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Stores and shoppers prepare for bag ban Most single-use plastic sacks will be largely unavailable come March 1 by Michael Gannon Editor

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ew York State’s ban on virtually all single-use plastic shopping and grocery bags goes into effect on Sunday, March 1. In the city, that means grocery stores, bodegas, hardware stores and just about any other retailer where one had carried out merchandise can now charge 5 cents for paper bags unless customers bring their own, or they can give them away. At the Hempstead South Deli Corp. in Queens Village last Friday, the owner, who gave his name only as Ali, said he had some serious reservations — and concerns for his bottom line, particularly if he needs to absorb the cost of paper bags. “I don’t know,” he said when asked about how it might affect his customers and business. “I can’t have plastic bags. If I have paper and I charge them for it, maybe they go somewhere else. Maybe it starts a fight.” But some shoppers braving the day’s rain welcomed the change. “I don’t like the plastic bags,” Edulio Morales of Jamaica told the Chronicle as he left the Ideal Food Basket market in Jamaica, pointing to the small bags filling his cart. “I’m ready for the ban. I have my own big bags at home.” Olga Shtatlender of Forest Hills also favors the ban for environmental reasons. She left Vitelio’s Marketplace Yellowstone on Friday with a few of the store’s plastic bags augmenting a large, reusable sack, one of several she said she usually has with her on trips to the market. “I only had the one with me because I wasn’t planning to go shopping,” she said. “And when I do get the plastic bags,

I always reuse them for something.” Not all plastic bags are banned. Shoppers buying meat, fish and produce, for example, can still get plastic. Customers using SNAP or WIC benefits are exempt from any per-paper bag charge. The aim of the ban is to have residents bring their own reusable bags, whether they be made of cloth, heavy-duty plastic or something in between, thus eliminating as much as possible the thin plastic film bags that get stuck in trees, storm drains and eventually, if disposed of, landfills. The ban has a brief but eventful history in the city. The City Council had passed a 5-cent fee that was set to go into effect in February 2017 before Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature stepped in at the last minute, with Cuomo creating a task force to examine a statewide ban. The new law was passed as part of last year’s state budget plan. The City of Long Beach, LI, and Suffolk County are among the municipalities and counties in the state that have their own bans already in place. The National Supermarket Association is a trade organization that represents about 400 stores on the Eastern Seaboard between New York City and Florida. All are independently owned. Speaking to the Chronicle from the group’s Whitestone headquarters on Monday, Executive Director Elizabeth Peralta said the group is taking a multipronged approach. “We’re trying to find the best solutions for our owners,” Peralta said. continued on page 15

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‘Crime wave’ puts Ozone Park on edge Emergency community meeting called after brutal Sunday assault by Michael Shain Editor

Days before a new civilian patrol was set to begin in the neighborhood, a 60-year-old man was robbed and severely beaten in broad daylight in the Cityline section of Ozone Park that borders on Brooklyn. Graphic photos of the victim, Shahab Uddin, bleeding profusely from the face, posted on Facebook sparked residents to call an emergency meeting of the Ozone Park Residents Block Association this week to deal with what they are characterizing as a neighborhood “crime wave.” “The brutality of this crime really got to me,” Sam Esposito, head of the OPRBA and a former police officer, told the Chronicle. Uddin was walking home from Liberty Avenue on 76th Street at around 11 a.m. Sunday when he was attacked from behind by a lone assailant who beat him and stole his cell phone and wallet, his family said. He has been hospitalized since then, unconscious with severe facial wounds and bruises, according to Esposito. It is the second time in three months someone in the largely Bangladeshi community

near the border with Brooklyn has been badly beaten in an unprovoked attack. In November, a man on his way to work was set upon by a group of young men at the elevated A-train station at Liberty Avenue and 80th Street, a few blocks from the site of Sunday’s assault. That attack spawned a neighborhood rally that drew several hundred people to protest what was called poor police coverage in a crime-prone section of Ozone Park. Crime has “been going up over the last 18 months and we knew it,” said Esposito. The most recent crime stats seem to bear him out. In January, when crime citywide rose sharply, the 106th Precinct — which covers Ozone Park and Howard Beach — saw robberies jump 58 percent over last year. Felonious assaults were up 57 percent. A hastily called community meeting with police is set for Thursday night, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Deshi Senior Center at 83-10 Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park. “Crime wave in Ozone Park,” reads the announcement. “We MUST pack the Deshi center and show ‘we are mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore.’”

A new civilian patrol, dubbed COPCP, was set to launch this week in the Cityline section of Ozone Park that borders on Brooklyn. Several days earlier, a local man, left, was severely beaten in an PHOTO BY MICHAEL SHAIN apparent robbery, a crime that has sparked community anxiety. The attack last Sunday came just as a new neighborhood patrol group was being formed. The Cityline Ozone Park Civilian Patrol — COPCP, for short — was set to begin monitoring the streets this week near the Brooklyn border, said Iqbal Ali, its main organizer.

Ali and the group’s mostly young volunteers had been involved in a Brooklyn-based group called the Muslim Civilian Patrol. But the Ozone Park group broke away about a month ago, said Ali. “The MCP was a trial experience,” he said. “We learned from it and now we’re Q moving on.”

Priest’s ‘Les Mis’ Facebook moment Teens caught on video ducking into Holy Child after shoplifting incident by Michael Shain

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A screen shot from a Facebook video shows a Good Samaritan FACEBOOK / CHRISTOPHER HEANUE restraining a teenager in church.

When two teens burst in on a funeral at Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill last Friday morning, the priest spotted a man chasing them, yelling in Spanish. “I’d never seen them before,” said the Rev. Christopher Heanue, who’d been conducting the funeral. “It was quite a commotion.” The man claimed the teens had shoplifted some items from a nearby grocery store and, when confronted, took off. “The man wasn’t the owner or anything,” said the priest. “He was just i n the store and saw them stealing.” With the irate shopper on their trail, the teens ducked into the landmark church just as the funeral Mass for a 79-year-old grandmother was ending. The idea that the two teens sought

sanctuary in a Catholic church was int r ig uing, said Heanue. But he believed the teens simply “grabbed the first door that was open they could find.” The chaotic scene was captured on cell phone by one of the funeralgoers and, a few hours later, Heanue posted it on his Facebook page. “It was sort of ‘Les Mis’-esque, you k now, seek i ng ref uge i n a church,” said the priest. “I was just hoping the Facebook post would serve as a teachable moment.’’ The video shows the man in the pews holding one of the teens by the jacket and yelling something unintelligible at the other youngster standing a few feet away. One teen tosses the Good Samaritan something that appears to be a lighter. Then the two young men scurried out of the church quickly before police arrived. In the post that accompanied the

23-second video, Father Heanue wrote: “They came to the right place — God’s house. “I do hope these boys return to the church one day under different circumstances — and enter that small confessional in front of which they were caught. Not to receive punishment. But to receive God’s forgiveness and perhaps start on a better path for the rest of their days,” the post read. The incident occurred at around 11:30 a.m. just as the coff in and mourners were making their way out of the church to a waiting hearse. “I felt so bad for the family who was at the funeral,” said the priest. Police arrived a short while after the two teens f led, Heanue said. Without a complaint from the store, however, “they said they couldn’t do anything and left. “It was sad,” he said, “but not Q police-worthy, I guess.”


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Parents’ protest gets city to budge Diversity plan for District 28 in limbo while DOE mulls ‘update’ by Michael Shain Editor

Serious pushback from parents has sent the city Department of Education back to the drawing board to revamp its strategy for bringing greater racial diversity to middle schools in central and Southeast Queens. Two angry, confrontational meetings between DOE officials and parents were apparently enough to force the city to rethink its timetable for changing the student admissions policy in School District 28, an alligator-shaped area that stretches from Queens Boulevard to the Belt Parkway. Among the changes under consideration, according to several officials familiar with the DOE’s thinking, are: • extending the deadline beyond June, the end of the school year, for a final report on community suggestions on how to increase diversity; • adding a Jewish representative, a major constituency in the northern half of the district, to the so-called working group that is charged with writing and approving the final diversity report; the names of the members of the working group have not been made public; and • increasing the number of scheduled public workshops where details of a diversity plan were supposed to be worked out by par-

Vijay Ramjattan, chairman of School District 28’s CEC, who has questioned the city’s strategy for increasing racial diversity in his district, says the city is rethinking its approach. Others PHOTO BY MICHAEL SHAIN opposing the plan are not ready to give up and declare victory. ents, teachers and administrators. Four worksops had been planned, starting last month. But none have been held. A DOE spokeswoman declined to comment specifically on the proposed changes, but acknowledged a revamp is underway. “There will be an update to the Diversity Plan timeline and we will communicate the

details once they are finalized,” said a spokeswoman. Since last summer, District 28 has been a lightning rod for the effort by Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to refashion city schools to more closely reflect the racial makeup of its 1.1 millionstudent population.

Among parent groups, doubts are high about the city’s plan for finding a “community led” solution to the diversity problem. “What I don’t like is when we are told how to do things and what is right for us,” said Vijay Ramjattan, head of District 28’s Community Education Council, the parents’ advisory group. “They’ve not changed the jurors; all they’ve done is change the trial date,” said Jason Fink, a spokesman for Queens Parents United, an opposition group that formed last year. “The core of the problem remains.” At issue is whether the city will impose what groups like QPU call “forced transportation” — meaning the busing of 10-to-14 year-old students to faraway schools to satisfy an as-yet-undetemined racial formula. Still, getting the city to rethink its approach appears to be an early-round victory for doubting parents. “I don’t think they expected my community to come out and speak its voice,” said Ramjattan. “We’re rattling them, and that’s a good thing,” said Fink. “No question, they started to modify what they were saying.” District 28, which includes Forest Hills, Rego Park and Jamaica, was chosen to be part of a $2-million, pilot diversity project to serve as a guideline for the rest of the city. Q

Chancellor expects big crowd Carranza wants to move town hall to larger spot by Michael Shain Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s first appearance in Queens since a bitter showdown with parents in Bayside ended with him walking out is likely to be moved to a bigger location. School officials are looking into changing the site of the March 2 town hall to either Christ the King High School in Middle Village or Queens Metropolitan High School in Forest Hills because their auditoriums can hold as many as 1,000 people, officials said. It was originally slated for IS 5 in Elmhurst “Citing safety issues, the chancellor’s people told us IS 5 is too small,” said Phil Wong, chairman of the District 24 Community Education Council, the parents’ advisory committee that is sponsoring the town hall. Representatives of the chancellor signed off on the auditorium at IS 5 — located just off Queens Boulevard on Jacobus Street — just two weeks ago, Wong said. With standees, the room accommodates about 525 people. At the CEC’s monthly meeting Wednesday night at IS 61 in Corona, “suddenly, they told us 1,000 people are coming,” he said.

Christ the King High School in Middle Village is the District 24 CEC’s first choice for a bigFILE PHOTO ger space to host the chancellor. “They had a difficult time last time, at District 26,” and did not want a repeat, said Wong. Carranza’s last town hall in Queens ended in shouts and recriminations after parents tried to question the chancellor

about two violent incidents at a middle school in Bayside. Carranza walked out before the town hall ended — and later apologized for any “disrespect” his early departure evinced. For the upcoming forum, officials first suggested moving it to Newtown High School, about a half mile away. But parents on the CEC said the landmark high school had neither parking nor easy access to public transportation. Instead, Christ the King — a parochial school that rents out its meeting areas to other schools — or Metropolitan High School were suggested as alternatives. If neither is available, the committee voted to keep the town hall at IS 5. A final decision is due later this week. Carranza had been scheduled to conduct a town hall in District 24 last December but canceled three days before the event. He had to attend a memorial service for a colleague, he said. But the cancellation also coincided with the announcement that Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village), one of the chancellor’s toughest critics, would be getting an award from the CEC that night. “I hope we will still have it,” Wong said of the rescheduled town hall. “With so many changes, there is still a lot of uncertainties.” Q

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New research in a treatment called Class IV Laser Therapy is having a profound effect on patients suffering with knee pain. Unlike the cutting type of laser seen in movies and used in medical procedures, the Class IV therapeutic laser penetrates the surface of the skin with no heating effect or damage. Laser Therapy has been tested for 40 years, had over 2000 papers published on it, and has been shown to aid in damaged tissue regeneration, decrease inflammation, relieve pain and boost the immune system. This means that there is a good chance cold laser therapy could be your knee pain solution, allowing you to live a more active lifestyle. Professional athletes like The New York Yankees and team members of the New England Patriots rely upon cold laser therapy to treat their sports-related injuries. These guys use the cold laser for one reason only…

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fter NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins circulated a racist video about policing in the black community, telling everyone how great it was, he gave a lame apology. Surprise, surprise, he even said he had black friends. Yeah, we’ve heard that one before. When Mullins said 18-year-old murder victim Tessa Majors had gone into Morningside Park the day she was slain in order to buy marijuana, breaking her family’s heart some more with no need, he again apologized. But he wrapped his mea culpa around an accusation that the family had misinterpreted his words, making it seem like he hardly meant it. He just couldn’t get it right. And now Mullins has told the world that the NYPD is “declaring war” on Mayor de Blasio over his alleged lack of support for officers. Nothing the mayor has or has not done comes close to justifying the hatred spewing from the sergeant’s keyboard.

