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VOL. 5, NO. 36 - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019

Painting The Town Green On Saturday Parade Lineup Page 8


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019

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Residences at The Gemini Offer a Slice of Beach Life By Kami-Leigh Agard

A strip of buildings along Rockaway Beach Boulevard that were burned down after Hurricane Sandy have risen from the ashes as the Residences at the Gemini, boasting 54 units of one- and two-bedroom apartments and four community/commercial spaces. The apartments not only offer both ocean and Manhattan skyline views, but a chance to experience what’s best about Rockaway — the beach. The development broke ground in January 2016, and the apartments and retail space were put on the market in late 2018. According to Dino Tomassetti Jr, owner of the Gemini development and also a Rockaway native, 10 units have already been rented; and two commercial tenants are already in, an adult daycare and an AT&T mobile store. “For the two remaining commercial spaces, we are looking at a gym, a yoga studio and a

few restaurants that approached us. We really want to utilize the commercial space for amenity uses, that could be enjoyed by both Gemini’s residents and the surrounding community,” Tomassetti Jr. said. The Gemini is also going to have an attended parking garage just in time for the summer season. “We have a very large parking garage, which takes up the entire footprint of the building. So beachgoers and visitors to the area will be able to drive in, pay a fee, and pick up their car, all without the hassle of hunting for a parking space,” Tomassetti Jr. said. The apartments are mixed housing with 34 percent being offered under NY’s Affordable

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New York Housing Program (which replaced the 421a affordable housing program last year). At market rate, the price for a one-bedroom is $1,800 per month and a two-bedroom is just over $2,000 per month, depending on the view and layout. According to Tomassetti Jr., there isn’t much of a difference between the market rate and affordable housing apartments. “Thirty-four percent of the apartments are affordable, but there really isn’t a big variation in the rent compared to the market rate apartments. They are all good quality units with nice high-quality finishes, a beautiful kitchen, living room and bathroom. A big plus is that all the apartments are roomy. These are not tiny apartments, unlike the recent trend with buildings cramming people in very small rooms. Also, the natural light is beautiful,” Tomassetti Jr. said. To take a tour of the apartments, contact Chris Trunell via

email: chris@places.nyc or call: 646-408-8048, or contact local real estate broker, Annette Farina of Belle Harbor Realty Corp. at 718-945-1801 or email: annette@belleharborrealty.com. For commercial space queries, contact Trunell. Tomassetti said like everyone in Rockaway, he’s just waiting for Rockaway to become full of life again with the warmer weather. “I’ve been in this community for a very long time, so I know the summer is when Rockaway really comes to life. I believe these apartments are in a great location, close to the beach, with great views of the bay and the ocean, so I think this is a really nice project. And of course, with the ferry nearby, and buses and subway, this will be great for someone just looking for a slice of the beach with all the conveniences of living in NYC.” The Residences at the Gemini are located at 114-30 and 11432 Rockaway Beach Blvd. For a virtual tour, visit: www.thegeminiresidences.com.


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What an Honor By Katie McFadden

Parade day is Saturday, March 2, and among the lineup will be a bevy of fine lads and lasses that make up this year’s honorees. This year’s Grand Marshal Thomas A. Callahan, is the president and business manager of Local 15, 15A, 15B, 15C, 15D and 15H, the International Union of Operating Engineers. This Long Island resident is a 21-year member and a third-generation Operating Engineer, who moved up in the ranks before ultimately becoming the sixth president and business manager of the union in 2014. This year’s Gael of the Year, Kieran O’Hanlon, is a sitting councilor in the City of Limerick in Ireland. O’Hanlon is a consummate politician who has placed the City of Limerick and the Council of Limerick, at the center of his life’s mission. However, he’s no stranger to Rockaway. He has marched in Rockaway’s parade on several occasions. This year’s Honorary Female

Grand Marshal is Cathy Hogan. This Yonkers resident, who spent many summers in Rockaway, is an active participant in several Irish organizations, including the LAOH Our Lady of Knock Division 19 in Yonkers, the LAOH Westchester County Board, the Clare Football Club of New York, the Galway Association of New York and many others. John Norbury is this year’s Honorary Grand Marshal. This Howard Beach resident has been a laborer since 1986 and has served as Vice President of Construction and General Building Laborers’ Local 79 and President of the NYC Building Trades Queens Board of Business Agents. This year’s Deputy Grand Marshals include Father Tom Basquel, Pat Cullen, James Morton, Lynda Collins, Wil Hurley, Michael Moran, Donald Morrish, MD., Joe Caruana and John O’Grady. This roundup includes several locals. Local resident, Father

Tom Basquel was assigned to St.Camillus – St.Virgilius Parish in 2015 and has been Mission Director for the past ten years. James Morton, a Roxbury resident is a member of the NYC Department of Sanitation, as well as a volunteer at the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 21 (AOH 21). Lynda Collins, a lifelong Rockaway Beach resident, served as President of the Home School Association at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy in Rockaway Beach for six years, and is a member of LAOH Division 25. Rockaway Beach resident, Wil Hurley, has been an MTA Track Manager for more than 25 years. He also serves as vice president of AOH 21, and is a member of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association. Rockaway Park resident, Mike Moran has been an active member of the Msgr. Burke Council 2672 of the Knights of Columbus for the past 31 years, and is cur-

Grand Marshal Tom Callahan

rently Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of AOH 21 and has had a long career in telecommunications. Dr. Donald Morrish is the Chief Medical Officer/ Sr. Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Congratulations to all of the honorees and to parade president Michael Benn for organizing another great parade!

