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Plunge for the New Year on January 1

It’s that time of year again when some brave (and maybe crazy) souls jump into the Atlantic Ocean to ring in the New Year. The annual New Year’s Day polar plunge takes place in various locations at noon on January 1. While there is no official plunge event, those brave enough to join along will find large groups participating at Beach 119th, Beach 127th and Beach 146th Streets. Though some years have been downright frigid, plungers will get a slight break on Tuesday. As we go to press, the forecast calls for a 48-degree day, with ocean temps just a few degrees colder, at around 45 degrees. If you’ll be the one standing on the beach, taking photos, be sure to share with us by emailing mail@rockawaytimes.com. We’ll publish some in next week’s paper.

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MulchFest, in which trees are chipped and participants can take home a bag of mulch to use in personal gardens. It will take place on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at nearly 80 locations across the city. Unfortunately, the closest chipping sites are Marine Park (East 33rd and Avenue U) and Brookville Park near Rosedale. There are also designated drop-off sites where trees will be picked up for MulchFest. The local drop-off locations are Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway and the parking lot at Beach 11th Street and Seagirt Boulevard. You can drop off your tree starting December 31. For more information on Christmas tree collection and recycling or MulchFest, visit www.nyc.gov/dsny, www.nyc. gov/parks or call 311.

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Finite Wisdom When I have a choice between doing something and procrastinating, I act decisively by putting off the decision. I was going to do what every columnist does this week, do a top 10 ten list from the year about to slip away or rerun a column because you’ve gotta fill up space somehow, but then I came across a quotable quote: You know you’re on the right track when you become

uninterested in looking back. Deep. But it kinda put the kibosh on a year in review. I don’t want to look back and get off track. You spend too much time on memory lane and you never get on the road to success. Move over Ben Franklin, that’s not bad. And it’s mine, just came up with it— though I don’t think that’ll get me into Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Not that it would matter. You can’t really com-

pete with the greatest quotemeister of them all, Anonymous. He or she is the one who said: Write a wise saying and your name will live forever. If you say something profound and unique, Anonymous is eventually going to get credit or maybe Mark Twain or Yogi Berra. Some people have a knack for storing nuggets of wisdom and can drop one on you whenever the occasion calls for it. You feel bad because your kid’s in a funk over a test or some game and somebody says, you’re only as happy as your unhappiest child. True, you think. How come I never heard that before? These wisdom droppers don’t use obvious clichés— which can be so friggin’ annoying. When somebody says, early bird catches the worm, it’s really not going to motivate you to get up earlier. In fact, it makes you want to crawl under the covers and stay there. If the son who will remain nameless reads this, he will scream, you

say that early bird crap all the time! Which is not true—though I might tell him the only job you start at top is digging a hole. Or that 80 percent of life is showing up. Another Anonymous gem is, if you think you’re the smartest person in the room, leave the room. That’s a good one and I just realized that it really validates the Irish goodbye. To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid. Yes, but so many just accomplish three out of those four. Although not a wisdom nugget, I do like the crack that a bore is someone who, when you ask him how he is, tells you. As I was doing research (in other words, looking for stuff I could cut and paste), I came across a call to arms: Bad spellers of the world untie! I sure hope that doesn’t get fixed in proofreading… And that’s a wrap on 2018. And one thing’s for sure, you’re no wiser for reading Boyleing Points. Happy New Year.

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***** Sorry we're late! The midweek holiday pushed us back a day. As a heads up, next week will be the same! Look out for the RT on Friday. ***** Happy New Year! Good riddance to 2018. Best of luck to all who pledge to do better in 2019. ***** We’re not in the TV morning show or Hallmark movie business, but how about that story of Dr. Galvin and his newfound family in last week’s Rockaway Times? You’re raised as an only child and decades later you find out you’ve got seven siblings who’ve been looking for you? Unbelievable! And a great holiday story at that! ***** Look at the slightly brighter

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018 side: The shortest day, the day with less sunlight than any other, is behind us. Days are getting longer! ***** Get the hot toddies and hot showers ready. The New Year’s Day Polar Plunges that occur traditionally every year will be a chilly challenge as usual, but not as bad as last year when the morning temps were in the teens. This time around, forecasters say they’ll be some rain and maybe snow showers with temperatures in the mid-30s. Popular plunges take place around Beach 119th, Beach 127th and Beach 146th. ***** This week in history: Pat McVeigh was born! ***** Update on the digital, internet thing and The Rockaway Times... As 2018 closes, we’re happy to say The Rockaway Times has gotten 13,943 Likes on Facebook. We’d appreciate getting to 14,000 right away so please give us a Like if you haven’t already. We’ve got 5,527 followers on Instagram (We

were at 4,600 last year) and will shoot for 6,000 this year. We also have 3,212 email subscribers who get the full paper each week by email. Go to Rockawaytimes.com and sign up or send a quick email to Mail@ RockawayTimes.com ***** Although we noted the anniversary of when the Golden Venture ran aground at Fort Tilden in June 1993, we were recently sent a link to a video by Bruno Giuliani, a producer at CUNY-TV, to a video about that extraordinary event. You can catch the video here: facebook.com/DiverseCityshow/ videos/304616926844035/ ***** Due to the government shutdown, there are no visitor services at Gateway National Recreation Area, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and maintenance, including plowing. NPS social media and websites are not being updated. All park programs have been cancelled, including the surf-lifeguard pre-em-

