VOL. 12 • NUMBER 32 • August 8, 2013
Celebrating New York's Finest
In Tudor Village, Distress Over 911 Wait Page 4
Move Your Feet: A Guide To Queens Dance Schools Page 14
South Queens residents flocked to Night Out Against Crime festivities this week, which included commending the police who dropped everything to help during Hurricane Sandy. See Coverage on Page 12
Classic Car Show Raises Money For Children's Hospital Page 26
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Unico Spring Celebrates 40 Years Of Serving The Community
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Jim DeLia, left, Linda DeLia and son Jason DeLia are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their business, Unico Spring.
By Will Sammon Perched on the front desk in its usual position, the photo of Rocco Sangiamo is a constant reminder of a man who, 40 years ago, founded the Unico Spring Corporation that has become a staple in the South Ozone Park community. It is under the steady gaze of Sangiamo, who passed away at the age of 83 in 2007, that his family members who now run the business draw inspiration to continue growing the company that has evolved from employing three people at its inception in 1973 to having more than 20 workers as it celebrates it 40th anniversary. Sangiamo's daughter, Linda, and her husband, Jim DeLia, now own the business at 113-04 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park, and the two are working hard to carry out
Sangiamo's vision to new heights. As the couple celebrated the company’s 40th anniversary last week, business, in the form of truck drivers, bus companies and body part seekers, kept calling. “I never thought it would get like this,” said Jim, 60, who has worked at the establishment since 1982. “At one point, all we did was springs on cars and little vans. Now, we don’t even touch cars. It’s only really big heavy trucks, trailers, tractors and buses.” At one point on Monday, the phone rang 10 times in less than 20 minutes – and Linda said they are often even busier than that. “For the most part, we’re jumping,” said Linda, 56, who worked for the business since her college days. Unico Spring services trucks and heavy transportation, offering work on drive shaft rebuilds,
springs, air bags, shocks, wheel alignment and many other services. The labor performed is primarily for under the vehicle, steering or machine shop work. Business comes from all over, including city sanitation vehicles and correction officer vehicles from Rikers Island. “As time went on we started branching out to different things,” said Linda. As the company evolved, it also expanded. About seven years ago, Unico Spring opened its front counter and entrance, adding a different dynamic. She added that there are “really three separate businesses under one roof ”: the front counter, where parts are purchased, the machine shop and the welding area. Sangiamo passed away a year after the front counter area was added,
The Key To Food In Howard Beach
A word on the supermarket situation… By Patricia Adams Last week, I drove past the site that formerly housed Duane Reade—the ridiculous drug store as I used to call it--because I never saw one person pull into the lot and if I happened in to go in, it was just me and the employees. But almost 10 months after the storm, there was finally some news about what was ahead. With the permanent closing of the store, I, along with many of my friends and neighbors, fantasized about the opportunity of something great coming to Cross Bay. Of course there was a lot of cheering for a Whole Foods but the property is definitely too small and parking insufficient. Many cravings for all those specialty products currently unavailable to us would certainly have been answered with Trader Joe’s, but that fantasy has come to an end as well. A banner that proclaims the coming of Almonte’s Key Food now hangs on the former Duane Reade and dispels any myth or mystery. Howard Beach is getting a new supermarket. Speculation among residents runs the gamut between entries like, “Key Food? That’s what we get?” to, “Maybe it will keep Waldbaums on their toes.” As one who is on record regarding the disgraceful Waldbaums supermarket situation, I
Founded in 1973, Unico Spring has become a staple of the South Ozone Park neighborhood.
see the coming of Key Food as a sort of blessing without any disguise. Right off the bat we can say with some assurance that it can’t be as bad as Waldbaums. Part of the reason for that opinion is after seeing the sign, I visited the Food Dynasty Supermarket on Woodhaven Boulevard which is also owned by Almonte’s. It is a relatively small market, but had a good selection and offered reliable sale prices. Several internet rating sites including bundle.com, which is labeled as data driven and unbiased, said that consumers found Almonte’s Food Dynasty to have a very high overall rating due to popularity and customer loyalty. Even though Walbaums is lacking in quality, selection and service, we were never able to stand up against them before because we really had no other choice. While I hardly think I will forego all of my trips to Fairway and Trader Joe’s once Key Food moves in, I can say with relative ease that Key Food represents something we are presently without— a choice. Whether they choose to capitalize on their captive audience upon their arrival is their choice. I’m pretty sure all eyes will be upon Key Food with the chance to capture their market share. I’ll see you in the aisles.
but his daughter is more than happy he was able to at least see it through. “I’m just real glad he got to see everything that was done,” she said. “He worked until the day he died and at this point, even if he was 90, he’d still be here working. He was that type of person.” Unico Spring is actually a thirdgeneration business now, as the couple’s 26-year-old son Jason “wears a million hats” for the company. It makes Linda even prouder, she said, to know her father’s company will be carried out even further. “It’s really special that my father’s vision has been extended to his grandchild,” she added.” One of the few challenges that Unico Spring faces is a competitor selling parts that are often less efficient for cheaper prices. “The mechanics don’t want to use the good stuff, they want to use
cheap stuff,” Jim said. “I can’t sell a lot to repair guys because my parts cost too much because I’m buying the best I can get which is made in America. Some parts that are made elsewhere look beautiful but they last six months. What we sell is the best you can get.” “It’s the old thing of quality versus cost,” Linda added. “You buy a good American spring, it’ll last you a long time. If you buy a cheap knockoff, well, you’ll have to change it every six months.” Yet the issue doesn’t stop the couple from Howard Beach from arriving at their shop every morning at 6 a.m. And they usually don’t close the front desk, where Sangiamo’s photo is displayed, until after 5 p.m. “You couldn’t do this if you didn’t really love what you’re doing,” Jim said.
Man Rushed To Hospital After Car Falls On Head
Firefighters and EMTs treat a man after a car fell on his head while he was working on it.
A light green Honda Prelude fell onto a man in the driveway of a home in South Ozone Park after the jack-lift failed.
A South Ozone Park man was rushed to the hospital this week after the car he was working on fell onto his head, emergency responders said. The individual was removed from under a light green Honda Prelude, which fell onto his head after the jack-lift failed while he was working on it around 6 p.m. on Sunday in the driveway of a house near 116th Avenue and 131st Street in South Ozone Park. Firefighters and EMTs treated the victim, who responders said suffered from trauma wounds to his forehead. A witness said he called 911 while attempting to free the man from the vehicle. The man was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Photos by Richard York
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'A Matter Of Life Or Death'
Elderly Tudor Village man waits more than 20 minutes for ambulance By Anna Gustafson When an 87-year-old man from Tudor Village fell and cracked his head on the floor at the end of July, his family immediately called 911 and expected emergency responders to be there within minutes. Instead, they waited. Five minutes passed, then 10 minutes. Ten minutes after the 911 call, the neighbor of the elderly gentleman, Ralph Franzese, saw the longtime Tudor Village resident surrounded by paper towels covered with blood and immediately ran to help. “They told me they had called and ambulance 10 minutes ago - 10 minutes is a long time,” said Frank Dardani, president of the Ozone Tudor Civic and Franzese’s neighbor. “If he was having a heart attack, he would be dead.” Dardani waited five more minutes for an ambulance, to no avail. The civic leader then called 911, and eventually the FDNY appeared more than 20 minutes after the first phone call. “The guy from the FDNY got out and said to me, ‘What’s the matter? You’re having a problem with ambulances around here? We had to come from Woodside,’” Dardani said. “I said, ‘Woodside? There’s a volunteer ambulance corps right around here.’” About five minutes after the FDNY arrived an ambulance - from Corona - appeared at Fran-
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An elderly man in Tudor Village had to wait more than 20 minutes for an ambulance after he slipped, hit his head and was bleeding profusely. There have been a series of similar incidents throughout the city recently.
zese’s house, located on 133rd Avenue between 86th and 87th streets. Franzese was transported to and treated at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and is now recuperating at home. Franzese’s story of having to wait for periods of time that could prove fatal to someone in a severe emergency is an increasingly common tale in New York City, which has a 911 system that has become plagued by problems. The city switched its 911 system in 2011 in an
effort to streamline services, but emergency responders and elected officials have said that, since 2009, there has been a spike in the reports of missed and misdirected calls and system crashes that force 911 operators to use pen and paper. Recent deaths, such as those of 4-year-old Ariel Russo, a Middle Village girl struck by a car in Manhattan, to a woman from the Bronx who died in a fire, have been attributed, in part, to the system’s failure to deliver
A Call for Tracking Sandy Funds, Repairing Jamaica Bay Bulkhead
timely emergency responses. “Whether it was Ralph or a younger resident, it’s scary to think in an emergency you have to wait 25 of the longest minutes of your life,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). “And when help comes, it’s from Woodside and Corona? Something needs to be done about this, whether it’s in this administration or the next. In my opinion, we’re out of the fiscal horrors of 2009 - we’re better off fiscally and we need to invest in this 911 system.” In response to Franzese’s situation, the state senator penned a letter to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. If the NYPD confirms that emergency responders came from Woodside and Corona, Addabbo wrote in the Aug. 6 letter that he requests “an explanation as to know why an ambulance was delayed in responding to the 911 call and why one closer to our community was not dispatched. “Within two miles of the incident we have a number of FDNY firehouses and two volunteer ambulance corps,” Addabbo continued. Dardani and Addabbo said they were relieved that Franzese is recovering, but noted that a wait time such as the one he experienced is unacceptable. “It’s becoming too prevalent and commonplace,” the senator said. “This is a life and death issue.”
