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Meeting in the Middle at PS/MS 114

By Daniel Lynch

The announcement of middle schools (MS) reopening is a hallmark moment for a city overwhelmed by the pandemic. On Thursday, February 25, the New York City school system, the nation’s largest, will finally reopen its doors to thousands of students in grades 6 through 8. PS/MS 114 - The Belle Harbor School is among the many public schools ready to open its doors to its middle schoolers. After their schools were ordered closed on November 5 following a citywide uptick in coronavirus cases, middle school students who had opted for blended learning at the start of the school year, will be able to return to their school buildings next week. Officials have asked MS educators to return the day before, February 24, and are promising them priority for the vaccine over the mid-winter break through February 21. The decision to reopen was announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on February 8 after they were made aware of damage brought about by student isolation. "Our public schools coming back strong is going to be one of the foundations of everything that happens going forward," de Blasio said during the announcement. "Our educators have done an incredible job supporting students remotely, but as we've said from the beginning, nothing can replace

in-person learning and the support our students receive in person. We're so thrilled to be able to provide that," Carranza added. Elizabeth Welsome, Principal of PS/MS 114 agrees. “When we learned the MS students would be returning to the building, there was a sense of relief and excitement. We are providing quality remote instruction to our MS students, however, we believe that nothing replaces the ability to interact live with teachers and classmates,” she told The Rockaway Times. “We know that conversations and social interaction will improve with the ability to be in person. In addition, so many families and caregivers have shared their concerns about the MS students being home for so long. We knew that this was important for students as well as families.” Public schools switched to fully remote learning after Covid numbers increased in the fall, but the trajectory has changed since. Dr. Ted Long, who oversees the city’s Test and Trace Corps, said “We’re very confident we can do it” regarding the reopening. PS 1114, which like most public schools, has had in-person instruction for its elementary school students since December 7, says it’s ready. “We are following all safety protocols that are necessary for buildings to remain open in a safe manner. All individuals wear face coverings. Continued on page 4

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MEETING IN THE MIDDLE Continued from Page 3 Classrooms follow social distancing guidelines, bathrooms are monitored to limit the number of students using them at one time. All individuals complete a daily health screening to be cleared for building entry, we continue to have temperature checks upon arrival, and we limit exposure to the amount of in-person contact by keeping students in classrooms and limiting movement in the school building. We have increased the number of opportunities for handwashing and hand sanitizing and we leave common area doors open to minimize contact on common surfaces. We have staircases designated for up and down to keep classes from passing one another. The custodial staff has increased the number of times they're wiping down common surfaces in addition to nightly disinfecting of the school building.” Welsome believes having

students back in the building will have positive effects. “We believe that there are so many benefits to in-person learning,” she said. “In-person learning environments are designed to limit distractions and enable students to focus on their teachers and learning. In-person learning enables students to interact in a more organic and natural manner. Conversations and discussions flow easier, and students are able to interact with one another and their teachers more naturally. In-person learning allows for more social interaction. Teachers are able to provide feedback in real-time.” Upon return, students will be subjected to random weekly coronavirus testing. Those who opted for remote learning will continue to learn remotely. For the time being, high schools remain fully remote. The ultimate goal remains: to get through the rest of the school year and through the pandemic, safely. Best of luck to all of the middle school students returning on February 25. Welcome back!

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PHOTO CONTEST OPEN! WIN $500 AND BRAGGING RIGHTS Say Cheese, Louise –it’s that time again – so hit us with your best shots (again)! The Sixth Annual Rockaway Times Photo Contest is now underway. There’s no doubt, Rockaway’s Got Talent and we like to put the spotlight on peninsula shutterbugs. As we’ve done in years past, The Top 30 photos selected are made poster-size and put on display on the boardwalk. And some honorable mentions get placed at the ferry dock. The winning photographer wins a $500 Grand Prize, a cover feature on the paper and everlasting bragging rights. Last year, Theresa Racine took home the top prize for her photo of a surfer walking along a sunset-hued beach. You don’t have to be a professional, you just have to take a great photo! Ok, now the IMPORTANT STUFF: Deadline: Friday, April 16.

