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Community Board 14 November Meeting Recap By Marina Cregan

On Tuesday, November 17, Community Board 14 (CB14) held its monthly meeting via Zoom. On the agenda was the Arverne East Project, which included the proposed ULURP zoning map and text amendment to establish a new mixed use district that would allow for the development of a new microbrewery on Beach 35th St., as well as the Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP) to facilitate the Arverne East Nature Preserve. Due to the expected extensive discussion regarding the Arverne East Project, the Report from the Chairwoman Dolores Orr, and Report from District Manager Jonathan Gaska, were kept short as a way to keep the meeting on track. Following both reports, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato spoke expressing her concerns about how the proposal for housing was originally supposed to be 20% affordable housing and

80% market rate. However, now the proposal appears to be 80% affordable homes and only 20% market rate homes. Sara Levenson and Kevin Parris presented the Arverne East Project. Regarding the Nature Preserve, Parris stated that the Parks Department and HPD had taken the concerns expressed at the last CB14 meeting and implemented them into the plans for the Nature Preserve. He added that the city was allotted an additional $2 million on top of the original $35 million total funding for the Nature Preserve, in order to have Edgemere Ave. redesigned and widened. Levenson continued the report with the design of the Nature Preserve. The goal for the preserve is to restore and promote the native ecology that both currently and formerly exist here. Working with Parks, they anticipate having a stronger park ranger presence throughout the preserve. This will allow for school groups, educational

tours, and the community to enjoy the preserve. Along these paths will be wildlife signage that will state the history of the site. Signs will also explain the new ecological wildlife that will be implemented on the preserve. Construction of the preserve is expected to begin in Spring 2021. Levenson reported that they have listened to CB14’s suggestions from the October meeting, and have investigated lighting to enhance the connectivity from the Edgemere neighborhood to the north and the boardwalk to the south. In addition, they are looking to add more lighting from Beach 54th Street toward the bay and directly to the boardwalk, as well as on the pathway from Beach 47th and Beach 44th Street from Edgemere to the boardwalk. There will also be a comfort station on the east side of Beach 44th Street. NYC Parks assured CB14 that they will have more parks staff assigned to this area to help maintain

the comfort station. Although the Parks Dept. addressed some of the concerns CB14 raised at last month’s meeting, Orr reiterated the importance of the parking lot that will be built on Beach 44th Street. She stated again, that 20 spots will not be sufficient for the expected amount of people who wish to attend the preserve. Additionally, she stated that the parking lot must be secure with either gates or meters, as a way to ensure this parking lot will be strictly for the use of the Nature Preserve. The Parks Dept. responded that they understood her concerns and are working on implementing these suggestions. The second action discussed was the ULURP proposal for a zoning map to establish a mixed use district MX-21, which will allow for the development of a microbrewery, and a tap house at the south end of Beach 35th Street. One of the owners of the Continued on page 4

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Food Initiative was to provide food and farm fresh materials to local communities and first responders. After generating over $100,000 to fund the initiative and preparing over 5,000 hot meals, the brewery became dedicated to creating this new space as a full force community based effort. The plan for this new brewery on Beach 35th Street is a small manufacturing facility at which they will be able to hold beer tours and other events. In addition, with this expansion, the brewing company will also be able to increase their staff by 40-50 people, dedicated to a diversity in manufacturing employee jobs. Long stated that the brewing company intends to hire locally and within the community. At the proposed new location, the main goal is for the brewery to be inviting to the community as a whole. There will be a loading dock off Beach 35th. It will be two stories with an outdoor deck overlooking the beach. The site will have an indoor and

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Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato 9516 Rockaway Beach Blvd Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 Email: amatos@nyassembly.gov 718-945-9550 City Councilman Eric Ulrich 114-12 Beach Channel Drive, suite #1 Rockaway Park, NY 11694 Email: eulrich@council.nyc.gov 718-318-6411 State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. 88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd Room 311 Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 Email: addabbo@nysenate.gov 718-318-0702 State Senator James Sanders Jr. 1931 Mott Avenue – Suite 305 Far Rockaway, NY 11691 Email: sanders@nysenate.gov 718-327-7017 City Councilman Donovan Richards 1931 Mott Avenue, Suite 410 Far Rockaway, NY 11691 Email: drichards@council.nyc.gov 718-471-7014 Community Board 14 1931 Mott Ave Far Rockaway, NY 11691 Email: QN14@cb.nyc.gov 718-471-7300

outdoor space in order to hold events. However, the location will be about four city blocks away from P.S. 106. Some CB14 members expressed concerns with the brewing company to be so close to the school, but Long stated that they intend to only have one truck come to the loading dock a day. They will minimize the amount of deliveries so as to not disrupt the school and the neighborhood. Another concern raised by CB14 members was the sanitation of disposing and creating the brew. Long stated that they do not have giant smokestacks, as a way to prevent pollution into the air. He also stated that the brewery is required to neutralize their water and clean their tanks regularly before disposing into the sewer. The water is neutralized as a way to decrease the oxygen levels, keeping the goal of having an environmentally friendly brewery and design practice in mind. Finally, the floor was opened up for public speaking. Many people spoke on the behalf of

