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Run Santa Sun If you saw a flurry of red suits and huffs and puffs of “ho, ho ho,” on the boardwalk or around town on Saturday, December 15, it wasn’t a hallucination after having too much eggnog. Santa came to town, and in droves, as part of the annual Santa Shuffle presented by Rockapuclo Runs. Participants gathered at Rockaway Gliders on Saturday morning to pick up their suits and numbers, before heading to the boardwalk via Beach 116th for a 5K of mile fun-run in the suit. They then met back at Gliders to enjoy some Santa snacks and Rockapulco Gold beer. By the looks of it, it Photos by Joan McGowan and was a merry time! Marcin Golynski.

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White Christmas I’ve got a holiday jingle stuck in my head. Which I’ll get to later. So, ‘tis the season for gift-giving and I’ve gotta say, I’m not the man who has everything; I’m the man who really doesn’t want anything. For years, some people would get frustrated because they felt like they still had to get me something so I started saying, the only thing I need are socks and underwear. I figured you could never have enough of either. But that’s not true. As my socks and underwear

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drawer overflowed, I realized there was a dangerous amount of tighty-whities. Yes, you can have too many of those in a hurry. In fact, if you have a single pair, you’re over the limit. The greatest thing since the dishwasher was the fashion breakthrough of boxer briefs. For decades, men had to endure the indignity of tighty-whities. No man, from Clark Gable to George Clooney to Brad Pitt, could look anything other than ridiculous in the underpants made for four-year-olds.

Other than the commando option, choices were slim. Briefs or boxers. Boxers failed on a couple of fronts. They were not snug, so to speak, and they’d bunch up when you pulled up your pants. You might as well have wrapped a bed sheet or a parachute around your waist. They didn’t look terrible — Oscar Madison rocked them — but they just weren’t functional, certainly not when you were exercising. You were pretty much stuck with tighty-whities. The choice wasn’t so much boxers or briefs, it was Fruit of the Loom or Hanes. And like Henry Ford said, you could get any color underwear as long as it was white. I finally had to declare that underwear was no longer a Christmas option — though some didn’t get the message and continued to give me tighty-whities like they were Hess trucks, a Christmas tradition. And I was stuck. It’s not like you can re-gift tighty-whities. I get why they did it. They looked at me and said, now there’s a guy who doesn’t care

how he dresses. His outerwear is worse than any underwear. I’ll give him the stupid-looking underwear and can check him off the list. Silly me would act grateful and happy and even surprised. I always thought that was the right thing to do. Ever see someone show clear dissatisfaction with a gift they get? Oh, it’s brutal. They eagerly tear off the wrapping to reveal a beautiful Louis Vuitton handbag and their face sags and they say that’s not the one they wanted. Or you get a guy a Callaway golf club and he says, I got one already. They couldn’t fake it for five seconds? Brutal. I can’t muse about gift-giving without giving credit to people who get you some weird piece of clothing that, at first, you wouldn’t be caught dead in. But months later, maybe years later, you start thinking, it’s not that bad. You finally wear it and then it becomes your favorite item of clothing. Meanwhile, that jingle stuck in my head? Have a tighty-whitey Christmas, it’s the best time of the year!

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No One Harmed in Late-Night Bus Crash Story and Photos by Ryan Schwach

Late Tuesday night, December 18, a red pickup truck collided with an MTA bus on Beach 140th Street and Newport Avenue, damaging the pickup severely. Thankfully, there were no injuries. The security camera from an adjacent home captured as the red pickup crossed onto Newport Avenue, drifted over the yellow line and collided with the oncoming Q35 city bus, spinning

the pickup back across Newport and onto the lawn of the house that recorded the footage. According to a family member of the driver of the red pickup, he did not see the bus as they pulled onto Newport. The bus was carrying a few passengers, according to an MTA employee, neither them, the driver, or either of the two men in the red pickup were injured. “That’s the best you can hope for,” the MTA employee said.

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***** Merry Christmas from The Rockaway Times! ***** Holiday schedule heads-up. We’ll be publishing on Friday, December 28 (our New Year’s issue) and Friday, January 4. Paper and email delivery will both be on Friday of those weeks. ***** Disaster was averted on Tuesday, December 18 on the bay block of Beach 119th. A house fire broke out but the FDNY responded quickly and the fire under the second floor eaves was quickly extinguished. ***** There’s still time to get tickets for the Christmas Concert at St. Francis on Friday, December 21. World famous Irish tenor Anthony Kearns is this year’s star attraction. Tickets are on

sale in the rectory. A reception follows the concert which runs from 7-9 p.m. ***** Speaking of tickets, St. John's tickets – who wants ‘em? We’ve got 4 for Saturday, December 22 and 4 for New Year’s Day. Oh, and they’re free to the lucky winners. Send an email to Mail@Rockawaytimes if you’re interested. ***** The annual Graybeards Dinner Dance is Saturday, January 26, 2019 at El Caribe. The event is the main fundraiser for this group which does so much for the community. You can contact the office about getting tickets (718-634-6812) and while we’re at it, if you want to make an end of year tax-deductible donation to this fine not-for-profit, please do! ***** And you might also give to the Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA). The roof at sTudio 7, the home of exhibitions and performance events, has succumbed in its battle with old age and Mother Nature. RAA

is raising funds to match a $10,000 grant from The Fund for the City of New York obtained via advocacy by the Jamaica Bay Rockaway Park Conservancy (JBRPC) to repair the roof. Please go to www.rockawayartistsalliance.org to make a donation. ***** The Ferry schedule for the holidays is as follows: Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24 – Weekday Schedule; Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25 – Weekend Schedule; New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31 – Weekday Schedule; New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1 – Weekend Schedule. ***** The grammar police were on the case last week after we reported that the stores on Beach 129th Street were robbed. People are robbed; stores are burglarized. Ok, ok but if you’re the one who had your place burglarized, you’d still feel robbed. ***** Ray Marten, a homegrown college football player at Bos-

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Crisis, Averted

A small fire broke out in a home on Beach 119th on the morning of Tuesday, December 18. FDNY quickly arrived on the scene to put out the small blaze that was mostly extinguished by the time they got there. Firefighters assessed the damage to ensure everyone was safe.

This Week in History DECEMBER 20 John F. Kimball was born. Lou Romas was born. Sarah Miller was born.

