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Happy Howloween!

Photos by Katie McFadden It was a doggone good time at the Allied Rockaway Foundation For Animal Recreation And Fitness’ (ARF-ARF) annual Canine Costume Carnival Fundraiser. Everyone from a cowardly lion to a pizza delivery man showed up to the Rockaway Dog Park on Saturday,

October 26 for the fun and furry affair. While the competition was ruff, Orisha Jordan’s dog, Roxy, was named top dog for her lion look. Maria Gonzales’ Guinness, looking dapper as James Bond, came in second. In third place was Jodi

Lawsky’s dog, Fergus, who had the perfect coloring to complement his cow costume. The big raffle winner of the day was Jen Espo. ARF-ARF’s next event will be a Thanksgiving collection for shelter animals. They’ll be collecting sheets, towels, cleaners, food and

other items to make homeless pets a little more comfortable for the holidays. Be sure to follow the Allied Rockaway Foundation For Animal Recreation And Fitness on Facebook or check out their website at www.arf-arfrockaway.org for more information on future events.

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until he found out he wasn’t the only one. “Years later, somebody brave enough to share told everyone in the kitchen that he had this weird feeling of being held down in the bunkroom. Everyone looked around the room at each other…and three others confessed to the same experience,” Burke said. “That’s when we knew something weird was going on.” That feeling of being held down in the bunkroom has happened to at least a dozen people over the years, according to Burke. What could it mean? Burke did some digging. “I started doing some research on the firehouse’s history and found out that in 1941, a firefighter from this house had finished drilling on a new wooden aerial ladder. He complained to his captain that he wasn’t feeling well. The captain told him to go upstairs and lay down. They

The Ghost of Engine 268/Ladder 137 Besides some candy, there’s nothing better on Halloween than a good ghost story. It turns out that the Beach 116th firehouse is not just a home just for local heroes, but also haunts. For several decades, the firehouse that houses Engine 268 and Ladder 137, has also been housing a residential ghost, or at least that’s what those who work there say. “About 20 years ago, I had the feeling of being held down in the bunkroom. I just remember waking up and when I tried to get up from the bed, I couldn’t. It felt like hands on me, but I didn’t see anything. It felt like a long time, but probably lasted a minute. It freaked me out, but I thought maybe I dreamt it,” FDNY firefighter John Burke said. For years, Burke kept the experience to himself, out of fear that the other firefighters would think he was crazy. That was,

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Continued from Page 3 found him hours later dead in his bed,” Burke said. Bertram Butler, of Ladder 137, is the only known death inside the firehouse. After two years with the fire department, on September 17, 1941, Butler suffered from a heart attack and died in the bunkroom at age 32. He left behind a wife and two children. The Glendale resident was laid to rest in East Hillside Cemetery, but some of the firefighters of the Rockaway Park firehouse believe his spirit is still with them. Some say they’ve even seen him. “The craziest story we’ve heard was one firefighter claimed to have woken up in the bunkroom to a figure of a man standing over him. When he waved at him, his hand went through him and the apparition disappeared through the wall next to him,” Burke said. “While some of the guys felt he was pulling a prank, all I can say is he definitely seemed spooked

and I never saw him sleep in there again,” Burke said. Even those who were detailed to the Rockaway Park firehouse have claimed to have encounters, and for some, it was enough to keep them from ever coming back. “We had this one detail who claims to have seen him in the bunkroom. He ran out of there and sat in the kitchen for the rest of the night. So when I got up in the morning and walked down to the kitchen I saw him

and he looked like he’d been up all night,” Burke said. “I said to him ‘you look terrible. What, did you see the ghost?’ His face turned white. He says, ‘you KNOW you have a ghost??’ I said, ‘yeah but he’s harmless.’” However, the detail chose not to find out any more about him. “He won’t take details here anymore,” Burke said. Burke believes that firefighter also spread the word about their friendly, neighborhood ghost. “I think he did a good job of spreading the ghost tales around the job because now when guys come here to work, it’s usually their first question... ‘tell me about this ghost,’” Burke said. In addition to claims of seeing the ghost, the firefighters say they even caught him on camera. “Somebody claimed to be trying out his camera on his brand-new iPhone and when he looked at the picture, he saw something quite spooky,” Burke said. The photo depicts the figure of a man standing at the head of a bed in the bunkroom. In a lightened version of the photo, the figure even

Page 5 appears to be holding a helmet to his chest. However, the photo could also be something simpler, like the reflection of the one taking the picture. But Burke says it definitely gave the ghost theory some legs. “It just added to the lore,” he said. Those in the firehouse know some paranormal experiences in the firehouse can be attributed to normal circumstances. After all, the firehouse was built in 1913. “It’s a 100-yearold building. Old buildings can definitely make weird noises and shadows,” Burke said. “Of course, there are the many non-believers that refute all the experiences that the others have had. Maybe there are reasonable explanations for these strange happenings.” However, those who claim to be experts when it comes to paranormal activity have confirmed that the experiences are more than just stories. “About eight years ago, a lieutenant who was working with us for a while told us he knew actual Continued on page 10

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Harbor Light Opening Reflects a Family’s Never-Ending Strength By Katie McFadden

Like a phoenix risen from the ashes, the Harbor Light is finally open again. On Friday, October 18, the beloved bar, which many refer to as the local “Cheers,” opened its doors, closing a nearly seven-year chapter, just 11 days before the anniversary of the storm that started it all— Hurricane Sandy. Throughout the opening weekend, the Harbor Light was packed, wall-to-wall, with neighbors, friends, family and just about everyone who had waited nearly seven years to enjoy a pint in the bar and restaurant, which burnt to the ground during Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012. For many, with the exception of some that still, seven years later, are not back in their homes after the storm, the opening of the Harbor Light brought a sense of closure to an event that at first seemed impossible to overcome. During the opening, the community celebrated that and so much more. “When you come to a place like Belle Harbor, you see how much it means to people who live here, and when you have something that’s an icon that finally comes back in one piece, there’s something to celebrate there, and that’s what you’re seeing here today and you’ll probably see it for a long time,” Kevin Hurley, a patron and a cousin of the Heerans said on the front deck of the Harbor Light, as cars passed by, blaring their horns in celebration of the opening that meant so much to so many. But nothing can compare to how it feels for the family that gave their all to make it happen. The new Harbor Light, with a beacon atop that can be seen from as far as the Marine Parkway Bridge, serves as a true testament to a family that has exemplified time and time again, Woodrow Wilson’s saying of, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Before Hurricane Sandy hit, the Heeran family thought they were prepared, but nobody

could prepare for what Sandy had planned that night. “We expected to lose power. We over-ordered inventory, figuring we’d be so busy after the storm and we’d just be able to get the generators out. We brought up everything to the first and second floor, all of the beer and wine. We threw all the meat in coolers, figuring we’d still be able to use it after. We had to have had 100 cases of wine. We were ready,” Harbor Light owner Sean Heeran said. “Then the inevitable came. The red devil showed up.” At around 11 at night on October 29, as flames quickly spread around Belle Harbor, word spread among the Heeran family that the flood waters damaging their homes, was nothing compared to what was happening to the homes of neighbors, and the family restaurant that had been in their lives since 1980. The Harbor Light was burning. Realizing her brother, Bernie Heeran, was still inside the restaurant, where he lived on a top floor, the Heeran's aunt, Kathy Roberts and her daughter Deirdre, made their way through the floodwaters to see if he was alright. “When we got there, Bernie was coming out the door,” Roberts said. “You wouldn’t believe it. The cinder was like boulders. Fireballs were flying off the building.” Unable to get back to her own

