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A NEW BEGINNING Hundreds attend Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s inauguration PAGE 5 Phil Goldfeder, center, is ceremonially sworn into office by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, second from right, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, right. He is joined by his wife, Esther, and their children, Asher and Eliana.
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Council approves parking permits Pols cross neighborhood, party lines in resident parking debate by Michael Gannon Associate Editor
City Council vote on Nov. 3 sent a controversial request to the state legislature. The council voted by a 40-8 margin to ask for permission to study and set up a residential parking permit system in an effort to help residents in areas with heavy parking congestion. The request, now headed to Albany, backs proposals by state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn and Manhattan) and Assemblywoman Joan Millman (D-Brooklyn) that are aimed at the soon-to-be completed Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which will host large events such as professional basketball, but will provide fewer than 2,000 parking spaces for those who attend. Under the bills, residents in certain designated neighborhoods could purchase permits that would allow them to use up to 80 percent of the spaces in the designated area. And the council vote made for some odd bedfellows in the Queens delegation. Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Peter Koo (R-Flushing), whose district includes Citi Field, voted “no,” as did Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Included in the “yes” votes were Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Jimmy Van Bramer
(D-Sunnyside) and Karen Koslowitz (DForest Hills). Ulrich said the proposal is not the draconian decree that some opponents have painted it. “I have several neighborhoods in my district where people can’t park on their own street,” the councilman said. “In Howard Beach, airline employees or passengers will park near the Air Train to get to the airport, and their cars can sit there for a week or two.” He said the same happens in places like South Ozone Park. “This would not be for every neighborhood, and not in neighborhoods where people don’t want it,” he said. “We’re asking the legislature to let us study it. Let us set up a pilot program and take a look.” Vallone, whose own district has parking spaces going at a premium, isn’t convinced, at least not yet. “One, all this was done in a few days,” he said. “I didn't have the opportunity to go into my community to get any input. Two, I’m very nervous about giving the government any new revenue streams. Just look at what happened to tolls and building permit fees. They have gone up and this would go the same way.” Vallone also admitted he isn’t crazy about the home rule provisions that the city is saddled with in Albany. “We’re actually giving the state permission
Some residential city streets, like this block in Rego Park, could have resident-only zones under bills pending in Albany. The City Council last week passed a measure approving the bills by a vote PHOTO BY PETER C. MASTROSIMONE of 40-8. to allow the council to give individuals permission to do something,” Vallone said. “I don’t think there’s a ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ jingle for that.” Koslowitz and Crowley both were won over by provisions that would protect business and commercial streets. Conventional wisdom since passage in the Council is that the vote will be meaningless, with many saying the measure is dead on arrival in the GOP-controlled state Senate.
It was a contention Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) did little to dispel in a statement issued last week which appeared to line up with Vallone. “Unfortunately the New York City Council is once again trying to pick the pockets of city residents,” he said. “The idea that someone would have to pay to park in front of their own house is ludicrous.” Golden also is not sold on the idea that Q business districts would be protected.
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Casino traffic is a big headache — residents Congestion is ‘unconscionable,’ residents say at CB 10 meeting by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
ore than 65,000 visitors flocking to the casino at Aqueduct in South Ozone Park for opening weekend meant big business for Resorts World New York, but major traff ic headaches for area residents, according to individuals who spoke at the Community Board 10 meeting last week. “We cannot have our quality of life compromised,” said Midge Hammack, who has lived on 114th Street in South Ozone Park for decades. “What happened last Friday was unconscionable. I couldn’t even get to my driveway.” A series of residents echoed Hammack’s sentiments at the community board’s meeting last Thursday, saying that traffic was so dense that they had trouble maneuvering down a single block. “The traffic is nonstop,” said Margaret Finnerty, a CB 10 member and president of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association. “I cannot get on Rockaway [Boulevard] in the morning.” An estimated eight million visitors are expected to flock to the casino annually, though it is unknown how many of them could come by car. The casino opened Oct. 28 to a crowd that lined up to enter the facility hours before it opened.
Elliot Gangaram, who lives on 114th Street, was one of a number of residents to complain about traffic changes in South Ozone Park after the casino at Aqueduct opened. PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON
Casino officials have stressed that residents can easily access the racino via public transportation, including by the Asubway and city buses. CB 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton stressed that the volume of traffic residents experienced on opening weekend should be an anomaly and expects the numbers of cars to decrease as time goes on. “The traffic issues will continue to be a concern that needs to be addressed,” Braton said. “When we know what the day-to-day traffic pattern will be, we will address that.” Capt. Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, also said the traffic impact is an “unknown.” “That Friday there were def inite crowd issues,” Pascale said of the casino’s opening day, which drew about 30,000 people to the facility. “But we made it through that day. By Sunday, it looked like things were running smoothly. This weekend should be more of a normal weekend.” While the NYPD has not allocated additional permanent off icers to the 106th Precinct in light of the casino opening, there were many more cops on hand for the first weekend, according to public affairs officer Kenny Zorn.
“We had over 130 cops for the three days, and 66 traffic agents,” Zorn said. “They definitely earned their overtime that weekend.” Patrick Jenkins, a spokesman for Resorts World, said the 65,000 people who attended the opening weekend far exceeded the company’s expectations. The casino reportedly raked in about $15 million in the first 10 days it was open, not including revenue from food. “We’ve added more personnel in the casino — more security, more cleaning,” Jenkins said. “The police did an outstanding job. As we move forward, we’ll make adjustments and changes.” Residents said they hope relief comes to the area soon. Elliot Gangaram, who also lives on 114th Street in South Ozone Park, said he is frustrated that the Q37 bus now makes stops at the casino early in the morning. “Why is the 37 stopping at the casino so early in the morning, when people are trying to get to work?” Gangaram asked. “It makes no sense, especially for those who are trying to get to work or to school.” The South Ozone Park resident said the turn into the facility adds another 10 Q minutes onto his commute.
In Pheffer’s shadow, carving a new name Goldfeder says he hopes to enlist bipartisan support for district plans by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
After the inauguration fanfare — the blaring saxophones and trumpets of the Beach Channel High School band, the speeches by such political bigwigs as U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and even Democratic District Leader Frank Gulluscio’s slightly altered rendition of “New York State of Mind” — came one last speaker. He made his way to the podium as the crowd had begun to tire of the festivities and the speeches, and he had to speak over the chatter that had sprung up in the audience. “Wait guys, there’s one more speech left,” joked Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) at his ceremonial inauguration that brought about 250 residents to JHS 210 in Ozone Park on Sunday afternoon. It was, perhaps, representative of the waters Goldfeder is now charting as a politician. Despite the support from Schumer, his former boss; Silver and Audrey Pheffer, who represented the 23rd Assembly District before resigning to become Queens County clerk and who was mentioned almost as frequently at the inauguration as Goldfeder, he will have to carve out his own name in the Assembly, as well as in a community where he garnered 56 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Jane Deacy.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder looks out at a crowd of about 250 people at his inauguration in PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON Ozone Park on Sunday. “Take Audrey’s shoes and put them on the shelf,” state Sen. Malcolm Smith (DJamaica) advised Goldfeder. “Create your own shoes.” And while some of Goldfeder’s phrases seemed to be straight from the textbook of his former boss — “healthcare is not a right, it’s a privilege,” for example, he also began to lay out his own plans that he has frequent-
ly seemed reticent to do before in public. “We need to give Aqueduct the tools they need,” Goldfeder said in reference to allowing the newly opened racino in South Ozone Park to become a full casino. He also called for additional public transportation and the elimination of the toll on the Crossbay Bridge — something for which politicians from southern Queens
have long advocated but which no one has been able to fully do away with. “We must improve our infrastructure and fix our roads that are so desperately in need of repair,” Goldfeder said. The new assemblyman represents Rockaway, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach, Lindenwood, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven and part of Richmond Hill. He emphasized the importance of reaching out across the aisle — a sentence that landed him nods from the handful of Republicans in the room, including U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn), who was also just elected in September, and Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), both of whom attended the inauguration. “This is not about Democrats or Republicans,” Goldfeder said. “It’s about getting the job done. My job is to make the community stronger, but to do that I need your help.” Sunday’s event drew a long list of Democratic legislators and party leaders, and it was emceed by Gulluscio, who drew loud laughs when he said everyone was in a “Rockaway state of mind.” Goldfeder lives in the Rockaways with his wife, Esther, and their two young children, Eliana and Asher — all of whom the new Assemblyman thanked. “She allows me to come home at 10, 11, 12 at night and be happy instead of at 5 and be unhappy,” Goldfeder said of his wife. continued on page 24
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Jack the Cat dies after getting lost at airport Feline’s wounds were too grave for him to survive, veterinarians say by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
The cards keep coming. So do the toys. And the blankets. All mailed by people who, less than a week ago, knew Jack the Cat was alive — and wanted him, and his owner, to know people across the globe were hoping for the best. Instead, the worst came. Jack died on Sunday, 12 days after he was found in JFK International Airport, where the 5-year-old Norwegian forest cat had been lost for two months after escaping from his crate. “Jack’s immense will to live earned him a place in so many people’s hearts,” said Joanne Lynch, a spokeswoman for the BluePearl Veterinary Partners, which cared for the animal at its Forest Hills and Manhattan sites after he was found. “It’s unfortunate his injuries reached a severity where euthanasia was recommended by all the board-certified specialists involved in his care. It’s always a tremendously difficult choice.” The cat, who had been discovered after he fell through the ceiling in Terminal 8, was euthanized after his veterinarians determined his wounds were too grave for him to survive. Meredith Daly, a veterinarian who treated Jack and was with him when he died on Sunday, said the feline had become so malnourished and dehydrated while lost that
his skin became incredibly thin and began to tear and “fall apart,” making him susceptible to infections and organ dysfunction. Those working with Jack compared his skin condition to having severe burns over 50 to 60 percent of his body. “I think this is an incredibly tragic story, and there are no words to express what Jack and Karen have gone through,” Daly said in reference to the cat’s owner, Karen Pascoe, who was flying from New York to California to begin a new job when her feline was lost. “To not even know if your pet is gone, and to not be able to personally search for him, is a huge challenge. Then for him to be found, be in the hospital and for everyone to work so hard and not have him pull through is devastating. He’s still getting cards, toys and blankets. It’s a reminder that people have huge hearts.” Pascoe had checked Jack, and another cat, Barry, at the American Airlines baggage center when she was flying from New York to San Francisco on Aug. 25. Jack, however, then escaped from his kennel and wasn’t found until Oct. 25. According to a U.S. Department of Transportation report, “the clerk responsible for transporting the kennel placed one kennel on top of another, and while the kennels were stationary and waiting to be loaded on the aircraft, the kennel on top fell. “The impact of the fall caused the kennel
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Rein in the BSA to protect our neighborhoods he people of Queens are sick and tired of seeing the city’s unelected Board of Standards and Appeals reduce the quality of life in our neighborhoods and our property values by allowing developers to sidestep the building and zoning regulations enacted to protect our interests. The BSA continually violates the guidelines under which it is supposed to operate. Now some of our elected representatives have finally taken the first steps toward reining in the agency, and we wholeheartedly support their efforts. The BSA is tasked with granting variances and special permits to developers and regular old homeowners who want, for whatever reason, to exceed some limit in the city building code. It might be something innocuous, like a family that wants to build an extension stretching a foot or two closer to the property line than the law allows. Or it might be something that will seriously impact on a neighborhood, like a business wanting to expand into a residential zone, or a developer looking to exceed height limits to jam more units into a new apartment building and maximize his profits. The city zoning handbook says the BSA may grant variances only when it finds that a piece of property has some
kind of peculiar, unusual or unique characteristics that would cause the owner difficulties or hardship without a waiver from the usual regulations. But to be blunt, those requirements are a joke. The BSA grants variances all the time without any of those conditions being met. It’s one of those things about this administration that drive civic activists crazy, rightly so. One case involves a lot in Bayside Hills that the owner, a real estate firm, had divided into two so a second house could be built. Problem is the second lot isn’t big enough for a house. But no problem: The firm just went and got a variance from the BSA — even though the neighbors opposed it; area Councilman Dan Halloran opposed it; Borough President Helen Marshall opposed it; and Community Board 11 opposed it, the latter in a unanimous vote. None of that mattered to the BSA any more than the city handbook did. What do the neighbors know? They only live there, on lots laid out in 1936. What do Halloran and Marshall know? They’re only the people’s duly elected representatives. What does CB 11 know? It’s only the governmental body closest to the people. No, it’s the mayorally appointed BSA in Manhattan that knows what’s best for Bayside Hills.
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Hire on merit Dear Editor: Knowledge is power, but having only a little knowledge can be dangerous. District Leader Elmer Blackburne’s Oct. 27 letter about the FDNY, “Unbiased stories about bias,” revealed that he possesses only a little knowledge and precious few facts about the issue of FDNY minority hiring and this leads him to hope for an outcome that will likely prove dangerous to both New York City residents ONLINE and firefighters. He characterMiss an editorial or letter cited by a writer? izes the efforts Want news from our to diversify the other editions covering FDNY as “meathe rest of Queens? Find ger”; over $20 past reports, news from million spent across the borough and since 1989 on minority recruitmore at qchron.com. ment efforts is meager? The numerous, expensive, extensive and varied initiatives instituted to entice both minorities and women to become firefighters are meager? NYC and the FDNY have bent over backwards to recruit underrepresented groups to consider firefighting as a career and have nothing to apologize for or be defensive about. As a 30-year elected off icial Mr. Blackburne should be aware of these efforts. Does Mr. Blackburne realize there was a quota for blacks to be hired as firefighters in the 1970s? This quota resulted in blacks filling almost 8 percent of the f iref ighting ranks, about twice what Mr. Blackburne declared in his letter. Does he realize that all the cities he cited as having higher percentages of minority firefighters than New York achieved those percentages due to quotas that have been challenged in the courts and thrown out? When he writes of Hispanics being discriminated against, does he realize that the FDNY Hispanic Society refused an invitation to join the lawsuit because they do not want standards lowered and believe everyone should have to pass the same test? His assertion that the Civil Service system in New York practices illegal discrimination bumps up against the fact that blacks are the most over-represented — that’s right, the
Halloran, Marshall, Councilman Mark Weprin and his brother, Assemblyman David Weprin, see it differently, however. Last week they announced a bill that would allow community boards and borough presidents to appeal BSA decisions. Those appeals would be heard by the City Council, which would then have the final say. No longer would “unelected bureaucrats” be able to “run roughshod” over residents, as Mark Weprin put it. This is a bill worth supporting. So is a companion measure that would allow the city to impose fines on companies that get variances with time limits but continue operating after they expire as if they had been granted in perpetuity. These measures constitute the kind of problem solving the Council should engage in more frequently. Too often members get wrapped up in matters that really aren’t their concern, such as, say, the healthcare policies of a company that doesn’t even operate within the City of New York (yes, we mean Walmart). Passage would also increase the strength of the legislative branch of government in a city where the executive branch has been wielding too much control, bringing the balance of power closer to where it should be. Ask your rep to vote yes.
most over-represented — group in city employment. At approximately 24 percent of the NYC population, blacks hold 36 percent of city jobs. If we adopt the argument that city agencies must mirror the city population we will have to either let a lot of black workers go or have a moratorium on hiring blacks until the numbers match up. Do you support this, Mr. Blackburne? I don’t. I, and my group, instead support treating everyone equally no matter their race or gender. To advocate for quota hiring means you want the decision to hire based on their race or gender instead of their preparation, motivation, intelligence and ability. This is illegal, Mr. Blackburne, and in no way guarantees the “fundamental fairness” you say you want. It is also dangerous as it leads to arguments being made that reading comprehension ability is not required (an argument your distinguished federal judge, Nicholas Garaufis, astonishingly accepted), and neither is physical strength, if you want to be a firefighter. Paul Mannix President, Merit Matters Staten Island The writer is a FDNY Deputy Chief but does not represent the department in this letter.
