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Jameson’s Pub Gives Back By Marina Cregan

On Wednesday, May 20, Jamesons Pub closed their kitchen, and welcomed Jiannetto’s Pizza Truck to give away 250 delicious pizza pies to frontline workers, essential workers, veterans, teachers, and loyal customers. Jamesons proprietor, JoJo O’Grady said, “What we were looking to do is first give our kitchen staff a night off. We know that people have been ordering takeout from us more than they normally would just to

support us, so we figured it was time to give a little back. This is just a small token to show the community how thankful we are. Every dark cloud has a silver lining.� The event also featured DJ Combat to entertain the people as they waited on line while social distancing. Students from St. Francis de Sales and Xavier volunteered to help to help make the process quicker. Polly & Esther donated masks for staff to hand out to those who didn’t have them. Some neighbors even got a special delivery. “How nice is Marty McManus, the owner of Jamesons, to hand deliver a pie to our house around the corner,� said Grace McCann Carey, whose husband and two daughters are all frontline workers. The evening was summed up by fellow owner, Eric McManus, “This is great for the neighborhood to come out. They have supported us so much since the outbreak of COVID-19, and this is our way to give a little back to the community.�

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First Drowning Death of the Season Starts Holiday Weekend By Katie McFadden

The beach season hadn’t even officially started, but Rockaway had its first drowning death this year. On Friday, May 22, the day before lifeguards would normally start guarding beaches for the 2020 beach season, 24-year-old Fidel Ramirez of Sheepshead Bay lost his life in the ocean around Beach 89th Street. This loss came after Mayor Bill de Blasio had been sending the message that beaches were closed to swimming as it is not safe to open them during the coronavirus pandemic, since it would encourage non-essential travel on public transportation and crowding. How the tragedy occurred, is unclear. According to some witness reports, Ramirez may have fallen off of the jetty, while other reports from officials say he was swimming when he got caught in a current. Emergency crews responded within

minutes. Ramirez was among three people rescuers sought to help. The other two were able to make it out of the water, but rescue crews were unable to recover Ramirez’s body until several minutes later at Beach 93rd Street. CPR attempts were made as Ramirez was transported to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where he was later declared deceased. Local Councilman Eric Ulrich said the first drowning should serve as a wakeup call for what may come if beaches continue to be unprotected. “Another tragic drowning in Rockaway today—first one of the seasons but may not be the last…Wake up Mr. Mayor and Parks Dept. Get the lifeguards trained and on the beach ASAP. You can’t keep people off the sand or out of the water,” Councilman Ulrich said on Facebook. On Monday, May 23, Ulrich was among several councilmembers of beach communities to issue a plan for how to

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open beaches safely. Mayor de Blasio commented on the tragedy and continued to advise New Yorkers that the beaches remain closed to swimming. “We just lost a young man who got caught in a dangerous current in the Rockaways. Our hearts break for his family and friends,” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted after the incident. “I need every New Yorker to heed the warning: there’s NO swimming on our beaches during this crisis. It is NOT safe. We don’t want to fence off the

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On the morning on Friday, May 22, all of the men of the 108-resident capacity homeless shelter at 226 Beach 101st Street were relocated, effectively deeming the location closed for the time being. According to the NYC Department of Homeless Services, the move comes as part of a citywide effort to allow for more social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. However, those from Rockaway Solutions Not Shelters (RSNS) are hoping the temporary closure may become more permanent. On Friday morning, buses arrived at the shelter location to relocate the men to a commercial hotel. According to a letter provided by DHS, the men of the Black Veterans For Social Justice shelters, Salim in Brooklyn and the Amani House, Rockaway’s shelter, are being relocated to the Watson Hotel on W. 57th Street in Manhattan. According to DHS, the move was done as part of a citywide initiative to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among the homeless population. In a statement to The Rockaway Times, Department of Social Services spokesperson Arianna Fishman explained, “At DSS, we’re continuing to implement tiered strategies and proactive initiatives to combat COVID-19, protect the New Yorkers who we serve, and ensure anyone who needs it is connected immediately to care or to isolation––and the use of commercial hotels is central to this work. Through these efforts, our essential staff have been able to help nearly 800 New Yorkers effectively isolate, resolve their conditions, and depart isolation. At the same time, through these strategies, we have also proactively relocated and continue to proactively relocate thousands of individuals from targeted shelters to commercial hotel settings out of an abundance of caution, including seniors and single adults from larger congregate locations, who are not sick at this time. As

of this weekend, we can report that approximately 9,000 individuals––more than half of all the single adults experiencing homelessness who we serve–– are now residing in commercial hotel settings, with that number increasing up to 10,000 this weekend, enabling these New Yorkers to more effectively isolate while also increasing social distancing at the shelters from which they moved.” This mass effort was made clearer on Tuesday, May 26, as local elected officials Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Councilman Eric Ulrich and Senator Joe Addabbo announced a similar relocation for shelter residents in another part of their district, the Laurel Hill Shelter site in Ozone Park. Regarding Rockaway’s shelter, the three officials released a joint statement saying, “Though Beach 101 Street remains a bad location for a homeless shelter, the Department of Homeless Services made the right decision by temporarily moving the residents to a different location. Giving each resident an individual room will help maintain social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19 among both the shelter and non-shelter population. Frankly, they should have done it sooner. We will continue to work in the best interests of all our constituents to address concerns surrounding the shelter." Since before the residents of the single-adult male shelter started moving in, in late February, it has been a cause of concern. The shelter had opened without following the typical process, bypassing the signing of a contract to fund the operation of the location. In recent weeks, the shelter has been a source of multiple 311 complaints from neighbors due to quality of life Continued on page 7


