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Parents and Councilman Eric Ulrich are calling on the city to replace the fire alarm system that was destroyed at PS 207 during Hurricane Sandy. The city has yet to do so and instead has stationed individuals tasked with smelling for smoke at the building. See Story on Page 3 Anna Gustafson/The Forum Newsgroup
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Seeing Red: PS 207 Parents, Pol Urge City To Install Fire Alarm System At School Almost nine months after Sandy, school still has no alarm
By Anna Gustafson Incensed by the lack of a fire alarm system at PS 207 in Howard Beach, parents and an area legislator are pleading with the city to correct a situation they say could be a disaster waiting to happen. The fire alarm system at PS 207, which serves about 900 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, was wiped out in Hurricane Sandy. Once the school reopened in January, the city Department of Education stationed 12 “fire watchmen” at the school, who are tasked with keeping an eye out for smoke or flames and for whom the city pays $13,000 each week. Parents and Councilman Eric Ulrich (ROzone Park) said they are extremely concerned that the current system poses serious safety risks to the students and teachers - as well as everyone else in the building - because they said the individuals may not be able to evacuate the school as quickly as they would with a functioning fire alarm system. “If you really think about it, it makes you crazy and you just pray to God nothing happens,” said Vita Leone, vice president of the PS 207 Parent Association. “It’s very upsetting because we don’t know when there’s going to be a new fire alarm.” After receiving numerous complaints from worried parents, Ulrich penned a letter on July 19 to schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and School Construction Authority President Lorraine Grillo and urged them to expedite the installation of a new fire alarm system. He noted
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Councilman Eric Ulrich said he and his constituents do not want to wait any longer for the city to replace the fire alarm system that was destroyed at PS 207 in Howard Beach during Hurricane Sandy.
in the letter that the SCA has informed him that there are “no plans to begin work on replacing the system until FEMA issues the funds for replacement” - something for which there is no time table. When the money does come in, the councilman said the installation of a new system is likely to take more than a year. “Obviously, they are worried about sending their children to a school with inadequate fire safety precautions,” Ulrich wrote in reference to PS 207 parents. “It is simply inexcusable to expect
another school year to pass with no fire alarm system in the school. “With all that my constituents have going on while they try to rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, they should at least have the peace of mind the school their child attends has a functional fire alarm system,” he concluded in the letter. A city DOE spokeswoman said the “use of fire watch is an acceptable practice and the school is safe.” “The cost associated with a replacement for
the fire alarm is under review for reimbursement by FEMA,” the spokeswoman said in an email. “We will be able to provide more information once the review is completed.” Ulrich also slammed the DOE for spending $13,000 each week on the fire watchmen. “It’s a huge waste of the taxpayers’ money, and in the long run will actually cost more than the installation of a new fire alarm system,” Ulrich said. “I’m outraged.” Nina DeBlasio, the parent coordinator at PS 207, said that because of the fire alarm situation, the school cannot hold the many after-school and weekend activities it once did. “Security is our number one concern, and without a fire alarm I don’t feel comfortable having kids in the building at night time,” DeBlasio said. “I wouldn’t sleep one night without my fire alarm - why are we in a school with 900 kids with that?” DeBlasio added. Under the fire watchmen system, the watchmen, should they smell smoke or see flames, would have to run to the main office and alert them to the problem. Someone at the main office would then make an announcement that people should leave the building. “We’d have to do all of that instead of just pulling a switch that alerts the fire department,” DeBlasio said. “The city is paying this company to be in our school in case they smell smoke because they can’t put you in a building and say you’re on your own in a fire - but, in retrospect, we are on our own.”
At WRBA, Beating The Heat To Talk Skate Park Problems, Honoring Veterans By Anna Gustafson Clinging to water bottles and impromptu fans hastily assembled from scraps of paper, the residents who filtered into the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association meeting at St. Luke’s Church last Saturday were of the die-hard ilk: They came, they sweated and they didn’t leave until they covered everything from concerns over rowdy children in the newly opened London Planetree skate park to supporting veterans in the community. A string of legislators’ representatives - and one lawmaker, State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) - addressed a wide variety of issues at the two-hour WRBA meeting that managed to draw a sizeable crowd, despite Saturday’s temperatures that hovered in the triple digits. Rudy Giuliani, chief of staff to Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), told audience members that additional police are expected to patrol the London Planetree skate park, located on Atlantic Avenue on the border of Ozone Park and Woodhaven, after residents complained about the massive influx of children and teens to the park that just opened last month. “I think they were overwhelmed with how many people are coming, so they’re going to be restructuring things,” Giuliani said. One resident noted that the park is drawing “kids from every borough” to the area - something the individual said can be especially problematic because they will spill out from the park onto nearby streets, creating dangerous situations for drivers. WRBA board members, including Alex Blen-
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WRBA board member Arlene Annunziata discusses how residents can support veterans in the community at the group's meeting last Saturday.
kinsopp and Arlene Annunziata, spoke about the WRBA’s upcoming annual fundraiser, which will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park. Blenkinsopp, who chaired the meeting in the absence of WRBA President Ed Wendell, announced that, for the first time, the WRBA will hold a press conference Thursday evening to announce the fundraiser’s honorees. Additionally, Annunziata said the WRBA has also launched its “Thank a Vet” program, for which
residents can donate to cover the cost of a veteran to attend the fundraiser. Annunziata said a $50 donation will cover the cost of one dinner, and the group is accepting $25 donations as well. The lowest donation the group will accept is $10. Tickets and donations can be made through the WRBA’s website, http://www.woodhaven-nyc.org/. “We want to honor the vets,” Annunziata said. “It’s because of these vets we’re all sitting here today.” Addabbo landed nods of approval when he
told residents he is sponsoring legislation that would allow community groups to access funding from Albany by applying directly to state departments for the money - instead of landing it through legislators. Cuomo has cut off monies that typically go to area organizations, often referred to as “pork,” citing numerous instances of political corruption among state legislators. “The Thursday before we left Albany, I sat down with the governor and talked to him about my dismay that funding has been pulled for local organizations,” Addabbo said. “While I agree with cleaning up Albany, we never replaced the process by which credible organizations can get money. Veterans posts are dying; senior centers are dying.” In 2012, for example, Cuomo made cuts to allocations that would have gone to such groups as the Woodhaven Development Corp., the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Maspeth Town Hall, Howard Beach’s Columbus Day Foundation, Ozone Park’s South Queens Boys and Girls Club, and the Juniper Park Civic Association, among others. “You have our full support for this bill,” WRBA board member Vance Barbour told Addabbo. Kate Mooney, representing Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), told the crowd that, after battling with the city, PS 254 on 101 Street at Park Lane South has begun serving free summer meals for all children 18 years old and younger. “The city had closed all free meals in the area, but the school fought hard to get the free lunch program,” Mooney said. “I’d encourage you to think about using that service.”
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As City Installs Police Cameras, Talk Of Security And Personal Liberty By Anna Gustafson
With the impending installation of 57 new police surveillance cameras throughout Queens, there is no doubt: Big Brother is watching. But, area civic leaders, legislators and other residents seem to, for the most part, agree this is no Orwellian nightmare - though groups like the New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union have raised repeated concerns over the increased surveillance. Instead, many say they welcome the increase in cameras in public spaces. “We have a few in the 112th Precinct, and we’re getting a whole batch more,” said 112th Precinct Community Council President Heidi Harrison Chain. “They do serve as a deterrent, and if we have images of the people committing the crimes, hopefully the images help people recognize them and help the police arrest them faster.” Public attitudes towards surveillance cameras have grown increasingly warm over the years, with many citing the increased role footage has played in nabbing criminals in places like Forest Park or along Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven. An overwhelming number of New Yorkers have come out in support of police cameras, according to a poll released by Quinnipiac University in May that reported city voters support 82 to 14 percent the increased use of surveillance cameras in public spaces. Support among black and Hispanic voters is even higher than white voters, with 86 to 12 percent of black voters and 88 to 12 percent of Hispanic voters saying they back the cameras. White voters said they supported it 80 to 16 percent. Women tend to favor the cameras more than men, with 86 to 11 percent of female voters saying they back the surveillance, compared to 78 to 19 percent of their male counterparts. Much of the support for the cameras seems to stem from concern over another terrorist attack, and 62 percent of city
Fifty-seven new police cameras are making their way into Queens - leaving some residents relieved to have what they say are crucial crime-fighting tools and others concerned about personal liberties.
voters said they are “very worried” or “somewhat worried” there will be another attack in the city. “Most New Yorkers think another terrorist attack, like the Boston Marathon bombing, is likely,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Smile, you’re on a New York City surveillance camera, and voters would like to see more of them.” And more of them are coming to Queens, Borough President Helen Marshall announced in late June. Marshall allo-
cated $2 million in capital funds for 57 new surveillance cameras in the borough - including three in the 102nd Precinct, three in the 104th Precinct, and one in the 106th Precinct. There will be cameras installed in the 102nd at 101 Avenue and 115 Street, Jamaica Avenue and 102 Street, and Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue. Another round of cameras will be placed in the 104th Precinct at Broadway and 75 Street, 68 Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, and Madison Street and Fresh Pond Road. In the 106th Precinct, a camera will be installed at Liberty Avenue and 80 Street. “These new cameras will give police more eyes on the street,” Marshall said. “They will be a fantastic deterrent to crime and greatly help our police to solve crimes and apprehend offenders. After all, the camera doesn’t lie.” The cameras are being paid for with an allocation the borough president made in the 2013 capital budget. Since that money was provided, the NYPD has been studying crime data and other information to determine where the installation of the cameras would be the most effective in fighting crime. While there is clearly much support for the cameras, there have been concerns raised by groups like the New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union over the constant surveillance of citizens by government officials. According to the same Quinnipiac poll, the majority of the public agrees that the government should not violate basic civil liberties to prevent terrorism - though what those liberties constitute can be in dispute. But civic leaders said they don’t believe an increase in cameras constitutes a violation of personal liberties. “If you look at Manhattan, the entire downtown area is under surveillance and it doesn’t seem to have violated liberties,” Chain said. “But it has stopped crime and helped it become more secure. We think it’s a good thing to have additional cameras.”
