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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

Never Forget

20 Years Later See Page 15 Photo by Katie McFadden


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Ain’t That a Beach Story and Photos By Katie McFadden

Well, that’s not supposed to be there! On Sunday, September 5, just after noon, a vessel with the captain aboard slowly drifted on to Beach 119th Street on a cloudy Labor Day weekend beach day. Curious beachgoers and lifeguards quickly approached the vessel as it grounded and helped the lone man off of his boat as he called for a tow. The man, who had a heavy Russian accent, said he launched out of Brooklyn and the engine stopped functioning. As he tried to get it to work and called for assistance, the boat decided to make a little stop on the beach. The man wasn’t able to get assistance right away. The boat remained on the beach and piqued the curiosity of holiday beachgoers on Monday who stopped to take photos. As tow crews on

scene were trying to determine the best way to remove the vessel, they said they had told the man to drop the anchor while out in the water, which he allegedly failed to do. By Tuesday, the boat was still on the beach. According to the Parks Department, this one was on the owner. “Removal is ultimately the responsibility of the boat owner. We’re working to connect with them to coordinate the removal of the vessel,” a Parks spokesperson said. By early Tuesday evening, Sea Tow was able to tow the boat back out into the water and bring it back to Brooklyn.

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From The Graybeards: FLAG PROJECT

Since Sandy, The Graybeards have been mounting flags along the Boulevard as a sign of our neighborhoods patriotism and resilience. Initially, flags had been purchased by the Wounded Warrior Project to display along their welcoming parade route when they arrived in July to take part in the Wounded Warrior Weekend. Following Sandy, we thought it a good idea to keep the flags up between Memorial and Veterans Day. The bulk of the ex-

penses have been picked up by The Graybeards since with the help of Mazzone's Hardware. If anyone would like to contribute to this initiative donations can be made through the Graybeards (a 501 non-profit). Checks can be made out to "The Graybeards." Please add a note in memo "FLAGS". Donations can be mailed or dropped off to the Graybeards office at 129-04 Newport Ave (Office entrance is on the 129th Street side of the corner building) Furthermore, if you or anyone has a flag that needs to be retired, there is a painted "mailbox" behind the steps of the Graybeards office.(129-04 Newport Avenue). If you see an unsightly/ damaged flag, you can contact us through e-mail (office@thegraybeards.com) and we will see that it is retired properly. These flags will be given to our local VFW to be ceremoniously retired.

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Contact The Elected Congressman Gregory Meeks 67-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Arverne, NY 11692 Phone: (347) 230-4032 Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato 9516 Rockaway Beach Blvd Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 Email: amatos@nyassembly.gov 718-945-9550 City Councilwoman Selvena Brooks-Powers 1931 Mott Avenue, Suite 410 Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718-471-7014 City Councilman Eric Ulrich 114-12 Beach Channel Drive, suite #1 Rockaway Park, NY 11694 Email: eulrich@council.nyc.gov 718-318-6411 State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. 88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd Room 311 Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 Email: addabbo@nysenate.gov 718-318-0702 State Senator James Sanders Jr. 1931 Mott Avenue – Suite 305 Far Rockaway, NY 11691 Email: sanders@nysenate.gov 718-327-7017 Assemblyman Khaleel Anderson 19-31 Mott Avenue, Suite 301 Far Rockaway, NY 11691 Email: Andersonk@nyassembly.gov 718-327-1845

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Those Dirty Dogs Counting, schmounting. It’s so overrated. Counting calories stops as soon as the weekend gets here. Counting steps lasts until the battery dies. Counting beers? I say stop counting at one and proceed ahead. And don’t even start counting hot dogs. Did you see the news that eating one hot dog can cut your life short by 36 minutes? Yeah, some party poopers did a study about the murderous effects of wieners. And the nerve–they wait til the end of summer to drop that number on you. Man, I’m down a couple of years since June. We already know you’re not supposed to think about what’s

in a hot dog. Put any thought to its ingredients and then it’s like eating something on a dare. I dare you to eat some pig snout, lips, heart, kidney, liver, and pink slime. Ok, as long as you add mustard. There’s a company called Beyond Meat that produces plant-based, vegan meat. It’s kind of confusing to me, because aren’t all hot dogs beyond meat? And as disgusting as they are, it’s not all that easy just eating one hot dog. If you’re losing 36 minutes off your life, you might as well go for 72. And I’m just talking good hotdogs. Good grilled dogs, like Sabrette,

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ponder the Hebrew National slogan, We Answer to a Higher Authority. And keeping with the burial theme…buried in the story about the life-shortening franks – come on, you only read the headlines – is the good news that other foods can add minutes to your life so you can get back those 36 minutes. You can join camp legume and eat nuts and fruits and all that boring stuff to get back what you lost. And then some. The same study said you can get 48 minutes on the plus side. But let’s think this through. A hot dog is a social food. You eat it around others. If you start eating all that good stuff with it, it could backfire. Literally. The good stuff gives you gas and pretty soon nobody’s inviting you to the next barbecue. If nothing else, the study makes me think about what I’m putting in my mouth. I’m gonna have a smoke and a glass of scotch and think about it. And have a cup of legumes nearby. Whatever they are.

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Kudos St. Johns Dear Editor: (Sent to Gerald Walsh, CEO St John’s Episcopal Hospital) I am writing this letter to acknowledge the incredible care I received at St John’s Episcopal Hospital’s Emergency Room. I had misfortune of taking a fall last week that required surgery to my arm to repair some tendon damage. After arriving home following the surgery, I had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia sending me into anaphylaxis shock. After several

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 unsuccessful attempts to reach the Surgical Center Orvis and Cohen for assistance I reached out to my PCP Victoria Backus who instructed me to get to the Emergency Room at St John’s immediately as my throat was closing off blocking my breathing. The incredible team of doctors and nurses at the St John’s ER had me in a room and intubated and on a ventilator within five minutes of arrival allowing me to breath. We have all heard stories of the care available to us in the only hospital on the peninsula some good, some bad. I can only speak for myself. I received first class care in both the ER and the main hospital for my short stay at St John’s that ultimately saved my life. Thank you, St John’s staff, I don’t have all he names but you know who you are. Thanks for the great work. Ricky O’Neill

  

   

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***** The seashell flag tribute on our cover was made by Editor Katie McFadden and her boyfriend, Paul Zinskie. It's surrounded by 20 flags to mark the 9/11 anniversary, and 13 at top as a tribute to the troops recently killed in Afghanistan. Check it out on Beach 127th. ***** The twentieth anniversary of 9/11 is Saturday. “Never forget” is an appropriate term because we never will and never can. There is no right way to honor those who were taken that day. The day remains extraordinarily difficult for many among us. We wish comfort and solace for all who suffer. We will never forget. ***** The Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic is Sunday, September 12 at Beach 91st Street (Richie Allen’s Way). The surfing fun, geared towards younger surfers, is a day

to remember Richie, a firefighter who was killed on September 11, 2001. The sign-ups start at 8 a.m. and the contest begins at 9. There will also be a traditional paddle out to honor Richie. It’s always a great day with smiles everywhere. Even if you don’t surf or have kids that do, come anyway, buy a t-shirt and enjoy. ***** The Rockaway Film Festival kicks off Monday, September 13 and runs through September 19. There are short films, feature films, documentaries and experimental films and at least one classic, “Weekend at Bernie’s.” Co-founders, Sam Fleischner and Courtney Muller, put a huge amount of effort into the festival (a non-profit) and could use your support. Check out some of the stuff at 72-02 Gouverneur Avenue in Arverne (next door to the Rockaway Brewery). See Page 44 for schedules. ***** Well, here’s one we didn’t expect. Apparently, there were “storm crimes” committed during that historic rainfall that came with Hurricane Ida last week.

