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VOL. 6, NO. 10 - THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019

The Rockaway Times Photo Contest Winning Photo By Emily McNeil


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It’s Playtime! Sandpiper Playground Finally Opens Just in time for the school year to start, Sandpiper Playground is complete and open for the community to enjoy. After several delays, the long-awaited Sandpiper Playground opened to the public on Thursday, August 22, and it wasn’t long before word spread and kids filled the park, utilizing the park’s brand-new elements like slides, climbing areas, water spray features, benches, and the old wave bus shelter. The $5.86 million project around Beach 107th and Shore Front Parkway was slated to be complete as the summer began in early June, but as all things go in the city, it took a little longer. However, after not having a playground since Hurricane Sandy, many in the area are just grateful that they can finally have a little fun on Shore Front Parkway again. Sandpiper Playground is one of many Parks capital projects planned for areas adjacent to the boardwalk over the next couple years.

Photos by Lori Wilkins Gehlhaus and Terence Daly.

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She Gave It Her Best Shot! EMILY MCNEIL WINS THE ROCKAWAY TIMES 2019 PHOTO CONTEST

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Rockaway’s finest shutterbugs gave it their best shot in The 2019 Rockaway Times Photo Contest—and we have a winner! This past Saturday, August 24 at Caracas Beach 106th Concession, after much debate, the judges awarded the $500 jackpot to Emily McNeil. It was no easy feat as they had the tough job of whittling down the 11 finalist photos to top three in a competition, where every single photo truly reflected Rockaway’s picturesque beauty. However, McNeil came out on top with her photo and won not just $500 but boasting rights for scoring front page of this week’s Rockaway Times. Besides McNeil, the other two finalists were Connor Rodriguez for the nighttime shot of his family’s fluorescent-lighted bicycles on the boardwalk submitted in the Rockaway Beach life category, and Gabrielle Breen for her shot of a perfect rainbow over a lifeguard chair, which was entered in the Top Rainbow/Lightning category. As for McNeil, she is beyond ecstatic that her photo of two children peering into telescopes on the boardwalk won. What was her inspiration—none other than her son. “My son inspired me to take the shot. It was such a beautiful day and the photo came out perfect, and all I used was my Google Pixel phone. I can’t believe I won!” McNeil exclaimed. Amongst the 11 finalists were Ari Kostaras, fondly known as

Rockaway Beach’s ice cream man, Mr. Softee. Kostaras made the top 11 for his photo of a midnight lightning scene. Though he did not win, Kostaras said he will continue to submit photos to The RT’s Local Color page and 2020’s Rockaway Times Photo Contest. “I’ve been taking photos for over 30 years. I use either my camera or phone. I love being a part of capturing memorable scenes in Rockaway,” Kostaras said. The other 10 finalists were Bob Anthony, 2018’s winner, Don Riepe, (for two entries), Jessica Woods, Ken Ternlund, Tom Farley, and Uladzimir Taukachou. However, everyone went home a winner as they got to take home their photos that were blown-up poster-sized for the entire summer as part of an outdoor gallery displayed on the boardwalk railings, the ferry dock, and Broad Channel Park. The contest also helped The RT pick their cover for this year’s Rockaway Times Sum-

mer Guide. Although not a finalist, Lexi Stathis’ rainbow over a lifeguard chair served as the 2019 cover photo. To try to eliminate some unfair favoritism that occurred during the public voting round in years past, with friends and family coming out strong to vote for a few photos, this year’s contest was strictly critiqued by a panel of judges throughout the process, who helped narrow down the finalists. The RT is proud of this event and couldn’t do it without the help of the NYC Parks Department, The Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy, NYC Ferry, John Cori, whom year

after year, has been a monumental help in organizing the contest, the many judges, and last, but definitely not least, our band of devoted readers and great photographers. Thank you so much to everyone who entered the contest. We are so impressed by your work and blown away with the more than 1,000 entries we received. Keep sharing your unique and artistic photos of the community’s beauty with The Rockaway Times. You all have so much potential and so much talent! So start getting your photos ready for 2020! Photos by Dan Guarino and others.

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More Social Torture Someone, a long time ago, asked a question about me that has never been accurately answered. She asked her friend, “Is Kevin Boyle socially awkward or socially inept?” Is he rude or just a rube? Both? If there is a correct answer it would be D, all of the above. About a year ago, I wrote about how I hated getting hugged. And Rockaway being Rockaway, that meant I had to endure about a thousand hugs over the next two weeks. At about hug number 970, I started getting used to it.

I tried once or twice to out-hug, to hang on longer than the other person, but I couldn’t do it. Still, I made some progress with this way-too-intimate greeting. I took the hugs, fake smile in place. I have a friend (or two, even) who are big with the mob kiss. Yelling, “Stop! don’t kiss me!” does not stop them. They only laugh when I look annoyed and tell them I’m not freakin’ Tony Soprano. I learned my lesson from the hugging column because if men

are gonna start kissing me, it'll be tough because I’m away, on vacation in a witness relocation location. If I get kissed out here (I can’t say where) it might be by an actual mobster. Anyway, I was reminded about the awkwardness of hugs when I saw a friend dutifully picking up dog doody last week. In fact, it happened a couple of times with different people and I had the same reaction. Am I supposed to say hi? Or just cruise past and give them their privacy? Should I not say hello at all? Messed up, having these thoughts, ain’t i? I mean, they’re picking up crap and they really don’t want to be asked, how you doing? Right? I’m afraid if I ask, how you doing? They might give me a real answer. I’m picking up crap, how do you think I’m doing? Or instead of how you doing, what am I supposed to say, “good job?” I overthink stupid stuff all the time and I write about because some of you do the same thing. You’re not sure of the protocol and I’m here to say

Page 5 you are not alone. And I’m open to advice. If there’s a way to handle these encounters, lemme know. I saw another friend justifiably barking at someone in the Post Office. In my book, that is not the time to say hello. It’s not the time to even have eye contact. It is the time to hide behind someone or something and not be seen at all. If you have eye contact, you’ll be forced into empathy. You’ll have to get mad at the Post Office or waiter or ticket writer or whoever, too. You know what I mean, right? I don’t know if I’m supposed to say hello or become a life coach. Awkward. (Or inept). It never ends. You’re at a gym or office and someone you know pretty well comes out of the bathroom. Normally, you might shake hands with this person. But not then. Maybe this is how the fist bump came about? I’ll be on vacation, way out west, where no one will hug me. Though I’m already stressing about if I’m supposed to say hello when their horse….oh, forget it.

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That went quick! Happy Labor Day. And Happy Mardi Gras to all who celebrate. ***** Beach season isn’t over! Lifeguards will be on duty through September 8. ***** Congratulations to Emily McNeil, this year’s winner of The Rockaway Times Photo Contest. This year’s entries were the best yet. As for next year, now is a good time to get out there and snap photos and save them for our 2020 competition. Thanks everyone! ***** Want a Rockaway Times tee? Go to Rockawaytimes.com and see the link for T-Shirts near the top of the page. Or email us at Mail@Rockawaytimes.com. Want to get the RT email every week? Same thing: Go to Rockawaytimes.com and see the link

for Subscribe near the top of the page. Or email us. And thanks! ***** The U.S. Army Corps’ plan is one step closer to being approved. On Thursday, August 22, the Chief of Engineers, LTG Todd Semonite signed the Chief’s Report for the Atlantic Coast of New York, East Rockaway Inlet to Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay Hurricane Sandy Reformulation Study. The Chief’s Report will now be submitted to the ASA (CW) for final approval and authorization to proceed with construction of the features of the project that will be funded with Sandy Disaster Relief Act appropriations. ***** Curious moves by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Community Board 14 did not approve of moving the Beach 116th Street firehouse to Beach Channel Drive, the site of the old HSBC bank/Sunset, Ram’s Horn Diner. CB 14 did suggest the National Grid site at Beach 110th. Melinda Katz did not follow the Community Board and voted to approve

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Happy Labor Day! Now Let’s Party! By Katie McFadden

