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Little North Pole Lights Up Sunday By Katie McFadden

The Little North Pole is ready to make spirits bright for yet another holiday season. On Sunday, December 8, the winning home of ABC’s “Great Christmas Light Fight” will illuminate once again, wowing all who stop by to see it and raise money for a worthy cause—the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more than 20 years, Joe Mure’s Little North Pole (14403 Neponsit Ave) has been dazzling adults and children alike. Each year, with a show full of festive performances, a countdown from 10 and the hit of a button, the home in Neponsit comes to life with thousands of lights, sky-high toy soldiers, a lifelike carousel, animated figures that transport imaginations to Santa’s workshop and more. And this year, Mure says there’s an extra surprise in store for Sunday’s lighting. Last December, Rockaway’s

own Little North Pole was put on a national stage with ABC’s “Great Christmas Light Fight,” a televised competition of some of the best decorated holiday homes in the country. The Little North Pole episode was filmed during the lighting ceremony in 2017, and in 2018, when the episode aired, the lo-

cal home was declared the winner, earning them the coveted Great Christmas Light Fight trophy and a $50,000 prize, which Mure donated right to one of the reasons he lights the Little North Pole each year—in hopes of one day finding a cure for juvenile diabetes. Carrying on the spirit of last

year’s win, Mure says there’s a little something extra in store for Sunday’s lighting. “Winning was a great feeling, and we plan on going in to this year’s lighting with a little extra finesse to the display. We got something new that we’re gonna reveal the night of the lighting,” Mure said. “We’re looking forward to it.” Sunday’s lighting ceremony will have a little something for everyone. The pre-show featuring local school and dance groups, kicks off at 2 p.m. The main show, emceed by Goumba Johnny and Joe Causi, will kick off at 3:15 p.m. This will include a full lineup of professional performers, including Lime, the 1980s disco duo, known for hits like “Your Love” and “Angel Eyes.” The event will also include plenty of food donated by local businesses, and a special visit by the biggest celebrity of the night— Santa Claus—who will have Continued on page 4

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LITTLE NORTH POLE Continued from Page 2 toys for all of the kids in attendance. “We’re hoping for a great night,” Mure said. While the show is free, donations are encouraged the night of the lighting and throughout the holiday season. Mure has the electric bills and costs associated with the show covered out of pocket, so that all donations made go directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a cause with deep meaning to the Mure family. Through doing the Little North Pole, Mure has been able to donate a few million dollars to the cause over the years. Last year, with the help of the $50K prize from the Great Christmas Light Fight, they were able to donate around $200,000. “We told them to send that money directly toward research for the cause,” Mure said. This year, Mure expects the new CEO of JDRF to attend this year’s ceremony to give some updates about how that money has helped the foundation and

continues to help. According to Mure, over the past few years, that money has helped with the development of a closed loop system, serving as an artificial pancreas. “That’s something that has been FDA approved and is something that people with juvenile diabetes are now wearing on their waistbands. It has changed how people live, tremendously. It keeps their blood sugar leveled and has made things much easier,” Mure said, adding that the improvements are ongoing. “I’ve been on the board of directors for JDRF for over 20 years and it appears as though they’ve found a way to prolong diabetes from coming out in a child by up to two years. That’s a pretty major breakthrough that’s happening as we speak. So there’s all these good things.” But he’s not done yet. “It’s not enough. We need to do more. We’re still looking, hoping and praying for a cure,” Mure said. That’s why this year, the show will go on. This year, Mure has been dealing with some health issues of his own, which has

impacted his ability to do some of the heavy lifting required to make the tremendous display perfect each year. But luckily, Mure has plenty of elves around that work to keep the magic of the Little North Pole alive. “I needed a lot of help this year. It’s not easy and it’s a lot of stress, but I have a lot of good friends that came out and took on some special roles and have been working around the clock. Richie Keane has been key. We got Tony O, who’s been out here every weekend. We got Johnny Lights, who got his nickname from the show. He stepped up and he and Jodi spent a tremendous amount of time revamping the garage this year. John Reinhardt has been working on a new addition to the house, which is part of the surprise. Tom Burke has been tremendous. And that’s just to name a few. We’ve got a lot more friends and neighbors that have been out there helping. It’s been a challenge to bring the Little North Pole together this year, but we’re not going anywhere,” Mure said.

The Rockaway Times That motivation to keep it going comes from frequent reminders that there’s more to be done. “A number of times throughout the year, I get phone calls from parents of little children who have just been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. And it breaks my heart to hear the fear in their voices and the uncertainty of how life is going to be for their kids. And I do my best to sit down and educate and help them. I help with doctors, things they can do, and it’s just terrible. It’s one of the worst things that can happen to a parent, when their kid is diagnosed with some sort of disease,” Mure said. “So we want to make sure that we try and find a way to stop it from happening.” So on Sunday, the show will go on. The Little North Pole will light again, with Santa, and surprises and smiles across the faces of all who come to enjoy it. To help make it a success, donations are encouraged. Donations can be made at the Little North Pole (144-03 Neponsit Ave) or online at www.littlenorthpole.org

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The Gravity Of Ignorance I believe the Earth is round or at least spherical, so I’m not a flat-earther. Though I think if you get to the end of Far Rockaway, you might fall off the planet. But I digress. Whenever I want to get people screaming at me, I show them how dumb I am. They start off patiently trying to tell me why people in the Southern Hemisphere aren’t upside down. If the world is shaped like a basketball and they’re on the bottom, shouldn’t they be

upside down? Gravity keeps them glued to their Earth but they’re upside down, right? They start telling me it’s relative and in space, north doesn’t mean up, and south doesn’t mean down. As my face looks more and more befuddled, their face turns redder and redder. They look like they might hit me when I wonder aloud how the water from the oceans doesn’t just spill out. Is gravity that strong? They try telling me the

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Earth turns. Yeah, I get that. It turns sideways. And speaking of sideways, I still think people at the equator are standing sideways. They’re perpendicular people. With all that gravity, I don’t how they stand. They should really be pulled to the Earth and would be better off just lying on their side. When I say this with a straight face, I put myself in danger. Educated people start looking around for weapons to hit me with. They’re smart people but not smart enough to get me to understand, they’d rather just hit me. I went to a story on the NASA website and the first sentence said, “in space there is no up or down.� So, let me ask. If I’m on the moon and I look at the earth, it looks round. With a super-duper telescope I would prove that nobody is walking upright. Except for those standing at the north pole. My educated friends give up and tell me to watch a science show. Which I do. But I get dis-

tracted because it’s so damn dark so damn early and I check online to find out when sunset is in New York. It’s 4:29 p.m. and I see that sunrise occurred at 7:04 a.m. I wonder what it’s like down South a bit and see that Charleston, South Carolina has its sunset at 5:13 p.m., just about 45 minutes later. I get that the further you move westward in a time zone, the later things happen. But science gets me again. I figure that since Charleston’s sunset is 5:13, they must have a later sunrise. Right? No! Sunrise there is 7:07. Just three minutes later than here. They have 40 more minutes of sunlight than we do. Don’t check my math, that’s for another column. It seems that Earth's orbit and tilt factor in and blah, blah, blah. Don’t get me started on tilting. Anyway, no surprise, we’re in the dark more than others; me more than most. And moral of the story—if you want to get mad, try to explain science to me.




