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COMING HOME Home Explosion Investigated At Howard Beach Page 12-13
Life In The Real ER Inside Trauma At Jamaica Hospital Page 14
Hundreds of faithful congregants, residents and visitors celebrated the rededication of the Howard Beach Assembly of God Church on Sunday morning. The property was completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. See Story on Page 3 Patricia Adams/The Forum Newsgroup
HB Celebrates 5th Anniversary Of Relay For Life Page 22
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Congregants Celebrate Their Return Howard Beach Assembly of God rededicates church
A delicious BBQ followed an emotional and uplifting service at the church on Sunday where hundreds gathered to celebrate and offer worship in a new house.
By Patricia Adams When Sandy touched down in Howard Beach, she was undeniably non-sectarian. She destroyed nearly all Houses of Worship in her path, showing very little, if any mercy, for the few minutes she stopped by. One such House, the Howard Beach Assembly of God, suffered crippling and
extensive damage. The estimated cost to repair the property was roughly $170,000. “At first, I was scared. I remember thinking, the church might be done,” Pastor Stephen Roser told The Forum. He knew there were major issues of concern-- the church did not have the necessary funding to restore itself. “But in an instant I realized the church would come out of this situation with a testi-
mony, of sorts, where God would provide for the church’s rebuilding from unexpected sources.” And on Sunday morning as they gathered for a rededication ceremony, it did seem somewhat amazing to churchgoers in attendance. A very frightening perspective facing the church seven months ago had vanished and been replaced, according to Roser, by nothing less than a miracle. Looking down from the choir loft of a crowded church, the vision of accomplishment is immediately understood. Floors and walls, rows of pews, an altar and the pulpit have all been replaced. The meeting room in the basement has been rebuilt. There is a whole collection of instruments, and an audio system. “This work is a real measure of the power of prayer and what wonderful things happen when people help each other,” said visitor Lillian Payne. “It’s the hands and hearts of anyone whom we came upon during this time that have helped to bring us to where we are today” the pastor said as he and his wife Sharon greeted everyone entering the new church building. And as things got underway, a crowd of more than two hundred gathered--faithful congregants, friends, family, civic and elected officials and visiting clergy—to celebrate the re-dedication of church. They stood together arms raised in praise, where only months ago, walls had been covered in mold, instruments strewn and broken, an altar collapsed, pews destroyed. Where bibles, song books, carpets and audio equipment had all shared an equal place under several feet of water.
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Pastor Steven Roser embraces one of the faithful as wife Sharon looks on.
They stood knowing and believing what they had months ago when they embarked on the difficult road back; they would get the help they needed. And now there was no more need for fears, doubts or concern. It was a day to celebrate, to pray, to offer thanks and to recognize helping hands. A very special part of the service at the church was the dedication of one pew that had been saved and restored from the ruins in the church. It was the pew that was occupied by the church’s founding pastor, Werner Kordon. He retired to Florida and passed away two years ago. For decades, Kordon was a beloved and trusted community leader. The church opened their backyard for a BBQ where they served up burgers, hot dogs, BBQ Chicken, grilled vegetables, salads and a dessert bar. Seven months later a great ending to a good day.
Ariola Honored By RHCA, Electeds
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Joann Ariola (back row center)with the board members of the Richmond Hill Civic Association.
Joann Ariola was recognized by the Richmond Hill Civic Association (RHCA) for Excellence in Community Service last week. RHCA President, Margaret Finnerty called Ariola the definition of a good civic leader and community supporter. “People like Joann, that have been here for the long haul, understand
what it takes,” said Finnerty. “Remembering her service over the last twenty years certainly lends itself as a role model for other people to get involved. Ariola was also recognized recently by the Howard Beach Kiwanis who gave her the organizations coveted Clem Vicari Award, also for community excellence.
Ariola’s civic and community commitment began back in the 1990’s as a part of the Cops on Bikes program and the cleanup of Liberty Avenue. Professionally she has held several positions in government and administration including acting as the Assistant Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit. She founded the Lindenwood Alliance and currently serves as its president, in addition to serving on Community Board 10. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Ariola was especially active with organizing food, toy and clothing drives in conjunction with the Alliance, the business community and the River Fund. At RHCA meeting Ariola was also recognized with a resolution from State Assembly members Phil Goldfeder and Mike Miller for her outstanding community service and by Councilman Eric Ulrich with a proclamation from the City Council for her work in the community. The New York State Senate recognized Ariola for her work as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Jamaica Hospital. Assemblyman David Weprin arrived after the other elected to present her with a certificate for community excellence. He took the mic briefly after listening to his colleagues offer their praises. “What else could I say?” Weprin shrugged, “We all love Joann.”
MEETING NOTICE Monday, June 10th at 7:30 PM FAIRFIELD ARMS COOPERATIVE 151-20 88TH Street, Howard Beach (Lindenwood) Community Room (Rear Entrance)
Join us for our SUMMER SHUTDOWN PARTY! Food, Refreshments and Much, Much More! **Note from the Chair – We are still collecting canned good for the Riverfund and Coupons for our Active Military. In addition, we are fortunate to have our local elected officials, or their representatives, as well as, representatives from the 106th Pct. attend our meetings so bring your questions and concerns.