The Show WILL Go On
By Anna Gustafson
By Patricia Adams
From outlining a plan to ensure billions of dollars in federal aid for hurricane victims is not misused to calling on Mayor Bloomberg to repair the Sandy-damaged Jamaica Bay seawall that residents say is on the verge of collapse, elected officials highlighted this week an array of storm-related issues that could make life better - or much harder - for South Queens residents. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer joined Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), state Sen. James Sanders (D-Jamaica), Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), in Far Rockaway on Tuesday afternoon to announce a proposal to establish a dedicated unit in the city’s Audit Bureau, which is under the direction of the city Comptroller’s office, to track the likely $15 billion in federal hurricane aid headed to the city in an effort to make sure it is not misspent. The proposal, which Stringer said he would implement if elected Comptroller, would also create an online “Sandy Tracker” to allow residents to follow where and how recovery funds are spent in real time. “Nine months after Sandy, the winds have subsided but we still have to confront the challenge of protecting our shoreline communities from the next great storm, and making sure that every tax dollar devoted to returning families to their homes and getting businesses on their feet is spent wisely and efficiently,” said Stringer, who is running in September’s Democratic primary against former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in the wake of a prostitution scandal in 2008. “The Comptroller’s office is uniquely positioned to serve as the city’s watchdog over all Sandyrelated funds.” Goldfeder said tracking how federal dollars are spent will be a crucial part of the recovery process. “Every penny that was raised for Sandy victims and every government dollar that was spent
Last week, The Forum reported on the cancellation of the 36th Annual Family Festival at the Ave Maria Academy/ Our Lady of Grace Parish. Despite being forced to cancel the opening, residents and parishioners are breathing a sigh of relief after learning the event will take place instead from August 21st through the 25th. The article also discussed the fact that the Diocese would launch a suit against Big Ben’s Midway, the company who was originally hired to operate the ride concession at the festival. The proprietor, according to festival organizers who are in possession of a signed contract, is in breech of the agreement and legally liable for costs the school and parish incurred as part of promoting the festival as well as retainer fees for entertainment and vendors in addition to a host of other costs. After a discussion held with the pastor of OLG, Fr. Tony Rucando, The Forum was informed that it is the parish and the school that will pursue a lawsuit against the operator if necessary. “Obviously we would like to spare the need togo to court,” Fr. Rucando told The Forum. “If the operator satisfies his obligation and covers our costs than we will have reached an amicable solution. If we are forced to pursue those costs legally then we will have to rely on legal recourse.” But Fr. Rucando maintains there was a very valuable lesson taken away from the whole negative experience. “The people who worked so tirelessly to put this thing together in the first place could have easily said ‘Fr. Let’s forget it until next year,’” said the priest. “But instead they redoubled their efforts to make it happen for the church, the school and this community.” Fr. Rucando says he has faith the community will be there in full force, along with him, to make this a great event.
Photo Courtesy of Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder's Office
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, at podium, joined Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska and homeowners to urge Mayor Bloomberg to restore the rapidly decaying Jamaica Bay seawall.
during the relief and recovery effort must be accounted for,” Goldfeder said. The first installment - $1.8 billion - of what is expected to be at least $15 billion in federal aid landed in the city last May. The misuse of funds meant for Sandy victims has already come into question, and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report last month that said at least $238 million of the more than $575 million that was raised for Sandy relief had not been spent as of April of this year. The report also raised questions about whether some of the funds reportedly spent on Sandy relief were actually used for organizational overhead or other non-Sandy related purposes. Goldfeder and Rockaway residents held another press conference this week and called on Mayor Bloomberg to formally direct the appropriate agency and personnel to conduct emergency repairs to the seawall, which runs
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along the northern side of the Rockaway Peninsula, adjacent to Jamaica Bay. The wall - also known as a bulkhead - serves as a barrier for homes against storms and rising sea levels - and Goldfeder and a number of residents said the wall took such a beating in Sandy that it is on the verge of collapse. “The rapid rate of the decaying bulkhead is alarming, leaving many communities vulnerable to any storm, not just Sandy-sized hurricanes,” Goldfeder said. Christina Russell, a Rockaway resident and homeowner, agreed. “This has been an ongoing issue for many years and now, after Sandy, the damage of the bulkhead is threatening our property,” she said. “My father-in-law is unable to pull into his own driveway without the risk of falling into Jamaica Bay. Something needs to be done to fix this dangerous situation immediately.
Queens Murderer Looking At Another 25 Years Defendant faces additional sentencing on top of life without parole
Police Officer Russel Timoshenko was gunned down after he and his partner pulled over a vehicle with stolen plates.
By Samantha Geary A Queens man currently serving life in prison for murder was convicted last week of attempted murder as well as other charges for the shooting and robbery of a Queens man in
July 2007, which occurred less than twenty hours prior to the fatal shooting of NYPD officer,Russel Timoshenko, in Brooklyn. Dexter Bostic, 40, formerly of Far Rockaway, already serving a term without parole eligibility, was
described by District Attorney Richard Brown as “cold-blooded” and a “menace to others and deserving of the maximum sentence.” According to trial testimony, Carl Field, who was 20 at the time, was standing on the corner of Sutphin Boulevard and 109th Drive talking to a friend around 5:00 a.m. on July 8, 2007, when a gray Porsche Cayenne being driven by Robert Ellis, 40, also of Far Rockaway, stopped at the corner. Bostic exited the vehicle, holding a silver .45-caliber handgun, and began shooting. Mr. Field attempted to run but was shot once in his left leg, the bullet shattering his femur and causing him to fall to the ground. Bostic then approached Mr. Field and demanded money. Mr. Field handed over $1,800 in cash, a chain and the keys to his vehicle. Bosticand Ellis then fled in the Porsche. Ellis, the driver in the Field shooting was convicted last year of the same criminal charges as Bostic following a jury trial also before Justice Lasak, was sentenced in July 2012
Workers Honored After Returning $5K Found In Fridge
to a determinate term of 25 years in prison. That sentence was ordered to be served consecutive to the 15-year prison sentence Ellis was serving for a weapons possession conviction stemming from the fatal shooting of Officer Timoshenko. In that case, Ellis, Bostic and another individual were riding in a stolen black BMW SUV when they were pulled over by police officers Russel Timoshenko, 23, and Herman Yan, 27. The officers had run the plate number of the vehicle and discovered that it was missing from a Mitsubishi Outlander. When they approached the vehicle, they were shot at multiple times. The gun used to shoot Mr. Field the day before was involved in the incident. Officer Timoshenko died five days later from the wounds he suffered in the attack. Officer Yan, who was also severely hit, survived. In addition to being convicted of one count of attempted second-degree murder, Bostic was found guilty of two counts of first-degree assault,
Dexter Bostic will live the rest of his life behind bars as a result of sentencing for the murder of an NYPD Police Officer and the attempted murder and robbery of a 20-yearold man six years ago.
two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property following a four-week jury trial. Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak has set sentencing for September 11, 2013. He faces up to 25 years in prison.
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Borough President Helen Marshall commended Fred Alsterberg, left, and Michael Downer for returning about $5,000 to a woman who accidentally left it in a refrigerator that had been sold to a scrapyard in Ozone Park.
By Anna Gustafson Two workers at Atlantic Recycling in Ozone Park were feted at Queens Borough Hall last week after they returned about $5,000 that a woman accidentally left in a refrigerator that had been mistakenly sold for scrap. Michael Downer, a manager at the scrapyard Atlantic Recycling, and Fred Alsterberg, a towtruck driver for the same company, found the thousands of dollars in cash in a refrigerator door after a distraught Magda Castillo, and her husband, arrived at the company to tell them Castillo had forgotten she had left her savings in the appliance before it was dropped off at the yard. Downer and Alsterberg were honored by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall last Wednesday for recovering the money and returning it to a much-relieved Castillo, who lives in Kew Gardens. “I commend Michael and Fred for their honesty and for their determination in making sure this lost cash was returned to the right person,” Marshall said. “They understood how impor-
tant it was to return the money and were willing to make the extra effort to find it and locate the woman who lost it. They deserve our praise and admiration.” Several weeks ago, Castillo panicked when she realized that the old refrigerator containing her money had been sold to the scrapyard. Upon the realization, Castillo, who works for WalshLabella & Son Funeral Home in Glendale, ran to the scrapyard and told Alsterberg what happened. Scrapyard employees could not locate the refrigerator at that time, and Castillo left without leaving her contact information. Upon learning of the woman’s plight, Downer found the refrigerator and recovered the money. But, because the employees did not have the woman’s contact information, they had no idea how to return the cash - and even drove around the neighborhood in search of her. Finally, Alsterberg and Downer managed to return the money when Castillo returned to the scrapyard several days later. “It was the right thing to do because it was money for her mortgage,” Downer said.
