VOL. 12 • NUMBER 33 • August 22, 2013
To Be Condemned…
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Neighbors of this abandoned Ozone Park house say its vacancy has introduced horrible living conditions to the surrounding area. Residents say squatters living in the house with suspected drug deals and acts of prostitution going on all through the day and night have turned their quiet little street into a “hell hole.” Now one elected official has called on the Dept. of Buildings and the NYPD to shut the trouble down by condemning the house and evicting the squatters. See Story on Page 9
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Rim Thieves Strike Again
Grand larceny down in 106, deception burglaries spur continued concern By Patricia Adams
Rim thieves struck again in Lindenwood late last week, this time targeting a late model Mercedes Benz for the first time. “This pattern mostly exists for Honda, Nissans and Toyotas,” explained Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct. But being the owner of the first Mercedes to have its rims removed was not a distinction vehicle owner John Corona was pleased to have. “I parked here because I heard another car got hit last night and I thought this was a good spot. It’s right off the corner and in front of the doors of the building,” Corona told his neighbors who gathered around the shiny black body suspended on bricks. “And look what happened.” Residents continued to stop as they passed by and stare in amazement at the handiwork of the obviously brazen criminals. “We should all have bicycles,” a man yelled from the open window of his SUV. “It’s an absolute disgrace. We need more cops.” Corona found his car atop stacked bricks around 10 a.m. on Friday morning outside 155-49 81st Street, lug nuts neatly stacked under where his wheels once hung. “We had a few instances in the precinct where Infinity models were being hit, but never this vehicle,” Community Affairs Officer Ken Zorn told The Forum. But despite the latest addition to the log of vehicles stripped of their worthy rims in the area, the numbers show the 106th Precinct to actually be down in grand larceny by 22 percent for the year.
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John Corona, Lindenwood resident, woke to find his Mercedes up on bricks after parking around the block from his home. He joins the list of frustrated vehicle owners left with wheels, late model cars, and a bill of over $10,000 in replacement costs.
"It amounts to the fact that we have had 8 less incidents this year than last so far," said Pascale. "But for the person who is directly impacted, those stats are not much of a consolation," the commanding officer said. "When it's your car that gets hit, you feel it." Pascale makes it a point to actually oversee the investigation of the vehicle vandalism cases personally. His hands-on approach to the incidents puts him on the street with each new occurrence. "We are trying the best we can to stop this from happening," Pascale said. "But the fact remains that there is a large supply of vehicles that these people are interested in and they keep coming back."
As for prevention, the inspector said the incidents are due in part to the fact that there is a shortage of manpower in his command. "I can't have a cop on every block,” Pascale said, the tone of resignation in his statement clearly indicating the frustration felt by department supervisors throughout the city. "We depend on the residents in the community to let us know if they see anything suspicious," he said. "I can't really emphasize enough, the value of the contributions made by citizens who report these activities to us." And larceny is not the only concern in the precinct. There is the constant anticipation of other emerging patterns that continue to taunt residents
and disturb the functioning of one neighborhood after another. Deception burglaries are on the mind of every command. "We know they are going to happen," said Zorn. "It's just a matter of when and where and which scheme they are going to perpetrate." Schemes and scams devised by creative bad guys are tearing through the city, with a myriad of scenarios portrayed to gain entrance to private homes and steal valuables once inside. Impersonating utility workers, using children who supposedly need to go to the bathroom - the list goes on and on, the schemes growing more elaborate by the day. "These criminals are aided by the internet and the facility of technology to reproduce identification and credentials that are almost indistinguishable to the public," said Zorn. Police remain frustrated over the brazen acts of individuals who act in teams to deceive residents and prey upon their kind natures. "We live in a world where people use children as a part of their plan to access a home and rob it," Pascale said. "That's the worst part of these crimes - they play upon human nature and people's genuine concern for others - especially kids." Police continue to ask that anyone who observes suspicious behavior should call 911 immediately. And above all, they remind everyone to be extremely guarded when opening the door at home. "Make sure the person on the other side is who they say they are," the inspector cautioned. "If you're unsure at all, don't let them in."
‘A Way To Start New Memories’ Hundreds gather in Broad Channel to build playground
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Hundreds of people, including residents, JetBlue volunteers, KaBOOM organizers and Councilman Eric Ulrich, gathered at the Broad Channel Athletic Club on Saturday to build a playground that was designed in part by neighborhood children.
By Anna Gustafson For the hundreds of children living in Broad Channel, the playground that was built in their neighborhood last weekend is more than monkey bars and slides - it’s a reminder that life is, slowly but surely, piecing itself into a semblance of normalcy after Hurricane Sandy. Close to 300 people, including residents, volunteers from JetBlue and organizers from the national nonprofit KaBOOM, gathered in Broad Channel last Saturday to build a playground that was in part designed by area children. The new site - which includes everything from a rock climbing wall to a small tunnel - is located at the Broad Channel Athletic Club at 125 Cross Bay Boulevard in Rockaway and was born from a partnership between JetBlue and KaBOOM. After Hurricane Sandy, the two organizations
have reached out to communities up and down the eastern seaboard to find areas to build playgrounds for children whose lives were turned upside down by the storm. “It’s an outlet to get away from everything that the last 10 months have brought us,” said Kim Tritschler, the public relations team leader for the playground build and the corresponding secretary for the Broad Channel Athletic Club. “We still have families who aren’t in their homes. This playground is a way to start new memories.” The BCAC serves more than 900 children annually - 95 percent of whom lost their homes in Sandy. The club, which has offered a variety of sports for area children since the 1960s, lost virtually everything in the disaster - and Tritschler said the playground provides a place that is not only needed after the storm but which residents have wanted for years.
“We have so many children in the area - it’s amazing,” she said. “We truly are a neighborhood of families and children. To now have this means another area for them to get out and play and be with friends.” Saturday’s event was so well attended that Mike Vietti, communications manager for KaBOOM, said the playground was built faster than projects like it typically take. “The overall support from the community, from JetBlue and from the Broad Channel Athletic Club was so phenomenal,” Vietti said of the event that was also attended by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). “Builds typically take six to seven hours, and people worked so hard and were so enthused that we finished half an hour early. It was a community event that people will be proud of for years to come.” The Broad Channel project marks the second
playground KaBOOM and JetBlue have built in areas impacted by the hurricane, and Vietti said they are currently looking for a third site. If individuals know of an area that could benefit from such a site, Vietti said to submit information through kaboom.org.
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Restaurants Give Health Department Poor Grades
Say city makes it impossible to operate effectively and stay in business By Patricia Adams This article is the first of a two part series discussing the letter grading system of the Department of Health (DoH) and its ramifications on business owners. Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Health (DoH) may think they deserve an A for instituting their letter grading system to judge eateries, but in the opinion of a vast majority of the 24,000 plus restaurants and food establishments in the city, DoH is a far cry from scoring top grades. Nick Agola, had owned Sofia Pizza in Ozone Park for 17 years before he decided to expand last year. The 42-year-old father of two prepared to move his restaurant/pizzeria two doors away from his original location to make a bigger, better space for his growing customer base. “That’s what the American dream is about right?” questioned Agola. Instead, he says, what should have been a celebration for him and his family turned into a frustrating and disappointing experience—all at a cost of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars. He, like many in the industry, spend a lot of money to meet and, in many cases, exceed the requirements to operate within the confines of all health and safety needs. But despite putting his best efforts forward, Agola feels the grading system is filled with inappropriate violations and unfair practices to cover up for what amounts to that which critics have termed a “cash cow” initiative, designed to stuff the city’s coffers at the expense of business owners. Sofia Pizza received a total of 20 points in inspections over a two year period, during which the store maintained an A for every in-
Nick Agola pours over the paperwork left behind by the inspector he says violated the rules and was totally unprofessional and unfair.
Grade Pending is the designation that classifies businesses in limbo and waiting for a new inspection date and a final outcome.
spection period since the program began. But when it came time to inspect the sparkling new premises shortly after its grand opening, the restaurant was slapped with over 40 points and given a Grade Pending. “The violations were ridiculous,” said Agola. “We never got more than 9 points in the last three inspections.” Agola says the unreasonable procedures used by investigators and the exorbitant fines are going to drive many people out of business. Outraged and furstrated, he asked for a hearing and after listening to his case, Agola went home with one small fine and subsequently got mailed the brand new A now displayed in his window. “We need to stick together and organize against these practices.” His point is resoundingly supported in estab-
whole floor. “Boss, the Department of Health is down the street at Frenasia, he says. “Of course they are,” is DeCandia’s response, “it’s dinnertime on Saturday night. When else would they come — Monday at three in the afternoon?” He excuses himself to make sure everything is as in order as it can be at the busiest time of the day. Upon his return, the seasoned veteran reiterates his concerns. As Agola purported DeCandia says “the fines and the violations are unreasonable.” But he shares another concern which for many is even greater than their disdain over the fines. “There is a perception that accompanies any grade other than an A. People think if you don’t have an A, your place is filthy. That is not necessarily true—in fact most times it’s not.”
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lishments throughout the city and in his own backyard. In Howard Beach, Joe DeCandia is another who recently sunk money into his established restaurant by expanding into the space next door after the former tenant left. The owner of Lenny’s Clam Bar and Roma View Catering says that although his establishments have A’s displayed in their windows, they did not come without much strife. “The city doesn’t focus on protecting consumers, they focus on fines.” It was late Saturday afternoon—shortly after five—when The Forum caught up with DeCandia at his restaurant. Just as he begins to address more questions about his feelings on the grading system, his manager approaches the table where we are seated, overlooking the
Goodbye Times Square, Hello Queens Officials push to bring tourism to borough
By Anna Gustafson Move over, Manhattan - it’s Queens’ time to shine. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) and other officials announced at Borough Hall on Tuesday that they are pushing for an initiative to expand tourism outside of Manhattan, particularly to spots that Queens residents already know and love - but which tourists may never catch a glimpse of during their visits to the city because of a Manhattan-centric approach to advertising. In an attempt to draw tourists from the incessantly flashing lights of Times Square to places across the borough, from the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona, Peralta unveiled a bill that would Anna Gustafson/The Forum Newsgroup give each borough a portion of the state hotel occupancy tax it collects to promote local Former Councilwoman and candidate for borough president Melinda Katz, left, Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik, and state Sen. Jose Peralta said they are supporting legislation that would funnel more funds into Queens tourism. to promote tourism. “People who come to New York also want to go elsewhere besides Manhattan,” ough 4 percent of the state hotel occupancy word about what the borough has to offer. Saying “Queens represents what New Peralta said at Tuesday’s event with Deputy tax revenue it collects, up to a maximum Borough President Barry Grodenchik and of $300,000. Using the funds, the borough York City is really about,” Peralta said the borough president candidate and former president’s office would work with the funds from the tax would help the borough Queens Economic Development Corpora- land more tourists by being able to afford an Councilwoman Melinda Katz. Peralta’s bill would provide each bor- tion and other borough leaders to spread the upkeep of Queens tourism websites and ad4 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 22, 2013
vertising in the city’s airports - both of which are in the borough. “If we make visitors aware of the hidden gems, the more likely they are to come back,” Peralta said. Grodenchik noted that thousands of new hotel rooms have sprouted in Queens in recent years, particularly in the western neighborhoods, and said there could be more of an effort to keep them there instead of losing them to the borough across the river. “The only view people should get of Queens shouldn’t be the Van Wyck Expressway,” he said. Katz agreed. “I look forward to folks coming to the city of New York and knowing if they haven’t come to Queens, they haven’t seen the real New York,” Katz said. The borough president candidate added that the additional funds could help pay for ads in other boroughs for Queens - or directions to Queens sites from the airports or other major transportation hubs in the city. “If you’re in a hotel in Manhattan, there could be a sign that promotes Queens, that gives information about buses to restaurants in Jackson Heights or to shops in Flushing,” Katz said.
New York Guns Take A Big Hit Largest bust in city history, gun runner admits fear of stop and frisk
By Patricia Adams Mike Bloomberg and Ray Kelly may be approaching the end of their realm but they won’t be leaving without a big bang. The gun crusading duo saw the largest gun bust in the history of the city happen under their watch this week after investigators closed in and seized 254 illegal guns and made 19 arrests. Bloomberg and Kelly have led a long charge against the “iron pipeline”, the name assigned to a smugglers route between southern states with looser gun laws and the east coast where guns often bring triple the price on the street that they are sold for at retail. At a press conference on Monday afternoon, New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan told reporters the bust involved two different rings that picked up the guns through illegal purchases or by stealing them in North and South Carolina and then shipped them up north where they could command top dollar. “The marketing strategy was very simple. Buy low, sell high, keep a low profile,” said Brennan.
