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VOL. 6, NO. 32 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020

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THE PROM IS ON By Bert Sanders

The holidays are over, and despite the winter being on the mild side thus far, it's cold outside! It’s quite difficult to imagine galivanting through town with no shoes, no shirt, and no plan, since our carefree summer personas have been thinly veiled for several months now. For many, this is the perfect opportunity to give our brains and livers a break and settle into a brief hibernation. It’s a great time to step away from the high-octane insanity that defines this infamous beach town. Many others fly south in an attempt to keep their summer selves alive through the winter months. This can be both a bold and a dangerous endeavor. Whatever your survival methods may be, it’s time to put them on hold for one enchanted evening and let it all hang out at Poseidon’s Prom! For those of you who live both on the rock and under one,

Poseidon’s Prom is the yearly fundraiser for Poseidon’s Parade, Rockaway’s famous art parade. In keeping with ancient Greek tradition, the prom always falls on the Saturday after

the Super Bowl at the Knights of Columbus. That makes this year’s prom date February 8, 2020! I checked in with Rockaway’s favorite actor, comedian, DJ and glitter enthusiast, Paddy Tubz. I spotted him on the ferry ride to YEMSG to catch his 100th Phish show during their yearly New Year’s Run. He told me that he has been preparing his DJ set since last year’s event. “You can never be too prepared!" He shouted with conviction. “A good set list will make or break a show. You can’t just get up there and jam for 40 minutes. There

has to be a plan. You have to keep the people moving. The energy is the most important thing. You can’t let it die with a set-killing boring song. People are paying good money to be entertained!” The interview suddenly ended in a puff of glitter as he disappeared into the late December fog. In a quest for more information, I descended into Poseidon’s Cave, which is in its early phases of construction, to meet with Casey and Geoff. Casey told me that “The Prom theme is ‘Homecoming."' When I asked Geoff for clarification, he shouted, “It’s a Prom-Themed Prom. Make sure to close the gate when you leave.” As I quickly scurried away, I wondered if the spray paint and other aggressively scented fumes in the poorly ventilated basement cave were beginning to get to their heads. I believe my journalistic instincts were once again on point.

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BOYLEING POINTS

Giddy Up When I last checked in, I was a night removed from the Dixie Motel, the place that scared Norman Bates away. Our next stop was horse country in Ocala, Florida, where we had reserved a motorhome for the night. We had planned the trip (from Mount Pleasant to Clearwater) figuring we’d bike about 50 miles a day. Sometimes the best option was a fleabag, sometimes an Airbnb. And with Airbnb, sometimes your only choice is a motorhome or trailer. We had thought about bringing camping equipment and it was only at the last minute did we ask ourselves, what are we nuts? Fifty miles a day through the backwoods of Georgia and backswamps of Florida was nutty enough. Anyway, Ocala was pretty as a picture and the soft, rolling hills were a nice change of terrain. There was very little traffic and who doesn’t like to see horses as you pass down a country road? It was a pleasant enough ride that I almost forgot about my butt that was still grumbling. But since I bundled up, wearing two pairs of padded bike underpants (sorry for the visual), I could barely hear my cheeks saying, hey buddy, give it a rest. We’re

hurting down here. There was one horse ranch after another. A couple of them struck us as odd as their front gates seemed overly protective, like they were CIA horse training facilities. I won’t be surprised when horses start to talk (and spy). They will have been bred here. You don’t have to believe me, but in mid-afternoon we passed by a racetrack named, Bubba’s Speedway. Bubba’s, yep. On a lark, we turned in hoping we could get our bikes on the track for a couple of runs but it turned out to be a dirt track, which was being prepped for that night’s races. They have speeding races and Demolition Derby and that sort of stuff here. We met a young lady who was going to be driving her dad’s suped-up speedster at over 100 mph that evening. Her name is Morgan Johnson, so if she hits it big, we can say we knew her when, y’all. There were some characters around getting ready. One guy drove an old T-Bird that was outfitted with a rooster on back, a rooster that could shoot water out his mouth like a hose. Others were busy putting together weird hybrid vehicles that would later be demolished in the der-

by. It would have been a great thing to see but the racing started at 7 p.m. and we still had 16 miles to go. We pedaled along until we had to turn down a long dirt road. We passed horses who looked down with great curiosity at Rick on his recumbent bike. Finally, we turned in and down another long road and came upon our 40-foot motorhome. Ready to live large. We were met by 10-year old Heather who said her mom was running errands and would be back shortly. It was a little strange that this 10-year-old and her two younger siblings were left here to meet us, but I guess the mom figured two old guys on bikes (one who needs two pairs of padded underwear) and had just pedaled 50 miles were gonna be harmless. It was only five minutes before mom, Sue Ann, showed up and gave us the tour of the motorhome. It had a very adequate shower, a master bedroom for me, and a pull-out for the Rickster. (I won odds or evens). After that tour, a better one was ahead. Sue Ann is a professional stagecoach driver. No, I didn’t know there was such a thing either. She and her dad drive (they don’t ride it) their stagecoach at rodeos and state fairs and cor-

Page 5 porate events. Their stagecoach is from the 1800s and is cool as any John Ford western. Her dad is a kinda famous stagecoach driver who once took a stagecoach across the country—10 miles a day. Took him 16 months. It was called the Reminisce Hitch. Sue Ann was a little disappointed I’d never heard of it. But I have heard of Wells Fargo and her dad is also the official driver of the Wells Fargo stagecoach, which is the bank’s logo. Sue Ann hopped up on the stagecoach and showed us a few moves of what it takes to drive. She then asked if we wanted to go for a ride in the jeep. The horses need regular workouts and get pulled along on runs around the ranch. I said sure, but that was before I found out 10-year-old Heather was the one who’d be driving the jeep. They do things differently out here. Two minutes into the drive, I realized Heather will be over at Bubba’s Speedway in a couple of years. I’d hire her at Belle Rock right now. It was a great, great day. But the next ride comes quickly. Early the next morning, we were headed for a place called Homosassa, not there’s anything wrong with it.

