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Dr. Saini is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of many medical societies including the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. She also currently holds a highly regarded position, as the Director of Dermatological Surgery for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s dermatology research program, in Far Rockaway, New York.
Throughout the years, Dr. Saini has also been published in many peer-reviewed journals and currently serves on the Medical Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. She has lectured both nationally and internationally, and has made several media appearances as a spokesperson for the Skin Cancer Foundation. She is considered a world-renowned expert in the treatment of cutaneous cancer, as well as the aging face and body. Dr. Saini attends medical conferences and trainings throughout the world to implement the newest techniques for her patients. In addition, she is known for her advanced expertise in hair loss using the latest innovative topical, systemic, and procedural treatments.
Dr. Saini also spends time as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the prestigious New York University’s Department of Dermatology and enjoys teaching dermatology residents and medical students.
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Army Corps Seeks Feedback on Sea Gate Proposal
By Katie McFadden
In September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released their New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Study Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement outlining several options to further protect New York and New Jersey’s shorelines from flooding, including the bayside of Rockaway. Recently, USACE agreed to extend the public comment period on this massive study to March 7, and they’ve ramped up efforts to get the message out about what the study entails and collect feedback at public meetings. On Tuesday, January 17, they held one of these meetings at Community Board 18 on Bergen Avenue in Brooklyn. In a hybrid-style meeting that was also streamed online, several Rockaway locals attended in person and online to gather information and ask questions.
Col. Matthew W. Luzzatto, commander of the USACE NY District, opened by emphasizing how important it was to gather feedback from the public for this potentially $53 billion project. It was also emphasized that everything in the current draft of the study, including USACE’s tentatively selected Alternative 3B, is preliminary and conceptual, so nothing about the plan is set in stone yet.
The process for this study began all the way back in 2016 and won’t be complete until 2024. After a plan and recommendation from USACE is set, it still must receive congressional approval and funding to be able to move forward. “The number one way to have public feedback is by voting. It is Congress that decides,” Col. Luzzatto said. If that approval and funding is awarded, the plan then enters a pre-construction engineering and design phase, which won’t be complete until 2030, so the earliest people would see construction begin for any of the chosen plans is 2030. For the tentatively selected plan 3B, it wouldn’t be complete until 2044.
Project Manager Bryce W. Wisemiller then gave a rundown of all of the alternatives featured in the study.
Alternative 1 would be to take no action and to just allow the current USACE projects underway to serve as the protective measures for the NY/ NJ area. Alternative 2 would be constructing a massive underwater storm surge barrier between Sandy Hook, NJ and Breezy Point, making it the longest barrier in the world. This option would also come at the highest cost at $112 billion and would take the longest to create, at 32 years, so it wouldn’t be complete until around 2062. Alternative 3A would include a storm surge barrier near the Throgs Neck Bridge, the Verrazzano and from south Brooklyn to Queens, encompassing Jamaica Bay, plus many shoreline-based measures. This plan would have the largest flooding mitigation measures but also comes at a high cost of $77 billion and would take 24 years to construct. Alternative 4 would create a storm surge barrier in Jamaica Bay and by the Hackensack River, and on individual creeks around Brooklyn and Queens. This alternative would protect a smaller area, would cost $43 billion and would take 14 years to construct. Alternative 5 would be to have no water structures and only have shoreline-based measures in New Jersey and Manhattan. This would come at a cost of $16 billion and would take five years.
USACE’s tentatively selected plan is Alternative 3B. “Evaluations point to the best solution as Alternative 3B. Some features can be implemented quicker, and some will require more time,” Wisemiller said. Alternative 3B comprises of eight large components, including storm surge barriers on smaller creeks like Gowanus, Newtown and Flushing, at the mouth of the Arthur Kill and Kill Van Kull tidal straits in Staten Island, and across Jamaica Bay, along with several shore based measures.
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Top Posts of ‘22
Last year was a big one for The Rockaway Times on Instagram, with some of our most viewed posts to date. We compiled our Top 9 Instagram posts of 2022. The biggest posts came in the last few days of 2022 with the flooding on December 23. Jo Lynn Joyce’s videos of a man rescuing a neighbor, and then a police officer rescuing residents, came in on top with 3.5K and 3.1K Likes respectively. Some other popu-
lar posts included the love Rockaway showed to the Klein family and the FDNY after the passing of Firefighter Timmy Klein, plus a breaching shark, the dead sperm whale and a stingray ballet. What can we say? Rockaway loves our heroes and sea life!
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Back In My Day
By Sean McVeigh
Back in my day, we used to walk up hill to and from school! I don’t like to play the cranky old man. I’m not old and I am not cranky (usually). Sometimes you hear things, and you can’t help but scoff at their ridiculousness. I had one of those occasions this past week. We had an article announcing that the NYC Parks Department would be easing the initial testing to become a lifeguard. That really ruffled my feathers.
The previous time of 35 seconds for 50 yards, which had been the benchmark for years, was now going to be eased by a full 10 seconds. In order to qualify for the 16-week lifeguard program, that includes both the city beaches and pools, you would now have to swim 50 yards in 45 seconds. Ten seconds is an eternity in the pool!
Now, as I mentioned, this is just to qualify for the 16-week course. At the end of that course, there is another swim that prospective lifeguards need to pass. To be a pool lifeguard you must swim 440 yards in under 7 minutes and 40 seconds and to be an elite beach lifeguard you must swim 440 yards in under 6 minutes and 40 seconds. The Parks Department has announced that this will not be changing. To that I say, “yeah right!”
If you break down the 440-yard beach lifeguard requirement into 50-yard increments, (and do not get me started on why it is 440 yards and not a distance divisible by 50) you need to swim at a pace of 45.45 seconds for each of those 50 yards. If people are having a difficult time swimming 50 yards once in under 45 seconds, then I would bet my bottom dollar that they will not be able to complete 8.8 of them in under 45.45 seconds consecutively.
So, what will the City do? If I had to guess, they will stick to their guns and protect and important standard that best represents whether or not someone will be able to save another person’s life when the time comes. I would say that they will eventually, maybe even this same year, lower the standard for that portion of the lifeguard hiring
process as well. It’s the only logical conclusion. They need more lifeguards and if one end of the qualifications can be lowered then why can’t another?
I was a lifeguard in Riis Park for six years. I think it is one of the best jobs in the world, especially for a young adult just starting to learn to earn a living. It can be, at times, an extremely important job. “Shit gets real, real quick.” In those moments, the lifeguard must be able to do their job and do it proficiently.
Is no lifeguard better than a bad lifeguard? Would it be better to have red flags on a closed beach with no eyes to watch the people who are going to go in the water there regardless? Or, if standards are lowered, will that lifeguard go from being the solution to part of the problem? I really don’t know. Maybe next week I will be on the other side of this fence. I’m easily swayed.
I do, however, believe that there are ways the City can increase its lifeguard numbers without lowering their standards. Why are there so few lap pools in Rockaway? I
understand that we have a beach so maybe that sounds greedy but, as those of you who went into the water on New Year’s Day know very well, that water is pretty cold for most of the year. I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but I believe the majority of City Lifeguards in Rockaway are from Rockaway. Where are they supposed to refine their swimming abilities from one end of the peninsula to the other? The YMCA is a great option, and the community is thrilled to have it, but we need more.
Calling Senator Schumer, Calling Senator Schumer – where’s that pool for Riis Park you promised?
Not only should there be more pools, but there should be more organized swim teams. CYO does a great job, but they are limited in resources. For many lifeguards, that is the only competitive swimming they will do in their lives. Why should kids from the City have to travel out to Long Island to find a competitive swim team?
Long Island has a great tradition of a Junior Lifeguard programs. NYC Parks should work to im-
plement something similar. This would create a pipeline of future lifeguards to staff the City’s pools and beaches while also teaching kids at a young age how to handle themselves in the water.
For the most part, the drownings that we saw last year were not lifeguard related. The majority were cases of people in the water after lifeguards were off duty. Why not implement an overtime to extend the hours that lifeguards are on duty on certain days? The “green men” (“green people” aka PEP officers) have an impossible job of playing party pooper. They are also not trained or dressed to enter the water if they had to. Why not have a certified lifeguard in that role? There seems to me to be other solutions.
Rockaway has some of the toughest waters on the east coast. Locals know this from years of experience. The lifeguards play such an important role in keeping both locals and out-of-towners safe – day in and day out. I hope that the City will recognize that before it is brought to their attention another way.
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This project would cost $52.7 Billion and would take 14 years to complete. “3B is the most economically feasible. It has the greatest net benefits,” Wisemiller explained.
