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VOL. 6, NO. 40 - THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020

A New Normal Face Masks Replace Footprints As Coronavirus Changes Daily Life

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The New Virtual Reality For NYC Students By Kami-Leigh Agard

This past Tuesday, March 23, promptly at 8:30 a.m., eighth-grader Felice Hernandez reported to “school,” not physically at her high school, Channel View School for Research, but virtually. Dressed in her pajamas, Hernandez had already logged in to Google Classroom, joining her class of 30 students online, all eager to start their school day. With NYC dubbed, “the epicenter” of the coronavirus pandemic, this new remote learning is a new virtual reality for hundreds of thousands of students in the NYC public school system, private and parochial schools since the mayor shuttered all schools on Monday, March 16. The Rockaway Times reached out to local students, parents, teachers and school administrators to see how they were faring in this new mode of learning. And what we learned is while some are already adapt-

ing and even excelling in this new ab-normal, this is definitely a tale of two New Yorks—about the haves and the have nots. According to Hernandez, this new way of learning has been “so far, so good.” She said, “What I like about it is that I feel as students, we get more one-on-one instruction and attention from our teachers. Also, we work at our own pace, which gives us more time to learn and understand the assignments we are working on. Daily assignments have to be in by 12 midnight, which gives us a lot of time to finish our work.” Her mom, Monique Hernandez agrees, but is well aware that may not be the same situation for many households. “This is something completely new for us, and I have to say the teachers prepared us well before the kickoff. The weekend prior, they made sure everyone had their log-in information and test drove

Google Classroom. I’m just happy that my daughter is back on track with her schoolwork and so far, though it’s only day two, there haven’t been any glitches. Felice is pretty responsible and knows she has to get up on time, do her assignments, even if she’s still wearing her pajamas. Just like with being physically in school, you have to do your part, and she is well aware of that. However, I can imagine for younger children, this must be more of a challenge for both them and their parents. Also I wonder about those households in which the parents are working and not at home to supervise their children. For them it’s more of a matter of trusting that your child will be responsible,” she said. Scholars’ Academy has been up and running their remote learning since last week, and their focus is not only making sure students keep up with their course work, but also continue sociali-

zation with their classmates and teachers. Through a live video Zoom chat, The RT got the opportunity to chat with Scholars’ Academy teachers, Kimberly Newman and Molly Tubridy, and students in various grades to get a birds-eye view of their remote learning experience. Sixth-grader Maeve Grace said, “I feel that the teachers at Scholars’ prepared us well. The only thing I really miss is actually being in the school building and seeing my friends and teachers. However, the upside is that now we’re getting more one-on-one with the teachers, making it easier than being among 30 students sitting in a classroom, waiting to get the teacher’s attention. Now, if we have any questions, we just email the teacher and she emails us right back, and even sends a video on how to solve a problem.” Eleventh-grade student, Melanie, agrees. “The online classes Continued on page 18


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As soon as it is safe to do so, we will open the studio. This past March 1st marked the beginning of the fourth year at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. We are grateful for the haven we have there to practice Open Flow, Gentle, All Levels, Yin and Restorative Yoga. We are grateful for our teachers, each bringing a piece of her heart to class. We are grateful for all who come to take a class, with you we form a circle of harmony and bliss. May you be safe and we look forward to seeing you soon in the yoga room! Check out our daily posts on Instagram: Ocean_Bliss Yoga and on Facebook. In love and light, Helen & Paulette

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gress…. Strange, scary times, these are. People don’t know what to do with themselves. I’m getting Friend Requests on Facebook from people who I know don’t like me. And since I have nothing to do, I’m accepting. By now, a lot of us are wondering what’s worse, coronavirus or cabin fever (especially when others are home with you). You don’t get on a scale and you don’t count how many times you open the fridge. You do wonder about all those crazy people buying all that toilet paper and then you count that you still have 24 rolls. And you’re wondering if that’s enough for the next three days. (It is you, knuckleheads). Eschew the urge to hoard. But who needs new words when pictures are worth a thousand, right? I’ve been going through boxes of old photos and have all this blackmail material. To blackmail myself. Is it in poor taste to say I might die of embarrassment if they were made public?

Typecasting It usually takes about three minutes to read this column, now it takes an hour. We all want to fast-forward time and all that does, is make it stand still. With too much time on my hands, I started reading the dictionary (yes, the picture next to the word “jerk” was me). In between learning new words, I’d put the dictionary in the refrigerator as a reminder there was something else to do besides masticate.

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I said masticate. Someone asked me if I’m stuck indoors these days and I replied, I go out on my bike and that allows me to swerve away from people and eschew the entreaties of knuckleheads who want to cluster. Boom. Three SAT words in one sentence. Eschew (avoid), entreaties (pleas), and knuckleheads (effin’ morons who don’t get social distancing). I don’t know why they have words no one uses, but I di-


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Local Restaurateur Aims to Keep Workers In Good Company During Crisis By Katie McFadden

“Yesterday was the hardest day of my life. Closing and having to put hundreds of the best humans out of work because we had to, there was no other choice. We hope we didn’t let you down, we tried to hold on as long as we could.” On Tuesday, March 17, Terence Tubridy, founder and managing partner of In Good Company Hospitality (IGC), shared this message on social media with his customers. It was a reality business owners across the state were hit with after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all bars and restaurants would have to close to anything other than takeout and delivery. For the Broad Channel resident, with many of IGC’s properties based in Manhattan, the logistics of takeout and delivery weren’t feasible.

Of IGC’s 13 properties, only Manhattan-based Parker & Quinn, and Rockaway’s Bungalow Bar remain open to the extent they can be in the coronavirus shutdown. Despite the hardship of mass layoffs, Tubridy is determined to not let those in the restaurant and bar industry fall, or at least, go hungry. Later on March 17, he announced a new initiative—Family Meal. Tubridy immediately launched an effort to provide free meals to not only his own employees who were let go, but anyone in the bar/restaurant industry across the city. Anyone in the industry can fill out an online form with the name of the place they worked, a pickup time and the number of meals needed. They can then pick up the meal at Parker & Quinn in Manhattan. The effort is being supported through a GoFundMe cam-


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paign, which has seen wild success in just a few days. Since launching on March 17, more than 300 donors have given nearly $50,000 to help cover the costs of meals. A link to the campaign can be found directly on the icghospitality Instagram page. The meal of the day is also posted here. You can also search “Family Meal for the NYC Restaurant Community” on GoFundMe.com to donate. The link to the form for industry workers to order a meal can also be found on the donation page. Tubridy says the idea behind the effort came to him after going through another crisis that hit close to home not too long ago—Hurricane Sandy. “The idea is, how do you help people as quickly as possible? I remember from our experience with Sandy was the different people who were down here feeding us. So this was born out of that. People don’t know how long we’re going to be in this for, but one thing we can do is feed people and hopefully displace that cost to those workers and their families. We don’t care where you come from, where you worked, whether you’re a dishwasher or a bartender or general manager. If you are hungry, come take a meal,” Tubridy said. While the program has been an instant success, as Tubridy tries to keep his businesses afloat, he’s not naïve to the fact that the shutdowns are a major economic hit, and things could get worse if immediate action is not taken by city, state and federal governments. “We need to let our elected officials know that our small businesses need help,” he said, adding that it needs to be a joint effort that goes beyond just the bar and restaurant industry. “There needs to be full cooperation from bottom to top over the next few months from banks, to landlords, to business owners to the government. We need

compassionate cooperation. This is not business as usual.” Tubridy believes even through a health crisis, something can and must be done. “The conversation is coming about the economic survival and public health are paramount, but these two aren’t mutually exclusive. I think we can do both at the same time, but we need our government officials to act, and act quickly,” he said. In the meantime, Tubridy suggests that the public does what it can to keep businesses—all businesses—afloat. “Order local. Order out. Any restaurant that’s still open, order from them. Gift cards are great for places that are closed, but for anybody that’s trying to stay open because people are willing to work, we should try and support them by ordering in. We’re all in the same boat,” Tubridy said. “I don’t care if you order from Bungalow Bar or Parker & Quinn. The whole community needs it. The whole industry needs it. What good is Bungalow if it doesn’t have Thai Rock? What good is this neighborhood without the Harbor Light? Order from every restaurant you possibly can, and let our elected officials know that we all need help.”