Save Queens trees Dear Editor: (An open letter to NYS DOT Senior Landscape Architect Jim Lau) I understand you are the state Department of Transportation landscape architect assigned to the Kew Gardens Interchange Project. Many of my colleagues and I have read in local papers such as the Queens Chronicle that 600 trees would be slated for the chopping block, as the roads undergo reconfiguration in Kew Gardens and Briarwood (“Highway plans will uproot 600 trees,” Sept. 29, multiple editions; and “Expect delays: Big road project will take years,” Aug. 18, multiple editions). I have some creative ideas, which I encourage you and the NYS Dept of Transportation to consider. We feel there is no replacement for our beautiful, mature trees. The September 2010 tornado and the August 2011 hurricanes were responsible for the loss of about 4,000 trees cumulatively in our borough. Natural disasters are beyond our control, but proactively preserving our trees is within our control. The DOT’s potential plans to cut down 600 trees goes against my morals as a citizen and human-
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Great reporting Dear Editor: As one who lives almost directly across from the noise of the ever up and downing of Star Nissan/Toyota’s door and windows, I’d like to thank you for Liz Rhoades’ article, “Clock is running for dealer’s repair shop,” in the Nov. 3 Northern Queens edition of the Queens Chronicle. It has been 10 years of torture and noise, and it’s a sheer miracle that no serious accident has happened with the enormous car and truck traffic and parking on our little street. We cannot park our cars (Star’s employees quickly take whatever spaces exist). We cannot enjoy the summer air without horrific fumes and noise, and are subject to all sorts of street garbage. Your article about Ms. O’Garman and Councilman Halloran was indeed a welcome report on our plight and the city’s devil-maycare attitude. Many thanks for the clear and concise evaluation of zoning regulations gone haywire without any foresight on how to fix the problem. Another stupidity in our city planning. Lawrence F. Pesce Flushing
Race and the racino I Dear Editor: I read in last weeks paper an article about the Aqueduct casino where it was so happily stated that of the 1,350 people
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nature’s pride, purify our air, keep the ground cool, are home to wildlife, and are historic to our Queens landscape. Statistically speaking, the signif icant and very successful tree giveaway event that I coordinated in MacDonald Park in June 2011, as well as the tree plantings and giveaways occurring citywide through MillionTreesNYC, will not exceed the beauty and benefits posed by our mature trees in our lifetime. I urge the NYS DOT to creatively revise the Kew Gardens Interchange plans, in order to preserve the endangered trees. The roads can be reconfigured alternatively. In sections where revision is not at all possible, then Plan B would be to have the endangered trees moved by tree moving companies that specialize in commonly moving medium to larger size trees. Then they can be planted either in parks or on private property, and could be named in honor of victims of 9/11, or in the memory of loved ones in a broader perspective. This could be financed by any combination of the State, Parks Dept, green organizations, banks, elected officials, and citizens. Some of the trees can also be given to the tree moving companies which have nurseries, and they can be sold. It would be a sad day or time period in our history to witness the mass destruction of our mature trees, so please work with us by exploring our ideas, and hopefully a compromise can be reached for all parties. Thank you for your consideration. Michael Perlman Forest Hills The writer is chairman of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council and serves on the boards of several other preservation groups.
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hired to work at the location, 89 percent were either minorities or women ("Residents say casino is new beginning for area," Nov. 3, multiple editions). So let me see if I have this correct. At least 1,100 workers who were hired were either minorities or women because there weren’t enough qualified white men who applied for a job? Nah, that can’t be right. Maybe it was because every one of the 1,100 minority or women workers who were hired were smarter, had better skills and had more experience than the white men who may have applied for a job? Could that be it? Nah, I don’t think so. Wait! I have the answer. Maybe out of the 1,350 workers hired were minorities or women and not white men because of affirmative action, and laws created by our elected officials which, when you really think about it is racism, gender-ism and any other kind of “ism” you may want to make up along the way. Can you imagine if the article read, “we are happy to announce that this new facility will employ 1,350 new workers, of whom 89 percent are white? Can you say, “Al, show me the money, Sharpton?” Or any of the other so called “community leaders” who pretend to fight for “their people,” not to mention the spineless politicians (most of whom are Democrats) who also create the environment of “victimization” for minorities and then pretend to be their champions of equality? Now, many of you will read these comments and say, wow, this guy must be a racist. I say to you, “find some other sucker to accuse!” Never was, never will be. Anyone who knows me will say the same. It was Dr. King who told us to judge a person by their character and not by the color of their skin. Did that mean, unless they were applying for a job? The disadvantage that too many minorities may seem to have when it comes to f inding a job starts from day one and depends on the family structure and how they are raised. That is where the foundation begins. Was that too harsh or insensitive? Too bad! The sad part is that most, if not all of this reparation garbage is the result of something terrible that happened over 300 years ago. What does that have to do with me? I never owned a slave. My ancestors came from Italy and were treated like second-class citizens when they arrived on Ellis Island in the early 1900s. Don’t misunderstand me, being mistreated and actual slavery are no comparison, but too many people of color today never stop complaining about what happened a very, very long time ago. I have an idea: quotas in baseball, basketball and football. Who cares about how talented the athlete is, I want to see more white guys on the field of play. Can’t shoot the ball? Who cares, as long as the person is white. Can’t catch the ball? Who cares, as
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Man guilty of Ozone Pk. residents want stop signs, speed bumps stab death by Anna Gustafson
removed while the concrete was still wet, “apparently by someone who wasn’t too Ozone Park residents fed up with drivers happy with the situation,” one neighborbarrelling down residential streets say it’s hood resident said. Residents said they defitime for a change in their neighborhood — nitely don’t need fewer parking spots in an and not the kind the city apparently had in area where it’s almost impossible to find a spot midday — but they said they do want mind. While the city Department of Transporta- stop signs and speed bumps. “There’s been at least 30, 40 accidents tion erected no-standing signs pertaining to 107th Avenue along the block from 88 to 87 around here since I moved here in 1990,” streets last week, the signs were quickly Sal Moscatiello said of the area around 107th Avenue and 88th Street. “People pick up speeds of 40, 50 miles per hour because there aren’t many stop signs.” Numerous residents repeated Moscatiello’s sentiment, and some said drivers will even reach speeds of 90 miles per hour along 107th Avenue, where there are no stop signs from Crossbay Boulevard to 86th Street, an eight-block stretch. Neighbors’ opinions on how many stop signs, as well as speed bumps, are needed vary, but everyone agrees something needs to be done. “Stop signs would be good, though a lot of people An individual upset with the city’s decision to install two no- go right through those,” said standing signs at 107th Avenue and 87th Street in Ozone Park Drakes Adalisa, who lives expressed their displeasure on one sign. PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON near 84th Street and 107th Senior Editor
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long as the person is white. Seriously! Doesn’t that sound stupid? Of course it does, because it is. I want to see the best and most qualified person perform no matter what color they are. Life is tough, but if you rely on the government to house you, feed you, clothe you and on and on, you will always live in some form of slavery. And most of all; if you get a job based on a quota, know this, when you sign your name on the dotted line, you just told yourself you are not good enough to get it on your own. Paul Parrinello Jr. Howard Beach
Race and the racino II Dear Editor: The jobs at the racino are 89 percent taken by women or minorities. Where does that leave the new minority, namely white people? When they went over the resumes they eliminated any name that could be construed as Caucasian. This sounds to me like pandering. Ray Hackinson Ozone Park
Stop Creedmoor plan Dear Editor: The Queens Civic Congress, the umbrella coalition for more than 100 Queens civic organizations, congratulates CB 13 on its vote to oppose construction of two multi-story apartment buildings on
the Creedmoor campus adjacent to several low-density Bellerose neighborhoods. QCC supports services for seniors and indeed supported development of low rise, low-density senior housing elsewhere on the Creedmoor site. We are opposed to out of scale non-contextual development that negatively affects built out neighborhoods like Bellerose. ICCC’s proposal, which seeks to effectively change the existing zone to a higher density residential one, is clearly out of character with the nearby low density housing and just as clearly negatively affects its nearby neighbors—with nine-story buildings less than fifty feet from many one family, one-story homes. Without any pubic notice or hearing, the state sold the property to ICCC for far less than market value, an action that Attorney General Schneiderman is investigating. Queens residents should be especially wary of how ICCC acquired the Creedmoor property — state-owned land. Creedmoor is not the only state-owned land in Queens. The MTA — desperate for funds — owns train yards and bus depots across Queens. In the past developers have eyed both the Sunnyside Yards and the Jamaica Yards for high-density housing. Now ICCC’s plan goes to Queens Borough President Marshall for a hearing and her advisory opinion. QCC calls on Marshall to turn down ICCC’s plan and instead support the Creedmoor Master Plan, which calls for responsible development that will better serve Queens and the Bellerose community. And we call on the Board of Standards and Appeals to reject this development, which will jeopardize a thriving community. Patricia Dolan President
Avenue. “I just moved here a year ago, and I’ve already seen four accidents. There should be speed bumps.” Adalisa, who has a child attending nearby PS 63, said speeding drivers are of particular concern because there are so many youngsters running around the area. “There’s no speed bump at PS 63 either,” she said. “They have lights and a crossing guard, but it would be good to have a speed bump.” Mike Colasanti, who lives near 87th Street and 107th Avenue, said while few accidents happen at his intersection, he agreed stop signs and speed bumps would be welcome elsewhere along the avenue. “Even the school buses drive like maniacs down this street, so a speed bump would be a good idea,” said Colasanti, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than three decades. Colasanti added that when the city DOT installed the no-standing signs last week, city officials proceeded to ticket a vehicle that had been parked there prior to their arrival. Colasanti said when he saw the no-standing signs, he said “‘you’ve gotta be kidding me.’ “It’s hard to find parking around here,” he continued. “When I come home in the afternoon, there’s nowhere to park.” City officials did not respond to a request for comment about the no-standing signs, nor the request for stop signs and speed Q bumps.
A Richmond Hill man admitted in court last week that he stabbed his roommate’s friend in the heart in January 2010, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Luis Zeledon, 27, who lived on 123rd Street in Richmond Hill, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter at Queens Supreme Court in Kew Gardens on Friday, according to the DA. He has been held in jail since his arrest in January 2010. According to the criminal charges, Zeledon was in bed with his girlfriend when he allegedly thought he heard his roommate, Marlon Montalvan, say something disparaging about him, Brown said. After exiting the bedroom, he began verbally arguing with his roommate, picked up two large kitchen knives by the sink and used one to cut Montalvan on the forearm, according to the DA. Montalvan’s friend, Andy Herrera, 28, came to his aid and used a chair as a shield against Zeledon, Brown said. While Herrera was trying to defend his friend, Zeledon stabbed the 28-yearold one time in the chest, the DA said. Herrera dropped the chair and ran out of the apartment, collapsing in the building’s vestibule. He died soon after arriving at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Zeledon is expected to be sentenced Q on Dec. 14.
Thieves steal tires from Woodhaven car Police say Maximas being targeted by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
When Belinda Acevedo left her Woodhaven home for her job in Manhattan last week, she didn’t glance at her car — which, unbeknownst to her, was missing four tires. Before last week, it had never crossed her mind to make sure her new Maxima was alright, considering she had always felt safe in the neighborhood, where her mother had lived for years. Thieves stole four tires from Belinda Acevedo’s car that But now, after her four was parked in Woodhaven last week. PHOTO BY ANNA tires were stolen and her Acevedo said in addition to swiping her four-month-old car was propped up on cinder blocks last Thursday, she said that four tires, the perpetrators also keyed her car from the back door to the front on the feeling of security has been shattered. “I’m looking into parking it in a garage passenger side. A surveillance camera across the street now,” said Acevedo, whose car was parked near 89th Avenue and 87th Street from the car took footage of four men when the thieves struck. “I don’t want to arriving in the area in a gray pickup truck park it on the street. I’m going to invest in and picked up activity around Acevedo’s car. wheel locks too.” The camera didn’t get the pickup Police said robbers have been stealing Maxima tires throughout the borough truck’s license number, but Acevedo said recently, in part because it’s a popular car she’s hoping another neighbor’s camera Q may have recorded it. and thus easy to find buyers for the tires.
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Educators question city’s school reports Say they don’t accurately measure an institution’s worth or progress by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
Queens high schools fared well on the recently released progress reports, with 19 institutions landing As and none failing, but educators and legislators still questioned the process by which the city measures the schools, saying the grades doled out don’t always reflect the work being done there. Additionally, some officials said the criteria used by the city Department of Education to assess the schools is often vague and that some institutions which saw a rise in graduation rates and test scores received a lower score on the progress reports than the year before. “The city is pitting schools against each other because they’re comparing them when they shouldn’t be,” said one Queens principals, who did not want to be named for fear of retaliation from the city DOE. “They don’t think about different things, like the impact of closing schools on other schools. What happens with all those school closings? They go somewhere else.” The five principals who spoke with this newspaper did not want to be named because they said they would be punished by the DOE, in a variety of potential ways, including having their funding slashed. “I can guarantee you not one principal will give their name when criticizing the DOE,” another principal said. “Those progress reports are pretty much meaningless, and we didn’t even do too horribly, though we should’ve
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The city DOE has taken some heat for its recently released high school progress reports, which FILE PHOTO some educators and legislators said don’t accurately assess the institutions. done a lot better. We seemed to go up in most categories, but we got a lower grade than last year. How is that possible?” The DOE began issuing high school progress reports five years ago, and each institution is given a letter grade based on three categories — student progress, student performance and school environment. In a prepared statement, DOE officials said the reports are meant to measure students’ annual progress, compare a school to other institutions with similar students and ultimately reward schools that are moving forward. Officials from the DOE also disagreed with principals that the reports do not take into account specific challenges at different schools, such as
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the reports, said they “put everyone into a panic unnecessarily.” “You’re going to tell me Cardozo High School is a low B?” the spokesman said. “It makes no sense; they’re one of the best high schools in Queens.” He also noted that schools on the state’s persistently low-achieving, or PLA, list received relatively good marks from the city. “Long Island City got a B, but they’re on the PLA list,” he said. “It makes you questions the motivation behind the reports. Active parents don’t trust them; they realize it’s a farce. Some politicians don’t buy it, and educators don’t buy it. But principals are sweating over them.” State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), whose district includes John Adams High School — which experienced a rise in graduation rates but went from a B to a C on its progress report, said he is “very wary of the grading system.” “A student, a school, is much more than a grade,” Addabbo said. “But yes, some of our schools need work.” City officials use the letter grades as part of their assessment in determining which schools to close. Based on this year’s grades, city officials said one Queens high school could close — the Law, Government and Community Service High School in Cambria Heights, which received a 40.9 percent — a D. It was the worst in the borough. The Academy of Finance and Enterprise in Long Island City performed the best in Q Queens, with a grade of 89.5 percent.
