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Parents oppose program for gifted students

Stars align for Little Neck parade Politicians from city, state and federal offices attend boro’s Memorial Day jewel

BY RICH BOCKMANN The city Department of Education is kicking around the idea of installing a citywide gifted and talented program at an Oakland Gardens grade school and that has some parents throwing their arms up in protest. Amanda Cahn, from the DOE’s Division of Portfolio Planning, discussed the department’s proposal to implement a citywide G&T program at PS 188 for the 2012 school year during the Community District Education Council 26 monthly meeting last week. The school currently has a district program, for which a student has to test at or above the 90th percentile to qualify. For a citywide program, of which there are currently three, a student must test at or above the 97th percentile to qualify. Cahn said 50 students in District 26 tested at or above the 97th percentile this year. The number of students testing at the same level throughout the city has not been made available by the DOE yet, but a representative said it was most likely above 1,000. “That means 1,000 or more students fighting for 32 seats,” said Michelle Cespedes, whose first-grade daughter is in the G&T program at PS 188. “I bought my property based on the schools. It’s Continued on Page 18

World War II Army veteran Barnet Shulman (l.) of Bayside and retired U.S. Navy Captain Sam Greenberg of Douglaston wave from their ride during the Little NeckPhoto by Christina Santucci Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. See more photos on Page 24.

BY RICH BOCKMANN Black SUVs challenged fire trucks for space and the star power shined nearly as bright as the radiant sun at the Little NeckDouglaston Memorial Day Parade Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Mayor Michael Bloomberg all

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marched down Northern Boulevard in the borough’s final and most spectacular parade of the weekend. Bloomberg wore a longsleeved, yellow shirt and khakis as he walked at a leisurely pace alongside City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan).

State Sen. Tony Avella (DBayside) and state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), along with their contingent, waited on a side street for Cuomo, a former Douglas Manor denizen, to join the parade. Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and his brother, Councilman Mark Weprin (DOakland Gardens), both walked

and waved. Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), city Comptroller John Liu, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Borough President Helen Marshall all made a showing for the day’s grandiose event. Continued on Page 20

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PS 159 showcases art savvy Work from school year on display for the Celebration of Learning

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BY RICH BOCKMANN The gymnasium at PS 159 in Bayside was transformed last week: Brick walls were blanketed with lyrical works and mini Monets for the school’s annual Celebration of Learning. Students in grades pre-K through fifth selected some of their work from the year to display for their classmates, family and guests. “We have a great school community and this event is a great way to end the year,” said Principal Marlene Zucker. “The students take parents and guests to show them not only what they’ve done, but also to show off their friends’ work. It really gives parents the opportunity to see great work children have been doing all year.” For two days last week, students were taken into the gymnasium — one grade at a time — during the day and had the chance to see their work alongside that of their schoolmates. Teacher Hannah Garson, who coordinated the celebration, said that each one of the school’s 550 or so students is represented. “The lower grades can see what the upper grades are doing and what they’ll be doing,” she said. On May 25, the school opened its doors to parents and guests to see the students’ work represented. Students in Angela Kirsner’s fifth-grade social studies class took part in a

Fourth-grader Dylan Fromm (r.) shows off his project entitled “The Ultimate Marble Maze of the Photo by Rich Bockmann Future.” project called “The Life of a Slave” in which they wrote first-person narratives about being a slave. “I realized the kids didn’t know much about slavery. The textbook has all but two paragraphs,” Kirsner said. “ I wanted them to talk in the first person — to put themselves in the role of a slave. It wound up being a very internal experience, very emotional and profound. Nothing the textbook could have done.” Fifth-grader Megan Reid showed her mother, Eileen, her illustrated project. “I learned a lot about

slaves — stuff I actually never knew before,” Megan said. “We learned about the slave trade and the underground railroad. It was very interesting because I never heard of it.” Megan’s mother enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with her daughter. “It’s amazing that at this age they learned so much already,” she said. “I’m learning all over again through her.” From his science enrichment class, fourthgrader Dylan Fromm chose to display his project entitled “The Ultimate Marble Maze of the Future,” a

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cardboard contraption that he rolled a marble through. “I learned you can make a lot of things out of cardboard and tape,” he said. “I made a marble maze in third-grade but not as big.” “We don’t get to see what he’s doing in science enrichment,” said his mother, Juany Jardinez. “We can look forward to what he’ll be doing in the fifth-grade.” Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@ or by phone at 718-260-4574.

A newly completed sewer facility in Bayside will keep the water in northeast Queens cleaner and its streets dryer. Last week, the commissioner of the city Department of Environmental Protection announced the completion of the Alley Creek Combined Sewer Overflow Facility, which will reduce the amount of pollutants discharged into Alley Creek and Little Neck Bay. “The completion of the Alley Creek CSO Facility is a major step forward in our efforts to improve harbor water quality, especially in northeast Queens,” DEP Commissioner Cas Holloway wrote in a statement. The city’s waste and stormwater systems are integrated with one another, and when heavy rains push the system beyond capacity,

it has to discharge the mix, which can be detrimental to the flora and fauna that populate the waterways. When the two concrete barrels of the new retention facility overflow during large storm events, the adjacent storage tanks have the capacity to store up to 5 million gallons. According to the DEP, this decreases the overall volume of combined overflows discharged into Alley Creek by about 54 percent each year. The DEP also rehabilitated the Old Douglaston Pump Station, which now has the capacity to pump more than 80 million gallons of wastewater a day from the Alley Creek CSO to the Tallman Island Wastewater Treatment Plant for treatment and disinfection. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and City Councilmen Mark Weprin (D-

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Officials from the Department of Environmental Protection believe that the Alley Creek Combined Sewer Overflow Facility (pictured in the early stages of the project) will reduce pollutants discharged Photo courtesy DEP into Alley Creek and Little Neck Bay.

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Novelist and playwright Adriana Trigiani tells pupils to write daily, travel and read whatever they can Read. That was the first piece of advice author Adriana Trigiani offered to prospective writers at Bayside High School. Trigiani is a playwright and the author of nine novels, and her television-writing credits include “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World.” “Read everything,” she told a library full of 10th- and 11th-graders last Thursday morning. “No. 2, travel. And by travel I mean to Brooklyn, Hoboken, Philadelphia, D.C. Leave your neighborhood and go look at other neighborhoods.” The author is on a publicity tour for her new novel, “Big Stone Gap,” and had been invited by English teacher Vanessa Valente to speak about the craft of writing. A number of the students in the crowd had read her youngadult title, “Viola in Reel Life,” and they discussed the 14-yearold filmmaker protagonist.

was struggling to support her ailing mother while attending pharmacy school. Characters and their stories, she said, develop over decades until she becomes inspired to write about them. “These books gestate for a long time,” she said. She advised students that their lives and interests would have a profound impact on their narratives. William, a 16-year-old junior who said he was a classic rock fan, would more than likely compose stories with nostalgic or historic characteristics, she said. The students didn’t pass on the opportunity to ask a professional writer about the publishing process. Trigiani explained how an author writes a book, then gets an agent and is eventually assigned an editor. The editor “becomes commensurate to a coach who tears down your ability and builds you back up again,” she said. The author, who said she was

Author Adriana Trigiani speaks about the craft of writing to students in the liPhoto by Rich Bockmann brary at Bayside High School. “Get in the habit of writing every day,” was Trigiani’s third rule. In general, the author’s advice was to write what you know. “Look where you are right now,” she said, standing among the library’s stacks. “Look at the

details around you. It’s all right here.” Trigiani said she grew up in a poverty-stricken part of Indiana. Ave Maria Mulligan, the pharmacist protagonist of “Big Stone Gap,” is based on a girl she knew in college 20 years ago who

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never an over-achieving student, explained that when she arrived in Hollywood she was surrounded by Harvard-educated writers. “There are many smart people who didn’t go to Harvard,” she said. When she reached the upper echelons of her industry, she made it a point to hire employees or take on interns who didn’t come from elite institutions. “I try to champion writers that are good writers, but who don’t necessarily have an in,” she said. John, a junior who wants to be a teacher, said Trigiani’s advice seemed very practical. “She talked about how criticism is a positive — how it builds character,” he said. Being a writer, she said, was the highest calling in the world. “I never was the star of my family, but the writers never are,” she said. “The writers are the ones who are watching.”



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Forest Hills parade grows Annual Memorial Day march honors veterans both young and old

Stavisky bill provides more benefits for vets BY CONNOR ADAMS SHEETS

BY RICH BOCKMANN The patriotic mood on Metropolitan Avenue Sunday was as palpable as the noon-time sun as people donned their sunglasses and lined the streets in recognition of the nation’s veterans for the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade. Standing near the beginning of the procession at 74th Avenue, Sgt. Maj. Carl Green and Lance Cpl. Jake Turner from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina saluted their fellow Marines as they marched by. “I’m just here to support the Marines and the sailors — all branches, really,” said Green. Marines and sailors marched by as a band played “When the Saints Go Marching In.” It wasn’t just professional service members, though, who came out to show their appreciation. Arvien Siswanto and Steven Chen of the Francis Lewis High School Junior ROTC Patriot Battalion were dressed in their uni-

U.S. Marines (front) march in their dress blues along Metropolitan Avenue. Photo by Christina Santucci

forms as they headed for their marching positions. “It’s an amazing experience,” said Siswanto. “It makes you feel like you’re part of something much bigger.” The 16-year old said it was possible that he may choose to enter the armed services when he graduates from high school. “It feels like an honor being able to march with people who have done such big things in their lives,”

added Chen. The parade had been organized by the members of American Legion Centennial Post No. 1424, and emcee Tom Long said he thought it was larger than last year’s on account of more troops coming home. “I hope so,” said Vietnam veteran Michael Velaz. “I hate short parades!” The parade marched down Metropolitan Avenue to Remsen Cemetery, where

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Robert O’Malley laid a wreath in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills), City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and Borough President Helen Marshall all participated in a Continued on Page 42

Boro synagogues seek extra security BY JOE ANUTA Forest Hills synagogues and schools want federal grant money to make their facilities more secure, but a Kew Gardens rabbi thinks none of them should get a dime. Representatives from various 501(c)(3) nonprofits gathered Friday to seek guidance on how to apply for funds from the federal government in an information session hosted by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills). “We have seen — unfortunately, you don’t have to go far back — where religious institutions have been targeted by potential terrorists,” Weiner said, referring to a recent incident involving a plot to attack a synagogue in Manhattan. “There are some things the Police Department can do, and there are some things we need to rely