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After a long year which put a damper on last year’s festivities, the sun was shining on the return of Broad Channel’s Mardi Gras parade. On Labor Day, September 6, the island community lined the

curbs to cheer marchers and homemade floats as they rolled down Cross Bay Boulevard. As is BC tradition, as the parade u-turned near East 20th Road, spectators, with children and chairs in tow, crossed over to catch it again as it then proceeded up the Boulevard in the opposite direction.

Floats included an elaborate Beetlejuice tableau, Olympics and Space Jam spoofs, and heartfelt troop salutes, including a touching tribute to the 13 service members recently lost in Afghanistan. Each year Broad Channel celebrates Mardi Gras as an

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BROAD CHANNEL CELEBRATES MARDI GRAS! Continued from Page 9 were Aubrey and Charlotte Allen, Johnny McCarthy and Juliet Henglein, and Robbie O’Hare, running for the titles of Baby Face, Prince and Princess and Mayor respectively. Collectively they raised thou-

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sands for the BCAC. The parade finished at the BCAC Memorial Field, where hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks, music, ice cream and amusements awaited. Prizes for floats and marching groups were also awarded. By the end of the day there were many smiles to welcome back this 100+ year tradition back to Broad Channel.

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This year was supposed to be a big year for cicadas. That seventeen-year batch was supposed to fill the skies with that never ending chirping that typically descends in mid-August, signifying that summer is getting tired and limping toward the end. But those cicadas came late this year, arriving in early September to serenade us with their songs before their short lives above ground came to an end after seventeen years of pushing upwards from the underground. But they did arrive, even though they were late. And they joined the monarch butterflies who arrived on time in September, floating on cool pre-fall breezes, signaling the change in season to come. And not to be outdone, dragonflies joined their winged friends to scatter across the skies in battle formations diving left and right and up and down and all around scaring the bejesus out of anyone in range. You could also tell by the ocean that change was coming. The stronger than usual tides are pulling just a bit more as we reach the half-way point of hurricane season. Already several storms have blown through New York, damaging homes, taking lives, reminding us that we are not in control of this world, like we think we are. If you look at local gardens, you can see that the summer’s blooms have come and gone. It’s been a long time since the tulips and daffodils were gleaming brightly on front lawns. Even the day lilies have gotten tired and retreated into their shoots. Some late sunflowers and cushion mums have started to arrive on the scene, bringing color to the green that

will soon turn into a riot of fall colors. Can we really be in September? Are kids going back to school? Is it really time for the end of summer rituals, only to be followed shortly by the prelude to winter that fall is? The pandemic has changed the way we view time. Moments with friends and family are more cherished now. And no matter how we try to slow the process down, it moves more quickly than any of us would like. And with the changing of seasons upon us, it becomes a time to reflect and remember, and no month does that more than the month of September, for so many reasons. And try as we might, we know we will never forget. Sometimes it’s a scent on a breeze, sometimes it’s a sound or a song, sometimes it’s a touch or call from a friend or family member that no longer arrives. It causes us to stop and breathe deeply and look out at the sky. Because in September the clouds change into big fluffy cotton balls, and sometimes they get angry and blow hard down upon us. But with each, we are reminded of the ones we love. So yes, the cicadas came late this year, but they did come, and we are better for them coming, because they announce change, and contrary to what might be believed, change is good. If you ever wondered about that, ask the cicadas, they go through seventeen years of change, pushing hard to get to the surface, to emerge, not as butterflies, but bug-eyed, screeching beings, whose lives last but for a few days. I am sure if you asked them, they would say change is good, and the end, worth every year of struggle. Yes, the cicadas came late this year, but come they did at last.

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Raccoon Times: Rockaway’s Nightlife LABOR DAY BOARDWALK FUN By Nicole Taylor-Lang

Even though fall doesn't officially start until September 22, Labor Day signifies the end of summer as school starts up again and the evenings grow darker earlier. This past Monday, September 6, the Rockaway Beach Bazaar (9701 Shore Front Pkwy.) made sure summer went out with a bang with local Rockaway DJ, DJ Mouse (Joseph Montaperto) on the turntable. As I walked towards Beach 97th Street, the boardwalk and the beaches were packed. Everyone was enjoying the beautiful weather and you could hear music coming from all directions. I even came across a reggae event by Beach 94th Street brought to you by Coney Island Reggae on the Boardwalk. People were dancing and moving to the riffs and sounds in the plaza.

After my pit stop, I made my way to 97th. As I was walking towards the concession, I saw a man walking a raccoon on a leash, yes, a raccoon! You can imagine my excitement. I got to introduce myself and met Lulu the raccoon. I took a picture of her and told the owner that my column is named Raccoon Times and seeing her made my night. At the concessions, the music was pumping, and the dance floor was full. The DJ was playing a variety of music that kept people on their feet. “I like to play music that keeps the ladies dancing,” DJ Mouse said. “I’m working hard but everyone is having a great time and that’s what matters.” It sure looked like people were. Before you know it, a conga line broke out. A bunch of people joined in and there were so many smiles and laughter. Who doesn’t love a good conga line?

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If people weren’t dancing, they were filling their bellies with the variety of delicious food the concessions have to offer. The food ranges from ceviche dishes from La Cevicheria to pizza from Seany Slices, to even vegan options from La Fruteria and so much more. The concessions also have different types of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. I got me a frozen white peach sangria from Sand Shark Bar. I figured why not get my frozen drink fix in before the weather gets too chilly. I then joined in the dance floor and met so many friendly faces. “I love it here,” Ana Jankovic from Astoria, said. “Everyone is dancing and the energy is great.” As the sun was setting, that didn’t stop people from enjoying the night. The sky was turning a beautiful color of pink. I never get tired of looking at a sunset. It’s mother nature’s own masterpiece. The Rockaway atmosphere always brings people back like Ferdinand Portuguez from Corona. His good friend was a lifeguard in

Rockaway back in ’83 and they all got together on the beach for Labor Day. “A lot of nice old memories and reminiscing,” Portuguez said. “It’s a great way to end Labor Day weekend.” The concessions will be open until the end of September. So be sure to check them out before the cold creeps its way in. You can follow Rockaway Bazaar’s Instagram to see some of their final upcoming events @rockawaybazaar. For more from DJ Mouse, follow him @ djmousenyc.


