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Mail fishing hits Woodhaven: cops Police to educate general public on the scheme in the coming days by Anthony O’Reilly Associate Editor

Gone fishin’ indeed? The scheme known as “mail fishing” has made its way to Woodhaven, with at least seven incidents taking place within the com mu nit y in recent days, a police spokesman told the Queens Chronicle. “It’s mostly taking place in the Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue area,” said 102nd Precinct Community Affairs Officer Jose Severino. Severino said the compromised boxes are near the Woodhaven branch of the Post Office, located at 86-42 Forest Pkwy. Donna Harris, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service Inspector, said there has been an “uptick” of complaints in the area, dating back to November. “Currently, we are investigating it and hopefully in the near future we will have some more information for our customers,” Harris told the Chronicle. She urged everyone to not leave mail in the boxes overnight or during the weekend and said the best time to drop any envelopes is just before the last pickup. The 102nd Precinct last Thu rsday tweeted a photo alerting residents about the crime, saying, “Outgoing mail is being stolen from drop boxes by thieves who use an acid based mixture to dilute the ink on

Mailboxes in Woodhaven have been targeted by crooks, with checks being taken out of the boxes and altered. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service Inspector said they’re investigatPHOTO BY ANTHONY O’REILLY ing the incidents. personal checks and rewrite them to another recipient.” Mail fishing accounts for more than $800 million in fraud each year, according to the U.S. Postal Service. The scheme gets its name from crooks using a device, often a water bottle, covered in adhesive and attached to a string to

take pieces of mail out of the boxes. Once in their possession, the checks are changed to financially benefit them. The crime was prevalent in the nearby 106th Precinct last year, specifically within Howard Beach, where authorities said at the time there were 40 “known” victims. The spree seems to have ended there.

Neighborhoods in the 110th and 113th precincts have also been targeted in the last year and just last month three suspects were arrested in Forest Hills when they were allegedly caught in the act at the corner of Austin Street and 75th Road just after midnight on Jan. 17, according to police. Most recently, the Bronx has been a hotspot for mail fishing activity, according to the USPS. Mailboxes in five ZIP codes there will be removed and replaced with bins that secure the mail inside them. “These mailboxes will be removed and replaced with mailboxes containing newer and more effective safety features,” Harris said in a December statement. She said the safer boxes will eventually come to Queens but when and where they’ll be placed is under evaluation. Severino believes when criminals heard the Bronx boxes were becoming more secure, they decided to head toward Woodhaven. “Apparently the per ps are moving toward Queens,” the community affairs officer said. Cops urge anyone who may have information on mail fishing to call the 102nd Precinct at (718) 805-3217. Incidents can also be reported to the U.S. Postal Service Q Inspector at 1 (877) 876-2455 or 911.

Transportation advocates praise extension of Q52 Bus will go one more mile east on Rockaway peninsula by Anthony O’Reilly

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Transportation advocates are celebrating the MTA’s decision to extend the Q52’s route by about one mile east on the Rockaway peninsula, allowing more commuters there to be served by the line. “On our transit starved peninsula, we need to leverage every opportunity we can to improve commutes for Rockaway residents and bringing Select Bus Service down to the densest part of the Rockaways is one of those opportunities we must take advantage of,” said Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) in a statement. “This is about transit equity and adding extra free time in the day for residents to relax and spend time off of the buses and trains that many Rockaway residents find themselves on for about 4 hours a day.” The final eastbound stop for the Q52 — which originates in Jackson Heights and runs through Elmhurst before going south on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards to Rockaway — will be the

southeast corner of Beach 54th Street and Beach Channel Drive starting this spring. Right now, it’s Beach 69th Street and Beach Channel Drive — 0.9 miles west from the planned stop. The extension is estimated to cost $510,000 per year, according to the MTA, funding that has already been allocated in the agency’s annual operating budget. “By extending the Q52, we are offering thousands of additional customers a one-seat ride and a more seamless conn e c t io n t o n o r t h e r n a n d c e n t r a l Queens,” New York City Transit Acting President Darryl Irick said in a statement issued by the MTA. The change is expected to benefit com muters f rom several apar tment buildings in Rockaway, including the Nordeck Apartments, Arverne View Apartments and the Ocean Bay Apartments housing complex — all located along the extended route. In addition to Beach 54th Street and Beach Channel Drive, which will be the first Elmhurst-bound stop of the route,

several other new stops will be added, including one at Beach 59th Street and Arverne Boulevard. The Beach 69th Street stop that is now the final one going east will be moved to Beach 67th Street and the Elmhurst-bound stop at Beach 69th Street will be eliminated. “The MTA is performing a valuable ser vice for Rockaways residents by extend i ng the Q52 to Beach 54th Street,” said John Raskin, executive director of the Riders Alliance, in a statement issued by the MTA. The change will precede the implementation of the controversial Select Bus Service, which will bring more changes to stops, along with off-board fare machines, longer buses and dedicated bus lanes along much of Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards. Parts of SBS are scheduled to come to Woodhaven Boulevard between Park Lane South and the Rockaway Boulevard / Liberty Avenue intersection. The full implementation of SBS is Q scheduled for sometime after 2020.

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A good year, despite jump in murders Bohannon credits police-community relations for 106th’s drop in crime by Anthony O’Reilly Associate Editor

The 106th Precinct was in the news a number of times last year. On Aug. 2, Karina Vetrano was sexually assaulted and killed while jogging in Spring Creek Park. Her alleged killer, Chanel Lewis, was caught last week. Two weeks after her murder, an imam and his assistant were shot in the head in broad daylight. In late 2016, a Guyanese immigrant allegedly stabbed his common-law wife and tried to behead her in a fit of jealousy. And it had the dubious distinction of having the first reported murder of 2017, when a young man was shot in a botched robbery. Looking at those headlines, it may seem as if the South Queens command is a dangerous place to live in. But NYPD statistics show that just the opposite is true. The 106th Precinct — which covers the southern part of Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill and Howard Beach — last year saw crime drop 14.7 percent and ranked seventh-best in crime reduction out of all precincts. “We had a great year,” said Capt. Brian Bohannon, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct during a sitdown interview with

members of the press last Wednesday. While murders tripled from 2015 to 2016 — three to nine — most other categories were down to near-historic lows. There were 211 robberies last year, compared to 264 in 2015. “That’s the lowest number on record,” Bohannon said. Grand larceny auto, which in recent years plagued 106th Precinct officers, dropped by 50 percent — from 247 to 123. A large part of that, the captain said, was the arrest of several offenders early in the year. The precinct did have one more shooting incident in 2016 than it did the year before, 12 compared to 11, but Bohannon said there are arrests on seven of those cases. The commanding officer credited the drop in crime to his officers working with community members to identify problems in different areas. “We have good communications through the communities we serve,” he said. “We’re at the community boards, the precinct community council meetings. We really get the pulse of what’s going on out there.” He continued that working with civic leaders allows officers to target crimes and quality-of-life issues — such as illegally parked trucks — as soon as possible. “We put cops where we need them before

Capt. Brian Bohannon said police-community relations helped the 106th Precinct be one of FILE PHOTO the safest in the city last year. it becomes a real problem,” he said. Regarding quality-of-life issues, Bohannon said his officers will start aggressively cracking down on chronic offenders who show up in the 311 system. Going back to crime, there was a slight increase in domestic violence reports — 120 compared to 103 the previous years. Most of

those were choking incidents, which in 2011 were reclassified from a misdemeanor to a felony crime. The bump, Bohannon added, has a silver lining in that cops are aware of domestic violence victims. “I know who the victims are,” he said. “We’re aware of them.” Officers assigned to the domestic violence unit regularly check in on victims after a report has been made. Asked by a reporter if school violence is a problem in the area, Bohannon said it is not, though there are some isolated incidents. Five days before his interview, a student threatened to shoot up PS 146 in Howard Beach — but that was later determined to be a hoax. The student was suspended. Regarding the practice of stop, question and frisk, Bohannon said he endorses it so long as it’s done legally and properly recorded by officers. He said he’s “hopeful” Neighborhood Coordination Officers will be placed in the 106th Precinct soon, saying he enjoyed the placement of them in his former command, the 113th Precinct. Neighborhood Coordination Officers are cops who walk the same beat every day and connect with everyday citizens to establish Q better community-police relations.

Cops take action at Lindenwood triangle 106th Pct. cracks down on bad driving by Anthony O’Reilly

The 106th Precinct watched out for bad drivers in Lindenwood. TWITTER PHOTO/ 106 PCT. Community leaders don’t believe the change will do much to increase safety and called for a complete overhaul of the intersection. The precinct publicized the crackdown last week on Twitter and the civic said in response “This response was much needed Q and truly appreciated.”

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The 106th Precinct last Friday cracked down on dangerous drivers at the traffic triangle in Lindenwood, following multiple complaints from residents in the area. “We had heard about this at the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association meeting the other week,” said Community Affairs Officer Mark Competello. “It wasn’t the first time we heard it either.” Competello was not able to say how many tickets or summonses were issued at the site during the crackdown. The traffic triangle — where 153rd and 155th avenues meet 88th Street — has been the source of complaints for years. In late July 2015, a pedestrian was injured in a hit-and-run incident. The Chronicle reported last week the Department of Transportation will by the end of the month change the No Parking Anytime regulation on the west and south curbs of 99th Street and 153rd Avenue to No Standing Anytime, in an effort to “improve visibility at the intersection.”

No injuries in Cross Bay crash Two cars and a school bus were involved in an early morning crash at Cross Bay Boulevard and 153rd Avenue Tuesday. None of the drivers or any pedestrians were seriously injured, according to one eyewitness.

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2014, Avella has secured what he estimates to be somewhere between $12.5 and $13 million in funding for institutions that serve people both in his district and across Queens. That’s nearly $4.2 million a year minimum. How much bacon did Avella bring home before he joined the IDC? Zero, zilch, nada. As a plain old Democrat, he didn’t get any of these funds. And that’s how it is today for all the rest of Queens’ state senators, with one exception: Jose Peralta, who just enlisted in the IDC himself. But while Avella’s constituents seem to welcome his move and the benefits it brings — he also got 50 of his bills through the Senate in the last session — Peralta’s took the news quite differently. When he held a town hall meeting to explain why he had joined the IDC, it turned into the most contentious gathering of its type the Queens Chronicle editor who covered it had ever seen. “Traitor!” some shouted. “You’re worse than Trump!” And it appears Peralta will likely face a primary challenge next year. The critics are acting on principle, sure, but their attitude almost seems like a mirror image of British woman Jane Park, 21, who plans to sue the United Kingdom’s National Lottery system — because she won $1.25 million when she

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Dear Editor: Re Michael Gannon’s Feb. 2 report “Mary Tyler Moore had Flushing roots”: I was surprised to learn that Mary Tyler Moore spent part of her childhood years in Flushing. She joins the ranks of other entertainment stars who grew up in Queens or went to school here. They include Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Carole King, Marvin Hamlish, Fran Drescher, James Caan, Francis Ford Coppola and Jerry Seinfeld. Despite an unhappy childhood, Ms. Moore triumphed to “make it on her own” and “turn the world on with her smile.” When she tossed her hat in the air, she took our hearts along with it. RIP, MTM. We’ll miss you. Richard Reif Kew Gardens Hills

We’re defenseless Dear Editor: We residents of Queens are most relieved to know that a dangerous individual is off the streets and in police custody. My concern is, how do we make sure there aren’t any more Karina Vetranos? Why do the lawmakers in City Hall and Albany limit our right to defend ourselves and our families? I’ve been living in my neighborhood of Woodhaven for almost 11 years now. I have seen it degrade over the © Copyright 2017 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc. at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, N.Y. 11374-7769.

was 17. She says the money has ruined her life and that people so young shouldn’t be allowed to play. Maybe the hardworking people in Peralta’s district don’t want their state senator handing out big-dollar gifts like Santa Claus the way Avella has been. Or maybe those protesting his move to the IDC just don’t know what it could do for their district. Obviously Peralta knows the score. Why don’t other Queens senators like Joe Addabbo Jr. and Toby Ann Stavisky join the IDC? Probably because they’re party loyalists, while Avella’s always been a rogue. He’s even challenging Mayor de Blasio in a long-shot primary bid. Maybe all the Democrats should join the indies. They could replace Senate Democratic Leader Andrea StewartCousins with IDC chief Jeff Klein and change the conference’s name back to Democratic. They might then be in charge, if it weren’t for rebel Dem Sen. Simcha Felder, who’s not in the IDC but is simply a Republican in all but name. Really, though, what needs to be done is to reform how money is allocated, so that every lawmaker gets an equal share to help the worthwhile groups in his or her district. While Avella has done great for his area, and the borough, it’s just not fair that others can’t do the same.

