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Dennis Cook, sales associate and Belle Harbor resident, with the Marquis mobile at the Wharf.

TWO YEARS LATER, AUTO DEALER STILL PROVIDING SANDY RELIEF.

Marquis Auto of Queens Continues To Discount Automobiles For Those Affected By Sandy. Hurricane Sandy affected so many and so quickly. As we look back on the two year anniversary, and with the holiday season upon us, one company doesn’t forget the hardships endured by us all and continues to give this holiday season. Marquis Auto of Queens is one of the largest auto leasing companies in New York with over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. They are conveniently located at 158-01 Cross Bay Boulevard in the same building as Dr. Istrico. They opened their Queens location a little over a year ago. Like many of us, the owners were hit hard by Sandy and understand that even though it has been two years since the storm, most are still in recovery mode. That’s why Marquis Auto of Queens continues to provide discounts to those who were affected by Sandy. Grace Candela, General Manager and Director of Sales, vows to stay committed to those still in recovery. “Most people lost multiple cars as a result of the storm and were forced to either lease or finance a car right away. Because of that, most signed bad leases or likely overpaid for their cars. We want to help. Tell us you were affected by Sandy and we will further discount our already low prices. We want to help rebuild our community.” Marquis Auto of Queens offers all makes and models for less than dealerships and competitors. They have built a reputation on price and service. Like your trusted stock broker and real estate agent, Marquis Auto of Queens brokers the best deal on the automobile of your choice. They purchase automobiles directly from a manufacturer’s fleet department, bypassing dealerships, and passing savings to their customers. Given their vast network of fleet departments, Marquis Auto of Queens has the ability to locate hard to find cars. They also specialize in helping you get out of a bad lease and into a new and better priced automobile. They will make your car buying experience a pleasure. Their white glove service includes a knowledgeable staff and free delivery of your new car to your home or business. Candela is not shy to reinforce Marquis Auto Of Queens’ business model. “We pride ourselves on servicing our community. We don’t just sell cars, we build relationships.”

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Channel View Seniors March Toward Their Future By Katie McFadden

The senior class of Channel View School for Research (CVSR) took a huge step, or rather, a march, toward their future. As part of the National College March, the Channel View high school seniors were among 700 New York City seniors from eight schools that simultaneously marched their completed college applications to the post office. At noon on Friday, December 7, the Channel View seniors paraded around the race track, applications in hand, as they were lead by the school’s band, elected officials and other leaders, to a post office box where they dropped off their applications to be sent off to the colleges of their dreams. The rest of the CVSR students from lower grades gathered around the football field to cheer the seniors on, while the seniors gave the freshmen, sophomores and juniors a glimpse into what’s to come. As a NYC Outward Bound School, the students of Channel View have participated in the College March for the past three years. In their first year, the march took place at Franklin K. Lane High School in Brooklyn, where the students

were displaced after Sandy. This was the first year the event went national. Including the eight NYC Outward Bound Schools, 19 high schools and 1,300 seniors across the country participated in this year’s march. The College March first began at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in 2011 and spread throughout New York, and now across the country. President Barack Obama recognized the march in his 2014 State of the Union address. Capital One sponsors most of the schools that participate in the march and the bank provided sweatshirts to all of the students to commemorate the event, plus a catered lunch after the ceremony. “The March is done in front of the lower classes and middle school to inspire them to apply to college one day,” Joe Featherston, vice principal of CVSR said. “This really convinces the students to apply early in their senior year,” Kerri Walsh, instructional guide for CVSR said. About 95 percent of the senior class completed all of their college applications by the day of the event. After the students dropped off their applications, the ceremony See SENIORS, page 34

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By Kevin Boyle

Dear Editor, Blah, Blah, Signed Ignorant Sooner or later we have to eat our own words. Before you become a parent, you say, when I have kids I’m never gonna let them do this or that. Then when you have kids, you let them get away with stuff you swore you’d never allow. But even then, you haven’t learned your lesson. You still remain judgmental. When my kids are teenagers, they’re not gonna do this or that. And then you have teenagers. Anybody with a brain starts to shut up. You no longer say, my kids won’t do

this or that. You soon realize teenagers are capable of anything. You see parents with two kids. One’s a Straight A student and the other looks like he’s headed for the FBI’s Most Wanted List. Same parents, way different kids. You count yourself as lucky if you’ve got teens who don’t destroy you. You don’t think so much about what other parents should be doing about their kids; you’ve got your own to worry about.