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Congratulations Graduates! Christ the King High School Celebrates Commencement
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Gang Killer Arrested In Teen’s Murder Police sources say it was information from public tipThe man wanted in the sters that led to the arrest. brutal slaying of 14-yearMcClinton has several prior old D’aja Robinson on May arrests and an open gun case 18, has been arrested in from a Queens incident. South Carolina. He is presently being held Kevin McClinton was in South Carolina and will taken into custody while be extradited to New York, lying in a bed at a relative’s where he will be arraigned in home. Authorities who Queens descended on the property Criminal Court on a comsaid the gunman went withplaint charging him with secPhoto Courtesy of DCPI ond-degree murder, firstout event and surrendered Kevin McClinton was arrested by to them. degree reckless endangerNYPD and U.S. Marshall’s in South McClinton is charged Carolina. ment, and second-degree with firing a spray of bullets criminal possession of a into a Q6 bus that was parked in south weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years Jamaica and was idling near Baisley Boule- to life in prison. vard. Robinson and some friends had gotten aboard the bus on their way home from a Sweet 16 party at a neighborhood lounge. Police say that the killer was carrying out an act of gang vengeance - another teen on the bus was allegedly the actual target because she had been bad mouthing McClinton’s gang, the Snow gang, and because she was friendly with members of the rival EBK gang. Thousands of spectators attended the funeral for the 14-year-old who was an honor student and known among friends as always smiling and for her love of fashion and dance. Photo Courtesy of Facebook Funeral services were held at the Greater D’aja Robinson’s mother and father place flowers on her Allen AME Church. Afterward a white horse grave after a funeral service at the Greater Allen AME and carriage, gifted by rapper 50 cent, car- Church. The teen was killed in a hail of bullets fired into ried D'aja to her final resting place. a Q6 bus she was aboard.
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In South Queens, Hopes Legislation Could Delay Skyrocketing Flood Insurance Rates
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Congressman Cedric Richmond says he and other representatives will fight to amend the proposed back breaking provisos of the Biggert-Waters Act.
By Anna Gustafson Recently proposed federal legislation that aims to protect coastal homeowners from what many in South Queens say will be devastating hikes in insurance rates would give some peace of mind to residents who, plagued by financial concerns wrought by Hurricane Sandy, no longer know if they will be able to stay in their longtime homes, West 12th Road Block Association President Peter Mahon said this week. “It’s not a cure at all, but it would provide a lot of breathing room for some people,” Mahon, whose organization covers a portion of Broad Channel, said of the Flood Insurance Implementation Reform Act of 2013 that was introduced by U.S. Reps. Cedric Richmond
(D-La.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) last week. “Everyone here is pulling their hair out. They don’t know if they can afford to stay at this point.” The act, which is being co-sponsored by four Republicans from Louisiana and another Democrat from California, essentially seeks to delay implementation of parts of the BiggertWaters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 that was approved by Congress last year. The act, which a number of legislators have said was not thoroughly vetted in part because it was tacked onto unrelated federal transportation legislation, phases out some subsidized insurance rates and allows for rate increases of 20 to 25 percent a year until properties reach actuarial status. While supporters of the legislation have said it was meant to make a debt-ridden National Flood Insurance Program more fiscally stable, homeowners in Queens - and throughout the country, including in the flood-prone areas of Louisiana - said the new rates would force many from their homes because they would no longer be able to afford to live there. “A consistent, affordable flood insurance program is critical to the U.S. economy, especially for areas recovering from recent flooding,” Richmond said in a prepared statement. “The Flood Insurance Implementation Reform Act delays certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 to make sure flood insurance rates don’t burden homeowners and home sales can move forward.” Richmond’s bill, which has yet to make it out of committee and onto the floor of the House and Senate for a vote, would for five years delay the Biggert-Waters stipulation that new home buyers be charged actuarial rates and instead
would pay the rate of the previous owner. Additionally, the bill would delay a portion of the Biggert-Waters act that directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency to increase rates over a five year period for any community that receives a revised or new flood map - which could be much of South Queens and parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island. FEMA in January released proposed flood maps that basically doubles the number of buildings in flood danger zones in New York City. Another round of revised maps are expected to be released by FEMA in June, though final maps may not be adopted for more than a year. Once the new maps are adopted, homeowners could also be forced to elevate their houses or face additional insurance costs something that could be devastating for places like Broad Channel or Rockaway, where residents have already shelled out tens of thousands of dollars to renovate homes destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. “This could be a town killer,” Mahon said of Biggert-Waters. “This could turn Broad Channel into a community of foreclosed homes.” Richmond’s legislation would also require FEMA to take non-structural flood mitigation features - such as forests and marshland - into consideration for their flood insurance rate maps, and the federal agency would be required to work with property owners and other area stakeholders to identify the fea-
tures. Such a measure could result in decreased rates for homeowners. This is not the first time federal legislators have attempted to curb the impact of BiggertWaters - sponsored by U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), who is no longer in office, and Waters, who has said she did not intend to cause financial duress for citizens and is working with the Obama administration and others to address the issue. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) recently introduced a bill that also would have delayed the implementation of the flood insurance law, but her amendment was blocked by a vote from U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) under a Senate procedure that allows a single legislator to keep a vote from happening. This week, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) proposed an amendment to a federal spending bill that would deny FEMA any funds to implement the 2012 law. While Mahon said he is happy that legislators are looking to lend a hand to coastal homeowners, he is skeptical a bill like Richmond’s will pass - and he wants to see more involvement from New York legislators including U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in making sure Queens property owners are not left in financial ruin. “Why are we dependent on Louisiana doing this?” Mahon asked. “Why wasn’t Schumer or Gillibrand at the forefront of doing something about this?”
