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Parks And EDC To Commence New Boardwalk Work The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced some preparation work to be done in Phase 5B of the new boardwalk plan, which runs from Beach 38th to Beach 19th Street. “EDC plans to erect fencing on the landside north of the boardwalk to begin site preparation including clearing, grubbing and grading,” the message from Alexander Maureau, the project development coordinator, said. “No work will take place south of the boardwalk. EDC would like to start this prep work at the end of January and will work with [the Parks Department] to set up a pre-construction meeting this summer, before any active construction work commences on the boardwalk.” Any residents with questions or concerned are encouraged to contact Maureau at 718-520-5939 or Alexander. Maureau@parks.nyc.gov, or contact Portia Dyrenforth at Portia. Dyrenforth@parks.nyc.gov.

Speed Bump And Crosswalk Markings Scheduled For Far Rock New crosswalk markings and an additional speed bump will be added to some Far Rockaway streets. The markings will be at Beach 9th Street and Roosevelt Court and the speed bmp will be at Beach 17th Street between Brookhaven Avenue and Plainview Avenue, near St. John’s Episcopal Hosptial. The painting will be completed in Spring 2016. “These are tremendous improvements to areas that have long been a concern in Far Rockaway,” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder said. “The new crosswalk markings will make Beach 9th and Roosevelt a safer, less confusing intersection for our families and the speed bump on Beach 17th will slow down speeding cars and protect pedestrians as they walk to school.”

Terrace Fire at Surfside A high-rise fire occurred in the early hours of Sunday, January 17 at the Surfside buildings. An apartment fire broke out on the eighth floor of the 13-story building at 106-20 Shore Front Parkway. The blaze occurred on the terrace of a three-bedroom apartment. A call was received about six minutes after midnight and the FDNY arrived within four minutes. The fire was under control by 12:35 a.m. There was water and smoke damage, but no one was injured as no one was home at the time. “We consider ourselves very lucky,” the resident said. It is believed that a faulty outlet on the terrace led to the fire. In March 2015, another Surfside apartment fire occurred at 107-10 Shore Front Parkway, resulting in the death of a 77-yearold woman on the 7th floor.

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Cracking Down on Terrorism NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and other members of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, are looking to advance several anti-terrorism bills. The seven proposals that garnered Addabbo’s support are aimed at cracking down on terrorism recruitment; addressing cyber security threats; providing greater punishment for those who solicit or support for terrorist acts; fighting back against terror threats against police officers, and establishing a New York State Terrorist Registry. “We need to make sure that hateful criminals whose only agenda is to bring tragedy and suffering down upon our residents continue to fail in their twisted and despicable campaigns of destruction,” Addabbo said. The package of legislation approved by the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee will now be sent to other appropriate committees for review or may otherwise move closer to a vote by the full Senate.

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The Boatel That Fell To Earth BOWIE INSPIRED PROJECT IN THE WORKS

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David Bowie was the master of reinvention, drifting flawlessly from Aladdin Sane to the Thin White Duke to the Goblin King, all the while creating new musical identities with each successive album. But perhaps his most lasting creation is Ziggy Stardust, the androgynous alien rock star from Mars who encouraged freaking out in a moonage daydream and pleaded for humans to hang on to ourselves. In the spirit of the legendary cultural figure, who died at the age of 69 last week after a battle with cancer, Philipp Mohr and a host of artists local and otherwise are in the process of redesigning a houseboat at Marina 59, aptly named Ziggy Stardust. “I was looking for a name that’s inspiring, something that has open-mindedness,” Mohr said on the boat as “Heroes” and other Bowie classics played in the background. “It’s such an artistic

community here. That character represents so much—it’s weird, creative, on the fringe of society and not conforming.” Mohr also said that Bowie’s constant change in character represents human nature in general, as no person remains static for their entire life. The big blue boat is in the middle of a renovation and when it is finished Mohr will seek to turn it into a “boatel,” a place for outof-towners to stay for a few days while they catch some waves and explore the rest of what the peninsula has to offer. Mohr and a variety of associates including Greg DeGroat, Nick Hotto, and Laura Petrucci are building bunk beds, finishing the floors, and painting doors in preparation for an April or May opening. Other artists who are fixing up the boat include Sean Rice, Atticus Moorman, Nick Bendik, Grace Eddy, Lacey Carter, and Will Sheehan. The current plan is to have ap-

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The first major snowfall of the 2016 winter season is expected to hit New York beginning very early Saturday morning. As the Rockaway Times goes to press 6-12 inches of snow is likely, with some forecasts calling for more if the storm takes a northward turn. It appears New York will avoid the worst of the storm, which will hit the Mid-Atlantic region. New Yorkers are advised to take necessary precautions to prepare for the snow. This includes winterizing your car with antifreeze, a full tank of gas, and functioning battery and ignition systems; stocking up on salt and shovels and making sure that you have everything you need inside your house prior to the snowfall; and making sure you are warm when you go outside by bundling up properly. Stay in touch with New York City Emergency Management by calling 311 or visiting www. NYC.gov/notifynyc to sign up for updates.

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The Lazer Speaks SNOWBIRDS

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There hasn’t been much snow, or cold, or winter for that matter, but that’s about to change. And when it does, folks around these parts start to head down south. They are known as “snowbirds.� Yeah, I know some of you thought I would be talking about those beautiful red cardinals in the backyards of Rockaway. And they are beautiful indeed. Did you know that it’s typically the males that are brightly colored red, while the females are a more muted-brown? Or perhaps you were thinking that maybe I was referring to those yellow finches that have wandered lost into our backyards during the winter months. But no, I am talking about those folks who get on those silver birds docked at JFK, shuttling us back and forth from the Sunshine State: Florida.

But things are different now with global warming changing the weather patterns that have dictated the flight paths for so many decades. First of all, this winter it has been cold in Florida. The southern bastion of beautiful people has been washed over with windy waves of coldness. Second, El Nino has brought rain and clouds. Of course, Florida always experiencing drought-like conditions could use the water. But for all those escaping the white flakes of their northern homes, a little less water would be appreciated. Florida, once a wilderness of swamps and shorelines, is now more of a superhighway with extensions to the east and west, accessing towns that are now fully populated with friends and family from the north. Yes, whether you are headed to Boca, Palm Beach, Tampa, Clearwater, Naples, South Beach, it seems like

you now know at least five people who live there and who you can visit with once you get there. If you are arriving in Orlando, you are typically surrounded by kids heading to Disney or one of the other American entertainment centers. If you are headed to the Palm Beaches, well it’s a more dignified look that you might see moving elegantly through the airport. Miami, with access to South Beach and to the Keys, has a more international feel, with a laid back approach. While the west coast is home to the seasoned Floridian traveler forsaking the east coast for peace and quiet. But no matter where you go, you are bound to bump into a person from Rockaway. As Ireland’s greatest export was its people, so it seems is Rockaway when it comes to travel to Florida. Must be something about the ocean that draws us all there. The only other place that I can think of

that does that is Puerto Rico, as so many Rockwayites seem to head there too. There can only be one explanation for all this traveling south to be by the water during the winter months, and it has nothing to do with birds. It can only mean that deep down in every Rockaway soul is an innate magnetic pull to the warm waters. And what can explain that? Only one thing. All Rockawayites are descended from an ancient race of mermaids and mermen. And only when this ancient race is close to the warm waters, fully lubricated, are they truly happy. So answer the siren, Rockaway, head to warmer waters, get rejuvenated, it will soon be St. Patrick’s Day, signaling the arrival of the gulf stream back to the peninsula, and the return of our friends the whales, dolphins, and yes, mermaids!

