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Red, White & BBQ! Riis Bathhouse Comes to Life

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Parks & Army Corps Testify on Beach Erosion By Katie McFadden

The bad news? Most of the closed off section of beach in Rockaway Beach remains closed for the July 4 holiday. The good news? The Department of Parks and Recreation announced that Beach 96th to Beach 98th will open to swimmers starting June 30, on a trial basis. That and much more, including accusations, admissions and insight were revealed at the City Council’s Parks Committee hearing on Monday, June 25. “It was my decision to close the beaches,” Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell Silver admitted under oath at Monday’s hearing at 250 Broadway. Silver said his decision to announce the closure of the beaches on May 21 came after exploring other options and ultimately deciding that closing the beaches due to safety concerns, and in order to protect the dunes, was a difficult, yet necessary decision.

“Last month, Parks announced the beaches would be closed this summer between Beach 91st and Beach 102nd, in order to maintain the protective dune that now takes up much of the beach and keep swimmers safe. That dune occupies much of the space that was previously available. This loss of space, was compounded by this winter’s and spring’s harsh weather, which resulted in more erosion due to the lack of protective groins. There is simply not enough beach area in this location to safely operate swimming and recreational activities at this time,” Silver said. “This was not an easy decision to make.” Silver said that erosion issues were on the City’s radar after it became clear that the effort to replenish the entire beach in 2014, was coming undone, particularly in the Beach 90s and 130s. In June 2017, the NYC Economic Development Corporation hired a contractor to conduct a study on the ero-

sion at a cost of $200,000. After the study was complete in November 2017, Parks shared the results that found that “though significant erosion had occurred, the beach was wider from Beach 86th to Beach 149th, than at any time over the last 40 years,” Silver said. This claim accounted for the space available from the boardwalk to the tide line, but also incorporated the new protective dune, which ultimately left less recreational room on the beach and a fear that beachgoers would retreat onto the dune during high tide. As the beach season got closer and it became apparent that severe weather had eroded the beach even further since the November 2017 study, Parks started to take measures—or measurements—into their own hands. “We closely monitored the condition of the beach from April 30 to May 13 and took measurements from the dune to the tide and estimated how much space would be available

for people to use,” Silver said. As conditions worsened, Silver says the Parks Department did explore emergency options, such as trucking in sand, but they found that it would take 18 months to complete the replenishment using that method at a cost of $50 million, making it not feasible. After being depleted of options, Parks ultimately decided to close the beaches. Many testified at the hearing including Congressman Gregory Meeks, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, State Senator Joe Addabbo, Councilmen Eric Ulrich and Donovan Richards and others, plus nearly a dozen Rockaway residents and activists, including John Cori, Hank Iori and Joe Hartigan. Many expressed not only their displeasure with the announcement in general, but the lack of a warning, with Parks only announcing the closures four days before the start of beach season. Silver Continued on page 6

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Riding Like The Wind Being a trendsetter means youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be ready to be laughed at and ridiculed. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone out on a limb or two and taken my fair share of abuse. They laughed at me when I touted the glory and hipness of day drinking. Most of those people are now asking me to start parties earlier. And I was an early cheerleader for the colonoscopy movement. They laughed then. Now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking me for the night-before prep tips. Speaking of whichâ&#x20AC;Ś Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some new do-it-at-

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home test called Cologuard. TV commercials feature some little cartoon guy talking about collecting your own stool sample and then shipping it to a lab. First time I saw the commercial I thought he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;just shit me to the lab.â&#x20AC;? I was not alone in how I heard this. I googled and many others were confused by this poop in the mail message. Keeping with the theme, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like the misheard lyric in the song, "Bad Moon Rising." "There's a bad moon on the rise" was heard by many as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a

bathroom on the right.â&#x20AC;? Keeping with the bathroom theme (still), I know, one day, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be hailed as the father of the bidet. I told readers it was life-changing. The trend is coming to every bathroom on the right. And so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dying to know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next, right? And youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just hoping I stay away from bodily functions. The next big thing? The electric bike. Or more specifically, the electric-assist bike. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the cure for the Rockaway wind. Yes, some people see me and think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on my way to drop off some Chinese food and others scoff how Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just a cheating fool, getting no exercise. Others havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t caught on yet and when they see me fly past, wind against me, they just think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an animal. Anyway, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true, I do have a basket so I can make deliveries, but I do actually pedal. I just get a little help from a battery. As they say, what goodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a flashlight without a battery? I say the same thing about bikes. Wind? What wind? Those

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PARKS & ARMY CORPS Continued from Page 3 admitted fault in Parks’ approach. “While we consistently engaged the public on erosion, we do regret not being explicit that the closure of the beach was a legitimate possibility. We shouldn’t have assumed that possibility was understood. We’ll make sure we’re explicit going forward,” Silver said. Councilman Eric Ulrich also said he’s working on a bill that would require Parks to give 30 days notice on such a decision going forward. Despite the closures, Silver announced some news that would hopefully soften the blow. He claimed that beach attendance and concession revenue are actually up this year. “We’re very pleased to see that thanks to nice weather and engagement with the pubic, that attendance is close to 1.2 million visitors compared to 600,000 over the same period last year. Our concessions have seen a 35 percent increase in revenue compared to the same

period in 2017,” Silver said. Of course, these stats account for the entire beach and all of the concessions combined, not just the Beach 90s. But he did announce some relief for the Beach 90s. “I’m pleased to share that next week, we’ll open the popular section between Beach 96th and Beach 98th, directly in front of the Parks concession, on a trial basis,” he said. This opening will be conditional as the area may be closed during high tide periods. Signs will be posted to make people aware of those periods. Parks also announced that they will now allow concessions to start having live music at 1 p.m. and that they have granted a 50 percent rent deferral to the concessions, meaning they have more time to pay half of their rent to the city. They are also working on a citywide advertising campaign to let people know that Rockaway is definitely open. “We recognize how difficult it was to see a small portion of the beach close, however we cannot forget that 4.5 miles of beach remains open and we

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remind New Yorkers and tourists to come enjoy the sand, sun and enjoyment of the Rockaways,” Silver said. Councilman Donovan Richards, who came to show his support for the cause, while staking a claim for the east end of the peninsula’s beaches, challenged Parks on saying that the rest of Rockaway is open, as a mile-long stretch of beach from the Beach 30s to the Beach 50s, have long been closed to swimmers due to piping plover protection. “I get the sensitivity to the piping plovers, but this has hurt the economy on the east end. I think this conversation is a critical one, like talking about initiatives over the last 40 years on the eastern end and ensuring there are amenities there. I'm hoping we can delve into that conversation and make sure that economically, we can see some justice on the east end,” Richards said. With noticeable erosion in the Beach 130s and 140s, Silver was asked if Parks had any plans to close these beaches as well. “There’s no plan at this

time,” he said. “We’re watching the Beach 130s and 140s carefully and we’ll give full information about what is happening to some of those beaches. We’re watching those locations and we’ll figure out what to do with them.” As it seems no quick and easy fix is available to replenish the beaches for this summer, eyes turned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) , whose long-term fixes are still more than a year away. The USACE was not obligated to be at Monday’s hearing, but Dan Falt, senior project manager of Coastal Restoration for the New York District, was on site to provide some insight and updates. Falt made it clear that the erosion problem is very real, and there’s not much that can be done to prevent it. “Speaking about engineering tools for erosion, there’s not much you can do. You can build sea walls, you can work on erosion control structures like jetties, or you can retreat, you move structures back from the ocean, Continued on page 10

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***** HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! No, the summer’s not over. You can’t declare the summer over since we didn’t have a spring and may not have a fall. ***** Advertiser alert. We are going to press on Tuesday because the 4th of July is on a Wednesday this year. The deadline for ads is Tuesday, July 3 at noon, but please try to send in ads by Monday! ***** Volunteers Needed. The weekly volunteer cleanup and maintenance of Tribute Park has begun. Every Tuesday, weather permitting, until the fall, volunteers may stop by between 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. to help in the park. Any time you give will be helpful to maintain the park. Weeding, snipping, planting, sweeping

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THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 and watering are a number of tasks for the volunteers. Wear comfortable work/gardening clothes. During the summer, if any students need community service hours, they can volunteer; their hours will be recorded, and they will be given a letter certifying their service. Check in regularly at the website for updated information or to make a donation to this beautiful memorial park: www.rockawaytributepark. org. ***** The Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) is jumping in on the City of Water Day on July 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. You’re welcome to celebrate the inaugural Jamaica Bay Festival - a fun family event taking place throughout Jamaica Bay along the shoreline in Brooklyn and Queens. Enjoy kayaking, surf casting, hiking, bird watching, art, nature and more. Jamaica Bay offers something for everyone! Check out jbrpc.org/jamaica-bay-festival for more info. *****

Speaking of water… The Community Boathouse Grand Opening is this Saturday, June 30, from 9 a.m. ‘til 5 p.m. (no reservations needed). Located on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 88th Street, the new boathouse is stocked with single and double sit-on-top kayaks as well as stand-up paddle boards, paddles and personal flotation devices. This is a volunteer effort so all support is appreciated. Bring your bathing suit, hat, footwear and sunscreen so you can get on the water! ***** There will be a “non-partisan” event on July 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Beach 95th Street amphitheater right off the boardwalk to show support for children and families who’ve been separated at the border in recent weeks. ***** The way-too-long dormant Riis Park Bathhouse will be taken over by the Riis Bazaar group and all sorts of things are planned for the iconic building before a major internal renova-

tion takes place. A beer garden, volleyball courts, and camping? Yes. Camp Rockaway, which ran a pilot program in Fort Tilden last year, is already booking overnight stays in the sandy courtyard. The Rockaway Times got a tour of the building a couple of years ago. The rooftop views are spectacular and the whole building has enormous potential. ***** Did the bell toll on the effort to lift the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge? When the New York State legislative session ended last week, Stacey Pheffer Amato’s accomplishment of getting the State Assembly to agree to lift the CB toll once and for all was effectively put on ice. She will have to reintroduce the legislation and that won’t be until January 2019. She’ll have to get the Assembly on board again (and the Assembly is likely to have new members). Here’s hoping she can repeat the trick and Joe Addabbo, on the State Senate side, can move some of them to do the right thing.

