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Pols seek answers in JFK ‘strip-search’ Three elderly women claim they were humiliated by TSA agents by Michael Gannon Associate Editor

Queens man has a message for Transportation Security Administration officials who are denying that his mother and two other elderly women were strip-searched at Kennedy Airport over the Thanksgiving holidays: Prove it. Ralph Sherman of Hillcrest and his brother Bob joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) and state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) at a press conference at the airport on Sunday in which the senators called on the TSA to investigate the incidents. Also present was Bruce Zimmerman of Long Island, whose mother also claims to have been improperly searched. “They’re basically saying my mother is lying,” Ralph Sherman said Sunday outside the old TWA terminal, a short distance from JetBlue terminal 5 where Lenore Zimmerman, 85; Ruth Sherman, 88; and Linda Kallish, 66, say they were taken to a room and forced to remove clothing because of medical devices they must wear. Zimmerman has a heart defibrillator, Sherman a colostomy bag and Kallish an insulin pump. All three said they were strip-searched by female TSA officers on Nov. 28-29 before boarding flights to Florida on JetBlue. “I thought I’d left my mother in safe hands,” Zimmerman said upon leaving her

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, center, calls for an investigation Sunday into complaints that three elderly women were subjected to strip-searches by Transportation Security Administratin officers at Kennedy Airport’s JetBlue terminal. Schumer and state Sen. Mike Gianaris, second from left, met at JFK with Bruce Zimmerman, left, Bob Sherman and Ralph Sherman, right, sons of two of the PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON women involved. with airline employees at the passenger’s only checkpoint. He said he has had nightmares since getting the first call from his mother, and both he and the Shermans said their mothers are dreading the thought of return flights to New York.

“You have three women who have never met and never spoke to each other with similar stories taking basically the same flight in a 24-hour period,” Sherman said. “The head of the TSA union says they have video proof that it didn’t happen. I think they should produce it.”

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“These women would have no reason to make this up,” Gianaris said. TSA officials have said the strip-searches did not happen and are not proper protocol. Sherman said his mother is willing to take an independent polygraph test. Schumer and Gianaris used the press conference to call for the establishment of a passenger advocate, which would be established at each airport, and would be taken from among select TSA personnel who have shown good judgment and who have undergone special training for such situations. They also are demanding that the TSA launch a complete investigation into the women’s claims. Gianaris wrote passenger-bill-of-rights legislation for the state, which Schumer said became the foundation of recentlypassed federal law. “While the safety and security of our flights must be a top priority, we need to make sure that flying does not become a fear-inducing, degrading and potentially humiliating experience,” Schumer said, adding that the screening process can and must be changed to deal with situations such as all three women say happened. “Right now your only two options are to go through a humiliating search or not get on your flight,” Schumer said. “Those are two rotten options.” Gianaris also said common sense must prevail in such cases. continued on page 44

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Resorts World to open its final two casinos As more people expected to come, residents call for more security by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

If you build it, they will come. And come. And come. About 18,000 people are flooding the Resorts World New York City Casino in South Ozone Park daily, and more are sure to arrive once the group opens its facility’s final phase at 1 p.m. on Friday, including two more casinos and the largest event space in Queens, RWNYC President Michael Speller said. “This is a fantastic space,” Speller said on Monday, when members of the media got a sneak peek at the Fifth Avenue Casino, which will be open to the public; the invite-only Crockfords Casino; and the 70,000-square-foot Central Park space, which will hold concerts, trade shows and weddings, among other events. More than 65,000 people attended the opening weekend of the Times Square Casino, located next to the Aqueduct Racetrack at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., and RWNYC officials placated many residents frustrated by the crowds by assuring them there would be plenty of space for them once the second floor opened. “This is designed to target the kind of customer who’s going out of state for the gaming experience,” Speller said of the Fifth Avenue Casino, which includes 2,240 video lottery terminals and 270 electronic table games. “They’re going t o J e r s ey. T h ey ’r e g o i n g t o Veg a s . They’re going to Connecticut. They’re going to Pennsylvania. That’s all money

Workers put the finishing touches on the Resorts World New York City Casino’s second floor, which PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON will open to the public on Friday. leaving the state.” The Fifth Avenue Casino, located on the floor above the Times Square venue, will also include a Chinese restaurant, steak house and bar. The Crockfords Casino is for VIP guests by invitation only and will include a private entrance, 64 video lottery terminals, 14 electronic table games and a lounge. The Central Park event space is located on the third floor. Resorts World has spent about $880 million to open the facility — about $150 million more than expected, Speller said. “Outside you can see where a lot of that

money went,” Speller said. “We’ve built these beautiful outdoor terraces with views of the track.” State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said he’s looking forward to the opening, though he has addressed concerns about safety with Speller. “People want to see security,” Addabbo said. “They have a great security system and detail, but people want to see a security presence to supplement the cameras. Mike Speller addressed these concerns, and he talked about hiring additional security.”

Richmond Hill South Civic Association President Margaret Finnerty agreed with Addabbo that there are security issues. “I’d like to see more security in the casino,” she said. “I feel there’s not enough, and you have a lot kids coming in because the age limit is 18. It’s not just a place to hang out. There haven’t been any incidents, but I don’t want to see any. If people aren’t gambling, they need to be moved along.” Speller said there have been no “security issues” on site or in the parking lot, adding “we have great support from the New York Police Department, if we need it.” While the city has not allocated more permanent officers to the 106th in light of the casino opening, Addabbo is optimistic more cops are coming its way once the new police class graduates in 2012. Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton said, while there have been issues with traffic, RWNYC officials, the city and civic leaders have been working hard to work on them. “The traffic is a big issue, but there have been steps taken toward minimizing it,” Braton said. “For example, a simple change on their web page means that people looking at directions are, instead of being sent to Rockaway Boulevard, being told the parkway access is there.” Finnerty said traffic has been of particular concern during the morning rush hour. “It’s difficult to get on Rockaway,” she Q said. “It can be bumper to bumper.” See additional photographs of the new casino on page 12.

Parents urge no to middle school choice Plan to attend CEC 27 meeting on Monday to advocate against proposal by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

Parents are once again sounding the battle cry against the middle school choice program that the city has proposed to implement in southern Queens and are planning to express their ire over the move at the Community Education Council District 27 meeting this coming Monday. “We really don’t want middle school choice at all,” said Theresa Fonal, the president of the Parent Teacher Association at PS 146 in Howard Beach, who organized a rally against the proposed program in August. “Our PTA contacted most of the schools in District 27, and a lot of them had no clue about middle school choice at all. No one told us they’re in favor.” The city Department of Education has proposed the middle school choice program for District 27, which includes schools in Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Howard Beach, part of Jamaica, Broad Channel, Belle Harbor, Rockaway Park and Far Rockaway. The CEC must approve the mid-

dle school choice plan before it is implemented, but it has yet to vote on the proposal. It was first expected to vote on the program at its meeting last July, but that has been pushed back indefinitely because of concerns from parents and elected officials that parents had too little information about middle school choice. If the council approves the plan, parents in the district could request that their child attend any of its middle schools. Parents would have to fill out a form ranking the schools they wanted their child to attend, and the city would match students with schools based on those rankings. City officials have argued that the choice program would provide pupils and parents with more options and allow students who believe they are stuck in a bad school to attend another. While Bart Haggerty, Councilman Eric Ulrich’s (R-Ozone Park) chief of staff, called that goal laudable, he also said that there were concerns students already in good schools could lose their seats in the build-

ing for which they’re zoned. Students now receive priority for their zoned school — meaning they have a seat in the middle school that is typically closest to them — and the DOE has emphasized that policy would continue with school choice. But, parents have said they are worried that should their student apply to a school they like outside of their zone but are not admitted there, they will not be able to return to their zoned school. “I agree 100 percent with the DOE’s goals of providing every child with a quality education, but that can’t be at the expense of children who already have one,” Haggerty said. While the CEC has yet to approve school choice, Fonal said parents at PS 146 were concerned the city had gone ahead with its plan to implement the program when they recently received applications with the term “middle school choice” on them. DOE officials, as well as CEC leaders, have assured parents that the choice program has not been approved.

Parents gathered at Loring Field in Ozone Park in August to sign a petition against the city’s plan to implement middle school choice in District 27. FILE PHOTO

Because of confusion over whether or not middle school choice had been approved, CEC 27 officials released a statement on Tuesday emphasizing that the council has taken no action on it. “Instead of relying on secondor third- hand information, we suggest to all parents and educators that they come out to our

meetings and get the information in person,” the council members stated in the letter. Parents said they plan to attend the next meeting, which is at PS 114 on Monday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Fonal noted that residents who want to speak at the meeting must sign up with the council Q before 2 p.m. on Monday.

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Pol calls for resident cops State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) said last week that he is preparing a bill that would require all future candidates for the NYPD to live within the city’s five boroughs. Jeffries’ proposal came in response to web postings by police off icers about the city’s West Indian Day Parade in which revelers were referred to by racial slurs. Similar efforts to reinstate a residency rule have failed in the Legislature before, though Jeffries believes off icers living in the community would be more sensitive toward the people they serve. Currently officers may live in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange or Putnam counties. Officer Peter Figoski, decorated 12 times while serving in Brooklyn for 22 years before being killed in the line of duty on Monday, lived in Suffolk. “The first priority for hiring police officers should be to find individuals of the highest quality and then pay them a salary that is competitive,” said Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch in a statement. He said about 60 percent live here and most must have a second income. Jeffries’ office did not respond to a Q request for further information. — Michael Gannon

5 charged with cop’s murder 4 Ozone Park men arrested in PO Figoski’s death by Michael Gannon Associate Editor

Four Ozone Park residents are among f ive men being charged with murder in Monday’s fatal shooting of NYPD officer Peter Figoski. Figoski, 47, was shot and killed as he and his partner responded to a report of a robbery in progress in the East New York section of Brooklyn in the 75th Precinct. The decorated 22-year veteran leaves four daughters. His partner, Glenn Estrada, sustained a shoulder injury struggling with another suspect before chasing down and capturing the alleged shooter, 27year-old Lamont Pride of Greensboro, NC, where NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said he had an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault. Pride is charged with firstdegree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, the murder of a police officer and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Kevin Santos, 30, of 85th Street, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

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Ariel Tejada, 22, of 89th Street, also is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Nelson Moralez, 27, of 84th Street, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder. Michael Velez, 21, of 102nd Avenue, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. All are being held without bail. Police said all but Tejada have prior arrests. Figoski and Estrada were responding as backup officers to a home at 25 Pine St. Police said two suspects, including Pride, had been hiding and sneaked out of the house while two other officers were questioning people in another room. They were confronted by Figoski and Estrada as they exited the building. Figoski was shot in the head and died later at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg were with family members at the hospital. Kelly said Figoski had over 200 ar rests in his

career, nearly half for felonies. He was the recipient of a dozen medals, including eight for exceptional police duty. Published reports state that his funeral will be on Monday in Babylon, LI. Tributes to the slain officer poured in from Facebook pages to city leaders. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said all all New Yorkers were saddened and sickened by his death. “Off icer Figoski lived on Long Island, but each and every day he put his life on the line to protect Brooklynites in the 75th Precinct,” Markowitz said. “Our thoughts go out to his family — including parents Frank and Maryanne, former wife Paulette and daughters Christine, Caitlyn, Carolyn and Corrine — and his fellow men and women in blue. May they take solace in the fact that all New Yorkers are grateful for his valiant service.” Queens Borough President Helen Marshall praised the man who spent his adult life protecting the city. “Officer Figoski could have been responding to anyone’s home in New York City this

