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Whalemina’s Return ades or so, Whalemina was decorated and celebrated by thousands of beachgoers and locals alike…until Sandy took her away. With support from the local people of Rockaway and the not-for-profit Projects of Peace, a new Whalemina has been created. Special thanks go to the late Billy Taylor, whose gen-

At some time in the late 20th Century, the late Sal Arena, an avid Rockaway citizen and dedicated Rockaway Beach Civic Association member, came to me with an odd request. He wanted help bringing the iconic grey whale from Central Park Children’s Zoo to our beach. Sal discovered that the New York City Parks Department was finally renovating The Children’s Zoo—and the

erosity knew no bounds. Whalemina will make her debut appearance at The Coney Island Mermaid Parade this Saturday, June 16, before making her way back to her beloved Rockaway Beach. Watch out for her in the neighborhood. -Geoff Rawling, Artist and founding member of Rockaway Mermaid Brigade

whale was out—he secured her move to the beach. I was willing to help fix her up, if allowed to decorate her with a mosaic of local fauna and flora from beach to bay. At first there was resistance to this idea, until, after her move from park (Central) to park (NYC Beach), she quickly deteriorated. We rallied different organizations and individuals, private and public, young and old. Over the next two dec-

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Check Point I was at a bar in Myrtle Beach. A group of golfers, maybe eight or 10 guys, were at a table next to me. They’d just obviously finished a round of golf and now were having a few rounds. Standard issue, middle-aged guys having some laughs, burgers and beers. I don’t golf but I do play the 19th hole occasionally, especially if the sun’s still out. I was a little envious of the boys having such a good time though things were winding down. They reminded me of my pals and then… And then they asked for separate checks. What the…?! A couple of them were insistent they only had two Coors Lights, not three. I was appalled. These guys. I mean, they can all afford a golfing getaway but they gotta quibble over a beer or two? If I had a golf club I might’ve come out swinging. I hated myself for wanting to join their fun ten minutes earlier. I ordered two more beers and one check. On the same trip down south, I visited friends who’d moved to Charleston. I told them about these rubes who got separate checks and they told me it was kinda common in these parts. I immediately asked the waitress what percentage of people ask for separate checks and she said

about half! The Civil War was not over. So, wait a second. You’re with friends and you’re going to break out a calculator and say, Joe, you owe fifteen dollars and forty-two cents. And Bill, you had cheese fries, not just regular fries, you owe seventeen dollars and 25 cents. I want to fight these guys, not have a meal with them. That’s not to say there aren’t chiselers out there if you’re splitting one bill. There are guys who order like it’s their last meal on death row knowing the bill is going to be split evenly. If the bill is being split evenly, they have to order the Johnny Walker Blue and the most expensive entrée. This is usually the same type of guy who was identified as a “pile assassin” by our once-in-awhile columnist, Beefchip. A pile assassin learns there is a pool of money on the bar for the group of guys. Twenty or forty bucks and that’ll take care of a few drinks and tip for each guy. He tosses his money in. But, but, but, he’s about to game the honor system. The pile assassin now takes the opportunity to buy drinks for other people, not in the group. Buy those ladies drinks, take it out of there, pointing to the pile. He’s generous with OPM —other people’s money. Check-splitting and pile assassination came to mind

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because a friend tells me he and his wife have been having dinner with two other couples forever. One couple always, always, orders top shelf and have never, in a hundred years, acknowledged that they owe extra when the bill is delivered. This ploy wears on the other couples. But they still go out with the play-dumb chiseling cheapskates. The fault, I tell my frustrated friend, is yours. Eating out with friends is a team game. If somebody continually messes up the chemistry, they’ve gotta get the boot. How to give the boot? Well, he could just go out without them or better, do the unspeakable and ask for separate checks. That’s right. The one time separate checks is acceptable is when it’s used as a weapon. See, if your regular group gets it, they split the one bill evenly, and they make exceptions when necessary. If everybody’s drinking like fish and somebody’s not or somebody is not eating a full meal

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CB 14 Convenes Before Summer Break By Katie McFadden

It was standing room only at the Knights of Columbus on Tuesday, June 12, as many sought to have their voices heard at the last Community Board 14 meeting before the summer hiatus. From parks and transportation issues to a controversial decision over a proposed synagogue in Far Rockaway, the last meeting was productive, disappointing for some, and long for all. Before delving into the big issues, the meeting opened with public speaking. A teacher from P.S. 183 spoke about issues at the school including safety concerns, construction and more. Jill Lauri gave a heads up for the 2nd Annual Animal Rock event on July 21, brought up a topic on many minds—the beach closures, and thanked CB 14 for their support in turning down the proposed Williams pipeline. JK Canepa said the pipeline fight is raging on and an anti-pipeline meeting will be held at 6:30

p.m. on June 27 at 388 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. In the meantime, there is an opportunity to request that energy company, Equinor, bring an offshore wind lease to Rockaway, as opposed to Long Beach. A public comment period to make this request is open until July 30. For more info, email Canepa at jk.nycag@ gmail.com. Some spoke about bringing a new charter school for girls with an extensive STEM program for K-5 in fall 2019. For more information, see ropecharterschoolforgirls.com. Florence Ferguson spoke about Beach 59th Street Playground updates, including a reading series program starting on June 23, with a special guest on August 11, plus paint nights, movie nights and more. A Peninsula Library rep also spoke about some upcoming programming like a Louis Armstrong tribute on June 29 at 6 p.m., a science fair featuring an inflatable boat on July 14, and more. With beach closures being a big topic, Hank Iori spoke about

an important meeting on June 19 at 7 p.m. at P.S. 114, in which elected officials have been invited to speak about the issue. Someone suggested starting a marketing campaign to show Rockaway Beach is open. Visit rockawaybeachisopen.com for more info. Another urged CB 14 not to take a summer hiatus, but rather focus hard on the beach closure issue. Frustrated neighbors on Beach 90th Street brought up their issue with a neighboring DJ that blasts music into the late-night hours, rattling nearby homes. The neighbors claim that the 100th Precinct hasn’t done enough to stop the disruptions. They turned to CB 14 in the hopes that more will be done. Following public speaking, Rockaway United gave a presentation on bringing a microgrid to the peninsula, which could help bring backup power in an emergency. They’re now working with NYU’s Urban Infrastructure Institute to make it a reality. They’re looking at

an area around Beach 108th to bring the microgrid. NYU is currently in the preliminary phase of conducting a study on the possibility. The Land Use and Housing committee presentation took center stage with a controversial topic of building a new synagogue in Far Rockaway, but first, a vote was made on a citywide issue of requiring special permits for new hotels in manufacturing, or M1 districts across the city. The citywide text amendment would place restrictions on new hotels in these areas, requiring special permission to build a new one. Many liked the idea so much that they requested this be applied to all hotels, not just ones in M1 districts. A motion was made to support the citywide text amendment, and to see this extended to all hotel construction. The motion was approved. The hot button issue of the night came down to BSA #2018Continued on page 16

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***** Flag Day is June 14. In celebration, 7-year-old Willow Gresser wrote a short poem called "My Flag"...The flag is my life, my freedom and my heart. I believe the flag is the magnet that holds our country together. ***** It’s not ‘til Sunday but it’s never too early to say: Happy Father’s Day! The photos we have on the front and on pages 20-21 were sent in by family members. If you want dad in next year, ya gotta email us! ***** Emil Lucev died this week. The amateur, and expert, Rockaway historian was the author of our Rockaway Ol’ Times column. He started out collecting old bottles along the shores of the peninsula and his interest in local history grew from there. He was a long-time col-