One of the biggest components of 3B in relation to the Rockaway peninsula would be the storm surge barrier, or sea gate, running across Jamaica Bay, from Rockaway to Brooklyn. In renderings, USACE has this structure running parallel to the Marine Parkway Bridge, on the east side of the bridge. Wisemiller explained that the sea gates in the plan, would be shut closed when a storm is expected to bring a seven-foot elevation of water. However, the water being closed off from the eastern portion of Jamaica Bay could have some effects on other areas. “When the gates are shut, there’s induced flooding, making flooding somewhere else worse. It appears Breezy Point is such an area,” Wisemiller said. To respond to potentially worse flooding in Breezy, USACE has factored in shore-
based measures into 3B. In USACE’s proposal, this would mean a reinforced dune feature, much like the one currently being built along Rockaway Beach but starting to the west of the Marine Parkway Bridge on the bayside of Roxbury and Breezy, and wrapping all around the tip of the peninsula, and across Breezy and Riis Park, meeting with the current dune ending at Beach 149th Street.
This aspect brought up several questions and concerns from people in the audience and online. Some asked why the Jamaica Bay gate would be placed behind the Marine Parkway Bridge and how this would impact marine traffic. Wisemiller emphasized again that the chosen location for the storm surge barrier is preliminary, but they chose that location so the gate would be in line with the footing of the bridge, which would create the lowest environmental impact. Asked if the gate could be moved further west, so Breezy is included, Wisemiller said, “We could. That’s something to be evaluated further in the study. There are alignments which would stretch from Breezy
to Manhattan Beach, but we have incorporated flood mitigation measures for Breezy, and so even with some added cost of these features, this alternative has the greatest net benefit. We don’t want to have any feature that benefits some at the expense of others. The benefit of having it near the bridge is it’s a much shorter distance than from Breezy to Manhattan Beach. The shorter distance and shallow water make for a much cheaper approach, even with more shoreline based measures. More evaluation has to be done but we think this current alignment maximizes benefits."
Another caveat of this plan in Alternative 3B, is that the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Interior (DOI) have to come to an agreement with USACE, since the reinforced dune would cross through NPS areas from Breezy to Riis Park. "This can’t advance without that acceptability. We’ve done some coordination with NPS and we’re looking to advance, but only if those agencies reach an agreement on these features, can they be advanced,” Wise-
miller said. An audience member chimed in essentially saying, “NPS should not have the final say in the plan that’s chosen.” USACE agreed but said it’s part of the process and they are currently having conversations with the agencies and all comments from NPS would be part of the record when the next draft for the study is released.
As the meeting ended, Wisemiller reminded the audience that there will be many more public input meetings held while the public comment period is ongoing. Some are set up by USACE directly, but any organization is welcome to invite them to set up a meeting to make the presentation and take public feedback. If interested, email them at:
Public comments can also be sent directly to that email. The full study can be found on the USACE website at: www.nan.usace.army. mil/nynjhats
A story map that shows how each feature of the plan will impact your area, can be found at: https:// hats-cenan.hub.arcgis.com/
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The Queens Chamber of Commerce is looking to settle, once and for all, who has the best pizza in Queens. They will be running a borough-wide competition to determine who has the best slice. To avoid controversy, they say you should avoid talking politics, religion and, down here, pizza. Voting will begin on January 23, so make sure your voice is heard!
Going once, going twice… Auctions aren't the usual way things are sold in Rockaway, so this got our attention. Two plots on Rockaway Beach Blvd. will be up for auction from January 24-26. Some might remember AB Studios offered music and events at the site. The listed starting bid is $500,000.
Football fans watching the incredible comeback by the Jacksonville Jaguars against the LA Chargers last Saturday got to see Foley Fatukasi, of Far Rockaway and Beach Channel High School, lead the Jag's defense as they held LA to just three second half points. Teammates gave Foley praise for pumping them up at halftime. *****
Our new Math Rocks corner has been stumping the brightest minds in Rockaway for two weeks. Check it out on page 19 and see if you fare any better!
After nearly four years in business, the Beach 96th corner cafe Bernadette's is officially closing their 95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd. location due to rising costs. Their last day of service will be January 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As the Robinson family figures out their next steps, you may still be able to try their delicious food at occasional pop-ups and special events.
The suggestions for Sean McVeigh’s new column name have been coming in fast and furious. It is much appreciated. Unfortunately, he is not a decisive fellow and a decision has yet to be made, so please keep the feedback coming as he deliberates on a final name.
We received word that the DEP was spotted cleaning catch basins on 128th Street last Friday after the Rockaway Times was released. While we appreciate the effort, we believe this will have no meaningful impact as long as the water is able to come back up through the basins. The City must invest in a solution to prevent the water from being able to move in both directions.
If you can lose it here, you can lose it anywhere! Since mobile betting became legal in NY on January 8 last year, bettors have put up more than $16 billion resulting in more than $700 million in taxes
for NY. The State made an additional $200 million from licensing fees with the gambling companies. State officials said that $5 million of that would go to funding of kids’ sports programs and $6 million is to be spent on gambling addiction treatment. The rest will go to funding education. Isn’t that where the lottery tax dollars go, as well? We must have a pretty great education system!
An unprecedented seven whales have washed up across the shores of New York and New Jersey in just over the past month. Experts fear that it may be linked to the offshore wind energy activities and have called on federal and state officials to act. “If the offshore wind energy activities are deemed the cause, a moratorium should continue until stringent protection measures are established," said Bonnie Brady of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association. So far, calls to address the situation have fallen on deaf ears and no action has been taken at this time.
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Th is Week in History
Janine Tyne Courtney was born. Jo-Anne Mullen was born. Bob Mulholland was born.
1953 - Lucy Ricardo gave birth to baby Ricky on I Love Lucy. More people tuned in to watch the show than the inauguration of President Eisenhower.
2001 - President Clinton admitted he made false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky.
Owen M. McVeigh was born.
1964 - The Beatles released their first album in the United States, Meet the Beatles.
Judith Wanderer was born. Al Caruso was born.
1793 - King Louis XVI was guillotined for treason.
1977 - President Carter pardoned most Vietnam War draft evaders.
Kieran Courtney was born.
1901 - Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for 63 years (the 4th longest among longest-reigning monarchs).
1973 - Former President Lyndon B. Johnson
died at age 64.
Kerry O'Grady was born.
Owen T. McVeigh was born.
Pete Acquavella was born
1556 - The deadliest earthquake on record killed 830,000 in Shansi, China.
1973 - President Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.
Guy Maranga was born.
Kim Green was born.
Danny McFadden was born.
2003 - The Department of Homeland Security, under Tom Ridge, became a cabinet department.
1848 - Gold was first discovered in California, in Sutter's mill. When President Polk announced the news in December, the gold rush began.
Mara Brady was born.
Ed Mills was born.
Janet McDonnell was born.
Fran Reddon was born.
1890 - Nellie Bly bested Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days by completing her circumnavigation in 72 days.
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It’s Curtains Up on ‘Raise Your Voice’ at RTC
By Dan Guarino
Voices will be raised, and young actors will bring their dancing, singing and dramatic talents to the Rockaway Theatre Company stage in “Musical Theatre International’s Broadway Junior Revue: Raise Your Voice.”
The show, which features two full casts and delivers over a dozen Broadway songs, opens Friday, January 27, and runs through Sunday, February 5, at RTC’s Post Theater in Fort Tilden.
“Raise Your Voice” is directed by Susan Corning, John Gilleece and Mia Melchiorri, with choral direction by Jodee Timpone, musical direction by Richard Louis-Pierre and choreography by Adele Wendt. It is a production of “RTC Young People's Theatre Workshops, better known as RTC Kids,” explains Program Administrator Peggy Page Press, now going strong for more than 15 years.
Susan Corning notes, “These young actors always amaze me every year. They are with us because they want to grow as thespians. They are hungry for theatre knowledge and experience. My favorite part is being given the opportunity to work and create theatre with our Teens and Young Stars.”
“Raise Your Voice” will feature two alternating casts, Red and Blue, with 23 and 24 members respectively, ranging in age from 7 to 17. Even the stage crew consists of ten of the teens, plus all the workshop instructors. “It takes a village,” Press notes wryly.
Corning has been theatrically involved since age 6, when her parents were active in community theatre in Michigan. Going from high school drama to college, she eventually joined RTC in 2006.
Melchiorri has been involved in the theater since 2006. “I got my start at RTC as a member of the Young People's Musical Theater Workshop! And I have been active in theater both inside RTC and out ever since,” she said.
This new show “is a musical revue and has many different songs as opposed to one continuous plotline,” Melchiorri said. “It really has a central theme of celebration and speaking up for yourself! All of the songs talk about different ways in which the characters have put themselves out there and stood for what they wanted and/or needed.”