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Troubled Oceanfront Building Goes To Auction ing to sell condominium units in the building, located off the boardwalk at Beach 25-26th Streets, under false pretenses and without necessary disclosures. Few people ever moved into the building which has been vacant for years. Now, a real estate company, Hilco Real Estate, is making the property available through auction. Its website advertises the property as such: BANKRUPTCY SALE! QUALIFYING BID DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 16, 2016 Oceanfront Views & Direct Access to the Beach and Boardwalk in One of the Fastest Growing Residential Neighborhoods in Queens! • Completed in 2008 • 25-Year 421-A Tax Abatement • 54 One Bedroom, One Bathroom Residences • 72 Two Bedroom, Two Bathroom Residences 89 Space Parking Garage POTENTIAL USES INCLUDE:

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CONDOS, RENTALS, SENIOR AND/OR ASSISTED LIVING, AND MORE! ORIGINAL CONDO PLAN HAD A SELL-OUT OF OVER $60,000,000 Built in 2008, 120 Beach 26th Street, “The Metroplex” is a prime 15-story, multi-family elevator apartment building totaling approximately 125,874 square feet. The building is situated on 1.03 acres and includes an interior two-story, 89-space

parking garage. The building is comprised of 126 units: 54 one-bedroom, one-bathroom units and 72 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units. In addition there is a community area and former sales office that can be adapted as amenity space for building residents. Originally, the building was constructed with the intent of being sold as condominiums, but due to subsequent changes in market conditions, several units were rented as apartments. The building is currently vacant. The property is ideally positioned for multiple potential uses and being vacant allows the new owner to easily execute a plan quickly and efficiently, thus maximizing return on investment. Furthermore, as a result of this being a bankruptcy sale, the new owner will receive clean title without encumbrances. Go to HilcoGloabal.com for more information.

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***** If you’re reading this on Thursday - The city’s EDC and some local electeds will host a community planning meeting regarding the coming ferry service and its shuttle bus component at Beach Channel High School from 6:30-8:30 pm. ***** And if you’re reading this on Thursday and you can’t get to the ferry meeting perhaps you’ll want to watch the mayor give his State of the City address starting at 7 p.m. It’s the first time a mayor has given the address in the evening. Mayor de Blasio is hoping more people will be able to watch as it’ll be televised on cable. ***** The Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade is just six weeks

away! John J. Murphy, Business Manager of Plumbers Local Union 1, is this year’s Grand Marshal. Dan Brown has been named one of the Deputy Grand Marshals. ***** Last week we published an item about a found Message in a Bottle (Andrew Gray found it while walking his dogs in Fort Tilden). Well, we got a message too: My friend showed me the message in the bottle article in the paper... it’s actually my son James Ferchland, we just moved to Oceanside from Broad Channel in September, maybe you’ll find my daughter Caroline’s one day too! Thanks for the story, he’s going to be thrilled someone found it!-Diane Ferchland. The original message bottle was tossed from a boat in Jamaica Bay! ***** Presidential candidate Ted Cruz was roasted for his New York values comment made during a televised debate. We think that might cause him problems but no more than the fact that he looks like a guy

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that sleeps in a coffin. ***** Get your camera ready. We’re having a Photo Contest. The Grand Prize winner will receive $500 and a spot on a forthcoming Rockaway Times front page. Some of the best photos will be part of a Photo Expo on the boardwalk in the spring. There are 10 categories so it’s not all about sunsets! Send your photos to PhotoExpo@RockawayTimes.com. The deadline is April 15 (but we’ll take entries today). ***** Bravo! The Rockaway Theatre Company’s Young People’s Theater Workshop is presenting Shrek, The Musical Junior, and all 12 shows, beginning next week, are sold out! ***** Going on a vacation? Don’t forget to pack your Rockaway Times t-shirt. Send us a photo of you sporting the t-shirt and we’ll let the world know you’re enjoying yourself. Off the top of our heads, we know the shirt has been spotted in Egypt, Ireland, Colombia, Puerto Rico,

Taiwan, Costa Rica, the Grand Canyon, Greece, Florida, and this week in the Philippines (see page 26). The easiest way to get a shirt is to order one through our website, RockawayTimes.com. ***** A new documentary premiers at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday. You’ll all know the subject: Anthony Weiner. The film covers his colorful attempt at making a political comeback when he ran for mayor. We all know how that turned out. More than a year and half ago, Weiner was looking to start a restaurant in Rockaway and so far that project looks like his political career. ***** A Rockaphile is someone who loves Rockaway. E.J. Dionne certainly qualifies. The renowned author, columnist, frequent TV talk show guest (oh, and beloved relative of the Boyles) has just written Why The Right Went Wrong. We’re happy to report it’s getting rave reviews.

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Oh Snap! We’re having a contest. Do you have some skills behind the lens? Maybe you snapped a great photo on your phone? We want to see it! The Rockaway Times is hosting a photo contest with a $500 top prize. Columnist John Cori recently approached The Rockaway Times with a great idea for a photo contest. “We have all these amazing photographers in Rockaway and Broad Channel and they deserve some recognition and exposure. Did you know Rockaway’s Mister Softee is one of the greatest photographers out there? Dan Mundy Jr. is a great Broad Channel photographer, and then you have Laura Deckelman in Bayswater,”

Cori said. “Why not give some of them and other professional and amateur photographers some recognition?” From now until April 15, anyone can enter the contest by submitting photos to PhotoExpo@ RockawayTimes.com. The photos will be judged in ten different categories: 1)Sunsets/ sunrise 2) jetties 3) surfing/ surfers 4) family/group fun on the beach 5) Dogs 6) Jamaica Bay-Boats, jetskis, etc 7) Nature 8) Rockaway Bridges- Marine Parkway/ Cross Bay 9) Rockaway/ Broad Channel Sports 10) Wildcard (doesn’t fit any of the categories, but it’s a great photo). Photos can be recently taken or old. The winners will be selected by a panel of anonymous judges, who will be revealed after the winners are announced.

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There will be honors for the top photo in each category, but only one grand prize winner, with the best of the best photos, will take home the $500 prize. The grand prize winner will also have their photo featured on the front page of The Rockaway Times. Photos in all categories may be featured within the newspaper or as part of the Rockaway Times 2016 Summer Guide. The best photos may also be featured in a boardwalk concession display, Cori said. “My ultimate goal is to have a final expo on the boardwalk. I’m in discussions with the Parks Department and the idea is to have the images enlarged, laminated and put on display on the boardwalk near all of the concessions like 86th, 97th, 106th and Beach 116th, about a week before Memorial Day and into Memorial Day Weekend, to help out these businesses early in the season, and to give the photographers some boardwalk exposure.” Although it’s in the early stages, Cori believes the contest will be a success. “Everyone has a picture of a sunset, surfer

or seagull. We’re going to have some really stiff competition. Luckily, as coordinator, I won’t be judging,” Cori said. Some rules apply. 1)By submitting your photograph you represent and warrant that it is your own original work, is not copied, and does not contain any third-party materials and/ or content that you do not have permission to use. 2) We cannot consider photographs submitted on behalf of another person. 3)Photographs are selected for publication at the sole discretion of the Rockaway Times team. There will be no payment for publication. 4) By submitting a photograph you: a) give us permission to publish it; b) grant us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to republish it in any format including without limitation in print and electronic formats; and c) you give us permission to use your name and website URL for the purpose of identifying you as the photographer. If any local businesses want to become involved as sponsors, reach out to John Cori at seathenight@aol.com.


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time. I’ve been living out here for a few years and they liked how I fixed up [James Franco] so they felt like I was a good person to fix up this one, too.” Mohr is conscious of the environment as he remodels the boat, making an effort to use pieces from fallen vessels, leftover boardwalk remnants that washed up at the marina, and surfboard resin to create flooring, countertops, and more. Shells from the beach line the ceilings and the walls are bursting with creative pieces from Carter and others. Mohr, who originally hails from Berlin and is an architect by trade, is an avid surfer and had been living in Williamsburg for years prior. “A friend of mine lived on a boat here called the Pink Pirate four or five years ago. I was looking for a spot on the beach but it was difficult to spend the summer here.” Through that friend he heard

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about the marina’s Truck-AFloat project, where a flotilla of pods provide sleeping quarters for artists and other creative types looking for a cheap place to slumber in summer. In the winter, Mohr rents a house in the 90s and during the warmer months heads back to the marina. “It feels like an artist’s residency here,” he said. “It inspired me to push forward with what I wanted to do.” The artists working on the boat with Mohr said that they too have been inspired and impressed by what Rockaway has to offer. “It was eye-opening to see other things that you could be doing with your life,” DeGroat said. “My friend Atticus and his friend Lacey came to James Franco to live,” Hotto said. “He invited me out here one day. I took the A train to Lefferts accidentally and didn’t get here until 11 p.m. and was blown away. Everybody is so used to looking for an apartment in Williamsburg or Bushwick, but you could be as much a part of the city here.” Petrucci agreed, adding “Every morning we get out here and two swans come to greet us. It’s a very nice escape from the usual commute. And the sunsets are beautiful.” Mohr said that he is looking forward to the completion of Ziggy Stardust in the near future and is hopeful that he can make connections with organizations running artist workshops. He thinks that the boat serves an important purpose. “It’s really needed out here, especially for people coming from to the city to visit Rockaway. It’s just something I’ve really enjoyed doing.”