We blinked and it was over. We’ve reached Labor Day weekend already, but summer ain’t over yet! There will be plenty to do to celebrate your holiday weekend and there’s still more in store for September. When Labor Day weekend arrives, the locals celebrate like it's Mardi Gras, especially those in Broad Channel, Breezy Point and Roxbury. Breezy Point and Roxbury are private communities, so be sure to ask friends and family there if it’s okay to come down for the weekend to experience their hilariously entertaining parades. On Saturday, August 31, Breezy Point kicks off the fun with the 61st Annual Breezy Point Mardi Gras Parade at noon and at 2 p.m., the kids in Roxbury can participate in the Roxbury Children’s Mardi Gras Parade. Roxbury’s big parade will take place on Sunday, September 1 at 2:30 p.m. All are welcome to join in Broad Channel’s Labor Day

weekend activities, hosted by the Broad Channel Athletic Club (125 Cross Bay Blvd). Broad Channel kicks off their holiday weekend with an Annual Kickball Tournament on Friday, August 30 at the BCAC field. This fun event will include a DJ, 50/50s, raffles, bounce houses for the kids and more. To register to play kickball, contact Timmy Hanning at 917-273-1351. The $30 per player fee includes all you can drink and a food ticket. Players must be 21 or older and only 10 teams will be able to enter. On Saturday, August 31, Broad Channel hosts its annual Family Day. Starting at 1 p.m. at the BCAC Field, there will be running races, a he-man contest, a bounce house, water slide, dunk tank, face-painting, raffles, food and beverages. Sunday, September 1 will be a chance for folks to put their finishing touches on their floats in time for the Annual Broad Channel Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 2.

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99 Reasons to Celebrate By Katie McFadden

On Sunday, August 18, nearly 40 people gathered on Beach 124th Street to celebrate the matriarch of their big family—Vincentia Becker, better known as “Toots.” And what better way to celebrate a 99th birthday than with a pizza party on the beach? But it was more than just a big number they were celebrating—they were celebrating the amazing life of a strong woman that is loved dearly. At 99 years old, Toots (a long-lasting nickname she got from her father, inspired by a 1922 Al Jolson song) has seen a lot in her lifetime. Born August 18, 1920, she’s seen everything from the invention of penicillin, to the modern washing machine, to automatic cars, and these days one of her favorite things to do is watch those cars go by her Beach 124th beach block home as she enjoys the Rockaway air on her front porch. Sitting in front of the house is something that’s been instilled in her since childhood. Growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her brother, Toots was born into the life of a “stoop kid.” And from the stoops of her lifetime, Toots has seen plenty. Moving from Williamsburg to Crown Heights, Toots spent some time living by Ebbets Field, so it was only natural for her to become a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, and she was a big one. So much so that she got to watch the Brooklyn Dodgers beat the New York Yankees at the very last world series at Ebbets Field in 1955, before the Dodgers left town for Los Angeles. Shortly after, Toots eventually switched teams. Now she proudly wears her Yankees jersey and watches them play any time one of her grandkids calls to let her know the game is on. When she was 16, at a park on Kingston Avenue in Brooklyn, the young Italian girl encountered a handsome young Irish and German man—Thomas

Toots and her brother in Rockaway as children.

Toots at 99.

J. Becker, Jr. The young lovebirds were head over heels in love but had to wait five years before tying the knot. “My mother made me wait until I was 21,” Toots said, but there was no real rush. The couple would go on to celebrate 55 years of marriage. Toots and Thomas got married in 1941 at St. Teresa of Avila Church, which still stands at Classon Ave and Sterling Place, a detail Toots couldn’t forget.

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The couple spent a short time in wedded bliss before World War II would change everything. In 1942, Thomas Becker enlisted in the U.S. Army and on October 7, 1942, he began his time with the European–African–Middle Eastern service, traveling everywhere from Egypt to England to Belgium to France and beyond as WWII raged on. Back home, Toots fought her own battle of raising a child alone during wartime. “I was three months pregnant when he went overseas,” she recalled. When the child was born, Thomas Becker was told he had a baby boy waiting for him back home, but he would later learn that his first child was a girl—Jo Ann. At the time, Toots lived in an eight-family home on Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn, where she had the help of her parents to raise Jo Ann, but it wasn’t easy. “It was very depressing. We were rationed. Gasoline was a quarter and you could only get two to three gallons a week, sugar was rationed, oil was rationed. We had to put the lights out and dark shades up by eight at night due to fears that the enemy would fly over to New York, so I’d be giving Jo Ann a

bath in the dark. It was tough times, it wasn’t easy,” Toots recalled. But Toots carried on. To try to improve her situation, Toots decided to go to work. Her mother watched the baby while Toots would go to work from 5 to 8 at night. She spent some time working for Schrader’s, a company that created valves for airplanes during WWII. Meanwhile, after her husband fought at the Battle of the Bulge for three days, Toots believed her temporary role as a single mother, had become more permanent. “I didn’t hear from him for a month. I thought he was gone. It was right around Christmas. It was the saddest Christmas ever,” she said. Fortunately, Toots would hear from Thomas a month later, when she received a letter in January 1945. Thomas and Toots had developed their own code for letters. This one made mention of Mrs. N. Becker, Mrs. A Becker, Mrs. N. Becker, Mrs. C. Becker, Mrs. Y. Becker. “He was in Nancy, France,” Toots recalled. On October 14, 1945, Becker’s service came to an end, and he came home to his wife and new daughter with some medals to his name. The Beckers continued to live on Rogers Avenue before they made their way closer and closer to Rockaway—on to New York Avenue and then Marine Park, and along the way, their family grew, with three more daughters, Barbara, Marilyn and Linda, and a son, Michael. Toots dreamed of one day living in Rockaway, a place where she spent much time going to the beach as a child and where her mother and aunt had even owned a rental property up until 1930. Upon hearing Toots’ dream, Thomas did whatever he could to make it come true. He came across a lot on Beach 124th and had a home built for her, complete with views of the ocean, a kitchen big enough to fit a booth for all the children, Continued on page 13


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99 REASONS TO CELEBRATE Continued from Page 12 and a walk-in closet. On Halloween, October 31, 1965, the Beckers moved in. Together they worked to support their growing family. Toots started working for the Neponsit Home as a telephone operator, a career she kept for 18 years until she retired at age 62. Thomas worked various jobs with the Department of Sanitation, United Parcel Service, NYS Courts and 25 years as an usher for Madison Square Garden, until he passed away in 1996, a day after his 77th birthday. “He had a hard life. He smoked during the war. He died of lung cancer,” Toots said. In 99 years, Toots has seen a lot of loss. “All of my friends that I had in high school and Brooklyn—they’re all gone,” she said. “That’s life.” However, in that time, she’s also seen the creation of new life. In addition to her five chil-

Toots recently celebrated her 99th birthday on the beach with her family.

dren, Toots has 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, the oldest, 55, and the youngest, five. She also has two great-great-grandchildren, and her growing family has kept Toots very busy, especially when it comes to her crocheting hobby. “I recently got a new great-great-granddaughter and I made her a pink crib cover. I’m waiting to give it to her at her Christening. I make a big blanket for each one of my children and great grandchildren,” she said. She’s currently gearing up to work on another one—this time she’s thinking blue, for

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Lu Bella Lands in Belle Harbor By Katie McFadden

Ladies—there’s a new place to shop in town. Lu Bella Boutique made its big debut on August 16, and with a constant flow of customers leaving the new Beach 129th shop with big shopping bags and an even bigger smile, it’s clear that Lu Bella has made a big first impression. End of the A boutique may have come to an end earlier this summer, but the Beach 129th storefront didn’t remain empty for long after Brooklynite Kim Capone got word that the perfect spot was available in her future neighborhood—Rockaway. Capone will soon be making the move from Mill Basin to Belle Harbor. With in-laws living in Breezy and a daughter already living in Rockaway, the move made sense. “Brooklyn is changing and this is so close. I love the community, I love the people. Everyone is so welcoming and wonderful and looking to lend a helping hand, which I love,” she said. As her house went into contract and she was showing a cousin around the area, a thought struck as she had dinner at Pico. “I said to myself, wouldn’t it be great if I had a boutique out here?” The thought wasn’t random. Capone is no stranger to the retail business. When her daughter, Isabella, was 11, she got into the hobby of making beaded bracelets. It soon became a business called Bella’s Beads. “It was such a fast-growing business that we had everyone we knew helping—my mother, my aunts, my mother’s friends, my landlord’s sons—I couldn’t keep up with orders, so I had to hire someone full time, helping make bracelets five days a week,” Capone said. The bracelet business lasted three years until the fad died down, but that small taste of the retail business left Capone wanting more. “I’ve always loved fashion and clothing. It’s been my passion. And then a location opened up in a Staten Island hair salon, so I took it and that’s how it all started,” she said. Naming the shop after her

daughters—Luisa and Isabella—Capone opened her first Lu Bella Boutique within a Staten Island salon in 2014. It was a quick success and it wasn’t long before she opened her first brick-and-mortar store in Bay Ridge in 2015. Soon after, Capone had her own shop on Page Avenue in Staten Island and then another in her hometown of Mill Basin. Lu Bella’s Rockaway location is her fourth store, and the brand keeps growing. “It’s all about my staff, family members and friends. I could never do it without them,” Capone said of her ability to expand so quickly. And she’s not done yet. By the end of the year, Capone will have two more stores in Massapequa Park, LI and Manalapan, NJ. As for now, Rockaway’s Lu Bella Boutique is off to a great start and is a welcome new addition in the neighborhood with limited retail options. “We opened on August 16 and there