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years and I am concerned for the safety and well-being of our community. It was this past August when I was out walking my dog when I was approached, cornered and robbed of my smartphone. Graffiti is a common sight on storefront shutters along Jamaica Avenue. Just last month, someone had the audacity to spray my front door and the surrounding homes and businesses. Thugs on bicycles and on foot roam the backstreets from Jamaica Avenue to Atlantic Avenue looking for unsuspecting victims to rob. What really got me upset, though, was an incident that my mother saw while on her way to work. She saw an old man, probably in his 80s, lying in the middle of the road. She rushed to the man’s aid and questioned

him on what happened. Two thugs had the nerve to attack an elderly man, rob him of his possessions and then push him in the middle of the road. It’s absolutely disgusting. I considered getting a pocketknife for protection, but they are illegal in New York City. So is virtually any, and I mean any, weapon, from guns to mace! Do our lawmakers not understand that these strict restrictions only work to the benefit of the criminals and to the detriment of law-abiding citizens?! Sometimes, the police simply cannot get to you in time, no matter how much statists argue. I pray to God that Woodhaven sees improvement and that crime drops. The fact is, it is better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it. I know that


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Pray and stay together Dear Editor: Society is breaking down. Guns, drugs, gangs, promiscuity! Children aren’t being brought up with a love of God. Families should pray together at night. It sets the tone for your way of life. As churches are becoming less crowded, our jails are becoming overcrowded! Bernice Chorzepa Rego Park

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Dear Editor: More students should be exposed to learning a trade of industrial arts. Our schools today do not teach any of the following: plumbing, electricity, carpentry, woodworking, foundry, drafting and machine shop. I attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Brooklyn. I chose machine shop. After graduation, I worked in the machine industry for 15 years. I worked for nine years in the New York Naval shipyard in Brooklyn. A youngster who has a trade or industrial arts certification can qualify for many positions. Today, our boys and girls are not prepared for employment when they leave school. Not every student is going to college. Many do not have the necessary skills to support him- or herself or family. Every student, whether going to college or not, should have some hands-on experience. Because shop is not taught in our schools today, our students who are enrolled and plan to be an engineer or architect do not have any hands-on training. They have not touched a piece of wood, metal, aluminum, etc. They only have book learning. Our schools should bring back shop and industrial arts. Leroy Smith Hollis The writer was a high school teacher for 26 years.

list abolished because it was — and still is — blatantly and overtly unconstitutional. Please understand that this is America and everyone — including realtors — has a right to free speech. If someone owns a roofing company, a car dealership, a supermarket or any other business, not many people would care about receiving their mailings or fliers at their residences. Like it or not, realtors deserve the same rights as everyone else when it comes to promoting their businesses. Realtors always get a “bum rap” when in fact, most of them are courteous, professional and local law-abiding homeowners like you! Most agents and brokers who are seasoned professionals will never contact you. They rely heavily on their own paid print ads, the internet and referrals from past customers who were pleased with their service to acquire “leads.” But there are individuals in every business who act in a manner that is less than professional and is sometimes even invasive. And there are things you can do to protect yourself from unscrupulous agents. There are certain things they cannot do legally: They cannot put anything into your mailbox that isn’t postmarked by the post office. They cannot leave anything on your premises or ring your bell if you have a “No ONLINE Solicit ation” sig n i n plai n Miss an editorial or a view on you r letter cited by a writer? property. They Want breaking news also cannot step from all over Queens? onto your propFind the latest news, er t y pa st t he past reports from all sidewalk at all if over the borough and you have posted more at qchron.com. a “No Trespassi ng” sig n. I n addition, they cannot contact you directly in any way whatsoever if your home is already listed with another realtor on the Multiple Listing Service without first going through your listing broker. Lastly, you can stop most, if not all, of their phone calls by requesting that your phone number be “unlisted” by your telephone carrier. And the last, but most important things that realtors cannot do: • Blockbust: They cannot try to scare you into selling your home by telling you that your neighborhood is “changing” and you might lose money by not selling now. • Steer: They cannot show homes in any area to buyers of only one race or nationality or refuse to show a home to a buyer based on their age, race, marital status, religion or for any other discriminatory reason. If you have proof that any specific agent or broker is guilty of any of these offenses, you should first call his or her office and report the offenses to the broker. If that doesn’t work, you can make a complaint to the NYS Department of State, which issued his or her license. Just please don’t penalize or demonize all professional realtors because of the actions of the few unprofessional ones. Patricia Gatt Hicksville, LI The writer is a Queens Chronicle account executive.

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crime can never cease to exist, but wouldn’t an armed society deter any criminal with common sense from attacking you, for fear of being killed? I leave you with this. Why have a fire extinguisher, when you have a Fire Department? Devyn Tapia Woodhaven

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Richard David makes Council run official Candidate hopes to take Wills out and revitalize the SE Queens district by Anthony O’Reilly Associate Editor

Saying Southeast Queens has fallen behind due to lacking a seat at the table, civic activist and Community Board 9 member Richard David Tuesday announced his candidacy for the seat held by Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica). “Our residents have been locked out of vital decisions, we do not have a respected voice fighting to bring more resources into the community and our quality of life has decreased,” David, an immigrant from Guyana, said in a statement. “We need a fresh start with a Council Member who can work for all of us, with bright, new ideas.” David has been mulling a run for months and the possibility of him running was first reported by the Queens Chronicle in September 2015. The Democratic primary for all Council and citywide seats will be held on Sept. 12. In addition to Wills and David, former Councilman Alan Jennings and Rochdale Village resident Hettie Powell have registered to run, though none of them have made any official announcements. Powell ran against Wills and other candidates in the 2013 primary. In a Wednesday interview with the Chronicle, David said there was no singular event that led him to declaring his candidacy. “I think it was just a culmination of things,” he said. “You see all these other districts that are doing new, exciting things and that’s not happening in District 28 ... meanwhile we’re getting new homeless shelters popping

Civic activist Richard David has officially announced his candidacy for the seat held by Councilman Ruben Wills after months of speculation. If elected, he would be the first Guyana native COURTESY PHOTO to hold public office. up all over the place. “Would that be happening if we had a respected Council member?” he later asked. “I don’t think so.” Since 2012, Wills has been unable to take part in budget

negotiations and designating grants to community groups after allegations he misused taxpayer dollars. He is still facing charges on those counts, and other allegations filed by the state, in long-drawn-out court battle. In early 2015, he was once again arrested on charges he filed false documents with the City Conflicts of Interest Board. David said the district cannot afford to stand on the sidelines and await the outcome of the councilman’s legal battles. “We need to act now,” he said. The first-time candidate has been making stops at community board meetings — other than the one he sits on — precinct cou ncil meetings and other civic organizations. He’s also getting some face-to-face time with his possible constituents. “I’ve been meeting with people in their apartments,” David said, later adding he has also spent time in senior centers across the district. He has reached out to the Queens Democratic Party but declined to elaborate on the extent of the conversations he’s had with county leadership. If elected, he would be the first Guyana native to be an elected official in Queens. But he said he’s fighting for more than the Guyanese population. “Southeast Queens has a lot of immigrants,” David said. “And we need one who will be able to stand up and Q speak for all of them.”

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Reward on tap Police are offering a $2,500 reward for information on the murder of a Woodhaven man found dead in his home late last month. Efrain Vargas, 24, seen here, was found with trauma to his body at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 29. The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death as a homicide. Cops have been unable to produce any leads on the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477), or, for Spanish, 1 (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering T IP577. A ll t ip s ar e s t r ic t l y confidential.

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Community Board 9 Tuesday unanimously voted to support a proposal to coname Forest Park Drive to Forest Park Memorial Drive to honor veterans of all wars. The motion was passed with little discussion. Forest Park Drive — which r uns through much of the park with the same name — has a number of war memorials already along it. Some of the trees along the road were planted as a memorial to Woodhaven residents who died in combat during World War I. There is also the Sgt. Joseph E. Schaefer Oval, which honors the Richmond Hill resident who staved off a Nazi attack on American troops in Germany during World War II. Renaming the road would be a way to honor all of the veterans and war heroes from the area, said civic activist Ed Wendell, who has been the leading advocate for the change. Wendell would like to see it renamed

or co-named before the 100th anniversary of the armistice of World War I, which is Nov. 11, 2018. The Department of Transportation will decide whether to co-name the road. The proposal has the support of American Legion Post 118, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and Cou nci lwom a n El i z abet h Crowley (D-Glendale). The board also unanimously voted to give its support to the Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.’s annual street fair, which is scheduled for Oct. 15. Board members Stephen Esposito and Maria Thomson, the GWDC’s president and executive director, respectively, abstained from voting due to conflicts of interest. The street fair every year brings vendors, musical entertainment and more to Jamaica Avenue for hours. Thomson expressed her appreciation to the board for backing the fair and invited Q everyone to attend.

Parks cuts adult tennis fees in half The Parks Department has cut the fee for annual adult tennis permits in half to $100 from $200 and now has online registration available to first-time registrants, the agency announced last Friday. “This is what parks equity looks like,” Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell Silver said in a prepared statement. “Easier and more affordable registration means that more New Yorkers can perfect their groundstrokes, serves, and top-spin shots at our 500 courts across the city.” The agency has also added eight new locations where the permits can be bought in-person, raising the total for citywide sites to 14. A 10-percent discount for annual permits is also available to IDNYC cardholders. Seniors aged 62 years old and over can buy the permits for $20; they cost merely $10 for juniors below 18 years old. For $15, you can buy single-play and reservation tickets. “This is great news for the many thousands of New Yorkers who play tennis in our parks every day,” Councilman Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) Q said in a prepared statement.


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Now, in Howard Beach, NY, one doctor is helping local residents with knee pain live more active, pain-free lives. Living with knee pain can feel like a crippling experience. Let’s face it, your knees aren’t as young as you used to be, and playing with the kids or grandkids isn’t any easier either. Maybe your knee pain keeps you from walking short distances or playing golf like you used to. Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because your knees hurt and the pain just won’t go away! My name is Dr. Robert F. Gucciardo, D.C., owner of Gucciardo Specific Chiropractic and Natural Health Center. Since we opened seventeen years ago, I’ve seen hundreds of people with knee problems leave the office pain free. If you’re suffering from these conditions, a new breakthrough in medical technology may completely eliminate your pain and help restore normal function to your knees.

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Before the FDA would clear the Class IV laser for human use, they wanted to see proof that it worked. This lead to two landmark studies. The first study showed that patients who had laser therapy had 53 percent better improvement than those who had a placebo. The second study showed patients who used the laser therapy had less pain and more range of motion days after treatment. If the Class IV Laser can help these patients, it can help you too.

Could This Noninvasive, Natural Treatment Be the Answer to Your Knee Pain? For 10 days only, I’m running a very special offer where you can find out if you are a candidate for cold laser therapy. What does this offer include? Everything I normally do in my “Knee Pain Evaluation.” Just call before February 26, 2017 and here’s what you’ll get… • An in-depth consultation about your problem where I will listen … really listen … to the details of your case. • A complete neuromuscular examination. • A full set of specialized X-rays to determine if arthritis is contributing to your pain (if necessary). (If you have films please bring them for evaluation). • A thorough analysis of your exam and X-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • You’ll see everything firsthand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, as it has been for so many other patients. Until February 26th, you can get everything I’ve listed here for only $37. The normal price for this type of evaluation including X-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking me up on this offer. Remember what it was like before you had knee problems – when you were pain free and could enjoy everything life had to offer. It can be that way again. Don’t neglect your problem any longer – don’t wait until it’s too late.

