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THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014

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A Hidden Gem By The Beach By Kathy Louis

Step off the sidewalk at 158 Beach 114th Street and step back in time to Rockaway’s heyday, more than 100 years ago. Founded in 1907 by the Doody and McManus families, this quaint and charming establishment was renamed D Piper Inn by current owner Peter Duffy. “I feel privileged to be here,” said Duffy, who bought the property 12 years ago and renovated it to its former glory as well as modernized the building to accommodate 21st century guests. “I’m just the caretaker. Many of my guests have tenure. They were coming here long before me.” Steps from the beach, on a street flanked by two nursing homes and lined with rooming houses and SROs, D Piper Inn is a welcome anomaly. Brightly painted in Victorian colors with a bold red awning greeting visitors, the historical theme is continued with a front garden and open-air porch filled with greenery and comfy wicker furniture. Inside, original woodwork painstakingly stripped and refinished by Duffy leads visitors upstairs to 12 spacious guest rooms. According to Duffy, the large three-story house was well on its

way to becoming another SRO or half-way house when he took possession. Now, each guest room is equipped with modern hotel amenities such as private bathrooms, microwaves and fridges, basic cable tv and, of course, wi-fi access. Other furnishings, however, hark to an earlier day. Odd and quirky, antique and kitschy decorations can be found inside and out at D Piper Inn. The only accommodation of its kind in Rockaway, D Piper Inn, mostly a summer venue, opened its doors this past Memorial Day for the first time since Super Storm Sandy. “Not having the boardwalk doesn’t help. They gotta get that fixed,” Duffy said. Before Sandy, guests used to have the use of bikes kept in the inn’s rear courtyard and garden. “We never lost heat or hot water during Sandy,” Duffy said. When volunteer doctors showed up to park on the sand inundated street, Duffy opened the doors of D Piper Inn to them. “We had volunteers staying here for about 6 months.” Duffy even invited volunteer “hipsters” to camp out in his cozy lounge and warm themselves by his gas fire. “I found them sleeping on the beach.”

Now, Duffy wants locals to know the D Piper Inn is back in business. He welcomes family and friends of Rockaway residents who come here to attend events or parties. “I’ve seen families come together,” he added. His typical guest is middle-age or older. The inn does not have accommodations for very young children.

Rates are $175 a night and include a breakfast of coffee and bakery items. There is a small BYOB bar for guests. And they can enjoy a common lounge area and front and back covered gardens. “Great little gem right by the beach,” said a 2012 review on Yelp. com. “Hope to come back many more times.”


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THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014

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A sandy vacant lot will soon be transformed as the Harbor Light builds back.

Harbor Light To Rise And Shine Story and Photo By Bianca Fortis

Not rebuilding the Harbor Light Pub, the venerable Belle Harbor establishment, was never an option for the Heeran family, according to son Billy Heeran. A year and a half after a fire leveled the Belle Harbor bar and restaurant in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, construction is set to begin this week to rebuild it. “It’s a landmark in the neighborhood,” Billy Heeran, 36, said. “We’ve been in business for 33 years – to just fold it wasn’t an option.” Billy and his brother, Sean, will be handling the day to day operations with help from chef and partner Billy Whelan. Sean Heeran said customers have continuously asked the family to rebuild. “It’s a good feeling – if they didn’t say that, you’d be a little nervous,” he said. “My father spent his whole life building the place to be what it was, so it’s good that people are receptive to it.” Billy couldn’t give an exact timeline for how long construction will take, but he’s hoping for the new restaurant, located at 129-18 Newport Ave., to be done in about 16 months. The Harbor Light served as a cornerstone for the local community since its opening in 1980. Community gatherings and events – even funerals – were held there. And the place has felt its own share of tragedy even before San-

dy. Another Heeran son, Charles, was killed on September 11 and two months later, the restaurant served as a disaster relief center when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed just a few hundred feet away. Sandy proved too much. The storm and the fire left only the awning and the front steps of the structure remaining. And although the Heeran family knew they would rebuild, plans were not set into motion immediately. “The whole block had burned down,” Billy Heeran said. “We really weren’t concerned about the restaurant at that point.” The brothers are most looking forward to seeing their former customers again. “It really was like a ‘Cheers’ – seeing those people every day was great,” Sean said. “The fact that we don’t see them often anymore kind of stinks.” The brothers said that the whole community has been supportive through the difficult rebuilding process. Billy Heeran especially expressed his gratitude toward Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and his attorney, Keith Sullivan, who is representing several of the individuals suing LIPA and National Grid over the fires. “I didn’t even know how popular it was until it burned down,” he said. “Now people are constantly asking about what’s going on.”

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THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014

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Storybook Ending For ‘Whalemina’

Story and Photo By Bianca Fortis

Despite being washed away during Hurricane Sandy, the beloved Rockaway mascot, Whalemina, will soon be immortalized – in the form of a children’s book. Laura Cryan, a Breezy Point native, had grown attached to the whale over the years. When the statue was destroyed in the storm, Cryan, 23, realized that children growing up in Rockaway would have no way to remember her. Cryan, who writes stories as a hobby, decided a children’s book would be the perfect way to share Whalemina’s story, as well as serve as a way to raise funds to recreate the statue. The story will outline the whale’s life, beginning with her time as a plain, gray statue at the Central Park Children’s Zoo. “It’s a story about getting lost and wandering and making new friends and family wherever you go,” Cryan said. “It’s also a story about being strong and about resilience – about finding your way back home.” In the 1990s when the Parks Department decided to remove the

statue from the Central Park zoo, Rockaway residents offered to give her a new home. “She was a piece of garbage to them, and we wanted to take her in and make her beautiful,” Cryan said. “That’s the spirit of our community, that’s what we do. We’re artists.” After some prodding, particularly by the late Sal Arena, the whale was eventually moved to Beach 94th Street. Artist Geoff Rawling, who describes himself as Whalemina’s “guardian,” spent more than a decade slowly covering the statue in pieces of glass, creating an elaborate, colorful mosaic that depicted nighttime on one side and daytime on the other. He worked on the project each summer, but hadn’t yet finished when Sandy hit. The project will also give him the opportunity to bring Whalemina back to life in a new way: he will be illustrating pictures of Whalemina to go with the story. “As an artist, I like the process,” he said. “That’s the beautiful thing about art. When one thing dies, you can reincarnate it again at any time.”

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Rawling estimates the new statue, which he will build, will cost about $15,000. It will be mobile and even able to float in water. Proceeds from the book will go toward the new statue. Cryan is planning an initial printing of a few hundred copies, which will be sold in establishments around the peninsula. She started an online fundraising campaign to raise $2,000 for the initial printing.

One of the most important aspects of the project for Cryan is that a book is tangible – it can be held. “Whalemina is something that needs to be remembered,” she said. “Rockaway needs that. The book isn’t going to be thrown away or forgotten. It’s like a piece of history.” To contribute to the campaign, go to indiegogo.com and search Whalemina.