Corning agrees, “Each number has the theme of speaking out or raising your voice for others to hear. I thought this was a wonder-
ful message for our workshop to work on, for themselves and others.”
Among Corning’s favorite numbers are “Why We Tell The Story" from Once On This Island, “Consider Yourself” from Oliver, “So Much Better” from Legally Blonde, “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical, and “Spark of Creation” from Children of Eden. Melchiorri adds, "So Much Better” plus "Good Morning" from Singin' In The Rain, and “Agony” from Into the Woods are some of his favorite songs in the show!
Other standouts and show stoppers include “Right Before Your Eyes” from James and the Giant Peach, Fiddler on the Roof’s “Matchmaker,” “Consider Yourself” from Mary Poppins, and The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World."
The young cast has worked very hard to bring "Raise Your Voice" to the stage. The high-energy, commitment and direction at rehearsals are evident as each group runs through numbers again and again to bring them to professional performance level.
“We have been rehearsing since September! Every
Saturday!” Melchiorri says. “The rehearsal process has been a lot of fun because we have been weaving in a lot of educational theater activities.”
“It is truly inspiring to see all of the actors’ growth throughout the process,” Melchiorri said. “They have all shown a tremendous work ethic and dedication to the show. I am also truly impressed with the support and enthusiasm that they show each other during rehearsals!”
Regarding that dedication, Corning adds, “In January, we added a second rehearsal once a week.”
“We are so excited to share this amazing cast and their talents!” enthuses Melchiorri.
Oh, and “spread the word about RTC. It is the diamond of Breezy Point right on Fort Tilden!” Corning adds.
Tickets are available at www. rockawaytheatrecompany.org. Performances are January 27 through February 5, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with two shows, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., on Saturday, January 28 and February 4.
For more information about RTC Young People's Theatre Work s hops contact rtcworkshops@ gmail.com
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Rockaway Republicans Club Meeting
and Paul King (U.S. Congress). “Rockaway was an important force in last year’s election,” said King. “We had the best turnout in NYC. We need to leverage that strength to revive our city and to stand up for American values.” Mr. Sullivan will reflect on his experiences from a controversial election that saw him deliver an upset victory on Election Day but lose the seat after court-mandated ballot curing.
The Rockaway Republican Club (RRC), which has not met since before the pandemic, will hold a general meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. The featured speakers will be 2022 candidates Tom Sullivan (NYS Assembly)
The RRC is looking for new members to join the club and participate on committees such as National Issues, Local Issues, Election Victory, and Young Rockaway Republicans. Local Republicans are asked to RSVP at https:// is.gd/4DHJr8.
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Rockaway Little League Ready to Start Fresh
By Katie McFadden
Rockaway Little League is returning this spring, and the crew wants YOU to pitch in. Registration is underway on the League’s new website in hopes of recruiting return players and new ones, but the League is also welcoming new leadership and volunteers to bring fresh ideas and to help this longstanding Rockaway tradition continue for the long run. Running since 1954, the Rockaway Little League has been bringing kids of all ages and their families together to enjoy America’s favorite pastime on the fields of Fort Tilden for generations. Virginia Donohue, who grew up playing softball, and whose own parents served as coaches, now serves as president of the League, and this year, she’s hoping to bring new life to the fields in hopes that Rockaway Little League (RLL) will be here to stay for future generations.
After recently losing the domain name, RLL had to launch a new website (www.rockawaylittleleagueny.net). And with the launch of the new website, registration for the 2023 season has begun and goes through March 4. Rockaway Little League is open to kids, boys and girls,
from ages 3-4 to play tee ball in the pee wee league and baseball or softball for kids ages five to 13, with any experience level. For just $150 for tee ball and $200 for baseball/ softball, plus discounts for families with multiple kids in the league, kids receive a full uniform with a hat, shirt, pants and socks, and get to play for the whole season on pristine fields maintained by Matty P. Games typically start in late March and end in late June, with games happening seven days a week, including games after school and earlier in the day on weekends.
After having to take a season off due to the Covid pandemic in 2020, Donohue wants to remind Rockaway that the League is still here. “I think people are forgetting that we’re there and have been for a long time. There are a lot of new families moving into Rockaway, so we want people to know we’re out here,” Donohue said.
Donohue says a part of what makes Rockaway Little League so special, is that it becomes like a family. “What I’ve gotten from parents and families is that they love the fact that it feels like a family. It gives people a warm, inviting feeling that they might not get from other leagues. There’s good camaraderie here,” she said. “The kids are making friends from differ-
ent schools. We have kids from Breezy to Beach 54th Street, so kids are making friends from different neighborhoods that they might not have met if they hadn’t joined. We have people that move to Long Island and still come back for this league and people who come from Brooklyn. We’re just a family here. To anybody new that signs up, I tell them, ‘Welcome to the Rockaway Little League family.’”
That’s why Donohue is hoping to welcome even more newcomers into the family that would like to see the League continue for years to come. “I don’t want to see this die. We really do need young blood to step up and keep this going because I’m not going to be here forever,” she said. For that reason, Donohue is hoping to not only have new kids register, but for adults to consider taking positions on the Board or volunteering to help with the organization. “Come join the Board. Come be more involved with your kids. The best year I had with my son was when I was coaching him, and I got to spend time with my son in these moments that I normally wouldn’t have had. You get to know your child better. You get to know their friends. You get to be in the middle of their world,” Donohue said.
She’s hoping that folks are eager to come to the table with fresh minds, fresh ideas and new ways to help support the League. “We want fresh ideas and new blood and people with ideas on how we can make this better and how we can grow so it keeps going for another 50 years.”
Anyone who has questions or is interested in volunteering with the League or taking a board position, can email president Donohue at: firstname.lastname@example.org or vice president Ryan Dougherty at: email@example.com
Registration for the League is now open. To register, head to www.rockawaylittleleagueny.net and click "Sign In" and then sign up for an account.
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Kudos on Coverage
(In response to “Catch Basin Catastrophe”).
Wow - front page!
Thank you for allowing me to share my story. Hopefully this will raise awareness and get some action done by the City, especially DEP, as well as the attention of our local elected officials. Thanks again!
Editor’s Note: On Thursday evening, DEP was spotted allegedly cleaning out the catch basins mentions by Mike Doyle on Beach 128th and Cronston Ave.
Get Your Tickets
Quick note to remind everyone that there are only a few weeks left to get in on the Graybeards’ Pot-a-Gold 50-50 raffle. One winner will be drawn at the February 4 dinner dance, and you need not be present to win. Last year’s prize was over $260,000 and we are on track to exceed that this year.
Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased through any Graybeard member or the office. This is our largest fundraiser and helps the organization continue to serve our local community. My mission is to facilitate ticket sales, so feel free to call or text me at 917-345-3700. Payment can be made by check, cash, PayPal, Zelle or Venmo. Delivery can be via pick-up, mail or virtual (pho-
to of tix via text). Thanks for your support and good luck!
Just a note of thanks to Kevin on his dedication to his paper. Over the years he and I shared many laughs, laced with Irish sarcasm, of course! He bailed me out when I forgot my cash to pay the service station on the bay road! (I can't put in print, his reaction to that fiasco)!! Behind that mouth, was a very soft heart.
I'm sure he will be seen pedaling throughout the neighborhood, as always. Best of luck, my friend. Thanks for the laughs!
Defund City Planning
I was at the Community Board meeting last Tuesday, as well as a special meeting of the Bay-
swater Civic Association Board of Directors on Monday. Both meetings discussed the application of Isaiah Moultrie for a zoning change on his property on Hartman Lane between Beach Channel Drive and Far Rockaway Boulevard.
The property had been zoned R5 but was downzoned to R4. Mr. Moultrie asked to have the R5 zoning restored so that he could build market rate senior housing. The Department of City Planning refused the request but said that they would approve a rezoning to R6 with ten "affordable" apartments. So, with City Planning's gun to his head, he applied for R6, which the Community Board denied.
I believe that the City Planning Commission is no longer interested in planning. It has become an instrument for stuffing as many apartments as possible into whatever small spaces they can find. Therefore, I believe that it is time to defund the Department of City Planning.
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New Affordable Housing Development Coming to Far Rock
and retail space, approximately 1,160 square feet of community facility space and a new transit plaza that will provide pedestrian access from the Beach 36th Street-Edgemere A Train subway station.
More affordable housing is on its way downtown. Last week, L+M Development Partners (L+M), in partnership with Triangle Equities and The Bluestone Organization announced that they closed on $95.7 million in financing for Beach Green Dunes III, a mixed-use project in Far Rockaway.