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018 umnist, book author, and an important contributor to the now-dormant Rockaway Museum. A friendly guy with a ready laugh and story to tell, he’ll be missed. Emil recorded history and in doing so, made some history himself. ***** FYI: More than “4.5 blocks of Rockaway Beach remain open.” It’s more like 4.5 miles. Nightly news broadcasts, yes, more than one, recently made this huge mistake when talking about beach closures. Incorrect information like this is damaging to the local economy, so please get the word out there… the beach is open! ***** The annual RIBS Golf Classic, a great tradition honoring lost friends, Charlie Heeran, Chris Lawler and Mike Glover has been cancelled. The event, which raised thousands of dollars that supported various charity efforts, had to be called off because the cost of running the event at Riis Pitch N Putt became prohibitive. New ownership says they have catering,

liquor licenses, and partnership deals, which gives them little flexibility with pricing. That’s not good. It’s been a great time, year in and year out, and the golf course benefitted from all the locals who turned out (and then patronized the place throughout the summer). We hope the RIBS can figure out an alternative. ***** Row-row reunion. On September 8, there’ll be a reunion of all Beach Channel High School Crew Team Alumni. Coach Bill Stein will be attending. For more information contact Corinne Waldheim McDonough ’93 (718) 869-0105 or Phil McManus ’83 (718) 6795309. ***** Speaking of rowing. The Grand Opening / Open House for the Community Boathouse on Beach 88th Street and Jamaica Bay is set for Saturday, June 30! See Page 15 for more info. ***** Our little free newspaper is noticed far and wide. An editor from The Los Angeles Times

Page 7 Book Review saw Marilyn Macron’s review of John Rechy's Pablo! in the May 31 issue of The RT and contacted Marilyn about lengthening the review a bit to fit their guidelines and then they’d publish it. Marilyn writes The Literary Chick for us every couple of weeks. ***** Always good to see a new business getting started. Best of luck to Stitch N Print in Broad Channel. And the gas station next to Duane Reade on Beach 116th and Beach Channel Drive has reopened as Gulf. ***** The date of the New York City Council Parks & Recreation Committee hearing on beach erosion has been moved to June 25 at 11 a.m. at 250 Broadway. ***** Madelaine Chocolate celebrated its post-Sandy recovery on Tuesday and were joined by Rep. Gregory Meeks and reps from the Small Business Administration. The company was able to hire many workers back and has now rebuilt to its preSandy capacity.

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This Week in History JUNE 14 Bill Quigley was born.

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1775 - The United States Army was founded. 1954 - On Flag Day, President Eisenhower signed the bill into law to insert the words "under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance. JUNE 15 Marni Rhyne was born. Luke Raphael Tomasetti was born.

1775 - The Battle of Bunker Hill took place during the American Revolution. 1994 - O. J. Simpson's slow-speed chase by the police, watched by millions on TV, ended in his arrest. JUNE 18 1815 - Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by British, German, and Dutch forces. 1983 - Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

1215 - King John sealed the Magna Carta. JUNE 19 1923 - Lou Gehrig made his New York Tom Long was born. Yankee debut as a pinch runner. Tom Kushner was born. Rockaway Rod was born. JUNE 16 Nicole Taylor-Lang was born. 1964 - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was Suntan Dan Edwards was born. approved. Shane Shackelford was born. 1977 - Pope Paul VI proclaimed John John Ayrey was born. Neumann, the first male saint from the Christine Slowey was born. United States. Mikey McElhatton was born. 1858 - Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln declared, "a house divided against itself cannot stand." 2004 - The 9/11 Commission determined that Saddam Hussein had no strong links to al-Qaeda, contradicting White House beliefs. JUNE 17 Brendan Brosch was born.

JUNE 20 Ben Carlos Thypin was born. Kevin Cregan was born. 1893 - Lizzie Borden, accused of murdering her parents, was found innocent by a jury in New Bedford, Mass. 1967 - Muhammad Ali was convicted of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted.

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Meeks Passes Amendment to Expedite Beach Study

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Yay Maureen Dear Editor: (Regarding Maureen Walsh letter about curbing dogs): Wow, Maureen is so right! Dog poop continues to plague the area she speaks about, plus many spots along the Boulevard. I know, I walk it a lot. People just don’t give a poop and the mess continues. To the dog owners and friends who walk dogs for others, PLEASE CLEAN UP after your dog, they can’t! Danny Ruscillo

Maureen Walsh for reminding all that there is a Pooper Scooper Law on the books in NYC. "Curb your dog" The ordinance demands that dogs be curbed. There are signs everywhere with the request, “Curb your dog.” It means that owners cannot allow their pets to soil buildings, nor can a dog make a nuisance of himself on the grass of the parkway or on the sidewalk. Thank you Maureen. Ann Bender Safety Counts

Dear Editor: Kudos on another great Summer & Community Guide 2018. On page 32 of the Guide, you highlight basic beach rules; however, I'm confused about the item that states: "bike riding or rollerblading on the boardwalk is allowed. Please stay in the designated bike lanes." This More Yay seems to imply that there are no restrictions to riding Dear Editor: Accolades and kudos to on the "boardwalk," yet the

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Channel. The letter asks each of our elected officials at the federal, state and city level to attend the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association meeting on Tuesday, June 19. The focus of the meeting is storm protection. We are requesting each elected official or a representative to come and discuss their actions relating to the need for emergency sand replenishment on our beaches and the acceleration of actions required by the USACE. Date/Time: Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m. Location: MS/PS 114, 23401 Cronston Ave., Belle Harbor, NY 11694 We invite all the residents of the Rockaway peninsula to come to this meeting on June We Want You 19 to hear what actions each of our representatives has taken and will take. Dear Editor: Elda Vale The Belle Harbor Property Owners Association has sent a letter to all the elected offiContinued on page 45 cials that represent the Rockaway peninsula and Broad signs posted on the railings state: "bike riding is prohibited on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m." Way back in time when I was growing up in Rockaway, the policemen would chase a rider off the boardwalk on a hot summer day. It was just too dangerous with all the pedestrians. Even now there are signs posted near the concessions asking cyclists to dismount in those areas, but the majority of people either don't see the signs or don't respect the request. As the column heading states: Safety Counts. Bicycle riding/Rockaway resident, Marguerite Kazalski

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P.S./M.S. 114Q Jumps in to Stomp Out Heart Disease By Rosemary McGuire

P.S./M.S.114Q knows how to put the fun in fundraising. Silly string and a marathon of movement were front and center at their sixth annual Jump-A-Thon, held to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). The school topped more than $17,000, snagging the first place spot among 1,700 New York City schools. Pre-K through eighth graders jumped, skipped, twisted and showed off their best dance moves during 30 minutes of nonstop movement to tunes provided by DJs at Work, who volunteer their time, all to raise awareness of heart disease and remember two of their own, student Christian Benetiz and teacher Mrs. Bell, who both died from cardiac conditions. Six years ago, middle school teacher and chapter advisor for the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), Laura Ferragamo brought Jump-A -Thon to

the school following the death of Benetiz, a seventh grade student. “I remember when Christian passed, everyone in this community pitched in: the administration, the Parents’ Association, the Graybeards, Rockaway WISH and so many more,” Ferragamo said. “This is the most charitable community I’ve ever seen. I call it ‘the community that can’. Jump-AThon is one way we continue to teach our children the importance of giving back.” “What this school community did is nothing short of inspirational,” Brian T. Jones, senior regional director at the AHA said on his visit to the school on Wednesday, June 6, to meet the budding philanthropists and acknowledge their substantial contribution. “I work with about 1,700 schools in NYC and what I see here embodies the mission of this project, which is to empower kids and help

fight heart disease by showing them how easy it is to integrate movement into their day,” Jones said. “There’s a unique level of parental engagement, backed by the administration here that really honors the importance of giving back.” And give back they do, every month, with their “Dress for a Cause” initiative which raises money for charities supporting breast cancer, juvenile diabetes and Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts. To date, donations exceed $5,000 and factor in the $17,011 from Continued on page 13

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Jump-A-Thon, P.S./M.S. 114 is closing in on nearly $22,000. Some say the dangling carrot driving this frenetic fundraising campaign is the paying it forward aspect of giving back, while others think it’s the positive impact of being part of the movement to help cure heart disease, but ask the kids, and they don’t miss a beat with their reply: “To silly string the seniors!” On a balmy 75-degree day last week, the top fundraisers finally got to do just that as the first senior, Dylan Loconte donned his shower cap, secured his protective ski goggles and stepped into the tiny plastic kiddie pool set up in the school yard, prepared for the colorful assault about to occur. With chants of “Dylan, Dylan,” followed by “Ready, set, go get em!,” the first group aimed their silly string cans, furiously discharging them onto their target. Within a few seconds, the cans emptied and the next

senior took to the pool. “That was awesome!” a fifth grader squealed as she exited the ring. Everyone agrees it’s all in good fun. Despite the cheers of “Go get em’ kids,” to start the barrage, each round ended with rousing applause, giggles, and shouts of “way to go seniors!” And the icing on the cake for the group? Before Jones, the AHA representative left the schoolyard, he too, suited up, took to the kiddie pool and got ‘stringed.” All for a good cause.