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By Kevin Boyle

Rumor Mill Is Churning The things you hear. I have a few friends who can’t start a sentence without saying “off the record” even though what they tell me is usually better than a sleeping pill. Other times I hear rumors that are pretty good even though they often amount to nothing. So what I’m offering you is more of the same: probably a lot of nothing. So I hear another newspaper is coming to Rockaway. I guess newspapers are going to be like

nail salons. Rumor has it this one is coming out of Howard Beach and Broad Channel but with a Rockaway name. It’s only a rumor to me because they didn’t friend me on Facebook. Although it must be more than a rumor because The Rockaway Times was mysteriously disappearing in Broad Channel or found buried under another newspaper in a couple of stores. I’m no detective but that sounds like dirty pool. Tsk, tsk.

Of course, I’m chalking this up as a rumor without merit – they wouldn’t start off like that, would they? Nah. Another rumor that doesn’t have the nefarious overtones of the first involves Broad Channel as well. It seems interest in the little gem in Jamaica Bay is getting noticed and that artists and creative types of all kinds are eyeing it because it’s “off the grid” a bit, yet offers so much. It’s got sunrise and sunset views that rival any in the world. Its backyard is the spectacular Jamaica Bay; its side yard is a wildlife sanctuary. The subway ride into the City and other places (like the airport) is another bonus. More people are starting to ask what Pete Mahon says in his weekly column in the Rockaway Times, why would you live anywhere else? Another spot popping up on the rumor mill is the Beach 40s. Word is, some people are calling it the next hot real estate market. Yes, the Beach 40s. You can walk to the subway, the ocean, and the bay. There are plenty of small houses and bungalows that are sure to attract newcomers. Don’t tell me I’m nuts, just remember you heard it here first or second or third. And now you can tell

Page 5 people, you know what I heard…. ***More Boyleing Points: Breezy Point is a bit of a mystery to many in Rockaway. Because it’s a private community some people don’t realize you can shop there, (Breezy Lumber, for instance) and enjoy sunsets, food and entertainment at the Bay House (and soon, Kennedy’s). To get to the Bay House, you make the first right past the booth. And keep going, there’s parking. ***Jeez, I’ve hit bottom. I feel like Tom Arnold the guy who is semi-famous merely because he married comedian Roseann Barr. He makes a living out of being a quote- unquote celebrity, willing to do any sort of reality TV show. I’m feeling like Tom because I’ve been asked to be in a dunk tank. You know, I sit on some platform and somebody throws something hoping the trapdoor will open and I’ll get dunked in a pool of skanky water. It’s for an Arts In Parts fundraiser so I had to say yes. But jeez, they must’ve asked a lot of people before they found me on the bottom of the barrel. Anyway, if you’ve got a sadistic streak in you, visit Beach 97th street on Sunday, July 27. But I’m telling you now, I’m taking names.


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Schumer: Pet Owners Deserve Break Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut introduced the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, which, the senators say, will help save pet owners hundreds of dollars each year by giving them access to their pet’s prescriptions, and therefore the ability to buy medication at pharmacies, online or their vet’s office. Schumer said veterinarians do not provide copies of prescriptions to pet owners unless specifically asked by the client, thus forcing pet owners to buy medication through only their offices. In some cases, this allows veterinarians to charge much higher prices, since there is such little competition. The Senator’s legislation requires that veterinarians write prescriptions and provide copies to pet owners without them having to ask so that they can shop around for the best price. Schumer said New York pet owners could save approximately $63 million annually with passage of this legislation. “I am pleased to be working with Senator Blumenthal on this important legislation that will protect our pets and their owners alike, by making sure they get the medication they need for their feathered and furry family, in as affordable a manner as possible,” Schumer said.

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Queens Transit Meeting Report By Mike Scala

The Queens Public Transit Committee held its first public meeting on Wednesday, July 16 at the Rockaway Knights of Columbus. Naturally, the Rockaway ferry was the hot topic. It was encouraging to see the community coming together in refusing to give up on such an invaluable resource. We’ve heard it said that the ferry was the only good thing to emerge from Superstorm Sandy. Though the city budget did not include the funding we needed, we’re determined to ensure the ferry continues to operate well beyond October. Joe Hartigan did a great job presenting some of the information he’s compiled. In my own view, any discussion about the cost of the ferry should include an analysis of the economic growth it will create. This is an investment in our city’s infrastructure, and we can’t let that point be lost. Increasing ridership will be crucial to winning the battle. Ridership is up since 2013 -the number of passengers the last week of June rose from 4,039 last year to 4,789 this year -but we can do better. It should be emphasized that this can be facilitated by making the ferry readily accessible throughout the peninsula. Nonetheless, all political movements require strength in numbers. If we unite, our demand will not fall on deaf ears. One strong suggestion was to hold a press conference and rally on the ferry so the media can experience our lifeline firsthand. If only we can get Mayor de Blasio on the boat, perhaps his thinking will change.

As Laura Deckelman says, happiness is riding the ferry. Of course, transportation is inadequate throughout the borough as a general matter, and that especially holds true for south Queens and the Rockaway peninsula. The ferry conversation cannot occur in a vacuum. As mentioned, we need better transportation to the ferry. We also need better bus service. We need better train service. We need to eliminate the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge. This all affects our quality of life, and that transcends even transit issues. There has been much discussion lately about the proposed homeless shelter. The best argument against it is that Rockaway does not have what it needs to accommodate its current residents, much less an influx of new ones, and at the top of that list is an efficient, reliable transportation system. Major credit must be given to Phil McManus for his leadership, the Committee to Save the Rockaway Ferry and all else who’ve contributed. I encourage everyone to attend the next Queens Public Transit Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 20 from 7:30 to 9 PM at the Knights of Columbus. The first one was a good brainstorming session. We need to expand on it, continue to grow and turn our ideas into actions. The struggle for the ferry and better transportation has just begun, and our success will depend on your involvement. To contact the Queens Public Transit Committee, email info@queenspublictransit.com.


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The High Tide

A little of this and that A report (DNAinfo) came out on Wednesday that said the ferry is dead. The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has control over the ferry. They’ve been saying all along that keeping the ferry was to be based on ridership. Well, this secretive outfit wouldn’t provide an actual number as to how many riders the ferry needed to attract for it to be funded. That allowed them to keep moving the goalposts. A fellow named Kyle Kimball, if you’re wondering, is the president of this self-proclaimed “city economic engine.”

livers – as in delivers the paper to homes and stores in Broad Channel. His mother must be proud!