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Contact The Elected Congressman Gregory Meeks 67-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Arverne, NY 11692 Phone: (347) 230-4032 Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato 9516 Rockaway Beach Blvd Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 718-945-9550 City Councilman Eric Ulrich 114-12 Beach Channel Drive, suite #1 Rockaway Park, NY 11694 718-318-6411 State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. 88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd Room 311 Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 718-318-0702 State Senator James Sanders Jr. 1931 Mott Avenue - Suite 305 Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718-327-7017 City Councilman Donovan Richards 1931 Mott Avenue, Suite 410 Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718-471-7014 Assemblywoman Michele Titus 1931 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718- 327-1845 Community Board 14 1931 Mott Ave Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718-471-7300

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Green Day

BOYLEING POINTS

You know I can’t resist dropping a proverb on you that was dropped on me: “If wars were fought with words, Ireland would rule the world.” Of course, there are a couple of variations on what’s keeping Ireland from ruling the world but it’s hard to argue that it rules a good chunk of Rockaway this week, including this column. I’m guessing a lot of people who live in New Orleans hate Mardi Gras. They can do without the crowds and the madness. I’m guessing a few feel the same way about Parade Day in Rockaway. But New Orleans without Mardi Gras, Rockaway without St. Paddy’s — they just wouldn’t be the same. Among other things, the parade presents me with the chance to regurgitate some Irishisms. I get to say things

are grand and brilliant and ask people, where’s the crack? Yes, Katie McFadden, I know it’s spelled craic. Whaddaya think I am, an eeijit? Everyone knows that with Irish Alzheimer’s you forget everything but your grudges. And the grudges live on until you read the name of your nemesis in the Irish Comics otherwise known as the obituaries. (Sometimes people ask why we don’t publish obituaries. Well, I just get too sad when I lose another reader). You know, good Irish old-timers might express frustration by saying Jesus, Mary, and Joseph while the new, saltier, generation expresses it with: for feck’s sake. I can’t remember (see Irish Alzheimer’s) who told me this one but I get a kick out of the cockiness. He said, any Irishman worth his salt, walks into the room, and convinces himself he’s either the smartest or funniest guy in the room. If he’s neither, he

knows he’s the best looking. And if none of those fit he can still believe he’s got the best singing voice. Such cockiness or arrogance is actually kinda rare in Irishisms. The Irish are usually more comfortable putting themselves down or making light of tough circumstances. When you pack your clothes in a trash bag and call it Irish Luggage you’re not exactly boasting. There are Irish Twins (children born within a year of each other) and Irish Exits (you know, slipping out without saying goodbye). There are Irish Wakes and Irish Tempers. And there’s even Irish Camouflage — otherwise known as freckles. There are a few that can’t be said in church. And easier said after a pint. And while the Irish jokes are plenty, there are some words and sentiments that seem appropriate as the parade takes shape. Do not resent growing old,

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***** Happy Rockaway St. Patrick’s Parade Day! ***** It does feel strange publishing the last day of February and then looking up and seeing the parade just two days later. Time flies. But hey, it’s also the unofficial start of spring— we’ll take it! As for the weather, the forecast seems Irish with morning showers and a high of 41 degrees, but the parade goes on rain or shine. Big round of applause for Michael Benn and the rest of the parade committee that makes this annual event great, no matter the weather. ***** Now you know these words will resonate with voters everywhere. When asked if he’s running for president, Bill de Blasio said he hadn’t decided,

but called it “a very personal reality.” Whatever, you say, Bill. When asked if he would be attending the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Parade, the mayor’s press office never got back to us. A very personal disappointment for us. ***** Speaking of voters, a respectable number pulled the lever (or whatever they do in voting booths these days) for Eric Ulrich in Tuesday’s Public Advocate Special Election race. Seventeen people were on the ballot and Ulrich placed second behind winner, Jumaane Williams, a City Councilman from Brooklyn. Lew Simon was among others who were ready to for Ulrich’s council seat had he won. ***** There are seasonal job openings at Gateway. If you are looking for summer employment, check out the opportunities at usajobs.gov. Laborers, lifeguards, and other positions are open, but the deadlines are in early March so hurry up. ***** There’s a march on Saturday,

but there’s also a run. The annual Parade Day 5K starts at 10:30 a.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Gliders Gym at 114-04 Beach Channel Drive. And besides exercise, you get shirts, beer, soda bread. It’s a great tradition! See Page 11 for more details. ***** We have weekly reminders about The Rockaway Times Photo Contest but this week we’ve got a tip. One of the categories for the photo contest is PARADES. And we hear there might be some good photo ops at an event on Saturday. Please send no more than two photos per category to PhotoExpo@Rockawaytimes.com ***** And yes, because you’ve been asking. There will be a Community and Summer Guide. Hard to believe (at least for us), it will be our fifth such edition. Psst, advertisers, reserve space now! ***** The Community Board meeting was well attended

Page 7 last Monday, but there’s a call for an even bigger turnout at the next meeting on Tuesday, March 12. The Department of Homeless Services is supposed to be sending reps to that meeting. Activists fighting to keep the shelter out of the area might look towards Glendale and how Community Board 5 fought a shelter from coming there. ***** Let there be light! We spotted crews on the boardwalk attending to light posts, so it seems those stretches that have been dark for too long will now be remedied. ***** Bingo with music is also known as Radio Bingo. We’re not sure of the rules but sounds like fun. The fun will be at St. Francis de Sales on Friday, March 8 and you can buy tickets at the rectory. We can’t wait for Radio Shuffleboard and Radio Mahjong. ***** That’s a Petra Becker photo classic we touched up on the first page. Thanks, Petra!

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44th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019 Line of March - Saturday, March 2 Parade starts at 1 p.m. at Beach 130th/ Newport Avenue and ends at St. Camillus on Beach 100th Street. Grand Stand at Beach 105th Street. Lineup subject to change. This is the latest lineup received from President Michael Benn before press time.

DIVISION I – Beach 130/131ST STREET

DIVISION III – BEACH 133RD STREET

DIVISION V - BEACH 135TH STREET

CAPTAINS: JOHN MURPHY, TOM TOUHEY

CAPTAINS: THOMAS & SHIELA RAY, CHARLIE

CAPTAINS: JIMMY McGOORTY, BRIAN McGANN,

BRUSH, TOM GURRY & LISA GURRY BRENNAN

VOLUNTEERS BRIAN & CARMEL HEFFERNAN

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VIPS - ELECTED OFFICIALS IRISH JAUNTING CAR IRISH WOLF HOUNDS AND HANDLERS ANTIQUE CARS, DEPUTY GRAND MARSHAL’S CARS AND TRANSPORTATION FOR DEPUTIES QUEENS COUNTY ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & CULTURAL COMMITTE

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DIVISION II – 132ND STREET CAPTAINS: KEVIN DOHERTY, CHRISTY

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O’CONNELL, PAT McCRORY & TIM DUFFICY JR.