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for those who want to get into the spirit of the game and celebrate. The big game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox. This year, the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers. Besides the game, there will be commercials galore, a spicy halftime performance by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, and plenty of snack breaks, whether eating at home or out and about. Still need some grub for that game-day party at home? Local businesses have got you covered. Boardwalk Pizzeria is running game-day specials for two large plain pies or one large pie and 20 wings for $30.99. You can also order three-foot heroes. Boardwalk offers free delivery around town, including to Breezy Point, so they can bring the party to you. Call 347-6198002 to place your orders. Sorrentino’s Market has some great game-day specials like the First Down Package including a three-foot Italian or American hero, plus two side salads and a pickle tray for $79.95; the Field Goal Package with a choice of three half trays of a variety of

les, and three two-liter bottles of soda for $249.95, plus many other options. Call 718-8439800 to order. RBQ has party packages like a three-foot hero, a half tray of wings and a pint of slaw for $100; a six-foot hero with a full tray of wings and a quart of slaw for $200; or $200 for a tray of wings, and half trays of pulled pork and pulled chicken, 24 buns and a bbq sauce sampler. Call 718318-7427 to place your order. La Sorrentina has a sweet special of $14 for a pie or $17 for 20 wings on game day. Call 718-474-1775 to order. All American Bagel & Barista II in Broad Channel is offering plenty of options like 10% off Bagel Wheels and all hot food, plus a special that includes a three-foot chicken cutlet hero and a half tray of pasta vodka, baked ziti or wings for $109.99; or make it a four-foot Italian or American hero with the package for $124.99. If you’re throwing a bigger party, they also have a finger foods package for up to 20 people for $249.99 Continued on page 7


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SUPER SPECIALS FOR GAME DAY Continued from Page 6 or a sandwich and hot food package for up to 35 people for $349.99. Call 718-945-2233 to place your order. 101 Deli has some sandwich specials of $125 for a three-foot Italian or American hero with a half tray of wings, a half tray of penne alla vodka and garlic bread, and two bottles of soda; or $150 for a three-foot chicken cutlet or hot roast beef hero with a half tray of wings and a half tray of Swedish meatballs, plus two bottles of soda. Ludwigs Catering has some great options of large heroes, hot food and appetizers by the tray. For the full menu, head to ludwigscatering.com or call 718-634-4939 to order. Cuisine by Claudette may also be offering catering options. Call 718945-5511 for more info. Want to get out for the day? Plenty of local bars and restaurants are holding specials during the game. In Rockaway, head to RBQ on Beach 98th for their Big Game Par-

ty. For $65, you get unlimited canned beer, appetizers and sandwiches starting at 6 p.m. and through the game. Jameson’s is offering a special starting at 3 p.m. until the end of the game, of $75 for an open bar that includes beer and wine or $100 for an open bar that includes liquor, and a buffet at halftime for both. The Belle Harbor Yacht Club is hosting its annual Big Game party in the member’s lounge. There will be food, drinks and pool action. The doors open at 2 p.m. Just want to watch the game over a few drinks? Rogers Pub will be serving up drinks as people watch the game on a huge projection TV. The Wharf and Bungalow Bar are also great bayside choices with multiple TVs and delicious food to go with your beer. Consider stopping by Harbor Light, Batesy’s or Pico to catch the game while enjoying a good meal. Healy’s Pub will also be serving up drinks with the game on multiple screens.

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This Week in History to wait for the groundhog's shadow occurred. 1943 - Nazi troops surrendered in the World War II Battle of Stalingrad.

JANUARY 30 Terence Moriarty was born. Flavia Oliveira was born.

1948 - Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. 1972 - British troops opened fire on FEBRUARY 3 civil rights marchers in Northern Anthony George was born. Ireland, sparking the "Bloody Sunday" massacre. 1959 - Rock singers, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Big Bopper died JANUARY 31 in a plane crash. Lori Healey-Wasson was born. 1865 - The House of Representatives approved the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery in the United States. 1940 - The first social security check was issued to Ida Fuller for $22.54.

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THE PROM IS ON Continued from Page 2 As I left the cave, I wandered onto the boardwalk to find many people taking advantage of the 45-degree sunny weather. One such person was esteemed Knight and Rockaway internet persona, Bill Gehlhaus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have you seen the nutcracker man? I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen him since September!â&#x20AC;? he frantically asked before recognizing me in my hideous winter form. After pleasantries were properly exchanged, he told me that The Knights are ready for Rockaway Mermaid Brigadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yearly invasion of their space, and that tickets cost $40 and include an open bar and passed apps. As usual, the ceremony will include the crowning of the prom king and queen, who will lead next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parade. In addition to prom king and queen, everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite phallic trophy will be formally presented to a distinguished brigade member. Rumor has it that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Melvin James and the Home-

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Brazmex Café Brings A Taste of Brazil and Mexico to Beach 116th By Katie McFadden

You don’t have to hop on a plane down south or on a bus to Brooklyn or mainland Queens to experience authentic Brazilian or Mexican cuisine. Brazmex Cafe has brought the best of both worlds to Beach 116th Street.

In the mood for some authentic Mexican cuisine? Try the tacos complete with carne asada or chicken, topped with cilantro and onions, with a side of rice and beans, or a burrito stuffed with rice, beans, chicken and topped with mole poblano sauce. Don’t forget to start off with homemade

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guacamole and tortilla chips to scoop it up with. Or maybe you want to expand your palette and try something different? Treat yourself and splurge on Brazil’s traditional dish of feijoada—a stew of pork, beef and black beans served with rice, collard greens and orange slices. And if you really brought your appetite, you might want to go all out and experience Brazilian churrasco—a platter complete with steak, chicken, pork and chorizo, served with rice and black beans. If you still have room, finish your meal off with a caramel flan or passion fruit mousse for dessert. These are just a few of the flavors of Mexico and Brazil that you can now try without having to leave the peninsula. Brazmex Café, offering all of this and more at 241 Beach 116th Street, is now open for business. When Jorge Lima moved to Rockaway from Astoria three years ago, it didn’t take long

for him to realize the lack of diversity of cuisine that is so readily available in Astoria. As a native of Brazil, he noticed that there was only one Brazilian restaurant in town—Beach Bistro 96, and it wasn’t there for long. About a year ago, the Continued on page 13

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BRAZMEX CAFÉ Continued from Page 12 restaurant relocated to Manhattan. The realization of a lack of options coincided with an idea for his next move. As he nears retirement age, Lima, a chef for more than 30 years, wanted to do something for himself. The idea was encouraged by his business partner and sous chef, Levi Veliz, who he’s worked with for about 14 years. “He said, ‘Chef, why don’t you and I open something?’” Lima recalled. The idea stuck and the search for a location began. Wanting to bring something to his new hometown, Lima began looking for storefronts in Rockaway and soon came across the space that formerly housed Paninico. Originally, Lima considered opening a small café, but seeing a need for something different, he and Veliz decided it was time to give Rockaway a little something more. In this joint venture, Lima and Veliz decided to bring the best of both of their worlds. With

Lima being from Brazil and Veliz from Mexico, both know what’s behind authentic Latin cuisine, and they decided to share it with others. They came up with the simple concept of BrazMex, a restaurant with a menu offering the best of what Brazil and Mexico has to bring to the table. In July, they officially rented out the location and took the time to build it out, completing the décor with artwork from both of their native lands and clocks that display the times in America, Brazil and Mexico, making guests feel connected to the places that inspire the cuisine that tantalizes their taste buds. And the food already has people coming back for more.