*** We must pause regular programming to thank the columnists we’ve got onboard. They write with energy and passion. And they attract readers that might not normally be interested in the topics they cover. The Rockaway Times has personality thanks to them. So a Standing O to them! Pete Mahon has to get a special shout out because he not only writes, he de-

*** So City Councilman Eric Ulrich gave away some rain barrels last week. The Rockaway Times put in a tiny little mention of the giveaway minus one important fact – the date they were being given away. Robbie Schwach, who works for Eric, sent us a note: “We’ve had more people call our office in the last 24 hours to reserve a rain barrel as a result of the

*** Well, that didn’t take long. Rob Astorino, challenging Governor Cuomo for the top job in the State, has already beaten Cuomo in the number of times he’s been to Rockaway. Astorino came Tuesday after being here just a couple of weeks ago. Cuomo showed a few days after Sandy, promised he’d be back, and well, that hasn’t happened.

mention of their availability in The Rockaway Times, as we’ve had for or against any issue (Build it Back, the Rockaway Ferry, the proposed Homeless Shelter) or event in the last two weeks, combined!” *** Weekend At Bernie’s, a cult classic from the 1980s, is a dark comedy about a couple of guys dragging their dead boss – as if he’s still alive – to parties in the Hamptons. To mark the movie’s 25th anniversary, there will be a Weekend At Bernie’s celebration at Playland Motel this Saturday. *** Please be advised. The Community Board may vote against Land Use proposals but the vote is merely advisory. The proposal to add buildings and commercial spaces at Beach 105 through Beach 108 is not dead because the Community Board voted it down. ***

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Mayor Can Still Float Ferry Dear Editor: The Mayor must submit the expense and capital budget to the city council for its review and adoption. Even if the Ferry is not in it the council can negotiate to include funding for it, the council did it when it demanded money for free breakfast for all middle school students. This information is from a present Councilman and a former Councilman. Danny Ruscillo

Police Captain Asks For Help

Dear Rockaway Residents and Community Members: On Thursday, July 10, 2014 the New York City Police Department’s Gang Division executed a Search Warrant in the Arverne section of the Precinct (north of beach channel drive) and arrested a gang member who was in possession of two assault rifles and a large quantity of ammunition. Gang activity and associated violence directly impacts the quality of life for community residents. The Police need your help in keeping your neighborhood safe and free of gang related activity. Craig Adelman 100th Precinct Commanding Officer

Dog Crap Etiquette Dear Editor: Years ago I wrote a letter to another paper about proper disposal of dog waste. Nearly coming to blows with some recidivist dog owner that kept throwing his dog’s crap into the storm drains, I penned a letter.

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Our treatment plant was build to handle a casino, hello Lindsey, the storm drains only divert water to Jamaica Bay. Throwing raw untreated dog crap into the storm drains is not kosher. Period. If for some reason that some entitled elitist or their rotten kids can’t figure out that the Bay is connected to the ocean, they have a steep learning curve to climb. In closing, please properly dispose your beloved pet’s waste. That does not involve the storm drains, a.k.a., sewers. Remember, there is no such thing as a bad dog, only a bad owner. James E. O’Brien

The System Needs Fixing

Dear Editor: In regards to the article, “With A Little Help, Wounded Warrior Finds Reason To Live” in last week’s Rockaway Times, I met (Wounded Warrior) “Rizzo” at the block party . What a wonderful person. I’m glad she is now getting the help she needs, but why do our veterans have to jump through hoops to get the services they fought for? Illegals are flooding across our borders and they get whatever they need. It’s disgraceful. All the best to Rizzo. Kelly Kelley

No One To Ask Dear Editor: Today I watched a worker caring for the trees recently planted in the lot housing the unused “trailors”. At the same time, our beloved ferry (soon to be discontinued) was pulling into the dock. How much does the city spend maintaining and guarding this piece of property? Can we ask the Mayor? Oops, he’s not here. Noreen Ryan

First Annual Car Show Draws And Yes, Cars! Some classic cars drew oohs and ahs from the crowd who came to support the charity car show at St. Camillus which supported NYPD DETECTIVE ENDOWMENT ASSOCIATION.

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Editorial Maybe Rockaway Needs An OTB A One Term Bill de Blasio No ferry. No plan for Game Changer money. Nothing from his Economic Development Corporation. Ticket agents everywhere. Speed cameras without proper signage. Road construction at the height of the summer season. A Parks Commissioner who comes to Rockaway as often as the Mayor. That’s the short list of what we’ve gotten from City Hall. Oh wait, the Mayor gave us a new homeless shelter. No neighborhood, especially one already crying for adequate services, wants an influx of more disadvantaged. What makes the de Blasio homeless move so dumb is that Rockaway is in a flood zone (ever hear about Sandy, Mr. Mayor)? The most vulnerable populations in storms and emergencies are those that require services (evacuation help, medical attention, and basics like food and water). Getting those services to at-risk populations is a challenge that the city always fails to do. So, what’s the thinking? Rockaway is vulnerable to storms so let’s put more people who need more services there. Brilliant ! City Hall wants congratulations when Build It Back hands out a few reimbursement checks or breaks ground on building a new

home. We say, it’s about time. One Term Bill likes to blame his predecessor, Mike Bloomberg, for Build It Back. Well, One Term Bill de Blasio just got around to naming a new Buildings Commissioner. It took the Mayor seven months to put someone in charge of this vital city agency! We love his quote: “We have to change the culture of the Buildings Department. There has to be a totally different sense of time and efficiency,” If his “sense of time” for the Buildings Department is like the rest of City Hall, he should have named Rip Van Winkle commissioner. We guess choosing a Building Commissioner was an exhausting exercise. Shortly after naming the commissioner, the Mayor holding office for seven months, needed a 10 day vacation in Italy. Pubic Advocate Leitita James reportedly asked her legal team to research what powers she might have while OTB vacations. Comptroller Scott Stringer is a willing watchdog and a steady nuisance to the Mayor. Just seems that maybe those thinking about a primary challenge aren’t on vacation and might be thinking about a One Term Bill.

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Between the groins By John Cori

So Is It A Jetty Or A Groin? The word “Jetty”has been a part of the people of the Rockaway peninsula’s culture for as long as anyone here can remember. From Beach 86th Street east, we have identified the long perpendicular alignment of stones which reach out into the sea off of our beaches as “Rock jetties!” Looking west along the Rockaway seashore we have a long neat alignment of “wood jetties” which once protected our shores. In recent years many new comers to our beaches have begun referring to then as “the sticks.” At one time in the neighborhood of Rockaway Beach, we even had had a deli called the Jetty Deli on beach 96th and Rockaway Beach Blvd and our very own United States post office even has a stamp immortalizing the Rockaway peninsula’s “jetties!” There’s only problem, they are not jetties! They are technically

GROINS. I know, I know, I would never have gotten a bagel and a cup of coffee from the Groin Deli either! I know this all come as a shock to many, but it is what it is, or should I say they are what they are. Groins! And hence, the name of this column! There are those of us who attended Beach Channel High School and have know this little known secret for some time, as we learned this in Oceanography 101 in 9th grade. Yet for so long we have been trained here on the Rockaway peninsula to believe that a huge part of our culture is not what we’ve been trained to believe it is. You may ask how have we’ve been taught to believe that a groin is a jetty? The answer is simple. NYC Parks! Yes our old friends in Parks. For as long as we can all re-

are talking about, that a groin is a groin and a dune is a dune! If looks a groin and acts like a groin it must be a groin! If you want to see what a real jetty looks like simply travel west along the Rockaway peninsula until you get to the very end and there you will find a real JETTY! Long story short: groins are longer than jetties!