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Demanding that de Blasio not visit wounded cops in the hospital, such as the two just hurt in assassination attempts in the Bronx, Mullins declared, “This is not over, Game on!” We’re not sure what game he’s talking about, but a member of an organization that’s armed to the teeth and has commanders issuing orders should not cavalierly throw around declarations of “war.” Mullins’ words are demented, disgusting and dangerous, and should have no place in the NYPD. This page has long been a strong supporter of the Police Department and a critic of its critics when warranted. But there’s no backing Mullins. De Blasio suggested there should be consequences for his “hateful, divisive speech,” and we agree. Mullins should apologize, and make the third time pay for all: He should show the world he means it and step down as head of the union. Surely there are plenty of other sergeants with more brains ready to take the job.

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hoods — no tailpipe emissions! And with their instant torque and awesome acceleration, allelectric cars are really fun to drive. I have a Tesla Model 3 and I love it. For long road trips, I use Tesla’s network of fast-chargers and can travel just about anywhere. But when I need to take a bus, I want it to be electric, too. MTA and Gov. Cuomo: Let’s step it up! Sara Rebecca Storch Fresh Meadows

We need our bus stops Dear Editor: This is the first time I’ve read anything about the stops to be made on the Q23 from the Expressway to 71st Street (“Not all aboard with bus rerouting,” Jan. 30, Editorial). I transfer from the QM40 at 63rd and 108th and take the Q23 to 67th Road. Along 108th, there is a vibrant shopping

drop his attempts to keep them out of the schools they work so hard to attend. He could do more than just offer a weak apology to the MS 158 parents he literally turned his back upon when they sought justice for their daughters who had been assaulted, one sexually. He could come back to Bayside and apologize to them personally, and their children. He could drop his other misguided effort to impose some racial Nirvana on District 28 by forcing South Jamaica middle-school kids to go to school in Forest Hills and vice versa. He could stop trying to blame some nefarious school “segregation” on everyday people just because of where they choose to live. Those are just three groups for whom Carranza should show more respect. And then, as we advocated three weeks ago, he could resign. With all due respect.

strip as well as a Key Food, and on my way home at about 6 to 6:15 p.m., any number of elderly passengers get on the bus with their food shopping purchases. How will these people be able to get their purchases home if the Q23 only makes two stops? I would venture to say that not many of these elderly could pay extra for home delivery. Linda Sperling Forest Hills

Small biz need incentives Dear Editor: Renewing commercial tax incentive programs like the Relocation & Employment Assistance Program, or REAP, is critical to keep small New York City businesses like mine growing. Set to expire this year, REAP helps businesses of all sizes to keep staff and create jobs outside of Midtown Manhattan. I founded Neuman’s Kitchen in 1981. Out of


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our Long Island City facility, our home since 2016, we cater events in every borough. I’m proud that my business has grown to 92 full-time workers, with as many as 1,100 part-time workers during high season. But our work is cyclical, and there are times of the year when business slows down. It’s during these periods that REAP helps us to stay afloat. There is a lot of confusion about these programs, but the reality is that mine is one of many small, local businesses that rely on the program to keep our doors open and staff employed in good jobs. I ask that our representatives in Albany do right by small businesses like mine, and ensure REAP is renewed this year. Paul Neuman President, Neuman’s Kitchen Long Island City

Crime’s up? No kidding. Dear Editor: Is anyone outside of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office surprised that there is a huge spike in crime around the city (“NYC crime jumps nearly 17 percent,” Feb. 6)? What did the mayor and other officials think would happen when they emptied the prisons, eliminated bail, downgraded many criminal offenses, ordered the police to stop enforcing basic quality-of-life crimes and declared New York City a sanctuary for illegal aliens who commit crimes? In the article, de Blasio is quoted as saying that “we can confront it and overcome it, because that is the history of the NYPD.” That might have been the case under previous mayors, but how can the police be expected to address the situation when de Blasio has so completely demoralized them and tied their hands so tightly, all in the name of his radical socialist agenda? The latest crime statistics are proof of failed leadership and this administration’s repeated denigration of the NYPD and the work that our police officers do. The article also quotes NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri as saying that the crime increases are “across the city, not centered in one borough.” Am I supposed to feel better knowing that people in Staten Island or the Bronx are just as likely to be victimized as people in my own neighborhood? Leonard Klie Glendale

Dear Editor: Re Katherine Donlevy’s Feb. 6 report: “NYC crime jumps nearly 17 percent”: It’s no coincidence that the big spike in January crime statistics occurred during the first month of Albany’s criminal justice “reform” bill being in effect. Turning violent repeat offenders loose on the streets was bound to make that happen. NYPD Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch called the current situation “a public safety emergency” (New York Post, Feb. 6). But the new law also endangers witnesses to crimes. Nassau County authorities claim that new rules requiring prosecutors to promptly share witness identities with defendants led to

the murder of a witness set to testify against MS-13 (Post, Feb. 6). Prosecutors were able to protect witnesses identities under a prior rule. This new rule will make witnesses afraid to talk to police and testify in court. The Post reports that New York Assembly Democrats want Speaker Carl Heastie to approve a bill modifying criminal justice reforms to protect public safety. But their felonfriendly leader refuses to compromise and demands their silence on this issue. How do Queens’ Assembly Democrats, including Daniel Rosenthal (Kew Gardens Hills), who represents my district, stand on this issue? Will they advocate for their constituents or yield to Carl “Hug-A-Thug” Heastie’s total surrender to civil liberties lunatics? I hope the Chronicle and other news media press them for answers. Our elected officials face a crucial choice: Stand up for public safety or get voted out of office in November. Richard Reif Kew Gardens Hills

What you need is a flu shot Dear Editor: Numbers of Americans have gone on quests to find face masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus, a disease that has yet to claim one death in the United States. However, many of these individuals refuse to get a flu shot, when that vaccine is readily available. The flu, each year, accounts for tens of thousand of deaths, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and millions of flu-related illnesses. The flu wreaks havoc on American families, but there is still time to get vaccinated. Glenn Hayes Kew Gardens

FDR colluded with Stalin Dear Editor: Democrats have accused President Trump of collusion with Russia and still do. Yet one of their most revered presidents worked with Joseph Stalin to give away Poland and Eastern Europe to slavery under communism: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Wasn’t that collusion? Joseph T. Klonowski Middle Village

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Judge throws out shelter lawsuit But DOB issues Notice of Intent to Revoke Permits for project on Cooper

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A judge threw out a lawsuit brought by area residents who said the city skipped a required environmental review for a homeless shelter in Glendale. The on-again, off-again shelter for 200 sinFILE PHOTO gle men has been heavily criticized by the community.

by David Russell A judge last Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by residents who said the city skipped a required environmental review for a proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Edmead found that the plaintiffs incorrectly interpreted the review process rules. The decision said, “their argument is unfounded, since petitioners/plaintiffs fail to identify any authority to support the proposition that a ‘city-wide’ review is required before DHS may initiate any homeless shelter development projects.” “Today’s ruling is a win for New Yorkers experiencing homelessness who will now have the opportunity to get back on their feet at this high-quality employment shelter,” said Department of Social Services spokesperson Isaac McGinn. He added that the agency intends to continue its open engagement with the community “to ensure this facility is seamlessly integrated into the neighborhood.” Residents rallied against the shelter last Friday as Westhab, the provider, interviewed potential workers. The shelter for 200 single men would be located in an old factory. The city’s plan to house men there has been on-again, off-again for several years. There have been a number of protests against it and two lawsuits. “Every neighborhood across New York City has a part to play in addressing the citywide challenge of homelessness,” said Avery

Cohen, a spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office. “We look forward to helping more of our neighbors find lasting paths to stability as we move forward with our ambitious plan to Turn the Tide on Homelessness.” Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village), a longtime and frequent critic of the shelter, said the fight is far from over. “This administration should do its homework before suggesting that this project is moving forward,” he said in an email. Holden said as of Feb. 3 the building plans are revoked due to numerous objections submitted to the Department of Buildings and Board of Standards and Appeals. “These objections will stand if the applicants do not figure out how to resolve them,” he said. A DOB spokesperson acknowledged a Notice of Intent to Revoke Permits letter was issued for the project following an audit that found code compliance issues on the approved plans. A Notice of Intent to Revoke Permits letter is not the same as permits being revoked, the spokesperson said. It means the permits may be revoked if the applicant does not take steps to resolve the objections raised in the preceding audit. The spokesperson said the applicant has contacted the DOB and informed the agency that it plans to resolve the objections. The DOB doesn’t release information on specific objections while audits are ongoing. A spokesperson for Holden said he believes the plantiffs plan on appealing the Q judge’s ruling.

Windstorm blackout High winds during a rainstorm last Friday afternoon damaged power lines in Howard Beach and Ozone Park, cutting off electricity to more than 400 homes, Con Ed said. Most customers had power restored within three hours, according to the utility’s web page. The blackout was blamed on two separate incidents. A transformer near New Park Pizza on Cross Bay Boulevard and 157th Avenue

was damaged, taking out power in homes and businesses in both Old and New Howard Beach. Trees falling on power lines in the Centreville section of Ozone Park, around Hawtree Street and Pitkin Avenue, seem to have been responsible for the lion’s share of the outages, Con Ed said. — Michael Shain

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Census, buses, vets’ aid are main topics Officials tout agencies, services at town hall headlined by Velazquez by Ruth Montesa Chronicle Contributor

Cong resswoma n Nyd ia Vela zquez (D-Brooklyn, Queens) held a town hall meeting on Mon., Feb 3 at the American Legion Hall in Woodhaven to discuss the U.S. Census, the MTA’s bus route redesign plans, veterans’ services and homeowner assistance programs. Velazquez spoke of the importance of the Census that will take place this year, which not only will result in how many congressional districts will be apportioned for each state, but also where federal dollars will be spent on highway planning and construction, social safety net spending, medical assistance programs, Pell grants and much more. “We want to get a complete and accurate count of all the people living in the United States,” Velazquez said. The Trump administration’s efforts to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census was str uck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2019. “Title 13 [the law governing the administering of the Census] is silent on asking about citizenship,” said Rep. Velazquez. Rep. Velazquez introduced U.S. Census Regional Director Jeff Behler to speak about the 2020 Census. Behler explained

that the best way to ensure a complete and accurate count is to get the word out on a local level. “Tell your neighbors to respond to the survey and work as a census taker in your neighborhood,” he said. According to Behler, services will be negatively impacted if there is an undercount. As an example, Behler said, “Think of 100 students where 20 of them are not counted. Not only will those 20 students lose [funding], but the 80 students will suffer [for the loss of funding].” Behler assured that all information collected by the Census Bureau is protected by federal law under Title 13 and that every Census employee takes a sworn oath to never divulge any information collected for a lifetime, under penalty of five years’ imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. Federal law protects the personal information collected by the Census Bureau and it is prevented by law from sharing information with other government agencies. Behler told the audience that mailings of the 2020 Census questionnaires would begin in March and census takers would begin counting large groups, like nursing homes, in April, with the bulk of households that have not responded to the mailings being visited by census takers in June. MTA Chief Officer of Operations and