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Backing a Brother in Blue By Katie McFadden

A boy in blue could use some reminders that he’s not alone. Recently, a story about an NYPD officer who has fallen on hard times, has been making the rounds on social media, as he could use all the support he can get. An NYPD Police Officer named Mike Vinitsky who worked at the 71st Precinct in Brooklyn has been impacted by a number of health issues. In 2007, as Vinitsky was guarding a prisoner at a hospital, the prisoner got his hands on a metal post from a hospital bed and struck the officer in the head, causing serious injuries. Those injuries led to Vinitsky being forced to retire in 2010. As if that wasn’t bad enough, in July of this year, Vinitsky suffered a heart attack. Following the heart attack, it was discovered that Vinitsky has ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease). He is now at Coney Island Hospital, on a feeding tube and tracheostomy

and unable to speak. He is only able to communicate with use of a computer system. The only family that Vinitsky has is his 80-year-old mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, so she is unable to visit him often, leaving Vinitsky effectively—alone. However, that started to change a few weeks ago when members of the NYPD

started to learn about his story. As word spreads, he’s getting more and more visits from fellow brothers and sisters in blue. Even local officers, including some retirees and an officer from the 101st Precinct have reached out to Vinitsky directly or visited him. As the holidays approach, friends of the officer are asking

people to help lift his spirits even more by sending him a holiday card or note wishing him well or thanking him for his service as an officer, so he knows that he’s not alone. They can be sent to Mike Vinitsky, C/O Coney Island Hospital, 2601 Ocean Parkway Rm. 430B, Brooklyn, NY 11235. Additionally, Vinitsky can use some financial help. He is forced to have 24-hour health aides assigned to him and is covering this and medical costs himself. To help cover the costs, friends have set up a GoFundMe account for him. Search “Mikhail Vinitsky” on GoFundMe.com to find the page to donate. As we go to press, more than $19,000 has been raised so far. A group to share messages of support and to share updates on Vinitsky has also been set up on Facebook. Search “Mike Vinitsky Support Group” on Facebook.com to see updates. Although it’s not easy for him to respond, Vinitsky says he reads all of the messages on the page.

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***** ‘Tis the season. Please Shop Local if you can. If you’re going to use Amazon, go to Smile. Amazon.com. It’s still Amazon but a portion of your purchases go to charities and non-profits of your choice. Your purchases can help The Graybeards, for instance. ***** We are waiting on Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Rickey “R.D.” James to approve (or not) Rockaway’s Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Project, which will include 19 new or reconstructed jetties and will go a long way in giving the peninsula the protection it needs from future storms. Mr. James has had the report since August 22, 2019 and is, at the very least, supposed to provide recommendations within 120 days. It’s now 106 days and

***** The building that was the site of The Tap and Grill, Boggiano’s, Playland and now home to the popular RBQ, is for sale. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the parking lot in the rear are for sale for $3,550,000 and is listed by the Davada Property Group. RBQ is a business and not part of the sale. The bar/restaurant, according to the listing, has a long-term lease. The second floor is occupied by The High Tide, a boutique inn with nine rooms. ***** City Councilman Eric Ulrich told us six weeks ago: “As far as the rumor goes that I am leaving before the end of my term, I have no plans to go anytime soon.” But things change quickly. Eric is interested in running the Board of Elections and is hoping for a majority of Board Commissioners to approve. So that means he will leave the City Council and oversee a Special Election for his seat. Stay tuned.

***** There’s been a jump in Grand Theft Auto in the 100th Precinct. We checked Compstat after hearing more and more about recent thefts. Over a four-week period this time last year, there was one car reported stolen. This year, the number is 7. That’s a 600 percent increase. Remember to lock your doors! ***** So Alice Ostrander dropped her car key, one of those expensive ones with a chip, in the muni-parking lot on Beach 116th Street. She looked around, couldn’t find it but then took a chance and asked the transit police if a key had been found. Yep. Someone, who didn’t leave a name, found it and gave it to the police. Alice wanted to give a big thanks to the good citizen. Here’s hoping whoever it was reads the RT. But doesn’t everyone? ***** We’re not saying this guy could be from Rockaway. According to reports, a man in

The Rockaway Times Japan was arrested for “making 24,000 complaint calls.” He could have saved all that dialing and just went on Facebook. ***** A great Rockaway tradition is this Sunday as Joe Mure and many, many volunteers and generous people help make The Little North Pole a can’tmiss seasonal highlight. ***** A couple of employment exams are scheduled for 2020. The NYS Court Officer and NYC Sanitation exams are both on the calendar. Both exams are offered infrequently, so if you’re interested, check out the websites for each. ***** It's payback time. B&M Towing recently appeared on an episode of Fox's "The People's Court" for allegedly illegally towing someone's car from the Key Food parking lot of the summer. At the end, the judge declared the towing company was in the wrong, and they were forced to pay back the $185 towing fee.

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This Week in History DECEMBER 5

1980 – John Lennon, former member of the Beatles, was shot and killed in New York City by a 1791 – Composer Wolfgang Ama- deranged fan. deus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria, at age 35. 1933 – The 21st Amendment to the DECEMBER 9 Constitution, repealing prohibi- Mike Bottiglieri was born. tion, was ratified. 1965 – The animated television special, "A Charlie Brown ChristDECEMBER 6 mas,” premiered. Patricia McFadden was Tori Dresch was born. 1990 – Lech Walesa was elected Sophia Skeans was born. president of Poland. Dan Guarino was born.

1884 – Construction of the Wash- DECEMBER 10 ington Monument was completed. Erin Halligan Farrow was born. 1973 – Gerald Ford was sworn in as vice president, replacing Spiro 1817 – Mississippi became the T. Agnew. 20th state in the United States. 2004 – A U.S. passenger jet landDECEMBER 7 ed in Vietnam, the first one to do Heidi Woolever was born. so since the Vietnam War ended 1941 – The Japanese attacked Pearl nearly three decades earlier. Harbor. 2002 – Iraq formally declared to DECEMBER 11 the U.N. that it had no weapons of Ellen Sullivan Sayles was born. mass destruction. 1936 – King Edward VIII abdicated the throne of Britain for Mary Heslin Reed was born. the woman he loved, Mrs. Wallis Rachel Bernstein was born. Simpson. 1941 – The U.S. entered World 1941 – Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. War II. DECEMBER 8

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Far Rock Native Makes It His Mission To Give Back Big By Kami-Leigh Agard

On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, while many of us were feasting on turkey and watching football, Far Rockaway native Curtis Turney-Rentas and his band of merry volunteers with the Far Rock National Pan Hellenic Council were celebrating by feeding all at their Second Annual Operation Thanksgiving Service at Mott Avenue train station. While the event was a resounding success, with over 180 plates given out, for the Greek lettered Alpha Phi Alpha college grad, giving back does not stop there. He has made it his life’s mission to uplift the community he was born and raised in—Far Rock. When asked about his inspiration to host the Thanksgiving giveaway event, Turney-Rentas, a young man just starting out, said, “I was always big on bringing positive change to my community, seeing what’s needed, especially for the youth. I’m big on trying to bring

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FAR ROCK NATIVE Continued from Page 11 goods, including cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats generously donated by supporters, were given out. “My mom and aunt were also the chefs last year, and this year, they were more than happy to put in the work to make this a special day for the community. People at the train station were grateful not just for the meal, but to be among friendly faces. Though we made this special Thanksgiving meal for the homeless and others in need, anybody who came off the train looking for a hot plate, got one. Plus we had photographer, V. Lens, and videographer, Borelone Films, capture the memorable moments of the day,” Turney-Rentas said. As for founding the FRNPHC, Turney-Rentas said he wanted to bring Greek representation here in Rockaway. “Even though I already knew so many Greeks in Far Rockaway, I thought it was time to come together and uplift our community. A lot of Greek organizations are founded on