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SCHOLARS’ ACADEMY SCHOOL BAND SCHOLARS’ ACADEMY CHEERLEADERS SCHOLARS ACADEMY SPORTS: LACROSSE, WRESTLING, BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, STEP TEAM SCHOLARS ACADEMY STUDENTS P. S. 114 MARCHING UNIT BREEZY POINT CATHOLIC CLUB PIPE BAND O’MALLEY IRISH DANCE ACADEMY ST CAMILLUS SPECIAL OLYMPICS MARCHING UNIT ST. CAMILLUS CATHOLIC ACADEMY MARCHING UNIT HONORING FATHER TOM BASQUEL COUNTY MAYO ASSOCIATION BETTY McLOUGHLIN NEW HAVEN PIPE BAND HONORING VICE PRESIDENT WIL HURLEY ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS DIV 21 MARK EDWARDS, PRESIDENT - MEMBERS NEW YORK STATE COURTS PIPE AND DRUMS BAND HONORING COURTS EMERALD PRESIDENT PATRICK CULLEN NYS COURTS CEREMONIAL UNIT COLOR GUARD NEW YORK STATE COURTS EMERALD SOCIETY COURT OFFICERS MARCHING UNIT NIALL O LEARY SCHOOL IRISH DANCING LYNBROOK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

DIVISION IV – BEACH 134TH STREET CAPTAINS: JACK McHENRY, NOREEN ELLIS, DONNA MORAN & ANNE McGOVERN

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Parade Day ShamRockaway Style By Katie McFadden Parade weekend is here and there’s plenty of pre- and post-parade options to make those Irish eyes smile. The 44th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue. The parade makes a turn down Beach 116th Street to Rockaway Beach Boulevard and continues down to Beach 100th Street. The grand stand will be at Beach 105th Street. Before the parade, at 9 a.m., there will be a Mass for peace and justice in Ireland at St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129th Street. All are welcome to attend. Hosting a parade day party? Ludwig’s Catering is all booked for orders, but Cuisine by Claudette may still have some options with corned beef dinner packages for up to 10 people at $190, or a la carte options. Call 718-945-5511 to inquire. If you’re up to cooking, Curran’s Superior has all your meats. They carry all-natural corned beef brined to perfection on premises. Supplies are limited, so order quick by calling 718634-7408. If you miss out, you can still get some products for an Irish breakfast like Tommy Moloney’s fresh Irish sausage, bacon or black and white pudding. Want someone else to do the cooking on parade day morning? Head to the Rockaway Brewing Company on Beach 72nd Street for a full Irish breakfast from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or spend the day recovering from the parade on Sunday, as they’ll be serving it up again. Why not run before doing the jig? The annual Parade Day 5K kicks off right before the parade, starting at 10:30 a.m. on the Beach 116th Street Boardwalk. Number pickup and day-of registration takes place at Rockaway Gliders (114-04 Beach Channel Drive) starting 90 minutes before the event. All runners get a t-shirt, a medal and Rockapulco Gold beer at the after-party at Gliders. To pre-register, head to www.rockapulcorun.com. The parade may be the main

focus of the day, but there will be plenty of after-parties going on for those who want to keep celebrating. Bungalow Bar will kick things off at 4 p.m. with performances by The Irish Mutts featuring some members of Indaculture, and DJ music by Tommy Tubs. Plus, they’ll have green frozens and great Irish fare to keep you full and satisfied. Wine With Sue is more rock and roll than a traditional Irish band but this band is full of lads that know how to make a party great, no matter the theme. They’ll be playing at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club on Beach 126th Street starting at 3 p.m. “The Tent,” always a popular option, will once again be in the Sands Point parking lot at 230 Beach 102nd Street. This 23+ event hosted by the Rockaway Rugby Club features music by The Newfie Bastards starting at 3 p.m., followed by popular performers, Shilelagh Law at 5 p.m. and DJ Tubbs takes over at 8 p.m. to end the night right. There will be a cover charge to support the Fishheads. RBQ’s on Beach 98th Street has an all-day party starting at 1 p.m. Indulge in Irish fare and Guinness while Jeff Conlon plays some hits on guitar and bagpipes starting at 2 p.m. Then Gerald Bair takes over the party, playing your favorite Irish tunes starting at 7 p.m. Community House on Beach 102nd will kick off the party at 11 a.m. with drink specials and corned beef sandwiches. They’ll also have a DJ starting at 2 p.m. Connolly’s, although a summer bar, is opening for the oc-

casion and getting in the spirit with Greena Coladas, corned beef heroes and Nancy’s soda bread. Plus DJ Paddy Tubz will be playing music all day and night. Doors open at noon. Relive Dalton’s parade parties at Happy Jack’s Burger Bar near Beach 109th Street. Starting at 2 p.m., they’ll have live music by The Brothers Campion, including Chris and Billy Campion. Plus they’ll have food and drink specials, homemade Irish Soda Bread, their famous Dublin Egg

Rolls, corned beef and cabbage, and shamrock giveaways. Still Hungry? The Wharf is serving up corned beef sandwiches, Guinness shepherds pie and cold brew Irish coffee with Bailey’s whipped cream. If you want to keep your party going late, Rogers Pub on Beach 116th Street hosts The Brooklyn Bards, playing traditional and modern Irish tunes starting at 9 p.m. Some other great options this weekend? Stop by Healy’s Pub or Jamesons for good drinks and good craic. If you still had a jig left in you by Sunday, March 3, head to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dance at St. Camillus Springman Hall. There will be live music by the Cunningham Brothers, a sitdown corned beef dinner by Ludwig’s Catering and beer and soda. Tickets are $45 for adults, $20 for children 6-12 and free for those five and under. Call 718-634-8229 to see if tickets are still available. Happy Rockaway St. Paddy’s Day!