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Good news on taxes, bad news on grants ou have to give Gov. Cuomo credit where it’s due. And also blame where it’s due. This past week provided strong examples of both, as Cuomo crafted a Solomonic agreement on taxes that will make a real dent in the state’s $3.5 billion budget deficit, but then left the city high and dry when it came to allocating economic development funds. The tax deal, one aspect of which had been passed by press time and other parts of which were still pending, is remarkable for finally introducing progressivity to the state’s income tax code. It’s expected to raise $1.9 billion in new revenue. As he promised, Cuomo let the so-called millionaires’ tax, which actually kicked in on taxable income as low as $200,000 for some filers, die the death it deserved. But he replaced it with a true millionaires’ tax, one that only hits single filers making $1 million or more a year. The rate for income over $1 million, or $2 million for married couples, will be 8.82 percent, compared to 8.97 percent for the old “millionaires’ tax.” So many true millionaires will see a slight reduction in what they must pay. More importantly, those making less will also see a small tax cut, one that gets

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larger as you go down the income scale. People making less than $40,000 will still pay no tax. Those making $40,000 to $150,000 — what you could broadly call the middle class, depending on where they live — will pay 6.45 percent, down from 6.65 percent. From $150,000 to $300,000, the rate will remain 6.65 percent. From $300,000 up to $1 million, it will be 6.85 percent. While we’d like to see an even more progressive system, the graduated rates are a good start compared to the existing regressive, flat tax rate that would return if the old millionaires’ tax were allowed to expire without being replaced. And the governor got it done without the drama that usually accompanies anything of substance in Albany. Also key in his tax reform package is a reduction in the MTA payroll tax, a true job-killing measure that forces downstate businesses of all kinds to further subsidize the mass transit system. Private schools have finally been made exempt; a no-brainer. And smaller companies are getting a break too. Those with less than $1.25 million in annual payroll will no longer have to pay the tax, while those with payrolls of $1.25 million to $1.75 million will now pay just 23 cents for every $100 in wages, compared to the prior 34

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Control guns now Dear Editor: The availability of illegal guns for people with criminal intent and others whose sense of moral responsibility is terribly impaired puts every one of us at mortal risk. The time is now to change the way we are allowing this to happen before violent, random gun violence escalates and you and I and those we love and cherish wind up as the victims of lethal pieces of metal flying all over, no matter where we are, or what innocent thing we might be doing. The past few weeks have presented a few cases that demonstrate the above. Riding on a bus on one’s way home from work didn’t prevent two people from getting their flesh being torn apart (ending one man’s life and disfiguring another) by bullets propelled by a stranger for no apparent reason except that he was angry. Another tragic incident involved a sworn guardian of our laws, a policeman investigating a robbery who was shot in the head and killed by lawless criminals without any compunctions about shooting a cop. We can safely assume that their guns were not legally obtained. Isn’t it time for us in these Un-United States to stand up and demand that the federal government throw off the shackles of the special interest groups that are hampering the growing necessity to control the manufacture, importation, and distribution of deadly firearms? Even though New York has fairly strict gun laws governing the possession of legal weapons, it is ridiculously and frighteningly easy for guns obtained in nearby states (whose gun laws are lax, and border on meaningless) to come here. As New Yorkers we are helpless in doing anything to stem this tide of metallic mayhem, and it is worsening as each week goes by. The use of illegal guns in New York is reaching epidemic proportions. More and more innocents are bound to be maimed and killed as the flood of illegal guns fills the hands of those who would do harm unto others. In highly populated areas, where most Americans live today, easily obtainable illegal high-powered, hi-tech guns in the hands of persons of questionable character pose a real threat to our lives and our peace of mind. Irene Shlakman Howard Beach

cents, which remains in effect for larger firms. So the tax deal is a step forward. But unfortunately, Cuomo took a step backward when it came to doling out $785 million in economic development funding. The city is only getting $66.2 million, about 8 percent of the total, even though more than one-third of the state’s population lives here. And Queens will see just a paltry $4.8 million. Compare that to Long Island, which is getting $101.6 million — even though the population of Nassau and Suffolk counties totals about 2.8 million, not that much more than Queens’ (undercounted) 2.3 million. Our borough has an infinite number of projects that could use state support and plenty of infrastructure that needs repair, but $4.8 million won’t go that far. And bizarrely, the scandal-plagued Ridgewood-Bushwick Senior Center is getting more than $800,000, even as it remains under investigation for financial malfeasance. Overall, Cuomo’s first term so far has been dramatically more productive than those of his recent predecessors. And we hope the man who grew up in Forest Hills Gardens, and now lives in Westchester, hasn’t forgotten his roots in our borough, and will do better by us next time.

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RIP, Officer Figoski Dear Editor: It is a sad time for the NYPD and the community with the senseless killing of decorated Police Officer Peter Figoski, and an even sadder time for his family, friends and all those who knew him and are now grieving for the loss of a brave man. Here was a police officer who gave much to the comunity in which he served and who truly did serve and protect those in need. The problem facing New York is that more guns are coming into the city illegally and it must be stopped before more people die, including our brave men and women in law enforcement. Now the children of Officer Figoski are without a father — and for what, a few bucks? My heartfelt prayers go out to his family. Officer Peter Figoski, may you rest in peace. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks

Give us our greenway Dear Editor: Your Dec. 8 article about the rails-totrails greenway effort related to the old Rockaway Beach Branch line (“Rails-to-

trails push on old LIRR tracks,” multiple editions) was infor mative and timely, though it would be worth digging a little deeper into Community Board 6’s lack of support in 2007. It should be noted that CB6 didn’t just “vote down a feasibility study of the project” — there was no funding at stake — incredibly, they voted against even supporting the idea of a feasibility study, a study which would undoubtedly have determined that their concerns about the proposed greenway are simply not valid. How do people walking or biking on an elevated greenway make any more noise than if they were on the street? How is it possible that there would be more litter (and graff iti) than already exists on the line today? This abandoned and decrepit track is an eyesore and a blight running down the middle of our community, and has become a filthy dumping ground with no city oversight. The only impact on residents’ quality of life and property values would be positive. I can clearly see part of the elevated track from the rear windows of my house, its derelict hulk overgrown with trees and weeds, and I can assure you that any steps taken toward fully realizing the incredible potential of this green space would be a step


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Thanks to GCHS Dear Editor: I would like to thank the students and staff at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood for a wonderful evening Friday night. They had a Winter Wonderland for students and parents from PS 153, PS 71 and PS 81. They had many events for the children who attended, such as ornament making, cookie decorating, face painting and greeting-card making, and the GCHS Drama Society performed a play called Chriswanzakah. They even had Santa and you could take your own photos with him. All of these events were carried out by the students with the staff supervising them. All the students I encountered were cordial and friendly and helpful. They get a bad reputation in this neighborhood but anyone who thinks only gang bangers attend that school should go to these events and see the ones that I do. They would see that the students who attend this school are getting a very good education and learning to give back to the community. I plan to send my daughter to that school when she becomes high school age. I went to GCHS, not a specialized high school, which is the trend now, and I think I got a very good education. After Friday night I see the school’s quality of education has not gone down since I was there. Charlene L. Stubbs Maspeth

Mayor keeps wages down Dear Editor: Three weeks ago, the City Council overwhelmingly passed a bill which curtails the city Department of Correction’s cooperation with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement in notifying them of an illegal alien’s release from custody. The mayor supported this legislation. Currently, the Council is considering a second bill, which the mayor is against, which seeks to create an $11.50 per hour minimum wage for workers whose bosses received public subsidies. Superficially, these bills have nothing in

common, but, if we dig a little deeper, we realize that aliens, legal or not, are typically the ones working at low-wage jobs. And you may recall the mayor’s past desire to turn New York into a sanctuary city for aliens (for example, police are never allowed to inquire about a detainee’s residency and even if it is discovered in the course of an investigation, they’re not allowed to share it with ICE). As any economist will tell you, supply and demand sets the price for a commodity. So, if you want to keep wages low, you increase the supply of labor and keep the market free of minimum wage controls. ‘Atta boy, mayor! Jerry Nutter South Ozone Park

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in the right direction. It would connect residential areas with commercial areas with already existing green spaces: We could walk or bike with our kids all the way from the FHYAA Little League and soccer fields to the Metropolitan School campus to Forest Park and beyond, all while avoiding congested streets and traffic signals. Our own NYC Parks Department has a web page, nycgovparks.org/facilities/bikeways, that highlights the benefits of greenways: “for health, transportation, the environment, safety and fun.” There’s no downside. I fail to understand how the efforts of the Rockaway Beach Branch Greenway Committee aren’t fully supported by all of our community representatives and elected officials. The committee is asking those interested in supporting this project to sign a petition which can be found on their Facebook page at facebook.com/rbbgreenway. (You don’t have to be a Facebook subscriber to view the page and sign.) I guess they’ve determined that it’s unlikely anything will happen until the community’s voice is heard. Michael Gallagher Rego Park

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Occupy gets it Dear Editor: What is it about these avid (read rabid) Occupy Wall Street haters? What blinds them from seeing, seeing what OWS is all about? Why is it so difficult for some to comprehend the outrageous disparity of wealth that is the reason for the Occupancies throughout our country? The 99 percent will not and cannot be stopped. I read the same old letters from the same old clueless writers, the ones that attempt to denigrate words like occupiers, progressives and liberals by tagging the 99 percent as socialists, communists, nihilists — any negativists one can think of rather than realist, empathist or humanist, which is what they are. These misguided critics do not even realize that their need to elevate their selfesteem and to paint themselves as superior to the protesting “riff-raff ” does not make them a part of the elite 1 percent. They are merely stooges and facilitators and those 99 percent out there actually represent them as much as they represent nurses, teachers, firefighters, etcetera ... as well as the police ordered to keep them contained. One need only view the graphic proof indicating the comparative rate of income growths having taken place in the last 30some odd years. The middle class has virtually flatlined while the wealthy have exploded exponentially. Why?! There are those simple-minded who contend that the root cause for the lack of growth of the middle class is that they work not hard enough. Is there anyone naive enough to suggest that the evergrowing disparity was and is because the wealthy had each year worked several times harder than the previous year while the middle class has just sat traditionally on their lazy old butt year after year? Obviously, nonsense. The reason that the middle class has such a near impossible task of upward mobility is the barriers set up by that exclusive club of the 1 percent, making certain it is kept letters continued on page 10

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ball that has never been filled. What major league baseball and the Hall of Fame have done in rejecting the admission of Gil Hodges is to send a message that impeccable character, moral values and fine playing are not relevant. I am a grandparent now. I take two of my grandchildren regularly to MCU Park to watch the Cyclones. Over the years I have found that the Cyclones and MCU Park (formerly Key Span) have an ambience reminiscent of Ebbets Field. On the way there on the Belt Parkway, I always point out the bridge named after Gil Hodges and explain the kind of individual he was and why the bridge is a monument to his memory. At MCU Park, there is a gallery focused on Brooklyn’s major league experience, including its players. As my grandchildren get older, I will explain why that gallery far more reflects the golden age and character of baseball than the Hall of Shame in Cooperstown. Joseph B. Margolin Valley Stream, LI

