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Queens lawmakers look at bail reform Latest proposal would give judges more discretion to hold suspects by Michael Shain Editor


arely a month after most bail was outlawed in New York State, a number of Queens lawmakers are predicting the new liberalized law will be rolled back by April. “Nobody should stay in jail for 14 months waiting for trial,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). But “from Day 1, my job is to relay my constituents’ concern to the state leadership. And this is what I’ve been hearing from everyone.” The alarming 16.9-percent spike in New York City’s crime rate in January has rattled law enforcement officials, including NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who are blaming bail reform — passed last year as part of the state budget. Under the bail reform law that went into effect on New Year’s Day, more than 90 percent of suspects will remain free, according to research by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Under the old law, about 76 percent would have been freed pending trial. “These are the facts,” said Addabbo, “and

you can’t argue with them.” “If bail reform had been a stand-alone bill, there wouldn’t have been enough votes to get it passed,” said Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven). “It wouldn’t have even come up for a vote.” Lawmakers said they had little choice last year. Under state law, if the budget is not approved by April 1, the governor can substitute his own version, costing lawmakers funding for their own programs. Both South Queens lawmakers say the push in their districts has been in one direction — revisit bail reform. “The governor is listening to the public,” said Miller. “He hears it too.” State Senate Majority Leader A nd rea Stewar t- Cousi ns (D-Yonkers) hammered out an agreement among her members that, according to Newsday, would eliminate all bail but give judges more freedom to decide if defendants should be released. “We would give judges some discretion but with extremely strict guidelines and guardrails and almost all misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies would not be eligible for

A holding cell in the Queens House of Detention in Kew Gardens where suspects await arraignment at the Queens County Criminal Court next door was part of a rare tour reporters got last PHOTOS BY MICHAEL SHAIN year. A 2019 pamphlet, left, contains instructions for arranging bail. remand,” she said. In his annual budget address, Gov. Cuomo signaled his willingness to reopen the negotiations, despite backing the reform package last year. “Reform is an ongoing process,” Cuomo said. “You make change in a system, it has consequences. And you have to understand

those consequences.” The state Assembly’s powerful speaker, Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), however, argues that the new bail system has not had enough time to prove itself, one way or the other. He cautioned for “patience.” “My phone is not ringing off the hook about continued on page 11




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State troopers to patrol Ozone Park? Appeal to Cuomo: Send NYS police into troubled Cityline area by Michael Shain Editor

State lawmakers are asking Gov. Cuomo to assign state troopers to an area of Ozone Park that has been the scene of several brutal street crimes in recent months. The precincts that cover the area known as Cityline in the western part of Ozone Park are “spread too thin,” said Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven). “We wanted to get as much help as we can.” Miller, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Pa rk) a nd Assembly ma n Er ic Dilan (D -Brook ly n) made the request last Friday. State police are already a presence in the city at state-owned bridges and tunnels and on some roadways. But stationing troopers in neighborhoods would be new in New York City. Last year, at the request of Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, troopers were dispatched to the Village of Hempstead on Long Island to aid the local police with a growing gang violence problem. The appeal for police help is the latest development to come out of community uproar over a rising tide of crime on the western edge

After speaking to a hastily called community meeting last week to deal with street crime in the western part of Ozone Park, Assembly members Stacey Pfeffer Amato and Mike Miller sent a request to the governor for state troopPHOTO COURTESY NYS ASSEMBLY ers to be assigned there. of Ozone Park and on the other side of the Brooklyn border in Cypress Hills. The area, whose residents are largely Bangladeshi, lies at the junction of three different precincts — the 106th, 102nd and 75th — and is therefore overlooked by regular police patrols, local leaders contend. “It’s a unique area,” said Pfef-

fer Amato. Nearly 200 people attended a standing-room-only forum last Thursday night at the Deshi Senior Center on Rockaway Boulevard to demand better police protection and introduce a new civilian patrol. The “emergency meeting” followed a brutal, Feb. 9 street mugging that put a 60-year-old local man in the hospital with serious

injuries. It was the second severe beating in the area near the Brooklyn border in recent months. “The goal was to keep the pressure on the Police Department,” said Sam Esposito, president of the Ozone Park Residents Block Association, one of the groups behind the meeting. “I think they were taken aback by the number of people at the

