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VOL. 6, NO. 52 - THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020

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Whalemina Makes Waves for Graduation Parade Story and Photos By Katie McFadden

This year’s Coney Island Mermaid Parade may have been canceled but the award-winning Rockaway Mermaid Brigade was hard at work planning something special for those facing their own cancellations—graduates. On Friday, June 12, the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade brought some smiles to the Class of 2020 with a graduation parade featuring none other than Rockaway icon, Whalemina. The Brigade boarded Whalemina, driven by his creator, artist Geoff Rawling, and Jerry Rea’s fire truck for some Rockaway-style pomp and circumstance. The Brigade blasted the graduation tune for all graduates to hear as they drove from Beach 135th Street along Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Newport Avenue and Beach Channel Drive to Far Rockaway, passing local schools along the way. Some grad-

uates lined the streets and others waved from porches as Whalemina, the recreated and now mobile whale sculpture, went by. Due to coronavirus, the Mermaid Parade scheduled for early June was canceled this year, and as many traditional graduation ceremonies have been made virtual this year, Rockaway’s mermaids wanted to bring them a reason to feel special. As for Rockaway’s own nautical parade, Poseidon’s Parade, it’s still “optimistically scheduled” for Saturday, September 26. In the meantime, people can catch of a glimpse of Whalemina in front of the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.

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Tilden and Riis Get Early Visitors By Sean Boyle

In years past, Rockaway beaches, including Riis Park and Fort Tilden, attracted crowds eager to escape summer heat and find relief in the cool ocean. This year, as people emerge from several months of quarantine, the crowds have come early. With no lifeguards on duty, the beaches still remain closed to swimming (although that may not be stopping some people from the occasional dip) but the sand is full. Even with limitations put on a day at the beach, it seems that Fort Tilden and Riis Park have been more packed than ever. Officials at Gateway have not counted visitors since March so crowds can be measured with an eye test only. The Riis Park parking lot, although only allowing cars in half of the lot, regularly fills up on weekends. A Fort Tilden parking lot off Beach 193rd Street, near Silver Gull, fills almost every day.

Back trails at Fort Tilden, again using the eye test, have more bikers, runners, and walkers than ever. With fewer options to enjoy the outdoors because of the pandemic, people from Brooklyn and Rockaway are seeking the relative quiet, fresh ocean air and space offered by Fort Tilden and Riis, at all hours of the day. Although Gateway National Park ranked number four in the top ten of most visited parks last year, Fort Tilden, part of Gateway, is usually quiet now and has its peak come in July and August. This year, unofficially, it seems like Fort Tilden and Riis Park will set a record.

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As police forces across the country face protests and calls to defund departments, some members of the community are letting Rockaway’s local precincts know that they have their back. This week, Rockaway’s NYPD police precincts were shown a little love with acts of kindness from the community. This comes after nationwide protests, and more locally, two incidents in recent weeks in which police vehicles were shot at on the peninsula. Efforts to show support for police have grown across the country with fundraising efforts taking place to provide officers with meals and snacks during shifts. Hold the Line, a group started specifically to show the NYPD some love, has been fundraising and supporting precincts and units across the five boroughs, including the 100th, 101st and Transit District 23. The owners of Elegante Pizza reached out to the organization to take it a step further by delivering the donations and providing pizza and hot meals to all three precincts in the Rockaways, for free. On Friday, June 12, officers from the local precincts received fresh fruit and snacks from Hold the Line and hot food provided by Elegante. The 100th Precinct shared a photo from the effort saying, “Thank you to the Rockaway community for the continued support during these times. Special thank you to Hold the Line and Elegante Pizza for providing a delicious lunch.”

Support efforts continued when on the early morning of Wednesday, June 17, Legends in Valor, the local organization that helps make the wounded warriors weekend possible each year, decided to show the 100th Precinct some appreciation. During the morning shift change, five men, mostly former police officers, brought all of the officers coming off the overnight shift and the officers starting their morning shift, a sign of support, bagels and spreads, donuts and coffee. “We set it all up for them and thanked them for their service and wished for them to be safe,” one donor, Flip Mullen, said. “We don’t believe the police are getting the support they deserve, especially in the mainstream media and from politicians, including the empty suit, de Blasio, and the governor. A bad cop is a good cop’s worst enemy. If you paint a group with a broad brush, whether it’s a race, a religion, an occupation, it shows ignorance. We wanted to let our good cops know that we support them. There is a silent majority out there that does support them.” The 100th Precinct shared a photo after the effort saying, “Thank you to Legends in Valor for providing us a great breakfast spread! WE are so lucky to work for such a supportive community!”


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A Ballot Rundown for June 23 Primary Elections By Katie McFadden

It’s time to vote. June 23 is election day for several democratic primaries. Local registered Democrats will be selecting their candidates to run for or represent several positions including Congress for District 5, Queens Borough President, Female District Leader for District 23 Part B, Queens County Civil Court Judge and even President, and those living in District 31 will have a choice in the Assembly race. Here’s a rundown of what you might see on the ballot. It’s New York’s turn to select their Democrat challenger for President of the United States, but with all other candidates out of the race, former Vice President Joe Biden has been selected as the Democrat nominee, though you will see other names on the ballot. In the Congressional Race for District 5, a two-year term position overseeing much of southern Queens, including the Rockaways, longtime congressman since 1998, Gregory Meeks, is up against a democratic primary challenge for the first time in many years. Meeks’ challenger, Shaniyat Chowdhury, the child of Bangladeshi immigrants, is a longtime Queens resident and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years. A graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Chowdhury has some experience in the world of politics as a former legislative aide to Assemblywoman Latrice Walker and a staffer on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional campaign. To read more about both candidates, see their editorials on Page 15. Due to coronavirus, the March 24 special election for Queens Borough President, to replace Melinda Katz who went on to be Queens District Attorney, was canceled. Instead, a primary vote will take place on June 23 and in a heavily Democratic borough,

the Democratic primary winner has a high chance of becoming the next Queens Borough President. Vying for this seat are Costa Constantinides, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Anthony Miranda, Donovan J. Richards Jr. and Dao Yin. Queens Borough president is a four-year term, two-term limit position that overseas land-use issues, advocates for the borough in the city budget process and appoints community board positions. This election is mostly a battle between current and former city council members including Councilman Constantinedes representing his hometown’s District 22 in Astoria since 2014, Councilman Richards of Laurelton, who has represented Far Rockaway’s District 31 since 2013, and former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley who represented the 30th district of Glendale and Maspeth from 2009 to 2017. Anthony Miranda and Dao Yin are not politicians but are strong community activists. Miranda, of Fresh Meadows, is chairman of the National Latino Officers Association and a retired NYPD sergeant. Dao, of Bayside, is a former corporate controller and former executive general manager of a robotics company. Hoping to claim the spot left open by Michele Titus, there are many candidates on the ballot for Assembly District 31, which covers South Ozone Park and Springfield Gardens to much of Far Rockaway to Arverne. Assemblymembers have a say in state legislative and budget issues. This position has a two-year term and is not term limited. Residents of that district will have a choice for their democratic nominee including, Lisa George, Khaleel Anderson, Shea Uzoigwe, Tavia Blakley, Richard David and Derrick DeFlorimonte. Some may know Lisa George as Rockaway’s Zumba queen, but more importantly, she’s a strong community activist as president of The Heart of Rockaway

(THOR) civic association and a longtime a constituent liaison and supervisor of State Senator James Sanders' office. Khaleel Anderson, a Far Rockaway resident at 24 years old, would be the youngest assembly candidate if elected. Anderson has spent much of his youth as a community activist and serves on Community Board 14. Richard David of South Ozone Park is a Democratic District Leader for District 31. Uzoigwe, a South Ozone Park resident, is a first-generation American born to immigrants from Nigeria. He has worked for State Sen. James Sanders and participated in several local campaigns. Tavia Blakley is a former staffer in Titus’ office, Derrick DeFlorimonte, is a Community Board 13 member and U.S. Army soldier; and Varinder Singh is a real estate consultant and construction manager. The race for Democratic District Leader is a unique position where there is a male and female representative. Lew Simon holds the male seat of this unpaid volunteer elected position. With the passing of longtime district leader Geraldine Chapey in February, the position is now open to represent District 23, covering Howard Beach, Ozone Park to the western end of the Rockaway peninsula. Local residents Jeanette M. Garramone and Torey Schnupp are battling it out for the spot. Garramone has a long history of activism in Rockaway and has received the endorsements of other elected officials such as Sen. Joe Addabbo and Lew Simon. Schnupp has been a strong leader in the fight against the Beach 101st

shelter and the city’s handling of the homeless crisis as part of Rockaway Solutions Not Shelters. She has the endorsements of other community activists such as Rockaway’s John Cori and Ozone Park’s Sam Esposito. Judge of the Civil Court is between Jessica Earle-Gargan and John J. Ciafone. Bayside resident, Earle-Gargan, is a former Assistant District Attorney who specialized in prosecuting domestic violence crimes. Astoria resident, Ciafone, is a trial attorney who has worked as a hearing officer for the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and as a small claims court arbitrator. There are several ways for Democrats to vote in these primaries. Early voting began on June 13 at the Rockaway YMCA on Beach 73nd Street and will continue daily until June 21. Polls are open daily, at various times during the week or from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. For those mailing in ballots, the deadline to request an absentee ballot was June 16 and absentee ballots must be postmarked by June 23. Election Day is Tuesday, June 23. Head to your designated polling place to cast your ballots if you did not utilize one of the other options. Many of these elected candidates will go on to vie for a win in the general election on November 3. For more information on who will be on your ballot or your local polling site, head to http://whosontheballot.org/ and make sure to do independent research on each candidate to make an informed decision when heading to the polls.

