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VOL. 2, NO.

31 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

Parks And EDC To


Commence New
Boardwalk Work
The Economic Development
Corporation (EDC) announced
some preparation work to be
done in Phase 5B of the new
boardwalk plan, which runs from
Beach 38th to Beach 19th Street.
EDC plans to erect fencing on
the landside north of the boardwalk to begin site preparation
including clearing, grubbing and
grading, the message from Alexander Maureau, the project
development coordinator, said.
No work will take place south
of the boardwalk. EDC would
like to start this prep work at the
end of January and will work with
[the Parks Department] to set up
a pre-construction meeting this
summer, before any active construction work commences on
the boardwalk. Any residents
with questions or concerned are
encouraged to contact Maureau
at 718-520-5939 or Alexander.
Maureau@parks.nyc.gov, or contact Portia Dyrenforth at Portia.
Dyrenforth@parks.nyc.gov.

Speed Bump
And Crosswalk
Markings
Scheduled For Far
Rock
New crosswalk markings and
an additional speed bump will
be added to some Far Rockaway streets. The markings will
be at Beach 9th Street and Roosevelt Court and the speed bmp
will be at Beach 17th Street
between Brookhaven Avenue
and Plainview Avenue, near St.
Johns Episcopal Hosptial. The
painting will be completed in
Spring 2016.
These are tremendous improvements to areas that have
long been a concern in Far
Rockaway,
Assemblyman
Phil Goldfeder said. The new
crosswalk markings will make
Beach 9th and Roosevelt a safer, less confusing intersection
for our families and the speed
bump on Beach 17th will slow
down speeding cars and protect pedestrians as they walk to
school.

Terrace Fire
at Surfside
A high-rise fire occurred
in the early hours of Sunday, January 17 at the Surfside buildings. An apartment
fire broke out on the eighth
floor of the 13-story building
at 106-20 Shore Front Parkway. The blaze occurred on
the terrace of a three-bedroom apartment. A call was
received about six minutes
after midnight and the FDNY
arrived within four minutes.
The fire was under control by
12:35 a.m. There was water
and smoke damage, but no
one was injured as no one was
home at the time. We consider ourselves very lucky, the
resident said. It is believed
that a faulty outlet on the terrace led to the fire. In March
2015, another Surfside apartment fire occurred at 107-10
Shore Front Parkway, resulting in the death of a 77-yearold woman on the 7th floor.

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Cracking Down
on Terrorism
NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and other members of the
Senate Committee on Veterans,
Homeland Security and Military
Affairs, are looking to advance
several anti-terrorism bills.
The seven proposals that garnered Addabbos support are
aimed at cracking down on terrorism recruitment; addressing cyber
security threats; providing greater
punishment for those who solicit
or support for terrorist acts; fighting
back against terror threats against
police officers, and establishing a
New York State Terrorist Registry.
We need to make sure that
hateful criminals whose only
agenda is to bring tragedy and suffering down upon our residents
continue to fail in their twisted
and despicable campaigns of destruction, Addabbo said.
The package of legislation approved by the Senate Veterans,
Homeland Security and Military
Affairs Committee will now be sent
to other appropriate committees
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The Boatel That Fell To Earth


BOWIE INSPIRED PROJECT IN THE WORKS

By Dylan Watton

David Bowie was the master


of reinvention, drifting flawlessly from Aladdin Sane to the Thin
White Duke to the Goblin King,
all the while creating new musical
identities with each successive
album. But perhaps his most lasting creation is Ziggy Stardust, the
androgynous alien rock star from
Mars who encouraged freaking
out in a moonage daydream and
pleaded for humans to hang on to
ourselves. In the spirit of the legendary cultural figure, who died
at the age of 69 last week after a
battle with cancer, Philipp Mohr
and a host of artists local and otherwise are in the process of redesigning a houseboat at Marina 59,
aptly named Ziggy Stardust.
I was looking for a name thats
inspiring, something that has
open-mindedness, Mohr said
on the boat as Heroes and other Bowie classics played in the
background. Its such an artistic

community here. That character


represents so muchits weird,
creative, on the fringe of society
and not conforming. Mohr also
said that Bowies constant change
in character represents human
nature in general, as no person
remains static for their entire life.
The big blue boat is in the middle of a renovation and when it is
finished Mohr will seek to turn
it into a boatel, a place for outof-towners to stay for a few days
while they catch some waves and
explore the rest of what the peninsula has to offer. Mohr and a
variety of associates including
Greg DeGroat, Nick Hotto, and
Laura Petrucci are building bunk
beds, finishing the floors, and
painting doors in preparation for
an April or May opening. Other
artists who are fixing up the boat
include Sean Rice, Atticus Moorman, Nick Bendik, Grace Eddy,
Lacey Carter, and Will Sheehan.
The current plan is to have ap-

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out and noticed more cracks
even without work being done
so they closed the road. The DEC
said the road could be replaced
without dealing with any contamination since it is so deep
that there is no additional clean
up planned for underneath the
roadway. They will have to rip up
the road and replace it with a new
sub-base (a layer of aggregate
material laid on the subgrade)
underneath before they can replace the roadway, he said.
The work is still in the planning stages and there is no
timeline for when the project
will be completed. The DOT
was advised to adjust the traffic lights to a blinking red, so
drivers dont have to wait at the
red lights at the closure sights.
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The Beach Channel Drive closure at Beach 108th Street still has
no definite end. Latest discoveries suggest it may take longer
than a quick fix. Danny Ruscillo, Co-Chair of the Community
Board 14 Transportation Committee, recently provided an
update with information from
city agencies.
I reached out and spoke
with the Department Of Conservation (DEC). They told me
they know whats under the
roadway (as far as contamination goes) in the area of Beach
Channel Drive from Beach
108th Street to Rockaway Freeway. National Grid and the
Department of Transportation
(DOT) have to check for structural damage. From there they
will have to figure out how to
stabilize the Subgrade (material underneath a constructed
road), put in backfill to raise up
everything to where it should
be, and get it all stabilized and
then repave.
Meanwhile. some have suggested that the eastbound lane

The first major snowfall of the


2016 winter season is expected
to hit New York beginning very
early Saturday morning. As the
Rockaway Times goes to press
6-12 inches of snow is likely, with
some forecasts calling for more if
the storm takes a northward turn.
It appears New York will avoid
the worst of the storm, which will
hit the Mid-Atlantic region.
New Yorkers are advised to
take necessary precautions to
prepare for the snow. This includes winterizing your car with
antifreeze, a full tank of gas, and
functioning battery and ignition systems; stocking up on
salt and shovels and making
sure that you have everything
you need inside your house prior to the snowfall; and making
sure you are warm when you go
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The Lazer Speaks


SNOWBIRDS

By Lou Pastina

There hasnt been much


snow, or cold, or winter for
that matter, but thats about
to change. And when it does,
folks around these parts start
to head down south. They are
known as snowbirds. Yeah,
I know some of you thought I
would be talking about those
beautiful red cardinals in the
backyards of Rockaway. And
they are beautiful indeed. Did
you know that its typically the
males that are brightly colored
red, while the females are a more
muted-brown? Or perhaps you
were thinking that maybe I was
referring to those yellow finches that have wandered lost into
our backyards during the winter months. But no, I am talking
about those folks who get on
those silver birds docked at JFK,
shuttling us back and forth from
the Sunshine State: Florida.

But things are different now


with global warming changing the weather patterns that
have dictated the flight paths
for so many decades. First of all,
this winter it has been cold in
Florida. The southern bastion
of beautiful people has been
washed over with windy waves
of coldness. Second, El Nino
has brought rain and clouds. Of
course, Florida always experiencing drought-like conditions
could use the water. But for all
those escaping the white flakes
of their northern homes, a little
less water would be appreciated.
Florida, once a wilderness of
swamps and shorelines, is now
more of a superhighway with extensions to the east and west, accessing towns that are now fully
populated with friends and family from the north. Yes, whether
you are headed to Boca, Palm
Beach, Tampa, Clearwater, Naples, South Beach, it seems like

you now know at least five people


who live there and who you can
visit with once you get there.
If you are arriving in Orlando,
you are typically surrounded by
kids heading to Disney or one of
the other American entertainment centers. If you are headed to
the Palm Beaches, well its a more
dignified look that you might see
moving elegantly through the airport. Miami, with access to South
Beach and to the Keys, has a more
international feel, with a laid back
approach. While the west coast is
home to the seasoned Floridian
traveler forsaking the east coast
for peace and quiet.
But no matter where you go, you
are bound to bump into a person
from Rockaway. As Irelands
greatest export was its people,
so it seems is Rockaway when it
comes to travel to Florida. Must
be something about the ocean
that draws us all there. The only
other place that I can think of

that does that is Puerto Rico, as


so many Rockwayites seem to
head there too.
There can only be one explanation for all this traveling
south to be by the water during
the winter months, and it has
nothing to do with birds. It can
only mean that deep down in
every Rockaway soul is an innate magnetic pull to the warm
waters. And what can explain
that? Only one thing. All Rockawayites are descended from
an ancient race of mermaids
and mermen. And only when
this ancient race is close to the
warm waters, fully lubricated,
are they truly happy. So answer
the siren, Rockaway, head to
warmer waters, get rejuvenated,
it will soon be St. Patricks Day,
signaling the arrival of the gulf
stream back to the peninsula,
and the return of our friends
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Troubled Oceanfront Building Goes To Auction


ing to sell condominium units
in the building, located off the
boardwalk at Beach 25-26th
Streets, under false pretenses
and without necessary disclosures.
Few people ever moved into
the building which has been
vacant for years. Now, a real
estate company, Hilco Real
Estate, is making the property
available through auction. Its
website advertises the property
as such:
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QUALIFYING BID DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Oceanfront Views & Direct Access to the Beach and
Boardwalk in One of the Fastest Growing Residential Neighborhoods in Queens!
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CONDOS, RENTALS, SENIOR


AND/OR ASSISTED LIVING,
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ORIGINAL CONDO PLAN
HAD A SELL-OUT OF OVER
$60,000,000
Built in 2008, 120 Beach 26th
Street, The Metroplex is a
prime 15-story, multi-family
elevator apartment building
totaling approximately 125,874
square feet. The building is situated on 1.03 acres and includes
an interior two-story, 89-space

parking garage. The building


is comprised of 126 units: 54
one-bedroom, one-bathroom
units and 72 two-bedroom,
two-bathroom units. In addition there is a community area
and former sales office that
can be adapted as amenity
space for building residents.
Originally, the building was
constructed with the intent
of being sold as condominiums, but due to subsequent
changes in market conditions,
several units were rented as
apartments. The building is
currently vacant.
The property is ideally positioned for multiple potential
uses and being vacant allows
the new owner to easily execute
a plan quickly and efficiently, thus maximizing return on
investment. Furthermore, as
a result of this being a bankruptcy sale, the new owner will
receive clean title without encumbrances.
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more information.

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Originally planned as a fifteen story oceanfront condo


with rent to own options, The
Metroplex, fell into foreclosure
in 2010 just two years after being built as the real estate market collapsed amidst the financial crisis.
The building faced trouble
even before completion as local residents sued to stop construction in 2005 as they alleged
the developers were blocking
an easement to the beach. Protests were also mounted over
the over-development of the
area which is home to a historic bungalow community. Despite those efforts, the building
was completed but more trouble was just ahead.
In 2014, New York Attorney
General Eric Schneiderman
sued the developers for persistent fraudulent and illegal
practices. The suit alleged
that Elzbieta Mielczarek and
Jerzy Szymczyk preyed upon
hundreds of prospective purchasers by fraudulently offer-

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

*****
If youre reading this on
Thursday - The citys EDC and
some local electeds will host
a community planning meeting regarding the coming ferry service and its shuttle bus
component at Beach Channel
High School from 6:30-8:30
pm.
*****
And if youre reading this on
Thursday and you cant get to
the ferry meeting perhaps
youll want to watch the mayor give his State of the City
address starting at 7 p.m. Its
the first time a mayor has given the address in the evening.
Mayor de Blasio is hoping
more people will be able to
watch as itll be televised on
cable.
*****
The Rockaway St. Patricks
Day Parade is just six weeks

away! John J. Murphy, Business Manager of Plumbers


Local Union 1, is this years
Grand Marshal. Dan Brown
has been named one of the
Deputy Grand Marshals.
*****
Last week we published an
item about a found Message in
a Bottle (Andrew Gray found it
while walking his dogs in Fort
Tilden). Well, we got a message too: My friend showed me
the message in the bottle article in the paper... its actually
my son James Ferchland, we
just moved to Oceanside from
Broad Channel in September,
maybe youll find my daughter
Carolines one day too! Thanks
for the story, hes going to be
thrilled someone found it!-Diane Ferchland. The original
message bottle was tossed
from a boat in Jamaica Bay!
*****
Presidential candidate Ted
Cruz was roasted for his New
York values comment made
during a televised debate. We
think that might cause him
problems but no more than
the fact that he looks like a guy

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that sleeps in a coffin.