meeting,” said Esposito. “They didn’t see it coming.” “There were a lot people who don’t usually show up for meetings like that,” said Pheffer Amato. “It was packed.” The introduction of a new volunteer neighborhood watch — called Cityline Ozone Park Civilian Patrol, or COPCP — is a central development in the community effort to bring more security to the area. Patrolling in a car painted in NYPD colors, COPCP started regular shifts last week. “We learned the 106 is down 20 officers from last year,” said Miller. “They’re doing what they can do.” “The Jewish com mu nit y in Brooklyn had some problem when they started [a patrol] years ago,” acknowledged Esposito, a retired police officer. “But we just want to be the ears and eye of the community, a deterrent. COPCP is here to stay.” A spokeswoman for the State Police declined comment saying they had not yet seen the letter. Requests for comment from the 106th Precinct were not immediateQ ly answered.

School days over for PS 63 principal Beloved Ozone Park school head retires amid tears and tissues by Michael Shain

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Last Friday was the final bell for PS 63 Principal Diane Marino Coleman. She is retiring after 10 years at the Ozone Park elementary school and 36 years in the New York City system. “It was a very emotional day,” said Coleman. As students filed out at the end of the day — the last day before the February break — the hallways at the Old South School were filled with hugs and tears from the children and staff of 80 teachers and classroom aides. The halls of the school have been decorated for weeks with hundreds of hearts cut from construction paper and Scotch-taped to every available space on the walls. Each heart was a note to the retiring principal from one of PS 63’s 1,150 students.

The sentiments ranged from wishing her luck on her next stage of life to heartfelt messages of love and how much she will be missed. As Coleman posed for her last pictures with kids and staff members in front of a wall of hearts, a secretary from the school office brought out b oxe s of t i s s u e s t o h a nd le t h e waterworks. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), just back from Albany, presented her with an official proclamation on her final day. “I wanted to be here for this,” he said Coleman, who wraps up 10 years as the principal of PS 63, spent her entire career in elementary education. “I was very lucky,” she said. “The kids are at their sweetest at this age and they really want to learn. “That’s what makes the job — the kids.”

A lifelong resident of Howard Beach, Coleman says she plans to “take a break” before deciding what to do next. “If you include the three years I taught in Catholic school, I’ve been doing this for 39 years,” she said. “I’m going to take a little time to decide.” In the meantime, she plans to do some of the chores that have gone begging while she oversaw the school on Sutter Avenue. First thing, “I’m redoing the house, starting with my kitchen,” she laughed. Coleman, who is married to the deputy director of public relations for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Steve Coleman, has two teenagers still in school. Previous to becoming principal at PS 63, she served in the No. 2 spot at PS 60, the historic Woodhaven elemenQ tary school, also for 10 years.

Diane Marino Coleman, principal of PS 63, hugged goodbye to students at the end of her last day. PHOTO BY MICHAEL SHAIN

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Come fly with us: Career Discovery JetBlue talks up aviation for women In first citywide job-option week by Michael Shain Editor

Students from the The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria spent last Friday at the headquarters of JetBlue, the maverick airline based in Long Island City, as part of the first citywide Career Discovery Week. Part recruitment, part guidance counseling, the day at JetBlue was an intensive look at the airline’s op e r at ion s c e nt e r, including time with female pilots, engineers and executives — a taste of the work life that could await t he st ude nt s a f t e r school. Some 30 you ng women participated in the eight-hour session at JetBlue’s corporate headquarters. The innovative carrier that made a name for itself by offering TVs at every seat, leather chairs for all and bargain fares was one of 180 New York companies that hosted high school students last week for daylong job opportunity sessions. As luck would have it, the airline was celebrating its 20th anniversary last week

— so the students got to hear from some of JetBlue’s first employees who climbed through the ranks to become executives. “We want to make females understand that there are rich, robust careers in aviation,” said Icema Gibbs, the airline’s first airport operations chief, who marshaled in the first JetBlue plane to land at JFK International Airport. “Twenty years ago, when I started with the company, we had no planes,” said Penny Neferis, who began with the airline writing its operation manuals. Now, she runs JetBlue’s crisis management operation. It was her department that dealt with the fallout from three major hurricanes in 2017 and arranged for free flights for the families of students killed or wounded in the Feb. 14, 2018 Parkland High School shooting in Florida. “We don’t put out press releases when that happens,” Neferis told the students. “You’ll never read about it.” The day included a tour of the airline’s locked-door operations center (no photos