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Looking Back at 2018 Boy, that year flew! But plenty happened. Here are some highlights from each issue of The Rockaway Times (RT) this year. January 4: Winter proved to be a new challenge for the new ferry service as ice took over the bay. More than two dozen people had to be rescued from a Manhattan-bound ferry that got stuck on a sandbar off of Breezy Point. Bayswater brothers Nochum and Shmulie Russell warmed hearts by bringing blankets and supplies to homeless people across the city. Residents of the NYCHA Redfern Houses were dealing without heat. January 11: Cops helped chip away ice from the front door of an Arverne senior that was stuck in her home. The RT exposed airport parking biz, Park it JFK for illegally using a piece of cityowned land on Beach 80th Street. Winter storm Grayson caused a Belle Harbor home under construction to collapse and led to severe postal service delays. January 18: Firefighters and cops worked to rescue residents from a fire at 8800 Shore Front Parkway. One senior, Ethel Davis, died as a result of the blaze. A Far Rockaway street was renamed for the late community activist, Manny Fiallo, who died in May 2017. January 25: A seal paid Riis Park a visit. John Edwards and the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League were honored at the Graybeards dinner/ dance. Local pols put pressure on the post office as postal problems grew. February 1: Football star and Arverne By The Sea resident, Christian Izien, received a football scholarship to Rutgers University. Locals geared up to take the plunge for Cystic Fibrosis. De Blasio kept his promise of meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to urge them to speed up their beach protection study. February 8: Local teen Rosalyn Lim-de Castro was gearing up to make the move to the Phillipines to train with their Olympic hockey team. Local, Christine Banker, released her first book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We All Have a God Light.â&#x20AC;? February 15: The RT launched its 3rd annual photo contest. A humpback whale washed up

dead near Breezy Point. Senator Schumer reprogrammed $730 million to be used by the Army Corps for resiliency projects. Locals celebrated at the Poseidonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prom fundraiser. February 22: The New York Court of Appeals ruled that LIPA and National Grid were not immune from a lawsuit charging them for failing to turn off the power to the peninsula prior to Hurricane Sandy, allowing the lawsuit to move forward. Local resident La-Shonda Rice penned a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book. New AOH Division, Division 4, formed in honor of firefighter Kevin Dowdell. March 1: Locals were getting ready for Rockawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Parade. Longtime PS/MS 114 teacher, Mrs. Joan Diehl, and the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Industrial Service League, Inc., were featured. March 8: The National Park Service signed a letter of intent with the folks from Riis Park Beach Bazaar to take over the long underutilized Bathhouse. The RT told the story of how Sandy united a family and a CT bagpipe band that now marches in Rockawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parade. P.S./M.S. 42 and M.S. 53 won their fight to stay open. Permits are filed to transform the Far Rockaway Shopping Center into a spot for new housing, retail space and more. March 15: Rachel Sito developed the Everything Rockaway app. Local students participated in a national school walkout against gun violence in wake of the Parkland, Fl. shooting. Former New York Dolls rocker, Steve Conte, penned a song about Rockaway, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gimme, Gimme Rockaway.â&#x20AC;? An armed robber targeted Carvel, getting away with $400. March 22: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) agreed to Continued on page 9


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LOOKING BACK AT 2018 Continued from Page 8 fast track its Rockaway Reformulation Project to bring protection to the beach and the bay, making way for construction to begin in 2019 instead of 2020. The MTA announced that A train service would be disrupted for the summer due to a flood mitigation project. March 29: The old theater on Beach 116th Street was nearing a sale. Williams-Transco released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for its newly proposed natural gas pipeline project. April 5: The Knights of Columbus celebrated its 90th anniversary. The community mourned after local toddler, Bella Edwards, was killed. April 12: The Addabbo Health Center broke ground on its new expansion project. De Blasio came to town to tour the NYCHA Ocean Bay Apartments. April 19: The RT won five New York Press Association awards. The RT profiled Jay Wheeler, a wounded veteran that trains at

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018 CROM. The staff of the Mobil gas station returned $1,000 in cash to a customer that dropped it. April 26: The Parks Department closed the Beach 91st Street beach access point as severe erosion created dangerous beach conditions. The Taste of Rockaway Beach was back to town, featuring 24 businesses. Healy’s Pub celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Cynthia Nixon came to town to talk climate change during her gubernatorial campaign. May 3: NYC Ferry celebrated its first anniversary. Local football star Folorunso Fatukasi was drafted by the NY Jets. The NYC Department of City Planning presented plans for the future of the Peninsula Hospital site, including 17 buildings with 2,200 residential units. Activists let their voices be heard at a public hearing on the proposed Williams Pipeline. May 10: NYC Ferry announced that bigger boats were on the way. House on the Rock Church held a fundraising event for its Believe in Rockaway Church and Community Center. Local rap-

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per Bobby J dropped a Rockaway summer jam. The community remembered soldier and surfer, John P. McGonigal, Jr., who died in Vietnam 50 years before. May 17: The community mourned the death of basketball star Clare Droesch. Locals geared up for the opening of the beach concessions, which launched plastic-free. May 25: As Memorial Day weekend approached, news dropped that the beach would be closed from Beach 91st to Beach 102nd Street due to erosion. May 31: Locals crashed the official beach opening ceremony with a mock funeral for the beach. The 6th Annual Rockaway Beach/Breezy Point Irish Festival was being held that weekend. The High Tide, a new

boutique hotel, took over the old Playland motel and opened that weekend. The community gave a big warm welcome to Happy Jack’s, the new restaurant from those who brought Dalton’s. June 7: Residents went to City Hall to protest against beach closures and ask for protection. RT recognized the 25th anniversary of the Golden Venture running aground in Fort Tilden. The Green Dunes II, a 100 percent affordable housing project, broke ground on Beach 44th Street. June 14: Artist Geoff Rawling revealed that he recreated the beloved Whalemina statue as a mobile float, which would be used in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade that weekend. The new Community Boathouse and Kayak Launch on Beach 88th was set to launch. Rockaway historian, Emil Lucev, died at age 84. June 21: The RT celebrated its 4th anniversary. Locals staged a paddle out protest against beach closures. Rockstock and Barrels was set to take place that weekend. MoMa revealed Yayoi KusContinued on page 26