Dear Editor: As a boy growing up in the late ‘40s and ‘50s, my interests focused on cowPostal $olutions boy heroes like Hopalong Cassidy, the Dear Editor: Lone Ranger and Gene Autry. However, There are alternatives for the United from April to October each year there States Postal Service’s finanwas no question where my cial situation that were not attention was directed. My ONLINE brought up in “Tempers flare life was baseball and I worover USPS job-cut plan” shipped the Brooklyn Miss an article cited (Dec. 8). Dodgers. What kind of days by a letter writer? Want Consider untapped revenue I had were dependent upon news from our other sources available to reduce whether Duke hit a homeeditions? Find past run; Clem won in relief; the reports, news from the operating deficits and pernumber of bases Jackie rest of Queens and more haps even turn a small profit. Sell advertising space on the stole; and whether Carl at queenschronicle.com. sides of mailboxes, inside and threw a baserunner out at outside the post offices along home plate. with the small jeeps, regular trucks and The Dodgers were not a team. They were a cultural phenomenon. They were an heavy-duty long-haul trucks. Sell off some integral part of the community where they of the valuable real estate and move to less played. Unless you lived through that time expensive locations. Why not join banks and fast-food period and were a Dodger fan, you could never understand the significance of 1955 restaurants that sublet space at Walmart or the symbolism and essence of the team and other big box stores to open smaller post offices? Generate both revenue and and its players. This past week, Major League Base- customers by subletting excess capacity at ball and its Hall of Fame had a unique underutilized post offices to other city or oppor tunity to make amends for an state agencies along with private sector unjustif ied and grave injustice, while businesses. License corporations to sponredeeming baseball’s declining profes- sor stamps for a fee. Have members of Congress, the state sional and character image. Instead baseball was able again to grasp defeat from Legislature and other elected officials pay the jaws of victory; they failed to accept the real, full costs for their annoying freGil Hodges into the Hall of Fame. That quent bulk-rate mailings to constituents. decision warrants a change of name for Our own Congressman Gary Ackerman, who recently sent a letter to the USPS urgthe Hall of Fame to the Hall of Shame. No player in the history of the game ing the agency not to eliminate any mail more clearly represented sportsmanlike operations from the Queens Processing conduct, perseverance, integrity and tenac- and Distribution Center in College Point, ity than Gil Hodges. He was, in every way could start paying the full costs of his own imaginable, a role model for American numerous mailings. They are nothing more youth, a gentle giant and more importantly, than free re-election campaign brochures a gentleman. He was a resident of the subsidized by taxpayers. Charge the full price for all junk mail. community where he played and in every Future increases in the price of stamps way a friend and neighbor to those who should be directly tied to inflation. went to Ebbets Field Why not apply free-enterprise solutions On the field he was the finest defensive first baseman of his era and one of to provide a more cost-effective product, the best-hitting players in that position. reduce deficits and prevent more branches His numbers speak for themselves. His from closing? Larry Penner accomplishments are legendary. He was Great Neck, LI an integral part of the greatest team in baseball history and was its hitting star in the final game of the 1955 World Series, the greatest series in baseball history. He would later go on to manage the f irst New York Mets World Series championship team. His sudden death at a relatively young age created a void in base-

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Workers put the finishing touches on the Fifth Avenue Casino before residents are expected to flood the area at the end of the week.

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From Ozone Park, a delivery of love Teachers at PS 65 help residents upstate rebuild lives after hurricane by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

Tucked away amongst a sea of gray and concrete in an area dominated by warehouses in Ozone Park, PS 65 is thought of as a gem in the rough by those who work at the school. And they’re not alone. After teachers recently helped to rebuild upstate homes destroyed by Hurricane Irene and hauled 20 televisions to schools and families in Schoharie County last weekend, it seems PS 65 is thought of as a gem by many who have never even seen the Ozone Park facility. “It was so important for us to help; they lost so much in the hurricane,” said Joan Doctor, a resource room teacher. “They were devastated. Whole houses were destroyed.” Doctor was joined by Marilyn Manley, the school librarian and District 27 United Federation of Teachers representative, and fifth grade teacher Felix Regalado on Sunday, when they made the three-hour trek to Schoharie, a county of about 30,000 people partly nestled in the Catskill mountains. There, they donated 20 televisions that the school had received as part of a grant but were no longer using, as well as accompanying video players and remote controls, to the Schoharie school district, where officials will distribute the technology to area schools and families who lost most of their possessions in Hurricane Irene, which wreaked havoc along the eastern seaboard in August. While Irene did not bring the city the kind of damage that had been predicted — though areas in southern Queens were hit with

Principal Rafael Morales, back left, Felix Regalado, Chrissy Esposito, front left, Madeline AlvarezCruz, Joan Doctor and Marilyn Manley worked last Sunday to donate televisions to residents in PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON Schoharie County, which was destroyed by Hurricane Irene. flooding and downed trees — Schoharie, and other areas upstate, experienced widespread damage that longtime residents said they had never seen in a lifetime. In Schoharie, a name derived from a Mohawk Indian term that means “floating driftwood,” residents saw homes built by parents disappear within a matter of hours, others had to escape from basements with quickly rising water by busting out windows, and news article after

article described a world where the streets teemed with debris and residents no longer knew where they would sleep at night. “One teacher told me she didn’t know where most of her students were sleeping at one point after the hurricane because they tried to find shelter wherever they could,” Doctor said. Once the teachers at PS 65 learned of the plight of those living upstate, they

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Festive toy drive draws hundreds by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

couple hundred people flooded into the Kids ’N Shape in Howard Beach Monday evening for the second annual drive to collect gifts for Toys and Tots. The three-hour event — which included an appearance by Santa Claus, face painting, and games that spanned the gamut from a ball pit to hula hoops and air hockey — is the brainchild of Howard Beach native Justin Martinez. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of, helping kids,” said Martinez, who founded a nonprofit, JM for Kids, last year. “You want to look out for kids who don’t have anything.” Martinez teamed up with Paul Guarneri, owner of Kids ’N Shape, to host the event, during which hundreds of presents were collected. “Especially during the recession, it’s nice to Q give people a free treat,” Guarneri said.

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Jennifer Oramas shows Nicholas Diaz, 5, what his face looks like after she painted it. Samantha DiFranco, 3, shows off her face paint.

Danielle Provvisiero, left, 7, and Chloe Cornetto, also 7, kept their hula hoops spinning for an impressively long time.

Louie Barillaro, 2, spent much of his evening playing air hockey.

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Little North Pole draws thousands by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

housands of people turned out for last week’s Little North Pole, an annual event at Joseph Mure’s house in Neponsit which raised close to $175,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Everyone from actor Tony Sirico of “The Sopranos” to Santa and Mrs. Claus and Goumba Johnny, the radio personality from WKTU 105.3 attended the event, which draws people from throughout the borough — and beyond. Mure will be collecting money for the JDRF until the end of the year. Residents can send donations to Renowned tenor Christopher Macchio, right, and the CSO girls, center, 144-03 Neponsit Ave., Neponsit were several of many performers at the Little North Pole event. Q Beach, NY 11694.

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ANALYSIS by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

What makes the Jose Reyes parting ominous for Mets fans is that the team’s failure to make even a nominal offer to him is indicative of its severe financial woes. It is clear that Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria did his Mets counterpart, Fred Wilpon, a huge favor by signing Reyes to a $106 million, six-year contract. If Loria had stuck to his guns with his initial $75 million, five-year offer to Reyes, Wilpon would be facing much more intense fan and media heat for failure to make an even a token gesture at retaining the services of their All-Star shortstop.

Let’s go Debts! The day after Reyes signed with the Marlins, Sandy Alderson told reporters at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings that the Mets lost $70 million last year. Even if you factor in non-cash expenses as depreciation and other asset write-down asset amortizations which can dramatically, and artif icially, reduce net income, the Mets’ 2011 income statement still isn’t pretty. And that’s even without accounting for how the Mets are probably not reporting the fair market value of the revenue that they receive from SNY for broadcast rights since the Wilpons own most of that regional cable sports network (Comcast and Time Warner

are smaller equity partners). It must be pointed out that the Mets and the corporate overseer, Sterling Equities, are not publicly traded securities and therefore their f inancial statements are not required to be publicly disclosed. Well-respected New Jersey Record baseball columnist Bob Klapisch reported in his Dec. 5 piece that the Mets are facing some very serious liabilities that have little to do with rogue Far Rockaway financier Bernard L. Madoff or Madoff victims’ trustee Irving Picard. The Mets currently have to pay $50 million annually in principal and interest to bondholders for the construction of Citi

Field. They also owe $25 million to Major League Baseball on a loan made earlier this year, and on Monday they announced they had taken out a $40 million loan from Bank of America. Far more daunting, however, is that according to Klapisch, the Wilpons have a $430 million loan on the team that comes due in 2014 and a $450 million debenture on SNY that matures the following year.

The Mets are facing so many financial issues it’s hard to see how they’ll turn the situation around. While the accounting profession classifies current liabilities as obligations that come due within one year, having over $900 million in liabilities due within the span of the next presidential term is not that longterm, and it must cause Fred Wilpon some sleeplessness. If you add in the strong possibility that Irving Picard will be able to collect hundreds of millions of dollars from the Wilpons for realizing profits from their dealings with Madoff, the financial picture worsens considerably. Granted, the Mets have significant sources of revenue such as SNY and Citi Field advertising, naming rights fees from Citibank, ticket and concession revenue (although both will probably decline in 2012), as well as their cut from Major League Baseball’s national television and various licensing contracts, but I doubt that they measure up to nearly a billion dollars of debt. Unless that debt is mitigated by some restructuring, it would appear as if the Wilpons won’t be able to sponsor a Little League team, Q let alone the Mets, in five years. Lloyd Carroll is a certif ied public accountant and professor of Accounting at Borough of Manhattan Community College. He also writes the Queens Chronicle’s “Sportsbeat” column.

Santa comes to Ozone Park Residents are invited to come take a picture with Santa and receive a free gift at the Ozone Howard Little League Hall this Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. The hall is located at 97-14 135 Drive, and residents are asked to use the entrance on Centreville Street and 149th Avenue. Don’t forget to bring a camera for the photos.

The Ozone Park Civic Association is sponsoring the event. For more informaQ tion, call (646) 298-7575.

Senior center hosts holiday party on Dec. 20 The Howard Beach Senior Center will hold its annual Christmas and Chanukah party on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m., and the party will follow with dancing and refreshments. This year’s festivities are sponsored by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. The senior center is located at 156-45 84th St. and residents are asked to use the 85th Street entrance. For more information, call (718) Q 738-8100.


