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VOL. 6, NO. 17 - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019

Fins to the Left…Fins to the Right

Nor’easter Swell Brings Everyone Out

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Pols Call For Safety Measures Following Cyclist Death in Broad Channel By Katie McFadden

On Sunday, October 13, 65-year-old Bogdan Darmetko, an avid cyclist from Corona, was out enjoying a ride along a regular route—Cross Bay Boulevard—when he was tragically hit by an SUV and killed in Broad Channel. Now local elected officials are calling for action. In late September, Cross Bay Boulevard was milled from Howard Beach to Broad Channel, and has sat unpaved since, leaving rough road conditions, that are even more difficult to navigate without traffic lanes along the strip. Darmetko was riding northbound on a milled portion of the road when he was struck by an SUV traveling in the same direction around East 4th on Sunday afternoon. As Darmetko was riding, he made a left into the path of the car and was struck by the front driver side of the vehicle. The cyclist was later pronounced dead. A 32-year-old driver re-

Darmetko's bike remains in the road after he was killed. Photo by Matt Miner

mained on the scene and is not expected to be charged. Darmetko is the 25th cyclist to be killed by a driver in New York City this year. The Rockaway Times reached out to the Department of Transportation on Tuesday, October 15, to ask when the road will be repaved. According to a spokesperson, the DOT is currently in the process of repaving the road in Howard Beach, but the section in Broad Channel won’t be repaved for another two weeks.

Beyond the general repaving, local elected officials are calling on the DOT to do more. On Tuesday, Councilman Eric Ulrich, State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo and Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato wrote a letter to DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, asking the agency to "take the appropriate steps to keep cyclists, pedestrians and motorists safe." Among their requests are protected bike lanes on Cross Bay Boulevard, between Broad Channel and Howard Beach; as well as a stoplight near the vicinity where Darmetko was killed. "This particular area in Broad Channel has long been a hotspot for speeding, and it is crucial DOT takes the appropriate steps to keep cyclists, pedestrians and motorists safe," the letter reads. "While we can never take away the pain and suffering felt by those affected by Darmetko's untimely death, we can prevent another tragedy from occurring along this notoriously dangerous

roadway." Besides this latest death, the officials cited several other recent incidents along Cross Bay Blvd. to explain why more needs to be done. According to the letter, since January 2016, there have been 273 crashes along the road, injuring eight cyclists, four pedestrians and 82 motorists. Last year alone, there were 68 crashes, injuring three cyclists and 22 motorists. In December, a 74-year-old woman was killed in the crosswalk at 159th Avenue and Cross Bay Boulevard. "This roadway is well known in the community as a hotspot for speeding and is notoriously dangerous. DOT must evaluate these hazards immediately," Councilman Eric Ulrich said. "My thoughts and prayers go out to Darmetko's family and friends during this difficult time. While we can never give back what was taken from you, we vow to do everything in our power to ensure Bogdan did not die in vain."

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Last week’s waves were not for the faint of heart. As nor’easter-turned-subtropical storm Melissa churned way off the coast of the mid-Atlantic and northeast, she provided what some called an unprecedented swell for Rockaway, making for some of the best waves seen in years. With swell predictions over six feet, few were brave enough to take on the first of the powerful waves that churned up on Thursday, October 10. Some

who did take on the challenge wound up learning a tough lesson from Mother Nature. There were plenty of wipeouts and it was reported that a local surf shop that rents boards, saw more than 10 broken in the big surf. However, as the weekend went on and conditions calmed down, making for more ideal October surf that locals dream of, surfers showed up in full force to enjoy the action. Photo by Lou Romas.

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wait eleven months. But, it was for good news. Without any sign or hint, on one fine day in April 1993, we got the verdict: WE WON. We could keep the name, The Brooklyn Dodger. And then we celebrat-

moment with Howie Rose, I came across as a sore winner. I had to take one more shot. I cast my curse on the airwaves: I'm putting a curse on them. The Dodgers will never win the World Series again!

ed. We drank, we laughed, we cried. We did interviews. Late in the day, I was handed a phone to do an interview with Howie Rose on WFAN radio. I don't know what came over me.... maybe it was that they had sued us personally, that they had abandoned Brooklyn, that their arrogance was colossal to the end... but for that one

Howie Rose exulted: "It's on tape!" Post script: The Brooklyn Dodger Sports Bar has gone the way of Ebbets Field. Ron Russo is still practicing law and remains a great friend. And the Los Angeles Dodgers play under a curse. Oh, and I’ll lift it. But it’ll come at a price. Until then, up yours, LA.

The Dodgers Are Cursed I owned a bar once. If you ever get the urge to do the same, I’ll do my best to talk you out of it. Anyway, with the Yankees and playoff baseball underway, it’s that time of year for me to celebrate another year of Los Angeles Dodgers heartbreak. The LA Dodgers haven’t won the World Series in almost three decades, despite being an odds-makers’ favorite several times. They can have the best pitching and hit the most homeruns but they can’t get by the hex, the whammy, the evil eye, the curse of The Brooklyn Dodger—which, was my doing. And there’s proof. It’s on tape. A million years ago, my brother and I were trying to run a gin mill in Brooklyn. Which was a handful enough. We had a couple of coke heads for employees, who were different than a couple of committed thieves on staff. You’d never know what calamity awaited. Like the time the toilet got backed up. Oh, that was a regular thing but not the time we had to fish a full set of teeth out of the toilet in the ladies’ room. (No one ever claimed them). We ran out of beer on St. Patrick’s Day. Another time we were in danger of having the place dismantled by the crowd when a faulty TV connection almost didn’t air a Mike Tyson fight. The usual bar stuff. And then, on a windy day, our 25-foot sign blew right off the front of the building and sailed half a block down Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. We chased it down, this flying carpet with royal blue lettering, people on the sidewalk laughing the whole time. What a couple of maroons, we were.

And just as the sign company finished putting the damn thing back on the storefront, the process server arrived with a Cease and Desist order. Some law firm was telling us we couldn’t use the name on our sign: THE BROOKLYN DODGER. We had done trademark searches and believed we were fully within our rights to use the name, especially since the Dodgers baseball team had abandoned Brooklyn in 1957. That didn’t stop Major League Baseball and the team in Los Angeles from flexing their muscles and telling us we had to change the name of our bar. Change the name in a week or we’re suing. We were either too young, too dumb, or had the kind of Brooklyn cajones that makes you say Up Yours before you have time to think, because we didn’t cave. We went to the media and politicians. We got great support (except from that rat Mario Cuomo, who, guess what — went to work for the law firm that sued us). We were crushing them on the public relations side but they were taking their swings at us with fat wallets and more lawyers than a baseball roster. They hired investigators to find dirt on us; they sued us personally. The best we could do was put up an attorney who called us out of the blue to work pro bono (that’s free). We refused to cave and the case went to trial. It was a complete mismatch. Ron Russo, our guy, kicked their ass. The trial ended after four days with a thud, though. The judge said she'd render a verdict when she felt like it. We had to

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To our Rockaway CommunityWe want to thank you for your patronage over the past four years. Unfortunately we must close and say goodbye to our beloved Irish Circle/ Community House dwelling where so many wonderful memories were made and will live on for years to come. Thank you to our amazing staff, past and present, your hard work and dedication was always evident and we will be forever grateful to every member of our CH family. Most of all thank you to our special community, Rockaway Beach for your support. It has been our pleasure to serve you. Our last day of operation is Saturday, October 19th, 2019. Please plan to stop by and enjoy the company of friends and neighbors, and say farewell. So till we meet again may God continue to hold our community and it’s people in the palm of his hand. With Gratitude, The Joseph, Brooke and Community House Family ¡

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***** We’re all flooded with news so sometimes things slip by or don’t get the attention they deserve. It was front page news when British athlete and neurologist Sir Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute mile (a feat thought impossible) in 1954. Similarly, many thought breaking two hours in a marathon was beyond current human capabilities. Eliud Kipchoge, from Kenya, made history Saturday, becoming the first person to complete a marathon in under two hours at an event in Vienna, Austria. He clocked in at one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds. The course was designed to give him the best chance (including having pacesetters, also known as rabbits to speed the pace) but that doesn’t diminish the amazing feat.