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019 service to our communities around the world. So what just started as a chat between all the Greeks in Far Rock through the National Pan Hellenic Council, (a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities), came together and we started planning events. Then next thing we know, though I hate to boast, we are one of the hottest organizations out there right now putting in the grind and work for our community. What I especially love about our group is that it’s just natural and done effortlessly, especially being from Far Rockaway. Giving back to our community is very peer positive. We don’t do it for any gain or fame, it’s just about us giving back love to Far Rock,” he said. Turney-Rentas founded FRNPHC on May 10 of this year, and already has amassed 45 members, both men and women. This summer, they banded together to host a back-to-school cookout, a basketball tournament, and A Clean My City Initiative, where they cleaned under the

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Rockaway Freeway train station. Turney-Rentas shared, “It definitely was a productive summer for us, and now we are trying to get into the schools with a mentoring program by engaging with the youth directly. We also have a Christmas Toy Drive coming up on December 22. Details will soon be announced.” So Turney-Rentas, an alumni of local schools, P.S./M.S. 43, Frederick Douglas Academy VI H.S. on the Far Rockaway Educational Campus, and a graduate with a bachelor of science in Information Technology from Delaware State University, has made it his mission to help others his life’s vocation. Currently he has two jobs, is lead mentor at nonprofit, Sheltering Arms, and is a college assistant at York College. Plus, he is a budding entrepreneur, who founded his own graphic and apparel design business, CT3 Designs, while still in college. Though proud proud of what he and the FRNPHC have been able to accomplish, the young mover and shaker says he’s also grateful to the communi-

ty of Far Rock supporters. “This Thanksgiving event was special on so many levels and wouldn’t have been possible without all the community volunteers and generous donations from: RudeGyalKitchen, NellyFillzTheBelly, BossChefJordi, ShadeCustoms, WinkLashes, DiamondDistricttLashes, MidasLashes, TheSame24, Project ARIZE, GiveMoreFace, KulturedBeauty, NotThatFarRockaway Brand and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital,” Turney-Rentas said. After the Thanksgiving event, he posted a profound message on his Instagram account stating: “I want to give a big thanks to everyone who donated, volunteered and supported us throughout the way. Just being grateful for everything you do have, being able to give back to those who don’t have enough. So, come through, and start making changes.” For more information on the FRNPC’s upcoming initiatives, including how to support their December 22 Christmas Toy Dive, visit: farrocknphc or Turney-Rentas at ct3designs.

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To Our Armed Forces: Merry Christmas From Morgan Allen By Katie McFadden

A group of new recruits are being deployed to the Middle East with one mission—to spread Christmas cheer to military members spending the holidays away from home. A home in Broad Channel has been transformed into Santa’s workshop, where nine-year-old Morgan Allen is hard at work playing Special Ops Santa. The P.S. 47 fifth-grader is putting in some extra work between school and homework, to make sure that deployed members of the U.S. Airforce and Marines have themselves a merry little Christmas this year. Over the summer, this crafty kid decided to put her skills to work by starting a business making personalized gifts, from t-shirts to wine glasses and tote bags, calling it Morgan’s Marvelous Crafts. This holiday season, she added elves to her inventory, personalizing red and green elves with the names requested by those who place orders. The adorable holiday gift goes for just $5, so it’s no wonder orders have been pouring in from friends, family, neighbors and others who’ve come across her Morgan’s Marvelous Crafts Facebook page. When the family of her cousin, Sean, an Airman for the U.S. Airforce, placed an order, she decided to give Sean’s elf a special touch by adding the U.S. Airforce symbol to its hat, making for the perfect gift for his return from a recent two-month deployment. “He loved it,” Allen said. Seeing how happy it made her cousin, Allen had an even bigger idea for the little elves. Why not put smiles on the faces of more military members? Allen went back to the workshop. Now she has 100 elves, personalized with U.S. Airforce symbols, patiently waiting to deploy to the Middle East to bring some Christmas cheer to Airmen who will be away from their families this Christmas. But why stop there? She’s also making 100 more with the U.S. Marines symbol on their hats to send to Marines. “I thought it would be nice for

them to know that we’re thinking of them over the holiday season since they can’t be with their families. My Pop Pop was a Marine in Vietnam and I thought it would be nice to make some for the Marines as well as the Airmen. They’re out there keeping us safe and it’s important for them to know that we’re thankful for them,” Allen said. That message will be even more clear by something extra special inside the package of elves. Along with her idea, Allen thought it would be nice to get her schoolmates involved. She gave a letter to her principal at P.S. 47, asking if kids in the school could make personalized cards and notes to thank the soldiers this holiday season. “I wanted to get my classmates involved because I thought it would be nice to have little notes that said we were thinking of them over the holidays,” Allen said. The response was overwhelming. “Thank You for protecting our country. God bless you. Have a Happy Holidays” says one card. “You are Strong. You are Brave. You have Courage every day you go out and fight for us. So, this is for you to wish you a Merry Christmas,” says another. The similar words of encouragement and thanks are seen throughout the colorful cards that have drawings of flags, Christmas trees and


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more. “Almost my whole school gave me cards,” Allen said. “I’m happy that they all made them for the people in the military because it shows that everyone, not just a couple people, are thinking of them.” Allen is collecting the cards and putting the finishing touches on her elves through Thursday, December 5, which she’ll pack in a box that she’s personally decorating, to be delivered to the troops. The box will go to her cousin, Sean, who will bring it to his base in New Jersey, to send on a plane with fellow Airmen who are being deployed to the Middle East

next week. However, the Marine elves will be heading to another destination. “A friend of mine has a Marine friend deployed in Japan so we’re waiting for the address to hopefully send them out by next Friday, so they get them before the holidays,” Erica Allen, Morgan’s mother said. Morgan hopes her elves bring a special message to those who

are deployed when they receive them. “I hope that they’re happy and grateful that people, even though they don’t know them and most of them are strangers, still care for them and we’re thankful that they’re helping to protect our country,” she said. Morgan’s efforts are something that would make any parent beam. “I’m so outrageously proud of her,” Erica Allen said. “She is so considerate and thoughtful. We had talked about giving back around the holidays. My dad was a Marine. My husband was in the Army. Her great grandpa was in the Army, and now her cousin is an Airman, so she’s always been very appreciative of our armed forces and I’m so proud that she’s taking her time to do this.” In addition to making the military elves, Allen is continuing to take and fulfill orders for personalized gift elves. The money that she’s raised has made it possible to purchase the additional elves for the military members. “I think it’s pretty awesome for a nine-year-old kid to not only be willing to give up some of that profit, but to be excited about doing it,” Erica Allen said. Since the effort requires a lot of hard work, Morgan has recruited some elves of her own to help, including her parents, her older brother, Daniel, her little sister, Sydney, and her friend, Ava. Together, they’ve turned it into a family-fun activity. “My whole house is inundated with elves,” Erica Allen said. “We all wear elf ears and listen to Christmas music while we make the elves, while Morgan wears a Santa hat, because she’s in charge." While the effort will continue, Morgan Allen will be hanging up her Santa hat to take a break in a few weeks. After all, she has another big occasion to prepare for before Santa arrives—she’ll be turning 10 on December 17. If interested in buying personalized elves as a gift or dropping off cards to be sent along with the military elves, reach out to Allen on the “Morgan’s Marvelous Crafts” Facebook page.