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1823 - The poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas” ("'Twas the Night before Christmas”), written by either Clement C. Moore or 1803 - The United States purchased the Maj. Henry Livingston Jr., was published Louisiana territory from France for $15 in the Troy Sentinel of New York. million. 1860 - South Carolina became the first DECEMBER 24 state to secede from the Union. Ryan Atwood was born. Elizabeth Gardner was born. DECEMBER 21 Steve Feuer was born. Tana Drysdale Hickey was born. Eileen McBride was born. 1814 - The War of 1812 between America and Britain ended with the signing of 1891 -The first basketball game, invent- the Treaty of Ghent. ed at Springfield College in Massachu- 1943 - Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was apsetts by James E. Naismith, was played. pointed supreme commander of Allied 1970 - Elvis Presley met with President Forces by President Franklin Roosevelt. Richard Nixon in the White House. 1988 - A terrorist bomb exploded aboard a Pan Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, DECEMBER 25 Jesus was born. Scotland, killing 270 people. Dorothy Dunne was born. Kristen Brady was born. DECEMBER 22 Emma Wresch was born. 1066 - William the Conqueror was Rita Regan was born. crowned King of England. 1864 - During the Civil War, Union Gen- 1776 - George Washington crossed the eral William T. Sherman sent a message Delaware River and surprised the Hesto President Lincoln saying, "I beg to sians. present you as a Christmas gift the city DECEMBER 26 of Savannah." 2010 - President Obama officially re- Brian Boyle was born. pealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" mili- Nicole Frontera was born. tary policy. 1865 - James H. Nason received a patent for a coffee percolator. DECEMBER 23

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The Knights of Columbus 'Keep Christ in Christmas’ By Kami-Leigh Agard

In the past few weeks, while shopping or hustling for a bus on Beach 116th Street, or flocking to numerous meetings and holiday events at Knights of Columbus (KOfC) Rockaway Council on Beach 90th Street, many of you may have stopped and admired a quaint nativity scene with beautiful carved figures, depicting baby Jesus laying on a manger at the center, flanked on each side by his mother, Mary and her husband, Joseph. On the nativity scene (also known as crib or crèche) is inscribed the words, “Keep Christ In Christmas.” Well, according to KofC former Grand Knight Richie Knott, the crèche with the four words, “Keep Christ in Christmas,” is not just a fanciful holiday decoration, but for Knights worldwide, serves a higher purpose: “To promote the true spirit of Christmas in our homes, schools, parishes and communities.” Founded in the U.S. in 1882, KofC is the world's largest Catho-

lic fraternal service organization with more than 1.7 million members in 14,000 councils worldwide. In April of this year, Msgr. William F. Burke Rockaway Council #2672 Knights of Columbus, boasting a membership of 750 members strong, celebrated its 90th anniversary serving the Rockaway community. According to Knott, the global Catholic fraternal order has led the “Keep Christ in Christmas” program since the early 1960s,

and from the inception, the Rockaway Knights have zealously followed suit. “With this message, we’re trying to remind not just Catholics, but all Christians that Christmas is a religious holiday,” he said. “It's not about shopping or commercialism. By keeping Christ in Christmas, we're just underlining the first six letters in the word, ‘Christmas,’ which symbolizes the birth of Christ and our faith as believers.” Originally organized by the

Christian Mothers of Milwaukee, later known as Council of Catholic Women, in Milwaukee, Wis., the effort was originally known as “Put Christ Back into Christmas.” Following that effort, worldwide, the Knights of Columbus adopted the “Keep Christ in Christmas” program in the early 1960s, and have been actively promoting it ever since. As part of the ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ movement, councils worldwide hold a nativity scene lighting on the first Tuesday in December at 8 p.m. This year, just a few months ago, the Rockaway Knights experienced the loss of one of their dear brothers, Larry Kelly, who every year, constructed the beloved nativity scene, and had planned this year to rebuild, after it took a pounding after Sandy and years of subsequent use. “Larry’s passing was such a blow to us. He was a dedicated active member, who wholeheartedly gave his all to our organizaContinued on page 15

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Crime Spree

The week leading up to Christmas was marred with some horrific crimes in Far Rockaway, including a rape and a murder. Early Sunday morning, December 18, police responded to a call of a sexual assault around Bayport Place and Augustina Avenue in Far Rockaway, according to ABC7. The call was received at around 4:30 a.m. A local 44-year-old woman was walking home

when she was pushed to the ground and raped by a suspect who later fled the scene. The woman was taken to the hospital. More horrific news occurred later Sunday morning when a body was discovered by a passerby in Bayswater Point State Park just before noon. The body appeared to be that of a man in his twenties. He was found only wearing socks and underwear and his body showed signs of trauma. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death of the young man. His death remains under investigation, and no arrests have been made, but the death has been ruled a homicide. It is not known if the incidents are connected. Anyone with information in regards to either of these crimes is asked to contact the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent online at www. NYPDCrimestoppers.com.

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Local Doc Gets the Gift of a Family This Christmas By Katie McFadden

DNA Ancestry tests have grown in popularity in recent years. Some results may be unsurprising, like finding out you’re 99.9 percent Irish and maybe 0.1 percent Scandinavian. Or maybe you learned that you actually have some Native American ancestry. While those results might be a little less typical, imagine finding out that you have a family member that you didn’t know existed, maybe even a sibling, or in the case of local physician, Dr. Peter Galvin, finding out that you have not one, but seven brothers and sisters that you can now add to your holiday shopping list. In a true Christmas miracle, the well-known doc has found the greatest gift of all—family. In 1954, Galvin was adopted by loving parents, Mary and Andy Galvin. As their only child, they raised him as their own, sparing no expense, and motivating him to do well, by focusing on his studies rather than television, which Galvin credits for him later becoming a physician. As Irish Catholics, the Galvins instilled the love of their culture in him, which he fully embraced and went on to pick up the bagpipes and march in several St. Patrick’s Day parades. As the only family he knew, and a loving one at that, Galvin says he never pressed on asking them much about his background, and in the 1990s, they both died, taking any information about their adoptive son’s real identity to the grave. With New York adoption records bring heavily sealed and hard to open, the story of Galvin’s past was effectively buried. That was—until—home DNA tests came about. Galvin says he always had that curiosity about who he was, but as a physician, that curiosity grew since he knows the importance of knowing your own family’s medical history. “Family history is so important, especially when it comes to risk factors like heart disease and Alzheimer’s, so I was wondering if I was at risk and wanted to know more about my background,” Galvin said.

So about four years ago, he bought a 23andMe DNA test, which can offer both health and ancestry information through DNA testing. But answers came up short. “It didn’t really amount to anything. I found out I was from a Northern European and Scandinavian ancestry and occasionally I would get messages from people who might be a sixth cousin, but it never really went anywhere,” he said. One of Galvin’s daughters, Marybeth, convinced him to give it another shot by trying a different test, AncestryDNA. “I said, alright, nothing will come of it, but I’ll do it,” he said. Galvin took the test last summer. And on October 22 of this year, he received a message he never could have expected. “I got a message on Ancestry from a woman who said our DNA was extremely close, as in sibling close. She asked me when and where I was born and I wrote her back,” he said. Her response changed Galvin’s life forever. She wrote, “OMG, you’re my brother! We’ve been looking for you for decades.” “I was completely shocked. It’s something I never expected. To get any response at all is something and then when this came up, it’s like, holy moly, you’ve gotta be kidding me!” Galvin said. However it was no joke, and there was more. The sister, Betty, wasn’t the only sibling. Through speaking with her, Galvin learned that he not only had a sister, but five of them, and two brothers.