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***** Happy Father’s Day! Sunday is the day we take time to honor dads, with us or gone. Here’s to all the dads who’ve done their best. The Rockaway Times is pleased to present photos we received from readers (we requested them last week and on Facebook and all we can do is ask!). ***** The Primary is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23. Shaniyat Chowdhury (D) is challenging Rep. Gregory Meeks who hasn’t had a primary challenge in forever. Both men have written pieces for this week’s Rockaway Times. The race for Queens Borough President has several running with the most notable being Donovan Richards, Elizabeth Crowley, and Costa Constantinides (D). This is technically a primary for Democratic Presidential

contenders as well. Other than Joe Biden, candidates have withdrawn but their names may appear on this state's ballot. ***** Bleachers have been put in the St. Francis schoolyard and some might assume that means the Summer Classic is gearing up. Not yet. Basketball is a Phase 4 activity. Bugsy Goldberg will keep us informed. As we were going to press, Governor Cuomo said Phase 2 should kick in Monday, June 22. Hair cuts and coloring will no longer be done on the black market. Outdoor dining can be done at actual restaurants! ***** A fellow named Heshy Tischler and others (including elected officials Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and Councilman Kalman Yeger) took out bolt cutters and opened playgrounds in Midwood, Boro Park, and Williamsburg for kids to enjoy. The Mayor was not pleased. We’ll see if this civil disobedience spreads. ***** We did hear a good line from a local. He said he’s having a party

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in July and if the cops come, he’s going to say it’s not a party, it’s a protest. ***** The annual Rockaway Times Summer Guide will be published Thursday, July 2. A lot of things are up in the air but summer ain’t the summer without this tradition. If you’re a last minute advertiser, hurry and contact Mary at 718-634-3030 or by email: Mary@Rockawaytimes.com. Our new sales guy, Rick Horan, seems to have the magic touch. He’s getting ads from all over. ***** Lola Star Rockaway has closed after five years. The store on Beach 116th Street brought a bit of magic to the block but being closed during the pandemic and pressure to pay rent left Lola with no choice. We wish her the best as she takes her entrepreneurial spirit online at LolaStar.com ***** Across the street, Georgina’s Bakery, which just opened last year, has also closed permanently due to coronavirus im-

pacting business. The Italian bakery offered cakes and pastries as sweet at the owners. We wish them the best. ***** Black Surfing Rockaway is organizing a paddle out to support Black Lives Matter this Saturday, June 20 at 9 a.m. at Beach 109th Street. Hundreds showed for a previous paddle out. ***** The Heart of Rockaway Civic (THOR) is none too pleased with the YMCA. Residents are complaining about grass that hasn’t been cut and standing water that attracts mosquitoes. The Community Board is now on the case, according to Edwin Williams of THOR. ***** Like many others, The Rockaway Artists Alliance is in limbo. No summer camps, no classes, no exhibitions. The group, however, is in partnership with JBRPC and The Rockaway Hotel, and Ft. Tilden will be one of the sites for the Nancy Baker Cahill exhibit that opens on July 4. It's a virtual exhibit. Stay tuned for more info.

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through it.� Sean Heeran of the Harbor Light expressed some frustration, “Unfortunately, our city officials do not understand how much the local restaurants are hurting. The Governor understands a little better. We are opening so we can survive. Our outdoor area will be open Monday, June 22 for lunch. Happy summer!� Billy Heeran added, “We are just happy people will be able to enjoy our porch for a drink and say hello to friends they haven’t seen in a long time.� You won’t just have your favorite restaurant to visit, you’ll be able to get your hair cut or colored as hair salons and barbershops can open with 50 percent capacity. Most offices will be allowed to open and real estate showings can start once again. Summer starts June 21. But maybe it’s really June 22.

JUNE 22 JUNE 18 1815 - Napoleon was defeated at the James Brian Boyle was born. Battle of Waterloo by British, Ger- Anne Chiavetta was born. man, and Dutch forces. 1983 - Sally Ride became the first 1944 - President Franklin D. RooAmerican woman in space. sevelt signed the G.I. Bill of Rights. 2011 - Legendary Boston crime JUNE 19 boss, James "Whitey" Bulger is Tom Long was born. found and arrested by federal auTom Kushner was born. thorities in Santa Monica, Calif Rockaway Rod was born. 1964 - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 JUNE 23 was approved. 1977 - Pope Paul VI proclaimed Nolan Harrison Hopkins was born. John Neumann, the first male saint Janet O’Hare was born. Nicholas Andrew Rowe was born. from the United States. Janice Sorgente was born. JUNE 20 1992 - Mobster John Gotti was senBen Carlos Thypin was born. tenced to life in prison. Kevin Cregan was born. 1967 - Muhammad Ali was convicted of violating Selective Service JUNE 24 1948 - The Soviet Union began a laws by refusing to be drafted. blockade of Berlin. Allied forces responded with what would be known JUNE 21 1982 - John Hinckley was found as the Berlin Airlift flying in more not guilty by reason of insanity for than 2 million tons of supplies over the attempted murder of President the next year. 1997 - The U.S. Air Force released Ronald Reagan. 1989 - The U.S. Supreme Court de- The Roswell Report, closing the cided that burning the U.S. flag was case on the 1947 Roswell, N.M. inprotected under the First Amend- cident concerning UFOs and alien bodies. ment.

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Community Board 14 June Meeting Recap By Marina Cregan

On Tuesday, June 16, Community Board 14 (CB14) held its second virtual meeting since the pandemic began. Due to time restrictions and an agenda set with four presentations, Chairperson Dolores Orr, made sure the meeting began on time. Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz was the evening’s first speaker and began by applauding those that have been protesting for the Black Lives Matter movement. She reiterated multiple times that protesting is protected under our First Amendment right as Americans, and we are all working toward a better future that protects all people regardless of race, religion, etc. Katz then moved on to say that since the pandemic and national issues, the Queens DA office has formed a Conviction Integrity Unit, and they have hired someone from the Innocent Project to look at past convictions. They also established

Queens community boards for next year. She expressed how remarkable it is to see so many community members wish to be more involved. Orr then stated that due to not being able to uphold social distancing guidelines, the Dept. of Homeless Services (DHS) has decided to temporarily close the homeless shelter on Beach 101st. Following Orr, Assemblywoman Stacey Pfeffer Amato provided updates from her last visit to Albany with Senator Joe Addabbo, Jr. She happily reported that the Jamaica Bay Bill was passed, which helps keep Jamaica Bay as clean as it’s been. Cuomo must now respond. They were able to pass eight bills regarding law enforcement reform. NY State Police will now all have body cameras following the NYPD’s lead, and the Eric Garner Chokehold Bill, which will prohibit police from using a chokehold. Amato proudly stated that she supports all of these bills. Amato concluded by address-

a Hate Crime Bureau. She then addressed that as shootings have clearly gone up due to national issues, they have formed a Violence Criminal Enterprise, aimed to go after gun traffickers and gangs. After providing a brief background of what her office has done to help protect Queens residents, Katz briefly spoke about upcoming projects. She stated that all bail laws will be changing. “Folks that have been rearrested so many times actually need help...some kind of services to get them through,” she said. Katz assured CB14 that her whole office is working anxiously to get rid of cash bail, because she believes that if we figure out why these people are being arrested so many times, then there must be something we can do to help them. After Katz’ presentation, Orr continued the meeting with a short report. She stated that including the existing members on CB14 Board, nearly 600 people applied to be on

ing DHS’s decision to move 200 female homeless residents into two Far Rockaway hotels due to the spread of COVID-19. “I have no judgement for people who have never had a home or are in a homeless shelter. But to put people in a place where we have one of the highest death rates of COVID-19 just doesn’t make sense. There are other places that are better fit for this. I have legislation that does not allow people to go back to warehouse conditions, because if we believe COVID-19 will come back in the fall, the folks that live here have rights and should be allowed to be given the most distance.” After the elected officials spoke, Miss Joseph spoke on behalf of Queens Defenders. She stated that with the support of Melinda Katz, Queens Defenders wishes to open the Rockaway Community Justice Center on Mott Ave. As of now, this community court currently has no Continued on page 13

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COMMUNITY BOARD 14 JUNE Continued from Page 12 funding and they will be doing this all on their own. This community court will try to intervene in the lives of young people in Far Rockaway, in the hopes to prevent them from going into the criminal justice system. Rather than punish these young people, Joseph said, “They will be able to make amends to the community to whatever offense they committed by providing them with an internship.” Instead of going to court for a desk appearance ticket, these young people will appear in front of this new community court, which has partnered with some local businesses, that will allow them to help at these businesses for two or three days. Then these people will have the opportunity to be put on the right track for their future. The members on the community court are all volunteers, which will be trained by representatives from Queens Defenders. For anyone that wishes to apply, you may

THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020 call (833)-266-6278. They are currently working on creating an online application form for the future. Overwhelmingly, CB14 agreed with this community court, and one board member suggested that if internships go well, maybe the reallocation of funds from the NYPD can help transition some of these internships into paid internships. Elizabeth Masella, from NYC Parks and Recreation’s Temporary Art Installation, spoke next about the temporary installation of a large sculpture, Mother Earth by Kris Perry, here in the Rockaways. Masella stated they have not found a set location yet, but they have a few places in mind along Shore Front Pkwy. If social distancing permits, Masella said she hopes they will be able to look at all the possible locations’ infrastructure in August, to see which location can support the large sculpture. CB14 welcomed this idea with open arms, and eagerly suggested many different spots along Shore Front where the sculpture could possibly go. Masella agreed she will return to CB14

once they visit the sites and decide a final list of possible locations. The last presentation was brought by representatives from JFK Airport Redevelopment. Although their community outreach office in Far Rockaway has been closed since March, they continue to work with the community virtually and have held 33 webinar events, including monthly certification workshops, where people who wish to work in the Port Authority are provided all necessary resources. If anyone wishes to learn more about these upcoming events, visit www.anewjfk.com, or call (718)-244-3824. Last on the agenda was the Committee Report from Health and Social Services, which was presented by CB14 members, Felicia Johnson and Sonia Moise. They provided an update on the Edgemere COVID-19 testing site, located between Beach 39th and Beach 40th on Rockaway Beach Blvd. Operation began on June 4, and although Councilman Donovan Richards had requested for a testing site to be

Page 13 put in Rockaway anywhere between Beach 32-60th Street, he claims he stated that it not be in a residential area. However, the testing site is located directly in the middle of a residential area, disrupting many residents at all hours of the day/night. Initially, the testing site was just supposed to be a few tents, deeming it temporary. However, community members are concerned just how temporary this site is now, because there are 28 trailers on the site to assist with testing. Johnson and Moise repeatedly expressed their frustration with NYC Health & Hospitals and DC 37 Union members, due to their complete lack of knowledge regarding this testing site. “Our community is not thriving, we’re barely surviving,” Moise said. District Manager Jon Gaska concluded the meeting by promising to make a list of all the concerns expressed, and he’ll formulate a letter starting from the Mayor on down to try and keep this community safe, and not further the spread of COVID-19.

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JEANETTE GARRAMONE Female Democratic Leader Assembly District 23 Part B

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Jeanette Garramone, Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.

Lew, Jeanette, Lisa George, Assembly District 31 Candidate, and Monica Jones, Board Member, GGRDC

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Eddy Pastore, Community Board 14 member, Jeanette Garramone

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Primary Vote: June 23 MEEKS ASKS FOR YOUR VOTE

2020 is a historic year for America, and not just because of the devastation caused by COVID-19, not only because of the sweeping momentum behind the Black Lives Matter movement, but also because we have perhaps the most important election in our nation’s history. People will have the ability to elect capable leaders able to make sure our nation is not left vulnerable to epidemics, who can work with others to pass flagship legislation like reforming our law enforcement, and bring back our economy in a way that is more equitable and just for every-

day Americans of every color. There is no question that coronavirus has highlighted the inequalities that have existed long before this pandemic, showing what many of us have been fighting to address for years. Communities like ours have had an uneven playing field when it comes to access to banking services, which is why I successfully worked to make sure PPP loans that saved local businesses were accessible through Minority Depository Institutions and Community Development Financial Institutions, which have relationships with our small businesses. It is communities like ours that bore the brunt of the 2008 financial crisis. Immediately after the 2008 crisis, I became a senior drafter of the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform Act and worked to create stronger oversight and agency frameworks to protect homeowners and American families from a future crisis. Now, as Chair of the Consumer Protection and

Financial Institutions Subcommittee, I’ve fought to hold the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accountable, and focused on issues of modern-day redlining, discrimination, and access to banking. My office conducted and published research showing that minority communities have as much as seven times fewer bank branches than their non-minority counterparts, even when accounting for income. I held the first ever Subcommittee field hearing in Jamaica, bringing Members of Congress to our district to hear from a panel of experts and advocates on this issue of un-banked and under-banked communities, and find solutions so that our communities are better able to access credit for a car loan or mortgage. Similarly, I’ve also worked to reform the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) - a civil rights era bill meant to invest into low and moderate income communities - so that we build upon the work of that bill,

modernizing it for how banking is conducted today. My commitment has been to create reliable jobs with living wages for residents of our diverse community, and my involvement in the JFK renovation project has created opportunities for local businesses, especially minority and women owned enterprises. I’ve worked hard to fund and reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which was critical to supporting New York businesses and families following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and drafted an amendment that saved the program from Republican attacks. I am running for re-election this Tuesday, June 23rd, so that I may continue having the honor of representing the people of the 5th Congressional District and use my proven leadership and ability to get things done to bring jobs and investment to our community. I hope my continued results have earned your vote.

Primary Vote: June 23 MEEKS CHALLENGER ASKS FOR YOUR VOTE

My name is Shaniyat Chowdhury, Shan for short, and I’m running for Congress in NY 5. Growing up in Queens, my immigrant Bangladeshi parents and I moved several times in search of economic stability, so I attended public schools across New Jersey and Queens. The 2007 recession hit my family hard. My dad was laid off and later suffered from chronic health problems. My mom worked overtime cleaning hotel rooms, but was still unable to pay all of our bills. We lost our home in the foreclosure crisis and moved back to Queens to stay

with family. I worked throughout high school to help my parents stay afloat. It is because of my experiences and what I’ve witnessed in my community that I believe that housing is a human right. As a veteran of the Marine corps, I understand that we are left behind when our service contract expires. It is impossible to strive for success when every day is spent finding a place to sleep. We need a Federal homes guarantee that directs funding to social housing units for those who need it, a Tenant bill of rights establishing universal rent controls, a national right to lease renewal, and universal access to lawyers for low-income renters. We need representatives who protect housing rights, not fill their pockets with real estate donations.

I also stand for a federal jobs guarantee that will give everyone access to a quality job, which provides healthcare and a living wage. This in turn would allow millions to become competitive in the job market and bargain for better benefits, higher pay, and ethical standards. Climate change is a global threat. Rising sea levels, beach erosion, and unusual storm patterns are seriously impacting our district. The Rockaways are still recovering from the devastation of superstorm Sandy, which I experienced firsthand as a first responder. Climate issues are disproportionately impacting black and brown communities, and NY-5 is no exception. I support the Green New Deal, which will create sustainable jobs, ensure clean air and water by replacing

lead pipes and reducing pollution, lower costs of energy by increasing access to affordable wind and solar power, and encourage community resilience by prioritizing hard hit communities while counteracting systemic racism. I oppose the Williams pipeline, which would harm our environment by threatening our health, since the seabed that would be dug contains unsafe levels of toxic substances. Also, uprooting the seabed would displace marine life and devastate local habitats. I stand by doing what is necessary to better our environment. Running for office means enacting change in policies and ideologies because the status quo is failing us. Our community deserves the resources necessary to better our living.

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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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Marching On By Katie McFadden

The movement continues. On Saturday, June 13, the Far Rockaway National Pan-Hellenic Council and Queens Defenders teamed up again to host a second March With Us event against police brutality and racial injustice. On Saturday, more than 300

people joined in the peaceful boardwalk march that began at Beach 62nd Street and continued to Beach 94th Street. The groups were joined by residents and visitors of all races on bike and foot who chanted the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, as well as things like “this is what community looks like,” show-

ing that it was a movement of solidarity. The march was supported by other organizations such as Voices for Black PowHer, Rockaway Revolution, Rockaway Women for Progress, Team Deuces Sports and more. Congressman Gregory Meeks and Queens Borough President Sharon Lee were among elected officials who came to show support and speak to the group. Several people stepped up to the mic to speak about why they were there and to thank all for the support. “We have our young people here in our program here today,” a representative from Queens Defenders said. “It’s one thing to talk to them about the American dream and that you’re supposed to be able to walk down the street and not get shot for doing nothing. You’re not supposed to be murdered because someone accused you of a crime. We try to teach them, but you all today, have taught them the most valuable lesson in life—

that you care, that their dignity matters, that their humanity matters, for that I thank you.” Meeks spoke of the injustices so many people face. “It stops here and it’s you, especially my younger brothers and sisters, who said I’m gonna stand up and I’m gonna make this place called America a better place,” Meeks said. At the end of the march, participants were able to access resources to check their voter

status, register to vote and receive 2020 Census information. “Thank you to our beloved Far Rockaway community,” Far Rockaway NPHC founder Curtis Turney-Rentas said following the march. “We did it again and this doesn’t end here.” For more information about future events, follow FarRockNPHC and Queens Defenders or Instagram. Photos by V. Lens.

FEMALE SHELTER RESIDENTS RELOCATED TO FAR ROCK HOTELS On Tuesday, June 16, the Department of Homeless Services informed local leaders that 200 females are being moved into two Far Rockaway hotels to help prevent the spread of coronavirus among shelter residents. According to Community Board 14, 125 of the women are being moved to the Wingate at 1021 Beach 21st Street and 75 are relocating to the Best Western at 1025 Beach 21st Street. The move is temporary, and no approximate date has been set for their return to shelters as the coronavirus issue continues in New York. DHS has been utilizing hotels to relocate its residents who are often living in dormitory-style shelters, where there is a higher risk for the spread of coronavirus. At the end of May, the male residents of the Beach 101st were moved out and relocated in a hotel in Manhattan for the same reason.