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Joe’s proud to read aloud State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. made a special appearance at PS 316 in Ozone Park on Feb. 5 to mark World Read Aloud Day, a global celebration of literacy begun in 2009. Addabbo was one of scores of wellknown figures who read aloud at schools, libraries and other public spaces around

the country to promote the value of books. The state lawmaker read from a book called “What is a Nar whal?” to a 3-K class. The answer: The Narwhal is the unicorn of the sea, a porpoise with a long tusk protruding from its forehead. — Michael Shain

Rep. Nydia Velazquez speaks during a Woodhaven town hall meeting as Mark Holmes, center, chief officer for operations and planning for MTA Bus, and Vincent Garcia, director of intergovPHOTO BY RUTH MONTESA ernmental affairs for the city Department of Veterans’ Services, look on. Planning Mark Holmes spoke about the redesigning of bus routes, including Select Bus Service. Holmes has held several workshops with communities in Queens to develop a revised draft of the bus routes and how best to implement the changes, which he could not explain at great length because other speakers needed their time to speak. Democratic Assembly 23 District Leader Lew Simon wasn’t happy about the bus plan, saying of SBS, “I know you’ve taken our input but your redesign stinks ... I hope you rethink your plan.” Holmes explained that the MTA redesign plan is still in a draft stage and that nothing has been decided. A woman from the audience expressed her concern that the design of the Q53 bus route should consider children. “On behalf of the children who take the Q53, some of the children are just 10 years old ... and you must listen to the children.” “You will hear some updates on the plan in the next couple of months, June or July. We are working with our elected officials and community boards and community relations,” Holmes said. “There are valid concerns and I hope that we can have this meeting and conversation where I want to make sure that the issues here for the Woodhaven and Ozone P a r k c o m m u n i t i e s a r e o b s e r ve d ,” Velazquez said. Another speaker, Community Board 9 District Manager James McClelland, told attendees, “We are here to serve you and we are honored to serve Woodhaven and Ozone Park and if there is anything we can do, please call our office.” Next speaker was Miriam Martin, the director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens, a nonprofit group. She spoke of offering services such as first-time homebuyers programs, assisting with property tax arrears, applying for property tax credits, mortgage default assistance and the

Home Emergency Assistance Program for emergency repairs. “All of these programs are free, with the exception of the first-time homebuyers program,” said Martin. Vincent Garcia, director of intergovernmental affairs for the city Department of Veterans’ Services, provided an update on major policies and proposals affecting veterans regarding economic empowerment, housing security and lasting health and wellness. He also spoke of Job Path, a tool for veterans leaving the service that translates a military resume into a civilian resume a hiring manager can better understand, and helps them get into the civilian workforce, whether public or private sector. Garcia explained, “Job Path also focuses on the hiring manager, who’s most likely not a veteran, to take classes to train them to understand what a veteran is, what these certain jobs look like, what is the transition period, and what that veteran can do for that employer.” The agency also assists veterans in findi n g b e n e f i t s w i t h t h e Ve t e r a n s’ Administration. “We don’t forget our mandate of our organization to assist and end veterans’ homelessness,” Garcia added. “I have always looked at ways to help veterans, especially those that are coming back a nd re - enter i ng civ ilia n life,” Velazquez said. “I was the author of legislation that created outreach business centers throughout the United States under the Small Business Administration. I passed the law, and we provide low-interest loans to veterans so that they can open their busiQ nesses.”

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Does New York City need to be saved? Borough lawmakers and civic leaders chime in after mayor’s comments by David Russell

make ends meet on such a low income. “The city needs to continue to address Mayor de Blasio’s statement that the city these issues,” he said. “Otherwise, we risk needs saving during last week’s State of the losing the working families who contribute City address brought out different reactions so much to our communities.” Queens Chamber of Commerce President from those listening. “ We need t o f u r t her develop a nd Tom Grech said he believes “it’s never been improve ourselves as every city does but I a tougher time to have a business in New don’t think we necessarily need any major York City.” He said small businesses have been taxed redemption or saving,” said Kevin Forrestal, president of the Queens Civic Congress, and penalized “as if they were cash cows as the Chronicle canvassed some borough and I think people are fed up about it,” addleaders for their take on the mayor’s ing that it’s jeopardizing the ability of businesses to remain and flourish. assertion. Grech also wants to see the city stop He said things are going reasonably well, despite a surge in crime, but there is room spending so much money. The budget is nearing $95 billion. for improvement. “I think the top-line growth needs to slow “The whole area of zoning and how we’re going to grow and how we’re going to main- down and pile some resources back into the small business t a i n ou r i n f r a organizations out structure is a conthere,” Grech said. cern to many of fter six years in office, it’s De Blasio us,” Forrestal said. raised the idea of a He added that nice to see that he’s finally vacancy tax “ bi ke la nes a re being honest with himself against landlords wonderful but the keep storeamount of bicyabout the state he’s left our who f ront s of f t he clists compared to market. the amount of peocity in.” Grech said he is ple who d r ive, not in favor of the especially in the — Councilman Bob Holden idea because he outer boroughs, is a major concern. And we’re taking lanes out believes the vast majority of outerborough to accom mod ate a small nu mber of landlords are mom-and-pop businesses themselves. bicyclists.” “They’re trying to maximize what they Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson can rent the building for but in cases like Heights) said the city does need saving. “We need saving from gentrification and those, a vacancy costs them money as it is,” from the increased cost of living — two he said. Loycent Gordon, owner of Neir’s Tavern problems that are very difficult to control,” the councilman, who is the finance chair- in Woodhaven, called de Blasio last month during one of his weekly radio appearances man, said in an email. He said de Blasio seemed to agree that and told the mayor it looked like his bar more af ford able housi ng is needed , was going to close. De Blasio intervened “which is a revision from his original plan and a handshake ag reement kept the of adding 300,000 units of affordable 190-year-old bar open. Gordon said there is room for improvehousing,” which Dromm did not believe ment when it comes to the “small businesses was enough. The minimum wage was raised to $15 an that we all know and love.” He spoke about how landlords leave hour but Dromm said it’s still difficult to Associate Editor

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Mayor de Blasio said the city needs saving in his State of the City address last week. Lawmakers NYC PHOTO / FLICKR and community stakeholders spoke to the Chronicle about it. storefronts open, ones “that could be occupied by a local business, an immigrant that’s looking to start a business.” Gordon would like to see “the mayor and everybody work together to level the playing field. I think that’s what the saving is all about.” Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village), a frequent critic of the mayor and his policies, said it was appropriate that the address was delivered with the “save our city” theme. But “it needs to be saved from Mayor de Blasio and his programs that go nowhere,” he said in an email. “This administration is filled with fraud, waste and abuse, coupled with a failure to listen to the communities t h at a re af fect ed by h is i nef fect ive leadership. “After six years in office, it’s nice to see that he’s finally being honest with himself about the state he’s left our city in,” Holden said. Sylvia Hack, co-chairwoman of Community Board 9’s Land Use Committee and a

longtime Kew Gardens civic activist, said the city needs saving but that de Blasio’s priorities are wrong. “If the mayor wants to save the city, he’s got a long way to go,” she said. Hack has been opposed to the city’s plan to close Rikers Island in favor of four borough-based jails, including one in Kew Gardens. She said more pressing is the “tremendous” homeless population. “Yet this mayor is going to spend billions on building a jail not for the population for whom it was intended,” she said. Hack is also concerned because suppor ters of the borough-based jails say many offenders are nonviolent but bail reform and an uptick in crime could mean violent offenders being placed in the neighborhood. Hack added that when she travels around Manhattan, “It’s hard to find a block where there are not homeless people sleeping on the street. I’ve lived in this city all my life. I was born here. I have never seen anything Q like it.”

Cuomo sets April 28 for 31st District vote by Michael Gannon Editor

Gov. Cuomo has set April 28 for the special election to fill the seat in the 31st Assembly District which was vacated when Michele Titus was elected to a judgeship back in November. The vote will take place on the same day as primaries for federal office, including president. Cuomo also called for elections in two other Assembly districts, an upstate state Senate District and the 27th Congressional District, the latter to fill the vacancy created when Rep. Chris Collins (R-Erie) resigned a day before pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges. Campaign finance reports on file with the state Board

of Elections list eight candidates for the race in the 31st, which serves South Ozone Park and portions of Richmond Hill, Springfield Gardens, Laurelton and Rosedale. Three have far and away more funding then their opponents in reports filed in January. Richard David, a Democratic district leader, adjunct professor at York College and former City Council candidate, was topping the field with $36,871. Next is Chiedu “Shea” Uzoigwe, a former constituent service liaison with state Sen. James Sanders Jr., at $27,658.16. Khaleel Anderson, who announced his candidacy last February, has been a member of Community Board 14 since 2016, and serves on the Rockaway Youth Task

Force’s board of directors. He reported $14,400.26 in the bank. Tavia Blakley, a former Titus staffer, reported a January balance of $2,196. Sanders staffer Lisa George, also a constituent service liaison with Sanders, reported $2,139.19 on hand. Derrick DeFlorimonte, a member of Community Bard 13, reported $1,739.63. The state also has active files for Varinder Singh and Felicia Johnson. Singh has filed an “In lieu of” statement for when a campaign has not collected or set $1,000. Johnson reported no activity in her account. Parties must certify endorsed candidates by Feb. 20. The last day for candidates to file nominating petitions to get on Q the ballot is Feb. 24. Early voting begins April 18.


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State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is co-sponsoring a bill that would make it a felony to harm a pet during the commission of a crime. Kirby and Quigley’s Law, named after two dogs who were shot and killed by burglars during a 2016 break-in in upstate New York, would add two years to the sentence of anyone convicted of animal cruelty as part of another felony. The bill has been a popular one in Albany,

where the state Senate has passed it in past sessions. A similar version of the bill is in committee in the Assembly. Kirby and Quigley’s Law is part of a package of proposed legislation that Addabbo has signed on to as a co-sponsor. Other new bills include a ban on the slaughter of horses for human consumption. The slaughter of horses for meat was banned in the U.S. by federal law 13 years ago. But a loophole permits the export of horses and horse meat for human consu mpt ion to places such as Ca nad a ,

Bag ban on 3/1 continued from page 2 She said first that paper bags are not considered ideal, as they can promote the breeding and transfer of roaches. “That creates a different problem,” she said. The association is still awaiting final criteria from the state for reusable bags that can be offered by its members. She said that any bag offered for sale to customers by retailers must be washable and durable enough for at least 125 reuses. Beyond that the trade group is waiting for advice on materials and composition requirements. “Our members’ stores are all independently owned, so they have to pay any costs,” she said. Peralta said the organization is investigating the possibility of teaming with bag manufacturers and sponsors to create reusable bags for their members that could be given away for their customers’ repeated use or sold in the stores at a nominal price. The Chronicle reached out to a number of local and national retail chains to see how the ban is impacting them. The only response came from 7-Eleven, which said all its stores are operated by independent franchise owners who are required in their agreements to obey Q all federal, state and local laws.

The New York Blood Center will host a blood drive at PS 207, located at 159-15 88 St. in Howard Beach, on Feb. 27 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Donors who have children or siblings at PS 207 will receive a No Uniform Today card that the student can use on Monday, March 2. The cards will be handed out even if a person is determined ineligible to donate. Those wishing to donate must be between 16 and 75, weigh at least 110 pounds and must not have gotten any tattoos in the past year. Donors must eat well and drink plenty of fluids before giving blood. Anyone with questions concerning medical eligibility can call 1 (800) 933-BLOOD (2566). For inquiries related to the blood drive, contact Wlima Alicia at (718) 848-2700, ext. 1232 or Q walicia2@schools.nyc.gov.

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Europe and Japan. Addabbo also is backing a new bill that would require veterinarians to warn pet owners of possible side effects when prescribing medicine and the state Department of Agriculture and Markets to issue alerts warning pet owners of extreme weather conditions. “Animals can’t speak up for themselves when they are sick, in danger, being abused, suffering pain, or at risk of losing their lives from neglect, ignorance or cruelty,” Addabbo said in a prepared statement. “That’s why we Q have to speak up on their behalf.”