member, Parks have been posting signs on the Groins saying “KEEP OF JETTY” or the more infamous “ KEEP OFF JETTY: NO DIVING “ which has always been manipulated into saying: “KEEP JETTY DIVING!” As we move forward with the rebuilding and continue out fight for the best resilience we can get, it will be best to know what we

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Rockaway Represented In Military Academies

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TJ Stackpole was only six years old when his father, FDNY Capt. Timothy Stackpole, died on September 11, 2001. According to his mother, Tara Stackpole, that experience, along with his patriotism and interest in American history, led him to where he is now: the U.S. Naval Academy. TJ, now 19, was inducted into the academy on July 1 in Annapolis, Md. Upon graduation he will serve in the military for five years. He’s one of several youth in Rockaway who have enrolled in a military academy of some kind. “We definitely live in a community that gives back all the time,” Tara said. “And the academy is not only about education, but service too.” She said children living on the Rockaway peninsula were exposed to the loss of many people on 9/11 as well as the annual Wounded Warrior Project event. “Kids here are exposed to things that made them make that decision in their life,” she said. “They say, ‘Look at what this person has given for us. What can I do to serve?’” Gerry Casey said he was surprised when his son Sean, 21, first told him he wanted to enroll in the academy. “You always ask kids why they want to go to a certain college. He wasn’t quite sure how to explain it,” Casey said. “Sometimes there’s just a gut feeling that people get and they go with it. And sometimes it works out.” Sean Casey is now entering his junior year, according to his father. “You’re very proud that he wants to serve his country, and on the other hand you’re worried that he’s going to be in

harm’s way,” Gerry Casey said. Kelly Kelley’s son Ryan graduated from the Naval Academy in 2007. Ryan said the biggest influence for his decision was 9/11 – he had been in high school in Manhattan on that day. Kelly Kelley thought maybe the tragedy would instead change his mind about enrolling and asked him whether he was giving his earlier decision a second thought. “He said, ‘It makes me want to go now more than ever. I would go tomorrow if I could,’” she recounted. Kelley said enrolling in a military academy requires a level of commitment and discipline that is not required in the average college setting. “He’s being screamed at and exercising every day while his friends are running around on the beach,” she said. “You have to be willing to sacrifice a lot.” She said connecting with other parents whose children attend military academies has been a very helpful part of the experience. Her other friends couldn’t quite understand what it was like to have a student enrolled in an academy. Parents can’t just show up and take their child out to dinner when a son or daughter is having a hard time, she explained. After graduation Ryan attended the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power School and served aboard the USS Buffalo submarine in Guam. He is now working toward his PhD in nuclear engineering at the University of Florida, Kelley said. Breezy Point native Patrick Dowdell, whose father Kevin was also killed on 9/11, was ac-

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Beware The Assassin At The Bar Rockaway is known for trusting the people that serve them as well as trusting patrons around them. What they often don’t understand, and refuse to grasp is that the enemy is a lot closer to home then they can’t comprehend. Enter Pile Assassin. You’re all dressed up, smelling fresh, looking delish. You’re pocket swells from the trip you just made to the ATM. There are two things that are certain this night, you are going out and it’s going to be a sick night. Friends are texting you, “what’s the deal, where we hitting first?” Your Facebook status is on point with a casual Check In at your local watering hole, instantaneously garnering 30 likes from your endless friends. You meet your friends outside, exchange a few pleasantries, hugs and kisses are thrown at random. Bouncer checks your ID, you walk

in without a care in the world. Tonight is your night and no one is stopping you. Your crew waits patiently as the awkward silence of who is buying the first round fills the air. You ease your way through the crowd and gracefully withdrew a 50-spot from your now deflating wallet. It hits you, “this is not going to work,” you say to yourself. You politely suggest to your post- graduate struggling friends, “let’s make a pile!” While you collect the cash, the Assassin quietly basks in his glory, he didn’t suggest the “pile” but he knows he just hit the jackpot. You hand the bartender the sweaty wad and he places it under the Stoli O bottle. A firm handshake is suggested by the veteran bartender, a shop steward of the Local 11693 RBBTU, Rockaway Beach Bartenders Union. Your familiar face is recogniz-

able to him and he knows you do the right thing. He serves the first round for you and your three buddies, depleting your pile of the cost of the 3 drinks with 1 being an industry practiced “buy back.” You offer a nod of approval in appreciation for the gesture and make your way back to the enemy in wating. You know your friend, The Assassin. He is nothing if not clever. His Bud Light is at the midpoint of needing a refill and he just happens to bump into a grade school squeeze. Being the gentlemen he is, he quickly offers his lady friend a frozen drink and perhaps even offers a shot to go along with the frozen. On the way to the bar, he bumps into a high school buddy and suggests he join the two of them at the bar for the unlikely reunion. “Yo” he obnoxiously shouts from across the bar. The veteran barkeep is used to this, as the old school mentality has subsided in the Social Media Generation, he professionally acknowledges the raucous trio and begins to make his way to them. The Assassins face is not just recognizable, it’s widely known. “Yo, let me get a frozen, a Bud light, whatever he’s drinking, and three fireballs. And I’m under the Stoli O.” Meaning the pile of mon-

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City Councilman Eric Ulrich had praise for the Build It Back Program. Mayor de Blasio looks on.

City Lauds Success of ‘Build it Back’ By Bianca Fortis

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rights should have won multiple Academy Awards. Paltry box office sales that barely recouped the filmswill original budget and one that be as eye-catching. a face-to-face showdown The monarchs are starting to with hang blockbuster film Forrest around the buddleia and Gump maybe were contributing that left a humming bird orfactors two. Kids can Shawshank collecting dust for The the catch fireflies in an old jar. next several years.is bountiful—so vegetable garden Though Morgan Freeman remuch so you can share with your ceived an Academythe nomination for neighbors—even cranky ones Best Male Actor it was until the cannot resist a big, fatnot misshapen film madetomato. it to VHSAnd, and 24-hour heirloom yes, the TNT rerunsare that it received the atknock-outs still blooming. tention it was due. to mention September will Not arrive with rethe filmon hasthe been #1 and on IMDB’s blooms salvia clematop 250rose since 2008. Be that it tis and hips galore. The as days may, as I am relate, are cooler sosure youmany mightcan kick back Shawshank is an instantaneous a little and skip a day of container click on the ‘OK’there button while watering. Maybe is time to channel All outside sit on thesurfing. front porch with a activ“Bud” ity and anothing else exists andceases peruse gardening catawhile to Andy Red, logue. listening Maybe that is as tell likely as “Remember hope a maygood kids catchingRed, fireflies in isold thing, theI can bestwax of things, onnaisemaybe jars but nostaland good thing dies.” are gic. no And still, the ever knock-outs Though the life of an amateur cranking. turned professional poker October comes and theplayer garis a roller coaster ride that statistiden centers are beckoning again, cally maypumpkins often lead and to the depths now with cabbages of bankruptcy, ‘Rounders’ provided