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Along with the discovery of this new family, at 64 years old, Galvin learned the truth of his past and how he came to be adopted. “It turns out that my mother, whose maiden and married names were German, had four kids when her husband, who was in the Army, was sent to Korea. They lived on Long Island. While he was away, she had an affair and gave birth to me. I was put up for adoption. Her husband must’ve been a good guy because after he learned of the affair, they went on to have three more kids,” Galvin said. Of his birth dad, Galvin learned that he got his height and red hair from a man named Charlie. Galvin was told that his mother had always regretted giving him up and she told her children where he was born and what his name was, but they had the wrong name—Gavin—just one letter keeping his family from finding him before two siblings coincidentally took the same DNA test. Galvin learned that his mother died in 2014, so he didn’t have a chance to meet her, but it wasn’t long before he got to meet his newfound family of seven siblings. “For them, it was like finding a long lost brother they always knew they had, but for me, it was finding out that seven total strangers are all of a sudden my brothers and sisters. It’s difficult to wrap your head around,” Galvin said. But lucky for him, his new family was ready to welcome

him with open arms to wrap around him. About a month ago, Betty, who lives in Texas along with five of the other siblings, met up with a brother, Mike, who lives in North Carolina, and made the drive up to Rockaway to meet him. And last weekend, Galvin made the trip to Texas, where he found that everything is truly bigger there, including his family. “They invited me to their big Christmas party in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where I got to meet about 70 to 80 people. Not only did I get to meet the rest of my siblings, but I found that I’m an uncle to nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews that I never knew I had,” he said.

Meeting so many new family members was indeed overwhelming, but the family presented him with a cheat sheet that he got to bring home and study in preparation for the next reunion—a book with names and photos of all of the family members, inscribed with a message reading, “From the family you never knew. We all have loved you from the start.” For Galvin, getting to meet his family last weekend was nothing short of a miracle. “It seems like there’s some sort of guiding hand in all of this and the fact that it came around Christmastime made it even more amazing,” Galvin said. “This is the greatest Christmas present anyone could ever get.” And while Galvin will continue to celebrate being Irish (45 percent of his ancestry says his family hails from County Tyrone), he says he’ll also embrace his new German (nine percent) heritage. “I will have to trade in my kilts for lederhosen!” he said.


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THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Continued from Page 10 tion. He took great pride in constructing the crèche, and this Christmas season has been a bit of a somber one without his presence,” Knott said. However, another brother, Tom Elges, a born and raised Rockaway ‘boy,’ who has been with the Knights for the last 12 years and also member of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, humbly stepped in to continue Larry’s work. “This year was also especially tough for me, not just with Larry’s passing, but my two brothers also passed away. First, John Elges, a retired Long Beach volunteer fire captain and FDNY firefighter, who died on September 15 of 9/11-related cancer after a career with three bravery citations for searching for survivors at Ground Zero. Then, just less than a month after, my other brother, Robert, unexpectedly died. The Knights were a great support to me during this time, and are really a community-oriented organization. They

don’t just take care of their own, but the entire Rockaway community. The amount of people from all walks of life that enter these doors every day is truly amazing. “When Larry passed away, I wanted to continue his legacy of building the crèche. I’m a retired AT&T executive, but woodwork has always been a hobby of mine; and with fellow Knights brother, James Hurley, we got to work. We built the nativity scene outside the Knights’ home on Beach 90th and the one on Beach 116th, which is also sponsored by the organization. The message of ‘Keeping Christ in Christmas’ is significant because yes, we are faith-driven Catholics determined to make sure Christ is not exed out of Christmas, because after all, Jesus is the reason for the season. However, we are an organization that embraces everyone in the community,” Elges said. Also to spread their faith and belief in keeping Christ in Christmas, for a mere $5, the Knights are distributing car magnet nativity scenes, with the aim of spreading the message. “We only

charge $5 to offset the expenses of purchasing the magnets and supporting the Council’s future events. We would love to see the “Keep Christ in Christmas” nativity scene magnet on every car in Rockaway,” said Knights brother Mike Moran. It’s just about spreading what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.” The Knights motto is Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism; and according to Knott, their logo’s colors, red, blue and white really emphasize their dedication to their patriotic mission as a Catholic organization dedicated to the community they serve. For example in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, former Grand Knight Andy McCracken was instrumental in getting the Council’s doors open 45 days after the storm. “For two months day-in and day-out, Andy worked tirelessly to make sure we could

open our doors and be a support to Rockaway. The Knights were a focal point for the restoration of the community in supporting various nonprofits, civic and youth organizations that loss their home bases after Sandy. The Knights has always been a behind-the-scenes organization, though we support numerous organizations and nonprofits throughout Rockaway, we never want public praise, just results showing that Rockaway continues to be strong, viable and community-minded. “With our program to ‘Keep Christ in Christmas,’ we’re just trying to remind everyone that Christmas is not about shopping. It’s a day, we celebrate by giving gifts to each other because it is the day on which we celebrate the greatest gift of all: God’s gift of his son to the world,” Knott said. To obtain a nativity scene car magnet and to learn more about the Knights of Columbus Rockaway Council, visit Facebook page: Knights of Columbus Rockaway Council 2672 or call: (718) 634-3699.

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Word Up, Sean Dear Editor: Kudos to Factologist Sean McVeigh for the "contronym" definition. I was teaching my 5th-grade students about homonyms, synonyms, and antonyms and now I was able to introduce contronyms. That was a new one for this old teacher! Keep sharing the interesting facts Sean - you just helped educate our future leaders! Nancy Re Editor’s note: Factologist Sean McVeigh’s favorite column is We Get Email. Your letter will make his year. Thanks!