A new treatment is helping patients with knee pain live a happier, more active lifestyle. Here’s what to do now: Due to the expected demand for this special offer, I urge you to call our office at once. The phone number is 718-845-2323. Call today and we can get started with your consultation, exam and X-rays (if necessary) as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. Our office is called Gucciardo Specific Chiropractic and Natural Health Center and you can fi nd us at 162-07 91st Street in Howard Beach. Tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Knee Evaluation before February 26th. Sincerely, Dr. Robert F. Gucciardo, D.C. P.S. Now you might be wondering…

“Is this safe? Are there any side effects or dangers to this?” The FDA cleared the first Class IV Laser in 2002. This was after their study found 76 percent improvement in patients with severe pain. Their only warning – don’t shine it in your eyes. Of course at our office, the laser is never anywhere near your eyes and we’ll give you a comfortable pair of goggles for safety. Don’t wait and let your knee problems get worse, disabling you for life. Take me up on my offer and call today (718) 845-2323. For more information go to www.drgucciardo.com and click on the laser therapy tab.

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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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Cuomo blocks the bag bill; signs moratorium Says plastic bags a statewide, not local issue; promises task force by Michael Gannon Editor

Gov. Cuomo has signed a moratorium that will prevent New York City from having stores charge a fee of 5 cents for most paper and plastic grocery bags customers use. The city law, which was originally passed last spring, was to have gone into effect at 12:01 on Wednesday. The bill Cuomo signed requires the City Council to pass the bag fee again if it wants to impose it after the moratorium ends. Cuomo was known to be weighing the economic and environmental aspects of the state moratorium. He said he will call for a task force, with the help of legislative and community leaders, to arrive at a statewide solution on the ecological problems caused by disposable bags by year’s end. “While there are no doubt institutional political issues at play, and while New York City’s law is an earnest attempt at a real solution, it is also undeniable that the City’s bill is deeply flawed,” Cuomo said. “New York, like the rest of the nation, is currently struggling with the environmental impact of plastic and paper bag waste, particularly with a focus on plastic bags,” the governor said in a statement issued by his office on Tuesday afternoon,” calling it not a local issue but a statewide challenge. “As such, a state-

Gov. Cuomo has spared hoppers in New York City a 5 cent fee on most plastic and paper grocery bags. He is promising backers of the New York City bag bill, including leading environmental FILE PHOTO organizations, a comprehensive state plan by year’s end. wide solution is the most appropriate way to address this issue,” he said. Cuomo said plastic bags are convenient, but not without financial and environmental costs, quoting New York City Department of Sanitation estimates that it collects an average of 1,700 tons of plastic bags per week, costing

$12.5 million annually in disposal costs. Statewide New Yorkers use an estimated 23 billion plastic bags annually. “Most recently, New York City passed a local law that would impose a fee of at least five cents on all carryout merchandise bags,” Cuomo said. “The bill passed 28-20 — the clos-

est of any vote taken in the last several years. Since the bill’s passage, the State Legislature moved swiftly and overwhelmingly to impose a moratorium on that local law, with a total of 165 members voting in support and 32 against.” The margin in the Senate was 42-18, making an override a distinct possibility had Cuomo vetoed the legislation. Reaction to Cuomo’s response was swift. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) praised the governor. “I am so pleased to see that Governor Cuomo agrees with many of my constituents, who believe that there are far better ways to address the plastic bag issue than charging customers five cents to the benefit of the grocery stores,” Addabbo said. In a joint statement, Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), who wrote the bill passed by the City Council last year, and Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) expressed their disappointment. “We fought plastic bags, and for now, plastic bags won,” they said. “They are stubborn and toxic forms of solid waste. They never biodegrade, so they pollute our trees, oceans, and landfills forever. And they are hard to dislodge from the State Legislature, too.” They also said by nullifying only New York City’s law — but leaving nearly identical laws in Suffolk and Nassau counties intact –— the continued on page 25

Mixed opinions on familial DNA test Vetrano’s plea for its authorization while some raise privacy concerns by Anthony O’Reilly

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Even with thei r d aughter’s alleged killer behind bars, Phil and Cathie Vetrano urged the state Commission on Forensic Science last Friday to authorize familial DNA testing in an effort to quickly catch perpetrators of violent crimes. “The testing will not only help solve countless court cases ... it will also prevent crimes,” said Ph il Vet ra no, who fou nd h is d aug ht e r’s cor pse i n Spr i ng Creek Park Aug. 2. Familial DNA testing is a type of DNA sc re e n i ng i n wh ich investigators take a strand from a crime scene and look for a match in criminal databases to determine if it matches that of anyone’s close male relative — the search tests the Y chromosome, passed down by the father. I nvest igat or s ca n u se t h at information to interview more people and create a lead to the actual perpetrator. The commission held the hearing last week to solicit input on

whether to make New York the tenth state to utilize the method. Phil and Cathie Vetrano have been pushing for it since late November, weeks before Chanel Lewis was charged with sexually a s s au lt i ng a nd k i l l i ng t hei r daughter. “I need to stress that our personal tragedy, in reality, familial DNA is no longer our f ight,” Cathie Vetrano said. “But despite the fact I can barely walk out the door each day, I came so that I ca n re present a nd honor my daughter and still continue this fight.” Not everyone was supportive of the method, as some raised concerns over the legitimacy of results from the test, invasion of privacy and racial discrimination. “To be treated as a criminal suspect is a serious matter,” said DNA expert and New York University School of Law professor Erin Murphy. “It can result in the loss of a job, estrangement from one’s spouse or child, alienation from one’s community.” Brad Mau rer, of New York

Cou nt y Defenders’ Ser v ices, compared it to the practice of stop and frisk, saying minority communities would be especially targeted by the test. “Now, instead of what’s in your pockets, law enforcement wants to know what’s in your DNA, all because a relative of yours was convicted of a past crime,” Maurer said. Still, others said familial DNA is necessary to help law enforcement in investigating heinous crimes. “Prudent, appropriate, limited safeguards can be put in place to ensure that familial searching is used thoughtfully — not indiscriminately — and that information generated by these searches is handled with sensitivity,” said Eric Rosenbaum, chief of the Queens District Attorney’s DNA Prosecution’s Unit. “With such protections, fa m ilial DNA searching would bring to New York a potentially life-saving cr i me -f ig ht i ng tool wh ich is already being fairly employed in other jurisdictions.”

Phil Vetrano and his wife, Cathie, right, urged the state Commission on Forensic Science to approve the use of familial DNA testing in New York. FILE PHOTO

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) told the commission, “I believe that familial matching will be a powerful investigative tool in making sure violent people are behind bars, in nocent people walk free and we can clearly differentiate between the two.”

It’s unclear when the commission will make a decision on whether to approve the test. A Senate bill, which passed last week and is carried in the Assembly by Pheffer A mato, could mandate its use if passed by the lower chamber and signed Q by Gov. Cuomo.


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Animal terminal at JFK is world’s first 24-hour ‘ark’ opens to service the needs of all ‘furry companions’ by Isabella Bruni Chronicle Contributor

The world’s first privately owned 24-hour animal terminal and airport quarantine center, The Ark at JFK, officially opened its phase one services on Monday. Sitting on 14.4 acres, the $65 million 178,000-square-foot facility, located at Cargo Building 78, includes The Ark Pet Oasis, Equine & Livestock Export Center and Aviary In-Transit Quarantine. According to a statement from The Ark, the facility will provide airside and landside services, including import quarantine, intransit companion, animal kenneling, boarding and veterinary and diagnostic services, all approved by the USDA. The operation was approved by the Board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. For phase one, The Ark Pet Oasis is available to all airlines, pet shippers and pet parents; Equine & Livestock Export Center provides essential resting stalls for horses and livestock departing from JFK and Aviary In-Transit Quarantine provides isolation rooms for overnight rest stops for birds traveling through the U.S. Phase two, with a start date still to be announced, will include a full-service Ark Import-Export Center featuring Equine

Equine export stalls at The Ark at JFK, which will hold livestock. Quarantine/Import, Grooms’ Lounge and The Ark Aviary. Phase three will make The Ark fully operational in summer 2017 and will include a full veterinary clinic, veterinary blood laboratory and a pet boarding and grooming facility. “Four years ago, we embarked on this

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process to address the unmet needs for the import and export of companion, sporting and agricultural animals at JFK International Airport,” said John Cuticelli, Jr. CEO of Racebrook and founder and chairman of Ark Development/The Ark at JFK. “Transporting live cargo by plane can be a complex and arduous process for owners and

animals alike.” “Our goal is to create a more efficient and safe process by reducing the need for additional travel and offering trained animal care staff immediately pre- and post-flight. The ARK provides a healthy and comfortable environment, and sets new international airport standards for comprehensive veterinary, kenneling and quarantine services,” Cuticelli added. “The Port Authority is continuously exploring innovative ways to meet our customers’ needs,” Port Authority Aviation Director Thomas Bosco said. “The Ark is a world-class animal care and comprehensive veterinary service facility, and will be a great addition to JFK — not only for our passengers, but as a driver for the regional economy that will create jobs and generate sales activity.” Servicing the needs and promoting the welfare of all “furry companions,” as said by The Ark, is the operation’s main goal. Those services include educating pet parents, micro-chipping pets pre-travel, ontime pick-up and delivery, food and water and individualized identification of animals and crates. Additional information about the animal terminal can be found on The Ark’s website, Q arkjfk.com.

Getting to one truth at Resorts World Civil rights activist’s art on display at the South Ozone Park racino by Anthony O’Reilly

sculpture and to his other piece of work. The work, entitled “It Is Not Enough to See For Emmet Wigglesworth, it’s not enough ... One must See Through to Find Truth,” perfor people to see his art — he wants them to sonifies how he believes people need to look at everyday life to find what he calls “the univerfocus on it with intent to discover its meaning. In a previous exhibit, he put up a mural sal truth.” “Everyone is looking at all these individual and in front of it, a sculpture with many holes that allowed those viewing it to see past the truths,” Wigglesworth said. “But there is only one truth. We have to look past everything else to find it.” Wiggleswor th hopes to show that with his work, which will be on display at the Red Wall Art Gallery at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park through March 8. A sculpture by Wigglesworth, a longtime Jamaica resident, will also be on display at the racino’s main entrance. The exhibit was organized by Resorts World and the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Wigglesworth has been creating works of art for years — he’s done paintings, sculptures and more — and taught art at the CORE Freedom School in Wigglesworth’s piece “It Is Not Enough to See ... One must See Selma, Ala. during the Civil Rights movement. His work Through to Find Truth” stands in the racino’s lobby.

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Emmet Wigglesworth, second from right, will have his work on display at Resorts World Casino through March 8. He is joined here by Michelle Stoddart, spokeswoman for the racino, left, Councilman Eric Ulrich and Cathy Huang, executive director of the Jamaica Center for Arts and PHOTOS BY ANTHONY O’REILLY Learning. has been on display around the country and in several different states. He said art is important to him because it has the power to enlighten people and teach them valuable lessons. “When you go look at art, it has the power to humanize,” he said.

But it also has the ability to affect people in negative ways. Wigglesworth said advertising is an example of art being used to work against humanity. “Its purpose is to try to keep people from finding themselves,” he said. “It turns wants Q into needs.”