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BEACH 101ST SHELTER CLOSED Continued from Page 6 issues, and 911 calls, including an assault on a staff member of the shelter. Among some of the 311 complaints were for social distancing concerns as shelter residents were loitering around and near the building, while not wearing masks or social distancing, which New Yorkers are being advised to do during the coronavirus crisis in the hardest-hit city in the world. The setups for city shelters themselves have also caused concern. According to a letter from DHS, single adult shelters are comprised of dorms which contain eight to 12 beds per room, preventing social distancing from being possible within the shelter sites themselves. In an effort to reduce the density in these shelters, commercial hotels are being used as an option for relocation. According to RSNS, in a conversation with DHS, they were told that a staff member at the Beach 101st shelter had also re-

cently died due to COVID-19. However, it was not clear if this had any impact on the decision to move the shelter residents on Friday. In a press release, RSNS said they were also told that the shelter location would be closed for at least six months to a year. DHS did not confirm any timeline for when the shelter residents would return to the Beach 101st Street location. RSNS, which has been active in a battle against the shelter and the city’s practices regarding the homeless population, is hoping that the move may become more permanent. "Our goal is to prevent any more people from being warehoused at this location," Democratic District Leader candidate and RSNS activist Torey Schnupp said. In a press release, RSNS provided some examples of the work they’ve been doing in regard to the shelter since before it opened, and what has taken place since. Schnupp, and other community members represented by at-

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torney Mike Scala, filed a lawsuit to stop the shelter in January. They asserted the city violated the law by conducting an improper environmental review, by placing too many people at the premises for the intended services and by contracting with a financially delinquent service provider. Following oral arguments, the Queens Supreme Court issued and subsequently extended a temporary restraining order halting all activity at the property. This delayed the planned opening of the shelter, which was also subject to contract review by the comptroller. "We took the city to court and we won on more than one occasion," said Scala. "The city continued to take the law into their own hands. We have been beyond frustrated by this administration's failure to pursue sensible homelessness policies and refusal to respect the rules meant to protect everyone, and we've fought them every step of the way." In March, the community members complained the city

had bypassed lawful procedure by moving people into the facility before a contract was registered. The COVID-19 pandemic then effectively shut down the court system with the litigation ongoing and enabled the city to operate the shelter unencumbered. With courts closed, RSNS’ lawsuit has not been able to move forward, but activists are hoping for a favorable outcome. They also hope that better options can be provided for the city’s homeless population, other than resorting to hotels, an effort the city was attempting to distance itself from prior to the coronavirus crisis. "The practice of warehousing human beings has had grave consequences and has now forced homeless back into hotels, the very places the city was trying to phase out," Schnupp said. "This reinforces the urgent need to provide permanent, responsible and low-density affordable housing, along with supportive services, to suit the unique needs of the homeless population."

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New York City students through Zoom. That would be a good start to getting the message out there. ***** Attention businesses: If you're open (or when you do)—please take a photo of you and/or staff, in or outside the business, (maybe hold a "We're Open" sign) and send it to us (mail@rockawaytimes.com). We’ll share it in the paper, or on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram. ***** The City will finally add testing sites in Far Rockaway, which was one of the hardest hit communities during the pandemic. The first will open on Thursday, May 28 at 18-48 Cornaga Avenue and the second will open on June 4 at Beach 39th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. This news comes after reports that Councilman Donovan Richards screamed at the mayor for the City’s poor response in making testing available. ***** Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations are suspended through Sunday, June 7, 2020. Parking meters remain in

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effect. ***** All of the men who had been staying at the controversial homeless shelter on Beach 101st Street have been relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reports say it could be six months or a year before the Department of Homeless Services considers using the facility again. ***** Boat sales are up according various publications. Backyard pools, too. And our very own, Propane King from the Business Directory, says he’s never delivered so many BBQ tanks as he has this season. ***** Get your favorite Grad in the paper. Graduation for students just won’t be the same this year but you can show your love by taking out an ad in The Rockaway Times. Send an email to Mary@ Rockawaytimes.com or call 718634-3030 for rates and details. ***** Voting reminder: To register to vote in upcoming primaries, your application must be postmarked by tomorrow, Friday, May 29

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Local Pols Keep Businesses Open on Beach 116th Street It’s not the end for Last Stop. Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. announced on Wednesday that the businesses on Beach 116th Street will stay open as they have come to an agreement with the MTA to extend their occupancy until at least the end of the year. After being told that they would have to vacate the premises by June 19th, businesses like Last Stop, Joseph A. Otton Tax & Accounting, and A & J Jewelry can breathe a little easier for the time being. This agreement comes as the MTA delays their issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) for those commercial spaces, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I would like to thank the MTA for being good partners and understanding that during these times keeping

businesses open benefits our entire community,” Pheffer Amato said. “These businesses have been a staple in this community, and it would have been particularly unfair to make them shut their doors during a global health pandemic. I’m glad that Senator Addabbo, myself, and the MTA were able to come to a reasonable conclusion that gives the businesses enough time to prepare for next year’s RFP, while keeping their staffs employed and the space occupied until the end of the year.” “Having the MTA allow these local businesses to remain in place, especially during this health crisis when many businesses are not allowed to operate, is a positive step for the Rockaway community,” Addabbo said. “Our local businesses are the backbone of our communities.”

