2017-04-21 / Columnists


Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. are hosting two events to provide residents with free rain barrels, in order to help reduce water bills and help with water conservation. Pheffer Amato and Addabbo say that the free barrels must be reserved ahead of the events on May 21 (Broad Channel American Legion, 209 Cross Bay Blvd., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and June 10 (NYFAC Building, 164-14 Cross Bay Blvd.). Both events are co-sponsored by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). To reserve barrels, residents should call Pheffer Amato: 718- 945-9550, or Addabbo: 718-738- 1111 OR visit http://bit.ly/Free- RainBarrel to reserve online.

CB14’s Transportation committee cochair Danny Ruscillo says the EDC has passed on some NYC Ferry news; there will be 50 percent discount off monthly passes for senior citizens. In the coming weeks, Hornblower – who operates NYC Ferry -- will provide additional details regarding the application process and the 30-day pass for seniors and people with disabilities. Surfboards will be permitted and similar to bicycles, there will be a one dollar fee.Thanks for the update Danny!

Chili Time! The 100th Precinct Community Council’s Eighth Annual Chili Cook-Off, is set to take place on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 333 Beach 90th St. The Wave’s Mark Healey will be a judge again this year andThe Wave will be submitting a chili for the first time! 100th Precinct Comm- unity Council President Joe Young says they are still looking for entries, so if you think you’re a top chili chef, here’s your chance to prove it! The evening will include raffles, prizes and a 50/50. Tickets are $20 and children under 12 enter for free. For tickets, call 718- 634-4970 or 917-284-0410.

The Quintet of the Americas will present Winds of Change, an environmental concert on Saturday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main St., in Flushing. The renowned woodwind quintet will present a concert of music with a repertoire of nature-themed music by Scott Joplin, David Dzubay, Eric Ewazen, Jose Barros, Queens composer James Cohn, Duke Ellington, William Grant Still and Zquinha de Abreu, along with readings from Ralph Waldo Emerson. The May 6 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 718-661-1200 or visit www.facebook.com/events/- 1081174635318750/. This concert is ADA accessible. For MTA transportation information, visit tripplanner.mta.- info/_ start.aspx.

The Wave’s longstanding ‘Who’s Playing’ column is looking to promote local bands playing on and off the peninsula while also spreading the word about out of area groups and musicians looking to play in Rockaway. Send performance schedules, band photos and any other relevant information to editor@rockawave.com with the subject line “Who’s Playing.” Rock on!

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) is sponsoring Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance for the summer of 2017.You can help prevent beach closures; monitor near and offshore waters, or help develop an early warning reporting system. Beginning in May, and until October, volunteers are needed one to two hours after high tide, 20 minutes per week. If you have any questions, please contact Robert Gans at Ozone Layer LLC at 212-889-4216; cell: 917-658- 2380; or email: ozonelayerllc@ me.com.

To commemorate the recovery of its pro-life Monument in Memory of the Unborn, members of Msgr. Burke Rockaway Council Knights of Columbus will rededicate the stone with a Mass at the Council on Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m.

The American-Italian Cancer Found- ation’s (AICF) mobile, No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening Program which provides mammograms and clinical breast exams to uninsured and medically underserved New York City women is scheduled to conduct screenings in your neighborhood. On Thursday, May 4, the mobile unit will be at the Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center, 6200 Beach Channel Drive in Arverne. To schedule an appointment please call 1- 877-628-9090.

The St. Francis de Sales Bereavement Ministry will be holding a six week program entitled “Working Our Way Through Grief: A Journey from Grief to Healing for People Coping with the Loss of a Loved One.” It will be held Tuesdays from April 25 - June 6, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church, 129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Belle Harbor. For registration information, please call Kay Devlin 646-552-7820 or Noreen Ryan 718- 945-4235. Call soon, there will be a limited registration.

The spring 2017 Taste of Rockaway Beach is coming and it’s bigger than ever. This spring’s Taste boasts a bigger than-ever list of local eateries and businesses, eager to offer a variety of delicacies. The event will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 12 to 6 p.m. All participant establishments are walking distance from each other and passes to the event can be purchased at each participating merchant for $15 in advance, $20 day of.Tickets can also be purchased online at fareharbor.com/- embeds/book/thairock/items/48381/- availability/57185703/book.

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