South Ozone Park F.B.I. Agent’s Car Stolen Second incident occurs nearly two years later
By Samantha Geary A Toyota Camry belonging to an F.B.I. agent living in South Ozone Park was stolen last week, police say. The vehicle had been parked in front of the agent’s home at the time of the theft and contained a lock box with the agents M4 rifle and a bulletproof vest inside. Both items were intact inside the vehicle when police officers from the 106th precinct found it less than 24 hours after it was reported missing. The vehicle turned up just a few miles from the agent’s home near Yellowstone Boulevard and Kessel Street in Forest Hills. The same F.B.I. agent and his vehicle were the focus of another investigation back in July of 2011 when police were called to the agent’s house after he shot intruder trying to break File Photo into the car. Investigators examined the crime scene in South Ozone No arrests have been made in the case and Park back in July 2012, after thieves tried to steal the same car from the same FBI agent. the investigation is ongoing.
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First Fly Dropped Dear Editor:
television advertising to overcome these overwhelming odds if he is to be taken seriously. This is necessary to level the playing field against whomever the Democrats nominate. No wonder the last Republican Queens Borough President was James A. Lundy who served from 1952-1957. Ditto for Nat Hentel who served as the last GOP District Attorney in 1970. By comparison, the odds of winning the recent $600 million dollar lotto were easier!
"After Grodenick Bows Out Of Queens BP Race, Is Comrie Next? (Anna Gustafson -- May 303) is the first of many who will quickly drop out. Now that Congressmember and Queens County Democratic Party Chairperson Joseph Crowley has crowned former NYC Councilmember Melinda Katz as his choice, the curLarry Penner rent crowded field will quickly Great Neck disappear. All of the other prospective Queens Borough Limitless President wannabe's including State Senators Tony Avella Authority and Jose Peralta and current NYC Councilmembers Leroy Dear Editor: Comrie just like Deputy Borough President Barry GroTotalitarianism is a reference denchik are loyal members in to authoritarian political sysgood standing. They will take tems where the state assumes the "hint" from Crowley and no limit to its authority, and fold their tents to move on undertakes to regulate every elsewhere. None will want to aspect of private and public life take on the organizations offi- whenever possible. cial choice for Queens Borough President Obama's adminisPresident or any other public tration, is, I believe attempting, office within a Democratic Par- and in certain cases succeeding ty primary. Only Astoria NYC to bring this type of system to Councilmember Peter Vallone, America. How far he takes this Jr. with almost $1 million dol- will be a true test of our constilars in his campaign kitty has tutionally guaranteed rights. both the backbone and money Mr. Obama and his cadre of to stay in the race. carefully selected loyalists, The next question is how vi- from Kathleen Sebelius to Eric able recently announced Re- Holder and David Axelrod publican candidate Auelio among others are committed Aracbascio will be. Outside of to bring to America sweeping his Astoria neighborhood, he is changes by defining enemies virtually unknown. Money is and friends of the regime be mothers milk of politics. With- they business or individuals. out it, candidates are unable to Once identified and excoriated, grow and compete. Just how then next step is to have supmuch money former Governor porters of the administration, Pataki, former Mayor Guiliani, everyday citizens spew their former GOP NYC Council- venom at the likes of the Tea members Mike Abel, Anthony Party, whom Tony Pilla calls Stabile, Tom Olgibene, Antho- the pejorative "Teabaggers", or ny Cuomo or Dennis Gallagher, rant about the evil Koch BrothState Assemblymember Doug ers as Robert LaRosa does. Prescott, State Senators Frank The Obama strategy is working Padavan and Serf Maltese or well so far and is expanding to Congressmember Bob Turner use government agencies to do along with Queens GOP Chair- its bidding in rooting out malperson Phil Ragusa raise to en- contents as the IRS has done able Auelio "Tony" Arcabascio to conservative groups. Tony run a competitive race? and Bob may for whatever As of April 1, 2013 there are convoluted reason be happy 1,076,439 active voters in- about this, after all, their party cluding 703,202 Democrats, is in power: big deal, so what 128,335 Republicans, 206,770 if the government is targeting, Blanks (no declared party affil- not actions but beliefs; they iation), 27,556 Independence, deserve it for being greedy 5,862 Conservative, 3,280 conservatives, ain't that right Working Family and 1,235 reg- boys? istered voters in Queens. ArcaThe more this government bascio will need a million dol- bribes its people with "stuff', lars for direct mail, telephone the better chance it has that banks, newspaper, radio and they will be on board with 6 | THE | THE FORUM FORUM NEWSGROUP NEWSGROUP • June • June 6, 2013 6, 2013
crushing dissent. My generation went from not trusting government in the 1960s to now depending on that very government to declare them disabled, indigent, entitled to college, incapable of rearing their offspring without assistance and becoming useful idiots of the system to further the propaganda that anything outside what we want to do is evil and must be crushed. We are becoming a society with a growing poverty class by design thanks to the 1965 Immigration Act which lessened european migration here and increased the flow of Third World immigration. We import poverty and, by offering benefits, not to eradicate their misery but to sustain it, we assure an obedient legion of souls to protest minimum wage, unbridled education spending, and social programs along with creating disabilities that sustain their own cottage industries of therapists, social workers and medical personnel. Our "way of life" now, includes finding flaws, not in human behavior, but the laws controlling that behavior; not in having a limited number of children because that's what you can afford, but as many as you like because you can get $$$, food stamps and medical care, free. These are the real "Birthers". All these dependent classes are or have become a resource for this president to call upon to make noise when anything he desires to implement is threatened. And they do it so well, at the peril of America's survivability. John T Urban Howard Beach
Karma Dear Editor: There is an old adage which is appropriate for my letter. What goes around comes around. As a result of the massive damage super storm Sandy did last October to metro New York, Congress voted a $60B aid package. It’s my view that the 36 GOP senators who voted “no” threw the baby out with the bath water, using the excuse that the package was loaded with “pork.” Folks, in politics, pork is the method used to get bills enacted. That is the nature of the beast! Remember the