Steve Tierney explains the application process for grants from the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to a roomful of hopeful recipiPhoto by Joe Anuta ents. on these religious institutions to do themselves.” The idea is that nonprofits can apply for a grant for up to $78,000 to spend on security hardware like closed-circuit televisions and locks or fencing to prevent against terror at-

tacks or burglaries. But the feds are flushing away their money, according to Rabbi Gary Moskowitz, who trains synagogue leaders on how to prevent and deal with attacks. “It’s an incredible waste of money,” he said. “It’s a cosmetic effect on security.” Security cameras, for instance, are only useful after an accident or break-in has occurred, he said, although they might provide the illusion of security. “Cameras cannot stop anybody when they attack, they are only good to investigate after people are dead,” Moskowitz said. Instead, the program should focus on prevention and training, he said. In the case of a synagogue, leadContinued on Page 42

Just in time for Memorial Day, the state Senate approved a legislative package supported by Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) that would help the nation’s veterans and soldiers. The nine bills would expand or launch new benefits programs for New York’s servicemen and women, both past and present, with provisions targeted at assisting disabled veterans, active-duty military members, veterans with families and others. “As we approached Memorial Day, we passed a package of bills to assist veterans,” Stavisky said. “It’s our attempt not to repeat what happened when service members returned from Vietnam. They were treated so abysmally that we don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past, especially for returning veterans who have been disabled.” Two other bills will help soldiers’ families by creating a program to provide short-term military guardians and keep courts from using deployment status against parents in custody fights. “Military status

should not be used in child custody issues,” Stavisky said. “A child should not be penalized because they have a parent overseas in the military.” One bill would provide for documents to inform veterans about real property tax exemptions they may qualify for and would allow for otherwise eligible service members not yet discharged from current combat duty status to benefit from an additional veteran real property owner exemption. The bills would also provide a lifetime sportsman license for honorably discharged disabled veterans, develop a permit system to give disabled veterans access to certain restricted bodies of water through the use of float planes and authorize the state Department of Environmental Conservation to designate fishing events as rehabilitation for veterans and active service members. The package has been sent to the state Assembly for consideration. Reach reporter Connor Adams Sheets by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4538.

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (r.) marches in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade with city Comptroller John Liu (l.) and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (c.) Photo by Christina Santucci

Potential buyer eyes third of Mets team BY HOWARD KOPLOWITZ The financially strapped owners of the New York Mets have selected hedge fund manager David Einhorn as their preferred partner to sell a minority stake in the club worth $200 million, the team said last Thursday. The agreement comes as Mets co-owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, who lost $500 million in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, are fighting a $1 billion lawsuit from the trustee of the Madoff bankruptcy. The $200 million stake is worth roughly 33 percent of the team, which means Wilpon and Katz will remain majority owners of the Flushing franchise. The Mets need cash to cover operating expenses and pay off a $30 million

emergency loan from Major League Baseball. If they wind up losing the lawsuit, the owners may be forced to sell off their remaining stake in the team. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) introduced legislation to provide assistance and expand protections to Madoff victims. “If enacted, this legislation will go a long way towards finally providing the relief that the innocent victims of Bernard Madoff and other Ponzi scheme swindlers deserve,” Ackerman said. “More than 2 1/2 years since the Madoff fraud was uncovered, too many victims are still hanging in limbo. Prohibiting claw backs, extending insurance to indirect investors and defining net equity in a fundamentally

New York Mets prospective minority owner David Einhorn (r.) waves before the start of the MetsPhillies game at Citi Field. If Einhorn’s ownership is approved by Major League Baseball, his stake AP Photo/Bill Kostroun would be worth about 33 percent of the team.

fairer manner will finally allow victims to receive some much-needed justice. Congress has a responsibility to come to the aid of those defrauded by these unconscionable scams, and that is what this legislation does.” Wilpon and Katz have insisted they are victims of the Madoff scheme, while Madoff trustee Irving Picard is alleging the owners knew their gains were ill-gotten. In an article appearing in The New Yorker, Madoff said Wilpon was not stock market savvy and that he could not have known Madoff was duping investors. “We are very excited about David joining our ownership groups for several reasons. David’s investment immediately Continued on Page 42

Autistic professor shares view Horrors of Slocum disaster of how animals perceive world detailed in historical novel BY REBECCA HENELY To Dr. Temple Grandin, a Colorado State University professor wellknown for her expertise in both animal science and autism, the way a cow and an autistic person think are not very different. They both think in pictures, not words, Grandin said. “You want to understand an animal, any animal, you have to get away from language,” she said. Grandin spoke about her unique understanding of animals May 25 at LaGuardia Community College, at 31-10 Thomson Ave. in Long Island City. The 63-year-old professor, who was diagnosed with autism at 3 and whose life was the subject of a TV movie starring Claire Danes, signed

copies of the books she had written and hosted two talks to members of the student body, “Food and Animal Welfare Perspectives” and “Animal Behavior.” “She’s such an outstanding expert in animal welfare,” said Sue Kopp, professor of the Veterinary Technology Program at LaGuardia. Kopp said she had long wanted Grandin to visit the school since she had met her two years ago in Nebraska. She said Grandin’s expertise will help students across multiple disciplines deal with problems that affect the world. The work Grandin does in animal welfare, Kopp said, is linked not only to veterinary issues but environmental and health issues. “It’s important for us

here at LaGuardia to try to do that,” Kopp said. As an autistic person, Grandin said she thinks in pictures and categorizes new experiences based on past ones. She said animals do the same thing, and to understand an animal it is best to try to see things from its point of view. “What is the animal looking at? What is it doing?” Grandin said as an example. To illustrate how animals categorize previous experiences, Grandin explained how a “fear memory,” a traumatic experience in the animal’s past, can inform the animal’s present experiences. An animal that was hit by a switch, for example, can also be frightened by any object that is Continued on Page 42


ed the giant steamboat hoping for a relaxing More than 1,000 day at a picnic in Long people died when the Island as it pulled away General Slocum steamfrom a Third Street ship burned in 1904, but pier. borough residents got a But the near-abpeek into the minds of sence of safety regulathose who lived at a lections, a poorly trained ture last Thursday. crew and a spark sent Author Stefanie the ship into flames. It Pintoff used the disaseventually sank into ter as a focal point in the East River, leaving her new historical fic- Stefanie Pintoff talks with history buffs about 1,000 dead betion novel “The Secret of at the Queens Historical Society about hind. Those who were the White Rose” and dis- how the sinking of the General Slocum not identified were cussed how she thought affected the characters in three of her buried at a memorial the incident might have novels. Photo by Joe Anuta site in All Faiths Cemaffected the Lower East etery in Middle Village, Side community called Little Germany at where a memorial will be held June 11 to the turn of the 20th century. commemorate the 106th anniversary of the “It was something that resonated with tragedy. me,” Pintoff said before the talk. “Nobody The incident was documented extenhad to die that day, and it just decimated sively, but the characters in Pintoff’s book the community.” paint a picture — which cannot be found Continued on Page 42 Some 1,300 women and children board-



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Firefighters get award for saving Schneiderman files federal suit Auburndale man pinned by car over poor hydrofracking review BY JOE ANUTA A few of the city’s Bravest will be receiving an award after their quick thinking saved an Auburndale man’s life Monday. Memorial Day took a turn for the worse for Nicholas Diamantis, 54, after he became pinned by a car at his home on 196th St. The FDNY received a call at about 3:40 p.m. of a man trapped underneath his car. Luckily, the firefighters from Engine 320, at 36-18 Francis Lewis Blvd., were already out on a call, according to Firefighter Kevin Hurley. “We got there in a minute,� Hurley said, who is from Ladder 167, located in the same house as Engine 320. “It was very lucky.� The city’s Bravest —

which also included Lt. Thomas Van Wallendael and Firefighters Robert Dawson, Thomas Swan and Peter Hidalgo — arrived to find Diamantis stuck between his car and a wall, according to Hurley. All five will receive a unit citation for helping Diamantis survive, which is an award given to a unit that has performed above and beyond the call of duty. Diamantis and his son had been trying to push a Ford Explorer into the family’s basement garage, the FDNY said. But when the car started to roll down the incline toward the house, Diamantis attempted to jump into the driver’s seat and hit the brakes. But he did not quite make it and the car ran up against the wall, trapping Diamantis between

the roof of the car and the door, which was pressed up against the wall. “He was turning blue,� Hurley said. “He couldn’t breathe when we got there.� Usually, the FDNY would inflate airbags between the car and the wall to allow Diamantis to free himself, but the Engine 320 did not have them on hand. Luckily, a little crossorganization cooperation saved the day when two NYPD officers arrived on the scene and everyone shoved the car back up the incline by using muscle power. “They were dispatched there, and we said, ‘Guys, give us a hand,’� Hurley said. “With those two extra guys, we had enough manpower to push the vehicle off.�


it to do so. The welfare of those living near the Delaware River Basin, as well as the millions of New Yorkers who rely on its pure drinking water each day, will not be ignored.� The attorney general said a method of horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing — hydrofracking — poses risks to the environment, citing an April incident in Pennsylvania where a blowout in a natural gas drill site caused gallons of chemical-laced water to spill over neighboring land and into a stream.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he was filing a lawsuit Tuesday against the federal government for what he said was a failure to commit to an environmental review of proposed regulations that would allow natural gas drilling — including a technique known as hydrofracking — in the Delaware River Basin. “Before any decisions on drilling are made, it is our responsiERIC SCHNEIDERMAN bility to follow the facts Photo courtesy state attorney general’s office and understand the public health and safety effects posed by potential natural gas develReach reporter Howard Koplowitz by opment,� Schneiderman said. “The federal government has an obligation to under- e-mail at or by take the necessary studies, and as I made phone at 718-260-4573. clear last month, this office will compel

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Flushing man drives bus 15-yr.-old vandalizes in accident that kills four bench with graffiti: Cops FLUSHING — A bus crash left four women dead and dozens of passengers injured early Tuesday when a Flushing driver rolled a bus over on I-95 in Caroline County, Virginia, according to the New York Post. Kin Yiu Cheng, 37, the driver of the Sky Express Bus Co. bus — which was en route to Chinatown in Manhattan — was charged with reckless driving and ordered held on $3,000 bail after the accident, the Post said. Investigators “ruled out any mechanical errors or malfunctions as a causative factor in the crash,” state police told the Post, and the National Transportation Safety Board is also looking into what went wrong. The Virginia State and Caroline County police departments declined to comment Tuesday evening. No one answered the phone at Sky Express Tuesday evening. The bus left Greensboro, N.C., at about 10:30 p.m. Monday and crashed about 4:55 a.m. on a rural road about 30 miles north of Richmond, the Post reported. It ran off the right side of the road and rolled, coming to a rest on its roof, the Post said. There were 58 passengers on the Cheung’s bus, and the 54 surviving passengers were taken to 11 hospitals for injuries minor to life-threatening, the Post reported, and Virginia medical examiners were trying to determine the identities of the dead women Tuesday.

