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Game On For Super Specials By Katie McFadden

Sunday’s the day! The annual Patriots Bowl! At least, that’s what it might be considered in recent years. While some may be reluctant to watch the New England Patriots in yet another Super Bowl, at least it’s a good excuse to eat junk food and drink. Rockaway is here for those who want to get into the spirit of the game and celebrate. The big game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 3 and will be broadcast on CBS. This year, the Patriots will take on the Los Angeles Rams. Besides the game, there will be commercials galore, a halftime performance by Maroon 5, and plenty of snack breaks, whether eating at home or out and about. Still need some grub for that game day party at home? Local caterers have got you covered. Boardwalk Pizzeria is running game day specials for two large plain pies or one large pie and 20 wings for $30.99. You can also order three-foot heroes. Board-

walk offers free delivery around town, including to Breezy Point, so they can bring the party to you. Call 347-619-8002 to place your orders. Want something a little more for a bigger party? RBQ’s has part packages like $199 for ribs, wings, chicken, brisket, mac and cheese, salad and corn bread, which feeds 1015 people. They also have threefoot ($100) and six-foot ($200) hero packages that come with wings and slaw. Call 718-3187427 to place your order. Cuisine By Claudette has catering packages including a Game Day

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Package featuring wings, BBQ pulled pork, Mac n’ Cheese, Granny Smith Apple Slaw, Nomayo Corn Salsa and 24 slider buns for $225 or a vegan package for the same price. They also have options available a la carte. Call 718-945-5511 to place your orders. There may also still be time to order from Pico, which is having catering specials on honey chipotle, cumin ginger vinaigrette or hot wings by the half or full tray. Email picorbny. events@gmail.com to inquire. MeatUp Grill in Riis Park is taking orders for their MeatUp Towers stocked with mouthwatering burgers, loaded fries and onion rings, plus their full menu. They’ll deliver by kickoff. Call 708-632-8871 to order. Want to get out for the day? Plenty of local bars and restaurants are holding specials during the game. In Breezy Point, the BayHouse will have $3 domestic beers and $4 imports, 50 cent wings and plenty of other cheap party eats to keep you full as you cheer on your team.

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In Rockaway, head to RBQ’s on Beach 98th for their Big Game Party. For $55, you get unlimited canned beer, appetizers and a pig roast starting at 6 p.m. and through the game. For $50 per person, Community House will have an unlimited buffet and beer special from 6 p.m. until the end of the game. Jameson’s Pub will be running their typical football Sunday special of half-priced drinks and appetizers during the game. The Belle Harbor Yacht Club is hosting its annual Big Game party in the member’s lounge. There will be food, drinks and 100/ 50 pool action. The doors open at 2 p.m. Just want to watch the game over a few drinks? Consider stopping by Rogers. Rogers Pub will be serving up drinks as people watch the game on a huge projection TV. The Wharf and Bungalow Bar are also great bayside choices with multiple TVs and delicious food to go with your beer. Healy’s Pub will also be serving up drinks with the game on multiple screens.

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Rockaway won’t forget Det. Randolph Holder Jr. During a Community Education Council 27 meeting on Monday, January 28, an official decision was made to rename Far Rockaway's P.S. 253Q, The Randolph Holder School for Social Justice. Holder, an NYPD officer, was killed in the line of duty on October 20, 2015. He was shot in the head while chasing a suspect along the FDR Drive promenade after responding to a report of gang-related gun- Members of the 101st Precinct were shots in East Harlem. on board with the Holder family to The immigrant from Guyana support the proposal to name P.S. had been living in Far Rocka253Q after Holder. way with his parents. In August 2017, the intersection at Briar Now, with the blessings of the Place and Collier Avenue, near Holder family and fellow memHolder’s parents’ home, was bers of the NYPD, P.S. 253Q in renamed Detective Randolph Far Rockaway will also bear the Holder Way in memory of the officer’s name as The Randolph officer. Holder School for Social Justice.

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Bad Bets and Good I think a couple of dear friends were trying to torture me recently. Ya see, scratch-off lottery tickets are such a good idea to give to people. But if you are the recipient do not, do not, bother doing any scratching. You will lose and then end up annoyed that you’ve got nothing but lottery ticket dust. You’ll curse your lousy luck and then grumble about how hard the cards are to read or figure out. Wait, match what? What are those symbols? Is that a loaf of bread or a gold brick? I need how many matches? Give me a magnifying glass. Some games require a 12thgrade reading level while making you feel like you’ve just eked your way out of fifth. Nothing makes you feel dumber than re-reading the instructions on a scratch-off card. Well, except for re-reading it a third and fourth time. You’re bound to get more than a little annoyed at the whole rigged New York State Lottery. I even have to fight the urge to be a little annoyed at the gift-givers — what are they giving me these bad luck things for? They trying to make me feel dumb — and unlucky? Of course, I sometimes give lottery scratch-offs as gifts but I don’t mean it as torture. I figure my luck’s so bad the only way my tickets can win is if I give them to someone else. I figure every time a friend has changed their phone number or moved, it’s because I gave them a winning lottery ticket.

Although I’m getting so old, my odds are getting better. I’d swear they rig the thing so Win For Life really means Win For Months. And speaking of old, one thing I never win is the Graybeards Pot o’ Gold raffle, but I’m gonna keep trying. We hear about how the state lottery money is supposed to help education. Yeah, right. But the Graybeards run a raffle and raise money so they can turn around and give to those in need. The organization is almost twenty years old, having started after 9/11. The Graybeards, I’m happy to say, are homegrown and still vigorous. At the annual dinner dance last Saturday night, the group’s president, Joe Keenan, read a list of those the Graybeards helped in the past year. It was pretty awesome. Because the event is fun and a great chance to meet old friends and make some new ones, it’s easy to forget why you’re there, which is to help fund the group and its efforts. A scholarship, money to tide someone over, an emergency cash gift. These things can make all the difference for people. Now, I might get a little jealous of who wins the big pot, but I know the bigger the pot, the better it is for people in need. So, here’s a big tip of the hat to the guys (and ladies) who make the big night happen. I’m no gambler but The Graybeards? They’re people you can bet on. And I’m lucky to know them.

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ROCKAWAY RALLIES AROUND ELDERLY DEMENTIA PATIENT By Katie McFadden

Can you spare some time? On Tuesday, January 29, a woman named Jennifer Ferrando reached out to Rockaway residents and put out a request on the Friends of Rockaway Beach Facebook page for volunteers to visit her mother, Barbara Ferrando, in Rockaway’s Promenade Nursing Facility. As Jennifer Ferrando is currently living in Poland, without the means to make trips back to Rockaway, she turned to locals, asking them to consider paying her mother a visit, as her mother is 82, alone, and living with dementia. Ferrando’s concerns for her mother’s well-being grew after her father, who was living in Promenade with her mother for the last three years, recently died, leaving her mother with no one nearby. The family had lived in a one-bedroom apartment in Bay Ridge for several decades, but the conditions of the apartment led to Ferrando’s parents being placed in Promenade in 2015.

