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VOL. 8, nO. 51

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Destination: Happy Places A very warm Memorial Day threw me off. It felt like the 4th of July, so I said summer was over. And with summer over, I thought it was ok to break the first rule of Rockaway and leave the peninsula for a vacation. I had pre-pandemic plans to check out the happiest places on earth (ever since Dalton’s closed) and had to use my travel credits or else I’d get squadoosh. I don’t know if it’s propaganda like Greenland being called Greenland even though there’s nothing green about it, but all the so-called happiest countries have long, dark, dismal winters. Denmark, which happens to own Greenland, –that tells you

buyer beware right there–is always ranked at the top or near the top of happy places. And here’s the thing, everybody goes there to find out if it’s true. And they find out it is! Of course, all the curious, unhappy people go there when the sun is shining, and the skies are blue and everybody is singing like Danny Kaye in Hans Christian Andersen. Same is true in Sweden, another happy place which was the first stop on the trip. Swedes are known for being reserved but the sunny skies make them almost smile and deliver New York style sarcasm. Which made me happy. After a couple of

happy days in Stockholm, I was so happy I thought about coming back in the winter. As a rapidly aging old fart, I got a kick out of the general health advisory that was broadcast overhead while enjoying a boat cruise around the archipelago: if you don’t drink alcohol, you will live a long, good life. But eventually you may become a burden to your children, so drink up. Everybody speaks English which is wonderful and adds an Up arrow on the happy meter, but which does you no good when you’re asking for directions. They’ll tell you exactly where to go but that’s of little help when every street, island, and neighborhood has 72 consonants, a random vowel, and 14 more consonants. But somehow you get there. In New York’s subway, you’re told to keep your head on a swivel, staying ever-vigilant, keeping an eye out for criminals, creeps, and cretins. In Stockholm, your head’s on a swivel because the subway is a work of art. Each station has exposed rock, painted or decorated to make it seem like you’ve found a new world

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Page 5 at the center of the earth or maybe on Mars. You might not buy the happy propaganda, but if you google Stockholm subway images, you will want to visit. And you might want to visit just for the Swedish meatballs. They’re worth going to war for, though the Swedes would never do that, being a neutral country and all. Well, it’s really neutral with a twist. The Swedes are famously neutral in war time, but I learned they sell arms to both sides thereby profiting from war. Wow, that’s a move an American can admire. It was easy people watching because the people are easy on the eyes but there was enough variety to keep it real. There was one guy, a guy with three thick brushy mustaches – only one above his lip. The other two…well, I don’t know how he could see upward. I’m running out of room here, but we experienced the health care system when we got to socialist Denmark, and it was quite excellent. And after seven hours we left the hospital… happy.

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RockStock Celebrates Sweet Sixteen This Saturday! By Kami-Leigh Agard

This Saturday, June 11—RockStock Go! to Rockaway’s largest summer jump-off event on the boardwalk—the 16th Annual RockStock and Barrels Surf Skate Music Festival. This massive Rockaway tradition celebrates its sweet sixteen this year, and co-organizers Jimmy Dowd of St. James

NYC, Steve and Christian Stathis of Boarders Surf Shop and Walker Hornung of Into the Whip Records have pulled out all the stops to make this year’s NYC Parks co-sponsored event even more epic with a rocking band lineup, surf and skate competitions with cash prizes and giveaways, the largest shopping village on the boardwalk, a sizzling line up of live original music, free skate and

volleyball clinics, arts and crafts booth for the kids, and fittingly capping the day’s action—the always-viral Locals Surf School after-party at The Rockaway Hotel’s rooftop. The fun all happens on Beach 90th Street, near the Rockaway Beach Skatepark from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. For Dowd, what he’s most proud of is how the festival has become a Rockaway tra-

dition. “Can’t believe we’re on year 16. It’s like planning a Rockaway wedding every year. We begin in January right after the holidays, and for six months we work on securing sponsors, permits, vendors and more. It’s definitely a process, but so worth it for the entire community. We just want to continue making RockStock a free, fun, family-friendly event for everyone,” he said. One of the keystones of RockStock is surfing, and the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA)-NY District is back hosting all-day surfing short and long board competitions with multiple age divisions for boys and girls, and men and women. This year’s surfing contest awards cash prizes for top finalists, and giveaways for all participants. For more info and to register for the competition, visit: Skaters, board up! According to Dowd, thanks to RockStock’s Continued on page 10

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***** Nothing better than a Sweet 16. It’s hard to believe the annual RockStock and Barrels festival celebrates their sixteenth year this Saturday, June 11. They’ve got a full lineup of bands, skate and surf contests, local vendors selling goods and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Beach 91st Street, with an after party to follow at the Rockaway Hotel. ***** Just as Connolly's is staying Connolly's, Elegante is staying Elegante. After nearly 40 years owning the beloved Rockaway Beach pizzeria, this week, brothers, Frank and Tony Amato shared that they're hanging up their aprons, as they officially sold the place. They didn't share many details but emphasized

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THURSDAY, June 9, 2022 "everything is staying the same" under the new owners. Plus, they'll still be in Rockaway to give the new guys a slice of advice. Congratulations to the Amatos on a job well done, and for all their contributions to the community! ***** Looks like New York City’s speed cameras will soon become active 24/7. Last week, the state legislature voted to approve 24/7 operation for the cameras that result in a $50 ticket for going over the speed limit. In a 51-12 vote in the Senate, both of Rockaway’s senators, Joe Addabbo and James Sanders, voted in favor of the bill. In the 94-55 Assembly vote, Rockaway’s Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato was among those who voted against the bill. This comes after a May 26 NYC Council vote on the matter, in which only seven councilmembers voted against the resolution, including Rockaway’s Councilwoman Joann Ariola. The bill will move on to Governor Kathy Hochul who will have

to sign it before it goes into effect. ***** Photos from this year's Rockaway Times Photo Contest are up on the boardwalk (and look fabulous) and we're happy to say five Honorable Mentions are now posted at the ferry dock. Did yours get selected? Check out these great photos on Page 51. ***** Some pet stores might become a thing of the past in NY. A bill recently passed state legislature banning the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. Pet stores that heavily relied on this aspect of their business may have to get creative to stay open. ***** Our thoughts are with the Marten family on the tremendous loss of Raymond Marten. In November, we profiled Lauren Marten who decided to run the 2021 NYC Marathon with StacheStrong in honor of her father, Ray, who was diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), an aggressive type of brain cancer, in August 2020. Ray kept a positive attitude

