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Great Christmas Light Fight Champ to Illuminate Saturday By Katie McFadden

On Monday, December 3, thousands watched as host Taniya Nayak pulled up to the Mure home in Neponsit to announce that Rockaway’s Little North Pole was declared the winner of ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight. Locals were filled with hometown pride and others across the country had tears in their eyes as Mure announced that the $50,000 prize money would be going straight to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the cause he’s been decorating his house for, for over two decades. On Saturday, December 8, Mure’s doing it all again as The Little North Pole (144-03 Neponsit Avenue) will once again be lit for the season with an even bigger reason to celebrate coming off of Monday’s win. “It feels great. It’s great for the neighborhood, great for Rockaway and great for the kids that live every day with juvenile diabetes,” Mure said of the win. On Monday night’s first ep-

isode of The Great Christmas Light Fight viewers across the country were introduced to a set of “heavy hitters” with properties as large as 100-acres decorated to the max. As this is typical of the show, it’s one of the reasons Mure was adamantly against doing it when producers approached him. Yet after making a compromise for the potential prize money to go directly to

JDRF if they won, Mure eventually agreed to do the show. In the second episode of the evening, Mure’s Little North Pole was the first one featured out of four decorated average-size homes from across the country. The local home that has impressed thousands over the years, had some stiff competition against a Disney Christmas Wonderland in Florida,

an inflatable-filled labyrinth in Illinois and a 60-foot tree and massive stockings in California. However, as judge Nayak pulled up to the Mure home, only to be surprised by a crowd of nearly 5,000 people, her jaw dropped to the floor before the house was even illuminated. Nayak called the crowd, “the biggest in the history of the show.” And when Santa led the countdown and the house lit up, Nayak was seemingly blown away from the classic figures, an animatronic Santa’s workshop in the garage, a real-working carousel, skyhigh wooden soldiers and even a giant menorah and dreidels for those who celebrate Hanukkah. When she learned why Mure does this each year, to raise money for JDRF, tears filled her eyes. It was the large crowd, the sense of inclusion, and the charitable aspect that gave The Little North Pole the edge that it needed to beat out the competition and come on top. Mure was Continued on page 8

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Dark Side of The Moon Sheesh, I write a happy-thanksgiving-to-all column and some people took it to mean I was gonna be Mr. Happy and Peppy (and bursting love). There’s not much to be happy about when it turns dark around 1 o’clock. I hope I don’t win Powerball during this time of year. I’d be such a buzzkill. You won $650 million! And they’d present me with that huge check and I would be like, yeah, but it’s gonna be dark right after lunch. Sucks. The only thing that makes me happy is knowing there are

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so many people in the same bummed-out camp. That whole SAD thing? Seasonal Affective Disorder? I’m a believer. And it’s easy to spot the afflicted. You make eye contact and in an instant you know if you’ve spotted a sad sack soulmate. Or worse. Which reminds me how warped most of us are. Not only do we get bummed out because the sun is just a daily blip but we get cheered up by TV killers. There’s a reason they don’t do crime dramas and serious stuff in the summer. Nobody wants to be a serial killer in

the summer. But in the winter, a lot of us identify with the criminally insane. Guys want to be Ray Donovan; ladies, too. Netflix and Amazon Prime series are popular because they offer dark stuff in the dark months. Network TV has upbeat commercials and shows with happy endings. Who needs that crap? If you watched The Sopranos, you must’ve liked Tony who personally killed eight people and ordered the deaths of plenty more. Did you see The Wire? The most popular characters were essentially murdering, thieving drug dealers. Vikings, just starting a new season, has some very charming and delightful characters, both men and women, who also happen to chop off heads and gut others like we might park a car. I haven’t yet tried Game of Thrones but I get the sense it’s filled with murderous characters who happen to be the most popular. Lots of people must’ve liked Dexter. The eponymous show ran for eight seasons. He only killed 135 people. Imagine if we had friends like

our favorite TV characters. Oh, that guy John, what a great guy. Yeah, he robbed a bank and shot an old lady but he’s so….he’s so funny! You get to introduce your buddy to others: Hey, everybody I want you to meet Frank. He’s only killed a couple of people, ran a brilliant scam, will stab you in the back, but he loves puppies. You’re supposed to go out with another couple for dinner but your wife says, Doreen and Joe are gonna be late. Joe’s gotta shoot a couple of drug dealers on the way. And he might stop off and hold up a Brink's truck. That’s cool. Love when he does that. We’re twisted. We watch Narcos and we kinda root for Pablo Escobar. What’s that about? It’s gotta be the lack of sunlight. I know I’m speaking for the normal, sane people who are rightly miserable because we live on the dark side of the moon. We know you don’t turn your back on a person who’s just too happy this time of year. The winter’s coming, darkness is here. Whatever I do, I’m a good guy otherwise.

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***** And speaking of running for office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has announced that she’s running to become the Queens District Attorney. She’s term-limited in the BP position and the DA’s office has no such restraints. In fact, she can run for mayor and other jobs if she becomes DA without giving up the position. She’ll have competition for the DA post as City Councilman Rory Lancman and former judge Greg Lasak are seeking the job as well. (Not to mention that current DA, 86-year-old Richard Brown, has not said whether he’ll run again or not). ***** Speaking of the BP, Katz said Amazon should help pay for the Queens-Brooklyn Connector. We say Amazon should help pay for the reactivation of the Rockaway Branch line (aka Queens Rail). ***** We know, we know. The mail service stinks in Rockaway. The bright side? We’re

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GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT Continued from Page 2 awarded the coveted Light Fight trophy and requested that the prize money of $50k go straight toward JDRF. On Monday night, friends and family gathered inside the Mure home to watch the show live and celebrate the exciting win. Even though Mure knew they had won, as the announcement was filmed last year, he says the way the show was done came as a pleasant surprise, and he was able to celebrate in the joy of those around him that didn’t know the outcome, including JDRF President and CEO Derek Rapp and some of those that Mure says have been instrumental in making The Little North Pole come together each year. Lighting up The Little North Pole is no easy feat. Each year, Mure has a team of friends that volunteer their time to put together the extravagant display and plan the official lighting ceremony complete with entertainment, food and a visit

from Santa who comes bearing gifts. Among the many that help out, Mure says he especially expresses his gratitude to Richie Keane, whose wife passed away of a brain aneurysm around the time of last year’s lighting and couldn’t be there when it was filmed, and friend, Tony Orzano. “The Little North Pole can’t be done without them,” Mure said, as he celebrated the Light Fight trophy win with them. However, it was the cheers beyond the inside of the Mure home that may have been even louder. Following the victory, people from across the country, with family members impacted by juvenile diabetes, reached out to Mure through social media to express their gratitude for what he does for the cause. Of their support, Mure said, “It makes you cry. That’s how happy it makes you feel.” Those in Rockaway were certainly also thrilled to see a piece of their hometown come out on top, and Mure says it's all because the neighborhood came out for him. “It really was Rock-