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National exam shows pupil scores have remained stagnant since 2009 by Anna Gustafson

for the reading test, 29 percent were basic, 14 percent were proficient and 5 percent were The national test scores for reading and advanced. math are in — and while it appears New York This year about 43 percent of city students City is not the kid goofing off in the back of performed at the basic level on the math test, 27 the classroom, it’s also no honors student. percent were proficient and 6 percent were The results from the National Assessment advanced. Twenty-four percent of pupils fell for Educational Progress showed city students’ below basic. In 2003, the oldest data available for test scores have remained stagnant since 2009, the math test, 46 percent performed at the basic the last time the test was taken — which is level, 19 percent were proficient and 2 percent worrying Queens legislaadvanced. About 33 pertors and parents. cent of pupils received “I think the national test scores below basic. is the best test the kids are Weprin, a longtime e’ve lost a given because it’s not critic of Mayor generation of given to every fourth- and Bloomberg’s education eighth-grader, so it doesn’t platform, said the city has students.” allow them to cheat the over the past decade — test by getting a lot of test since mayoral control — City Councilman Mark Weprin prep for it,” said Councilwent into effect — deciman Mark Weprin (Dmated arts and music Oakland Gardens), who serves on the Coun- programs, as well as a slew of others, in order cil’s Education Committee. “It’s a more accu- to make way for test preparation. rate assessment. I find the results dishearten“It’s upsetting that for the last 10 years our ing, though not surprising.” students have been denied after school proAccording to the recently released test grams, art programs and tons of other proscores, an average of 61 percent of city stu- grams in an effort to raise test scores, and in dents achieved basic, proficient or advanced the end it doesn’t materialize,” Weprin said. levels in reading. Thirty-two percent were char- “We’ve lost a generation of students.” acterized as basic, denoting a partial mastery While some Queens and education officials of necessary skills; 22 percent were proficient, have expressed dismay over the most recent meaning they displayed a “solid academic per- test results, city officials emphasized that stuformance,” and 7 percent were advanced. Thir- dents’ scores have increased since 2003. ty-nine percent fell below the basic level. “By the gold standard for measuring acadeThe numbers were essentially the same in mic progress, our students have made impres2009; while in 2002, the oldest data available sive gains since 2003, especially compared to Senior Editor

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BLOOD DRIVE PHOTOS TAKEN BY GABRIELA VALERIO

by Audra Anthony n November 22nd, 2011, the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), in collaboration with the New York Blood Center, hosted its fall semester blood drive in Gym B at John Adams High School in Ozone Park. Fifty-nine pints of blood were collected between periods one and eight. Ms. Saunders, one of HOSA’s advisors said, “More people

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Fun Had By All at Adams’ Karaoke Night by Audra Anthony

Our Link by Dilek Gas Though it was never by blood you picked me up when I fell in the mud. You told me to always keep my head high Never did I think you would die. Now, every time I look up in the sky the feeling makes me want to cry. I thought it was going to be a fun vacation But I always wanted to leave, never patient. Knowing time doesn’t wait, it was still fate. Never did I think it would be our last picture. Now, every day to myself, I give a lecture. I wasn’t able to say my last goodbye. Now I’m looking at this picture, trying not to cry. A picture seems so simple, you’d think. But that’s OUR link.

On Friday, November 18th, 2011, the John Adams High School Senior Class of 2012 gathered in the school’s auditorium to relax, kick back and celebrate a night of karaoke. The teachers on hand who served as chaperones – Ms. Benson, Ms. Jarrett, Mr. Lee, Ms. Saldhana and Ms. Panzer – gave a rendition of “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, which was easily one of the highlights of the night. Another crowd pleaser was student Kevin Jones’ take on “I Roll Up” by Wiz Khalifa. From the big smiles on everyone’s faces, you could tell that karaoke night was a huge success. At the end of the evening, which was sponsored by Senior Government and the Leadership Class, bottle caps were collected to help aid patients at St. Jude’s Hospital. For every 100 bottle caps collected, a child would be able to receive a free treatment of chemotherapy. Ms. Panzer reported that approximately 300 bottle caps were collected. Collections, she added, would be ongoing throughout the second half of the school year. Anyone who would like to help such a worthy cause can bring bottle caps to Ms. Panzer’s office, Room 148.

KARAOKE NIGHT PHOTOS TAKEN BY RUMYISHA CHOWDHURY

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Pols and union officials On the trail decry possible job cuts of snail mail Hold rally at Whitestone postal plant, which may be consolidated or closed by AnnMarie Costella

a job come January to fill your stocking.” First-class mail is processed between midnight and 6 aving signs that read “Keep Queens a.m. to allow for next-day delivery. But under the Postal Mail in Queens,” and “Save our Ser- Service’s plan, processing would be done from midnight vice,” postal workers and their union to noon the next day, allowing far fewer facilities to do representatives rallied early Friday much more work. afternoon outside the Queens ProcessOn Dec. 2, at a meeting at Bayside High School coning and Distribution Center in Whitestone, slated for ducted as part of the public comment period, dozens of possible consolidation or closure, which would result in the approximately 200 people in attendance voiced their the displacement of hundreds of workers. outrage over the plan. Not a single They were joined by more than a dozen speaker thought the agency’s latest costelected officials representing every saving idea is a good one. level of government, unified Many believe part of the USPS’s in their belief that the financial woes is due to its being forced Postal Service, which by Congress to pre-fund 75 years worth claims it has lost bilof retirees’ health benefits 10 years in lions as the economy advance, putting the agency over $5 bilhas slowed and people lion dollars in debt. have turned to the “We’re like a big family here and Internet, must examine they’re breaking up our family,” said other money-saving Robert Yaccarino, president of the measures rather than Flushing branch of the American sacrificing employPostal Workers Union. “... The rumors ees and service. are they are going to close the On Tuesday, building in March. The rumors are the Postal Service they already have a buyer for the agreed to place a building.” five-month moratoConnie Chirichello, a spokesrium, ending May 15, woman for the USPS, said Frion closing postal day that the agency has not facilities. Lawmakers decided to close the building said that gives Conyet, nor has it been sold. gress more time to Councilman Dan Halimplement reforms that loran (R-Whitestone) could help the finansaid that overnight cially strapped agency service conducted by and allow the USPS to FedEx and UPS is further study the impact of going through the the proposed closures and roof, which proves solicit community input. that there is a “We welcome this delay by demand for fast, the Postal Service,” Rep. Gary efficient letter and Ackerman (D-Queens and Nassau) package delivery. said in a prepared statement. “In the Simanowitz agreed, meantime, we will continue to keep up the adding, “If you want to fight to save this important facility.” compete you don’t offer The USPS is in the midst of evaluating costa lesser product.” saving measures based on the idea of changing “The Constitution doesthe one-day standard of delivery for first-class n’t say that FedEx has to be mail to two to three days, something that has here,” Halloran said. “It doesnot been approved yet. n’t say UPS has to be here. It Queens mail would be transported 12 miles does say that the United to be sorted at a plant in Brooklyn, producing States post office has to be an estimated annual savings of nearly $30.8 here, and it’s about time we million, but cutting anywhere between 700 and start remembering that.” 1,000 jobs here. Chandrak Desai, a mail “We cannot at this time, when we are just processor at the Whitetrying to come out of a tremendous recession, stone plant, was standing have this economic dislocation,” Assemblyman outside the facility during Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica) said at the rally. the rally waving a sign that “Other things can be done. So I say to the read “Save America’s Postal Postal Service, ‘Go back, look at this again and Service,” as passing come back with a better way.’” motorists honked their Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz (D-Flushhorns in solidarity. ing) also slammed the plan. “It’s not just about losing “Let me say thank you to the United States jobs,” Desai said. “People Postal Service for giving the men and women depend on this facility to Chandrak Desai, a mail processor at of this facility an early holiday present,” the Whitestone facility, shows get their medication and the Simanowitz said. “There is nothing like worry- passersby his thoughts. rest of their mail. They are Q ing about whether or not you are going to have PHOTO BY ANNMARIE COSTELLA going to suffer a lot.” Assistant Editor

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Whether it’s a bill payment, greeting card or correspondence to a friend or relative, few people give much thought to what happens once they drop a letter in a mailbox, provided it meets its destination in a timely manner. To illustrate the long journey of a first-class piece of mail, let’s follow, for example, the route of a letter going from the Flushing post This letter will embark on a long journey office on Main Street to before it arrives at its destination. PHOTO BY ANNMARIE COSTELLA the Jamaica branch on Archer Avenue. First the letter travels about 12 miles to a processing plant on Forbell Street in Brooklyn. Once all the mail that needs to be sorted arrives, it is separated by ZIP code, according to Stephen Larkin, executive vice president of the Flushing branch of the American Postal Workers Union. Next, the Flushing letter is transported by truck more than 13 miles back to Queens, where it is dropped off at the Whitestone plant on 20th Avenue to be sorted again by postal branch and letter carrier route. Then it is transported another seven miles to arrive in Jamaica — that’s 32 miles before it is given to a letter carrier who delivers it to its final destination. Larkin said that shipping the mail to Brooklyn rather than doing all of the sorting in Queens was a move the United States Postal Service implemented in 2009, “to promote productivity at the Brooklyn plant,” despite union opposition. Under a new proposed cost-saving plan, which would result in the consolidation or closure of the Whitestone plant and others across the country, the mail would take a slightly longer trip, and require more time to sort and deliver. Presently, first-class mail is processed between midnight and 6 a.m. to allow for delivery on the next business day. But under the Postal Service’s proposal, which could be implemented next May, processing would be done from midnight to noon the next day, extending the delivery time to two to three days. Under that scenario the sample letter would take a different route. From Flushing our correspondence would travel about 11 miles to a plant on 9th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, where it would be separated into four parts — pieces traveling outside of New York City, those staying in Manhattan or going to the Bronx, and those being sent to the USPS Triboro district — Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, according to Larkin. Next, the Flushing letter would be sent nearly 14 miles to the Brooklyn plant to be sorted by ZIP code, post office and letter carrier route. Pieces designated for Queens would be sent directly from there to the appropriate area post office, Larkin said. So our sample letter would be on the road for another seven miles before arriving at the Jamaica post office — a total of 33 miles — and into the hands of a letter carrier. Larkin, who called the new plan “self-destructive,” believes the two- to three-day anticipated delivery time is unrealistic given the logistics of the route, and expects the time of arrival for first-class mail to be closer to four to six days. In comparison, if one were to drive the letter directly from Flushing to Jamaica, a distance of about six miles, it would take approximately 12 minutes, provided there is no traffic. Larkin, of Fresh Meadows, asserted that expanding delivery times will hurt postal customers and force them to look to alternate mail transportation services such as Q FedEx and UPS.


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The city will be stepping up efforts to phase out dangerous heating oils still being used throughout Manhattan and the boroughs, according to a representative of the Mayor’s Office who spoke at a recent meeting with Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Under city legislation passed last spring, all boilers burning No. 6 oil must switch to a lighter oil by 2015; no new boilers can burn No. 6 or No. 4 oil; and any boilers burning No. 6 oil by 2030 will have to be modified or replaced. At the meeting, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin of the New York City Clean Heat Pro-

Dangerous emissions in Queens gram said the emissions from buildings using these heating oils — which he called “dirtier than coal” — accounted for more soot and air pollution than all the cars and trucks in the city combined. Thirteen percent of the 10,000 buildings now using these oils are located in Queens, Abdul-Matin said. And it’s not just homeowners who are to blame. At least one hospital and several schools in Queens burn No. 6 or No. 4 oils, he said, noting that “New York City schools were the last ones to burn coal.”

Abdul-Matin urged community board leaders in attendance to “find out who owns these buildings, who makes the decisions about boilers.” For its part, the city will be targeting the top 25 burners on its own, and will help pay for the transition to cleaner heat in some cases. According to published reports, soot pollution can irritate the lungs and worsen conditions like asthma. It also increases the risk of heart attacks. Marshall seemed particularly concerned for residents of Astoria, asking

whether the numerous power plants in the area use No. 4 and No. 6 oils. Abdul-Matin could not provide an answer. Astoria has notoriously poor air quality One of the overarching goals of Bloomberg’s administration is to make New York’s air quality the best of any metropolitan area in the country. But in 2009, the American Lung Association ranked New York as one of the 25 most polluted cities. However, it fell far behind Los Angeles, the dirtiest city in the country in terms of ozone pollution and the second dirtiest by year-round particle pollution. New York was ranked Q 17th and 21st dirtiest, respectively.