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Putting Down the Scissors After 44 Years By Katie McFadden

About 44 years ago, a young Sal Araimo came to Rockaway looking for a summer job at a salon. Now he’ll be starting the new year looking toward something new—retirement. The popular hairstylist at Strands is cutting the ends of a long, successful career. At around 17 years old, Araimo, who was living in Ozone Park at the time, took his chances at a summer gig in Rockaway. “My aunt was friendly with a guy named Adolf who had a salon on Beach 116th Street. She said, 'He's looking for haircutters as his son wanted the front of the shop to be unisex. I was working for someone in Howard Beach and I told him about the opportunity, and he said go for it. I got the job. That was 44 years ago,” Araimo said. Unlike some kids that went off to college, Araimo found himself on a different path. “I didn’t want to go to college, so I went to beauty school because a few friends were going. I just did it to waste time,” Araimo said. However that time wasted turned out to be time well spent, as Araimo has spent his entire career behind the chair, with scissors in hand, beautifying clients and serving as their unofficial therapist. Following a roughly two-year stint as an assistant at Adolf’s, Araimo wound up jumping around from different salons around Rockaway, including one he worked at for his former sister-in-law, followed by a seven-year stint working for Gary on Beach Channel Drive. After gaining enough experience, Araimo decided to work for himself. He went on to open his own shop—Salon Avanti— on Beach Channel Drive. “My favorite memory of my career was the day I was able to open up Salon Avanti since I owned it myself,” he said. Araimo says the business was a success, however, after going through a messy divorce, he was forced to give up the business. Araimo resumed working for other salons and wound up working with Diane Liello and Gerri Stanksy. The trio

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was considering opening their own spot when they got word of a store that would soon be available. “I spoke to the landlord and we made a handshake deal and we got the store,” Araimo said. That store, located at Beach 115th Street and Beach Channel Drive, would become the home of Strands, which opened on April 1, 2004. “It was a great place to work,” Araimo said of the original salon. Then Sandy came. Sandy threw everyone at Strands for a loop and coming back wasn’t easy. “W weren’t being helped by anybody financially,” Araimo said. The shakeup made Araimo realize that he wanted to step back from the business aspect of the salon. “I decided it was best for me not to go back into business with the ladies. They were younger and

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I knew they could handle it on their own,” Araimo said, however that wasn’t the end of his stint at Strands. After Liello and Stansky reopened the new location at 104-6 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Araimo rented a chair from them to continue his work and serve his clients. For Araimo, his time with Strands over the last 14 years has been meaningful and a highlight of his career. In 2005, just one year after Strands opened, the salon was recognized by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce as Business of the Year. “That was a wonderful honor,” Araimo said. The other major highlight? Making his clients feel good. “The other thing that has meant a lot to me is giving someone a haircut that’s fabulous and she tells me she gets compliments wherever she goes, it

makes me realize, ‘wow, I did that.’” Now on the verge of retirement, Araimo says it’s those longtime clients that he’ll miss most. “I’m going to miss the people. I’ve developed quite a relationship with them. They’re in mourning knowing I’m retiring. They tell me, 'Can't you come back on weekends or once a month?’ They’re happy for me but sad for them because they’re going to miss the relationship I formed with them, and not to mention their therapy sessions. It’s a lot more than cutting hair,” Araimo said of his job. Although parting is bittersweet, Araimo says the time is right after a long, rewarding career. “It’s best to go out on a high note. I’m happy I did this. My clients have been wonderful. Many have welcomed me into their homes and as part of their family, and I’ve had the honor of going to some weddings and even Bat Mitzvahs. It’s been a wonderful career,” he said. New Year’s Eve will be Araimo’s final day at Strands and he’s looking forward to celebrating retirement in the New Year. “It feels great to retire. I’m looking forward to it,” he said. And he’s not just retiring from the hair salon, but Rockaway, where he’s lived for the past 30 years. “I moved here because I loved the beach and I always wanted to live here. I’ll always have the sand in my toes,” he said, however starting January 9, he’ll have the sands of a different beach in his toes. Hoping to escape the cold, Araimo is moving to Delray Beach, Fl. However, he says he won’t be too far from home. “Half of Rockaway is there. I went down there and I had a Rockaway Times t-shirt on and someone passes me and says, ‘I’m on Rockaway time too,” he said. Araimo says he’s not sure if he’ll pick up the scissors again, but he does have some retirement plans. “I’m going to take some courses, try to write a book, and travel,” he said. And after many years of standing for several hours at work, he says, “I’m looking forward to sitting in a beach chair.”