“The use of commercial hotels remains an essential part of our strategies for combatting COVID-19 and protecting the New Yorkers who we serve,” a DHS spokesperson told The Rockaway Times. “This includes our proactive use of hotels to protect some of our most vulnerable clients, such as seniors and single adults who we are relocating from larger shelters to ensure we can implement effective social distancing for those individuals who we are relocating as well as within the shelters from which they are moving.” At this time, there are around 13,000 single residents served by DHS that are living in hotels. DHS says they have had around 1,200 positive cases among people in their system, most of which have recovered. There are fewer than 200 positive cases remaining.

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Praising The Burn Dear Editor: We would like to extend a very special thank you to Shaun Cerrone, owner/trainer of Burns Fitness and to instructor Erin Whalen. Since March when the city shut down and the gym closed, they have gathered members and non-members on the boardwalk at 126th Street to do socially distanced workouts at no charge. We layered up our clothes, brought weights, and mats every day that there was no rain and got it done. Now that the nice weather is here, our yoga instructor, Barry Glaser, has started up yoga classes, as well as local yogis Christine Walker and Ruth Graves. This has kept us all healthy and sane during these last 3+ very trying months and we greatly appreciate it. We look forward to Burn reopening, asap. All you gym rats and yogis alike are welcome and if you need a gym check out Burn! Thanks again, from the 126th Boardwalk Classes! Geri A.

An Endorsement from Lew Dear Editor: I am officially endorsing and calling upon all registered Democrats in the 23 A.D. Part B to cast their vote for Jeanette Marie Garramone for Democratic District Leader (Female). Everyone is allowed to cast their vote by absentee ballot in this election. You may vote early or at your usual polling place on June 23. Jeanette and her family

have lived in the Rockaway community for 14 years. She has been involved in seeking smaller class sizes and better education for all of our children. After hurricane Sandy, she spoke up for resiliency and protection. Jeanette spent many long days and evenings at local events, meeting and rallies passionately pleading for the installation of jetties and a new boardwalk. Jeanette spoke up at meetings to oppose the Williams pipeline. She fought to bring back the Rockaway Ferry and helped to successfully coordinate against the conversion of the Playland Motel to a homeless shelter. She also joined the fight to prevent opening a homeless shelter on Beach 101 Street. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit us, Jeanette has been a Guardian Angel, coordinating volunteers and personally delivering meals to Seniors, Disabled and those in need. She helped to convince the Department of Education to open P.S. 317 on Beach 110th Street for Grab and Go meals. Recently we arranged a food delivery for JASA Senior Center at St. Francis and St. Camillus and The Golden Age Clubs. Jeanette is a community activist not a politician. We work well together which is important for unity in the community and district. However, make no mistake, she is her own person and brings integrity, intelligence and charisma to our local leadership. She listens with compassion to the community needs. She is down to earth and has no arrogance. Assembly District Leader Lew M. Simon

Another Endorsement Dear Editor: I’m writing to ask you to vote for Jeanette M. Garramone. She is on the ballot for Democratic District Leader 23rd AD Part B. District Leaders official duties include electing the Chair of the county party, appoint-

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ing election workers at local polls sites, selecting the Democratic nominees for vacant Civil Court judgeships, and working with Assemblymembers in organizing political activities in their districts (voter registration drives, community engagement, etc). District Leaders are unpaid, volunteer, party officials that are elected by voters from within the Assembly District in the Democratic Primary. Each term of office is two years and there are no term limits. Jeanette M. Garramone has shown true leadership in organizing and enlisting volunteers to help support our seniors and disabled by delivering food throughout our peninsula, Broad Channel, Howard Beach and Ozone Park. Please cast your vote for Jeanette M Garramone on June 23, or if you choose to do so by mail in Ballot. Sharon Feldman

St. Rose Slight Dear Editor: I really feel the need to address the article about St. Rose (RT 6-11 issue). A lot of the facts in it are wrong and paint a negative picture of the school. Yes, the 8th grade class of St. Rose did not receive sweatshirts BUT there was a plan in motion to have customized t-shirts designed by a Rockaway local resident, whose child attends St. Rose, to be given to each graduating 8th grader. Unfortunately, they were not delivered in time for the graduating class to receive when they had their car parade on May 28. The t-shirts were handed out the same day that the 8th grade class received their graduation hoodies. The t-shirts were donated by the designer whose child attends the school! Also, the 8th grade DID NOT receive their diplomas as mentioned in the article, they accepted their diplomas Monday, June 15 after attending their virtual graduation

The Rockaway Times with their principle Mrs. Anderson, who after 25+ years at St. Rose will be retiring. The article paints a negative picture of the school, kind of like the staff didn’t care enough to make the end of the year special by not providing hoodies. Meanwhile, the t-shirts that were given are personalized, the image of the school that was drawn is just AMAZING! Most of, if not all of the graduating class that attend the school are locals and can appreciate the hand drawn image of the school that most of them attended since they started pre-k in 2009. I, as a parent, am the biggest cheerleader for this school. Three generations of my family have attended and, am very disappointed by the negative picture that this article painted of the way the staff handled this year’s graduating classes traditions. A great column would def be an interview with Mrs. Anderson. She was an amazing principle of a local school that had to deal with 9/11, Flight 587 crash, Hurricane Sandy, and the quarantine of 2020. Please do an article on her and her accomplishments. She took over St. Rose a year after I graduated. She turned the school completely around! Whoever takes her place def has HUGE shoes to fill. St. Rose Parent (Editor’s note: we’ve been in contact with Theresa Anderson to express our regrets about the errors and oversight in the story that was intended to be heartfelt and “feel good.” We hope to do a story about the good work done by the long-time principal soon). Thanks Dear Editor: Thank for your Boyleing Points and Be Well Be Happy columns last week. These are very troubling times and it’s always worth remembering that “do unto others” and walk in someone else’s shoes are good rules to live by. I hope and pray for all people to come together. Susan M.


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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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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) â&#x20AC;˘ 11:00am (English) â&#x20AC;˘ 12:30pm (Polish). Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration every day at 3pm.

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10316 Rockaway Beach Blvd, 11694 Beautiful and Spacious 2 Bedroom Condo unit is approx 1100 sq. ft. The unit has a total of 5 rooms, living room, dining room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen and two full bathrooms. There is also a garage for parking 1 car that is also for storage. The condo only 2 blocks from the boardwalk and beach. The Ferry is about 3 blocks away, the S and A trains are two blocks way. The busses that run right in front of the units are the Q53 and Q22. The condo was built in 2007 and is owner occupied. All of the appliances have been replaced with stainless steel. There is a new hot water tank, washer and dryer in the unit. You can have breakfast or lunch on your terrace and enjoy the sunshine or sunset. The HOA is only $416 a month. Call today for a showing and ask for the listinci Broker.

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P 718.945.2411 Susan Lavin • Kate Patterson • Peggy Moore • Ciji Stewart • Bronagh Rayder

IF YOU ARE PLANING TO SELL YOUR HOME, 1 OR 2 FAMILY, WE HAVE PREAPPROVED BUYERS WAITING TO PURCHASE. WE JUST SOLD THIS POCKET LISTING (SEE BELOW) WITHOUT ADVERTISING SINCE BUYERS ARE EAGERLY WAITING. SO, GIVE US A CALL.

JUST SOLD  POCKET LISTING SOLD ON FIRST SHOWING Amazing split level Brick 2 family home 60x100 Over 4000sqft Built in pool, 5 extra large beds 4baths, spacious living. Rental Large 3 bed, walk-in apartment with private entrance

LAND FOR SALE Neponsit Beach Block 80x100, Land for Sale Beach 142nd St. $1.9M Approved plans Call Susan 347 260 3891 Belle Harbor Oceanfront Land 72 x100 Asking $2.1M Call Susan 347 260 3891

RENTAL BEACH BLOCK 120”s 3 Bedroom, 2 bath, parking for summer, pay all utilities.Call Susan 347 260 3891 .... $2300 B. 120’s DIRECT OCEAN VIEWS, furnished one bedroom, large living room and dining area, hardwood floors, pay electric, no parking ............................................................... $1685 COMING SOON! Rockaway Beach, Oceanfront, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, terrace, newly renovated, new appliances, painted, floors redone, storage space extra $100, pay all utilities ............................................................... $2400 COMING SOON BH 130’S July 1st, brand new kitchen, 3 bedroom, 2 baths, fireplace, use of yard, washer/dryer, no pets, parking, pay all utilities. Call Susan 347 260 3891 .................................. $3200 COMING SOON! B. 120’S Newly renovated, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, Pets welcome, two parking spots, all utilities included. Calll Susan 347 260 3891 ................................. $2800

SUMMER RENTALS Arverne By The Sea 3 bedroom, 2 bath no dogs, July and August available, $5000 each month. Call Susan 347 260 3891 Enjoy the summer months at beautiful Rockaway Beach in your own private bungalow on a beach block. Fully furnished with one bedroom and loft space. Living room, kitchen one bath. All utilities included. $7,500. CALL KATE 917-680-8051

