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VOL. 4, NO. 52 - THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018

Still Waiting City Council Talks Beach Closures on Monday

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Paddle Out Protest Story and Photos by Katie McFadden.

In tradition, surfers mourn the loss of one of their own by holding a paddle out. On Saturday, June 17, they did just that, but this paddle out was for the beaches that are now closed, and more than mourning, the event was more of a way to bring awareness to the issue itself and call for immediate action. There have been many protests since the Parks Department announced the closures of Beach 91st through Beach

102nd due to safety concerns caused by erosion, from a mock funeral that interrupted the city’s official beach opening ceremony, to a rally at City Hall, but Saturday’s protest, spearheaded by Beth and Keone Singlehurst of the Rockaway Militia and the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, put eyes on the water as dozens took to surfboards, paddleboards, kayaks and other floatation devices to send a message—Protect Our Beaches with Sand and Jetties, and Open Them NOW.

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Hold The Invite

It’s officially summer —thirteen days until I declare it over. With warm and sunny days ahead, there is the need for the annual Public Service Announcement. This is a social advisory. Put up your personal red flag. Like a good stretch of beach, you are closed. Your summer days are like piping plovers: endangered. This is the annual Please Don’t Invite Us To Anything Over The Summer announcement that you hope friends and family who live off the peninsula will read. It’s necessary to basically reprint this advisory each year because you don’t want mainlanders thinking maybe we’re cracking, giving in to the idea that we’d be okay with leaving Rockaway for a day trip. And for those who live here,

it’s a reminder to be careful with invitations. If you invite family and friends down during the off-season you can bet they’ll reciprocate in the summer, the worst time of the year to leave the beach. If you want to celebrate your kid’s birthday who happened to be born in January, celebrate it in July. Keep the January date classified. If a nephew or niece was born in the summer and the family lives on the Island, New Jersey or Connecticut, get out in front and suggest a beach day. Tell them to come here. They will see through your blatant, outrageous attempt to avoid leaving Rockaway. They may hate you for it. But there’s a good chance they’ll accept, so do it. Couples marry for love in Rockaway but if it’s a mixed marriage (one family in Rockaway and the other anywhere else) there’s gotta be a prenup. Marriage pre-nups are written not over finances but

over leaving the beach during June, July, and August. “Honey, I love you and your family but there’s no way we’re visiting them in the summer. And we have to put that in writing.” We live and enjoy Rockaway for five months a year. At best. There’s the big three, June, July, and August. You can’t even count May. You hope for a warm September and pleasant October. The other seven months we endure. It’s the price of paradise. Those who don’t live here just don’t appreciate how those few months are ours. We do not want to leave. Even when we vacation during those few good months, we are happy to get back. If you vacation during the summer you cannot impress anyone here, no matter how spectacular your trip was. You vacation somewhere warm in the winter and people here have extreme envy. They want you to tell them more so they might feel a wave of vicarious warmth.

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Pheffer Amato Passes Bill to Eliminate Cross Bay Toll We’re one step closer to doing away with the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge, thanks to Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato. Locals have long complained about having to pay a toll on a bridge that goes from Queens to Queens, but for the first time, someone was able to take action toward eliminating it. On Thursday, June 14, Pheffer Amato celebrated a huge victory in passing an unprecedented bill through the New York State Assembly that would prohibit the imposition and collection of a fare, toll, rental, rate, charge or other fee on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge (A08743A/S06909A). Pheffer Amato is the first, and only, representative from Southern Queens to pass such a bill through the NYS Assembly. “I made a pledge before taking office that I would

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work to eliminate the Cross Bay Memorial Bridge Toll,” Pheffer Amato said. “Today, I had a thrilling win and a great step forward for our community. As I have said countless times: The CBB toll has outlived its original stated purpose of paying for the bridge, and has absolutely no stated current purpose other than supplementing the MTA’s budget on the backs of hard working New Yorkers. I’m absolutely certain the cost of ending this onerous toll would be made up several times over with the freedom and ease of access it would bring to South Queens and the Rockaway Peninsula.” The bill, sponsored in the Senate by Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, now goes on to a Senate vote, and would then need to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to become a law.

Paddle Out for Dylan Smith On Saturday, June 23, all are welcome to remember and celebrate the life of Dylan Smith with a memorial paddle out. Smith, a lifeguard and surfer, was known for going out on his surfboard on the night of Hurricane Sandy to rescue several of his neighbors from their burning homes around Beach 130th Street. Just a few months later, he died while surfing in Puerto Rico on December 23, 2012. He was 23. Since his passing, friends, family and the community have joined together to remember this hometown hero, with a memorial paddle out. On June 23, at around 6:30 p.m., all are welcome to bring a board and participate in the paddle out or watch from the shore on Beach 86th Street.

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***** Happy Birthday to us. Or maybe it’s Happy Anniversary? Anyway, four years ago this week, The Rockaway Times was born. We couldn’t have done it without you. And big shout out to current columnists, Paulette Mancuso and Helen Kilgallen, Pete Mahon, and John Cori who were there at the beginning. We can’t decide if time flew or if it feels like ten years! ***** The 12th annual Rockstock and Barrels Surf and Music Festival is this Saturday, June 23. It’s one of the best beach events of the summer. It’s got surfing, skating, shopping, music. Fun, fun, fun. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Beach 90th Street.

***** Rob Pisani, former owner of the Bayview Restaurant and All American Channel Market in Broad Channel, is scheduled for sentencing Thursday, June 21 after pleading guilty in a loansharking case. The prosecutors have suggested to the judge that he get 21 months. Pisani has a lot of friends who knew another side of him and scores wrote letters to the judge asking for leniency. ***** So the developers of the condos on Beach 116th Street have decided to construct market-rate townhouse-style condos on Beach 117th Street as a complement to the high-rise building rapidly going up on 116th. Pardon the pun, but that’s a great development. Originally, the Beach 117th site was going to be affordable senior housing. Councilman Eric Ulrich was instrumental in getting the Marcal Group to go with townhous-

es instead suggesting they would be a better fit with the community. ***** The Dylan Smith Paddle Out is this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Beach 86th Street. Bring a beach chair and hang out for the get-together afterwards. Money raised at the event goes to FACES, which funds research to find a cure for epilepsy, advances new therapies, and fosters a supportive community for children, families and caregivers who live with the challenges of epilepsy. ***** The Rockaway Beach / Breezy Point AmpSurf Chapter is getting ready for their 2018 surf clinics. AmpSurf is a non-profit organization that offers disabled veterans and others adults and children adaptive surfing opportunities. To register as an instructor, volunteer or to participate, go to the AmpSurf Web site: www.AmpSurf.org. Go to AmpSurf.org; click on East Coast ; check

date or dates you will be attending as an instructor, volunteer or participant ; fill in personal information; check submit. There is no fee for participants. ***** Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato has succeeded in getting the NYS Assembly to permanently lift the tolls on the Cross Bay Bridge. The next step is getting such a vote on the NYS Senate side. Calling Joe Addabbo. Calling James Sanders. If the Senate passes the bill, it will then be up to Governor Cuomo as to whether the bill becomes law. Hurry! Cuomo has to be nice while he has an election just ahead. ***** Build It Back continues to tout its achievements and “progress.” Taking bows for jobs being completed or, even worse, for finishing part of a job almost six years after Sandy is a bit inappropriate. Seems to us, they should finish up quietly and hold off on the self-praise.