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Food and Fun Coming to the Riis Park Bathhouse Starting July 4 By Katie McFadden

The Riis Park Bathhouse is coming back to life. The guys who brought the Riis Park Beach Bazaar to Riis (RPBB) officially got the keys and they’re gearing up to revive the Bathhouse with pop-ups all summer long, starting July 4. “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity by the National Parks Service and Gateway National Recreation Area to oversee the redevelopment of the long dormant Bathhouse Beach Pavillion and Courtyard at Riis Park. As a first

step before major renovation begins, we will be opening areas of the Bathhouse that haven’t been accessible to the public for decades. The massive outdoor Courtyard and indoor Beach Pavillion will host special pop-up experiences beginning this summer,” Belvy Klein of Riis Park Beach Bazaar said. What will these pop-ups entail? Food, and plenty of it. “Close to a dozen mouth-watering food vendors will take up residence along the entire boardwalk expanse of the Bathhouse Pavillion,” Klein said. Among them will be plenty Camping is now available at Riis through Camp Rockaway.

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of local-owned spots and some old favorites that have served Riis Park in recent years. The west side of the Bathhouse Beach Pavillion will feature local, Mark Gravel’s Musser’s Famous, serving up his grandmother’s famous namesake crab cake recipe. The Meat Up by Rockaway native, Michael Fiore will have a menu featuring a pizza melt grilled cheese sandwich with Calabrian Salami, Cuban Grilled Cheese and “Salty Dog”. Fletcher’s BBQ is coming back with its ribs, pulled pork, BBQ wings and more. Trop Pops will have frozen 100 percent whole fruit on a stick dipped in dark chocolate. And finally, Ample Hills Creamery, ranked the No. 1 ice cream shop in New York City, will be bringing their sweet treats to the Bathhouse. On the east side of the Bathhouse Beach Pavillion, John’s Juice will be serving up fresh juice, served in the fruit itself. Beach House will feature specialty lemonade and frozen ices. La Cevicheria is coming to Riis with fresh ceviche and other Peruvian staples such as quinoa with shrimp and chicken dishes. Wise Block Cade will be your breakfast go-to with iced coffee and teas, avocado bagels with savory spreads, pastries, and granola. The guys from By The Beach Cocos will also be opening up a new stand called the Greenhouse, serving açaí and other fruit bowls and smoothies. While the food lineup is stellar, that won’t be the only thing you’ll find at the Bathhouse. Inside the Beach Pavillion will be a space to rent beach chairs and umbrellas,

a beach sundries spot and even a video arcade. Outside, there will be a beer garden on the western side of the courtyard with free music and programming every weekend, plus beach volleyball and table tennis courts. Camp Rockaway, which finally made their debut in Fort Tilden at the end of last summer, is back, but this time they’re teaming up with the Riis Park Beach Bazaar by setting up tents near the Bathhouse. They’ve already been booking overnight stays in the eastern side of the sand-filled courtyard. The Bathhouse will have a soft opening on July 4 with a party featuring DJ Misbehaviour. On July 7 and 8, there will be an opening weekend party featuring Get Summered, and Jonathan Toubin will take over the weekend of July 14 and 15 for another special celebration. After the July 4 soft opening, the Bathhouse will be open through Labor Day. “Entering our fourth season at Riis Park, RPBB looks forward to bringing greater NYC more delicious food, more great programming, more local artisanal vendors and of course, more fun in the sun. The Bathhouse Beach Pavilion promises to complement RPBB’s already noteworthy food, vendor and event offerings along the beautiful Riis Park boardwalk,” Klein said. Make sure to check out the RPBB website: www.RiisBazaar. com for a full list of programming and entertainment throughout the summer.


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This Week in History JUNE 28 Carl Perrera was born. Charlie Greenberg was born.

marked the turning point in the Civil War, began. 1997 - After 156 years of British colonial rule, Hong Kong was returned to China.

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PARKS & ARMY CORPS Continued from Page 6 or you learn to live with water by waterproofing your homes,â&#x20AC;? he said. He also noted that Rockaway's most eroded areas, are eroding at a dangerous pace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the Beach 90s and 130s in Rockaway, we estimate there is 20 feet of beach loss each year, on average in those areas. So one year can have 80 feet and another year, none, but 20 feet a year is the estimate,â&#x20AC;? Falt said. Falt explained that the USACE has consistently had to replenish Rockawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beaches with sand, including in 19751978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, and the latest full-scale nourishment taking place after Hurricane Sandy. In the short term, Falt confirmed that not much can be done, explaining that funding is not available for an interim plan to replenish the sand, and that even if it were, USACE would need at least 10 weeks to mobilize a dredge and place the amount of sand needed in the Beach 90s,

meaning it could go through the summer and beyond. As far as the long-term, that all depends on the results of the USACEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reformulation Study. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Reformulation Study will recommend erosion control structures in the Beach 90s and groins going to Beach 126th. We also looked at the refurbishment of the Beach 149th groin, which we think is fundamental in maintaining the width of the beach in Neponsit and Belle Harbor,â&#x20AC;? Falt said. The final draft of the study will be released in late August. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to submit it to headquarters for final approval by the end of the calendar year.â&#x20AC;? Falt said that after Mayor de Blasio and Senator Schumer spoke with the USACE chief in Washington, D.C., the chief gave approval for USACE to begin preparatory work for the project before the study is approved, which Falt says is â&#x20AC;&#x153;unprecedented.â&#x20AC;? When asked when construction would actually begin, Falt said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe it will start before the end of 2019.â&#x20AC;?

Rent Still Damn High Dear Editor: Boardwalk Concessions get 50 percent rent reduction! Sounds great for the concessions, right? I am writing since several people have been congratulating me on getting a 50 percent rent reduction for my concession â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boardersâ&#x20AC;? on Beach 97th Street on the boardwalk. Apparently, they heard it or read this on various media outlets (Not The Rockaway Times!).

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What About the Harbor Light? By Katie McFadden

Will there be a light at the end of the tunnel? Locals are hoping there will at least be a light in Belle Harbor—The Harbor Light. The beloved local restaurant has long been missed since Hurricane Sandy’s infernos claimed it as a victim on October 29, 2012. Many pass the now rebuilt building each day and wonder—when is it opening? That answer is still up in the air, but owner Sean Heeran remains hopeful that the answer is sooner than later. On the night of Hurricane Sandy, the Harbor Light caught fire and burnt to the ground— another stab to the chest of Rockaway’s broken heart after the storm. However the Heeran family was determined to bring it back. “We were here for 33 years before Sandy and we had this building for our whole lives and all of a sudden it burned down. It’s been a long way back, but we’re not gonna give up,” Sean Heeran said. Construction be-

gan on the new building in December 2013, and yet more than four and a half years later, and nearly six years since the storm, the new Harbor Light’s doors remain closed. With the exception of the restaurant equipment not in place yet, Heeran says the Harbor Light would open tomorrow, but that decision is not up to him. As many that recovered after Sandy already know, red tape doesn't make things easy. Currently, the red tape is being held by the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA). On Tuesday, June 19, Heeran and his lawyer were given an opportunity to plead their case in front of the BSA for permission to open. “We just had this meeting and we go in front of them and they tell us that we have to give a stronger case and to come back in seven weeks,” Heeran said. “I was hoping this meeting would go okay and we’d catch the end of the summer but it doesn’t look like it’s gonna happen.”

They will have another opportunity to present their case at a BSA public hearing in August. If all goes well with that meeting, Heeran would then need to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy, which he says they would likely get a few weeks after the BSA’s approval. “We’re hoping to be up and operating by early fall,” he said. “This has just been a grueling process. But we want to let the people of Rockaway know that we’re trying our best. It’s just been a battle,” Heeran said. While the Harbor Light doors remain closed as we start another sum-

mer season, Heeran continues to pay property taxes and insurance, plus lawyer fees. He says that Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and Councilman Eric Ulrich are doing their best to help with the situation. “They’re trying to help out whatever way possible. Dealing with the City is such a bigger thing. The City is so busy and there’s so much going on, but we want to thank everyone for being patient,” Heeran said. “We appreciate all of the support and everything the community has done for us. We’re doing our best.”