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***** Please use The Rockaway Times as a source to order food and other items. Many of our local businesses are facing severe challenges to stay afloat. If you can, order lunch or dinner now and hold on to those canned goods for another time. Luckily, we have a good number of places advertising this week so there are some great options. ***** Before you repeat something a friend heard from a friend, do a little research. Please don’t pass on rumors. Just about none of them are good. And plenty are just wrong. ***** Bikes and bike shops are considered essential businesses. And it might be a good time to use a bike for exercise and getting around. Paul’s Bike Shop

on Beach 116th Street can be reached at 718-318-2000 and a new place, Rockaway Beach Cycles on 98-16 RBB at 718808-9221. Call them regarding hours and if they have pick up and drop off delivery. ***** Yes, we’re still accepting photos for The Rockaway Times Photo contest and our weekly feature, Local Color. We’re guessing we might be getting more indoor photos soon. The contest and the Summer Guide will happen, but we’ve got to wait a bit to announce new dates and deadlines. ***** The first step by the Small Business Services (SBS) to help in this crisis isn’t that helpful. SBS is offering a “retention” grant to companies with four or fewer employees. If you don’t lay off people, SBS will provide up to 40% of the salaries. So far, so good. But, but, but. But you have to show a 25% loss after two months. So basically, businesses have to wait until the middle of May to apply for this grant. If

they can stay open that long. The grant will be useless for many. Layoffs are more feasible. Oh, and then there’s the paperwork. ***** Retired NBA basketball player Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest) listed the toughest guys he ever had to defend. Of course, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James were on his list. ***** But at Number 9 was “Far Rockaway.” He was essentially saying there were so many good players here he couldn’t name them all! He also listed Junie Sanders who has suited up in the Young Guns division of the Graybeards Summer League. ***** Good news for tax filers: Tax Day has been moved as the nation grapples with the coronavirus. You now have until July 15, 2020 to file your 2019 federal and New York State tax returns. Procrastinators, rejoice—within social distancing recommendations! ***** It’s the unknowable. If the

The Rockaway Times economy is devastated by prolonged shutdowns, there will be a different kind of health crisis. There will be mental health issues and poverty which can lead to a myriad of physical issues. There is no simple “do it this way” without dire consequences. It’s not comforting to know that New York is now called the “epicenter” of the virus. ***** You can go online and do your part for New York by filling out the 2020 census for your household. Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services (and maybe hospital beds). Go to my2020census.gov. ***** We are delivering door to door (for now!) and filling our news, racks but we urge you to sign up for email. Send a note to Mail@Rockawaytimes.com and we’ll happily add you. More than 3,000 of your closest friends have already done so!

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FROM The RDRC HELPING BUSINESSES By Kevin W. Alexander, MPA President & CEO

There is so much valuable information to be shared across networks regarding COVID-19 that I will focus this article on lessons learned on the ground in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and the concerns we all had regarding access to food and services, and how we are putting that experience into practice to assist our local businesses. When Superstorm Sandy devastated the Rockaways, our business community immediately knew what to do to: 1) Reopen quickly—get power, remove water and damaged equipment, furnishings and inventory, renovate/gut rehab of interior space, purchase of new material, restock and open. Our primary role was to assess all of our commercial corridors from Breezy to Far Rockaway, identify what businesses were open, closed or in the process of re-opening. 2) Identify resources needed to re-open (FEMA, SBA, NYS Economic Development Corporation/Small Business Development Center and NYC Small Business Services) and bring those resources into the Rockaways, by establishing a Small Business and Homeowner Disaster Relief Center at our offices that would connect to Breezy Point, Beach 129th Street, Beach 116th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. 3) Communicate with our elected officials, community partners and governmental agencies, to assure, whatever assistance was needed by a business owner to complete applications, retrieve documents, and even deliver loan documents and grant applications to agencies in person on behalf of our business. Eventually, the determination, grit and ingenuity of our small businesses won out. Many were able to reopen, and in many cases, reinvent their businesses by creating clusters of dynamic food restaurants and other stores along the Rockaway Beach Blvd and Arverne By The Sea commercial corridors. We have seen

our boardwalk restaurants create a new excitement that attracts locals, as well as visitors from across NYC and Long Island! COVID-19 has created a new challenge that we can overcome—for business owners especially smaller restaurants, grocery and household supply stores— how can they use social media and online pick-up and delivery apps to engage new and potential customers? How can we remotely assist them since we are all practicing social distancing and not accepting in-person appointments? These are all just a few of the challenges we are trying to tackle while we continue to figure out what our working model will be. In the interim, we will continue to work with our partner organizations such as Rockaway Business Alliance, REMA4US, Queens Chamber of Commerce and Queens Economic Development Corporation to promote our local restaurants, shortly, share information and resources, and provide whatever technical assistance we can through webinars, online support chats and telephone calls so that our businesses know we are there for them! Please feel free to connect with us via Instagram, Twitter (@the_ rdrc) and Facebook: Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation. For businesses that have and are being impacted by COVID-19, there are several grant and loan resources that you may be eligible for. Contact us or go online to NYC Small Business Services and/or the Small Business Administration. We sometimes forget how important the jobs are that make life more convenient for us—just imagine where we would be if our supermarket, pharmacy, restaurant and healthcare workers decided not to show up for work—cashiers, cooks, stock workers, delivery workers, and doctors, nurses, EMTs? Imagine if our bus and train operators, bank employees, sanitation, fire and police decided to not show up for work? THANK YOU ALL!!