You finally appreciate the old line, walk in somebody else’s shoes before you start criticizing. Of course, yapping from the cheap seats isn’t limited to parenting. Coaches, community activists and volunteer non-profits sometimes are subject to broadsides and sucker punches – usually from people who haven’t walked in their shoes. My beloved Graybeards were recently impugned by some guy named Joe Saunders. He wondered, in a public forum, where all the money from the Sandy 12/12 concert went. How much did the Robin Hood Foundation give to the Graybeards? Did the Graybeards just give money to “their buddies?” Of course, first things first, Joe Saunders is probably a fake name. Funny that a guy demanding openness and honesty uses an alias. And if Joe Saunders really does exist, that’s great because his name can be attached to abject ignorance. Joe, you don’t have to write to a newspaper to ask how much the Graybeards got from Robin Hood, it’s easy to find. Robin Hood reported the amount to the IRS. And so did the Graybeards. The information is easily available online. If you don’t have internet access, you can schedule an appointment to see the books. Non-profits are required to make their books available for public inspection. So your demand “If they have nothing to hide let them furnish the books” sounds righteous but it’s just a spotlight on your obtuseness.

Just make an appointment, Joe. Oh, by the way, just in case you can’t be bothered, The Graybeards got a whopping $75,000 from Robin Hood. If all their buddies split that dough, the 200-plus members would have gotten about $300 a guy. Joe Saunders might have an agenda. Who knows? What’s more troubling is that he was given a platform to imply things that can easily be refuted. How about we just allow letters to imply anything? Has so-and-so stopped beating his wife? Dear Editor: Is it true there were rats in that restaurant? Dear Editor: Is it true so-and-so robbed a bank but the cops covered it up? Dear Editor: My neighbor, (put in real name) is having an affair with (put in another real name), signed (fake name). What can I say? Impugn The Graybeards and I get grouchy. It’s a volunteer group that has helped so many. Of course, most of the guys realize No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. They realize some cynical, jealous, naïve, ignorant types might question their motives. It comes with the territory. But you know what? It’s good to be a Graybeard. Hey, maybe Joe Saunders will become a volunteer one day. Maybe he will try to raise money to help others. And he’ll become like a parent with teenagers. He’ll suddenly be a lot less judgmental. (Contact me if you like: Editor@ rockawaytimes.com)

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Holiday Cheer on Saturday Toys For Tots NYC and We Care New York will be holding a Holiday Toy Event at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 20th Martin De Porres High School (140 Beach 112th Street). All are welcome to come out for a meet and greet with Santa Claus and friends. The groups will distribute toys out to children while supplies last. Children must be present to receive a toy. Additionally, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was awarded books from Scholastic and will set up a table to provide new books at the event. The event is free of charge for children in need of some holiday cheer.

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ONE SOLITARY LIFE He was born in an obscure village, the son of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village, where He worked in a carpenter's shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He became an itinerant preacher. He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself... He was only thirty three, when the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trail. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth-His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind's progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on earth as much as that one solitary life.

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them also. Is someone sabotaging the meters? Or are they just that fragile? This incident made me start to think of alternative meters, as the current ones are not effective. I will offer a plan in a future letter. In the meantime, Good luck with your holiday shopping, and don’t forget to tip your butcher. Bill Dickesheid

Defends Tactics Kudos for Zwerlings Dear Editor, I recently had to go to the eye doctor for a bad scratch in my eye and a follow up visit. I wanted to say how impressed I was with the Zwerling practice. The office was bright and comfortable, the ladies in the office very pleasant to deal with starting with my initial phone call and many questions I had before I even got to see the doctors. The doctors were professional, did comprehensive exams and were really honest regarding if new glasses would be a benefit or not. I was told to wait and appreciated they took my best interest into consideration and were not just trying to sell me products. I do not have eye coverage and felt I was charged a fair and reasonable fee. Dr. Jeffery Zwerling has built a practice to be proud of and sons to match. I appreciate having such a community oriented business In our neighborhood. So happy they made it back after the storm. Warmest regards for healthy, happy and safe holidays this season. Marilyn A Harvey

Meter Madness Dear Editor: Living in Rockaway , one of our favorite pastimes is local shopping. I personally found out on Friday, December 5th, that this is getting harder to do. On my weekly trip to 116th street, I encountered three parking meters that were jammed. I gave up and went home without shopping. This was bad for me, but even worse for the local merchants, who depend on the meters working, so that residents can shop. The people that I have spoken to about this say that this happens to

Dear Editor: In the aftermath of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Congress - led by FDR - declared war and sought unconditional surrender. The Japanese military was vanquished and their cities were firebombed... killing hundreds of thousands of men, women and children. Plus over 100,000 US residents of Japanese heritage were placed in war camps (interned) for the war’s duration, as were some 15,000 US residents of German and Italian heritage. For this magnificent and remorseless war effort (both in the Pacific and in Europe), Tom Brokaw and the nation now call these Americans ‘America’s Greatest Generation.’ In the aftermath of Al Qaeda’s sneak attack on NYC and Washington DC, the US - led by ‘W’ - surgically targeted this fanatic group around the world, but mostly in the Middle East, to destroy their capability and eliminate their leadership. As opposed to WWII, the US attacked surgically and tactically - never overwhelmingly. No foreign city was firebombed, or even considered for firebombing; and few - very, VERY few - civilians were killed by US activities. Further, unlike FDR’s direct orders during WWII, not even one US resident was interned for their heritage or their faith, or ever even considered for internment. To pursue these overseas terrorists, three - that’s three - fanatics were water-boarded over 14 years and some one hundred enemy combatants (that’s 100) were captured and interned. For this remarkable self-restraint, Congress - that is, the retiring and vanquished Democrat leadership in the US Senate - is presently pillorying and vilifying the CIA and ‘W.’ History will certainly coin the CIA and ‘W’ - in the face of this fanatic tribe decapitating and destroying Americans - the great humanists of the Twenty-First Century for their iron-willed restraint, while these presentday Congressional ‘leaders’ will be soon forgotten. May they Rest in Peace. Peter J. Stubben