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Gift of a Story Dear Editor: I had to say what a great article about Dr. Galvin getting the gift of family. (Who has not gone to him?) Great, well written story with the perfect time to share it. Wishing you a joyous Holiday and may the years ahead be filled with Health, Happiness, Prosperity & Peace. Happy New Year! D

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018 In 2018, we had two 10-15foot waves that created sewer hazards for residential homes. Under Build it Back guidelines, most homes have been raised one floor in height. I just saw an image available online of a rendering of new firehouse on the old HSBC Bank Property. The entrance has two doors on Beach Channel Drive, near 117th Street. Maybe it should be on top of a new parking garage that is 2-4-6 floors high. The firefighters would have real parking spaces, and not have to worry about parking meters every day. One ramp to go to the top floor like Kings Plaza has for Burlington shopping customers? The beach block area still has vacant land locations, and the slope of the street helps water drain downhill, and still floods at high tide on Beach Channel Drive on 120th Street, and other locations near the Rockaway Timesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offices. Good luck to Rockaway Park. Ben S

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Local Movers & Shakers Review 2018 & Express Hopes for 2019 By Kami-Leigh Agard

Rockaway is a little town that could, with movers and shakers, who behind the scenes, dedicatedly work hard on getting what their beloved waterside communities need. In this three-part series, The Rockaway Times dives into reviews of 2018 from local civic associations, nonprofits and businesses, and what their hopes are for 2019. In this first installment, we interviewed civic leaders. From 2018’s ongoing battle for beach protection, Downtown Far Rockaway’s Revitalization Plan, Build It Back, restoration projects in Jamaica Bay, and more — here’s what they had to say. Born-and-raised in Rockaway, John Cori, president of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association (RBCA) and longtime Community Board 14 (CB14) board member, along with locals, Eddy Pastore, Hank Iori, Noreen Eliis, (and many others), has been one of the most vocal advocates for what the

peninsula direly needs when it comes to storm protection. Cori has organized rallies and protests, not just in Rockaway, but at City Hall, and the fight is ongoing. Cori said 2018 was a mixed bag, and a lot still needs to be done. “In 2018, we saw design plans for various parks the peninsula lost during Sandy, and what further infrastructure needs to be placed to improve the overall recreational and safety experience for both locals and visitors. However, we’re not happy. For example, the Department of Transportation (DOT) unexpectedly changed the direction of traffic on Beach 91st Street, when we specifically demanded changes for the bike

path loop on Beach 92nd Street and Beach Channel Drive. To our surprise, DOT has already packed up their construction equipment. We were expecting changes on 95th Street and the Freeway. Work is not done, and we’re definitely not going to lay back. Also, regarding the old courthouse, in a recent meeting with CB14’s Economic Development Committee, after months of confusion, initially thinking the historic building was going to be used as a medical facility, now we shockingly heard that the first floor is going to be used as a childcare center. Who approved this, and when?” Cori exclaimed. As far as future beach protection goes, Cori hopes something good is in store for 2019. “In late November, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato informed us there’s a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Army Corps of Engineers to place more sand to help with the erosion and prevent beach closings. However, we’re still waiting for a confir-

mation as to when this is going to happen. RBCA will be under Army Corps’ skin to make sure this is signed, sealed and delivered, but again, it’s the waiting game. We’ll keep fighting the fight, but know sand is just a drop in the bucket for what the peninsula truly needs to protect us from another catastrophe like Sandy.” On the east end of the peninsula, the Bayswater Civic Association (BCA) has been carefully advocating against what they deem as not being beneficial to the community. While some laud the Downtown Far Rockaway Revitalization plan as a godsend, many like BCA board member Eugene Falik dub the revitalization as a “destruction.” Falik said, “I don’t believe this plan is going to revitalize anything. From paid parking in underground lots, high-rise buildings for a multitude of low income residents, and lack of infrastructure for Continued on page 13

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LOCAL MOVERS & SHAKERS REVIEW 2018 Continued from Page 12 transportation, schools and traffic, this plan is not going to make Far Rock any better. We spoke up and our concerns were ignored,” Falik said. “Let’s see what 2019 reaps. With this plan already hitting the ground running, everyone will see the reality,” he grimly stated. The Heart of Rockaway (THOR), which represents Arverne residents from Beach 73rd to 81st Streets, is relatively new, but the civic has made colossal strides in improving the safety of the eight-block stretch. After a woman was struck by a car and killed in front of the YMCA, THOR held street protests with religious and community leaders, local pols, and at a town hall meeting, they implored the mayor to help. Edwin Williams, an inaugural THOR vice president, stood with his two children and local residents, to make sure traffic safety measures were put in place. “Our community’s children wait on

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018 this intersection for their school bus. We all saw how unsafe, not only this intersection was, but also Beach Front Road. Thankfully, DOT put speed bumps on Beach Front Road from Beach 60th to beach 73rd; and at the intersection of Beach 73rd and RBB. Williams says THOR’s work isn’t done. THOR is also fighting to get a traffic median placed between Beach 81st and 73rd Streets, where there are two schools in the area, P.S. 183 and St. Rose. “I know with passionate advocacy, we can make it happen.” Williams said. According to Williams, for 2019, THOR plans to continue their drive to help impoverished families during especially hard times like the holidays. “We are going to continue working on keeping our community safe, and helping those less unfortunate,” Williams said. Across the Cross Bay Bridge, the Broad Channel Civic Association (BCCA) and the Jamaica Bay Eco Watchers have also relentlessly advocated for folks to return to their homes, and restoration of Jamaica Bay’s pre-