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the Rockaway Brewing Company. However, although people supported the idea of the expansion of the brewing company, they stressed their concerns regarding the Arverne East Project as a whole. They stated that this new ULURP process has too many flaws that would not benefit the community, because there is no guarantee that this space will be used accordingly. When it came time for the board to vote on the ULURP and UDAAP, CB14 remained divided. The board expressed their concerns that the community would not be guaranteed the 80% of affordable home ownership and 20% market rate, as well as the reconstruction of Edgemere Avenue. Because of the disagreement, Gaska agreed to make a list of all CB14’s concerns and send it to the Edgemere Civic for approval. CB14 will hold an emergency Zoom meeting on Monday, November 23 to vote on the ULURP for the brewery, as well as the Nature Preserve.


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Flight 587 Remembered 19 Years Later Story and Photos By Katie McFadden

It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since American Airlines Flight 587 came crashing down in Belle Harbor, killing all 260 on board and five neighbors on the ground, including Helen and Thomas Concannon, Kathleen and Christopher Lawler and Franco Pomponio. But those touched hardest by this tragedy, will never forget. On Thursday, November 12, friends, family and elected officials gathered at the Flight 587 memorial on Beach 116th Street to remember those lost that day, 19 years ago. Despite the cold, rainy weather and the coronavirus pandemic altering arrangements for the day, there was no deterrent that could keep the families from remembering their fallen loved ones. A crowd

gathered by the Flight 587 Tribute for a ceremony that included the tolling of the bells to mark a moment of silence, the reading of the names of all 265 victims and remarks by Eligio Jáquez, the Dominican Consul of the City of New York and Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We know the pain never goes away, but we do feel the comfort of each other. We do feel the support of each other. And we do know that memory is powerful and all our loved ones, they're watching right now, they're feeling our love and we will never forget them,” De Blasio said. “We will never forget the passengers of Flight 587.” At the end of the ceremony, families shared memories and tears as they placed flowers along the memorial wall, next to their family members’ names.


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***** Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. The Rockaway Times email edition will go out as usual on Thursday. Our door to door and news rack delivery will be on Friday. If you want The RT hot off the press, now would be a good time to sign up for our email. It’s the entire paper and easy to read. Send us an email (mail@rockawaytimes.com) telling us you’d like to be added and we’ll do the rest. Thanks! ***** As we went to press, Mayor de Blasio announced public schools would close and go fully remote starting Thursday, November 19, as coronavirus cases rise and pass the 3% positive threshold. Per the Brooklyn Diocese, Catholic schools will remain open. ***** Last week we congratulated

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020 Monsignor John Bracken on his 80th birthday. This week we congratulate him on of having the St. Francis de Sales gym named in his honor. We knew it was happening and it was hard to keep it a secret! The gym has been the scene of historic games and events and now has a suitable name. ***** Bruce Jacobs died this past week. He was a familiar voice at Community Board meetings and a staunch advocate for Far Rockaway representing the community on behalf of The Coalition of The Rockaways. ***** New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities IV is hosting a Food Giveaway event that will provide groceries to families in Rockaway area. In cooperation with community partners Trinity Church of Wall St., Rock Safe Streets, Queens Royal Priesthood, The Queens Defenders, the Far Rock Greek Council and FRANC, New Visions will be distributing foods to a hundred families (first come, first served) on the fol-

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lowing Wednesdays at the school from 1-6 p.m., 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, and 12/23. It is recommended that people come with a cart, wagon or car, as the bags are heavy. ***** The Graybeards are collecting American Flags that need to be retired and will be done ceremoniously through the VFW. If you see a flag that should be removed, please send an email to Office@Thegraybeards.com ***** Speaking of The Graybeards (and the original organizers, The RIBS), hats off to these guys as they set a record with their recent food drive. The previous record of 2,130 bags was shattered. They’re still counting and receiving bags but the final number will be over 2,300. The effort will restock food pantries throughout the Rockaway peninsula. Big thumbs up. ***** The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest from e-scooter com-

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020

This Week in History NOVEMBER 19 Tom J. McVeigh was born. John Edwards was born. Bobby O’Hara was born. Scott McCarthy was born. Alex Zablocki was born.

NOVEMBER 22 Richard Raaf was born. Grace Acquafredda was born. James Dionne was born. Maureen Hagner was born. Dan Mirkin was born.

1863 - Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the national cemetery on the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg, Pa. 1985 - Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time in Geneva.

1497 - Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama became the first navigator to sail around the Cape of Good Hope in his search for a sea route to India. 1963 – John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

NOVEMBER 20 Maureen Blue-Kraus was born. Thomas Tyne was born.

NOVEMBER 23 Christopher Warren was born. Nancy Cregan was born. Mary Ryan was born.