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home, Roberts said she took refuge with a neighbor, Mary Smith, whose son, Dylan, along with other neighbors, such as Michael McDonnell and Tommy Woods, were becoming the heroes their neighbors needed as surrounding homes turned to ash. All of the Heerans and the neighbors around Beach 129th and Beach 130th made it through the night. However, the next morning, they all awoke to realize what didn’t survive. “We were here at around 6 a.m. when the water receded,” Sean Heeran recalled. “It looked like something from the twilight zone,” Roberts said. As smoke still rose from the pile of ashes that was once the Harbor Light, reality set in. It was gone. Yet all things considered, the Heerans say that night, they were lucky. “It could have been a lot worse. Our favorite mailman, Rick Gold, died that night,” Sean said. “Rick would come in every day and have a bowl of soup and a piece of bread before finishing his deliveries,” Roberts recalled. “He perished in his home that night.” The restaurant was their greatest personal loss during Sandy, but the Heerans have endured losses of their own. W h e n the family saw what Sandy had done to their longtime family restaurant, all that remained was, ironically, the fire escape, the front sign, and discovered

two days later, the Mass cards for both Charlie Heerans—their grandfather who had passed away, and the grandson who was named after him, the Heeran brother who died in another tragedy—September 11, 2001. “The place where those Mass cards were in the building, how they survived that fire is a miracle. It was very weird,” Bernadette Heeran said. Before there was Sandy, Rockaway was hard hit by yet another unthinkable tragedy—9/11. The community was one of the hardest hit by loss, with more than 70 neighbors killed in the tragedy. The Heerans were among those personally impacted. Charlie Heeran, 23, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center, was among the victims. Walter Heinz, an FDNY Captain who had first opened the Harbor Light with Bernie Heeran and Thomas Farragher, also died in 9/11. The Harbor Light’s chef, William Whelan, also lost his brother, Eugene Whelan, that day. Two months later, tragedy struck again when American Airlines Flight 587 came crashing down into Belle Harbor on November 12, 2001. The impact missed the restaurant but was so close that Kathy Roberts says it knocked her down the stairs of the restaurant. However, even with the wounds of 9/11 Continued on page 34


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The Rockaway Times is looking for freelance and part-time reporters. Send an email to Editor@ Rockawaytimes.com stating your interest, experience and availability. There’s lots to cover and we hope you’ll consider coming onboard The RT. ***** If you’re reading this on Thursday: Boo. Happy Halloween! And we hope you parents enjoy raiding the kids’ candy. Scientific studies show that candy tastes better when it’s pilfered from your kids. ***** Fall back. Spring ahead. Clocks go back on Saturday night / Sunday morning. Get ready for nighttime right after lunch. ***** Real estate news. The Plum Tomatoes building (420 Beach 129th Street) sold for $2 million according to public records. The

old Brendan’s / Blackwater Inn on the Boulevard and Beach 112th Street sold for a little more than $800,000. In Arverne, an empty lot next to Marina 59 at 5054 Beach Channel Drive is listed at $3.8 mil. ***** For the first time ever, New Yorkers can vote earlier than on Election Day itself, which is Tuesday, November 5. New York is offering early voting from October 26 through November 3. Elections of note include the Queens District Attorney and the Public Advocate. A number of ballot proposals are presented as well. Check out nyccfb.info (the New York City Campaign Finance site) for more information. ***** The Beach Channel Campus Dolphins could use your help. Equipment the football team got after Sandy is aging out and more than $20,000 is needed to replace all the necessary equipment. This Sunday, November 2, at noon, the squad will face off against the Grady Falcons. There’s a $3 admission charge and there’ll be raffles and giveaways as part of

the fundraising effort. The team is doing great and is enjoying a winning season for the first time in a while. ***** The seventh anniversary of Sandy was Tuesday. Build it Back is still building it back. Slowly. Meanwhile RISE : NYC was launched in 2014 to “deploy innovative technologies to help small businesses adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The program identified 11 technologies that improve the resiliency of energy, telecommunication, and building systems.” In a press release this week, RISE said, “Two out of eleven projects are complete!” They added the exclamation point. We’re not sure if an eighteen percent rate success deserves an exclamation. RISE, like so many programs, got Sandy aid money. No one did better than consultants after the storm. ***** Well, we’re not sure if it’s a hot dog war, but once Classics To Go (a food truck at 114-04 Beach Channel) offered Utica Joe's Hot Dogs (two dogs on a big bun), we saw the Breezy Dogs food truck at the

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FOOD DRIVE On Saturday, November 9th 'The Graybeards' in partnership with 'The RIBS' are sponsoring a FOOD DRIVE to help stock the various food pantries throughout the Rockaways. Blue collection bags are being distributed throughout the neighborhood this weekend. If you do not receive a blue bag in your mailbox, you can put your donations in any plastic bag. Collection of the food will be on Saturday, November 9th. Just leave your donations outside your front door before 9AM next Saturday and someone will be by to pick it up. If for some reason your donation does not get picked up on Saturday, you can drop it off at : St. Francis de Sales Rectory 129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

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Continued from Page 5 ghost hunters on Long Island. They came and set up all these machines and cameras and spent 24 hours watching over the room. Their final report said that when the alarm went off during the night, as we’d jump up to get to the firetrucks, a voice was captured saying ‘Be safe,’” Burke said. According to Burke, the ghost hunters also reported a female presence in the Ladder Company office. However, they don’t know what that can be attributed to. “The female presence confused us,” Burke said. “We’ve never had a woman work here.” Regardless, the ghost hunters had confirmed what they already knew. “They claimed there was indeed a lot of paranormal activity in the building,” Burke said. It wasn’t just the ghost hunters who confirmed it either. “One day, probably five years ago, I had both apparatus doors all the way open because it

was a beautiful day. This hippie-looking woman is walking down 116th Street and as she passes, she stops dead in her tracks in front of the firehouse. She looks at me and asks me if we’ve had any paranormal experiences here,” Burke said.

“She claimed to be a kind of fortune teller/ medium type. I told her, ‘yes, how did you know?’ She felt their presence and got chills just walking past the door.” Ironically, after the ghost hunters did their investigation, Burke said it seemed like the paranormal activity took a break. “But things started happening again,” he said. Even as recently as two months ago, a firefighter had an unexplainable experience. “Somebody was in the bunkroom and heard snoring. When he got up to go to the bathroom, he flicked on the light to see who was keeping him awake,” Burke said. “He was the only person in there.”

The Rockaway Times Whether or not there is actually a ghost in the Engine 268/ Ladder 137 firehouse may always just be a matter of opinion, but one thing is for sure— “It kind of gives the firehouse its own identity,” Burke said. However with the firehouse slated to relocate into a brand new building on Beach Channel Drive in the future, some question if the ghost will make the move with them. “With our firehouse relocating in the next couple of years down the block, we wonder if Bertram will make the trip with us,” Burke said. Or perhaps Bertram will let himself be known to the future inhabitants of the firehouse. With the building officially made a landmark in 2013, it cannot be torn down. Instead, it will be repurposed once the firehouse moves. As Burke put it simply, “Time will tell.” Important Note: The firehouse ghost is not an attraction! Please do not disrupt the firefighters or prevent them from doing what’s most important—keeping us all safe.

The Cerrone Family would like to express our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from the community at the sudden loss of our beloved Brian. We also thank our family at Burn Fitness for all your continued support.The comfort and strength you gave us at such a difficult time will never be forgotten. Many never knew the pain Brian endured over the last 20 years, battling his disease but one of his greatest gifts was to give us all the gift of laughter and to find humor in everything with his infectious laugh. Our hearts are shattered by the gaping hole he leaves in our family and his friends. It is too large to ever heal but we feel blessed to have so many people who have been so kind. Thank you! God Bless You! Janine, Michael, Shaun, and Michael

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Ulrich Puts Kibosh on Ferry Dock Filming After parking around the ferry dock became an issue this week, with film crews taking up much-neede space, the ferry landing will no longer be in the spotlight. “On Sunday night, my office became aware that the plan for shooting the Hulu TV series, “Daylight Daycare LLC,” involved staging dozens of vehicles on both sides of Beach Channel Drive, between Beach 108th Street and Rockaway Freeway,” Councilman Eric Ulrich said. “This area is used daily by commuters who park there and use the NYC Ferry. Checking in with overnight location staff for the show, they were unaware of the existence of the ferry dock and agreed to minimize their footprint as much as possible. “Despite this, much of the area used for ferry parking was still reserved for vehicles

for the TV show. We contacted the Mayor’s Office of Film and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), which oversees shooting locations throughout New York City. Those offices had approved the use of this area for staging, but were unaware of the relatively new ferry service, and to the extent that the streets were used for commuter parking. “I am pleased to share that, as a result of the request from my office,  this area has now been permanently removed from the list for staging vehicles during a location shoot.  Rockaway residents and commuters will never have to worry about this inconvenience near the NYC Ferry dock on Beach Channel Drive ever again. I would like to thank MOME for their cooperation on this issue."