***** We mentioned Artie Minson a few weeks back. He’s the new CEO of WeWork who has Rockaway ties. We incorrectly stated that he attended Loyola High School but a St. Francis de Sales and Regis High School grad, living in Singapore, wrote to tell us that Minson is a Regis guy. Sorry for the Jesuit mix-up! ***** The waves were huge last week, the biggest in years. On Thursday around 5 p.m. there was one, just one surfer in the water at Beach 88th. And he was not surfing. He was sitting on his board well beyond the wave break, probably wondering how he was going to get in. More brave souls showed up on Friday, but it was not for the inexperienced. We heard a surf shop, which rents boards, had eleven of them broken and snapped that day. ***** Division 25 of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (Rockaway/Breezy Point) is sponsoring a History Essay

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Contest for 2019-2020 for students in grades 6-12. Rockaway students have done well in this contest in the past and the LAOH would like to see as many students as possible participate this year continuing the tradition of Rockaway excellence. For details, e-mail Mrs. Mary Ellen Shevlin, Irish Historian at meahr10364@ aol.com ***** The Community House (the former Irish Circle) will no longer operate as a bar/restaurant after this Saturday. The spot at Beach 102nd Street has been a tavern of some kind for decades. The Marcal Group, which is building the new condos on Beach 116th Street, has bought the property and is expected to build condos there as well. So stop in and have a last toast, if you can. Farewell and best wishes to all. ***** Cars continue to get broken into in Belle Harbor and Neponsit. After valuables were taken from a car on Beach

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Community / Circle Closing A Rockaway corner full of history and memories won’t be the same. The corner of Beach 102nd Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard was the longtime home of the Irish Circle, which itself underwent various transformations. After a bankruptcy led to its closing in 2014, Kelley Brooke and Barbara Joseph acquired the property and transformed the bar/ restaurant into the Community House, a beautiful establish-

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RAPTORAMA Festival of Hawks and Owls Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Sunday, October 20th (10am -3pm)

Join us for a celebration of NYC raptors (hawks, falcons, eagles, ospreys, and owls) at the refuge visitor center on Crossbay Blvd. Activities include: 9:30 am – coffee, donuts, registration. 10am – 11am - Indoor Presentation on native raptors of NYC (Don Riepe) 10:15 – 11AM - Bird Olympics Kids Program (NPS Rangers) 11am – 1pm Outdoor LIVE demonstration of raptors (hawk, owls, eagles, falcons) ment with an indoor/outdoor space. After a few years, the place was put up for sale and The Marcal Group came calling. The developer putting up the condos on Beach 116th Street will likely do the same here. You can still stop by to raise a glass before the place closes for good this Saturday.

1pm- 3pm Outdoor viewing of migrating raptors at Fort Tilden. (Bus transportation) This special program is a partnership with Gateway NRA, NYC Audubon, Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the American Littoral Society. (Admission is free, however a donation is requested). KIDS WELCOME! For more info call (718) 474-0896; e-mail: don@littoralsociety.org

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Funding the Future RICHARDS ALLOCATES MORE THAN $21M FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS By Katie McFadden

Several Rockaway and other southeast Queens schools are getting a big pick-me-up due to funding allocated by Councilman Donovan Richards. On Tuesday, October 15, Richards paid a visit to the Beach Channel Educational Campus to announce more than $21.5 million in funding for more than 29 schools in District 31. In front of an audience that included principals and other representatives from area schools that received funding, students and other officials, Councilman Richards proudly discussed an accomplishment that will positively impact all of them. Richards has been able to allocate $21.505 million in capital funding grants for area schools, made possible by an additional $10 million from the Downtown Far Rockaway rezoning negotiations.

“This is one of the most enjoyable parts of the job. When you can come back and invest in the future, and when I say the future, that is our young people who are here. You look at historically, how a lot of our schools have been underfunded, how the resources have not reached every part of the city, but in particular, in parts of Queens and parts of the Rockaways,� Richards said. “Our zip codes should not determine the quality of education, should not determine whether

our schools have computers or not, whether you have a better facility or not. Everybody deserves to have a good, quality education and quality infrastructure in their schools and quality technologies. We made a commitment, that whatever we see is not right, we’re going to try to fix it.� Many local schools received funding averaging at about $250K, mainly for technology upgrades. However, other schools and campuses, many with innovative ideas for how to

use the funding, received much more. Among schools receiving grants were Village Academy in Far Rockaway, which received $2.9 million for a greenhouse and technology upgrades; $2.65 million for a woodshop, a robotics program and complete library upgrades at the Far Rockaway Educational Campus; $1.5 million to P.S. 104 for technology and park upgrades; and $2.5 million for the Beach Channel Educational Campus for a new weight room, air conditioning for the cafeterias and technology upgrades. Principal Denise Harper-Richardson of Channel View, one of the schools within the Beach Channel campus, showed her appreciation toward the councilman for the funding. “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to your tireless working on behalf of our campus and appropriating these funds. This Continued on page 11

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FUNDING THE FUTURE Continued from Page 10 school was built in the ‘70s and it requires a lot of work and maintenance. Both cafeterias were unairconditioned, and with these funds, we will be able to ensure that both cafeterias will have A/C. In addition, there’s also other funding that will be appropriated for the weight room and various technology. It is very much needed. Our students will be able to have stateof-the-art facilities and compete with other schools that have different levels of facilities. It’s often said that in Rockaway, we’re often forgotten, but I want to say because of Councilman Richards, we haven’t been forgotten.” A senior student and football player from the Beach Channel campus spoke about how the upgrades will benefit future classes and teams. “We often talk about how we want to leave the program better than it was when we came in. When we came here, we didn’t really have anything, the weight room

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019 wasn’t at its best. But now kids will be able to work out and it makes me feel better knowing that when I leave, this is going to help better prepare everyone,” the student said. Principal William Johnson, of the Academy of Medical Technology on the Far Rockaway campus said, “‘Far’ is in our name, but Councilman, we’re never too far away for you and we appreciate that you always find your way to us. Over time, we’ve been basically reconstructing our building, which was built in 1929. With the councilman’s help, we’ve been able to rebuild parts of the building basically brick by brick.” Upon sharing the good news of the funding, Richards told the crowd that he’s going to continue to fight for more and urged the school representatives to continue to collaborate and determine which projects they may want funded going forward. “We’re not done yet. We’re just getting started. I have a feeling we will come back for more announcements pretty soon,” Richards said.

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Help Rockaway RISE With Sandy Anniversary Planting For the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) is bringing people of all ages together to create a natural protective buffer for the Rockaway community on Saturday, October 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The start location will be Beach 44th Street and the beach/ boardwalk. As we learned from the storm, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores served as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses that exist in these areas. Many of these dunes were compromised by the storm and need to be replenished to be effective. Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate in this dune restoration project. Students can receive community service hours. No

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Rockaway’s Craftiest: Amanda Christianson of Only You By Amanda In this Rockaway Times series, we spotlight the eclectic band of crafty artists living on the peninsula. These individuals stand out not just because of their creativity and indisputable talent, but the oxygen fueling the passion behind their work—living and breathing in Rockaway. We hope this series gives readers the incentive to support these local artists, who invest their soul, time and energy in producing works of art that reflect what makes our peninsula an unparalleled place to call home. Rockaway Park resident Amanda Christianson is known on the local art scene for her amazing talent as a multi-faceted artist. She even won the Rockaway Artists Alliance Viewer’s Choice Award for her work. However, what is even more endearing about Christianson,

RT: How long have you been creating art? AC: I’ve been drawing since I was a baby. I grew up with the learning disability, dyslexia, so my stress release came from creating art. Finding the hook of art really saved me, and my experiences as a child with a disability led me to become an art teacher for children, including those with special needs. At the school that I teach, I even run a special-needs art club for kids to have an outlet.

tablish your brand, “Only You By Amanda?� AC: I will draw on anything. At one point, I started doodling on shoes in high school because I was bored, and from there, friends asked me to do work and it took off. Then through college, I was doing all kinds of work on clothes for people, and it turned into this side business. I like the challenge because I love making items uniquely personal for people. For example, at the markets that I vend, I would have general sizes of the items, and take custom orders from folks who are, for example, interested in customizing a particular sneaker like a pair of Vans or Air Force Ones, or a jacket. However, I am a fine artist, so my sculptures and paintings are what I present in exhibitions, such as with the Rockaway Artists Alliance,

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RT: You mentioned that you moved to Rockaway three years ago. Why? AC: I moved here from Long Beach because of the community’s urban beach scene, and my love for the ocean and nature the community is surrounded by. It really inspires me.