So it was 1989 when these dudes had their picture taken on the beach. It so happens, Norman Arend still surfs and lives in Rockaway, Frankie Cullen still surfs and can be found at the Rockaway Beach Surf Camp. Dougie O’Conner still surfs and lives down the Jersey Shore. and mums. You keep promising and pruned and battled black spot, yourself that you will plant all the aphids and rust. And I have bebulbs that you bought and are sit- come a Knock Out roseophile beting in a bag in your back seat or cause they are easy and prolific and by the side door. The lazy days of you don’t have to fuss over them summer are well past and it will and they do knock you out over and start getting dark so early that you over in red, pink, yellow and finally some bittersweet memories in this great shot of Ruggers at a 7s tourney. Not white. They up to wind and might just rush are: pastTim the garden necessarily in order Tubridy; Kevin Griffith; Rick stand Sternberg Pete Brady; air, an(RIP) occasional basketball but,Moore; slow down look, (RIP); because Joe Tommyand greaney Timmysalty stackpole Pat savage; Kevin Callaghan. the knock-out roses are likely to be and even some neglect. Even with their thorns, they are steadfast still valiantly blooming. a platform on which to make that offriends Texas in Hold’em on the map and the garden. It’s November and not much dream a reality. Matt Damon’s notethe movie ‘Rounders’ started it all. So, I really can’t miss June beis happening in the garden. The worthy performance of a seemingly Since his win, no “professional” has season is really coming to an end. cause each day brings something relatable newwon in the the WSOP. garden;Much theretoisthe no Perhaps post it is grad warmstudent and a turned rose or ever poker pro, gave a young accountant chagrin of pros like Phil Live in the two still lingers on the knock-out time to mourn June. Helmuth, named Chris Moneymaker the push who berate love amateurs for theiryou style moment, the garden are bushes. to accomplish what “only happens of play, the game itself would not OK, so no surprise. I am a roseo- in today and embrace the knockin the movies.” the popularity an outs that come yourwithout way---good, phile. I have fussed and fretted over attain In what has been called “The ordinary person such as Moneymy climbers, grandifloras and hy- bad, thorny and rosy. Moneymaker Effect”,Ihis win at the maker accomplishing this feat. It Happy Gardening, Rosie brid tea rose bushes. have sprayed (Continued on page 20) World Series of Poker put the game

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Tom Paladino has one message for the Rockaway community: “Rockaway is the new Cape Cod for whale and dolphin watching.” He and his business partner, Frank DeSantis, operate American Princess Cruises, and offer a whale and dolphin watch and adventure cruise, which launches from Riis Landing. DeSantis and Paladino both spent years working in the passenger boat business. In 2010 they decided to offer the only whale watching tour available in the New York City area. DeSantis said within the past ten years it has become easier to find aquatic life in and around Jamaica Bay. He attributes that to cleaner waters, conservation and the climate. During a four-hour trip on Friday afternoon, DeSantis was able to spot a large pod of bottlenose dolphins off the coast of New Jersey. Passengers filled the bow of the ship, cameras in hand, to watch the dolphins swim with one another and jump into the air. Later during the trip, DeSantis located what it appeared to be two different Humpback whales. The whales did not breach, but did show their tails – called flukes –

several times. Each trip also features a naturalist who teaches passengers about marine life. A tour can also include sightings of minke whales, pilot whales and common dolphins, DeSantis said. Throughout the year the whales migrate between the Caribbean and northern waters, offering local residents a unique opportunity to see whales without having to leave the city. The whale-watching season runs from the spring into the fall, DeSantis said. As the captain of the ship, his job offers a difficult challenge: finding the whales. To do this they track the bait fish that the whales feed on, as well as water tempera-

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show people that there are these creatures that live right here in our backyard, as well as educate them on these animals,” he said. The boat tours also offer passengers a completely new perspective on New York City, he said. DeSantis and Paladino also operate the Rockaway Beach Ferry between Riis Landing and Pier 11 in Manhattan. Later in the year, American Princess Cruises also offers seal and bird watching tours. On July 25 and August 8, they will operate a ferry for a Coney Island fireworks show from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Boats can also be chartered for special events. The boats sail out of Riis Landing at Fort Tilden. For more information about the cruises, visit americanprincesscrusises.com


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Civics Corner By Hank Iori

The Belle Harbor View What does the word civics mean to you? Well the definition in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “the study of the rights and duties of citizens and of how government works”. To me this definition is limited in scope. Civics is more pro active than the stated definition. Understanding how government works is an important first step. Now we all know that is not easy in a city like New York to figure out just how things get done. It is hard to figure out who is responsible. City government has a way of diffusing responsibility so it becomes difficult to hold anyone accountable. Hurricane Sandy has opened our eyes to just how responsive

government really is or is not in times of emergency. The City agencies were initially slow in their response to the storm. They were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the damage that occurred. Some city agencies worked better than others. The Department of Sanitation stands out as an exemplary leader in providing necessary clean up services to our community. The city devised program, Rapid Repair, had its problems but did help in getting families back into their homes. Now, almost two years later, we are still trying to figure out how the Federal, State and City’s Hurricane Sandy response works. Red tape is

everywhere. The Rockaway community has worked with the Parks Department on the design of the boardwalk. Since the leadership of City Hall has changed we are sensing that the not for profit organization, EDC, the Economic Development Corporation is making changes to the boardwalk plans agreed to by the community without community consultation. Residents keep wondering how Long Beach built their two plus miles boardwalk so fast while our boardwalk reconstruction drags on in the hands of EDC. Meanwhile, you can’t help wondering how large sums of money can be found for major projects. Governors Island is completely being redesigned and rebuilt with an active ferry service to the Island. Can’t help but wonder how that ferry service is being subsidized, no one even lives on the island! Along the shore of Brooklyn from the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge to Atlantic Avenue a walkway with many amenities has been developed. As a native New Yorker I applaud these efforts on the one hand but question why Rockaway’s recovery seems to be on the

The Rockaway Times slow track. Recently, I was contacted by an individual from EDC and asked why I was pushing so hard to get streets and sidewalks between 126th Street and 149th Street by the Beach wall repaired. I gave him all my reasons explaining that it has been 20 months since the storm and DOT has done nothing to correct the problem. DOT has resisted all attempts to meet with the community to address this problem. I asked if he ever visited Rockaway. He told me he had been down with a group touring Rockaway. I invited him to come down to see for himself exactly what I was talking about. I haven’t heard from him since. The word “Civics” is not a noun for Rockaways, it is an action word. It requires us to be persistent in our effort to receive the services our community requires and deserve from our federal, State and city agencies. Collectively we need to apply the necessary pressure to the appropriate providers and our elected officials to restore Rockaway. Hank Iori is President of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association.