This year we’re changing things up a little. There will be no categories. You can submit a photo of your adorable pet, but it will compete against sunsets, parades, wildlife, surfers, you name it. You are allowed to submit up to FOUR (4) photos. They must be high resolution (some of those phone photos just don’t cut it) and the photos must be of or taken on the Rockaway peninsula or Broad Channel or on the ferry or from the ferry. This is The Rockaway Times Photo Contest and we’re sure your vacation photos are great but we want to keep it local. You must submit your name (or the name of the photographer) and, please know that The Rockaway Times may use any of the photos as we see fit (in the paper, and/or Summer Guide, Facebook, etc). We will give photo credit, but we will have full rights to the photo.

And please, only send end photos you have rights ghts to or permission to use. Please do not put your name on a photo oto someone else took (we we will find out!) Important: Send to the CORRECT email ail address. Submit your ur top photos to Conntest@Rockawaytimes. s. com. We will still ll print our Local Colorr feature each week k but that’s a separate email and contest photos sent there will not be considered. Contest tip: We know we’ll get lots and lots of beautiful sunsets and sunrises but that means it’ll be tough for your photo to really stand out. Maybe your picture of kids on the beach or a great boardwalk scene or something that screams “That’s Rockaway!” will be the one that cap-

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District 31 Race To Be A Ranked Choice Voting Test By Katie McFadden

Attention District 31 voters. You are wanted at your nearest voting booth to cast your ballot for your next City Council member! But pay attention, with ranked choice voting in the works, this ballot may look a bit different. With early voting now open at the Rockaway YMCA and election day set for the special election for City Council District 31, those on the east end of the peninsula and other parts of southern Queens, are getting to experience ranked voice voting for the very first time. Another City Council election in Queens District 24 gave some New Yorkers the first taste of ranked choice voting but with low voter turnout and incumbent, Jim Gennaro, in the race, it wasn’t much of a test. Gennaro earned more than 50% of the vote needed to win the race, so the ranked choice system didn’t come into play, but with no incumbent in the running and nine candidates to choose from, ranked choice voting may have a bigger impact in District 31’s race to fill the role that now Queens Borough President Donovan Richard vacated in December. Ranked choice voting, passed in a 2019 ballot measure, is being implemented for the first time in New York City primary and special elections this year for offices such as Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President, and City Council. How does it work? Instead of selecting one candidate, voters will have a chance to select up to five by ranking them by preference from first to fifth. Voters don’t have to utilize the ranked choice option and can select their top candidate, but there are benefits to filling out the other bubbles. If one candidate receives more than 50% of the total vote, they will be declared the winner. But if not, counting will continue in rounds and candidates with the fewest votes are eliminated in each round. If your top choice is eliminated, your vote goes to the next highest ranked candi-

date on your ballot. This process is repeated until there are only two candidates left and the candidate with the most votes is declared the winner. With nine candidates to choose from in the City Council District 31 race, ranked choice voting may play a bigger role as candidates are less likely to obtain the 50% needed to win the race. Each of the nine candidates are hoping for a chance to represent the communities of Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. The candidates on the ballot include LaToya Benjamin, Selvena Brooks-Powers, Latanya Collins, Sherwyn James, Nicole Lee, Nancy Martinez, Pesach Osina Shawn Rux and Manny Silva. At a recent virtual forum sponsored by Common Cause, Rank the Vote NYC and Disability Rights New York, six of the nine candidates were on hand to introduce themselves and discuss ranked choice voting. As Dr. Shawn Rux said, “Ranked choice voting has made it that we work together. You know, campaigns are deliberating on a level that I don't think NYC has seen before, and I believe it levels the playing field.” Pesach Osina said he believes it creates a friendlier atmosphere. “The one thing with RCV, I would say it's allowing myself as a candidate to help build the bridges of all the other communities out there, whereas in other races you might say someone got an endorsement from this specific Democratic organization, you would throw them under the bus and couldn't have outreach from them again. It creates unity.” Yet, after February 23, there will only be one winner. Currently, among the top candidates are Selvena Brooks-Powers and Pesach Osina. Far Rockaway resident Brooks-Powers, the current M/ WBE compliance project manager with the JFK Redevelopment Program, has been involved in politics as a staff member for the Continued on page 17