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Suspect Pleads Guilty to Fatal Ice Pick Stabbing A 55-year-old Brooklyn man has admitted to fatally stabbing a Far Rockaway man with an ice pick in 2017. On Tuesday, December 3, on the eve of his trial, Norbert Williams of Bed Stuy, pled guilty to manslaughter for brutally stabbing 47-year-old Joseph Smart of Far Rockaway, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office. . The defendant asked for the victim’s help, got him into the building’s stairwell and then attacked him with an ice pick at around 1:30 a.m. on June 18, 2017. According to the charges, at approximately 1:30 a.m. on June 18, 2017, Williams knocked on the door of Joseph Smart’s apartment in Far Rockaway. The defendant told the victim he needed his help with a couple of guys who were bothering him and Smart rushed to his aid. They entered the stairwell of the building, where Williams suddenly attacked Smart. The victim sus-

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tained roughly 30 wounds to his upper body, including a deep puncture wound to his back that was so forceful, a piece of the ice pick broke off and was stuck in the victim’s spine. “Early one morning, the defendant asked the victim to help him out and once inside the apartment building’s stairwell, he pounced on the man with an ice pick,” Acting District Attorney Ryan said. “The victim was stabbed dozens of times in the head, neck, back and torso. This was a rage-induced stabbing frenzy that is wholly unacceptable. The defendant has now admitted to this heinous crime and is facing a lengthy term of imprisonment when sentenced.” Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Holder set sentencing for January 28, 2020, and indicated he will order Williams to prison for 24 years, to be followed by five years’ post release supervision.

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down to Beach 97th Street and back to the start at Beach 116th Street. Number pick-up and day of registration takes place at Rockaway Gliders Gym (114-04 Beach Channel Drive). This will also be the spot for the after-party featuring Rockapulco Gold beer. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The run starts at 11 a.m. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register in advance at Rockapulcorun.com, in order to request a suit size. Registration is $40 for adults and $15 for kids 14 and under.

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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. There’s a very good chance, you may have come across Belle Harbor resident Cheryl Scanlan’s photos, whether it be on social media or seeing her numerous exhibits in the community and vendor markets. What’s most profound about the maverick photographer’s work is her simplicity in capturing what makes Rockaway such a special place—whether it be a mural on a wall or a raindrop. In the following Q&A, we give a special spotlight on the talented woman, who prefers to hide from the limelight, yet goes beyond the lens to put the peninsula in the spotlight. RT: How long have you lived in Rockaway? CS: I have lived in Rockaway since 1997. Scuba diving and the ocean are what brought me here.

RT: Scuba diving? CS: In 1996, my family started coming out here to scuba dive. There used to be a scuba diving site at Beach 8th Street, where there’s a tropical current at the end of the summer into the beginning of fall. It was so amazing because we would see baby tropical fish and other sea life. Before the city took that property and built an apartment building, there were showers and a food stand. It was set up for scuba diving, and was absolutely fantastic. After that, my husband, Bill, and I just fell in love with much out here, maybe just a lot of people may have never noticed. Rockaway. Sometimes, we are so focused RT: How did you dive into pho- on the destination and not the journey. So, as I was taking the tography? CS: I’ve always loved taking pictures, I thought about making photos. Growing up, I always a book. The original idea was for took photos of everything. I people in different parts of Rockconsider it my side hobby. My away, to take the book, and use it full-time profession is American like a scavenger hunt, discoverSign Language (ASL) Interpreter. ing new things and people. PeoI work with deaf/hard of hearing ple from the west end could go to and hearing individuals, who the east end, and visa versa, and need to communicate; and be- just start a conversation. Then cause it’s so visual, people have Sandy happened, construction told me that one has affected happened, people were repaintthe other. I’ve noticed that my ing, ripping things down, so now photography has gotten better the book collection has evolved as I’ve been working in the in- into a history book, like a visual terpreting field for years, so I documentary of how the penguess you could say it’s a nice insula has evolved. I still believe blend of being visual, because in my original idea, that these I’m so focused on visual de- books give people an opportunitails. It’s part of my profession ty to learn more about the comto interpret everything I see munity’s landscape and different and hear, and it carries over people. on how I focus on details in my RT: Your photos are absolutephotographs. The back covers of my photo book series, ly breathtaking, what camera do “Rockaway Street Art,” states: you use? CS: I first started with a Can“There is art in Everything we see, Everyplace we go, and in on EOS, but as the iPhone was every Person we meet,” and I advancing, especially the camsincerely believe that. I could era technology, I found that it’s look at something, and someone really amazing what you can do could say, “It’s just a piece of pa- with your iPhone. I don’t edit per,” but depending on how you my photos. That’s something bend your head and how the light that I stand by—what I see—is hits, it’s art! Everything is art. De- what you see! All I may do is enpending on perspective, there’s hance the brightness a little, but beauty in everything. For me, life nothing compared to what other photographers are doing like is all about perspective. adding a sun to a sky. I don’t do RT: How did you go about de- that. I like to capture the moment veloping the books, “Rockaway as I was lucky to see it. It’s bad enough what humans are doing Street Art?” CS: I’ve always taken photo- to nature, I don’t need to mess graphs of street art. There’s so with it in a photograph.


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RT: A lot of people are blown away by your photos. How do you feel about the reception you’ve received? CS: I’m just so appreciative and blessed that I bring people happiness. My photos make me happy. That’s why I take them and if I can share them with someone else, and it reminds them of a special moment, I feel blessed. RT: What exhibits has your work been featured in? CS: I’ve exhibited a few times at the Rockaway Artists Alliance and local cafe, Rockaway Roasters. I also participated in various local vendor events with the Rockaway Business Alliance on the boardwalk and the ferry. RT: If someone wants to purchase one of your photos, how do they go about it? CS: I could print any size of a photo up to 8”x10”. And I deliver! Price point for a single photo is $20, which just covers supplies used and my time. Just contact me on Facebook or email. Starting on Sunday, December 8, Scanlan’s “Rockaway Street Art” books, (published by Brooklyn-based printing company, Nova Offset) will be available at massage and wellness studio, NurtureU Wellness (165 Beach 116th Street). It’s $5 per book or the complete set (three books) for $10. Each book is over 40 pages of Rockaway's one of a kind street art! Also, to purchase the books and to check out Scanlan’s work: visit: Facebook page: Cheryl Scanlan or email: cscanlanphoto@gmail.com


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One Crazy Commute THE NIGHT THE A TRAIN FOUND JESUS By Katie McFadden

Ok, I must admit, working in Rockaway, I don’t have to take the subway often (Thank God!). But every now and then it’s inevitable. As I was attending an event at Madison Square Garden on a Monday night last month, the A train was my best bet. And boy, what an adventure it was. The ride there was seemingly uneventful until about the last five minutes when a man got on with a suitcase. He immediately said that he was handicapped, and although it wasn’t visible, my boyfriend and I gave up our seat to him. Good karma, right? Or simply, the right thing to do. That’s why I was surprised when that same man refused to let another woman, who claimed to be

handicapped, sit down next to him. “I’m not the only person on the train you can ask,” he says. Another life lesson… that not everyone has common decency, I guess. But what happened on the way back could’ve been an episode of the Twilight Zone. At least that’s what it felt like at 11 p.m. My boyfriend and I were waiting for the A train, unfortunately running locally during the late-night hours, when a man, draped in an Israeli flag, and carrying a full-blown eight-foot wooden cross, enters the platform. Curiosity ensued, but not enough for me to get too close. But we watched as one brave soul did approach and ask what his deal was, and the man explained that he was a Christian, and he began to preach. Few others

Bless this ride I was about to receive, for it was about to be a wild one. “Showtime” began, but just about everything except the choreographed train acrobats entered over the course of the long, long ride. We watched as a man got on and pleaded with fellow riders to give what they could, so he could help make his child support payments. He makes his rounds and eventually comes to Jesus, sitting with his cross near the center of the train car. Jesus pulls out a Bluetooth speaker and hands it to the man. “What’s this?” he asks, confused. Jesus insists that he take it and sell it to make some money. approached until the train The man obliges. After all, it finally arrived, and at that would be rude to refuse a gift point, I did what any good from a man bearing a cross. Catholic would do—I folContinued on page 28 lowed Jesus.