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This Week in History MAY 28 Patricia O’Hara was born.

1962 - Former Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel.

1957 - Baseball owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York JUNE 1 Giants to move to Los Angeles and Laura Endall was born. San Francisco, respectively. Alex Karinsky was born. MAY 29 1790 - Rhode Island became the 13th state in the United States, the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution. 1953 - Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest. MAY 30 John Manning was born. Deirdre Cori O’Donoghue was born. Casey Collins was born. Sean Carroll was born. Grace Blum Rahali was born. Danielle Blum Wells was born.

1938 - The first issue of Action Comics, featuring Superman, was published. 1968 - Helen Keller, blind and deaf author-lecturer, died. 1980 - Cable News Network (CNN) debuted. JUNE 2 1886 - Grover Cleveland became the first U.S. president to get married in the White House. 1941 - Baseball great, Lou Gehrig died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, a rare type of paralysis now referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.

1431 - Joan of Arc was burned at the JUNE 3 stake as a heretic. Grace Miller was born. 1911 - The first Indianapolis 500 was won by Ray Harroun. 1937 - The Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) married Wallis SimpMAY 31 son. Alison Boyle was born. 1989 - Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini Lynn Olsen-Pagano was born. died.

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LOCAL LEADERS BOOST BILLS TO PROTECT THE BAY Local leaders are not forgetting about Jamaica Bay. At the end of 2019, Governor Cuomo vetoed the bills S.4165/ A9595 aimed at increasing the protection of the Jamaica Bay waters. However, Senator Joe Addabbo and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato plan to work with the Governor’s Administration in a continuing effort to make Jamaica Bay even cleaner and healthier by introducing new bills. These Jamaica Bay bills would permanently extend the current law that was put into place in 2014, which corrected the longstanding problem of using sub-quality dredging material to fill in the borrow pits of Jamaica Bay. That law is set to expire on June 30, 2022. “In the past, the waters of Jamaica Bay were polluted and devoid of much marine life. The bill that was implemented in 2014, as well as the incredible work by the New York State Department

of Environmental Conservation (DEC), helped to create a drastic change in the health of the water, so much so that wildlife — such as dolphins and whales — has been sighted there for the first time in decades,” Addabbo explained. “Because of the success of the 2014 bill, I want to see the sunset clause removed so the bill would be permanent, and we would not need to renew the protections every few years.” “These bills are only going to strengthen and further protect the Bay, and we must remove the sunset clause permanently, so we don’t have to renew them,” Pheffer Amato said. “Jamaica Bay is a critical natural resource and an environmental jewel that needs to be carefully protected,” Addabbo added. “We intend to continue our efforts in working with the Governor's Administration and community leaders in finding legislative ways to further protect the bay.”

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Dear parishioners and friends of St. Francis de Sales, We would like to thank you for your support and participation of our liturgies and devotions that have been live streamed on our Facebook page. They will continue to be broadcast Monday-Friday at 12:00pm, Saturday at 10:00am and 4:30pm and Sunday Mass at 10:00am. We will continue to have the Masses live streamed when we are able to return as a parish family in the celebration of the Holy Mass in our church hopefully in the near future. Bishop DiMarzio has announced the opening of the doors of our church on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 for private prayers and devotions ONLY. St. Francis de Sales Church will be open Monday-Friday from 8-11am, Saturday and Sunday from 11-2pm. This is Stage 1 of a 4 Stage process the Diocese will use to return the parish to celebrating Sunday Mass, Daily Mass and the Sacraments in the future. Even though there are a lot of restrictions being passed down to the pastors, this is a small step forward for us to return to church. St Francis de Sales welcomes you back home. Fr. William Sweeney Fr. James Cunningham

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RBA To Electeds: How About Some Advocacy? While we all understand we are living through extraordinary times, we are reaching out to you on behalf of the Rockaway business community with an urgent plea to reconsider some of the current economic restrictions that have been enacted throughout our region. Recently, one of our members conducted a survey that found only 19% of the 170 businesses on the peninsula are currently deemed “non-essential” - and are therefore bearing the brunt of pandemic policy decisions. These small, “mom and pop” establishments form the backbone of the Rockaway community, and provide decent livelihoods to many local residents. Yet, without clarification or reasoning, these businesses have been forced to remain shuttered, while larger chain store establishments (such as Dunkin Donuts) are able to maintain some semblance of businesses as usual. We understand that public

health policy is ever-evolving, and that we are all just now learning to navigate this new reality but given the critical importance of these establishments to our community, it seems as though far more insightful and specific planning is urgently required. Our small businesses do not have the luxury of waiting for conditions to improve - they need relief now. Further, we should be exploring every possible opportunity to further enable these businesses to get back on their feet - easing fees for minor use regulations (such as allowing far more outdoor dining, for example). First and foremost, we are pleading for far more clarity and reasoning behind current business restriction measures. We are requesting our local elected officials to immediately shift their attention toward these urgently needed considerations. - The Rockaway Business Alliance

