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Community Board Recap
RULES, ROADS, AND PARKS
By Dylan Watton

An eventful Community Board
14 meeting featured internal bickering over bylaws, a Parks Department presentation on a new program, and concerns over a variety
of transportation issues throughout the Rockaway peninsula. The
Nomination Committee conducted an open ballot election, which
most board members expressed
displeasure for, in which board
member John Cori was nominated for Chairperson against
incumbent Dolores Orr. Orr was
reelected as chair by a vote of 23-8
with two abstentions. Cori then
passionately expressed his desire
for a more transparent and effective community board, saying that
communications often get muddled and pointing out that several
committees, most notably Education, have not met in several years.
District Manager Jonathan Gaska emphatically rebuffed Cori’s
claims, saying that the board is

“incredibly transparent” and that
the bylaws governing meetings
are readily made available.
Orr stated that Borough President Melinda Katz is working
on standardizing all community
board bylaws across Queens but
for now Community Board 14
must follow the existing regulations, which have not been updated for two decades. Noreen Ellis
called for a motion asking for the
Bylaws Committee to reconvene
and address the antiquated rules
while others stated that the public
meeting was not the appropriate
forum for addressing these complaints. Ellis’ motion carried and
the committee will meet at a later
date. At the end the of the meeting
Cori went up to Orr and expressed
gratitude for allowing him to voice
his concerns, insisting that there
was no animosity behind his reasons. Orr graciously accepted and
said that she does not take these
matters personally.
A representative from the Parks

Department was on hand to discuss the agency’s new initiative
entitled Parks Without Borders.
The program will select eight
parks from around the city and
seek to “improve connections between parks and the communities
they serve” by making them more
accessible to the public via more
entrances, lower fencing, and
making use of underused land.
The $50 million project, with $10
million set aside for rehabbing existing parks and $40 million used
to fund the eight parks the department selects. Residents can submit their ideas and vote for eligible parks at www.nyc.gov/parks/
pwb. The agency will select the
eight parks from criteria including
community support, park access,
and physical conditions and context (where the park is in relation
to its surroundings). The website
will take submissions and votes
until February 28.
Orr suggested making use of
Parks-owned land on Beach 88th

Street that was formerly proposed
as a kayak landing/departure site,
while Jose Velez suggested creating more entrances at Bayswater
Park. Steve Cooper recommended making better use of Edgemere Park which has “25-30 acres
of passive land” and is “a special
jewel” that is underutilized due
to lack of access and awareness.
Some board members expressed
concern over the perceived unfairness of the voting process, including complaints about unlimited online voting (which is being
addressed, according to the representative) and lack of internet
access for many residents. Eddie
Pastore commented that Parks
has set aside tens of millions for
this project but consistently tells
the board that there is no money
for conceptual plans proposed
at meetings. The representative assured the board that the
eight selected parks will be from

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The annual Michelin guide
books feature some of the
best, high-quality restaurants
within an area. This year, two
of Rockaway’s own made the
2016 guide.
In 2015, Uma’s, the Central
Asian/ Uzbek restaurant at
92-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, was the first Rockaway
restaurant to make the Michelin Guide. They’ve done it
once again this year.
In response to the honor,
owner Conrad Karl says, “We
are so stoked to make the
Michelin Guide for the second
year in a row. We would like to
thank our amazing staff for tirelessly striving to make us the
best restaurant in Rockaway
Beach but first and foremost
we want to thank our amazing
Rockaway Community for the
support. We love you guys!”
This year, Thai Rock also
made the Michelin Guide of
recommended restaurants.
“Thank you to our staff for
working so hard and doing a
great job with special credit to
my wife’s sister, our head chef,
Karog who is a seriously awesome chef and to her husband
Davisak (Wee), her right hand
man, always paying attention to every detail and doing
whatever it takes,” Thai Rock
owner, Robert Kaskel said.
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016

By Kevin Boyle

A Too-Late Tribute
To A Great Teacher
By Kevin Boyle

This was written fifteen years
ago. It is being reprinted at the request of Susan Settanni as she and
family and friends, many in Rockaway, mark a sad anniversary.
I’ve had a lot of teachers. My
favorite one died this week. His
name was Rich Settanni.
Now, he wasn’t Mr. Chips,
in fact, he only taught for a few
years. He left teaching to better
support his young, growing family in Rockaway. I don’t know if
he would have remained a teacher had the salary of a Catholic
high school teacher been better. I don’t know if he knew how
gifted he was in front of a class. I
never got to ask him. He died too
young. I waited too long.
It was almost 30 years ago
when I sat for the first time in
freshman English class at Nazareth High School. Rich Settanni stood before us; he couldn’t
have been more than 24 or 25
years old himself. These many
years later, with my own teaching experience to add to my perspective, I marvel at just how
engaging, encouraging, funny,
and wise this young teacher was.
And about how his essential
goodness was so apparent.
At his funeral Wednesday, his
extraordinarily brave daughter Susan eulogized him, remarking that he believed in
living life to the fullest. Her
words brought me back to the
classroom again. It was Rich
Settanni who had introduced
the class to a short story called

brought down the house when
Settanni burst into the room,
doing a full Travolta, singing
“Dante’s Inferno, learn baby
learn, Dante’s Inferno!!!”
He had the stage but he willingly shared it with any student who could offer something witty or even outrageous.
Students didn’t have to raise
their hands if they had a funny
line that couldn’t wait. I don’t
know why Abraham Lincoln’s
name came up in class one
day. I don’t know why there
was mention of the Emancipation Proclamation. But I do
know no one laughed harder
than Rich Settanni when Chris
Thomas said, “Oh, I thought
Lincoln signed the Masturbation Proclamation.”
Rich Settanni made students
want to come to class. Is there a
higher compliment for a teacher? He made us feel like adults
while being an adult himself--yet one who had a lot of kid left
inside. He had a gift.
And just how special this gift
was became clear to me when
I tried my hand at teaching. I
tried to be Rich Settanni every
day----and I failed every time.
But it was still worth the effort.
For the past 25 years we’ve
been in and out of touch. We
were due to get in touch again.
Oddly enough, I was in Barnes
and Noble last week looking
for books for my 12-year-old
son. I thought of Rich Settanni.

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A great teacher.

I thought of some of the short
stories he had introduced to
me. I knew my son would like
them because, well, because
Rich Settanni had liked them
and had gotten me to like
them.
He was on my mind again
when I finished typing “The
End” to a novel I’ve been working on forever. I thought I’d
give him a call and yell at him,
curse at him for encouraging
me to write way back when.
And then we’d both laugh and
talk about The Honeymooners, The Yankees, our families,
and the good old days at Nazareth High School.
But instead I got a call that
my favorite teacher had died.
Goodbye teacher and friend.
I’ve got to go myself, now. I’ve
got to get my son to read “The
Heyday of the Blood.” And I’ll
want to talk to him about it.

“The Heyday of the Blood.” He
used this short story to teach
the class about the theme of
a story, what a story is really
about. The theme of “The Heyday of the Blood”: live life to
the fullest. Every minute, every
day. Although I was merely sitting in a classroom I felt like I
was suddenly living life---my
eyes were being opened. This
learning stuff could be fun. I
liked this guy, Settanni.
I liked him more when he
pulled me aside and told me
that he wanted to submit a short
story I had written---a class assignment--- to some now-forgotten competition. He even
introduced me to the chairman
of the English department and
said I was a keeper.
I was lucky enough to have
him as a teacher again during
my junior year. He was great as
my freshman teacher; now he
was even better.
Like plenty of English teachers, he could quote Shakespeare, Yeats, and Tennyson
with aplomb. But he was at his
best when he was quoting the
wondrous Ralph Kramden.
I think we students figured if
this guy could appreciate The
Honeymooners maybe this
other stuff he’s trying to teach
has some value, too.
It was the late 70s and disco
was curdling a lot of brains.
Leave it to Rich Settanni to use
a hit disco tune to teach. Does
anybody remember that song,
Disco Inferno? It so happens
he was trying to get his class to
learn about Dante’s Inferno. It Rich Settanni sharing good times with wife, Marilyn.

