V L. 12 NUMBER 39 SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
STROKES OF GENIUS
People from all over Queens flocked to the Kew Gardens Community Art Day, which showcased works from the borough's creative denizens See Story on Page 26 throughout the neighborhood. Alyssa Giambra, 3, and her mother, Jennifer, draw in chalk at the art day's festivities that aimed to foster a sense of community pride. Kate Bubacz/The Forum Newsgroup
Tasting The World In Queens: Restaurant Week Kicks Off Page 4
Fighting for Maspeth Firehouse Page 12
Taking Care of Furry Friends Pages 13-16
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By Anna Gustafson Concerned about a recent uptick in crime, officers from the 104th Precinct are urging residents to be wary of scam artists and pick-pocketers - and stressed they are doing everything they can to combat the criminals plaguing the area. Capt. Christopher Manson, commanding officer of the 104th Precinct, told reporters in a meeting last week that crime has risen 27 percent in the last month, but he also noted that crime overall is down by a little more than 6 percent compared to this time last year. The 104th Precinct covers Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, and Maspeth. The commanding officer said grand larcenies prompted the jump in crime, rising 120 percent over the 28-day reporting period that ended Sunday, Sept. 15. “Grand larcenies are driven by the scam when individuals will call people and say, ‘We have your relative and we’re going to kill them unless you pay us,’” Manson said. The captain also said males on bicycles have been hitting the area and
M pet The manager of a Maspeth arts center that has set up shop in an abandoned glass factory said at a Community Board 5 meeting last week that his business, the Knockdown Center, has applied for a liquor license in order to grow the space that has held such events as art exhibits and concerts. While Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) encouraged board members to support the request for a liquor license for the center that she called “inventive” and a good neighbor, other legislators and civic leaders are urging the state Liquor Authority to deny the application for the business they said has been illegally operating at 52-19 Flushing Ave. for more than a year. “We want to develop the space so it can have a variety of cultural events,” said Tyler Myers, manager of the Knockdown Center. Myers added that he expects the center to offer about 30 full time jobs if it expands. “We hope to offer space to the
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104th Precinct Community Council Vice President Abraham Markowitz, left, meets with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly at the council's latest meeting.
swiping people’s phones while they’re not paying attention. “We’ve also had an increase in car break-ins,” Manson said. “People are leaving valuable items in their cars please, don’t leave anything valuable for perps to see.” Among recent items swiped from vehicles include a $300 wallet, $500 in cash, a GPS system, sunglasses, and a digital camera.
Manson also said police are looking for a man who robbed the Radio Shack on Grand Avenue at gunpoint on Sunday, Sept. 15 around 6:45 p.m. According to the captain, the individual, who was described as standing about 6-feet tall and weighing about 150 pounds, took out a gun in the store and “demanded everything they had.” He fled on foot after receiving $411. To combat these crimes, Manson
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said his precinct has ramped up its manpower. There was a “surge” - which increases the number of officers in the precinct - last week, and the captain said the extra cops were “moving over all of the precinct.” “We’ve called in extra manpower,” Manson said. “We’re combating these things. We don’t let it slide by.” The captain reported the top intersections for car accidents in the
Some civic leaders, pols urge state to deny it
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Tyler Myers, manager at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, asked Community Board 5 at Facebook its meeting last Wednesday to support the cen- The Knockdown Center in Maspeth has transformed a former glass factory into an arts and music ter's request for a liquor license. venue, which some residents have praised as "inventive" but which others said is operating illegally.
community so they can have meetings there,” he continued. However, members of Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together, or COMET, and the Juniper Park Civic Association lambasted the application to serve alcohol to up to 600 patrons, saying in a Sept. 20 letter to state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Asto-
ria) and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) that the center is operating without city permits in a building of questionable safety and will likely serve alcohol to far more people than 600 individuals. The letter from COMET and Juniper Park Civic said the center does not have a valid place of assembly per-
O T eS Bob Monahan of the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Chancellor MerrylTisch, Education Commissioner John King, Assemblyman Mike Miller, IS 77 Principal Joseph Miller, SAPIS worker Pegg y Swanson, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, and city Department of Education Network Leader Daniel Pures toured IS 77 in Ridgewood. Nolan brought Tisch and King to the school to meet with area education leaders and other residents to discuss how the state Education Department can support schools in the area.
104th Precinct Community Council President Mario Matos, Jr. and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly spend time at the council meeting. Kelly welcomed new members of the council's board during the event.
mit, noting the business applied for one earlier this year for an occupancy of up to 5,000 people but the city Department of Buildings rejected it. Additionally, because the center is in the Maspeth Industrial Business zone, it would need to receive a special permit from the city Board of Standards and Appeals in order to
precinct, the most dangerous of which is Union Turnpike and Woodhaven Boulevard. There have been 54 accidents there this year as of Aug. 31. The second worst intersection is 69th Street and Grand Avenue, followed by Fresh Pond Road and Metropolitan Avenue. The most dangerous location for pedestrians is Myrtle and St. Nicholas avenues, where three people have been hit this year. Bicyclists have this year been hit at Grand Avenue and Remsen and 60th Avenue and 60th Lane, among other intersections. Manson reported the precinct has made 3,193 arrests this year, including one for murder, six for rape, 85 for robbery, 125 for felony assault, 65 for burglary, and 57 for grand larceny. Manson and other officers invited residents to attend the 104th Precinct Communiy Council meetings, which are held at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month. For locations of the meetings, visit 104pcc.org. At the last precinct meeting, held Tuesday evening, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly kicked off the council’s new season and welcome its newest members.
e e change the zoning from manufacturing use to another use - which Knockdown has not done. “Does anyone really believe that in a building with the capacity to hold 5,000, only 600 people will be served alcohol?” the letter to Gianaris and Nolan asked. “...Furthermore, how would 5,000 people get to Maspeth? Public transportation is lacking. Where will the parking be? And we want people driving around here after they have been drinking at a club all night?” In a Sept. 20 letter to State Liquor Authority Chairman Dennis Rosen, Nolan also said she was worried about the facility. “I have great concern that the business will host many more people due to the size of the facility,” she said in reference to the center’s request to serve 600 people alcohol. Crowley, however, praised the center, calling it “new” and “inventive.” “They’re building good economic development and could generate jobs locally,” she said at the CB 5 meeting. N -C ST MAMM GRAPHY AN IN MASP TH Women are advised to take advantage of this opportunity to get a free mammogram on Friday, September 27, between 9 a.m. 5 p.m. The American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) is once again sponsoring the mobile mammography van staffed by Multi-Diagnostic Services (MDS). The van will be located on the street outside of the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank at 56-18 69th Street. If you are uninsured and over the age of 50 or if you do have insurance and are over the age of 40 you are urged to have this screening and clinical breast exam at no cost to you. You must make an appointment so please call toll free 1-877-628-9090.
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th co s ma e long a aited b rglar b st By Patricia Adams The 112th precinct has cause to celebrate this week after the arrest of a career criminal now believed to be associated with more than a dozen burglaries split between the 112th precinct in Forest Hills and the 106th precinct which serves Ozone Park and Howard Beach. Officers from the 112th precinct’s anti-crime unit spotted a late model Pacifica, previously identified in surveillance photo,s while they were out patrolling in the burglary zone. Officers continued to observe the suspect, a male Hispanic, as he “cased” a house in Forest Hills. But then for some reason, he changed his plans and decided to travel to nearby Ozone Park. With the officers on his tail, Mario Girau, 27, drove to Tahoe Street in Ozone Park, where he broke into a home there and stole valuables, namely jewelry, valued at around $1,000. Minutes later, cops apprehended him and found the stolen property in his pants pockets and on the floor of the vehicle. And when cops ran Girau’s rap sheet, they found the Brooklyn resident had a history of burglary and related crimes detailed in four prior arrests dating back for years. Captain Thomas Conforti, Commanding Officer of the 112th precinct, said this arrest was a significant piece in bringing the burglary siege in Forest Hills closer to an end. “This individual is definitely responsible for about 6-7 burglaries in the confines of our precinct and several others in the 106,” Conforti told The Forum. “Getting him off the street is a major breakthrough for us.”
Video surveillance photos of the Chrysler Pacifica used in the burglaries have been credited by Captain Conforti as being instrumental in the arrest of Mario Girau.
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Captain Thomas Conforti has kept the residents of the affected areas constantly updated through the Precinct Council Community meetings and postings on Facebook.
A common estimation in the police department is that for every incident in which a criminal is caught for, they have probably committed 5-6 in addition that go under the radar. In assigning credit outside the performance of his officers, Conforti said that video images of the perpetrators vehicle were absolutely the key in this successful arrest. Reflecting on times in years when images were not so readily available, the CO, who has extensive experience in burglaries, labeled technology as a valuable addition to crime fighting. In this case, a video image obtained from a
By Anna Gustafson Lining up for everything from a locally brewed beer to Indian food and pollo al funghi - chicken with mushrooms for those not versed in Italian cuisine - people from all corners of the borough kicked off the annual Queens Restaurant Week at Borough Hall on Monday. The seventh annual event, which will run from Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 and again on Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, features cuisines as diverse as Queens’ residents, including an Italian restaurant in Ozone Park, a Turkish joint in Richmond Hill and an Argentinian spot in Forest Hills. More than 50 restaurants, from Bayside to Howard Beach, are participating. “Queens Restaurant Week allows diners to enjoy some of the tastiest dishes from around the world without having to spend a lot or travel very far,” Borough President Helen Marshall said at the week’s kick-off event held outside Borough Hall on Monday afternoon, when more than 500 passersby got to taste samples from the participating eateries. “Each year this event is a fabulous celebration of the wide variety of dining experiences available in what is the most diverse county in America. I hope as many people as possible take advantage of Queens Restaurant Week and partake of our borough’s outstanding cuisine.” Most spots will offer one three-course, prix fixe dinner for $28 and lunch for $14. Some establishments will also offer their specials beyond Oct. 10. “With our diversity, there’s such great food in Queens and we want to promote that,” said Queens Economic Development Corporation
resident’s surveillance camera gave police key information, including the cars description, exact time of the burglaries and an image of a possible perpetrator. And in a week after the release of the photo, the suspect is in custody. Furthering his case for the photos, he noted several recent cases in which video identification brought about successful resolve in several crimes. "Photos were used to catch suspects for recent phone snatchings at train stations along Queens Boulevard, in the laundry room pattern in apartment buildings and in the knife point robberies around 63rd Drive," Conforti said.