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RT: What’s your biggest inspiration in your creations? AC: Kids. Making something personal for a child and seeing their eyes light up at a pair of birthday shoes or a backto-school jacket makes me so fulfilled. I love making people happy through my work.

where I won a Viewer’s Choice Award for my work. I guess this may sound laughable, though I was never diagnosed, I call myself the ADHD artist because I like to dip my hands into all facets of art, whether it’s apparel, sculpture, painting, photograRT: A lot of your pieces are vephy and more. Though I am a trained painter, I truly love art gan-based, how did that come about? in all its shapes and forms. AC: I’m pretty passionate RT: How did you get involved about animal rights and the enin the vendor markets in Rock- vironment, so that comes into play in my work. I’m also very away? AC: The community of craft- enamored with the ocean and ers and artisans here is phe- man’s interaction with it, so I nomenal and they are so sup- make these sculptural pieces portive, and I’m eternally of found objects and ceramic grateful for that. For example, work, and I play with the idea of when I met MaryBeth Galvin the ocean making pieces with of Betsy’s Bungalow at the first it. For example, when someone market I did at the Rockaway throws a glass bottle into the Brewing Co., she was wonder- ocean, the ocean will regurgiful. She introduced me to a lot tate that back into the form of of people and kept me abreast a gem. So, even though some of all the markets happening of the negative things that we around town. We even collabo- do such as littering, I feel the rated and worked together on a ocean gives it back in the form

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personal experiences as a student with a disability. I have a very high I.Q., so after kindergarten, I was placed in a gifted program. No one knew that I was dyslexic at that point, so school was very rough for me in the beginning. I felt very awkward until I was finally diagnosed with dyslexia. However, my saving grace was art because I so good at it. I guess it’s because of the way I perceive things in a tactile sense. I was fortunate to have teachers who brushed aside the fact that I was not good in other subjects like math and instead, recognized and nurtured my potential for art. They focused on my strengths, not my weaknesses, which built my self-esteem as a student, and I guess they inspired me to want to return that favor to other children. Plus creating art has a therapeutic quality. I view it as a holistic type of education.

For more info about Christianson and her brand, Only RT: Why are you so invested You By Amanda, visit only_ you_by_amanda on Instagram in art education? AC: I guess it’s inspired by my or onlyyoubyamanda.com.

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National Grid Ordered To Connect Some Customers Held Up by Moratorium By Katie McFadden

Check. On October 11, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Public Service Commission made a major move in National Grid’s chess game of holding customers hostage until the new Williams natural gas pipeline is built. The utility company faces millions of dollars in penalties for failing to connect existing residential customers with natural gas as required by the Public Service Law and was directed to immediately connect more than 1,100 customers that were previously denied service. Additionally, the Department of Public Service (DPS) is expanding its investigation to examine whether the company properly planned for reliably meeting the needs of its customers given that the utility faces supply constraints this winter. In May, after Williams’

Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project was rejected by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, National Grid announced that it could no longer process new or expanded applications for natural gas in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. However, Cuomo argued that even if the pipeline were built, it would not be in service until December 2020 anyway. “There are alternative forms of gas delivery beyond pipelines; their failure to adequately anticipate this issue and provide for it will immediately be under review,” a press release from Cuomo’s office read. "It is the fundamental responsibility of our utilities to provide reliable service," Governor Cuomo said in a press release. "National Grid has acted in bad faith throughout this process— first by denying over 1,100 eligible customers with service and

now by failing to fulfill its core responsibility. Today, National Grid is being ordered to immediately connect those 1,100 customers, and I have directed DPS to expand their ongoing investigation to include potential negligence in not preparing for the months ahead. Make no mistake, New York will hold National Grid accountable." Upon the preliminary conclusion of the Public Service Commission's investigation, PSC Chairman John Rhodes issued an order to show cause directing National Grid to immediately connect 1,157 residential and small commercial customers, and to implement an alternative supply and demand reduction plan to ensure the safety and reliability of the gas system. The order also commences a penalty proceeding against the utility for alleged violations of the Public Service Law. "With the winter heating sea-

son beginning, the Department of Public Service has determined that immediate action is warranted to address the customer hardships created by National Grid's unwarranted denial of service for 1,157 of its customers in New York City and Long Island,” John Rhodes, Chair of the Public Service Commission said. “The law requires utilities to provide gas service without unreasonable qualifications or lengthy delay when sufficient gas supply exists, which the order alleges is the case for these previously existing customers of National Grid who found themselves suddenly cut off from gas without adequate warning and preparation." National Grid responded to the order, releasing a statement saying, “We are obviously disappointed in the NY PSC’s OrContinued on page 21

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ago, no longer accounted for in our supply portfolio and denied re-connection under our current connection restriction guidelines,” National Grid New York’s president John Bruckner said. While more than 1,100 customers will likely get their gas hookups, there are still more than 2,600 potential new customers being left in the cold as a result of the ongoing moratorium. Those ordered to receive connections were customers who either moved or turned off service while performing renovations and were then denied when they tried to reconnect service. Meanwhile, anti-pipeline activists such as Sane Energy Group are continuing the fight by asking the Public Service Commission to help New York residents get off the grid. On Thursday, October 17, they’ll be attending PSC’s monthly meeting to thank the Commission for its latest order against National Grid and to demand that they expand funding for all residents to have affordable access to renewable heating and cooling, and energy efficiency.

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P 718.945.2411 Susan Lavin â&#x20AC;˘ Kate Patterson â&#x20AC;˘ Peggy Moore â&#x20AC;˘ Ciji Stewart

NEW TO MARKET EXCLUSIVE LEGAL TWO FAMILY ONE OF A KIND 7KLVEHDXWLIXOKRPHRIIHUVRSHQOLYLQJVSDFHKXJH living room, eat in kitchen, custom built cabinets, skylights, /RYHO\KDUGZRRGĂ RRUVWKURXJKRXW7KUHHH[WUD large bedrooms, 3 baths, walk in closets, beautiful deck overlooking sunsets and city skyline. Basement perfect for mother/daughter situation. Private entrance to rental apartment, one bedroom. Private outdoor space and lovely grounds, private parking and garage. California cedar siding. CALL GERI 917 751 84761...................................$1.200,000

COMMERCIAL SPACE COMMERICAL SPACE BROOKLYN BAY RIDGE 86TH STREET PRIME LOCATION 1800 sq. Ft. and use of Basement, 1200 sq. Ft. 5 year term, Pay all utilities. Call Susan 347 260 3891...................................................$19,000

PROFESSIONAL DR. OFFICE 73rd St. & 4th Ave. with handicap accessible 1300 sq. ft (5 RIĂ&#x20AC;FHVDQGEDWKURRPV \HDUWHUPSD\DOOXWLOLWLHV Call Susan 347 260 3891.....................................................$3,500

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6 bed 6.5 baths Spacious rooms w/ lots of sunlight /DUJHOLYLQJURRPZĂ&#x20AC;UHSODFHGHQRIĂ&#x20AC;FH)RUPDO dining room, Extra large eat in kitchen, Finished basement w/ bath and guest quarters Long private driveway 7ZRFDUJDUDJH Lovely grounds w/ porch, terrace and large backyard for entertaining $2,300,000.00 CALL SUSAN 347 260 3891

COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE ROCKAWAY PARK 875 SQ. FT .................................................. $1800 ROCKAWAY PARK 1375 SQ. FT ................................................ $2300

Call Susan 347 260 3891...............................$1800 SHORT TERM OR YEAR ROUND - Center hall , large living with ďŹ replace, formal dining room, kitchen offers, Viking stove, sub-zero Fridge, and extra state of the art refrigerator in basement, 3 great sized bedrooms, 3 full baths, porch, terrace, garage and lovely grounds. Pay all utilities, Call Susan 347 260 3891...............................$4000

APARTMENTS STUDIOS 120â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s L shaped unit, hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors, galley kitchen, no parking, no pets, Application process with board approval. Call Susan 347 260 3891.................................$1200

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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.