ST. ROSE OF LIMA 130 BEACH 84TH ST. ROCKAWAY BEACH, QUEENS, NY 11693 718-634-7394 Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Rose of Lima, We are truly blessed with a beautiful chapel where mass and adoration has been livestreaming each day. I will continue to do so until the public celebration of Mass is restored. On Tuesday, May 26, the chapel was opened. People must enter and exit through the side entrance by the rectory. You must wear a mask when you enter and remain in the chapel. Please do not come to church if you do not feel well. It is encouraged that our elderly and other high-risk parishioners remain at home. Ten chairs have been arranged six feet apart from each other, and most have kneelers. Please only sit there and do not move them. The Chapel will be open everyday from 2PM - 6PM. Keep praying and I hope to see you soon.

Come let us adore Him, Fr. Rodriguez Daily Live Streaming on Facebook Live Monday - Saturday 8:30am Sunday 9:30am (Spanish) • 11:00am (English) • 12:30pm (Polish). Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration every day at 3pm.


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Rockaway Continues To Pay Respects on Memorial Day Story and Photos By Katie McFadden

Coronavirus may have curtailed this year’s Memorial Day parade, but it could not stop locals from honoring those who made the supreme sacrifice for this country. On Monday, May 25, in small, socially-distanced ceremonies outside of St. Francis de Sales Church and at Memorial Circle, American Legion Daniel M. O'Connell Post 272 was joined by a few veterans, their families and neighbors to remember the U.S. military members who died while fighting for this country’s freedoms. At each location, local resident and veteran, Mike Honan, led the ceremonies with a brief speech. “Even in these extraordinary times, troubled times, we pause as a nation to honor those who made the supreme

sacrifice to provide us with our freedom,” Honan said before the small gathering of people. “In times of peril, they answered their nation’s call and made the supreme sacrifice so we can enjoy the liberties that we now have.” Honan also made note of the extra significance of this year’s Memorial Day. ”On this particular day, Memorial Day 2020, we remember the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II,” he said, adding that in conjunction with Friends of Memorial Circle, white roses were placed at each tree in the park, in honor of the anniversary. “We also should take note that this is the 70th anniversary, next month, of the beginning of the Korean War.” Honan’s speech was followed by the laying of a floral wreath at each location. American Legion member Jimmy Trainor placed the wreath at St. Francis. At Memorial Circle, Tom McGonigal was given the honor. McGonigal came down for the day from New Jersey, to pay respects in the hometown

where he and his brother, the late John McGonigal, grew up. John McGonigal was killed in action in 1968 while serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

Both ceremonies concluded with a moment of silence, and a powerful rendition of taps played by local U.S. Army Veteran Brian Galarza.

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A Ride for Freedom By Katie McFadden

They rode for those who can’t. It was hard to ignore the purr of as many as 100 motorcycle engines on Sunday, May 24, the day before Memorial Day, as they made their way through Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn to send an important message. Rolling Thunder Chapter 6 New York’s Ride for Freedom ensured that those who never made it home while fighting for this country, will never be forgotten. On Sunday morning, this Rockaway Times reporter hopped on the back of Belle Harbor resident, Chris Gallagher’s Can-Am Spyder, bearing small American and POW-MIA flags, to join the roughly 100 other riders of Rolling Thunder Chapter 6 NY (RT6NY) at their meeting point in Garden City. With coronavirus in mind, many riders wore face coverings and maintained social distancing, which was easy to do as the riders typically move in a staggered formation due to safety reasons. The clubs who participated came from all over, from civil servants to veterans, with the LeatherNecks MC, Teamsters Iron Horsemen, Vigilance LEMC, the American Legion to independent riders, all there for one cause of making sure Prisoners of War and Missing in Action military members, are never forgotten. “Even though we don’t know everyone, we’re all brothers and sisters. We’re all here for the same thing,” Gallagher explained. As a national organization, Rolling Thunder rode to Washington, D.C. for the 32nd time last year with a similar mission. However, 2019 would be their last. With nearly one million riders, the event had grown bigger and required more costs than it did when 2,500 riders went to the capitol for Rolling Thunder’s first ride in 1988. Instead, local chapters are now continuing the mission on a smaller scale, to make the effort more widespread. For the Massapequa-based RT6NY, that meant spreading the message to local congressional representatives in Long Island and Queens. With

10 planned stops, 125 miles and more than three hours’ worth of travel time between the stops, RT6NY made sure their message was heard. Rolling Thunder Chapter 6 NY president Bill Byrne, who spoke of the ride’s mission at many of the stops, explained the reason behind the ride. “We’re riding for the POWs and MIAs that were left behind in all wars that our country has had,” Byrne said. “Eighty-two thousand men never came home that were sent overseas. We want to make our politicians aware that we are not happy that these men were left overseas, and their families have no closure. We’re here to hold the government accountable for that, and that if it ever happens in the future, that our men and women are sent overseas, that they’re not left behind again.” Patriot Guard rider, Wayne Cohen, who organized and led the Long Island ride, explained further, saying, “We’re riding to make sure that our representatives try to push through a bill that remembers that we’ve still got soldiers, airmen, sailors, etc., missing in action,” Cohen said. One such representative who heard their pleas was Long Island Rep. Kathleen Rice. Rice, who sits on the Veterans Affairs Committee for Congress, greeted the riders outside of her office and enthusiastically shared her support of the mission. “The work that you do on behalf of our American heroes that go and fight wars for us, so we can enjoy all the freedoms