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Crowley talks Dems, transit and schools Former councilwoman is running to become the next borough president by David Russell

decide to not share the cost of an Uber and jump on the bus because it’s free?” Crowley Former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said. Because of how much is subsidized, going to doesn’t mind that the Queens County Democratic Party didn’t support her in her bid for the no-fare model wouldn’t cost the city money, borough president. In fact, she said she wasn’t according to Crowley, who added that people interested in the party’s backing months before became residents of cities to get the free transit. its endorsement of Councilman Donovan Rich- That, she said, would lead to more business and more people working. ards (D-Laurelton) in the race was made. “We will proposer not only as a borough but Crowley pointed to leaked emails showing favoritism toward Hillary Clinton over U.S. if the city was to implement it as well,” Crowley Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) in the 2016 presi- said. The former lawmaker also noted that her dential primary as evidence of party support school district was the most overcrowded s gone wrong. in i the borough when she took office but “They knew that was wrong then,” was w no longer overcrowded when she Crowley said in a sitdown interview w left office. with the Chronicle editorial stafff “It wasn’t because we had an exoMonday. “Why Queens doesn’t get dus d of people,” Crowley said. “It’s it now. The Democratic organization because we created over 6,000 new should help Democrats once they classroom seats.” win a primary.” Does she have confidence in Schools She also believes Melinda Katz’s dis2020 Chancellor Richard Carranza? trict attorney primary election last year over “No, I don’t,” Crowley said. “We’re counting Tiffany Cabán would have been decided by a wider margin had the county party not thrown down in Queens, many of us, how many days we have Mayor de Blasio. He kind of has a lot its support behind Katz. The nonpartisan special election for borough of the same characteristics. He takes things personal. It’s not personal. You’ve decided to take president will be on Mar. 24. On the issues, Crowley, who has often talked this job. You need to stand there and take the of the need to get Queens its “fair share” com- attacks when they’re thrown at you.” In January, Carranza walked out of a CEC pared to other boroughs, has been involved in ideas for transportation improvement, such as meeting in Bayside after angry parents using the Long Island Rail Road’s Lower Mon- screamed at him. Video of a 13-year-old girl tauk tracks between Long Island City and being attacked by another student had upset the Jamaica for passenger service. She has an idea crowd and raised safety concerns. “You need to not walk out of a meeting when to improve the buses: “Our bus system should you have parents whose children have been vicbe free.” The idea has been implemented in some timized,” Crowley said. She also discussed the plan to desegregate European cities. “If we have free buses would two friends middle schools in District 28, which includes Associate Editor

Former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley spoke to the Chronicle editorial board Monday as she campaigns to become the next borough PHOTO BY KATHERINE DONLEVY president. Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and Jamaica. Parents and critics have said they don’t want children traveling across the borough to attend school. Crowley said new schools should be opened in South Jamaica near transit hubs, making it easy to access them. “If we need to have diversity quotas on schools it should be the new schools not the zoned schools that are making our parents very concerned,” she said. Crowley doesn’t support the bail reform laws that took effect at the beginning of the year. She believes the change is correlated to a citywide increase in crime so far this year. “I think that our judges need to have the ability to implement a cash bail system and I think

that while there needs to be reform that they’ve gone too far,” Crowley said. The first thing she would do if elected would be to create an anti-hate crimes task force. AntiSemitic crimes were up last year and Crowley said Islamophobia is a problem as well. Crowley studied urban planning, was a member of the painters union and became the first Democrat, and woman, to hold the City Council seat for the 30th District when she took office in 2009. She lost a close race to a registered Democrat, Bob Holden in 2017, who ran on the Republican line in the general election. In a crowded field in the race for borough president, Crowley is the only woman, which she believes gives her an advantage. She said female politicians are more approachable. Crowley said she entered politics to make a difference though there are people who say elected officials are power-hungry. “I think women leaders are less likely to be in it for that reason and more just to, in a maternal way, come in and help and work together,” Crowley said. She said the issue of female leadership needs to be confronted at a young age. “We need to help encourage our women leaders at a young age to become leaders, to not be afraid to fail and to try,” Crowley said. A proposed homeless shelter in her old district on Cooper Avenue in Glendale, which has been fought against by the community for years, is in the works. “We should have a mayor that works with the borough president to keep communities close to home for the support services,” Crowley said. It is part of the city’s Turn the Tide against homelessness initiative. “This is just another example of Mayor de Blasio’s failed homeless Q policies,” Crowley said.

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A letter co-authored by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) has brought him some heat from an opponent in the race for Queens borough president. Richards, chairman of the Council’s Public Safety Committee, and Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), chairman of the committee on Criminal Justice, on Feb. 6 sent a letter to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea questioning the commissioner’s take on the city’s January crime statistics [see related story in some editions or at qchron.com]. Shea attributed the increase from January 2019 to January 2020 to the state’s new bail reform laws, which greatly reduce the crimes and conditions for which judges may set bail for criminal defendants. Candidate Jim Quinn, a former high-ranking assistant district attorney in Queens, has taken issue with the letter and called on Rich-

ards to apologize. In the letter, Richards and Lancman said, “Crime figures released by the NYPD itself demonstrate no such correlation, and we’re wondering whether there is any other, unpublished data you relied upon to conclude that crime is increasing because of the bail reform law,” they wrote. “If not, we call on you to withdraw your comments.” They also said many of those released without bail before being rearrested would have been released under the old system anyway. “Simply put, your numbers don’t add up ...” they wrote. The councilmen cited an increase of 1,222 index crimes, those that fall into one of seven major crime categories, in January 2020. But they said NYPD data attributed only 84 of those 1,222 crimes to those released under new bail restrictions. Quinn called foul, particularly in the after-

math of the attempted murders of police offices in the Bronx last week. “Crime has been going down in New York City literally for decades,” Quinn said in a press release from his campaign last week. “Now, after 3 months of releasing car thieves, burglars and drug dealers under the new bail laws, car theft, burglary and shootings are going up. And Donovan Richards can’t see a connection?” Quinn pointed out that defendants don’t get arrested every time they commit a crime. “In between arrests, after they are released yet again under these new bail laws, they go back to their chosen profession, which is crime. The Queens defendants who were to be released under the new bail laws had an average of 13 prior arrests and 8 prior convictions. What do you think they are doing on the street?” Richards’ campaign could not be reached for comment prior to the Chronicle’s dead-

Councilman Donovan Richards, left, and former Queens Prosecutor Jim Quinn have different interpretations of the city’s January 2020 FILE PHOTOS crime statistics. line, but former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, also running for borough president, believes Quinn may be running for the wrong office. “I’ve been calling for changes to the bail reforms since before [Quinn] was in the race,” she said. “I think maybe he should have run for district attorney. Those are the Q issues he keeps bringing up.”


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Flushing revitalization plan approved Despite protests, CB 7 votes in favor of redevelopment by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

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ensions were high at the Feb. 10 Community Board 7 meeting, as protesters and suppor ters of the Special Flu sh i ng Water f ront Dist r ict e a ch a t t e m pt e d t o p e r s u a d e members to vote in their respective favor. After four and a half hours of presentations, public speaking and deliberation, as well as multiple derailments due to intense arguments, the board ultimately voted to approve the text amendment to establish the Special Flushing Waterfront District, 30-8. “Shame! You are corrupt! People over profit!” protesters from MinKwon Center chanted. Multiple representatives of the Flushing advocacy group spoke during the meeting’s public hearing portion a nd voice d c once r n s ove r increased congestion, pollution, construction hazards and mass displacement resulting from the development. “You guys weren’t here for the prior meetings when you had your chance to protest,” said CB 7 Vice Chairperson Chuck Apelian, who later chose to abstain from the vote due to a conflict despite making multiple points of approval. “[The plan is] going to happen either way and this is the better plan for our community.” The community board approved the “proposed master plan” to rezone and redevelop the 29-acre stretch of waterfront industrial property and surrounding land in Downtown Flushing. The Brownsfield Opportunity Area plan seeks to extend the district to the waterfront, improve pedestrian flow and vehicular movement, add affordable housing and improve the

water quality of Flushing Creek. The project will lie between 40th Road to the south, College Point Boulevard to the east, 36th Avenue to the north and Flushing Creek to the west. If CB 7 voted against the master plan, which promised open space, accessible streets and wider green area on the creek, an as-of-right plan would move forward in its place. The latter project did not propose the same benefits, and closed off the development from the public similarly to a gated community. “The waterfront development right now is happening everywhere in New York,” supporter Dominick Shen said. “It can make the city nicer, more prettier, and if the gover nment can clean the water then Flushing will become a very nice neighborhood.” Other supporters believe the development will bring economic prosperity to the historically middle-class community. Despite the many benefits proposed by the developers, owners and architects, local organizations sided with the protesters. “This is not a responsible redevelopment,” said a representative from labor union 32BJ, who said that while the developers promise the creation of nearly 3,000 new jobs, they haven’t promised that those will go to Flushing residents, or that the workers will receive a viable wage or benefits. Representatives of Riverkeeper and Guardians of Flushing Bay denounced the plan, claiming that there are no indications that the heavy pollution of the waterway has been or will be addressed. “We demand an [environmental impact statement] period,” a representative of Riverkeeper said. “This plan ignores climate crisis

Protesters and supporters of the Special Flushing Waterfront District showed up in attempts to persuade Community PHOTOS BY KATHERINE DONLEVY Board 7 to vote in their respective favor at its Feb. 10 meeting. concerns in a critical period.” “I have two tests tomorrow!” Other audience members fol- responded another. lowed that thought with a request “It’s great to see so many young for a socioeconomic impact study people here; we need to listen to in addition to an EIS to fully them. They are begging us to understand the effects of the proj- reconsider,” said board member ect on the community and sur- and Flushing Chamber of Comrounding land. merce Executive Director John While protesters had attended the Choe. “Community members have previous CB 7 meeting and its Zon- told me about the effects displacement and not being ing Committee meetable to afford living ing in late January, in the community the Feb. 10 meeting eople are having on kids ... was the first in which don’t have to supporters made an over profit!” You vote for this. You app e a r a nc e. T hey don’t have to get w ield e d id e nt ic a l — MinKwon protesters railroaded into this.” signs reading, “We need a plan “VOTE YES. Flushing Waterfront District is good for that will address our needs, not the needs of developers,” a protester Flushing.” A majority of the project sup- pleaded with the com mu n it y porters appeared to be near middle board. Another followed, “Voting age, while protesters from MinK- no on this project means you care about your community. These won were mostly high schoolers. “I told my mom I would be developers won’t hesitate to sell home by 10,” one protester said as this immigrant community for a she realized the meeting would top dollar.” The meeting was derailed more surpass its allotted time.

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Protesters, left, had appeared at the previous two CB 7 meetings on the proposed waterfront project, while supporters, center, showed up for the first time. Zoning Chairperson Joe Sweeney, right, got in one of two heated debates of the night between board members and teenage protesters.

than once when the protests overpowered CB 7 members speaking at the podium, most notably when Chairperson Gene Kelty and Zoning Committee Chairperson Joe Sweeney, on separate occasions, confronted the young protesters to such an extent that 109th Precinct officers had to step in for fear that it would become physical. The protesters seemed to have an initial sway on board members, who proposed a motion to table the issue for further discussion. The vote to table fell short, and the board ultimately voted to approve the project with several board members switching from opposition to support. The plan now moves to the Q ueen s Boroug h P resident’s Office before heading to the City Council for official approval. “I have a number of concerns and priority areas that must be better addressed including: the low percentage of affordable housing units; the need to ensure the highest environmental standards and public access for Flushing Creek; a commitment to hire locally with familysustaining wages and the use of union labor; not adding to existing congestion or negatively impacting quality of life in the area; and the necessity of educating the children who would reside in the proposed housing units, as schools in Queens are already at overcapacity,” said Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) in a released statement the day after CB 7’s advisory vote of approval. “With this proposal being such a major project for the area, it is critical that the process not be rushed. All of the issues I’ve raised must be addressed before the plan is voted Q on by the City Council.”