Beach Green Dunes III will bring 146 affordable units, commercial and retail space, a community facility, and a new transit plaza to 331 Beach 35th Street, according to a press release. The units will be a range of studios, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments serving very low to moderate income and formerly homeless households earning between 30 and 80 percent of Area Median Income. Additionally, a portion of the studio and one-bedroom units will be made affordable to seniors over the age of 62. Construction on the certified Passive House project will begin in the coming weeks, with an expected completion in 2024.
The eight-story building also incorporates an array of cutting-edge sustainability and resiliency features, including being a Passive House certified building, and will be highly storm resilient with site improvements including porous surface materials and rain gardens, and all residential and retail spaces located above the base flood elevation. Energy efficiency features include a closed-loop geothermal system providing heating, cooling, and domestic hot water, smart controls, and building monitoring capabilities, and photovoltaic panels on both roofs.
The project will offer a host of amenities for residents, including fitness areas, laundry rooms, a community room, a roof deck, bike storage, outdoor recreational spaces, and on-site parking. The building will also include approximately 2,100 square feet of commercial
Financing was provided through tax-exempt bonds, subsidy loans from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the New York City Housing Development Corporation, funding from Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and the New York City Council, along with low-income housing credits and energy tax credits. The project was designed by Bernheimer Architecture.
“As Rockaway’s resurgence continues, I couldn’t be happier to see nearly 150 more units of affordable, high-quality housing, along with innovative energy and resiliency measures, to Edgemere and the peninsula as a whole,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. “Combined with new community space, retail space, a pedestrian plaza, Beach Green Dunes III will further cement Rockaway’s status as a model for the rest of the city to follow when it comes to responsible, community-first development.”
“Beach Green Dunes III will increase housing options in Edgemere while providing additional shopping and transit opportunities for residents,” Councilmember Brooks-Powers said. “I applaud the efforts of developers to ensure this new development is storm-resilient and sustainable.”
Beach Green Dunes III is a continuation of the L+M, Bluestone, and Triangle joint venture’s commitment to the Rockaway Peninsula. Last year, the partnership began work on Arverne East. That project, in the Arverne and Edgemere neighborhoods, will include 1,650 mixed-income homes, a 35-acre nature and a community center. L+M and Triangle also opened Beach Green Dunes II in Far Rockaway in 2020, an eight-story 100 percent affordable project built to Passive House standards that includes 127 apartments and a café and culinary arts center run by the Campaign Against Hunger.
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NYC PROPERTY TAX ESTIMATES
Every January the NYC Depart ment of Finance mails property owners a “Notice of Property Val ue” which may be INACCURATE. This notice provides an ESTIMATE of your property’s market value (among other things). It values one, two, and three family homes based upon sales of “similar” properties. HOWEVER, the City does not inspect your home: The City does not take into consideration the specific location of your home – beach block? Bay block? Etc.
They do not enter your home. They don’t know how many bedrooms or bathrooms you have. They don’t know how much parking you have, etc.
They don’t know the house’s condition – needs work? New kitchen? Consequently, your home could be overvalued or undervalued by a substantial amount because SIMILAR properties which the City uses to compare with your home may NOT be similar. However, the market value which the City uses determines your property tax bill. If you think that your property’s value and assessment are inaccurate you can file an “Application for Correction” with the NYC Tax Commission by March 1 -available on the internet. If you want an ACCURATE comparative market analysis, then call me.
PAW PRINTS byTerriEstes
The first breed that we will discuss is the DACHSHUND! Originating in Germany, the dachshund (DAK-sind) also known as the Doxie, hot dog, or wiener dog has been a recognized breed of the AKC since 1885. A member of the hound group, they come in two sizes: standard, 8-9 inches tall at the shoulder, 16-32 lbs, and miniature, 5-6 inches tall and under 11 lbs. Doxies can have a smooth, wire haired or long coat and come in a variety
of colors. The average lifespan is 12-16 years.
These dogs are short legged and long bodied with big personalities. This is probably due to the fact that they were originally bred to hunt badgers. The name dachshund is actually German for badger dog (Dachsbadger) (hund - hound or dog).
Dachshunds make great family pets. With proper training and socialization, they are great with children and other family
pets. They are loyal and smart, and love to play, but like many hounds can sometimes be hard to train. were bred to hunt independently and follow a scent persistently, so they sometimes have a one-track mind. They also tend to like to do things their own way.
Because of their elongated spine, back problems can sometimes be an issue in this breed. Keeping their weight under control with daily walks and exercise can help alleviate this. If you are looking for a small dog with a lot of spunk and a playful personality, this might be the breed for you.
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Find the answer on page 32
Kait lin's history class she has an average of 78 on her 4 tests. Her teacher
drop her lowest
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average is now 86. What was the lowest grade? Multiples of 3 and 7 are possible scores. If you star t with 7 and keep adding 3, the numbers 10,13,16,19... also are possible scores. Now you have 3 numbers in a row: 12 (a multiple of 3), 13 and 14 (a multiple of 7) that are possible scores. Every number larger will then also be possible. (Keep adding 3 to each number: 12+3=15, 13+3=16,14+3=17) The answer is 11.
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Page 21 To advertise in THE ROCKAWAY TIMES call 718-634-3030 · ads@RockawayTimes.com THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2023 The Rockaway Times Sean Fitzgerald Direct 917-860-6701 Coastalfitz@gmail.com Licensed Broker/Principal Mary Beth Meade 347-426-8002 Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Ellen May Esposito - Banks 646-209-2744 Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Rockaway Park Multiple Dwelling 12 units on 80x100 lot, PS 114 S/DBeach block with two driveways $1,300,000 Off-Market Legal Two Family 50x100 lot, Brick, Two Car Garage $975,000 Belle Harbor Renovated Large One Bedroom H/W floors, Central Air, Laundry, Summer Parking. $1900 Includes utilities. Belle Harbor Short Term Rental Available now through April. Three bedrooms, terrace, yard, private d/w. $2800
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Page 24 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2023 To advertise in The Rockaway Times call 718-634-3030 · ads@RockawayTimes.com The Rockaway Times 5 BR, 3 BATH - $1,180,000 BELLE HARBOR BAY BLOCK HOT LOCATION - $3,180,000 ROCKAWAY PARK COMMERCIAL LEGAL 2 - $2,050,000 BROOKLYN HOT LOCATION 3BR, 2 BATH - $800,000 BROOKLYN IMMACULATE LEGAL TWO - $1,318,000 ARVERNE BY THE SEA OCEANFRONT 4BR, 3 BATH - $1,173,000 NEPONSIT 60' x 100' - GREAT BLOCK 6BR, 5 BATH - $2,500,000 BELLE HARBOR OCEANFRONT 80' x 100' - $899,000 FAR ROCKAWAY NEW CONSTRUCTION 4BR, 3 BATH - $1,525,000 BELLE HARBOR 2ND BLOCK FROM BEACH 3BR, 3 BATH - $749,000 BROAD CHANNEL REMODELED WATERFRONT 60' x 100' - $1,285,000 ROCKAWAY PARK LEGAL TWO FAMILY 4BR, 4 BATH - $999,000 BELLE HARBOR LEGAL TWO 4BR, 4 BATH - $999,000 STATEN ISLAND NEW CONSTRUCTION 4BR, 3 BATH - $1,750,000 BELLE HARBOR BEACH BLOCK 80' x 100' - $899,000 FAR ROCKAWAY NEW CONSTRUCTION 4BR, 3 BATH - $1,469,000 BELLE HARBOR WATER VIEWS GALORE LEGAL TWO - $1,199,000 BELLE HARBOR BEACH BLOCK 3BR, 2 BATH - $910,000 BELLE HARBOR SINGLE FAMILY 4BR, 3 BATH - $1,665,000 NEPONSIT 60' x 100' - SINGLE FAMILY 3 BR, 2 BATH - $825,000 BELLE HARBOR NEEDS TLC 6BR, 4 BATH - $1,425,000 ROCKAWAY PARK 80' x 100' TWO FAMILY LEGAL TWO - $1,375,000 ROCKAWAY PARK EXCEPTIONAL VICTORIAN 4 BR, 2 BATH - $800,000 BELLE HARBOR LEGAL TWO FAMILY 3 BR, 2.5 BATH - $825,000 MASPETH BRICK SINGLE FAMILY 4BR, 3.5 BATH - $1,260,000 BELLE HARBOR ALL BRICK HOME 4 BR, 3 BATH - $1,179,000 ARVERNE BY THE SEA SINGLE FAMILY HOME 3 BR, 2 BATH - $835,000 BROOKLYN COMPLETELY RENOVATED LEGAL TWO - $830,000 ROCKAWAY PARK BEACH BLOCK 5BR, 4 BATH - $1,425,000 BELLE HARBOR NEEDS TLC LEGAL TWO - $1,050,000 ARVERNE BY THE SEA GREAT LOCATION 3BR, 1.5 BATH - $900,000 NEPONSIT SINGLE FAMILY HOME FIXER UPPER - $1,300,000 BELLE HARBOR BEACH BLOCK 4BR, 3 BATH - $1,620,000 BELLE HARBOR BAY VIEWS 7BR, 4 BATH - $1,250,000 BELLE HARBOR LEGAL TWO FAMILY Despite the recent interest rate hikes, we continue to sell our listings! Inventory remains low and demand is still high for homes on our peninsula. Take advantage of our agents deep knowledge of the Rockaway market and our long history of chart topping sales. Find out what your home is worth! Call today for a complimentary private consultation. A Message from the Rockaprop Team! HIGHEST SALES VOLUME IN ROCKAWAY...VISIT OUR OFFICES AND SEE WHAT WE DO THAT'S DIFFERENT SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 SOLD 2022 417 Beach 129th Street • (718) 634-3134 • 217 Beach 116th Street Lic. Broker-Owner: Lisa Jackson Lic. Associate Brokers: Barbara Ferguson • Nia Casilla • Colleen Brady • Tracy Czik Lic. RE Agents: Joseph Magiera • Zachary Plattner • Carol Feintisch Samantha Benanti • Kayla-Ann Healy • Jack Brandes • Nicole Switzer
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Theodore "Teddy" Xavier Zurheide, age 1 of Oakland Gardens, NY passed away in his sleep on Friday, December 30, 2022. He was born on September 23, 2021, in Brooklyn, NY, son of Paul T and Claire Brye (Dyrud) Zurheide
Teddy was a happy and jovial baby who always enjoyed smiling and laughing, bringing joy to everyone around him. Teddy just learned how to walk and used his new capabilities to follow his big brother everywhere, play with all the toys, and explore his world. He absolutely loved to eat anything and everything and was always learning and loving. Teddy was an absolute joy and had the laugh of an angel. He will be deeply missed by everyone who was blessed to have known him.