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De Blaz Announces Army Corps Update On the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is on its way to giving final approval on the plan to keep Rockaway safe from future storms. With the plan pending final approval, de Blasio and USACE are hopeful that measures, like groins to prevent beach erosion, will begin in 2020. The full plan for Rockaway Beach calls for a reinforced seawall/dune that will stretch from Beach 9th Street to Beach 149th Street, an increased beach berm width with 1.6 million cubic yards of sand for initial placement, the extension of five groins already in place and the construction of 13 new groins – all designed to help reduce the risk from future coastal storms and provide additional resiliency for the residents of this commu-

nity. Subsequently, the Army Corps plans to advance additional flood prevention projects, including High Frequency Flooding Risk Reduction Features, on the bayside of the peninsula. “We are moving rapidly to lock in the final approvals and get this vital resiliency project underway,” de Blasio said in a press relase. “For years, residents in the Rockaways have called for these measures to protect against future storms. We are closing in on the final steps needed to make them a reality, and give these communities the safety and the peace of mind they deserve.” The report is currently with the Assistant Secretary for the Army for Civil Works for review and final approval. Once the report has been approved, USACE will move forward with the first contract related to this project.

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Joe Murray Hopes for a Knockout in Queens DA Race By Katie McFadden

In July, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz won the democratic primary, but she has a new opponent in the general election for Queens District Attorney (DA). Former police officer, current criminal defense attorney, and boxer, Joe Murray has thrown his hat into the Queens DA ring, and in Tuesday’s election, he’s hoping to get a KO and become the next DA to keep Queens safe. The Howard Beach native who now lives in Bellerose is hoping that south Queens will come out strong on election day, November 5, and during the new process of early voting. From visiting his grandmother who lived here, to an uncle that owned Slice of Life pizzeria, and a slew of cousins and friends in the area, Murray knows Rockaway well. “It’s such a great community. I grew up in Howard Beach and went to John Adams High School but spent a lot of time down there on the beach. I love the place. I think

one of the best kept secrets is over there and it should be thriving even more than it is,” he said. Murray knows a thing or two about thriving. In 1987, he became New York City police officer. He worked in Midtown Manhattan before eventually going on to the 7th Precinct and he proudly served the department as not only an officer, but as a boxer for the NYPD Boxing team. However, it was his skills in boxing that would get him into a bout of trouble. In September 1993, Murray was arrested for assaulting a detective. However, Murray says the punch that broke the fellow officer’s jaw was in self-defense, and many agreed. He avoided a criminal conviction, fought to keep his job, and even avoided a lawsuit. “I was being sued for $1 million for damages from the detective. It took eight years to go to trial,” he said. At that point, Murray could no longer afford a lawyer. Instead, he chose to represent himself. The end result? The jury found Murray to be justified in

punching the detective. He was exonerated. The judge was so impressed by Murray that she asked if he had any interest in practicing law. It was a suggestion that Murray didn’t take lightly. It was the events of 9/11 that would lead him to a career change. “I have two kids and my son, Joe, who was in the first grade, went to school and came home after 9/11, to tell me that his friend’s father responded and didn’t come home. The next day I was supposed to go to Ground Zero and he was inconsolable, thinking that I wouldn’t come home.” It was soon after that that Murray decided to pursue law school and retire from the police department. “I didn’t want to hurt my kids anymore and let them think I was in danger,” Murray said. Murray retired from the NYPD in 2002 and finished his bachelor’s degree before going on to law school and graduating in 2006. Although it wasn’t his first choice, due to his own personal experience of defending himself

in court, Murray fell into criminal defense and has served as a successful criminal defense attorney since 2009. “I’ve had tremendous success being a criminal defense attorney and I love doing it and helping people,” Murray said. Murray believes that his experience on opposite sides of the spectrum, as a police officer and a criminal defense lawyer, will make him a well-qualified choice for DA. “I’ve been a police officer and a criminal defense attorney, and I’ve been an accused violent felon. I challenge anyone who has more experience than I do,” he said. “I’m very sympathetic to police and what they go through. I’m also sympathetic to others because I have a lot of clients that I think were wrongfully convicted and need to get their story out there. I’ve done a lot of pro bono work for them. About 80% of my practice is black and Hispanic clients. I represent them and they love me. Many have become my friends and are supporting me in my race for office,” he said. Continued on page 13

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The attorney says he’s a Democrat, but part of his decision to run, especially on the Republican ticket, is due to the democratic progressive movement. “At one point I was very active in my community and I was the vice president of the Jefferson Democratic Club, but this democratic party has been hijacked by these progressives who have lost their minds, so I pulled out. I’m still a Democrat, but I’m not as active anymore,” he said. Many of Murray’s views oppose those of the progressive movement. For instance, he disagrees with the decision to close Rikers Island. “I cannot believe they’re doing this. It’s ridiculous and it makes no sense,” he said. He’s also taken a stance against cash bail reform. “On January 1, they’re estimating about 2000 people are going to walk off the island and they’ll come back for their court date. I’m curious to see how many come back. The whole no cash bail thing is ridiculous. The people in jail are there

for a reason. I think the public is being lied to about how the bail system works and why people are being held. They’re not held because they’re poor. They’re being held because of failure to not appear in the past,” he said. Another reason he decided to run is because he’s tired of the

corruption in politics. “I have very strong feelings about the Queens democratic party and corruption. I hate corruption. I’ve experienced it, how horrible it is, and how it erodes the confidence in the government and legal process. I watched in horror as this took place during the Queens DA primary election and the recount,” he said. “I’m not entangled in any political ties. I’m not going to be manipulated by anyone. I owe nobody nothing, so when I get in there, my squad is free to investigate everyone, and I’m going to start with the primary election. I’ve been getting calls about things to investigate, like looking into de

Page 13 Blasio and ThriveNYC and missing money. I’m going to be the guy who’s looking at everything.” Murray believes that his opponent, Melinda Katz’s continuous role as a politician will hinder her from being an effective DA. “Katz brags about being an attorney for 30 years, but she’s never represented anyone in court. She’s good at cutting ribbons but let me handle the criminal justice. There are going to be hard calls to make, but I’m going to do the right thing and not the popular thing,” he said. Murray hopes that on election day, Queens, and especially south Queens, comes out strong. “We’d love to have the Rockaways come out really hard. Rockaway, Broad Channel and Howard Beach have a real stronghold and a powerful voice. You’ve all gone through tough times and I want to do the right thing for you. I know what I’m doing here. You can have a politician, or you can have a criminal justice expert as your next DA,” he said. For more information on Murray and his views, check out www.joe4qda.com

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If people were getting a dollar back for each can, more kids would be cleaning up around town. When I told the parent of the kid who said one dollar for each can, the father interrupted me and said, “He definitely did not know the answer and he probably guessed one dollar.” The dad knew exactly what his child replied. Many kids offered varying answers from ten cents to fifty cents. Only one or two students knew the answer out of those I polled. How many ounces are in a pound? Now remember, I am not working with small children. Remember, I work with teenagers. The seven dwarfs. I said to them, “You have never seen Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? The answer is no, and it made me so sad. (I texted both of my daughters to make sure we had watched it. My older daughter quickly texted me back: “Of course.”) Due to technology being at their fingertips, kids do not know what an encyclopedia is. I know they have Google availa-

SLICE OF LIFE By Beth Hanning Stuff Kids Don’t Know So I have been teaching high school English, and tutoring writing and reading for over twenty years and one of the things I have noticed in the classroom and in sessions with students while tutoring, is kids are lacking in background information. In my opinion, while taking a standardized exam, I tell the students the two most important things while taking a standardized exam are: vocabulary and background knowledge. If they do not know the words in an answer section, they cannot accurately answer the questions. If they have a background about the topic, the

chances are, they will perform better. So, I have created a Google document and while teaching or tutoring, I quickly jot down the information that was not known. Want to have some fun with your children or adolescents? Ask them the following questions: Why does that guy collect all of those cans? Where does he go with them? How much does he get for each can? This intrigued me so much I asked every kid I came into contact with. I asked kids on the beach and at the SFDS Summer Classics. My favorite answer: $1.