New York City’s first Career Discovery Week ended last Friday for students from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Astoria at JetBlue headquarters in Long Island City, hearing from PHOTOS BY MICHAEL SHAIIN two original employees, Penny Neferis, left, and Icema Gibbs. allowed) and a sitdown with some of JetBlue’s female pilots. More than 6,000 students took part in the career week, sponsored by the Partnership for New York City, the successor to the city’s Chamber of Commerce. Where possible, schools and businesses

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P Bail ‘reform’ fix coming? EDITORIAL


inally, some cracks of common sense are beginning to open up in the veneer of tomfoolery surrounding last year’s so-called bail “reform” law, which kicked in Jan. 1. You know, the measure that prompted career criminal Charles Barry to giddily declare last Thursday, “Bail reform — it’s lit!” after his 139th arrest, his sixth of the year. On Tuesday Barry was busted again, this time for allegedly conning some poor tourist out of $32 in Manhattan. “You can’t touch me!” he had declared. “I can’t be stopped!” Ah, if only judges were able to hold people like Barry behind bars for a little while. Not to mention those six guys allegedly caught with $7 million worth of fentanyl ready for sale in the Bronx. Or that guy cops said killed a pedestrian in Harlem while driving drunk on New Year’s Eve. Or that Brooklyn woman who ... you get the idea. This page has stood against the law, which forces judges to free suspects accused


of most crimes, including many violent ones, without the option of imposing bail, since before it took effect. Now some of those state lawmakers responsible for passing it are becoming open to revisiting it. They’re not likely to give judges what they really need: the ability to impose bail. Instead, they may ban bail in all cases but allow judges to simply hold certain defendants. That likely means more people getting locked up than the lawmakers wish ... which of course will lead to calls for more reform. But at least this terrible new law may get fixed. Lawmakers are taking heat for it, and Democrats don’t want to lose control of the state Senate, which they just won in 2018. You might call whatever they pass the Suburban Democratic Senators Political Survival Act of 2020. We don’t care what you call it, so long as Charles Barry is unhappy about it and the law-abiding average Joe and Jane are safer on the street than they are today.

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ou can always count on the Department of Homeless Services to be less than forthcoming about what it’s doing under this administration. It happened in 2014, when a deputy commissioner told Queens residents that the Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst would never be turned into a homeless shelter, and two weeks later it was. It happened in 2015 when the DHS moved four sex offenders out of the Skyway Men’s Shelter in South Ozone Park because it’s within 1,000 feet of a school, promised not to put any more there and then promptly moved in four new ones. There’s been plenty more chicanery surrounding the placement of homeless people in Queens since then. And now the DHS is claiming it was able to start moving indigent men into an old factory in Glendale despite having a

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Carranza vs. Asians Dear Editor: As a parent of a child in the NYC public school system and an educator myself, I am writing to express my deep concern for the racial tension ignited by our Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. I am fervently asking the Department of Education to bridge the gap between the chancellor and Asian parents. On Jan. 16 at MS 74 in Bayside, I was one of the parents who were blocked from entering the auditorium and had to crowd around a tiny loudspeaker, while several rows of seats were reserved for participants other than parents. I was chagrined when Mr. Carranza abruptly left the meeting. After the town hall in Sheepshead Bay, instead of addressing frustrated parents, Mr. Carranza doubled down by bringing up the issue of racial slurs against him, an accusation that he has failed to support with evidence. For decades, the Chinese-American community has made significant contributions to America, a place we call home. We cherish all the opportunities this land offers. The Specialized High School Admissions Test is one of them. But now Asians have become the target of our chancellor. The fact that Asians make up a majority of the specialized high school seats is a celebratory achievement of this group and of the supportive resources. The students in the special© Copyright 2020 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 responsiblefor 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., 71-19 80th St., Suite 8-201, Glendale, NY 11385.


ized high schools have not earned a single word of praise from our chancellor. The test that they took is invalidated by the chancellor; their effort is neglected. In his eyes, he only sees what he chooses to see. Asian parents embrace diversity, as it takes us to experience the beauty beyond our world. Diversity entails the willingness to reach out, to recognize and to respect differences. An advocate for diversity, Mr. Carranza has failed to demonstrate the true spirit of diversity. In a town hall with different voices from different races, he does anything but reach out, recognize and respect. Diversity is not about forcing different races in a classroom. It is the understanding that everyone is unique and special. Julie Wan Bellerose

