFSQSJTF %#& VUJMJ[BUJPOHPBM The contractor must obtain above goals or show good faith effort. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following location(s): Becker Engineering, PC 777 Sunrise Highway, Suite 300 Lynbrook, NY 11563 (516) 561-5922 x220 A compact disc containing the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office of: Becker Engineering, PC 777 Sunrise Highway, Suite 300 Lynbrook, NY 11563 (516) 561-5922 x220 Upon a non-refundable payment of $25.00 for each CD (made payable to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Departmentâ&#x20AC;?). If mailing is requested, a separate non-refundable check of $25.00 (made payable to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Departmentâ&#x20AC;?) is required to cover postage and handling. The Owner reserves the right to accept or reject any and all BIDS. This is a federally-aided contract being financed with funds from and subject to the approval of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).

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Winner of RAA’s Solo Show Contest to Make Debut Tightly nestled houses of architectural miscellany lurk quietly in the dark, only the occasional glowing window, suggesting people within. Above, you’re serenaded by the relentless roar of low-flying air traffic destined for the nearby airport, one of the busiest in the country.” The result is a series of long exposures that depict the quiet neighborhood and transform the air traffic into beautifully patterned trails through the night sky. Finally, Zassenhaus presents several “sketches”, titled Ways of Telling Time, as the artist plays with how time is measured by light, decay, and ritual. Beyond What’s Known will open at the sTudio 6 Gallery in Fort Tilden, with a reception on Saturday, May 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., through May 27. Several events will take place Michelle Zassenhaus is about to show Rockaway beyond what’s known. The Brooklyn-based artist was selected by the Rockaway Artists Alliance as the winner of their 2018 Solo Show Competition and she’ll be showing off her work in the RAA’s newest exhibit, opening on May 12. Zassenhaus is a Brooklyn-based photographer who received her BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. Her work has been recognized by Photo District News, L’Œil de la Photographie, and Don’t Take Pictures. Zassenhaus’ photos have been exhibited across the United States, but her show at the RAA, “Beyond What’s Known,” will be her debut solo exhibition. “Beyond What’s Known” is the culmination of a “selfstyled” residency Zassenhaus completed at Rockaway Beach over the winter, with the water being the subject of many of her creative photos that almost look like paintings. According

to an RAA press release, “whilst grappling with life-changing events, for which the show is a metaphor, Zassenhaus creates a handful of personal surveys of the landscape at the water’s edge.” Through her characteristic large-format long exposures and other photographic techniques, Zassenhaus captures the “signature” of Rockaway, an area which, unbeknownst to many, but not to those who live locally, is part of New York City, yet presents a different view of what many might picture when they think of New York City. In her series City Meets Sea (as in #16 Rockaway Beach), Zassenhaus’ human-scaled images, at 60x75” seduce the viewer in their ephemerality reminiscent of color field paintings. Another series on the same subject features images created by a camera left overnight, resulting in striking 10hour exposures. In other work, Zassenhaus explores more inland qualities, noting “At night, I sense a quiet solitude. The ocean ebbs in the moonlight.

in conjunction with the exhibit on Sunday, May 20. That Sunday, at 12 p.m., there will be a Sun Print (Cyanotype) Workshop for all ages. At 3 p.m., Rachel Krieger of Rockaway Love will host a yoga class at 3 p.m., and Joseph Giacona of Williamsburg Meditation will follow with a meditation class at 4 p.m. The exhibit comes to a close with a party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. In the meantime, the RAA’s other exhibit, The Mayfly, is still open for another weekend. The Mayfly, presented by the folks who brought The Noisy Paintbox exhibit, is a multimedia exhibition about the transient nature of our lives. The last chance to view it will be on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a closing performance by local band The Skells at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

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Rockaway Civic Association Holds Compost Giveaway itation Department, which is then transferred to storage sites where the natural process of bacterial decomposition transforms food scraps into compost over an extended period of time. The compost can then be used to help fertilize new plant beds and gardens where the nutrients are turned back into plants, fruits and vegetables through the miracle of nature. On hand at the giveaway

On Saturday, April 28, the Rockaway Civic Association hosted a free compost giveaway during which approximately 480 bags (seven tons) of nutrient-rich soil additive were given away within a three-hour period. For those in Rockaway who are now taking part in the weekly food waste pick-ups conducted by the NYC Department

of Sanitation, the event was a unique opportunity to reuse the products of the food composting process. The 30-pound bags distributed at the event were the end-product of the weekly collection of organic matter, which is expanding rapidly throughout the five boroughs. The process starts with organic matter collected by the San-