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I Prefer Morality Dear Editor: Anthony Weiner is a liar, an adulterer, and a thief. He's stealing from his wife, his child and the public. He's an immoral man and unfit for public service. Do you think Mr. Weiner would never lie, cheat or steal from the public? Weiner supports immorality. I think people who vote for Weiner are fools or immoral people. The truth is always the standard. Philip McManus Rockaway
Where I Stand Dear Editor:
the GOP House. Carol, your point, “the persistent back and forth of a few…,” of which I am one is a valid observation! In all honesty, I did not start those ugly personal attacks. My four conservative/ Republican critics began that unfortunate trend three years ago. I merely responded so as to defend myself. A closing thought. I wish to compliment B. K. Brumberg for her “Contradicting Views” letter. It is nice to know that there is a Howard Beach resident who has similar views with this Truman liberal Democrat. Anthony Pilla Forest Hills
Differences Set Aside
In Carol Terrano’s “Bigger Picture” letter, she called for Dear Editor: others to “speak out” on issues I enjoyed the presidential they considered important. quiz submitted by Anthony The Forum has, in my view, an Pilla, but there may have been excellent policy, welcoming letan error or misprint to one ters on any topic of interest. I read with great apprecia- question. Number 21 asked tion her opinion that, “the DOT which two presidents had a is a paper trigger.” Carol, this war named after them. But the was a valid point to express. answer published in the July However, as for this liberal 25 edition gave only one name. Anthony, I disagree with your Democrat, I don’t think my politics, but enjoyed the quiz. bigger picture on national issues is a “bit much.” I invest Edward Riecks many hours researching vital Howard Beach issues. Thanks to The Forum, numerous letters of mine have been published, allowing me to We Want share my opinions with Forum Walmart readers. Over the past three years I have expressed my views on is- Dear Editor: sues that have affected millions Councilmember Elizabeth of Americans. Here are a few. Crowley and some other local 1) The Republicans are at war Ridgewood leaders who opwith rights of women. 2) GOP states have enacted laws to sup- pose the opening of a Walmart press voting rights of minority are mistaken. Polls of ordinary citizens. Remember those long New Yorkers continue resulteight- to ten-hour lines of Flor- ing year after year and now ida voters last November? Gov. decade after decade to support Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and his Re- the right of Walmart to open publican legislature reduced stores in Ridgewood and other hours and early voting days so locations in Queens, along with as to discourage pro-Obama Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhatsupporters from coming to tan and Staten Island. Resithe polls! 3) GOP state lead- dents in the other 57 counties ers have fought all attempts to outside of New York City withgrant same-sex marriage rights in New York state have had the to LGBT folks. 4) In three let- option of shopping or not shopters I urged our congressional ping at Walmart for decades. leaders to enact legislation to The same is true for virtually protect our earth’s fragile en- every other city and state. Only vironment from dangerous NYC is behind the times. NYC residents continue to global warming. 5) In several be denied the opportunity to letters, I urged national leaders of both political parties to help shop at Walmart due to exour economy pull out from that cuses made by politicians such horrible George W. Bush reces- as city Comptroller John Liu, sion. President Obama submit- City Council Speaker Christine ted his American Jobs Act to Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de congress – only to be killed by Blasio, other mayoral candi6 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 8, 2013
dates, former city Comptroller Bill Thompson, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, former Councilmember Sal Albanese, most members of the City council along with numerous fellow liberal Democratic party elected officials and their union allies. Many other Democratic state Assembly, state Senate and Congressional members also oppose Walmart opening stores within their respective legislative districts, boroughs or any place in NYC. They feel that we should oppose Walmart because of substandard salaries and unfair competition they would provide against smaller stores. Construction of a new Walmart can provide work for construction contractors and their employees. Once opened, there are employment opportunities for many workers. Over 10 percent of New Yorkers, including students, housewives, heads of single-family households, senior citizens and others are currently out of work along with 7 percent who have given up looking could find employment. The city would benefit by millions in sales, payroll and real estate tax revenue, which could help fund essential municipal services that everyone desires. Consumers shopping at Walmart get a bigger bang for the buck by being able to compare prices, quality and service to other stores. Many New Yorkers, poor, working class, single household, middle class, and seniors can’t afford to pay extra. They need the great prices, good quality merchandise, affordable food, drugs and school supplies that Walmart offers. If public officials continue refusing you a choice, the only recourse you have is to vote them out of office or deny them promotion to higher public office. Ask your local candidates in the upcoming September 6th primary or November 6th general election were they stand concerning Walmart. Don't vote for them if they will not give you a right as a consumer to decide who to patronize. Larry Penner Great Neck
Unjustified and Simply Wrong Dear Editor: In a recent letter submitted by John T. Urban, he claims that since he's a parole officer, his expert opinion on the Zim-
merman case is more valuable than that of any other person– who was not there! He continues with the statement, "it didn't matter that Trayvon CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 was unarmed and it didn't matter that Zimmerman initiated first contact!" By this reasoning anyone can stalk and confront someone (while carrying a concealed weapon), and when that person fearfully reacts defensively, its OK to shoot them in the heart. He says he finds no problem with the verdict of the Zimmerman jury, since they based their conclusion on the "actual facts". Which facts were those? The fact that Zimmerman profiled Martin as a thug? That (wannabe cop) Zimmerman disregarded police orders to discontinue following Martin and not confront him? That he found himself on the wrong end of an altercation he initiated? That he then pulled a gun? That he shot an innocent teen in the heart all because he was guilty of walking home with a bag of Skittles? Are those the facts he speaks of? Murder?
No. But for Zimmerman to be let off without any jail time after taking an innocent boy’s life is, to put it simply–wrong. Now, poor Zimmerman fears he may be attacked by some vigilant while simply walking down the street for a crime he "didn't" commit. How ironic. Robert La Rosa Whitestone
The Way It Is Dear Editor: Queens Boulevard is the boulevard of life - thousands of cars, people, and shops. It's a major road for cars, buses, and trucks through the middle of the borough to Manhattan. People have to drive quickly and park. There are too few parking spaces (and fewer during snowy winters). People who don't like it should live and shop in quiet neighborhoods and bicycle on side streets. Name Withheld
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Throw Us A Lifeline...
Say something horrible happens. Say you’re bleeding profusely or you’re feeling significant chest pain - you call 911, right? That number has been ingrained into us almost as soon as we learn how to use a phone - and for good reason. It saves lives. But, apparently, we now live in a city that shelled out $88 million for a 911 system that crashes constantly - forcing operators to use pen and paper to respond to calls - and routinely drops or misdirects calls. A 4-yearold girl whose family is from Middle Village died when a car hit her while she was walking to school with her grandmother in Manhattan, and her parents are suing the city because they said the 911 system failed and didn’t get an ambulance in time to their daughter. According to a report by the New York Post, the system crashed at least nine times in one week. Another report surfaced that a crash victim was left on a highway for almost two hours because of glitches in the system. A number of emergency workers in Queens have told this paper that calls are frequently misdirected, with, for example, 911 calls meant for Bayside being sent to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Bayside and Bay Ridge? We don’t think we need to tell you that they’re nowhere near each other.
And this week, we wrote about a man from Tudor Village who had to wait between 20 and 25 minutes for an ambulance after he slipped and cracked his head on the ground. Twenty to 25 minutes? Like his neighbor said, what if he had been having a heart attack? This is most certainly a life or death issue, and it is beyond unacceptable that situations like this continue to happen. No matter how much money the city spent on this new system, or how much Hizzoner hates to admit that he is wrong, this is not the time to be cheap - or arrogant. Because if the city doesn’t make serious changes - and more changes than adding some people as operators - there will be more deaths. There will be more parents having to bury their children. There will be family members who will never again see grandparents - and all because the largest city in the entire United States couldn’t get its act together. This has nothing to do with our amazing emergency responders who spend their days, and nights, fighting to ensure people stay alive. They deserve all our respect, and, given the normal stress they are under, what must it be like now? How much more burnt out will they
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be feeling? Mr. Bloomberg, your unwillingness to overhaul this system will likely result in these individuals eventually feeling as though they cannot do what they love to do anymore. When a member of the FDNY arrived to take care of the Tudor Village man who had fallen, he said he had come from Woodside. Another emergency responder who showed up not long after that said he was coming from Corona. What? Were there really no ambulances in Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill or Woodhaven? That’s hard to believe. Or were they all out in far-away corners of the borough after being sent on a wild goose chase by this allegedly “state-of-the-art” 911 system?
A Howard Beach man arrested in March for sexual abuse has been convicted of one count each of first and third-degree sexual abuse and one count of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. Richard Kassebaum, 42, was employed at a laundromat located at 85-42 Woodhaven Boulevard where, according to trial testimony, he followed a 40-year-old female after she left the laundromat at around 4:30 a.m. on March 31, 2013. The woman had exited the building after placing her clothes in the washing machine and headed home. She was grabbed from behind and choked. Her glasses were knocked from her face and Kassebaum grabbed her buttocks. The victim screamed and Kassebaum fled the scene. The woman was able to identify her attacker and what he was wearing. A subsequent review of video surveillance from inside the laundromat and elsewhere showed Kassebaum inside the laundromat wearing a navy blue short-sleeved shirt and jeans and then standing in the parking lot outside the laundromat as the victim left. He was then observed walking behind the victim and followed her onto Woodhaven Boulevard. Footage taken shortly after the attack shows him running back onto 86 Avenue and re-entering the laundromat. Sentencing before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Butcher is scheduled for August 15, 2013. Kassebaum, who has been held in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail since his arrest on April 1, 2013, faces up to seven years in prison.
Armed Bandit Invades Ozone Park Home Police are searching for a black male, approximately 5 ft., last seen wearing shorts. He is a suspect in a home invasion that took place on Lafayette Street across from M.S. 202 around 10 p.m. Tuesday night. The man broke into the home brandishing a gun
and threatening the residents. He took cash before fleeing leaving the homeowners visibly shaken. They were treated by FDNY EMS who responded to the call. Police organized a Level 1 mobilization and ESU 9 was called to the scene for an evidence search.