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FDNY Quickly Contains
Bungalow Fire
on Beach 108th Street. As billowing smoke filled the air, 12
units and more than 69 members of the FDNY responded
quickly. The fire at 193B Beach
108th Street was under control
by 9:37 a.m.
The southbound lane of
Beach 108th Street was blocked
off for about an hour due to the
activity. The home was severely (photo by Drew J. Siegel)
damaged, but the fire remained
contained for the most part,
with the exception of burns to
the sides of the neighboring
New York City Council Member and/or to help them navigate the apbungalows. One man was inside and was taken to St. John’s Eric Ulrich announced that he will peals process.
Ulrich’s Property Tax Assessment
Episcopal Hospital with non- be hosting a Property Tax Assesslife threatening injuries. The ment Town Hall this February for Town Hall Meetings will be at the
FDNY says the cause was “ac- residents to discuss their proper- Knights of Columbus (333 Beach
ty tax assessments and notices of 90th Street) on Wednesday, Februcidental electrical, overload- property value with representatives ary 24, 2016, from 6-8:00 pm.
ed wall outlet. Smoke alarm of the Tax Commission and DepartAny questions may be directed to
was present and operational.” ment of Finance.
718-738-1083.
Neighbors say the owner, a man
Ulrich is convening this proper“Understanding your property
by the name of Kim, was hos- ty tax assessment workshop to help taxes is never an easy task – espepitalized for smoke inhalation homeowners better understand cially when it can involve different
and they believe the fire started their property tax assessment and to city agencies and confusing paperanswer any questions they may have work,” Ulrich said in a press release.
from a space heater.

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*****
You may be wondering
what’s become of our congressman, Gregory Meeks.
Well, last week we got a press
release from his office: U.S.
Rep Gregory W. Meeks Applauds President Obama’s Executive Action on Gun Violence
Prevention. It’s one of our
favorites. When politicians
do don’t do much, their staff
makes a big deal out of them
applauding. Classic. Our guy
applauded: let’s alert the media!
*****
Camillus on the calendar.
The big annual card party
is scheduled for February 5.
And a blood drive is January
24. St. Camillus parish and
school seem energized under Fr. Richard and principal
Sheila Smith-Gonzalez. Lots
of good things happen around
the long-standing parish.

*****
The Graybeards know how to
pick ’em. The group is honoring Monsignor Bracken and Dr.
Gerry Casey this year and organizers say the event has sold out.
Well-wishers and supporters can
still help out The Graybeards by
taking out an ad in the video journal. Call 718-634-6812 or email
office@thegraybeards.com.
*****
Congratulations to Thai Rock
for getting a recommendation in
the prestigious Michelin Guide
for 2016. UMA’s was named again
after getting its first nod last year.
*****
Some of you know the muchloved Rudy Johnson through the
Harlem Magic Masters basketball
outfit. Others might know him as
a coach in the Summer Classic
or as a player in The Graybeards
Legends basketball league.
Rudy’s battling throat cancer.
With such illness comes financial hardship. The Graybeards
have set up a GoFundMe page at
which you can make a donation.
Go to gofundme.com/kyhvuqjg
if you’d like to help Rudy and his
family.

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*****
A bungalow on Beach 108th
street caught fire last Friday. The
FDNY responded quickly and
kept the fire from spreading.
*****
High tides on Sunday morning brought flooding to some
local streets and washed away a
good part of the beach. Broken
record time: when are we getting jetties, Senator Schumer?
*****
Of course, you shouldn’t
be speeding in the first place,
but take note: a speed camera vehicle has been parked at
Beach 111th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard since last
Thursday, taking photos of eastbound traffic.
*****
With the New Year’s Day ocean
plunges done it’s time to plan for
another seaside event. Remember the huge success Poseidon’s
Parade in the fall? Well, it’s now
a tradition. The Poseidon Prom
- -an event to raise funds for the
fabulous fun is scheduled for
February 27 at the Knights of
Columbus. We’ll have more info
soon.

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Not that we have any around
here. Good Housekeeping reports dollar store deals might not
be a bargain after all. Recent testing of their products found that 81
percent contained one or more
hazardous chemicals.
*****
Good Samaritans never know
who they might be helping. Mike
Healy came to a damsel in distress,
a member of the Rockaway Times
family, and changed a flat tire on a
dark, chilly evening. Thanks, Mike!
*****
Batter up. Yes, it’s never too
early to start thinking about
baseball. Sign up early for the
Rockaway Little League and get
an early bird discount. Check out
their website rockawaylittleleagueny.com
*****
You never know what you’ll
find walking the beach. Andrew
Gray, walking his dogs in Fort
Tilden, came across a message
in a bottle. No last name, but the
message written in September
2014 was from James from PS 47
in Broad Channel. See Page 9 for
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Abbabbo Center
Announces Deadline
Deadline for Open Enrollment: January 31
The Joseph P. Addabbo Family
Health Center Inc. announced
the final day for open enrollment for all Qualified Health
Plans is January 31st, 2016. This
does not include Medicaid,
Medicare, Child Health Plus
and Essential Plans.

“The time to take action is
now,” Dr. Marjorie Hill, CEO
of The Joseph P. Addabbo
Family Health Center, said.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 8 in 10
of the approximately 10.5
million uninsured individuals likely to be eligible for
Qualified Health Plans (or the
“QHP-eligible
uninsured”)
may be eligible for financial

help through the marketplace. The 2016 Open Enrollment, which started in November, 2015, gives people
the needed timeframe to sign
up for sufficient and affordable health care plans before
facing a potential tax penalty.
“Ten and half million uninsured is a large number,” Rinda Iguardia, Health Insurance
Access Program Director.
said. “Addabbo is doing their
part to service that need. Now
the community must take
advantage of this opportunity and ensure they and their
loved ones maintain sufficient medical coverage.”
Part of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center Inc.
commitment to the public is
to provide patients with all
of the necessary tools to access affordable health care.
In 2015, 7 out of 10 people
found plans with premiums
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month. Administrator say the
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people with meeting the 2016
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BCVFD Building Gets
Boost From Goldfeder
A meeting organized by
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder gathered numerous state
agencies to sort funding
and other issues relating to
the long-delayed rebuilding of the Broad Channel
Volunteer Fire Department
(BCVFD) building. The original structure on Noel Road
suffered severe damage after Hurricane Sandy and the
group has been based out
the American Legion Hall
since the storm. Funding issues have been hampered
by what Goldfeder termed
“complicated and often contradictory regulations” from
both state and federal agencies.

The new firehouse is proposed to be built next to the
Legion’s headquarters and
will be state of the art, featuring pre-storm capacity levels
and an improved communications center. It will be two
stories and approximately
10,000 square feet. “For us,
this new firehouse will be
a safe refuge during future
storms,” former BCVFD Chief
Dan McIntyre said. “It will
be a base of operations for
us and for all city and state
agencies tasked with rescue
and recovery during emergencies. Simply put, it will
allow us to serve the Broad
Channel community for the
next century.”

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016

FOUND:
Message In A Bottle

James: message found. You
never know what you’ll find
walking the beach. Andrew
Gray, walking his dogs in Fort
Tilden came across a message
in a bottle. There was no last

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QM16 Express
Bus Adds Earlier
Departure

name, but the message written by James, a 7-year-old,
third grader from PS 47 in
Broad Channel in September
2014, was found some sixteen
months later.

Riders of the QM16 express bus
service will now be treated to an
earlier departure time. The bus,
which begins its route at Riis Park
and has stops in Neponsit, Rockaway Park, Rockaway Beach, and
Howard Beach before heading
into midtown Manhattan on 34th
Street and 57th Street (both on
Third Avenue), added a 5:47 a.m.
route to its schedule beginning
on January 4. Previously the earliest departure was at 6:07 a.m.
The change comes after years of
requests from passengers and efforts by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.
“Our families face some of the
longest commutes in the entire
city and this earlier bus could
really make the difference between getting to work on time
and getting stuck in traffic. I applaud NYC Transit for listening
to riders’ concerns and making this small but important
change,” Goldfeder said.

Meeting About
Far Rock Future
On Tuesday
All members of the public are
invited to attend a meeting discussing the future of downtown
Far Rockaway. On Tuesday
January 19 Councilman Donovan Richards, representatives
from the Economic Development Corporation, and others
will discuss changes that are
planned for the Mott Avenue
area in the coming months,
which are intended to revitalize
the neighborhood and encourage further investment in Far
Rockaway. The meeting will take
place at MS 53, located at 1045 Nameoke Street at Bayport
Place. A Spanish interpretation
will be available and snacks and
refreshments will be served.
To RSVP call 212-312-3896 or
email FarRockaway@edc.nyc.
For further information on the
planned changes visit www.nycedc.com/FarRockaway.

