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104th Cops Urge Public To Beware Thieves At Gas Stations, Scam Artists

By Anna Gustafson

Residents in mid-Queens should be on the lookout for criminals who snatch purses or other goods left by drivers - particularly women - running into a gas station, Capt. Christopher Manson, commanding officer of the 104th Precinct, said in a wide-ranging interview last week that covered everything from scams plaguing much of the city to a gun-wielding passenger in a livery cab. “This is a growing thing, and we encourage all people to lock your door,” Manson said in reference to thieves at gas stations. “The crime takes five seconds to happen. When you go to pay, they will slide up, open the door and take your pocketbook.” Three of these incidents have occurred in the 104th, which covers Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth - though none have happened since June. All three occurred around the end of June near at a gas station at 80-07 Cypress Ave., across from Mount Carmel Cemetery. On June 22 around 1:15 p.m. a suspect snagged an iPhone off the front seat of a car, and another person on June 24 around 5:30 p.m. swiped a bag from a vehicle - which turned out to be filled with “all baby stuff,” Manson said. “They probably thought they were getting something more valuable than that,” he laughed. At almost the same time - June 24 around 5:30 p.m. - a cell phone and wallet with $400 cash was stolen from another car. The commanding officer also said scams have been a pervasive problem across the five bor-

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104th Community Council Vice-President Abraham Markowitz, left; Det. Thomas Bell, community affairs officer; Capt. Christopher Manson, commanding officer; and Community Affairs Officer Otoniel Jimenez meet with the media last week to talk about a variety of issues in the precinct. Crime Prevention Officer Brenda Hyatt, who is not pictured, also attended the meeting.

oughs - including in the 104th. “We’ve seen an increase in scams, and we got hit again recently,” Manson said. “Citywide, scams are up.” One of the most prevalent scams as of late has been from con artists who will call and say a relative of the person they are calling is in jail, often in a South American country. The scammer will then ask the individual to send money, often through Western Union.

Another scam frequently reported involves the criminal calling, saying they are from Con Edison and that the individual must pay a large sum of money or their lights will be shut off. “If you have a utility saying you have to pay us right now, do not,” Manson said. “Ask what number they’re at, ask their name and then look the number and name up. Call Con Edison and say does so-and-so work for you.” The “illegal immigrant scam,” as the police will

Crowley Challenger Caruana Opens Campaign Office In Glendale

Photo Courtesy Craig Caruana's Campaign

Conservative Party Chairman Tom Long, left, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, Craig Caruana, Councilman Eric Ulrich, and former Councilman Tom Ognibene gather for the opening of Caruana's campaign office in Glendale on Saturday.

By Will Sammon Craig Caruana, a 29-year-old Republican running to represent the 30th City Council District, believes a return on an investment the residents of Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood, Woodhaven and Richmond Hill made five years ago is long overdue. At the opening of his campaign office at 64-01 Myrtle Glendale on Saturday, Caruana told a few dozen supporters that when he mulled his intentions to run for office in March, “no one told me not to do it because Elizabeth Crowley has done a good job.” “When you hire a politician and elect them into office, you expect a certain return on that investment,” said the Middle Village resident. “And that’s just not what we’re getting right now.” Caruana argued that Crowley, a Democrat who was elected in 2008, should have done

more over the course of a year to prevent a homeless shelter from potentially opening near the Shops at Atlas Park, which is a growing concern for many in the area. Samaritan Village, a social service organization based in Briarwood, informed Community Board 5 last week that it wants to discuss its plan with the members soon. The group wants to provide “transitional housing” for 125 families at a vacant factory site at 78-16 Cooper Ave. “She knew about this a year ago and made a big stink that she was going to fight it and she had a year to do it,” Caruana said. “I would have called up that organization and said to them, ‘if you want to put up a homeless shelter, then great, let’s find a more suitable location for you.’ I would’ve done the legwork myself if I had to. He also added he would have got in touch with the Shops at Atlas Park and told them to lobby with other district offices that could

potentially benefit from the presence of a homeless shelter. Crowley did not respond to a request for comment for this article, though she did tell The Forum this week that she has worked hard to keep the homeless shelter from coming into the area, including collecting thousands of signatures and trying to negotiate a deal that would allow a tech company to set up shop at the site. Caruana said one of his main focuses, if elected, would be to bring more city funds into the district. Crowley lost nearly $300,000 in discretionary funding in the budget passed last June, receiving about $380,000. The Middle Village resident, who earned his bachelor’s degree in politics from the Catholic University of America and his master’s degree in international affairs from Texas A&M University, would prioritize small businesses. He said he would like to “look at new ways to do property taxes and regulations differently.” ”I want to put an end to the unreasonable regulations and unfair fees that strangle our small businesses, so they can thrive and create jobs,” he said. Caruana touted his community activist background as well. He has worked with neighborhood organizations. including the Knights of Columbus at Resurrection Ascension Parish and as a board member of both the Kiwanis Club of Glendale and the Juniper Park Civic Association. The candidate was flanked by Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Conservative Party Chair Tom Long, and Tom Ognibene, a Republican who previously represented the 30th Council District, during the press conference. “It is so important that we elect Craig Caruana to the City Council,” Lhota said. “I’ve gotten to know Craig and he’s a man of great integrity — just the man we need in City Hall.”

often refer to it as, involves one or two people walking up to someone and telling them they won the lottery but that they cannot collect the money because they are undocumented. “So they’ll ask that person to cash it, but they’ll say, ‘How do we know you won’t run off with our money - give us $15,000 and we’ll hold onto it until you come back.’” Instead, the individual leaves with the bogus check and the others run off with the cash. The world of policing is not without its - often many - ludicrous moments, and Manson told reporters that on Aug. 6 a livery driver pulled his car up to the precinct’s building, jumped out and said, “the guy in my backseat has a gun.” Indeed - the gentleman, who the captain said was “passed out” in the back seat, had a semiautomatic sticking out of his waistband. “We tried to talk to him, but he was so intoxicated he couldn’t even talk,” Manson said. The individual - Abraham Vargas, 26 - was arrested. Manson wrapped up the meeting by reporting that there has been a spike in truck accidents, which are up 43 percent over last year. The captain said he wasn’t sure what to attribute the increase to, though he stressed the 104th is focused on targeting any truck drivers who break the law. “The truck accidents are not high speed accidents -t hey tend to back up and hit a car,” Manson said. “They’re low speed and hitting everything. We go after them for any violation, especially being off the truck routes.”


Man Who Allegedly Threatened To Kill Girlfriend

Alfredo Bonilla


Alfredo Bonilla is a wanted man - in fact, according to the 104th Precinct’s commanding officer, he is “number one on the hit parade right now.” Police are asking the public for help in tracking down Bonilla, 42, who is wanted for an assault with a firearm after he allegedly stuck a gun in his girlfriend’s mouth and threatened to kill her. “He and his girlfriend have a long history, and they no longer live together,” said Capt. Christopher Manson, commanding officer of the 104th Precinct. “She came home one night, and he demanded money and stuck a gun into her mouth.” The incident occurred on July 15 at 6:30 p.m. within the confines of the 104th Precinct. Bonilla, who police said is known to frequent Ridgewood and Williamsburg, is 5’4’’ and Hispanic. Anyone with information should notify Det. James Murray at (718) 417-2200 or Boro Queens North at (718) 520-9200.

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Now In A Field Of Two, Katz Touts Two Decades Of Public Service In Bid For Boro President By Anna Gustafson

Leaning back in her chair in a campaign office crowded with young volunteers on Queens Boulevard, not far from the Borough Hall she hopes to lead, Democratic borough president candidate Melinda Katz raised a hand to her forehead last Friday morning and declared: “I need coffee.” Up at 3 a.m. to take care of her two small children after her partner, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, left for work, Katz had a long day of campaigning ahead of her - and more of that to come until the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. Now that the initially crowded field of Democratic candidates has dispersed, Katz will face off against only Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. (D-Astoria) following state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Whitestone) announcement that he was dropping out of the race on Wednesday afternoon. The campaign, Katz conceded, has been exhausting, with the days being filled with everything from door-to-door campaigning from the Rockaways to Bayside - but the former Forest Hills councilwoman and Assemblymember said, after 20 years in public service, she wouldn’t want it any other way. “A year ago I had to decide whether to stay in private practice, and I looked at the candidates running and made the decision to run for office again,” said Katz, who has been working as an attorney at

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Borough president candidate Melinda Katz, center, surrounded by legislators and civic leaders supporting her campaign.