The two lead suspects were identified as Earl Campbell, 24, of Rock Hill, South Carolina and Walter Walker, 29, of Sanford, North Carolina. Although each of the suspects ran a separate operation, they shared a common middleman who was running a recording/rehearsal studio in Brooklyn. And further to the credit of the investigation is the testimony offered by one of the defendants about the effectiveness of stop-and-frisk taken from wiretap testimony during a January cell phone call. Earl Campbell moved the sales base of his operation from Brooklyn to Manhattan because he was afraid of being stopped in Brooklyn as part of the stop and frisk initiative. Commissoner Kelly quoted the ring leader, "I can't take them (guns) to my house ... 'cause I'm in Brownsville. We got, like, whatchamacallit—stop-and-frisk." Authorities say that the guns got to New York in shipments over a period from September 2012 through July 2013,just last month. The defendants allegedly hid the firearms in luggage that was carried on to low fare buses that travel to Chinatown and the surrounding area. It appears guns were sold within hours of their arrival. Included
Residential Burglars Nabbed Three Brooklyn men have been indicted on charges of burglarizing and attempting to break into various Queens residences in mid-July. District Attorney Brown joined with local precinct commanders in urging residents to take precautions in and around their homes, against these invasions. “…residents should be mindful that summer is a peak time for burglaries and should take adequate precautions to protect their homes and valuables by inspecting their residences to see if there is a need to improve home security.” A Queens County grand jury returned a 15-count indictment against James Jenkins, 29, of 2949 West 28 Street, Jonathan Rios, 21, of 72 Linden Street, and Calvin Covington, 45, of 3311 Surf Avenue, all of Brooklyn, with second-degree burglary, second-degree attempted burglary, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, possession of burglar’s tools, fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal trespass and unlawful possession of marijuana. An investigation prior to the indictment began last month when law enforcement officials combined their resources with the DA’s Special Proceedings Bureau to look into a series of residential burglaries all involving a silver Dodge Caravan with Pennsylvania license plates. The first incident occurred in Flushing when a homeowner returned back to their residence on 62 Road and found the house had been burglarized. A Louis Vuitton handbag, valued at $7,500, and a garment bag had been removed from the house. A neighbor’s video surveillance showed a man who fits Rios’ description get out of the passenger side of the silver Caravan, walk up to the front of the house and ring the bell. He then went to the rear of the house when no one answered. The video then showed a second man, appearing to
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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly addresses a press conference where he joined Mayor Bloomberg, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Brennan, District Attorneys Vance and Hynes and Criminal Justice Coordinator Feinblatt in announcing the largest seizure of guns in the history of New York.
an upstairs bedroom ransacked, and a sum of Louis Vuitton handbag containing a document money missing. with information from the homeowner on 62nd The three defendants also attempted three Road in it, along with other items from addresses other locations in South Ozone Park and Jamaica also targeted by the defendants. Police also recovbut didn’t find an unoccupied house. ered tools and traces of marijuana. When they were arrested on July 22, 2013, If convicted, the defendants each face up to be Jenkins exit the van and walk to the rear of the house. The last piece of footage shows the in the Silver Dodge Caravan, police recovered a 15 years in prison. men exit the house with Rios carrying something he was not carrying earlier. In a second incident, a woman returned to her home on 62 Street in Ridgewood on July 16, and discovered that her house had been broken into and various items, including an Xbox gaming system, games and a bank card belonging to her husband had been stolen. Nearby video surveillance allegedly showed a silver Caravan pull up to the location and Jenkins exit the driver The opening chapters of the book of Revelation people we expect to be passionate. How would depict Jesus Christ, with eyes of fire that you like to watch a football game played door and walk up the driveway and make sevpenetrate all outward appearances, taking an between two teams, neither of which had eral trips back to the van before finally carrying inspection tour among the seven churches which enough interest in the game to care if it won or a large bag from the vicinity of the house to the then existed on the continent of Asia. lost? Who wants to play against an opponent vehicle. He both praises and blames most of the churches who is limp or half-hearted? Who wants such On July 19, defendants were observed by pofor the work they are doing, but only one, the a person for a friend? lice at the front door of a house on 89th Street in church of Laodicea, receives blame alone from The reason that Christians become spiritually lukewarm is that they are shutting the door of the Savior. Woodhaven, knocking on the door, jiggling the He brings a searing indictment against it: “I their hearts to something that the Lord wants to knob, ringing the doorbell, walking around the know your deeds, that you are give them. John describes Jesus standing neither house and looking in windows. They also apcold nor hot” (Revelation outside a door, not of the heart of the proached other homes but when they discovered 3:15). He utters a unconverted, but of His Church. He pleads, owners were home, they walked away. They then terrifying threat: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock” drove to 85th Street, between 91st Avenue and “Because you are (Revelation 3:20). He has a greater blessing, a lukewarm – neither hot nor fuller measure of His presence and power to Atlantic Avenue and were seen walking up and cold – I am about to spit give to His people. It is theirs if they will down the side of a house on 85th Street. Nearly you out of my mouth” simply throw open the door: “If anyone twenty minutes later two defendants emerged hears my voice and opens the door, I (verse 16). from the front of the house with one holding a The author of Revelation will come in…” white sack and one carrying a black bag. Then probably bases this graphic language on the unique they drove to Brooklyn. geography of Laodicea. The Meanwhile at the 85th Street house, police STEPHEN ROSER city obtained water from distant observed an open window, cut screen, and both is pastor of hot springs, piped to it through doors open. Both apartments had been rancubical blocks of stone cemented Howard Beach sacked and items missing. together into a long conduit. By Assembly of God Three days later, on the morning of July 22, the time the water reached the city, it was not hot enough for health baths Jenkins and Covington were observed at the side 158-31 99th Street, nor cool enough for drinking, but of the house on 75 Street in Woodhaven but afHoward Beach suitable only to induce vomiting, as ter hearing dogs barking inside the house they lukewarm water will do. walked away and got into the Caravan. We should not be shocked to learn that Later that afternoon, the Caravan was oblukewarm Christians make the Lord sick. served on 132 Street in South Ozone Park, where Half-heartedness is always sickening in police observed the second-floor window open, THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 22, 2013 | 5
Residents urged to take precautions By Samantha Geary
in the arsenal were assault weapons, a fully automatic machine gun and other weapons used in violent crime. Walker and Campbell met with an undercover cop on nearly 50 occasions and collected over $150,000 in sales. Bloomberg said that 90% of guns used in crimes come from out of state. Two of the top providers of the guns in New York are North and South Carolina. "It is impossible to know exactly how many victims might have suffered had officers not identified and investigated these gun traffickers," said Kelly. And echoing a similar sentiment was Bloomberg, "There is no doubt that the seizure of these guns has saved lives." The last time the NYPD had alarge gun seizure was back in October of 2012 when a trafficking operation was uncovered in East Harlem. Over 100 weapons were turned up in that investigation.
U.S. Paradox Dear Editor: My personal thanks to Mr. Pilla for mentioning me in his letter in the Aug. 8 issue. I have always been a fan of his letters for detailed facts supporting his comments. Mr. La Rosa has contributed thoughtful letters also. Political labels aside, we commend our politicians who serve us well in the City Council, Albany and Washington. I do not like the idea of term limits. Politicians spend far too much time raising money for their campaigns to fill vacancies. Good people deserve to stay put as long as they fulfill their obligations to us. Dumping them out after two terms is no wiser than dumping out the baby with the bath water. I think it behooves our broadcast media to give free airtime to all politicians seeking elected office. The burdensome costs for advertising eat up much of their budgets--a huge waste of effort for messages that are repetitive and tiresome. Suppose radio and TV were to allot a given time, perhaps a half hour, to interviews with candidates at a given time or times of day and evening. Wouldn't that be better and more practical than stuffing mailboxes and making robocalls? Think of all the time and effort that will save. Spot announcements should be limited for paid political ads. A much better use of airtime would be getting voters out to the polls for the primaries. Immigration is a hot issue. I like the idea of giving young kids citizenship; perhaps a short literacy test in English or knowledge of U.S. history would be okay. Then why not extend this to all 18-year-olds? Ignorant voters who show up to vote for a party without any knowledge of the candidates are part of our national problem of ineffective government. Can someone explain why a citizen who is naturalized needs the vote explained in one's language of origin? Talk about pork. This is a colossal waste of our tax dollars. I can make the exception for Spanish as Puerto Rico is part of the USA, but a lack of understanding English puts people into a straight jacket by limiting access to education and better jobs. High school education should be a priority for every
child in every part of our nation. This means funding from Congress to aid state governments. After completing high school, some further education is essential. Not every student can handle college, or even community college. Aside from the prohibitive costs, mental and emotional considerations, distances and family responsibilities, we all learn at a different pace. Public TV and correspondence courses can fill these needs. Low-interest government loans can also. I am dismayed at the outcry against universal health care. We have to pay for ambulance and emergency care for so many people who have no insurance or are critically injured. If you have never been to an emergency room lately, you are either very, very young or very, very lucky. For decades, this is a sad place to be for a very long time when needed. My 95-year-old father was triaged with pneumonia to a gurney for 8 hours at New York Hospital of Queens in 2002. In 2010, I spent four hours at New York University hospital waiting to have Xrays and a laceration sewn. Often a serious car crash by a speeding driver or one influenced by alcohol/drugs causes long delays in others' emergency care. Many of these drivers are not insured! We all pay for them. Another enigma to me is the same people who scream about any limitations on gun reform insist on control of girls' and women's bodies. Male legislators in particular want limits on when a pregnancy can be terminated, regardless of the reasons. What happened to "keeping government out of our lives?" Not everything our government has done, nor the rulings of the Supreme Court, will please everyone all the time. But would you really want to live elsewhere? B. K. Brumberg Howard Beach
It’s All About Race Dear Editor: I think the tragic events that took place in Florida between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, as well as the obvious double standard set in our country today
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should be discussed. Trayvon Martin should be alive today. The path that he was on, along with too many other young black men, is causing unnecessary destruction in the black community and in all of America in general. Many facts about Trayvon's lifestyle were covered up, unreported in the news and not allowed in court. This young man was not the innocent angel he was made out to be. I only make comment of this because every aspect of George Zimmerman's life was reported in the news and allowed in court. There was a major double standard set forth in this case and it was perpetrated by elected officials and the very sources that are supposed to keep us informed: the news media. Both Zimmerman and Martin played a major role in this tragedy. Nevertheless I say it again, Trayvon Martin should be alive today. Before the Zimmerman verdict was announced, we heard nothing but the typical "race hustle" garbage from Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, as well as all of the other usual suspects in the news media and even Congress. Since the verdict was read we hear cries of "racial injustice" along with "young black men are targets of white people." We also hear claims of, "if the color of skin was reversed the verdict would have been different," as well as "Trayvon was hunted down like a dog." And the biggest irresponsible comment of all, according to our race baiting president, "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon, followed by, "thirty five years ago, that could have been me." Every one of those comments comes from deliberate, reckless, ignorant emotion and are purposely meant to "stir the pot" and keep us apart as a nation. It's the only way the progressive /Democratic party can survive. If I'm not mistaken, President Obama had a privileged upbringing. He went to private schools and was predominately raised in Liberal Hawaii. President Obama never could have been Trayvon. I also wonder why Zimmerman is considered, according to our corrupt news media, "a white Hispanic" but President Obama is considered, "a blackman?" Both men have one parent who is white. Are all of you that clueless about how the news is reported and how the facts are purposely manipulated? How many of you know about
these recent crimes? On Feb. 27, the day after the Trayvon Martin shooting, two black males in Detroit abducted and killed a white couple. The victims were found bound, shot and burned beyond recognition in an alley. Not a hate crime? On Feb. 28, in Kansas City, MO, two black teenagers attacked a 13-year-old white boy on his front porch as he was returning from school. They poured gasoline on him and set him on fire for no apparent reason, saying, “You get what you deserve white boy!” Not a hate crime? On March 14, a 20-year-old black man broke into the home of an elderly white couple in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He raped the 85-year-old woman and then beat her to death. Then he shot the 90-year-old man in the face with a pellet gun and broke his jaw and ribs. The man died a few days later.