Robert Stridiron/The Forum Newsgroup Police at the 102nd precinct lead two suspects into the station house after they were arrested for setting a dog loose on a man and woman inside the New China Restaurant on Metropolitan Avenue. Both people were bitten by the dog and treated for numerous dog bites. By Patricia Adams Two suspects were arrested on Metropolitan Avenue at the New China Restaurant located off 19th Street after they allegedly set their dog loose on a man and woman inside the restaurant. Both suffered dog bites and were taken to Jamaica Hospital. An employee at the restaurant told The Forum that the two men had been in the
restaurant before but never with the dog and both patrons who were bitten were regular customers. The four people, they know each other,” the employee said. “There was a problem between them and they guys let the dog bite them. It’s crazy,” said the woman. The couple were both treated for numerous dog bites and released. Police are still investigating the circumstances of the incident.
Richard York/The Forum Newsgroup Police set up a crime scene outside the house on Lafayette Street where an armed bandit threatened residents before making off with their cash. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 8, 2013 | 7
In Sandy's Wake, Avella Vows To Fight For Queens Resources Boro pres candidate focuses on community planning, education
By Anna Gustafson As someone who has been involved in Queens’ civic and political life for years - he was, once upon a time, the youngest member of Community Board 7 - state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Whitestone) has long known that Queens gets the shaft when it comes to city resources. And, as a legislator in the City Council and now the state Senate, Avella said he has long been involved in a battle to secure more funding for the borough that, for example, houses both of the city’s airports but gets very little when it comes to offsetting the traffic quagmires and pollution that stem from them. But it wasn’t until Hurricane Sandy devastated the borough that Avella, who sat down with The Forum last Thursday, witnessed an unprecedented lack of respect from City Hall for Queens - and it prompted him to decide to try to leave Albany for Kew Gardens. “Queens has always not gotten its fair share of city services, and after Sandy I saw that even worse,” said
Avella, one of three Democrats vying to replace Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. “I thought, ‘I have a real opportunity to help my fellow Queensites.’” Once pitted against five other Democrats for the position, the field has dwindled and Avella is now running against former Councilwoman Melinda Katz and Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria), as well as Republican Tony Arcabascio, for the position that Avella argues could be far more powerful than it has been. “She’s a very nice individual, but she’s been an absentee landlady,” Avella said of Marshall. “There’s no initiative, no fire to represent the borough.” While the Bloomberg administration has clearly wanted to do away with the borough president positions and has continued to slash funding to them each year, Avella said that he would attempt to create a more powerful borough president by introducing legislation - which the City Charter permits the presidents to do, but which rarely happens. “Why does nobody do that?” he
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State Sen. Tony Avella said it was the lack of funds, and attention from the city, that Queens received following Hurricane Sandy that, in part, prompted him to run for borough president.
asked. “I want to introduce legislation left and right.” Avella’s interview with The Forum spanned a wide variety of topics, from him wanting to focus on community planning - meaning working with people on community boards and other civic leaders and residents to bring development to neighborhoods that want it and keep it away from those that don’t - to wanting to increase diversity on community boards. A critic of mayoral control - which Bloomberg managed to get passed by state legislators almost immediately after taking office - and said he would want to work with city officials on overcrowded classrooms throughout the borough. As for the Panel on Educational Policy - the 13-member group that votes on educational issues, including school closures and which is dominated by representatives picked by the mayor, Avella said “it’s gotta go.” Provided the PEP remains - and it likely will - Avella said he would want Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Marshall’s PEP appointee, to remain a member of the group and praised him as a welcome
independent voice on the body. He also said “stop-and-frisk has to go. “I don’t want to handcuff the police, but stopping innocent people on their way to work is just wrong,” the legislator said. The senator said he wants to work on bringing hospitals back to a borough that has experienced the closures of four hospitals since 2008. “Nobody should be more than five minutes from a hospital, and that’s not the case in South Queens and the Rockaways,” he said. Avella and his opponents have clashed frequently, and the senator said he’s especially critical of Katz’s and Vallone’s votes to extend term limits and another to approve a 25 percent pay raise for the Council. Avella, Vallone and Katz served in the Council at the same time. “They both have raised more money than I have, but I’m an independent guy - I know I’d be outspent,” Avella said. “Vallone has raised $1 million, and Melinda is close to that. You don’t raise that without strings attached.”
Borough President’s Race, By The Numbers
Peter Vallone, Jr.
ed real estate and construction firms while Avella’s base could most easPolitical pundits and other fol- ily be described as grass-roots with lowers of the race for Queens Bor- mostly smaller contributions from ough President have argued for a individuals and local businesses. Contribution levels for both while now that the contest is essentially a face-off between former Vallone and Katz frequently topped Councilwoman Melinda Katz and $4,000 whereas by contrast, Avella Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. (D- had few, if any, contributions above Astoria), but a recent look at cam- $1,000. Among Katz’ major contributors paign finances paints a much more included Cordmeyer Development, vivid picture. The most recent information Vornado Realty and Tully Confrom the city’s campaign finance struction. Vallone Jr. counted Ahern board shows that the race, as far as Construction, Tully Construction as fundraising goes, is now a David ver- well as numerous unions including sus two Goliaths scenario. Even with firefighters and sanitation workers public matching funds, state Sen. among his major backers. Avella’s major funders included Tony Avella (D-Whitestone), with $325,918 cash-on-hand is far behind numerous retirees, civil servants and local businesses. He has little supboth Katz and Vallone. Vallone is the fundraising leader port from corporate real estate and/ with $1,224,797 cash-on-hand fol- or law firms. The fundraising picture for the lowed by Katz with $882,458. An analysis of the three candi- three candidates came as no surprise dates funding sources shows very to Queens College Political Science definite patterns with both Vallone Professor Michael Krasner. “Both Katz and Vallone Jr. are and Katz pulling substantial contributions from large and well-connect- very experienced and they come 8 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 8, 2013 By Alan Krawitz
from the establishment and have worked in city and state government where they worked with people in positions to give large sums of money,” Krasner said, noting that by contrast, Avella has positioned himself more as the champion of the little guy, utilizing a more grass roots approach. “Sen. Avella is basically the spokesperson for people with fewer resources,” he said. And, while Avella has been critical in the past of both Katz’s and Vallone’s campaigns for taking money from real estate and construction firms, Krasner said that there may not be anything sinister going on there other than companies following housing and development trends in the borough. “The issue may not just be whether some of these[construction, real estate] companies have clean hands in business, but rather they’re simply following the market direction of development in the borough, which seems to favor higher-end, more upscale condos and homes rather than
more affordable housing,” Krasner explained. He added that critics say these trends contribute to the overall difficulty that lower and middle class people have in trying to secure housing in the city. “Finding affordable housing is tough,” Krasner noted. Moreover, he called Avella more of an “insurgent” in the race whereas both Vallone and Katz represent varying degrees of the political establishment. Avella’s campaign did not respond to requests for comments. Asked about the Katz campaign’s fundraising sources, spokesperson Nathan Smith said that the campaign’s base includes “thousands of New Yorkers who share her [Melinda Katz’] vision of queens that includes affordable communities, job creation and schools that prepare our children for the jobs of the future as well as a healthcare system that has the infrastructure to take care of families.” “Melinda's record of protecting the middle class and finding real solutions to hard questions is unmatchable," Smith said. In addition, Smith said that with the current fundraising and the campaign finance board match “we are a breath away from having the maximum amount we are allowed to spend in this race,” Smith said, adding “We are at parity with Peter [Vallone Jr.] and we are both far ahead of Tony [Avella].” A spokesperson for Vallone did not respond by press time to requests for comment.
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Avella Throws Support Behind Reactivating Rockaway Rail Line By Anna Gustafson
Queens residents hoping to see the rebirth of the long-dormant Rockaway Beach Rail Line that, decades ago, ran from Rockaway to Rego Park, got a boost from state Sen. and borough president candidate Tony Avella (D-Whitestone), who on Monday threw his support behind reactivating a line that advocates say will help to jumpstart the peninsula’s floundering economy, as well as significantly cut down on travel times through much of the borough. Avella joined residents from South Queens and Rockaway for a rally in Ozone Park Monday morning in favor of reviving the service that is also known as the White Pot Junction Line. The line, which, in addition to Rockaway and Rego Park, traveled through Middle Village, Woodhaven, Ozone Park and Howard Beach, was once owned and operated by the Long Island Rail Road but was sold to the city in 1962. The city abandoned it and, over the past five decades, the line has fallen into disrepair, its tracks covered by unruly weeds and graffiti. “Much has changed in the last 50 years,” Avella said. “The Rockaways has seen a tremendous influx of residents and tourists, adding a significant burden on the few transportation lines being currently offered. The peninsula provides thousands of people with direct access to the Rockaway beach, oceanfront properties and the successful racino at the Aqueduct Racetrack, yet public transpor-
Photo Courtesy of Philip McManus
State Sen. Tony Avella, center, joined Rockaway and South Queens residents for a rally in Ozone Park on Monday and called for reviving the Rockway Beach Rail Line that has been abandoned for decades.