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Twenty Years Later By Katie McFadden

Twenty years. Saturday, September 11 marks 20 years since four planes were hijacked and turned into weapons, hitting the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and crashing in Somerset County, PA, killing 2,996 people in a terrorist attack. Everyone who was old enough knows exactly where they were and what they were doing that blue-skied Tuesday. Twenty years later, that day is never forgotten, especially around Rockaway. We asked a few locals what they remember most about that fateful day and the weeks after. Many local residents were working in Manhattan at the time of the attacks and faced a terrifying ordeal of trying to make it home. As Matt McLean said, “I was working at 100 Church St., a block north of 7 World Trade Center. I was at my desk, and I heard the first plane, but it sounded like a truck hitting a metal grate in the street. People started talking about a plane

crash in the World Trade Center, so my co-workers and I were looking out the windows. Being so close to the towers, we were looking straight up. That’s when I saw the nose of second plane come through the top of the tower. Debris started falling, and a few of our office windows broke. We evacuated the building and started walking toward City Hall Park, which was our emergency gathering area. That’s when the first tower fell. Coworkers and I immediately started crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. I knew my Rockaway friend John Farrell (Cantor Fitzgerald) had perished. I just felt it. When I got to my family‘s home on Beach 133rd Street, I just broke down. I had never been happier to see my family or to be home. In the 10- block walk between my family’s home and my apartment, I was hearing of all the other Rockaway residents who didn’t make it that day. It seemed like every block I met somebody who told me more horrible news (Charlie Heeran, Michael Andrews, Richie Allen).

Bernadette McCann, sister of Charlie Heeran, remembers the community being there for her family. “I was a freshman in my first week at the University of Scranton— my brother Charlie was killed that day,” she said. “The thing I remember the most — the people who never stopped offering their condolences and support. They say 9/11 is forgotten many times— in my heart it’s not. I remember those people, because they never left us. This community and those around it never ever forgot my brother Charlie. 23 years young and watching over us the last almost 20 years.” Jeanne Marie McInnis remembers a call for the community to come together immediately after the events of that day. “That evening the church bells rang and everyone ran up to St. Francis. To pray and support one another,” she said. Many remember being grateful for their loved ones who made it home. “I remember the following day seeing my FDNY brother and

hugging him and saying thank you for making it out of the buildings,” Tom McCabe said. Many were part of the cleanup efforts at Ground Zero in the days after. “My most vivid memory is my husband who was in the construction business being sent to the pile as they called it. He worked for three days passing buckets as they were searching for body parts. The day he came home, I opened the door, and his expression was the saddest one I had even seen. He showered and went upstairs to our bedroom and myself and my children could hear the sobs,” Tara Anderson said. Many remember the funerals that followed. “I remember filling in with FDNY pipe band at all of the memorial services in the following weeks,” Ed Shevlin said, adding that the events lead to personal renewal. “I remember going to rehab to quit drinking, because it amplified the pain. I’ll be sober 20 years on 10/20/21.'' Twenty years later, 9/11/01 is never forgotten.

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Marking 20 Years Locally By Katie McFadden As a place hard hit by loss, Rockaway, Breezy Point and Broad Channel never forgets 9/11. Over the next few days, there will be plenty of local ways to honor the heroes and many civilians who died that day. On Friday, September 10 at 11 a.m., the NYPD's 9/11 graduating class will hold a memorial prayer and ceremony on the beach at Beach 108th Street. All are welcome to join. On Saturday, September 11, head to Tribute Park on Beach 116th Street and the bay for the local 20th anniversary commemoration ceremony. The gates open at 8 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. The names of the locals who died that day will be read, along with the placing of roses around the park in their memory. Aerial Acoustics, featuring Dorothy Wagner and Dennis Smith will play instrumentals while Chazmond Peacock and Steven Wagner will sing. This

ceremony, presented by the Friends of Tribute Park, is sponsored through the generosity of 1-800-FLOWERS and the DeMatteis Family. In the evening, as part of their summer film series, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, NYC Parks and the Rockaway Film Festival will be featuring a timely film called “Man On a Wire,” about Philippe Petit who in 1974, famously and illegally tightrope walked between the Twin Towers. The film will be screened at O’Donohue Park on Beach 17th Street at around 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair. At 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, AmpSurf will be holding a 9/11 paddle out and wreath-laying remembrance ceremony to honor those who died. All are invited to join on the shore or in the water. Meet at the Cross of Steel in Breezy Point (Beach 218th). Those going into the water must bring their own board and must be able to get in and out of the water on their own. In the evening,

Breezy Point’s remembrance Mass and ceremony will be held at the Breezy Point 9/11 memorial (Beach 218th Street) at 7 p.m. It is advised that you bring your own chair. (Please note that only Breezy Point Coop residents and their guests are permitted to attend this ceremony, as it is a private community). Since the park is closed for renovations, Broad Channel will host its ceremony on Saturday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at VFW Post 260 located at 713 Shad Creek Road. On Sunday, September 12 is the annual Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic on Beach 91st Street. Sign-ups begin at 8 a.m. and the contest starts at 9 a.m.

The contest is for young surfers, including Boys 10 and under, 11-13 and 14-16 and Girls 12 and under and 13-16. There will also be boogie boarding and stand up paddle boarding, a DJ, food, drinks, t-shirts, prizes and giveaways. Whether a surfer or not, this is always a great community event to remember Richie Allen, a lifeguard, firefighter, brother, son, uncle, friend and hero. Photo by Finbar Devine.

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Look for the Signs Over the years, many streets have taken on the names of 9/11 heroes and other local residents who passed away that day 20 years ago. Some family, friends and neighbors chose to memorialize their loved ones with street co-namings after 9/11. According to city records, there are at least 10 such streets in Rockaway named in honor of local 9/11 victims. The co-naming ceremonies and unveiling of these signs took place in 2003 and 2004. Most include firefighters, but two are named for women who worked in the World Trade Center. Some, especially those on the boardwalk, had to be replaced after Hurricane Sandy. If you’d like to visit some of these street memorials, here they are from downtown to uptown. Firefighter Eugene M. Whelan Street Beach 37th between Rockaway Beach Blvd and Beach Channel Drive. Firefighter Whelan worked for Engine 230.

land Avenue and Rockaway Beach Blvd. McShane was an NYPD officer for 12 years before becoming an FDNY firefighter. He worked for Ladder 101.

Clara Hinds Street Beach 40th Street between Beach Channel Drive to Jamaica Bay. Hinds worked at Windows on the World in the World Trade Center.

Firefighter John Heffernan Street Beach 114th and the Boardwalk. Firefighter Heffernan worked for Ladder 11.

Firefighter Stephen P. Russell Memorial Drive Bayfield Avenue between Beach 72nd Street and Beach 65th Street. Firefighter Russell worked for Engine 55. Beach 92nd Street and the Boardwalk. Firefighter Belson worked for Ladder 24.

Chief John Moran Way Beach 118th Street and the Boardwalk. Chief Moran worked for Battalion 49.