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St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy (SFDSCA) proved this week that being prepared and proactive can enable any school to meet even the most inconceivable challenges. SFDSCA is a one-to-one device school, meaning every student has his/her own Google Chromebook or iPad. The students are permitted to bring the devices home, and they utilize programs like Google Classroom, Slides, Sheets, Forms, and Classroom Dojo daily. In the week prior to the clos- smiling faces each day, but ing of all the Catholic Schools I look forward to receiving their work. I have been overwhelmed by their kind words and messages.� The teachers in grades three and four incorporate more live interaction with their students. The students’ day is quite similar to their usual day in the classroom. Students start at 8:30 a.m listening to Dr. Scharbach recite the daily prayer, pledge, and announcements. Then the students attend their classes online with a great deal of instruction coming from various sources, including Education City and Mathletics. The students, in all grades, also participate in weekly in the Diocese of Brooklyn Masses, some from NetTV, a and Queens, SFDSCA teachers Catholic news service, and were trained on how to teach some have been live streamed virtually through several pro- from SFDS Parish itself. Rev. grams, including Google Meets William F. Sweeney and Rev. and Zoom. Principal Dr. Chris James Cunningham have Scharbach Ed.D grouped the been extremely involved in faculty into three sections with assisting with this challengdifferent student and teacher ing endeavor. Even the teachers are imexpectations for each group. Grades Pre-K through two pressed with the effort to are using various resources keep things as normal as to teach virtually. With the possible. “Dr. Scharbach and focus on Classroom Dojo, the Assistant Principal Megan teachers are able to pre-re- Faughnan have truly thought cord lessons, stories, and ac- of everything to serve the stutivities to engage the young dents,� second-grade teacher, learners. Pre-K 4 teacher, Mrs. Meg Morpurgo Cronin, Mrs. Kelly Schmitt says, “I Continued on page 11 miss seeing my students'

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SFDS Continued from Page 10 said. “They purchased a Sprint Data plan for students who do not have wifi, and starting next week, Special Education services will be available virtually, as well.” Grades five through eight students have said they cannot believe how similar their online instruction is to that of a normal school day. After participating in morning announcements, the students log on to their Google Meets through the Google Calendar portal, which is accessed from the SFDS@home link on the school’s website. The students participate in live lessons taught by their usual instructors in each subject. The students are able to ask questions, discuss and debate topics, and chat with the teacher and one another. After the live instruction is completed, the students log on to their Google Classrooms for their daily assignments, which are later completed individually and sent to the various teachers via

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020 a shared Google Document. Many of the teachers are also utilizing Google Forms and Slides to educate and even assess student progress. In addition to the core academic program, which includes ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies, the students are also taking Religion, STEM, Physical Education, Art, and Spanish online. Despite the quick changes, parents are grateful for the effort from the school staff. “You guys are doing an amazing job,” sixth-grade parent, Carolyn Smith, said. “I am sure you are receiving many accolades for your efforts during this wacky time! Thank you so much, it is appreciated beyond words.” On Tuesday, March 17, the students began this new way of learning. And as of today, it is scheduled to continue until April 20. However, the SFDSCA teachers are prepared and ready to continue virtual teaching for the remainder of the 2020 school year, if deemed necessary.

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This Week in History MARCH 26

1973 - The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam. 1999- The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 10,000 for the first 1827 - Composer Ludwig van Bee- time, at 10,006.78. thoven died at age 56 in Vienna, Austria. MARCH 30 1945 - The battle of Iwo Jima ended; Patrick Brady was born. The Earth about 22,000 Japanese troops were stood still. killed or captured in the fighting and Adriana Greco was born. more than 4,500 U.S. troops were Andy Lauro was born. killed. 2000 - Vladimir Putin was elected 1842-Anesthesia was used for the first president of Russia. time in an operation. 1964 - The game show, “Jeopardy!,” MARCH 27 debuted on television. 2001- A federal judge ruled that the 1981- President Ronald Reagan was University of Michigan’s affirmative action policy was invalid, a ruling that shot in the chest by John Hinckley Jr. later would be reversed in an appeal. as he left a Washington hotel. 1884 - The first long-distance telephone call was made, between Bos- MARCH 31 Artie Boyland was born. ton and New York. Chris Owens was born. Kelly Byrnes was born.


Yarden Flatow was born. 1939 - The Spanish Civil War ended. 1979 - Nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

1889-The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opened. 1918-Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States. APRIL 1

Matthew Harris was born.


Grace Leahy was born. Davina Grincevicius was born. Chris Howard was born.

1945-American forces landed on Okinawa during World War II. 1976-Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer.


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Callie’s is Open For Business and Bringing the Beef By Marina Cregan

What a time to open! At a time when restaurants across the state are closed or restricted to takeout and delivery service due to coronavirus, the owners of Callie’s are ready to go. The long-awaited roast beef sandwich spot on Beach 129th Street is now open. During the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day parade, the community got a sneak peek of the new spot and its mouthwatering menu, which got locals ramped up for the official grand opening. As for most businesses, coronavirus put a wrench in those plans, but it didn’t stop the owners from finally opening their doors to the extent they can. This past weekend, Callie’s, located at 410 Beach 129th Street, opened for takeout, and the orders came flooding in.

This Rockaway Times reporter was fortunate enough to sample the menu during the opening weekend. The menu consists of juicy roast beef sandwiches, chicken sandwiches (both grilled and fried),


Although Covid-19 is dominating the news, we reached out to Dan Falt of the Army Corps of Engineers who told us the installation of new jetties and other resiliency measures are still on schedule. There might be “some delays from the pandemic but it’s moving forward as fast as possible.” The New York District of the Army Corps will be building Alternative Care Facilities over

the next few weeks. But even with this, Falt said they expect to open bids in mid-April and award a contract for jetty/ groins installation soon after. The photo here is courtesy of Robert Ostrander. The low tide exposes wooden jetties which haven’t been seen for years between Beach 131st to 132nd. These wooden hazards and others will be removed as part of the Reformulation Project.


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burgers, grilled cheese, and the pièce de résistance, the french fries. Additionally, options like chicken fingers and mac and cheese are sure to keep kids happy. Plus, kids and adults can also enjoy fountain drinks, coffee, and cookies. And that’s just a small taste of what’s to come. Callie’s is owned and operated by Tommy Callahan, Brian Leary, and Terence Mullin. Mullin shared with The Rockaway Times their future plans. As soon as the coronavirus quarantine is lifted, the restaurant will open for dining in and they will have a liquor license, so customers will be able to enjoy the bar as well. While indoor space is limited, Callie’s will also have an awning outside over additional tables and chairs so customers can enjoy their meal in the sun. They will also be expanding the menu to include a full salad bar, as well as a full liquid bar, which will include frozen drinks for those hot summer days. Mullin says Callie’s will provide a full family-fun experience beyond the delicious eats and drinks. They’re planning activities such as pop-up movie nights out on the grass, while customers enjoy a delicious Callie’s meal. In the meantime, during opening weekend, Mullin’s wife, Chrissy Callahan Mullin,

was happy to report that all the customers were respectfully practicing social distancing while eagerly awaiting their first bites. “Everyone wanted to support the opening, it was packed!” she said. Mullin’s children were all at the restaurant, helping deliver food to the cars for pick-up orders. All employees are also practicing extra safety measures when handling the food, packaging it up, and passing it to customers. With the whole Mullin and Callahan families on board helping with the opening, it really stood up to its name. After all, Callie’s is short for Tommy and Chrissy’s last name—Callahan. Since their soft opening, Rockaway residents have been raving about the delicious menu Callie’s has to offer. Customer, Mark Aiken, wrote on Facebook, “Just had some fresh roast beef sandwiches from Callie’s, and they were delicious!!” Another satisfied customer, Tara McGuinness chimed in about her family’s love for the new spot, saying, “Timothy had two this afternoon. One there, and one at home!” In just a short amount of time, Callie’s has delighted the pallet and captured the hearts of many Rockaway locals. In challenging times such as these, supporting local businesses is extremely important, and Rockaway residents are already showing the love for Callie’s. “This community is amazing, and we look forward to serving you,” Callie’s posted to its Instagram after the opening weekend. Callie’s will be back open this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. As they work out the kinks, they will start to expand to more regular hours of 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For additional information regarding Callie’s take-out/ delivery options, call 929-3435468, or visit their website: www.calliesrb.com.

