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VOL. 6, NO. 44 - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020

Hope Shines Through

Cuomo: Much Better Place.... But Not Home Yet

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Long Beach Jetty Contractor Selected for Rockaway Project By Katie McFadden

The jetties are coming! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s (USACE) bid process for contactors to install Rockaway’s groins, has come to an end, and USACE is expected to award the contract to the same company that completed Long Beach’s groin project in recent years. After opening the bid process in late February, USACE received offers from eight contractors. According to Robby Schwach of Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office, the lowest bid came in from H & L Contracting, at just over $114 million. The Army Corps has estimated this project to cost as much at $250M. Some of the other bids included Weeks Marine ($140 M), Michels ($137 M), and Kiewit ($168.5 M). H & L Contracting has worked on a few big beach projects around New York including Long Beach’s groin project and erosion control in Coney Island. An official announcement has not yet

been made about the contractor selection, but USACE has confirmed. According to Schwach, the project can start within a few weeks, however an exact start date is up in the air, as it will take time for the company to mobilize equipment, personnel and the stones to build the new groins. Schwach says the 14 new groins (referred to as jetties by locals) will be built starting in the west end, at Beach 145, Beach 140, Beach 135, Beach 130, Beach 125, Beach 120, Beach 115, Beach 110, Beach 105, Beach 102, Beach 98 and Beach 92, with the other two much further east (Beach 52 and Beach 32). There are plans to remove or cut down some, if not all, of the existing wooden jetties. Four existing rock groins, including one at Beach 149, will be rehabilitated and extended. Schwach adds that work will take place Mondays through Fridays for eight and a half

hours a day. An estimated 724 million pounds of rock will be used for this project. If the beaches are not closed this summer, closures for the project will only take place around the direct areas where work is taking place for safety reasons. Truck routes on the beach will be fenced off with "flaggers� at intersections to allow beach-goers to access the beach. Trucks can access the beach at Beach 9th, Beach 108th, and Beach 116th as well as Beach 126th and Beach 142nd, where the current dune and baffle walls will be removed temporarily and then rebuilt. No construction will take place from beach 90th to Beach 105th between Memorial Day and Labor Day unless permitted by the Parks Dept. No construction will take place from Beach 6th to Beach 85th Street until after September 1, when the piping plovers are done nesting for the sea-

son. Each groin could take up to three months to build, and the bid includes a provision that the contract should be completed within four years. USACE confirmed most of this information, however, they added that the order of the work is not definite yet and will be at the discretion of the contractor. For instance, the contractor could decide to utilize the summer to start stockpiling rock and start with the east groin field sometime in the fall, after the piping plovers leave. Note that this contract does not include the construction of the reinforced dune from Beach 6th to Beach 149th and sand restoration.

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FOOD DRIVE

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Contact The Elected Congressman Gregory Meeks 67-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Arverne, NY 11692 Phone: (347) 230-4032

On Saturday, May 2nd. 'The Graybeards' in partnership with 'The RIBS' are sponsoring a FOOD DRIVE to help stock the various food pantries throughout the Rockaways.

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato 9516 Rockaway Beach Blvd Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 718-945-9550 City Councilman Eric Ulrich 114-12 Beach Channel Drive, suite #1 Rockaway Park, NY 11694 718-318-6411

Blue collection bags are being distributed throughout the neighborhood this weekend. If you do not receive a blue bag in your mailbox, you can put your donations in any plastic bag. Collection of the food will be on Saturday, May 2nd.

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. 88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd Room 311 Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 718-318-0702

Just leave your donations outside your front door before 9AM next Saturday, May 2nd. And someone will be by to pick it up.

State Senator James Sanders Jr. 1931 Mott Avenue - Suite 305 Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718-327-7017

If for some reason your donation does not get picked up on Saturday, you can drop it off at : St. Francis de Sales Rectory 129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

Please consider giving generously.

City Councilman Donovan Richards 1931 Mott Avenue, Suite 410 Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718-471-7014 Community Board 14 1931 Mott Ave Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718-471-7300

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There’s heated debate about what makes a furry. In short, it’s a subculture of sorts in which adults dress up as animal characters. Picture a person walking around as Tony The Tiger. Or a team mascot. Some say it’s art; some say it’s just fun; and some say it’s depraved. Well, doesn’t matter what it was, it’s going mainstream. Furries have now been deemed essential. While people are freaking out about the possibility that beaches will be closed this summer, there are emergency contingency plans in the works. I am here to report that Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have made a request to the federal government for 2.6 million Personal Protection Furries (PPFs). These PPFS come in both full body size suits and head-wrap only. There has been concern in some corners that such protective garments might not be suitable for the beach. But such concerns were allayed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper who donned a Tickle Me Elmo PPF on Rockaway Beach last week. Mr. Cooper held up his furry arms and told viewers, “The PPFs shed, just like real animals. The balls of fur that fly away are biodegradable.” With that, he spun around and dashed into the water shouting, “Waterproof, too!” The Army Corps of Engineers has been directed to mass produce PPFs —although they have to put it out to bid first. There has been some pushback. Some in Congress have called for “furry-less” furries demanding sleek Spiderman and Black Panther protection gear be made available for already-hairy people and beach communities. “Tickle Me Elmo might shed, but it’s still balls-hot,” Gregory Meeks said. “And New York is not getting its fair share.” Yes, just as with the SBA loans, states such as Nebraska and North Dakota are getting the lion’s share (and I do mean lion