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Community Boathouse to Open June 30 Ready, set, paddle! The new Community Boathouse on the bayside on Beach 88th Street will officially open on Saturday, June 30. The new boathouse is stocked with single and double sit-ontop kayaks, plus stand up paddleboards, paddles and personal flotation devices, all available for use, for free. The Community Boathouse is brought to you by the same folks that run the Gateway Boathouse in Riis Landing. It is run by a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide residents and visitors an opportunity to explore Jamaica Bay under their own power and at no cost. On Saturday, June 30, you can check out the new Community Boathouse, currently operating out of two shipping containers, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit so you can

get on the water! There will be walk-up paddling all day long, weather permitting, no reservations required. Both the Community Boathouse and the Gateway Boathouse are staffed entirely by volunteers who provide free safety and paddling training, and lead regularly scheduled tours from morning to sunrise. Programming opportunities are limited only by the weather and the availability of volunteers. This is a community-funded endeavor, so individuals and organizations are needed to make it successful. If interested in participating, stop by or contact Rick Horan at RickHoran@GatewayBoathouse.org or 718-530-0030. Community Boathouse is operating in conjunction with NYC Parks, on the future site of Bay Breeze Park. This 1.9-acre waterfront property is now in the early stages of design. For more information, check out communityboathouse.org.

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daism. CB 14 had previously requested that the interested parties perform outreach and ask permission from neighbors to build the synagogue. The supporters came back saying that of 68 properties within a 400foot radius, 44 approved of it, three neighboring homes said no, and others chose to abstain from any position, or did not respond at all. Some who opposed the plan were on hand to give their reasons why, most importantly, parking concerns, issues with the size of the building and safety issues as cars have been known to speed down Mobile Street, which lacks a sidewalk for people to walk on. After many questions and a lot of back and forth, a motion was made to approve the necessary zoning changes to allow the synagogue to be built, with the condition that the congregation would build a sidewalk on the street. There were murmurs across the room as CB 14 members voted. In the end, 16 voted yes, nine said no, and eight members abstained. Even

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though there were more in favor than against, the motion did not carry as the supporting vote had to be larger than the combined no’s and abstentions. The room quickly emptied with a sea of disappointed faces. The Transportation Committee invited the Department of Transportation (DOT) to present some proposed changes to Rockaway Beach and an area around a new senior development in Far Rockaway. DOT hopes to improve traffic flow and safety at Beach Channel Drive and Bay 32nd Street, where the new senior housing building is, by adding improved signage and turning Bay 32nd Street into a two-way street instead of one. The board approved the change in a unanimous vote. The DOT also presented some changes to the Beach 90s, including a bike lane from the Cross Bay Bridge to Beach 94th Street, pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Rockaway Freeway and Beach 95th Street and the addition of a new traffic light at Beach

92nd and Beach Channel Drive. With a few suggested changes, the board unanimously voted in favor of the DOT’s plan. The DOT also announced that a bike share pilot program is coming to Rockaway this summer. During the Parks Committee presentation, the board voted unanimously to support Charles Jacobs’ request to allow his DredSurfer Grill concession on Beach 17th Street to stay open until 11 p.m., even in the off-season. A request was made for CB 14 to meet with the Parks' Commissioners to discuss the beach closures, but CB 14 said there’s already a City Council meeting to discuss this on June 25 and if the CB 14 Parks Committee wants to hold a meeting, they can. An issue about the boardwalk access ramps in the Beach 60s being closed and worked on right as the season starts, was also mentioned, but this is a necessity that will take about two months to complete. It was also announced that the construction of Sandpiper Playground on Shore Front Parkway will begin soon.

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Roasters Displays Rockaway Magic With Beach & Bay Art By Kami-Leigh Agard

From beach to bay, Rockaway is indeed a blessed and unique waterfront community, and the artwork currently on display by two Rockaway aficionados at local bustling Rockaway Beach Boulevard coffee shop, Roasters, reflect not just the peninsula’s natural beauty, but its sparkling magic. Peruvian watercolor artist, Mercedes Gallese’s love affair with Rockaway’s beaches began decades ago when her mother moved to the peninsula in the 1980s. “I was born in Lima, Peru, and have always lived near the ocean. As kids, we would go to the beach regularly, and I was always drawn to and inspired by the sunrise and sunset views from the shorefront. However, I left Lima to attend art school

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in Ecuador, then from there, I moved to Europe and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. I loved Paris, but the biggest drawback was being away from the ocean, which I felt was calling me. So I returned to South America and decid-

ed that is where I needed to be just because I love being near the ocean. “However, when my mom moved to New York and settled in Rockaway, I immediately was wooed by the sounds, sights and nature of the ocean here. Before Sandy, my uncle even purchased a bungalow for the family to visit during the summer. We all loved being near the ocean, which reminded us of Lima. Even after all the destruction with Sandy, our love for Rockaway, like a rising tide, engulfed us even more. There’s an expression in Spanish: ‘No hay mal que por bien no venga,’ meaning: ‘There is nothing bad that can’t be turned into good.’ And my art was inspired even more,” Gallese shared. Gallese’s artwork has already been selling at Roasters, for which she is grateful. “My hus-

band is a writer and with me as an artist, I was determined to help generate more income for us to survive as a family. I walked into almost every storefront in Rockaway, simply peddling my art. Folks like Erin Silvers from Zingara Vinatage, Samantha Cintron from NurtureU Wellness, and Victoria Barber from the Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) were also so supportive from the onset. I took screenprinting classes at the RAA, thirsting to develop myself more as an artist, even after I studied when I was a single mom at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. So after approaching Roasters, and hearing some of my pieces sold, I’m so humbly touched. Rockaway has transformed my life. Seeing the blending of cultures, the Continued on page 19

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birds, the dolphins, the sunrises and sunsets here have all touched and inspired me. I just want folks to see my artwork, know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affordable and honor Rockawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beauty by displaying it in their homes,â&#x20AC;? Gallese said. Galleseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work significantly captures the beauty of Rockawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highlights. From an elaborate map of the peninsulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oceanfront, birds flying high above the sparking ocean, swing dancing at the concessions, and more â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you will be both captivated and amazed. Check out her work at Roasters, on Instagram @mercedesgallese or for further inquiries, email her at mercedesg723@ hotmail.com Also on display at Roasters is the work of multimedia artist, Jamaica Bay Jeremiah (as he calls himself ), whose inspiration comes from Jamaica Bay. The Bay man said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I neither touch nor stage my subjects

of interest. The subject matter is not influenced by me at all. They are just random pieces that I come across that have a certain originality of which you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find anywhere else other than the Bay. I do sometimes alter the color or lighting and transfer them on photo, canvas or even metal. For example, the painting with the maltese in the sand is just so magical within itself. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t force nature to be magical, it just is.â&#x20AC;? The artwork on display at Roasters by Jamaica Bay Jeremiah are reproductions of his original work, which makes them affordable for folks looking to grab a piece of the bay as a keepsake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I sincerely have deep-rooted feelings for the Rockaway peninsula and the bay, and wanted folks to also forever memorialize these images in their homes, offices or wherever. Everyone deserves to have something original about the bay in their possession. From the wildlife, the picturesque views and even just the natural light bouncing

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Page 19 oblige. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me, of course as an artist you want to be able to make money to sustain yourself, but also more importantly to share what inspires you with others, and for me that is Jamaica Bay,â&#x20AC;? he said. You can contact the Bay man at jamaicabayjeremiah@gmail. com Roastersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proprietor, Ziv Karasanti, said he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be happier, and that one aspect of the coffee shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charm is not just the caffeine fix they offer, but the overall push to tantalize visitors with local art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to rotate art from various artists, so folks can see something new, and these art pieces currently on display by Mercedes and Jamaica Bay Jeremiah have really captivated our customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attention,â&#x20AC;? Karasanti said. When asked why, he simply responded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Folks should just come down and see for themselves.â&#x20AC;? Roasters is located at 92-06 Rockaway Beach Blvd. For further information about the art on display, call 718-474-2500.

