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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016
The Rockaway Times
will open at 6:30 p.m.
Broad Channel is a fitting
venue for this showing as it is
the centerpiece of much of the
film, and was also heavily im-
pacted by Hurricane Sandy,
being almost completely sub-
merged during the storm. It is
also the last inhabited island in
Jamaica Bay.
“Jamaica Bay Night” is a free
evening and everyone is wel-
come. However registration is
requested. Please visit www.
savingjamaicabay.com to RSVP.
Years in the making, the one
hour and 17 minute “Saving
Jamaica Bay” had its world
premiere last March before a
large audience at the Museum
of the Moving Image in Asto-
ria. Directed by David Sigal
and produced by Dan Hen-
drick, it then went on to play at
nearly two dozen film festivals,
fromWashington DC and Palm
Beach, Florida, to Portland, Or-
egon and Kuala Lumpur, Indo-
nesia. It was named Best Doc-
umentary at the Chautauqua
Film Festival, and received Au-
dience Awards at the Queens
World Film Festival and the
Princeton Environmental Film
Festival.
Besides the film showing “Ja-
maica Bay Night” will also fea-
ture discussions about the bay
and provide opportunities to
meet some of the organizations
working to improve it. These
will include the American Lit-
toral Society, Broad Channel
Historical Society, Jamaica Bay
EcoWatchers, National Parks
Conservation Association, New
York City Audubon, PS 47 and
Sadhana: A Coalition of Pro-
gressive Hindus.
Copies of Dan Hendrick’s
book “Images of America: Ja-
maica Bay” as well as Dan
Guarino’s “Images of America:
Broad Channel” and “Broad
Channel Through Time” will be
on sale. Both authors will be on
hand to autograph copies.
According to producers, the
film “Saving Jamaica Bay tells
the story of how one commu-
nity—led by a family with roots
in the area stretching back
more than 100 years—fought
official neglect and Hurricane
Sandy to clean up and restore
the largest open space in New
York City, which had become a
dumping ground for garbage,
sewage and bullet-riddled
mobsters.”
“Narrated by Academy Award
winner Susan Sarandon, the
film chronicles the local he-
roes who led the fight, and the
tough decisions policy makers
must face in this era of climate
change. Released during this
centennial year of the Nation-
al Park Service, this important
film symbolizes efforts to pre-
serve urban nature and restore
our nation’s neglected parks.”
To the film’s makers it “un-
derscores the importance of
citizen action and the role of
urban nature in protecting
our cities from the effects of
climate change.”
They also point out that the
bay is New York City’s larg-
est open space, bigger than
Central Park, Prospect Park
and Van Cortlandt Park put
together. It is “home to the
only national wildlife refuge
in the country, and possibly
the world, that is accessible
by subway.”
It’s “surprisingly rich eco-
system …provides a vital hab-
itat for hundreds of migratory
bird species as well as count-
less other flora and fauna”
and it is “within a ten-minute
drive of 800,000 New Yorkers.”
More important to the res-
idents of Rockaway, Broad
Channel
and
Brooklyn’s
shores, they say, “since Hur-
ricane Sandy, (Jamaica Bay
has become) the epicenter
for the local, and national,
conversation about the long-
term implications of global
climate change and environ-
mental mismanagement.”
The event is supported
by Con Edison, the Jamaica
Bay-Rockaway Parks Con-
servancy and Resorts World
New York City, in partnership
with the National Park Ser-
vice.
“Saving Jamaica Bay” will
be shown on February 2017
via public television stations
Channel 13/WNET and Chan-
nel 21/WLIW.
BIGBOOINBCSATURDAY
ByDanGuarino
Run for the hills! Or run to the
American Legion Hall in Broad
Channel this Saturday night for
their 4th Annual American Legion
Auxiliary Halloween Party. On
October 22, hundreds of revelers
will get ‘into the spirit’ with outra-
geous costumes and things that go
bump, have a great time and party
well into thenight
From 8 p.m. to midnight glee-
ful ghouls, goblins, superhe-
roes, pirates and more will en-
joy a hot buffet, music by DJ's @
Work, cash prizes for best cos-
tumes, a cash bar, 50/50's and
raffles. All for $25 per person.
All proceeds go to support the
Legion’s veterans programs.
It’s best to scare up some tickets
or reserve a table now by calling
Carol at 917-930-0546, Janet at 718-
483-3811 or Margaret at 718-634-
4206. American Legion Post 1404 is
locatedat 209CrossBayBoulevard.
Grab your best costume and get
ready for ahowling good time!
Director David Sigal, producer Dan
Hendrick and crewfilming “Saving
Jamaica Bay”.
Photo courtesy
Saving Jamaica Bay.
with its affiliate Producktif
Building Solutions Inc., its
tagline is “developing sus-
tainable communities by
design.”
LoPizzo’s partners include
architect and Producktif
President Rune Kongshaug,
Creative Director and CEO
Kareen Smith and others.
“(They) have a good track
record. They’ve done a lot
good.”
Years earlier LoPizzo had
created YANA (You Are Nev-
er Alone) a center for out-
reach and job training on
Rockaway Beach Boulevard,
across from the corner he is
now working to transform.
“It took a lot to buy the
house. It had over $200K
in violations. It took a long
time for me to negotiate that
and clear everything, but we
did. We raised the money
and bought it outright.”
But just than just putting a
building on a corner, LoPiz-
zo and partners want to put
a bigger change in motion.
“Sandy
was
a
real
eye-opener. It made us look
at making a lot of change
that was good. It’s up to us
how it’s going to happen.
You know, you get these
big developers who put up
these big eyesores. Then all
the people who live there
get pushed out. We’d like to
put it in local hands.”
Citing problems in the
rundown area, for exam-
ple, he says “That bodega
is an eyesore. People have
been complaining about
it for years. We’d like to
eventually buy that whole
block. That whole block will
change. It will change the
area.” The goal is to create
residential and local small
business clusters that will
grow the neighborhood.
“We can’t just say ‘Let’s
just hand it over to oth-
er people coming in.’ You
don’t want it to be an Atlan-
tic City. Big developers, they
create jobs, but not jobs that
go anywhere.”
With his background at
YANA, “creating actual sus-
taining jobs” and long last-
ing change is high on LoPiz-
zo’s plan.
“We’re working on an-
other project in Edgemere.
We’re looking at some-
thing geared towards vet-
erans there. Vets are com-
ing back. They have ski l ls,
they have discipl ine. May-
be they can teach youth
there. That ’s what we’d
l ike to see is workforce de-
velopment wi th new tech-
nology. Not just an OSHA
cer t i f icate.”
Looking from the old
house on the corner to the
rendering of the new build-
ing on his smartphone, and
the transformation it will
bring, he says, “It’ll hap-
pen.”
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