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signed contract because the document was ready to go and the city Comptroller’s Office had given the agency the OK. Thing is, the Comptroller’s Office said it “had no communication with DHS before they moved people in and no contract has been submitted to our office.” The comptroller is a politician hoping to be mayor who’s not above putting a spin on things. But in a dispute over facts between him and the DHS, it’s likely the latter is the dishonest one. Barring the success of some Hail Mary legal maneuver, there’s no stopping the shelter from becoming fully operational. We can only hope the site won’t be toxic to its residents, that each will learn the skills he needs to move on one day and that everyone nearby will be kept safe. And, alas, we know we can’t count on the DHS to be forthright about any of that.

lor Richard Carranza, who since he came to New York City, has targeted Asian-American families. We do not “own” any schools. Our community is not racist and has never called him by any racist slurs and we are not against equality. We believe in fairness and merit and simply do not want our children to be discriminated against. Community engagement requires active listening, and neither the chancellor nor the Department of Education has done this in any meaningful way, with any community. Additionally, we find it hard to believe the chancellor’s claims that he has been working hard to bridge differences with the AsianAmerican community when he attempted to physically bar us from attending a public Community Education Council 22 town hall meeting on Feb. 4. Thank you again for your support in calling out anti-Asian discrimination and also thank you to all elected officials who stood up to defend us against racial slurs. Amy Tse New York Residents Alliance Flushing

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Romney’s betrayal Dear Editor: Mitt Romney, senator from Utah, recently voted to impeach President Trump on one of the articles of impeachment. He said he did it because God and his conscience prompted him to do so. I consider him a hypocrite, who is guilty of betrayal on three levels! 1. He betrayed the people of Utah, who voted for and continue to support Trump. 2. He betrayed his party by voting against its wishes. 3. He betrayed his country by voting to remove a president from office, duly elected under the Constitution, based on questionable ev idence u nder the r u les of the constitution. Eli Rosenberg Laurelton

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Bloomberg all the way! Dear Editor: It is my view that a Mike Bloomberg victory will usher in a new dynamic era for America! A Bloomberg presidency, along with a Democratic sweep of Congress, will on Jan. 20, 2021, create like TR’s Square Deal, FDR’s New Deal and Truman’s Fair Deal, a new Bloomberg Great Deal. Under the triumvirate team BloombergSchumer-Pelosi, a new Roaring ’20s will restore world respect for our country, along with a bold aggressive social agenda for a more prosperous America! Anthony G. Pilla Forest Hills

Dems evoke the ’60s, man Dear Editor: Remember the 1960s cartoon “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends”? Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale and dictator Fearless Leader were spotted in Iowa. They must have meddled in the Iowa Democratic Party caucus, causing all the chaos and confusion. Someone should have hired Moose and Flying Squirrel for ballot security and Mister Peabody to count the ballots. If these clowns can’t manage a simple election, how can we trust them to run Washington? The impeachment hearings reminded me of the 1960s science fiction TV show “The Outer Limits.” Both of them end the same. “We now return control of your television set to you.” Thank goodness! Larry Penner Great Neck, LI

Trump’s no Oliver ‘Stone’ Dear Editor: It is clear President Donald Trump either hasn’t the slightest understanding of how our government was formed by the Founding Fathers, or if he does, chooses to ignore the same. A concrete example is the class-B movie he has produced, directed and written in the matter of Roger Stone, in which he not only totally ignores the equal three branches of government, but has taken over all three. Members of Congress are liars in connection with the matter; the Judiciary, which involves the presiding judge in the case and the prosecutors who tried the case, doesn’t know what it was doing; and, perhaps worst of all, the men and women who gave up their time to sit as jurors and render justice are insulted. The alleged issue as to whether Stone should be sentenced to seven years in jail, or much less, is a nonexistent issue. Under no circumstances will Stone be incarcerated, because Trump will pardon him. A class-B movie will not win an Academy Award, but if submitted as a comedy, it might have a chance. Benjamin M. Haber Flushing


