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Dennis Walcott addresses the crowd, which included Ray McNamara, center, and Jennifer McNamara, at MS 137 on Tuesday evening.

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Questions surround reforms to special ed Top city officials gather at Queens Boro Hall to discuss the concerns by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

hen the school year begins next September, teachers throughout Queens, and the rest of the city, could see an influx of special education students to their classrooms — which officials say is an attempt to graduate more of the pupils they argue the city has ignored for too long. Some parents and educators, however, worry it could overburden educators in already overcrowded institutions. “Since we began working on special education reform in 2009, when we graduated 24 percent of special education students, we have made progress — but we need to do more,” Laura Rodriguez, deputy chancellor for students with disabilities, said at a Parent Advisory Board meeting at Queens Borough Hall last Thursday. “It is important for us as a system to focus on long-term outcomes for our students with disabilities.” In the past, the city has placed students with Individualized Education Programs — federally mandated academic plans for students with disabilities — in small classes consisting solely of special education pupils. While there will continue to be such classes for students with severe disabilities, Rodriguez said the city will push for other special education students to be able to attend their zoned schools and be placed in general education classrooms.


Borough President Helen Marshall, left, Parent Advisory Board Chairman Dmytro Fedkowskyj, and Mike Tragale, the city Department of Education’s chief financial officer, attend a PAB meeting at PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON Queens Borough Hall last week. “Special education” refers to students with a vast array of disabilities — from physical ailments, such as being in a wheelchair, to autism, and a countless number in between. This push, Rodriguez told a group of Queens parents at the Borough Hall gathering, stems from a variety of reasons, including the fact that when studying the city’s special education program, DOE officials found that “a large number of ” students who had IEPs but were testing at grade level were still placed in the special education only classes.

The city began implementing the reform in 260 schools citywide two years ago, and Rodriguez said they have begun to see an increase in the number of special education students graduating — from about 24 percent in 2009 to 31 percent last year. Additionally, city officials said that when placed in general education classes, the majority of students with disabilities scored higher on standardized reading and math tests and had fewer referrals for disruptive behavior. City officials also said that the performance of

students without disabilities is not compromised by the presence of students with IEPs. Dmytro Fedkowskyj, the chairman of the Parents Advisory Board and the Queens borough president’s appointee to the city Panel for Educational Policy, said while parents and teachers agree the reform is “a step in the right direction,” he stressed that “not all our schools can create these classrooms you’re envisioning.” Fedkowskyj added that he and Borough President Helen Marshall have been concerned about the reform’s implementation, saying city officials should better communicate with educators and parents about the upcoming changes. “This reform, as it grows, will have an effect on every student, teacher and principal in every school, which can lead to good outcomes, but in order to do that, culture changes have to take place within our school communities,” Fedkowskyj said. “A plan on how to do that wasn’t defined. School resources, space and funding are limited, which will make it very difficult to change the culture in every school. “Telling stakeholders that the DOE will deal with the bumps in the road as they develop is not comforting to anyone,” Fedkowskyj continued. “Parents have more questions than answers, which I’m afraid will only lead to greater confusion in September.” A number of educators interviewed for this continued on page 42


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Walcott talks special ed, gym in Ozone Park CEC 27 hosts forum with chancellor to address a variety of concerns by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

Concerns about the special education reform that will be rolled out citywide this fall dominated much of Community Education Council 27’s forum with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott at MS 137 in Ozone Park on Tuesday evening, though the event was a bit of an informational free-for-all, with everything from a lack of gym to school closures being addressed. “We have a chancellor in the house who has welcomed us to share our concerns, and we thank him for that,” Coralanne GriffithHunte, president of CEC 27, an advisory group that covers schools in South Queens, said when introducing the leader of the city’s public school system. “Chancellors in the past, we’ve had a tough time getting them in, but not this chancellor.” Numerous parents asked Walcott, who lives not far from Ozone Park, in St. Albans, about the reforms being made to the city’s special education program next year, including CEC 27 member Joshua Hirschman. “My concern is a lot of parents don’t know what’s going on,” Hirschman said. This September, the city plans on placing additional special education students in general education classes, in the schools for which the children are zoned, as part of a push to graduate more students with Individualized Educational Programs. IEPs are

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, left, speaks with some youngsters at MS 137 in Ozone Park on Tuesday night. CEC 27 President Coralanne Griffith-Hunte said her group was happy to sponsor the evening, and noted other chancellors had previously snubbed their district. PHOTOS BY ANNA GUSTAFSON federally mandated academic plans for students with special needs. “There are some schools that have very few, or zero, students who are in special education, and that’s unacceptable to me,” Walcott said. Shona Gibson, executive director of

operations at the city Department of Education, told parents that the special education reform “is about equity and access,” and about “allowing students with IEPs the same access to schools that their brothers and sisters without IEPs have.” A number of parents, including a large

group from Scholars Academy in the Rockaways, said they were concerned that general education students would lose their seats to special needs students — which city officials said was incorrect. “There’s a perception this reform takes away from general education and gifted and talented programs, and that’s just not true,” Gibson said. CEC 27 member Janice Wilson urged Walcott to introduce more opportunities for students to exercise during the school day. “Why is it that children only have gym once a week for 40 minutes?” Wilson asked. “What can we do to combat that?” Saying he is a “big believer in fitness,” particularly becaues his father was overweight and both of his parents died at a “fairly young age” because of heart attacks, Walcott said the DOE is encouraging schools to use nontraditional gym spaces, like hallways, for gym activities. The DOE has come under fire during the past year for not providing adequate gym time and space in schools throughout the five boroughs. A report by the city Comptroller found 40 percent of the city’s students are obese and that the city has not filed a physical education plan with the state since 1982. “This is an area of great concern to the entire department,” Deputy Schools Chancellor Kathleen Grimm said at Tuesday’s meeting continued on page 26

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Burned body found in Forest Park Speculation that the man was killed elsewehere by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

It remains unclear if the man was already dead when he was set on fire. Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association President Ed Wendell said he and his wife, Josephine, were driving by the park when they noticed the swarm of emergency vehicles. Upon arriving at the park, the Wendells learned of the FDNY’s grisly discovery.

“That’s someone’s son, someone’s brother,” Wendell said. “That’s no way to die.” While city off icials have not speculated as to what they think happened to the deceased individual, Wendell said it seems plausible that the man was killed elsewhere and dumped in Forest Park. “It didn’t seem like he was killed

in the woods,” Wendell said. “You set someone on fire, and they tend to scream — no one reported anything like that.” Wendell said the police did an excellent job monitoring the park, which is well-used by everyone from children to joggers, throughout the six hours it took to remove Q the body.

Police and individuals from the Medical Examiner’s office, left, load a burned body discovered in Forest Park on Saturday into a vehicle. Police and fire officials swarmed the park early Saturday PHOTOS BY JOSEPHINE WENDELL morning, when a dead man was found on a burning pile of garbage.

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Forest Park was inundated with police and firefighters last Saturday, when emergency responders discovered a body atop a burning pile of garbage, city officials said. The NYPD and FDNY responded to reports that there was a fire at 86th Street and Park Lane South in

Woodhaven at 5:55 a.m. While firefighters were extinguishing the blaze, a “severely burned” body was discovered, the FDNY said. The individual was pronounced dead at the scene. The city medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of death, and police said they are investigating the situation.

At packed hearing, call to reopen Peninsula Closure of Far Rockaway hospital creating crisis, residents, pols say by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

Raising her clenched fists to the ceiling, Michele Lebau Carroll focused her glare on state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah as he sat across from hundreds of furious residents at last week’s hearing on the closure of Far Rockaway’s Peninsula Hospital. “I hope you’re happy — there will be blood on your hands,” Carroll, who worked as a lab technician at Peninsula Hospital, shouted, garnering thunderous applause from many of those at last Thursday’s meeting at the Knights of Columbus in Rockaway Beach. More than 500 people attended the event and for hours pleaded with state Health Department officials to reopen the 173-bed hospital, stressing that the April closure has left the peninsula’s 130,000 year-round residents with one hospital — St. John’s Episcopal in Far Rockaway. “St. John’s is showing signs of strain,” U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn) said in a statement read by a representative during the hearing. “Numerous reports have arisen of people requiring emergency care being diverted from St. John’s due to the lack of capacity. Those who are turned away now face a 25- to 30-minute ambulance ride to the nearest hospital under low traffic conditions. In an emergency situation, these extra minutes may well be the determining factor

State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah, left, addresses the more than 500 people who attended a hearing on the closure of Peninsula Hospital. Like all of those who spoke at the event last Thursday, Mary Sternhell, right, of Belle Harbor, pleaded with state officials to reopen the PHOTOS BY ANNA GUSTAFSON 104-year-old facility. between life and death.” The state Health Department is legally mandated to hold a public hearing on a hospital’s closure within a month of the closing, and a number of legislators argued that it should have conducted the event prior to shuttering the facility. Turner, Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica), among others, had requested a public hearing once state off icials announced in March that they

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a rocky seven months for the institution, including the state shuttering its clinical lab after documenting a long list of “serious deficiencies” with it. The hospital had been rocked by financial problems, and Peninsula’s parent company, MediSys, ended its affiliation with the medical center last August. At that point, the state had targeted Peninsula for closure, but the Brooklyn-based Revival Home Health Care reached a deal to take over its operations. However, that deal fell apart after the state found serious problems with the lab. Once the state closed the lab at the end of February and mandated that Peninsula admit no new patients, community leaders began working with the Health Department to get the hospital up and running again. However, Smith said at the hearing that the state rejected numerous attempts by the community to keep Peninsula open, including finding a potential buyer. “The challenge to us from the Health Department was to f ind someone to give money or resources for the lab — we did that, and that was rejected,” Smith said. “They said, ‘Find somebody to buy the hospital.’ We did that, and that was rejected. … The problem is, every time we come up with a solution, you say no.” Dr. Seth Guterman, the president of People’s Choice Hospital in Chicago, said his continued on page 42

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It would cost so little to save Brinckerhoff Cemetery hundred grand. That’s a lot of money, but not in the big picture of the budget of New York City. There it’s pennies on the dollar — fractions of pennies, even. Using the digits makes just how relatively little money it is more clear. Here’s what a hundred grand looks like, compared to what the city’s $68.7 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 looks like: $100,000. $68,700,000,000. And that $100,000 is just about all it would take for the city to honor the memory of some of Queens’ earliest residents, and serve the interests of some of its current ones, by buying the parcel of land in Fresh Meadows known as Brinckerhoff Cemetery. Brinckerhoff doesn’t look like the big cemeteries that cover much of Queens. It’s a small, wooded piece of land on a residential block, about an eighth of an acre. But it contains the remains of at least 77 people who lived in the area in the 1700s and 1800s, and possibly many more than that. Now it’s in danger of being developed (As we asked in some editions last week, has the owner never seen “Poltergeist”? Who would ever want to live in a house built on an old graveyard?)


On Tuesday the Landmarks Preservation Commission held a hearing on saving the parcel, at the owner’s request, because it’s been on the LPC’s agenda for 12 years — without any action having been taken. It would be great if the commission could declare it a landmark, but there’s a problem. Whether just through the passage of time, or the willful manipulations of prior owners, as some neighbors claim, there’s nothing visible left to preserve. No headstones, no monuments of any kind. They used to be there, and some say they’re buried beneath layers of soil purposely dumped there to avoid the possibility of preservation, but it’s impossible to say without disturbing the ground. If preservation through LPC action isn’t feasible, the city should simply buy the site at the fair market rate, whether the owner is willing to sell or not. The last time it was sold, in 2010, the price was $105,000. Compare that to the $3 million going toward saving a schoolyard in Jackson Heights. Or the $14 million being spent on an unnecessary expansion of Borough Hall. Or the $180,000 per station the MTA shells out for its Arts for Transit and Urban Design Program. Our office receives announcements of much larger spend-

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ing initiatives from the proud politicians who secured the funding just about every day. Just this week the mayor announced that the city will be spending $9 million to encourage parents to make sure their kids attend school, largely through advertising and education about the importance of avoiding truancy. Let’s say for the moment that parents really do need to see ads on buses to know their children should go to class. Could the city maybe get away with spending $8.9 million and put the remaining $100,000 into preserving Brinckerhoff? Whatever the source of the money, it can and should be found. Let’s see our elected officials who are voicing support for preservation put their money where their mouth is. Yes, you’re right, our money, not theirs — but we all know they often treat it like their own. If the 14-member Queens City Council delegation split the cost evenly, using their so-called member item funding, it would be a little more than $7,000 apiece. There’s no reason whatsoever that could not be done. Will the City of New York make a one-time payout of a measly hundred grand to let dozens of the people who first settled the place we call home rest in peace? You’d think so. We hope so. We’ll see.


sedately and stood by as representatives from more than a dozen families paid their respects. Each person shared an anecdote or said a silent prayer. Each person also placed a longstemmed rose on the casket and one resident rode along to bear witness at the gravesite. Never will Mr. Neufeld’s magnanimous gesture be forgotten. In the end, Ms. Genna did not go to her final resting place alone, nor unclaimed. Arden Weaver Jackson Heights The writer submitted her letter at the suggestion of and through the office of Councilman Danny Dromm.

Landmark Brinckerhoff Dear Editor: (An open letter to Landmarks Preservation Committee Chairman Robert Tierney) I am writing regarding the Brinckerhoff Cemetery, heard by the Commission on May 15. The people of Fresh Meadows, elected officials, preservationists and historians have been

requesting a hearing for the last 12 years. There is no doubt that this property is a cemetery. In 1919 the city surveyed the site and counted 77 graves with headstones, dating back to the mid-18th century. Photographs taken in the 1920s show a number of headstones that were clearly standing at the location. Unfortunately, the city sold the cemetery illegally around 1960. Over the years, the property was neglected by its owner, while local residents periodically took care of it. The actions taken by the Fresh Meadows community show the commitment its people have to preserving history. Brinckerhoff is not an abandoned lot and should not be treated as such. The Brinckerhoff family settled in Queens in the early 17th century, and this property should be preserved and recognized for its significance. Furthermore, there is a strong possibility that remnants of the tombstones that once stood there are currently underneath the land. As a former high school history teacher, I believe it is important for young people to respect their past. Students should be able to see an

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Dear Editor: As a lifelong registered Democrat, I am appalled at the low level of discourse exhibited by Grace Meng, Rory Lancman and Liz Crowley who seek the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District in a primary scheduled for June 26 (“Candidates talk shop at civic meet,” May 10, Northern Queens edition). It is all well and good to mouth intentions to support the little and ordinary people, but empty words are no substitute for action. All of them stood by and did not lift a finger to support the more than 200 small businesses and their thousands of employees and their dependents in Willets Point being thrown to the winds by the Bloomberg Administration’s ill conceived Willets Point proposal, to benefit multimillionaire real estate moguls. Nor do they oppose government using eminent domain to take little people’s private property and turn it over to a private real estate developer. It should be noted that Dan Halloran, who will be the Republican nominee for the seat, had no difficulty in making it clear he believes eminent domain must not be used for private real estate developments. Furthermore, all potential nominees should make it clear they do not welcome support from voters whose support rests primarily on the religion or ethnicity of the person seeking office. Benjamin M. Haber Flushing

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What is appropriate 4 publication? by Mark Weidler Publisher

ver the past few weeks, the Queens Chronicle has written an editorial, blog post and three articles about the Queens Tribune running “adult services” ads and the hiring of Multi-Media, its political consulting affiliate, by Grace Meng for Congress. We certainly hope the Tribune will not attempt to damage the campaigns of Rory Lancman or Elizabeth Crowley, Meng’s main opponents, or, if she wins the Democratic primary, GOP opponent Dan Halloran, as it did in 2009. That year, Multi-Media consulted for Kevin Kim in his race against Halloran for the 19th Council District. “Queens Council Race: Democratic Victor vs. Pagan Lord” was the headline on the front page prior to the general election. But whether the Tribune plays its campaign coverage fair or not, it’s high time for these ads that promote prostitution to go. Three weeks ago, Assemblywoman Meng and Ann Jawin, head of the Center for the Women of New York, held a press conference at Borough Hall to highlight the plight of sex trafficking victims in Queens. One of my editors asked Grace how she justifies hiring Multi-Media for her campaign when the Tribune that week had 37 ads for “adult services” including 23 specifically naming Asian girls, while also holding such a press conference.