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away coming out strong. We’ve been through a lot, but we came back bigger and brighter than ever here. I needed something to give me leverage against those other gigantic homes and there was no better way to do it than surprise the judge with the crowd on the night of the lighting,” he said. On Saturday, December 8, Mure hopes those crowds will be there again for this season’s lighting of The Little North Pole. The big block party kicks off at around 3:30 p.m. with the official lighting after it gets dark. As usual, there will be food donated from various businesses, plenty of entertainment from local schools and dance studios and up-and-coming entertainers that will appeal to attendees of all ages, and the whole thing will be emceed by Goumba Johnny and WCBS-FM's Joe Causi. However the biggest celebrity of all will be none other than Santa Claus, who will have toys in hand for all kids in attendance. Of course this year’s lighting will have the added excitement

The Rockaway Times of coming off a Great Christmas Light Fight win. Mure says as part of the celebration, a clip of the show may be shown during Saturday’s lighting. After Saturday’s big feature, on Tuesday, December 11, Mure will be doing it all again on a smaller scale for a special group of handicapped children at 10:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. for Rockaway’s Special Athletes. Santa is expected to visit both events. As an extra treat for Mure this year, he won’t have to worry about the electric bill as East Coast Energy Company learned of what he does each year and has generously offered to cover the cost of electricity for the display this year, which is another big win for Mure. But The Great Christmas Light Fight win is one he can celebrate with everyone. “We are extremely happy. We hope that the rest of the people in Rockaway are happy and we’re looking forward to Saturday,” Mure said. For more information or to donate to JDRF, head to www. littlenorthpole.org


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Unlocked Doors Lead to Grand Theft Auto You might want to be more cautious about locking your cars and not leaving valuables, especially keys, inside. On Sunday, December 2, a group of young men were searching through unlocked cars in Rockaway Park, when they came across a few cars with the keys in them. An act of petty theft then became a case of grand theft auto as the suspects drove off in the cars, leading police into a late-night search. At around 11:30 p.m., two cars were stolen from Beach 124th Street. The two cars were allegedly in a shared driveway and the owners left their keys inside for neighbors to move them if needed. The group of suspects took advantage of the situation by taking off with both cars. According to the owner of one of the cars, one car was recovered at the corner of Beach 124th, where three young men jumped out and ran. The other

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This Week in History DECEMBER 6 Patty McFadden was born. Tori Dresch was born. Sophia Skeans was born.

1965 - "A Charlie Brown Christmas" premiered. 1990 - Lech Walesa was elected president of Poland.

1884 - Construction of the Washington Monument was completed. DECEMBER 10 1973 - Gerald Ford was sworn in Erin Halligan Farrow was born. as vice president, replacing Spiro T. Agnew. 1817 - Mississippi became the 20th state in the United States. DECEMBER 7 2004 - A U.S. passenger jet landHeidi Woolover was born. ed in Vietnam, the first one to do 1941 – The Japanese attacked Pearl so since the Vietnam War ended Harbor. nearly three decades earlier. 2002 - Iraq formally declared to the U.N. that it had no weapons of DECEMBER 11 mass destruction. 1936 - King Edward VIII abdicated DECEMBER 8 the throne of Britain for the womMary Heslin Reed was born. an he loved, Mrs. Wallis Simpson. Rachel Bernstein was born. 1941 - Germany and Italy declared 1941 – The U.S. entered World War war on the United States. ll. 1980 - John Lennon, former mem- DECEMBER 12 ber of the Beatles, was shot and Sally Ann McVeigh was born. killed in New York City by a deranged fan. 2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court stopped the presidential election DECEMBER 9 Mike Bottiglieri was born. recount in Florida.

PHEFFER AMATO TO HOST WORKSHOP ON FUNDS FOR ORGANIZATIONS Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato’s office will be hosting an informational workshop of the Citizens Committee for New York City to help small, volunteer-led organizations apply for grant funding. The workshop will be held at Pheffer Amato’s district office, 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, on Wednesday, December 12th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pheffer Amato previously hosted a successful, widely attended workshop in 2017 and decided to host another workshop for the Committee so that they could expand the reach of their work in South Queens. “Citizens Committee works to encourage innovative, truly home-grown efforts to make our neighborhoods a better place,” Pheffer-Amato said. “In South Queens, of all communities, I expect many more smart, homegrown ideas to come out of the woodwork. A group like the Citizens Committee is exactly what we need to make our neighborhoods flourish. I’m excited to host an opportunity to find out

how to apply for a grant!” According to their website, the Citizens Committee has undertaken “four decades of reinventing New York City neighborhoods through resident-led initiative and engagement.” In order to receive a Citizens Committee grant, organizations must meet several criteria, such as having no paid staff, not being for-profit, and operating on a budget of less than $40,000 per year. Organizations do not have to have 501(c)(3) nonprofit certification. Grants are limited to groups, not individuals; grants cannot be used for partisan purposes, for capital expenses, for AV equipment (though the Citizens Committee also runs an Equipment Share for grantees), or for salaries (though they can stipend). More information on grant criteria can be found at www.citizensnyc.org/grants. To RSVP, residents are encouraged to email Pheffer Amato’s team at kernozeka@nyassembly. gov, or call her office at (718)945-9550.