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Rockstock and Barrels Kicks Off Summer on Saturday By Katie McFadden

Summer is officially here and this weekend is the perfect time to celebrate everything great about Rockaway—surfing, shopping, skating, music and the boardwalk. You’ll find it all at the 12th Annual Rockstock and Barrels Surf, Skate and Music Festival on Saturday, June 23. Head down to the Beach 90th Street boardwalk from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday for an all-day fun fest brought to you by St. James Clothing, Boarders and Into the Whip Records. From surfing and skateboarding contests to dozens of local vendors selling their goods to a full lineup of local and national bands, this summer kickoff event is one you won’t want to miss. Starting at 8 a.m., surfers are welcome to compete in the Eastern Surfing Associa-

tion’s surf contest between the Beach 88th jetty and Beach 90th Street. The deadline to enter was June 19, but late entries are still welcome to enter. Email: ny@surfesa.org for more information. At around 2 p.m., all skateboarders are welcome to show

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off their best tricks in the skate park near Beach 91st Street. There will be kids and adults contests. The contest is hosted by NYC Skate Camp, which will be giving away $500 worth of cash and prizes to the winners. Bring your wallet as there will be plenty of opportunities to shop from local vendors. About 30 to 40 vendors are expected to be on the boardwalk, including St. James Clothing, Boarders, Rockaway Militia, Zingara Vintage and many more. If you get hungry, local concessionaires, Breezy BBQ, King David Tacos, Fat Cardinal Bakery, Beach Bistro 96, Cocos by the Beach and others will be on site to satisfy your cravings. If you need to cool off on Saturday, Red Bull will have island bar areas with umbrellas to keep people cool. The Queens Library bus will also be on site for those who want to take a break from the crowds and just relax with a good book. While surf, skate and shopping are a big aspect of Rockstock, one of the main attractions is the amazing lineup of live music that’s planned for the day, from local favorites to national acts. The music is coordinated by Walker Hornung of Into the Whip Records, who will be opening up the festival with an acoustic set starting at 10 a.m., Walker will be followed by local band, Ecstatic

Madmen at 11 a.m., Baked Shrimp at noon, Grits at 1 p.m., Trick Candles at 2 p.m., Phil and The Family Band at 3 p.m., Indaculture at 4 p.m. and The Skells close out the show at 5 p.m. However, the show won’t be over at 6 p.m. Keep the party going at Epsteins Beach, which will be hosting the after-party featuring Exit Verona starting at 6 p.m. Both Rockstock and the after-party are free. Although the beaches may be closed right near Rockstock this year, organizer Jimmy Dowd isn’t worried about low attendance. In fact, Rockstock may be just what the area needs as the event itself will draw crowds, especially surfers. “I think Rockstock will definitely bring people out and the beaches are still open to surfing and this features a surf contest, so I think we’ll be just fine. If people can’t hang out on the beach, they can just come hang out with us on the boardwalk and enjoy the day,” Dowd said. A lot of work goes into making Rockstock a success. The organizers start working eight months in advance to prepare for the event. “We’ve created something really nice for local businesses and vendors to sell their crafts and to promote surfing and skating among the youth, and to have live music during the day in Rockaway is an honor. We’re the only event that’s allowed to have live music on the boardwalk during the daytime. We work with the NYC Parks Department and they plug this event and it allows us to have an event of this magnitude each year. It’s all about being able to rock and roll and skate and surf and each year we do it bigger and better,” Dowd said. Rockstock is a family-friendly event and free to all. The event goes on rain or shine, but fingers are crossed for sunny skies on Saturday. For more information, head to rockstocknyc.net.


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Beach Closure Baseball By Katie McFadden

A baseball game took place at P.S. 114 on Tuesday, June 19. No, not in the schoolyard, but in the auditorium as Team Elected Officials were invited to play against Team Beach Erosion in the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association League. However with many absentee players, a majority of pinch hitters stepped up to the plate, joining some of the regular stars. BHPOA President Hank Iori held a special meeting on Tuesday night, in which all of Rockaway’s elected officials, state, city and federal were invited to speak about their plans for handling the issue of beaches being closed due to erosion and the urgent need for protection in the form on extra sand and jetties. Everyone from Governor Andrew Cuomo to Senator Chuck Schumer to Mayor Bill de Blasio and local state senators, councilmen, assemblywomen and more got an invite. Iori referred to the list of elected officials as

“our ball team,” and said, “We need every one of them to be active and focused.” However, on Tuesday evening, many were no-shows. Iori explained that some flat out rejected or ignored the invitation, while some had prior engagements. With the state legislature being in session, many were in Albany for the day and others in Washington, D.C., but some sent representatives in their place. Councilman Eric Ulrich and Democratic District Leader Lew Simon were the only direct elected officials to speak to the crowd of about 40 directly on Tuesday night. Iori explained that he invited all of the elected officials out because more can happen when people are working together. “We’re rapidly approaching the 6th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and unfortunately, too much storm protection remains to be done. A coordinated effort needs to happen between officials. We would like officials to discuss actions. No finger pointing. There’s only what’s happening and how quickly can

we make it happen. I feel people have been asleep at the wheel and we need to motivate them to get things done quickly,” he said, before opening the forum up to the officials and representatives that showed up. First at bat was Joseph Edward, executive director for Congressman Gregory Meeks, who was in Washington, D.C. Despite not being able to play on Tuesday, Meeks has been an MVP and has stepped up to the plate since it was announced that 11 blocks of beach were being closed in Rockaway Beach before the start of the season. “On June 4, after we heard the announcement to close the beach, the congressman called an emergency meeting with those elected officials whose districts were impacted and we had a few community leaders, Borough President Melinda Katz, Senator Addabbo, Councilman Ulrich, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, a rep from Schumer’s office and Parks’ Queens Commissioner Lewandowski,” Edwards said.

“We were notified the Friday before the announcement that they were going to close the beach and the congressman was livid,” Edward explained. “We feel there was ample enough time because Parks was warned and they didn’t think it was necessary to replenish the beach. We wanted solutions, so we spoke with Parks Commissioner Silver and asked for an action plan as far as what the City is going to do. The city said they would deliver a plan. But with the closure announcement, people were thinking Rockaway was closed completely, so we asked Parks to lead a media campaign and say the beaches are open and they said they were still planning. However, we met with local entities and delivered our own plan to Commissioner Silver last Wednesday and we asked him to take it into consideration.” Congressman Meeks also brought matters to Washington, D.C. “On June 6, he went on the floor and drafted an amendContinued on page 11

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BEACH CLOSURE BASEBALL Continued from Page 10 ment to the Water Resource Development Act, which basically asks the Army Corps to expedite their reformulation study so that whatever can be done, can be done quickly. It should pass the House,” Edwards said. Next on Iori’s list of players were Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Cuomo. Schumer’s office said they would try to send someone and no one showed up, but Iori specifically called out Cuomo for his inaction. “How many times have we seen Cuomo since after Sandy?” he asked. “I don’t understand how he doesn’t know what’s going on in Rockaway, but he loves to go to Long Beach. He needs to be woken up. You’re falling asleep at the wheel and I don’t think you want us to fall asleep when it comes time to vote,” Iori said. Sandee Doremus was pinch hitting for Senator Joe Addabbo, who was in Albany. She explained that Addabbo is working with the other elected officials in regards to replenishment, and is

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THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018 also sponsoring some relevant bills, including one that would establish a New York State Climate Change Task Force, and another that would lead to a study on the feasibility and effectiveness of establishing a sea wall, or seagate to protect New York City from future storms. “He’s out here working for you,” Doremus said. Warren Woodberry, director of communications for Senator James Sanders, said Sanders was in Albany, but “he’s concerned for all people of the Rockaways and he’s closely monitoring the situation and he’ll be in touch with any information he has.” Danny Randell stepped in for Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato, who was also in Albany. He explained that the assemblywoman’s main message has been to communicate that Rockaway is still open, and she has been doing things to try to promote that, such as recently passing a bill in the assembly, that would eliminate the toll from the Cross Bay Bridge, giving people more incentive to come to Rockaway. He said she has also sent many let-