CONDO NEW EXCLUSIVE BEACH BLOCK Two bedroom, 2 bath, newly renovated, patio area. $489,000 Call Susan 347 260 3891

COOP STUDIO, New Exclusive, Beach Block, newly renovated, hardwood floors, low maint. $506, Pet friendly building. Call Susan 347 260 3891 .... $152,000

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Sean Fitzgerald Lic. Broker/Principal Direct 917-860-6701 Office 718-318-5030 CoastalFitz@gmail.com

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B R O O K LY N M E M B E R

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Lic. Broker-Owner: Lisa Jackson Lic. Associate Brokers: Barbara Ferguson • Nia Casilla Lic. RE Agents: Ariana David • Colleen Brady • Tanya Bass • Joseph Magiera • Zachary Plattner

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Neponsit Water View Home Gorgeous 4 plus BR home built in 2004 and has over 4,800 sq ft of living space. Gourmet kitchen with huge center island, den, playroom, the backyard is paradise. $2,650,000

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Brand New To Market Sprawling 95'x100' corner lot drenched in sunlight. Attractive 4 BR's, 3.5 baths, massive parking, HW floors, central air. Excellent condition. $1,850,000

Beach Block Sunsets and Ocean Views! Beautiful 4BR, 3 bath home offers ambiance and an enviable lifestyle. Situated just 4 home from the oceanfront, this home is a great buy! $1,395,000

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Impressive Center Hall Beautiful 3 BR, 3.5 bath, inviting family room w/ fireplace, exposed brick, H/W floors, charming coffered ceiling and built in cabinetry. 4 car private parking. $1,100,000

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1 Block to Beach 60'x100' Drenched daily with sunshine, 3BR, 2.5 bath home will give you many years of enjoyment, happiness, and memories to last a lifetime. Backyard is ideal for summer fun. $1,175,000

NEW TO MARKET Bright 2 family, open LR/DR room with fireplace, HW floors throughout and spacious kitchen. A few steps up, you will find 3 generously sized BR's and 1.5 baths. 2BR rental and parking for 6 cars. $989,000

Legal Two Family In a quiet enclave of the Breakers, refreshing salt air, grassy sand dunes, this contemporary home has 5 BR's, 3.5 baths rooftop ocean view deck and tax abated till 2028! $990,000

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Immaculate 2 Family Owners has a master suite, granite kitchen and granite master bath. Spacious 2BR rental with den and large terrace over seeing ocean and city views. $919,000

Multi Family Fixer Upper With over 2,500 sq ft of living space this attractive Victorian is perfect for an end user or investor. Low taxes pvt. parking, detached garage and amazing curb appeal. $759,000

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Oceanfront 2 BR Condo Hardwoon floors, granite kitchen island, dining & LR all with great water views! The master BR has an en suite and double closets. Parking spot. $559,000

Best Location! Adorable home w/ 2 full baths, large back deck and very close to parking and the Bay. Come and see this Breezy Point home for yourself. Priced to sell. Call for a private tour. $550,000

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Corner D 50'x100' T ELocation, Location! Loation, P E on a corner lot Situated CC Adrenched in sunlight. Build R F E your 2,500 sq ft home or fully F O renovate this bungalow as is. Won't last! $649,000

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Oceanfront Stunner! Immaculate 2BR on the top floor, with massive upgrades including Hunter Douglas Plantation shutters, quartz counters HW floors, plus direct oceanfront terrace. $540,000

Beach Block Condo Oceanfront BEACH BLOCK Turn-key, 2 BR, Bring your renovation ideas and 2 bath condo is meticulously transform this diamond in the kept. CAC, W/D. Comes with rough into a dreamy beachfront private parking space. Right retreat. This building is pet down the block from the friendly, super and laundry on beach. Close to all! $489,000 site. $325,000 VISIT ROCKAPROP TO VIEW ALL OUR AVAILABLE RENTALS!

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Gorgeous fully furnished walk in 1BR, W/D in the unit, outdoor shower and private outside space. Summer weekend parking inc. $16,000

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Completely Renovated Beautiful 3BR, 2 bath apratment located in a 2 family home just one block to the beach. Two private decks and parking for two cars. $3,900

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Two 1 BR Apts. For Sale Parking available, low common charges include heat, hot water, property taxes, flood and hazard insurance, full time super on site. Starting at $179,000.

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Gorgeous and newly renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Washer and dryer and use of garage. Priced for immediate occupancy. $2,600

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4bd/1.5ba house rental one block off the ocean on 142nd St. Property has wood flooring throughout, upgraded kitchen appliances, custom kitchen cabinetry and granite counter tops. Living room has wood burning fireplace. Central heat and air; full sized washer and dryer. Long private driveway and garage space for storage. Lovely backyard and great deck space. Asking $4,200.

Arverne By The Sea 2bd/1ba---$1,900 includes upgraded appliances, large open floor plan living space with hardwood flooring. Two good sized bedrooms, central heat and air, washer/dryer in unit. Permit parking.

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Ask the DOC

By Peter Galvin, MD

Caustic substances injure tissue by means of a chemical reaction on direct physical contact. The term “corrosive” is often used interchangeably with “caustic,” however, corrosion implies mechanical degradation, which does not always apply to caustics. Caustics are present both at home and at work. Common caustic substances include classic alkalis like ammonium hydroxide, a general cleaner and grease remover, sodium or potassium hydroxide (lye), used as drain cleaner, oven cleaner, grease remover, and hair relaxer, and sodium hypochlorite (bleach), used as a laundry whitening agent and swimming pool chlorinator. Classic acids include acetic acid, used in food pickling and photo developing, hydrochloric acid, used as a toilet

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Caustic Commentary cleaner and mold and mildew remover, oxalic acid, used in metal polish, phosphoric acid, used for rust removal, selenous acid, used for gun bluing, and sulfuric acid, used as a drain opener and in large lead-acid batteries. Other caustic agents include benzalkonium chloride, a surface cleaner and preservative, hydrofluoric acid, a rust and graffiti remover, hydrogen peroxide, a surface, wound, and food cleaner, phenol, a surface disinfectant, and zinc chloride, used in soldering flux. Currently, poison control centers and the CDC advise “up and away” storage of all caustic substances to keep the out of reach of children, but caustic-induced injuries in children remain a serious health concern in the U.S. Nearly 1,000 children with caustic ingestions are hospitalized every year, on average for four days, with direct hospital costs of more than

$22 million. Caustic exposures are divided on the basis of intention. In children, they are usually exploratory and mostly involve small amounts. The unfortunate exceptions are the rare but dramatic alkali ingestions reported as manifestations of child abuse. In contrast, adolescents and adults usually ingest larger amounts in deliberate attempts at selfharm. These intentional ingestions are often much more severe. Clinical effects of caustic ingestions are divided into immediate, delayed, and remote manifestations. Organ systems typically involved are the eyes, skin, airway, and gastrointestinal tract. Following ingestion or contact, pain is often immediate, followed by loss of function. Manifestations of oral ingestion include swelling of the tongue and mouth, drooling, and vomiting. Bleeding can be severe if the injury involves

erosion into a blood vessel. Swelling of the airway causes stridor (a loud wheezing or rasping sound coming from the throat area), respiratory compromise, and voice changes. Perforation of the esophagus, stomach or bowel may occur. Survivors of the acute episode may experience both delayed and remote complications. Eye and skin injuries have cosmetic and functional implications. Esophageal strictures (scarring and narrowing of the esophagus) may develop over time following ingestion, and esophageal cancers may develop decades later. The key to treatment, especially in children, is prevention. Getting dangerous substances out of the reach of curious hands is paramount. For more information on prevention, go to www.upandaway.org Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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RESTORE ENERGY & REJUVENATE The sun in summer - intense, irradiant, long in the day – brings to mind its intense energy without which there would be no life here. Our bodies need energy in order to function, which we obtain through the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. The “vital life force” (or “prana”) is the energy that sustains all life. Sometimes the demanding parts of our lives often zap our energy and we find ourselves out of fuel with still more to do. Or we go through some traumatic event or longer term hardship causing fatigue and low mood.

During this time, I have come back to doing one to a few restorative yoga poses. These completely supported poses, that is, no muscle or an energy exerted, give me clarity of mind and less aches in my body! Staying in one pose or form for 10 minutes or more initiates the “relaxation response” and stimulates the energy centers of the body: chakras and meridians (nadis). Allow yourself time for you. Just 15 minutes to half hour to however long you can, in a private space. You will need a few “props” so you can let all

CONGRATULATIONS GIOVANNA DIEHL MILISIC On Your Graduation from The Belle Harbor School and Academic Scholarships to NYC’s Most Prestigious Catholic High Schools! …Heart of an angel, smart like Einstein Darling Giovanna, you’re one of a kind One of a kind, the kind that we treasure Our love for you darling, words cannot measure So be on your way, you’ve got magic to do There are deeds that need doing By a great kid like you!