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year at this meeting or a PayPal payment can be made to info@ rockawaywish.org for those who can’t attend. Those who attend the meeting may receive a complimentary drink. Bring a friend and learn about the ways WISH helps the community through fundraisers, events and sponsorships, and learn about their goals for the new year. For more information about Rockaway WISH, check out www.rockawaywish.org/

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton thanked Danny Ruscillo for his many years of service to the Rockaway community and the 100th Pct. Council. Danny was given a pair of the Commissioner’s cufflinks as a token of the NYPD’s appre-

ciation. Pictured left to right: Deputy Inspector Craig Adelman, Commissioner Bratton, Danny Ruscillo, Council Member Ulrich and Community Affairs Officer Dan Smyth. (Photo by William Alatrieste, NYC Council).

MMA POTENTIALLY TO BE LEGALIZED IN NY Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is seeking to enter the octagon—or at least entice New York State to finally legalize mixed martial arts (MMA) officially. New York remains the only state in the union that has yet to sanction the sport, despite being a hotspot for other combat sports such as boxing. MMA involved the practice of multiple disciplines such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, and amateur wrestling in an attempt to submit, knock out, or defeat an opponent. It has exploded in popularity over the past decade thanks to Dana White’s Ultimate Fighting Championships promotion and fighters such as Ronda Rousey, Anderson Silva, and Brock Lesnar. In Rockaway, CROM Physical Fitness is a popular MMA gym. Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed in his budget

to authorize the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) to regulate both amateur and professional MMA “in a manner similar to...professional boxing, wrestling and sparring.” Cuomo and Goldfeder believe that the state stands to inherit millions in revenue if the sport is officially sanctioned due to the large number of venues available for matches in New York City and elsewhere. Goldfeder proposed a bill last year to legalize MMA but it was never brought to the floor. “It’s unbelievable that New York is the only state in the country that hasn’t legalized Mixed Martial Arts,” Goldfeder said. “Not only does this deprive millions of fans of the chance to see the sport in their own backyard, it also robs local businesses of the economic boost that the sport would bring to our community.”


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New Art Space Grows in Rockaway By Katie McFadden

Something new is growing in Rockaway. Artist George Turner has planted a new seed in the old Fecund Clown building on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, transforming it into New York Arbor, a commercial venue and gallery for budding and growing artists and crafty folks. Turner began New York Arbor in 2009 with a fine art/ woodworking workshop at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. With the workshop located right on the Brooklyn coast of New York Harbor, and drawing inspiration from metaphors for â&#x20AC;&#x153;trees, the seashore, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waves of immigration and industry, and universal patterns of growth,â&#x20AC;? Turner named the new venture New York Arbor. He formed the foundation of the woodworking atelier, allowing it to grow at the Brooklyn location for four years, until a massive, nonnegotiable rent increase starting in 2013 forced him to move on.

In 2007, Turner and his wife, Christine, came across Rockaway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We live in the East Village and one day we took a ride to end of the L train with our bikes and we followed the path that led us to Jacob Riis Park. It was

on a co-op in Rockaway Park. I was going between the East Village, Sunset Park and Rockaway, and I only wanted to be here,â&#x20AC;? Turner said. He started to look for a new place to plant New York Arbor on the peninsula. In

early June and nobody was really around in this magical place. We kept going back that summer and felt that we needed this place. By early 2008, we closed

August 2015, he came across an ad for the sale of a creative studio near Beach 114th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard that was last called The Creative Clown.

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Brrrrrrrrrrâ&#x20AC;Ś Last week I was preoccupied with giddy thoughts of what I would do with all my new found wealth after winning the $1.4 billion dollar lottery. My head was filled with visions of enjoying the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Nightly dining at Masaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Manhattan which serves some of the

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The Rockaway Times below $30 late last week and there is continuing speculation that it could drop even further to $20 or perhaps even $10. The crash in the price of a barrel of crude allowed me to recently schedule a delivery of 150 gallons of home heating oil for $200 ($1.33 a gallon). Might I also mention that the price of gas at local area stations is running at $2.05 and over in Brooklyn gas can be had for $1.91! On second thought, maybe things arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as bad as I thought. When I realized that there was an upside to this winter season I got up from the desk, grabbed my cane and started dancing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nae Naeâ&#x20AC;? while singing the lyrics from Pharrel Williams song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy.â&#x20AC;? Watching me hobble about the house singing out loud both Grace and Vicky agreed that they felt there was something seriously defective with the wiring between my ears. I told them they should get over themselves because they were just jealous that the old guy knew how to dance the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nae Naeâ&#x20AC;? with a cane! Broad Channel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; why would anyone want to live anywhere else?


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Facts You Probably Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Need Women have twice as many nerve receptors as men, causing them to feel pain more intensely. However, they also have a higher tolerance for it. The most expensive watch in the world, the Marie-Antoinette pocket watch, costs $30,000,000. When sky diver Joan Murray's parachute failed to open, she approached the ground at 81 miles per hour and landed on a mound of fire ants. The shock from being stung over 200 times by the ants released a surge of adrenaline, which kept her heart beating and helped her survive. Ohio State offers a course called "Sports for the Spectator." Students are taught how to be "an informed and appreciative sports spectator." In 2006, a Norwegian coach gave a ski pole to a Canadian who had lost hers during the race, allowing her to go on to win the silver medal. Canadian citizens were so touched by his sportsmanship that they

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A meeting discussing plans for the upcoming rockaway ferry shuttle bus service will be held this Thursday, January 21, at the former Beach Channel High School second floor cafeteria from 6:30â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8:30 p.m. All community members are invited to join the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) as they go over plans for the shuttle bus and seek com-

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Women of Rockaway: Lana Meli of Lana’s Loft By Katie McFadden

As part of an ongoing series, the Rockaway Times is profiling local female entrepreneurs each week. This week is Lana Meli, owner of Lana’s Loft. Aware of the lack of places for women to shop for clothing on the peninsula, longtime Rockaway resident Lana Meli was one of the first ladies to open a women’s boutique, providing local women with a spot to get a nice outfit without having to go over a bridge to get one. “Every community should have the basic necessities. You shouldn’t have to travel 30 miles for decent clothing,” Meli said, so she brought a place of her own for the neighborhood. Lana’s Loft is a full-service ladies boutique that carries brand name clothing and accessories from juniors to plus sizes at moderate prices. The products change often depending on the season and latest trends. It is also the only local retail clothing shop that offers alteration services, to help customers get a proper fit on the perfect piece, and they custom order sizes if they don’t have a size a customer is looking for. Meli runs the store along with her young daughter, Chloe. “I couldn’t do this without my daughter. She’s my partner in crime,” Meli said. She is also joined by her longtime seamstress, Janice, and about seven sales girls that work throughout the year. Meli’s love for fashion started at a young age. “I taught myself how to sew and make my own clothing at a young age. Then I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology and went on to work in the textile industry, clothing industry and custom-made industry. I was always a custom dressmaker, but I had a shop in my house and when I sold my house, I lost that, so I started to rent the space on Beach 116th Street,” she said. Meli first started in a third-floor walkup space above the Blue Bungalow. “I had so much extra room up there,