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OCEAN BLISS YOGA STUDIO
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Ocean Bliss Yoga is a clean,
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summer sunsets. Our teachers
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vinyasa, gentle, restorative, yin,
alignment, children’s and teen
yoga, as well as reiki. There is a
variety of classes offered weekly
to fit the needs of all who come,
utilizing props such as blocks,

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Now in our 6th year, we are a
community of teachers, practicing yogis, beginners, of all
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strength and balance, but also
breath awareness and quieting
the mind. Yoga practiced in
this way, promotes good health

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Monthly workshops such as
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from the everyday challenges of
life. There are also periodic beginner’s workshops. Check out the
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Blocks Of The Rock: Beach 127th Street
By Dylan Watton

Steve Gifford has a nickname
for seemingly everybody on his
block. The new guy was called
Egyptian Jack and yet another neighbor got the moniker
Produce Mike. The last house
on the left on the beach block
of 127th Street, Gifford’s home
overlooks the entrance to the
sand and ocean, providing one
of the most stunning views any
home in Rockaway has to offer.
A former electrician by trade,
Gifford and his brother built
many of the additions to the Andrew Gifford, Steve Gifford, Mike Dzuik, Geraldine Walsh, and
Richard Gwillyn
house themselves.
Originally from Greenpoint, He recalled he had initially
Gifford fell in love with the come to the peninsula due to
ocean and moved permanent- a real estate agent’s shifty sales
ly to Rockaway in 1994. Around pitch in 1985, as he was looking
the same time frame, Richard for a one-bedroom in BrookGwillyn and Mike Dziuk, both lyn and ended up in a co-op on
retired police officers, became Beach 124th Street instead. “It’s
residents of Beach 127th Street just one of those neighborhoods
as well (Gifford called Gwillyn unlike any other,” Dziuk said. “A
“The Gimp” owing to a recent friend of mine from here moved
“I had been coming down shoulder surgery). “We’re not to Florida and built his own
since the ‘80s to the bungalows exactly DFDs but we’re not lo- house and hated it. There’s noall over the peninsula,” he said. cals either,” Gwillyn explained. body around.”

Beach 127th Street’s character is shaped by these decades-long friendships forged by
a sense of community and the
simple desire to have fun while
being a good neighbor. Nothing
exemplifies this better than the
annual July beach party thrown
for over a decade beginning
around 2000. “Five dollars got
you hamburgers and hot dogs,
but you had to bring your own
beer and you were required to
bring a side dish,” Gwillyn said.
“It included the entire block,
not just the beach block people,” Gifford added. “We set up
games for all of the kids like piein-the-face contests and slipand-slides. One year the kids
got in this huge pool noodle
fight.” Eventually word spread
around and a relatively intimate
20-family affair became an unmanageable 200-family affair,
so the tradition ended in 2010.
“My kids were so disappointed
when we told them we weren’t
doing it anymore,” Gwillyn said.
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Dear Editor:
This is a discouraging open
letter from a Breezy resident and
NYC BIB recipient:
The NYC Build It Back (BIB)
program has become the tale of
praying mantis and black widow
spiders. Its evolution is rooted
with promises of a pleasurable
survival of the species. However, once lured into its web, only
to be devoured, or to forever remain in a forgotten cocoon.
Emerge, the birth of NYC Build
It Back (BIB) program. This began as a simple, laudable idea
to help people raise and repair
their homes after Super-Storm
Sandy. It has morphed, not into
a monarch butterfly; but a voracious praying mantis, gobbling
up tens of millions of taxpayer
dollars, and leaving in its wake
major surgery (not covered under OBAMACARE), for many of
its recipients.
If this letter seems to denote
sarcasm, disbelief, frustration,
disappointment, outrage and
“angry as hell, not going to take
it anymore” attitude, it does,
and I am!
I have written to every imaginable politician, governmental
agency and BIB executive. To
date, I have received an executive level education in passingthe-buck, finger-pointing, and
the complete inability of anyone able to overturn stupidity.
The US Dept. of HUD federally funded the Elevation Program
stating… “NYC is responsible
for ensuring all construction activities are in compliance with
Federal, State and local requirements.” Compliance clearly rests
with NYC BIB.
Yet, the very first sentence
of FEMA Elevation Guidelines
states: “A. Financial Issues:
1. The proposed method/technique for elevating a structure
must be the lowest cost alterna-

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tive within a range of options.
4. A separate Benefit Cost
Analysis (BCA) must be completed for each structure included in the project application. Initial BCA’s should be
based on reasonable cost estimates and may require re-evaluation, if actual costs, such as
contractor bids, are higher.”
This question, not begs, but
now screams to be answered:
Why is BIB mandating spending $350,000 taxpayer dollars to
elevate one single home; and
forcing its recipients to accept
wasteful, unnecessary, unwanted repairs that necessitate
again vacating their homes for
up to a year? Furthermore, after BIB unwanted help, many
recipients are placed in a position to spend thousands of dollars in re-repairs, unmet needs,
and irreplaceable depreciation
of their property. BIB is not in
compliance!
Unfortunately, having been
born with too much common
sense, I cannot explain ”why,”
only tell you “what.” Have a
strong stomach? See attached
BIB mandates.
This is BIB’s compliance to
Lowest cost alternatives and
Benefit Cost Analysis.
* Everyone who has completed
repairs of their hurricane-ravaged
homes must have their interiors
ripped apart to install sprinkler
systems and escape windows?
Cost -$20,000. Impossible to identify the person responsible for this
brilliant decision!
* Poured concrete foundations
that flawlessly withstood Super
Storm Sandy need to be entirely ripped out, to be replaced by
piers and open foundations.
Yet, privately, approval by NYC
Building Dept. allows for closed
elevation, and on existing foundations, with installation of
floodgates. Cost-$215,000; rather than $75-85K.
*Rip out all chimney and interior
fireplaces, and repair cost of the
demolition. Cost-$15-$20,000,
rather than the $5,000 cost to
raise them. Then,
*Repair roof; replace brand new
siding and capping to cover up
damages caused by ripping out
the chimney and the installation
of new escape windows. Cost

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Continued from Page 12
$30,000.
*Install metal entrance staircases into the sand at salt water residences. Cost -$17,500. I mean,
really, metal at the beach?
*Replace perfectly working septic system. Cost $14,000.
*Replace new boiler and hot
water system that was installed
by NYC Rapid Repair. Cost$10,000. I am even embarrassed
to write this!
*Install planters that trap blowing sand. $1,000. Ideal for fire/
rescue!
*Refuse to consider, despite an
11-foot elevation, any alternative to anyone (children, elderly,
disabled) to have escape access,
without descending into the
sand. You think this fire/safety
issue should supersede sprinklers and escape windows?
*Develop and complete 14-page
set of architectural drawings, without even asking one single question as to how the occupant lives.
*Vacate your previously vacated home for an additional 7-12
months.
Total BIB documented es-

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timate is an astounding
$295,755.90. Doesn’t include the
plans, time, numerous testing,
and the cost to pay me to vacate.
Total-$350,000.00
Subsequently, my costs: new
decking, ripping out the metal
stairs, ripping out the planters,
re-enclosing the foundation, disconnecting the sprinkler system.
Irreplaceable
depreciation,
destruction and loss: Two-story brick chimney, two interior
brick fireplaces and their beautiful surrounding enclosures,
sub-standard replacement of
my brand new siding and capping. Cost-$100,000. Three years
dealing with BIB–Priceless. BIB,
I want to thank you so much for
your “help!”
I welcome all helpful suggestions and support, including initiating litigation.
Matt Peres
(To reach me:
perescope @aol.com)