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Since opening on January 14, Brazmex has already expanded its hours and has repeat customers. “People started coming. They want to try new stuff, new flavors, and they like it, they really like it,” Lima said. “Everyone is coming back. When we first opened, we were open for five days and now we’re open six and will soon be open seven days.” With fresh ingredients and plenty of flavor, it’s no wonder Brazmex has customers returning. “It’s something different, something new here,” Veliz said. “It’s exciting.” Brazmex is just getting started. While they currently offer lunch and dinner, Lima says they’ll soon add brunch to the mix on Sundays, offering a pre-fixe, three-course menu with plenty of options. They also have big plans for summer. “I think we’re going to be really busy in the summer,” Lima said. With quick bites like tacos and light summer dishes like the Rio tropical salad and a grilled shrimp salad, Brazmex will be a go to on and

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Turning The Page — Avoid The Day Bookstore/ Cafe Open Its Doors This Saturday! By Kami-Leigh Agard

After two years of hosting several Avoid The Day bookstore/café pop-ups at various venues on the peninsula, local husband and wife, Jianna and Jason Heuer, are a shining example of what can blossom from perseverance and faith in your dreams. This Saturday, February 1, the Heuers will jubilantly swing open the doors to Rockaway’s first-ever bookstore/cafe. They signed the lease to ATD’s new home on November 1, and lost no time in getting to work on the much-needed renovations to create the space they dreamt of. “We had to cosmetically strip, repaint and fix everything to turn out the space into the vision that we had,” Jason Heuer said. “Note, we did this for months, while still working at our day jobs. It was a lot of long

nights and weekends. We did most of the work ourselves with the exception of some work that definitely required a more professional skill set. Also, thankfully, we received so much help from friends in the community. So building our store was a community effort. It was just re-

ally heartening to not just have people in the community support the bookstore, but so many people coming out to help us build.” It was that community support during the couple’s last pop-up over the summer that convinced them to go full throttle and open a brick-and-mortar bookstore/café. “The sixweek pop-up over the summer was our real test,” Jianna Heuer said. “And we were so encouraged by the support with people saying a brick-and-mortar bookstore would work here and they really wanted it. At that pop-up, we sold more books than we thought we were going to, and it was really encouraging. We felt that we filled a void in the community that wanted a bookstore and could support it. So of course, signing a lease and finally opening three months later is all very exciting because it’s our dream.”

ATD’s official opening kicks off this Saturday at 10 a.m. Attendees will all receive a ticket at the door for the free raffle. The bookstore will also be giving away samples of pastries from Fat Cardinal Bakery, Rockaway Beach Bakery and Allie's Gluten Free Goodies, (an award-winning bakery based in Hickville, L.I., that sells gluten-free, nut-free, legume-free, dairy-free and kosher treats). In addition, the Heuers will be gifting a free cup of tea to those who purchase a book. However, one of the most exciting presentations will be the unveiling of ATD’s own blend of coffee called, “Bookish Blend.” The Heuers are beyond stoked. “The distributor is from my old hometown town in upstate NY. Jianna and I took a trip there and really loved their coffee. So we did a taste test, and came up Continued on page 16

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TURNING THE PAGE Continued from Page 15 with Bookish Blend with them. So excited to see how it is received by our customers,” Jason Heuer said. As of now, the Heuers have already stocked more than 3,000 books in the bookstore. “When we did the summer popup last year, I joined the American Booksellers Association, and learned a lot about what really sells in independent bookstores. We still have a Beach Reads section, Jason’s section, a very large children’s section, where now there is even a play area and a teepee with toys they can play with, fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, self-care (rather than self-help), local authors, short stories, memoirs/biographies, mysteries/thrillers, classics/poetry, home and garden, and DIY,” Jianna said. Jason added, “Plus we have two new sections, the owners’ day jobs section. For Jianna, it’s the psychology section and for me, it’s a graphic design and art

section.” “For the month of February, we are going to keep building our stock, fine tuning it to what our customers like and maybe want to see more of. We’re even going to have a suggestion box because again, we really want to serve the community. We don’t want to force our personal tastes on our customers. So our inventory is constantly going to be evolving. For example, if a book or pastry seems to be more popular, or if the coffee is too strong or too weak, or even if we work on other coffee blends named after a famous author, we are going to always keep in tune with what our community and customers want. Also you have to consider that it’s almost like we are opening two businesses at once, the bookstore, and the

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cafe serving people coffee, tea and pastries. So, this is a new venture on multiple fronts,” Jason Heuer said. As for when they will be serving wine, the Heuers are in the process of applying for the NYC tavern wine license. Jianna Heuer said, “However in the interim, we will be only be serving nonalcoholic beverages with the exception of special events, such as on Independent Bookstore Day (April 25) and over the Memorial Day weekend. We only have three special event permits where we could sell wine, so we want to use them wisely, until our official Tavern Wine License comes through.” Jason Heuer added, “We plan on being around for a long time. So once we get our Tavern License, it’ll be just part of our constant evolving as a business.” After a three-year endeavor and finally seeing their dreams come true, Jianna says, “To put it mildly, it’s crazy. After spending three months of building the space out, I’m extremely excited for the opening. I’m just so hap-

The Rockaway Times py that Jason and I figured out how to make this happen, and I really think it’s going to be successful.” Jason is still taking it in. “On certain days when I drive past the store when I’m taking Jianna to catch the ferry to get to work, I would stare and think, ‘Wow, we’re opening a bookstore.’ It’s just so surreal to think that our dream is coming true. However, I think once we open the doors and people start coming in and walking around inside, the reality will really start to sink in. “Five years ago, we moved to Rockaway, which was a dream within itself, and now opening our very own bookstore is a double-dream that came true,” he said. Avoid The Day Bookstore/ Cafe is located at 99-04A Rockaway Beach Blvd. Opening hours are: Wednesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 to 6 p.m. Hours may extend as warmer months draw near. Come this Saturday, February 1, and join the Heuers in celebrating their official opening.