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Rockaway residents, Opal Young and Guy Latronico, though legally blind, refused to let their lack of sight define their lives, and with the help of nonprofit organization, Alphapointe, they are both sparkling beacons of light, reflecting how unexpected obstacles can only made you stronger and more resilient. Young, who resides with her husband in Rockaway Beach, moved to the peninsula from the island of Jamaica in 1985. She graduated from Beach Channel High School and then attended York College in Jamaica, Queens, where she graduated with a degree in psychology. Her passion to help others led her into social work, where she initially worked with children in foster care. In 2004, Young learned that she had developed Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a condition which causes the cells on the retina to deteriorate over time. RP usually starts with a loss of night vision, followed by tunnel vision, and for some, like Young, can eventually can end in blindness. Young says her loss of vision was gradual. “In 2005, I had surgery on my left eye for macular degeneration, which oftentimes causes cataracts, and after the surgery, I lost instant vision in that eye,” she said. In 2006, Young started working as a case manager securing housing for the mentally ill and homeless at Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization, Cambia. Then in 2013, Young found that her one seeing eye was also starting to fail. “All of a sudden, I wasn’t able to recognize faces. I began relying on discerning voices and touch. Initially, I tried to hide it from my job, but with a caseload of 30 people, and having to fill out detailed paperwork for each case, it all became too much. I reported to my supervisors that my vision was decreasing, and that I desperately needed some reasonable accommodations to get my work done. I was in the

middle of losing my vision, but kept fighting to keep my job,” Young said. In August 2013, just less than a year after Hurricane Sandy, Young was terminated from her job. “I was basically forced out with the claim of low job performance. Forget the mental anguish of going totally blind, here I am now without a glimmer of hope that I could still work in the field that I loved. Initially, they gave me 30 days notice, but within two weeks, I was told to leave. They didn’t even give me the opportunity to walk out with some dignity. “However, I witnessed the destruction Sandy wreaked on our community. Sandy really was a lesson on how unexpected challenges and obstacles only makes us stronger, and Rockaway is a true reflection of that. So in a way, witnessing Rockaway resurrect, inspired me to keep on fighting and never give up,” Young said. Young then discovered Alphapointe, and for the last six months has been gainfully employed in their plastics division, and couldn’t be happier. Alphapointe is a non-profit organization that since 1911, has served the blind and visually impaired. Headquartered in Kansas City, it’s the third largest single employer of visually-impaired individuals in the U.S., employing over 400 people in nine locations in four states, including their main operations in Kansas City, Missouri and their new facility in Richmond Hill, Queens. In 2014, the nonprofit, merged with NYC Industries for the Blind, and is the largest employer of visually-impaired individuals in NYC. According to the National Federation of the Blind, an estimated one million Americans are legally blind, meaning that their corrected vision is no better than 20/200, and the unemployment rate is a dire 70 percent. Blindness or vision problems are among the top 10 disabilities among adults aged 18 years and older. Guy Latronico has been working at Alphapointe since 2008. Continued on page 13


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NONPROFIT ALPHAPOINTE GIFTS Continued from Page 12 After years working as a manager for retail giants such as Sears and Staples, he suddenly developed macular degeneration in his eyes, and had to leave his job. He discovered Alphapointe on a radio commercial, applied, and was first hired to sew, then was promoted to quality control specialist, and today is the supervisor of the brush and broom department. “I did not know how to sew, but I was determined to learn. I wanted the job, and here I am today, a supervisor. Alphapointe has really been a savior, not just for me, but all my co-workers. Just because we are blind, doesn’t mean we aren’t dedicated and talented workers,” Latronico said. Anthony Luisi, Alphapointe’s director of development, said that the organization prides itself on not just offering jobs, but other opportunities for the visually-impaired to be productive. “Not only do we provide jobs at Alphapointe’s various work di-

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Opal Young visions with the manufacturing of janitorial and office supplies, contract sewing, customer service, call center operations, administration, warehousing and fulfillment, sales and other areas; we also have a job placement program. “The buzz word now is ‘jobs for the disabled.’ Alphapointe has been doing that for over a century. Our founder, Katherine

Condone Hale’s love and devotion for her blind brother, Eugene, led to the founding of Alphapointe in 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri, and since then, our organization has been driven to fulfill her mission,” Luisi said. Alphapointe’s NYC location was first located in Borough Park, Brooklyn, but due to rent increases, they relocated to their 38,000-square-foot facility in Richmond Hill, Queens, where approximately 200 people are employed, of which 130 people are visually-impaired. Luisi said, “Through gentrification of the Brooklyn neighborhood, our rent skyrocketed! However, finding this location in Richmond Hill was a blessing. The community has been so embracing, and people have even stopped in, asking how they could volunteer. Imagine, the community’s wonderment when they see scores of blind people happily walking with their canes to the building. They surely made a statement that, ‘Yes, we are blind, but like you, take public transport to go to a job, where we are productive and learn something new every day.’”

Clay Berry, Alphapointe’s director of education and rehabilitation, stated that disabled people want and love to work. “There’s data that shows disabled people are the most dependable, when it comes to reporting to work, and many employers are increasingly beginning to see that. They don’t make their disability an excuse, but an incentive to come to work.” Berry said. Unbeknownst to Young, Luisi said they are already seeing her in a supervisory role. “Opal has only been here six months, but we already see her potential to soar,” Luisi exclaimed. For Young, her new opportunity at Alphapointe has lifted her up in more ways than one. “Though there are times that I start to complain, ‘Why me?’ — blessings keep coming my way. I love the camaraderie with my co-workers. We joke around, ‘What are you blind? Can’t you see what you’re doing?’ It’s great! And I joined the gym. I feel good about myself. No excuses!” Young said.

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Tree Shopping Made Easy Looking for that Christmas tree? There are some great local options to save you a long trip. Lisena Garden Center in Broad Channel is your Christmas hotspot. Not only do they have trees of all types and sizes, they have unique outdoor dĂŠcor like wooden reindeer, fresh wreaths, inflatables, and indoor necessities like ornaments and even firewood. Stop by 125 Cross Bay Blvd., seven days a week to pick up what you need. As a bonus, they offer free hot chocolate while you shop! Maria has set up shop once again in the Rockaway Park Stop & Shop parking lot. They also have a great selection of trees right on Beach Channel Drive for you to buy, tie on top of the car and take home for the holidays. In the spirit of the season of giving, you might want to consider giving to the Rockaway Point Vol-

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Lic. Broker-Owner: Lisa Jackson Lic. Associate Brokers: Barbara Ferguson • Nia Casilla Lic. RE Agents: Ariana David • Colleen Brady • Jenny Dantone

417 Beach 129th St • (718) 634-3134 • Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Neponsit-Drastically Reduced! Open House - First Showing 128 B. 60th, Sunday, 12/9, 2-3:30pm

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MINT CONDITION BEACH BLOCK CONDO! Newly renovated kitchen with stainless appliances, quartz counters and glass tile backsplash. Open floor plan living room/ dining area with gleaming hardwood floors. Two bedrooms, washer/dryer in unit and privacy fenced paved back yard. Steps from Surfer Beach! $320,000

Situated on a very desirable 45'x100' corner lot, this bright and spacious home has 5 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bonus walk up attic and a 2 car garage. Will not last at this price. Get in before its gone! Call today for your private viewing. $799,000 NEPONSIT