Grace answered that she has spoken to Tribune management about her concerns and would do so again. She said that Multi-Media is only doing printing for her campaign, even though one of the first press releases from the campaign listed Michael Nussbaum, associate publisher of the Tribune and president of Multi-Media, as a senior consultant. Last week, Michael Schenkler, publisher of the Tribune, a man I respect otherwise, wrote a column in his newspaper titled “Sex Trafficking, Newspaper Advertising and Leadership.” I was glad to read that Meng had gone to the Tribune offices and spoken to Schenkler. Before I respond to some of the main points in his column, I looked through recent copies of the Tribune to view some of the “adult services” ads. Here are a few examples: 1) Asian Purple Dream. $120/Hr. Special Service by Chinese and Korean Young Girls. 2) Asian Dream Girls. Fulfill All Your Fantasies. 3) Half Price 5 Boros In/Out Call $40 Quicky-$100 Hour. 4) Hot Asian Youngest Sexy Girls. Lowest Rates in NYC. Party Girls Available. Multiple Girls Special. 5) Asian Hot Kiss, Voted #1 in NY. Hot & Spicy.

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6) Secret Necessities, Where Your Fantasies Are Met. Where Your Secrets Are Kept. I understand in this difficult business climate that no newspaper is looking to eliminate a large source of revenue. But in this case that’s being penny wise, dollar foolish. About five years ago, my newspaper ran a couple of escort ads, and soon after a church in Howard Beach stopped advertising with us. Shortly after, I stopped taking any type of escort ads, realizing that in the long run, they would cost me more in dollars and sullied reputation than they would ever be worth. It took more than four years for that church to resume advertising in the Chronicle. Two years ago, Ms. Jawin came to my office and asked me to sign a pledge to never accept these types of ads. I was proud to do so, and even prouder a few months later when she gave me a “Good Guy” award at her annual luncheon. I was not expecting any accolades for signing the pledge, since as far as I know, no Queens weekly newspaper besides the Tribune runs escort ads. The City Council recently held hearings about sex trafficking and the online ads promoting it posted on, an affiliate of Village Voice Media. became the leader in adult services ads after Craigslist decided to stop accepting them in September 2010. On Tuesday, the Council approved, by voice vote, a resolution calling on “Village Voice Media to stop accepting adult services advertisements on its online classif ied site,, because it serves as a platform to traffic minors and adult victims for sex.” Five Queens Council members were among the sponsors: Liz Crowley, Julissa Ferreras, Jim Gennaro, James Sanders Jr. and Eric Ulrich. The issue has also gotten federal attention. Last week I received a press release from Congressman Bob Turner saying he had introduced HR 646, putting pressure on Backpage to eliminate the adult entertainment section of the website. Turner also held a press conference on Friday in front of the Village Voice office demanding the removal of the website. On May 4 Congress members Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler sent a letter to the CEO of Village Voice Media imploring him to shut down New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand recently signed a U.S. Senate resolution, along with six others, against Backpage. None of these measures mentioned the Tribune ads, but that may just be because the Village Voice is a vastly larger operation. We’re proud of our local legislators from both parties for taking a strong stance and doing what is right to protect trafficked women. My hope is that Congressman Gary Ackerman, founder of the Tribune, also takes up this cause prior to the end of his term. Last month, Nicholas Kristof wrote an op-ed in The New York Times highlighting how an arm of Goldman Sachs was an investor in Village Voice Media. Within a week, Goldman sold back its investment, reportedly at a steep loss, so as to not be associated with sex trafficking in any way. Back to Schenkler’s column from last week. He wrote, “All kidding aside, one of the

important and valued roles of a free press is to provide an outlet of expression for those we don’t believe in or agree with-as long as the activity is legal.” I wonder how many of our readers believe that what’s being sold in any of the six above ads is legal. Are we to believe these women are just providing lonely men with “someone to talk to”? He also wrote, referring to Meng and himself, “We both will take whatever steps that are within our power to end sex trafficking here and/or abroad.” A simple way to reduce sex trafficking in Queens is to STOP TAKING ADS that are obviously fronts for prostitution. It is clever to hide behind the “freedom of speech” argument that he makes, but the bottom line is that these ads lend legitimacy to an illegal, truly sordid business. In summary, it appears from Schenkler’s column that the Tribune will only stop taking these ads if the state Legislature passes laws forcing it to do so. Why can’t he just make the same decision I did? He needs the government to legislate morality for him? That’s the opposite of personal responsibility. Truth be told, I would be better off not advocating for the Tribune to stop taking these ads or promoting the young “Models of Queens” who appear on the page after the adult section. Many advertisers have said to our salespeople that is the main reason they will not advertise with them. I cannot do that because it is the wrong stance to take and I respect women. My mother, Susan Merzon, founded this newspaper 33 years ago at a time when women rarely started businesses themselves. She has been a role model for me over the years, so it was easy to take this stance. Last week my son took copies of the Chronicle to his second-grade class for a project he had. If my newspaper ran adult services ads, I would be embarrased for him to bring it to school. I would be ashamed to show his teachers and classmates what I do for a living. Does the management of the Tribune feel any shame? Some have said that the Queens Chronicle must be supporting Lancman or Halloran and that our coverage has been “biased.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Grace came into the Chronicle offices last Friday for an interview, as we are planning to have with all of the major candidates in the race. Readers can view the story about her interview in this edition or at She is certainly qualified to represent our great borough. We may or may not endorse in this race. The decision will be made after all the candidates are interviewed. “Not 4 Publication,” is the title of Schenkler’s column every week. I humbly suggest that it is the “adult services” ads in the classified section that are really “not for publication” in a community newspaper. In closing, I hope that Schenkler will invoke the last word of his headline — “Leadership” — by taking a stand for women in Queens and Q ending the running of these despicable ads.

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After repeated requests by elected officials for more police officers for the 106th Precinct, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly finally listened and assigned 15 new ones. “We got more cops,” said the elated commanding officer, Capt. Thomas Pascale, at the community council meeting last week in Ozone Park, as the audience cheered and applauded. “Through the hard work of the community and help from the elected officials, these are our new officers,” Pascale continued as he introduced them to the audience. The officers were previously assigned to NYPD impact units and have been with the department an average of three to four years. Impact units are comprised of new officers who are assigned to precincts in high crime neighborhoods in the city upon their graduation from the academy. Pascale said that four of the officers will be assigned to the Resorts World racino area on the weekends. The captain said the additional officers will bolster the precinct’s strength and lower the precinct’s response time to 911 calls and quality of life complaints. The new officers will also ease the burden when the precinct loses officers to the Rockaway precincts for the summer months. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), who has been fighting for more police officers for the 106th Precinct for years, said he was pleased with the increase, but still believes Kelly needs to allocate additional cops to South Queens. “While I am grateful for the additional officers that have finally been assigned to the 106th Precinct, I will continue to advocate for more officers due to the increase in business at Resorts World at Aqueduct,” Addabbo said in a

prepared statement. “I also appreciate the four additional officers said to have been assigned by the police commissioner to the racino on weekends, which will be helpful in assuring the safety and quality of life for my constituents.” Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) also thanked the commissioner for assigning more officers to the 106th. In other meeting news, Community Affairs Officer Ken Zorn discussed the precinct’s response to last month’s complaints. Ozone Park resident Joseph Wolt had complained about an ongoing dangerous condition at the Rite Aid drug store parking lot at 96th Street and Rockaway Boulevard. He said that motorists not wanting to wait for the long red light at that intersection were taking a short cut through the Rite Aid lot. Zorn said the precinct’s traffic officers went to the location and issued a total of eight summonses for the violations that they observed. William Ruiz, of Ozone Park, previously said he was concerned about cars being broken into on 78th Street between Liberty Avenue and Glenmore Avenue. He said that two or three cars had been broken into about every other week. Zorn said the precinct has increased patrols in the area, which he said will also slow down the speeders on 78th Street — something Ruiz was also concerned about. “Hopefully things have improved over there,” Zorn said. South Ozone Park resident Carmen Miranda had complained that her next door neighbor had rented her driveway, which is located in the vicinity of 122nd Street and 111th Avenue, to another neighbor who parks his racing car in the driveway. Miranda previously said the car had been giving off fumes that wafted into her home. continued on page 41

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Suspects held up South Ozone Park victim at gunpoint by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor

Police Sgt. John Egan and Officer Tyler Ruthizer, of the 106th Precinct, were honored with the Cop of the Month award at the community council meeting last week for capturing four individuals who allegedly

participated in a gunpoint robbery. According to Capt. Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, Egan and Ruthizer were patrolling in plain clothes in an unmarked car in the South Ozone Park area at about 10 p.m. on April 25 when they received a call about a burglary in progress.

Sgt. John Egan, left, and Officer Tyler Ruthizer, second from right, are presented the Cop of the Month awards by Capt. Thomas Pascale, center, and 106th Community Council President PHOTO BY STEPHEN GEFFON Frank Dardani at the group’s meeting last week.

Pascale said that four alleged perpetrators, including one who knew the victim, had burst into an apartment and held up their target at gunpoint. The captain said that when the officers arrived, three of the suspects had fled with the victim’s laptop computer and other electronics. The fourth, allegedly armed with a firearm, struggled with the officers. He was subdued and placed under arrest with no injuries to the officers. Pascale said that Egan, working with precinct detectives, was able to figure out where the other three perpetrators might be. Police determined that one of the suspects was in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. The captain said that the next morning, after having worked a long night, Egan went into Brownsville and found and arrested the second and third suspects. According to Pascale, based on information gathered as a result of the arrests, Egan determined that the fourth suspect was in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. The area’s precinct was contacted and police apprehended the last suspect. “It was really great work that was done; it was a dangerous job,” said Pascale as he awarded each officer a Cop of the Month plaque. Egan also received a Cop of the Month Award in October 2010 for single-handedly saving a young woman from a large unruly Q crowd at great personal risk to himself.

Murder-suicide at JFK Hilton Police said they are continuing to investigate a murder-suicide that left two Florida men dead at the Hilton Garden Inn, situated just outside JFK Airport, last Thursday. According to police, Gary Zalevsky, 47, pulled out a Beretta .380 and shot Brian Weiss, 31, in the head five times while the two were sitting together, with another group of people, in a hotel cafe. The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 148-18 134 St. in the 106th Precinct. Zalevsky then turned the gun on himself as the four individuals who had been sitting with them ran away, police said. While the four who were at the shooting have hired lawyers, no arrests have been made and police have not said why they believe why the murder-suicide occurred. Other printed reports have said that the men, all of whom spoke Russian during the meeting, were discussing a plan to sell vitamins and food supplements online when the violence erupted. Weiss worked at the Florida-based FWM Laboratories, which the state’s attorney general forced to pay $34 million to customers for “products they Q neither ordered nor wanted.”


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Bus changes, thefts tops talk at Alliance Lindenwood residents report a rash of stolen wheels, 106th investigating by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor

Proposed bus service changes by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for routes in Howard Beach and Lindenwood, thefts of automobile wheels and vandalism to cars were among the topics discussed at the Monday evening meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance held at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard Beach. Joann Ariola, co-president of the Alliance, told the audience that starting on Sunday, July 1, there will be modifications to the routes of the Q11, Q21 and Q41. She said that commuters from Lindenwood traveling south to Rockaway will now be required to transfer from the Q21 at 163rd Avenue and 92nd Street to the new Q52 limited route. Under these changes, the Q21 will only go as far south as 164th Avenue and 92nd Street in Howard Beach. Northbound bus service will not be affected, according to the MTA. “The bus stops remain the same here in Lindenwood,� said Ariola. Capt. Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, was on hand to address residents’ concerns. Lindenwood resident Marie Marotta, who lives near 151st Avenue, said that her wheels were recently stolen from her 2011 Honda. “I put new wheels on and they came back

Capt. Thomas Pascale, standing left, speaks at the Lindenwood Alliance meeting this week. A number of residents said they were elated that the 106th Precinct has received 15 new officers. PHOTO BY STEPHEN GEFFON

again,� said Marotta, who reported it to the police. She said that other residents told her that their wheels were also stolen, but they never reported the theft to the police.

“They didn’t have the time,� Marotta said the neighbors told her. Pascale said the thieves seem to be zeroing in on Maximas, Accords and Camrys in Howard Beach, Old Howard Beach and Lindenwood.

He added that the thefts are occurring around 4 a.m., usually on rainy nights. The captain said the police are aware of the problem and are putting resources into the areas. “We are addressing it,� Pascale said. Discussing vandalism to cars and the thefts of GPS systems from the vehicles in the Lindenwood area, Pascale said they had arrested the individual they believed to be responsible and that the suspect is currently being held in jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Joe, a Lindenwood resident, who declined to give his last name, told Pascale that he was concerned about motorists racing through stop signs in the community, particularly on 84th Street. “Stop signs are worthless; it makes no sense,� he said. Pascale assured Joe that he would look into the situation. Nina DeBlasio of Howard Beach commended the captain for his efforts in getting the additional 15 officers who have recently been assigned to the 106th Precinct. “While I applaud the elected officials for helping out, believe me, it’s through his hard work that the cops are coming into the precinct,� DeBlasio said. The next meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance will be held on Monday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockwood Park Jewish CenQ ter in Howard Beach.

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the Resurrection in Kew Gardens on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Free Synagogue of Flushing will be open Sunday beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Quaker Meeting House in Flushing will be open Sunday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. “Religious art and architecture is perhaps our greatest creative achievement” said Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy. “Nowhere in the United States is this better demonstrated than right here in New York with its rich diversity of religious and ecclesiastical buildings.” St. George’s Episcopal is located at 135-32 38 Ave., but faces Main Street. Besides touring the stone structure that was built in 1854, visitors will be treated to musical selections. In 2010, the church lost its wooden steeple, which was blown off during the Sept. 16 tornado. Reconstruction is continuing with the help of a grant from the conservancy’s Sacred Sites program. The church dates back to 1702 and has been at the same location since 1746. One of its most well-known members was Francis Lewis of Whitestone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Church of the Resurrection is located at 85-09 118 St. Its current facility was built in 1904 around its original 1874 structure, which is preserved inside. It features a French gothic- style facade with a stone base and tower. One of its parishioners was the reformer Jacob Riis. In 1900, then-Gov. Theodore Roosevelt attended the wedding of Riis’ daughter there. The Quaker Meeting House is located at 137-16 Northern Blvd. and was built in 1694 and enlarged in 1716-19. It is one of the oldest existing places of worship in the country. British soldiers occupied the building during the Revolutionary War and there is a burial ground in the rear.