1945 - The war crimes trials of 24 German World War II leaders began in Nuremberg, Germany. 1962 - President John F. Kennedy agreed to lift the American blockade of Cuba, ending the Cuban missile crisis.

1889 - The first jukebox was installed at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco.

NOVEMBER 21 Maribel Araujo was born. Brian Dickesheid was born. Elizabeth Feeney was born. Frak Gulluscio was born.

1963 - Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK's accused assassin, in the garage of Dallas police headquarters.

NOVEMBER 24 Mary Sanford was born.

NOVEMBER 25 Jim Kohler was born. 1922 - Georgia's Rebecca Felton was Margaret Powers was born. sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming Jazmine Outlaw was born. the first woman U.S. Senator. 1973 - The 18 1/2 min gap in the Rich- 2002 - President George W. Bush ard Nixon Watergate tapes was re- signed into law the Department of Homeland Security and named Tom vealed. Ridge as head.

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Covid-19 Tracker 11/09-11/16 As parts of Rockaway have seen increases in Covid-19 cases, it’s important to keep track of how the neighborhood is doing with coronavirus. Robby Schwach of Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office has been hard at work, tracking down the details for each Rockaway zip code and sending weekly updates. For the interest of our readers, we will be sharing this info each week. The latest info represents changes between the week of 11/09/2020-11/16/2020. In 11691, while it is no longer considered a hotspot, positive cases increased by 57 from 3,207 to 3,264. There were no new deaths in this period, and the total remains at 379. In 11692, cases went up by 8, from 758 to 764. There were no new deaths in this period and the total remains at 95 since October 12.

In 11693, cases rose by 10 from 395 to 405. There were no new deaths in this period and the total remains at 29 since early summer. In 11694, there was an increase in cases by 28, from 861 to 889. There were no new deaths in this period and the total remains at 90 since August 17. In 11697, cases rose by 10, from 130 to 140. There were no new deaths in this period and the total remains at five since September 14. NYC has started to release statistics showing the seven-day rolling average of positive tests by zip code. As of November 17, 11691 is 4.15%, 11692 is 1.81%, 11693 is 3.17%, 11694 is 3.56%, 11697 is 6.29% Please remember to wear a mask, particularly indoors and where social distancing is not possible.

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a billboard saluting Broad Channel graduates prepared by residents Sabrina Gross and Helen Arena, and the hockey players who ran a fundraiser for a teammate whose house was damaged by fire. The calendar is on sale at stores in Broad Channel, available from Historical Society members, and at Civic Association meetings. Inflation hasn’t touched the calendar over the years. The price has remained the same since 1997 - $5. For more information on the calendar and the Historical Society, visit BroadChannelHistoricalSociety.org.


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Rolling Rocco Strong For Broad Channel Boy’s Cancer Battle By Katie McFadden

Roller hockey players from around the area will be coming together to get Rocco Strong at the Rockaway Hockey Rink on Sunday, November 22. Since his diagnosis in May, 11-yearold Rocco Pisani of Broad Channel has been an inspiration in his fight against leukemia. Inspired by his determination to stay Rocco Strong, the Rockaway Hockey League is gearing up to fight cancer with him. When Bryan Elfant and Bobby Keane ran a successful Back the Blue hockey tournament last month to raise funds for suicide prevention, Johnny Wagner had an idea. He thought of his friend Rob Pisani, whose young son was diagnosed with leukemia this year. “He was diagnosed at the height of Covid, so we couldn’t really do anything for Rocco back then, so I thought let’s put a hockey tournament together to raise money for Rocco and put a smile on his face,” Wagner said. Wagner passed the idea by Rob Pisani, who was on board. As an avid sports fan, coming together to play a sport for Rocco was fitting. The timing of the tournament would also coincide with Rocco starting a new journey in his cancer battle. Just ahead of Sunday’s tournament, Rocco has started a treatment called delayed intensification, a multi-week phase of chemotherapy designed to eliminate remaining leukemia cells. Sunday’s tournament will be a reminder to Rocco that the community has his back. “We want to do this, so he knows Broad Channel is behind him, Rockaway is behind him, and even hockey players from Brooklyn are behind him,” Wagner said. Since launching the idea for the hockey tournament, Wagner says the outpouring of support has been overwhelming. As we go to press, there are eight teams scheduled to play in Sunday’s tournament and four more on a waiting

list. A 50/50 that Wagner set up ahead of the event sold out within just eight hours. T-shirts for the event featuring the #RoccoStrong hashtag and Rocco’s jersey number, 22, which will be sold during the tournament, are already in high demand. Wagner says he’s blown away by the willingness of local community members to come together for the cause. “It’s incredible. I knew growing up in Broad Channel and Rockaway that people there are always willing to help, but the amount of support and people reaching out has been incredible. Everyone is reaching out to lend a helping hand because they know how important it is as a community to stand together. It’s really remarkable,” Wagner said. Proceeds from the tournament will go to the Pisani family and Wagner hopes the funding helps to bring a smile to the face of the little boy who has been not only strong, but selfless in his cancer battle. “Rocco plays baseball and basketball and wants to be a fitness trainer. He’s very athletic and is always outside playing sports. So in May, a fundraiser was started for Rocco because he wanted to build a gym in his backyard because he can’t leave his house because of Covid. After that, he had some leftover money and Rocco dedicated $1,000 of it to buy pillowcases for the other kids in the hospital so they would each have their own pillowcases,” Wag-

