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VOL. 5, NO. 49 - THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019

Splashing Into Summer

Inside: RT Photo Expo Begins Irish Fest This Weekend RTC’s ‘Doubt’ Takes The Stage Photo by Katie McFadden


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ROCKAWAY PHOTO EXPO NOW ON We have to say, the photos from this year’s Rockaway Times Photo Contest are the best collection yet. Over Memorial Day weekend, the Parks Department installed photos on the boardwalk at Beach 17th, Beach 32nd, Beach 56th, Beach 98th, Beach 116th, at the ferry landing and

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BOYLEING POINTS

Always A Bright Side Memorial Day weekend was like mid-summer. There was no easing into the season, no dress rehearsal. Ferries overflowed, stores ran out of ice, and lines formed at some places like they were handing out hundred dollar bills. The Propane King was like an overworked EMT, saving barbecues everywhere. It helps us feel better when we tell DFDs to pick up their garbage, to respect others’ space on the beach (easy on the loud radios!) and to drive safely and park

legally. We write columns and letters to the editor. We go on Facebook and Twitter and decry the behaviors of the bad DFD. It doesn’t do any good. But who cares, it makes us feel better. Some noxious, noisome nincompoops storm the beach and we’re left to wonder if some weird mutations were developed on the mainland. I’m still a bit traumatized from some bathing suits I saw. Well, not the suits but …well, you get the idea. And then there was a couple making

out on the boardwalk in broad daylight. Did I mention they were pushing 70 years old? There are so many things that make you say, dude….wtf? Will you get a clue? The litterers are legion. But come on, you think they’ll read a column or a Facebook post and all of sudden have an epiphany? They’re more likely to throw the newspaper out the window than read it. Imagine a gross, uncaring cretin reading something about how people shouldn’t litter and says to himself, that’s a great point. I’m not gonna do that anymore. Yeah, I can’t imagine that either. People who don’t pick up after their dogs are not gonna get in line because someone wrote something? Nah, they’ll just move to another block. An outraged homeowner is currently reviewing 16 hours of home video surveillance tape so he can publicly shame the guy who let his dog (or horse) use his lawn. Get him, Marty—though it won’t do any good. Look, I don’t know why people put their blankets so close to yours. I don’t know why people

Page 5 park near my car when I put it all the way over there, all by itself. I don’t know why some surfers have to make Beach 88th Street look like a rush hour subway car. Dudes, there’s a whole ocean. There’s no hope, of course. Some people are uneducable. But the bright side is, they give us something to talk about. The weekend beach stories are kinda like subway stories from the 1970s. Everybody’s got one. But hey, I don’t want to be a dark cloud on a summer day. There’s an even brighter side. As of now, there are no plans for a Rockaway Floatopia. Ocean Park, a stretch along the Chesapeake Bay, was host to Floatopia, a shoreline event at which people bring basically anything that will float and then party on. Well, it made national news this week because visitors left more than footprints. More than 20,000 pounds of trash was left behind. USA Today said, by comparison, Pensacola beaches had 18,000 pounds in all of 2018. Yikes. So, look at the bright side, our DFDs are better than theirs.

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Beaches Open for the Season Story and Photos by Katie McFadden

For the first time in several years, the official beach-opening ceremony took place on Beach 17th Street. Everyone took in the pristine sight of downtown’s Caribbean-esque beaches while gathered in front of DredSurfer Grill, which was ready to serve up jerk chicken and other Caribbean delicacies to guests on the beautiful morning of Friday, May 24. The ceremony had a party vibe

with a young steel drum band banging out modern hits, even the “Baby Shark” song, double-dutch jumpers, giveaways from NYC Ferry and even a watershow off the water from the FDNY fireboat. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilman Donovan Richards, Congressman Gregory Meeks, State Senator Joe Addabbo, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, new Queens Parks Commissioner Mike Dockett, Community Board 14 District Manager Jon Gaska, and even the elusive Assemblywoman Michele Titus made an appearance at the ceremony to declare the beaches officially open for summer. “The full beach is open,” declared NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, who led the ceremony, recalling last year’s beach opening that included a mock funeral after the city made a last-minute decision to close a stretch of Rockaway Beach due to erosion. With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completing recently completing a replenishment pro-

ject from Beach 92nd to Beach 105th to avoid another summer of closures, there was a lot to celebrate, but Silver acknowledged that more needs to be done, especially in the Beach 30s, which is also heavily eroded. “The entire beach, this year will be open, after a major sand replenishment effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. That’s a great step forward, but we know there’s more work to be done in Continued on page 18

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***** With a summer-like day last Sunday, crowds flocked here. Or tried to. There were reports that ferry lines at Pier 11 stretched for blocks and people were forced to wait more than an hour to get aboard. Some just gave up or headed for the train. If you’re planning on using the ferry on a nice weekend, good luck. ***** It was one of those days. The Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide is out (we appreciate the rave reviews!) but it stumbled out of the gate as the door-todoor delivery people forgot to include the Guide with the regular weekly newspaper. We got it straightened out and hope you did eventually get the Guide. We will

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019 continue filling news racks and restocking other locations through the 4th of July. Our trouble didn’t end with the delivery. There was a problem with last week’s RT email as the service we use was on the blink. Well, at least we had a good excuse to go to Bungalow Bar and Connolly’s. ***** Rockaway recently got some added beauty. Forty fantastic photos from the Rockaway Times Photo Contest are now on display along the boardwalk, at the ferry dock, and at Broad Channel Park. The photos look amazing! ***** We were just testing you. In our Word Search last week, a few readers pointed out that the name Pat McVeigh was listed but not in the actual puzzle. We’re trying to get to the bottom of this and will question Ms. McVeigh. We apologize to those who pulled their hair out looking for her name. (Pat did say

it was good to know people were looking for her). ***** A local called 311 to complain about the horrible road conditions between Beach 126th and Beach 116th Street. The reply: The Department of Transportation inspected the condition you reported and found that the condition meets its standards and/ or there is a valid permit to conduct work. Your Service Request was closed. (Ha!) ***** NYC Parks is testing all of its more than 3,500 outdoor drinking fountains for lead. Rockaway fountains have been tested and are below the federal guidelines, except for one. The one on the first base side of the ballfield in Bayswater Park has been benched until it’s remediated. ***** It sometimes takes us three years to get things right. In 2018, attorney Victor Re called and wondered why he wasn’t asked to take

Page 7 out an ad in The Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide. In 2019, Mr. Re called us again and asked if he should take it personally (or we don’t need the money) that we didn’t contact about him this year’s Guide. Victor, we won’t forget next year! And if we do, we look forward to your call! ***** Lime announced that it is extending its e-bike pilot program in Rockaway and will increase the number of bikes from 400 to 600. Since Lime’s launch, there have been almost 90,000 individual rides in Rockaway. The other company, Pace, fled town, but left some bikes behind, essentially making them garbage. ***** Best wishes to Joe Young who is stepping down from the 100th Precinct Community Council after 18 years. He'll be missed! And congratulations to Lew Simon, who'll be taking his place as president.

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Joe Hurley’s All-Star Rock Revue to Headline Irish Festival