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Docâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advice Dear Editor: I would like to comment on the recent media hysteria about the coronavirus, which originated in China. As usual, the media (but not The Rockaway Times, of course) exaggerates a threat in order to, as William Randolph Hearst said, sell "newspapers." Remember the avian flu, among other "dire" threats? The coronavirus is less deadly, and less contagious, than influenza. It is passed from person to person much like the flu, or common cold, is. You can contract it by inhaling aerosolized droplets that an infected person coughs into the air. To put this in perspective, on average, 80,000 people die of the flu and its complications in this country every year. There have not been, and probably won't be, any deaths from corona in this country, unless someone drinks too much Corona beer. There is no need to worry about this most recent "threat," nor is there any reason to wear a surgical mask while reporting in front of a camera. Wearing the mask just gives the report a false air of urgency to the viewer. Dr. Peter Galvin

The Other Wall Dear Editor: I'm not an engineer. I'm just a retired EMT, who's lived my entire life in Belle Harbor, Queens. As a child, I sheltered in place for Hurricane Donna in 1960, and as an adult, evacuated inland for Superstorm Sandy. However, when I read newspaper articles on a $119 Billion Sea Wall project, to pre-

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020 vent flooding in future Superstorm Sandy events (see link to NY Times article, https://www. ny t i m e s. c o m / 2 0 2 0 / 0 1 / 1 7 / nyregion/sea-wall-nyc.html ) I got a few questions. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start with, will this wall protect the Rockaways, or will our peninsula be used as a part of the wall? If it's a natural part of the wall, won't that leave Far Rockaway exposed at the Reynolds Channel/East Rockaway Inlet? For those who don't know, that's the area by the Atlantic Beach Bridge. I've seen the water in the channel almost overrun the beach at Beach 9th Street, with the high tides that are caused by lunar gravitational pull at new and full moons, in addition to storms coming in from the ocean. It's a low point on our beach, and prior to Sandy, caused me to wonder why several new buildings had been built with the garages below the level of the street, at Beach 9th Street by Seagirt Boulevard. Outside of our peninsula, comes the second question. In the Netherlands, the floodwaters would come, overall, from one side: the eastern Atlantic Ocean. As far as I know, there are no major rivers flowing into the area "behind" their wall. Won't "our" wall hold back water traveling naturally "downhill" from upstate, to the ocean from the Hudson River, or from the Long Island Sound via the East River, driven by the storm our wall would be raised against? This surge would affect City Island in the Bronx, as well as the beaches on Staten Island, Coney Island, and us in the Rockaways. Water behind a dam usually rises, doesn't it? What answers does the United States Army Corps of Engineers have? If paid

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Pheffer-Amato Appointed to Mitchell-Lama Working Group Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato was appointed to a New York State Assembly working group by Speaker Carl E. Heastie. The group, led by Assembly Housing Committee Chair Steven Cymbrowitz, will identify and propose solutions on the most pressing issues affecting limited profit housing companies, known as and referred to as Mitchell-Lama housing developments. The Mitchell-Lama program, which began in 1955, provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families. There are both city- and state-supervised Mitchell-Lama developments, totaling more than 110,000 units. While some are operated as rentals, most are operated as resident-owned cooperatives, with a board of directors elected by shareholders responsible for policy and financial decisions.

“Within my district alone there are over 2,800 units of resident-owned Mitchell-Lama cooperatives and for years my office has been inundated with thousands of complaints and concerns relating to this housing," Pheffer Amato said. “When the people speak, it is our job as elected officials to listen. I am excited to begin working on the complex issues and concerns surrounding these developments in order to ensure quality of life for everyone.” New laws call for greater standardization and transparency in application processing, require increased agency reporting on developments leaving the program, allow residents to access financial records relating to their development and expand the pool of applicants eligible for Mitchell-Lama housing by raising admission income limits.

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Rockaway Locals ‘March for Life’ By Marina Cregan

This past Friday, January 24, a group of Rockaway residents took a bus from St. Francis de Sales in Belle Harbor to Washington D.C., in order to join the Annual March for Life Rally. Founded by Nellie Gray, this march has taken place every year since January 1974. The March for Life Education and Defense Fund organizes the rally in Washington D.C. annually on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Roe V. Wade. This year’s rally stood out for several reasons. One of them being, 2020 marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. According to the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, this year’s theme is "Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.” Last week’s march was also significant due to President Donald Trump being the first president in history to ever at-

tend the event. When speaking at the rally, Trump said, “One life changes the world, and I am fighting for you.” Trump spoke about the importance of family. On the same day, Vice President Pence spent the day in the Vatican at a meeting with Pope Francis discussing the pro-life movement in the U.S. Rockaway locals stood alongside tens of thousands of people in the crowd participating in this year’s March for Life. The

group of approximately 40 attendees, was comprised of residents from all the parishes on the peninsula, and was organized by SFDS parish member, Rita Hayden. Rally attendees were both young and old, even some current junior high students from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy were in attendance. The students attended this rally to protect human life on the feast day of the school’s patron. St. Francis de Sales wrote, “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing is as gentle as real strength.” These words resonate with the message of the rally itself. When discussing the rally with Mrs. Diane Erhard, an

SFDS parish member and rally attendee, she too spoke of strength. She said she encouraged her grandchildren to attend so that future generations of Catholics would use their strength to fight for life, particularly for those who cannot fight for themselves. “When I looked at all the people in the crowd, I was inspired," Erhard said. “That is why I brought my grandkids, so they too could be inspired.” Event organizer, Hayden, was pleased with the positive energy from the marchers. She commented on the spirit of the crowd, adding that she didn’t see any negative protest signs. Hayden said, “Freedom of speech, everybody’s happy— no problems. It’s a great day, all about pro-life.” The bus had departed SFDS at 6 a.m., and did not return until 10:30 p.m. However, the long day does not keep attendees like Erhard from marching year after year. “I put it all in God’s hands,” Erhard said.

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Ask the DOC

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Lactose intolerance refers to the clinical syndrome in which symptoms of bloating, flatulence, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea arise following the consumption of lactose-containing foods. Lactose is a sugar found in dairy products. It is a disaccharide, meaning it is made of two monosaccharides (simple sugars), namely glucose and galactose. As an aside, the third monosaccharide is fructose, or fruit sugar. Fructose, when combined with glucose, forms the disaccharide sucrose, known as table sugar. In order for it to be absorbed into the body, lactose must be broken down in the gut by the enzyme lactase into glucose and galactose. Failure to break down lactose in the gut creates the symptoms of lactose intolerance. Simple sugars are absorbed at the tips of the microscopic ridges and valleys of the small intestine. These tiny ridges and valleys look

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Lactose Intolerance like hairs under a microscope and are called villi. In addition, bacteria found in the gut also help to breakdown lactose. Altering the bacterial makeup of the intestines, known as the gut microbiome, may decrease the ability to break down lactose. Most babies are born with enough lactase to break down milk they are fed. Congenital lactose intolerance, which is rare, causes the baby to begin to have abdominal pain and diarrhea several days after birth. After about three months of age, the levels of lactase in some infants begins to drop, causing symptoms of lactose intolerance. Lactase levels are determined by a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genetic background. A minority of humans retain persistently high lactase levels into adulthood. These people usually have a northern European or Scandinavian heritage. The current theory for this is that their ancestors domesticated cattle centuries before other peoples did and therefore consumed diets rich in dairy products. Those