*****
Get your camera ready.
Were having a Photo Contest.
The Grand Prize winner will
receive $500 and a spot on a
forthcoming Rockaway Times
front page. Some of the best
photos will be part of a Photo
Expo on the boardwalk in the
spring. There are 10 categories
so its not all about sunsets!
Send your photos to PhotoExpo@RockawayTimes.com.
The deadline is April 15 (but
well take entries today).
*****
Bravo! The Rockaway Theatre Companys Young Peoples
Theater Workshop is presenting Shrek, The Musical Junior,
and all 12 shows, beginning
next week, are sold out!
*****
Going on a vacation? Dont
forget to pack your Rockaway
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of you sporting the t-shirt and
well let the world know youre
enjoying yourself. Off the top
of our heads, we know the shirt
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*****
A new documentary premiers at the Sundance Film
Festival on Sunday. Youll all
know the subject: Anthony
Weiner. The film covers his
colorful attempt at making a
political comeback when he
ran for mayor. We all know
how that turned out. More
than a year and half ago,
Weiner was looking to start a
restaurant in Rockaway and so
far that project looks like his
political career.
*****
A Rockaphile is someone
who loves Rockaway. E.J. Dionne certainly qualifies. The
renowned author, columnist,
frequent TV talk show guest
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the Boyles) has just written
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Oh Snap! Were having a contest. Do you have some skills


behind the lens? Maybe you
snapped a great photo on your
phone? We want to see it! The
Rockaway Times is hosting a
photo contest with a $500 top
prize.
Columnist John Cori recently approached The Rockaway
Times with a great idea for a
photo contest. We have all
these amazing photographers
in Rockaway and Broad Channel and they deserve some recognition and exposure. Did you
know Rockaways Mister Softee
is one of the greatest photographers out there? Dan Mundy Jr.
is a great Broad Channel photographer, and then you have
Laura Deckelman in Bayswater,

Cori said. Why not give some of


them and other professional and
amateur photographers some
recognition?
From now until April 15, anyone can enter the contest by submitting photos to PhotoExpo@
RockawayTimes.com. The photos will be judged in ten different
categories: 1)Sunsets/ sunrise 2)
jetties 3) surfing/ surfers 4) family/group fun on the beach 5)
Dogs 6) Jamaica Bay-Boats, jetskis, etc 7) Nature 8) Rockaway
Bridges- Marine Parkway/ Cross
Bay 9) Rockaway/ Broad Channel Sports 10) Wildcard (doesnt
fit any of the categories, but its a
great photo).
Photos can be recently taken
or old. The winners will be selected by a panel of anonymous
judges, who will be revealed after the winners are announced.

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There will be honors for the top


photo in each category, but only
one grand prize winner, with the
best of the best photos, will take
home the $500 prize. The grand
prize winner will also have their
photo featured on the front page
of The Rockaway Times.
Photos in all categories may
be featured within the newspaper or as part of the Rockaway
Times 2016 Summer Guide.
The best photos may also be
featured in a boardwalk concession display, Cori said. My
ultimate goal is to have a final
expo on the boardwalk. Im
in discussions with the Parks
Department and the idea is
to have the images enlarged,
laminated and put on display
on the boardwalk near all of
the concessions like 86th, 97th,
106th and Beach 116th, about a
week before Memorial Day and
into Memorial Day Weekend, to
help out these businesses early in the season, and to give the
photographers some boardwalk
exposure.
Although its in the early stages, Cori believes the contest
will be a success. Everyone
has a picture of a sunset, surfer

or seagull. Were going to have


some really stiff competition.
Luckily, as coordinator, I wont
be judging, Cori said.
Some rules apply. 1)By submitting your photograph you
represent and warrant that it is
your own original work, is not
copied, and does not contain
any third-party materials and/
or content that you do not have
permission to use. 2) We cannot
consider photographs submitted on behalf of another person. 3)Photographs are selected
for publication at the sole discretion of the Rockaway Times
team. There will be no payment
for publication. 4) By submitting
a photograph you: a) give us permission to publish it; b) grant us
a non-exclusive, royalty-free,
worldwide license to republish it
in any format including without
limitation in print and electronic
formats; and c) you give us permission to use your name and
website URL for the purpose of
identifying you as the photographer.
If any local businesses want
to become involved as sponsors,
reach out to John Cori at seathenight@aol.com.

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proximately nine beds and potentially rent the boat out for private events. Ziggy is docked next
to Mohrs other houseboat, the
multicolored James Franco, at the
marinas A Dock.
This boat [Ziggy] was here for
ten years, Mohr said. The owner of the marina wanted to fix
up the boat but didnt have the

time. Ive been living out here for


a few years and they liked how I
fixed up [James Franco] so they
felt like I was a good person to fix
up this one, too. Mohr is conscious of the environment as he
remodels the boat, making an
effort to use pieces from fallen vessels, leftover boardwalk
remnants that washed up at
the marina, and surfboard resin to create flooring, countertops, and more. Shells from the
beach line the ceilings and the
walls are bursting with creative
pieces from Carter and others.
Mohr, who originally hails
from Berlin and is an architect
by trade, is an avid surfer and
had been living in Williamsburg
for years prior. A friend of mine
lived on a boat here called the
Pink Pirate four or five years
ago. I was looking for a spot on
the beach but it was difficult
to spend the summer here.
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about the marinas Truck-AFloat project, where a flotilla of


pods provide sleeping quarters
for artists and other creative
types looking for a cheap place
to slumber in summer. In the
winter, Mohr rents a house in
the 90s and during the warmer months heads back to the
marina. It feels like an artists
residency here, he said. It inspired me to push forward with
what I wanted to do.
The artists working on the
boat with Mohr said that they
too have been inspired and
impressed by what Rockaway
has to offer. It was eye-opening to see other things that you
could be doing with your life,
DeGroat said. My friend Atticus and his friend Lacey came
to James Franco to live, Hotto
said. He invited me out here
one day. I took the A train to
Lefferts accidentally and didnt
get here until 11 p.m. and was
blown away. Everybody is so
used to looking for an apartment in Williamsburg or Bushwick, but you could be as much
a part of the city here. Petrucci
agreed, adding Every morning we get out here and two
swans come to greet us. Its a
very nice escape from the usual
commute. And the sunsets are
beautiful.
Mohr said that he is looking
forward to the completion of
Ziggy Stardust in the near future and is hopeful that he can
make connections with organizations running artist workshops. He thinks that the boat
serves an important purpose.
Its really needed out here,
especially for people coming
from to the city to visit Rockaway. Its just something Ive really enjoyed doing.

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Rockaway WISH turns 10 this
year, and theyre kicking off the
year with a general meeting and
member recruitment. On Friday,
January 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,
head to the Belle Harbor Yacht
Club (533 Beach 126th Street) to
learn about this amazing group
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the community. There will be
door prizes and surprises for
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and new women are welcome
to pay their $50 dues for the

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cant attend. Those who attend
the meeting may receive a complimentary drink. Bring a friend
and learn about the ways WISH
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fundraisers, events and sponsorships, and learn about their
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to the Rockaway community
and the 100th Pct. Council.
Danny was given a pair of the
Commissioners cufflinks as
a token of the NYPDs appre-

ciation. Pictured left to right:


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Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is seeking to enter the octagonor at least entice New
York State to finally legalize
mixed martial arts (MMA) officially. New York remains the
only state in the union that has
yet to sanction the sport, despite being a hotspot for other
combat sports such as boxing.
MMA involved the practice of
multiple disciplines such as
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, and amateur wrestling in
an attempt to submit, knock
out, or defeat an opponent.
It has exploded in popularity
over the past decade thanks to
Dana Whites Ultimate Fighting Championships promotion and fighters such as Ronda Rousey, Anderson Silva,
and Brock Lesnar. In Rockaway, CROM Physical Fitness is
a popular MMA gym.
Governor Andrew Cuomo
has proposed in his budget

to authorize the New York State


Athletic Commission (NYSAC)
to regulate both amateur and
professional MMA in a manner
similar to...professional boxing,
wrestling and sparring. Cuomo
and Goldfeder believe that the
state stands to inherit millions
in revenue if the sport is officially sanctioned due to the large
number of venues available for
matches in New York City and
elsewhere. Goldfeder proposed
a bill last year to legalize MMA
but it was never brought to the
floor.
Its unbelievable that New
York is the only state in the
country that hasnt legalized
Mixed Martial Arts, Goldfeder said. Not only does this
deprive millions of fans of the
chance to see the sport in their
own backyard, it also robs local businesses of the economic boost that the sport would
bring to our community.

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office saying (and I paraphrase)
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day-to-day practices which
were aimed at avoiding surprises. It was a pleasure to
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Dear Editor: (Re: A Tribute learned that our friend, Rich,
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New Art Space Grows in Rockaway


By Katie McFadden

Something new is growing in


Rockaway. Artist George Turner has planted a new seed in
the old Fecund Clown building
on Rockaway Beach Boulevard,
transforming it into New York
Arbor, a commercial venue and
gallery for budding and growing artists and crafty folks.
Turner began New York Arbor
in 2009 with a fine art/ woodworking workshop at Industry
City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
With the workshop located
right on the Brooklyn coast of
New York Harbor, and drawing
inspiration from metaphors for
trees, the seashore, the citys
waves of immigration and industry, and universal patterns
of growth, Turner named the
new venture New York Arbor.
He formed the foundation of
the woodworking atelier, allowing it to grow at the Brooklyn location for four years, until
a massive, nonnegotiable rent
increase starting in 2013 forced
him to move on.

In 2007, Turner and his wife,


Christine, came across Rockaway. We live in the East Village
and one day we took a ride to
end of the L train with our bikes
and we followed the path that
led us to Jacob Riis Park. It was

on a co-op in Rockaway Park. I


was going between the East Village, Sunset Park and Rockaway,
and I only wanted to be here,
Turner said. He started to look
for a new place to plant New
York Arbor on the peninsula. In

early June and nobody was really around in this magical place.
We kept going back that summer and felt that we needed this
place. By early 2008, we closed

August 2015, he came across an


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a guy like me to have the space.
Everything clicked. It was golden, he said. Its on the boulevard and has a storefront and its
a space I love, in a neighborhood
I love, and I want to see it come
back to life.
Turner obtained the space in
September and started working
from scratch to transform what
was a rentable dance/ activity
studio into a gallery and commercial space for artists. Turner
is still in the midst of working
on the space, but has put official plans in motion for the beginnings of New York Arbor in
Rockaway.
Turner, an artist for about
20 years, dabbles in painting,
woodworking and other artistic mediums. As home to several creative-types, he believes
Rockaway is the perfect place
to help that creativity grow. If
youre not an artist, when you
get to Rockaway, you become