By Katie McFadden

The Rockaway Beach/ Breezy Point Irish Festival has been celebrating Irish culture and tradition in town since the local Ancient Order of Hibernians revived it in 2013, and each year it has gotten better. With Joe Hurley’s Irish Rock Revue, featuring an all-star group of musicians and other guests headlining Saturday, plus plenty of other great music on tap for the weekend, this year’s festival will give even more reason for Irish eyes to smile. It’s shaping up to be a beautiful weekend for the 7th Annual Rockaway Beach/ Breezy Point Irish Festival. On Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, be-

tween 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., head to the St. Camillus parking lot on Beach 100th Street for a weekend full of Irish music and shenanigans. Since AOH Division 21 brought back the fest, it has proven to be a big hit, and with this year’s lineup, it could be the biggest yet. This year, the stage will have a more central location in the lot, so all can take in the amazing sounds of this year’s acts. The festival has typically been centered around Irish bands and musicians, but for the first time, local favorites will be getting in on the fun. On Saturday, June 1, popular local band Wine With Sue, which celebrates their 25th anniversary this year, will kick off the music starting at 12:30 p.m., playing both American party favorites, and some Irish tunes. An Irish

festival wouldn’t be complete without bagpipes, and at 2:30 p.m., the Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipes and Drums band will play some traditional Irish music. At 3 p.m., a favorite that comes back year after year, Shilelagh Law, will get the party going, followed by the O’Malley’s Irish dancers impressing crowds with jigs and reels. But don’t head home early, or you’ll miss out on the biggest act of the night, Joe Hurley’s All-Star Irish Rock Revue. Hurley’s All-Star Irish Rock Revue is a longtime New York City tradition featuring a musical-literary collaboration that celebrates, “The Great Irish Songbook,� full of Celtic classics and famous Irish tunes by Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, U2, Van Morrison, The Undertones, and more. Not only will the songs be great, but the roughly 65 musicians coming together to perform them include some of

the best in the business. Some of the guest stars include Joe Hurley himself, Denis Leary’s “Rescue Me� star, James McCaffrey, making his first-ever trip to Rockaway, legendary Irish actor and author, 87-yearold Malachy McCourt, Tammy Faye, Albert Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult, Mary Blount of Baby Shakes, Steve Conte of the New York Dolls, NY1 newsman Roger Clark, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Ricky Byrd (guitarist for Joan Jett), Roxy Music bassist Sal Maida, Billy Campion of the Bogmen, Walker Hornung of Brotherhood of the Grape, and much, much more. Plus, some of Rockaway’s top musicians, that Hurley has dubbed, “Rockaway Royalty,� have been invited to join the Revue, including Mike Beasy of BEasy band, Danny Mulvanerty and Bobby Butler Continued on page 9

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JOE HURLEY’S Continued from Page 8 of Indaculture, and songstress Tiffany Lyons. The Revue will finish off the night with a more than three-hour set starting at 5:30 p.m. In its 21 years, Hurley’s Irish Rock Revue has sold out big city venues including Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, Lincoln Center, Highline Ballroom and City Winery, but Hurley isn’t a stranger to Rockaway. He’s previously brought the Revue to the bay at a 2016 summer show at the Bungalow Bar. For Hurley, the peninsula is a place that has a strong hold on his heart. As a town where his father lived at the end of his life, a place rooted in deep Irish culture and a place with an incredible comeback story after Hurricane Sandy, Hurley thought it would be a perfect location to celebrate, "The Great Irish Songbook." Following Sandy, Hurley came to Rockaway with volunteers to bring supplies to St. Francis de Sales Church, and he followed up by hosting ben-

efit concerts for Rockaway organizations like the Graybeards and Rockaway WISH. In keeping with the tradition of supporting good causes, Hurley says he’s honored to bring his Revue to a place he loves, all for a good reason. “I was out there after Sandy and it was this decimated wasteland, and those at the AOH said they wanted to hold the Irish festival the summer after to bring people back together and they did that. The resurgence here has been incredible. It made me want to bring out the best of the best to Rockaway because Rockaway absolutely deserves it. It’s no easy feat bringing 65 to 75 musicians together but this is all about giving back. The Irish Festival is a fundraiser for different charities, including the Rockaway Special Olympics, which gives us even more reason to for it. It’s a wonderful labor of love for a wonderful area,” Hurley said. Each year, all of the money raised from the $10 admission, t-shirt sales and a raffle for a trip for two to Ireland, allows

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the AOH to give back to different organizations throughout the community including local parishes, the Special Olympics program and more. The AOH was able to donate more than $30,000 from last year’s festival alone. “This has become our signature event marking the beginning of the summer and it’s something where everyone from all neighborhoods can come together and celebrate Irish history and culture,” John Moroney, the AOH’s festival chairperson said. “Plus, it’s a fundraiser for all of these local charitable organizations that need assistance.” While Saturday’s lineup is stellar, Sunday’s is just as good. Marian Waldon, who is coming from overseas and has the number one Irish country song

hit, is kicking off the day at 12:30 p.m. She’ll be followed by The Highland Rovers with “a phenomenal female singer and fiddler,” according to Moroney, at 2:30 p.m. Brooklyn’s Canny Brothers Band is back again and will be entertaining the crowds starting at 4:30 p.m. Finishing off the show, starting at 6:30 p.m., is HellCat Maggie, a seven-piece band from upstate New York, which Moroney says, “people will really enjoy.” The festival will also include dozens of vendors selling Irish and local goods, food like hamburgers, hot dogs, corned beef sandwiches, a big variety of beers and ciders, and since this is a family-friendly festival, there will be plenty of free activities for the kids, including bouncy houses, face-painting and more. The festival is rain or shine. Admission is just $10 at the door or free for kids 12 and under. Chairs and coolers are prohibited, but you’ll find plenty of seating and beverages at the event. For more info, check out irishfest21.com

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RTC’s Doubt A Parable Casts No Doubt On What Makes Art Good By Kami-Leigh Agard

This past Tuesday, The Rockaway Times had the privilege to get a sneak peak of the Rockaway Theatre Company’s (RTC) latest production, “Doubt A Parable.” No spoiler alert here, as the ending of the play will certainly leave you in doubt, but as aptly stated by the production’s co-director, David Risley, “Good theater promotes discussion, and that’s what great art is about.” And folks, this play will definitely have you talking, as if trying to dissect Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, “Last Supper,” asking the question—What takes precedence—fact or emotion? The curtain on RTC’s thought-proving production goes up this Friday, May 31, and there’s no doubt about it— it’s not one to miss. The Pulitzer-winning dramaplay, Doubt A Parable, written by Bronx-born John Patrick Shanley (which was even later adapted into a movie, starring academy-winning actors, Meryl Streep (Sister Aloysius) and Viola Davis (Mrs. Muller), is set at a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964. The historical backdrop is that the story begins at a time of transition when Americans were reeling from the assassination of JFK, President Lyndon B. Johnson began his push to escalate the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Act was signed, and the battle was waging in the Catholic Church in the midst of Vatican II. The plot follows Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the head of St. Nicholas Catholic School, who is responsible for Sister James and responsible to Father Brendan Flynn. Based upon a few circumstantial details and a lot of determined intuition, the ultra-stern nun, Sister Aloysius Beauvier, believes that Father Flynn, has been molesting a 12-year-old boy named Donald Muller, the school's only African-American student. Sister Aloysius recruits a young, naive nun, Sister James,

to assist her in monitoring the suspicious yet charismatic Father Flynn. She also addresses her concerns to Donald's mother, who surprisingly is not horrified or even shocked by the allegations. Mrs. Muller is more concerned about her son getting into high school and avoiding a beating from his dad, which she admits is a result of her son’s questionable sexual inclinations. The play concludes with a one-on-one confrontation between Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn as she attempts to call faith, patriarchy, wisdom, religious order and truth into question. However, the doubt is that this is not an open and shut case, and the RTC’s production will leave you riveted, determined to unravel the truth, which you may not—or maybe will? In fact, Father Flynn (played by Frank Caiati), is a more sympathetic character than Sister Aloysius (Susan Corning), the righteous nun who is certain that he represents a danger to the boys at the junior high school she rules with an iron fist. Unlike Cardinal Law, Sister Aloysius is a hands-on administrator who keeps a sharp eye on her teachers like Sister James (Ashley Ann Jones), and students. If you attended Catholic school, you will remember iron-fist nuns like Sister Aloysius, and the ever-enthusiastic Sister James, who just loves her stu-

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dents and vows to the Church. Billyn Tarplain brings great dignity and a gritty emotion to Mrs. Muller's painful viewpoint, and Jones as Sister James is easily the play's most likeable character as her innocence is so endearing and refreshing. However, it's the yin-yang personas of Caiati as Father Flynn and Corning as Sister Aloysius, who electrify the stage, and make you want to shake them, demanding their true agenda and of course, the truth. Corning as Sister Aloysius may come off as a termagant, but her clumsy comedic persona will woo you. Yes, she hates that they want to perform, still has a lust to experience it? “Frosty the Snow Man,” at the That’s for you to decide. For co-directors, David RisChristmas pageant and frowns upon Father Flynn’s greed for ley and Jodee Timpone, getting this play to the RTC is beyond an accomplishment. “It took us 10 years to get the rights to produce this play here, and finally, here we are! Our cast may be just four actors, who are all beyond gifted and powerful in their art of performing, but we also have a crew of nine people who tirelessly work to keep the set moving so magically. A lot of creativity and muscle went into producing this play. “The driving message of Doubt is to be pushed out of complacency, you have to be pushed into doubt. This play has no bells and whistles, it’s about the words and acting, and we really worked hard, and three lumps of sugar in his tea, are proud of what our cast and but this is a woman who was crew has accomplished,” Risley previously married (her hus- and Timpone shared. As Doubt’s playwright, John band died in the war), and is fascinated by a “tiny” wired ra- Patrick Stanley stated in the dio set confiscated by a child in preface of his play, “You may want to come out of my play the school. Caiati, as the nerdy, assid- uncertain. You may want to be uous, yet fascinatingly hand- sure. Look down on that feelsome Father Flynn, will read- ing. We’ve got to learn to live ily have you loving and hating with a full measure of uncerhim simultaneously. His dic- tainty. There is no last word. tion, intonations and overall, That’s the silence under the “innocence,” will leave you in chatter of our time.” RTC’s Doubt A Parable show doubt, questioning Sister Aloysius’ agenda to destroy him— dates are May 31, June 1, 2, 7, yet pondering whether this is a 8 and 9 at the T4 Post Theatre devout man of the cloth being Building. For more info and tossed to the wind due to Sister tickets, visit: www.rockawayAloysius’ fear of the future, but theatrecompany.org.