Not a hate crime? On April 1, in Jackson, Mississippi, a 31-year-old black man broke into a house to rob it and found a white woman inside. He forced her to lie on the floor with a blanket over her head as he shot her in the back of the head, execution-style. Not a hate crime? On April 15, in Las Vegas, a 22-year-old black man raped a 38-year-old white woman and her 10-yearold daughter. He then killed them by smashing their skulls with a hammer. Not a hate crime? Most recently, a white 13-month-old boy was shot in the face and killed by two black boys while attempting to rob his mother. Not a hate crime? How many of these stories did you read about in our corrupt/biased newspapers? How many of these stories did you hear about on our corrupt/biased local TV news channels? Where was Al, Jes-
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se and our president regarding these crimes? Believe me, if the skin color of these crimes were reversed, you would all know about these stories. I am not suggesting that whites do not commit these kinds of crimes. The statistics, however, are tragic and need to change. Paul Parrinello Jr Howard Beach
Anti-Abortion Dear Editor: I would like to respond to B. K. Brumberg’s letter of Aug. 1st asking for an explanation regarding a political party she said is messing around with women’s rights (abortion); and to Anthony Pilla’s letter on Aug. 8th in which he says he agree with her. He said, “Republicans are at war with the rights of women.” It seems this political part must believe abortion is wrong. It is. Even Hillary Clinton admitted abortion was wrong in an article in Newsweek Oct. 31, 1994, yet she’s still willing to support it. Abortion is not healthcare. It is, as someone said, the legal execution of the unborn. Over 1 million babies are destroyed by abortion every year in America and over 54 million have been aborted since Roe v. Wade became law in 1973. Abortion should be outlawed. Most abortions are performed for reasons of convenience or for birth control. These are not very good reasons to destroy innocent human life. (Life begins at conception–a scientific fact.) Yes, there are hard costs and as a society we have to reach out and help women in a true crisis pregnancy. Planned Parenthood should be shut down. It is one of the major providers of abortion in the U.S. and is supported by millions of dollars in taxpayer money. It is also guilty of encouraging our children to be sexually active at a young age with their sex education programs in schools. We say we are a civilized society and yet we allow this tragedy of abortion to continue and call it a woman’s right. No one has s right to kill. Where is America’s conscience? When will men and women, and sadly boy and girls, accept responsibility for their actions? When will the Democratic Party admit abortion is wrong? Mother Teresa said, “If abortion isn’t wrong, nothing is wrong.” I hope I have successfully explained to you why this political party, as you say, is messing around with women’s rights. Joan Kinneary Broad Channel
Bad Idea, Liu Dear Editor: Mayoral Democratic candidate John Liu's pandering ploy, supporting the legalization of marijuana, is absolutely oblivious to the proven adverse biological and psychological effects of this obnoxious substance. A study by Block reported significant impairment in learning, associative processes, and psychomotor perfor-
mance in marijuana smokers. Another study by Abood & Martin shows that marijuana use is significantly correlated with cognitive deficits inclusive of memory impairment and defects in conceptualization, learning, attention, and signal detection. Long-term use of marijuana has been associated with immuno-suppression of the immune system, rendering smokers increasingly susceptible to infections, diseases and cancer. It should also be pointed out that acute use of marijuana impairs the ability to perform complex psychomotor functions, such as driving, requiring attention and mental coordination. Driving while under the influence of marijuana is more dangerous than drunk driving, since one may deceptively feel capable of driving yet impaired in motor functions for four to eight hours beyond the time of subjective effects of the drug. A study of motor vehicle accident trauma patients showed that marijuana was detected in 35% of subjects, while alcohol was present in 33% of subjects. Before John Liu publicly supports the legalization of this substance, he should do some research into the physical, psychological, and social effects of it. Joseph N. Manago Briarwood
Quiz Clarifications Dear Editor: I was very pleased to receive several phone calls from Forum readers thanking me for my “informative” presidential quiz. However, some asked me to explain question 13 concerning the usage of “OK.” Also, question 15, which referred to “TR” – Japan – Korea. First, question 13. The word OK was associated with our 8th president, Martin Van Buren. “Little Van,” as some called him, lived in Old Kinderhook, NY. While serving as Andrew Jackson’s vice president, people inquired as to his resident. “Oh, little Van is from O.K. – he must be an OK guy!” The rest is history. Second, question 16. Back in 1900 when Teddy Roosevelt was vice president, he had written, “I should like to see Japan have Korea.” In a secret presidential cable to Tokyo in July 1905, Roosevelt approved the Japanese annexation of Korea. Roosevelt wrote in August 1905, near the end of the Russo-Japanese war, the Japanese were, “a wonderful and civilized people, entitled to stand on an absolute equality with all the other peoples of the civilized world.” Let me conclude by saying, Newt Gingrich was right… the GOP needs to get beyond their “anti-Obama” attacks! Anthony Pilla Forest Hills
Let the Ladies Dance Dear Editor: After a long hard day at work, Al Bundy – like many hardworking New
Yorkers - should be able to enjoy a brew along with an adult dancer. He would be disappointed in Governor Cuomo signing the proposed "Bikini Bar Bill" into law. Adult entertainment including lap dances, pole dancers and topless bars, have been part of many men’s right of passage transcending generations. If anyone ever conducted an anonymous survey, results would reveal many members and staffers of city, state and federal public officials just like Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos have in their younger days frequented an adult entertainment establishment with topless women offering lap dances. I seriously doubt that Governor Cuomo was studying to become a priest in his younger days or Assemblymember Aravella Simotas' a nun. Can he say with a straight face that during college or later in life that he never attended any fraternity, family or friend's bachelor party where “adult” entertainment was present? He never participated with any “adult” entertainers at such events but like everyone else there, he was just “an innocent observer lurking in the background.” Ditto for Simotas attending any sorority, family or friends bachelorette party where "adult" entertainment was present. She never participated with any "adult" entertainers at such events but like everyone else there, she was just "an innocent observer lurking in the background." Despite the best efforts of both government and the moral majority social police, attempts to outlaw adult entertainment establishments and services, (like alcohol prohibition in the 1920s)
have been total failures. Cuomo, along with locally elected officials such as Simotas and others who opposed the Queen of Hearts and Racks of Steinway Street in Astoria from obtaining a license from the State Liquor Authority need to loosen up, hoist a pint and get a lap dance or two at a local neighborhood adult club. The owners of the Queen of Hearts cabaret, Racks of Steinway or any adult entertainment establishment pay taxes like the rest of us. They also provide gainful employment to cooks, bartenders, waitresses, dancers and security personnel, along with those who deliver beverage and food supplies. All are neighbors who also pay taxes and are trying to earn a living. How disappointing to see Cuomo, Simotas and members of the state legislature throwing their lot in with the so-called Moral Majority social police and politically extreme reactionary conservatives who attempt to use government rules and regulations to impose their own moral values on others. I would volunteer to be an inspector for either the State Liquor Authority, Departments of Taxation or Consumer Affairs to insure our own dancers are "Made in New York", their ample assets are "100% all natural" and they are declaring all their tips as income, but my wife will not let me. What consenting adults consume, inhale, perform, read or view in the privacy of their own home or private social or adult club isn’t the concern of government. Individual economic and civil liberties prosper best when government stays out of both the bedroom and marketplace. Larry Penner Great Neck
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Don't Handcuff Our Cops. Today we find out whether our City Council will handcuff the men and women who put their lives on the line for us daily - or if, in the name of pandering, they conveniently forget our city has the lowest murder rate in recorded history. If they forget we have fewer shootings, fewer murders. That we’re down to less than one murder a day - a statistic that used to hover around more than six a day in 1990. That we live in a city where, unlike in years not so long ago, we can walk
around at night without fearing that a gun will be pulled on us, that someone will demand our purses, our cash, our jewelry. Today, the 51 members of our City Council are expected to vote on whether or not to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act - two bills that establish an inspector general who would investigate and review police policy and allow individuals to sue the NYPD over perceived profiling. So what of this? Officer after officer have said, if this passes, they will not want to get out of their patrol cars because they’ll be so worried
that lawsuit-happy people will come after them as they try to do what they’ve always done: Help keep us safe - all of us. Today, we hope our City Council members will remember what one of their biggest jobs is: Public safety. And, after the mayor and police commissioner announced the biggest gun bust in the city’s history this past Monday, we can surely say: Any legislator who votes to override the veto has just slapped every member of the public in the face - or worse. Standing before a stockpile of weapons - including machine guns
that can fire off 30 rounds - the mayor and police commissioner said on Monday they had landed more than 250 firearms following a 10-month operation that nabbed 19 defendants who were reportedly running weapons into New York from places like the Carolinas. And the gun traffickers who were caught on tape - guess what they cited as a major impediment to transporting weapons? Stop and frisk. “Yeah, I’m in Charlotte now,” one defendant is recorded as saying. “I can’t leave until you come, ‘cause I can’t take them [guns] to my house,
to my side of town ‘cause I’m in Brownsville. So we got, like, whatchamacallit, stop and frisk.” We certainly don’t agree with the mayor on a lot of things. But, on stop and frisk? He’s right. It’s time to keep stop and frisk but get more cops out on the streets so communities can, once again, have the neighborhood police they know and love. Stop and frisk must be allowed. And those who vote against it? Or candidates who say they want to completely eliminate it? Well, we do believe there’s an election coming up.
Study Launched To Transform Rockaway Rail Line Into Park
firms have been chosen to conduct a year-long study on how to turn the area now overgrown with weeds and scarred by litter into a spot some are calling the borough’s High Line. Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land announced in Forest Hills on Tuesday that the firms WXY Architecture + urban design and dlandstudio were to lead File Photo a design and feasibility plan for the The QueensWay would run along an abandoned railroad track QueensWay. The from Ozone Park to Rego Park. two groups were selected from 29 subBy Anna Gustafson missions hailing from around the Supporters of the QueensWay - a globe, including China. “The QueensWay is going to be proposed park along 3.5 miles of abandoned railroad that runs from New York’s next great park,” said Ozone Park to Rego Park - moved Marc Matsil, The Trust for Pubone step closer to seeing their green lic Land’s New York state director. space created this week with the “Our mission is to protect land for announcement that two New York people, and this is a perfect fit with
By Anna Gustafson
that goal.” Claire Weisz, principal of WXY architecture + urban design, called the study “an important next step in making the vision of reclaiming the QueensWay as a green connector and cultural corridor a reality.” The proposal for the park is not welcomed by everyone in the borough, and a number of legislators, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Queens, Brooklyn), are calling for the former Long Island Rail Road line, that, decades ago, ran from the Rockaways to Rego Park, to be reactivated. “There are over 2.3 million local residents in Queens who would greatly benefit from a complete restoration of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line,” Goldfeder said. “I am confident that any objective study regarding the best use for the abandoned rail line will conclude that a transportation option is the only real choice. The current lack of public transit options in Queens is strangling our businesses and hurting our families, and I will continue to work with my colleagues and the governor to completely restore the abandoned rail line.”
The line, which, in addition to Rockaway and Rego Park, traveled through Forest Hills, Middle Village, Woodhaven, Ozone Park, and Howard Beach, was once owned and operated by the LIRR 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. Both supporters of the QueensWay and reactivating the line have said their respective proposals would benefit residents throughout the borough. Park proponents often cite there being about 250,000 in the area immediately surrounding the 3.5-mile line who would benefit from the green space, while those who want the line reactivated have said it would bring crucial economic development to South Queens and the Rockaways - areas that are underserved by mass transportation. A number of area civic leaders are backing the QueensWay, including Queens Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jack Friedman and Community Board 9 member Andrea Crawford. Friedman said the green space would “provide a much-needed boost to the Queens
Funeral Home in Maspeth, where her wake took place on Wednesday. Her funeral is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Grace Church of Chelsea at 315 West 22nd St. in Manhattan. “Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out, and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile,” Ryan said in a statement. “She had such an amazing impact on my life and anyone that knew her was blessed. All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith and love that we shared.” Many fans of “The Bachelor” flocked to Papavero’s guestbook for Allemand, leaving messages of support for her family. “Gia, I hope you have found the peace and love you needed,” one
woman wrote. “You will soar with the angels. Your beautiful smile and bright soul will forever be remembered by your family, friends and fans. You were a star shining so bright, and you will continue to shine from heaven above. Rest in peace and know you will never be forgotten. You made your mark on the world, even if it was cut short.” In an obituary on Papavero Funeral Home’s website, Allemand was called the “loving girlfriend ‘Petrie’ of Ryan ‘Snuggy’ Anderson, beloved daughter and little princess of Donna Micheletti and stepdaughter of Tony Micheletti, loving sister of Dylan and Erick, most cherished granddaughter of Marie (Nonna) Coltrinari, devoted Godchild of Fred and Annemarie Coltrinari” and “dear cousin of Brian, Ellen, Kevin and Julie.” According to the obitu-
economy and its diverse local businesses,” and Crawford said residents are “excited by the beginning of the envisioning of the QueensWay. “We have been looking forward to this moment for many years,” Crawford said. But 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, disagreed, saying the revival of the line would bring muchneeded dollars to the borough. “It would improve Queens’ crosstown transit and reduce travel times,” McManus said in a previous interview. “The RBL would increase business, employment, economic development, property values, tax revenues and educational opportunities for all of Queens.” The study announced on Tuesday will be paid for from a $467,000 grant from the state’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, in cooperation with Gov. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council. Another $140,000 will come from the city Department of Environmental Preservation and private donors.