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Rich. Hill sign brings sense of pride Marks a diverse community that is rich in history by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
About five years ago, Romeo Hitlall decided he was tired of seeing trash strewn along Liberty Avenue, one of the busiest commercial hubs in Richmond Hill. The Richmond Hill resident, who owns NMCRA Connectors Realty on Liberty Avenue and is a member of Community Board 10, wanted something more dignified — something to let peo-
ple know they were entering a place of importance. Thus the idea for a sign welcoming people to Richmond Hill was born, and after years of working to implement it, Hitlall, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (DHoward Beach), and civic and business leaders unveiled the welcoming message at Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street on Monday. “This triangle that the sign is on was in serious neglect,” Hit-
Romeo Hitlall, left, his son Joshua, daughter Jasmine and wife Sandra join state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., right, to unveil the new sign welcoming PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON people to Richmond Hill.
lall said. “There was garbage dumped everywhere, and I wanted to beautify it.” The sign is emblazoned with “Welcome to Richmond Hill” and “A Community with Pride,” and is located in what is known as the South Asian, West Indian and Guyanese business district in a neighborhood that boasts a nearly countless number of shops, from restaurants to hair salons and clothing stores. “This sign will welcome thousands of people daily from all parts of the world,” said Addabbo, who worked with Hitlall and the city Parks Department to implement the sign. Addabbo said he hopes the sign gives people a sense of pride about the neighborhood, which he noted has a rich history, from being the site of one of the bloodiest fights in the Revolutionary War — the Battle of Long Island was fought in part there — to being home to a long list of famous individuals, including actress Mae West, Beat author Jack Kerouac and journalist Jacob Riis, among many others. “There’s so much pride and history that should be recognized here,” Addabbo said.
Shanie Persaud, executive director of the Guyanese and American Business Professional Council, which is based on Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill, agreed with Addabbo, saying the sign is emblematic of a “very vibrant, very busy place.” “It gives us an identity,” Persaud said. “This is great. It says a lot about how strongly people feel about this community.” At Monday’s event, which was also attended by Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton and Capt. Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, Persaud noted that the business district could still use a little help. “One of our biggest problems is a lack of parking, and there’s no sign that there’ll be any municipal parking any time soon,” she said. “It would be nice if there were more national branch stores. And we have so much traff ic around Liberty Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard.” Still, Hitlall and Persaud said the birth of the sign proves that, with a little bit of work, residents can get what they want — recognition that their neighborhood is as wonderful as they always Q believed it to be.
Koo giving more salary Continuing to honor his campaign pledge to donate his entire $112,500 City Council salary to worthwhile community nonprofit organizations, Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) last week gave $18,000 to nine area groups. Koo, a successful pharmacist who owns five drugstores in the Flushing area, said he hopes the money helps alleviate some of the financial burdens of the organizations “and assists them in keeping their important programs operational.” The nine g roups include the Golden Age Club of Church of Mary’s Nativity, Korean American Voters’ Council, SelfHelp Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street S e n i o r C e n t e r, S t . M i c h a e l ’s S c h o o l , Uncle Yao’s Chorus, Muslim Center of New York, Community Prevention Alternatives for Families in Crisis and Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Association. In addition, Cool Culture Inc., a Brooklyn-based group that helps low-income families access the city’s cultural life, received funds to assist 700 of them in Flushing. In the past, Koo has helped 35 other groups and he promises to continue the effort in the future. He was elected in 2009 to a four-year term. Q — Liz Rhoades
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Harlem Wizards play ball in Woodhaven by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor
he Harlem Wizards took to the court at St. Thomas the Apostle in Woodhaven, wowing an enthusiastic crowd with slam dunks and perfectly executed free throws. The athletic stars took on the St. Thomas All Stars on Saturday for its second annual fundraiser for the churchâ€™s basketball program that accepts players ages 4 to 17. â€œIt was an awesome show,â€? said Jimmy Cooke, the athletic director at St. Thomas who organizes the fundraisers. â€œEveryone had a smile on their face the entire time.â€? About 180 spectators crowded into St. Thomas to watch the high-energy competition. For more information about the St. Thomas game, eteamz.com/wizardsatsta. Q
Rev. Frank Tumino of St. Thomas the Apostle, right, laughs with one of the players. PHOTOS BY AIDAN GARDINER St. Thomas players, in white, and volunteers for the fundraiser, in blue, pose before the second annual fundraiser for the basketball program in Woodhaven.
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Speaks about crime at the South Queens Democratic Club last week by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor
Boosting the Police Department’s resources and erasing graffiti were among the topics discussed by Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) during his visit to the South Queens Democratic Club in Howard Beach last week. Introduced by Democratic District Leader Frank Gulluscio, Vallone, chairman of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, told club members at their meeting at Bruno’s Ristorante on Crossbay Boulevard that crime is on the rise citywide, but the number of police on the streets has decreased. Vallone noted that the number of police has decreased from 41,000 to 34,000 over the past 10 years. He also stressed that the NYPD loses approximately 100 cops a month through attrition and, due to budget constraints, cannot replace those officers. The councilman argued that the statistic of 34,000 police officers are patrolling the city is misleading because all officers are not hitting the pavement. He said the Police Department also includes in that number officers who are on desk duty inside precincts, on vacation or taking sick or disability leave. “Public safety has to be our number one priority,” Vallone said in reference to the city’s next budget. The councilman said the next Police
Academy class, scheduled for January 2012, was in jeopardy because the Occupy Wall Street protestors have so far cost the city $5 million in police overtime. Police did not comment as to whether the class was in danger of being cancelled. “There is a fine line between the right to protest and everyone else’s right to safe streets and the use of their own streets, and I think that we have crossed that line now,” Vallone said in reference to those participating in Occupy Wall Street. Vallone also touched on security concerns following the opening of the casino at Aqueduct in South Ozone Park. “When something as huge as Aqueduct comes in, you should have more cops, not the same amount of cops that were working in the district,” he said. While additional officers were brought into the precinct to help with the opening, no additional permanent police officers have been allocated to the area to help deal with issues stemming from the casino. Vallone was pessimistic about future crime in the city, particularly because he said graffiti is on the rise, which he argued is a “harbinger of things to come.” “Once the community starts looking bad, once criminals start saying, ‘hey, the police are going to let quality of life crimes like this go,’ worse things start happening in the community,” he said.
Councilman Peter Vallone speaks to residents at the South Queens Democratic Club in Howard PHOTO COURTESY NYC COUNCIL Beach last week. The councilman also highlighted his legislative efforts to curb graffiti. Among the bills he introduced which became law were bans on changing the caps on spray paint caps to “fat caps” for broader lines, as well as the sale of diamond tipped pens, which can be used by vandals to make “scratchitti” on window panes. “Scratchitti” cannot be removed and the entire window pane has to be replaced,
Vallone noted. He also sponsored a law eliminating the sale of etching acid to individuals under 21 years of age and requiring sellers of the chemical to obtain the I.D. of buyers. Graffiti on store security gates has also bothered Vallone. As part of his anti-graffiti effort, he sponsored legislation that requires all new roll-down storefront security gates to continued on page 40
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Ambulance Corps honors publisher at anniversary celebration PHOTOS BY NICK BENEDUCE
A belated happy Halloween When a freak snowstorm at the end of October made it impossible for the Howard Beach Kiwanis Club to hold its annual Halloween parade, the group made sure it still celebrated with style. More than 100 people, including Councty Clerk Audrey Pheffer, top second from left, and Judge Augustus Agate, second from
right, attended the Kiwanis group’s postHalloween festival last Saturday at St. Helen School’s parking lot in Howard Beach. The family event included inflatable rides, face painting and a photo booth. People were entertained by music spun by a disc jockey, and children won $25 gift cards for best costumes.
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The Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday with a gala event so enjoyable more than half the crowd of more than 250 was still there at midnight when the party was scheduled to end. “It was just more fun than usual,” FHVAC spokesman Ron Cohen said. “There was a lot of dancing, and by midnight, the show was over, but there were a lot of people who wanted to stay and dance — at least 150.” The FHVAC honored two key supporters during the celebration, attorney Bryce Friedman, a former president of the organization, and Mark Weidler, publisher of the Queens Chronicle. Weidler, a youth sports coach, praised the value of volunteering in his acceptance speech, and related the story of how a close friend’s life had been saved by volunteer EMS workers several years ago. Held at Elite Palace in Woodside, the event featured video presentations about the ambulance corps, dance performances, live music, a DJ and prize giveaways. FHVAC supporter Joseph Taub was the emcee. Hart to Hart
At the top, members of the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps take a break from saving lives to celebrate. Above, Queens Chronicle Publisher Mark Weidler gives a speech on the value of volunteerism; and below, he joins FHVAC President Alan Wolfe, center, and fellow honoree Bryce Friedman. PHOTOS COURTESY FHVAC
Entertainment provided the DJ, musicians and party favors at cost, while D.J. Slavic supplied the dance troupe. Ambulance Corps Vice President Mark Schwartz put together the video presentations. President Alan Wolfe related the FHVAC’s history and thanked the members for their work in the event’s journal, which was filled with salutes from individuals and organizations all over central and southwestern Queens. “Today is your day,” Wolfe said. “Today you get to relax, let your hair down and enjoy the celebration, for tomorrow it’s time to get back in the bus and make a difference in the Q community.”
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A Jamaica man was convicted last Thursday in the brutal stabbing murder of his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child. He faces 25 years to life when he is sentenced on Nov. 22. Derrick Redd, 38, of 166th Street, plunged a knife into the stomach and torso of his girlfriend Niasha Delain, 20 to 30 times including inflicting five stab wounds
Derrick Redd has been convicted of stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death. PHOTO COURTESY QUEENS DA
to the fetus, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office. Delain, 25, was nine-months pregnant and scheduled to give birth the day she was murdered, Oct. 25, 2008, at her South Ozone Park home on Lefferts Boulevard, the DA said. The baby did not survive. “It is incomprehensible that this defendant would unleash such a vicious attack on his girlfriend and his unborn child on the date the baby was expected to come into the world – which also happened to be the birthday of the victim’s father,” Queens DA Richard Brown said in a statement, adding, “He must be sentenced to the maximum time in prison in order to punish him and to protect society.” Redd has been convicted of intentional second-degree murder, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seconddegree abortion following a jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Daniel Lewis. “According to trial testimony, Derrick Redd was not sure if the baby was his and did not want the baby,” Helen Petersen, a spokeswoman for the Queens DA, said Friday. Murder is the most common cause of injury-related death for pregnant women, second only to car accidents, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Between 1990 and 2004 more than 1,300 pregnant women were murdered. Most, about 56 percent, were shot to death while the rest were stabbed or strangled.
Some 77 percent of these victims were killed during their first trimester. However, the number of pregnancy homicides could be higher than data reveals, according to the NCADV, because death certificates and medical examiners’ records do not always state whether the women were with child, allowing these types of murders to go undetected. Women under the age of 20 and those who receive late or no prenatal care are most vulnerable to intimate partner homicide, according to the group, and those with unintended pregnancies are two to four times more likely to experience physical violence than women with planned pregnancies. “A lot of men don’t want to be responsible for being a father, so they think this is the only way out,” said Shawn Williams, a crime victims advocate from LeFrak City and the mother of three daughters. “Sometimes you would hear about men punching or kicking women to abort the fetus, but now I guess they’ve gotten to the point where they want to get rid of both, because if the mother survives, she can press charges.” According to the New York State Penal Code committing an abortional act upon a female is only justifiable when she gives her consent and it is performed by a licensed physician acting under reasonable belief that it is necessary to preserve her life, or, within 24 weeks from the commencement of her pregnancy. Abortion in the second degree is Q a class E felony.
Six takeout food deliverymen have been robbed in Briarwood and Jamaica between Oct. 17 and Nov. 3. The NYPD said the incidents all took place between 8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The attacks took place in the 102nd, 103rd and 107th precincts. The cases are being handled by the Queens Robbery Squad. The first incident took place at 8:15 on Oct. 17 in Briarwood in the 143 block of 84th Road. The second took place one day later at 10:30 p.m. in the 90 block of 138th Place. Oct. 21 saw a robbery at 10:25 p.m. in Jamaica at the corner of Remington Street and 97th Avenue. The next three incidents all occurred in Briarwood, the first one at 7:25 p.m. on Nov. 1 in the 134 block of 87th Avenue. The most recent two took place on Nov. 3. One occurred at 9:30 p.m. in the 139 block of 85th Drive, and the other 30 minutes later in the 139 block of 86th Road. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800)-577TIPS (8477). The public also can submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictQ ly confidential. — Michael Gannon
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Genovese murderer denied parole again Queens DA’s office calls Winston Moseley “a deadly predator” by Michael Gannon Associate Editor
The man who murdered Kew Gardens resident Kitty Genovese in 1964 has once again been denied parole. Winston Moseley, 76, is serving a life sentence for stabbing the 28-year-old Genovese repeatedly in two separate attacks outside her Austin Street apartment building as she came home from the bar in which she worked. In a decision released Monday, members of the New York State Parole Board said “there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without violating the law, and your release is incompatible with the public safety and welfare of the community.” It marked the 15th time Moseley has been denied parole since 1984. Genovese’s death, on March 13, 1964, was first reported to have occurred while allegedly more than 30 residents of her apartment building ignored her screams for help, leading to articles, books, television shows and even Facebook pages about “Kitty Genovese Syndrome” or witnesses’ refusal to get involved in the big city. Numerous critics have since claimed the callousness was exaggerated, apparently more a function of spin in an article for the New York Times. Kew Gardens resident Joseph DeMay went so far as to launch a Website after investigating the case, starting with the Times article. He found there were only a
On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese parked her car in this Long Island Railroad parking lot on Austin Street and headed toward her apartment in the building in the background. She never made it, instead running along the sidewalk to the left in terror from Winston Moseley. The 28-year-old bar manager’s murder soon became a national story. PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON handful of witnesses, none of whom could have seen both attacks on Genovese. Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, a school dedicated to study, advancement and training in journalism in St. Petersburg, Fla. He said sometimes, with a good story, the legend can take off.
A New York City native, he too believes the silent bystander theory has been debunked by history. “Sometimes the facts can become prisoner to a master narrative,” Clark said, quoting a lecture he once heard on the case. He cited the modern example of Pvt. Jessica Lynch, an American soldier who
was captured in 2003 during the Iraq War when her vehicle was ambushed. The attractive 19-year-old with aspirations of becoming a teacher became a media darling from Pentagon releases after her rescue by commandos eight days later. “The narrative of the early version was that she was an Annie Oakley, Supergirl going with guns blazing,” he said. “It wasn’t until some time had passed that we realized that was not how it was.” Clark said history and fiction are rife with naive country people who come to the big-bad city and run into trouble, and that the original narrative of Kitty Genovese played into the idea that New York can be a big, heartless place. “But there are plenty of examples of New Yorkers helping people out to show that that is not necessarily the entire truth,” he said. Genovese was a New York City native who decided to remain in the city when her family moved to Connecticut in 1954. She had been working as manager of Ev’s Eleventh Hour Bar at Jamaica Avenue and 193rd Street at the time of her death. Moseley was a married family man and Queens homeowner, described by several sources as a business machine operator. He was arrested six days after the Genovese murder while caught in the act during a burglary and admitted to the crime He admitted parking near the LIRR lot and chasing Genovese, who began running continued on page 27
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He was serving as a judge when first appointed in June 1991 by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo to succeed John Santucci, who retired after 14 years. He was elected to a full four-year term in November 1991 and won re-election in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007.