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A Delicate Balance In the 1966 Edward Albee play, “A Delicate Balance,” two neighbors come over to their friends’ house and ask to stay with them because they are frightened. They never explain what they are afraid of, but this fear permeates the whole play. It’s a very weird play in that respect and I never understood or appreciated it fully: except, I have found myself thinking about it often these days. You might say to yourself, Lazer, you haven’t written in almost six months and when you come back, you write

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feeling that since the government built the boardwalk and implemented the ferry that they would come back and ask for their pound of flesh. I also get nervous with rising interest rates that people will get antsy about their homes and look to sell, move south and deplete the peninsula of great people. I see some of that already with some testing the waters in the winter months on a temporary basis. I worry if our local, state and federal politicians are up to the task of true democratic debate to arrive at the best possible path forward. I worry that the technology that I watched take over the stock trading world and eliminate jobs by the thousands, will seep into other industries and eliminate the human from all processes. Now truth be told, I am turning a special age next month and while a particular number never frightened me, this one does a little. Why, I have no idea. Maybe it’s because after a recent outing, and having a great time by the way, I limped for a week because the knee that was operated on three years ago became swollen and painful. Or maybe it’s the fact that every time I get a cut these days, instead of it healing right away, it takes weeks to fully heal. And don’t get me started about driving at night. At one time I had myself convinced that it was headlight technology that had changed, but now I suspect I may have been just fooling myself. And then there are friends who tell me that they go to dinner at 4:30 in the afternoon

to beat the crowds. Beat the crowds? You don’t live by any crowds! Or maybe the friends who simply don’t come out anymore at all. Why? I don’t know, I think they are afraid, to be honest. Or maybe the other friend who knows he has to do chemo treatment, but really doesn’t know what that means. When I retired, I was full of vim and vigor, ready to conquer the world as I attacked a half a dozen projects at full speed and had a half-dozen more behind them. After having done the projects on the list and the trips I wanted to do, I suddenly realized, I don’t have a half-dozen projects on my list anymore, maybe only a few. What do I do when those are done? Yes, I have good news on the horizon with a daughter getting married, and getting married to a great guy. And yes, everyone else in the family is doing just terrific, all working, living their lives, doing cool things. And yes, I am blessed to have my dad turning 91 this month and in full control of his faculties and driving faster than I do. So, there is nothing to fear there, only positive good things. So, what is it? Well, I have come to realize that it is truly a delicate balance, and I must believe that the sun will conquer the dawn; that the spring will bring flowers through the snow; and that the ocean will once again be warm and inviting. I just have to have faith that Rockaway will endure. Or maybe just go south for the winter, these gray skies are killing me!

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A Soldier’s Send-off By Katie McFadden

On Wednesday, February 13, Frank Lombardi’s flag-draped casket laid before a parlor within the George Werst Funeral Home in Glendale. Somber, yet pride-filled looks filled the faces of service attendees. But those faces were of those that didn’t know the deceased. They didn’t even know much more than his name. They didn’t have to. Like Lombardi, those in attendance had at one point raised their right hand and took an oath to serve their country. Unfortunately for Lombardi, after his death, his body remained unclaimed by friends or family, but those in the room claimed him as one of their brothers and came together to give him the send-off he deserved. This act of burying indigent servicemen, those that had no one else to bury them, is an almost monthly occurrence for those of the Queens County American Legion. American Legion members from Rockaway, Breezy Point, Broad Channel and other parts of Queens and even Long Island, come together to pay their respects to a fellow soldier that has passed. On the second Wednesday of the month, if there is a body of a veteran that needs to be laid to rest, these fellow veterans are there to be the ones to make it possible. Oftentimes, there is very little known about the deceased, other than a name and some information about their military service, as confirmed by the veteran’s DD-214. During a eulogy presented by Queens County American Legion Adjutant Paul Schottenhamel, those in attendance got to learn a bit about Lombardi, who was born in Brooklyn on April 4, 1936. Lombardi was drafted into the U.S. Army on June 23, 1960. He trained as a Light Weapons Infantryman and deployed to the Federal Republic of Germany in November 1960. He was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battle Group, 4th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, in Bamberg. Lombardi served in Germany for

one year and seven months, before he returned to the United States and was released from Active Duty on June 14, 1962 at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn. He remained a member of the Inactive Reserve until May 1966. After he died on November 23, 2018, there was no fam-

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ily to claim his body. At least not blood. “We’re their family,” Schottenhamel said. Originally the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) handled the local funerals, until Schottenhamel became aware of them and decided that the Queens County

American Legion should step in. “When I heard about this, I felt like the VVA was doing too much work, so we wanted to get involved,” Schottenhamel said. Rockaway resident, Mike Honan said, “I was county commander at the time and Paul came to me and said, ‘they’re involved, so why shouldn’t we?’ The membership agreed and we proceeded to become an organizational friend and get involved in this program.” Honan explained that the process of burying veterans with no family to claim them starts with the city’s Department of Veterans Services, which, working with the NYPD and other agencies, helps determine if a body that is found is that of a service member. Normally, an unclaimed body winds up being buried in Potter’s Field on Hart Island, in an unmarked grave with dozens of others. But when it’s a veteran, the service member is eligible to be buried in a military cemetery. The city cannot be directly involved in the burial, which is where organizational friends such as VVA and the American Legion step in to handle the services. When the Queens County American Legion became involved, Schottenhamel reached out to those at the George Werst Funeral Home for assistance. As a member of the Dignity Memorial network, the Glendale funeral home not only agreed to assist with the burials, but to cover all associated costs and refuse any eligible reimbursement from the city, according to Honan. For those who attend the services, holding such funerals has personal meaning and there’s a deep sense of pride in being able to give a fellow service member a proper military funeral. “These people have nobody to mourn them and every veteran, we mourn, no matter what. Everybody that attends these funerals served their country during times of war. I served. We know what they did, that’s why we come Continued on page 16