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was an amazing turnout, beyond my wildest expectations. So far business has been amazing. The community has been very receptive, they love the clothing,” she said. After all, Lu Bella has a little of everything for everyone. “We have very trendy, up-to-date fashion and we accommodate teens all the way up to 70-year-old women,” Capone said. In addition to clothing for all ages and all sizes, Lu Bella has everything from shoes to handbags, accessories to perfumes and all sorts of gift items. Jill Ziarno, a buyer for Lu Bella, says what makes them unique is that they’re always ahead of the curve. “We’re special, not generic. We try to carry more of what most stores don’t. We think out of the box and we’re very fashion forward, so we’ll bring in hot items that other stores won’t catch up on until a year later,” Ziarno said. Also, every time you step into Lu Bella, they’re

bound to have something new. “We bring in new merchandise a few times a week,” Capone said. The Lu Bella experience is made extra special by the excellent customer service offered by staff. “Everybody is very friendly. We pride ourselves on customer service,” Capone said. Those at Lu Bella always make sure they have what the customer wants. “If we don’t have something in store, we have it in our other stores, so we transfer items and have them by the next day, so for the most part, we don’t have to tell a customer that we don’t have an item,” Ziarno said. They even offer personal shopping for those who don’t like shopping or who can’t make it to the store. “If someone doesn’t like to shop, we’ll shop for them,” Capone said. They also help customers in the store to pick out items to help them look their best. And as if the products weren’t enough, they also give customers more of a reason to keep coming back for more with a rewards program. “When customers spend over a certain amount, the next time they come in, they can get 20% off their next purchase,” Ziarno said. Capone says that finding this Rockaway location was nothing short of a godsend. “God has a very big hand in everything that happens in my life and I give all the glory to him. I would’ve never found this place if it weren’t for God’s hand,” she said. Rockaway has quickly embraced Lu Bella and Capone says she’s looking forward to embracing the community as her new home. “I’m very excited to move out there. The community has been wonderful,” she said. Lu Bella Boutique, located at 437 Beach 129th Street, is open seven days a week. They’re open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, call 718-318-3509 and be sure to check out some of their products on Instagram @lubella_boutique


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Updates from the Deep POSEIDON’S PARADE TO BE ‘LIT AF’ By Bert Sanders

Well, its official. I checked in with Annie White, a Rockaway Mermaid Brigade veteran, and she informed me that this year’s parade will be “Lit AF.” After a quick search on Urban Dictionary, I learned that this is most welcome news. The “Lit” status of the parade was reaffirmed when I checked in with Mikal at Rustwoods and learned the details of this year’s official after-party. As with any visit to Whit’s, I made sure I was ready. This includes getting tallboys at the bodega and preparing mentally for the unpreparable. I could be greeted with boisterously vulgar hip hop, or a ten-piece afrobeat ensemble. For all I know, I could walk into Whit’s and get slapped in the face with a 40-inch bass. The only thing predictable and

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check out Mikal’s performances on the Rustwoods Rockaway Beach Facebook page. The next day, I listened to my tape to grab the details. The official Poseidon’s Parade after-party is at Rustwoods at 5 p.m. It is being sponsored by Rockapulco Gold, the homegrown beer with the homegrown jingle. Paradegoers will be treated to a sing-along set from Danny Mulvanerty, Bobby Butler, and the legendary Campion Brothers. The foursome is required by contract to perform the official “Rockapulco Gold” jingle and will warm up Poseidon’s minions for Squid. Squid will be performing a full two-set show to cap off an incredible day. Squid is led by local rock legend and sleeveless T-shirt enthusiast, Guy Nevirs. The band, famous for its energetic performances at Caracas, provides an eclectic mix of carefully selected rock tunes. While the Squid fam-

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Leo Finkelstein dropped off this classic photo taken at the Arverne Knishery which was on the boardwalk around Beach 67th Street. His guess is the photo is from the late 1950s. The place was gone by 1961. That’s Leo’s father, Irving Finklestein on the left, and his partner, Marty Eisner. They also opened a knish place in Canarsie. Oh, and those were the days when you got six knishes for a buck !

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Dockless Bikes To Continue Rolling Around Rockaway Dockless bike shares may still roll on in Rockaway. Last we left off with the Department of Transportation, the fate of dockless bikes was up in the air, but the DOT has since released a request for dockless bike-sharing companies to throw their spokes into the ring. Earlier this summer, the DOT announced that Lime Bike’s pilot would be coming to an end in the fall and they were unsure if they would continue dockless bike sharing in the Rockaways. This announcement came as a bit of a shock following Lime’s success, with the company seeing 143K trips by 21K riders since its launch in the Rockaways in the summer of 2018. It was such a success that Lime even expanded its pilot earlier this year, adding another 200 bikes to its Rockaway fleet of now 600. The news was followed by heavy pushback from Councilman Donovan Richards’ office and riders who know Rockaway is a transportation desert. It now looks as if DOT is hoping to keep dockless bikes in

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thoughtful and beautiful way to brighten someone’s day. My father, Jack Hutton, was delighted to receive these heartfelt notes from some beautiful neighbors. “Just wanted to share how great our community is. Elle, Tess and Francie, thank you! Kudos to their parents. They are doing a wonderful job!” Joe Hutton said.

THE COMPLETE OFFERING TERMS ARE AVAILABLE IN AN OFFERING PLAN FROM SPONSOR. FILE NO. CD180140. Sponsor: Beach 116 Associates LLC, 2361 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11210. Sponsor reserves the right to make changes in accordance with the Offering Plan. The artist’s representations of interior decorations, finishes, appliances, and furnishings are provided for illustrative purposes only and do not constitute a representation of any aspect of the final product. Sponsor makes no representation as to the continued existence of any of the named establishments or transportation lines located in the neighborhood. Sponsor makes no representation that future construction in the neighborhood surrounding the Condominium will not result in the obstruction of the views from any windows, gardens, and/or terraces. Equal Housing Opportunity. * Additional fees may apply

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P 718.945.2411 HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

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Be on vacation every day in this lovely home by the Sea. Spacious and welcoming, this home offers 3 Bedrooms and 2 Full Bathrooms. Large living room, dining room, EIK, new washer and dryer. Enjoy gorgeous sunsets and ocean views from the second level balcony.

SHORT TERM FURNISHED RENTALS

PRICE REDUCED EXCLUSIVE BEST BEACH BLOCK 80 X 100

120’s One bedroom, parking, use of yard, all utilities included. Call for details Call Susan 347 260 3891...............................$1800 BELLE HARBOR. PRIME LOCATION Center hall, large living room, formal dining room, den, small kitchen, 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths, lovely porch and grounds. Call for more details‌Available 10/1.

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Call Susan 347 260 3891 ............................................................ $2500

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HOUSE RENTAL Belle Harbor — 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood oors, lovely yard. Parking Call Susan 347 260 3891................................$4000

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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 • Joseph Magiera

417 Beach 129th St • (718) 634-3134 • Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

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.