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

Brrrrrrrrrr
Last week I was preoccupied
with giddy thoughts of what I
would do with all my new found
wealth after winning the $1.4 billion dollar lottery. My head was
filled with visions of enjoying the
lifestyle of the rich and famous.
Nightly dining at Masas in Manhattan which serves some of the

most exquisite and exclusive


cuisine in the world instead of a
monthly visit to the Empire Buffet
in Howard Beach. Frequent and
lengthy jaunts to faraway tropical
island paradises via my personal
yacht instead of our annual pilgrimage via the NY Thruway to
the Irish Alps up in East Durham.
Im not ashamed to admit that I
was thinking to myself, Ah yes,
you are destined to be wealthy!
My daughter Amy must have gotten wind of all this because she
called from Ohio warning me
not to get too worked about this.
Dad, if you did actually win you
would probably have a heart attack and the only trip youll take
is to the emergency room where
all your fine dining will consist
solely of hospital food. Perhaps
its just as well I didnt win.
Ever since 2012 when Sandy
left us in a house without heat
or power I have developed an almost obsessive disdain for cold
weather. Now, to make matters
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at their lowest of the season. Although Grace and the girls have
always viewed me as sort of a
year-round curmudgeon they
have also stated that I have become especially grumpy during
the cold winter months.
My youngest daughter, Vicky,
who is attending college majoring in health, advised me that
I was probably depressed and
suffering from a mood disorder known as SAD or seasonal affective disorder. She stated
that there are medications that
could help with this issue. I told
her that SAD is nothing more
than an overblown label for the
garden-variety winter blahs. After all, once the holidays fade
from the rearview mirror of our
lives and all that holly jolly noveltys worn off, dont most of us
just want to fast track to spring?
Cmon, what kind of sick individual likes chapped lips? As long as
everyone keeps their hands off
the thermostat and my gas fireplace on the second floor I dont
need no stinking medication!
Speaking of thermostats, the
price of a barrel of crude dipped

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below $30 late last week and there
is continuing speculation that it
could drop even further to $20
or perhaps even $10. The crash
in the price of a barrel of crude
allowed me to recently schedule
a delivery of 150 gallons of home
heating oil for $200 ($1.33 a gallon). Might I also mention that
the price of gas at local area stations is running at $2.05 and over
in Brooklyn gas can be had for
$1.91! On second thought, maybe
things arent as bad as I thought.
When I realized that there was
an upside to this winter season
I got up from the desk, grabbed
my cane and started dancing the
Nae Nae while singing the lyrics from Pharrel Williams song
Happy. Watching me hobble
about the house singing out loud
both Grace and Vicky agreed that
they felt there was something seriously defective with the wiring
between my ears. I told them they
should get over themselves because they were just jealous that
the old guy knew how to dance
the Nae Nae with a cane!
Broad Channel why would
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

FERRY SHUTTLE BUS MEETING


THIS THURSDAY AT BCHS

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Women have twice as many
nerve receptors as men,
causing them to feel pain more
intensely. However, they also
have a higher tolerance for it.
The most expensive watch in the
world, the Marie-Antoinette
pocket watch, costs $30,000,000.
When sky diver Joan Murray's
parachute failed to open, she
approached the ground at 81
miles per hour and landed on
a mound of fire ants. The shock
from being stung over 200 times
by the ants released a surge of
adrenaline, which kept her heart
beating and helped her survive.
Ohio State offers a course called
"Sports for the Spectator."
Students are taught how to be
"an informed and appreciative
sports spectator."
In 2006, a Norwegian coach
gave a ski pole to a Canadian
who had lost hers during the
race, allowing her to go on to
win the silver medal. Canadian
citizens were so touched by
his sportsmanship that they

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collectively gave him 5.2 tons of


Maple Syrup.
Weezer's
second
album
'Pinkerton' was voted the third
worst album of the year in 1996
by Rolling Stone readers. Six
years later it was voted the 16th
best album of all time.
Viagra dissolved in water can
make cut flowers stand up
straight for up to a week beyond
their natural lifespan.

A meeting discussing plans


for the upcoming rockaway
ferry shuttle bus service will
be held this Thursday, January 21, at the former Beach
Channel High School second
floor cafeteria from 6:30
8:30 p.m. All community
members are invited to join
the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
as they go over plans for the
shuttle bus and seek com-

One of the most popular


marching songs for the Russian
Military is the Spongebob
Squarepants theme song.

munity feedback in advance


of the 2017 launch of the new
ferry. Those who plan on attending the meeting are encouraged to first RSVP at
www.eventbrite.com but a
reservation is not required to
attend. A number of ferry and
community activists will be
in attendance so come make
your voice heard on an issue
that is sure to affect Rockaway
greatly in the coming years.

Reminder

In France, a lawyer sought out


a 90-year-old lady who agreed
to give him her apartment if he
paid her $500 each month for
the rest of her life. She became
the oldest living person ever,
living for another 30 years and
even out-living the lawyer who
by then had paid her $180,000,
twice the value of the apartment.

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Women of Rockaway:
Lana Meli of Lanas Loft
By Katie McFadden

As part of an ongoing series,


the Rockaway Times is profiling
local female entrepreneurs each
week. This week is Lana Meli,
owner of Lanas Loft.
Aware of the lack of places for
women to shop for clothing on
the peninsula, longtime Rockaway resident Lana Meli was
one of the first ladies to open a
womens boutique, providing
local women with a spot to get a
nice outfit without having to go
over a bridge to get one. Every
community should have the basic necessities. You shouldnt
have to travel 30 miles for decent clothing, Meli said, so she
brought a place of her own for
the neighborhood.
Lanas Loft is a full-service ladies boutique that carries brand
name clothing and accessories from juniors to plus sizes at
moderate prices. The products
change often depending on the
season and latest trends. It is
also the only local retail clothing shop that offers alteration
services, to help customers get
a proper fit on the perfect piece,
and they custom order sizes
if they dont have a size a customer is looking for. Meli runs
the store along with her young
daughter, Chloe. I couldnt do
this without my daughter. Shes
my partner in crime, Meli said.
She is also joined by her longtime seamstress, Janice, and
about seven sales girls that work
throughout the year.
Melis love for fashion started
at a young age. I taught myself
how to sew and make my own
clothing at a young age. Then I
went to the Fashion Institute of
Technology and went on to work
in the textile industry, clothing
industry and custom-made industry. I was always a custom
dressmaker, but I had a shop in
my house and when I sold my
house, I lost that, so I started to
rent the space on Beach 116th
Street, she said. Meli first started in a third-floor walkup space
above the Blue Bungalow. I had
so much extra room up there,

an eye-catching lavender, and


opened the new location in May
2015. She says her husband,
Vince, was one of her biggest
supporters when it came to the
move. This little space was so
ugly before we moved in. It needed a lot of work, but my husband
said lets do it and were glad
we did. Were very happy with
the response. People are always
thanking us for opening up the
new location, Lana said. Business is definitely up. Most of the
people that come in here didnt
know we were on 116th. We get
new customers coming in every
day, Chloe Meli said. We love
our customers. Theyre our
neighbors and friends and we
love working with them in this
community. We sincerely thank
our customers for supporting
our business, and for their many
lovely comments and good
wishes, Lana added.
Meli says owning her own
business was always a dream.
Ive always been a creative person and I love to shop and apply my creativity to my career. I
couldnt be one of those people
who sit behind a desk. Being an
entrepreneur is a calling. Ive
never wanted to do anything else
but own my own business and
youre not happy until youve
done it.
To those considering starting
their own business, Meli says,
Make sure you have a lot of
money behind you, because it
can take longer than you think to
get a business up and running.
You need to start with enough
money to support you before

so I wanted to see if I could sell


clothing up there. In 2012, just
before Hurricane Sandy, she
started her first retail venture.
It was my first time ever owning a retail store. Everything I
had learned along the way in my
career lead me to this next step,
she said.
However, it was slow to start after Sandy. We had no business
for six months after the storm,
but we managed to stay alive
since we were on the third floor,
Meli said. The third floor location proved to be a challenge in
itself. A lot of women had baby
carriages or had trouble getting
up the stairs. We loved the space
and it was a nice atmosphere,
but it was difficult getting exposure.
Despite the walkup challenge,
Lanas Loft gained a customer
base and Meli reached a goal,
which allowed her to grow. We
felt if we could get customers in
a third floor walkup, we could
make it in a first floor space,
Meli said. Once our sales met a
certain goal we had, we started
to look for ground floor space.
She found a prominent location
at 114-04, right on Beach Channel Drive. People thought we
were crazy to do all this work on
this store that had been empty
since Sandy. But it was time to
grow and were very happy with
the way it came out.
Meli transformed the space,
painting the outside faade After

you start generating profits. People are cautious about going into
new stores at first. You need to
build trust with your customers
and community and that can
take time. If you want to do it,
you have to go for it, even if it
works out or doesnt. We consider it a blessing every day were in
business.
Now that shes established herself, Meli is looking toward more
ways to improve and grow. Im
tossing around the idea of opening another store, but were waiting on that because it requires
planning. We also want to make
our online presence better, she
said. Meli would also like to return to her custom-made roots.
We want to start our own line
and make our own products, on
a small scale to start. Everything
takes baby steps when youre in
business, she said.
Lanas Loft, located at 114-04
Beach Channel Drive, is open 6
days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Sundays. Call 718-945-5885 or
check out www.womensboutiquerockaway.com for more
info.

Before

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

ART SPACE GROWS

Continued from Page 13

one, and Id like to help that


along, he said. Ive been an
emerging artist for 20 years.
I know a thing or two about
emerging. I sincerely think that
Rockaway has evermore beauty
to reveal and our greatest hope
is to promote creative opportunities for those inspired by this
wonderful peninsula.
As Turner starts this new venture,
he hopes other artists will grow
with him. New York Arbor will be
a commercial venue for painters,
sculptors and those who make
handcrafted goods. The space
will offer a formal gallery space, a
storefront and potential access to
woodworking equipment.
New York Arbor will be a
destination for original artwork
influenced by the people and
energy of Rockaways unique
environment. Our strategy for
growth is to nurture dedicated
local artists who not only wish
to avail their work for purchase,
but also want to creatively
emerge with New York Arbor
as an entity that contributes to
the collective revitalization of

Rockaway, Turner said. As we


grow, it is our hope that each
artist will be enabled to develop more professional work and
personal engagement in the
future operations of the New
York Arbor venture.
As trees change throughout the
year, so will New York Arbor. The
space will host four seasonal exhibits of curated paintings and
sculptures in the main gallery,
along with an ongoing thematic
display of selected artisanal wares
(decorative works, home goods,
textiles, etc.) in the storefront
space, Turner says. In keeping
with the theme of new beginnings
and growth, the first program will

feature artwork that evokes the


springtime essence of new beginnings and Turner is looking
for artists to participate. We are
seeking collage, drawings, paintings, and sculpture in any medium for presentation in the gallery
and seasonally appropriate decorative and/or utilitarian objects
for the storefront display, he said.
Pieces can be submitted starting now for the first show, which
is scheduled for March 20 to celebrate the spring equinox and
the opening reception will take
place on the evening of Thursday, March 17. The deadline for
submissions is February 15 and
the selected artists will be notified by February 22.
Applicants may submit up to
five image files of recent work,
each less than 1MB, accompanied by a corresponding image
list with titles, materials used,
dates of production, and links
to any other relevant work.
Also, artists should include
contact information, a brief
description of their creative
philosophy, and how they have
been affected by Rockaway.
Submissions can be sent to: ge-

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oleoturner@gmail.com
The New York Arbor space
has long served as a location
for creative expression and
growth. It once served as a
unique gift shop called Rosies Books and Gifts Store.
When it was Busy Bees Learning Center, it was a store that
carried student and teacher
merchandise. It has history as an art studio previously
as The Fecund Clown, which
was destroyed by Hurricane
Sandy. Following Sandy, it was
transformed into The Creative Clown and was used as a
rentable location to host dance
and fitness classes, workshops
and events. The clown mural
above the building has been a
part of it since it was painted
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Act or react?
That has been my question
from the time I attended my
first CB14 meeting over six
years ago.
I would bring in rusted bolts
and pieces of rotting boardwalk wood from the old wooden boardwalk that were 25
years past their shelf life.
I would go on my usual
rants for three minutes during public speaking.
When I was done, blank
stares.
This went of for quite a few
board meetings until one
board member, Vince Castellano, who was on the board

at the time, broke with interpretive procedural tradition


and asked me a few questions.
You see, at the CB 14 meetings
there are no questions or answers during public speaking,
although the current by-laws
say differently!
Mr. Castellano asked me
point plank what I wanted. I
said, a new boardwalk, better beaches and finish the
2003 Army Corps study to get
more rock jetties (groins). After hearing what I had to say,
Mr. Castellano made a motion
to have the Parks Committee meet. He even questioned
when the last meeting had

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been held. No one in the room


could remember because it
had been so long.
I was kind of shocked that
the committee that deals with
our communitys bread and
butter wouldnt already automatically meet regularly, but
no, committees on our community board meet as needed. This is according to Community Board 14s current
by-laws.
To me, when we have committees meet on an as needed basis, we are simply always
meeting to re-act. Just reacting to an issue on our peninsula and Broad Channel and
never taking proactive roles to
better our communities on the
peninsula and BC.
Now I am in no way advocating to see the by-laws amended to have every committee
meet every month like some
other community boards require around the city. I will
advocate for there to be a
mandatory meeting of every
committee at least two times
per year and all others be on
an as-needed basis.