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Dear Editor: Some of my fellow Democrats continue their lack of knowledge of basic arithmetic that I referenced in my Feb. 6 letter to the editor, “My Dem friends can’t add.” Bernie Sanders said it would be “very divisive” if the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who headed into the party’s convention with a plurality of delegates didn’t end up as the nominee. As of this writing, analyzing the popular vote in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who represent the far left, have only won a combined 39 percent of the votes, far from a majority. Ironically, had this been followed in 1972, Hubert Humphrey would have been the Democratic candidate for president because he received more popular votes in the primaries than George McGovern, the eventual candidate. Richard Nixon won the 1972 election in a landslide over the far-left McGovern, taking 61 percent of the popular vote and carrying 49 states. We are in for a repeat of 1972 if one of the far-left candidates, who represent a fraction of the Democratic Party, wins the nomination, rather than one of the moderate candidates, who represent most Democrats. David J. Soukup Sunnyside


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Help and hope are available to you That’s the message at Richmond Hill event on domestic violence by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor

Several years ago, a young woman was brutally attacked by her husband because their newborn baby would not stop crying. In his rage, he beat her with a hammer and broke her jaw. One year later, he again lost his temper, upset this time over what he considered an unsatisfactor y dinner. So, he stabbed his wife. Society told the victim to stay with her abusive partner, but following the second incident, she left and found refuge in a domestic violence shelter. That’s how Susan Jacob, executive director of the Queens Family Justice Center, a walk-in center for victims of gender-based violence, sent home the message that help is, in fact, available. Jacob’s presentation was part of a fourhour-long panel discussion called “Safety & Protection for Domestic Violence Victims,” sponsored by The Caribbean Voice last Saturday at the Faith Assembly Church in Richmond Hill. The nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to research, information dissemination and awareness-building related to cases involving gender-based violence, child, elder and sexual abuse, and suicide,

Enid Ocasio, second from left, community coordinator for the NYPD, was honored at last Saturday’s event on domestic violence with proclamations from Harpreet Singh Toor, center, representing Assemblyman David Weprin, and Rohan Narine of the Mayor’s Office. They are flanked by PHOTO BY MARK LORD event organizers Neela Pawaroo Naraine, left, and Aminta Kilawan-Narine. was joined by representatives of various groups that work together to help victims cope. “In our community, many people are not coming forward because they are afraid,”


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continued from previous page feelings. Now, they are defending Trump. Back then, Democrats had no problems with Obama’s comments. Now, they are going crazy stating how Trump is a danger to the system. Unless one feels that both Obama and Trump should both have kept their mouth shut, any other arguments are just petty, partisan politics. I expect proper behavior by our elected officials. Anything else is unacceptable. Lenny Rodin Forest Hills

Democratic socialism? No. Dear Editor: The ash heap of history is replete with the remains of failed socialist utopias. The great historical irony is that unlike the Russian people who fought the Bolsheviks and lost 15 million lives, Americans this November will have an opportunity to vote themselves into socialism. If Americans had solid foundations in our history, they would be more critical of the emerging democratic socialist platform, which is a rewrite of the programs initiated in Venezuela. Ending income inequality is literally impossible because some people will always make more money than others. There are rich and poor people in both cap-


italist and socialist countries. There has never been an instance of migrants and caravans fleeing a capitalist country seeking refuge in a socialist country. There are more than a few Democratic presidential candidates proudly declaring themselves “democratic socialists,” an oxymoronic label. They invoke a sense of altruism couched in terms like “fairness,” “equality” and “fair share.” They desire to use the power of government to create a level of conformity and reduce everyone to the same level. Under socialism, a ruling class of intellectuals, bureaucrats and social planners decide what people want or what is good for society and then use the coercive power of the state to regulate, tax and redistribute the wealth of those who work for a living. Authoritarianism, a philosophy of collectivism, is based on this sort of long-term planning. Some call it communism. Some call it fascism. Some call it “democratic socialism.” The morality of socialism is easily summed up in a few words: envy and sacrifice based on a coerced sense of altruism. No one is ever free under socialism. Author John Steinbeck said: “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaire.” Ed Konecnik Flushing