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Like the Oscars the night before, our latest Community Board meeting (CB14) at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street, was filled with the authentic drama and legitimate indignance of a community consistently overlooked by the establishment. Rockaway, “the red-headed step child of the city,” as one resident quipped, seemed to be reeling from the impact of yet another homeless shelter imposed upon the community without the economic and social services to support it, or appropriate community involvement. And, the packed room of people who came out to voice their opinions, clearly felt that enough is enough. State Senator Joseph Addabbo kicked off the meeting with an impassioned, frustration-fueled update on Rockaway’s most recent homeless shelter scenario. Fresh from a meeting with Department of Homeless Services (DHS), he cited our Mayor’s “pattern of neglect” toward Rockaway as a key issue. According to Addabbo, our Mayor is “repeatedly jamming large-population shelters into our neighborhood without notice or consideration for our schools, our senior centers, or infrastructure.” Addabbo called attention to our Mayor’s indifference and procedural inadequacies. “We’ve always had a homeless crisis in the city, but our current Mayor simply can’t handle it.” Addabbo asserted, “We’re talking, but the Mayor isn’t listening!” He noted that simply stashing the homeless in hotels, without appropriate support, is not a solution. He urgently described the “ripple effect” of shelters within a community, without community input. He suggested that more police presence, better transportation and medical facilities to accommodate the homeless influx would be a win-win situation for our current and “new residents.” Most importantly, Senator Addabbo informed the

community of legislation he has introduced which could more effectively address the homeless crisis. Co-Sponsored by Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, the bill would compel the city to do a neighborhood assessment and actively engage the community before even contemplating building a shelter. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. “Unicorns and rainbows” was Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato’s colorful take on the frustrating “false advertising” consistent with her experience with DHS. After attending the meeting with Senator Addabbo on February 25, she noted that DHS “pushed back on everything… remaining vague or outright deceptive on details.” For example, originally pitched as a shelter for “Black veterans,” DHS now states that residents of our new shelter on Beach 101st Street, may not be “black” or “veterans.” She convincingly conveyed the inconceivable lack of logic in placing another 120 homeless men in a community, which still has more than 100 Rockaway natives displaced from Superstorm Sandy—six years later. She noted that minimal medical facilities and jobs already challenge our community and so it would be counter-productive to “getting these new homeless men back on their feet.” Her passionate resilience left the community visibly inspired to take action. She urged the audience to voice their opinion to the Mayor and to “keep the pressure on.” After her speech, the immortal words of the late, great Tom Petty came to mind- “We won’t back down.” Next up, with a rallying cry worthy of a Founding Father, Assembly District Leader Lew M. Simon kicked off a record-breaking number of public speakers attending a CB14 meeting—all of whom seemed to have the singular message—a united Rockaway in the face of government indifference. Simon exclaimed, Continued on page 15


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CB14 MEETING RECAP Continued from Page 14 “I’m worried. The City constantly lies. But don’t be frightened. We pay taxes. If we stick together, we will win.” Simon cited the Beach 65th Street shelter as a perfect example of “City Hall’s lies.” Simon said, “We were promised pedophiles would not be living there, but registered sex offenders currently reside blocks away from our top, local schools.” Simon urges the community to take action by calling Sterling National Bank at (845)369-8040 because they granted a $1.8 million mortgage to 226 Beach 101 LLC, thereby enabling them to buy the building and make it into a homeless shelter without feedback from our community. MORE NOTABLE TOPICS BROUGHT UP AT THE MEETING INCLUDE: B AY S WAT E R C I V I C . O R G brought attention to a popular proposal in state legislature geared to raising subsidies for people at risk for eviction. Subsidies are currently fro-

zen at $300 month- a shockingly-small sum which hasn’t increased since the 1970s. Contact the Governor at 518474-8390 or visit the website for further information and show support. Indeed, if fewer people are evicted, this is a positive way to decrease the homeless crisis, citywide. JK Canepa from the Sane Energy Project brought an equally-essential environmental issue to our attention regarding the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline. According to Canepa, “The Williams NESE pipeline would cost National Grid customers over a billion dollars for fracked gas, a potent greenhouse gas, as bad for the climate as coal.” Further, “local fracking will amplify climate change, release toxins buried under the sea floor, adversely affect shellfish, marine mammals, birds and fish.” Sane Energy urges the Rockaway community to contact Governor Cuomo to put his “Green New Deal” into action. To learn more or submit comments, vis-

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it www.stopthewilliamspipeline.org/sendcomment and please come to the local DEC public hearing on Wednesday, March 6 at Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability, 100-00 Beach Channel Drive. After the minutes from CB14’s January 8 meeting were approved, the board informed us that they personally presented some of the community’s key concerns at the borough budget hearings last week to bring further attention to our specific issues. Highlights taken from the budget that had already been approved and submitted to City Council include: the design and funding for the widening of Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 62nd Street to Beach 32nd Street; sand replenishment funding; safety fencing on Seagirt Boulevard between 32nd and 26th Street; additional summer-detail police officers to accommodate the large influx of seasonal visitors (250k per sunny summer weekend); a rebuild of the median and crosswalk

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the ceremonial folding of the flag from the soldier’s casket, which is usually accepted by a gold star mother, who knows what it means to lose a son in uniform. The soldier is then buried in a grave, complete with a headstone. For Breezy Point resident and Queens County American Legion Commander, Marty Ingram, the ceremony is an emotional experience, but not just because a fellow soldier is being laid to rest. “I’m not an emotional guy, but I get emotional at these things, not for the guy that died, but for these

Continued from Page 12 here,” Rockaway American Legion member Jim Trainor said. Before leading the service, Chaplain John Fiore spoke with passion, about his connection to each service. “Here’s a guy that wore the uniform and throughout the misfortune of his life, he now has no family, no friends, nobody. If we didn’t intervene on this, he’d be in Potter’s Field in a hole with 15 or 20 other bodies and no one to speak for him, no headstones, no honor, nothing. That’s not exactly what he had in mind when he raised his right hand and said to this country, ‘I’ll defend you,’” Fiore said. “As Chaplain, I handle the prayers for these services, but I wouldn’t think of doing anything else. On my last breath, I’d be here first. We become his family. We all raised our hand, some of us were involved in combat, and I’m thankful to be alive. I