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muscular tension/holding go. A sofa or chair cushion or throw pillows and a couple of beach towels or medium blankets. If you have an eye pillow, it’s always nice to place it over your eyes – from the bottom of your forehead, draping down. You can also use a washcloth. If you have an essential oil like lavender, place a few drops in the palms of your hands (rubbing together and inhale) and soles of your feet. Here are two suggestions. Sit on a yoga mat or rug, place the cushion right behind your back. Fold the towels so they are small high squares or use throw pillows. Lie back on the cushion arms out to the side, bring the soles of the feet together so your knees are winged out to either side, place the folded blankets under your thighs for support. Relax. Close your eyes. Focus on the breath – breathing in and breathing out. Stay for as long as you like. You will create space in the breathing cavity of the body and open the heart. Second, lie on the mat or

The Rockaway Times rug in front of a sofa or chair or bed. Move hips towards the bottom of the sofa; raise legs up and rest knees, calves, ankles, feet onto the sofa or chair so your calves resting on the sofa or chair are at a right angle to the floor. You can also bring your legs up the wall: sit very close to the wall with your hip, raise your legs up on the wall. Place a rolled blanket or pillow under your neck. Place arms out to the side. Relax. Focus on the breath. You will reduce fatigue in the legs and rejuvenate the mind. Whatever you do, tune in to how your body feels, what is going on in your mind and how you feel. Then just let it go while you are in the poses. If you cannot stop your mind from thinking on the thoughts that arise, perhaps repeat a phrase to yourself over and over. “I am peace.” May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you be compassionate. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.


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LUCKY TO HAVE THESE DADS Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is this coming Sunday. I was sitting here in all this craziness of the world and was thinking about the fathers who have had such an influence on my life and how lucky I am to have had them as examples of how to live life. My grandfather, William (Bill) Walsh. What a great â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pop.â&#x20AC;? He was so generous and would do anything for his family. We were the luckiest kids when we were

invited to Snug Harbor for dinner with him and my Nan. During high school while attending St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy (which later became Archbishop Molloy), he slept on the couch of his one bedroom apartment he shared with his mother and sister. Not a pullout couch, a couch. When I was a young child visiting my Aunt Mary, who still lived in that apartment, she was so proud to

tell us the stories of my Pop doing homework on his rollout desk, until late at night, that they still had. My grandfather then went to the Korean War and used the G.I. Bill to attend college and became a successful businessman. My father-in-law, John Hanning. Another generous and kind man who would do anything for us. One of the favorite stories we tell is when we would all call to ask him and Mom to babysit. He would often say no. We would hang up the phone and count to five and he would call back and tell us, of course! Not to make the children upset, but I think he loved the grandchildren more than his own kids! This man worked so hard to provide for his family and he gave that drive to all four children and I am so lucky to be married to someone who learned from the best. My dad, John Lydon. How am I so lucky to have so many kind and generous men in my life? (I tell my students to vary

Page 27 word choice but I am having trouble!). My dad became a single dad at 42 years of age and took such great care of us. He was such a dedicated father, he drove my sister Christine to Stella Maris each day. PS: we lived on Beach 117th Street! (A whole five blocks away!) Seriously, as an adult with children I admire how he did it alone. I am also so fortunate to have him here with us after he just celebrated his 74th birthday. Happy Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Keep making us laugh, Dad. All three of these men illustrated to my family and me that if you work hard, you can overcome obstacles. Happy Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day to all of the dads out there especially my husband and my friends who are dads. I am so proud of all of my friends and what great dads they have become. I enjoy watching you all with your children. Also, we remember all of the dads we lost over the years and especially during this year and think of their families today.

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up on him. We never had a final conversation. He made it so unbearable that I had to break up with him. I'm more of a mess than I'd like to admit, but you seem so understanding and kind, so I'm finally reaching out for help. How can I move on with my life? And also have completion so I don't waste any more time?

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Bonkers Over the Ex Dear Enchantress, I’ve got a problem. I can't let go of my ex. I feel like I never got completion and I know it's not good if I reach out to him, but I'm kind of obsessed about him hearing what I finally have to say! I was in a relationship with him for five years and, if I were really honest, the last couple of years were hard, we fought a lot, but I felt like that's what people do, and then they get married and have kids and

live life, like fighting is how people are comfortable with each other. Everyone thought we were getting married. It's been two years since we broke up. For the following year, people who I knew and even people I wasn't close with, would tell me we will get back together, don't worry. Well, he is engaged to someone else. I look at their Facebook photos constantly. I'm so mad and hurt and embarrassed that I'm still hung

Dear Betty Bonkers, I commend you for reaching out for help. I wish to help you declare that this outreach and you sharing the dark secrets of still "holding space" in your mind for your past/ex boyfriend stops now with sharing the troubles you have with letting go. There will be no conversation with him that will give you as much completion as this moment right here, right now. Here is your declaration, use these exact words; "I declare from this moment on, I am free from any past hurt, any past hope and any misunderstandings that had an-

The Rockaway Times ything to do with _EX_, and I also release any resistance that may show up that blocks this declaration. I am free, I am free, I am free, and so it is, thank you, thank you, thank you." This is a powerful statement, and you can write it on a note and tape it to your mirror, inside your refrigerator, put the writing in your wallet and your car. Anywhere you need to see it. Read it before bed and when you wake up. To affirm your freedom from this past mind, body and spirit, you must work to rid your mind, body and spirit of old tapes, or old thoughts. For bonus points for yourself, you can shake it out and move your body as you read this declaration. And you do not have to share that you are doing this with anyone else. Keep it to yourself until you actually believe you are free. For more information on Enchantress Shane, or to ask a question email her at support@enchantedembodiment. com

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One Sheet at a Time By Lou Pastina

There has been so much happening over the last months that it’s hard to piece it all together. The world’s health was at a precipice; the country’s moral compass was not heading true north. Those things will hopefully be worked out, they have to if we are all to live together with each other. My thoughts run to the more mundane today, and perhaps this thought has occurred to you, too, during the quarantine. Allow me to set the stage.

One of the mysteries of the pandemic has been the unexplained shortage of toilet paper. Many have offered possible answers including breakdowns of the supply chain; a mix-match of commercial vs retail customer needs; and, a conspiracy that hoarders had stockpiled all the remaining sheets of usable toilet paper. I don’t think the mystery has been solved yet, but at least the toilet paper seems to be flowing again, no pun intended. But while the shortage was in full effect, you had to make do with

whatever toilet paper you could find. Some of the stuff was industrial grade material that literally felt like you were sandpapering your rear. As the supplies began to come back on-line, some brands made it to the shelves faster than others. Personally, our family has been a Scotts brand family. I don’t know why, don’t know when it all started, and don’t know if it was tied to a marketing brain-washing gimmick, but whatever it was, we bought only Scotts. I do remember thinking that the single-ply rolls seemed to have many more sheets than any other brand, and I felt like we got more for our money. I also had an aversion to the television commercials for Charmin. I mean a blue bear cartoon family talking about wiping their butts just didn’t seem right to me, especially the tagline, “my hiney's clean.” I don’t know, it just increased my loyalty to Scotts. But, not that butt, Scotts was late to store shelves and I was forced to buy Charmin. And the rolls felt thinner with less sheets than Scotts and I felt like this was

The Rockaway Times going to be better than sandpaper stuff but not nearly as good as Scotts. But as the quarantine wore on, I found that the soft double-ply Charmin held a special place in my, no not heart, but you know where. In addition, I found through investigation that although Scotts boasted many more sheets than Charmin, that due to the single-ply nature, that a usual clean-up took many more sheets than a typical Charmin clean-up. Fascinating stuff, I know! So, now it seems that I have shifted my allegiance from Scotts to Charmin, and I have the pandemic to thank for this illumination. And I believe that given the nature of today’s world, if one can shift their thinking from Scotts to Charmin, that almost anything is possible in terms of how we see the world, and that change is truly possible. I, for one, can’t wait for all this to be behind us, so to speak, and that all this shyte is over with so that we can live in peace and harmony with each other. But I guess we all just have to take it just one sheet at a time.

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FROM THE RDRC ONE PENINSULA Dear Friends, The death of George Floyd, dying, gasping for air as all the world watched, was a powerful and lasting image of the dark, shameful history that many Americans thought we have moved beyond. Regardless of the circumstances that led up to Mr. Floyd’s arrest, I ask you the question, did the punishment fit the crime? Think about it for a moment. In the midst of a global pandemic, people across America are risking their own health and safety by violating any type of safe distancing orders to protest the killing of a Black man so causally by a White police officer…what do we do to get those with narrow vision to see us for who we are, Americans of African ancestry who can also lay claim that we too helped build the United States into the greatest country in the world! Going forward, I can only hope there are many uncomfortable conversations going on around dinner tables across America about ugly history of American slavery and the institutionalization racism for generations because discrimination was never separate but equal under the law. My call to action as President & CEO of Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation is to find those opportunities for discussions on race and what we can do together to overcome biases and opinions that have no basis, just generalizations. My challenge also extends to many Black Americans who can also be just as biased, seeing all Whites through one lens because they have not had the experience of meeting and interacting with persons from different areas of the community who happen to be White, or Brown, Christian or Jewish Americans. Maybe we as adults and leaders let them

down because of our own biases and didn’t see what are now seeing, a movement supported by Americans of all races, genders, religions, ethnicities and economic status united in protest. Last Tuesday, my colleague, Valerie Stevens and I started out on our mission, along with the Rockaway Business Alliance to distribute over 30 cases of face masks (that’s about 300,000 if my math is correct) donated by the City of New York and the NYC Small Business Services to Rockaways and Broad Channel Businesses. We started on the west end of the Rockaways in Rockaway Point and Belle Harbor along Beach 129th Street where we had such a great time interacting with not only businesses, but shoppers and residents thankful to us for thinking about them. You know, it wasn’t about race, it was about people helping people in their time of need. I don’t know whether or not we can complete our mission, but it will not be from a lack of effort, it will be from an over-abundance of care that leads to the first of what will be many conversations going forward as One Rockaways, One Peninsula! Best, Kevin W. Alexander, MPA President & CEO

