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Some Light on Beach 119th Street do just that by making young spirits on Beach 119th a little brighter. Zimmer recently spent time collecting bottle and can donations to exchange for money, which he used toward purchasing $25 Visa gift cards for all of the children on his block, from bay to beach on Beach 119th Street, as an end of the school year and graduation gift. As a way to thank him, the kids created a message in chalk in front of the Zimmer home, thanking Bobby Zimmer for the generous effort. Around the message, many of the children left their signature. Way to go Bobby and Beach 119th Street! (Editor’s Note: Apologies for the photo screenshotted from In darkness, look for the a video, we could not get a full light. Rockaway Park resi- photo due to the curfew and dent Bobby Zimmer aimed to following rain.)

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QUEENS BP RE-APPOINTS CB 14 MEMBERS Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee announced her re-appointments of individuals to serve on their respective Queens community board for the 2020-2022 term. Community Board 14 (CB 14), which includes Rockaway Point, Breezy Point, Roxbury, Neponsit, Belle Harbor, Rockaway Park, Seaside, Broad Channel, Hammels, Sommerville, Edgemere, Arverne, Bayswater, Wavecrest, Far Rockaway, and Rockaway Beach is comprised of approximately fifty unsalaried members appointed by the Borough President and Councilmembers that represent the District. The re-appointments are: Audrey Amsterdam-Handy, Khaleel Anderson, Louis Caucig, Andrea Colon, Ahmad Edwards, Noreen Ellis, Jack Epter, Joanne Fogarty, Dave Heffernan, Tamera Jacobs, Felicia Johnson, Betty Leon, Annette Lord Cohen, Ife Maijeh,

Rosalyn Mason, Sonia Moise, Helen Montero, Kevin Morgan, Dolores Orr, Harold Paez, Eddy Pastore, Linda Plummer, Sheneca Sharpe, Christopher Tedesco, Jose Velez, Gordon Williams, and Tyrone Worsley. “Service on a Queens community board requires substantial time and energy, and the borough is grateful to the 339 appointees and the hundreds of other civic-minded applicants for their dedication to public service,” Lee said. Community Board 14 District Manager, Jon Gaska, said half the community board is up for re-appointment every year. Meetings are held monthly, usually on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be on June 16 at 7 p.m. It will be a virtual meeting, the second of its kind. The agenda and log-in information are still to be determined. Read The Rockaway Times for updates.

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What’s there to say when there’s nothing? So I’ll just say it. I’m so old I can remember the pandemic. Last Saturday, I was out on my bike on the boardwalk, trying to avoid people in lycra on bikes. Even when the world is burning and emotions gush, spurt, and heave, I keep a reserve of venom for the Lance Armstrong wannabes. You can put up all the signs you want about bike lanes but the surest way to fix things is to outlaw bike clothes on the boardwalk. But I digress as I regress. I was on the boardwalk and a couple of young ladies shouted, “The boat!� At least that’s what I thought I heard, so I slowed to a stop and asked, “What’d I miss?� A whale, they said, right near

that boat. I waited and waited some more and said to them, “I knew you were kidding.â€? No, no, they insisted. You have to wait three minutes. I waited. Nothing. I started to pedal away and they shrieked, “There it is!â€? I stopped, turned, and ‌nothing. They insisted it was just there. I told them I was going to take my bad luck elsewhere and they laughed and one said, “Maybe it’s four minutes you have to wait.â€? That made me chuckle and I continued on a no-destination ride. I got off the boardwalk in the Beach 40s and biked around the blocks near the bay. It’s quiet back there and there’s no traffic and there are bungalows and views of Norton Basin that are pretty special. (I know, what’s a basin? It’s a water thing). Anyway, you’re away from the world back there. I stopped in the middle of the street, because there’s

no traffic, near the end of a block. A guy was working around in his front yard and nodded at me. I told him he had a great spot. And then he asked me if I wanted a look out back, right over that hidden part of Jamaica Bay. I looked at him with some hesitation but he insisted and told me to lock my bike and come on in. So I did. We went to the back of his house where a deck and dock stretched out over the water. He asked me a few times if I wanted something to drink. He told me he had bought the place 25 years ago and knew most of the neighbors who’d been there for many years as well. And then his wife came out and said hello, chatted a bit, and then picked up a long fishing rod that had been leaning against a railing. She checked the lure and then went to the dock’s edge and casted. I really did forget there

were riots the night before in Brooklyn. I stayed for a while and said, next time I’m using that, as I looked at a hammock off to one side of the deck. On my way home, a couple blocks over, I stopped where a car was parked outside a lonely bungalow that was mostly boarded up. A guy came out and said hi and introduced himself, “I’m Baba, B-A-B-A, but most people call me Bobby.� He was fixing the bungalow which had been damaged in a fire. He’d been here for Sandy and fixed the place after that, too. He knew his neighbors including the guy I had visited a couple of blocks away. What a nice small-town feel out this way. I told him I’d be back to check on his progress. I had three exchanges. The young women on the boardwalk, the couple on the bay and the guy at his bungalow. We all looked different. We were all the same.

