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VOL. 5, NO. 43 - THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019

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Pump It Up! By Katie McFadden

Let there be sand! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) began its project to replenish the sand in the highly-eroded area of Beach 92nd to Beach 103rd Street this week, in hopes of finishing before the summer season gets underway. On Tuesday, April 16, USACE invited media outlets and local leaders to watch the process unfold on Beach 92nd Street and work was already well underway. A sandy saltwater mix shot out from the large pipe, quickly filling in the beach that was so badly eroded last summer, it had to be closed to the public. With the contractor, Weeks Marine, working quickly, the beach is expected to be open for the season with a fresh heaping of 300,000 cubic yards of sand. By the looks of the progress made by Tuesday alone, it appears USACE will complete the project well

before the hourglass reaches the last grain on June 1. Earlier this month, contractor, Weeks Marine, and USACE put the dredging equipment in place in the East Rockaway Inlet, as well as piping stretching from the Inlet to around Beach 86th Street, where it comes out of the water, and on land to Beach 92nd Street. The crew on site said the pumping began on Sunday night and despite a bit of disruption due to high winds and seas on Monday, the project was full speed ahead. On Sunday, April 14, people were able to walk under the Beach 92nd ramp with ease—a true indicator of how bad the beach has eroded over the past year. But by Tuesday morning, the ramp was sitting comfortably on sand as crews worked to keep up with redistributing more sand shooting out of pipe across the beach, going west. Alex Gregory, USACE’s Operations Project Manager for

the Maintenance Dredging Project, was on hand to explain some of the logistics of what was taking place. Gregory explained that the dark sand and water rushing out of the pipe was coming directly from the East Rockaway Inlet and as the sand dries out, it will return to the color seen across the beach. This current replenishment project was made possible due to routine maintenance of the East Rockaway Inlet. Every few years, the Inlet needs to be dredged to ensure marine traffic can safely pass through the area between Far Rockaway and Atlantic Beach. The sand dredged from the area is then put to good use. The last time the Inlet was dredged was 2017 and 249,000 cubic yards of sand was used to fill an area from Beach 27th to Beach 38th Street. Prior to that, 271,000 cubic yards of sand was dredged in 2013 and placed in the same area. Now this year, with $2.7

million in funding from the NYC Parks Department, the sand is being used further west to fill in the stretch of beach that was closed last summer. According to Michael Embrich of USACE’s public affairs office, they’re confident that the project will be completed before the June 1 target date, when hurricane season offiContinued on page 3

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PUMP IT UP! Continued from Page 2 cially begins. “We’re comfortable with the schedule,” he said. Monday’s high winds and seas made for a rough start, but USACE project engineer Michael Oseback says they’ve taken such weather events into account for their schedule. “We can work 24/7, but high winds and bad weather can impact that. High winds create high seas, which is really what affects the project. When that happens, we have to stand down until the weather subsides, but these are delays that we already foresee. So things like that and basic routine maintenance are already built into the schedule,” Oseback said, adding that the dredge’s power can make up for delays. “It’s a very powerful dredge that has 20,000 horsepower, so it’s a real machine out there. We’re going to get a lot of material per day which will help make up for any lost days.” Since the announcement of the sand replenishment

project, many locals have expressed concern that this project is a lost cause, as the peninsula still needs more groins (jetties), for the sand to remain in place. USACE says this is expected. “Sand is meant to be sacrificial,” Embrich said. Gregory elaborated further on the benefits of the replenishment. “We’re doing two things here. We have maintenance dredging going on to ensure the channel is maintained and stabilized, and we’re using the sand to replenish the beach as we await larger elements as part of Rockaway’s largescale project, but as a whole, this is definitely helping to keep Rockaway safe and keep the infrastructure protected,” Gregory said. He explained that the sand currently being

replenished will remain until the construction of groins begins. Dan Falt of USACE’s Project and Programs Management Division was on hand to explain the status of USACE’s largescale project for Rockaway, which includes the installation of more groins, sand replenished across the whole stretch of beach, and other protective measures. “We are now in the process of getting approval from our headquarters. We have to go through this process to release the funds. We need the chief of USACE to finish reviewing it and sign off and we need the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civic Works) to do their review. It’s the process we need to follow to get the funding,” Falt said, explaining the wait for groins. The current sand replenishment project is able to take place as it is connected to the routine dredging of the East Rockaway Inlet and is not connected to the larger Rockaway study. However Falt says the largescale plan isn’t too far behind

Page 3 and USACE is already doing what it can to ensure it can start as quickly as possible once it is approved. “We have a good plan. The chief of USACE did give us permission to start some of the initial design work so we can get ahead of the game, so we’re working on that now. We’re still shooting for construction to start toward the end of 2019 and right now we’re on track with the designs. It’s getting closer and we’re getting excited and hopefully we’re out here this time next year, implementing some of the bigger elements,” Falt said. As early plans showed groin fields only extending to the Beach 120s, many residents expressed a desire for the groins to be extended further, which Falt said they are on top of and are looking into different design possibilities to spread out the groin field. In the meantime, locals, business owners and visitors alike can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that Rockaway Beach will be open this summer.

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As you know, I like stating the obvious. I think the fact that I can spell subtle is about as subtle as I get. And the obvious point I’d like to make is that I’m no sophisticate. I don’t like opera but I have a friend who does. Does that count? Anyway, the basics: my palate can’t tell the difference between Dom Perignon and Cold Duck. I like Ragu and have never called Italian sauce, gravy. Pigs in a blanket over sushi any day of the week. I don’t know my tailor by his first name—although I think his last name is Modell. I did see some top 10 list article about how to be sophisticated and I nailed one: Own Your Look – No Second Guesses. The article stated, a man who owns his look or, in other

words, knows he looks good without being cavalier, will always appear sophisticated. Boom. Maybe I am sophisticated. Because I definitely own my sweat pants look. Which I don’t take lightly. Each time I slip on the sweats, I’m reminded of the Seinfeld quote: “You know the message you're sending out to the world with these sweatpants? You're telling the world, 'I give up. I can't compete in normal society. I'm miserable, so I might as well be comfortable.” Step back Seinfeld. If you own it, you’re not giving up. I own comfort which basically makes me the Beau Brummell of clothes that could double as pajamas or paint clothes. And that gives me the right to offer a fashion tip: don’t wear a sweatshirt that matches sweatpants. That just makes you a Russian hit man or a Howard Beach throwback. You might as well wear a headband.

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I couldn’t find much else on the how to be sophisticated list that fit me. There was something about being familiar with poets, Yeats and T.S. Eliott. What? No Dr. Seuss? What can I say, I like poetry that rhymes. Otherwise, it’s just too much work. Somebody handed me a poem last week—and truthfully, I’d rather be handed a half-eaten sandwich by a stranger but I manned up and accepted without rolling my eyes (too much). I don’t like opening presents in front of people because I’m pretty lame at faking joy and delight. And even if I actually enjoy the gift, even if it’s my birthday, I feel bad that I don’t have something to offer in return. I’d rather just get stiffed. Anyway, a gift is one thing, but I sure as hell won’t open a poem. I am not cultured enough to enjoy poetry; I am not smart enough to even get

it. Emily Dickinson is a famous poet who penned a poem about a dying tiger. She spun a verse: "His Mighty Balls— in death were thick,"—which made me snicker because I am not sophisticated. There was no rhyme but mighty balls was imagery I could appreciate. Well, just two lines later, well after my snicker, I came to learn that mighty balls referred to the tiger’s eyeballs. Oops, my bad. I couldn’t understand mighty balls let alone, "'Twasnot my blame—who sped too slow—'Twas not his blame— who died While I was reaching him—But 'twas—the fact that He was dead." Whatever. I slipped on some sweats and read the poem I was handed. It was about a cat named Pat who didn’t want to be confused with a cow. And holy mighty eyeballs, it made me chuckle. But did not make me more sophisticated.