$250M GOP pork called…. A bridge to nowhere? PP – that empty barrel making loud noises, and who loves to bore you readers with his “looong winded, hot air” letters said he was “glad” when the GOP-36 voted no! Even GOP Governor Christie said, “shame on you!” PP was so kind to call me a “fool” while telling you readers that he lost 1/3 of his house to Sandy. Now that billions are coming to metro New York, I wonder how much of that pork will go to repair PP’s damaged house? It should be noted that among those 36 GOP senators, two were form Oklahoma: Tom Coburn and James Inhof. Mother nature is “non-partisan” when she gets angry and goes on a rampage. The top three state to have tragic natural disasters are California, Texas and Oklahoma. The Moore city tornado recovery will cost taxpayers at least $2B. When the issue is debated in the senate (this sand box kid) will watch C-Span to see if Coburn and Inhof will invoke their Sandy rationale and vote “no” on the aid bill. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) warned the republicans in Congress not to be “hypocritical.” Please note Oklahoma is a solid red state which means a majority of voters resent any big government intrusion! However, my advice to state GOP leaders is to develop a public-private trust fund to build secured underground shelters in all elementary schools. There should never be another tower plaza school tragedy. Anthony Pilla Forest Hills
One Big Joke Dear Editor: Last week I said I would reveal how pathetically childish, categorically inaccurate and most importantly, self absorbed our history teachers words are. Our professor worships Big Government and instead of holding both parties accountable he endlessly defends the indefensible policies of his Progressive/Democrat party. Let’s start with his claim about the Obama recovery plan. The professor claims that president Obama's recovery plan is a great success. Can anyone please explain to me how adding well over six trillion dollars (and counting) to our national
debt has helped our country? Taking trillions of American "tax dollars" and allowing politicians to create programs, that in reality, for a short period of time may have helped some while discriminating against others is a recipe for failure. It may look good on paper for a little while but as we have seen, the numbers don't add up. Millions, if not billions of tax dollars have been wasted on "so called green jobs" such as solar panel companies, electric/battery operated vehicles, fueling stations for these vehicles and many more "strongly lobbied" politically correct schemes that have afforded huge "kickbacks" to president Obama's re-election campaign in the form of political donations from the very companies that were awarded these taxpayer funded grants. It's a circle of "payoffs" and us, the taxpayers are the fools funding the orgy. This is not to mention the billions of tax dollars that actually went to companies "overseas" in the guise of creating jobs here in America. There is no doubt that this administration, by all accounts has pulled the biggest heist in the history of our country and too many "human drones" in our country are gleefully walking "lock step" and listening to president Obama make his claims of "unfairness" and paying ones "fair share" and still enjoying that "feel good moment" of taking part in reelecting our first black president. I wonder if all of the "sheep" would feel the same way about placing a vote for Dr. Ben Carson, Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, Herman Cain or any other black Conservative Republican? I wonder if the corrupt news media would give the same soft news coverage to these people? Professor, your claim about jobs lost and jobs created is a joke and a well documented MSNBC (and the like) talking point. Economies rise and fall. It is what one does to fix the problem. President Bush's "compassionate Conservative" approach had its faults. One of presidents Bush's problems during his second term, especially the last two years was that the Democrats controlled congress. In order for president Bush to continue to get funding for the "war on terror" he pretty much gave the Democrats whatever they wanted and "Big Spending" was in order. And I don't mean
spending on the war. It's funny how then, senator Obama, criticized president Bush's spending, yet since president Obama took office he spent more in four years than president Bush spent in eight years. The spending happens in both parties but it is quite obvious where the "super spending" occurs. The claim of millions and millions of jobs created is totally untrue. The fact is that those "shovel ready" jobs never existed and president Obama even laughed about this at a jobs conference (that can be seen on you-tube). Many people have stopped looking for a job and are no longer counted as "unemployed." This fact makes the unemployment numbers seem lower but they are not. The "credit card reform act" is another issue. Progressive/Democrat policies forced banks to lend money to unqualified persons. Mortgage loans and credit card access was billed to be ones "right" and banks were allowed to lend money and extend credit at will. The banks seized on an opportunity to make trillions of dollars that its debtors couldn't pay and as we all know, were rescued by the taxpayers in the form of the "bailouts." This practice went on during the Bush years as well, however it is well documented (even though the professor will never admit) that the Bush administration pushed hard to "rein in" the coming storm by calling for stricter guidelines for gaining access to credit. This was met with a hard response by the Democrat with calls of "racism and unfairness." The auto bailout that the professor claim has been a great success is another example of his narrow mindedness. The thought of the major auto companies closing up shop if they weren't bailed out is a joke. President Bush had "the wool pulled over his eyes" with his share of bailouts, however president Obama's auto bailouts were a completely different story. The auto bailout had less to do with keeping the companies alive and more to do with propping up the auto unions and allowing them to continue to work under their existing contracts. If the auto companies would have "reorganized" the existing union contracts would have had to be renegotiated as part of any reorganization. Union jobs and union contributions to the Democrat party were a very big issue in all of this. Stock owners got the shaft and the unions employees were protected and rewarded. Professor Pilla thinks that "don't ask, don't tell" was a bad thing. Really? He ignores the