BAYSIDE — A 15-year-old boy has been caught creating graffiti in Bayside. The boy, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, was observed writing the tag “SP1” on a park bench near the intersection of 215th Place and 33rd Avenue at 6 p.m. May 28, according to police. When he was picked up, the youth also had a box-cutter in his pocket, police said. The boy was charged with criminal mischief and weapons possession, police said.

Teen threatens woman with knife, robs her: Cops BAYSIDE — A 16-year-old was arrested for allegedly robbing someone at knifepoint in Bayside, police said. At about 5 p.m. May 28, Timothy Hahn allegedly approached a woman at the corner of Utopia Parkway and Crocheron Avenue, police said. He allegedly drew a knife and told her to give him all her money, according to police. The stick-up was interrupted, however, when the woman’s boyfriend drove up to the intersection and Hahn allegedly fled the scene, police said. He was arrested shortly thereafter and charged with weapons possession and robbery, police said.

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City Council, mayor to mend co-op taxes The City Council and the Bloomberg administration reached an agreement Saturday to temporarily limit increases in the taxable values of co-ops and condos after borough developments received higherthan-expected property tax assessments with some facing a jump of more than 150 percent over last year. The city had already agreed to a one-year property tax cap of 10 percent but has now agreed to come up with a proposal that will fix the disparity that co-ops and condos have lived under, Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) said. Currently, co-ops and condos are treated separately from homes, which in part caused the mistake that saw co-op and condo tax assessments soar earlier this year. Weprin, founder of the Council Co-op and Condo Caucus, said the city Finance Department agreed to come back next year or in 2013 to push a plan in Albany that would prevent the out of whack assessments. The assessments affected co-ops and condos throughout the borough, including Glen Oaks Village, Le Havre in Whitestone and Bay Terrace. “This fixes the problem,” Weprin said. “Co-ops

are finally going to be treated fairly.” The city has no authority to set assessments, so it needs approval from the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fix the assessment system. State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), a resident of Cryder Point, which saw its assessment increase by 147 percent under the old tabulation, said the agreement was a “tremendous victory. “The shareholders and the elected officials fought the Department of Finance and we won,” she said. “The middle-class tax revolt was successful. If we hadn’t come together and fought the assessment increases, people would’ve been forced out of their homes.” Stavisky has legislation pending along with Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) that she said would resolve the problem by putting co-ops and condos into their own category for assessments. She said the agreement is “a temporary fix because long term, we’ve got to continue the fight,” she said. “We look for a long-term solution.”

Reach reporter Howard Koplowitz by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

City Councilman Mark Weprin says an agreement on co-op and condo property tax assessments will give more equal treatment to those properties.




U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner says a hacker commandeered his Twitter account and was responsible for sending a lewd photo to a 21-yearold student in Seattle.

Weiner says Twitter hacked Congressman calls lawyer after lewd photo sent from his account BY JOE ANUTA Someone took the Weiner jokes a little too literally. U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) said a hacker broke into his Twitter account and sent a photo of a man’s groin to a Seattle college student Friday. The lewd photo, which depicts a male crotch clad in gray underwear, was sent to 21-year-old Gennette Nicole Cordova — although it was visible to all of Weiner’s roughly 45,000 followers until it was removed shortly afterward. Weiner has used the social networking site in the past to deliver witty barbs at his political opponents — like his May 18 tweet which read “RT @CapitalTonight: AP: Pete King is considering a presidential run in 2012. #DamnThoseEndof TheWorldPredic-

tionsMayBeRight” — and said that both his Facebook and Twitter accounts were recently hacked. Weiner played off the incident with lighthearted tweets the next day that read: “Touche Prof Moriarity. More Weiner Jokes for all my guests! #Hacked!” and “Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender gonna attack me next? #TheToasterIsVeryLoyal.” But Dave Arnold, a spokesman for Weiner said they are seeking legal advice while trying not to blow the issue out of proportion. “We’ve retained counsel to explore the proper next steps and to advise us on what civil or criminal actions should be taken,” Arnold said in a statement. “This was a prank. We are loath to treat it as more, but we are relying on professional advice.” Weiner released a

This was a prank, and a silly one. U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills)

statement Monday which said he was focusing on the bipartisan battles in Washington instead of the tawdry tweet. “At a time when the GOP is playing games with the debt limit, a member of the Supreme Court is refusing to recuse himself from matters he has a financial interest in and middleclass incomes are stagnant, many want to change the subject. I don’t,” the statement said. “This was a prank, and a silly one. I’m

focused on my work.” Cordova issued a statement Sunday to the New York Daily News, which said another user alerted her to the illicit tweet and that this user had harassed her before with regard to the congressman. The harassment began, she said, after she mentioned “my boyfriend @Rep-Weiner” as a joke in one of her tweets. But Cordova said in her statement that she believed Weiner was not responsible. Conservative writers like Dan Riehl disagreed and offered meticulous dissections of Weiner’s tweeting habits and of Weinergate itself to suggest that the married congressman was behind the photo. Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at januta@ or by phone at 718-260-4566.





LET THE HEALING BEGIN The family and friends of Sean Bell have succeeded in turning a terrible tragedy into an opportunity to build something of lasting value in southeast Queens. On a Sunday morning, they marched from the place where Bell died in a hail of bullets to the site of a community center that was built to honor his memory. It would have been easy for this same group to be consumed in anger and bitterness. Bell was shot and killed by police who fired 50 bullets at Bell and his unarmed friends. Plainclothes police were investigating the sale of drugs at the Kalua Cabaret where the friends had taken Bell for a bachelor party. Bell was to be married later that day. The shooting was a mistake that never should have happened. The pain turned to outrage when a judge acquitted the police officers of any crime related to the shooting. The shooting and subsequent trial threatened to seriously divide the local police from the people they had sworn to serve. That would have been a double tragedy for a community that has lost so many young lives to gangs, drugs and gun violence. Instead his fiancée, Nicole Paultre-Bell, her family and Bell’s family have demonstrated courage and strength of character. They worked with the community to create the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center blocks from where the shooting occurred. Because of her, in particular, the healing has begun. Bell’s father said his family “always wanted to help the community, regardless of what happened to my son, but that gave us more drive to do it. He was a good man, determined and very direct. He was a good young man, for the most part.” Shawn Williams, a crime victims’ advocate, said the Bell family is “trying to bridge the community with love.” Joseph Guzman, also injured in the same shooting, called the community center “a beautiful thing.” Experts can argue about whether the shooting was an understandable mistake or an act of recklessness. It was probably both. But no one can deny that Nicole has demonstrated remarkable grace since that fateful morning. We hope Nicole, her children and the Bell family will take comfort and pride in the opening of the community center.

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Ackerman must speak out on ’67 borders


.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside), a self-proclaimed supporter of Israel, failed to criticize President Barack Obama for urging that Israel begin the negotiating process with the 1967 borders. I wrote Ackerman about this and I received a two-page letter gushing with unconditional support and praise of Obama. Unbridled party loyalty should not silence a congressman from speaking out, even against members

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of his own party, as others have done. Ackerman understands the importance of diplomatic nuance. It is in this context that we saw Obama’s support of Israel, lukewarm at best. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to lecture the president about the realities on the ground and the 1967 borders during that unprecedented and uncomfortable White House exchange during the prime minister’s visit.

Only afterward did the administration begin to do some backpedaling. But Ackerman writes a two-page letter, unabashedly praising the president’s policy and position. My congressman was not elected to be the president’s apologist. I find this lack of independent thought on his

part and blind support of party politics troubling. I am a lifelong Democrat but willing to criticize party members when appropriate because moral clarity must always trump party loyalty.

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Obama wrong in wanting 1967 borders of Israel to return supply route to Asia and amassed troops on its borders with the Sinai. Syria attacked from the Golan Heights. Jordan started shelling Jerusalem. Arab terrorist attacks grew more frequent, with 37 attacks in just the first four months of 1967. For anyone to discuss the ’67 borders without mentioning this is like discussing our war with Japan without mentioning Pearl Harbor. We saw how the ill-fated U.S. demand for a total “settlement” freeze wound up grinding peace talks to a halt when the Palestinians then demanded nothing less before they would even sit at the bargaining table. The call for a 100 percent stop to all building activity did not take into account ongo-

ing construction of buildings in naturally growing areas, as well as several areas like Gilo that are certainly not settlements. Soon even Israel’s capital was called a settlement. The Obama administration eventually withdrew this condition, but not before the damage was done. The Palestinians have refused to even start talking unless this impossible and unreasonable condition is met. The president has now repeated the mistake by giving the Palestinians yet another American-created precondition: 1967 borders. We will now certainly hear a new refrain from them — that they will not talk about any “swaps” until the ’67 borders are returned.

The president expressed many important sentiments in the speech that reflected our values as a nation. For example, he rightly called Hamas a terrorist organization, but how is that fact compatible with the demand that Israel make concessions? The sad truth is that it is no longer possible to pretend that there is a “good” and “bad” Palestinian entity. As Hamas and Fatah move closer to formalizing their reconciliation through a power-sharing agreement, the more moderate elements in Fatah are being pushed out. Furthermore, Hamas has still yet to make any progress in moving away from its militant stand against Israel. Even the European Union calls its members

terrorists, and United States law makes this clear. The merger of Hamas and Fatah must put an end to the myth that the Palestinian Authority seeks peace in the region. A “negotiated settlement” is what we all want, but it is unrealistic and unfair to demand it of Israel until Hamas is gone. I honor the president for his desire for peace. The Israelis have demonstrated they share the same aspiration. But being correct in our history and realistic in our description of today is vital to that goal.

Anthony Weiner U.S. Representative (D-Forest Hills)

Stop Whitestone street conversions Tell city not to close Engine 306 An open letter to Whitestone residents: here is a planned, one-way conversion of 11th and 12th avenues between 152nd and 154th streets. A request was made to Community Board 7 on behalf of the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Association to convert these streets to one-way streets to alleviate traffic problems — which only occur one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon on school days. Is this going to change the amount of parents who feel the need to drive their children to school or change their driving habits? Is this going to make it safer for the children, which they claim? One-ways make people drive faster. Children being dropped off on 12th Avenue on the lefthand side, anxious to see their friends, will swing open the passenger-side door and get hit. Joe Franco is planning a huge catering hall on 154th Street between 11th and 12th avenues. This will take up half a block. Does anyone really believe he will have his deliveries made by small, box-type trucks? What about the catering trucks? These trucks will have to pass the school on both streets to get back onto a truck route like 154th Street. And let’s not forget about the luncheon affairs for up to 300 people. How can this be safer for the children, especially during the summer when they


visit the park? CB 7 put fliers on the homes on 11th and 12th avenues Oct. 22 after 4 p.m. for the Oct. 25 Monday meeting. People were not given enough notice. CB 7 held the meeting anyway and voted 17-15 for the conversion. The city Department of Transportation said the board Transportation Committee chairwoman visited each of the homes on the affected blocks, yet no one can remember. Petitions were circulated on 11th and 12th avenues and 12th Road. All but a handful were against the conversion. In the immediate area, 125, including the businesses, are opposed. These signatures should have been given special consideration since they are the ones most affected. We are in possession of at least 100 more, but the DOT does not care. We need to take a stand before it becomes another College Point. Many believe this is harmful to the safety of our children and the community. Gene Kelty of CB 7 and the DOT do not want our voices heard. As taxpayers and homeowners, we deserve to be heard. Please contact your local officials before it is too late.