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Imaging The use of computed tomography (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound increased dramatically in the U.S. between 2000 and 2006. Among Medicare beneficiaries, the increase was higher than any other physician-provided services. Steep increases in the rates of these imaging studies can be attributed to technical improvements, physician and patient demand, and strong financial incentives (to those providing the imaging services). Medical imaging contributes to accurate disease diagnosis and improved treatments, but there are down sides to increased rates of imaging, and they include increased

patient costs and patient harms such as overdiagnosis, incidental findings, increased patient anxiety, and radiation exposure (with CT). It has been estimated that 30 percent or more of imaging studies are unnecessary, costing approximately $30 billion in the U.S. alone. In a recent study that compared the U.S. with 10 other developed countries, the U.S. ranked one or two in the number of CT and MRI studies done per 1000 individuals. Recently, a large study was published that examined medical imaging rates in the U.S. and Ontario, Canada from 2000 to 2016. It assessed changes in the rates of imaging among individuals


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across diverse integrated healthcare systems by country, health system, and patient demographic factors. Not surprisingly, the use of CT, MRI, and ultrasound in seven integrated healthcare systems in the U.S. and Canada has continued to rise in recent years. Although the rates of increase were highest from 2000 to 2006, the rates continued to rise, albeit more slowly, from 2006 to 2016 (from 1 to 5 percent annually). The notable exception was for pediatric CT scans, which declined since 2006, most likely due to pediatriciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns of exposing children to ionizing radiation. The data suggested that imaging rates were lower in healthcare systems that had stronger incentives to constrain imaging (and thereby keep costs lower). The data from this and other studies conform to my experience and that of many of my colleagues. For example, someone on straight Medicare (meaning not a member of a Medicare advantage plan) does not require any pre-authorization or prior approval in order to have an MRI or CT scan performed. The

The Rockaway Times tests are automatically covered. On the other hand, a member of a Medicare advantage plan or most other commercial plans (i.e. EmblemHealth, HealthCare Partners) requires pre-authorization before an MRI or CT can be performed as an outpatient (in a non-emergency situation). Because these plans are in business to turn a profit, they make the prior approval process very difficult, especially for primary care practitioners. Many of these plans also offer financial incentives to physicians who order the least number of tests, thereby keeping costs low. The prior approval process is lengthy and tedious, and very often the person who processes the prior approval request has little to no clinical experience and is not a healthcare professional. It is for this reason and others that many primary care providers are opting for early retirement or taking non-clinical positions. If nothing changes, primary care providers will be just a memory, replaced by large multi-specialty groups with large staffs and no personality. Please direct questions and comments to editor@rockawaytimes.com


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Light In The Darkness As we enter into December, it is a time of darkness with winter and longer days. At the same time, we celebrate the miracle of turning darkness into light, winter solstice. This is a season of blessings when darkness births light. The Jews celebrate Hanukkah, the miracle of Light when due to a war, the oil lamp in the Temple was about to go out and miraculously, it continued to burn for eight days until new oil was found. Christians celebrate the same miracle of Light with Jesus’ birth. There is much to celebrate in the season of light!

At Ocean Bliss Yoga, we chose the focus to be on contentment and forward folding in poses helping us to go inward and be happy with what we have in our present life. December can be a stressful month for many reasons, so perhaps knowing we already have everything we need, will help. So often we lose focus on why we celebrate these holidays. Perhaps, this year the focus could be on spending quality time with the ones you love. Be happy with what you have and give the gift of your presence. The practice of forward folds allows you to go deep inside,

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finding peace and quiet. Invite this darkness into your wellbeing. Without darkness, there would be no light. The definition of contentment is: “an emotional state of satisfaction that can be seen as a mental state, maybe drawn from being at ease in one’s situation, body and mind. Contentment could be a state of having accepted one’s situation and is a milder and more tentative form of happiness.” Is it possible to be content when you are not happy or healthy? Is acceptance part of this equation? Can we accept who we are, what we are doing and be content with who we already are? Sometimes we are striving for more and yet we have all that we need. As humans, we are always trying to improve our status no matter how happy we are. We are goal oriented and often striving to better ourselves. “Santosha invites us into contentment by taking refuge in a calm center, opening our hearts in GRATITUDE for what we do have and practicing the paradox of not seeking.”- Deborah Adele. If we are content, we are happy.

If we are full of gratitude for this life, we will be content and happy. You cannot be happy if you are not content. You will not find contentment in life without gratitude. Here are some keys to the success of being content in life: Count your blessings. Take time to really appreciate this life. Catch the sunrise or sunset, go for a walk on a winter day (when there is no wind!), hug a person, take a few centering breaths, smile at someone that could use some positive energy, learn to enjoy the simple things in life such as going out to dinner with friends, catching a show, taking a yoga class or fitness class together. Simply learning to enjoy what we already have. “Happiness is self-contentedness.” My mom, Mary Timlin, was way beyond her years when she said to each and every one of us: “Be content and you will always be happy.” It took a long time for me to truly embrace this mantra but it’s beginning to settle into my bones. I hope you can find contentment and happiness. It’s a choice you can freely choose. I choose to be happy even on dark days.

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ONE CRAZY COMMUTE Continued from Page 25 Next enters a woman, who claims to be a domestic violence victim, asking for money. She makes her rounds and reaches Jesus, who pulls out a tambourine, and tells the woman to take it and sell it for money. She graciously accepts the unique gift, and praises God’s love. At this point, I’m thinking how sweet and symbolic it was, that a man dressed like Jesus, would give everything he had to the less fortunate. Meanwhile, my law enforcement boyfriend’s first thoughts were that Jesus was giving his belongings away because he may have been suicidal. As Jesus sat with a dead look on his face after the interactions, I couldn’t help but think, maybe boyfriend right. At this point, I’m having a moral dilemma of whether or not I want to approach the man and ask if he’s okay. That

is, until a duo of young college students enter the train with a violin and cello in tow. They play a quick tune before they reach Jesus, where they appropriately choose to perform “Hallelujah.” Apparently, Jesus got a kick out of this, as he pulled out his only item left, a cellphone, but not to give it away. He starts recording. For some reason, the whole scene reminded me of the scene in the movie, Titanic, where the string band starts playing on the deck as the ship is going down. I tell my boyfriend this and about a minute later, it happens. They break out with “Nearer My God to Thee,” the song played during that exact scene from Titanic. At that point, I lose it. I don’t know if delirium set in from being overtired, or if it was just the hilarity of the entire situation, but I burst out laughing and couldn’t stop. I paused for a second to tell my boyfriend, “The A train is going down. Women and children first.” And I laugh

and laugh. I’m laughing uncontrollably when the string duo gets off and a rapper enters the stage, I mean, subway car. He sits near us and starts rapping out loud, but I guess I looked like the crazy person at that point, laughing for no apparent reason, so he chose to move. Instead, he sits right across from Jesus. Jesus confronts him and says something along the lines of “Jesus died for you, what are you doing with your life?” At this point it starts to get a little loud and I’m now at peace with my decision to not get too close earlier. I’m afraid all hell is going to break loose, but whatever the rapper confessed, was enough for Jesus to say, “I respect that.” About two stops later, our A Train ride finally comes to an end. Jesus remained, on his way to Lefferts Boulevard, or God knows where. I may never know exactly what A Train Jesus was about, but one thing is for sure, that was a bizarre train ride, even