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SOUTH QUEENS DEMOCRATIC CLUB Regular Organization - 23rd A.D. - Part A Betty Braton Executive Member

Congratulations! Youngsters in the Reach for the STARS! program for 3- and 4-year-olds donned blue graduation caps last week and bid adieu to the school year. Participating in a “stepping up” ceremony, the students demonstrated what they have learned throughout the year, including sign language and Italian. They also recited

fun facts about New York state. Family and friends joined in the graduation festivities, including the group’s instructors, Erin Phillips and Sara Kaye, and the program’s director, Frances O. Scarantino. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and Assemblyman Phi Goldfeder handed out certificates from their offices to the pupils.

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The Forest Park Runner’s Club is hosting a run on Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m. at Victory Field, the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue, to benefit Sloan Kettering Hospital’s Pediatric Cancer Research Center. Beginners and experienced runners are welcome to help raise funds for children’s cancer research to find a cure. For more information call Frank Gallo at (718) 266-4015 or email fgallo813@ veriQ

Rotary of South West Queens wine-tasting fundraiser The Rotary of South West Queens is hosting its wine-tasting fundraiser, “Vino on the Boulevard,” on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. A variety of reds and whites will be available at the event, which will be held at Wine and Spirits of Howard Beach, located at 159-26 Cross Bay Blvd. There will be cheese and crackers, as well as fruit, to clear palettes between tastings. The wines will also be available for purchase. Participants should donate $10 each for the event, which is expected to end around 9:30 p.m. The money raised will help the Rotary support area, national and international charities. Q For more information about the event or the Rotary, call (718) 845-1429.

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Makes PSA for Friends of LaGuardia by Michael Gannon Editor


Ozone Park Kiwanis celebrates Hundreds of South Queens residents enjoyed a community block party held by the Ozone Park Kiwanis on Saturday. The event, which lasted from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 102-34 Atlantic Ave., drew residents of all ages. There were rides, games and more.

Among those attending were Sons of Italy Fiorello LaGuardia Lodge President Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone, left; Community Board 9 District Manager Mary Ann Carey, third from left; Supreme Court Justice August Agate, center; and Ozone Park Kiwanis President Jonah Cohen, third from right.

The pilot who successfully ditched a US Airways jet following a bird strike three years ago has joined the effort to stop construction of a garbage transfer facility near LaGuardia Airport. Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger has recorded a public service announcement for Friends of LaGuardia Airport, which has been fighting construction on the grounds that the station will draw birds that will threaten air traffic. The city denies the charge, claiming that the facility will be completely enclosed. The station sits across a channel from the airport, less than 2,200 feet from the end of LaGuardia’s Runway 31. “In 2009, my crew and I were forced to land our flight filled with passengers in the Hudson River after a catastrophic bird strike,” Sullenberger says in a video and script obtained from Friends of LaGuardia Airport. “They called it a miracle. Everyone knows we have a serious bird safety issue at LaGuardia Airport. That is why I am

strongly opposed to the city’s construction of a garbage transfer facility next to LaGuardia’s Runway 31.” In January 2009 impact from a flock of geese destroyed both engines on Sullenberger’s Airbus jet as it took off from LaGuardia with 155 passengers and crew about three minutes after takeoff. With no power, Teterboro Airport in New Jersey out of reach and a return to LaGuardia deemed impossible, Sullenberger and copilot Jeff Skiles brought the plane down in the Hudson with no loss of life. Friends of LaGuardia Airport contends that the facility will draw birds looking to feed on the more than 3,000 tons of trash per day at the facility and the rats attracted to it. A bird strike in April forced a Delta jet with 179 on board to make an emergency return to Kennedy Airport. The group also claims the city pressured the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the area’s three major airports, to accept the location. The city claims that the trash facility will be Q enclosed and will not attract wildlife.

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It’s 9 a.m. Where are your children? Mayor comes to Glendale’s PS 91 to announce campaign to curb truancy by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

When Quinn Corcino Jr. was chronically absent from his elementary school in Glendale last year because of a family medical problem, the then fourth-grade student’s parents didn’t realize their son’s academic success would be dramatically impacted by missing a few days of class a month. But it was — the youngster’s grades lagged, and Quinn said he didn’t feel part of the school community at PS 91. This year, however, the city selected PS 91 to be one of 50 schools in a pilot program addressing absenteeism, giving students like Quinn mentors and help with family issues. Since classes began in September, Quinn’s grades have risen to the point that he is now on the honor roll, and the pupil said he feels far more confident than he once did. “I am really, really proud this year at school, and I like it more now that I’m there all the time,” he said. “I used to be out a lot. I missed 29 days last year, but only three so far this year — and no more.” Mayor Bloomberg came to PS 91 last Thursday to announce that the city will add another 100 schools to the original 50 in the pilot program and will roll out a $9 million

citywide campaign to inform parents about the perils of chronic absenteeism — meaning missing 20 or more days of class — as well as give families aid to make sure their children can regularly attend school. City officials emphasized that truancy is often an indicator that a student is dealing with a variety of other issues, from health problems to not performing well academically. And about 75 percent of chronically absent students never graduate from high school, according to city statistics. “After working with schools and in communities, our Truancy Task Force has learned that many parents and guardians either don’t recognize the serious consequences of chronic absenteeism, or don’t know what to do about it,” Bloomberg said. “That’s why we are launching an ambitious, citywide campaign to inform parents and connect them with the help they and their children need.” The initiative, titled “Every Student, Every Day” begins this month — because Bloomberg said truancy tends to spike in May and June — and will continue next fall. Advertisements encouraging parents to call 311 or text “school” to 30364 for more information about receiving help will be placed around the city — including in the subways, on buses and

Quinn Corcino Jr., at podium, speaks about the anti-truancy campaign at PS 91 in Glendale that helped him attend school regularly. Mayor Bloomberg, center left, and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, left, announced they are rolling out the absenteeism program at additional schools PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON throughout the city this month. in libraries. Once they call or text the above numbers, residents will be prompted to log onto, a new website that includes a “truancy and absenteeism help center,” which officials said will help parents identify the underlying reasons for chronic absences, including illness and tutoring needs. Additionally, the website links to the city Department of Education’s online portal for families who want to review their child’s

Union workers’ voices heard City Council nixes mayor’s prevailing wage veto by Maria Fitzsimons Chronicle Contributor

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Despite the rainy weather Tuesday, the mood was jubilant as members of Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ rallied on the steps of City Hall, to show

Council Speaker Christine Quinn addresses the rally, in support of the 32BJ service workers union, minutes before the Council overrode a PHOTO BY MARIA FITZSIMONS mayoral veto.

their support for the Good Jobs Act, minutes before a scheduled City Council vote on the legislation. The Council voted 44-4 to over ride Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s April 25 veto of the measure, referred to as the Prevailing Wage Bill. He said the city’s economy would suffer by forcing specified employers to pay certain workers higher wages, to the detriment of the taxpayers. The legislation requires companies that receive at least $1 million in subsidies from the city in financially assisted facilities, and those in city-leased buildings, to pay building service employees, such as cleaners and repairmen, what supporters feel is an appropriate and livable wage. The wage will be determined by the city comptroller’s prevailing wage scale. The legislation is very similar to the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, known as the Living Wage Bill, which was passed by the City Council on April 30. Bloomberg has vowed to veto that bill too, and, if the Council overrides him, to go to court to block it. The mayor intends to do the same for the Prevailing Wage Bill, but this week it was the union and its supporters that had a victory. “Nobody working full time should be in poverty,” Hector Figueroa, the 32BJ secre-

tary-treasurer, at a press conference held minutes before the City Council override hearing, with union members cheering behind him. “Nobody ... working in a place that’s been subsidized by the city should be forced to rely on public subsidies, food stamps or the like, to be able to make it in the city,” Figueroa added. Figueroa introduced Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) who outlined what she believes is most compelling about the bill, while thanking colleagues and supporters, including members of 32BJ. “We will, in a little while, go upstairs to the Council chambers, and we will override the veto,” Quinn said to cheers and rally chants from the crowd. “And we will do it with an extremely significant majority of the City Council members,” the speaker added. It was reported that three of the Council’s Republicans voted against the veto, as did Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Vallone also opposed the Living Wage Bill. “If you’re getting taxpayer dollars, you have to treat taxpayers with a high standard of wages,” Quinn said moments before leaving the rally to attend the veto vote. “You’re the people that keep New York the financial Q capital of the world.”

attendance and performance records. “There has been remarkable success in our schools over the past eight years in improving not only attendance rates, but also the educational outcomes for our students,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. “Despite that, far too many students are missing school. In New York City, one out of every five students missed a month or more of continued on page 40

Assembly OKs wage increase The state Assembly voted Tuesday to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour and from $5 to $5.86 per hour for food-service workers who receive tips. The rate would then be indexed to inflation. Whether the more conservative Senate will pass the bill is an open question, and Gov. Cuomo has not publicly indicated whether he would sign it. “During this difficult economic time, raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do,” Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) said. “Simply put, people who work full time shouldn’t be poor.” Mayor Bloomberg supports the bill, but many others in the business community across the state do not. “After the passage of Tier VI pension reform, a fiscally responsible budget and other business-friendly initiatives, the Assembly has taken a step in the wrong direction,” the Business Council of New York said. “Raising the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour would cost an extra $2,900 per full-time employee in 2013. It’s unconscionable to place this burden on small-business owners, who are already struggling under state-imposed Q mandates.”

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Positive reaction to marriage equality Many in Qns. agree with Obama’s support of same-sex marriage by Josey Bartlett Editor

Following President Obama’s public voicing of suppor t of same-sex mar riage on May 9, Queens community members stepped out in agreement. “He has given our community a sense of validity,” an openly gay Councilman Danny Dromm (DJackson Heights) said. In response to the president’s statement Dromm and other community members signed a letter of thanks. The councilman also donated, in conjunction with the Lesbian Gay Democratic Club of Queens, 25 copies of “The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children” to the Queens Librar y, about churches in schools. Dromm also sponsored a forum on the issue of churches in schools at the Jackson Heights Library on May 12. The western Queens community of Jackson Heights, where Dromm’s office is located, is the second biggest gay community in New York City.

“We have a very large gay population in Jackson Heights, and between 100,000 and 200,000 live in the borough alone — a good chunk that cannot be overlooked,” he said. Jackson Heights will hold the 20th Gay Pride Parade on June 3. The first Queens Pride march was held in June 1993, and since that time, the parade and festival have attracted about 40,000 spectators. It’s the second largest pride celebration in the New York metropolitan area. Support for the president’s position also came from the other side of the borough, where gay rights has not been as big of an issue. “He did the right thing. I’m glad he’s on board,” said the Rev. Charles Norris of Bethesda Missionar y Baptist Church in Jamaica. Many say the president’s statement is consistent with changing times. During the last few years the attitude about same-sex marriage has shifted to one of acceptance, according to Dan Hendrick, spokesman for the New York

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League of Conservation Voters and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s (D-Sunnyside) fiance. “As Dan and I make preparations for our own wedding in July, I am moved by President Obama’s

declaration of support for marriage equality,” said Van Bramer. “It’s not cool to be anti-gay any more,” said Hendrick, who was kicked out of the Navy in 1992 for revealing his homosexuality.

“It’s fantastic the president has gone further than any other president. He’s really breaking ground,” said Hendrick. President Obama has supported lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights before, with his lifting of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy. However, when he ran for office in 2008, he supported legal unions, but not marriages between same sex couples. New York State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) also changed her mind recently to being in favor of marriage equality. “I know a few clergy members in Queens may not be thrilled, but you can’t stop progress,” Norris said. “Unfortunately, it’s the type of progress us Christians aren’t very happy with, but it’s an evolution that we have to learn to work with and deal with.” The state legalized same-sex marriage on July 24, 2011. Many states have taken the opposite stance. North Carolina became the 30th state on May 8 to include a ban on same-sex marriages in its Q state constitution.



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bill is not the real VAWA.” Ivy Suriyopas, an attorney for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, said reauthorizing the law without protections for all women is unacceptable. “Our legal system exists to ensure that criminals are brought to justice, not to punish victims,” she said. Desiree Jordan, founder of UniteWomenNY, agreed. “No woman should fear seeking justice or


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Two Queens legislators are looking to protect illegal immigrants trapped in domestic violence situations in the event federal protections for them expire in June. State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblywoman Grace Meng (DFlushing) plan to introduce companion bills that would safeguard the confidentiality of the victims who seek the protection of police and the courts. Speaking on the steps of Borough Hall last week, Meng and Stavisky said the existing Violence Against Women Act, first enacted in 1994, has protected the identities and statements of victims and witnesses in domestic violence cases. But the law sunsets next month, and a reauthorization bill that passed out of committee in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 9 would eliminate those protections for victims or witnesses in the country illegally. “Our bills would apply the protections in the existing federal law to New York State,” Stavisky said. Specifically, the bill would mandate confidentiality, regardless of the person’s immigration status. It would bar state and local law enforcement from inquiring about the immigration status of victims or witnesses during a domestic violence investigation, or from turning victims seeking assistance over to federal authorities. It also would allow judges to consider whether a convicted abuser threatened the victim with deportation as an aggravating circumstance during sentencing. Meng and Stavisky said abusers in such cases often use the threat of deportation to keep a victim from going to authorities. They said the law’s protections also would apply to men who are the victims in an abusive relationship. Several women’s advocates attending the press conference last Thursday said the law has been reauthorized numerous times since 1994 with bipartisan support. “Look at these apartment buildings here along Queens Boulevard,” said Jennifer Ching, executive director of Queens Legal

Services. “I guarantee you there are women in these buildings suffering from abuse.” They blamed House Republicans for what they called an attempt to water down the law needlessly. Helen Kim of the Korean American Family Service Center said deaths in domestic cases were down by more than 30 percent among women and by more than 50 percent among men. “VAWA has worked,” Kim said. “This new

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

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The New York Mets have been awarded Major League Baseball’s 2013 All-Star Game and will host the 84th Midsummer Classic at Citi Field, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday at a press conference at City Hall. The 2013 All-Star Game will mark the second time that the Mets, who are commemorating their 50th anniversary in 2012, will host the Midsummer Classic. Shea Stadium hosted the 1964 AllStar Game, a 7-4 National League victory that featured 21 participating Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Frank Robinson. It will be the ninth All-Star Game in Baseball history to be played in New York , which is the most of any host city. “Next year’s All-Star Game is going to demonstrate once again that there’s no place like New York for world-class sporting events,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Major League Baseball clearly recognizes this, since they’re bringing the All-Star Game back to New York for the second time in just five years.” The 84th All-Star Game is tentatively scheduled to be played at Citi Field on Q Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

Tennis tryouts set for youth, May 19 For talented local juniors hoping to become the next Roger Federer or Serena Williams, the road could begin at City Parks Foundation’s 26th Annual Reebok Junior Tennis Academy tryouts on Saturday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at the USTA/Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park. Fifty players between the ages of eight to 16 will be selected for the academy, a free, six-week tournamenttraining program held from July to August. “This is a specialized program that helps dedicated juniors develop into tournament-caliber players,” says Mike Silverman, director of sports for City Parks Foundation. “By offsetting training costs, we enable more urban youth in New York to develop their competitive skills, gain self-conf idence and maximize their potential.” Since the Academy’s inception in 1986, hundreds of local juniors have earned college scholarships or USTA rankings, including several who have played in the US Open. For an application to sign up for City Parks Foundation’s Reebok Junior Tennis Academy tryouts on May 19 or for more information on the program, Q call (718) 760-6999.