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were representatives of the Department of Sanitation and the environmental non-profit organization, Big Reuse, who helped explain the composting program and distributed informational flyers about the process. Also assisting during the event, were student volunteers from various Rockaway schools who helped give out compost bags and to ensure an orderly flow of vehicles through the site located at Shorefront Parkway and Beach 106th Street. The student volunteers literally moved tons of material! The Rockaway Civic Association will be holding a Boardwalk Bake Sale on Saturday, May 12 and a Beach CleanUp on Saturday, May 19 prior to the commencement of the summer season. Also coming up shortly is the annual Beach Flix series of movies on the beach. More detailed information on events and membership can be found at the organization’s website: www.rockawaycivic.com

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Ratchair is a Korean research project creating autonomous furniture that can move by itself. It could result in self-tidying rooms.

Bristol, Tennessee is closer to Canada than it is to Memphis, Tennessee.

A major league baseball has exactly 108 stitches, a circumference between 9.00 and 9.25 inches, a weight between 5.00 and 5.25 ounces, and two pieces of cowhide laced together with  red-waxed cotton stitches.

On Friday, April 27, students and teachers from Rockaway Park for Environmental Sustainability donated blood to save lives. The American Red Cross said it was a great turnout.

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18 years ago, Netflix was offered to Blockbuster for a whopping $50,000,000. Today the company is worth over  $20,000,000,000.

The first pro baseball game ever to be aired on television was on August 26, 1939. It was a doubleheader between Brooklyn and  Cincinnati. Budweiser is 5% alcohol in both the Unites States and in Canada. In Australia, it is 4.9% per bottle.

In the U.K. it is 4.5%, and in China, it is 3.6%. "Black Tuesday" took place on October 29,1929, and the market lost $14,000,000,000. This made the entire loss for the week a stunning $30,000,000,000. In today's money, that is $377,587,032,770.41. The worst of the Great Depression took place from 1933-1934, and one in four people were unemployed, while another 25% were taking pay-cuts to keep their jobs. Unemployment rate in the U.S. didn't dip back below 10% until WWII. While nobody knows exactly how long dinosaurs typically lived for, scientists speculate that some may have lived to be upwards of 200 years of age. Since 1996, August 13th has been celebrated as "Left-Handers Day." Facts from Sean McVeigh, factologist.


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Caulking is one of those things that most people take for granted. When they have a leak in a shower or sink, they will automatically dismiss that the problem might be the silicone or elastic seal, commonly referred to as caulking. Now like everything, there is a professional way to caulk or re-caulk everything in your house. Some people think that when they go to the hardware store to buy what they need, they only have to pick a color. They make more types of caulking than you can imagine. They make specific caulk for specific jobs. The first thing to know is what type of caulking you need. Luckily, the label of the tube will almost always specify what to use that product for. I have bought most of the brands out there over the years and my favorite still is the “Dap” brand. It’s reasonably priced and very reliable. If you are looking to use the product to seal and fasten at the same time, I always go with the “Loctite” brand. The most important part of applying caulking is the size and angle you cut at the top of the tube. Almost all the time, people cut too big a hole in the top of the tube. My rule of thumb is to cut the hole just slightly smaller than the gap you are filling. This way you can guide the top of the tube right into the crevice without covering the surface itself. Make sure you can see the caulk come out of the caulking gun and keep very light pressure on the trigger. Squeezing the caulking gun too hard is the second biggest mistake. Apply the first bead and then release the

trigger. Look for any gaps in coverage or missed spots. Fill those spots as neatly as possible. Put the caulking gun aside. Lick your pointer finger, and evenly “push” the caulking into the crack. If

you’re using a silicone-based product, you need to clean the excess right away to avoid any messy streaks. Now if all of this sounds out of your comfort zone, there is a way to “caulk for dummies” (no offense). It involves one extra step that is actually another skill entirely, but it does work 100 percent of the time. Sometimes if I’m sealing a very expensive tile I will do this just to ensure no mistakes. Take a roll of painters tape. For this I use the Scotch brand blue. Do not use the green frog tape that is great for painting. Tape as neatly as possible on both sides of the gap you are going to fill. Once the tape is applied, apply the caulking right down the middle. Now when you do it this way, you have the luxury of not being so careful about how much caulking comes out of the gun, but try to not go nuts. After the bead is applied, push it in with your finger with even pressure. Wait 30 seconds and pull the tape off slowly. Do not touch it after that. Now this method assumes that you know how to apply Continued on page 45


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30 PHOTOS SELECTED FOR PHOTO CONTEST

All contest photos were on display at Whit’s End

Judges had a tough time choosing.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and several beholders made the tough choice of selecting 30 photos out of nearly a thousand entries in The Rockaway Times Photo Contest. The public was invited to view and choose favorites at Whit’s End on Sunday, April 29 before judges, Portia Dyrenforth, Phil Goldfeder, John Cori, Heidi Woolever, David Selig, and Casey Brouder made their selections. The photos came in by email (and some people did not include their names so we’re still tracking them down) and we will have a full list in next week’s Rockaway Times. The selected photos will all be candidates for the Grand Prize of $500 and each will be blown up to poster-size and will be put on display on the boardwalk, the ferry landing, or at the Broad Channel library. It is expected the photos will be on display starting Memorial Day weekend, just a few weeks ahead.