Ferrando explained some of her mother’s other struggles over the years, including being diagnosed with cancer at age 42 and having a double colorectal and bladder operation. As dementia set in, her father’s despair grew. “I don’t think he could take much more,” she said. “Now she’s in this home with no friends, no family. Life isn’t fair, but I am trying to find her some happiness. I was her happiness, but now I’m not here for

her, which has made me terribly depressed. I wish I had the funds to hire a companion but I don’t,” Jennifer said, explaining that she moved to Poland with her husband when he got a job, and she needs to take out loans to afford the flight to New York. Due to her situation, Ferrando put out a request for others to keep her mother company. “She is all alone with no visits. I live in Poland and cannot visit much. She is a very sweet lady who loves old music played to her and a lollipop. Any help would be greatly appreciated!” she said. After Ferrando’s initial post, Rockaway quickly rallied and the support came through strong. Dozens of people offered to visit, including some who already have family members at Promenade, local nurses and other neighbors. Local car salesman Jerry Rea even offered to give people a ride to and from the nursing facility if they want to visit. (Rea can be reached at 718-318-1200.) Ferrando was blown away by

the response. “I just want to again express my blessings to each and every one of you and your loved ones. It has showed me how wonderful the Rockaway community is! The overwhelming responses were hard to believe, such generous people,” Jennifer said. “I posted the same message in Bay Ridge Friends where I grew up and where my parents grew up, and I got maybe a few responses, but Rockaway, God bless this beautiful community. I realize everyone on here has their own problems, I am not the only one who has a sad story. I know many of you may also have, but you all have eased my anxiety a little and made me wake up, for once, being grateful that I decided to post this feed. I never thought people cared so much!” If any others are willing to visit, Barbara Ferrando can be found on the fourth floor of Promenade (140 Beach 114th Street). The facility can be reached at 718-9454600. Jennifer Ferrando can be reached through her husband’s Facebook page: Tim Bishop.

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***** The brutal cold on Thursday forced us to hold off on some deliveries until Friday. The email version, however, went out as usual on Thursday morning. Please sign up at RockawayTimes. com (just click on Subscribe) or send a request to Mail@Rockaway-Times.com. It’s free! And nobody gets frostbite! ***** It’s not just Rockaway. Restaurants and bars are dead all over. According to Grubstreet. com, Dry January is a thing all over. One Queens bartender said, “Things are dead. Like dead-dead.” But the article emphasized that no matter how bleak, business always bounces back. Hmmm… we wonder if Dry January is the reason the Super Bowl moved to February?

***** By the way, this is probably best left to Sean McVeigh (the factologist), not the coach in the Super Bowl who goes by Sean McVay, but did you know….The Super Bowl was played in January for the first 35 years. The game has been played in February since 2002. And also by the way, flip through our pages for catering and restaurant specials this Sunday. ***** The City is looking to further reduce childhood exposure to lead. The Mayor announced LeadFreeNYC, which will target “every apartment, every lead source” within 24 months. For the first time, rented one- and two-family homes will be required to get inspections annually. It requires landlords to have the annual inspections done in any apartment that houses a child younger than six years old. We will provide more specific information as it becomes available. ***** The Mayor said he expects to “have an important announcement quite soon” regarding a stopgap beach replenishment

that will go a long way in avoiding beach closures like last summer. We believe such an announcement will be in the next week or two. ***** Longtime Brooklyn DA Joe Hynes who lived in Breezy Point died on Tuesday at the age of 83. Hynes was the special prosecutor in the New Park Pizza - Howard Beach case and other high profile trials. ***** Here’s another reminder that the annual Rockaway Times Photo Contest will be bigger than ever in 2019. Start sorting through your great shots now (and keep an eye out for photo opportunities!) ***** It rained like crazy last week and we were blessed with a double rainbow. We hate to be a spoiler but such rainbows are not considered rare. HowStuffWorks, a science-based website, says they occur often but adds: "This doesn't mean that double rainbows aren't double cool, or double pretty or double awe-inspiring.”

Page 7 ***** Assemblywoman Stacey Amato presented the Rockaway Beach Broadcasting Company (RBBC) with a NYS Assembly Citation honoring them as her 2019 January Small Business of the Month. RBBC launched on August 1, 2018 and was founded by Bryan Doremus, Matt Preis (aka Max Power), Caitlin Moss, and Frisco Granda. RBBC has a “mission to promote everything local; musicians and artists of all kinds, small businesses, events around town, and anything else that contributes to our community in a positive way.” ***** Ten candidates have qualified for the First Official Debate for the 2019 Public Advocate Special Election to be televised on NY1 and on their website, Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. City Councilman Eric Ulrich cracked the top 10 and will be joined by Melissa-Mark Viverito, Daniel O’Donnell, Jumaane Williams and others, who met a fundraising and spending benchmark and other criteria under the Campaign Finance Act.

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Page 8 Ulrich Will Win & Lose Dear Editor: The field of 23 candidates for NYC Public Advocate is now effectively down to 10 who qualified for matching funds and an invitation to the TV debates. Seven others who may appear on the ballot will not have the resources to compete. Nine of the 10 candidates are registered Democrats. Councilman Eric Ulrich is the only registered Republican to be part of the contest. Although this is a nonpartisan election, we can assume that most voters will be aware of the party affiliation. In previous elections for Public Advocate, the Democratic vote far exceeded the Republican vote. In 2009, Bill de Blasio defeated Alex T. Zablocki 679,366 to 164,090. In 2017, Letitia James defeated Juan Carlos Polanco 752,475 to 162,781. Each Democratic victory was more than four to one. In 2001, 2005 and 2013, the Republicans didn't even put up a candidate for Public Advo-

cate. With nine active and well financed Democrats running in the special election on February 26, dividing the vote, it will be difficult for Eric Ulrich to lose. As the results of the special election are counted on February 26, the leading Democratic candidates will begin a primary campaign to choose one Democratic candidate for the November election. If the Democrats choose a candidate worthy of the support of most Democratic voters, that candidate should win the two-year remainder of Tish James’ term as Public Advocate. In the next few months, the national Republican leadership will have to decide how long to blindly follow the erratic behavior of Donald Trump. Will we have another shutdown of government services or involvement in an unwanted foreign war? Will we break with our traditional allies and support dictators around the world? Will respected Republicans come forward, and as Senator Barry Goldwater carried the message

to Richard Nixon, tell Donald Trump it is time to go? As Public Advocate, Eric Ulrich will be responsible for monitoring city services. As the highest elected Republican in New York City and the only elected Republican outside of Staten Island, he will be asked about the growing crisis in Washington. Will he answer, “I am an American before I am a Republican,” or will he silently follow the lead of a President he never supported? Will he join with such leaders as John Kasich, James Mattis, Bob Corker and Mitt Romney if they try to restore a system with two respected political parties? As voters, we can ask our elected officials to act with courage, not just to get reelected, but to help make America great again. Norman Silverman

Peninsula Proposal Dear Editor: Two items, if I may. First, may I reproduce the excellent editorial (with proper credit) by Glenn DiResto about the Peninsula Hospital site on

The Rockaway Times the Bayswater Civic website, as well as my own site (SolutionsNY. NYC)? (Editor’s Note: Of Course!) Also, below are my quick questions on the plans for the site (no particular order): • Parking. Should be the same ratio of parking spots to apartments as in Rockaway as a whole. Probably something like two parking spaces per apartment. • There should be food shopping (supermarket) before any apartments are occupied. • Can St. John’s Hospital handle the additional residents of Downtown Far Rockaway and this site? By this, I mean as a hospital, not various outpatient facilities and offices. • What is the impact on NYPD and FDNY? (including EMS). • Will actual schools be built along with the housing, or only “in the future” as was promised with Arverne By the Sea and never built? • What is the effect of the population increase (20 percent?) on emergency evacuation Continued on page 9