Walcott continued from page 5 in reference to a lack of gym at city schools. “We’re encouraging all schools to meet the physical education requirements. “We’ve come up with a program called ‘Move to Improve’ that teachers can use right in the classroom, and they don’t need special equipment or gym time.” After Dermot Smyth, a representative from the United Federation of Teachers, criticized Walcott for the city’s plan to close 24 public schools at the end of June and reopen them with up to half the teachers replaced and new names, the

chancellor said the decision to implement the plan was not an easy one. “It’s a very difficult decision to phase out, or close, a school, especially schools that have been around for a long time,” Walcott said. “But the students stay in those schools — they’re not dispersed throughout the system. “Sometimes, schools need to be changed, and we need to have the guts to change them,” he added. The chancellor also addressed concerns that the schools were too heavily emphasizing standardized test preparation. “We have to move away from the test prep mentality that takes place,” Walcott Q said, receiving a round of applause.


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After the ever-so-close 1973 World Series, the Mets took a dive into fifth place in ’74. Although they improved a bit in the next two seasons, and individual players posted some records, the mid- and late-’70s were not kind to the Mets. One low point was June 15, 1977, when they traded away two of their best stars in what became known as the Midnight Massacre.

A New York Mets anniversary special Part V: 1974-1978

1974 Record: 71-91, fifth in National League East. The Mets get off to a 2-8 start — and also suffer a 2-8 finish — as they plummet to fifth place in defense of their National League title. John Milner once again leads in homers with 20, and Rusty Staub again leads in RBIs with

78. Cleon Jones, in his final full season with the Mets, bats .282 to lead the club. Ed Kranepool goes 17-35 (.486) as a pinch hitter. Tom Seaver (11-11, 3.20 ERA) suffers his worst season ever, as does Tug McGraw (6-11, 4.15 ERA, three saves). Jon Matlack leads the staff in ERA (2.41) and the league in shutouts (seven) while going 13-15; Jerry Koosman is the big winner at 15-11. The epitome of the season comes on Sept. 11 at Shea Stadium, when the Mets lose to St. Louis 4-3 in 25 innings — in a game that did not end until after 3 a.m.

Despite some fine individual performances from the likes of Tom Seaver and Dave Kingman, the mid- and late-1970s were not glory days for the PHOTO BY PETER C. MASTROSIMONE Mets.

1975 Record: 82-80, third in National League East. With wholesale changes in their lineup, the Mets improve their record by 11 games in 1975. With the team struggling at 56-53, Yogi Berra is fired and replaced by Roy McMillan. Under McMillan the Mets go 16-11 to climb within four games of first in early September, before losing 16 of the final 26 to fall out of contention. Several Mets enjoy fine offensive seasons: newly acquired Dave Kingman hits 36 home runs, a new club record; Staub drives in 105 runs, also a club record; Felix Millan is the first Met to play all 162 games and sets a club record 190 hits. Rookie Mike Vail comes up




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1976 Record: 86-76, third in National League East. Under new manager Joe Frazier, the Mets win the second most games in club history. Koosman is a 20-game winner for the first time ever, going 21-10, with a 2.70 ERA and 200 strikeouts; Matlack wins a career high 17 games, while leading the NL with six shutouts; Seaver (14-11, 2.59 ERA, 235 strikeouts) is a victim of lack of run support. Seaver’s 235 strikeouts mark his major league record ninth year in a row with 200 or more strikeouts. Skip Lockwood (10-7, 19 saves) is the new bullpen ace. The Mets staff posts the lowest ERA in the majors, 2.94. Kingman hits 3 home runs and drives in 8 runs in Los Angeles on June 4, 1976, and despite missing six weeks with a broken thumb, hits 37 home runs and drives in 86 runs, while John Milner hits a club record three grand slams while driving in a career high 78 runs.

1978 Record: 66-96, sixth in National League East. Despite significant changes in the lineup, the Mets still finish last. Newly acquired Willie Montanez leads the club with 17 homers and 96 RBIs. Mazzilli hits .273 with 16 homers. John Stearns steals 25 bases while hitting 15 homers and driving in 73 runs. Craig Swan sports the best ERA in the league (2.43); Espinosa leads the staff with 11 wins; and Lockwood saves 15, while losing 13. Koosman (3-15) spends his last year with the Mets, his last win coming on July 14 over Seaver. He finishes his Mets career 140-137. Q


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late in the season and hits in 23 consecutive games, batting .302. On the mound, Seaver (22-9, 2.38 ERA, 243 strikeouts) wins his third Cy Young award, while Matlack and Koosman win 16 and 14, respectively. Shortly after the end of the season, the club mourns the deaths of owner Joan Payson and first manager Casey Stengel.

1977 Record: 64-98, sixth in National League East. The dismal season is remembered mainly for the infamous Midnight Massacre on June 15, when Seaver is traded to Cincinnati and Kingman is sent to San Diego. Koosman falls to 8-20 and Matlack falls to 7-15; he’s traded after the end of the season. Nino Espinosa, at 10-13, is the top winner on the staff. Lockwood saves 20. Steve Henderson, acquired for Seaver, hits .297 with 12 home runs and 65 RBIs in only 350 at bats. Lenny Randle, acquired early on, bats .304 with 33 stolen bases. Brooklyn-born Lee Mazzilli becomes a Mets regular. After a 15-30 start, Frazier is replaced by Joe Torre, who will manage the team for five years.

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Joe Crowley, others say NYPD not the target; GOP demands apology by Michael Gannon Editor

All but one member of the Queens delegation to Congress supported an amendment to a bill last week that could have stripped millions of dollars in federal funding to the NYPD, including anti-terror programs. All but one of the major candidates for the seat being vacated by Congressman Gary Ackerman said they would have voted against it. The amendment to a bill funding the U.S. Department of Justice was introduced by Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ). The amendment would have denied federal funding to any law enforcement agency that engages in religious, racial or ethnic profiling. While the bill itself did not mention the NYPD, Holt blasted the department, citing stories by the Associated Press accusing the NYPD of using profiling in its attempts to infiltrate portions of the Muslim community in its intelligence-gathering operations. Several published sources quoted Holt from the floor of the House before the vote as accusing the NYPD of racism and employing an “unthinking, lazy and unprofessional approach “ to police work and intelligence-gathering. The measure failed by a 232-193 margin, almost exclusively along party lines with Democrats supporting the amendment and Republicans opposing it. Four members of Congress from Queens — Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx), Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens-Manhattan), Gary Ackerman (D-Queens, Nassau) and Nydia Velazquez (D-Queens, Manhattan) voted in favor of it. Congressman Gregory Meeks was in a meeting at the time of the vote, but his spokeswoman said he would have supported it. Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn) opposed the measure and excoriated his Democratic colleagues in a joint statement issued with Congressman Peter King (R-LI). “These allegations are wrong and disgraceful,” they said. “We strongly disagree with the entire statement from Rep. Holt. We are utterly dumbfounded and shocked that after such a slanderous attack, the overwhelming majority of Congressional Democrats and the entire Democratic Leadership voted for the Holt amendment and against the NYPD.” They cited the department’s success in stopping “13 Islamist plots against New York” since the 9/11 attacks. We believe the Democrats owe New York and the NYPD an explanation for their shameful surrender to political correctness,” they concluded. Queens Democrats said their votes were aimed at eliminating profiling, and that it did not mention the NYPD. But they still were attempting to distance themselves from Holt,

if not his amendment. “The NYPD is by far the best-trained, best-equipped and best-educated police force in the U.S.,” Crowley said. “As part of these efforts, the NYPD engages in behavioral profiling, which is a responsible counterterrorism tactic and far different from the racial, religious or ethnic profiling we have seen elsewhere. The bigger issue here is the need to improve communications and build greater trust ... That is why I voted for the Holt amendment — to make it clear that targeting people based exclusively on their race, religion, or background is not what our country needs.” “We should not be engaging in racial, ethnic or religious profiling — that is why I voted for Congressman Holt’s amendment,” Maloney said. The offices of Ackerman and Velazquez did not respond to requests for comment, though three of the people seeking Ackerman’s seat in the fall also said they would not have supported Holt, including Crowley’s cousin, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). “Withholding federal funding from our police department because our cops have done their job is wrong,” said Crowley in a statement issued by her campaign. “The NYPD has acted lawfully to protect New Yorkers from very real terrorist threats.” Lancman said intelligence gathering is essential to preventing future attacks “and starving the NYPD of critical funding is not the way to address legitimate concerns that certain efforts may have crossed the line.” In a telephone interview, Halloran wasn’t buying a word about the NYPD not being in the amendment. “Maybe Democrats ought to actually read bills so that they know what they’re voting on before they become laws,” he said. “The NYPD was in the committee notes. There is just one reason this amendment was introduced.” A statement from Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) did not say whether or not she would have voted for it. “Representative Holt’s comments are simply wrong and ignorant,” she said. “Disparaging the hardworking men and women of the NYPD is inappropriate and counterproductive. Yet it is imperative that the correct balance be met between shielding us from harm while still defending our civil liberties. I am firmly opposed to the use of tactics that discriminate based on race and religion. Encouraging better relationships between diverse communities and law enforcement is a more effective way of building bridges that will lead to better coopQ eration in keeping us safe.”

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It’s the season for pollen and sneezin’ New York ranks 39th on list of top 100 allergy capitals by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

Itchy, watery eyes, sinus headaches, sore throat, runny nose — these are some of the symptoms experienced by the 40 million Americans who suffer from nasal allergies, and the misery that comes along with them. Springtime is a natural trigger, since it is when trees pollinate, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The symptoms can, in severe cases, lead to difficulty breathing and are especially hard on asthma sufferers. “Unfortunately, the number of children and adults who have nasal allergies continues to grow every year,” Mike Tringale, vice president of external affairs for the AAFA, said in a prepared statement. “And the symptom that patients say is most bothersome is the nasal and sinus congestion that these allergies cause.” Allergies are triggered by an overreaction of the human immune system to a foreign protein substance, or allergen, that is eaten, inhaled, injected or touched. They are the fifth leading chronic disease nationwide among all ages, and

the third most common among children under 18 years old, according to the AAFA. The most common indoor and outdoor allergy triggers are: tree, grass and weed pollen; mold spores; dust mite and cockroach allergens; and cat, dog and rodent dander. Dr. Brian Novick, an allergist with offices in Forest Hills and East Meadow, LI, said the condition is one of the top reasons why people have taken days off from school and work this year. He added that the last three years have been the worst seasons he has seen in 20 years, judging by the number of patients who have visited for the treatment of springtime hay fever. And just avoiding plants and flowers will not keep the allergens away. “Most flowers pollinate from bees, not in the air,” Novick said. “Trees and grass pollinate in the air and that pollen can travel hundreds of miles. In February and March, we saw pollen coming all the way from Georgia and further down south.” Dr. Brian Safier, an allergist with offices in Bayside and Lake Success, LI, noted that allergy attacks can make sufferers more prone to

infections, because the inflammation and congestion in the nose makes it harder to clear out bacteria. “Regardless of how high the pollen count goes, there are people who are experiencing worse symptoms than they did last year,” Safier said, adding that the reason for that is unclear, but that suffering could increase as someone lives through more allergy seasons. The city where one resides can also affect the severity of allergies. New York is in 39th place nationwide this year on the 2012 Spring Allergy Capitals report, dropping from the 23rd spot last year. The data, compiled by the AAFA, is based on an analysis of pollen counts, the amount of allergy medications used and the number of board certified allergists per patient. The top five spring allergy capitals are Knoxville, Tenn., McAllen, Texas, Louisville, Ky., Jackson, Miss. and Wichita, Kan. “We don’t advise that people move, because there is no place you can go that will allow you to escape allergies,” Angel Wadron, a spokeswoman for the AAFA said Thursday. But no matter what your location, there are several steps one can take to minimize the effects of allergies — taking over-the-counter medications, preventing pollen from getting into the home by closing windows and doors and setting the air conditioner on recirculate; vacuuming once or twice a week to keep indoor allergens to a minimum; and planning

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Too much of a good thing? Millions of people regularly take one or more vitamin supplements daily. Many perceive vitamins as the way to combat nutritional deficiency from a poor or inadequate diet. With so many in the population leading busy lives, processed, convenience foods have become the go-to items at the grocery store. Because these foods may not be nutritionally sound, the belief remains that supplements can fix the problem. Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Healthy Statistics found that more than half of all Americans take a vitamin supplement daily. While vitamins can have their benefits, many health professionals say that the best way to get necessary vitamins is through the foods you eat. Furthermore, inexperienced people are simply taking their own cocktail of vitamins, and may be taking too much. There is the perception that taking a certain amount can be beneficial, so that must mean that taking more of the vitamin will have double or triple the benef its. What many people do not realize is that

vitamins — although they are naturally forming in food — can carry side effects like any other medication. Taking too much of a certain supplement can lead to toxicity or different side effects. Even in moderate doses, there can be some side effects to vitamins as well. Vitamin A: There is particular concern over vitamin A. Taking high doses of antioxidant supplements such as vitamin A might do more harm than good. Some research shows that taking high doses of vitamin A supplements might increase the chance of death from all causes and possibly other serious side effects. It can also make liver disease worse and increase the risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture. B complex vitamins: B complexes or groups of various B vitamins put together in the capsule are some of the more popular vitamins bought. Vitamin B deficiencies can lead to lack of energy and feelings of stress and anxiety and may contribute to difficulty with sleep. There is no magic number in terms of milligrams of B vitamins; however, taking too much can result in constipation, stomach upset, swelling,

and even acne associated with B-12. Many people do not realize that some B vitamins can cause drowsiness, so it’s important not to drive until you determine the effects of the vitamins. Vitamin C: People rely heavily on vitamin C to boost the immune system and promote good health. It is reported that vitamin C is largely water-soluble, so toxicity is rare. But side effects can include diarrhea, nausea and possible dental decalcification. Vitamin D: Vitamin D has been touted as the wonder supplement in the past year. Taking vitamin D3, “the sunshine vitamin,” can help regulate mood, improve sleep, regulate the circadian rhythm, among other things. Too much may cause nausea and vomiting, bone weakness, hypercalcemia — an excessive amount of calcium in the bloodstream — kidney stones and organ calcification. Calcium: Calcium and vitamin D work together in the formation of strong bones. Again, too much of this mineral supplement can lead to excessive amounts of calcium in the blood.