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Gorgeous Block - 45' x 100' Newly renovated adorable 3BR, 2 bath with Lush botanical plantings of aromatic lavender and sweet basil straight from your garden to your organic table! Private parking. $799,000

Legal 2 - Great Investment! Located on one of the most desirable blocks in all of Rockaway Beach. Both apartments have 2BR’s and 1 bath with W/D in unit and private parking. $699,000

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40’ x 100’ - Lot For Sale This lot will be the inspiration to build your 2,000 sq ft. MASTERPIECE!!! Call your architect and start designing your cutting edge home now. FAR .5, Zoning R2. $575,000

Priced to Sell! Completely renovated, cute and cozy bungalow. If apartment living is not for you, this sweet 2 BR home w/ private backyard and parking may be the perfect solution. $549,000

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Zoned R5D for a 5 family up to 6,600 sq ft of permitted residential space. 2 blocks from the beach and surfing school. Get in on the wave. $399,000

Spacious 3BR duplex with HW floors, large master suite with amazing ocean views. Comes with private terrace and deeded parking spot. $675,000

Build your very own custom dream home on a 4,200 sq ft. lot, R-2 Zoned. FAR is .5. $525,000

Move right into this immaculate 2 BR apartment. No elevator and no steps in this aparment. Call today for your private viewing. $299,000

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Courtyard Bungalow Absolutely adorable home with bamboo floors, LR with an open kitchen and a sleeping loft. This court is completely fenced in and features quaint walkways with small yard space. $299,000

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Large 2BR pet friendly building with doorman, laundry area, low maintenance and private terrace. Call for more info. $269,000

Completely renovated from top to bottom, lots of windows, closets and high ceilings make a wonderful place to call home. $225,000

Brand New to Market!

A splendid 6 bedroom Belle Harbor all brick colonial home.

Expansive 6,000 sq. ft corner property favored by glorious sunlight. Newly renovated open floor plan with gorgeous kitchen, center island, w/b fireplace, radiant heat, CAC, recessed lighting, powder room, laundry room plus a beautiful sun room with a separate entrance. Second floor has 3BR's one being a large master suite with 2nd w/b fireplace and a massive private terrace. Third floor has an additional 3BR's and full bath. The basement is enormous with high ceilings and endless possibilities. Two car garage and private parking. - $1,299,000

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Lic. Broker-Owner: Lisa Jackson Lic. Associate Brokers: Barbara Ferguson • Nia Casilla Lic. RE Agents: Ariana David • Colleen Brady • Jenny Dantone

417 Beach 129th St • (718) 634-3134 • Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

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4 OPEN HOUSES - THIS SUNDAY DECEMBER 9th - 12:00 - 1:30 Four Phenomenal Condominiums to choose from at Belle Shores. Come and see us this Sunday, you will not be disappointed.

180 Beach 101 st Street 2 BR, 2.5 bath walk in duplex with parking! - $499,000

168 Beach 101 st Street 3 BR, 2.5 bath Penthouse duplex with ocean views and parking! - $720,000

101-04 Shore Front Parkway FIRST SHOWING! Walk in, 2BR, 2.5 bath OCEANFRONT! - $575,000

100-12 Shore Front Parkway 3BR, 2.5 bath OCEANFRONT penthouse duplex with parking! - $845,000

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Selling Fully Furnished Desirable beach block, consisting of just 12 residences. This Mediterranean 5 BR home exudes classic beauty! Parking for 7, ocean views, in-ground pool & Jacuzzi. $2,900,000

Phenominal Water Views Custom built home, huge EIK, 3 BR's with individual balconies, HW flooring, high ceilings and marble baths. Lower level has an additional 2 BR's, full bath and sauna. Parking for 8. $2,500,000

Beach Block 60’x100’ An entertainer’s dream! Large FLR, fireplace, den, grand FDR, granite EIK with sliders, large back patio and an in-ground pool. Spacious BR’s and huge ocean view terrace. $2,199,000

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Sprawling 80’ x 100’

Waterfront - 60' x 100' Stunning all brick 3BR, 2.5 bath, gourment granite kitchen with sub zero and Viking appliances, radiant heat, central air, paved parking, garage and full finished basement. $1,750,000

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Brand New to Market Enjoy a front row seat with unobstructed ocean views plus a private rooftop terrace. Each unit has 3 bedrooms and two baths and private parking. $995,000

Just Steps From the Water! Beautiful sun filled 2 family is mint. A total of 5 BR’s, 3.5 baths, rooftop terrace with ocean and bay views. Attached garage, private drive, backyard, central heating and cooling. $949,000

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Oversized Victorian Single Family/SRO house used as a 3 family. The third floor features a 2 BR apartment. The second floor is a 4 BR, 2.5 bath. The 1st floor is a newly renovated 3 BR, 2 bath. Private drive. $899,000

A Must See! Renovated and tastefully D done, 3BR, 1.5 bath home O Lhas a full S T finished basement, tons of US storage, Jgorgeous kitchen, stunning backyard with pool and pavers. $825,000

Fabulous 4BR, 4 bath split level home. Gourmet kitchen, gleaming HW floors throughout, fin bsmt with 2 BR’s and 2 car garage. $1,875,000

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118th: Beach block 2BR, 1BA apt with parking and backyard (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109th: Totally renovated 3BR, 2BA apt with HW floors (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79th: 2BR, 1BA condo unit with ocean views and new kitchen (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128th: Beach block 2BR, 1BA apt with private entrance terrace and parking (CB) . . . . 61st: Oceanfront renovated 2BR, 1BA apt with yard and laundry (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . 99th: Spacious beach block 2BR, 1BA apt with updated appliances and parking (NC) . 125th: Beach block 1BR, 1BA apt with HW floors, small pets okay (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . 117th: Beach block spacious 1BR, 1BA apt in building with super (JD) . . . . . . . . . . . Broad Channel: 1BR, 1BA duplex apartment with parking (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Thinking of Selling, Buying or Renting? Give us a call! We are here to help with all your Real Estate needs. Lorraine Tom

BELLE HARBOR OCEAN FRONT Spacious One bedroom, oceanfront apt. Beautiful ocean views from every room. Raised formal dining area, large living room and bedroom, full bath, plenty of closets. Maint. $701.00 Available to rent $1600/month

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UPPER BELLE HARBOR High ranch styled home. Could be mother/ daughter. Three bedrooms three full bath eat in kitchen living room dining room with additional large living space on main level 40x100 property lot Pvt drive/ spacious backyard $999,000