Audrey Neilan Whitestone

CORRECTIONS In TimesLedger Newspapers’ May 26-June 1 edition, we neglected to mention that the Queens Jewish War Veterans host the yearly Haym Salomon memorial at Haym Salomon Square in Flushing. In the May 26-June 1 edition, the state Department of Transportation was erroneously portrayed as already committed to building a park at the St. Saviour’s site.


n May 22, I attended a rally protesting Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to close 20 firehouses throughout New York City. The demonstration took place outside Engine 306, a firehouse at 40-18 214th Place in Bayside. Engine 306 is one of the 20 houses the Bloomberg administration deems unnecessary to protect the members of our community. At the rally, several elected officials, members of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and community leaders spoke out against the proposed closing. Speakers included state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside), state Sen. Tony Avella (DBayside), UFOA President Al Hagan and Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece. I want to thank the speakers for their dedication and support on this issue, but preventing the closure of Engine 306 and the other 19 firehouses will require increased pressure from local residents and strong representation from elected officials at the city level.

The city must not compromise our safety. There is no denying that the city is facing financial difficulties, but most New Yorkers would consider the safety of the city’s residents the highest priority. Unfortunately, the Bloomberg administration is more concerned with balancing the budget than protecting the most vulnerable members of our community. Generally, senior citizens and children are those most affected by dangerous fires. Personally, I am not willing to balance the budget on the backs of those who have served our community for the longest or those who are too young to understand the repercussions of a mayor who is out of touch with the residents he is supposed to serve. The fight to keep firehouses open and protect the residents of our community has already begun, but it is

up to us to make sure our voices are heard. One of the best ways to reach out to city elected officials is a phone banking operation targeting City Council members’ district offices. Phone banking enables concerned residents to put pressure on elected officials throughout the city. I will be spearheading a phone banking effort in the first week of June. Hopefully, the mayor will receive the message from our community loud and clear: We will lie down in front of our fire trucks before we allow the city to compromise our safety. If the mayor does not heed our call the first time, we will continue until he does. The power of democracy rests with numbers. Together, let’s show the mayor where the masses he is supposed to represent stand on this issue. If you are interested in receiving more information on the phone banking operation, please e-mail me at

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hen the president spoke recently of the opportunities presented by the Arab Spring, he got a lot right. His calling out of the Arab states was long overdue and deadon. But he got some big things wrong. When the president said Israel should withdraw to the 1967 lines with mutually agreed-upon swaps, he missed an opportunity to put the issue of borders in an important historical context for the world. The borders of Israel changed because then, like today, the Jewish state came under attack from all sides. The Arabs rejected the ’67 borders with Israel by waging war. Egypt cut off Israel’s only


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his past week was one that would make Attila the Hun cry out for mercy. It was nonstop, go-go ad infinitum! You know, it’s nice to be retired since it entitles you to work 24/7 instead of 9/5 five days a week. How lucky can you get? The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade took up quite a bit of time and space this week. It started off last Friday with the children’s art and essay contests at the Ernie Pyle Building in Fort Tot-

ten. On May 25, there was a cocktail party to celebrate the honorees on Il Bacco’s new rooftop garden. What a great place to have that type of party, as it is just lovely. It is like being in your own private garden. You can enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, but it is not yet equipped for regular meals. Have a drink up there first, then take the elevator downstairs for dinner. It’s a wining combination. On Sunday, the Little Neck-Douglaston Parade held its annual honoree reception at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, L.I. This is a lovely place to hold a great party. U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman hosts his annual holiday party there and that is one party everyone looks forward to.

One honoree was Maj. Gen. William D. Waff, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve 99 RSC at Fort Dix, N.J. The other honoree was Michael A. “Tony” Vaccaro, who is credited with generating the greatest single collection of World War II photographs taken by a single person. There are more than 8,000 images. Tony is also the recipient of a Purple Heart as well as numerous other medals. Some of his photos are on display in the War College in Carlisle, Pa., as well as many other collections. A most fascinating man in his 90s. Monday, of course, was the big day. The day of the parade itself, despite the fact the weatherman had predicted rain, turned out to be a hot, sunny day — just what you need for a

parade. After the parade, some of the ladies and I held an impromptu party of our own at Il Bacco. It was great to get out of that heat. The cold drinks and pizza hit the spot and those ladies are always lots of fun. The entire week was not totally dedicated to the LNDP, even though it may seem so. Tuesday night was the annual May Queens Theatre in the Park Gala, which is always its biggest fund-raiser of the year. This year the main honoree was Farrell Fritz and special honoree former QTIP Executive Director Jeff Rosenstock. The gala always starts with a cocktail party prior to the main event, entertainment of one form or another. Then there is a coffee and dessert extravaganza to wind up the evening. The

night was bittersweet in a way because if it hadn’t been for Jeff’s talent plus Claire Shulman’s financial support, there would no QTIP. The new executive director, Ray Cullom, seems personable and capable. He has big shoes to fill, as Jeff began QTIP in 1989 and raised its budget from an annual $89,000 to its present $3.5 million. We will miss you, Jeff. The entertainment this year was Sandy Hackett’s “Rat Pack Show.” It turned out to be one of my favorite May gala productions so far. My absolute favorite QTIP event has always been the “Legislative Review.” For some reason, QTP canceled the last one with no satisfactory explanation. I do hope it plans to continue it.

Divorce Caribbean Style For a growing number of New Yorkers, tired of the delays and expense of convetional local divorces, fast, inexpensive Caribbean and offshore US divorces have been the answer. A leader in the fast divorce business has been of Massachusetts, a company that has been providing speedy, low-cost foreign divorces for 50 years. The company provides divorces that can be completed in as little as one day in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the US offshore island of Guam. According to Alan Alford,

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Last Thursday evening, the Catholic Lawyers Guild held its annual dinner at the Immaculate Conception in Douglaston. The honorees were Joe Mattone Sr. and Kay Glover. It was a great event and I will have to fill you in on the details next week, as I have again run out of space. Congratulations to Peter Lane for a job well done. That’s it for this week. I look forward to hearing from you with information on people, parties and politics or gossip. I like receiving your voice mails at 718-767-6484, faxes at 718-746-0066 and e-mails at Don’t forget to check out the Focus on Queens page. Till next week, Dee.

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Stagnant water, fissures and potholes will become a thing of the past from 35th Ave. to Northern Blvd. Bell Boulevard will have a brand new look and feel to it this summer after the roadway gets milled and repaved some time in August. Greg Sullivan, executive director of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District, has been working with Community Board 11 and elected officials on the state and city levels to put pressure on the city Department of Transportation to resurface the ragged road. The DOT originally planned to repave the boulevard in fiscal year 2013, but at the urging of City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (DBayside), Queens DOT Commissioner Maura McCarthy agreed to address the section of the road between 35th Avenue and Northern Boulevard this summer. Standing in front of Okinawa

Poor surface conditions on Bell Boulevard, such as in front of the Okinawa restaurant, have prompted the DOT to mill and repave the road this summer. Photo by Rich Bockmann

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Continued from Page 1 a tough pill for me to swallow as a property owner and as a parent of a student at PS 188.� Under the plan, students already enrolled in the G&T program at PS 188 at 218-12 Hartland Ave., would remain until completing the fifth-grade. District 26 is the highest performing school district in the city. CDEC President Rob Caloras said the response to the program in past meetings had been relatively positive. “My sense is that a parent who has a child in the system feels different

Sewers Continued from Page 2 Oakland Gardens) and Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) all released statements praising the project and its ef-

School District 26 Family Advocate Lori Butera (l.) and Superintendent Anita Saunders at last week’s Photo by Rich Bockmann Community District Education Council meeting. than a parent who has a child who hasn’t taken the test,� he said.

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De Blasio lobbies against Bloomy’s teacher layoffs BY REBECCA HENELY AND IVAN PEREIRA Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) visited Corona’s PS 19 last week and collected about 100 signatures from parents and students within an hour imploring Mayor Michael Bloomberg not to fire 4,100 teachers from city schools. He then took his call for action to the borough streets last Thursday. “The issue here is to get parents engaged and make sure parents’ voices are heard,” de Blasio said. The May 24 visit was part of a campaign de Blasio has been waging to prevent Bloomberg from laying off 4,100 teachers as proposed in his city budget. Wylie Norvell, a spokesman for de Blasio, said the public advocate has been collecting signatures, testimony and videos of parents who do not want teachers laid off. As part of the campaign, de Blasio has also been going to schools throughout the city, and Norvell said last week he planned to visit one in each of the five boroughs. PS 19, at 98-02 Roosevelt Ave. in Corona, one of the most crowded schools in the city, was where de Blasio decided to appear in Queens. The public advocate said the layoffs would create an “unprecedented danger” to the city school system and would constitute the largest number of teachers lost at one time since the 1970s. “We’re going to make a bad situation worse in those schools that are overcrowded,” de Blasio said. Ferreras, who went to PS 19 as a child, said she remembers the school bursting at the seams as a student there. She said that as the school is now, special

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (l.) and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (r.) speak to PS 16 PTA president Maria Quiroz at a signature drive at the school against teacher layoffs. Photo by Rebecca Henely

education is taught in the hallways and lunch periods begin at 10:30 a.m. “This is not a new issue. The problem is that we haven’t applied new solutions,” Ferreras said. Yoselin Genao, Ferreras’ chief of staff, said PS 19 has the capacity for 1,305 students but there are 2,012 students currently enrolled. “In the average class there’s 30 students,” said Maria Quiroz, president of the PTA who has two children at the school. “Where would all these students go?” Eddie Paez, a fifthgrade student at the school who lives the Corona, said he signed the petition to help his teachers. “They teach us a lot and they show us how to improve in life and what to do,” Eddie said. De Blasio and state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) gathered more signatures and support with a series of rallies in Queens last Thursday. The public advocate’s supporters met at the Parsons BoulevardArcher Avenue subway station, PS 40 and PS 30 in Jamaica, the Queens Plaza subway station and the Roosevelt Avenue subway station to voice their disdain against the city. “That is 4,100 less

teachers that our children will have to educate them, 4,100 less teachers our children can go to for help and guidance and 4,100 less teachers to make our schools tolerant, safe and productive,” Huntley said in a statement. At the PS 19 drive, Ferreras said now that Dennis Walcott has become city schools chancellor, the lines of communication have been better. She said previous Schools Chancellor Cathie Black never returned her calls, but Ferreras was one of the first electeds to meet with Walcott. “For me personally, it’s been day and night,” she said. But the public advocate said Walcott needs to demonstrate that policy has changed among the administration. “He has to show people there’s a change in direction at the Department of Education,” de Blasio said. Visit for the petition. Reach reporter Rebecca Henely by e-mail rhenely@ or by phone at 718-260-4564.