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Congratulations to Congressman Gregory Meeks, who won his Democratic Primary election by a landslide. On Tuesday, June 26, thousands hit the pools to cast their vote in the Federal Democratic Primary. In District 5, Meeks’ area, the congressman came on top with the New York State Board of Elections saying he won by nearly 81 percent or nearly 10,000 votes. His challenger, detective Carl Achille, took nearly 10 percent of the vote, while his other challenger, entrepreneur Mizan Choudury, nabbed nearly nine percent. About 50 voters chose to write in their own candidate. "I am incredibly grateful to the voters of New York’s 5th

C o n g re s s i o n a l District for the honor to continue serving our community, both at home and in Washington. This is a privilege and responsibility I never take for granted. Whether it is housing and infrastructure, immigration and jobs, or resiliency of our beaches and bay, I will make sure the people of the 5th district have a voice on all issues in DC. I will continue working tirelessly to serve as a check on the destructive policies of the Trump administration, and work to find constructive solutions for my constituents." Meeks will run unopposed in the November election.


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ABTS Residents In Limbo With HPD Over Traffic Safety By Kami-Leigh Agard

At first glance, Beach Front Road, which runs parallel to the boardwalk adjacent to Arverne By The Sea’s (ABTS) beachfront developments, seems peaceful, in a world of its own. However, according to neighboring ABTS residents, from Beach 60th to Beach 67th Streets, due to

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ABTS residents are calling for safer streets.

speeding cars and absolutely no stop signs or pedestrian crosswalks in an area teeming with surfers, beach-seeking visitors and residents alike, locals fear a horrific tragedy is on the horizon, and the most troubling part — because the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) owns the deed to the strip of land, DOT and ABTS are legally prohibited from enforcing any traffic safety. This past Monday, June 25, at a press conference held with NY1 and The Rockaway Times, ABTS’ homeowners association (HOA) reps, supported by residents, were furious. Pam Foster, representing ABTS HOA, The Dunes, said, “We need three-way stop signs at the intersections between Beach 62nd, Beach 67th, Beach 69th and Beach

years ago? In the developer’s agreement, they were required to put stop signs, and now what? We have to wait for HPD to transfer twentyyear-old paperwork to DOT? This is a huge safety issue for everyone visiting the beach and families living in the area. How much longer do we have to wait?” Edwin Williams, president of ABTS HOA, Palmers Landing, and second vice president of civic association, The Heart of Rockaway (THOR), was beyond furious. “There’s no Vision Zero in Rockaway. The mayor launched Vision Zero to reduce traffic fatalities by 50 percent by 2025. Is Rockaway not in NYC? Is ABTS not a thriving development boasted as bringing a new viContinued on page 15


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ABTS RESIDENTS Continued from Page 14 tality to a once barren area? So now what? The councilman for this district is chair of NYC Council’s Committee on Public Safety. What is he doing to help people in his district fearing for the lives of their families, the elderly and visitors? Besides focusing on his agenda to add more low income housing development and homeless shelters in Rockaway, he should be focusing on what the people who invested in Rockaway need, safe streets where we don’t have to fear that someone will be knocked down because of the lack of traffic signage,” Williams said. In 1988, HPD issued a “Request for Expressions of Interest,” in search of developers and designers of Arverne, an area that decades before boasted a thriving beach community, but decayed due to the changing times. In 2000, a Request for Proposals was issued to develop 100 acres to the west of the

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THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 Urban Renewal Area, which was awarded to the Benjamin Development Company, Inc., The Beechwood Organization, and Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects. According to ABTS website, “Their vision was to create a series of distinct and walkable neighborhoods,” integrated by public spaces. Well according to Jody Blanco, who lives in ABTS’ The Breakers development, Beach Front Road is definitely not walkable, but it’s not the developers’ fault, it’s HPD’s. “HPD was supposed to transfer to DOT the deed to this land, and because of bureaucracy, nothing is moving. A meeting was held a few weeks ago with DOT, HPD, ABTS developers and residents, and a rep from Councilman Donovan Richards’ office. All we were told is that HPD is working on transferring the paperwork. How long do we have to wait? My son plays little league baseball, and we used his baseball radar speed gun to gauge

how fast the cars were flying down Beach Front Road. We clocked over 60 mph! Pedestrians are supposed to have the right-of-way, but on this strip, seems like the drivers behind the wheel usurp that right. I made multiple complaints to 311, and they all came back closed. Why? Because HPD still owns the deed to the land,” Blanco said, shaking his head. Community Board 14 board member, Chris Tedesco, representing ABTS’s HOA, The Breakers, agreed. “A lot of elderly residents cross this road to get to the boardwalk and beach for their daily exercise. I’m frightened for them and everyone — including other residents and visitors. Something needs to be done, now.” The RT reached out to HPD, DOT, Councilman Donovan Richards’ office and ABTS developers. As of press time, HPD and DOT released the following joint statement, “The safety of our city’s residents is our top concern. HPD and DOT are working

together to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.” Gerry Romski, CEO of ABTS, said, “We are stuck in the middle of the bureaucracy. As part of the development plan, we put up stop signs and crosswalk signage, but were forced to remove them because of city legalities. I sincerely hope that this issue gets resolved before someone gets hurt.” As for Lenny Yarde, who lives in ABTS’ Waters Edge, he summed it up with a message to HPD: “Just turn the doggone deed over, it’s not rocket science. People’s lives are at risk.”

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Barbecue Comes to Rockaway Th is Weekend By Katie McFadden

You’ve been waiting for it and it’s finally here. Rockaway Beach Barbecue, brought to you by the folks from Swingbelly’s in Long Beach and the local Moroney family, is swinging open its doors this weekend. Craving some barbecue favorites like smoked brisket, pulled pork or chicken, or some out-of-this-world mac’ and cheese? The wait is over, Rockaway. Rockaway Beach Barbecue, or RBQ’s, located at 97-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, the site of the old Playland Grill, is gearing up to open in time for the July 4 holiday, by having a soft opening starting Saturday, June 30. RBQ’s is the brainchild of the local Moroney family and the folks who’ve already established a popular barbecue joint in a beachside town— Swingbelly’s of Long Beach. The partnership came about when John Moroney and his

son, Ryan, were thinking about opening a new restaurant in their hometown of Rockaway. Ryan Moroney has worked as the manager of Swingbelly’s for about five years and the owners were on board when introduced with a plan to dip their toes into Rockaway. “We met with the owners of Swingbelly’s and we came up with a game plan to bring what they’re doing out there to Rockaway since there really isn’t a barbecue place out here, and they were all for it,”

Some of RBQ’s Rockaway crew. Photo by Katie McFadden.

Moroney said. With a plan in place, a location was needed and when the opportunity to take over Playland opened, it seemed like a perfect fit. “This is a great location as this area is in its renaissance days and it has a great history between the old Boggiano’s and the Tap and

Grill. It’s always been sort of an iconic place for the Rockaway community, so we figured that the location would be a successful one for us,” Moroney said. Once the plan was in place and the location was set, a total renovation took place starting in February. RBQ’s will operate in the old Playland Grill, while their other unique aspect, “The Market” will be set in what was the first location of Whit’s End. Together, the large space has been completely

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transformed. From a new bar, to a new interior and exterior paint job, to seven televisions to catch the latest sports events, to customized furniture, including a table made from a barn door, RBQ’s sports a modern, yet rustic country feel with a beach town twist. “It’s completely different from Playland. It’s not even close,” Moroney said. Plus, the new space has a highly coveted aspect that Playland lacked—its own parking lot in the back, able to hold roughly 15 cars. What’s on the menu will also be vastly different. “We’re going to have a lot of smoked barbecue products and an American Grill menu,” Moroney said. Think smoked brisket, barbecue chicken or a pulled pork sandwich served with a side of coleslaw, mac and cheese and cornbread, burgers and even a variety of salads for those who may want something different from barbecue. Guests will be able to eat in the restaurant portion of the space, featuring a fully-stocked bar and plenty of tables, or in The Market. The Market serves as the headquarters for takeout, delivery and private parties, plus it houses the professional smoker where the meats will be cooked and the space will even have a growler system where guests can bottle their own beer from a choice of 24 taps and take it to go. Moroney says making RBQ

a reality has been a tremendous effort between the partners, including himself, his son, Ryan Moroney, Joseph Hussey, Jamie Dowling, Jake Marlan, Dan Monteforte and Mike Bonino. “A lot of work, a lot of time and a lot of money has gone into this place but I think when the doors open and everyone gets to enjoy it, people will be happy and it will pay off,” Moroney said. Ryan Moroney, who will manage RBQ thinks it’ll be a place that locals in particular will be happy with. “I’m excited not only for us, but for the town. We’re bringing a piece of what I was working on over in Long Beach, but it will have its own local vibe. We’ll have a similar menu but with a New York City and Rockaway twist. We created a real local feel in Long Beach and that’s what we want to do over here. We have the train and ferry bringing people from all over, which is great, but I can see this being a real local place, especially in the off-season. People are going to be really happy,” Ryan Moroney said. RBQ’s will open at around noon on Saturday, June 30 for a soft opening to gear up for the holiday week. The kitchen

may not be fully up and running by the weekend, so food may be limited, and the staff will be in training mode, but the bar will be fully stocked. The Moroneys say the kitchen should be ready by Monday and definitely by July 4. RBQ’s will operate seven days a week and will eventually offer weekend brunch, in addition to the regular lunch and dinner menu. “We’re very excited to get to this point where we can open,” Moroney said. “Hopefully the community will really enjoy it.”