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Look For the Helpers By Katie McFadden

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Fred Rogers. As with any scary ordeal, the helpers, are helping. Despite the uncertainty and chaos, many in Rockaway are doing what they can to make this a little easier on those who many not have it so easy. In the hopes of spreading positivity, here are a few examples of how locals and businesses are helping each other. Whit’s End is still open for takeout and delivery, and chef Whitney Aycock is doing what he can to make it easier on his customers. He is currently offering free pizza to all first responders. Additionally, as Whit’s End often has entertainment, he has been doing what he can to keep the magic going—literally. Some who go to the restaurant to pick up an order may find themselves

being entertained by someone like magician Adam Cardone or sword-eater Gnarly Marley. Last weekend, customers were treated to a few tricks while waiting for their takeout. Facemasks are medical equipment and in high demand. So much so that first responders are having trouble finding them and frontline health and hospital workers are running low on supplies. Some neighbors are trying to do what they can to help

those who need masks. Edwin Williams of Arverne has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for masks, gowns and other supplies. Williams says his wife is a nurse practitioner at a top NYC hospital, which is starting to run low on these supplies. To donate, head to www.gofundme.com/f/n95-masksglovesand-gowns-doctors-and-nurses Some locals are also making their own masks to help the community and healthcare workers. While the masks are mostly fabric and only similar to surgical masks, they can help serve as an extra barrier over N95 masks and are reusable as long as they are washed after every use. Anya Ferring is selling these masks for $25 through Instagram: @ masks4medicine or on Venmo (anya-ferring) and Paypal (anyaferring@yahoo.com). Anyone can purchase the masks and she is using any profits to make more to donate some to healthcare providers throughout Rockaway. Jamie Stuart McLeod of Polly & Esther is also making fabric

masks. She advises that they are not medical grade but are reusable. She is also donating the masks to those in need around Rockaway. Reach out to her on Facebook for more information. Kids can’t learn from their classrooms, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make home feel like one. Teachers sometimes decorate classrooms for their kids. Now Rockaway WISH is asking kids to bring some joy to their new at-home learning environments by drawing rainbows and hanging them up, and then share them with WISH on their Instagram page @wishofRockaway with the hashtag #WISHingonarainbow. WISH has shared dozens of photos of local kids with their rainbows to help lift spirits during these trying times. We hope to share more instances of people and businesses doing what they can to help others through this crisis. If you know of any that are worth sharing, please email Katie@rockawaytimes.com


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THE NEW VIRTUAL REALITY Continued from Page 2 have been going great, especially since at Scholars,’ we’ve been using Google Classroom since the sixth grade, so we’re already used to the process; so now the challenge is getting used to working solely from home, which gives students more opportunity to complete their work because it’s on a time schedule.” Though all elementary and intermediate NYS subject tests have been suspended for the school year for grades three through eight, Scholars’ students are still preparing for their Regents and Advanced Placement (A.P.) exams. Teacher Molly Tubridy said, “Though we’re still waiting for the state to confirm about the Regents, we’re planning and preparing anyway. The College Board just gave us notice that they’re still providing the A.P. exams, but just taking away some of the content.” Scholars’ Assistant Principal Michele Smyth stressed that the school is not just concerned

about students’ academic learning, but also the emotional support they need during these very distressing times. “It’s a huge undertaking for NYC public schools to transition to remote learning within days, but Scholars’ was well-equipped to face this new challenge. We have been using Google Classroom and ‘flipped’ instruction for many years, so I knew that our teachers and students would be able to make a relatively seamless transition to teaching and learning from home. We have the academic component of the remote school fully up and running, and we are focusing on developing the social-emotional support for our students and families,” Smyth stated. However, one school official who does speech language assessments for the D.O.E. paints a completely different picture for students in other schools. “The D.O.E. Chancellor speaks a lot about equity and access, but I feel right now that both of these are being compromised with this new remote learning. Though I think he meant this from a cul-


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tural and socioeconomic perspective, equity is equity, and I believe that students who have medical issues and learning disabilities are getting shortchanged. “There are parents who are not equipped with the skills necessary to help their children who attend special education District 75 schools. As a school administrator, I spent the week prior helping with the rollout, and I saw firsthand how fragmented the plan was for remote learning. Many parents don’t speak English, which is another barrier for them to help their children navigate Google Classroom. In my school, our principal was told to deplete our inventory of laptops, including those that belong to teachers. We had 200 laptops to give out, meanwhile the school has an enrollment of 600. Just like some people say, there are two Americas, there is also two New Yorks— you have students in good schools like Scholars’ and then you have other students at schools not as well equipped,” she said. Former Scholars’ Academy Principal Brian O’Connell, now Headmaster at Lawrence Wood-

The Rockaway Times mere Academy (LWA), sees students’ remote online learning experience as a new opportunity to transform the future of academic learning. “This new approach to learning has me rethinking how we can redefine teaching and learning moving forward, and not necessarily just be a brickand-mortar school. Weeks before the schools were officially closed, I already started planning and preparing to launch our online platform. With this pandemic, we knew this was going to happen, and our students are already in week two of remote learning, and both them and their parents are beyond relieved and pleased. Moving forward, the challenge is going to be—Are we going to keep the same old, traditional model of schooling or are we going to do something bold, creative and inspiring from what we’ve learned from this process?” O’Connell said. LWA is planning to launch a program, where they could share their resources and mode of learning with other school districts. More info to come in next week’s Rockaway Times.

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Virtual Bar with Local Roots Spreads Almost Faster Than Coronavirus By Katie McFadden

Bottoms up. As the world turns upside down, people are heading to the bar. But at a time when bars are closed, the socially distanced are doing socials online. The Coronavirus Quarantine Virtual Bar is now open. On March 14, as Governor Cuomo was toying with the idea of closing bars and restaurants to anything but takeout and delivery, and urging people to stay home to help stop the spread of coronavirus, Broad Channel resident Anthony Rauert had an idea. It was time to open a bar. “I was sitting on the couch with my wife and we knew we were going to be in for a while, so I was trying to figure out how I could play guitar with my friends online and stay connected with everyone and enjoy some comic relief, so it just came to me,” Rauert said. The next day, he started a Facebook group, “Coronavirus Quarantine Virtual Bar.” He added a few friends and asked them each to add a few more, and Broad Channel and Rockaway locals soon headed to the “bar.” But then it grew. As we go to press, on March 25, the Facebook group has more than 16,000 members with about another 10,000 pending invites. From Rockaway to Long Beach, word spread. But then it began spreading almost faster than coronavirus itself. The group now includes members from as far as Australia to the United Kingdom, to Thailand, to the Czech Republic and beyond. People from all over the world, connected on one page, serving as an outlet to share funny memes about coronavirus, gripes about this new way of life and even live music, every night at 8:30 p.m. EST (Noting the time zone has become a necessity with so many people from across the globe). First up to the virtual stage was Rauert’s longtime friend, Broad Channel musician Chris Long aka Chris Solo. On March 16, as locals wrapped their