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The Fur Will Fly — 317,000 Lion King protection heads were sent to Omaha and 219,000 were sent to Bismarck, North Dakota). One rancher told a TV reporter that the federal effort was justified. “We need lion garments to stop the virus and chase away wolves.” The clip went viral because the TV reporter he was speaking to was wearing a Big Bad Wolf’s head. Locally, when asked by reporters why he wasn’t wearing furry protection yet, de Blasio said his Big Bird costume was made on ETSY but they delivered it to Gracie Mansion by mistake. He’ll have it on the next time he gets driven to Prospect Park for a workout. Some people in the Deep South and right-to-carry gun states have reason to be careful. A 6-foot man in a blue coyote outfit was shot in the tail. He refused medical treatment, refusing to go to a nearby hospital, at which he said they were “Handing out the virus like valentines.” Meanwhile, in some other states, those in protest of lockdowns and social distancing are demanding they get Cap-

tain America outfits (which don’t have mouth or nose covering). Others in this group have gone the DIY route and painted themselves green like the Incredible Hulk. Like hydroxychloroquine, science seems split on green skin paint as an effective remedy against stupidity. Some are trying the less reliable, but better than nothing option: the inflatable. Adults in dinosaur and unicorn in-

flatable costumes were seen in Rockaway over the weekend. These might catch on because they have potential as floating devices, perfect for the ocean on calm days. The furry project (inflatables have not yet been approved) is designed to allow for social distancing to be minimized. Beach Social Distancing The preferred head gear (the N95 of the PPF) comes with a snout or extended forehead al- and Low Tide are expected to lowing people to get close, but have unisex DFD furries availnot too close. These PPFs are able for rent. Boarders will sell wetsuits with Mickey Mouse heads. Diver Dan outfits will be available for old-timers. Lana’s Loft is considering a spring-line of fashionable furries. Once yoga studios reopen, ladies will have a choice of Tweety Bird or Cat Woman outfits. For the time being, men will be forced to wear Cowardly Lion suits. In many cases, The Tin Man would be redundant. Some Rockaway people, never slow to complain, said the furries are useless without built-in straws. One nutcracker vendor said, “How you gonna get blurconsidered essential for bars ry in a furry, if you ain’t got no and nightclubs as these places straw, dog?” Bill Gehlhaus, administrator try to navigate the new norms. (Footnote: A couple of Rock- of the popular Friends of Rockaway bars have actually been away Beach Facebook page, has full of furry customers for more changed with the times, now posting Furry of The Day photos. than a decade). As wild as this seems, the He posted one of a guy wearPPFs have already been tested ing a furry chipmunk head and out in Australia. The accom- a t-shirt that said, Strange But panying photo at the top of the Smart. And one last note, there are column shows hipsters lining up at a concession at Bondi now plans for a Furmaid Parade beach. In Rock away, Caracas in September.

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The current COVID-19 safety measures necessitated a change to the annual Rockaway Holocaust Remembrance Program. The annual community event co-sponsored by Temple Beth-El, West End Temple and Jewish War Veterans, is postponed to a later date when everyone may safely gather in the beautiful Sanctuary of Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park. However, a Zoom meeting took place on Monday, April 20 sponsored by the Holocaust Remembrance Committee. It was felt by many that the importance of marking Yom Hashoah could not be ignored. Rabbi Matt Carl of Temple Beth-El and Rabbi Marjorie Slome of West End Temple, in their remarks, talked about connections between the Holocaust and the contemporary signs of antisemitism and hateful intolerance of others. The rabbis had encouraging words to all, saying that it is time for all good people to make this a better world for all. It was emphasized that Never Again is not a concept ... Never Again is a personal call to action—to not be bystanders to evil and hate. In addition to memorial prayers, Cantor Jeffrey Wolk sang the Star-Spangled Banner in honor of our great country as well as Hatikvah, to honor Israel. Co-chairs Betty Zapolsky, Fern Zagor and Helen Goldstein recited selections in remembrance of the long history of the destructions of Jewish people and communities in Europe. All the Zoom attendees lighted memorial candles in their own homes. The Holocaust Remembrance Committee suggests that at this time of COVID-19 isolation, people may want to view some additional online Holocaust Memorials and educational materials available.

The Virtual Presentation: New York’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance sponsored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage; A Living Memorial to the Holocaust—first aired on Sunday, April 19, is an excellent 50-minute presentation of some archival footage, personal testimonies from survivors and families, greetings from honorable officials, English, Yiddish and Hebrew musical selections and memorial candle lighting. The virtual presentation and many other survivor testimo-

nies and Yom Hashoah resources may be found at: mjhnyc.org or on the Museum’s Facebook page or on YouTube. Also, the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum for Tolerance will air Survivor Testimonies all throughout this official Days of Remembrance Week. The link may be found at http:// www. museumoftolerance.com/ Many commented that, in the current isolation situation, the Zoom format was a most meaningful way to pay tribute to Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was also poignant that at the 7 p.m. beginning time, everyone opened their windows and participated in the tribute paid to healthcare workers, first responders and essential personnel who are risking their lives daily for the safety of us all. A lesson all may learn from the Holocaust that—Together, we can all do the right things to make this a better world.


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***** As many Rockaway businesses await SBA loans (and wait and wait), we’re reminded how “the little guy” so often gets crushed. In the first round of stimulus, the feds said a “small” business was one with 500 or less employees. Five hundred? That sounds like a pretty large medium, not a small. Five hundred. Sheesh. Get real, Washington. ***** Gas prices at a station in Wisconsin fell to 89 cents a few days ago. Louisiana and Indiana stations were under a buck. Rockaway is still clocking in at an average of $2.30. Although prices at New York stations always are maddeningly higher than other places, the truth is most gas stations make their money at their mi-

ni-marts. Hint: often a good option to pick up essentials (without waiting on line). ***** Speaking of gas and by extension, cars, there is some speculation that there will be an uptick in car sales because some will want to avoid public transportation. The roads might not necessarily get more crowded, as a result. Many people are expected to continue to work at home and not commute as often. ***** St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is not letting the Class of 2020 be forgotten. They've already lost out on end of year events, so the school is bringing them some light. Starting Tuesday, April 21, for 20 days, they are lighting up the schoolyard lights at 8:20 p.m. for 20 minutes and 20 seconds to represent brighter times ahead for the community. ***** Our email list of subscribers (we hope you’re one!) continues to catch on. Please go to Rockawaytimes.com and click