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New Book Revisits Breezy Point’s History

By Katie McFadden

Footprints in the sand may only be temporary, but it is the story behind the people that leave those footprints, that truly matter. Starting in 1994, Breezy Point resident Mary Elizabeth Smith began telling the stories of those people in a historical column in The Rockaway Point News, called Footprints in the Sand. With each column, Smith published well-researched and verified stories about the unique history of her hometown, Breezy Point. She wrote the column for 12 years, until 2006. And just like footprints in the sand, eventually taken away by the waves, that history was

thought to be lost as in 2012, Hurricane Sandy destroyed hundreds of homes in Breezy Point, taking those archived news clippings with it. However, it wasn’t just Pointers who had been saving those articles. Lee Rosenzweig, a Brooklyn native currently living in West Hempstead, and a historian who has worked on more than 20 historical books about Brooklyn, had his own collections of Smith’s articles, and it was his idea to collaborate with Smith and preserve history once again by reprinting those articles in a book published at the end of May—Footprints in the Sands of Time…Revisited. “Everyone loved Mary’s articles and after Sandy, everything was wiped out. I worked in the Silver Gull Beach Club in the 1970s and you always heard these stories about people living by the beach, but here was this community that was actually living ON the beach. I found that so unique and I became very interested in the history

Lee Rosenzweig, Mary Elizabeth Smith and "her muse."

of the place,” Rosenzweig said. “When Mary’s articles came out in 1994, I was friends with the editor of The Rockaway Point News at the time, Donald Ryan, and he gave me copies of every paper in his archives, which had to be close to 75 to 100 papers, and I’d pick up new papers on a weekly basis. I knew Mary since the late ‘90s and after Sandy, every time I

spoke with her, the convo would come back to her articles and how everyone loved them, but no one had them anymore.” Rosenzweig had an idea. “I gave Mary my collection and said, here’s my album, pick out the 100 best articles. I’m going to put them together in Continued on page 23

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NEW BOOK REVISITS Continued from Page 22 a book,” he said. Rosenzweig was already working on his first historical book about Breezy Point with Brian Merlis—Rockaway Point, Breezy Point, and Roxbury Communities—a photographic history showing the unique history of this beach community, when he had the idea to preserve the written history by reprinting Smith’s articles. After the first book came out in November, he fully dedicated his time to making Smith’s historical account come back to life and on May 25, Footprints in the Sands of Time…Revisited, was published. Footprints in the Sands of Time…Revisited is a 148-page historical recap of some of Breezy Point's most unique, interesting and pivotal moments. The content includes reproductions of Smith’s articles with the original photos, plus 21 other photos that were provided by the Breezy Point Historical Society. Smith’s historical articles, and now the book, show that through its many triumphs and

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THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 challenges, Breezy Point and its people have always found a way to persevere. While the bulk of Smith’s reprinted articles were written between 1996 and 2006, it’s only appropriate that the last story of the book features an article written in 2015— Smith’s firsthand account of one of Breezy Point’s more recent major obstacles—Hurricane Sandy. “Our time, our history, and our determination to overcome obstacles which threatened our community, whether it was the Hurricane of 1938, the sale of our property to real estate investors, the idea to turn our land into a park, or Superstorm Sandy, we have remained on this peninsula as families, friends and residents who have met challenges that seemed insurmountable at the time, and we have prevailed,” Smith says in the book’s preface. Smith, a longtime Breezy Point historian and English professor, says she started the column because “it was something I had to do internally.” After all, she and her family had a long-

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time connection to the community. In 1956, her grandfather, a WWI and WWII Navy Veteran used his military savings to purchase a bungalow in Breezy Point. Since then, the generations that followed became invested in their little slice of paradise, with Smith delving deep into the history of the place and sharing it through The Rockaway Point News, and her brother, A.J. Smith, acting as chairman of the Board for the Breezy Point Cooperative since 2002. When Smith began her historical column, she was able to access the historical collection of another longtime Pointer and secretary of the Breezy Point Cooperative, the late Ruth Clarke. When Smith began her column, she started to establish herself as Breezy Point’s new historian, and when her first book was published in 2003— The History of Breezy Point, it’s no surprise that it became a bestseller around town. Smith and Rosenzweig have hopes for a similar outcome with the new book. “We hope that this book re-

news people’s interest in their past,” Rosenzweig said. “People were very proud of Mary’s articles when they first came out and it allowed people to reestablish themselves with the start of the community and I think people thought that just like their personal possessions that were lost in Sandy, these articles would never be seen again. This will let people hold them and read them again, which I think will make people really happy.” Footprints in the Sands of Time…Revisited will be available for sale at a special book signing event with the authors on Sunday, July 1. Head to the Breezy Point Activity Center (next to the Rockaway Point Firehouse) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. to meet the authors and purchase your own copy. If you can’t make it to the book signing, the book is also available for sale on eBay, or you can contact the authors for information on how to obtain a copy. Email Lee at leear1955@gmail.com or Mary at maryelizabeth.smith@ ncc.edu.

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FROM THE RBA Avoid the Day Bookstore Avoid The Day Bookstore is a pop-up bookstore that began in July 2017. The mission of the bookstore pop-up is to involve the Rockaways in supporting literacy, community, and ultimately establish itself as a brick-and-mortar bookstore. In recent years, the once-troubled small bookstore business model has made a comeback, and flourished in supportive communities where people seek real connection rather than click the â&#x20AC;&#x153;purchase buttonâ&#x20AC;? online. The Rockaways are a unique community, strongly bonded but still underserved in many ways, and especially in the way of a bookstore. Avoid The Day

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(ATD) Bookstore pop-ups create a space where people from all parts of the peninsula can come together to read, connect, collaborate, and create. There is no place on the peninsula that fills this gap, and so far our feedback from the community has been: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, a bookstore, we need a place like this!â&#x20AC;? We would like to be the ones who can fill that gap in this community. To date, Avoid The Day has hosted nine pop-ups in the generously donated spaces of five local businesses. For six of these pop-ups, the bookstore had chosen local non-profits to donate a portion of its proceeds to. This is an important part of

ATDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concept, collaborating, as well as giving back to our local community. We currently have five more pop-up shops scheduled through August 2018, which all include collaboration with non-profits and local small businesses. Through collaborating with local businesses, we have established ourselves in the community as a business eager to work with business owners to cross-promote and drive business in both directions. Through pairing with local non-profits, we have established a strong message that we care deeply for, and are committed to, the growth that expansion of the Rockaways and its businesses and residents. We have garnered a lot of attention in local media (NY-1, Rockaway Times, The Wave, Edible Queens) and support at the pop-ups. We began this journey less than a year ago and already have a strong following on social media and, more importantly, a lot of local support and encouragement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; showing this is a business thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s necessary and important to the community.

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Upside of Being Unwell We have much to be thankful for in our lives. If you were to count your blessings, your health and freedom could be your greatest gifts. Often I will toast to good health and think to myself, this is a serious toast that means a great deal to oneself. Only when you have a health issue, do you truly value the idea of waking up and stepping out of bed with ease. If you have your health, you are a rich person. Mind, body and spirit are intertwined. Without a peaceful mind, your body will

feel unbalanced. Without a healthy body, your mind will become scattered. Without the connection to your spirit, your mind and body will feel detached. Your gut takes cares of your mind. Eat healthy and be careful of all the processed foods. A plant-based diet tends to be the best for your health. So eat lots of greens! Stay away from sugar, it can cause all kinds of problems with the brain and body. Gastrointestinal disorders do not like processed food. Dairy can be inflam-

matory and many people are lactose intolerant. Almond milk is a great substitute. Your body will thank you for feeding it healthy foods. Recently, I was blessed to have a stomach virus that knocked me off my feet and sent me to my bed for a full two days and then two more on the couch. Severe headaches were also part of this virus. The following is what sickness taught me. For one thing, how lucky am I to have a bed to lay my head down on and a house full of people to check in on me. Even though there was nothing they could do for me but leave me alone. During this time, I found myself meditating quite a bit and becoming the witness of my thoughts and many other things. I became more aware of what people do not have in their lives when they are sick. It was really weird, but I was so thankful for my rest time and sickness. I did not like being weak and feeble, but I knew this would pass. When it didn’t pass in 48 hours and

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God Bless America

I recently came across a column from back in June of 2016 entitled, "Major League Baseball must permanently retire God Bless America, a song that offends Everyone." This piece of pseudo-intellectual drivel was penned by Mr. Gersh Kuntzman, a breaking news editor for Newsweek and former editor and columnist for the NY Daily News.