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On the Facebook page for the precinct, he suggested that if one or two homes on every street had cameras to supply police with video images, it would serve as an invaluable resource to the NYPD. He also cautioned residents there, that the house originally targeted in Forest Hills by Girau, had a pile of mail on the front step and no lights were left on after dark. "It's an open invitation to these bad guys. They know you're not home and they're coming in." Another clue Conforti urged homeowners to look for is unfamiliar cars parked for extended periods of time. During the course of the most recent rash of burglaries, the suspect parked his car on the block and watched the resident’s daily routines. The captain asked for anyone observing an occupied vehicle on a street for an extended period of time to call 911. Follow activity in the 112th Precinct on their Facebook page: 112 Precinct Community Council
Executive Director Seth Bornstein. On Monday, seven restaurants showed off their culinary goods, including the Long Island City-based Queens Brewery, Uncle Peter’s in Jackson Heights and Haveli Restaurant in Forest Hills. “Doing Queens Restaurant Week definitely helps us because we’re building stronger relationships with the restaurants we already collaborate with,” said Nelson Rockefeller, owner of the Queens Brewery - which opened this past July and now has its beer featured in 42 spots across the borough. Pardeep Kumar, who works at Haveli Restaurant, served chicken malai kabab to a long line of people on Monday. “This event helps us to let people know they have good Indian food right next door,” Kumar Anna Gustafson/The Forum Newsgroup said. Musicians entertain hundreds of residents who stopped by the kick-off of Queens Restaurant Week outside Borough The week is a program of the Queens TourHall on Monday. ism Council and is sponsored by the Melrose Credit Union, jetBlue Airways, Queens Brewery, and Resorts World Casino New York City, among others. “We realize and understand that the restaurant industry is part of the fabric of the mosaic that is Queens and NYC,” said Melrose Credit Union Director of Marketing and Public Affairs Robert Nemeroff. “It is the foods of the many different cultures and ethnicities that create the common bonds between all New Yorkers. Food is one of the things that makes Queens the unique and wonderful place that it is, and Restaurant Week exemplified that thought.” For more information, and to find a list Nelson Rockefeller, owner of the Queens Brewery, poured countless cups of his Patty Medina, owner of Uncle Peter's, an Italian restaurant on 84th Street and of participating restaurants, visit www.itsinQueens Lager. Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights, served up plates of pollo al funghi. queens.com/restaurantweek/Queens.
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By Samantha Geary A JFK Airport employee was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment over the weekend, after what authorities describe as “cleaning supplies” he was transporting, leaked from his backpack and burned three passengers, including two brothers ages 5 and 8. Ivan Ivanov, 32, was criminally charged on Saturday for transporting what was dubbed Drano by officials, in an unsafe container. Witnesses say Ivanov was overheard telling police that he had no idea what kind of substance he was carrying. The incident took place aboard the Q53 bus around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. The brothers were sitting on the floor of the bus near to where Ivanov had placed his bag on the floor. The caustic substance melted the container he used and then ate through the backpack, dripping out onto the floor and onto the boys’ legs and buttocks. Both children were taken to the hospital and treated for minor burns. Another passenRobert Stridiron/The Forum Newsgroup ger, an adult female, was treated at the scene Police officers conducted a search on the person of Ivan Ivanov, 32, after he was arrested for reckless endangerment by paramedics. on the Q53 bus.
Gary Sarback has an extensive criminal history with close to 40 arrests dating back over 40 years.
By Samantha Geary Gary Sarback, a 61-year-old career criminal from Florida was arrested in Flushing on Monday afternoon and charged with attempted murder of a police officer, assault, unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property. Police were seeking the suspect since the end of the summer after he snatched a purse and took off in a vehicle identified as stolen and containing a gun. When police pulled him over in it, he ran down one of the officers. He escaped but was later identified in Rego Park/Forest Hills in connection with several purse snatchings there.
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Before the parents of the children attending PS 1 get upset about the lack of a moment of silence on Sept. 11, they need to ask themselves one uestion How do I react to a lack of one minute of silence on Dec. That is the date DR called a day that will live in infamy. It is the date of the apanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Thousands also died that day. Over 1,100 sailors are entombed in the SS Ari ona. If their attitude is, but that was ages ago so there is no need for a moment of silence, then that should be their attitude towards 11. After all, for the pupils of PS 1 , 11 is a lifetime ago. ou cannot have it both ways. t rn
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Recently I hosted a backyard BB with over 100 of my friends and family. Councilman rich lrich was invited as a friend. veryone had a great time. The BB featured filet mignon and a live band playing the hits of the 0's. ven though it is campaign season, ric en oyed himself to the food and music ust like everyone else and refrained from any type of electioneering or self promotion. It's nice to know that today, ric is still one of us and hasn't allowed years of politics to diminish his character. y a
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Starbucks after their C O wrote an open letter respectfully re uesting that patrons leave their firearms at home when getting a cup of ava. To this day, I refuse to shop at Babies R s. I'll never forget the day I was asked to leave the store when my wife and I were shopping for diapers. How dare they ask me to leave my a e, ares and kerosene in the car ert La a te t ne
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ow hat a great compromise. This Cru control is like a runaway car which needs to be impounded before it causes a serious accident. ven .S. Rep. Peter ing Rcalled Cru , a fraud who does not speak for the Republican party. It is imperative that Americans vote this destructive group out of office. The Tea Party e press is bent on turning America from a beacon of hope for millions into a dead beat nation. olks, Abraham incoln s warning in 1 1 is very in vogue today. A house divided against itself cannot stand. nt
hile it is nice to know that Congressional Republicans attend church to pray, it is a sad commentary to learn that when they return to Congress, they devote all their time and energy preying on the needy of Americans. These folks rely on a compassionate government to protect their social and economic safety net. There was a time when both political parties invoked a spirit of bipartisanship and enacted benefit legislation such as Social Security, edicare, civil rights, voting right, food stamps, P grants and child health insurance protection. The tragic reality in 2013 is that the Republican party has been captured by the ultra far right Tea Party e press. A Senate trio comprised of Rand Paul, ike ee and Ted Cru , along with a House trio of ric Cantor, ouis Gomert and Darrell Issa, are out to tear a dangerous hole in the safety net. Here are two critical e amples. 1 A 0 billion cut over 10 years in food stamps. early 0 million Americans urgently need this benefit. They include 1 million children from poor families, service men and women and Ira and Afghan veterans. 2 This GOP-Tea Party gang hates Obamacare so much they wasted ta money and House time by voting to repeal this life-line affordable health care law 1 times. ow they want, uoting House Speaker ohn Boehner, to stop this train wreck, with a punitive, cruel, defunding plan. The house voted a new style of bipartisanship. If the Senate accepts defunding, the House would O a continuing resolution until December.