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Subscribe or send us an email at Mail@Rockawaytimes.com ***** But we do still print. Paper drop locations: Breezy Point supermarket, Beach 129th (outside Belle Harbor Foods), Beach 116th Street (outside the subway entrance and in the lobby of Chase bank); Stop and Shop news rack outside; Beach 108 (outside Boardwalk Bagels); Queens County Bank lobby (Beach 105th and RBB); Beach 92nd Street (outside Elegante); Stop and Shop (Arverne); and at The Rockaway Times (outside Belle Rock Car service booth). ***** The Rockaway Times Photo contest deadline is next Thursday, April 30 at noon. Other things (like when winners will be announced, when/if the photos will be on the boardwalk, etc.) are still up in the air. ***** Back to the Future t-shirts? Creativity abounds in these stuck-at-home times. See the “spotted” feature on Page 9, this time traveler wore a Rockaway Times t-shirt in a Zoom call with

a Flatbush Avenue background from about 1980. We’ve seen Rockaway Times t-shirts from all over the world but this is a first from Flatbush Avenue and certainly a first from circa 1980. ***** The #FrontStepsProject in Rockaway has been a huge hit. Linda Humphrey and Christine Mullally have taken more than 70 photos of families, singles, couples on front porches, Dayton Towers terraces, in front of stores, you name it. The funds raised go to frontline workers. It’s a great way to mark this moment in history and do some good. Just go to the Rockaway Artists Alliance website, click on Get Involved, and you’ll be contacted. ***** We liked this tweet, praising teachers at PS 42. It was a Cat in The Hat image with a rhyme: I will teach you in a room, I will teach you now on Zoom; I will teach you in a house; I will teach you with my mouse. PS: If you read Boyleing Points, he’s joking.

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REDUCE OVERCROWDING • Stay home. • Telecommute if possible. If you do go out: • Stagger work hours away from peak travel times. • Walk or bike. • Do not gather in crowds.

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This Week in History APRIL 23 Mairead Fitzgerald was born. Victoria Mahon was born. Mike O’Neil was born. 1954 - Hank Aaron hit the first of his 755 home runs. 1985 - Coca-Cola announced that it was changing its formula and introduced New Coke. APRIL 24 Dee Roberts was born. Amy Mahon was born. 1898 - Spain declared war on the U.S.

or by his own hand. 1986 - The worst nuclear power plant accident in history occurred at Chernobyl, near Kiev, U.S.S.R. APRIL 27 Michelle Comins was born. Nancy Gahles was born. 1956 - Rocky Marciano retired as the undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion. 1983 - Pitcher Nolan Ryan surpassed Walter Johnson’s strikeout record — one Johnson had held since 1927.

APRIL 28 Jen Kelleher was born Jim Moore was born. 1945 - Benito Mussolini was executed. 1928 - The first seeing eye dog was 1947 - Thor Heyerdahl and five othpresented to Morris S. Frank. ers began their Pacific Ocean cross1945 - Delegates met in San Francis- ing on the raft, Kon-Tiki. co to organize the United Nations.

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 By Beth Hanning

Pandemic Silver Linings Well I guess great minds think alike. I wrote my silver linings column last week but missed my deadline. I am kind of “swamped.” When I told Kevin that I was swamped he responded, “First person I’ve heard who’s swamped.” That’s another column. I am super busy during the pandemic quarantine and I will journal this week, and next week tell you what I am doing. Silver Linings: Celebrity houses: I am loving seeing all of the celebrities and news correspondents at home. I also like to see who can

do their own hair and makeup. Lara Spencer from Good Morning America is currently winning in the house/office and her hair looks fabulous and her makeup is flawless. Kelly Ripa, co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan is losing. I am not impressed with her home office space and she clearly has been privileged too long and is out of practice with applying makeup and styling her own hair. Cable: We are lucky enough to subscribe to most cable channels and the cable movie selection is pretty impres-

sive. I watched the last hour of Rudy the other night when I should have been going to sleep. I could not turn it off, even though I know how it ends! I like super cheesy action thrillers and have watched Mark Wahlberg’s Spencer Confidential and Gabrielle Union’s Breaking In. I never even heard of the latter and I enjoyed it thoroughly! Facebook Virtual Bar: If you are not one of the thirty-thousand people who follow the Coronavirus Quarantine Virtual Bar, find it now. Each day and night there are DJs and musical guests. I did my workout the other day to tunes from NYC DJ Louie Mole. Teddy Rauert is playing each night as well. It has even brought some djs out of retirement. Thank you, Keith Green, for your fabulous porch DJing. Sorry, I cannot mention everyone! There is live music as well. Free time: I have seen a few backyards getting some action that I have never seen being used before. I happened to be walking and saw a father

Page 11 and son having a catch and it brought a huge smile to my face. I feel many people are super busy and a catch is a classic pastime. I have a bit more free time and I have been exploring our great neighborhood. I am embarrassed to say I had never been to the bunkers in Fort Tilden. It was awesome. Walking to the top was also a great workout! I also walked over the Marine Parkway Bridge for the first (and last time) last week. Too scary for me, especially when going over the middle and trucks going by! No regents: This is for all of my high school kids out there. I know a few people who have taken regents multiple times and have not passed them. I know my juniors (or advanced 9th or 10th graders) who have just hit the jackpot! Pass the class and you get regents credit! Have a great week everyone, stay safe! Did I forget any of your silver linings? Email me at MrsHanning308@gmail.com. I hope I get to it because I am swamped!

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GOOD TO KNOW BUSINESS UPDATES: We sent out an email to advertiser friends and received some updates: From Nancy Brady at Brady & Bader: Our office in Howard Beach is closed to clients but we are working remotely, and can “meet” clients in Zoom meetings. The Governor has issued temporary executive orders allowing attorneys to witness and notarize documents on video calls with clients, so we’re doing that as well. 718-945-7777 From Jorge Farber at Madelaine Chocolate: Trying to reopen the factory the proper and safe way. From Joe Barden at Margert Community Corporation: As per Governor Cuomo's latest directive, Margert Community Corporation’s office will be closed thru Friday, May 15. We continue to work - remotely to assist with your affordable housing needs. Please call us at 718-471-3724, or drop an email

to info@margert.org, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home! From: RBNY Physical Therapy – two locations are open: Beach 86th open Mon/Wed/Fri 8 a.m. to noon; Beach 121st: Mon/ Wed/Fri: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tues/ Thurs 8 a.m. to noon. From Belle Harbor Chemists: Belle Harbor Chemists has been and will remain open. Our revised hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturdays. We offer free delivery or curbside pickup. 718-634-0001 From Sands Point Physical Therapy: We are open Monday Wednesday Friday 8 a.m. till noon From Rockaway Beach Bakery: Rockaway Beach Bakery is still open. Regular business hours for take-out and pick up Tuesday through Sundays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From Breezy Point/Silver Gull: Current plans are still to open. Might be out of our control, but for now we are positive about our plans. From Umas: Uma's is open from noon to 8 p.m. every day for takeout and delivery. We have a full menu, specials and all of our best beers and wines as well. Look for growler service soon for draft beer. From Ciro’s Pizza: We are closed on Beach 116th but our Stop and Shop location (Beach 113th) is open. From BrazMex Café – Beach 116th: Open every day, 1-8 p.m. pick up only; delivery soon. 10% Discount to first Responders. 929-254-2192 From Zwerling Ophthalmology: We are seeing emergencies every day. We are not scheduling routine appointments yet, but we don’t turn away anybody with a problem. From Nicole Frontera Beau-