an eye-catching lavender, and opened the new location in May 2015. She says her husband, Vince, was one of her biggest supporters when it came to the move. “This little space was so ugly before we moved in. It needed a lot of work, but my husband said let’s do it and we’re glad we did. We’re very happy with the response. People are always thanking us for opening up the new location,” Lana said. “Business is definitely up. Most of the people that come in here didn’t know we were on 116th. We get new customers coming in every day,” Chloe Meli said. “We love our customers. They’re our neighbors and friends and we love working with them in this community. We sincerely thank our customers for supporting our business, and for their many lovely comments and good wishes,” Lana added. Meli says owning her own business was always a dream. “I’ve always been a creative person and I love to shop and apply my creativity to my career. I couldn’t be one of those people who sit behind a desk. Being an entrepreneur is a calling. I’ve never wanted to do anything else but own my own business and you’re not happy until you’ve done it. “ To those considering starting their own business, Meli says, “Make sure you have a lot of money behind you, because it can take longer than you think to get a business up and running. You need to start with enough money to support you before

so I wanted to see if I could sell clothing up there.” In 2012, just before Hurricane Sandy, she started her first retail venture. “It was my first time ever owning a retail store. Everything I had learned along the way in my career lead me to this next step,” she said. However, it was slow to start after Sandy. “We had no business for six months after the storm, but we managed to stay alive since we were on the third floor,” Meli said. The third floor location proved to be a challenge in itself. “A lot of women had baby carriages or had trouble getting up the stairs. We loved the space and it was a nice atmosphere, but it was difficult getting exposure.” Despite the walkup challenge, Lana’s Loft gained a customer base and Meli reached a goal, which allowed her to grow. “We felt if we could get customers in a third floor walkup, we could make it in a first floor space,” Meli said. “Once our sales met a certain goal we had, we started to look for ground floor space.” She found a prominent location at 114-04, right on Beach Channel Drive. “People thought we were crazy to do all this work on this store that had been empty since Sandy. But it was time to grow and we’re very happy with the way it came out.” Meli transformed the space, painting the outside façade After

you start generating profits. People are cautious about going into new stores at first. You need to build trust with your customers and community and that can take time. If you want to do it, you have to go for it, even if it works out or doesn’t. We consider it a blessing every day we’re in business.” Now that she’s established herself, Meli is looking toward more ways to improve and grow. “I’m tossing around the idea of opening another store, but we’re waiting on that because it requires planning. We also want to make our online presence better,” she said. Meli would also like to return to her custom-made roots. “We want to start our own line and make our own products, on a small scale to start. Everything takes baby steps when you’re in business,” she said. Lana’s Loft, located at 114-04 Beach Channel Drive, is open 6 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Call 718-945-5885 or check out www.womensboutiquerockaway.com for more info.

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one, and I’d like to help that along,” he said. “I’ve been an ‘emerging artist’ for 20 years. I know a thing or two about emerging. I sincerely think that Rockaway has evermore beauty to reveal and our greatest hope is to promote creative opportunities for those inspired by this wonderful peninsula.” As Turner starts this new venture, he hopes other artists will grow with him. New York Arbor will be a commercial venue for painters, sculptors and those who make handcrafted goods. The space will offer a formal gallery space, a storefront and potential access to woodworking equipment. “New York Arbor will be a destination for original artwork influenced by the people and energy of Rockaway’s unique environment. Our strategy for growth is to nurture dedicated local artists who not only wish to avail their work for purchase, but also want to creatively emerge with New York Arbor as an entity that contributes to the collective revitalization of

Rockaway,” Turner said. “As we grow, it is our hope that each artist will be enabled to develop more professional work and personal engagement in the future operations of the New York Arbor venture.” As trees change throughout the year, so will New York Arbor. “The space will host four seasonal exhibits of curated paintings and sculptures in the main gallery, along with an ongoing thematic display of selected artisanal wares (decorative works, home goods, textiles, etc.) in the storefront space,” Turner says. In keeping with the theme of new beginnings and growth, the first program will

feature artwork that evokes the springtime essence of new beginnings and Turner is looking for artists to participate. “We are seeking collage, drawings, paintings, and sculpture in any medium for presentation in the gallery and seasonally appropriate decorative and/or utilitarian objects for the storefront display,” he said. Pieces can be submitted starting now for the first show, which is scheduled for March 20 to celebrate the spring equinox and the opening reception will take place on the evening of Thursday, March 17. The deadline for submissions is February 15 and the selected artists will be notified by February 22. Applicants may submit up to five image files of recent work, each less than 1MB, accompanied by a corresponding image list with titles, materials used, dates of production, and links to any other relevant work. Also, artists should include contact information, a brief description of their creative philosophy, and how they have been affected by Rockaway. Submissions can be sent to: ge-

Page 17 oleoturner@gmail.com The New York Arbor space has long served as a location for creative expression and growth. It once served as a unique gift shop called Rosie’s Books and Gifts Store. When it was Busy Bee’s Learning Center, it was a store that carried student and teacher merchandise. It has history as an art studio previously as The Fecund Clown, which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Following Sandy, it was transformed into The Creative Clown and was used as a rentable location to host dance and fitness classes, workshops and events. The clown mural above the building has been a part of it since it was painted by Geoff Rawling in 1997.Turner says he plans on keeping the iconic clown mural as part of the building and may consider holding a celebration when the mural turns 20 in 2017. To learn more about George Turner, his work and New York Arbor, head to NewYorkArbor. com.

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Act Or ReAct Act or react? That has been my question from the time I attended my first CB14 meeting over six years ago. I would bring in rusted bolts and pieces of rotting boardwalk wood from the old wooden boardwalk that were 25 years past their shelf life. I would go on my usual “rants” for three minutes during public speaking. When I was done, blank stares. This went of for quite a few board meetings until one board member, Vince Castellano, who was on the board

at the time, broke with interpretive procedural tradition and asked me a few questions. You see, at the CB 14 meetings there are no questions or answers during public speaking, although the current by-laws say differently! Mr. Castellano asked me point plank what I wanted. I said, a new boardwalk, better beaches and finish the 2003 Army Corps study to get more rock jetties (groins). After hearing what I had to say, Mr. Castellano made a motion to have the Parks Committee meet. He even questioned when the last meeting had

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been held. No one in the room could remember because it had been so long. I was kind of shocked that the committee that deals with our community’s bread and butter wouldn’t already automatically meet regularly, but no, committees on our community board meet “as needed.” This is according to Community Board 14’s current by-laws. To me, when we have committees meet on an “as needed” basis, we are simply always meeting to “re-act.” Just reacting to an issue on our peninsula and Broad Channel and never taking proactive roles to better our communities on the peninsula and BC. Now I am in no way advocating to see the by-laws amended to have every committee meet every month like some other community boards require around the city. I will advocate for there to be a mandatory meeting of every committee at least two times per year and all others be on an as-needed basis.