Greenberg Traurig - which specializes in land use issues and government affairs - in the three years after she left the City Council and lost her bid as the only female candidate for City Comptroller. “This is the culmination of my career,” she continued. “I’d like my two children to live in the borough of Queens and raise their children here. I want this borough to be what my parents dreamed of.” Born and raised in Forest Hills, Katz represented her home neighborhood, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth, South Elmhurst and Richmond Hill in the City Council from 2002 to 2009. There, she was the chairwoman of the pow-

erful Land Use Committee. Prior to serving on the Council, Katz was the director of community boards for then Queens Borough President Claire Shulman and represented Forest Hills, Rego Park, Middle Village and Glendale in the Assembly. Her father, David, was the founder and conductor of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and her mother, Jeanne, was the founder of the Queens Council for the Arts. As someone who grew up in a musically- and artistically-inclined household, Katz said she is especially sensitive to the fact that Queens routinely gets snubbed when it comes to funding from City Hall for the arts as well as a host of other categories.

“Part of being borough president is fighting for resources for our communities,” she said. “Can she fight for other resources - arts and culture for our schools, after-school programs, our sewer system because there’s such flooding throughout the entire borough, cleanup for Sandy, preparations for the next storm?” The former legislator said, should she win, she plans to immediately address storm preparedness and support for individuals still dealing with the mess that Hurricane Sandy left. “The city seems to be ready for the summer crowd in the Rockaways, but there’s a real concern about the speed and effectiveness of permanent protection there,” she

said. “Not protecting the Rockaways means the rest of the borough is in danger.” Katz also said she’s focusing on education - including fighting colocations and school closures, bringing additional hospital beds to the borough and improving transportation. She said she supports mayoral control, which came into being under Mayor Bloomberg, but said the Panel for Educational Policy - which makes decisions on such matters and school closures and which is stacked with representatives from the mayor - “needs to be better balanced.” Within the first month of being elected, Katz said she would call in “the CEO of every major hospital” to meet about increasing the number of medical facilities in a borough that has experienced the closures of four major hospitals in the past five years - and there has been talk that St. John’s, the only hospital in the Rockaways, could be shuttered. The candidate also said that “any land use project has to have transportation be part of the process. “Every discussion of adding housing has to have the discussion of how we’re going to get people in and out of there,” Katz said. She went on to say she’d like to see the crowded conditions on the A and 7 trains alleviated, as well as increase bus service in a borough that has limited subway service, especially in its southern and northern neighborhoods.

Federal Judge Rejects Stop-and-Frisk, Prompting Divided Reaction From Queens

By Anna Gustafson

A federal judge ruled Monday that the New York Police Department’s use of stop-and-frisk violated the constitutional rights of minority residents in the five boroughs and called for a federal monitor to oversee sweeping reforms of the agency. U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin’s 195-page decision, which lambasted a policy staunchly defended by Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as one that has driven down crime to historic lows, was received with mixed reviews in Queens, with some praising it and others slamming the ruling. The judge’s decision does not force the city ceived racial profiling by cops. Scheindlin orto halt its practice, but it will bring increased dered a number of things she said would help to remedy the violation of rights, including a scrutiny. “I find that the city is liable for violating program in which officers across the city would plaintiffs’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment wear cameras to record street encounters. Bloomberg and Kelly issued a harsh repurights,” Scheindlin wrote in the decision on Floyd V. City of New York - a class action law- diation of the judge’s decision. “Every day Commissioner Kelly and I wake suit filed in 2008 that challenges the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. “The city acted with de- up determined to keep New Yorkers safe and liberate indifference toward the NYPD’s prac- save lives,” Bloomberg said at a press confertice of making unconstitutional stops and con- ence on Monday. “Our crime strategies and tools, including stop-question-frisk, have made duction unconstitutional frisks.” The decision follows the City Council’s ap- New York City the safest big city in America.” The mayor, who has said he plans on approval - and Bloomberg’s veto - of the Community Safety Act, two bills that create an NYPD pealing the decision, went on to say that “today inspector general and allow individuals to sue we have fewer guns, fewer shootings and fewer for changes to the police department over per- homicides. 4 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 15, 2013

“In fact, murders are 50 percent below the level they were 12 years ago when we came into office - something no one thought possible back then,” Bloomberg continued. The varied response from Queens included support from Councilman Leroy Comrie (DSt. Albans) and criticism from Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. (D-Astoria). “Not only have the police been targeting minority and LGBT communities, ignoring the fact that more weapons and contraband are confiscated when they stop white suspects, but the way they have treated residents when they are stopped has been demeaning and abusive,” Comrie said in a prepared statement. “The public wants the police to keep them safe, and the reforms mandated by this ruling will help

hold the NYPD accountable, while also forcing changes to policies that will build a stronger relationship between precincts and the communities they are trying to protect.” Vallone, who has railed against the Community Safety Act, said the NYPD does not need an additional monitor, as the federal judge ruled. The councilman did, however, say the stop-and-frisk policy needed to be reformed - but kept in place in order to “save young lives.” A number of the mayoral candidates weighed in on the decision, with Republican Joe Lhota also arguing an additional oversight of the NYPD is not needed and City Comptroller, and Democratic candidate, John Liu saying he would completely eliminate the program. “The NYPD is one of the most closely scrutinized law enforcement agencies in the country with oversight from New York City’s five district attorneys, two U.S. attorneys, the New York State Attorney General and the City Council,” Lhota said. “The last thing we need is another layer of outside bureaucracy dictating our policing.” Meanwhile, Liu said, following the ruling, “Bloomberg should not expend time and resources trying to fight the judge’s clear decision and instead should start implementing community policing to better protect all New Yorkers and truly keep crime low.”

Deception Burglars Target Queens By Patricia Adams

The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in apprehending suspects believed to be responsible for an emerging pattern of deception burglaries throughout the city. The alarming crime pattern made its first stop in Queens within the confines of the 114th precinct, which covers the communities of Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside and Jackson Heights, on Thursday, August 1. According to a wanted poster currently being distributed by the NYPD, “the suspects advised the complainant that they needed to check her electricity. One subject distracted the complainant while the other subject removed property from the bedroom.” After they finished, police say the pair fled in a silver/gray 4-door sedan. Although it has thus far confined itself to the 114th in Queens, precincts in the nearby areas are now bracing themselves in the event that the thieves will target their areas next. Community Affairs Officer Kenneth Zorn from the 106th precinct, which covers Howard Beach, Broad Channel, Ozone Park and parts of Richmond Hill, says that while there have not been recent deception burglaries in his precinct, there is always the need to be prepared for them. “These are serious crimes, perpetrated by serious criminals,” Zorn explained. He went on to describe the typical suspect in this situation as a professional who moves on to the next target Images of the suspects and the vehicle they use to flee the scene were taken from video surveillance and are being when police attempt to flush them out. “It seems circulated on a poster asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects.

Hit-and-Run Driver Will Serve Ten Years


that they traverse one area to another—you never know when it will turn up in your precinct and you have to be as ready as you can for when it happens.” And elsewhere in Queens, neighboring Precinct Community Councils in Forest Hills and Maspeth are using their Facebook pages to spread the word about the suspects and the pattern by posting a wanted poster with images and information on their Facebook pages of the suspects in the recent incident in Astoria. Precincts are preparing for what is considered by some as the inevitable. On August 5, Captain Thomas Conforti of the 112th precinct, which covers Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew Gardens, posted news of crimes involving deception tactics on the Facebook page of the precinct’s community council. He, along with several other commanding officers at different precincts, has started to use social media as a mechanism to aid in crime prevention and one that has the ability to keep the public informed and given accurate and dependable information, directly from police. Suspect #1 is described as a M/W/40's Suspect #2 is described as a M/W/25 Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Killed 15-year-old John Adams student in 2005, extradited from Spain in December


Bartolo Paula, 56, had escaped justice for nearly nine years before his extradition from Spain in December.

By Patricia Adams The man who killed a 15-year-old student in a 2005 Ozone Park hit-and-run has been sentenced to ten years in prison. Bartolo Paula, 56, had just dropped his teenage son off at John Adams High School. He was

stopped for a red light in the vicinity of 101st Street and Rockaway Boulevard when Jeffrey Javier stepped into the crosswalk on his way to school, but when the light turned green and Paula started to move through it, the boy was not out of his way. Despite striking Javier with his car, Paula left the scene without ever having stopped. A witness followed his car for several blocks to get his license plate and then handed it over to authorities. Police tracked him down and he agreed to voluntary surrender the next day. But he never showed up and instead fled the country for the Dominican Republic. After a brief stint there he flew to Spain where he remained until extradition proceedings ended in December. DA Richard Brown said the defendant was guilty of a "terrible and tragic crime" and of the victim said "his [Paula's]reckless actions...resulted in the death of a teenage boy who had his whole life ahead of him.” Javier suffered from developmental disabilities and police alleged that Paula ran him over after getting angry because he was walking very slowly across the street. A number of witnesses corroborated the allegations. This week, following his conviction at a June trial, Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Holder sent Paula to prison for 10 years and tacked on a 5 -year post-release supervision.