BELLE HARBOR

Legal 2 Family - 60' x 100'T AC airy 6BR BrightR and T home retains its N COoriginal charm with R deep crown moldings, DE gorgeous french doors, N large stained glass U window. $1,300,000

BELLE HARBOR Located One Block from the Beach! T AC sq. ft., Over R2,800 Owners N T unit has 3 BR's, CO3 full baths, high R ceilings and bsmt. 2BR ground floor rental. DE N Long private driveway. U $949,000

ROCKAWAY BEACH Penthouse Condo D SpaciousT E3BR duplex P HW floors, with C E master C large suite w/ A R amazing ocean views, E comes with parking F spot. $599,000 OF

ARVERNE CONDO 1st Home from the BeachT C Steps RtoAsurfer beach T and the famous N CORockaway Boardwalk. R Premier 3BR 2 bath, private backyard, DE N laundry room and U garage. $549,000

BRAND NEW TO MARKET! Rockaway Beach T C 2BR Spacious RA T apartment N terrace with and COprivate R ocean views from E EVERY window! Call D today! $325,000 UN

BELLE HARBOR Price Reduced! D E porch, LargeP Tfront E ceilings, LR high C ACwith fireplace, HW R floors, 6 BR's, 3 full FE baths, large bsmt OF and long pvt drive. $1,299,000

ARVERNE BY THE SEA Brand New Home - Ocean Views! CT CustomR Abuilt, never lived N Tin, 5 BR’s, 3 Baths, COluxurious ocean view R master suite with a spacious rooftop ocean DE N view deck. Tax abated U until 2034. $929,000

ROCKAWAY PARK 3 Bedroom Oceanfront Condo Breathtaking views of the glistening Ocean, boardwalk and beach, to the NY city skyline. Contemporary and stylish, floor to ceiling windows. $739,000

BRAND NEW TO MARKET

ARVERNE BY THE SEA Two 2 Family Homes for Sale Located in the beautiful Dunes. Each home has 5 BR, 3.5 baths, private parking, yard and garage. Present all offers. $999,000

BELLE HARBOR Head Towards the Beach!T C Mother/ R A Daughter T features N 4BR, 3 bath, COHW floors, high R ceilings, spacious living room/dining room, DE N terrace and detached U garage. $899,000

BELLE HARBOR High End Finishes T C 2 bath, Elegant R A2BR,ceilings, T cathedral N Mahogany COskylights, wood floors, Granite R E counters. Full fin D bsmt w/ BR. Private UN garage. $649,000

CALLING ALL SURFERS!

UPPER BELLE HARBOR Priced to Sell - 60’x100’ T C Open floor R A plan with T 4BR, N 2.5 baths, stone COfireplace, spacious dining R area and kitchen. HW D E floors, granite counters N and master en suite. U Private drive. $999,000

ARVERNE BY THE SEA Price Just Reduced! C T Aopen floor Sun filled T3RBR's including plan, N COhuge master suite, R 2.5 baths loads of E upgrades and large D ocean view roof top UN deck. $899,000

NEW TO MARKET Broad Channel Waterfront Renovated 3BR, 2 bath w/ radiant heat floors, beautifully updated kitchen & open floor plan. Spacious deck overlooking Jamaica Bay. $585,000

BROAD CHANNEL

Oceanfront 2 Bedrooms! This 6th floor unit has amazing finishes! Sunny kitchen, Hunter Douglas plantation shutters, quartz counters, shaker cabinets and copper finishes. $540,000

Wateredge Condo C T Check out R Athis fabulous, Tcondition mint condo N steps to the COliterally R water. There's room for your family and friends DE N with 3BR, 2 bath plus 2 U car parking. $495,000

Spectacular Water ViewsC T Ahome has This 3BR T R beautifully everything, N COrenovated kitchen, R expansive bi-level Trex E back deck. Launch your D boat or kayak from your UN home. $439,000

ROCKAWAY BEACH Tax Abated Til 2022 C T Beautifully R A upgraded Twell and maintained N CO2 BR condo featuring R a beautiful den/ DE office space with barn N doors. Pet friendly U

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Ocean View C T A 1BR condo 5th floor, T Ran ocean view with N COterrace! A deeded R parking spot in the E D gated lot is included and LOW monthly UN charges. $239,000

Comes with Parking C T A1 bedroom, Spacious T Rwith bay views terrace N COand walking distance R to the beach. Assigned E D deeded parking spot in the gated lot. UN $239,000

building. $264,900

NEPONSIT Beautiful Reverse Floor PlanT C Spectacular R A ocean T views N in the areas COwhere you'll spend the R most time. 3BR, 3.5 D E baths, open floor plan, N fin. bsmt and parking U for 8. $999,000 SH 1s OW t IN G

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BELLE HARBOR

Brand New to MarketC T First floor R A2 BR, 1 bath. Tlevel Upper has 2 BR, 1 N with radiant heat. CObath R Master BR with Juliette balcony. Finished DE N bsmt. and a private U garage. $819,000

FAR ROCKAWAY Legal 3 Family C T LEGAL R A3 FAMILY T CORNER OF ONNTHE COSEAGIRT! This victorian R offers a spacious lot D E size, private parking & N each apt. has 2BR's 1 U bath. $550,000

ROCKAWAY PARK Oceanfront ApartmentC T A bright and Exceptional T2RBR with tons sunny N COof windows, Huge R LR with HW floors E and sliders to your D own private balcony. UN $429,000

BELLE HARBOR Units are Selling Out Fast CT SpaciousR A2BR, HW floors N Tthroughout and COa new kitchen was just R installed. This building D E has undergone major N renovations Don't miss U out! $185,000

With Honesty Integrity and Trust our team of agents get the job done!

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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 • Joseph Magiera

417 Beach 129th St • (718) 634-3134 • Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

The Rockaprop Team

AVAILABLE PROPERTIES

EXCLUSIVE  BRAND NEW TO MARKET

EXCLUSIVE  BRAND NEW TO MARKET

You'll love this 2 story 4/5 BR home located steps from the Beach! Desirable open floor plan with loads of updrades! In-ground salt water heated swimming pool, outdoor shower, brand new pavers, detached garage, 2 PRIVATE driveways, new windows, wood burning fireplace, 3 zone central air and heating plus an in-law suite with private entrance. $2,199,000

Looking for a turn key home? Well, we have it! Call us today to see this immaculate and stunning 100' x 60' corner property. This home defintely has it all, 3BR's (2 are master suites), HW floors, central air, radiant heat, in-ground heated pool, garage private parking, terrace, finished basement and much more. $1,450,000

Exquisite Beach Block Home in Neponsit

EXCLUSIVE  NEW TO MARKET ARVERNE

Belle Harbor - First Time Showing!

NEPONSIT

JUST REDUCED 50K

Large Corner 42' x 100'! - $625,000 Prime Location! - $749,000 Legal two family on a 42X100, owner has a 3BR, large Motivated seller! Sweet 3BR home recently renovated LR/DR combo with loads of closets and stand up attic. A with a finished basement, cozy front porch, private 2BR rental,W/D hookup ideal for any tenant. garage and parking.

FAR ROCKAWAY LEGAL TWO FAMILY

Totally Renovated Interior! - $549,000 Completely renovated 2BR, 2 bath over 2BR, 2 bath, updated granite kitchens, new SS appliances and HW floors. Private parking! Great Investment!

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

EXCLUSIVE  NEW TO MARKET

Mint Condition! - $399,000 Spacious, bright and airy best describe this mint condition beachfront condo in the strikingly contemporary Seavon building.

Bright and Airy end unit! - $319,000 Ocean views! Bay views! City views! 5th floor beautiful, bright, big apt in a premier oceanfront building.

Steps to the beach! - $895,000 Legal two family, owner's unit is 3BR, 2.5 baths, large backyard, garage and private parking. 2 BR rental apartment for a guaranteed income.