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lonely grave, never to be spoken about again. He deserves more than the 15 guys he’d be buried with on Hart Island, and today he gets it.” Lombardi’s funeral was the 73rd of its kind that the Queens County American Legion has participated in over the past decade. At the end of the service, several members in attendance approached the casket and either saluted or kissed it, with many saying, “Farewell Comrade” to their fellow soldier. Following the service at the George Werst Funeral Home, the soldier’s casket is placed in a hearse and taken to Calverton National Cemetery in Long Island, followed by a procession of American Legion members, VVA members and others. They’re met by members of the Patriot Guard motorcycle group and an honor guard at the cemetery. There, another small ceremony is held at an outdoor chapel, complete with the playing of taps, and

guys that do these efforts. This is what the American Legion does. We take care of other veterans. It’s almost like our own version of the unknown soldier. This is the epitome of what it means to be a part of the American Legion,” Ingram said. Indigent veteran funerals are not just open to American Legion members. Anyone is welcome to attend the ceremony, typically held the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the George Werst Funeral Home on Cooper Avenue in Glendale. For more information, call the American Legion Daniel M. O’Connell Post 272 at 718-318-1625. “I think if more people knew about this, they would participate, because why wouldn’t you? It’s the least you can do for someone that gave up at least two or three years of their lives to serve this country,” Breezy Point American Legion member Bruce Robertson said.


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Rockaway Beach, West Coast Rockaway Beach isn’t much of a town at all, and the beach is barely a smidgen of what New York’s Rockaway offers. The small area, just seven miles from San Francisco, offers a few shops, a restaurant and a hotel that bare the Rockaway name, along Rockaway Beach Avenue. And the beach, although visually beautiful, and a place with more than enough rocks to justify the “Rock” in Rockaway, is no more than five blocks long. But worth a visit if you’re ever in town.

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with our technology, we don’t know how to turn off. This creates stress and anxiety and as a result we’re more likely to get sick. We all have a certain amount of stress in our lives, but we are seeing an unprecedented amount of depression as we race to keep up with the constant news cycle. We never stop to self-care. By stopping to be in the present moment, taking a deep breath connecting with the inner spirit, we can find some measure of relief from our discursive mind that seems to cycle on a constant loop of gloom and doom. Meditation is a practice of sitting, being still and focusing on the breath, then graduating to adding a beautiful affirmation of love and compassion which reconnects us to ourselves, building resilience which can be transformational in our lives. Research has quantified the benefits of meditation. Every major religion or spiritual practice has prayer and meditation. They didn’t need quantitative proof back five thousand years ago. Practitioners knew then

The Rockaway Times and now that being still and allowing this time of silence and solitude quieted the heart, soul and mind, calming our reactive minds and cultivating our inner landscape towards peace. When we come to sit in meditation, we can soften the edges around our aggressive, negative minds. Schools are using it to rewire students’ brains to help with focus and concentration. The medical community is now incorporating this practice into the wellness plan of patients, literally using it as a prescription to heal. East is meeting the west and research shows meditation increases the gray matter in our brain, helps reduce depression, anxiety, tension, pain and improve calmness, sleep and overall wellbeing. They say it slows down aging! Now there’s an anti-aging tool! By sitting in meditation, we come to recognize and love that spark of universal essence of being within us, so we can begin to heal ourselves, then radiate that love out to others. May you awaken to the light and love within.


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Hepatitis C (HCV) is a viral infection of the liver. It appears in media ads often now that direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising is allowed in the U.S. Seventy-five to 85 percent of those infected will go on to develop a chronic hepatitis C infection which can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer, often necessitating a liver transplant. It often causes no symptoms until cirrhosis appears, so the CDC recommends HCV blood testing for individuals who meet at least one of the following criteria: a history of IV drug use, a blood transfusion or organ transplantation before 1992, use of a blood product to treat a bleeding disorder before 1987, date of birth between 1945 and 1965, history of kidney dialysis, H.I.V. positive status, and a history of a mother who was infected with HCV.

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Hep C HCV causes chronic liver inflammation which causes scarring, eventually leading to cirrhosis. Symptoms of cirrhosis include yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), dark tea-colored urine, easy bleeding or bruising, swelling of the legs and abdomen, enlargement of blood vessels in the stomach and esophagus, which can cause catastrophic bleeding, and enlargement of the spleen. By far the most common causes of HCV infection are transfusion of infected blood or blood products and intravenous drug use. Transmission by contaminated tattoo needles is also a possibility, so anyone seeking to get a tattoo should choose the tattoo parlor wisely. Transmission by sexual contact is rare unless the contact was rough enough to cause bleeding. Treatment of viral infections like HCV and H.I.V. have made astounding advances in the last five years

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insurance will cover it. When first introduced in 2014, the cost of the new drugs was in excess of $100,000. Since there are 3.5 million U.S. residents living with HCV, treating everyone right away would have overwhelmed the U.S. health care system financially. Fortunately, the costs of treatment are declining, and more insurers are covering their use, plus there are co-payment assistance programs to help those who are either uninsured or underinsured. Previous infection does not provide immunity, so someone who undergoes successful treatment may become re-infected if they revert to IV drug use. And, if you have or have had HCV, it is important not to share items like razors and toothbrushes, and keep these items, and other items like sanitary products, away from children. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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Recently I was laid up for quite some time due to an injury sustained when I almost broke my leg when it fell off the ironing board while I was attempting to iron my pants. My infirmity left me with little else to do other than spend hours online chuckling at the political fiction being passed off as actual news by the various media outlets where the

truth goes to die. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying all politicians are liars. For example, take Marion Barry, the former Mayor of Washington D.C. — one of the most honest politicians I have ever seen who once said, “Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.” Alas, courageous (if somewhat unenlightened) honesty like Marion Barry’s is the exception rather than the rule. Usually watching this political tripe only serves to bring about a mindset similar to a coma, but just recently I watched in awe as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old bartender from the Bronx who has been a member of Congress for two whole months, took control of an entire political party with her New Green Deal policy, which includes a 10year commitment to convert