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A new community justice center aims to give low-level offenders, especially youth, a place to go locally that will hold them accountable in productive ways, while not leaving them with a record to carry through their lifetime. The Rockway Community Justice Center is now serving the peninsula. The Rockaway Community Justice Center, located at 1922 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, hopes to give low-level offenders an option on the peninsula that aims to provide services to help boost them as a productive member of society, rather than time spent behind bars or carrying a record that could affect their life due to a misdemeanor. During a press conference on Thursday, May 28, Lori Zeno, founder and executive director of Queens Defenders, which will operate the Justice Center, explained further what they hope to achieve. According to Zeno, the Rockaway Community Justice Center will provide “restorative and rehabilitative remedies to local crime. Ultimately, we will strengthen relationships between the residents of Rockaway, local police and our borough’s criminal justice system,” she said. “The Justice Center is going to offer community-led legal hearings to address low-level misdemeanor cases, housing court mediation, juvenile crimes as well as other social programming. Access to fair, equitable and restorative justice in their own community by their own community peers.” The Center provides a local facility for those who would normally have to make the trip to appear in court in Kew Gardens. “Each year, close to a thousand arrests are made of young adults, 18 to 24 in the Rockaways, starting with a desk appearance ticket and after they get a ticket, they normally would appear in court in Kew Gardens for an arraignment,” Zeno said. “Now the problem is traveling to the Kew Gardens courthouse is one-and-a-half to two hours one

way. Plus, some other reasons. Maybe it’s an economic problem, maybe they’re single moms and have to get back to pick their kids up for school or they have a job and need to take the whole day off, and they can lose the job. There’s a whole lot of reasons why people have a very difficult time from Far Rockaway going to Kew Gardens, so sometimes they don’t go. And then the court assumes it’s because they don’t care and they’re intentionally not showing up and they issue a warrant. And then what happens is people with cases and charges that were never resolved in the criminal justice system, they have this warrant, and they get picked up on this warrant and they spend one night in jail when they normally would never and then there’s the possibility when they come into court, they get fines that they cannot afford and sometimes a criminal record, which affects them in the future. So now many of those cases can be handled right here in the Rockaway Community Justice Center.” The Rockaway Community Justice Center is an effort made possible by the Queens Defenders, the Queens District Attorney, Rockaway’s local police precincts and elected leaders. Those who appear at the Rockaway Community Justice Center will face a volunteer judge and jury of neighbors and be compelled to take accountability for their actions but without receiving a criminal record that could have lifelong consequences. “This peer and community-led alternative ensures accountability with dignity and an end goal of restoring the offender to his or her position as a productive member of society,” Zeno said. “Individuals who participate in the Rockaway Community Justice Center will receive job training, skills development and networking opportunities with local businesses and community leaders.” The Center aims to work with local businesses to provide opportunities for youth to work and learn something, like an Continued on page 7


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THE FIRST COMMUNITY JUSTICE CENTER Continued from Page 6 internship, rather than typical community service. That community service time would be spent towards helping local businesses. Councilman Donovan Richards, who has supported Queens Defenders in their efforts and Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz joined in for the conference at the Center, while elected officials like Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Senators Joseph Addabbo and James Sanders and clergy members joined in virtually. Katz expressed her support for the justice center’s goals. “People deserve second chances. They deserve a right to see what their potential is. They can’t do that if a record follows them for the rest of their life. It is a difficult thing to make it anyway in today’s day and time, but to do it with a record is especially an issue. About 75% of cases that come from these precincts are non-violent. I’m very excited about the

lives that are going to be affected by the Rockaway Community Justice Center,” Katz said. ‘We hope in pre-arrest to find young people that have had issues and the possibility of arrest, and get this community program involved, and figure out whether they need work course development, rehabilitation, health services or mentors to show them that there is a right path in their lives. On post-arrest, we want to make sure this group of individuals from the community and Queens Defenders work togeth-

er with the DA’s office to get to a point where they’re doing community service or learning more about their lives and maybe going through these programs and getting their charge dismissed and sealed. No record. And after an arrest, figuring out how to return them to this Justice Center to make sure that they go through the programs necessary to give them the tools for the rest of their lives. On one hand, we want to make Queens is safe, to make sure we deal with violent criminals, making sure they’re

going through the system, but at the same time, saving the younger folks in our communities from having a record and problems for the rest of their lives for doing offenses that they probably wouldn’t commit when they’re older.” Richards, who has shown Queens Defenders support in other efforts like youth court and community services, praised the organization and vowed to continue to show support in this new endeavor. “It’s literally saving lives of young people in our community who wouldn’t have a second opportunity,” Richards said. “A low-level offense shouldn’t equal a life sentence for our young people and unfortunately, that’s what happened in communities like the Rockaways historically.” Richards hopes the Center will allow for some change going forward. With coronavirus still looming, much of the Center’s work will continue virtually, but they hope to start accepting cases in mid-June, and working with local businesses as they start to reopen in the future.