City To Give Rockaway A Homeless Shelter By Bianca Fortis

The New York City Department of Homeless Services plans to convert a former Rockaway drug rehabilitation facility into a transitional housing shelter. DHS sent a letter to Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska last week, announcing that the new shelter would be operated by Housing Bridge, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit. The shelter, the old Daytop Village rehab center at 316 Beach 65th St., will house 155 adult families, according to the letter, written by Lisa Black, an Assistant Commissioner at DHS. The city has an obligation to provide emergency shelter to families in need, she wrote. On Tuesday, Congressman Gregory Meeks sent

a letter to DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, expressing his “dismay and displeasure” over the decision to open the shelter. After noting that he understands the need for transitional housing, Meeks makes several arguments: that Rockaway has not recovered from Hurricane Sandy, that public transportation on the peninsula is lacking, that there is only one hospital serving the community, that the peninsula has not yet been made resilient, that homeless individuals with jobs in the mainland will be faced with the daunting challenge of traveling back and forth. “It is not fair or proper to tackle one problem by creating additional problems for those who will be directly or indirectly affected by this decision,” he wrote.

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Water Workout; Water Fun

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In addition to being the home of NYC’s only official surfing beach, Stand Up Paddle Boarding has arrived in Rockaway. One of the first SUP schools and rental locations in the five boroughs can now be found at the Rockaway Jet Ski dock behind Thai Rock. SUP was the fastest growing water sport in the U.S. in 2013. Tracing its roots to the Hawaiian surfing scene, the sport has grown in popularity over the past ten years. It attracted a greater following once it was adapted for use on more flat-water lakes and rivers. SUP can be learned and enjoyed by users of all levels in just about any water setting. Rockawayist first became entranced with SUP on a visit to Austin, Texas last year. Never being much of a traditional surfer, the idea of gliding down a placid river seemed like a great core workout and a great way to spend an afternoon on the water. Many SUPboarders even bring along their dogs. There were limited options to learn SUP or rent boards in NYC (aside from the Hudson River, which seems a bit intimidating to a newcomer), and I was disappointed to find a journey north to the kayak and row schools of Westchester County would be required. With the start of summer 2014, however, Rockaway resident Linda Humphrey started offering tours and lessons on Jamaica Bay. The quintessential Rockaway resident,

Humphrey has a native’s love and knowledge of the local waters. Humphrey decided to set up the SUP school after Hurricane Sandy destroyed her digital imaging business. In addition to group and individual lessons by the chatty and personable Humphrey, guided scenic and sunset tours of Jamaica Bay are available. There is even a fledgling SUP Yoga class being offered. The SUP experience itself, while it may look like a calm outing, is a full body workout. Maintaining balance on the board requires full core engagement, and the paddling is both a cardio and upperbody resistance workout. Even in the cool breezes off the water, you will work up a sweat after an hour on a SUP. For fellow CrossFit athletes, SUP is a great way to spend an active recovery day on the water. In the course of an hour, you can paddle under the A train tracks, see some barge wrecks in Jamaica Bay, and enjoy the wildlife up close. And the views of the Manhattan skyline are unbeatable. There are many types of paddleboards available. Humphrey uses boards made by The H2O Generation, which was founded by local Rockaway resident Kelley Brooke in 2010. H2O sells a variety of boards, including specific designs for SUP Yoga and fishing. Reservations for SUP, kayaking and jet ski rentals can be made here.

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By Alex Karinsky

Surf-enomics? Surfonomics? Who cares what you call it, it’s important evidence and it’s here to stay. Publications have written extensive articles on it, from the Washington Post to the Economist and Forbes. Chad Nelsen did a study back in 2012 for USA surf beaches. In 2002 he crunched the numbers to save the beach and wilderness around Tres Palmas in Rincon, Puerto Rico from a development that would have destroyed what is now a sanctuary. Here’s the numbers that Chad Nelsen discovered and how much revenue surfing brings to the economy. There are 3.3 million surfers in the US. 90 percent male and 62 percent of surfers

have a college degree or higher. Average age is 34 with 16 years of surfing experience. They own approximately four boards and will surf at least 108 days annually. Median income is $75K and they will spend $40 per surf session. Drive 10 miles per surf and spend 2.5 hours in the water. Grand total to the economy is up around $3 billion! What he didn’t include in his study was those surfers buying up real estate! Nor the surfers dragging their mates with them who don’t surf. So those numbers could get expanded 10-fold. Estimates in Rockaway could be as much as 700-1,000 surfers across all breaks, any given

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day. Since the replenishment, the main jetty has pretty much ceased to work, many surfers are exploring further along the peninsula and discovering the many watery jewels that lay out there, telling even more surfers that would normally go to Long Beach to go to Rockaway. Dan Falt from the Army Corp of Engineers gave me some great information. He said there will be any new jetties, creating even more breaks. Their chief engineer recommends that we get 5 new jetties equidistant from the last main jetty to 108th St to trap sand. The jetties would be tapered, meaning they would incrementally decrease in length to make the shoreline more square since the peninsula actually bends more SE the further you go west. This way the flow of sand can be trapped better and keep sand fairly even along the entire coastline. Great idea! But maybe we need more than 5. Maybe Neponsit people want proper jetties so their homes donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get washed away again. Is it funded yet? No. Has it formally been lodged with any government agencies? No. What this pretty much means is that we could be 3-5 years out from this even being realized, and a pretty penny for a study. Add up the number of hurricanes that can happen in a year and you get an ugly number of what we could be facing in that time. Kevin Flaherty pointed out to me about the hockey rink, this was OKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d and funded a year before Sandy, ground has still not been broken. We simply cannot tolerate this inaction anymore. I asked Dan if we need to go through the ACOE to get jetties, no, they can be bought from private contractors. We only need City and State approval and construction permit from the USACE. Well then, what are we waiting for? Depending upon the substrate, jetties cost anywhere between

3-10 million a piece. We know they work, so no study needed. In my column last week, we crunched numbers and we could have an annual purse of $30-60 million if we charged for DFD beach access via a Rockaway authority. That would cover our ferry, buy us jetties and also get that sand to fill in once this lot is gone. Then you add up what surfers are bringing in annually. Potentially $40 a head x 700 surfers a day x 150 surf days = over $4 million. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being conservative. Right now there is absolutely no contingency plan to replace this sand when it washes away, and it will. Dan mentioned that the sand we got was a freebie by the federal government and state. How hard will the fight be for the next $34 million and rely upon city agencies that continually neglect us? What agency determines when we need it? By profession, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a workflow specialist, this is what I know, in corporate companies we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for shit to happen and then clean up the mess. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re preemptive and we design things to account for madness to happen, but have plans in place to mitigate the harms that can come. As of now, Rockaway is another accident waiting to happen. We need to be the agents of change and start messing with this situation and take ownership. A great model to follow in creating this Rockaway authority is what an entire nation did to stay afloat amongst its corrupters in Iceland. They ousted the government. Proved the banks as fraudulent. Jailed three bank CEOs and fined the banks. An assembly was created, 25 citizens were chosen with no political affiliation, the only qualifications needed was adulthood and the support of 30 people. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an oversimplification of what happened, but nonetheless an example of the people taking the power back in their hands to correct their future. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take back our beach!