The Rockaway Times ble at their fingertips, but standardized exams ask them: Where would the article be found? They also do not know what an almanac or a digest is. Due to technology, they do not know how to look up words in the dictionary. I try to get them away from technology often and make them look up the definition of a word that has come up during class. They often say “Miss, the word is not in this book.” So, I walk over and show them they are on the wrong page. Roman Numerals. This I joke about and say, “How do you know what Super Bowl it is this year?” 1776. I ask them what happened in 1776 and they stare at me. Now I know I was raised in a movie home with one television, so we often watched things together. But kids do not know John Wayne. So upsetting! I would love to hear how your children did on these questions. I would enjoy hearing the actual answers. Have a great week everyone.

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The Lamine Sarr Way By Katie McFadden

When anyone walks by Beach 58th Street and Beach Channel Drive, they will be walking the Lamine Sarr Way. Some will wonder what the significance of the name is. But the many that knew him will know it’s the name of a young man who was a loyal friend, a kind neighbor, a respectful son, and a teen who went above and beyond for his community before the ocean claimed his life, last year, on September 15, 2018. On Saturday, October 26, friends, family and members of the community gathered at an intersection near the Sarr family’s residence, for a street co-naming ceremony, organized by Councilman Donovan Richards, to honor the life of a young man that was taken too soon. On September 15, 2018, Sarr went swimming with friends on Beach 86th Street, however he never came home that day. After drowning, a rescue mis-

sion ensued. Sarr’s body was found three days later. The tragedy marked the end of a short, yet fulfilling life. At just 17 years old, the Channel View School for Research junior made a tremendous impact on everyone around him, especially through his volunteer efforts with the Ocean Bay Action Center, Rock Safe Streets, Catholic Charities and more. That impact was clear by the number of people that filled the corner on Saturday to remember Lamine Sarr. Councilman Richards spoke briefly of why Sarr was someone deserving of the honor of having a city street named after him. “We often speak of young people who do the wrong thing in our community. You turn on the news and if there’s a shooting, it’s on the news, but this was a young man who gave it all for his community, who was part of Rock Safe Streets, who volunteered his time to make our community better and this is why a street naming like this is so sym-

bolic of who he was and what he represented,” Richards said. “In all the street renamings I’ve done, this is the youngest person I’ve ever renamed a street for. That speaks to his character. It speaks to who he was. He was ahead of his time. Age is nothing but a number. But it’s not about how long you live. It’s about what

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Continued from Page 18 ards also spoke of some of the efforts that are being done to reduce drownings in the future. “It’s important to continue to talk about that because we cannot let his death be in vain,” Richards said. Among some of the efforts include renovating the pools at local high schools so young people in the community can continue to learn to swim, and pushing for the creation of a public pool, possibly in Edgemere. He also reiterated the importance of not going in the water when lifeguards are on duty. Sarr’s uncle, Almamy Razk Seray-Wurie Tun, led a prayer, spoke about the importance of service, something Sarr practiced daily, and reflected on Lamine’s family history. He explained that Sarr was born in Senegal, in an area called Foundiougne, which is surrounded by water. His family is from a tribe called Serer, which his uncle explained to mean “masters of the ocean.” Many of his ancestors grew up near the

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019 ocean, and many may have met the same demise due to the way of life in the area. “He was born there, even though he died in the water here. It is a loss to all, but this is something we are used to because in that part of the world, they live with the ocean, so it’s like he has gone back to his ancestors,” his uncle said, adding that Sarr came to America at about age five and always used his energy to do good in the community. Sarr’s aunt, Mariam Jeng, showed appreciation to all of those who supported the family during such a difficult time. She thanked the Rockaway community, Lamine’s classmates and friends and Catholic Charities, which all contributed financially to help the family fly Sarr’s body back to Senegal, to hold a funeral for him there. “We really appreciate your efforts. Lamine belongs to all of us,” she said. Lolita Miller, a neighbor of Sarr’s, spoke of Lamine as a boy who would stop to do whatever he was doing to help her carry her bags. “He always wanted the best for each and every one

of his friends. I want you guys to do what Lamine would do. Share your gifts,” Miller told the crowd. A longtime friend of Sarr’s, Khalil Pridgen, reiterated how Sarr always wanted the best for others. “He was loving, caring, he was extravagant, and most of all he just wanted to see other people succeed,” Pridgen said. “September 15 was a hard day for all of us. But this isn’t a day for moping around. This is a day of gratitude. It’s a day to say that we won. Rockaway won, because if it wasn’t for you guys and Donovan Richards, that street sign wouldn’t be up there. I am glad that sign is up there because that goes to show our love for him is infinite.” Sarr was also a young man who spent a lot of time volunteering with Rock Safe Streets. “He visited our office even on the days he didn’t have to work and he stood up to teach tasks we put in front of him,” Rock Safe Street’s Nafeesa Toney said. “He volunteered with us on days when we were trying to kick him out of the office. He just continued to show up and be that voice for himself

Page 19 and his peers.” “Lamine was with us five days of the week and every time he came through that door, it was something special. I’m really happy to know his name is on this sign and every time I walk past here, a little piece of him is there,” Rock Safe Street’s Shanice Edmond added. Kelvin Peters of Catholic Charities also spoke of the hard work Sarr put in during his time there. “It was an extreme honor knowing such a bright, loving individual and young man that we had for two years at our youth internship program,” Peters said, before reading a fitting definition for the name Lamine, which ended with, “Overall, the most loyal guy and the sunshine anyone didn’t know they needed on a cloudy day.” Following all of the speeches, the family gathered around and joined with Councilman Richards to unveil the brandnew sign reading, “Lamine Sarr Way”—an honor forever commemorating the life of a young man gone too soon, but who had a lasting impact.

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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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THIS WEEK'S FEATURED RENTALS! 125th: 1BR, 1BA third floor apt with HW floors and W/D (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,550

118th: Beach block 4BR, 1BA with SS appliances, HW floors and 1 car parking (ZP). . . . . . . . . . . . $2,400

79th: 2BR, 1BA condo unit with ocean views from private terrace (NC). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,800

44th: Single family 3BR, 1BA home totally renovated with modern finishes (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,450

ABTS: 2nd story 1BR, 1BA apt with washer, dryer and storage (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,850

124th: 1,600sq ft of medical or office space for rent, with waiting room/reception area (CB) . . . . . $2,500

116th: Renovated 3rd floor 3BR, 1BA apt with updated kitchen and terrace (ZP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,900 110th: Beach block 2nd floor 2BR, 1BA apt with Eat in Kitchen (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,900 80th: Spacious and updated 2BR, 1BA condo unit with laundry in building (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,100 80th: Renovated 2BR, 1BA condo unit with ocean views from terrace (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,100 98th: 3BR, 2BA apt with SS appliances, storage and ocean views (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,200

Broad Channel: 2BR, 3BA home with radiant heat floors and Kenmore elite appliances (CB) . . . . $2,800 Upper East Side: Fully furnished 1BR, 1BA apt with fantastic 30th floor views (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,975 98th: Oceanfront 3BR, 2BA apt with huge covered deck and parking (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,000 137th: 3BR, 2BA home for rent with HW floors, available Sept-May (AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,300

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

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141st: 3BD, 3BA fully furnished house rental with HW floors, large terrace and parking (LJ) . . . . . $4,000