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***** The ongoing perfect storm: Unemployment at record levels. Pent up energy/frustration from a three month lock down. Summer weather. Divisive leadership. Oh, boy. ***** Social media posts scared a lot of people in Rockaway on Tuesday. It’s an upside-down world so rumors and falsehoods spread fast. In mid-March “Mike’s dad who works for Homeland Security” told family and friends to prepare for a 30day National Guard lockdown because of Covid-19. That rumor probably led to a lot of people to panic buy. On Tuesday, rioters and looters were on their way to the 100th Precinct according to “people in the know.” Didn’t happen. These days, it’s very difficult to distinguish between what’s real and BS.

***** Not to second guess, but if you’re going to have a curfew, it should probably start before rioters get tired from rioting. ***** The protest march in Far Rockaway was an inspired, uplifting event. It was hard not to feel chills when the marchers paused at St. John’s Hospital and healthcare workers and marchers applauded each other. City Councilman Donovan Richards showed great leadership, right at the start, by saying violence would be condemned and not be tolerated. He said “bad apples” in the police department should be condemned as well. He followed that with great praise for the Commander of the 101st Precinct, Eric Robinson. ***** As protests continue, shouldn’t businesses be allowed to open? Keeping small businesses closed right now is a band-aid on a bleed-out. Thousands and thousands of people are in the streets, but you can’t go to a gym or dress shop? Open businesses might help alleviate crowds.

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St. John’s Offers Free Mental Health Virtual Support Groups St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (SJEH) announced on Monday that it is offering free virtual emotional support groups via Zoom in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The support groups are led by facilitators who worked in the Rockaways providing similar support after the events of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, and will focus on different aspects of emotional support including coping with grief, loss, stress, and anxiety. Terri Coyle, LCSW and Vice President of Behavioral Health, said, “COVID-19 remains an unseen adversary, and SJEH recognizes how important emotional support is for our community members as we live through this pandemic. We want to make it as convenient as possible for the

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This Week in History JUNE 4 Helen Timlin-Kilgallen was born. Victoria Barber was born. Jessica McCormick was born.

public to get this type of care, and through this program we are able to do just that at no cost to participants.” “This program illustrates our commitment to the health and well-being of our community members,” said Jerry Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of SJEH. “By offering these virtual support groups during the pandemic, we are doing our part to facilitate healing within the community.” To register for the free virtual support groups, contact the SJEH Wellness and Recovery Center at 718-8695096, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am - 5 p.m. Classes are available in English and Spanish, and Zoom details will be provided upon registration.

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A LIVE-STREAMED CONCERT Continued from Page 10 Rockaway Businesses Need You, and Eileen Savelli, they decided to donate all proceeds to Promenade Nursing Home and Queens Nassau Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. But, as Burke said, “Liz Hanna was the driving force to spread some cheer at the nursing facilities.” Hanna contacted local businesses, asking if they would like to donate to the cause, and to no surprise, many of Rockaway’s local businesses stepped up to the plate. They were able to receive additional donations from 2TWINSprinting.com, Rockaway Farmers Market, Fat Cardinal Bakery, Beach Bagels, Mazzone Ace Hardware, Belle Harbor Cards, Polly & Esther Boutique, Margie Homesy Daly and Stop and Shop. On Monday, June 1, all donations and proceeds were delivered to both nursing homes. An employee from Promenade Nursing Home said, “Can’t express in words how touched

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and special the Promenade staff felt today! The recognition alone was awesome, but the food and goodies too! Please know, Wine With Sue’s fundraising efforts were deeply appreciated!! Thank you to all you have done.” But, at the end of the day, all Wine With Sue wanted to do was spread some cheer to fans and frontline heroes. “During these dark days, it was incredibly rewarding to put some smiles on our local heroes today. The workers were very emotional and thankful,” Wine With Sue wrote on their Facebook page. Recognizing that this all became possible with the help of Rockaway locals all coming together, Wine With Sue posted words of encouragement and gratitude: “Thank you to all who donated to this worthy cause,” the band posted. “Seeing the staff with such diversity, helping these patients of all colors and walks of life, also gave us all a glimmer of hope that our country can and will heal. Stay safe and be kind. Brighter days ahead.”