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in his brave battle, but unfortunately passed away on Saturday, June 4. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis de Sales on Beach 129th on Thursday, June 9 at 11 a.m. ***** Get your paddle on! The Community Boathouse has launched its season, offering free kayaking opportunities at Bay Breeze Park on Beach 88th Street and Riis Landing. The schedule shows openings for weekend paddles and occasional paddles on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For a full schedule and more information, check out: ***** The next monthly Community Board 14 meeting is Tuesday, June 15 at 7:15 p.m. This will be the last monthly meeting before CB14 goes on summer hiatus, so get your gripes and announcements in now and hear the latest. For meeting access info and the agenda, see the Announcements tab at: site/queenscb14/

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ROCKSTOCK CELEBRATES SWEET SIXTEEN Continued from Page 6 sponsors, which include Red Bull, Drink Rockaway, Skudin Surf, Substance Skatepark, Re/Max Elite Realty, Fast Tax NY, Rockaway Hideaway Properties and more, there’s a $5,000 cash purse, plus giveaways for participants. Skate competitions kick off at 1 p.m. and will be rolling all day. To compete, just show up and sign up for free to get in some of the action and win some money or a new board. Also, for the first time this year, there will be a 40 and over age division bowl run in the Rockaway Beach Skatepark. For volleyball lovers, Riis Park Volleyball Academy will be offering a free volleyball clinic for kids. Also on site, the Queens Public Library Mobile van will be offering books to borrow and other activities. In addition to the colossal lineup of vendors selling their one-ofa-kind novelties at the shopping

village, kids will get to flex their creative skills at a free arts and crafts booth, hosted by local artist, Geoff Rawling, and Casey Butler of the Rockaway Poseidon Parade. At the booth, kids will paint t-shirts featuring Rockaway’s beloved Whalemina. Donations warmly welcomed as proceeds go toward giving the 40-foot mosaic whale a facelift. Also, 2022 Poseidon Parade t-shirts are up for grabs for a donation, of which proceeds benefit another Rockaway tradition, the Mermaid Brigade’s 2022 Poseidon Parade, happening this year on September 17. RockStock is not just known for boards, but beats, and Rockaway’s premiere music man, Walker Hor-

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nung, curated an epic lineup of bands hitting up the main stage, sponsored by Drink Rockaway. This year’s lineup: DJs from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by Plastic Baby Jesus at noon, Samsara 1 p.m., Bobby Butler and The Booty Shakers 3 p.m., Walker and The Brotherhood of the Grape featuring new vocalist, Savannah at 4 p.m., ending with heavy metal band, No Drama at 4 p.m. For Walker, his prerequisite for selecting bands is that the music has to be original. “From the very first RockStock, I try to give new artists who play original material a spotlight to shine. There are so many places you can go hear, for example, a band playing Beatles' covers. There’s not many venues where new artists get that creative freedom and opportunity. RockStock gives them that,” he said. After the last band plays, RockStock leaves the beach, and heads to the rooftop at The Rockaway

The Rockaway Times Hotel (108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive) for the Locals Surf School after-party, kicking off at 7 p.m. This party is always the talk of the town, and this year will be no different as attendees will literally get the red-carpet treatment with an actual deluxe red carpet, where partygoers will make their bold entrance, strut and take photos like Rockaway celebrities, Grammy Awards-style. Waxing the vinyl at the after-party are DJ Danny Collins and DJ Brother Rich, holding down the music for the night until closing. For Hornung, RockStock encapsulates what makes Rockaway special. “We’re a unique little town with a lot to offer. We just want people to come. The more people who come, the more we can keep RockStock free for all to celebrate Rockaway’s magic,” he said. The music starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The event is rain or shine. For more information about RockStock, check out www. and follow @ StJamesNYC on Instagram.

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Sunshine, Smiles and Shamrocks at the Irish Fest By Katie McFadden

The 9th Annual Rockaway Beach/ Breezy Point Irish Festival was one for the books. With perfect sunny weather and a music lineup that couldn’t be beat, crowds filled the St. Camillus lot for this annual celebration of Irish culture, and it was all made possible by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 21. On Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, Irish eyes were smiling in Rockaway, as AOH Division

21 fulfilled their motto of Faith, Unity, and Christian Charity. The weekend was full of food, drinks, shopping and performances by the O’Malley Irish Dance Academy, the Breezy Point Pipes and Drums band, Fools Night Out, Shilelagh Law, Maggie’s Clan, Seven Nations, the Highland Rovers, the Gobshites, Celtic Cross and The Narrowbacks. The bands kept the crowds singing and dancing along. Kids enjoyed bouncy houses, plus face painting provided by Rochelle

Grubb and Eileen Steakin. Eleven lucky winners went home with cash prizes from the big raffle, which helps support the AOH mission of charity, as local churches and organizations will benefit from the proceeds of the festival. Following the event, organizer John Moroney said, “What a weekend it was! God blessed us with fantastic weather and great attendees. A tremendous amount

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of time and work goes into this festival and I would be remiss in not acknowledging all the work from the festival committee members, Mark Edwards, Michael Foley, Patrick Forde, Wil Hurley and all the other members of AOH Division 21. These gentlemen put in many volunteer hours to make this festival happen. A special thanks Continued on page 13

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THE IRISH FEST Continued from Page 12 to Monsignor Richard Ahlemeyer and the St. Camillus parish for all their support with this annual event. Without Monsignor Richard Ahlemeyer’s unequivocal faith and support in us, this festival would not happen. It was a great weekend filled with great music, cold drinks and lots of laughs. We are already

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planning next year’s 10th Annual festival.” AOH Division 21 is always looking for new members. Males, 18 and over who are looking to preserve Irish heritage and culture are welcome to attend their next meeting on Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club on Beach 126th Street, to learn more and consider joining. Photos by Katie McFadden.