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Teachers Unfairly Graded Dear Editor: The new evaluation system for New York teachers, under which 20-25 percent of the teacher's rating score is determined by state-approved measures of students' cognitive development and another 15-20 percent by other schoolapproved measures, is pedagogically unsound since up to 45 percent of an educator's teaching performance is to be evaluated upon the basis of their students' grades, a quasiscientific statistical paradigm. Diverse instructional processes to enhance students’ learning are practiced by different educators, such as direct instruction, mastery learning, discovery learning, and expository instruction. The teacher’s task is to present the material in ways that encourage learners to make sense of it by relating it to what they already know. Students employ various combinations of learning strategies to encode declarative knowledge within the short–term memory prior to long–term memory storage, e.g., rehearsal, notetaking, organization, clustering, summarizing, elaboration, and meaningful learning. Meaningful learning involves semantic encoding of meaning in the processing of verbal information and making connections with prior knowledge through retrieval from longterm memory. This is highly effective provided the connections are appropriate. According to the social learning theory of Albert Bandura, a students' educational behaviors and scholastic achievements are determined primarily by the students' selfefficacy expectancies, since experimental studies have shown that decisive and suc-

cessful behaviors are encouraged through self-confidence, outcome expectancy, and self-efficacy expectancy. Further, students are motivated in their learning decisions by biological drives and conscious desires. Intrinsic motivation is an internal drive or conscious desire, which motivates the learner to perform a particular task with a focus on specific learning goals, such as the enjoyment of learning itself or the development of certain knowledge or skills that they think are important. The factors of genetics, selfregulation, and motivation of learners are significant determinants of students' growth, yet they are apparently minimized in the new teacher evaluation system, which essentially blames teachers for students' failures. This new topsy-turvy teacher evaluation system in New York State is an educationally, as well as a scientifically, unsound monstrosity concocted by educational administrators who are bureaucratic appointees, rather than democratically elected officers by the teachers and professors. What person in their right mind would choose to be a public school teacher to have almost 50 percent of one's teacher rating based upon a quasi-scientific subjective evaluation system imposed by fiat in Albany and City Hall? If 68.1% of Queens students scored below proficiency in English Language Arts, and 63% scored below proficiency in Mathematics, then, according to the logic of the new teacher evaluation system, the teachers of the respective failing students have failed in performance. Absolutely insane educational system in the State and City of New York.. Joseph N. Manago Briarwood

Correction Dear Editor: Edward, I appreciate your comment concerning my quiz. You made my many hours of research worth the effort! You were right about question 21. Madison’s Ward (1812) and Truman’s police action – Korean War (1950). Thank you for your sharp observation. Anthony Pilla Forest Hills

Why Didn't the NY Solar Bill Pass? Dear Editor: For the past few years, it seems like New Yorkers have been dealing with one weather-related disaster after another. We've seen heat waves, flooding, and you don't need to tell New Yorkers about hurricanes and tropical storms. Unfortunately, climate scientists predict that extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy will become even more common if we don't cut our global warming pollution. As a New Yorker, I expect our legislators to do everything in their power to protect us from another Superstorm Sandy, but the NY senate, especially Senators Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein, failed to reach an agreement to expand clean and renewable solar power in NY. I can't image how this common sense issue failed to pass. Just a few months ago, Governor Cuomo laid out a simple plan to grow solar power that, if passed by the legislature, would have kept 120,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions out of our atmosphere and powered electricity in 400,000 NY homes. Many

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We Are Waiting Dear Editor: In ancient Rome, government attempted to curry favor with the masses by offering free bread and circuses. Today, we have Councilmember Mark Weprin presenting free movies in Cunningham Park. Why was there no disclaimer identifying the funding source accompanying advertisements for "Councilmember Mark S. Weprin presents ‘Free Movies In Cunningham Park,’” which appeared in some other Queens weekly newspapers?

Only the advertising sales representative for the papers knew who wrote the check to pay for the ad. Is Councilmember Weprin paying for both the ad and free movies out of his own pocket? He has plenty of money to spare out of his campaign account for picking up the tab as Republicans failed to field a candidate against him in the general election. Is he using taxpayers’ dollars out of his annual share of several hundred million in member item pork barrel projects doled out by his benefactor, Democratic mayoral primary candidate, Christine Quinn? Councilmember Weprin has previously endorsed Quinn for Mayor. Is there a quid pro quo between Quinn and Weprin? Never shy around a microphone or camera, we await his answer. Perhaps one of the many excellent reporters can follow up on behalf of your loyal readers. Larry Penner Great Neck

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When the Bench Needs To Be Pressed The only hope we can associate with Judge Shira Schindleins stop-and-frisk decision is that like so many of her other major decisions, it will be reversed on appeal. Her pedigree of notable bench bungles include granting a new trial for Judith Clark who was serving 75 years to life for the murder of two police officers and a Brinks guard in 2006 and another in 2002, when she dismissed a perjury charge against Osama Awadallah who admitted meeting with two of the September 11 hijackers but could not remember their names. She found that his prolonged detention without actual criminal charges could not be justified under the law.


Passed by one of the most liberal judges on the federal bench, Monday’s decision represents what we see as a devastating blow to the NYPD and to every citizen in this city. Scheindlins declaration that the “stop-andfrisk policy” is unconstitutional, serves up to our city another dose of the judiciary that signals the critical need to police the judges, not the police. This is not the first time we have used this space to call for—plead for—some type of intervention to set straight those practices ruled on by individuals obviously devoid of any notion of sense, practicality and reason perched on the judicial platform and untouched by reasonable demands of the people. How many more blows can the NYPD sustain? The already compromised state of our police force, down by damaging numbers

on the streets and in neighborhood patrols, is further decimated because the police that we do have are expected to do their jobs wearing blindfolds and with their hands tied behind their backs. In a 195 page decision, Scheindlin found the city to have been “deliberately indifferent” to police officers that illegally detained and/ or frisked minority residents. In what can be seen as nothing less than an accusation against Mayor Bloomberg and likely Commissioner Kelly, the judge pointed fingers of discrimination. “The City’s highest officials have turned a blind eye to the evidence that officers are conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner,” the document read. “In their zeal to defend a policy they believe to be effective they have willfully ignored overwhelming

proof that the policy of singling out ‘the right people’ is racially discriminatory and therefore violates the United States Constitution.” In addition to crippling the NYPD’s capability to investigate suspicious activity based on their observations and training, we see the decision as overwhelmingly divisive in its insistence that the NYPD engages in racial profiling. We should remember, your honor, that we are talking about a law enforcement agency that has performed nothing less than a miracle by drastically reducing crime on our streets. Your preposterous conclusions will escort that lifesaving accomplishment right out the door–which is more likely a better solution to deal with you and your self-righteous brand of justice.

West Side Tennis Club To Host Benefit For Children With Rare Disorder By Anna Gustafson Children suffering from a rare and painful genetic disorder that causes them to have extremely fragile skin that blisters and tears from minor friction will land support from the West Side Tennis Club on Sept. 28, when the century-old facility will host a fundraiser for the youngsters facing the often pervasive and debilitating condition. The world’s former number one tennis plus and International Tennis Hall of Fame member, Mats Wilander, will host the inaugural Mats Wilander Foundation Tennis Pro-Am to benefit the nonprofit debra of America on Wednesday, Aug. 28 during the 2013 U.S. Open. Debra of America works with those battling Epidermolysis Bullosa - who are also called “butterfly children” because their skin seems as delicate as the winged insects. The group is the only national nonprofit dedicated to funding research for treatments and a cure, while also providing supportive ser-

tennis fans of all ages and experience levels. A $250 ticket includes play time with Wilander and other tennis pros on three court surfaces, instructional clinics, competition drills, roundrobbins, a professional exhibition match, a continental breakfast, and a barbecue lunch with beer, wine and cocktails. Organizers said the money raised at the event is especially helpful because rare disorders, such as Epidermolysis Bullosa, receive little funding from the federal government. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, there are about 7,000 rare diseases - those which affect fewer than 200,000 people - that impact the lives of 30 million Americans. Just 200 of the 7,000 rare diseases have federally-approved treatments, but only about $120 million of the National InPhoto Courtesy debra of America stitute of Health’s $30 billion budget goes to fund The inaugural Mats Wilander Foundation Tennis Pro-Am will be held at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills on Sept. 28. research for rare diseases. vices and programs for those who suffer from viduals with the most serious form of the disMore information about the disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa - which affects about 1 order often die before they reach 30 years old. and the event can be found at The benefit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to benefits or by calling debra of America at out of every 20,000 individuals. Because there is currently limited treatment and no cure, indi- 2 p.m. at the Forest Hills club and is open to (212) 868-1573.