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Unity for A Vigil And A Peaceful Protest March By Sean Boyle & Katie McFadden

“Say his name! George Floyd! Same his name! George Floyd!” This was the call and response led by Andrea Colon of the Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF) as the vigil for George Floyd began on the boardwalk at Beach 95th Street, Sunday May 31. A mix of people gathered to honor the black man killed in Minneapolis on May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. At Sunday’s vigil, some sat quietly, others carried signs such as “Peace Be With You,” which was held by Keith Goldberg, Arnold Saunders, and Cliff Shevlin. Goldberg said, “We did it in Rockaway. It needs to be done everywhere.” After the vigil, Colon explained that the Rockaway Youth Task Force’s aim for the event was to serve the function of honoring George Floyd’s memory but also to

“Give a voice for both black and brown people to demand accountability from police department’s nationwide.” On Tuesday, June 2, their mission continued with a much larger demonstration. The Rockaway Youth Task Force, with civic, religious,

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and elected leaders organized a peaceful protest march from the Mott Avenue subway station to O’Donohue Park at Beach 17th Street on Tuesday evening. The street was packed with those who came to march in solidarity and voice a loud and powerful de-

mand for police accountability, both here in the city and across the country. City Councilman Donovan Richards spoke before the procession to the beach began. On Mott Avenue, he outlined clearly the goal of the evening, to highlight injustice, but adding that the march is meant “for all of us.” Richards explained that the goal was to uplift and protect our community here in the Rockaways stating, “I’ve noticed a lot of people not from Rockaway. If you are here to loot or damage property, this is not the place. We are here for progress.” Richards also made it clear that the event was not about the condemnation of the entirety of the New York City and New York State Police Departments. Richards stated his “love” for 101st Commander Eric Robinson and officers of the 101 yet insisted “bad apples” be called out Continued on page 13

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UNITY FOR A VIGIL AND A PEACEFUL PROTEST MARCH Continued from Page 12 by members of the NYPD. “It doesn’t mean that we are not going to hold you accountable when black folks are being killed out on the street for the color of their skin,” Richards said. The councilman spoke of some ways he is aiming to create change, including an upcoming city council hearing to ban the use of a chokehold as a tactic for the NYPD, and sponsoring a bill to create a “discipline matrix to hold the bad apples accountable.” In response to rumors and fears ahead of Tuesday’s protest, Richards set the tone for a peaceful protest that proved naysayers wrong. “There are those who thought we could not come together in a peaceful manor and communicate in a right manor. Let’s show the world that in Far Rockaway, we can do it right.” He then thanked those who showed up in solidarity of the movement. “Let me thank the allies that are here, who don’t have to be here. The Jewish community. You didn’t have to stand with us, but you did,” Richards said. Representative Gregory Meeks addressed the crowd after Richards and made a clear and poignant statement regarding those assembled, “Diversity is here. Diversity and community. That is what America is about.” The messages were clear from the speakers and by the Rockaway Youth Task Force who led the march and chant-

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ed: “This is what community looks like!” NYPD officers walked along the sides of the group of hundreds of peaceful protestors. The crowd moved down Mott Avenue, turning down Beach 20th Street. Supporters were not only in the street, but many appeared from windows and porches from nearby homes and apartments. As the rally passed St. John’s Hospital, those who have been on the frontlines of the coronavirus battle, cheered for those on the frontlines of the battle for justice for the black community. As the march continued along Seagirt Boulevard, cars honked in support as traffic was halted to allow the march to cross the street and make its way to the park, just off the beach. At a final gathering, speakers led with words of inspiration and prayer. One speaker from anti-gun violence organization Rock Safe Streets expressed that the movement should not just be for George Floyd, but all black lives, including those who were killed in recent shootings in Rockaway. “If we continue to shoot one another, then how do you expect racism to die? We have to come together as a unit. We have to love each other,” she said. At one point, tensions grew as the RYTF put Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato on the spot, asking her to show support to repeal 50-a, a law that allows police misconduct records to be sealed. Pheffer Amato responded, “I’m here to show solidarity, but I’m not making a divide when you put me on the spot like that. There are many reforms that need to

be done. I’m not going to sit here and tell you something to want to hear,” she said. In response, the crowd got louder, but other speakers brought the focus back to the main message in their unifying effort. One speaker said, “We had a lot of misinformation and miscommunication in the past. The purpose of

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today to is create clarity. We want to show solidarity with people in other states that are we responding and reacting.” Another said, “We’re showing solidarity. Community. But we want accountability for the powers that be.” The event ended with everyone in attendance taking a knee, together.

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THEY’RE OPEN! Thanks to the efforts of Liz Hanna, word is getting out that PLACES ARE OPEN. We’ll be publishing photos and posting them online in celebration of their efforts! Make sure to support our local businesses and help keep them afloat!