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Queens VFW activist cites barriers to landing jobs Even as Veterans Day is being commemorated across the country, two measures proposed by President Obama to benefit those returning from the nation’s wars remain pending in Congress. Both are in the president’s jobs bill, declared by the Republicans who control the House of Representatives to be dead on arrival. But the measures are being considered separately from other elements of that $447 billion plan. The president’s proposals would each provide tax credits to employers who hire veterans. One, the Returning Heroes Tax Credit, would provide firms that hire unemployed veterans with a credit of up to $5,600 for each. The other, the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit, would give those companies that take on veterans with service-connected disabilities with a credit of up to $9,600. Unemployment among veterans who have served since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks — namely in the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — is about 12 percent, according to the federal government, compared to 9 percent for the general population. “Bold action from Congress is the only way we’re going to put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work,” the Reuters news service quoted Obama as saying Monday. “Standing up for our veterans is not a Democratic responsibility or a Republican responsibility. It is an American responsibility.” Among those veterans who support the measures is retired Army Sgt. Marvin Jeffcoat,
commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 2813 in Woodside and vice chairman of the VFW’s Legislative Committee. Jeffcoat served in combat in the Vietnam War. While he said he wants the tax system simplified and many deductions eliminated to make it fairer, Jeffcoat said he supports anything that helps returning warriors re-enter civilian life. “I think it’s a good idea if it’s going to give somebody an incentive to reintegrate veterans into society,” he said of offering tax credits to employers. Jeffcoat said veterans returning from the war — he is among those who see the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as two theaters of operations in one conflict — face multiple challenges that lead to their high unemployment rate. One is the difficulty of reintegrating into civilian life after spending so much time in a combat zone. But another is the lack of respect he believes many employers show for the skills veterans have. That causes people who were making life and death decisions for multiple people in terrible circumstances to be given menial tasks beneath their experience and abilities. “It’s a slap in the face,” Jeffcoat said, one that discourages veterans from getting good jobs. And, he said, the general state of the economy and the fact that many veterans’ skills tend to be in blue-collar work, which America does much less of today than in the past, are other issues that must be solved. Q
Retired Sgt. Marvin Jeffcoat says too many employers don’t respect the skills returning veterans have, helping fuel the high unemployment rate among ex-service members. FILE PHOTO
Vote on judges, DA, councilman Tuesday was Election Day and there were several races in the borough, though the outcomes in at least two were easily predicted because the candidates were unopposed. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, who ran on multiple party lines, claimed all 36,467 votes, according to unofficial results from the Board of Elections. Brown is the longest serving DA in borough history, having held the job since 1991. Councilman Ruben Wills (DJamaica) was re-elected to the uncontested 28th District seat, garnering all 2,396 votes. The lawmaker, who initially won the seat during a special election after his predecessor, Tom White Jr., died, triumphed over multiple opponents in the Democratic primary in September. Twelve candidates competed for six seats in the 11th Judicial District of state Supreme Court. The winners are all Democrats. They are Janice Taylor with 23,591 votes; Rudolf Greco with 21,971; Allan Weiss with 21,891; Pam Jackman-Brown with 21,807; Timothy Duff icy with 20,832 and Ira Margulis with 20,783, according to the BOE’s Q unofficial results. — AnnMarie Costella
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Vietnam vets honored in 3rd annual Veterans Day Parade in Middle Village More than 800 marchers took part in the Queens Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 6 in Middle Village. This year’s ceremonies paid tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War. Grand marshals included Pastor (Pat) Toro Jr., Thomas Mazza, Ralph Rosa, Fred Schwally and Lt. Col. Dennis Fink.
The day featured a wreath laying ceremony and essay awards to local children who wrote of the meaning of Veterans Day. The parade was organized by Catholic War Veterans Post 1172, the Middle Village Chamber of Commerce and the Middle Village Property Owners and Residents AssoQ ciation.
Grand Marshal Ralph Rosa, above, rides with his wife, Karen, and driver Lenny Martino. Below, Peter Garon, right, of Vietnam Veterans of America, marches prior to giving the invocation and PHOTOS BY LUIS GRONDON benediction speeches.
Members of the Aviation High School Air Force Junior ROTC program march along Metropolitan Avenue on Sunday.
Grand Marshal Pastor (Pat) Toro. right, with Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. Toro served 13 months in Vietnam with the Marine Corps.
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along Austin Street in a desperate attempt to reach Lefferts Boulevard, stabbing her twice before being scared off by a witness who shouted at him from a window. He also admitted to returning about 10 minutes later, finding the wounded Genovese in a doorway at the rear of her apartment building and stabbing her 15 more times before taking her money. Moseley also confessed to the murder of Annie Mae Johnson, 24, in South Ozone Park in February 1963, and an exhumation of her body provided details that supported his confession. He also confessed to the killing the previous July of 15-year-old Barbara Kralik in Springfield Gardens, though there was no evidence tying him to her killing and another man had confessed. Moseley initially was sentenced to death, but the sentence was commuted to life in prison after an appeals court ruled the trial jury should have heard evidence of mental illness. He received an additional 15 years in 1970 after pleading guilty to robbery and attempted kidnapping for actions he committed during an escape in 1968, during which he took hostages and raped a woman in front of her husband. He also was a participant in the 1971 Attica prison riot in which 33 inmates and 10 hostages were killed. The Queens District Attorney’s Office vehemently opposed Moseley’s release in a letter to the Division of
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Area politicans decry swastikas Hate crime sparks outrage from residents, borough president by Andrew Benjamin Chronicle Contributor
Elected officials and members of the religious community came together last Friday to condemn the spray painting of swastikas on the windows of the Jackson
Heights and East Elmhurst libraries and on Congregation Tifereth Israel of Jackson Heights. Police said the incidents at the three locations are connected. Councilman Danny Dromm
At the Jackson Heights Library, one of half a dozen swastikas were painted onto this and the East Elmhurst library branch, as well as the Congregation Tifereth Israel in Jackson Heights, on Nov. 2 or early Nov. 3. PHOTO COURTESY NYC COUNCIL
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A severed foot initially thought to belong to a toddler was actually a bear paw minus the claws, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. “It’s similar to a human extremity,” Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the ME said. “It’s not unusual to make such an error.” Police tape still cordoned off the area Monday where the paw was found — on the side lawn of a house at 251-11 139 Ave. in Rosedale. At first cops believed the limb belonged to a 3- or 4-year-old child of undeter mined gender, according to published reports. The man who made the discovery, Paul Lawrence, described it as “a skinless piece of meat with bone,” the reports said. Neighbors were mortified that a child could have possibly been murdered in their midst. The police reportedly searched the area for an hour tr ying to locate the foot’s owner using cadaver-detecting dogs. But Borakove said it didn’t take long for an anthropologist at the ME’s Off ice to determine that the appendage belonged to a bear, though she did not have further information on the specific species. “We have no idea how it ended up Q in Queens,” Borakove said. — AnnMarie Costella
(D-Jackson Heights) organized Friday’s press conference, which was held outside the Jackson Heights library and Dromm condemned the acts of vandalism in his opening remarks. “What happened here on Wednesday night is something that we in Jackson Heights and the rest of the people in the City of New York deplore,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that ... after all that we’ve done we still have hate crimes like this happening,” Dromm added. Charles Zussman, the custodian at the branch, discovered the swastikas when he came in for his usual early morning shift. It left him “shocked,” he said. And it wasn’t the first time this has happened. Zussman said that another swastika had been spraypainted on the building a few days earlier, on Monday, Oct. 31. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall also spoke at the press conference and said that she was appalled by the defacement of property. “Whoever did this is not in connection with any of us,” Marshall said during an emotional speech.
“I don’t know how anyone can do this in this wonderful community of Jackson Heights,” she added. “I’m really very sad that this happened.” What makes this particular act of vandalism even more harrowing to some is that it was perpetrated close to the 73rd anniversar y of Kristallnacht. Also known as the “Night of Broken Glass,” Nazi soldiers ransacked and destroyed Jewish homes and businesses throughout Germany during the night from Nov. 9 to 10 in 1938, an act which many historians use to mark the beginning of the Nazi’s extermination policy, or “Final Solution,” toward Jews. “ T h e t i m i n g i s eve n m o r e tragic,” said Arthur Flug, the exe c u t ive d i r e c t o r o f t h e Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College in Bayside. Flug said that the act reignites “all the fears and all the horrendous memories that those people who are living in this neighborhood who are Holocaust survivors now have to relive.” Dromm also pointed out that
an NYPD police tower on the corner of 82nd Avenue and 37th Street might have captured the incident at the Jackson Heights library on video. The tower wasn’t there the day of the press conference. Marshall questioned how the incident could have happened with police nearby. “I have a lot of questions about that police facility,” she said. “What good are they? ... What bold people, who did this knowing the police are right there.” The incidents have struck a nerve in the Jewish community. “This hurts us deeply,” said Cynthia Zalinsky, executive director of the Queens Jewish Community Council, as she struggled with tears. Zalinsky believes the motivation for the crime was to intimidate. “This is to hurt. This is to create fear. This is to say you’re a minority, you don’t belong here,” she said. A $3,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the crime. Q
Students protest hate crime Protesters rally outside library and a Nazi’s home by Andrew Benjamin Chronicle Contributor
A week after swastikas were spray painted on the Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst libraries and Congregation Tifereth Israel, one Jewish school decided to protest the vandalism. Over 100 students from Rambam Mesivta in Nassau County stood outside the Jackson Heights library with posters and signs, screaming chants of “books not bias” and “an attack on a wall is an attack on us all.” “It gave me such a bad feeling in my heart,” said 17-year-old senior Daniel Sobin. “It really makes you want to vomit.” Another student, Michael Rosenfeld, 16, said he was “appalled.” Rabbi Ernest Mayerfeld, who is the rabbi of the synagogue that got vandalized felt personally “humiliated.” “I felt very badly for our block,” Mayerfeld said, joining the protesters later. There are no suspects in the case and there is a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest. After the students were finished protesting, with the permission of branch manager Wei-Qing Dei, they walked inside the library where he and the assistant principal of the school, Hillel Goldman, spoke out against the vandalism. “All our community, customers and staff feel very upset and very unhappy,” Dei said. “We hope it will be stopped forever.” Goldman pointed out that synagogues are not the only ones vulnerable
to religious attacks. “It can happen on a church, a mosque,” Goldman said. “We feel an attack on a library or a religious institution is an attack on all Americans,” he added. Goldman also gave a brief talk about how closely the swastika painting fell on the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, which translates to “Night of Broken Glass.” During the night from November 910 in 1938, Nazi soldiers destroyed Jewish homes and businesses, what many consider the beginning of the Holocaust. The school then presented the library with five unopened copies of the history book, “The Holocaust Chronicle,” by John Roth. Students left the library, where they proceeded to march in silence to the home of 88-year-old convicted Nazi collaborator Yakiv Palij on 89th Street. Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) spoke out against Palij outside his home. “It’s really important to shed light on this situation that we have a Nazi living in the neighborhood,” he said. “He needs to leave. He should get out and go somewhere else.” Rosenfeld, whose family survived the Holocaust, was angered to find out that a Nazi collaborator was living in the New York area. “Everyone knows he’s a Nazi and no one’s doing anything about it,” he said. Attempts to reach Palij were unsucQ cessful.
Students protested the swastikas outside the Jackson Heights library. PHOTO BY ANDREW BENJAMIN
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• Wash your hands as often as is practical. Colds are most commonly spread with objects or hands contaminated by the nasal secretions of someone who is infected. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Most of us touch our faces as many as one to three times every five minutes — nearly 200 to 600 times each day. While it can be a hard habit to break, it can prevent the direct spread of the cold from your hands to the susceptible areas of your face. • Eat healthy, high-energy foods. Your body always needs fuel, but when you’re sick, a lot of your body’s energy is devoted to your immune system. Focusing on fruits, vegetables and whole grains will keep you fueled with antioxidant nutrition. • Take a good multivitamin. A daily multivitamin provides important nutrients for healthy immune function like zinc, selenium and beta-carotene/vitamin A. Choose a multivitamin that matches your age and gender-specif ic needs. • Get enough sleep and rest. Researchers have found that the people who had slept less than seven hours a night in the weeks before being exposed to the cold virus were about three times more likely to develop a full-fledged cold than those who had slept more. • Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can impact immune system function, so be sure to drink at least eight 8-ounce Q glasses of water each day. — ARAcontent
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Medicare open enrollment is now by Jonathan Blum We’ve all had the experience of making outdoor plans for a weekend that’s supposed to be gorgeous, only to cancel when the weather turns out to be 48 degrees and drizzly. Despite our best planning, uncertainty is just a fact of life. Health can be as unpredictable as the weather. It’s hard to know what you’ll feel like next week, much less what healthcare you’ll need next year — yet that’s exactly what you need to predict when you’re shopping for health coverage during Medicare Open Enrollment. The period to pick a plan runs through Dec. 7. We know future needs can be hard to forecast, but taking stock of current circumstances can help. Maybe your family situation is different this year, or you have new health concerns. Maybe you’ve been traveling a lot, so you want a flexible plan that offers coverage in multiple states. If you’ve recently retired — or even if you’re still working — you may have other health insurance options. If you do, make sure you understand exactly how that other coverage works with Medicare. The good news is that now more than ever, you can find a plan tailored to your unique needs when you enroll. There are better prescription drug plan choices, with premiums that generally have held steady from last year. A full 99 percent of people with Medicare have access to Medicare Advantage Plans. Even better, Medicare Advantage
Plan premiums in 2012 are 4 percent lower, on average, than they were this year. The Affordable Care Act delivered better choices and more benef its to the Medicare program. So no matter which plan you pick, you’ll have access to benefits like these: • A 50 percent discount on covered brand-name drugs if you hit the Part D prescription drug coverage gap (“donut hole”) • A free Annual Wellness Visit, so you can sit down with your doctor and talk about your health concerns and the best ways to stay healthy • A host of preventive tests and screenings — including cancer screenings — most at no cost to you. It’s worth it to take a look and compare coverage. We recently learned about a man in central Arkansas who’s had Medicare Part D since 2009. Last year, our State Health Insurance Assistance Program counselors helped him compare his Part D drug coverage with other plan options. They found a new plan that covered more of the prescriptions he needs. The Medicare Plan Finder can help you compare plans — check out our video on how the Plan Finder works.
So this year, this gentleman has been spending only $18.90 for 3 prescriptions each month — which saves him more than $720 a month. That’s real money. As you start comparing coverage for yourself, you’ll find Medicare in the mail, on TV or the radio, in the paper, and on your computer. You’ll be hearing so much about Open Enrollment that it may not surprise you to get phone calls or visits to your house from people selling Medicare plans. Remember to keep yourself and your personal information safe. We’ll never call and ask for your Medicare number or bank information, and we’ll never come to your home uninvited to sell Medicare products. Visit stopmedicarefraud.gov to learn what to do if this happens to you. While you can’t always predict everything in life, you can do your best to be prepared. Medicare will be there to help you, stronger Q than ever. Jonathan Blum is Deputy Administrator for Medicare. For more information, visit medicare.gov, call 1 (800) MEDICARE (633-4227) or write Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Blvd., Baltimore MD 21244-1850.
Healthcare the focus at Nov. 18 Queens meeting Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the recently enacted national healthcare law, will be Topic A at the next meeting of the Queens Interagency Council on Aging. Free and open to the public, the meeting will be held on Friday, Nov. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. in room 213 of Queens Borough Hall, located at 12055 Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens. The keynote speaker will be Jaime Torres, the regional director for the Department of Health and Human Services, who will address the healthcare law. Also speaking will be Norma Harris, a health insurance specialist with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, who will update the audience on services and resources. A large audience is expected, so QICA recommends pre-registration. Attendees can RSVP via phone at (718) 268-5954, via fax at (718) 268-5952 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Q Breakfast will be served.