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Addabbo Health Recognizes World AIDS Day

Sunday, 12/9 from 2-4 PM 505 Beach 124th Street

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On Friday, November 30, the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center held a “Celebration of Life” to commemorate World AIDS Day. Many patients and employees gathered in the lobby to hear a motivational speaker provided by Merck Pharmaceuticals. “I have been HIV positive for 28 years,” speaker Michelle Lopez said. “Since my diagnosis, I have devoted myself to HIV/ AIDS outreach to share my experiences and knowledge - how you can contract it, treat it and successfully live life with it. I have taken charge of my life and I hope to inspire others to do the same. There have been many positive changes during recent years both in how the disease is

medically treated and how society perceives those with the disease.” This year’s World AIDS Day theme is “Know Your Status” and Northwell Health provided a van for free HIV/AIDS testing in addition to the free testing services provided daily at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center. “Knowledge, emotional support and comprehensive medical treatment are critically important to our patients who are dealing with HIV/AIDS and we have a staff who is very dedicated to that mission,” said Dr. Marjorie J. Hill, CEO. “We do everything we can do to spread awareness, knowledge, the importance of being tested and knowing your status.”


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4 Bed, 3 Bath triplex w/ ocean views, roof terrace, garage and pvt. parking---$3,000 2 Bed, 1 Bath w/ balcony, roof terrace, parking, washer/dryer---$2,150 2 Bed, 1 Bath w/ washer/dryer, stainless steel appliances, parking---$1,950 Calemine & Co. is proud to introduce the newest member of our team, Rockaway resident Susan Natale!

2 Bed, 1 Bath w/ balcony, parking, central air, washer/dryer---$1,950 2 Bed, 1 Bath w/ central air, parking, washer/dryer---$1,800 2 Bed, 1 Bath w/ washer/dryer, parking, central AC---$1,750 1 Bed, 1 Bath with permit parking, central air---$1,700

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130 Beach 121st St, #2B

ASKING $183,000

Large studio apartment with an updated kitchen and a private balcony sitting directly on the beach in Rockaway Park! Enjoy all that this fantastic area has to offer from its beautiful beach and legendary boardwalk to its always expanding and creative food scene. The secret is officially out on the Rockaway Renaissance! This affordable unit can serve as a weekend retreat, seasonal beach home or primary residence. Featuring direct, unobstructed access to the beach and offering its residents exclusive access to showers and restrooms on the (newly renovated) lobby level, this is a beach lover's dream yet priced to fit every budget. The low monthly maintenance of $580, combined with the low asking price make this an opportunity that people simply cannot afford to miss!

Ask the DOC

By Peter Galvin, MD

One-Sided Hearing Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) causes about 4,000 cases each year of sudden, one-sided hearing loss. Along with the hearing loss, a sense of fullness in the affected ear is common, as is tinnitus, or ringing in the ear, and vertigo. In more than 90 percent of these cases, a cause for the hearing loss is never found and only about one-third of these patients will spontaneously recover hearing. Most people with SSNHL will initially see their primary care physician, not an ENT physician. The primary care physician must quickly diagnose the condition and refer the

patient to an ENT specialist as SSNHL is considered an otolaryngolic emergency. Most literature has found that recovery of hearing is more likely the faster treatment begins. Examination of the affected ear is usually normal. Examination of the ear is necessary to ensure that other conditions that can cause hearing loss are eliminated. These other conditions include impacted cerumen (ear wax plug) and ear infections. In addition to an ear exam, examination with a tuning fork is also done. This is because humans can hear sounds through the air and through bone - this is called

bone conduction (hearing your heartbeat is a form of bone conduction). When a vibrating tuning fork is placed on the top of the head, someone with normal hearing will hear the tone on both sides. Someone with SSNHL will only hear it on the unaffected side. Imaging studies like MRI scanning are not indicated as a growth or tumor like an acoustic neuroma (growth on the acoustic nerve), or any other brain abnormality or tumor, may cause gradual hearing loss but not sudden hearing loss. In SSNHL the hearing loss is very sudden, as in a matter of seconds the hearing on the affected side goes from normal to zero. As mentioned previously, SSNHL is an ENT emergency. The primary care physician, who is usually the first physician to see someone with this condition, must begin a course of oral corticosteroids (i.e. prednisone) after confirming that the ear examination is normal. Quick referral to an ENT specialist and initiation of steroid treatment

are imperative even though the cause of the hearing loss is unknown. The patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s description of sudden one-sided hearing loss, ear fullness, tinnitus and vertigo along with a negative ear exam and loss of bone conduction on the affected side are enough to make the diagnosis of SSNHL likely. Medical literature is clear that hearing recovery is more likely the sooner the steroids are started. While cause of SSNHL is unknown, the result of whatever the cause is, is that the acoustic nerve suddenly shuts down. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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COMMON GROUND In the diversity that seems to be at the forefront these days, I find it important to speak about a common ground that could be unifying through the diversity. The phrase “common ground” resonated with me during a recent conversation with a yogini (a yogini is a term nowadays for a female who practices yoga). She was upset about the extremes of things and why people have to be so adamantly extreme. “Where is the common ground?” she asked. I often thought about a thread that binds us as human

beings, as living beings. What is it? What is the thread that binds us? I come to understand that it is life itself. Not the mind, not intelligence, not religious, social, political affiliation, but the fact that we are living. If we look at it that way, we would greatly respect every single human being on our planet, every single animal on our planet, every single plant and organism on our planet. And respecting to me means a certain amount of understanding. With that understanding we can let go of the criticism and start talking

about solutions—moving forward. Thinking about and finding the common ground in our families, our social lives, our spiritual practices or religions, our politics. This is what has been called “diplomacy.” Nowadays, we witness the breakdown of common decency, the value of life itself, the respect for all that is living, the understanding of what is important in life. I am saddened by some people’s dismissal of atrocities. And I wonder, “Where do we go from here?” “Don’t people care?” The answer does not lie in the mind and intelligence. The way to get people to care is through the common ground of life—the heartspace that brings us together in commonality at birth, celebrations through life and death. During this annual season of light, I invite you to reflect on the teachings of the Dalai Lama, who puts in perspective how to live simply in peace and harmony. Simply is the key word for me as it seems as if everything is so complicat-

ed on a daily basis. Maybe the answer is to get down to basics. Love. Respect. Kindness. Compassion. Understanding. Generosity. Selflessness. Empathy. Happiness. Joy. Peace… and finding a way to deal with and dissolve anger and hatred in our world. As hard as it may be sometimes, I am extending the intention of light to all—even those who greatly differ and in my view undermine our basic human existence—so that all can come together in peace and harmony. May the thread that binds us bring an elevated understanding that we are all one, here on this earth for a short time and we have in common the need to do great things. “To do great things” means doing great for the sustenance of human, animal and plant life, and doing great to live peacefully and lovingly. May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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 By Beth Hanning