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Bikes and People Dear Editor: For the last couple of weeks, I have read in this paper that bike riders on the boardwalk are going way too fast and are a danger to non-bicyclists. I wholeheartedly agree. That some bicyclists are travelling way to fast. That there is danger of serious injury if they hit someone and the Parks Department or the police should do something before someone gets hurt. But I have to ask, why isn’t the Parks Department or the police doing something about

all the people walking in groups, with strollers, with little children or just standing in a group in the designated bike lanes? I walked the boardwalk late Saturday afternoon from Beach 88th to 107th, back to Beach 94th and it was like there were no bike lanes. Those bicyclists who tried to ride in the bike lane couldn’t because there were so many non-bikers in the bike lanes. This a recipe for disaster. With warmer weather and coronavirus beach rules, there will be more and more people using the boardwalk and the likelihood of an accident or people acting out will only increase. And I fear the people of Rockaway could lose another pleasure of living in the Rockaways. Mark Eidinger

fall but still timely) After some more horrible drownings this week, is there any chance you can reach out to our local politicians (Stacey Pheffer Amato comes to mind because she gets stuff done) and put forth a mandatory annual water safety class through our city schools. The FDNY is the greatest Department in the world and they would love the opportunity to put a program together that could save kids’ lives! I am sure of it! That is what they do!! All five boroughs are near water and even if most kids aren’t, they still go to the beach by train or bus and most have no water experience at all. I believe this is something all schools worldwide should consider doing. It’s that important!! They can make it similar to Safety fire drills. Suggestions Rockaway parents teach their children about this their whole lives growing up Dear Editor: (This is a reprint from last but other kids do not get this

The Rockaway Times extremely important lesson! If the water is rough, you don’t go in period. We have all heard that over and over again from Mom and Dad! Most kids do not know how to swim and even if they do, they do not understand how to deal with big waves, riptides and strong swift currents. That comes with water experience! Just ask any surfer! They are at the age where, even if they’re scared and their friends jump into the water, they jump in too, so they won’t be teased, and the outcome is fatal. Every year this happens and many times more than once and we have to do a better job to avoid it. Everyone in Rockaway knows the scenario. First you hear the sirens and then the helicopters and you know it’s another water rescue that rarely ends well! My good friend FF Timmy Smith L134 had an incrediContinued on page 23

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WE GET EMAIL Continued from Page 20 ble water rescue a while back where he saved a life but you do not hear about too many of them because the ocean usually wins. There is also the danger to all the first responders who enter the water to rescue and to search for a victim. Sitting through a safety class once a year with video and some interviews with families that have lost their children would hopefully teach the kids what not to do when they are at the beach! Late August/September is when the water has a greater chance of being much more rough and dangerous due to the storms coming from down south and also a time to increase public safety on our beaches especially when you have a warm autumn like when we have had. These steps need to be taken. Another situation where

some people get in trouble is on the rock jetties. I truly believe that they don’t think about what could happen to them when they take a walk out on them. This is especially true with all the visitors that Rockaway gets nowadays. We all know how fast and powerful the water can become in just a few minutes, but a lot of people do not! How would they know the difference between high and low tide? The waves come in and knock people over and this makes for another very dangerous situation. Besides maybe getting swept out to sea, you have a great chance to bash your head off the rocks and then getting swept out to sea! Not fun! With the ferry bringing so many people to Rockaway I feel some additional precautions need to be put in place so the safety of everyone is increased! Maybe hand out some water safety literature on the ferry? The

people have about an hour on the boat so if one person read about the danger that the Rockaway waters can present and was extra cautious and didn’t drown, wouldn’t that have been worth it? In Long Beach, they have signs on every jetty telling people not to go out on them and if you do you will be given a summons. Rockaway should do the same thing to reduce any chance of anyone getting swept off

Page 23 their feet and seriously hurt or worse! I am the proud father of two super Rockaway girls and the thought that I didn’t do all I could to teach and protect them would drive me nuts! We should do that for all kids! My thoughts and prayers go out to the families! Thank you for your time and platform! Keep up the good work! Mikey Balfe

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Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a severe psychiatric disorder characterized by self-starvation and malnutrition, a high incidence of coexisting psychiatric conditions, treatment resistance, and a substantial risk of death from medical complications and suicide. An absolute cutoff in terms of low body-mass index (BMI, which is the body weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters) is not stipulated, since other factors warrant consideration, including the patient’s age, sex, and BMI before the occurrence of symptoms, and the rapidity of weight loss; however, a low body weight (i.e. BMI less than 17.5) is usually observed in adults with AN. A central feature of AN is an intense fear of weight gain, however patients will often deny this, and it must be inferred from their behavior. An extreme focus on body weight and shape

is integral to the disorder, combined with complete control over everything that is eaten, including how food is prepared. In the U.S., the lifetime prevalence of AN is about 0.80%, and 92% of affected person are young and female, with symptoms often beginning in adolescence. It is more common in white individuals and the worldwide prevalence is increasing, especially in Asia and the Middle East. There are two designated subtypes – the restricting subtype, which is characterized by dietary restriction, and the binge-eating and purging subtype, in which restriction is accompanied by binge-eating, purging, or both. The condition may progress from one subtype to the other. The restricting subtype is associated with a lower age of onset, a better prognosis, and a greater likelihood of crossover to the other subtype. A genetic link is suspected, and cases often aggregate in families. Studies have suggested that dieting behaviors may trigger