any people are critici ing fracking rightfully so and are asking why we aren't investing in solar and wind power. It s simple Oil companies won't make money on solar and wind because the sun and wind don't belong to anyone But rest assured, I'm sure the GOP and their lobbyists are working hard to correct this aw of capitalism. And on a totally unrelated topic kudos to all the gunloving Starbucks fans who vow to no longer patroni e | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP â€˘ September 26, 2013
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Any discussions about Republicans continuing to control ew ork City Hall may be premature. ow that Thompson has dropped out, it is a battle between oe hota David and Bill de Blasio Goliath . As of April 2013 there are ,3 2,113 active registered voters in ew ork City. This includes 2, ,321 Democrats and 0, 2 Republicans. Any Republican running for mayor of ew ork in 2013 would need both name recognition and 20 million dollars to compensate for this overwhelming to 1 Democrat to Republican registration deficit. A media buy of 1 million per week over the ne t seven weeks, several do en direct mail pieces, phone banks and a door-to-door vote pull operation would be re uired to remain competitive. All of the above will have to be supplemented by millions more from independent political action committees. This is needed to offset de Blasio's potential millions in independent e penditures from various municipal labor unions. Democratic party mayoral primary winner de Blasio starts off the general election contest as the odds on favorite to win. All five losing candidates including former city comptroller and 200 Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, Council Speaker Christine uinn, city Comptroller ohn iu and former .S. Rep. Anthony einer and former Councilmember
and 2001 Democratic primary mayoral candidate Sal Albanese will forget any critical comments they made during the primary contest about de Blasio. As loyal Democrats, they will uickly endorse the winning candidate. Bloomberg barely won a third term in 200 against Thompson spending over 1 0 million to overcome a citywide five to one Democrat versus Republican voter registration advantage. Over the past four years, this enrollment gap has grown to a si to one Democrat versus Republican registration advantage. hota clearly has a fraction of the financial means of Bloomberg, making his race far more difficult. Democrats occupy the offices of city comptroller, public advocate, city council speaker, of 1 city council seats, four of five borough president offices and
four of five district attorney offices. Bloomberg's narrow 200 victory was assisted by numerous Democratic elected officials who crossed party lines to endorse Bloomberg or stay officially neutral. This time around Democrats are going to support one of their own to end the GOP's 20-year control of City Hall. Remember to the victor belongs the spoils. All yearn for control of City Hall along with the political patronage and potential contracts. Bloomberg abandoned the Republican Party, whose ballot line he rented for convenience in winning a third term. He has continued his past track record of doing little to help finance and run serious Republican challengers against incumbent Democrats. Bloomberg's 200 reelection strategy was CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
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A Storm We Can Stop
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the event that ravaged our communities, we are struck by the reality that, after barely having restored much of what was lost, we now find ourselves faced with another storm on the horizon. Although not actually a weather event, this “storm” is one which poses a much more finite, devastating threat than did Sandy. Something which looms in our immediate future, and has the potential to virtually eradicate our communities. What we speak of is a manmade “governmental storm” that brings with it the intention to impose insurance hikes on shoreline communities that will virtually eliminate the potential for many people to keep their homes or their property. At the eye of the “storm” is FEMA. In the past, those of us residing in territories where flooding is indicated, have lived with the protection of subsidized national flood insurance programs, however with the drafting and introduction of the BiggertWaters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, those “life-saving” subsides will be all but banished. The trickledown effect stemming from the consequences of the passage of this act will have detrimental impact resulting in irrevocable damage. The financial burden on homeowners to sustain their living arrangements will be too great to bear, leading to decreased property values and tax base val-
ues, as well as driving many properties into foreclosure. As concurrent changes to the flood maps occur, insurance rates will be subject to increases two to 10 times their current cost, within the next five years. For communities like Broad Channel and Howard Beach, where many young couples have laid down their roots and invested their savings in trying to build the American dream, the ramifications are harrowing. It is for the aforementioned reasons - and so many others - that we implore you to stand with your neighbors on Saturday, Sept. 28 at a rally to be held at the Broad Channel American Legion Hall. The rally is one of more than a dozen to be held simultaneously in at least eight states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa and Hawaii. The goal of these rallies is the repeal of the Biggert-Waters Act and the institution of a solid national flood insurance program that allows each of us the choice to maintain the dreams we have invested our lives in. Without pressure on our government, these provisos will strangle any chance of restoration and preservation of the communities that were built on trust for a government that encouraged our cooperation in developing and expanding waterfront areas, despite the drawbacks to living in such zones. While we may never see the billions of dollars needed to install gates and other physical measures to beat back flood waters, we can
stop this storm by the government by demanding the reversal of this act. The rally is fueled by growing disappointment in FEMA and the atrocities committed against us by the insurance industry after the damages suffered. Remember this is a national effort and its power is reinforced by the strength of numbers. This week, the City Council passed a resolution sponsored by Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) calling upon the United States Congress to amend the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. Since 1968, the government of the United State of America has provided flood insurance at affordable rates in exchange for American families to aid in the development of coastal and riverfront areas by living in them. Since then, more than five million families put their trust in the government and sunk their life savings into properties they may no longer be able to maintain if they are subjected to the new insurance proposal. We may not be able to harness wind and water but this attempt by our own government to take us by storm is one we can certainly combat effectively. This is one storm we can stop. It’s one storm we better stop.
Join Us: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 12:00pm Broad Channel American Legion 209 Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel, NY
deliberate in not spending any significant time campaigning or fundraising for GOP challengers. He didn't want to increase turnout of registered Democrats or offend incumbent Democrat Party public officials. As a result, he has virtually no GOP allies in City Hall holding the offices of comptroller or public advocate. There are only a handful of GOP elected officials to assist any 2013 Republican mayoral candidate. Virtually all are from Staten Island. This predominantly middle class borough still remains competitive for Republicans despite a 2 to 1 Democrat to Republican voter registration advantage. Crossover Democrats, who voted for Giuliani and Bloomberg continue to move out of town, retire out of state or succumb to old age. There has been no successful GOP outreach to Caribbean, Hispanic, Asian or other new immigrants along with middle class African Americans. Once the GOP loses any incumbent, they are rarely able to reclaim the district. Bloomberg may go down in the history books as the last Big Apple Republican mayor prior to his change in party enrollment to blank several years ago. Larry Penner Great Neck
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Queens County Democrats threw their support behind a mayoral candidate they did not endorse in the primary – Public Advocate Bill de Blasio – Monday afternoon, when the Brooklyn politician vowed to reach out to the Queens residents he said had long been ignored by the Bloomberg administration and slammed his opponent for accusing him of being a “Democratic socialist.” “This is going to be a major building block in our victory,” de Blasio said of the endorsement at a press conference outside Queens Borough Hall that drew a sea of Democratic legislators and civic leaders. Many of those who spoke, including de Blasio, emphasized the party’s “unity” in backing the Democratic candidate, who is running against Republican and former Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota – and who did not land the backing of the party during the primary that pitted him against eight others. The county’s Democrats had endorsed the race’s once frontrunner, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), who came in third, behind de Blasio and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, in the Sept. 10 election. “No Democrat, that I know of, in this borough is behind any other candidate,” said U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx), chairman of the Queens County Democrats. “He has fought his entire career for the least amongst us,” Crowley said of the city’s public advocate who lives in Park Slope and once represented parts of Brooklyn in the City Council. Crowley specified that while a couple legislators were not present at the press conference – in-
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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, center, landed an endorsement for the Democratic candidate's bid for mayor from U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley and the Queens County Democrats outside Queens Borough Hall Monday.
cluding his cousin, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), and Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) – de Blasio still had their support. De Blasio, who has also recently landed endorsements from President Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, addressed divides among the city’s Democrats – who outnumber Republicans by about 6:1 – following a roller coaster of a primary that saw the rise and fall of Quinn and former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. “The first work we have to do is unifying the party,” de Blasio said. The candidate also emphasized Monday many of the campaign platforms he highlighted during the primary – including access to affordable housing and supporting mom and pop shops. “We think it’s the job of the government to help small businesses – not stand in the way of small businesses, as the Bloomberg administra-
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tion has done” he said. “I’m on the side of working class people, middle class people in all five boroughs – let me repeat that, all five boroughs,” de Blasio continued. “…All boroughs are create equal, and it’s the job of City Hall to treat all boroughs equally.” Saying that outgoing Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has had to fight for – and battle against cuts to – funding from City Hall, the Democratic candidate stressed that “Queens has very particular needs and a mayor has to understand those needs.” “A mayor has to spend some time here on the ground to understand those needs,” de Blasio said as a verbal slap to Bloomberg, who a number of Queens residents have accused of not spending enough time in the borough – particularly following Hurricane Sandy. The public advocate also issued harsh words for his Republican opponent, who on Monday called de Blasio a “Democratic socialist” and lambasted him for supporting Nicaraguan revo-
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lutionaries in the 1980s – as depicted in a frontpage article in Monday’s New York Times – and traveling to Cuba for his honeymoon. “I am not surprised that my opponent will throw labels and call names,” de Blasio said. “That’s a Republican tactic. That’s a right-wing tactic… I’m very proud to be a progressive. I’m very proud to be a Democrat.” Responding to the Times’ piece on de Blasio’s previous support for Sandinista revolutionaries – leftist rebels who were denounced in the 1980s by the Reagan administration as Communists but who progressives praised for fighting what they said was a repressive Central American dictatorship – Lhota said at a press conference on Monday that his opponent’s political ideology was “unfortunate.” The Times piece reported on how de Blasio’s time in Nicaragua as a 26-year-old – when he helped to distribute food and medicine to the war-torn nation – went on to shape his own political leanings. After helping the revolutionaries in the 1980s, de Blasio said he has gone on to criticize the Sandinistas for cracking down on dissenters. In the article, the reporter says de Blasio told individuals in Nicaragua that he backs “Democratic socialism.” “Quite honestly, there are words that I don’t like to use, but his own words – in his own words – called himself a Democratic socialist,” Lhota said at a press conference outside the United Nations on Monday. “It’s really unfortunate that’s the level that we’ve come to in this city.” De Blasio did not say at today’s press conference whether or not he had described himself as a Democratic socialist. “I believe in a more just society,” de Blasio said in response to questions about the article.
By Anna Gustafson Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota’s campaign got a boost this week with an endorsement from Staten Island’s borough president - as well as with a recently released poll that reported 25 percent of Democrats who cast their ballot for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) in the primary expect to back the former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “Then and now, Joe Lhota has the experience, the leadership skills, and the common sense judgment to lead our City forward and continue to help Staten Island prosper,” Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro said Friday. Lhota said it meant “a great deal to me to accept Jim Molinaro’s endorsement,”citing the borough president’s work to increase transportation, improve schools and create good-paying jobs. Lhota’s campaign also welcomed this week’s news that, in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 6:1 margin, a poll conducted on behalf of the nonprofit Transportation Alternatives found that about one-quarter of voters who supported Quinn in September’s primary will not be casting ballots for the Democratic mayoral candidate, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Instead, the poll, conducted by Penn Schoen Berland and first reported by Crain’s, documented that those individuals expect to throw their support behind Lhota. Quinn landed about 15 percent of the approximate 700,000 Democrats who voted in the primary - and 25 percent of that is not a number which, if secured by Lhota, guarantees the Republican a victory. Additionally, de Blasio, according to a Marist poll released last week, is leading Lhota 65 percent to 22 percent. Still, the Transportation Alternatives poll landed smiles from
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Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, right, garnered the endorsement of Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro this week.