Elf on the Shelf: Pro or Con? It is that time of year again where we will all be subjected to the crazy elf pictures, when many of our social media friends try to outdo one another with their elaborate poses and shenanigans. For those of you like me, who either have older children or no children at all, the Elf on the Shelf is a book that was published in 2005 by the genius mother-daughter team of Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. They are paired

with Chanda’s twin sister, Christa Pitts, who is the coCEO with Chanda. Chanda is a former English teacher who co-wrote the book with her mom. The pair wrote the book based on the family’s tradition, about a toy elf that monitors the children’s behavior and reports back to the North Pole each night. The book was self-published by the trio and at first was not a hit. What prompted part of the madness was actress Jennifer

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Garner being photographed with the book and then The Today Show featuring it on a segment. The books, which retail for $29.95 and come with the toy elf, have since made millions. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, they have sold more than 13 million books since 2005. There has also been a CBS special that has aired twice and has had more than ten million viewers. So what is the controversy? Some people hate it, some people love it. Here are some quotes I gathered this morning while writing the column: “Yes I do it, but she is still fresh.” One teacher explained that the year she did the Elf on the Shelf with her kindergarten classroom and her exact quote was, “It was magical. Everyone cooperated, followed rules, best month ever.” Other quotes were: "Stupidest thing ever invented.” “Never did it. I am sure I have caused deep holiday issues for my kids.” (One of my favorites!).

The Rockaway Times I did not know that a new thing was the Elf to have clothes and change the clothes. One busy mom (who does not do the Elf YET), of two children, ages three and six months, said, “It will be a hot day at the North Pole before I start changing an elf ’s clothes. Sometimes I don’t have time to change my own!!!” So the comments were a mixture of it becomes stressful and if you do not move the Elf, there are some tears in the mornings. However, many parents had good excuses like the Elf stays in one spot because it is the best seat in the house. Other parents said it helps with the older kids who may not believe anymore; they get into it and help, so their younger siblings can enjoy. So it seems the good outweighs the bad. But please stop posting. We get it : you love your kids and want everyone to see you have an elf. Have a great week everyone.


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Firehouse Could Use Some Heroes

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department Firehouse could use a lift. The Broad Channel Vollies are still awaiting the building of a brand new resilient firehouse, a project which is currently out to bid, but the current, 110-year-old building was in need of a desperate fix-up, so last month, volunteers came out to help repair the first floor. Yet more needs to be done. The firehouse is seeking skilled tradesmen to volunteer to help with the repairs or those who can help solicit donations of materials that are needed. If you can help in either of these manners,

reach out to Commissioner Dan McIntyre at 347-678-5857. “The department’s membership has been spread extremely thin during this renovation and the department’s equipment and apparatus has had to be stored off-site, making it next to impossible for the members to both perform renovations and respond to emergencies and training classes,” a notice from the firehouse said in the recent Broad Channel Civic Association newsletter. “We need people to join who live in Broad Channel! There is no more simple way to put it. We can't survive without you.”

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Friday December 7, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. VETERAN JOB & RESOURCE FAIR Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street Job opportunities and resources for veterans. Lunch will be served. Bring DD-214 and resume. Call 718-523-3069 to RSVP.

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HOLIDAY RADIO BINGO Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street Doors open at 7 p.m., radio bingo starts at 8 p.m. $25 gets you bingo all night and light fare. Proceeds benefit Broad Channel Pre-K. Got an ugly sweater? Santa costume or something else? Prizes for best costume. Call or text Jamesy for tickets at 917-783-4687.

Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, December 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ST. CAMILLUS CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE 185 Beach 99th Street Shop from dozens of local vendors.

LITTLE NORTH POLE LIGHTING 144-03 Neponsit Ave See the biggest holiday house in Rockaway light up for the season.

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COMMUNITY BOARD 14 Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street Urban Farm Project, NYS Storm Recovery presentations, plus Youth & EDC committee reports & more.

Saturday, December 15, 9:30 a.m.

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SANTA RUN 5K Beach 116th Boardwalk Santa Suit pick up and registration is at Rockaway Gliders Fitness - 114-04 Beach Channel Drive from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Run starts at 11 a.m. on the boardwalk. Post-run party with Great Rockapulco Gold Beer, music and fun at Rockaway Gliders. $40 for adults, $15 for kids 14 & under. All participants get a Santa suit. Register at rockapulcorun.com

RWA HOLIDAY MARKET RISE Center 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd Large selection of local Rockaway vendors. Products include locally-made soap, baked goods, jewelry, stationary, & much more.

HANUKKAH PARTY West End Temple 147-02 Newport Avenue Celebrate Hanukkah with a service led by religious school students, & a potluck dinner or $10 per family. Bring a dish to serve at least 10 people (no pork or shellfish). Bring an unwrapped gift to donate & boxes of pasta to make a menorah. Must RSVP at office@westendtemple.org

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Pursuant to the lien granted by the New York Self-Storage Facility Act, notice is hereby given that the undersigned self-storage units will be sold at a public sale by competitive bidding, to satisfy the lien of the Lessor, with Metro Storage LLC as managing agent for Lessor, for rental and other charges due from the undersigned. The said property has been stored and is located at the respective address below. Units up for auction will be listed for public bidding on-line at www.StorageTreasures.com beginning five days prior to the scheduled auction date and time. The terms of the sale will be by lot to the highest bidder for cash only. A 10% buyer’s premium will be charged per unit. All sales are final. Metro Self Storage LLC reserves the right to withdraw any or all units, partial or entire, from the sale at any time before the sale or to refuse any bids. The property to be sold is described as “general household items” unless otherwise noted. All contents must be removed completely from the property within 48 hours or sooner or are deemed abandoned by bidder/buyer. Sale rules and regulations are available at the time of sale.

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Notice of Formation of Project Frame, LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/07/18. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Project Frame, LLC, 123-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd., APT 4C, Rockaway Park, NY 11694. Any lawful purpose.