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More Than A Neighbor Dear Editor: What is a Neighbor? He walks into your house the first day you move in and starts cleaning without asking. He puts a fence up at the top of the stairs when your children are born and twenty years later there is not one nail or lock that is loose. There is no need to go to Home Depot or Walmart.... Because he has three of what you need in different sizes and still in original wrapping. He talks about his children and grandchildren with pure pride and joy. He starts a book club of

two.... with your book lover wife and himself. Every day after you shatter your ankle, he checks on you and brings you food. He asks you if the nuns from the covenant can swim in your pool. You get delighted when you come home from work and find ten nuns frolicking in your pool. The person on the block everyone looks to for help and guidance. He tells wonderful stories of his former professional life. Your daughter, instead of taking the bus, calls him from school to pick her up (many times) without either one of them telling you. He treats your children like his own grandchildren. Delivering eggs to your door is a monthly ritual. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take in your garbage cans for eighteen years, because he beats you to it. He helps an elderly neighbor every single day and walks her dog. They become a fixture of the neighborhood. When you asked his wife many years ago, so, why do you love this guy? She says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well to tell you the truth, I thought

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something that involves the community. If people want to go outside on the boardwalk, perfectly fine. But people need to wear masks and protect themselves and others as well! So many times, I see people on bikes or not even keeping social distancing on the boardwalk, and this jeopardizes everything. If we want this quarantine to end, people need to follow guidelines and Please, People make sure everyone is protected. Dear Editor: S.L. I just want to complain about

when I married him he would treat me like a princess. But instead he treats me like a queen.â&#x20AC;? He is Ed and will always be like the father I never had, the neighbor I always looked for, and the angel I look up to. You were a great neighbor and will be an even better angel. I love you, Ed. Neighbor in Awe

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Coronavirus Can’t Cancel Love LOCAL COUPLE SHARES VIRTUAL VOWS ON WEDDING DAY By Katie McFadden

Last month, as coronavirus caused shutdowns across the country, those planning to say, “I do,” were told…not anytime soon. Couples across the country were forced to move their spring and early summer wedding dates, to a hopeful late summer or fall nuptial. However, one local couple proved “love conquers all,” by getting a little creative and not letting coronavirus claim their special day. On Saturday, April 18, Michael McGee and Suzanne Valentine became Mr. and Mrs. by sharing virtual vows. On April 18, 2013, Mike and Suzanne had their first date at China New Star in Brooklyn, ironically, one of the few Chinese restaurants still open in New York among coronavirus closures. Their take away wasn’t just leftovers, but a love that would last. In December 2018, McGee, a well-known Healy’s bartender, took a shot on a long-term commitment, and popped the question. Without skipping a beat, Valentine said “Yes.” As the planning process began, the couple settled on the perfect date—a Saturday in 2020—April 18, which would be the seventh anniversary of that very first date. However almost a month before the big day, the prospect of that perfect date, started to slip. “On March 16, my office closed. I work for a high-profile personal injury law firm. It never closes,” Valentine said, indicating that it was a clear sign that their wedding celebration would have to be put off. Then shortly after, the wedding venue, Floral Terrace, all but made the decision for them. The couple was asked to book another date further out, and they settled on August 22. Fortunately, their vendors fell in line, making the change of date a little easier, despite the devastating blow of having to postpone. Cancelling the May honeymoon to Europe left more of a sting. However, when the cou-

The McGees (and Oliver). Photo by Annie Schmitt.

ple announced the postponement, their friends and family, although sad for the couple, were more than understanding and marked their calendars with a new date of something to look forward to. However, coronavirus was never really going to take their day away. The next day, McGee and Valentine went to the county court to get their marriage license before courts closed. “We knew we would get married no matter what on the 18th, because it was our seven-year anniversary,” Valentine said. But then came the question of how they’d pull the ceremony off, while making everyone’s health and safety, first priority. Luckily, with everything from work to school switching gears to a virtual new reality, the idea of sharing virtual vows became a possibility. And when their officiant, Mary Brady, said she knew how to use Zoom, it became official. The couple would get married online. They thought about doing a private ceremony, but soon realized their wedding guests needed something more to look forward to than the next news broadcast on TV. So they were invited to share in the couple’s big day, with their families watching from a personal Zoom chat, and the rest of their friends watching on a Facebook Live stream. The Rockaway couple decided to get married in Breezy Point, in the home of Valentine’s late grandparents, who were married for more than 50 years—a

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good omen, and where Valentine’s mother, who insisted on being there for the ceremony, now lives. The couple’s witnesses, Jim and Christine Slowey, also lived nearby and were able to sign their marriage license from their backyard. With the ability to save the date, despite having to postpone the party, the biggest hurdle seemed to be cleared, but a few unexpected ones brought further change of plans, and even some comedic relief. The couple had planned to get married on the deck, but rain forced the ceremony inside, resulting in a quick rearrangement of cellphones and iPads on piled up boxes on the kitchen table to record the live ceremony to share with friends and family. As McGee began reciting his vows, the couple suddenly vanished out of view as Valentine’s mother is heard in the background saying, “The dog did it!” Oliver, a Boston Terrier, and the stand-in best man for the day who was donning his own suit matching Michael’s, got a little more involved when he rubbed into a table leg, attempting to get his formal-wear off, but instead sending the iPad flying. After a quick reset of the equipment, the vows continued, with the couple smiling through laughs rather than shedding happy tears, the thought of the mishap still fresh in their heads. As a socially distanced photographer captured the moment, they continued by exchanging rings, and upon the happy words of “I now pronounce you husband and wife,” the newlywed McGees shared a kiss. As many as 900 viewers watched the virtual wedding, as friends and family from town, to as far as McGee’s family in Tennessee and even Ireland, got to witness the nuptials. Some helped the couple celebrate in whatever way they could by sending flowers, bottles of champagne and bottles of Jameson to their home. Meanwhile, friends started their own reception with at-home drinks,