CB 9 Member David Adorno In Hospital After Accident

David Adorno

By Anna Gustafson After being thrown from his motorcycle in an accident on the Van Wyck Expressway on Sunday, Community Board 9 member Etienne David Adorno is setting all his sights on recovering, his mother said this week. Adorno, a Woodhaven native who is also a member of the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association, is being treated at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center after he sustained spinal injuries and abrasions in the accident that

happened after a car swerved in front of him, said the civic leader's mother, Miriam Colon. The 28-year-old is dealing with quite a bit of pain, and will likely have to wear a full body brace for several months, but Colon said her son was fortunate to have avoided lifethreatening injuries. "He was very, very lucky," she said. After the vehicle abruptly drove in front of Adorno, Colon said her son attempted to maneuver out of its way which is when he crashed and then blacked out. The family is waiting for the police report to learn whether the car's driver stayed at the scene. "For me as a mother, it was a shock," Colon said. "We've been going day by day." There has been an outpouring of support for Adorno from community leaders and other residents, including a number of people who have gone to visit Adorno at the hospital. He was recently released from the surgical intensive care unit and is now in a private room. "I'm so grateful for the folks who've expressed concern and come by," his mother said. Once he is released from the hospital, Colon said her son will be in rehabilitation, particularly to learn how to navigate the world with a full body brace. The young civic leader recently was a Democratic candidate for state Assemblyman Mike Miller's (D-Woodhaven) seat representing the 38th District. He also served as an aide to Councilman Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan).

A New Leader

Photo Courtesy Borough President Helen Marshall's Office

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall welcomed new Patrol Borough Queens South Commander and Assistant Chief Kevin Ward at Borough Hall last week. Ward, Staten Island's former command leader, began his new job on July 31 and replaced Assistant Chief James Secreto. Secreto was recently reassigned to command Patrol Borough Manhattan North.

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In Area Underserviced By Mass Transit, A New Subway Stop Is Celebrated Pols, civic leaders welcome opening of Aqueduct station

The Aqueduct subway stop will now operate 24 hours a day, year-round.

By Anna Gustafson Celebrated with moves from the Knicks City Dancers and music from rapper Doug E. Fresh, the official opening of the Aqueduct Racetrack subway station and skybridge paves the way for additional tourists to access the city’s only casino - as well as for South Queens residents to more easily hop on the A train in a neighborhood underserviced by mass transportation, officials said this week. “We have about 12 million people a year visit Resorts World, and they’re going to have a much easier time getting here,” Resorts World Casino New York City President Edward Farrell said at Tuesday’s grand opening of the subway station and accompanying sky bridge that connects the transit stop to the casino at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd in South Ozone Park. The subway station on the A line and sky

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Resorts World Casino New York City President Edward Farrell, far left, speaks at the Aqueduct Racetrack Subway station's grand opening as members of the Knicks City Dancers look on.

Rapper Doug E. Fresh entertains the crowd at Tueday's celebration.

bridge - a $15 million project footed entirely by Resorts World - is located at what used to be a stop that was operated only on days when there were races at Aqueduct. Now, however, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will run the station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “One thing I learned over the last two years is train stations are not free,” Farrell said, laughing, to the crowd of elected officials, civic leaders and other residents who gathered at Tuesday’s fete. Legislators praised Resorts World for forking over the funds needed to operate the station year-round, saying it helps not just those wishing to take their chances on slot machines but also commuters in an area not heavily serviced by subways. The A subway runs from Rockaway Park to 207th Street in Manhattan. “This new addition will not only benefit casino patrons, but the hundreds of commuters that use the A train,” Councilman Eric Ulrich

state’s education fund since it opened in October 2011. The figure is a welcome one for the gaming industry giant, and, with the full-time operation of the Aqueduct subway station, officials expect its numbers to grow even more. That’s good news for the South Queens facility, which seems to have attracted customers that once flocked to casinos in neighboring states, or upstate. Empire City Casino in Yonkers, for example, reported a 15 percent drop in business after Resorts World opened its doors. Seth Bornstein, executive director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation, said the facility has definitely drawn tourists from throughout the city, and beyond, as well as from the” The casino has generated a lot of tourism,” Bornstein said. “Before this, there were very few venues for music and other entertainment in the area.”

(R-Ozone Park) said. Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton said the “community now has a better way to get to the subway. “They’re serving not only their corporate interests but the neighborhood as well,” Braton continued. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) stressed that the casino has given millions of dollars to the state, including for education, the horse-racing industry and the lottery. “For this community, it’s not just about how much is being gambled but how much is being put back,” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (DRockaway Park) said. The casino - which is raking in more money than many of its upstate competitors, as well as facilities in New Jersey and Connecticut - has generated more than $1.2 billion in revenue and funneled more than $500 million into the

Jamaica Bay Research Could Help Prevent Flooding Across Country By Anna Gustafson

Jamaica Bay is becoming a testing ground for how to best mitigate the effects of storms and rising sea levels, Mayor Bloomberg and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced in the Rockaways this week. Bloomberg, Jewell and a host of other city, state and federal officials said at a press conference at Riis Landing on Monday that the newly created Jamaica Bay Science and Resilience Institute will be home to an ambitious team of scientists from the City University of New York, as well as other leading scholars, who will int1egrate research from across the natural and social sciences and draw upon the studies of climate science, engineering and sustainability to create a program to revitalize and restore Jamaica Bay - a 10,000-acre nature preserve straddling Queens and Brooklyn. “Jamaica Bay is one of the greatest natural treasures any city has within its borders, and our administration is working hard to make the bay an even greater, stronger, and more resilient natural resource for decades to come,” Bloomberg said of the preserve that is

Working together we will develop and coordinate approaches to coastal resiliency for Jamaica Bay that can serve as a model for communities around the world threatened by climate change.” U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan agreed, saying the research at Jamaica Bay will help to prepare communities “for impacts of climate change and help them build in a way that makes them stronger, more economically competitive and better able to withstand future storms.” In addition to the research center, Bloomberg also announced the formation of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, a public-private partnership that will raise funds for Photo Courtesy Edward Reed/Mayor Bloomberg's Office the planning and development of the Mayor Bloomberg, third from right, and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell center at podium, and other officials announce the creation of the Jamaica Bay area. Jamaica Bay Science and Resilience Institute at a press conference in Rockaway this week. The mayor and Jewell added that co-managed by the city and the federal its work with a conference on climate powerful and dedicated partner to pro- there are plans to create a beach grass government. “The new consortium change on Oct. 17 and 18, will research mote visitation, education programs, nursery at Floyd Bennett Field in we’re announcing today is an all-star urban ecosystems, including such top- scientific research and opportunities for Jamaica Bay. This pilot program, usteam of research institutions and non- ics as sand dune engineering and oys- recreation in our urban parks,” Jewell ing funds raised by the Jamaica Bayprofits who will do important work to ter farming to mitigate flooding. Offi- said. “And now, in CUNY and their aca- Rockaway Parks Conservancy, will protect and preserve urban ecosystems cials said the lessons learned at Jamaica demic partners, we have a consortium collect native seeds from the bay and from development and from the effects Bay could then be replicated across the of world-class institutions to advance Rockaway and create a nursery to of climate change.” country. our understanding of climate change grow beach grass in an effort to reThe institute, which will kick off “In the city of New York, we have a and its impact on our natural systems. store city coastline. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 15, 2013 | 9

Lawyer Rips Off Seniors Estate

Faces 15 years for stealing more than $50,000 as legal guardian By Samantha Geary An attorney assigned to handle assets for an elderly Queens woman's estate apparently included herself in the will, according to authorities. The court appointed lawyer, identified by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office as Yves-Merry Telemaque, 49, of 116-52 218th Street in Cambria Heights was retained to oversee the affairs of a Queens senior. She is now charged with stealing more than $50,000 from the proceeds of a real estate transaction following her death. According to the charges, she allegedly

stole the money between 2008 and 2013. After being appointed as Cleo Veal’s guardian in 2007, she was given permission, in November of 2008, to sell real property owned by Vale and was supposed to deposit the funds from the sale into an IOLA (Interest On Lawyer Account) account maintained by the defendant in her name at Chase Bank. When the woman passed away in November 2008 at 92, Telemaque was ordered to put the proceeds of the property sale into her IOLA account. The transfer was to amount to $311,597. But after examination and review by a forensic accountant it was shown that the de-

fendant deposited a check in the amount of $18,375 as a down payment, from the buyer of the real property belonging to Cleo Veal. In addition, on November 10, 2008, the defendant deposited a check in the amount of $296,718, for the purchase of the property into the IOLA account. A further review showed that on March 29, 2013, there was a balance of $13,426, in the account and that the defendant did prior to that date make withdrawals in excess of $50,000 without authority or permission. She was charged with second-degree grand larceny and if convicted she faces up to 15 years in prison.