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128th: Gorgeous beach block, brand new studio with parking and gas included (LJ). . . . . . . . . . $1,300

98th: 3BR, 2BA apt with SS appliances, storage and ocean views (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,200

125th: Beach block well maintained 1BR, 1BA apt with HW floors (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,550

61st: Second floor spacious 3BR, 1.5BA apt with HW floors and shared yard (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,300

80th: Spacious 1BR, 1BA condo unit with ocean view terrace (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,600

100th: Spacious 3BR, 2BA apt with HW floors, shared backyard and parking (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,300

121st: 3rd floor walk up, 1BR apartment with 2 bathrooms and plenty of storage (CB) . . . . . . . . . $1,600

102nd: Fully renovated 3BR, 2BA apt with HW floors, SS appliances and balcony (TB) . . . . . . . . . $2,350

95th: 3rd floor 1BR, 1BA apt in private home. Quiet and clean, heat included (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,600

135th: Spacious 2BR, 1BA apt with HW floors, SS appliances and balcony (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,400

125th: 1BR, 1BA third floor apt with HW floors and W/D (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,700

Broad Channel: 3BR, 2BA house rental on the canal (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,800

101st: Beach block updated 2BR, 1BA apt with terrace and W/D on site (TB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,900

Broad Channel: 3BR, 2BA home with radiant heat floors and Kenmore elite appliances (CB) . . . . $2,800

115th: Brand new 2BR, 1BA apt with balcony and W/D in building (TB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,900

118th: Spacious 4BR, 2BA renovated apt with parking, laundry and central air (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . $2,950

116th: Renovated 3rd floor 3BR, 1BA apt with updated kitchen and terrace (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,000

Upper East Side: Fully furnished 1BR, 1BA apt with fantastic 30th floor views (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,975

80th: Spacious and updated 2BR, 1BA condo unit with laundry in building (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,100

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

93rd: Renovated 2BR, 1BA apt with HW floors, shared porches, yard and laundry (AD) . . . . . . . . . $2,175

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

Highest sales volume in Rockaway...Visit our office and see what we do that's different!

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On this Labor Day, please join me in recognizing and thanking the efforts of our workforce in this great city.

Cuomo Directs DPS to Investigate National Grid’s Refusal of Service

On Tuesday, August 27, Governor Cuomo issued a letter directing the Department of Public Service (DPS) to broaden its inRanking Member of NYS Senate Labor and vestigation into National Grid's Civil Service & Pension Committees refusal of service. In the letter, the Governor directed DPS to ensure National Grid immediately provides service to customers who were improperly refused service and impose penalties and sanctions, as appropriate. If National Grid is unable to provide safe, affordable and reliable service to its customers, the Governor has directed DPS to consider alternatives to National Grid as a franchisee for some or all of the areas it currently serves. Cuomo urged DPS to ensure that National Grid provides service if its claims of a gas shortage

    are not true. If National Grid’s  ! "! # $  #   !% claims about failure to properly & %  '(%  !  % )!*  % service customers are true, Cuomo suggested that maybe it’s +  $  !*    $ time for another solution. “I di-

  

 

     

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rect you to consider alternatives to National Grid as franchisee for some or all of the areas it currently serves,� stated Cuomo in his letter. According to a recent article in Newsday: Environmental groups have accused the company (National Grid) of fabricating a gas-supply shortage to manipulate the state into approving the Northeast Supply Enhancement project, a proposed $1 billion project by Williams Co. to provide an additional 400 million cubic feet of natural gas to the region per day. National Grid has denied those charges, saying the project is needed to meet soaring regional demand. After New York denied a water-quality permit for the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, or NESE, in May, National Grid stopped signing up new accounts, as it had vowed to do if construction could not proceed.

SPOTTED: SUNNY SARATOGA

Joseph F. Keenan Attorney At Law

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That’s Suntan Dan Edwards enjoying his time up in Saratoga, New York. He sent us this photo telling us the guy he is with is from the popular sports and culture blog, Barstool Sports, but he could’ve been standing next to Elvis and we wouldn’t have noticed. It’s all about the Rock Times Tee. Looking sharp, Sunny!

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

Lic. RE Salesperson

6513 Seaspray Ave. · $980,000

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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FOR RENT! COMMERCIAL

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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/pop-up/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.

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Sun Protection A few months ago, just in time for summer, there were several media stories of how a study had found that some ingredients in sunscreens were found in the bloodstreams of study participants. These media stories somehow appeared before the actual study they were based on was published. That study, which appeared in the June 4, 2019 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, was not the first study to find this phenomenon. It has been known for years that chemicals in sunscreens can be found in the blood. In fact, the FDA sunscreen guidance rule is that they should not appear in

the blood at levels above 0.5 ng/ mL (nanograms per milliliter). The June 4 study found levels above the FDA guidelines, but the study methods were less than realistic. Sunscreens work by reflecting, absorbing, and/or scattering UV radiation and are regulated as OTC (over the counter) products here in the U.S. They should not be confused with sunblocks. Sunblocks, usually made of zinc or titanium oxide, prevent sunlight from reaching the skin. Sunblock ingredients are not absorbed by the body. The June study’s objective was to determine the amount of absorption

of four commercially available sunscreen ingredients. Each sunscreen contained a different active ingredient. These active ingredients were avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule. The study looked at the absorption of the ingredients under “maximal usage conditions.” These conditions followed the re-application instructions found on the labels. Most sunscreen labels recommend re-application every two hours. This is because the products may be washed off the skin by immersion in water and by sweating, by clothing or towels, and by other activities by the person using the product. The study did reapply the products every two hours, but to all of the body not covered by a bathing suit. In addition, it was done indoors with no immersion in water and no activity by the participants, meaning no sweating and no toweling off. Given these unrealistic conditions, it is not surprising that the products were found in the bloodstreams of the study subjects in levels exceeding the

Page 27 FDA recommendations. Additionally, the study did not take into account the skin type, skin color, or age of the participant. These factors may alter the rates of product absorption. The study’s authors did acknowledge these study limitations. They also admitted that additional research is needed, especially into what the ramifications of absorption of these products actually are. While it has been known for some time that these products can be absorbed, no one as yet knows whether there are any risks or harms from absorbing these products. Lastly, the authors noted that given the fact that skin cancer is by far the most common cancer in this country and its rates are growing, the results of their study should not deter anyone from using sunscreen (or sunblock). For more information go to: www.fda.gov/downloads/ drugs/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/guidances/ ucm473464.pdf Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes. com.

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Rockaway: Then And Now The Marine Parkway Bridge Drivers often wonder what’s holding up traffic. Yes, we know, sometimes it feels like "then" is really now. These photos, courtesy of the wonderful OldRockawayPhotos.com curated by James Supple, show the Marine Parkway Bridge through its history. Opened in 1939, the bridge connects Brooklyn to Queens. Interesting tidbit: some member of the War Department wanted to build a tunnel instead so as not to impede maritime traffic. (So look at the bright side, you could be stuck in a tunnel instead!)

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PRANA If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you probably heard the word “Prana” mentioned. “Prana” is a Sanskrit word which means “life force vital energy.” The concept is not only rooted in the yogic tradition; it is prevalent in Egyptian and Chinese traditions as well, “Aka” and “Qi” respectively. Prana comes into the body through the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and from absorbing the energies of the earth and the sun. It travels to the cells through thou-

sands of energetic channels called “nadis.” Think of it as nourishment for the trillions of cells in the body. Prana is essential for the well-being of all who have life and for the longevity of the planet. The quality of each sustenance—air, water, food, environment (earth) and solar energy (sun), affects our physical health, mental state and emotions. If the air and the water are polluted, the quality of what we draw in to the body is compromised. If our food is loaded with im-

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purities such as pesticides or is so processed, it is like a chemistry experiment, the energy nourishment is detrimental. If the earth’s forests diminish, the balance of nature is in jeopardy. If the ozone layer thins, the sun’s heat will cause changes in the atmosphere. This is all a reminder that we should turn some attention to the environment and the changes that have been happening in recent years including major disasters both by man’s hand and not. The fires. The hurricanes. The tsunamis. The earthquakes. All seem to be pointing to extreme shifts due to some people’s inability to embrace the balance of nature. I am making a point of paying attention to what is happening and listening to people in positions who can have a voice to keep our planet safe and nourishing for generations to come. When we breathe our air, eat our food, drink our water, we should be taking in energy that will sustain us

and keep us strong and balanced. Once again through the study of yoga, we gain insight into the nuances that make life meaningful. Prana is all the energy in the universe, it is all-encompassing. We can enliven our life force vital energy by enjoying breathing practices—“pranayama”—allowing our own healing breath to reach every cell in the body. By deepening and elongating the breath on both the inhalation and the exhalation, which is one breath practice example, we provide the space for Prana to do its work, i.e., to reach and energize cells everywhere within our bodies, encouraging health and stimulating a sense of calm and peace. “As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breath out, cherish all Beings.” - Dalai Lama. 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.