AN in susceptible persons. Psychological risk factors include perfectionism, cognitive rigidity (e.g. strict reliance on rules), and childhood anxiety disorders. Medical complications are related to weight loss, malnutrition, and conditions linked to purging. For example, self-induced vomiting is linked to salivary gland issues and stomach and esophageal disorders up to and including esophageal and/ or stomach rupture. Other medical complications include low blood pressure, dehydration, heart arrhythmias, kidney failure, loss of muscle mass, and loss of bone mass (osteoporosis) leading to bone fractures. Hospitalization is sometimes necessary, especially if the BMI is 15 or below, and involuntary hospitalization and refeeding is often required in severe cases. Long-term studies indicate that the recovery rate is 30 – 60%, with chronic illness in 20%, and residual illness in the remainder. Treatment of AN is very difficult. In general, psychotropic

medications (i.e. antidepressants) are usually ineffective. The mainstay of treatment is psychotherapy. And family interventions are often recommended in the treatment of children and adolescents. Caregivers, usually parents, typically have high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression as they often feel helpless in confronting their child’s restrictive eating and other problematic behaviors, at least early on in the course of treatment. Management of osteoporosis is a major concern, Often, vitamin D and calcium supplements are used to try to promote bone thickening. Bisphosphonates, used in treating adults with osteoporosis, are generally not used in children and adolescents. The most difficult part of treatment is getting the patient to realize there is a problem and confront it. Sadly, all too often this goal is never achieved. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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ONE LOVE, ONE HEART As we continue this very different journey, maybe we’re beginning to settle into it and finding ways of coping using different tools that have presented themselves. Finding encouragement in solidarity that we are all in this together—no one is different or exempt. Some people have been hit so hard with sickness and

loss, and our hearts go to them. We put our hopes forward that everyone will be able to meet the needs of their families. We witness people helping people, and are touched by it. We honor those who have gotten us through and who continue to do so. All of this brings a sense of togetherness and connection.

And now, a completely opposite sense is emerging because of one discriminative action that claimed the life of a man. No one could have done anything to stop it. There are those who have been taught to be this way, as hard as that might be for me to accept. I know that discrimination of any sort has no place in this world. And violent reactions take away the focus from this belief central to humanity. I have been sending out intentions during this week for a collective change of heart and ask that you join me every day. Send love out to all who feel rage and anger and defeat. The power of love is all we must use to quell the hatred, soften the harsh tone of unrest and stop the violence. Ask that people put things into perspective and not see a sea of people but each as an individual. I must believe that the number of those who hate and do wrong is fewer than those who don’t. And that the deep divisions that seem

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Sally Remembers By Sally Imperato

When we first came to Rockaway, my husband called it “a little bit of heaven” as we crossed over the Marine Parkway Bridge. We had found our “dream house.” It was a kind of old-fashioned house: three bedrooms, one and a half baths and a backyard with a huge old tree. My oldest child was six at the time and there were three others behind him. He stretched himself on a low hanging branch of the tree and so began our life as I know it. I loved my parish, the public school was great and I became involved in the community. When the children were young, we went to the beach every day. There were three other families with five children and a summer family of three children with many cousins and friends. We all sat in a circle in our sand chairs at the beach. We talked recipes and knitting. We solved many problems like what to make for dinner and what to wear to

so-and-so’s party, and whether to polish the soles of the white sandals, etc. The guys came on the weekends. There is a phenomenon called optimism of the memory. Maybe that’s what’s happening now. Of the four or five ladies and at least 18 children under the age of nine or 10, I never remember any “issues” between the children or their parents. I am now 88 years old. One of those ladies is 90 and the other two are 85-plus.

Except for now with the Coronavirus as we are on a forced hiatus, we get together weekly and play cards. The following poem was written and given to me on the occasion of my eightieth birthday by one of those women, Joan Coogan. The Girls at the Beach: The years have flown by just where have they gone ask the girls at the beach. How young we were then with kid by the score and life still yet to be lived. Our days were all spent

with the friends that we loved and they were the girls at the beach. As those days flew by under sunny blue skies the talking it never did cease. Gossip and kids and recipes too awaited us down at the beach. We laughed and we cried as older we grew and our children needed us less. But the ocean still called with its siren’s sweet song and those girls became women one day. They had books to be read, sweaters to knit and recipes still to be shared. We lost some that we loved and could never replace but we found solace and caring down there. We went right on living in those halcyon days and strength enough to go on thanks to those wonderful friends at the beach. Sally and Betty, Mary Grace and Claire and me. How lucky we were to have shared all of this as one of the girls at the beach. Only in Rockaway. I wouldn’t live anywhere else. (Sally first wrote for us three years ago at the age of 85 and we’re thrilled she’s still contributing!)