Lhota’s campaign, representatives from which have long said they believe they will receive support from middle-of-the-road Democrats in the general election. “We always knew we’d be the underdog in this race and once New Yorkers learn more about Bill’s radical policies, they will be looking for a more practical alternative,” Lhota spokeswoman Jessica Proud said following the publication of the Marist poll. “Joe’s experienced leadership and solutions to expand the mid-
dle class will resonate with everyday New Yorkers in all five boroughs.” Lhota has continued to emphasize what he argues are de Blasio’s “radical policies” this week, slamming his Democratic opponent after a front page New York Times piece came out documenting the public advocate’s support for Sandinista revolutionaries - leftist rebels who were denounced in the 1980s by the Reagan administration as Communists but who progressives praised for fighting what they said was a repressive Central American dictatorship. The Times piece reported on how de Blasio’s time in Nicaragua as a 26-year-old - when he helped to distribute food and medicine to the war-torn nation - went on to shape his political leanings. After helping the revolutionaries in the 1980s, de Blasio said he has gone on to criticize the Sandinistas for cracking down on dissenters. In the article, the reporter says de Blasio identified himself as a “Democratic socialist.” “Bill de Blasio needs to explain himself - and explain himself now - to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who escaped Marxist tyranny in Asia, Central America, and from behind the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe,” Lhota said in an emailed statement. “Mr. de Blasio’s involvement with the Sandinistas didn’t happen in 1917; it happened 70 years later when the cruelty and intrinsic failure of Communism had become crystal clear to anyone with a modicum of reason. Mr. de Blasio’s class warfare strategy in New York City is directly out of the Marxist playbook. Now we know why.” At a press conference outside Queens Borough Hall on Monday, de Blasio railed against Lhota’s accusations. “Fighting for equality to me...is my life’s work,” de Blasio said. “I’m not surprised my opponent will throw labels and call names. That’s a Republican tactic. That’s a right-wing tactic.”
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By Alan Krawitz Tuesday night’s runoff election debate between public advocate candidates state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn, Manhattan) and City Council Member Letitia James (DBrooklyn) was a spirited and often contentious affair that, at times, seemed to turn more on the unpopularity of Mayor Bloomberg than a serious discussion on the qualifications for the office they hope to hold. The debate, moderated by NY1’s Errol Louis and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, was held Tuesday night, just a week before the scheduled runoff election on Oct. 1. The runoff is mandated by state law because neither candidate was able to get at least 40 percent of the vote in the primary earlier this month. Political experts predict voter turnout will be exceptionally low because the public advocate will be the only race on the ballot combined with the fact that many New Yorkers are woefully ignorant of the function of public advocate, which is essentially an ombudsman and watchdog charged with helping residents in all five boroughs on a variety of issues from housing to employment. During the course of the hour-long debate, the candidates took turns sparring with each other on everything from voting too often with the mayor and taking corporate money from developers and political action committees (PACs) to living off a trust fund. James, who called the public advocate basically a “system of checks and balances on the mayor,” reiterated how she challenged the Bloomberg Administration on issues such as term limits, the soda ban, economic policies which don’t pay people a living wage as well as the lack of affordable housing. A recurring James’ theme was also how the council member has repeatedly “stood-up to powerful interests in the city,” while she attempted to paint Squadron as a Bloomberg ally at best and lackey at worst, accusing him on more than one occasion of “carrying the mayor’s water in Albany.” In countering James’ assertions that he’s in lockstep with Bloomberg policies, Squadron said that James has voted “with Bloomberg 159 times in the city council,” and has agreed with
mayoral bills about 98 percent of the time. Squadron also accused James of taking corporate contributions from Coca-Cola while publicly attacking the mayor’s soda ban. He said that “raises a real concern,” adding that the public advocate has to be independent and free of conflicts of interest. He also touted the fact that he hasn’t taken any contributions from PACs. “The job of the public advocate,” said Squadron, “isn’t about being a thorn in the side of the mayor it’s to take on issues for people who don’t have anyone or anyplace else to turn to.” Acknowledging the heated nature of campaigning, James said, “I know this is a political season and I know that the attacks are going to come,” but she added that no one has ever questioned her integrity, and high-standards during her more than 20 year career in both city government and as a former public defender with Legal Aid. She then proceeded to accuse Squadron of being “silent on term limits and not endorsing Bill Thompson,” the Democratic mayoral candidate who challenged Bloomberg in 2008. Each candidate, alternately, accused the other of being too close to the mayor and his “failed” policies. In hammering home issues of transparency, which Squadron said was “crucial” to the office of public advocate, he asked why James didn’t disclose rental income from a brownstone she owns as well as not disclosing her tax returns. “In office, it’s all about transparency,” Squadron said. “Shouldn’t these issues raise questions about whether or not people can trust you?” he asked. Squadron then asked James to release her tax returns, as she had promised to do earlier in the campaign. James quickly agreed but not before accusing Squadron of living off a much publicized
“trust fund.” Squadron called the “trust fund” issue a personal attack and innuendo. When pressed by Lehrer on the trust fund issue, Squadron responded, “I don’t have a trust fund.” Asked about legislation they were each particularly proud of, Squadron pointed to his work in passing an assault weapons ban and in securing $75 million to help repair public housing projects. James said she was most proud of passing a tenant safety act in the city, mandating that repairs be completed in a timely fashion. Noting that the runoff election will cost taxpayers roughly $13 million, Louis asked each candidate their views on instant runoff voting, which would save taxpayers both time and money by determining winners based upon orders of preference. James said that much good could be done with the $13 million, such as hiring teachers, fire fighters, etc. She added that runoffs should only be reserved for the mayor. Squadron, while noting the expense of the runoffs,said that legislation should be passed to allow the city to move to instant runoffs. And, while the candidates were far apart on most issues, they did concur on some. When asked if they were interested in using the public advocate position as a springboard to mayor, as Bill de Blasio has seemingly done, both were adamant they were not interested in the office. In addition, both candidates also agreed on curtailing or reforming the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, extending casino gambling in the state, and supporting the passage of legislation allowing the use of medical marijuana. Both candidates also said they wereagainst the NYPD’s unlawful surveillance of the Muslim community. In closing arguments, Squadron again raised questions on James’ integrity, regarding contributions from prominent real estate developers. “It all goes to issues of transparency,” he said. For her part, James once again linked Squadron to the mayor’s “12 years of failed policies.”
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By Anna Gustafson Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Brooklyn) secured on Monday backing from the Queens County Democratic Party, while her opponent, state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn) landed support from other borough legislators in the week leading up to the Oct. 1 run-off. James and Squadron must participate in the special run-off because neither candidate received the 40 percent of votes in the primary needed to avoid such an election. The Queens County Democratic Party threw its support being James at the same time they announced they are backing current Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor. "She brings with herself compassion I've witnessed for 25 years," U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) said of James. "...As public advocate for New York City, she'll not only be the public advocate for Brooklyn her hometown - but for Queens, for the Bronx, for Staten Island, and, of course, for Manhattan." James said she was "honored" to land the endorsement. "Voters in Queens - and in every other borough - understand that New York City must work for everyone, not just the wealthy and the well-connected," James said. "I have taken on powerful interests on behalf of everyday New Yorkers my entire career. It's why I voted against Mayor Bloomberg's third term, helped reform stop-andfrisk and ban racial profiling, and cracked down on deceptive, anti-choice health centers that denied women the right to choose." Not all Democratic legislators in Queens, however, are backing the Brooklyn councilwoman, and Squadron has been endorsed by a series of borough politicians including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), and Assemblywoman AravellaSimotas (D-Astoria). Squadron also received the blessing of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “I endorsed Daniel because he has a record of getting results for everyday New Yorkers, from passing landmark gun laws to fighting for the housing, parks and transit families need,” Schumer said in a prepared statement. Squadron said in a prepared statement that he was “honored by the deep support our campaign has built around the five boroughs. “This campaign is all about making the Public Advocate’s office essential to our city so that it gets results for kids, families and seniors who need them.”
ri Co nt famil r n gambling o eration b sted By Samantha Geary Six people were indicted last week and charged with operating an illegal gambling ring that worked between Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau County. Authorities say the ring averaged around $3,000 in bets per day and took in more than a million dollars a year from numbers action. The defendants were identified as Saul Montalvo, 44, of 137-30 Lafayette Street in Ozone Park, his sister, Veronica Montalvo, 40, of 90-02 97 Avenue in Ozone Park, his son, Daniel Montalvo, 26, of 99-11 57 Avenue in Corona, Juan Arias, 41, of 85 Strong Street in the Bronx; Benny Maldonado, 60, of 60-81 Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood, and Rosa Rincon, 56, of 106-17 95 Avenue in Woodhaven. District Attorney Brown described the operation as “an old-fashioned numbers racket complete with betting parlors, wire rooms and runners
and collectors …” The arrests he said came as a result of a six-month investigation that “utilized both court-authorized wiretaps and physical surveillance” in order to dismantle this family-operated gambling ring. The defendants were arraigned in Queens County Supreme Court and charged with enterprise corruption, first-degree promoting gambling and first-degree possession of gambling records. Authorities confirmed that an investigation commenced in February 2013 into an operation being run by Saul Montalvo and his partner Juan Arias out of 593 Sutter Avenue in Brooklyn. The location served as a central wire room. There were fax machines on the premises which authorities say received betting slips from more than thirty numbers rooms across the three counties. Veronica Montalvo was the manager of the Sutter Avenue location while Rosa Rincon operated a second wire room at a house in Woodhaven.
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Daniel Montalvo and Benny Maldonando were responsible for collecting and distributing money to the betting parlors. Following the arrests last week, police executed court-authorized search warrants at twelve locations, including Saul Montalvo’s Lafayette Street residence, where, according to the criminal charges, the police recovered: • 120 Percocet, 75 Oxycontin, 35 Hydrocodone and betting slips; • A 9mm Taurus pistol loaded with a high-capacity magazine containing 16 rounds in addition to a .45 caliber Taurus pistol, a .45 caliber Ruger pistol, both of which were loaded , and more than $90,000 in cash from a safe inside a closet in the master bedroom. • Also found were a loaded 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun, a Smith & Wesson MP-15 assault rifle, as well three magazines all loaded with more than 10 rounds of ammunition from the laundry area.