and one group even celebrating in a Zoom chat they called, “Table 19.” “It was overwhelming to see how much everyone cared for us on our day,” the now Mrs. McGee said. As for the newlyweds, they celebrated at home by sharing wedding cake, a bottle of champagne and finishing the series, “The Crown” on Netflix. “Though it was not what we planned, it was everything we wanted,” Mrs. McGee said. “I think it showed that love prevails, no matter the situation.” Now they are hoping their rescheduled wedding date of August 22 will also prevail, but they’ll reschedule again if needed. Whether on August 22 or another time, the McGees’ future wedding ceremony will not only celebrate their love, but overcoming the threat of COVID-19, with friends and family. After all, they’ll be able to do something that people are currently being told to avoid— join hands. The McGees plan to include the Celtic tradition of “hand-fasting,” in which a ribbon from Ireland will be tied around both of their hands, binding them together for life. Coronavirus may have changed their plans, but the McGees say there are some perks. “My husband usually works nights and I usually work days, but since I’m working from home, we’re getting really good time together,” Mrs. McGee said. “I’m very lucky to be home with my husband and our dog. Everyone I know and love is safe. We’re very blessed.”


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With continued prayers for your safety and well-being, you are all our HEROES and you SACRIFICE yourselves to help those who are extremely sick and who are alone. THANK YOU IS NOT ENOUGH. You are the DOCTORS, NURSES, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, EMT, FIRST RESPONDERS, AND OUR PRIESTS AND RABBIS. TO ALL THE PEOPLE WORKING AND HELPING US GET THROUGH THIS: FOOD STORE WORKERS, CASHIERS, DELIVERY PEOPLE, SANITATION, MAIL SERVICE, FOOD INDUSTRY, WHO COME TO OUR HOMES EACH AND EVERY DAY, TO HELP US, ALL OF US AT NEPONSIT REALTY SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND SERVICE. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR ALL YOU DO TO HELP US STAY AT HOME We extend our sympathy to many families here that have lost loved ones. To our friends and neighbors who now are isolated and have the virus, please know that our prayers go out to you as well for your recovery.

WEAR A MASK I have noticed on my walks that many people in this community, walking, biking or running are NOT WEARING A MASK….Sorry need to call it out. Wearing a Mask PROTECTS OTHERS, if all wear it then we all can be PROTECTED. “WHAT WE CHOOSE TO DO TODAY WILL DETERMINE WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW”, QUOTE GOVERNOR CUOMO We will get through this, GOD BLESS YOU ALL, STAY WELL AND SAFE.

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THE POWER OF LOVE The most amazing thing about life is love. In all of its forms, shapes, intensities and colors. The symbol of love is the heart shape and contained within this is compassion, gratitude, generosity and forgiveness. Compassion: acting in genuine concern for others. Gratitude: acknowledging blessings, showing appreciation and kindness. Generosity: giving on a grand scale in a quiet way. Forgiveness: freeing oneself of dissatisfactions and resentments and shifting to overcome.

These are tall orders but, in my experience, definitely able to bring about. Having the intention to be compassionate, to be grateful, to be generous and to be forgiving, is a first step. The energy required to see the light and to make subtle changes just follows. The big realization is the intention towards love. “I want to be compassionate. I want to feel and know what it is to be compassionate and do so on a daily basis all the days of my life.” Once that intention is heart-felt, I can guarantee

that it will manifest at some point in time. Remembering that things don’t happen in the time we want or think they should happen! These powers of love and intentions of love are so strong and can change negativities in a big way. There just must be focused attention and intention from the heart. In the face of adversity, place the attention in an intention for love, peace and joy. Imagine the outcome. We cannot ignore that there are issues that come up with those close in our lives that may seem to compromise the presence of love; these are temporary if we know with our hearts that the attention and intention will prevail. The mind can also help with this process of living in a loving heart with a little shift of attitude. Thinking hard on shifting negatives to positives, however far-fetched it may seem, and then giving some time and space to let the inner workings shift and change. The key for me personally here is to

The Rockaway Times give some time and space rather than keeping the thoughts on what is wrong. Having an intention in the mind to make a shift and then letting it go for a bit focusing on other things and letting the shift happen seemingly on its own. The inner workings at work. The attention and intention in the heart space and the focus on mind positivity unite together in the body to be the ground from which love can grow. The power of love— compassion, gratitude, generosity and forgiveness—is a force of vigor and strength that can overcome any adversity, suffering or sorrow. It is within each of us and connecting to others from that powerful place will bring joy into your life. Find the way to compassion and ease with a smile to the love within your heart. Celebrate all the love in your life! May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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Tommy Tsunami Crushes Cancer By Katie McFadden

Just after enjoying another summer in Breezy Point, Tommy Yorke, age 12 at the time, developed a fever on Labor Day. “We thought nothing of it. We joked that he’d miss his first day of school,” his father, Chris Yorke said. That fever persisted for 25 days. By the end of September, the young boy was put on life support. The family was given a chance to say their goodbyes. But Tommy, nicknamed Tommy Tsunami, had other plans. Through a diagnosis of a rare, life-threatening condition called Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and later cancer, Tommy never lost that “I got this” spirit. After a seven-month battle for his life, on April 8, the family got the call. Tommy Tsunami is 100% cured, and his recovery, was nothing short of a miracle. Initially, doctors diagnosed Tommy Yorke with everyday ailments—a virus and pneumonia. But as his fever continued, it left doctors stumped. On September 26, the young boy had trouble breathing and was rushed to Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center. Within 90 minutes, he was intubated, sedated and put on a ventilator. The next day, he was in critical condition as his organs began to shut down. While on life support, his blood was drained, put in a machine to be cooled, and returned to his body. Within a few days, doctors had a diagnosis—HLH—a rare immune-system disease where the immune system goes into overdrive and the body’s white blood cells begin to attack other blood cells, leading to organ damage. The prognosis? Not good. “We didn’t think he was gonna make it,” Chris Yorke said. “The life expectancy is less than 2%.” However, something transpired that had doctors calling it, “The Miracle of Thomas Yorke.” After eight days of being on life support, Tommy miraculously began to recover. He was taken off of life support and was released