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Elementary? – Much Ado About Nothing! Back in August, “Elementary,” a CBS crime series starring Johnny Lee Miller as a contemporary Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as his modern day Watson, set up shop at the end of West 12th Road in Broad Channel and spent almost six hours filming a scene for this season’s second episode, entitled “The Five Orange Pipz” which aired on November 6th. I had the opportunity to view

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the episode online and, as long as you don’t blink, you will see a scene in the opening minutes of the episode, lasting less than three seconds, showing a man walking up the stairs and entering the front door of John Cotton’s house at the end of W12th Road. That three second scene is the sole extent of Broad Channel’s involvement in the episode. Elementary? William Shakespeare said it better - “Much

ado about nothing!” Last week all of us here in Broad Channel experienced the first real nor’easter of the 2014-15 winter season. The slow moving coastal storm, coming just nine days after the close of the 2014 hurricane season, brought with it a record setting 3.04 inches of rain accompanied by strong winds and prolonged street flooding. The one saving grace to the storm was the warm temperature which meant no snow! Following months of continual delays and multiple rounds of review of an application filed in order to replace postal facilities in Broad Channel, destroyed during Super Storm Sandy, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and our State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder have written a letter to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, requesting the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) immediately approve the bureaucracy mired application by the Broad Channel Civic Association to open a Contract Postal Unit in Broad Channel in the All American Channel Market. The Broad Channel Civic Association has, for some time now, published its own Facebook Page. Thanks to the hard work of Natalie Grant, the association’s newsletter editor, the Civic now has its very own web site which can be ac-

cessed at broadchannelcivic.org. The good news is that the price of a gallon of gasoline has recently fallen dramatically resulting in all of us seeing some wiggle room in our household budgets. The bad news is that anytime we manage to save a couple of bucks there are always those in our government who will find a way to try and grab it. There is some discussion ongoing in the U.S. Senate to raise the current 18 cents a gallon federal gas tax by 12 cents over the next two years, a 66 percent tax increase! If this discussion actually comes to fruition, the three best words I can use to describe the Grinches in our U.S. Senate are, and I quote, “Stink, Stank, Stunk!” Before we close, after much contemplation regarding the question posed by the always inscrutable Kevin Boyle in his Boyleing Points column last week…“Why doesn’t an egg taste like chicken?” I would like to offer the following words of wisdom - Listen up Grasshopper, once you can determine which came first, the chicken or the egg, the answer to your query shall become clear! Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else? Contact Information: Email – rtbetweenthebridges@gmail.com or call or text: 347-226-1293

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Baywall Work in Progress By Bianca Fortis

Rockaway Boy Scouts Learn Outdoor Skills Rockaway’s Boy Scout Troop 147 enjoyed an overnight outing at the Boy Scout Camp in Alpine, New Jersey during the December 13-14 weekend. The boys in Troop 147 practiced numerous outdoor skills including campfire safety, proper ax and pocket knife handling techniques, food planning and preparation as well as archery skills with range master instruction on the camp’s

private range. Other overnight outings this year have included Boy Scout Camp Pouch in Staten Island and Gateway National Park in Brooklyn. Troop 147-Rockaway is based out of Fort Tilden and has been active for more than three years in the Rockaway community. Many of the Boy Scouts are graduates of the Cub Scout Pack 147 program also run out of Fort

Tilden. The Boy Scout program emphasizes leadership, outdoor skills, citizenship, health consciousness and education within the framework of an organization over 100 years old. Enrollment is open to all boys ages 7 and up. For more information please contact Scout Master Bill Scanlon or Scout Leader Mike Doda at: 147cubpack@ gmail.com.

A majority of the work on the baywall between Beach 143rd and 116th Streets is completed, a spokesperson for the New York City Economic Development Corporation said. Workers are continuing to pour and install outfall bases and the concrete cap in the final zone. As for the area from approximately, Beach 111thh Street and Beach 108th Street, more than half of the work is complete, according to the EDC. Bulkhead cap work is in progress.