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Avoid The Day With A Book in Rockaway What’s better than a book in one hand and a glass of wine (or beer) in the other? Well for the month of June, starting this weekend, find out at Avoid The Day (ATD) Bookstore & Cafe’s pop-up in the heart of Rockaway Beach. Since July 2017, local wife and husband duo, Jianna and Jason Heuer, have been pursuing their dream of running small pop-up bookstores to bring their literary dreams of a brick-and-mortar store to life. Now they have the opportunity for the month of June to try out their concept on a larger scale. This will be the Heuers' ninth and longest pop-up. They started at massage and wellness studio, NutureUWellness, and it wasn’t long before other businesses such as Rockaway Love and Rockaway Brewing Co. got on board. However, what makes this June 2019 debut even more special is the space they can use as their own, every Saturday and Sunday at 211 Beach 90th Street.

“The owner of the building knew I had been doing the bookstore pop-ups and knows my husband, Jason, through other projects. We saw that this building was for sale /lease and asked him if he would be willing to let us use the space in the interim, and he agreed! We are treating this as an opportunity to see if the community can support and of course, has an interest in a permanent bookstore and cafe,” Jianna Heuer said. Avoid The Day will have a curated book selection, as well as one-of-a-kind local art and apparel. Part of their business concept also includes collaborating with other local business owners to put on special events such

as live music, readings, art, and serve local food, which all supports locals helping locals. For example, they will be serving baked goods from Fat Cardinal Provisions and Rockaway Beach Bakery. Also, on Saturdays, they will be serving beer and wine sourced from local businesses. The collection of books they curated and chose for this popup took a lot of thought and consideration for locals. Heuer said, “The books we are selling have been carefully curated and chosen based on their condition and what we feel would be interesting to the Rockaway community based on the popularity of certain categories at past pop-ups. We have the following sections available: fiction, memoir, nonfiction, cookbooks, mystery/thrillers, beach reads, children's/teens, and art and gift books.” The Heuers look at their popups as an opportunity to pay it forward. “Community and collaboration is key to what we believe makes a business thrive in

a small, eclectic community like Rockaway. Ladies of Business Rockaway Beach (LBRB) is a local nonprofit that believes the same. While opening a bookstore cafe has been a longtime dream for me, joining LBRB is what made it seem like it could be a reality. I can't thank them enough for being a support and part of my inspiration to make ATD a realty. That’s why we will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the June pop-up to LBRB,” Heuer said. For the month of June, Avoid The Day Bookstore & Cafe popup will be open at 211 Beach 90th Street on Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Starting off on the right foot, this Saturday, June 1, esteemed author of "Swell," and "From Rockaway,” Jill Eisenstadt, will be reading and signing books at 5:30 p.m. For the full schedule of events and more info, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @atdbookbar or visit: www.avoidtheday.org.

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Problematic Peninsula Plan Dear Editor: The re-zoning of the former Peninsula Hospital site is one of the most important issues facing the Rockaway community and will be going before Community Board 14 in June, and many of the local politicians are hoping the community is not given all the details of the plan, misinformed or asleep at the wheel. I have done a lot of research regarding this planned development, and have also written and spoken about how important this issue is to the future of OUR Rockaway com-

munity from east to west. Now the residents must act to oppose the CURRENT plan, so we can get something that will better benefit the community and local residents for years to come. The Arker Companies wants to build a LARGE-SCALE DEVELOPMENT with 11 buildings, many as high as 19 stories, containing 2,200 units of housing on a small plot of land. This development would tower the NYCHA Ocean Bay Houses and add over 7,500+ NEW residents to the community. When done in 10 to 12 years, it will ONLY create about 300 jobs. It would also bring in around 1,500 NEW school-age children with NO school planned and would only provide parking for 754 units, which is less than 35%. There is absolutely nothing wrong with affordable housing, as I myself have lived in affordable housing and know it can provide residents with wonderful opportunities. However, this development is being promoted to residents

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as a mixed-income affordable housing development when it is the furthest thing from the truth. The current plan would provide NO units for middle income families and ONLY 13% of the units are for moderate income families, and 87% of the units would go to low, very low and extremely low income. Yes, residents will finally get a supermarket, which is a great thing, however, how are they going to provide people with opportunities, when this development will only provide a few jobs for 7,500+ new residents and further economically and racially segregate the Rockaway community, and continue the city’s approach of concentrated poverty. Through the years, many Rockaway residents have been opposed to any type of change and/or development on the peninsula. This is NOT THE ANSWER to a better community! We should all embrace change when it is POSITIVE, and the redevelopment of this site CAN BE a

The Rockaway Times good thing if done properly. However, the CURRENT redevelopment plan that has been put forth by the Arker Companies is NOT responsible and needs to be changed to ensure the negative impacts are minimized and the benefits being promised are greater. This is our community and we have to live with the results, and they do not. It’s time for the Arker Companies to listen to the concerns of the community and go back to the drawing board and come back with a better plan that will benefit the people of the Rockaways and not just their bank account. If Rockaway residents want to keep updated on all the details of the development and latest updates, they should join the Facebook group: Coalition Against Peninsula Hospital Overdevelopment. The real question I have is where are our local elected officials on this issue?? Why have they NOT come out against Continued on page 15


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special place of their own. The United States itself stands tesContinued from Page 14 tament to those of us who anthe current plan and demand swered the call and returned. changes to benefit the commu- We don’t need a special place. We live in one. Who or what nity? Glenn DiResto gave the Parks Department the right to change the name? Please change it back to MeReturn Memorial morial Circle as was originally Circle intended. Ed Gormley Dear Editor: I went to the parade on MeNo to Shelter morial Day, as I have done every year for the last 51 years, Dear Editor: in order to pay my respects to People of Rockaway need the memory of my friend John to stand up and protest this P. McGonigal, who lost his life homeless shelter that the de defending our country in Vi- Blasio administration decidetnam in 1968. I was appalled ed to dump in our neighborto see that the NYC Parks hood. It’s evidently noticeable Dept. had renamed Memorial that Rockaway has significantly Circle as Veterans Circle. This improved in many aspects. We is not acceptable. Memori- ALL must not allow this shelter al Circle was established 72 to be built. This shelter will ceryears ago to honor the mem- tainly deter families from wantory of those Rockaway resi- ing to move here...So fellow dents who made the ultimate Rockawayites, let’s not make sacrifice in service of their this happen, we need to take country. In my opinion, to re- action. Perhaps, we need to go name it for all who have ever to Mayor de Blasio’s house and served, belittles the sacrifice protest there every day. of our fallen. They deserve a KPM