Howard Beach-Born ‘Bachelor’ Star Dies
Gia Allemand, a Howard Beach native and finalist on the reality television show “The Bachelor,” died Aug. 14 after reportedly hanging herself in her New Orleans home, devastating family, friends and fans across the country. Allemand, 29, was found by her boyfriend, NBA star Ryan Anderson following “an apparent suicide attempt,” her publicist said in a statement. After being taken to a hospital, the model and actress was taken off life support “due to a critical loss of brain and organ function,” according to the statement. Born in Howard Beach, Allemand grew up on Staten Island and Long Island and graduated from Lindenhurst High School in 2001. She began modelling at a young age 8 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP •
even appearing as a Gerber baby for Johnson & Johnson - and went on to become a face recognized across the nation when she landed a spot as a contestant on the 14th season of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” which aired in 2010. She was the second to last contestant to be eliminated by the bachelor, Jake Pavelka. Following her stint on “The Bachelor,” Allemand starred in the network’s spinoff of the reality show, “Bachelor Pad,” also in 2010. Described as a talented young woman who gave her all to her family and friends, Allemand is being mourned by a countless number of people throughout the country - and world. Thousands of people have joined a Facebook memorial page for her, and there are hundreds of condolence messages written on the memorial website set up by Papavero August 22, 2013
Facebook Gia Allemand, 29, died Aug. 14, leaving a countless number of people mourning across the country.
ary, she is also survived by “her dear dog Bentley.”
Ozone Park Residents Fear For Safety
Say boarded up property is occupied by squatters dealing drugs, turning tricks By Patricia Adams Ozone Park homeowners caught in a dangerous Catch-22 say they have been asking for help over the last five years and have now come to the end of their ropes with a boarded-up property they say is housing squatters who engage in drug deals and acts of prostitution. According to as many as six neighbors, all of whom refused to have their names published for fear of retribution, say they observe the residents of the house coming in and out and getting into cars in front of the house for a few minutes and then going back inside. There are also people who come in and out of the house after short periods of time. Frustrated residents say that state Sen. Joe Addabbo’s (D-Howard Beach) office had been working on the problem, but they had not gotten results so they got together and called Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder (DRockaway Park) in the hopes that he could provide a more rapid solution. Goldfeder visited with the residents last week and observed some of their concerns while he was at the site. “I can’t believe what I saw unfold right before me,” the assemblyman said. “These people do not have to live like this.” Goldfeder is now calling for action from the city Department of Buildings and the police department to condemn the residence and remove any unlawful squatters. Residents swarmed the assemblyman on his recent visit to the property to relay tales of alleged drug deals, suspected prostitution and stealing buckets of water from neighbors’ yards because the house apparently has no running water. It was discovered years ago, when problems first began that the owners of the house were tapping into neighbors’ electricity and water mains to avoid their own bills. But, authorities say, unfortunately the
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Neighbors on this seemingly picturesque street say their quality of life is severely diminished by the presence of a boarded up residence they say is housing unsavory characters engaging in illegal and illicit activity.
solution that the residents and the assemblyman seek are not so easy and clear-cut as would seem. The problems, they say, began nearly five years ago after the property was purchased for $412,000 by a man by the name of John Fitzgerald, who is currently incarcerated, and a woman by the name of Eileen Stutzbach. Property records show she is associated with another home not more than two blocks away, but attempts to find here there were not successful. The owners are not living on the premises, and according to the neighbors, the house is now occupied by at least three transients whom authorities have had a hard time moving out because they don’t seem to be in violation of anything. Police sources say that it is not against the law to board up windows and that they have identified a person in the house who has es-
tablished the address as his legal residence. And authorities say at least one person is in the house with the permission of the owner, and he has shown a valid non-driver ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, bearing the address of 134-17 96th Street. In support of that theory is also the fact that the property taxes on the house are roughly $2,500 per year and there is only a balance of less than $110.00 outstanding for this year. But neighbors say the site has been turned into a single-room occupancy house, with the basement and other floors having been converted into units. “They’ve set up a boarding house for crack heads and hookers,” said one woman who lives very close to the house. “I’m afraid for my kids and my neighbors. Why do we have to live like this? It’s disgusting and worse than that,” she screamed, “it’s deadly.” Other neighbors reiterated the sentiment
and expressed concern over the unsavory nature of some of the people stopping by through the night to “visit”. “What exactly do you think someone is doing at 3:30 in the morning when they run down the front steps of the house carrying something in their hand, stick their hand in a car window and then come out with something they stick in their pocket? Then the car pulls away. Is that a late Chinese food delivery? I don’t think so,” said another neighbor. Residents also turned to the NYPD for help in the situation, and when The Forum caught up with Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale of the 106th Precinct he detailed the police action that was taken at the house thus far. “The Organized Crime Bureau (narcotics) Division conducted an investigation at the location and has made arrests,” Pascale said. He also confirmed that following contact with the neighbors he supplied them with his direct number. But according to Pascale, the police have pretty much done all they can and it is now up to city agencies to take this case the rest of the way. “The location needs first to be condemned by the buildings Department,” said the inspector, and then it could be sealed by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). “I advised the neighbors to contact the community board,” he said, “in an attempt to facilitate that process.” And on Wednesday when The Forum contacted CB 10 Chairperson Betty Braton, she said that her board would do everything in their power in response to a current violation issued at the house for being open and unguarded. Braton said her board will do complete follow-up with HPD and if the violations are not rectified by the owner Braton said, CB 10 would “pursue the city to get the house sealed.”
DEP Goes To Vetro
Crews repair pipes to help eliminate flooding By Samantha Geary The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), continued work this week on Cross Bay Boulevard at 165th Avenue, after they uncovered a broken pipe underneath an already problematic catch basin. “Business owners in Howard Beach have long been plagued with flooding and excessive water buildup,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich. “It is both a nuisance and a hazard and we are very glad the DEP is addressing the situation.” Water at the location had been pooling up and flooding the immediate area after the slightest rainfall or inclement weather. Frank Russo, who owns the Howard Beach hot spot Vetro, says the conditions associated with the constant water build-up were very dangerous to motorists and pedestrians. “When the water ices up in the winter, anyone coming over the bridge is driving into
an ice trap they don’t know about,” Russo warned. “It’s a very dangerous situation and I am very thankful to DEP for doing the work to remedy the situation before we have a tragedy.” And winter is not the only time the water brings worry; speeding cars that hit puddles they didn’t anticipate can quickly wind up out of control on the crowded boulevard. Russo said that the DEP and other agencies involved had been evaluating the situation for some time and that he was relieved that their coordination had resulted in bringing about the work. A spokesperson for DEP confirmed that the job was not at all routine and required extensive repairs underground. He said that the work should be completed by the end of the week. When asked if the repairs will result in eliminating the flooding totally, Ted Timbers Patricia Adams/The Forum Newsgroup said the work done would “help to alleviate Crews worked all week outside Vetro to replace a broken pipe in a catch basin that was overflowing and causing the area to flood. the problem.” THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 22, 2013 | 9
Sandy Scammer In The Slammer By Patricia Adams
A Kew Gardens woman who was honored by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall as a Citizen of Distinction in 2004 and who severed on the BP’s Advisory Council for People with Disabilities, has been arrested and charged with grand larceny, insurance fraud and falsifying business records for stealing nearly $90,000 while posing as a victim of Hurricane Sandy. Curatolo’sFacebook page says she works at the Italian American Singers as a studio producer/actor and director and has several messages from friends offering their thoughts and prayers in light of her circumstances. According to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Caterina M. Curatolo, 48, obtained more than $87,000 in benefits and services by
A Facebook photo shows Curatolo in apparently happier times.
falsely claiming to have been a victim of the storm. After an extensive investigation by the Attorney General’s Auto Insurance Fraud Unit (AIFU), it was determined that Curatolo concocted an elaborate scheme and represented herself as a Sandy evacuee with the intention of defrauding city and federal relief agencies, a private insurance company and charitable organizations. “My office will do everything in our power to crack down on anyone who uses a national emergency like Sandy for personal gain,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “We are holding price gougers accountable, taking a hard look at how charities spend Sandy-related donations and are making sure that no one gets away with abusing programs intended to help real victims. Today’s arrest shows that scammers who trade on tragedy will be exposed and punished.” According to the charges, the Kew Gardens Hills resident falsely represented herself as a Sandy evacuee in order to obtain free hotel rooms and other benefits. She reported to the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery (HRO) that her residence at 59-13 159th Street in Fresh Meadows, was rendered uninhabitable by Sandy, an investigation revealed that the damage pre-dated the storm. AIFU investigators determined that the damage to the house had been present since at least the summer of 2011. FEMA records indicate that she made similar claims for damage to the roof in 2011 after Hurricane Irene. Investigators also learned that despite the claims that her residence at 59-13 159th street was uninhabitable, she also owns the property next door to that residence at 59-17 159th Avenue. Undercover investigators assigned to track Curatolo observed her going to both of the residences to pick up her mail and noted that utility services were not interrupted at either residence. Curatolo was given lodging, at no cost, at three Queens and Brooklyn hotels, including the Quality Inn in Long Island City between
Photo Courtesy Attorney General Eric Shneiderman’s Office
Caterina Curatolo is led out of a Brooklyn hotel by authorities after it was discovered that her claims for assistance were fraudulent.
November 17 and December 20, 2012 at a cost of nearly $6,000. An overlap in dates further shows that she was given a room at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel in East Elmhurst for the period of December 1,2012 through February 21, 2013 at a cost of $28,386.83. She was relocated to the Holiday Inn Express on Union Street in Brooklyn starting on February 20, 2013, where she remained in residence until her arrest last week. The bill for that stay was approximately $36,500.00. The total charges incurred by Curatolo, posing as an evacuee for nearly 270 days, was $83,500.00 According to the AG’s allegations, the storm victim imposter was provided with additional benefits including a one-time payment of $250 by HRA for the purchase of food allegedly lost in Sandy and an American Red Cross debit card in the amount of $100 per week to be used for the purchase of food. Curatolo was given a total of $3,590 for food expenditures. Investigators say that instead of food, she used the money for purchases at retail outlets including Best Buy,
South Ozone Park Murderer Could Spend Life in Prison
Gets at least 17 years for killing drunk patron on way home from bar A South Ozone Park man was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for murdering a man who he and a livery cab driver also robbed when the cabbie was supposed to be bringing the drunk patron home from an Ozone Park bar, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said this week. Alex Gobardhan, 22, was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted in late July of murder, robbery and criminal possession of stolen property, according to Brown. The livery cab driver, Deevan Jagmarine, 24, of Jamaica, was sentenced the same day to 11 years in prison for robbing the victim. Jagmarine, who testified against Gobardhan at his week-long trial in July, was sentenced to 11 years in prison, the DA said. “This was a senseless crime in which an innocent victim was robbed of his
wallet, cell phone, gold bracelet - and his life,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “The sentences meted out by the court are justified and necessary to protect society from such individuals who would prey on vulnerable individuals.” According to trial testimony, the victim, Matadin Ramnarain, 58, who was heavily intoxicated, got into Jagmarine’s taxi outside a bar called “The Rush,” located at 108th Street and 101st Avenue in Ozone Park, at about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2010. The defendants then punched the victim in the face, robbed him and dumped his body, which was later found by a passerby who called
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Dress Barn, Marshalls, Fabco Shoes, Eric Shoes, Optical Boutique, Exclusive Eyes and Scoresense.com—ironically, a website to check credit reports. And authorities say Curatolo’s antics did not stop there. She also made a fraudulent auto insurance claim, reporting that her car was a total loss because of saltwater damage. An inspection of the vehicle proved the claim to be unfounded. Curatolo was charged with grand larceny in the second-degree (a Class “C” felony), insurance fraud in the third-degree (a Class “D” felony), grand larceny in the third-degree (a Class “D” felony), insurance fraud in the fourthdegree (a Class “E” felony), scheme to defraud in the first-degree (a Class “E” felony) and multiple counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first-degree (a Class “E” felony) and falsifying business records in the first-degree (a Class “E felony). If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 7 years in prison.
Landromat Employee Gets Seven Years HB man sexually abused customer By Samantha Geary
911, Brown said. The victim was removed to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at around 11:30 p.m. The medical examiner’s office said the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia due to cardiovascular disease following blunt trauma to the head.
The 42-year-old man who sexually abused a customer in March after following her from a laundromat located at 85-42 Woodhaven Boulevard will spend seven years in prison after being sentenced by Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Butcher. Richard Kassenbaum, of 84-09 155th Avenue in Howard Beach, followed the 40-yearold victim at around 4:30 on the morning of March 31, and as she turned the corner on her way home, he grabbed her from behind, choked her and knocked the glasses off her head. When
he grabbed her buttocks, she screamed and he fled the scene. According to trial testimony, after reviewing video surveillance from inside the laundromat and elsewhere, Kassenbaum was seen wearing the same blue shirt and jeans the victim described her attacker to be wearing. He was also observed standing in the parking lot outside the laundromat as the victim left. Kassenbaum was then seen walking behind the victim and following her onto Woodhaven Boulevard. Video footage from just after the attack shows him running back and returning to the laundromat.