Dwyer points out in the New
York Times, and he may well be
the fourth - yes, the fourth - New
York Governor to do so: Governor Pataki, then Mr. Spitzer, followed by the appointed David
Paterson and now Mario (ooops,
I mean Andrew) Cuomo. Regrettably though - despite the grand
pronouncements - absolutely
nothing’s been accomplished in
twenty years ! Four career politicians…four grand headlines.
Meanwhile, literally down the
block and around the corner
from Penn Station and The Farley Post Office, Bloomberg proposed a mammoth and almost
impossible scheme for the West
Side…a Hudson Yards development. At first, he proposed
it as an Olympic site, with the
remaining stadium in the aftermath to be a new Jets Stadium;
and when London won and
we lost, he switched gears and
proposed Trump-like developments for commercial and resPOL PRONOUNCEMENTS idential purposes. Simultaneously, he proposed an extension
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New York City subway extension
in forty years.
Two years now beyond the
Bloomberg Era, and The Hudson Yards subway is completed,
open and dropping off commuters onto Mid-Town-West streets
for the first time ever, and the
Hudson Yards foundations have
all been laid employing thousands of hard hats with building
and tower completions soon.
Likewise, Times Square has
been rethought and rejuvenated
as a Tourist Mall, where a million
people celebrated the New Year.
Meanwhile over at Penn Station, New York’s career politicians continue their careers of
‘bold pronouncements’. Think
likewise LaGuardia Airport and
The Rockaway Ferry! Four career politicians with Curriculum
Vitaes as thin as their last press
release!
Here, along New York City’s
southern rim, will Rockaway
ever have, not screaming headlines & bold pronouncements,
but her own Jamaica Bay Esplanade, where today sits a crumbling bay wall?
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This Week in History
JANUARY 14
1784 - US Revolutionary War ends;
US Congress of the Confederation
ratifies the Treaty of Paris.
1960 - US Army promotes Elvis
Presley to Sergeant.
JANUARY 15
Anne Marie Greene was born.
Joan Prendergast was born.
1889 - The Coca-Cola Company, then
known as the Pemberton Medicine
Company, was incorporated in
Atlanta, Georgia.
1973 – Four Watergate burglars plead
guilty in federal court.

private use of home VCRs to tape TV
programs for later viewing does not
violate federal copyright laws.
JANUARY 18
1980 - Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce.
1986 - NY Lotto pays $30.5 million to
one winner (#s are 19-20-27-34-41-46).
1993 - Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
is observed in all 50 states for 1st time.
JANUARY 19
Bobby Mulholland was born.
Donald King was born.

1957 - USSR performs atmospheric
nuclear test.
1977 - Snow falls in Miami, Florida.
JANUARY 16
This is the only time in the history of
Terry Schmitt Boyle was born.
the city that snowfall has occurred. It
1777 - Vermont declares indepen- also fell in the Bahamas.
dence from New York.
JANUARY 20
1970 - Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit Carol O’Toole was born.
challenging baseball’s reserve clause.
1969 - Richard M. Nixon is
inaugurated as US president.
JANUARY 17
2009 - Barack Obama, inaugurated
Katie Lucev Terino was born.
as the 44th President of the United
1377 - Pope Gregory XI moves the States of America, becomes the
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The Lazer Speaks
For the Love of the Game
By Lou Pastina

I love the feel of a basketball in my hands. Too many
injuries have kept me out of
the game. But to find a court
and to shoot the ball, over
and over again, I could do it
for hours and never tire of it,
and never hit a shot either. I
am no LeBron James.
As a kid playing with my father, I was always amazed that
he never let up, always guarded me, and always made his
shots. When I got older we
played less, and I looked for
various other playgrounds to
prove my skills against other
formidable opponents. But
injuries always crept into the
equation, first ankles and
later knees. It seemed a high
school season wasn’t complete if I wasn’t on crutches
at some point. By the time
college came around my best

days were clearly behind me
by years, but the memory of
running the court on a fast
break, making a behind the
back pass, stealing the ball off
the dribble – all still excited
me. Unfortunately it seemed
that the recovery time from
injuries and playing seemed
to get longer with each outing.
At some point, as St, Paul
says, we must put childish
things aside, and work, marriage, family all take center
stage, and rightfully so. But
every once in awhile a handful of intrepid sweaty men
would gather to relive their
glory days, and I, fully the
fool among them, would play.
There is nothing like a basketball workout, I don’t know
why, but forget about running,
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LAZER

I was invited to play with a
group of men calling themselves the Graybeards. I was
not sure what to make of the
name because none were gray
and none had beards at the
time, but this was an opportunity to define who I was again,
with skills such as no one had
yet seen on these sands.
And true to form, I took a
pass to the face and broke
my glasses and bled all over
the floor of St. Francis de
Sales’ newly waxed floors.
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ing, and even cross-dressing
trainers, there is nothing like
the sweat from a basketball
run. Unfortunately, that is
true of the other nine players,
and it can get pretty smelly
after a while, but you know
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ing asked that night how did
it go, I responded that it felt
just like the old times. Upon
inspection, I was sent directly to bed and forbidden to
play with those “Graybeards”
again. But I did sneak out of
the house for five glorious
years before age finally began to catch up in the form
of heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, pulled calf muscles,
knee braces, and finally torn
finger tendons. Who am I to
argue with the gods! I mean
these basketball pleasures
with my fellow companions
could not get in the way of
my health, right? But perhaps
the straw that broke the camel’s back was when I realized
that it took more time to get
ready than to actually play.
The pre-game Advils, the
knee brace, the heel cups,
the monthly cortisone shots,
the contacts that I could never really get in or out, I mean
really who was I kidding!
So fast forward twelve years
of non-competitive working
out, when the call came from
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now are truly very gray and in
some cases bearded indeed!
They were a man short. Having recently bought a new pair
of sneakers, and working out
with a weight vest and ankle
weights all summer long, this
was my chance to relive the
glory years with those sweaty
old men, my friends.
And relive them I did, when
about fifteen minutes in,
on an uncontested lay-up I
simply planted my right foot
causing instant pain to shoot
up into the knee! Hobbling
off the court I watched the
remainder of the session, unable to stand or walk. Ahhh
yes, just as I remembered it!
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BLOCKS

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nual New Year’s Day polar
plunge where the proceedings
are filmed on an analog video
camera and T-shirts are specially made for each event, which is
now in its 17th year. “We jumped
in the water year-round here,”
Gifford said. “It’s beautiful up
until November anyway, and
we do the cystic fibrosis plunge
in February, so that just left a
few months to make it a year-

round thing.” After the dip
everybody goes to “The Garage,” Gwillyn’s workplace
that doubles as the block’s
primary libation congregation
spot. “One year it was warm so
everybody just hung out at the
beach after the plunge,” Gif-

ford said. “Then one year the
weather was bad but everybody
still wanted to celebrate. So we
went to Richie’s house.”
Many of the residents fondly
recalled their old lifeguard Harry McVeety. “He used to sing,
do jingles, and he was a former
radio announcer,” Dziuk said.
“He drove from West 33rd in
Brooklyn to come here every
summer.” Other Beach 127th
Street traditions include International Food Day, a summertime potluck where everybody
brings worldly sustenance to
the beach, a volleyball net that
stays up for the entire summer
and hosts friendly games between children, adults, and
off-duty lifeguards (“It’s becoming a big new thing, this
year it exploded,” Gifford said),
and a toast at the end of block
on Sandy Day, October 29th, to
celebrate the block’s resilience.
On his phone Dziuk keeps a
memento of the storm, a note
he typed the night of saying
“Tropical Storm Sandy, 8:45
p.m., defeats sea wall berm.
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forth on Rockaway.”

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seen is the simple fact that people tend to remain in Rockaway
these days as opposed to the
past. “People who have left this
block want to come back. Now
you have to die before someone gets on this block because
nobody leaves.” Dziuk said that
is has been the long-term dedication of the homeowners that
has kept the block’s character intact. “If you don’t have that kind
of commitment to a neighborhood, it doesn’t work,” he said.
The block’s future seems to be in
good hands as Gifford’s daughter
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fun to grow up on this block,” the
high schooler said. “There’s always been a lot of people my age.
And the all the parents are kids
too.”
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throughout all five boroughs and
that voting is not the only thing
taken into consideration.
In his remarks Gaska stated
that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has not given a
clear indication as to when the
closed off stretch of Beach Channel Drive will be reopened. He
sent an email suggesting that the
eastbound side be reopened to
traffic with one or two lanes but
had not received a response at the
time of the meeting. He also requested DOT take a look at syncing the lights near the closure to
ease congestion and prevent an
inevitable accident. “We’re lucky
this didn’t happen in May or June
because it would have been an
utter disaster,” he said.
Transportation
Committee
co-chair Danny Ruscillo echoed
Gaska’s statements, saying DOT
reps would only “consider” reopening the eastbound side and
that investigations on the road
are ongoing. Ruscillo stated that
all board members should attend next Tuesday’s meeting at
MS53 regarding planned chang-