Beautiful! Dear Editor: Just want to mention how much my family and I enjoyed the evening Christmas Caroling event on 94th Street, (the Bandstand area) on Saturday, December 15, sponsored by House on the Rock Church! What a beautiful, heartwarming, old-fashioned event to bring to Rockaway for the holiday! It brought people together

The Rockaway Times feeling the warmth and love of the real Christmas spirit. Everyone singing Christmas Carols a la Karaoke was so beautiful. They even had a beautiful Nativity (nice for picture-taking). With all the negativity going on in this world today, this was needed for a little while of feeling peace on earth and the love of Jesus. The hot chocolate and cookies were an added treat! I hope they do it again next year! Lillian Agosto

Showtime Please Dear Editor: Now that Rockaway is becoming hip, very diverse, and open to all kinds of music, entertainment, contests, restaurants, plays, etc.; I think it’s time to bring back our own movie theatre. I wish some enterprising person would consider this as a possible money-maker. I for one miss our old movie theatre and sometimes I just wish I could jump in my car and drive five minutes to a movie theatre, rather than have the option of the UA in Sheepshead Bay, which is huge and crowded or going even further away to other theatres in Queens or Long Island. Anybody out there listening? PS — there could also be afternoon birthday parties with pizza and a show! Ruth Graves

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Keeping Ferry Riders ‘Good as They Go’ By Katie McFadden

As commuters walk on to the 7:15 a.m. ferry, with eyelids still heavy shortly after waking, they’re greeted by someone with eyes as bright as the morning sunrise and a smile to match. Concessions agent Betsy De Los Santos has been working the Rockaway route of NYC Ferry since the service launched in May 2017, and riding with more than 20 years of customer service experience, she knows how to brighten up the morning commute for riders with her positive attitude. But if that’s not enough, the coffee she specially prepares is guaranteed to give you the boost you need to start your day. It isn’t just the special touch she gives to her coffee that sets her apart, but the way De Los Santos goes above and beyond in all that she does on NYC Ferry. Greeting her regular customers by name and throwing in the occasional, “How are the kids?” comes easy as De Los Santos has gotten to know many of her customers on a personal level. After all, De Los Santos has known many of her customers since NYC Ferry service began in Rockaway. Although the born and raised Brooklynite has four children of her own, De Los Santos calls the Rockaway ferry her “baby.” And her customers are more than just a familiar face. “When I see my riders, I’m seeing my family. Everyone feels like family,” she said. Each day, she treats her “family” with extra care by making sure they’re “gonna be good as they go,” for the ride, and for the day ahead. Each early morning, De Los Santos begins her shift at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where she boards the boat and communicates with the deckhands and captain to ensure that everyone is on board

with what’s going on that day. Then she performs routine checks of the closets and storage spaces to make sure the boat is fully stocked with what’s needed and makes sure everything is safe. Although busy behind the counter selling coffee and other goodies during the commute, De Los Santos ensures her customers get fivestar treatment, by getting off the boat as they do, and greeting the next riders that come aboard, ready to answer any question that may be thrown at her. “People have 20,000 questions, so I make sure to have 20,000 answers,” she said, and De Los Santos certainly knows her stuff, so much so, that she is often responsible for training and mentoring new employees. Although she wakes up each morning at 1 a.m. to prepare for her shift that begins at 3:30 a.m., and still finds time to take care of her sons and even hit the gym after her shift, De Los Santos also makes time in her day to do personal research for her job. Whether it’s knowing how to connect to another ferry route, or recommending places to visit around New York City, since she’s personally been to them

or has seen them highlighted on travel channels, De Los Santos makes sure she has the answers that people need and those to questions people may not have even known to ask. Going above and beyond comes naturally to someone that truly enjoys what they do, and De Los Santos is one of those people. “I really enjoy every minute. I’m a people person. I have 20-plus years in customer service and one thing I really enjoy is making sure customers are gonna be good as they go,” she said. Rockaway Park resident George Ginacopulos, a regular rider of the 7:15 a.m. Manhattan-bound ferry, has seen firsthand, De Los Santos’ stellar service as a concessions agent. Ginacopulos is part of a group of commuters that sit near the ferry concession each day and consider De Los Santos to be a part of the group. “Betsy is something very special. The term rockstar comes to mind, as she goes far beyond in every way that she needs to be in her position. Every once in a while, you run across a person who takes a position and elevates it to another level and Betsy is one of those people. I consider her part of

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RBAF Warms Hearts for The Holidays Last Thursday, December 13, Rockaway Beach Autism Families (RBAF) kicked off the holiday season on a pitch-perfect merry note with the group’s First Annual Holiday Gathering at the Knights of Columbus. Parents, caregivers, friends and loved ones on the autism spectrum celebrated together with food, fun and of course, gifts. Thanks to The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway aka Owen Loof, everyone walked home with a RBAF tote bag, a belly full of delicious food and a variety of gifts, including four tickets to see an exclusive autism-friendly production of Aladdin the Broadway Musical, produced by the Theater Development Fund, (a not-forprofit organization dedicated to bringing the performing arts to everyone, including those with special needs). Local businesses, Ocean Bliss Yoga Studio, NutureU Wellness, Burn Fitness, Pico, RBQ’s and Whit’s End generously donated gift certificates to the

gathering’s free raffle. When the children found out they had won a gift, their squeals of delight were priceless. According to RBAF founder (also Rockaway Times reporter and columnist), Kami-Leigh Agard, there are many others, who were integral to the success of the group’s first holiday gathering. “I want to give a colossal shoutout to RBAF’s core team, Kathy Ryan, Christine Dydzuhn, Rojo Rafiringa, Rado Rafiringa and Jane Garfield Frank, who all rolled up their sleeves and worked hard to make this event extra special for our autism community. Also an extra special thank

you to The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway for generously supporting our efforts, including our being able to donate towards Rockaway resident, Laura O’Connor Leonard’s quest to head to China with the Global Autism Project. Another blessing was Richie Knott and all the gentlemen of the Knights of Columbus, who lovingly opened their doors to us, no holds-barred. It would be impossible to list everyone who supported, but also a special thanks to RBAF member

Matt Woolf, who made sure we were all hydrated, and young William Hernandez, who impressed everyone with his deli-

cious lasagna,” Agard said. For local resident, Dia SPastrikos, a mom of four, with two on the autism spectrum, RBAF’s holiday gathering touched a tender chord. “For both caregivers and our loved ones on the autism spectrum, holidays can be, at times, an isolating experience. It was nice to be around people that understand…and there is a sense of freedom in that, which is a gift in itself,” SPastrikos said. For more information about RBAF's upcoming support group meeting and events, visit Facebook page: Rockaway Beach Autism Families.