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cious marshlands. Dan Mundy, BCCA president and founder of the Ecowatchers said, “It took hundreds of phone calls and emails to see work done. People needed to return to their homes, streets needed to be raised, and our dream, Sunset Cove needed to be made a reality. We’re elated to see over 230 homes completed with Build it Back (BiB). Unfortunately, the street-raising project was put on hold due to BiB construction. However, with the help of the Queens Borough President’s Office and local pols, the street-raising project for West 11th, 12th and 13th Roads are back in construction. We expect most of the work to be done by June 2019, which will be a huge plus for the town, especially with tidal flooding. On the bayside with the Ecowatchers, Mundy said after 10 years of work, 2018 saw the start of Sunset Cove, a 14-acre restoration wetland project, that will not only restore critical tidal wetlands in the Bay; but will also boast a boardwalk with full dock. Mundy said, “This

past fall, seeing the bulldozers down there and the site being cleared, was very exciting. This is the biggest ongoing project to protect the habitats and overall health of the Bay.” Mundy said one key point for 2019 is monitoring a critical piece of legislation, the Water Resource Development Act. “Though it was approved and made into law, the language of the bill was problematic. With $117M committed to the project, it became a question of who would have to foot the bill. We never expected the National Park Service to be totally held accountable, and hope with help of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and other local pols, this critical piece will be rectified to make sure the Army Corps accepts the legislation,” he said. As for Cori, his wish for 2019 is that more people get involved in their local civic association. “Whether you’re a resident or business owner, we are all stakeholders. Instead of complaining, join us in making Rockaway more resilient in 2019,” he said.

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No Airbrush Job Too Big Rockaway is now a place where you can find art in all corners. In one chaotically messy art studio on Beach 63rd and Almeda Avenue, with AC/DC playing on the radio in the background, local artist John Cassatto admires his

as a child after reading hot-rod magazines and noticing the unique paint jobs on the old motorcycles and cars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People want to be their own individuals,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They want to stand out.â&#x20AC;? As an award-winning airbrush artist, Cassatto is the king of making items stand out for customers.

handy work on a 37-foot pleasure boat, detailed with a grand underwater scene, from coral reefs, to sharks, to a tuna pursuing its meal. Cassatto first received the project 17 years ago from the owner of an ice cream company. Initially spending six weeks painting the oceanic scape,

He regularly proves that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything can be airbrushed on anythingâ&#x20AC;? and no job can be too big or too detailed. Now 35 years after picking up his brush, Cassatto has personalized everything from boats to motorcycles and vintage cars, all the way to commercial 747 jumbo jets.

now it is simply revisiting his studio for light touch-ups and maintenance after nearly two decades on the water off the coast of New Jersey. Cassatto considers the work his best, and was happy to see it back home. Bringing large objects to life with his artistic touch is Cassattoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specialty. The local artist specializes in airbrush painting, a hobby he picked up

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NO AIRBRUSH JOB TOO BIG Continued from Page 16 still working to replenish the tools and collections that he lost during Hurricane Sandy. At its current state, the studio is packed with tools and materials he uses for his projects, as well as the projects themselves. His studio itself shows the scope of what Cassatto can achieve through airbrushing. On the wall to the left there is a massive black-and-white airbrush portrait of Elvis Presley, part of a series he did which includes Marlon Brando and Jay-Z. Elevated next to the large underwater-themed vessel, there is a half-finished Chevy Corvette, which Cassatto is still working on after it was totaled by Sandy’s floods. In the back, there are two smaller speed boats, one decorated with red, white, and blue and a bald eagle, a common theme for Cassatto, and another boat painted like The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018 Although airbrushing is his specialty, Cassatto has dabbled in several different forms of art including stone carving, a “Primitive art form,” as he describes it, but one he dove into nevertheless. One such piece features two sculptures of a lion, and a lioness with her cubs, which he was inspired to create because of the size of the slab he had to work with, and his astrological sign as a Leo. Last week, it was the underwater-themed boat called, “Fish Fountain,” that was the main attraction. A couple that is friendly with Cassatto stopped by to admire the piece before it left his studio on Wednesday, December 19. “It’s unreal, unbelievable,” Michael Koullias said, adding that the fishthemes brought him back to when his father taught him how to fish back in his home country of Greece. Although the freshly repainted boat will now make its way back to sea, Cassatto says he continues to work on paintings

every day, “I just enjoy the art, whatever the art is, I just work at it until I get what I want to achieve.” If you’d like to see more of

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Life With Our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artisticâ&#x20AC;? Child By Kami-Leigh Agard

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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

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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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Beach Block Condo Spacious 3BR duplex with HW floors, large master suite with amazing ocean views. Stunning curb appeal, comes with parking spot. $675,000

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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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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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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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The Rockaprop Team

Happy Holidays from the Rockaway Properties Team Lisa, Barbara, Nia, Colleen, Ariana, Jenny and Kristin. This holiday season, we are looking back with appreciation for your loyalty and looking forward to moving into the New Year together. Cheers! ·

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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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Alleged MS-13 Members Arrested for Far Rock Murders

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The MS-13 Gang has allegedly spilled over into Far Rockaway and are supposedly connected to a recent murder of a 23-yearold Far Rockaway man. On December 16, the body of Ian Cruz was found in Bayswater State Point Park. Cruz, who had been shot multiple times in the head, was found wearing nothing but underwear and socks. According to a New York Post report, a 14-year-old girl allegedly messaged Cruz online and promised to have sex with him. She lured him to the State Park, where he was murdered. Surveillance video led police to the suspects who later raided their Far Rockaway home. Five people were arrested in connection to Cruz’s death, including the 14-yearold girl and her brother, a 15-year-old. The young teens, along with 18-year-old Carlos Guerra and 22-year-old Yonathan Sanchez, were charged with second-degree murder

and criminal possession of a weapon, according to a report by Newsweek. They were all being held without bail. Another 18-year-old, Elmer Guttierez, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon. He was being held with a bail of $500,000. Police also recovered a .22-caliber revolver and more than 900 rounds of ammunition. Investigators believe the suspects are connected to the notorious MS-13 gang. They also believe they’re connected to another murder of a Far Rockaway teen. On December 18, the 17-year-old Harold Sermeno, also of Far Rockaway, was found shot to death outside of Five Towns Community Center. It is believed he was also lured there. The motivation behind the killings is not known. MS-13 has been active around Long Island and some parts of Queens since about 2010.