ters to various officials requesting that sand replenishment be expedited and she’ll be testifying at Monday’s City Council Hearing on the issue at 11 a.m. on June 25 at 250 Broadway. Councilman Eric Ulrich also encouraged people to attend the City Council hearing if possible and told those who can’t make it to send him questions to ask. Before Ulrich showed up on Tuesday, Robby Schwach summarized much of what Ulrich’s office has been doing in wake of the beach closures and explained that it’s not as easy as people want it to be. “It’s embarrassing to come to this kind of meeting and to look at my neighbors and tell you how the government has failed us again,” Schwach said. “We’ve spent weeks trying to find solutions. We talked to the Army Corps and every time we thought we found a solution, there was another hurdle.” In recent weeks, it came to light that a contractor is heading to Long Beach to replenish the sand there and a request was made for the contractor to make a stop in Rockaway for emergency replenishment. Not

so easy. “The Army Corps told us their contracting process doesn’t allow them to detour the dredge for another project without reopening the contract, which would delay Long Beach’s replenishment,” Schwach explained. He also explained that there is another option to dredge sand from Jamaica Bay, but there is no contract for this option and it hasn’t been funded. “Every time we got an answer, it seems like somebody slammed the door on us,” Schwach said. However, he encouraged everyone to keep the pressure on. The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release a final draft of their study at the end of August, which will be followed by public input meetings and an approval process that wouldn’t be complete until late 2019. “We’re not going to see bulldozers until 2020 at best,” Iori said. Hopefully, with the pressure still on, that Army Corps timeline can be expedited, and perhaps something productive may come from Monday’s City Council hearing. Here’s to hoping for a home run.

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This Week in History

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Phil McManus was born. JUNE 21 1982 - John Hinckley was found not guilty Louise Racy was born. by reason of insanity for the attempted Chris Kalisak was born. murder of President Ronald Reagan. 1876 - Lt. Col. George A. Custer and all his men were killed by Sioux and CheyJUNE 22 enne Indians at the Battle of Little BigJimmy McVeigh was born. horn in Montana. Terry McVeigh was born. 1950 - Communist North Korean troops James Brian Boyle was born. invaded South Korea, beginning the KoAnne Chiavetta was born. rean War. Morgan Shannon was born. 1944 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill of Rights. 2011 - Legendary Boston crime boss, James "Whitey" Bulger is found and arrested by federal authorities in Santa Monica, Calif JUNE 23 Nolan Harrison Hopkins was born. Janet O’Hare was born. Nicholas Andrew Rowe was born. Janice Sorgente was born.

JUNE 26 Doreen Mingino was born. Con Murray was born. The Rockaway Times was born. 2000 - The first map of the human genome, which required decoding more than 3 billion biochemical "letters" of human DNA, is completed. JUNE 27 Vinny Bonanno was born.

1992 - Mobster John Gotti was sentenced 1969 - Police and gays clashed at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, fostering to life in prison. the gay rights movement. JUNE 24 1997 - The U.S. Air Force released The 2003 - The National Do-Not-Call-RegRoswell Report, closing the case on the istry, formed to combat unwanted tele1947 Roswell, N.M. incident concerning marketing calls and administered by the Federal Trade Commission, enrolled alUFOs and alien bodies. most three-quarters of a million phone numbers on its first day. JUNE 25

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The Tides Breaks Waves This Summer By Nicole Taylor-Lang

It’s no secret that New York’s population is growing and with that, more developments are popping up all around us. In the past few years, Rockaway has definitely been a part of this growth, with more homes and condos being built. Arverne by the Sea LLC, a joint enterprise between developers, The Benjamin Company and Beechwood Organization, has been constructing many new properties in the area. With the big surfing community nearby and more people looking for beachfront living, many people are heading towards our peninsula for these dwellings and they have their eyes on Arverne by the Sea’s newest development—The Tides. The first phase of The Tides, a market-rate rental project, awaits final inspections and is expected to open within a couple of weeks. The 126-unit building includes 12 studios, 48 one-bedroom, 38 two-bedroom and 28 three-bedroom apartments. This is just one of the eight buildings that will soon to be a part of the Arverne by the Sea community. According to their website, “when complete, this mixeduse community will have approximately 2,300 homes and be the largest revitalization project in the northeast.” The current rental prices are $1,775-1,885 for a studio, $1,890-2,060 for one bedroom, $2,345-2,800 for a two bedroom and $3,035-3,415 for a three bedroom with cable and Wi-Fi included. The building will not only offer beautiful views, but will come equipped with its own gym (until the gym is open, each resident will get a free membership to the YMCA), in-ground pool and 24-hour concierge. “The building is user and eco friendly, we will have bike rack storage, private parking and solar panels,” Gerard Romski, CEO of Arvene by the Sea, said. The solar panels will help reduce the amount of electric being used in the building, which

means tenants will be paying less for their electric bills while doing something good for the environment. Each unit also comes with a washer/dryer, stainless steel appliances, wood floors, quartz countertops and electric stoves. The luxury apartments were designed by Urbahn Architects of New York City, which applied a chic, modern look to each unit. “It’s the first of its kind in Rockaway,” Chris Gonzalez, Vice President, development and acquisitions of the Beechwood organization, said. In addition to all the amenities, the building will also have storefront properties, including a restaurant with a balcony, Locals Surf School and cafe, and Vino by the Sea wine shop. And it was just announced that Cuisine by Claudette of Beach 116th Street will be opening another restaurant in the space. “I think it's a great addition to the Rockaways,” Far Rockaway resident, Ramonita Flores said. “All the new additions have made Rockaway more appealing to visit and live in.” Rockaway residents seem happy to see new developments in the area but also are hoping to see more education and healthcare facilities in the future. “Developers continue building and beautifying the area, which is great, but there is only one poorly-rated, underperforming and understaffed hospital to serve the entire peninsula. You must travel 35-45 minutes to get quality healthcare at a decent hospital,” Christine Lawton, a Rockaway Park resident who was looking to buying a home in Arverne by the Sea, said. “In addition, if you live in Arverne by the Sea, your only option for quality education is private school as the zoned public school has been underperforming and failing for many years. I believe new schools are most important, for the new increasing population and for the old and new members of the community.” Spots are already filling for The Tides and future tenants, like Jermaine Harrison, are ex-

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cited to move into the brand new building. “I've been a Rockaway resident my whole life and I'm looking forward to the new apartments. I am happy to have my own balcony and to be closer to the beach,” Harrison said. Rentals are still available and you can find out more information through their website: http://tidesnyc.com/contact/ or by going to the leasing

office at 190 Beach 69th Street. For those who are curious if the building is pet friendly, pets are welcome, except for aggressive dog breeds or those more than 45 pounds. New York continues to change and develop with Rockaway coming along for the ride. “We love Rockaway already but this building definitely raises the bar,” Romski said.


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Boyleing Checks Dear Editor: Check Mate! Your Boyleing Points (Check Point) was spot on. The opposite of chiselers is the friend who sneaks over to the wait staff and pays the bill surreptitiously because they know that’s the only way you would let them pay the bill. That’s the sign of a great friendship and a compliment as well. Chris Driscoll Dear Editor: Your article reminded me of

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THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018 the time I went out with my friend and her family for her 29th birthday dinner. About 10 of us went to a restaurant where most items were a little expensive so I decided to order "well" as I like to call it; one drink, one entree. The others ordered the same but about four of them also ordered appetizers such as honey biscuits, fish tacos, and mac ‘n’ cheese. Their entree alone was $5 shy of my entire bill. So I just minded my business because everyone declined the menu offered to us, which had limited items but everyone would've paid $30 each, therefore in my mind this is not a "split the bill evenly kind of dinner." I’m watching as their appetizers come out, their eyes wide with excitement, no one offered me to try anything, which is okay since we are paying for what we bought right? I hear extra drinks being ordered, when I'm asked I decline. So, I'm thinking, rather adding up their meal, and it comes up

to about $80 each easy for the two sitting next to me. Finally, the bill comes and I welcome it because I ordered "well" so it should be rather easy for them to calculate how little I owe. Then my sister (who spent the most) goes over the bill, gets up and I guess consulted with mom, then to my dread, announced to the table in her high-pitched voice: "we're going to split the bill evenly, is that ok?” which was more of a request than a question. So everybody said sure and I sit their quietly, not having answered at all (because I didn't feel comfortable having nine people stare at me for disagreeing), mad that I didn’t take the drink offered to me, mad that I didn't order the fish tacos, mad that in their mind they believed I should pay for their extravagance. My friend, noticing my ire, asked what was wrong and I replied, "So I ordered less so I can pay more?" I didn't make any more of an issue of it, I just wanted her to know that what

just happened was not okay, and it was not fair. Beforehand, amongst a large group, there should be an agreement to pay the same, so if you order mac ‘n’ cheese I will order one too. Monica L. Dear Editor: Separate checks is the most annoying and embarrassing part of restaurant business, and in the south it’s commonplace. I’ve witnessed a table of 15 get 15 separate checkbooks on a Sunday football day while my water sat empty for ten minutes because the waitress was separating the checks. I’m actually embarrassed for people and old friends in college. So much so, that it increases my budget for trips down south where I will pick up the entire bill on principle. It’s slowly infiltrated the NY market with the breadbasket of America bringing tone deafness to the issue. Continued on page 16