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Continued from Page 8 needs and abilities? • Transportation: - This, and Downtown Far Rock projects are not going to overburden the “A” trains since they are used so lightly, will it? - Will they contribute to funding QueensRail? - What will the effect be on Cross Bay Boulevard / Woodhaven Boulevard? - What about effect on Rockaway Turnpike? - Restore Beach Channel Drive to two lanes in each direction. - Restore Rockaway Freeway as a through road with two lanes in each direction. - Make all signal controlled turn lanes controlled by the presence of a vehicle. • How many shoppers is the project likely to contribute to the Five Towns shopping area? • What is the likely racial / ethnic mix of the residents? Will it accentuate racial segregation in the area in violation of federal law? • Will use of federal money for

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streets be found to be unlawful since it is the policy of the NYC DOT not to comply with the U.S. Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices as required by federal and NYS law, and is a condition of using federal funds for roads. The project should be self-sufficient electrically. No more apartments should be built than can be supported by available solar energy. Most of the land should be used for one- or two- family detached housing “in keeping with existing Rockaway development,” excluding NYCHA projects. There should be an investigation of when G-d said that the NYC population should be 10 million, and where they should live. Will apartments be left vacant if they cannot be rented at the required market rate ratio? Will buildings be owner occupied, or all rental? How do these plans compare with HPD’s recent Edgemere study? (I was one of the community participants.) Eugene Falik

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food. Also, many Pakistani girls would come to school without “We make a living by what underwear. I was horrified! we get; we make a life by what How are we going to sit togethwe give,” Winston Churchill er cross-legged in a classroom, once said, and local Carlotta Peters-Bulzomi embodies that sentiment, as she’s started her own Pay It Forward group in Rockaway. Her spirited Facebook posts have obviously hit the right nerve, as she already has five local ladies on board with her mission, plus scores of others who join in her efforts to simply help others — by paying it forward. Peters-Bulzomi, a self-described, “Brooklyn girl,” has lived with her husband, Michael; and daughter, Gigi, in Neponsit for the last 16 years. The former Head Start teacher, now local school crossing guard, makes it her mission to not just help locals in need, but has galvanized quite a following in the community. From helping the Clarke family, who were left home- and you aren’t wearing underless after a fire destroyed their wear? I personally bought unBeach 91st apartment in 2017; derwear for them. I didn’t know to hosting an annual breast if it was a religious thing, but I cancer research fundraiser in had to do something. The girls front of her home; working would even come to school with the community to gear in the dead of winter wearing up a financially in-need child sandals with no socks. I realfor her first snow tubing trip; ized there were a lot of things helping Rockaway’s infamous going on. These students were Stop and Shop crooner and pi- in need, and I wanted to help,” anist, Ceasar Bates, get much Peters-Bulzomi said. needed supplies for his oneAnd so she did, using her own room home; and more! — Pe- money and encouraging other ters-Bulzomi is relentless and teachers to help purchase esdetermined to spread the mes- sential items for their students. sage of “Paying It Forward.” Then Hurricane Sandy hit, The local woman says her and the Bulzomis, like most roots to caring and wanting in Rockaway and Broad Chanto help others was impacted nel, lost everything but the pot by her career as a Head Start spoon. Pre-K school teacher in Bright“Sandy taught me a lot. The on Beach, Brooklyn. term, ‘Rockaway Strong,’ keeps “Brighton Beach has a large resounding to me today. This immigrant population. Many community is resilient! Why? of my Mexican students were Because folks really come out here illegally living with their to help their neighbors, not parents in these tiny rooms. just with a superstorm, but I saw how they would come any tragedy. My family did to school, looking as though Continued on page 11 they needed clothes and even

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not just lose our home, but my husband, who owns Sea Traveler's Marina in Brooklyn, was basically brought back to square one. The school, where I worked, was destroyed. My daughter’s school here in Rockaway was destroyed. However, like everyone, we worked hard, not to just resurrect life as we know it, but we were determined to do the same for others,” Peters-Bulzomi said. One poignant example of how Peters-Bulzomi’s huge heart spurred on Rockaway to pay it forward was with Ceasar Bates, the gregarious and talented piano player, who is usually perched in front Stop And Shop on Beach Channel Drive. She said that she fell in love with the man’s talent and spirit, and after speaking with him, realized that he was in need, and wanted to help. “We started talking and he was very honest about his story. He said that in his heyday, he was in a Motown band that played at the Apollo, every-

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019 where! The way he plays, his personality, his voice, he’s the real deal! However, he related that hard knocks took the form of drugs for not just him, but most of the band members, and well, most of us know where that usually lands addicts. “I wanted to help him get back on his feet. I asked him where he lived, and what he needed. To be honest, he was really taken aback, but I was determined. He lived in a tiny windowless, closet-size apartment with no heat or any basic amenities like a fridge. I put out a post on Facebook, and the response was astronomical,” Peters-Bulzomi said. She told folks that Ceasar needed a fridge, kitchenware like a blender and microwave, a mattress, a keyboard, blankets, a jacket, and other items. “The response I got was overwhelming! Everyone knew about this black elderly, polite gentleman who played amazing music in front of Stop and Shop. Everyone jumped in to donate, and even helped

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me deliver the items. I always stress that the items don’t have to be new, just something you don’t need anymore. As long as it’s in good condition, that’s great. That’s how to pay it forward. Gifting someone something you may no longer need or even have never used,” she said. Peters-Bulzomi was even featured on a NY1’s Around The Boroughs segment about her pay it forward initiative with Bates. “I was so shocked! Never expected that, but, if it inspired others to help someone in their community, that was the ultimate reward. I was just so happy when I invited Ceasar to play at my family’s Christmas Eve party. Now that video went viral!” But Peters-Bulzomi’s efforts extend beyond Bates. Last October, the local woman was able to raise over $3,000 for the Maimonides Breast Cancer Center, which was inspired by her cousin, Meredith Tomassi, who was fighting the disease. “I do this event selling everything imaginable, including furni-

ture I refurbish myself. Even Ciro’s and Beach Bagel donate food. The entire community really comes out with items, of which all sale proceeds go towards the fund. The local Reinhardt family told me about Maimonides, and I was so honored to fundraise for their breast cancer research efforts,” Peters-Bulzomi said. Peters-Bulzomi is not only inspiring locals, but setting good examples for her family. After seeing the NY1 segment, her daughter, Gigi, shared her thoughts on her mother’s efforts on Facebook, saying, “Well mom, you didn’t get on your dream show, Flea Market Flip or Shark Tank with some crazy invention. But u made someone else’s dream come true. I am so proud of my mom. She is the kindest person in the world. I love u. By the way your Brooklyn accent was toned down a bit. LOL!” For more info on how you too can join Peters-Bulzomi’s Pay It Forward group, inbox her through Facebook Messenger @ Carlotta Peters.