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***** Breezy Point has one of the highest vaccination rates in the city (including partial, one shot so far). Rockaway Park (including Belle Harbor and Neponsit) also has a good percentage compared to other parts of the city. You can track vaccination rates at public.tableau.com ***** Early voting is underway in the Special Election in District 31. Many are vying for the seat vacated by Donovan Richards. Pesach Osina and Selvena Brooks are among the favorites. Whoever wins won’t have much time to get comfortable. There will likely be a number of people running in the primary in just a few months. ***** The Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not happening

this year (at least officially) and that throws off our sense of seasons. The parade marks (unofficially) the end of winter/the beginning of spring. Before we know it, Memorial Day will be here and it’s certain to be better than last year. NYC Parks is planning a full beach season and that includes partnering with The Rockaway Times for the annual Photo Contest. ***** The Rockaway Times Photo Contest has officially launched. In addition to NYC Parks, we’re happy to have our old gang of co-sponsors back. The Jamaica Bay- Rockaway Parks Conservancy and NYC Ferry are back onboard helping to ensure this will be another great Rockaway event. The deadline for submitting photos is Friday, April 16. That gives you two months to find your best photos or get out there and snap some great ones now. See Page 5 for important details. ***** Door to door delivery has been put on hold while snow and ice abound. You can still

get a copy at many stores or from our orange news racks around town. Of course, the best way to get The Rockaway Times every week is to sign up for our weekly email. Just tell us you’d like to receive the paper by email and we’ll do the rest. Send an email to Mail@ Rockawaytimes.com and join the more than 4,000 people getting the paper that way. ***** Governor Cuomo is under increasing scrutiny for the way he handled the nursing home crisis during the height of the pandemic, as well he should. Cuomo said his team should have provided “more information” but they were in “the middle of hell.” Well, he did find time to write a book. A bit of déjà vu: A few years ago, Cuomo was subject to a corruption probe by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. The governor's office was accused of interfering with and restricting the investigation which was part of the Moreland Commission. This time many top officials at the New

The Rockaway Times York State Health Department have resigned recently and according to the New York Times they resigned because of Cuomo. Increasingly, state Democrats are expressing anger and calling for further investigation. ***** The is a Community Board Transportation Committee meeting on Monday, February 22 at 7:15 p.m. via Zoom. There will be a host of things covered including the A train shuttle, bikes and scooters on the boardwalk, parking under the Freeway in Arverne, and bus lanes and pedestrian crossings. If you want to join in, call the Community Board (718-471-7300) for Zoom info. ***** Robert Thomas Minor, a former chief of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department died on February 9. He was 75. Minor was elected chief in 1974 and was known for his decision to paint the fleet yellow to give it more visibility. A memorial service was held at St. Camillus on Tuesday.

     

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This Week in History FEBRUARY 18 Eddy Pastore was born.

FEBRUARY 22 Mairead Gurry was born.

1885 - “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain was 1879 - Frank Winfield Woolworth published. opened his first "Five Cent Store" 1953 - First 3D film “Bwana Devil” in Utica, New York. premieres in NYC. 1935 - Airplanes were no longer permitted to fl y over the White FEBRUARY 19 House. Heather Leonard was born. Jeannemarie Morris was born. FEBRUARY 23 1878 - Thomas Edison patented Paddy Tubz was born. the gramophone (phonograph). Sonny Livingston was born. 1968 - The first nationwide broad- Brian Cori was born. cast of “Mr. Roger's Neighbor- Michael Thomas Gurry was born. hood” aired on PBS. 1945 - U.S. Marines raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. 1997 - Scottish scientists announced the successful cloning of 1895 - Frederick Douglass, aboli- a sheep, Dolly. tionist, author, and orator, died. 1962 - John Glenn became the first FEBRUARY 24 American to orbit Earth. Peter McFadden was born. Marvin Eisenstadt was born. FEBRUARY 21 Jen Lawler Hullah was born. 1821 - Mexico declared its indeMaryjo Carnacchio was born. pendence from Spain. 1878 - The first telephone book 1980 - The U.S. hockey team defeated Finland to win the gold was issued (New Haven, Conn.). 1965 - Black nationalist leader medal at the Lake Placid Olympics. Malcolm X was assassinated. FEBRUARY 20 Dan Mundy Sr. was born. Jennifer Herold was born.

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Covid-19 Tracker 02/07 - 02/15 As parts of Rockaway have seen increases in Covid-19 cases, it’s important to keep track of how the neighborhood is doing with coronavirus. Robby Schwach of Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office has been hard at work, tracking down the details for each Rockaway zip code. We are sharing this info each week. Schwach noted that since New Year’s Day, 2,939 residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel have tested positive for COVID-19. Since March of 2020, 638 residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel have died of COVID-19. The latest info represents changes between 02/07/202102/15/2021. In 11691, positive cases increased by 231 from 5,559 to 5,790. There were nine new deaths in this period, bringing the total number of deaths to 410.