At Disaster Conference, Cuomo Meets With South Queens Reps To Talk Storm Reconstruction By Anna Gustafson
Launching his “New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program” with a conference packed with hundreds of people representing neighborhoods across the city - and state - in Albany last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged community members to think long and hard about how to best implement $750 million in federal funding for storm reconstruction. As part of the program, Howard Beach could receive more than $18.4 million in federal aid. Leaders from throughout South Queens attended the conference last Thursday, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway), Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton, and Frances Scarantino, president of the Rotary Club of South West Queens. “The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program will empower localities to Photo Courtesy of Gov. Cuomo’s Office develop and implement recovery plans after the Gov. Cuomo speaks last week at a conference he held in Albany on storm recovery. Cuomo said the state will lend financial damage done by the devastating natural disashelp to 102 communities across the state that have been damaged in natural disasters, including Howard Beach. ters to hit our state over the past two years,” Cuomo said at the conference, which was telecast. are done, we will have risen to the challenge of cane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. “This program recognizes that New York’s effort making our great state not only more resistant Donovan too praised the program, which to build back better must be a two-pronged ap- to future storms, but stronger, more prosperous could secure up to $16.5 million in aid for proach, with the state not only leading critical and more prepared for years to come.” Breezy Point, $10.4 million for Belle Harbor, infrastructure and broad investment strategies Cuomo was joined at the event by U.S. $16.7 million for Rockaway, and $5.5 million but also providing localities the resources they Housing and Urban Development Secretary for Far Rockaway. The HUD secretary said the need to invest in their own future. When we Shaun Donovan, who chairs the federal Hurri- program will allow communities the chance to 4 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • July 25, 2013
“develop bold plans that will make New York stronger, more economically competitive and better able to withstand future storms.” The program will assist 102 communities that have been severely damaged in storms to craft rebuilding plans. Each plan will be developed by regional planning committees of civic leaders, experts and officials. Grant amounts will be based on FEMA assessed damage levels, as well as applications for new infrastructure and other mitigation, and will be awarded once the community’s plan is complete and submitted to the state for approval. At last week’s conference, experts from around the nation discussed such topics as economic development, resiliency, urban sustainability, and environmental impact in order to help residents begin their own process of drafting a plan. Engineers were on site as well and touched on strategies, solutions and lessons from past disaster recovery efforts. Alongside Queens, other areas hard hit by Hurricane Sandy that are eligible for funding as part of this program are Staten Island and lower Manhattan, both of which could land as much as $25 million. Thursday’s gathering comes Sandy and tropical storms Irene and Lee devastated much of New York, with the natural disasters touching nearly two-thirds of the state.
Thief Targets Blind Victim Twice In Two Weeks Brooklyn man arraigned on robbery and burglary charges
Queens Criminal Court Justice Donna Golia set bail at $175,000 cash and $300,000 bond for the man who beat and robbed a blind senior citizen at his Long Island City apartment at the end of June and then again on July 9. Ronald Rhodes, 46, of Bushwick, Brooklyn was arraigned last week and charged with first- and second-degree burglary, second- and third-degree robbery, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and fourth degree criminal mischief in the victimization of 73-yearold William Brandon, twice, in less than two weeks. The construction worker allegedly targeted his victim because he felt that because the man was blind, it would be hard to make identification. But video surveillance in place at the public housing development where he lived, recorded the defendant’s criminal actions. According to the first of two complaints, on the morning of June 29th the victim, William Brandon, was inside his apartment at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, when he was approached by an individual from behind who ripped the chain off his neck and fled the scene.
Ronald Rhodes is caught on video surveillance footage at the Queensbridge Houses, where William Bradon, a 73-year-old blind man was attacked and robbed twice at his apartment complex.
The second incident came 10 days later on July 9th when Brandon was attacked again as he stood at his apartment door, trying to open it. This time the robber placed his hands over Brandon’s mouth and pushed him inside the apartment. Once inside, he put his hands around Brandon’s neck and applied enough pressure to cause the
Run To Raise Funds For Slain Officer Figoski's Family
The Cypress Hills Cemetery just announced it will host a 5K race to raise money for the family of slain Officer Peter Figoski in September.
By Anna Gustafson Slain NYPD Officer Peter Figoski will be honored with a 5K race in Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn this September, and the event will raise funds for the family of the decorated 22-year police veteran who was shot at the scene of an armed robbery in 2011. Representatives from the cemetery recently announced that it will host the race at the 225acre cemetery, located at 833 Jamaica Ave. - not far from where Figoski was shot in December of 2011. The participant fee for the event on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. will be $25, and the money collected from the registrations, as well as donations, will go to support Figoski’s four daughters’ education.
Figoski, 47, for whose family Queens residents have held fundraisers across the borough - including in Lindenwood and Middle Village, was shot while responding to a robbery in progress in East New York with his partner, Officer Glenn Estrada in the early morning hours of Dec. 12, 2011. The officer, who lived in West Babylon with his family, was shot by one of the robbers as he blocked an exit to an area where the suspects were cornered. He died later that morning at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. A man beloved by his family, friends and colleagues, Figoski was promoted posthumously to detective and awarded the Medal of Honor from the NYPD. Four men have been sentenced in Figoski’s death. Two Ozone Park residents, Kevin Santos, 32, and Nelson Morales, 29, received life sentences in June for the officer’s murder, and Ariel Tejada, also of Ozone Park, is serving 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder and burglary charges. Lamont Pride, of North Carolina, who shot Figoski in the face as he attempted to flee the scene, is serving 45 years to life after he was convicted in February. Ozone Park resident Michael Velez was acquitted of murder and burglary charges earlier in February. For those interested in participating in the Cypress Hills race, registration begins at 8 a.m. or register online by going to www.cypresshillscemetery.org. For more information about the event, contact Anthony Desmond at (718) 2516934 or email email@example.com.
ability…now he faces the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence.” District Attorney Brown said. And now because of Queensbridge Houses’ video surveillance, police have footage showing a male individual with denim shorts and a black shirt walking in the same direction as Mr. Brandon and following him into the building and through the lobby. Footage from inside the elevator that day shows Mr. Brandon exiting at his floor and the male with denim shorts and a black shirt standing outside the elevator as the doors opened. Police sources say that while Rhodes was being questioned, he allegedly admitted to following Mr. Brandon into the building, entering the apartment behind him and taking the chain from around his neck. He said he sold Mr. Brandon’s chain in Brooklyn for $50 cash and five bags of heroin. He told authorities he had been waiting for Brandon, put his hand over the man’s mouth and pushed him inside where he choked him and robbed him after he went unconscious. He is scheduled to return to court on August 5, 2013 and if convicted, faces up to 25 years in prison.