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Lasak for DA Dear Editor: As the primary season approaches, I urge registered Democrats to vote for Greg Lasak for Queens District Attorney on June 25. Experience matters. Greg Lasak has served our county for over four decades as both a prosecutor and a Supreme Court justice, where he worked tirelessly to prevent crime and help victims obtain justice. He excelled in both of these positions just as he will as District Attorney. The job of District Attorney should not be viewed as a reward for prior public service, nor should it be a position sought only because a career politician finds herself term-limited in her current office. You wouldn’t let a podiatrist perform brain surgery on you; why elect someone with no prior experience as a prosecutor to such an important role? Greg Lasak is the only candidate with the experience and skills to run

the Office of the District Attorney from Day 1. Additionally, Greg Lasak was the first and loudest critic of the plan to close Rikers Island and replace it with community jails. He advocates reforms to Rikers, but not at such a steep cost to the local communities and taxpayers. Rockaway has had more than its fair share of shelters, nursing homes and other facilities—I fear that the other DA candidates would not hesitate to consider our community as a viable alternative to Rikers in the future. Electing the right DA is critical to keeping our neighborhoods safe. Greg Lasak is the best candidate for this role, which is why he has earned the endorsements of countless police and law enforcement associations, as well as numerous other unions. Please join us in our support for Greg Lasak. His election is critical for the safety of our neighborhood. Jessica O’Sullivan

                       

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COMMUNITY GROUPS TO BUILD NEW FAR ROCK PLAYGROUND

Far Rockaway is getting a new playground in under six hours. On Thursday, May 30, a group of volunteers from The Child Center of NY, the Workforce Housing Group and the New York Mets Foundation are joining forces with KaBOOM! to bring a new place for kids to play in Far Rockaway. KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to building playgrounds for all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America, has set its eyes on Far Rockaway and on May 30, a new playground will arise at the Dix Avenue Apartments. This project has been a group effort from the start, when back in March, kids from the community were welcome to draw their

dream playground. On Thursday, those dreams will come true as the Dix Avenue Apartments Playground, based off of their designs, will be built by 200 volunteers. It will be a safe, state-of-the-art playground for kids to enjoy for years to come. “What could possibly be more uplifting to the young people in a community than to have a playground built for them?” asked Deepmalya Ghosh, The Child Center’s Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Community Engagement, who, according to a press release, was instrumental in getting the project off the ground. “The kids in Far Rockaway are in need of quality places to play, and we’re grateful to the Mets Foundation, KaBOOM!, and the Workforce Housing Group, as well as the NYPD 101st Precinct, Denean Ferguson, and Council Member Donovan Richards for their support in bringing this home.” While the main build will take place just over the course of six hours on Thursday, with an of-

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BEACHES OPEN FOR THE SEASON Continued from Page 6 the Rockaways. There are erosion hotspots in the Beach 30s as well and we’re going to work with the Army Corps so they can get their long-term replenishment and resiliency project going, which will include new jetties, additional sand and reinforced dunes. But it's really nice to be here in Far Rockaway to kick off the summer season.� The decision to have the beach opening ceremony at Beach 17th Street was due to the request of Councilman Donovan Richards, who was hoping more beaches would be open in Far Rockaway this summer. While that’s still being worked out, Richards celebrated other aspects of downtown. “The beach is now

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B R O O K LY N M E M B E R

6 Year Member

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 AVAILABLE PROPERTIES

PREMIUM COLONIAL

BELLE HARBOR

BELLE HARBOR

Neponsit - 60' x 100' This home has it all, 4BR, 4.5 baths, luminous kitchen, granite counters, family room, fireplace, FLR, DR, fin bsmt with high ceilings, in-ground pool, pool house, 2 car garage. $1,899,000

Amazing Curb Appeal - 60' x 100' Large front porch, high ceilings, LR with fireplace, HW floors, 6BR’s, 3 full baths. Large basement with high ceilings, plenty of parking. ONE BLOCK TO THE BEACH! $1,400,000

Legal 2 Family - 60' xE100' D Bright and airy E6BR P T home retains its original CC charm with deep crownEmoldings, gorgeous RA F french Fdoors, large stained glass Owindow, high ceilings throughout. $1,300,000

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Turn Key All Brick - 45' xE D 100' Beautiful reverse floorEplan, P T allows you to be surrounded CC by fabulous ocean views inE RtheAareas where you'll spend theF Fmost time. Open floor plan, fin.Obsmt and parking for 8 plus many upgrades. $1,125,000

Arverne By The Sea 3BR, 2.5 bath, including a nice size yard and garage. Open floor plan with W/D. Rental unit offers 2 BR, 1 bath. The rooftop terrace & den help complete this great package. $1,070,000

Expansive newly renovated 6 BR home with open floor plan, w/b fireplace, radiant heat, CAC. Two car garage and private parking. Great Buy! $1,199,000

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Brand New to Market D T E 3BR, All brick bright and beautiful EP C 2.5 bath, gorgeous C kitchen with massive storage, R A high ceilings E F and oak Fflooring throughout. Fin' bsmt.,Olarge back deck, long prive driveway. $989,000

Beach Block - New to Market Duplex 3 BR, 2.5 bath condo with open floor plan, chef’s kitchen, custom tiled baths and beautiful lighting. Plenty of private parking. $799,000

Legal 2 - Great Investment! Located on one of the most desirable blocks in all of Rockaway Beach. Both apartments have 2BR’s and 1 bath with W/D in unit and private parking. $699,000

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Two BR’s, two baths duplex with HW floors, granite counters, breakfast bar and an abundance of cabinets. Full finished lower level. $557,000

Far Rockaway Victorian corner lot. Each apartment offers 2 BR's, 1 bath and separate entrances. Massive private parking. $550,000

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

Water's Edge Condominium ED P T 3BR, E Beach block, spacious CC a private 2 bath condo Awith R back yard, F E garage and parking O F for 3 comfortably. Call us today! $469,000

Oceanfront Co-op Immacualte 6th floor apartment with phenomenal ocean views, private terrace & gorgeous HW floors. Common laundry room in the building. Won’t last! $460,000

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Oceanfront Building Terrific 2BR with ocean facing terrace! Bright, sunny unit with tons of windows and natural light streaming into the rooms. Huge LR with HW floors throughout. $429,000

Bay & City Views! Terrifc 5th floor apartment has it all! Gleaming H/W floors, updated kitchen and bath and lovely views from the LR, kitchen and BR. Laundry, bike storage, Super on site! $309,000

Tax Abated Til 2022 Beautifully upgraded and well maintained 2 BR condo featuring a beautiful den/office space with barn doors. Pet Friendly With Laundry On Site! LOW monthly common charges. $264,900

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RENT 120th: Fully furnished studio apt with HW floors JUSTon 6th floor (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,400 ED

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64th: Renovated 2BR, 1BA home with private driveway and backyard (NC). . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,100

RENT 121st: 1BR, 1BA co-op unit with HW floors (NC) JUS.T. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,450

102nd: Totally renovated 2BR, 1BA apt with one parking spot included (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,200

92nd: Renovated 3rd floor 1BR, 1BA apt. ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED! (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,500

TED SS appliances (TB) . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,300 69th: Newly renovated 3BR, 2BA apt with HW floors Nand ST RE

125th: Third floor 1BR, 1BA apartment in private home, HW floors, W/D (CB). . . . . . . . . . . . $1,700

118th: Beach block 2BR, 1BA apt with extra office room, parking and backyard (CB) . . . . . . $2,350

118th: Freshly painted beach block 2BR, 1BA apt with HW floors, skylight and parking (BF) . $1,700

98th: Gorgeous 3BR, 2BA renovated apt with updated kitchen and baths (NC) . . . . . . . . . . $2,500

125th: Beach block well maintained 1BR, 1BA apt with HW floors (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,700

Broad Channel: 3BR, 2BA house rental on the canal (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,700

TED brand new kitchen (NC) . . . . . . . $1,800 61st: Renovated beach block 2BR, 1BA first floor apt ENwith UST R

ABTS: 3BR, 2.5BA duplex unit with backyard, CAC and parking (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,795

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95th: Ground level renovated 2BR, 1BA apt with W/D (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,950

140th: Renovated 3BR, 2BA in 2 family home with shared yard and parking (AD). . . . . . . . . $3,900

ED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,000 ENT 95th: Renovated 2BR, 1BR apt with updated Jkitchen, W/D UST R

140th: Renovated 3BR, 2.5 unit in 2 family home with shared yard and parking (AD) . . . . . . $4,350

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140th: Fully renovated 4BR, 2BA summer rental with HW floors and private terrace (LJ) . . . $10,000

ED RENT 111th: Beach block 2BR, 1BA apt with HW floors JUSTthroughout (CB)

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6 Year Member

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

The Rockaprop Team

Introducing a Magnificient 5 Tiered Classic French Chateau

Neponsit - Second Home From The Ocean This breathtaking Atlantic ocean coastal retreat is impressive yet livable with 5 bedrooms, each with its own private ocean view balcony and 4 and a half luxurious baths. A grand entrance with Calcatta marble steps and strikingly beautiful iron staircase leads into exceptional and generous gathering rooms, a custom chef’s kitchen with Italian handcrafted cabinetry and French doors that open to a south facing sun deck. The home has an indoor spa with sauna, steam room, invigorating hydrostatic pressure heated pool and jacuzzi, a wine cellar, a billiards room and an elevator to easily access every floor of living space including the massive rooftop deck with incredible sweeping ocean views. From imported mosaic tiled floors, Venetian plaster walls, Sergio Sogolof hand painted murals, gold and silver leaf domed ceilings, delicately gilded fireplace and antique chandeliers curated from all over the world, every room in this exquisite home is a study in European refinement and elegance, combined with contemporary comfort.