BSA reform bills proposed Tired of the Board of Standards and Appeals’ rulings that adversely affect neighborhoods, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) has introduced four bills to rein in the panel, following Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who last month offered two related measures. Van Bramer’s bills, two of which were co-sponsored by Halloran, would create a standardized procedure for the BSA to use recommendations by community boards, residents and borough boards; expand the BSA to include a member each from the public advocate and the borough presidents’ offices of the case involved; create a procedure for residents to draft a complaint about an issue before the BSA; and require all mayoral-recommended members be approved by the City Council. Halloran’s bills would give the community board and borough president the power to appeal BSA decisions. The appeals would be heard by the City Council, which would then vote on whether to grant variances. His other bill is aimed at making sure commercial properties abide by previously granted variances and would give the BSA the power to issue fines. “Reforming our dysfunctional zoning process is a huge step towards preserving the character of our communiQ ties,” he said. — Liz Rhoades

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Local pols praise Cuomo tax deal Plan would reduce MTA business levy, set new top income brackets by Michael Gannon Associate Editor

City and state officials are giving largely positive reviews to a deal struck in Albany to restructure the state’s income tax code. Under the agreement announced by Gov. Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-LI) on Dec. 6, most individual taxpayers will see a decrease in their rates. A three-year-old surcharge on earners making more than $200,000 — called the millionaires’ tax in Albany — will expire at the end of the month, but a new tax bracket will be created for those making $2 million. The new bracket will charge them 8.8 percent, less than they were paying under the surcharge, but more than if the surcharge had simply expired. It is expected to net the state up to $1.9 billion in additional revenue. Those making between $40,000 and $2 million will pay graduated rates ranging from 6.45 to 6.85 percent. “This is a very good deal,” said Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Jamaica). “Some of us would have preferred to get a little more out of the high end, because we’re still funding a large debt. But in general, this is a good plan. It’s a progressive tax. And it’s simply not fair that people making $40,000 a year and people making $5 million get charged at the same rate.” As chairman of the Small Business Com-

mittee, Scarborough auded the elimination of the MTA Payroll Mobility Tax for qualifying small businesses, money that covers more than 14 percent of the MTA’s budget. “That boosts small businesses at a time when it’s needed,” Scarborough said. The reduction is estimated to be about $250 million. Cuomo has promised that the MTA will be reimbursed by the state through other unspecified funding sources. The deal exempts self-employed individuals making less than $50,000 from the MTA levy, as well as small businesses with payrolls of less than $1.25 million per year, public and private schools, which currently pay 34 cents per $100 of payroll, according to the office of Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway). It reduces the tax to 23 cents per $100 for firms with less than $1.75 million. “It was the right thing to do,” Goldfeder said. Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) believes the tax code changes are not only more fair, but will stimulate spending and the state economy. He said the reduction of the MTA payroll tax will create a more businessfriendly environment in his 38th District. “This legislation is great news for small business,” Miller said in a statement. “The MTA payroll tax was simply an unfair burden on small business and non-public schools alike, many of which are struggling to survive,” said Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) in a statement. “Our small business owners and educators are the

backbone of our state and can breathe a sigh of relief today Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley praised Cuomo for his “strong leadership” in reaching the new tax deal. “Working families see some relief and those who are very comfortable can afford to pay a little more,” she said. Scarborough too said that the wealthier are in the best position to pay more, and acknowledged that in theory they are also best situated to leave the city for lower-taxed states. “But they haven’t, even with the surcharge,” he said. “And that is being eliminated.” Scarborough and Miller also praised the Albany agreement for its inclusion of $25 million in 2012 to fund summer youth employment programs throughout the state. “And New York City traditionally receives about 60 percent of that money,” Scarborough said. But not everyone was on board. A coalition of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, The Straphangars Campaign, the Regional Plan Association and the General Contractors Association of New York applauded the effort to limit the impact of reducing the MTA tax, but has concerns. “The problem with this is three-fold,” a coalition statement said. The groups claim that estimates of what is needed can be incorrect, exposing the MTA to serious financial risk; that payrolls can grow while subsidies do not; and that subsidies from the state can be lowered at any

time, such as was done with appropriations for student MetroCards. They called instead for the private schools and small businesses to pay the taxes and then get reimbursed by the state. Those groups and others also are protesting defeat of a proposed “transit fund lockbox” that would prevent raids from MTA accounts for other spending. And not on board at all — but for different reasons — is Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R, I, C-Canandaigua). “From what has been reported in the media so far, the bottom line is that taxes are being raised in New York State and we still are not dealing with our state’s serious spending problem,” Kolb said in a statement on his website. “Tax hikes have never been the answer for creating more private sector jobs and longterm prosperity for New Yorkers. That still holds true today.” Kolb and others decried what they said was a secret deal cut behind closed doors by “three men in a room.” Mayor Bloomberg was reserving judgement last week. “I’m only concerned about the effect on New York City, and I haven't read the legislation yet so we really don’t know what that effect is going to be,” he said. “I’m sympathetic to the governor who inherited a difficult fiscal situation. He’s trying to do something about it and I’m not going to tell him Q how to do his job.”

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role private and parochial schools play in our neighborhoods,” Ulrich said. “It wasn’t fair to tax them at a higher rate than public schools, and I applaud the state for eliminating this tax burden for all schools.” When enacted two years ago, the tax levied 34 cents on every $100 of payroll in the city, as well as surrounding counties. The tax brings in an estimated $1.4 billion a year, or 14.3 percent of the MTA’s operating budget. Ulrich, Greenfield and school and religious leaders said the plan will save non public schools an estimated $8 million annually throughout the region and benefit about 400,000 students, including 100,000 in Jewish day schools and yeshivas. Depending on its size, a school is expected to save anywhere from a few thousands to tens Q of thousands of dollars annually.

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he Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill erupted into light and song last weekend, when a couple hundred people attended its annual festivities celebrating the kick-off to the Christmas season. Two of the church’s youth choirs sang beloved Christmas carols in both English and Spanish during the event held Saturday evening. Father Francis Colimaria blessed the Nativity creche during the program, and residents dove into holiday treats and hot chocolate at the Holy Child Jesus school. The church also sold trees and wreaths last weekend to raise money for the church, Q parish secretary Paul Cerni said.

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The newest front in the war to end smoking is the home — at least for those who live in multi-family dwellings like apartment buildings and condominiums. With the success of bans on smoking in public places like bars, restaurants and offices, health advocates are now seeking to reduce the habit among people who live in buildings where other families share the same walls and ventilation. The problem is that dangerous secondhand smoke travels from unit to unit with no regard to ownership or traditional concepts like one’s home being one’s castle. To help battle the problem, which exacerbates a multitude of health problems and causes conditions like asthma, especially in children, the American Lung Association and the Community Partnerships for a Tobacco Free New York announced on Monday that they have revamped a website designed to help tenants get smoking banned in their buildings. The website, smokefreehousingny.org, now contains items such as a no-smoking “toolkit” for landlords, guides for tenants and a section dedicated to affordable and public housing. The ALA says the site was updated in response to the growing need for information about the dangers posed by smoking in multi-unit buildings. “Easily accessible information about smoke-free housing is important because

there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and secondhand smoke kills 2,500 New Yorkers each year,” said Dr. Irwin Berlin, board chairman for the American Lung Association in New York. “When secondhand smoke intrudes into a person’s home environment, there’s truly no escape. This website will help property owners and tenants quickly access accurate information that can help them implement healthy smoke-free policies.” Through the relaunched website, visitors will be able to: • learn the benefits of instituting a nosmoking policy; • download a step-by-step landlord toolkit to implement a no-smoking policy, including tenant surveys, sample letters and lease language; • download a tenant guide for those seeking relief from secondhand smoke; • download a condo guide and co-op guide (to be posted in the near future); • access documents to address legal concerns; • get news on smoke-free housing; • advertise and search for smoke-free properties for free; and • contact a local community coalition for assistance. Though smoking has decreased to about 14 percent of adults citywide from 21.5 percent 15 years ago, the rate is higher in some places in Queens, according to the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

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Tips for staying fit through the holidays The holiday season is a time for fun, family, and — let’s not forget — food. Between work functions, family gettogethers and endless holiday soirees, the sheer amount of cheesy appetizers, buttery entrees and sugar-laden desserts can be overwhelming — especially when you’re trying to maintain or lose weight. Don’t let the holidays weigh you down; here are a few tips for how to stay fit and energized throughout the harried holiday season.

This year, pair your beverage of choice with a healthy glass of water. Recent research shows, drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while also cutting back on portions, can help you meet your weight loss goals. While each person’s hydration needs are different, the Institute of Medicine advises that men and women try to consume about 3.7 and 2.7 liters of water a day, respectively, including water that can be found in food and other beverages, such as fruit, vegetables or even coffee.

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The first rule to staying fit throughout the holidays is never arrive at a party hungry. With the abundance of tempting, fattening treats available, choosing an appetizer or dessert that fills you up and not out, can be a challenge. Satisfy your hunger beforehand with a protein-rich snack to help you curb your desire for calorie-filled treats at the party.

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Hospital receives outstanding achievement award One of only six hospitals in NYS cited by the Commission on Cancer Mercy Medical Center’s cancer program has received a coveted Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons – one of only six hospitals in New York State, and just two on Long Island, to be so honored. The award was based on an on-site survey last October that resulted in Mercy’s Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program receiving Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission. The Outstanding Achievement Award further recognizes Mercy for compliance with seven standards of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, data management, clinical management, research, and community outreach and quality improvement. Hospital received 2011 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award Mercy Medical Center has received the 2011 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization, for the sixth consecutive year, with the highest ranking of any hospital in Nassau County and the Five Boroughs of New York City. Mercy is the only hospital on Long Island or in New York City to receive both the Excellence Award and the organization’s highest Five Star rating every year since HealthGrades began its ratings for bariatric surgery six years ago.

Mercy was ranked in the top 10 percent of all of the hospitals studied nationwide and fifth in all of New York State, the sixth year in a row that it has been in the top five statewide as well as in the top 10 percent nationally. No other hospital on Long Island or in New York City has ranked in the top ten percent nationally in every year of the study. The study found that patients at hospitals like Mercy that achieve the highest Five Star level of quality care, are nearly 70 percent less likely to experience in-hospital complications, and spend, on average, a half-day less in the hospital than patients treated at average (1-Star) hospitals. Mercy is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designated by the American Society For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the hospital’s weight-loss surgery program is headed by Dr. Shawn Garber, the only bariatric surgeon included in Newsday’s listing of Top Doctors on Long Island. Hospital receives award from American Stroke Association In recognition of its excellent care for stroke patients, Mercy Medical Center has received a Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association. Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke

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Gone are the days when bullying just meant calling someone a name in the neighborhood playground. In an effort to curb the rampant cyberbullying epidemic, Sen. Jeff Klein (DBronx and Westchester), along with several other elected officials, made a stop at the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights on Wednesday to address an audience of students, who are seen as being at most risk to be victimized. “I felt I needed to do something,” Klein said. “The best way we could talk about this problem is to talk to young people. “We have to pass legislation,” he told he middle schoolers. “You can help us to craft legislation.” Klein said that while there are laws against stalking, there is currently “nothing in New York State penal law on cyberbullying. It’s my intent to have cyber-bullying be stalking in the third degree.” He indicated that “we did pass a law last year that will go into effect in January. The ‘dignity for all students act’ will go a long way in helping.” The gathering, billed as a press conference, was designed not only to discuss legislation but to launch a new student survey called the “click, comment and create change” census, which would empower the city’s students to speak directly to lawmakers formulating the anti-bullying legislation. The bullying issue has become so problematic that Klein estimated 41 percent of all teenagers in the city have been affected. The figure for gay teens is 54 percent. Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte, an Astoria resident who will represent the state in the upcoming Miss America pageant, has made cyberbullying the focus of her platform. She was on hand to share personal stories of her own bullying experiences.