I find it quite shocking that


the committee on education
has met once since August of
2013. Are our schools doing
that great that we as a community board do not need to hear
or feel the pulse of the parents who have children in the
schools? Or hear from parents
who are contemplating leaving
the peninsula because an elementary school they thought
was going to be built is not?
I am also quite frustrated
that the Economic Development Committee of CB14 has
not held a meeting in years.
Yes, you read that correctly in
YEARS!!!!
Yes, even since Sandy: nothing at all, zip, nothing, nada!!!!
I mean its in the title, Economic DEVELOPMENT. Yes,
the word develop somehow comes to mind as I read
that.
How does something develop if we never nurture an idea
or an issue for that matter?
I mean, is it just me or does
anyone else see a problem

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A Visit to Beach 116th Street


After a long stretch in city government, I now teach an Urban
Economic Development class
at Baruchs School of Public Affairs. I recently took my Executive
Masters of Public Administration
class to Beach 116th Street in the
Rockaways. What better way to
teach than to introduce graduate
students to community leaders
who have provided strong and
steady leadership over the last
several years.
It was great to catch up with
my friend Mike Adil of Paninico
Caf. When I was the Citys Small
Business Services Commissioner,
it was always my first stop for a
hot cup of coffee and my favorite
breakfast sandwich - Mos Burrito. Mike explained to the class the
hard work he put into rebuilding
his restaurant.
We also met Lola Star who has
opened up a very inviting shop to
buy clothing and fun gifts with the
proud Rockaway brand. Lola, one
of Coney Islands biggest boosters,
has brought an added energy and
enthusiasm to Beach 116th Street.

of this initiative to repair their


facades or upgrade the appearances of their businesses. It really
upped the game for the street
and some new shops like Local
Liquids have followed suit with
creativity. Looking back, our decision to use local merchant Paul
Ohana to design most of the new
storefronts was an added plus -and certainly kept him smiling for
months.
A number of merchants told
me of the great work of the Beach
116th Street Partnership and
Mark Mina in having another special holiday celebration to light
the Christmas tree and Menorah. Mark has worked his magic
in producing first-rate events that
have drawn more Rockaway residents and visitors to the corridor.
The new benches along the two
shopping blocks are also a nice
addition. Unfortunately, the trash
cans were full with debris which
Rob Walsh and Jessica Taylor with flowed in the streets. What happened to regular pick up by the
Claudette Flatow (center)
Sanitation Department and the
has made a difference. Nearly 30 additional Clean Team that was
small businesses took advantage arranged to add an extra shine
I was thrilled to see all the retail shops occupied in The Rogers
Building. Thanks goodness Rogers, the oldest bar in the Rockaways, is still going strong and the
Guinness is still flowing.
Walking along the corridor, it
was great to see how much the
storefront improvement program

Lola Star enjoyed the visit from


Rob Walsh and the class.

on this important retail corridor?


Rule #1 Economic Development
begins with safe and clean streets.
I was anxious to get down to
the beach and was thrilled to see
workers inching their way up to
the corridor with the new boardwalk. It will make a tremendous
difference this year when the
new construction reaches Beach
116th Street.
After walking around and poking our heads in a number of
stores, we worked up a pretty good

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VISIT TO BEACH

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appetite. At Cuisine by Claudette,
we were greeted with open arms
and amazing food. Claudette had
prepared a delicious family style
feast for 25 students and guests. I
was thrilled to see the brisk business at her takeout counter, coffee and juice bar.
At our lunch, the Beach 116th
Street Partnership was well represented by Chair Tom Hughes and
the Executive Director Linda Humphrey. In addition, Danny Ruscillo
of the 100th Precinct Council and
Brian Leary of CPEX Real Estate
joined in on the discussion. Robert
Kaskel , owner of Thai Rock, was
sitting at the coffee bar wearing a
great big smile. He recently learned
his restaurants earned the recognition of being recommended in the
Michelin 2016 Guide to NYC.
These community leaders
spoke about those rough days
and months after Hurricane
Sandy. They spoke about how
they came together to form the
Partnership and discussed some
of the gains that they have made
to strengthen the corridor and
surrounding area. I greatly ad-

The group met at the Belle Harbor Steak House for lunch.

mire the patience, time and enormous effort that this group and
others have put into this work. I
remember the day that I met Tom
Hughes, owner of Station Liquor. It was just weeks after the
storm and he was there helping
me forge relationships with other
property owners and merchants.
Tom continues to give and serves
as Chairman of the 116th Street
Partnership.
Linda Humphrey, the Executive Director of the Beach 116th
Street, is working hard in rallying
the troops and plugging away on
initiatives to make Beach 116h
Street a better place. However,

she needs much more help and


support starting with the City.
Heres my quick list of things the
City should spearhead to make
Beach 116th Street an even more
memorable and inviting place:
The City needs to place one of
the new Ferry stops at Beach
116th Street. It is a no brainer
and will be a big boost for the
small businessesalong with
spurring much needed new development along the corridor.
The City pulled the plug on
millions of dollars of economic development initiatives that
were announced by the NYC
Economic Development Cor-

poration after Hurricane Sandy


as part of a Game Changer
Program. The Beach 116th corridor continues to struggle with
some large empty sites. The City
needs to come up with creative
new economic development
initiatives to jump start this very
important commercial corridor.
The Beach 116th Street Partnership has done an extraordinary job in rallying the merchants, creating new programs
and events to strengthen the
corridor, and tackling difficult
quality of life issues. Resources
have been earmarked for other
community based organizations
to deploy clean teams, promote
the area, and come up with creative and strategic plans. It is time
for the City to truly invest in this
important organization that has
made a tremendous difference.
Rob Walsh served as the Citys
Small Business Services Commissioner from 2002-2013. He is now a
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School of Public Affairs and his
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

BLESSING
By Paulette Mancuso

A blessing has no species, nationality or religion. Blessings


come in all different forms.
Sometimes we dont know
something is a blessing until
way after it happens. Sometimes blessings are disguised.
These are the blessings that
happen in our lives. Once recognized, they are numerous.
At the suggestion of a teacher during a recent workshop,
I started a 100-day entry in an
active journal: each day I write
down what I feel is a blessing
on that day. Yesterday it was a
hot shower as I reveled in the
water enveloping me and diminishing any chill. Today it
was enjoying a delicious meal.
My guess is that as it goes on,
the blessing recognitions will
be more and more as I slow
down and make a point to feel
through all of the senses.
Recognizing blessings transforms into the realm of gratitude and being grateful on a
daily basis leads to bliss.
These are the blessings that
happen. Then, there is a way to
practice blessing. Intentionally. Being open to giving and
receiving blessings to/from all
living things. Sometimes there
are things in the way, e.g., anger, resentment, whatever it
may be, which are blocks to the
flow. We cant be in harmony
and flow if we have these strong
feelings. We need to bring the
harmony back and be in the
flow. Acknowledge the things
in the way and just say that you
forgive the root of what caused
those feelings. Just say it to
yourself, I have read about acts
of forgiveness that are beyond
my comprehension. Like the

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woman who took in her sons


killer after his sentence, and
rehabilitated him. He was in
a gang, never had a home life.
This is extraordinary, indeed,
we have only to think about it
in smaller terms and our lives
will change.
Practicing blessing begins
with making eye contact. The
eyes are the mirror of the soul
and reflect everything that
seems to be hidden; and like a
mirror, they also reflect the person looking into them. (Paul
Coelho) By making eye contact we see the being there
and how else can we act than
with compassion? To fare
thee well, to bless, to wish
the best. And in that moment
chances are that the other person has caught a glimpse of
your being and is doing the
same.
In order to partake in and
feel any of this, we have to slow
down and be in the moments.
And have good intentions for
all living things around us.
Just like a snowflake is never
repeated (imagine that), each
one of us is unique, yet, we are
all one: plants, trees, wildlife,
animals, humans. This is because we share the gift of being
alive.
Bless all before you and be
with an open heart to receive
the blessings coming your way.
It is all there, we just dont recognize it because were rushing past. I always come back to
my dads maxim: Stop. Look.
Listen. The next step is to not
only act kindly, but to wish the
best to someones eyes you have
engaged. Silently. Begin the
thread that unites us as one.
May you be happy, may you
be free, may you be grateful,
may you let go of things that do
not serve you, may you have inner peace.

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Call Susan 347 260 3891
$1300
125th Large rooms, storage space, parking for 1 car,
washer & dryer. Need good credit.
Call Susan 347 260 3891
$1650
125th Walk-in. New kitchen & bath.
Need good credit. Summer parking.
Pay electric & cooking gas.
$1700
Arverne By The Sea units available, mint,
pay all utilities
$1800-$2200
120th Open floor plan, deck, LOFT , pets ok, parking, W/D,
pay all utilities. PET OK, $1700.
Call Susan 347 260 3891
$1700
121st 2/3 bedroom, large Loft style, 2 baths, small terrace,
year round parking, W/D, PET OK, $2150
Call Susan 347 260 3891
$2150
122nd extra-large rooms, terrace, 1.5 baths hardwood floors,
summer parking, pay only electric.
Call Susan 347 260 3891
$1900
123rd Ocean views with terrace, new kitchen & bath,
no pets, parking extra, PAY ELECTRIC
Call Susan 347-260-3891
$1900

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RENTED
RENTED
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THREE BEDROOMS

90th All NEW, 2 baths, pay all utilities


Call Susan 347-260-3891
$1900
137th Spacious 1400 sq.ft., 2 bath, W/D, EIK,
all year parking two cars, use of half of basement,
use of backyard and deck
Pay all utilities, Call Kate 917 680-8051
$2700
140th Beautiful Brand new kitchen & bath, Hardwood floors
throughout, w/d, backyard, parking. Pay gas &electric.
Must have good credit.
Call Susan 347 260 3891
$2500

CALL US WITH YOUR APARTMENT LISTINGS,


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B R O O K LY N M E M B E R

Lic. Broker-Owner: Lisa Jackson


Lic. Associate Brokers: Barbara Ferguson Nia Casilla Gail Opromalla
Lic. RE Agents: Melissa Carrington Ariana David Colleen Brady Alla Pankevich Jenny Dantone

4 Year Member

417 Beach 129th St (718) 634-3134 Mon-Sat 10am-6pm


Homes For Sale

BRAND NEW EXCLUSIVE

BRAND NEW EXCLUSIVE

Belle Harbor - Beach Block

BRAND NEW EXCLUSIVE

Arverne - Great Mother/Daughter

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top and middle floor apartments have a LR, DR, EIK, kitchen, granite counters, gorgeous backsplash and space has 3BR's, 1 bath, LR, eat in kitchen and a bonus
terrace, 2BR's, and 1.5 baths. Walk in 2BR apt. Private recess lighting. Basement has a 2BR, 1 bath with family room plus a spacious 1BR rental with separate
parking, outdoor shower and garage. $959,000
family room. Large backyard. $359,000
entrance. Won't last! $229,000
UPPER BELLE HARBOR

Oceanfront Land For Sale


Imagine waking up
to this fabulous Belle
Harbor ocean view
every morning, well
this dream view can
be a reality! Just give
us a call. $1,850,000

BELLE HARBOR

Water Front Location - 51 x 122 Lot


Large open LR/DR
room with beautiful
HW flooring, brand
new kitcen with
granite counters, 3 BRs,
3 baths and private
parking. $870,000

BRAND NEW EXCLUSIVE

Oversized Multi Family Home


Rockaway
Gem
2BR rented for $1200,
4BR, 2.5 bath rented
for $2200, and $1400
for 1st floor. Private
parking and large
back yard. $725,000

ROCKAWAY BEACH

50 x 100 Lot Ocean Views!T


AC & rare
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Legal 2 Family - 80 x 100


With over 5,000sq
ft. of living space
this gorgeous corner
property has 4 large
BRs, enormus sunken
LR, large DR, fireplace,1
BR rental. $1,380,000

NEPONSIT

Location...Location...Location
Spectacular 3 BR, 3
bath side Hall Colonial
has a stately two story
entrance. 10 ceilings
throughout, radiant
heat, central air and pvt
parking! $1,275,000

BELLE HARBOR

UPPER BELLE HARBOR

BELLE HARBOR

ROCKAWAY BEACH

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

Turn Key Gorgeous!