Lisa King-Johnson Promenade Beach 124th and the Boardwalk. King worked for the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods firm in the Captain Walter G. Hynes Way Richie Allen’s Way—FDNY Beach 93rd Street between Hol- World Trade Center. land Avenue and Shore Front 9/11/01 Beach 91st Street and the Board- Parkway. Captain Hynes worked for Ladder walk. Firefighter Allen worked for Lad- Company 13. der Company 15 but off duty, jumped on with Engine 4 on 9/11. Terence McShane Boulevard FDNY/NYPD Steven “Bells” Belson Beach Way Beach 94th Street between Hol-

Remembering The Fallen

The Rockaway Peninsula was one of the hardest hit areas by loss on September 11, 2001. Twenty years later, we remember the 77 locals who died that day, as listed here. This list was compiled by the Friends of Tribute Park and all of the names are read at the annual ceremony at Tribute Park. Additionally, we remember the many, many more who have died over the last 20 years of 9/11 related illnesses. They are never forgotten. (*Red designates a firefighter).

FF Joe Agnello FF Eric Allen FF Richie Allen Michael Andrews Ezra Aviles FF Steve Belson Gennady Boyarsky Pamela Boyce Brandon Buchanan Matthew Burke CAPT. Frank Callahan Liam Callahn Marcia Carter Paul Cascio Mandy Chang-Burke Anthony Coladonato Carlo Commisso FF Tom Cullen FF Jerry Dewan Matthew Diaz LT. Kevin Dowdell Mary Dowling John Farrell 1ST DEP. COMM. William Feehan Mark Gilles

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Now Open: Hackfarm By Katie McFadden

Tired of making a mess in your own apartment or garage doing those DIY projects? At least, maybe your landlord or spouse is. Now there’s a place in town where you can make those creative projects that even provides the expensive equipment needed to help you create whatever you dream of. The Hackfarm is now open. Nobody knows better how important it is to have a designated place for DIY (do it yourself) projects than Bonnie Lytle, owner of Hackfarm. “I always like building and fixing things. I would always try to do that in my apartment

and my landlords would get really mad at me,” she said. Lytle tried turning to other maker spaces across the city but they’re few and far between. So when she moved to Rockaway last October from mainland Queens, she decided to create a maker space in her new hometown. “I wanted to come here because I wanted to be near the beach, and I love Rockaway. I’ve been coming here for about six years and have seen this community change so much. There is this community of artists here who like to do DIY projects and I figured if I was having this problem in Brooklyn and Queens, I’m sure people here are having the same problem and now would be a good time to open up this space. Previously making holiday displays for well-known Manhattan shops, when Covid shut down Lytle’s industry, it served as another push, “I figured it’s now or never,” she said.

In February she came across a space at 91-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and spent April through August building it out, transforming it into a makers studio. On Saturday, August 21, Lytle opened Hackfarm to the community. Hackfarm provides the space and equipment to make many different types of projects. The space includes a fully equipped woodshop, a workshop and even a computer lab. Among the equipment available for use are computers with the full Adobe suite for graphic designers, a CNC router, a laser cutter, table saw, jointer, bench top planar, a drill press, combo sander, router table, single bevel miter saw, an air compressor/nail gun, clamps, drills, other saws and hand tools. Those who use the space are encouraged to bring their own materials for whatever projects they’re working on but there is wood glue, sandpaper

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and screws and nails available for purchase on site. Lytle says with these offerings, people can come make basic woodshop projects, do graphic design and other things people put their mind and passion to. From her own experience, Lytle realized that many people may have the passion to create, but not the space or tools to make it happen. Hackfarm fills that need. “I just want to make tools and machinery as accessible to as many people as possible. Not only is space an issue in the city, but the machines and all this stuff is not cheap, and I just want to make it so the reason people aren’t able to make their idea shouldn’t be just because of financial and social limitations,” Lytle said. “I think I got caught up in that because there were a lot of things I wanted to make the past few years but I didn’t have the means of building this stuff, so it was discouraging. I wanted to make this as accessible as I could.” Those interested in utilizing what Hackfarm has to offer can do so by becoming a member. Members don’t need to have much experience, as Lytle can help teach people how to use certain tools, but they must have safety certifications, which Hackfarm can provide. There are annual and monthly membership options, as well as a day pass for those who just need a few days to complete a project. Some have already taken advantage of the space. “We had a couple people come in who are

cabinet makers who don’t want to assemble in their garage. We have someone else making animatronics, which I didn’t expect. But people can make random stuff, that’s the fun of it. I’m excited to see what other people make,” she said. Lytle also hopes to create a new group of creators. This week she held her first workshop to introduce some of the more basic tools to people and help them create a coffee tray to take home. It’s the first of many such classes that Lytle hopes to hold going forward, as workshops are in high demand. Lytle will also hold community events for families. Last week, she held a tie-dye event which brought out kids from the neighborhood and parents who hope to see more of such events in the future. Lytle says they’re already in the works and she hopes to hold a birdhouse making event for kids next. She’s also open to letting other crafters and builders come in to teach classes and bring even more experience to the studio.

As everything is still new, Lytle hopes to expand and add more tools and options based on what people might want to make. But no matter what it is, Lytle hopes that Hackfarm becomes a true community space. “I really want there to be a community feel here. I don’t want it to just be come in, build your project and leave. I want there to be a neighborhood feel where everyone is a familiar face and people feel open to talk to each other, get tips and work on projects together. That’s a huge hope,” she said. Hackfarm, located at 91-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd., is open six days a week and closed on Mondays. For more information about what they offer, check out HackFarmLLC.com, call 347617-8091 and make sure to follow @hackfarmllc on Instagram for inspiration and updates on events.


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Getting Real with Rockaway’s Real Estate Agents LISA JACKSON AND ROCKAWAY PROPERTIES By Dan Guarino

The Rockaway Times has a growing real estate section and Rockaway Properties is like a great open floor plan as it resides in the centerfold. Its Sold! and For Sale signs decorate many local lawns and match the elegantly dressed window of its Beach 129th Street office, operated by owner Lisa Jackson. An upcoming “for sale” sign, Jackson reveals, will make a bit of news. When sold, she noted, the breathtakingly luxurious beachfront home will set a record as the highest priced home sale in Rockaway history. Such an accomplishment follows years of hard work and fits her calling. While others often try other fields, Jackson says that for her it was always going to be real estate. “Since I was young, I’ve always wanted to be a real estate agent. I started working for a real estate firm, and by 19 I got my license,” she said. Why real estate? “It’s fun going to see the insides of houses, the interior, the design,” Jackson explained. “It’s always been interesting to me.” Today, as a Licensed Broker, she is the owner of Rockaway Properties, with the catchy website name of Rockaprop. com. But she doesn’t do it alone. Jackson is quick to point out that the firm’s success is a team effort. That team includes Licensed Associate Brokers Nia Casilla and Barbara Ferguson; Licensed Real Estate Agents Colleen Brady, Joseph Magiera and Zachary Plattner; administrative assistant Kristen Marino and Amanda Deriggi. “Rockaway Properties started in 2010. I rented a desk across the street (from our current location) on Beach 129th Street. I put my sign out and started. It was just me,” she said. But not for long. Originally from Connecticut, Nia Casilla became fascinated with Rockaway and joined Jackson as her “young and energetic” first agent. Now “I have five agents who work very hard,” Jackson said. “Between all of us, we do pretty good.” While Rockaway Properties