I find it quite shocking that the committee on education has met once since August of 2013. Are our schools doing that great that we as a community board do not need to hear or feel the pulse of the parents who have children in the schools? Or hear from parents who are contemplating leaving the peninsula because an elementary school they thought was going to be built is not? I am also quite frustrated that the Economic Development Committee of CB14 has not held a meeting in years. Yes, you read that correctly in YEARS!!!! Yes, even since Sandy: nothing at all, zip, nothing, nada!!!! I mean it’s in the title, “Economic DEVELOPMENT.” Yes, the word “develop” somehow comes to mind as I read that. How does something “develop” if we never nurture an idea or an issue for that matter? I mean, is it just me or does anyone else see a problem

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A Visit to Beach 116th Street After a long stretch in city government, I now teach an Urban Economic Development class at Baruch’s School of Public Affairs. I recently took my Executive Masters of Public Administration class to Beach 116th Street in the Rockaways. What better way to teach than to introduce graduate students to community leaders who have provided strong and steady leadership over the last several years. It was great to catch up with my friend Mike Adil of Paninico Café. When I was the City’s Small Business Services Commissioner, it was always my first stop for a hot cup of coffee and my favorite breakfast sandwich - Mo’s Burrito. Mike explained to the class the hard work he put into rebuilding his restaurant. We also met Lola Star who has opened up a very inviting shop to buy clothing and fun gifts with the proud Rockaway brand. Lola, one of Coney Island’s biggest boosters, has brought an added energy and enthusiasm to Beach 116th Street.

of this initiative to repair their facades or upgrade the appearances of their businesses. It really “upped the game” for the street and some new shops like Local Liquids have followed suit with creativity. Looking back, our decision to use local merchant Paul Ohana to design most of the new storefronts was an added plus -and certainly kept him smiling for months. A number of merchants told me of the great work of the Beach 116th Street Partnership and Mark Mina in having another special holiday celebration to light the Christmas tree and Menorah. Mark has worked his magic in producing first-rate events that have drawn more Rockaway residents and visitors to the corridor. The new benches along the two shopping blocks are also a nice addition. Unfortunately, the trash cans were full with debris which Rob Walsh and Jessica Taylor with flowed in the streets. What happened to regular pick up by the Claudette Flatow (center) Sanitation Department and the has made a difference. Nearly 30 additional Clean Team that was small businesses took advantage arranged to add an extra shine I was thrilled to see all the retail shops occupied in The Rogers Building. Thanks goodness Rogers, the oldest bar in the Rockaways, is still going strong and the Guinness is still flowing. Walking along the corridor, it was great to see how much the storefront improvement program

Lola Star enjoyed the visit from Rob Walsh and the class.

on this important retail corridor? Rule #1 – Economic Development begins with safe and clean streets. I was anxious to get down to the beach and was thrilled to see workers inching their way up to the corridor with the new boardwalk. It will make a tremendous difference this year when the new construction reaches Beach 116th Street. After walking around and poking our heads in a number of stores, we worked up a pretty good

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VISIT TO BEACH

Continued from Page 19 appetite. At Cuisine by Claudette, we were greeted with open arms and amazing food. Claudette had prepared a delicious family style feast for 25 students and guests. I was thrilled to see the brisk business at her takeout counter, coffee and juice bar. At our lunch, the Beach 116th Street Partnership was well represented by Chair Tom Hughes and the Executive Director Linda Humphrey. In addition, Danny Ruscillo of the 100th Precinct Council and Brian Leary of CPEX Real Estate joined in on the discussion. Robert Kaskel , owner of Thai Rock, was sitting at the coffee bar wearing a great big smile. He recently learned his restaurants earned the recognition of being recommended in the Michelin 2016 Guide to NYC. These community leaders spoke about those rough days and months after Hurricane Sandy. They spoke about how they came together to form the Partnership and discussed some of the gains that they have made to strengthen the corridor and surrounding area. I greatly ad-

The group met at the Belle Harbor Steak House for lunch.

mire the patience, time and enormous effort that this group and others have put into this work. I remember the day that I met Tom Hughes, owner of Station Liquor. It was just weeks after the storm and he was there helping me forge relationships with other property owners and merchants. Tom continues to give and serves as Chairman of the 116th Street Partnership. Linda Humphrey, the Executive Director of the Beach 116th Street, is working hard in rallying the troops and plugging away on initiatives to make Beach 116h Street a better place. However,

she needs much more help and support – starting with the City. Here’s my quick list of things the City should spearhead to make Beach 116th Street an even more memorable and inviting place: • The City needs to place one of the new Ferry stops at Beach 116th Street. It is a no brainer and will be a big boost for the small businesses—along with spurring much needed new development along the corridor. • The City pulled the plug on millions of dollars of economic development initiatives that were announced by the NYC Economic Development Cor-

poration after Hurricane Sandy as part of a “Game Changer” Program. The Beach 116th corridor continues to struggle with some large empty sites. The City needs to come up with creative new economic development initiatives to jump start this very important commercial corridor. • The Beach 116th Street Partnership has done an extraordinary job in rallying the merchants, creating new programs and events to strengthen the corridor, and tackling difficult quality of life issues. Resources have been earmarked for other community based organizations to deploy clean teams, promote the area, and come up with creative and strategic plans. It is time for the City to truly invest in this important organization that has made a tremendous difference. Rob Walsh served as the City’s Small Business Services Commissioner from 2002-2013. He is now a Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch’s School of Public Affairs and his “Bottom Line for Small Business” segment can be heard on 1010 WINS Radio on Mondays and Fridays at 8:56 AM and 5:56 PM.

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BLESSING By Paulette Mancuso

A blessing has no species, nationality or religion. Blessings come in all different forms. Sometimes we don’t know something is a blessing until way after it happens. Sometimes blessings are disguised. These are the blessings that happen in our lives. Once recognized, they are numerous. At the suggestion of a teacher during a recent workshop, I started a 100-day entry in an active journal: each day I write down what I feel is a blessing on that day. Yesterday it was a hot shower as I reveled in the water enveloping me and diminishing any chill. Today it was enjoying a delicious meal. My guess is that as it goes on, the blessing recognitions will be more and more as I slow down and make a point to feel through all of the senses. Recognizing blessings transforms into the realm of gratitude and being grateful on a daily basis leads to bliss. These are the blessings that happen. Then, there is a way to “practice” blessing. Intentionally. Being open to giving and receiving blessings to/from all living things. Sometimes there are things in the way, e.g., anger, resentment, whatever it may be, which are blocks to the flow. We can’t be in harmony and flow if we have these strong feelings. We need to bring the harmony back and be in the flow. Acknowledge the things in the way and just say that you forgive the root of what caused those feelings. Just say it to yourself, I have read about acts of forgiveness that are beyond my comprehension. Like the

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woman who took in her son’s killer after his sentence, and rehabilitated him. He was in a gang, never had a home life. This is extraordinary, indeed, we have only to think about it in smaller terms and our lives will change. Practicing blessing begins with making eye contact. “The eyes are the mirror of the soul and reflect everything that seems to be hidden; and like a mirror, they also reflect the person looking into them.” (Paul Coelho) By making eye contact we “see” the being there and how else can we act than with compassion? To “fare thee well”, to “bless”, to “wish the best”. And in that moment chances are that the other person has caught a glimpse of your being and is doing the same. In order to partake in and feel any of this, we have to slow down and be in the moments. And have good intentions for all living things around us. Just like a snowflake is never repeated (imagine that), each one of us is unique, yet, we are all one: plants, trees, wildlife, animals, humans. This is because we share the gift of being alive. Bless all before you and be with an open heart to receive the blessings coming your way. It is all there, we just don’t recognize it because we’re rushing past. I always come back to my dad’s maxim: “Stop. Look. Listen. “ The next step is to not only act kindly, but to wish the best to someone’s eyes you have engaged. Silently. Begin the thread that unites us as one. May you be happy, may you be free, may you be grateful, may you let go of things that do not serve you, may you have inner peace.


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Thursday, January 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. FERRY SHUTTLE BUS MEETING Beach Channel Educational Campus 100-00 Beach Channel Drive Learn about the ferry and provide feedback on bus shuttle stops.

Trust by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn., followed by a discussion led by Victor Dugue, Coach of 10U Division, Rockaway Ravens.

Friday, January 22, 3:30 p.m. QUINTET OF THE AMERICAS CONCERT Beacon Rehabilitation and Nursing Center 140 Beach 113th Street Free classical music concert. Friday, January 22, 6:00 p.m. ROCKAWAY WISH MEETING Belle Harbor Yacht Club 533 Beach 126th street Females can join Rockaway WISH. Hear about the group, pay membership dues. Friday, January 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. SCREENING OF IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST Sorrentino Recreation Center 1848 Cornaga Avenue Preview screening of In Football We

Saturday, January 23, 12 p.m. SHAPEUP NYC: JUST KEEP MOVING Peninsula Library 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd Instructor Alice Ostrowsky leads this low impact aerobics class that aims to increase cardiovascular health while reducing the stress on joints. Saturday, January 23, 5 p.m. MEDITATION BY THE BEACH Yoga on the Rocks 90-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd Meditation with Buddhist Monk Bhante Suddhaso. Free, but donations welcome. RSVP to rockawaysummer@gmail.com

217 Beach 92nd Street Come experience 30 minutes of pilates, 30 mins of kettlebells and 30 mins of yoga, with light brunch. $10, proceeds go to Rockaway WISH. Monday, January 25, 12 p.m. EAT RIGHT! Peninsula Library 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd Learn how to choose healthy food and get your questions about nutrition answered. Tuesday, January 26, 3:30 p.m. TEEN MOVIE AFTERNOON Peninsula Library 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd Teens only. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1â&#x20AC;? Wednesday, January 27, 7:30 p.m. 100TH PCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING Knights of Columbus 333 Beach 90th Street Saturday, January 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CULINARY KIDS COAT DRIVE 444 Beach 58th Street Coats for those in need. Contact Malisa 347-321-0423 for info.