Teddy is survived by his mom and dad, Claire, and Paul Zurheide; his big brother, Logan Zurheide; his grandparents: Marilyn and David Dyrud; Charles Zurheide and his partner, Rita Tortorelli, Mary Fennell and her partner, Arlene Weisman; his uncles: Jonathan and Andrew Dyrud, Rick Taylor, Steven, and Michael Zurheide, and Dan O'Sullivan; his aunts: Mandie Jenson, Laura O'Sullivan, Maura Taylor, and Lorraine Zurheide and 12 irst cousins.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2023, from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM at New Hyde Park Funeral Home, 506 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park, NY 11040.
Final care for Teddy has been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, DE.
In lieu of lowers, the family requests donations to https://gofund.me/59698d62 to help defray funeral costs.
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Theodore "Teddy" Xavier Zurheide, age 1 of Oakland Gardens, NY passed away in his sleep on Friday, December 30, 2022. He was born on September 23, 2021, in Brooklyn, NY, son of Paul T and Claire Brye (Dyrud) Zurheide
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NY Dippers Birthday Meetup
Got a January birthday? On Thursday, January 19 at 8 p.m., join the NY Dippers Club at The Rode Den (174 Beach 116th) for a celebration of everyone celebrating a birthday this month.
RBAFs Monthly Meeting
On Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m., head to the Knights of Columbus (333 Beach 90th) for the Rockaway Beach Autism Families monthly meeting. Featuring guest speaker Burak Uzun, founder of S.O.C.A.
Rockaway Winter Bird Outing
On Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet at RISE (5803 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) and join for a winter birding tour of Edgemere, led by RISE's knowledgeable and experienced staff and NYC Plover Project. Come
see sea ducks, grebes, common and red-throated loons, Northern Gannets, and other winter birds on the Edgemere shoreline. All levels of birder are welcome!
Tap That 7th Inning Stretch
On Sunday, January 22 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., head to Tap That (111-04 Rockaway Beach Blvd.) for an afternoon of trading, buying and selling sports cards. Plus vendors with comics, vintage sports apparel and Pokémon cards.
JASA’s New Year Party
On Wednesday, January 25, at 11 a.m., seniors are welcome to head to JASA Rockaway Park Older Adult Center (106-20 Shore Front Parkway) for their "New Year, New Beginnings" Party with DJ Angela. Lunch and Dancing. Adults 60+ are welcome! Please RSVP and for more details call: 718-634-3044.
Valentine’s Day Half Marathon or 5K
Save the date and start practicing! On Saturday, February 11, the Rockaway Track Club is hosting the V-Day 5K and Half Marathon. Check in at Healy’s Pub at 8 a.m. and race starts at 9 a.m. on the Beach 108th Boardwalk.
Morning Moves at RISE
On Mondays at 11 a.m., head to the RISE Center (58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd) to join Ann Fosteris’ Fitness to You class. Masks required inside RISE.
JASA Weekly Yoga
On Mondays at 11 a.m. and Fridays at 11:30 a.m., seniors are welcome to JASA Rockaway Park Older Adult Center (106-20 Shore Front Parkway) for weekly Yoga with Cynthia. Open to Adults 60 +; To register, call 718-634-3044.
Core on the Floor
On Mondays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 a.m., head to the RISE Center (58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd). for a free core and lower body class with Ann Fosteris of Fitness to You. All are welcome! Bring a mat. Masks required inside RISE.
On Saturdays at 11 a.m., head to Seaside Library (116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd) to join for a total body, non-contact workout fit for all levels. Punch, hook, and kick to motivating, high-energy music that progress into heart-pumping combinations. Through April 1.
Rockaway Writers Workshop
Rock Away Pens is gearing up for their next 12-session writers' workshop for writers working on a project for publication or production. Free. Meetings weekly on Zoom. For information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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New York Revisited
By Lou Pastina
It was a dreary, rainy day in New York City. I had decided to take a walk. I hadn’t really wandered around the City since the pandemic and thought well, maybe it was time to start my wanderings again. We recently moved our consulting business office from the rapidly declining environment known as We Work at 85 Broad Street to 80 Broad Street, a Regus facility. The folks at Regus have been in the office sharing space a lot longer than We Work and seem to be in it for the long haul. More than I can say about We Work. We are still close to the ferry and to Stone Street.
If you are thinking of going to Stone Street, here is a little update. Stone Street seems to be going through some sort of
change. The India House which is home to Harry’s at Hanover owned by the famous Harry Papadopoulos is being gutted. Not sure what they are doing but the scaffolding throws a pale over Stone Street and many bars are closed or undergoing change. Just be aware. Harry’s is still Harry’s though.
If you come off the ferry and walk up Wall Street, there are a few new things. First is the new hotel at the foot of Water and Wall Street. They did a beautiful job on this hotel; the lobby bars and café look like they are right out of Europe. Very cool. If that is too hip for you, you should know the Full Shilling is still open on Pearl Street and as cozy as ever. The second thing you will notice is that as you pick up your head walking toward the NYSE, that
Trinity Church has backlit the stained-glass windows facing Wall Street. It’s stunning. Please look up, it’s worth it. And if you walk all the way up to Broadway, you will also notice that all the scaffolding is down around 1 Wall Street the old Bank of New York/Irving Bank landmarked building. They are nearing the end of construction converting the building to condos. It was a massive job.
There are some homeless folks along this path, and I pity and pray for them, but be aware as you walk around. That’s probably a good idea no matter where you go in Manhattan these days. This was something we were all used to in the 1970s and ‘80s but were spoiled by the run of good government we had.
I decided to take a stroll over to the Lower East Side too. I had been wanting to go to East 4th Street to check out a gallery and a music shop there. The light rain had turned to a mist, and I thought maybe I could get there before anything heavy came down. I took the train and got off at Union Square. There were people on the train in the middle of the day, mostly working people, very few tourist types. I walked downtown on 3rd Avenue past Gramercy Park, past the only true EastWest Street in all of Manhattan – Stuyvesant Street, named after the island’s former peg-legged governor, past St. Mark’s.
As I walked downtown, I became sad at all the empty store fronts and the dreariness of the Lower East Side. The rain didn’t help, but it seemed to me that this section of town was more depressed than ever. I walked past the Merchant House Museum on East 4th Street and was happy to see it survived the pandemic. Then on to the gallery where I was
looking for old maps of New York. But the shop had few maps of any interest. Then I visited the Rivington Music shop next door and saw some interesting guitars in the small shop. When I asked if I could play one, the guy working there said only if I wanted to buy it. I thought to myself, that’s stupid, how would I know if I never played it. I left the Lower East Side with a feeling that the City needs to do something to bring people back; back to work; back to opening businesses; and back to humanity in general. Entrepreneurship seems to be at an all-time low on the LES.