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Secrets to being lean (even during the holidays) Turkey and stuffing, assorted pastries — the holidays are as much about the food and drink as they are about sharing good times together. So is it any wonder that many gain weight during the holiday season? Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases have found the average person gains a pound a year from holiday eating, which accumulates and can lead to health problems later in life. But there are some lucky few who seem impervious to the goodies, staying thin despite the extra holiday food. How do some seem to stay so thin all of the time? According to Men’s Health expert and editor-in-chief David Zinczenko, who has spent more than 20 years interviewing all sorts of leading weight loss experts and reviewing various studies, “What separates the fit from the fat is a series of rules.” These rules are easy to follow and they don’t require any special exercise equipment, crash dieting or subsisting solely on woodchips to keep fit. Here are some things to consider during the holidays and as you make healthy eating resolutions for the new year. • Stop dieting. Some studies indicate that individuals who are currently on a diet are more likely to gain weight in subsequent months or years. That’s because restriction of fat and caloric intake can affect muscle growth and bone density. Muscle burns calories very well, so you want to hold onto strong muscles. Also, carefully monitoring what you eat can lead to stress hormones flowing through the body. Hormones like cortisol have been linked to weight gain. So ease up on watching every bite of food you eat and you just may be happier — and thinner — for it. • Choose high-protein foods. Protein fills the stomach and takes a longer time to digest in the body, which
in turn helps you to burn calories. Selecting lean proteins, like turkey, chicken, lean beef, and pork, can help you to feel fuller longer and reduces the chance you’ll nibble on fluff snacks during the day. When faced with holiday fare, choose protein sources to f ill you up before indulging on other items. • Fill up on fiber, too. Studies indicate that getting 25 grams of fiber, which is easily achieved by having three servings of fruits and vegetables, can boost fatfighting efforts of the body by at least 30 percent. Many processed foods are increasing fiber content, but be sure to read labels. That fiber may also be accompanied by a lot of sugar and extra carbohydrates. Fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grain breads are easy ways to get a fiber boost. • Engage in fun exercise. Many people equate staying thin to spending hours at the gym every day. But all it takes is about 20 to 30 minutes of any type of daily activity, whether that be chasing around the kids or playing fetch with a dog. The concept of losing weight just by doing enjoyable activities is known as non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT. So go for a bike ride and burn 200 calories in the process. • Skip fat-free foods. It would seem foods that have no or low fat would be better for you, but fat is actually a necessity for the body — helping you to feel satiated. Eating a fat-free item could have you feeling hungry soon after and ready to snack later on. In addition, some fat-free items have extra sugar or preservatives for flavor, which can undermine weight-loss plans. • Don’t be a couch potato. Get up from that computer chair and cut down on television watching. A sedentary lifestyle can easily pack on the pounds. A study by researchers at the University of Vermont found overweight participants who cut their daily TV time in half (from an average of 5 hours to 2.5 hours) burned an
If you follow a few easy rules, there finally may be a way to stay thin without dieting, even during the holiday season. extra 119 calories a day. Remember when you were a kid playing with your friends outside from sunrise to sunset? You probably weren’t overweight then. But adults now spend more time indoors, and all that time spent in front of the tube could be hindering your weight-loss efforts. If you follow a few easy rules, there finally may be a way to stay thin without dieting, even during the holiday Q season. — MetroCreativeConnection
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Help your children achieve good dental health While brushing your teeth at least twice a day, concentrating on brushing after every meal, flossing daily and visiting the dentist every six months should be common knowledge, there are still many misconceptions about dental health that both children and adults aren’t aware of. There are many children in America that face dental problems each year. More than a quarter of American children between the ages of 2 and 5, and half of children between 12 and 15 years old are affected by tooth decay, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC study also showed that children from lower-income families are even more at risk, with half of all children and two-thirds of adolescents aged 12 to 19 having had tooth decay. Tooth decay affects more children in the U.S. than any other chronic infectious disease. Left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking and learning. To avoid potential problems with your children’s teeth, getting them off to a great start with their dental health is imperative. With October being National Dental Hygiene Month, here are four dental tips to help your kids’ smiles stay healthy.
Start early: When the first baby tooth breaks through, you should be using infant toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean the tooth. It’s also recommended that before teeth even pop through, you should clean the gums with a damp cloth, gauze or even a clean finger. Once two teeth erupt through the gums touching each other, that's when the flossing should begin. This is especially important with molars, which are typically closer together than front teeth. Find a dentist: As soon as your child turns one or the first tooth erupts, you should be seeking out a dentist. Even the baby teeth are important: Many of your children’s primary teeth — also more commonly known as baby teeth — may be in their mouths until they get to around 12 years old, so ignoring issues until they get old enough to have permanent teeth can lead to long term pain and discomfort. Losing primary teeth early could lead to a higher risk of requiring orthodontic treatment. Lead by example: Brushing your teeth with your children watching you is a great way to start a healthy habit and show them the proper way to brush. Encourage your children, when old enough, to pick out their own toothbrush
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Everything to know in cosmetic dermatology by Dr. Hooman Khorasani Looking healthy and young are some of the everyday challenges that most of us face in today’s competitive workforce, while dating or when simply attempting to hold onto to our youthful appearance. In the past, surgical facelifts and chemical peels were the only procedures that guaranteed cosmetic improvements. However, today we have many less-risky and more affordable options. These safe and well-proven cosmetic procedures can be obtained in the dermatologist’s office. Autumn is one of our busiest seasons since it’s the most desirable time for cosmetic treatments. Due to the approaching holiday season, our female and male patients want to quickly regain their youthful and healthy appearance. A wide array of rejuvenation treatments is being offered at Mount Sinai Dermatology. These procedures can be done either with a topical anesthetic or with localized anesthesia. There is only minimum discomfort involved and very short or practically no downtime. The cost of these procedures is always within a very affordable price range. • Liposuction: Tumescent Liposuction is performed by a qualified dermatologist to remove unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from the body. The procedure is meant for body
contouring and not for weight control. Popular areas include the hip area, buttocks, abdomen, thighs, knees, neck and the jowl area. • Fat Transfer: Fat transfer to the face is a natural, safe and nonallergenic rejuvenation procedure. Fat-transfer can re-contour the face as well as provide definition to the cheeks and chin. Since fat transfers use your own fat cells, allergic reactions are avoided and the effects generally last longer than with other fillers. • Blepharoplasty: The eyelids are one of the first facial structures to show signs of aging. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can reverse the effects of aging around the eyes. By removing excess skin and fat, a youthful look is restored to the eyes. This surgery will get rid of droopy eyelids and will bring back a rested, youthful look to your eyes. These days this procedure can safely be done in the office, avoiding many of the risks involved with general anesthesia. The best part is that the results are long lasting and the scar can be hidden in the upper eyelid crease so it’s essentially a scarless procedure. • Laser Resurfacing, fractional ablative and non-ablative technique: Resurfacing laser technology is one of the most exciting new developments in laser medicine which has become available in the last few years. The results of laser resurfacing are general-
ly quite dramatic and long lasting. By removing microscopic layers of skin in a controlled manner we now are able to eliminate fine lines and discolorations of the face. Laser resurfacing is also highly effective for the treatment of acne scars, surgical scars, and traumatic scars. This procedure can be done with the use of local topical anesthesia in the office and patients can expect 3-5 days of downtime. • Skin tightening procedure: We offer Thermage™, which is the noninvasive radiofrequency device utilized for skin tightening and skin contouring. • Vascular Lesions, Vascular Malformations: Removal of acquired and congenital vascular lesions gets best results with the use of pulsed dye laser. This treatment targets most common vascular lesions such as: Hemangiomas Port wine stains Telangiectasias (spider veins) Varicose veins Rosacea • Leg Vein Treatment: Sclerotherapy as well as laser treatments are the most successful treatments for the elimination of the unsightly spider veins and larger varicose veins of the legs. Several treatments are usually needed but the outcome is well worth the vested time.
• Pigmented Lesions Treatment: For optimum results three different lasers can be utilized for removal of unwanted brown spots from the face, hands, or other areas — including the Q switched Ruby laser, the Q switched Nd-YAG laser and Fraxel re:Store Dual™ Laser. • Neurotoxins for Rejuvenation (aka Botox®): Localized injections of this medication safely improve worry lines between eyebrows and crow’s feet at the sides of the eyes. Since frown lines are created by overactive muscles between the eyebrows, Botox injections will temporarily shut down these muscles, thus permitting the creases to go away. • Facial Augmentation/Rejuvenation: Fillers (Juvederm, Restalyne) are successfully injected into deep creases and other depressions to fill in these defects and signs of aging and achieve a noninvasive natural “mini facelift” appearance. • Chemical Peels and Fraxel re:Store™ Laser Treatment: Acids or a laser can be applied to the skin to remove the damaged outer layers, revealing smoother, younger new skin. I always recommend scheduling a consultation session during which a qualified cosmetic dermatologist will determine the best procedure or perhaps combination of procedures. At the time of the consultation, the
patient should discuss his/he r expectations and details pertaining to medical aspects of the planned procedure, its downtime, and also anticipated expenses. In my area of expertise — which includes skin cancer management, Mohs surgery, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery including liposuction, neck sculpting, scar revisions, blepharoplasty (eyelifts), laser procedures, peels, Botox and fillers — I see many patients whose quality of life was dramatically improved by having Q some of those procedures. Hooman Khorasani MD Asst. Clinical Professor Chief, Division of Mohs, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery Mount Sinai Medical Center Department of Dermatology 5 East 98th Street, 5th floor New York, NY 10029-6189 Tel: (212) 241-9728 www.MountSinaiDermatology.com
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Step up your routine Getting into a fitness routine can be as easy as 1, 2, 3 — or counting your steps, according to Bob Greene, Oprah’s personal trainer and author of the new “20 Years Younger: Look Younger, Feel Younger, Be Younger!” Even better news: Since the walking you already do is a first step to increasing your mileage and making every step count toward your f itness goal, it’s an easy way to keep up a lifetime of healthy habits, star ting with preventing unwanted weight gain. Greene uses a pedometer as his ultimate walking partner. “I recommend walking as an easy cardio activity to step up your f itness routine. And I always bring my pedometer with me. By counting my steps, it keeps me motivated and reminds me to keep going,” he explained.
Tip No. 1: Step It Up. Not only is exercise the ultimate anti-aging weapon, but brisk walking is a great way to get your heart rate up—and it’s exercise for just about everyone, from casual walkers to fitness enthusiasts. But don’t go at it alone. An accurate pedometer improves awareness of your activity level, letting
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Counting Steps to fitness It’s recommended that you take 10,000 steps a day — equivalent to about f ive miles — which can be achieved by walking for 30 to 60 minutes straight or even in 10-minute increments over the course of the day. Using a pedometer can help you figure out how many steps you are already taking, whether it’s a few hundred walking to the bus or a couple thousand going out for lunch. In fact, research shows that using a pedometer can increase your total number of steps a day by 2,000, or about one mile. According to Greene, walking your way to fitness can be made even more effective by following a healthy diet and getting enough sleep. Here are further tips to help you get fit:
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Just before the sun rose last Friday, a yellow school bus idled at the corner of 6th Avenue and College Point Boulevard, waiting for a child bundled in a black coat to dart into November’s early morning chill and hop onto the vehicle that was, except for the driver, completely empty. As the bus drove away, a crowd of angry parents stood in its stream of exhaust, shaking their heads at a vehicle that last year picked far more students than it does now. “That bus used to take 15 kids, and now it will go by with one kid, or empty,” said Darren Kaplan, a College Point resident who has an eighth-grade daughter who, because of a decision by the city, cannot take the yellow bus to school this year. “It’s ridiculous.” The city Department of Education announced, via robo-calls made to parents the night before school started, that seventhand eighth-grade students at JHS 194 in Whitestone are not allowed to take yellow school buses to school and instead have to use public transportation — which often means riding two to three city buses for an hour and a half to get to class. Sixth-grade students are still permitted to take the yellow bus, which leaves many of the vehicles mostly empty for the trips to and from school, according to parents and pupils. About four years ago, the city announced it would not provide yellow bus service for seventh- and eighth-grade students citywide. A group of Staten Island parents then successfully sued the city, which resulted in bus service for the island, as well as for students in College Point, who face similar limited public transportation options as their counterparts on Staten Island. However, Mayor Bloomberg’s administration appealed to federal court, and the
decision was overturned, allowing the city to eliminate the yellow bus service this year. “It is shameful that 11-year-old children from this community have to take a dangerous, complicated two-hour commute twice a day just to get to school and back,” said Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who joined parents at the rally. “It’s unsafe and unreasonable.” Halloran added that litigation is an option for irate parents and legislators who want to see the buses restored. State Assembly members Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), Mike Simanowitz (D-Flushing) Grace Meng (D-Flushing), all of whom were at the rally, noted that a bill pending in the Assembly would force the city to provide yellow bus service for students up through eighth grade who live more than a mile away from school. Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) also condemned the DOE’s decision at last week’s event. “When it comes to the safety of our children, I would hope that common sense would play a role in the decision-making process,” Simanowitz said. “Where is the common sense in forcing 11-, 12-, and 13year-olds to take two or three MTA buses, while virtually empty yellow buses continue to travel the route to and from school? The Department of Education must reexamine this misguided policy and institute a new system.” A DOE spokeswoman said the city is working with parents and students on the issue. “Staff has met with parents at the school to address their concerns,” Marge Feinberg wrote in an email. “Students are eligible for student MetroCards. A parent, based on where he or she lives, may still apply for a variance.” A variance can allow a seventh- or eighth-grade student to take the school bus. continued on page 40
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Kristina Saffran cited for her work helping others overcome anorexia by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor
Kristina Saffran, a 19-year-old resident of Douglaston, was cited Monday for her Òpassionate and inspirational work” to help anorexics and their families overcome the condition. Saffran, a sophomore at Harvard University, was one of 21 females to receive Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by refusal to maintain a healthy body weight and an obsessive fear of gaining weight. It is often coupled with a distorted self image. A recovered anorexic, Saffran and fellow patient Liana Rosenman met each other during treatment at LIJ Hospital, and were both honored for starting Project HEAL: Help to Eat, Accept and Live. The nonprofit organization was founded in 2008 and raises money for others with eating disorders who are unable to afford treatment. The support group also serves as mentors and consultants for people suffering from the eating disorder and their families. In just three years, Project HEAL has expanded
to 17 active chapters across the country, raised more than $130,000, helped five applicants cover the cost of treatment and spoken to over 50 organizations. “So not only have these two young women had a direct hand at saving a number of lives, but they have also positively changed many others through public and personal outreach efforts,” Glamour Magazine said in its press announcement. Most of the chapters are at college campuses, although Saffran said The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates is talking about starting one. In a telephone interview last Friday, Kristina relayed her path to recovery and why she finds it important to help others. “I developed anorexia in 2002 at the age of 10,” she said. “That’s young, but unfortunately not that rare.” She received treatment and said she thrived in middle school, only to relapse at the age of 13. She was hospitalized four times. Kristina acknowledges that she knows she was never fat. “My eating disorder was never an attempt to fix any horrible flaw,” she said. “It began, rather innocu-
ously, as a way to make myself ‘perfect.’” During the worst part of the illness, Kristina was 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 80 pounds. Saffran noted that most people suffering from anorexia are perfectionists, and it’s their way of controlling their environment. Recovery required her to create a new comfort zone where eating pizza was not a crime. “No more measuring cups, fat intake limits or ‘I don’t eat after 8 p.m.,’” Kristina said. “I wanted to be a normal teenager and got rid of my scale.” She believes recovery is 100 percent possible. “It does take a long time,” she said. “After my physical recovery, it took three to four years.” Kristina says the warning signs of anorexia are there “if it becomes a pre-occupation about what they are going to eat the next day and if they exercise too much,” she said, adding, to recover, a patient needs a good therapist, a doctor and a nutritionist. “Today, I eat whatever I want,” she added. “Now, I have a good relationship with food and will never slip back.” Kristina credits her parents for
getting her the proper treatment and providing tough love when it was needed. Her mother, Jane Saffran, said discovering her daughter was anorexic and trying to get her help was a nightmare. “There are not enough professionals who know enough about the disease,” Jane Saffran said. “It’s appalling there is so little treatment in New York. It must be even worse in other states.” But she and her husband were not going to give up. “We didn’t want the disease to get the better of her. She was too smart,” Saffran said. She advises parents to seek help from people who have been through it. “You have to be involved and ask a lot of questions,” the mother said. Now there is help through Project HEAL, which has raised enough money to hire a director. Kristina says it’s a very small stipend, but a start. The group’s recent luncheon raised $23,000 plus $10,000 for a treatment scholarship from a doctor. “I’m passionate about the cause and I will continue with my role but I’m not sure what my career will be,” said the sociology major.