heads around the fact that actual bars would be closed the following day, St. Patrick’s Day, they grabbed a drink at home, sat back, and watched Chris Long livestream some tunes they could sing along to. “I had no preparation, no equipment, just my iPhone and I did it and people in the group were watching and talking back and forth. They really responded to it well. The Coronavirus Quarantine Virtual Bar is now open. Photo by David Arnemann Some said, ‘thank you for giving us something to who handles the music, both in such a short time. “I thought it would be popagree, “it’s become like a fullwatch other than news.'" ular,” Rauert, who has started From there, the lineup started time job.” But at a time when so many large social Facebook groups in to build, with more musicians volunteering to keep the mu- people are stuck at home and the past. “But it’s grown insanesic going and bring people a have nowhere to go but the gro- ly fast. Every day, I’m adding similar experience to sitting in cery store, their newfound job hundreds of new members. I’m an actual bar, listening to live has become an outlet for peo- starting to think, this is insane. music. Local musicians like Jon ple to connect, laugh and feel But everybody loves it.” “How cool is it that three Kiebon, Bobby Butler and Jen- some sense of normalcy. The na of Indaculture, Frank Persi- administrators let the group knuckleheads that grew up a co and even DJs like DJ Teddy take its own course. They just few houses away from each othstarted spinning. And it isn’t established a few rules…Typical er did something that’s reached just locals. On Sunday, March bar rules such as: 1) No politics. so far, so fast? The Internet is a 22, a Long Island musician, 2) No religion. And 3) No adver- powerful thing,” Long said. However, as good as it is, Long Evan Kuriga, took to the virtual tising. Everything else, is mostly stage. His more than hour-long fair game. This has resulted in says he hopes the group evengig was perfectly timed before people sharing memes, or com- tually slows down, for a good the airing of that night’s epi- ical and relatable photos and reason of course. “I’d like to see if we can hit sode of American Idol. After jokes, and funny videos to keep watching Kuriga perform in the some positivity going through this exponential growth where virtual bar, guests continued this crisis. And of course, the we get to 100,000 members, and if those people each invite watching him on the nation- music. “It keeps people connected 10 more, we’ll be at a million al singing competition show and found out that Kuriga not and brings comic relief. The really quickly. I want to see if only blew their minds, but the musicians are able to keep play- it grows faster than the virus American Idol judges’ minds ing and people are just laughing spreads,” Long said. “But my as well. Kuriga is on his way to and having a good time,” Rauert real hope is that this virus dies off fast and people lose interest Hollywood for the next round. said. Long says the group has in the group. As great as it is, if Meanwhile, those in the virtual bar are also ready for the brought some sanity to an in- coronavirus goes away tomornext round. And there’s plenty sane situation. “If everyone is row and nobody cares about more to come. As the member- locked down, wherever they the virtual bar anymore, that ship continues to grow across are, people start to go crazy with will be a good thing. I’d rather the world, so does the music no social interaction, so that everyone gets better, and we lineup. Musicians from across ability to post silly memes and eventually forget about this the country have signed up for have 50 other people comment group.” In the meantime, if you’d like a night, and Long says there are on it and keeping that back and at least 60 performers sched- forth interaction alive, keeps to join in the fun, search “Coronavirus Quarantine Virtual Bar" uled to play over the next few people sane,” Long said. What has been most surpris- on Facebook or head to www. weeks. For Rauert, who manages the group along with a few ing to Rauert and Long is just facebook.com/groups/Coronaother administrators, and Long, how popular the group became virusQuarantineVirtualBar


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“Life takes you UPunexpected places, love brings you home.” Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

Life is, at times, tough. And all we need to do is to prove that we are tougher than it.  

There’s no place like home.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. A true friend is the best possession.

Thank You To the people working and helping us get through this. Health care workers, first responders, food store workers, and delivery people and service workers. We appreciate what you’re doing! However long the night, the dawn will break.

Home is a shelter from storms – all sorts of storms.

A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.

A house is made with walls and beams. A home is made with love and dreams.

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.

Home sweet home. This is the place to find happiness. If one doesn’t find it here, one doesn’t find it anywhere.

To our neighbors and friends, We’ll be ready, when you are. And we will come through this! ·

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Atrial Fibrillation and Congestive Heart Failure

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The incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) and congestive heart failure is rising rapidly in the U.S., because the population is growing older. The birth rate in the U.S. is declining, making the average age rise. The most devastating complication of AF is cerebral artery embolism (blood clot) with resultant stroke. Severe disability often results in this setting. Anticoagulation therapy has been shown to markedly reduce the incidence of stroke from AF, and direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), some of which have been approved only recently, have replaced warfarin (Coumadin) as the drug of choice for stroke prevention in AF. DOACs are as effective or more effective than warfarin in this setting and bleeding events are significantly less likely as compared to warfarin. Commonly used DOACs

include dabigatran (Pradaxa), rivaroxaban (Xarelto), apixaban (Eliquis), and edoxaban (Savaysa). Platelet inhibitors like aspirin are not effective at stroke prevention in AF. Late last year, the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology published new guidelines and recommendations for the treatment of AF as it pertains to stroke prevention. The updated guidelines reinforced the use of the CHA2DS2-VASc tool to assess stroke risk. A CHA2DS2-VASc score is calculated as follows: the presence of or history of Congestive heart failure – 1 point; Hypertension – 1 point; Age 75 or older – 2 points; Diabetes – 1 point; Stroke or TIA – 2 points; Vascular disease (i.e. heart attack or peripheral arterial disease) – 1 point; Age 65-74 – 1 point; Sex female – 1 point. Anticoagulation is strongly recommended for AF stroke prevention in men

with a score of 2 or more, and in women with a score of 3 or more. In men with a score of 1 and women with a score of 2, shared decision making with the treating physician regarding anticoagulation should occur. Men with a score of 0 and women with a score of 1 do not need anticoagulation. Patients with mitral stenosis and prosthetic mechanical heart valves should be given warfarin, not a DOAC. A recent trial that compared dabigatran to warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with mechanical heart valves had to be discontinued early because of the presence of blood clots on the mechanical heart valves in the dabigatran group. In general, DOACs are not recommended for those with severe kidney disease or on dialysis. At present, warfarin is recommended for these patients. Anticoagulation therapy is indicated for AF irrespective of whether the AF is paroxysmal, persistent, or

permanent. Patients with atrial flutter should be handled in a manner similar to those with AF. In patients over 80, the lowest DOAC dose should be used to minimize the risk of bleeding, although many patients in this category refuse anticoagulation because, if a stroke occurs while on a DOAC, it is more likely to be hemorrhagic, which usually results in more severe consequences. Lastly, there is no solid scientific evidence that one DOAC is more effective or safer than any of the others. On a practical note, all the DOACs available at present are still on patent, which means they are brand-named and no generics yet exist making them expensive and often not covered by health plans. If you or someone you know has AF and is not on a DOAC, get to your doctor to have your risk of stroke assessed. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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Lifelong Friendships Duke Foti and Charlie Marquardt By Marina Cregan