Two Uniformed City Workers Charged With Choking Domestic Partners

Two uniformed city workers were arrested this week in two separate incidents for choking their domestic partners according to the office of District Attorney Richard Brown. The New York City firefighter and sanitation worker have been identified as Steven Clarke, 39, of Far Rockaway and Napoleon Robinson, 52, of South Ozone Park. Clarke was arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Ernest F. Hart on a criminal complaint charging him with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and second degree harassment. Clarke, who faces up to one year in jail if convicted, was ordered released on his own recognizance

and to return to court on September 6, 2013. Robinson is was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on a criminal complaint charging him with second- degree strangulation, a Class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. According to the criminal charges, Robinson placed his hands around the neck of his female domestic partner and squeezed, impeding her breathing and causing her substantial pain. The incident allegedly occurred in front of their residence at approximately 12:05 a.m. on August 13, 2013. The criminal complaint against Clarke says that Clarke pushed his wife

to the floor inside their residence just after midnight on August 12, 2013, and placed his hands around her neck and squeezed, making it difficult for her to breathe and causing scratching and redness to her neck. “The offenses that the two defendants are charged with committing are crimes of violence against their loved ones. Domestic violence is a very serious problem and cannot be ignored,” said Brown, “which is why my Domestic Violence Bureau maintains the highest domestic violence conviction rate and the lowest dismissal rate in the City and which takes more pre-indictment pleas than the rest of the City combined.”

Gang Member Charged In Child Shooting By Samantha Geary A 21-year-old Far Rockaway resident has been charged in the shooting of a ten-year-old girl last weekend at the Dix McBride Apartments in Far Rockaway. Lenard Crudup, 21, who is a reputed member of the so-called Rowdy Gang, has been chargedwith firing a gun into the front courtyard of the privately owned apartment development and wounding ten-year-old Brianna Palmer. The defendant lives at 81-03 Rockaway BeachBoulevard in Far Rockaway and was arraigned and charged with first- and second-degree assault, second-degree criminalpossession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. According to the charges, Crudup was observed standing in thestreet in front of 2229 Dix Avenue just after 1:00 a.m. on August 3, 2013,and firing several shots into the front courtyard, one of which struck 10-year-old Brianna Palmer abovethe hip. The police allegedly recovered two .380 caliber casings and one fired bullet from the scene ofthe shooting. Brianna Palmer was taken to Jamaica Hospital and treated for her injuries. The defendant was arrested by detectives from the New York CityPolice Department’s 101st precinct. Ifconvicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

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Let’s Dance!

This week begins The Forum’s tour of the local dance school world. Over the next few weeks, we’d like to share with you some of the things we think you might need to know when choosing dancing school as an option for your child. It’s also to let you know about the choices in your area. Here we will present a guide to questions about what types of dance the schools offer, where they are located, how to contact the studio and other important details. We’ll also include some information you might not even know you should know! Remember, an educated choice is always the best one you can make especially when making choices for your kids!

All Star Studios 108-21 72nd Avenue 4th Floor, Forest Hills (718) 268-2280 Ballet • Hip-Hop • Jazz/Contemporary Tap • Gymnastics/Acrobatics • Theater Adult Classes • Private Lessons All Ages

Fazio Dance Center 164-48 Cross Bay Blvd, Howard Beach (718) 848-4846 Ballet • Tap • Jazz • Hip-Hop Lyrical • Pointe Contemporary • Modern • Competition Pre-K to Adult

Heavenly Bodies Dance Studio 85-20 101st Street, Ozone Park (718) 843-7222 HeavenlyBodiesDanceStudio Ballet • Tap • Jazz • Hip-Hop • Pointe Ages 3 and Up

Jayden’s Dance Center 90-15 Rockaway Blvd, Ozone Park (718) 323-2524 Tap • Jazz • Ballet • Hip-Hop • Pointe Nursery • Private Classes • Zumba Ages 2 ½ and Up (13 and Up for Zumba) 12 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 15, 2013

Louise Benes Dance Company

Kids Kickboxing & Karate • Modern Contemporary • Competition Ages 2 and Up

87-18 114th Street, Richmond Hill (718) 849-3099 Ballet • Creative Movement Tap • Jazz • Modern Lyrical • Hip-Hip • Pointe Toddlers to Adults

Stanford Dance Studio

Moves & Motions School of Dance 74-02 Eliot Avenue, Middle Village (718) 672-3700 70-20 88th Street, Glendale (718) 417-8500 Ballet • Tap • Jazz • Hip-Hop Modern • Lyrical • Pointe Contemporary • Jumps & Turns Ages 2 and Up

Rising Stars Dance Studio 110-05 Liberty Avenue, Richmond Hill (718) 641-0653 Ballet • Tap • Jazz • Lyrical • Pointe Contemporary • Modern • Salsa • Acro Hip-Hop • Competition • And Much More!

Spotlight Dance Factory Inc. 97-14 Liberty Ave, Ozone Park (718) 938-0067 Tap • Jazz • Ballet • Pointe • Hip-Hop Acting & Vocal Adult Kickboxing & Muay Thai

82-17 153rd Avenue, Howard Beach (718) 835-7563 Tap • Jazz • Lyrical • Modern Ballet/Pointe Technique • Hip-Hop Stanford Boyz Nursery: Tap/Jazz Combo and Ballet Competition • Private Lessons • Zumba Ages 2 to Adult

Steps Ahead Dance Studio 90-55 Desarc Road, Ozone Park (718) 641-2005 Tap • Jazz • Ballet • Hip-Hop • Pointe Nursery • Technique • Competition Private Lessons Ages 2 ½ to Adult

TKO Dance Academy 95-12 101st Street, Ozone Park (718) 845-5678 99-16 98th Street, Ozone Park (718) 322-5678 Ballet • Tap • Jazz • Modern Contemporary Hip-Hop • Salsa • Adult Classes NEW Acro-Gymnastics • Competition And More! All Ages, All Levels






Let’s From Fighting Dementia to Living Longer, ! Plenty of Reasons for Seniors to Dance e c n a D

By Anna Gustafson

For older residents, tapping their feet may not only be about having fun - it turns out dancing can do everything from prevent dementia to improve heart health and even make one live longer. Yes, “dancing cheek to cheek,” as Irving Berlin sings, can be romantic - but senior citizens can also take a spin on the dance floor to stay healthy, as well as to improve while, or after, battling physical or emotional problems. And the list of benefits of dancing for senior citizens is a long one. According to the American Medical Association, dancing can strengthen bones and muscles, improve posture and balance which can prevent falls, increase flexibility, reduce stress, build confidence and ward off such illnesses as high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and depression. “Whether it’s ballet or ballroom, clogging or jazz, dance is great for helping people of all ages and physical abilities get and stay in shape,” the AARP wrote. “There’s even chair dancing for people with physical limitations.” Dancing doesn’t only give individuals a physical boost - it can serve as a serious buffer between

older residents and dementia. According to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, going ballroom dancing at least twice a week made it less likely that people would develop dementia. And, other research has reported that some individuals with Alzheimer’s have been able to remember once-forgotten memories when they dance to music they knew in previous years. So, what are the best ways older adults can dance for heart health - and increase longevity? Before hitting the dance floor,

hopeful Fred Astaires and Ginger Rogers should consult with their doctors about physical activity particularly for those who have known heart conditions, have felt pain while doing physical activity, lost balance because of dizziness, or have a bone or joint problem. The National Dance Association reported that it is best for individuals who are just returning to physical activity to take things slowly. Remember that whatever one is recovering from - whether it’s a fall or something emotional like the death of a spouse - it’s cru-

cial to give oneself time to get back in the swing of things. There are many different kinds of dance, and some are more rigorous than others. For example, waltzing is less physically intensive than jazz, so remember to talk to instructors about the intensity of a certain dance style before jumping head-first into it. Ballroom dance, line dancing and others kinds of social dance are often the most popular for those who are older than 50 - this, the AARP said, is a great way to meet people and get out of the

house after, for example, the death of a loved one. Dance classes rarely require you to bring a partner, which means you can feel comfortable coming by yourself and meeting new people. After choosing a class, individuals should stick with it for a while before deciding they do not enjoy it. It can be difficult, particularly after dealing with an illness, to return to the swing of things - but don’t give up. Even if you don’t get to where you once were physically, you can still have plenty of fun. There are a myriad dance forms to try - but the AARP mentioned the following as types to try: square dancing, swing, line dancing, folk dancing, ballroom, belly dancing, salsa, flamenco, jazz, tap, modern, clogging, and contra. And even if you don’t want to sashay in public, there’s plenty of opportunity to tap your feet in your own house. Turn on some of your favorite music and take a spin around your living room. As for places outside of your living room, there is an exhaustive list of sites older residents can dance in Queens. Check out your local church or synagogue for starters, or give your neighborhood library a call. Whatever you do, and wherever you go, remember - this is about having fun.