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the song is played, are annoyed at the display of "self-righteousness and patriotism" on the part of the fans. Mr. Kuntzman closes his article by suggesting that if you attend a game this July 4th weekend where "God Bless America" is played, do not stand or remove your cap if requested to for a song "that is not the national anthem of a nation that is not uniquely blessed by a deity that doesn't exist anyway." At the start of this posting, I mentioned that Mr. Kuntzman has often times described himself as "The most hated man in America." It is interesting to note that neither his distaste for God, country or patriotism as cited above prompted this self-description on his part, rather it was the overwhelmingly negative response he received after yet another column he penned shortly after Glenn Frey of the Eagles passed away back in 2016. Mr. Kuntzman in his ill-timed column described the Eagles as a "bad rock band."

All I can say is that it is my fervent hope that, should baseball management suddenly lose their collective minds and decide to bench "God Bless America" at our ballparks, it is replaced by the Eagles 1977 song, Hotel California. Perhaps then the pompous Mr. Kuntzman can finally find some peace somewhere, where he can check out but (hopefully) never leave! In closing, may I extend my sincere wishes to all of you out there for a happy and safe July 4th holiday next week in Broad Channel, a community which, I am proud to say, is very aware of the fact that the strength of our nation stems from within the homes of its families and not with pretentious Hollywood actors, self-righteous university professors, foul mouth latenight television hosts and the like who speak only to hear themselves talk. Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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Pain Is Not A Knee Slapper The knee joint is a frequent source of pain. The knee is composed of the thighbone, or femur, and the tibia, which is the shinbone, and the fibula, which is the smaller of the two lower leg bones and is behind the tibia. The kneecap is medically known as the patella. The patella tracks up and down over the joint as the knee bends and is held in place by the quadriceps tendon on top, which connects to the anterior thigh muscle, or quadriceps muscle, and the patellar ligament below, which anchors the

patella to the tibia. One of the most common knee problems, especially in runners and other athletes, is patellofemoral pain syndrome. Most people with patellofemoral pain describe pain at or under the kneecap that is worse with squatting, running, prolonged sitting, going up and down stairs, or any other activity that involves repeated bending of the knee. The term patellofemoral pain specifically refers to pain that is not caused by a structural problem of the tendons, ligaments, or cartilage around the knee.

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Patellofemoral pain is believed to occur when there is a problem with how the patella tracks over the knee, a condition known as maltracking. Maltracking can lead to abnormal contact pressures and mechanics between various parts of the knee. Maltracking can be caused by external or internal factors. External factors include overuse, errors in training (i.e. too much too soon), or improper shoes. Internal factors include imbalances in the strength of muscles around both the knee and hip, an overly mobile or loose kneecap, or a tight iliotibial band (a band of tissue that runs along the outside of the thigh from the hip to the knee). In most cases, patellofemoral pain is caused by a combination of these factors. Patellofemoral pain, because it is not caused by structural problems, is a clinical diagnosis. Because of this, imaging studies like x-rays and MRIs will be normal. Even the physical examination will usually be normal. The diagnosis is usually made by the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s descrip-

The Rockaway Times tion of the symptoms and movements that cause pain. Imaging studies will only be ordered to eliminate other causes of pain. The mainstay of treatment is rest, which includes modification of activities. Correction of any other underlying causes like improper shoes or errors in training also is helpful. Avoidance of any activity that triggers or worsens the pain is also important. Pain medications like Advil, Aleve, and Tylenol may help with short-term relief but should not be taken long term. Physical therapy is usually prescribed and, in most cases, is helpful. Knee braces, while they may help with symptoms for some people, are not usually recommended. Because patellofemoral pain is not a structural problem but rather a disorder of pain and function, long term consequences like arthritis do not occur. For more information go to: www.orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic. cfm?topic=A00680 Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.


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 By Beth Hanning

Beach Etiquette Part 2 Thank you so much for all of your emails this past week. Everyone seems to be on the same page with people needing beach etiquette. I just want to note these rules are for everyone, not just our visitors. My favorite text was from Beth Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill who said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love the column!!! I vote you make copies and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll help laminate, and we will post all over the boardwalk and beach walls.â&#x20AC;? Rule 4: PDAs. Our beach is a public beach, not a private

beach on a romantic getaway. You may hold hands but do not make out in the water or on your blanket. I have seen enough women straddling their partner on their blanket on a weekend! Thanks. Rule 5: As far as beach umbrellas go, we do not want someone to get impaled while trying to enjoy a sunny day at the beach. I understand skin cancer and sunburn are a factor in you wanting to sit underneath the shade, but you

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dark. I recently saw a young lady with a great shape in a bikini and a sarong eating a dinner at a local restaurant after dark. She then hung out at the bar and her sarong was blowing and you could literally see her â&#x20AC;&#x153;cheek.â&#x20AC;? Rule 8: Do not feed the seagullsâ&#x20AC;ŚWe locals call them the beach rats. Would you feed a rat on the subway? I do not think so. Please do not leave food around as it will attract the beach rats. Also, be careful with your food, they will eat it right out of your hand. I had a seagull take a full slice of pizza off a plate as I was passing it to my daughter. Have a great week everyone. Email me at beth81772@aol. com.

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Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ROCKAWAY LGBTQ RECEPTION Child Center of New York Cornerstone 57-10 Beach Channel Drive In honor of Pride, the LGBTQ community and supporters are invited for an evening of books, giveaways, resources, food and more. Thursday, June 28, 8 p.m. OUTDOOR MOVIE: STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI Beach 17th and Seagirt Blvd Bring a chair or towel and enjoy this free movie outdoors. Friday, June 29, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. BEACH CLEANUP Beach 106th Join Ocean Action Research for a beach cleanup. Participants get a free drink at Caracas after. Friday, June 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. LOUIS ARMSTRONG ETERNITY BAND CONCERT SERIES Peninsuala Library 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd Grammy Award nominee David Ostwald and his ensemble The Louis Armstrong Eternity Band celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World.’

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See a variety of dance companies perform. Sunday, July 1, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND BOOK SIGNING Breezy Point Activity Center Get a copy of this historical account of Breezy Point and have it signed by the authors. Monday, July 2, 6:30 p.m. ROCKAWAY UNIFIED-FAMILIES TOGETHER Beach 94th Performance Space Rockaway Women for Progress lead a non-partisan event to support humane treatment of border children and reunification with their families. Children will have an opportunity to write letters and draw pictures to send. Wednesday, July 4, 8:30 p.m. FESTIVAL OF COLOR Rockaway Beach Surf Club 302 Beach 87th Street Wear white! Everyone gets a colored powder packet, which will be tossed into the air at the end of the countdown, covering everyone in a sea of neon colors. Thursday, July 5, 8:30 a.m. FREE BEACH MEDITATION Beach 67th Street Free meditation by the sea, led by a Buddhist monk. Donations welcome.

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Toasting to 20 Years at Jamo’s By Rosemary McGuire

Cheers! Here’s to 20 years since the doors of the ‘old- timers’ bar, The Magnet, shuttered and reopened as a new and improved local establishment, called Jamesons Pub, better known as Jamo’s, at 421 Beach 129th Street - and this Saturday the founding fathers are throwing a party to commemorate the milestone. On June 30 at 7 p.m., those same crazy twenty-somethings, who purchased The Magnet in 1998, now forty-somethings, will celebrate 20 years in business by serving up hors d'oeuvres and happy hour drinks, while DJ’s at Work spin tunes and neighborhood band, The Knobs, rock out in between. “Anytime a business is open for 20 years, it’s a reflection on the community,” Jojo O’Grady, one of Jamesons' six owners said. “And for that, and for all the support we’ve received over the years, we’re grateful.” Jamesons started out as a family affair with brothers Erik and Jamie McManus, and cousin Jojo O’Grady. Partners Marty McManus, Keith McManus and childhood friend Tommy Murphy, would come on board soon after. Erik McManus, then 27 years old, had a vision of infusing The Magnet with new life, creating a place that felt like home and, where folks could come to eat and drink while still preserving that hometown feel he fondly remembered as a child. “Grandfather Droesch (the former owner) gave me a nickname 40 years ago,” he said. “It was Erik the Viking. Every time I used to walk in here as a kid, he’d always stop what he was doing and shout, “Here comes Erik the Viking!”’ Back then, ranging in ages from 22 to 28, the guys were no strangers to the bar business. At 22, Jamie owned the Dapper Dog in the City and O’Grady, then 23, owned Martell’s on the Upper East Side and Martell’s Grill in Midtown. And yet despite their feet already being wet, criticism poured in. “Why would you want to have food?” Why would you change the name?” “You should keep