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Increases in late trains blamed on MTA work BY PHILIP NEWMAN Straphangers endured longer waits in March compared with a year ago due, in part, to MTA track and signal work on the numbered lines, including the No. 7. Some lettered lines, meanwhile, reported improved on-time records over 2010 such as the F, R and G. Overall, the number of late trains increased by 10 percent citywide over March 2010, the New York City Transit Authority reported. Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Kevin Ortiz said, “Delays on the numbered lines are largely attributable to track and signal work done during that time.” NYC Transit Authority statistics showed that the No. 7 on-time record was down by 1.2 percent from 2010 and the N down by 7.6 percent. Other trains with worse late records than in 2010 included the Q by 4.8 percent, the J/Z at 3.4 percent, the M by 7.5 percent, the Rockaway shuttle at 0.4 percent, the No. 1 at 2.3 percent, the No. 2 at 4.5

percent, the No. 3 at 2.8 percent, the D at 0.6 percent, the B at 0.7 percent, the No. 4 at 2.3 percent and the No. 5 at 1.2 percent. Among lines that improved, the R was up by 1.4 percent, the F was up 3.8 percent, the G by 2.6 percent, the No. 6 at 2.3 percent, the L at 2.4 percent, the 42nd Street shuttle by 4.8 percent, the Franklin Avenue shuttle at 0.5 percent, the A at 2.5 percent, and the C at 2.1 percent. The E was unchanged from 2010. NYC Transit President Tom Prendergast told the MTA Transit Committee, “We’re still bound by the principle that evenness of service is by far the most important thing rather than just late, although we’d like to do both. But evenness of service is more important because that way you’re having less impact on customers.” Prendergast also said the measurement system for lateness might need fixing, since a train is graded as late no matter whether it is five seconds late or five minutes late. In other transit news: • The MTA said it had

bought 700 new buses at a cost of more than $400 million, with some scheduled to go into service in late summer. • MTA Chairman Jay Walder said major repairs and renovations are under way to restore 53 dilapidated subway stations and plans are to begin work soon on fixing up more than 170 others. • The MTA Board has approved the purchase of 328 low-floor, articulated buses to be manufactured in Plattsburgh, N.Y., protecting 220 jobs and contributing to the New York state economy. • The MTA has refurbished its website,, to provide easier access to key travel information and add new features, including a new Trip Planner and App Center. It was the first redesign of the site since January 2010. The agency said the site had gained 65 percent more visitors since then. Reach contributing writer Philip Newman by email at timesledgernews@ or phone at 718-260-4536.

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Photo by Ariel Flores BY ARLENE MCKANIC Tom Zlabinger is a professional bass player, the director of the York College Big Band, the York College Blue Notes and the Summer Jazz Program, the artistic director of Jazz at the Chapel at the Illinois Jacquet Performance Space and the faculty adviser of the York College Music Club. Where does one find the time to do all this? “I don’t have time, but I make time,” he says. “‘Cause I believe in all that I do — and I want to do what I’m doing — I’ve always loved music and I’ve tried to leave things

The York College Summer Jazz Program brings music to life in Queens and encourages high school talent better than I find them. I’m fortunate to have a lot of different things going on. It’s like a train on the tracks, so I really believe we need to keep things going, keep things happening, keep on keeping on.” The big band is a product of the jazz

workshop at York College and is part of the college’s jazz forum. They rehearse on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jazz at the Chapel features local jazz performers, while the York College Summer Jazz Program ‘11 will have an audition

Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the York College Performing Arts Center. The Summer Jazz Program ‘11 is a tuition-free, college-credit program for students from New York City public high schools. The students study jazz performance for six weeks (July 5 to Aug. 11, Mondays - Thursdays) in a big band setting with professional jazz musicians. The students have to bring their own instrument and be able to read music, though no jazz experience is necessary. The Blue Notes are alumni from summer jazz programs. Continued on Page 35

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BY SUZANNE PARKER You come home from work too tired to cook. You don’t want to get dressed up or spend a fortune, but you do want to relax while someone else brings your food and cleans up after you. Not too much to ask. At one time, the solution would have been the neighborhood Chinese restaurant, but increasingly they have given way to take-out joints where you don’t want to spend a nanosecond more than necessary. If you’re looking for a little atmosphere, and food that is exotic without being too challenging, Mekong East on Bell Boulevard in Bayside could just fit the bill. Vietnamese food is a rare example of a fusion cuisine that comes across honestly. As a French colony, both sides of the equation benefited, if not from

colonialism at least from the cross pollination of the two exceptional culinary traditions. Pho, the national dish of Vietnam is a hot pot rooted firmly in the Asian cooking style. The country’s second most famous dish, banh mi, is a hero sandwich on a baguette that combines ham, pate, and mayo with more Asian ingredients. In Vietnamese cooking, you will find dishes flavored with lemongrass, but sautéed in butter. Definitely order some appetizers at Mekong East. Fried calamari au beurre is an irresistible Indochine marriage of batter-fried squid served over vegetables sautéed in butter. The chicken salad would also make a fabulous lunch dish. Shredded chicken is blended with red and green cabbage and roasted peanuts in a chili lime dressing. It is redolent of lemongrass,

with bean sprouts and lime to balance the flavors and textures to taste. The broth should have been hotter in temperature. In fact, at some Vietnamese restaurants you add raw beef that cooks quickly in the scalding broth. The tepidness could be accounted for by the fact that the pho was shared, and the restaurant couldn’t scrounge up a ladle for serving the soup. We had to use our ceramic tablespoons for apportioning the broth. Iron-pot lemongrass curry was the frontrunner of the entrees. It came in an iron pot, as advertised, and exuding the aromas of lemongrass and curry. It is not as spicy as its Thai counterpart, but satisfyingly rich and flavorful. We asked for “seafood,” which turned out to be a combo of shrimp and squid, but Continued on Page 34


Mekong East, 43-13 Bell Boulevard in Bayside, offers a genuine Vietnam cuisine, capturing the culinary fusion expected of the forPhoto by Suzanne Parker mer French colony. basil and other less easily identifiable herbs. Crispy shrimp rolls are a nice variant of deep-fried crunchy things, filled with whole shrimp, pork, carrots, glass noodles and cloud ear fun-

gus. Of course, we had to try the pho, a meal in itself if ordered by only one diner. The fragrant broth was beefy and herbal as it should be. Asian basil leaves were served on the side along

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THE ARTS CONCERTS Future Music @ York College — York College Big Band at commencement reception. When: June 3, noon Where: York College Academic Core Plaza Contact: Tom Zlabinger, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble — St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble performs a free one-hour chamber music concert at Flushing Town Hall. The concert will feature American-inspired favorites for strings, including Gershwin’s Lullaby, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and the Dvorak “American” Quartet. When: June 4, 7 p.m. Where: Flushing Town Hall, 13735 Northern Blvd., Flushing Contact: 718-463-7700 x. 222 Laura Leon - Piano Works of Steven Rosenhaus — This special concert celebrates the piano music of NY composer Steven Rosenhaus, who was a 2010 Flushing Town Hall Composer-in-Residence. When: June 5, 2 p.m. Where: Flushing Town Hall, 13735 Northern Blvd., Flushing Contact: 718-463-7700 x. 222 Future Music @ York College — York College Blue Notes at Union Hall Block Party When: June 23, 6 p.m. Where: York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., #1A12, Jamaica Contact: Tom Zlabinger Thursday Open Mic Music Nights — Regularly presented from the stage of the RAA’s T-7 Gallery, this year-round

North Shore Playwrights Circle Meeting — Formerly known as the Playwrights Circle of Great Neck, this open group features discussion, workshopping and writing exercises for playwrights in Queens and Nassau counties. When: Every other Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Where: Sterling Glen of Great Neck, 96 Cutter Mill Rd., Great Neck Cost: Free membership Contact: Robin Gorman Newman - robin@lovecoach. com 516-732-0911


weekly event gives performers of all kinds the spotlight to be seen and heard on Thursdays. Musicians, singers, poetry and prose readers, stand up comics and more have played to welcoming audiences there. When: Thursdays, 7 p.m.; signup starts generally at 7:30 p.m. Where: Rockaway Center for the Arts, Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Rockaway Contact: Dominique Roberts 718-474-0861 Website: www.

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On May 12, the York College Big Band performed at the CUNY Jazz Festival at Aaron Davis Hall on the City College campus with guest saxophonist Chris Potter. “The big band did great,” Zlabinger says. “They threw down! It’s nice because it’s a chance to get off campus. The classroom shouldn’t be an island, especially in music.” The band is also developing a relationship with University of the Streets, an institution on 7th Street and Avenue A that advocates for known and unknown artists and has been around since the 1960s. The band performed there in March and will be returning on June 4. Jazz at the Chapel is a series of concerts that take place in a renovated chapel near the campus, the Illinois Jacquet Performance Space, 94-15 159th St., Jamaica. “We’ve produced concerts over there for three years,” says Zlabinger. “We have musicians from all over the world, jazz musicians from Australia and Korea.”

The space, named after jazz great Illinois Jacquet, is small and seats about 50 to 70 people. “It feels like a jazz club,” Zlabinger adds. “You walk in and the world disappears. All the walls are covered with curtains. So there’s no echo and it’s very well insulated. The only thing you might hear is the train passing by, if that.” Other programs scheduled for this summer and into the fall are the Union Hall Block Party by the Blue Notes on June 23, a concert by the York College Summer Jazz Program at the Louis Armstrong House on Aug. 6, and their graduation concert at the college on Aug. 11. Zlabinger, a Leo, was born in 1971. “According to my mom, I was into music before I was born,” he says. “When she was pregnant with me she went to a concert and she could feel me kicking to the beat!” He started piano training at age 3, progressed to the trombone, then punk rock guitar, then finally found the bass. He started performing professionally and after a peripatetic life he and his wife moved to New York. He went

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Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Presented by NYSCI and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival of New York. When: July 16 Where: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Contact: Mary Record Makers Market — An open air marketplace featuring a curated selection of skillfully crafted products presented in a series of large tents within Socrates Sculpture Park. Be among the first to shop. Cost: $50 When: June 24-25, 11 a.m . to 7 p.m., June 26 11 a.m. to5 p.m. Where: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City Contact: es@ World Maker Faire — Through Sept. 18. A family fun festival to MAKE, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology. Admission requires purchase of a World Maker Faire ticket.