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New Building Planned For Beach 115th NOT A SHELTER FROM SHELTER INC. The word, "shelter," sets off alarm bells in Rockaway. So, when news broke that a company named Shelter Inc. was issued a permit for a new building at 169 Beach 115th Street, dread and concern followed on local Facebook pages. Jack Safos, a principal in Shelter Inc. called The Rockaway Times to say, have no fear, market rate luxury condos or rentals are the plan. He sent along architect renderings by T.F. Cusanelli & Filletti Architects, the same firm that designed the new apartments along Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 114th Street. Condos by Shelter Inc. will be a departure from their other properties on Beach 115th Street, most of which are Single Room Occupancy (SRO) buildings, home to some troubled individuals through the years. Safos, who has managed the properties for 21 years, main-

tains he’d like to move away from SROs into market-rate housing. To that end, he says he has spent more than a year converting an SRO just next door at 175 Beach 115th Street to a five-family rental. Safos said he had been in negotiation to sell properties to Mark Caller, the developer of the condos going up on Beach 116th Street, but they had reached an impasse, prompting Safos to change his real estate approach. As for the new building, Safos said, “In no way, is this a shelter.” He said the name Shelter Inc., established in 1997, is a homage to a family home they owned on the Greek island of Ikaria. “You can check with DHS (Department of Homeless Services), we don’t do shelters. We have been offered many times but we turned them down. We don’t do transients or short-term rentals. And we are not absentee, we are on-

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***** Happy Passover and Happy Easter. ***** When different zoning changes or variances are sought for buildings, owners must conduct an environmental impact study, which essentially states whether or not the new use would have an adverse effect on the surrounding area. Things like traffic, air pollution and socioeconomic factors must be addressed. We suggest City Councilman Eric Ulrich and the Community Board demand an environmental impact be done before any homeless shelter is placed in Rockaway. There will certainly be an adverse effect on the socioeconomic conditions in the area. City Planning and the Buildings Department should be involved—not just Homeless Services.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019 ***** Once again, thanks to all who submitted photos to our annual contest. We’re still reviewing the hundreds and hundreds that came in (to the correct email address and on time!). And we’re still puzzled about some. It’s The Rockaway Times photo contest. We’re not sure how the Grand Canyon fits or that shot of a building in Chicago. ***** Our condolences go out to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, whose older brother, Michael Katz, died this week. He was 66. ***** So, a new building might be coming to Beach 115th Street. Jack Safos, the owner of numerous SROs, says it’ll be luxury condos or apartments. Nothing gets done in a hurry, so we don’t think anything (luxury or not) will be ready for a couple of years. At least. ***** State legislators, Stacey Pheffer Amato and Joe Addabbo, announced that the res-

ident rebate program at the Cross Bay Bridge will be expanded to include all Queens residents. In other words, it’ll be free as long as people register through E-Zpass. The program will start in about a year. Rockaway businesses should benefit. ***** Many pet owners have relied on Dr. Simon, a veterinarian, who has served the Rockaway community for more than four decades. Dr. Simon will soon be working in Howard Beach and if you’d like to contact him, shoot him an email: Drallanbsimon@ gmail.com ***** Jerry Walsh, CEO of St. John’s Hospital, was interviewed by Crain’s New York Business about the challenges of running an independent hospital. It’s likely St. John’s will find a partner but not until a consultant does an overall healthneeds assessment of Rockaway. Those needs are changing with all the development going on in Far Rockaway.

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RT’s Kami-Leigh Agard Recognized Among Women of Distinction By Katie McFadden

Women always deserve recognition, but on Thursday, April 11, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato celebrated some outstanding females from her district, who have gone above and beyond to help their communities. Among them was The Rockaway Times’ very own reporter, and founder of the Rockaway Beach Autism Families Group, Kami-Leigh Agard. During a packed ceremony at Queens Library Peninsula Branch on Thursday, some distinct women received the recognition they deserve for doing some pretty amazing things. Among them were Agard, Bridget Klapinski of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, Tawana Green of St. John’s Hospital, Phoebe Grant Robinson, Principal of P.S. 253 in Rockaway, Cathy Harrison of the Howard Beach Civic Association and Tina Roseman, coach of Howard Beach’s American Softball.

As guests enjoyed refreshments provided by Fat Cardinal Bakery and other local businesses, before taking their seat, Pheffer Amato explained the purpose of her 2nd Annual Women of Distinction awards ceremony. “This is a way we can recognize women in the community that go above and beyond, who work every day at their job and bring inspiration to others. Women’s History Month should be every month, but we take this time to pause and look at the women in our community and be grateful for them and be inspired by them,” she said. Pheffer Amato presented the

first award to Agard, explaining that she was inspired by her starting the grassroots Rockaway Beach Autism Families group. Agard explained that she was inspired to start the group after getting feedback for her “Life With Our ‘Artistic’ Child” column in The Rockaway Times, which details her personal adventures of raising her daughter on the spectrum. The group has gained a big following since its launch, serving as a way to connect local families who have a loved one on the autism spectrum. Pheffer Amato then introduced Tawana Green, an employee at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, who as a breast cancer survivor, goes above and beyond to inspire her own patients. Klapinski was recognized for her work with the Rockaway Beach Civic Association and her tireless efforts to stand up for the environment by fighting against things like the proposed Williams pipeline and pollution. Principal Rob-

inson was not only recognized for her roles as principal of P.S. 253, but her efforts to start the Rockaway Leadership Group, which connects principals of all local schools to discuss ways to improve education throughout the community, and establishing after-school programs that teach students and their families about financial literacy. Harrison was recognized for her efforts of clipping coupons and sending them to soldiers around the world so that they can save on items at their local PX shopping centers. She has helped them save $600,000 this year alone, and $3 million altogether. Roseman was recognized for her work with American Softball, a league in Howard Beach that gives adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play baseball. Each woman was awarded a certificate and flowers for their stand-out efforts to make their communities better.

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Cross Bay Bridge Rebate to Expand Borough-wide By Katie McFadden

The rebate for the Cross Bay Bridge is expanding to all Queens residents. Thanks to local state leaders, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and Senator Joe Addabbo, starting in spring of 2020, those throughout the borough will be able to take advantage of the rebate that has long been available to Rockaway and Broad Channel residents. There has been a long debate over whether or not the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge toll should even exist, as it connects two neighborhoods in the same zip code and borough. However, last week, Pheffer Amato announced the news about a step in the right direction, as all Queens residents will now be able to utilize a rebate program that essentially makes for a free crossing on the bridge. Both the assembly and senate were able to secure funding for this possibility in the 2019-2020 budget negotiations. The funding will come from the Outer Borough

Transportation Account, established last year. This account is funded by a surcharge on forhire vehicles below 96th Street in Manhattan. This includes a $2.75 surcharge for for-hire vehicles like Lyft and Uber and $2.50 for yellow cabs. Currently, the toll for the bridge, without an E-ZPass is $4.75 per crossing, or $2.29 for those with an E-ZPass. But some argue that there shouldn’t be a toll at all. The Cross Bay Bridge was built in 1939 by the New York City Parkway Authority as a low-level drawbridge, as a way

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opportunity to enroll in a rebate program, where the toll is charged, but then rebated for the full price, effectively making it a free crossing. Now starting in spring 2020, E-ZPass users with a vehicle registered to a valid resident address in Queens will be able to register for the resident program. This excludes commercial vehicles. “This is a HUGE victory not only for the residents of Rockaway, but for all the hardworking families and small business of Queens. Expanding the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge rebate program to all Queens residents is a complete economic game changer for our communities in allowing freedom and ease of access to the entire Borough,” Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato said. When Pheffer Amato revealed the news on social media last week, the reaction was mostly positive. The elimination of this toll will save Queens residents Continued on page 11


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CROSS BAY BRIDGE Continued from Page 10 that drive to work on the peninsula anywhere from $1,00$3,000 yearly. Some Queens residents have also said that they’ll now visit Rockaway restaurants and other businesses more often with the elimination of the toll, which will be a boost for the local economy. However, others have also expressed fears that the elimination will increase traffic to the peninsula and could make for a more difficult parking situation, particularly in the summer. But many are applauding the move. “The thorn in the side of the Rockaway’s full economic potential and the people’s desire for free access to their own borough’s beaches is finally being removed. I want to thank the MTA, Governor Andrew Cuomo, my leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Carl Heastie for understanding the concerns of my colleague Assemblymember Stacey Pheffer Amato and I regarding the toll on the Cross Bay Memorial

Bridge, which has hampered the potential for economic opportunities on the Rockaway peninsula for decades,” Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. said. “Once the toll is fully reimbursed for Queens residents, individuals can freely enjoy the Rockaway’s beaches, work in Rockaway, access the ferry services, eat at its restaurants and all else that Rockaway has to offer, without the additional financial burden.” While some think it’s a good start, others are hopeful more will be done to get rid of the toll completely in the future. “I never confuse good with perfect. I’m very happy for the rest of our fellow Queens residents to be able to share in the rebate program. I applaud our Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato and Senator Addabbo in this accomplishment,” Dee Tubridy, owner of Bungalow Bar, said. “As a lifelong business owner, the perfect situation is to have the toll eliminated completely for all New York State residents, only then will the full economic impact be felt across the entire peninsula.”

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APRIL 18 Lisa Redmond was born. Alison Kase was born.