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that make this country to great, is amazing,” she said. “The number one job we have as a country, is that if we cannot honor our heroes, the brave men and women who wear the uniform of this country and fight for our freedoms, then we have failed, and I promise I will do everything that I can. I’ve spent a lot of my time working and advocating for our veterans, especially during this pandemic, they have been hit particularly hard,” she said. While RT6NY made their message loud and clear at the offices of elected officials, one of the most poignant parts of the mission were the stops made at local national cemeteries, where thousands of military members are buried. At Long Island National Cemetery, Byrne gave a speech, reminding all in attendance why they were there on a holiday weekend. “Memorial Day is a day of reflection, a time to remember those men and women who helped deliver our freedoms, but who never got the chance to step off the battlefield. Memorial Day is about the selfless sacrifice of American heroes who raised their right hands to say, it is I who will defend America, and if needed, lay down my life for my country. That debt has been paid time and again in the name of all Americans so that we may continue to enjoy

life’s most treasured moments each and every day,” Byrne said before holding a moment of silence to remember those who paid that debt. The veterans among the riders were then asked to step forward, before the thousands of tombstones of military members, for a symbolic mission. Normally before Memorial Day, volunteers from Boy Scouts and other groups are tasked with placing American flags before each tombstone at national cemeteries across the country. Due to coronavirus, volunteers were asked not to do so this year. Rolling Thunder would not let that be. In a symbolic effort, the veterans of the group placed one flag before the tombstone of a Spanish War veteran, and saluted the gravesite, as a way to honor all of those buried there, and all who gave the supreme sacrifice for this country. The riders continued with a similar effort at Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brook-

lyn, but after seven hours of riding along, this RT reporter and her chauffer had called it a day. Over lunch, Gallagher, a motorcycle rider for 47 years, who has ridden with Rolling Thunder for the past eight years, explained why he joined Sunday’s Ride for Freedom. “I have family that are veterans. I do whatever I can for the vets because every single one of my family members came home safe and sound,” he said, before pointing to a patch he wears for a veteran who didn’t, Cpl. Ian Muller, a U.S. Marine killed in a fire fight in Afghanistan in 2011, who served with Gallagher’s nephew. “If you don’t remember the past, it will be forgotten,” Gallagher said.


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Any Chance? Dear Editor: Any chance that you can print an article reminding all the cyclists that our boardwalk is a recreational boardwalk and not the Rockaway Beach Indy 500 Boardwalk? Any chance you can ask the 100 Precinct (who do a great job!) to slow the speedsters down and give them a warning about going too fast on the boardwalk? Any chance you can remind the cyclists that there are bike lanes on the street that are designated bike lanes for cy-

clists throughout Rockaway? Any chance you can remind them how horrible it would be if, while trying to break their world record (Yeah!), they crashed into a pedestrian and caused a serious injury? Any chance of reminding them how horrible it would be if it was an elderly person who didn’t stand a chance of getting out of their way because their quickness has slightly diminished? Any chance you could remind them that it could be their Mother, Father, Grandpa, Grandma? Any chance of reminding them how horrible it would be if it was a young child who wiggled their way out of their mother’s hand and ran away and almost got leveled? This I witnessed the other day and the cyclists yelled at the mother! Really? Any chance you can tell the cyclists that I am totally a bike person! I am on the boardwalk a couple of times a week, but I am not trying to break (on steroids or not) Lance Armstrong’s records!

Onto something else! The summer heat is coming, and we can only try to be better prepared! No matter what the elected officials decide about the beaches being open or closed, once the first heat wave hits, guess what? The beaches will be open whether they like it or not! Every year this happens, and Rockaway will be packed no matter what the officials say! Any chance you can ask the city if they have any plans to hand out water safety literature to the thousands of people who come to Rockaway every summer on the ferry or on their own?! Maybe one person will not drown this year by reading it? Any chance you can ask the city if they thought about a water safety video that they could show to all of our school kids about water safety before the end of this school year especially with the Zoom classroom platform that they have been using! They could reach so many doing that! It should be a mandatory class for all!

The Rockaway Times Common sense! No? Any chance you could put some pressure on the city to make sure they do this? This same video could also be shown on the ferry ride down to good old Rockaway! Send it out to the whole country and the rest of the world, too! I am sure the FDNY would love to produce such a video and could do it before all the school kids are out of school for the summer! We should try to do what we can to not repeat the drownings of last year and all of the other years! Can I once again thank you for your time and platform? Keep up the good work!! Mike Balfe Off Base Dear Editor: To the author of last week’s Letter to the Editor regarding Cuomo Criticism Off Base, I say, you are the one that is way off base. Continued on page 21