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Rockaway Sees the Clare Droesch Way By Katie McFadden

It was an honor fit for a local legend. On a beautiful Saturday, June 4, a large crowd gathered around the corner of Cronston Avenue and Beach 134th, as it was officially renamed “Clare Droesch Way.” The honor will forever keep the name alive of a local woman who, though taken too soon, inspired many in her short life. On May 11, 2018, at the young age of 36, Clare Droesch died after a more than six-year battle with breast cancer. It was a fight that she never let stop her from living life to the fullest and inspiring all of those around her. That will to fight was evident throughout Droesch’s life, especially on the basketball court. Her talent blossomed locally on the Summer Classic courts. She went on to break score records playing for Christ the King High School and was named New York Player of the Year three times by Newsday. She took her talents to Boston College, where she helped lead the team to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, including two Sweet 16 appearances, and helped them claim the 2004 Big East title. Droesch then turned her own skills into lessons, inspiring future generations as a high school basketball coach and by leading local basketball camps, despite battling cancer. At Saturday’s ceremony, her longtime family friend and basketball coach, Kevin “Bugsy” Goldberg, spoke of some of these accolades and the woman that Clare was. “Today is a day of both sadness and joy. Sadness because I think all of us would rather be ready to go on an adventure with Clare on a day like this and it would be quite an adventure. But joy because Clare’s memory is in all of us and will be with all of us while we’re still here on earth until we meet her again, but there will always be people 100 years from now, 200 years from now and the word will pass on when people ask, this person on the sign, who was she? It’s great she’s being recognized in this fashion and particu-

larly here on the corner of 134th Street and Constron Avenue by the house she lived almost her entire life,” he said. “I think anybody that experienced Clare knew that that will was a hurricane force of nature, probably one of the strongest wills there was and for all her accomplishments on the court, that will is what made her special and it’s what made her special when

and follow as we face whatever we face in life.” Msgr. John Bracken then led a prayer before Community Board 14 chairwoman Dolores Orr spoke about the street renaming process. “Approving this sign in memory of Clare was probably the shortest meeting we’ve ever had. It was unanimous,” she said. It was an action that was also made possible with the help of former Councilman Eric Ulrich, with some influence by family friend, Tom Grech of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, and was finalized under Councilwoman Joann Ariola, who spoke at the ceremony. “I stand here in awe of all the people that I see before me that are out here to celebrate Clare’s life. Mr. and Mrs. Droesch, when Councilmember Ulrich called me about this street naming, I couldn’t have imagined how many lives Clare had touched but I want to tell you as a parent, what we value most is that we raise good people. At the end of the day, all that you’re left with and what you leave behind is your name and Clare’s name has affected each and every person here and beyond,” Ariola said, before inviting up a group of girls that Clare inspired on the courts. “As they grow, they will always remember their coach and how she formed them. Her classmates will remember her fondly, her family will remember her fondly and everyone who passes 134th and Cronson will remember her,” Ariola said. A countdown was held to unveil the new street sign and Councilwoman Ariola presented Clare’s parents, Patricia and George and the rest of the Droesch family, with a replica sign for their keeping. Bagpiper Will O’Meara closed out the ceremony with a tune. The large crowd in attendance was then invited to continue to the Knights of Columbus for a celebration of Clare’s life in, as Goldberg said, “Clare style.”

she faced the great challenge when she was diagnosed and she turned that will from what she thought was going to be six months to six years, and she fought like nobody else ever fought. She continued to live life like nobody else lived life and in the end, that is what we most remember Clare for, for her fight, her courage, her will and her Photos by Lauren Hawk and Kaexample that we will all remember tie McFadden. To advertise in THE ROCKAWAY TIMES call 718-634-3030


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Saint Saviour High School

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Congratulations to the Class of 2022! 100% graduation and college acceptance rates Graduates earned over $18.5 million in merit scholarships Graduates have been accepted to: Baylor University, Belmont University, Bishop's University (Canada), Columbia University, Cornell University, CUNY Baruch, CUNY Brooklyn, CUNY City, CUNY Hunter, CUNY John Jay, CUNY Queens College, Franklin and Marshall College, Howard University, Lehigh University, Marist College, New York University, Pratt Institute, Quinnipiac University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Sacred Heart University, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY University at Buffalo, Syracuse University, The New School, The Ohio State University, Union College, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Connecticut, University of Delaware, University of King's College (Canada), University of Maryland - College Park, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, and Villanova University.

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Located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Saint Saviour High School is rooted in the tradition of the School Sisters of Notre Dame while also being contemporary in education. Saint Saviour is Sisterhood. Rich traditions. Stimulating academics. Expert faculty. Leadership. Service. Faith. And so much more. Everything combines to provide a transformation in our students. St. Saviour has more than 105 years of educating young women. We know how girls think. We nurture girls. We empower girls. We guide girls as they develop into leaders who go out and change the world. Girls take center stage in all-girls learning environments, according to research by Facebook: saintsaviourhighschool Instagram: saintsaviourhighschool TikTok: saintsaviourhighschool • AP courses offered: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, ComputerScience A Java, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, French, Music Theory, Psychology, United States History and World History • Concurrent enrollment in college courses through St. John’s University, St. Joseph’s College and Syracuse University • 4-year Religious Studies program; community service encouraged and supported through all four years with a required year of service for all juniors. • Fine Arts program with advanced study options in Music, Studio Art and Theater Arts • Technology initiatives include: Digital Citizenship, Introduction to Computer Science, Arduino, GameDesign, Video editing, 3D Printing and beginner to advanced Adobe Photoshop • Hydroponic Greenhouse Classroom compliments traditional Science curriculum via a hands-onscience and sustainability experience emphasizing environmental issues • Science research opportunities including participation in NYSunWorks Youth Conference • Internship opportunities • Wellness program with brand new fitness center and dance studio • Competitive Varsity sports program • Wide range of extracurricular clubs and activities • Travel: Faculty chaperoned international and national travel (2022-2023 school year includes: Japan and Walt Disney World) • 100% College Acceptance Rate • Recent college acceptances include: American University, Boston College, Bryn Mawr College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Macaulay Honors College, NYU, Northeastern University, Oberlin College, Rice University, Smith College, Spelman College, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, Tufts University, UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, University of Chicago, University of Southern California, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, U.S. Military Academy West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, Vanderbilt University, Villanova University, Wesleyan University, and Yale University • First, second and third choice TACHS applicants will be given scholarship consideration. • Need-based financial aid is available:



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SLICE OF LIFE By Beth Hanning Boardwalk Etiquette With the ferry dropping people off by the thousands, our fabulous concession stands and our new beautiful Rockaway Hotel, this summer is sure to be very crowded. So, we established some beach rules, now let’s get to the beautiful boardwalk. I saw an interesting comment last week regarding the boardwalk and I could not agree more with the person writing it. Why is the bike lane directly against the railing? It should be in the middle of the boardwalk. But

like most things in New York City, no one thought about it before designating it as such. When I ride my bicycle on the boardwalk, I do try to stay in the bicycle lane, but it is difficult to do so when people enter the boardwalk and they just stroll north to south, without looking east to west. So, please try to look both ways when entering the boardwalk from the street. People also like to walk close to the railing for support, I get it. Also, be aware of your

surroundings in general, do not just wander aimlessly. And like on a city street, watch your children! Do not just let them run wild. Cyclists, it is not the Indy 500 Speedway for bicycles. Many people have concerns about the electric bikes, but the cyclists go much faster than my electric bicycle can or would go on the boardwalk. I have seen a few collisions and people have gotten quite injured by the speeding cyclists. If you would like to go for a speed racing session, go early in the morning. Of course I feel the electric bikers should also slow down. But just know I’m usually peddling, not using my throttle while biking on the boards. We also now have an issue with the electric scooters and speeding. The same goes for you: slow down. Now, according to the New York City Parks Department, dogs are not supposed to be on the boardwalk or the beach after May 1. Now, I know many dog

owners do not like this. Well, talk to your dog owning friends who allow the dogs to continually defecate on the boardwalk. It is an issue. And sometimes good people who follow the rules have to pay the price for people who do not. Of course it goes without saying, please do not litter on our beautiful boardwalk. Walk the short distance to throw away your trash. And the beach rule about loud music goes for the boardwalk as well. Unless you are the DJ at a concession stand, do not play your music for the entire boardwalk to hear. I once saw a young man set up with professional DJ speakers playing for himself. AND, it was vile lyrics. Now I know I said it in the beach etiquette column, but I will say it again: the showers on the boardwalk are for rinsing, not bathing. Have a great week everyone. If I missed anything let me know:


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Prehistoric Monsters Invade Jamaica Bay

Last Saturday, a group of 60 intrepid people participated in the 6th Annual Horseshoe Crab Festival at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The event, hosted by the American Littoral Society in partnership with NYC Audubon, Ja-

maica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service, focused on the biology, conservation, and ecological importance of the Horseshoe Crab, a living dinosaur that dates back over 400 million years in the fos-

sil records. “Each year during the full and new moon high tides, this harmless animal comes ashore to lay millions of tiny eggs which provide food for migrating shorebirds and marine life. Every year we host several fun festivals at the

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The summer season has mixed effects on the Rockaway real estate market. On the one hand, we are a beachfront community and the draw of the summer activities does bring people here for: beaches, swimming, cycling, running, surfing, organized kids and adults (although the pandemic may crimp The choice teams of aoffor lawyer a thankfully real promise put some these thisin year; the “end” isthey in sight). On up the roadblocks: other hand, some sellers are reluctant to sell during the sumestate transaction is very imporclosing date-inflexible; certificate mer because they enjoy the aforementioned activities and don’t tant. The buyer put inupasolot wanthas to give them fast!of of occupancy questions/violations It cannew be harder to sellThe real estate during the summer due to effort researching homes. – inflexible and lack of willingness vacations by buyers and sellers alike. Summer activities can also seller has cleaned up his home and to deal with the building departoccupy people instead of allowing them to focus on the home spent some money so it “shows ment in order to overcome difficulsale process. Thhas e spring season has been for our real estate mar-easy). Homes well.” The seller shopped for generally a tiesgood (admittedly, not ket. There has been action across the board in all price categories new place to with live. broker built a certain an The emphasis on the has range below $1 before million (approx). Pricesdate may not haveopen firmed up within the framework of recent comparable sales and advertised, had houses, and have a C of O – it’s grandfathered in some cases are creeping higher. Inventory levels remain very low. showed visitorsCall the property. in. Inexperienced non-real estate me, Love, Robin. 718-490-9463

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SMILE “. . . If you smile through your fear and sorrow, smile and maybe tomorrow, you’ll see the sun come shining through for you. . .” - “Smile” song What if our lips when they’re at ease were turned up ever so slightly in a gentle smile rather than straight across? All the time. We would look at each other and see subtle smiling faces. I took Thich Nhat Hanh’s advice a while ago and turn the corners of my lips up when I first “sit”

on my mat. I added this “smile practice” to my daily routine. The result is amazing. Just like when we relax the face muscles and the entire body breathes a sigh, so too when we smile to ourselves there is potential to feel lighter in the heart space. This has been my experience. Try it! When you’re feeling uneasy or angry or scared try smiling. See what reaction it causes within you. While I was driving one day

recently, it occurred to me to do the “smile practice” and realized that I had to continue the conscious effort to smile, otherwise my lips return to neutral. Then I thought about how peaceful the world would be if our mouths were in smile mode all the time. First of all, the smile causes a reaction in the body a positive one, a good-feeling one. Second, how many times would arguments and fights be averted because we couldn’t react badly to someone who is smiling at us? I have to laugh at this thought - imagining everyone around me smiling. It makes me think what we give off, we receive. Similar energies attract. So if we found some way to give off peaceful kind energy - the type that comes from inside - it would be contagious. I have seen this in action. The gentle smile practice is one way to soften in the heart because it causes a reaction inside. I sometimes have the smile going when I’m shopping or going around town and