Impeccably maintained
4BR brick home. Italian
tile floors and open
oak staircase. Large EIK
with granite counters
and private parking.
$859,000

Looking For a Fixer Upper?


ALL BRICK legal 2
family home sits
on a lovely 50x100
corner property on a
beautiful quiet block
with HUGE back and
side yard. $699,000
Huge All Brick Two Family T
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UN
$375,000

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Spacious 5BR, 3.5 bath,
GORGEOUS kitchen
which has a Sub Zero,
double Wolf wall oven,
2 sinks and granite
counters, HW floors,
fin bsmt. $839,000

Legal 2 Family
Charming 2BR, 1
bath with a front and
back deck over 2BR, 1
bath. Centrally located
between the most
popular restaurants.
$399,999

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UN
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Brand New Exclusive T


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siding, roof, kitchen,
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NEPONSIT

Sprawling Split Level


Spacious 4 BR, 3
bath split level.
Gorgeous 60x100
corner
property
with patio, private
parking and garage.
$1,125,000

BELLE HARBOR

Brand New Exclusive!


Rare 2 family home
on a 65x100 lot,
2BR rental over 3BR
owners apt with a
full bsmt, garage
and long private
driveway. $825,000

NEPONSIT

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UN
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ARVERNE

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C
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R A3BR 2 bath
T
upper
with private
N and
driveway
COgarage
R parking plus your
E
own backyard. Lower
D
unit is a 2BR 1 bath.
UN
$499,000

ROCKAWAY BEACH
Brand New Exclusive T
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R A style with 2
T
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great large
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R backyard, low taxes
E
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private
drive Dont
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UN
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UPPER BELLE HARBOR

Brand New Exclusive


Spacious rooms with
HW floors, large
LR with fireplace,
updated EIK with
granite counters, Sub
zero and 3 large BRs.
$899,000

BELLE HARBOR

Perfect Family Home


SPACIOUS LEGAL 2
Fam, 3 BR, 2 bath over
3 BR, 2 bath with 2 car
garage and private
drive. Gleaming HW
floors, EIK with granite
counters. $775,000

BRAND NEW EXCLUSIVE

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and
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$799,000

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with a
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D
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UN
$429,000

BROAD CHANNEL

Adorable Bungalow T
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R Aliving room,
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renovated
N
2BRs and
CObathroom,
an
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in
E R Private fenced kitchen.
in yard
D
with garage. Motivated
UN
Seller! $199,000

Its a Sellers Market!


Winter can be the BEST time to sell your home and this winter is no exception.
Inventory is low and we have serious qualified buyers, ready to purchase homes in all price ranges.
Dont wait until Spring get ahead of the crowd and let us bring our buyers to you today!
Call us today for a private consultation, theres no obligation and its completely FREE of charge.

The Rockaway Times

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

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B R O O K LY N M E M B E R

Lic. Broker-Owner: Lisa Jackson


Lic. Associate Brokers: Barbara Ferguson Nia Casilla Gail Opromalla
Lic. RE Agents: Melissa Carrington Ariana David Colleen Brady Alla Pankevich Jenny Dantone

4 Year Member

417 Beach 129th St (718) 634-3134 Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

OPEN HOUSE
BROAD CHANNEL
th
10 East 7 Road, Sun 1/24, 1-3pm

OPEN HOUSE SAVE THEst DATE


Sunday - January 31

OPEN HOUSE SAVE THEthDATE


Saturday - January 30

Beautiful 2BR/1.5 bath home. Quartz THIS CONDOMINIUM CHECKS ALL THE BOXES!!! STUNNING ocean views from 2 balconies.
counter tops and hand made cabinets, HW Private drive and garage. Backyard, 2 BR, 2 baths, Contemporary 3BR, 2 bath condo with washer and
throughout with central air conditioning and large spacious living room and family room. dryer included and gorgeous finishes throughout.
a large backyard. Come take a look! $399,000
$485,000
$495,000
Condos & Co-ops
ROCKAWAY BEACH

Oceanfront Condo
Dont miss your
chance to own a
piece of Rockaway
Beach with this
swanky 2 BR , 2 bath
oceanfront. Parking
included! $580,000

BELLE HARBOR

Close To All!
D
T E walk up
2nd Pfloor
E
with
plenty
of closets.
C
includes
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F
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OF
parking. $249,000

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$369,000

ARVERNE WATERSEDGE
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R A with an
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yard.
N
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beach in this sought
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$250,000

BRAND NEW EXCLUSIVE

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

Brand New Exclusive


This 2BR, 2 bath condo
has gleaming HW
floors, ample closet
space, SS appliances
plus W/D. Comes
with parking and two
balconies. $449,000

The Ocean Grande - 6th Floor


Luxurious
Beach
Living at its Best!
Spacious 2 BR, 2 bath
with huge roof top
terrace with ocean
views and private
parking. $475,000

Only One Apartment At This Price!


Beautiful 2 BR, 1.5
bath, ground floor
with HW floors, SS
appliances, laundry in
unit, outdoor grilling
space and 1 car
parking. $245,000

Oceanfront Building
Gorgeous views of the
bay and city skyline can
be seen from the living
room. Pet friendly
1BR co-op in GREAT
condition. Call us today.
$199,000

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

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ACUnits At
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T
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Price!
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CO2unit
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R
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UN
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$299,000

Brand New Construction T


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N HW flfloors,
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COwith
R appliances, laundry
E
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UN
$369,000

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

Two Brand New Condominiums!


T
AC 2BR,
Fabulous
R
1.5N T bath, Granite
O
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R appliances, laundry
E
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D
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UN
$239,000

Two Brand New Condominiums!


T
AC 2BR,
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R
1.5N T bath, Granite
O
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R appliances, laundry
E
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D
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UN
$239,000

Rentals

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

Oceanfront Building
Premiere 2 BR, 2 baths,
oceanfront apartment
with spacious terrace
and glorious ocean
views! Give us a call
for a private viewing.
$349,000

Modern Oceanfront Building


Large 2BR, 2 bath
with LR, dinette
area,
modern
eat in kitchen,SS
appliances, private
ocean view terrace.
$415,000
Brand New Oceanfront Exclusive
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E
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1BR
Oceanfront!
C maintenance
ACLow
fees
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R
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FE
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Parking available.
O
$199,000

Own On The Beach!


Enjoy this cozy 1BR
apartment which
has a bike and
storage room, be in
just in time for the
Rockaway summer
fun. $119,000

Oceanfront Co-op T
C
SPECTACULAR
R A OCEAN
T
VIEWS!!!
2
BR end
N
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R HW floors, large
master BR in a well
DE
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ACUnits At
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T
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Price!
NBR, 2 bath,Beautiful
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CO2unit
with HW floors,
R
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D
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UN
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$299,000

ROCKAWAY PARK

ROCKAWAY PARK

Oceanfront Apartment T
C
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R Aand stylishly
T
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N with gorgeous
COkitchen and tall cabinets,
R granite
counters,
backsplash and gleaming
DE
N
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U
$225,000

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T
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Excellent
N
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R floors, large LR and
BR, plus den or 2nd BR
DE
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U
$189,000

Rentals

69th: Victorian 6 BR, 2BA, house rental in Arverne (NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


129th: Year round gated parking on Newport Ave! (LJ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
141st: Turn key home for rent, 3BR, 2.5 BA, HW floors, yard & driveway! (BF) . .
101st: 3BR, 2.5BA duplex with SS appliances and rooftop terrace (MC) . . . . .
137th: 3 BR, 2BA lovely house for rent! Open floor plan! (AD) . . . . . . . . . . .
137th: 3BR, 2BA 1st floor apt with HW floors, deck and private drive (BF) . . . .
91st: Spacious 3BR, 2BA with ocean views, terrace and 2 parking spots! (NC) .
90th: Newly renovated large 4BR, 1.5BA with HW floors & eat in kitchen! (AD) .
117th: Spacious 2 BR, 2BA unit in Ocean Grande building! (NC) . . . . . . . . . .

. $3,600
. $3,500
. $3,500
. $3,200
. $2,800
. $2,700
. $2,500
. $2,500
. $2,200

131st: Beach Block! Spacious 1BR, 1BA. Completely renovated! (BF) . . . . . . . . .


134th: 2 BA, 2BA apt with spacious bedrooms and one car parking (AD) . . . . . .
79th: 2BR, 1BA condo with lots of closet space, terrace and ocean views! (MC) . .
80th: Large top floor end unit! 2 BR, Terrace and gated parking! (NC) . . . . . . . .
89th: Redone second floor 2BR apartment. Heat and hot water included (NC) . .
109th: Brand new 2BR apt with new kitchen, SS appliances & lots of closets (JD) .
118th: Newly renovated 1 BR basement apartment with W&D! (MC) . . . . . . . . .
95th: Newly renovated studio with sleeping loft, private garden and deck (MC) .
E 20th: 1BR rental in Broad channel! Pet friendly, HW floors and porch (MC) . . . .

Arverne: Rare Find, 3 lots 125x115 2 Factories And 1 Warehouse . . . . . . . . $2,200,000


Rockaway Beach: Commercial rental! 800sq ft and newly renovated! . . . . . . . . . $4,300
102nd: Office space with over 1250 sq. ft with exam rooms and consult room . . . $3,300
112th: 900sq ft walk in great for retail or office space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,700
91st: Endless possibilities for this commercial space in Rockaway Beach . . . . . . . $1,500

Belle Harbor: Oceanfront land, build your own getaway! . . .


Arverne: 5 Vacant lots being sold as a package! . . . . . . . . .
Arverne: Build your dream home on waterfront 120x105 lot.
Edgemere: Build your business or dock your boat! . . . . . . .
Broad Channel: Approved for 2 story house! 37x75 lot . . . .

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

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Mary OLeary
Glen DiResto
Lorraine Tom
Marie Villanueva
Dominick R. Maiorano

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Legal 2 family
Arverne by the Sea
SOLD $679,000

The Rockaway Times

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

Thursday, January 21,


6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
FERRY SHUTTLE BUS MEETING
Beach Channel Educational
Campus
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Learn about the ferry and provide
feedback on bus shuttle stops.

Trust by Tony Vainuku and Erika


Cohn., followed by a discussion
led by Victor Dugue, Coach of 10U
Division, Rockaway Ravens.

Friday, January 22,


3:30 p.m.
QUINTET OF THE AMERICAS
CONCERT
Beacon Rehabilitation and Nursing
Center
140 Beach 113th Street
Free classical music concert.
Friday, January 22,
6:00 p.m.
ROCKAWAY WISH MEETING
Belle Harbor Yacht Club
533 Beach 126th street
Females can join Rockaway
WISH. Hear about the group, pay
membership dues.
Friday, January 22,
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
SCREENING OF IN FOOTBALL WE
TRUST
Sorrentino Recreation Center
1848 Cornaga Avenue
Preview screening of In Football We

Saturday, January 23, 12 p.m.