The 2018 contest consisted of different categories including Beach Life, Rockaway Action Shots, The Ferry, Jamaica Bay, and Pets. Some categories had more entries than others making the competition in some particularly tough. Although a Top 30 was selected, an additional six will be chosen to be on display as well. Those will be announced closer Memorial Day weekend. John Cori is responsible for most of the considerable effort that goes into the popular contest. Co-sponsors who make the contest a real Rockaway happening include the NYC Parks Department, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, the NYC Ferry, and The Rockaway Artists Alliance. Only some of the photo finalists are pictured here. Look out for all of the entries in The Rockaway Times in the coming weeks.

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From The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance ALIENS ON EARTH...WELL, SORT OF. birds, hungry from their thousand-mile journeys. Understanding how these prehistoric creatures directly impact the lives of the students helps them to feel more connected to the greater contribution of the horseshoe crab to the local Jamaica Bay eco-

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Spring is upon us. And with the warm waters and longer days comes one of Rockaway’s most coveted visitors: the horseshoe crab. Gearing up

system and the greater Earth ecosystem that we are all a part of. And in the words of Jacques Cousteau, “People protect what they love, love what they understand and understand what they’re taught.” We hope to see you at the shore!

and bewildered, and at times, with tears, students learn that although resembling a crustacean, the horseshoe crab, with it’s ten legs and more than 14 eyes, is more closely related to an arachnid and is sometimes referred to as an aquatic spider. They explore its adaptations, from the hard protective shell on the outside, to their blue blood on the inside. Students learn how this copper-based blue blood directly benefits humans, as it is used in procedures to sterilize injectable medication, from vaccinations to insulin. The amebocytes within the blood, which play a similar role to white blood cells, increase the blood’s ability to fight off and locate endotoxins. There is no synthetic substitute to this procedure, making the horseshoe crab invaluable to our health and resulting in their protection. Along with the opportunity to directly explore the features of this creature, they are also given opportunities to take a field trip to Jamaica Bay’s shoreline to see the gathering of these creatures around every full and new moon when the tides are highest. As the horseshoe crab returns to the beaches, the females each lay up to The elephant in the room is how David Doblack is going to get 120,000 eggs. This spawning off that pachyderm after he finishes his safari in Jaipur, India. not only supports the horse- And you know what they say, elephants never forget people who shoe crab population, but is the wear Rockaway Times t-shirts. lead food source for migrating

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NOTES FROM RDRC This is an update from the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation (RDRC). Summer Youth Employment Program: The NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) recently awarded RDRC a contract to provide 300 high school students with employment, paid internships and training focused on specific career pathways identified in partnership with the Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology and the Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability. Targeted fields include but not limited to: healthcare, construction, retail, information and technology, finance, insurance, and legal services. The RDRC team is currently conducting the enrollment process of youth applicants selected for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Our goal is to provide a mini-

mum of 1,200 Rockaway youth with jobs skills training, financial education and paid employment during the months of July and August. The Worksite Development Team is actively recruiting businesses and notfor-profits organizations located throughout NYC and western Nassau County to become SYEP worksites. Our goal is to establish 400 SYEP worksites! If you are interested in becoming a SYEP Worksite Sponsor, call 718-327-5300 or email us at rdrcinfo1@gmail.com Adult Learning: The Office of Information Systems & Technology Training is currently providing basic computer and Microsoft Office training leading to professional certification in MS Word for our adult learners. Since July 1, 2017 RDRC has provided computer instruction and open lab 90 students. We are pleased to also announce that five of our advanced students are now Microsoft Systems certified experts in Word.

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The lab is available free-ofcharge and made possible through a grant from Spectrum and the continued support of NYC Councilman Donovan Richards. Neighborhood Preservation: RDRC's Business & Professional Services focuses on providing housing counseling to first time homebuyers, existing homeowners at-risk of losing their homes due to foreclosure, and credit counseling services. In addition to providing HUD certified housing counseling services, our team works with a variety of lenders such as Bank of America, TD Bank, Investors Bank and Santander Bank to find the right mortgage loan product for our clients. During the March - April period, the RDRC has seen a strong demand for first-time homebuyer counseling that has resulted in approximately 20 first-time homebuyer certificates being awarded during that period.