In 11692, cases went up by 43, from 1,358 to 1,401. There were no new deaths in this period, and the total remains at 96. In 11693, cases rose by 41 from 809 to 850. There were two new deaths, bringing the total to 33. In 11694, there was an increase in cases by 58, from 1,711 to 1,769. There were no new deaths and the total remains at 91. In 11697, cases rose by 11, from 440 to 451. There was one new death in this period, bringing the total to eight. The seven-day rolling average of positive tests by zip code: As of February 16, 11691 is 9.13%, 11692 is 5.71%, 11693 is 8.02%, 11694 is 6.25%, 11697 is 2.79% Please remember to wear a mask, particularly indoors and where social distancing is not possible.

A Train Stabbing Suspect Apprehended The A train turned into a crime scene on Saturday after four separate stabbing incidents left two dead. The suspect has since been arrested. Between the hours of 11 p.m. on Friday, February 12 and 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, four people were stabbed on different A trains. Officers were first called to the scene at around 11:20 p.m. when a man was discovered fatally stabbed on the train stopped at Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. The unidentified man, pronounced dead at the scene, had stab wounds to his neck and torso and was laying sprawled across a seat on the train when he was discovered. Later that night, a 44-year-old woman, Claudine Roberts, was found stabbed dead, laying under a bench on another A train stopped at West 207th Street in Inwood. Two other stabbings of a

43-year-old and a 67-year-old occurred at the West 181st Street station, but these stabbings were not fatal. One of the victims was able to give a description of the suspect to police. Most of the victims were homeless. The NYPD quickly deployed 500 additional officers to the subway system in the hours after the events. Within 24 hours of the incidents, the NYPD had nabbed the suspect. Police apprehended 21-year-old Rigoberto Lopez, who was wearing the same blood splattered clothing and shoes as seen on surveillance video and had the blood-covered knife on his person. Lopez is believed to be homeless as his last known address was a shelter in Brooklyn. On Sunday, February 14, Lopez was charged with murder and attempted murder and he is being held without bail.


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Love Was In the Bear

By Katie McFadden

Leave it to the Little North Pole to share the love, even when it’s not Christmas. This time the home was decked out in hearts for their Adopt a Bear event, as new bear owners left with full hearts and Joe Mure and Jodi Tucci’s garage was left full of goods for the St. Camillus food pantry. On Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14, cars lined up along Neponsit Avenue to adopt a special bear born

right at the Little North Pole on Christmas 2019. In exchange for a bear, folks were asked to bring a $10 donation as well as non-perishable food items to help support St. Camillus’ weekly food pantry. By the end of the event, several hundred cuddly pink and brown teddy bears had new homes, more than $4,000 was raised to help stock the pantry for weeks to come and the Mure’s garage was packed with food donations, ready to be delivered to the church. “I think it was very successful,” Mure said of the event. While Sunday was the main event, buzz around the bears spread on social media in the week before, so the cupid squad had been delivering bears all week, and Tucci, a schoolteacher, had adopted out as many as 200 bears to her students and coworkers before Sunday.

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“It started out as a huge success. Once we announced it, we had the cupid squad out delivering bears all week long and we’ve collected a nice amount of money to buy some extra food and continue to help out the food pantry,” Mure said. While the home at 144-03 Neponsit Avenue is known to transform into the Little North Pole each holiday season, Mure wanted to continue to spread that good cheer during a continuously difficult time as the coronavirus pandemic has left many out of work and in need of a little help. With that in mind, the event itself was designed as a drive-by event and everyone who attended was asked to wear masks. “We understand Covid-19 is still here and interrupting a lot of what we do, so we came up with a way to do this to help the kids and help some people in the community,” he said.

“I thought Valentine’s Day was a beautiful day for love and a beautiful day to get together,” Mure said. That love was felt in each child’s heart as they took home a bear complete with its own birth certificate and name. Some also used it as an opportunity to spread the love even further. During the event, a little boy made a donation for a bear, told his little sister to close his eyes, and ran over to her, surprising her with her new sweetheart bear, which she embraced as her face beamed with an ear-to-ear smile. Joe Featherston, director for the Special Olympics Program at St. Camillus, will utilize the monetary donations to purchase supplies for the food pantry for several weeks. The food pantry is open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Camillus (99-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd.)