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Phenominal Water Views Custom built 5 BR home with individual water front balconies, high ceilings and 3 marble baths. Parking for 8. $2,500,000

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Priced to Sell! T ACrenovated, Completely R cute and cozy 2 N Tbungalow BR with O C private backyard R E and parking may be D the perfect solution. UN $549,000

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

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Beach Block 60’x100’ Large FLR, fireplace, den, grand FDR, granite EIK with sliders, large back patio and an inground pool. $2,199,000

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All Brick - 60’x 100’ Corner Expansive newly renovated 6 BR home with open floor plan, w/b fireplace, radiant heat, CAC. Two car garage and private parking. $1,299,000

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Arverne By The Sea - Legal 2 Enjoy a front row seat with unobstructed ocean views plus a private rooftop terrace. Each unit has 3 BR’s, 2 baths and private parking. $995,000

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45’ x 100’ Corner Lot Unique 5BR home filled with sunlight, open layout HW floors, catherdral ceilings. Detached 2 car garage. Steal of a deal! $799,000

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60’ x 70 - Lot For Sale Build your very own 2,100 sq. ft. custom dream home on a 4,200 sq. ft. lot, R-2 Zoned. FAR is .5. Close to all! $525,000

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

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Oceanfront Building 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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Sprawling 80’ x 100’ 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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Supreme Legal 3 T AC 3 family LargeRlegal T currently used as aN1 family. 6 BR’s, O C 4.5 baths, fireplace E R and all massive D rooms. Priced to sell! UN $1,299,000

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T Spectacular Tudor - 50’ x C 100’ TURN R AKEY FOR UNDER N T 2/3A BR, MIL. 2.5 COBeautiful bath Belle Harbor home. R Finished basement, DE finished attic, private UN parking $995,000 NEPONSIT Gorgeous Block - 45’ x 100’ Lot Cozy 3BR, 2 bath home with Lush botanical plantings of aromatic lavender and sweet basil straight from your garden to your organic table! $779,000

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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. FAR .5, Zoning R2. $575,000

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Investment Opportunity!T C MultiAlarge This 1910 R T Family has 2 N home apartments. COduplex Amazing Bay Views, R 4 bedrooms and 3 DE N baths and low taxes. U $499,000

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Prime Location This beautiful 2nd floor LD Coop has 2 bedrooms O Sand 1 newly renovated S T full bathroom. One U indoor parking spot in J the garage is included. $399,000

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T Beach Block - Rare Find AC2BR, 1BA Spacious R co-op N T with hardwood easy floor plan, COfloors, R ocean views and E parking. Just steps to D the ocean! Priced to UN sell. $249,000

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Water Front - 60’ x 100’ Lot All brick 3BR, 2.5 bath, gourment granite kitchen, radiant heat, central air, paved parking, garage and full finished basement. $1,750,000

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Gorgeous Block - 60’ x 100’ Lot CT Large R A country backyard, N T andoutdoor shower huge O Ctwo tier deck. Quaint R BR’s, 3.5 bath, front D E 3porch and full fin. UN bsmt. $1,290,000

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Beach Block - Legal 2 T C 3 BR, R 2A baths, H/W T floors & terrace with O N views over a Cocean 2BR Newly E R paved rental. yard & full D private radiant heated UN driveway. $899,000

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Penthouse with Ocean Views! Gorgeous 2BR’s plus an incredible master suite with it’s own private terrace. Living space offers skylights, HW floors and private parking. $720,000

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Center Hall Colonial T C Spectacular R A colonial, gorgeous paved T N backyard with InCOground heated pool, R two private driveways DE and a detached garage. N U $1,400,000

UPPER BELLE HARBOR Priced to Sell - 60’x100’ Open floor plan with 4BR, 2.5 baths, stone fireplace, spacious dining area and kitchen. HW floors, granite counters and master en suite. Private drive. $999,000

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Oceanfront Penthouse!D T Esunlight and FilledPwith E3BR’s, 2.5 baths, 2 has C of sliders leading ACpairs out to a spectaular and R spacious oceanfront FE balcony and private OF parking. $845,000

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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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Open Floor Plan Two BR’s, two baths duplex with HW floors, granite counters, breakfast bar and an abundance of cabinets. Full finished lower level. $575,000

Duplex Apartment with Parking Beautiful 2/3 BR’s , 2.5 baths, granite kitchen, SS appliances, HW floors and private parking. Half a block to the beach. $499,000

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Oceanfront Co-op Spacious 2 BR, 2 bath with ocean views from every room, private terrace, H/W and tiled floors and beautifully updated baths 7 huge closets. $365,000

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

Three Minutes to Lawrence One Family 4BR Ranch with 2.5 baths, HW floors, updated EIK, granite counterts and SS appliances. Full bsmt, garage and long pvt drive. $549,000 Oceanfront Building T C 5 Star Awith Loaded R T amenities, Ocean N offers the COGrande luxury of easy condo E R living, large 2BR, 2 D baths. Won’t last! UN $459,000

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Coral House Spacious 2BR, 1 bath L Dterrace, with HW O Sfloors, SS appliances. T S Only two short blocks J U to the beach. Won’t last at this price, call today! $203,000

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Merry Christmas! 4 Bed, 3 Bath triplex w/ ocean views, roof terrace, garage and pvt. parking---$3,000 3 Bed, 2 Bath oceanfront w/ yard space---$2,300 Calemine & Co. is proud to introduce the newest member of our team, Rockaway resident Susan Natale!

2 Bed, 1 Bath w/ balcony, roof terrace, super upgraded, washer/dryer---$2,000 2 Bed, 1 Bath w/ balcony, parking, central air, washer/dryer---$1,900

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130 Beach 121st St, #2B

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 By Beth Hanning Trying to Be Merry This Christmas season I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to the following groups of people: The department in New York City that is responsible for planning the roadwork that is done throughout the Rockaway peninsula. Not only have they completely ruined the roads, they have taken away parking spots on the bay block of Beach 117th Street and Beach 119th. My husband says that they will

have to fix the roads they have ruined, but the spot on Beach 101st was never repaired after it was ripped up for some type of pipe issue. Hopefully they will be done by the summer when the real traffic arrives and hopefully the roads will be repaired. The department in charge of planning the Marine Parkway Bridge closures and construction. I know I have said it many times in past columns, but we built the Empire State

Building in less time than it is taking to repair this bridge. I do not even commute often to Brooklyn, but of course the one night you are coming home late from Manhattan (on a school night) and the Waze app says you will arrive home at midnight, then as you get closer to exit 11S, the app changes to 12:45 because you have to go to exit 17S for Cross Bay Boulevard and go the long way. I hope their New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution is to stop closing the bridge. The Metropolitan Transit Authority for changing the Q22 bus route. The bus route that had been in place for as long as my 46-year-old self can remember. With parking a huge issue already in the neighborhood, they decided to take away parking spots on Beach 116th Street once they rerouted the bus route. In addition to taking away parking spots, it causes traffic to back up to at least Beach 120th Street at busy times of the day and usually on weekends. Merry Christmas to the pri-

vate ambulance companies who blare their siren louder than the New York City ambulances. One day I am going to follow you and see what the big emergency is at the Gloria Manor. A very serious and sincere Merry Christmas to the flag guy who has been working on West 13th Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. Even though I am inconvenienced and have to merge into one lane, his dancing and waving make it something I enjoy each day while coming home from work. Merry Christmas everyone.