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Saturday, August 31, 1 p.m. BROAD CHANNEL FAMILY DAY BCAC Field Enjoy races, bounce houses, a water slide, dunk tank, face-painting, raffles, 50/50 and more.

Monday, September 2, 1 p.m. BROAD CHANNEL MARDI GRAS PARADE Cross Bay Blvd Come out and watch the creative floats and costumed participants parade from Ruffle Bar. Registration at noon. After-party at BCAC Field.

Saturday, September 7, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 3 ON 3 BY THE SEA St. Francis de Sales Courts Remember Clare Droesch with some 3 on 3 basketball. Free youth clinic for grades 10 and under at 9 a.m., followed by games by grade. Plus DJs, raffles and more. $50 per player. Register up to 30 mins before game time.

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Saturday, September 21, 12 p.m.

RICHIE ALLEN SURF CLASSIC Beach 91st Street Celebrate the life of 9/11 firefighter Richie Allen doing what he loved— surfing. Kids surf contests begin at 9 a.m., signup at 8 a.m. DJ, food, drinks, prizes and more.

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Weds.,Thurs.,Fri., 8 a.m. Sunday, September 8, 5 p.m to 8 p.m. SUNDAY KNIGHTS Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street $25 for live bands, light fare, beer and wine. Music by The Wades, 50/50s and more.

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Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. BEACH YOGA Beach 108th Street Join yoga instructor Helen Kilgallen from Ocean Bliss Yoga in this beginner Hatha Yoga class. Bring a bottle of water, a mat, and a large towel or blanket. Free.

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LEGAL NOTICES Notice of Qualification of 21 CAVEN POINT AVENUE LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/10/19. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in New Jersey (NJ) on 01/03/19. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Criterion Group, 28-18 Steinway St., Astoria, NY 11103. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. NJ addr. of LLC: c/o Genova Burns LLC, 30 Montgomery St., 11th Fl., Jersey City, NJ 07302. Cert. of Form. filed with State Treasurer, 33 W. State St., 5th Fl., Trenton, NJ 08608. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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LEGAL NOTICES Beth Broyles LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 6/27/2019. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 67-70 Yellowstone Blvd., #6A, Forest Hills, NY 11375. General Purpose. 24-62 32 STREET LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 07/17/2019. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: James Halvatzis, 36-01 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of formation of JSHARMON LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/07/2019. Location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC, 199-44 19th Ave., Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: any lawful purpose. DAWNEASTRIVER LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/8/2019. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 65-53 160TH St., Apt. 6H, Flushing, NY 11365. General Purpose. Notice of Formation of One Straw LLC Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/20/2019. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the company c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave, Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Principal business address:29-22 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101. Any lawful purpose. POM ART LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 07/23/2019. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 21-21 41st Avenue, #1D, LIC, NY 11101. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Qualification of AUSTIN COMMERCIAL, LP Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/08/19. Office location: Queens County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/12/99. Duration of LP is Perpetual. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Construction and construction related services.

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NEW YORK STATE SURROGATE’S COURT FORM P5 NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL OCA FORMS PROBATE CITATION CITATION FILE NO. 2018 4432 / A SURROGATE’S COURT, QUEENS COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent To: Jane Tool; Giles E. Disch; Public Administrator Queens County; Naomi Batt, if living and if dead, to her heirs at law, next of kin and distributees whose names and places of residence are unknown and if she died subsequent to the decedent herein, to her executors, administrators, legatees, devisees. assignees and successors in interest whose names and places of residence are unknown and to all other heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of George Disch a/k/a George E. Disch, the decedent herein, whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained A petition having duly filed by Sheila Schaberick who is/are domiciled at 500 SE 21st Avenue Apt 501, Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED

By Katie Lucev

A beautiful beachfront entrance to the now-gone building that was located on Beach 112th Street. The now-closed Stella Maris H.S. was located there, and is now the home of St. Martin de Porres H.S. Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018)

TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York on September 12, 2019 at 9:30 o’clock in the fore noon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of George Disch, aka George E. Disch lately domiciled at 4 Thetford Lane, Breezy Point, New York 11697, United States admit-

Baked Chicken Cutlets Topped with Pastrami

ting to probate a Will dated December 12, 2017, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of George Disch deceased,

By Sharon Feldman

relating to real and personal property, and directing that:

Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1-1/2 pounds of chicken cutlets, sliced thin **¾ cup of Sweet Vidalia Dressing 1-1/2 cups cornflake crumbs Oil for sautéing 2 large onions, diced 1 pound sliced pastrami, diced ½ cup of duck sauce

Y Letters Testamentary issue to Sheila Schaberick Dat… ed, Attested and Sealed Jul 26 2019. HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate James Lim Becker Chief Clerk Mindy J. Trepel, Esq, Sweeney, Reich, & Bolz, LLP 718-459-9000 1981 Marcus Avenue suite 200, Lake Success, New York 11042 NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.

Spray an ovenproof pan and place the cutlets in the dish. Cover and bake for 15 minutes. Heat frying pan and heat oil. Add onions until golden. Add pastrami and sauté 5-8 minutes. Add the duck sauce and cook until it boils. Pour the pastrami mixture over the cutlets and bake, uncovered for another 10 minutes. **You can substitute with Italian Dressing

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour Sweet Vidalia dressing over the chicken and dip into cornflake crumbs.

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All I really need to know I learn each week in The Rockaway Times. Think I'm kidding? Read on! The always informative RT "Factologist," Sean McVeigh, provided this factoid along with other "Facts You don't Probably Need" in last week's paper—"At one point in history there were four distinct species of humans living at the same time." Think about that for a second. While our Neanderthal, Cro-Magnon, Denisovan and other hominins were sharing ranch style cave dwellings doing all that hunting and gathering, Betty, Barney, Wilma and Fred were also apparently getting jiggy amongst themselves. It was their party-hearty attitudes that

ultimately gave rise to us Homo Sapiens, the only extant human species. By the way, the name is Latin for "wise man" and was introduced in 1758 by Carl Linnaeus. Little did Carl know that his title would become an oxymoron by the 21st Century. Our resident factologist also provided us with this tidbit—"Along with 'Blacksmiths,' there are 'Whitesmiths' who work with tin or other white metals and 'Brownsmiths' who work with brass or copper." I mean, c'mon, in this day and age? These insidious occupational titles (black - whitebrown?) are obviously rife with bigotry. Who knew that metal work could be so politically incorrect? Where are all my metalhead social justice warriors out there? I also came across an ad in the RT for an auto body and towing company whose catchphrase is "When Accidents Happen, We're There!" I immediately wrote down the business name and contact information and secured it in my wallet so I can have it on hand to present it to the police as a witness source in the event of my involvement in an auto accident. How great is that? I owe a big thank you to Dr. Peter Galvin, and his RT column "Ask the Doc," for his recent "Breakfast Challenged" article. Dr. "G" provided, at least anecdotal evidence, that perhaps breakfast is not the most im-

portant meal of the day. I have always maintained that breakfast is not the most important meal of the day, especially if its poisoned. Then lunch with the antidote becomes the most important meal. And it's not just me that thinks like this. None of our local watering holes are big into breakfast. I think that stems from the time that a piece of toast and a hard-boiled egg walked into the old Irish Circle and were politely told, "We don't serve breakfast here!" Moving on, in her recent Be Well, Be Happy article entitled, "Self-Care is So Important," the gifted RT columnist Helen Kilgallen remarked that in this busy world of ours it is vitally important that we nurture the body, mind and soul with some "quiet time" for ourselves as she does by going outside, listening to the birds, watching the children play. Be careful should you try to emulate this one. I recently retreated to my second floor deck with my bird-watching binoculars and coffee for some quiet time and shortly thereafter I was visited by a representative of the local precinct who advised that he was responding to a complaint that "some old white-haired geezer with a cane was scoping out the kids on the block with binoculars." Embarrassing to say the least! Finally, a tip of my hat to Kay Sullivan and her "Cat Fights" letter to the editor published

The Rockaway Times recently in the RT's "We Get Email" section. Ms. Sullivan addresses the issues stemming from the myriad of cats populating our neighborhood including "crazy cat ladies," "burn marks on lawns", the aroma of ammonia and conflicts among neighbors. Ms. Sullivan closed her letter by stating that it has been said that the cat is the only animal without a visible means of support, who still manages to find a living in the city. I totally disagree with that assertion as I can easily identify many other animals, including scores of bi-pedal homo sapiens, who seem to survive fairly well in this city without visible means of support. That being said, I must admit that my kudos for Ms. Sullivan's letter do not stem from her grasp of feline problems. Rather, they are based solely on her use of the term "a clowder of grimalkins" to describe a group of cats! Where else are you gonna find that except The Rockaway Times? As an aside to Kay, I would have tried to work in "cat scratch" fever somewhere within your missive, but even lacking that, you still hit a home run. By the way, if any of you are sitting on your deck while reading this column are waiting for a sign that it is time to open that bottle of wine you are staring at, this is it! Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

Leveling Up at World Champions Karate World Champions Karate conducted their summer promotions this past Sunday, August 25. The students trained throughout July and August, culminating in well-deserved new ranks. This was very significant since Reggie, Suri, Nick and Dylan all attained the highest Brown belt level. Next, look forward to four new Black Belts. Check out the program at the new location at Rockaway Gliders, 11404 Beach Channel Drive.