Call Lisa Jackson for more details. 917-623-8985 VISIT OUR

OPEN HOUSE  OCEANFRONT SUNDAY  6/2  2:00PM3:30PM

126 Beach 98th Street - $1,279,000 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.

OPEN HOUSE  BEST BUY SUNDAY  6/2  12:00PM1:30PM

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6315 Ocean Avenue S - $929,000 6613 Ocean Avenue N - $899,000 BRAND NEW single family, custom built, never lived in, 5 BR’s, Sun filled open floor plan, 3 BR's including huge master 3 Baths, luxurious ocean view master suite with a spacious suite, 2.5 baths loads of upgrades and large ocean view rooftop deck w/ ocean views. Tax abated until 2034! roof top deck. Tenants unit has 2 BR's and 1 bath.

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187 Beach 138th Street - $899,000 130 Beach 92nd Street (3C) - $599,000 38 West 14th Road - $499,000 BEACH BLOCK - Mother/Daughter features 4BR, 3 bath, Spacious 3BR duplex with HW floors, large master suite This 3BR home has everything, beautifully renovated kitchen hardwood floors, high ceilings, spacious living room/dining with amazing ocean views. Stunning curb appeal, comes leading to a expansive bi-level Trex back deck with spectacular room, terrace, full finished basement and detached garage. with private ocean view terrace and deeded parking spot. water views. Launch your boat or kayak from your home. Highest sales volume in Rockaway...Visit our office and see what we do that's different!

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FOR SALE

Huge 2-family steps from the beach in the Dunes Section of ABTS. Freeport model with roof terrace that features ocean views, a half bath & kitchenette. This house is completely upgraded from A to Z. The cleanest and finest home we've ever listed in the area. Listed exclusively by Associate Broker Alice O'Connor.

Susan Natale Lic. RE Salesperson

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

SOLD! JUST LISTED! CO-OP FOR SALE! 130 Beach 121st St. #1G · Asking $185k Large renovated 2-room studio with ocean views, private terrace and 7 windows that provide plenty of natural light. Located in an oceanfront boutique building in Rockaway Park, this modern unit features hardwood flooring throughout, updated kitchen and bathroom and a separate bedroom. The new owner of this fantastic apartment will be able to step right onto the boardwalk/beach from the building and take advantage of the building's updated showers and restrooms for its residents. The building also features a modern laundry room, updated lobby and as well as video security throughout the property. Thanks to its location in booming Rockaway, this apartment would be perfect as a year round home, weekend getaway or seasonal beach house. Listed exclusively by Susan Natale.

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Rockaway Beach

6513 Seaspray Ave. · $980,000

111-02/04 Rockaway Beach Blvd. $1.3M (represented the buyer)

We're proud to announce the sale off 111-02/04 Rockaway Beach Blvd. in which we represented the buyer. This unique property with three different zoning districts was a challenge but as always, we got the deal done for our client.

FOR RENT! 111-02/04 Rockaway Beach Blvd

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Amazing location! Total property size: 80'x127'. Zoning: R5B, M1-1, C1-3, C2-3. Perfect for short term lease/seasonal/popup/storage/long term/land lease/sale. Also willing to divide to suit your needs! 1,300 sqft. modern steel frame heated building with ADA bathroom, private office, high ceilings, water & sewer, electric and gas services. Willing to listen to all reasonable offers.

Arverne By The Sea

Belle Harbor

3 Bed. 1 Bath on a beach block w/ hardwood 3 Bed, 2.5 Bath duplex w/ washer/dryer, Renovated 2 Bed, 1Bath in the heart floors, stainless steel appliances – $2,200 central air, permit parking – $2,900 of Belle Harbor w/ parking – $2,100

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NEW LISTING 437 Beach 144th Street Neponsit, NY 11694

Saturday, June 1st 12:30-3:30pm 15 W 12th Rd, Broad Channel, NY 11693

$549,999

Waterfront, Diamond & Spacious Home On Canal On The Island of Broad Channel W/3 Bedrooms & 2 Full Baths.House Raised to FEMA Standards (low flood insurance $422 /Yearly).Custom Kitchen Cabinets, Quartz Counters, Stainless Appliances & 2nd Floor Laundry.Home On Canal W/ Float & Ramp,Enjoy Kayak & Boating Right From Your Backyard, Large Trex Deck,State Of The Art Sprinkler System & Concrete Siding.Roof, Utilities & Heating System 7 Years Old. Minutes To Beach, Train, Parks & Ferry TO NYC. George Gabriel Real Estate Salesperson 631.588.9090 6318893396 george.gabriel@cbmoves.com georgegabriel.cbintouch.com

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Welcome to your new elegantly renovated gorgeous home located in the aŋuent neighborhood of Neponsit in the Rockaway Peninsula. Where you are just a few steps to the beach and within a 10 minute ride to Brooklyn. No expense was spared when the home went through a complete renovaƟon, boasƟng of exquisite features such as: radiant Ňoors, Sono audio system on the 1st Ňr, working gas Įreplace designed with polished TraverƟne, separate heaƟng and cooling zones, stainless steel appliances, built in organizers and soŌ close cabinetry, built in lawn sprinkler system, paved backyard and 2 custom stained-glass windows designed by Patrick Clark. Home has a camera monitored security system. So much more to menƟon! Call me for your personal tour of the home - you won’t regret it.

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By Peter Galvin, MD

There is an unwritten rule, or axiom, in medicine that there is no such thing as a benign brain tumor. This is because the brain is contained and protected within a rigid shell, known as the skull. Because the brain cannot expand within the skull, anything that grows within the brain must by necessity displace vital brain tissue. While growths and tumors may arise within the brain and be pathologically benign, they are not benign in a clinical sense because as they grow, they push away normal brain tissue. Take, for example, the most common brain tumor, the meningioma. Meningiomas account for about 36 percent of all brain tumors and are almost always pathologically benign (more than 95 percent are benign). They arise from the meninges, which are the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Because

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Brain Tumors meningiomas start outside of the brain at the meninges and grow into the brain, they are technically not brain tumors as they do not arise from within the brain itself, but they are classified as brain tumors for simplicity’s sake. Meningiomas are seen in about two percent of the population. They grow very slowly, often taking decades before they reach a size that causes symptoms, if they ever do. They are most commonly discovered by accident, either on a brain scan being done for another reason, or at autopsy. While they rarely cause symptoms, symptoms can develop once a meningioma grows to a critical size. Symptoms may include vision changes such as double or blurred vision, headaches that worsen over time, hearing loss or tinnitus, memory loss, loss of the sense of smell, seizures, and leg and/or arm weakness. Because meningiomas grow

slowly, symptoms, if present, appear and worsen very slowly. If any of these symptoms appear suddenly, it is a medical emergency. The cause(s) of meningiomas are unknown, but there are risk factors. As there is thought to be a genetic component, having a family member with a meningioma is a risk factor. Other risk factors include female sex (they occur more commonly in women), use of female sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone (known as HRT, or hormone replacement therapy, which includes birth control medication), a history of brain irradiation, and a family history of an inherited nervous system disorder such as neurofibromatosis Type 2. Because meningiomas grow so slowly, advanced age is also a risk factor. While studies show that an age over 70 to 75 is an independent risk factor, that can be said of just about any