Dance Brings Much To Special Needs Kids By Patricia Adams Dance is a terrific form of selfexpression, exercise and creativity for all children, but to students with special needs, dance can make an invaluable contribution. It offers a combination of cognitive and physical benefits for children and young adults especially those with mental challenges that are accompanied by severe physical limitation. Danielle Czech, a Special Education Cluster Teacher for Dance and Performing Arts at P233Q, the School of Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture in Ozone Park says the difference dance can make in the lives of these individuals is astonishing. “Dancing can bridge gaps in these kids that traditional learning can‘t approach,” says Czech. “It provides a mechanism to interact socially which is outside convention and at the same time provides for spatial learning.” Czech says among her students, body awareness is important in the development of spatial orientation. “These kids don’t have a percep-

tion of the space their own bodies take up and misjudge distances and bump into things all the time.” Dance, she maintains, helps with development of motor skills. Creative movement classes focus on body awareness, motor fitness, rhythmic skill, strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance, and physical vitality.

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The 28-year-old has been teaching among special population for 5 years and typically leads 54 students through movement and performance productions each year that have included holiday presentations, a full scale production of The Wizard of Oz and many other performances. Another immeasurable benefit

is that children with special needs can participate in dance studies at their own level and ability. Those with physical challenges can explore body parts or keep a beat by blinking their eyes. They will respond in their own unique way. Props, like feathers, can be placed or attached in an appropriate area of the child's body or on

equipment. Children with special needs can feel a sense of belonging to a group and experience the joy of learning. In addition to the multitude of benefits for children with special needs, dance classes/therapy have very positive results for children on the autism spectrum. Also called Autism Movement Therapy, there is an infusion of rich sensory /motor experiences for children with autism and studies show that it may minimize the frequency and intensity of negative behaviors. The calming and relaxing effects of dance also help children on the spectrum control and regulate emotions while playing with other kids in age-appropriate activities. Children emerging from dance therapy have done so with a demonstrated joy of learning, increased harmony in their relationships with other children, a better self-image and equipped with improved problem solving skills. Seek out programs that will help you explore these options to meet the needs of your children. Don’t let them miss out on the opportunity to enjoy dance and reap its obvious rewards.

By Marisa Pilato

Dressing The Part

tank tops and wrap skirts are the fundamentals of dance attire. For boys: fitted t-shirts, sweat pants, jazz pants, bike shorts or long shorts. Your child can absolutely never wear jeans to class. They will restrict him/her from full participation (that is, if the teacher even allows them to participate).

Parents, if you think “looking cool” only pertains to your child’s outfit at school, you are mistaken. It certainly is important at dance as well. Similar to an educational setting, though, there are often rules at each studio about proper dance attire. Here, we will share with you the basics but be sure to check with your studio, too, before buying an entire dance wardrobe. HAIR

Make sure it is out of your child’s face. It can be very hard to keep up with the instructor if your child has to constantly swipe hair away from his/her eyes. For girls with long hair, it should be pulled back in a ponytail, braid or bun. (You can check out plenty of bun and braid tutorials on YouTube for fun styles and tricks!) If it’s on the shorter side, secure it with a headband or bobby pins. For boys, apply some gel so it stays in place and doesn’t become a distraction.

to this outfit; some wear shorts or a skirt over their leotard; some wear leggings or leg warmers. The most important characteristic of ballet apparel is the fit. Baggy clothes are a big no-no. Clothes must be form fitting to aid with seeking proper body alignment as well as allowing freedom of movement. JAZZ/TAP/HIP-HOP These three genres of dance allow for a more relaxed look. For girls: leggings, dance shorts, sports bras,

BALLET A ballerina is most often envisioned in a light pink tutu. However, you will rarely walk into a dance studio and see tutus actually being worn. The typical ballet outfit consists of a leotard, tights and ballet shoes. Of course there are numerous variations

SHOES We will not going into the specifics of shoes because each studio usually requires a certain brand and color so that the class has a uniform look for performances. However, just know that each genre of dance calls for a different shoe. So if you enroll your child for tap, jazz and ballet be prepared to buy all the necessary clothing along with three pairs of shoes. BAG It is very important to send your child off to dance school with a bag. This will help both you and your child stay organized; all their dance items and accessories will always be in the same place. When going to class, they should always bring all the shoes needed for the night, a water bottle and maybe a little, healthy snack. Sometimes wearing the right clothes is just what your child needs for a boost of confidence. Looking the part is half the battle. The rest will fall into place from there.

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Dancing Dreams started as a dream… The dream of little girls to put on a tutu and glitter–and dance just like other little girls their age. Despite their dreams, these little girls are not able to dance like their friends, sisters, cousins and even their mothers. They have physical and medical challenges that prevent them from joining classes in their community… Dancing Dreams, a non-profit dance program for physically and/or mentally challenged children ages 3-17 is now holding classes in two locations: Monday afternoons in Manhattan Museum of the City of NY Fifth Ave at 103rd Street

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Find out about our programs, including adaptive dance classes, community outreach and Dancing Dreams team leadership. For more information about how to change your child’s life or to find out how you can support this extraordinary opportunity through donations and volunteer work for children who really need our help, please contact us at: (718) 428-2600 16 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 15, 2013

Night To End Alzheimer's At Forest Park Carousel

Photo Courtesy Josephine Wendell

Carol Lacks, second from right, gathered with individuals from the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and other volunteers at a fundraiser at the Forest Park Carousel last Friday evening.

By Anna Gustafson More than 200 residents from throughout Queens gathered at the Forest Park Carousel in Woodhaven last Friday to take a spin on the wooden animals, don face paint and revel in the company of neighbors - all in the name of ending Alzheimer’s. Kew Gardens resident Carol Lacks organized the second annual “Evening Ride on the Forest Parks Carousel to End Alzheimer’s,” which raised about $1,300 for the New York City chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The association aims to eliminate the disease which impacts 26.6 million people worldwide and for which no cure has yet been discovered. “I really want people to know about the association,” said Lacks, who worked with about 20 community volunteers to run the two-hour event. “My mother has dementia, and I found

out about the association and it made such a difference in my life.” As part of the fundraiser, residents were able to take spins on the recently landmarked carousel, and there was also a variety of activities for children, from face-painting to balloon animals and a magician. Raffle prizes were given out, including two $400 tickets from Southwest Airlines and a barbeque from the Home Depot on Metropolitan Avenue in Glendale. The carousel fundraiser is a prelude to the Queens Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 29 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Lacks said. “This is the third year of the Queens walk last year we had over 700 people and we’re hoping to do even better this year,” Lacks said. The walk in 2012 raised $93,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association - which Lacks said “totally blew us away.” For more information and to sign up for the walk, visit

Photos Courtesy Michael Sturm

Children from throughout Queens took spins on the carousel to raise money for Alzheimer's research.

There were a number of activities for the evening's younger participants, including balloon animals, face-painting and a magician.