reality of this law, as litigation regarding sexual orientation within the ranks has already begun. Our professors "Utopia' is a bunch of empty "sound bites" and " meaningless feelgood policies." He mentioned that congress passed the "Sandy Aid package." Another BS claim without reading the fine print. Ask many who were affected by Sandy, "how the Sandy Aid Package" is working out for them? He talks about "race to the top" as if it is the educational key to success. While "No child left behind", created under the Bush administration had well intentions, it created an educational environment where teachers "taught to the test" and "Race to the top" does the same and goes even further. There is good and bad in both programs. Our professor jumps for joy in his delusional "Big Government" dream of even more "Big Government" in our children's lives. Start them young, right professor? I would like to know Professor, "what do you find so appealing about president Obama's "Educational funding plan?" Did it occur to you that the federal government will now pick "winners and losers" regarding who gets what funding, based on race, religion, gender, citizenship, type of classes taken. "Green" career courses and Social program courses will take precedence over other courses and so on. See where I'm going with this? Our government, with our tax dollars, will shape the future of this country by doing with our children, what they did when they wasted billions of dollars in investing in "chosen segments" of the economy. Let's talk about those PELL Grants that you boasted about Professor. Did you know that under the Obama administration, the time a student can receive a Pell Grant has been cut by as much as three years? This gives students less of a chance to qualify for a grant, however if you fall into "specific" categories that are IN THE FINE PRINT professor, you can still qualify. Ask the minority children who were given the opportunity, under the Bush administration, to attend the same school his children attend, but were removed do to the fact that president Obama chose to protect the teachers unions by forcing children to attend public schools instead of taking advantage of the grants. Your statement about president Obama signing the "violence against women act is just about the only thing that made sense but lets not forget, Congress wrote it and Obama signed it. Equal pay for equal work is a joke professor. I wonder if you wrote president
Obama and asked him why he pays women who work for him less than the men who work for him? This was an issue during his re-election campaign. What was the response? Create anger amongst his electorate by giving speeches about how he will champion the cause for equal pay for equal work. It's hilarious. Our foreign affairs policy is a joke and our standing in the world is one of disrespect and laughter. What happened to American being in better graces with the terrorists once Bush was gone professor? Where is your understanding of "Peace through strength?" You think president Obama is strong on terror because he allows for targeted drone strikes? Did you know that these drone strikes have killed hundreds, if not thousands of people that were not actually targeted and were just considered collateral damage? Killing terrorists is fine with me but this policy has also caused us to not capture key leaders of whom we can gather needed intelligence from. You claim that president Obama skillfully help topple several Middle East dictators. What do we have in their place? Anti American governments, that what. You actually think that Prime Minister of Isreal and the rest of Israel trusts president Obama and believes that he supports them? Man, you are more naive than I thought. Your letters clearly show how you "tow the line" and are completely and utterly ignorant about this administration, as well as past administrations, both Republican and Democrat. Your trust and enthusiasm for this administration and government in general is frightening. You are the quintessential "DRONE" Mr. Professor. Keep writing your "smart" letters and keep feeling good about yourself and how in your mind, you are educating all of the readers. If that's what works for you, then so be it. But know this, as long as you continue to spew your misinformation and attempt to "recruit" believers, I will continue to expose you and your student(s) for the fraud that you are. Paul Parrinello Jr. Howard Beach
Ban Bogus Booze An Open Letter to the New York State Legislature and New York City Council: I am writing to urge all honorable legislators in the State and City of New York to propose a bill which would make the manufacture, distribution and sale of any liquors which are
deceptively advertised as soft drinks or flavored with fruit juices (natural or artificial) illegal. A prime example of such a duplicitous product is Captain Morgan Long Island Iced Tea, which does not contain tea derivatives, but rather is a mix of rum, vodka, tequila and gin, all of which are alcohols. Another example would be the plethora of fruit-flavored vodka sorbets. Recent psychological research studies on the effects of soft drink product labels, letters and words upon taste have shown that pleasant words, for example, are unconsciously associated as an implicit taste preference which is subsequently reflected as an explicit preference for the labeled product (Predictive validity of the implicit association test in studies of brands, consumer attitude, and behavior. Journal of Consumer Psychology (2004), 14, 405-415). Further, since taste is a compounding of primary taste sensations, the mix of non-alcoholic substances essentially masks the alcoholic taste sensation as a pleasant secondary perception which contingently reinforces the operant behavior of alcohol drinking under the behavior analytic theory. If flavored cigarettes such as vanilla- and cherry-flavored Cheyenne have been banned from the retail market by the
New York City Council, since their fruit flavors are ploys to addict teen smokers despite the initial obnoxious taste of tobacco, then similarly any alcoholic products (liquors, wines, liqueurs and champagnes) which rely upon fruit-flavored mixes should also be prohibited. Although the rapacity of the New York State Liquor Authority and the State and local treasuries upon the citizenry through the consumption of this biological poison is just as legal a business as Al Capone's bootlegging enterprise, the first steps toward total abolition of alcohol manufacture, distribution and retail should be the banning of duplicitously labeled booze and fruit-flavored alcoholic beverages. Are the state and local governments ethically promoting the health and welfare of the people, or are they merely aggrandizing the corporate bootleggers, middlemen, and local liquor merchants? We want the first answer to this question from Governor Andrew Cuomo whose pragmatic agenda is to legalize anything for tax revenue exemplified in his casino mania perfected by none other than Charles "Lucky" Luciano in Havana, Cuba and Las Vegas. Joseph N. Manago Briarwood
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Say Goodbye, Say Hello Well it's time for another word from the publisher--actually I don't know why we call it a word from the publisher, because it's never really a word--it's always many. And for the last so many years I can't remember exactly, I have not only held the role of publisher but as Editor-in-Chief as well. But this week actually marks the last issue in which my name will appear in that capacity. I would like to thank you for always letting us know your feelings on the editorial deci-