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How Blac Rabbit Hopped Into the Spotlight By Ryan Schwach

Rahiem and Amiri Taylor, two parts of the increasingly popular band, Blac Rabbit, are not what comes to mind when imagining the background of a psychedelic rock band that has earned its fame from Beatles covers in the platforms of the New York City subway system, but that hasn’t stopped their rise from buskers working for a plane ticket, to viral video stars and guests on daytime television. The Taylor twins, identical and 24 years old, did little but sing and do musical theater in terms of music as kids growing up in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn, whose previous contributions to the music industry have been the likes of hip-hop royalty, Biggie and Jay-Z. When the Taylors were teenagers, their grandparents bought them a copy of The Beatles: Rock band video game for Christmas, which allows players to mimic the prolific four-piece’s songs using plastic instruments.

“We just fell in love with the Beatles” Amiri said, “and just their love for music.” From a video game in their teens, the stone kept on rolling. For their 16th birthday, they bought their first instruments from Guitar Center, a bass for Rahiem, also known as simply Rah, in the vein of Paul McCartney, and a guitar for Amiri, mimicking John Lennon. They started to learn Beatles tunes and various other psychedelic-like rock groups, and even began dabbling into original song writing. Amiri talked about a joke song he wrote called, “Trinket Man” about a man who has toys and trinkets around the outside of his home, then Rah remembered he wrote a song around the same time called, “Crazy Man.” “Maybe we’ll revive those,” Amiri joked. The idea for the name “Blac Rabbit” came from a small doll their uncle got while touring Russia as a jazz musician, and thought it as a good play on words from a favorite song of theirs; Jefferson Airplane’s

“White Rabbit,” as for the missing letter “K”, Rah likes to joke that it’s copyrighted. Their first busking experience came working to raise money for plane tickets to visit their mother who was staying in Puerto Rico. They played The Beatles of course, as well as Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “In like three days we had the money,” said Rah. In their teens, not long after they first began playing music, they moved to Far Rockaway. As they got older, they began to look into regular jobs, applying to trade schools, figuring they’d just wind up being broke, and applying to work at a supermarket. “After a while, we started busking because we were sick of working there.” Rah said In January of 2018, they caught the eye of filmmaker Nicolas Heller, otherwise known as New York Nico, who is the self-proclaimed, “Unofficial talent scout of New York City,” who shot a video of them busking on the L train and uploaded it to his In-

stagram account. “The first day it was at a few thousand views, and we were like a few thousand views...cool,” they said. In the next few days the video would hit viral status, with people tagging Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres in the comments. Soon, they were contacted by Ellen’s staff to come on the show. “They really wanted bubbly personalities, we didn't even think we were gonna make it on,” Amiri said, “We’re not bubbly TV personality like guys.” But they agreed. So in March of last year, they flew out to Los Angeles and appeared on The Ellen Show, were interviewed by the host and played The Beatles tune “8 Days a Week.” Although they explained that the experience was a blast, they admitted how nerve wracking it was going from smaller shows to a big stage. “Even though Ellen was an amazing experience, you feel this pressure of perfectionism, like is my shirt on properly?” Continued on page 13

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Amiri said. “It’s one of the scariest things I ever did,” added Rah. Looking past Ellen, Blac Rabbit has toured parts of the United States, and last summer toured parts of Europe, including Liverpool and the famous Cavern Club, where The Beatles themselves played in their early years. “That was incredible,” Amiri said. “It was probably one of the most historic things we have ever done,” added Rah. They even got the opportunity to recreate the famous Abbey Road album cover. “We got a lot of cools stays in Europe, they know how to treat a band,” Amiri said. “Overall, even though Europe was a blast, I think I like touring America better, it’s a little easier, you just get in the van and you’re good,” said Rah. “Flying has never been something I really enjoy, I don’t think anybody does.” In between treading The Beatles’ European footsteps and playing daytime television, Blac Rabbit still plays small Rock-

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019 away venues including the boardwalk and PICO on 129th Street. “It’s so much more personable and intimate. I’m glad we are at a point where we break it up between big shows and playing PICO,” Rah said. The brothers moved to Rockaway in their teenage years, and have been here ever since. “I really like being in Rockaway, there is a sense of community and a sense of family you don’t get anywhere else,” Amiri said. “The vibe is really laid back here, and it really rubbed off on me.” Of course, Blac Rabbit is a lot more than two guys playing Beatles covers. They play with drummer, Patrick Jones, who they have been with for years, Josh Lugo on bass, and sometimes guitar, and newcomer multi-instrumentalist, Justin Jagbir. Outside of Beatles covers, Blac Rabbit has released several pieces of original music, “It’s definitely more what we want to push,” Amiri says about the music, adding that they’re mostly going for the psychedelic dream pop genre, akin to that of

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This Week in History JANUARY 31 Patricia Higgins was born. Lori Healey-Wasson was born. 1865 - The House of Representatives approved the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery in the United States. 1940 - The first Social Security check was issued to Ida Fuller for $22.54. FEBRUARY 1 Maryellen Galvin was born. Eileen McDade was born.

1959 - Rock singers, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and Big Bopper died in a plane crash. FEBRUARY 4 Thomas O’Callaghan was born. Frankie Cullen was born. Mike Lee was born. Robert Kaskel was born. Marie Murphy was born. Kathleen Kuhn was born.

1789 - George Washington and John Ad2003 - The space shuttle Columbia ams are elected the president and vice disintegrated as it tried to reenter the president of the United States. Earth's atmosphere after a sixteen-day 2004 - The Massachusetts Supreme mission in space. All seven members of Court declared that gays had the right to marry. the crew were lost. 2004 - Janet Jackson's famous "wardrobe malfunction" occurred at Super FEBRUARY 5 John Cori was born. Bowl XXXVIII. Terence O’Rourke was born. Cody Ritter was born. FEBRUARY 2 Sandy Livingston was born. 1917 - Congress passed the Immigration Denise Auerbach was born. Act, which restricted Asian immigra1887 - The first gathering at Gobbler's tion, over President Wilson's veto. Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. to wait for 1952 - New York adopts three-colored traffic lights. the groundhog's shadow occurred. 1943 - Nazi troops surrendered in the FEBRUARY 6 World War II Battle of Stalingrad. Rosemary Gurry was born. Peter McWoods was born. FEBRUARY 3 Anthony George was born. 1870 - The 15th Amendment (black suf- 1935 - The popular board game Monopfrage) passed. oly® went on sale for the first time.

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During the 2018-2019 school year, the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) has been teaming up with Lawrence Woodmere Academy (LWA), a private school in Long Island, to discuss marine science and environmental conservation. Students ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade invited RWA educators into their classrooms to learn about various topics through experiential-and task-based projects. The students began with a crash course in marine science, complete with an upclose look at oysters from Jamaica Bay. After some initial trepidation, the students were excited to observe the oysters and learn how they are used as natural water filters in New York Harbor, gaining a new appreciation for these seden-