She recalled that when she was younger, “Someone made a fake profile and messaged me, saying, ‘No one wants you around.’ It was so personal. I locked myself in the bathroom,” adding, “I never found out who it was.” A few years later, she said, after breaking up with a boyfriend, she faced two years of his online aggressions. “I called the police. They said there was nothing they could do” if he didn’t make any direct threats against her. Following the suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, a young gay man from Buffalo, Monte started an online petition to bring cyberbullying laws to New York. Over 3,000 signatures have been collected so far. Bullying expert Perry Aftab, who has taken her campaign around the world and on many widely-seen TV programs, asked those in attendance to offer reasons why so many victims neglect telling an adult. “They’re afraid if someone finds out, the situation will get worse,” one youngster said. “Parents don’t understand,” said another. Aftab then asked the entire audience to stand and recite a pledge that has become something of a catchphrase for those joining the anti-bullying campaign: “I don’t stand by, I stand up,” they chanted. Assemblymember Francisco Moya told the students, “We want to make sure you’re being protected.” Recalling that children in his day used to settle disputes in the playground, he said, “We’re dealing with a different time here.” Prior to the conference, the school’s principal, Stacey Gauthier, made it clear that cyberbullying is an issue that needs to be addressed. “The threats are serious. They're not always just threats,” she said. Anyone interested in completing the online survey should visit nycyberbullycenQ sus.com.


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Our Christmas and Chanukah holidays are here. On Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street, our award-winning Woodhaven Business Improvement District-sponsored holiday lights are brightly shining, marking the beginning and the end of Woodhaven’s portion of Jamaica Avenue. Since the inception of our WBID, I have wanted to mark our boundaries so that the difference is very evident. We are the only commercial strip in our area with lights. Our holiday music sounds — as during the last 16 years — fill the avenue as shoppers feel the holiday spirit and sing along with the songs as they shop. As I have stated before, our stores also are in tune and bright with bargains offering 30 to 50 percent discounts. If you need the latest computer, or any components, cell phones, TV sets, holiday cards, special collectibles, unique gifts or toys, you don’t have to fight the crowds at the malls, shop right here. There are boutique stores with suits, blouses, dresses, jackets (leather and down) and New Year’s Eve gowns for the ladies. Also, jackets, shirts, casual or formal slacks for men — one men’s store offering one suit, shirt and tie for free with other purchases. Shop and eat locally and save precious gas. Remember area businessowners — through your BID — clean our streets seven days a week, maintain our avenue’s 98 percent graffiti-free environment, give us our street and holidays lights and music, with private security patrolling our avenue for your safety. This year we have welcomed some new stores and businesses to our Jamaica Avenue family. Look for them in our WBID advertisements. The strong monetary investment of the new stores and businesses on our avenue are a true testament to Woodhaven’s vitality and stability. You need a strong commercial strip to support a strong residential community. The Woodhaven Business Improvement District staff and I worked very hard planning our WBID sponsored “Holidays in Woodhaven Weekend.” The weather was mild and clear when our Christmas tree and Menorah lighting ceremony took place. The Color Guard from Franklin K. Lane High School presented the colors and the “Pledge of Allegiance” was recited lead by Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon, commanding off icer of the 102nd Precinct. I made a statement explaining Chanukah the festival of lights.

After the statement there was a symbolic lighting of the Menorah. All of the children delighted in the bright lights. “Twas the Night Before Christmas” was recited with the assistance of the little and big voices in the crowd including Sen. Joseph Addabbo and Stephen Esposito, GWDC president and WBID board member. Also in attendance were Councilmembers Mike Miller, Erich Ulrich and Elizabeth Crowley and Deputy Inspector DeLeon with a surprise guest, Congressman Gregory Meeks. All conveyed their best wishes to Woodhaven for a Merry Christmas, happy Chanukah and a wonderful holiday season. Then it was time to meet our costumed holiday characters introduced by Paul Rudolph Jr., WBID board member. The children and all were so happy to see them. Santa lit the Christmas tree with new red, white and blue lights in honor of our Armed forces — courtesy of the WBID. Everyone was thanked for attending especially our 102nd Precinct commanding officer and our 102nd Precinct police officers. All joined in singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Jingle Bells. Then I requested everyone to lift the glowsticks and small American flags that the WBID had distributed in honor of our brave troops fighting for our freedom. I then lead in the singing of “God Bless America.” It was a great evening. As we go to press we have been made aware that our Woodhaven tree was chosen out of the top 10 New York Holiday Trees as No. 4 on their listing along with our neighbor Sunnyside holiday tree. No. 1 is the Rockerfeller Center tree, No. 2 CitiPond at Bryant Park and No. 3 on Broad Street in the Stock Exchange. Placing fourth with these million dollar locations places us in very pricey company. We are a small BID in Queens with one of the lowest budgets covering 25 city blocks and we still rated fourth. Be proud, Woodhaven. Don’t forget Santa, Rudolph the RedNosed reindeer and Frosty the Snowman will be at the new Forest Parkway Plaza area (weather permitting) off Jamaica Avenue, taking free pictures plus distributing goodies on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. In my next article I will give you highlights from our very wet “Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade.” May God bless the brave men and women of our Armed Forces fighting for our way of life especially at this time of year so far away from home and may God bless Q America.

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Grocery workers union protesting stores’ opening on the holiday by Kasey Schefflin-Emrich

Duchess counties. “Their employees have suffered through store closings, uncertainty The fictional character of the Grinch is and lost wages. Asking our members to work appearing in the form of a real-life supermar- on Christmas Day shows a stunning lack of ket chain, according to New York State’s compassion and another example of this largest grocery workers union. ‘War on Christmas’ we seem to read about United Food and Commercial Workers each day.” Union Local 1500 is protesting the decision Speelman thinks the action is even worse by A&P/Pathmark to open its stores on than anything the protagonist in the popular Christmas Day, calling the move Grinch-like. Dr. Seuss children’s book would do. In a letter to company executives, union “Even the Grinch would be shocked by leaders cited the retailer’s A&P/Pathmarks’ decision ongoing financial diffiand would question if they culties with its bankrupthad any heart at all,” ow is no time for cy filing and urged “that Speelman said. A&P/Pathmark as this very difficult year Many of the customers draws to a close, now shopping at the Pathmark management to more than ever we should on Atlantic Avenue in respect and welcome a Ozone Park, echoed the play the role of day off for reflection and same sentiment. the Grinch.” uninterrupted time with “It’s very bad especialfriends and family.” ly for employees with kids — Union official The union expressed who have to run to work Anthony Speelman how the company’s deciand back home,” said sion to remain open, Gloria Froelach, a former while other supermarkets such as Stop and employee at Pathmark 13 years ago. She was Shop, King Kullen, and Shop Rite have surprised the store was open on Christmas, agreed to close that day, shows a lack of car- noting that when she worked there they had ing for its employees. the day off. “Now is no time for A&P/Pathmark manYohanny Hernandez, a frequent shopper at agement to play the role of the Grinch,” said the store, thinks the employees should be Anthony Speelman, the secretary treasurer of able to spend time with their loved ones on the Westbury-based union representing the holiday. 23,000 grocery workers in Long Island, the “They should be allowed to enjoy time five boroughs, Westchester, Putnam and with their family,” he said. “Without a doubt Chronicle Contributor

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scarves, jewelry, sports items and cosmetics. We are still receiving letters to Santa from The Queens ChronicleÕs 17th annual hol- the younger set. Here’s a sampling: iday toy drive for poor youngsters ends in Gina, 5, is asking for a Dora the f ive days and more gifts are needed to Explorer doll and doll stroller plus a tea make this a happy holiday. set, while Larry, 4, would like action figAlthough many of our regular readers ures, cars and books. have been extremely generous, we are not One mom wrote for her 1-year-old son getting the number of contribuMichael requesting Fisher-Price tions we usually do this learning toys. late in the season. Daryl, 7, asks for a The toy drive Nerf water gun, a footends Tuesday, Dec. ball and books. 20, so that the two Cindy, 9, wants family homeless Santa to bring her a shelters whose Barbie doll and clients our readclothes for it. She ers are assisting writes: “I was evicted — the Metro in from my apartment Elmhurst and the Briwith my mom and my arwood — plus the brother. This made me River Fund New York, can very sad, but now I’m feeling sort the gifts so they are agebetter because Christmas is coming. appropriate for the children. I’ve been a very good girl this year.” The River Fund is a nonprof it group Cleo, 10, wants an Easy Bake Oven and headquartered in Richmond Hill and, among Barbie toys plus a Teddy bear. Bailey, 9, other things, works with homeless families. says she helps her mom every day and realThe need for gifts is great, as there are 150 ly, really wants GoGo My Walkin’ Pup and children living at the Metro, 153 at the a voice-activated Password Journal. Briarwood and about 800 involved in the Jimmy, 9, would like a Crayola paint set River Fund programs. and a Batman toy and cars, while Vincent, Noemi Castro, case manager at Metro, 10, is more into games. He wants Monopsaid there are several newborns there, as well oly, Trouble, Sorry and Parcheesi. as teenagers. Don’t forget them in your shopThis week we thank the following readers ping. For teens, popular items include cologne, who brought in gifts recently: Linda MedManaging Editor

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Speaking through an interpreter, Yong Soo Lee told of her experiences in serviTwo cultures came together Tuesday tude to the Japanese. Women from various evening in Bayside during an emotional Asian countries became sex slaves to the program on the horrifying experiences invading troops. The government still does not acknowledge that it happened and it women lived through during World War II. Sponsored by the Kupferberg Holocaust was said on Tuesday that every Wednesday, Resource Center and Archives, the event Korean women hold a protest in front of saw two Holocaust survivors now living in the Japanese embassy in Seoul. Ethel Katz of Little Neck was 17 and JewQueens meet with two Korean women on a trip here to discuss their lives as “comfort ish when her parents and siblings were shot to women” during the war. Comfort women death in Poland by the Nazis. She was were young females taken by the invading clubbed, but lived, and hid from the Germans for a year. Japanese forces to service the troops. Arthur Flug, executive director of the center, said the women do not fear dying, but none want to be forgotten. “Both groups of women became such good friends,” Flug said. “There was a lot of warmth.” Because of the evening’s success, the director said the Korean-American Voters Council has decided to fund a program allowing Queensborough Community College students to learn about problems related to the war and interact with Asian seniors. The Holocaust center is located on the QCC campus Ethel Katz of Little Neck and Yong Soo Lee of Korea embrace at and already has a program for the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center on Tuesday. They students to work with HoloQ talked about their lives during World War II. PHOTO BY MICHAEL TEPPER caust survivors. Managing Editor

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like it’s a one-shot deal and we don’t do that,” Elias said. In addition to buying gold, silver, diamonds, Recently, a woman and her boyfriend went into an unassuming gold buying and cash loan watches and coins, Ice Jewelry Buying also shop on Queens Boulevard. She had a $35 offers instant cash loans for jewelry and eBay offer on her ring from another area shop, but selling services. Their cash loans program is straightforward and was looking to get a better deal. In what may be viewed as poor business acumen, she told simple. “It’s a perfect solution for someone who her new prospective buyer what her previous has a bill due and a check on the way,” Goldberg offer was. Still, after examining her piece, he said. “But we make sure they have a game plan to offered her $1,600. He did so, as he says, buy their jewelry back before the end of the term. Sometimes these are people’s heirlooms we’re “...because that’s what it was worth.” The plight of the worker who’s hard-up for talking about and we respect that.” For those who are less Internet-savvy or cash in today’s economy is something that Arthur Elias and Edward Goldberg can relate to just don’t have the time, Ice Jewelry Buying first-hand, having been laid off from their jobs offers a convenient eBay sales service. If what in jewelry manufacturing. They understand a customer has isn’t an item that Ice Jewelry that people get into situations where they just Buying would purchase, like a handbag or need a little cash fast to make the bills and Ice antique furniture, they can help find a buyer Jewelry Buying Service hopes to help out in on their eBay store. Elias consults with the customer to find a target the most honest way they can. price and let the internet STORE HOURS “For this, I like to think we’re handle the rest. doing the community a service,” MON.-FRI. 11am - 7pm auctioneers For anyone who has Elias said. “We’re in the business SAT. 10am - 5pm ever dealt with the hassle of helping people who are in a SUN. by Appointment of selling and shipping tough spot. They can come to an item on eBay — all the our store and know that we can educate them on what they have and we’ll give forms involved in setting up a user and paypal them what their items are worth. When that account, the 10-15 percent fee that Ice woman told me her previous offer, it made me Jewelry Buying charges to do all the work is wonder how many times this happens — how really a bargain deal. “At the end of the day, I just want people many people who really need that money get to feel comfortable doing business with us. taken advantage of?” Elias opened his Rego Park shop with People have this conception of gold buying Goldberg less than a year ago, and already stores as these slimy places with slimy they’re seeing a lot of repeat customers and people, and they’re typically right. But we referrals. This is a sign to them that they’re want to be different. I don’t think it’s cool to doing something right — the pawn business see someone buy a ring for $200 and put it in typically deals in one-time transactions but their counter for $800. We don’t do that.” Ice Jewelry Buying Services is located at Elias is determined to break that mold, 98-30 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park. Hours of building a reputation on trust. “Everyone around here is buying gold these operation are Monday-Friday from 11am to days; you can go into the barber shop down 7:00pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday the road and sell your jewelry. The problem private appoinments are available. Call for Q with all these places is they treat everything more information (718) 830-0030.