When: Through Sept. 18 Where: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Contact: Mary Record Astoria Comedy All Stars — Ben Rosenfeld hosts five different comics each week. Comics range from underground NYC acts to nationally touring headliners. The show is absolutely free, no cover charge and no drink minimum. When: Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Where: Gleason’s Pub, 33-08 Broadway, Astoria Contact: Ben Rosenfeld ben@ Website: http://www. archives/astoria_comedy_all_ stars/ Greek Night at Cavo — Cavo announces Greek night every Wednesday. There will be a live musical performance by Aphrodite Daniel and Panos Chrysovergis, plus guest singers, along with Greek specials on the menu. Dinner reservations are recommended. When: Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. Where: Cavo, 42-18 31 Ave., Astoria Cost: Free Contact: 718-721-1001

First Sundays for Families — The Queens Museum of Art and MetLife Foundation invite families of all ages to an exciting array of interactive dance, art and music workshops. When: First Sunday of each month, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Cost: Free Contact: 718-592-9700

GALLERIES & EXHIBITS Mixed Messages: Visual AIDS will open their new exhibit called Mixed Messages. Over 40 artists including internally renowned works from Yoko Ono, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, John Giorno, Glenn Ligon, Deborah Kass, Yoko Ono, Jack Pierson, Kay Rosen, David Wojnarowicz, and Rob Wynne will be included. When: June 2 thru July 3, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Where: La MaMa La Galleria, 6 E. 1st Street between Bowery and Second Avenue Contact: 212-505-2476

Exhibition Commemorates 96th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide — Between 1915 and 1922, 1.5 million Armenians were massacred on orders of the Ottoman Turkish Government – the first genocide of the 20th century. An exhibition commemorating the 96th anniversary of this tragic period in world history is now on view in the Barham Rotunda on the 3rd (main) floor of the Queens College Rosenthal Library. When: Through June 30 Where: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, Barham Rotunda on the 3rd (main) floor of the Queens College Rosenthal Library Where: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing Contact: Phyllis C. Stevens phyllis.cohen-stevens@qc.cuny. edu 718-997-5597 Web site: Color Theory as a Composition Tool in Still Life Painting — A demonstration at National Art League by artist, Mary Nagin. When: June 3, 8:00pm. Where: National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston. Cost: Free

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Astoria bar serves only one way to drink beer Sports bar Canz offers patrons more than 150 varieties and incorporates containers into its decorations BY IVAN PEREIRA Tim Lorito, who opened Canz in Astoria last year, said the secret to his bar’s success is not the roadhouse decor or the 32 plasma televisions that play a variety of sports, but the way it serves customers their drinks. As the name of the bar indicates, there are more than 150 varieties of beer sold only in cans and Lorito said that makes a huge difference in the taste of the beer. “Canned beer is better because it is better protected,” the 32-year-old Astoria resident said. “Any beer geek would tell you there are a lot of varieties of canned beer out there.” Lorito took this idea and used it to create a unique bar that he said

stands out from the other beer joints in the area. Not only are the cans lined up for display behind the bar counter, they also adorn the overhead lamps and the tables as stylized architecture. One of the parts of the bar that will become a hot spot during the spring and summer is Canz’s open area. The space can seat 60, the walls are lined with beer barrels and televisions and the roof is retractable. Lorito said he wanted to give customers a fun feel where they can have a beer and a good time while catching a game. “A lot of people come in and enjoy it,” he said. The first Canz store opened on Long Island more than 18 months ago and, when deciding where to branch out within the

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FUND-RAISERS The LaGuardia Community College Foundation honors former Mayor Edward I. Koch and White Castle Executive John Vogt — Edward I. Koch, the 105th mayor of New York City who served three terms, and John Vogt, Regional Director of Restaurant Operations for White Castle, will be honored at the LaGuardia Community College Foundation’s 2011 Innovative Leadership Award reception for their significant contributions to higher education. The mission of the LaGuardia Community College Foundation is to raise private funds to support and enhance education of LaGuardia students, most of whom have annual family incomes of less than $25,000. All proceeds from the reception will provide scholarship support for LaGuardia students for the 2011-2012 academic year. When: Tuesday, June 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, 61 Chelsea Piers # 300, Manhattan Contact: Randy Fader-Smith Randyfs@ 718-482-5610 Web site: lagfoundation/innovative.aspx

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five boroughs, Lorito said he went with Astoria because it was a diverse area. More and more customers come into the bar every day to check out a new flavor of beer that they were used to in their native countries, such as the Czech Republic and other Eastern European nations. Lorito said the Queens patrons also enable for the bar to stand out. The owner said he always listens to the customer’s needs and changes the menu, alcohol list and even sports selections to fit their tastes. A lot of customers come in to watch international sports broadcasts and UFC fights. “Here there are a lot of people who like soccer. [On Long Island,] they prefer football,” he said. And Lorito is no

stranger to sports himself. The University of Delaware graduate played for a Detroit Tigers minor league baseball team before an injury ended his career. He eventually got into the promotional marketing business and a few years ago he and business partner Matt Dill decided to open up their own restaurant. Using money they saved, they opened up Canz and it was a quick and fast success. “We shot way past our expectations,” he said. Lorito said he hopes he can create a similar success in Queens. Reach reporter Ivan Pereira by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4546.

BUSINESS CALENDAR Elder Law Seminars — As in previous years, Flushing House will hold three “Elder Law Seminars” for Spring 2011. Once again, Flushing House opens its doors to the community, and uses their large dining room as a great hall to hear from the experts on the critical issues of our times. This spring their seminars focus on Medicare changes arising from the recently passed “Obama Care” (it’s actually called the Affordable Care Act [ACA]), with a particular emphasis on changes that will occur in 2011. RSVP. When: June 4, 11 and 18, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Where: Flushing House, 38-20 Bowne St., Flushing Contact: 347-532-3025, rsalant@ Jamaica Business Resource Center 15th Anniversary Celebration — Honoring city Comptroller John Liu, state Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson

and Cheryl McKissack. When: June 9, 6 p.m. Where: Ritz Carlton, Battery Park, Manhattan Contact: tmarshall@queensmbec. org 888-629-4930 Powerful You! Women’s Network — A new Queens chapter of the national organization that empowers and supports women in their business, personal and spiritual lives. When: Third Tuesday each month, noon to 2 p.m. Cost: Members and first-time attendees $30, nonmembers $40; includes lunch Where: Giardino, 44-37 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston Contact: Gayle Naftaly, gnaftaly@, 718-217-0009 Website: Power Networking Group — Led by Harvey G. Beringer When: Every Wednesday, 7 a.m.

Cost: $10 for breakfast Where: Jackson Hole Diner, 35-01 Bell Blvd., Bayside Contact: Harvey G. Beringer at or 718-423-0427 BNI T.N.T. (The Networking Titans) Weekly Meeting — BNI is a business and professional networking organization that allows only one person per professional classification or specialty to join a chapter. BNI provides positive, supportive and structured environment to further business through word of mouth marketing. Contact chapter president Martin Koos to arrange a visit. When: Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Where: Clearview Park Golf Course, 202-12 Willets Point Blvd., Bayside

Contact: Martin Koos 516-488-8877, Ext. 15 BNI Peak Professionals Chapter — BNI is a business and professional networking organization that allows only one person per professional classification or specialty to join a chapter. BNI Provides positive, supportive and structured environment to further business through word of mouth marketing. Contact Lydie Pellissier, chapter president, to arrange a visit. When: Wednesdays, 7-8:30 a.m. Where: Fame Diner, 176-19 Union Tnpk., Fresh Meadows Contact: Lydie Pellissier, 718-2768986 Website:

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BY JOE ANUTA One of the most colorful and flamboyant parades in the city is set to return to Jackson Heights next week, and this might be one of the most important years yet. The 19th-annual Pride Parade will be making its way down 37th Avenue at 11 a.m. Sunday, showcasing the diverse population that makes up the boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Invisibility is our biggest enemy,â&#x20AC;? said openly gay City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), the founder of the parade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who gay people are that it is easy to discriminate against them.â&#x20AC;? But invisibility should not be an issue Sunday. Music will blare from elaborately decorated floats as different groups and drag queens will march and wave to the crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People love the flamboyance of the parade,â&#x20AC;? Dromm said. And extravagance is encouraged by five prizes that will be awarded

98-60 Queens Boulevard Forest Hills, New York 11374 for superlatives like best drag or best sound system. It is also encouraged by the large number of residents of all colors and sexual orientations who come out to watch the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Colombian gay group comes down, all the Colombians cheer them on,â&#x20AC;? Dromm said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has that real community feel to it.â&#x20AC;? But there is a serious side to the parade as well. One of the grand marshals in the parade will be state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who Dromm said was an early supporter of LGBT rights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reason why we have Sen. Avella is because he was one of the first who jumped on the bandwagon for LGBT marriage,â&#x20AC;? said Hank Krumholz, who co-chairs the parade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has always voted for this issue.â&#x20AC;? Avella said he was honored to be part of the parade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a vibrant event,â&#x20AC;? Avella said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important because there are still cases of discrimination against the LGBT community, and marriage equality is on the forefront of discussion in Albany.â&#x20AC;?

Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that marriage equality is one of his top priorities, and on May 26 Mayor Michael Bloomberg advocated in Albany for the same issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still think we still have a bit of a struggle ahead of us,â&#x20AC;? Dromm said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important in Queens that we finally have marriage equality.â&#x20AC;? The parade will begin at 85th Street and travel down a lavender line painted on 37th Avenue to 75th Street. The end of the parade is also where the yearly festival will take place until 5 p.m. Two stages will provide music and entertainment, with one stage entirely devoted to Hispanic performers from Columbia, Ecuador and the various nationalities that call Jackson Heights home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We cater to our audience,â&#x20AC;? Krumholz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackson Heights is probably 60 percent Hispanic.â&#x20AC;? The other grand marshals for the event will be Miss New York Claire Buffie and the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association.

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1 The children who won the Art & Essay Contest with Jim Rodgers (far left) & Barbara Barba (far right)

2 Vietnam veteran Rabbi Morton Pomerantz blesses the children


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Ulrich demands more cops as Aqueduct plans to open City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) called on the NYPD to assign more officers to the 106th Precinct to prepare for the planned September opening of Resorts World at Aqueduct Race Track. Ulrich said the new project, which will include 4,500 video lottery terminals when it is completed, is expected to draw more than 8 million visitors a year. The councilman said Community Board 10, whose boundaries include Aqueduct, has expressed concerns about the current staffing levels at the 106th Precinct, which covers Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Lindenwood and Richmond

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“While the new racino is scheduled to open later this summer, many of my constituents are still concerned about the level of police protection the community will receive from the NYPD. Despite the fact that vehicular and foot traffic will increase, it still remains unclear if and when the local precinct will receive additional police personnel,” Ulrich wrote. “Undoubtedly, more police officers will be needed to patrol the residential neighborhoods surrounding the facility .… I believe this request is warranted given the size and scope of the new venue and the necessary planning that will go into maintaining a good quality of life for area residents,” he said.