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WE GET EMAIL Continued from Page 20 When addressing the deadly non-directives and directives forced on nursing homes before and during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, you make mention that “nursing homes have licensed medical professionals and staff that could have used responsible protocols.” What you did not take into consideration is, we are under a state of emergency and all directives related to the protocol for treating COVID-19 cases and the acceptance of patients in medical facilities without requiring COVID-19 testing and results beforehand, were mandated by Governor Cuomo and his administration, per written directives, and as we all heard on the daily media updates. Governor Cuomo and the NYS DOH issued the following directive to nursing homes throughout our state – No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to a

nursing home solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. As well as his deadly directives for nursing homes to reuse dirty personal protection equipment (PPE), isolating positive COVID-19 cases only, instead of mandating 100% testing of all asymptomatic persons being admitted into the nursing homes, which would have given the health care providers an earlier opportunity to save lives. You should be asking what was the Governor’s state policy and management plan for handling an infectious pandemic and the PPE readiness supply; what were the directives for procuring and readying? I’m not sure why you refer to utilizing the U.S.N.S. Comfort and Javits Center to treat COVID positive patients as drinking the President’s “Kool Aid,” when it was Governor Cuomo who asked for help from our federal government. Both the Comfort and Javits Center were designated for non-COVID hospital patients and underutilized; I ask,

what was the Governor’s plan B for these emergent, wellequipped and skilled centers? Did he miss an opportunity to further remove and cohort the infectious residents away from the nursing homes, which could have a safer alternative for cohorting and treating patients more efficiently and rapidly? So, let’s put the blame just where it should be, on the state’s leader, Governor Cuomo, our disastrous Mayor and their “team of specialists,” who in as early in March, reassured the public to live their lives as if nothing was brewing. Here is when the COVID-19 virus throttled and proliferated with a fury, infecting the unsuspecting, consequently increasing the contagion! Their botched mishandling and blatant disregard for our nursing homes created a further crisis by causing the, possibly preventable, deaths of a large portion of the 5000 plus members of our most vulnerable population who succumbed to the virus.

Page 21 In true Cuomo “wasn’t my fault” form, after media outlets and elected officials reported on his deadly directives, the Governor ordered the NYS DOH to visit nursing homes to conduct unannounced surveys in an effort to find reasons to lay the blame on the nursing homes and clear him of guilt. The crippling and rippling effect of COVID-19 on our city and state will undoubtedly cause our neighbors and families to suffer and grieve, and to endure financial hardships, including the self-sacrificing frontline workers in hospitals and nursing homes, and all other employment sectors. Where I do agree with you is, if hospitals in NYC such as Peninsula Hospital were not closed, there would have been more beds readily available to treat patients for our in-need and vulnerable communities. Joann Ariola (Joann Ariola is New York Republican State Committeewoman for the 23rd Assembly District)

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COVID-19 –Insurance and What’s Next By John Lepore

No one needs to be reminded of how painful the past several months have been since COVID-19 changed everyone it touched forever. Last fall, I attended a meeting conducted by the legendary insurer Lloyd’s of London. In the presentation, there was a great deal of discussion about identifying and prioritizing risks from events that can’t be accurately predicted using traditional actuarial analytics, exciting right? Insurance companies shake in their boots when they can’t predict future claims because one uncalculated event can jeopardize a company’s existence. Included in the top five list from Lloyd’s were things like flooding from global warming, natural disasters, political upheaval, cyber terrorism and PANDEMIC. I could accept everything on the list except pandemic and eventually dismissed it as a very remote pos-

sibility for some faraway place that I probably couldn’t pronounce. Despite the Lloyd’s prediction, the insurance industry as a whole never seriously anticipated the far-reaching effects of a pandemic. They were probably wise to do so since there hadn’t been a similar event that seriously impacted the United States for a century and the opinions expressed by Lloyd’s were simply that, Lloyd’s opinions. Instead they concentrated on successfully navigating the pressures of operating in highly regulated and competitive marketplace. After all, the chances of a worldwide outbreak in any given year were infinitesimal. Then COVID-19 happened. Overnight, it seemed, cars disappeared from roadways and the number of miles driven dropped tremendously. In a great oversimplification, insurance carriers typically base their rates on assumptions derived from long standing pat-

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That Cough That Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Go Away Last winter and early spring (before COVID-19), my office received many calls from patients complaining about a cough that just wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go away. There was an upper respiratory virus going around that caused people to feel sick for weeks. Many asked for more antibiotics, which wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have helped. Eventually it subsided. Sometimes, however, a cough may last for many months, even years. The term for this is refractory chronic cough (RCC). Today I would like to discuss the causes, work-up, and treatment of RCC. The most common causes of RCC are the use of an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibi-

tor, or ACE inhibitor (i.e. lisinopril), which is used to treat high blood pressure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, aka emphysema), gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and upper airway cough syndrome (UACS), usually caused by a post-nasal drip or sinus infection. Less common causes of RCC include aspiration of a foreign body, pneumonia, lung cancer, tuberculosis, bronchitis, sarcoidosis, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (scarring and thickening of the lungs). When searching for the cause of RCC, several questions need to be asked before ordering any