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“I appreciate the TSA’s work to keep air passengers safe, but passengers should not be humiliated and degraded during their travels,” he said. Toward that end, Schumer and Gianaris have written a letter, dated Dec. 11, to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and John Pistole, administrator of the TSA, to conduct an immediate investigation of the alleged incidents, and to quickly establish the passenger advocate position. The letter reiterated that the current TSA complaint system only logs and tracks incidents after the fact, and has nothing to monitor situations or possible trends in real time. The senators said a passenger advocate would not require any more new hires, additional costs or new levels of bureaucracy. And Schumer said matter-of-factly that Congress has the ability to act if the TSA chooses not to. “If they can’t police themselves, we can do it with legislation,” he said. TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said in an email that the TSA has customer service representatives at most major airports in the country. She also said the agency is setting up an 800 hotline as a resource for passengers who know beforehand they will need assistance with their security screenings. The hotline is expected to be up in January. An entry on the website TSABlog, at

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It all began in 1943 as a short story called “The Greatest Gift,” a life-affirming fable about the basic decency of the human race penned by Philip Van Doren Stern. The simple tale, about a would-be suicide who gets a glimpse at what life would be like if he’d never been born, gained lasting fame in the 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart. Since then, the story has been adapted for several radio versions, a musical, a dramatic play and various made-for-television films. Now, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is being presented through Dec. 24 at Queens Theatre in the Park, under the direction of Ray Cullom, the theater’s recently appointed executive director.

“It is an unbelievably well-made and timeless story of redemption, about a man being shown the worth of his life,” Cullom said backstage during a recent break from rehearsals. Interestingly, Cullom admitted that he “never paid much attention to this film,” explaining that “people are either ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ people or ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ people,” and that he had always been one of the former. “The past month has been a wonderful immersion in the movie,” he said. In the work, written by Joe Landry, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is presented as a 1940s radio show, a kind of play within a play. It first hit the stage in 1997. continued onon page 51 Continued page


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Yoga with Lorain at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Drop in and start anytime. Six week series $60 members/ $80 nonmembers. Single class $15 members/ $20 nonmembers. The first class will be complimentary. Call (718) 263-7000 ext. 200.

“Long Island City Works,” a photo exhibit by students, will run now through Feb. 29 at the LaGuardia Community College Gallery of Photographic Arts, in the college’s B-building, 3rd floor at 30-20 Thompson Ave., Long Island City. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Holiday art exhibition runs now-Jan. 7 of paintings by members of the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway. Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. “Duality,” an exhibit of stoneware and bronze, continues at Queensborough Community College’s art gallery in Bayside through Feb. 3. Hours are Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

AUDITIONS 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, 10606 Queens Blvd. Interested players should contact the conductor, Franklin Verbsky at (718) 374-1627 or (516) 785-2532.

DANCE “The Nutcracker” will be presented by the Brighton Ballet Theater Company on Sunday, Dec. 18 at Colden Auditorium, Queens College at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18/$12 children 12 and under. Call (718)793-8080.

THEATRE The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City, presents the one-woman play “Full Disclosure,” now through Sunday, Dec. 18. Performances are Tuesdays-Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at goingtotahitiproductions.com, by calling (866) 811-4111 or at the door. Secret Theatre Musicals, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City, announces a rare revival of the Tony Award nominated musical “Little Women.” Performances run now through Saturday, Dec. 17. Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18. For tickets visit secrettheatre.com.

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.

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children, 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, free. Call (718) 279-3006 to reserve. The Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., presents the oratorio “Judas Maccabeus” by Handel on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. It’s free. Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar Trio, featuring Ron Jackson and Ed Laub will perform on Friday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Tickets are $25/$20 members, $10 students with ID.

Queens College Orchestra in Concert at LeFrak Concert Hall in Flushing on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Mozart Symphonia Concertante: Ansel Eklund, violin; Shauna Smith, viola, Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique. Tickets are $20. Holiday Choral Concert: “Joyful Sounds of Winter” by the Community Singers of Queens at Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Flushing on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. $10 admission at the door.

FLEA MARKETS A flea market will be held at Grover Cleveland High School, entrance on Grandview Avenue, Ridgewood, on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Gifts, photos with Santa, and raffles.

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St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church of Bayside will hold a flea market plus ethnic Polish bake sale on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 35th Avenue and 210th Street.

Listen to jazz musician Ron Jackson playing the guitar at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Cost is $12.

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Oratorio Society of Queens annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. at Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside. Tickets: $30; $25 seniors (62+) and students with ID;

“Poltunes and Elder Law” a presentation by Marc Leavitt, an attorney, will take place at a meeting of Horizons, a club for those 55 and over, on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 St. In addition to discussing legal

issues and legislation that affect seniors, Leavitt will perform songs he calls “poltunes,” well-known tunes for which he writes lyrics satirizing present day politics. Attendees are invited to bring lunch. A charge of $3 will include coffee and cake. 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.

OUTDOORS A family scavenger hunt will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. at Fort Totten Park in Bayside. Meet at Fort Totten Visitor Center, Building 502. Discover the natural world by following clues to hidden treasures. Free.

FOR KIDS The New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Park will host a series of “Re-Make the Holidays” events, where the visitors can create holiday cards, ornaments and decorations – all inspired by the do-it-yourself “maker” movement from Dec. 26-30. Cost is $5 to $19. The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo is hosting an educational winter camp for children ages 6 to 10 on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost for members is $125; nonmembers $150. For more information visit queenszoo.com or contact the zoo at qzeducation@wcs.org or (718) 271-7361.

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, offers Italian Classes every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. A 10-week course costs $65. Call (718) 478-3100. Ongoing drawing class every Wednesday 1-4 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy, Douglaston. Instructor, Marc Jasloff. Call (516) 2237659. Fee: $25 per class. Ongoing drawing class every Wednesday 1-4 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy, Douglaston. Instructor, Marc Jasloff. Call (516) 2237659. Fee: $25 per class. The Flushing Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Flushing Hospital, enter at 45th Avenue and Burling Street on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of the month. For information, visit flushingcameraclub.org. 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.

TOURS Jack Eichenbaum’s Public Walks will feature Flushing’s Chinatown on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet on the second floor of New World Mall outside restrooms. Enter New World Mall near Macy’s. Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society. Fees $10/$15 (members/nonmembers). The house that Louis Armstrong called home at 34-56 107 Ave., Corona, since 1943 is offering special guided holiday tours now - Dec. 30. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Guided 40-minute house tours start every hour on the hour. Admission is $10.

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The Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria, offers classes in Greek folk dance for adults and teens every Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The fee is $20 monthly or $150 for the whole year. Bouzouki

The Singles Center of the Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, presents Wednesday Nite Rap for singles 45+ with a holiday party on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $9.

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Heat oil on a flat pan at medium heat then add the garlic and chili. Stir for half a minute, then add the meat. Get the meat to a half-cooked stage before adding the soy sauces and sugar. After the meat is cooked through, add the noodles and tomatoes, stir and mix well. Add the bell paper and basil leaves last, turn off heat and serve.

STUFFED RED AND GREEN BELL PEPPERS FROM MAMA’S OF CORONA Just like mama used to serve: a traditional Italian recipe with festive green and red colors from Marie and Irene DeBenedittis, who run Leo’s Latticini in Corona, better known as “Mama’s” after their mother, Nancy DeBenedittis. Ingredients (serves four) • 4 red and green bell peppers • 1 cup bread crumbs • 2 tbsps Romano cheese • 1 clove garlic, minced • salt and pepper to taste

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Flies in amber: Artist draws historic NYC “They just catch my eye,” LoGuirato said of the pre-1950 While many of us enjoy New structures he draws. “I was York’s architecture, few resi- always interested in architecture.” dents probably take as much Some of the edifices in LoGunote of the city’s buildings as irato’s drawings are iconic, like Joe LoGuirato, who has been the Empire State Building and painstakingly drawing historic the Williamsburg Bridge; others structures for the last three are lesser known gems, includyears. ing the landmarked French The College Point artist — Renaissance firehouse on 43rd LoGuirato has lived in the Avenue in Corona. neighborhood since the 1970s Each piece on display took — now has an exhibit of his LoGuirato 30 to 40 hours to work in what is itself a historic complete, he said. He begins building, College Point’s Pop- with a piece of wood — nonpenhusen Institute. traditional shapes sometimes attract him, such as the tall, thin block he used to portray Drawings by just a sliver of the Manhattan bridge. Joe LoGuirato He then paints several When: Through Dec. 23. coats of gesso, a primer, on Mon. and Fri. noon-6 p.m.; the wood, and sands the surWed. noon-4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. face down. To recreate the After Dec. 23, call for hours. architecture, LoGuirato must take hundreds of phoWhere: Poppenhusen Institute 114-04 14 Road, College Pt. tographs of the real thing, from all possible angles. Tickets: Free (718) 358-0067 “I have been known to poppenhuseninstitute.org climb fences,” the artist said with a laugh. by Paula Neudorf Associate Editor

Joe LoGuirato with his drawings at the Poppenhusen Institute. Right, LoGuirato’s drawing PHOTOS BY PAULA NEUDORF of a sliver of the Manhattan Bridge. Armed with photographs and a primed wood surface, LoGuirato begins the process of drawing, later adding finishing touches with a blade to artfully weather the piece. Far from clinical architectural studies, LoGuirato’s drawings provide interesting angles and perspectives. In the case of his portrait of the 1868 Poppen-

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“It’s pulled verbatim from the film,” though in somewhat condensed form, Cullom said. “You’ll hear all the lines that you know.” While this adaptation does not imitate the film, it is presented “in the spirit of the movie,” he added. According to Cullom, “the fun part comes in with the cast of five playing every character in the movie,” numbering between 30 and 40 by his estimate. Duke LaFoon stars as an actor named Jake Laurents, providing the voice of main character George Bailey, who sacrificed his

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ambitions to run a small loan business, only to find it on the verge of collapse. Stewart’s portrayal of Bailey is iconic, but following in his footsteps does not seem to intimidate LaFoon. “I don’t think I could impersonate him,” LaFoon said, but admitted, “I hear him,” as he reprises many of the character’s now-famous lines. Actually, LaFoon has played the role before, in the stage musical. But here, he said, “I get to finally say all the words that I love so much that aren’t included in the musical.” As the play opens, the actors, in period costumes, prepare for a radio broadcast, during which they take their ever-changing places behind a trio of microphones set up near the audience. “It’s a different kind of acting,” Cullom said, referring to the staging of the piece, which allows the actors to have their scripts in hand. LaFoon appreciates that “it really focuses on the words. It’s different for sure. We’re using the scripts but interacting.” Following their lunch break, the cast, which also includes Sarah Stevens, Erin Maguire, James Barry and Tim Jerome, a veteran of a dozen Broadway shows, seemed to turn back the hands of time, pocketing iPhones and hiding away other

Actors Donna Reed, Jimmy Stewart and Karolyn Grimes as Mary, George and Zuzu Bailey in the 1946 film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the basis of a stage adaptation at Queens Theatre PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS in the Park this holiday season. modern gadgets to resume rehearsal. As the “broadcast” unfolds, the actors are backed by a very busy young man named Alex Mandell, billed as the Foley artist, who provides the majority of the sound effects. “I think there will be a whole gamut of

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Join singer, songwriter, and storyteller Louie Miranda and his band for a highly interactive performance celebrating the story of Hanukkah on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Come early and make your very own Star of David. Fun for the entire family. Cost is $16 for adults and $12 for children. Call (718) 463-7700 ext. 222.