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Kimo’s Comes Back Saturday By Katie McFadden

Kimo’s is coming back! After a fire damaged Rockaway Beach’s beloved Mediterranean restaurant in October, owners Mike Adil and Javed Rambaran are getting ready to reopen their doors on Saturday, February 20. “I’m excited. I can’t wait to see my customers again,” chef Mike Adil said in a newly revamped Kimo’s as he prepared to open this weekend. The restaurant that serves Mediterranean cuisine has been closed for nearly four months after an electrical fire broke out in the back kitchen after the restaurant closed for the day on October 28, 2020. With the FDNY right next door, the fire was quickly extinguished but the damage had been done. At the time, Rambaran called it “a total loss.” But there was never a point where the business partners decided to call it quits, even after insurance fell through. Instead, they decided to rebuild and now Kimo’s is about the reopen “better than before,” Adil says. Almost everything about Kimo’s is new. The back prep kitchen, where the fire broke out, has been replaced. The walls have been newly sheetrocked and painted. Even the storefront has a slightly new appearance with a new sign that simply says “Kimo’s,” rather than “Kimo’s Kitchen,” with an addition that sums up what you get when you order, “Fresh Simple Authentic Mediterranean.” But customers know that chef Adil and his family give it that little something extra. “I give good food with good heart and love,” he said. That love has gone into a brand-new menu, which will debut when the restaurant reopens on Saturday. Adil, whose mother is from Greece and father is from Egypt, has incorporated more into the restaurant to pay homage to both cultures. The newly-painted walls are decorated with scenery and posters from both Egypt and Greece and the menu will speak a language that anyone can understand—good food.

With the reopening, Adil took the opportunity to make some changes to the old menu. “I think some of the Egyptian options, people weren’t so familiar with. So I figured, let’s make it easy and more familiar for people,” he said. To do so, he has added even more Greek-inspired dishes into the menu such as chicken avgolemono soup, entrees such as braised lamb shank, Greek moussaka and Greek pastitsio, as well as sides like lemon potatoes. However, many of the Egyptian delicacies such as Egyptian falafels and breakfast favorite, shashuka, remain. Adil has also expanded the breakfast menu to include a selection of Mediterranean omelets, bowls, specialty toasts and even a Greek favorite, spanakopita. And of course, the basics of the old menu, such as the pitas, bowls and the Kimo’s

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Fat Boy, a pita stuffed with a choice of protein, French fries and white sauce, will all return. The bottom of the menu also features a special new addition that won’t fill bellies but may fill hearts. “We support, appreciate and are proud to serve our first responders and our communities,” a note at the bottom of the new menu reads. For the support from the community and from the quick actions of the firefighters and police next door, Adil wanted to add a special note of acknowledgement. “Without these guys,” Adil said, pointing toward the neighboring firehouse and precinct, “who knows what would’ve happened. They rushed to the place and they saved it and I will never forget that. I appreciate it, so I wrote something to show that appreciation.” Adil would also like to show

appreciation to those who supported him by paying it forward. Adil has created a line of Kimo’s gear including masks, t-shirts, hats and tote bags with the Kimo’s logo on it, that he hopes to sell when the restaurant reopens, but it isn’t to make a profit. “After the fire, the community asked if I needed a GoFundMe and everyone came forward wanting to support it, but I turned it down and I don’t want the community to think I’m rejecting them. I thought about doing something beneficial for the community in our name to show our appreciation. We want to sell this stuff and the money we make will go to a charity or to a college fund for kids who can’t afford it. I want people to know that when they buy these things, it doesn’t go to us, but back to the community,” Adil said. While the October fire may have been a hard blow, Adil says he’s ready to put it behind him while community support helps move things forward. “It was tough, but I want to focus on the positive,” Adil said. We were really lucky. It could have been bad. But we’re good. People have good memories of this place and one thing I do is, I throw the bad things behind me. You can’t carry on more than what you carry every day. We’re just going to ignore and move on. Thank God, we’re back on our feet and we’re going to be even better than before.” Kimo’s, located at 92-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd., will have a soft opening on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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gaps between groups. Manny Silva, born and raised in District 31, has close connections to the role of City Council in District 31 as he served as Chief of Staff to Donovan Richards for three years. At the recent forum Silva said, “My time as chief of staff for the former council member has given me the experience to not only build relationships with every single neighborhood, but I’ve also learned about what’s important to everybody in every single neighborhood,” he said. Silva has earned the endorsement of the Queens United Independent Progressives. Nancy Martinez, a longtime Rockaway resident, has not been involved in politics, but she is a small business owner as the founder of the Rockaway Adult Social Center, which assists seniors, and the New York Career Training School, which helps New Yorkers develop skills to launch a career. Martinez has also helped connect those who need it most with healthcare and serves on the Board of Directors for the Joseph Addabbo Health-