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More hotel homeless shelters continued from page 2 administration,” said Addabbo, whose district covers the Comfort Inn and the Holiday Inn. “This was a foreseeable issue and they had no real long-term or short-term plan to help these people.” Daly, in an interview with the Chronicle, said the presence of homeless people at the hotel is no cause for concern. “At first, I wasn’t quite comfortable with having them here,” she said. “But they were very good ... There’s not an issue. There’s no change in the quality of life here.” At least one resident disagrees. “It’s filthy there,” said Dominic, who lives nearby and wished not to have his last name published. “There’s food just laying on the windowsills all the time ... people smoking marijuana outside.” Dominic claimed he’s seen sexual activity near the hotel, including on his property. Daly acknowledged that food lays on the windowsills but disputed the claim that residents take part in any illicit activity. “They are not on the streets doing anything,” she said, adding that all shelter residents have a 9 p.m. curfew and must sign in. “There’s no sexual activity unless he’s peeping in through the windows at night.” She added that “nobody knew they were here” until this past week. “That’s how quiet they’ve been,” she said. The curfew was established by Children’s

Community Services, a nonprofit providing services for the families there. Despite Daly’s reassurances, the officials said they’re in contact with police to address any concerns. “We will work closely with the 106th Precinct to protect the quality of life for all those who live in the vicinity of the hotel,” the politicians said in their statement. The DHS is also working with the NYPD to manage security there. Daly said CCS caseworkers are at the hotel, ensuring children are properly cared for. The children, she added, are registered at nearby schools. Still, Dominic lamented what he called filthy conditions near the hotel and wondered, “Where’s the owner?” Choice Hotels, the parent company for Comfort Inn, did not respond to a request for comment and the landlord, Gurbachan Chawla, could not be reached. Addabbo said while no major incidents have taken place near the hotel, the use of it creates “anxiety” for nearby residents. “Our Queens economy is now suffering because who wants to stay at a hotel in Queens?” he later asked. When questioned if he sees an end to the use of hotels as shelters, Addabbo said that will only happen if de Blasio loses his seat. “The only way we’re going to get a new policy is if we get a new mayor,” he said. Q

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Categories to currently choose from on the map include food and beverage, retail and service. Some Queens spots that are currently on the map include Eddie’s Sweet Shop in Forest Hills, The Dance Shop in Fresh Meadows, The Tuxedo Shop of New York in Bayside, Apollo Comfort Shoes in Bayside and Bell Bay Florist in Bayside. “It’s a very good thing to highlight the diverse businesses that each neighborhood has, especially Forest Hills,” said Leslie Brown, the president of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. “One of our trademarks is ‘large enough to serve you and small enough to know you.’ To highlight our local businesses as much as possible and getting a citywide base is terrific,” she added. Maria Thomson, executive director of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corp., believes “NYC Love Your Local” is great “because God knows we need people shopping in small businesses and not going to the mall.” “The Queens Chamber of Commerce is thrilled about this initiative,” said Thomas Grech, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce in a statement issued by the Mayor’s Office. “As the most diverse county in the U.S. and the largest geographic borough in New York City, Queens and our small local businesses will be well served by this unique initiative. Queens has nearly 47,000 business entities spread across fourteen NYC City Council Districts so this project will truly spread the love across the Borough,” Grech Q added.


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Teen sex rap for Rich. Hill, Kew Gdns. men

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it from happening again.” The rates of rooms the week before the storm ranged from $99 to $209. Once Jonas hit, rates increased from 45 to 75 percent during the peak storm days of Jan. 22 through Jan. 25, 2016, according to the attorney general’s statement. The Jonas Ice Storm was the secondbiggest blizzard in New York City since 1869 and the city was halted due to massive snowfall and hurricane-force winds. Gov. Cuomo issued a travel ban for all roads in the city and Long Island and Mayor de Blasio shut down public transportation Jan. 23 through Jan. 24. Flight cancellations left travelers desperate for temporary shelter, and the Courtyard by Marriott New York JFK Airport hotel was the most convenient option until flights started back up, according to the attorney general’s statement. Schneiderman urged New Yorkers to call his Consumer Fraud’s Bureau by calling 1 (800) 771-7755 or visiting on.NY. gov/2lsGMpT to file a complaint if they Q believed they are a victim of a scam.

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said Premnauth gave the girl $100 in cash and a pair of headphones. She then allegedly gave Marcial the money and technology, which he sold in order to pay back Premnauth. Marcial was indicted last Friday on three counts of sex trafficking, two counts each of second-degree promoting prostitution and second-degree coercion and one count each of second-degree rape, second-degree criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child. Premnauth was also indicted last Friday on two counts of second-degree coercion and one count each of second-degree rape, second-degree criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, Marcial faces up to 25 years in prison. Premnauth is looking at a possible seven-year bid. Bail was set at $15,000 bond for both men. The former is due back in court on March 22 while the latter has a May 8 Q court date.

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State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Monday that a settlement of more than $65,500 has been reached with Granite JFK LLC and Crossroads Hospitality Company, which own and operate, respectively, the Courtyard by Marriott New York JFK Airport hotel, after finding it illegally price-gouged guests during the Jonas Ice Storm in January 2016. After the investigation it has been confirmed that the JFK airport hotel gouged more than 300 guests last January. The hotel must pay over $48,000 in restitution to consumers and $17,500 as a civil penalty to the State of New York. Customers who are eligible will be contacted by the Attorney General’s Office. “The Courtyard by Marriott took advantage of hundreds of stranded people who were simply seeking the safety of shelter during and after this massive blizzard,” Sch neider ma n said i n a prepa red statement. “This settlement holds the hotel accountable for these actions and prohibits

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Residents push for better bus service Ridgewood hosts the first of two transit plan workshops in Queens by Christopher Barca Associate Editor

Dozens of people from across Queens descended on IS 77 in Ridgewood on Monday night, each with their own vision of how to improve public transportation in the city. The occasion? The second of six Department of Transportation workshops across the five boroughs, aimed at garnering public feedback for the agency’s Citywide Transit Plan, expected to be released in the fall. Split into groups of four or five, attendees heard brief presentations from DOT representatives about the purpose of the evening before diving into what improvements they want to see. The exercise consisted of placing stickers on maps detailing one’s commute to and from work, filling out a survey and ranking transit-related problems straphangers see nearly every day in order of most pressing. Many of the tables saw wide-ranging discussions between the DOT officials and the residents, with the table featuring Community Board 5 member Ted Renz and his son, David, spending a solid chunk of time talking about bus service in central Queens in the area of Woodhaven Boulevard. Citing the Q38 in Middle Village, which makes repeated stops in quick succession along Penelope Avenue, the younger Renz

Residents place stickers on a map of the borough at Monday’s Department of Transportation PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA Citywide Transit Plan workshop in Ridgewood. said eliminating a few stops would make the bus — which operates between Corona and Maspeth — run faster and get people to their destinations quicker. “There’s no need for a bus stop every block,” Renz said. “Between Woodhaven Boulevard and 80th Street, there are three Q38 bus stops between those two intersec-

tions. It’s four blocks, if that. You don’t need that many stops.” The elder Renz noted that congestion on the Q11, Q21, Q52 and Q53 buses along Woodhaven Boulevard could be alleviated if the vehicles were articulated — with two passenger compartments instead of one — similar to the Q44, which connects Jamaica

and the Bronx running predominantly along Main Street. “We should be looking at where we should bring articulated bus lines to,” he said. “The 11, 21, 52 and 53 could all be articulated.” When it comes to more long-term planning, a suggestion put forth involved possibly expanding the subway system into eastern Queens, a proposal Laurelton resident Frederick Wells concurred with. “Maybe start off with the F train to Bellerose and improve the eastern Queens bus network, start with that” Wells said. “Then, we can expand the E to Cambria Heights or the Z to Rosedale.” An ardent supporter of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line’s proposed reactivation, Wells said he would also like to see select bus service increased throughout the city to give riders a myriad of transit options. The city plans to use the Citywide Transit Plan, which originated from 2015 legislation introduced by Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), to def ine priorities for enhancing reliability and planning for future upgrades. Queens is the only borough to receive two public workshops, the second of which is scheduled for Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at ElmQ hurst Hospital Center.

Forest Hills, meet your new neigh-bor GallopNYC’s open house is a hit with horseback riders of all ages by Christopher Barca

Holzhauser — who was present at Monday’s open house, helping children interact with the horses — is still involved Getting that rural farm feeling in the middle of the big city with the stable’s daily operation. Prior to the purchase, the group had been renting horses is apparently really popular in Forest Hills. Dozens poured into therapeutic horseback riding company by the hour from the riding center to use for its programGallopNYC’s new location at 88-03 70 Road during Mon- ming for the last five years. “We are getting a lot of calls, more than we had expected,” day’s open house to meet the steeds, enjoy the live music and GallopNYC Executive Director Alicia even go for a quick ride. Kershaw said of the interest in the staDespite the bitter cold outside and ble since the acquisition. “It’s great. The the chill inside the barn, excited chiltherapeutic part is our primary focus dren spent hours petting and feeding but we really want to be good neighthe welcoming horses while their parbors, so we’re happy to have people ents took pictures. come ride.” After getting to know the animals, a GallopNYC at Forest Hills offers few of the children and some of the two sets of horses for people with or adults present took turns riding them without special needs to ride: ponies slowly around the barn while instrucfor children — the majority of the tors taught them how to stop, start and company’s riders — and full-size horscontrol the horse. es for adults. All the while, a banjo and violin duo Community Board 6 District Managplayed a selection of country music er Frank Gulluscio visited the site durtunes in the background. ing the open house and said having GalThe stable of horses had long been owned by Lynne Holzhauser and her GallopNYC E xecutive Director Alicia lopNYC in Forest Hills will be a huge benefit for children and families across family, who operated Lynne’s Riding Kershaw says hello to Suzetta. the district. Center at the site for decades. “I love this,” Gulluscio said. “It’s great to have this here in But in early January, Holzhauser sold the barn and stable and donated her horses and equipment to the Brook- the community. It’s just great for these kids.” A number of volunteers were on hand to help the riders and lyn-based GallopNYC, which provides therapeutic riding programs to children and adults with disabilities and spe- control the horses, with Kershaw saying GallopNYC is working on creating a program under which those who sign up to cial needs.

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volunteer at the Forest Hills site get discounted riding lessons. One Whitestone woman named Jean said she hopes as many kids as possible take advantage of the new opportunity to ride. “I’m just so excited you’re in the boroughs,” she said to Q Kershaw, “and that city kids have this opportunity.”


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Restaurant Row plans taken off the menu A residential development was announced for the strip last year by Christopher Barca Associate Editor

Nearly a year to the day from when the owner of the strip of Forest Hills eateries known as Restaurant Row announced plans to build a residential complex at the site, the proposal has been taken off the table, much to the relief of many in the neighborhood. “I’m pleased that our beloved restaurants are staying,” Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce President Leslie Brown said in a Wednesday interview, “and I’m hopeful they will be able to stay for the long haul.” Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) announced at last Wednesday’s Community Board 6 meeting that construction plans had been nixed. In a Tuesday phone interview, she confirmed to the Chronicle that her message to the board was correct. However, the owner of the 70th Road strip of restaurants, Crescent Properties, had not told her office why the proposal had been taken off the table. “I was not involved in the negotiations,” Koslowitz said. The preliminary plans for the site included a 12-story, 120-foot-tall residential building above six of the nine storefronts that border 70th Road between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street.

The future of Restaurant Row, the strip of eateries on 70th Road in Forest Hills, was endangered last year when plans for a residential complex was announced for the site. That proposal was FILE PHOTO taken off the table earlier this month. Of the nine storefronts that line the street, seven are occupied by eateries. And of those seven, only Vanilla Sky, (aged.) and Narita Japanese Cuisine — the three restaurants closest to Austin Street — would not have been impacted by the development. Cabana, The Grill, MoCa and Bangkok Cuisine would have been forced to relocate

once construction began on the residential building. The project was immediately met with intense criticism from Forest Hills residents and civic voices, with nearly 2,000 signing onto an online petition against the plan in the days following the announcement. “The meeting hall for Community Board

6 is shaping up to be the battleground for the soul of Forest Hills,” read the petition, which was released prior to CB 6’s February 2016 meeting. “The soul we are referring to is the string of independently run restaurants now occupying 70th Road.” During warm weather months, the eateries offer sidewalk seating, giving the entire strip the look of one, big outdoor cafe. Brown told the Chronicle last year that Restaurant Row has become synonymous with Forest Hills, a trait the neighborhood could ill afford to lose. On Wednesday, she wondered whether the plan had been killed for good or could be restored in the near future. “It’s good news, but it’s good news with a caveat,” she said. “The big question I would ask the restaurant owners is if they have a different lease. If they don’t, this could happen in one year or five years.” One of the two empty storefronts, the former Santa Fe steakhouse, now bears a “store for sale” sign, something Koslowitz said she noticed about a week ago. Adam Rothkrug, the attorney for Crescent Properties, which took over the site in 1985 and developed it into the strip of restaurants it has become, did not respond to inquiries for comment by press time on Q Wednesday.