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ATTORNEYS James F. Rooney, Esq8................................ 86-07 Marianne Gonzales Esq ............................... 95-07 Joseph T. Schmidt Esq ................................. 95-29 AWARDS Capo’s Awards.............................................. 79-13 BANK Queens County Savings Bank.............80-35, 93-22 Chase Bank .................................................. 84-01a Community Federal Savings Bank ............... 89-07 Chase Bank .................................................. 90-14 BAKERY Pan Ugo Bakery ........................................... 84-42 La Gitana Bakery.......................................... 90-12 Paneorama ................................................... 95-20 BEAUTY SUPPLY Sumi Eyebrows ............................................ 79-17 Mehak Beauty Salon .................................... 87-12 Pretty Beauty Supply.................................... 87-16 Coco Nail and Spa ....................................... 87-24 Miss Nails ..................................................... 90-22 I Stars Beauty Supply................................... 91-05 BUTCHER - MARKET La Palma Meat Market ................................. 84-25 CATERING HALL Cordon Bleu ................................................. 96-01 CARPETING F&J Carpeting .............................................. 89-18 CELLULAR & PHONE RELATED STORES Universal Multi-Services Inc ......................... 76-08 Verizon Wireless........................................... 80-05 A-One Electronic Cellular Phone & Jewelry. 85-07 Sprint PCS.................................................... 90-24 Radio Shack ................................................. 92-11 CPR Wireless ............................................... 93-29 Cellular Explosion......................................... 95-07 CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS Woodhaven/Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance ................................... 78-15 WBID/Greater Woodhaven Development Corp. ...................................... 84-01b Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association.... 84-20b CLEANERS Wash & Dry Round the Clock Laundromat... 78-07 H.M.Y. Laundry............................................. 84-14 Spirare French Cleaners...............................84-20A Florence Cleaners ........................................ 84-29 Montana Cleaners ........................................ 85-06
CLOTHING - ATHLETIC Sports Lane .................................................. 85-15 Pro Trend Sneaker Store.............................. 92-13 DRIVING SCHOOL Trama's Auto School..................................... 79-10 LADIES’ APPAREL Mary’s Fashion Boutique .............................. 79-10 Rainbow Shop .............................................. 85-12 Today’s Girl................................................... 85-13 Baby Blue Ladies ......................................... 91-17 Maragarita’s Outlet ....................................... 95-07 MEN’S Valerie’s Men & Women’s............................. 80-17 Exclusive ...................................................... 84-26 R.S. Army/Navy............................................ 91-13 Karako Suits ................................................. 92-12 MULTISERVICES Woodhaven Multiservices............................. 87-09
SATURDAY AUGUST 24 1 PM – 4 PM Various Activities Live Music • Face Painting Surprises for All – Young & Old
LIQUOR STORES Rich Haven Liquors ...................................... 85-11 Pina Liquors ................................................. 89-21 Deegan’s Wine & Liquors ............................. 95-19 MARKET C-Town ......................................................... 74-39 Compare....................................................... 77-20 Sam’s Deli .................................................... 80-01 Fish Store ..................................................... 84-30 Gratia Market................................................ 84-31 Scaturro’s ..................................................... 84-39 Harry’s Grocery Store................................... 86-06 Sam’s Deli ................................................... 87-08 Jamaica Gourmet Deli .................................. 89-02 Minimarket .................................................... 95-13 C-Town Bravo ............................................... 98-02 HEALTH Health Store Vitamins................................... 84-09
CONFECTIONERY Schmidt’s Candy........................................... 94-15
INSURANCE State Farm Insurance ................................... 79-22 Allstate.......................................................... 84-15 Ohlert & Ruggiere......................................... 89-11
CRAFT STORE Smiley Yarn .................................................. 92-06
JEWELRY Prime ............................................................ 91-04
FLORIST Park Place Florist ......................................... 88-16 Lands Flowers .............................................. 92-03 Forever Flowers ........................................... 92-18
PARTY STORE Paola’s Party Land ....................................... 89-06
FOOT CARE Podiatry ........................................................ 86-12 Podiatrist Doctor........................................... 87-24 Woodhaven Footcare ................................... 95-11 FURNITURE J&L Furniture ................................................ 78-19 The Home Furnishing Center ....................... 80-38 ICE CREAM Baskin Robbins ............................................ 84-13 Baskin Robbins ............................................ 92-17 INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES LaBella Investigations .................................. 84-01 OPTICAL Woodhaven Optical ...................................... 89-21 Evan David Optician ..................................... 90-08 Price Optical ................................................. 93-01
PHARMACY Health Max ................................................... 80-09 Duane Reade ............................................... 80-30 Woodhaven Pharmacy ................................. 86-22 Rite Aid ......................................................... 89-10 Medex Pharmacy ......................................... 96-02 FRAMES Woodrich Glass & Mirror .............................. 86-11 SHOES KMC Othopedic Shoes ................................. 86-20 Payless Shoe Store ...................................... 89-22 PIZZERIAS Lane Pizzeria................................................ 75-19 Domino’s Pizza............................................. 78-02 A Taste of Italy .............................................. 84-07 Sal’s Pizzeria ................................................ 85-07 DeAleo’s Pizzeria ......................................... 90-10 Carlos Pizzeria ............................................. 92-15 Jeebo’s Pizza and Pasta .............................. 95-08
PRINTING Beat the Clock .............................................. 97-13 RESTAURANTS May May Kitchen (Chinese Food) ................ 74-22 Fried Chicken Restaurant............................. 74-38 King Wok Chinese Food............................... 79-09 Shanghai Kitchen ......................................... 80-11 Subway......................................................... 80-28 Frank’s.......................................................... 80-29 Fresco Tortillas ............................................. 84-17 Palace Fried Chicken ................................... 84-50 Japanese/Sushi ............................................ 85-18 The New Pops .............................................. 85-22 Thai Restaurant ............................................ 86-05 Kentucky Fried Chicken ............................... 87-17 Tropical Restaurant ...................................... 88-18 Ho Wan Take-Out ......................................... 88-22 McDonald’s................................................... 91-01 Avenue Diner (Formerly Forest View Restaurant) .............. 91-06 Carnival House (Chinese) ............................ 92-09 Dunkin’ Donuts ............................................. 92-17 Dunkin’ Donuts ............................................. 84-13 Popeye’s Chicken......................................... 92-20 Hetmans Polish Deli ..................................... 94-18 Manor German Deli ..................................... 94-12 Mama Meena’s – Filipino.............................. 94-20 Dumpling House ........................................... 95-12 Cheung King................................................. 97-17 El Anzualo .................................................... 98-01 UPHOLSTERY Polo’s Upholstery.......................................... 77-09 Imperial Upholstering ................................... 86-08 VARIETY Melanie’s Gift Shop ...................................... 79-17 Gift Shop ...................................................... 79-16 99¢ Store ...................................................... 80-16 Dee ‘n Dee ................................................... 80-19 GEM ............................................................. 84-33 Variety Store ................................................. 85-08 Hallmark Cards............................................. 86-03 Jembro ......................................................... 90-34 Discount Express ........................................ 91-04 Priceless ....................................................... 91-07 $5 And Up-Deals .......................................... 96-01 VIDEO STORE Tyler’s Video ................................................. 79-24 AND MANY MORE!
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Queens DA Scores Top Marks In Criminal Justice Report By Anna Gustafson Queens landed high marks in the city’s newly released criminal justice system performance report, which found the borough’s district attorney’s office had the highest conviction rates for violent felony arrests in the city. The New York City Summer 2013 Criminal Justice Indicator Report, released last week by Mayor Bloomberg and city Criminal Justice Coordinator John Feinblatt, also found that Queens had the lowest re-arrest rate in the city and the best arrest-to-arraignment time of the five boroughs. “The report’s statistical evidence offers without a doubt substantial proof that Queens County is, and continues to be, a citywide
leader in many categories,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a prepared statement. “...The bottom line is that we - together with our law enforcement colleagues - are providing a safer environment in which to live for the 2.3 million residents of Queens County, as well for those working or just visiting our great county.” The report - the second of its kind to be released by the Bloomberg administration - used data from the judiciary, the city’s five elected District Attorneys, the Office of the New York City Special State Narcotics Prosecutor, and other city criminal justice agencies. According to the report, Queens County’s conviction rate for violent felony arrests in 2012 was the highest among city prosecutors
at 60 percent. The citywide average was 52 percent. The report also stated that 26 percent of Queens defendants were re-arrested for a crime within a year and 10 percent were re-arrested for a felony within the year - the lowest figures in the city. Citywide, 33 percent of individuals arraigned in 2009 - the last year for which there is available data - were re-arrested for another crime within a year and 13 percent were re-arrested for a felony crime within a year. Queens also fared better than the rest of the city with illegal gun convictions. The report stated that 77 percent of all Supreme Court defendants arrested for possession of an Photo Courtesy Queens District Attorney's Office illegal gun landed prison time - compared to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown was pleased 54 percent citywide. with a new city report that gave his office high marks.
City's 911 Call System Has Dubious History City’s problems not unique
By Alan Krawitz While no one can say for sure whether or not the city’s problems with its recently overhauled $88 million 911 call taking system have been resolved, the maker of the city’s computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, Intergraph Corp., has supplied other municipalities with similar systems having similar technical problems. A spokesperson for Alabama-based Intergraph declined to comment for this story citing “contractual agreements” with its municipal customers, but other Intergraph-made CAD systems are currently in use by neighboring counties in Nassau and Suffolk, as well as many other cities across the country. And, most disturbing is that many of Intergraph’s CAD systems have experienced the same types of computer glitches that have caused NYC’s system, in recent months, to drop calls and delay fire, police and EMS personnel with serious, and sometimes fatal, consequences. In the wake of the city’s highly publicized CAD system problems and subsequent City Council hearings, a city spokesman, with knowledge of the system’s operation, said there have been no further problems. “Since going live on the new ICAD system on May 29th, it has successfully processed over 1,000,000 emergency responses by the NYPD and FDNY and has proven highly reliable,” the spokesman said. “Since the glitches that the system experienced on May 29 and 30when we briefly went to backup manual processing, the system has maintained a 100 percent reliability record,” the spokesman continued.
The glitches on May 29 and May 30 lasted for 16 and 18 minutes respectively, at which time 911 workers had to use paper and pencil to respond to calls. The spokesman added that Intergraph support personnel and system engineers have been, and continue to be on site 24/7 since the system went live. “ICAD is a state of the art system,” he said. In an Intergraph press release from 2010, the company touted the fact that the Suffolk County Police Department was now using one of the company’s CAD systems for its 911 dispatch system. “With the selection of Intergraph’s incident management software, SCPD personnel join emergency responders throughout the populous Northeast corridor, the U.S. and worldwide in relying on Intergraph’s incident
management software to facilitate multiagency and multi-jurisdictional information sharing and analysis for improved emergency response,” the company wrote. But, shortly after the system coming online, WCBS-TV reported in June 2011 that the system was experiencing “glitches” causing computer screens to freeze and forcing 911 operators to resort to “manual backup,” which is essentially using paper and pen to record and dispatch calls, just as operators in the city were forced to do on several occasions in late May. A spokesperson for the Suffolk County Police issued the following statement on the system’s problems: “The Suffolk County Police Department had a problem in June 2011 with the Intergraph 911 system when it was initially put on line. The system froze and had to be shut down for a short period of time. There
have not been any other similar or significant problems since that time.” And, in neighboring Nassau County, where an Intergraph CAD system went online in July 2007, the New York Times reported that many 911 callers were being placed on hold and not immediately answered. In June of this year, Edmond Horace, Deputy Chief of Support for the Nassau County Police Department, told WPIX-TV, “As with any new computer system put in place, there were some issues. There were some learning curve issues with the call takers and the dispatchers that we had to navigate through,” he said. Further, a recent caller to Nassau County’s 911 dispatch system confirmed that their call was “placed on hold” for nearly one minute before being re-routed and then answered by an emergency operator. A spokesperson for Nassau County did not return calls seeking comment by press time. The Daily News in June reported that the city’s own Department of Investigations had issued warnings about Intergraph systems prior to the company getting the dispatch system contract from the city in 2008. The DOI’s warnings, contained in a vendor filing for Intergraph, reportedly cited that other government agencies had been looking into Intergraph contracts with municipalities across the nation. Moreover, other news outlets, including Mother Jones, traced even more Intergraph system failures clear across the country to San Jose, CA, where in 2004, an Intergraph CAD system had problems similar to NYC, Nassau and Suffolk Counties regarding system crashes, delayed and misdirected fire, police and EMS personnel.