senior to collapse and lose consciousness. When he came to, Brandon says, his cell phone, wallet, cash and keys, were all missing and that the lock to his closet had been broken. “The victim in this case was a 73-yearold blind man whom the defendant allegedly preyed upon because of his dis-
Mother Charged In Assaulting Baby
Shakes 3-month-old daughter, docs fear brain damage By Samantha Geary A St. Albans mother of a three-month old infant has been arrested and charged with first-degree assault, reckless assault of a child and endangering the welfare of a child, after she shook her daughter on two separate occasions, resulting in abusive head trauma and Shaken Baby Syndrome. Edelyne Louis, 32, of 113-18 200th Street, was arrested on Friday, July 19, 2013 and arraigned the next day before Queens Criminal Court Judge Donna Golia. She was ordered held on bail of $200,000 bond or $150,000 cash. “Instead of protecting and nurturing her daughter this defendant is accused of shaking the infant twice in two days to stop her from crying. The child now faces an uncertain future,” said DA Brown. He continued on to say that the case was a sad reminder that infants must never be shaken. Louis is the biological mother of Britney Louis, and according to the charges, while she was caring for the infant at home on July 16, the baby was crying. The defendant has allegedly admitted that she
was tired and frustrated and hot and that she shook her several times to get her to stop crying. The baby then quieted down and went to sleep. The following day, while the mother was at home with the baby, the infant began crying loudly. Louis shook Britney again, until she quieted down, and then she put her in a stroller. But the baby began to vomit and spiked a fever of about 100 degrees. The defendant and her husband, Riswick Pierre, took the baby to Queens General Hospital; she was then transferred to Long Island Jewish Hospital/Cohen Children’s Medical Center. An examination at the hospital revealed that the baby had bilateral subdural hematomas (bleeding on the brain), multi-layer retinal hemorrhages (bleeding in the eye), and a healing fracture of the righttenth posterior rib. The head injuries are consistent with abusive head trauma and Shaken Baby Syndrome and could result in chronic brain injury, including permanent developmental delay. Edelyne Louis is scheduled to appear in court on August 5. She faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
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The Bigger Picture Dear Editor: I am grateful to live in this great country that allows people to express their opinions without fear of punishment. Some are so entrenched in their beliefs that they are unable or closed-minded to any point of view except their own. Face it, you could “stand on your head and whistle Dixie” and they would never entertain another point of view. I read many newspapers and look forward to reading Letters to the Editor; they give me a sample of what folks in our area are concerned about and at times, help to be exposed to another point of view. But the persistent back and forth of a few – both conservative/ republicans and liberal/democrats is a bit much. Aren’t there other issues that people are concerned about? In my area–Winfield–we have been struggling with DOT to get some relief from the dangerous traffic racing down 50th Avenue, avoiding the light on Laurel Hill Blvd. We have had multiple fender benders, cars going up on lawns, etc. Seems to me that DOT’s main purpose is establishing bike lanes–to the exclusion of the need to calm traffic. We have a lovely community but it won’t be for long. The DOT is a paper trigger without any ability to enforce the law regarding illegal conversions. We are forced to live with the pollution of the BQE; we’ve been asking for over seven years for a solution and we are told they “are studying the problem.” Hard to believe. I am sure folks in other communities have similar issues. How about writing to The Forum and letting others speak out? Carol Terrano Woodside
Ride the Ferry! Dear Editor: The weekday Rockaway Queens Ferry is beautiful, relaxing, enjoyable and affordable. It take less than 50 minutes to travel from Manhattan's Pier 11 to Rockaway's Beach 108 street and its only $2.00 dollars. It's another great transit alternative to Queens and the City. The views are breathtaking and amazing. It's clean,
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cool, fast and friendly. It's also reliable, safe, and comfortable. The Ferry has an open deck and a closed deck with a snack bar with air condition. Make the time to take this wonderful fast ferry by SeaStreak from Manhattan to Rockaway or Rockaway to Manhattan. Bring your swimming gear and your appetite if you wish to visit Rockaway. Enjoy the wide-open space, panoramic views and the sunshine. The SeaStreak link will provide the schedule: www.seastreak.com I believe you will be surprised at the beauty and all the attractions of this $2.00 Ferry. It's great and should be promoted. Tell your family and friends to take a wonderful ferry ride to Manhattan or Rockaway. Philip McManus Rockaway
Presidential Quiz Dear Editor: As regular Forum readers, you are aware that this “Nutty Professor,” labeled by that distinguished Mr. Paul Parrinello Jr., accused me of being “completely and utterly ignorant” on the presidency. I hope my recent letter convinced you folks not to buy his (made in China) cheap goods. To put a little fun into this nonsense, I have prepared, for your enjoyment, a trivia quiz on our presidents. Answers will be published in my next letter. Presidential Quiz -- 1) Who was the first president to be limited to two terms? 2) Who was president during the “teapot dome” affair? 3) The first lady of this president forbade the serving of alcoholic beverages in the White House. 4) What two presidents failed as businessmen? 5) Name the only two presidents to have been “impeached?” 6) Who was the only president to take the “oath of office” from his father? 7) A speech at Cooper Union launched the “oath of office” from his father? 8) Which president won his election by an “8 to 7” vote? 9) Who was the first “dark horse” candidate to be elected president? 10) Who was the first president to be married in the White House? 11) What president was the grandson of a previous president? 12) Who was the only president to July 25, 2013
later serve as chief justice? 13) The word “ok” was associated with this president. 14) What president said in his second inaugural address, “with malice toward none, and charity for all?” 15) What vice president, while playing with his children, was informed that he was now president? 16) Which vice president said, “I approve of Japan annexing Korea?” 17) Who was the first president to follow his father as president? 18) What president was considered to be “inadequate in a time of great crisis?” 19) What president was known as “Tipper Canoe?” 20) What president earned the title, “First in the hearts of his countrymen?” 21) What two presidents had a war named after them? 22) What president was associated with the tragic phrase, “trail of tears?” 23) What two presidents had their name linked to a “doctrine?” 24) What two presidents were first the Vice President for two terms? 25) What president was elected twice but not consecutively? Remember folks, the answers will be posted in my next letters. Here is the grading scale: 1-5 wrong (A), 6-10 wrong (B), 11-15 wrong (C), 16-20 wrong (D) and 21-25 wrong (F). I hope you enjoyed taking the quiz as well as gained interesting trivia about our presidents. Anthony Pilla Forest Hills
Just an Excuse Dear Editor: Initially I was going to attack Obama's incompetence as president, you know, Obamacare in freefall, Syria in freefall, Egypt in freefall, Unions now hating the healthcare law, and so much more. But since the Zimmerman issue, like politics, is being distorted, I'll offer a more "expert" opinion on the case. Every time we attended mandatory firearms qualification at work, we also were updated on the law addressing using deadly physical force because at times, we parole officers have had to kill others. In order to assess the justification for using deadly force, one must have a reason, able to be articulated, to fear for his or another's person life. Behavior such as straddling someone and repeatedly banging their head
on concrete is justification to use deadly force to stop the head banging. Why? Because that behavior (head banging on cement) is readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury, and that's the Gold Standard. It didn't matter that Trayvon Martin was unarmed, and it didn't matter that Zimmerman initiated first contact by putting the young man under surveillance and challenging him because neither actions are unlawful (they may not be prudent acts, but they are not unlawful). The first unlawful act was Martin's assault on the defendant, breaking his nose and smashing his head into concrete. The mere fact that someone follows you doesn't give you legal basis to attack them. The case to acquit was so compelling that neither the media distorting Zimmerman's 911 call to portray him as a racist, or Trayvon as a little boy, nor the prosecution's willful withholding of exculpatory evidence could win a conviction for the prosecution in such a legally flawed case. Laypeople have difficulty separating nuances of the law from their raw emotions, but for some, it's just an excuse for more hate. John T Urban Howard Beach
What Is A Surgical Technologist? Dear Editor: State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr. was a cosponsor for this bill in 2011. Who would you would you want in the operating room with a family member? Needless to say, Addabbo and countless others would not want someone that did not have the training and credentials to take care of a family member…would you? –Nancy Rowland What is a Surgical Technologist? There may come a time in your life when you, or someone you love, may need to have a surgical procedure. There are a variety of people who you meet prior to surgery. One is the surgeon, who will explain the benefits and risks of the operation. The anesthesiologist meets with you and informs you of options of anesthetics for surgery. The nurses who take care of you before, during and after surgery have introduced
themselves to you and possibly to your family. But when you enter the operating room there is another person waiting for you there that you may never remember due to the pre-operative IV medication. This person’s professional motto is “Aeger Primo” that is, “The Patient First” and is your advocate during surgery. This person is the surgical technologist. The job of a surgical technologist may be something most people are unacquainted with and think of as only “scrubs” who hand the doctor instruments. But this practitioner is so much more, he or she is responsible for preventing surgical site infections and surgical errors, as well as optimizing your safety in the operating room. Surgical technology is taught in colleges to students who learn a variety of disciplines to perform in their profession. There is the opportunity for students who attend a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) to take the na-
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Grin and Steal It CVS bandit smiles for the camera
What’s Nexting? We have thus far refrained from mentioning Huma Abedin in this space in connection with her husband, Anthony Weiner. But when Huma emerged from her cocoon on Tuesday at a press conference and abandoned her privacy, we accepted her informal invitation to offer comment. It seems once again, Abedin is standing by her man as she let us all know, when she read a prepared statement: “I love him. I have forgiven him. I believe in him,” and to Huma we say good for you—or not. That is truly not our business, nor should it have any influence with the New York voting public in whether or not they support Anthony Weiner in his bid for mayor. We realize there are those out there who don’t think that Weiner’s past transgressions
should disqualify him from running and to those folks we say: Think again. Clearly, if you don’t see that it is inappropriate for a man who holds public office and who seeks a higher one to tweet pictures of his penis. Do you not see that as the ultimate illustration of bad judgment? Even when he appeared as Carlos Danger, the handle Weiner allegedly used in sex chats last summer, he could not help but let his fellow sexters know his real persona, an abuse of power in the most distasteful form imaginable. More bad judgment. Whether or not one considers Anthony Weiner’s sexual preferences as acceptable or perverse is not of issue. What should concern the public is the fact that his transgressions are surrounded by character traits that make him everything the mayor of this city should not be. His actions have proven him to be both disingenuous and duplicitous. Why
should New Yorkers have to listen to his apologies over and over? Two years ago he stood before the public, a brilliant political future in ruin, and pledged his undying apologies—to his wife and family as well as colleagues and mentors, offering promises to make up to his constituents, to the beloved public who repeatedly placed their trust in him—and now again the story has changed. Anthony Weiner and his wife are making fools of anyone who will entertain their embarrassing political agenda(s). It’s time the nonsense stops. We have difficult enough decisions to make at the polls for this election, but Weiner’s name is one we should not see anywhere near a ballot. Take a hike Mr. Weiner. Get off the ballot and don’t send Carlos Danger in your place. We call for you to step out of a race you don’t belong in.