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Continued from Page 4 somber ceremony in the ambient shade of the cemetery’s tall trees. “We know Queens is a very patriotic borough,” said Marshall, who urged those in attendance to pay a visit to veterans in hospitals. “Because of our military, we are protected.” Kew Gardens resident Zoltan Szollosy served two years of active duty in Germany during the Vietnam War and 27 years in the Army Reserves, including time at Fort Totten in Bay Terrace. For the past 32 years he has been marching

with his fellow members of the American Legion post. “I like to march with this group. We pay our respects in the cemetery for service men who served this country going back to the Revolutionary War,” said the 71-year-old, who credited his spry step to serving in the infantry. “A couple of years ago they let me ride in the float because I’m a senior citizen. This year I told them I’m marching. I’m not that senior!” Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@ or by phone at 718-260-4574.

Slocum disaster Continued from Page 5 in any textbook — of how the tragedy might have affected individuals like her protagonist Simon Ziele, a detective in lower Manhattan who has been the focus of the two previous books in her three-part series. In the first book, Ziele boards a rescue boat immediately after the fire breaks out and frantically searches for his fiancée amid the burning wreckage. But he does not find her. In truth, nearly every household in Little Germany lost at least one relative aboard the General Slocum. The immigrants left in droves for Astoria, Yorkville and the Bronx to escape reminders of the General Slocum, and Ziele moves to Westchester County in the novel, Pintoff said. But Ziele is haunted by the sinking wherever he goes, after he injured his arm searching for his wife, Pintoff said. Every change in the weather or slight inconvenience brings back the anger and resentment over the fire. And the subject of Pintoff’s latest novel is the

anarchists in the Lower East Side, who tap into that shared anger over the lack of safety regulations on the boat and spread anti-capitalist messages, often with violence. Ziele did not exist, but Pintoff said she takes great care in her fiction to write about what could have feasibly happened. And she is accurate right down to the clothes, attitudes and technology. “I’m very secure that the things I describe could be true, but are not,” she said. “That’s usually the line for all historical fiction. I like everything I read to be so invested in the time period the things ring true even though they are imagined.” Pintoff said she plans to take a break in the series, but hopes Ziele will return in subsequent installments. The talk was hosted by the Queens County Historical Society at 143-35 37th Ave. Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at januta@ or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Weiner meet Continued from Page 4 ers who are there every week should be trained to watch out for suspicious activity, not the NYPD. “Anybody could put on a skull cap and blow the place up,” he said. “Only the people who go there can possibly stop intruders ... the response time needs to be zero.” That is why Moskowitz visits synagogues around the borough and trains worshipers how to defend their turf from attackers.

Mets Continued from Page 5 improves the franchise’s financial position,” said Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon. “Equally important, David’s intelligence, integrity and success in both business and civic affairs provide us with another prospective in evaluating what is best for this organization and our fans, and we welcome his input,” Wilpon said. “In partnership with David, we look forward to achieving our ultimate goal of again becoming World Series champions.” The sale of the minority stake is subject to approval from MLB and

Grandin Continued from Page 5 tall and thin. She also explained that livestock see a human on foot and a human on a horse as two different things, and an animal that has been trained to behave a certain way by a human riding on a horse may not act the same way when the human is standing on the ground. Animals are also detail-oriented, and when they are sent into a slaughterhouse they may be scared by things such as chains hanging from walls. “I’m into details,” she said. “I notice details.”

But a stipulation of the grant is that no money can be used to pay personnel because it only covers hardware. Even training on how to use the hardware would be beneficial, he said. “A training base is needed,” Moskowitz said. “You shouldn’t get a dime unless you do training.” But Moscowitz was not the only one dissatisfied with the grants. Many of the nonprofit’s representatives who attended the information ses-

sion complained that there were only 17 days to get their applications into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “It’s ludicrous,” said Stuart Warsawsky, who is applying for closed-circuit cameras and other security improvements for a girls’ school he runs. To make matters worse, the Jewish holiday of Shvous falls within the 17-day application period, even though last year roughly two-thirds of the roughly 300 applicants from New York were synagogues. But he will do his best

to compete with the other organizations in the five boroughs along with Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester counties, which are the only areas that can apply for the roughly $18 million in funds allocated for New York state. “We have an opportunity of putting ourselves in a better position,” he said. “Why wouldn’t you?”

Einhorn would have no decision-making authority on the team’s operations or transactions. “Having an opportunity to become part of the Mets franchise is exciting beyond my wildest childhood dreams,” said Einhorn, president of the private investment firm Greenlight Capital Inc. “I spent my first seven years living in New Jersey and rooting for the Mets. In 1975, I even dressed in a homemade jersey as a Met for Halloween. I have been a baseball fan for my entire life and have enjoyed teaching the game as the coach of my daughter’s Little League team. “I look forward to partnering with the Wilpon and Katz families through the good seasons, the tough

seasons and especially the championship seasons,” Einhorn said. The announcement came after Wilpon shot himself in the foot in the same New Yorker story that quoted Madoff when Wilpon called the Mets “a s----- team.” Wilpon also took shots at Mets stars David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes. He said Wright was “a very good player” but “not a superstar.” Wilpon said Beltran, who has one year left on a seven-year, $119 million contract with the Mets, is “65 to 70 percent of what he was” and criticized himself for signing the outfielder to such a lofty deal based on the 2004 playoffs, when Beltran hit eight home runs

with the Houston Astros. “We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series,” Wilpon said. Wilpon said Reyes “thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money” in free agency, referring to the seven-year, $142 million contract Crawford signed with the Boston Red Sox. “He’s had everything wrong with him,” Wilpon said, referring to Reyes’ injury woes. “He won’t get it.” Of the players brought up in the article, only second-year first baseman Ike Davis received praise from Wilpon, yet he still took a swipe at the team. “Good hitter,” Wilpon said. “S----- team, good hitter.”

Grandin said animals have emotions, and the main ones include fear, rage, panic, seeking, lust, caring and play. Mood-altering drugs such as Prozac and neurotransmitters also work on dogs. She described the “seeking” and “fear” emotions as two sides of the same coin. Animals become interested in something new but are frightened if a new thing makes a sudden movement. Erica Harmon, a veterinary technology student at LaGuardia, called Grandin a role model in making a difference in how animals are treated. “There are people out there who are making life

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Sports BY JOSEPH STASZEWSKI Mary Louis’ first trip to a girls’ lacrosse final showed just how far the program has come and gave it a new goal to strive for. The Hilltoppers didn’t play their crispest game of the season in an 18-8 defeat to unbeaten St. Dominic in the CHSAA Class A girls’ lacrosse championship game May 24 at C.W. Post, but Allison Moloney scored four times and Anna McGovern found the back of the net twice. Regina Paskoff and Sara Ecklas each added scores. “It’s a big step up for the program,” first-year Mary Louis Coach Keri La Magna said of reaching the final. “They definitely have improved. Girls who weren’t starting at the beginning of the season because they didn’t have the skills improved their skills and they played in the final.” TMLA had the best season in the program’s seven-year history after becoming the first CHSAA girls’ lacrosse team in Queens in 2005 and joining the Nassau/Suffolk league in 2006. A year ago, the Hilltoppers were 1-9 and this season finished 7-6-2 overall and 4-3-1 in league play, which including a win over rival St. Francis Prep. They won their semifinal game 6-5 over St. Mary’s after it was called with 12:00 remaining because of lightning. The two teams split two one-goal contests during the regular season. “We went into the game knowing that we had


Molloy wins softball title Shutdown pitching leads to first city championship since 2007

to keep ahead because after halftime at any moment the game was going to end,” La Magna said. McGovern, who was named the league’s most valuable player, was TMLA’s offensive star out of the midfield all season. She got goal-scoring help from Moloney, Kristina DiRe and Lindsey Spangel. Ellen Peiser, Ariana Galluscio and Paskoff excelled at midfield and Nicole Bongiovi and Ecklas led a solid

It’s a big step up for the program. Keri La Magna Mary Louis coach

defense. “Some of the girls who play have never picked up a stick before,” said La Magna, who previously coached at Cold Spring Harbor. “This is their first year. They acquired the skills really fast and picked it up. A lot of them haven’t seen lacrosse aside from what they got at school.” She is hoping the run to the title game will help change the perception of the program both in the school and in the league. Mary Louis is known for its basketball, soccer and softball teams and she hopes to attract more of the school’s athletes to the sport, along with incoming freshmen.

Jen DeMaria (r.) goes to hug Victoria Goldbach after the win.

BY JOSEPH STASZEWSKI Maria Palmeri let Moore Catholic know early that her Archbishop Molloy team had different plans for this year’s city title game. The junior drilled a Kelly Graham pitch more than 200 feet over the left centerfield fence for a tworun homer during a threerun first inning. Those were all the runs the Stanners needed, despite scoring five times in the seventh, for an 8-1 win over host Moore Catholic for the CHSAA softball city championship last Thursday. It is Molloy’s first crown since 2007, after losing the last two seasons

to St. Joseph by the Sea. “I really didn’t think it was that far,” Palmeri said. “Even when it went out I didn’t think so. It was great because we did get a jump ahead.” Starter Victoria Goldbach allowed a run in the fifth on a ground out, four hits and struck out four. Dana Moss went 4-for4 with an RBI and a run scored and younger sister Taylor had three hits and two RBIs for Molloy (16-0). The Stanners pounded out 10 hits. Kristen Ponticelli, Dana Moss and Taylor Moss each drove in runs in the seventh after their team didn’t score in the sixth de-

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spite two on with no outs. “Today we were hot again,” Molloy Coach Maureen Rosenbaum said. “The middle of our order is really doing their job.” It was Goldbach’s third time in the circle in the last three days. She started Game 1 against St. Francis Prep in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens championship and came on in relief in Game 2 and threw 42 pitches. Against Moore her screw ball was working early and she mixed in her change late to keep hitters off balance. She caught Krissa Sagona looking at it to end the game and spark a celebration pile in front of

the rubber. “I was a little sore, but I was so determined to win I did not want to come out of the game,” Goldbach said. After a four-error game against the Terriers May 25, the Stanners’ defense was pristine. Left fielder Jackie Perillo ran a long way, stuck her glove out and made a diving grab in the gap in the fourth to rob Taylor Krupa of a sure double and Moore (14-4) of a run. Heading back to the dugout, she was told it was the catch of the year and heard the jokes thanking God she was tall enough to reach it.


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Bergtraum’s Coleman takes talents to Cleveland



Murry Bergtraum’s Cori Coleman committed to Cleveland State.