The Mossberg shotgun and the MP-15 assault rifle are alleged to belong to Daniel Montalvo, who told police he had another MP-15 rifle at his Corona residence. In addition to the criminal charges outlined in the indictment, Saul Montalvo and his wife, Beatriz Velez, 33, have been variously charged in criminal complaints with third-, fifth- and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-, third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, first-degree promoting gambling and first-degree possession of gambling records. Daniel Montalvo, was also arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with second-, third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The two Montalvos and Velez each face up to fifteen years in prison if convicted on the weapons charges. Daniel Montalvo was ordered to return to court on October 2, 2013, and Saul Montalvo and his wife Beatriz Velez’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 10, 2013. In total twenty-six individuals were arrested on various charges.
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F m E e tr te The family of a young Richmond Hill woman who died after being electrocuted outside her house during Hurricane Sandy has filed a lawsuit against Con Edison, saying the 23-year-old burned to death because of the company’s alleged negligence. Lauren Abraham was killed Oct. 29 after stepping into a puddle and coming into contact with a severed electrical wire - after which she caught fire and screamed in pain in front of horrified neighbors and friends who could do nothing because of the live wire, according to the suit. The lawsuit stated that Abraham, a makeup artist who worked for several professional companies and an aspiring teacher, burned for about half an hour before emergency workers arrived at the scene. According to the suit, which seeks unspecified damages, Abraham would not have died had Con Edison turned off the power and maintained the wires. “The electrical voltage of the line horrifyingly caused Ms. Abraham to burst into flames,” the lawsuit states. “Ms. Abraham, be-
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Lauren Abraham, 23, was a makeup artist and aspiring teacher when she died after she was electrocuted outside her Richmond Hill home during Hurricane Sandy.
loved by everyone who met her, then burned alive, writing and screaming while her neighbors and friends looked on, unable to help because the power line was still live.” According to the suit and other published
reports, Abraham had gone outside around 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 to take photos and video of the storm that devastated much of New York City. Her mother had been working a double
shift at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Connecticut when Abraham’s boyfriend called her the day after the storm to ask if her daughter had really died. It was the first she had heard of the end of her child’s life. Abraham, known as Lola to friends and family, had been attending beauty school, as well as studying at Lehman College to become a social studies teacher. She was a graduate of Martin Van Buren High School. On a Facebook memorial page dedicated to Abraham, friends remembered the woman as a “beautiful and passionate young makeup artist. “She touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with and will forever be in our hearts,” the statement goes on to read. On the same memorial page, friends called Abraham a “stunning and gifted makeup artist” who was “adventurous, funny, loving, compassionate and fiercely loyal. “She was a beloved daughter, a sister, an aunt, a true friend and love,” the memorial page says.
Two cops arrested for selling accident reports illegally to runners, now face bribery charges By Patricia Adams Two cops who decided to try a little “moonlighting” on the job were arrested after they were found to have been selling official copies of NYPD accident reports as part of a victim solicitation set-up. Authorities say that although the pair was involved in the same type of scheme, they were working independently of one another. The district attorney’s office identified the two officers as Danny Cano, 36, assigned to the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights and Roberto Espinal, 44, who is assigned to the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst. The arrests unfolded as the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Affairs
Department in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Integrity Bureau in response to allegations that employees of the NYPD were engaged in selling accident reports and the information contained in them It is alleged that the officers were providing the information to individuals known as “runners” – commonly known as accident chasers, these people find accident victims and bring them to medical providers and physicians in order to maximize cases where insurance is involved. The officers were not authorized to distribute or disseminate such information and were charged last weekend when they appeared before Queens Criminal Court Judge Gene Lopez. Cano is charged
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with nine counts of third-degree bribe receiving and one count of official misconduct. Espinal is charged with two counts of third-degree bribe receiving, five counts of second-degree receiving reward for official misconduct and one count of official misconduct. According a criminal complaint, between March and August 2013, Cano provided either copies of official NYPD accident reports or the information contained within of the names and addresses of thirteen accident victims to a “runner” in return for a total of $6,200 that he either received in cash or was directly deposited into a bank account controlled by him.
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A 58-year-old Elmhurst woman died in United States from Bangladesh in 1998 and a hit-and-run accident at Queens Boulevard worked for several years to be able to afford and 71st Avenue in Forest Hills Saturday to bring their son over. Her husband died last night, police said. year, according to other published reports. Long known as the “Boulevard of Death,” NisathHossain, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was reportedly walking home from her Queens Boulevard has been criticized for job at McDonald’s around 10:15 p.m. when a years by transportation advocates and resisilver minivan traveling westbound struck her dents who say far too many lives have been lost on the roadway. and sped off, according to the NYPD. Recently, a group of residents have been She was brought to North Shore University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. securing signatures for a Transportation AlHossain was mourned by family and ternatives petition calling for additional traffriends, who described the woman as a dot- fic calming measures to be implemented on ing mother of her only child, Faisal Riaz, 35. Queens Boulevard - which runs from Long Hossain and her husband had moved to the Island City to Jamaica. Much of the boulevard 10 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • September 26, 2013
is about 12 lanes wide but expands to 16 lanes near Yellowstone Boulevard in Forest Hills. So far, individuals have collected more than 1,000 signatures for the petition that will be brought to community boards for support. The boards will be asked to urge the city Department of Transportation to implement such measures as protected bicycle lanes, dedicated bus lanes and better protected areas for pedestrians. “We’ve been working on Queens Boulevard for the past decade, and our vision is to transform the street into what we call a complete street - a street that accommodates everyone,” Miller Nuttle, of Transportation
In another complaint, between May August 2013, the alleged “runner” sent texts to Espinal requesting copies of NYPD accident reports containing the names of specific accident victims. It is alleged that Espinal would obtain the requested reports, meet the “runner” at various locations in Queens to turn over the reports. He received between $40 and $800 for providing the reports. In total, it is alleged that Espinal provided copies of official NYPD accident reports containing the names and addresses of seven accident victims to a “runner” in exchange for a total of $1,500 in cash payments Both defendants are ordered to return to court on October 9. They each face up to seven years if convicted.
Alternatives, said in a previous interview. Nuttle and other civic activists have noted that there have been changes made to Queens Boulevard in recent years, in part at the urging of Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), including the implementation of fencing to keep people from jaywalking and countdown clocks at crosswalks. Still, residents said the roadway is far too dangerous and should be a priority for the city DOT, considering it runs through much of the borough - passing through such neighborhoods as Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Elmhurst, Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Briarwood, and Jamaica.
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By Anna Gustafson In the face of looming insurance rates poised to increase dramatically and, some residents say, create ghost towns along the Queens waterfront after individuals are unable to empty their pockets any more to cover their houses, the City Council passed two resolutions aimed at helping homeowners still struggling nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy. One of the resolutions passed, sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), calls upon the United States Congress to amend federal legislation - known as the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 - in an attempt to mitigate the ramifications of the legislation that phases out subsidized insurance rates and allows for rate increase of 20 to 25 percent a year until properties reach actuarial status. While supporters of the legislation have said it was meant to make a debt-ridden National Flood Insurance Program more fiscally stable, homeowners in Queens - and throughout the country - have said the new rates would force many from their houses because they would no longer be able to afford to live there. “The City Council is sending a message to members of Congress urging them to get their act together and provide relief for Sandy homeowners and their families,” Ulrich said in a prepared statement. “Nearly one year after the storm, many people living on New York’s waterfront are still concerned about the possi-
bility of skyrocketing insurance premiums. We need to do everything we can to alleviate the financial burden that will be imposed by these federal mandates before it’s too late.” Among the recommendations spelled out in Ulrich’s resolution include reducing the amount by which insurance premium rates increase annually, allow properties that have been newly mapped into the floodplain to participate in the phase-in of actuarial rates, permit current subsidized rates to continue upon the sale of a property, allow for higher deductibles in order to reduce premiums, and dock the amount of premiums for the actual riskmitigating alterations owners make to their buildings. The Council also passed a resolution from Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), which was co-sponsored by Ulrich, that calls upon Congress to pass, and President Obama to sign, a bill to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. The legislation would offer assistance for owners of condominiums and housing cooperatives damaged by a major disaster. Among the thousands of structures affected by Sandy were cooperatives and condos, with these structures suffering extensive damage to individual units and common areas. Under current federal policy, coops and condos are considered business entities and therefore largely ineligible for federal aid to make much-needed repairs following disasters like last year’s hurricane.