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Happy New Year! 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

NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

2 Bed, 1 Bath w/ washer/dryer, parking, central AC---$1,750

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!

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Lex Grey to Kick Off the Bugalou New Year The next Bugalou concert is on Saturday January 5, 7 p.m., at St. Camillus Academy Auditorium with Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers and guests, 3 Sheets to the Wind. It will be a fun way to start off the New Year and and it is being billed as Bugalou's Winter Dance Party. The idea is to keep the same vibe there was at the previous show, so wear your dancing shoes. Bugalou has now also partnered with Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) to benefit the fund to rebuild the roof of their gallery and performance space at Ft. Tilden Building T-7. RAA is a critical community resource, and their space at T-7 serves not only adult music and art lovers, but is integral to the operation of Camp KidsmArt and all their KidsmArt programming. There is currently a $10,000 grant that needs to be matched in order to secure it. Bugalou is donating $5 for each ticket sold for this show to the fund, so a good turnout will give the fund a good start. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to raise additional funds, and

a table where you can find out more about RAA, KidsmArt, and the T-7 roof project. Lex Grey is one of the most charismatic performers around, whether she is belting out one of her own compositions, or putting her stamp on a rock, soul, or blues classic. The Urban Pioneers provide the backbone and muscle behind her vocal stylings. The band debuted in 1996 with the album, "Deal Me In,"

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pressure. Low-income level is associated with the same outcomes and both are thought to cause these outcomes because of higher life stress. Larger waist size and higher BMI were also associated with higher incidence of hypertension and CVD, but interestingly enough, the rate of development of hypertension and CVD in this study was the same in obese black and white men, but not in obese women. The rate was higher in black women. In short, if young people want to live longer, they should eat a proper, wellrounded diet, exercise and stay fit, and stay in school. And, of course, don’t smoke (oddly enough, the study did not mention smoking). Sounds like good advice. Please direct questions and comments to editor@rockawaytimes.com

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LOOKING BACK AT 2018 Continued from Page 9 ama’s Narcissus Garden was coming to Fort Tilden for the summer. June 28: Just in time for July 4, the Riis Bathhouse finally re-opened by the owners of the Beach Bazaar, Jamesons celebrated its 20th anniversary, and Rockaway Beach Barbecue finally made its debut. The Parks Department, locals and the Army Corps of Engineers testified at a City Council hearing on the beach closure issue. July 5: Hope for the Warriors were gearing up to come to Rockaway the following week. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced a $400 million plan to further improve the ecological health of Jamaica Bay. July 12: The Rock! Away! Music Fest took over that weekend with more than 60 bands playing across the peninsula. Parks re-opened Beach 96th-98th, but with limitations that frustrated beachgoers.

July 19: We got Limed. Bike sharing programs Lime and Pace launched with bikes dotting the peninsula. The RT profiled Owen Loof, the colorful “Best Dressed Man in Rockaway.” Residents called for safety measures after an Arverne woman was killed by a car. July 26: The weekend was filled with the Two Bridges Music Fest, Jazz Fest and a Women’s Surf Film Fest, plus the Rockaway Times Sandcastle Contest. The fire trucks moved out of the Beach 116th Firehouse due to temporary asbestos abatement, but plans for the construction of a new firehouse at the HSBC bank site moved forward. August 2: The Rockaway Times Sandcastle Contest was the biggest yet with more than 40 participants. The Rock Out For Autism fundraiser concert was also a huge hit. August 9: One lucky pooch was saved by the right people in the right place at the right time after jumping into Jamaica Bay. St. John’s Hospital received more than $1M to upgrade

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its maternity ward. The new Rockaway Dog House, owned by Kenny Good, proved to be a big hit. August 16: Don Riepe’s swan photo earned him first place in the photo contest. August 23: The old theater on Beach 116th was finally sold for a whopping $6.125M to Mark Caller, the developer of the soon-to-come One Sixteen condos across the street. O’Sake Ramen House opened up on Restaurant Row. Caribbean Carnival heated up Far Rock. August 30: The Ultimate RockaWarrior, Michael Hornung, was training for his first NYC Marathon to raise funds for the Parkinson’s Foundation. September 6: Labor Day came and went, but September was chock full of things to do. The community was gearing up to mark the 17th Anniversary of 9/11. USACE finally released an updated version of its study for coastal protection. Tom Sullivan and Slawomir Platta were going head to head

in the Republican primary for state senate. September 13: A highway sign with climate messages appeared on the boardwalk as part of the Climate Signals exhibit. September 20: The community mourned after CVSR student, Lamine Sarr, 17, died in a drowning incident on the beach. A dead deer washed up in Rockaway Beach while a live one was spotted in Roxbury. Far Rockaway High School was gearing up for a big reunion on the beach. September 27: Poseidon’s Parade rolled through town to end the summer. October 4: Ninety-six hatchlings of the world’s most endangered sea turtle, Kemp’s ridley, hatched in Breezy Point. Construction on Rockaway Beach Boulevard caused mass disruptions for local business owners. Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea put out a call for help as it faced closure due to financial issues. October 11: The community Continued on page 27