Captain Thomas Conforti of the 112th precinct has released this photo of a man police say entered a CVS, dressed as an employee of the store, and removed merchandise from a storage room. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying this “smiling” bandit. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or call the precinct at 718-520-9311 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Letters Cont'd tional certification exam and become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST). A CST studies surgical techniques, recent innovations and is required to earn 60 educational credit hours every four years to keep their certification current. During an operation, the CST is responsible for the instruments, medications and sterile equipment used on the sterile field. They spend most of the operation listening to, observing and interacting with the surgeon by anticipating their needs for the success of the surgery. A CST has to know human anatomy to be able to recognize the probable steps in each course of action. Surgical conscience is a key element of a CST and its application in the operating room is to ensure a safe situation for the patient. Additionally, the CST observes the patients environment by listening to the monitors, keeping an eye on the sterile field, while paying attention to the needs of the surgeon and the many assistants, depending upon the type of surgery. One very important aspect of the CST occupation is keeping open communication with the circulating nurse in the room. The CST is a messenger to the nurse of what is going on at the sterile field. The circulator is the hands of the CST
and circulating nurses provide what is needed quickly and efficiently for the benefit of the patient. The teamwork between the CST and the circulator is a special kind of cooperation, which includes trust and respect. They are very interdependent co-workers. In healthcare, there are standards of care for every specialty. The Association of Surgical Technologists, the organization that supports CSTs in each state, would like to see that extended into the operating room regarding the surgical technologist. The CST in every operating room should have the minimum of the required college courses for surgical technologists, be able to pass the National Board of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistant (NBSTSA) certification exam and remain certified during their career. Currently, seven states have passed legislation requiring that newly hired surgical technologists are nationally certified, most recently Massachusetts and New Jersey in 2012. Fourteen other states are in the process of petitioning their legislators to pass the same regulation. This does not put anyone out of work, this only effects newly hired scrub techs by raising the standards for everyone who may need surgery.
In New York state, this same legislation has been sponsored by State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill for the past two years. In 2011, it has passed both houses unanimously, but Gov. Cuomo held it for a wording change, which is not an uncommon situation since everyone would like legislation to be clearly understood. In 2012, the bill went through both houses again and the governor held it with other certification bills. NYAST is supporting this bill; expect to see it passed and again to be brought to the Governor’s desk for his signature this year. If it is important to you to have the highest standard of care in operating rooms across New York, please tell our governor, your assemblyman, and state senator that it would be comforting to know you have a certified surgical technologist as your advocate the next time you, or someone you care for, is having an operation. The Governor’s address: Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 Thank you for your support. Mary S. Seely, CST, AS Queens
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By Patricia Adams Rim and wheel thieves returned to Howard Beach on Tuesday night, striking three vehicles within a 7-block radius—two of them directly across the street from one another. According to police sources, these three incidents bring the total, since June 17, to eight vehicles throughout Howard Beach that have been struck in a return wave of grand larcenies plaguing the precinct for many months. “We were doing so well there for a while,” Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale told The Forum. Pascale has gone on the record many times before that he takes these types of crimes ‘personally’ and puts a vast amount of his resources into catching the crooks that continually return for their vehicular targets. “The fact that the storm brought so many new vehicles to this neighborhood is just another unfortunate burden that these people have had to bear,” the commanding officer of the 106th precinct lamented. The exact time of the occurrences has not yet been determined. It is only known that the window for two cars on 85th Street off 159th Avenue is between midnight and 5 a.m. and between 3 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. for a single incident that happened on 89th Street off 162nd Avenue. Marie Bonamasso said her son looked out the window of their family home on 89th Street at about 3 a.m. where their 2012 Nissan Maxima was parked on the driveway. “Everything was fine,” Bonamasso said, “at 3 o’clock when my son took a look outside,
Vandals strike Howard Beach, hit 3 cars
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A 2013 Honda Accord which was only picked up at the dealership only hours before and a 2012 Nissan Murano parked directly across the street were targeted by thieves who made off with 8 rims and tires from both cars on 85th Street in Howard Beach. Inset Photo:Hands on hips in frustration, Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale stands in front of a 2012 Nissan Murano and looks across the street at a 2013 Honda Accord also stripped of its tires and rims.
the car was untouched.” She has lived here for 44 years and nothing like this has ever happened. “They come right on the driveway—so brazen.” She remembered a time when things like this were not a concern and shook her
head. “It’s really a shame that you can’t buy nice things anymore.” And 7 blocks away, was Eddie C. who picked up his brand new 2013 Honda Accord no more than 8 hours before it was vandalized; now he stood
Brooklyn Man Charged With Breaking Into Queens Churches whatever he could find of value,” Brown said in a prepared statement. A 34-year-old Brooklyn man was “The residents of Queens County can arraigned on charges of breaking into be assured that this case will be prosefour Queens churches - and attempt- cuted vigorously and swiftly to ensure ing to break into a fifth - earlier this that justice is served.” month, Queens District Attorney According to the DA, Spencer Richard Brown said Monday. began his alleged crime spree just afDavid Spencer was arraigned last ter midnight on July 10, when he alSaturday on five criminal complaints legedly forced his way into the Unitcharging him with stealing more than ed Apostolic Lighthouse Church $7,000 worth of items, including and stole a music keyboard valued computer equipment and musical at $3,000. Between the night of July instruments. The five churches alleg- 12 and the afternoon of July 14, the edly targeted by Spencer were: Unit- Brooklyn man allegedly broke into ed Apostolic Lighthouse Church on the Harvest Revival Baptist Church Springfield Boulevard, Harvest Re- and stole a Yamaha keyboard priced vival Baptist Church on Springfield at $1,500. Boulevard, Redemption Holy TaberThe DA also said that Spencer, nacle Church on the Van Wyck Ex- providing photo identification, alpressway, Rehoboth House of Praise legedly pawned both keyboards at on Farmers Boulevard, and Grace the Guitar Center at 139 Flatbush Moravian Church on 137th Avenue. Avenue and received $600 for the In addition to the computer and Yamaha keyboard and $1,300 for the musical equipment, Spencer alleg- other keyboard. edly swiped a movie projector and a Furthermore, Spencer allegedly sound-system amplifier. attempted to burglarize Redemption “The defendant is accused of be- Holy Tabernacle Church between ing a one-man crime wave and bra- the night of July 16 and the morning zenly breaking into churches through- of July 17. When the church careout Queens and helping himself to taker arrived, he allegedly observed 10 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • July 25, 2013 By Anna Gustafson
damage to the front and side doors. Church video surveillance allegedly showed Spencer attempting to enter the front door. The alleged thief also burglarized the Rehoboth House of Praise between the night of July 16 and morning July 17. When a church pastor arrived at the building, he allegedly observed damage to the front door and that the church’s flat-screen television had been removed from the wall and was lying on the floor and a Moffit computer keyboard had been stolen, both items valued at $2,600. Fingerprints recovered from the flat screen television allegedly matched those of Spencer. Finally, according to the final complaint, Spencer allegedly forced his way into the Grace Moravian Church between July 16 and July 17 and snagged a Hewlett Packard laptop computer, a Casio music keyboard, a movie projector and a sound-system amplifier, all valued at $1,800. Spencer has been charged with burglary, attempted burglary, criminal mischief and grand larceny. He was ordered held on $40,000 bail and will return to court on Aug. 2.
outside his home with Inspector Pascale. “You know, I was so excited to get this car—look at it—it didn’t even have time to get any dirt on it.” He said he, his wife and son picked up their
new family car on Tuesday evening and he last saw that everything was okay around midnight. In the morning as he was getting ready for work, Eddie looked in disbelief as he opened his front door to see a cinder block between the front and rear passenger doors. “I saw the tires missing and I thought--no way—this is a dream.” But as he made his way down the front walk and into the street he met with yet another surprise, his neighbors 2012 Murano was also up off the ground with its wheels missing. “Honestly, that was the hardest part for me—to go across the street and tell my elderly neighbor that her car was hit too—it broke my heart.” Now the owner’s cars will be towed to local shops or dealerships to replace tires and rims with most having to face paying deductibles of between $500 and $1,000 and arrange for a rental vehicle. The persistence of these vehicular vandals has not only been found in the 106th precinct. Last year in March the 104, 108 and 110 precincts all reported spikes and since last year there have been outbreaks again in Middle Village, Forest Hills, Lindenwood, South Ozone Park and Howard Beach. Earlier this year more than a dozen incidents occurred within the 106th precinct and there were several subsequent arrests in connection with some of those robberies. Police say they will remain vigilant in deterring this crime and ask that anyone with information or video footage that may be useful call the precinct at 718-845-2211.