Kristina Saffran, looking healthy and strong after overcoming anorexia. She founded a group to help others with the condition when she was in high school. COURTESY PHOTO
Her mother said she is extremely proud of Kristina for overcoming the illness and starting something so positive. For information on Project HEAL, go to theprojectheal.org or Q call (334) 804-2437.
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Itâ€™s official for Simanowitz New Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (DFlushing) was sworn in Sunday at the Joint Industry Boardâ€™s auditorium in Flushing by state Supreme Court Judge Lee Mayersohn. The judgeâ€™s mother is Nettie Mayersohn, whom Simanowitz succeeded in office, following a special election in September after
she retired in March at the age of 87. She had served the 27th Assembly District for 28 years. The assemblyman, 39, is married with four children and lives in Electchester. He worked 14 years for his predecessor and is maintaining her office at 159-06 71 Ave. in Flushing.
should return there to finish business. With no current timetable to have the lawmakers return to Albany before January, Addabbo said the state legislature needs to deal with a few important issues, including an update on the budget that was passed on time in April, redistricting, halting hydrofracking until a state report is completed and evaluated and moving the effort along to allow full casino gaming in New York State. Newly-elected Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) spoke at the meeting and invited residents to contact him about any issues they may have. His office is located at 108-14 Crossbay Blvd. in Ozone Park. Goldfederâ€™s office telephone number is Q (718) 641-8755.
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But for students who do not have variances, which is most of them, parents said the trek to school has become more than arduous. Kaplanâ€™s daughter, for example, now has to walk a half mile to the public bus stop and take two buses to school â€” when, Kaplan noted, an empty school bus â€œgoes right by our houseâ€? daily. Nikolas Singleman, an eighth-grade student at JHS 194, said the trek to school this year is so long that his mother often drives him from their home in College Point to Whitestone. Last year, he said the ride on the school bus was
nothing to think about â€” it was, with traffic, maybe 15 minutes, not even long enough to wrap up unfinished homework. Now, when he takes the two city buses home from school, it takes him up to an hour and a half. â€œItâ€™s a recipe for disaster,â€? Martina Singleman, his mother, said of the cityâ€™s decision to eliminate buses. â€œThere are definitely more people dropping their kids off, which makes for another dangerous situation at the school.â€? Meng also slammed the city. â€œThis is another example of the city administration treating other boroughs like outer-boroughs,â€? she said. â€œThis isnâ€™t Manhattan, where people can easiQ ly walk to school.â€?
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Allegedly tried to steal victim’s phone May get 12 years under stricter by AnnMarie Costella sex traffick law; held girl, 13, captive Assistant Editor
A Jamaica teen has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of another youth during the botched attempted robbery of his cell phone and is being held without bail. Stephon Huffman, 17, and a group of five other unapprehended individuals, approached the victim, Patrick Dickson, at the intersection of 120th Avenue and Foch Boulevard in Jamaica, on Oct. 28, at around 11 a.m., according to the complaint filed by Det. Anthony Faranda of the 113th Precinct with the Queens District Attorney’s Office. Huffman, of 116th Avenue, admitted that he grabbed Dickson by the neck as he was trying to remove his cell phone from his pocket, according to Faranda. When one of the victim’s friends came to his aid, another youth in the group punched him. After struggling with Huffman and yet another boy, Dickson finally freed himself from their grasp. That’s when a third unapprehended assailant, whom Huffman admitted knowing had a razor, made a slashing motion at Dickson’s neck and he started bleeding, according to Faranda. As the victim ran away, two of the youths chased him and he fell to the ground. One of the assailants said, “Give me your phone,” and then ran away, leaving the phone behind.
Huffman admitted that as he was running after Dickson, he got the victim’s blood on his face, mouth, jacket, sweatshirt and pants and that he washed the latter two items, according to Faranda. EMS transported Dickson, 17, of 180th Street in Jamaica, to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A doctor at the Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Dickson died from a stab wound to the neck. Huffman is being charged with two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of firstdegree attempted robbery and one count of second-degree robbery, second-degree gang assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence. The teen was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Nov. 2 and went before a judge for a conference on Nov. 4. His next court date is Nov. 22. He faces 25 years to life if convicted. In an unrelated case, a man was also nabbed last week in connection with the stabbing death of another Queens teen. On Nov. 2, Rashad Salaam of Brooklyn was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, according to the NYPD, for allegedly slashing the neck of Kyanna Thomas, 16, of Q Rosedale two months ago.
A Jamaica man faces some serious prison time after pleading guilty to having sex with an underage teen runaway, forcing her into prostitution and holding her hostage in a dilapidated apartment. Anthony Vargas, 22, of Ruscoe Street in Jamaica, admitted befriending the 13year-old and then hiding her in an uninhabitable apartment with no running water, where he had sexual intercourse and oral sex with her between April 2 and 12, 2010. Any time he would leave the girl alone at the dwelling, also located on Ruscoe Street, he would lock her in a small room with no exit. Vargas also brought the girl to various locations in the borough where he made her work as a prostitute, for his own financial gain. On April 12, 2010, detectives assigned to the NYPD’s Missing Persons Squad went to the address looking for the teen and after prying open a locked door, they found and rescued her. Vargas was apprehended approximately seven months later in Newport News, Va., and was returned to New York on
Nov. 23, 2010. He pleaded guilty this Nov. 1 to one count of sex trafficking, and Judge Fernando Camacho said he would impose a term of four to 12 years in prison at his sentencing on Nov. 22. “This defendant held a troubled young runaway captive and used her for the sexual gratification of himself and others — from which he prof ited f inancially,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. “Fortunately, state lawmakers have given prosecutors a new tool to bring those who victimize and exploit such vulnerable individuals to justice and put them behind bars for a long time.” Human trafficking was made a Class B felony four years ago, requiring those convicted of the crime to register as sex offenders with the state, Brown noted. The law also increased help for victims by providing them with social service assistance. More than 12 million people worldwide are victims of forced labor or forced prostitution, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. State Department — two million of them children and 80 percent women. Q
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Brothers Albert Heath, left, and Jimmy Heath.
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Brothers Jimmy & Albert Heath perform together with other artists on Nov. 18
n a real treat for Queens jazz fans, living legend Jimmy Heath will perform at Flushing Town Hall on Friday, Nov. 18, during the “NEA Jazz Masters Concert: Armstrong and Beyond.” Pianist Barry Harris, a fellow National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, will join the saxophonist. The NEA award is the country’s top honor conferred on living jazz musicians and is announced annually. Friday’s lineup at the Town Hall also includes flautist and saxophonist Frank Wess, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, bassist Paul West, and Heath’s brother, Albert “Tootie” Heath, on drums. Heath, 85, who was born in Philadelphia and now lives in Corona, doesn’t think he’ll retire any time soon. “You keep going until you leave the Earth,” he said.
And go he certainly has. Heath has played with all the jazz greats, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Blue Mitchell and Clark Terry. He remains active with the Heath Brothers, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, the Jimmy Heath Generations Quintet, the Queens Jazz Orchestra and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band. “I just go by what Duke Ellington said,” Heath said of his desire to never retire. “‘Retire to what?’ Once you’re a musician, there’s no retirement.” A three-time Grammy nominee who has made his name as both a performer and composer — his most well-known works include “Gingerbread Boy” and “C.T.A.” — Heath has also worked tirelessly as an educator and Continued page continued onon page 47
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W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G blum, director of Queens College Center for Jewish Studies, discusses his book “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace.” on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Cost is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For tickets call (718) 268-5011 X 151.
EXHIBITS “Long Island City Works,” a photo exhibit by students, will run Nov. 17-Feb. 29 at the LaGuardia Community College Gallery of Photographic Arts, in the college’s Bbuilding, 3rd floor at 30-20 Thompson Ave., Long Island City. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.
Queens College’s Evening Reading series presents Playwright Edward Albee in conversation with WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Music Building, Queens College, Flushing. Tickets are $20. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning works “A Delicate Balance,” “Seascape,” and “Three Tall Women” and the Tony Award-winning “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Fall Members’ Exhibition runs now to Dec. 3 at National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston. Gallery hours are: Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Join the Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing, for a lecture by author Willie Cooper on black soldiers in the Civil War on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8.
The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra has openings in oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and bass sections. Auditions will be held during the regular rehearsals of the orchestra on Wednesday from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Interested players should contact the conductor, Franklin Verbsky at (718) 374-1627 or (516) 785-2532.
THEATRE The Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria, begins its winter season with an original play titled: “With Over Two Pieces of Luggage,” written and directed by, and starring, Alexandros Malaos, from now-Dec. 11 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $15 for seniors and children. Call (718) 726-7329 “A Hard Wall at High Speed,” a new play, will be presented now-Nov. 19, Thursdays, Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria. Tickets are $18 general, and $12 seniors and students. To purchase tickets visit apacny.org or call (866) 811- 4111. Tickets are now available for the Theatre by the Bay production of the musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” to presented on Saturdays, Nov. 12 and 19 at 8 p.m. and on Sundays, Nov. 13 and 20 at 3 p.m. at Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors (62 and older) and children 12 and under. For reservations call (718) 4286363, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Gingerbread Players of Saint Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, presents William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” a romantic comedy, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $12. For reservations call (718) 268-7772. The musical “Hairspray” is being presented by the FSF Community Theatre Group at 41-60 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, on Saturdays, Nov. 12 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 13 and 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $16; seniors over 60 and kids 12 and under, $14. Call (718) 229-8547.
FILM A showing of “Waiting for Superman,” a documentary on American education, will be held on Friday,
HEALTH The Queens College Baroque Ensemble wil perform at the King Manor on Friday, Nov. 18. PHOTO COURTESY AARON COPLAND SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at New Life Fellowship, 82-10 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Cost is $7.
MUSIC The Five Boroughs Songbook will be held at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. on Saturday at 3 p.m. Twenty of New York’s composers are taking part in the event. A pre-concert talk with the composers is at 2 p.m. Tickets to the concert are $25. Call (718) 463-7700. Part house concert, part sound installation, IN HOUSE is a collection of new musical meditations on the idea of “the home” written and performed by members of experimental music ensemble thingNY on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. Suggested donation of $5. The Charlie Porter Jazz Quartet will perform free on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
feature Bethoven Leonore Overture #3 Op. 72a, Clementi Symphony #1 Op. 18, Grieg Norwegian Dances Op. 35, Chabrier Habanera and Brahms Hungarian Dance #2. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available by calling (718) 374-1627.
FLEA MARKETS On Saturday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, presents its Golden Harvest Bazaar. Spaghetti supper at 5:30 p.m. General admission fee to the bazaar is $2. Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children. All Saints’ Church at 43-12 46 St., Sunnyside, is having a rummage sale on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, is hosting a flea market on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Anastasia blood drive will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 8:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. at 45-14 245 St., Douglaston, Father Smith Hall. St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 150-75 Goethals Ave., Jamaica, is having a 10th anniversary blood drive on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 8:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m. in Tolentine Hall. A blood drive sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Miller will be held at Knights of Columbus, Monsignor Sherman Council building, 79-03 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free flu shots for blood donors.
MEETINGS AARP Chapter 2889 will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at noon at the Elks Lodge, 82-20 Queens Blvd. New members are welcome. Entertainment: Ron Michaels. The Flushing AARP Chapter 1405 holds its meetings at the Bowne Street Community Church, 14311 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, on Mondays at 1 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Nov. 21. North Flushing AARP Chapter 4158 meets on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at noon at Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Flushing. New members welcome.
The Quintet of the Americas will perform a free concert on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army Center of Jackson Heights, 86-07 35 Ave.
St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church of Bayside will hold a flea market plus ethnic Polish bake sale on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 35 Avenue and 210 Street, Bayside.
Queens College Baroque Ensemble will perform on Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Tickets are $25. Call (718) 206-0545.
The Young Israel of Forest Hills Senior League, 6807 Burns St., will hold its annual flea market on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17. Times are 9-11:45 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m.
You Gotta Believe, a community-based older child adoption agency, is looking for families who would be willing to provide love and nurturing to a child in the foster care system. To learn more join the agency every Sunday at 4 p.m. at Little Flower Children’s Services, 89-12 162 St., Jamaica.
Blood Sweat and Tears will perform at Queensborough Performing Arts Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call the box office at (718) 631-6311.
On Saturday, Nov. 12 the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, will host award-winning fine art photographer Barbara Leven to discuss her latest exhibit “Enchanted Earth 2.0” at 11 a.m.
An indoor lecture on basic astronomy and outdoor viewing with a professional telescope will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 7-9 p.m. at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Cost is $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers, $7 for children (ages 7-12). Pre-register by calling (718) 229-4000.
The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert on Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. The concert will
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Stakes are high in first-run Astoria play by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor
Staging the world premiere of a play is always a risky proposition. The Astoria Performing Arts Center deserves kudos for taking on the challenge with its current presentation of “A Hard Wall at High Speed,” an engrossing new piece written by Ashlin Halfnight, an up-andcoming young playwright based in New York. Tickets for the show, which runs through Nov. 19, are already selling out. The first production of APAC’s 11th season, the play covers familiar territory but explores it from a new perspective. As the play begins, the central character, Donnie, a good looking,
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30-something pilot living in Florida, has what appears to be an ideal life: an attractive wife, a baby on the way, a comfortable home (meticulously designed with striking attention to detail by Stephen Dobay), and the respect of his community. This seemingly level-headed, upstanding member of society soon finds himself the victim of unmitigated contempt, the result of a single lapse in judgment which led him to serve as the flight instructor for several of the men who went on to carry out the atrocities of Sept. 11. Donnie is relentlessly scorned by the media and spurned by his neighbors. He loses his job, falls behind in his financial obligations and receives death threats. He wallows in an unshakable state of paralysis. With his world turned completely upside down, Donnie contemplates suicide. To the credit of Halfnight and Tom O’Keefe, the actor who plays Donnie, the contemplation is agonizing. Staged by May Adrales, the climactic scene is the highlight of a play filled with many dramatic moments. O’Keefe turns in a wholly credible, sympathetic performance. Doting father, loving husband, tortured creature: he plays them all with unerring believability.
Tom O’Keefe as Donnie in Ashlin Halfnight’s “A Hard Wall at High Speed” at the Astoria PHOTO BY JEN MAUFRAIS KELLY Performing Arts Center. Surrounding Donnie are his wife, June, imbued with both vulnerability and defiance by Sarah Kate Jackson; his womanizing younger brother, Trout, brought to volatile life by Johnny Pruitt; and Trout’s sexy roommate, Marcy, played with a complete lack of self-consciousness by Ryan Templeton. As a new play, “A Hard Wall at High Speed” will likely evolve. Some trimming, especially of a few repetitive instances,
would do it good. And the number of expletives in the script seemed excessive. But it’s an undeniably powerful work, as it draws parallels between Donnie’s descent into his private abyss and America’s own fall from grace. It questions the military choices this country made following the attacks, as the free-living Trout uncharacteristically enlists in the Navy. And it asks how a country, and its indiQ vidual citizens, can heal and rebuild.
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Big hair, dreams take Flushing by storm by Andrew Benjamin Chronicle Contributor
There have been countless great renditions of the musical “Hairspray,” too many to name in one review. But if you can only see one, it should be Maryellen Pierce’s production at the Free Synagogue of Flushing. The year is 1962. John F. Kennedy is president. Society is segregated. And Tracy Turnblad (Jessica Lausell), a chubby teenage girl from Baltimore, dreams of being part of a popular local dance show whose star, Link Larkin (David Cronin), is also Tracy’s major crush. From lead actress Lausell to Chronicle contributor Mark Lord as Turnblad’s father to the background performers, the entire FSF Community Theatre cast has Jimmy O’Neill as Edna Turnblad, left, Paul Robilotto as Pinky, and Jessica Lausell as Tracy PHOTO BY JOHN BARATTA Turnblad in FSF Community Theatre Group’s “Hairspray.”