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2 ROOM STUDIO BELLE HARBOR MINT - New kitchen, bath and appliances. Plenty of closets, living room/bedroom combination. Application Process, owner will split fee if approved. Call Susan for more info 347 260 3891.......................................................$1500 ONE BEDROOM 117th Coop building, extra large rooms, hardwood floors, galley kitchen, large living room. Pay electric & gas, no parking, no pets. Application process. Available 4/1/19 .................................................$1500 120’s Walk in, new kitchen, dining area, living room, large bedroom, control own heat, pay all utilities, no pets, no smoking. Call Susan 347 260 3891.................................$1600 120’s TEMPORARY FROM 1/19 TO 7/1/19 FULLY FURNISHED, LOVELY. Use of backyard and front porch. All utilities and cable are included. Call Susan 347 260 3891.................................$1700 TWO BEDROOM Ocean Grande Ocean views every window, large bedrooms, 2 baths, plenty of clostes, washer & dryer, EDdesk, computer building amenities, concierge RENTfront room, roof top deck, fitness center, locker with showers. Call Susan 347 260 3891................................$2300 120’s GORGEOUS! Large kitchen with breakfast area, New bath with shower and tub, parquet floors throughout, central air, lots ED 2 balconies RENofTwindows, plus private terrace, no w/d, no pets, 2 car parking for summer only, pay electric. Call Susan 347 260 3891................................$2250 130’s Large terrace, no pets, summer parking, heat included. Call Susan 347 260 3891.................................$2100 120’s BEACH BLOCK , Newly renovated, walk in unit, kitchen with island, washer and dryer, no pets, no smoking, heat included. Parking. Call Susan 347 260 3891.................................$1700 100’s. Adorable, bungalow feels like your own home, new kitchen and bath, no pets, pay all utilities. Call Susan 347 260 3891.................................$1600 100’s Small cottage with shared outdoor space. No pets, pay all utilities. Call Susan 347 260 3891.................................$1550 THREE BEDROOM 90’s Beach Block, GREAT CONDITION, newly painted, hardwood floors, 2 baths, small pet welcomed, utilities included. Call Susan 347 260 3891................................$2500 120’s P.S. 114 School District, PRISTINE, totally newly renovated, GORGEOUS eat-in-kitchen, living room, dining room, 2 bath, washer & dryer, terrace, summer parking, pay all utilities. Call Susan 347 260 3891............................... $2700 128th MINT, MINT, 2 bath, private entrance, open floor plan, EIK with island, all amenities, fireplace, huge terrace, radiate heat, washer & dryer, parking space. Pay all utilities. Call Peggy 347 525-7176............................... $2600

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Brand New Construction Spectacular s, 1 8 condo 3BR’ with 23HW0bathfloors, open LD ocean view S O layoout, balcony and parking for multiple cars. $999,000

BRAND NEW TO MARKET 2 Family Oceanfront! 8 location! Stunning 0 1 miss this rare 2Don’t 4 baths, L D find, 5BRs, driveway, large S O private backyard and large private oceanfront terrace. $969,000

ARVERNE BY THE SEA Legal 2 Family 8 ocean views! Fabulous 0 1 sun filled 2Beautiful with 3 lg BR’s, L D home rooftop terrace, S O den, full ocean and bay views. Two BR rental. $925,000

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Center Hall Colonial 50’x100’ Built 1in8 1991, this home 2 0 has 4BR’s, 3.5 Dbaths, decked yard L pool, full finsihed S O with bsmt and private drive and detached garage. $1,100,000

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Absolutely Gorgeous! Bright1 8and fully renovated home 20 Dwith granite kitchen, L living room, S O sunken 4BR, 2.5 baths and inground heated pool. $1,289,000

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Winter Sales are Up!

With honesty, effort and an indepth knowledge of every block and building on the peninsula. Come and see our new listings!

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· 4BR, 4.5 bath · In-ground Heated Pool · Pool House · 2 Car Garage · · Parking for 8 · Radiant Heat · Central AC · Smart Camera System · · Two Juliet Balconies · Full Finished Basement · High Ceilings · Outdoor Full Bath · · Two Kitchenettes · Great Mother Daughter Set Up · $2,150,000

Beautiful 3BR, 1.5 bath home on the canal. Entertain family and friends on your beautiful back deck conveniently located right outside your spacious updated Kitchen. $475,000

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Turn Key 2BR OCEANFRONT apartment, hardwood floors and private terrace with gorgeous panoramic ocean views. Currently being used as a large 1BR. $475,000

Your one and only opportunity to own this 2 family income producing INCOMPARABLE OCEANFRONT! Both units have a 20'x10' oceanfront patios, 3BR's and 2 baths. Bonus walk in apt. Plenty of private parking and low taxes. There is simply no home that compares! $1,325,000

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130 Beach 62nd Street · Sunday · 2/3 · 12-1:30pm

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Susan Natale

Lic. RE Salesperson

Our office is in Brooklyn, but our homes are in Rockaway

JUST LISTED!

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3 Bed, 2.5 Bath upgraded, modern unit w/ washer/dryer, permit parking --- $2,950 2 Bed, 1 Bath completely renovated w/ a private driveway, washer/dryer, central air & heat---$1,850 2 Bed, 1 Bath w/ balcony, ocean views, wash/dryer & parking --- $1,800

Rockaway Park [Zoned for PS 114]

3 Bed, 2 Bath newly renovated w/ parking & terrace---$2,500 1 Bed, 1 Bath walk-in w/ updated kitchen---$1,500

6613 Surf Ave. · $949,000 Big 2-family with private roof deck located in The Dunes section of Arverne By The Sea. This Freeport model boasts a spacious and upgraded 3-Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom main unit that features a Master Suite, private backyard, built-in garage and private driveway. The second unit is a big and bright 2-bedroom apartment with a step-out balcony. Both units have their own washer/dryer and thermostat. The top floor offers a useful bonus room and a spacious roof deck with ocean views. Tax abated for 10 more years. Just a few steps to either the A Train or the famous Rockaway Boardwalk and beach. Listed exclusively by Associate Broker Alice O'Connor.

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ASKING $175,000 130 Beach 121st St, #2B

OPEN HOUSE · Saturday 2/2/19 · 12:00-1:30pm Large studio apartment with an updated kitchen and a private balcony. This boutique building is 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!

SLICE OF LIFE By Beth Hanning Slow Down In January of 2017, I wrote a column about the outrage of the State Police patrolling Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel and parts of the Rockaways. People were furious that the State Police were here and ticketing people. I clearly stated that if you drive within the speed limit, you should not have a problem. I have been guilty of driving too fast when in a rush, but something changed for me in October of 2016. I was driving to school and when I was about to turn left off of Cross Bay Boulevard, I

saw one of my students lying in the street. After being taken to Jamaica Hospital, she was pronounced dead. Since then, I have been on a bit of a crusade about speeding. And my crusade has spread to my family as well. My father has given up driving because every time he drove, he claimed he felt uncomfortable with people driving too close to him and honking when he did not proceed fast enough. My daughter works on Beach Channel Drive at the Prudential office and last week when the stoplight was out on Beach

Channel Drive and Beach 116th Street by Duane Reade, she was unsure how she was going to get home because the cars were driving by so fast and she could not get across the street. Another horrible accident happened last week and the young man, who attends Scholars’ Academy, was attempting to exit his yellow school bus when a car went around the bus on the RIGHT side, yes you heard that right, the side where the children exit. He was hit by the car and broke his leg in two places and is in a cast from his ankle to his hip. When are people going to slow down? This young man is lucky to be alive. If it were possibly a difference in a second, he may have been killed. Now Cross Bay Boulevard is not the only place I see people driving haphazardly. My favorite is at least once a week, a car goes around me in the left lane and I assume they are making a U-turn. Nope, they are going through the

red light and going through the turning lane to get around the people who follow the rules of driving. Newport Avenue, as I have said many times, is also the practice for the Indy 500. Without many streetlights, people use it to speed as quickly as possible to get to and from Beach 116th Street. So, I am begging you all to please leave a few minutes early and slow down. I know some people will not be happy with this, but we need more tickets to be distributed from the State Police and the 100th Precinct. The day after the young boy was hit, a squad car sat by the accident spot. I doubt the exact incident is going to happen again. Actively patrol. I know you can sit on Newport and Beach 129th and get offenders all day long, who do not stop at the stop signs. Try to drive everywhere as if your children were playing in the streets and/or exiting school buses. Have a great week everyone and SLOW DOWN.