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LOOKING BACK AT 2018 Continued from Page 26 mourned after Miss Colombia was found dead on a beach in Riis Park. USACE came to town to hold public hearings on its latest study. Residents went to City Hall once again to ask for a temporary beach protection plan for next summer. October 18: The Harbor Light finally got approval from the Board of Standards and Appeals. Rev Run stopped by the Rock to speak to kids about healthy eating. The very first Rockaway Film Fest made its debut. Surfside Buildings residents became irritated over the lack of necessary work and appealed to local pols for help. October 25: Rockaway got ready to celebrate Halloween and mark the 6th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. November 1: A norâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;easter led to severe flooding around the peninsula and Broad Channel. In the upcoming election, locals had to pick between Senator Joe Addabbo and newcomer

Tom Sullivan. After a hate-filled shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, many gathered together at West End Temple to fight against hate. November 8: WWII Code Breaker Ruth Mirsky shared her story for Veterans Day. Incumbents proved strong in the latest election with Senator Addabbo and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato holding on to their seats. A fire on Beach 95th Street killed 47-year-old Dawn Greig. November 15: The Surfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Up

bus shelter mural on Beach 107th was covered up due to necessary repairs. FDNY Boxing, the Graybeards, Rockaway WISH and local contractor Eric Jahrnes teamed up to create a new bathroom for a disabled Vietnam Veteran. Rockaway marked the 17th anniversary of Flight 587. November 22: With temps in the 20s, Thanksgiving made for some cold turkey! The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway held a successful event for Autism Awareness. The Tides development celebrated the opening of Vino by the Sea, with more stores to come in the future. The Far Rockaway Library project broke ground. Belle Harbor Steakhouse celebrated its 14th anniversary. November 29: The Little North Pole was gearing up to make its TV debut on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Christmas Light Fight.â&#x20AC;? Holiday shopping markets exploded for the season. CB14s Economic Development Committee was left disappointed by the lack of progress at the old courthouse.

Page 27 December 6: Queens nonprofit Alphapointe brought hope to blind locals by providing them with jobs. Joe Mureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little North Pole won â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Christmas Light Fight.â&#x20AC;? December 13: Beach 129th became a target for burglars that broke into several businesses and made off with loot. NYPD took down a pair of package thieves. A house being lifted in Robxury partially collapsed. December 20: In a true Christmas miracle, local Dr. Peter Galvin discovered that he has seven siblings after taking an AncestryDNA test. The Knights of Columbus aimed to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Keep Christ in Christmas.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Concessions agent Betsy De Los Santos kept ferry customers â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;good as they go.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Looking forward: 2019 could be a big year. The Harbor Light will (hopefully) finally open. The new medical center on Beach 105th should be opening. Developments such as One Sixteen should be wrapping up. USACE promises to start construction by the end of the 2019.

                       

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Page 31 Heat oven to 375 degrees. Dredge chicken tenders in Italian dressing and then corn flake crumbs. Wrap bacon around the tenders. Roll bacon-wrapped chicken tenders in brown sugar. Put on a lightly sprayed baking rack over a sheet pan. Bake 30-45 minutes. For crispier bacon, put under broil for 5-6 minutes.

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Pickleball Promotes Health and Well-Being AND IT’S LOCAL By Dee Weber

What is pickleball and how can it promote health and a sense of well-being? Pickleball is a fusion of tennis, paddle ball and ping pong all rolled into one, played on a converted tennis court set up with a net and four players hitting a ball with a paddle. It’s a game for all ages that according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association 2016 participation report, there are 2.5 million pickleball players in the U.S. This has created an explosion of new court construction throughout the U.S. Rockaway has possible sites for further creating a social and physical environment that promotes quality of life for all. Pickleball in Rockaway was introduced at our wonderful gem, Arverne By the Sea YMCA on Beach 74th Street, in January 2018, and has grown in numbers since. I have found myself heading for a spin class, then easily lured into the gym to play “PB”

instead! It has the same effect on other players, who love playing and enjoying a few laughs! The usual schedule during the year is Monday to Friday 8-9:30 a.m., then 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Saturdays 8-10:30 a.m.; Wednesday nights from 8-10:30 p.m. In the summer, the hours changed to 6-8 a.m. and some of us diehards went at 6 a.m! Yes, “PB” is not only fun, but is a mental workout just trying to keep the score straight, as well as who is up serving! Pickleball is a sport that, especially as we age, is important for its social connectedness. Regular exercise provides mind, body and spiritual benefits which is well-documented in health literature. The Rockaway community could benefit by the reconstruction of local dilapidated courts, turning some of them into pickleball courts such as at Beach Channel High School, as well as some vacant courts at Riis Park. Maybe the YMCA could explore

using some outdoor space to add PB courts to be used seasonally. I would like to say to my family and friends, let’s go play some PB! Recent research have found that social team sports has a great impact on the individual‘s overall well-being, even improving mental health. This sport can be helpful for people trying to keep a balance of activity, as well as other healthy behaviors such as adequate sleep, good nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight. Evidence-based research has shown that exercise can improve important numbers such as blood pressure, blood glucose, hemoglobin A1C, cholesterol level, and weight reduction. A healthy lifestyle also includes smoking cessation, drinking in moderation, which can improve quality of life as well as longevity. The people that are engaged in physical exercise are less likely to get sick because they overall have been found to take better care of themselves. It has also been my

experience working in an emergency department for over thirty years that active people are less likely to need an ER on a regular basis! Let’s make our community healthier by providing more places to exercise, thereby improving our community’s quality of life. The federal government has addressed the state of population health by setting goals in a document called Healthy People 2020. The goals set by the government is to “attain high quality, longer lives free of preventable diseases, disability, injury and premature death by creating a social and physical environment that promotes healthy behaviors across all life stages.” Our growing community needs our political leaders, as well as other stakeholders in the community to explore how Rockaway can become a better place to live well. (Dee Weber RN,MS,FNP-BC, is an Associate Professor of Nursing, Queensborough Community College).