For M Line Riders,
Improvements Are On The Way M train riders have something to cheer for this week. Gov. Cuomo and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials announced on Monday that the MTA’s recently updated financial plan includes extending M line service on weekends with trains running from Queens to the Delancey Street-Essex Street stop in Manhattan. Currently, the train terminates at Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn. The expansion will reduce transfers and shorten waits for about 37,000 weekend customers, according to Cuomo. The governor and MTA representatives also announced improvements to the G train, which will operate every eight minutes, instead of the current 10 minutes, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays. Additionally, weekend service will be restored on the Q31 bus through eastern Queens, and Sunday service will be established on the Q77 bus through eastern Queens. “For the second year in a row, the state has invested in significant enhancements and expansions to our state’s transit system that will improve the experience of the eight mil-
lion commuters who use the MTA,” Cuomo said in a prepared statement. “In the last two and a half years, our administration has made real improvements to the nation’s largest public transit system, implementing reforms that have improved services and made the MTA more efficient by reducing costs, cutting waste and putting the needs of straphangers and commuters first.” The investments announced this week stem from an increase in state aid first proposed in Cuomo’s 2013 budget. MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast also praised the upcoming improvements. “We are committed to aggressively reducing our costs, and to strengthening service whenever we have sustainable resources to do so,” Prendergast said. “But our financial plan remains fragile, and our financial challenges, both short and long term, are numerous. The revised financial plan puts our customer needs first while also allocating resources to longer-term challenges like reducing pension liabilities, lowering retiree health care costs and providing initial funding for our next capital program.”
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PLACES YOU HAVEN’T GONE TO BUT SHOULD
This week The Forum introduces you to a new column, Hidden Gems, which will feature great restaurants and things to do that are off the beaten path that we feel you would absolutely enjoy. We are happy to share our experiences with you and if you know of a place that you think should be featured in this category, please let us know about it at email@example.com.
Fresh, Friendly And Fabulous Lucky Boy's In Lawrence
636 Rockaway Turnpike Lawrence, NY 11559 Open Monday-Saturday 11:30 A.M-8:30 P.M.
Thanks and enjoy!
By Patricia Adams
f a dessert can really be perfect, then we have found it. If you can pronounce it, that’s great - all that really matters is that you can eat it. Ekmek Katafi begins atop a pile of shredded phyllo dough that has been soaked in rich, dark, honey syrup then laden with a silky vanilla custard - the perfection that we speak of, builds from there. Freshly whipped cream (this stuff has never seen a can), cinnamon, roasted almonds and pistachio nuts finish off this combination which we heartily suggest you don’t share - better you should take it home with you for tomorrow. The amazing thing is that this divine dessert is not alone in the spotlight. It is just a part of the line-up of additional dessertsand dinners all housed under one roof: Lucky Boy’s in Lawrence. This restaurant is just about as unassuming as it gets. The dining room may not measure up to huge square footage, but there is nothing about this establishment that should ever be called small. Lucy Boy’s has achieved what many who describe themselves as “cozy,” have tried to achieve. Here it exists. From the minute you walk through the door you feel as though you are coming home for dinner. Expect most of the dining room to look up from their tables as you enter the room - don’t worry, they mean no harm, they’re just checking to see if they know you. Then they smile and go back to eating. The other expectation is that you will be greeted by owners, Jack and Nelson, and the rest of the staff as they quickly scan the room to see where they will fit you. One thing is for sure - when you walk into Lucky Boy’s you can count on being very comfortable.
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Tel: (516) 239-9352 (516) 239-9634
A bustling dining room where everyone feels like they are home, with a rather large family, for a great home cooked meal.
A pile of steaming fish--mussels, razor clams, calamari, St. Peter's fish and shrimp--in a rich Ekmek is a virtually indescribable dessert creation that's meant to be eaten at least ten tomato broth sits over angel hair pasta and is crowned with a golden fried soft shell crab. times before you die.
This is a place where patrons get up from their seats in the middle of dinner to hug and kiss other patrons on their way in or out. I noticed it the first time I ate here - eight years ago. I remember thinking, ‘I guess a lot of people who know each other are out tonight’ and dismissing it. That was dozens and dozens of delightful, delectable, delicious dinners ago. Now, all this time later, I too rise to my feet when I see someone I know going out or coming in. And now that I’ve finished ranting, let’s get to the food. An eclectic blend of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and magicmakes up the menu which arrives on laminated pages and offers up dishes featuring steak, chicken, salmon, shrimp, lamb and pork. They offer great gyro and souvlaki - the Tzatziki and pita that accompany are as good as the dish itself. Sausage here, along with most everything else is hand/homemade. A quick glance around the room alerts you to the presence of chalkboards hung at
vantage points - that’s the daily special line-up and at Lucky Boy’s they have every right to call these dishes special. Because they are - each and every one of them. We have decided not to do ameal by meal review here because the honest truth is we would have no idea what to choose. They are ALL equally as good. Soft shell crabs, lamb kebobs, chicken meatballs over zucchini pasta, herbed salmon over angel hair, mousakka, grilled whole fish - bronzino andbrooktrout among them prepared blackened, herbed or whatever Jack comes up with. All dinners are served with what appears to be the biggest salad, either Greek or Caesar, you’ve ever been served with and hot bread - made right there. From appetizers to dessert, there are so many choices that it’s almost impossible that everyone of them would be reliably great. But they are. The dessert lineup we mentioned earlier includes their signature coconut cream pie as
well as other creams - chocolate and banana - a fresh berry tart, black and white cake, baklava, each one better than the last. To sum up Lucky Boy’s is to say that the freshest and finest quality of ingredients are used in all the cooking, which is done right out in the open. This place is a masterful blend of cooking, congeniality, cleanliness and courtesy that will keep you coming back. This is one Hidden Gem you’ll want to make tracks to. And as quickly as possible. It’s conveniently located across the street from Costco Wholesale Club on Rockaway Turnpike in the Five Towns area. Parking is a little bit tricky - but there’s a lot in the back and some space on the side of the restaurant in the front if you want to navigate a curb with no cut. Just remember not to park in the Gold Store’s lot across the street - if you do, you can go back into Lucky Boy’s and get another dessert while you wait for the tow truck to bring your car back.
New York City Parking Cards For Sale There’s good news for motorists who are sick and tired of carrying pockets full of coins or pleading with merchants to change their bills for quarters and of course, tired of getting summonses while searching for change. NYC Parking Cards are pre-paid cards that can be used to park for parking at all New York City muni-meters and all municipal parking garages and lots. The cards are available from the city in $20, $50 and $100 denominations. They can be purchased online with a credit
card after a one-time registration, and after the initial purchase you will have an account from which you can reorder. Parking cards do not expire and they are valid until the card balance is exhausted. Every time you use the card, your new balance will be displayed. At this time, cards cannot be refilled. Remember to avoid exposure to high temperatures (leaving the card on the dashboard under a hot sun) and keep cards dry. Grease or other materials can interfere with the communication
between the card and the machine. If this happens, wipe the gold colored chip embedded in the card with a soft cloth, and try again. If that doesn't work, try a different machine. The card is a great convenience and can be purchased readily. To buy the card online, follow this link: www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/parkingcards.shtml To get the mail application, follow this link: www.nyc.gov/download/311/DOT/DOT%200804%20-%20NYC%20Parking%20Card.pdf
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Mayor Vetoes Community Safety Act Some Queens pols vow veto overrides, others praise Bloomberg
By Anna Gustafson Mayor Bloomberg vetoed on Tuesday two City Council bills that create an NYPD inspector general and allow individuals to sue for changes to the police department over racial profiling by cops, setting up a potential showdown with legislators who have vowed to overturn both his vetoes. While a number of Queens - and city - legislators, have slammed the mayor’s move, others agreed with Bloomberg’s veto message that the bills, known together as the Community Safety Act, are “dangerous and irresponsible.” The proposed legislation, proponents of which say are meant to curb a proliferation of racial profiling by police but which opponents say will deter officers from responding to situations for fear of being sued, passed the Council with enough of a margin that legislators could override the mayor’s vetoes. The bill that would allow people to sue over racial profiling passed 34 to 17, and the bill to create an independent monitor that would oversee the NYPD was approved 40 to 11. In order to override the mayor’s veto, at least 34 legislators would need to vote for the overturn. Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), whose district was blanketed with flyers from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association slamming the legislator for voting for the bills, said at a press conference outside Queens Borough Hall last week that while he has “nothing but the utmost respect for police in New York City,” he has been concerned over the numbers of innocent minority residents who have been stopped and frisked by police. “The people who have complained to me about this are black, Latino or South Asian,” Weprin said. “I’ve never been stopped and frisked... Every black and Latino New Yorker has a story about how they’ve been stopped and frisked.
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Councilman Mark Weprin, center, joins other Queens legislators and community activists outside Queens Borough Hall last week to voice their support for the Community Safety Act that was vetoed by Mayor Bloomberg this week.