One last walk took me to West 4th Street in the West Village. West of 7th Avenue, this street heads north, which is weird when you think about it. But this street was much livelier
than the LES, and all the pretty people were out and about. So maybe it’s just a matter of where you go in New York?
I grabbed a bite to eat at the Café Cluny on West 4th and 12th Street and can highly recommend it.
Anyway, it seems that the City has a way to go before it gets back to normal. Part of that is the pandemic; part of it is bad government; and part of that is all of us deciding to get back to living again. Hope to see you in my travels!
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The COVID-19 pandemic pointed a spotlight on the true nature of the U.S. health care system. We have a patchwork system of health insurance coverage, in which people’s access to services and level of financial protection (from healthcare-related bills) varies greatly depending on birthplace, age, job, income, location, and health status. If you are older than 65 or have a disability, you might be eligible for Medicare coverage. If you work full time for a company that offers health benefits, you might be eligible for employer-sponsored insurance. Or, depending on your income,
state of residence, and other factors, you might qualify for Medicaid. You could also fall through the cracks. Today, 12 years after enactment of the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, 9% of Americans remain uninsured.
Many people in the U.S. work for employers that do not offer health insurance, or who do not sufficiently subsidize it, making it unaffordable for most low-income workers. Most documented (legal) immigrants must wait five years to qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. Most undocumented (illegal) immigrants may never be eligible for any type of governmental insurance. Millions of people live in states where eligibility rules mean they are actually too poor to qualify for subsidized coverage. Currently, about 50% of the population is covered by employer-sponsored health care cov-
erage. Medicare accounts for 14%, Medicaid and CHIP about 20%, military about 1.5%, and the rest are either uninsured or covered by individual or non-group policies. No one in their right mind would ever purposely design the system we have. It is built on happenstance, unintended consequences, and gap-filling.
Over the years, the U.S. has made a few efforts to create a national system of health coverage, starting with Truman and including Nixon and Clinton. All these efforts foundered in the face of opposition from health insurers, the AMA, and other healthcare industry stakeholders. The backbone of our health coverage system is employer-sponsored insurance, which makes access to health care heavily dependent on the ability to work a full-time job. This system arose as an unintended consequence of hospitals seeking a steady stream of revenue, war-driven labor policy, and IRS decisions. In 1929, Blue Cross arose from a Texas-based hospital system to receive prepayment for future healthcare costs, its
first clients being schoolteachers. At the time many traditional insurers shied away from health coverage, afraid that only the sick would sign up. But Blue Cross proved that a company could manage risk and sell health insurance without losing its shirt.
It turned out that the ACA proved to be a critically important safety net during the COVID pandemic. Despite massive job losses, people were able the keep their coverage through ACA-sponsored Medicaid, which was subsidized by Congress. But Congress is reluctant to commit to paying for this in the long term, meaning that underinsurance is a growing problem. As healthcare costs rise so do premiums and deductibles. Unless policymakers are able to curtail the power of healthcare monopolies to drive up costs, vir tually everyone’s access to affordable care is at risk. Our current patchwork system isn’t going anywhere soon, but to maintain at least the status quo, costs must be constrained and inequities in access corrected.
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Let’s begin with an experience to shift our perspective. Place your attention on the breath in the body. Stay focused on the repeating inhale and exhale for a number of breath cycles. As you feel ready, begin to expand your inhale, and slow your exhale. Let each breath grow fuller and richer. Once you’re into it, shift your perspective. Instead of seeing yourself as a body breathing a breath, see yourself as the breath enlivening a body. “I am not the body, nor am I the mind or emotions. I am the breath breathing a body.” Continue to breathe as the breath.
Notice how you feel.
Now, let’s talk about ‘adding in’ to ‘crowd out.’ As we grow in life, we become more conscious. Our awareness is constantly expanding each and every day, week, month, and year. We get older, we have experiences that open us, and we realize things that we did not when we were younger. As awareness grows, we may start to notice personal patterns, habits, and traits that perhaps are not in our best interest.
While awareness around an unhelpful habit is huge and definitely
the first step toward change, putting that change into action can be a bit more complicated than simply flipping a switch. As we repeat behaviors over years, the repeated behaviors carve out neural pathways in the brain, which make the behaviors feel natural and necessary for survival. After all, a less conscious version of ourself who was doing the best they could developed the habit in the first place as a coping response to whatever environment they were in at the time.
Focusing on needing to let go of something that has been a part of your identity and makes you feel safe can feel scary. You might start to worry about things like, “How will I cope without engaging in that habit or behavior? What will I do with the extra space?” The thought of having to change could bring up feelings of anxiety and trying to force it will likely feel unnatural and exhausting.
So, how can we successfully make the changes that we know we need to make for our wellbeing and future? Just like I invited you to do at the start of this article, flip your
focus. Instead of spotlighting the need to get rid of the unhelpful habit, focus on adding in something positive. Let your mind open: “What is one thing that would make me feel good? How can I incorporate it into my routine?”
By bringing something helpful into your routine, you will automatically begin to crowd out the unhelpful. As you spend less energy focusing on what you are cutting out, you start to fill in those neural pathways and your need to engage in the unhelpful behavior diminishes and disappears. The mind only knows what it has previously experienced. It is not meant to run the show, and if you let it, your present will be ruled by your past. To move forward in a big way, use the powerful tool that is the mind in the way it was intended: to magnify your brilliance.
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Travels With Bob: A Castle On The Hudson River
By Bob Nesoff
The hulking remnants of a brick castle looms over the usually peaceful flowing waters of New York’s Hudson River. It belies the history of war implements and a massive explosion that rocked a small island in the middle of the river.
This is the Castle of Bannerman’s Island in the middle of the Hudson. While visitors climb its slopes to see the magnificent views of the river and the shoreline, few are aware that Bannerman’s Island was once a storehouse for implements of war that could supply virtually any army of almost any size.
Today the Castle is a gutted shadow of its former glory. Francis Bannerman VI would shudder at what has happened to the magnificent mansion he built at the crest of the island. The remnants of the Castle would bring more than a tear to his eyes.
Bannerman was born in Northern Ireland in 1851 and came with his parents to the United States in 1854, settling in Brooklyn. There the Bannermans began a military surplus business that would grow beyond their imagination before crashing down into rubble.
In 1900, Francis purchased what was then known as Pollepel Island for use as a home and storage facility for the rapidly growing arms business. He moved some 30 million pieces of munitions and soon added weapons, uniforms and other implements of warfare. He built the Castle to store everything and a smaller “castle” atop the island for a residence.
Both the island and the Castle became shoreline tourist attractions as people often lined the shore to see the buildings. On the side of the Castle facing the western bank of the Hudson, Bannerman erected a huge sign declaring “Bannerman’s Island Arsenal.”
Sales to both military and civilians sharply declined in the early 20th Century as a result of governmental regulations. That was soon followed by the Pollepel sinking and with it, Bannerman left.
In 1967, New York State took possession of the island, now known
as Bannerman’s Island. Munitions were removed and many military relics donated to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Then, in 1968, the island was opened to a curious public and tourism there boomed. But that was short-lived.
Less than a year later, an explosion and fire destroyed the arsenal, and the island was off-limits to the public.
Early this century, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation took over and began to once again invite visitors to the island. Unfortunately, in the years that it had been closed, it fell victim to vandals, neglect and decay. The smaller castle, the mansion, was in poor shape with some of the walls falling and the internal floors rotted and burned.
A volunteer, non-profit group of concerned citizens began the arduous task of bringing the island back to life. For a while visitation was permitted with arrivals required to wear hard hats.
Slowly Bannerman’s Island was becoming an eager attraction for visitors. In 2015, a public art piece by Melissa McGill was installed around the castle ruins. It consisted of 17 LEDs mounted on metal poles of different heights. When lit for two hours nightly, they are intended to create the appearance of new constellations.
Work is progressing slowly, but surely. The interior of the mansion can now be seen by visitors arriving on the island by the boat, the Estuary Steward, a motor launch leaving from a dock in Beacon. The interior of the mansion is well underway to regaining much of its original glory.
The Trust is still raising funds to stabilize the island’s structure and educate the public of Bannerman’s value and history. Shows are performed in warm weather that have become a popular attraction. Most visitors come by the Estuary Steward, but others are permitted to land by private vessels.
From the dock at water’s edge, a rather steep path leads visitors to the top of the island. They may enter the mansion but are kept at a safe distance from the gutted Castle/Arsenal. The walls, the only re-
maining part of the original building, encircle the gutted structure and are supported by strong poles bracing them upright.