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care Center and on Community Board 14. Dr. Shawn Rux, the current Deputy Superintendent for District 29 in Queens, has not been involved in politics but has been heavily involved in making improvements to the education system. Rux had served as the principal of Middle School 53 in Far Rockaway, where he created an incentive program that helped increase attendance and reduce suspensions at the school. Rockaway resident Latanya Collins is also a big advocate for education, having worked in NYC public education for nearly 20 years. She has been designated Citywide Master Teacher of Special Education, by the NYC Department of Education and served as a leader in various NYC transformation and turnaround schools. Far Rockaway resident Nicole Lee is a single mother of a child with autism and is a strong advocate for those disabilities. She is also a small business owner, selling cosmetics for over 20 years and running a daycare center for children with disabilities.

LaToya Benjamin, the Director of Economic Development for the NYS Senate, got an early start in politics, having served as an intern for local Congressman Gregory Meeks. Earlier this year, she was elected as Queens County Judicial Delegate. Sherwyn James, an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago, is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church and an analyst for the Department of Education. In June, he was elected as Democratic Male District Leader for the 29th Assembly District Part B Whoever wins, will not be sitting comfortably for long. This special election is meant to fill the remaining term for Donovan Richards, which ends in December 2021. After this race, the winner will have to face off once again in the Democratic Primary in June and then the general election in November. Early voting is now open through February 21. Voters will also have an opportunity to vote on election day, Tuesday, February 23 at their local polling place.

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was emptied out suddenly and for no apparent good reason in 1998, depriving the people living there of their home and great views of the Atlantic Ocean. A building originally so beautiful has been an unnecessary blight on Rockaway and an eyesore for us and visitors ever since. There are two noNeponsit Memories table murals inside which are hopefully still intact enough to warrant a visit before the building is torn down. Maybe the staff of the Rockaway Times can get permission to access the property. I am attaching a drawing I did two years ago from the beach. Feel free to use it if you like. Dear Editor: Petra Becker It was interesting to read about the expected demolition Act of Kindness of that abandoned building Dear Editor: at Riis Park in the Rockaway The Random Act of KindTimes. I have fond memories of my ness Day isn’t until February children performing 'Little 17, 2021 but for one Rockaway Shop of Horrors' in the cafe- block, Beach 123rd Street-200 teria of that facility in collab- block, it came a week early. oration with and to the delight After this past week’s two-day of those elderly residents. It storm, many residents woke is a shame that the building up to find their sidewalks

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removed, if at all!! We cannot use the same methods to clear the boardwalk as we do a paved street. With expansion joints every 40 feet for over four miles, steel blade plows are totally the wrong way to approach snow removal, as is proven in these photos. The metal plated expansion joint covers have been ripped off in at least one location. Many caulked expansion joints have had the edges severely cracked. This will now prevent the expansion joint calking from remaining in place. Damage Done I will remind you that prior to 2012, the wood boardwalk Dear Editor: (As sent to the NYC Parks was never plowed. If we cannot remove snow without deDepartment) Now that the snow is melt- stroying our brand new 400 ing, major damage from snow million dollar boardwalk. We should just let it plowing on the melt or use snow boardwalk is comblowing or brushing to light. Plowing practices ining has caused, at stead. minimum, tens of Looking forward thousands of dolto the solution to lars in damages. this damage! We need to reevalJohn Cori uate how snow is shoveled or should I say snowblowed? The snow edges had a perfect cut so it must have been someone with a snowblower or a very meticulous snow angel. No one was a Republican, Democrat or independent this day, we were all just neighbors treated to an incredible act of kindness. There’s light at the end of the tunnel here in 2021, which started this week in Rockaway Park, on an otherwise quiet neighborhood street. Thank you to whomever, #249. Jimmy McGovern