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Let’s continue our discussion of PEDs. The first one I’d like to bring up is creatine. Creatine is a naturally occurring substance found in muscles. The body uses it for muscle energy. Protein-rich foods like meat and fish contain creatine. In the 1970s it was first discovered that creatine might enhance physical performance. Since then it has been used by athletes as a means to improve their performance. It is especially popular in high school, college and professional athletes and it is not banned. It is estimated that over 50 percent of professional athletes use creatine. It is available without prescription and comes in many forms – powder, pills, drinks, energy bars, etc... Research is ongoing in its use in heart failure, high cholesterol and neu-

romuscular diseases like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Creatine interacts with certain drugs like diabetes meds, diuretics and acetaminophen and stimulants like caffeine and ephedra. Side effects can include weight gain, anxiety, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney problems. Testosterone, produced in the testicles, helps to maintain men’s bone density, fat distribution, muscle strength and mass, red blood cell production, sex drive and sperm production. At about age 30 a man’s testosterone level begins to decline at about 1 percent per year. Symptoms of low testosterone may include decreased sexual desire and function, infertility, insomnia, increased body fat, decreased muscle mass and strength, breast swelling, decreased body

hair, tiredness and loss of self-confidence. Testosterone replacement therapy can be prescribed once a low level is confirmed by a lab test. The FDA is investigating the side effects of testosterone replacement as those side effects may include stroke, heart attack, death, blood clots, prostate enlargement and cancer and worsening sleep apnea. As an aside, it is interesting to note that studies have shown that 80 percent of men at age 80 have previously undetected prostate cancer discovered at autopsy. Lastly, a few words about caffeine. While not a PED caffeine is an important part of many people’s day. With the growing popularity of energy drinks caffeine use and abuse is becoming a topic of conversation. For example 8 oz. of brewed coffee contains about 95 – 200 mg of caffeine, 1 oz. of espresso 47 -75 mg, 8 oz. of black tea 14 – 70 mg. 12 oz. of cola has 25 – 45 mg but 2 oz. of 5-Hour Energy shot has 200 mg. If your daily caffeine intake exceeds 500 mg you should consider cutting back. Adolescents should limit daily caffeine to 100 mg and younger children should avoid it entirely. You should discuss your caffeine use with your doctor. This column is published biweekly. Questions and comments may be sent to editor@rockawaytimes.com.

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Rockaway Online The Rockaway Times has an online edition, of course, RockawayTimes. com. And we do Facebook and Twitter and have even stepped up Instagram activity. After you give us a glance, you might check out others who capture Rockaway in one way or another online. Klaus Biesenbach is an Instagram maven. He’s either taking photos half way around the world or in Rockaway. A quasi-anonymous character, Rockawayist, has a blog and an active Instagram and Facebook existence. Rockawayist is quick to catch Rockaway trends but doesn’t forget things of yesteryear. A good follow. OnRockaway. com is Howie Schwach’s online news site. Howie is still among the first to be at events (good and bad) in Rockaway. The 100 and 101 Precincts have active twitter accounts. Vivian Carter still runs the blog, Oy Vey Rockaway. This long-running site is fresh and stays that way because Viv spots new developments and puts them in historical context. The Rockaway Youth Task Force is very active on Facebook and Twitter. Others who deserve more than a mention (but that’s all we have room for!) include Katie Honan of DNAInfo, and Bob Hardt of NY1, and Rockaway11694 is the twitter handle of someone clued in to what’s going on in The Rock. More to come….

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in Queens County to have the lot surveyed so a proper deed could be presented to the school district. Mr. Holland was a trustee, as noted on the card. Prior to the school being built, classes were held in the Holland Home located on Holland Ave. (now Bch. 92nd street) and Railroad Ave (now Holland Ave.). Upon entry into Greater New York City in 1898, Public School #44 was built on the opposite side of the Boulevard (where Peninsula Library is located on 94th street). The old school house became the Rockaway Police Station, replacing the stationhouse built on Henry Street (Bch. 102nd Street). The latter became the Crystal Hotel behind the Irish Circle. Activities in and around the first stationhouse in Seaside did not make a good impression on visitors to the beach!

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My father had a great love of the outdoors and would take our family to the Catskills as often as he could. My fondest memories are of summers in Ulster County. Days spent hiking Slide Mtn., horseback riding, rowing at North Lake, and swimming in the icy cold waters of the swimming hole behind our rental cabin. We’d go up into the mountains and sit quietly for hours, waiting to spot a deer. At night, he’d bring out the telescope and we’d watch the stars and try to pick out the constellations. My father died in 2012 but all those wonderful memories never will. Rockaway doesn’t have any mountains, but I am surrounded

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An Inside Look: Dr. Frank Gerardi By Katie McFadden