es to the Mott Avenue area of
Far Rockaway. He said that at a
committee meeting on January
6 DOT said it was considering removing a slip lane at the intersection of Central Avenue and Mott
Avenue to create more space for
the planned $22 million project, which Ruscillo said would
be a bad idea as it would create
congestion and safety hazards.
He also announced a potential
study to “align transportation
needs with other East Rockaway
efforts.” Ruscillo and other board
members lamented that little
progress has been made on addressing the dangerous intersection at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 62nd Street.
In the public speaking section information was presented
about a Credentialed Alcoholism
and Substance Abuse Counselor
(CASAC) training program being
held in nearby Inwood. Another
presenter encouraged residents
to attend a presentation on the
Indian Point Energy Center,
which she said is dangerous to
the environment and Rockaway
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Heated Over Heat Issues at Surfside
Alma Realty is getting heat
from residents of the Surfside
buildings, who claim a lack of
heat to be their biggest issue
this winter.
For the second winter in a
row, several tenants have complained that the heat within
the buildings located on Shore
Front Parkway and Beach
105th, Beach 106th and Beach
107th has been consistently inconsistent and they say its due
to a new computer-based heating system that was installed
after Hurricane Sandy. “This
computer is controlling when
people get heat and it has been
very erratic, which is causing a
lot of anxiety among the tenants. They’ve been calling 311
and making complaints and it’s
been quasi-non responsive,”
Barbara Buffolino, president of
the tenant association, SHAFT,
said. “Prior to this system being
installed, we were getting heat.
With this computer system ad-

hering to the Department of
Housing and Community Renewal guidelines, we’ve been
having all these problems.”
With a mild winter, the heating issues haven’t been as bad,
but it was especially noticed
once the outside temperature
dropped to 18 degrees earlier
this month. “In some cases it’s
subjective, because those who
are older and may be around
all day may feel that they’re not
getting enough heat, but when
I walk in from work, the heat
doesn’t come on until much
later,” Buffolino said. Some tenants have turned to expensive
alternatives for relief like space
heaters and others are resorting
to dangerous options. “People
are using heaters and bumping
up their electric bills and some
are turning on their stoves and
ovens because gas is included,
which opens up a whole gamut
of other issues,” Buffolino said.
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Department of Housing Preservation and Development that
were passed on to Councilman
Eric Ulrich’s office, which has
been trying to assist the residents with their issues. Ulrich’s
office analyzed and broke down
the number of complaints and
found that tenants complained
about 31 different issues within the buildings. Among the
three buildings, 80 inspection
forms were filed by tenants of
the roughly 800 apartments and
61 of them included complaints
about heat, with the second
largest complaint being windows that cannot be locked or
windows that cause a draft. It
was found that the apartments
with the most complaints about
heat are those that face the
ocean.
On-site manager Nick Conway says Alma has been working to address the issues. He
says the average temperature
of the building was raised to 74
degrees as opposed to the min-

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is limited to a certain number
of apartments and it was found
that some apartments get cooler faster when the system goes
off. Those units have open
windows or more than likely
have air conditioners installed.
We’ve inspected most of them
and will continue to inspect the
others that have complaints,”
Conway said. “We’ve been
willing to help remove air conditioners and insulate openings, which has been effective
in stopping the problem.”
Robby Schwach of Ulrich’s
office says that the number
of complaints from tenants
has gone down, but there are
others dealing with issues unrelated to drafts. “Alma has
admitted that there are some
mechanical issues, especially
with apartments that face the
ocean, which they said they
will address. We’re hoping that
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Unexpected End to Boardwalk Causes
Controversy
By Katie McFadden

Did you know the new boardwalk will be extended? Neither
did residents who may be impacted by the change. According
to Parks Department plans, the
new boardwalk will end at the
west end of Beach 126th Street as
opposed to the east side, where
it has always ended.
A slightly longer boardwalk
may not sound so bad, but for
Elizabeth Gatto, the extension
may cause a potentially dangerous situation, which she was
not made aware of until recently. Parks Department renderings show that the boardwalk
will end on the west side of the
block and will include a landside staircase at that end. As the
beachfront house on that side of
the block, the staircase would go
right into Gatto’s driveway. “The
stairs will end right by my driveway and the path to the stairs is
directly in my driveway. How

can you put a staircase ending
in front of someone’s driveway?
God forbid I hit someone with
my car or a child gets hurt on my
property,” she said.
According to the Parks Department website, the earliest renderings that can be found including
the extension and staircase, date
back to September 2014. Earlier
renderings did not include this
extension. Despite the early renderings, it seems that many were
not aware of the extension. Media archives show no mention
of it at local meetings and members of the Parks Department had
been giving false information
as late as October 2015. “Belle
Harbor Property Owner’s Association meetings usually focus
on 127th to 149th and 126th is the
forgotten block. I asked how the
boardwalk would be built back
and was told that it would end on
the east end of the block,” Gatto
said. During an October 20, 2015
BHPOA meeting about another

boardwalk headache of poorly planned ADA ramps, Queens
Parks Commissioner Dorothy
Lewandowski and project manager Kylie Murphy were specifically asked where the boardwalk
would end. Recorded notes from
the Rockaway Times quote Parks’
response as, “the boardwalk is
ending where it has always ended, but it will connect to a baffle
wall, so there will be a line.”
Gatto obtained online renderings of the project and found
that the boardwalk would in fact
be ending right at her property,
with a staircase. She says she
met with Kylie Murphy, Portia
Dyrenforth and Councilman
Ulrich’s office to address her
concerns in December and representatives from Parks and the
Economic Development Corporation visited Gatto’s home
and said the plans may be reconsidered. When Skanska,
the contractor conducting the
boardwalk rebuild, put pilings

right next to Gatto’s property this
week, it became clear that Parks’
plans never changed. “Skanska
told me there was no new plan,”
Gatto claims. Gatto says Parks
told her that to change the plan
would cost extra time and money for the project, which they
hope to complete by this Memorial Day.
With the east side of Beach
126th Street having a vehicular
access ramp, Gatto says the additional stairs are unnecessary.
“I can understand having a ramp
for vehicle access, but when you
have that, there’s no reason for
stairs as well,” she said. When
the old boardwalk ended at the
east side of Beach 126th Street,
the ramp did not interfere with
the east side beachfront home,
as the exit was next to a brick
wall. Gatto is scheduled to meet
with Parks and EDC representatives again next week to see if
any changes or compromises
can be made.

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BOY SCOUT TROOP 147
MEETING
Building T-149 Fort Tilden
For boys ages 11-18.

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When

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January 19
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016

The Rockaway Times

Women of Rockaway:
Nicole Frontera of Nicole Frontera Beauty
By Katie McFadden

Who runs the peninsula?
Women. A large number of local
businesses and organizations are
owned and operated by females,
or female co-owners. And they
deserve recognition. As part of
an ongoing series, the Rockaway
Times is profiling local female
entrepreneurs each week. This
week is Nicole Frontera, owner of
Nicole Frontera Beauty.
Rockaway resident Nicole Frontera has long been interested
in helping people and with her
medical background as a nurse
practitioner, she has been helping
clients reach their beauty and skin
goals through noninvasive medical cosmetic practices at Nicole
Frontera Beauty since 2013.
Nicole Frontera Beauty is a
medical spa that offers medical cosmetic services such as injections, botox, fillers, laser hair
removal, ultratherapy skin tightening, skin resurfacing, medical
facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, fat reduction,
teen acne treatments and more.
“They’re all noninvasive medical
services,” Frontera said. She provides most services herself and is
assisted by a female staff of aesthetician Melanie Reid and spa
managers Marcy Syker and Cindy
Cooke.
Frontera started out at a registered nurse in 2001 and first
worked in hospitals until she
traveled abroad to Israel in 2003.
“I was looking for worse as a
nurse and I couldn’t work in a
hospital because I’m not Jewish
and I didn’t speak the language
at the time. I called a bunch of
doctors until I came across this
American plastic surgeon who
was impressed that I was a board
certified registered nurse from
New York, so he hired me and
I learned a lot of things while
working with him. He taught me
how to do injections and work
with lasers and I would sit with
him in surgeries,” Frontera said.
When she came back to New
York in 2006, she went back to
the hospital route but found that
she needed a change of pace.
“When I was working in the hos-