Saturday, January 23, 7:30 p.m. DANNY M OF INDACULTURE Rockaway Beach Surf Club 302 Beach 87th Street Sunday, January 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PILATES, KETTLEBELLS & YOGA

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The Shore Garden Club A Visit To Florida By Robin Shapiro

This Week in History JANUARY 21 1908 - NYC regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public. 1942 - Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines illegal. 1990 - John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open.

of Homeland Security officially begins operation. JANUARY 25 Ed Mills was born. Fran Redden-Cann was born. Lidice Henriquez was born.

1881 - Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company. 1945 - Dan Topping, Del Webb & 1943 - Temperature rises 49°F (9°C) Larry MacPhail purchase NY Yanks in 2 minutes in Spearfish, SD for $2.8 mil. 1957 - Mad Bomber (George P Metesky) 1983 - Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie accused of 30 explosions, arrested. arrested in Bolivia. 1973 - Down goes Frazier. George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in JANUARY 26 heavyweight boxing title bout. Steve Major was born. 1788 – The colony of Australia is JANUARY 23 founded. Susan Locke was born. 1838 - Tennessee passes nation’s first prohibition law. 1968 - Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North JANUARY 27 Korea. Patricia Hannan was born. 1971 - UCLA loses to Notre Dame, Pat Delaney was born. UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row Ruth Graves was born. JANUARY 22 Denise Kershaw was born.

ish moss and tying them on to trees! I can’t wait to try it! If you’re interested in flower and vegetable gardens, floral arrangements and most things that grow -why not join! The Shore Garden Club meets once a month on Mondays at local restaurants. It’s JANUARY 24 Kim Green was born. really a lot of fun.

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with having more than 50 people employed by Dunkin Donuts on the peninsula? Less than 10 percent of them live on the peninsula, when the unemployment rate on the peninsula is through the roof. Thank God we finally have two new Chairs of the Economic Development committee who want to make major change in this department. I wish them well and hope that

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016 every business owner reaches out to them at CB14 and the committee reaches out to the businesses. I’ve been on CB14 for over two years and it reminds me of our old boardwalk pre-October 28, 2012: fully functional, but in major need of repair. Of course I would not be doing the name of this contribution “Between the Groins” any justice if I did not mention the massive erosion occurring throughout the peninsula. Massive erosion is a huge problem. Of course, my

partner in crime, Eddy Pastore, has been doing an awesome job posting photos and letting the world know we are still in major danger of ocean flooding and massive erosion of the recreational areas of the beach. Of course we all know the answers to the Army Corps Study that has been going on for what seems like the beginning of time. The answers as to how to fix our eroding beach are resting at Beach 86th Street, where the groin works like a charm.

The Rockaway Times If you’ve never done so, take a walk to this spot on the beach and see for yourself. Notice how the beach to the east is full and strong and the beach to the west is almost gone! The Army Corps is scheduled to be at the next CB14 meeting on February 9 at 7:15 at the Bayswater Jewish Center in Far Rockaway. Put it on your calendar and make sure you come let them know we are READY FOR THE JETTIES!

Some More Mass Transit Ideas for the New Year – Part II By Allan Rosen

In Part 1, last week, Allan Rosen discussed some ideas for smarter transportation. This week he has more to share. Another obvious idea is to reopen the many subway entrances that were closed in the 1970s due to high crime and the need for staffing those entrances. Those concerns are no longer valid and the MTA finally is evaluating this idea. That study should be completed expeditiously and with a speedy implementation. Let us now focus on ideas that are not obvious like utilization of unutilized or underutilized railroad rights of way like QueensRail and modernization of antiquated local bus lines, for example. QueensRail has been discussed in this column numerous times. Bus routes are occasionally extended, with groups of routes having been updated through reorganizing them to make them simpler, more direct, and more functional, easing connections. Adding new local routes are also rare. The MTA has decided that new routes must not operate more frequently than every 30 minutes in order to save on

operating costs and have designed them to terminate a block or two from major transportation hubs making bus connections difficult and hindering their attractiveness and usefulness. We could have a new route from Beach 116th Street or Riis Park (with free parking during the winter months for commuters) to the Sheepshead Bay subway station using the Belt Parkway when construction is completed. That would help commuters immensely. The underutilized B2 to the Brighton Line’s Kings Highway Station also could be extended to the Rockaways. Filling “ Transit Deserts” has become a buzzword. They exist because the MTA’s goal is to provide the least amount of transit service that is politically feasible rather than finding ways to attract passengers and improving connections between neighborhoods because of over concern with their budget. Their planning is myopic because rather than viewing expenditures as an investment toward attracting patronage and generating revenue. Transit is viewed as a losing proposition with there being no connection between operating expenses and revenue, which is

untrue. The MTA needs to study where the dollar vans are operating and which are the most popular Über trips to assess latent demand. Instead they only look at their existing passengers and census data to determine proper service levels and routes. Traffic congestion in Flushing can be remedied by constructing an off-street bus facility as once existed many years ago. The solution is not exclusive bus lanes and SBS. Off-board fare collection at major transfer points. This was actually the policy in the 1950s and 1960s. SBS proponents are pretending it is an innovative new idea that can only be instituted as part of SBS. Redesign dangerous intersections, not entire corridors, and stop pretending SBS will make the streets safer for pedestrians. A network of new affordable express bus routes between major city hubs even if they only make several trips a day. Look at the popularity of the low cost Megabus offering $20 trips to Philadelphia, for example. Long distance bus travel is not dead. The chief complaint for not using local bus routes has always been poor bus reliability and bus bunching. The technology

to greatly reduce that problem is now available with BusTime if it is working correctly. It should enable bus dispatchers to view the location of all buses at the same time. However, it is rarely if at all being used. Why? If there is a valid reason, the MTA needs to make us aware of it. What we need is more transparency from government. It appears that the word “problem” has disappeared from our language. All problems have now become challenges. (Notice how often DOT uses that word). So MTA, what is the challenge with using new technology to keep our buses running on time? Adequately utilizing our waterways and adding bike lanes where they do not punish motorists by slowing trips for many thousands to benefit a few hundred. I could go on. Let us hear your smart ideas! Allan Rosen is a former Director of Bus Planning for MTA NYCT and a member of the Queens Public Transit Committee. Got an idea to improve transportation in the City or Rockaway? Send your 500 word article to RickHoran@SmarterStreets. org..