disease or condition. Recent research also points to other possible risk factors including the chronic use of NSAIDs (i.e. Aleve, Advil) or aspirin, the use of medications to lower blood pressure, and obesity (research points to a BMI over 30 as being a risk factor). Interestingly enough, there are two factors that negatively correlate with, or lower, meningioma risk. They include chronic severe anxiety and coronary artery disease. Just how these two conditions lower the risk has yet to be determined. If a meningioma reaches a size where it causes symptoms, neurosurgical evaluation is warranted. Meningiomas may be surgically removed or treated with radiation therapy. Thankfully, the need to treat one is rare as most meningiomas never cause any symptoms. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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Feeding the Good Wolf So many ways to connect to yourself and heal from a space that is always available, you just have to slow down and take the time to simply be. Last Friday at Ocean Bliss Yoga, we offered chanting and meditation with Katie Lords and Paulette Mancuso. Memorial Day weekend is a busy time for everyone with all the celebrations and opening day for the summer. I knew that I would make time for this special evening even though I was being pulled in many directions with all the festivities in Rockaway. Ahh, summer is here and we are happy the beaches are open and the sun is shining. It was an extraordinary evening with a chant that opened our hearts, released negative energy and brought a lightness to each and every

person in the room. Paulette settled us in with a beautiful centering in practice and breathwork. Katie read from a powerful Cherokee Indian legend that I will share in this column. It is the column! Thank you Katie and Paulette for bringing so much wisdom and love to our community. Our negative thoughts can create anxiety, anger, resentment, jealousy—an array of emotions. Negative thinking is normal. However, if this way of thinking becomes incessant, it can lead to depression and self-destructive behavior like addictions, derailing us from what we want most in life. At minimum, negative thinking saps our energy, erodes our self-confidence and can put us in a bad mood. Certainly, many would agree that our thoughts come and go so quickly that it seems impossible to notice them, but with awareness and an attitude of self-compassion, we can redi-

rect our negative thoughts to more positive ones. Two Wolves is a Cherokee Indian legend and illustrates the most important battle of our lives—the one between our good and bad thoughts. Here is how the story goes: An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “the other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you— and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cher-

okee simply replied, “The one you feed.” Our thoughts can be our own worst enemy. That is, if we let them. Think about how you may be “feeding” your negative thought, catch it and ask yourself, “What is this thought doing for me?” You will find the answer is that all it is doing is disempowering you. You can immediately feel more empowered by focusing on something good in your life and cultivate the practice of gratitude. We can create greater peace, confidence and a more positive outlook by learning how to manage our thoughts. After all, this battle can be won because we have the power of choice. Which wolf are you feeding? Remember, you always have a choice… All the above was shared by Katie Lords. Forever grateful for the reminder to feed the good wolf.

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And just like that, we have 80-degree weather and crowds that completely overpopulate the peninsula! How does nature know that it’s Memorial Day? And how does the City not remember the lines from last year’s ferries? Would it have been impossible to plan for larger or more ferries for the people who waited for hours in Manhattan or those bypassed in Brooklyn? How about those waiting in the rain for the return trip? What a disaster. Failure

snatched from the jaws of victory. And how about all the enemies of Bill de Blasio seizing on the opportunity to use the $600 million spent on the ferry system to beat poor Bill up. I am not defending His Honor, but I am afraid that our dear ferry gets hit in the crossfire and sinks. They keep talking about the subsidy and the fact that only so many people ride the ferries compared to the subways. But maybe larger ferries, more ridership. I mean how many double-sized Q22s do I

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have to see riding empty? But like Yogi Berra once said, “it’s too crowded, nobody goes there anymore.” Perhaps we should start using these pages to discourage people from coming here in the summer? I mean, let’s face it, if disaster strikes, there is no plan to get people off this peninsula on a summer weekend. That’s not to mention all the people who continue to come here and live. We don’t really have a hospital, schools are closing, and the two main bridges are continually under construction. Am I missing something? It’s great to see that the sand has been replenished, but a ride on the boardwalk will uncover that people get off whatever transportation they took and go on that beach. Whether it’s the train, ferry or bus, people just go to that very beach and never venture left or right. It makes no sense. But it doesn’t really matter, because that sand brought here at considerable expense is already disappearing back into the Atlantic without any jetties to halt its progress. Good thing

those are coming in 2020, there should be a few grains of sand left by then. Would it be impossible to open up some of the empty lots and use them for parking? I mean, yeah perhaps they are polluted in some way from decades ago, but does it matter if you are just parking cars on them? Couldn’t the parking fees be used to offset the ferry subsidy? Or perhaps we should just tell people that the Great White Shark spotted in the Long Island Sound has made its way to Rockaway and is terrorizing beachgoers? Last count, we lost 27 swimmers with no remains found. Or maybe spread some rumors about the terrible crime wave sweeping the Rockaways. The awful mobsters have infiltrated the peninsula and are making life miserable for tourists with the rampant pickpocketing, extortion and Game of Thrones-like murders. Who am I kidding, its beautiful here, come one, come all. Well one thing is for sure, suddenly it’s summer!

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Thursday, May 30, 5 p.m. ACTION AGENDA: FLOOD WORKSHOP RISE Center 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Be part of the ACTION AGENDA, a free workshop series intended to engage the community in conversations about climate change in Rockaway. Hear from climate change experts and discuss. For more info, contact Daniel Borrero at dborrero@rwalliance.org or 718-327-5919.

May 31, June 1, 7, 8, 8 p.m. June 2, 9, 2 p.m. RTC PRESENTS: DOUBT Post Theatre, Fort Tilden See the Rockaway Theatre Company’s latest play, Doubt: A Parable. For tickets, call 718-374-6400 or head to www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org

June 1 & 2, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. IRISH FESTIVAL St. Camillus Parking Lot Beach 100th Two days of Irish music, dancing, vendors, food and more. $10 each day. Kids 12 and under are free. Music by Wine With Sue, Shile-

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Saturday, June 1, 3:30 p.m. IRISH DANCE PERFORMANCE Seaside Library 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Dancers from The Ciara Greene School of Irish Step Dancing will delight audiences with their high-kicking and lively dancing.

Monday, June 3, 7 p.m. TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street Updates on Lime Bikes and the Q53/Q52 buses.

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Mondays, 4 p.m. MONDAY MOVIE MATINEE Seaside Library 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Join for a seasonal selection of movies that adults will enjoy. This month features The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films to celebrate the upcoming documentary, “Tolkien.”

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In The Garden WEEDS & SEEDS By Sally Imperato

Looking fit and stylish, Marie Huber was spotted at Fit Food Kitchen/Gliders gym and Eddy Pastore was rocking a vintage Rockaway Times t-shirt as he kept an eye on erosion from the boardwalk. You never know where you’ll be spotted. Rock those tees!

Planting seeds is a fun way to garden—especially if you have a large area to cover. Once again, have a plan. Do you have full sun, part sun, shade? Early blooms, later blooms, etc., etc.? Be sure seed packets are labeled for current year, and read package directions. My experience is that marigolds and zinnias are easiest and they grow well in Rockaway. They are also nice for cutting; both require sun—at least four hours a day. A sunflower, if you have the space, is fun. (My hollyhocks were difficult and they bloom every other year). Another way to use seeds is to start them indoors in little pea pods. Water regularly with a fine spray until little plants grow and then plant them outdoors. Zinnias, however, like to go right into the ground. Again, water them lightly and frequently. Don’t fertilize until well estab-

lished. If you planted impatiens and they seem to be doing well, pinch them back using your thumbnail and forefinger— just the top of the flower. (An aside, earthworms are good for the soil—they keep it aerated). If you have an infestation of leaf-eating critters, you can buy praying mantises to help you control them. I don’t like pesticides. A weed is anything you don’t want in your garden. Take them out by the root with a tool aptly called a weeder.