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Wastewater Treatment Plant Gets Healthy Upgrade

The Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Plant is getting a big upgrade that will increase the overall ecology of Jamaica Bay. At the end of May, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the start of a $23 million upgrade to the Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Plant that will reduce the amount of nitrogen released into Jamaica Bay. This project complements the $460 million in upgrades that have already been completed to reduce nitrogen discharges from the Jamaica and 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plants, which similarly drain to Jamaica Bay. Nitrogen is a naturally occurring element that is found in food and other organic materials and is present in wastewater when it enters the treatment plants. Because nitrogen is not

a pathogen and poses no threat to human health, the wastewater treatment plants were not originally designed to remove it from the treated water before it is discharged into a receiving waterbody. However, more recent scientific research has found that high levels of nitrogen can degrade the overall ecology of a waterway by promoting excessive algae growth that can reduce levels of dissolved oxygen, especially in warm weather months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ensuring the proper collection and treatment of wastewater is essential to protecting public health and Jamaica Bay,â&#x20AC;? DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working with environmental groups and local partners, we have seen tremendous improvements in the ecology of Jamaica Bay over the last 20 years and reducing nitrogen levels is one of many fronts we continue to push forward on.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although nitrogen wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t originally removed from the water being released into Jamaica Bay, I am happy to see that DEP

is following up on further research that shows how harmful nitrogen can be to the health of the bay,â&#x20AC;? State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This nitrogen reduction project at the Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Plant will be a big boost to the health of Jamaica Bay,â&#x20AC;? Dan Mundy of Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This project will continue to build on the success DEP has achieved at their other wastewater treatment plants around the bay in reducing the nitrogen load that is discharged into the bay. These reductions are resulting in cleaner waters and a healthy ecosystem this is great news for Jamaica Bay!â&#x20AC;? In total, New York City produces, and DEP collects and treats, an average of 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater each day. The wastewater travels through the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7,500-mile sewer system until it reaches one of 14 wastewater treatment plants, where it is treated to federal and New York State water quality stand-

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Emil Robert Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018) ROCKAWAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HISTORIAN

Emil Robert Lucev, Sr., Rockaway Beach New York Historian, died at the age of 84. Emil passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 7, 2018 from heart failure. For the last nine years, Emil lived with his daughter, Katie and her husband, Michael, in Chittenango, NY. Moving out of Rockaway Beach was difficult, but it gave him a longer lifespan. Emil was born in Rockaway Beach Hospital located on Beach 84th Street and Beach Channel Drive on September 27, 1933 to Emil Gerald Lucev and Anna Mary Lewis. Emil joined the United States Army during the Korean Conflict in 1950 to 1953. After his honorable discharge from the Army, Emil worked in a local factory and married Aldine Caroline Gartland on June 27, 1959. They had four children, Michael John, Aldine Caroline, Emil

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Robert II & Katherine Marie. In 1961, he began working for the New York Daily News. Emil was the Chief of the Daily News Private Armed Police Department in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Garden City, Long Island. He retired in 1991 after thirty years of service. In 1975, Emil and his two sons began a hobby of collecting old bottles from Rockaway Beach. With much success, the process included boating and walking along the Jamaica Bay area and the north side of Rockawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low tide bay shoreline, digging in various spots. The hundreds of bottles they collected ranged from the 1800s to the 1960s. Eventually, the large collection was displayed in the Rockaway Beach Museum located in The Wave building on Beach 88th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, and were on display there for many years.

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In the early 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Emil became acquainted with Leon Locke, publisher of The Wave newspaper. Leon granted Emil all access to the Waveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s archives that dated back to 1893, when The Wave published its first issue. In exchange, Leon asked Emil to write a weekly column about Rockawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. From that moment on began the weekly column, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historical Views of the Rockaways by Emil R. Lucev,â&#x20AC;? and thus Emil became the local historian of the entire Rockaway Peninsula. Emilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pursuit of local history expanded well beyond an impressive bottle collection. He amassed a large collection of Rockaway Beach postcards; earned honorable respect from the Cornell Family and Cornell University for the restoration of the Cornell Cemetery in Far

Rockaway; was responsible for cover-to-cover reporting in The Wave's â&#x20AC;&#x153;100th Centennial Edition;â&#x20AC;? and made written and photo historical contributions to the Rockaway Time Capsule that was buried in 1986 on Beach 95th Street, near the Doughboy Monument. In 2007, Arcadia Publishing accepted Emilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work and published a postcard history book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rockaways: A Postcard History Series.â&#x20AC;? There are three more publications of the series that will be submitted to Arcadia. In 2014, Emil and his daughter, Katie, began writing a column together in The Rockaway Times, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rockaway OLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Times.â&#x20AC;? Katie will carry on her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy and continue the weekly column. Emil was preceded in death by his wife, Aldine, in 2009 who also died of heart failure, his first born son, Michael, who volunteered as a carpenter at the World Trade Center cleanup and died from cancer in 2014, and his brother Anthony in 2018. Emil is survived by his sister Almeda, daughter, Aldine, his son, Emil Robert II, his youngest daughter, Katie, and his grandsons, Emil Robert lll and Thomas Michael. Emil will be cremated in Chittenango, NY. A memorial will be in the fall of this year, followed by a burial next to his wife at Calverton Military Cemetery in Long Island.

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By Beth Hanning

Freedom of Speech Over my twenty years of teaching, I have had to stop my lesson many times and explain to the students that the First Amendment does not mean you can say whatever you want, wherever you want. I feel many adults do not understand this as well, as it was thrown in my face last week. It is ironic because the person who said it is an educated person. According to UShistory.org: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the

people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." It goes on to say that “Free speech is one of the most cherished liberties, but free speech often conflicts with other rights and liberties. The courts have had to consider the question, "What are the limits of free speech?" So there are limits to free speech! This has been in the media quite a bit lately with the National Football League players stating that they can kneel during the National Anthem due to the First Amendment. I do not know how the players do not realize that

they work for a company that can tell you what they expect. Over the last few years, many teachers across the entire country have lost their jobs due to postings on social media. Their comments and/posts conflicted with other people’s liberties and they were terminated. Recently, I was very excited when I was informed that two of my students were receiving an award for a journalism contest. I was even more excited when I found out that writer, Michael Daly and actor, Robert Deniro were going to be presenting the awards. Michael Daly was a true gentleman when distributing the awards to the children. However, when Mr. Deniro started speaking, it was clear what his agenda was: an anti-Trump tirade. To paraphrase, he said that he was proud of these young students for telling their truth because our president was a liar. He continued and said that Trump’s presidency was “bullsh*t” and then he said “F*ck Donald Trump.” When he said “F*ck Trump,” I was already walking out the door because I was offended. I did yell after that comment and informed Mr. Deniro

The Rockaway Times that it was not about his political agenda, it was about the accomplishments of our students. He did not look up from the podium. The next day, I called as many people I could to complain and a woman from the Fund for Public Schools told me she understood, however Mr. Deniro does have freedom of speech. I informed her that was not the case. She then agreed with me. Our new school’s chancellor also emailed me back and said he was also upset about the event. This actor then went on to the Tony Awards (which I did not watch, as I do not watch these shows anymore due to this exact situation,) and he gave what I have seen as almost the exact same speech. I am still having a hard time with why he thought at an awards ceremony for high school students and an awards ceremony celebrating the finest in the theatre, he thought his was where he could spew his hatred. Congrats to my two students who are both immigrants and are attending CUNY institutions next year. I am very proud of you. Have a good week everyone.