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lot of larger firms have come and decided to set up shop,” she said. What about the rise of more high-end luxury developments like on Beach 116th Street and other parts of the peninsula? “That’s actually always been happening,” Jackson explains. “Look at the Ocean Grande, Arverne by the Sea. Since I’ve been

here, I’ve been seeing that.” As far as the pandemic and other challenges go, she notes that in a season when the pace is usually slack, business has been unusually busy. “We’ve had a really good year. I cannot believe we have sold 57 properties sold and another 18 under contract…so far.” As she speaks, Jackson is simultaneously handling inquiries by text, phone and email. “That’s one thing about this business,” she says, “you have to be there for your client. “We could be working till 10 p.m., midnight. Not always. But it happens.” That client relationship also includes the unique soon to be released offering exclusive to Rockaway Properties. Lisa Jackson sold the land along Rockaway’s coast on the west end to the owner in 2014. Today the beautiful home there, totally newly constructed, looks out on to the ocean with a modern yet comfortable, sleek open look. Its three to four stories feature terraces and bright windows, all sitting astride a luxurious custom-built inground pool. And yes, she confirms, this would indeed be the most expensive home sold in Rockaway to date. Jackson points out that what has made Rockaway Properties a success today, has been there all along. “From almost when we first started, we’ve been a real team. We’ve had a full-time reception and, importantly, an actual office. We always have real-time listings in that window! And we really work for the seller. “When we opened in 2010, we had an amazing year. Since then, we have been consistently selling the highest priced homes. And selling the most homes. We’ve been getting the most 5-star reviews every year.” “We’ve been very fortunate,” she says, as she knocks on her glass desk top. With that, she takes a breath as she prepares take an afternoon’s enjoyment with family at the beach near her own Rockaway home. It’s a brief summer refresher before she gets back to the business of selling Rockaway real estate.


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Finding Your Joy Last weekend I had the pleasure and delight of attending a very good friend’s daughter’s wedding. It was at the Liberty State Park overlooking our beautiful NYC skyline. The room was spectacular with glass windows surrounding the space. A stunning rooftop patio with a panoramic view of our lovely city. The guests danced the entire night and celebrated

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with such joy and laughter. It is always special to see two people in love who promise to be loyal, patient and support one another in the journey of life where there will be bumpy roads along the way. Upon arriving home, I went to my bookshelf and pulled out The Book of Joy, one of my favorites, an uplifting book about the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Such an

inspiring book about their sufferings and how they still remain happy and content during times of unrest. Their playfulness and light heartedness are one of their traits that helped them walk the path of life with joy and ease. In the book, they wish to spread the message of kindness and affection as their source of joy and happiness. “The ultimate source of happiness is within ourselves.” The best way to fulfill your wishes, to reach your goals, is to help others. To flourish in community, is to live from our hearts sharing our gifts. Powerful words from two men who gave so much of themselves in a world that had an enormous amount of misery. Life is not so easy. If you are feeling stuck and sad during this month of September, you are not alone. I searched my heart for what I could write about this month when I knew there was so much suffering. I see you, I got you, I hope you find forgiveness in a world that is

broken. May you know there is no one who can take your joy away unless you give it to them. Start this September with renewed, positive energy as if you were newly married, madly in love with life and promise to support yourself and others. “Whatever life gives to you, you can respond with joy. Joy is happiness that does not depend on what happens. It is a grateful response to the opportunity that life offers you at this moment.” ~ Brother Steindl-Rast. My heart always feels gratitude for the gift of life. No regrets, no grudges, no hard feelings. Only forgiveness will set you free. May you all feel love in your life and offer your peace to offers. My experience is when you give of yourself without any expectations you will always feel joy and contentment. May you find the blessings in your life. Follow your bliss and stay true to yourself. Peace to all.

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the stage rockin’ Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Creedence Labor Day may have come and and more! gone, but the heat is still on, 97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd and the Rockaway Groan continues to rule. With our little slice of heaven chock-full with a Saturday, September 11 wide variety of live music, theater 5 p.m. and arts—stick around, there’s so Take a world music tour on much to enjoy on the Rock! See the boardwalk with the groovy the round-up below, but plan ac- world, reggae and soul rhythms cordingly ‘cause you might have of Rho & The Nomads. to double up! Beach 97th Rockaway Bazaar

LIVE MUSIC: Thursday, September 9 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 11 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Supertones drop in on RipHave a night of good craic with pers with their surf rock tubular the Brooklyn Bards at the Bay- beats and guitar riffs. Rippers, Beach 86th Concession House in Breezy Point! 500 Bayside

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Saturday, September 11 7 p.m.

The Knights of Columbus’ tap The Family Band makes their deroom will be brimming over with but at Whit’s with a sizzling lineup good times as the Rock-A-Wades of Southern classic and jam rock. usher in an extra-special pint of 97-04 Rockaway Beach Blvd your favorite rock classics. 333 Beach 90th Street

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Rockaway music man, Kyle TGIF! Grab your best buds, and Wade, brings in laughs and a head to Harbor Light for not just rollickin’ night of unadulterated a delicious dinner feast, but also rock at Rogers. 203 Beach 116th Street a classic rock feast with Mike & Miley, playing your 60s and 70s Sunday, September 11 favorites. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 129-18 Newport Ave Be blessed on the bay with WBLS’ Liz Black's Sunday Praise Friday, September 10 Live Open Mic at Thai Rock’s spa6 p.m. Guess who’s finally back at Ca- cious outdoor patio. Special guests racas? None other than Big Squid will be the open mic performers, flooding the boardwalk with their plus WBLS’ DJ-S1 spins the best in gospel music. For tickets, visit squidalicious sound. Caracas, Beach 106th Conces- Facebook page: Liz Black's Sunday Praise live Open Mic sion 375 Beach 92nd Street

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lesque performances featuring River. Post-screening discussion triple threat—Gin Minsky, Molly with filmmakers. Girl and Lydia Wilts. Plus music with DJ Mike Combat. Tickets Wednesday, September 15 $20. 9 p.m. 97-04 Rockaway Beach Blvd CROSS EYED—A troupe of teens put on a play written by Sweet Sundays director and Queens local, Amit 7 p.m. End your Sunday on a sweet Desai. On the verge of adulthood, note with the smooth-as-butter the performers discuss their vocals and acoustic guitar tunes fears, queerness, and ideas of of Sasha Dobson at Mara’s Ice truth and fiction as they free-fall into performative self-reflection. Cream Parlor. Post-screening discussion with 92-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd filmmaker.