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THE GIFT OF SPENDING TIME Time is priceless. There is no monetary value we can put on spending time, or time spent or time to be spent. Gifts are gifts. Making a date with someone to spend time, being together or doing something together is precious and priceless. Write a note in a card to say one hour together having lunch or taking a walk or cooking something or whatever—the gift of being present with someone— one-on-one—in the here and now. Being fully, totally present

is a present. And it may become something you do, not only once as a gift, but periodically during the year. Connection and spending time in our world has become one thing to fit in to a demanding life schedule. It should be the opposite: we should have time to spend with people and then fit in everything else! So if you are obliged to give a gift to say, someone who has everything, why not replace a thing with a date to spend time? If you give a lot of gifts to kids,

why not make one of them a gift of spending time and marking it on the calendar? Creating a special event that doesn’t cost a whole lot of money. Simple. What people really need is to connect with each other and help each other to navigate through life in a meaningful way. Not to have the up-overlast-year’s model of some electronic or another thing to put on the shelf. Not just to get more, be more, have more, but to nourish the person within by being with others. That is a great gift. Spending meaningful time is not only a gift to the other but to ourselves. And while we’re at it, why don’t we give the gift of spending time with ourselves? Taking a day once a week, once every two weeks, once every month, to be alone to let arise what will— to gain some understanding of something going on, or to enjoy something or to contemplate something or to just be present with the self. Thinking about turning negativity to positivity, thinking about making a difference in someone’s life, thinking about creating something,

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I have previously written about synthetic cannabinoids. These are laboratory-synthesized drugs of abuse, commonly referred to as “K2” or “spice.” They are designed to induce a calming sensation, while stimulating creativity and euphoria. Their use was first reported in Europe in the early 2000s and rapidly spread worldwide. They contain large amounts of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Some estimates put the THC content as high as 40 percent. Most forms are undetectable by traditional screening and the manufacturers market them as “not for human consumption” in order to avoid prosecution. They are psychotropic drugs and have multiple, severe side effects. The side effects usually seen with acute synthetic cannabinoid intoxication include agitation, psychosis, cognitive impairment, respiratory de-

pression, elevated blood sugar levels, elevated white blood cell counts, tachycardia, and hypertension. Every now and then the media reports on outbreaks of synthetic cannabinoid intoxication. These outbreaks often include a number of deaths. The deaths are often caused by respiratory depression or hemorrhagic complications including cerebral hemorrhage. A few months ago, a study was published, which finally explained the hemorrhagic complications. The study, done earlier this year at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, looked at patients brought to the emergency department (ED) for acute synthetic cannabinoid intoxication. They examined the blood samples of these patients for the presence of anticoagulants, as many of the patients were having bleeding complications. The blood samples revealed the presence of brodifacoum, difenacoum, bromadiolone, and

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dentally ingested warfarin and adults who have purposely ingested it. Intravenous vitamin K was administered to treat the warfarin toxicity. The authors of the study then asked the obvious question – where did the anticoagulants come from? They went out and purchased a number of samples of these drugs, including one called “Diablo.” Sure enough, the anticoagulants were present in varying amounts in every sample they tested. It turns out that the growers of the drug plants were using rat poison to protect their crops from rodents. The main ingredient in rat poison is warfarin and/or the other three compounds found in the blood samples. So, in essence, if people choose to smoke or inhale these products, they are essentially smoking rat poison! To me at least, that seems like a very bad idea. Please direct questions and comments to editor@rockawaytimes.com

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Only a few more days until the big fat man with the long white beard makes his appearance in each of our homes during the wee hours of December 25. I am referring, of course, to Santa Claus and his annual visit to all good little girls and boys early on Christmas morning. I am particularly looking forward to the big guy's visit this year as I have

been working overtime to welcome him to West 12th Road in the most politically incorrect fashion possible. The first thing Santa will see after he emerges from his trip down our chimney is my own little "Elf on the Shelf" who I have named "Snoopy." For those of you who have not read the book, every night "Snoopy" flies back to the North Pole to give Santa the day’s lowdown on who’s been naughty and who’s been nice in the Mahon household. The next morning, the elf is perched in a new spot that your child has to look for– it’s basically a mash-up of an Advent calendar countdown and a game of Hide ‘n Seek. I love the fact that liberals hate the "Elf on a Shelf" popular book and doll set, as they have convinced themselves that this tradition indoctrinates children into accepting surveillance as a normal fact of life, ensuring that future restrictions on their privacy

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might be more easily accepted. Personally, I am not worried about this at all, as I simply tell Alexa every night not to allow "Snoopy" out of the house! The next thing that Santa will probably notice are the voices of Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone singing their rendition of "Baby It's Cold Outside," the lyrics of which have turned into a hot potato for broadcasters, some of which have yanked the popular song on the grounds that the lyrics are predatory toward women. Today, the world we now live in is extra-sensitive, populated as it is with easily melted (offended) snowflakes, who complain that this song has absolutely no place in their safe-space world. On my flat screen TV, hung on the wall with care, I have the sound muted as my all-time favorite Christmas movie, Bruce Willis' (1998) "Die Hard," plays in the background! Although the film is quite entertaining, some snowflakes argue that

the film's stereotypes are both dated and offensive. The cold war film takes full advantage of German stereotypes with its gigantic creepy Aryan villains. After spending a few minutes listening to the velvet and gravel voices of Zooey and Leon, while watching Big Bruce mow down the terrorists, Santa's attention will inevitably be drawn to our Christmas tree, which I have liberally decorated (pun intended) with those offensive Christian icons of the holiday season, red and white striped candy canes. And why, pray tell, (again pun intended) are these sugary dentist delights offensive? Because, according to our social justice warriors out there, historically, the candy cane's shape is 'J' for Jesus and then to make matters worse, the red stripe is the blood of Christ, and the white stripe is a symbol of his resurrection. As far as the snowflakes are concerned, when the stone rolled Continued on page 31


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BETWEEN THE BRIDGES Continued from Page 30 away from the cave's entrance and Jesus walked outside from his tomb, it meant nothing, as they are quick to point out, there were no tweets or YouTube videos to support it! After Santa finishes his work at the house and gets ready to fly away, he will be greeted with the visages of two of my other favorite Christmas characters, Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer and Charlie Brown. In case you didn't know, the miserablists among us have deemed the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as a parable on racism and homophobia with Santa as an exploitive employer. Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (toy shop) operation is an HR nightmare and in serious need of diversity and inclusion training. There is also Rudolphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, Donner, who verbally abuses him, forcing him to wear a fake nose to cover his glowing schnoz. Rudolphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pals call him names,

and his coach ices him, telling the others that old Red Nose canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t join in the reindeer games. The show bristles with bigotry, too, in Rudolphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friendship with the doe, Clarice. Clariceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, a nose-ist, breaks them up saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No doe of mine is going to be seen with a red-nosed reindeer.â&#x20AC;? Sexism is so blatant, it may require more delicate viewers to seek counseling.