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Blocks of the Rock: Beach 130th Street By Dylan Watton

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Resilienceâ&#x20AC;? has been a word that is frequently thrown around to describe Rockaway as a whole, especially in the years following Hurricane Sandy. But no single entity in this great area embodies the definition of the word better than the people who live on Beach 130th Street between Newport Avenue and Cronston Avenue. Smack in the middle of Belle Harbor, the block borders the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only major commercial center and is within spitting distance from its major church and playground at St. Francis de Sales. But what has made the character of the block is its ability to bounce back and persevere in the face of tragedy, be it a nearby plane crash or a devastating fire that wiped out the homes and personal possessions of over 30 people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My wife and I were in Cobble Hill, we had been there for a long time,â&#x20AC;? James DiBenedetto said. They moved to Beach

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Prior to the storm, Marie Rudolph, who has lived on the block for over 30 years, said that the block was tight-knit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The year of September 11th we started having a block party the week before,â&#x20AC;? she said. She explained that they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the party in 2002 out of respect for the ones Rockaway lost but continued the tradition up until Sandy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody got along except a couple of wackos here or there.â&#x20AC;? Mary Ellen Olsen, a 17-year resident, and DiBenedetto

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New Year’s Resolutions From The 114 Kids We’re three weeks into the New Year, and even if we’ve given up on our own resolutions, I know we’ll resolve to help our kids with theirs. And this is a resolution we’ll all keep. Here are a few New Year’s Resolutions from PS 114’s Writers’ Club. - Joan Diehl

My New Years Resolution By Aiden Keane

I woke up this morning, Drowning in clothes. Shirts, socks, and pants, And one or two robes. I swam to the door, The tides pulling me in And barely escaped, From the clothes up to my chin. What would be easy, To keep me alive— My New Year’s Resolution, Is to be organized. I did all my homework, But where could it be? On a mountain of napkins, Or in the clothing sea. So I looked and I searched, Turning my house upside down. It would take months, no years, Just for it to be found. What would be easy To keep me alive My New Year’s resolution, Is to be organized.

TYPOS By Charlie Kinzie

Typos, typos everywhere They’re getting tangled in my hair I try very hard to avoid typos But they bounce back like mosquitoes When I type my fingers shake When a typo appears, it’s hard to tolerate My homework looks like Morse code Or a lumpy, bumpy road When my teachers see them, they shout “Oh no!” All because of typo, after typo, after typo

(Can you guess my New Year’s resolution?) When I walk down the hall “Somebody” makes me stop dead in my tracks. My knees shake like Jell-O. The bully glares at me like a cat glares at a mouse, or how a teacher glares at a kid when he is tardy for class. The bully laughs at me. His voice is so loud, people in outer space can hear him. A tear rolls down my cheek.

The bully looks like a giant. You probably think my New Year’s resolution is to stand up to the bully. Well, think again. My New Year’s resolution is to find the bully a friend, as kind as my mom. Maybe if the bully has a friend or two, he won’t be so mean. To be honest, I think the bully is so mean because he’s lonely. I am going to do my best to convince some kids to be friends with the bully. This is my New Year’s Resolution. By Renee Kelly Suddenly, an ordinary Thursday turned into an extraordinary day. I was reading, when my hands dropped the book as if they had butter on them, and my eyes glued themselves to the classroom door. Standing there, I saw a lady prettier than a supermodel—and, I knew I’d love whatever she was teaching. It happened to be writing! After a few weeks, she told me I was a true writer. I love writ-

ing more than I love ice-cream. When I see a magic show and the magician makes the bunny disappear, my whole body shakes like a wet dog and a million emotions bounce around inside my head. My feet start dancing, and I’m happy and scared and excited. This is how I want people to feel who read my writing. I want to be the best writer in school. This is my New Year’s resolution. By Meaghan Beissel

My friends say I can be a little oversensitive. My classmates call me the biggest crybaby on the planet. OK, nobody’s perfect. To prove that I was the biggest crybaby ever, let me take you back to my friend’s birthday party. We were casually playing soccer until HE came—the nightmare to my dreams. He said I “sucked” at soccer. I wimped out. I cried like it was my favorite thing to do until an angel named Charlie Kinzie came along. This kid was the bright firework in my night sky—basically, the nicest kid ever. “You’re better than that guy at soccer. Let’s play!”, he shouted. Anyway, I think I know several ways to toughen up. One method is known as PHYSICAL INTIMIDATIONI can work out more and get ripped. Then, I can flex my muscles and no one will bother me. Or, I could “fight fire with fire”, and show the bully how

it feels with a word COUNTER ATTACK. My New Year’s resolution is to toughen up. By Gregory Nicolas I tiptoe into the kitchen as quietly as a mouse. It’s as dark as a black sheet of paper at 12:49 AM. I’m so hungry I could eat a horse and a half. I climb up to the cabinet and like a hound dog I sniff out Doritos. I open the bag and start munching on the cheesy sweetness of the chips with mixed emotions— scared that I’ll get caught and happy to be eating. As I sneak back into my bedroom as quietly as a jaguar about to pounce on it’s prey, I resolve to give up midnight snacks. By Jake Chasnoff Like a bolt of thunder, the giant stomped over to the small boy. The small boy seemed like and ant compared to the bully. Towering over him, knife-like words shot out of the bully’s mouth like slippery fish. Tears spilled out of the little boy’s eyes like a river. The crowd laughed like hyenas. I wanted to shout, “Leave him alone!” but I was afraid. My heart was beating loudly like a drum. My New Year’s resolution is to stand up to bullies. By Madelyn Sheridan Dribble, dribble, boom! Sigh! I dribble up the field, but the ball is stolen from me. Of course, I fail again. I blush like a hose is spraying red paint in my face. My teammates laugh at me like hyenas. I know it seems as impossible as winning the lottery, but I’m determined to improve. All the practice will be worth the try. Instead of hiding, I will stand out proudly like a Lamborghini. When Lionel Messi hears about me on Fox Sports, he will pass out in fear of being overtaken. Yes, I will try my hardest. Drill after drill, practice after practice, I will work as hard as a workhorse. Yes, I will fulfill my dream and no one shall stop me. By Massimo Valentino


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

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Back In The Day, At The Point! By Emil R. Lucev, Sr. & his daughter Katie Lucev

Back in the day of the Southern Pacific Corp, the Rockaway Pacific Corp and then the Rockaway Operating Company...Tenants leased beach lots and built bungalows to enjoy seashore living! But it was stated in the lease that upon expiration of the lease, all structures became the property of the landlords! To add insult to injury, Point Life was controlled by the Rockaway Operating Company. It took awhile, but the simmering pot of tenant anger began to boil over. The Rockaway Point Association, The Breezy Point Association and the Roxbury Association joined forces against the Rockaway Operating Company. One of the most hated activ-

ists in the campaign against the operating company was Neils Friberg, who took over the lease of John Simmons in 1906 and the hotel thereon. Up to and including the war between Point Tenants and the Operating Company (1920), Friberg and his wife Sophie had added about 11 bungalows on their 100' x 237' lot, plus a pavilion and a dock. The company had enough of Friberg's shenanigans and told him to vacate the property. He "outright refused" and the matter wound up in Queens County Supreme Court! Friberg lost the case in March of 1922, then an eviction proceeding started. An appeal was immediately filed, and in August of 1924 the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Neils and Sophie Friberg. The decision directed that the Fribergs may sue the op-

erating company to recover the value of 11 bungalows they had built and the rents collected by the company after taking possession. This case was watched very closely by lawyers and landlords up and down the east coast of the United States. There were many beach lot tenants who also suffered the same fate as the Fribergs for years now!

Magnetic Walls By Artie Wallace

Remember when you were a kid and had that magnetic board and letters to play with? Why not take those ideas into today’s world? Now you can. Whether it’s a wall in the kids room, a space over your desk or in the kitchen to post recipes. To start off you will need to prep the wall by filling any holes and making sure the surface is clean. Then tape off the area or wall you are going to paint. Using Rustoleum Magnetic Paint primer apply five to six coats of paint. It paints on just like regular paint using a roller and brush. Then paint with the color of your choice. For kids room you may consider painting it with chalkboard paint, making a wall into a magnetic chalkboard. For kitchens, it is a great idea for the wall space between the counter and wall cabinets. Con-

Moroccan Chicken Stew, Crock Pot By Sharon Feldman

sider the magnets on your refrigerator, some of them may be of more use or look better just over the counter. It also works great for above a desk or in a work space. The uses are only limited by your imagination and creativeness. Tell me what you would like to read about in future DIYer articles, email me at rocktimesdiy@ gmail.com

Playing with a new toy, my crockpot. Let me know if you want more of these kinds of recipes. Ingredients: 4 carrots, peeled and sliced 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced 2 pounds chicken pieces (I used both boneless thighs and cutlets) ½ cup raisins ½ cup diced dry apricot, coarsely chopped 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 garlic cloves, minced 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Ground black pepper

You can imagine the political and legal pressures now being brought on by landlords and land owners! In today's view, Friberg's bungalows are shown at the Point. On the right are the Fribergs and Howard Reid Pavilions and Hotels. The year of this photo is 1920. The photo erroneously names the structure as “Freebergs.”