to a rehabilitation center in Westchester on Halloween, to learn how to walk again after being bedbound for more than a month. By November 15, he was sent home to Albertson, Long Island, where the family resides. “We had a big party. Everything was done,” Yorke said. But 13-year-old Tommy wasn’t in the clear yet. “Four days later, he had a huge growth on his neck,” Yorke said. The boy was taken back to the hospital. Within a few days, he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Anaplastic large cell lymphoma. It was discovered to be the reason Tommy had developed HLH, but the cancer had gone undiagnosed, as HLH had disguised the cause. Tommy Yorke’s strength through recovery was unwavering, earning him the name “Tommy Tsunami.” As his father explained, “He loves the beach, so when he started getting sick, he became tsunami strong. He just started crushing everything in his path.” That tsunami strength helped carry him through six rounds of chemotherapy, five days in a row for each session, the first starting on Thanksgiving. And through it, he had a wave of support, including locally, from those in Breezy Point, where the Yorkes have a summer home, and beyond. Shortly after his initial diagnosis, Tommy’s aunt, Jeanette Savino Prostowich, started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money as Tommy’s mother, Annette, had to take leave from work and Chris, a commissioned employee, cut back on his hours. Several Breezy Point residents were among the many to donate. Many also showed a “big blue wave” of support by wearing Tommy’s favorite color, blue, throughout his battle. Breezy Point’s Blessed Trinity Parish held several prayer Masses in honor of Tommy. Fellow Breezy resident, Jim Kelly, helped make a dream come

true for the young boy—a message from some of his favorite football players from the Detroit Lions. Kelly contacted the team and quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Danny Amendola, recorded messages of support for the boy. But those weren’t the only celebrity encounters. In January, Tommy was invited as a guest of honor to an MLB awards dinner, where he met baseball MVPs like Mike Trout and Cody Bellinger, Mets players Pete Alonso and Jacob DeGrom, and even comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Photos of the event made the front cover of Breezy’s newspaper, “Rockaway Point News,” which left Tommy feeling like a celebrity himself. In late February, some of Chris Yorke’s fellow classmates from his old elementary school, Our Lady of Lords in Queens Village, organized a fundraiser event for the family. Local musicians stepped up to provide music, including Yorke’s classmate from St. Francis Prep, Walker Hornung, and his band, The Brotherhood of the Grape, plus Rjae Izm and Brian Murphy of Breezy Point band, The Grasslighters. Tommy’s siblings also did what they could. His older sister, Kiera, created a poster full of photos to make Tommy smile through chemo treatments. And when Tommy realized that he would lose his hair due to the chemo, his

twin brother, Kevin, and Chris, decided they wouldn’t let him be bald alone. They shaved their heads. “We told him that we’d stay bald as long as he was,” Yorke said. Tommy’s hair will soon grow back. At the end of March, he had what would be his last round of chemo, because on April 8, the family got the news they had been waiting for. “We get a call from the doctor and they asked if it could be a video call. My wife and I were expecting bad news, thinking he wanted to show us scans or something. But he just wanted to see our faces when he told us the nightmare was over,” Yorke said. As the family celebrated the news of hearing Tommy was 100% cancer-free, they woke Tommy to share the amazing news with him. He took it, as he did everything else over the course of his battle—as if it was no big deal. “We woke him up to tell him and he said, ‘Okay, great. Can I go back to bed?’” Yorke said. The family’s current focus is continuing to keep Tommy and their family safe from the threat of coronavirus, but when the time is right, they hope to pay forward all of the love and support they received from those in Breezy Point and beyond. “The support was overwhelming. It was really humbling, and people have no idea how much simple things like a card made Tommy smile. With that support, you feel like you’re not in it alone.” To help other families with a loved one with cancer, and to raise awareness of HLH, the Yorkes hope to start a new wave of support—the Tsunami Wave to Crush Cancer charity. “We were lucky. We’ve seen more good than bad. My wife and I had an opportunity to say goodbye to Tommy, but he made it through,” Yorke said. “He’s the strongest person I’ve ever met.”

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In a time of darkness, it’s nice to see some beauty. Artist Geoff Rawling has been doing just that with various projects around the peninsula. On April 15, 1980, Rawling arrived in New York from London, and lucky for us, he never looked back. After all, if he hadn’t made the move 40 years ago, there would be a se-

vere lack of that special touch that Rawling brings to murals around Rockaway. Like everyone, coronavirus has impacted the struggling artist, whose income heavily relies on artistic paint jobs. However, Rawling has been doing what he can, by brightening up the day for friends, and with the help of some local clients

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who have put him to work. Among some of his recent projects were a special family portrait for his friend and queen of the Poseidon’s Parade, Casey Butler, for her birthday in March. In April, he created a surfboard mural on Jerry Rea’s ’77 fire truck, with a message to essential workers saying “Thank You for Your Service.” Mike Valentino was so impressed with the work Rawling had done for the murals at Mara's Ice Cream Parlor in the past, that he employed him to

paint the arch to his bungalow colony on Beach 100th Street. Rawling paid tribute with a throwback to the old Steeplechase Park in Coney island and Rockaway’s playland, created by George Tilyou. Rawling also recently completed a mural for a homeowner on Beach 90th Street complete with a beach scene of surfers, lifeguards and more. Got a job for Geoff? If you’d like Rawling to work on your next project, reach out to him by calling 347-337-8066 or email geoffrawling@gmail.com


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

Special Feature — Hear From Our Local Autism Spectrum of Voices Case in point: Dr. Temple As April is National Autism Awareness Month, I wanted to Grandin, a woman with ASD use my column, "Life With Our who is considered a rockstar ‘Artistic' Child” as a platform in the worlds of animal scifor local individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to share their passions, interests and special view of the world. In this week’s column installation, meet seventeen-year-old Patrick Dydzuhn, who gives a bird’s-eye view of his passion for farm animals.