Front (l-r): Reggie, Suri, Nick, Dylan and Joseph. Back ( l-r): Daniel, Vicente and Imamol.

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By Kami-Leigh Agard

Labor Day Weekend is here and for some parts of town, that means it’s time for Mardi Gras! Plus the concessions and local restaurants and bars will be hopping with entertainment! So keep your Rockaway Groan on. Ain’t no reason to leave the peninsula—the Rock is the place to be! LIVE MUSIC: Thursday, August 29 7:30 p.m. LuVibe Duo, featuring vocal powerhouse Pamela and equally magnetic guitarist/vocalist Steve Athanail are back at RBQ delivering their signature cocktail of folk, blues, rock and more! 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Thursday, August 29 8:30 p.m. Bungalow heats up with its summertime series, Thursdays with Bobby Butler and Friends. Tonight, The Butler jams with The Irish Mutts at Bungalow’s outside deck. 377 Beach 92nd Street Friday, August 30 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ignite your Labor Day weekend party celebrations with The Knobs at local bayside treasure, The Wharf! From The Smiths to The Cure—this band will rock all your favorite alternative/classic rock— leaving you literally ‘knobbed’ out! 416 Beach 116th Street Friday, August 30 6 p.m. Get ready for live roots reggae Kingston-style with RCK 97 and reggae legend, Mikey Chung at outdoor food garden, La Barracuda. Corner of Beach 97th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. Friday, August 30 6 p.m. Lock in a lively start to your Labor Day festivities with Danny Mulvanerty of Indaculture fame at Bungalow Bar. 377 Beach 92nd Street Friday, August 30 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join the the Grayriders at Cara-

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375 Beach 92nd Street cas as they host the ultimate classic rock throw down! Plus with ProfesSaturday, August 31 sa El Squid joining in, be guaran9 p.m. to 1 a.m. teed that this will be one evening of Revel in the hours of August with raucous squidaliciousness! Caracas, Beach 106th Conces- some craic and the Highland Rovers at RBQ. This band lauded as the sion “Crosby, Stills and Nash of Celtic music” will have you encoring with Friday, August 30 a pint in hand toasting, “Slainte!” 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Head to Rippers for an awesome before the night tunefully ends. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd fete of rock with local rocker, Simon Chardiet and the Mooks! Sunday, September 1 Rippers Beach 86th Street Con5 p.m. cession Rockaway’s homegrown #1 party Friday, August 30 band, Wine with Sue rings in their 6:30 p.m. 25th anniversary summer grand fiLocals Rule rule the bay at the nale at La Barracuda. So grab your BayHouse rockin’ all your fave mates and get ready to whet your classic rock and oldies. whistle. This is one end-of-sum500 Bayside Drive, Breezy Point mer jam you don’t want to miss! Corner of Beach 97th Street and Friday, August 30 Rockaway Beach Blvd. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Calling all 70s classic rock lovers! Sunday, September 1 Make a beeline to RBQ as clas6 p.m. sic rock band, The Jack of Clubs, Don your best tie dye and head will be playing your favorite hits. to Low Tide Bar for a chance not to If Deep Purple, Eric Clapton, Led just hear massively popular psyZeppelin and more are on your chedelic rock band, Solshyne, but playlist, this is one band you won’t a chance to win a prize for your want to miss! creative 70s colors. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd Low Tide Bar Beach 97th Street Concession Saturday, August 31 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, September 1 La Barracuda hosts Part 2 of A 8 p.m. Plano Sol, a summer party and Remember your first Styx confundraiser inspired by the Af- cert? Relive the memories at Thai ro-Caribbean cultures of Colom- Rock as tribute band Return to Parbia. Expect live music, local art, a adise plays all your Styx hits! comedy show, Colombian carni375 Beach 92nd Street val-inspired dance performances, food, drinks and laughs. Sunday, September 1 Corner of Beach 97th Street and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Rockaway Beach Blvd. The boys of summer, Hell Or High Water, will be at the BaySaturday, August 31 House delivering their notorious 4 p.m. hellacious brand of foot stompin’ DredSurfer hosts "GAG ORDER" classic rock and roll! On The Rocks Weekend Caribbean 500 Bayside, Breezy Point Beach Party jam. Come on down and vibe to live Caribbean enterSunday, September 1 tainment, food, beer and wine. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. DredSurfer Beach 17th Street Tomorrow is Labor Day! So grab Concession your best buds and salute your labors of love with Blac Rabbit at Saturday, August 31 RBQ as they pump out all your fa9 p.m. vorite Beatles tunes and original Who doesn’t love Bruce? Get music. your Springsteen on at Thai Rock 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd as Thunder Road plays all your favorite Springsteen classics and Monday, September 2 more. 1 p.m.

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It’s officially Labor Day, but the summer is not over yet, so why not head to Bungalow and jam with the Ace Band, followed by DJ Teddy. 377 Beach 92nd Street Monday, September 2 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This afternoon at RBQ, take a trip to the Shamrock motherland with Irish musician and vocalist, Walter Ensor. By the end of the evening, you’ll be bowing with draft in hand saluting all the labors of your ancestors. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd Wednesday, September 4 7 p.m. Tonight Whit’s is hoppin’ with Squid Trio featuring Chris Tedesco, Karen Buff and Professa Squid. Get ready for a jazzy acoustic feast! 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd Fridays 5 p.m. Join Riis’ famous Friday night rosé flowing lobster jam with DJ Shirine Saad. 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/beebop lunch featuring the Mike Severino Trio. 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd SPECIAL MENTION MARDI GRAS THIS WEEKEND! You don’t have to go New Orleans to get a taste of Mardi Gras! Stay right on the Rock and get in on the fun in Breezy Point, Roxbury and Broad Channel. On Saturday, August 31, Breezy kicks off the fun with the 61st Annual Breezy Point Mardi Gras Parade at noon and at 2 p.m., the kids in Roxbury can participate in the Roxbury Children’s Mardi Gras Parade. Roxbury’s big parade will take place on Sunday, September 1 at 2:30 p.m. Broad Channel’s Labor Day weekend activities, hosted by the Broad Channel Athletic Club (125 Cross Bay Blvd), includes a parade at 1 p.m. on Labor Day, September 2. Got info on local live music and art? Email: kami@rockawaytimes. com

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Next Saturday, September 7 will be the 6th Annual 3 on 3 By The Sea basketball tournament at St. Francis de Sales. The event was started in 2014 by local basketball legend Clare Droesch and her good friend Brian Bagley, during her battle with Stage 4 breast cancer. Droesch always remained involved and engaged with younger players, during and following a career that began locally in CYO, reached All-American status at Christ the King HS, and All-Big East Status at Boston College, where her number has been retired. Injuries cut her professional career short, so she turned to coaching including at Vanderbilt and St. John’s, before a return to high school that was closer to her heart, at Scholars Academy, St. Edmund, and finally back at Christ the King, where she continued to coach while battling her toughest opponent. Last year’s 3 on 3 was particularly emotional following her passing in May. The turnout was tremendous and established the Clare Droesch Scholarship Fund through the stewardship of The Gray-

beards. High School scholarships were awarded to John Leahy and Kathleen Conti upon graduation from St. Francis de Sales, with scholarship donations made to Christ the King and Boston College as well. A similar turnout is expected next Saturday at St. Francis de Sales schoolyard. The day will begin with a free clinic for grades 6 and under at 10 a.m. The games will then begin with grades 3 to 4 from 1011:30 a.m., grades 5-8 from 121:30 p.m., and the high school and open divisions from 2-3:30 p.m. The festivities will include a DJ, 50/50, raffles, and pizza provided by Whit’s End. Player registration is $50 each and the registration form is available online at www. thegraybeards.com. All players must be fully registered 30 minutes before their group begins play. There is a $10 fee for non-playing adult spectators to be part of the event, $5 for ages 7-13 and free for those 6 and under. Everyone is encouraged to attend. There will also be apparel for sale to support the event and the scholarship fund. Don’t miss 3 on 3 By The Sea!