Hot cooked couscous (I use whole wheat) Pine nuts, toasted Fresh cilantro (optional) Directions: In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, place carrots and onions. Sprinkle chicken with ½ teaspoon salt. Add to cooker; top chicken with raisins and apricots. In a bowl, whisk broth, tomato paste, flour, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, ginger, cinnamon and ground pepper. Add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 6-12 to 7 hours (or on high heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4 hours). Serve in bowls with couscous. Sprinkle with pine nuts. Garnish with cilantro.


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Diary Of A Fat Man Healthy Eating Is Center Stage By Bruce Bernfeld

Some friends have been asking me what “healthy living” specifically means to me. Well, for my journey that started seven months ago, healthy eating has been center stage. Let me tell you about what I ate today, which was not really a completely normal day eating-wise, but it is fairly representative of my “healthy living.” First things first: a cup of coffee. Next: another cup of coffee. Breakfast: Steel Cut Oats with banana and walnuts and a pinch of Stevia, which I cooked overnight. Mid-afternoon: Cup of cottage cheese with chopped tomatoes, Glass of V8. Another cup of coffee. Prior to dinner: Three super

lysine plus tablets. (Amino acids, immune system enhancer and to increase serotonin levels) 1 GNC Adult Probiotic capsule with two specific strains that may help boost one’s immune system. Also: dropper of digestive bitters and a teaspoon of Norwegian Cod Liver oil. Evening: Chickpea, string bean and crushed tomato curry (which I slow cooked today) with homemade Indian Raita (yogurt, cucumber and lots of spices and lemon juice). I had an amazing glass of iced tea with dinner which I adapted from a recipe I read today in the NYT Style section by Chef Jessica Koslow of the very hot Sqirl LA, an organic food restaurant in Cali. She created an apple juice based “Toddy Tonic,” a turmeric based drink. I didn’t want all

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On The Environment New Year’s Resolutions By Joan Flynn

My New Year’s resolution is to be a better global citizen. I want to be more thoughtful about how I live. I want to be more aware of how my personal life choices affect other people. People I will never know. I want to be more thoughtful about how my life affects the environment, effects that will be felt by future generations. There are so many things to consider with every purchase we make. Every action we take has an effect on someone or something somewhere. Chaos theory says that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world. I am sure that every action and decision that a human makes has a much larger effect than

a butterfly. I have spent the last thirty years of my life producing a TV show that focuses on environmental issues. So, I have learned a lot about how purchases we make can be beneficial or harmful in the big picture. For example, according to the American Museum of Natural History, shrimp farming, which is rapidly expanding, is by far the greatest threat to the world’s mangroves - mangroves are salt tolerant trees adapted to live in harsh coastal conditions. A 2012 U.N. report found that one-fifth of the globe’s mangroves have been destroyed since 1980, and “many remaining mangrove forests are considered degraded.” As much as 38 percent of that loss can be attributed to the spread of shrimp farming, the report found.

And since healthy mangrove forests sponge up huge amounts of carbon, killing them contributes significantly to climate change. The Oregon State University ecologist and mangrove expert J. Boone Kauffman estimates farmed shrimp has ten times the carbon footprint of beef raised in cleared rainforest land. Shrimp farmers also use massive amounts of chemicals and antibiotics to keep the overcrowded shrimp “healthy.” This chemical soup, along with enormous quantities of organic waste, contaminates surrounding freshwater and coastal waters. The average Asian intensive shrimp farm survives only two-to-five years before pollution and disease force it to shut down. Local people are left with a devastated

landscape that can no longer support fishing, farming, or wood gathering, and many are forced to move away. A new report published recently by the Associated Press says that Burmese men, women and children are being sold to factories in Thailand. These are enslaved people are being forced to peel shrimp that ends up in the global supply chains of major US food stores and retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Whole Foods and Petco, along with restaurants such as Red Lobster and Olive Garden. And the FDA barely tests farmed shrimp as it comes into this country. Can I be more thoughtful about purchasing shrimp? Yes! There are better options. In general, wild-caught

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block has bounced back. “I think it became stronger,” Olsen said. “I’m only speaking for half of the block but most of us decided to rebuild. I think only two families decided not to rebuild.” The fire allowed residents to create new homes to their own specifications and needs, especially useful for Olsen, who said she had previously been unable to access parts of her house due to her illness. “I was not able to use my

The Rockaway Times rounded edge, giving it the appearance of a stately castle. And just recently the steel beams went up at the Harbor Light site, giving residents on the block and around Belle Harbor something to look forward to when the building is completed. “I think the block looks beautiful. The homes are coming out so different, it adds a new component,” Olsen said. “Last summer we had a progressive ‘around the world’ party. Six families were the so-called hosts, and they would dress up and bring food and drink

Harbor Light Being Rebuilt

whole home. I was really living in a reclining chair because I didn’t have the right home. Although very tragic I was able to build a home with an elevator, I was able to come and go as I need to. I can go on my porch and back deck. In that respect it was a positive thing that I was able to build a new home on my old property specifically for my needs.” Despite being a recent resident, DiBenedetto decided to come back to Rockaway as well. “My wife and I designed the house. We even gave the architect pictures of what we wanted,” DiBenedetto said. “That was a big part of [deciding to stay] for us.” “For a time we thought ‘Should we pick up and move out of state?’ Olsen said. “[But] I’m too involved, born and raised in this community. It didn’t really take very long to make the decision to stay. I have big roots down here. There was no way I was leaving.” The new homes now tower over the existing houses, with concrete foundations designed to prevent a repeat of the massive basement flooding so many experienced during the storm. One of the new houses has a

pertaining to a different country. The entire block was welcome. It was maybe a new spin on a block party kind of thing.” Both DiBenedetto and Rudolph said they are optimistic about the block and Rockaway’s future in general. “I’m very optimistic. The woman next to me who’s rebuilding is 80,” Rudolph said. “In the spring it’s like a tour, people go down and look and say ’Let’s go see the new houses.’ I would do that, too!” Despite his relative newness DiBenedetto has found a permanent home. “I got to know my neighbors through the experience. The new people are happy because they’ve got a new house and home. Old neighbors are happy because the eyesores of the neighborhood are gone. I enjoy living here. I hope that things just get better for Rockaway in general. There’s a lot of good thing happenings even further down. Rockaway should be one of the premier places in New York.” We’ll continue to feature other blocks throughout the year. If you’d like to talk about what makes your block special, contact the author at dylan@rockawaytimes.com.


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Rockaway Little League Registration Is Open Registration is underway softball season. Last year was a for the 2016 Rockaway Lit- banner year for RLL with an intle League (RLL) baseball and crease in participation, higher quality play (especially in girls’ softball), new clinics, a fourth consecutive district championship, and a live appearance on ESPN. What will 2016 bring? Registration for families is open online (www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com) through February 29. Early Bird discounts end January 31. A single in-person registration opportunity is scheduled for this Saturday at the CardSmart store, 442 Beach 129 Street. The desk will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The regular season is slated to begin for older players on April 4. The date for the first Tee-Ball games and the annual Opening Day Parade and Celebration is Saturday, April 16. Baseball and softball action

will continue through June 30. In the competitive divisions, playoffs will begin on June 15. Each year, more than 650 children compete on more than 50 teams. Every team will be scheduled for 12 regular season games. For the second year in a row, the playoff tournament will be double-elimination. Other notable dates include Coaches’ Day on Sunday, April 3; the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition on Friday, May 20 and All-Star Friday on June 10. (All

dates are subject to change.) An important component of Coaches’ Day is a seminar from Positive Coaching Alliance. RLL is committed to providing a values-driven environment for all of our children. We hope parents will take an active role in teaching the right lessons. As always, RLL will march in the Rockaway Memorial Day parade. We encourage all to participate in honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.


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