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of southern European heritage have lower levels of lactase, while those of Asian or African heritage have the lowest levels. While primary lactose intolerance is genetically determined, secondary lactose intolerance may occur. Diseases that destroy the villi in the intestines, like Crohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and celiac disease, may cause secondary lactose intolerance, as may diseases or conditions that alter the gut microbiome, for example intestinal infections, radiation/ chemotherapy enteritis, and prolonged antibiotic treatment. Lactose intolerance can usually be diagnosed by symptoms and dietary history alone, but there are confirmatory tests. There is the lactose tolerance test, in which the patient ingests a 50gram dose of lactose and serial fingerstick glucose samples are taken. If the glucose level rises 20 mg/dl or more as compared to baseline, the patient has sufficient lactase to breakdown the lactose into glucose, therefore the patient is not lactose intoler-

ant. There is also a lactose breath test, which measures the level of hydrogen in the breath following a 25-gram lactose challenge. Lactase deficient people will have the lactose they consumed remain in the gut unabsorbed where it is fermented by gut bacteria, creating hydrogen gas. Treatment is simpleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;avoidance of lactose containing foods. However, because most dietary calcium and vitamin D come from dairy products, those avoiding dairy must get these nutrients from other foods. Lactose intolerant people can consume up to about one cup of whole milk without causing an increase in symptoms. Alternatively, some people take a pill containing lactase before a meal containing dairy. This helps to prevent symptoms as well. For more information go to: www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/lactose-intolerance Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes. com.

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A Prince of Rockaway

By Lou Pastina

A Prince has many great and noble qualities. First and foremost, a Prince is a gentleman in the oldest and truest sense of the word. They have an air of chivalry about them, they are generally the one who will lay their jacket across a puddle for a lady to be able to walk across. They hold doors, they say please and thank you. They never overstay their welcome, although they are always the first to be there when you need a hand. They give up their seat to a person older or in need of a seat. They never speak foully, even when it is most definitely called for, and they always speak well of people, or they

say nothing at all. There are very few Princes in real life. In my view, being a Prince has nothing to do with some hereditary or King given right, nor does it have much to do with one’s economic standing in life. But it does have everything to do with how one lives their life. Being Princely has an almost spiritual quality about one, because someone who acts in this way strives always to do what is right. Princes do small things with great meaning. They are “present,” less concerned with themselves and always seeming to run around doing one thing or another for others. Be it a cup of coffee to one who needs it, a trip to the store for one who can’t get out, a smile, a laugh, a look that says, “don’t worry, everything will be ok.” Princes have kingdoms, for they cast a huge shadow over

the hearts that they permeate. Their kingdoms are not always physical palaces, but somehow, they make you feel special and noble along with them, so it feels like you are living in a palace. A kingdom can be a block, tavern, a home, a state of mind. Some kingdoms are adorned with flags. Some of those flags get hung up mysteriously every spring by the Prince and his assistant (I like to refer to the assistant as the Duke, not because of any nobility thing, but because he is a lot like John Wayne!), so when you look up, you are taken by surprise that the entire block is adorned with flags. Princes act in strange and mysterious ways sometimes, their one moment, retiring at an early hour, the next moment, and sometimes predictably so. Anyone frequenting a certain porch would know this for sure. Machiavelli’s Prince was practiced at the art of deception, intrigue and manipula-

tion. That’s not the Prince we are talking about here. Disney’s Princes are usually on a white horse and have long flowing blond hair, muscles, and battle witches; again, definitely not what we are talking about here. Our Prince is just an everyday, low-key kinda guy, born and raised in his hometown, happy to stay within a five-block radius of his castle. When a Prince leaves us, it seems like a dark time, and for a while it will be. But how lucky were we to have been in the presence of a Prince. What a great example of how to act and live a life. We need more princes in the world, more noble qualities. In short, we need more people like Dick Roberts, the Prince of 130th Street., we will miss him dearly. We can take some solace that although our Prince has left us and our Duke has moved, we still have a King on the block. Thank goodness for that!

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Your Triggers Are Your Teacher By Kristen Kilgallen

If I told you that nothing is inherently good or bad, the voice inside your head would immediately pipe up with many objections. “So, you’re saying it’s not bad to commit a crime” or “You think, it’s not good to care for my mother.” This is the nature of the mind, it likes to label and categorize things; avoid the bad, chase

after the good, and anyone who disagrees is the adversary. But language is simply a tool we have to externalize our perception about what is going on in and around us. If we didn’t automatically label our experience in light of the culturally conditioned and accepted patterns of what is good and what is bad, we would be more open to see-

ing what our body is telling us, what knowledge or guidance we are receiving from our experience and what inner knowing we have about it; the only universally agreed upon aspect about our experience, is that it’s temporary, always shifting, with different highs and lows. We have been conditioned by the external world to believe that the cause of our good or bad feelings is outside of ourselves, and our inner world is simply reacting to that which is around us. We then think that the only way to avoid negative emotion is to fix what is going on outside of us, to tell that triggering person what they said is wrong, or to avoid that thing that causes us to feel negative emotion. But evasion of what triggers is what keeps that emotion trapped inside, resurfacing again and again, as we try to wrestle anything or anyone to the ground who activates something in us in this way. This is the root of human’s desire for control, which manifests in unhealthy

The Rockaway Times ways—addiction, perfectionism, eating disorders—we all want to control our external reality, when really all we can control is what is going on inside of us. Our triggers are simply alerting us to what already exists inside. It’s not the person. It’s not the words. It’s an emotion we have harbored inside, and as we continue to relate to our triggers with anger, or sadness, or frustration; rather than compassion and curiosity, the more we will manifest experiences in our life that will continue to alert us of these emotions that are trying to escape and teach us of our true nature, our true nature beyond what our mind believes we are, but the unconditional love and light that underlies all beings. This is not meant to excuse other people’s hurtful behavior, not at all. Experiencing your triggers and learning about what they are teaching you will allow you to take your Continued on page 27

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BE WELL BE HAPPY Continued from Page 26 own inner power back and understand that no one outside of you can control the inner peace and love that is within you. Showing these things you hate compassion will not make them grow, but will prove that you aren’t the thing you are releasing. If someone you love is sick, and you feel triggered by their state of health, learn to love that fear, that fear that is teaching you about your own fear of death, or fear of being alone, or attachment to the past, and love that this fear is not who you are, but is allowing you to grow and expand. Instead of saying, “I’m scared,” you can say, “I am experiencing fear,” and relate to the experience in a new, open way. We can live unconsciously, and believe that “time heals all wounds," but really it just gives us time for our emotions and beliefs to grow and develop a home in our bodies, lying dormant until a sudden person or comment pokes it

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020 awake, sending rage and hurt through our body and leaving us victim to our past. After following the rules of rational and logical thinking for years, we’ve become non-responsive to that which is the guidance from our intuition, our inner knowing. Our triggers awaken us to the strong inner guidance inside of us that is pulling at us to heal the parts of ourselves we still haven’t learned to accept. The problem is never what is going on outside of ourselves, but the things we won’t face inside of ourselves. We don’t have to be afraid of experiencing these negative things, they are simply our teachers and invitation to respond in a new way.