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Fun & Games ACROSS

1. Group of wives 6. *Requires parental involvement 9. Cyberspace soliloquy 13. Yawning 14. Barley bristle 15. It's controversial in fight against crime 16. Japanese bed 17. Decompose 18. *Found in art class 19. *Pedagogue 21. *Energy outlet 23. Magic's infection 24. It often holds 24 25. Tax pro 28. First female Attorney General 30. Breath freshener 35. Two quarters 37. Grannies 39. Top of Lady Liberty 40. Seed covering 41. Virgo's brightest star 43. "Laughing on the inside" in text message 44. Officially allowed 46. Way, way off 47. Diabolical 48. Doghouse 50. Cupid's counterpart 52. "The ___" by The Doors 53. Swerve 55. Bovine sound 57. *Junior's ruler? 60. *Required substance 64. Editor's insertion mark 65. Tarzan's mom, e.g. 67. Papal court 68. Like a video game bird 69. *Sophomore's grade 70. *Class action to find president 71. 100 centavos 72. Baseball Giant and hall-of-famer 73. "The Sun Also _____"


1. Dagger handle 2. Flu symptom 3. Pro ____ 4. Period 5. Large upright stone 6. Young salmon 7. *Pencil type 8. Bone hollow 9. Highlands hillside 10. It's often denoted in red 11. Half of binary code 12. Used for styling 15. Trickery 20. 0 and 2, e.g. 22. "C'___ la vie!" 24. Pine, e.g. 25. *Calcium sulfate's common name 26. Humorous slang for "Paris" 27. Set straight 29. Famous valley 31. This king was a merry old soul 32. Treasure collection 33. Perform in 34. *Not to be left behind 36. Custard dessert 38. Capone's mark 42. Enophile's sensory concern 45. Funny business 49. Actor DiCaprio 51. Goal-oriented activity 54. Inspiration for poets and musicians 56. Eyes 57. All there 58. Units of work 59. Infamous Roman Emperor 60. Blowhole 61. Wraths 62. Not naughty 63. Beanery sign 64. Upper limit 66. *Teacher's apple-giver

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1. What type of fruit is credited with inspiring Newton to write the laws of gravity? 2. What Washington Irving character fell asleep for 20 years? 3. What is the hardest natural substance? 4. Which state was the 50th state to join the union? 5. What is the hard white stuff elephant tusks are made of? Answers from Last Week: 1: The Monkees. 2: Two Women. 3: Bob Dylan. 4:1962. 5:Mini.

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Notice of Formation of K & T PROPERTIES 168 LLC. Art. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/08/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY Designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: The LLC, 36-09 Main St, # 7A, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of formation of 9 JOY HOLDING LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/04/2013. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to The LLC, 140-17 Oak Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ENNOID LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/17/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC, 2800 Coyle Street, Apt. 121, Brooklyn, NY 11235. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

133 47 LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/24/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC, 136-31 41st Avenue, Suite 5A, Flushing, NY 11355. Notice of Formation of WEIGHT Purpose: Any lawful activity. MANAGEMENT PHYSICIAN, PLLC. Art. of Org. filed NY Sec’y 48-03 30th Avenue LLC Arts of Org. of State (SSNY) 07/22/13. Office in filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on Queens Co. SSNY desig. as pro8/1/13. Office:Queens Co. SSNY is cess agt. Process service address: design. as agent of LLC upon whom 7211 Austin St, #372, Forest Hills, process may be served and shall mail NY 11375. Purpose: Any lawful purprocess to 48-21 30th Ave. Astoria, NY pose or activity. 11103. Purpose: any lawful activity. 20 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • August 15, 2013


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Notice of Formation of PVF, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/2/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 3542 41st St., Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activities.

Hong Kong Supermarket Landmark, L.P. Cert. of LP filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 4/5/13. Ofc in: Queens Cty. SSNY designated agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jun Xu, 41-68 Main St., Flushing, NY 11355. Name/address of each gen. ptr. avail. from SSNY. Purpose: General.

Notice of Formation of Flushing Chen LLC Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/20/13. Office:Queens. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to 59-15 155th St #2F Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of formation of I.C. CREATIVE L.L.C., Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/18/2013. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to Sabrina Rivera: 68-12 Yellowstone Blvd, 3Y, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MEITAI PROPERTIES LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/21/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process may be serviced and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 39-01 MAIN ST., STE 203, FLUSHING, NY 11354. Principal business address: 64-27 229TH ST., STE 101, BAYSIDE, NY 11364. Purpose: any lawful act.

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. HALLUX REALTY LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/28/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 76-26 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373. General Purposes. Notice of Formation of Greenline Calls LLC: Arts. of Org. filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on 5/17/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Greenline Calls, LLC c/o Tom Volker 4801 72nd St., Woodside NY 11377. Purpose: Any lawful activity. T&J Real Property LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 6/12/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Wang Law Office PLLC, 36-25 Main St, 3rd Fl, Flushing, NY 11354. General Purposes. Notice of Formation of WELCOME HOME REAL ESTATE SUNNYSIDE GARDENS, LLC. Art. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/26/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY Designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: The LLC, 46-15 Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of ARVERNE CONSTRUCTION CO. LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/04/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 190 Beach 68th St., Arverne, NY 11692. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 3168 35th STREET LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) 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 15, 2013 | 21

THE HAPPENINGS Thursday, Aug. 15

Out in the Streets Festival

Forest Hills Jazz Thursdays

Onderdonk House 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood The wildly popular two-day Out in the Streets Festival will overtake the historical Onderdonk House on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18. The event will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday and continue until 8 p.m. on Sunday. The days will be filled with music, food trucks, art installations, and more. Tickets are $15 for Saturday and $12 for Sunday, or $20 for both days if purchased in advance. A wide variety of bands will be entertaining the crowd, including Pictureplane, Heavenly Beat, Heliotropes and Friend Roulette on Saturday and the Doldrums, Ava Luna and Wild Yaks on Sunday, among many others. There will be art installations and food trucks from Kimchi Taco and Palenque Arepas. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

StaciaHobdy and L.A. Blacksmith will perform as part of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce Jazz Thursdays series. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 70th Road between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street The Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its annual Shop Forest Hills Jazz Thursdays. On Aug. 16, saxophonist L.A. Blacksmith and vocalist StaciaHobdy will perform. L.A. Blacksmith has toured the United State and Canada and performed with Whitney Houston, Ben E. King, the Shirelles, and more. StaciaHobdy is a songstress who has been a lead vocalist in the local funk rock band “The Drive” and funk and R&B bands “The Jam Syndicate” and “The BG Experience.” She has been a featured vocalist in the finest Entertainment Company Bands, New York City Swing and the Empire Orchestra. For more information, visit

Sneak Preview Of ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. - Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks Rooftop Films will present a sneak preview of the dramatic rural romance “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. Director David Lowery will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film. “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” premiered this year at Sundance and was awarded the Cinematography Award in the U.S. Dramatic Category. It will premiere in theaters for the general public on Aug. 16. After the screening, there will be an after-party sponsored by Bulleit Bourbon with cocktails inspired by the film. To accommodate for any issues with transportation, there will be a free shuttle service provided to and from the Little Neck Long Island Rail Road stop running every half hour from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Doors will open at 8 p.m., there will be live music at 8:30 p.m., and the film will commence at 9 p.m. The Q&A with director David Lowery will be held at 10:30 p.m., and the after-party will be at 11 p.m. Tickets are $13 each. For more information, visit

Sake Under the Stars 7 p.m. - Shirt of Japan in Atlas Park 80-40 Cooper Ave., Glendale Members of the public are invited to savor one of Japan’s enduring traditions - sake. Besides imported sakes, there will be Samuel Adams on tap and a choice of dinner that includes dessert. Tickets are $45 each.

Friday, Aug. 16

Craftsmen Days At King Manor Museum Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. - King Manor Museum 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica

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Sunday, Aug. 18

Come learn what life was like for Queens residents more than 200 years ago as part of the King Manor Museum's craftsmen days program. Families can watch demonstrations of craft-making from the 1800s, including spinning and broommaking, as well as enjoy traditional music and discounted guided museum tours. Founded in 1900, King Manor Museum preserves the home and legacy of Rufus King. Born in 1755, King was a lawyer, politician and diplomat. He was a delegate for Massachusetts to the Continental Congress. He attended the Constitutional Convention and was one of the signersfot the U.S. Constitution. He represented New York in the U.S. Senate. For more information,, call (718) 2060545, or email Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and children ages 16 and under are free.

Yoga In The Garden 7 p.m. - Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing Come for a yoga session in the beautiful new garden and stay for a special performance that blends classic yoga poses and singing. There is a suggested donation of $5.

Dance Party at Resorts World Casino 9 p.m. - Resorts World Casino New York City 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park Michelle Licata and Bob Goodrich will present the New York Freestyle Reunion Dance Party, featuring DJ Nicky G. Such stars as Lisa Lisa and Safire will have the crowd on their feet as they perform live in concert with the New York Freestyle Dancers. Tickets are $25 in advance and may be purchased online at For more information, visit

Saturday, Aug. 17

Star Safari Astronomy Adventure

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Alley Pond Environmental Center 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston Members of the public are invited to an indoor lecture on basic astronomy, followed by an outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. Admission for adults is $16 each and $7 for children. For more information,, or call (718) 229-4000.

Myrtle Avenue Street Fair Myrtle Avenue from Fresh Pond Road to Forest Avenue 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Glendale Kiwanis will sponsor a street fair, which includes rides and vendors. All members of the public are welcome to attend the free event.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Bingo In Rego Park

6 p.m. - Rego Park Jewish Center 97-30 Queens Blvd. Everyone age 18 and older is invited to enjoy bingo at the Rego Park Jewish Center. There will be cash prizes. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the early bird game is at 7 p.m. Regular games begin at 7:15 p.m Special games can be played for an additional charge, including Jackpot, Early Bird, Share the Wealth, Diamond Share the Wealth, and Tri-color. Admission is $3 and includes 12 games.