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ity says it will take another look at application after originally re ecting it By Anna Gustafson For the men and women of Maspeth, their firehouse has long been more than just a place of brick and mortar. For nearly a century, it has been a place where the community gathers, where lifelong friends meet, where everyday heroes are made. It is a place where people routinely rush out to put their lives on the line for neighbors they may have never met - and they do it without a second thought. And on Sept. 11, 2001, the Maspeth firehouse became a place where 19 of its firefighters were lost - more than any other firehouse in the city - as well as a place that became synonymous with resiliency and community as the firefighters’ colleagues, family and friends wove an unbreakable web of support that continues to this day. It was all of this - the building’s history and the role it played helping in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks - that prompted Maspeth residents to call on the city to landmark the building that will turn 100 in 2014. After residents submitted an application to the city Landmarks Preservation Commission, the city originally rejected the bid for preservation but said just last week that the LPC would take another look at it. “I feel it’s not just a firehouse - there are plaques to all the heroes there; there are tools from the Sept. 11 site,” said Maxine Fisher, a Maspeth native who is leading the landmarking charge with her brother, Steve Fisher. “It’s a living memorial. It’s significant to the people alive today. “We’re constantly being told we’ll never for-
By Anna Gustafson A $6.92 million project to improve access to Highland Park’s Ridgewood Reservoir has been completed, and the site opened to the public last week. The project included new lighting, restored pathways, wheelchairaccessible entry points, and new fencing. Access to the pathways is available at Vermont Place, Highland Boulevard and Cy press Avenue. As visitors begin to stream into the area, police said they expect to increase patrols in and around the reservoir. While these improvements have
Maxine and Steve Fisher have landed support for the firehouse’s landmarking from individuals throughout the neighborhood, including Squad 288 Capt. Thomas Evans, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Juniper Park Civic Association President Robert Holden, and from relatives of Sept. 11 victims who Maxine Fisher said “still find solace in the place.” “Even though some of them don’t live in Maspeth anymore, they are still an important support group to each other,” she added. Last week, the Fishers spoke at the Community Board 5 meeting to encourage people to support preserving the firehouse, which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at 59-29 68 St. Speaking to those attending the CB 5 meetPhotos Courtesy Steve Fisher ing, Steve Fisher said he will forever remember Residents are urging city to landmark the Maspeth firehouse, which will celebrate its centennial in 2014 the firehouse on Sept. 11, 2001. “Twelve years ago, I witnessed firsthand the fall of the Twin Towers from my office window,” he said. “I walked eight miles home to Maspeth, and when I got to Grand Avenue and 69th Street and saw the firehouse, little did I know that it had suffered more loss than any other fire station in the city.” The building, the Fishers said, is a place that deserves to be landmarked so it may remain a reminder to the community that, even in our darkest days, there is a place where people will reach out their hands to help, no matter what. Anna Gustafson/The Forum Newsgroup Thousands of people attended a memorial for the victims “There are no landmarked buildings in MasSteve and Maxine Fisher speak at last week's Community of Sept. 11, 2001 days after the attack that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters from Squad 288 and Hazmat 1 in Board 5 meeting about the importance of preserving the peth that will be protected for all time - why firehouse. Maspeth. not start with a building that has had such an get Sept. 11, but if, in the future, this firehouse in its place, how can we say we’ll never forget?” important historical role?” Maxine Fisher is demolished and sold and something goes up she continued. asked.
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from 1858 to 1959 and has reverted to wetlands, meadows and forests after being decommissioned in 1990, but these plans are not expected to be implemented anytime soon due to a lack of funds. The plans presented by the Parks Department over the summer vary in scope, including building a pedestrian bridge and restoring habitat, creating a tree canopy walk and boat dock access, and building a waterthemed playground for children. Photos Courtesy Daniel Avila/NYC Parks Civic leaders have said they are Residents can now walk along newly opened pathways at the Ridge- The city's project to improve the Ridgewood Reservoir included new most in favor of passive recreation lighting, wheelchair-accessible entry points and new fencing. wood Reservoir. being at the reservoir and would, for been made, other long-discussed ment because there is no funding Department officials unveiled pro- example, likely be opposed to someplans for the 62-acre three-basin res- for them. posals for the Ridgewood Reservoir, t h i n g l i k e a w a t e r - t h e m e d ervoir are not making any moveOver the summer, city Parks which provided water for Brooklyn playground.
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Pairing ids With Pets Safety tips to protect youngsters and pets
ids and pets will develop a stronger ond i they learn to respect each other's space.
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n many families, kids and pets get along famously. Many youngsters are natural born animal enthusiasts while pets tend to respond to kids' gentle and loving nature. But the bond between kids and pets is one that develops over time, and parents welcoming a new pet into their home should know that this transition is not always easy. Teaching kids to treat pets with love and respect and watching pets to ensure kids are safe in their company can help calm parents' nerves. The following tips, courtesy of the ASPCA, can ensure both kids and pets stay safe while building a strong bond and a healthy relationship. Teach kids to protect themselves from overexcited pets. Pets, especially puppies, can easily become overexcited. This can be mistaken for aggressiveness, especially by kids who might be scared. Teach kids to protect themselves from overexcited pets, including dog bite prevention. If kids fear their dog might bite them, then teach them to roll into a ball, protect their hands and face and call for help. Running and screaming might upset the dog, who then might go on the defensive. Teach kids to recognize signs of aggression. Sometimes dogs will use body language to let people know they do not wish to be approached. Adults and kids alike should familiarize themselves with these mannerisms as a safety precaution. If these signals are ignored, then the dog might bite to protect itself. Signs of defensive aggression include: ears back, pupils dilated tail down and tensed posture mildly crouched, weight over rear legs
muzzle tense, wrinkled and snarling, and teeth exposed When a dog is exhibiting any of these signs, adults and kids should not approach the dog and let it cool down. Keep kids' toys away from pets and vice versa. Kids' toys are not always pet-safe and pets' toys are not always safe for kids. Separate the two and explain to kids that they should not use their toys when playing with pets. Teach kids to respect a pet's safe spot. Pets may need a safe spot to which they can retreat and be sure no one will follow them. These spots are safe havens for pets, especially those adopted from shelters who might need more time to adjust to a new environment than a puppy or kitten. Teach kids to respect these safe spots, which might be a crate or a sleeping area, leaving pets alone when they retreat to such areas. Pets react defensively when others try to access their safe spots. Teach kids and pets rules for each game. When playing reward games, such as those when a pet gets a treat or toy if it behaves correctly, teach pets to sit in order to get their reward, and teach kids that the pet must be sitting in order to earn its reward. This can keep kids from being jumped on or accidentally bitten when a pet gets overexcited by the sight of a toy or treat. It also teaches pets that they can't get what they want simply by being physical. If the pet won't sit, then adults and kids should walk away without giving the pet its treat or toy. Parents who bring a new pet into their home often find the pet quickly becomes an irreplaceable member of the household. But parents should still take certain precautions to protect kids and pets alike.
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ost drivers would not allow a 40-pound unsecured weight to ricochet around the interior of their vehicles. Passengers and cargo are typically strapped in for safety. But if a driver is driving with an unsecured pet in his or her car, he or she could be putting everyone in the car at risk. The law states that children and adults should be buckled up when riding in a car. The same regulations do not always pertain to pet passengers, although some experts think they should. According to Christina Selter, the founder of California-based pet advocacy group Bark Buckle Up, pets can be very dangerous inside of a vehicle if they are not secured. A 60-pound Golden Retriever can hit you with 2,700 pounds of force in a 35 mileper-hour crash. A dog or cat that is allowed to roam freely inside a car can pose a distraction to the driver, potentially impeding a driver's line of vision or inadvertently bumping into the gear shift. A small animal could get down into the foot well on the driver's side and impede operation of the brakes or accelerator. In addition to the passengers and driver in the car, an un-
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secured pet poses a danger to itself. A dog or cat that is propelled through the car in a crash or sudden stop can risk injury or death. Even simply bumping noses on the dashboard or a seat can be very painful to the animal. Why it’s best to tie your furry friends down: A belt or tether secures the animal and prevents it from hanging its head out of the window, aside from theobvious jumping out, how about a piece of flying debris getting in their eyes or nose this can cause great harm. A harness will prevent a dog or cat from physically jumping out of the vehicle. Seeing a squirrel or other distractionsthat may arise outside could spell disaster to an unsecured pet. In the event of an accident, a pet seatbelt will keep the animal contained until emergency workers can assess the situation. A frightened or injured pet may scratch or bite. Having an excited animal on the loose can make rescue dangerous. When wearing a harness, the pet doesn't have to work as hard bracing itself while the car is maneuvering. The harness will keep it secure.
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f the days of looking forward to sitting and petting your new puppy and the excited sloppy kisses that he or she would lavish on your cheek are over, you’ve probably realized that where puppy breath has somewhat disappeared, it has been replaced by bad breath. You may run and hide from that once-precious pooch. Many changes take place as a cute puppy becomes an adult dog. Many pet owners notice that some dogs gain weight, become sluggish and develop foul breath as they age. This bad breath not only can be a nuisance, but also it can be a health problem for otherwise healthy dogs. “Halitosis, is a condition commonly reported by dog owners. There are many different causes of doggie breath, but the primary contributor is a dental problem. Some pet parents are not aware that dogs need to have their teeth brushed just like us. Food particles can getlodged between teeth and eventually rot, causing an odor. What's more, this food may cause bacteria to grow, which can decay teeth and lead to gum inflammation. If left untreated, plaque buildup and sore gums can progress to periodontal disease. According to veterinarians, plaque clings to the base of your dog's teeth, causing the gums to recede and become inflamed. nce the gums are in-
flamed, they tend to leak blood serum, which blends with the plaque, increasing the amount of bacteria in the dog's mouth. This appears as a yellowish coating on the dog's teeth. Some dogs affected by serious plaque buildup will eat less. Routinely brushing the dog's teeth can minimize plaque buildup. Feeding hard kibble, which can further dislodge any other food, and offering chew toys and bones will also help keep plaque problems at bay. If plaque is a major problem, a veterinarian may suggest a thorough cleaning under sedation. In addition to periodontal causes, bad breath may be a symptom of other serious conditions. Diseases of the kidneys, gastrointestinal disorders or even stomach cancer can cause bad breath. Diabetes and liver problems are also culprits in halitosis. In other cases, foreign objects that become lodged in the teeth, including the pet's own fur, can decompose and form a foul odor. The foreign objects also may irritate the skin and the gums. An infection that forms may produce an unpleasant odor. A pet with bad breath should be examined by a veterinarian, unless it is obvious that it is the result of something the dog ate, including stool or spoiled garbage. The following methods also may keep bad breath at bay. Brush your dog's teeth regularly. This helps prevent plaque buildup and will keep the gums healthy. Change the dog's food. Some canned foods may produce foul breath, as can feeding a dog raw meat. Prevent access to garbage if your dog is a routine scrounger in the trash. If your dog isn't eating much and looks frail, the breath may be a sign of a serious illness. Visit with a veterinarian promptly
It is best to secure your canine friend if you will be taking him for a ride in the car. There are many ways to secure pets in a motor vehicle. An animal crate that is belted down is one option, and a pet may be comfortable riding in a familiar crate and feel more secure as a result. For smaller dogs or cats, consider a pet booster seat that straps in with
the vehicle's safety belt. Some drivers have used children's booster seats with a pet harness. Harnesses that work with safety belts are also available. These can keep the pet in a sitting or lying-down position. Secure your pets and everyone will be happy
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ccording to the American Kennel Club, the Labrador retriever was once again the most popular dog in the United States in 2012, marking the 22nd consecutive year the breed has earned the top spot on the annual list. While the lab might have the top spot on lockdown, the rest of the top five was not so stable. While the German shepherd again came in second, the golden retriever pushed the beagle, which fell to fourth, out of the top three, while the bulldog became the fifth most popular dog in 2012, displacing the Yorkshire terrier, which fell to sixth. Rounding out the top 10 were the boxer, poodle, rottweiler and dachshund, which fell one spot while the rottweiler moved up one spot. Many of the same breeds atop the AKC list are just as popular in Canada, where the Canadian Kennel Club noted that the Labrador retriever, German shepherd and golden retriever were the most popular breeds in 2011, the most recent year for which the CKC has released statistics. The Shetland sheepdog (fifth), Bernese mountain dog (seventh) and miniature schnauzer (tenth) were dogs that cracked the Canadian top 10 but not the American top 10.