There is something outrageous about this.” According to statistics from the New York Civil Liberties Union, black and Latino residents made up close to 90 percent of people stopped from 2002 to 2011 - of those stops, 88 percent - more than 3.8 million - were of innocent individuals. “This has come about because of the mayor’s obsession with data,” Weprin said at the same press conference. “Cops are stopping people they don’t want to stop. You can still stop people - just not for no reason. You have to have cause.” Weprin was joined outside Borough Hall last week by Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), one of the bills’ main sponsors; Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans); Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside); Councilman Donavan Richards (D-Laurelton); Queens Borough President Helen Marshall; and representatives from the National Association for
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the Advancement of Colored People, Make the Road New York, the NYCLU, Desis Rising Up and Moving, the city Anti-Violence Project, and Communities United for Police Reform. “We need to have a civil discussion about this - not the negative vitriol and hype that’s been going on,” Comrie said. “...These bills are tempered measures that have been put together.” But other legislators, including Councilmen Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Peter Vallone (D-Astoria), said they believe the legislation will strangle the NYPD and deter officers from leaving their vehicles for fear of being sued. “Politics should never trump public safety,” Ulrich said in a prepared statement. “New York City is a better place today because of the great work of the NYPD. These bills are downright dangerous, not to mention a waste of the taxpayers’ money.” Ulrich and a number of Queens Republican
City Council candidates condemned the Community Safety Act at another press conference outside Queens Borough Hall earlier this month. A number of borough civic leaders have also condemned the legislation, including 112th Precinct Community Council President Heidi Harrison Chain and Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden. "I believe that this legislation will adversely affect the ability of the NYPD to protect the communities within the city," Chain said in a previous interview with The Forum. "Police officers must be encouraged to give and use accurate descriptions of perpetrators to be able to effectively apprehend criminals. Anything that will make their effort more difficult will have a negative impact on the quality of life in every community in the city." Representatives from Desis Rising Up and Moving, as well as the Anti-Violence Project and others, noted that city schools have complained about the numbers of students en route to school who are being stopped and frisked by cops - frequently making them late to class. Additionally, nonprofit officials said that the LGBTQ community is often targeted by police for stops. “This stop-and-frisk policy disproportionately affects the LGBTQ community - particularly the transgendered community,” Van Bramer said. The majority of the public supports creating an inspector general role, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. According to the poll, voters support creating the oversight position by a substantial 66-25 percent margin. The same poll reported that city voters disapprove of the stop and frisk tactic by 51 to 43 percent. Still, city voters continue to throw their support behind the NYPD, with voters approving 60-32 percent of the job police are doing and back Police Commissioner Ray Kelly 65-25 percent, according to the Quinnipiac poll.
City’s 911 Call System In Need Of Rescue, Emergency Responders Say
WHAT TO DO – AND NOT TO WHEN YOU CALL 9-1-1 1. Don’t panic. Obviously, when you are making a 9-1-1 call to emergency services, you are in an emergency, and have a lot of adrenaline pumping. This could cause you to start talking talking too fast, too slow, begin stuttering, etc. Make sure you are far enough away from the emergency to be safe unless someone is badly hurt.
Photo Courtesy of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s Office
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and union officials representing 911 operators, EMTs, paramedics, fire inspectors, and FDNY dispatchers rallied outside City Hall last month for the city to overhaul its 911 system, which they said is beleaguered by problems and has resulted in emergency workers being late to fires and accidents.
By Alan Krawitz A rising chorus of critics across the city are saying that the city’s now-embattled 911 system, known as UCT or Unified Call Taking, is malfunctioning and causing emergency responders to miss calls, respond late and report to wrong addresses with serious and, in some cases, fatal consequences. The $2 billion UCT system, implemented by the city in 2009 in an attempt to streamline and integrate police, fire and emergency medical services, has most recently come under fire by Council members, union officials and emergency responders for critical delays in response time related to the death of a young child in Manhattan as well as a serious fire in the Bronx which injured nine firefighters. Ariel Russo, a 4-year-old girl originally from Middle Village, was struck and killed by an unlicensed driver on the Upper West Side on June 4. Russo’s parents are suing the city for $40 million, claiming that their daughter might have survived had it not been for a delayed EMS response that totaled eight minutes. FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano denied the city’s 911 system was at fault, calling the delay “human error,” caused by a dispatcher who failed to see the 911 call on a screen. And, last week, Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) President Steven Cassidy blamed the UCT system for a nearly 12-minute delay in alerting firefighters to a blaze in the Bronx. Cassidy also called on the Bloomberg Administration to discontinue the use of the UCT system and return to the previous 911 call dispatch system whereby calls were routed immediately, by borough and type of emergency, to the appropriate agency. The firefighters union is expected to sue City Hall over the centralized call system and demand a return to the way 911 calls were previously handled. Tom Butler, a spokesman for the UFA, said that firefighters have been complaining since 2009 of misdirected calls throughout the city. “We’ve had calls for firefighters that police should have been dispatched to,” Butler said. He added that when the system doesn’t dispatch calls promptly, it allows blazes to get worse and other emergency situations to be-
come dire, endangering both first responders and victims alike. The UCT system has all 911 calls routed first through an NYPD dispatcher, who collects information about the emergency from the caller, enters that information into an electronic database and then routes the call to the appropriate police, fire or EMS dispatcher.
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Ariel Russo, of Middle Village, died when she was hit by a car on the Upper West Side in June. The 4-year-old's parents are now suing the city, saying its 911 system did not allow emergency officials to respond in time to save her.problems and has resulted in emergency workers being late to fires and accidents.
Critics of the system, such as Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who is also the chair of the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services, said that the way the UCT operates is flawed and is causing many of the system’s delays in getting calls properly routed to emergency responders. Crowley is seeking a return to the city’s system prior to 2009, when dispatchers “immediately moved calls to a fire, police or emergency medical dispatcher.” She also added that the UCT system makes the entire process more complicated. “We can’t waste time in a critical situation.” At a June 21 city Council hearing, Eddie Boles, an FDNY Lieutenant called the city’s UCT system a “horrific failure” and one that endangers both residents and first responders. Boles also accused the city of ignoring its
own consultant’s report by Winborne and Costas, which found in 2011 that the UCT system was “dangerous” and recommended discontinuing its use and replacing with nocost dispatching methods that would improve business and practices within the NYPD and FDNY’s communications centers. Also at the hearing, Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway, during a three-hour plus presentation, defended the city’s UCT system, saying it only had some “minor glitches.” Moreover, Crowley said that no ambulance was ever dispatched to help Ariel Russo because the “system failed.” In addition, a recent Daily News story highlighted emails from the city where supervisors reported that many calls were being “dropped” or “missed” on a daily basis. “The mayor needs to understand that this investment [in UCT system] that he’s made is just not working,” Crowley added, emphatically. She also believes that the UCT system was never properly tested before being put into widespread use and it was a key error in having the NYPD as the system’s administrator. Further, Crowley noted that many of the emergency calls are fire or medical-related and police aren’t qualified to handle those calls. “Many of the medical dispatchers are EMTs, likely qualified to dispense immediate medical info to a caller, even while dispatching an ambulance.” Other fire officials have speculated that the city may have believed this system would eliminate the need for scores of dispatchers, thus allowing the city to save money. Asked about a short-term fix for the 911 system, Crowley said the city should return to its older methods of answering and routing calls. “Operators should immediately ask: what borough are you in and what is your emergency,” she said. Crowley added operators shouldn’t wait to ask for all the information and then pass the call on. “Dispatchers should immediately conference in the appropriate service,” Crowley said. “Time is being wasted. “On the Council, I have been the most critical of the system,” she continued. “I want people to contact the mayor’s office about this because it affects everyone.”
2.Find a phone. Preferably a land line unless it’s a fire or burglary. This will help determine your location. If it’s a fire, don’t stay in the building, get out first. 3. When calling make sure you do not hang up if you don’t connect immediately—it takes a little time to connect sometimes. 4. Know what you will be asked. Make sure you know each of the following: a. Where is the emergency? b. The nature of the emergency— do you need law enforcement, medical assistance, firefighters? c. A detailed but concise description—what happened? How many details do you know? What is the most important? Generally the most important thing is the reason you need assistance—there is a gunshot wound followed by what cause you to need this assistance—there’s a man with a gun in the store. d. The phone number of your phone e. Location. Make sure you give the dispatcher all the details of your location. Know the address and cross streets from where you are. 5. Listen to the dispatcher. Follow orders—the better you do that the more survival rate increases. Even in non life threatening situations this is vital. 6. Do not hang up until instructed to. Anything can happen, and the emergency services need to know your situation at all times. If the building is on fire, for example, the dispatcher will need to know if there are other people in the building and where any safe exits are. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • July 25, 2013 | 15
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At Festival For Queens' Oldest Foster Care Group, A Chance For Parents And Children To Bond
By Kate Bubacz
The bouncy house was hopping, the spin art booth was filled with creative endeavors and children, oblivious to the summer heat, were clamoring to get tattoos and balloon animals from patient volunteers. The festival for the Forestdale foster family community was off to a great start last Saturday at the nonprofit’s campus on 112th Street in Forest Hills. The Rego Park-Forest Hills Lions Club has held the Martha Kaufman festival faithfully for the past 15 years, and the Forestdale community always comes out in full force, filling their courtyard with 200 foster parents, birth parents, volunteers, staff, and children. Cher Sparano, the vice president of the 38-member Lions clubhouse, has been involved with Forestdale festival from the beginning. “Christmas got overloaded with volunteers, so we asked, ‘what happens to these kids the rest of the year?’ and we decided to have this event in the summer,” she said. “The first year was such a success we have been going ever since.” The festival is only open to families in Forestdale programs, making it different than other events hosted by each organization that are open to the community. The day is paid for by donations, and the Lions Club holds several fundraisers, including a street fair in October, to raise money. The largest and oldest foster care nonprofit in Queens, Forestdale provides assistance to about 1,000 families in the borough each year. The organization offers a number of services, including its foster care program that aims to reunite families, its Fathering Initiative that includes a 12-week course covering such topics as positive
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Children have fun playing tug of war during the annual Lions Club Festival at Forestdale in Forest Hills last Saturday.