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BELLE HARBOR PROFESSIONAL BUILDING 114-08 to 115-14 Beach Channel Drive

CARDIOLOGY & INTERNAL MEDICINE – NORTHWELL HEALTH 115-06 BCD, 2nd Fl. 718-318-6021 Dr. Yashodhara Kirtane, Dr. Georges Labazee, Dr. James O’Connor, Dr. Susan Quinn-Torpey, Dr. Sanjay Kirtane

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ORTHODONTIST - DR. COHEN 114-12 BCD, Suite 4 347-733-5275 ecohen710@gmail.com

NYC COUNCILMEMBER - ULRICH 114-12 BCD, Suite 1A 718-318-6411 eulrich@council.nyc.gov

ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF THE ROCKAWAYS 114-10 BCD 718-474-0500 animalhospitaloftherockaways@gmail.com

PEDIATRIAN - ISLAND PEDIATRICS 114-12 BCD, Suite 6 718-474-3375 Dr. Lashley - marclashley1@gmail.com

ROCKAWAY BAGELS 114-08 BCD 347-733-5275 ecohen710@gmail.com

BAYVIEW URGENT CARE 115-06 BCD, Suite 101 718-474-7744 BayviewUrgentCare@yahoo.com

PSYCHIATRIST - DR. CIRRINCIONE 114-12 BCD, Suite 2 347-733-5275 drdebcirrincione@hotmail.com

CONTRACTOR - ALMAS CONSTRUCTION 114-12 BCD 718-318-1346 jason@almasconstruction.com

CHIROPRACTOR - DR. KIERNAN 115-06 BCD, 3rd Fl. 718-945-0406 Dr.Kiernan@StressReliefMethod.com

FINANCIAL PLANNER - EDWARD JONES 115-10 BCD 347-733-5275 jane.donnelly@edwardjones.com

CONTRACTOR - MALBRO CONSTRUCTION 115-06 BCD, Suite 103 & 104 516-790-1441 malbroconstruction@gmail.com

DENTIST - DR. ROGOFF 115-08 BCD 718-318-3384 rogoffsdentaloffice@gmail.com

INSURANCE - PAT HANNING 114-12 BCD, Suite 1B 718-945-0444 patrick.hanning@prudential.com

CONTRACTOR - NYC DAYLIGHTING 115-14 BCD, Rear 718-757-2568 nycdaylighting@aol.com

DERMATOLOGIST - DR. SAINI 114-12 BCD, Suite 5 917-915-5106 ritu.saini.md@gmail.com

REAL ESTATE - CAROLE SILVERSTEIN 114-12 BCD 718-474-1414 carolesilversteinrealestate@gmail.com

ELECTRICIAN - PEAK ELECTRIC 115-14 BCD, Rear 646-668-7113 peakelectricoffice@gmail.com

GASTROENTEROLOGIST - DR. MEHLMAN 114-12 BCD, Suite 10 718-318-0800 jkmehl@aol.com

REAL ESTATE - LAURICE KEATING 114-12 BCD, Suite 9 718-945-9267 lauricekeatingrealty.com

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By Peter Galvin, MD

Surgery? PT? One of the most common orthopedic surgeries is arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM), more commonly known as a knee scope. In 2014, it was estimated that 516,800 APMs were performed in the United States, and in 2006, it was estimated that the global cost of this procedure was $44 billion. The meniscus is the cartilaginous pad that is in the middle of every joint in the body. The meniscus prevents bone-on-bone contact in the joint which causes pain, inflammation, and deformation. Tearing of the meniscus may occur as part of the normal degenerative (osteoar-

thritic) process of the knee and occurs in up to 60 percent of those over age 50, who have not had prior knee pain or injury. The meniscus has no blood supply and so, once torn, it cannot repair itself. Because physical therapy (PT) has positive short-term effects on knee pain and function, the benefit of surgical removal of the torn meniscus as compared to PT has remained unclear. Several smaller studies have been published comparing APM to PT or sham surgery (like a placebo, the scope enters the knee, but no cartilage is removed) and they found no difference in benefit of pain

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and function between the two groups. A few months ago, a larger study from Amsterdam was published that compared PT to APM for improvement in joint pain and function. The study looked at over 300 participants with non-obstructive meniscal tears of the knee. Non-obstructive refers to a meniscal tear where the torn part of the meniscus does not enter the knee joint. If a piece of the meniscus enters the joint, it may physically interfere with the function and flexion of the joint. If this occurs, then surgery is required to remove the torn piece. The participants were randomized into two groups and followed for 24 months. After 24 months, the participants self-reported knee function using a standardized form called the International Knee Documentation Committee Subjective Knee Form. Using the patient-reported knee function information, the study found no difference in knee pain and function between the group randomized

Page 27 to PT versus the group randomized to surgery. However, 29 percent of the PT group did have delayed surgery, demonstrating that not all patients randomized to the PT group were satisfied with their results. The results of the study do lend credence to the growing opinion that older individuals with degenerative meniscal tears may be able to use PT alone to improve their knee pain and function and avoid, or at least delay, surgery. It is important to remember that these results apply only to those individuals with small meniscal tears. Those with larger tears, bucket-handle tears (the cartilage is flipped over on itself ), and obstructing tears most likely will require surgical correction. And those with severely degenerated cartilage where there is bone-on-bone contact will often require joint replacement. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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Waking Up to This Day Some days are easier to wake up to than other days. Recently, I took my yearly trip down to Rincon, Puerto Rico and I must tell you, it is really easy to wake up on a warm, beautiful tropical island surrounded by water. Everyone is so laid back and easy going. The tranquil environment allows you to be stress-free without a care in the world. Dwelling in the present moment comes without difficulty. Counting your blessings is organic. Most certainly makes you think twice about living on a tropical island.

That being said, there is no place like home. Yes, there are more responsibilities and things to do, but the truth is if you surround yourself with loving people and create a comfortable space to live, you will be just as happy, or almost as content as the person living on an island. On my vacation I read a powerful book, “Waking Up to This Day” by Paula D’Arcy. Many times, I had to put it down because the content touched my heart and I needed to absorb it slowly. In fact, I have had this

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book for years but couldn’t read it. D'Arcy teaches us how to wake up to this day and all that life has to offer us. There is so much suffering in one’s life and yet, we are encouraged to move on because this is all part of life. “Our function is not to live forever but to live in this moment.” -Joko Beck. Why is it that so many of us cannot live in the present moment but live from the past and the future? D'Arcy writes this book after losing her husband and 22-month-old baby girl named Sarah in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. She is obviously devastated by her losses and does not want to live but somehow, she manages to break through her sorrow and move on. She never forgets but says it is the love from her past that carried her on. She begins a new career writing books and speaking nationwide to large groups of people about waking up to this day. She is an inspirational writer and speaker who has turned a negative into a positive, teaching

The Rockaway Times people how to work from a place of love. Delving deep into my family history and all the losses I have experienced in life, I realize it was the tremendous love that supported my will to live happily in this life. I grew up in a loving, compassionate home. This would be the glue that kept me together during times of loss. Sadness never fully leaves you, but you learn to live life one day at a time. Whatever you are doing and whoever you choose to spend your time with, is life itself. There is much suffering in life but do not attach yourself to your grief, instead perhaps find a way to live a life worth living. “We are the night ocean filled with glints of light. We are the space between the fish and the moon, while we sit here together.” ~Rumi. I am in love with life. The birds, the ocean, the mountains, the lakes, the rivers, the people, my family. I hope if and when you suffer from loss, you learn to heal by living in the present moment, listening to the birds singing and seeing life with all its beauty.