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SFDS Makes School Security #1 Priority By Marina Cregan

Due to the recent horrific anti-religious attacks and the rash of mass shootings, the call for safety within schools is urgent, especially for nonpublic schools that operate on much smaller budgets. Although the New York State Legislature has historically allocated $15 million annually for Nonpublic School Safety through the NPSE Grant, Assembly Members, Daniel Rosenthal and Stacey Pheffer Amato, are proposing that NYS double its allocation. Due to the dangers associated with these recent attacks, it is necessary to take precautionary measures to ensure safety and protect our children. While this proposal will go to all nonpublic schools within the area,

this sense of urgency comes from the specific anti-Semitic attacks within our Jewish communities. Amato says, “I feel strongly that this funding is critical to take a stand against the recent spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes, which, unfortunately, show no sign of decelerating.” While the assembly members wait for NYS’ response, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy (SFDSCA) has already taken steps in the right direction. It is being proactive regarding school security and safety measures. On Friday, January 17, the Brooklyn Diocese arranged an active shooter response training at SFDSCA, where the faculty and staff participated in a roughly four-hour training and simulation. OrContinued on page 28

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SFDS Continued from Page 27 ganized by Ratio Risk Services, various individuals of law enforcement from the Boston area taught these simulations. The training began with a brief presentation, where the faculty learned the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;?: Locate, Lockdown, Leave, and Live. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? are the actions which the faculty must take if an active shooter was to ever enter the school facility. The faculty must locate where and what the actual situation is, lockdown the classrooms, leave the area (if possible), and finally, the ultimate goal of living, or surviving the situation. During this presentation, the faculty were also taught how to use everyday classroom objects in order to create barricades, keeping the active shooter out of the classroom. After the presentation, the faculty were put to the test

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Graybeards Dinner Dance Was the Best Yet ty members that go above and beyond. At the event, Bill Dunn was presented with the Don “DH” Hart Memorial Award, and Gail Allen was presented with the Tom Ryan Memorial Award on behalf of the Richie Allen Foundation. Additionally, the Graybeards took some time to show their appreciation for the sacrifices of Sergeant Kristian Cedeno, who was seriously injured during his second tour in Afghanistan. Sgt. Cedeno was presented with a check of more than $44,000, which was made possible through the efforts of Eugene Brennan, who organized Stockings for a Cause. In a special moment during the dance, the room full of attendees circled around Cedeno as “God Bless the U.S.A.” was played. Continued on page 34 Former Graybeards president, Joe

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Sunday, February 2, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. WORLD WETLANDS DAY CLEANUP Seagirt Blvd. & Beach 6th Street Join the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Council Member Donovan J. Richards and NYC Parks for a marsh cleanup at the Seagirt Avenue Wetlands on World Wetlands Day! The Seagirt Avenue Wetlands is a natural area owned by NYC Parks. Gloves, bags, tools and warm refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, search World Wetlands Day Seagirt on Eventbrite.com

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Dri Tax Preparation Services, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 12/12/2019. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 24106 Caney Road, Rosedale, NY 11422. General Purpose.

957 Woodycrest JB LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 10/26/2017. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 108-15 Corona Avenue, Corona, NY 11368. General Purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: HELL'S GATE PROPERTY SERVICES, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/14/19, office location Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC, 22-34 24th Street, Astoria, New York, 11105. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. BARAMEE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/30/19. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 90-23 Pitkin Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11417. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

True Craft Architecture, LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 10/24/19. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 6912 Loubet St., Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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LEGAL NOTICES JJLASALA LLC Filed 10/8/19 Office: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 9601 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375 Purpose: all lawful.

Notice of Formation of ABBY’S FUN HOUSE LLC Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/22/2019. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to ABBY’S FUN HOUSE LLC, 1365 Eggert Place, Far Rockaway, NY 11691. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of BURHANI GENERAL TRADING, LLC Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY)on 01/10/2020. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 7737 Parsons Blvd. #3, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366. Any lawful purpose. GJDC REALTY 2 LLC filed Arts. of Org. with the Sect'y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/20/19. County: Queens. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o President, 90-04 161st St, Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of Formation of Lake Five Productions, LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/23/2019. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Lake Five Productions, LLC, 3069 37th Street, Astoria NY 11103. Any lawful purpose.

Thorn & Associates, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 1/13/2020. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 48-41 188th St., Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. General Purpose.

Notice of Formation of 167 QMS LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/27/2019. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 167 QMS LLC, 2938 161st Street, Flushing, NY 11358. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of TCB Rentals LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/10/2019. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the company c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave, Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Principal business address: TCB Rentals LLC, 3135 Crescent St., Apt 5K, Astoria, NY 11106. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Dinu Pass Productions, LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/06/2019. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 83-52 Talbot Street, Apt 3G, Kew Gardens NY 11415. Any lawful purpose. 2300 CROPSEY HOLDER LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/19/2019. 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, 34-30 Collins Place, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. K Peters Properties LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 12/20/2019. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 151-93 135th Ave Jamaica, NY 11434. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Notice of Complete Application Date: 01/17/2020

FAR ROCKAWAY’S HIDDEN GEMS By Katie Lucev

Applicant: NYC DEPT OF DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION 30-30 THOMSON AVE FL 5 LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101-3045 Facility: Redfern Ave Storm and Sanitary Sewers (SANDR02/SE830) Horton Ave|B15653, L 51, L 62 Far Rockaway, NY 11691 Application ID: 2-6308-01053/00005 Permits(s) Applied for: 1 - Article 15 Title 15 Long Island Well Temporary Dewatering Project is located: in QUEENS COUNTY Project Description: The Department has made a tentative determination to approve an application for a new permit to operate a temporary dewatering system with a proposed maximum withdrawal of 1,800,000 gallons per day to facilitate installation of new storm sewers to improve street drainage and replacement of sanitary sewers and water mains in various city streets generally bounded by Bayport Place, Cornaga Avenue, Chandler Street and Horton Avenue in Far Rockaway, Queens. Pumped groundwater is to be directed to an existing storm sewer that discharges to Motts Basin via NYCDEP Outfall ID ROC-642.