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Geraldine Council targets repeat red light, school zone offenders Chapey dies by Michael Gannon Editor

The City Council voted on Tuesday to require certain drivers defined as reckless to take a safe vehicle operation course or risk having their cars impounded by the city Sheriff’s Office. The bill, Intro, 971, passed by a vote of 42-5. Three Queens Councilmen — Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens), Eric Ulrich (R-Ozzone Park) and Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), voted against the measure, while Daneek Miller (D -St. Albans) abstained. “Today we are taking a big step forward, launching the first program of its kind in the country to require owners of the most dangerous vehicles to consider the impact of their driving on their neighbors,� said Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), who sponsored the bill, in a statement released by his office. The Council has tagged the pilot plan the Dangerous Vehicle Abatement program. Owners of vehicles with five or more red light violations or 15 or more school speed camera violations in a 12-month period would be required to take a specified driver accountability course offered by the city’s Department of Transportation. Companies or organizations whose vehi-

cles meet the prescribed thresholds will be required to designate an individual responsible for fulfilling the requirements of the program. If a vehicle’s owner or responsible driver fails to take the course, the vehicle will be subject to impoundment by the sheriff. The measure would take effect eight months after it becomes law and sunset after three years. Prior to sunset, the city will undertake multiple studies to evaluate its effectiveness. “I did not vote in favor of this bill because I have serious concerns about people’s due process and civil liberties,� Ulrich said in a statement from his office on Wednesday.� Co-sponsors of the legislation included Queens Councilmembers Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Adrienne Adams (D-Jamaica, Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Bob Holden (D-Middle Village), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). Whether Mayor de Blasio will sign the measure could not be immediately determined. Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) and Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg supported it in statements accompanying Lander’s press release.

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Vanel, Vallone, Shulman endorse former mayor in presidential bid by Katherine Donlevy

and leadership made by our previous mayor, Mike Bloomberg,” followed Vallone. “He Assemblymember Clyde Vanel (D-Queens knew prioritizing economic development Village) and City Councilmember Paul Val- would be critical to balance the needs of lone (D-Bayside) became the first New York every citizen. He challenged every one of us City elected officials to endorse former to be our best so that our city could prosper Mayor and presidential hopeful Mike Bloom- and he will do the same as our president. berg, voicing their support at the official That is why I am proud to stand with Mike opening of the candidate’s Bayside campaign Bloomberg for president.” Although the aspiring president wasn’t headquarters Feb. 6. present for the celebration, his state p “Are we fired up?” Vanel chanted d campaign director John Calvelli c as the crowd cheered on. “This is revealed that the 39-36 Bell Blvd. r a very important time in this office will serve as his central o country, this is a very serious Queens post, hosting canvassing time in this country as we see and phone banking events, voter what’s going on in Washington. outreach and other coordinated The stakes are very high and this outreach activities ahead of New is one of the most important elec2020 York’s April 28 Democratic primary. tions of our lifetime ... he is a proven “Our presence in Queens reflects Mike leader that gets things done. We need an America that we’re proud of and Mike is Bloomberg’s com mitment to bringing Americans of all backgrounds together and that person.” Vanel said Bloomberg’s ability to enter running a campaign that’s as inclusive as the mayoral position in the wake of 9/11 and possible,” said Calvelli. Calvelli stated that Bloomberg, who was rebuild the city is a testament to his competency as a leader. Vanel stands behind a registered Republican during his first two Bloomberg’s positions on addressing cli- terms as mayor and an independent for this mate change and gun reform and his proven third, is the only Democratic candidate who could defeat Trump in the presidential race. ability to create thousands of jobs. Former Queens Borough President Claire “The unprecedented prosperity we have enjoyed is a direct result of the decisions Shulman also attended the grand opening Associate Editor

Assemblymember Clyde Vanel, former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, campaign director John Calvelli and City Councilmember Paul Vallone show support for Mike Bloomberg’s presidential bid at the grand opening of his Bayside campaign office. PHOTO BY KATHERINE DONLEVY and endorsed Bloomberg, recalling his time as mayor, which began the same year Shulman’s borough presidency ended. “As the first woman elected as Queens borough president, I know a trailblazer when I see one, and Mike Bloomberg certainly fits the bill. He was a wonderful mayor, he would be a great president,” said Shulman. Shulman noted Bloomberg’s untraditional campaign path, which is completely funded from his own pocket and doesn’t accept donations, a choice that disqualifies him

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 Tell your parents, important family members and close friends the good news.  Arrange for your families to meet, if they haven’t done so already.  Announce your engagement — either in the newspaper, on a wedding website with an e-mail sent out to all your friends, or in the most traditional way, with mailed engagement announcements.  Have an engagement party, if you’d like.  Envision the theme and tone of your wedding: Formal or casual? Day or evening? Religious or secular?  Set your budget and decide who’s paying for the wedding, or who’s going to contribute.  Start your guest list — write down all the names of the people you’d like to invite, categorizing them by level of priority. Ask your parents for their guest lists as well.  Select a date and time (have backup dates in mind, in case a key element is unavailable).  Select and reserve your ceremony and reception sites.  Hire a wedding consultant, if you’re using one.  Choose and book an officiant.  Chose bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers.  Meet with florists, caterers and musicians.  Arrange for a tasting with your caterer.

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 Apply for your marriage license.  Have your final gown fitting. It’s helpful to have a bridesmaid with you to learn how to bustle your train and fasten any tricky buttons (and help you go to the bathroom, if you’ve got a big dress).  Check with your bridesmaids and groomsmen to make sure they’ve gotten their attire, confirm arrival times and answer any last-minute questions.  Contact your vendors (caterer, officiant, cake baker, photographer, videographer, florist, musicians, transportation, hotels) to confirm arrival and delivery times.  Write and print your wedding program.  Create welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.  Send change-of-address information to the post office.  Write thank-you notes as you receive gifts.  Ask your mother or maid of honor to contact any guests who have not RSVP’d.

8 TO 10 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

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 Shop for and order your dress and accessories, including veil, gloves and shoes.  Sign a contract with your caterer.  Book a florist and choose arrangements.  Book your musicians and/or DJ for both the ceremony and reception.  Select and confirm your photographer (and your videographer, if you’re using one).  Look into wedding insurance and decide if it’s a good option for you.  Plan your honeymoon.  Shop for and order your bridesmaid dresses.  If you’re making your own favors, start doing so now.  Meet with wedding cake designers or bakers and arrange for a tasting.

4 TO 8 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

 Send save-the-date announcements or call out-of-town guests to let them know the final date, time and location of the wedding.  If you’re purchasing favors, do so now.  Start planning your rehearsal dinner. Give the host(s) your guest list.  Examine your beauty regimen.  If your caterer isn’t doing it for you, reserve any rental equipment you’ll need, including dishes, tables, chairs, linens and tents.  Register for gifts.  Select your wedding cake designer, and order your wedding cake.  Arrange transportation.  Order stationery.  Select a calligrapher, if you’re using one  Select what the groom and groomsmen will

1 TO 2 WEEKS AHEAD

be wearing, and arrange to purchase or rent.  Purchase your wedding rings.  Book wedding night accommodations and accommodations for out-of-town guests.  Buy gifts for your wedding party, parents and each other.  If you’re changing into “going away outfits” before you leave the reception, purchase those now.

2 TO 3 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

 Give a list of “important shots” to your wedding photographer.  Discuss your menu with your caterer.  Meet with your officiant to discuss the service.  Write your vows.  Attend any wedding showers.  Mail your wedding invitations.  Think about your hair and makeup — If you’re doing your own, try out hairstyles, purchase any extra makeup, think about having a “makeover party” with your girlfriends.  Book your hairstylist and/or makeup artist, if you’re using them. Meet with each of them to experiment with styles and colors.

 Arrange the seating plan, and write place cards.  Give your final head count to your caterer and confirm any last minute details.  Write toasts for the rehearsal dinner and reception.  Try on your wedding shoes and wear them on carpeted surfaces around the house.  Arrange for a plant waterer/pet sitter/ babysitter while you are on your honeymoon.  Pick up your dress.  Attend your bachelor/bachelorette parties, if you’re having them.  Send your travel plans and contact information to a family member and your house sitter (in case of emergency).  Finalize the seating chart.

THE DAY BEFORE YOUR WEDDING  Do something to relax and enjoy the company of your out-of-town friends.  Assign responsibilities to your wedding party (handing out corsages and boutonnieres, greeting and seating guests, checking on vendors).  Confirm transportation.  Have a manicure and pedicure.  Give your wedding party gifts.  Rehearse the ceremony.  Hold the rehearsal dinner.  

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Information to include on your wedding website

Personal websites are an invaluable resource for couples planning their weddings. Wedding websites provide a great platform for couples to share all sorts of information regarding their big day, making them an essential element of modern-day wedding planning. Wedding websites need not feature all the bells and whistles of more permanent sites. But while there are specific guidelines governing what to include on wedding websites, couples should be mindful to share certain information to ensure their guests stay in the know about the pending nuptials. Wedding websites can be used to inform guests about the couple getting married as well as the various participants, such as the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Extended families of the bride- and groom-to-be may not know much about their loved one’s betrothed, and the wedding website can help guests get to know both people getting married. Include information about the bridal party as well. A brief story about each bridal party member’s relationship to the bride and/or groom can be a great way to illustrate just how much each person in the party means to the couple tying the knot. Invitations were once the go-to source for information about couples’ wedding ceremonies and receptions. But unlike invitations, websites won’t get lost around the house or in the mail, making them more reliable resources for guests.

A wedding website is an invaluable resource and provides couples the opportunity to share registry information. The links take their guests directly to online registries and, as the wedding day draws closer, can reflect any new developments. Include all the pertinent details about the big day on your website, including the time and location of both the ceremony and the reception. Include directions to and from the venue (both the ceremony and reception venues if they will be held

at separate locations) and include a Google maps feature if possible. Save guests the trouble of returning RSVP cards by including an RSVP section on your website. Establish an email address solely for

RSVPs, and check it regularly so you can update who is and who is not attending your wedding. Couples can save the expense of postage by requesting that guests RSVP exclusively through their websites. Just be sure to include that request with the invitations if you still plan to mail more traditional invites. Many couples arrange for discounted hotel rooms for their out-of-town wedding guests. Include this information on your wedding website, and aim to include at least two hotels where guests can register under your party and receive discounted lodging. In addition to the hotels you arrange a deal with, include some extra information about other lodging options in the area. Out-of-town guests will appreciate having as many options as possible, and couples providing that information saves guests the trouble of researching certain neighborhoods to determine if they are safe or close to the ceremony and reception sites. Wedding websites also provide a great way for couples to share registry information. Include links that take guests directly to your online registries. Wedding websites are a great resource for couples who want to share information about their weddings. As the big day draws closer, couples can update their sites to reflect any Q new developments. — Metro Creative Connection

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Steps involved in securing wedding venues, licenses

Getting married is an exciting time in a couple’s life together. Wedding planning is the next logical step after the engagement announcement, and while couples often get swept up in planning their dream parties, it’s important to note that ultimately the ceremony is the star of the day. Before booking a wedding reception venue or getting one’s heart set on a particular date, couples need to secure their ceremony sites as well as apply for a marriage license. In some instances, ceremonies are held at the same site as the wedding reception, while some couples choose to tie the knot in their church or synagogue. Each of these types of ceremonies will be governed by the schedule of the house of worship or civil site. Finding a venue Once couples choose a wedding date, it is a good idea for them to visit their ceremony site of choice to check the calendar. It helps to have some flexibility in the wedding date in case the first choice is unavailable. Although summer weddings used to be the most popular, today’s couples are tying the knot more often in September and October than other times of year. Even though a couple’s wedding is special and unique to them, ceremony locations

handle hundreds of weddings. Couples must recognize that competition for certain venues may be steep, so it helps to keep more than one venue in mind when planning a wedding. Getting a marriage license While laws may vary from state to state, get t i ng a ma r r iage license generally involves filling out the application and paying a fee at the county clerk’s office. Both applicants are typically required to bring identification, such as a driver’s license, passport or birth certificate. There may be a waiting period between submitting the application and the license being issued. Couples can pick up the license or have it mailed to them. A marriage license is not the same thing as a marriage certificate. The marriage certificate typically becomes available after the ceremony has taken place and the witnesses and officiant have signed off on the preceedings. Getting married is a multistep process that begins with determining where the ceremony will take place and acquiring a mar riage license. With these items in check, couples can focus on creating memQ orable wedding days. — Metro Creative Connection