100 percent of the power demand in the United States to clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources. And to upgrade all existing buildings to meet energy efficiency requirements, and to expand high-speed rail so broadly that most air travel would be rendered obsolete, ensure guaranteed employment for all, as well as a guaranteed salary for all those who are unable or unwilling to work. Oh yeah, there is also a caveat recommending that the vast number of farting cows be dramatically reduced. Some bean counters worked out the cost of this New Green Deal as some $93 trillion over ten years. I then watched as a myriad of veteran elected leaders rushed to voice their support for this “udder” madness. I could only think of the words of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain) who once said,

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.” In light of the above “udder” madness, I am hereby announcing that I am officially throwing my hat into the political ring seeking election to the Office of the President of the United States in the 2020 election. Please be assured that my decision was not made without much serious research and reflection. For instance, I knew that I would need a catchy campaign slogan. Back in 1900, William McKinley went with “Let Well Enough Alone!” and in 1924 Calvin Coolidge espoused, “Keep Cool with Coolidge!” In 1928, Herbert Hoover went with “A Chicken in Every Pot and a Car in Every Garage!” Dwight Eisenhower went with “I like Ike!” back in 1952 and Continued on page 27

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BETWEEN THE BRIDGES Continued from Page 26 in 1976, Jimmy Carter decided that “Not Just Peanuts!� was a terrific way to describe his sought-after election. In 2008, Barack Obama chose “Yes we Can!� as his campaign catchphrase, while Hillary Clinton went with “I’m with Her!� Of course, our present Commander in Chief coined the ultimate trigger slogan with “Make America Great Again!� replete with a red baseball cap. Realizing that as things stand right now, the electorate views late night comedians serious stewards of this nation and politicians as comedians. Please understand, I am not very fond of political jokes, as I have seen too many of them get elected and this is exacerbated by the fact that one day, and for no particular reason, we all awoke to find that we had become a nation offended by everything. Thus, I finally decided to go with “Get

Over Yourself and Vote for Pete!� as the campaign slogan for my new “Get Over Yourself Party.� I am still working on my platform, which you will be reading about in the coming weeks, but I can state right now that if elected, one of my first acts in Office will be to sign a Presidential Decree placing all elected politicians, including myself, on minimum wage until such time as they all start acting like the real representatives of the people they are supposed to. You know, like adults and not clown university graduate students. I guarantee you this will light a fire under their officious elected butts and things will change real quick! Stay tuned...this campaign is going to hit the ground stumbling and we will be taking no prisoners! (We don’t have anywhere to keep them anyway...) Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

                       

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Winners Dine With ‘The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway’ Last Saturday, February 23, The Rockaway Times was honored to join locals, Carol McNelis, Lou Romas, and Owen Loof aka “The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway,� for a dinner at the legendary Italian landmark, The Parkside Restaurant, located in Corona, Queens. McNelis scored the grand dinner raffle prize at Loof’s autism awareness fundraiser for Rockaway Beach Autism Families held at Knights of Columbus last November. With our waiter snazzily dressed in a tuxedo, no grandeur was spared as the party was first teased with a complimentary basket of fresh bread stuffed with an assortment of cheeses and prosciutto and an antipasto plate. In keeping with Parkside’s tradition, McNelis’ coffee was served with a colossal bottle

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Gallagher: No. As far as we know, there will be no delay. In fact, the IRS is posting time frames based on when you submit your return and when to expect your refund as a direct deposit or mail out. For info, visit: www.irs.gov/individuals/refund-timing RT: How will the new tax law affect not just refunds, but withholdings during the year? Gallagher: The government tried to make the new tax law a little bit simpler, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if they succeeded. They cut the tax bracket rates and took away some deductions. In my opinion, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very random what they did. The crucial change with deductions is the capping on real estate and state and local taxes, otherwise known as SALT. The SALT

deduction allows taxpayers of high-tax states to deduct local tax payments on their federal tax returns. Basically, in past years a person could itemize their deductions based on whatever their real estate, state or city taxes numbers were. Now, all three of those numbers are capped at $10K, meaning the cumulative total cannot go over $10K. So now people who used to deduct a total of $30K, can only take $10K. And whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really egregious about it is a single person still has that $10K, while a married couple, with both spouses working, together can still only deduct $10K. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ridiculous. Also, they got rid of a lot of job-related expenses, which hurts specific people, who for example, travel a lot for work, and were able to deduct their mileage. Now, they can no longer do that. Only

RT: What about the tax rates? Gallagher: Previously they had a 10 percent tax rate, a 15 and a 25, now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changed to 12, 22, 24 and it goes up from there. Another change is that they doubled the standard deduction. In the past, a cliContinued on page 32

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ent would have the option of taking the standard deduction or itemize it, whichever was higher. Itemized deductions would be state taxes, mortgage, charitable contributions and medical. But now, they doubled that, meaning that a lot of people who itemized in the past, will see that their standard deduction is higher than the itemized. I think this goes back to the government trying to make things a bit simpler, which it is for a lot of taxpayers, who now don’t have to worry about itemizing. However, it does cause some problems because the government doubled the standard deduction, while simultaneously taking away the personal and dependent exemptions. So each of those exemptions worth $4K are now gone. So, if you have four kids, you lose $16K in dependent exemptions. Now depending on how old your kids are, you may make that up with the Child Tax Credit (CTC), as the government has extended the credits. For example, if your child is under age 17, the CTC is now doubled from $1K to $2K. One good change they made is that in the past, if you had a reasonable salary, like from $100K to $125K, you made too much to get the $1K CTC, but now, they raised the salary cap to receive the CTC to $400K. Meaning that almost everyone is able to get the CTC if their children are under age 17. RT: Is there any silver lining to these new tax laws?