Patrick’s Chicken and Cow Farm By Patrick Dydzuhn

I like to see the hens lay eggs. Without the hens, who will lay the eggs? The hens see me and talk to me. That’s why I love the chickens. The cow has a wet nose. I love to milk the cows. Lots of cows are called cattle. I love the farm. *** Parents, as we are all following the Stay At Home mandate due to COVID-19, this is a great time to encourage our children to explore their “special interests,” such as baking, building Legos, painting, music, films or animals. For example, in regards to animals, individuals with autism tend to do very well in socializing with cats, dogs, horses, etc., and interacting with them brings out more advanced socialization skills.

ence and autism, is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, author, livestock industry consultant and autism spokeswoman. (There is even an award-winning movie about her life starring Claire Danes as Grandin). She did not talk until she was three and a half years old, and often speaks about being bullied when she was young, as her classmates thought she was weird. The only places she could make friends were at activities where there was a shared interest such as horses, electronics, or model rockets. Her science teacher encouraged her interest in science. When she had a new goal of becoming a scientist, she had a reason for studying.

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Today, half the cattle in the U.S. are handled in facilities she has designed. Share your thoughts by emailing ourartisticchild@outlook.com or check out Rockaway Beach Autism Families on Facebook. Also, April is National Autism Awareness Month! We invite the community to Light It Up Blue! as part of the Autism Society’s campaign—“Celebrating Differences”—aimed to build better awareness of the

The Rockaway Times signs, symptoms, and realities of autism, while providing information and resources for communities to be more aware, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life. If you are interested in obtaining a set of blue lights for your home or business, feel free to reach out to Rockaway Beach Autism Families via email! Join us in “Turning the tide for our autism community, one wave at a time.”

Facts You Probably Don’t Need once every two and a half In 2015, a woman named years. Joy Milne claimed she could smell Parkinson's disease. To test her, doctors gave her The Sun is 400,000 times brighter than the full moon. 12 t-shirts to smell. Six of them were from Parkinson's patients. She correctly iden- The Moon has its own time zone. In 1970, astronomer tified the six shirts, but also Kenneth L. Franklin dechose one from the control signed a watch for moon group. Eight months later, walkers that measures time that person was diagnosed in “lunations,” or the period with Parkinson's. it takes the moon to rotate around the Earth. Each luIn 1944, Claude Hensinger, nation is exactly 29.530589 an American serviceman, earth days. jumped out of his burning aircraft over war-torn Japan, deployed his parachute and Our Moon is the largest moon in the solar system eventually found his way to relative to its planet. It has a safety. After the war, his fidiameter of 2159 miles and ancée used material from a surface area of 14.6 million the parachute to make her square miles, making it a litwedding gown. tle over one-fourth the size of Earth. A “Blue Moon” occurs when there is more than one Facts are delivered by Sean full moon in one calendar McVeigh, factologist. month. This occurs about


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I Want My Life Back By Lou Pastina

I want to go back to life like it was, is that naĂŻve? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m alone. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not complaining, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want people to get sick or worse: and, I believe everything we are doing is saving lives, but I am afraid we may never be the same again, at least for a long time, and that gets me remembering what I love about New York and Rockaway. I love New York City. I love going to some out-of-the way place that has been hiding in plain sight forever, and discovering something unbelievable about this town we live in. And then I love sharing it. The ability to jump on a ferry from this fairytale peninsula we live on and shoot across the water past fabulous Coney Island and underneath the Verrazano Bridge past Governors island into Wall

Street, excites me till this day. Walking through the narrow streets of old New Amsterdam, knowing that Governor Stuyvesant walked (albeit with a peg leg) through those streets; that the British marched in and took over the city without a bullet fired, sets my imagination ablaze. Walking from downtown up to St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams fought for this country and formed a government unlike any the planet had ever known, puts an extra hop in my step; especially knowing that I am walking the very streets they walked. Slowing down past the Oculus, looking at the phoenix that has risen out of the ashes and tears, of what was once the World Trade Towers, remembering that day, being there, thinking that this was where I would end, but did not, brings a quickened breath even today as I stroll by. Looking up at the American Flag in front of the New York Stock Exchange, a place as old

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as this country itself, tightly entwined with its history and finances, brings memories flooding back to me of times there especially during the Crash of 1987, the great financial recession of 2008, and now this virus-induced recession upon us. The doors of the NYSE are closed, but trading continues in a data center in New Jersey somewhere. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t scoot into the little nooks and crannies that are the back alleys and side streets of old New York and come home to this peninsula to write about it, at least not now. And I think about Hurricane Sandy eight years ago, while the rest of New York continued as if nothing had happened, while we were stuck in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;siegeâ&#x20AC;? mentality in Rockaway. And then we slowly but surely rebuilt our homes, our lives, our way of life. Remembering what I had seen, smelled, tasted â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all of New York and Rockaway at its best, worst, grittiest and writing about what you should check out, that is all put

on hold for now. But I long to get back to it; I want it back. I want to be able to do all that again. I want to be able to play music with my bandmates again, trading jokes, being astounded at how good they are and how generous they are. I look forward to the day when I can ride my bike without a mask, say hello to neighbors, hug a friend, kiss my kids, hold my Dad. These are all things that I took for granted. I know the greatest generation fought wars, battled poverty and prejudice, even fought viruses too, and they gave us life. I, like many, sometimes took it all for granted. As Jimmy Stewart once said to Clarence the angel in a Wonderful Life, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to live Clarence, I want to live.â&#x20AC;? Oh, how I long to find Zuzuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s petals in my pocket when I wake up. I want my life back, but I know it will be different and I accept that. I know that, because now I know what I took for granted, and I now know that life is truly beautiful and worth living! And I want it back!