tation options remain very limited. This community has wanted too long.” A number of elected officials have also thrown their support behind reopening a train line between Rockaway and mainland Queens, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (DRockaway Park) and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Queens, Brooklyn) - both of whom have lamented the mass transportation options available to Rockaway and South Queens residents. A trip on public transportation from the Rockaways to, say, Bayside can take as long as two and a half hours - as can the trip into Manhattan. This, officials and other advocates have said, proves to be a serious economic blow to
Rockaway, which is still struggling to get on its feet after Hurricane Sandy. However, not everyone is happy with the idea of reactivating the rail line, and a group of residents have called for 3.5 miles of the abandoned rail track to be transformed into a parkland similar to Manhattan’s High Line. Supporters of what has been deemed the “Queensway” have said such a transformation would benefit hundreds of thousands of residents and would provide an easily accessible bikeway on which individuals could commute to work. Avella was the only of the three borough president candidates at this week’s rally, though
one of the event’s organizers, Rockaway Park resident Philip McManus, said he had invited the others running to replace Queens Borough President Helen Marshall - former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz and Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria). When this newspaper reached out to the other two candidates about their thoughts on the rail line, only Katz responded. “We have a transportation crisis in the Rockaways, which needs to be addressed immediately,” Katz said. “We need to keep the ferry running and work to expand bus service. The Rockaway Rail Line reactivation and the Queensway proposals are both ideas that are worthy of serious consideration. However, I have safety and viability concerns about both proposals that must be addressed. This issue is not going to be resolved by demagoguing, but by generating real community input and cooperation.” Rockaway Park resident Philip McManus, who recently founded the Queens Public Transit Committee to fight for, among other things, the reactivation of the Rockaway railroad, said, as others have, that the revival of the line is crucial to Rockaway’s financial well-being. “Commuters and tourists from across the region would have another option to use the RBL to live, work, learn, shop, eat and play in Queens,” McManus said. “It would improve Queens cross-town transit and reduce travel times. The RBL would increase business, employment, economic development, property values, tax revenues and educational opportunities for all of Queens.”
With Graying Of Queens Immigrants Comes A New Set Of Challenges By Kate Bubacz As New York City ages, so does Queens. The borough is fortunate to have some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the world, but the graying population of immigrants may pose unique challenges to the community, according to a recent study released in July by the Center for an Urban Future. The New York City-based non-profit think tank states that the population of older immigrants in Queens increased by 35% in the past decade. This study highlights that the shift in demographics requires a change in support systems for these aging communities in the coming years. The center's report points out that elderly immigrants are more likely to be linguistically isolated, with less in savings and less able to receive the same benefits through Social Security Kate Bubacz/The Forum Newsgroup GregoriyIvyayev, Eddie Usupokov and Vladimir Vopian play backgammon in MacDonald Park in Forest Hills, Queens. and Medicare. Both the state and the city have a labyrinth Forest Hills, like many neighborhoods throughout Queens, have a large aging immigrant population that has a set of of agencies that receive state funding and pro- needs that will need to be met as they continue to get older. vide services for everything from transportation for example, there is a constituent liaison who city and state for the majority of its operations, to food stamps to disease management. The is fluent in Spanish and who helps people with which includes translation services, providing information about entitlement programs that state provides money by program, not by orga- government paperwork and applications. For some, calling government officials can people may be eligible for, such as Medicaid, nization, which allows communities flexibility and helping them apply. of options, but can make it difficult for immi- be too intimidating a task. “At most sites, we are finding that there is a “A lot of immigrants are scammed, because grants and the elderly to get proper information need to better serve immigrants,” says Nicole of the language barrier, or because they are low about what services are available. “Call your elected officials,” state Sen. Joe Vaughn, the director for Center Based Services income, and they will come to us after being Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) advised. “They at Queens Community House, a multi-service played elsewhere, sometimes in worse shape will have more information, and will know of settlement house that is based in Forest Hills than they were before, and we will help them and has 22 different sites in 11 neighborhoods [it] out,” Vaughn says. resources that can help an individual.” “It’s absolutely crucial for seniors from On staff at Addabbo’s Middle Village office, in the borough. It relies on funding from the 10 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 8, 2013
varying immigrant backgrounds to get services tailored to their specific needs,” said Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills). “If that doesn’t happen, it is much more likely that these people will become isolated and will not be taken care of properly, which is likely to cost the taxpayer as they become more reliant on emergency services,” he continued. That is a goal that organizations like the Visiting Nurses Service of New York (VNSNY) seeks to avoid. The nonprofit has a staff that speaks more than 50 languages, and in Queens alone, 470 registered nurses plus dieticians, social workers and home health aides working to insure that none of its patients falls through the cracks. Many of their clients are referred by hospitals or doctors, and have multiple chronic illnesses that need management. According to Susan Loo-Lee, a VNSNY Nurse Manager, the organization strives to match elderly immigrants with nurses and other staff members who speak their language, or ideally, are immigrants themselves from the same country who understand their cultural norms. Eun Young Na, a South Korean immigrant herself, works as a registered nurse manager for VNSNY, coordinating the care of her patients with their doctors, home health aides, and any other support staff that their needs may require. “We all work together as a team,” she says. “I am proud of this, that I can deliver the right care and I understand the cultural things, like food, their way of thinking, which is sometimes different from Americans. I can educate them better.”
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In South Queens, Fighting Crime with Fun By Anna Gustafson
106th Precinct Community Council Vice President Donna Gilmartin, left, and President Frank Dardani, center, present a plaque of appreciation to Capt. Thomas Pascale, the commanding officer of the 106th.
Many of those who went to the 106th Night Out spent time dancing with leaders from Jayden's Dancer Center in Ozone Park.
Children and adults have fun dancing as a dee-jay spins some music at PS 232.
Hands clenched around a plaque of appreciation, 106th Precinct Community Council President Frank Dardani looked at the row of police before him and said their response to Hurricane Sandy pointed out what South Queens residents have long known: The men and women in uniform are nothing less than heroes. “They worked long, hard hours and many days and weeks,” Dardani told the hundreds of people who gathered at PS 232 in Lindenwood for the 106th Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime event on Tuesday evening. “Many of the men and women on our streets and flooded neighborhoods … had families, homes and neighborhoods just as badly slammed as ours, but they were here serving us.” Across the country, police, residents and elected officials celebrated the National Night Out Against Crime, which is meant to create bonds between communities and cops that civic leaders and officers said is crucial when fighting the illegal activity plaguing neighborhoods. Each precinct in Queens - and throughout the five boroughs - held an event. In South Queens, the 102nd Precinct sponsored a celebration in Forest Park, at the corner of Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue. “It’s very important for the community to meet with officers in our precinct - we have very little contact now that there’s not community policing,” Dardani said in reference to a model of policing by emphasizing partnerships in a neighborhood. “It’s why we brought out all the different units, like domestic violence. It’s so important that people know they can speak with these officers.” 102nd Precinct Community Council President Latchman Budhai praised the police in his area, saying “they are on the ball and out on the street.”
Police, other emergency responders and civic leaders gathered at PS 232 in Lindenwood for the National Night Out Against Crime.
Members of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association spent their evening talking to people about the benefits of their organization.
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Budhai said he hoped the National Night Out event would inspire residents to be more mindful of their surroundings - and keep an eye out for crime. “A major issue is having extra eyes on the outside,” Budhai said. “Manpower is limited, and it’s imperative a relationship be created between the police and others.” Simcha Waisman, of the One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center, also stressed the need for residents to become more engaged partners when addressing crime - and he also called on One Police Plaza to bring more cops to the 102nd. “We don’t have enough police,” Waisman said. The events included music, dancing and a variety of other activities, including a bouncy castle for children and a wide variety of information from a range of community organizations that set up tables at the celebrations. “It’s very important for us to let the community know there are organizations they can go to besides the elected officials,” said Richmond Hill South Civic Association Margaret Finnerty, whose group manned a table at the 106th event. “They can come to us, and we can fight for them. If you come to a meeting, you’ll find you’re not the only one with the problem you’re having.” Many of those who came out to the events said that it was key to have children there, having fun, in order to get them to associate positive feelings with the NYPD. And, according to the younger residents there, they were thrilled to spend time with the men and women in uniform - as well as down some ice cream and play games. “You get a lot of enjoyment from being out in nature,” said Corey Farrell, 10, of Richmond Hill, who attended the program with his brother Cade Farrell, 11. “It’s fun to come out for the music, be in the park and see the police,” Cade agreed.
Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner, the commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, received a certificate of appreciation for the hard work he, and his officers, have done in the area.
Brothers Corey, 10, and Cade Farrell, 11, of Richmond Hill, said they especially enjoyed the live music and being outside.
Juan Pablo Rodriguez, 1, of Woodhaven, was one of the youngest residents to celebrate at the 102nd Precinct's festivities.