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Ma ny couples f i nd thei r wedd i ng rehearsal dinners to be relaxing respites from the whirlwind of wedding planning. Such dinners enable the happy couple to slow down and enjoy themselves in a relatively casual gathering with their closest friends and family members. Rehearsal dinners typically take place on the night or two before the wedding. The couple, members of their wedding party, the parents of the bride and groom and others involved in the wedding typically attend this dinner. The couple generally takes the time at the dinner to thank everyone for their contributions to the wedding and to offer some small gifts of appreciation. No rules govern rehearsal dinners, so couples have the freedom to plan the dinners as they see fit. Rehearsal dinners often come immediately after the ceremony rehearsal, when the wedding party and the officiant go over the timing and details of the wedding. Make arrangements with the ceremony site and off iciant prior to making dinner reservations. Parents of the groom traditionally host the rehearsal dinner, so they will be integral in planning the event. That means couples should keep an open and gracious mind. Remember, the rehearsal dinner

doesn’t have to be a lavish affair, and it can be customized to any budget or preference. Some couples feel that hosting rehearsal dinners in casual settings can make the dinner more comfortable for members of the wedding, who can use the dinner as an opportunity to mingle and get to know one another before the wedding. This will help to tame nerves and enable the wedding party to loosen up and enjoy themselves even more. Some people may be more inclined to socialize and have fun when they’re not worried about putting on airs. Restaurants that have special meaning to the couple often make for great places to hold rehearsal dinners. The bride and groom can suggest their ideas, but ultimately it is the person handling the bill who has the final say. Couples who want greater control over the rehearsal dinner festivities can suggest hosting it themselves. Despite its name, the rehearsal dinner doesn’t actually have to be a dinner, as couples can opt for meals at a different time of the day, like brunch or lunch. An earlier occasion gives guests plenty of time to get home and rest up for the festivities of the wedding to come. Toasts are expected at the rehearsal dinner, but they tend to be spontaneous, off-the-cuff remarks. A couple with a good sense of humor

Rehearsal dinners give the happy couple a chance to enjoy themselves with their friends and family before the hustle and bustle of wedding day. might not mind being roasted at their rehearsal dinners. The bride and groom should expect to say a few words of thanks to all in attendance, but remarks need not be too formal. Rehearsal dinners may even feature a little entertainment. Tech-savvy parents may put together a presentation with videos or photographs that chronicles the couple’s

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Dongfan and Fevzi Yazıcı. The exhibitions are the first solo installments in New York City for each of the artists. Yazıcı’s exhibition will run until March 15, while the others will continue to be on display until May 1. Domínguez’s “Planetary Tears” lies just beyond the entrance of the gallery and is the first installment to greet visitors. The Chilean artist fuses “techno-futurist imagery with preColombian symbolism” to creat e mu l t i media projects, including the featured 24-minute, threechannel video, “Eyes of Plants.” The adapted version of a work commissioned in London displays three monitors of animated green irises that transport the viewer into a “journey of colonialism and indigenous cosmology.” The screens are also surrounded by examples of the artist’s prints and wall paintings. “The video explores the history of healing with roses, intersecting with mestizo rituals: Roses were first transpor ted to Latin America by European settlers, and through the influence of the Catholic Church acquired a curative power,” said exhibition organizer and gallery director Owen Duffy. Dongfan’s “Sanctuary” features multiple giant,

Perspectives by Katherine Donlevy The Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, also known as the Yeh Art Gallery, at St. John’s University opened its 2020 programming on Jan. 30 with three solo exhibitions by Patrcia Domínguez, Chen

monochromatic, abstract paintings that act as a direct response to the juxtaposition that is the Yeh Art Gallery — a building designed in traditional Chinese architec ture located on a Catholic university campus. “Sanctuary” elicits the reassuring feelings that come from being inside a space that is both creative and acts as a memorial, because the “sanctuary is ultimately an experimental space where the unlikeliest encounters feel right at home.” Other than the large-scale paintings that reconcile “a

SJU’s Yeh Gallery hosts solo shows calligraphic by three artists energy with the

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W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G EXHIBITS “Survival: The Exhibition,” an interactive setting providing science-based techniques to prepare visitors of all ages to stay alive in various environments, with an adventure zone including a zip line, ropes course and more. Through Sun., Sept. 13, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. $7 plus admission: $20; $15 seniors, kids, students. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org. “My Blue Window,” with works in various media that explore anti-blackness as it operates algorithmically within systems, focusing on predictive policing technologies intended to help dispatch officers to high-crime areas before incidents are reported. Through Sun., Feb. 16, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $8 suggested; $4 seniors; free students, children. Info: (718) 5929700, queensmuseum.org. “A Good Beginning, Here,” honoring Lunar New Year with works by eight artists with roots in East Asia, all embodying life stories and ideas rooted in the East and evolved in the West. Through Sun., Feb. 16, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $5 suggested; free students, teens. Info: (718) 4637700, flushingtownhall.org. “Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign,” with embroidered paintings created in Beirut, Paris and New York City, mixing classical and Baroque references with comic book heroes, Arabic calligraphy and more. Through Sun., Feb. 16, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $8 suggested; $4 seniors; free students, children. Info: (718) 5929700, queensmuseum.org.

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Feb. 21-22 and 28-29, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 16 and 23, 2 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., Forest Hills. $18; $15 seniors, students. Info: (718) 353-7388, parksideplayers.com.

“Fresh Meadows Camera Club Retrospective, with photos by members and group officers such as Joe Kramer, left, Bernard Lebrun and Richie Taub, as they celebrate their 73rd anniversary. Through Sat., Feb. 29, Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Tpke. Free. Info: (718) 831-8636, queenslibrary.org, freshmeadowscameraclub.org.

“Jump,” the NYC premiere of a show about two sisters and their father grappling with loss while an unexpected friendship blooms, shining a light on finding peace after trauma, presented by the Astoria Performing Arts Center. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 14-15 and 21-22, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 15 and 22, 3 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 16 and 23, 3 p.m., 28-21 Steinway St., Astoria. $25; $20 students, seniors. Info: (718) 706-5750, apacny.org. “Divas de España,” a comedic musical review on what it takes to be a diva, celebrating Rocio Jurado, Sara Montiel, Charo and Lola Flores. Fri., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. $35. Info: (718) 729-3880, thaliatheatre.org. Pianist Hannah Wang and Julie and Ron Meixsell, soprano and bass baritone, respectively, will perform classical music pieces by top composers on Feb. 25 in a free concert presented by the Tuesday Morning Music Club of Douglaston. See Music. COURTESY PHOTOS generations of women and Phillips’ garden in Sunnyside. Through Sun., Feb. 16, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free with admission: $8 suggested; $4 seniors; free students, kids. Info: (718) 592-9700, queensmuseum.org.

Schubert and Beethoven, and vocalists Ron and Julie Meixsell performing pieces by Mozart, Puccini, Schumann and more. Tue., Feb. 25, 11 a.m., Community Church of Douglaston, 39-50 Douglaston Pkwy. Free. Info: (718) 229-4707.

“Arte Cubano,” with works by more than 25 Cuban artists reflecting on the quotidian, social and political realities of the island and the world. Through Thu., Feb. 20, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 997-4747, gtmuseum.org.

Concert of Classics by the Beatles, with favorites by the Fab Four performed by violinist Olga Turkina, pianist Philipp Petkov and three other musicians on classical instruments. Sat., Feb. 22, 3 p.m., St. Michael’s Cemetery, 72-02 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst. Free. Info: (718) 278-3240, stmichaelscemetery.com.

“The Art Work of Meagan J. Meehan,” with abstract works by the artist, author and journalist who coined and defined “conscious perceptionalism” as a genre. Through end of Feb., The Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. Free. Info/RSVP (requested): (347) 878-6614, friendsofmaplegrove.org.

Sunday Jazz Brunch, with the Carl Bartlett Jr. Quartet, food, 50/50 and more, to celebrate Mardi Gras. Sun., Feb. 23, 12-3 p.m., Bayside Historical Society, The Castle, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten. $50. Info/ RSVP: (718) 352-1548, baysidehistorical.org.

“Race and Revolution: Home/Land,” with works by several artists that pair true stories of slaves facing the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act with the control of Immigration and Customs Enforcement over immigrants and refugees today, in a look at systemic American racism. Through Sun., June 14, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137 St., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 961-8585, latimernow.org.

Relative Fields in a Garden,” a multimedia collaboration between portraitist Heidi Howard and her mother, sound sculptor Liz Phillips, that combines fantastical flora with field recordings to depict three

“Jay Jaxon: 40 Years of Fashion Design Brilliance,” celebrating the Queens native and fashion designer with artifacts from his personal archives and primary sources from researcher and curator Rachel Fenderson. Through Dec., Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing. $5 (reception); $3 seniors, students. Info: (718) 939-0647, queenshistoricalsociety.org.

MUSIC Tuesday Morning Music Club Classical Concert, with pianist Hannah Wang playing works by

See It Big! Outer Space, with more than a dozen films of all kinds set in the cosmos, including “Solaris,” “Barbarella” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” Through Sun., April 19, various times, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; $10 more for admission to “Envisioning 2001” exhibit. Info: (718) 7776888, movingimage.us..

DANCE Valerie Green/ Dance Entropy: “Home,” an international collaboration between the Long Island City-based studio and Indian choreographer Ashley Lobo. Sun., Feb. 16, 1 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Free. Info: (718) 4637700, flushingtownhall.org. COURTESY PHOTO

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“Dreamscapes by Carol Crawford,” with drawings based on photos of refugees on the move enlarged to life size; and “Life Interrupted,” with photos by 13 photographers focusing on how life is altered by unexpected changes in political, economic and familial circumstances. Both through Sun., Feb. 16, The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info: (347) 848-0030, licartists.org.

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Yamoto: Drummers of Japan, with dozens of musicians playing drums, including one weighing more than half a ton, in a highly energetic show. Sat., Feb. 15, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 16, 3 p.m., Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $20-$42. Info: (718) 760-0064, queenstheatre.org. COURTESY PHOTO

THEATRE “Something Unspoken” and “The Spiral Staircase,” a drama and a thriller presented as a double feature by the Parkside Players. Sat., Feb. 15; Fri.-Sat.,

Book Talk and Signing: “This African-American Life,” with Hugh B. Price, former CEO of the National Urban League and great-grandnephew of Lewis H. Latimer, on his ancestry, work in civil rights and more. Sun., Feb. 16, 2:30-4 p.m., Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137 St., Flushing. Free (books available for sale). Info/RSVP: (718) 961-8585, latimernow.org. Cupwings and Rollers, Partridges and Parrotbills: Birding Southern Asia, with librarian, photographer and bird book reviewer Donna Schulman presenting her avian discoveries in India, Thailand and the Malay Peninsula. Wed., Feb. 19, 8 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-75 76 Ave., Oakland Gardens (new address). Free. Info: (718) 2294000, qcbirdclub.org. continued on page 32

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Quilting has a long history as a practical earthy art form that allows members of a community to pool their talents and skills in the service of a common objective — celebrating a wedding, friendship, honoring the deceased, fundraising, recognizing a newly established house of worship and beyond. At the American Folk Art Museum’s gallery in Long Island City, “Connecting Threads: A Year of Exceptional Quilts” focuses on how these durable fabric archives (some of them well over a century and a half

‘Signature Styles: Friendship, Album and Fundraising Quilts’ When: Through Sun., June 21 Where: American Folk Art Museum Self-Taught Genius Gallery, 47-29 32 Place, Long Island City Entry: Free. (212) 595-9533, folkartmuseum.org