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tests. First and obviously, is the patient on an ACE inhibitor? Does the patient smoke or does the patient have an occupational exposure to dust or allergens? Does the patient have heartburn or symptoms of GERD, chronic nasal congestion, or wheezing and shortness of breath? And is there any hemoptysis (coughing up blood), chest pain, or weight loss which might point to lung cancer, especially with a smoking history. Following a physical exam, the first test would be a chest X-Ray. Spirometry, which measures lung volumes and airflow, is helpful in diagnosing asthma and COPD. If there is still no cause found for the cough, nasal endoscopy to diagnose UACS and laryngoscopy are helpful. Likewise, upper endoscopy can reveal the presence of GERD. Several studies have found that about 75% of people with a chronic cough attributable to GERD had no gastrointestinal symptoms. Infrequently, the work-up and testing reveals no obvious cause of RCC. Sometimes this unexplained chronic cough is thought

to come from the nervous system, called a neurogenic cough. In this case, a neuromodulator like gabapentin, pregabalin, amitriptyline, tramadol, or baclofen can be used. Studies have shown them to be about 75% effective for a neurogenic cough. Often, behavioral therapy by a speech pathologist can help suppress the cough, as can laryngeal nerve blocks and the use of botulinum toxin injections. Lastly, narcotics, like morphine and codeine, have a long history of use as a centrally acting cough suppressant, although, given todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opioid epidemic, introducing the patient to the chronic use of a narcotic can be a very slippery slope. Lastly, a cough that lasts for more than a week or two should never be ignored, although unexplained chronic cough, or RCC, is common and often its cause remains elusive. For more information go to: https://coughjournal. biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1745-9974-9-10 Please direct questions and comments to editor@rockawaytimes.com

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Everyone has a story about how this pandemic has affected them. Many are sad, but some are so absurd that the only thing you can do is laugh. As things have begun to loosen up around here, I’ve become more aware of these absurdities. Because of the three-person limit at Ace Hardware, the line stretched out down the block and it was impossible to get in. I love Ace Hardware, I love the people that work there, I love the little discounts you get in the mail, they always have what you need. But during the three-person limit, it was a better bet to drive to Lowe’s near Kings Plaza. Or so I thought. First thing I need is bird seed. Birds don’t know it’s a pandemic, they simply want their seed. So, after looking around and not finding any, I ask a store employee where the bird seed is? The reply is “some bags ripped, so we put it away.” Ok, I say, can I get some? No, says the employee, it’s away. Hmmm, I guess away means, sorry mister, no bird seed for you today. I also needed paint for the basement. After Sandy, we simply painted the basement walls and floor. The basement needs a new coat of paint now, so I asked an employee in the paint section, what kind of paint do I get? The answer is immediate: “Basement paint.” Great, is that on a label? “No sir just pick out what color you want.” Huh? So, on a drive back to the neighborhood, I see no line in front of Ace! I walk in and they explain that they have expanded to a six-person rule. Wonder-

ful! Do you have seed, “yes, of course.” Fantastic! Do you have paint for a basement? A series of questions about the type of walls and floors I have leads us to the exact right paint! I love Ace! Then I thought, I need some comfort food, so I go into a local store that will remain nameless. They have a three-person limit too and since there are only two people in the store, I walk in. One of the customers is talking to the person behind the counter, noticing that they are busy and could use help, and asks “Aren’t there others to help?” Well, the counter person explains that the owner’s husband is sick and is home tending to him; the others who would normally come in, aren’t coming in because the owner’s husband is sick, and they don’t want to get sick either. The counter person explains there is another employee in the back and that person is too sick to come out and help, “I’d tell them to go home but I’m not the boss.” Hmmm, takes me about three seconds to make my way right out the door! Really! My Dad is 92 and is religious about three things: sports, going to doctors and, well, religion. So, when his cardiologist rescheduled his March appointment for May, he figured all was good to go. I normally drive him to Methodist Hospital in Park Slope and parking is ridiculous there. I park in the lot across the street and then meet him on the second floor of the hospital. But these are different times. I ask Dad, did you confirm the appointment? No, Dad tells me “They rescheduled it so it must be good.”

Ok then, take your cell phone and call me if they aren’t allowing visitors in. So, I park the car, go in the hospital– by the way the last place you want to be in a pandemic is a hospital– and sure as hell they don’t let me in. So, I call Dad, but apparently, he hasn’t turned the phone on! Oh bother, really, come on. Forty-five minutes later, he comes down and says I wouldn’t believe it, he was the only person there, and was in and out in record time. Why didn’t I come up? Dad, they aren’t allowing visitors, why didn’t you turn your phone on? He tells me he didn’t want to bother me. Trust me, you can’t make this stuff up. In Rockaway, mostly everyone wears a mask, people get it. On a recent trip into the city, upper east siders are all wearing masks, they definitely get it. A drive along the Belt Parkway in Bay Ridge shows most walkers by the bay have masks on, but below their chins. I guess they are trying, but not too hard. A ride through the streets of Williamsburg reveals that no one there is wearing a mask at all. I

Page 25 guess they don’t care. As I ride around, listening to 1010 WINS news, Cuomo says the beaches are open in New York State. DeBlasio says not in New York City. Nassau County says don’t come to our beaches NYC people. Oh boy, Robert Moses would love this!! Then DeBlasio says he’s buying 74,000 air conditioners for the poor for the summer. An average price of an air conditioner is maybe $500 so that means he is spending $37 million dollars on air conditioners to give away because he won’t open the beaches. Then he says he is giving away 300,000 iPads. I don’t know what they cost but if they cost $500 each, that’s $ 150 million dollars because he closed the schools and needs to have people do e-learning. Forget about the fact that an iPad doesn’t work unless you have a network connection. All this while the city and state face unprecedented budget deficits! Oh well, just another day in the pandemic neighborhood!! Stay safe, well and healthy. And keep laughing, it’s the only way to get through this mess.

