Friday, June 22, 2018

The McIntyre Girls present - Thursday Night Dinners

The McIntyre Girls

Fundraiser for the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department

Thursday, June 28th - Pork Loin with Mashed Potatoes and Sauerkraut

Thursday, July 19th - Meatloaf with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans

Thursday, August 2nd - Sausage and Peppers over Rice

Thursday, August 16th - Chicken Francese over Linguine with Peas

Thursday, August 30th - Beef and Broccoli over Rice 

All dinners are served out of the Broad Channel VFW Post on Shad Creek Road from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm on each of the above dates.  Dinners are $10 with a Children's meal (Chicken Fingers and French Fries) always available for $7.

Pick Up, Eat In or Free Home Delivery in Broad Channel available.

Call or Text one of the McIntyre Girls to order on the date of the meal being ordered...

Katie - 347-306-6767
Kristen - 347-446-1934

News from Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato

Friday June 22, 2018
In This Issue

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Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
Fax: 718-945-9549
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Howard Beach, NY 11414
Fax: 718-835-3190
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Albany, NY 12248
Dear Neighbor,
Legislative session has officially ended in Albany. I’m proud of what we accomplished, but there is still much work left to do. I look forward to being with my family and our community this summer!
P lease feel free to call on me with any question or concerns. You can get daily updates by following me on Facebookand Twitter . Keep reading below for upcoming event details hosted by my office!
As always,
Passage of Bill in NYS Assembly to Eliminate Toll on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge
I made a pledge before taking office that I would work to eliminate the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge toll. Last week, I had a thrilling win and a great step forward for our community in the NYS Assembly. As I have stated countless times: The toll has outlived its original stated purpose of paying for the bridge, and has absolutely no stated current purpose other than supplementing the MTA’s budget on the backs of hard-working New Yorkers. As Legislative Session has ended this year, and the bill still has yet to pass the Senate, I look forward to its passage next year.
Small Business of the Month: Rockaway Beach Veterinary Services
Rockaway Beach Veterinary Services is a locally owned small business that provides top quality services not only to our pets- who are extensions of our families- but across our community. Team Stacey found that out first hand when we adopted our office cat, Rocksea, from RBVS almost six months ago!!! Small businesses are the backbone of our community and deserve all the support we can provide- thanks for all you do!
Standards for Hurricane Windstorm Deductibles
This past week in the Assembly I passed a bill that would establish standards for hurricane windstorm deductibles. Hurricane Sandy ravaged South Queens-homes, local businesses, livelihoods, and schools were completely destroyed. After the storm, neighbors came to find that they were being treated differently by their insurance companies - even though they did nothing wrong. Our message in the Assembly is clear: We must protect our consumers in this state from natural disasters and from companies in which they entrust their financial security.
Congratulations 2018 graduates!
This past week and weekend I was honored to be the featured speaker at numerous middle and high school graduations , presenting NYS Assembly certificates of merit to several students at the ceremonies. 
These students are the future. I can truthfully say that I left honestly inspired, knowing our community and our world are in very good hands. Whether the students I spoke to were Middle or High Schoolers, I’m look forward to seeing where they are going and what they will accomplish!
Upcoming Events
MetroCard Van in Howard Beach and Far Rockaway
On Friday, August 31st, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM my office will host a MTA MetroCard Van at two locations: Outside the Lindenwood Shopping Center (82-35 153rd Avenue, Howard Beach, Queens) from 10:00 AM to NOON and outside the Wavecrest Shopping Center (2-43 Beach 20th St, Far Rockaway, Queens) from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Residents can utilize the MetroCard van to purchase standard, senior or other reduced-fare cards locally, without having to visit a train station.
On July 13th, my team will be hosting the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) Mobile Legal Help Center at the Wavecrest Shopping Center at 2-43 Beach 20th Street in Far Rockaway, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The van, which is cosponsored by the Access to Justice Program of the NYS Court System, allows local residents to access civil legal services for free. The van contains current technology and private meeting space, which allow it to function as a full-fledged legal office.
Call my office at 718-945-9550 to sign up today!
Naloxone Training
My office, in conjunction with the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, will host another free training session in the 23rd District to train people how to recognize, respond to and reverse an opioid overdose by using the lifesaving medicine naloxone.
Our next seminar will take place on August 8th at the Rise Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd., starting at 6 PM.
Participants must be 16 or older.
To register call my office at (718) 945-9550, or email me
Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato |NYS Assembly | P: 718-945-9550| F: 718-945-9549 | | 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Coastal Flood Advisory

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service New York NY
356 AM EDT Fri Jun 15 2018

...Minor Coastal Flooding expected with tonights 6.8 foot high tide at 10:40 pm...

Southern Queens-Southern Nassau-
356 AM EDT Fri Jun 15 2018


The National Weather Service in New York NY has issued a Coastal
Flood Advisory, which is in effect from 9 PM this evening to 1 AM
EDT Saturday.

* LOCATIONS...Along the south shore bays of Nassau and Queens.

* TIDAL DEPARTURE...3/4 to 1 1/2 ft above astronomical tides.

* TIMING...Minor coastal flooding during the times of high tide tonight.

* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...Shallow flooding is expected in the most
  vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect
  around 1 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying,
  vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including
  parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements
  near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding.


A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides
will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.

Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour.

Jamaica Bay NY

             Total      Total    Departure
 Day/Time    Tide       Tide     from Norm   Waves    Flood
            ft MLLW    ft MHHW       ft       ft      Impact
 --------  ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  --------
 15/11 PM   7.8/ 8.3   1.9/ 2.3   0.5/ 1.0    0-1     Minor

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Coastal Flood Statement

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service New York NY
315 PM EDT Thu Jun 14 2018

...Localized Minor Coastal Flooding to accomany tonight's 6.9 foot high tide at 9:47 pm...

* LOCATIONS...The south shore back bays of Queens and Nassau Counties.

* TIDAL DEPARTURE...From near astronomical normal to 1/2 ft above.

* TIMING...Late this evening around the time of high tide.

* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...Brief minor flooding of the most
  vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline.

Broad Channel VFW Summer BBQ!


2 pm

Saturday's weather forecast is calling for lots of sun and warm temps so gather up your family, friends and neighbors and drop by the Broad Channel VFW for some lively music, stimulating conversation, great food, soda, water and beer while enjoying a refreshing light breeze off the bay....under a tent or an umbrella or out in the come on out, join the fun, and support our veterans.

All are welcome and it's for a great cause!

Adults:  $20
Children: $10 
(Children 5 and under are free)

Between the Bridges in Broad Channel

Between the Bridges in Broad Channel
by: Peter J. Mahon
June 14th, 2018


Summer is almost upon us and the guys and girls up at the Broad Channel VFW on Shad Creek Road are once again extending an invitation to all of you to join them for their first BBQ of the season.  Hopefully Saturday's weather will be filled with lots of sun and warm temps so gather up your family, friends, and neighbors and drop by the Broad Channel VFW for some lively music, stimulating conversation, great food, soda, water and ice cold beer while enjoying a refreshing light breeze off the bay....under a tent or an umbrella or out in the sun.  You can even visit the Post Canteen to catch up the latest out at the U.S. Open at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course on one the large screen come on out and join the fun.  BBQ starts at 2 pm - $20 for adults and $10 for children.  Kiddies under 5 party for free.

Recently the chronic pain caused by spinal arthritis, stenosis and a bulging disc in my lower back had become so debilitating that my day to day existence had become a Catch 22  of a mutually conflicting regimen of anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs, muscle relaxants and that most accursed of all opioid pain medications, Tylenol with codeine.  The anti-inflammatory I was taking had to be taken with food in order to avoid some really nasty heartburn. The muscle relaxant only served to make me drowsy to the point where I only wanted to sit happily in my recliner meditating while examining my belly button lint.  The real problem came when I discovered that the codeine painkiller resulted in a continual state of constipation which then required the use of a nightly laxative which of course had its own side effect of stomach cramps. It seemed that all I was doing was eating, meditating in a chair and arising only when my stomach cramped up from the laxative signaling it was time to run, not walk, to the loo!.  What made matters worse was the fact all of the above was doing very little to alleviate the chronic low back that was slowly driving me to the "dark side". It goes without saying that, although I was not a happy camper, those family members (including the pets) who had to live in the same house with me during this time fared much worse. Grace and girls began referring to me as the "constipated curmudgeon" who constantly barked at everyone in between trips to the john and picking lint out of his belly button. It was not a pretty sight.  Obviously, something had to be done!

Ultimately my training as one of Uncles Sam's Misguided Children (USMC) kicked in and I pulled up my big boy depends and proclaimed to the world that it was time to do something about the situation. Initially, I discontinued the use of daily laxatives by designing a concoction I referred to as the "bowel banger" consisting of equal parts vodka, prune juice, Grand Marnier and lemon juice.  Granted the mixture is smooth and a little sweet but it did serve to keep the plumbing open and allowed me the luxury of a  cocktail (or 2 or 3) prior to retiring for the night with a dopey smile on face.  

Unfortunately, even though I had addressed the issue of stomach cramps and constipation with my nightly "bowel banger" aperitif, I was still dealing with some serious chronic pain issues.  When Grace discovered that I was then contemplating a trip to Lourdes, France in order to bathe in the springs of the Grotto of the Apparitions seeking a miracle cure to my lumbar problems she finally put (both) her feet down and had me seek out the assistance of a pain management clinic.  Shortly thereafter I was escorted, under pain of death, by Grace over to St. John's Episcopal Hospital where I underwent a lumbar epidural steroid injection which almost immediately provided me with almost total pain relief so much so that I was so happy I broke out into a rather loud  rendition of Madeline Kahn's “Oh, sweet mystery of life, at last I’ve found you!” (Young Frankenstein) while still on the gurney in the operating room.  I think the staff at St. John's will be talking about me for awhile.  

Although I was amazed and considered both the procedure and the outcome nothing short of a miracle Grace on the other hand, simply stated that "I have been telling you for years  that medicine has come a long way since the dinosaurs died!"  

See y'all at the BBQ this Saturday up at the VFW!

Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?