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Be Well. Be Happy By Helen Kilgallen

As you are reading this column, I am traveling to Vermont on a very special yoga retreat with some amazing people from Jaya Yoga in Park Slope. Why do I go on yoga retreats when I am so happy and content to stay in Rockaway practicing and teaching at Ocean Bliss Yoga Studio in Rockaway with some of the best instructors in town? Well, it is really important for me to expand my horizons and immerse myself in a 4-day weekend truly being in retreat mode. We eat vegetarian cooking, practice 4 hours of yoga a day, go hiking and we may even do some Stand Up Paddle Yoga on a lake. This is heaven for me. To go on a retreat you truly get to know who you are and what you want in life. For me, there is a special bond you make with new people who you would have never met. It is peaceful and yet so invigorating. I love yoga so what better way to vacation. It takes me out of Rockaway, away from the ocean that I love and cherish. Being in the mountains is quite spectacular with the lush greenery and flat lakes, no waves! This gives me a whole new perspective. I am a water girl but I really learn to appreciate the beauty in the mountains. Carla and Ramit, the directors of Jaya Yoga in Brooklyn run the retreat. They are the real deal in the yoga world. It is quite the treat for me to practice with two of the best instructors in New York City. I went last year and came home renewed and restored. I also learned

so much to bring back to my students in Rockaway. This year is extra special because I have had the month of July off from teaching yoga at Ocean Bliss as we relocate to 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, with Mrs. Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance Studio. Opening day is August 1st. free yoga classes all day long. So may say I have been on a month long retreat. It has been a great summer so far. Whether you can go away on a retreat or simple have a day of rest, eating healthy and practicing some form of exercise, it is important to retreat. It helps you to remember to slow down and enjoy the precious moments in your day. I encourage everyone to go a retreat. We had our very own retreat this past June at Menla Mountain in Phoenia, New York. Diana Treglia and myself hosted it. It was amazing and so healing. We will hold another one next year. Hold the date, second weekend in June. Gift yourself, you are worth every penny! I will return July 28th, super recharged to begin the next chapter of my life at Ocean Bliss Yoga. We were the first yoga studio to open on 116th five years ago and it has been pure bliss, hence the name of the studio. I believe in the power of healing with yoga. Come by for a class, you will not be disappointed. All my instructors are certified and experienced. Namaste (the light in me sees the light in each and every one of you.)

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Between the Bridges in Broad Channel By Peter J. Mahon

I received several inquiries from neighbors who stated that they had had a hard time finding copies of the Rockaway Times (RT) in Broad Channel last week. I conducted a quick tour of the town and found the only Broad Channel store carrying the RT was Hamberrys Delicatessen at 801 Cross Bay Boulevard. Not quite sure what happened but never fear, you can always check out the online edition of the RT each week at rockawaytimes.com Speaking of Hamberry’s Delicatessen, anyone who was out and about early last Friday morning, July 18th, could not help but notice a rather robust police presence in

front of that store. According to the 100th Precinct Commander, Captain Craig Adelman, the store was burglarized sometime between late evening July 17th and early morning July 18th and that the incident is being actively investigated. It is hoped that this incident is simply an aberration and does not reflect an unwelcome shift in our town’s otherwise almost non-existent crime rate. **Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Gill Laffe of W12th Road who was recently injured a vehicle accident. Gil is presently recovering at his better half’s (Anna’s) residence out of town. Get Well Soon Gil!

Last weekend’s “Pig Roast” at the Broad Channel V.F.W. was well attended and enjoyed by all who stopped by. Many thanks to Billy Grillman, Joe Douherty and Matty Conklin for getting the pit fired up and going at 4:00 am in the morning and to Kevin Bautz for taking care of the landscaping and Bobo Prokopowicz who carved and served the main course. And of course, a big thank you to both Gail Waldheim who worked the canteen during the afternoon and Grace Arnemann who kept the party going until the wee hours of Sunday morning. A real special “shout out” to Bobby Glade who helped make sure everyone got home safe and sound! While the West side of Broad Channel was busy with the VFW “Pig Roast” last Saturday, the East side of town was rocking with Pete Kane’s annual block party over on Church Road. These summertime events are but one of the simple pleasures our community here in Broad Channel enjoys that make life in this town unique! This Saturday, July 26th, members of Broad Channel’s V.F.W. and American Legion Posts will attend a new flagpole dedication at the home of 94 year old WWII veteran Leonard Miller at 158 Beach 128th Street at 11 am. Mr. Miller’s previous flagpole was destroyed during Super Storm Sandy. Everyone is

The Rockaway Times invited to attend this dedication ceremony and meet former Metalsmith 2nd Class Miller to congratulate him on the new flagpole and to thank him for his service to our country.! The Broad Channel 2014 Mardi Gras is heating up with the inclusion of Ruffle Bar in the mix of fundraising activities for the BCVFD. On Wednesday, July 30th you can have a delicious corn beef and cabbage dinner delivered to your door for only $10. Call Ruffle Bar at 718-318-2300 to set up your dinner orders. On Saturday, August 2nd, Ruffle Bar will host a pool tournament with cash prizes with an accompanying per person entry fee of $20. On Friday, August 8th at 9 pm a $5 cover will get you in to enjoy the live music of Mr. Big Deal! By the way, did I mention that Ruffle Bar is now serving frozen libations! Keep in mind that the proceeds from all these Summer of 2014 Mardi Gras events, whether they are sponsored by Grassy Point Bar and Grill or Ruffle Bar, go to support the brave men and women of our very own Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. Broad Channel – Why would anyone want to live anywhere else? See y’all next week. Comments/ Suggestions/Complaints/: email me at rtbetweenthebridges@ gmail.com or call 347-226-1293


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Things to do council

Beth Abraham Health Services 1821 Cornaga Ave. Every third Wednesday of month, 6:30 p.m.

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Call 646-662-2329 for more information Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Last Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m.

Music & Arts

Rockaway! Exhibit MoMa PS1 Multi-artist and multi-media art Fort Tilden Thursdays through Sundays until September 1 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“a watERcoloR FEaSt”

Paintings from the Brooklyn Watercolor Society Cuisine by Claudette 143 Beach 116th Tuesdays through Sundays July 1 through September 6

PhotogRaPhy Exhibit: wow Rockaway: StoRiES to REMEMbER

Victoria Barber’s photos documenting the aftermath of Sandy YANA 112-34 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Weekdays July 3 through September 1 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

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Films begin at sundown Beach 73rd St. July 26- Surfs Up Beach 112th St. July 30- Sixteen Candles

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No appointment necessary. Bring photo ID. Must be between 16-75 years old, Weigh at least 110 lbs, and no tattoos For the last 12 months. Call 718-634-8229 St. Camillus Church Rockaway Beach Blvd. and 100th St. August 17th, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

good govERnMEnt REgulaR dEMocRatic club Ocean Promenade Rehab 140 Beach 113th St. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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First Congregational Church 320 Beach 94th St. Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.

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American Legion Hall 209 Cross Bay Blvd. Every Thursday, 12:30 p.m.

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Magician and vEntRiloquiSt waynE ‘SuPERiiouS’ gaRland Wednesday, July 30 11 .m. Beach 97 concession area

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combines Latin and African dance steps. Beach 108th: Wednesdays through August 27, 7:30 p.m. Beach 17th: Tuesdays through August 19, 7 p.m.