137th: Spacious 2BR, 1BA apt with HW floors, SS appliances and balcony (BF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,400

112th: Professional, medical or retail space available, 2,200 sq ft with 2 baths (LJ). . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,500

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 While playing chess with  The bar tab of a 1787 farewell party for George the Duchess of BourWashington is still intact. bon in France, Benjamin According to the bill, the Franklin put her king in founding fathers drank 54 check and took it. She was bottles of Madeira, 60 botso angry that she said, tles of Claret, 7 bottles of “We do not take kings so.” Whiskey, 22 bottles of PorTo which he responded ter, 8 bottles of Hard Cider, with “We do in America.” 12 bottles of Beer, and 7 Bowls of Alcoholic Punch.  In 2007, a dead Bowhead There were 65 attendees. whale was found with a harpoon embedded in its  Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, blubber that dated back to which called for a pound the 1800s. each of butter, eggs, sugar  Roman emperor Caliguand flour. la once waged war on Poseidon. He had his army march to the beach and start stabbing the water.  Ranch dressing contains Facts from Sean McVeigh, factologist. Titanium Dioxide which is used to make it appear Send comments or facts to Facts@Rockawaytimes. whiter. The same ingredient com is used in sunscreen and paint for the same effect.

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By Peter Galvin, MD

Pancreatic Cancer Thankfully, pancreatic cancer is an uncommon cancer, yet it is the third most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. That is because it is usually detected after it has spread. The age-adjusted annual incidence is 12.9 cases per 100,000 person-years, however the death rate is 11 deaths per 100,000 person-years. In other words, the prognosis, once it is diagnosed, is poor. Based on a study that ran from 2009 to 2015, the overall five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 9.3 percent. The survival rate depends on the stage at which it is discovered. The five-year survival rate for lo-

calized disease is 37.4 percent. When regional disease is diagnosed (localized spread only), the five-year survival rate drops to 12.4 percent, and when distant metastatic disease (spread) is found, the rate drops to 2.9 percent. Only five to 10 percent of cases have familiar or genetic risk factors, for example the BReast CAncer gene (BRCA). Unlike many, if not most other cancers, there is no specific test to detect pancreatic cancer. Leukemias, lymphomas, and multiple myeloma can be detected with a blood test. Lung cancers with a chest X-ray, colon cancer with colonoscopy, et cet-

era. Recently, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which looks at ways of screening for and detecting diseases including cancers, studied detection methods for pancreatic cancer. They determined that screening for pancreatic cancer and treatment of screen-detected pancreatic cancers did not improve morbidity (illness) or death from the disease. Therefore, they recommended not screening for it, except in cases where there is a family history of it, or a known gene mutation associated with it. Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include diabetes, older age, cigarette smoking, obesity, and a history of chronic pancreatitis. Screening for pancreatic cancer is done using imaging technologies like CT scans, MRIs, and endoscopic ultrasound. Abdominal sonograms are usually not helpful in screening because the stomach and bowel overlie the pancreas making visualizing it difficult. There are currently no accurate, validated biomarkers (blood tests) for early detection of pancreatic cancer. Because mass

Page 27 screening of the general population with CT scans and MRIs would yield little in the way of results and would greatly increase healthcare costs (most insurance companies would not authorize them anyway) and would not alter the survival rates, the USPSTF recommends against general screening for pancreatic cancer. It is estimated that in 2019, 56,770 persons will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 45,750 persons will die of the disease. If you or a family member has a strong family history of pancreatic cancer (meaning two or more first-degree relatives [parents, brothers, sisters, or children] who have had pancreatic cancer) or you or your family has genetic mutations (i.e. BRCA, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome), you should see your doctor and be screened for the disease. For more information go to: www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/pancreatic-cancer-screening1 Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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You Are The Answer The most profound and healing moments are usually on my yoga mat in a class. On this particular day, it is a wet, miserable, and depressing day. However, the students set their intentions to attend class knowing that this is what will help them feel better. Ninety-nine percent of the time, you will shift the energy in your being after a yoga class. You will learn to let go and be more present in your

life. Whatever you do on the mat, reflects outward in your life. And we truly do great things on the mat. reduce tab spacing to match other paragraphs. One of our teachers, Rachel Maki, seals in the practice at the end of class with a beautiful quote from Yung Pueblo. The quote is as follows: “They asked her, ‘What is the key to saving the world?’ She answered, ‘You, you are the key.

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Heal yourself, know yourself, make yourself whole and free. Release all limits so that your love can flow unconditionally for yourself and the world, this will open the heaven of your heart completely and it will guide you without fail.’” Yes, heal yourself and you will light up the world. What a blessing to end with such a positive, uplifting quote to set the tone for your day. It is easy to feel the channeling of positive energy from these powerful words. So many reasons to have a self-care practice. It is healing and healthy for the body, mind and soul. I find this practice of yoga most helpful when life throws you a curve ball. There will be a time in your life when you will feel your world is falling apart and you don’t know how you will get through this difficult time. In my experience, the many tools we are given in a daily yoga practice help to ground us, stay in the fire and find the blessing. We come to the mat for community, self-

care, strength, flexibility and to be whole. So, when things fall apart, we are able to pick up the pieces and move forward. Yoga is a tool I have to help ground me during the difficult times in my life. My practice provides me with a sense of strength inside me, while also allowing my vulnerable side to be nurtured. I am able to clear my mind of negativity and allow the mental benefits of yoga flow into my blood. Hardships are inevitable in life, but we all have our outlets and tools that help us heal and feel like ourselves again. Ultimately, we are all strong enough and smart enough to heal ourselves. May you find peace in your life. May you be healthy and whole. May you live from a space that gives you encouragement when life gets you down. May your heart be full of love and compassion for yourself and all others. Let’s help make this world a better place to live in. You are the answer!

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Good Judgment and The VFW

Our friend and neighbor, John Spataro, has announced himself as a candidate for judge of the New York Supreme Court’s 11th Judicial District. John will be on the ballot in the general election next Tuesday, November 5. I have known John and his family for almost two decades now and have worked closely with him addressing several important local issues, most notably our community’s ill-fated fight with the Brooklyn Archdiocese in an attempt to keep

the doors of our small St. Virgilius Parish School open. John, along with others, worked tirelessly for hundreds of hours to create a viable business plan providing the St. Virgilius Parish School with a one-year temporary reprieve through June 2006 at which time the Brooklyn Archdiocese finally closed the school's doors forever. Keep in mind that judges have a unique role in the American democratic system as the unbiased interpreters of the law and the dispensers of justice. A good judge should not only be well versed in law, but he should act fairly and impartially, and render decisions that are independent and based on good faith.  Judges have extraordinary power and responsibility because they determine matters that affect the future of the parties involved in a case.  John is possessed with both the requisite judicial  temperament and innate ability to both communicate and listen. John has also established a long history of unquestioned ethical behavior, both in his personal and professional life. That

being said, I can state unequivocally that it is my personal opinion that if elected on November 5, John will make a great N.Y. Supreme Court Judge.  On Saturday, November 9, all are invited to Broad Channel’s VFW Prince-Wynn Post #260 (706 Shad Creek Road) to gather together in celebration of the organization’s 100th Centennial and its 100 years of service to our local veterans and their families. A prayer service will start the day off at 9 a.m., followed by coffee and bagels.  Your entire clan, including the wee ones, are then encouraged to join with everyone else in a “Family Fun Day” from noon ‘til 3 p.m. There will be a buffet dinner ($10 per adult—Kids “R” Free) from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Post Hall.  During the course of the day, the Post Canteen will be operating a cash bar, along with raffles and 50/50s. Saturday evening will see a benefit concert, courtesy of Walker and Friends ($10 admission), to round out the day’s activities from 8 p.m. to midnight.  Celebrating not only the past,

your local VFW’s centennial party will also be a means of looking to the future, as all net proceeds from this centennial event will be allocated towards ensuring that our local VFW Post will  continue to recognize and service our veterans. The 2020 Broad Channel Historical Calendar is currently available for purchase and is still only $5. The calendars may be purchased at the  All American Bagel & Barista II, located at 20-10 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel, or online  at  www.broadchannelhistoricalsociety.org.  As an aside, I had promised my beloved Grace and the girls that I would use our Halloween pumpkins to come up with a pumpkin pie, which they all love. They were beside themselves when I simply took out a measuring tape and divided the pumpkin’s circumference by its diameter and wrote down 3.14159 on a piece of Post-it paper and placed it in a pie dish and presented the household with my pumpkin “Pi.” Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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Thursday, October 31, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to wear weather- appropriate clothing and sturdy, close-toed shoes.