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119 No pets, pay $100 for parking, all utilities included. ..................................................................$1600 90s Steps to the beach, bright and sunny lovely apt in a great location! Bike storage, street parking. No pets. Heat included. Call Susan 347 260 3891.................................$1500 120â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adorable attic unit, parking extra, all utilities included. Available 11/1. Call Susan 347 260 3891.................................$1500 101 Furnished available from nov to april. CALL Kate 917 680-8051..................................$1100 TWO BEDROOM 120â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Small two bed w/ terrace and summer Wknd parking. Heat included. No smoking. No pets. Call Susan 347 260 3891.................................$1600 120â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Living room & dining room combo, bath, terrace, W/D, parking, pay all utilities. Call Susan 347 260 3891................................$2000

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130â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LARGE rooms, carpet in bedrooms, hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oor in living room lots of closets , terrace. storage for bike, use of yard to BBQ No pets. pay gas & electric, Heat is included Call Susan 347 260 3891................................$2200 THREE BEDROOM 140â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grand and newly renovated to perfection. 2 bath, large rooms, huge living room, EIK, terrace, W/D hook up, share yard, parking................................$3900 RP 2bath open ďŹ&#x201A;oor plan,Hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors throughout. Use of yard, storage space in garage, Parking spot. Pet ok. Waterside School District. Walk to Beach, Ferry and Shops Pay all utilities. Call Susan 347 260 3891............................... $2250

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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 • Zachary Plattner

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

Neponsit Beach Block Steal! - Save the Date, Oct 27 th

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. PRICED BELOW MARKET VALUE - $1,975,000

Rockaway Park This fabulous 1 BR water view apt. is a blank canvas for your classically beach inspired decor. In mint condition with oak H/W flooring. $280,000

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

FAR ROCKAWAY Legal 3 Family LEGALD 3 FAMILY ON CORNER OF O LTHE This SSEAGIRT! victorian T S offers a spacious lot U J size, private parking & each apt. has 2BR's 1 bath. $550,000

ROCKAWAY BEACH Brand New to MarketC T Renovated R A 2 BR, 1.5 TH/W bath, floors and a N bsmt. Large kitchen COfull R with peninsula and granite countertops. DE N Private parking spot. U $419,000

Move Right In! 4BR home with open floor plan, master BR suite with walk in closet and private tiled bath. Gated property, cozy backyard and private parking. $729,000

BELLE HARBOR Move Right In! T AC defintely This home R has N T it all, 3BR's CO(2 are master suites), floors, central E R HW D air, radiant heat, inN ground heated pool. U $1,450,000

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

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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. $699,000

BELLE HARBOR Beach Block Home C T A 4BR, 3 Delightful T Rhome offers bath N COcasual ambiance and R an enviable lifestyle. E Situated just 4 homes D from the oceanfront. UN $1,395,000

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

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40' x 100' Bungalow QuaintD3 BR, 2 bath home which needs O Ltender S your love and T S care. Call us today J U for your private showing! $699,000

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

ROCKAWAY PARK Mint Condition Beachfront Condo D Spacious, T Ebright and P airy best describes C E mint condition ACthis R beachfront condo E F in the strikingly OF contemporary Seavon building. $399,000

High End Finishes ElegantD2BR, 2 bath, cathedral ceilings, O L Mahogany S skylights, T S wood floors, Granite J U counters. Full fin bsmt w/ BR. Private garage. $649,000

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

BRAND NEW TO MARKET! Rockaway Beach Spacious 2BR LD apartment with O Sprivate terrace and S T ocean views from U J EVERY window! Call today! $325,000

BROAD CHANNEL Waterfront - Totally Renovated Great views, 3BR, 2 baths w/ radiant heat floors throughout, beautifully updated kitchen & open floor plan. Main spacious deck overlooking Jamaica Bay. $585,000

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Legal 2 Family - 60' x 100' Bright Dand airy 6BR home O L retains its S original charm with T S deep crown moldings, J U gorgeous french doors, large stained glass window. $1,300,000

ARVERNE BY THE SEA Brand New Home - Ocean Views! CustomD built, never Lin, 5 BR’s, 3 Baths, lived S O ocean view luxurious T S master suite with a J U spacious rooftop ocean view deck. Tax abated until 2034. $929,000

ARVERNE Large Corner - 42' x 100' T AC family, Legal Rtwo T owner has a 3BR, large N combo with COLR/DR R loads of closets and E stand up attic. A 2BR D rental,W/D hookup. UN $625,000

BROAD CHANNEL Spectacular Water Views This 3BR home has L D beautifully everything, O S renovated kitchen, S T expansive bi-level Trex U J back deck. Launch your boat or kayak from your home. $439,000

ROCKAWAY PARK Spacious Ocean View Unit RecentlyD remodeled, Lfloor plan with open S O breakfast bar, granite T S SS appliances, gleaming J U H/W and a fresh coat of paint throughout. $279,000

BRAND NEW TO MARKET 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

BELLE HARBOR Price Reduced! CT LargeR A front porch, high N T ceilings, LR COwith fireplace, HW R floors, 6 BR's, 3 full DE baths, large bsmt N and long pvt drive. U $1,299,000

ARVERNE BY THE SEA Legal Two Family Owner's D unit is 3BR, 2.5 O L baths, large S backyard, garage and S T private parking. 2 BR JU rental apartment for a guaranteed income. $895,000

ROCKAWAY BEACH Penthouse Condo T C Spacious 3BR duplex R AHW T with floors, N master suite w/ COlarge R amazing ocean views, E comes with parking D spot. $599,000 UN

ROCKAWAY PARK Oceanfront Apartment Exceptional D bright and sunny O L 2 BR with tons S of windows, Huge S T LR with HW floors J U and sliders to your own private balcony. $429,000

ROCKAWAY BEACH Comes with Parking Spacious 1 bedroom, L Dwith bay views terrace O S walking distance and S T to the beach. Assigned U J deeded parking spot in the gated lot. $239,000

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

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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.

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Great Investment! - $849,000 Present All Offers - $749,000 Great Investment! - $549,000 Legal 2, top floor is a beautifully updated 3BR, 2 bath with Motivated seller! Sweet 3BR home recently renovated Completely renovated 2BR, 2 baths over 2BR, 2 bath, skylights and water view terrace. Middle floor is a 2BR, 2 with a finished basement, cozy front porch, garage and updated granite kitchens, new SS appliances and HW bath with the bonus of a 1BR apt on the 1st floor. long private driveway on a 40' x 100' lot. floors. Private parking! THIS WEEK'S FEATURED RENTALS!

COMMERCIAL RENTAL Spacious, open and airy floor plan with 2 baths and over 2,200 sq ft., the possibilities are endless. Tenant pays gas and electric. $5,500

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Upper Belle Harbor fully furnished 3 bedroom , 3 baths house with fire place, large terrace, garage and lots of parking. $4,000

128th: Spacious 2BR, 1BA top floor walk up with summer parking (AD). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80th: Spacious 1BR, 1BA condo unit with ocean view terrace (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125th: 1BR, 1BA third floor apt with HW floors and W/D (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66th: Gorgeous and renovated 3rd floor walk up 2BR, 1BA apt (ZP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ABTS: 2nd story 1BR, 1BA apt with washer, dryer and storage (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116th: Renovated 3rd floor 3BR, 1BA apt with updated kitchen and terrace (ZP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110th: Beach block 2nd floor 2BR, 1BA apt with Eat in Kitchen (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Bright and airy 2BR, 1BA apt plus den and rooftop terrace. Stackable W/D included, plenty if storage throughout. $2,400 $1,475 $1,600 $1,700 $1,850 $1,850 $1,900 $1,900

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Broad Channel 2 BR, 3 baths on Jamaica Bay w/ spectacular views. Radiant heat, split A/C units thru out and large private water view deck. $2,800

Spacious 3 bedroom, 2 baths walk up apt. with bamboo floors, stainless steel appliances and washer/dryer in unit. $2,550

80th: Renovated 2BR, 1BA condo unit with private terrace (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80th: Spacious and updated 2BR, 1BA condo unit with laundry in building (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80th: Renovated 2BR, 1BA condo unit with ocean views from terrace (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98th: 3BR, 2BA apt with SS appliances, storage and ocean views (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100th: Spacious 3BR, 2BA apt with HW floors, shared backyard and parking (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102nd: Fully renovated 3BR, 2BA apt with HW floors, SS appliances and balcony (TB) . . . . . . . . . 137th: Spacious 2BR, 1BA apt with HW floors, SS appliances and balcony (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

Lic. RE Salesperson

6513 Seaspray Ave. $975,000

Calemine & Co. is proud to introduce the newest member of our growing team in Rockaway, Alexandra Choi! Alex is deeply rooted in the fabric of Rockaway and is well known by everyone. Her family has been operating Belle Harbor Foods on B129th for decades. People have always appreciated her genuinely warm and friendly personality and her keen sense of style. Alex now brings her intimate knowledge of both the people and the landscape of our community to the real estate profession. You may still spot her helping out her family in the store (if you do please say hi), but rest assured that Alex is now a full-time real estate professional and an integral team member at Calemine & Co. Real Estate. We are proud to welcome Alex to our team!