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WE GET EMAIL Continued from Page 15 Separate checkers have zero appreciation for the time and cost of doing such business. Places have instituted a twocard maximum, at a cost of frustrating the customer to not coming back because of the policy. I literally want to shake them by their friggin’ necks. When we look for reasons and contributions to systemic millennial entitlement, I look no further than these 10 violators in Myrtle Beach. Sounds like they actually managed to outdo each other’s shame, and continuously raise each other with more shame. Thank you for bringing this to light. Seamus Tierney

The Rockaway Times speed road bike groups, or individuals off the boardwalk. They race from one end and back. They put a bike lane in the street, but these people don't use it. Bike clubs come down in packs. It’s only a matter of time before one or more of our Rockaway residents get hurt. Too many children and elderly use it and we don't need speed bikes on the boardwalk at all. Something needs to get done. In Coney Island, they are banned from using the boardwalk. It's time to do it here. NO SPEEDING ROAD BIKES ON BOARDWALK AT ALL. Tim Moriarty

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Big City Folk Festival To Bring Musical Storytelling to Rockaway By Kami-Leigh Agard

With his lilting rich Irish brogue, red hair and twinkling blue eyes, Niall Connolly indubitably is a Corkborn-and-raised lad, but his passionate love for the peninsula, relentlessly drove him and his fellow raven-haired folk singer/songwriter and musician, E.W. Harris, to finally bring the Big City Folk Music Festival to Rockaway — and folks, according to these gregarious raconteurs — get ready to experience musical magic. For the first time in its 11year history, the Big City Folk Festival, founded by Irish international folk sensation, Connolly, will come to the Rockaway Artist Alliance’s (RAA) sTudio 7 Gallery space in Fort Tilden this Friday and Saturday. The two-day festival, will feature more than

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and The Healing - Open Jam with house band, The Travelers. Then on Saturday, June 23 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., the chock-full music fest continues with more of Rockaway’s finest, John Simonelli, and Hyland Brunnock, plus Fond Farewells, Chris Michael, Ryan Morgan, Jasper Lewis, Amy Sheehan, Mississippi Cotten, Lara Ewen, Chris Q. Murphy, Belle Skinner, Warren Malone, Ricky Stein, Jaimee Harris, Graham Weber, Neko Peoples, August Wells, Matt Cranstoun, and Maude Gun. Connolly, though today a well-accomplished musician with more than 15 years of international touring experience and eight successfully-acclaimed studio albums, still feels the need to develop Continued on page 20

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BIG CITY FOLK FESTIVAL Continued from Page 19 a storytelling music collective to help other artists. “In 2007, shortly after moving to NYC, I formed the Big City Folk collective. I missed the community of musicians at home. I started a song club to invite artists to experiment their art in front of an audience. I held events in bars, clubs, basements, all across NYC, and saw there was a niche that needed to be filled. Though I have toured all over the world, I wanted to create something special that would support fellow songwriters and musicians who all, like myself, had stories to tell,” Connolly said. Then the Big City Folk Festival was born. “My fellow artist and dear friend, E.W. Harris, and I, wanted to take the movement statewide. We traveled everywhere doing the festival once every two years. However, in my heart, I knew we had to figure out how to bring it to Rockaway,” Connolly said. Connolly said his love for

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Rockaway was ignited not with just its beautiful beaches, but with his wife, who is a local. “I'm from Ireland, but I have very strong Rockaway connections. My amazing wife is from Rockaway and my aunt lived on Beach 130th Street until Hurricane Sandy. I experienced Sandy, and saw how the community came together. It was so inspiring and awesome on a multitude of levels I could never describe. Even the local musicians, who also lost a lot, all came out to help each other recover and rebound. There’s something magical about Rockaway, and I fell even more in love with it after Sandy,” Connolly said.

Connolly’s fellow storytelling musician, E.W. Harris, said this Festival took countless hours to plot out, and is zealously looking forward to the dialogue, not just between the artists, but attendees. “We have a lot of amazing storytelling artists performing, so between each set-up, the stage is going to rotate from indoors to outdoors and vice versa. Once one set is done either inside or outisde, attendees can take a breather by walking on the beach, striking a conversation, and then come back for more. Also, on Saturday, we are going to have a round-robin setup, where each artist will do a call-andresponse, where they will each tell a story and respond to each other. It’s definitely going to be a comedic barrel of laughs,” Harris said. There is a suggested $10 donation at the door for the event, but according to Connolly and Harris, it’s all going toward defraying costs incurred with the event. Con-

The Rockaway Times nolly said, “We are not hosting the event to get rich, this is just an opportunity for all the artists to tell a story and perform, and also importantly, for attendees to appreciate the art of storytelling in music. There’s absolutely no reason, not to even musically taste the Festival. Fort Tilden is steps away from the beach, and with the rotating stage, there will be something for everyone. I’m really proudly of this lineup. It’s both international and local. There will be something here for everyone!” In addition to the performances, this will be the last weekend for the RAA’s latest gallery exhibition featuring paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Jason Novetsky, titled, “Conundra - Mapping the Limits of Reason.” Note that this event is free and open to the public. For more information about Big City Festival at the RAA, email: bigcityfolk@gmail. com, visit their Facebook page or head to: rockawayartistalliance.org

Congratulations to the graduating class of PS/MS 114, The Belle Harbor School. We wish you happiness and success as you continue your journey on to high school. On behalf of the Administration, Staff, and Parents’ Association of PS/MS 114, We will miss each and every one of you and look forward to all that you will accomplish in the future. Gianna Cilla Sarah Doda Emma Durney Yusuf Elsayed Susan Ferrara Sean Fitzsimmons Matthew Gallagher Kristen Hennessy Terrance Hill Justin Jeffrey Patrick Kelly Randy Koenig Nicholas Kubiak Dylan Loconte

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THE SCHOLARS’ ACADEMY PARENT ASSOCIATION

CONGRATULATES THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS OF 2018 We are proud of our Scholars’ accomplishments! The Scholars’ Academy Parent Association is very proud to congratulate our 2018 Graduates and their families on a job well done! The Class of 2018 collectively earned $19,677,912 in scholarships! 100% were accepted to a four year college. 100% of seniors graduating with 98% attending a 4 year college or university.