sions made at The Forum through letters, emails, faxes, texts and most recently through Facebook and Twitter. And now as the editorial torch is passed, I hoe you will continue to share your thoughts with us on everything you have concerns with. As always we will continue to welcome your contributions, story ideas, photos and of course, your opinions. As we welcome aboard new Editor-in Chief, Anna Gustafson we are also ushering more connections to our online readership community. Plans for the future include an enhanced website to keep you updated on important hyper-local news that we pride ourselves on delivering to the communities we serve. We hope you will let us know how you feel about changes we're making and how they are affecting our readers. Although we maybe taking techno steps forward, the one thing we will always focus on are the real concerns of the communities and the things that affect our neighborhoods. I am passing that responsibility on to a professional who is well suited to maintain the journalistic integrity of the news we bring you
every week. It has indeed been a privilege to serve this community as the editor of this newspaper and to have had the chance to share so many wonderful moments and memories. The last seven months have been a great challenge on many and it has been an inspiration and a great lesson I have learned from all during this time. I look forward to maintaining my role in this community and infusing it with many more projects than ever before. It's hard to imagine just how much news we have brought you over the years. With thousands of consecutive issues having been published, The Forum is finishing up its 39th year. I hope we will continue to keep you coming back for another 39 years and look forward to all the new experiences of bringing the local news to you through different mediums and channels. Once again thank you for allowing me the opportunity to come into your home every week. See you on the street! Pat Adams
South Ozone Park Father Shot Dead Victim of gun violence spree that leaves 7 dead
side a housing project about 6:50 a.m. at 10636 159th St., police said. He was outside the building where his exwife lives to pick up his 4-year-old daughter for school. It was then police say that a man approached his vehicle and fired at least 5 or 6 shots, hitting Mullins twice and killing him. Published reports Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has stepped up patrols in a concentrated effort to quell gun violence in the city. A family photo of slain Kelly Mullins with his say he was on the phone former wife and their infant daughter. with his step sister at the time of his death. By Patricia Adams Police are vigorously pursuing all leads in A South Ozone Park man was the only vic- the case but as of yet have not made any tim in Queens included in the tally of violent arrest. Sources say there is a possibility the shootings throughout the city last week that shooter knew Mullins’ ex-wife, Cameo. A resident from a building down the street left seven people dead and at least two dozen others injured. There were 22 separate shoot- from where the shooting occurred, Thomas ing incidents over a 72-hour period beginning Jackson told reporters he awoke to “five or six gunshots” but waited to come outside until he on Friday. Kelly Mullins, 33, was parked in his car out- saw police arriving through the window.
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Mul lins mother, K athr y n Mul lins described her son as a devoted father who loved his daughter more than anything. She said her son and the child’s mother had been married for six years before they got divorced a couple of years ago and that her ex-daughter-in-law was not a bad person. Kelly Mullins was one of six others that met with death since Friday in what was a record 72 hours for gun violence in the city. NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly says his department will respond to this by stepping up foot patrols in all housing projects citywide. In addition, mobile surveillance vehicles and towers will be deployed to the areas in which the shootings occurred, extra plain clothes detectives have been dispatched to the areas during the shooting prone times. Warrant Division officers will also be focusing in the nine commands where the shootings took place and rounding up as many people having open warrants as possible. Much resource has also been directed to monitor gang activity in anticipation of retaliation by rival factions.
Ulrich Will Support Meter Bill By Patricia Adams
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Oz Pk) says he will support key legislation introduced by council colleague David Greenfield of Brooklyn and announced by Council Speaker Christine Quinn that seeks to curb the “ill-effects” of muni-meters on parkers throughout the city. According to points in the legislation, the meters will shut off automatically and not accept payment at times when drivers are not required to pay for parking at a location. In addition, the machine will not accept payment when it is out of receipt paper and will allow drivers to pay for parking beginning one hour before the regulations go into effect. Legislators hope that the bill will ensure that motorists are not subjected to unfair penalties and fines not made to pay for equipment flaw or error. Ulrich says for many people today risking a $35 ticket through no fault of their own may prevent shoppers from a trip to a neighborhood business. “My district has it fair share of muni-meters on busy strips. Crossbay Boulevard,Liberty, Atlantic Avenues,” Ulrich said, “and more than those. We have a lot of parking turnover at these locations and people should be able to come and park and shop and do their business without worrying about getting unfair tickets.” Residents using strips like Cross Bay Boulevard have similar concerns. John Brennan says he parks on the busy strip just about six days week. Since munimeters came to town, Brennan says, he’s unable to get a receipt at the first machine he tries a lot of times. “They run out of the damn paper all the time, but they keep your money. “And you have to walk all the way to the next machine,” he jokes, “but at 89, you don’t get much else exercise. I just don’t want tickets.” And tickets he’s gotten he says, two since January. One he admits was his fault, the other he said his daughter made him pay against his will. “Daddy she tells me, it’ll cost more in time to prove you’re right. I’ll pay it for you.” John Brennan looks back and flashes a smile, “You can’t fight City Hall—if you don’t try.”
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For Ozone Park Grad, A Chance To Shine At Juilliard
Photo Courtesy of Rosanny Zayas
Rosanny Zayas plays a role in the production of “Almost Maine” written by John Cariani and produced by Catch A Clover Productions at Queens College.