After Rudolph runs away with an elf, Donner leaves to search for them. He tells his wife she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come because â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work.â&#x20AC;? Rudolph is bad enough, but "Charlie Brown's Christmas Special" is a horse of a different color. It clearly violates the modern standards for inclusivity. There is mockery of mental health issues (Lucyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fake psychiatric stand that panders

to Charlie Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday depression), green issues (Charlie Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small, dumpy tree was harvested/slaughtered in a blow to responsible environmental preservation), lack of diversity (the characters are white, even Snoopy the dog), sexist stereotypes and gender roles (Lucy insisting she be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Queen,â&#x20AC;? Sally with a heart-bubbling crush on Linus), and cruelty to animals (Snoopy sleeping atop an unheated doghouse in winter). But all of these fade when the worst of the show is considered: Linus' on-stage soliloquy, reciting an account of Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth from Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gospel, King James version. How offensive. Sticking religion into a religious holiday to explain the true meaning of Christmas. We are poisoning the minds of children! Why the next thing you know America will be a theocracy run by fascists who force us to eat Chick-fil-A and not work on Sundays...Good Grief! Wink, wink!....Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

                       

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The Literary Chick Review: Lily Morris Lily Morris’ art will be featured in Bird Box, By Marilyn Macron, as the work Esq. aka of the characMaria Cowhey ter played by Sandra Bullock, set to premier December 21 on Netflix. TLC speaks with the artist. TLC: What do you think the purpose of art is? LM: The purpose of art is limitless and different for everyone. It’s a receipt of your life force, a map, a fantasy world, a mirror... so many things. If you’re asking what the purpose is for me, right now? In this 4 a.m. online chat with my brilliant friend Michael Corvo, he distilled a sentiment that I can really relate to. “I just think the way to fight superficial goal-oriented media-driven living is to make art that recognizes the vulnerability of the solitary human spirit.” TLC: Your show, American Dream, featured hyper realistic paintings of icons with a singu-

lar disturbing element shattering that dream. Why? LM: I wanted to depict images where one element brings the entire story and nature of the scene into question. A person betrays the fantasy of luxury by being totally depleted or internally deprived. The ultra-modern dream home with its chlorinated pool intended to replicate nature, creates problems for the actual nature that lives around it. And yet these luxurious places are feats of human effort, they’re beautiful and places I would dream of living in myself. I made these paintings as a way to think further about shared cultural aspirations. TLC: What feelings do you hope to arouse in people who view your work? LM: My ultimate goal is to have other people see my work and reach into their own bank of experiences, their own thoughts, feelings, and realizations. We all share moments of intimacy and questions about the future, I’m just a person asking other people

through imagery, have you felt anything like this? Am I alone here? TLC: Your paintings seem to be reality superimposed with unreality. What led you to formulate that cerebral contradiction? LM: The simple fact that no one knows what life is and the experience of being alive is so ever changing, I’m confident that they hold equal merit and are often the same. TLC: You’ve had a history of slashing your canvases. Why leads to that kind of expression, or rather, destruction? LM: If it’s a weak composition, instead of pushing through because I can, I’d rather make that impossible and be freed to start something that’s more clear. TLC: What is a typical day in the studio for you? LM: -Coffee -YouTubing videos of animals

and insects -Screenshots of textures or colors I love -Checking in with the other vampire painters I’m connected with through social media -Putting on a podcast to hear another human voice while I get ready to paint -Tricking myself into starting by doing one small “fix,” six hours later I’m ready to stop -Sitting on my steps outside and looking at the sky -Wandering around the garden lifting the bowed heads of my monster sunflowers -Feeling like an alien -Imagining the people I love and laughing out loud like a crazy person -Laying in different strange configurations among the trash of my studio and looking at my work, either elated or filled with despair. For more on Lily Morris, check out http://www.lily-morris.com/

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Happy Holidays From The Writer's Club of PS/MS 114 GIFTS MONEY CAN’T BUY Life’s greatest treasures are gifts money can’t buy. Strawberry sunsets in blueberry skies. A rainbow of autumn leaves covering the ground. A winter wonderland of evergreens dressed in lacy veils of dazzling white. Hillsides bonneted with springtime flowers. Family and friendship. And, as I sit at my dining room table surrounded by poems and essays and stories, the faces of their authors rise before me, more beautiful and wonderful than a billion suns. These kids are truly gifts money can’t buy. Happy Holidays! – Joan Diehl CHRISTIAN MOORE I’m just a kid, so I can’t help it when I am constantly asking for things. It feels like I am always looking to get something from my parents, especially my mom. It’s, “Mom, can you make me breakfast? Can you drive me to wherever? Can you please get the ketchup? Can you go food shopping?” The word “MOM” is so often used by my siblings and me. I cannot afford much, because I am obviously just a kid, but I want my mom to have something money can’t buy. I want something for her that would mean a lot to me. I want JOY for my mom. My mom works a lot, she wakes up at 5 o’clock every morning and works all day. She is a physical education teacher. Her mom passed away and she has gone through surgery. She cries a lot because she can’t get over that her mom passed away. When she does cry, I look at her and tell her- “Don’t.” She stops for me. I just want her to be happy and have joy in her life. The way I give her joy is by thanking her a lot, telling her that I love her, hugging her, kissing her forehead, spending time with her and doing the dishes. These are the gifts that money can’t buy, but for mom, they are priceless.