APRIL 21 Sharon Fein Feldman was born. 1775 - Paul Revere warned Massachu- JP Stathis was born. setts colonists of the arrival of British troops during the American Revolution. 1997 - The ashes of Timothy Leary, Gene Roddenberry, and 22 others blasted into space for the first space APRIL 19 funerals. Jay Ferriola was born. Chris Gallagher was born. APRIL 22 Theresa Hyland was born. Christina O’Shea McGovern was born. Michael Donohue was born. Sean McLernon was born. Kathleen Straub was born. Richard Tirado was born. 1897 - The first Boston Marathon was 1970 - The first Earth Day was obrun. 1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal served. Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., was destroyed by a car bomb. 168 people, APRIL 23 including 19 children, were killed in Mairead Fitzgerald was born. the worst terrorist attack in U.S. histo- Victoria Mahon was born. Mike O’Neil was born. ry up to that time. 1954 - Hank Aaron hit the first of his 755 home runs. 1985 - Coca-Cola announced that it was changing its formula and introduced New Coke.

APRIL 20 Erika Farrell was born. Raymond Scott was born.

1912 - The Boston Red Sox played their first game at Fenway Park. They beat the N.Y. Highlanders (who in APRIL 24 1913 would become known as the Dee Roberts was born. Amy Mahon was born. Yankees) 7-6. 2008 - Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first woman to 1898 - Spain declared war on the U.S.

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The Rockaway Times Spring Fashion Guide — TIPS FROM LANA’S LOFT By Kami-Leigh Agard

Spring has finally sprung, and with the warmer weather, many locals gleefully unshed the layers and finally break out the flip flops. However, if you’re looking to spice up your wardrobe, The Rockaway Times Fashion Guide is a must-read. In this month-long feature, local style gurus give the goods on what’s trending and where to shop—with the added pluses of preserving that unmistakably cool Rockaway beach vibe AND supporting a local business. In this week’s installation, we spoke with Lana Meli, owner of local clothing boutique, Lana’s Loft. Lana Meli, a graduate of fashion design from NYC’s illustrious Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) with almost 30 years of experience in the fashion, bridal, textile and home decor industry, is the go-to person if you’re looking not to just don the latest trends, but feel good in your body—plus she knows what Rockaway and Breezy women love—comfort with that signature beach swag. While in Meli’s shop, you’ll note many women coming in for alterations, and always leave as a happy customer because her expertise is always on point, which is what everyone who leaves Lana’s raves about. Meli definitely knows her stuff. (By the way, for gals looking for alterations on their prom and graduation dresses, she’s getting booked, so make your appointment asap!).

make us look even shorter and stunts our stature. For petite women, I would recommend a mini or knee length. A maxi length is cute, but again, it all depends on your height,” Meli said. Top Necklines & Lengths According to Meli, for tops, a flattering neckline depends on the girth of the bust. “For necklines, if you are busty, I would suggest a V-neck or scoop neck. Small-busted women can wear a plunging neckline, however for everyday and especially for work, I suggest a high neckline,” Meli said. If you’re trying to determine what length top you should wear, Meli says it all depends on your hip. “Hippy women should wear a round-shaped, otherwise known as a smileshaped hemline. Definitely veer away from a straight hemline because you don’t want the eye to be drawn to the width of your hips. Also, for women concerned about camouflaging their derrière (big or small), a hemline longer in the back and shorter in the front is very much still in style, and gives an extra boost of not just coverage, but confidence,” Meli said.

Lana’s Fit Tips Skirt & Dress Lengths According to Lana, the midi length (a dress or skirt, where the hemline ends halfway between the knee and ankle), is en vogue, however, not everyone can pull it off. “For petite women, short in stature, I Trousers believe the midi length is not Wide leg high-waisted pants flattering. Tall women can pull it off because the hem line are seen in both streetwear elongates their legs. For petite and on the runway. Howevwomen such as myself, midis er, according to Meli, again,

keep your body type in mind. Folks with shorter torsos, might be overwhelmed with a high waist. Fit before you impulsively buy. A mid-rise waist might be more flattering. Also, if going for a wide length pant, the rule of thumb is pair it with a close-fitting top that either tucks in the waist or ends at the hip. For shorts, cutoffs are always great for the boardwalk, but bermuda (knee-length shorts) are being seen everywhere, including the office. Meli says, “Bermuda shorts are popular again this summer. They cover all angles, the cut is not too wide, and fitted from waist to hem. Looks great on a variety of body types. You can even get them in dressier fabrics like bengaline, a stretchy, flattering fabric, which is also used for form-fitting trousers, skirts and dresses.” Meli said.

tribal, stripes, polka dots, camo, florals and more— prints are everywhere. However, this season is all about texture. “Embroidery and macramé are very popular in a variety of styles, even it’s just to frame a neck or hemline. Linen always spells summer and of course cotton. In Rockaway, especially with the Now for the fashion: warmer temps, it’s all about breathable fabrics that make a Colors According to Meli, spring and statement,” Meli said. summer are seeing an exploAccessories sion of color with greens and For those Rockaway ladies especially yellow. Even denim is coming in a kaleidoscope that love jewelry that extols of colors. However, Meli says beachside living, Lana’s Loft the classic staples of white and carries a stock with a variety of black could never be trounced, motifs that spell out, “BEACH!” and folks need to forget the old Plus according to Lana, bright adage of which seasons white acrylic colors, fringe and floral and black are accepted. “New accents are very popular, esYorkers love black year-round, pecially in scarves, hair accesand who could resist the little sories, earrings, necklaces and black dress (LBD)? We carry a wrist bags. So why come to Lana’s Loft? varied inventory of LBDs for every body-shape from de- “When you come to Lana’s, we signers such as Joseph Ribkoff. make you look good, not just Also, navy is morphing into the with the latest trends, but fit. new black. Also, keep in mind, We want you to look good and white is always flattering, es- after owning this business for pecially in a beach communi- six years, I consider myself a ty like Rockaway. Please, for- personal shopper. I intimateget the old rule of ‘don’t wear ly know my customers and white before Memorial Day buy specifically for them. I’m or after Labor Day.’ Now we brutally honest. I won’t let my have winter whites. Fashion’s customer leave, until I make former archaic color rules no sure they both look and feel longer apply,” Meli expressed. good,” Meli said. So, feel free to mingle your Lana’s Loft is located at 114taste for black and white. 04 Beach Channel Drive. For Prints and Fabrics more info, visit the boutique or From leopard, snakeskin, call them at 718-945-5885.

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A water main break at 239 Beach 116th Street occurred on Wednesday and the FDNY, luckily not very far, was quickly on the scene. Business at Curran’s Superior Meats and Rocapulco Car Service was halted as firefighters worked to prevent electrical damage to nearby transformers. The Rockaway Times went to press before further details were available. We wish both businesses the best of luck (and we hope with all the road work being done, other businesses are not affected).

             

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Whit's Lets Autistic Kids Be Chefs For the Day Guess what was poppin’ this past Sunday, April 14 at Whit’s? None other than a pizza-making class for children on the autism spectrum. Chef Whitney Aycock of Whit’s End, known for dishing up some of the best pizza on the planet, warmly hosted children and parents with Rockaway Beach Autism Families (RBAF) for their very own pizza-making class. The children got a hands-on experience making their own personal pizza, deliciously topped with marinara sauce, cheese, pepperoni and arugula. One of Whit's assistants said he had a relative on the spectrum, and this was also a special moment for him. “There is a little girl, who comes in here with her dad all the time. I intuitively figured she was autistic, and immediately felt an affection for her. So, today with all these children here learning how to make pizza with us, just adds more to my love for people on the spectrum.”

tant gave them language, by verbally labeling each ingredient and the action needed. This is what I’ve been doing for years with my son. It’s not easy, but the more opportunities children with autism have to connect words with everyday actions really helps their communication skills. What an awesome experience!” RBAF founder, Kami-Leigh One of Whit’s ‘students,’ William Hernandez, a 22-yearold with autism, was beyond stoked. “I love this place. I want to work here! I make pizza at home with my mom, but this is so cool! Check out the oven!” Hernandez’s mom, Ivonne Colon, was not just happy to see her son participate, but observe how attentive Whit and his assistant were with all the children. Colon said, “This was a great experience. Not only were the children taught how to make pizza, but I liked how Chef Whit and his assis-

Agard, said she got the idea from her daughter, Soanirina. “One day her dad was crowing that Soa made her own pizza at Whit’s. I was beyond shocked and proud when I saw the video. My daughter loves coming here, and to see how patient and loving Whit and his staff are always with her, I wanted to give other children on the spectrum and their parents a similar ‘crowing’ experience. So, I asked Whit if we could host a class, and immediately, he said, ‘No problem!’ So happy about today. Whit, thank you to the moon and back. Unforgettable!” Of course after pizza-making, everyone got to enjoy the fruits of their labor. If you are a local business and interested in hosting an opportunity for local children with autism with RBAF, email: ourartisticchild@outlook.com or reach out to Facebook page: Rockaway Beach Autism Families.