Man Charged With Shooting Up South Jamaica Party Police nabbed a Queens man on the run in North Carolina, and he has been charged with 11 counts of attempted murder and other crimes after allegedly going on a shooting spree at a backyard barbecue in South Jamaica, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said this week. Tyrone “Big Rumbles” Miller, 22, who is
only identified as living in Queens, is now being held in North Carolina and awaiting extradition to New York, where he will be arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on charges of attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to Brown. Miller was at a backyard barbecue on
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Inwood Road in South Jamaica early in the morning of Aug. 27, 2011 when he allegedly got into a verbal dispute with another individual and stated, “I’ll be back,” according to the DA. The man then returned to the party about 10 minutes later with two other individuals and all three allegedly opened fire with
pistols, Brown said. Eleven people at the party were transported to area hospitals and treated for gunshot wounds to their bodies, including a 14-year-old girl who was struck in the back by two bullets that severed her spine and left her paralyzed from the waist down, according to the DA.
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Richmond Hill Teen’s Star is Rising
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Zach Bravo hopes to take his talent from Queens' stages to Broadway.
By Alan Krawitz For 16-year-old Zach Bravo, landing the lead role of Billy Crocker in the recent show “Anything Goes” at the Holy Child Jesus School in Richmond Hill was “nerve-wracking” but definitely worth the wait. “I certainly had fun; the experience itself was amazing,” Bravo recalls, noting that while the show prep was a long process, in the end, everything came together to make for a “huge success.” A Richmond Hill native who attends the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Bravo, who has been acting for six years already, has his sights set on a career as an entertainer, with hopes to eventually debut on Broadway. Talking about his most recent role in “Anything Goes,” which follows the misadventures of Billy Crocker and his pursuit of his true love, Bravo recalls that he lost some sleep while waiting on word about the role. “Once I found out I was given the part of Billy Crocker, I said to myself ‘Now I can finally sleep,’” Bravo recalls. “I was astonished, due to the fact that this was my very first lead role in Teen Drama.” Asked about some of his favorite scenes from the show, Bravo says that his favorite part is when Hope
Zach Bravo, a Richmond Hill native, landed the leading role in "Anything Goes" at Holy Child Jesus School in Richmond Hill.
Harcourt finally reaches out to Billy Crocker in the song “It’s De-lovely.” “My friend, Julia Sandke, who played Hope Harcourt and I worked well together in this number,” he says. “The song is playful and cute, which makes the audience want the two love-birds together.” Bravo, who has been with the Holy Child Jesus Teen Drama Group for five summers, says that one thing he learned at auditions was to not audition, but to perform. “It wasn’t exactly hard for me, because I love to perform,” he says, adding that he’s been acting most of his life. Not only is Bravo a talented actor, but the teen has already distinguished
A longtime actor, Zach Bravo said his mother has supported him from day one.
himself as a first-rate dancer, winning the title “Mr. Teen Dance Explosion” in 2011. “Dancing has been my primary talent; I have been dancing for over 10 years. Dance has always been of special value to my life,” he says. “I remember I started off with a few classes and then soon after my mom signed me up to my dance studio, Rising Stars Dance Studio. I now continue to study dance over at LaGuardia High School and hope to continue throughout college.” Part of his inspiration to be an actor, singer and dancer, Bravo says, comes from going to see both on and off-Broadway plays. “I’ve always loved to sing and I
wanted to do it professionally, but up until a couple of years ago, I never took lessons,” he says. But, the teen credits the Teen Drama Group’s vocal teacher, David Cronin, for helping to teach about voice projection and the use of the diaphragm. Bravo, who can all but hear Broadway beckoning, has some of his own favorite Broadway shows on his wish list to join. They include “Newsies,” “Wicked,” “Stomp,” “Book of Mormon,” and his personal favorite, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark!” The teen, who began his on-stage career with The Martha Graham Company over at the Joyce Theater, has also appeared in “Hairspray,” “The
Music Man,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Cinderella.” “I know for a fact that I want to be on the Broadway stage. There is nothing else I would want more in the world,” Bravo says, pointing out that he started making videos of some of his varied interests by creating his own web series on YouTube called “The Bravo Show.” Asked about some of his biggest supporters, Bravo says that his family has backed all his aspirations in entertainment. “My mother is my biggest supporter, my number one fan, and my best friend,” he says. “She’s gotten me through times where I was bullied by my peers because I liked to dance, act and sing. She never let me quit. All she wants in this world is for me to be a big success in life and she does a lot for me. He noted that his mom is the one who found out about the Teen Drama Group and asked him to audition. Further, Bravo says that it’s a great feeling to know that his family accepts him for who he is and what he wants to do as an entertainer. In addition, Bravo says that his main objective is to inspire. “I want to inspire people, both young and old, to do what they love no matter how hard the road is to get there.”
Woodhaven Library Reopening Delayed By Anna Gustafson Woodhaven's bookworms will have to wait a little longer until they can crack open a tome at their newly refurbished library, officials said this week The reopening of the Queens Library at Woodhaven was scheduled for this Tuesday, Aug. 20, though a Queens Library spokeswoman said it was pushed back until "early next week" because "everything was not 100 percent perfect and the Woodhaven community expects, and deserves, the very best." The spokeswoman said no specific date has been announced yet for the reopening.
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Once it does open its doors, the revamped 90-year-old facility that was financed by Andrew Carnegie will include a new decor, self check-out and self check-in, a new circulation desk and a handicap accessible restroom. The Queens Library spokeswoman said a grand opening celebration - which comes after the facility actually opens to the public will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. Renovation work at the library has been occurring at the library, located at 85-41 Forest Pkwy., since March. Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) allocated about $713,000 for the work.
St. John's Turns to Layoffs in Face of Financial Woes By Anna Gustafson Plagued by financial concerns, the only remaining hospital on the Rockaway peninsula is having to resort to layoffs and is considering a merger with other area health institutions in order to stay afloat, officials said this week. While St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, a 257-bed institution in Far Rockaway, released a statement saying it was looking into “possible layoffs,” others close to the situation said this week that around 40 to 50 employees were in the process of being laid off as the facility faces severe financial problems. In order to save money, board members at St. John’s - which has served the entire Rockaways after Peninsula Hospital was shuttered last year - are “exploring opportunities for mergers with other health systems,” according to a statement from the facility run by Episcopal Health Services. “To date, no overtures to EHS have been made by North Shore LIJ,” St. John’s said in reference to an allegation by union officials that the hospital turned down a potential merger with North Shore. Prompted by concerns that the hospital is hemorrhaging money, and by recent changes at the facility, union members, legislators and area residents rallied last week in support of St. John’s being a healthy facility that is able to remain one of the peninsula’s largest employers.
Union officials and area residents are worried about the future of St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway.
Union officials said the problems facing St. John’s are part of a worrisome trend in a city that is facing a number of potential hospital closures, including Brooklyn’s Long Island College and Interfaith Hospitals. Besides Peninsula Hospital, four other major health care institutions have closed in Queens in recent years, including St. John’s in Elmhurst, Mary Immaculate in Jamaica, and Parkway in Forest Hills. “The healthcare crisis facing working-class and poor New Yorkers is getting worse,” the union 1199 SEIU said in a statement. “St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, the only acutecare facility for hundreds of thousands of patients in the Rockaways in Queens is endangered.” While residents are concerned
that the Rockaways’ only remaining hospital could shut down, forcing them to travel to such places as Jamaica Hospital or Brooklyn’s Coney Island Hospital, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder said the institution is not in any immediate danger of being shuttered. “I continue to work with the hospital administration and community to make sure we maintain quality health care for the Rockaways,” Goldfeder said. St. John’s representatives said they, too, share the union’s “apprehension about the fortunates of safety net hospitals like St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and the lack of state and federal support, particularly in the Rockaways. “Like other safety net hospitals,
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St. John’s is under financial and regulatory pressures, but EHS is also committed to making necessary changes to keep [the facility] the principal provider of quality healthcare and education in the Rockaways and surrounding community,” the hospital said in its statement. To address financial concerns, St. John’s has outsourced a number of its clinics. It relocated the family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics clinics to the Addabbo Family Health Centers in Rockaway. “This has created new capabilities and opportunities for both providers, especially in regard to extending St. John’s post-doctoral programs,” the facility’s statement said. “For its specialty care clinics, the hospital is building a new prac-
tice office, located directly across the street.” The ambulatory clinics were also relocated to make “space for the long overdue expansion of the emergency department,” the hospital’s statement said. Once the clinics are fully moved, the first phase of the $15 million emergency department expansion will begin, which should help to ease crowded conditions at the facility that has had a spike in patients after Peninsula closed. Hospital officials stressed that approximately 12 employees have been added to the emergency department staff. It also said that “certain services that have required substantial subsidy in the past will not be provided by EHS when comparable care and services can be obtained nearby.” The facility is transferring ownership of two nursing homes - Bishop MacLean and Bishop Hucles Episcopal Nurses Homes, and it will close the discrete Chemical Dependency Unit. “Despite numerous attempts to communicate with delegates and union leadership about the current status of EHS and its future, there remains anxiety about job security,” St. John’s said in its statement. “Although some of these changes may cause disruption to existing staffing arrangements, EHS is committed to ensuring these changes go smoothly and to retaining and retraining staff wherever possible.”
In Rockaway, Pumping Sand for Flood Control By Anna Gustafson Mayor Bloomberg, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives and elected officials gathered in Rockaway Beach last week to detail the progress of a sand replenishment plan that aims to provide flood control in an area where natural water barriers were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the $36.4 million project is funded by federal Sandy relief funds and entails restoring 3.7 million cubic yards of sand in total - the equivalent of almost four Empire State buildings. The effort is expected to return Rockaway beaches to the levels they have not been at for decades. Construction for phase one of the project takes place along Beach 89th to Beach 149th streets and includes restoring 600,000 cubic yards of sand. As part of the project’s second phase, more than three million cubic yards of sand will be restored along Beach 19th
Photo Courtesy Spencer T. Tucker/NYC Mayor's Office
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers joined Mayor Bloomberg and Queens elected officials to mark the start of sand-pumping operations on Rockaway Beach last Thursday.
to Beach 149th streets. “Replenishing the sand at Rockaway Beach complements our earlier work there, including building a series of protective walls
and installing sand-filled trap bags that will serve as the core for a new dune,” Bloomberg said in a prepared statement. “Together, these measures will not only reverse
damage to the beach done by Hurricane Sandy - they will make the beach stronger than it was before the storm and more protective for nearby communities.”
Colonel Paul Owen of the Army Corps of Engineers said “quality” sand is being funnelled to the beach. “There’s a lot to be done, and there’s great work going on,” he told those gathered for last Thursday’s press conference. “And we have a lot more to do.” While area civic leaders and South Queens legislators said they are pleased the project is happening, they noted residents have been asking for projects to protect the community from flooding for years - long before Sandy hit. Civic leaders involved in Friends of Rockaway Beach, among others, “have done a tremendous, tremendous job advocating for this community,” Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said at the press conference. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) agreed. “It’s unfortunate it took a natural disaster for so many people to wake up to the problems that we’ve been facing in Rockaway for so, so long,” Goldfeder said at Thursday’s event.
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Vallone Lands Support From City's Largest Police Union
A Winning Combination! PLAY. DINE. UNWIND.
Anna Gustafson/The Forum Newsgroup Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., center, and PBA President Pat Lynch right, at a press conference announcing the union's endorsement of the Astoria legislator in the race for Queens borough president.