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Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 pound skinless, thin-sliced chicken cutlets 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper 1- 8 ounce package Portobello mushrooms, sliced thin 4-5 cloves garlic, minced 1/3 cup chicken broth 1 cup frozen peas Directions: Salt and pepper the cutlets. In a large dish, add flour and coat the chicken. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the oil and add the

cutlets. Cook on medium high heat, 3-5 minutes per side, until browned. Remove to a plate. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook approximately 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Sprinkle remaining flour from the dish. Cook about 30 seconds. Stir in the broth and deglaze, scraping up any browned bits. Add the peas. Add the chicken back and reduce heat to medium. Cover the skillet and cook 3-5 minutes until chicken is cooked through and peas are done.

Availability of Application Documents: Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person. State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a VLJQL¿FDQWLPSDFWRQWKHHQYLURQPHQW$1HJDWLYH'HFODUDWLRQLVRQ ¿OH$FRRUGLQDWHGUHYLHZZDVSHUIRUPHG SEQR Lead Agency NYC Dept of Environmental Protection State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination Based on the information provided in cultural resources survey reports for this project, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have an impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. Measures have been undertaken in consultation with OPRHP to avoid or mitigate impacts to registered or eligible resources. These agreed upon measures conclude the SHPA review. Coastal Management This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act. Availability For Public Comment Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than 02/06/2020 or 15 days after the publication date of this notice, whichever is later. Contact Person Caitlyn P Nichols NYSDEC 47-40 21st St Long Island City, NY 11101-5401 (718) 482-4997

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With the KING of sports events—Super Bowl LIV!—happening this Sunday, no need to leave our local shores, ‘cause the Rock is teeming with live music, good grub, drinks, polar plunges and even the grand opening of Rockaway’s first bookstore bar and cafe! See round-up below! LIVE MUSIC: Friday, January 31 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Grab your mates and head to Bungie for another rockin’ Friday Acoustic Nights with Gerald Bair. 377 Beach 92nd Street Friday, January 31 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. On “the little street where old friends meet,” get your Irish on at Healy’s with Rockaway’s popular Celtic-American folk singing, bagpipe playing, eclectic music man, Jeff Conlon. 108-07 Rockaway Beach Blvd Friday, January 31 8 p.m. Dad Rock ’n’ Roll band, Passive Aggressive, returns to Breezy’s BayHouse bringing in an evocative arsenal of alternative rock classics. 500 Bayside, Breezy Point Friday, January 31 8 p.m. Check in at Whit’s for a rock and roll adventure with Melvin James and Loose Change. (You may recognize the Loose Change fellas: Danny Mulvanerty, Bobby Butler and Mike Severino). 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd Friday, January 31 9 p.m. Get your Irish craic on with Fools Night Out at RBQ! From classic rock, country, R&B, an Irish tune or two—you’ll be jiggin' on the dance floor. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Saturday, February 1 8 p.m. to Midnight Healy’s will sure feel steamy tonight as sultry vocal siren, Pamela Nardi, makes her debut with guitarist/singer, Steve Athanail, performing folk, blues, classic rock

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and more. 108-07 Rockaway Beach Blvd Saturday, February 1 8 p.m to 1 a.m. B.C. rockers, Phil and The Family Band, once again bring their sweet classic rock jams to the Grassy Point Bar & Grill. First up are The Porretto Bros. kicking off the night with a special acoustic set. Then 8 p.m., The Family Band takes the reigns, rockin’ a hella-riffic night! 1802 Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel

facing off for those coveted rings, giant trophy and champagne showers; plus the steamy halftime show starring pop sirens, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. And let’s not forget the media extravaganza the Super Bowl kicks in with million-dollar ads. So folks, there’ll be plenty to watch, talk, eat, drink and laugh to this Sunday. See below for where to belly up locally from kickoff to end of game.

Belle Harbor Yacht Club 2 p.m. The BHYC is back at it with its annual Big Game Lounge Party Saturday, February 1 in the member’s lounge. Besides 9 p.m. Lunatix Live brings in their wild an always fabulous menu of food, dance party to Rogers, playing drinks and music, attendees will unadulterated 60s, 70s, and 80s stir up their competitive nature by watching the game through a rock classics. whopping six HDTVs—plus play 203 Beach 116th Street pool, darts and shuffle board. 533 Beach 126th Street Sundays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jameson’s It’s all about that jazz with The Mike Severino Trio Sunday Jazz 3 p.m. Sessions at Whit’s End. Rockaway’s popular uptown 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd pub offers two specials: The $75 special gives attendees an open SPECIAL MENTION bar that includes beer and wine, while the $100 special guarantees GRAND OPENING OF AVOID not just beer and wine, but also THE DAY BOOKSTORE/CAFE! your favorite liquor. Both specials Saturday, February 1 offer a buffet at halftime. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 421 Beach 129th Street Rockaway’s first-ever brickand-mortar independent bookVFW Post 260 store/cafe, Avoid The Day (ATD) 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. is finally opening its doors, and Enjoy the game with the VFW the proprietors, husband and by paying it forward to veterans. wife duo, Jason and Jianna Heu- Join in on a Pot Luck Buffet, cash er, invite the community to cele- bar and 50/50! No cover. Donabrate and indulge in the fruits of tions accepted. All proceeds go their labor—Books—Commu- toward supporting veterans. For nity—Goodies. There will be a more info, call 718- 634-5106. free raffle, pastry samples from 705 Shad Creek Road Fat Cardinal Bakery, Rockaway Beach Bakery and Allie's Gluten RBQ Free Goodies; a free cup of coffee 6 p.m. to game end or tea with a purchase of a book; At just $65 a person, RBQ’s and more treats. (See article on Big Game Party offers unlimitpage 15 for more info). ed canned beer, appetizers and 99-04 A Rockaway Beach Blvd sandwiches. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. RT’S WATCH PARTY GUIDE TO SUPER BOWL LIV MORE LOCAL ESTABLISHSunday, February 2 MENTS YOU CAN WATCH THE With 100 million viewers ex- GAME & EVEN ENJOY A BITE: pected to tune in for the 54th Super Bowl touching down in Rogers: 203 Beach 116th Street Miami, the game will be acPico: 419 Beach 129th Street tion-packed with San FrancisBatesy’s BBQ & Bar: 68-20F co 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs Rockaway Beach Blvd