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Lemon Shrimp with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Page 29 Directions: In a small bowl, sprinkle shrimp with Old Bay Seasoning. Add the slices of lemon. Cover and refrigerate for at least ½ hour. Boil the pasta to al dente. Drain. Reserve a little water. In a large pan, heat the oil. Add the shrimp with the lemons. Stir until lightly pink. Add the pasta. Mix. Add the tomatoes and stir to incorporate. Add the mozzarella. If dry, add a little pasta water.

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Serves: 2 Ingredients: 1-1/2 pounds shelled, deveined shrimp 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 lemon, cut in slices (pits removed) Old Bay Seasoning Small mozzarella balls (6-8 quartered) 10 grape tomatoes cut in half Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Whole wheat angel hair pasHistorian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018) ta

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LEGAL NOTICES JA Corona Realty LLC Articles of Org. filed with the NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/08/2019. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 96-43 Corona Ave, Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Seeking Riis Park Lifeguards

The National Park Service seeks to fill multiple surf-lifeguards jobs at all three units of Gateway National Recreation Area for the 2019 summer season, including Riis Park. These positions are currently open on USAjobs.gov. The closing date to apply for these jobs is February 15, 2019. Hourly pay for the entry level is 14.59 per hour, with extra pay for Sunday work. Overtime pay is $21.89 per hour. These jobs are 40 hours per week. The first step for

this exciting opportunity is a pre-employment performance test, which includes a 500-yard swim in less than ten minutes and a 1 ¼ mile run in less than 12 minutes. The next test will be offered at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 16. Please remember to bring your ID. If you are under 18 at the time of the test, a parent or guardian must be with you. To pre-register for the test, please call 1-800-678-7946.

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PHEFFER AMATO HONORS LOCAL RADIO CO. AS ‘SMALL BUSINESS OF THE MONTH’

This week, Rockaway Beach Broadcasting Company (RBBC) was awarded a NYS Assembly Citation by Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, honoring the local radio station as her 2019 January Small Business of the Month. RBBC launched on August 1, 2018 and was founded by Bryan Doremus, Matt Preis (aka Max Power), Caitlin Moss, and Frisco Granda. RBBC’s mission is to promote everything local; musicians and artists of all kinds, small businesses, events around town, and anything else that positively contributes to the community. “RBBC is a vehicle for exporting the cultural and artistic talent in the Rockaway peninsula to areas outside, providing people a glimpse into what make us so special,” said Pheffer Amato. “For each artist, small business, or organization, RBBC promotes

our thriving culture, and we’re grateful that this outlet exists, and are proud to have RBBC in our community!” “We at RBBC are so honored to have been chosen for this month’s small business award. We’ve always been motivated by promoting positivity in our community through the arts and events that we promote and share, and to receive recognition for that means a lot to us and will drive us to continue to grow,” Granda said. For info on RBBC’s daily program lineup and to tune in, visit: rbbcradio.com

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The Literary Chick Review: What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire By Marilyn Macron, Esq. aka Maria Cowhey

Marble cold, red-lipped Fate, like Swinburne’s Delores, has never ached with a heart. Sometimes words of advice and encouragement are needed. The Literary Chick has her Go-To Self Help Books for when she’s a Chick In The Dumps. We’ve mentioned The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (see The Rockaway Times, October 18, 2018). Another is What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through the Fire by Charles Bukowski. Born Heinrich Karl Bukowski in Andernach, Germany, Bukowski grew up in California with a frequently unemployed, violent father and a sorrowful and ineffectual mother. Schoolmates ridiculed him for his German ancestry and his extreme case of acne. As an adult, he became a raging alcoholic and gambler, and also either a ladies’ man or a misogynist, depending on whom you spoke to. And all along he wrote – prose, poetry, essays, mostly about the type of people who frequent bars and racetracks. He made himself the bard of society’s margins, and in doing so became a cult hero. Mickey Rourke played Bukowski in the 1987 movie Barfly. What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through the Fire is a posthumous collection of Bukowski’s poetry. Bukowski is among the more accessible poets, in that his poems border on prose, and that was deliberate. In Christmas Poem To A Man In Jail he writes, “I don’t like poetry for example,

so I write mine the way I like to read it”. The poems range from actual stories drawn from experience of his childhood and of betting parlors, of poetry readings and of benders. Dissipation became part of his image (his publicist warned him not to let his readers know when he stopped drinking), but few poets can match him for economy and precision. This is not to say he romanticized the hard life he mostly chose – the drinking, the gambling, or the writing. In Combat Primer, after listing the trials faced by a slew of famous literary names, he writes, “it’s that kind of war: creation kills, many go mad, Some lose their way and can’t do it anymore, a few make it to old age, a few make money, some starve (like Vallejo), it’s that kind of war: casualties everywhere.” Bukowski worked long mind-numbing hours as a postal worker, detailed in his book, Post Office, before walking out one day to Godknows-what he would find. In Wasted, he warns against dying with regret, “too often the people complain that they have done nothing with their lives and then they wait for somebody to tell them that this isn’t so. look, you’ve done this and that and you’ve done that and that’s something you really think so? of course. but

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this could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind. go all the way. it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days. it could mean freezing on a park bench. it could mean jail, it could mean derision, mockery, isolation. isolation is the gift, all the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. and you’ll do it despite rejection and the they had it right. worst odds they’ve done nothing. and it will be better than anshown no courage. ything else no inventiveness. you can imagine. they did what they were roll the dice sings with lighttaught to do. ning. they did what they were told Are you ready?” to There’s a counterintuitive do. lesson in Bukowski. Gamthey had no resistance, bling is generally underno thoughts stood as a metaphor for givof their own. ing up control of your fate. they were pushed and But a gambler knows that’s shoved not true; a gambler knows and went obediently, you can’t win if you don’t they had no heart, play. Losing is the cost of they were cowardly. trying to win. There’s somethey stank up life. thing oddly empowering in they stank up life.” that. Don’t look to Bukowski for words of comfort. Ain't gonThe Literary Chick is honna happen. Bukowski does ored to be among those chotell you in the exhilarating and sen to read at Three Rooms frightening roll of the dice, Press 12th Annual Charles what to expect if and when you Bukowski Memorial Readdo throw off those shackles. ing on Thursday, February “if you’re going to try, go all 28 at 6:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m. at the Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleekway, er Street) in Manhattan. We otherwise, don’t even start. hope to see you there! if you’re going to try, go all For more from The Literary the Chick, go to www.theliteraryway. chick.com


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The Graybeards would like to thank the sponsors, donors and all those who attended our Annual Dinner Dance for your support. This year’s fundraiser was a huge success. Your continued support enables us to continue our mission of helping those in our community in their time of need.