By Anna Gustafson The largest union representing city police officers threw its weight behind Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.’s (D-Astoria) bid for Queens borough president this week, giving what the legislator said is welcome momentum to his campaign. “It’s a huge boost three weeks before our election,” Vallone said following Tuesday’s press conference outside Queens Borough Hall announcing the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association endorsement. “It makes me extremely proud that the men and women on the front lines against crime and terror are standing with me.” Alongside dozens of Vallone volunteers and police, PBA President Pat Lynch praised Vallone, saying the legislator who is running against former Democratic Councilwoman Melinda Katz has “stood with [the police] at time when even his colleagues were against him,” in reference to the Council’s recent vote to support the Community Safety Act. The CSA, which Vallone opposed, is two bills that create an NYPD inspector general and allow individuals to sue for changes to the police department over perceived racial profiling by cops. Lynch, a Bayside resident, said his union which has 22,000 members - has long been a fan of Vallone, who has served as chairman of the Council’s Public Safety Committee since 2002, though they interviewed a number of the candidates in the once-crowded borough president race before announcing their support for the Astoria councilman. The legislator had, until last week, also been up against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to lead the borough, but Avella announced he was dropping out of the race last
Wednesday. As for what kind of help this could give to Vallone’s campaign, the union’s president noted that of his 22,000 members, about 60 percent live in the city - with a large number residing in Queens because of the borough’s “affordability.” Lynch also said Vallone would continue to fight for more police on the streets. “Our number one issue is staffing,” Lynch said, adding that the numbers of police have dwindled from about 41,000 when Bloomberg took office to around 35,000 now. “Right now our Queens precincts are impacted worse than anywhere else,” Vallone said of the decrease in police. “Because we have the best precincts - those with the least amount of crime - they take cops from our precincts and put them somewhere else, especially during special events. We deserve our police right here in Queens. “You don’t see the beat cop, the bike cop anymore, and we need to see that,” he continued. “Criminals needs to see that.” With the PBA’s backing, Vallone has now secured endorsements from all the major law enforcement unions, including the Sergeants Benevolence Association, NYPD Lieutenants Benevolent Association, NYPD Captains Endowment Association, and the city Detectives’ Endowment Association, among others. Katz too has landed extensive support from unions, including SEIU 32BJ - which represents more than 50,000 property workers in New York, the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, the Mason Tenders District Council, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, and the Operating Engineers Local 30, among others.
Legalizing Pot Would Bring Big Bucks To City, Liu Says
By Anna Gustafson City Comptroller John Liu last week became the third mayoral candidate to throw his weight behind legalizing marijuana, and the former Democratic councilman from Flushing said the taxation of pot could generate more than $400 million annually for New York’s coffers. “New York City’s misguided war on marijuana has failed, and its enforcement has damaged far too many lives, especially in minority communities,” said Liu. “It’s time for us to implement a responsible alternative. Regulation marijuana would keep thousands of New Yorkers out of the criminal justice system, offer relief to those suffering from a wide range of painful medical conditions, and make our streets safer by sapping the dangerous underground market that targets our children. As if that weren’t enough, it would also boost our bottom line.” Mayoral candidates Sal Albanese, a Democrat, and Joe Lhota, a Republican, have also called for legalizing marijuana.
Liu released a report on regulating and taxing the now illicit drug last week, proposing that the state legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for individuals over the age of 21. He also called for allowing the medicinal use of pot. Such a move, the comptroller argued, would secure hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, which Liu said could be used to reduce CUNY tuition by as much as 50 percent. “By regulating marijuana like alcohol, New York City can minimize teens’ access to marijuana, while at the same time reducing their exposure to more dangerous drugs and taking sales out of the hands of criminals,” added Liu, who has said he has never smoked pot. The candidate slammed Mayor Bloomberg, saying low-level marijuana arrests have skyrocketed during the current city leader’s tenure. After Bloomberg took office in 2002, there have been nearly 460,000 misdemeanor marijuana arrests. Last year, there were 250 low-level marijuana arrests in Queens - the fewest of all the five boroughs.
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Suspect Sought in Woodhaven Stabbing
Photo Courtesy Josephine Wendell
Police and Auxiliaries from the 102nd Precinct hung and distributed fliers along Jamaica Avenue and along side streets near to where the stabbing took place, announcing a $12,000 reward in the stabbing of Woodhaven resident Natasha Martinez.
By Patricia Adams Fliers touting a $12,000 reward were posted along Jamaica Avenue by police and auxiliaries from the 102nd Precinct last week, asking the public for its help and information leading to an arrest in connection with the stabbing of 17-year-old Natasha Martinez last month.
The McDonald’s employee was on her way home, only steps away from her front door, when she was stabbed a total of 11 times, in the back and about the torso by a man wearing a hoodie who approached her from behind on July 29. Her horrified mother found the teen bleeding profusely when she heard her screams
Police released photos of a new suspect after they questioned and released a gang member.
and opened the front door. Cops handed the fliers, containing a photo of the suspect to passersby late last week in the hopes that someone from the community would recognize the assailant. A gang member from the Latin Kings was taken in for questioning in the case but was re-
Howard Beach Assembly of God Hosts Community Day
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Billy Gentile shares a laugh with Pastor Stephen Roser and wife Sharon at the Family Festival.
The Howard Beach Assembly of God welcomed community residents to a day of fun and food on Saturday at Hamilton Beach Park/Playground. There were games and activities planned throughout the day, including flag football, sack races and face
A game of flag football had players of all ages lining up to make a play.
painting for the kids. Pastor Steven Roser and his wife Sharon were joined by church members who helped with set up and served food to the crowds who came down to enjoy the church's generosity. Sandwiches, wraps and beverages were
plentiful and residents flocked to the event. The Howard Beach Assembly of God church is located at 158-31 99th Street in Howard Beach. For information about the church and future activities call 718-641-6785.
leased after being cleared of suspicion. Police have released surveillance photos of a new suspect they think may have been running away after slashing Martinez. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).
Biker Killed in Glendale Collision A motorcyclist was killed around 4:30 a.m. last Friday in Glendale after he veered into oncoming traffic and collided head on with a vehicle on Woodhaven Boulevard near 78th Avenue, police said. The 29-year-old male victim, who has not been identified, was traveling northbound on his bike when he entered the southbound lane and crashed into a Jeep, the NYPD said. The man was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. The vehicle's 72-year-old female driver was taken to the hospital with nonlife threatening injuries, according to police.
Man Dies After Howard Beach Bike Accident A Brooklyn man in his 50s died after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Howard Beach last Wednesday evening, according to police and family members. The biker, Gary Zammett, Sr., of Canarsie, was struck by a silver SUV at the intersection of 84th Street and 160th Avenue around 6:40 p.m. last Wednesday, officials said. Zammett sustained serious head and facial injuries and was transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, according to emergency personnel at the scene. He died from the injuries not long after he arrived at the hospital, officials said. Family members said they are now trying to generate support for installing a traffic light at the intersection where the accident occurred. Currently, there is a stop sign - which nearby residents said drivers frequently blow through. Zammett's family and friends also placed flowers and other mementos at the site of the Police gather around a bicycle ridden by a man struck in Howard Beach last week. crash. The victim died from injuries he sustained.
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A policeman speaks to area residents who were horrified to see a man get hit while riding his bike.
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Fun & Games ACROSS
1. He had no cause? 6. Also 9. Captain ____ 13. Napoleon's stay on St. Helena, e.g. 14. Aggravate 15. It killed the radio star? 16. Serving of parsley 17. Actress ___ Thompson 18. More ill 19. Trying experience 21. *"Geographia" author 23. *Mouth to a river, e.g. 24. Call someone 25. PC "brain" 28. Stupor 30. *Gobi or Kalahari, e.g. 35. Os in XOXO 37. Livens up 39. Pang 40. *Capri, e.g. 41. Anklebone 43. Shamu 44. Nigerian money 46. Dharma teacher 47. Chinese restaurant staple, pl. 48. Founder of Scholasticism 50. Winningest Super Bowl coach 52. Marble ___ 53. First in baseball, e.g. 55. Distress signal 57. *Tallest mountain 61. *Deepest lake 64. Japanese-American 65. American Gas Association 67. Like unspoken agreement 69. Garment enlarger 70. Octopus' defense 71. Olden day anesthetic 72. It shows ownership 73. Poe's "The Murders in the ___ Morgue" 74. High-pitched
1. Hi-___ 2. Montreal baseballer 3. Ethiopean currency 4. Omit or suppress 5. *On a map 6. Cash cache 7. Bonanza find 8. Similar to giraffe but smaller 9. Tarantino's "____ Bill" 10. Not in action 11. Believe 12. Nemo's forgetful friend 15. Shrinking ______ 20. To modify a book into a screenplay, e.g. 22. Slight amount 24. Get off an airplane 25. *Most populous country 26. South Korean port 27. a.k.a. Tangelos 29. Eagerness 31. "____ me the money!" 32. It may get you to first base 33. *_____ Mountains 34. Flirt 36. Bone-dry 38. Form of wrestling 42. Chip dip 45. Even though 49. No ___ 51. Hang around 54. Up or down step 56. Type of edible ray 57. "National Velvet" author ____ Bagnold 58. *Tropical rainforests contain ninety percent of the world's ____ species 59. "___ quam videri" or "To be, rather than to seem (to be)" 60. Instrument type 61. To be very hot 62. Yearn or pine 63. Told an untruth 66. Bearded antelope 68. Give it a go
SOLUTIONS FROM LAST WEEK'S PUZZLE
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THE HAPPENINGS Thursday, Aug. 22
Forest Hills Jazz Thursdays
Ashe. Tickets vary in price and run from $13 to $44. There will be a wide variety of activities, including tennis events, a juggling workshop, hair beading and braiding, storytelling, balloon artists, and more. For more information, visit http://www.arthurashekidsday.com/
Decades of Dance at Resorts World
Culinary historian Carolina Capeheart will teach residents how to prepare a Revolutionary War soldier's rations at the Onderdonk House.
Famed singer Cheryl Pepsii Riley will entertain the crowd as part of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce's Jazz Thursdays program.
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. 22, Cheryl Pepsii Riley will perform. Riley exploded onto the music scene in 1988 with her debut album, “Me, Myself and I,” containing the smash number one hit “Thanks for My Child.” She starred as a singer and actress in 13 national touring plays, many of which were written by and co-starred Tyler Perry. She has worked with such artists as Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Patti Austin, Jessica Simpson and Mary J. Blige, and Riley and her band played at President BarackObama’s Inaugural Ball. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.jazzthursdays.com.
Free Admission to New York Hall of Science
Aug. 24 through Sept. 9 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Grammy-nominated R&B star Deborah Cox will perform at the Decades of The New York Hall of Science will present an interactive Dance concert at the Resorts World Casino on Saturday, Aug. 24. exhibition in collaboration with the Arthur Ashe Learning Center. Thanks to the AALC, the general admission 9 p.m. - Resorts World Casino New York City fees to the museum’s are waived during the two-week 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. Jamaica period so visitors may experience not only the Arthur The Decades of Dance concert will feature Grammy- Ashe Inspirational Tour exhibition, but all of the site’s nominated multi-platinum-selling international R&B su- more than 450 hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. perstar Deborah Cox. For more information, visit www.nysci.org. Cox has stormed the R&B and pop charts, laying claim to six top-20 Billboard magazine and R&B singles, and a stunning eleven number one hits on the Billboard’s Hot Dance Club chart. She has starred in Broadway hits like “Aida” and “Jekyll and Hyde,” performed for 8 p.m. - Main Park House, Cunningham Park President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and 196th Street and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows held the record for the longest running number one 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. - 102nd Police Precinct “Les Miserables” will be presented as part of the city’s R&B single. 87-34 118 St., Richmond Hill “Movies Under the Stars” series. Tickets are $25 in advance and may be purchased at The 2013 Super Bowl Host Committee has partnered For The event is free and open to the public. http://bit.ly/DecadesOfDance. with the New York Blood Center to help increase blood For more information, visit www.nycgovparks.org. donations leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. All donors with NYBC between now and Jan. 17 will be entered into a sweepstakes for one pair of tickets valued at $2,500 - to the Super Bowl. Myrtle Avenue and 71st Avenue, just off Forest Avenue To find out about eligibility for donating, call (800) 6889 a.m. to 10 a.m, again from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 0900. No Social Security number is required, but parFree yoga is offered to the public each Saturday in Au- ticipants must bring a photo or signature identification Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St., Flushing gust at the 71st Avenue Plaza. Bring a mat or towel with them. and water. In the event of rain, the event will be canAug. 22 through Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, celled or postponed. Come see Colombian floral artisans as they assemble call the 102nd Precinct at (718) 805-3215. their unique creations. They will be at the botanical garden preparing for an Aug. 25 parade at Central Park West and 106th Street. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org.
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Movies Under the Stars
Festival de las Flores Preparation
Super Bowl Blood Drive
Yoga in Ridgewood
Cook Like a Soldier - A Battle of Brooklyn Event
Saturday, Aug. 24
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - USTA Billie Jean King National Center, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park The world’s largest single-day, grassroots tennis and entertainment event with chart-topping performers celebrates the tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur
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11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - The Vander-EndeOnderdonk House 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society presents 18th century culinary historian Carolina Capeheart, who will prepare a Revolutionary War soldier’s rations over an open fire. Admission is $10 per person, $5 for Greater Ridgewood Historical Society members, and $3 for children. For more information, visit www.onderdonkhouse.org.
Thursday, Aug. 29
Summer Swing Concert
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. - St. Helen’s Church 157-10 83 St., Howard Beach A free indoor summer concert of swing music will be held in St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall. Everyone is invited to come out for the annual ArnieMig Memorial Concert and enjoy the music of the Big Band era. Returning again this year, Frank Pedulla will lead The New Swing Orchestra in a concert to honor Mig, who for many years brought swing music to the community.