102nd Community Council secretary J. Richard Smith, left, treasurer Sandra Datnarain, and Latchman Budhai celebrate the National Night Out Against Crime in Forest Park. Photos by Anna Gustafson
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So You Think Your Kids Want To Dance? A Forum Primer
With the annual dance school registration period upon us, this week The Forum offers you some background information about the benefits of dance for children. Over the next three weeks, we will be presenting information to you about some of the local programs available to you and your kids. The section will include profiles of the schools and their teaching staff as well as types of dance offered.We hope this resource guide helps you make the right choices. There’s no denying that the benefits of including the arts in early childhood development is not only essential—it’s one of the best ways to give your child a leg up in developing self expression, boosting confidence, encouraging creativity and facilitating dexterity. The arts often involve teamwork—for example, as part of a theater production or in a recital—as well as competitive events that promote focus, determination and discipline. If you think your child is interested in learning how to dance, you should talk to them about what it is they are attracted to about the prospect of dancing. Once you have an idea of where they are coming from, take your discussion further and find out if there is a particular type of dance that interests your child. If they can’t start out with what they want to, find out what steps you can take to prepare them to get there. You should support your child in every endeavor he or she makes toward the arts. Finally, remember one of the
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DANCING MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD
If you have any doubt that dancing makes you feel good, just watch the face of a toddler who hears a fast beat and starts to move. Someone who did not feel great could move like that! In addition to the physical experience of dancing, self expression available through dance is a powerful tool especially for children who have low confidence.
most important things about your child’s choice of participation: it should be encouraged but never forced. The old adage about leading the horse to water should definitely apply here. Explore their interests with them and try to help them identify what would make them really happy. Encourage them, assist them–just don’t try to make a guitar player out of a ballerina and everything should be fine! While exposure to any of the arts is wonderful, there are some things that just can’t beat DANCE!
For everything that has been said about people who are able to speak well and with confidence, there are equal amounts of praise to be heaped on those with good posture. Dance teaches a child how to stand straight. It facilitates SOCIAL SKILLS very valuable tools—the expression of One of the basic traditions of local physical grace, confidence and strength. dance schools is to have their entire company work together toward a yearly Finally, remember that the benefits performance/show. All agree that in orof dance will be measured very individuder for the show to be the best it can, all ally. Although only a select few children the dancers have to work together. This choose to make dance their lives, the process is great for developing social experience for the majority who have skills. The kids become familiar with the dance in their lives are subject to many routine and with their fellow dancers at extraordinary benefits and experiences. the same time. Get your child ready to STEP OUT! See you next week…
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
When children first start out, it may be difficult for them to physically masLet’s look at what dance can do for ter a routine and to mentally remember building confidence all the components. Working through to WATCH OUT BULLIES, performance of the routine can lead to DANCE IS YOUR ENEMY. an explosion of satisfaction for a child, physically for having mastered the challenge and mentally for having achieved something through perseverance and hard work.
Many parents report feeling guilty when approached by their child right before the curtain comes up at performance time. Children are often overcome with anxiety and nerves. Parents sometimes think it is wrong to make their child continue. However, a sense of relief flows over by the end of the performance when they see their once jittery child emerge as a totally different child after completing the performance. The smiles on the faces of those bowing bodies is one that radiates from accomplishment. Believe it or not, your kid has just battled their first
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Tel: (718) 726-2356 By Patricia Adams In the nearly 45 minutes it took us to find parking near Steinway Street in Astoria, I wondered what I could possibly eat that would be worth driving around like this. My gut reaction was NOTHING. Block after infuriating block, I cursed the cars that just beat me out for the spot I thought was going to be mine. I NEVER saw a street with more fire hydrants and driveways. But alas, there it was - four blocks away, barely big enough to accommodate the car - a spot. As we walked to Mombar, I wondered again: What could be worth that experience? I was soon to find out. Esam was the first person we encountered at the small, dimly lit space in the middle of bustling Astoria. “Good evening,” he said with a warm and welcoming, yet mischievous tone. We were escorted to a table along the wall and not sure upon entering if this were a restaurant or an art gallery. Stepping through the door was like stepping out of time and into a different world. A banquet up against the back wall played host to a bench of embroidered pillows atop a fabric seat. On the walls hung artifacts from Middle Eastern/Egyptian culture along with an eclectic mix of oddly ‘American’ items: a Coca-Cola bottle and old signs advertising products. On the outside wall hangs the letters to spell out the restaurant’s name and big eyes. I wondered if the eyes had blinked every time they watched our vehicle drive by in search of the elusive parking spot. On the floor an array of mosaic tiles held your attention until your eyes could wander up to the stained glass windows. We later learned that all of the artistic creations were those of Moustafa El Sayed - the resident artist who also serves as the chef and owner of Mombar. There’s a menu, but it’s basically not necessary - part of the Mombar mystique is the reciting of the menu by Esam. It’s like a performance really. His descriptions, infused with colorful narrative, are laced with Egyptian culture, lore and food traditions. He listens carefully to questions and makes your dinner choices accordingly. On the list is an assortment of organ food - brains, liver, kidney, tripe. For the faint at heart (bad pun here), there are some more recognizable dishes that will tantalize and thrill the most discerning of palates or the foodie novice. If you like flavor, Mombar is
Chef Moustafa can smile about the wonderful food as well as artistic talent he brings to Esam “performs” the menu for a group of perplexed diners—making choices at Mombar the restaurant. Most guests agree they could be convinced they were eating at his home. can be difficult. It’s probably best to go in a larger group and get a good mix of the menu.
your spot. Settling on choices can be difficult so be prepared not to know which of the specials to choose. There is lamb, chicken, sausage and fish and of course, vegetarian dishes. We started out with a plate of warmed phyllo accompanied by a sesame seed dipping oil. For appetizers we chose a warm, fire roasted beet salad with apples and sweet onion and also a grilled artichoke salad roasted with onion and spices. Stepping out in the realm of slightly daring, we also chose the lamb cheek, which was a plate of seasoned and ground lamb meat stirred together with a raw egg just before it was finished cooking. The dish arrives piping hot with a Naan-like bread served to the side. In a small dish that tags along,a green sauce is placed on the table with words of caution from Esam, “some people find it hot.” In actuality, for lovers of lamb, this dish is an absolute must and for those who avoid lamb, it too is a must. The texture and flavors packed into this treat are not to be missed. For the entrée part of our dinner we ordered the salmon special - a base of phyllo crust on top of which sits a salmon filet surrounded by fresh peppers, onions, tomatoes, capers and other vegetables. Then, another layer of phyllo is placed over the fish and baked until golden. The result is a deliciously seasoned, perfectly baked fish and tender vegetables that release their juices into the crust.
The second entrée we chose was fish tagine, an incredible blend of tilapia filet smothered in vegetables including eggplant, tomatoes and olives, that shows off the restaurant’s signature centerpiece - Egyptian clay-pot cooking. The dish is served with a pyramid of perfumed couscous and can be prepared with chicken or lamb as well. To round out our trio of dinners we ordered the rabbit and rice - not for everyone - but something that arrived perfectly prepared without a hint of gaminess in the taste. After placing the order, it was suggested by Esam that some spirits were in order to compliment our selection. Wine we were told could be purchased at the liquor store down the street - I had forgotten it was BYOBand so I was chosen to make the trek for a bottle of cabernet. Defining the dessert at Mombar is a short and sweet task. It is GOOD. You can choose from a variety of baklava type confections or you can decide to go with the chef ’s surprise of the day. We had Egyptian bread pudding which was a delightful blend of creamy egg custard filling the spaces between honey soaked bread cubes topped with cream and nuts - need we say more? Of course, with an increasing admiration growing for chef Moustafa’s creations, we had to have the chef ’s surprise. The only thing that wasn’t a surprise was how good it was. A whole sweet pear, wrapped in phyllo dough and then cracked open and filled with honey
Grilled artichoke salad was served warmed and blended exquisitely with grilled tomatoes and onions in Egyptian spice and delicate oil.
soaked bananas and blueberries shrouded in a soured cream. And by the way, don’t forget to have the mint tea. The experience at Mombar is not just one about eating. It’s one about eating at the heart of what makes Queens the absolute place to experience the food of every culture that makes up the most diverse borough anywhere. There is only one bad thing about Mombar and it has nothing to do with the food. It is what seems to be an impossible parking situation. We have no advice as to how to avoid it but public transportation almost seems appealing. You can secure parking a few blocks away and that is what we advise so that you don’t waste your time circling endlessly. And the best part about it is that your walk back to the car is filled with the streets that seem to have rolled out while you were eating and are now packed with a colorful Egyptian community, smoking hookah on every inch of the street while nibbling on the delicacies of their homeland. Mombar serves the culinary concoctions of an artist as well as offering one of the most unique dining experiences you will find. To go there is to be well fed and charmed by both the chef and a small staff that makes everyone feel like their meal is the most important thing on earth. Well maybe not on earth. Really, the best way to define Mombar is to say it’s something out of this world.
The chef’s surprise dessert was a masterful creation balancing sugar, spice, fruit and cream to perfection.
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Woodhaven Wife Crushes Husband in Crash
Robert Stridiron/The Forum Newsgroup A mangled mass of metal at the end of a high speed ride through Woodhaven that resulted in the death of Matthew Soria the 34-year-old husband of Maria Espinosa who was driving the Ford Explorer. She has been arrested for the death of her husband and charged with murder.
By Patricia Adams A Queens couple with a history of domestic violence faced a tragic ending this week after Matthew Soria, 34, died when his wife crashed their car as he clung to the hood. The incident unfolded after an argument, reportedly over money, broke out between Soria and his wife, 51-year-old Maria Espinosa. Soria had approached his wife on a bicycle around 8 a.m. as she was getting into a Ford Explorer parked on Jamaica Avenue near Dexter Court, where the couple is believed to live. According to police, Soria was trying to prevent Espinosa from getting into the vehicle, but she pushed him away. He jumped onto the car’s hood and when she took off, he was holding on. Witnesses say the husband was screaming for his wife to stop the car but she continued to drive, sometimes at speeds in excess of 80 mph.