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ident until he decided to step down at the end of 2014, leaving behind some big shoes to fill. Longtime member Joe Keenan stepped up to the plate, and according to Stathis, he filled the shoes well. “In the beginning, they said he had big shoes to fill, and in the end, I can tell you, he filled them,” Stathis said. “He more than filled them. He did a great job.” Now with term limits in place, Keenan’s time as president has come to an end and Morgan hopes to fill those shoes. The local has been a member of the organization for about 14 years and has served on the board since 2013. A Rockaway resident since five-years-old, the retired firefighter of 21 years, said he first joined the organization to be a part of the mission. “I just saw the way they helped the community out and at some point, I was asked to join by a friend of mine. I thought it was a basketball league at first, and I’m not really a basketball player, but one of the guys asked me to join and I was happy to put in my application and get more involved in the community. Being a fireman for 21 years, I thought this was a great organization that would be an honor to be involved in. They promote taking care of the community, which is something that’s instilled in me, to care for those in the community in a time of need. So it was a no-brainer to get involved,” Morgan said. In addition to being a member of the group, Morgan keeps busy in other ways. Morgan has been married to his wife, Mary since 1987. Together they have two sons, Sean and Tom. After retiring from the fire department, Morgan took on a new endeavor as co-owner of the TGA restaurant in Manhattan. While that occupies much of his time, Morgan also volunteers at the Fireman’s Museum in Manhattan and is actively involved with the Continued on page 19


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TOM MORGAN Continued from Page 18 St. Francis de Sales parish. But even with that, he decided now was the right time to take on an even bigger role with the Graybeards. “I like to be involved and give back. An integral part of my life is to pay it forward,� he said. As Keenan’s term as president was coming to an end this year, Morgan decided now was a good time to consider running. “I thought it’d be a good time to throw my hat into the ring to be nominated for president. I expressed my interest and it went from there. Joe had the really daunting task of taking over for Steve, who’s the face of the organization, in 2014. For Joe to step up at the time was a really big thing to do. Joe was really phenomenal and now I have some big shoes to fill. He kept our mission going just as Steve had done as president and he kept the organization sturdy and I hope to do the same,� Morgan said. Morgan was elected on April 8

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and led his first board meeting as president on April 15, which he says went well. “It feels really good to be in this role. I’m happy to be president. We have a great organization and it feels good to be a representative for it,� Morgan said. Morgan goes into his new role

with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it� approach and says he plans to continue supporting the group in its mission. “I just plan on continuing the work that we’ve been doing for the last 18 years. I don’t know if there’s anything more we can do. I just really want to continue to pro-

mote the Graybeards as an organization that will help out the community as best as we can,� Morgan said. “Along with the board of directors, which works hard, and the whole Graybeard membership, we will continue to care for those in their time of need.�

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Recruits Wanted! BCVFD To Hold Open House By Katie McFadden

A volunteer firehouse wouldn’t be possible without volunteers and on April 27 and 28, the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department (BCVFD) is hoping to pique the interest of some new recruits. “When you need an ambulance or help during a fire, there’s nothing better than when the person coming to your house is someone you know. It’s a comfort when you have your neighbors helping you. And as the person that’s helping, you know you accomplished something when people are facing some of the worst crises in their lives and you were the one there for them to help them through that. Making sure your fellow neighbors are safe is a reward in itself,” BCVFD’s Chief Dan McIntyre said. He hopes that message and more comes across during the BCVFD’s Open House and Recruitment Drive at the 15 Noel Road firehouse on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28.

In conjunction with RECRUIT NY, an initiative sponsored by the Firemen's Association of the State of NY, the BCVFD will be participating in a statewide open house and membership drive that weekend. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, all are welcome to come to the firehouse and see what they’re all about and learn why it’s important to volunteer as a hometown firefighter, EMT or fire alarm dispatcher. Making for an even more special event, the BCVFD will be

introducing much of the community to their recently renovated firehouse. Over the fall and winter, members of the firehouse and others from the community, dedicated time and labor to renovate the more than 100-year-old firehouse at 15 Noel Road, while the BCVFD holds hope for a completely new firehouse to be built in the future. Next weekend, guests will get to see the fruits of their labor, as well as a new sign donated by Rockaway Graphics, while enjoying a series of pro-

gramming during the open house. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. on both days and the whole family is welcome. Starting at 10:15 a.m., there will be bounce houses and target practice games for kids to enjoy. At 11 a.m. on Saturday, there will be a hose operation demonstration for future firefighters, followed by a Hurst Tool Drill and Demonstration at noon. At 1 p.m., there will be a hands-on CPR class. At 2 p.m., there will be a visit with the BCVFD’s Junior Explorers, a group of youngsters and possible future volunteers, and the event will continue until 4 p.m. On Sunday, starting at 11 Continued on page 21

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RECRUITS WANTED! Continued from Page 20 a.m., there will be a discussion on cardio health by Dr. Daniel Riegel and Dr. Norman Riegel, followed by a hose operation at 11:30 a.m. At noon, there will be an EMS Drill and Demonstration, a hands-on CPR class at 1 p.m., and a visit with the firehouse’s firefighters and EMTs at 2 p.m. Chief McIntyre hopes the event serves as a way to inspire others to get on board and sign up to volunteer and join a tradition that has taken place in

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019 aspects of emergency service and simple things like how to answer the telephone and dealing with the public,” Chief McIntyre said. “Years ago, as a kid, you saw the firetrucks and thought how cool that is and you wanted to learn how to join the firehouse. Now kids have computers and video games and they don’t get that same inspiration when they see a fire truck. This program really gives kids a hands-on experience and gives them structure. Many of our juniors have gone on to higher things in life, but many go on to work in civil service and become police and firefighters and

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Broad Channel since 1905. According to him, membership has taken a big hit in recent years as a result of Hurricane Sandy. “Basically, we need bodies. In a time of need, you have to have people you can call on. The firehouse has gone through ups and downs with membership, but Sandy really hurt us. It pushed us down to a point where it’s difficult to stay in operation,” he said, explaining that many members had to move out of Broad Channel as a result of the storm, and many didn’t come back. With the nearest FDNY firehouses being in Rockaway Beach and Howard Beach, Chief McIntyre stressed how important it is to keep the local volunteer firehouse membership strong. “We have the luxury of having EMS and FDNY around, but there’s a great need for volunteers in the Rockaways and Broad Channel,” he said. In addition to the recruitment event, the BCVFD also offers a Junior Explorer’s program, open to kids 12 and up, which helps prepare youth for real-life experiences, careers and possibly becoming volunteers once they turn 18. “We start training them in all

even volunteers, and this helps them with that.” The program is always open to new members. Some other efforts the BCVFD will be doing to boost the firehouse include their annual fund drive. Each year, the firehouse sends out letters to the Broad Channel community and some members go around door-todoor, requesting donations of about $75 to support the volunteer efforts. The firehouse relies on donations from the community for about 80 percent of its operating costs. Like membership, donations have also gone down in recent years due to the hit on the community by Hurricane Sandy. Chief McIntyre hopes to see a boost this year when fundraising efforts begin in May. However, all donations are welcome throughout the year. If interested in donating, volunteering or finding out more about the Explorers program and other things offered by the BCVFD, follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ BroadChannelVolunteers or email Ed Wilmarth at ewilmarthiii@broadchannelvfd.org

Stations of the Cross on Boardwalk at Beach 126th Street 3:00 PM - Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord 7:00 PM - Stations of the Cross Prayer Garden

HOLY SATURDAY, April 20 - Morning Prayer 8:00 PM - Easter Vigil

EASTER SUNDAY, April 21

6:00 AM- Sunrise Mass on Beach 129th Street

Masses - 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 and 12:00 Noon (NO EVENING MASS ON EASTER SUNDAY)

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Fat Cardinal Chips In Sanders To Hold Job Fair World Autism Awareness Day was on Tuesday, April 2, but students at Middle Village Preparatory Charter School have decided to make it a monthlong event. The students in the National Junior Honor Society went from class to class sharing a presentation to classmates about autism. Students have been learning about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their Advisory classes, and ways to support people with ASD and their families. Students also wanted to help the cause by raising awareness on a bigger scale. They organized a series of bake sales with proceeds going to the American Autism Association. Various autism awareness merchandise was sold at each bake sale, with teachers and students bringing in baked goods. A guidance counselor at MVP is a Rockaway resident and asked local bakeries if they would be willing to donate any leftovers at the close of busi-

ness the night before the bake sales. One business, the Fat Cardinal Bakery, not only answered the call, but went above and beyond by baking batches of fresh cookies for each of the bake sales! The cookies sold out, with the students raising $1,600! The entire MVP community thanks the Fat Cardinal Bakery for the delicious cookies, but especially for taking the time to help raise money for a cause that affects so many people and their families.