People unknowingly are sometimes taking too much of a vitamin supplement. Other side effects may include constipation and stomach upset, including excessive gas. Mental and mood changes, headaches, increased thirst, and other side effects are serious. Vitamin E: Toxicity from this vitamin may include gastric distress, fatigue, easy bruising and bleeding, muscle weakness, and diarrhea. In addition to vitamins, other nutritional supplements have the potential to interact with medications being taken. St. John’s Wort,

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for example, can affect cholesterol levels and the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering drugs. It also may have contraindications with other medicines. Although vitamins and supplements are sold over the counter, that doesn’t make them any safer than regulated medications. Individuals should always consult with a doctor before beginning supplements to find out the proper dosage and what vitamins may be benefiQ cial or harmful.

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Exercise myths aging women should ignore Fatigue and minor aches and pains that often come with aging can make exercise seem like a wrong activity for older women to partake in. While every woman should discuss her specific physical condition with a physician, especially if those aches and pains are persistent, adopting a sedentary lifestyle is not likely to make things better. The misconception that aging women should save their strength and rest is one of the many myths associated with exercise and older women. The following are a few of the more popular myths that many women would be better off ignoring. • Exercise is for younger women, I need to rest. A sedentary lifestyle isn’t healthy for anyone, and aging women are no exception. When aging women are inactive, their ability to do things for themselves and on their own decreases. This includes daily and relatively simple tasks like watering the plants or taking the dog for a walk, or more strenuous activities like playing with their grandchildren. Even if you can’t go jogging like you used to, that doesn’t mean you won’t still benefit from less difficult exercises. • Exercise increases my risk of injury. Aging women might fear that the more they exercise, the more they may fall and suffer a serious injury. However, the opposite is true. Regular exercise strengthens

Women of all ages can benefit from routine exercise and it’s never too late to begin a new regimen. muscles and prevents bone loss while improving balance. This means aging women who exercise are less likely to fall. Even if you do fall, your bones will be stronger and more capable of handling a fall than an older woman who does not

exercise at all. • I’m disabled so exercise is pointless. Aging women benefit from exercise, even those women who might be disabled. Even if you need a wheelchair to get around, that doesn’t mean you won’t still benefit from

routine exercise. Women in wheelchairs can still do cardiovascular exercises, stretch and even lift light weights. Such activities can reduce risk of heart disease while improving muscle tone and increasing range of motion. • It’s too late to begin a new exercise regimen. It’s never too late for anyone, including aging women, to begin a new exercise regimen. If it’s been awhile since you last laced up your sneakers, start light with a walk around the neighborhood and other activities that won’t elevate your heart rate or prove overly taxing. As your body gradually gets acclimated to exercise, you can up the ante a little bit with slightly more challenging exercises. • I’m too tired to exercise. As women age, some f ind they str uggle to get a decent night’s sleep and mistakenly assume this is just a natural side effect of aging. The following day the resulting fatigue causes some women to feel they are too tired to exercise. However, exercise can actually improve sleep and helps many active people sleep more deeply and without interruption. If you have been struggling to sleep through the night, use exercise to your advantage and you might find you’re sudQ denly sleeping much, much better.

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Five things you should know about hepatitis C Hepatitis C is a silent epidemic in America. “You can actually look and feel healthy and Millions of Americans have chronic hepatitis still have hepatitis C,” Saly said. “The danC, which is caused through infection with the ger in having no symptoms is that when or hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is a leading cause if symptoms do appear, they can be a sign of liver cancer. As many as 75 percent of peo- of serious liver damage. That’s why hepatiple who are living with hepatitis C don’t know tis C is often referred to as a ‘silent’ epidemic.” they are infected. “People can get Doctors do not infected through routinely test for contaminated blood hepatitis C. ou can actually look from a person who You may think that has hepatitis C,” says you’ve already been and feel healthy and Martha Saly, director tested for hepatitis C, of the National Viral but blood tests for still have hepatitis C. … Hepatitis Roundhepatitis C are not That’s why hepatitis C table. “While many typically done as a part of annual checkpeople associate is often referred to as ups. hepatitis C with Hepatitis C is a injection drug use, a ‘silent’ epidemic.” leading cause of liver there are some peo— Martha Saly, director of the cancer. ple who don’t know National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable Rates of liver canhow or when they cer in the United became infected.” States have tripled Many myths prevail about this often-hidden disease. Here are the over the last several decades and at least half of these cases are attributable to hepatitis C. five things you need to know about hepatitis C: “Left undetected and untreated, chronic Hepatitis C often has no symptoms. Unlike many other diseases, people with hepatitis C can lead to serious liver problems hepatitis C often have no symptoms. In fact, a and even liver cancer,” Saly said. About person can live with an infection for up to 20 15,000 people die every year from liver disor 30 years without feeling sick, even though ease related to hepatitis C. Getting tested for hepatitis C is critical. liver damage may be taking place all along.


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If he were elected to Congress, Lancman said, he would advocate for more funding for With Memorial Day a week away and a half the VA, specifically to address mental health away, Tom Maher, chaplain of American issues, and for additional educational programs Legion Post 1078 in Hillcrest, recalled how his to teach veterans how to get medical help for son spent 15 months serving in Iraq as a part of those problems. “Being in a combat environment is extraorthe Army National Guard, returning home dinarily stressful and the return home is diffiuninjured, but forever changed. “Some of the horrors he lives with are cult and complicated,” Lancman said. “Veterunimaginable,” Maher said. “You can’t imagine ans need to be able to know how to navigate some of the things he’s seen. ... That part of the the system and the services that are available to world — the mentality, the society they live in, them.” Another prevalent problem, according to is one of the brutal places that ever existed in Lancman, is the high unemployment rate the world.” Maher joined Assemblyman Rory Lancman among veterans. For vets who have left mili(D-Fresh Meadows) on Monday in Bayside as tary service in the past decade, the unemploythe lawmaker proposed some changes to help ment rate is 12.1 percent, about 50 percent veterans get better mental healthcare, retire- higher than the national figure of 8.1 percent. “That is completely unacceptable — that ment benefits and employment opportunities, which he said he will advocate for, if he is these people are going overseas, putting themselves in harm’s way, fighting for our liberties elected to Congress. Citing what he considers some “disturbing” and freedoms, and they come back and they statistics, Lancman, who is running for the have difficulty getting a job,” Lancman said. He supports the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District primary, stressed the importance 2011, which, among other things, provides of greater benefits for servicemen and women incentives such as tax credits for employers who hire vets. But some businesses take at a press conference at O’Connor Park. One in three Iraq War veterans and one in advantage of the law, firing the service memnine Afghanistan vets develop mental health bers after they receive the credit, Lancman issues as a result of their time in the service, said. “There are some employers out there, Lancman said. Some 6,500 American veterans commit suicide annually — accounting for 20 believe it or not, who will game the system on the backs of our veterans in order to get a tax percent of all suicides nationwide. More than 60 percent of veterans who say credit,” Lancman said. For that reason, he also supports the Serthey might have post traumatic stress disorder don’t seek medical attention, primarily because vicemembers Rights Enforcement Improvethey don’t know what help is available or it is ment Act, a bill before the U.S. Senate, which would allow veterans to sue employers who too difficult to obtain, Lancman said. Half of the veterans who reach out to the take advantage of them in that way. Lancman criticized the Obama administraVeterans Administration for mental healthcare treatment wait an average of 50 days or more tion’s proposals to drastically increase vet cofor help, when the government mandates that pays for medication by as much as 500 percent assistance be given within two weeks. “Obvi- and another requiring veterans to pay $200 to ously the Veterans Administration is complete- participate in TriCare For Life, which is a suply ignoring and blowing that deadline,” Lanc- plement to the Medicare program. The lawmaker also opposes changing the man said. way veterans receive pension benefits, criticizing proposals that would alter payments from a fixed amount to a defined contribution system or 401(k), citing the uncertainty of the stock market. “Our veterans deserve more stability and security than a 401(k) plan,” Lancman said. “They deserve a Assemblyman Rory Lancman, center, with veterans Louis Milgram, left, retirement that is staand Tom Maher, pledges to help veterans get better health benefits and ble and lets them PHOTO BY ANNMARIE COSTELLA retire with dignity.” Q jobs, if elected to Congress.

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Area leaders call ‘big cans’ offensive Arizona claims the company is just talking tea in its advertisements by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

Ads promoting Arizona Iced Tea have raised questions in the Queens community over whether they are offensive to women because of their dual meaning. The signs proclaim “I love big cans,” with a picture of the tall drink. But “cans” is also slang for breasts, or, in its singular form can refer to a person’s behind. The ads can be found in downtown Jamaica and other parts of the borough. The company claims it never intended to convey a sexual message, but others say it is offensive especially to minority women who are often stereotyped for having above average endowments. “It is disrespectful to black women, and all women in general,” said City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), adding that Arizona tends to advertise more heavily in minority communities. Jackie Harrigan, a spokeswoman for Arizona, said the nationwide campaign, which has been running for about one year, is “not skewed toward any one group.” “The ‘I love big cans’ slogan is based on the popularity of our 23-ounce pre-priced cans, which are the bread and butter of our business,” Harrigan said. She added that the company was not aware that the slogan could be perceived to have an

alternate meaning and that it was not Arizona’s intention in developing the campaign. Ann Jawin, president of the Center for the Women of New York in Kew Gardens, wasn’t buying that. “I’m sure they are not innocent,” she said. “I’m sure they knew about the double entendre when they created the ad. It’s the same long, old story of objectifying women to sell products.” Harrigan said no one has complained to the company about the ads being sexist or offensive. Leroy Gadsden, president of the Jamaica branch of the NAACP, said that the company appears to be pushing its products in lowincome and minority communities, where the tea is appealing for its price of 99 cents for a large drink. He believes the ‘big cans’ ads objectify women, whether or not it is intentional, and said it amounts to a cultural sensitivity issue. Gadsden advised that the company diversify its marketing division to avoid future errors in judgment. “I think it would offend a lot of women who drink the product,” Gadsden said. “There are also a lot of modern-thinking males who would not be supportive of the ads.” Adrienne Adams, a youth education advocate and member of the Jamaica NAACP,

said the ads are typical of the negative images promoting obesity, alcohol and nicotine consumption in downtown Jamaica, and called them equally disturbing. “Diminishing the individuality of women and girls to body parts in media is excessive,” Adams said in an email. “More often, we need for advertisers to convey a message that encourages women to uplift their minds, not their ‘cans.’” Donovan Richards, chief of staff to City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton), said the lawmaker will be sending a letter to Arizona, asking them to pull the ads because they are inappropriate. He also said his staffers will ask bodega owners in the district not to post the signs. “The cans ads need to be canned for their foolishness,” Richards said. “They are beyond disrespectful.” City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), chairwoman of the Council’s Committee on Women’s Issues, was also troubled by the way Arizona is selling its tea. “I find these ads concerning because they continue the trend throughout the media to objectify women for the purposes of selling products,” Ferreras said in an email statement. “I encourage companies to find more creative and respectful ways of selling their products, if they expect to keep women as consumers.” Q

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A resident of Fresh Meadows holds up a sign at the city’s Landmarks Preser vation Commission hearing in Manhattan Tuesday over PHOTO BY ALAN KRAWITZ landmarking the Brinckerhoff Cemetery.

Worried that the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission could move to decalendar, or remove from further consideration, landmark status for the Colonial-era Brinckerhoff Cemetery in Fresh Meadows, a group of area residents and preservationists converged on the panel’s Manhattan headquarters Tuesday for a hearing to urge officials to finally declare the site a landmark. Led by the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association and holding placards that read “We Care” and “Landmark Brinckerhoff,” more than two dozen supporters of preserving the burial ground, located on 182nd Street just north of 73rd Avenue, delivered testimony before the LPC. A similar landmarks hearing in 2000, attended also by a small group of Brinckerhoff advocates, culminated with the commission not voting, but “calendaring” the site, meaning it could not be sold for development. Historical documents from the Queens Library show that the “Brinckerhoff family were the first settlers in Flushing and particularly in Fresh Meadows.”

But the long history of the site, which includes a tombstone that dates back to 1730 and a 1919 survey by the Queens Topographical Bureau that revealed 77 gravestones with exact locations, is once again being threatened with development as a new owner is seeking to build houses there. The site had been sold in 1961 after being illegally condemned by the city for nonpayment of taxes. The Brinckerhoff site’s new owner, Linda’s Cai Trading Co. of Brooklyn, is contending that there are no longer any remains at the cemetery and that the site should now be removed from the LPC’s calendar to allow for future development. Fang Zou, a representative of Linda’s Cai Trading, told the commission “We all pay taxes.” He said the owners deserve the right to develop the land. State law prohibits building on a cemetery without properly relocating any remains and tombstones first. The Historic Districts Council, one of a handful of preservation groups seeking landmark status for the site, offered testimony that challenged Zou’s assertion.

“While LPC material states that ‘it is not known whether the site still contains human remains,’ there is no reason to think that it does not,” said Nadezhda Williams, director of preservation and research for the HDC. In addition, Williams said that there are no official records of disinterment that have been produced and also that archaeologists and cemetery experts whom the HDC consulted agree that bones and teeth would remain in addition to other items such as shoes, jewelry and other things buried with their owners. “The complete decomposition of more than six dozen bodies is unlikely.” Fresh Meadows resident Benny Wong urged the commission to landmark Brinckerhoff now. “Twelve years is much too long,” said Wong, referring to the 2000 hearing. “There has been too much delay. People are buried there and they’re still looking for peace.” “It is extremely important to preserve the remains of Dutch heritage in New York,” said William Manger Jr., a direct descendant of Joris Dircksen Brinckerhoff through his continued on page 41

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City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) plans to challenge state Sen. Shirley Huntley for the 10th District seat. He made the announcement to the media on Friday. Sanders, who will be term-limited out in 2013, is eyeing the spot because the district now includes some of his home turf in the Rockaways, according to a political source, an area Huntley picked up thanks to redistricting,. “It’s almost an open seat the way the lines were drawn,” Mike Lopes, a spokesman for Sanders, said. “It’s just an opportunity that arose from what happened to be favorable redistricting lines. It included people he already represented and who knew him.” Huntley, however, did not seem to be too concerned, telling the Chronicle, “I still have a large part of my district, and I have friends in the Rockaways.” She added, “It’s just a race. I have a race every year. I’ll just prepare and go out and do what I do.” Huntley was elected to office in 2007. Two years later, she became chairwoman of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, sponsoring and helping pass 16 bills including Timothy’s Law, which provides increased medical treatment and coverage to those with mental illnesses. In 2010 Huntley became chairwoman of

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the Cities Committee, addressing concerns about property taxes, unfunded mandates, and pension reform. That same year she helped pass 22 bills including the Hospital Closure Act, which requires the state health commissioner to hold a hearing within 30 days of a hospital closure to determine the impact it would have on the area it serves. Sanders, who is well-known in his district as a charismatic speaker with a friendly demeanor, has represented the areas of Rosedale, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Far Rockaway, Arverne, Bayswater and Edgemere since 2001. During his time in office he became the