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Ryan Dougherty Victoria Dulinska*§ Deanna Duqmaq*§ Nasreen Duqmaq*§ Dean Durante Peter Ebert § Michael Edwards Salma O. Elhassa* § Robert England Raymund Esguerra* Jonathan Estrella Mark Finamore Maya Fiutak § Kirsta Foote Taryn Forbes Liam Forde* Anthony Friel Syndie Funaro* § Jacob Gaba Paula Glab Margo Gonzales § Joshua A. Gopaul Tayon Shakur Goring Timothy Gray Juliana Greco* Marcia Greene § Steven Guachichullca § Danielle Guglielmo* § Anesa Hanif* Randolph Thomas Hanson Jasmin Harnaraine* Kaitlan T. Harrylagan Aminah J. Hassim Madison Henderson Anthony Hernandez Nicolette Hernandez Jenniah Howard Emily Jagdesh* §

Nasreen Duqmaq, Salutatorian Joseph Jhingree Kayla Johnson Stephan Joseph Kevin Kanning Justin Kaplan Dennis Kats § Avneet Kaur* Rudhra Lal* § Briana Lalman* § Andriana Lamendola* Joseph Langone Meredith Lynn Lederman Ezequiel N. Lewis Monica Linares § Tyler Matos Jevaun Mclean § Andres Medina* Jeremy Mejia Xavier A. Morgan Erin Moss Rafat Motaleb Amenaghawo Omorogieva Anlisa Outar* § Samantha Marie Paduani Rajindra Kumar Parasram Selena Patterson Renuka Persaud Marisol Alexis Pina § Charles Po Misael Andres Porras* § Anjali Prashad* Kira A. Preston-Francis Justin Quick Christopher Quinche § Shadia Rahman Sarah Ramirez Abhishek Ramjit § Anisha Rampersad

Vashni Rampersaud Avinash Ramsoomye Anjalie Reeknauth* Ricardo Retamar Eric Rodriguez Genesis M. Rodriguez* § Raechel Roesch Nikkos Rose Melissa Sahadeo* Sanzida Sami Julieth Sanchez* § Anthony Saravo Molly Sautner* Sydney Schmieder § Aliyah Seecheran Hussain A. Shah*§ Lena Smith Skye Smyth Angie E. Sosa Richard Stix* § Sebastian Sukdeo* Sophia Sukdeo* § Zypherson Taylor § Aniya Thorne Benjamin Tieu Louis Torres Bryant Tufino Flores* § Gabriella Vega* § Alyssa Ruth Velez* § Samantha Weiner* Tanishka Wiggins Mirtha Wong* Mark Zepeda Joshua Zweifler *National Honor Society §Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors

The graduating class had acceptances to Brown University, CUNY Macaulay Honors College, Hunter College of the CUNY, CUNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York University, State University of New York at Albany, St. John’s University - Queens Campus, Stony Brook, Binghamton University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Cornell University, MIT, Northeastern University, Boston College, Princeton, Stanford University, University of Rochester and many more!

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Nice Development: Condos For Beach 117th By Kevin Boyle

When developers bought the old Beach Club site on Beach 116th Street and announced that an eight-story market-rate condo was to be built, a secondary part of the development plan included another building facing Beach 117th Street with 100 senior affordable units. With some urging from City Councilman Eric Ulrich and Community Board 14, The Marcal Group has changed plans. Market-rate townhouse-style condos will be constructed instead. Mark Caller, CEO of Marcal, said, “We feel our revised plan, which will include eight 4-story townhouses will be a perfect fit for Beach 117th Street.� Caller said the whole development, which also includes properties across Beach 116th Street and facing Beach 115th Street, will not include any affordable housing and include ample parking. Ulrich seemed pleased with

Caller’s overall approach. “Rockaway is turning a new page. Businesses are booming and the property values on the peninsula are on the uptick. But if we’re serious about revitalizing Rockaway Park, we must address the longstanding issues on Beach

116/117th Streets; namely blight, low-income housing and overall decay. Mr. Caller is a man of his word, who has demonstrated a willingness to work with the community. He is a responsible developer who has a vision for highquality market-rate housing. I

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EMPIRE BLUECROSS IS PUTTING PROFITS OVER PATIENTS BLUECROSS MADE BILLIONS IN PROFIT LAST YEAR BUT IS THREATENING TO LIMIT MEMBERS’ ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AT SOUTH NASSAU HOSPITAL

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MoMA to Bring Narcissus Garden to Fort Tilden By Katie McFadden

Rockaway is getting the MoMA treatment once again and this time it’s going narcissistic. This one is sure to blow up Instagram and inspire selfies as Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden will fill a former train garage in Fort Tilden with 1,500 mirrored stainless steel spheres that will reflect all of its surroundings. Kusama’s Narcissus Garden first made its debut in 1966, but now it will be heading to Fort Tilden starting July 1. MoMA PS1, the same group that has been bringing unique art exhibits to the peninsula to help revitalize the area since Hurricane Sandy, is bringing this installation as the third iteration of its Rockaway! series, a public art festival presented with the Rockaway Artists Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The installation will be housed in one of

This building will house Narcissus Garden from July 1 through September 3. Photo by Pablo Enriquez, courtesy of MoMA PS1.

the old military buildings, as the steel spheres will reflect the industrial surroundings of the now-abandoned building, drawing attention to Fort Tilden’s history, as well as the devastating damage inflicted on many buildings in the area by Hurricane Sandy. Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator-at-Large, Museum of Modern Art hopes that Narcissus Garden will once again draw attention to the Rockaways, es-

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pecially after it was announced that 11 blocks of beach were closed just before the season began. “Six years after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Rockaways, this vulnerable area is still fighting for rebuilding and resilience,” Biesenbach said. “Recently, 11 blocks of one of the most popular beaches in Rockaway were closed due to erosion following a heavy storm in March. To continue to raise awareness of the ongoing restoration work and efforts to ensure the Rockaways are prepared for future effects of climate change, the collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies, National Park Service, Jamaica Bay Rockaway Beach Conservancy, Rockaway Artists Alliance, and MoMA PS1 continues with a third iteration of Rockaway! created in close collaboration with Yayoi Kusama, evoking her youthful, courageous, and adventurous spirit with a work she first exhibited as an emerging artist, like many of the artists who live and work in the Rockaways right now." Narcissus Garden was first presented in 1966 when Kusama staged an unofficial installation and performance at the 33rd Venice Biennale. The silver spheres, originally made from plastic, were installed on the lawn in front of the Italian Pavilion, reflecting the landscape of the exhibition grounds. Kusama herself stood among them, barefoot and dressed in a gold kimono, alongside yard signs inscribed with the words “Narcissus Garden, Kusama” and “Your Narcissism for Sale.” The instal-

lation has since made its way across the world over the years from Central Park to Paris to Brazil and beyond. Since Narcissus Garden, Kusama’s work has blossomed and evolved and some of her more recent exhibits are known to be wildly popular due to the photo opportunities they present. The installation of Narcissus Garden will be accompanied by an exhibition in the neighboring Rockaway Artists Alliance sTudio 7 Gallery that

Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama. Venice Biennale 1966. ©YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York.

charts the history of Rockaway! and the ongoing work of the Rockaway Artists Alliance. MoMA PS1 has made an effort to bring an eye back to the Rockaways since right after Hurricane Sandy. Following the storm, they established the VW Dome 2 on Beach 94th Street, which was a home for vital resources, workshops, a meeting point and more. In 2014, MoMA began its Rockaway! series, in which solo projects by Patti Smith, Adrián Villar Rojas, and Janet Cardiff were scattered around Fort Tilden and a group show was on display at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Patti Smith’s Resilience of the Dreamer, a bed with curtains draped from the ceiling, was placed in the building that will now house Narcissus Garden. In 2016, MoMA PS1 let Katharina Grosse take over one of the old beachside buildings in Fort Tilden and spruce it up with red and white paint, before the building was demolished. Narcissus Garden will make its Fort Tilden debut on July 1 and will be on view through September 3.