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

Neponsit - Side Hall Colonial 4BR (master suite with Juliet balcony), 4.5 baths, luminous kitchen, granite counters, family room, fireplace, FLR, DR, fin bsmt with high ceilings, inground pool, pool house, 2 car garage. $1,899,000

Sprawling 80’ x 100’ Fabulous 4BR, 4 bath split level home. Gourmet kitchen, gleaming HW floors throughout, fin bsmt with 2 BR’s and 2 car garage. $1,875,000

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Amazing Curb Appeal - 60x100 CT RA T Large front porch, Nhigh ceilings, O HW floors, LR with fireplace, R C baths. 6BR’s, 3D Efull Large basement U N with high ceilings, plenty of parking. $1,400,000

Rockaway Park-Legal 2 Family Only opportunity to own this income producing INCOMPARABLE OCEANFRONT! Both units have a 20’x10’ oceanfront patios, 3BR’s and 2 baths. Bonus walk in apt. Private parking. $1,279,000

All Brick - 60’x 100’ Corner Expansive newly renovated 6 BR home with open floor plan, w/b fireplace, radiant heat, CAC. Two car garage and private parking. $1,199,000

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Custom Built - Never Lived In BRAND NEW single family home in the Dunes, has 5 BR's, 3 Baths, luxurious ocean view master suite with a spacious rooftop deck with glorious ocean views. Tax abated until 2034! $978,000

Legal Two Family 1st floor with H/W floors and a tremendous master suite with walk in closet. Tenant has a spacious 2 BR, 1 bath apartment. Paved back yard, pvt drive, garage and 4 more parking passes. $965,000

Beach Block Side hall colonial Mother/Daughter features 4BR, 3 bath, hardwood floors, high ceilings, spacious living room/dining room, terrace, full finished basement and detached garage. $939,000

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Beach Block Condo Spacious 3BR duplex with HW floors, large master suite with amazing ocean views. Stunning curb appeal, comes with parking spot. $649,000

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

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Open Floor Plan Duplex Condo Two BR's two baths with HW floors, granite counters, breakfast bar and an abundance of cabinets. Full finished lower level with BR, half bath and laundry room. $557,000

Far Rockaway LEGAL 3 FAMILY ON THE CORNER OF SEAGIRT! This victorian offers a spacious lot size, private parking & each apt. has 2BR's 1 bath and each separate entrances. Full unfinished basement. $550,000

Looking for a Turn Key Home? Newly renovated 3 BR, 1 bath home. Great location with bay, ocean, restaurants and stores all at your fingertips. Sit on your front porch and catch the salty breeze. $529,000

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Waters Edge Condo Rarely available, turn key 3BR, 2 bath condo with open floor plan, master suite, 2 balconies, private back yard with in ground sprinklers, garage and private driveway! $499,000

Semi Attached Legal 2 Family ED P T 3BRs Both apartmentsC Ehave and 2BA.Unfinished AC basement E R and dual entry. with half Fbath Full back O F yard and private driveway for 3 cars. $499,000

Private Water View Terrace Immaculate oceanfront apartment located on the 6th floor with phenomenal ocean views, private terrace & gorgeous HW floors. Common laundry room in the building. Won’t last! $460,000

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

417 Beach 129th St • (718) 634-3134 • Mon-Sat 10am-6pm SIX BRAND NEW EXCLUSIVES!

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3BR, 2.5 bath owner's unit including a nice size yard and 2 BR, 1 bath on the first floor. Upper level has 2 BR, 1 bath Duplex condo with open floor plan, chef's kitchen, custom garage. Open floor plan, W/D, cable hookup in every with radiant heat. Master bedroom with Juliette balcony tiled baths and beautiful lighting. The lower level offers a 3rd room. Rental unit offers 2 BR, 1 bath. The rooftop terrace for you tho enjoy the sunset. Spacious finished basement, BR or family room with half bath, laundry room and access & den help complete this great package. $1,150,000 and a private garage plus parking for 3-4 cars. $819,000 to the attached garage. Plenty of parking. $799,000

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PANORAMIC OCEAN VIEWS - UPPER PENTHOUSE APARTMENT! Sliding glass doors separating the master bedroom suite from the rest of the living space. Second set of sliders allows a guest bedroom or office. $569,000

BRAND NEW TO MARKET Arverne

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Newly renovated condo offers an updated kitchen, open floor, 1BR condo with an ocean view terrace! A deeded floor plan with 2 BRs, W/D in unit and privacy fenced back 5th parking spot in the gated lot is included, laundry room on yard just steps from Surfer Beach! HPD paid at closing by site and LOW monthly common charges. $239,000 seller! $349,000

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Sun filled open floor plan, 3 BR's including huge master suite, 2.5 baths loads of upgrades and large ocean view roof top deck. Tenants unit has 2 BR's and 1 bath. $919,000

Mint condition 3BR, 2BA condo with open floor plan, HW floors and 3 terraces! Master suite on the 2nd floor features an ensuite bathroom and double closets. W/D, garage and storage. $539,000

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Newly refinished blond H/W floors, large rooms and a great open floor plan. Building has excellent financials and maintenance is 40% tax deductible. Super on site, laundry room and bike storage available. $325,000

This terrific fifth floor apartment has it all! Gleaming H/W floors, an updated kitchen and bath and lovely views from the LR, kitchen and BR. Laundry, bike storage, Super on site! $305,000

     Rentals      120th: Fully furnished studio apartment in co-op building with HW floors (BF) . . . . . . . . . 117th: Spacious 1BR, 1BA apt on beach block in building with full time super (NC) . . . . . . 125th: Beach block well maintained 1BR, 1BA apt with HW floors (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61st: First floor beach block 2BR, 1BA apt with separate entrance (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118th: Beach block freshly painted 2BR, 1BA apt with HW floors (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92nd: 2BR, 1BA apt with open floor plan in clean, well run complex, parking available (BF) . 117th: Beach block 2BR, 2BA condo unit in doorman building (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95th: Renovated ground level 2BR, 1BA apt with W/D (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111th: 2BR, 1BA beach block apt with HW floors, W/D and storage (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81st: 3BR, 1BA condo unit with gated parking included (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64th: Renovated 2BR, 1BA home with private driveway and backyard (NC) . . . . . . . . . . .

     Rentals      . $1,400 . $1,675 . $1,700 . $1,750 . $1,800 . $1,850 . $1,850 . $2,000 . $2,000 . $2,100 . $2,100

92nd: Renovated 3BR, 2BA apt with granite counters, HW floors and shaker cabinetry (BF) . 69th: Newly renovated 3BR, 2BA apt with HW floors and SS appliances (TB) . . . . . . . . . . . 118th: Beach block 2BR, 1BA apt with extra office room, parking and backyard (CB) . . . . . 119th: Beach block 3BR, 2BA apt with 1 car parking space and W/D (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . ABTS: 3BR, 2.5BA duplex unit with backyard, CAC and parking (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Upper East Side: Fully furnished 1BR, 1BA apt, amazing 30th floor views (BF) . . . . . . . . . 137th: 3BR, 2BA lovely home for rent with wood floors (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140th: 3BR, 2.5BA house rental with HW floors and large backyard (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140th: Renovated 3BR, 2BA in 2 family home with shared yard and parking (AD) . . . . . . . 140th: Renovated 3BR, 2.5 unit in 2 family home with shared yard and parking (AD) . . . . . Broad Channel: Furnished summer rental 3BR, 2BA home (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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140-05 Newport Ave. $1.525M

SOLD!

(represented buyer) Susan Natale Lic. RE Salesperson

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

We first sold our client's house in Brooklyn for a record price and were then tasked with finding them their dream home in Rockaway. We negotiated a great price for our client in this purchase, and closed for $75K under the asking price on this v very special and un unique 80'x100' property in Belle Harbor.

Happy Easter and Happy Passover

JUST LISTED!

6 6513 Seaspray Ave. · $980,000

Amazing opportunity to own an ocean-view home in the Dunes section of Arverne by the Sea. Beautiful and meticulous, bright and sunny, this fabulous Freeport model comes completely upgraded from the blue stone entryway to the ocean view roof terrace with Trex decking! The first level of the main unit features an open concept layout with half bath and sliders that lead out to a travertine patio and landscaped yard space. The kitchen area features high end stainless appliances, custom cabinetry, granite countertops and breakfast bar. The second level features a huge master bedroom with custom en-suite bathroom, plus two additional large bedrooms and a full, custom finished bathroom. The seemingly endless upgrades to this property continue in the 2nd unit that is located on the third level of the home and includes a step out balcony. Access to the 4th level is from either unit and includes a bonus room with half bath and kitchenette plus a large roof terrace with sweeping ocean views. You can spend endless time up there in your own private sanctuary or take a 2-minute walk down a beautifully landscaped semi-private path to the beach and boardwalk. This house is an absolute must see! Listed exclusively by Associate Broker Alice O'Connor.