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The establishment of the Forest Hills green market stole the show at last week’s meeting of Community Board 6. The board voted unanimously for the market, which will take place on Queens Boulevard between 69th Road and 79th Avenue near the Post Office and the Forest Hills Jewish Center, every Sunday from July 8 through Nov. 18 . Cathy Chambers of Grow NYC said the market has been a long time coming for Forest Hills, with more than 200 letters, hundreds of emails, and more than 400 petition signatures sent to her in the last four years to get the project off the ground. Grow NYC is a nonprofit organization known for bringing fresh produce to a variety of locations across New York City. “We’ve heard your requests and we’re excited about bringing fresh local produce to Forest Hills,� Chambers said. Joseph Hennessy, chairman of CB 6, thanked his board and supporters afterward. “It’ll be a fun atmosphere for the community to get out there and get their fresh veggies this summer,� Hennessy said. The market is set to open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, and will have a wide array of fruits, vegetables and green products from vendors in the metropolitan area and surrounding regions. In other board business, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) assailed a petition that has been circulating with the aim of reviving the old Rockaway railroad line, which would connect Far Rockaway, South Ozone Park, and other parts of southern Queens to different parts of the city, by way of Forest Hills. “We will protest, even if I have to lie down,� Koslowitz said. “We don’t want this


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continued from page 22 school last year — that’s over 200,000 students. And those rates are highest in our highneed communities where school offers students the best chance for a brighter future.� At the 50 schools participating in the pilot program, absentee rates have dropped — at elementary schools, the percent of chronically absent students fell 27 percent, at middle schools it dropped 21 percent and at high schools there was a 7 percent decline. PS 91 Principal Victoria Catalano said the program has worked well at her school, and especially credits the relationship

in our community.� While she agrees that southern Queens does need better transportation, she’s actively fighting the proposal because it would affect the properties of many Forest Hills residents. The Long Island Rail Road has stations in Forest Hills and Kew Gardens, and many residents have complained about the train horns. Adding another line would be too much of a burden, according to Koslowitz. “The Rockaways need transportation, but not on our backs. We don’t need another train running through that doesn’t service our area,� she said to a round of applause from the audience. The councilwoman also discussed restoring funding for the local Beacon afterschool program at JHS 190 on Austin Street. The program, which is one of two Queens Beacons targeted for elimination in Mayor Bloomberg’s budget proposal, costs about $340,000, and provides after-school programs for help with schoolwork as well as instruction and participation in the arts, sports and other activities. That and the Beacon program at MS 158 in Bayside were selected by ZIP code for elimination as their areas have many wealthy residents. But the two programs combined serve thousands of low-income children and their families. The City Council has the authority to restore funding in the fiscal year 2013 budget, as it has done in recent years with things like fire companies and senior citizen centers that have been selected for cuts or elimination. CB 6 also voted for a variance for the construction of a proposed four-story medical facility, with both residential and office units, on 65th Road and 102nd Street, across Q from Forest Hills Hospital. between the teachers and the students they mentor for the progress that has been made. “They develop personal relationships with the children; they call their homes; they speak to parents,� Catalano said. “It’s been a success.� Becky Murphy, who teaches special education at PS 91 and is Quinn’s mentor, agreed with Catalano. “It works so well because there’s somebody listening to the actual problem they have,� Murphy said. “Just having someone listen makes a big difference.� Quinn’s father, Quinn Corcino Sr., also praised his son’s mentor, saying she made “him want to come every day, and made me Q do my best to get him there.�

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continued from page 12 “Those fumes are coming into my house and making me sick,” she said at the last meeting. Zorn said that Miranda did not call police during the past month about the problem. He also said he personally went to the location six times and did not see the car that she complained about spewing fumes. In response to complaints made by residents about unleashed pit bulls being walked by their owner on Rockaway Boulevard between 106th and 107th streets, Zorn said the matter was referred to the city Animal Care and Control. Before addressing the complaints, Pascale noted that robberies of Apple products citywide represented 12 percent of all major crime. Once again, the captain reminded the audience members to be aware of their surroundings when walking with such items as smart phones. “Please be discreet when you use these devices,” Pascale said. The captain urged smart phone owners to download the “Find My Phone” tracking software and to never turn off their devices, in case of theft. With the GPS tracking, he noted, police can locate the stolen equipment and arrest the perpetrator. Pascale alerted the audience to the rash of manhole cover thefts in Brooklyn and

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Queens in the past couple of weeks. Thieves dressed as utility workers lift the 320-pound, 32-inch diameter cast-iron lids with car jacks and reportedly sell them to scrap iron dealers for $75. Council President Frank Dardani suggested that residents put their address on the back of their house so that if their neighbor sees a perpetrator breaking into the rear of the house, they would know the exact address when they call the police. This would also be helpful to the FDNY should their backyard neighbor spot flames in the home. Several residents at the council meeting expressed their own concerns to Pascale. Lindenwood resident Jose Zambrana said he was concerned about Verizon employees going door-to-door in the coops, seeking to get residents to sign up for FiOs, without advising management of their presence. Angel Vazquez, of Ozone Park, thanked Pascale and his officers for quieting the noisemakers at Gemini Field at South Conduit and Linden boulevards. In an effort to stop trouble at large parties or happenings before they start, Pascale urged residents to contact the precinct when they see the obvious signs — the people being frisked and paying to come in and the organizers selling drinks. “If you see that, you have to let us know Q immediately,” Pascale said.

A 21-year-old former Queens resident was shot and killed early Sunday morning in a drive-by shooting on the Grand Central Parkway near Flushing Meadows Park. Published repor ts state that Stephanie Taveras, a mother of two who had since moved to New Jersey, was killed at approximately 3:40 a.m. on Mother’s Day when a car pulled alongside the white BMW in which she was riding and fired at least 10 shots into the car. The driver of the BMW, identified as Rafael Herrera of Glendale, had just left a party at his home with the victim. He immediately pulled off the parkway and drove Taveras to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where she died of a gunshot wound to her head. The shooter is being sought. Spokesmen for the NYPD have declined to comment other than to say that the case remains under investigation. Police are still attempting to determine a motive for the shooting, as well as who the gunman’s intended target was. Published reports said that Taveras resided in Irvington, NJ. She grew up in Astoria and leaves a 4-year-old daughQ ter and a 1-year-old son.


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continued from page 38 mother. “We can’t forget where we came from. We need to save all this New York City history for future generations.” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) also appealed to the commission to save the Brinckerhoff site. “The site dates back to the 17th century and the very first Dutch settlers in New York,” Crowley said. “Please preserve this site and make it a priority for future generations.” Ashook Ramsaran, a board member of the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association who lives two blocks south of the cemetery, told the commission that “nothing has changed at the site” and it is still a cemetery. “We have the support of the entire community wanting to retain this as a vital part of New York with due consideration of its historical significance … when those people were buried it was with ‘rest in peace’ — let us respect that and let them be!” Ramsaran said. Lisi deBourbon, the spokeswoman for the LPC, said that a date for a vote has not yet been set. “There was a lot to digest today,” deBourbon said. “The commission will need some time to review all the testimony and then do some additional research before it sets Q a date for a vote.”

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continued from page 2 article, all of whom said they wanted to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation from the city, said they are concerned the city will not provide them with the training or resources needed to accompany an influx of special education students. “We already have classes being conducted in hallways, and now they want to add students?” one teacher said. “They better be planning on giving our schools a lot more money, but of course they won’t. They’ll just blame us, and shut us down, when our test scores drop because we needed to focus on one student more than everyone else.” The teachers interviewed by the Queens Chronicle agreed with Fedkowskyj that special education reform is needed, but they worry the city is doing this to save money and not for the benefit of the pupils. “What assurances do we have that the teachers and staff will be properly trained?” Fedkowskyj asked Rodriguez, and a number of other top DOE officials at the meeting, including the DOE’s Chief Financial Officer Mike Tragale. Rodriguez said they have added support structures within schools to assist teachers who need help with the new students, and Tragale said the city is changing what is known as its “fair student funding formula,” which will funnel money for individual special education students to their respective schools.

continued from page 6 group still wants to operate Peninsula Hospital. “I’m confident we can work out a winwin for everybody,” Guterman said at the hearing. Guterman stressed that he hopes state officials and politicians will step in and halt a public liquidation sale of Peninsula’s assets, now scheduled for June. Another group, the Jamaica-based Community Wellness Centers of America, said in April that it also wanted to purchase Peninsula Hospital but did not attend the hearing. Shah addressed residents about an hour into the hearing. “I admire the courage of everyone here who is speaking,” Shah said. “We hear you loud and clear. We’re looking at ways to make this work. “For too long, this community has not gotten what it deserves in quality of care,” Shah continued. “There are extreme needs for this community. Our job is to figure out how to best meet those needs, short-term and long-term.” State Sen. Shirley Huntley (DJamaica) said she met with Gov. Cuomo about Peninsula Hospital last week, and planned to speak with him again about it after the hearing. “We’re not going to just let this go away,” Huntley said. “We’re going to

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open this hospital.” Bernie Feuer, a longtime Rockaway resident who runs the parking lot in Jacob Riis Park, said the prospect of thousands of visitors flocking to the Rockaway beaches during the summer months is especially frightening in the wake of the hospital’s closure. “Let me give you a scenario — we’re in the midst of a heat wave and it’s a Saturday or Sunday,” Feuer said. “We end up with 4,000 or 5,000 additional cars, and all of a sudden, a giant thunderstorm pops up. Everybody all at once takes off from the beach, and we have serious gridlock. An ambulance will not get out of Rockaway for hours. People will die.” Susan Greene, who worked at Peninsula’s lab for about 41 years, also stressed that St. John’s Episcopal cannot handle the overflow of patients who would have normally gone to Peninsula Hospital. “We are officially in a state of emergency,” Greene said. “We have one hospital open, and no blood bank at all.” Joe Lynch, chairman of the Breezy Point Cooperative, said residents in his neighborhood “relied heavily on Peninsula Hospital. “It never let us down,” Lynch said. “We viewed this facility as our medical lifeline.” Belle Harbor resident Mary Sternhell said she “was close to death and the people at Peninsula patched me up. “You cannot take this away,” she said. Q

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by Josey Bartlett Even clowns can fall in love. Barry Lubin first created the character Grandma in 1975 when he performed with the Ringling Bros. Circus. He guffawed over to the Big Apple Circus in 1982 and brought his beloved act with him, which he has performed for 25 seasons. However, this year will be Lubin’s last year as Grandma. Actually, Lubin won’t be performing as Grandma; another accomplished clown, Mark Gindick, will, because Lubin is in Sweden. That’s where his heart has taken him. Lubin, 59, has fallen in love with a Swedish woman who worked in the circus’ wardrobe department in the 1990s. In Sweden, Grandma will continue to perform in the ring as well as on television, but for the Walton, NY, based circus it made sense for Grandma’s reign as star to come to an end, said Philip Thurston, a spokesman for the Big Apple Circus. continued on page 47

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Joseph LoGuirato’s sketched collection of historic structures around the city will run through June 30 at the Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14 Rd., College Point. Call for hours: (718) 358-0067.

A book and author lecture at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., featuring Sara Y. Aharon discussing her book, “From Kabul to Queens” will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 2:30 p.m. This is a story highlighting the Jews of Afghanistan and their move to the United States. The cost is $8 per person.

In conjunction with Queens College’s Year of Turkey, the Queens College Art Center is presenting a group show in which 27 contemporary artists look at the evil eye May 29-June 29. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m.4:40 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays. Free and open to the public at Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, college entrance at 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, will present “Street Digital,” an exhibition of JODI’s recent works in installation, software and video, now through May 20. Museum admission: $12 for adults; $9 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $6 for children ages 3-18. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. SaturdaySunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Monday. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, will exhibit the photography of documentary photographer Audrey Gottlieb now through May 19. “Vignettes from the Queens Project” is a photo collection that celebrates the diversity of the Queens community.

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Soledad Lopez stars as Medea in “La Callas & Medea” presented at Thalia Spanish Theatre, Sunnyside, from May 18PHOTO COURTESY THALIA SPANISH THEATRE June 24. “La Callas & Medea,” a new play by one of the most celebrated contemporary playwrights from Spain, Jaime Salom, will be presented six weeks only, from May 18 to June 24 at Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. Performances in English: Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. Performances in Spanish: Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25/students and seniors $22. For tickets call (718) 7293880. or APAC Performing Arts Center presents the musical “The Secret Garden,” through Saturday, May 19 on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria. Tickets are $18, $12 seniors/students. Visit or call (866) 811-4111.

The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra has openings in oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and bass sections. Auditions will be held during the regular rehearsals of the orchestra on Wednesday from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Interested players should contact the conductor, Franklin Verbsky at (718) 374-1627 or (516) 785-2532.

Jack Cole invented jazz and musical theatre dance as we know it. See “Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project,” a musical tribute running now through May 20 at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows Park. Tickets: $42 weekdays, $49 weekends. Performance schedule: Wednesdays-Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.



Face Off Unlimited presents “Improvius Maximus” at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Some of the best improv teams from all corners of the land gather to compete. Last performance: Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 at door or online at, or call box office at (718) 392-0722.

Thursday Night at the Movies in Idlewild Park Preserve, an environmental film/discussion series at the Eastern Queens Aliance’s Idlewild Park Science Learning Center Trailer, 149-20 Springfield Lane, Springfield Gardens, on May 24 at 7:30 p.m. Featured will be “PlanEat” on excessive dependence on foods of animal origin.

Parkside Players presents “Done to Death,” a mysterycomedy, at Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., on Fridays, May 25 and June 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 19, 26 and June 2 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, May 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14/$12 for seniors. For information call (718) 353-7388.

MUSIC Oratorio Society of Queens presents its annual spring concert on Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m. at Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05

56 Ave., Bayside. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors (62+) and students with ID; children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, free. To order tickets call (718) 279-3006 or order online at The Queens College Choral Society and Choir — a chorus of 200 voices — will perform Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem at its spring concert on Saturday, May 19 at Colden Center on the Flushing Campus, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Tickets are $18-$20. Call (718) 793-8080. Two masterpieces of the opera buffa repertoire will be presented in concert by New York Opera Forum on Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest HIlls. They are “Der Schauspieldirektor (the Impresario),” Mozart’s zany take on backstage life at the opera house, and Donizetti’s hilarious commedia dell’arte inspired “Don Pasquale.” A complimentary wine-and-cheese reception with the artists will follow the event. The suggested donation is $12 ($10 for students and seniors). For reservations or further information call (718) 268-7772 or visit The Community Singers of Queens presents a Choral Concert: “The Romance of Spring” at the Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Flushing at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Tickets at the door are $10.