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to treat anxiety, insomnia, and agitation. They have a potential for abuse and withdrawal, and their continued use, especially in older people, is associated with cognitive decline, impaired driving, falls, and hip fractures. The American Geriatrics Society recommends against using them and non-benzodiazepine hypnotics (Ambien) as first-line treatment for insomnia, agitation, and delirium in older individuals, yet the rate of their use is rising. Statins (Lipitor, Zocor, etc.) are among the most commonly prescribed drugs overall and their use is rising. They are used for primary prevention of heart disease (preventing disease in those without it) and secondary prevention (preventing worsening disease in those with it). Many of the statin studies have used volunteers under age 60, yet their use has been extrapolated to use in those 80 and over. Myopathy (muscle pain) is a common side effect of statins plus they interact with many other medications

including amlodipine, amiodarone, and diltiazem. Their use in primary prevention of heart disease in older people is now in question and their use in these patients should be closely monitored. Lastly, the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs i.e. Nexium, Protonix) has increased greatly, despite estimates that 25 to 70 percent of these prescriptions have no appropriate indication. Patients discharged from hospitals very often are prescribed a PPI for no clear reason. Although they are effective at treating GERD and dyspepsia, they have significant side effects including C Diff infections, pneumonia, hip fracture, kidney disease, dementia, and B12 deficiency. To sum up, medications that may be appropriate for a 55-yearold may be inappropriate for an 85-year-old and medication use in older individuals needs to be closely scrutinized. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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RESTORE ENERGY & REJUVENATE The sun in summer - intense, irradiant, long in the day – brings to mind its intense energy without which there would be no life here. Our bodies need energy in order to function, which we obtain through the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. The “vital life force” (or “prana”) is the energy that sustains all life. Sometimes the demanding parts of our lives often zap our energy and we find ourselves

out of fuel with still more to do. I try to separate my work day with my evening by doing one to a few restorative yoga poses. I am always astounded as to how these completely supported poses, that is, no muscle or any energy exerted, gives me clarity of mind and less aches in my body. There are two ways to do them. One, you can allow yourself time for you. Just a half hour to however long you

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can, in a private space. Or, you can do them while with family members, etc., if you have a lot going on. Let’s say you all watch a movie together, or have that kind of time at home. Easily, you can do the poses and I assure you it’s better than sitting on the sofa. If you can have your own private time for a half-hour – think about it – one half-hour in 24 – when you can simply focus on your breath - you will also benefit in the “stress” category. Here are two suggestions. You will need a few “props” so you can let all muscular tension/holding go, like a sofa or chair cushion and a few blankets. Don’t let this hold you back; we all have “stuff ” around to use and once you do it a couple of times, you will find exactly what you need around your home. Sit on a yoga mat or rug, place the cushion right behind your back. Fold the blankets so they are small high squares. Lie back on the cushion, arms out to the side, bring the soles of the

The Rockaway Times feet together so your knees are winged out to either side, place the folded blankets under your thighs for support. Relax. Close your eyes. Focus on the breath – breathing in and breathing out. Stay for as long as you like. You will create space in the breathing cavity of the body and open the heart. Second, lie on the mat in front of a sofa or chair. Move hips towards the bottom of the sofa; raise legs up and rest knees, calves, ankles, feet onto the sofa or chair so your calves resting on the sofa or chair are at a right angle to the floor. Place a rolled blanket or pillow under your neck. Place arms out to the side. Relax. Focus on the breath. You will reduce fatigue in the legs and rejuvenate the mind. Whatever you do, tune in to how your body feels. Learning to tune in will give you confirmation to make decisions about what you can and cannot do in any exercise regimen, sports activity and yoga practice.


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 By Beth Hanning

Beach Etiquette So, I finally made it down to the beach this past Saturday and it was a glorious top ten day on the beach. There was not a cloud in the sky and the weather was just perfect. Surprisingly, the beach was also not that crowded. The only thing that was a little annoying is the two women who sat on top of our circle. Now on Beach 121st, we have a rather large beach compared to some of our neighbors, so there is no need to sit on top of people.

SO, I remembered I have not written a beach etiquette column in a while. Here it is for all of our new residents and our visitors (which I am sure there will be a lot of due to the ferry and the shuttle). Rule 1: When you get to the beach and there is a lot of space, please do not sit directly on top of people already at the beach. I never understand why someone who has never seen me or met me before wants to sit so close to me. Don’t you want

your own space as well? 1b: This also goes to setting up a huge crew directly in front of someone. Many times the residents know that the tide will be coming in as the day goes on and you sitting directly in front of them is both blocking their view and now creates a problem when you have to move when the tide comes up the beach. Rule 2: I love music. Our group often has a radio on the beach. However, when your music is so loud that the entire beach cannot even hear their conversation, that is rude. 2b: This noise rule also applies to vulgar language. Rockaway is a family-oriented beach, so please respect that families with children are surrounding you. Rule 3: Clean up after yourself. This was said in Robert Fulghum’s book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. One of his things he listed 25 years ago was: clean up your own mess. This is not beach etiquette, it is etiquette in general. Last

year, a group of high school day drinkers (they actually wore high school shirts), tried to leave Beach 129th Street without cleaning their beer cans and liquor bottles. I aggressively went over to them as they were packing up and asked them: “You are not leaving this mess are you?” I must have embarrassed them because they started to clean up. I understand that we do not have enough garbage cans, but make an effort to at least place your trash in a bag and bring it to the closest can. Please understand that I am not against non-residents of Rockaway from enjoying our beaches, I just think that if they knew the rules, it would be a bit better. I have a few more rules and they will be out next week. Have a great week everyone. Of course, if I missed a rule let me know so I can include in next week’s column: email me at beth81772@aol. com

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Life-Changing Events By Lou Pastina

Thirty years ago this week, our first flippered mermaid was born. After a carefree engagement and first four years of marriage, suddenly everything changed with the arrival of this little bundle of joy. Being new parents, we immediately began to baby-proof our first home and realized we really needed to work at this parenting thing. Thirty years later, the first born was strutting down Surf Avenue in Coney Island with the rest of her fishy school of friends for the Mermaid Parade. Who knew! Back then, the chief mermaid kicked into mother gear, a gear I did not even know existed. Completely unbeknownst to me, all chief mermaids are genetically engineered to move into this phase at some point

or other either for their own or other minnows. I watched in amazement, as my work was done the nine months prior, and this new phase of nesting and mothering moved us forward. I was now operating in very deep water, but the waves were smooth, and the skies were clear, and I was able to follow her sage lead. Our social life changed quite a bit back then too, not gradually, but pretty abruptly. At first, I thought we could live the same way, but it became clear that the priorities had changed and all for the right reasons. Friends who hadn’t yet made this transition, were skeptical at first but soon came to realize as well that change was required. It was about this time both the mermaid and I realized that a lot of the answers to our questions were probably sitting in the minds of the two King Neptunes and their Queen Mermaids, better known as our parents. While we had only half-listened in

the past, it was really important to get them to share what they knew about this process we were headlong into: parenting a baby! Turns out they had been waiting quite a long time to pass this information on too. For they too had been genetically engineered for this role that they now were happily enjoying: grandparenting. Whoever this “Master Engineer” was, was really onto something. There were two more deliveries over the years, adding to the abundance of joy that we were blessed with. I would like to say it got easier, but that’s not entirely true, because every spirit is different. But I can tell you this, it always got better. This Father’s Day I looked around at this little group that started off with one delivery 30 years ago and wondered to myself how lucky I got to be here for it all. My own father at 90 is still with us in every way, leading with wisdom and

warm cheer. The chief mermaid has never truly stepped down from her role as chief worrier about the minnows that now are like full-grown dolphins! And I sense more transitions on the horizon, but all good, and all for the right reasons. Maybe I’m just an optimist, but that’s how I was taught to see life. The key with life-changing events is that every day there is an event that changes our lives. Sometimes the events are small and imperceptible, and sometimes they are seismic, but the key is always to face them and move forward with them. Kind of like a riptide, just let it take you wherever it’s going and then once it’s finished, slowly make your way back to shore. Believe me — the sun will be shining!

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Thursday, June 21, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. ROCKAWAY NIGHT MAKERS MARKET Rockaway Brewing Co. 415 Beach 72nd Street Music, food and local goods. Friday, June 22, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. 100 PCT BLOOD DRIVE 92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd Give the gift of blood. Age 16-75, 110 lb minimum, no tattoos in last 12 months, bring ID. Fri., June 22, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sat., June 23, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. BIG CITY FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden Live music from more than 30 bands over 2 days.