Very easy to show. We have the keys!

6613 Surf Ave. · $938,000

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. Office exclusive.

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CO-OP FOR SALE ASKING $175,000 130 Beach 121st St, #2B

Rockaway Beach 3 Bed. 1 Bath on a beach block w/ hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances – $2,200

NEW LISTING 437 Beach 144th Street Neponsit, NY 11694

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Joseph F. Keenan Attorney At Law 114-04 Beach Channel Drive Suite 9 Rockaway Park, New York 11694 Phone: (718) 747 8850 jfkeenan@joekeenanlaw.com

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The Passage of Time Took an hourglass off the shelf today, turned it over and watched the passage of time for a while, then went about doing whatever I was doing. When I looked back, all of the sand had drizzled to the lower part and I thought: it is just like life passing by, before you know it, in whatever way, it ends. We each have a unique hourglass, and we live as if the sand will be a never-ending

flow. But that is not the reality and once we realize that, we understand that it is what we make of life—what we feel connected to, happy with, grateful for—that makes all the difference. What we make of life or how we do it—live, that is—can bring peace and joy or struggle and sadness. Many times, it is a choice we can make, whether it be for little things or a big thing. Sometimes, it is hard to make the

choice to go in the happy lane: trying to replace not so good habits with great ones, turning the corners of the mouth up whenever we think of it. I have noticed that if I just smile randomly, especially during the course of a rough patch, I actually feel better. Changing something in our lives that doesn’t serve us, does us harm or just plain doesn’t feel good. Breaking habits and moving forward is a process and doesn’t happen just like that. Once we bring the intention deep inside, the process begins and it is a matter of time. It is different for each of us and each situation has a different process. I think that having faith in the process and believing that the intention will manifest the result we want is key to trying every day and moving forward. It may not happen in the timeframe that we want, but it will. We have to believe and affirm it every day. Affirmations are great tools to bring into the every day. They are positive. They can

Page 31 help to overcome negative thoughts. They can help to alleviate stress. And, when repeated often with full conviction, can help to bring wonderful, amazing results. Saying affirmations to yourself several times a day with a smile on your face is a sure way to bring about some happiness and peace. Time seems to pass faster and faster, yet if we look at the hourglass, it is the same timing. Our perception of the passage of time can make our lives fuller by bringing in positive affirmations, thereby creating some happiness and peace. Being in the now, getting inspiration from nature, people and experiences fill out our time, fulfills out the passage of time here in our lifetimes. “The secret of life is enjoying the passing of time.” - James Taylor May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. May you fully enjoy the passage of time.

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Low Fats, No Fats It has been 40 years since the federal government first suggested that everyone except young children should opt for low-fat or nonfat dairy products over high-fat products. This recommendation was based on the overall goal of reducing saturated fat and calorie intake. A decade later, U.S. sales of low-fat and skim milk exceeded sales of whole milk for the first time. In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act required schools to follow dietary recommendations and replace whole milk with nonfat or low-fat unflavored milk and nonfat flavored milk. Recent studies, however, have suggested that high-fat

milk, yogurt, and cheese are at least as healthful as their lowfat or nonfat counterparts, and some authors are questioning the wisdom of advising people to avoid whole milk and products made from it due to the additional nutrients contained in the higher fat products. For example, most yogurt contains probiotics. There are great differences in worldwide patterns of consumption of dairy products. U.S. consumers chow down on cheeseburgers and pizza while Europeans are more likely to eat cheese for cheese’s sake, not as a topping for foods that without cheese would still be high

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in fats and sodium. In Malaysia, people do not consume milk or yogurt and, in developing countries, people who have money can afford to eat more dairy and meats and therefore less carbohydrates, making them healthier than their poorer countrymen. While dairy products account for about 10 percent of total fats in the average U.S. diet, most Americans do not consume the recommended three daily servings of dairy. In addition, recent studies have shown that whole fat dairy products are more protective against heart disease than their low-fat alternatives. This may be due to the additional nutrients found in whole-fat products. Consider that a person who consumes three servings of low-fat milk will eat more fat than a person that consumes one serving of whole milk. Multinational studies of dairy consumption have encountered issues because of the differences in dairy consumption from country to country. As most of the studies are observational, meaning they ask participants

to self-report dairy consumption, there is also an aspect of observational bias—the authors note that many people may not be aware of how much dairy they consume in a range of foods that include baked goods, sauces, fried foods, and coffee drinks. The government publishes Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years, and the panel that writes the guidelines is already working on the 2020-2025 version. While most panel members are unlikely to recommend that Americans consume more butter and whole-fat cheese and milk, the panel members are using recent evidence to at least consider changes to the recommendation to use only low-fat and no fat versions. As more evidence comes to light, what is clear is that more studies are needed to fully evaluate the risks and benefits of lowfat and no fat versus whole-fat dairy products. Please direct questions and comments to editor@rockawaytimes.com

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OPEN CALL FOR NEXT QUEENS POET LAUREATE Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with Queens Public Library and Queens College, announced the launch of an open call for applications for the next Queens Poet Laureate, a prestigious position charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout the borough. The announcement comes in time for National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry that takes place each April. Applicants for the unpaid position of Queens Poet Laureate must be published poets and residents of Queens. The winning candidate will be a talented writer who can also demonstrate that she or he has a compelling vision for the role. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the most diverse county in America, Queens seeks a Poet Laureate whose work strikes a universal chord,â&#x20AC;? Katz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Poet Laureate will also demonstrate an abiding affection for Queens and an ability to convey that

affection through inspiring, thought-provoking poetry.â&#x20AC;? Applications for the Queens Poet Laureate position will be available at www.queensbp. org/poet and may be submitted beginning April 29, 2019. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on May 31, to be eligible for consideration. The selection process is open to published poets who currently reside in Queens and have lived in Queens for at least the past two years. Applicants are expected to submit a writing sample of up to ten pages of their poetry, along with an essay of up to 500 words on why the applicant wants to be the next Queens Poet Laureate. Applicants must also submit a one- to two-page rĂŠsumĂŠ focused on their poetry-related work (such as the publications where their work has appeared, along with any public readings they have done and any grants, fellowships, awards or other poetry-related recognition they have received).

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Councilman Eric Ulrich hosts this cat and dog adoption event with ACC. ACC adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar and a certificate for a free initial exam at a participating veterinarian. Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m. ROCKIN OUT FOR AUTISM Rockaway Brewing Company 415 Beach 72nd Street Raise funds for the local autism community with a concert featuring: founder, Jammin Jon, the Grayriders, The RockaWades, John Baxter, Dan Guarino and more, $10 donation.

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LEGAL NOTICES

LEGAL NOTICES Notice of formation of IRRVRNTVC, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/13/2019. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to Andrew Gluck, 6939 Yellowstone Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose/character of LLC: Any lawful purpose. Cosmogenica LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 2/14/2019. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to c/o Milton Pirsos, 31-19 Newton Ave., Astoria, NY 11103.General Purpose. 1548 MERMAID IG LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/26/18. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Rafael Badalov 143-24 84 Drive Queens, NY 11435. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of formation of Prospered Residence LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on03/04/2019. Office located in QUEENS. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 142-03 Cherry Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful purpose. MJ Hotels Of Flushing II, LLC Arts of Org. filed SSNY 3/19/19. Office: Queens Co. SSNY design agent for process & shall mail to 1601 Belvedere Rd #407 South West Palm Beach, Fl 33406. General Purpose.

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Notice of Formation of Peter’s Gourmet Organic Food Company LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/14/19. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY Designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Peter’s Gourmet Organic Food Company LLC, 110-33 72nd Avenue, Apartment 4B Forest Hills, NY 11375. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of House of Upendi LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/22/2019. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to House of Upendi, 33-42 99 th Street, Corona, NY 11368. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of JMS & Family LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/10/2019. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 8840 164th street, Jamaica, NY, 11432. Any lawful purpose. Biancachak LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 3/19/2019. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 222-14 93rd Rd., Queens Village, NY 11428.General Purpose. Notice of Formation: Chengyue LLC. Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/07/2018. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served & shall mail process to the LLC, 3636 Prince Street, Suite 308, FLUSHING, NY 11354. Purpose: General

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Cardboard Llama, LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 02/01/2019. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 13211 89th Street, Ozone Park, NY 11417. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of 37-55 61ST LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/14/19. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 69-56 43rd Ave., Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: any lawful act.