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Sunny and 60 to snowy and chilly Nor’easter hammers the borough with a quick foot of the white stuff by Christopher Barca Associate Editor

This winter has been a bust for borough snow lovers so far, so Mother Nature decided to give those broken-hearted residents a little gift just in time for Valentine’s Day. Last Thursday’s nor’easter, while fast-moving, was a powerful one, dumping 13.2 inches of snow on Fresh Meadows, the biggest total in the city. Queens Village and Kew Gardens both picked up exactly 1 foot, while Oakland Gardens and Whitestone saw 11 inches on the ground. Thousands of flights were canceled at the three New York City-area airports and borough roadways were treacherous to travel on, but that doesn’t mean the coat of white didn’t look picturesque. Some took advantage of the snow day to play on the lawn of Flushing High School, There’s no such thing as a while the New York snow day for these mail carM e t s a s k e d o n riers! They slowly trudged Twitter how many through the precipitation, days away Spring carts in hand. Q Training was. PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA

The snow glows white on Elmhurst, blanketing streets, PHOTO BY ANTHONY O’REILLY cars and roofs. The snowblowers were out in force across Queens last Thursday, as over a foot of the white stuff fell on parts of the borough. Just about a foot fell here at Parsons PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA Boulevard and 34th Avenue in Flushing. How many days until baseball comes back? That was the question the New York Mets asked on Twitter, along with a stormy photo of Citi Field covered in snow. Sometimes the snow, seen here covering Flushing High PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA School, can be beautiful.

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Riders question MTA funding proposals Advocates criticize source of cuts; Cuomo says total financing increases by Michael Gannon

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Advocates for New York City commuters are expressing concerns over just how Gov. Cuomo intends to fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in his most recent budget proposal. John Raskin, director of the Riders Alliance, said Cuomo is proposing $244 million in MTA funding in the form of discretionary spending as opposed to $309 million this year. The money was promised to make the MTA whole after the old payroll mobility tax was cut in 2011. “As subway delays rise and crowds get worse, now is not the time to yank promised funding away from transit riders,” Raskin said in a statement issued Monday. He said the TriState Transportation Campaign and the Straphangers Campaign also are concerned. “Riding transit is more popular than ever, but we haven’t invested in a subway system that can handle everyone who is trying to use it,” he added. “Depriving the MTA of muchneeded funds is pennywise and pound-foolish, because the entire regional economy depends on an effective and reliable MTA.” The Governor’s Office did not respond to a request for comment prior to the Chronicle’s deadline on Wednesday, but the Daily News this week quoted state budget division spokes-

Mass transit advocates are questioning Gov. Cuomo’s request to cut discretionary funding to the MTA next year, though the Governor’s Office says money from other dedicated sources will more PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON than make up the difference. man Marvin Peters as saying the MTA is actually receiving $16.7 million more when factoring in increased tax revenue and other sources, and about $30 million more overall. Raskin, in a telephone inter view on Wednesday, said his response to Peters is

both yes and no. “Mass transit is funded in two ways — one portion comes from things like gas taxes and other taxes and fees that all go to the MTA,” he said. “Those can go up in good years and down in others.”

The second pool, the one Raskin said is reducing its contribution under Cuomo’s proposal, comes from discretionary state money, funding Raskin said always has been used since 2011. That pool, he said, has been more stable as it is less reliant on outside factors. Peters cited the increased tax revenue as augmenting the dedicated funding in the Daily News. “The governor is trying to take credit for funding he has no control over,” Raskin told the Chronicle. He said his group and others have begun contacting state legislators to make sure stable funding is provided. State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), whose district relies heavily on the N/W and No. 7 subway lines, told the Chronicle in an email that he will be keeping an eye on funding, particularly with the recently approved MTA fare hikes. “A cut in MTA funding would make this situation even worse for our city’s subway and bus riders. The proposed budget must be improved and appropriate funds must be provided in order make needed improvements.” Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing), in the Riders Alliance statement, said she too will be watching. “Now is not the time for the State budget to drive its transit system and economic driver Q off the rails,” she said.


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Name Elmhurst library for Antonin Scalia: CB 4 Damian Vargas makes his debut as chairman, replacing Louis Walker by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor

One of two last-minute additions to the agenda provided the most controversial moments of the Community Board 4 meeting Tuesday night. Longtime board member Ann Pfoser Darby made a motion calling for the recently opened Elmhurst Library to be named for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, an Elmhurst native who died last year. Several members of the board claimed to not be familiar with Scalia, prompting District Manager Christian Cassagnol to ask Pfoser Darby to provide the board with a biography on Scalia for next month’s meeting. One board member suggested other notables connected to the area should be considered before singling out Scalia for the recognition. Following further discussion, the motion passed but barely, with several members voting against it and nearly a dozen others abstaining. The other addendum came in the form of a presentation by the Wildlife Conservation Society, which came to the board seeking a letter of support for a project that would double classroom space at the Queens Zoo, the better to serve visiting student groups. Concern was raised over the possible displacement of animals but according to the zoo’s manager of education, Thomas Hurtubise, the animals “aren’t going anywhere. We’re not giving up one for the other.” According to Paul Tapogna, WCS’s executive director of design and construction, the project is in the design stage, with construction expected to begin late this year. The board voted in WCS’s favor.

New Community Board 4 Chairman Damian Vargas made his debut as the advisory group’s leader on Tuesday. PHOTO BY MARK LORD The meeting was also noteworthy for several firsts. It marked the debut of Damian Vargas as chairperson, who responded to a warm reception by saying, “Hopefully, I can represent you adequately. I hope to do things that are necessary and proper.” Vargas said that new sites for the monthly meetings are being considered, owing in part to space and parking issues around the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Corona where the board assembles. He also indicated the need to review the bylaws, “to make

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CB 5 turns down Fresh Pond festival Board says no for the third straight year, OKs four other street fairs by Christopher Barca Associate Editor

In what has become an annual occurrence, Community Board 5 last Wednesday voted overwhelmingly against the proposed four-day Fresh Pond Road street festival slated for early September. The vote tally, 24-6, was similar to last year’s 27-8 margin and larger than 2015’s 22-12 count. “Those of us who live between Fresh Pond Road and Traffic Avenue are effectively immured for four nights,” board member Peggy O’Kane said before the vote. “We can’t go anywhere, no one comes to see us, people park in our driveways. We are their vomitorium and bathroom.” Hosted by the Federazione Italo-Americana di Brooklyn and Queens, the 25th annual iteration of the festival is planned for Thursday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 10 between Woodbine and Menahan Street — a stretch of five blocks. The hours of operation run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on the first two nights, 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. “There’s no reason for hundreds of people to be inconvenienced,” O’Kane said. “We’re captive.” CB 5 District Manager Gary Giordano said the board opposed the festival 32-4 when it was first proposed 25 years ago, with the advisory group again saying no to it a year later. In the years following, the street fair was repeatedly approved by the board. But the festival was last approved in 2014 by the slimmest of margins. That year, 18 people voted in favor of the fair with 15 saying no. “You can disrupt the community for one day for a few hours on a Sunday when everybody is

Community Board 5, for the third straight year, voted against the annual four-day Fresh Pond Road street festival in early September. One member, who lives close to the fair’s location, said FILE PHOTO the event makes leaving one’s house nearly impossible. off,” board member Jerry Drake said. “When you’re talking about a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s a different story.” The festival has been held the last two years, despite the board’s opposition to it. However, last year’s fair was shortened from four days to just two because of scheduled construction work at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, which never actually happened. That project — the emergency replacement of the bridge deck above the railroad tracks —

was delayed repeatedly, eventually getting underway this month. CB 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr. said the board has reached out to the Department of Transportation to ask if the work will have any impact on the festival and vice versa, but has yet to receive a response. One board member, Carmen Santana, was quite vocal about her support for the festival, however. An opponent of the fair when it was first proposed more than two decades ago, the

Ridgewood resident said she’s since changed her tune. “As far as I know, and I’ve been following it throughout the years, there have been no incidents at this particular festival,” Santana said. “It’s unfortunate that this is the only one festival in Community Board 5 that always has issues where people don’t want it there. I’m to the point where I’m disgusted with the response.” CB 5 approved four other street festivals last Wednesday, while no action was taken on another application. The approved festivals include the: • Myrtle Avenue Festival, running 11 blocks between Wyckoff Avenue and Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood; Sunday, April 9 from 12 to 6 p.m., by the Ridgewood Local Development Corp.; • Myrtle Avenue Festival, running four blocks between Forest Avenue and Fresh Pond Road; Sunday, July 23 from 12 to 6 p.m., sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Glendale; • Myrtle Avenue Festival, running 11 blocks between Wyckoff Avenue and Fresh Pond Road; Sunday, Sept. 17 from 12 to 6 p.m., sponsored by the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District; and • Grand Avenue Festival, running seven blocks between 65th and 72nd streets; Sunday, Oct. 8 between 12 and 6 p.m., sponsored by the Maspeth Chamber of Commerce. All four festivals were approved by an acclamation vote, with only Michael O’Kane voting against the applications. CB 5 took no action on the Metropolitan Avenue Festival — tentatively set for Sunday, April 30 from 12 to 6 p.m. between 73rd Place and 79th Street — as the Kiwanis Club of Q Glendale has yet to finalize the details.

CB 5 members say focus more on R’Wood Kathleen Knight, Carmen Santana ask for support in fighting change by Christopher Barca

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A pair of Community Board 5 members from Ridgewood took to the microphone at last Wednesday’s meeting to passionately defend their neighborhood and call on their colleagues to do the same. Kathleen Knight, one of the board’s younger and newer members, was even moved to tears as she discussed her fears about the future of her beloved but rapidly gentrifying hometown. “What disappoints me is that Ridgewood falls between two Council districts and multiple representatives that seem to not care as much about it as they do the other portions of their district,” Knight said. “What I want is for this community board to not be sitting here in five years wondering how this happened to us.” Just within the last decade, Ridgewood has gone from a working-class neighborhood to a trendy location complete with new, upscale bars, metropolitan restaurants and luxury housing developments. In the flux, a number of longtime residents have either been priced out of the area or pushed out of their apartments by unscrupulous landlords looking to sell the units at a much higher rate to young professionals moving east along

the L train line. The latter is what Ridgewood resident Maria Thompson said, through an interpreter, fears might be starting to happen at her 68-38 Forest Ave. building, where her landlord allegedly isn’t keeping up with apartment maintenance. CB 5 member Carmen Santana said tenant advocacy groups like Ridgewood Housing Matters are trying their hardest to get a handle on situations like Thompson’s, but they need more cooperation from the community and area elected officials alike. “We need to pump it up,” Santana said. “It’s getting ridiculous. We can’t work on fighting homelessness if we can’t secure the apartments people already have.” While neither Councilmembers Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Ridgewood) or Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) — the city lawmakers who share Ridgewood — were present at the meeting, Knight urged them to fight alongside those who want to protect Ridgewood from change. “Don’t consider Ridgewood something that you can offload to your neighboring representative, that you can ignore because we’re not as big of a cohesive voting block,” she said with tears in her eyes. “Pay us the attention that we deserve. Stand up for the residents that elect you and supQ port you.”

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Heightened fears in Queens follow raids Rumors spread as ICE cracks down on the unauthorized population by Ryan Brady Associate Editor

Fears are reaching crescendo in some quarters of Queens as the president pushes forward with his promised im migration offensive. “People are afraid to travel around the city,” Fiona Zhao of the MinKwon Center for Community Action advocacy group in Flushing told the Chronicle. “The most recent unconfirmed rumor was that there are ICE officers in the 7 train. People are afraid to leave their homes.” Queens has 246,000 unauthorized immigrants, more than any other borough, according to a 2015 Migration Policy Institute report. Forty-one people, 38 of whom were criminals, were arrested in New York City last week; more than 680 were arrested throughout the United States, the federal government said. The Daily News reported that, according to the immigrant advocacy group Make the Road New York, one Queens resident had been arrested as of Feb. 12. (Details about that person could not be ascertained by the Chronicle prior to deadline.) At least one borough resident was detained, according to news reports. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s New York press office did not imme-

In Queens neighborhoods like Flushing where a large unauthorized population lives, fear has folPHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA lowed the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown. diately return a request for comment about how many Queens residents had been deported and where those that were lived. “In the era of Trump, our immigrant communities, unfortunately, live now in constant fear,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said in a prepared statement. “We are talking about New Yorkers who want to be

part of the American Dream, just like my parents did when they arrived here.” The agency’s decision to not publish comprehensive information, such as the locations and details about the individuals who were arrested, prompted U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) to demand that it do so. In a broader sense, the Senate minority

leader was one of many Democratic officials diametrically opposed to President Trump’s crackdown. “Undocumented immigrants live in fear, and they are confused and scared,” Schumer said in a prepared statement. Someone concerned about deportation called the office of Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) to ask about what resources are available. Koo’s staff — whose office hosts a pro-bono CUNY Immigration Services lawyer every week to help people with immigration concerns — has also seen an increase in appointments for naturalization services. “The uptick is significant enough that we are no longer making appointments for people who live outside our district, which is something we’ve done for the last seven years,” Koo spokesman Scott Sieber said in an emailed statement. Rumors of ICE agents at Roosevelt Avenue and Junction Boulevard spread. Uniformed men were reportedly impersonating federal immigration officials and intimidating them with an extortion scam: demanding money in exchange for no deportation. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued an urgent fraud alert about the scheme. Bitter condemnation from Queens’ elected officials followed the nationwide raids. “Far from prioritizing undocumented continued on page 46