ARTS ROCKAWAY FILM FESTIVAL September 13 to September 19 Uniting movie lovers across NYC's largest cinema desert, namely Rockaway, RRF represents a broad spectrum of images and stories aiming to captivate and connect Rockaway’s vibrant community. See a brief synopsis of the program below. For more info and tickets, visit: rockawayfilmfestival.com. All films will be shown at the new outdoor Arverne Cinema (72-02 Gouverneur Ave).

Monday, September 13 5:30 p.m. Local, Argentinan punk rocker, Tall Juan, kicks off the festival with live music. (Free with movie ticket)

7 p.m. ABOVE THE WAVES—A presentation of 10 experimental artbased short films and videos traveling across both sand and ocean, creating visuals that sometimes feel everyday and other times seem absurd.

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8TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S SURF FILM FESTIVAL The Women's Surf Film Festival, a project of Lava Girl Surf, celebrates the filmmakers and female wave riders who live to surf, highlighting their sense of adventure, connection to the ocean and love for their own communities and those they discover. The festival supports Laru Beya, a local surfing initiative dedicated to empowering underrepresented youth of the Rockaways through surfing; and A Walk on Water, a nonprofit providing surf therapy to children with unique needs. See brief synopsis of the program below. To register and for more info, visit: womenssurffilmfestival.com

Thursday, September 9 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A Women's Night Out: Conversation with author Diane Cardwell on Swell Season Radio about her book, which Netflix recently optioned for a feature film starring Kerry Washington. Book signing after. Rockaway Beach Surf Club 302 Beach 87th Street

SAM AND MATTIE MAKE A Friday, September 10 ZOMBIE MOVIE—Confounding 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. It’s time to be Grateful Dead disability stigmas, the film, diThe festival kicks off at The again with the Rainbow Spirals at rected by locals Robert Carnevale Rockaway Hotel with a cocktail and Jesse Suchmann, is a spec- reception, film screenings and a Whit’s End. tacular display of DIY gore and a night cap afterwards. 97-04 Rockaway Beach Blvd joyous example of friendship and 108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive Thirsty Thursdays community.

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Movies Under the Stars: Jaws On Thursday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m., bring a blanket or chair and head to the Beach 94th Street Plaza to watch Jaws under the stars.

Women’s Night Out On Thursday, September 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., head to the Rockaway Beach Surf Club (302 Beach 87th Street) for a night of shopping fun local vendors, drinking and conversation with Diane Cardwell, author of “Rockaway: Surfing Headlong into a New Life,” which is being adapted into a Netflix film.

Women’s Surf Film Fest Opening Ceremonies On Friday, September 10 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., head to The Rockaway Hotel (108-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd) for the opening ceremonies of the 8th Annual Women’s Surf Film Festival. Grab a cocktail and food and then enjoy film screenings starting at 8:30

the Cleanup, head to Rockaway Yoga Bari Yoga Brewing Co. on Beach 72nd for On Tuesdays, Fridays and Satur9/11 Tribute Park after party drinks and food as an days at 8:30 a.m., join Yoga Bari for Ceremony appreciation. yoga on the Beach 126th boardOn Saturday, September 11, at walk 8:30 a.m., head to Tribute Park to Women’s Surf Film Fest commemorate the 20th anniverOn Saturday, September 11, Yoga on the Beach sary of 9/11 with the reading of the from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., head to Kevin Campbell is back with names, music and more. the Rockaway Surf Club (302 yoga/human movement classes Beach 87th Street) for a night on Beach 104th Street at 8:30 a.m. Mobile Fitness of women’s surf films. Grab on Mondays, Wednesdays and FriOn Saturday, September 11 at food at Tacoway Beach, enter days. Head to the beach and get 9 a.m., join NYC Parks near the a raffle to support Laru Beya, your om on. stage at Beach 17th Street for free watch short screenings and the fitness classes including spin and feature film “Girls Can’t Surf.” Yoga with Christine group exercise classes. Bring a Christine Walker offers Sunday water bottle! Rockaway Film Festival 8:30am Yoga Flow on Sundays at Free sunset films at O'Dono- 8:30am and Mondays at 7 p.m., plus Community Cleanup hue Park, Beach 14th St &, Se- meditative yin yoga at 7 p.m. on On Saturday, September 11 agirt Blvd. and Beach 17th and Wednesdays, all on the Beach 126th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., join RISE the Boardwalk. On Saturday, boardwalk. Bring a mat or towel. for a community cleanup on September 11, from 7-10:00 Beach 25th Street. People of all p.m. “Man on a Wire” will be Rockaway Irish Festival ages are encouraged to partici- shown. Tickets are free and can Save the date! The Rockaway Irish pate. Students can receive com- be reserved at JBRPC.org Festival is September 18 and 19. munity service hours for their Head to St. Camillus (Beach 99th efforts. Movies Under the Stars: Street) between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Deep Blue Sea both days for a day of live Irish muRockaway Beach Cleanup On Thursday, September 16 at sic, vendors, performances and On Saturday, September 11 7:15 p.m., bring a blanket or chair more. from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., join and head to the Beach 94th Street Cup Zero, Waste Free Earth, and Plaza to watch Deep Blue Sea unGot events? Send an email to kaEchoed Voices on Beach 67th der the stars. tie@rockawaytimes.com with deStreet for a Beach Cleanup. After tails for consideration to be listed.

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LEGAL NOTICES Notice of Formation of SANCTUARY MANAGEMENT GROUP LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/03/2021. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to SANCTUARY MANAGEMENT GROUP LLC, 165 Broadway, 23rd floor, New York City, New York, 10006. Any lawful purpose. 85-26 Dumont Avenue, Apt. 10C, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/16/2021. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 11670 233rd St., Cambria Heights, NY 11411. General Purpose Li & Cheng Realty Group LLC filed w/ SSNY on 7/14/21. Office: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 35-24 93rd St., Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: any lawful. MAKI, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/22/99. 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, PO Box 237055, New York, NY 10023. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 82-19 NB LLC filed w/ SSNY on 7/23/21. Office: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 25-76 48th St., Astoria, NY 11103. Purose: an lawful.

THE LAW OFFICE OF ILYA MORDUKHAEV, PLLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 07/29/21. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the PLLC, c/o Iyla Mordukhaev, Esq., 9948 64th Avenue, Rego Park, NY 11374. Purpose: For the practice of the profession of Law. Notice of Formation of La Belle Ventures LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/01/21. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Jane Ong-Pan, 7714 113th St., Apt. 4M, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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Notice of Formation of PERTRONIC ELECTRICAL, LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/21/2021. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Pertronic Electrical, LLC, 311 Beach 65th Street, Averne NY, 11692. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Sanford Avenue Partner LLC, Art. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/18/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY Designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: The LLC, 37-04 Prince St, 2FL, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activity.