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GRADIENT ATHLETICS LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 09/12/2018. Office in Queens Co. United States Corporation Agents, Inc. is designated as the agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. United States Corporation Agents, Inc. shall mail copy of process to GRADIENT ATHLETICS LLC, 6140 Saunders Street, Apt. D5, Rego Park, NY, 11374. Purpose: any lawful purpose. St Albans Art Assembly LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 10/22/2018. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 18809 Linden Blvd, Saint Albans, NY 11412. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of GREAT WORD, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/26/2018. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 85-21 LEFFERTS BLVD APT C6 KEW GARDENS, NY 11415. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Liu Studios LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 9/21/2018. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Liu Studios LLC, 43-01 22nd St, Studio 348, Long Island City, NY 11101. Any lawful purpose. MDTDVD 236RM426 LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 9/5/2018. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to: 25-19 30thAve., Astoria, NY 11102. General Purpose. Notice of formation of Errol Remekie Income Tax & Accounting Services LLC. Filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 9/25/2018. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 134-05 244th Street, Rosedale, Queens, NY 11422. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. 2505 BUILDING LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/01/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Mitchell Cohen, 48 Markwood Road, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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A “1906” ONEDAY GETAWAY IN THE ROCKAWAYS? By Katie Lucev

Slow Cooker Beef Braciole By Sharon Feldman

The Arverne Hotel Casino offered bowling, billiards, 100 (6x5) bathrooms, verandas on three sides of the building, tennis courts, massages, dining and drinking and, of course, gambling. The most practiced behavior pattern for the one-day traveler was to swim on the beach, bathe, relax, eat, drink, play and gamble. The ol' time locals know, back in the 1980s, this idea would have launched a promising revival for the Rockaways. Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev Sr. (1933-2018).

Serves: 8 Ingredients: 2-2 1/2 pounds flank steak 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 2 cloves garlic minced ¼ cup red wine kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (or jarred marinara ... I used Prego) 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning Directions: Pound steak

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Rustwoods Debuts Consortium of Music By Kami-Leigh Agard

Guess what’s poppin’ starting this weekend, and for the duration of Rockaway’s oh-soloathed, but for some — ohso-needed winter season — at Rustwoods General Store and Gallery? The in-the-cut Boulevard spot, known for pumping out great music and art exhibits, located in back of Whit’s End, is debuting the Rustwoods Consortium of Music (RCM). From hip hop to jazz, blues, bebop, reggae, and more — under the tutelage of Rustwoods’ proprietor, Mikal Jessie Hameed; the local everythingmusic-meister, Mike Severino; and of course, Whitney Aycock of Whit’s End — get ready locals, because an old-school Rockaway speakeasy is coming to town. Hameed said RCM is the next chapter for Rustwoods. “This summer was great. We had a richly diverse menu of music and art exhibits. Some of the artists, like BEX, who debuted here, are now sharing their work, not just at other galleries in NYC, but nationwide. Geoff Rawling and Nigel Scott, both already internationally-known, showed their work here, and people were blown away. As a fellow artist myself, my dream was for Rustwoods to be a communal space to showcase Rockaway’s tremendously talented creatives,” Hameed said. However, like many proprietors of event spaces, not to mention food and drink establishments in Rockaway, the winter is a tough season. But, Hameed saw that as an opportunity to further explore creative avenues. “The winter is tough for all of us, however, I thought it was the perfect time to give my idea for RCM room to evolve. I was inspired by friends who wanted a venue to not just play music, but to teach others. Folks who frequented here, loved our diverse music scene, but kept expressing that they too, wanted to learn how to play an instrument. Even myself, hosting so many bands, I realized that we needed a backline (meaning

the sound systems and musical instruments needed for a great sound). That was something I had to learn, and also DJ-ing. These cats that came out to DJ, didn’t just play a track, but were spinning vinyl, which is an art, and I too, want to learn that. Mike Severino, with more than 20 years of experience as a professional drummer/ drum instructor, performing with Grammy-award winning artists, and playing in many bands locally, such as Ancient Jazz Quartet, showing expertise in probably almost every musical instrument, was more than ecstatic to get on board with RCM. According to Severino, he loves Rustwoods’ creative scene and was ecstatic when Hameed approached him about being RCM’s Head of Black Music. “I am obvi-

ously passionate about music. Rustwoods allowed myself and others, not just to showcase our work and fervor for music, but to inspire others to learn. In this role with RCM, I get the opportunity to give music lessons to anyone interested in learning various instruments. From drums, piano, guitar, and even DJ-ing— folks are welcome to come and learn. I’m just so happy to impart my knowledge and passion for musical expression to others, and of course, there will be other artists teaching. Besides jazz and blues, interested students will be able to learn to play other genres of music, such as reggae, ska, soca, rhythm and blues, and more! Whatever your taste, we are here to help you on your musical artistic journey,” Severino said.

And hip-hop heads, starting this Friday, December 7 at 8 p.m., RCM is launching its Hip Hop Karaoke Fridays. If you think you are lyricist with mad skills to spit out some offthe-hook rhymes, enter their weekly competition, where you’ll get a chance to win the accolade of “Rustwoods Hip Hop Karaoke Champion of the Week,” and walk away with not just a certificate, but much appreciated rewards — none other than a Biggie Smalls Crown and a pot full of money. Admission to enter the contest is $20, and if you just want to spectate, entry is $5. Hameed said after the weekly preliminaries, there will semi-finals, and then the grand final, where the pot will be even heavier with your favorite Benjamins! Saturday nights will also be a speakeasy setting for lovers of jazz, blues and R&B with Severino as the maestro. “Mikal comes from such a rich history, steeped with legendary performers. For example, the legendary jazz drummer, Billy Higgins, was his godfather. I just want to see all kinds of talents filling up Rustwoods. It’s going to be a cozy setting, filled with quality music. This is going to be a venue for all ages. All you need to come with is an appetite for good music,” Severino said. And speaking about appetites, Whit’s End, will be catering a special menu, which of course, never disappoints. This Saturday, December 8, the Nick Balaban trio will be playing from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This is a BYOB event. For more information on how you can register for Hip Hop Karaoke, email: rustwoodsrockawaybeach@ gmail.com or call 347-9275890. To register for music lessons, email mikesdrummer@ gmail.com. And for general info about RCM’s upcoming events, visit Rustwoods Instagram page: RustwoodsRockawayBeach. Rustwoods is located at 97-02 Garden, Rockaway Beach Blvd (behind Whit’s End).