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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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QCA Call For Grants Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) has announced that the Queens Arts Fund (QAF) will distribute $590,260 in grants to individual artists and nonprofit organizations—this is following a record year where QCA supported the largest number of grantees to date. In 2019, QCA awarded $527,600 in grants to 104 individual artists and 84 organizations for the creation of arts and cultural programming for the borough of Queens. Applications for 2019 QAF grants may be submitted online until Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The increase in available funds for local artists and arts organizations is due in large part to additional support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), whose funding for QCA’s artist grant program increased by 17% over last year’s total, and 3.5 times the amount provided in FY17. This increase, which has allowed QCA to provide larger

grants to more artists, is thanks to continued support from the Mayor and City Council. Support for local artists and creators is a key recommendation in the CreateNYC cultural plan. QCA Executive Director Hoong Yee Krakauer said, “We are pleased to work in close partnership with DCLA to support the creative community of Queens.”

NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl said, “As I know from my 24 years working at Queens arts organizations, artists and emerging arts groups are essential to the vibrancy and social connections of the borough’s diverse communities. We have increased funding for artist grants nearly fourfold citywide as part of the CreateNYC

cultural plan’s commitment to supporting the creative life of New York City. We’re proud to work with Queens Council on the Arts to support Queens’ extraordinary cultural communities.” QAF offers grants to Queensbased individual artists, collectives, and nonprofit organizations offering distinctive arts and cultural programming that directly serves the community of Queens. For Queens-based nonprofit organizations, QAF offers two grant opportunities. The Arts Access Grant (funded by DCLA) and the Community Arts Grant (funded by NYSCA), each ranging from $1,000$5,000. These project-based grants support nonprofit organizations and artist collectives partnering with Queens community organizations to create cultural projects and arts activities that enhance the vibrancy in Queens communities and neighborhoods.

3 on 3 By The Sea Tournament

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Non Players: Adults $10 * 13 & Under $5 * 6 & Under FREE DJ, 50/50 Raffles, Apparel For Sale Cash or Checks Made Out To The GrayBeards 9-10AM FREE YOUTH CLINIC FOR GRADES 6 & UNDER GRADES 3-4 GAMES 10-11:30AM * GRADES 5-8 GAMES 12-1:30PM HIGH SCHOOL & OPEN DIVISION GAMES 2-3:30PM ALL PLAYERS MUST BE FULLY REGISTERED 30 MINUTES BEFORE THEIR GROUP BEGINS ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE CLARE DROESCH SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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Riis Lifeguards Crowned National Champs By Katie McFadden

The lifeguards of Riis Park have once again proven that when you go swimming at Riis Park’s beaches, you’re under the watch of some of the best lifeguards in the country. The Riis Park lifeguards were recently crowned champions at a national lifeguarding competition. From August 7 through August 10, a team of 11 Riis Park lifeguards that included Thomas O’Neill, Brian O’Neill, Patrick Kilgallen, Christian Foti, Trevor Foti, Drew Modrov, Daniel Collins, Michael McAlpine, Peter Ebert, Aidan Donahue and Kennedy Kirk, spent their time proving they’re among the best of the best at the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) National Lifeguard Championships in Virginia Beach, Va. Each year, more than 1,000 lifeguards from across the country, from places such as New York, New Jersey, Florida, California and more, compete is a series of individual and group lifeguard skill competitions. This year, the Riis Park lifeguards proved they’re among the best when they won the B Division championship and took home the LACOLA Trophy. However being crowned champs of the small beach division wasn’t their only point of pride. The Riis lifeguards pulled off some impressive wins in individual and group events throughout the weekend. Thomas O’Neill showed that he’s Ironman in the water, coming in first in the Ironguard competition, an 800-meter course that includes two beach sprints, a swim leg and a board leg, and coming right behind him in second place was teammate Pat Kilgallen. Brian O’Neill placed fifth in the event. Riis also pulled out a first place win in the rescue race relay, which involves a victim, a rescue tube swimmer and two rescuers, an activity that lifeguards regularly use to save drowning victims on the beach. The first place team consisted of Drew Modrov, Thomas O’Neill, Brian  O’Neill and Michael McAlpine. A team consisting of Collins, Kilgallen, Ebert and Kirk also placed fourth in this event. Modrov and

The Riis team – Aidan Donahue, Daniel Collins, Drew Modrov, Brian O'Neill, Patrick Kilgallen, Tom O'Neill, Trevor Foti, Michael McAlpine, Kennedy Kirk, Peter Ebert and Christian Foti.

Michael McAlpine, Tom O'Neill, Brian O'Neill and Drew Modrov placed first in the rescue race event.

Thomas O’Neill have both previously proven themselves in the rescue race on an even bigger stage when they came in sixth in this very event at the 2018 World Lifeguard Championship in Adelaide, Australia. The two Riis lifeguards were selected among only six lifeguards from across the U.S. to represent the county in the world championship last year. In the surf race competition at nationals, which includes a 500-meter ocean swim with 100 competitors, Thomas O’Neill placed second, Modrov finished fourth, Kilgallen placed tenth, McAlpine placed thirteenth, Collins was fourteenth, Christian Foti was nineteenth and Trevor Foti placed twentieth. In the Board Race, which involves paddling a board around a course, Thomas O’Neill came in third, Kilgallen placed sixth and Brian O’Neill took seventh.

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The Run, Swim, Run event had Modrov in second, Thomas O’Neill in fourth, Collings in sixth, Christian Foti in eleventh and McAlpine in thirteenth. In the Surf Ski event, Brian O’Neill placed seventh and Ebert, the only teenager in the final at just 19 years old, placed thirteenth. In the Taplin Relay, which involves a swimmer, a paddler, a surf skier and a runner, a team consisting of the O'Neills, Modrov and Donahue finished second. Other teams that included some of the Riis guards placed fourth, fifth, and sixth. In the Board Relay, which includes a three-person paddleboard course, a team of the O’Neills and Kilgallen placed second. In the 2K Beach Run, Donahue placed second and Kirk came in thirteenth. For overall highpoints, four Riis lifeguards came within the top seven. Thomas O’Neill was second, Brian O’Neill was fourth, Kilgallen was sixth and Modrov was seventh. “We were very proud of that. That was a great accomplishment,” Thomas O’Neill said. And of course, coming in first overall for the B Division wasn’t too shabby either. This year’s competition served as a way for the Riis lifeguards to redeem themselves after coming in third place last year when the 2018 nationals were cut short due to poor weather. “That was really disappointing, so we were really looking forward to nationals and doing really well and we did,” O’Neill said. The Riis lifeguards spend each

summer day training for the USLA National Championship, and some even keep their training going in the winter by wearing wetsuits, or swimming in pools. The O'Neills and Kilgallen started doing lifeguard competitions in 2012 and have watched interest grow. “Since we started, it was just us three, but now we have 11 and things like this raises interest as people want to be a part of a team and raise their level of fitness,” O’Neill said. It also helps with recruitment. “We’ve had more and more young people, who are 15, 16, that are looking to join the Riis lifeguards next year. There are a couple high school swimmers that have expressed interest in coming to Riis after seeing what the competition team has accomplished. It’s an added perk for them as competitive swimmers, knowing they can not only join the job, but stay in shape and continue to be a part of a team,” O’Neill said. While not every Riis lifeguard competes, the team shows great gratitude to their fellow lifeguards. “We’re very thankful to have the support of the staff. While we’re competing, the rest of the staff supports us by guarding the beach back home, and we’re very thankful to our chief, William Main,” O’Neill said. The competition team is now winding down another successful summer season on Riis, but they’re already looking forward to next year’s nationals, which will be held in South Padre Island, Texas.


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