The walk around the island on a spring, summer or fall day is a relaxing visit with magnificent views of both banks of the Hudson River. Passing boats slow down and approach so that those on board can take pictures. Photos of the Castle are best seen from the water, offering the best views.
Artist Virginia Donovan and photographer Mary Ann Glass were co-owners of the RiverWinds art gallery in Beacon that was forced to close in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. But they have continued to paint and photograph the island and its relics. Their work may now be seen at the Bannerman Island Gallery at 150 Main Street in Beacon. A quaint shop in a very quaint town. They have dedicated the profits from sale of the photos and paintings to the island’s restoration projects to help defray costs.
While their exhibition will only continue through February 5, the
island itself will reopen to the public in May. Both Glass and Donovan also exhibit their works at shows and events in the Hudson Valley and other locations in New York.
For information on island events and exhibitions, contact Laurie Clark at the Bannerman Island Gallery (845) 416-8342.
There are three methods of arrival. As mentioned, some come by private boat, while others arrive in Beacon by train. The station is walking distance from the dock. Almost adjacent to the dock is a large parking area for those arriving by auto.
On a warm and sunny spring, summer or fall day, families can be seen taking out picnic lunches and relaxing in various locations around the island. They can relax. No longer is there danger of ammunition going off or gun powder exploding. But if you look hard enough and quietly listen, you may just hear the past of Bannerman’s Island.
Photo courtesy of Bannerman’s Island Trust.
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Facts You Probably D on’t Need
Ancient Egyptians used moldy bread as treatment for infected wounds, possibly already utilizing the antibiotic effects of mold that was accidentally discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928.
When there is a disputed international border, Google Maps tailors its maps to the claims of each country where the internet browser is located.
American steel magnate Charles M. Schwab died a pauper with over $300,000 in debt after blowing through a fortune that would have been worth $500-$800 million dollars today.
There is an annual wife-carrying contest in Finland called Eukonkanto, where the reward is the wife's weight in beer.
There are no living descendants of Abraham Lincoln. His great-grandson died in 1985 with no children.
A college student emailed Steve Jobs complaining that Apple's Media Department was not replying to her emails for help with a school project. Jobs responded to her by saying, "Our goals do not include helping you get a good grade. Sorry" and "Please leave us alone."
Luna moths have no mouths. They live off the energy they stored as a caterpillar.
Bill Nye owns several patents, including one for ballet shoes.
Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.
Bacon Wrapped Scallops
By Sharon Feldman
• 10 sea scallops
• 10 slices bacon (thin ones)
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 lemon, cut into wedges
Arrange bacon in large skillet and cook over medium high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly browned but still pliable, about 5 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towels.
Wrap each slice of bacon around one scallop and secure with a toothpick.
Heat olive oil in a clean skillet over medium heat. Sear scallops until golden brown and bacon is crisp, 3-4 minutes on each side. Squeeze lemon over scallops. Serve immediately.
Tip: If you want a little spicy, add Cajun seasoning before browning scallops.
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Life With Our “Artistic” Child
By Kami-Leigh Agard
Helping Adult Autistic Individuals Leap Over the ‘Services
By Kami-Leigh Agard & Venus Ramos, Rockaway Beach Autism Families
In this four-part column series, Rockaway Beach Autism Families Board Member Venus Ramos, and I search for roadways to help adults with autism leap over the “services cliff,” to a mountaintop of opportunities. After interviewing longtime Staten Island special needs advocate and media professional, Burak Uzun, founder of S.O.C.A. (Supportive Online Classes for Achievement), we discovered that the journey towards a purpose-driven life must be guided by motivation, education and support. In the Q&A below, using motivation as the navigator, see how Uzun puts his adult autistic students into the driver’s seat. Is it possible for an adult with autism to live a purpose-driven life, despite the obstacles? Uzun resoundedly believes yes, and according to him, it first has to start within. In fact, one of the prerequisites to enroll in his S.O.C.A. courses is that the student and family all have to be open to a positive mindset.
“I promote the fact that the world is a good place. However, if the family philosophy is that you need to watch out, the world
is bad—that philosophy is not going to mesh well with what I teach. I want my students to see that the world is a good place. If you wake up negative, you're going to stay in that negative mode. Why not wake up positive with the mindset, ‘Today, I am going to do something positive.’ The lesson here is that your negative mindset is a choice you're making. I want my students to always choose a positive one because we don't know what the future's going to bring anyway. Thinking negatively only makes you unhealthy and makes you feel bad about yourself. And when you feel bad about yourself, you don't perform your best,” Uzun said.
He also drives into his students that optimism drives kindness. “If you’re optimistic, you're kinder to yourself and others. What does that mean? People are kinder back to you and will help you. If you feel good and you're performing your best, you do better at work, you do better at school, which means you will be more successful,” Uzun said.
Ramos shared a list of questions that her 17-year-old autistic son, James, now in 12th grade, answered about his passions and goals after high school.
She stated, “I asked my son what he wants to be when he grows up, and he answered a father. He also wants to make money by working in a supermarket or bank, so he could help me pay bills. As far as his passions, he answered that he likes sports, but playing video games gives him entertainment. When I asked why he likes video games, he said because he gets to create strategies and solve problems.” Uzun was euphoric. “There’s so much I like about James’ answers. The first thing is that he has wants, he has desires. That's a big advantage. Not all of my autistic students have wants of different things, instead they enjoy routines. They prefer today to be like yesterday. Now, what does that mean? That they don't necessarily want anything because they don't want anything new. So, James wanting to do different things is a big advantage because if he wants something very badly, he will change his behavior to get it. And that's how we all improve.
“Also, football and video games don't live on repeat. No two NFL games have ever been exactly the same. Thus, bringing the element of a new experience consistently into his life,” Uzun said.
As for James wanting to get a job and pay bills, according to Uzun, that shows he not only wants to help his family but wants people in general to be proud of him. He said, “James wants to impress people. We’re taught to be humble, not to brag or desire to impress people. In reality, wanting to impress people is one of the most natural things in the world. And it's one of the biggest motivators for anybody out there.”
For more info about Uzun and S.O.C.A., visit: www.socanyc. com. Also, you can see him tonight—Thursday, January 19th, 7 p.m. at RBAF’s support group meeting at Knights of Columbus (333 Beach 90th Street). For further info, visit: Rockaway Beach Autism Families on Facebook/ Instagram.
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Rockaway Times mermaids spotted in Rincon! Helen Kilgallen sure seems to be enjoying retired life. She was spotted with her sister, and longtime Rockaway lifeguard, Janet Fash, doing their best to avoid the dog days of winter down in Puerto Rico.
Human Traﬃcking Awareness Month
unstable living situation; having experiences forms of violence or sexual abuse; having previously run away or are involved in the juvenile justice or child welfare system; are facing poverty; or are addicted to drugs or alcohol.
By Theresa M Racine
It happens in your community. Would you be able to recognize the crime? January marks Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will.
Human trafficking happens all day, every day and every hour
across the globe. Human traffickers do not discriminate. If you think it cannot happen to you or yours, you are wrong. New York state alone, between 2017-2019 according to New York State Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking, had nearly 1,500 known cases. Human traffickers are preying on the vulnerable. Human traffickers also look towards huge events like the Superbowl for targets.
Some signs that someone is being trafficked include: having an
I know of two teens that actually were my friends who were trafficked, and my own daughter was trafficked in NYC. The scenario they go through in their time of not being able to escape is horrific. Some never make it out alive and for those who do, they suffer from a lifetime of trauma of PTSD. Some even go back to their traffickers in fear they will be found anyway.
This is the reason I fight hard and continue to be a voice for the voiceless. On January 11, 2023,
which was Human Trafficking Awareness Day, I decided that I would once again take this to the streets and share my knowledge. Queens Defenders and the NYPD answered the call to stand up for those who didn't have a place to turn. I can say, if I can help even one family with outreach, my mission will be accomplished. I can tell you that day was successful.
So I want to give you some tips on how you can be a part of education and prevention by the things I did. Here is a website where you can order materials to learn and share in the community. https:// www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/ request-materials . You can also be involved in the blue campaign, led by Homeland Security. Thank you all for wearing blue that day and sharing that you care about what's going on right in front of our eyes. Among some locals who participated are the NY Dippers Club, Patti Blue, NYPD, Queens Defenders, Marissa Bernowitz, Mindi Dovberg and Juli Daulton Abraham who was trafficked as a teenager and was saved by Children of the Night.
A friend of mine said, “An educated community is a safe community." Please feel free to contact me if you like to become a community activist and be involved with some of our upcoming events. www. xtrememeasure.org.