Cori Coleman had junior college on her radar. Or prep school. The Murry Bergtraum senior guard didn’t think she had a shot to qualify to play Division I or II basketball until the middle of the season. When she found out there was a glimmer of hope, Coleman threw herself into academics. She worked harder in the classroom, spent time in the library before practice and took the SAT again as well as the ACT. “I did more than what the teacher asked for, so they wouldn’t have an excuse to give me a bad grade,” Coleman said. “I always put effort in, but I put in way more effort. I gave 150 percent. I think my hard work paid off a lot.” In early April, she found out she would be a qualifier. And, after the recruiting process began

anew, Coleman committed to Cleveland State May 23, choosing the Vikings over Stony Brook, Iona and Canisius. East Carolina and Colorado State had also shown preliminary interest. Bergtraum Coach Ed Grezinsky says she has to continue taking care of business, but she’ll be signing with Cleveland State soon. “I’m proud of her,” he said. “She works hard in the classroom. She works hard with basketball. It was a pleasure to deal with her.” Coleman, who led Bergtraum to a 13th-straight PSAL city championship in March, visited Cleveland State, Stony Brook and Iona in recent weeks. She decided on Cleveland State before visiting Canisius, citing the school’s presence in a city area, her relationship with the coaching staff and players and that it had her prospective major: mar-

keting. Coleman also hoped to leave New York. “I realized that I wanted to get away and go somewhere new, like a new adventure, see things I’ve never seen,” she said. “New challenges. New chapter in my life.” Grezinsky joked that she was the “anti-LeBron” after choosing the city LeBron James left for Miami. Coleman found out that the bitterness toward the former Cavaliers star runs deep. “I was speaking about LeBron and the people out there really hate him,” she said. “I’m a LeBron fan. I had a LeBron shirt in my bag and thank God I didn’t wear it. I probably wouldn’t have made it back to New York if I did.” Coleman, who was the new York Post’s AllManhattan Player of the Year and a first team AllCity selection, might also be the anti-LeBron in an-

other way: She’s extremely adept at closing out games. The 5-foot-7 sharpshooter hit huge three-pointers in the fourth quarter in Bergtraum victories this season John F. Kennedy, Manhattan Center and H.D. Woodson (D.C.). The biggest might have been the buzzer-beater that sent a game against St. Peter’s into overtime, where the Lady Blazers eventually won. There was not a more clutch player in the city. “Any time we needed a big shot, it seemed like she made it for us,” Grezinsky said. Coleman also had a challenging season. The Springfield Gardens native played with severe asthma after an already-present condition worsened last spring. She also had to deal with the pressure of being Bergtraum’s lone returning starter. She handled

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Photo by Denis Gostev

Lallave, Lewis stops Wagner surge in quarterfinals BY MARC RAIMONDI Samantha Lallave remembers a few years ago when her sister Priscilla fainted and had to be rushed to the hospital. Priscilla Lallave was playing softball all day in hot weather and became dehydrated. Samantha had a flashback to that Tuesday. “I thought that was gonna happen again,” the Francis Lewis sophomore shortstop said. Priscilla Lallave, the Lewis pitcher, cruised through the first four innings. But the sun came out and the temperature was climbing toward the 80-degree mark. The wilting junior ace, who pitched a complete game a day earlier, gave up four runs in the fifth, two more in the seventh and suddenly the tying run was on second base with one out.

“All I kept saying to myself was, ‘I can do it, I can do it,’” Priscilla Lallave said. “I’m not gonna let myself down. I kept pushing myself. I wasn’t putting any negative energy into me. I just kept pitching.” Breathing heavy and with sweat glazing her face, the righthander got Susan Wagner’s Dayna Williams to ground out to Samantha at shortstop and, with the tying run on third, calmly induced Halle Siegel into a foul popup to catcher Theodora Alexandrou. No. 4 Lewis would hold on for a heart-stopping, 7-6 win over No. 5 Wagner in the PSAL Class A softball quarterfinals in Fresh Meadows. “I’m very proud of Priscilla, because she was able to fight,” Lewis Coach Bryan Brown said. “The heat all of a sudden starts draining you and she pitched yesterday. She was

Lewis catcher Theodora Alexandrou receives a bear hug from Coach Bryan Brown after winning in the Photo by Robert Cole PSAL quarterfinals. also batting today and she ran.” It’ll be the first appear-

ance for the Patriots (15-1) in the semifinals since 2004 and the Falcons (16-4) had

stood in their way in two of the previous four seasons. Brown was not the coach

the last time Lewis advanced to the final four. He has guided the squad to the quarterfinals in each of his six seasons, though. “Not a monkey, a gorilla — it feels like a gorilla off my back,” Brown said. “And every year it seems that Wagner is the one that takes us out.” Lewis got things started with its best hitting performance of the season. The typically offensively challenged Patriots rapped out seven runs on seven singles in the second and third innings. Neileni Esmeral, one of the heroes in the second round May 24, had two RBI hits and two runs scored to lead the charge. “I was like, ‘Who is this team?’” Brown said. “‘Who are these girls?’ We have not hit all year and all of a sudden now we’re hitting.” Continued on Page 48

IS8 commish: Sean Bell title ‘tainted’ BY ZACH BRAZILLER



IS8, the renowned biyearly, Nike-sponsored AAU 19-and-under tournament played in a tiny junior high school gym in Jamaica which draws teams from several states and high-caliber talent nationwide, may be changing its motto from “bring your game, not your name” to simply “bring your birth certificate.” That’s at least one change iS8 Commissioner Pete Edwards said he will implement when it was revealed this year’s champion, the Sean Bell All-Stars, used two ineligible players — Louisville signee Angel Nunez out of Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) and Kansas recruit Naadir Tharpe from Brewster Academy (Mass.) — during pool play and through the quarterfinals. “It’s a tainted victory because illegal players were used to achieve it,”

Edwards said. “He’s not the first one to get away with it, but he’s the first one I know of that got to a championship.” The two, who turned 20 this year, which breaks an iS8 rule, didn’t play over the weekend in the semifinals or the final. In Tharpe’s place, Arizonabound point guard Josiah Turner led Sean Bell to a 7160 victory over Real Scout, composed of St. John’s recruits Maurice Harkless, D’Angelo Harrison and Jakarr Sampson. “I don’t think [Coach Raheem Wiggans] meant to do it, but he could’ve also tried to police his team a little better,” Real Scout Coach Nate Blue said. “It’s sad and unfair to the coach that kids knew they were too old to play in the tournament and didn’t tell their coach. But congrats to Rah for winning the championship and I hope we meet again next year.”


IS8 Commissioner Pete Edwards said the Sean Bell AllStars’ title is “tainted” because they used overage players. Photo by Erin Edwards

Edwards said he is considering suspending Sean Bell and Wiggans from the fall league, though he isn’t convinced Wiggans knew either one was too old to play. “He probably will be suspended,” Edwards said. Wiggans denied being aware of Nunez’s age until recently, a notion which

was backed up by Eric Martinez, Nunez’s adviser. Edwards said future coaches who break the rule will be suspended at least one year and second-time offenders will be banned for life. “I’m not worried about that,” said Wiggans, an MRI operator from South Jamaica. “I’m not an AAU coach, I’m a streetball coach. I’m

IS8’s Sean Bell All-Stars won the Nike AAU 19-and-under tournament this year, though iS8 Commissioner Pete Edwards is calling the victory into question. Pictured is Sean Bell All-Stars’ Sir’Dominic Pointer, who led the team to victory this year. Pointer’s eligibility for the team has not been questioned. Photo by Denis Gostev

doing this for the community. If he wants to suspend me, that’s fine.” “Nunez played for all these AAU coaches [with teams in the tournament],” he added. “If they knew his age, they should’ve spoken up and said something.”

While it has been reported opposing coaches told Edwards about the infractions, he said he became aware of it while reading a story about Tharpe online prior to the semifinals and

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It’s More than Just a “Job” Well Done! Before we congratulate the Class of 2011, we must pause and give thanks to our faculty, staff, administrators, moderators and coaches who have nurtured and cared for our students over the past four years. For them, it’s not merely a job. They enable St. Francis Prep students to achieve in Science, Music, the Arts, Math, English, Languages, Religion, History and Athletics. They care as if these students were their own children. And it’s not just about great individual achievements or team championships either. It’s about ALL of the “victories,” both large and small. It’s about those who

go the extra mile for students whether they are succeeding, or slipping behind. It’s about the students that go the extra mile for other students, whether it’s someone in their homeroom, in a peer mentoring group, or halfway across the world at our “sister” Franciscan school in Kenya. We are ALL part of an 800-year-old Franciscan tradition. It’s not a job, it’s a mission! And to all of you we say, “well done!”





two-RBI single. Down three runs, Jeri Gennaro led off the top of the seventh with a single and Samantha Lallave robbed Locke of a line-drive hit with a full-extension dive to her right, which ended up being a massive out. Kristine Ciurcina reached on an error that pushed Gennaro to third and Sarcone drove both of them home with a single. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was a little bit nervous, but I think our whole

Continued from Page 46 Esmeral said all the hitting practice Lewis had done finally started to pay off. But then Wagner starter Taylor Sarcone settled down, allowing just three hits the rest of the way. The Falcons batted around in the fifth and scored four runs, including star center fielder Danielle Lockeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

perspective and our whole mentality was we got this,â&#x20AC;? Esmeral said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is ours. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked hard for this, this is ours.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when Priscilla Lallave bore down. She got Williams to bounce out and, with no margin for error because of the runner on third, induced the Siegel pop-up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She knows what she has to do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just breathe in, breathe out, just relax,â&#x20AC;? Samantha Lallave said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;If she thinks about being tired and she feels like sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna faint, all she has to do is put her mind to it, because you know the mind controls everything.â&#x20AC;? When the game ended, the Lewis players mobbed each other around home plate. Priscilla Lallave had just enough energy left to celebrate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m tired, but pumped up and excited,â&#x20AC;? she said with a bright smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to the semis.â&#x20AC;?

Is8 Continued from Page 47 later found out about Nunez on his own. Martinez,

Coleman both things with aplomb. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was harder, because before the season started people said it was my team, but at the end of the day itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really Mr. Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team,â&#x20AC;? Coleman said. Coleman wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a heralded player coming into

high school and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see significant minutes until her junior year, when she became a star. She worked hard and got better under Grezinsky and Coach Rock Rosa of the New Heights travel program, the same way she worked hard to achieve her dream of playing Division I basketball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m shocked still,â&#x20AC;? Coleman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I would make it this far at all.â&#x20AC;?

Nunezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adviser, thinks the rule should be changed to allow all players technically in high school to play in the tournament, but Edwards said he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t budge on the age limit.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want 20-yearolds in the tournament,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was 20, if I played against high school kids, I wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve hit 50. This is not unlimited, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high school.â&#x20AC;?

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When you do the right thing for 35 years, clients say, “Thank you, David.”

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