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technologies will calculate your insurance rate based on how, when, how fast and how carefully you drive. Everyone that complains that they are tired of paying premiums for other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lousy driving records will be happy to know that future auto insurance policies will reflect rates based on your driving behavior alone. This may come as a rude epiphany for some when they learn that the razor sharp skills and safe driving style that they believe to possess may only be wishful thinking. Some carriers have already begun to adopt this philosophy. Currently, Progressive and Allstate both utilize a small device that plugs into your carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s data port. Both companies offer varying discounts but basically calculate your insurance cost by using telematics. What is telematics you may ask? It basically Continued on page 29

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INSURANCE Continued from Page 28 means the monitoring and transmission of vehicle data like speed, time, location and braking. Insurers are interested in this data because it provides real time accurate information about how a vehicle is being driven. Some people have expressed apprehension about access to their individual driving habits and more Big Brother monitoring of their lives and I appreciate their concern. The truth is, if you have a cell phone, EZPass, a navigation system, or even a social media account, you are probably spewing more data all over the place anyway. These programs are voluntary and you can actually see the information being shared with your company. For parents, this can be a pretty useful tool to monitor the driving habits of young drivers. The old “I just used the car to go to the library” story will ring hollow when

you present your child with third party proof that they were driving at 80 miles per hour at 4 a.m. Soon, no specialized device will even be necessary as monitoring software can either be downloaded to your phone or directly into your car. This technology already exists but insurers, manufacturers, and regulators have yet to agree on the details. Ok, so your old-fashioned car can verify your driving habits, but what if you ante up for one of the new self-driving cars? If these tech nuggets haven’t set your head spinning yet, then consider this, who should be held responsible for accidents in self driving cars? The driver, who is not really driving, the car manufacturer or the software company that created the artificial intelligence that ran the car? It’s not as simple as it may seem. Here again, the technology has outpaced regulators and insurance companies. Statistics already show

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Lonely Times Dear Enchantress, How do I date now? I feel so awkward when I date in person, and this is crazy. I feel like everyone has gone nuts and I'm getting all these date requests. What do they want from me? I am being very careful and wearing a mask (a cute one) and gloves. How do we date these days? I really want to date, but I can't help it but judge these men.I feel they are so needy and desperate, I suppose I am too, but I feel so much pressure that I now have a million different conversations that are annoying and I feel so bad that they are waiting for me, but I have

so many things to be doing, and now I feel so trapped in these apps. What should I do? Dear Desperate Daisy, I'm so glad you're bringing this up. I see that many people, men and women, are not knowing how to have this new (for now) normal, and to figure out how to connect so loneliness and desperation doesn't take over. So, here is what I'm realizing though my own realizations and clients. I think it can be more interesting or overwhelming and you get to decide. It sounds like you are feeling overwhelmed, and it's real, and you're not alone

So, I'll continue imagining you want to actually enjoy and perhaps meet new men that have the potential to be more in the future. Five things: 1. Choose one app, delete the rest of them. Use photos you love, a clear face picture, an activity photo/full body, and if you don't have photos, take some purposeful ones with good lighting, outside if you can. They should be current and smiling, don't try to "make a face." 2. I would be radically honest with what you are looking for, do not begin to think about what any potential man would want. It's always better to be clear and transparent from the beginning. Use these questions and answer them in a journal first. I tend to see woman writing for approval instead of the truth so often. Question one: What are you most excited or passionate about? Why are you on this app? What are your hopes? What is one silly or goofy thing about you? 3. Scroll fast, swipe someone you like without reading too

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Welcome to another edition of "WrestleTalk." I hope everyone had a Great Week! I have received tons of emails requesting that we talk about All Elite Wrestling (AEW) so let's start with there with the recent Pay-Per-View "Double Or Nothing" coming from The Daily Palace in Jacksonville Florida on May 23, 2020. Best Friends defeated Private Party Brian Cage won the Casino Ladder Match MJF defeated Jungle Boy Cody defeated Lance Archer to capture the TNT Championship Kris Stalander defeated Penelope Ford Dustin Rhodes defeated Shawn Spears Hikaru Shida defeated Nyla Rose to capture the AEW Women's World Champion-

ship Jon Moxley defeated Brodie Lee The Elite defeated the Inner Circle in a wild Stadium Stampede Match Overall, it was an entertaining pay-per-view. The match of the night in my book was MJF versus Jungle Boy. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) continues to impress me with his style of wrestling and storytelling. The match started off well with good character selling, combined with great moves and great back and forth action. The only thing I did not like from this match was when Jungle Boy hit MJF with the Poison Rana on the ring apron. For those who are asking what the heck is a "Poison Rana," the wrestler positions himself on top of his opponent's shoulders and flips backwards causing his opponent to also flip