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Lining up plans for the holidays? Well, no need to leave the peninsula as the Rock is teeming with fabulous Santa visits, music, theater, arts and not to mention — shopping! Get the 411 in The Rockaway Times’ Good Times page. LIVE MUSIC: Friday, December 7 8 p.m. Guess what’s poppin’ at Rustwoods tonight! It’s the debut of the popular local hotspot’s Hip Hop Karaoke! The winner gets to don the majestic Biggie Smalls crown with the title of Rustwoods Hip Hop Karaoke Champion of the Week, plus the added bonus? A pot full of money! Registration is $20. To sign up, email: rustwoodsrockawaybeach@gmail.com or phone: (347) 927-5890. 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Friday, December 7 9 p.m. Folks, it’s Friday night, so why not head to Rogers? With Rockaway’s popular classic rock family band, The Wades, on the entertainment lineup, you’ll be grooving on the dance floor, saluting with a good pint or just a suggestion — a boozing-ly soothing hot toddy! 203 Beach 116th Street Saturday, December 8 5:30 p.m. This evening, Kennedy’s serves up a holiday special treat featuring the Linda Lorenzo Duo. Be prepared to be dazzled as Linda and Paddy Lorenzo offer an unforgettable experience of fine selections from the Great American Songbook, blues, classic rock, soul and your favorite holiday tunes. 406 Bayside Walk, Breezy Point

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Saturday, December 8 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Looking for a local hotspot, where comfort food, drinks and music are endlessly flowing all night? Well roll up on RBB, and find out why no one leaves hungry or thirsty at RBQ Rockaway Beach. And tonight — with local singer-songwriter Gerald Bair on the entertainment lineup — be prepared to be spellbound with his powerful voice and enchanting storytelling. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Sunday, December 9 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Looking to add some much-needed sweet vibes to your Sunday evening, before you start stressing out about Monday. Well, head to Thai Rock as the Rooftoppers will be kicking a#$ at Thai Rock. With a lineup of Simon Chardiet, Mike Severino, Tim Givens, Steady Freddy — get ready for a classic night of bebop, jazz and blues. 375 Beach 92nd Street Wednesdays 8 p.m. It’s Karaoke Wednesdays at the Rockaway Brewing Company! All you need is some pluck and of course your voice to belt out your favorite tunes amongst good company. 415 Beach 72nd Street SPECIAL MENTIONS: SANTA SIGHTINGS: Baby, it’s cold outside, but grab your kids and your adult bffs too, as Mr. Claus is making some special trips in the Rock! Saturday, December 8 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Rockaway Beach Civic Association recruited Ol’ Saint Nick to make a special appearance outside the Peninsula Library. Plus with crafts, snacks and hot chocolate up for grabs, everyone will be ho-ho-ho-ing! 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

Saturday, December 8 9 p.m. Return to Rogers tonight to Saturday, December 8 catch none other than Identity 4 p.m. Theft. These guys will have you Mr. Claus is certainly showrocking out ‘til the early morning his Rockaway love, as he ing hours. will also be giving out presents 203 Beach 116th Street

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at the Little North Pole in Neponsit with local Joe Mure, who annually opens up his home to bring holiday cheer to everyone near and far, all in the spirit of benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Plus with the added excitement of the Mure’s Little North Pole win on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” this is one grand holiday treat you won’t want to miss! 144-03 Neponsit Ave.

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With over 50 vendors selling a plethora of gift items, you may need to come with Santa’s gigantic bag to carry them all home. And the biggest bonus? You’re supporting local artisans right here in Rockaway! 185 Beach 99th Street Saturdays & Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hosted by Rockapulcorun, Glider’s Holiday Market will feel as though you stepped into an eclectic village featuring an assortment of handcrafted items, and those with a sugary tooth, will be in pastry heaven with treats from the Holiday Dessert Outlet. Plus Fit Food Kitchen will be open. Happening every weekend until December 23. 114-04 Beach Channel Drive (in the parking lot)

Friday, December 14 6 p.m. We’re giving a special heads up on this one as admission is free, but a donation of an unwrapped children’s toy is encouraged, so you have some time to shop! Santa is coming out for a movie night hosted by the 100th Precinct Community Council. This event at St. Camillus includes a screening of classic Home Alone, treats Thursday, December 13 and snacks, and a visit from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Santa Claus himself after the Belle Harbor Yacht Club’s film! Holiday Boutique is a big one. 185 Beach 99th Street Not only will you able to score that special gift from two floors HOLIDAY SHOPPING featuring 40+ vendors selling POP-UPS clothing, art, accessories, jewLooking for that special hol- elry, culinary delights, skin iday gift? Forget the savage products, designer eyewear, department store shopping. and more! — You’ll get to make Why not buy comfortably a fete out of the experience as here on the Rock, with the there will be live music, 50/50 added bonus of supporting and gift raffles, and bar! local artisans at various pop533 Beach 126th Street ups around town! OTHER MUSES AROUND TOWN Friday, December 7 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Still checking off your hol12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t miss the Rockaway iday list? Well, head to PS/ MS 114 Alumni Association’s Artists Alliance’s final show uber-spectacular Holiday of the year, Gifted, and their Shopping Night. With over 40 annual holiday art exhibition, vendors hawking their beau- Celebrations, featuring the tiful goods, you’ll leave with unique works from RAA memsomething special that can’t bers. Both Gifted and Celebe topped by a generic de- brations will be on view every weekend through December partment store item. 16. For further info, visit: www. 400 Beach 135th Street rockawayartistsalliance.org the sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Saturday, December 8, Tilden. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, December 9, Got info on local live music 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Camillus Catholic Acad- and art exhibitions coming emy’s Holiday Boutique is up? Send it to kami@rockagoing to be a sight to behold. waytimes.com


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Congratulations Ladies of Business Rockaway Beach (LBRB)! On Friday, November 20, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato presented the organization with a NYS Assembly Citation, honoring them as her November ‘Small Business of the Month.’ The organization was honored with a citation for their work throughout the community. As stated on their website, LBRB’s mission is to support the year-round success of business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. They

work to unite, educate, and promote each other by supplying tools for their success, creating a network of support for all and a safe space for open and honest communication. “The Ladies of Business Rockaway Beach are a special group of women who work every day to support one another, and to develop and grow our community,” Pheffer Amato said. “All of the businesses involved with LBRB demonstrate how small businesses help to improve communities. Small businesses are the backbone of our community and deserve all the support we can provide!” “It is an honor and fulfilling to serve the community and in return see our community thrive and grow together,” added the Ladies of Business Rockaway Beach (LBRB).

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