ner said. He hopes funding from the tournament will help the family cover any medical bills they have or allow Rocco to buy something for himself. “I want Rocco to feel like he can buy something that makes him happy, whether that’s something that has to do with sports or doing stuff outside, just anything to make him happy," Wagner said. Sunday’s tournament kicks off with the first puck drop at 8:30 a.m. at the hockey rink near the boardwalk on Beach 109th Street. Wagner expects the games to continue for a good bulk of the day and encourages anyone to stop by and cheer on the teams as they stay Rocco Strong. There will be food, including three six-foot heroes donated by Bagel and Barista of Howard Beach, masks

available for those who don’t have them to help keep attendees safe, t-shirts for sale, raffles, a contest for the best moustache and extra donations can be made on the day of the event. “It’s going to be a great day for everyone to come hang out,” Wagner said. For updates on Rocco’s cancer battle, follow him on Instagram at : fitnessforlife07.

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Thanks, 100th Precinct Community Council!

The 100th Precinct Community Council hosted a successful annual Thanksgiving food drive on Saturday, November 14. Members of the 100th Precinct Community Council, including Kathleen Selig, Andy McGee, Keisha Cunningham, Ozzie Edwards, Jean

Daouphars and Kathy Heavey, NYPD Explorers from Post 2100 and their supervisor Police Officer Helen Olangunjo and Community Affairs officers Moore and Diaz all helped make this event a success. They volunteered their time to collect food and gift card donations in front of the Arverne and Rockaway Park Stop and Shop locations, to help make this Thanksgiving plentiful for those in need. After the collection, all of the donations were delivered to Reverend Joyce Dugger at the First Congregational Church of Rockaway on Beach 94th Street, to be distributed through their food pantry. “Thank you to the Rockaway community for generously stepping up and making the Drive a success!” 100th Precinct Community Council President Kathy Heavey said. “Happy Thanksgiving to all.”

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Far Rockaway Watchdogs Find Mentors Within the NYPD By Katie McFadden

Jennifer Blair, founder of the Far Rockaway Watchdogs, has been hard at work making meaningful connections throughout the community, especially with local youth. Her efforts recently caught the attention of NYPD Assistant Chief Ruben Beltran, commanding officer of NYPD Patrol Borough Queens South, who made the trip out to Rockaway on Tuesday, November 17, to see her work in action and offer his support on behalf of law enforcement. Unfortunately, less than desirable weather forced a change of plans from an event that was supposed to be held at Bayswater Park, featuring a football and basketball showcase and a dance party, but a quick backup plan of hot chocolate and a networking opportunity at Far Rockaway’s 101st Precinct offered local youth the chance to make connections

with police and learn about opportunities for their future. Over the past few months, Blair has been spearheading efforts to connect local youth with law enforcement, but the Far Rockaway Watchdogs has been making meaningful changes within the community since it began in 2004. In memory of her dear cousin, Quentin B. Johnson, who was killed due to gun violence in 1999, Blair wanted to do something to honor him, so she set out

to host a basketball tournament, a sport that Johnson loved. With funding provided by then Councilman James Sanders Jr., Blair established an official organization to carry out her efforts, which paved the way for the Far Rockaway Watchdogs. The turnout for the tournament was beyond her expectations. “So many kids came out. It Jennifer Blair with Assistant was amazing. They walked, rode Chief Beltran. their bikes and skateboards and came out from all over. Kids like organized sports and structure and rules and there’s so many lessons and takeaways from it,� Blair said. “We figured sports was a good way to connect with people, keep them engaged and healthy and connect them with positive role models.� Having worked as an EMT and a juvenile detention counselor in prisons, Blair knows firsthand the importance of keeping youth healthy, engaged and surroundContinued on page 18

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Just steps to the ocean, this elegant home on a 60 x100 lot, boasts 7- bedroom, 3.5- bathroom and is situated on a 60 X 100 lot, located on one of the best beach blocks in Belle Harbor. This grand home with approximately 4,700sq.ft. four-level dwelling with 12ft. high ceilings was completely renovated, and features four separate fireplaces, a large eat-in kitchen with a Viking six burner stove, food pantry, den, sewing room, sunroom, office, laundry room, finished basement with wet bar and full bathroom. Stained glass windows decorate the exterior of the home and exquisite mahogany molding, etched glass doors and stained-glass pocket doors embellish the interior décor throughout the home. There is an outdoor shower house, an outside storage room and a long private driveway for 6 – 7 cars. A magnificent garden borders the home on all sides with a lovely walkway leading to a large brick paved backyard for entertaining. More amenities include an automatic underground sprinkler system and a 6-zone heat, plus much more. Call Susan for more information and private viewing, 347 260 3891

