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Day Dabbling Needs Equal Representation

Along the lines of things we didn’t know we needed but we’re going to pay for anyway, Mayor de Blasio has appointed Ariel Palitz, the former owner of what was once called the city’s noisiest bar, as the first director of the city’s new Office of Nightlife. The concept is based on a model first launched in Amsterdam in 2014. Night mayoral positions have since been created in other cities, including Paris and Toulouse, France, and Zurich, Switzerland. “It is exciting to learn that NYC’s first Nightlife Mayor is a female with a strong background in nightlife...

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Who’da Thunk It?

This Sunday afternoon, March 11, the men and women of the Broad Channel VFW Post #260 Auxiliary will once again host their annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner for the disabled veterans who reside at St. Albans Hospital.  After tearful farewells to their families, these individuals went off to war where they saw and did things young men and women should not have to see or do. While many of them came home unscathed, many made the ultimate sacrifice and did not return, while others returned damaged in body or spirit or both. What many of you may not realize is that, as the years pass, the pain...

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In Defense of The Good Old Days

I recently became engaged in a conversation with a local youngster (calm down, that’s how I refer to anyone under 30 years of age) who readily admitted that she reads this column every week but was nonetheless of the opinion that she found my frequent remarks about the 1950’s and ‘60s, the era I grew up in, “creepy” because that time in our history was so “plastic and make believe.”  When I asked her to explain exactly what it was that she found “creepy” about the 1950’s she replied, “You see it on the internet and all over TV….on...

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Be Offended… Be Very Offended

Being an early riser I tend to be up and about sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. each morning. This is a good thing as it affords me the opportunity to  follow the advice of one of my favorite Rockaway Times columnists, Helen Kilgallen (Be Well, Be Happy), to conduct my morning meditation and check into the collective consciousness to see what’s coming to the surface and being felt by us as a community and then envisioning for the day before proceeding to go outside on the deck for my morning movement routine. For all of you non-introspective people out there still in search of your inner Zen, the...

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BUILD IT BACK BUNGLING  (Again)

Back in April of last year, work on the street raising/new bulkhead installations on West 11th and 12th Roads were suspended “indefinitely” to allow the City’s Build it Back (BiB) program access to those same streets in order to raise/rebuild homes.  At a transition meeting prior to the turnover it was made crystal clear to the Build it Back “powers that be” that there would be multiple families who are not part of the Build it Back operation who would continue to reside in their homes on both streets.  At that time, it was stressed to BiB that their  contractor...

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CAVEAT EMPTOR

I recently received a mailing from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) promoting their partnership with a New Jersey-based company, American Water Resources (AWR), to offer me a water and sewer service Line Protection Program. The DEP promotion states that this voluntary program is designed to protect me from the unexpected costs of service line repairs as “Most homeowners are not aware that they are responsible for all of the costs associated with repairing damaged water or sewer service lines that run from their building’s exterior to the municipal service...

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Antediluvian (Way Back When)

One of my daughters recently expressed her sorrow for my having to grow up in an age without all the electronic and social accouterments and devices deemed so necessary for life in today’s world. “What did you do without microwaves, cell phones, apps, computers, the Internet, Netflix, Tumblr, Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Sushi Bars and Amazon?” I had to remind her that although living in a cave while dinosaurs roamed free on Queens Boulevard over in Woodside, Queens, back in the ‘50s and early ‘60s, was sometimes difficult, it also had its perks....

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Dog Duty

Around 3 a.m. this past Sunday morning, I was awakened from a sound sleep by a furry face burrowing into my neck, accompanied by the unmistakable smell of dog breath. As I struggled to open both my eyes, I saw our family canine, Zach, wagging his tail while yipping softly. I immediately recognized Zach’s behavior as his way of letting me know that if I didn’t jump out of bed in the next 30 seconds, he fully intended to slink off to some hidden corner of the house and quietly make a substantial deposit, which would go unnoticed until some time later when the morning quiet of the home...

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Post Holiday Blues

We are now almost two weeks into the 2018 new year, and as the holidays rapidly fade away in the rear view mirror of life and many of us feel like a huge emotional rug has been pulled out from underneath us, we embrace our annual bout of the Post Holiday Blues. After weeks of decorating, shopping, baking, visiting, being visited, the whole thing is over in a matter of days! The hype and excitement and yes, expectation for jolliness buoy up many in the buildup to the Big Day. But then expectations hit reality. Relatives aren’t always kind. Gifts aren’t given and received in the spirit intended....

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