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BOARDWALK 116TH STREET – 1930

By Katie Lucev

In the past and present, Beach 116th Street always attracted a big crowd. The design and layout remained the same for decades. This photo postcard is naturally dark. I’m taking a guess that the weather for that day was slightly overcast, considering the fully-dressed attire on the folks walking along the boardwalk, as bathing suits were beginning to show more skin.

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Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City By Lou Pastina

I’m a big fan of Bruce Springsteen’s song, "Atlantic City." Not so crazy about his version, preferring instead Levon Helm’s interpretation of the song. I’m also a big fan of the movie, "Atlantic City," starring Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon, and not just because Burt plays a guy named Lou and that he gets the girl in the end. There is something redemptive in both the Bruce song and the movie, although the two have nothing to do with each other. I haven’t been to Atlantic City in forty years, when the mermaid and I hopped on a bus with a bunch of family and friends for a day at the casinos all those years ago. And honestly, not being a gambling man, I had no urge to ever go back. But when a friend, a little down on his luck, asked if I would drive him for an overnighter to South

Jersey, I just couldn’t say no. The Garden State Parkway is one of those roads to be avoided at all costs, especially in the summer, but my friend had done his research, as he reasoned no one would be heading south on a Sunday morning. And lo and behold, he was right. We had the Parkway to ourselves as we zoomed along at my maximum speed of somewhere around 62-and-a-half miles per hour. When we got near Atlantic City, my buddy told me to get off at the White Horse Turnpike, otherwise known as Route 30, and we took the back road past the wetlands and toward the boardwalk with the glittering buildings. Old Atlantic City can be experienced on the Pike, with old motels lining the roadway. As we got closer, you can sense that nothing has really changed in this poor place. Run down, just like the character in both the movie and the song, Atlantic City pines for the days of old, but is forever out of reach. We drifted over to our hotel, which also had seen better days, but presented a freshly painted face to

my friend and me. We were happily surprised by our refurbished rooms with views of the boardwalk and the ocean. After checking in, we shot down to the casino. The casino was huge, and mostly empty as my friend had predicted, and we had full access. We both were amazed that the casinos were not smoke-free, having been converted to smoke-free living by Mayor Bloomberg more than a decade ago here in New York. But the slots were talking to us, calling us in with their electronic bells, music and whistles. We picked a couple of fun slots and followed my friend's plan of cashing out at certain dollar levels. Our winnings paid for both lunch and dinner, which allowed us to take a little nap, which as it turned out we needed after several complimentary gin and tonics! Our return trip to the casino, refreshed and ready for more complimentary drinks, led us to the poker table. No sooner had my friend received his cards did he start winning. He went on a winning streak that had him grinning from ear to ear. I guess when it’s

slow at a casino, the dealers let the little people win so they can go home and tell everyone to come back. It worked for us. We retired that evening with more cash than we came, a sure sign of a good trip. We did check out the boardwalk before it got dark, and we should all be very happy that we have a concrete boardwalk here in Rockaway. The rotted wood, maybe changed after Sandy only seven years ago, made for uneven walking. And I would not recommend going out after dark on the boardwalk, as there are way too many shady characters out and about. In fact, we should all be thankful that casino gambling did not come to Rockaway, because the promise of a high tide certainly did not lift every boat in Atlantic City. Our ride home included a stop at Dairy Queen, my friend couldn’t resist a hot dog and a shake. If you have never been to Atlantic City, definitely worth a trip in your lifetime, just not sure I would make it a regular thing. As Bruce wrote, “Meet me tonight in Atlantic City.”

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the Williams pipeline, activists are fighting back and taking the protest to the city, The rally will begin at City Hall Park East (15 Centre Street) at 5:30 p.m. There will be various speakers discussing their reasons for fighting against the project. The event will then continue with a march over the Brooklyn Bridge at around 6 p.m. The pipeline in question, the “Northeast Supply Enhancement” (NESE) project would create a 24-mile natural gas pipeline that would stretch from New Jersey to the waters off of Rockaway. Opposition to the pipeline is widespread and growing, with over 60 elected officials, 16,000+ New Yorkers, and more than 250 organizations demanding Governor Cuomo to protect the environment by stopping the new Williams pipeline from becoming a reality. Photo by Erik McGregor.


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Rockaway: Then And Now A beauty parlor with a barber pole and a tavern (can anyone make out the name?) were at 217 Beach 116th Street decades ago. A delivery truck for the Tasty Food Market is pictured as well. Today, the outside of the building is boarded up, but a lot of work is going on in the inside. A brick oven pizza bar-restaurant is in the works at the old PJ Currans. Before we know it, we’ll have to do a new “Now” photo. The old photo come courtesy of Rockaway

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Life With Our “Artistic” Child By Kami-Leigh Agard

Special Feature — Hear From Other Local Autism Warriors As April is National Autism month, I wanted to use my column, "Life With Our ‘Artistic' Child” as a platform for local caregivers of loved ones with autism to share their personal experiences nurturing an individual on the spectrum, and their thoughts on why building autism awareness and acceptance is so vital. My next guest to share his journey is Matthew Wolf, a father of an eight-year-old boy on the spectrum. Authored by Matthew Wolf According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), “acceptance,” is the “willingness to tolerate a difficult situation.” Also, “accept,” means “to believe or come to recognize (a proposition) as valid or correct.” All parents of children on the spectrum, without a doubt, must “tolerate a difficult situation.” The real challenge, however, is accepting the condition as “valid or correct.” This is not only a challenge for parents, but the rest of the world. Although I have been amazed by how our society has met the challenge of autism, there is still much more work to do. Thus, I hope that by sharing a small moment of my own journey towards acceptance, I can aid the rest of us. All paths to acceptance vary. You may not agree with what I say. Honestly, I real-

the world needs. When asked about his place in the world and his autism, Naoki brilliantly theorizes, “as a result of all the killings in the world and the selfish planet-wrecking that humanity has committed, a deep sense of crisis exists. Autism has somehow arisen out of this…We (those on the spectrum), are more like travelers from the distant, distant past. And if, by our being here, we could help the people of the world remember what truly matters for the Earth, that would give us a quiet pleasure.” To me this made sense. We are depleting our resources, filling our oceans with plastic, and changing the chemical makeup of our atmosphere. Our planet is alive, and we are part of it, not separate. My son intuitively understands this, and I see it by how he acts. He loves the outdoors and enjoys the sounds of nature over machinations. He is not tied to a smart phone. He will patiently sit and enjoy a beautiful spring day. He holds no

Page 43 anger, has no desire to harm, and is always honest. Just like Naoki, he is a traveler from the distant past, a past far beyond modern times when people lived in the moment, not concerned with status or possessions. In a world faced with such challenges, I believe the world created him for us to learn how to re-appreciate the important things in life. The world needs him. For that reason, his potential value to the world surpasses any that I could give. Once the rest of the world understands this, the “willingness to tolerate a difficult situation,” no longer becomes the challenge of the parent of the child. The “difficult situation” becomes a challenge to the world to make the necessary change. Share your thoughts by emailing ourartisticchild@ outlook.com or check out Rockaway Beach Autism Families Facebook page. Join us in “Turning the tide for our autism community, one wave at a time.”

ly don’t care, because how one comes to accept autism should not matter so long as the process produces no harm. Nonetheless, I hope my thoughts provide a new perspective of the condition, which could lead to greater acceptance of my child’s state. In sum, the world needs them. I’m the father of an eightyear-old autistic boy. He is considered severe to moderate on the spectrum. The difficulties are numerous. There are, among many things, the odd looks and stupid assumptions by both strangers and family, the head-scratching from trying to decipher your child’s thoughts and feelings, and the realization that the ways one was raised no longer apply. When I learned of my child’s diagnosis, I found myself staring into a void. Of course, I understood that all children need to feel loved, guided, and accepted. Loving and guiding were not hard, this was how I was raised. Acceptance was the challenge. I needed something to help me make sense of it all. I looked for a guide. I wanted a place for him in this universe. I found one. It was a book by a 13-year-old nonverbal autistic boy named, Naoki Higashida. His book, “The Reason I Jump,” gave me a perspective that I needed and The sunset is nice. The Caribbean Sea looks delightful, but applied towards more accept- it’s Christine Pfister bringing the magic to Belize as she rocks ance. It has to do with what The Rockaway Times tee. We are jealous!