Nicole Frontera

pital, I worked in the ICU and
you see people die and it was
depressing, so I wanted to help
people, but in a different way. I
wanted to make people feel good
and feel happy, which in turn
made me feel better,” she said.
She once again pursued plastic
surgery, working for a surgeon
in Long Island, while working
on her master’s as a nurse practitioner. She was certified in 2012
and assisted in surgeries and injections at the Long Island office
before working at a medical spa
in Manhattan. She also started
doing freelance work and offering services out of her home
with botox parties.
Due to clashing practice beliefs about the industry, Frontera
realized she preferred to work
on her own. “When you work
for other people, you have to
take on their values and I didn’t
agree with how some operated,
because they made it more of
a business and want you to sell
things to people that they don’t
need. I didn’t want to do that. I
want to be honest with people. I
wanted to be able to lay my head
down at night and feel good
about what I do. We all want to
make money, but it’s wrong to do
it in an unethical way,” she said.
Following Hurricane Sandy,
Frontera realized how much
Rockaway could use her services, as opposed to opening a spa
somewhere else. “After Sandy, I
thought it would ruin my home
business, but people started

calling my saying they needed
to feel good about themselves
because they were so drained
from working on their houses. I
got an overwhelming amount of
calls for cosmetic services and
I thought that while rebuilding
Rockaway, I could invest in the
community instead of somewhere else. Rockaway didn’t
really have anything like it. I
thought it would be good to give
Rockaway another business that
can help people,” Frontera said.
She opened her Rockaway location at 104-02 Rockaway Beach
Boulevard in November 2013.
In addition to being able to
run a business with her own values, opening locally has given
Frontera the opportunity to focus
on another important role: being a mom. “I’m a hard working
woman but I love being a mom
and I wanted to spend more time
with my children. I was working
in Manhattan or Long Island with
12-hour days and it took a toll on
me. It’s easier when you can make
your own schedule and work
where you live. I can pick up my
son within 10 minutes if he needs
me,” she said. Owning a business
has also presented some parenting challenges. “After I opened my
business, I had my second baby
and I only had eight days of maternity leave. I couldn’t take off for six
weeks to take care of my newborn.
There are pluses and minuses to
owning your own business. It’s a
nonstop, 24/7 job. You’re always
thinking of ways to make it better,

even when you’re not there.”
Frontera says opening her own
business was a risk, but a risk
worth taking. “When I told friends
and family I was thinking of doing this here, a lot of people said
people in Rockaway wouldn’t go
for it, but I felt this overwhelming
sense to invest in the community
and I thought a business like this
would be a great addition to all the
other great businesses here. I felt
that if I didn’t do this, someone
else would’ve. I took a chance and
thank God it has been going well,”
she said, adding that her husband, local firefighter Ryan Frontera, has been supportive along
the way.
Frontera’s says her work can
be both challenging and rewarding. “The biggest challenge is
managing expectations. Sometime people want things done
cosmetically that may require
something more invasive like
plastic surgery, so I try to explain
to people what I can do for them
realistically, before they spend
the money,” she said. However
the biggest reward is when people are happy with the results. “I
can’t tell you how many times I
do something for someone and
they come back later that day
or week and say ‘Wow, it looks
so much better.’ You can see the
joy you bring to someone and it
makes it all worth it. At the end
of the day, you’re making people
feel better by helping them look
better.”
Besides applying her medical
background to her work, Frontera makes sure to stay on top
of the latest technologies. She
works for one of the largest laser companies in the world and
learns about the latest laser technology so she can train doctors
how to use them. She also works
with a plastic surgeon weekly.
“It’s important to stay on top of
the curve and to be able to educate people about what could
work best for them,” she said.
Nicole Frontera Beauty is open
Monday, Thursday, Friday and
Saturday. Visit www.nicolefronterabeauty.com for more information or call 718-945-1100 for a free
consultation.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016

Ask the
DOC

By Peter Galvin, MD

Beware The Supplements
By Peter Galvin, MD

A few months ago one of my
columns dealt with dietary supplements. Today I would like to
discuss adverse events related to
these products. By a 1994 Act of
Congress dietary supplements
are considered to include herbals
(botanical products and probiotics), complementary nutritionals
(i.e. amino acids) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).
The number of products available is estimated to have risen
from 4000 in 1994 to 55,000 in
2012. In 2007 the reported outof-pocket expenditures for these
products was $14.8 billion, one
third of the amount spent on prescription drugs. The FDA recom-

mends limiting the size of a prescription pill to 22 mm (7/8 of an
inch) but does not have such size
limits for supplements.
Recently a study was published about adverse events related to supplements. The study
was a group effort of the CDC,
FDA and the Consumer Product
Safety Commission. They looked
at 10 years of data (1/1/04 to
12/31/13) from 63 participating
hospitals. What they found was
startling. They found a total of
23,005 ED visits resulting in 2154
annual admissions. 61.9 percent
of these visits were for unsupervised ingestion of micronutrients by children. The involved
products were vitamins, iron,
supplements for weight loss and

supplements for insomnia, sedation and anxiety. After excluding these ED visits, 66 percent of
the remaining ED visits were for
adverse events associated with
a single herbal or complementary nutrition product. Of those,
25 percent involved weight loss
products and 10 percent involved energy products.
After excluding the children,
the majority of the ED visits were
for adults 20 to 34 who reported adverse effects from weight
loss or energy products. Cardiac
symptoms were most common
in this group and most reported
chest pain, palpitations or rapid
heartbeat. These cardiac effects
were also seen with bodybuilding and sexual-enhancement
products and again in younger
adults. Swallowing problems
were most common with calcium products and abdominal
symptoms were most common
with iron and potassium products. In older adults age 65 and
older choking and swallowing
problems were most common
and were related to iron, calcium
and potassium products.
It is quite probable that the

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number of adverse events seen in
this study only scratches the surface. Only 63 hospitals were involved and often adverse events
to these products go unreported.
So here are a few recommendations. Since only iron supplements are required to come in
childproof containers if you use
these products be sure they are
secure from curious little hands.
If the pill or tablet is huge the likelihood of choking is much higher
but many of these cannot be cut
in half. Be sure that if you use a
supplement your doctor is aware
of it. Finally, be sure to read the
list of ingredients carefully and
be aware that product names can
be misleading. For example, “Pro
Clinical Hydroxycut Weight Loss”
lists 10 active ingredients, none
of which are the three active ingredients in “Hydroxycut Appetite Control.”
There are numerous online resources where you can find more
information including websites
of the FDA, CDC and OIG (Office
of the Inspector General).
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comments to editor@rockawaytimes.com

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It is said that without a sense
of caring, there can be no sense
of community. So it was no surprise that this past weekend’s
fundraiser for Minnie Horan up
at the Broad Channel VFW was
a resounding success as the hall
resonated with the sound of music accompanied by throngs of
people enjoying the bands and
each other’s company.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016
In last week’s Rockaway Times
Letters to the Editor, Andrew
Rohman (USMC 1963-1969) of
Belle Harbor rightfully stuck it to
me for referring to myself as an
“ex-Marine” in a previous column. “There is no such thing as
an ex-Marine! You should know
that from the day you graduate
boot camp until the day you die
you are a Marine.” My sincere
apologies to both you and the
Corps, Andrew. You are absolutely right and I give you my
word it will not happen again.
I have taken to task the editor
of this otherwise grand weekly newspaper who was directly
responsible for this goof and
soundly chastised him for his
faulty proofreading skills.
With the Christmas and New
Year holidays now behind us
now all we have left to do is to
settle in and wait out the remaining 67 days until the arrival
of spring on Sunday, March 20,
2016. Yes, I know there are a few
minor “almost holiday events”
sprinkled in between now and
the arrival of the vernal equinox.
Mardi Gras carnival celebrations
have already commenced and

will continue until “Fat Tuesday”,
February 9, but a month-long
party is something I couldn’t
handle even back in my younger
days. The celebration of Robert
E. Lee’s birthday is an event that
political correctness now causes me to shy away from after all
the ruckus that was raised last
year about the Confederate flag.
Valentine’s Day is really nothing
more than an economic stimulus package for the greeting
card and flower industries. I find
Groundhog Day to be somewhat
creepy after viewing the Bill
Murray film and watching Staten Island Chuck attack our own
Mayor de Blasio two years ago.
Unless you are actually viewing
or marching in a parade, St. Patrick’s Day remains just another
day of winter. Presidents’ Day
is a holiday that continues to
confuse me as I am still not sure
what happened to Lincoln’s and
Washington’s birthdays. Finally,
Employee Appreciation Day is
an observance that, as long as
I can remember, was never celebrated by any of my past employers. Spring can’t arrive fast
enough for me!