FLEA MARKETS The Richmond Hill flea market held at the old RKO theatre, 117-09 Hillside Ave., is open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit or call (347) 709-7661 for more information and directions. Incarnation Church, 89-43 Francis Lewis Blvd., Queens Village, is sponsoring a parish flea market on Saturday, May 19, rain or shine, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Long Island Fretted Ensemble, a group of musicians who play mandolins and guitars, will perform at a meeting of Horizons, a club for those 55 and over, on Thursday, May 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 St. The ensemble performs a varied program including classical music, folk tunes, ethnic songs and show tunes. Attendees are invited to bring lunch. A charge of $3 will include coffee and cake. Sisterhood of the Bayside Jewish Center, 203-05 32 Ave., presents a musical program by Steve Gilman, an acoustic guitar player, accompanied by a bass guitar player, playing and singing many of the top 40 pop classics on Monday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. The next meeting of The Center for the Women of New York’s bi-monthly Job Club will be held on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Queensborough Hall, 102-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Room 213. Guest Speaker will be Anna Tringle of Ameriprise Financial, who will give advice on the financial aspects of a job loss and reduced income. Toastmasters Club — Advance for Excellence meets the first and third Thursdays of every month at the Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main St. Upcoming meeting dates are May 17, May 30, June 14 and June 28. For more information contact Club President Letitea Archer at (718) 525-6830. Ozone Park AARP Chapter 4163 meets the last Tuesday of the month at noon at Christ Lutheran Community Center, 85-15 101 Ave., Ozone Park. New members are welcome.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES A Pets and Pals Party will be held on Sunday, May 20 from noon-3 p.m. at Alley Pond Park, 76 Avenue off Springfield Boulevard. Join the Parks Department for a free day of family and pet fun. Featuring games, rides, craft projects, pet adoption, microchip clinic, animal demonstrations and more.

FOR KIDS A children’s photography workshop will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at the Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten. Bring your own camera or they will supply a digital disposable camera. Admission: $10; BHS members, $5.

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Preteen artist sells art for good cause The fifth grader started working with artist Valentina DuBasky in 2010 when he was 8. DuBasky has shown her Budding artist Oron Tal, 11, will exhibit his first solo show art in 150 exhibitions nationally and internationally. She is during the LIC Arts Open. Tal, a fifth grader at the Solomon also the founder and executive director of Art-in-a-Box, an Schechter School of Queens, is bubbly, talkative, sure head- international nonprofit. ed — he knows what he wants and can create a painting in Tal works with paint, clay and pencil — though his work about 20 minutes to an hour — and a bit fidgety. on Saturday will showcase his paintings and ink pieces He comes from an artistic family; his father creates called nib work. His artwork is cute, playful and brightly carved wooden sculptures and his siscolored. The young artist draws from ter works as a fashion designer. his experiences, said his mother, The exhibition titled “11: PaintMarcia Tal. Last year the family took ings and Drawings, 2010-2012,” will a trip to Paris, where Tal gleaned be held in the M55 Gallery on Saturinspiration for a few paintings of When: May 20, noon to 6 p.m. day from noon to 6 p.m. cafes and Parisians. One of his paintTal will donate proceeds from the ings depicts a fashionable talk show Where: M55 Gallery sale of his framed artwork, priced host with a crying guest. 44-02 23 St., LIC from $100 to $200, to Beit Issie “People in talk shows are always Tickets: Free; paintings are for sale Shapiro, a nonprofit organization in crying,” Tal said., (718) 729-2988 Israel focusing on new therapies for He paints the things he likes such children and adults with disabilities. as his brother’s friend’s chinchilla, The Tals, who live in Hollis Hills, visited the nonprofit last Babka; his dog, Tiger; and colorful people, outrageous summer. fashion and the pop star who embodies both those things, “I like to help out,” Tal said. Lady Gaga. Additionally he often likes to imagine his sub“Oron’s act of tzedakah [charity] is not only very mean- ject matter. ingful in the Jewish tradition, but also illustrates the grow“I make people up,” Tal said. “You can do whatever ing awareness and increase in youth philanthropy,” exec- you want with their faces.” utive director of The American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro, He’s learning how to deal with little mistakes. The paintIrma Friedman said. ing shown here was destined for the trash, said his mother,

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Oron Tal, 11, shows off one of the many paintings featured PHOTO BY JOSEY BARTLETT in Saturday’s show. but with a little prodding from DuBasky, Tal turned an ink blot gone awry into a lock of hair on the far side of the subject’s face. Q “Mistakes can turn into masterpieces,” Tal said.

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Stars compete in LIC comedy festival by Josey Bartlett qboro Editor

The exposed brick, narrow cavern of Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City was filled to the brim on Friday night — for the club’s pre-festival event. The festival began the following Saturday and will run until May 20. During the week-long stint, 100 comedians will compete in 22 shows

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for the winner-takes-all prize of $2,500. No. 1 also receives a week of work at the Laughing Skull in Atlanta and at Morty’s Comedy Joint in Indianapolis, 52 paid spots at Laughing Devil and entry into The San Francisco Comedy and Burrito Festival. A winner will be picked by the nine judges, who are big casting directors, agents, managers, and TV executives. A few of the competing comedians are Alycia Cooper, T h o m a s C h a m b e r s , Wi l l Evans and David DeVito. T h e c ro w d F r i d a y n i g h t was young. When comedian K a re n B e g re e n , w h o w i l l compete on May 18, asked the audience to raise their hand if they have children, only three people out of the about 40 there responded affirmatively. However, on the one hand perhaps many moms and dads didn’t want to be put

under Begreen’s hilarious but brutal microscope. At one point she asked a young women sitting close to the tiny stage what she did for l i v i n g ? S h e re s p o n d e d , “Human resources.” “ O h , y o u f i re p e o p l e , ” Begreen retorted. The Harvard graduate and self-proclaimed stressed-out mom wrote the books “Perfect is Overrated” and “Following Polly.” Her jokes Friday night continued in the vein of stressed-out mom and how her youngest son constantly asks ridiculous questions. J a s o n M a rc u s , w h o h a s performed at tens of clubs a n d c o l l e g e s a ro u n d t h e States, hosted the show and probably got the worst reaction of any of the performers. Perhaps the audience hadn’t yet felt the effects of the 14 draft beer selection. 49 continued on page 00

30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander was an unannounced guest at the late night PHOTO COURTESY LAUGHING DEVIL show on May 11.

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In the intimate tent no one sits more than 50 feet from route. He said running off to the circus isn’t always like the action. Flying Cortes, from Colombia, shows off his the book “Water for Elephants” would have the public daring leaps and flips on the trapeze. Scot Nelson and believe. Muriel Brugman from the States put together a humorous He works in an office. That office is located in a travel manikin act and Anna Volodko from Russia twists and trailer, which he says suits his restless personality, and his shimmies on the aerial rope. boss is a former clown, but nevertheless it is an office job. The audience can also marvel at the well-trained fleet of Ara“It’s like being anywhere else,” he said. bian horses, dogs and the unlikely “pet” Jeong used to work as an usher in porcupine. Also, of course a big spotthe Big Top, when he first joined the light will be shone on Grandma, the circus in 2005. However, in his current clown — after all it is her farewell tour. administrative role he doesn’t interact When: May 22-June 17, The circus’ executive administrawith the performers often — though 43 performances, times vary tive asistant, Will Jeong, originally he is in charge of driving the 15-pasWhere: Cunningham Park from Elmhurst, says his favorite act is senger van, which schleps the Chinese 196-22 Union Turnpike Swiss performer Melanie Chy’s handand Russian acrobats and trapeze flyFresh Meadows balancing routine. ers to the shows. Tickets: Prices start at $15 “The way she is able to hold her “The performers are segregated (888) 541-3750 body up with one arm— just the — it’s kind of like movie stars and strength amazes me,” he said. “It‘s fans,” he said with a laugh. kind of intimidating.” He also said the performers and

“Grandma is moving to Sweden to be with the woman he loves,” Thurston said. So Grandma the character — not the original — will come, with the rest of Big Apple Circus crew, to Cunningham Park for a nearly monthly stint of “Grandma’s Farewell Tour” from May 22 through June 17.

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Jeong joined the circus’ administrative staff in 2005. Touring with the production marked the first time since moving from South Korea when he was 3 that he had traveled outside of New York. As part of the behind-the-scenes team, Jeong has traveled all along the East Coast. His favorite stop was Atlanta — he reveled in the southern culture, he said. Jeong heads new-hire payroll and sets up network connections with the various box offices along the circus’

Will Jeong, from Elmhurst, joined Big Apple Circus’ administrative staff in 2005. ` PHOTO COURTESY WILL JEONG

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boro FOR KIDS Flushing Meadows Soap Box Derby has begun registering participants for this year’s Soap Box derby event. Registration can be obtained online at or GNB Auto Repair, 85-05 Astoria Blvd., Jackson Heights on Fridays between 6 and 8 p.m. Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 17 years. A copy of a birth certificate must accompany the application or another document affirming proof of age. Kits may be obtained from the All-American or through sponsorship from the Flushing Meadow Organization.



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The Parks department is sponsoring free Zumba classes on Wednesdays now through May 23 at 6 p.m. and May 30-June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Little Bay Park roller hockey rink, 212 Street and Bell Boulevard, Cross Island Parkway Service Road intersection in Bayside. The YWCA of Queens, 42-07 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, has expanded its GED preparation program to include free adult classes. Tracks vary in length from 10 to 20 weeks depending upon entrance test results. Contact the YW and sign up for the next placement examination. Call Stacy McKelvey at (718) 353-4553 for more information or to reserve your placement exam seat. 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: $75 for adults, for four sessions, $75 for children for eight sessions. Membership available. For information, call Geraldine at (718) 446-4709. 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.’ 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

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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 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 lessons are also available every Saturday from 12:30-2 p.m. Registration is open to beginners as well as advanced players of all ages. Students are recommended to bring their own instruments to class. The fee is $40 to enroll and $60 monthly. For more information, call (718) 726-7329. 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.

TOURS A free walking tour of downtown Jamaica is set for Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m. Jeff Gottlieb, president of BAPC-057974

the Central Queens Historical Association, and Donna Clopton, 103rd Precinct Community Council president, will lead the way. The walk will take one and a half hours and end at York College. The group will meet at Presentation Church, 88-19 Parsons Blvd.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES The Wednesday Night Singles Group of the SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, invites you to social evenings with special guest speakers on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 nonmembers.

SPECIAL EVENTS The Annual Scott Joplin Memorial Concert and BBQ at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 72-02 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, will take place Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. It will feature a tribute to Scott Joplin with Dan Levinson & His Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra. For further information contact Ed Horn, director, at (718) 278-3240. A performance-focused evening of comedy, featuring some of the nation’s most talented professional improv actors working in the business today, will be featured on Saturday, May 19 from 5-11 p.m. at the Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 Ave., Long Island City. Tickets: $15. Tickets available online at or at the box office. Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery present “‘Spellbound’ — Masters of Magic” on Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. in Celebration Hall at the Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, featuring Magician Peter Samelson and Sleight of Hand Wizard Dennis Kyriakos. Reservations required. Tickets are $10 per family, $5 for members. Call (718) 544-3600. Municipal Credit Union is sponsoring a shred fest on Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Parking lot, 111 Street between 54 and 56 Avenues; Juniper Valley Park, 71 Street and 62 Drive, near Brennan Field; and Roy Wilkins Park, Parking Lot, Park entrance on 177 Street and Baisley Boulevard. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33 Rd., Long Island City, holds Community Day 2012, with free admission and special activities for visitors of all ages on Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Programs, including talks, art making and films, will all focus on ecology-related topics. The Glendale-Maspeth United Methodist Church, 6614 Central Ave., Glendale, will hold a chinese auction fundraiser on Saturday, May 19 at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. The Queens Alliance Baseball League and the Queens Kiwanis Baseball League have combined to provide recreational baseball, as well as tournaments in the RBI, Pony, Federation and Greater N.Y. Sandlot. Any teams or players looking to play baseball in a local competitive league can call (718) 3667717 or (718) 821-4487 for more information.

SUPPORT GROUPS Drug problem? Call Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit Meetings are held seven days a week.

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Or perhaps the jokes were a little t o o re a l . H e j o k e d a b o u t a n unhealthy relationship with his dad and a bad relationship with his girlfriend. Attendees probably were meant to believe the jokes were not based in fact; nevertheless, few seemed able to laugh hard at any of the comments. Laughing Devil owner Steve Hofstetter, a g a n g l y re d h e a d , g o t a h e a r t y response with jokes about his Jewish family and the unpolitical remarks his adopted black, Jewish sister would make growing up. For example, how she wouldn’t mind having a slave so she didn’t have to do the dishes. Hofstetter retorted that historically as a Jew and African American, she would probably not be on the favorable side of that wish. Todd Barry, who has performed on all the major late-night talk shows such as Conan O’Brien’s, and has had some bit parts on TV shows such as “Flight of the Concords,” “Lucky Louie” and “Sex in the City,” ended

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He has a soft-spoken way of delivering self-deprecating humor that had most of crowd giggling. “I never understood the concept of summer school. The teacher’s going to go up there and go, ‘OK, class, you know that subject you couldn’t grasp in nine months? We’re going to whip it out in six weeks,” is one of the jokes from Q his endless repertoire.

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Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: AMERICAN INTERIOR FINISHES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/14/2011. 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, 94-25 57TH AVE., STE. 7E, ELMHURST, NY 11373. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: BHNIJA LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/13/2012. 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 Prakash Chavda, 179-15 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: 19515 LINDEN BLVD LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/17/2012. 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 Roosevelt Warner, 194-30 116th Avenue, St. Albans, NY 11412. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

A & I GENERAL CONSTRUCTION, LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/29/2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 33-20 112 St, Ste 2, Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

MOE’S ASTORIA LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/10/12. 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, 30-33 Steinway St., Astoria, NY 11103. General Purposes.

HOMES & HOMES LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/14/2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Maria Fermin, 211-03 28 Ave, Bayside, NY 11360. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: SOUP N MORE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/30/2012. 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, 68-38 YELLOWSTONE BLVD., FOREST HILLS, NY 11375. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: THE GPA GROUP LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/15/2012. 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 C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 4/9/12, bearing Index Number NC-000179-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of Tina I Ting Lok. My present name is I Ting Lok Aka Tina Lok. My present address is 34-45 Leavitt St., Apt., 1C, Flushing, NY 11354. My place of birth is Taiwan. My date of birth is November 16, 1992.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: BODAY MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT GROUP, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/16/2012. 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 Daniel Yaw Boadu, 147-26 230th Place, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

MORNOS REALTY LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/13/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Ilias Theodoropoulos, 3935 Paradise Point Rd., Southold, NY 11971. General Purposes. Latest date to dissolve 4/11/2042

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: 1NATION1VOICE INTERNATIONAL LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/23/2012. 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 SHEREEN CALONGE, 61-18 PARSONS BLVD., FRESH MEADOWS, NY 11365. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE is hereby given that a license, number 1262718 for restaurant Wine & Beer, has been applied for by the RK Restaurant, Inc. to sell wine & beer at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 149-22 41st Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355 for onpremises consumption.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: KARATE FREIZER LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/27/2012. 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 C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

MARIA ORSIC LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/19/2012. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 47-21 47 St., Woodside, NY 11377, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

MCB CITY PROPERTIES LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/1/12. 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, 108-21 64th Ave., Forest Hills, NY 11375. General Purposes.

WAWA LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/28/11. 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, 61-11 169th St., Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. General Purposes.