A crazy ride through Woodhaven streets ended around 11 blocks later in a crash that left Soria dead. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that when Soria jumped on the hood of the car, she tried to get him off by backing up and hitting a parked car, trying to force him to fall off the hood; when the attempt proved unsuccessful, she took off. The death ride continued west along Jamaica Avenue until she made a U-turn to head back in the original direction, but Espinosa struck another car and pinned Soria near Crescent Street on the City Line border. Witnesses at the scene say that the woman was crying uncontrollably at the scene and looked like she was “out of it.” Soria and two other people from the other vehicle were rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Records show a long-standing history of domestic violence between the couple and an arrest record starting before 2000, for Soria.
Figoski Honored with Street Renaming By Anna Gustafson NYPD Detective Peter Figoski, who was fatally shot in the line of duty in 2011, was honored last week, when the street on which he lived with his family in West Babylon, Long Island, was renamed for the longtime and dedicated cop. Midwood Road in West Babylon was transformed into Officer Peter Figoski Way on Saturday, when NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly joined Figoski’s family, including his daughters Christine, Caitlyn, Caroline and Corinne, and hundreds of other people for the renaming ceremony. “Today, on what would have been his 49th birthday, we add one more assurance that Detective Figoski’s legacy will not be forgotten,” Kelly told the crowd, as seen on television news reports. “It’s really gut-wrenching,” Kelly continued. “His four beautiful daughters are left to navigate the world on their own. I can tell you that for the New York City Police Department, we pride ourselves on never forgetting.” Figoski, a 47-year-old decorated officer, 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. Figoski 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. Cypress Hills Cemetery, located not far from where the officer was shot, is sponsoring a 5K race to raise money for Figoski’s family. 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. 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) 251-6934 or email email@example.com. Figoski’s family members have said how important it is to them to keep the officer’s memory alive. “The thought that it has been over a year and a half since we have last heard your voice and [seen] your face kills me,” Caitlyn Figoski recently wrote on a Facebook page dedicated to her father. “I miss you more and more everyday. I will love you always and can’t wait to see you again.”
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Legal Notices Notice of Formation of K & T PROPERTIES 168 LLC. Art. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/08/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY Designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: The LLC, 36-09 Main St, # 7A, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of ExperBuy, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/10/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Hong Kong Supermarket Landmark, L.P. Cert. of LP filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 4/5/13. Ofc in: Queens Cty. SSNY designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jun Xu, 41-68 Main St., Flushing, NY 11355. Name/address of each gen. ptr. avail. from SSNY. Purpose: General. ALESSIO M LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 6/24/2013. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 64-15 74th St., Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. American Solar LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 4/18/13. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 211-03 33rd Rd, Bayside, NY 11361. General Purposes.
Notice of formation of 9 JOY HOLDING LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/04/2013. 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, 140-17 Oak Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of PVF Supply. com, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/2/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 3542 41st St., Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of Flushing Chen LLC Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/20/13. Office:Queens. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to 59-15 155th St #2F Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of formation of AWESOME ENTERPRISE LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/05/2013. 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, 4122 42nd Street, Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Ac Cab LLC Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/3/13. Office:Queens. SSNY is design. as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to 14220 Franklin Ave. #5Z Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity.
Legal Notices Notice of Qualification of HARRISON GLOBAL LLC Arts of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/12/13. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Massachusetts (MA) on 01/10/12. Princ. office of LLC: 19-11 43rd St., Astoria, Queens, NY 11105. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process and MA addr. to the LLC, 224 Calvary St., Waltham, MA 02453. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of the Commonwealth, State House, Boston, MA 02133. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 242-01 JAMAICA AVE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/11/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 242-01 Jamaica Avenue, Bellerose, New York 11426. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of MAY SQUARED REAL ESTATE LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 4/24/13. Office: Queens. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to The LLC, 255-07 61st Avenue, 1st Floor, Little Neck, NY 11362. Purpose: any lawful activity. GREEN CLEAN ECO LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/10/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Gina Loriggio, 2804 171st St., Flushing, NY 11358. General Purposes. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: LO FAMILY ENTERPRISES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/11/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 70-20 108th Street, Apartment 14H, Forest Hills, New York 11375. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
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 ANL REALTY, LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/01/2013. 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: 1 Stiles Drive, Melville, NY 11747. Purpose: any lawful purpose. HALLUX REALTY LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/28/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 76-26 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373. General Purposes. 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. T&J Real Property LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 6/12/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Wang Law Office PLLC, 36-25 Main St, 3rd Fl, Flushing, NY 11354. General Purposes. Notice of Formation of WELCOME HOME REAL ESTATE SUNNYSIDE GARDENS, LLC. Art. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/26/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY Designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: The LLC, 46-15 Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of ARVERNE CONSTRUCTION CO. LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/04/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 190 Beach 68th St., Arverne, NY 11692. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 3168 35th STREET LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/04/13. Office location: Queens 93-20/26 43RD AVENUE LLC Articles County. SSNY has been designated of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) as agent of the LLC upon whom 6/5/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY deprocess against it may be served. sign. Agent of LLC upon whom process SSNY shall mail a copy of process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy to the LLC, P.O. Box 575042, Whitof process to Wan Chuan Lin Fei Lin De estone, New York 11357. Purpose: Hua Xue 93-20/26 43rd Ave Elmhurst, For any lawful purpose. NY 11373. Purpose: Any lawful activity. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 8, 2013 | 21
THE HAPPENINGS Thursday, Aug. 8
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 free program for families affected by autism. Inspired by children's books, this program will employ the creative arts to explore social skills and the language of friendship. Parents and children are invited to come together to explore sensory-based activities together and use the arts as a tool for learning more about their child’s learning style, with the goal of enhancing the parent-child learning dyad and encouraging socialization. Preregistration is required. To register or for more information, contact Jennifer Candiano at ArtAccess Autism Programs at (718) 5929700, extension 130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can also be viewed at www.queenslibrary.org/howard-beach.
Computers For Beginners Queens Library at Ozone Park 92-24 Rockaway Blvd. All adults are welcome to attend the free computer courses at the library, which include tutorials on Microsoft Word, the Internet and email. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. To register, call (718) 845-3127.
Friday, Aug. 9
‘Les Miserables’ In Glendale
Saturday, Aug. 10
Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps Yard Sale
Monday, Aug. 12
United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School
Irish Folk Fiddler at Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main Street, Flushing 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Popular Irish fiddler Tony DeMarco, a leading proponent of the New York/Sligo fiddle style, will perform along with bouzouki player extraordinaire Eamon O’Leary and Irish step dancer Siobhan Butler at the Queens Botanical Garden’s “Music in the Garden” series. The performance is free with admission to the botanical garden, and residents are welcome to bring a picnic snack to enjoy. For more information, call (718) 886-3800 or visit www.queensbotanical.org.
Runs Monday, Aug. 12 through Aug. 16 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 112-14 107th Ave., South Richmond Hill The vacation bible school is open to children ages four to 18.The registration is $7 per child, or $5 for two children or more. Crafts and snacks will be provided, and a day of water slide fun is part of the event. Register by calling (718) 845-6226 or go in person to the above address.
Thursday, Aug. 15
Forest Hills Jazz Thursdays
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
StaciaHobdy and L.A. Blacksmith will perform as part of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce Jazz Thursdays series.
Teen Runway Show
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Celebrating Hip-Hop’s 40th Anniversary
92-28 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills 5Pointz - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 45-46 Davis St., Long Island City Come out and support the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Celebrate the 40th anniversary of hip-hop as Summer Stage Corps at this yard sale that is far from regular. There will be travels to the world’s “graffiti Mecca” for a day of music and high-end antiques and collectibles, as well as pre-1960s art, featuring DJ KoolHerc. sports items. Other available items will include: vintage toys, tools, action figures, old records, jewelry, antiques, vintage photography, books, old comics, stuffed animals, a vintage scarf collection, baseball items, and more. Bring your old tobacco cards, sports cards, autographs, photographs, and other items of interest. For more information, contact the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps at (718) 793-2055.
8 p.m. - Glendale-Maspeth United Church 66-14 Central Ave., Glendale The JC Players presents the legendary musical, “Les Miserables” in semi-concert form. There will also be a performance at the Glendale-Maspeth United Church on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. Performances will also be held at the Community United Methodist Church on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 3 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. Community United Methodist Church is located at 75-27 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village. For more information, call (718) 894-8654.
7 p.m. - Queens Library at Lefrak City 98-30 57th Ave., Corona The “Catwalks of the World Runway Show” and dance performance will be held at the Queens Library at Lefrak City as part of a program launched by a Queens teen who wanted her peers to build pride and self-esteem. Through fashion, dance and music, the event will showcase the stories and cultures behind Lefrak City’s residents. From Nigeria to Barbados and the Dominican Republic, participants and viewers will celebrate diversity in Queens. Produced by volunteers, the event will also include home-cooked meals. For more information, visit www.queenslibrary.org or call (718) 990-0700.
Sunday, Aug. 11
Dragon boat teams from throughout Queens, and beyond, will race across Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11. Flushing Meadows Corona Park Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 dragon boat teams will race across Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park during the annual festival, which also features a food court, Chinese music, folk arts, craft demonstrations, and martial arts displays. The event is free and open to the public.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. - 70th Road between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street The Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its annual Shop Forest Hills Jazz Thursdays. On Aug. 16, saxophonist L.A. Blacksmith and vocalist StaciaHobdy will perform. L.A. Blacksmith has toured the United State and Canada and performed with Whitney Houston, Ben E. King, the Shirelles, and more. StaciaHobdy is a songstress who has been a lead vocalist in the local funk rock band “The Drive” and funk and R&B bands “The Jam Syndicate” and “The BG Experience.” She has been a featured vocalist in the finest Entertainment Company Bands, New York City Swing and the Empire Orchestra. For more information, visit http://jazzthursdays.com.