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Gallagher: Well for one, the new tax form is half a page. I guess this was the government trying to make the process of filing easier. Also, in general, most people, did get a tax cut. So if your salary was exactly the same in the last year and you had very simple deductions, you got a slight, not major tax cut. However, I’m sure everyone has seen in the media that refunds have significantly gone down. That may

The Rockaway Times be true, but people need to understand that’s only half the equation because your refund is totally a function of whatever you paid in during the year in withholdings. Here’s an example: Let’s say your tax liability, what you should have paid into Uncle Sam, went down $1K this past year, it means you broke even, but if your withholdings changed by $2K, meaning you got an extra $150 to $175 in your pay check, that means your withholdings changed by $2K. So if your withholdings changed more than your tax cut, guess what? You still got a tax cut but your refund goes down. Everyone looks forward to their refund, but you have to remember that with the new tax cuts, you got more money in your take-home. So folks need to look at their pay stubs, and see that if they were taking more money home, meaning less taxes were taken out during the year, so obviously their refund would be less. It’s simple math, and a lot of people don’t want to deal with it. RT: What should people do if they can’t pay the taxes that they owe? Is it wise to pay with a credit card? Gallagher: If you can’t pay, people should contact the IRS and NYS State and arrange a payment plan, and of course, you will be charged interest, so this why I encourage my clients to save up during the year, if they know they are going to have to pay out at tax time. And as far as credit cards, unless you are very savvy, I definitely don’t advise it. Not only are you paying the IRS back, but you are paying a 20 percent plus interest rate for what you charged. Unless you can pay the total balance at the end of the month, I don’t advise it. RT: Anything else people should know? Gallagher: Don’t wait to file. And if you don’t like the outcome this year, make sure to avoid a repeat by updating your withholding with your employer.


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September 20, 1956 – February 26, 2019 Eileen Quinn was a lifelong Breezy Point resident. She passed away on February 26, after a courageous battle with cancer. She’s survived by her husband, Patrick; son, Shaun and daughter, Allana; her sisters, Bernadine Whalen and Jeanne Norman; her seven nephews, Keith, Johnny, Patrick, Conor, Seamus, Charlie and Tommy; five nieces, Kerin, Sondra, Kathleen, Jean Marie, and Colleen; grandnieces, Samantha, Kimberly, and Ivy and grandnephews Ryan, Tommy, Rj, and Frankie. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends. Donations can be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in memory of Eileen Quinn. Funeral arrangements are as follows: Viewing: Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Denis O’Connor Funeral Home from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass: Friday, March 1, 2019, 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church.

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The Bradys were the lucky winners of four St. John’s basketball tickets courtesy of The Rockaway Times raffle. Petey Brady cheered and cheered and cheered and then fell asleep in his father’s arms. Meanwhile, St. John’s put Seton Hall to sleep and earned a big win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, February 23.


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Rockaway Beach Blvd. to Beach Green Frozens! Plus with The 100th. So come out and salute Irish Mutts and DJ Tommy Tubs Rockaway’s rich Irish heritage! dishing up live music, you’ll be celebrating everything Irish on Saturday, March 2 the bay. 1 p.m. 377 Beach 92nd Street After the parade, get a taste of the Emerald Isle at RBQ’s St. PatSaturday, March 2 rick’s Day Party. With traditional 9 p.m. Irish food galore, Guinness taps Tonight at Rogers, your cup overflowing, and live music — will be overflowing as The gear up for an all-day feast. At 2 Brooklyn Bards transport you to p.m., Jeff Conlon takes the stage Éire with their folk songs dating wooing the crowd with his guitar back hundreds of years ago to and bagpipes. Then at 7 p.m., the present. If classic and conGerard Bair keeps the party jig- temporary Irish war marches, ging with your favorite Irish, and slides, rebel and love songs enrock & roll tunes. dear your heart, leanúint do 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. chroí and toast, sláinte! 203 Beach 116th Street Saturday, March 2 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3 Why not follow the rainbow to 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Community House, where food After the festivities on Saturand libations will be flowing, day, bring the whole family to plus with DJ Gary Suglia rockin’ St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Parish’s the house, expect a rollickin’ day Annual St. Patrick’s Dance feaof fun! turing a sit-down corned beef 101-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd. dinner by Ludwig’s Catering (beer and soda included), and Saturday, March 2 live music by The Cunningham 3 p.m. Brothers. Adults $45 / Children Wine With Sue is back at the (ages six to 12) $20 / Infants (five Belle Harbor Yacht Club host- and under) FREE. For reservaing their annual Rockaway St. tions and tickets, call 718-634Patrick’s Day Parade show. This 8229. post-parade party never disap9915 Rockaway Beach Blvd. points, not just ‘cause folks get to OTHER MUSES AROUND whet their whistle with fantastic TOWN booze specials, but who could resist Wine With Sue as they belt THEATER out their notoriously wild rock Upcoming n’ roll party covers. Not one to Rockaway Theater Company miss! presents Ken Ludwig’s A Come533 Beach 126th Street dy of Tenors, a sidesplitting comedy featuring a bevy of characSaturday, March 2 ters who will have you weeping with laughter. One hotel suite, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Rockaway Rugby Club four tenors, two wives, three hosts one of the biggest post-pa- girlfriends, and a soccer stadirade parties on the Rock, and um filled with screaming fans. this year, with Shilelagh Law, The What could possibly go wrong? Newfie Bastards and DJ Tubbs Show dates are March 29, 30, 31, on the entertainment menu, and April 5, 6, 7,12,13, 14. Frieveryone will feel like they dis- days and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices: covered a pot o’ gold! Adults $20.00 / Seniors $15.00. 230 Beach 102nd Street For more info and tickets, visit: www.rockawaytheatrecompany. Saturday, March 2 org. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. T4 Post Theatre Building, Fort After the parade, you’ll be plenty hungry and thirsty, so Tilden why not head to Bungalow Bar Got info on local live music and celebrate with brunch or yummy Irish cuisine, and of and art? Email: kami@rockacourse, Bungalow’s legendary waytimes.com

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