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Spring has SPRUNG! So heed RT Publisher Kevin Boyle’s wise counsel, and get your Rockaway Groan on! With a chockfull lineup of live music, theater and arts — no need to leave the peninsula—the Rock always has something springin’! LIVE MUSIC: Thursday, April 18 4 p.m. Grab your mates and catch an early sail into the weekend with the Rock-A-Wades’ epic classic rock sing-along-party at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. Plus with plenty of libations on tap, this will be one above board Rock-A-Classic night! 533 Beach 126th Street Thursday, April 18 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Grab a drink, throw on an apron and embrace your inner Picasso at 2CraftAholics’ Paint and Sip at Bungalow Bar. You’ll be guided step-by-step in painting your very own masterpiece, while sipping on a complimentary adult beverage of your choice. $45 admission includes all art supplies. For tickets, visit: www.universe.com 377 Beach 92nd Street Friday, April 19 8:30 p.m. Sultry songstress Pamela Nardi and her band, LuVibe Trio, are back at RBQ delivering their signature cocktail of blues, classic rock, R&B, soul, Motown and more! 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd Friday, April 19 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Head to Thai Rock and experience a fiery brand of Americana with The Lisa Scherma Band. NY Blues Hall of Famer Scherma's salty-sweet style of singing and storytelling, often compared to Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge, offers a unique blend of blues, rock, country and folk that will have you gyrating to her gritty message. 375 Beach 92nd Street Saturday, April 20 6 p.m. to Midnight You don’t want to miss Mul-

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tiple Partners first-ever EP Release Party debuting, “How to Drink and Drive” with Nick Mastros and Cody Walker at A/B Studios. Get ready for a wicked lineup of bands kicking off with Side Peace at 6 p.m., Counterspace, 7 p.m., Alouth, 8 p.m., Revels Engine, 9 p.m., and the grand finale with Multiple Partners at 10 p.m. No cover. 111-22 Rockaway Beach Blvd Saturday, April 20 8 p.m. It’s Saturday night, and you’re on the hunt for a place with awesome food and entertainment. Well, make a beeline to Breezy’s BayHouse, plus with awesome bay views and live music from The Pointers, you’ll have a bay-utiful night! 500 Bayside Drive, Breezy Point Saturday, April 20 9 p.m. Head to RBQ for a top drawer night with Celtic-American singer/songwriter, Jeff Conlon, delivering an eclectic lineup of folk and Irish tunes, plus your favorite classic rock covers. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd Saturday, April 20 9 p.m. Ignite your Saturday night with The Knobs at Rogers! From The Smiths to The Cure—this band will rock all your favorite alternative/classic rock—leaving you ‘knobbed’ out! 203 Beach 116th Street Saturday, April 20 9 p.m. to Midnight Looking for a band that will put you in that “It’s Saturday night, I’m ready to party” mood? Well, hightail it to Thai Rock because Blue Roots’ infectious lineup of blues, R&B, classic and southern rock will have you on your feet boogieing your heart out. 375 Beach 92nd Street Saturday, April 20 9 p.m. Local speakeasy, Rustwoods goes deep blue with a special blues/jazz lineup. Plus special menu a la Whit’s! $20 admission. 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd

SPECIAL MENTION — ROCKAWAY CELEBRATES AUTISM AWARENESS April is autism awareness month, so come on out and rally around Rockaway locals showcasing their artistic talents to not just build autism awareness, but acceptance. Saturday, April 20 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Jon Kiebon and Enchantress Shane are back hosting another FUN-tabulous Jammin’ Jon’s Rock Out for Autism Benefit Concert at the Rockaway Brewing Co. Get ready for a night chock-full of bands, and raffle prizes donated by local businesses. Band lineup includes the Rockaway-A-Wades, Lou Pastina and the Leftovers, Jammin’ Jon & Friends, featuring vocalist Patti McCartin, and performances from Dan Guarino, Ras Atiba, Billy Salvatore and John Baxter! Also special guest, The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway is the master of ceremonies. Proceeds go toward supporting creative endeavors of local young adults with autism. 415 Beach 72nd Street Saturday, April 27 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Perfect Piece of the Puzzle hosts, “You Deserve... Honoree Brunch,” lauding three parents of special needs children, (including Rockaway Times columnist and Rockaway Beach Autism Families founder, Kami-Leigh Agard, and Fred Rodriquez, founder of nonprofit, Connor’s Place), who are not just tireless advocates for their own children, but all special-needs families. Proceeds from the brunch go towards purchasing an AngelSense device, including one year of service. Plus award-winning autism advocate Kerry Magro is the keynote speaker. $35 admission. For tickets, visit: youdeservebrunch2019.eventbrite.com Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street Saturday, April 27 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Rockaway Beach Autism Families and the Rockaway Artists Alliance are excited to present the Lynx Project's Autism Advocacy Project Series—a relaxed and

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family-friendly classical music performance of art song: music for voice and piano, showcased by beautiful operatic voices. All the words to these songs were written by youth who have autism and are nonverbal, but communicate via the Rapid Prompting Method. Plus Rockaway's autism community will be proudly strutting their own artistic talents through music, writing and visual arts! Plus grab the chance to sample tasty food from local businesses. FREE admission. Building T149, Fort Tilden ARTS Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Calling all printmakers! The RAA is back in the studio offering classes with instructors, Margaret Burke and Victoria Barber. From mono prints, cyanotypes, relief printing, drypoint, solar plate etching and screen printing—come in and learn from the pros. For more info, visit: rockawayartistsalliance.org sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden THEATER Upcoming! Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. New playwrighting group, Rock Away Pens, debuts three one-act plays at the Rockaway Theatre Company. This is a historical debut as this is the first time the RTC is featuring original, locally-produced plays! The first play, “Oby in the Park,” is a children’s musical, followed by two domestic adult-themed comedies, “31 Joralemon Street,” and “I Don’t Want You To Tempt Me.” These productions will fashionably be hosted by The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway. This is a no charge showcase. Donations welcomed at the box office. For reservations, call 800-838-3006 Rockaway Play Festival or email: rockawaypens@gmail.com. For more info, see ad on page 18. T4 Post Theatre Building, Fort Tilden Got info on local live music and art? Email: kami@rockawaytimes.com

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Play Ball! Rockaway Little League Swings Into the Season By Ryan Schwach

Despite gloomy weather, Rockaway Little League held its opening day celebration last Saturday, April 13 at Fort Tilden, commemorating its 65th year with food, rides, raffles, special guests, and baseball. Although rain the previous night had dampened the fields, it did not dampen the spirits of the little leaguers and their parents who attended the event to kick off the 2019 season. “It’s great to see people come out,” said Kamin Green, a longtime member of the league board and one of the planners of the annual event. “Once you see all the kids playing, laughing, having a good time, that’s the payoff,” he said. Opening day started with a small parade of little leaguers, coaches, and their families, from the fire station on 169th Street all the way to the league clubhouse. The parade was led by a bagpiper, and escorted by state troopers. After the parade and a short wait, the kids lined up to take photos with the always popular Brooklyn Cyclones mascot Sandy the Seagull, and the volunteers worked to set up food and rides with the help of volunteers and the Scholars’ Academy varsity baseball team. Finally, the events were kicked off with a “Play ball!” from President Marty Andresen, who himself is celebrating 46 years with the league. “The future looks good,” he said. The events special guest, not of the avian variety, was Major League Baseball veteran Art Shamsky, who played right field on the 1969 “Miracle Mets,” and shocked the world with a

comeback season that culminated the organization's first World Series trophy. Shamsky came to sign copies of his new book, "After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ‘69 Mets," which talks about the iconic squad. “I love being around the kids, I can remember how important baseball was to me,” he told The Rockaway Times. Inside the clubhouse, volunteers sold RLL gear from bumper stickers to socks, and also held raffles with gifts from various Howard Schneider, Virginia Donahue and Marty Andresen with Miracle businesses like Harbor Fitness, Met Art Shamsky. Photo by Paul King and signed baseball merchandise that was donated to the event. There were also rides and bouncy houses for the kids to spend time in, because due to the inclement weather, most of the games were canceled or postponed “It’s still a good turnout considering the games were canceled,” said Virginia Donohue, a member of the board and one of the main planners of the opening day festivities. Although, with the help of the grounds crew headed by John Duggan and Matt Piccione, and plenty of extra dirt, the challengThe Challenger Game players. Photo by Ryan Schwach er game, featuring members of Rockaway’s Special Olympics program, was able to get underway with a ceremonial first pitch from Art Shamsky. “It’s especially great to see the challenger kids play ball,” Green said, “What an inspiration.” Despite the morning’s less than ideal weather, the sun did eventually come out over the fields at Fort Tilden as Rockaway Little League began what hopes to be another successful season of The day included a parade of players and families baseball, Play ball!

The Challenger Game swung on. Photo by Ryan Schwach

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Pitching the Challenger Gsame. Photo by Ryan Schwach


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