SHAPEUP NYC: JUST KEEP
MOVING
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Instructor Alice Ostrowsky leads
this low impact aerobics class that
aims to increase cardiovascular
health while reducing the stress on
joints.
Saturday, January 23, 5 p.m.
MEDITATION BY THE BEACH
Yoga on the Rocks
90-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Meditation with Buddhist Monk
Bhante Suddhaso. Free, but
donations welcome. RSVP to
rockawaysummer@gmail.com

217 Beach 92nd Street


Come experience 30 minutes of
pilates, 30 mins of kettlebells and
30 mins of yoga, with light brunch.
$10, proceeds go to Rockaway
WISH.
Monday, January 25, 12 p.m.
EAT RIGHT!
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Learn how to choose healthy food
and get your questions about
nutrition answered.
Tuesday, January 26,
3:30 p.m.
TEEN MOVIE AFTERNOON
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Teens only. The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay - Part 1
Wednesday, January 27, 7:30
p.m.
100TH PCT COMMUNITY
COUNCIL MEETING
Knights of Columbus
333 Beach 90th Street
Saturday, January 30,
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CULINARY KIDS COAT DRIVE
444 Beach 58th Street
Coats for those in need. Contact
Malisa 347-321-0423 for info.

Saturday, January 23,


7:30 p.m.
DANNY M OF INDACULTURE
Rockaway Beach Surf Club
302 Beach 87th Street
Sunday, January 24,
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
PILATES, KETTLEBELLS & YOGA

Tap into
savings!

Saturday, January 30, 7 p.m.


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Russos on the Bay
Raffles, Chinese auction. Honorees
Gerry Casey and Msgr. Bracken.
Tickets $125 call 718-634-6812.
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
FREE TAX PREP
57-11 Shore Front Parkway
For families with less than $54,000
income. For appointment call 718675-3347 ext. 4.
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
7:30 p.m.
AL-ANON
First Congregational Church
320 Beach 94th Street
Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
FREE ZUMBA WITH LISA G
8-21 Bay 25th Street
Call 917-446-9986 for more info.
Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
KERRY HILLS OPEN MIC
115-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd
All musicians/singers welcome.
Thursdays, 6 p.m.
CUB SCOUT PACK 147 MEETING
Building T-149 Fort Tilden
For boys ages 6-10.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 147 MEETING
Building T-149 Fort Tilden
For boys ages 11-18.

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The Shore Garden Club


A Visit To Florida
By Robin Shapiro

This Week in History


JANUARY 21
1908 - NYC regulation makes it illegal
for a woman to smoke in public.
1942 - Bronx magistrate rules all
pinball machines illegal.
1990 - John McEnroe becomes 1st
ever player to be expelled from the
Australian Open.

of Homeland Security officially begins operation.


JANUARY 25
Ed Mills was born.
Fran Redden-Cann was born.
Lidice Henriquez was born.

1881 - Thomas Edison and Alexander


Graham Bell form the Oriental
Telephone Company.
1945 - Dan Topping, Del Webb &
1943 - Temperature rises 49F (9C) Larry MacPhail purchase NY Yanks
in 2 minutes in Spearfish, SD
for $2.8 mil.
1957 - Mad Bomber (George P Metesky) 1983 - Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie
accused of 30 explosions, arrested. arrested in Bolivia.
1973 - Down goes Frazier. George
Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in JANUARY 26
heavyweight boxing title bout.
Steve Major was born.
1788 The colony of Australia is
JANUARY 23
founded.
Susan Locke was born.
1838 - Tennessee passes nations first
prohibition law.
1968 - Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man
crew seized in Sea of Japan by North JANUARY 27
Korea.
Patricia Hannan was born.
1971 - UCLA loses to Notre Dame, Pat Delaney was born.
UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row Ruth Graves was born.
JANUARY 22
Denise Kershaw was born.

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trees! I cant wait to try it!
If youre interested in flower and vegetable gardens, floral arrangements and most
things that grow -why not
join! The Shore Garden Club
meets once a month on Mondays at local restaurants. Its JANUARY 24
Kim Green was born.
really a lot of fun.

1951 - First atomic detonation at the


Nevada test site.
1980 - Mary Decker became 1st
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with having more than 50 people employed by Dunkin Donuts on the peninsula? Less
than 10 percent of them live
on the peninsula, when the
unemployment rate on the
peninsula is through the roof.
Thank God we finally have
two new Chairs of the Economic Development committee who want to make major
change in this department. I
wish them well and hope that

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016


every business owner reaches
out to them at CB14 and the
committee reaches out to the
businesses.
Ive been on CB14 for over
two years and it reminds me of
our old boardwalk pre-October 28, 2012: fully functional,
but in major need of repair.
Of course I would not be doing
the name of this contribution
Between the Groins any justice
if I did not mention the massive
erosion occurring throughout
the peninsula. Massive erosion
is a huge problem. Of course, my

partner in crime, Eddy Pastore,


has been doing an awesome job
posting photos and letting the
world know we are still in major
danger of ocean flooding and
massive erosion of the recreational areas of the beach.
Of course we all know the
answers to the Army Corps
Study that has been going on
for what seems like the beginning of time. The answers as to
how to fix our eroding beach
are resting at Beach 86th
Street, where the groin works
like a charm.

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If youve never done so,
take a walk to this spot on the
beach and see for yourself.
Notice how the beach to the
east is full and strong and the
beach to the west is almost
gone!
The Army Corps is scheduled to be at the next CB14
meeting on February 9 at 7:15
at the Bayswater Jewish Center
in Far Rockaway.
Put it on your calendar and
make sure you come let them
know we are READY FOR THE
JETTIES!

Some More Mass Transit Ideas for the New


Year Part II
By Allan Rosen

In Part 1, last week, Allan


Rosen discussed some ideas
for smarter transportation. This
week he has more to share.
Another obvious idea is to
reopen the many subway entrances that were closed in the
1970s due to high crime and
the need for staffing those entrances. Those concerns are no
longer valid and the MTA finally is evaluating this idea. That
study should be completed expeditiously and with a speedy
implementation.
Let us now focus on ideas
that are not obvious like utilization of unutilized or underutilized railroad rights of way like
QueensRail and modernization
of antiquated local bus lines,
for example. QueensRail has
been discussed in this column
numerous times. Bus routes
are occasionally extended, with
groups of routes having been
updated through reorganizing
them to make them simpler,
more direct, and more functional, easing connections.
Adding new local routes are
also rare. The MTA has decided
that new routes must not operate more frequently than every
30 minutes in order to save on

operating costs and have designed them to terminate a


block or two from major transportation hubs making bus
connections difficult and hindering their attractiveness and
usefulness.
We could have a new route
from Beach 116th Street or Riis
Park (with free parking during
the winter months for commuters) to the Sheepshead Bay
subway station using the Belt
Parkway when construction is
completed. That would help
commuters immensely. The underutilized B2 to the Brighton
Lines Kings Highway Station
also could be extended to the
Rockaways.
Filling Transit Deserts has
become a buzzword. They exist
because the MTAs goal is to provide the least amount of transit
service that is politically feasible
rather than finding ways to attract passengers and improving
connections between neighborhoods because of over concern
with their budget. Their planning is myopic because rather
than viewing expenditures as
an investment toward attracting
patronage and generating revenue. Transit is viewed as a losing
proposition with there being no
connection between operating
expenses and revenue, which is

untrue.
The MTA needs to study where
the dollar vans are operating
and which are the most popular
ber trips to assess latent demand. Instead they only look
at their existing passengers and
census data to determine proper
service levels and routes.
Traffic congestion in Flushing
can be remedied by constructing an off-street bus facility as
once existed many years ago.
The solution is not exclusive bus
lanes and SBS.
Off-board fare collection at
major transfer points. This was
actually the policy in the 1950s
and 1960s. SBS proponents are
pretending it is an innovative
new idea that can only be instituted as part of SBS.
Redesign dangerous intersections, not entire corridors, and
stop pretending SBS will make
the streets safer for pedestrians.
A network of new affordable
express bus routes between major city hubs even if they only
make several trips a day. Look
at the popularity of the low cost
Megabus offering $20 trips to
Philadelphia, for example. Long
distance bus travel is not dead.
The chief complaint for not using local bus routes has always
been poor bus reliability and
bus bunching. The technology

to greatly reduce that problem


is now available with BusTime if
it is working correctly. It should
enable bus dispatchers to view
the location of all buses at the
same time. However, it is rarely
if at all being used. Why?
If there is a valid reason, the
MTA needs to make us aware of
it. What we need is more transparency from government. It appears that the word problem
has disappeared from our language. All problems have now
become challenges. (Notice how
often DOT uses that word). So
MTA, what is the challenge with
using new technology to keep
our buses running on time?
Adequately utilizing our waterways and adding bike lanes
where they do not punish motorists by slowing trips for many
thousands to benefit a few hundred.
I could go on. Let us hear your
smart ideas!
Allan Rosen is a former Director of Bus Planning for MTA
NYCT and a member of the
Queens Public Transit Committee.
Got an idea to improve transportation in the City or Rockaway? Send your 500 word article
to RickHoran@SmarterStreets.
org..

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

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Blocks of the Rock: Beach 130th Street


By Dylan Watton

Resilience has been a


word that is frequently thrown
around to describe Rockaway as
a whole, especially in the years
following Hurricane Sandy. But
no single entity in this great
area embodies the definition of
the word better than the people
who live on Beach 130th Street
between Newport Avenue and
Cronston Avenue. Smack in
the middle of Belle Harbor, the
block borders the neighborhoods only major commercial
center and is within spitting
distance from its major church
and playground at St. Francis
de Sales. But what has made
the character of the block is its
ability to bounce back and persevere in the face of tragedy, be
it a nearby plane crash or a devastating fire that wiped out the
homes and personal possessions of over 30 people.
My wife and I were in Cobble Hill, we had been there for
a long time, James DiBenedetto said. They moved to Beach

Beach 130th

130th Street just over a year prior to Sandys landing on October


29, 2012. Our neighborhood
was becoming Manhattan-like,
getting very overcrowded. One
day I was walking over Marine
Parkway Bridge to visit family that lived in Roxbury. It was
a beautiful day, you could see
whole peninsula and water behind, and I thought I should live
out here. I talked to my wife and
she said she had always thought
about moving to Rockaway too.
It was a great move.

Prior to the storm, Marie Rudolph, who has lived on the


block for over 30 years, said that
the block was tight-knit. The
year of September 11th we started having a block party the week
before, she said. She explained
that they didnt have the party in
2002 out of respect for the ones
Rockaway lost but continued the
tradition up until Sandy. Everybody got along except a couple
of wackos here or there.
Mary Ellen Olsen, a 17-year
resident, and DiBenedetto

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night of the storm, which was
previously covered in the Rockaway Times Sandy Anniversary
edition in October 2014. Olsen,
who due to multiple sclerosis
is in a wheelchair, had to evacuate her house via kayak and
DiBenedetto was helped by local hero Dylan Smith, a lifeguard
who used his surfboard to bring
his neighbors to safety. (In yet
another tragedy, Smith died just
two months after the storm in a
surfing accident in Puerto Rico).
It was a pretty amazing night,
Benedetto said. We had water flooding our basement. We
started smelling smoke, and the
next thing I know, three houses
behind us were on fire.
In the aftermath of the storm,
several houses on Beach
130th Street had burned to the
ground. On the corner of the
block the beloved restaurant
Harbor Light also turned to
cinders. But three years and
three months removed, the

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New Years Resolutions From


The 114 Kids
Were three weeks into the
New Year, and even if weve given up on our own resolutions,
I know well resolve to help
our kids with theirs. And this
is a resolution well all keep.
Here are a few New Years Resolutions from PS 114s Writers
Club. - Joan Diehl

My New Years
Resolution
By Aiden Keane

I woke up this morning,


Drowning in clothes.
Shirts, socks, and pants,
And one or two robes.
I swam to the door,
The tides pulling me in
And barely escaped,
From the clothes up to my chin.
What would be easy,
To keep me alive
My New Years Resolution,
Is to be organized.
I did all my homework,
But where could it be?
On a mountain of napkins,
Or in the clothing sea.
So I looked and I searched,
Turning my house upside
down.
It would take months, no years,
Just for it to be found.
What would be easy
To keep me alive
My New Years resolution,
Is to be organized.

TYPOS
By Charlie Kinzie

Typos, typos everywhere


Theyre getting tangled in my
hair
I try very hard to avoid typos
But they bounce back like mosquitoes
When I type my fingers shake
When a typo appears, its hard
to tolerate
My homework looks like Morse
code
Or a lumpy, bumpy road
When my teachers see them,
they shout Oh no!
All because of typo, after typo,
after typo

(Can you guess my New Years


resolution?)
When I walk down the hall
Somebody makes me stop
dead in my tracks. My knees
shake like Jell-O. The bully
glares at me like a cat glares
at a mouse, or how a teacher
glares at a kid when he is tardy for class. The bully laughs at
me. His voice is so loud, people
in outer space can hear him.
A tear rolls down my cheek.