if I catch someone’s eyes, she/ he always smiles back. What a beautiful feature of the human body. I am in awe at how our bodies work, what our bodies can endure, how our bodies can heal. Our hearts can heal too if we make a conscious effort. Exercise: sit in a comfortable chair or on your mat, draw the belly in and up so you feel your heart lift and spine elongate, then begin to breathe a little deeper and fuller. Smile gently. Imagine your energy dropping in to your heart space. Say the following over and over: joy peace love compassion abundance gratitude. These are my six inner friends. They are company for me and remind me of the depth and meaning of my life. The smile, for me anyway, helps to soften my emotional being so these six intentions can find a home there. May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you be compassionate. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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World Ocean Day Beach 109th Cleanup On Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., head to 156 Beach 109h Street to join JBRPC and Surfrider Foundation - NYC Chapter on World Ocean Day for a beach Rock N’ Clean Sundays cleanup. Gloves, bags, tools will be provided. Wear weather-appropriEvery Sunday at 10 a.m., meet at ate clothing and sturdy, closed-toe the Adventure Park on Beach 101 and shoes, and bring their own water Shorefront for a free 30-minute workand sunscreen. Event is rain or out and 30 minute beach cleanup. shine. To RSVP see: www.jbrpc. Shape Up NYC: Cardio Punch org/shorelinecleanups Every Saturday through June Community Board 14 25, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., join at On Tuesday, June 14 at 7:15 p.m. Beach 59th Street and the boardon WebEx, CB14 will holds its last walk for a free Cardio Punch fitness meeting of the summer. There will class presented by NYC Parks. Bring be reports from the Parks Com- a towel and water. mittee, the Land Use commitChair Yoga at the Temple tee and more. For WebEx access On Mondays and Wednesdays at info, see the Announcements tab at: 10 a.m., join Christine Walker for Chair Yoga at Ohab Zedek on Beach queenscb14/ 135th and Rockaway Beach Blvd. Strawberry Moon Hike Classes are on a donation basis. For On Tuesday, June 14 at 8:30 p.m., more info, contact Christine at 516head to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife 503-4249

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LEGAL NOTICES Notice of formation of AMV Soft Wash LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 2/1/2022. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 7533 67 Drive, Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

JOLEN GARDEN PROPERTIES LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/05/22. 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, 64-60 58th Road, Maspeth, NY 11378. Purpose: Any lawful purpose

Beryl Designs by Keenia L.L.C. Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 9/13/2021. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 163-57 Mathias Ave Jamaica NY 11433. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

SATE REALTY LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/28/22. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 2279 46th St., Apt. 2, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Principal business loc: 25-27 32nd St., Astoria, NY 11102.

On Point OT, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/24/22. Office in Queens Co. SSNY Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Michal Warga, 375 Beach 13th St. Far Rockaway, NY 11691 Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Atcja Realty, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 4/21/2022. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 72-27 Cypress Hills St., Glendale, NY 11385. General Purpose. Atlas Sports, LLC Articles of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 01/11/2022. Office in Queens Co. SSNYdesignated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 114-35 209th Street, Cambria Heights, New York 11411. Purpose: Any lawful purpose EGP Mobile Notary Services, LLC Articles of Org. filed with NYS Sec. of State (SSNY) on 01/18/2022. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be serviced. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 13035 Springfield Blvd, Laurelton, NY 11413. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. PRMTP LLC, Arts of Org. led with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 4/26/2022. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 3636 Main St., #CS, Flushing, NY 11354. General Purpose.

Metro One LK LLC filed w/ SSNY on 5/5/22. Office: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 31-25 Union St., Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful Notice of formation of KINGDOMWERKS, LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/27/22. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 58-27 69th Place, Glendale, NY 11378. Purpose: any lawful act. NOTICE OF FORMATION of PRAXISBONUM LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/01/2022. Location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent for service of process on LLC. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Praxisbonum LLC, 2507 75th St, East Elmhurst, NY 11370. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. COMMUNITY CONSCIOUS CULTURAL EVENTS LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the SSNY on 09/17/21. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as an agent of the LLC upon whom process against it maybe served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC to c/o United States Corp Agent, 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of THE DALAI LALA, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/14/22. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: eResidentAgent Inc., 99 Washington Ave., Ste. 805A, Albany, NY 12210, also the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: an lawful activities. Notice of formation of LEE & WANG 15002 LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/16/22. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 136-20 38th Ave., 11J, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful act. Formation of 124 LIBERTY LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/17/2022. 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 Harpreet Singh, 20 Cedar Brook Ct., Greenvale, NY 11548. Purpose: Any lawful activity. SC WAREHOUSE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/10/22. 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, 203-14 48th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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The Caruso Family and Kevin O’Connor would like to thank the Rockaway Community for all of the love and support that they have received during this difficult time of Kristine‘s passing. We would especially like to thank The Graybeards, the Belle Harbor Yacht Club, AOH, the Knights of Columbus, Rockaway WISH, St. Francis de Sales, Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home and all of the other affiliates that were instrumental in helping at this time. We would also like to give special thanks to our family and friends, especially the Ambrosecchios, Farraghers, Tenneysons, Gallaghers, Agoglias, Baileys, Ortiz’, Meghan Donahue and all others like Wine with Sue & Katie McFadden for their special tributes to Kristine. They make life so much easier to survive. We live in the most wonderful community in the world and our gratitude for this, makes us Blessed beyond Measure. To advertise in The Rockaway Times call 718-634-3030 ·

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The Bungalow Kids of the Summer of ‘61 By Katie McFadden

Do you know these folks? They’ll look a little older now. A woman named Michele Butler recently stopped by The Rockaway Times office to share some memories from her first summer in Rockaway in the summer of 1961, where she made some friends around the bungalow colony in the Beach 20s. Sixty-one years later, she’s back in Rockaway and is wondering if some of those folks might still be around, or if anyone knows them. Born in New York but mostly living in California, Michele says she would come to visit her grandparents in NY who would summer by the beach. They usually went to Coney Island, but in the summer of ’61, they decided to give Rockaway a try, and had a place within the historic bungalow district in Far Rockaway. “I met all these kids who were my age, around 16 or so, and we spent the whole summer here. I earned the nickname ‘California,’” Michele Butler said. “They

made fun of the way I said water and oranges. But it was a great summer. We went to the beach every day.” Back in 2020, Butler found herself renting in Rockaway again and is going on her third consecutive summer here. A thought recently struck. “When I started staying here, I realized that people don’t really move in Rockaway. They’re born here, they live here, then their children live here, and I wanted to see if maybe these people I met back then are still around. They must be in their 70s and 80s now,” she said. “Who knows if they’re even alive or if someone knows them, but I would love to find them and reconnect or find out what happened.” While new generations stay connected with social media, in the ‘60s, Butler says all she has left of this group are photos that were sent to her after that summer, that she’s held on to ever since. Some of the photos also have names on the back—Fran,

Jo, Joyce and Jerri, are a few, and Michele recalls a few nicknames—a man she dated who went by Speedo and a friend who went by Cookie. She also saved a few business cards of places she went to and utilized that summer in Rockaway. If anyone can identify the people in the photos To advertise in The Rockaway Times call 718-634-3030 ·

or provide any information, please reach out to The Rockaway Times at editor@rockawaytimes. com or 718-634-3030. We’ll share any information with Michele “California” Butler. We hope the next story is about a reunion with the bungalow “kids” of the summer of ’61!