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an autoimmune disorder that manifests as a chronic, intractable activation of the intestinal immune system. There are two types of IBD – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These subtypes are differentiated based on disease location and microscopic findings on biopsy, although considerable overlap exists between the two subtypes. Typically, Crohn’s affects the small intestine while ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine. The peak incidence of Crohn’s disease is among patients aged 15 to 25 years, but all ages are affected. In North America, Crohn’s prevalence is between 6.3 and 23.8 per 100,000 person-years, and the incidence is increasing globally, notably among countries with increasing industrialization, air pollution, and Westernization of their diets. Examples include Brazil,

which had an annual incidence increase of 11.1% from 1988 to 2012, and Taiwan, with an annual increase of 4% from 1998 to 2008. There are multiple contributing factors including genetics, the host microbiome (types of intestinal bacteria), and environmental factors such as smoking, medications, and diet. To date more than 100 genetic markers have been identified for Crohn’s disease. Implicated genes suggest that immunoreactivity to gut bacteria is a critical component in the risk of developing Crohn’s. Interactions between genes and environment may facilitate the development of Crohn’s via damage to the intestinal lining or disruption of immune defenses, both of which may increase the exposure of the primed immune system to intestinal bacteria. Smoking is a proven risk factor for development of Crohn’s, disease flares, and the need for surgery. Often, symptoms are present for years before the diagnosis is confirmed. Cardinal symptoms of Crohn’s include fatigue, fever,

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Notice of Formation of Candie World Kosmetix & Beauty L.L.C. Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/18/2020. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Candie World Kosmetix & Beauty L.L.C., 14112 181st Street, Jamaica, NY 11413. Any lawful purpose. Trunk of Finery LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 11/02/2020. Office in Queens Co.SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 54-57 82nd St Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. On Time Filing Services LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/04/21. Office:Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 17710 110th Ave, Jamaica NY 11433. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Formation of Copy and Crumb LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/28/2020. Office loc.: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The address SSNY shall mail process to 25-58 36th St., Apt. 1, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 2643 PARTNERS LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/10/20. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 2272 38th Street, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Piedi Bianchi LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 1/06/2021. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 26910 Grand Central Pkwy., apt. 4A, Floral Park, NY 11005. General Purpose.

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94-09 JAMAICA AVE. LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/09/20. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 251-04 86th Avenue, Bellerose, NY 11426. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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SELIV LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 3/12/2020. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 85-26 37th Ave., Jackson Heights, NY 11372. General Purpose.

Notice of Formation of WORD-NFASHIONS, LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/08/2020. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail the process to Word-n-Fashions, LLC, 135-17 135th Ave. Ste. #3 So Ozone Park, 11420. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 140 WILLOW HEIGHTS RD LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/31/20. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 140 WILLOW HEIGHTS RD LLC, 107-44 105th Street Ozone Park, NY, 11417. Any lawful purpose. Enigee, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 1/8/2021. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP, 400 Garden City Plaza, #500, Garden City, NY 11530. General Purpose. Notice of Formation of En-Camino Media LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/02/2020. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to En-Camino Media LLC, 39-10 103rd st, 2nd flr, Corona, NY 11368. Any lawful purpose.

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MAIN55 PROPERTY LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/02/19. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 148-14 60th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of formation for Unapologetic LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 10/30/2020. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for services of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to: 147-12 228th Street, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413. Purpose: Any purpose deemed lawful by the court.

Team Asset LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 9/25/2014. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 3636 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11354. General Purpose.

Notice of Formation of Montoya Properties LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/15/2021. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against said LLC at 3039 33rd Street, Apt. 3R, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Notice of Qualification of BORDEN FUND X LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/21/20. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/14/20. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

ALNI PROPERTY LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/05/2021. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Iling Mkhitarian, 79-81 77th Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of Wiwen, LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/30/2020. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Wiwen, LLC, 70-03 172 Street, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. Any lawful purpose.