discipline and communication skills, and preventative services that help families address such chronic problems as long-term unemployment and homelessness - which are risk factors for foster care removal. Eleanor Henry has been coming to the festival for the past five years. This year she attended with the 10-year-old boy that she is caring for as a therapeutic foster parent. “If you have a heart, with good care and help they can turn around and change,” she said. “But you have to be consistent.” Pat Heaven agreed. The two women met through classes offered by Forestdale that allow them to continue being foster parents. Heaven has been involved with the organization for six
years as a pre-adoptive foster parent. “Most of the time you don’t get to pick your family. I’m lucky that I do,” she said of the two little girls who played with their potato salad on the other side of the table under the watchful eyes of Henry and another foster mother. “I like my agency, I just want to say that on the record” Heaven added. “I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ve made good friendships with the parents and the staff. And, they really have services for everything, right here in Queens.” Forestdale has been operating since 1854 and is the only child welfare agency headquartered in Queens, according to its website. Rosemarie James, the director for permanency planning, has
been at Forestdale for the past 17 years. “Forestdale has always been innovative,” she said of the organization’s varied programs and classes. “The kids can accomplish a lot, they just need a helping hand to show them what’s out there, show them the way.” She is especially proud that 10 to 12 high schoolers graduate every year out of the 15-20 that are eligible. “That’s a good number for us”. Mukouie Usungu, the quiet but formidable instructor of four of the Forestdale classes manned the drink stand of the festival. “Do you have a can to return?” he sternly asked everyone approaching the coolers, keeping an eye out for repeat offenders who failed to use the recycling bins provided. Usungu has put his past experience as a high school physics teacher to good use teaching classes on Anger Management, Fathering, Co-parenting and Anti-Domestic Violence. “When I used to teach [in high schools], half the kids who failed, failed because of what was going on in their lives, situations that they could not handle.” He paused and watched the line for hot dogs and burgers and the mothers and fathers who chatted at nearby picnic tables in between wiping faces and admiring new stick-on tattoos. “If I work with parents, fathers, mothers, I can get involved before the kids get to the classroom.” Xavier is at the festival for the first time with two of his four children. He is a part of the “alumni” group headed by Usungu - fathers who have taken parenting classes at Forestdale but continue to meet for support. “It’s cool,” he said of activities laid out in the hot summer sun. “I’m sure my kids will enjoy the bouncy house, and I like being in the company of Mukouie and the other fathers. It’s a very positive environment.”
Progress Made In Restoring Natural Storm Barriers And Wildlife Habitat In Jamaica Bay
Jamaica Bay Guardian Don Riepe said the marsh restoration project recently completed in Jamaica Bay will help to protect city residents from dangerous tidal storm surges.
By Hannah Sheehan A group of young people from the Broad Channel area finished planting 88,000 individual spartina plugs on a recently restored eight-acre salt marsh known as Rulers Bar Island in Jamaica Bay last week. Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian and Founder of the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society, says marsh restoration not only helps recover lost habitat for the bay’s many species of marine wildlife while filtering chemicals from the water, but also provides natural barriers that protect residents from dangerous tidal storm surges - such as the ones that occurred during Superstorm Sandy. “As these grasses die and partially degrade, they build up a peaty base,” said Riepe, who has lived on Jamaica Bay since 1981. “It acts like a big
Summer workers finished planting 88,000 spartina plugs in Jamaica Bay last week.
sponge. But that takes a long time.” The replanting of Rulers Bar began on May 18th with the help of 160 volunteers from local environmental groups, the Church of God, and the Broad Channel community. More volunteers followed over the subsequent two weeks and a limited contingent of paid local workers stayed on to see the project through. The Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers and the American Littoral Society spearheaded the replanting, which is the first community-led effort of its kind to take place in a national park. The project comes at the heels of a successful National Park Service funded pilot program at Big Egg Marsh carried out by Gateway National Recreation Area and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ nearly completed plan to rebuild Yellow Bar Hassock, as well as several smaller Jamaica Bay salt
Photos by Hannah Sheehan
marshes. In January, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2100 Commission described the wetland restoration efforts within the bay as a model for future projects aiming to rebuild natural storm buffers. Funding for the Rulers Bar replanting came through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and a settlement with the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority to mitigate the environmental impact of work on the Marine Parkway Bridge. Riepe said area conservation groups were able to reduce the cost by relying heavily on volunteer labor, hiring paid workers directly, and harvesting seed from last year’s spartina crop for use in this summer’s planting projects. Pinelands Nursery in New Jersey used the seed to grow plugs especially for the Rulers Bar site.
Rulers Bay Island is an eight-acre salt marsh that was recently restored.
Conservation groups estimate that Jamaica Bay has lost over 85 percent of its wetlands to date. Its lush, green rondures of salt marsh tussocks continue to disappear at the rate of 40 to 50 acres per year. Native cordgrasses, like the spartina planted on Rulers Bar, are a crucial component of the eroding and fragmenting salt marshes’ fragile ecosystems. The grasses first began dying off when nitrogen pumped into the bay by nearby sewage treatment plants reached a critical level. Riepe is proud of the progress made at Rulers Bar, but he acknowledges the challenges faced by area environmental groups on the long road ahead. “It’s going to be difficult to save this whole bay over the next 100 years given the fact that sea level rise may accelerate,” he said. “And that’ll be a problem for not only Jamaica Bay, but New York City,” he said.
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Fun & Games ACROSS
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1. Kind of cell 2. Musical finale 3. Rich Little, e.g. 4. Not in my backyard, acr. 5. Relating to a musical scale 6. Nile reptiles 7. *He follows Mike on candy box 8. Dolphins' home 9. South American Indian 10. Face-to-face exam 11. Egghead 12. ___ _ good example 15. Plate used to hold bread during Eucharist, pl. 20. Eastern V.I.P.'s 22. *Highest card in "War" 24. One who is celebrated on special holiday 25. *a.k.a. Knucklebones 26. Catlike 27. Knockout or dandy 29. Obama's special power 31. *Dick and Jane's dog 32. I to Greeks, pl. 33. Fishes with a wormlike filament for luring prey 34. Jagged, like a leaf's edge 36. *Pencil-and-paper game 38. Fortune-telling coffee remnants 42. Nobody 45. Switzerland metropolis 49. What 49ers did 51. *Little ______ Books 54. Ice house 56. Sad song 57. Agree 58. Substance abuser 59. *Looney Tunes' Marvin was from here 60. Goose liver dish 61. Cuckoo 62. Filly's mother 63. Coffee choice 64. Marines' toy recipients 67. Chow down
SOLUTIONS FROM LAST WEEK'S PUZZLE
1. What is the name of the egg-hatching elephant created by Dr. Seuss? 2. What Washington Irving character fell asleep for 20 years? 3. Mickey Mouse has how many fingers on each hand? 4. What is the hound named in Disney's The Fox and The Hound? 5. In their mines, what do the seven dwarfs dig for? Answers from last week's trivia: 1: Hannibal Lector. 2: Jinxie. 3: School Bus Driver. 4: Robin Hood. 5: Taxi Driver.
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THE HAPPENINGS Thursday, July 25
Howard Beach Friendship Workshop
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Howard Beach Library 92-06 156 Avenue, Howard Beach The ArtAccess Autism Initiative program of the Queens Museum of Art will present a program for families affected by autism. Inspired by children's books, this six-week series will employ the creative arts to explore social skills and the language of friendship. Preregistration is required. To register or for more information, call (718) 641-7086 or visit www. queenslibrary.org/howard-beach. This event will also be held on Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 at 4 p.m.
"Romeo and Juliet" at Flushing Town Hall
8 p.m. 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing Members of the public are invited to see a new take on William Shakespeare's classic tale of love and tragedy on July 25, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. Part of Queens College's Summer Performing Arts Festival, the play takes place in modern day Queens. The classic love story is set against the backdrop of two first-generation American youths falling in love while their transplanted families, one Israeli Jews and the other Palestinian Muslims, continue their "ancient grudge" that "breaks to new mutiny" on the streets of Flushing. The play is directed by Ralph Carhart and coproduced with Flushing Town Hall. Admission is free. For more information and to reserve tickets, email email@example.com or call (718) 793-8080.
Astoria Waterfront Concert Series
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Astoria Park Lawn Motor City Revue will entertain music lovers with a night of Motown music at the annual waterfront concert series sponsored by the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (718) 728-7820.