By Anna Gustafson When Rosanny Zayas was growing up in Ozone Park, she never dreamed that, upon graduating from college, a relatively newfound passion for acting would vault her into one of the most prestigious theater institutions in the country - The Juilliard School - and she would be preparing for a life on the stage. While the 23-year-old appreciated the arts growing up - she was, for example, a choral group member at Forest Hills High School Zayas did not discover just how much she loved acting until late in high school. And it wasn’t until Zayas took an acting course with Claudia Feldstein, a theater professor at Queens College, that she began to consider acting as a career. “Claudia was one of the first people who took a real genuine interest in the work I was doing,” said Zayas, who graduated from Queens College last week. “It was because of her that I felt like I could do something. There’s nothing else I want to do - there’s nothing else I love more than acting.” For Zayas, discovering that passion led her to be accepted into a four-year Master’s acting program at Juilliard - an extremely competitive school in Manhattan with an acceptance rate that hovers somewhere around 6 percent. “I went crazy when I found out I was accepted,” Zayas said. “I called Claudia, and I was just screaming and screaming. I lost my voice because I was screaming all day. It was one of those things that just you know is going to change your life.” Already, Zayas said theater has changed her life - helping her to not only cement what she wants to do in life - which includes acting on stage, as well as in film and television - but providing her a way to talk about her life in a way she never had before. “I think society now tells you to hold everything inside and not show your true emotions,” Zayas said. “Theater lets you be vulnerable, and for people to not judge you for that makes me so happy.” The Queens College graduate said it was a
monologue she did for Feldstein’s class that gave her such an emotional kick in the gut that she was taken aback by just how influential theater can be. “I did this monologue at Queens College, and it pushed me further than I ever had been before,” Zayas said of the piece in which she plays a 16-year-old pregnant girl whose father died at the hands of a dictatorial regime. The character, whose mother never speaks of the father’s death, goes on to look into the circumstances surrounding her father’s life. “At the end, it’s about getting back to that mother-daughter relationship because they have a bad relationship,” Zayas said. That monologue was one of four pieces she ended up performing for her audition to Juilliard - for which she prepared through a free Department of Drama, Theater and Dance program that helps students with material for Master's auditions. Zayas was among a number of theater students who participated in the program - which school officials said has been so successful that a number of Queens College theater students are moving on to programs at schools such as Yale, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. “It’s a testament to our program,” said Feldstein, a Queens College and Yale Drama School alumna. “The department offers enough foundation to be a strong launching pad to these very competitive theater schools.” As for Zayas, she hopes that after four years at Juilliard, she will be able to make an imprint in the world of acting. “Eventually I’d like to try film and TV, but I feel like my home is theater,” she said. “That’s where I feel most comfortable and belong.” Additionally, Zayas - whose family is from the Dominican Republic - said she’d like to run her own theater group that would cast a brighter spotlight on Latino playwrights. “If I could create a judgment-free space in the world, that’s what I’d like to do,” she said. “That’s the best thing about theater - when you’re acting something out, you’re not allowed to judge. I wish real life was like that.”
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Levels Howard Sends One to Hospita Last week as The Forum was preparing to go to press, an explosion ripped through a private one family home in Howard Beach. Homeowner Teresa Pepitone was in the house at 16239 84th street when an explosion, triggered by a gas leak, occurred. Ms. Pepitone shares the home with her husband Joseph who was not at home at the time of the fire. She was transported to Jamaica Hospital with 2nd and 3rd degree burns covering more than 50% of her body. Sources say that she was stabilized she was removed to the Burn Unit at Weil-Cornell Medical Center for treatment and recovery. However attempts to confirm her condition at the Burn Center rea-
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main unanswered. The family was completing renovations in their home after destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. The FDNY reports that Rapid Repair crews were doing work in the house but has ruled them out as having responsibility for the explosion. Authorities said the fire was gas fed, but an ongoing investigation is still underway to determine the actual cause of the explosion and subsequent fire. The Forum was among the first news outlets to arrive at the scene and this week we share with you some of the images from this tragedy and its aftermath. Photos by Patricia Adams and Richard York
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By Patricia Adams
“Did you know there is an app that tells people who call you when you’re driving that you can’t talk or call right now but you’ll get back to them later?” As Distracted Driving Awareness Month draws to a close, Dr. Sebastian Schubl, Director of the Jamaica Hospital Trauma Center, comes out slinging technology. “It’s actually really helpful in keeping people away from their phones.” The hospital has been engaged in an education awareness and prevention campaign to address the growing concern. And in the scheme of things, Schubl is well poised to know how significant a difference keeping distractions from drivers is. In charge of the Level One Trauma Center at Jamaica Hospital, the only one of
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its kind in south Queens, the surgeon says his hospitals proximity to highways and to Queens Boulevard results in their seeing an inordinate number of vehicular traumas. Included in that mix are pedestrians and cyclists struck, motorcycle collisions and of course car crashes, many of which are the result of the use of a cell phone or another distraction as simple as eating. Meticulous monitoring of detail surrounding every trauma case that enters the hospital shows that in the early evening, most of the trauma is vehicular and then as it gets later, the penetrating injuries - gunshots and knife wounds - start coming in. Overall, 80% of the cases brought in are from vehicular accidents or blunt force trauma.