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backwards and pretty much landing on his head. I felt that at the current level, MJF does not need to take a move like that which at times can be very unsafe. Jungle Boy continues to develop nicely as a performer, and I see big things happening for him in the future. The Main Event was the Stadium Stampede Match which featured the team of The Elite: Kenny Omega, Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson, Adam Page and Matt Hardy vs. the team of The Inner Circle: Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Santana/Ortiz and Sammy Guevara. To say that this match was wild is an understatement. It was filled with tons of action, crazy moves, Adam Page on top of a horse and the always entertaining Matt Hardy changing clothes more than once. The match was fought all over the stadium and at times was a little bit confusing to follow but overall very entertaining. I rate the PPV 4 out of 5 stars. Our first question of the week comes from Brett Ferrentino of Rockaway Park who wants to know "What's my take on AEW?" That's a very good question Brett. AEW definitely offers a different type of wrestling brand compared to other promotions. They are full of different characters of all shapes and sizes and at times take criticism for most of their Wrestling Talent not being the stereotypical 300lb muscle-bound wrestler, which I disagree with. Pro wrestling has evolved throughout the years as an art form and entertainment. Pro wrestlers are athletes. We get up every day and train in and out of the ring. We spend money on our wrestling gear, work on our characters, all in an effort to connect with the fans so they can "suspend disbelief " and be entertained. AEW offers different styles of wrestling to appease the pallet of every wrestling fan. They are also giving Young and

Journeyman Wrestling Talent opportunities to perform on a bigger stage. Giving them another option to get signed to a major wrestling promotion. All Elite Wrestling is an alternative to the WWE and for a while, the WWE did monopolize pro wrestling on a National and Worldwide level, not giving fans many options or alternatives. AEW is definitely competition for the WWE on a national level and it will be interesting to see how things develop as AEW continues to grow. Can AEW be the number one wrestling company in the world? Well, only time will tell. The WWE success has always been its brand power. They are known worldwide but have also been known to be very difficult to work for. Many top Wrestling Independent Talent have been signed by the WWE in the past, but they were either not utilized correctly or left to linger in the WWE. I expect AEW will not follow in the footsteps of the WWE and avoid making the same mistakes with their wrestling talent. Pro wrestling is a very tough business to work in and I expect AEW to make working conditions better for its Wrestling Talent. I see a very good bright future for All Elite Wrestling. In other news it looks like pro wrestling for Local Promotions might be returning to the tri-state area very soon as I see two area wrestling companies will be running shows in New Jersey in June. Also, Regional Wrestling Promotion Briicombination Wrestling has also announced that they are starting to make plans for their return in the area soon. Keep sending those questions into my email: eavil183@yahoo.com and follow me on Facebook @ericjayden on Twitter @followthebadguy and every Monday on A Shot of Wresting Podcast on Podbean and iTunes. Have a Great Weekend and please stay safe.


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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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“Farewell & Thank you” The last 5 years of writing TIe Rockaway Ol' Times Column has been an Honor & Privilege for me to my late Father, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. & The Rockaway Times. A Special Thank You to my Editor, Kevin Boyle & Our Readers !!! It is time for me to moveon to other projects in my life. I will remain as a Contributor, in case I ever come across any cool *ROCK-A-MEMORIES* I wish the RockTimes much success in the coming years!

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Protestors Send Black Lives Matter Message to 100th Precinct By Katie McFadden

On Tuesday, June 2, a small group of protestors gathered across the street from the 100th Precinct to send a message that black lives matter. Roughly 30 people showed up for a peaceful protest that had no clear organizer and was not as well advertised as Far Rockaway’s protest held later that evening. The group consisting of mostly younger people of all different races gathered in front of the Peninsula Library, while officers of the 100th Precinct, including Captain Louron Hall, stood behind barriers across the street and listened. The protestors held signs and yelled out chants on behalf of justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, both killed by police in different parts of the country, and called for police to acknowledge that black lives matter. At one point, a man wearing a Colin Kaerpernick jersey, the former football play-

er known for taking a knee on the field, took a knee directly in front of the officers. The police stood silent throughout the demonstration, but at one point the protest became louder as it was interrupted by a counter-protestor, spurring a heated argument before the counter-protestor eventually walked away. Among the group were young black protestors who spoke about their reason for protesting in front of the 100th Precinct. “We’re out here to protest police brutality and highlight

the issues within Rockaway because there’s a heavy divide on the beach,” Alanna Brown said. “We get a different type of treatment. There’s been many people my age who have had negative experiences with the police and when we need the police,

we feel that they’re not there for us. They don’t protect us.” Fellow protestor Serena Paul reiterated those feelings. “They are part of the problem. They think we’re animals because they have to draw their guns on us, but we’re the civilians with no weapons,” Paul said, adding that she’s hoping for change. “They need to change the system. They need to tear this whole thing down and rebuild it because there’s so much corruption.” Another protestor, Jewel Highland, along with her daughter, said she was there on behalf of her husband and daughter, who are black. “My man has been pulled over seven times in a year. I never get pulled over,” the white woman said. “I’ll protest until black lives matter. I want to see black people treated the same, especially in this neighborhood.” After about an hour, the crowd dispersed as many moved on to the following protest in Far Rockaway.

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