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ROCKAWAY GOOD TIMES By Kami-Leigh Agard

If anyone asks you to leave the peninsula for a date or family affair, it’s okay to unleash your Rockaway Groan! It’s officially summer, and you have a good excuse. With the beaches and concessions open, plus a sizzling lineup of live music, theater and arts—you better let folks know— ain’t no reason to leave the peninsula—the Rock is the place to be! LIVE MUSIC: Friday, May 31 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Locals Rule makes their rockin’ return to Caracas belting out your favorite classic rock and oldies jams! Caracas, Beach 106th Concession Friday, May 31 6 p.m. Lock in a lively start to the weekend with Danny Mulvanerty of Indaculture at Bungalow Bar’s always jammin’ Acoustic Fridays. 377 Beach 92nd Street Friday, May 31 7 p.m. to Midnight From choro, cumbia, cajun, retro-pop, and their own original music— seafaring acoustic gypsy soul band, Stell & Snuggs, beckons you to a musical sailing adventure at the Brewery. 415 Beach 72nd Street Friday, May 31 7 p.m. to Midnight Pay it forward by joining the Breezy Point Co-op’s WTC Memorial Fundraiser featuring Phil and The Family Band, Grasslighters, The Locals, and special guests, Meghan Langella and Kerry Kearney. Proceeds go towards repairs for the Breezy and Roxbury 9/11 Memorials. $20 tickets can be purchased at the co-op office or night of the event. BYOB! 500 Bayside Avenue, Breezy Point Friday, May 31 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Don’t be a fool and miss Fools Night Out at RBQ. This band will have your feet on fire prancing to classic rock, country, R&B and even an Irish tune or two. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd Friday, May 31 9 p.m.

Thai Rock gets bluesy with international sensation, Tony O delivering an electric night of soul achin’ blues. 375 Beach 92nd Street Saturday, June 1 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. DANCE-SHOP-DINE on the boardwalk at DredSurfer Grill. This pop-up will have an eclectic assortment of vendors, live music and of course, DredSurfer’s offthe-hook Caribbean cuisine. DredSurfer Grill, Beach 17th Concession Saturday, June 1 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Calling all alternative rock hounds! You don’t want to miss A/B Studios’ backyard show featuring Sewer Skrewer, Brian Kish’s Lounge Pants, Passive Aggressive and Pepper Kings. $10 cover. 111-22 Rockaway Beach Blvd Saturday, June 1 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The boardwalk will be lit as the GrayTrippers takes over Low Tide Bar blazing your favorite oldies and rock classics. Low Tide Bar, Beach 97th Concession Saturday, June 1 6 p.m. Tonight, libations and classic rock will be pouring aplenty at Jamesons with the always funlovin’ Rock-A-Wades on the entertainment lineup! 421 Beach 129th Street Saturday, June 1 6 p.m. Rockaway Beach life gets even sweeter at La Barracuda with Pamela and LuVibe back delivering their sizzling cocktail of folk, blues, classic rock and more! Corner of Beach 97th & Rockaway Beach Blvd. Saturday, June 1 7 p.m. The Billy Johnson Quartet will you have you dripping buckets as they heat up Rustwoods with their rich blend of jazz, funk and fusion. 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd Saturday, June 1 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Achin’ for your Solshyne fix? Well fans, head to the BayHouse

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Saturday, June 1 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Head to RBQ, and salute Rockaway’s Celtic roots with Irish musician and vocalist, Walter Ensor. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

SPECIAL MENTION — ROCKAWAY’S 7TH ANNUAL IRISH FESTIVAL FEATURING JOE HURLEY’S ALL-STAR IRISH ROCK REVUE! Saturday June 1 & Sunday, June 2 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Rockaway Beach/Breezy Point Annual Irish Festival gets bigger and better every year, and with Joe Hurley’s Legendary All-Star Irish Rock Revue delivering some serious craic this year—you’ll find an even bigger pot of gold. With Wine With Sue, Breezy’s Pipes and Drums Band, Shilelagh Law, the O’Malley Dancers, Joe Hurley’s awesome lineup, the Highland Rovers, Canny Brothers, Hellcat Maggie, and more (too many to list), plus unlimited free children’s rides and painting—follow the rainbow to two days of pure Irish revelry! This AOH-sponsored event is welcome for all — bring the entire family! Just note no coolers or beach chairs. Adults $10 and kids under 12 are FREE! For more info, visit: irishfest21.com St. Camillus, Beach 100th Street & Shore Front Parkway

Sunday, June 2 4 p.m. The Rock-A-Wades are back at outdoor food oasis, La Barracuda! Get ready to sing, clap and dance your heart out to some epic classic rock tunes. Corner of Beach 97th & Rockaway Beach Blvd. Sunday, June 2 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Get jazzified with Tim Otto & Free Ride on the boardwalk as they celebrate the release of their new EP now out on all streaming services. Low Tide Bar, Beach 97th Concession Sunday, June 2 7 p.m. Close your weekend on a conscious note with the Roots Vibration Band’s deep reggae grooves at Rustwoods. 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd Tuesdays 8 p.m. to Midnight Connolly’s ever-popular Open Mic Night is back, hosted by Rockaway’s beloved musicmeister, Professa Squid! 155 Beach 95th Street Thursdays 8 p.m. to midnight Calling all musicians and vocalists—time to strut what you got at RBQ’s Open Mic Night! 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd Fridays 5 p.m. Join Riis’ famous Friday night lobster jam with DJ Shirine Saad. $30 lobster dinner includes 1 1/2 lb. lobster and sides, corn and potatoes. First-come, first-served or reserve at lobster-jam.eventbrite.com Bay 9 Riis Beach Park Bazaar Sundays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Head to Whit’s for a hoppin’ jazz

Thursday, Thursday, May 30, Saturday, June 1 & Sunday, June 2 Did you know that the first-ever transatlantic flight happened a century ago right here in Rockaway? This is your last chance to learn about this historic event at the First Transatlantic Flight Exhibit at Fort Tilden. For info, visit: rockawayartistsalliance.org sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden THEATER Rockaway Theatre Company presents Doubt: A Parable. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning dramaplay is based upon a priest suspected of molesting a 12-year-old boy. Is the priest guilty? That’s the doubt you will have to unravel. Show dates are May 31, June 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9. For more info and tickets, visit: www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org. T4 Post Theatre Building, Fort Tilden Got info on local live music and art? Email: kami@rockawaytimes. com


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Never Forgotten “Whoever said freedom is free, was lying,” Eichen said. “All of the veterans that line the street would tell you the same thing. I saw my daughter getting married, I saw my grandchildren, I have people that come up to me and say, ‘grandpa, grandpa.’ Every single one of those that have gone on, that we’re remembering today because we made a vow to never forget, never had that. They don’t know what it is to hold your grandchild in your arms, let alone your own children. They were denied that and it’s unfortunate. However, that does not mean that this liberty of ours will not continue because we are a strong people in a strong country. Remember, we do this because those who have been spoken about previously made those sacrifices so we can enjoy the sun today.” While the parade ended at Memorial Circle, many of the participants later gathered at the Doughboy statue on Beach 94th Street for a concluding ceremony.

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Memorial Day has come and gone, but the holiday weekend wouldn’t have been complete without the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremonies that remind people that the liberties we enjoy all summer, and each day, are not free. On Monday, May 27, Monsignor Bracken led a Mass at St. Francis de Sales, followed by a ceremony outside at the Four Chaplain’s memorial to kick off the American Legion Daniel M. O’Connell Post #272’s annual Memorial Day parade. The parade, which included local veterans, school groups, bands and more, was kept short this year, as it only went to Memorial Circle on Beach 121st, but the impact still resonated through all who lined the streets to show their support. Hundreds gathered at Memorial Circle to remember the local men behind the names on the 35 plaques in the park who gave the ultimate sacrifice when fighting for this country. And this year, a 36th plaque was unveiled. U.S. Army Air Corps Pvt. Daniel Edward O’Connor, a local who died when the SS. Dorchester sank during World War II on February 3, 1943, was recognized and remembered with his own plaque which was unveiled by Msgr. Bracken. The ceremo-

ny included the playing of the National Anthem by Scholars’ Academy, a reading of the names of the men, the playing of taps, and a prayer and speech led by Larry Eichen, a 97-year-old Jewish veteran who served with the U.S. Navy during WWII.