J & E MARTINEZ CONSTRUCTION LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 8/14/21. Office in Queens Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The Limited Liability Company, 14311 97th Ave. Jamaica, NY 11435 Purpose: Any lawful purpose Notice of Formation of Easyhighfly LLC, Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on Date 06/22/21. Office location: Queens, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Amit Sarker, Easyhighfly LLC, 4817 42nd St. 2B, Sunnyside, NY 11104. Any lawful purpose. 37-41 101 Street LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/19/2021. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Julia Gomez, 37-41 101st St., Corona, NY 11368. General Purpose

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Low back pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek medical care. Most low back pain is caused by minor problems with muscles, joints, or ligaments in the back. In rare cases, less than 1%, low back pain is caused by a serious spinal problem. Low back pain is categorized by how long the pain lasts. Acute low back pain lasts less than four weeks, subacute four to 12 weeks, and chronic more than 12 weeks. Evaluation of low back pain requires a detailed medical history and physical examination. Most patients reporting pain only located in the lower back do not require imaging studies including X rays, CT scan, or MRI. Warning signs indicating that low back pain may be from a more serious source include pain radiating into the buttocks and leg, new leg weakness or paralysis, changes in bladder

Pain in the Back or bowel function, numbness around the buttocks or genitals, fever, or a history of cancer. The presence of any of these symptoms should trigger an immediate investigation. Most people with acute or subacute low back pain improve within weeks. Chronic low back pain symptoms are more likely to persist and fluctuate over time. According to the American College of Physicians (ACP), most patients with acute or subacute low back pain should be advised that their pain will improve over time, regardless of treatment. Patients should remain as active as possible and avoid prolonged bed rest. Nondrug treatments can be initiated, including superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation (chiropractic care). If medication is needed to alleviate pain, it should be given at the lowest effective dosage and for the shortest possible time. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS, for example ibuprofen) or skeletal

muscle relaxant drugs (i.e., cyclobenzaprine [Flexeril]) can decrease acute or subacute low back pain. Oral or injected steroids are not effective, and opiates should never be prescribed for simple low back pain. Patients with severe pain that radiates down the back of the leg (sciatica) should have imaging studies performed and, if the pain is persistent, should consider more invasive treatment. If there is a compressed nerve, invasive options may include spinal injections containing a local anesthetic and a steroid, or surgery. For those with chronic low back pain, the ACP recommends a combination of nondrug treatments and exercise, including combinations of physical therapy, acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, motor control exercises, progressive relaxation, electromyographic biofeedback, low-level laser therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and spinal manipulation. For chronic low back pain patients who do not respond to nondrug treatments, NSAIDs

are initially recommended to control pain. Second-line therapy includes tramadol (a low-level opiate) or duloxetine (an antidepressant). Opioids other than tramadol should only be considered for those with chronic low back pain who fail all other treatments and for whom the potential benefit outweighs the known risks. Patients with disabling chronic low back pain and impaired quality of life should be referred to spine specialists to discuss invasive treatment options such as radiofrequency ablation (insertion of a heated needle into the back to destroy nerve endings) or laminectomy and discectomy or fusion (back surgeries). Invasive treatments require consideration of risks, benefits, and costs plus the patient’s values and preferences. For more information go to: www.medlineplus.gov/backpain.html Please direct questions and comments to editor@rockawaytimes.com

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Some time back we thought the pandemic was about over and people would be on the move again. We were partially correct. People are on the move, but the pandemic is still with us. That has produced both positive and negative results. TSA has reported record numbers of people going through screening at the airports. Cruise lines are once again sailing with a full roster of passengers and most resorts are enjoying pre-pandemic arrivals. And all of that is where the problems come in. There is a new breed of Americans…the anti-vaxxers and those who contend that being forced to wear a protective mask is a communist plot to take over the U.S. Amongst that group are many, who dispute findings that of those coming down with any variant of Covid-19, 97% have not received even one dose of vaccine. These unfortunate numbers include thousands of children returning to school and

becoming infected. To combat this resurgence in infections the tourism industry is attempting to institute procedures to protect passengers and guests. Every airline requires passengers to be masked. That is in effect whether you’ve received your shots or not. Some cruise lines are segregating passengers who have not been vaccinated and they require, mostly, that passengers in public areas be masked. There has been a rash of incidents where airline passengers, after takeoff, have refused to don a mask and become belligerent when a staffer asks them to do so. We have seen on television news clips taken by some passengers of these violent confrontations. Fortunately, other passengers have stepped up to assist. The aggressor has often been restrained by a ubiquitous roll of duct tape. There seems to be a constant finding of new uses for the tape. For whatever reason, United

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Airlines, one of the preeminent air carriers has issued a directive that such passengers no longer be restrained in this manner. Perhaps asking them politely to put on a mask and stop being a jerk is the new requirement. Really? On the return from a recent business trip to California, this columnist was sitting in the United lounge at LAX on a very long layover for a flight home. The club was nearly empty and there was no one in proximity. Off came the mask. A passing staffer politely motioned for the mask to be replaced. A quick look determined she was not carrying duct tape. But rules are rules, and the mask went back on for the extended wait for the flight. It stayed on from LAX to Denver to New York. Why? Because it was the right thing to do. With New York, and Queens in particular, the epicenter of northeast travel, and the rise of the virus, it truly behooves anyone traveling to protect themselves as well as fellow travelers.

JFK and LGA are the major air hubs. Manhattan is a very busy cruise kick off and return. The European Union has reinstituted a ban on arriving Americans. They fear that allowing the unmasked and un-vaxxed masses will overwhelm their own citizens and health facilities. Preparing for an upcoming flight to Tel Aviv and then on to London, we have been required to provide proof of vaccination. The requirement to wear a mask while traveling goes without saying. The old saying: “Your rights end at the tip of my nose,” holds very true today. After being cooped up for two years, people are just chomping at the bit to get out and travel. It’s not that far down the road. But common sense and concern for the health and well-being of others is what will open the travel doors sooner rather than later. Bob Nesoff is the past national president of the North American Travel Journalists Association and is anxious to get back to traveling.


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This Week in History SEPTEMBER 9 Mark Boyle was born. Joanne O'Shaughnessy was born. Linda Ruscillo was born.

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SEPTEMBER 13 Rita Tortarelli was born. 1776 - The Second Continental Congress Marci Hoffman was born. changed the name of the nation to the United States of America, from the Unit- 1943 - Chiang Kai-Shek became presied Colonies. dent of China. 1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on television for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show. SEPTEMBER 14 SEPTEMBER 10 Michelle Cashen was born. Pamela Neafsey was born. Greg Bender was born.

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1814 - Francis Scott Key composed the 1939 - Canada declared war on Germa- lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner. 1994 - Major League Baseball Acting ny, entering WWII. 2002 - Switzerland became the 190th Commissioner Bud Selig announced the cancellation of the 1994 baseball season member of the United Nations. on the 34th day of a strike by players. SEPTEMBER 11 2001 - Never forget. Two hijacked com- SEPTEMBER 15 mercial jets were crashed by terrorists Kathy Donohue Boyle was born. into the north and south towers of the Mary Edwards was born. World Trade Center in New York City, Andy Cholakis was born. causing the collapse of both towers. Claire Resnick was born. A short while later, another plane was Larry Gray was born. crashed into the Pentagon, and a fourth Mike Olsen was born. into a field near Shanksville, Pa. 1789 - The U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs changed its name to the DepartSEPTEMBER 12 1953 - Future President John F. Kennedy ment of State. 1835 - Charles Darwin and the British married Jacqueline Bouvier. 1960 – Hurricane Donna slammed naval vessel, HMS Beagle, reached the Rockaway and the ocean met the bay. Galapagos Islands.