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Uma’s: 92-07 Rockaway Beach Blvd Harbor Light: 129-18 Newport Ave Bungalow Bar: 377 Beach 92nd Street The Wharf: 416 Beach 116th Street POLAR PLUNGES HAPPENING AROUND TOWN Saturday, February 1 1 p.m. 20TH ANNUAL ROCKAWAY PLUNGE Take the plunge for Cystic Fibrosis in memory of the late Annie McMahon. Registration begins at the Colony at 1 p.m. Participants receive a goodie bag and free admission to the after-party with a $75 donation. $50 donation recommended for non-swimmers. In loving memory of Annie, Help Hope Live will continue to accept charitable donations to help defray uninsured costs for others with Cystic Fibrosis going through lung transplants. If you can’t make the plunge, feel free to donate directly to Help Hope Live by visiting: helphopelive.org/ campaign/9980/ Colony Theater 500 Bayside, Breezy Point Sunday, February 2 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. TAKE THE PLUNGE FOR A CAUSE WITH RBA It’s Super Bowl Sunday! So why not warm up for the big game and grub ahead by joining the Rockaway Business Alliance (RBA) and community partners for their first annual Rockaway Polar Plunge! Bravely hop in the ocean to raise funds for the Arverne by the Bay Community Center, and also as a good excuse to have fun with neighbors! The plunge is free, but donations of any size are welcomed. Plus, RBA will have gift giveaways and hot chocolate on deck, and plungers will have access to special deals at businesses around town. For more info, visit eventbrite.com and search: Rockaway Polar Plunge. Beach 67th Street on the beach Got info on local live music and art? Email: editor@rockawaytimes.com

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From Writers At St. Francis de Sales Nancy Re, writing teacher at SFDS, wanted to share students’ writing with The Rockaway Times. The students in grades six and seven were competing to get their work published in The Tablet. Students were required to write about local people and organizations that exemplified the theme of SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP. (The Rockaway Times is pleased to present two now and two pieces more next week). “Have I Done Enough?” (A memorial tribute to my Grandfather) By Julia Turchiano, Grade 7

Patrick Morgan

A man of service and leadership who has been known throughout the Rockaway community is Patrick Morgan. As the oldest son of five, loving husband, father of two, and grandfather to five girls, he always set a good example in his Roman Catholic family. As his brother, John, once said, “He was a tough act to follow,” and all that knew Morgan would agree. When Morgan was younger, he always convinced his brothers and sisters to go to their local parish and help clean up. Mr. Patrick Morgan went through many hardships in his life including his mother passing away at a young age, getting diagnosed with leukemia after his first grand-

daughter was born, and having to carry around an oxygen tank with him in order to breathe as he traveled throughout the neighborhood. Patrick Morgan put on a brave face, didn’t complain, and put others first, no matter what he was facing. As an adult, Morgan continued to lead his own service projects, even while battling cancer, to fundraise money for the less fortunate. Morgan contributed his time and service to the Sisters of Mercy at the Dorothy Bennett Center and the Catholic Church. Before he got sick, he worked a full-time job and volunteered helping adult immigrants learn English with his limited spare time at the center. Even when Morgan became ill, he continued to dedicate his time to the Sisters of Mercy, but mostly over the phone and on the computer. Eventually, the Sisters of Mercy elected Morgan as their leader and chairperson to help develop the center further. He was able to get air conditioning, new paint, up-to-date computers and other equipment for the center. After 13 years of volunteering, he passed away and the Sisters of Mercy dedicated a room to him as a tribute to his service and leadership. The life Morgan lived left an impact on others, such as his family members, the community, and even his friend, Jim Cunningham, a St. Francis de Sales reverend. Morgan was comforted when Cunningham came to visit him to talk, laugh and pray together when he was very sick. They discussed the many times in Morgan’s life when he was able to find time for others and reflect on the impact of his work. At Morgan’s funeral Mass, Reverend Cunningham shared a little about their talks. He shared that at one point, Pat Morgan looked up and asked, “Have I done enough?” Reverend Cunningham stated that he told Morgan that he was humbled by the question because most people, including himself, have not contributed half as much to society as Pat

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did before his passing. “Have I done enough?” left the church assembly and the family to reflect on their contributions to society. It was up to them to learn from Pat Morgan’s service and look for ways to give back to the community. As a young person, you may ask yourself, “What can I do to make a difference?” In your community, there are many ways to help. You can help your community by cleaning up in the environment, participating in Mass, doing random acts of kindness, and always finding ways to make a difference in someone’s life. You can talk to your local parish and ask about teen groups and community service opportunities. It is time to give back and find ways that you can lead and influence others to help out in your community. It is time to ask yourself, "Have you done enough?" A Tribute to Herman Schmitt By Ce Ce Franchock, Grade 6

When I think of a leader, I think about someone who leads by example. Someone who gives his or her time and service back to one’s community. We recently lost a lifelong member of our parish, Mr. Herman Schmitt, who comes to mind as a great example of service and leadership. A memorial Mass was held on Friday, January 3 for Herman Michael Schmitt at St. Francis de Sales parish in Belle Harbor, Queens. Herman Schmitt was born on June 14, 1933 and passed away on December 28, 2019. Herman was 86 years old when he passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Eileen, four children: Therese, Kathleen, Michael & William and 13 grandchildren. Schmitt was a retired NYC school teacher, as well as a lifelong organist at St. Francis de Sales parish. As a teacher, Herman encouraged his students

to learn and grow. He always continued to support the arts and music. He was committed to his role as a professional teacher in the Board of Education. Another role Schmitt had was developing the music program at St. Francis de Sales. He and his wife, Eileen, had a significant role overseeing the music ministry at our parish. Mrs. Schmitt was a substitute teacher at SFDS for decades and she and her husband played and sang at hundreds of weddings, funerals, and weekly Masses. Mr. Schmitt’s gift of music was his ministry and for that he will always be remembered as a devout servant of our parish and academy. Schmitt spent several decades dedicated as the parish organist at St. Francis de Sales. He later moved to St. Camillus parish to help assist with their music program. These two jobs (teacher and organist) demonstrate Schmitt’s service and commitment to our parish and community. This beloved father and grandfather will be missed by all and remembered forever. After reading the pamphlet from Mr. Schmitt’s memorial Mass, I wanted to share the beautiful poem chosen by his family to celebrate his life. A Beautiful Life A beautiful life That came to an end, He died as he lived, Everyone’s friend. In our hearts a memory Will always be kept, Of one we loved, and Will never forget. Thank you for your service, musical talent and dedication to St. Francis de Sales Parish! Rest in peace ~ Herman Michael Schmitt June 14, 1933 - December 28, 2019

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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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A Great Week at the World Champions Karate Center Two rank promotions took place this week at The World Champions Karate Center. The PRE-K students couldn’t wait to show their techniques, knowledge of Karate, and their ability to focus. They moved up and down the mat in synch, executing various punching, blocking and kicking combinations. Their efforts were rewarded with Pre-K ranks of yellow through purple belt.

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