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Adult fitness walking program Meet at the boardwalk at Beach 19th Saturdays through August 30, 8 a.m. Yoga/Human Movement Bring a mat or large towel Beach 104th Street Monday-Friday thru Labor Day, 8 a.m.

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Family Sailing Families enjoy sailing and the Environment of Dead Horse Bay. Reservation required; Call 718-338-3799 Gateway Marina, Brooklyn Fridays thru August 22, 9:00 a.m.

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Visit the volunteers of the Historic Aircraft Restoration Program, as they restore aircraft from Floyd Bennett Field’s aviation history. Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, Hanger B Every Thursday and Saturday through August 30, 2 p.m.

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Ranger Adventure Nature Walk and exploration for children from 6 to 12 years old. Reservations required; call 718-338-3799. Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn Wiley Post Group Campfire Ring

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Observe a South Marsh osprey pair, hear stories of their migrations and their recovery in the U.S. Spotting scope provided for up-close views. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Every day through August 31, 10 a.m.


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The Fishing Report By Matt Whalen

Lacrosse Club Grows In Rockaway The Lacrosse Club of Rockaway (LCR) continued its programming with a girls’ lacrosse clinic at Fort Tilden. The clinic is spearheaded by Mickey Blum, a Rockaway resident, former Notre Dame lacrosse player and current coach. Blum enlisted several of his lacrosse colleagues to help run the clinic. Blum reported that the girls, ranging from grades 1 through 8, learned lacrosse fundamentals while competing and having a great time! The upcoming schedule is action packed and designed for family fun. Thursday, AUGUST 14th is Family Fun Night at Aviator Field. From 5-6 p.m there will be a free clinic for boys and girls (Rising K thru 8th grades): Blum said, “Bring the whole family and friends for a great night of lacrosse including prizes and

raffles! Come see what this great sport is all about.” There will be an exhibition game immediately following the clinic. Graduates of Garden City High School and Chaminade High School will be competing. These are two of the premiere boys high school lacrosse programs in the country. Looking further ahead: August 18th through September 12th at Fort Tilden, the Lacrosse Club will hold seven sessions of skills, drills and scrimmage. (Girls- Monday and Wednesday nights ~ Boys Tuesday and Thursday nights). Blum saysd all experience levels are welcome. For more information, visit us at www.lacrosseclubofrockaway. com or email us at lacrosseclubofrockaway@gmail.com.

AHOY ROCKAWAY ! We have some big stiff to report this week, anglers ! This season the local Rockaway area is producing some mighty large fluke ! The tasty fillets are filling up frying pans everywhere. Big Ron’s bait and tackle Howard beach: Dawn at Big Ron’s tells us of some pretty big news over the weekend. Seems some large fish were taken by Captain Joey Bud at the “Tin can grounds.” A very large fluke was caught and weighed in at ten lbs., 9 oz. (now that’s a door mat). Dawn also told us that Porgies are definitely in and are big and there are plenty of them. We checked in with Capt. Mike, home port Howard Beach, and he tells us that the fluke fishing is “steady” in Jamaica Bay with the average pool fish weighing in at a whopping 8 POUNDS! Capt. Mike has everyting that you need, a 70’ Fishing boat with modern conveniences, latest safety equipment, U.S.C.G Safety Inspected and certified, experience, seasoned crew, fishing poles, and help for beginners. Capt. Mike stays inside of the calm protected Jamaica bay waters on fluke trips, so sea sickness is rarely an issue. Emergency numbers: (clip and tape these numbers to the inside of your tackle box, or better yet, put them in your cell phone), remember that you don’t have to be on a boat or even fishing to report a marine or water related emergency (especially since Rockaway is almost totally surrounded by water). NYPD/FDNY Harbor Patrol DIAL 911; U.S.C,G. (Station Jones Beach) 516 785 2988/516 785 2955

Photo (by Joe Russo jr.) or VHF marine radio channel 16 Marine Salvage: Sea Tow 516 623 4183; Tow Boat U.S. 516 631 666 5380 ‘Til next time!

Graybeard Family Fun Run Is Friday The 12th annual Graybeards Family Run kicks off on Friday, July 25, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales on Beach 129th Street. The night will begin with the Kids’ Races. These will vary in distance according to age, and will start and finish at Beach 127 Street and Rockaway

Beach Blvd. The Rockaway Special Olympians will follow with their always inspiring Quarter Mile Run. The 1-Mile Run will begin at 7:00 PM. The races will be capped by the 5K Run. Post-race activities will follow

immediately in the St. Francis Schoolyard and will include music by the Grayriders along with the awards presentations, raffles, children’s rides, and plenty of food and beverages. Day of Race registration is from 4PM to 6PM. If you just want to

take part in the festivities, a $10 contribution will be accepted as you enter the yard. Race directors Keith Goldberg and Joe Featherston encourage you to “Come One, Come All” for an evening of fun for the entire family. A large turnout is anticipated so please register early.


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Tennis Anyone? By Taylor Stathis

For anyone in Rockaway who plays tennis, the prospect of finding a decent court to play on can be challenging. Most residents who play on a regular basis are forced to travel outside of the peninsula in order to find suitable courts and reputable tennis programs. Tennis courts are scarce and those that are available are in poor condition, somewhat costly, or require membership. As a result, it is difficult for children and adults alike to develop and maintain an interest in the sport when it is not easily accessible. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation maintains public courts throughout the city, but unfortunately for Rockaway there are no city courts other than Bayswater Park at the east end of the peninsula. While there are public courts housed at the former Beach Channel High School, these courts are in terrible condition; court surfaces are uneven, there are large cracks sprouting weeds, and the nets are falling down. You risk injury playing on these courts. At one time the New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL), a city run program that provides free tennis lessons for children in neighborhoods throughout the city, was held at the former Beach Channel High School. The program, which was well attended, is no longer offered at that site or any other site in Rockaway, according the NYJTL 2014 calendar. This program would be a great benefit to our community. The program not only

teaches the fundamentals of tennis, but also is fun and encourages good sportsmanship. In Breezy Point there are several well-kept tennis courts that are open to the public. However, in order to play on them there is an hourly fee. These courts are typically rented by the season during prime hours and court time is limited in conjunction with the children’s day camp that is run on a daily basis. The Belle Harbor Yacht Club houses two well maintained clay courts. However, in order to play on them membership is required. So options are limited. If the lack of court availability in the summer wasn’t bad enough, winter bears more trouble. Rockaway does not have any indoor courts and the limited access to outdoor courts results in a migration to the mainland, not only to find courts but to find professional tennis instructors. Players who seek to better their game need instruction. While there are a few instructors who venture to the Rockaways in the summer, the lack of court availability deters many from teaching on the peninsula. If you are interested in the sport of tennis and you live in Rockaway, my advice is to do whatever it takes to play because it is a great sport. While it may not be easy to find access to courts in Rockaway, if you are motivated you will find a way… off the peninsula. Taylor Stathis is an intern at The Rockaway Times and is a student at Holy Cross College.

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