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The Rockaway Times determine when the symptoms first started, how severe they are, and how they affect the patient’s everyday activities. Often, with the patient’s permission of course, family members and friends may be helpful in obtaining this information. Medication use should be documented, and a screening test for depression may be appropriate, as may be oral and/or written tests to evaluate the patient’s cognitive function. Laboratory tests and brain imaging are usually part of the evaluation, which may also include vision and hearing screening, neuropsychiatric testing, or a psychological assessment. Treatment options for dementia depend on its cause. For example, depression can be treated with antidepressants, B12 levels can be corrected, as can low folic acid and thiamine levels. Alcohol use should be curtailed, thyroid hormone replacement can be given, and vision and hearing can be improved. Although it should never be assumed that an older person with memory loss has Alzheimer’s disease or another irreversible neurodegenerative dementia without considering reversible causes of dementia, unfortunately all to often irreversible dementia is the diagnosis. However, the progress of irreversible dementia can be slowed down. Cholinesterase inhibitors (Aricept, Exelon, Razadyne), which increase levels of chemical messengers in the brain, may be helpful, as may glutamate (Namenda), which raises levels of other brain messengers. Occupational therapy can help with coping behaviors and making the home safer. Modifying the home environment, for example reducing clutter and trip hazards and hiding knives and car keys, is also helpful. Monitoring systems to detect wandering are available. Lastly, keeping a light on in the bedroom prevents sundowning, which is worsening of disorientation due to darkness. For more information go to: www.nia.nih.gov/health/ what-dementia-sympt o m s- t y p e s- a n d - d i a g n o s i s Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.


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TRAFFIC ON CROSSBAY TO RBNY - 1953 Halushki with Pap’s Dumplings By Sharon Feldman

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LIFELONG FRIENDSHIPS IN ROCKAWAY NANCY AND KITTY My lifelong friend Nancy Albin, born January 3, 1945, had to wait nearly three months ‘til I joined her in this earthly realm. I arrived on March 30, and we’ve been friends ever

always outstandingly wonderful. Among the most memorable of times were the summers my parents rented a bungalow in Edgemere (remember the bungalow colonies!) and Nancy came to stay with us. That our vacation abode was shab-

since. It could even be said that we were friends before we were born, as our mothers were also best friends who happened to be pregnant with us at the same time. In fact, the first photograph of us together is a shot of our mothers with their arms around each other’s shoulders, their huge bellies straining at maternity dresses. That was us, 75 years ago. Were we already communicating from the womb? I believe so! As kids, we lived in the Bronx and Long Island, respectively, so we could not see each other often; but the occasions our families got together were

by, cramped, and smelled of mildew, mattered to us not in the least, for we had all of Rockaway Beach as our play land. At age 12-13, we were just discovering boys and it was exciting, but without the usual social anxiety, to be part of a large group of teens who loved nothing more than to jump the waves in the ocean or lounge on the sand together. In all innocence, we used to pile on top of each other to form a human pyramid. Nancy and I had crushes and giggled uncontrollably when we gazed up at the hunky lifeguards or visited the

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snack concession manned by a handsome, blond young man named Johnny. I fell for the good-looking ice cream vendor who arrived like a knight in his Good Humor truck. Nancy’s natural beauty and silky red hair made her stand out in any crowd. The boys loved her, but she only had eyes for Artie, also a redhead. To distinguish myself, I adopted the name Kitty because it sounded cute and I’m a cat-lover. Nancy and the newly renamed Kitty never tired of walking the boardwalk. We played Skee-Ball when we had coins to spare and collected shells on the beach when we didn’t. Some of those supremely simple things are the most indelible memories of my whole life. The fact that they were shared

with Nancy and the sweetness of our friendship made them even more precious and unforgettable. We were best friends who didn’t grow up in close physical proximity, but in Rockaway we grew up together, developing into the adults we would later become – Nancy a potter and me a photographer. Nancy has a loving husband, son and daughter; my family is a pair of rescued street cats. Nancy lives in a rural part of New Jersey; I’m in urban Queens. To this day, hardly a phone call goes by when we don’t still reminisce about Rockaway. Recently we took the term “oldest friend” to new heights by making a pact to live 25 more years so we can celebrate our 100th birthdays together.


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Front Steps For The Front Line The #FrontStepsProject is underway in Rockaway, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Christine Mullally and Linda Humphrey. The basic idea is for people to have their photos taken at their home or place of business. It’s not limited to families or people with porches. It’s a photo project for a good cause. Subjects are asked to donate $30 or more and the proceeds support frontline workers. More than $3000 has already been raised and money is on the way to the Sloan Kettering Covid19 Relief Fund. Here are some folks who participated already. Go to RockawayArtistsAlliance.org and sign up! It’s a snap and the picture taking is done within minutes! (And we’ll have more pics in next week’s RT).

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I am seriously beginning to believe that I am suffering, not so much from the coronavirus itself, but rather from a rather severe mental disorder that has affected my thoughts and emotions so severely, that I’m losing contact with external reality. I turn on the TV and my cable box offers nothing but talking heads spewing dreadful stories 24/7 about the current pandemic. The anchors over

on news radio provide no respite either with their "all virus, all the time" coverage of this disease. What drives me nuts is that each day the supposed learned journalists are all pushing the pandemic flavor of the day if you will, with new and contradictory takes on this issue. Personal Protective Equipment? Yesterday it was mask off and today it's mask on. Sorta reminds me of the old Clapper ad. You remember, "Clap off! Clap On!” Mortality rate? Yesterday, it was "Oh My God, it's the Andromeda Strain." Today, it's "Perhaps we were mistaken." Border security? Yesterday, it was "Don't be racist, open borders for everyone!” Today it's "It's dangerous to allow just anyone to cross the border." Yesterday, it was "We don't have sufficient ventilators to save our people." Today, it's "On second thought we may have been overusing ventilators in

this regard." Yesterday, it was "Keep the subways running." Today, it's "Reduce subway service" which resulted in denser crowds on those cars providing the reduced service. Go figure! Social media is no better as, according to all the self-righteous and intellectually deficient celebrity elite postings making the rounds, the root cause of this pandemic is none other than Dastardly Dan, also known as Donald J. Trump, who had the racist temerity to question China's role in this pandemic. Our Hollywood aristocracy has also denounced our President's temporary defunding of the WHO. I have to admit I found this decision on the part of Trump also somewhat confusing until it was made clear to me that he wasn't referring to Roger Daltrey and Peter Townshend's Baba O'Riley. Anywho...getting back to my suspected mental disorder, a quick google visit to WebMD

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