Barnwell says he’s ‘loving’ Albany New assemblyman reflects on his first month as a state lawmaker by Christopher Barca

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New Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) has only been in Albany a month, but he already feels like a seasoned veteran of the state Legislature. “It really feels like forever ago,” Barnwell said of his 2016 Assembly campaign in an interview with the Chronicle last week. “This is exactly what I wanted. It’s perfect for me.” The Woodside native has been far from bored in his first few weeks at the capital, he said, as he’s introduced nine pieces of legislation and been selected to serve on five committees. That’s on top of him staying up until 3 a.m. most nights so he can “read every single bill.” Of the nine pieces of legislation he’s sponsored, Barnwell said he couldn’t pick one that he’s proudest of, but he did single out Intro No. 02997 — which would raise the cap on the amount of pensions and annuities which can be subtracted from gross income for federal income tax purposes from $20,000 to $30,000 — as one he enjoyed introducing. Barnwell has also turned an eye to crime prevention with his sponsorship of a pair of bills related to sentencing. Intro No. 02984 would mandate that anyone who violently violates an order of protection — a directive oftentimes issued in domestic violence cases — is sentenced to at least one year in prison. “Let’s face it, it’s just a piece of paper. Joe Schmo isn’t going to say, ‘You’ve got that paper so I can’t get you

now,’” he said. “But if I knew I would go to jail guaranteed if I got caught, maybe I would think twice about committing the crime.” Intro No. 03073 would allow a judge to sentence a criminal to life in prison with or without parole — instead of a maximum of 25 years — for first-degree rape and other aggravated sex crimes. “Judges should have that ability,” the lawmaker said. “Even if you save one life here, it’s worth it in my opinion. “I’m all for second chances,” he continued, “but let’s be serious here.” He’s also hoping to change how units are deemed affordable in affordable housing projects going forward. Intro No. 05505 would require developers to use the area median income for the specific ZIP code that the project is located in for determining affordability, as opposed to the AMI of the whole New York City area. He noted, however, that he wouldn’t be surprised if that bill gets “stonewalled” in the Legislature. One way to get around such obstruction is a public initiative, which would allow the public to propose a law or constitutional amendment to be voted on in a special election. Barnwell’s Intro No. 04074 would allow for such an initiative, which he said could limit Albany’s ability to kill legislation without bringing it to a vote. “It’s progressive. It’s direct democracy,” the member of the Aging, Labor, Libraries, Real Property Taxation and Children and Families committees said. “There’s too Q much stonewalling going on. Enough is enough.”

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Should you let your child play football this spring? by Christopher Barca Associate Editor

Public service announcements, rule changes and even Hollywood movies: So much has been made about the National Football League’s concussion crisis in recent years. As each football Sunday passes, the viewing public becomes more and more aware of the occurrences of brain injuries. And as world watches former gridiron greats suffer from debilitating neurological problems after their careers end, a steady stream of parents have been keeping their children from playing the game. In an effort to increase player safety — and preserve the future of the sport itself — USA Football, the national governing body of youth football, announced late last month several dramatic changes to how the game is played. Most notably, the pilot program that will be tested in a select few leagues across the country will see the elimination of kickoffs and punts, the shrinking of the field to 40-by-35 yards, seven players per team on the field instead of 11 and the banning of the three-point stance. “This is the future of the game, “ USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck told The New York Times in January. “All of this is all about how do we do a better job, and a smarter job around the development of athletes and coaches in the game of football.” The changes, USA Football says, eliminate

most of the game’s high-speed, high-contact plays like kickoff returns, while a smaller field makes it harder for a player to reach his full speed, in turn reducing the risk of concussions and other head injuries. Parents nationwide have pushed for such rule changes, with some even enrolling their child in flag football leagues, which have seen their participation rates skyrocket in recent years. Meanwhile, according to The New York Times, enrollment in tackle football leagues for boys ages 6 to 12 has fallen nearly 20 percent since 2009. That decline in participation has not come to pass in Queens, however, as Queens Falcons President Neil O’Donnell said his five-team travel program has seen membership rates hover around 250 players for years. While O’Donnell noted he often receives calls from parents concerned about signing their child up, he said the coaches of the Maspeth-based organization’s five teams tirelessly train their players on how to avoid concussions. “We start practicing without pads in April and we walk through how to tackle properly,” O’Donnell said in a Monday interview. “We give out equipment in August, but I won’t give equipment to a kid until he demonstrates he can tackle properly. I’m not going to put his safety or others’ in danger if he tackles with his head.” The coach of the 11- and 12-year-old team, he applauded USA Football’s decision to eliminate

kickoffs, as the play has already been eliminated for players under 10 in his league. But outside of that, he doesn’t want to see the very core of the game altered. After all, sports like soccer, basketball and lacrosse also have inherent dangers for players. “I think they’re really overkilling it with this,” he said. “Every sport is dangerous if not taught properly. It’s such a shame they chose to pick on youth football.” O’Donnell said solutions to the concussion crisis include better prepared coaches who can train proper tackling techniques, more informed parents, strict weight limits for players specific to the league they play in and a bigger emphasis on professional medical evaluations for every player suffering from a head injury. “In our league, we require clearance from a doctor before a player is allowed back onto the field,” he said. “I actually speak to the doctor myself and make sure the clearance is good.” Dr. Russell Camhi, a sports medicine specialist with Northwell Health, said he hopes parents will take things one step further. “Parents should be taking their children to see physicians trained in mild traumatic brain injuries,” Camhi said in a Tuesday interview. “Don’t just see one doctor who might be a pediatrician. There should be vestibular, psychological testing by a team of trained doctors before returning to the field of play.” Camhi, who regularly treats middle and high

The governing body of American youth football has proposed dramatic changes to how the PHOTO BY XANTEEN / FLICKR sport is played. school football players, concurred with O’Donnell in saying eliminating kickoffs should be explored but that solutions include more effective teaching of “proper tackling technique.” When asked if USA Football’s proposed changes will result in fewer concussions, he said while there would certainly be a lesser risk of them, there is no data to suggest so. But there is evidence, Camhi said, that youth continued on page 32

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players are more at risk for prolonged and sometimes debilitating post-concussion issues than adult NFL players. “They have a younger, more malleable head and brain,” he said. “In terms of fractures, they heal faster. But with concussions, they tend to see more instances of headaches, difficulty concentrating and other symptoms.” That doesn’t mean every child who gets a concussion will suffer its aftereffects for weeks or months, as each injury and subsequent recovery is patient specific. “The main thing is how long their symptoms last,” he said. “If someone had three concussions with symptoms only lasting t wo days in leng th, I might be more inclined to clear that athlete as opposed to a player who had one concussion where symptoms lasted four months.” What doctors and scientists have been trying to figure out for years, how many concussions it takes for a youth football player to see crippling medical issues later in life, is still unknown, however. “It’s all speculative so far. We don’t have concrete data to tell us how many is too many,” Camhi said. “The length of the career, that’s what’s most significant, so we don’t have anything to tell us that any specific number puts kids at a higher Q risk for those issues.”

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Fernandez is now Dr. Harold Fernandez, a U.S. citizen and cardiothoracic surgeon who studied at both Princeton and Harvard and holds the lowest fatality rate among his peers in New York State. Patricia Shih, the movie’s executive producer, is a lifelong professional singer and songwriter who was inspired to become a filmmaker by Fernandez’s story. Shih is both the daughter and the mother of immigrants. Her father, Shih, or Frank, Pao-Hu, immigrated from China in the 1940s, after the Chinese Exclusion Act was repealed. Shih is also the adoptive mother of a now-adult daughter from Korea. “N o Huma n Invo lve d,” by dire c tor a nd producer PJ St arr, document s the work of Continued page continued on on page 39

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The seventh annual Queens World Film Festival opens March 14 with a quiver full of films hitting the bullseye of borough sensibilities, and just as many to shake you out of your Astoria-to-Little Neck rut. Festival Executive Director Katha Cato forcefully reminded filmmakers at a meet-the-press event Tuesday of the importance of their work in the current political climate. Filmmakers do what people have been doing since cave times: holding up a mirror to stories and dangers they see, smell and hear. “Now is not the time to blink,” Cato said, but while people are questioning so much today, they

still should trust in their judgments. “‘Did I really step in it?’ Yes, you did.” The festival runs through March 19. Its ads boast about 135 films from 25 nations over six days on three screens at two venues. Prize announcements are scheduled for March 19. The press day let filmmakers talk about their work and included a tantalizing preview montage of the offerings. “Undocumented,” a film that ha s already r e c e i ve d s o m e n o t i c e a m i d t h e n a t i o n a l debate about immigration, is the story of Harold Fernandez, an undocumented 13-year-old who came to the U.S. with his 11-year-old brother on a t reacherous ocean jour ney to join t heir undocumented parents.


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Farhad Darya, the influential Afghan singer-composer, the first there to write a rock song, known as the “Afghan Elvis.” Fri., Feb. 17, 8-11:30 p.m., Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. $35-$65. Info/tickets: (718) 793-0923, kupferbergcenter.org.

“Resistance and Memory in Belgium, 1940-1945: Multiple Narratives,” with wartime and recent photos and testimonies of those who resisted the Nazi occupation, by professor Anne Griffin of The Cooper Union. Tue., Feb. 21-Fri., May 26; opening reception with Griffin Thu., March 9, 6-9 p.m., Queens College Art Center, Rosenthal Library, 6th floor, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 997-4803, kupferbergcenter.org.

The Grace Kelly Quartet, with the award-winning jazz saxophonist, singer and composer who recorded her first album at 12 and has played more than 700 concerts in 30 countries. Fri., Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $16; $10 students. Info/RSVP: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.

“Bringing the Content Back,” drawings by Wieteke Heldens on paper bags from bodegas and restaurants in New York, Holland, Italy and South Korea. Fri., Feb. 17 (opening reception 6-9 p.m.)-Mon., Feb. 20, Flux Factory, 39-31 29 St., Long Island City. Some also displayed at area businesses thru March 17. Free. Info: (347) 669-1406, fluxfactory.org.

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“Lorna Simpson: ‘Hypothetical?,’” a sound installation including text, photographs and mouthpieces from wind instruments, inspired in part by the constraints of spoken language. Thru Aug. 7, Fisher Landau Center for Art, 38-27 30 St., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 937-0727, flcart.org.

THEATRE Lunar New Year Shadow Puppet Slam, an adults-only show with short works of shadow theater, animation, video and film celebrating the Year of the Rooster, by Chinese Theatre Works. Fri., Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $13. Info/RSVP: (718) 4637700, flushingtownhall.org.

“Maintenance Art,” with sculptures, photos and more, celebrating the everyday task of keeping things clean, by the Sanitation Dept.’s only artist-in-residence ever, Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Thru Sun., Feb. 19, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Suggested $8 admission; $4 seniors; free students, children, certain city employees. Info: (718) 592-9700, queensmuseum.org. “East of East River,” photos of Astoria and Long Island City showing their changing landscapes from 2004-15, by area resident Vikram Dogra. Thru Feb. 26, Tue.-Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Free with admission: $6; $4 seniors; $4 students, $2 children over 3. Info: (718) 886-3800, info@queensbotanical.org.