. .. e m ti d o o g a ve ha to w ho u yo We'll show Enjoy your community. Saturday, Aug. 31
Day of Fun to Benefit Children With Autism 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - St. Margaret’s Church 66-05 79th Place, Middle Village Come join Play4Autism, a nonprofit working with children with autism and their families, for a day of fun, awareness, great food, games, and more - including an introduction to “Kidz Into Action” programs.Residents of all ages are welcome. For more information and to inquire about vendor space, please call Play4Autism at (718) 894-3400.
Ridgefood Grocery Shopping Tour
Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Louis Armstrong House Museum 34-56 107 St., Corona The exhibit at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, “Swingin’ with the All Stars: Louis Armstrong and Baseball,” includes photos and artifacts exploring Satchmo’s relationship with the country’s favorite pasttime, 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 visitwww.louisarmstronghouse.org.
Thursday, Sept. 5
Fresh Pond Road Street Festival
Sept. 5 through Sept. 8 Fresh Pond Road between Woodbine and Menahan The annual Fresh Pond Road festival will run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Sept. 5 through Sept. 7, and from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 8. The festivities will include Italian food, including zepoles with powdered sugar, sausage and peppers, fried oreos and more. There will be rides and other activities for families and children. For more information, call (718) 366-9077 The Ridgewood food blog, Ridgefood, is sponsoring a tour of grocery stores in Ridgewood on Saturday, Aug. 31.
10 a.m. - Ridgewood Youthmarket Myrtle Avenue Clemens Triangle Ridgewood residents are eligible to participate in a grocery store food tour sponsored by the blogRidgefood. The tour is limited to six people, and to secure a spot in the event residents of Ridgewood - and Ridgewood only - may email a brief introduction about yourself to email@example.com. Participants must bring two reusable shopping bags, plus a sturdy backpack for heavier items. Individuals should wear walking shoes and bring sunscreen and cash for businesses that do not accept credit cards. After scooping up some basic farm bounty at the Youthmarket, the group will shop at such places as Parrot Coffee, Morscher’s Pork Store, Max Euro, Hetman Fine Foods, Wallgate Deli, Ridgewood Pork Store, Valentino’s, Cracovia Deli, Ridgewood Farm Market, and more. The group will stop midway for lunch at the pizza joint Minitalia, where individuals will discuss the meals they plan to prepare with the food purchased that day. At the end of the tour, dessert will be enjoyed at Catania Bakery. Participants and their purchases will be featured in a future post on the blog, www.ridgefood.com.
Through Aug. 31
Swingin’ With the All Stars: Louis Armstrong and Baseball Tuesday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 9
Book Signing in Ridgewood 6 p.m. - Ridgewod Public Library, 20-12 Madison Street The Ridgewood library will host a book signing for Robert McNally’s memoir “I Had Jelly On My Nose and a Hole in My Breeches,” a humorous and poignant memoir about growing up in Ridgewood in the 1930s and 40s.
Friday, Sept. 20
Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association Annual Fundraiser Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant 62-96 Woodhaven Blvd.,Rego Park The WRBA’s annual fundraiser will honor the American Legion Pos 118 as Organization of the Year, Paul Rudolph of Walker Funeral Home as Man of the Year, St. Thomas the Apostle teacher Patti Eggers as Woman of the Year, and the Woodhaven firm Ohlert-Ruggiere as the Hall of Fame inductee. The annual event celebrates the civic group’s work and history, and this year participants have a chance to also purchase a ticket for a neighborhood veteran. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit woodhaven-nyc.org.
Thursday, Sept. 26
Richmond Hill South Civic Association Meeting 7:30 p.m. - Knights of Columbus Hall 135-45 LeffertsBlvd., South Ozone Park All members of the community are welcome to attend the civic meeting. September’s event will feature Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder as the guest speaker.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Jamaica Bay Sunset Tour 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to a special three-hour narrated sunset tour of Jamaica Bay aboard the Golden Sunshine ship. As part of the event, you will learn about the history and ecology of the bay and see nesting and migrating hawks, peregrine 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 tohttp://cruiseseptember28th.eventbrite.com/ Individuals may also send a check for $55 per person to the American Littoral Society, c/o Don Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. The cruise is a cooperative program with the American Littoral Society, Gateway National Park Service, NYC Audubon, and NYC Sierra Club. For more information, visitwww.littoralsociety.org, call (718) 474-0896, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association and community members are holding the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale at various locations throughout the neighborhood on Sept. 28. A large number of residents are expected to participate in the event, and a wide variety of merchandise will be available during the community event. The WRBA will distribute a map showing the location of the participating households. Households who want to sell merchandise can be a part of the event by registering with the WRBA by Sept. 13. Register by emailing woodhaven-nyc.org or calling (718) 296-3735.
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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.
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 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. 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. Notice of Formation of 89-65 216 ST LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/24/13. 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 c/o Dhanpaul Naraine, 22029 Jamaica Ave., Queens Village, NY 11428. Purpose: any lawful activities. 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. 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. 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. Notice of Formation of 579 92nd Street LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/2/13. Office location: Queens County. Princ. bus. addr.: 616 Lowell Rd., Concord, MA 01742. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Mark B. Elefante, Hemenway & Barnes LLP, 60 State St., Boston, MA 02109. Purpose: all lawful purposes. 48-03 30th Avenue LLC Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 8/1/13. Office:Queens Co. SSNY is design. as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to 48-21 30th Ave. Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: any lawful activity. 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) GREEN CLEAN ECO LLC, a domestic on 04/04/13. Office location: Queens LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on County. SSNY has been designated 5/10/13. Office location: Queens Counas agent of the LLC upon whom ty. SSNY is designated as agent upon process against it may be served. whom process against the LLC may be SSNY shall mail a copy of process served. SSNY shall mail process to: to the LLC, P.O. Box 575042, WhitGina Loriggio, 2804 171st St., Flushing, estone, New York 11357. Purpose: NY 11358. General Purposes. For any lawful purpose. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 22, 2013 | 25
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Think you’re a movie buff? Test your knowledge with The Forum’s
MOVIE TRIVIA 2 points each 1. What is the film title of the sequel to Alice In Wonderland? 2. Who played Baby in the film Dirty Dancing? 3. Which famous actress was born Norma Jeane Mortenson? 4. Who played James Bond in 'Live and Let Die'? 5. Who am I? I was born in 1962, in New York. I'm a Hollywood actor and I've starred in lot of big hit movies. I have also directed films. I'm married to an actress and I have been married twice before. One of my ex-wives is Nicole Kidman.
6. How many 'Rocky' films did Sylvester Stallone star in? 7. What is the name of the actor who played the role of Harry Potter in the film series? 8. What color lipstick did silent movie stars wear? 9. What was the title of the film that Whitney Houston starred in alongside Kevin Costner? 10. Who plays the bride to be Sophie in the 2008 film 'Mamma Mia'? 11. Which two famous film stars played the leading roles in the film 'Pretty Woman'? 12. Who played Jack in the film The Titanic?
13. What was the title of the film that Robin Williams played an English teacher called John Keating? 14. Who made the quote 'I'll be back' famous? 15. Who starred as Sandy in the first Grease movie? 16. Who played Forrest Gump? 17. What was the name of Chucky's Bride in the 1998 film entitled 'The Bride of Chucky'? 18. In which film did Jodie Foster play the role of Clarice Starling, an FBI agent?
ANSWERS: 1. Through The Looking Glass 2. Jennifer Grey 3. Marilyn Monroe 4. Roger Moore 5. Tom Cruise 6. Six 7. Daniel Radcliffe 8. Black 9. The Bodyguard 10. Amanda Seyfried 11. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts 12. Leonardo DiCaprio 13. Dead Poets Society 14. Arnold Schwarzenneger 15. Olivia Newton-John 16. Tom Hanks 17. Tiffany 18. The Silence of the Lambs
DISNEY FILMS 2 points each 1. What are the names of Snow White's seven dwarfs? 2. What was the name of the boy in the Jungle Book? 3. In the film 'Shrek', what is the name of
Shrek's wife? 4. Who starred as the Tarzan in the first movie? 5. What was the name of Dorothy's dog in the Wizard of Oz?
6. Which Disney film does the song 'Circle of Life' come from? 7. Which Disney film does the song ‘The Bare Necessities’ come from?
ANSWERS: 1. Sneezy, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Bashful, Dopey, Doc 2. Mowgli. 3. Fiona 4. Elmo Lincoln 5. Toto 6. The Lion King 7. The Jungle Book
MOVIE QUOTES Name the movie that each quote comes from. 5 points each 1. There's no place like home. 2. I see dead people. 3. You're going out a youngster but you've got to come back a star. 4. Houston, we have a problem. 5. Every man dies. Not every man really lives. 6. We're bigger than US Steel.
7. When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. 8. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. 9. Nobody puts Baby in the corner. 10. You had me at hello. 11. A lie keeps growing and growing until it's
as plain as the nose on your face. 12. Ladies don't start fights, but they can finish them. 13. What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula? 14. When I'm with you, I don't feel so alone. 15. I'm just a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.
ANSWERS: 1. The Wizard of Oz 2. Sixth Sense 3. 42nd Street 4. Apollo 13 5. Braveheart 6. The Godfather 7. When Harry Met Sally 8. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 9. Dirty Dancing 10. Jerry Maguire11. Pinocchio 12. The Aristocats13. The Lion King 14. Hercules 15. Notting Hill
Add up your point values from each section and see how you scored. 0-50:
Superbad – You’re not quite seasoned in the movie world. We’re not saying to go catch every new film that comes out… but you have to know about the classics!
Almost Famous – You definitely can hold your own in a movie trivia contest. However, you need to brush up on a few things, so you’re not an expert just yet. Keep watchin’!
The Godfather – The majority of your everyday conversation is made up of movie quotes. Your family and friends immediately go to you when they blank on a movie title or star’s name. We commend you on your wealth of film trivia! THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 22, 2013 | 29
Rocking in Ridgewood
By Kate Bubacz
The divisions between boroughs in New York City are more profoundly mental than physical: Manhattan bleeds in the Bronx, Queens runs into Brooklyn, which clings to Manhattan and Staten Island with the long iron fingers of bridges. The connections do not lessen the borough pride that residents have, as fierce as any athletic rivalry. So it was surprising to find so many residents of Brooklyn in Queens on a warm Saturday afternoon, preparing for a music festival in Ridgewood that was advertised in Free Williamsburg - a blog about music, art and food in the neighborhood that has become synonymous with hipster culture. The Out in the Streets festival is a two day indie rock festival, featuring 16 bands including The Heliotropes, Rush Midnight, Turnip King, Doldrums and Ava Luna. The event also boasts food trucks and art installations, not to mention a bar well-stocked with beer and liquor. The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House was the apropos venue for the festival, even though the event was decidedly contained within their walled garden. The house was built in 1709, and is the home of Arbitration Rock, the official division between Queens and Brooklyn. This was part of the appeal, according to Gabo Rodriguez of SuperCrush Studio, one of the three producers involved in planning the festival. “We picked this house because of its historic roots as the breaking point between Queens and Brooklyn,” Rodriguez said. “It’s got the space, and it’s got the history.” This is the fourth festival hosted by David Baker of BirdDog Productions, one of the major partners in the festival. “I try to find any unconventional space to throw parties,” he said. “This is the first time with food trucks, vendors and artists. We usually just get a sound system and some bands in an alley or on a rooftop, and sell some beer. This is the biggest event so far.” The organizers expected more than 500 people to show up over the course of the two days. On Saturday afternoon, it was a slow start with partygoers trickling in, either friends of the bands or attracted by the promise of free beer before 3 p.m. The atmosphere was laid-back hipster chic, with everyone in sunglasses and lounging on the grass or at the picnic tables. The bar is ready for an onslaught; Gordy the bartender is guarding a mountain of Narragansett beer cases prepared to slake the thirst of the masses and is accompanied by a slouched-over artist manning a coffee bar to fuel the party into the wee hours (or help with any lingering hangovers). At 2p.m., the Kimchi Taco truck pulls up, and at 2:05, the lead singer of The Teen Age shows up for his 2 p.m. set. “Right on time,” he jokes to the small crowd, half of which is documenting the bands every move on a wide variety of cameras. Brett, one of the attendees, heard about the festival in Free Williamsburg. “I know The Heliotropes, but I guess I am five hours early for them,” he joked. “The free beer is great though.” Brett’s friends, all from Brooklyn, nod in agreement. “We’re trying to get more the community involved,” Baker explained. “Most people here are from Bushwick, but we want to get more of Ridgewood involved next time.” “There’s so much going on in Brooklyn, its nice to spread it out,” Gabo Rodriguez added. Photos by John Taggart
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