The “Dunn Album Quilt,” cotton old and in astonishingly good condiwith embroidery, was made in 1852 tion) capture the details of daily life and features vivid squares on a pale for 19th-century women and the grayish cream background. Created moment-to-moment social interacby members of the Sewing Society of tion between quilters and their envithe Fulton Street United Methodist ronment and themselves. “Signature Styles: Friendship, Episcopal Church in Elizabethport, NJ, Album and Fundraising Quilts” is the and presented to a Mr. and Mrs. first of three successive exhibits that Dunn, its believed purpose was to comprise “Connecting Threads.” commemorate a newly established “Quilts tell a story of women’s hisMethodist congregation in the town. tory just not available from traditional A predominantly floral group motif is forms,” says curator Emelie Gevalt. joined with a square depicting Noah’s “It’s an alternate resource to learn Ark. Another square shows a church. about women’s lives.” Quilting was Along with rings, ovals and rectana socially acceptable way (at the gles, flowers in all four corners gracetime) for women to display their fully face the center. Some have mastery. Capturing women’s history “Signature Styles” exhibit curator Emilie Gevalt speaks stems pointed at the tips, giving the through women’s hands, the quilts in front of the “Dunn Album Quilt,” left. At right, a detail impression arrows have been shot function as independent source doc- of the “Reiter Family Quilt.” through the blossoms, which seems PHOTOS BY JORDANA LANDRES uments that provide intimate inforto simulate the repeat impaling and mation about them that otherwise might time, the Industrial Revolution’s technologi- swooping act of manual sewing. have gone unrecoverable. Men number cal advances, including the invention of the Quilts were also a vehicle to show gratisewing machine, helped reignite a passion tude for and honor a community member’s among quilters as well. Although the natural inclination might be for the craft. Fabric and textiles were now military service as seen in the “Admiral to associate a renewed interest in mid- less expensive and more readily available. A Dewey Commemorative Quilt” made 1800s quilting with a reactive desire to second quilting revival arose during the mod- between 1900 and 1910 in Indiana. Cotton return to a more domestic, nonmechanized ern art movement in the 1920s and 1930s. continued on page 33

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Stages take on a Southern flavor this spring by Mark Lord qboro contributor

Don’t y’all be a bit surprised now if, with the arrival of the spring community theater season, y’all develop a sudden urge to water the camellias and sip a mint julep. In an unusual turn of events, fully half of the six upcoming productions — including an almost equal number of musicals, dramas and comedies — are set in the South. And while some of the titles might be familiar, there is a fair share of lesser-known works on tap, as well. This weekend sees the arrival of an interesting double feature, promoted as “two spine-tingling mysteries,” courtesy of the Parkside Players in Forest Hills. Tennessee Williams’ little-known “Something Unspoken,” a two-character piece written in 1958 and set in Louisiana, centers on Miss Cornelia Scott (to be played by Elizabeth Zimmermann), a lonely, insecure southern woman, a Williams specialty, and her complex relationship with her secretary, Grace (Farah Diaz-Tello). It is coupled with “The Spiral Staircase,” from the pen of F. Andrew Leslie. That show concerns a series of apparently unprovoked murders that have shocked a terrified village. The cast features Rosemary Innes, Amy Rubinson, Gordon Innes, Will Frenzel and Brett Hunter. Both pieces are directed by Eugene Sullivan. Per for ma nce s at Grace Lut hera n Church (103-15 Union Tpke., Forest Hills) are on Feb. 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $18; $15 seniors, students with ID. More: Visit parksideplayers.com or call (718) 353-7388. Continuing the Southern trend, Alfred

Uhry’s much-lauded Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, “Driving Miss Daisy,” pulls up at Douglaston Community Theatre at the end of the month for a limited fiveperformance run. The play, which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning motion picture, focuses on the 25-year relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman (the play’s title character, to be played by Barbara Mavro) and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke (Denzel Hawker). Inspired by Uhry’s real-life grandmother and her relationship with her own driver, the play includes a third character, Daisy’s son, Boolie, to be played by Dan Bubbeo. The production is under the direction of Vincent Scott. Performances at Zion Church Parish Hall (243-01 Northern Blvd., Douglaston) are on Feb. 28 and 29 and March 6 at 8 p.m., March 1 at 3 p.m. and March 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $19; $17 seniors, students. More: Visit dctonline.org or call (718) 482-3332. The following weekend sees the arrival of “Steel Magnolias,” which depicts the bonds that form among a group of — yes — Southern women who gather at an inhome beauty parlor, known as Truvy’s Beauty Spot. Another largely autobiographical piece, this comedy-drama, based on playwright Robert Harling’s experience with his sister’s death, manages to find humor even in the most serious of situations. Presented by Theatre By The Bay NY, the production is under the direction of Patty Valenti, with an ensemble cast that includes Rosemary Kurtz, Nili Resnick, Elizabeth Zimmermann, Carol Giorgio, Samantha Kalinsky and Annette Daiell. Performances at Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center (1300 209 St., Bayside) are on March 7, 14 and 21 at 8:30 p.m. and March 8, 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $25; $22 seniors 62 and over,

Theatre By The Bay’s cast for “Steel Magnolias,” left, includes, clockwise from left, Nili Resnick, Carol Berger Giorgio, Liz Zimmerman, Rosemary Kurtz, Samantha Kalinsky and Annette Daiell. The GingerBread Players, right, are putting on a production of PHOTOS BY BRETT KALINSKY, LEFT, AND MARK LORD “Babes in Toyland.”

Preparing to stage a musical revue called “The Envelope, Please” at Maggie’s Little Theatre are Isabella Cedeno, left, Rich Feldman, Danielle Fleming, Jen Silverman, Louis DiBono, AnnMarie Cahill, Dolores Voyer, John DiBono, Amanda Montoni, Joe Paciullo PHOTO BY KEVIN REILLY and Lauren Rottenberg. children 12 and under; $2 more at the door. More: Visit theatrebythebayny.com or call (718) 428-6363. Three musical diversions make up the latter half of the season, beginning with “The Envelope, Please,” billed as a revue of Academy Award-winning songs (plus a few that should have won), from Maggie’s Little Theater. Direction is by Alan Perkins, with Frank Auriemma serving as musical director. The show promises to be filled with dance, with no fewer than four choreographers providing the steps: Lindsay Levy, Gabriella Marchese, Amanda Montoni and Jonathan Mora. The cast, a combination of Maggie favorites and newcomers, consists of (alphabetically, in time-honored fashion): Nydia Blackshear, Anne Marie Cahill, Isabella Cedeno, Miriam Denu, John DiBono, Louis DiBono, Rich Feldman, Danielle Fleming, Dana Levy, Monica Maddock, Amanda Montoni, Joe Paciullo, Lauren Rottenberg, Jennifer Silverman and Dolores Voyer. Performances at St. Margaret Parish Hall (66-05 79 Place, Middle Village) are on March 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and March 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $20; $18 seniors 65 and over and children 11 and under. More: Visit maggieslittletheater.org or call (718) 579-5389. What is described as a “unique version” of “Babes In Toyland” will be the spring attraction from The Gingerbread Players in Forest Hills, beginning April 25. Based on the 1903 fairy tale-inspired operetta, with music by Victor Herbert, the show will be directed by Louise Guinther, who said, “The plot is our own, different from any of the movie versions or the

Broadway original.” Guinther also provided the new book and some original lyrics. Musical direction is by Lulu Chen, with musical arrangements being handled by Bill Ryden. Choreography is by Victoria Russo. Among the beloved children’s characters portrayed in the show are Little Bo-Peep, to be played by Jillian Smith, and Tom-Tom, brought to life by Ronan Finley. Other cast members include Jim Chamberlain as the villainous Barnaby, David Friedman as the mysterious Toymaker and Andrew Dinan a n d N i c k Cu t t o na ro a s B a r na by ’s henchmen. Performances at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (85 Greenway South, Forest Hills) are on April 25 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., April 26 at 2:30 p.m., May 1 at 7:30 p.m. and May 2 and 3 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 ($12 for groups of six or more). More: Visit gingerbreadplayers.org or call (718) 268-7772. As of press time, auditions were underway for the Andrean Players’ production of “Bye Bye Birdie,” set to open on May 14. Under the direc tion of Andrew J. Koslosky, this classic musical, about an Elvis Presley-like rock star who has been drafted, much to the consternation of his fawning female fans, will feature musical direction by Patrick White and choreography by Richard Masin and Alyssa Pitaluga. Peter Carrozzo serves as assistant director. Performances at Andrean Hall (35-60 158 St., Flushing) are on May 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., May 16 at 2 p.m., and May 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $18; $15 seniors/children. More: Visit andreanplayers.com or call Q (917) 446-6873.


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‘Sanctuary,’ ‘Dark White’ and ‘Planetary Tears’ When: Through March 15, and May 1 Where: Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Gallery, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica Entry: Free. (718) 990-7476, stjohns.edu

orative performance with the Shanghai Restoration Project on Feb. 22. The third exhibition, “Dark White,” features works by Yazıcı, an award-winning Turkish visual journalist currently serving a jail sentence in Istanbul on terrorism charges. The 40 featured drawings, typographies and notes date prior to and during his 2016 incarceration. The featured artworks range from 2009 to the present, the recent of which demonstrate a “careful, labor-intensive use of stipple, creating gentle and detailed transitions from white to black via thousands of dots.” The exhibition’s title refers to the materials and techniques used to create the installation, as well as his current conditions of production within the prison. “You

Two of Fevzi Yazıcı’s 40 featured artworks, far left, many of which were created during his current incarceration. Chen Dongfan’s interactive chalkboard, left, and large-scale paintings hanging from the ceiling, above. On the cover: Patricia Domínguez’s “Planetary Tears” PHOTOS BY KATHERINE DONLEVY utilizes multimedia formats. cannot arrest ar t and imagination,” reminds Yazıcı. “Yazıcı’s whimsical, yet puzzling drawings often imagine dream-like spaces and worlds with attenuated, wriggling figures

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KIDS/FAMILIES It’s Electric! Magnets Program, with kids making an interactive sculpture and dancing bugs that wiggle and groove with the power of magnetism; presented by Con Edison. Sat., Feb. 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing. $10. Info: (718) 939-0647, queenshistoricalsociety.org. Fantasy Terrariums: Winter Break Family Workshop, with participants learning about the ecosystem of a terrarium and creating their own to take home, with materials provided. Wed., Feb. 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. $5; $12 family; free kids under 3. Info: (718) 359-6227, vomuseum.org. Midwinter Craft Day, with kids and families creating things together. Mon., Wed. and Fri., Feb. 17, 19 and 21, 1-4 p.m., King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Free. Info: (718) 206-0545, kingmanor.org. Midwinter Break Family Programs, with kids and accompanying adults learning about flowers, gardening, bugs and more, with certain topics on certain days. Tue.-Fri., Feb. 18-21, varying times, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. $10 per kid each day. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org. Junior Makers Staycation: Foraging, Fibers and Food, with kids 2 and up and accompanying adults churning butter, learning to spin wool, creating works with natural materials and more. Wed.-Fri., Feb. 19-21, 12-3 p.m., Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. $10 per kid each day. Info: (718) 347-3276, queensfarm.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS Native American Arts Social, with artwork for sale, drumming, singing, dancing, stories, community-building and more, focused on indigenous cultures. Sat., Feb. 15, 12 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Free. Info/RSVP (required): (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.

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Afrikan Poetry Theatre’s Black History Month Film Festival, with screenings of recent works, discussions and more. Sat., Feb. 15, 2-6 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. Free. Info/RSVP (required): (718) 7776888, movingimage.us.

CLUBS Scrabble Club, with participants bringing their own Scrabble sets to play the popular word game. Each Fri., 10:15 a.m.-12 p.m., Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Tpke. Free. Info: (718) 831-8636, queenslibrary.org. Knit & Crochet Club, with participants meeting up to share techniques and patterns and bringing their own supplies. Each Fri., 10:30 a.m.,

Howard Beach Library, 92-06 156 Ave. Free. Info: (718) 641-7086, queenslibrary.org.

SOCIAL EVENTS Israeli folk dancing, with instruction for beginners, in a fun, welcoming atmosphere. Each Mon., 7:30 p.m. (beginners’ instruction); 8:30-10 p.m. (intermediate dances), Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Tpke, Fresh Meadows. $10. Info: (718) 380-4145, hillcrestjc.org.