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LEGAL NOTICES PIEGUY CO. LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/28/20. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 190 Beach 122nd Street, Rockaway Park, NY 11694. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of CLARKSON GLOBAL, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/21/20. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 5830 Grand Ave., Maspeth, NY 11378. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Merkay LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/18/2020. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Merkay LLC, 4314 42ND STREET APT 1R, SUNNYSIDE, NY 11104. Any lawful purpose. Glow By Kay Aesthetics LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 04/16/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 131-01 224th Street, Laurelton Queens, NY 11413. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of MELLUXE LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/04/2020. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to MELLUXE LLC, 243-50 Caney Rd., Rosedale, NY 11422. Any lawful purpose. Notice is hereby given that a license number 1324021 for a beer, wine, Liquor license has been applied for by S. Jablonowski Inc., D/B/A The Village Saloon, to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in a Restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control law at 82-11 Eliot Avenue, Middle Village, New York 11379 for on premises consumption. Black Lagoon 1, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 5/19/2020. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 8419 109th Ave., 14th Fl., Ozone Park, NY 11417. General Purpose. Field Across LLC filed w/ SSNY on 5/12/20. Office: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 25-51 12th St., #1, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: any lawful. REZMAY STRATEGIES LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 05/05/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 136-10 76TH RD., FLUSHING, NY 11367. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Rockfish Sportfishing LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 3/17/2020. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 9280 Holland Ave., Apt. B, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693. General Purpose. Alain LLC filed w/ SSNY on 4/22/20. Office: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 144-07 249th St., Rosedale, NY 11422. Purpose: any lawful. Notice of Formation of OLIVOCO LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/04/2019. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to OLIVOCO LLC, 88-04 63rd Drive #203, Rego Park, NY 11374. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Bayside Orthodontics, PLLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/5/20. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The PLLC, 208-54 Cross Island Pkwy, Bayside, NY 11360. Purpose: practice the profession of orthodontics. R and R 6110 LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 12/24/2019. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Richard Boll, 6112 Flushing Ave., Maspeth, NY 11378. General Purpose. Emaly B Color LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 3/13/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 6030 Madison St, Apt C.5, Ridgewood, NY 11385. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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From the PS/MS 114 Writer’s Club SOMETHING’S MISSING IN THEIR WORLD TODAY Ironically, it’s the things we took for granted that we’ve missed most during the Coronavirus pandemic, where a simple hug seemed as wonderful as a long-anticipated Christmas present. The following PS/ MS 114 students tell us what they missed most. As for me, my fond farewell will answer that question: What I’m missing most is you It’s you kids, your smiles turn gray skies to sunny blue The things you write, the things you say That’s what’s missing in my world today: But there’s a place in my heart where my students go Where memories linger and love seems to grow Where faces bob up like buoys in the sea Eyes full of wonder gazing at me Sweet loving faces with freckles and smiles And, like music your voices echo the while As I recall the days I watched you blossom and grow Into the creative writers and artists I know Writing and drawing together was fun And, now each of you shines like the sun And wherever you go you’ll be the cream of the crop The brightest, the dearest, the top of the top Whatever you do you’ll be the best of the best You’ll outsmart and outreach and outshine the rest So follow your dreams you’ve got magic to do But for now, what I am loving and missing is you! - Joan Diehl, Writing Teacher, PS/MS 114 GIOVANNA DIEHL MILISIC Something is missing in my world today Maybe the faint laughter of children Or the basketballs bouncing till the break of day Could be the mindless adven-

tures I have my family and friends Like midnight trips to the bay to keep me strong Or the way the ocean yearned There’s a world out there and for us we’ll get to it in time As we sat on the sand dunes We will open up and enjoy life and played again I will not miss the mask, the Something’s missing in the gloves or the fear world recently I really hope a vaccine is near Possibly the way we got told In the beginning of this panoff demic For making a hideout inside I was like a snail hiding in its our neighbor’s tree shell The way we wasted our monNow I’m ready to emerge, ey feeling well At stores so frivolously And we must never forget Or the sleepovers without those who have died sleep They will be forever missed Sneaking food so mischie- and tears will be cried vously MARY EASTBY Like rain water down a slimy Stay home stay home stay sewer home they say, All the joy and laughter is So we can stay safe and keep drained the germs away Sadness thickens the air from Most people cannot make smiles, much fewer the most of it, From this disease that has us But in my house, we decided all afraid to toast to it Stealing all our breaths much sooner As the first day appeared Than lab coat-caped heroes everyone cried, expected But not me because I had acLet's hope we find what’s tivities to keep occupied missing in the future the world was all quiet there was no more noise, CAOIBHE MCGARRITY I realized I had time to play Oh coronavirus, you were like with my toys a giant evil cloud that burst Young, old, black, white, rich, This wasn’t bad I knew I poor, you attacked with thirst could thrive, Forcing the world to hunker Especially because I didn’t down and shelter in place have to wake up at 6:45 We scurried like frightened I help my mom cook chicken rabbits, going to their base cutlets and beef bourguignon Our lives upended at a very And I enjoy doing my school work all on my own rapid pace I miss my old life so much I As a family we enjoy watchcould scream I’ve had meltdowns and ing movies together, And riding our bikes when nightmares, not one sweet there is good weather dream Now I have more time to enI miss my school, my friends joy family dinner, and Irish dance And to make slime with a lot I miss recess, sleepovers, the city, but we can’t take a chance of shimmer I miss my routine so much I Coronavirus will not get in could cry Yet, I must be grateful I’m my way, My advice is to seize the day home and dry Those great days ahead—I For home is one place I could can see ’em count on

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But for now everyone, let’s carpe diem! DOMENICA GIAMMONA Empty. Closed. Quarantine. There is no one around And no happiness to be found No grandparents to cheer me up when I’m sad. No friends to play with me to make me glad. I miss my everyday routine, Can’t wait to go out and be seen. I miss school As much as a mother misses her child. I miss having dance competition, Especially that there is no audition. I miss having late night dinners after dance, Really-we need another chance. Homeschool in quarantine, It’s becoming a mess, you know what I mean? SABELLA MILLER I love quarantine. You get to stay home from school. Quarantine is awful. You have to stay home from school. When I am home and can’t see my friends, I feel as blue As a team that lost the championship game. Yes, this is true. Whenever I see my friends faces either on Google Meet or Zoom, For a moment, I forget that we are not in the same room. I can’t hug my grandparents and that makes me really sad, But drive-bys and chats from afar make me really glad. Quarantine can be as boring as staring at a blank wall. Quarantine can be as exciting as the circus when the act was about to fall. There’s a difference there and I want you to see That quarantine is different for people just like you and me. Continued on page 39


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WRITER’S CLUB Continued from Page 38 MARIA FLOR PAULA I miss my friends and teachers at school seeing everyone was so cool Now I'm stuck inside all day I miss sunshine in which I played I miss the beach I miss the trips I even miss the wind that whips I can't wait for all this to be over Because then those misses Will be giving goodbye kisses I’ll play in the sunshine I'll see my friends I'll learn with my teachers I'll go on trips I'll feel the whip of wind Soon everything will be normal again NICOLE ARGIRO I was faced with the challenge of putting into words all that I miss during this pandemic. Oddly enough, they are not things one might think. No, they

THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020 are not places or objects, nor material possessions. They are feelings and comforts that I miss the most. I spend my days with my family and I am so grateful for that opportunity. But unfortunately, my whole family does not live with me. I have grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who I miss dearly. I am used to seeing my extended family regularly; they are all a part of my daily life. Having those hugs, in person heart-to-hearts, and snuggle sessions mean the world to me, and without them, I feel empty. I anxiously await the day I hear my aunts say, “Come give me a hug,” because then I will truly know that this pandemic is all over. I miss the touch of my family members more than an iced caramel latte, and that’s saying a lot! I also miss my home away from home—my school. My earliest memories are of walking through the halls of P.S.114. The walls speak of each friendship I have made and each laugh we’ve shared. Never once was walking into school a chore. It was always a place where I was met with smiling faces, positive

attitudes and challenges I was excited to meet. This year in particular was supposed to be the best yet. I will not be returning to P.S.114 as a student next year. That being so, I had decided to make the most of the rest of my time there. I wanted to spend extra time with friends, study hard, and partake in the school band. I wanted to create memories that I could take with me into junior high school, that would last me a lifetime. All of those opportunities were taken from me. I often wonder why this all

Page 39 had to happen, but at the same time, I have really come to appreciate what I do have. I realize that without this pandemic, I may never have had this much time to spend with my family. I guess what I am trying to say is that my life has really changed, and I really hope the day comes soon where everything goes back to normal. I never thought I’d miss hearing, “Nicole, it’s time to wake up for school,” but I do. I will never take for granted the love of my family though, and how they got me through this very difficult time.