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FAR ROCKAWAY WATCHDOGS Continued from Page 14 ed by mentors. The Far Rockaway Watchdogs provides an outlet for all of those things by hosting events and connecting community members with vital resources and giving youth an outlet to play sports. Part of that effort was to include the start of a flag football league this year, but coronavirus put those plans on pause until next year. However, the organization found new purpose this year as events unfolded across the country. With the pandemic in play, the group has made efforts to deliver groceries to local seniors. Then as a national conversation opened up about policing, the focus changed again. “After the George Floyd tragedy, we switched our trajectory to work more with law enforcement,” she said. The group started working with local police to spearhead basketball and softball games between local youth and officers. “And after the incident on the boardwalk where

an officer used a chokehold, we doubled down,” Blair said. “We knew Rockaway people are different. We don’t want to turn Rockaway into Portland. There’s protests all over but Rockaway has protested and not one window was shattered.” Using that energy, Blair focused on connecting even more with local law enforcement, opening up meaningful dialogue between the community and the NYPD. At the end of June, she hosted a panel at Macedonia Baptist Church to bring together local police, youth, clergy and more for an emotional conversation. “It was good to hear from police officers who worked in Rockaway so soon after what happened. Everyone was emotional and upset and didn’t know how to direct those frustrations, so we took a humanistic approach and sat down with the officers and just talked,” Blair said. Tuesday’s event involving the commanding officer of Queens South showed that these connections and conversations are ongoing. “I wanted everyone to see what community partners

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can do with law enforcement because the community is not going anywhere, and law enforcement isn’t going anywhere. Defund the police is the wrong brand,” Blair said before Chief Beltran and the officers of the 101st Precinct. “We want to fund you, but we want it to go to the proper channels. Let the community do what you shouldn’t do. Let us do this type of work and we can work together.” Assistant Chief Beltran, who is familiar with the Rockaways as he raised his kids here, agreed. “I met Jennifer at a police reform meeting and the second she started talking about her program, I was excited to learn more about it. I’ve gotten to see it in person and the impact that you have in the community and on the kids. Kids are the future. Working with the kids, developing kids and mentoring kids is important. The work that you’re doing with the kids and young men and women, that’s what we need to work harder on to do. It’s gotta be successful, in that the young men and women want to participate and be a part of the change,”

Beltran said. “How do we convert that energy from marching and social justice to improving our lives and having hope for the future? That happens with kids. There’s nobody more hopeful than kids. They have a blank slate, they have the world in front of them, they see where they want to go in their dreams. Our job is to make them believe those dreams come true and they can become whatever they want to become. Find out what that skill is, what that gift is and let them create that for future and make the world a better place. You’re on the frontlines of doing that so I thank you Jennifer.” Before delicious hot chocolate was served, the floor was opened up to questions. Several of the youth in attendance, from NYPD Explorers to the youth of the Far Rockaway Watchdogs had questions for Assistant Chief Beltran and representatives from the Queens District Attorney’s office about internship opportunities and efforts to engage youth and how those opportunities can help guide their future.

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Thanksgiving: You’re In, You’re Out

By Lou Pastina

The Governor recently announced new restrictions, the latest set of actions aimed at harnessing the coronavirus in New York. In addition to the travel restrictions, having negative tests both before and after you come to New York, he has deployed the National Guard at the airports and tunnels. In the past week, he went even further in requiring restaurants and bars with liquor licenses to close up shop by 10 p.m. All this to combat rising infection and hospitalization rates. No one wants to go back to the early days when we were afraid to even go outside. While wearing a mask might not be popular in middle America, for the most part, New Yorkers have been pretty diligent about donning the facial coverings. A

walk-through Manhattan will reveal almost everyone wearing something on their face. Even here in Rockaway, everyone is respectful and follows the rules in stores, and when not socially distant. My trips to Brooklyn and northern Queens also find people in the streets wearing masks. New Yorkers get it and are following the rules. But the latest pronouncement from the Governor requires that no more than ten people gather in personal residences. This seems to be put in place just in time for Thanksgiving. New Yorkers celebrate this classic American holiday with family and friends. So, it appears that the Governor is saying to us all, rank your family and friends, determine the cutoff at ten, and then tell everyone from ten on that they can’t celebrate with you. Now for some, this may come as a great relief, because there are just some folks who always come to Thanksgiving empty-handed, or late, or stay too

late, or are too loud! Now folks can say, hey I am only following the Governor’s rules, and I don’t want to be a super-spreader, and I am really just looking out for your safety and health, so please stay home. In fact, you can probably lower the number from ten to something lower and blame the top executive of New York State. “Sorry, man, you know the Governor said no!”. For others who truly love their families, this will prove to be a very difficult time. Telling Uncle Ralphie “sorry, you can’t come over,” or maybe telling Uncle Ralphie, “you can come over, but Aunt Millie needs to stay home,” will be a really hard thing to do. And how do you determine what separates guests numbers 9, 10 and 11. I mean 9 and 10 are in, but 11 will just have to figure out Thanksgiving on their own? I pity anyone who has a big family, which is just about everyone in Rockaway. Of course, this may result in the sale of many more turkeys, because a large turkey that could feed several family