HVAC TRAINING INFO Saturday, Arverne Community Center November 2, 10 a.m. 74-16 Beach Channel Drive SADHANA BEACH CLEANUP Learn about an upcoming 6-week North Channel Bridge, Cross Bay Blvd HVAC program starting Friday, No- Join Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive vember 8. Upon completion, students Hindus for a monthly beach cleanwill receive a EPA 608 Universal up at the North Channel Bridge as Technician Certification. The course part of an ongoing effort to improve is FREE and open to high school the coastline habitat of Jamaica Bay. seniors, individuals who have a H.S. Learn about Hindu culture while Diploma or G.E.D. helping to protect our environment.

Friday, November 1, 8 p.m. STARGAZING Floyd Bennett Field Community Garden Join the Brooklyn Amateur Astronomers Association for stargazing. This program will be canceled if the skies are overcast.

Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. SHORELINE CLEANUP Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary Bayfield Ave. & Beach 65th St. Join the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy for a shoreline cleanup. Gloves, bags and refreshments will

Saturday, November 2, 5 p.m. JR. RANGER EVENING OWL PROWL Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Join a park ranger on an owl adventure. Learn about owls and their habitat through a hike and owl pellet investigation. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Sunday, November 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. FALL FEST Waterside School 190 Beach 110th Enjoy pony rides, petting zoo, large inflatable corn maze, and much

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more at House On The Rock Church’s Fall Fest. Enter the chili contest for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate. All welcome.

Monday, November 4, 7:30 p.m. CHAT WITH MALCOLM HOENLEIN Temple Beth-El 201 Beach 121st Malcolm Hoenlein, Exec. Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, will be speaking. Mr. Hoenlein is up-to-date on everything happening in the Middle East, our government today and what we can look forward to in the future. All are welcome.

supporting the VFW Post.

Weekends, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. RAA PRESENTS ARTSPLASH sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden See a collection of artworks presented by local artists. Open weekends through November 10.

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BEACH TOWEL EXHIBIT OPENING sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden The Rockaway Artists Alliance presents Beach Towel, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Evan Mazellan. Open Saturdays and Sundays through November 30.

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still fresh in the minds of many in the community, the Heerans stepped up to the plate and immediately opened the Harbor Light as a makeshift triage center. “But unfortunately, there was no one to bring in,” Roberts said. All of the plane passengers died instantly, as well as five neighbors on the ground, including close friends of the Heeran family. “My brother, Charlie’s best friend, Chris Lawler was on the ground that day and he perished. Basically, two months later, while everyone was still grieving, this happens. Kathy Lawler, Chris’ mom and my aunt Kathy’s good friend also passed. The Concannons, Helen and Tom, were also good friends and used to come in here all the time,” Sean Heeran said. Despite being faced with tragedy time and time again, the Heerans never gave up. After all, it was something that was instilled in them from a young age. “It gives you the drive to keep going,” Sean Heeran said. “My father, growing up, the man didn’t stop. He raised five of us and worked hours upon hours as a firefighter and to keep this restaurant going and put us through Catholic school and college.” However, Bernie Heeran always had help. From a young age, he taught his kids the value of hard work. “We were working here when we were little. We didn’t have a choice,” Bernadette Heeran said. The Heeran kids were all involved in the restaurant to whatever extent they could be, and following 9/11, when both Billy Heeran and Sean Heeran followed in their father’s footsteps of becoming firefighters, they became involved even deeper, taking on more managerial roles and co-ownership of the restaurant. That same work ethic is what would carry the Heerans through a seven-year nightmare ordeal of trying to rebuild their family’s legacy after it fell victim to Hurricane Sandy. “It took an army to do it, and we have the army, but we didn’t have a choice,” Bernadette Heeran said. Even through having to deal with the flood damage within their own homes, the Heerans

weren’t going to give up on the Harbor Light. “As dad says, keep moving,” Sean Heeran said. However the road to recovery was never going to be easy. The family was first hit with the immediate obstacle of being able to afford the rebuild. But they rallied. “The insurance money that came through was not even 20% of what we needed to rebuild. So we had to reach out to friends, to family, to whoever. We all did what we could with whatever we had to get it done,” Sean Heeran said, adding that the financial burden has left the family with heavy debt. Then came the matter of rebuilding. “The City basically said we had to build what we had, but our building was made in the early 1900s and it was 2016 and four different buildings codes had been introduced, so everything had to be bigger— hallways, ADA bathrooms, staircases, everything,” he said. Having to go bigger then created its own challenges. “If we wanted more square footage, we had to go before the Board of Standards and Appeals and that became a four-year battle alone,” Heeran said. “They really worked hard with us and we worked really hard on our case and eventually we won, but it took four years.” Meanwhile, in that time, life went on. During those hard years came personal reasons to celebrate; For Bernadette, this meant an engagement, a marriage, and two kids. For Sean and Billy Heeran, this meant a promotion with the FDNY, Sean, promoted to Captain, and Billy promoted to Lieutenant. However, in that time, also came

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more loss. Their mother, Barbara Heeran, died suddenly on April 22, 2018. “She never saw the inside,” Sean Heeran said. Through that time, the family was uplifted by the support of the community in their struggle to finally open the Harbor Light’s doors. “I commend everybody from Rockaway because the turnout was unbelievable. From the signatures on petitions, to friends reaching out, there was a tremendous outpouring of help for us and we thank the people of this community every day,” Heeran said. The new Harbor Light reflects the openness and warmth of those who fought to rebuild it, and the many customers that were ready to visit again. The large rooms, bearing various repurposed wood on the walls, gives the feel of an old barn, and in some areas, brings memories of an old Irish cottage—a place for families to gather around and enjoy the craic. However, the walls also bear memories of the Heeran family’s and the community’s past. A stairwell to the bathrooms holds shelves full of photos of loved ones from the community who died on 9/11. Another wall has a tribute to Hurricane Sandy hero, the late Dylan Smith. A window holds a photo of Charlie Heeran’s name engraved on the 9/11 Memorial’s reflecting pools. And another wall by the bar, has a large photo of Charlie Heeran himself, holding a giant beer stein and smiling upon all of the bar’s patrons. While some of the photos bring up solemn memories, they don’t detract from the overall cheerful atmosphere of

the neighborhood bar. “We want this to be a happy place. We have the big picture of my brother in the bar because was happy there,” Sean Heeran said. The smiles within the Harbor Light have been evident since the bar opened, and that isn’t just because of the full stock of beer, wine and liquor. The smiles reflect the feeling of having a neighborhood staple back. They reflect the joy for the Heeran family, who has overcome so much. They reflect the relief of the end of a long, rough chapter for this community—Hurricane Sandy. And they reflect the many good things ahead. Among those good things ahead are good food. While the bar has been open since October 18, the Harbor Light kitchen is expected to open on Monday, November 4. And yes, some of the same great favorites, including chicken in a basket, will be making their way back to the new menu. The hard part of re-opening the restaurant may be behind them, but the Heerans are now faced with the task of re-learning to operate a restaurant again, especially with new technologies in the mix. To help make the initial rush easier, the family is requesting that reservations be made at least a week in advance. Initially, the restaurant will be open for dinner, with a limited menu, while lunch and brunch will be introduced at a later time. In the meantime, the Heerans are ready to get back into the swing of things. “Jesus take the wheel,” joked Bernadette. “It’s game on,” Sean Heeran said. And as Roberts put it…”the best is yet to come.” The Harbor Light is located at 129-18 Newport Avenue. Reservations can be made by stopping at the restaurant or by calling 718-474-2202.