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By Patricia Adams Motorists traveling on the Jackie Robinson parkway on Saturday morning shortly before noon, say what happened there was nothing less than a miracle, after an out of control Jeep plunged through the rail and fencing of an overpass, landing on the busy roadway below. “It was like something out of a movie,” said Kerry O’Malley-Ryan. “I know you’ve heard that before, but this was like something out of a movie.” The 34-year-old mother of three was on her way to the city to shop for her twins 5th birthday presents. “I was just looking at the road and I saw something in the corner of my vision—it was like in slow motion and it just kept getting bigger and bigger.” Fischer said she really didn’t realize what was going on until the sound of the crash not more than a hundred feet before her sent a wave of shock through her. Cars traveling in both directions came to a screeching halt and onlookers from the top the overpass at Park Lane Square say everything was as though it were frozen down on the parkway for a couple of seconds and then there was screaming and a mad rush to help the people in the car. “It was like everyone just looked at each other in amazement,” said John Firth, a Forest Hills resident who had just crossed the street with Kelsey, his yellow Lab, for a run through the park. “No one there could believe that the car just landed
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Police, emergency service workers and onlookers watched as the late model Jeep Laredo was put back on its wheels revealing the crushed roof and shattered glass it sustained in a nearly 18 foot plunge.
on the road without hitting another car. Miraculous. Absolutely miraculous,” Firth said shaking his head. There were two women in the late model Jeep Laredo, above the
parkway on Union Turnpike when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle. The jeep jumped the curb and tore through metal barriers careening into the air and landing on
its roof about 18 feet below. One of the women trapped in the vehicle managed to kick out the windshield glass and people rushed to help get her out of the car. Both the driver and the passenger had minor scrapes and cuts. They were both taken to the hospital for observation
but there were no serious injuries sustained. Department of Transportation (DOT) crews arrived on the scene to install temporary cement barriers and patch up the gaping hole in the fencing. Traffic was shut down in both directions for nearly an hour.
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THE HAPPENINGS Thursday, Sept. 26
Friday, Sept. 27
Saturday, Sept. 28
Richmond Hill South Civic Association Meeting
Paper Making Workshop for Children With Autism
Knights of Columbus Hall 135-45 Lefferts Blvd., South Ozone Park - 7:30 p.m. All members of the community are welcome to attend the civic meeting. September’s event will feature Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder as the guest speaker.
Juniper Park Civic Association Town Meeting Our Lady of Hope School Eliot Avenue and 71st Street, Middle Village - 7:45 p.m. All members of the public are invited to attend the civic’s monthly town meeting, at which residents will be able to speak with the police commander and discuss issues regarding traffic, transportation, building, housing, and more. Elected officials will also be on hand to address questions and concerns. For more information, call (718) 651-5865 or visit www.junipercivic.com.
Polish-German Clubhouse 576 Fairview Ave., Ridgewood Free jazz is played every Friday evening at the Polish-German Clubhouse. For more information, call (347) 363-9101
Richmond Hill Historical Society Lecture on Female Racecar Driver The Richmond Hill Historial Society will present a lecture on Joan Newton Cuneo, a former Richmond Hill resident who was the country's premier female race car driver at the turn of the 20th century.
New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St., Corona - 10:30 a.m. Children with autism and their families are invited to transform recycled paper scraps and found objects like fabric fibers, leaves and flower petals into handmade paper. Preregistration is required. For more information, visit www.nysci.org.
Juniper Park Civic Association Clean-up
80th Street and 57th Avenue - 10 a.m. All members of the public are invited to help clean up the area on Saturday. Please be sure to wear old clothes and meet at 10 a.m. sharp. Those planning on attending should contact Len Santoro of the civic association Leonard Center, by emailing email@example.com. 86-13 112 St., Richmond Hill - 7:30 p.m. The Richmond Hill Historical Society 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. presents a lecture on Joan Newton Cuneo’s life and her role from 1905 to 1915 Everyone is invited to a special three-hour narrated sunset as the premier female racer in the United States and spokes- tour of Jamaica Bay aboard the Golden Sunshine ship. As woman for women drivers and good roads. During most of part of the event, you will learn about the history and ecology 155-55 Cross Bay Blvd. these important years, Cuneo lived on Church Street in Rich- of the bay and see nesting and migrating hawks, peregrine The Howard Beach Senior Center will offer art classes with a falcons, oystercatchers, ospreys, herons, egrets, Ibis, shoremond Hill. Refreshments will be provided. certified teacher from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., as well as from birds and waterfowl. 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The tour will be led by Don Riepe, Guardian of Jamaica Bay All individuals age 60 and older are welcome to attend. an0d noted local naturalist. The center is located on Cross Bay Boulevard across from The tour is $55 per person and includes wine, cheese, fruit Waldbaums. For more information, call (718) 738-8100. and snacks. It will depart from Sheepshead Bay’s Pier 4 at Emmons AvFlushing Town Hall enue and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing - 8 p.m. To purchase tickets by credit card, go tohttp://cruiseseptemThe Don Byron New Gospel Quintet - one of the most adber28th.eventbrite.com/ Individuals may also send a check mired jazz clarinetists and saxophonists in modern musicianfor $55 per person to the American Littoral Society, c/o Don ship - will play the eclectic sounds of jazz, blues and gospel. Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. Tickets are $20 and include light fare and one drink. The documentary The cruise is a cooperative program with the American For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org. "Vegucated" will play this Littoral Society, Gateway National Park Service, NYC Thursday, Sept. 26, as Audubon, and NYC Sierra Club. For more information, part of the Church-in-thevisitwww.littoralsociety.org, call (718) 474-0896, or email Gardens' environmental firstname.lastname@example.org film series in Forest Hills.
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Church-in-the-Gardens Environmental Film Series
50 AscanAve., Forest Hills - 8 p.m. The Church-in-theGardens will present “Vegucated” as its next film in the “Earth Matters: Films on the Environment” film series. It will be shown in the lounge of the church’s parish house. The film is open to the general public and free of charge. In this documentary, three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured with true, tales of weight loss and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture. The church’s film series focus on environmental concerns from a variety of perspectives. This year, the films are shown at 8 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month unless it clashes wtih a holiday.
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The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale
King Manor Museum Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets, Jamaica Cellist David Bakamjian, flutist Andrew Bolotowsky and harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky perform chamber music. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those attending will be able to sample fruit brandy and hard The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association and commucider similar to what was in Rufus King’s wine cellar. nity members are holding the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale at The event is free and open to the public. nearly 60 locations throughout the neighborhood on Sept. 28. For more information, visit www.kingmanor.org. A wide variety of merchandise will be available during the community event. For participating households, please see the map printed in the Happenings calendar. For more information, visit www.woodhaven-nyc.org, email email@example.com or call (718) 296-3735. 155-55 Cross Bay Blvd. The Howard Beach Senior Center offers a variety of bridge playing experiences. There is supervised bridge on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and duplicate bridge is offered on Fridays from 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Shops at Atlas Park The Howard Beach Senior Center is now located across from 80-00 Cooper Ave., Glendale - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Waldbaums on Cross Bay Boulevard and is open to anyone The “Make It In America” expo, sponsored by U.S. Rep. 60 or older. Grace Meng, will showcase a variety of local, American-made For more information, call (718) 738-8100. products. The exhibit aims to provide local entrepreneurs with
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We'll show you how to have a good time... Enjoy your community. featuring Dr. BianaTrost as the guest speaker. Dr. Trost, a board certified cardiologist with a practice at North Shore-LIJ Hospital in Manhasset, will speak to the audience about cardiology breakthroughs and overall best practices. The lecture will be given in the temple’s lower ballroom. A light breakfast will be served. Advance registration is required and is available online at www.rtfh.org. For more information, call (718) 261-2900.
15th Annual Fall Festival Car Show
More than 60 households will participate in this Saturday's Great Woodhaven Yard Sale.
Vintage and modern cars will be shown off at the 15th annual Fall Festival Car Show in Forest Park on Oct. 6.