The Rockaway Times by A train standards. I shared this story with friends who immediately asked, “you sure you didn’t ingest shrooms?” Alas, no drugs were involved in the making of this event, at least, on my part. But it served as another reminder of why I don’t take the A train often, or why maybe, I should start. Maybe this I one of those, “you had to be there” stories to appreciate it. But, I'll share this story in the hopes that others may be brave enough to share their own out-ofthe-ordinary A train experience, or on any other means of public transportation to or from Rockaway. The long commute is hard on many of us. Let’s make it a little lighter by sharing unique experiences, and I don’t mean the usual gripes of disrupted service. If you have a story you’d like to share, please send them to katie@rockawaytimes.com or call the Rockaway Times office at 718-634-3030. We’d be happy to publish your own subway saga.

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Beat Self-Defeat Dear Enchantress, How do you stop doing things that are self-defeating? Confidentially, my boyfriend says he does this at professionally important times. I know it’s important for him to help himself, but he complains to me, and I see how he’s self-sabotaging and it’s not only hard to watch, his feeling bad, impacts me and our life together. Got any suggestions? Dear Sally Support, Big question. I like it, and many of my clients have this, with different details, but how to help a partner who is self-sabotaging is a challenge.

Especially if you live together, you might be watching him actually take the self-defeating actions, and it might be hard to not speak to it, which may add to the stress. It’s true, it’s best if he looks for help or support on his own. If that is not happening, here are some communication tips to use in a stressfree moment. In this stress-free moment, you can begin by getting consent to open this conversation: “Can I ask you a question about a work/business something you shared that stuck with me?” As in, “is now a good time for you?” (You’ll feel the “perfect” time in your body). It should

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be a moment when there is no time pressure for anything. Next, I would recommend taking your questions and dialogue slowly. This is not advice-giving, or here’s what I think... If he says, “yes,” refer to that original conversation when he shared about being self-defeating at professionally important times. “Remember when you shared about.... well, it stuck with me, and because I love and care about you, I see what seems like stress for you about this.” Then pause and tune in to what that’s like for him to receive. Then to close, tell him, “This isn’t easy for me to bring up,

because I think it must be hard for you... and I’d like to know if there is any way that you know of that I can support you to get support?” It’s optional and if you sense he is open, you can share, “I have a couple of ideas, and I would love to share them when you are ready to hear.” So overall: 1. Take this slow; 2. Make no demands; 3. Stay open and curious as to where he is on receiving support from you, or from any of the ideas you have. To work with Enchantress Shane or to submit your questions, go to: enchantedembodiment.com

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Fuggedaboutit!!!! By Lou Pastina

The recently married mermaid gave me a gift not long ago that I got to use this past week: a NYC Gangster Mob Tour! And let me tell you, it was loads of fun, a lot of walking (which I love) and nobody got whacked (which is too bad!). The tour was attended by about 12 people, almost all from out of town, and so the senior mermaid and I, and two friends were the only native New Yorkers on the tour. But we didn’t

care as this is the greatest city in the world, so why not be a tourist every now and again. The tour began at Petrosino Park between Kenmare and Lafayette Streets, just up the block from the old police headquarters on Centre Street. It started with a talk about the Sicilian who ultimately became one of NYC’s best early detectives, and the story ended with New York’s finest traveling to Palermo, Italy to track down a bad guy, but instead was mur-

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dered there because of a slip of the tongue here in the U.S. by the commissioner. We walked down Kenmare Street, which is a broken down three blocks of a street west of the Bowery coming down from the Williamsburg Bridge. You would never know it, but our tour guide described how over 300 people were murdered on that tiny strip literally four blocks from the police station. The street was lined with ginmills, brothels, and gambling establishments all owned and run by not only Italian mobsters, but their Jewish partners too.

As we made a left on to Mulberry Street and walked toward old St. Pat’s Cathedral, we heard names that we are all familiar with like: Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, Arnold Rothstein, Frank Costello, Albert Anastasia and Joe Colombo. The stories are all the same, the old guard gets a little too comfortable, and the young rambunctious guys want to take over the turf. We’ve seen it in the Godfather, but these are the streets where it actually happened. As we got up further into what is now known as Nolita (North Little Italy), we got into John Gotti’s neighborhood and his club. And other names popped up, like, Paulie Castellano, who got whacked outside of Sparks Steak House in midtown; and Joey Gallo, who got it at Umberto’s right where we were standing. Interestingly, Umberto’s is no longer in the same location as when Joey took a few to the head, it’s now in the middle of the block on Mulberry. Continued on page 31




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THE LAZER SPEAKS Continued from Page 30 We also covered names like Vito Genovese, Carlo Gambino and Vincent â&#x20AC;&#x153;the chinâ&#x20AC;? Gigante. All these guys have graced the front pages of the NY Daily News and the NY Post over the years, but we forget that they lived and worked right here in New York. There was also a discussion of Murder Inc. One of that crew was Bugsy Goldstein, hey wait a minute we have a Bugsy here in Rockaway too. If you want to talk Summer Classics, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make you an offer you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t refuse! The tour wandered south across Canal Street on Mulberry into Chinatown and included an overview of the Tong Wars, the Chinese version of the mob. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk over to the Bloody Angle of Doyers Street, but I highly recommend reading about it and walking that street. But the tour wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t over yet. We walked to the far south end of Columbus Park, where old Chinese guys play one-stringed

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Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. LATE FALL NATURE HIKE Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Search for cardinals, yellow-rumped warblers, white-throated sparrows, and more. Learn about the birds that make their winter home here and the techniques they use to survive the cold.

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Sunday, December 8, 2 p.m. EXHIBIT OPENING: OUR NATIONAL PARKS Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge See Jayne Holsinger’s series of gouache water color paintings of national parks “designed to inspire my fellow New Yorkers to embrace stewardship for the preservation of nature.” Meet and greet the artist at the opening reception. Exhibit displayed for two months.

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LEGAL NOTICES Notice of Formation: EYSTONE LLC. Arts of Org filed with Sec. of State of New York (SSNY) 10/29/2019.Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served & shall mail process to the LLC, 3901 Main St STE 610, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: General

Cut to Fit LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 9/30/2019. Office located in Queens Co. SSNY is designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 158-11 Archer Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of NOVEL 3 LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/28/2019. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Novel 3 LLC, C/O Allen Michel 11627 225th Street Cambria Heights, NY 11411). Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Kulture Club LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 07/17/2019. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 65-23 Parsons Blvd 3K, Flushing NY 11365. Any lawful purpose

REGAL QUEENS PROPERTY LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/13/19. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Ken Huang; Norman Lui 3808 Union St Ste 8A Flushing NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NYSkyline Realty LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 2/27/2019. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 13631 41 Ave., #1A28, Flushing, NY 11355. General Purpose. Notice of Formation of 12-55 150th St. LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/17/19. 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, 48-12 Fresh Meadow Lane, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Cypress Avenue Apartments, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/19/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process may be served and SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at c/o WellLife Network, 142-02 20th Ave., 3rd Fl., Flushing, NY 11351. Purpose: any business permitted under law.