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Long And Short Of It Dear Enchantress, Here is my dilemma. I am really short. I’m under four feet 11 inches and I have been called, "cute," all my life. Not only do I not like that, people treat me like I’m a child. I’m 35. My voice is also high. When I was little, people would make fun of me. Men have always just picked me up, yes, like as in up into the air and they say, “What’s up shorty?” They find it funny, and I use to laugh and smile. Now I full-on hate this. I don’t want to be cute. I want to be a fully grown powerful woman. I don’t even think I am. This cute stuff has got to stop. How do I get people to stop calling me cute? Even my girlfriends introduce me

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NYPD Boo! Trunk-or-Treat Thrills Local Kids

Kids of all ages got an early trick-or-treat experience, courtesy of the 100th Precinct and friends. On Friday, October 25, the 100th Precinct’s parking lot set the scene for vehicles decorated with sweet and spooky Halloween themes as part of Trunk-or-Treat.

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ences, including one NYPD truck that featured a live Chucky doll behind a curtain, ready to give scares to all those brave enough to get close. The event was such a success that there was a line of kids around the block, waiting to get

in, and candy went quick, but then fun went into the early evening. Thank you to the 100th Precinct for providing the community with a safe place for kids to come together and celebrate Halloween a little early! Photos by Katie McFadden.


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

The NYS Medicaid Waiver— Don’t Waive It Away In my last column and at the Rockaway Beach Autism Families (RBAF) October support group meeting, the topic was Self-Direction Services (SDS) through NYS OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities). At the meeting, it was heartwarming to see the number of caregivers who attended expressly to learn more about SDS, a state service offering families the financial flexibility to choose the mix of supports and services that will help their children integrate and live a happy, fulfilling life in the community. However, there was one caveat caregivers learned that evening. Before families can move forward applying for SDS, their child must have a Medicaid Waiver. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Social Services, an estimated 18% of all children in the U.S. have special health care needs, resulting from a range of conditions such as Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism. These children may require services such as nursing care to live safely at home, therapies to address developmental delays, and mental health counseling. The Medicaid Waiver, through a disability-related pathway, helps parents get these much-needed services that private health insurance may not pay for, such as community rehabilitation, speech therapy and respite care. The Medicaid Waiver has numerous benefits including: • After-school programs that offer therapeutic benefits

not provided in school may be reimbursed. These may include music therapy, art therapy, hippotherapy (therapeutic horseback riding). • Assisted Technology (AT). For example, the Medicaid Waiver allowed my daughter’s school to purchase an iPad with an app used to help her communicate both at school and home.  • Behavioral support for challenging behaviors. This can come in the form of Community Habilitation where a specialist from a parent-appointed social services agency, comes to the home and works with your child on behavioral issues or specific problems (including Activities of Daily Living – ADL). • Respite care. This agency-employed individual comes to the home to give parents a reprieve to themselves, and if needed, helps your child with bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, eating, and other communal living activities. • Environmental accessibility adaptation such as funds to modify a home to make it more accessible, with, for example, ramps or grab bars.  • Health insurance: As a recipient of Medicaid, your child is covered for health insurance. However, if you have a private insurance policy for your child, in addition to Medicaid, 100% of your child’s private health care is reimbursed.  Continued on page 38

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• Home attendant care at no cost to you. • -Medications: prescribed medications are paid for with no co-pay. • Transportation: Access-aRide is available to Medicaid Waiver recipients. Car service and taxi rides to and from appointments may also be reimbursed. In addition, if you have a car, you are allowed an allotted amount per year for expenses incurred taking your child to appointments. The Medicaid Waiver affords families all of the above and more, and though a lengthy process to obtain the waiver, it’s totally worth it. To start the application process, you literally have to go through the Front Door (FD). The FD is the entry way to where OPWDD connects people to the services they need. The process guides families through the steps involved in finding out if they are eligible for services, identify needs, goals and pref-

erences, and work on a plan for getting those services. Note obtaining the Medicaid Waiver is a long and tedious process, but it’s totally worth it in the long run for your child. Make sure you make copies of every document you submit and provide one original set and one copy of all documents to the appropriate agencies. (These papers have a way of getting lost in the system, so a duplicate set may save you time and be the difference in being approved or rejected for the Waiver.) And most importantly, make sure all documents are submitted on time. For more info, on the Medicaid Waiver and OPWDD’s Front Door Process, visit: opwdd. ny.gov/welcome-front-door/ home Feel free to share your thoughts by emailing:  ourartisticchild@ outlook.com or check out Rockaway Beach Autism Families on Facebook. Our next meeting is on Thursday, November 21. Join us in turning the tide for our autism community, one wave at a time.


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6 Boro Youth Flag Football League Touches Down Big in Redfern By Kami-Leigh Agard

On Saturdays, the baseball diamond at the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway is abuzz with excitement as youth, ages five to 14, decked out in red and blue t-shirts, storm in for the 6 Boro Flag Football League. According to 6 Boro founder, Davonne Gittens, their inaugural game on Saturday, October 19 was the kickoff to a new chapter for the housing project, which usually gets a bad rap for gang violence, and his hope is that the league will prove that Redfern is indeed a diamond in the rough offering a sparkle of hope for the community’s youth. Gittens, a father of two with another one on the way, said he came up with the idea for the league this past August because he wanted to change the narrative around for children growing up in the housing project. “There are a lot of killings in the area. From a young age, children are looking up to the wrong people and getting involved in a lot of stuff that’s just not good. I love football and one day I was just sitting down thinking what to do to shift the children’s attention to something more positive and uplifting. The only youth community football program out here is the Rockaway Ravens, which is contact football, so I said to myself, ‘Why not start a flag football league?’ Once the idea sunk in, I immediately hit the ground running, and started reaching out to parents. And now, here we are two months later with our very own flag football league, and the kids, parents and the community-at-large have really come out to make it happen,” Gittens crowed. Gittens also shared that a few years ago, he was going through a rough patch in his life, but once he was blessed with a second chance, he felt there was no better time than now to kick off the league with the sport that he loves, football. “My father was big on football when I was a kid, so since I was about age six, I started learning  and playing the sport. I first started playing with the Inwood Buccaneers. Then in high school,

I played for Boys and Girls H.S. and then for Far Rockaway, from which I graduated. I really wasn’t too fond of school. Thankfully I did graduate, but school was not my thing. Football helped me stay in school, and it’s my hope that 6 Boro will keep our kids out of trouble and build long-lasting relationships with each other, while learning football. Also, I wanted to expose my son to the sport, so I figured that if I started the league, then he too would get involved, and I could also help other kids. Hopefully with this league, they’ll find something that they love—the way I love the game,” Gittens said. 6 Boro is divided into two age brackets, five to nine years old and 10 to 14. The kids train in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Saturdays, they play a game. Gittens said he set the registration at just $30 to make sure it was affordable for parents, however, though they have received some donations, the league is in dire need of more equipment and monetary help, and he’s hoping that as more people learn what 6 Boro Flag Football League is striving to do for the youth in Redfern, more support will start flowing in. “We basically kicked off with nothing. I reached out to folks on social media, and we did receive some equipment, but with over 40 kids and on some days, even upward of 50 kids on the field, we

definitely need footballs, flags, water bottles, and cones. Plus, I’m looking to get trophies, which I believe will give the children a boost of confidence knowing that they won something at the end of season. We just received our official 6 Boro football jerseys, and the kids love it! “Also, we are looking for a football field for the youth to practice and play on, as currently we use Redfern’s baseball field. Also, I would like to learn about how we can play against other flag football leagues. As for now, the children just play against each other. However, this is just a start. There’s a lot on the list, but I’m big on fulfilling goals that I set my heart on, and I really want this league to be a mainstay for the kids,” Gittens said. One parent, Armando Bracey, said his five-year-old son loves it. “What Davonne is doing is great. Seeing all the children coming together is a beautiful thing. I’ve been a football man all my life, since age five. I even coached at Beach Channel. So seeing my five-year-old loving it already makes me proud,” Bracey said. Christopher Cribbs, father of a seven-year-old boy, agrees. “It’s good to see kids off their smartphones and tablets, and instead getting out there interacting with each other and getting some exercise. My hope is with the youth getting to know each other, as they get older, the violence in the