Sake Under the Stars 7 p.m. - Shirt of Japan in Atlas Park 80-40 Cooper Ave., Glendale Members of the public are invited to savor one of Japan’s enduring traditions - sake. Besides imported sakes, there will be Samuel Adams on tap and a choice of dinner that includes dessert. Tickets are $45 each.
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A sneak preview of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, will be screened at the Queens County Farm Museum. 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks Rooftop Films will present a sneak preview of the dramatic rural romance “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. Director David Lowery will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film. “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” premiered this year at Sundance and was awarded the Cinematography Award in the U.S. Dramatic Category. It will premiere in theaters for the general public on Aug. 16. After the screening, there will be an afterparty sponsored by Bulleit Bourbon with cocktails inspired by the film. To accommodate for any issues with transportation, there will be a free shuttle service provided to and from the Little Neck Long Island Rail Road stop running every half hour from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Doors will open at 8 p.m., there will be live music at 8:30 p.m., and the film will commence at 9 p.m. The Q&A with director David Lowery will be held at 10:30 p.m., and the afterparty will be at 11 p.m. Tickets are $13 each. For more information, visit http://rooftopfilms.com/2013/ works/aint-them-bodies-saints/
Friday, Aug. 16
Craftsmen Days at King Manor Museum King Manor Museum - 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Families can watch demonstrations of craft-making from the 1800s, including spinning and broommaking, as well as enjoy traditional music and discounted guided museum tours. Founded in 1900, King Manor Museum preserves the home and legacy of Rufus King. Born in 1755, King was a lawyer, politician and diplomat. He was a delegate for Massachusetts to the Continental Congress. He attended the Constitutional Convention and was one of the signersfot the U.S. Constitution. He represented New York in the U.S. Senate. For more information, visit www.kingmanor.org, call (718) 206-0545, or email Contact@Kingmanor.org. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and children ages 16 and under are free.
Yoga In The Garden 7 p.m. - Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing Come for a yoga session in the beautiful new garden and stay for a special performance that blends classic yoga poses and singing. There is a suggested donation of $5.
Saturday, Aug. 17
Star Safari Astronomy Adventure
Friday, Sept. 27
Mammogram Van In Maspeth
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Maspeth Federal Savings Bank 56-18 69th St., Maspeth Free mammograms will be available to individuals in the mo8 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Alley Pond Environmental Center bile mammography van that will be parked outside the Mas228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston Members of the public are invited to an indoor lecture on ba- peth Federal Savings Bank. Uninsured women ages 50 and sic astronomy, followed by an outdoor viewing using a pro- over, as well as insured women ages 40 and over, are urged fessional telescope. to have a free screening for cancer and a clinical breast Admission for adults is $16 each and $7 for children. exam. For women without insurance, services will be paid for For more information, visit by the Screening Partnerships of the New York State Cancer www.alleypond.com, or call (718) 229-4000. Services Program, or through contributions by the AmericanItalian Cancer Foundation. Insured women will not be charged a co-payment or receive a bill. Women with Medicare, Medicaid, or other coverage provided by Medicare, Medicaid or other health insurance, must bring their membership card. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Myrtle Avenue For more information about the Cancer Services Program, from Fresh Pond Road to Forest Avenue call (866) 442-2262. The Glendale Kiwanis will sponsor a street fair, which in- On the day of the appointment, women should wear a twocludes rides and vendors. piece outfit and do not use oil, powder, deodorant or perfume All members of the public are welcome in the breast, underarm or chest area. to attend the free event. A clinical breast exam and instruction in breast self-exam will be provided by a trained professional, radiological interpretations will be performed by board certified radiologists, and results will be sent to each woman and/or her doctor within 10 business days. For more information, call (877) 628-9090. USTA Billie Jean King National Center Flushing Meadows-Corona Park 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The world’s largest single-day, grassroots tennis and entertainment event with chart-topping performers celebrates the tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. Tickets vary in price and run from $13 to $44. 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be a wide variety of activities, including tennis Everyone is invited to a special three-hour narrated sunset events, a juggling workshop, hair beading and braiding, sto- tour of Jamaica Bay aboard the Golden Sunshine ship. As rytelling, balloon artists, and more. part of the event, you will learn about the history and ecolFor more information, visit ogy of the bay and see nesting and migrating hawks, perhttp://www.arthurashekidsday.com/ egrine falcons, oystercatchers, ospreys, herons, egrets, Ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. The tour will be led by Don Riepe, Guardian of Jamaica Bay and noted local naturalist.The tour is $55 per person and includes wine, cheese, fruit and snacks. It will depart from Sheepshead Bay’s Pier 4 at Emmons Avenue and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. To purchase tickets by credit card, go to http://cruiseseptember28th.eventbrite.com/ Individuals may also send a check for $55 per person to the American Littoral Society, c/o Don Tuesday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. The Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. cruise is a cooperative program with the American Littoral Louis Armstrong House Museum Society, Gateway National Park Service, NYC Audubon, and 34-56 107 St., Corona NYC Sierra Club. The exhibit at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, “Swingin’ For more information, with the All Stars: Louis Armstrong and Baseball,” includes visit www.littoralsociety.org, call (718) 474-0896, photos and artifacts exploring Satchmo’s relationship with or email email@example.com. the country’s favorite past-time, including a photo of the jazz legend backstage with Dodgers Don Newcombe and Junior Gilliam, a rare Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald baseball card from Holland, and one of his famed tape box collages featuring a photo of the trumpeter with New York Yankees Phil Rizzuto and Joe Collins. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31 and is free with museum admission. The museum is shown only through guided 40-minute tours that start every hour on the hour. The last tour of the day begins at 4 p.m. The exhibit area and garden may be explored before or after the tour. No appointment is necessary, unless you are planning a group visit for at least eight people. For more information, call (718) 478-8274 or visit www.louisarmstronghouse.org.
Sunday, Aug. 18
Myrtle Avenue Street Fair
Saturday, Aug. 24
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day
Saturday, Sept. 28
Jamaica Bay Sunset Tour
Through Aug. 31
Swingin’ With The All Stars: Louis Armstrong And Baseball
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From Sea Of Classic Cars, Hope For Children At St. Mary’s Crowd gathers in Maspeth to raise money for hospital By Anna Gustafson The parking lot of the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank was a sea of shining chrome Sunday, when residents from throughout Queens - and beyond - gathered to show off their classic cars to raise money for St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside. Car aficionados brought some of their most prized possessions - from a red 1964 Chevy Impala to a black 1979 Buick Riviera - to the 15th Annual Summer Slam Car Show and Blood Drive, which was sponsored by the East Coast Car Association, Toys for Tots, Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, Steve Ramos, of Queens Village, said his 1974 Pontiac, named Ella, Knights of Columbus, and New York often garners a lot of attention because of its unique blue color. Hospital Queens. More than 40 vehicles were on display, and those who attended also donated about 25 pints of blood as part of the event’s blood drive. “The founder of East Coast Cars was Ed Walter - he passed away in February 2007, and we as a club continued his legacy to fulfill a commitment to St. Mary’s,” said Harold Mecabe, a board member of the ECCA. “He had sick children, and St. Mary’s was able to help them. He made a statement to God that he’d do everything possible for St. Mary’s. The ECCA has donated more than $100,000 since they began holding fundraisers for St. Mary’s in 1999 -
$25,000 of which was used for a patient room that was unveiled in St. Mary’s new addition that opened last September. Sunday’s event was one of a series of fundraisers the group has held - and plans to sponsor - this year, and on Nov. 17 the group will hold its annual toy run. As part of the run, for which individuals donate toys and money for the children’s hospital, the ECCA travels from Forest Park in Woodhaven to St. Mary’s to present a check with all of the funds they have collected over the past year. The ECCA will also hold car shows on the first Monday of each month, from Aug. 5 to Nov. 4, at Atlas Park in Glendale. The shows, which run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will include live music by the Joe Fuoco Music Center, trophies and raffles. Every Tuesday night, the ECCA hosts car shows at the Resorts World Casino/Aqueduct Racetrack at the Rockaway Boulevard entrance at 109th Street. The shows run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The association will hold its 15th annual fall festival car show on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Forest Park bandshell parking lot. For more information, visit www.eccatoysfortots.org. Photos by Anna Gustafson
Nicole, left, Alexandra Marie, and Richard Kunik, all of Maspeth, showed off Richard's 1965 Chevy Impala at the Maspeth show. Richard named the car after his 2-year-old daughter, Alexandra Marie.
Many onlookers admired this Volkswagen Beetle.
Joe Fuoco is joined by a group of singers to entertain the crowds at the car show and blood drive.
Joseph Maldonado, of Ozone Park, traveled to the Mecum auction in Kansas City last year to purchase his red, two-door 1964 Chevrolet Impala - which he said he has wanted for as long as he can remember.
Members of the East Coast Car Association gather in the parking lot of the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank for the organization's 15th annual car show on Sunday.
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Glendale resident Harold Mecabe, a board member of the East Coast Car Association, left, and Craig Caruana, who is running to represent Council District 30, pose in front of Mecabe's 1979 Buick Riviera.
One of the more than 40 classic cars on display.
Photo Courtesy of The East Coast Car Association
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