Is it time for a colonoscopy? Gastroenterologist, Dr. Frank Gerardi, has been providing services in Howard Beach since 1994 and after joining ProHEALTH Care Associates in 2013, Dr. Gerardi now has access to the best technology and is working out of a brand new office shared with the new ProHEALTH Urgent Care at 164-50 Cross Bay Boulevard. ProHEALTH is one of the largest integrated physician group practices in the New York Metropolitan area with more than 20 locations and more than 300 physicians. Just opening in October, the brand new Howard Beach ProHEALTH office serves as the location of an Urgent Care, which allows walk-ins of all ages with non-life threatening illnesses or injuries, to be treated by board certified physicians. The Urgent Care office is open every day and offers evening hours. Dr. Gerardi’s office is located on the second floor of the building and his practice offers a board certified anesthesiologist, high definition colonoscopies and endoscopies. With the financial backing of ProHEALTH, Dr. Gerardi has access to the top medical equipment and proudly boasts that his office is the only in Howard Beach that has high definition scopes. The technology, along with “ongoing patient interactions” is why Dr. Gerardi chose to go in the field of gastroenterology. “ProHEALTH allows me to have more resources than the average doctor’s office is capable of providing,” he said. Dr. Gerardi obtained his medical degree from

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Ready! Santa! Go! Shuffle Returns to Rockaway

By Bianca Fortis

Here comes Santa Claus – right down Shore Front Parkway. This year’s Santa Shuffle is scheduled for Saturday, December 20. Home base will be the Bungalow Bar, where participants can pick up their suits and register if they didn’t already do so through the website. Registration will take place from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Participants have an option between running a 5K loop or doing a one-mile walk. Organizer John Edwards said the event is a “fun run” – so there’s no

official winner, but there will be a clock for those runners who want to see how they did. At about noon, runners and walkers will return to Bungalow Bar for the after-party. There will be a DJ spinning and drink and food specials. “We’ll be there until the last Santa leaves,” Edwards said. Part of the funds raised will go to CYO cross-country teams at St. Camillus and St. Francis de Sales. And this year the event will be dedicated to Jose Rodriguez, a longtime member of the Rockaway gliders who passed away suddenly last week.

“I ran with him for two years on that boardwalk,” Edwards said. Edwards said the missing boardwalk, destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, has greatly impacted the Santa Shuffle and other runs. “It basically destroyed us,” he said. “We did everything on the boardwalk.” The wood of the boardwalk was softer on runners’ feet and organizers only needed to submit an application for a permit. Now they must pay more money to have the police shut down the street. But the event is important enough to the community that it has taken place regardless. And Edwards said if, on Saturday, there is access to the last remaining part of the boardwalk, he’ll have participants run down it for the last time before it is demolished to make way for the new boardwalk. The Santa Shuffle actually originated from a jingle bell run several years ago. Edwards said one day his friend in Massachusetts called and said he had organized a Santa suit run, during which 1,500 people ran in suits. Edwards took 120 suits back to Rockaway and “on the morning of the Jingle Bell Run, we said, ‘We’ve got a surprise, we’re all going to wear Santa Claus suits!’” he said.

It was a hit. “I said, ‘I think I want to do this every year,’” Edwards said. “We bought a whole lot of suits – I have enough suits for three more years. I’ve got like 4,000 suits.” There were already two Shuffles in Brooklyn this month, one in Bay Ridge and one in Park Prospect. “But Rockaway will be the best one,” Edwards said. For more information about the Santa Shuffle, go to www.rockapulcorun.com.

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Locals Weigh In On Conch Playground Residents were invited to P.S. 105 The Bay School on Tuesday, December 16 to give input on what facilities and amenities they think should be a part of Conch Playground on Beach 49th Street. Conch Playground is one of 35 locations that will receive capital funding through the Community Parks Initiative (CPI), which is part of the Parks Department’s goal of creating a more equitable parks system. CPI is a multi-faceted program to invest in under-resourced public parks in New York City neighborhoods with higher-than-average concentrations of poverty. Conch Playground is one of six parks in Queens that will be reconstructed under the program. Through

the program, $130 million will go toward rebuilding the 35 parks. The program will upgrade playgrounds, ball courts, green spaces and other areas using 21st-century designs and materials, but Parks is seeking community input on how residents want their park redesigned. Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and representatives from Partnerships for Parks and the Queens Capital Project were on hand to listen to community input at Tuesday’s meeting. Those who missed the meeting can send their comments about Conch Playground online at www.nycgovparks.org/reg/community-input-meetings.

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Raffle Winners To Drive In Style Food Drives a Success The two food drives hosted by the 100th Precinct Community Council in November and December were very successful, according to President Danny Ruscillo. The food collected this month was delivered on Wednesday in two cars to St. Camillus and St. Virgilius. Ruscillo said so much food was donated that it needed to be stored in several different locations. “We were very successful because of the generosity of you, the community,” he said.

The Durandos of Rockaway were the lucky winners of a new Mercedes-Benz GLA-250 lease at the LITTLE NORTH POLE raffle held on December 8th 2014, the annual holiday event hosted by Joe Mure to benefit JDRF.