Jazzmobile Block Party 4 p.m. - Louis Armstrong House Museum 34-56 107th St., Corona The finale to the museum’s summer season, the jazz party takes place along 107th Street in front of the museum. It is loaded with children’s activities beginning at 4 p.m. and jazz musician Willie Martinez will perform beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association Town Hall 7 p.m. - American Legion Hall 89-02 91st St., Woodhaven Everyone is welcome to attend the WRBA’s monthly town hall meeting, at which residents can air concerns about the neighborhood and meet with a variety of civic leaders and legislators.

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 Ashe.

. .. e m ti d o o g a ve ha to w ho u yo We'll show Enjoy your community. 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

Decades Of Dance At Resorts World

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 past-time, including a photo of the jazz legend backstage with Dodgers Don Newcombe and Junior Gilliam, a rare Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald baseball card from Holland, and one of his famed tape box collages featuring a photo of the trumpeter with New York Yankees Phil Rizzuto and Joe Collins. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31 and is free with museum admission. The museum is shown only through guided 40-minute tours that start every hour on the hour. The last tour of the day begins at 4 p.m. The exhibit area and garden may be explored before or after the tour. No appointment is necessary, unless you are planning a group visit for at least eight people. For more information, call (718) 478-8274 or visit

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Saturday, Sept. 28

Jamaica Bay Sunset Tour

Friday, Sept. 20

Grammy-nominated R&B star Deborah Cox will perform at the Decades of Dance concert at the Resorts World Casino on Saturday, Aug. 24. 9 p.m. - Resorts World Casino New York City 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. Jamaica The Decades of Dance concert will feature Grammy-nominated multi-platinum-selling international R&B superstar Deborah Cox. Cox has stormed the R&B and pop charts, laying claim to six top20 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 President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and held the record for the longest running number one R&B single. Tickets are $25 in advance and may be purchased at

Saturday, Aug. 31

Ridgefood Grocery Shopping Tour 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 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,

Through Aug. 31 Swingin’ With The All Stars: Louis Armstrong And Baseball Tuesday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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

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.

Friday, Sept. 27

Mammogram Van In Maspeth

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Maspeth Federal Savings Bank 56-18 69th St., Maspeth Free mammograms will be available to individuals in the mobile mammography van that will be parked outside the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank. Uninsured women ages 50 and over, as well as insured women ages 40 and over, are urged to have a free screening for cancer and a clinical breast exam. For women without insurance, services will be paid for by the Screening Partnerships of the New York State Cancer Services Program, or through contributions by the American-Italian Cancer Foundation. Insured women will not be charged a co-payment or receive a bill. Women with Medicare, Medicaid, or other coverage provided by Medicare, Medicaid or other health insurance, must bring their membership card. For more information about the Cancer Services Program, call (866) 442-2262. On the day of the appointment, women should wear a two-piece outfit and do not use oil, powder, deodorant or perfume in the breast, underarm or chest area. A clinical breast exam and instruction in breast self-exam will be provided by a trained professional, radiological interpretations will

Individuals will get a chance to glimpse great egrets, and many other forms of wildlife, during a three-hour narrated sunset tour of Jamaica Bay on Sept. 28. 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 to 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, visit, call (718) 474-0896, or email

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 or calling (718) 296-3735.

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In Glendale, A Promise To Fight Homeless Shelter Plan But city says it would help women get back on their feet

By Anna Gustafson A proposal to operate a homeless shelter for about 125 families in a former airplane factory in Glendale has incited outrage among civic leaders and elected officials who say an influx of youngsters would overwhelm the area’s already crowded schools and that such a facility would be out of character in an area with smaller businesses. The city Department of Homeless Services, however, stressed that those who would live at the site would likely be single women who may be domestic violence victims with young children - individuals, they said, that need a lending hand to get back on their feet. “This isn’t going to happen, because I am going to fight this every step of the way,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said of the plan this week. “I have a tech business that wants to go there. This site should provide jobs and be an economic engine.” Samaritan Village, a nonprofit, sent a letter last week to Community Board 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri to notify members that it had submitted a proposal to DHS to operate “transitional housing” at an abandoned factory, located at 78-16 Cooper Ave., that once manufactured airplane parts.

A nonprofit has submitted a proposal to the city to turn Anna Gustafson/The Forum Newsgroup an abandoned factory in Glendale into a homeless shelGraffiti now covers the sign for a factory that once operated at 78-16 Cooper Ave. ter for about 125 families.

“As you know, recent years have seen an increase in the number of families requiring transitional housing, despite the significant strides that have been made to increase the availability of affordable housing for New Yorkers,” Samaritan Village’s letter said. The document went on to say that Queens has about 25.6 percent of its rental units priced at less than $1,000 a month, whereas the citywide average is 37 percent. Additionally, home foreclosure starts increased by 24 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, and the poverty rate in Queens was 15.8 percent in 2011, compared to 12.2 percent in 2006.

Under the proposal, which is now being reviewed by the DHS and must receive the stamp of approval from the department and Mayor Bloomberg , Samaritan Village would “provide an array of on-site services and off-site service linkages to provide 125 families with the needed assistance to return to, and maintain, independent living.” According to the plan, the nonprofit would provide on-site security around the clock, every day of the week, and there would be access control, visitation and curfew policies. But residents, civic leaders and elected officials have long been opposed to the homeless shelter,

and Crowley and Glendale Civic Association President Kathy Masi collected more than 4,000 petition signatures against the facility last year. Community leaders have said addition of families to the site would be especially detrimental to area s c h o o l s , w h i c h a re a l rea d y jam-packed. “The city’s homeless shelters serve a critical purpose, but our neighborhood is not an appropriate place for one,” said Craig Caruana, a Republican candidate running against Crowley for her Council seat representing the 30th District. “The proposed location is right near residents’ homes, schools and the Atlas

Mall, where families shop and local middle school and high school kids have a safe environment to hang out. The shelter would contradict the character of the neighborhood.” But, a DHS spokeswoman cautioned that the individuals who typically reside in a place such as the one proposed for Glendale, are single women who have often been battered and tend to keep to themselves. Additionally, she said the women could have children too young to attend area schools. The spokeswoman also noted that CB 5 has no shelters but does have families in the shelter system. Crowley also noted that the city Schools Construction Authority once looked at the site to see if would be suitable for a new school but determined it was “too dirty” because of its previous operations as a factory. “They had reason to believe the land is contaminated, Crowley said. “I’ve been in touch with the mayor’s office, and they realize this is a property better suited for development,” Crowley continued. “It’s a pie-in-the-sky idea that this property owner wants to bring this into an area that’s thriving - there’s Atlas Park, restaurants, other businesses.” The owner, Michael Wilner, did not respond to a request for comment.

Bid To Throw Out Borukhova Conviction Denied serving a life sentence. Holder said in his decision that it was “extremely disturbing and disappointing that esteemed representatives of the defense bar - officers of the court - have stooped to this level, especially in a case where the evidence against the defendant was so overwhelming.” According to arguments from Dershowitz, a witness, Cheryl Springsteen, originally told detectives that she did not see the gunman but that later an investigator allegedly got her to change her story and describe the the killer. Springsteen, an elementary school teacher,

Daniel Malakov's father, KhaikaMalakov, speaks about his son during his daugther-in-law's murder trial.

By Anna Gustafson A Forest Hills doctor found guilty of hiring a hit man to murder her estranged husband, which occurred in front of their 4-year-old child at a Queens playground, last week lost her bid to have her conviction tossed after her attorney alleged a key witness fabricated evidence. Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth

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Holder issued harsh words for Mazoltuv Borukhova’s lawyer, Nathan Dershowitz, when he denied the request. Borukhova, 38, was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2009 after she paid $20,000 to her cousin, Mikhael Mallayev to kill her spouse Daniel Malakov, a well-liked dentist who had won custody of their child in a bitter dispute not long before he was murdered in Forest Hills’ Annandale Park in 2007. Mallayev is also

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went on to testify that she witnessed Malleyev fire twice before walking away. Borukhova’s attorney filed the motion to throw out the conviction based on this evidence, which came to light in a recently published book by NYPD sketch artist Stephen Mancusi, after the Forest Hills woman’s conviction was upheld by the Appellate Division, Second Department in 2011. In his decision, Holder criticized Dershowitz’s motion, saying the lawyer had not gotten an affidavit from Mancusi about the event and wrote that the book “was intended to be a dramatization of events.”


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