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to be commended for bringing a vibrant energy to their performances. No one sleepwalks through a scene. The highlights of the production include the many graceful and fluid dance numbers, which run the gamut from swing to Motown. These have been expertly choreographed by Nicole Bilbao. For her part, Lausell brings confidence and assuredness to the role of Tracy with-
out making her seem overbearing or preachy. She has a magnificent voice and sings all her songs beautifully. Her lovable personality immediately connects with the audience. But it’s the interactions between Penny Pingleton, Tracy’s squeaky-voiced friend, played by Maggie-Mae Cronin, and her overbearing mother that will probably get the most laughs. It’s easy to relate to
Penny, as we’ve all had or known that mother who just seems to go berserk over the slightest wrongdoing. The biggest scene-stealer of all — no pun intended — is Jimmy O’Neill as Tracy’s corpulent mother, Edna. If you’re wondering whether you read that sentence correctly, note that the role has traditionally been played by a man in drag. O’Neill’s presence is striking. He brings an endearing warmth to the character of Edna. One scene in which Edna sticks up for herself and her family will have you cheering her on. The other stars deserving of praise are the band. The music is catchy and a lot of fun to listen to, and the band pulls off the many famous numbers with aplomb. “Hairspray” cannot be recommended enough. It’s great and inspiring fun for the whole family. While a comedy, the musical deals with racism and segregation in a way that’s still relevant today. If you find yourself laughing at the absurdities and archaic beliefs some people had about race in the 1960s, consider that even in 2011 some people still feel the same way. And don’t be discouraged if you’ve seen a production of “Hairspray” or the film version before. This stellar cast make seeing it again more than worthwhile. Q
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recently published a memoir, “I Walked with Giants.” The book, 25 years in the making, came out in 2010 and features an introduction by Wynton Marsalis. “I wish more of my peers [like] Frank Wess [would write],” Heath said. “He’s got some of the greatest stories and a great life that should be documented.” Heath cares deeply about preserving jazz history. He’s on the advisory board of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, for example, which is located near his own home. Fellow octogenarian Barry Harris, 81, is also steeped in jazz history. Born in
‘NEA Jazz Masters Concert: Armstrong and Beyond’ When: Fri., Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. Where: Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd. Tickets: $40, students $20 (718) 463-7700 flushingtownhall.org
Detroit, Harris has worked with the likes of Davis and Parker as well as Elvin Jones, Yusef Lateef, Lee Morgan, Wes Montgomery and vocalist Nancy Wilson. The jazz master, whose piano workshops in the 1980s were legendary and who continues to teach, said he learns as much as he imparts. “I learn a lot from teaching. It makes me a more firm believer in bebop. They call me ‘Keeper of the Bebop Flame,’” he said. From his New Jersey home, Harris looked forward to the upcoming gig, but noted that concert halls are not necessarily his favorite performing venues when it comes to jazz. “I don’t even know if clubs are the right place,” Harris said. “I went to hear Charlie Parker ... in dance halls. Sometimes I think our biggest mistake is not necessarily putting [jazz] in concert halls, but taking it away from dancing.” “When I had the Jazz Cultural Center,”Harris added, referring to an institution he ran in the mid-’80s, “I had tap dancers there all the time.” For his part, Heath would like to see more public funding for jazz concerts generally, as well as increased television exposure. He recalled when he
Saxophonist Jimmy Heath has performed with many of jazz’s greatest musicians.
Pianist Barry Harris will appear with Heath at Flushing Town Hall.
PHOTO COURTESY JIMMY HEATH
PHOTO COURTESY BARRY HARRIS
performed on “The Cosby Show,” alongside pianist Tommy Flanagan, drummer Art Blakey and Latin musicians Tito Puente and Carlos “Patato” Valdez. “More of that would help jazz visibility in this country,” Heath said. The concert at Flushing will be a
fantastic opportunity to hear both Heath and Harris, who have devoted their lives to the performance, composition and teaching of jazz. Harris noted that the three elements are natural fits. “I teach so many places and I love teaching. It’s all connected,” he said. Q
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boro CLASSES A points/insurance reduction defensive driving course will be held in the VFW Hall, 102-17 160 Ave., Howard Beach, on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost per person is $35. Call Keith on (917) 5996674 or visit progressive-training-ltd.com to register. A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at Holy Family Church, 17520 74 Ave., Flushing, on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For information and registration call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45. A bee-keeping course will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 7-9 p.m. and continue on the third Wednesdays through June 2012 at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. The course covers the basics of bee care, establishing a bee colony and harvesting honey, for both the aspiring and experienced bee-keeper. The course fee, including a textbook, is $90 and $75 for Voelker Orth members. New students accepted through December. Call (718) 359-6227. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-01, will give an eight hour “About Boating Safely” class from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20 in their classroom at Fort Totten in Bayside. Safe Boating Certificate and membership in Boat US for all students who pass the written exam. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $75. Directions, registration and information from Mike Kaff at firstname.lastname@example.org. NASC-056027
AARP offers a free one-day driver’s safety course for veterans and spouses of veterans at the Pomonok Senior Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information contact Jennifer Buljan at (718) 591-3377. Calling all aspiring musicians. Are you interested in learning a new instrument? New People’s Church of New York, 46-04 162 St., Flushing, is offering four free beginner lessons on drums, guitar, bass guitar, and vocals for children between the ages of 8-15. Enrollment will be limited and provided on first come, first served basis. Classes held from 11 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays in November and December, finishing with a final performance on Sunday Dec. 25, a total of five dates. Dance with instructions at the Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, every Monday and Friday, 7:15 to 8 p.m., followed by a dance social. Music by Sal Escott. Admission $10.
A one-hour auto clinic for women is held the third Saturday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at Great Bear Auto Repair Shop, 164-16 Sanford Ave., Flushing. Call to reserve at (718) 762-6212. Tango class, no partner necessary, at 7-8 p.m. and tango magic dance 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through April at Buenos Aires Tango Steakhouse, 111-08 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills. Cost is $15 a class. For information call (347) 642-4705. The Jackson Heights Art Club offers art classes, all mediums. Daytime and evening adult classes are offered Monday-Friday; daytime children’s classes are offered during the weekend. Classes are held at St. Mark’s Church, 82nd Street and 34th Avenue.
Cost for adults are $75 for four sessions, $65 for children for eight sessions. Membership available. For information, call Rob at (718) 454-0813.
TOURS A walking tour on “Religion on the Land: Polytheologic Flushing” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 from noon-12:30. Meet at St. George’s Episcopal Church, corner of Main Street and 39th Avenue. Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society. Fee $10/$15 Members/Nonmembers.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES New York Metropolitan Country Music Association presents a Country and Western dance on Saturday, Nov. 12 featuring Neil Scott Johnson at the Glendale Memorial Building, 72-02 Myrtle Ave. starting at 7:30 p.m. Band starts at 8 p.m. Cost is $12.
SPECIAL EVENTS Join the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, for a program on falcons, owls and little critters on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $9 for all ages. Annual fair and flea market at Emanual Church located on Woodhaven Boulevard and 91 Avenue in Woodhaven on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. A downhome country breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Maspeth will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 8 a.m.-noon at Martin Luther High School, 60-02 Maspeth Ave., Maspeth. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens. The Mets, Goya and City Harvest will host their inaugural Holiday Food Drive at Citi Field on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Parking Lot G on 126 Street off Roosevelt Avenue. Fans who donate 10 or more items of nonperishable, nutritious food will receive a voucher for two tickets to a 2012 Mets game. Canned and packaged goods only.
SUPPORT GROUPS Sickle Cell Awareness Support Group will meet on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at the South Jamaica branch library, 108-41 Guy R Brewer Blvd. Drug problem? Call Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit westernqueensna.com. Meetings are held seven days a week.
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King Crossword Puzzle Edward Albee, Leonard Lopate to appear at Queens College
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Three-time Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Edward Albee and WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate will hold a public discussion at Queens College on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. Albee won his first Pulitzer in 1967 for the play “A Delicate Balance,”about a couple who deal with unexpected house guests. But he is perhaps best known for his 1962 work, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” It was turned into a successful film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor four years later, and depicts the toxic marriage between a college professor and his wife as they drink and fight their way through one harrowing night. The play is set to reappear on Broadway in the fall of 2012. The event at Queens College is part of its Evening Readings series, which will run through the spring. Remaining readings include Stephen Sondheim (Dec. 6), Colum McCann (March 6), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (March 27) and E. L. Doctorow (April 24). Tickets are $20. For more information, visit qcreadings.org or call (718) Q 997-4646.
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ORDER OF PUBLICATION Case No.: JJ023316-04-00 City of Danville, Commonwealth of Virginia VA. CODE § 8.01-316 Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Commonwealth of Virginia, in re JAMEKIA ALLIAH HARRIS, DEBRA DEAN HARRIS V. JAHJAH D. BERRYMAN The object of this suit is to: DETERMINE LEGAL AND PHYSICAL CUSTODY OF MINOR CHILD JAMEKIA ALLIAH HARRIS, DATE OF BIRTH 11/15/94 It is ORDERED that the defendant appear at the above-named Court and protect his or her interests on or before 12/15/2011, 2:00PM. Donna C. Hyler, Clerk 09/22/2011 Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: Moty Consulting, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/07/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Coney & V LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/6/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 102-10 Metropolitan Ave., Ste. 200, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General.
Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: DEL RO THERAPUTIC SERVICES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/06/2010. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to NINA DEL ROSARIO, 65-60 79th Street, Middle Village, NY 11379. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: VALPRECHT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/29/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 87-25 57th Road, Apt. 2, Elmhurst, NY 11373. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
STEPHAN SKORECKY LLC. Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 07/28/2011. Office in Queens County. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 112-20 72nd Drive, Suite A17, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: DYEVO LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/22/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Johnny Chang, 5 Michaels Lane, Glen Head, NY 11545. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from E & D Food Corp. to establish, maintain, and operate an enclosed sidewalk café at 71-02 Kissena Blvd. in the Borough of Queens, for a term of two years. REQUESTS FOR A COPY OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO DEPT. OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004.
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247 S Conduit Ave LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/28/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 247-22 S Conduit Ave, Rosedale, NY 11422. Purpose: General. Notice of Formation of Young Adult, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/5/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o The Law Office of Daniel Besdin, 165 W. End Ave., Apt. 5D, NY, NY 10023. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: UNION JJHH LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 9/26/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 58-15 202nd Street, Oakland Gardens, NY 11364. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
ANDREADIS CAPITAL, LLC Art. of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 9/24/2011. Off. Loc.: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to the LLC, 46-02 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Ocean Blue Properties LLC. Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 8/3/11. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 3720 Prince St., Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
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240 UTICA COMPANY LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 9/2/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to Mark N. Axinn, Esq., Brill & Meisel, 845 Third Ave., NY, NY 10022. General Purposes. Latest date to dissolve 4/30/2099
NOTICE is hereby given that a license, number 1258459, has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer & wine at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at TM&P Restaurant LLC., 33-20 31st Ave., Astoria, NY 11106 for onpremises consumption.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 2-26 50th AVENUE (12C) LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/04/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Graubard & Associates, P.C., 65 West 36th Street, Ninth Floor, New York, New York 10018. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
SHUSTER 5-21 LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/28/2011. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Law Offices of Arthur J. Israel, 250 Madison Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
Glamsmash LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/21/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 19-20 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: General.
Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: HELPERCORNER LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/24/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 183 DUANE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/18/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 23-01 Borden Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: NEW YORK FOREIGN STUDENT SERVICES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/24/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 136-18 39th Avenue, 5th Floor, Flushing, NY 11354. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.
File No: 2010/4393/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Boshulav Heza, Jiri Heza, Kinetic Concepts, Inc., ACB American, Inc., For Kinetic Concepts, Inc., Attorney General of the State of New York. The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of EDWARD HEZA, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of EDWARD HEZA, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 251-38 43 Avenue, Little Neck, NY 11363, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administration of the Estate of EDWARD HEZA, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 15th day of December, 2011 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administration of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $27,993.14 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 5.5% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why the claim from Kinetic Concepts, Inc. in the amount of $2,970.00 should not be rejected; and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed, 27th day of October, 2011. GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000 95-25 Queens Boulevard Floor Rego Park, New York 11374. HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, Queen County, Margaret M. Gribbon, Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-atlaw appear for you. Accounting Citation
Notice of Qualification of Chenega Security & Support Solutions, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/17/11. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Alaska (AK) on 1/10/11. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 875 Ave. of the Americas, Ste. 501, NY, NY 10001. Address to be maintained in AK: 3000 C St., Ste. 301, Anchorage, AK 99503, also the principal office address. Arts of Org. filed with the AK Commissioner of Commerce, Community & Economic Development of the State of AK, 333 W. Willoughby Ave., 9th Fl., Juneau, AK 99801. Purpose: any lawful activities.
CARROLL PLACE GMC LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 9/22/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to the LLC, 1835 130th St., College Point, NY 11356. General Purposes.
Nuchas TSQ LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/21/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 30-58 34th St., #4D, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: General.
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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS SUMMONS AND NOTICE Index No. 13509/2011 Date Filed: 6/6/2011 US Bank National Association, as Trustee, successor-in-interest to Bank of America, National Association, as Trustee, successor by merger to LaSalle Bank National Association as Trustee for Morgan Stanley Loan Trust 2006-12XS, Plaintiff, against April Domino, Administratrix of Estate of Eva L. Prince a/k/a Eva L. Prince-Hodges a/k/a Eva Prince a/k/a Eva Louise Prince a/k/a Eva A. Prince; Fredrick D. Hodges; Walter Prince; Warren Prince; Boro Fuel Oil Company, Inc.; State of New York; any unknown heirs, devisees, distributees or successors in interest of the late Eva L. Prince a/k/a Eva L. Prince-Hodges a/k/a Eva Prince a/k/a Eva Louise Prince a/k/a Eva A. Prince, if they be living or, if they be dead, their spouses, heirs, devisees, distributees and successors in interest, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to the Plaintiff, and “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #10”, the last ten names being fictitious and unknown to the Plaintiff, the person or parties intended being the person or parties, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the mortgaged premises described in the complaint, Defendant(s). PROPERTY ADDRESS: 135-09 229th Street, Laurelton, NY 11413 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or a notice of appearance on the attorneys for the Plaintiff within thirty (30) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT: THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $272,000.00 and interest, recorded in the Queens County Clerk’s Office of the City Register on 7/31/2006 in CRFN 2006000430759 covering premises known as 135-09 229th Street, Laurelton, NY 11413. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premises is situated. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: June 3, 2011 Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff 250 Mile Crossing Boulevard, Suite One, Rochester, NY 14624 (585) 247-9000 Our File No. 10-005511 Premises known as 135-09 229th Street, Laurelton, NY 11413. All that certain property situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, Block: 10894 Lot: 40
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Planning to replace their cabinets, family gets a whole new kitchen and bathroom installed, thanks to the HRA program Denorval and Brenda Parks had been thinking about remodeling their kitchen and bathroom for years. The rooms were outdated and lacked the shine that marked so much of the rest of their home in St. Albans: the polished plank floors greeting visitors in the living room, the bright orange walls of the dining room, the mirror that gives the impression that room is twice its size. Next to those rooms the kitchen and bath seemed dreary. Ever since Denorval retired from the Transit Authority in 2001, he and Brenda, a teacher’s assistant, had wanted to do them over. But the time never seemed right — until Brenda spotted a testimonial to the Housing Rehabilitation Assistance program in the Queens Chronicle. Now they couldn’t be happier. Not only do they get to enjoy their modern kitchen and bathroom — which feature some design elements of their own but came out even better than they had hoped — but the project was overseen from start to finish by HRA, so they knew everything would be handled right. “I called them and made an appointment to talk to their representative,” Brenda said. “He came here and explained the process. We had meetings, and over the course of the meetings we got the financing and he introduced us to the contractor.” “Overall with HRA, I found in every aspect, from the start of getting the loan to the end, they were there with you,” Denorval said. The HRA program helps participants get loans and grants for two types of projects: capital improvements that increase the value of a home, and weatherization
The colors and design of the Parks’ gleaming new bathroom reflect those used in the kitchen, helping tie the home together. The mosaic wall in the shower was something Denorval especially wanted.