Queensway Projects Gets More State Funds By Bianca Fortis

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder this week blasted the decision by the Regional Economic Development Council to provide funding for the Queensway project, which would turn part of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line right-of-way into a 3.5-mile linear park. Goldfeder has been an outspoken advocate of reactivating the rail line, which was shut down decades ago. “Our tax dollars are being wasted on overpriced outof-borough consultants that shove their one-sided studies and expensive designs down our throats,” Goldfeder said. “The Council has once again ignored the needs of real Queens families who struggle with our lack of transit options.” The Trust for Public Land received more than $440,000 on

behalf of the Queensway project from the Council. Regional councils throughout the state awarded more than $700 million in grant funds. “It’s clear that reactivating the Rockaway Beach Rail Line is the best and most cost-effective way to expand transit in Queens while easing commutes, creating jobs, cleaning the environment and expanding our economic development,” Goldfeder said. The Queensway previously received a $467,000 grant from the governor’s office. While many Queens residents have taken an active position on how they would like to see the tract of land used, there is one faction, comprised primarily of Woodhaven residents, that would rather it be left alone.

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Designer Shares Her Love for Rockaway It all began with a love for her hometown. Stephanie Norton grew up as an artist and designer in Rockaway. About 10 years ago, she began to take photographs of locations throughout the peninsula. Now she owns her own clothing company, Stefka.

She started by screen printing her photographers onto T-shirts, which she sold at local holiday sales. She also sewed handbags. Then came the clutch: she designed a dark leather clutch with a python detail on the front with a removable gold chain. The design had surpassed her capabilities, she said, so she set out to find a manufacturer. “It’s important to me that it’s from American, and specially from New York – that’s the icing on the cake for me,” she said. Norton said she spent a lot of time researching and looking for a manufacturer in New York – a task that proved to be more difficult than she anticipated. “One of the only things I have an opinion about in our economy is that nothing is made here anymore,” she said. “Everybody just takes everything and ships it.” She finally found one in the Garment District. Her T-shirts are printed by a shop on Liberty Avenue. She has a line of fitness wear, with slogans such as “Don’t wish for it – work for it” and “Work like a ox, look like a fox.”

She also has recently designed two new Rockaway-inspired shirts that have an edgy design, she said. She focuses on taking iconic images that locals would recognize and feel and making them more abstract by giving them intricate details. “My work is about using details and different textures,” she said. “At first you don’t know what it is, but then you look at it again, and the image reveals itself.” Norton said she can offer her customers something different –

designs that are unique and rockinspired. She said her goal is to continue growing her collection and maybe own a boutique one day. She also said she hopes the community will continue to support its homegrown artists and entrepreneurs, just as much as it has welcomed newcomers. “Let’s promote each other,” she said. “It goes both ways.” To shop Norton’s online store, visit http://stefka.mysupadupa. com

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Off Shore Rigged Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, they’re back! Our good friends who brought us the brilliant plan to place a gigantic Liquefied Natural Gas(LNG)plant in the ocean, 26 miles off the coast of the Rockaway Peninsula are back and up to their same old tricks! The Liberty Natural Gas Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas Project is back and bulldozing its way for governmental approval. Many of you may remember the efforts by local activist Dan Mundy Jr. and Dan Mundy Sr. to stop this very same project back in 2009-2011. The prayers and efforts of so many local activists from both New York and New Jersey where answered when the last LNG project, then called Port Liberty, was vetoed by Governor Chris Christie in 2011.

Liberty Natural Gas (Port Liberty’s parent company) had actually proposed three separate locations after Governor Christie’s veto. The company changed the name from Port Liberty to Port Ambrose and submitted the same proposal for a site that they believed would be outside Governor Christie’s jurisdiction. However, they confused the difference between regular miles and nautical miles, and the proposed Port Ambrose site is still within Governor Christie’s jurisdiction. Therefore this project remains within the veto power of Governor Cuomo, Governor Christie, and the Maritime Administration. On Monday evening at the Macedonia Baptist Church on Beach 67th street in Arverne, a Rockaway community informa-

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tion meeting was held on the latest metamorphosis on The Port Ambrose project. This meeting about the latest proposed LNG project, just off our shores, was moderated by Jessica Roff of New Yorkers Against Fracking and Patrick Robbins of Sane Energy Project. Each spelled out the same concerns that we faced several years ago when our community and surrounding communities banned together to voice our opposition to the LNG Island off our shores. There were the usual and obvious concerns, such as the dangers of a major gas explosion just off our shores, the threat of terrorist attacks on the LNG Port, and the potential for pollution of our ocean and beaches from chemical leaks from the port. This time around though, we have a new twist to the equation, what is the true planned use of the LNG Port off of our shores? Liberty Natural Gas LLC, Port Ambrose deepwater port, the projects applicant, claims the port’s use is solely for import only! The fears, raised by Jessica and Patrick, are that once the application is approved the port can and will easily be approved to become an export facility. This concern makes a lot of sense as New York State may very soon become the latest state to allow fracking. Having billions of units of natu-