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Listed and exclusively sold by Associate Broker Alice O'Connor. Clients come first at Calemine & Co.

130 Beach 121st St. #1G $191,000

Rockaway Park 3bd/1ba – $2,100 2bd/2ba bungalow – $1,950

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Welcome from the the U.N.!

LASZLO KOVACS On Sunday, October 13, António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the former Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2002), paid Rockaway a visit and stopped by the Rockaway Artists Alliance to check out Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden exhibit. John Grillo and Sophia Skeans of the RAA escorted him through the exhibit. “He was a most gracious guest who enjoys art exhibits including installations. We were thrilled to have him,” Grillo said. Grillo explained that Guterres’ visit was unannounced, but he brought his own security. While no longer there, he also got to learn about past MoMA PS1 Rockaway! Exhibits included the Patti Smith exhibition and the Aquatics Building painted by Katharina Grosse.

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Lou Gehrig’s Disease - ALS I have been a (long-suffering) Mets' fan since the team began. But unlike most Yankees' fans who hate the Mets, I don’t hate the Yankees, I just don’t watch them. But as a baseball fan, I do marvel at the rich history of the Yankees' teams and their great players like Ruth, Maris, Mantle, and Jackson. And of course, the colorful characters like Billy Martin. One of their greatest was “The Iron Man,” Lou Gehrig, who played his last game 80 years ago. He played 2,130 consecutive games from 1925 to 1939. He took himself out on May 2, 1939 because he had developed progressive leg and arm weakness. He stumbled over curbstones

and dropped objects he was holding. He sought medical care at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. It was there that he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. He died two years later, and ALS has also been called Lou Gehrig’s disease since. The term ALS was coined in 1874 by the French neurologist Jean-Marie Charcot. It’s also been called Charcot’s disease. The name comes from the Greek words a, meaning “no,” myo, meaning “muscle,” and trophia, meaning “nourishment.” Sclerosis refers to “hardening” and “scarring” of the spinal cord due to the death of neurons. The

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symptoms were first described in 1824 by Charles Bell. The disease kills neurons, or nerve cells, that control voluntary muscles. Early symptoms are muscle stiffness and weakness, twitching, and atrophy (muscle wasting). Later symptoms include inability to speak, swallow, and eventually breathe without assistance. The cause is unknown in about 90% of cases and five to 10% are inherited from parents (familial ALS). Over 20 genes linked to familial ALS have been discovered. Risk factors include smoking, contact sports, and head injuries. Age of onset is about 50 in inherited cases and 60 in other, non-familial cases, although it does occur in younger people, even teenagers. There is no cure for ALS. There are medications that may extend life, but usually only for a few months. As the disease progresses, wheelchairs, ventilators, and feeding tubes become necessary. Average survival is two to four years, although in some cases it can be considerably longer, as it was for Stephen Hawking. Death is usually due to respiratory failure or pneumonia.

The Rockaway Times Lou Gehrig’s tragic story has an important lesson for all of us. The lesson comes not from his diagnosis and treatment, but rather from the grace and dignity he showed while facing a fatal illness. This was most evident on July 4, 1939 at Yankee Stadium on “Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day.” The stadium was packed with over 61,000 fans, and he received honor and recognition from his teammates and manager. Babe Ruth was present, as was Lou’s wife and his parents. In his speech to the fans, he said, “Fans, for the past two weeks, you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” His speech focused on the positive and not the negative. He focused on things that give life meaning and value. If you’ve never seen “Pride of the Yankees,” an old movie that tells his life story, I recommend that you watch it. It’s a wonderful film, although a bit of a tear-jerker. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes. com.


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Gratitude is Attitude Sunday is a day of rest, relaxation and renewal in my house. It is a day I try not to work, except if you call writing this column work. I am grateful for this column because it encourages me to reflect on what helps someone become happy and content. When speaking to my daughter, who is a very positive and grateful person, she said, “gratitude is attitude.” With this statement, I became inspired to write once again about how important it is to have gratitude in your life. It improves the qual-

ity of your thoughts and actions. "Thank you" is a powerful mantra. Often you will meet someone who has difficulty finding gratitude in their life, and so their attitude becomes one of bitterness and negativity. It is hard for them to get out of their own way to see the sun shining through on a gray day. I often wonder what if they were to wake up each day with an intention to be grateful? What if this were their last day on earth? Would they regret all the times they didn’t know

how to live in the moment of gratitude for the now? Feeling blessed when you have lost someone can seem impossible and unattainable. Especially, if it is an untimely death. Perhaps, at this time, you are disheartened and so sad. Allowing yourself time to grieve, cry and be sad is something that may help. I have heard of much loss in the past few weeks and it breaks my heart. The only thing I can offer is prayers and offer my sincere condolences. There is much sadness, and maybe those of us who are grateful can help lift the ones who are in a bad place at this moment. I don’t know how one moves on, but I do know it is necessary to accept, forgive and carry on with life. You are a warrior and can help others in the future. Sometimes a hardship can turn into a blessing. At least this is what I have been told when I experienced loss and it turned out to be true. Breathing with ease and letting go of any anxieties or worries will help you find

Page 29 gratitude. Close your eyes for a few moments and be with your breath. Let it breathe your body, mind and spirit. Feel it, listen to it and know you are never alone. Think of one thing you are grateful for and stay there for a few moments. You will find great comfort and ease in your life by connecting to your breath and a positive mantra. Breathe in, thank you, breathe out, grateful. I am grateful for all my teachers in life. My parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, husband, children, friends, neighbors, colleagues, students, neighbors, strangers and spiritual leaders. It is a blessing to share space with each and every one of you. I am forever grateful for the lessons in life. May you be blessed with good friends and a close family. Life is short. It can be beautiful. Find one thing every morning to be thankful for and then increase your gratitude list. May you be happy, peaceful, healthy and free of suffering.

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and saw the article about a Rockaway Guy Takes Over WeWork. I did not realize that Artie Minson was also from Rockaway and St. Francis de Sales, however a bit of school spirit compels me to write to say that he graduated from Regis High School, not Loyola High School as reported. Peter Moerler

Alma Mater Mixup Dear Editor: I’ve been meaning to write for a while to say how much I enjoy reading your paper. Though living in Singapore, my mother (Peggy Moerler) mails it to me every week. On my next trip back to Rockaway, I’ll have to pick up a shirt and will send in a photo from somewhere in Asia. It’s always good to see what’s up in Rockaway and what Rockaway folks are up to. I’ve just received the September 26, 2019 issue (snail mail takes some time to get here)

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Bus Lane Blues Dear Editor: The bus lane on the Boulevard between Beach 90th (where it widens) and Beach 102nd (where it turns) is frickin' ridiculous. People now park in the only westbound lane, causing traffic and westbound buses, that don't have the "luxury" of a bus lane, to swerve in and out of eastbound traffic. Just yesterday on my Road way to the 101 Deli, I saw a car Outrage doing dangerous maneuvers, Dear Editor: swerving in and out of traffic Anyone notice how badly twice, followed by a U-Turn during the second (necessi- our local roads in Rockaway tated by the narrow area be- have deteriorated in the past

few years under the regime of Comrade de Blasio, who has shown himself to be a marvel of ineptitude? Rockaway Beach Blvd from Beach 108th to Beach 116th is truly remarkable. Riding this stretch reminds me of the magic carpet ride in the fun house of old Rockaway Playland. I have seen better streets in the back roads of Barbados. I have an idea. If enough of us complain that the rocky road, which happens to have a bike lane embedded in it is a danger to cyclists, the Dept. of Transportation will respond immediately with a fresh coat of asphalt. Wishful thinking, I suspect. Tom Barry