If you or someone you know may be the victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at: 1-888-3737888.
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By Kami-Leigh Agard
Indulge in this weekend’s unusually warm January temps at any one of the peninsula’s bustling food, beverage and arts establishments. With the best listing of Rockaway Good Times just below, start planning your Rockaway crawl. Tell them—The Rockaway Times sent you!
THURSDAY, January 19 8 p.m.
Calling all January birthday peeps a.k.a the best lovers and friends of the year! Celebrate your b-month at the New York Dippers Social tonight at The Rose Den. Plus, with DJ Baroque spinning acid jazz, instrumental funk and soul—be born a Dipper/Rose Den regular!
174 Beach 116th Street
FRIDAY, January 20
7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Midnight Society taps into Tap That’s Friday night beer-rific night with their very own crafted pop/rock/folk/country/indie/R&B neighborhood jam. 111-04 Rockaway Beach Blvd
FRIDAY, January 20 9 p.m.
“In wine there is wisdom, and in beer there is freedom,” so get a full dose of both at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club’s upstairs lounge as Gerald Bair fills your heart with his golden voice and magical storytelling.
533 Beach 126th Street
FRIDAY, January 20 9 p.m.
From the Beatles, Springsteen, U2, and more—rock with five-piece NYC band, One Too Many —let the weekend shenanigans begin at Rogers!
203 Beach 116th Street
SATURDAY, January 21 9 p.m.
Grabs your mates and barge into Rogers for another unforgettable night with The Brooklyn Bards, injecting Irish pride with classic and contemporary Irish war marches, rebel and love songs.
203 Beach 116th Street
ROCKAWAY GOOD TIMES
SUNDAY, January 22 5 p.m.
They say in heaven there is no beer, so why not indulge a few whilst you’re still here at Rogers, as Gerald Bair serenades your Sunday toast. Sláinte!
203 Beach 116th Street
SUNDAY, January 22 6:30 p.m.
Feast on a bite of naughtiness at Thai Rock as The League of Naughty Cubists tantalize with a menu of unforgettable tunes, bringing out the daring dancer and artist in you.
375 Beach 92nd Street
Motivation MONDAYS 7 p.m.
Missing the nostalgia of old-school board games? Well, Rockaway Brewing Co. is bringing it back! Bring your favorite games or use the Brewery’s on stock, drink artisan beers, and play to win!
415 Beach 72nd Street
Tunesday TUESDAYS 7 p.m.
Why are Tuesdays at Rockaway Tiki known as Suzeday! Get the 411 from DJ Tony from Naked NY as he jams your favorite music videos on the big Tiki screen.
67-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Wine WEDNESDAYS 7 p.m.
“What happens at Tiki karaoke, stays at Tiki karaoke...and lives on the Gram!” Channel your inner Spice Girl at Rockaway Tiki Bar's karaoke night.
67-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bask in an evening of rhythmic storytelling with Ireland’s Cork-born renowned folk songsmith, Niall Connolly at Sayra’s.
91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Selﬁe SATURDAYS 7 p.m. until closing
Elevate your weekend fun on the rooftop at The Rockaway Hotel. With live DJ, craft cocktails, lite bites, and soaking in ocean and Manhattan city-
line views—forever memorialize your selfie Saturday!
108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive
8 p.m. to Midnight Bar Marseille brings Manhattan chic to Rockaway with a lounge-inspired DJ set, dancing, adult bevies and endless selfie moments. Plus, don’t shy away from their French-Mediterranean food menu. Ooh la la!! 190 Beach 69th Street
RTC PRESENTS MTI BROADWAY JUNIOR REVIEW: “RAISE YOUR VOICE”
Starting on JANUARY 27 2 p.m. / 7 p.m. Rockaway Theatre Company Young People’s Theatre Workshop presents, “Raise Your Voice.” (Launched in 1996 by Music Theater International (MTI), Broadway Junior musicals are condensed, author-approved versions of classic musicals, Disney favorites and modern works, custom-tailored and performed by youth). “Raise Your Voice,” includes musical performances from the popular film and Broadway production, “Sister Act.” Show dates are Friday, January 27 at 7 p.m.; Saturday January 28 - 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Jan 29 - 2 p.m.; Friday, February 3 - 7 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Saturday, February 4 - 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, February 5 - 2 p.m. For tickets and more info, visit: https://www. rockawaytheatrecompany.org/
LADIES ANCIENT ORDER OF THE HIBERNIANS JIG & SWIG FUNDRAISER
FRIDAY, January 20 8 p.m.
LAOH Division 9—“Our Lady of Knock”—beckons you to their Jig & Swig Fundraiser in Brooklyn! From music by The Brooklyn Bards, Irish dance lessons from O’Malley Irish Dance Academy, tasty food, drinks and fantastic raffle prizes, plus 50/50s—get ready for a night of emerald green fun at Knights of Columbus Council #126. $40 admission includes hot buffet, beer, wine, soda, coffee, tea and desserts. For more info, and reservations, contact Rita Carron at (646) 249-5751. 3051 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn NY
SAYRA’S WINE BAR 3RD ANNUAL SUPPER CLUB FEAT. CHEF DOMI SATURDAY, January 21
Tickets are still available for Sayra’s Wine Bar 3rd Annual Supper Club event featuring the culinary finesse of Rockaway local, Chef Domi. Food gourmands—be prepared to be immersed in fine cuisine nirvana at this carefully curated four-course feast, with each course divinely paired with a selected wine that will have any connoisseur singing. To view the menu and more info, visit: @sayraswinebar on Instagram. To reserve your $75 ticket, email: sayrawinebar@gmail. com
91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd
TAP THAT’S 7TH INNING STRETCH SPORTS CARD TRADING SUNDAY, January 22
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Head to Tap That for a wheeling and dealing afternoon with 7th Inning Stretch Sport Cards Trading. Network, buy, sell, trade, sports cards from Bklyn Classic and Comics R4 Kids, plus other vendors offering Pokémon, comics, vintage sports apparel and more! Choose from over 30 beers on tap, and score $5 off $25 (food and drink check). Raffles prizes for all ages. Kids welcome! Also, don’t miss your favorite Divisional NFL team games on the big screens.
111-04 Rockaway Beach Blvd
DUELING PIANOS HEADLINES BHYC YOUTH FUNDRAISER
FRIDAY, January 27
Doesn’t it feel good to pay it forward, while having a good time with friends? The Belle Harbor Yacht Club gifts both pleasures at this fundraiser for nonprofit, Belle Harbor Youth & Community, featuring Dueling Pianos. Proceeds from the part rock/part comedy show benefit this 501C3 organization that hosts and sponsors local community events and sports teams. Limited seating with tables up to 12. Tickets are $25 for members, and $30 for nonmembers.
533 Beach 126th Street
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WWE News & More
Welcome to another week of Wrestle Talk. I want to say thank you to all the fans who sent in an overwhelming amount of emails with questions last week. Let's get to the news!
Former WWE Superstar and Legend Billy Graham was hospitalized last week and placed into an Intensive Care Unit due to a possible cardiac event. Current reports are saying that Billy's heart rate and blood pressure have returned back to normal, and he will be getting
transferred to a Patient Care Unit for further recovery. We here at Wrestle Talk wish Billy a speedy recovery. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with medical costs. If you would like to donate, go to: www.gofundme.com/f/superstar-emergency-medical-fund
Last week, we reported that Vince McMahon has come back to the WWE, as the Chairman of the Board, in order to facilitate the sale of the company. Many
rumors have since surfaced that he has already sold the WWE to a Saudi Arabia Public Investment Organization. Now, these are reported rumors and we have not been able to verify these reports. But we will stay on top of this developing story.
We also reported last week that Stephanie McMahon has resigned as co-CEO of the WWE, and many saw this as a bad sign, as Stephanie is very well liked and respected within the company. We are hearing reports that with Stephanie now gone, the direction of the WWE may take a turn and that turn could be for the worst. Many felt that with Stephanie making key decisions for the company and her husband Triple H in charge of creative content, the WWE was in a good position and fans were coming back to watch the promotion.
National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Women's Champion, Jamille, has recently revealed that she is interested in signing with the WWE. Although she stated that she loves working for the NWA. The promotion is not at the same level, as the WWE, and she would love an opportunity to work for them.
The Question of the Week comes from Victor C. in Rockaway Park and he said, "I heard rumors that if the WWE is sold, Stephanie McMahon and her husband Triple H will start their own wrestling company?" Victor, I have not heard this rumor but I can say this. I can totally see Stephanie and Triple H, approaching companies like Disney or Amazon and pitching them the idea of starting a new wrestling company. Especially if the WWE is sold to Saudi Arabia. Thank you for this great question!
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