Forest Park bandshell parking lot, Woodhaven 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The East Coast Car Association will sponsor this yearly fall festival car show, which will feature a live band, trophies, goody bags and door prizes. There is a $20 donation for individuals showing cars and motorcycles. All donations will go to St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. For more information, call Bob at (917) 385-2322 or Lou at (917) 682-5362.
a platform to display their talents and wares. baked goods and clothes. There will also be numerous attracStaff will be on hand to provide resources to help individutions for children and families, including rides. als deal with the Small Business Administration and navigate For more information, visit www.foresthillschamber.org. through federal programs that offer services to businesses and entrepreneurs. If you own a business within Congressional District 6, Forest Park bandshell parking lot - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or the greater Queens or New York City area, and wish to participate in the event or get more information about All members of the public are welcome to bring items for reit, call Meng’s office at (718) 445-7860 or (718) 445-7861. cycling to this annual event that is held rain or shine. Items that will be accepted for recycling are: clothing, coats bedding, linens paired shoes, scarving, belts, hats, handbags, computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, typewriters, televisions, scanners, copiers, printers, batteries, laptops, cameras, wires, air conditioners, telephones, cable 59-03 Summerfield St., Ridgewood boxes, fans, VCR tapes, paper, residential carpeting, and Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 - 11 a.m. household goods such as dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council presents a market pots and drapes. featuring a wide variety of goods, including antiques, art, and For more information, please call (718) 738-1111. food. There will be handmade, local and vintage items for sale. Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village - 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit RidgewoodMarket.com. The “Zombies Into Action” walk will go up and down Metropolitan Avenue and end up at Pat’s Sports Bar at 73-13 Metropolitan Ave. The event costs $35 per entry and includes a limited edition t-shirt, entry to the Walking Dead Season 4 Premier Party, a Coors Light draft voucher, and the “All the Flesh You Can Eat” buffet. Participants must be 21 years old or over. For those who only want to participate in the walk, Gotham Thrift Shop - 60-47 Myrtle Ave., Ridgewood the cost is $20. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Play4Autism, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Rain date Sunday, Oct. 6 a Middle Village-based organization that works with children The Ridgewood Market presents a Halloween clothes swap Flushing Meadows Corona Park with autism and their families. for children and adults. The entry fee is $8 if you bring clothes Space is limited. Call Greg at ((718) 894-3400 or visit 111th Street and 55th Avenue - 9 a.m. The third annual Queens Walk to End Alzheimer’s will raise mon- and $10 without clothes. Items that are wanted to swap inwww.Play4Autism.org for more information. ey for the Alzheimer’s Association. Last year, the walk raised clude children’s and adults’ Halloween clothes, regular clothes for children and adults, shoes, and accessories. $93,000 and residents are hoping to do even better this year. For more information, visit Ridgewoodmarket.com. For more information, and to sign up for the walk, visit http://www.alz.org/nyc, or reach Alzheimer’s Association representative Candace Douglas at (800) 272-3900 or via MacDonald Park - Queens Boulevard and 70th Avenue email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A total of 150 potted small trees will be available for residents Madison Street between Forest and Fairview avenues, to adopt and plant on their property for free. Ridgewood - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who wish to participate should register online. If you A flea market to benefit the library will include more than 25 choose not to reserve your tree online, a limited quantity will vendors, free face painting, a cartoonist, hot dogs, cakes, be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If trees are 34th Avenue between 80th and 81st streets drinks, and more. At the event, residents can sign up for a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. remaining at the end, you can adopt more than one tree. Thousands of books that cost no more than $2 each will be avail- free library card, as well as renew their membership or join For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Foresable for residents to peruse at this yearly literary extravaganza. Friends of the Ridgewood Library and choose 10 free books. tHillsTreeGiveaways or email Michael Perlman There will also be music entertainment. For more information, visit www.jacksonheightslife.com. at email@example.com.
Forest Park Recycling Day
Ridgewood Market Weekend Flea Event
Sunday, Sept. 29
Queens Walk to End Alzheimer’s
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Cardiology Lecture at Reform Temple of Forest Hills
Austin Street between 69th and 72nd roads - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 200 store owners will show off their goods at the annual Shop Forest Hills Fall Festival, which is organized by 71-11 112 St., Forest Hills - 10:30 a.m. the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. As part of the event, The Reform Temple of Forest Hills is partnering with North shoppers will be able to peruse everything from candles to Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital to present a symposium
Free Tree Giveaway in Forest Hills
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By Kate Bubacz “Do you want to participate in a performance?” Sandra Vucicevvic asked a passerby on a picture-perfect fall day in Kew Gardens last Sunday. “I’m not artistic,” the woman hesitated, looking at the offered paintbrush covered in a cheerful green. “It doesn’t matter, it’s a community art project,” Vucicevvic explained. “Oh, why not,” the woman’s friend said, taking the offered brush and tracing the paint on a canvas which bore the marks of several dozen other participants. This is exactly the kind of exchange the Vucicevvic was looking for. Her most recent project, Brush Votes, is a performance piece where members of the community place a single stroke of paint onto a canvas, allowing the audience to become the artist while Vucicevvic looks on. The Queens Art Council is sponsoring Sandra’s project, but one would think that the idea was developed just for Sunday's Kew Gardens Community Arts Festival, which had art and artists peeking out of corners and taking over intersections in an effort to showcase the creative talent that is in abundance in the neighborhood - and borough. Grace Anker, the owner of the local pottery workshop Potters Wheel, said that three potters from her workshop participated in the day’s event, but that it has drawn the interest of potters in other boroughs as well.
Sandra Vucicevvic looks on as two passerbys add brush strokes to her project, Brush Votes.
“I’m very enthusiastic about this…it gives people here a chance to see local artists, and it gives local artists a chance to be appreciated," Anker said. "It’s opening doors to other communities." Ali Hashmi, the owner of the Darbar Mehak, a Kew Gardens Indian restaurant, manned an outdoor buffet of samosas, chicken tikka and saag paneer that served as the main refreshment booth at the festival. “Carol told me about her project, and I thought this would make it better for the community,” he said. The Carol he cited is Carol Lacks, a force of a woman who serves on the board of the Kew Gardens Improvement Association. Her name is
Fay Shemper, 11; Abigail Glezer, 10; and Ilana, 9, work on Fay's chalk drawing of a beach scene.
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce is also be honored at the chamber's dinner in calling on Queens' more creative denizens to November. Any medium may be used. put forward ideas for the group's new logo. Photos of all the winners will be submitted The organization launched its to area newspapers for publication. Entries should be no larger than 11-inches by 14-inches and should be brought or mailed to the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, C/O Zum Stammtisch Restaurant, 69-46 Myrtle Ave. Glendale, NY 11385. Entries may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before Oct. 31. All designs will become property of on Sept. 1, and the competition will run the chamber and cannot be returned. through Oct. 31. Anyone of any age may enter the contest, For more information, and there will be prizes for first place, second email the chamber at place and an honorable mention. Winner will email@example.com.
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referenced everywhere when asked why artists, visitors and vendors are attending in the event: Carol invited me. The Community Arts Day is her latest project to improve Kew Gardens. Past projects include Empty Bowls, an international movement to fight hunger; Wishes for the World, a Tibetan peace flag project which is being showcased as decoration; and a tile-quilt project. “There are a lot of artists in this neighborhood and in Queens in general, and in order for people to know that, we have to do public things,” she said, walking quickly between chalk drawing and the information booth, stopping every so often to say hi to passersby. “We also want people to come to the stores,”
she continued. “Our merchants are great. We know who they are, and we want people to meet them.” To achieve this, the information booth handed out green cards that had a map of participating vendors and locations of artwork, with a spot for stamps on the back. Completed cards were eligible to win prizes in an afternoon raffle. The premise is simple: the more places in the neighborhood you visit, the more art you see, the more stamps you get, the better to win prizes. The map was also handy for one not familiar with Kew Gardens, as the art fair sprawled across the downtown in a hopscotch pattern. Turning down one side street yields a comic-book stand where Kevin Anglaide and Alton Taylor were showcasing their graphic art books and prints. Another corner had the next generation of artists drawing in chalk. “I like sketching,” said Abigail Glezer, 10, while helping her friend, Fay Schemper, complete an elaborate beach scene. Both girls are seriously contemplating their masterpiece, gloved hands blackened with chalk. “I like school art!” Her sister Daniella Glezer, 9, added, not to be outdone. “I love this place,” said Anna Reza, a photographer whose young daughter, Zaira, 6, is doodling with chalk alongside her father, illustrator Geovanny Lopez. “I have four words: community sharing arts and culture," Lack said. "That’s what we’re trying to do here.”
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The Kew Gardens Community Art Day last Sunday drew people from throughout Queens.
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Police are searching for Eduardo Baltizar, 24, who allegedly punched his girlfriend in the eye and hit his baby in the forehead while he was in the car with the two of them, said Capt. Christopher Manson, commanding officer of the 104th Precinct. The incident occurred on Seneca Avenue in Ridgewood around 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, according to the NYPD. "He's number one on our domestic violence wanted list," Manson said. Baltizar is a Hispanic male who is about 5-foot-5-inches and weighs approximately 150 pounds. Anyone with information should call the 104h Precinct at (718) 386-3004 or NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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The Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation Proudly Hosts The Annual
Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade
2013 Honorees Joann Ariola – Peter Vallone Jr. – Luigi Moccia – Al Perno
Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM Kick Off Cross Bay Blvd. at 156th Avenue For further information call 718.641.3469
8th Annual Gala Dinner Dance featuring Angelo Venuto • Italian Tenor Christopher Macchio DJs Jack LaSala/Satisfaction Guaranteed & Nicky Guida/2+2 Entertainment
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Russo’s On The Bay 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard Beach, NY 11414 Cocktails and Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $135 per person Please RSVP by October 1st • Call 718.641.3469
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