Leather &
Wood Shelves
By Artie Wallace
This week we’re going to work on
shelves made with leather straps (or
old leather belts) and wood.
To start off you will need the wood,
I recommend using a 2 by 6 or 2 by 8.
Cut it to desired length. Though some
people may prefer the raw wood look, I
suggest staining the wood with MinWax.
MinWax comes in many colors, so you
get to choose something that will go with
the room your shelf is being hung in.
Then you need leather straps (or
two old leather belts). Measure in two
inches on your wood and mark a line
for the leather. Leaving about 10 inches excess, nail your belt to the bottom
side of your wood shelf. Short roofing
nails work best. After doing this to
the left and right side of the bottom,
you’re ready to hang your shelf.
Using an anchor, secure the end of
your first 10 inch strip of leather to the
wall. With the shelf hanging flat against
the wall, raise the second 10 inch strap ‘til
the shelf is level, then secure your second
strap to the wall. For the front strap, you
will want to raise it ‘til your shelf is level

Braised Chicken Thighs
with Garlic, Lemon and
Greek Olives
By Sharon Feldman

and secure is about two inches above the
first strap. Cut any excess from your strap.
Repeat this for your second strap.
If your shelf is going to be three feet
or longer, add a third strap in the center.
However two or three shorter shelves
(one above the other) may give a nicer
look than one long shelf. You can even
stagger a few shelves across the wall if
you want the get real creative.
Tell me what you would like to read
about in future DIYer articles, email me
at rocktimesdiy@gmail.com

This one-pot wonder from Chef
Marco Canora of Hearth comes
together in just under an hour.
Chicken thighs are seared until
crisp and golden brown before being combined with soft onions, lots
of garlic and Greek olives.
Yields: 4-6 servings
Ingredients:
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly ground
black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
12 garlic cloves
2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
(about 4 cups)
1 lemon, thinly sliced, seeds discarded
2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves,
plus more for garnish
1 cup mixed Greek olives
Juice of one lemon

The Rockaway Times
As I was pecking away at this
column Grace and the girls were
reading over my shoulder and
being generally annoying when
someone remarked, “For God’s
sake, now he’s complaining
about holidays…” at which point
they pulled me aside and told
me I was getting old and boring.
“Enough with the crotchety old
man act, start moving and let’s all
go out and do something exciting…” they said. I quickly replied,
“OK, we’ll all go out and have
dinner at Chipotle tonight with
a little norovirus on the side…exciting enough for all of you?”
Congratulations to our local
Assemblyman, Phil Goldfeder, who recently made it on to
New York attorney, lobbyist, and
fashion-enthusiast Brad Gerstman’s list of best dressed politicians in 2015. I used to refer to
Phil as the “Energizer Bunny”
because of his ability to seemingly be in a myriad of different
places at once but, henceforth,
I will simply refer to him as “Assemblyman GQ!”
Broad Channel – why would
anyone want to live anywhere
else?
Directions:
Remove the chicken from the
fridge 20 minutes before cooking
to remove chill. Preheat oven to
350 degrees. Season the chicken
on both sides with salt and pepper.
In a large ovenproof pan or Dutch
oven large enough to hold all the
thighs in a single layer, heat the
olive oil over medium-high heat.
When the oil is hot, add the chicken, skin side down, and sear until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes.
Add the garlic cloves to the pan
and flip the thighs over. Cook until
the garlic is fragrant and has gotten a little brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove the chicken and garlic
from the pan and set aside.
With the pan still hot, add the onions, lemon slices and oregano,
and season with salt and pepper.
Cook, stirring often, until the onions have wilted and the brown
bits on the bottom of the pan have
loosened, 6 to 8 minutes. Nestle
the thighs skin-side up in the onion mixture and add the garlic and
the olives. Pour the lemon juice
over the chicken and transfer to
the pan to the oven. Bake 40 to
50 minutes. Scatter fresh oregano
leaves over the top and serve.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016

Spotted: Rocking The
Rock Times Tee

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she rocked the Rockaway Times
t-shirt while doing some Zumba.
And that’s not our logo spelled
backwards it’s just Mister Hines
taking a selfie in the mirror.

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WE ARE ST. JOHN’S
HERE FOR YOUR HEALTH

GENERAL SURGERY
AT ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL HOSPITAL

Head and neck

Orthopedic surgery, including minimally invasive joint
replacement

The Department of Surgery at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital,
led by Interim Chairman Javier Andrade, MD., FACS, provides
comprehensive surgical care, including many minimally invasive
procedures for a wide range of conditions.

Otolaryngology or ear-nose-throat (ENT)

Pediatric surgery

Plastic and reconstructive surgery, including facial surgery

Surgical oncology, the surgical approach to treating and
managing cancers

Vascular laboratory, which provides non-invasive testing to
pinpoint areas of vascular blockage and disease

Wound care, including hyperbaric therapy in which a
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Hyperbaric therapy is a useful approach to treating serious
infections and wounds that aren’t healing well.

Minimally Invasive Surgery
Under Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery Jackie Battista, DO,
MPH, the Department offers a wide range of minimally and
less-invasive procedures, including those that use laparoscopic
and endoscopic techniques. Surgeons use the smallest incisions
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instruments and tiny cameras to perform video-assisted surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery results in fewer complications, shorter
hospital stays, quicker recoveries and less scarring.
Surgical Subspecialties

For more information on Surgery at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital,
call 718-869-7256.

In addition to general surgery, the Department of Surgery at St.
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subspecialties:

Breast surgery, supported by an active breast clinic and
including stereotactic and sentinel node capability

Cardiothoracic surgery, which treats conditions in the
chest, lungs and heart and includes the less-invasive videoassisted thoracic surgery

ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL HOSPITAL
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016

NEW 2016 FORD

NEW 2016 FORD

ESCAPE SE

FUSION SE

NEW 2016 FORD

EDGE SE AWD

69 125 219

$

LEASE
FOR

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*

$

*

PER
MO
24
MOS

**

PER
MO
24
MOS

LEASE
FOR

$3709 due at signing + tax, tags & mv fees

$3765 due at signing +tax, tags & mv fees
Stk #FT6424, 4 cyl, auto, MSRP $30,700. Due at
signing = $2995 down pymt + 1st mo. pymt +$0
sec. dep. +$645 bank fee + tax, tags and mv fees.
Ttl pymts/Residual: $3000/$19,034. Includes
$2250 RCL Customer Cash and $1000 Competitive Lease Conquest^, subj. to tax.

Stk #FC6596, 4 cyl, auto, MSRP $27,035. Due at
signing= $2995 down pymt + 1st mo. pymt +$0
sec. dep. +$645 bank fee + tax, tags and mv fees.
Ttl pymts/Residual: $1656/$16,491. Includes
$3500 RCL Customer Cash and $1000 Competitive Lease Conquest^, subj. to tax.

$

* *

LEASE
FOR

PER
MO
24
MOS

$3859 due at signing +tax, tags & mv fees

Stk #FT6594, 4 cyl, auto, MSRP $31,665. Due
at signing= $2995 down pymt + 1st mo. pymt
+$0 sec. dep. +$645 bank fee + tax, tags and
mv fees. Ttl pymts/Residual: $5256/$20,582.
Includes $1000 Competitive Lease Conquest^,
subj. to tax.

QUALITY USED CARS AVAILABLE!
2014 FORD FOCUS

SE

Stk #P1704, cd/mp3,
keyless entry, Bluetooth,
32,589 mi.
$

2014 NISSAN ALTIMA

12,995

2014 FORD ECONOLINE WAGON XL
Stk #P1646, 8 cyl, auto,
a/c, removable bench,
cloth int., 23,390 mi.

13,985

2015 FORD TRANSIT

26,480

WAGON XL

Stk #P1680, V6, auto,
side impact beams,
12 pass stg, 18,474 mi.
$

2015 FORD TRANSIT

Stk #P1676, V6, auto,
removable bench,
pwr windows, 12,613 mi.
$

30,465

WAGON XL

Stk #P1682, V6, auto, pwr
seat, a/c, driver & front
airbags, 12 person, cd,
22,538 mi.
$

2015 FORD TRANSIT

29,140

WAGON XL

2015 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY TOURING
Stk #P1633, V6, auto,
SiriusXM, leather, roof rack,
33,463 mi.