No matter how crazy life gets, especially during challenging times like these, we can’t help but think how lucky we are to have our family and friends who are always by our side. This week, The Rockaway Times would like to showcase the lifelong friendship of two Rockaway natives, Duke Foti and Charlie Marquardt. Like most Rockawayites, Foti and Marquardt’s friendship began way before the two could even remember. Their families lived two houses apart on Beach 130th Street, and the pair actually met when Foti was just six months old. Foti jokes, “I even have a picture of Charlie standing by my crib.” And ever since, they were nearly inseparable. Beach 130th Street served as their very own playground, whether they were playing manhunt, stickball, or their personal favorite, basketball. Because they lived just two houses apart, the boys often played on each other’s porches. One of Foti’s first childhood memories actually took place on Marquardt’s front porch. At about five years old, a big thunderstorm hit, trapping the two on the porch. Foti laughed as he reflected on how panicked the young boys were. He said they started planning the rest of their lives together because they were sure Foti could never make it home and would have to move in with Marquardt and his family. When it came time to start school, Foti went to P.S.114 and Marquardt went to St. Francis de Sales, but that never stopped the two from hanging out. Like Rockaway kids, they loved the ocean. They would often go fishing together for hours, seeing what fish they could catch for the day. Whether they were playing on their block, going to the beach, or playing CYO basketball, the two continued their friendship through high school and

beyond. Foti went to Beach Channel High School (‘83) and Marquardt went to Xavier High School (‘82), but their shared love of basketball always gave the duo a reason to get together. Although they went to different colleges, they remained close whenever they both came back to the peninsula over the holidays or in the summer. In 1985, the two played together on their winning Summer Classic team, which was the last team to have a full roster of only peninsula kids. Their winning team was sponsored by Belle Harbor’s own, Flip Mullen, and the ice cream, “Alpen Zauber,” showing how far back their Rockaway roots go. As the two friends settled into adulthood and started families of their own, their friendship never faltered, and both were even in each other’s wedding parties. When reflecting on Marqaurdt’s wedding and how he was his best man in the wedding, Foti said, “Our friendship has been a steady, dependable source of strength that I have, and will continue to cherish.” After college, both Foti and Marquardt decided to move back to Belle Harbor to raise their families in the place their friendship began. Now as adults, the pair continues to enjoy all of the wonderful activities Rockaway has to offer. Whether they’re at the beach or at Pitch n Putt, Foti said, “I have been lucky

to have known a person like Charlie Marquardt my entire life, and fortunate to call him my friend.” Their friendship has even extended to both of their families becoming incredibly good friends. Foti and his wife, Suellen Tighe Foti, and Marquardt and his wife, Kathy Fortescue Marquardt, often take the ferry into the city

for lunch or dinner on Stone Street. The two wives even work together at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. After about 53 years of friendship, the two still hangout quite frequently. The longevity of their friendship hit them not too long ago. About eight months ago, while the two were getting haircuts at Giuseppe's on Beach 129th, Foti looked at Marquardt in the mirror and said, “Chaz, we’ve been coming here for half a century!” It’s been said before, but it still rings true. Friendships like Foti and Marquardt’s are what makes Rockaway truly unique in itself. A half a century later, the two best friends continue to sit together in the local barber shop. The Rockaway community will always serve as not only a great place to grow up, but a great place to remain. Cheers to 53 more years Duke and Charlie!

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You Are A Lighthouse Listened to a guided meditation the other day and one line stood out: “You are a lighthouse.� Love the image. We can all be the ones to provide guidance and warnings to others, just like the lighthouse serves to warn and guide ships. It seems timely to think of this image as we need to pass along information on cleanliness, keeping ourselves and others safe, not denying what is really going on. This is

on the practical level, and on another level, we are beacons of light when we are pure in mind with no agenda, only to do what is best for ourselves and others. Coming from that space within and visualizing it as a beacon of light that connects all of us—one to another—is powerful. We are not alone. No one is an island. And if we are all connected, then how can we do anything to hurt


another? How can we not be considerate? Greed and selfishness are being uncovered and they are becoming not popular. People are coming together for the good health of humanity and Mother Earth, both physically and spiritually. This is the gift in all of this, and it is so sad to me that something catastrophic has to happen to uncover the bad and bring forth the good. I suppose it has always been that way in history. Things didn’t come to a screeching halt like in Rockaway’s last life-changing event, but more like a slow roll down a hill then STOP. STOP and WHAT? Adjust. Adapt. Call upon your Flexibility—not physical flexibility, more like in the mind. Be Creative. Free Your Mind. Let the Fear Go. And think about how you can be the light for someone else and someone else and someone else. Kindness, Compassion, Fortitude, Love, Genuine Support, Humaneness, Truthfulness. At the end of yoga class-

The Rockaway Times es, breath practices, meditations, we say to each other “Namaste,� which means “the light in me bows to the light in you� or “I bow to the divine in you.� It is a Hindu greeting that people say when they meet or depart. When I greet you, I bow to the divinity in you—it is not religious; it reinforces the connection of all beings and the divine light or spiritual light within each of us... It is not out there, it is in here inside. Not divisive—but, unifying. It is time to change for the better. We can all be taking a step back and feel the unity on a global level—not just on our blocks, in our communities, in our cities, in our states, in our countries, but everywhere. That is very powerful to me and that image of all being one, along with “you are a lighthouse� is what we need to heal in harmony. May you be happy. May you be free. May you be compassionate. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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Home Spun

The column this week is short and sweet. I have been obeying my clan’s dictum to remain at home and I try to spend my time, as best I can, doing some constructive things around the house. The other day, I was watering the many plants around the homestead and I struck up

a conversation with a rather large spider who turned out to be quite an interesting fellow. My beloved Grace pointed out the fact that I was actually speaking with a spider, which might give cause for some to question the state of my mental well-being. I told Grace that this guy was one of the best web designers I ever met. I know many of you are becoming somewhat angry regarding your inability to be tested for the coronavirus. The truth of the matter is that you are fairly well towards the bottom of the testing pecking order as there are still many essential cultural icons out in Hollywood with no symptoms who have not been tested yet. These supercilious celebrity clowns are proving to be the most disposable and annoying aspects of this pandemic crisis. The people who matter in this country, who really matter, who will always matter,

are not scribblers like myself, and are certainly not the performers in Hollywood and the media. No, the men and women who matter are the ones with the most difficult, dirty, thankless, and now dangerous jobs in the world. The doctors, nurses, all related health staff, cops, fireman, sanitation workers, postal workers, truck drivers, supermarket workers, bodega staff, delivery staff, subway and bus service staff, etc. And all these individuals have been getting up, leaving their families and the comparative safety of their homes to do their jobs every single day. God bless them all. We can never thank them enough. As I stated prior, this week is a short one and I really want to get back to discussing web design with my new friend so, in closing, make it a point to thank these guys and gals when you interact with them because once this is all over, we all know the stupid American

pecking order will return just as it did after 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy — a pecking order where the working class who took all the risks and did all the dangerous grunt work to keep our civilization civilized, will at best be forgotten and taken for granted again. Their title of "essential" workers, which by the way was never reflected in their pay checks, will be effectively tossed down the memory hole until the next crisis blows in to perturb the entitled lifestyles of our elitist brethren at which time, they will reach down and resurrect their status with much ado in order that they may continue to live their lives of the rich and famous they believe they are entitled to. But at least for now, we are well rid of our cultural aristocracy as we realize just how unnecessary they truly are. Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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Travels with Bob & Sandy LAKE GEORGE, A WORLD AWAY— BUT ONLY A SHORT DRIVE By Bob & Sandy Nesoff

(Editor’s note: with the Coronavirus affecting travel and businesses, the following might be considered for a later date.) Ski. Shop. Relax. Few places can offer a variety of options for a long weekend or a vaca-

tion. New York State is blessed with a wide variety of places to choose from for every whim and wish. But those in the know have one particular destination marked on their maps…Lake George. No question that in the months from May through Oc-