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Don’t let the ball drop on ly Irish Christmas Day will be “green, green, green, all the your New Year’s celebrations. There’s something for everyWith New Year’s Eve just a happy night and day.” 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd one happening around town. few days away, there’s no need to leave the Rock. Party it up Monday, December 31 Saturday, December 29 right here, as the peninsu7:30 p.m til 1 a.m. 9 p.m. la is teeming with all kinds of Don’t be a fool and miss out Local speakeasy, Rustmerriment for you to RING in 2019. Here’s a quick recap of woods goes deep blue as the on this New Year’s Eve bash Rock-straordinary celebrations Tony O Blues Band takes the with Fool’s Night Out. This New stage belting out music that is Year's Eve Extravaganza at the happening around town. straight up American blues, no Breezy Point Catholic Club will LIVE MUSIC: chaser. And as an added treat, feature a buffet dinner, open local Mike Severino will be ac- bar, champagne toast, hats and companying Tony O on drums. noisemakers and live music, Friday, December 28 Plus with Whit’s End dishing of course, live music. Contact 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Kicking off Jamesons’ hap- up a special menu, this is one Erik at EJJ322@aol.com or 718py hour is husband and wife evening you don’t want to miss! 634-8186 for tickets. 204-10 Rockaway Point Blvd 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd acoustic duo, Stardust, blazing your heart with all your fave Monday, December 31 Saturday, December 29 rock classics. Plus with liba7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. tions and pub grub generously Live up New Year’s Eve in With just three days left beflowing, what’s not to love? fore 2019 — why not let loose highfalutin’ style at one of the 421 Beach 129th Street at Rogers’ Pre-New Year’s Eve peninsula’s most elegant resparty with Identity Theft’s al- taurants, Kennedys’, boasting Friday, December 28 ways jammin’ lineup of classic beautiful bay views. From jazz 8:30 p.m. to disco, be wooed with live Calling all Deadheads — you rock, funk, blues and pop? performances from beautiful 203 Beach 116th Street don’t want to miss the Rainsongstress, Pamela Nardi, acbow Spirals as they drum up companied by LuVibe. Also on Sunday, December 30 your favorite Grateful Dead the menu — a wide selection of 1 p.m. tunes at Thai Rock! This sixIt's the nail-biting final week wine, cocktails and beer. Dinpiece tribute band, co-lead by Mike Severino on drums and of the 2018 NFL season, and ner seating available. For resAdam Douglass on guitar, will RBQ is showing it live on the ervations, call 718-945-0202. 406 Bayside Walk, Breezy keep you reelin’ and rockin’ all big screen. Even if you’re not in the survivor pool, come on in Point night long. and debate the game as you in375 Beach 92nd Street Monday, December 31 dulge in RBQ’s food and drink 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. specials. Friday, December 28 Why spend the last night of 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd 8:30 p.m. 2018 couch-potato style? For Tonight, head to RBQ for a just $60, head to RBQ on RBB Fridays classic rock feast with Mike & for a pumpin’ New Year’s Eve 8 p.m. Miley, playing your favorites Calling all rhymers and lyri- Bash featuring live music with from the 60s and 70s. And with plenty of finger lickin’ food and cists. Let’s see if you got game Celtic-American singer/songgood pints on tap, you won’t at Rustwoods Hip Hop Ka- writer, Jeff Conlon. Entrance raoke night! The winner gets fee includes buffet dinner, want the night to end! 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. to don the majestic Biggie open bar, champagne toast and Smalls crown with the title of noise makers. This will be a hot Rustwoods Hip Hop Karaoke ticket, so call 718-318-7427 to Saturday, December 29 Champion of the Week, plus make your reservations now! 4 p.m. / 8 p.m. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd Christmas was so good that the added bonus? A pot full RBQ is bringing it back, and this of money! Registration is $20. time it will be pure Sham-Rock! To sign up, email: rustwoodsMonday, December 31 RBQ’s Irish Christmas kicks rockawaybeach@gmail.com or 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. off at 4 p.m. with Notre Dame phone: (347) 927-5890. And for Looking for a sizzling night versus Clemson NCAA football folks who just want to spectate, with major music headliners? playoff. Then at 8 p.m., wild- entry fee is $5. Well, Thai Rock is the hot tick97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd et serving up epic band, Alive ly-popular The Highland Rovers takes the stage, delivering N’ Kickin with Blues Hall of SPECIAL MENTIONS: their signature Celtic-flavored Famer, Kerry Kearney. This ulrock. Plus with corned beef, timate bash also includes Thai LOCAL NEW YEAR’S shepherd’s pie and more on Rock’s delicious cuisine, their CELEBRATIONS! the menu, this family-friendinfamous New Year’s Drop, By Kami-Leigh Agard

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