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Rockaway Learns About Renewables Before Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that National Grid would have to restore natural gas service to more than 1,100 customers impacted by its moratorium in response to the Williams NESE pipeline being rejected in May, those from Sane Energy Group held an event to tell people how to get off the grid by utilizing other renewable energy sources. On Thursday, October 10, at Bungalow Bar, Sane Energy Project brought experts in renewable heating and cooling of homes and businesses to address a full house of Rockaway residents seeking information on gaining energy independence. The evening began with introductions by Sane Energy Project followed by remarks from local elected officials, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, as well as Brooklyn Assemblyman William Colton, who spoke in support of the ground-breaking Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act signed

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LEGAL NOTICES Notice of Formation of S & A JAMAICA AVE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/10/19. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Mr. Isaac Kairey, c/o S & A Stores, Inc., 450 Seventh Ave., Ste. 701, NY, NY 10123. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Data Driven Coverage, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/28/19. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 43-01 22nd St, Ste 503, Long Island City, NY 11101-4928. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Dongan Avenue Taxi, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/03/19. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: the Company, 8336 Dongan Ave., 1 st Fl., Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of OPTIFY LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 9/17/2019. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Registered Agents Inc., 90 State Street, Suite 700, Office 40, Albany, NY, 12207. Any lawful purpose.

Order for Publication File No. 2018-4676 At the SURROGATE’S COURT of the County Notice of Formation of Borden BMW Realty LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/23/19. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Telos Legal Corp, 99 Washington Ave., Ste. 805A, Albany, NY 12210. Purpose: any lawful activities. 301 East 79th Street 12D LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 8/27/2019. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 242-20 Barrows Ct., Douglaston, NY 11362. General Purpose. Notice of Formation of NETBLUE2020 LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/05/2019. Office located: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 21-78 29THStreet, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: any lawful purpose. NORTHEAST RENTS LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 9/16/2019. Cty: QUEENS. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 60-31 56TH ST., MASPETH, NY 11378. General Purpose.

153-03 14th AVENUE, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on08/30/19. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 153-03 14th Avenue, Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

of Queens on the 15th day of July HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, In the Matter of Accounting Administration of Probate Charlotte Jones Deceased. A citation having been issued in the above entitled proceeding, and the petitioner having produced proof to the satisfaction of the Surrogate that the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of Charlotte Jones, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, dis-

Notice of Formation of 25-10 42ND RD, L.P. Cert. of LP filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/05/19. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LP: 25-10 42nd Rd., Long Island City, NY 11101. Latest date on which the LP may dissolve is 9/4/2039. 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. Purpose: Residential real estate. CULTURABOWLS LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 09/09/19. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process and shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 41 North French Ave #2, Elmsford, NY 10523, for any lawful purpose.

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tributees, legatese, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence are persons required to be cited upon the above entitled proceeding of said deceased, and that the case is one those specified in Section 307 of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act, and that personal service of the citation cannot with due diligence be made upon him/her/them within the State, it is ORDERED that the service of the Citation herein upon said the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of Charlotte Jones, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatese, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence be made by publication thereof in one newspaper, to wit: The Rockaway Times, being a newspaper published and/or circulated in the County of Queens, State of New York, once in each of four successive weeks, which is the time the Surrogate deems reasonable. Affidavit of service with copy of publication to be filed with the clerk of the court at least 48 hours prior to the return date.


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BROKE BETTY Dear Enchantress, Help. I'm always feeling broke. I'm always feeling like I have no money to do things. It sucks and I feel like everyone is always going out to dinner and drinks and going on vacations and I'm stuck. I have no credit cards, my parents have freaked me out about going into debt. So I have no debt. I'm a Catholic school teacher, so my income feels small, but I love what I do. I definitely want more money, and I want to stop being jealous of my friends. I'm so curious about what you'll say. Thank you. Dear Broke Betty, You, my dear, are so genius to ask me what to do. I love talking abundance, and I love talking cash and money! I would place a good $20 bet that your friends have pretty big credit card debt. I challenge you to ask them (with grace) how they make their lives work. Don't feel shy. Also it's ok to tell them you're curious because you've been secretly comparing yourself to them, and you don’t want to do that anymore. It's ok to be human! Once you've taken care of the jealousy, by simply asking your friends how they do it, take a moment and take a breath. You have no debt. Congratulations. I would also bet that even if you get a credit card now, you will be mega responsible with using it! And because you are a teacher, there are several and actually many ways to make extra money to add to your

current income! Tutoring is one, a more fun opportunity would be doing birthday parties, babysitting or nannying for a short amount of time per week. All this extra money can be dedicated to having fun! Making fun a priority is quite enchanting. Lastly, do your fun research! Look up vacations you would want to take, see what restaurants you would choose to go to, find what shows you would like to see. Many people get stuck in complaining mode, and focusing on what doesn't feel good. Start focusing on what you want to do, instead of what you don't. It's a bad habit and you are in total control of what you think about it. The more aware you are of your thoughts, the more power you have. Enchantress Shane is performing her solo show at The Producers Club on October 25th. "A Journey to Personal Liberation." For tickets go to: www.enchantedembodiment. com

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ever by St. James' on a Sunday night, I encourage you to stop in for their 6 p.m. services: it is very life affirming. And while change had come to this church in so many ways, it remained firmly in place even with its half-filled pews. Earlier that day I had been at Mass at St. Francis de Sales. Reading the hand-out from the leaflet, I noticed the

said that suggesting women priests or married priests was something he himself could not make happen. It was in stark contrast to our evening experience. As I write this piece, I contemplate walking down the aisle with my oldest daughter on my arm. We will not be in a church, but God will certainly be walking with us.

statistics about the Brooklyn-Queens Diocese. Nearly half the priests in the diocese would be gone in the next ten years, with no replacements in sight. The population of church-goers over the last 20 years had declined by over half as well. The picture it painted was of a community clearly in rapid change. I thought it hard to imagine that the two boroughs with probably over four million people in total couldn’t muster enough to fill its pews anymore. The good pastor of SFDS spoke of change coming in light of these statistics. He solicited suggestions but

And God will certainly be the one managing the changes that will come. And God will certainly be the one blessing her and her groom, then and for years to come. In this, I have faith.

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The rehearsal was over, and it was guaranteed that not one person would remember what was expected next Saturday. A lovely collection of coconuts, we sat down to a sumptuous dinner prepared by Whit and his staff, thanks to the gracious and handsome parents of the groom. The betrothed were celebrating one week before the grand ceremony with their wedding party and family, and it was a wonderful afternoon! The next day, fresh off a Yankees win, and prior to a painful Yankees loss, the bride’s parents walked down Literary Walk in Central Park thinking to themselves how they got here. Literary Walk is lined with statues of the world’s great authors and also lined with majestic elm trees. The elm in America was ravished earlier last century by a beetle that ate right through them. Elms in mid-October are a beautiful tree. As we walked by them, we noticed that one great big elm had been chopped down completely. The Central Park Conservancy knows that to protect all the other elms, that any sign of disease must be treated aggressively, so they chop it down. Late afternoon in mid-October is a wonderful time to wander through Central Park, especially as the great big trees breathe their last sighs of being green, and gently be-

gin the process of turning to red and gold, silently releasing their leaves to the ground. The affect is stunning as the late afternoon air cools off the remaining sun as it sets. Midpark adjacent to the Sheep Meadow is a Le Pain Quotidien, where they now serve drinks. And it is a lovely place to sit and nosh on a salad and sip a glass of wine, watching the dogs play in the meadow beyond. A walk along 72nd Street out of the park to Madison Avenue brings you to St. James' Church on the east side of Madison. As we walked by, we noticed that the doors were open and that candles were lit inside. We peeked in, but not being Episcopalian, we entered gingerly. We were greeted at the door by a kindly-looking woman who welcomed us in. We sat in the back and were amazed at the candle-lined aisle and the candle-lit alter in the darkened church. The minister came out and welcomed everyone to the service as the piano played an Irish melody. The Reverend Brenda Husson, the first female Rector of St. James', spoke of the invitation by her church to all who were interested in a deeper relationship with God. We felt as we were meant to be there, drawn from the deep recesses of Central Park to the mystical candles of the century-old church, whose community was established in the early 1800s. If you are