SYDNEY MCFARLANE open its gates to me. For now, Dear Santa, I know you are I’m proud to be published in Every year at Christmas the type of gift-giver who The Rockaway Times. time, wishes swish around usually gives wrapped prein my head like waves; usuTRAVIS PETERSON sents, but what I want can’t be ally they’re for me. There are wrapped or put under a tree. My Mom’s smile is a gift that people who are struggling to I don’t want a present like a does not cost any money. My find food each day or water to doll with hair as gold as the mom’s smile is the thing that drink. All I worry about in the sun or diamond earrings that makes me wake up in the morning is whether my mom shine as bright as the North morning. It’s like the sun ris- is packing me something good Star. My request this year has ing at dawn every single day. for a snack, when there are true value to me. Sometimes It’s like a reward every time I people wondering where their as I wander Manhattan with do something good. Whenev- next meal is coming from. Their my family caught up in the er I make a hoop in basket- stomachs must feel like holholiday sites, through the ball, my mom’s smile is always low empty caves. To people corner of my eye I see people there to make me do better. living in poverty, the smallest sitting on cardboard boxes Good grades on tests make her things count. Every year my because they have no homes. smile and that smile bathes family has a tradition of parWhen I look away I feel a big me in a tub of happiness. ticipating in an organization knot form in my stomach like Whenever I help my mom called Heifer International a pretzel with all twists and around the house, I get a big that helps people in these turns. These people are so reward, her smile. It’s like her situations. Heifer provides lonely and they look as sad as smile transfers me into a new families with gifts like cows, Manhattan looked after 9/11. wonderful dimension. When goats, chickens, pigs, alpacThis year I would like you to she kisses me good night, it’s as, and llamas, that give peogive people bigger hearts for like her smile comforts me and ple in need necessities such the homeless. I feel all people descends me into my dreams. as meat, eggs, milk, cheese, should get the gift of empathy. Then the next day, when she is and wool. Heifer gives people I ask you to grant this wish be- just about to leave and I tell her things that we generally take cause you have the magic to I love her, she smiles and it pre- for granted. The holidays are make this wish come true. pares me for the day ahead. My a time we can appreciate all mom’s smile is a gift that does the gifts money can’t buy. MARY ELLENIA MCMANUS not cost any money. SARAH GILMARTIN My greatest wish is like MICHAEL HALEY She sits alone in her wheelwishing for a fairy unicorn to One day I was watching the chair, looking out the winfly me over rainbows. Yet I’ve Knicks game and I saw Kristpas dow, watching life pass her wished it for many moons. I think about it whenever I Porzingis flying in for a slam by. When my sister and I walk read a book that’s so good it’s dunk. That’s when I realized in the door, her smile lights like eating candy. My dream that would be my one wish—to up the room like twinkling is to write a book before I’m be tall like Porzingis. I dashed stars in the night. She often eleven. I know I can’t write a into my room, and like a hawk, talks about being young and good book in a few months, I grabbed the pen and pa- how it felt to fly. My grandma although I have an imagina- per and wrote, “Dear Santa, I would often speak about how tion wilder than a herd of an- only have one Christmas wish as a young girl she would telope. My deadline is a thou- and that is to be a tall, tower- dance for hours in her room. sand-pound sack of bricks ing young man.” When I went My heart breaks to see her body upon my shoulders. I always to bed on Christmas Eve, my stricken by so much pain. I feel I can’t write something dreams were filled with joy, would love for her to walk again good enough or find a publish- and a six-foot tall Michael Ha- or even dance the night away. er. My wish is like a cold foot ley slam-dunking the ball like Oh, how joyous it would be to that can’t be warmed. There is an all-star. Unlike other chil- see my grandma’s pain wash a wall blocking the path to my dren’s dreams on Christmas away, even for one day. dream. Santa, I write this letter Eve about waking up to a ton JILLIAN GLEASON to you because you do great of presents under the tree, my things and I need a miracle. one Christmas wish would be Dear Santa, you can’t put a I want that thousand-pound to wake up with a “higher per- price tag on family. Family is sack removed, that cold foot spective” of the world. warmed. I want that wall to Continued on page 45 AMANDA SCOTTO

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What do we think of when we hear that winter has arrived? How does it make us feel? What if we chose to think of the solstice, not as a leaving of warmth, but a coming of light? While tomorrow night will be the longest of the year (more than 14 hours, here in New York), every night will get shorter from there, and every day will get longer. If the arrival of winter brings you a feeling of dread or despair, I hope that I might be able to show you this season from another perspective. And if you already love winter, then rejoice. Tomorrow can be a celebration. Cathy Johnson, in her book, "The Nocturnal Naturalist,” says, “(In winter), we have to look hard for signs of life. But life there is if we take the time to see it.” If you are a nature observer like me, you may sometimes feel frustrated by the lack of apparent wildlife in winter. Cathy Johnson mentions this as well and she gives us some food for thought. She says, “In the absence of more easily achieved observations, weather itself becomes the subject. Water presents itself in more ways in the winter. In addition to rain, we can experience winter water as frost, snow, sleet, and freezing rain.” If we like, we can take time to have a more childlike appreciation. We can use all five of our senses to better observe it. When was the last time you caught a snowflake on your tongue? We can even make snow ice cream, by mixing a bowl of fresh snow with a can of sweetened condensed milk. It’s an instant dessert and it tastes great! Now just because we spend more time noticing the weather, doesn’t mean there isn’t wildlife to see if we look closely. With fewer hours of daylight, and chilly temperatures, we tend to spend more time

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Winter Solstice: Start Appreciating The Longest Night of the Year indoors. We are not alone. Much of the wildlife of the region is also going inward. It is a time to live simply and to plan for warmer months. But have we actually been looking to nature for guidance? Let’s start with hibernation. While bears may be most famous for hibernation, we’re not likely to find them around here. We do, however have a few resident hibernators including bats, woodchucks, garter snakes and box turtles. We can look to animals who insulate their homes or even themselves. Mice who gather straw and bits of string and wool to make soft, warm nests. Mammals whose fur coats get thicker (and warmer). Birds who fluff up their feathers to protect themselves from wind and chill. There are those, like squirrels (and me), who stock up on food and necessities for the winter. And there are those like most everyone (and also me), who are generally passive for a few months, trying not to expend precious energy. And while all this turning in and stashing away may mean that winter animals are harder to see, there is another way that we might be able to notice them. We can listen for them. In a calendar year in NYC, it is possible to observe eight species of owls. Jamaica Bay is no exception and winter time is the absolute best chance we have. Owls are known for being elusive, they are masters of camouflage and most often nocturnal. But when the evening comes, they give themselves away by calling out. Great horned owls have been heard calling at the Wildlife Refuge and I invite you to take a listen, if you can. Lastly, we come to perhaps

the most spectacular sight, a winter sunset. While the palate of the landscape is mostly dull, winter sunsets more than make up for that by wildly contrasting with the grays, browns, and whites. In fact, sunrise and sunset are some of the only chances we have

in winter to see dazzling color. Our solstice sunset will be at 4:31 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, December 21, and Jamaica Bay will be an incredible place to see it, should the weather hold up. When the sun has set, and the last of the color has faded away, and we walk out into the longest night of the year, I once again turn to Cathy Johnson who said, “If I am willing to pay the price of cold extremities, and a bit of discomfort, I find a wildness in these winter nights.” Happy solstice and welcome, winter. Join Ranger Audrey in viewing the beautiful solstice sunset on a Winter Solstice Sunset Walk at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at 3 p.m. on December 21. Call 718-318-4340 for more information.

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