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By Peter Galvin, MD

Prior to the industrial revolution, most people worked in the fields, meaning a suntan (in lighter-skinned individuals) carried a stigma of marking someone as working class, a peasant, or an agricultural laborer. Wealthier people by and large were not exposed to the sun, so their pallid skin marked them as a member of the monied upper class. By 1920, most laborers had moved to indoor factories so that most white people, regardless of class, had pale skin. Perfume magnate Coco Chanel began to sport a suntan, establishing it as a desirable sign of privilege, leisure, and beauty – the badge of someone who didn’t work in a factory. The pursuit of a suntan by Caucasians continued for at least 60 years,

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with the popularity of both suntanning and using tanning products, regardless of dermatologists’ claims that skin irradiation (sun exposure) caused premature skin aging, skin cancers, and skin wrinkling. Suntans became so desirable, especially with younger people, that sunbeds and tanning salons became popular, mostly for those in the cooler northern climes who wanted a year-round tan. The fact that these sunbeds were 15 times stronger than the equatorial sun was irrelevant (to them). A turning point in the U.S. tanning craze came in 1997 when the makeup artist for the TV show Baywatch admitted that cast members used sunless tanning lotion and didn’t really have tans. Soon, these products became popular, often sold by the same companies that once advertised and sold “deep tanning” products. Today, despite the awareness of

the harms of sun exposure (not to mention tanning beds), the rate of skin cancers is rising. Some researchers claim this is because of a thinning ozone layer while others claim it is because indoor lifestyles are now so popular. Other researchers claim that low sun exposure also has a number of serious risks, including several cancers. This has led some experts to recommend moderate non-burning sun exposure with the use of sunscreens. Ah, but are sunscreens safe? The answer is we don’t know for sure. Most sunscreens today are “chemical sunscreens” that contain sun-blocking chemicals such as avobenzone, ecamsule, octocrylene, and oxybenzone. A 2019 study (which I wrote about here a few years ago) found that using these products at recommended intervals for just one day increased the blood levels of them in healthy volunteers. In other words, these chemicals were being absorbed into the body. One of them, oxy-

benzone, is a possible endocrine disruptor. It can interfere with the female menstrual cycle, spermatogenesis, sexual behavior, fertility, and other reproductive parameters in research animals. Human studies are ongoing. It may also be dangerous to marine life, including coral reefs. Some of you may remember when we lifeguards wore a blob of white zinc oxide on our noses. Zinc and titanium oxide are sun blockers, and as long as the zinc and titanium oxides are micro-sized and not nanoparticles, cannot be absorbed (read the label). Therefore, the best advice about sun exposure for this summer anyway, is short, non-burning intervals of sun exposure with a hat, shirt, and sun blocker, not sunscreen, on exposed skin. Bear in mind that this advice may be very different tomorrow (don’t shoot the messenger). Please direct questions and comments to editor@rockawaytimes. com


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Food and Beverage Insider: The Best Beachy Wines By Natalie Crooks

With Memorial Day behind us, the season of beach-going is upon us! The weekends revolve around beating the grueling heat and masses of people take the train down to New York City’s most popular beaches in the Rockaways. New Yorkers are always in search of good food and drinks and hanging out in the heat pairs well with a cold beverage. A corkscrew always seems to be the one thing I forget, so opt for a twist-off bottle! Rosé is the unofficial wine of summer, and we would be remiss not to mention the best beachy bottles. Château d’Esclans, the famous Provençal property that makes Whispering Angel, has you covered this summer with their new cuvée, The Beach. This rosé boasts refreshing notes of lime, berries and melon while main-

taining balanced acidity and minerality for a zesty finish. Pairs well with lobster rolls, fresh fruit and cheese. Sancerre’s popularity in the United States is unwavering and this refreshing white wine makes a perfect summertime sipper. Sancerre is an appellation in France’s Loire Valley and is wellknown for its Sauvignon Blancs. Michel Girard makes a beautiful example that evokes florals, apple and pear, making it perfect with fresh salads, French fries and oysters. A balanced streak of salinity makes these wines the perfect beachy pairing. Red wine lovers do not fret, you may not think of red wine as beachy, but many lighter bodied red wines are super refreshing and taste even better when they’re a bit chilled down. Beaujolais, a region red wines made from the grape in eastern France, features plenty Gamay. These reds are delicious of light-bodied and fruit-forward when they’re chilled down a little

more than room temperature, but not quite as much as a white wine. Domaine Chamonard has an excellent example from Morgon, an appellation in Beaujolais, which features tasting notes like berries, plums and dried flowers. A perfect easy-drinking red for sipping on the beach and pairs well with charcuterie, chicken and fish. With summer ahead of us it’s time to start packing the picnic basket and heading out for a bronze-y tan or some fun in the surf. Bring plenty of refreshments for your day at the beach and don’t forget a wine-chilling bag to keep your wines chilled all day long and for any perishable (or meltable) foods you might be bringing along. If you’re in a hurry, you can stop by Bar Marseille for one of our house-curated picnic baskets featuring rosé and lobster rolls amongst other fun and delicious treats. Don’t forget the sunblock!