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Throwing Things Out

By Lou Pastina

An unexpected house project prompted my wife and I to reevaluate everything in our home as to whether we wanted to keep it or not. We also realized that our kids have been living on their own for quite some time, and maybe we could reclaim some space for ourselves! A novel idea. One thing led to another and before you know it, there were twin beds, desks, file cabinets, chairs, cabinets and mattresses all curbside! God bless the Sanitation Department, six years after Sandy and they are still are doing a great job. I did learn that if you are throwing mattresses out, you need to bag them. So off to 116th Street and the folks at Mazzone Hardware say, “Oh yeah

we have those!” God bless those folks and their discount programs! So now we have a room, devoid of furniture, dedicated to yoga. Yes, we have a Namaste room. Truth be told, I like it. And I got to move out of the basement, probably the first time since we were married that I got an office. The mermaid has had an office for some time, but running a house requires one (or so I was told!). And the other rooms have less stuff. So, we kind of downsized within our own home. It feels open and airy and like a different house. There are other kinds of “throwing things out” scenarios too. Like when the city said they’ll just throw those beaches out for the summer. Or when the Feds say, yeah, we’ll just throw those thousand volleyball players out of our park for a while. Or when some wunderkind at City Hall decides to test the waters with a “yeah, let’s throw those

parking restrictions out.” Those scenarios have not produced the same open, airy and community feel-good feelings that throwing stuff out of the house has. Not even close. Now it’s highly unusual for me to throw anything out. Well, that’s not completely true. You see, there were charges that when I lived with my uncle, that I would throw his mail out. But it was over six months old and from people asking for money, and frankly, he didn’t have any. Or the rumors about me throwing things out on the mermaid. To this day those rumors are unproved, and I continue to plead my innocence, but to no avail. I come from a family that had a junk business, and you didn’t throw stuff out. In fact, you took stuff in and fixed it. My uncles were continually bringing stuff back, claiming that they could fix it. My mother got so desperate that I think she actually put some things in other people’s

yards just to get rid of them. I was infected with this thinking too, telling my kids that I could fix their toys by bringing them down to the basement. Of course, I never fixed anything (hope they are not reading this), but it did take their minds off the broken toys! Now there is a positive way of “throwing something out there.” Every Tuesday night at Connolly’s, the Squidmeister hosts an Open Mic, and Becky never lets the bottom of a glass show. Musicians, both experienced and inexperienced, get up on that small Greenwich Village-like stage and “throw it out there.” They bravely take their creativity and hope that people like it. And everyone responds with love. So, if you have a hankering to play in public, come on out and do your thing. Or if you just like raw, live music, come by and get some of the musical melodies tossed out by the musicians. Some of it is pretty damn good!

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Ask the DOC

By Peter Galvin, MD

Kidneys The human kidney is a remarkable organ. While I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hope to cover all aspects of kidney function in a short column like this, I thought an overview might be of interest. Most humans have two kidneys, beanshaped organs about the size of an adult fist, located in the mid back behind the stomach. Their basic function is to keep the composition of the blood balanced to maintain good health. They filter water and toxins (i.e. natural toxins like urea, some drugs and medications, and some poisons) and maintain proper acid/base balance. The kidneys filter about

120-150 quarts of water every 24 hours to make one to two quarts of urine daily. Each kidney is a system of millions of tiny filters called nephrons. The first part of a nephron is the glomerulus, which separates blood cells and large molecules from toxins and fluids. From there, the remaining fluid and toxins pass through the tubule. The tubules remove minerals (phosphorus, calcium, magnesium) and restore them to the bloodstream, plus they remove more toxins. The urine carries toxins out to the ureters, into the bladder, then out of the body via the urethra.

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A routine blood test measures kidney function by measuring the levels of creatinine (derived from creatine, a muscle protein) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and calculates the glomerular filtration rate, or GFR. Most of us start with a GFR of 60-70, which declines naturally with age. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) may lead to kidney failure where the GFR falls below 15, at which point dialysis may be indicated. The indications for dialysis are not the absolute lab values, but rather the development of symptoms of kidney failure that cannot be corrected. These symptoms include hyperkalemia (high potassium), fluid overload, uremic encephalopathy (brain dysfunction caused by high BUN), uremic pericarditis (inflammation and thickening of the lining of the heart), and acidosis (the blood becomes too acidic). It is estimated that one in three Americans are at risk of developing CKD and failure. Risk factors include diabetes, hypertension, obstructions (i.e. stones), inflammatory diseases, and intravenous

The Rockaway Times drug use. Kidney transplants are one of the most common surgeries in the U.S. Besides filtering the blood, the kidneys also make certain hormones like erythropoietin and renin. Those with kidney failure become anemic because there is no erythropoietin to stimulate the bone marrow to make red blood cells. Renin, which in a series of steps is converted to angiotensin, is a vital part of maintaining proper blood pressure and is where ACE inhibitors (lisinopril) and ARB blockers (losartan) work to lower blood pressure (in response to high blood pressure, the kidneys produce more renin). In order to keep your kidneys healthy, it is important to keep yourself well hydrated. Also, as both vitamin C and calcium may cause kidney stones, if you take supplements that contain either or both of these molecules, be sure not to exceed the recommended daily dosage or RDA. Please direct questions and comments to editor@rockawaytimes.com


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HEAD ROOM Giving your head some room to breathe can really help with figuring something out, understanding someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior and alleviating stress. We can sometimes get fixed on something, thinking, thinking, creating stress and not taking the time to separate and create some room for ideas to arise to solve problems or to get out of an obsessive situation. Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disagreeable words keep coming up in our minds; we keep on playing a scenario that was unsa-

vory; we keep going back to something we should have or should not have done. The pressure and tension mount. And sometimes we take it out on those around us. There seems to be no way out! First step is to take a little time to move away from lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daily â&#x20AC;&#x153;to do listâ&#x20AC;? and do something that is enjoyable, like preparing a meal if you like to cook or planting flowers or taking a ride on your bike or taking a walk up the street or whatever is simple for you and has no stress whatsoev-

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er. Divert your attention from the obsessive thought that is getting you nowhere to something you like. Slow it down. In this time, do not think. Do not hold onto thoughts and think. Just let your mind have space and â&#x20AC;&#x153;breathe.â&#x20AC;? The action of â&#x20AC;&#x153;breathing,â&#x20AC;? whether involuntary or voluntary, is relaxing, so introducing this to the head - the mind - is in itself the way to relax away from whatever is troubling, which is the beginning of an understanding or a resolution. When I take some time to slow down and do something enjoyable, I gain insight into the troubles I have or the lack of understanding about someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior or anything that I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move past. Sometimes it takes a few times or more, but creating the space for some headroom will bring some resolve sooner or later. Otherwise, we just turn and turn and churn and churn, not getting out of the patterned thinking. It is difficult to let it be and

be in the moment, but with conscious effort, it is doable and gets easier. Life is busy! Busier for some, but one time per week, maybe? Let go of whatever is the issue for a time, focus on something else that is easy and enjoyable. Often the answers come from the heart not the mind, but the mind has to stop in order for the wisdom of the heart to arise. With time and the conscious effort to let it be, we can much better navigate life, allowing what is inside of us to truly guide our actions and behavior. Give yourself some head room every now and then, even when nothing is up, it will bring you some peace and contentment. May you be happy. May you be free. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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Thursday, June 14, 7:30 p.m. MOVIE IN THE PARK: MOANA Westbourne Playground 26-01 Mott Avenue Free outdoor screening of Moana, depending on weather.

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Shepherd’s Pie By Sharon Feldman

Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1-1/2 -2 pounds (about 3 large potatoes), quartered 8 tablespoons butter 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1-1/2 cups) 5-6 cloves, minced garlic 1-2 cups mixed vegetables (you can use frozen and microwave them first) 1-1/2 pounds of ground beef ½ cup beef broth 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Salt, pepper and other seasonings as you like Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese Directions: Boil the potatoes and cook until fork tender. Mash with a masher or fork. Add four tablespoons of butter.