22,595

$

$

2015 FORD TRANSIT

2.5 S

Stk #P1620, 4 cyl, auto,
keyless entry, lcd monitor,
Bluetooth, 39,104 mi.

$

2014 FORD ECONOLINE WAGON XL
Stk #P1632, 8 cyl, auto,
a/c, removable bench, cloth
int., cd, cruise, 22,112 mi.

28,845

27,010

WAGON XLT

Stk #P1637, V6, auto,
keyless entry, removable
bench, a/c, 31,235 mi.

$

2015 FORD TRANSIT

29,192

$

2015 FORD TRANSIT

WAGON XL

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

ONLINE 24/7 AT WWW.BAYRIDGEFORD.COM

(888) 435-6201

Offers exclude tax, tags & mv fees. Offers with approved credit through Ford Credit Corp. *Leases include 10.5k mi./yr. w/15¢/mi. thereafter. Lessee responsible
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:

MON–THURS 9AM-9PM • FRI 9AM-7PM
SAT 9AM-6PM • SUN 11AM-5PM

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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

1500 Crew
Cab 4x4

Latitude
4x4

$

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

New 2015 Jeep

Grand Cherokee
LTD 4WD

$

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
2015 Nissan

Versa Note

11,400

$

11,900

$

Stk #P01634, 4 cyl, auto, great gas, power steering, 4k mi.
2013 Chrysler

$

200 S

14,500

17,990

$

14,700

2013 Jeep

$

23,790

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

2015 Nissan

$

Altima

15,990
Stk #P01451, 4 cyl, auto, full equipped, 14k mi.

Stk #P01609, 4 cyl, auto, fully equipped, 32k mi.
2015 Dodge

$

Charger SE

19,900

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

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

2014 Jeep

Compass Sport

2014 Jeep

$

Sonata

12,990

$

Auto, 4 cyl, 55k mi., Stk #P01595, Fully Loaded

Stk #617149, 4 cyl, auto, sunroof, leather, navi, fully loaded, one owner, 24k mi.

Patriot Sport 4WD

2011 Hyundai

2010 Chrysler

300 Touring

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 14, 2016

Rockaway YMCA’s Five Tips For 2016
Slim down or bulk up.
Learn a new skill. Eat better.
Make time for family. Save
money. New Year’s resolutions are easy to make in December and harder to keep in
January.
Fortunately, the YMCA of
Greater New York has been
helping New Yorkers realize
their goals for more than 160
years. We have five tips for
helping you achieve your New
Year’s resolutions.
1. Join the Rockaway YMCA
at Arverne by the Sea. Now
through February 15, the Rockaway Y is waiving its $75 joiners’ fee for new members and
offering buy-one-get-one-free
personal training sessions.
Members have access to the
newest cardio equipment, free
weights and circuit machines,
group exercise classes, and an
aquatics center, featuring two
pools and a waterslide. Visit
www.ymcanyc.org/rockaway
or 207 Beach 73rd Street to
learn more.

2. Be social. Talk about your
goals with friends, family,
colleagues, and your social
network—and ask for encouragement. Chances are others
have made similar resolutions, and you will find some
workout buddies.
3. Divide and conquer. Resolutions that involve major lifestyle changes can be daunting. Make it easier by grouping
resolutions into smaller, more
approachable goals.
4. Mark your calendars.
Treat your resolution as a
yearlong campaign by mapping out milestones on your
calendar like “No Television
Tuesdays” or “Y Workout
Wednesdays.”
5. Make it a Family Affair.
New Year’s is a fantastic opportunity to teach kids about
the importance of goals and
commitment. When joining
the Y as a family, you receive a
10 percent discount on youth
programs.

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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.

BRAND NEW 2016 FORD

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 Month’s
Payment, $0 Security Deposit. Tax, title & MV fees addt’l.
Inc: $2250 Ford Factory Rebate & $1000 Conquest Cash
(if qualified). Expires 1/31/16.

UP TO

31
MPG

119

$

BRAND NEW
2015 FORD

PER MO.
24 MOS
LEASE

EXPLORER 4X4

Auto, V6 Cyl, P/S, ABS, A/C,
100A Equipment Group, Cruise,
Backup Cam & Much More!
MSRP $33,995.
VIN#1FGGB30202. $6633
Due at Inception Inc: $5799
Down Payment, $645 Bank Fee
& 1st Month’s Payment, $0 Security Deposit. Tax, title & MV fees
addt’l. Inc: $250 Ford Factory Rebate and $1000 Conquest Cash
(if qualified). Expires 1/31/16.

FIESTA SE

FUSION SE

Auto, 4 Cyl, 200A Package, P/S, ABS, A/C & Much More! MSRP
$25,140. VIN#3FGR294132. $4739 Due at Inception Inc: $3995
Down Payment, $645 Bank Fee & 1st Month’s Payment, $0 Security
Deposit. Tax, title & MV fees addt’l. Inc: $2250 Ford Factory
Rebate & $1000 Conquest Cash (if qualified). Expires 1/31/16.

BRAND NEW
2015 FORD

MUSTANG

2.3L EcoBoost Engine, 6-Speed Auto, P/S, ABS, Air Conditioning
& More! MSRP $27,320. VIN#1FF5435339. $5739 Due at Inception
inc: $4995 down payment, $645 bank fee & 1st month’s payment,
$0 security deposit. Tax, title & MV fees addt’l. Inc: $1000
Conquest Cash (if qualified). Expires 1/31/16.

BRAND NEW
2015 FORD

C-MAX ENERGI

Auto, 4 Cyl, P/S, ABS, A/C, Leather, MSRP $37,135.
VIN#1FFL123713. $5769 Due at Inception inc: $4995 Down
Pymt, $645 Bank Fee & 1st Month’s Pymt, $0 Security Deposit.
Tax, Title & MV fees addt’l. Inc: $9257 Ford Rebate & $1000
Conquest Cash (if qualified). Expires 1/31/16.

EDGE SE AWD
Auto, V6 Cyl, P/S ABS, A/C, Backup Cam, Cruise, 100A Equipment
BRAND NEW
2015 FORD

Group & Much More! MSRP $31, 185. VIN#2FFBC27680. $4439 Due at
Inception: $3655 Down Payment, $645 Bank Fee & 1st Month’s Payment,
$0 Security Deposit. Tax, title & MV fees addt’l. Inc: $1500 Ford Factory
Rebate & $1000 Conquest Cash (if qualified). Expires 1/31/16.

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Brooklyn, New York

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and Much More! MSRP $17,505. VIN#3FFM157109. $4,709
Due at Inception inc: $3995 Down Payment, $645 Bank Fee &
1st Month Payment, $0 Security Deposit. Tax, title & DMV fees
addt’l. Inc: $1500 Ford Factory Rebate. Expires 1/31/16.

BRAND NEW
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718.474.8807

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9am-8pm • Mon. - Thurs.
9am - 10pm • Fri., Sat., Sun.

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FRIDAY

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Pilates
Mary

5:30am
Spin
EJ

5:30am
TRX/KB
Mary

5:30am
Spin
Beth

5:30am
Bootcamp
Mary

8 30am
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Kristen

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EJ

8:30am
TRX/KB
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8:30am
Kickboxing
Mary

8:30am
Full Body Strength
Matt

9 30am
TRX/KB
Mary

9:30am
Hurricane
Mary

9:30am
Spin
Mary

9:30am
Full Body Strength
Matt

9:30am
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Mary

9:30am
Spin & Sculpt
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Gentle Burn
Mary

10:30am
Gentle Gliders
Mary
3:45pm
Kids Fitness
Mary
Glider Girls - Mary
Spin - Beth
5:30pm
Zumba - Kristen
Spin - Mar
6:30pm
Pilates
Mary

10:30am
Pilates
Mary

3:45pm
Kids Fitness
Mary

10:30am
Gentle Gliders
Mary

4:30pm
Glider Girls
Mary

4:30pm
Pilates
Mary

5:30pm
Gentle Burn
Mary
6:30pm
TRX/KB
Mary

6:30pm
Kickboxing
Chris

4:30pm
Gentle Burn
Mary
5:30pm
Spin Diana
7:30pm
Spin
Teeny

4:30pm
TRX/KB
Mary

7:30pm
Spin & Sculpt
Grace

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

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Burn & Sculpt
EJ/Diana
10:00am
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