The bully looks like a giant.


You probably think my New
Years resolution is to stand up
to the bully. Well, think again.
My New Years resolution is to
find the bully a friend, as kind
as my mom. Maybe if the bully
has a friend or two, he wont be
so mean. To be honest, I think
the bully is so mean because
hes lonely. I am going to do my
best to convince some kids to
be friends with the bully. This
is my New Years Resolution.
By Renee Kelly
Suddenly, an ordinary Thursday turned into an extraordinary day. I was reading, when
my hands dropped the book as
if they had butter on them, and
my eyes glued themselves to
the classroom door. Standing
there, I saw a lady prettier than
a supermodeland, I knew Id
love whatever she was teaching. It happened to be writing!
After a few weeks, she told me
I was a true writer. I love writ-

ing more than I love ice-cream.


When I see a magic show and
the magician makes the bunny disappear, my whole body
shakes like a wet dog and a million emotions bounce around
inside my head. My feet start
dancing, and Im happy and
scared and excited. This is how
I want people to feel who read
my writing. I want to be the
best writer in school. This is my
New Years resolution.
By Meaghan Beissel

My friends say I can be a little


oversensitive. My classmates
call me the biggest crybaby on
the planet. OK, nobodys perfect. To prove that I was the
biggest crybaby ever, let me
take you back to my friends
birthday party. We were casually playing soccer until HE
camethe nightmare to my
dreams. He said I sucked at
soccer. I wimped out. I cried
like it was my favorite thing to
do until an angel named Charlie Kinzie came along. This kid
was the bright firework in my
night skybasically, the nicest
kid ever. Youre better than
that guy at soccer. Lets play!,
he shouted. Anyway, I think I
know several ways to toughen
up. One method is known as
PHYSICAL
INTIMIDATIONI can work out more and get
ripped. Then, I can flex my
muscles and no one will bother
me. Or, I could fight fire with
fire, and show the bully how

it feels with a word COUNTER


ATTACK. My New Years resolution is to toughen up.
By Gregory Nicolas
I tiptoe into the kitchen as
quietly as a mouse. Its as dark
as a black sheet of paper at 12:49
AM. Im so hungry I could eat a
horse and a half. I climb up to
the cabinet and like a hound
dog I sniff out Doritos. I open
the bag and start munching
on the cheesy sweetness of the
chips with mixed emotions
scared that Ill get caught and
happy to be eating. As I sneak
back into my bedroom as quietly as a jaguar about to pounce
on its prey, I resolve to give up
midnight snacks.
By Jake Chasnoff
Like a bolt of thunder, the giant stomped over to the small
boy. The small boy seemed like
and ant compared to the bully.
Towering over him, knife-like
words shot out of the bullys
mouth like slippery fish. Tears
spilled out of the little boys
eyes like a river. The crowd
laughed like hyenas. I wanted
to shout, Leave him alone!
but I was afraid. My heart was
beating loudly like a drum.
My New Years resolution is to
stand up to bullies.
By Madelyn Sheridan
Dribble, dribble, boom! Sigh! I
dribble up the field, but the ball
is stolen from me. Of course, I
fail again. I blush like a hose is
spraying red paint in my face.
My teammates laugh at me like
hyenas. I know it seems as impossible as winning the lottery,
but Im determined to improve.
All the practice will be worth
the try. Instead of hiding, I will
stand out proudly like a Lamborghini. When Lionel Messi
hears about me on Fox Sports,
he will pass out in fear of being overtaken. Yes, I will try my
hardest. Drill after drill, practice after practice, I will work
as hard as a workhorse. Yes, I
will fulfill my dream and no one
shall stop me.
By Massimo Valentino

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Back In The Day, At The Point!


By Emil R. Lucev, Sr. & his daughter Katie Lucev

Back in the day of the Southern Pacific Corp, the Rockaway Pacific Corp and then the
Rockaway Operating Company...Tenants leased beach lots
and built bungalows to enjoy
seashore living! But it was
stated in the lease that upon
expiration of the lease, all
structures became the property of the landlords!
To add insult to injury, Point
Life was controlled by the Rockaway Operating Company.
It took awhile, but the simmering pot of tenant anger began to boil over. The Rockaway
Point Association, The Breezy
Point Association and the
Roxbury Association joined
forces against the Rockaway
Operating Company.
One of the most hated activ-

ists in the campaign against


the operating company was
Neils Friberg, who took over
the lease of John Simmons
in 1906 and the hotel thereon. Up to and including the
war between Point Tenants
and the Operating Company
(1920), Friberg and his wife
Sophie had added about 11
bungalows on their 100' x 237'
lot, plus a pavilion and a dock.
The company had enough
of Friberg's shenanigans and
told him to vacate the property. He "outright refused"
and the matter wound up
in Queens County Supreme
Court! Friberg lost the case in
March of 1922, then an eviction proceeding started.
An appeal was immediately filed, and in August of 1924
the Appellate Division of the
Supreme Court ruled in favor
of Neils and Sophie Friberg.
The decision directed that
the Fribergs may sue the op-

erating company to recover


the value of 11 bungalows
they had built and the rents
collected by the company after taking possession.
This case was watched very
closely by lawyers and landlords up and down the east
coast of the United States. There
were many beach lot tenants
who also suffered the same fate
as the Fribergs for years now!

Magnetic
Walls
By Artie Wallace

Remember when you were a


kid and had that magnetic board
and letters to play with?
Why not take those ideas into
todays world? Now you can.
Whether its a wall in the kids
room, a space over your desk or
in the kitchen to post recipes.
To start off you will need to prep
the wall by filling any holes and
making sure the surface is clean.
Then tape off the area or wall
you are going to paint.
Using Rustoleum Magnetic Paint primer apply five to six
coats of paint. It paints on just
like regular paint using a roller
and brush.
Then paint with the color of
your choice. For kids room you
may consider painting it with
chalkboard paint, making a wall
into a magnetic chalkboard.
For kitchens, it is a great idea
for the wall space between the
counter and wall cabinets. Con-

Moroccan Chicken
Stew, Crock Pot
By Sharon Feldman

sider the magnets on your refrigerator, some of them may be of


more use or look better just over
the counter.
It also works great for above a
desk or in a work space. The uses
are only limited by your imagination and creativeness.
Tell me what you would like to
read about in future DIYer articles, email me at rocktimesdiy@
gmail.com

Playing with a new toy, my crockpot. Let me know if you want


more of these kinds of recipes.
Ingredients:
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
2 pounds chicken pieces (I used
both boneless thighs and cutlets)
cup raisins
cup diced dry apricot, coarsely chopped
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Ground black pepper

You can imagine the political


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brought on by landlords and
land owners!
In today's view, Friberg's
bungalows are shown at the
Point. On the right are the
Fribergs and Howard Reid
Pavilions and Hotels. The
year of this photo is 1920. The
photo erroneously names the
structure as Freebergs.

Hot cooked couscous (I use


whole wheat)
Pine nuts, toasted
Fresh cilantro (optional)
Directions:
In a 5-6 quart slow cooker,
place carrots and onions.
Sprinkle chicken with teaspoon salt.
Add to cooker; top chicken
with raisins and apricots.
In a bowl, whisk broth, tomato
paste, flour, lemon juice, garlic,
cumin, ginger, cinnamon and
ground pepper.
Add to slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low heat
setting for 6-12 to 7 hours (or
on high heat setting for 3-1/2
to 4 hours).
Serve in bowls with couscous.
Sprinkle with pine nuts.
Garnish with cilantro.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

Page 35

Diary Of A Fat Man


Healthy Eating Is Center Stage
By Bruce Bernfeld

Some friends have been


asking me what healthy living specifically means to me.
Well, for my journey that started seven months ago, healthy
eating has been center stage.
Let me tell you about what
I ate today, which was not really a completely normal day
eating-wise, but it is fairly
representative of my healthy
living.
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coffee. Next: another cup of
coffee.
Breakfast: Steel Cut Oats
with banana and walnuts
and a pinch of Stevia, which I
cooked overnight.
Mid-afternoon: Cup of cottage cheese with chopped tomatoes,
Glass of V8. Another cup of
coffee.
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ones immune system. Also:
dropper of digestive bitters
and a teaspoon of Norwegian
Cod Liver oil.
Evening: Chickpea, string
bean and crushed tomato
curry (which I slow cooked
today) with homemade Indian Raita (yogurt, cucumber
and lots of spices and lemon
juice).
I had an amazing glass of
iced tea with dinner which I
adapted from a recipe I read
today in the NYT Style section
by Chef Jessica Koslow of the
very hot Sqirl LA, an organic
food restaurant in Cali. She
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

The Rockaway Times

On The Environment
New Years Resolutions
By Joan Flynn

My New Years resolution is


to be a better global citizen.
I want to be more thoughtful
about how I live. I want to be
more aware of how my personal life choices affect other people. People I will never know. I want to be more
thoughtful about how my life
affects the environment, effects that will be felt by future
generations.
There are so many things to
consider with every purchase
we make. Every action we
take has an effect on someone
or something somewhere.
Chaos theory says that something as small as the flutter
of a butterflys wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world. I am
sure that every action and
decision that a human makes
has a much larger effect than

a butterfly.
I have spent the last thirty
years of my life producing a
TV show that focuses on environmental issues. So, I have
learned a lot about how purchases we make can be beneficial or harmful in the big
picture. For example, according to the American Museum
of Natural History, shrimp
farming, which is rapidly expanding, is by far the greatest
threat to the worlds mangroves - mangroves are salt
tolerant trees adapted to live
in harsh coastal conditions.
A 2012 U.N. report found
that one-fifth of the globes
mangroves have been destroyed since 1980, and
many remaining mangrove
forests are considered degraded. As much as 38 percent of that loss can be attributed to the spread of shrimp
farming, the report found.

And since healthy mangrove forests sponge up huge


amounts of carbon, killing
them contributes significantly to climate change. The Oregon State University ecologist
and mangrove expert J. Boone
Kauffman estimates farmed
shrimp has ten times the carbon footprint of beef raised in
cleared rainforest land.
Shrimp farmers also use
massive amounts of chemicals and antibiotics to keep
the overcrowded shrimp
healthy. This chemical
soup, along with enormous
quantities of organic waste,
contaminates
surrounding
freshwater and coastal waters.
The average Asian intensive shrimp farm survives
only two-to-five years before
pollution and disease force
it to shut down. Local people are left with a devastated

landscape that can no longer


support fishing, farming, or
wood gathering, and many
are forced to move away.
A new report published recently by the Associated Press
says that Burmese men, women and children are being
sold to factories in Thailand.
These are enslaved people are
being forced to peel shrimp
that ends up in the global
supply chains of major US
food stores and retailers such
as Walmart, Kroger, Whole
Foods and Petco, along with
restaurants such as Red Lobster and Olive Garden. And
the FDA barely tests farmed
shrimp as it comes into this
country.
Can I be more thoughtful
about purchasing shrimp?
Yes! There are better options. In general, wild-caught

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shrimp from the United States
is a good choice, as long as the
fishers are using sustainable
methods. In fact sustainability needs to be considered
with every purchase we make.
Food, clothing, energy, transportation each of these has
impacts! As a good global
citizen I resolve to consider
the butterfly effect of all my
actions. For me it is worth
the time and effort it takes to
make better informed choices. Choices that do no harm,
choices that perhaps make
our world, everyones world a
better place.
There are many more things
to consider. Plastics are not
easy to avoid, but I know that
44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans,
all sea turtle species and a
growing list of fish species
have been documented with
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Program estimate that each


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world, experience severe poisoning from pesticides, about
18,000 of whom die.
And co mmon insecticides
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butterflies need federal protection because the monarchs
have experienced a 90 percent
population decline since the
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

BLOCKS OF THE ROCK

Continued from Page 31

block has bounced back. I


think it became stronger, Olsen said. Im only speaking for
half of the block but most of
us decided to rebuild. I think
only two families decided not
to rebuild. The fire allowed
residents to create new homes
to their own specifications and
needs, especially useful for
Olsen, who said she had previously been unable to access
parts of her house due to her
illness. I was not able to use my

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rounded edge, giving it the appearance of a stately castle. And
just recently the steel beams
went up at the Harbor Light site,
giving residents on the block
and around Belle Harbor something to look forward to when
the building is completed.
I think the block looks beautiful. The homes are coming out so
different, it adds a new component, Olsen said. Last summer
we had a progressive around the
world party. Six families were the
so-called hosts, and they would
dress up and bring food and drink

Harbor Light Being Rebuilt

whole home. I was really living


in a reclining chair because I
didnt have the right home. Although very tragic I was able to
build a home with an elevator,
I was able to come and go as I
need to. I can go on my porch
and back deck. In that respect
it was a positive thing that I was
able to build a new home on my
old property specifically for my
needs.
Despite being a recent resident, DiBenedetto decided to
come back to Rockaway as well.
My wife and I designed the
house. We even gave the architect pictures of what we wanted,
DiBenedetto said. That was a big
part of [deciding to stay] for us.
For a time we thought Should
we pick up and move out of
state? Olsen said. [But] Im too
involved, born and raised in this
community. It didnt really take
very long to make the decision to
stay. I have big roots down here.
There was no way I was leaving.
The new homes now tower
over the existing houses, with
concrete foundations designed
to prevent a repeat of the massive basement flooding so many
experienced during the storm.
One of the new houses has a

pertaining to a different country.