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Saturday, June 23, 6 p.m. DYLAN SMITH MEMORIAL PADDLE OUT Beach 86th Street 7th Annual paddle out to remember the late Dylan Smith, a hero surfer and lifeguard who died 2 months after rescuing people during Hurricane Sandy. Bring a board and remember his life on the water. T-shirts for sale to benefit FACES (Finding A Cure for Epilepsy & Seizures).

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Rustwoods Debuts BEX HERE and NOW By Kami-Leigh Agard

When local multimedia artist, Mikal, opened Rustwoods General Store, he envisioned a space, where local and visiting artists, performers and neighbors alike could share and bask in each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creativity right

just in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hood, where folks can share, exhibit and even sell their work. So, finally, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve realized my dream, and this is how Rustwoods has evolved into Rustwoods General Store and Gallery,â&#x20AC;? Mikal said. When asked why he chose BEX to kickoff Rustwoodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first

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here in Rockaway. Now with the debut of the performance and event spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first official art exhibition, BEX Here and Now, this evening, Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m., Mikal says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finally seeing his vision come first circle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m originally from Venice Beach in California and my wife is from Uruguay. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both from beach communities, and when we first checked out Rockaway, I was likeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; a beach in NYC? But then, we both fell in love and decided to make this our home, and it was the best decision we ever made in our lives. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re from a beach community, you just adapt to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural to you. There are certain characteristics that are the same in all beach communities around the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, as an artist, I felt Rockaway needed a local space

official gallery art exhibit, Mikal said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I saw BEXâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, I got this really peaceful feeling, and it felt like her work would generate the right vibe for our first official art show. I guess her work just spoke to me.â&#x20AC;? BEX is a Rockaway Beach oil painting artist whose â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rothko-esqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ethereal work plunges you into an abyss of mystery like the ocean. Like the famous Russian-born, American pioneer contemporary artist, Mark Rothko, BEXâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expressive use of layering colors on significant open space almost seems to dematerialize into pure light, while immersing you in a luminous realm of mystery. For example, in one of her works on display at Rustwoods, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I Were The Rain,â&#x20AC;? a timid sea seems to look up at the sky, that looks anContinued on page 38

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BEX - HERE AND NOW Continued from Page 37 gry, yet so hauntingly beautiful with its inferno burst of lightning and thunderous clouds descending down furiously like a wild woman who captures you with her beauty, but blocks your embrace with her fiery eyes. BEX herself is also as layered as her paintings. She grew up in Tanzania, where her parents were missionaries, moved state-

The Rockaway Times BEX explained that her Rustwoods art exhibition is titled, “Here and Now,” because it's about space and time. “While we are bound by space (here) and time (now), the essential-self lives outside of these constraints. What I want to do in my work is to integrate the two, so that the work is a physical manifestation of the essential-self in the HERE and NOW,” she said.

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side to Illinois to study international business and finance for her bachelor’s and economics for her master’s, served three years in the Peace Corps, working in China and Ethiopia, and then finally settled in NYC, where she currently works in finance and marketing. So amidst all these vastly different experiences, how did she learn and cultivate her love of painting? BEX said, “I am basically selftaught. I took two art classes in high school and that was it. But I love painting, and just kept driven to hone my skills and experiment with what inspires me. I love oil painting because it provides a richer color, and like Rothko, I love layering. When you layer with oil paints, the color is so rich, and also, I love the drying process of oil paint, it takes long to dry, but I enjoy watching the colors enfold.” As for what inspires her art, BEX simply said, “My art is inspired by nature — the sky, the ocean, the wildlife. I guess, this is why I was drawn to move to Rockaway, and every day, just looking at the ocean, the sunset, the birds, the surfers — it’s all so inspiring, and has developed me even more as an artist.”

BEX will have 12 pieces on exhibit at Rustwoods General Store and Gallery. Only seven originals will be available for sale, however she will have prints available for just $40 a piece. Plus get ready for live entertainment from the ultimate magic man and illusionist, Adam Cardone. Rustwoods is located at 97-02 Garden, Rockaway Beach Blvd (behind Whit’s End). For more information, email: rustwoodsrockawaybeach@gmail.com or check them out on Facebook or Instagram.

"If I Were The Rain" by BEX.


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Rockaway Mermaids Take Over Coney Island The Rockaway Mermaid Brigade (RMB) showed Coney Island their best claws and fins in fabulous fashion at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade on Saturday, June 16. This year’s RMB theme? Cubist Crustacean. Rockaway came up with their best looks reflecting cubism, and

put on quite the show, but the star may have been none other than Whalemina. Artist Geoff Rawling revived the longtime beloved mascot of Rockaway, that lived on Beach 94th Street before being swept away by Hurricane Sandy, and turned her in to a motorized float that is sure

to be a prize winner. The winners for this year haven’t been announced yet, but the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade has often take top prize for Best Motorized Float and we’re sure Whalemina will do the same. If you missed the Coney Island parade, don’t fret, RBG is

the group that brought Rockaway its own nautical parade. Poseidon’s Parade is set for September 22. Photos by Vinny Bonanno, Christine Cappiello, Bryan Fraser, Katie Pastina, Chris Saylor, Lizzy Vivino and the Coney Island Cyclone staff.

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ROCKAWAY GOOD TIMES By Kami-Leigh Agard

Here comes the Rockaway Groan, (succinctly coined by Rockaway Times Publisher, Kevin Boyle)! With an eclectic lineup of live music, theater, arts — all against a backdrop of our beautiful boardwalk, ocean and bay front, why leave Rockaway in the summertime! This is the place to be! LIVE MUSIC: Thursday, June 21 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Today is summer solstice — the longest day of the year! Let loose at the Summer ‘Soulstice’ Music Fest hosted by the Rock’s music impresario, Squid! This Make Music NY event featuring an eclectic lineup — The Fabulous Wades, Locals Rule, Walter Ensor, Red Path & Beyond and Aerial Acoustics — will be your ultimate sun-drenched boardwalk party! Caracas, Beach 106th Concession Friday, June 22, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. & Saturday, June 23, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. For the first time in its 11-year-history, the Big City Folk Festival is coming to Rockaway! The Festival, founded by Ireland’s Cork-born, internationally-known folk singer-songwriter, Niall Connolly, features more than 25 acts from across the U.S., Ireland, Canada, U.K., and Australia. Ingenuously curated by Connolly and fellow raconteur, E.W. Harris — this event is your ticket to the who’s who in folk music (including some of your favorite locals. (For the full roster of artists performing on each day, visit: bigcityfolkfestival.com or check out their FB page. sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden Friday, June 22 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Celebrate the weekend with a drink at Caracas while listening to local favorite 3 Sheets to the Wind, and jam out with classic rock and blues. Beach 106th Concession Friday, June 22 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are tons of guitar riffs out there with lightning fast drum beats, but combine that with a ‘metalsome' bass sound — you

must stand up listen. So tonight, head to Rippers and see for yourself why BK Degreaser is wildly followed for their earth-shattering, trail-blazing rock that you won’t ever forget! Rippers, Beach 86th Concession Friday, June 22 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s Friday night, and the bay is right, so head down to Bungalow Bar, where Rockaway’s own Winston McBoogie rocks you and your best buds with covers of The Beatles, The Who, U2, Elvis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Motown classics and much more! 377 Beach 92nd Street

Candles, 3 p.m. Phil and Family Band, 4 p.m. Indaculture, 5 p.m. The Skells — this is going to be one fabulous day that you won’t want to end! Beach 90th Street Boardwalk

ends. Pay $10 at the gate to get a voucher for access, which can also be towards food or beverages at Captain’s Gig. 1 Beach 227th Street, Breezy Point

Saturday, June 23 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thirsting for some more Rockstock? Continue the party with the official after-party at Epstein’s Beach featuring bands, Exit Verona and The Disfunction. 88-22 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Tuesdays 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Connolly’s ever-popular Open Mic Night is back. If you plan on stepping up to the mic, get there early so you can sign up for the lineup because it gets packed! But fear not, sip on Connolly’s world-famous piña coladas as you vibe to great live music! 155 Beach 95th Street