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Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: T.D.T.A LLC. 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 Tamita McKenzie, 19859 Pompeii Ave., Holliswood, NY 11423. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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An allegedly botched 911 call ends in elderly slip-and-fall death by Natasha Domanski Chronicle Contributor

Last January, Clyde Hollins III lost his mother, Florence Hollins, 73, to a head injury that was the result of a slip and fall in her home in Rego Park. Clyde Hollins said, according to the 911 call, when his mother fell on Jan. 9, 2011 at 3 a.m. she was still conscious and called 911 for assistance. Even after her conversation with a dispatcher was recorded and acknowledged, no one ever came. A day and a half later, a home health aide found Florence Hollis dead from a bleeding head injury on her bathroom floor, he said. Clyde Hollins said the unusual circumstances surrounding his mother’s death didn’t unravel until she was already buried. After hearing what happened, he is attempting to sue the city, NYPD and FDNY. “Eight months later, once I got ahold of the 911 call recording I realized the dispatcher was very, very rude,” Hollins said. “My mother was disorientated and he didn’t have the patience for her.” He said that he started having more conversations with his sister, also named Florence, and his father, Clyde Hollins Jr., to figure out exactly what happened that night. Hollins said his sister was so traumatized the day they found out about their mother’s death that when she looked through her phone, she presumed the call was made to 911 by someone after their mother’s death. He said it is clear in the recording that it was their mother calling for help before she died. Hollins also spoke with his father, who had a discussion with the police at the house the day her body was discovered. Hollins said his father told him the police

Clyde Hollins III and his mother, Florence, who died in January after she called 911 and an COURTESY PHOTO ambulance never arrived. asked if they could record Florence Hollins’ death as “natural causes,” and he obliged. “There was blood all over the bathroom floor where she was found,” Hollins said. “Hitting your head isn’t ‘natural causes.’” Once Hollins received the report about his mother’s 911 call, he became even more confused. “There was a report, so we assume someone was dispatched to her house,” Hollins said. “But it was in code so we couldn’t really understand what it was saying.” He said at this point that he has desperately tried to get an attorney.

“I need an attorney in the next month to amend a complaint,” Hollins said referring to the New York State statute that puts a timelimit on filing a claim. Vice Dean Emeritas Andrew Simons has been teaching tort and New York practice law classes for over 20 years at St. John’s University, and said that the Hollins’ case doesn’t have much hope of amending the state’s 50year-old wrongful death law without proof of negligence. “It’s not impossible for him to win,” Simons said. “But legislation may be changed politically. You have to start somewhere.”

The Hollins family does not have proof that their mother would have survived had she been picked up and brought to the hospital. In order to do so they would need to perform an autopsy, something the family did not believe in. “Proof is the real problem here,” Simons said. “The family would need to prove that she was a victim of conscious pain and suffering, and without that evidence this is a difficult case.” He also said that the proof of a causal connection between her not getting to the hospital and her death is vital. “I’m not in this for any sort of monetary gain and I know that the statute won’t be retroactive,” Hollins said. “We know that’s not the important part. I just want to change the law for future families and because I also promised my mother I’d find out what happened.” The Hollins’ family story is not the first in complaints about NY city’s 911 service. Queens resident Laura Freeman had a similiar experience in the blizzard of December 2011 when her mother, Yvonne, called 911 following a heart attack and died two hours later after the ambulance failed to arrive. Mayor Bloomberg’s administration has since been under scrutiny after the efforts to attempt to fix the 911 emergency system failed, according to Dispatch Magazine Online. So far $2 billion has been spent in taxes to improve response time of calls and ambulances with no real results. The NYPD said the Hollins case is being investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau and will not comment on it otherwise. The FDNY said it cannot comment on the Q case because of the pending litigatiion.

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Dead mother’s son pleads for justice

Koo wants to honor ‘comfort women’ Koo wants to honor sex slave victims of WW II by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor

Ethel Katz of Little Neck and Young Soo Lee of Korea embraced at a symposium at the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center last December. Katz, a Holocaust survivor, and Lee, a comfort woman, FILE PHOTO talked about their lives during World War II. learned and used,” Flug said. Because of the event’s success, QCC students will be able to learn about problems related to the war and interact with Asian seniors under a new program that will begin in the fall. The center already has a program for students to work with Q Holocaust survivors.

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Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) would like to honor the “comfort women” of World War II with either a memorial or street renaming if he can get a consensus from the Korean community. Comfort women were young females taken by the invading Japanese forces to service the troops. Up to 200,000 young females from China, Korea and other occupied areas were forced into complying. Koo got the idea for a memorial after attending a symposium held at the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives on the Bayside campus of Queensborough Community College last December. The center brought together two Holocaust survivors living in Queens with two comfort women survivors from Korea. The councilman said he was moved by their stories and decided to create some form of tribute “so the community remembers and it doesn’t happen again.” He pointed out that the plans are only in the discussion stage, but that he already had received some letters condemning the idea. “I got a few and they were all form letters,” he said. The councilman believes his memorial idea is not

anti-Japanese and doesn’t think the opposition is from the Japanese government. “I had dinner with the deputy chief of mission at the Consulate General of Japan in New York and he did not put any pressure on me,” Koo said. He also noted that the Japanese government apologized for the comfort women in 1993. Steven Choi is executive director of the Minkwan Center for Community Action in Flushing, a group that deals primarily with Korean issues. He believes the comfort women are a “sore spot historically” and would like to work with Koo on some education programs on the topic. Terence Park, a leader in the Flushing Korean-American community, said Koo’s plans “are absolutely the right thing to do,” adding, “We must learn from history. Remembering what happened lets us go forward in a positive way.” Also supporting Koo’s plan is Arthur Flug, executive director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, because “we can’t forget them. It’s history.” He added that both the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and the Korean comfort women at the session were not afraid of dying. “They fear they will be forgotten,” Flug said. He applauds Koo for his stance. “There’s a lesson to be

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Tragedy at Baisley Pond

The details on the Devils by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

Although he has to publicly remain neutral, you have to believe that National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, and probably everyone else in the league office, will be secretly cheering for the Rangers in their Eastern Conference Finals best-of-seven matchup against the New Jersey Devils, underway since Monday night. But that has nothing to do with the fact that Bettman grew up in Forest Hills or that the NHL office is located in Manhattan about a mile from Madison Square Garden. A Rangers appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals would guarantee a huge audience for the NHL’s broadcast partner, NBC. It wasn’t that long ago when the league was having trouble finding any network willing to broadcast its games. If the NHL wants to enjoy the big-dollar TV deals that the NFL, NBA and MLB do, it needs to deliver big ratings. If the Rangers were to win the Cup, they’d certainly parade down the Canyon of Heroes — priceless publicity for a niche sport like hockey. The Devils have not endeared themselves to NHL officials for reasons that go beyond the obvious, that Newark isn’t New York and their fan base is quite small. The Devils’ finances are so shaky there were rumors that the NHL might have to take them over after they missed a $100 million bond payment due last September. So

by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Baisley Pond was created in the 18th century by farmers who dammed three streams in southeastern Queens to power their grain mill. Namesake David Baisley farmed the land in the 19th century. Today Baisley Pond Park Fireman James O’Malley, left, is about to go underwater again comprises 109 acres of land in a valiant but vain search for children lost under the ice. running from 116th Avenue Four firemen and four policemen required to the Conduit. The main feature of the park is of course treatment for submersion and frostbite as a the pond, which attracts many people with result of their efforts. There was much confusion at the scene, its beauty. When frozen in the winter, it draws skaters, some of whom have fallen since no one was sure how many children through the ice and been rescued over the were playing on the ice when it cracked. years. But on Jan. 23, 1960, luck ran out as After it was determined that the two victims had died, a third youngster was reported it claimed the lives of at least two children. Firemen and police officers tried to save missing. Available records do not indicate them but were unable to. One, fireman that child’s fate. More than 50 years later, new generaJames O’Malley, made 15 dives and spent nearly 15 minutes in the icy water. Exten- tions, not knowing the danger, are still sion ladders were utilized to keep the attracted to the pond’s serene beauty and Q would-be rescuers connected to the shore. seeming harmlessness.

far that hasn’t happened, but neither has the bond principal been repaid. Even the Mets would probably get a AAA rating from Moody’s if compared with the Devils’ fiscal operations. Newark Mayor Cory Booker publicly slammed Devils owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek last month for failing to live up to terms settled upon in 2006 when the city agreed to help get the Devils’ home, the Prudential Center, built. Even worse, as far as Bettman is concerned, is how Devils President Lou Lamoriello does things. Lou knows how to build a very good hockey team but couldn’t care less about the business aspects of his operation. He refuses to promote star players through ad campaigns. Martin Brodeur is arguably the greatest goaltender in NHL history, but most sports fans couldn’t pick him out of a police lineup. Over the years I’ve run into such Devils stars as Travis Zajac, Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk at Starlight Children’s Foundation events. Even though all three players are highly skilled and quite photogenic, they’re relative unknowns. When I’ve asked them if that anonymity bothers them, they’ve all basically shrugged their shoulders forlornly and said, “That’s Lou.” Lamoriello is reputedly not fond of the media, and from what I hear couldn’t care less if the Devils’ press box was a ghost town, which it is most nights. The fact that press coverage Q enhances revenue apparently escapes him.

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Mint Tudor, Large LR w/Fireplace, Formal HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE All Brick, Huge Custom Split Dining Room, Updated EIK, 3 Large BRs, 2 Mint corner colonial, Huge master BR, Colonial 37x35 on 56x100 Lot, New Baths, 9' Ceiling on 1st Fl, Radiant Heat Updated kitchen, All new baths, Large 4 BRs, 3.5 Baths, New Oak Fls, in Kit & Bath, Sliding door to deck off kit, living room w/skylight, Hardwood floors, 2 Fireplaces, Paved Circular Dvwy, Basement framed & plumbed, 1 Car gar, Full-finished basement. Asking Only $539K 2 Car Gar, IGP. $1.199M Pvt Dvwy, New Roof, Asking $679K

FREE MARKET APPRAISALS Thomas J. LaVecchia, Licensed Real Estate Broker 137-05 Cross Bay Blvd. Ozone Park, NY 11417



Houses Wanted - Free To List - Free Credit Check - Call Now! HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK Mint Corner Colonial on 100x40, Totally Redone w/New Kit, Granite Countertops & Stainless Steel Appliances, All Tiled Floors, 3 BRs, 2.5 Baths. $645K


HOWARD BEACH 5 Room Hi-Rise Co-op, 2 BRs, 2 Baths. Asking Only $125K. Call Now!

1 Family Colonial, 3/4 BRs, Full Fin Bsmnt, Pvt Dvwy, Garage, Walk to Cross Bay Blvd. Asking only $519K

Legal 2 Family, 3 BRs, 2 Baths over Studio Apt. 2 Car Pvt Dvwy, Updated Kitchen & Baths. $619K

HOWARD BEACH 2 Family with Private Driveway and Garage, 12 Rooms, 6 BRs, 5 Baths, Fin Bsmnt, Mint Condition. New Lower Price! Call Now!

HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE Lg Cape on 42x100, Updated HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE Windows, H/W Fls on 1st Fl, Updated Large quaint colonial on 40x100, 4 EIK w/9' Ceilings and Access to HOWARD BEACH/LINDENWOOD Bkyd, Det 2 Car Gar w/Pvt Dvwy, Full BRs, 2.5 baths, LR w/Enclosed Porch, Fin Top Fl & Bsmnt, Pavers in Bkyd. All Brick, 2 Family 6 over 6 plus store, Fireplace, EIK, Fin Bsmnt, Pvt Dvwy Asking. $639K Balcony. Asking $569K for 4 cars. $549K



2 Fam Det Brick, 5 Rms over 6 Rms, full fin bsmt, Pvt Drive , 40x100 lot. Call Now!


Det 2 Fam Can Be Used As One Family, Fin Bsmt, Pvt Drive And Det Gar, 2/3 BRs, Mint Cond!

Hi-Rise Condo, 5 Rooms, 2 BRs, 2 Baths, HUGE Terrace. Asking $229K

COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE HOWARD BEACH - Walk-in Co-op, Perfect for Doctor's Office, Attorney or Dance Studio w/Parking Spaces. 1st Fl, 21x40. Asking $2500/mo.


HOWARD BEACH/OZONE PARK Howard Beach, 3.5 Rm 1 BR Apt, Terrace, Laundry Room on Premises, and parking.

©2012 M1P • CONR-058033

©2012 M1P • HBRE-058034



• 1 BR ............................... $100K • 2 BR 2 Baths, New Kit with Granite & S/S Appliances, New Master Bath, H/W Fls.....$179K • 2 BR, 2 Baths, Terrace, HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE Move-in Condition! ........$189K HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK Excellent Detached, 40x100, 2 Family Detached Hi-Ranch, 4 BRs, 2.5 w/Full Fin Bsmnt, 2 BRs over 2 BRs, • Beautiful 2 BR, 2 Bath, Hardwood Flrs, In-ground pool, Terrace .......................... $215K Baths, 1 Car Garage, Great Block, Private driveway. Asking $699K

Walk to schools. Asking $619K

For the latest news visit

3.5 Rms 1 BR Hi Rise Co-op, All redone, New Kitchen, New Appliances. PARKING AVAILABLE! Asking $114,900


QUEENS CHRONICLE, Thursday, May 17, 2012 Page 60

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American Owned and Operated

Complete Auto Repair, Maintenance & Diagnostics

When Service & Quality Count - We’re Here For All Your Auto Needs

AIR CONDITIONING Professional A/C Service, Repair, Diagnostics

Quick Shot Special $ 5995

up to 2 lbs. of Freon®

We Are Your Official

Official N.Y. State Inspection Center (Done On-Site) Please Call For Appointment

Automotive Repair Center and Towing & Road Service Provider

DISCOUNT TIRE CENTER TOP QUALITY @ GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICES! FREE WHEEL ALIGNMENT With Purchase of Any 4 New Tires Cannot be combined with any other offer. With coupon. Most makes and models. Expires 06/30/12.


Flush Radiator & Cooling System, Refill Up To 3 Gallons of Antifreeze, Check Belts, Hoses, Cooling System Operation




$ Regular


95 Extended Life

Cannot be combined with any other offer. With coupon. Most makes and models. Expires 06/30/12.

OIL CHANGE & LUBE WITH 13-POINT CHECK Includes: Valvoline Oil Filter with up to 5 Quarts Premium Bottled Shell Oil WE WILL CHECK: • Brakes • Hoses • Lights • Belts • Wipers • Air Filter • Front End • All Fluids • Battery • Thermostat FREE • Charging System • Tire Pressure Tire Rotation • Plus Lube Doors & Hinges



For the latest news visit

Cannot be combined with any other offer. With coupon. Most makes and models. Save $11 - Reg. $29.95. Expires 06/30/12.

Open 7 Days A Week



Increase Gas Mileage

Jimmy Kolm, with 30 years experience and factory certified and trained, will perform a computerized 4-wheel alignment. He will personally give you a computer printout stating the specs before he begins and what the specs are when he is completed, for the perfect alignment.



Cannot be combined with any other offer. With coupon. Most makes and models. Reg. $79.95. Expires 06/30/12.

PREMIUM BRAKE SPECIAL INCLUDES: • Wagner® Quick Stop Brake Pads & Labor • Check Hoses & Calipers • Rotors Extra



Cannot be combined with any other offer. With coupon. Most makes and models. Reg. $139.95. Expires 06/30/12.

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ASE Certified Techs


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Quality Drivers Wanted

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©2012 M1P • LIBE-058070


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