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LEGAL NOTICES 18-18 25TH ROAD, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/16/2019. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 27-18 Hoyt Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11102. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of CCNJ HOLDINGS LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/19/2019. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to CCNJ HOLDINGS LLC, 73-05 168TH STREET; FRESH MEADOWS, NY 11366. Any lawful purpose. EC Training and Consulting, LLC Articles of Organization filed with NYS Secretary of State (SSNY) on 02/28/2018. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 46-06 Bowne Street, D5, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of W.R. Organization, LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 9/30/19. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to W.R. ORGANIZATION, LLC, 97-15 Horace Harding Expressway, Apt. 12K, Corona, NY 11368. Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of Floral Parkwewell LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the secretary of state of New York SSNY on 10/15/2019. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 195-18 42 Ave, Flushing, NY 11358. Purpose: any lawful purpose. 1259 PLACE LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/29/2016. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 88-08 Liberty Ave., Ozone Park, NY 11417. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 1717 MADISON, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/17/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process may be serviced and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 151-71 25 th Avenue, Whitestone, NY 11357. Principal business address: 1717 Madison Street, Ridgewood, NY 11385. Purpose: any lawful act.

22-48 41 ST, LLC filed w/ SSNY on 10/17/19. Office: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 22-48 41st St., Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: any lawful. Notice of Formation: Kyle 13219 LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/09/2019. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served against the LLC to 292 Bay 10th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful purpose or activity KNKA LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/22/2019. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Perry Nathanail, 26-17 210th Place, Bayside, NY 11360. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. KJ’S INT’L GROUP LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 10/03/2019. Office Location: Queens County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 38-08 Union St, Ste 13B, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. Notice of qualification of Grand Asset Management, LLC. Authority filed w/ Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/12/2019. Organized in Alaska on 07/11/2019. NY Off. loc.: Queen Cnty. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 200 W. 34th Ave. #977, Anchorage, AK 99503, which is also the address to be maintained in Alaska. Arts. of Org. filed w/ Alaska Sec. of State, PO Box 110806, Juneau, AK 99811. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Jose L. Nieves and Associates, PLLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 08/27/2019. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 213-37 39th Avenue, Suite 184, Bayside, NY 11361-2071. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. CHROMATIC FAS LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 10/15/2019. Cty: QUEENS. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 6762 79TH ST., MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY 11379. General Purpose. ALMA TOWER LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/02/09. Latest date to dissolve: 12/31/2079. 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, 31-10 37th Avenue, Suite 500, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.


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Rockaway Native Composer to Debut Opera Composer Alex Weiser, a Rockaway native, who was first profiled in The Rockaway Times in May 2016 for founding the concert series, Kettle Corn Music, is working on his next project—State of the Jews, a new opera debuting at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan this week. Weiser has composed the music with libretto Ben Kaplan for this historical drama, which will run from Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8. Directed by Mary Birnbaum, "State of the Jews" is a historical drama about the charismatic and controversial Austro-Hungarian Jewish journalist Theodor Herzl (18601904) in the last year of his life as his efforts to secure a Jewish homeland become increasingly desperate. The true but largely unknown story of Theodor’s conflicted relationship with his wife, Julie Herzl, and the toll his political views and activities took on their family life is interwoven throughout, creating a counterpoint against the more well-known public portions of the story. Baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco will sing the role of Theodor Herzl and Mezzo-Soprano Kristin Gornstein the role of Julie Herzl. Tenor Alex Mansoori, Bass-Baritone Adrian Rosas, and the C4 choir complete the cast. The opera will be performed with a seven-piece instrumental ensemble led by pianist Lee Dionne, with lighting by Bessie Award winner Kryssy Wright, and costumes by Amy MacDonald.

Developed through the LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture fellowship in 2018, this run marks the first complete performances of "State of the Jews" which has been workshopped over the last two years. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on December 5, 6 and 7, and at 1 p.m. on December 8. The theater is located at 344 East 14th Street in Manhattan. The 90-minute opera includes one intermission. Tickets are $35 and are available online at www.14streety.org/StateoftheJews Weiser has been keeping busy as a successful composer. Not only is he the co-founder of the Kettle Corn Music concert series, Weiser is the Director of Public Programs at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research where he curates and produces programs that combine a fascination with and curiosity for historical context. In April, Weiser released his debut album, and all the days were purple, on Cantaloupe Music. The album contains includes songs in Yiddish and English sung by Eliza Bagg which have been praised as “ravishing” (The New Yorker), “reverent and magical... devastatingly beautiful,” (American Record Guide) and “gorgeous” (Tablet Magazine). The album is available on most music streaming services and is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. For more information about Weiser, check out www. alexweiser.com/

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File No.: 2018-3136/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Elsa Jean Silverman, Alice S. Levine, Michael R. Wenger, Victor J. Schwartzman, Edward Schwartzman, Sandra Stain, Ira Ofsink, Deanne Jacobi, David Sorin, Attorney General of the State of New York. The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of Lewis Offsink, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested, a copy of this citation and account and all amendments to it, if any, shall be served on the Guardian ad Litem, Shelley Ann Quilty-Lake, Esq., as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of Lewis Offsink, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 8800 Shore Front Parkway, #11P, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of Lewis Offsink, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 30th day of January, 2020 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $40,688.03 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(3); and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 26th day of November, 2019. HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County James Lim Becker Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000 1981 Marcus Avenue, Suite 200 Lake Success, New York 11042 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation


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Oh, Beach 116th Street Christmas Tree Story and Photos by Katie McFadden

Beach 116th Street is looking merry and bright. On Saturday, November 30, crowds gathered on the commercial strip for the annual ceremony to light the Beach 116th Street Christmas tree. Once again, Democratic District Leader Lew Simon, Kathleen Lalsie, and Liz Hanna spearheaded the effort to keep Christmas alive on Beach 116th Street at the annual lighting ceremony. Earlier in the week, with the help of Mazzone Hardware, the large tree was brought to the median near the firehouse, where the community gathered for the lighting on Saturday. The ceremony was held a bit earlier this

year in hopes that the weather would be warm and draw a good crowd, which turned out to be a good plan for the clearskied evening. The crowds were also kept warm with plenty of goodies, with food donates for Ciro’s pizza and Last Stop, and hot chocolate provided by House on the Rock Church. DJ Matt Finely of Rockawaves DJ played some holiday hits to get the crowd ready. The ceremony then began with a prayer led by Dr. Nancy Gahles, who blessed the tree, which was then lit after a countdown from 10. Pastor Garry Patrylo, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and Councilman Donovan Richards then gave a few words, wishing everyone a happy holiday season. The crowds were then entertained


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with several Christmas carols by local youth groups. The P.S. 114 Chorus performed hits like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree," while the Rehoboth Church Choir performed “Silent Night” and Scholars’ Academy finished off the show with “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” which was perfect as the big man in the red suit himself showed up shortly after to take photos with all of the kids. Beach 116th Street will continue the festive fun on Sunday, December 22 for the annual Community Hanukkah Menorah Lighting. The ceremony, which kicks off at 3:45 p.m., will feature singing, hot chocolate, jelly donuts, chocolate gelt and more as the menorah is lit for Hanukkah.

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The most wonderful time of the year is here again—and with Santa sightings, jaw-dropping lighting displays, holiday popups, live music and more!— here’s where to add some Rockaway sparkle to your holiday season!