Page 29 ral gas may like found money for some, but when it can easily be shipped overseas to be sold for ten times its value than it can be sold for here in the US can only mean high gas prices for us! The potential for the LNG Port to become an export facility coupled with the Rockaway pipeline currently being installed 2 miles off our shores, underneath Riis Park and along Flatbush Ave should be a huge wakeup call for each and every resident of Broad Channel and the Rockaway Peninsula. It’s time we had a say in what is best for our environment. If you want to have a say you can. On Wednesday, January 7th from 6-8pm, The Maritime Administration and Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing for comments from the public regarding the proposed LNG facility off our shores. This meeting will be held at the Hilton JFK Airport, 144-02 135 Ave Jamaica, NY 11436, Phone 718-659-0200. Hope to see everyone there to show we have a voice or at least a pulse!

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Smiling Steve: Catskills Might Be Missing A Comedian The only difference between winter and summer flounder is that winter flounder have their eyes on the left side of their head while summer flounder have their eyes on the right side of their head. Why fluke have teeth and flounder do not remains one of the oceans many mysteries. Since we are on the subject of oceans, of course we all know why the oceans roar. If you had crabs all over your floor you would roar too. We know why seagulls fly over the sea but why don’t they call seagulls that fly over the bay, bagels? I went fishing on a party boat out of Sheepshead Bay a couple of weeks ago. The fishing was so slow that the fish were throwing our lines back in the boat. A while back my buddy and I went fishing on a skiff off of the coast of Maine. We caught a nice 7 1/2 pounder, but we threw it back because we felt sorry for it. It was a cross- eyed mackerel. On the lighter side, I got a job with the city scrubbing railroad tracks with a Brillo pad. The biggest blackout I ever had was when I was born, can’t remember a thing. Found out 90 percent of

accidents happen at home, so it is time for me to move. Had a job at a can company but I got canned. Found out that I’m bisexual, I love women and gals. Had to see the doctor a week back for a weak back. Used to be a wallpaper hanger, now wherever I go people say I can hang. Went walking on 116 St., stopped for a minute, started to continue on when a guy says, “Hey Buddy! You left something behind.” “What?” I asked and he replied, “Your footsteps!” Went to see the eye doctor, he said everything is fine, just check for cracks in your eyelids when you go to sleep. Went to see the doctor last week. Doc told me all these things that are wrong with me, both physically and mentally. By the time I got out of the Doc’s office, I was I was sweating bullets, so I wanted to get stoned, and fast. So I drank some wet cement. Got lit up like a pair of headlights. Wound up in Job Lot on 116th Street. There was a young boy about 7or 8 years old wearing a cowboy suit, 6 shooter toy gun, cowboy hat, cowboy boots, etc. The you lad was with his mother. Jokingly I asked the boy if the guns were loaded. The

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Addabbo Center to Expand The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center will be expanding its Arverne facility. Fueled by a $16 million investment from Addabbo, the 18,000 square foot expansion will occupy an adjacent piece of City-owned land that has been vacant for many years. The expansion will increase the clinic’s exam room by more than 50 percent and will add new medical specialty practices, which will aid the medically under-served community. Some additional services will include Podiatry, Endocrinology and Ophthalmology. The expansion will create approximately 59 new full-time jobs and 97 construction jobs. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2016 and the expansion has a completion goal for Spring 2018. “The Addabbo Health Center has experienced an influx of new patients following the closure of multiple local hospitals’ primary care departments in recent years,” Addabbo Board of Directors Vice-

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Precinct Council Presents Cop of the Month Awards By Bianca Fortis

Thanks to P.O. Ryan Pretty, another illegal handgun is off the streets of Rockaway. Pretty was honored as the “Cop of the Month” of the 100th Precinct for the month of October during the Precinct Council meeting Monday night. Capt. Craig Adelman said on the night of October 11, Pretty spotted a suspicious male throw a firearm onto the ground. He and a fellow officer apprehended the suspect, who was identified as a 21-year-old gang member with 12 prior arrests. It was Pretty’s second gun arrest within two months; he’s had 34 arrests this year. For the month of November,

the award was given to Officer Richard Collins, who made three DWI arrests that month. He’s made a total of 40 arrests this year, 12 of which were DWIs. Capt. Carlos Fernandez, the commanding officer of Transit District 23, presented the Cop of the Month award to P.O. Syed Hashmi. Hashmi observed a suspect commit a robbery against an innocent person which was consistent with two other robberies within the same precinct. Hashmi apprehended the suspect, and the suspect confessed to additional crimes. “He closed the pattern and actually made the community safer by preventing the crime from spreading to other parts of Queens,” Fernandez said.