community will stop,” he said. For Gittens, who lost his brother to gang violence in 2006, said he wants 6 Boro to be a beacon of hope for the community. “I want to help youth see there’s more to life than what you see in front of you. There are kids in the projects looking up to the wrong people. These kids don’t know how these guys are getting their money. So, if I could help uplift the community with something positive like football, it could have lasting effects. I don’t think kids from as young as five should be having beef, escalating to where they want to kill somebody. So I figure if I get these kids involved in something positive and fulfilling from a young age, that will shift the course of their life to pursue positive endeavors,” Gittens said. As for the inspiration for the league’s name, 6 Boro. Gittens said, “Growing up in Far Rockaway, we didn’t consider ourselves Queens. We always dubbed ourselves, the sixth borough. You have to come through Nassau County to get to us. Stack Bundles, an up-and-coming rapper from our Redfern now deceased, was known for saying that Far Rockaway is not Queens, so I guess you could say it just stuck with me.” For more information on 6 Boro Flag Football League and how to get involved, visit: 6boroflagfootball on Instagram.

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ROCKAWAY GOOD TIMES bayside establishment for a Halloween party featuring live muWho cares if it’s officially Fall? sic by Passive Aggressive. As far as locals are concerned— 500 Bayside, Breezy Point the Rockaway Groan still rules. There’s so much to enjoy as local Saturday, November 2 hot spots are forever hopping 8 p.m. to Midnight with fabulous live music, theatThe Highland Rovers were so er and arts. So stick around— good that RBQ is bringing the the Rock is the place to be! craic back! Be guaranteed that you will be encoring with a pint LIVE MUSIC: in hand before the night harmoThursday, October 31 niously ends with sweet Celtic 6 p.m. to Midnight flavor. On the night after Halloween, 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd continue the boo-rrific celebrations with your best-decked Saturday, November 2 buds at Rockaway Brewing Co.’s 8:30 p.m. Ball of a Thousand Horrors. Head to Thai Rock as JJ’s The fun kicks off with trick-or- Funky Groove takes you down treating for the kids at 6 p.m., memory lane performing Fleetfollowed by performances by wood Mac’s “Rumours” album Rockaway Brewing Co’s resident in its entirety, as well as other drag queens. Come dressed to timeless rock favorites. spook as you and your company 375 Beach 92nd Street delve in drinking games, dancing and more. Visit @rockawaySaturday, November 2 brewco on Instagram for more 9 p.m. info. Make a beeline to Rogers as 415 Beach 72nd Street the Rock-A-Wades fires up the Irish pub with their always-fabFriday, November 1 ulous roll call of classic rock n’ 8 p.m. to Midnight roll hits. Rockaway’s Irish son—Walter 203 Beach 116th Street Ensor— is back at RBQ performing his soul-stirring folk tunes Sunday, November 3 and melodies. 4 p.m. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd Aye! So what if tomorrow is Monday! Let Rockaway’s own Friday, November 1 Winston McBoogie rock your 8:30 p.m. workweek tensions away with Thai Rock gets bluesy with your besties — rock, Motown international sensation and classics and more at Rogers! Grammy-nomination recording 203 Beach 116th Street artist, Tony O delivering an electric night of soul achin’ blues. Sunday, November 3 Plus for an even more awesome 6:30 p.m. treat is Rockaway’s Mike SeveriNationwide touring jazz band, no backing up Mr. O on drums. Suenos, brings a unique flavor 375 Beach 92nd Street to Thai Rock. The band’s surreal blend of jazz, hip-hop, R&B, inFriday, November 1 die rock, neo-soul and electron9 p.m. ic music—all tinged with bebop Grab your mates and head horns flowing—will have you to Rogers for an unquenchable levitating in a state of sonorous classic rock feast with Mike & wonderment, by the end of the Miley, pouring your favorites night. from the 60s and 70s. 375 Beach 92nd Street 203 Beach 116th Street Sundays Friday, November 1 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Head to Whit’s for a hoppin’ Halloween may be over but jazz/beebop lunch featuring the it’s just getting started at The Mike Severino Trio.  BayHouse. Head to the Breezy 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd

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Sunday, November 3 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. FALL FEST Halloween has come and gone but fall is still underway. To celebrate the season, House on the Rock Church is hosting a festival complete with crafts, face-painting, an inflatable corn maze, pony rides, a petting zoo, snack, music and more. All are welcome! And if you have skills in the kitchen, consider bringing a pot of chili for the chili contest! If yours is the best, you can win a $100 gift certificate. Waterside School for Leadership 190 Beach 110th Street SPECIAL MENTIONS Saturday, November 23 7 p.m. to Midnight ST. FRANCIS DE SALES CATHOLIC ACADEMY SCHOOL FUNDRAISER It’s all about the music tonight for St. Francis as the school hosts an epic fundraising concert featuring: longest-running U2 tribute band in the U.S., Unforgettable Fire. Tickets are $40. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cash bar serving wine, beer, soda, and water. Unforgettable Fire kicks off the concert at 8 p.m. Plus DJ Mouse will spin party beats throughout the night. To order tickets, visit Facebook event page: Unforgettable Fire Concert. Deadline to order tickets is Thursday, November 7. All proceeds go toward St. Frances de Sales Catholic Academy. SFDS School Gymnasium: 219 Beach 129th Street

view through November 30. sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The RAA’s ArtSplash 2019 is still on! Grab the opportunity to celebrate local artists’ work in all media including photography, paint, sculpture, etc. Open through November 10. sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden 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 THEATER Starting next Friday, November 8! Rockaway Theatre Company presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This family-friendly play is a musical comedy featuring a diverse group of young characters competing for the chance of a lifetime to be the champion of the Spelling Bee.  As the youth make their way through a series of potentially made-up words, each character segues into their own hilarious and touching story from their home lives, while trying desperately to avoid the sound of the eliminating buzzer. The show is constantly flipping between present reality and an imagined fantasy world of the contestants. The audience is able to see into the desires of these kids and their unique reasons for wanting to win the bee. Show dates are November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices: Adults $20.00 / Seniors $15.00. For more info and tickets, visit:  www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org.  T4 Post Theatre Building, Fort Tilden

ARTS Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Head to the Rockaway Artists Alliance to check out Beach Towel, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Rockaway Beach artist, Evan Mazellan. Mazellan’s seven paintings feature photographs taken with his personal mobile device. Subjects are rendered in oil stick rather than oil paint, and use common techniques and mark-making methods native Got info on local live music to the disciplines of drawing and art? Email: kami@rockaand traditional printmaking. On waytimes.com


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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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World Champions Karate Promotes New Ranks Sunday, October 27, was a special day at the new World Champions Karate Center. It was the first promotion at the new location, at Rockaway Gliders (114-04 Beach Channel Drive). The karateka (students) trained conscientiously for their new

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ranks ranging from beginning Yellow Belt to high Brown Belt. These ranks represented two months for the beginner Yellow Belts to four years for the high Brown Belt. Congratulations to the students and their very proud parents.

Front row: Daniella, Danny, Michael, Max, and Nico (Brown Belt) Back row: Saige, Nia, Cassidy, Kaylee, Aiden, Reiner and Juan

The SenioRITAs 20th Annual Doubles Tennis Tournament was recently held at the Sawgrass Tennis Center in Jacksonville and Rockaway locals, Nicole Twomey and Kristin Franchock, from Team “Rockaway Fireballs” placed first in their bracket.  The three-day tennis tournament featured more than 300 women from across the country and the annual tournament raises money to benefit breast cancer research at the Mayo Clinic, where this all-volunteer organization provides 100% of the proceeds directly to the foundation.

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