members will now result in the sale of two or three turkeys, as a group of 20 or more are broken up into groups of ten. Enforcement will be especially tricky during Thanksgiving. I can only imagine the door-to-door searches that will ensue across the state looking for rule-breakers. “Hello mam, yes it’s the National Guard, mind if we count your guests?” I guess if you break the law (the Governor’s pronouncement is a law?) there will be penalties to pay. And if your celebration has a group of say, 15 people, won’t it be awkward to tell five they have to leave before they have any turkey or stuffing? As a former accountant, I would use either the FIFO or LIFO methods myself, first or last ones in are out. Well, I hope I make the cut (no pun intended) and have a seat for Thanksgiving dinner this year, I don’t want to be the odd man!! I am pretty sure the Governor won’t have to worry; I don’t think he will be on too many invitation lists this year.

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Far Rockaway Center Says Thank You to Their Veterans In recent years at Far Rockaway Center, Veterans Day has been a day for veterans to get together with family and friends and receive a personalized plaque for their bravery during their time served, many who served from WWII all the way through to the War on Terror. The personalized plaques included their name, rank, and the word “VETERAN” engraved, along

with a symbol of two American flags and the American eagle. Even with this year’s event being noticeably different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership at Far Rockaway Center, the 100bed nursing and rehabilitation facility on Virginia Street in Far Rockaway wouldn’t let the virus get in the way of this special day. Even though

no family or friends were on hand this year, the ceremony went on as planned so 15 veterans received medals and a Certificate of Merit from Triboro Center’s leadership and Centers Health Care. Recreation Director Zelideth Reyes told the families that photos would be posted on the fa-

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Some Things to Do Normally this page would be full of events and happenings around town. With Coronavirus causing most, if not all events and meetings to be canceled, we can only list a limited number of events that are virtual or with social distancing in mind. Coats and Cans Giveaway On Friday, November 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Queens Defenders will have canned good, coats and other clothing for those in need. Head to the Rockaway Community Justice Center at 1922 Mott Ave. If you’d like to make a food/coat donation, they can be dropped off at the Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays or 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

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on Saturday, November 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the RISE Center (5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd). The meal will include Thanksgiving favorites prepared by Cuisine by Claudettes, Goody’s, La Cevicheria, Rockaway Beach Bakery and Rockaway Food Initiative at the Rockaway Brewing Company. As we go to press, this event is full, but email info@riserockaway.org for a chance to attend.

a table. Mask up when not seated. Operation Feast Thanksgiving The Far Rockaway Greek Council will be hosting a Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 26 starting at 12 p.m. at 10-40 21st Street in Far Rockaway. If anyone would like to donate food or money toward this event, reach out to Curtis Turney at CT3Designs@yahoo. com

Live Music at Whits Big Squid will be celebrating Get Tested as we near the 2020 finale on Think you have Covid-19? Saturday, November 21, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the backyard Find out. To find testing sites, of Whit’s End on Beach 97th head to Nyc.gov/covidtest or text COVID test to 85548 Street.

Live Music at RBQ Enjoy the warm weather this weekend as Solshyne plays in the RBQ backyard (Beach 98th Street) on Saturday, November 21 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Then, enjoy a Sunday Funday on Sunday, November 22, with Rockaway Thanksgiving “Brunch With Sue.” Local band Feast Thanksgiving Half Wine With Sue will be rocking RISE is hosting a special out in the backyard from 1 p.m. Marathon Rockapulco Run’s next event Thanksgiving meal, free to all to 5 p.m. Get there early to grab

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SAINT FRANCIS Continued from Page 29 Falynne Parchment who came in 3rd overall over the three quarters of a mile course in 6:29. Jacqueline Doda came in 4th and Lily Casares 6th. The Junior Boys came in 4th overall, but John Thuilot and Gregory Bender won individual medals, and Patrick D'Ambrosio rounded out the team. The Bantam Girls (grades 4,5) came in 1st overall and were led by Shannon Gilroy in a time of 4:51 for the six tenths of a mile course as she came in 3rd overall. Bonnie Davidson, Reve Giroux,and Elle Xuereb finished in the top 10, and Tess Riches, Mairead Witkowski, Noelle Thuilot, and Sophia Alloco contributed to the victory. The Boys Bantam team also took 1st and were led by Robert Luhrs who won the race in 4:04. Nicholas Donovan came in 2nd overall, and Billy Thuilot, James Baron/Fabiszewski, David Graves, Hugh Courtney, and Ty Duffy finished in the top 10. Lu-