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File No.: 2019-231/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Stanley Meltzer, Jerome Meltzer, NYC Human Resources Administration, Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of LOUISE SCHORR, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained A copy of this citation and the accounting, as well as all amendments to it, if any, shall be served on the Guardian Ad Litem, Regine Severe Esq. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of LOUISE SCHORR, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 315 Beach 9th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of LOUISE SCHORR, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 25th day of March, 2021 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $8,201.01 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(3); and why the claim from NYC Human Resources Administration in the amount of $592,680.21 should not be paid to the extent of the net distributable estate. Dated, Attested and Sealed 28th day of January, 2021 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County JAMES LIM BECKER Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000 1981 Marcus Avenue, Suite 200 Lake Success, New York 11042 NOTICE: THIS CITATION IS SERVED UPON YOU AS REQUIRED BY LAW. AS A RESULT OF THE MEASURES ADOPTED BY THE COURT TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, PHYSICAL PRESENCE AT THE COURTHOUSE ON THE RETURN DATE IS NOT POSSIBLE. THEREFORE, IF YOU WISH TO CONTEST THE RELIEF REQUESTED, YOU, OR AN ATTORNEY ON YOUR BEHALF, MUST CONTACT THE COURT PRIOR TO THIS DATE IN THE MANNER SET FORTH IN THE ATTACHED NOTICE. IF YOU DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT AS SET FORTH IN THE NOTICE IT WILL BE FOUND YOU CONSENT TO THE RELIEF REQUESTED. Accounting Citation

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Wrestle Talk NXT TAKEOVER RESULTS AND WRESTLING NEWS By Eric Jayden

Results for the NXT Takeover Event on February 14, 2021 from the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida: Dakota Kai/Raquel Gonzalez defeated Shotzi Blackheart/Ember Moon to capture the Dusty Rhodes Women's Tag Team Cup. Johnny Gargano defeated KUSHIDA. MSK 50 defeated GYV to capture the Dusty Rhodes Men's Tag Team Cup. Lo Shirai defeated Mercedes Martinez and Toni Storm. Finn Balor defeated Pete Dunne. The Match of the Night was Finn Balor defending the NXT Championships against Pete Dunne. This was an incredibly hard-hitting match between two of the top competitors in the wrestling world. The action was back and forth, and the storytelling was on point. I definitely en-

joy this match! In Wrestling News: Many fans have been asking about WWE Superstar Bo Dallas and if he was released from the WWE. As per Wrestling Observer Radio, Bo Dallas is still under contract with the WWE but has not been used in any storyline since October 2019. WWE Superstar Lacey Evans has reportedly announced that she is pregnant on a recent episode of Monday Night Raw. It is further reported that she will continue working with the WWE for several months. We here at Wrestle Talk extend our congratulations to Lacey. Rapper/Hip Hop Star Bow Wow has reportedly been training at the WWE Performance Center for his future schedule match and storyline with the company. But many wrestlers are taking issue with his desire to become a wrestler as Bow Wow has been taking shots at

WWE stars on Twitter. Rumors are still circulating about WWE Superstar Aleister Black with many saying that he is leaving the WWE. We have previously reported on the Aleister Black situation and at this time there's still no news on whether he is leaving or staying with the WWE. But there is news circulating that Vince McMahon is apparently not a fan of the Aleister Black character. As reported by Wrestling Inc., the WWE has decided to crack down on what their Wrestling Talent is posting on social media sites. The WWE has also created a policy where talent can be fined and penalize for mentioning third-party brands, people and charities. The question of the week comes from Jessica A. in Belle

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“ I have known Pesach Osina since 2008, his experience and the work that he has done for our communities over these years makes him the right person at the right time for the right reasons.”

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“ We need to be represented by an experienced person.”

VISHNU MAHADEO DR. EDWARD WILLIAMS

COMMUNITY ADVOCATE

COMMUNITY ADVOCATE

“I support Pesach Osina because he is the change we need.”

“ Pesach’s experience & work with the City Council, as well as NYS Assemblymen & the NYC Comptroller, has him prepared to meet the challenges we are facing.”

HERBERT BINGER FELICIA JOHNSON

MEMBER, DEERFIELD CIVIC

CO-CHAIR, SJEH COMMUNITY COUNCIL

“I have known Pesach Osina since 2014, he’s a relentless fighter that gets issues fixed in his neighborhood. He treats everybody equally and passionately, and would be an ideal choice as your next council member.”

PHIL WONG EDUCATION ADVOCATE

“ After years of hate speeches and division e throughout our country, it is important to vote for a candidate that understands healing & developing programs & initiatives that supportt er all constituents. I support community organizer rd on Pesach Osina, because of his proven track record nts.” working towards the betterment of all residents.”

Osina Pesaucnithy Unity Comm

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