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Protections for Jamaica Bay Await Cuomo’s Decision The fate of Jamaica Bay is on Governor Cuomo’s desk. As the 2020 session in Albany picked back up, New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato were able to once again pass bill S.7295/A.9595 through the Senate and Assembly, looking to further protect the waters of Jamaica Bay, after Governor Cuomo vetoed a similar bill last year. 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. The bill also seeks to improve the standards evaluating the condition of the bay. “The bay has seen a resurgence in marine life since laws were enacted to protect the waters from unfit dredging materials and other contaminants, and is healthier than it has been

Jamaica Bay. Photo by Katie McFadden.

in decades,” Addabbo said. “The delicate and unique ecology of the Bay demands that we implement permanent protections to safeguard against any actions that may result in a loss of wildlife, compromised water quality, or other negative consequences.” “Jamaica Bay has been a successful result of what happens when government and community come together to protect our environment,” Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato said. “We have made so much

progress bringing wildlife and an ecological system to this Bay that hasn’t been seen in generations, and we have to ensure that we keep this progress going. Senator Addabbo and I are ready to keep working with the Governor’s office to get it done, and the passage of this bill is a great first step.” “The Jamaica Bay Ecowatcher's fully support this bill and the protections that it will afford Jamaica Bay. There is no legitimate reason to ever bring in contaminated fill and place

it in the deep portions of the bay,” said Dan Mundy, Jr., of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers. “In addition, recent research that we have been conducting indicates how critical these deep holes in Jamaica Bay are to the marine life that inhabits and visits this bay. Seals, sharks and even whales have been seen in the bay. An event which was unheard of only ten years ago. The waters of the bay are the cleanest they have been in over 100 years and it is unconscionable to consider any plan that includes contaminated fill.” “It would be terrible to see all the hard work done by the community activists, like the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, be reversed if we allow this bill to expire,” Addabbo added. “We hope to be able to continue working with the Governor’s administration on this issue and to see him sign the legislation into law and permanently protect Jamaica Bay.” The bill will be sent to Governor Cuomo’s office to either sign into law or veto once again.

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NY Estate Planning and Elder Law UPCOMING CHANGES By Nancy J. Brady, RN, Esq.

The NY Medicaid program is about to undergo the most significant changes to the program since 2006. Medicaid is the program in New York that, for the elderly, blind and disabled, provides benefits for programs not covered by Medicare. These benefits finance care for full benefits, in a nursing facility, or in the community with home care services. Home care services under the Medicaid program will provide up to seven days a week, 24 hours a day home attendant services for those elderly, blind or disabled New Yorkers who meet the financial eligibility criteria. Without private longterm care insurance benefits, or without Medicaid benefits, the costs of inpatient nursing home care can be in excess of $15,000 per month in NYC and the five boroughs, and the cost of 24-hour home care can be over $10,000 per month. It is easy to see how a prolonged illness can deplete one’s hard earned savings. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor, with the NYS Legislature, made significant changes to New York’s Medicaid eligibility criteria making it much more difficult for New Yorkers to be eligible for Medicaid benefits to finance the care they need. This will have the most significant impact on the elderly in New York who require home attendant services. SUMMARY OF CURRENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible to apply for full benefits for nursing home care, as well as for community benefits for home care services, an individual is eligible to apply for coverage if her financial assets total no more than $15,750. Beyond that asset limit of $15,750, eligibility criteria for the full benefits program and the community benefits program differ, as follows. For full nursing home cov-

erage, in addition to the asset limit of $15,750, there is the requirement for a five year financial audit of all accounts owned by the applicant (even if jointly owned) and explanations for all transfers in and out of the accounts must be documented and proved that the transfers were not gifts, or transfers for no return (fair market value) compensation (this is often referred to as the LOOKBACK period). If there were such gifts or transfers (known as uncompensated transfers), there will be a period of time that the individual is ineligible to apply for Medicaid to finance nursing home coverage for a certain period of time, determined by the value of the uncompensated transfer and to whom the transfer was made. In addition to the asset audit, some or all the applicant’s income may be payable to the facility, in addition to the payment the facility receives from Medicaid. For community Medicaid with home care services the asset limit is the same, the applicant can have no more than $15,750 when she applies for community Medicaid. Unlike full nursing home coverage, there is NO LOOKBACK or requirement to provide five years’ worth of financial documentation. What this means is that UNDER THE CURRENT GUIDELINES, an individual requiring home attendant services can transfer assets

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out of her name (to a trust or otherwise) any given month, to below $15,750, and be eligible to apply for community Medicaid for home care services the very next month. As for income, the individual receiving community Medicaid benefits has the option to preserve income to be used for household expenses without having to pay any towards her care, unlike the nursing home Medicaid applicant. WHAT WILL CHANGE ON OCTOBER 1 (or very shortly thereafter): The new changes will affect the community Medicaid program. Home care services under the community Medicaid program provide home attendant services for up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as stated previously. This results in many of our disabled seniors being able to remain at home with these services and avoid having to be placed in a facility away from family, and as we have unfortunately experienced recently, exposed to illnesses they might otherwise not have been exposed to by receiving care at home. As detailed above, there is currently no lookback at financials and no penalty for asset transfers for community Medicaid eligibility. What the law will change is that now in order to be eligible to apply for community Medicaid, there will be a 30 month (2 ½ year)

lookback at all financial transactions, with a penalty period applied based on the value of the transfers within the 30 months. WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING NOW: These changes will affect those who are in the need of some services now or will be in the near and distant future. If you are of an age that you can anticipate needing some assistance, you should visit an elder law attorney for a consultation to see what options might be available to you to protect your assets. There are limited options for transferring assets without having to wait the full 30 months for benefits, depending on your family circumstances, and marital status. Once the new regulations begin – in a few short months, we, as elder law attorneys, are familiar with planning available to preserve about half or more of your assets for immediate eligibility. You need to have your estate planning documents in place and updated regularly. If you become disabled, you may need to have someone assist you – without a Power of Attorney your loved ones would need to initiate a court proceeding to obtain Guardianship to help you obtain benefits to finance your care. The best plan to preserve most or all your assets, is to have plans in place ahead of the effective date of the changes to the regulations. We anticipate that there will be many applications filed before the effective date, and advise that if you are planning to apply, to do so as soon as possible. This article is provided for informational purposes. For specific legal advice you should consult privately with an attorney. Ms. Brady is a partner at the firm Brady & Bader LLP, she can be reached at 1-718-9457777.


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Wrestle Talk QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS By Eric Jayden

This week we're going to do things a little different. Due to an overwhelming response of emails, we will be dedicating this week's column to answering questions. First question comes in from Heather D. in Belle Harbor and she asked, "Who do you think is the better wrestling company, WWE or AEW?" I feel AEW is the better product between the two companies. AEW has come out strong their first year with amazing talent and enjoyable storylines. As AEW continues to grow and I could foresee them surpassing the WWE in the future. Our second question comes from Mark K. in Breezy Point. He asked, "Is wrestling fake?" That is the question that's been asked for decades! Professional wrestling is a performance, a staged combat, a fight between two competitors and sometimes three or four. It's a story between

Good and Evil and sometimes Evil vs Evil all told inside a wrestling ring for the entertainment and enjoyment of the fans. The physical contact, the bumps and falls, I can tell you firsthand are all very real! The wrestling ring can be very unforgiving and with the grueling schedule that pro wrestlers have to go through unfortunately injuries happen. This is why it's called Sports Entertainment because pro wrestlers are athletes who trained constantly to stay in top shape to perform in the ring. The outcome might be predetermined but the physical contact and wear ‘n’ tear we put our bodies through is very real. Our third question comes from Alfonso S. in Rockaway Beach. He asked, "How does someone become a pro wrestler?" It all starts with a dream and desire. Then you must receive proper training at a reputable pro wrestling school. Many are located throughout the

country and once enrolled, you will start to learn the basics skills of pro wrestling. It is not easy. It involves a lot of dedication to training and conditioning, cardio, proper dieting, and have an open mentality to learn. Like, I was always told from the first day of my training "listen and shut up" and “leave your egos at the door.’ You will also receive training in wrestling etiquette, character development, promos and how to progress in your wrestling career. But before you start, I will tell you what I tell a lot of aspiring wrestlers, which is to always have a back-up plan and an education that you can fall back on because pro wrestling is not a guarantee. Our last question of the week comes from James M. in Broad Channel. He asked, "I want to know about your career in pro wrestling and which was your favorite match you have had? Well, James my career has been a very rewarding one. I have

had the privilege of working for many companies and have had the honor of sharing the wrestling ring with wrestling superstars and legends that I grew up watching. I am on my 10th year of professional wrestling. It's been a tough road full of injuries and achievements and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I have made money and I have lost money, but I have been able to do what I love, which is entertain the fans. My favorite match has to be against the former NWA Tag Team Champions and Legends The Rock and Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson). I had the privilege of working with them in Atlanta Georgia several years ago and it was a great match. I learned so much from them. Keep sending your questions to eavil183@yahoo.com. Follow me on Facebook @ericjayden on Twitter @followthebadguy and every Monday on A Shot of Wrestling Podcast.

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