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Melt remaining four tablespoons of butter in pan and sauté onions. When translucent, add the garlic. Then add the ground beef and mix until the pinkness is gone. Add the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Mix through. Add the vegetables. Add the salt and pepper and any other seasonings you chose. Once the mixture is cooked through, put in a greased pan. Top with the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with some cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees and cook until browned and bubbling, approximately 30 minutes. You can always broil the last few minutes to help the surface of the mashed potatoes brown. Enjoy! ** For a little more kick, add red pepper flakes.

“I live each day wondering how I will get through it and then I remember that you would want me to. Our love will last forever my Eddie, until we meet again.” Love Vicky Edward Louis Bacalles Jr. – “Eddie Boy” or “Iggy” as so many of you knew him. - died on May 14th,

at home, surrounded by loving family, and under the dedicated care of hospice staff. We miss you so much, our devoted, courageous and loving Husband, Stepfather, Papou, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Cousin and Dear Friend. None of our lives will be the same without Eddie.

“Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me, God wanted me now, he set me free” A celebration of Eddie’s life is planned for June 29th at noon. We will gather on the beach at 110th Street – the place where his story began in 1953 at the White House Courts. Please join us if you can. Many have asked about how they may honor Eddie, St. Jude’s is Eddie and Vicky’s preferred charity. Thank you all for your love and support during this trying time for our family.

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By Kami-Leigh Agard

Here comes the Rockaway Groan, (succinctly coined by Rockaway Times Publisher, Kevin Boyle)! With an eclectic lineup of live music, theater, arts — all against a backdrop of our beautiful boardwalk, ocean and bay front, why leave Rockaway in the summertime! This is the place to be! LIVE MUSIC: Thursday, June 14 8 p.m. Go punk with ROCK! AWAY! tonight at Epstein’s Beach as wild, blues-bitten female-fronted punk band, Freya Wilcox & The Howl, and equally fierce three-piece punkmeisters, Arson Welles, have you screaming your lungs out. $5 at the door. 88-22 Rockaway Beach Blvd Friday, June 15 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Rockaway’s ultimate big band, Big Squid returns to Caracas. Just one suggestion. Bring a towel because you’ll literally be dripping with sweat as you clap, swing and stomp to their high energy R&B, blues, funk and NOLA music. Caracas, Beach 106th Concession Friday, June 15 8 p.m. Follow the Rock’s premier rock n’ roll party band, Wine with Sue to Bungi! If you’re looking for a night of pure revelry, Bungalow Bar is the place to be as Wine With Sue will bring the house down with their spoton party music covers and wild live show. But don’t take our word for it…come on down and see for yourself! 377 Beach 92nd Street Friday, June 15 9 p.m. Tonight, board this time machine as four-piece acoustic traditional Irish music band, The Brooklyn Bards, transports you to the Emerald Isle with their folk songs dating back hundreds of years ago to the present. If classic and contemporary Irish war marches, slides, rebel and love songs endear your heart,

leanúint do chroí and toast, sláinte at Rogers! 203 Beach 116th Street Saturday, June 16 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. With Saturday promising to be a hot and sunny 85 degrees, why not take the party to the beach with the entire family? It’s the debut of the 2018 Timba Beach Party Series on Beach 106th. Music will be pumping all day long. (Further dates include Saturdays: June 30, July 14 & 28 and August 11 & 25.) Leary about the weather? Check the FB public group page, 2018 Timba Beach Party Series, for information about postponements or cancellations). Beach 106th Concession Saturday, June 16 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. It’s the British invasion at Breezy Point Surf Club's (BPSC) Captain’s Gig! If classic Brit rock bands, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Hollies and The Yardbirds are on your playlist, then you’ll love rock cover band, True Brit. Note that while BPSC’s amenities are open only to members, Captain’s Gig, is open to ALL every Friday and on weekends. Pay $10 at the gate to get a voucher for access, which can also be used towards food or beverages at Captain’s Gig. 1 Beach 227th Street, Breezy Point Saturday, June 16 9 p.m. Take a ride on the rock side with locals’ darling favorite, the Grayriders. If you like the Dead, Stones, Los Lobos, Wilco — and of course loads of laughs and a rockin’ good time — the place to be tonight is Rogers! 203 Beach 116th Street Sunday, June 17 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Get ready to jam out at Riis as three-piece power trio rock band, The Individuals, electrifies your senses with their unique fusion of rock, funk, psychedelic and progressive music. Riis Park Beach Bazaar (Bay 9)

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Sunday, June 17 5 p.m. You want some FULL DISCLOSURE? They’re waiting for you at the Breezy Point BayHouse, ready to rock the night away and end your weekend on a high note. Come for the band, stay for the sunset! 500 Bayside, Breezy Point Sunday, June 17 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy the last hours of your weekend fun with a sunset beach party with the Brochachos DJs at Caracas. You’ll be dancing your flip flops off with their eclectic salsa, dembow, meringue and soulful funk beats. Caracas, Beach 106th Concession Sunday, June 17 7 p.m. What better way to wistfully bid adieu to the weekend than with Squid Trio at Uma’s? It’s just what the doctor ordered because as you relax and dine with good company, Squid’s 3-piece acoustic band will soothe your Monday anxieties with their smooth blues and jazz. 92-07 Rockaway Beach Blvd Tuesdays 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Connolly’s ever-popular Open Mic Night is finally back, now hosted by none other than, Squid. If you plan on stepping up to the mic, get there early so you can sign up because it gets packed! But fear not, sip on Connolly’s world-famous piña coladas as you vibe to great live music! 155 Beach 95th Street Thursdays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s karaoke night at Riis! Well, just be warned…this is Not Your Mother's Karaoke. This will be a FAR OUT night of folks singing their hearts out and wooing the crowd with over the top weirdness. #LetsGetWeird at Riis. Riis Beach Park Bazaar (16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd) Thursdays 8 p.m. Guess what’s on tap at Rogers

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tonight? Drum roll please…. It’s Open Mic! From From instrumentals, singing and even poetry — get ready to listen, dance and play! However, while you patiently queue up to show what you’ve got, feel free to mingle and hydrate yourself at Rockaway’s oldest Irish pub with Rockaway’s finest at Rogers. 203 Beach 116th Street Saturdays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bring in de ole’ time days back a yard with live sweet reggae music right on de beach. Come share the vibes every Saturday for sweet summer reggae nights. DredSurfer Grill, Beach 17th Street & Boardwalk Sundays 4 p.m. DredSurder and DaFunk presents Canguelo de Playa at Edgemere Food Fair & Market! As you shop, surf and lounge on the beach, get ready to be feted with live EDM DJs adding flavor to the ultimate beach party. Beach 32nd Street OTHER ART NEWS Weekends, June 9-24 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jason Novetsky brings Conundra, his solo show featuring painting, drawing and sculpture. The exhibit is open weekends through June 24. sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden Theater in Rockaway (Yes, Rockaway has its own theater company!) Tickets for Rockaway Theatre Company’s grand production of the iconic, 9 to 5 The Musical are up for sale. Tickets sell quickly, so seize the chance to get your hands on some! Show dates are July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, and August 3, 4, 5. Visit: www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org Got info on live music and art exhibitions coming up in Rockaway and Broad Channel? Send it to kami@rockawaytimes.com with subject line: “Rockaway Good Times.”


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How Sweet It Is

Madelaine Chocolate Company is back in business since Sandy. On Tuesday, June 12, representatives from the United States Small Business Administration, elected officials and others took a tour of the facility to see its progress since it was destroyed by Sandy and given a helping hand from SBA

with a $20 million critical recovery loan through the Disaster Assistance Program. Nearly six years since the storm, Madelaine has been able to return more than half of its workforce to the factory and has now rebuilt to all its pre-Sandy capacity. Tuesday’s tour was a cause for sweet celebration.