The Woodhaven Senior Center, 87-04 88 Ave., announces free exercise classes at the center. Stay Well on Monday includes stress reduction; yoga on Thursday includes meditation time. The center is open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ascension Church’s 6th annual ChristmasFest begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 with a service followed by a festival through 2 p.m., featuring the Richard Braithwaite Quintet. There’ll be something for every age...music, kids’ games and craft-making stations. Free. It will be held at PS 101, 2 Russell Place, Forest Hills.

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Chanukah festival and craft fair on Sunday, Dec. 18 from noon-5p.m. at the Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. There will be face painting, dreidelmania, storyteller, holiday art project and vendors. Adults free, $5 per child. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, will host its Winter Solstice Celebration and Holiday Marketplace on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Families wrapping up their holiday shopping or looking for winter themed events are invited to attend the free celebration. While browsing for unique gifts in the QBG Store and among selected vendors, visitors will enjoy seasonal music and children’s activities including crafts, demos and storytelling. A winter garden walk is scheduled for nature lovers who want to explore the early winter landscape.

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Queens Community for Cultural Judaism presents a gala Chanukah Party on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at 149th Street, corner Ash Avenue, Flushing, in the U.U.C.Q. building, downstairs. Telephone (718) 380-5360 for more information. Visitors $5 suggested donation.

The Secret Theatre in Long Island City and acclaimed comedy group Face Off Unlimited have teamed up to present a Christmas show filled with music, comedy and holiday merriment on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Special appearances by recording artist Devyn Rush of American Idol, Courtnay Griswold, Eric Robinson, Christine Cherry and Danielle Orlando, plus a rare performance of Face Off’s show “A Whole ’Nother Level.” Tickets are $25. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for USMC’s Toys for Tots box and get $5 off admission. Call the Secret Theatre box office at (718) 392-0722 or email box@secrettheatre.com. Ages 16+.

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Drug problem? Call Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit westernqueensna.com. Meetings are held seven days a week. Co-dependents Anonymous (women only) meets every Friday at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, 85-18 61st Road, Rego Park. Nar-Anon is a self-help support group for anyone affected by a loved one’s use/abuse of drugs. The

The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The center offers a variety of activities and exercise classes including Wii sports, billiards, bingo, computer classes and monthly bus trips. For information, call Karen at (718) 456-2000. The Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center, 123-10 143 St., South Ozone Park, offers service programs Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. lunch is at noon with a suggested donation of $1.50. Exercise programs include: tai chi stretch, dance groups, choral group, ceramic, camera class, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. For more information, call (718) 657-6752. A leisure group meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, for area seniors. United Hindu Senior Center, 118-09 Sutter Ave., South Ozone Park, offers free vegetarian lunch, health promotion, nutrition education, cards and games, mammograms and blood pressure screenings. In addition, we provide transportation for many seniors via bus. For more information, call (718) 323-8900. Activities at the Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Ave., Bayside, are held Monday-Friday. For more information, call (718) 224-7888. The Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center, 68-52 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood, offers a full Monday through Friday schedule from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include hot lunches served daily to seniors 60 and over at noon, monthly theme parties, health nutrition and education classes, blood pressure screening, chair yoga and group dancing to live music twice a week. The Samuel Field YWHA, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, is seeking individuals who would like to volunteer their time to teach a class in the older adult services or computer department. Applicants should have some experience either teaching or working in their field of interest, but those with a specific hobby they would like to share are welcome to apply. To volunteer, call (718) 225-6750, ext. 233.

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Roast Christmas Goose from Zum Stammtisch in Glendale Werner Lehner, owner of internationally acclaimed German restaurant Zum Stammtisch, offers up a recipe for goose, the bird of choice at Christmas dinners in Germany. Turkeys rejoice!

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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.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: CONSERVATION KIDS, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/23/2011. 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 ALISON COOK, 4427 Purves St., Apt. 10A, Long Island City, NY 11101. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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.

Notice of Formation of GREAT WALL DYNAMIC PHYSICAL THERAPY & ACUPUNCTURE PLLC Art. of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/27/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the PLLC, 58-30 Main Street, 2nd Fl., Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

CITATION File No. 2011-2181/A SURROGATE’S COURT, QUEENS COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent, To: To the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of Thelma Birnbaum, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. Public Administrator of Queens County, Attorney General of the State of New York A petition having been duly filed by Maria Escobar Hernandez and Melba Feliberty who is/are domiciled at 70-26 175th Street, Fresh Meadows, New York 11365 and 1332 Metropolitan Avenue, Apt. 3G, Bronx, New York, 10462. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on January 26, 2012, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Thelma Birnbaum lately domiciled at 70-26 175th Street, Fresh Meadows, New York 11365, United States admitting to probate a Will dated February 1, 2007 a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Thelma Birnbaum, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to Maria Escobar Hernandez and Melba Feliberty. Dated Attested and Sealed, November 23, 2011 (Seal), HONORABLE PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, MARGARET M. GRIBBON, Chief Clerk, Barry Seidel, (718) 793-1133, Barry Seidel & Associates, 88-03 69th Avenue, Forest Hills, New York 11375 (Note: This Citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.)

Notice of Formation of RW 1715 BEDFORD, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/29/11. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 95-25 Queens Blvd., 10th Fl., Rego Park, NY 11374. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Laundry Capital Co., LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: HEMPSPRING LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/27/11. The latest date of dissolution is 11/01/2081. 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, 110-64 Queens Boulevard, #353, Forest Hills, New York 11375. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ONE UP EVENT DESIGN LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/13/11. 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, 161-44 84th Street, Howard Beach, New York 11414. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

KEY STAR AUTO LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/14/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Noorul Kabir, 139-31 Queens Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435. Reg Agent: Nurul Kabir, 139-31 Queens Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of 262-276 ATLANTIC AVE., LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/25/11. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 95-25 Queens Blvd., 10th Fl., Rego Park, NY 11374. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Laundry Capital Co., LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

WISTERIA TAXI LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/14/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Sophia Konstantinides, 3420 31 St, Astoria, NY 11106. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: Warrick, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/04/2011. 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 Wayne Warrick, 134-45 159th Street, Jamaica, NY 11434. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of BNL TOP ONE REALTY LLC Art. of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/26/2011. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: Weining Liang, 1 Stiles Dr., Melville, NY 11747. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

ANGEL8 LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 8/31/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 75-47 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, NY 11379. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation: Justy L.P. Certificate filed with Sec of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/14/11. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 80-18 263rd St., Floral Park, NY 11004. Term: until 12/31/99. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: FEDERAL RECYCLING L.L.C. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/18/2011. 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, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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25-76 99th Street LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/29/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Roy D. McFarlane, 25-76 99th St., East Elmhurst, NY 11369. Purpose: General.

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The World’s Fair, free pickles and the muralist by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

If you ask anyone who went to the 1939 New York World’s Fair what they remember most, chances are very good the answer will be the H.J. Heinz Pavilion. Heinz gave out millions of pickle pins with the number 57 on them, representing the company’s 57 different “varieties” (actually different products, and there were actually more than 60). The pin is one of the most commonly saved items of the 1939 fair. Along with it you received a free pickle — and you were allowed on line over and over for seconds with no problem. H.J. Heinz had strong roots here in Queens. The firm had just completed a large modern factory headquarters at 23-23 Borden Ave. in Long Island City in 1936, employing thousands of people from Queens and the surrounding areas. Then in 1938 Skidmore, Owings and Moss Associates was chosen to design a Heinz dome exhibit for the fair in Flushing Meadows. The firm hired famous New York-based muralist Domenico Mortellito (1906-1994) to create artwork for it. The mural, one of the finest at the fair, was 115 feet long by 35 feet wide and done in relief cement carved al fresco, with red being the predominate color. It portrayed a

Domenico Mortellito, right, puts the finishing touches on his mural for the H.J. Heinz World’s Fair Pavilion, above, in March 1939. large central figure representing the harvest and others symbolizing farming methods in the Western world. In 1941 the pavilion was demolished. Heinz eventually moved out of Queens. But Mortellito was invited back to create the artwork for the 1964-65 World’s Fair by DuPont, his employer, whose products — including Teflon, nylon, Lucite, and rigid urethane — he used in his artwork. Mortellito is not a household name but he made serious contributions to the two great world’s fairs held here in Queens. Q

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Saluting scholar athletes by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

There is a perception that college athletes don’t take their scholastic studies as seriously as other students do. Baylor University QB Robert Griffin III, who was named the recipient of the 2011 Heisman Trophy as the nation’s outstanding college player last Saturday night, is a dean’s list student who aspires to a career in law. Griffin certainly showed that he could have a career in politics, based on his ease in dealing with the media. Asked whether college football players should be paid since they generate so much revenue for their schools, he gave an answer that would make NCAA officials ecstatic: “College sports are more than just football and basketball. It wouldn’t be fair to college athletes who partake in sports that don’t generate the same income.” He also displayed a keen sense of humor. When I asked why he chose Baylor over Ivy League institutions, he replied, “I liked their academic programs and the fact that they had a strong track and field program. Harvard did try to recruit me, by the way.” He then broke up laughing at the podium when I mentioned that the Columbia Lions could have used his services — obviously well aware of my alma mater’s legendary futility on the gridiron. Columbia, incidentally, hired Pete Mangurian last Friday as its new football head coach. Like his countless predecessors, he promises to turn the program around. The runner-up for the Heisman Trophy for

the second straight year was Stanford QB Andrew Luck, who will be graduating this May with a degree in mechanical engineering. He most likely would have been offered a Rhodes Scholarship if it weren’t obvious that he’ll be working in the National Football League next fall. Back in the Ivy League, congratulations go out to Cornell QB Jeff Matthews and Harvard defensive tackle Josue Ortiz, who were named recipients of the Bushnell Cup, the Ivy’s answer to the Heisman, for being the most valuable offensive and defensive players, respectively, in the conference. The SportsBusiness Journal’s various conferences always attract the movers and shakers in the industry. At the SBJ’s Intercollegiate Athletics Forum last week, incoming ESPN President John Skipper vehemently denied that the “worldwide leader in sports” was responsible for all of the recent realignment of college sports conferences. Nets CEO Brett Yormark was an attendee at the Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, and he is understandably ecstatic about the opening of the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn next September. “In addition to Nets basketball, we’ll have lots of college action, including the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament and the Atlantic 10 Championships,” he said. It would be helpful to our local colleges’ recruiting efforts if schools that rarely get to play at Madison Square Garden are invited to do so at the Q Barclays.

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