While no one wants to wind up in a trauma bay, all indicators at Jamaica point to the fact that if the worse does happen, this is where you want to be. In the establishment of being a Level One Trauma Center, the hospital has all the resources that can be brought to bear to help a trauma patient. They act as a referral center - patients from other hospitals are sent when another level of care is required and in addition, EMS will preferentially bring patients to Jamaica because all the resources to do everything that can be done in the current state of health care are readily at hand. There are five trauma surgeons currently on staff, with a sixth on the horizon. Much larger hospitals are known to have far fewer but the vast majority of surgical cases at Jamaica are trauma patients. “It’s in our DNA. It’s in our bones,” Schubl says. “Jamaica Hospital has recognized itself as a trauma center and treats itself as such.” That recognition comes mostly from nights like Friday and Saturday, which Schubl describes as “hairy.” The hospital will have an average of 100 notifications every month. Notifications are cases that are brought in by EMS involving a severe injury. The bulk of the cases arrive on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s nights like that when “the Golden Hour of Trauma really counts.” A term originating from the first days of trauma medicine Schubl explains it as “the 60 minutes a person has from the time of sustaining a life threatening injury—to getting the treatment they need.” He says that after that time elapses, the patient’s rate of mortality goes up drastically. “Most cases give us about 15 minutes to get you into the OR, open you up, find what’s wrong and fix it.” But Schubl is careful to stress the fact that trauma is not exclusively about surgery. “We have a staff dedicated to the non-clinical aspects of this program as well.” These staff are devoted to tracking statistics, registering patient, do research, stress quality improvement and do analysis. “As a trauma program we take care of a patient from the time they arrive until after
Dr. Sebastian Schubl they go home. The goal is to get them back to as close to a pre-injury state as possible,” Schubl says. A massive cooperative effort is required to see that plan through for each patient. And to keep up with preparation for large-scale trauma that might occur, there are yearly drills, usually run in conjunction with JFK or FDNY. Presently the hospital’s trauma center includes 2 trauma bays, a 13 bed surgical ICU, experienced nursing staff for the patients in that ICU and a host of other clinical practitioners including radiologists, anesthesiologists, pain management doctors, rehabilitation therapists, psychiatrists and a host of others. The take home message for the success of the trauma center at Jamaica Hospital according to its leader is all about timing. “Every second counts,” affirms Schubl. “We say that about a lot of things in life, but in this circumstance, it’s truer than everywhere else.” Those feeling he says come from the patients he has seen time and time again that would not have made it had they been treated just after they actually were. Since his arrival in 2011 many things have been added to the program and in the months ahead eyes will be focused on the hospital’s trauma program as it attempts many certifications and verifications conducted by national committees while striving to carve itself a place at the top of the trauma center list.
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DOWN 1. Sky bear 2. Auction off 3. Block of granite, e.g. 4. Increase rpms 5. "Piece of cake!" 6. I, to Claudius 7. Hawaiian veranda 8. It measures rpms 9. Not in favor of 10. Curved molding 11. Workout segment 13. Proclaimed true without proof 15. Make so one can't get out 20. Be limp 22. DNA transmitter 24. Tropical naps 25. *Father of the twelve tribes of Israel 26. Dispatch boat 27. Abominable snowmen 29. Swedish shag rugs 31. Barbecued anatomy 32. Time on the job 33. Eagerness 34. *He played Cliff Huxtable on TV 36. "As ____ on TV" 38. *Greek father to all gods 42. African sorcery 45. Off-color 49. Afflict 51. *Presidential and Founding father 54. Wing it 56. Comparative of dry 57. Buggy terrain 58. Three-layer cookie 59. Indian bread 60. Devil's ____ 61. Better than never? 62. Give off 63. Cosine's buddy 64. *Jenna's presidential dad, ___ "W" 66. "But I heard him exclaim, ____ he drove out of sight, Merry Christmas to all..."
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Notice of Qualification of S & C Robinson Enterprise, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/7/12. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Georgia (GA) on 6/3/11. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011. Address to be maintained in DE: The LLC, 6139 Queen River Dr., Mableton, GA 30126. Arts of Org. filed with the GA Secretary of State, 313 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr., Atlanta, GA 30334-1530. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Legal Notices ESPRIT GLOBAL ENTERPRISES, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/18/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 11108 223rd, St. Queens Village, NY 11429. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. REGO PARK SOCIAL ADULT DAY CARE, LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/15/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jay Golub, 41-47 48th St., Sunnyside, NY 11104. General Purposes. Notice of Formation of Ludwig’s at the Yacht Club, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/12/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Notice of formation, HILLSIDE MGSD LLC Articles of Organization Filed with Sec. of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/04/2008 Notice of formation, HILLSIDE MGSD LLC Office location: Queens County SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served against the LLC to c/o: THE LLC, 4949 Merrick Road # 258 Massapequa Park, NY 11762. Purpose: any lawful purpose or activity. Notice of Formation of DD West 29th LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 05/07/2013. Office location: Queens County. Principal office address: 4209 235th Street, Douglaston, NY 11363. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 42-09 235th Street, Douglaston, NY 11363. Term: until dissolved. Purpose: To engage in any act or activity lawful. Notice of formation of CITY CHEFS C AND M 58 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/30/2012. Office location, County of Queens. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Christian F Alvarado, 58-14 41st Drive, Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: Any lawful act. Notice of Formation of 57TH STREET LOGISTICS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/16/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Eric Mautner, 153 W. 27th St., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: EAGLE GEOTECH CONSTRUCTION LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/19/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Neil L. Fuhrer & Assoc. LLP, 750 Third Avenue, 29th Floor, New York, New York 10017. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
ROSHNI KAUR, LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/4/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 35-05 146th St., Flushing, NY 11354. General Purposes.
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