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Local Family Represents Poland in ‘A Great Day in Queens’ After winning the Queens ing in Queens hailing from Economic Development all over the world by this Corporation’s (QEDC) famous photographer. To Queens Ambassador Award earlier this year, local resident, Monika Wroblewski and her family were invited by the Queens Tourism Council to represent Poland in the “A Great Day in Queens” multicultural event on June 9. Photos from all the families representing a multitude of countries Krzysztof, Monika, Julia and Kacper Wroblewski with photographer, were taken by quintessenJonathan Kane. tial jazz photographer, Art Kane’s son, Jonathan Kane, share our Polish heritage who like his father is also and culture was so beaua renowned photographer, tiful. It’s our responsibilin front of the Unisphere in ity as parents to teach our Flushing Meadows-Corona children about their culPark. Wroblewski said, “It tural roots, and show them was an honor and privilege that they should be proud for my husband, Krzysztof, of where their parents and my children, Julia and grandparents came from. Kacper, and I to represent And of course, we were also Poland in these beautiful proud to share our pride photos taken with families and love of our Rockaway representing countries liv- community!”


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Back Pain And Loo-nacy

Summer is almost officially upon us and the guys and girls up at the Broad Channel VFW on Shad Creek Road are once again extending an invitation to all to join them for their first BBQ of the season. Hopefully Saturday's weather will be filled with lots of sun and warm temps, so gather up your family, friends, and neighbors and drop by the Broad Channel VFW for some lively music, stimulating conversation, great food, soda, water and ice cold beer while enjoying a refreshing light breeze off the bay...under a tent or an umbrella or out in the sun. You can even visit the Post Canteen to catch up on the latest out at the U.S. Open at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course on one of the largescreen televisions....so come on out and join the fun. BBQ starts at 2 p.m. - $20 for adults and $10 for children. Kiddies under 5 party for free. Recently the chronic pain caused by spinal arthritis, stenosis and a bulging disc in my lower back had become so debilitating that my day-to-day existence had become a Catch-22 of a mutually conflicting regimen of anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs, muscle relaxants and that most accursed of all opioid pain medications, Tylenol with codeine. The anti-inflammatory I was taking had to be taken with food in order to avoid some really nasty heartburn. The muscle relaxant only served to make me

drowsy to the point where I only wanted to sit happily in my recliner, meditating while examining my belly button lint. The real problem came when I discovered that the codeine painkiller resulted in a continual state of constipation, which then required the use of a nightly laxative, which of course had its own side effect of stomach cramps. It seemed that all I was doing was eating, meditating in a chair and arising only when my stomach cramped up from the laxative signaling it was time to run, not walk, to the loo! What made matters worse, was the fact that all of the above, was doing very little to alleviate the chronic low back pain that was slowly driving me to the "dark side." It goes without saying that, although I was not a happy camper, those family members (including the pets) who had to live in the same house with me during this time fared much worse. Grace and girls began referring to me as the "constipated curmudgeon" who constantly barked at everyone in between trips to the john and picking lint out of his belly button. It was not a pretty sight. Obviously, something had to be done! Ultimately my training as one of Uncles Sam's Misguided Children (USMC) kicked in and I pulled up my big boy Depends and proclaimed to the world that it was time to do something about the situation. Initially, I discontinued the use of daily laxatives by designing a concoction I referred to as the "bowel banger" consisting of equal parts vodka, prune juice, Grand Marnier and lemon juice. Granted, the mixture is smooth and a little sweet, but it did serve to keep the plumbing open and allowed me the luxury of a cocktail (or two or three) prior to retiring for the night with a dopey smile on face. Unfortunately, even though I had addressed the issue of stomach cramps and constipation with my nightly "bow-

el banger" aperitif, I was still dealing with some serious chronic pain issues. When Grace discovered that I was then contemplating a trip to Lourdes, France in order to bathe in the springs of the Grotto of the Apparitions, seeking a miracle cure to my lumbar problems, she finally put (both) her feet down and had me seek out the assistance of a pain management clinic. Shortly thereafter, I was escorted, under pain of death, by Grace over to St. John's Episcopal Hospital where I underwent a lumbar epidural steroid injection, which immediately provided me with almost total pain relief so much so, that I was so happy, I broke out into a rather loud rendition of Madeline Kahn's “Oh, sweet mystery of life, at last I’ve found you!” (Young Frankenstein) while still on the gurney in the operating room. I think the staff at St.

John's will be talking about me for awhile. Although I was amazed and considered both the procedure and the outcome nothing short of a miracle, Grace on the other hand, simply stated that "I have been telling you for years that medicine has come a long way since the dinosaurs died!" See y'all at the BBQ this Saturday up at the VFW! Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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Facts You Probably Don’t Need Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald Trump were all born within a 66- day stretch. JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley all died on the same day. The UK Dyslexia Association is situated in Reading, Berkshire, UK. Your body is made up of seven octillion atoms. A single helmet for the F-35 fighter jet costs over $400,000. You know when you hit something to try and get it working again? There is a scientific term for that. It's called "percussive maintenance." Nikola Tesla had the ability to do integral calculus in his head, a skill that made his teachers believe he was cheating. An IT company in South Africa

in 2009 wanted to prove that they could transfer data faster with a carrier pigeon than with the country's leading internet service provider. Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry a 4GB memory card 60 miles. With the ISP, four percent of the data had been sent in the same amount of time. A new ocean is forming in Africa. The crack opened in 2005 in Ethiopia, and has been expanding ever since. Scientists believe that in 10 million years it will split the continent in two. Some countries, like Korea, still use the East Asian age reckoning system. When a baby is born they are 1 instead of 0, and everyone's age increases on the same day, Jan. 1st of the new year. So if you were born Dec 31st, you would be 2 the next day.

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Life With Our “Artistic” Child By Kami-Leigh Agard

Worried About Wandering? In regards to safety, what is your biggest concern with your child? Admittedly for me, it is wandering. My daughter could give Superman some serious competition as she too is faster than a speeding bullet. Casual walks on the street, the boardwalk or even running errands in the grocery are extremely stressful. If I get distracted for a second, off she goes sprinting carefree, with me chasing after her, afraid to lose her within arm's length. And parents, I know you can relate. Our special-needs loved ones on the spectrum, keep us up at night, contemplating potential frightening scenarios, leaving us sleepless and convulsed with anxiety. So what is wandering? Wandering is defined as the tendency for an individual to try to leave the safety of a responsible person’s care or a safe area, which can result in potential harm or injury. This might include running off from adults at school or in the community, leaving the classroom without permission, or leaving the house when the family is not looking. This behavior is considered common and short-lived in toddlers, but it may persist or re-emerge in children and adults with ASD. Children with autism have challenges with social and communication skills and safety awareness. This makes wandering a potentially dangerous behavior. According to a recent study in The Journal of Pediatrics (www. j p e d s. c o m / a r t i c l e / S 0 0 2 2 3476(16)00428-5/abstract), for children with special healthcare needs, diagnosed with either autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disability, or both, wandering or becoming

lost was reported for more than one in four children. Wandering was highest among children with ASD with intellectual disability (37.7 percent), followed by children with ASD without intellectual disability (32.7 percent), and then children with intellectual disability without ASD (23.7 percent), however note, the differences between these groups were not statistically significant. The study also found that 49 percent of children with ASD have a tendency to wander or bolt from safe settings. Individuals with ASD are often attracted to water, yet have little to no sense of danger. Drowning is a leading cause of death in children with ASD. Autism wandering behaviors happen under every type of supervision and are usually a form of communication as an “I need,” “I want,” or “I don’t want.” Individuals with ASD will wander or bolt to get to something of interest, or away from something bothersome. Also, according to data published by the National Autism Association: Nearly half of children with autism engage in wandering behavior; increased risks are associated with autism severity; more than one third of children with autism who wander/elope are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number; half of families report they have never received advice or guidance about elopement from a professional; accidental drowning accounts for approximately 90 percent of lethal outcomes; other dangers include dehydration; heat stroke; hypothermia; traffic injuries; falls; physical restraint; and the most terrifying — encounters with

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strangers. However, Rockaway, we can assuage our fears by facilitating face-to-face contact between our special-needs loved ones and our wonderful first responders — our local NYPD neighborhood community officers (NCOs). Join the Rockaway Beach “Artistic” families Support Group (RBAFSG) on Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. for an informal meet-and-greet-with our local NCOs at the 100th Precinct. NCOs from each sector, (A,B,C, and Housing-Carlton Manor/ Hammels), serving your locality, will be on hand to meet your loved ones, familiarize themselves with your family and learn where you live on the peninsula and Broad Channel. You can even document information about your child with the NCOs. However, in typical Rockaway fashion, this crucial event will not just be a groundbreaking meet-and-greet, but an evening to have fun! There will be food and an exciting opportunity for everyone to see the NYPD’s Mounted Unit. For more information, visit the RBAFSG Face-