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continued in the auditorium of the school where students heard speeches from representatives from NYC Outward Bound Schools, Capital One, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and some of their fellow seniors. Four seniors at the top of their class were selected to give speeches during the event. They expressed the relief of finally completing their applications, which can be a stressful and expensive process. Some of the students, like Deondra Morgan, applied to as many as 16 schools, with her top three being Syracuse University, Boston University and NYU. “It feels good to be done with applications. I finally get to focus on the fun part of senior year,” Morgan said. “It feels awesome. I finally have time to go

Christmas shopping and spend my money on something other than applications,” senior Hunter Hennessey said. The seniors felt that the recognition from the College March ceremony was well deserved. “The only thing missing was the red carpet,” Taj Morton, who hopes to get into Yale, said. “I felt the seniors were really appreciated. We all worked toward this highlight of our year, besides graduation,” Morgan said. “It was nice, but it was also kind of sad because next year, I won’t be at the same school and it will be different,” Taisha Khalil said. “Today was well deserved. As the senior class, we all worked hard and it was nice to see everyone cheer us on and support us, even though it was so cold out,” Hennessey said. “It’s something we won’t forget.”

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Polla alla Cacciatora By Sharon Feldman

A spin on Nigella Lawson’s recipe, 2007 This chicken is cooked the ‘hunter’s way” which grants a certain amount of culinary license This version is traditional, but speeded up and simplified. The only deviation lies in the addition of a can of cannellini beans. This turns it into a quick, one pot dinner. Make steamed rice if you like or orzo. Cook time: 25 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon garlic oil ½ cup pancetta cubes (or bacon) 6 scallions, finely sliced 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary leaves 1 pound chicken thighs fillets, each cut into 4 pieces

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invariably brings freezing cold offshore winds. I only got the scraps of the swell and froze my ass off but Andreea Waters captured the full force of this swell as it descended on Rockaway, bringing world class waves to our oceanic playground. Rock on! And many thanks to Andreea for sharing!

photos by Michael Rudin

TONY in total committment on a bomb. Yep, this is Rockaway! AN UNKNOWN SURFERS traverses a liquid mountain

JAMMING the bottom turn to line up the lip

SOME not so lucky

BIG cutback

WHEN THE TAKEOFF doesn’t work = punishment

MOST of these waves had TEETH


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014

Rockaway Gliders Presents THE WINTER

“DROP FOR DOUGH” BIGGEST LOSER CONTEST

500 f r T r e

As the Rockaway Gliders Fitness Studio expands its capabilities in helping people get healthier, we are excited to bring some added incentive to those folks looking to look and feel better about themselves.

Our “Drop for Dough” contest will begin on Monday,

January 5, 2015

with contestant weigh-ins and will run for 6 weeks, ending with weigh-outs on Monday, February, 16, 2015. The contestant who loses the highest percentage of body weight will win the grand prize of 500. To help people in their quest, Rockaway Gliders will offer contestants the $200 “Drop for Dough Package with Perks”. The package includes a 6 week membership with unlimited classes on the existing studio schedule. A 20% off personal training discount and a 20% off deal on the best weight loss diet in Rockaway, “Mary’s Meals”. You can come by the studio or sign up online. Be sure to register quickly as this event will sell out early.

The Rockaway

Santa Shuffle 5K Fun Walk/Run

A Great Holiday Family Event! Saturday, December 20th at 11am

Start & finish at Beach 95th St. & Shore Front Parkway Each participant will receive their own Santa suit to run in and entry to the post race party at Bungalow Bar. Race day registration and suit pick up up is at Bungalow Bar on 12/20 from 9:30 to 10:45 am. Post race party at Bungalow Bar immediately after the run. This event will be raising funds for the Rockaway Youth CYO Cross Country Track Teams so come on out and support our kids while having some great fun. The cost is $35 for all.

Seniors Fitness Classes: Tues and Fri at 10:30.

What A Special Gift Idea! Tr N fOrM T ON C e Package 1 $699: 30 day Transformation Package:

- or - 3 Personal Training Session - 12 Personal Training Sessions - 21 classes - 24 Mary’s Meals to go - 24 Mary’s Meals to go

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Package 3 $199: 7 Day Transformation Package: - or - 2 Personal Training Session - 3 Personal Training Sessions - 2 classes - 3 Mary’s Meals to go - 4 Mary’s Meals to go

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014

Karate Comp Fierce But Friendly World Champions Karate Center recently held its annual. In-Dojo Winter Tournament. The students, ages 4 through 12, competed with their teammates in Kata( forms), and Kumite (sparring).

This was a significant tournament since the they were competing for the last of the 2014 AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) medals. The competition was fierce but friendly. All had a great Karate experience.

FRONT ROW, L-R: (Reiner, Deva, Ashley, Asha, Jack, Dania, Dylan; second row, L-R: Louisa, Jessica Jeeeva,Greyson, Juan, Darnell, Megan Anthony.

MEGAN with teammate Jessica and Sensei Hodes.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014

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