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“Nikon Small World 2016,” with winning images from the photomicrography competition, such as a zebra fish embryo’s developing face, a butterfly proboscis, a polished slab of agate and dozens more. Thru Sun., Feb. 26, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. Free with admission: $15; $12 students, seniors, kids. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org. “Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center,” works by Isamu Noguchi focusing on his time voluntarily spent in a WWII camp for Japanese-Americans ordered there by the U.S. Thru Sun., Jan. 7, 2018; with related performance by Kimi Maeda, Sun., Feb. 19, 3-4 p.m. (75th anniversary of the order; free admission that day), Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33 Road, Long Island City. $10; $5 seniors, students; NYC HS students, kids under 12 free. Info: (718) 204-7088, noguchi.org. PHOTO BY NEIL CHIRAGDIN “Chance Encounters: cubism, dada and surrealism,” with 69 works by 23 artists including Georges Braque, Paul Klee, René Magritte and Max Ernst. Thru Sat., March 18, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 997-4747, gtmuseum.org. “Disarming Geometries,” works using geometric abstraction to address social and political issues and to grapple with the uncertainties of contemporary life. Thru Sun., March 26, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info/RSVP for tour: (718) 937-6317, dorsky.org. Congolese Plantation Workers Art League (Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise), with sculptures mostly made of cacao by workers in the African nation, many self-representations, highlighting

“Cabaret,” an “intimate, immersive” production of the hit musical set in a seedy Berlin nightclub during the Nazis’ rise to power. Thu.-Sun., 16-19, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 19, 2:30 p.m., The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. $20. Info/tickets: (718) 392-0722, secrettheatre.com.

Seventy-five years ago, “resistance” didn’t mean opposition to an American president but rather fighting and undermining the Nazi occupation of countries such as Belgium, where teacher Andrée Geulen, above, did her part by helping rescue more than 1,000 Jewish children. Her story and many more are told in a new exhibition soon to open at Queens College. See Exhibits. PHOTO COURTESY QUEENS COLLEGE ART CENTER their low wages. Thru Mon., March 27, SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City. $5 suggested; $3 students; free for LIC residents. Info: (718) 361-1750, sculpture-center.org. “Found and Funky,” mixed-media works made of found objects and paying homage to the jazz term for an art piece achieving its highest form. Thru Sat., April 8, Materials for the Arts, 33-00 Northern Blvd., 3rd floor, Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 729-2007, mfta.org. “Science Fiction, Science Future,” on how science-fiction ideas might become science fact tomorrow, with hands-on exhibits incorporating robots, holograms, augmented reality. Thru Sun., April 30, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. Free with admission: $16; $13 seniors, kids, college students with ID. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org.

MUSIC Irish music, by Uilleann piper Cillian Vallely and flautist Kevin Crawford, both of influential band Lunasa. Fri., Feb. 17, 7:30-10 p.m. (doors open 7), New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. $20; $25 at door. Info: (718) 482-0909, newyorkirishcenter.org.

“Don’t Judge a Play By Its Title: A Funsical,” an original musical that traces the role poetry plays in our lives from childhood through old age, by St. Gregory’s Theatre Group. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 23-25, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 26, 2 p.m., St. Gregory the Great Church, 242-20 88 Ave., Bellerose. $18; $15 seniors, students; $7 kids under 13. Tickets/info: (718) 989-2451, sgtg.org. “La Traviata,” the beloved Verdi opera about the tragic love between a famed courtesan and the man who long had adored her from afar, by Teatro Lirico D’Europa (Lyrical Theater of Europe). Sun., Feb. 26, 3 p.m., Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside. $35-$42. Info: (718) 631-6311, visitqpac.org.

DANCE Anna Azrieli: Mirror Furor, an interpretive show with four performers that mutates from rawness to confidence. Wed., Feb. 22-Sat., Feb. 25, 8 p.m., The Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49 Ave., Long Island City. $20. Info: (718) 482-7069, chocolatefactorytheater.org.

KIDS/TEENS Family workshop, for kids 5-12 and their adult companions, exploring works on view through hands-on art making activities; children with special needs welcome. Wed., Feb. 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free with admission: suggested $8; $4 seniors; free students, children. Info: (718) 592-9700, queensmuseum.org. “Winnie the Pooh,” the 2011 Disney animated film based on A.A. Milne’s book about Christopher Robin and his animal friends. Sun., Feb. 19-Sun., Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m. (drop-in Moving Image Studio mediamaking activities for kids 6 and over 11:30 a.m. each day), Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $7 kids 3-17. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us.

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Celebrating the love of poetry on stage by Victoria Zunitch qboro contributor

Laugh at life. Enjoy fine poetry and music. These are excellent ways to escape February cabin fever. You’ll find this and more next weekend at St. Gregory the Great Theatre Group’s “Don’t Judge a Play By Its Title: A Funsical.” The original play will run Thursday through Sunday, with three evening performances and one matinee, in the Oak Room of St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church in Bellerose. At a recent rehearsal, a platoon of cast members drew from poetry that addresses

‘Don’t Judge a Play By Its Title: A Funsical’ When: Thu.-Sat., Feb. 23-25, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 26, 2 p.m. Where: St. Gregory the Great Church, 242-20 88 Ave., Bellerose Entry: $18; $15 seniors, students; $7 kids under 12. (718) 989-2451, sgtg.org

what women want in a man. The young idealist goes high. The ingenue wants a man who is not only in good shape but in very good shape, and a financially successful, attentive lover. Heck, why not an imaginative lover, at that? The old realist goes low. We won’t tell you how low, as that would spoil it. Suffice it to say, at some point, what a woman wants in a man is merely that he exist. “The theme of it is that poetry plays a part in everybody’s life, from childhood to old age,” said Mark Lord, the play’s writer and director. Lord, a Chronicle contributor and retired New York City English teacher with postgraduate credits from Queens College in theater, made a quest out of bringing poetry to life for high school students. He said that eventually led to his writing and production about seven years ago of “Don’t Judge a Play By Its Title” at a Jewish center in Plainview, LI. Lord wrote the lyrics for that show’s title song, which was set to music by Joe Ferrante and also will be the opening number in the new production. For this show, with the suffix “A Funsical”

Phil Williams, right, considers the “Seven Ages of Man” while members of the company bring each to vivid life, during rehearsal of one of many classic pieces of poetry in PHOTO BY VICTORIA ZUNITCH “Don’t Judge a Play By Its Title: A Funsical.” added to the title, Lord has updated about a third of the content. It features vignettes about the journey through the stages of life and about a dozen musical numbers. The content comes from poems and rhymes written by William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Dr. Seuss and many others.

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Pack your wet naps and get ready to flap your wings to Long Island City Feb. 25 as Time Out New York hosts Wingfest: Queens! — a sampling of the borough’s best chicken wings. Whether you’re a fan of the classic spicy buffalo or prefer more eccentrically flavored wings — garlic Parmesan, for example — you and your wingman or wingwoman are sure to be pleased with the celebration of the traditional bar food, which will take place during two two-hour sessions. And while you’ll probably be spending most of the time wiping sauce off your fingers and face, there will be plenty more to do at this special event. Time Out, an online publication that promotes events in the five boroughs, promises games, giveaways and a whiskey and beer tasting to wash down the wings — courtesy Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and Bronx Brewery, for those of appropriate age of course — in addition to a sampling of wings from the participating eateries. There will also be musical entertainment during the event, which will be held at Studio Square NYC in Long Island City. The celebration is the start of a series events hosted by Time Out. Later this year, they will head to Brooklyn and Manhattan to find the best wings there. Participating Queens restaurants include Austin’s Ale House in Kew Gardens,

Munch in Forest Hills, Mokja Korean Eatery in Astoria, Bridie’s Bar & Grill in Rego Park, the Brewery Bar and Kitchen in Woodside and more. And you can expect the best of the best at Wingfest, because the restaurants were handpicked by the organizers and not accepted due to paying their way in. Sebastian Parada, manager at Bridie’s, said he was invited by Time Out to take part and was taken by surprise. “I was very happy about it,” said Parada, who previously worked in the pub’s kitchen and climbed his way up to a managerial position. “It’s the first time we’ve taken part in any such event.” Bridie’s will be serving up honey chipotle barbecue and sweet thai chili wings for those attending. “Those are our best wings,” Parada said of the honey chipotle barbecue. This is the third year Time Out is hosting its Wingfest series, but the first time it’s starting in the World’s Borough. Austin’s Ale House will be the only returning par ticipant from the 2016 Q Queens event.

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people seeking justice in the death of Marcia Powell, who was sentenced to 27 months in an Arizona prison for prostitution and died after being locked in a metal cage in the 107-degree desert sun for four hours. The producer’s description of the movie says that prison guards refused to give her water and subjected her to ridicule when she begged for help. “Between Neighborhoods” by Seth Fein is exactly what you might look for at a Queens film festival. It’s a diptych, or splitscreen, experimental documentary tracing the past and still-developing history of Queens’ Flushing Meadows Corona Park

and the Unisphere as the geographic and demographic center of the New York metropolitan empire as envisioned by Robert Moses. It includes the story of developers’ continued desire to build on the park’s land. Other films will transport you away from the world of politics. “Man’s Best” by Bayside’s Seth McTigue is about a depressed, lonely man desperately trying to save his dog. “Parallel Dreams” by Aleksandar Kostic presents both live performance and short film in one project, a story involving the work of artist Joseph Cornell. “Dillzilla: Titan of Terror!” is a spoof of 1950s horror classics by Jackson Heights’ own Elizabeth Pasieczny, an animator by trade who previously produced “Zombie Pickles from

Queens World Film Festival When: March 14-19, varying times Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria; and Kaufman Astoria Studios, 34-12 36 St. Tickets: $15 per film. (718) 429-2579, queensworldfilmfestival.com

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Seth Fein’s film “Between Neighborhoods” is all about Queens, while “Dillzilla: Titan of Terror!” spoofs the 1950s horror genre. On the cover: The filmmakers and festival Executive PHOTOS BY VICTORIA ZUNITCH Director Katha Cato, center left, all in black, promote the festival. Space” and other short films. The star, Pickle Man, mysteriously contracts a biohazard infection and starts to grow uncontrollably every time he gets angry. The marinated main man must heal himself before he destroys the entire town.

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boro continued from page 36 George Washington Carver Workshop, with kids learning how plants played an important role in the inventor and botanist’s early life and using them to create a healing lotion to take home. Tue., Feb. 21, 1-2:30 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. $6. Info/registration (req’d): (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org. Family Maker Club, a learning environment with children and families tinkering, designing and creating things from everyday materials. Each Mon. thru Feb. 27, 3:45-5 p.m., Middle Village Library, 72-31 Metropolitan Ave. Info: Susan Paredes, (718) 326-1390, susan.paredes@queenslibrary.org.

LECTURES/TALKS Back Number Budd, about the Ravenswood man who in the 1870s opened a business sorting and selling back issues of newspapers, in celebration of Black History Month. Sat., Feb. 18, 1 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 2780700, astorialic.org. IMAGE COURTESY GAHS Inspired by Geometry in Islamic Art, a panel discussion on connections among geometry, science and art, looking at patterns in Islamic decor as inspiration for art and science, with a physicist and two artists. Sun., Feb. 19, 2:30-4 p.m., Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info/RSVP: (718) 937-6317, dorsky.org. A Common Thread of Uncommon Courage, with Genocide Survivors Foundation creator Jacqueline Murekatete speaking about her experiences surviving the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Wed., Feb. 22, 12:20-1:50 p.m., Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, room 202, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside. Free. Info: (718) 281-5770, mhollywood@qcc.cuny.edu.

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“Hapi: The Role of Economics on the Development on Civilization,” the new documentary on “the big picture,” from the role of the Nile River in ancient Egypt to today’s stock markets and consumption-driven black economy, with panel discussion afterward. Sat., Feb. 18, 6-10 p.m., Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave. $25. Info: (718) 658-7400, hapifilm.com.

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS English and civics, offered by the Flushing Jewish Community Council. English/civics: Each Thu. thru June, 6-8 p.m., Temple Beth Sholom, 171-39 Northern Blvd. Intermediate English: Each Mon. thru June, 1-3 p.m., Korean Community Services Center, 42-15 166 St. Both free. Info: (718) 463-0434, flushingjcc.net.

Stargazing Wonders — Astronomy Night, led by a seasoned professor, with Q-and-A, info packet and viewing session, for adults and kids 9 and older. Attendees may bring telescope or binoculars. Sat., Feb. 18, 7-9 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston (rain date Sat., Feb. 25). $15. Info/pre-registration (req’d): (718) 229-4000, alleypond.com. Defensive driving, for better skills, insurance and point reduction. Sat., Feb. 18, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., American Martyrs Church of Bayside, 79-43 Bell Blvd. $45. Info/registration: (631) 360-9720.

SOCIAL EVENTS Israeli folk dancing, with instruction for beginners, in a fun, welcoming atmosphere. Each Mon., 7:30 p.m. (beginners’ instruction); 8:3010 p.m. (intermediate dances), Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Tpke, Fresh Meadows. $10. Info: (718) 380-4145, hillcrestjc.org.