The Rockaway Times book page or email: ourartisticchild@outlook.com By the way — COLOSSAL thanks to Firefighter Lois and Lt. Comer of the FDNY Foundation and Father Richard of St. Camillus for hosting the RBAFSG’s fire safety education event last Sunday, June 10. Also a special thanks to Bungalow Bar who generously donated gift certificates to the officers. Our loved ones asked some really profound questions that really reflected not just their curiosity, but concerns. Plus the amazing firefighters from Engine 269 on Beach 116th Street were all really attentive to everyone. Also, special thanks to everyone who attended, and for those who weren’t able to come, your support and love was felt. In addition, another shout out to Martha Acosta of La Barracuda on Beach 97th and RBB, who capped off the entire experience by graciously accommodating us at her beautiful space boasting delicious smoothies, Colombian pinchos and Rockaway’s signature surf and turf vibes!

Far Rock Medical Building Sold The Rockaway Medical Office in Far Rockaway sold for $1.4 million. On Tuesday, June 12, real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield announced that they arranged the sale of 29-15 Far Rockaway Boulevard, an 8,307 square foot, single-tenant medical building, for $168.50 per square foot, to the Rockaway Partners. Cushman & Wakefield’s Dan Abbondandolo represented the seller, The Jobel LLC, in the transaction. “Thanks to the rezoning of Downtown Far Rockaway, the asset received tremendous attention,” Abbondandolo said. “The tenant had a very short term left on their lease and was paying substantially below market, which was the primary motivation for the acquisition.” The building sits on nearly a half-acre lot and includes a 27-car gated parking lot. The well-maintained property is occupied on a triple-net basis,

where the tenant had a lease through 12/31/2018. Situated on Far Rockaway Boulevard, which runs parallel with Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Parkway, the property sits only half a mile west of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. The property’s current use as a medical office fills a large need in the developing neighborhood, which is projected to see more than 500 new apartments in the next five years. Additionally, the property benefits from its short distance to the A subway line and the Long Island Rail Road, offering access to Brooklyn, Manhattan and other parts of Queens.


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Saturday, June 23, 2018 Beach 86th Street around 6:30pm

............. Beach Get-together afterwards so bring a beach chair

............................... Surfer T-shirts for Sale at the event.

All proceeds go to FACES (Finding A Cure for Epilepsy & Seisures) NYUFACES.org

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On Nutrition ADDED SUGARS By Megan Casper

It seems like everywhere you look, someone is talking about added sugars. But it's just sugar, right? What's the big deal? Manufacturers are adding sugar in excessive amounts, and sometimes in products you wouldn't expect sugar, which takes a toll on our health. Here's

all you need to know about this much buzzed about topic. What are "added sugars" anyway? Natural sugars are made up of carbohydrates — fructose and glucose — and your body uses them for energy, just like refined sugar. This can lead people to believe that foods with

naturally occurring sugar, like fruit, should be cut out of their diets. The main difference between natural and refined sugar is the packaging. Foods that contain natural sugar, like fruit, also are packed with fiber, which slows down the digestion of sugar. They are also filled with other nutrients that improve your health like water, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting phytonutrients. Dairy also contains the sugar lactose, but it is also high in protein, which slows down digestion. Why are "added sugars" so bad for you? Refined sugar provides energy — or calories — like natural sugar, but it is stripped of the healthy nutrients found with natural sugar. This is why refined sugar provides “empty calories” with no nutritional benefit. Refined sugars are added to many foods and drinks, usually as high fructose corn syrup. They tend to be in foods that are easy to eat large quantities of

The Rockaway Times such as soda, fruit juice, breakfast cereals, candy, cookies, cakes and other desserts, increasing the risk of weight gain and leading to other health problems. Here's the other kicker. When you eat a piece of cake, you expect to be eating a hearty dose of sugar, but added sugars are also hidden in many common foods like ketchup, bread, nut butters and pasta sauce. It’s estimated that Americans typically eat 22 teaspoons, or 355 calories, of added sugars a day. That's a LOT of extra calories each day that have no other nutrients, and you may not even realize they're in your diet. What health problems do added sugars cause? Refined sugars provide empty calories, typically in large amounts, which can lead to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other health problems. Refined sugars, since they lack fiber, are broken down quickly, causing Continued on page 45

THE RIBS WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENEROUS FAMILIES, NEIGHBORS AND BUSINESSES WHO HAVE SUPPORTED OUR ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC, AN AMAZING COMMUNITY TRADITION, FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS. UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO SIGNIFICANT INCREASED COSTS IMPOSED ON US BY THE NEW OWNERS OF THE GOLF COURSE, WE ARE UNABLE TO HAVE THE EVENT. WE HOPE TO COME UP WITH A NEW WAY TO CELEBRATE THE CLOSE FRIENDS THAT WE HAVE LOST. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS ROCKAWAY BEACH. ·

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sugar, brown sugar, honey, malt WE GET EMAIL syrup, molasses, maple syrup, Continued from Page 11 corn syrup, sucrose, fructose, Open Up! insulin and blood sugar levels glucose, dextrose, and nectars. to surge quickly and then plumDear Rockaway Times, How can I avoid added met. This can cause energy I am a resident and propsugars? levels to drop, making you feel erty owner on Beach 100th Choosing whole, unprocessed Street. Like most of our comsluggish and hungry. Over time these quick changes in sugar foods is a great way to ensure munity I was disappointlevels can lead to insulin resist- that added sugars are not added ed and surprised at the NYC to your diet. Most of your shop- Park’s Department decision ance and diabetes. ping cart should be from the pe- and timing to close the beachHow do you know if a food has rimeter of the store, where most es from Beach 91st Street to unpackaged goods like dairy, Beach 102nd Street. added sugars? Always check out the nutri- fruits and veggies are. When I do understand safety for tion label to see how much sug- buying packaged goods, always our community, visitors, and ar and fiber is in a food. When check your labels. In general, the our dunes that protect the reading the ingredients list, less ingredients the better! Peninsula. I do understand The American Heart Associ- that at high tide there is no avoid any food that has sugar as the first or second ingredi- ation suggests aiming for only beach for people to enjoy makent. Here’s where things get 6 teaspoons or 100 calories per ing it difficult to impossible tricky. To avoid having “sugar” day for most women and no for lifeguards to protect these listed early in the ingredients more than 9 teaspoons or 150 beaches. What I don’t underlist, some food manufacturers calories of added sugar a day for stand is why the Parks Departwill list multiple forms of sugar most men. ment enforced by New York The FDA is currently work- City is blocking our access to on the list individually, making it harder to know the exact ing on adding a special line for the beach. On our block, the “added sugars” on the nutrition beach opening is closed and amount of added sugars. label. fortified with six gates. The Megan Casper, M.S., RDN, opening on the boardwalk to Common types of added sugCDN is a dietitian and owner of the beach is locked in chains ars are: Sugar, high-fructose corn syr- Nourished Bite Nutrition based to a steel gate. After that steel up, table sugar, cane sugar, white in Rockaway, NYC. gate, there are four wooden

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Page 45 wired fences along the walkway. And to finish the barrier, there is a final chain locked steel gate on the ocean side of the dune. I think we all have one question… Why? Is the Parks Department just making their job easier by locking the “doors” to the beach? Does this cut down on personnel? By the way, have you seen how many new Parks Security officers have been added this summer? Just go out this weekend and ask them if this is their first day. The NYC Parks Department’s vision and mission are to create and sustain thriving parks and public spaces for New Yorkers. Close the beach for safety reasons, but don’t lock them up. Don’t block public spaces. The NYC Parks Department and the City of New York do not “own” the water. Nobody owns the water. The ocean's waves and beaches are for all of our enjoyment. Conor MacCourtney

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