atives, McManus, was quick to mention the positives that arose from the hurricane. “As bad as the storm was, it probably helped us grow our business,” he said. Jamesons increased their space from 800 square feet to 1,6001,800 square feet by adding an adjacent extension, now abuzz with activity. McManus, a third generation local, points out the changes he’s noticed in the community since Sandy, especially Rockaway rebounding with a burst of businesses investing back in the neighborhood they live in, that he hadn’t seen before. “Claudette’s, Pico, Curran’s to name a few, and there are so many more,” he said. “We’re keeping it in the neighborhood. We’re helping each other. I don’t need to outsource my meats. I use Curran’s. I don’t need to go into Manhattan for entertainment, we support our Bartender John Hearn pictured with Erik McManus, managing partner at locals,” McManus said. “We’ve got so much right here.” Jamesons. McManus emphasizes that all Jamie that it was a good idea, time lost his mother, Kathie, and his connections come back to Jamie convinced Jojo, even brother, Chris Lawlor; they were one main artery: Community. though Jamie thought we’d only have a run for about seven years,” McManus chuckled. Despite the critics, McManus says from the outset, “I knew this was going to work.” McManus recalls its transformation beginning the moment those first French doors were installed, flooding the once dark and dingy bar with natural daylight. A new era was underway. But the partners knew It was going to take more than fancy new decor to succeed, so they focused on the food. (L-R). William Gallagher ,Rachel Gangemi-Gallagher, Avery Gallagher, Placing emphasis on the menu proved to be their recipe for suc- Jodi Haywood, Charlotte Daly and Chase Wasserman enjoy some good afternoon eats at Jamo’s. cess, and for that, McManus credits his loyal cook, Urbano, two of the five local victims killed Feeding back into the tight-knit hamlet is the heart of everything who’s been at the grill since the on the ground. It was another blow to a com- they do. start; 20 years and counting. “And Rockaway,” he said, “has “He’s the backbone of our munity already broken, but it was place, ” McManus said. “He gave Mr. Lawlor’s powerful eulogy at never looked better.” So, Saturday night, put on your us stability in the kitchen. We the funeral that gave everyone bartended our whole lives, but strength. “If he could stand there dancing shoes, pop over to Jathe kitchen is a different story and deliver, amid that kind of mo’s, and raise a glass to toast to and Urbano made all the differ- loss,” McManus said, “then so 20 years of good friends, family and neighborhood. could we.” ence.” And if you’re wondering who Challenged again by Hurricane While things were off to a good start, life’s unpredictability and Sandy, Jamesons, like so many, Jameson is, “It was my brothunfairness didn’t spare Jamo’s. found themselves on another er’s nickname as a kid and was Tragic events seem to be woven unexpected path of rebuilding, the first name I rattled off when all this began, and it stuck,” Mcinto the fabric of the community. renovating and recovering. Instead of harping on the neg- Manus said. “9/11 was particularly difficult,” it The Magnet,” was some of the feedback McManus recalls hearing. At the outset, even brother Jamie and cousin Jojo had reservations about Eri’s vision of food and grog. “Once my father convinced

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McManus remembers. “We lost so many friends, family and for us, funeral mass after funeral mass was tough.” Then came the plane crash two months later, killing all on board Flight 587 and five bystanders. Brendan Lawlor, working at Jamesons at the


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St. Francis de Sales: 1926 By Katie Lucev

Slow Cooker Skirt Steak in a Rub By Sharon Feldman

St. Francis de Sales, Beach 129th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. – It’s as beautiful today as it was in times of yore (1926). “I want to say THANK YOU for all the Blessed Prayers, Love & Admiration received about my father, Emil R. Lucev, Sr.'s passing. As I continue his legacy, he will be profoundly missed.” Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018)

Serves: 2-4 Ingredients: 2 pounds skirt steak 1-½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 1 lime, juiced 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 10 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons oregano ¼ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped Directions: Cut skirt steak in half or thirds to fit in slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, cumin, paprika, garlic and

oregano. Rub all over the skirt steak. Place the steak into a 6-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle the cilantro on top. Cover and cook on low for four hours. Remove pot from base and partially open lid. Let rest for 10 minutes. Slice. I served this with a salad and a mixture of rice and pasta in a creamy cheese sauce with broccoli. You can also serve this with tortillas.

My Name Is (still) Sally By Sally Imperato

I was at a family event, a gathering of 350 of my favorite people; my family and some of their friends and I had a wonderful time. One of their friends is my favorite editor-in-chief of my favorite local paper. Kevin Boyle came to my table. We both had changed since we last saw each other. “Write,” he said. So I’m writing. I’m writing because I have something I thought of to say. I think that in my very varied life, because life has a way of throwing curves, I did something really important. I wanted to be in my grandchildren’s life and wanted to know them and for them to know me. I had done a lot of traveling all over the world with an organization called “Road Scholar” (check it out). It was Elder Hostel at the time. They have week-long intergenerational trips. I planned carefully, balanced my commitments and saved enough money. I would

take one or two grandchildren at a time and I always chose adventure-type trips. It was bonding time with “Gma” (that’s what they call me). Two girls from different families, born six weeks apart, I took on the same trip to Route 66 where we camped on the Colorado River and were lifted out of the canyon by helicopter. Part of that same trip was a day at Don Imus’ ranch where they learned to lasso and horseback ride. Three boys went to the San Bernardino Mountains where they and I learned survival techniques. That one was amazing. If they are ever lost in the wilderness, I am confident that they can build a shelter, find water ished with some new skills, but and survive. They not only fin- also a lot of personal satisfaction. One granddaughter I took by herself. She was such fun and enjoyed it so much that I took her on three trips. So my message and why I agreed to “write” is: make an effort to get to know your grandchildren in whatever way you choose. It is SO worth it,

especially if you are as fortunate as I am to live long enough where they come to visit me as adults. (Editor’s note: We’d love to hear more from the Greatest Generation. If you’d like to share some of your life story and you’re past the age of 80, please do! Contact us at Mail@RockawayTimes.com)

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to study at Harvard, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and eventually became the Time Magazine Bureau Chief in Paris. His memoir called Song For My Fathers (a New Orleans Story in Black and White) is a fascinating read. Are there any books about the NY music scene in the 70's Chris Frantz was the drummer and co-founder of Talking that you think captured the Heads and the Tom Tom Club. scene the best? Who is your favorite novelist of all time? A tossup between Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain. Your favorite novelist writing today? Paul Beatty, The Sellout. I heard an interview with him on the radio and went out and bought his book. It’s humor but very, very dark and full of My favorite by far is by Will profanity. What kind of reader were Hermes and it’s called Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: you as a child? As a child, I read things like Five Years in New York That Winnie The Pooh and The Changed Music Forever. It’s Wind in The Willows, but I not just about Punk. It’s about also read children’s books all kinds of great music and it about Thomas Jefferson, Davy takes its title from a Talking Crockett and Daniel Boone. Heads song. Who would you want to Later, I enjoyed war stories like Guadalcanal Diary and write your biography? Seriously? David McThe Red Badge of Courage. What book, if any, most in- Cullough. If you could meet any writfluenced your decision to become a musician or con- er dead or alive, who would it tributed to your artistic de- be? I think that would be Mark velopment? There is a novel by Somerset Twain. He always had someMaugham called The Moon thing interesting to say and he and Sixpence that had an could be hilarious. If you could require the enormous effect on me. The story is very loosely based on president to read one book, the life of the artist Paul Gau- what would it be? The Songlines by Bruce guin. I read the book when I was a sophomore in high Chatwin. If you had to name one book school and it inspired me to think that I, too, could lead an that made you what you are today, what would it be? artistic life. Huckleberry Finn Who are your favorite muWhat’s your next read? sician-writers? Your favorite I’m looking forward to readmemoir by a musician? When I was in New Orleans, ing a book by an old friend I met a very interesting guy that I recently bought. Modnamed Tom Sancton. Tom ern Romances, Stories by Judy was born and raised in New Lopatin. Psssst – Chris' choice for biOrleans, plays clarinet and at a very young age started tak- ographer apparently changed ing lessons and sitting in with – to himself! Look for his autosome of the great players from biography, Remain in Love, to Preservation Hall. He went on be released in 2020.