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tober, the area is hopping. It draws visitors from a cross-section of the globe and many languages are heard there. The two most prominent are English (of course) and French. But not the French you’d hear spoken around the Eiffel Tower. It’s more like what you’d hear a few miles to the north in Montreal. New York State and the Jersey Shore are hot competitors for the Canadian market. But while the Jersey Shore buttons up tight during the cold weather months, Lake George is still open for business. OK, so the waterslide at the amusement park is closed, as are virtually all of the other outdoor activities and even the cruises on the big lake don’t open until May. For the harried person looking for some downtime and a

place to chill while still having options, Lake George is a pretty decent place to head for. The drive from the New York/ New Jersey area is an easy run of about three hours. Here’s a hint, however. If you set your GPS for the Lake, it’s in all probability going to steer you off the Thruway at the first Albany exit. Don’t do it. That’ll take you through local streets and the city of Troy. You’ll enjoy traffic lights, heavy traffic and all the joys of driving during a day-long rush hour. Head a few minutes north and get off at Exit 24, the Adirondack Northway (Route 87). While there may be some traffic, once you get past Albany, only a short drive, the road is normally open all the way to Lake George. Continued on page 29


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TRAVELS WITH BOB & SANDY Continued from Page 28 In planning, we checked out the hotel site Trivago for destinations and prices and then decided to call directly. While Trivago was OK, the hotel, The Wingate by Windham, offered $70 per night and an upgrade if available (it wasn’t). We had stayed there on previous visits as well as other hotels/ motels in the area and found this to be convenient, comfortable and the offering of an inclusive breakfast every morning. The room was large and comfortable with a kingsize bed, couch, desk and easy chairs. They also boast one of the friendliest staffs in Lake George. Oh, and every day they put out a platter of chocolate chip and cinnamon raisin cookies. While summertime offers a plethora of activity, the cold weather months put a halt to many things, such as the boat rides on the lake. They reopen in May, but the outlets are

open all year round. Highway 9, the main road in the area, runs right through the shopper’s Nirvana. During the cold weather months, the prices are excellent with virtually every store offering huge discounts that you won’t find in summer. Warm weather prices aren’t bad, but can’t compare to off-season. We hit Chico’s, Coleman, Lindt Chocolate, Levi’s and so

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somewhat dark and could be mistaken for a restaurant back in the day. Walk a few feet further and you come into another room with a glassed-in wall that sparkles in daylight. The menu is a bit limited, but the prices are right and the food is pretty darn good. There’s not much in the way of entertainment at night in the off-season, but about 10 miles down the road in the village of Queensbury is the Aviation Mall with a very modern and comfortable theater. It beats watching television every night. Looking to get away for a couple of days without airfare much more. The local econ- or long drives? Lake George omy was truly cooking after could be the very pleasant the visit. One place we had solution. not tried before was the Log Jam restaurant in the Log Jam Outlet Center. Work your way through shops from Brooks Brothers to Wilson’s Leather and then head to the Log Jam Restaurant for a pretty decent lunch. Send Email to The quaint eatery is built like Mail@RockawayTimes.com a huge log cabin. One room is

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LEGAL NOTICES Minimax Tiny Homes LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 01/13/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 25-15 Queens Plaza North Storefront #1, LIC, NY 11101. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. VGC CONTROLS, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on02/13/20. 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, c/o Gennaro R. Zambrano, 147-18 17th Road, Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. TSUAN DDS PLLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 02/18/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 48-15 11th Street Apt #1F Long Island City NY 11101. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. FB 2186 White Plains Road LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/23/2019. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 52-55 74th Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373. General Purpose.

Notice of Qualification of BAYBRIDGE PHARMACY, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/05/20. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/25/19. Princ. office of LLC: 208-48 Cross Island Pkwy., Bayside, NY 11360. NYS fictitious name: BAYBRIDGE PHARMACY OF BAYSIDE, LLC. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation: 82-03 172nd ST LLC, Art. Of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/26/2019. Office Loc.: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 137-08 31st Rd Apt #2C, Flushing, NY 11354 Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Ken & Lan Realty LLC. Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/04/2020. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Ken & Lan Realty LLC, 52-80 70th Street, Maspeth, NY 11378. Any lawful purpose.


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LEGAL NOTICES 22-38 CP BLVD LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/09/20. 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, 110-32A 15th Avenue, College Point, NY 11356. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. VNBS PARTNERS LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/13/20. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 139-48 Queens Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435 Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Principal business location: 139-03 Queens Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435. NEW YORK COUNSELING FOR CHANGE, LLC filed Arts. of Org. with the Sect'y of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/14/20. County: Queens. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: The LLC, 30-46 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful act. Fresh Spring LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 2/5/2020. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 71-11 68th St., Glendale, NY 11385. General Purpose. GU’s Square, LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 01/22/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 10 Halletts PT, Apt.1044, Astoria, NY, 11102. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 18 CAPITAL GROUP LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/26/2019. 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, 147-39 72nd Avenue Apt 1A, Flushing, NY 11367. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. 1245 PUTNAM LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/02/20. 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, 6004 77th Place, Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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Employees Call DSNY COVID-19 Response ‘Trash’ By Katie McFadden

They’re there for us daily, and were praised locally as heroes following Hurricane Sandy, but now facing another crisis, some of New York’s Strongest feel they’re being left in the dump. Deemed essential workers, New York City Sanitation workers across the city are being hit hard by coronavirus and some are concerned that the City isn’t doing enough to keep them safe. While workers across the state are being told to stay home, those who work for NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY), don’t have that option. Potentially being exposed to disposed gloves, masks and other items people are using to keep coronavirus away, DSNY employees are among the many essential workers now being hit hard by coronavirus. According to a NY Daily News article, as of Tuesday, March 25, 61 DSNY employees have tested positive for coronavirus. Last weekend, according to a DSNY spokesperson, Rockaway’s own garage (Queens 14) was impacted by coronavirus. “Over the weekend, Queens 14 Garage was closed for cleaning/disinfecting due to a sanitation worker testing positive for Covid-19, as were several other DSNY garages. Neighboring garages serviced the affected districts during the temporary closure. Queens 14 Garage and the other garages were re-opened on Monday, March 23.” According to a DSNY em-

ployee who reached out to The Rockaway Times for help and wanted to remain anonymous, the problem is becoming more widespread, and it’s spreading quickly. While DSNY did not provide an exact number, according to the employee, 35 garages out of DSNY’s 59, have been temporarily closed and reopened within 24 hours or less after an employee was tested positive and the garage undergoes a cleaning. Some, the employee says, have closed and reopened more than once. Borough commands and other DSNY facilities have also been temporarily closed and reopened. The employee is one of many who are speaking out about DSNY’s efforts, or lack thereof, to keep employees safe. The employee claims that the DSNY employees haven’t been provided with things as simple as gloves, masks or sanitizer. An online petition started on Change.org on March 20, called “Get NYC Sanitation Workers Masks, Gloves & Hand Sanitizer,” backs up this claim, and as we go to press, has been signed by more than 17,000 people. In response to what they have been doing to keep workers safe, a DSNY spokesperson said it is standard protocol for its employees to wear gloves and other protective equipment, and they have been making other changes. “To protect our workers, we have made some service changes and are taking extra precaution in the field. This includes following City Department

of Health guidelines, such as asking Sanitation Workers to wash their hands often, equipping garages with extra sanitizing materials, and wiping down all surfaces before and after work shifts,” the spokesperson said. The employee who spoke with The RT says that not enough is being done to ensure the virus doesn’t spread around the department. “What happens is when somebody comes up with a positive, they put the person in quarantine, but everyone else remains in the workforce. With upper management, supervisors are going from one garage to another, so a lot are coming from districts that have been shut down because of coronavirus. There’s a lot of cross contamination going on,” they said. The way things are allegedly being handled have caused legitimate concern for the essential employees. Several other DSNY employees have taken to social media pages to share similar concerns with DSNY. And local elected officials have spoken on their behalf, including local councilman Donovan Richards. “Hearing from sanitation workers that they don’t have masks and also have to wash and reuse old gloves. These essential workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Please fix this @NYCMayor @NYCSanitation immediately,” Richards tweeted on March 21. A DSNY spokesperson responded to Richards, saying