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City council candidate Felicia Singh(right) is doing her best to fit in on this side of the bridge as she rocks a Rockaway Times t-shirt while out with Steph Caballero, her campaign manager. They both get our vote as being the best dressed people on the campaign trail. And they’re ready for the next St. Patrick’s parade!

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From Democrat City Council Candidate Felicia Singh WE MUST ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE On September 1, Tropical Storm Ida dumped record-shattering rainfall on NYC, surpassing a record set only ten days prior by Tropical Storm Henri. In NYC, Ida resulted in thirteen deaths, tens of thousands without power, a flooded subway system, and submerged roads. For District 32, which includes the Rockaways, Hamilton Beach and Old Howard Beach, flooded streets are, of course, nothing new. Every month during high tide, communities along Jamaica Bay are prone to flooding. Many of the neighborhoods in District 32 are low-lying and surrounded by water, making our district among the most vulnerable to flooding in NYC and the most in need of resiliency measures. With as little as five feet of storm surge, Hamilton Beach and much of Broad Channel get flooded. At six feet, the majority of the Rockaways are underwater. For perspective, the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), has projected that by the 2050s, a 100-year storm could bring in nearly 14 feet of water. By the end of the century, we could see storm surges of up to 21 feet. Not only will these storms be more powerful, they will also happen more frequently. The NPCC projects that what historically was a 100year storm could occur once every 28 years by the 2050s and once every five years by the end of the century. Furthermore, by the 2050s, daily high tide will cause flooding for neighborhoods in the district, regardless of weather. So far NYC’s approach to resiliency in District 32 has been fundamentally flawed. Black and Brown residents of our district, who were disproportionately affected

by Hurricane Sandy, have received significantly less funding, infrastructure or attention than wealthier, whiter areas. In the Rockaways, the city spent $341 million on a 5.5 mile steel reinforced boardwalk that can act as a storm surge barrier after the Army Corps also completed extensive beach nourishment. Last year, the Army Corps of Engineers launched the $336 million Atlantic Shorefront Resiliency Project to build stone groins to reduce beach erosion and maintain a natural buffer between the water and the community. While these projects are great, they are exclusively focused on building systems of resilience for the Atlantic Beach side of the Rockaways. By comparison, the equally vulnerable Jamaica Bay side of the Rockaways and its predominantly Black and Brown residents have been under-resourced and neglected. Creating a resilient city in an equitable way requires bold thinking and a diversity of solutions; we need policy change, an inclusive educational curriculum for our young people, and physical investments, such as green infrastructure and flood protection. At a policy level, City Council must move forward with Intro 1620, which would require NYC to have a comprehensive five borough resiliency plan to protect every New Yorker. Any comprehensive resiliency plan that I would fight for has to center practices of equity while bringing city agencies and community members together. Everyone should have a seat at the table: city agencies, scientists, youth, community members and CBO’s. Whatever integrated resiliency plan gets

created needs to work for all of us. In communities that already have existing community plans, they should be improved upon and worked with, not disregarded. At an infrastructure level, we need everything from rain gardens and green roofs to bulkheads and seawalls, along with a funding commitment from City Council (and ideally state and federal entities too). Building and updating much needed infrastructure for our waterfront communities would create thousands of jobs. If done right, these jobs would prioritize our community members, use union labor and offer living wages. Protecting our wetlands and marshes are among the most important infrastructure projects we must engage in. Over the past 400 years, development, coupled with pollution and erosion, have destroyed 85 percent of NYC’s salt marshes and 99 percent of our freshwater wetlands. This loss means we are lacking a crucial natural barrier that protects our coastal communities from storms and floods. Marshes and wetlands also have significant co-benefits such as providing cleaner water, cooler temperatures, and carbon storage. We must create new wetlands, and maintain/ restore existing wetlands, while also providing space for wetlands to migrate as seas levels rise. In schools, our K-12 curriculum needs to be rooted in service learning, so children from a young age get first-hand experience protecting their environment. We also need a community STEM program that teaches our children about energy, heat, food equity, and housing.

This November, we have a stark choice. No matter your political persuasion, if you lived through Sandy, you know how vulnerable we are and may share the sense of urgency I have in keeping our community safe. If elected, I would enter City Hall as part of a slate of City Council members with the necessary relationships to get things done. We can’t afford to elect someone who is unwilling or unable to lead on climate change. At an incentives and regulations level, I support stormwater fees. A stormwater fee would charge buildings not only by water usage, but also by storm run-off. A corporate store with a large parking lot may not use as much water as a single family home, but may contribute a significant amount more storm water to our sewage system during storms. They should be charged accordingly. This would have the dual benefit of incentivizing them to build additional green infrastructure to save money, while also creating a more equitable fee system for our families. We must create new wetlands, while also providing space for wetlands to migrate as seas levels rise. The NYC parks department is calling on NYC to dedicate funding to restore salt and freshwater marshes around NYC, an investment I support. That may sound like a lot, but when you consider Sandy cost us $19 Billion in damages, we don’t have the money not to make these investments. Felicia Singh is a teacher and the Democratic nominee for New York City Council District 32 in Queens. Follow her on Twitter @FSingh_NYC.

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Wrestle Talk WRESTLING NEWS By Eric Jayden

Just announced this week is a joint venture between the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and online streaming company Netflix as they will be making a new interactive horror film, which will feature The Undertaker, Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods (The New Day) called "Escape The Undertaker." The film will see the New Day try to escape The Undertaker's haunted mansion and fans will be able to get involved in helping The New Day escape the mansion interactively. It's set to premiere on October 5, 2021. This is definitely something fans of The Undertaker and The New Day will be looking forward to and something new from the WWE and Netflix. More news coming from the WWE as it was reported by former WWE Superstar Kurt Angle that the WWE will no longer

scout wrestlers working in the Independent Circuit. The WWE is no longer interested in Indy Talent and want to hire Younger and Bigger Athletes. Now, I have to say this is the wrong path to take. I look at the WWE's Developmental Brand NXT and I ask myself how much real Character Development is going on there? The answer is, not enough! In the Independent Promotions you have tons of great talent developing their characters and skills daily. These men and women come from all walks of life and dedicate themselves to performing their craft and making themselves better. I feel the WWE is going back to a time when Bigger Was Better, and that's not the right approach because as it has been shown, pro wrestlers come in different shapes and sizes. If the WWE wants to produce a class of wrestlers that all look

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where?" Michael, the show will be held hopefully late October or early November. Keep reading the column as I will mention the date as soon as it’s announced. Keep sending your questions in to eavil183@yahoo.com and follow me on Facebook @ ericjayden and Twitter @followthebadguy and Instagram @badguysexiness. Have a great week!

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