CLUBS “Hooks & Needles” Crochet & Knit Club, with participants bringing projects, hooks, needles and yarn, or working on charity projects. Every Thu., 6:30-9 p.m., Big 6 Shopping Center, 60-10 Queens Blvd., Woodside (entrance inside shopping center, up one flight, down hall to left of 99-cent store). Info: Lorraine, (917) 817-4037.

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NBC Sports announced a changing of the guard last Thursday as Whitestone native and Bayside High alum Mike Tirico was named the anchor of the Peacock Network’s 2018 Winter Olympics coverage in South Korea and of all foreseeable Olympics, for which NBC has broadcast rights. Tirico succeeds Bob Costas and during the NBC Sports teleconference he made it a point to say that both he and Costas are Queens natives. Tirico said one of his biggest thrills was sitting next to the late Jim McKay on a flight in 2002. McKay was the gold standard of sports anchors regardless of the event in question. Baby boomers will recall how he conveyed the tension of the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics and the tragedy that befell the Israeli team as 11 of its members were kidnaped and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist organization, Black September. It was as difficult a broadcasting assignment as anyone could ever find themselves in and McKay was able to show that a sports reporter was still a newsman. Costas has never been shy about discussing the politics of sports and other issues in a thoughtful manner that I’ve never found to be gratuitous grandstanding just to create attention. It will be interesting to see how comfortable Tirico will be emulating him in this very

important regard. Queensbridge’s own, the inimitable Metta World Peace (the man formerly known as Ron Artest) is in his 16th year in the NBA. He returned to New York last Monday with the Los Angeles Lakers, who were taking on the Knicks. The Lakers ran the Knicks out of the Garden, which infuriated both head coach Jeff Hornacek and most of the paying customers. “I still have family living in Queensbridge. My dad is coming to the game tonight,” he told me before the game. He was surprised to learn that Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn was from our borough. I told him that Kyle grew up in South Jamaica and Metta said he would try to make an introduction after the game. Metta offered a driving tip to anyone planning a visit to Los Angeles. “I live in Westwood, which is midway between downtown and the beaches. I’ve learned to stay off I-10 when I have to go to the Staples Center and to take Pico Boulevard instead. You hit lights but it’s better than taking Sunset, Olympic or Wilshire boulevards.” I gave Metta a copy of the Queens Chronicle before making my farewell. “I remember this paper!” he said with a smile. You can take the man out of Queens but you can’t take Q Queens out of the man. See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at qchron.com.

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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 Fri., 1-3 p.m.; monthly book club; and more, 155-55 Crossbay Blvd. Info: (718) 738-8100.

From serving food to serving Queens veterans

Knitting and crocheting class, to learn a new skill or share an idea for a craft project, by Jamaica Senior Program for Older Adults. Each Thu., 10:30-11:30 a.m., T. Jackson Adult Center, 92-47 165 St. Info: (718) 657-6500, jspoa.org.

An old clapboard restaurant that toiled for many years as Ryan’s Restaurant and then as Lachler’s Restaurant at 110-02 Merrick Blvd. would later serve a nobler purpose. In 1938, the 79-by-90-foot building, then owned by J.V. Cliff, with an abutting 24-foot-wide empty lot, was leased to the newly formed Proctor Hopson VFW Post 1896. John Proctor and James Hopson Proctor-Hopson Memorial VFW Post 1896, at 110-02 served in the 369th infantry National Merrick Blvd., South Jamaica, in Oct. 1943, left, and Guard during World War I, informally today. known as The Harlem Hellfighters. It employs a staff of four and brings Both died in combat and were among the first from Queens to be killed during the $26,000 a year, still providing individual and family services for those veterans in need war. Q Prior to the opening of the South Jamaica after 79 years. VFW post named in their honor, there was a Correction triangle plaza park at 169th Place and 108th The Feb. 2 article “Koppel Packard site Road, which was dedicated after their sacrifice on Oct. 23, 1932. This was one of the set a poor track record” misstated the fate of earliest parks named after African Ameri- the Nash car company. It merged with the cans in Queens. Today, Willie Burks is presi- Hudson Motor Car Co. to create American Motors. We regret the error. dent of the VFW post.

Queens AARP chorus, seeking retired people to sing at nursing homes and for AARP chapters. Meet each Fri., 1 p.m. Clearview SelfHelp Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside. Info: joroosume@ verizon.net.

SUPPORT GROUPS GRASP (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing): Find peer-lead grief support for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse. Meetings held once a month. Info on date, times and location: nycmetrograsp@gmail.com. Contemplating suicide? The Samaritans provide 24-hour confidential emotional support for those feeling suicidal or depressed. Call: (212) 6733000; samaritansnyc.org.

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entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 02/06/17, bearing Index Number NC-001069-16/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) JEFFREY (Middle) YORATH (Last) JONES. My present name is (First) YUN-RUEI (Last) CHEN AKA YUN RUEI CHEN. My present address is 62-98 Saunders Street, Apt. #6B, Rego Park, NY 11374-1545. My place of birth is CHINA. My date of birth is April 27, 1941.

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STATE OF CONNECTICUT HARTFORD JD at HARTFORD KHALID, HAFIZ DEWAN HAMZA v BHALLA, RUBAB NO. HHD-FA-6072636 Notice to BHALLA, RUBAB: The Court finds that the current address of the party to be notified is unknown and that all reasonable efforts to find her have failed. The Court also finds that the last known address of the party to be notified was: 78-12 35th Ave., Jackson Heights, NY. The Court Orders that notice be given to the party to be notified by having a State Marshal or other proper officer place a legal notice in the Queens Chronicle, a newspaper circulating in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY containing a true and attested copy of this Order of Notice. TAKE NOTICE that a Complaint for annulment has been filed against you and NOTICE that Automatic Court Orders have been issued as required by Sec. 25-5 of the Connecticut Practice Book and are part of the Complaint on file with the Court and for relief as set forth in the Complaint. To respond to this Complaint, or to be informed of further proceedings, you or your attorney must file a form called an “Appearance” at the above Court, 90 Washington St., Hartford, CT on or before the second day following the Return Date of March 14, 2017. If you or your attorney do not file a written “Appearance” form on time, the Court may enter Judgment against you for the relief requested in the Complaint, which may result in temporary or permanent orders without further notice. The Court further orders that this notice shall appear once a week for two successive weeks commencing on or before 02/24/2017 and proof of service shall be filed with the Court. MILAGROS CRUZ-CANIZARES, CLERK OF COURT dated Jan. 31, 2017


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PROBATE CITATION, File #2017-3/A. SURROGATE’S COURTSARATOGA COUNTY CITATION. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent. TO: JOHN DOE and any and all unknown persons whose names or parts of whose names and whose place or places of residence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained, distributees, heirs-at-law, and next-of-kin of said Edith P. Rosen, deceased, and if any of the said above distributees named specifically or as a class be dead, their legal representatives, their husbands, or wives, if any, distributees and successors in interest whose names and/or places of residence and post office addresses are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained; CHRISTOPHER C. SHAMBO, ESQ., Guardian ad Litem on behalf of unknown distributees; NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL. A petition having been duly filed by Larry Rosen, who is domiciled at 52 Holmes Dale, Albany, NY 12203-2023. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Saratoga County, 30 McMaster Street, Building 3, Ballston Spa, NY, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Edith P. Rosen, lately domiciled at Malta, New York, County of Saratoga, admitting to probate a Will dated September 25, 2013, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Edith P. Rosen, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that [X ] Letters Testamentary issue to: Larry Rosen. Dated, Attested and Sealed, February 6th, 2017 (Seal). Attorney for Petitioner: David Brickman, Esq., Telephone #(518) 464-6464. Address of Attorney: 1664 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203. HON. RICHARD A. KUPFERMAN, Surrogate. [sig] Catharine A. Ruggles, Chief Clerk. [Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. lf you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.]

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LA CHIFLADA NYC LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/29/2016. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to La Chiflada NYC, 5805 31st Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: any lawful activity.

GS MAIN STREET REALTY, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/03/2017. 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, 36-36 Prince St., Ste 11B, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

214-10 24TH AVE. HOLDINGS, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/03/2017. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Josephine Wu, PO Box 543, Hicksville, NY 11802. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of IRG Har-EI, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/28/16. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 193-38 Keno Avenue, Hollis, NY 11423. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 02/06/17, bearing Index Number NC-001043-16/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) BELLA (Last) DAVID. My present name is (First) BELLA (Last) DAUTOVA AKA BELLA DANILOVNA DAUTOVA AKA MISHAILOVA BELLA DANILOVNA. My present address is 62-62 Woodhaven Boulevard, Apt. #S-54, Rego Park, NY 11374-3771. My place of birth is UZBEKISTAN. My date of birth is September 09, 1968. Assume the name of (First) RUSSELL (Last) DAVID. My present name is (First) RUSLAN (Middle) L. (Last) DAUTOV AKA RUSLAN LUTFULOVICH DAUTOV. My present address is 62-62 Woodhaven Boulevard, Apt. #S-54, Rego Park, NY 113743771. My place of birth is UZBEKISTAN. My date of birth is May 10, 1966.

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Fear in Queens after ICE raids continued from page 28 immigrants with criminal backgrounds, ICE agents cast a broad net by using checkpoints that captured any immigrants that happened to pass through them,” Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) said in a prepared statement. Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) planned a “Resistance Town Hall” on Wednesday, after the Chronicle’s deadline. Make the Road New York has been holding “Know Your Rights” events to prepare undocumented people for dealing with ICE officials. New York is often called a “sanctuary city,” a moniker for municipalities with laws designed to protect the unauthorized from deportation. But those policies cannot limit the scope of ICE. “A federal policy, especially a legislative policy, will certainly supersede anything the city or state can do,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said. A lthough Mayor de Blasio has pledged to defend New York’s “sanctuary” status, he said at a recent Albany hearing that he would be willing to increase the number of offenses that result in the city working with ICE to deport someone. Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) criticized the mayor for his unwillingness to dismiss low-level arrest

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warrants for New Yorkers that were issued a decade or longer ago. “Throwing out these low-level warrants is the humane and correct action to take — and will help protect our fellow New Yorkers from the grips of Donald Trump,” he said in a prepared statement. “I urge the Mayor to reverse course and de m a nd t he se a r r e st wa r r a nt s b e dismissed.” Despite the alarmed rhetoric about the raids, they are not unprecedented for the New York City metropolitan area. Fiftyeight individuals were arrested during the former president’s five-day ICE enforcement action last August, 17 more than the Trump administraton’s last week. The federal government called the recent raids across the country ordinary with respect to history. “ICE conducts these kind of targeted enforcement operations regularly and has for many years,” U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a prepared statement. A memo leaked to the New York Immigration Coalition said that the raids were “routine, daily targeted operations.” Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Desis Rising Up and Moving Executive Director Fahd Ahmed, an advocate for unauthorized immigrants, did not immediately return requests for Q comment.

NYPQ blood donor center closes down Replacement for site not yet determined by Ryan Brady

relations firm that works for the hospital declined to say where people could NewYork-Prestbyterian/ donate blood at the hospiQueens has closed its tal now that the facility blood donor center and a has closed. replacement for the site “The Blood Center was has not been determined able to run so effectively yet. because of the unyielding “Blood donations support of caregivers at remain critically imporNYP Queens and our comtant. However, new develmunity sponsors,” Castiopments in medicine now make it possible to collect The blood donor center at glione said. “For that, we the blood that we need for N e w Yo r k - P r e s b y t e r i a n / are extremely grateful.” A regular Queens donor ou r patient population Queens has closed. FILE PHOTO who did not wish to be without running a fulltime blood center,” the hospital’s Vice identified expressed disappointment with President of Ancillary and Professional the closure. “It will be inconvenient for Services Andrew Castiglione said in a donors from the Flushing area to give prepared statement. “We have not deter- blood now,” the source said. “I also feel mined what will be taking over the space. bad for the nurses who worked at the blood NewYork-Presbyterian Queens will con- bank for many years and now are reassigned elsewhere in the hospital, some on tinue to host blood drives.” The Chronicle could not reach any of the night shift. Blood is always in short the nurses who had worked at the donor supply and now there’s one less place to Q center. A spokeswoman for the public donate.” Associate Editor

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