To learn more about our housing counseling services, upcoming workshops or classes contact Malcolm Harewood, Director of BPS at 718327-5300 or rharewood@rdrc. org Merchants: The Rockaway East Merchants Association (REMA) continues to expand its membership and reach throughout the Downtown Far Rockaway Business District. With over 35 members and growing, it is on pace to reach its target of 50 members by the end of this calendar year according to REMA Board President, LaVida Jervis. The next monthly meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at 1920 Mott Avenue, Room 5. Who We Are: Founded in 1978 the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-forprofit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life for all residents of the Rockaways.


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ROCKAWAY LITTLE LEAGUE RECAP By Alison Kase

Lots of exciting matchups this season in PeeWee Senior (PWS) Boys action as Zwerling Ophthalmology Orioles are keeping their undefeated record alive with their win versus AKB Security Rockies (score, 8-3). The Rockaway Midshipmen Fearless Z Blue Jays are keeping Justin Zemser’s memory well-honored with their so-far undefeated record, winning by a score of 11-2 over the ABLE Discovery Center for Children Diamondback’s team. Congratulations to Walsh Management Angels for their win over Breezy Point Lumber Cardinals. Breezy Point Lumber Cardinals, however, won their game earlier that week over AKB Security Rockies with 11 to 1 score. Also, a notable win by the ServePro Pirates who won their game by a score of 13 to 0 against the ABLE Discovery Center for Children Diamondbacks. We’re rooting for you, Diamondbacks! And folks, beyond winning, it is really awesome to see how these boys play with such great sportsmanship and enthusiasm. Way to go PWS! In Minor Boys action, an exciting nail-biter ended the Storage Fox Diamondbacks

versus the Rockies in an 8 to 8 tied score. Can’t wait to see these two teams face off next time. The Empire Unlimited Angels won their game versus the Allstate Rockaway Park Dodgers in a score of 10 to 6. Props to a close game as Class

Act Photo Orioles enjoys their 3-2 win over Bartolli Chiropractic Athletics The Major Boys’ team, Dennis O’Connor Giants are savoring the best record in the league so far (5-0) with their win over Delmar Pizza Reds in a score of 5 to 2 and then again on Sunday winning against the Drive Safe Auto Center Orioles in a score of 9-5. L. Mahoney Real Estate Rockies won their game in a close competition against Curran’s Meat Cubs (10-9). These boys play with some great spirit and awesome de-

termination. Great games to witness. Moving on to the Girls’ Softball Divisions, Laquilla Group Hornets enjoyed their win over the Rockaway W.I.S.H. Clippers and congratulations to the Rockaway W.I.S.H. Clip-

pers for their Saturday win over Elegante Restaurant and Pizzeria Firebirds. Congrats to the Walsh Property Eagles for their win over Laquilla Group Hornets by a score of 7-5. Major Girls’ competition is spicing up as most teams are neck-and-neck, with many of the teams enjoying similar win/loss records. It’s a lot of

AROUND THE HOUSE Continued from Page 40 painter’s tape evenly and straight, but I’ll give you all that much credit. Here are some other quick tips to ensure a professional job. • Cut the tip of the tube as straight as possible with a nice sharp blade of a utility knife. A dull blade will leave a chamfer on the tube and will inevitably make the caulking come out unevenly. • Always use your upper body to move the tube, or at the very least, your entire arm. If you use just your wrists, I’ll almost guarantee you slip somewhere along the way. • If you don’t use the entire tube in one shot, you’ll want to save the tube for another job. Use a screw that fits the hole you’ve cut and stand the tube straight up in the basement somewhere. If the

fun to watch these girls compete and display such honorable gamesmanship. Lana’s Loft Bobcats enjoyed their 6-3 win over the Graybeards Blazers on Saturday. Earlier in the week, the Graybeards Blazers won their close game of 16 to 5 over the Knights of Columbus Wildcats. Congratulations to the Knights of Columbus Wildcats for their first win on Thursday over the Graybeards Blazers in a close competition winning score of 16 to 15. A special reminder to our families to please participate in the National Pitch Hit and Run. This is a free competition hosted by Rockaway Little League on May 15 at Fort Tilden. Also, player’s Picture Day will be happening this month, so stay tuned for more updates. Families are reminded to check your weekly newsletter that is emailed to each family on Friday for more details. Photos by Paul King

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