The entire block was welcome. It
was maybe a new spin on a block
party kind of thing.
Both DiBenedetto and Rudolph
said they are optimistic about
the block and Rockaways future
in general. Im very optimistic.
The woman next to me whos rebuilding is 80, Rudolph said. In
the spring its like a tour, people
go down and look and say Lets
go see the new houses. I would
do that, too! Despite his relative
newness DiBenedetto has found
a permanent home. I got to
know my neighbors through the
experience. The new people are
happy because theyve got a new
house and home. Old neighbors
are happy because the eyesores
of the neighborhood are gone.
I enjoy living here. I hope that
things just get better for Rockaway in general. Theres a lot of
good thing happenings even further down. Rockaway should be
one of the premier places in New
York.
Well continue to feature other blocks throughout the year.
If youd like to talk about what
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Stk #P1679, 5 cyl, auto,


removable bench, a/c,
6083 mi.

WAGON XL

Stk #P1681, V6, auto,


removable bench, a/c,
brake assist, 16,503 mi.
$

2015 FORD TRANSIT

30,665

29,242

WAGON XL

Stk #P1687, V6, auto,


removable bench, side
impact beams, 16,433 mi.
$

31,815

612 86th Street,


Brooklyn, NY 11228

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(888) 435-6201

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for main., excess wear & tear. ^RCL Customer Cash- available to all buyers; Competitive Lease Conquest- available to customers that currently lease a
competitive vehicle. Must register with same address as current lease. Trade-in not required. Offers cannot be combined with any other specials, prior negotiations
or orders. Vehicle photography for illustration purposes only. Offers expire on 02/01/16. NYSDMVFAC#7111183, NYCDCA#1377578.

SALES HOURS:

MONTHURS 9AM-9PM FRI 9AM-7PM


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

Page 43

Start the year with a


GREAT CAR from
our line-up!
New 2016 Jeep

Patriot

Renegade
Latitude 4x4

129
Lease for

*
per
mo
36
mos

*
per
mo
36
mos

Stk #JT963, Auto, 4 cyl, MSRP $27,435. $2995 down pymt+ 1st mo. pymt+$0 sec dep. +$0 bank
fee = $3094 due at signing + tax, tags & mv fees. Ttl pymts/Residual: $3564/$15,089. Includes $500 $3094 due at signing + tax,
Northeast Bonus Cash, $500 Northeast NY DMA Bonus Cash, $500 Northeast Lease Cash, $1000 Northeast
tags & mv fees
Lease Pull-Ahead Bonus & $500 Northeast Chrysler Capital Bonus^, subj. to tax.
New 2016 Jeep

159

Lease
for

*
per
mo
36
mos

$3154 due at signing + tax, tags & mv fees


Stk #JT1124, Auto, V6, MSRP $32,620. $2995 down pymt+ 1st mo. pymt+$0 sec dep.
+$0 bank fee = $3154 due at signing + tax, tags & mv fees. Ttl pymts/Residual:
$5724/$17,288. Includes $1000 Northeast Bonus Cash, $1000 Northeast Lease Cash,
$1000 Northeast Lease Pull-Ahead Bonus & $500 returning lessee^, subj. to tax.

Lease
for

259

LTD 4WD

1500 Crew
Cab 4x4

Latitude
4x4

New 2015 Jeep

Grand Cherokee

New 2016 Ram

Cherokee

$3124 due at signing + tax,


tags & mv fees

Stk #JT813, Auto, 4 cyl, MSRP $25,690.


$2995 down pymt + 1st mo. pymt +$0
sec. dep. + $0 bank fee = $3124 due
at signing + tax, tags & mv fees. Ttl
pymts/residual: $4644/$14,386. Includes
$500 Northeast Bonus Cash & $1000 lease
conquest^, subj. to tax.

Latitude
4WD

New 2015 Jeep

99

Lease for

*
per
mo
36
mos

$3254 due at signing + tax, tags & mv fees


Stk #DT218, Auto, V8, MSRP $45,815. $2995 down pymt+ 1st mo. pymt+$0 sec
dep. +$0 bank fee = $3254 due at signing + tax, tags & mv fees. Ttl pymts/Residual: $9324/$27,030. Includes $500 Northeast Lease Cash, $500 Northeast Chrysler
Capital Bonus & $1000 lease conquest^, subj. to tax

289
Lease for

*
per
mo
36
mos

$3284 due at signing + tax,


tags & mv fees
Stk #JT1195, Auto, V6, MSRP $42,400.
$2995 down pymt+ 1st mo. pymt+$0
sec dep. +$0 bank fee = $3284 due at
signing + tax, tags & mv fees. Ttl
pymts/Residual: $10,404/$21,624. Includes $2500 Northeast Lease Cash,
$1000 Northeast Lease Pull-Ahead Bonus &
$500 returning lessee^, subj. to tax.

2286 Flatbush Ave


Brooklyn, NY 11234

(888) 645-6085
www.BrooklynChrysler.com

All offers exclude tax, tags & MV fees. Offers with approved credit through Chrysler Capital. *Leases includes 10k mi./yr. w/20/mi. thereafter. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excess wear & tear. ^Rebates: All bonus cash available
through Chrysler Capital financing and Northeast region offer by residency. Lease cash available on select lease offers available through manufacturer on select leases. Conquest available to those with competitive brand trade-ins on lease.
Offers cannot be combined with any other advertised offer. Dealer is not responsible for any typos, errors or omissions. Offers expire 02/01/16. NYSDMVFAC #7114167, NYCDCA #1435478

QUALITY USED CARS AVAILABLE


$

8900

Versa Note

10,900

14,700

Altima

15,990
2015 Dodge

2014 Jeep

17,990

Charger SE

19,900

2013 Jeep

23,790

Stk #510290, V6, auto, hardtop, pwr winds/lks, 13k mi.

16,890

Stk #P01758, 4 cyl, auto, leather, sunroof, fully equipped, Bluetooth, 30k mi.
2014 Chrysler

300 AWD

21,900

Auto, 6 cyl, 18k mi., Stk #P01534, One Owner, Fully Equipped, Clean Car Fax

Auto, 2.4L 4 Cyl, 26,580 Miles, STK# P01444, Front Fog Lights, AUX Audio Jack, Roof Rails

Wrangler Sport

2015 Ford

Fusion SE

Stk #P01451, 4 cyl, auto, full equipped, 14k mi.

Stk #P01609, 4 cyl, auto, fully equipped, 32k mi.

Patriot Sport 4WD

Stk #T01691, 4 cyl, auto, full loaded, navi, sunroof, 56k mi.

2015 Nissan

2014 Jeep

Sonata

12,990

Stk #P01634, 4 cyl, auto, great gas, power steering, 4k mi.

Stk #645546, 6 cyl, auto, leather, sunroof, 52k mi.

Compass Sport

2011 Hyundai

2015 Nissan

2007 Mercury

Milan Premier

2015 Chrysler

Town & Country Touring

23,900

Auto, 6 cyl, 20k mi., Stk #P01552, One Owner, Fully Equipped

Stk #P01649, V6, auto, fully loaded, touch screen display, 24k mi.
2013 Jeep

Grand Cherokee
Laredo

26,990

Stk #P01639, 6 cyl, auto, leather, sunroof, navi, one owner, clean Carfax, 23k mi.

2286 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn, NY 11234 (888) 645-6085 www.BrooklynChrysler.com

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

The Rockaway Times

Rockaway Little
League Registration
Is Open
Registration is underway softball season. Last year was a
for the 2016 Rockaway Lit- banner year for RLL with an intle League (RLL) baseball and crease in participation, higher
quality play (especially in girls
softball), new clinics, a fourth
consecutive district championship, and a live appearance on
ESPN. What will 2016 bring?
Registration for families is
open online (www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com) through February 29. Early Bird discounts
end January 31. A single in-person registration opportunity is
scheduled for this Saturday at
the CardSmart store, 442 Beach
129 Street. The desk will be open
from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The regular season is slated
to begin for older players on
April 4. The date for the first
Tee-Ball games and the annual
Opening Day Parade and Celebration is Saturday, April 16.
Baseball and softball action

will continue through June 30.


In the competitive divisions,
playoffs will begin on June 15.
Each year, more than 650 children compete on more than
50 teams. Every team will be
scheduled for 12 regular season
games. For the second year in
a row, the playoff tournament
will be double-elimination.
Other notable dates include
Coaches Day on Sunday, April
3; the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition on Friday, May 20 and
All-Star Friday on June 10. (All

dates are subject to change.)


An important component of
Coaches Day is a seminar from
Positive Coaching Alliance.
RLL is committed to providing
a values-driven environment
for all of our children. We hope
parents will take an active role
in teaching the right lessons.
As always, RLL will march in
the Rockaway Memorial Day
parade. We encourage all to
participate in honoring those
who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The Rockaway Times

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

Page 45

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non-Ford/Lincoln/Mercury lease 30 days prior to or 90 days after delivery. Take delivery by 2/1/16. Official Ford program; see dealer. $3,000 Over Book: Value based on year, make, model, condition & mileage from Galves; not all vehicles qualify; see dealer.

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ESCAPE SE

Auto, 4 Cyl, P/S, ABS, A/C,


Keyless, 200A Package,
Sirius & Much More!
MSRP $25,970.
VIN#1FGUB64560.
$4759 Due at Inception
Inc: $3995 Down Payment, $645 Bank Fee & 1st Months
Payment, $0 Security Deposit. Tax, title & MV fees addtl.
Inc: $2250 Ford Factory Rebate & $1000 Conquest Cash
(if qualified). Expires 1/31/16.

UP TO

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MPG

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BRAND NEW
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PER MO.
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LEASE

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MSRP $33,995.
VIN#1FGGB30202. $6633
Due at Inception Inc: $5799
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addtl. Inc: $250 Ford Factory Rebate and $1000 Conquest Cash
(if qualified). Expires 1/31/16.

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$25,140. VIN#3FGR294132. $4739 Due at Inception Inc: $3995
Down Payment, $645 Bank Fee & 1st Months Payment, $0 Security
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BRAND NEW
2015 FORD

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& More! MSRP $27,320. VIN#1FF5435339. $5739 Due at Inception
inc: $4995 down payment, $645 bank fee & 1st months payment,
$0 security deposit. Tax, title & MV fees addtl. Inc: $1000
Conquest Cash (if qualified). Expires 1/31/16.

BRAND NEW
2015 FORD

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Auto, 4 Cyl, P/S, ABS, A/C, Leather, MSRP $37,135.


VIN#1FFL123713. $5769 Due at Inception inc: $4995 Down
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Tax, Title & MV fees addtl. Inc: $9257 Ford Rebate & $1000
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BRAND NEW
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