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The O’Connell Brothers’ milk wagon was painted by Nicolino Calyo for a series of New York street scenes, circa 1830s. Irish-born men and women made up 40% of the city’s peddlers as late as 1855, mainly selling farm produce such as milk, vegetables, and fruit. New York’s corner grocery stores were Irish until German immigration at midcentury brought competition. (Photo courtesy of Museum of the City of New York). Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018) Directions: Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a hot frying pan. Sprinkle chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper and add the chicken to pan and sauté until browned. Stir Fry Chicken Thighs Add onion and apple and cook until onions become softened. with Applies and Stir in the sauerkraut and caraSauerkraut way seeds and add remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Add the dill to the By Sharon Feldman sauerkraut mixture. Return the chicken to the pan Serves: 4 and add the apple sauce. Stir unIngredients: 4 – 6 ounce skinless, boneless til thoroughly blended. Reduce heat to medium low chicken thighs, sliced into thin and cover. Let simmer for 15 strips minutes. 3 tablespoons olive oil Plate this delicious dish and ¾ teaspoon salt sprinkle chopped scallions over ¼ teaspoon pepper top. 1 medium onion, sliced 1 Golden Delicious apple, cored and cut into chunks 1/3 cup of sugar-free apple sauce 2 cups drained refrigerated (bagged or jarred) sauerkraut ½ teaspoon caraway seeds, or to taste (optional) ¼ cup fresh dill Bunch of scallions Whole grain mustard, for serving (optional)

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Rockaway Locals…You Tell Us! Get Your Voice Heard! In our feature, reporter, Kami-Leigh Agard scours the streets to get your opinion on current issues facing the peninsula. Your Voice…Your Community…Your Platform This week’s topic: With the coronavirus pandemic bringing the gears of routine, everyday life to a near halt—schools closed, nonessential workers mandated to stay at home and social distancing—The Rockaway Times asked folks to weigh in on how they were faring in this new normal.


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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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Cyril P. Loftus of Belle Harbor (1932-2020)

Cyril “Dan” Loftus, age 87, died on March 22, 2020. Dan was born on July 13, 1932 in Elphin, County Roscommon, Ireland to Martin and Mary (Conmy) Loftus. When he was 18 years old, he came to America. He married the love of his life, Kathleen (Catherine Gallagher), on August 11, 1951 at St. Gregory’s Church in Brooklyn, New York. They were blessed with two children. Dan was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He served and attained the rank

sergeant from 1954 to 1956. Dan was a small business owner and ran a liquor store in Brooklyn, New York for many years. Dan believed that family was the most important thing and will be remembered most for his love and devotion to his family and friends. He adored his five grandchildren and was always ready with a big hug whenever they came to visit. He was extremely proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed telling his family stories about growing up in Ireland. Dan is survived by his beloved wife, Catherine, and two adoring children, Deborah Loftus-Munns and her husband, Michael of Belle Harbor, and Kevin Loftus and his wife, Carolyn, of Brewster, New York. A Mass of Christian burial to celebrate Dan’s life was held on Tuesday, March 24 at St. Joseph’s Church in Somers, northern Westchester County.

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From Anxiety to Ease Dear Enchantress, How do you keep so positive? I see you on your online livestreams and you always seem to be happy to share and sharing happy thoughts. I can't help but wonder, how do you this? And is it real? Will you share some tips about how you do it? Also aren’t you exhausted after doing so many LIVE videos. I'm not sure when this will get answered, but we can all use a boost of positivity, while everyone is cooped up in their houses.

Dear Curious Connie, Thank you for your questions! No, I'm not always happy, and right now I have to toot my horn. I'm having quite a run of equanimity, not too high-highs and not to lowlows. During the winter, I usually sink into some darkness. Not this winter! Just the other day, I caught myself realizing "Oh the winter is over and I didn't have to dig myself out of a ditch!" So for my whole life, starting at 12, I was in a depressed,

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Local Educator Dies Due to Coronavirus Complications A beloved principal, teacher and Rockaway neighbor has died due to complications related to coronavirus. Dez-Ann Romain died on March 23. She was 36. As the first Department of Education employee to die due to the illness, Romain made headlines across the city. Romain served as the principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a transfer high school that helps students who have struggled in traditional high school settings graduate. However, some remember the Rockaway resident as a graduate of Far Rockaway High School who went on to become an inspirational art teacher at Frederick Douglass Academy VI in Far Rockaway. "She supported us through all our future endeavors, whether it [was] personal or professional," former student Curtis Turney-Rentas, told TIME magazine. "But she didn’t just teach and angry, self-critical state, constantly. When I turned 32, I began attending my improv theatre classes, and I learned how to notice my emotions, and I also began noticing my energy, and how I can control it. And I am a big control freak. In this current situation, where we are all staying put and at home, I feel like I've been in training for this for years. Working with emotions and self-awareness is the biggest deal. Noticing the moment, I start to feel activated. Examples of that would be my heart rate starts to speed up, or I see my patience is short and reactive. If I can notice it in the moment, then I have all the power. I live with my dog, Cooper. With you living with your husband, now could be a time

us art. She taught us how to become men and women. She taught us how to be leaders in our own light.” Fellow Far Rockaway High School classmate, Mohamed Amin wrote on Facebook: “My heart is in a million pieces right now. The tears won't stop flowing. In 2001, Dez-Ann Romain and I graduated from Far Rockaway High School with honors. As Caribbean migrants, being raised by low-income parents in the ‘ghetto,’ we were considered ‘at-risk’ young people. At only 36-years-old, she passed away due to complications from the Coronavirus. Rest in Power, Dez-Ann Romain." where you experiment and practice ways to chill out. In other words, practice calm. Use whatever language you think he'll be on board with. There are so many free resources to listen to, from meditations to dance breaks to writing support. Basically, all the self-expression you find interesting or are curious about, and also how to calm yourself using your five senses. If you want more immediate information, you can get my book on Amazon, "From Anxiety to Ease, The Feminine Way." It's inspiring, and a workbook with actions to take. Sending love. To ask your own Dear Enchantress Shane question, email: Love@enchantedembodiment.com

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Crowley Brings Needed Supplies to NYCHA Residents in Far Rockaway Candidate for Queens Borough President Elizabeth Crowley met with NYCHA leaders in Far Rockaway after they expressed need for their homebound seniors and brought donated supplies including water, cleaning supplies, and paper towels. Following social distancing protocols, they discussed the challenges and concerns facing residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. Far Rockaway’s five NYCHA complexes include Hammel Houses, Redfern Houses, 41 Street Houses, Carlton Manor, and Oceanside Houses. Crowley put out a message saying, “If you know someone Pictured with Crowley is in need of help, please email Darrel Wilson, Vice President of us at info@elizabethcrowley. Hammel Houses. com.

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Lots of people are going through shoe boxes these days and finding some gems. This sports report captures the glory days of some St. Francis de Sales hoopsters. Most of these guys are turning 50 this year.

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