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cas Allen, Michael Noone, Greg Brenna, Patrick McLaughlin, Ryan Gilroy, and Joseph Keenan all helped the team. The Novice (grades 2,3) Girls and Boys both won championships. Niamh Mullen won the half mile girls race in 3:16 followed by Logan Leahy in 3:21. Mary Thuilot, Eva Welsh, Angelina Rasmussen, Neala O'Grady, and Faye Xuereb finished in the top 10, and Kristen Brenna, Grace Welsh, Riley Tibbets, Dakota Duffy, Kiera Gilroy, Jane Bender, Lottie Courtney, Adrianna Allen, Audrey Gaynor, and Leah Leahy contributed to the victory. William Gahn came in 3rd overall in 3:29 as he led the boys to victory. Brodie Luhrs, Bryce Luhrs, and Jack Belford came in top 10, and Aidan McLoughlin, Jack Dougherty, and Christopher Mahon-Derobertis helped with the victory. John Xuereb came in 3rd overall in the Senior Boys (8th grade) race, and Kiera O'Sullivan finished 2nd in the girls race. Both won medals.


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 By Beth Hanning The next holiday is Thanksgiving. Why is Thanksgiving so shunned in society? I remember in elementary school coloring wonderful pictures of cornucopias, and close dinner gatherings between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving. Is it because now the story is out and the origin is that we technically pillaged the Native Americans and caused their destruction? Why doesn’t Thanksgiving get any recognition in the world of media? The only Thanksgiving tune that comes to mind is Adam Sandler’s “The Thanksgiving Song.” However, that song was originally performed in 1992 on Saturday Night Live. Many “millennials” do not even know the popular culture references in the holiday song. Many know Elvis, but do they know Jimmy Walker

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Holiday Jumping from “Good Times” or model Cheryl Tiegs? No other popular culture singer or songwriter has managed to pen a tune to spending time with the relatives and eating and drinking to excess? They would not even have to be as original as Adam Sandler and write their own song. They could Google a list of Thanksgiving songs and remake an old song with an updated beat, similarly to what many artists do with Christmas tunes. Forget about music? What about Thanksgiving films? I love to see the classic Steve Martin and John Candy Planes Trains and Automobiles on television a few times during November. This comedy follows two men desperate to get home for Thanksgiving after their plane is cancelled due to weather. This is as good of a film as The Christmas Story and should be on as well for 24 hours during the Thanksgiving weekend, similar to the 24hour feed that The Christmas

Story receives during Christmas on TBS. Thank goodness for good ole Charlie Brown and his gang for delivering us some Thanksgiving cheer even though the episode is over 40 years old. I am happy to report that Amazon and Home Goods have stepped up their game. I purchased tons of Thanksgiving paper plates and napkins and even got some Thanksgiving signs for the house. My new favorite is “Harvest Blessings.” I could not believe the section of Thanksgiving / fall items they had. I even searched fall/ Thanksgiving shower curtains and items for bath and I found a fabulous shower curtain with a quote from Oscar Wilde, “And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” I know some people have decorated their homes for Christmas already due to the pandemic and stating it would cheer them up...well my new towels and shower curtain make me smile each time. I also smile

each day I return home and look at my beautiful fall wreaths. I have a few fans who also stop by and tell me they always love how I change the wreaths. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I do not have to purchase gifts, wrap gifts and organize which gifts are going to which house, let alone what to buy that picky relative, or what to get the man who has everything: my dad. I honestly have no idea what to get him this year. He has informed us he needs nothing. So, while we have a few weeks, let us enjoy the calm before the storm: Christmas. And please email or tweet 106.7 Lite FM and ask them to not play holiday songs 24/7 until after Thanksgiving. Have a good week everyone. I would love to hear your thoughts on holiday jumping or the holidays in general. Email me at MrsHanning308@gmail.com. I am low on ideas for columns and some of my best columns come from readers’ emails and friends’ texts.

BLM March Held In Belle Harbor On Saturday, November 14, Rockaway residents and others walked through the streets of Belle Harbor in a Black Lives Matter art march. Accompanied by a brass band, the group called Your Friendly Anti-Racist Neighbors danced and celebrated unabashedly in solidarity and support of Black lives. In a statement, the group said, “While the response to our march was overwhelmingly pos-

itive, there was some negativity. We got a few middle fingers and were called ‘Communists.’ One of our marchers recognized one of these community members and when confronted, he spewed anti-Semitic hatred. Such ugliness from our neighbors is the reason we organized this action. “In spite of these ignorant, hateful remarks, we remained committed to positivity. Be-

cause of the uncommon sight and sound of a brass band in our suburban neighborhood, anyone who was home at the time saw us and was invited to join. We handed out flowers to all, including those who expressed they were not in support or those hesitant to engage. We danced through the neighborhood, on the beach, down the commercial corridor of 129th Street., and over to the

boardwalk. Several people left their homes to join us and we heard claps, cheers, exclamations of ‘thank you for doing this’ and ‘I didn’t realize you were out here too.’ A few people tearfully remarked on how beautiful it was. And there were those who might not agree but were still able to enjoy, recognizing that this was done out of beauty, solidarity, joy, and love.” Photos by Argenis Apolinario.