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Super Powers Can Be Yours Each day we wake up with a new emotion. It feels surreal that we are still in quarantine and so many people are divided. So much to learn and not enough time. Or are we timeless? This pandemic has been really terrible for everyone but especially for the souls who died from it. At times itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to find my grounding and my heart grows heavy when I hear of all the losses. How can we be in service to those suffering and not deplete our own energies? The human super powers are patience, kindness, gratitude and compassion. This requires going

deep to your inner world to find what each and every one of us were born with: deep peace and love. There is no question we are here to serve one another. My awareness of the now brings me to a special place. This universal pause has forced us to stay home, sit, be still, at times to do absolutely nothing, pray for universal healing and take better care of our families. Over and over, you will hear us write about the breath. Perhaps because it is the one thing that is always with us and when you really stay with your breath, there is magical relaxation into your own being. You will ex-

perience a release of pain and anxiety when simply focusing on your breath. This is an opportunity to linger and rest in your space. Be patient and trust your journey. If you struggle with your breath, then maybe bring in the sounds you hear or a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mantraâ&#x20AC;? that trains your mind to stay where you are. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All you have in this moment is this breath. Allow, accept and welcome each one like a vibrant breath in the tapestry of who you are. As you become more present, your super powers will be easier to access. With patience comes kindness. Remind yourself, everything is temporary, including this life and situation. Kindness can lead to compassion for yourself and all beings everywhere. Gratitude is everything. Be grateful for this moment. It seems out of chaos comes order. Our world desperately needs order. We need to stay together to heal fully. If there is one thing we have learned, it is that we are all in this together. There is a story about friends

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Never know what you‘ll see on the boardwalk. If you’ve been on the boardwalk recently, you’ve seen a lot of red flags. But in the sea of red, one flag caught our eye. No, no, the Parks Department didn’t run out of red flags but somebody, somehow snuck in a Communist Party flag on a boardwalk railing. We’re not sure if this was meant to be commentary on the current state of things but it seems open to interpretation.

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MORE HURRICANES PREDICTED SOCIAL DISTANCING CHALLENGES An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a likely range of 13 to 19 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which six to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including three to six major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurri-

canes. The predictions highlight a new challenge in storm preparedness. Cities and towns which often encourage people to evacuate and seek shelter in public buildings must now consider new safety guidelines because of the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis. Carlos Castillo, acting deputy administrator for resilience at FEMA, said “With hurricane season around the corner, it is time to revise and adjust your emergency plan now. Natural disasters won’t wait, so I encourage you to keep COVID-19 in mind when revising or making your plan for you and your loved ones, and don’t forget your pets. An easy way to start is to download the FEMA app today.” The Rockaway Times reached out to the Office of Emergency Management regarding a plan but received no response by press time.

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WrestleTalk By Eric Jayden

My name is Eric Jayden and I'm an active Professional Wrestler for 10 years working throughout the United States for numerous Independent and Top Wrestling Companies. I am here with my new wrestling column, where I will cover all the on-goings of the world of professional wrestling. From the WWE, AEW, NXT to New Japan Pro Wrestling and Local Wrestling Promotion, I will cover it. Today we're going to start off by recapping the WWE Monday Night Raw Show coming from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida on May 18. Buddy Murphy defeated Humberto Carrillo Charlotte Flair defeated Ruby Riott Bobby Lashley defeated R-Truth Alexa Bliss/Nikki Cross defeated The IIconic's by disqualification Shayna Baszler defeated Natalya

Apollo Crews/Kevin Owens defeated Andrade/Angel Garza Aleister Black defeated Buddy Murphy Drew McIntyre defeated King Corbin Now, I am known to be very harsh with the WWE product, but I was very impressed and continue to be very impressed with Aleister Black. I seriously wish the WWE would consider giving Aleister Black a bigger role since he's very talented, has a great character and has the potential to become a top star in the company. The WWE currently is lacking in the Top Stars Division and needs to start moving midcard level wrestlers to top Main Event positions. With the current loss of Roman Reigns, who has opted not to work due to the pandemic, and most recently, the loss of Becky Lynch due to her pregnancy announcement, well, this leaves WWE in a pickle with a minimum roster of wrestlers and how they will replace those positions. The Top Star and Current Workhorse of the company is

Charlotte Flair, who appears on all of the WWE's Brands "Smackdown, Raw and NXT." She has proven to be the Franchise Player of the company. The WWE, in my opinion, should also look into the NXT brand and move up some of their stars like Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream and Roderick Strong, who have proven their worth. In addition, I will also like to see Shayna Baszler have a bigger role in the Women's Division. She is a legit fighter with an MMA background and makes everything look great inside the ring. Come on WWE creative what are you waiting for??? Now, as we move forward with this pandemic and as more states start to open up, the current state of pro wrestling is still in limbo. Right now, the WWE and its three brands and All Elite Wrestling (AEW) are operating in the state of Florida. The WWE is operating out of its Performance Center in Orlando and AEW is operating out of the Jaguar Stadium in Jacksonville. But both companies are operating shows without fans

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