Church-in-the-Gardens Earth Matters Film Series 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. 50 AscanAve., Forest Hills "A Place at the Table" is the next film in the Earth Matters:
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Films on the Environment film series. The film is free and open to the public. The documentary film focuses on hunger in the United States, and specifically on food insecurity. Approximately one in six people in the U.S. do not know where their next meal is going to come from, and the proportion of children facing food insecurity is at about one in four individuals. The movie discusses how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for the U.S., and what can be done about it.
Forest Park Concert Series Stayin’ Alive
7:30 p.m. George SueffertBandshell in Forest Park Woodhaven Blvd.and Forest Park Drive Enjoy an exciting musical tribute to the Bee Gees. Sponsored by Ridgewood Savings Bank. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (718) 235-4100
Friday, July 26
Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow
Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park New York City's oldest and largest pow wow will feature intertribal Native American dance competitions, food and vendors. One-day tickets for adults are $10, and all-weekend pass is $15. One-day tickets for children 12 and under are $5, and an all-weekend pass is $7. Performances run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (718) 347-3276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queens Botanical Farmers Market
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 43-50 Main St., Flushing Get fresh produce, nuts, coffee and more from the Queens Botanical's farmers market. The market is held every Friday until Nov. 22 and is located just outside the main gates of the garden. For more information, call (718) 886-3800.
Rockaway Movie Night 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Beach 17th Street, Rockaway The Rockaway Civic Association will present "Iron Man 2" as part of its Beach Flix summer movie series. The event is free and open to the public.
Dancing Under The Sun
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Elmhurst Park Come join us for an afternoon of dance instruction, performances, refreshments and dancing. This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, July 27
Free Yoga In Socrates Sculpture Park 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 32-01 Vernon Blvd. at Broadway, Long Island City Yoga instructors Monique Schubert and Yojaida Estrella will teach a class on Kripalu yoga, which integrates body postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. The hour-long free yoga class is held every Saturday at 9:30 at Socrates Sculpture Park until Sept. 28. For more information, call (718) 956-1819.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Greater Ridgewood Youth Council 59-03 Summerfield St., Ridgewood A community artisan flea market will be held Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 and will include vendors selling art, vintage and handmade goods, and food. Items that will be available include antique goods, handmade jewelry, handmade clothing, screen-printed articles, vintage records and electronics, books, candles, and crocheted items. For more information, visit www.Ridgewoodmarket.com or www.Facebook.com/ridgewoodmarket. Individuals may also call (718) 456-5437.
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Author Talk In Jamaica
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Cross Bay Blvd. Meet at the Refuge visitor center for a hike to the East Pond to view migrating shorebirds. Along the way participants will also look for butterflies. Those interested in attending must reserve a spot by calling (718) 318-4340.
1 p.m. Children's Library Discovery Center 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica Author Shabana Sharif, who wrote a five-book series on different communities in Queens, will read from her book about Jamaica. Each book contains images of the community and its people and focuses on Astoria, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Jamaica and Richmond Hill.
Emanuel Church Blood Drive
Shapeup NYC Couch To 5k
The Emanuel United Church of Christ will host a blood drive on Saturday, July 27. The drive will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, located at 93-12 91 Ave. in Woodhaven. Anyone who donates blood will be entered into a sweepstakes to win one pair of tickets to the Super Bowl at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Feb. 2, 2014. To schedule an appointment, contact the Emanuel United Church of Christ at 718-849-1153. Walk-ins are also welcome.Those who want to give blood must bring a photo or signature identification with them to the drive.
9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Rockaway Beach & Boardwalk Beach 86th Street & Shorefront Parkway A beginner program for the aspiring runner, this class will combine running, walking, and conditioning exercises to get you in shape for long distance running. This program is free, and all are welcome. No registration is required. For other Shape Up NYC locations, visit www.nyc.gov or call 311.
Family Day In Grover Cleveland Park
"The Odyssey" At Queensborough Community College
12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Grover Cleveland Park, Stanhope Street between Fairvier Avenue and Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood The Parks Department is hosting an afternoon of crafts, games, inflatables, music, and giveaways during the event. There will also be visits from the FDNY, Marines and more. Family Day is free and open to the public. For more information, call (718) 520-5954.
Queens Bike Bonanza
12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Beach 59th Street and Rockaway Boulevard This is event is free and open to the public and includes a bike swap, bike riding lessons for children, free helmet giveaways, and activity tables for kids to make bike-related crafts. Different bicycle organizations will be at the event, including Bike New York, Recycle a Bicycle, the city Department of Transportation, NY Coalitions for Transportation Safety, and the NYPD. Participants can pick up a free helmet and upgrade a child's bicycle.
Sunday, July 28
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Queensborough Performing Arts Center 222-05 56th Ave, Bayside Queensborough's students will present a staged production of Homer's "The Odyssey," as adapted by Georgia McGill, professor and chairperson of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts. Tickets are free and available at the door 30 minutes prior to curtain time. For more information, contact the box office at (718) 631-6311.
Astoria Tango Club
6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Centro Espanol de Queens, 41-01 Broadway, Astoria Every Sunday, the Astoria Tango Club opens its doors into the Buenos Aires golden age of tango. Individuals of all skill levels are welcome to attend and be transported to the 1950s. An all-levels class is held at 6 p.m. for $10, practice runs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the dance itself
will begin at 8 p.m. Wine and food will be available for purchase at the dance. Those interested in attending must RSVP by emailing email@example.com or visiting www.astoriatangoclub.com.
12 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Beach 117th Street Rockaway Beach Build sandcastles at this 18th annual contest with Urban Park Ranger activities and prizes for several age categories. No experience necessary. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Bring buckets and tools. Sponsored by West End Realty. There is no fee to enter.
Tuesday, July 30
Classic Rock Night In Juniper Valley Park
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Juniper Valley Park, Juniper Boulevard between Lutheran Avenue, 71st Street and Dry Harbor Road, Middle Village The Generations will play a night of classic rock tunes at the city Department of Parks and Recreation's Summer 2013 Juniper Valley Park Concert Series.
Jack & the Beanstalk by “Pattycake Theatre”
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk Beach 96th Street & Boardwalk Children will love this production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack the giant slayer is looking for adventure, but what he gets is more than he bargained for. Sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (718) 318-4000
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Legal Notices Notice of formation of MCKEE’S HOSPITALITY GROUP, LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/10/2013. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to The LLC: 2417 29th Street, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Greenline Calls LLC: Arts. of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 5/17/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Greenline Calls, LLC c/o Tom Volker 4801 72nd St., Woodside NY 11377. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
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The many roads that make up our community are the same roads that lead to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. As your neighbor, our wide variety of clinical services are always available to you and your family. Learn More About our Many Quality Services Including Emergency Medicine • Cardiology • Pulmonary Medicine • Ambulatory Care Advanced Radiology Services • Sleep Center • Obstetrics and Gynecology • Pediatrics By Calling us at 718-206-6000 or Visit our Website at www.jamaicahospital.org
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Fly Over To This Vacation Bible School!
Join us in ancient Athens, where we’ll explore what life was like for the Apostle Paul on his dangerous journey to share the truth. You’ll create cool projects in the Marketplace, laugh as you play Bible-times games, visit with Paul, and eat some interesting new food. Plus, you’ll meet lots of fun friends! Howard Beach Assembly of God • 158-31 99th Street
August 5th to August 9th Mon 8:30 AM – 12 PM Tues-Fri 9 AM – 12 PM For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Pre-register children ages 5 to 16 at www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/hl/hbagvbs 26 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • July 25, 2013
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SALE STARTS 07/25/13
LaValle Italian Ground Peeled Tomatoes 28 oz. can .. $1.99 LaSquisita Roasted Peppers 12 oz. jar .................. $1.99 Asti Hot Peppers 32 oz. jar ................................... $2.99 Dr. Brown All Varieties 2 liter ............................... $1.59
(Plus tax & deposit)
Boneless Pork Ribs ............................................$2.99 lb. Black Angus Shoulder London Broil....................$2.99 lb. Black Angus Bone In Shell Steaks ......................$7.99 lb. Bell & Evans Sliced Chicken Cutlets ...................$5.99 lb. Black Angus Flat Iron Steaks .............................$3.49 lb. The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the thrill of a bargain has passed.
IT PAYS TO BUY THE BEST:
SALE ENDS 07/31/13
Avocado ................................................ $1.00 each Baby Peeled Carrots ............................... $1.49 Celery .................................................... $1.79 each Romaine Lettuce .................................... $1.00 each Cello Mushrooms ................................... $1.69 each
Boars Head Oven Gold Turkey ....................... $8.99 lb. Boars Head Virginia Ham & Provolone Cheese Combo (1/2 lb. min) .................. $7.99 lb. Boars Head Ever Roasted Chicken Breast ...... $6.99 lb. Homemade Classic Chicken Caesar Salad ...... $6.99 lb. Homemade Shrimp & Crab Meat Summer Mix Salad ................... $9.99 lb.
SANDWICH SPECIAL: Philly Cheese Steak Hero ..................... $5.99
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