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

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Self Be True” “I worry about the day when my son realizes he is different.” A few weeks ago, as my daughter and other children gleefully frolicked around the grounds of local beautiful outdoor eatery, La Barracuda, an absolutely amazing and dedicated dad with a son on the autism spectrum, quietly whispered these words to me as he wistfully looked at his son. I then looked towards his son, my daughter and the other children, who all looked so carefree and euphoric in their individual moment. After an awkward pause that felt like a lifetime, I just smiled, nodded and stood up, dumbfounded, as I did not know how to respond. I looked towards his son then to my daughter, and then back to him, averting his downcast eyes, feeling ashamed. I always worried about how the WORLD will judge my daughter, but it never occurred to me until then, how SHE would judge herself because of her autism. That moment has stuck with me, and now each day, I look at my daughter, wondering, how does she view herself? Is she even aware that she is different? Many evenings after school, I would see her sit in front the door, longingly staring at the children playing in the street. She would put her shoes on, pulling me towards the door, as if to say, “Can I go outside and play too?” When her cousin comes to visit, she and the neighbor’s daughter would be chatting and playing with dolls, while my daughter

skips up and down the yard, merrily having fun by herself, not caring to engage with them. Then just recently in McDonald’s, (sorry, guilty as charged, but she loves the fish fillet!), a boy, a few years younger than my daughter, said to me, “She’s weird. Why is she moving her hands like that?” I turned red, tears filling my eyes, and clumsily responded, “Oh, she’s just excited to get her food.” Folks, I have no idea how my daughter feels about herself. She is nonverbal, and doesn’t play with other children. I like to say that she takes after me and her dad. We’re pretty different ourselves, both drawn to things off the beaten path, marching to the beat of our individual drums, but in the case of my daughter and her autism, how does it translate to how she feels about herself amongst the so-called “neurotypical” world? I don’t have the answers, but my hope is that as my daughter and other children on the spectrum mature, they realize that being different makes them special, not standard. In a guest post in this column, local resident and autism mom, Jane Garfield Frank, said this about her son, “I fought to make HIM see, and by extension the world to see, that although he has a disability, it is merely a PART of who he is —bringing many challenges, but beauty too — and importantly, that he does not have to let disability define him…That I have been able to impart this understanding to

my son is one of the greatest gifts I have given him.” As aptly stated by America’s apostle of individualism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” And this is the mantra I want my daughter and other individuals on the spectrum to secure in their hearts — different does not make you disabled, but enabled to leave a special stamp that no one else can forge! By the way, the name of the family group has been magically transformed to…drum roll please…Rockaway Beach Autism Families (RBAF). We were previously known as the Rockaway Beach “Artistic” Families Support Group, however after much discussion with local designer extraordinaire Jason Heuer, (who beautifully designed our new logo), collectively we decided that though the word, “artistic,” beautifully describes our multi-dimensional creative and amazing loved ones on the spectrum, for

folks hunting for a local community advocating for autism, the word “artistic” might be confusing. My Rockaway Times column’s title, “Life With Our “Artistic” Child” is going to stay the same. Get ready — Next Thursday, July 5 at 7 p.m., together with the 100th Precinct’s Neighborhood Community Officers, RBAF is hosting — NYPD Autism Awareness. At this crucial event — grab the chance to: register your loved ones with NYPD’s Child Safety Program, exchange information with NYPD on identification and engagement strategies for individuals on the autism spectrum, and create emergency plans in the event that your child goes missing. And in typical Rockaway fashion, this event will not just be a groundbreaking meetand-greet, but an evening of fun with food, refreshments, giveaways, plus more! For further info, check out Rockaway Beach Autism Families Facebook page or email: ourartisticchild@outlook.com

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Rockstock Barrels On The threat of rain couldn’t stop Rockstock and Beach 90th sure was rockin’ on Saturday, June 23 as surfers, skaters, musicians and more came out for the 12th Annual Rockstock and Barrels Festival. Despite a questionable forecast, the rain held off on Saturday for this annual summer-

time kickoff event presented by St. James Clothing, Boarders and Into the Whip Records. Local vendors set up shop on the boardwalk for visitors to buy t-shirts, jewelry and more. Youth to adults also came out for the Eastern Surfing Association’s Surf Contest and NYC Skate Camp’s skateboard

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contest, and the best of the best left with prizes, including cash. Walker Hornung, who organizes the music for the event, kicked off the show with an acoustic set in the morning, followed by local band, Ecstatic Madmen, Baked Shrimp, Grits, Trick Candles, Phil and

The Family Band and local favorites, Indaculture and The Skells closed out the festival. However, the fun went well into the night at the after-party featuring Exit Verona. Rockaway is already looking forward to Rockstock No. 13! Photos by Katie McFadden.


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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 28 5 p.m. This evening, Breezy’s festive bar and restaurant, The Sugar Bowl is the place to be — ‘cause with a jaw-dropping entertainment lineup of Indaculture’s Bobby Butler, Matt Lyons, RJ and Tommy Whiff, this is going to be one breezy jammin’ party you won’t want to miss! 15 Bedford Ave., Breezy Point Friday, June 29 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Rock’s wildly-popular, Locals Rule is back at Bungalow Bar, and they’ll be ruling you as they belt out your favorite oldies and classic rock jams. You’ll be singing along all night long! 377 Beach 92nd Street Friday, June 29 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Get jazzified at Uma’s as kool kats, Tim Otto & The Free Ride Trio, woo you with a hefty entrée of jazz, blues and latin grooves. 92-07 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Saturday, June 30 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. “She’s amazing... She’s awe-inspiring… She’s flawless!” Come to Kennedy’s and hear for yourself why local, Pamela Nardi, garners such rave reviews as she enchantingly serenades you with a variety of music genres dating from the 1940s to today. 406 Bayside Walk, Breezy Point

Beach 97th & Rockaway Blvd. Saturday, June 30 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get salsa-fied! as dynamic 11-piece salsa band, Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, explodes Caracas with its tropical sound fused with indie-rock! You will be blown away as your hips and feet frenetically move to their fiery beat! Caracas, Beach 106th Concession Saturday, June 30 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. It’s another Rock! Away! crazy night of hard core rock n’ roll with Grease Face, The Skates, Shadow Year and Hardcore Jollies at the Rockaway Brewing Company. $5 suggested donation. 415 Beach 72nd Street Saturday, June 30 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Party it up with the Mardi Gras Band this evening at the Captain’s Gig at the Breezy Point Surf Club. Pay $10 at the gate for a parking voucher, which can also be used toward food or drinks. 1 Beach 227th Street, Breezy Point Sunday, July 1 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Man, Sunday is going to be hot, so get the party sizzling at Bungalow Bar, as Rockaway’s own Winston McBoogie rocks your afternoon with your favorite rock and Motown classics! 377 Beach 92nd Street

Sunday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 4 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The ultimate Picante! Beach Party at new outdoor Colombian eatery, La Barracuda continues! With DJ Stephen Popkin spinning all your favorite 80s, 90s & today’s jams, peppered with the hottest Latin and Caribbean beats, you’ll feel the heat 'til you're craving Saturday, June 30 more! 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Beach 97th Street and RockaMake a beeline to new outdoor dive, La Barracuda for the ulti- way Beach Blvd. mate sizzling Beach Party! With Sunday, July 1 Rockaway’s steamiest jazz impre6 p.m. to 10 p.m. sarios, Squid Trio, and Colombian What better way to jazz down beach fare on the menu, tonight your weekend than at Low Tide as will be a pipin' hot delight!

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Tim Otto & The Free Ride Quartet caresses you with their rich sound and smooth grooves. This is one evening where you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the legendary Birdland, with one exception — you’ll be groovin' under the stars. Low Tide Bar, Beach 97th Street Concession Tuesday, July 3 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Get your 4th of July party started tonight with Rockaway’s ultimate rock & roll beach band, Indaculture! Butler and his crew, will have you on your feet dancing feverishly to their bodacious blend of rock, reggae, roots, funk, soul and blues at Low Tide. Low Tide Bar, Beach 97th Street Concession Tuesday, July 3 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Summer’s here and so is local rapper and hip hop artist, Bobby J. He’ll be throwing down a few “Breakfast Bars” and debuting songs off his new album all night at Epstein’s Beach. You won’t want to miss the talents of this musical wordsmith, along with DJ Yamez. $5 cover, 21+. 88-22 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Tuesday, July 3 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Celebrate the red, white and blue with Wine With Sue at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club’s July 4 bash! It’s always a fun time with this local favorite. 533 Beach 126th Street

with plenty of story-telling, then make a beeline to Rippers to see The National Reserve! With their honky tonk piano-driven rock, roped in with guitar riffs endlessly twanged, you don’t want to miss the chance to see why critics are saying this band, “Authentically brings the original Americana back to rock!” Rippers, Beach 86th Street Concession Tuesdays 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Connolly’s ever-popular Open Mic Night is back, now hosted by none other than Squid! 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 Thursdays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s karaoke night at Riis! Well, just be warned…this is Not Your Mother's Karaoke. #LetsGetWeird at Riis. Riis Beach Park Bazaar (16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd) Saturdays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bring in de ole’ time days back a yard with live sweet reggae music right on de beach. Come share the vibes every Saturday for sweet summer reggae nights. DredSurfer Grill, Beach 17th Street & Boardwalk

OTHER ART NEWS Interested in playwrighting? The Rockaway Artists Alliance and the Rockaway Theatre Company have teamed up to offer a beginner course in playwrighting. Class dates are July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $160 for RAA & RTC members and $240 for nonmembers. For further info, email Frank or Cliff at rtcdramatitis@live.com. sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden Got info on live music and art exhibitions coming up in Rockaway and Broad Channel? Send Wednesday, July 4 it to kami@rockawaytimes.com 3 p.m. If you like good ole’ fashion with the subject line: “Rockaway original Americana rock n’ roll Good Times.” Wednesday, July 4 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Rockaway Beach Surf Club presents it’s 3rd Annual Festival of Color. Dress in white and get ready to be tie-died as you will be literally drenched in a kaleidoscope of colors. Color countdown starts at 8:30 p.m. SHARP. Wear a toga for a chance to win a prize. Dust masks and color packets provided for free. Starting at 7 p.m., Japanese Brooklyn-based girl band will blow you away with rock n’ roll. 302 Beach 87th Street


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Dylan Smith Remembered as their homes burned around Beach 130th Street. Less than two months later, on December 23, 2012, Smith died while surfing in Puerto Rico. He was 23. Each year, Smith’s friends and family remember him by doing something he loved, paddling out on the ocean. Dozens brought their boards and went out on the water while carrying roses and meeting to form a circle to remember Smith. On the shore, t-shirts were sold for the event to raise money for FACES (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures). Photos by Claire Marie Burchill.