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“Artistic” Child By Kami-Leigh Agard

Are Parent Advocates Guilty of Pathologizing Autism? Late last year, in reaction to one of my columns, an administrator of a Queens Facebook parent special needs page accused me of “dehumanizing” autism. On another occasion, through Ins-

tagram an adult autistic individual lividly lashed out in reaction to another column, which was an educational piece about Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy. In both instances, it was

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as though someone pierced my heart with a dagger. As a parent of an autistic nonverbal child and passionate autism advocate, I was thoroughly shaken, even cried; thinking all of my efforts to boost autism acceptance and awareness were futile. How was my transparent honesty about MY journey as a parent, coupled with the determination to help other caregivers being colored as villainous? At one point, I even thought about just silencing myself, like—to borrow Amy Winehouse’s song—go “Back to black.” However, I steeled myself to keep moving forward and as my daughter’s dad stated, “While diagnosis and treatment of autism as a pathology may be tied to Nazism and religious fundamentalism, so do a lot of the basic amenities and technologies intertwined with our lives on a daily basis. We are all entitled to our opinions, and should be open to others, so long as they are sensible.” In a recent article published on, “Autistic Spatiality and the Limits of Care,” the author argued that “Autism advocacy is divided in two camps: the despairing parents of autistic children on the one hand, and autistic individuals and disability justice advocates on the other.” If I as a parent elect to get my daughter ABA therapy to ease her challenges in expressing her basic needs and wants, how does that translate to me not embracing neurodiversity? (ABA is a type of therapy that focuses on improving social skills, communication, reading, academics, and adaptive learning skills). My daughter, Soa, is 13 years old, and needs assistance with showering, getting dressed, brushing her teeth, and other daily routines. Recently, we were able to get her after-school ABA therapy, and within a mere three weeks, we’ve seen so much progress! I agree, ABA may or may not be beneficial for a “high-functioning” autist, who does not have Soa’s challenges, but my daughter is beautifully benefiting from it. So, again like Soa’s dad stated, everyone is entitled and should respect each other’s opinions and journeys.

The Rockaway Times Unfortunately, one of the earliest known mass institutions to mask or cure individuals with disabilities such as autism was born during the rise of Nazi rule in Vienna. Steinhof was the site of the Nazi pediatric clinic, Spiegelgrund, which from 1940 to 1945 served as the location for the holding and euthanasia of “uneducable” children who could not or would not conform to Nazi youth education. The insufferable cruelties these individuals were exposed to were absolutely inhumane. However, how does that compare today to a well-meaning parent doing their best to help their autistic child? How can you accuse these parents of pathologizing their children’s autism? According to, pathologizing a behavior is to label a perfectly normal behavior as a problem, a behavior that requires intervention, treatment or drugs. Is banging one’s head against a brick wall, a “perfectly normal behavior?” Some autists have challenges in expressing their emotions or anxieties, and resort to self-injurious actions or even violence. Don’t these individuals need some sort of assistance to help them cope? As an autism advocate, my life’s mission is to help my daughter, her peers, and parents be the best we can be—not euthanize our state of being, nor wipe out what makes us special. Soa has to live in this world and needs all the tools she can acquire to be as independent and self-fulfilled as she can be. What I consider dehumanizing is condemning parents and their loved ones for trying. Our children all need tools to cope with their anxieties, challenges in communicating their needs and wants, while focusing on their strengths. I talk about autism to open doors into the reality of our lives as caregivers, and to build understanding, acceptance and appreciation of our special children. Share your thoughts by emailing or visit:

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The days are heating up and Rockaway’s entertainment establishments are poppin! Plus, with Rockaway’s largest boardwalk event, RockStock celebrating its sweet 16 this Saturday, start planning your weekend itinerary with The RT’s Good Times page! See the roundup below!

LIVE MUSIC Thursday, June 9 6 p.m.

Friday, June 10 5 p.m.

Friday’s weather looks clear with a balmy temp of 73 degrees! So, why not head to the boardwalk and join Squid Squad’s high energy show on the boardwalk! Sand Shark, Beach 97th Rockaway Bazaar

Friday, June 10 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

image-making. Featuring CGI lacerations, hammered steel stop motion, and queer yearnings fuzzed out on magnetic tape. Admission: $10. For more info, visit: @rockawayfilmfestival Saturday, June 11 on Instagram. 9 p.m. 72-02 Gouverneur Avenue, Arverne Hometown rockers, Mixed Bag, bring in sweet classic rock tunes and loads of laughs at RBQ. Plus, the barROCKAWAY FILM FESTIVAL becue spot’s drink and food menu will CELEBRATES JUNETEETH WITH have not just your belly, but your heart SCREENING OF SANKOFA singing. Saturday, June 18 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

with Squid Trio at Rogers. 203 Beach 116th Street

The BEasy Band is back at Bar MarShhhh! We hear the Rock-A- seille tickling the French-MediterraSunday, June 12 Wades and a beer summoning you to nean spot with their soothing jazz and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. folk melodies. Jameson’s. Calling all Dead Heads! Don’t miss 190 Beach 69th Street 421 Beach 129th Street Rainbow Spirals’ Sunday residency at Sayra’s Wine Bar. Be Grateful Dead again. Thursday, June 9 Friday, June 10 91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd

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Looking for a Breezy spot to watch Roadkill Outlaws bring in their electhe Rangers beat the Lightning? Head tric foot-stomping country swag to to The Sugar Bowl for a nail-biting RBQ. night of Ranger-filled fun! 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd 15 Bedford Ave, Breezy Point

Thursday, June 9 6 p.m.

What’s for dinner tonight? Why not The Rockaway Hotel’s Rooftop Dinner & A Band series with this evening’s guest chef, Pizza D' Amore’s Italiano delites, and The Grasslighters’ Americana fusion of rock, folk, bluegrass and R&B. $20 admission at the door. $20 admission at the door. For more info, visit: happenings/dinner-and-a-band 108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive

Friday June 10 8 p.m.

TGIF! So, drop your anchor at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club for a classic rock par-tay with Mike & Miley, jammin’ gems from the 60s and 70s. 533 Beach 126th Street

Friday, June 10 9 p.m.

Dueling Pianos are back at Bungalow Bar deliverin’ a high octane, part rock/ part comedy show! Show held in the tent space with limited seats available. Reservations a must. Call (718) 945Thursday, June 9 2100 or message @bungalowbarny on 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Instagram. Tonight, The Rockaway Hotel head377 Beach 92nd Street lines its summer music concert series, Rockaway Music Live, with Brooklyn-based art-pop experimental muFriday, June 10 sic and theater performer, Sullivann, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and pop and folk artist, Half Waif. Free! Relive your 80s WLIR-era alternative Standing room, plus limited seating rock memories with The Knobz at Rogers. available on a first-come, first-served 203 Beach 116th Street basis. For more info, visit: Saturday, June 11 108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive

Thursday, June 9 7 p.m.

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ONGOING LIVE MUSIC Thirsty Thursdays 7:30 p.m.

Tonight at Whit’s, it’s not just Thursday, but Thirsty Thirst-day with Adam Cardone’s seductive night of table magic. Plus, DJ Combat waxes the beats of the street. 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Sweet Sundays 7 p.m.