MARKETS Flea Market, with new, used and vintage jewelry, collectibles, handbags, art, books, clothes, home goods and more, with food available. Sat., Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Info: (718) 478-3100, italiancharities.org.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES Howard Beach Senior Center, with exercise classes every weekday except Thu., varying times; dances with a DJ and hot lunch every Tue., 12-3 p.m.; art classes every Thu., 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m.; intro to sign language every Fri., 10-11:30 a.m.; karaoke every Wed., 1-3 p.m.; monthly book club; and more, 155-55 Crossbay Blvd. Info: (718) 738-8100. Maspeth Senior Center, 6961 Grand Ave. Free English classes for Chinese speakers, computer instruction, Silver Sneakers, tai chi, yoga and more; breakfast and lunch served. Info: (718) 429-3636.

SUPPORT GROUPS Overeaters Anonymous, for anyone with an eating disorder or other problem with food or maintaining a healthy weight, in various neighborhoods. Each Tue., 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Child Jesus Outreach Center, 112-06 86 Ave., Richmond Hill. Info: (718) 564-7027 (leave message). Each Thu., 12-1:30 p.m., Howard Beach Library, 92-06 156 Ave. Info: Julie, (718) 848-4338. Each Thu., 12:15-1:40 p.m., Rego Park Library, 91-41 63 Drive. Info: (347) 433-5876 (OA of Greater New York; leave message), (718) 459-5140 (library). Monthly bereavement group, for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one, with informative handouts and light refreshments provided. Each second Wed. of the month, 2:30-4 p.m., Maspeth Town Hall, 53-37 72 St. Free. Info: (718) 335-6049, maspethtownhall.org. Gam-Anon, for families of someone with a gambling problem. Call hot line (212) 606-8177. Anxious, nervous, depressed? Recovery International can help. Meetings every Thu., 2:30 p.m., Fri., 3:30 p.m. Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Ave. Info: recoveryinternational.org. sonheightsalanonon@gmail.com.

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Sayonara, Steve Cohen by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

Mets fans just learned a bitter lesson that they shouldn’t get their hopes up about an ownership change unless the contracts are signed. Two months ago, the Mets issued a press release stating that the team was in negotiations with hedge fund financier Steve Cohen to sell him a majority equity stake. Things remained quiet about any transfer but many fans, as well as media types, started making it sound as if it were a done deal and the Mets would soon be bidding for free agents who’d be seeking stratospheric contracts. The one thing that stood out from the get-go was the report that Fred Wilpon would remain the Mets CEO while his son Jeff would stay on as its chief operating officer for the first five years that Cohen owned the team. Given that weird stipulation it wasn’t surprising therefore that the deal ultimately fell through. My suggestion for the next majority owner is to be prepared to bring your own management team in immediately, including a locksmith. Nancy Lieberman, who grew up in Far Rockaway and is arguably the greatest female basketball player ever, was honored at the 40th annual Thurman Munson Dinner, which has raised over $16 million to help fund AHRC, a nonprofit that assists those with cognitive disabilities. Like so many in the basketball com-

munity, Lieberman was very distraught about the helicopter tragedy that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others. What wasn’t well-known was that Bryant had hired Lieberman to work with Gianna on her hoops skills. Last Thursday, the Knicks traded their best player, Marcus Morris, to the Clippers for former Forest Hills High School and St. John’s University star Moe Harkless and a pair of high draft choices in return. Say what you will about the Knicks but they’ve always had an affinity for Queens guys as evidenced by Mark Jackson, Ernie Grunfeld, Kyle O’Quinn, Anthony Mason and Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest). Brooklyn Nets YES Network play-by-play broadcaster and Forest Hills High School alum Ian Eagle makes watching games fun because he observes the little things that have nothing to do with the score. When the Nets played the Warriors at Barclays Center last week, Eagle noticed that Warriors star Stephen Curry, who was in street clothes because of a season-ending injury, was entertaining himself by doing his impression of Nets uber-fan 82-year-old Bruce Reznick, better known by his alter ego, Mr. Whammy. Reznick’s shtick is to stand near the basket making hexing gesticulations when an Q opposing player is attempting free throws. See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at qchron.com.

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Marie Maynard Daly, a pioneer in the chemistry field by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Ivan Coakley Daly was born in Plymouth, Montserrat in the West Indies on July 3, 1897, a place that today no longer exists — made a ghost town after a volcano erupted in 1995. He immigrated to America, settled and married Helen Page on June 21, 1919, in Corona. Ivan, a postal clerk, was able to buy a house at 104-06 32 Ave. in Corona. Helen gave birth to a girl, Marie, on April 16, 1921. In December 1924, she gave birth to twin boys, Ivan Jr. and Arthur. Helen, who came from a family of voracious readers, read to Marie and taught her the value of books. Marie got her BS and MS at Queens College. In 1947, despite racial and gender bias, she was the first black woman in the country to receive a Ph.D. for chemistry at Columbia University. Marie married Vincent Washington Clark in March 1961 in Greenwich, Conn. She devoted her life to studying the harmful effects of sugars, cholesterol and tobacco on the body. She later started a Queens College scholarship fund to assist minority students majoring in chemistry or physics.

The childhood home of Dr. Marie Maynard Daly, inset, at 104-06 32 Ave. in Corona, 1940. QUEENS COLLEGE PHOTO VIA WIKIPEDIA, INSET Her mother, Helen, passed away in 1994, at the age of 97. Her husband passed away in Sarasota, Fla. in 2001. Marie died in 2003, at the age of 82. Her research and study have opened doors for today’s researchers to build on and make Q further advancements.


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continued from page 29 with Turkey red cotton embroidery, its large block letter transposed D pattern creates an unexpected transposed symmetry that adds to its distinctive appearance, almost like bureau handles viewed sideways. Elegant applique details characterized quilts originating in Baltimore, and the “Reiter Family Quilt,” an heirloom made of cotton and wool by the donor’s great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother to honor a generation of cousins, is believed to be one of a series of 13 quilts probably made by the Baltimore Hebrew congregation. A Mexican-American war hero born in Maryland, Capt. Samuel Hamilton Walker, shown as a mounted rider on a black horse (maybe a dark horse pun reference)? appears on the quilt near the center. The “Cross River Quilt” by Eldad Miller and 11 other women in 1861 in Cross River, NY, is the material equivalent of the autograph album popular among American women in the 1840s. Records show the women were between 15 and 55 years old and lived within a few miles of each other. The “Friendship Album Quilt” features patchwork squares on a blazing scarlet background and is believed to be of Mennonite origin, made by an unidentified artist in the early 20th century. The tilted squares form a

fused cloth diamond fabric clot, setting off the variegated patterns to dynamic effect. Twentieth-century quilts like the “Hudson River Quilt” by Irene Preston and the Hudson River Quilters (1969-72) made of cotton wool and blends protesting the pollution of the Hudson River, brought quilting into the modern era and is a patchwork of NYC landmarks including the Verrazzano Bridge. Today, quilting remains a highly popular activity. The act of people coming together to create something larger than themselves in the service of maintaining a community’s wellbeing is an act by necessity and definition as Q old as human existence and time itself.

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NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 02-03-2020, bearing Index Number NC-001207-19/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 (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) ROMIESHA (Middle) LUNETTE (Last) BANKHEAD. My present name is (First) ROMEISHA (Middle) LUNETTE (Last) DUZANT AKA ROMEISHA L DUZANT AKA ROMEISHA LUNETTE BANKHEAD. The city and state of my present address are Rosedale, NY. My place of birth is QUEENS, NY. The month and year of my birth are April 1992.

CINE MAGIC LIC STUDIOS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/30/2019. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 30-15 48th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of 13101 40th Road 10Y LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/07/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Olivia Cheung, 16 Melbourne Road, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of DEXTER, DAVID PUBLISHING LC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/26/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: THE LLC, 127-19 140TH STREET, JAMAICA, NY 11436. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of 3Cords Enterprises, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/11/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: EVA SINGLETARY, 121-09 LINDEN BLVD 1FL, SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY 11420-2007. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of EAE PLUMBING & ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/13/2020. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: EAE PLUMBING & ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES, LLC, 104-46 200TH STREET, ST. ALBANS, NY 11412. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

STATE OF NEW YORK, SUPREME COURT: QUEENS COUNTY- 21st Mortgage Corporation, Plaintiff(s) vs. Natasha Phang, et al, Defendant(s) Index No. 24026/10. In pursuance and by virtue of an amended judgment of foreclosure and sale in the amount of $652,495.67 plus interest and costs duly granted by this Court and entered in the Queens County Clerk’s Office on the 12th day of July, 2018, I, the undersigned Referee, duly appointed in this action for such purpose, will expose for sale and sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder therefore at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY, Queens County, Courtroom #25 on the 6th DAY OF MARCH, 2020 at 10:00 A.M., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed in and by said judgment to be sold and in said judgment described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, known and designated as 168-68 92nd Rd., Jamaica, NY 11433 Block 10211 Lot 57. Premises sold subject to provisions of the filed judgment and terms of sale and SUBJECT TO restrictions, covenants, etc. of record, prior lien(s), if any, and any easement contained in Deed recorded June 12, 2008 in CRFN 2008000235440. JOSEPH F. DeFELICE, ESQ., Referee, Bradshaw Law Group P.C., Attorney(s) for Plaintiff, Office address, 321 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10007 (212) 327-1524.

Notice is hereby given that a Liquor License, serial number 1320126, for beer and cider has been applied for by the undersigned to permit the sale of beer and cider at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 3 IN 1 DELI GROCERY INC located at 131-11 Jamaica Ave, Richmond Hill, NY 11418 for on-premises consumption. 3 IN 1 DELI GROCERY INC

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Tug of War Productions LLC filed Arts. of Org. with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/9/19. County: Queens. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: The LLC, 217-19 Rockaway Point Blvd, Breezy Point, NY 11697. Purpose: any lawful act.

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Houses For Sale Howard Beach/Rockwood Park. Mint AAA all new Raised Ranch on 38x113. Top fl features all new kit, granite countertops, SS appli, new cherry cabinets, new full bath, HW fls & attic, lower level fin laundry rm, utility rm, sitting rm w/FP. Lg pantry, slides to lg backyard. Asking $799K. Connexion RE, 718-845-1136

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Notice of Formation of VIND COMPANY LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/20/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: VIND COMPANY LLC, 4212 28TH STREET APT 14H, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Workfromhome LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/12/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: WORKFROMHOME LLC, 2240 80TH ST., EAST ELMHURST, NY 11370. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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performance in a late season upset over Notre Dame. He was the first St. John’s player named Big East Rookie of the Year since David Russell (no relation) in 1980. He went pro and was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 15th overall pick. St. John’s coach Steve Lavin would later say that the Red Storm would have been an NCAA tournament team in 2013 had Harkless returned for his sophomore season and that the talented player would’ve been the No. 1 overall pick. Before ever playing for the 76ers, Harkless was traded to the Orlando Magic and spent three seasons on the team. Harkless was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in 2015 and spent the next four seasons with them before being sent to the Clippers prior to the start of this season. He is the latest St. John’s player to return to the city with the Knicks. John Warren scored 1,306 points for St. John’s in the late 1960s and was a member of the Knicks’ first championship team in 1970.

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The Knicks acquired former Forest Hills High School and St. John’s star Moe Harkless in a trade with the Clippers last week. Harkless was 2011-12 Big East Rookie of the Year for his standout PHOTO COURTESY ST. JOHN’S ATHLETICS season for the Red Storm. Mark Jackson was a member of the 1985 Redmen team that advanced to the Final Four and became an All-Star point guard with the Knicks. He was a Knick from 1987 through 1992 and returned in 2001. Inbetween, he played a Knick in the 1996 movie “Eddie,” starring Whoopi Goldberg as a fan-turned-coach. Ron Artest was the star of St. John’s 1999 run to the Elite Eight and played for the Knicks in the 2013-14 season, after changing his name to Metta World Peace. Lavor Postell, also on the 1999 team, spent three seasons with the Knicks.

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