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From The P.S./M.S. 114 Writers’ Club SO, WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT PS/MS 114: LET THE EXPERTS TELL YOU Dedicated to my fifthgrade writing students: farewell and thank you for sharing my love for words and my love for PS/MS 114 – Too soon the year has ended And I think I understand A loving gardener’s sadness When winter is at hand But just as flowers fade and fall I know that you must go And, I’ll remember proudly That I helped to make you grow I wish that I could keep you But you are on your way To brighten other gardens With your poetical display Wherever you take root Your writing will stand out “I’ve got a future Shakespeare” You’ll hear the teachers shout And, if you have the kind of faith That I have in each of you There will never be a limit To the magic you can do Write on, Mrs. Joan Diehl MEGYN HARTMAN Don’t Cry because it’s Over; Smile because it Happened…I walked into the office with my mom and saw one of my most inspiring and encouraging teachers. She had just read my essay and smiled like the crescent moon. I remember her looking at my mom and saying, “You better save some money for Harvard, because that’s where Megyn is going”. That made my day perfect, like the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae. While I’ve been in PS/MS 114 for five years and all my teachers were diligent and admirable, I finally got to experience a magic carpet ride, with Mrs. Diehl. PS/MS 114 has offered me so many great things. I became a Picasso and a Bee-

thoven; I became a scientist and an inventor; a mathematician and an author. I owe all of this to teachers like Mrs. Gersh, Mrs. Levy, Mr. Martins, Ms. Cutler, and Mrs. Diehl and especially my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Fitzpatrick, who made me a very impressive speller at such a young age. OWEN MALONEY PS/MS 114 is like a family. The teachers are energetic about learning. They take the time to get to know you as a person, not just by your academic performance. “Nine tenths of education, is encouragement,” said Anatole France. All of my teachers: Mrs.Grasberg, Mrs. Daly, Mrs. Mac, Mrs. Donegan, Mrs. Diehl, Mr. Pasquarelli, Mr. Hicks, Mr. Rawlings, Mrs. Pignataro, and Mr.Halfmann are the teachers who have given me inspiration to push my limits and break barriers in my daily school performance. Being in a school that has such great teachers, teachers who treat you like one of their own, is what’s so good about PS/MS 114. ELLEN ZWERLING Aristotle said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.” Mrs. Settanni, Mrs. Daly, Mrs. Wheeler and Mrs. Bradley, Mrs. Davidson, Mrs. Glynn, Mrs. Reese, and Mrs. Willson, Mr. Martins, Mr. Rawlings, Mr. Hicks, Ms. Cutler, Mrs. Gersch, Mrs. Levy, Mrs. Diehl, Mr. Grill and Ms. Poggolli-Esposito, Mrs. Welsome and Ms. Folchetti- they are the educators who played a part in making PS/MS 114 what it is, a kind, welcoming, encouraging school. Our teachers watch over us like hawks. If PS/MS 114 planted a cherry tree, it would represent the school. The roots are

the principal steadying the school. The branches are the teachers holding up the students. The blossoms are the students showing their progress. I’m going to Scholars’ Academy next year, but I will miss my elementary school home where I made progress in every subject. LAYLA DUGGAN Mrs. Fitzpatrick showed me how to think and not what to think. She made us believe that we had something special inside of us, and if we worked hard enough, this little spark bottled up inside could become our flame of intelligence. Although Mrs. Fitzpatrick was the teacher who stands out to me, I think that all my teachers deserve a standing ovation. Next year I’ll be going off to Scholars’ Academy, but I’ll miss 114, and I’ll never forget the memories created in this school. GABRIELLA YERSHOV People ask me, "What's so good about PS/MS114? Scholars' and Mark Twain are better, right?" But my answer is “No!” My school is the best school you can attend. We have amazing teachers you can't find in any other school. We have a small community, so we all know each other very well. Even though I got into Scholars', I would rather stay here, and I will. Anatole France said, "Nine tenths of education is encouragement." This is what PS/MS 114 is all about. If someone asked me to go to another middle school and offered me $10,000, I would ask them, "Am I going to find encouraging teachers like these?” I think we all know the answer to that… EMMA BOYLES E.F. Schumacher said, "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more com-

plex... It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in that opposite direction." With the help of PS/ MS 114, I was able to move in that “opposite direction.” I was very shy when I started school, but now in fifth grade, I communicate with the teachers more and laugh with my friends, and they adore me. Believe it or not, now I feel like I have a secret power to change. I owe a lot of this self-confidence to Mrs. Mac. She helped me through a really complex time in my life. What in the world would I do without this school? PS/MS 114, thank you for being such an important part of my life. I will cherish every single, solitary moment that I have had with you. ALEXANDRA CARBONARO When you have loads of intelligence, you can change your reality. PS/MS114, this is what you have done for me. You have given me the best six years of my life. When I first walked through your intimidatingly large doors, I thought the chances of me winning the lottery were more likely than learning through fun. I was wrong. You have made me the best person I could be. Thanks to your wonderful teachers, I am a great writer, scientist, math genius, reader and friend. You have given me all the knowledge I need to step up to a new school and hit a grand slam. MAX BENNETT “Every child needs a champion; an adult who will never give up on him, who understands the power of connection and insists he become the best he can possibly be.” This quote reminds me of my third-grade teacher, Continued on page 48

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FROM THE P.S./M.S. 114 Continued from Page 47 Mrs. Norwich. I remember a class trip that year. I don’t know why, but I was always scared of trips. I was trembling…Mrs. Norwich noticed. She pulled me aside and whispered, “Max if you are scared, you can sit with me." The main thing here is not overcoming my fear of trips, but actually how kind Mrs. Norwich was to me. JIMMY QUESTEL What’s so great about PS/ MS 114? EVERYTHING! A great man named Aristotle said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” And he was right ; educating the heart really does happen in PS/MS114. This school has the greatest teachers ever. They make learning so much fun. It’s like I’m in a toy store with a thousand dollars to spend.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 ucation is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I received the best education at PS/MS114, so I’m prepared. The teachers are as smart as Einstein and as kind as Santa Claus. Then there’s my guidance counselor Mrs. Marciano, who noticed me crying one day and spoke to me so nicely that she turned my frown into a sky-scraping smile. Even our principal, Mrs. Welsome, and assistant principal Ms. Folchetti are fabulous! Thank you PS/MS 114 for making me feel like my school is my other family.

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Fisheads Hosting 7's Tournament Saturday By Allan Shaw

This Saturday, June 30, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., the Rockaway Fisheads Rugby Club will be hosting their 42nd Annual Rugby Championship in nearby Fort Tilden. There will be 30 Mens’ teams, 12 Womens’ and nine High School teams competing for trophies and bragging right in this Empire GU Summer 7's Classic. Teams in the Empire GU series will be fighting for points in the highly competitive summer competition among Northeast teams. Patrick Steffens, 7's Chairman along with Louis Maiocco, Assistant Chairperson will organize the event for the Fisheads, taking over for John McCann who chaired the event since 1996 (22 years). Grouch McCann will continue helping with tournament details and will be assisted by longtime committee members Tim Kelly, Tippy Tipaldo, Ooch Boy-

land, Kermit Egan and Rat McGowan. There will be more than 50 teams competing in various divisions using four fields. Finals are scheduled for 4 p.m. Note to teams: Bring plenty of water, bug spray, a bathing suit and a pop-up tent. The Fisheads would like to thank several local supporters and sponsors; Bungalow Bar, Connolly's, Rogers, McMahons, The Cabana, Rockaway WISH, PICO, Belle Harbor Yacht Club, BES Consulting, CROM Physical Culture, Cuisine By Culture, New! Pizza D'Amore, Breezy Point Lumber and The Graybeards. Special thanks to Downstate Medical Hospital, Dr. Bill Urban and Dr. Mark Rodman for providing medical service, FDNY and Rockaway Point Fire Dept. for providing transportation. Rockaway Little League will be opening their RLL concession stand for the visiting ruggers, fans and guests. Thank

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you, Marty Andressen and Jack Bender for providing this food and beverage service. The rugby field has been enlarged by 15 meters and with the addition new goalposts, more soil and 1000 pounds of grass seeds the field is ready for some rugby 7's action. Thanks to the National Park Service, SFDS CYO Soccer, Williams Company and Kiska Construction for the assis-

tance with field renovation. Following the rugby tournament, the Fisheads are asking all ruggers, fans and supporters to join them on a local bar crawl to support their team sponsors. They are meeting at Bungalow Bar, then Connolly's and then Rogers to cap off another year of Summer 7's fun. Join the Fisheads along the rugby beer tour! Rugby ... it's a way of life!


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