Multifaceted music man, Phil Kadet serves up an unforgettable songbook at Whit’s End. 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd


ROCKAWAY FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS ANIMATION BRÜT 4 p.m. Friday, June 17 It’s all about positive vibrations with 8:30 p.m.

reggae band, Rho & The Nomads on Irish Indie folk artist Niall Connolly the boardwalk. Sand Shark, Beach 97th Rockaway continues his Thursday evening Sayra’s Wine Bar residency with his unforget- Bazaar tably riveting voice and magical storySaturday, June 11 telling. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd Squidify your Saturday shenanigans

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In celebration of Juneteenth, Rockaway Film Festival in collaboration with Alfred Cinema offers a special screening of indie filmmaker, Haile Gerima’s newly-restored masterpiece, Sankofa, at Arverne Cinema. Screening kicks off with showing of short film, Black Joi, by Natalija Skoko. Plus, before the screening vibe to all vinyl DJ sets by Hyanna, Jay Tee and Fred Smith spinning from Sunday, June 12 5 p.m. until late next door at the Rockaway Brewing Co. Free admission. Do6:30 p.m. From Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul Si- nations welcomed. For more info, visit: mon, John Legend and more—bask @rockawayfilmfestival on Instagram. 72-02 Gouverneur Avenue, Arverne in critically-acclaimed artistic piano man/singer-songwriter, Mike TedesSPECIAL MENTION co’s renditions of these music legends, plus his original songs at Thai Rock. ROCKSTOCK & BARRELS SURF 375 Beach 92nd Street

MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES SWEET 16! Saturday June 11 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. After-party 7 p.m.

RockStock Go! to Beach 90th Street for Rockaway’s sweet sixteenth RockStock & Barrels Surf Music Festival! This year’s NYC Parks co-sponsored free family-friendly event is bigger than ever with a rockin’ band lineup, allday surf and skate competitions, the largest shopping village on the boardwalk, free skate and volleyball clinics, arts and crafts booth for the kids, and kicking off at 7 p.m.—the always-viral Locals Surf School after-party at The Rockaway Hotel’s rooftop (108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive). This year’s music lineup: DJs from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by Plastic Baby Jesus at noon, Samsara 1 p.m., Bobby Butler and The Booty Shakers 3 p.m., Walker and The Brotherhood of the Grape featuring new vocalist, Savannah at 4 p.m., ending with heavy metal band, No Drama at 4 p.m. For more info, visit: www. Beach 90th Street & Boardwalk

Broaden your expectations about animated film at Arverne Cinema with Animation Brüt. Curator Sam Gurry presents a night of experimental animation with 12 films by creators outGot info on local live music, arts and side its traditional paradigm, who all more? Email: editor@rockawaytimes. reject conventional storytelling and com To advertise in THE ROCKAWAY TIMES call 718-634-3030


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READERS SEND IN THEIR PIX We might be a little biased, but we think some of the best photographers in the world live in Rockaway. Here are some shots that readers shared with us this week. Send your photos (limit to 2 per week) to and we’ll do our best to print them (space permitting). We do receive more than we can print.

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Honorable Mention – A Great 5! Hey, maybe one of these is yours! Every year, our Rockaway Times Photo Contest panel of judges has an impossible time picking out a Top 30 – especially when great ones like these were in the running. These Fabulous Five are not in the running for the top $500 prize, but they were too nice to not show off. They have been made poster-size and are on display at the ferry dock.

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Beach Channel Serves Up Competition

The Beach Channel boys’ tennis team finished their season 7-3 and made it to the second round of the playoffs!! Congratulations on a great season.

Facts You Probably Don’t Need teeth is the giant armadillo of  The longest tennis match in South America, with 74 teeth. history took place at Wimbledon in 2010. The match between John Isner and Nicolas  Sloths are literally too lazy to go looking for a mate, so a feMahut lasted 11 hours and 5 male sloth will often sit in a minutes over 3 days. tree and scream until a male hears her and decides to mate  MLB catcher Harry Chiti was with her. once traded for a "player to be named later." After a poor performance with his new team,  Penguins have a gland above their eye that converts saltwahe was traded back to his forter into freshwater, mer team. To this day, he is the only player to be traded for  The Inland Taipan (snake) has himself. the strongest/potent venom on the planet, capable of kill Cal Hubbard (1900-1977) is ing around 290 humans with the only person in both the a single bite. Scaled to mice, NFL and MLB Hall of Fame. a single bite could kill 250,000 mice.  Tiger Woods hit his first hole in one at the age of 8. Facts from Sean McVeigh, factologist.  The mammal that has the most To advertise in THE ROCKAWAY TIMES call 718-634-3030


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Wrestle Talk MJF IN TROUBLE???

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So, we have additional news about the on-going MJF/AEW Drama. As we have reported here on Wrestle Talk, MJF has been quite vocal about his displeasure with AEW and its owner, Tony Khan. Last week, MJF took to the microphone and unleashed a verbal attack on Tony Khan, the Locker Room and how he feels, even dropping F Bombs and daring Tony Khan to fire him. Now, many have speculated that this is all a storyline, while others believe it's a real-life situation and that MJF is really unhappy with AEW. Whatever you choose to believe in, this has gotten the attention of Warner Bros Discovery and as reported by PWInsider, they have issued an edict in regards to this situation and AEW has been told "to remove MJF from all pro-

motional work regarding AEW programming going forward." It is also reported that MJF may still appear in some advertising, but he is being removed from the intros in both AEW Dynamite and Rampage Shows. In addition, MJF has been removed from the AEW Roster Page and he has not been seen at any taping or live house show since last week. In my opinion, it appears that Warner Bros Discovery has gotten involved in an effort to distance themselves from MJF just in case this further develops and many out there are saying the promo MJF gave might had gone too far. Whether or not it did, this leaves MJF fans on the fence as we have no idea what might happen with the career of MJF. Again, my opinion is that MJF will be just fine and whether he continues working with AEW or leaves somewhere else, MJF

will land on his feet and be fine. We will keep you posted on this ongoing news! The Question of the Week comes from Ray L. in Arverne, and he asked, "I wanted to ask you if you knew what happened to Timothy Thatcher after he was let go from the WWE?" Ray, it appears that former WWE Superstar Timothy Thatcher is now working for Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan. He re-

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