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A majestic scene of 114th Street beach block. It’s not exactly the same these days, but many of the houses are still there today. This postcard traveled to Jacksonville, Florida. Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018) cooking spray. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a small shallow bowl. Beat egg in a second shallow bowl. Place crushed pretzels in a third shallow bowl. Dip each chicken tender in flour mixture; shake Pretzel-Crusted Chicken off any excess. Next dip in egg Tenders with Honey and then crushed pretzels; turn to coat. Place on prepared rack Mustard Dip in a single layer. Repeat with remaining ingredients; bake until By Sharon Feldman cooked through, about 15 minGot this from Weight Watchers. utes. While chicken cooks, whisk It’s 3 points. And VERY delicious! together both mustards, mayIngredients: 3 tablespoons white all-pur- onnaise and water; serve with chicken. pose flour Serving size -1/2 ounce plus 1 teaspoon Kosher salt 2-1/2 teaspoons sauce. ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 large egg, beaten 3-1/2 ounces, crushed (I like it coarse) plain salted hard pretzel 1 pound chicken tenderloins 5 sprays cooking spray 2 tablespoons honey mustard 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise 1 tablespoon warm water Instructions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet; lightly coat rack with


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LOCAL COLOR: READERS SEND IN THEIR PIX

We might be a little biased, but we think some of the best photographers in the world live in Rockaway. Here are some shots that readers shared with us this week. Send your photos (limit to 2 per week) to mail@rockawaytimes.com and we’ll do our best to print them (space permitting). We do receive more than we can print.

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Little League Swings On Rockaway Little League is in full swing. This past holiday weekend was jam-packed with games at Fort Tilden. On Saturday, eight games were played. In the morning games, Rockaway Wish Minor Girls Firebirds came on top of the Laquila Group Minor Girls Eagles, 11 to 10; Zwerling Opthamology Major Boys Reds dominated the Rock-

away Auto Bath Major Boys Athletics, ending 20 to 15; Elegante Restaurant Pizzeria Pee Wee Sr. Reds took on the Rockaway Roasters Pee Wee Sr. Orioles and won 10 to 5. The late morning games saw Claudettes Minor Girls Hornets beat the Sweet & Low Minor Girls Clippers, 16 to 2; AOH Division 21 Minor Boys Athletics had a close

game with the Rkwy Midshipmen Fearless Z Minor Boys Cubs, ending in 8 to 6; and Breezy Pt Lumber Pee Wee Sr. Athletics beat Mirkin Vision Care Pee Wee Sr. Angels, 6 to 3. In the afternoon games, Graybeards Major Girls Bobcats faced the Nicole Frontera Beauty Major Girls Wildcats and came on top with a score of 20 to 16; and Ken-

nedys Restaurant Minor Boys Orioles defeated the Dennis S O’Connor Inc Minor Boys Pirates, 7 to 2. For all your Rockaway Little League action, check out the website at https://rockawaylittleleagueny.siplay.com/site/ or their Facebook page at www.facebook. com/rockawaylittleleagueny/ Photos by Paul King.

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Anowi Surfwear Brings Comfort & Style to Surfer Girls By Nicole Taylor-Lang

As New York City’s only surfing beach, Rockaway has become a popular surf destination. Arverne’s very own Iwona Kapcia recognized that and took the plunge by moving to Rockaway five years ago to be closer to the waves. She fell in love with surfing while visiting her sister

in New Zealand and when she came back to NY, she knew it was something she wanted to pursue. “At first I did not know there was surfing and surf schools in NY,” she said. “Rockaway is a hidden gem.” It wasn’t long before she took lessons with Locals Surf School here in Rockaway. “It completely changed my life and I did not expect it,” she

said. However, it would change her life in more ways than one. Through surfing, Kapcia met her partner, David Sierra, who owns Sierra School on Beach 65th. It would also play a big role in her career as a fashion designer. Kapcia, now an avid surfer, just had one issue with the sport— the outerwear. The sport that was once male-dominated, now has many more females riding the waves. Kapcia soon realized that she had a calling to make swimwear functional, comfortable and fashionable for female surfers. “I first wanted something that truly stays on since I’ve had a few bathing suit malfunctions,” Kapcia explained. So she started designing surf wear that would make woman feel comfortable in and out of the water—Anowi Surfwear. “Wearing the wrong swimwear or clothing can actually limit your flexibility and range of motion,” says Kim Perry, a North Carolina native, a surf instructor and ambassador for Anowi. “Surfing is like doing yoga and dancing all at once.” When it came to design, Kapcia wanted to make sure her clothing was comfortable, flattering, functional and eco-friendly. Anowi Surfwear can be used for surfing, yoga

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or just your daily activities. The collection includes four pieces—rash guards, leggings, bikini bottoms and tops—that you can mix and match with the differ-

ent styles and designs. “I think the patterns and designs are also flattering for many body types, and this is awesome because us surfer gals come in all shapes and sizes,” Perry said. The Second Skin Surf Leggings give coverage from sunburn and are a nice alternative to a bikini bottom. They even have a back pocket where you can store a small sunscreen, plus a band inside to tie your key for safe keeping. Another option is the High Leg Surf Bikini Bottoms that won’t fall off or ride up into places you don’t want. The Beach 67 Surf Bikini Top, designed like a sports bra, and Second Skin Rash Guard also compliment the female figure. “The bikini top being a halter neck is great as you can't pop out of it. The long sleeve is good as well as it has thumb slits to keep the sleeves from rolling up,” surfer and Anowi client, Charlotte Ralphs said. Being environmentally friend-

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ly also plays a big role in Kapcia’s company. The fabric used is spandex and polyester that is made from the yarn of recycled post-consumer products like plastic bottles. The manufacturer of this material is called REPREVE® which is made right here in the U.S. This high quality material helps reduce water consumption, energy consumption and greenhouse gases. Also, as an extra benefit, the material is certified to give UPF 50+ sun protection. “I feel so much better, personally and ethically, knowing I’m using sustainable materials,” Kapcia said. “I wish that everything that was being produced today was produced as responsibly and sustainably as possible,” Linn Edfelt, a surfer and Anowi supporter from Sweden, said. “The fact that Anowi is produced from recycled materials and that the producer knows exactly who is making them (and that they are not people from poor countries, far away, who are being exploited) makes me respect and prefer Anowi even more.” Living in NY and being so close to the Garment District, Kapcia wanted the clothes to be produced right here. The apparel is assembled with a four-person operation in Manhattan. As much clothing is outsourced from other countries, Kapcia wanted to give fellow New Yorkers the opportunity to produce the Anowi brand instead. When it came down to the name, Kapcia went through some ideas. She soon decided on Anowi, which is Iwona, her first name spelled backwards. “My name backwards sounded Hawaiian,” she said with a laugh. It’s like my Hawaiian alter-ego.” Anowi officially launched in March and has already caught the attention of female surfers and Kapcia hopes that others will give to sport a try. “You can learn at any age, and you never know, it might change your life,” she said with a smile. You can find Anowi Surfwear at www.anowisurf.com. Kapcia also hopes to make her brand available more locally at upcoming Rockaway Makers Markets at the Rockaway Brewing Company, so keep an eye out as Anowi makes a local splash.


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It’s A Long Long Way from Clare to Here IRISH HOOPSTERS VISIT BREEZY Ireland’s Ennistymon hoopsters, of the vintage type, arrive in Breezy Point on Saturday, June 1 to celebrate the 27th Annual Frank Gallery Basketball Tournament. Dan Leary, who played with the Claremont Admirals in 1982 and led them to success in the Irish Basketball Association’s National League Qualification, is the host for the event at Breezy Point. All visitors will be accommodated in the community. Frank Gallery was a key personality on and off the court, playing for six years in Division 2 of the Irish National Basketball League. He died in a motor accident in 1993. There are more ties to Ennistymon than Leary’s Irish ball playing experience. A collection of Graybeards visited Ennistymon in 2004 and took part in the Frank Gallery Tournament, and some eight years later, after Hurricane Sandy struck, the GPA (Gaelic Players Association) and Aer

Lingus collaborated to provide a work crew and helped complete some major reconstruction work which was the subject of a TG4 documentary. Irish government funding was also provided. Games this weekend will be at the St. Thomas More court and the outdoor courts in Breezy. A tournament reception will be held at the Sugar Bowl on Saturday. Over the 27 years, the tournament has been graced at different times by all of the club’s former U.S. collegiate players: Dan Leary (University of Rochester), Kevin Darmody (University of South Carolina), Luke Murphy (Hofstra), Curtis Gibson (Missouri University of Science and Technology- Rolla), and Ed Randolph (Roger Williams University). Randolph continues to live in Ireland and is father of current Irish soccer goalkeeper, Darren Randolph.

Dan Leary (second from left on top) played for the Admirals in 1982

A traveling party of 22 will descend on Breezy Point on May 31. The tournament format will have a 3 on 3 tournament on Saturday, June 1 with mixed teams made up from the visitors and local Breezy and Rockaway hoopsters, and on Sunday, Claremont Admirals

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