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From The QueensRail Coalition: It’s A Go

The Coalition for QueensRail is pleased that the long-awaited Rockaway Beach Branch (RBB) study has finally been released. While disappointed it was withheld from the public for over a year, we look forward to beginning to discuss the details of the plan, which had been on hold until now. We were happy to see

that the MTA study considered connections from Howard Beach using both the LIRR and NYCT. It was not surprising that estimated daily ridership on the subway was more than four times that of the LIRR (47,000 vs 11,200). So, this is the connection we will continue to support. Another thing we support is the study’s con-

clusion that park land can coexist with a rail line. We believe that this narrow, 3.5-mile ribbon of land can serve both the transportation and recreation needs of a borough that is home to 2.3 million people. From this point forward, we will refer to this dual-purpose goal as “QueensLink.” Once built, QueensLink will be a tremendous public asset. It will dramatically reduce commute time for people living in a “transportation desert” by bringing lower income and working-class communities closer to education, employment, recreation and affordable housing. Reactivating RBB as an extension of the subway opens-up new connections and new opportunities for thousands of New Yorkers currently faced with long, down-

town Manhattan-only commutes. Southern Queens commuters face some of the longest commutes in the entire nation. For the sake of transit equity, we must try harder to find affordable solutions. But there are other benefits than saving time and money. Forty-seven thousand daily subway riders mean that motorists will finally have a viable option to Woodhaven Blvd. and Van Wyck Expressway. Less congestion means safer roads, fewer pedestrian and bicyclist deaths and less pollution. NYC cannot combat climate change or reduce our dependence on cars without extending transit deeper into the outer boroughs. QueensLink will also take pressure off other parts of the subway system. For instance, riders

traveling between south and central Queens will be able to avoid Manhattan entirely, thereby reducing subway crowding for Brooklyn and Manhattan straphangers. The release of this study represents the first major step towards reconnecting south Queens with the rest of the borough and City. But QueensLink and other projects like it will never be realized without transparent transit agencies, vision from elected officials, and a willingness to consider much more efficient ways of building them. We look forward to working with all stakeholders on all these details to ensure that QueenLink becomes a reality. (Submitted by Rick Horan, Executive Director, Coalition for QueensRail)

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LIVE MUSIC:

RBQ featuring a live line-up of heavy-hitting entertainment! From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., do the Boulevard boogie and step inside as viral band, Blac Rabbit, belts out all your favorite Beatles’ songs and their own original music. Then from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friends in Sound unfurls their high-energy covers of treasured rock classics and blues. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Thursday, October 17 7 p.m. Tonight at Uma’s—It’s a special evening as Squid Trio featuring Chris Tedesco, Karen Buff and El Profesor Squid serves up a hefty dish of squidalicious acoustic blues, roots and Americana. 92-07 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Saturday, October 19 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. LL Duo, featuring hard-hitting songstress Linda Lorenzo and musician Paddy Lorenzo, deliver an unforgettable music experience with blues, classic rock and soul at Kennedy’s. 406 Bayside Walk, Breezy Point

Friday, October 18 8 p.m. to Midnight It’s Friday night, so are you lusting for beer or Bair, as in Gerald Bair? Well tonight at RBQ, you can get your fix of both, and of course some finger lickin' good barbecue! 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Saturday, October 19 9 p.m. March into Rogers and let The Brooklyn Bards transport you to the Emerald Isle with classic and contemporary Irish war marches, slides, rebel and love songs. Sláinte chuig na fir agus go maire na mná go deo! (Health to the men and may the women live forever!) 203 Beach 116th Street

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Who cares if it’s officially Fall? As far as locals are concerned—the Rockaway Groan still rules. There’s so much to enjoy as local hot spots are forever hopping with fabulous live music, theater and arts. So stick around—the Rock is the place to be!

Friday, October 18 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Take a dash of Herb Albert, a pinch of David Bowie, add a handful of Andy Kaufman, and you’ve got Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak. This band will have your heart beating with nostalgia about old flames, plus with inspired lyrics from greats like Leonard Cohen—you’ll be both swooning and laughing about love at Thai Rock. 375 Beach 92nd Street Friday, October 18 9 p.m. Tonight, Rogers is going to be lit as local powerhouse band, Wine With Sue, fires up the pub with all your favorite rock classics. So grab your buds, and get ready for a Sue-ific night— straight up, no chaser! 203 Beach 116th Street Saturday, October 19 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. / 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. It’s a DOUBLE-HEADER at

tant to wistfully bid the weekend, adieu, So why not head to Breezy’s BayHouse! With awesome bay views, food and drinks, plus live music you’ll have a bay-utiful evening! Sunday, October 20 7 p.m. Calling all reggae lovers! You don’t want to miss out on DredSurfer’s monthly Sunday Matinee series featuring a variety of reggae artists. This Sunday, filling the Caribbean eatery with positive vibrations will be Jamaican reggae artist, Culture Wise. Dress to impress! Meaning no sweats, no sneakers. $15 admission. Security at the door. Plus if you are in the mood for some irie Caribbean food, lunch and dinner will be served all day starting at 1 p.m. DredSurfer Beach 17th Street Concession (inside the restaurant)

Sunday, October 20 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Local vocal powerhouse AnnaClare Del Vecchio is back at Rustwoods filling the arts and entertainment venue with an operatic pitch with her show, Opera on the Beach. Get ready to feast your eyes and ears on opera scenes, as well as arias Saturday, October 19 and art songs by composers 9 p.m. to 2 p.m. such as Mozart, Puccini and B.C. rockers, Phil and The Verdi. Definitely not one to Family Band, once again bring miss! their sweet classic rock jams to 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd Cross Bay Blvd.’s jamming spot, Grassy Point Bar & Grill. The Sundays band will perform three sets 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. starting at 9 p.m. Head to Whit’s for a hoppin’ 802 Cross Bay Blvd, Broad jazz/beebop lunch featuring Channel the Mike Severino Trio. 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd Sunday, October 20 SPECIAL MENTIONS 4 p.m. Take a trip to the Shamrock motherland at Rogers with SECOND ANNUAL Irish musician and vocalist, ROCKAWAY FILM FESTIVAL Walter Ensor. By the end of the Starting this Friday, evening, you’ll be bowing with October 17! draft in hand saluting all your If you are a film lover, what comrades. better place to watch a collec203 Beach 116th Street tion of short- and full-length feature films than in Rockaway! Sunday, October 20 Presented by local resident, 5 p.m. Sam Fleischner, this festival It’s Sunday afternoon, the puts the peninsula on the map sun is still out, and you’re reluc- for not just surf and beach, but

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the perfect stomping ground to showcase a fantastic repertoire of films. Also, there will be special events including on Friday, October 18, a special dinner hosted at Whit’s End and on Saturday, October 19, an after-party at the Rockaway Brewing Company. The $150 SHELL PASS gives patrons access to all screenings, dinners and parties. The $50 FRIDAY PASS gives access to the film, “Blow The Man Down” (2019) and a special dinner at Whit’s End, including two beers courtesy of Rockaway Brewing Co.; the $50 SATURDAY PASS offers entry to all Saturday’s screenings and after-party at Rockaway Brewing Co., including two tacos and a beer; and the $50 SUNDAY PASS gives access to all Sunday’s screenings, plus private garden dinner. For more info and to purchase passes, visit: rockawayfilmfestival.com. Also for the full roster of films, check out the ad in The Rockaway Times on pages 40 and 41. The festival runs from October 17 through 24. 3-23 Beach 74th Street ARTS Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Rockaway Artists Alliance hosts Oils & Acrylics Painting classes with instructor, Joseph Perez (www.seapainter.net). Students bring their own supplies and are allowed to pay as they go. $20 RAA member/ $30 non-member. sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Join the Rockaway Artists Alliance for their exhibit, ArtSplash 2019. Attendees will get the opportunity to celebrate local artists’ work in all media including photography, paint, sculpture, etc. The exhibit will be open Saturdays and Sundays through November 10. For more info, visit: rockawayartistsalliance.org sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden Got info on local live music and art? Email: kami@rockawaytimes.com