Thank You Very Much.

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As a youngster growing up in the 1950s in the small Irish enclave of Woodside, Queens, I can remember my father taking me in tow, at least once a month, and walking down Skillman Avenue to "Paul's" barbershop for a haircut. The shop had its own unique smell, as well with the smell of cherry, wintergreen,

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apple, and butternut-flavored pipe and tobacco smoke mixed with the scent of hair tonics, pomades, oils, and neck powders. The moment a man stepped inside, he was enveloped in the warm and welcoming familiarity. Even as a young child, I could sense that a barbershop was a cool hangout for men and their sons. In retrospect, I now realize that our monthly trips to the barbershop had, over time, become a family tradition. Many men have been going to the same barber all their life and have introduced their sons to the same chair and the same barber. It was "a Guy's Place." No appointments at the barbershop. First come, first served, everyone else takes a chair and waits. Unlike Mom, Dad did not hover around me, inspecting and critiquing each and every snip of the barber's scissors. Dad simply grunted, "Make

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sure you get the hair out of his eyes!" and then returned to his chair to read that day's newspaper. Of particular interest to me were the framed pictures of supposedly available haircut styles that hung on the wall featuring movie stars sporting various hairstyles. I remember once pointing to a picture of Elvis Presley having his hair cut upon entrance to the U.S. Army in 1958, and telling my father that's who I wanted to look like. My father almost doubled over laughing and telling me, "Paul is a Barber and cuts your hair. He's not a plastic surgeon and can't do a damn thing about your face!" As I grew older, "Paul" ultimately retired and his shop closed and I found myself getting haircuts by stylists at unisex chain salons, but the problem’s been that many of the people who work at salons are not trained barbers. They’re cosmetologists. The difference between the two can spell the difference between a dopey-looking haircut and a great one. A barber is trained to cut with clippers, the main tool in cutting a man’s hair. Cosmetologists, on the other hand, are trained to use scissors. Their training is also geared towards catering to women’s hair. They become experts in styling, coloring, and perming — things a man has no need for. Well, that's not exactly true. Back in the 1980s, my brain synapses must have been misfiring because I did go to a Supercuts salon to have my hair permed on a dare. I won the bet ($50,) but I spent the next six months walking around with a hat 24 hours a day in a failed attempt to avoid looking like a bad imitation of Mike Brady, the father from the Brady Bunch television series. That ended my experimentation with "stylists." Barbers, on the other hand, are interesting guys with interesting stories to tell. There is conversation about politics, cars, sports, and family. Guys read the newspaper and

comment on current events. In between the banter, jokes are told and laughs are had. And everyone is involved: the barbers, the customers getting their haircuts, and the customers waiting to get their haircut. Adding to the enjoyment is that a variety of men take part in the conversation; young, old, and middle-aged join in the mix. The problem I have stems from the fact that although my local barber, "Dino," has been cutting my hair for many years now, he didn't work out of a barber shop, but simply rented chair space in the various Broad Channel hair and nail salons through the years. Unfortunately, just over a year ago, Dino lost the rental space when Ella and David's Beauty Salon closed. Not ready to admit defeat, Dino managed to rent space nearby in a shop on Cross Bay Boulevard, where he set up his single barber chair, clippers, combs and other accoutrements of his trade. Did I mention that Dino's new space is located in the "Perfect Pet Spa," a dog grooming service? I still have to make sure I arrive to the shop early for a haircut because, as before, the locals start arriving at the shop right around 9 a.m. to have their hair washed, brushed and dried or simply to have their nails cut. It's not really as weird as it appears, but I am really getting annoyed with my beloved Grace's insistence that I start wearing a flea collar. Broad Channel. Why would you live anywhere else?

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ROCKAWAY GOOD TIMES By Kami-Leigh Agard Brighten up! The days are getting longer, injecting light and vitality in Rockaway’s always-fun happenings around town. So, no need to leave the peninsula as the Rock is always teeming with fabulous live music, theater and arts.

LIVE MUSIC: Friday, February 1 6 p.m. Shake off your workweek blues, and head to Bungalow Bar’s Acoustic Fridays. Get ready to boogie down with Winston McBoogie to your fave rock-a-rific tunes! 377 Beach 92nd Street

Friday, February 1, 7 p.m. Join DJs At Work for a Wig N’ Stache-themed Radio Bingo Night at Knights of Columbus. Wear your best wig or moustache for a night of not just laughs, but funding for P.S. 114. $25 for bingo, grub, music and prizes galore! 333 Beach 90th Street

Friday, February 1 8 p.m. Drum roll please…! The Rock-AWades are making their debut at RBQ! Get ready for an epic sing-along party to all your classic rock favorites. Plus with RBQ’s delish food and drink menu, this will be one Rock-A-Classic night! 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Saturday, February 2 8:30 p.m. Head to RBQ for a mythical night of fabulous music with Celtic-American singer/songwriter, Jeff Conlon, delivering his original lineup of folk music, plus classic rock covers. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Saturday, February 2 9 p.m. Aye lads and lasses! It’s feck*n’ cold! So why not seek the heat at Rogers as local music man, Chris Vought aka Winston McBoogie, fires up Rockaway’s oldest Irish pub with your favorite classic and alternative rock, Motown and more! 203 Beach 116th Street

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watch the infamous commercials, and of course toast the GAME with your Don’t let the cold keep you best buds. from drifting into Rustwoods, 203 Beach 116th Street where the cozy speakeasy dishARTS: es up a special blues/jazz lineup. Plus special de la nuit menu from Open call for admissions to the Whit’s! Rockaway Artists Alliance’s Art in 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd Bloom exhibit. Artists are invited to bring to life a world of flowers in all ROCKAWAY’S PARTY GUIDE TO their colorful forms. Artwork may even include live flowers. Submissions SUPER BOWL LIII Football is king this Sunday, Feb- from artists, local florists and comruary 2, so if you’re looking for a local munity members involved in nature/ spot to watch the game — whether gardening clubs and landscaping are you are a Patriot or a Ram — here’s a encouraged. Submission deadline: breakdown of where to catch the BIG Sunday, February 17. Exhibit runs game on the BIG screen, compliment- March 9 to March 31. Submit at rockaed of course with good grub and liba- wayartistsalliance.org/artinbloom tions! (See Page 2 for full lineup!) Ongoing through February Check out Joe Lupo’s spectacular Community House one-man photo exhibition at ComFrom 6 p.m. to end of game, at $50 munity House. From the sunsets, per person, CH is offering unlimited sunrises, ocean, nature and surf beer and buffet. —the local lensman’s photos surre101-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd ally depict the beauty of Rockaway Beach. Rogers 101-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd. It’s GAME on at Rogers! Come on in, Got info on local live music and art? have fun and a load of laughs as you Email: kami@rockawaytimes.com

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The St. Francis de Sales CYO fifth-grade basketball team enjoyed what will be a memory of a lifetime as they got the opportunity to play at The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, during halftime of the recent St. John’s – Georgetown battle. The team was supported by scores of friends and family. Terrence Mullin and St. John’s coach, Chris Mullin, made it happen. Well done!

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