Saturday, December 7 9 p.m. Looking for a Sue-rrific evening? Well, head to Rogers and party all night long with Wine with Sue! 203 Beach 116th Street

Anna’s Elves, a holiday gift drive for the Hematology/Oncology department at Cohen Children's Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald House. Donations of baked goods welcome. Broad Channel Athletic Field (125 Cross Bay Blvd.)

Sundays Saturday, December 14 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. LIVE MUSIC: 9:30 a.m. It’s all about that jazz with The Get ready for the ultimate SanMike Severino Trio Sunday Jazz Friday, December 6 ta sighting, as there will not just Sessions at Whits End. 6 p.m. be one or two, but scores of San97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd Head to Bungalow Bar for antas running on the boardwalk other fantastic Friday Acoustic SPECIAL MENTIONS — with Rockapulcorun’s Santa Suit Nights with classic rocksters, the one-mile walk and 5K run. SanRock-A-Wades! ta suit pick-up and day of regisHOLIDAYS LIGHTINGS & 377 Beach 92nd Street tration is at Rockaway Gliders SANTA SIGHTINGS! Baby, it’s cold outside, but who Fitness (114-04 Beach Channel Friday, December 6 can resist festive holiday light- Drive) from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. 8 p.m. Aye! leanúint do chroí to ings or HO, HO, HO!—a chance Run starts at 11 a.m. on the boardwalk at Beach 116th. Plus Breezy’s BayHouse as The to see Santa? Rockapulco Gold post-run parBrooklyn Bards transports you to ty at Gliders. $40 for adults, $15 Sunday, December 8 the Emerald Isle with classic and for kids 14 and under. Register at 2 p.m. contemporary Irish folk songs. Find out why jaws drop at local rockapulcorun.com 500 Bayside, Breezy Point Joe Mure’s annual Little North HOLIDAY SHOPPING Pole. This Rockaway tradition Saturday, December 7 POP-UPS is anything but little as it glit1:30 p.m. Looking for that special holiDon't miss locals Eugene ters with towering toy soldiers, Brennan and Joe O' Grady guest a lifelike carousel, festive perfor- day gift? Avoid the mayhem debartending at Jamesons for a mances, free food, a much-an- partment store shopping, and special Stockings For A Cause ticipated visit from Father instead get one-of-a-kind gifts at event to pay it forward to the Christmas giving out gifts, plus various pop-ups around town. charity’s 2019 honoree, Sergeant a special surprise this year! And Friday, December 6 and infantryman Kristian Cede- the best part? All donations go 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. toward a cause close to Mure’s no. BHYC’s Holiday Boutique is heart, the Juvenile Diabetes Re421 Beach 129th Street a big one starring two floors of search Foundation. 40+ vendors selling clothing, 144-03 Neponsit Avenue Saturday, December 7 art, crafts, accessories, culinary 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. delights, apothecary products, Sunday, December 8 Try your luck and see if you and loads more! Plus, live music, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. can score tickets to Shilelagh Rockaway WISH presents Treats 50/50, gift raffles and door prizes! Law’s last show of 2019 at the 533 Beach 126th Street BHYC’s “Christmas in NY” con- with Santa at the BHYC featuring cert. Get tickets through PayPal: a DJ, face-painting, crafts and the Sunday, December 8 bhycevents@gmail.com or visit celebrity of the season—Santa! 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Facebook event page: Last show Special sensory hour from 1 p.m. Shop + Tacos + Music + Beer = of 2019 - BHYC "Christmas in to 2 p.m. for kids with special needs. Free, but donations of an adds up to a sweet day of shopNY" show. ping supporting Rockaway’s unwrapped toy welcome. 533 Beach 126th Street craftiest at the Rockaway Makers 533 Beach 126th Street Market at the Brewery. Saturday, December 7 415 Beach 72nd Street Sunday, December 8 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. At RBQ tonight, you’ll defiWednesday, December 11, It’s Broad Channel’s always nitely be having a holly, jolly 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Christmas with Walker and The spectacular annual Christmas It’s all about shopping local at Brotherhood of the Grape’s An- Tree Lighting with music pernual Christmas show. Get ready formed by New Life Choir, a hol- RISE Center’s Rockaway Holiday Market featuring locally-made to hear your favorite Christmas iday presentation by Thomasiclassics, plus original songs from na’s Dance Co., and a visit from soap, baked goods, jewelry, stathe band’s album, Bar-Humbug. Old Saint Nick! Plus get even tionary, and more! more in the Christmas spirit by Not one to miss! 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd bringing an unwrapped gift for 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

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OTHER FESTIVE MUSES AROUND TOWN Wednesday, December 11 7 p.m. Create as you sip at Bungalow’s Holiday Evergreen Creative Workshop, hosted by Rockaway’s own 1-800-FLOWERS floral expert, Julie McCann Mulligan! Learn how to make your holiday table pop with a beautiful seasonal evergreen centerpiece! General admission is $40 or $30 if you bring your wooden planter from the last workshop. To sign up, search: Holiday Evergreen Creative Workshop on eventbrite. com or call Bungalow at 718-9452100. 377 Beach 92nd Street Thursday, December 12 7 p.m. Rockaway Beach Autism Families hosts its second annual holiday party at Knights of Columbus with Master of Ceremonies: The Best Dressed Man In Rockaway. The holiday party is free and everyone goes home with a gift, a belly food of food and fun. All welcome to attend! Plus Santa will add his touch to the special gathering. If you are a business or local resident who would like to donate a gift towards the event, please email ourartisticchild@ outlook.com. Also, join Rockaway Beach Autism Families on Facebook. 333 Beach 90th Street THEATRE Sunday, December 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, December 16, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Calling all musical theater actor-singers! The RTC is holding auditions for their production of the epic rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. Bring headshot and resume if available. There will be no sides at the audition as the play is entirely sung. Auditioners should be prepared to sing the selections noted in their character breakdown. Visit: www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org for more info. Post Theater, Building T4, Fort Tilden Got info. on local live music and art? Email: editor@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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Peninsula Prep Students Get a Lesson in Energy Conservation Students at the Peninsula Preparatory Academy in Far Rockaway are  “energy wise,” thanks to PSEG Long Island and The National Theatre for Children (NTC). Students enjoyed interacting with the NTC performers during the live  Energized Guyz  theater performance, which taught them about energy and how to save it.  PSEG Long Island brings shows to local schools throughout the year to help kids learn at a young age how and why it is important to save energy. Peninsula’s students are among the 40,000 students in the Rockaways and Long Island to see the Conservation Caper this fall. This is the sixth season the program has been offered by PSEG Long Island to area schools free of charge. From September through December, kindergarten through sixth-grade students at 100 schools will be

entertained by the show. The Conservation Caper focuses on four key takeaways and is meant to spark conversations in the classroom on energy efficiency. During the twenty-minute performance, students learn: What energy is;  The uses of energy; How energy is wasted; and Ways to conserve energy. In addition to live performances, the program includes student playbooks (print and online versions), teacher guides, e-books and digital games and activities that align

with the important concepts outlined in the live shows. PSEG Long Island sponsors every aspect of the program, making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to lessons in science, literacy and the arts. “We sponsor these energy conservation performances because students, their teachers, and administrators have told us it’s an effective way to open the conversation about reducing energy consumption in a fun and interactive way,” said Suzanne Brienza, director

of customer experience and utility marketing, PSEG Long Island. “Along with presenting the program, we offer families free energy efficiency kits and the opportunity for their schools to vie for hundreds of dollars in incentives for going greener.” For more information on The National Theatre for Children or to register for a performance at your school, visit:https:// www.psegliny.com/inthecommunity/communitypartnership/educationalprograms/theenergizedguyz.

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