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the sensitive area of the face. There are three types of TN – classical, secondary, and idiopathic. The classical type, which is the most common type, is caused by compression of the nerve by an enlarged artery within the brain. The secondary type, about 15% of cases, is attributable to an identifiable neurologic disease such as multiple sclerosis or a brain tumor. In the idiopathic type, about 10% of cases, there is no known cause. The classical type may be treated using a vascular surgery procedure within the brain. Otherwise, the mainstays of treatment are anti-epileptic medications like carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine. Other medications such as gabapentin, pregabalin, and antidepressants have had some success. In short, trigeminal neuralgia is an extremely painful condition that can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Please direct questions and comments to editor@rockawaytimes.com

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CULTIVATE PEACE “When we hold on to our opinions with aggression, no matter how valid our cause, we are simply adding more aggression to the planet, and violence and pain increase. Cultivating nonaggression is cultivating peace.” Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart We are all entitled to our opinions and beliefs. I am concerned about how we form opinions. What is feeding us to form an opinion about something? Is it the news media, social media, what? We have to vet the sources of information so that we can think clearly. We have to weed

out what is an opinion and what is fact so we can see intelligently rather than in a reactionary way. Really think about the whole of it and not just what someone might have said. Then move forward with an approach, not of aggression, but maybe of humor and understanding. Think back about a heated incident when you were just fired up and spewing things toward someone. Or if you never had that experience, maybe you witnessed it. Does anyone ever get anywhere? Never. Because the aggression behind the words and actions are

pollutants. Think back about an incident when you talked something through - had some space to think and then maybe talked something through. Chances are you got to some space of common ground and then you were able to move forward in whatever way. I would like to suggest that we apply this to today in light of recent events. My heart goes out to teenagers and young adults who are being manipulated by social media (see “Social Dilemma” a mustwatch documentary). They get caught up in what shows up. A friend had an encounter recently with a young adult who was curious about my friend’s counter point of view (yes, politics). She respected her, she being the aunt of her friend, so asked for my friend’s point of view. Being that it was not an aggressive argument, the young adult walked away with some thought-provoking information. In our yogic tradition, we study the Yoga Sutras which are a collection of “threads” that offer us information on the practice of living well, not only the prac-

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Wrestling And Unions By Eric Jayden

Results for the AEW Dynamite Show on November 11, 2020 from the Daily Palace in Jacksonville, Florida: Brian Cage defeated Matt Sydal. The Natural Nightmares defeated Butcher & Blade. Shawn Spears defeated Scorpio Sky. Tay Conti defeated Red Velvet. Penta El Zero M defeated Rey Fenix. The Match of the Night was Shawn Spears vs Scorpio Sky. This was a good old-fashioned wrestling match packed with moves and holes and great back and forth action. Scorpio Sky is definitely one of the underrated storytellers of our business. Professional wrestlers are classified as "Independent Contractors" and for the majority of wrestlers that are signed to contracts, they are not afforded

the rights or protections given to actual employees of a company. For years, there has been talk about creating a Union for Professional Wrestlers and efforts to organize unfortunately never materialized. As an "Independent Contractor," professional wrestlers are not afforded healthcare plans, standardized pay and many of the protections offered by state and federal labor laws. For example, if a wrestler gets sick, then he or she is responsible for their own medical expenses. Another example is if the wrestler requires time off for an emergency or personal issues, he or she can be either denied the time off or take the time off without pay. Basically, not be entitled to the protections of programs like the Family Emergency Leave Act that is afforded to many full time and part time employees across the nation. Professional wrestlers also in many situations must work

long hours and endure many days of travel without having consecutive days off like regular employees do. Those who have sought the creation of a Union wanted those same protections regular employees have, but those attempts were met with opposition from various major wrestling promotions throughout the years. Most recently, the WWE was one of those companies that released a female wrestler after she posted on Twitter her support to unionize. The wrestler was released a day after the posting, only to leave many to speculate that the WWE opposes any effort of its wrestlers to unionize. The classification of independent contractor is a subject that has been in the news media before, with many politicians speaking against companies having workers labeled as or using the term independent contractors in an attempt to avoid provid-

ing healthcare and job protections. In my opinion, having a National Union for Professional Wrestlers will be greatly beneficial so they are provided with the protections of job safety, rate of pay equality, healthcare and retirement plans. Since, pro wrestling runs throughout the year and has no off-season, having a union negotiate reasonable time off would be essential to the health and well-being of the professional wrestler. To unionize or not, that indeed is the question, and can it happen. Will it happen? Only time will tell. What's your opinion? Should wrestlers unionize? Send me your opinion at eavil183@yahoo.com and let's talk about it. Also keep those questions coming in and I'll see you next week. Follow me on Twitter @ followthebadguy and Instagram @badguysexiness. Have a great week!

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