that saves on heating bills. Of course many remodelings involve both. At the Parks’ house, the newly redone rooms are now insulated, which they weren’t before. But it’s the look and the convenience of their new rooms that have the couple and the rest of their household most excited. The kitchen not only has new surfaces, cabinets and lighting, it’s also been been rearranged and opened up. The entire wall between the dining room and kitchen was taken down, turning what had been a doorway about three feet wide into an open, inviting space that helps make the two rooms together the center for family gatherings. A shorter wall near the steps to the basement was also removed. When the Parks first had the kitchen done years ago a contractor had told them they couldn’t open up the wall between the kitchen and dining room. They were glad to find out he was wrong. And to see a project they first thought would just involve updating the cabinets turn into so much more. “We were just thinking of replacing the cabinets and keeping everything the same,” Brenda said. “We didn’t realize we were going to change everything around, but we’re pleased with it. It’s beautiful. It’s fantastic.” The newly open space between the rooms also made room for their new kitchen island, something they didn’t think they had the space to accommodate. But the contractor made blueprints for several different options, and they saw how much space could be created by moving things around — namely the refrigerator, which went across the room to the corner nook in the L-shaped kitchen. “We didn’t think there would be enough room there for the refrigerator, but he knew what he was talking about,” Brenda said. “The island presented a problem for me in the beginning, because I couldn’t picture there being enough room, but once they did the work I saw that there was,” Denorval said. “I think we stand there and talk more with the island there.” The kitchen gleams from floor to ceiling. Underfoot are high-quality slate tiles in beige, complementing the granite countertops. The cabinets are maplewood — not a veneer but solid wood — with finely crafted crown moldings at the top and stainless steel pulls that Brenda picked out. The backsplash, which Denorval picked out with the help of the couple’s nieces, is a mosaic of different colored glass — a design repeated on the opposite wall behind the island, where the mosaic stretches to the ceiling. There are lovely hanging lamps over the island and recessed lighting in the ceiling. The sink was moved from the wall facing a neighbor’s house to the one facing the rear of the Parks’ property, where it sits right in front of one of the kitchen’s three windows. “They told us we should look in our own backyard, not someone else’s,” Brenda said. Among the most beautiful and practical elements is the new pantry, another component that turned out to be much more than the Parks dreamed it could be when they first met with the contractor. It takes up an entire wall, providing great storage space and making everything easily accessible with the sliding drawers that fill much of it. Above the backsplash, the walls are a nice
medium green, an inviting color that goes well with the orange in the dining room without ove r p owe r i n g it. “The green was my choice,” Brenda said, also crediting her daughter, “who loves g reen,” with picking the final shade. “The dining room is so bright, so having bright green wo u l d h ave been too much,” she said. “This Denorval Parks shows how wide the doorway into his kitchen was before his complements it HRA-approved contractor took down the wall, creating a lovely new entry to well.” the remodeled room. Below, he and his wife, Brenda, in front of their new The kitchen maplewood pantry. windows were replaced with ones containing argon gas for better efficiency. Denorval asked that the moldings be made extra wide, to go better with the cabinetry. The molding is made of the same wood, adding to the room’s warm, rich feel. He also got the contractor to install five electric sockets; there had been only three. The quality of the work is obvious to anyone who comes in, including one of the Parks’ neighbors, who is now thinking about working with HRA on a similar project, and even the Con Edison meter reader. “He saw the kitchen before the job, during and when it was finished,” Denorval said. “And he told me of all the houses he’d been in, this was the best kitchen he saw.” An older daughter who’s out of the house now agrees — she’s been coming over more often so she can cook in the new kitchen, demonstrating how remodeling can help bring together more than just the physical left the house and they were here by themselves, and we were comfortable with them components of a home. The Parks’ new bathroom is just as lovely being here.” “They clean up every day, and every day as the kitchen. The beige tile floor reflects the one in the kitchen, as does the tall mosaic you get a call from the contractor to check of glass and stone on the wall of the shower, in,” Denorval added. That kind of service is all part of the HRA a design element Denorval requested. “That was something I always wanted,” program. “The services offered by the HRA extend the homeowner said. “The contractor said, ‘I’ll surprise you with something nice.’ It’s beyond just financial assistance for home improvement projects,” HRA representative bigger than I thought it would be.” Since everyone in the family takes show- Jesse Friedman said. “We have implemented ers rather than baths, the couple decided to numerous processes to ensure that projects remove the tub, making for a luxuriously completed by HRA-approved contractors are spacious shower with a bench seat built into done so to the homeowner’s satisfaction.” That was certainly the case for the Parks, one wall. Crystal clear sliding glass doors give the bathroom an airy feel and make it who are thrilled with their renovations, which gave them not only a more beautiful seem even larger than it is. Everything is new and everything gleams, and more valuable home, but peace of mind. “I was looking to refinance, but with from the sink, mirrored vanity and mapleHRA’s help and the government grants, I wood cabinet to the lighting and commode. “The contractor did the same thing here thought that was the way to go,” Denorval as in the kitchen,” Denorval said. “He came said. “We’re getting up in age, and I think it’s good that everything is straight, that we in and gave us a whole new design.” The work inevitably disrupted the Parks’ don’t have anything to worry about with the lives for awhile, but didn’t drag on extra kitchen and bathroom done.” For more information about Housing long, and the family liked the crew that came Rehabilitiation Assistance, or to see if you to their home every day. “The workers were very pleasant and qualify for its programs, please call HRA polite,” Brenda said. “There were times we toll-free at 866-791-6302.
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Marathon is big business The day that FDR’s mother came to Corona
by Lloyd Carroll
Crain’s New York Business estimates that the ING New York City Marathon, held last Sunday, generates $340 million for Big Apple businesses, particularly hotels and restaurants. The marathon has become to athletic footwear companies what the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is to the technical product manufacturers; namely the opportunity to introduce new running shoes to the public. Nike’s Lunarglide+3, New Balance’s 890s Rev Lite and Skechers Go Run line are feather-light shoes that take the pressure off the heel and create a gentle mid-foot strike on the pavement. Renegade Spira Footwear, whose shoes are banned by the New York Road Runners because of the metal springs in their heels, introduced its latest running shoe, the XLT. While last week’s marathon is the premier road race in the world, the event does not get live national TV coverage these days. While New York’s WNBC does a fine job of televising the race from its start, NBC Sports only shows a two-hour highlights show in the afternoon when nearly everyone is watching the NFL. A lot of us remember how Jim McKay and ABC Sports put the marathon on the sports map with terrific live coverage back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Former Knicks forward Charles Smith was one of the sports celebrities in attendance at the Starlight Children’s Foundation auction held at his old workplace, Madison Square
Garden. Charles was also vice president of the NBA Players Association, so he obviously had an insider’s perspective on the current NBA lockout. “I went through three different collective bargaining negotiations and none of them were easy,” he said. “My guess is that by the time 2012 rolls around, players will be putting pressure on [union chief] Billy Hunter and that a lot of owners and television network rightsholders will be putting heat on [NBA commissioner] David Stern to get a deal done. I expect that they will resolve it.” The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association held its annual fundraiser for youth baseball in Manhattan last week. One retired player I ran into was Craig Anderson, a pitcher on the awful but legendary ’62 Mets. “There are about 20 of us still alive who played for that first-ever Mets team,” he said. “They should invite all of us to Citi Field for the team’s 50th anniversary next season. Please write that in your column!” Done. You can’t blame Craig. How many can remember the last time the Mets held an Old Timers’ Day? Yes, they eliminated the event, an annual tradition for the Yankees, well before their involvement with Bernie Madoff. Mets VP of Business Affairs Dave Howard has long said that Old Timers’ Day went by the wayside due to fan indifference. But the Mets must also have seen it as costly. The team laid off approximately 10 percent of staffers last Friday, which does not bode well for either big golden anniversary celebrations or fan hopes of retaining Jose Reyes. Q
by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor
The 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair, held here in Queens’ own backyard, was visited by the rich and famous from all over the world. Next door to the spectacle was the middleand working-class community of Corona. Sara Delano Roosevelt, mother of President Roosevelt, left her home in Hyde Park to visit the fair on April 29, 1940, at the start of the fair’s new and As the president’s mother shops inside, a big crowd gathers improved second season. outside a Corona drugstore on April 29, 1940. At the end of the day Mrs. Roosevelt, already 86 years old, got caught everybody by surprise, and made a bad upset stomach from sampling too memories for the many area residents who many foods from too many countries at met her that day. After Porte died, the store was continued the fair. She took a detour and made a surprise visit to Jacob Porte’s Drug Store at for many years by Morris Dolinsky. Still in 108-07 Corona Ave., at the corner of 52nd the same location today, it is now called Avenue, directly across the street from the Meadow Park Drug. Mrs. Roosevelt passed away the followfamous Corona Ice King. Porte was a humble man who lived ing year, on Sept. 7, 1941, three months to directly above his store with his wife, the day before the Pearl Harbor attack Anna, as many shopkeepers did in those thrust the nation into war, with her son as Q days. The visit by the president’s mother commander in chief.
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Holiday toy drive begins Christmas preparations are starting early for Freedom Medical Aid Team at New York Hospital Queens in Flushing. The emergency workers began their annual toy drive Thursday with a show of support from area elected and hospital officials as well as Army personnel from Fort Totten in Bayside. Some of those attending included city Comptroller John Liu, Councilmen Dan Halloran and Peter Koo, Assembly members Grace Meng and Rory Lancman and state Sens. Toby Stavisky and Tony Avella. FreeMAT has been working with the Army since 2002 to provide holiday toys for children of deployed personnel. New, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off
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HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK Beautiful 55x100, Corner 5 Level Split HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK Mint Hi-Ranch, 4 BRs, 3 Baths, All Updated, Private Driveway for 2 cars, Owner Motivated! Asking $669K
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HOWARD BEACH HOWARD BEACH 5 Rms, 2 BRs, Garden Co-op, 1st Fl. Mint Condition. Pets ok. Asking $149,900
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All new throughout, Corner 1 Family Large semi detached 2 family, 2 Waterview! 3 BRs, Nice yard, Own BRs/2 BRs, Full finished bsmnt w/separate entrance, driveway, 2 car your own home for the price of a condo! Asking $309K garage, estate sale. Asking $569K
HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK Detached Hi-Ranch, 4 BRs, 2.5 Baths, 1 Car Garage, Great Block, Walk to schools. Asking $639K
GARDEN CO-OP 3 BRs converted to 2 BRs, 5 Rms, 2 baths, deluxe unit, 1st fl washer dryer in apt. Excel cond, Pets ok. Asking $229,999
OZONE PARK GREENTREE CONDO 3 BRS, 2 Baths, 1st Fl with Washer/Dryer and Fin Bsmnt, Corner Unit, Low Maint and taxes. Owner Motivated!
Lg Colonial 27x58 House, Totally redone in 2006. Lg Den w/Fireplace (27x15), 4 MIDDLE VILLAGE Lg BRs, 2.5 Baths, All new sheetrock, All brick detached tudor on 25.5x161 GLENDALE Siding, Windows, Roof, Stunning EatMint Large 2 Family, 6 over 6, Updated lot, Pvt driveway & detached 2 car Kitchen & Baths, Great income producer. in-Kit, Baths, Lg LR, FDR, Brick Pavers, Open finished basement, 2 car garage. Front & Back, New PVC Fencing, Pvt Dr garage, 4 BRs, 1.5 Baths, Large EIK. Asking only $739K for 2 Cars, 1 Car Gar. Asking $829K Asking $689K
HOWARD BEACH CO-OPS • Studio, Move-in Cond ..... $65K • Hi-Rise 1 BR Co-op ......... $95K • Hi-Rise, 1 BR, 1 Bath ! D CE Move-in Condition..........$103K DU E R • 1 BR w/Terrace .........$114,900 HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK • JR4, Hi-Rise ...................$119K One of a kind custom colonial, 72x100 Totally redone in 2008, • 2 BR, Garden w/DR ........$145K 4 BRs, 3 Baths, Radiant Heat, Security Cameras, Alarm, IGS, Unique • 2 BR, 2 Bath Hi-Rise ......$138K Cabinetry, Huge Rooms, $1,199,000 • 3 BR 1 Bath Garden, Excellent Condition, Parking available, Dogs OK .................... $158,999 • 2 BR 2 Baths, New Kit ww/ Granite & S/S Appliances, New ! ED C Master Bath, H/W Fls.....$179K DU RE • 2 BR, 2 Baths, Terrace, HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK Move-in Condition! ........$195K Mint Split-Level Colonial, 3 BRs, 2 full baths, All updated, Hardwood Floors, Den, EIK, CAC, Roof approx 7 yrs old, IGS, 2 Car Pvt Dvwy, 40x100, Asking $650K
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Colonial, 3 BRs, 2½ Baths, Den, 19.7x23.6 with Fireplace, Patio off Den/Basement, Central Vac, Oak Flr in LR, Parquet Flr in Den, New Roof, HW Heater, Sprinkler System, 1½ Car Garage. REDUCED! $659K
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HOWARD BEACH 3.5 Rooms, King 1 BR w/Terrace, Barclay Hi-Rise Co-op. Asking Only $93K
Large Hi-Ranch, 27x53 on 40x100 Lot, 4 BRs, 3 Full Baths, Beautiful Hardwood Floors Under Carpet, 2 Car Pvt Dvwy, 1 Car Garage + Large Walk-in. Asking $669K
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3 BR Deluxe Garden Co-op, New Kit and Bath, W/D in Apt., 2nd Fl., Huge Rms, 1054 sq ft w/addl bsmnt storage, New carpet. Asking $209K
2 Fam, 12 Rms, 4 BRs and 2 enclosed porches and 4 Baths, 1st fl totally renovated. Call Now!
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M1 Zone, Brick 60x100, Auto Lift and Compressor, Modine • Studio Apartment .........................$750 Heaters, Concrete Fls and 2 Pvt Offices off Linden Blvd • Howard Beach, 3.5 Rm 1 BR Apt, Terr, Laundry Room on Premises, and parking. Call Now! Industrial Area. Call now!
HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK Raised ranch on 50x100, 3 BRs, 2½ baths, private drwy., corner lot, CAC, large living room, very large kitchen. A must see!! REDUCED! $569K
HOWARD BEACH CONDOS • 2 BR, 2 Bath, Dogs ok ..$225K • Huge 3 BR, 2 Baths, New Kitchen, Terrace ........$339K • Greentree M/D Unit, Mint Condition ...........$369K
HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE One of A Kind Spacious Luxury Home, Waterfront property, 5 BRs, 5 full-baths, full-fin bsmnt, custom kit w/granite, viking stove, master bath w/slate tiles, custom California closets.Just too Much to say!!!
HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE Lg Cape on 42X100, Updated windows, H/W fls on 1st fl, Updated EIK w/9' ceilings and access to bkyd. Det 2 car gar w/pvt dvwy, Full fin top fl & bsmnt, Pavers in backyard. Asking $669K
OZONE PARK/CENTERVILLE PARK VILLAGE CONDOS • Mint AAA, 2 BRs/2 Baths Duplex with Terrace, Separate Deeded Parking Spot ...........................$279K
HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK Cape on 50x100 lot, 4 BRs, 2 Full Baths, Full Basement. Large Backyard, Private Driveway. Asking $609K
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