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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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Travels with Bob and Sandy A LOOK INTO THE PAST OF QUEENS By Bob Nesoff

It’s not often that a non-fiction book can evoke fond memories that become saddened by the ravages of time. Richard Panchyk’s book, “Abandoned Queens” does exactly that. The book, only 95 pages and heavily laced with color photos, brought back memories to this writer of his time in the Rockaways and when he was stationed at the now abandoned military installation, Fort Tilden, at the eastern end of the peninsula. Most of the wooden buildings that once populated Fort Tilden have since gone the way of dust and only a few of the solid brick buildings remain. Some of the ancient wartime gun emplacements and ammunition bunkers remain along the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. One memory that immediately came to the fore when as a staff sergeant stationed there, the writer went looking for several soldiers who were supposed to be working on a project but had gone missing. They were found relaxing in a bunker and said: “Sarge, how the hell did you find us here?” The writer smiled and responded: “I was a private here and hid in places you haven’t found yet.” Active since WWI, the fort was to be a defense against enemy ships coming in over the Atlantic. No shots were ever fired in anger. In later years, a portion of the facility was fenced off and housed a missile battery that was guarded 24/7 by armed soldiers. Even those stationed at Fort Tilden with no reason to enter that section were never permitted near it. The old chapel, the commandant’s house and several other brick buildings stand today. Now part of a park, the base is used for recreational purposes and the occasional concert. Also focusing on the Rockaways is a chapter called, “The Lost Neighborhood of Edgemere.” Through its history,

Edgemere was a cluster of small one-family homes and bungalows where everyone virtually knew every other resident. Panchyk’s photos of the neighborhood present a sad view of streets leveled with no houses still standing and lots strewn with debris. If there’s a negative to the book, he expends too much space and color photos of construction debris and just plain garbage where homes once stood and children played in the streets. Arverne, once the home of this writer, is given short shrift with pictures of abandonment, although the neighborhood is enjoying a renaissance with residential structures filling the vacant lots in what should be prime real estate. North of the Rockaway peninsula, he zeroes in on what was once Flushing Airport. Although he makes mention of this, he fails to note that there was also, once upon a time, Rockaway Airport that was forced to close as encroaching development presented a hazard to aircraft landing and taking off. There are some excellent photos of the Long Island Motor Parkway that now offers people looking for a ground level version of Manhattan’s High Line. Begun in 1908, the abandoned motorway reaching from Queens to Suffolk County in its heyday was the brainchild of William Vanderbilt Jr. and was originally called the “Vanderbilt Parkway.” It ran through Fresh Meadows, Queens Village, and Glen Oaks. When the Grand Central Parkway/Northern State Parkway came into being, Vanderbilt’s dream became obsolete. Today it accommodates walkers, bicyclists and those looking for a bit of pristine and quiet comfort. Long Island City is given some mention with its industrial buildings and remnants of rail lines and the heavy traffic congestion that populates that section today. Other neighborhoods fea-

tured include the abandoned psychiatric facility that once housed literally thousands of patients at Creedmoor, Dagnon Terminal and another former major military facility at Fort Totten. The book, published by Arcadia Publishing and The History Press, is not inexpensive (listing at $23.99) for a 96page publication but that is the normal case with any book replete with photos, especially color pictures. But for anyone who lives/lived in most book is a terrific trek through any section of Queens, the memory lane.

SPOTTED: Kate and Rick

Kate Horan is not hanging out with Albert Einstein or that Back to the Future guy, she’s looking sporty and fresh next to her dad, Rick Horan. They were both at the WISH Catch-A-Cure run/walk a couple of weeks ago. We know Kate completed the course. Rick’s hair looked like he ran but the footwear makes us wonder. It’s hard to believe we can notice all these things and not state the obvious: they look fantastic in their Rockaway Times t-shirts!

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

Self-Direction Services for Kids With Special Needs As parents of special-needs children, we can agree that affording therapies and recreational activities for our loved ones is a frustrating financial challenge. Plus what about those of you with older children, whom after graduating high school have less resources and services? Good news! Through NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), there is a program called Self-Direction Services (SDS) that offers parents funding for services of their own choosing. Fred Rodriguez, a local parent of nine-year-old Connor, who has Down Syndrome, has vast experience as a SDS Broker, and in the below Q&A, gives the ins and outs on why SDS is the way to go. KLA: Why do you say SDS was one of the best things you did for Connor? FR: The program was one of the best things we did for our son because it allowed us to afford activities for him that we couldn’t before. For example, swimming, horseback-riding, soccer and piano lessons and camp cost a lot of money. We knew that all of these activities would help toward his future and growth. Before SDS, we couldn’t afford it, however with the program, now we can.

amount based on the child’s DDP-2 (Developmental Disabilities Profile) scores. This assessment is also used to determine your maximum budget amount, also known as the Personal Resource Allocation (PRA). Through a series of questions, it deciphers your child’s budget annually. It could be $30K or even $130K. You just utilize the annual allocation until the budget is done. However, you have to front the money first, and then you get reimbursed. KLA: How does the reimbursement process work? FR: You submit your receipts once a month. You have from the first to the tenth of the month to submit your receipts for the past month. And then it takes from 30 to 45 days for them to reimburse you. The only issue we’ve had is that we haven’t been able to spend all of the annual budget. The residual money you don’t spend, you lose. So basically, it’s use it or lose it.

KLA: You mentioned that SDS could be especially useful for parents with older special-needs adults. Why? FR: If a parent wants their adult child to start learning how to live independently, SDS would pay for the child’s rent and a live-in caretaker. It just depends on what the alKLA: How is the money allo- located budget affords you to do based on the DDP-2 score. cated? FR: NYS allots a yearly fiKLA: So, there’s a lot of freenancial budget to every eligible child with the specific dom with what you can spend

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on your child through the program, but how does a parent know what the program will pay for versus what it won’t? FR:There’s no strict criteria that mandates what a parent can or cannot do for their child through the program. You have a support broker who puts the budget together by helping you drum up ideas on how to spend it. Then there’s a fiscal intermediator (FI) that serves as the bank. Medicaid will allocate the money to the FI, to whom you submit all your receipts monthly.

the city, you have to aggressively advocate for your child. Once you get approved for SDS, it takes about 30 days for the broker to set up the appointments with OPWDD and the FI to set a launch date.

KLA: What inspired you to become a SDS broker? FR: The reason I took the five-day free course to become a broker was because I wanted to learn the ins and outs of the program for my son, and also, I wanted to help other parents on similar journeys with their children. This is about their well-being KLA: How long does it take and future. to get accepted into SDS? Feel free to share your FR: To start, you must first have the Medicaid Waiver for thoughts by emailing: ouraror your child, meaning going tisticchild@outlook.com through the Front Door pro- check out Rockaway Beach cess, when your child is given Autism Families on Facea host of evaluations (includ- book. Our next meeting is on ing psychological, psychoso- Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m. cial, etc.). My wife and I were at Knights of Columbus (333 very assertive, so the entire Beach 90th Street). Join us in process took two months for turning the tide for our auConnor to be approved. You tism community, one wave at can’t just sit back and wait for a time.

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Stop & Shop Helps Launch Food Pantry for Local School In an effort to reduce hunger among students in the communities it serves, Stop & Shop has donated $10,000 to help launch an in-school food pantry at P.S./ M.S 105, The Bay School in Far Rockaway. Almost 80% of the students who attend P.S./ M.S 105 are classified as living below the poverty level. School officials say about 70 families are new to the school and are either living with extended family, friends or in family shelters and need food and personal hygiene products. “We have established a food pantry in the school building that will give families in need access to the assistance they require,” said Benham (Kevin) Nadjmabadi, the Student and Temporary Housing Coordinator at P.S./M.S. 105. “Through Stop & Shop’s generosi-

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