Saturday, June 23 6 p.m. If you want to stay on the boardwalk after Rockstock, head down Thursdays to Rippers where local favorite, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Solshyne will be playing your clasFriday, June 22 It’s karaoke night at Riis! Well, sic rock favorite, including plenty just be warned…this is Not Your 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tonight, Thai Rock takes you of Grateful Dead tunes. Mother's Karaoke. #LetsGetRippers, Beach 86th Concession Weird at Riis. on a ride as classically-trained violinist, Steve Uh, boards Sidecar Riis Park Beach Bazaar (16702 Saturday, June 23 Agogo’s music train, bringing in Rockaway Beach Blvd) 9 p.m. a ‘fiddlephunk’ eclectic lineup of Don’t be a fool. Head to the Baybluegrass, Celtic, Latin, Afrobeat, Saturdays jazz and jam band grooves. With House and dance the night away 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Rodrigo Bonelli on drums, Pier to the tunes of Fools Night Out. Bring in de ole’ time days 500 Bayside, Breezy Point Pappalardo on bass, and special back a yard with live sweet regguest, Frank Ferrara on guitar, this gae music right on de beach. Saturday, June 23 is one sweet-soundin’ train you Come share the vibes every Satdon’t want to miss! urday for sweet summer reggae 9 p.m. 375 Beach 92nd Street This evening, make a beeline to nights. DredSurfer Grill, Beach 17th Breezy’s spectacular festive bar Friday, June 22 and restaurant, The Sugar Bowl! Street & Boardwalk 8 p.m. Wine With Sue will have you shakOTHER ART NEWS The BayHouse is known for ing it on the dance floor to your much more than its beautiful sun- favorite rock party covers. Thursday, June 21 set views. Come check out the sun7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 15 Bedford Ave., Breezy Point set and listen to Friends in Sound Descend into a realm of mysplay classic rock and blues favorites tery with BEX, at the opening of Saturday, June 23 all night. her art exhibit, Here and Now, at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 500 Bayside, Breezy Point Get blown right out of the wa- Rustwoods’ General Store and ter into Caracas as the legendary Gallery. BEX’s Rothko-esque 12 Friday, June 22 Venezuelan percussionist, Neil oil paintings on display will give 8 p.m. Ochoa with youth band, Control you goose bumps as the colors, Head to the Belle Harbor Yacht The Sound, has you wildly jam- strokes and shapes immerse Club tonight. You’re not going to min' out to their rock/funk/ska/ you into a realm of peace, yet want to miss The Fabulous Wades latin grooves. triggering your senses, wonderperform your favorite hits, along Caracas, Beach 106th Conces- ing what is she gently camouwith special guest, Aurora. flaging. Become spellbound as sion 533 Beach 126th Street ultimate magic man, Adam Cardone cloaks you under a shroud Saturday, June 23 Saturday, June 23 of mind-blowing illusions. 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 97-02 GARDEN, Rockaway Get turned on as Cool Hand and The 12th Annual Rockstock & the Downtown Daddy-O’s hits Beach Blvd. Barrels Surf, Skate and Music fes- Breezy Point Surf Club’s (BPSC) tival is finally here— and with the Captain’s Gig with an intoxicating Got info on live music and art awesome roster of artists perform- dose of their highly-bluesy rock exhibitions coming up in Rockaing…drumroll please…10 a.m. n’ roll with songs by Elvis, Chuck way and Broad Channel? Send it Walker (acoustic intro), 11 a.m. Berry, Little Richard, B.B. King to kami@rockawaytimes.com with Ecstatic Madmen, 12 noon Baked and more! Captain’s Gig is open the subject line: “Rockaway Good Shrimp, 1 p.m. Grits, 2 p.m. Trick to ALL every Friday and on week- Times.”

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commemorating the Flag Resolution of 1777 when the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution which stated: "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." Although Flag Day celebrations were held locally throughout the country, it was not until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14 as Flag Day by Presidential Proclamation and then years later in 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 as National Flag Day. In conversations with some of the younger members of our Broad Channel community, it was questioned why anyone would want to interject religion into the Pledge of Allegiance by inserting God to the pledge back during the 1950s. I pointed out that it was President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who on Flag Day, June 14, 1954, signed Public Law 396 adding the phrase: “One Nation Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. What most people are not aware of is that the words: “under God” were taken from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “… that this Nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” Someone then asked why is it so important to pledge our allegiance to a flag, which is simply a piece of cloth. I reminded them that while they have every right to refuse to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, they should always keep in mind that the pledge is “to the flag and to the republic for which it stands.” A “republic” is where the people are king, ruling through their public servants called representatives. When people pledge allegiance to the flag, they are saying that they are the king, not some usurping

dictator. So, it follows that when someone dishonors or disrespects the flag, they are saying they do not want to be king anymore, that they want to relinquish responsibility for their lives to someone else or some other ideology. They are rejecting equality before the law, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, and inalienable rights from the Creator. As expected, the conversation turned towards the issue of some NFL players who "take a knee" during the National Anthem as a social protest. One young girl pointedly asked me why I would frown upon any player who would "take a knee" as a means of social protest. I simply reminded her that I simply frown upon anyone or anything that imposes a social cause upon an event, which I have paid a substantial amount of my hard-earned money to watch and enjoy unfettered by identity politics. All in all, it was a spirited conversation with lots of give and take, and I think we all came away with a greater appreciation of each other's views on the issue. One of the great things about living in Broad Channel is that the residents of our community celebrate Flag Day 365 days a year. There is barely a street you can walk down without noticing the fact that Old Glory is flying proudly from many, if not most, of the houses in our town. Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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

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FROM THE RBA App Set To Help Beach Businesses At the beginning of 2018, the Rockaway Business Alliance (RBA) launched Rockaway ConneX, a two-prong technology project funded by NYC Department of Small Business Services to respond to challenges of connectivity in Rockaway. The first prong of Rockaway ConneX involves beacon and QR code technology, which facilitates access to relevant information about local businesses, events, specials, Rockaway history, and more. The second prong of Rockaway ConneX involves mar-

keting and tech support for Combrr, an iOS application conceived by locals, Justin Harter and Matt Blance-Stephany. Combrr allows users to browse menus of local eateries and shops, place items into a cart, check out with a selfie, and have goods delivered to their exact location, without ever having to leave their beach towels. New York is a city whose natives have become accustomed to being able to access anything they want in the moment that they want it—coffee at 10

p.m, beer at 8 a.m, dinner at 5 a.m. — why should this stop at the beach? For years, the economy has been trending towards e-commerce, and Combrr caters to this trend, while simultaneously supporting local brick-and-mortars. The recent beach closure announcements are devastating to our local businesses, which have built their businesses and lives around this particular stretch of beach. The last-minute nature of these announcements gave Rockaway businesses, which have been anxiously awaiting beach opening and the busy season, little time to rescale and restructure. Combatting the recent news of the NYC Parks Department’s decision to close a large section of the most popular beach in Rockaway, Combrr provides a real-time solution for Rockaway businesses, effectively allowing businesses to reach the huge influx of beach visitors. Many business owners are concerned that their sales will decline, and are unsure of ways to capture the beachgoers.

The Rockaway Times Combrr founders are working directly with these business owners to solve this problem — Rockaway Beach isn’t closed. There are so many amazing culinary avenues to explore, from arepas and ceviche to burgers and hot dogs. In the spirit of accessing relevant information, the Rockaway Business Alliance aims to use Rockaway ConneX to promote the idea that Rockaway is Open for Business. Along the lines of NYC Parks’ “change of access” messaging, we hope to suggest that there are four miles of beach open for public enjoyment, you can get your food and beach needs delivered right to your towel, and this is going to be the best summer yet for Rockaway business! Combrr delivers Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with plans to operate seven days a week beginning in July. This article was submitted by the Rockaway Business Alliance. For more info, send an email to Info@RockawayBusinessAlliance.org

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