Jacob said. But the story she related had a happy ending. “This is a huge success story,” she said, indicating that the woman involved is “doing remarkably well.” She stressed the point that “there is hope out there,” suggesting that “it’s a group effort to eradicate domestic violence.” All Family Justice Centers, which are part of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, are open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary. To be connected to immediate safety planning and shelter assistance, call 311 or NYC’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1 (800) 621-4673. Hosted by Aminta Kilawan-Narine and Neela Pawaroo Naraine, Saturday’s event drew an estimated 50 concerned area residents. Among the other guest speakers was Enid Ocasio, community coordinator for the NYPD, who focused on safety planning and the role law enforcement plays in protecting victims. “We’re not always looking to lock people up and throw them in jail. Sometimes that’s not a solution,” she said. The department is more interested in “getting them help, getting them resources,” she said. “We’re creating avenues for individuals to be able to receive resources, to get the assistance that they need.” Ocasio admitted, however, that “we don’t have enough officers to be able to really tend to the volume of domestic violence in all categories,” including elder abuse, child abuse, intimate partner violence and stalking. Every NYPD precinct has domestic violence prevention officers and victim advocates who are specially trained to help victims of domestic violence. Visit nyc.gov/ nychope for further information, or call 911

for any emergencies. Offering another perspective was Christine Perumal, director of the Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Law Project, a victims’ advocacy agency that provides free legal consultations to survivors of domestic violence. Per umal made several legal-related points that might come as a surprise. She cautioned that in domestic violence disputes, “Court is not always the best remedy. Before you decide to go to court, you really should speak to an attorney. “If you’re in a safe space, I advise you not to go to court, not to file for an order of protection, not to file for child support, maybe not even file for a divorce right now. If you’re in a safe space, your abuser does not have access to you.” Abusers, she said, “use the court system as a weapon against the survivor. It’s a way for them to see the survivor every couple of months.” It could take years to get through a proceeding, she explained, giving the abuser access to the victim and her children. “You’re in control of your life when you’re outside of court. Once you step into court, that control is lost,” Perumal said. She also indicated that “it’s very important that survivors document what they’re going through” and to build their cases. “The more information your lawyer has the better equipped they are to represent you in a divorce action,” she said. “If you are in a confidential location and you think that you need to file something, do not file in the borough you live in, which would put the abuser on notice to where you live. If you live in one borough, you always file in another borough,” she advised. She also warned that if you are reaching out to an advocate or attorney, when leaving a message you should “always specify whether the contact information is a safe number of email to reach you on.” Safe Horizon, the largest victim services nonprofit in the country, may be reached at 1 (800) 621-4673, or via safehorizon.org. Q

Susan Jacob, executive director of the Queens Justice Center, told the story of one woman’s suffering to make her point about help being PHOTO BY MARK LORD available.

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by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

The Senate passed a series of bills to improve education and diversity training across the state, Thursday, Feb. 13, including state Sen. John Liu’s (D-Flushing) Grow Your Own Initiatives bill. Liu’s bill, titled S7635, would amend the education law to require guidelines on Grow Your Own Initiatives to encourage school districts, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services and institutions of higher education to develop partnerships to attract underrepresented candidates into the teaching profession. “This package of bills strengthens our state’s education system by directly confronting the weakness evidenced in the lack of diverse backgrounds among our teachers,” Liu told the Chronicle in an email. Through the bill, Liu seeks to diversify the educators throughout the state by looking to attract current students, paraprofessionals and community members. In addition to removing barriers for educators of color, the “Grow Your Own” programs will address teacher shortages. “Diverse, culturally responsive, community-based educators of color will advance achievement for all students,” said Liu. “When we promote diversity, we create an environment that cultivates better ideas, better outcomes, and brighter futures for all. In order to progress as a society we must do all we can to update systems that have for far too long neglected to be truly representative

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sent to the Assembly floor. The five total measures considered the complexity of the education system by creating a task force, developing partnerships, establishing a temporary commission and creating a community that will bring together underrepresented educators annually, according to the state Senate. “As a former educator, I know first-hand the formative roles teachers and administrators play in the lives of our students. When young people of color see themselves within the education system, they feel more represented and inspired to enter the education field,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) said in a Q prepared statement.

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continued from page 2 bail reform,” Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato told the Chronicle. Unlike the Senate, which is ready now to redo bail reform, “we’re being controlled and quiet and waiting for the right time to start the discussion,” she said. Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz is steering clear of the heated debate about the specifics of revamping the reform bill. Instead, she wants help from Albany to make sure prosecutors have the resources to monitor suspects after arrest. “On one level, the bail reform law that took effect at the start of the year eliminated some of those inequities related to a number of offenses,” Katz told the Chronicle in an email. “What we really need at this time are methods for supervised release and diversion programs. This would be the best step going forward to help keep Queens County residents safe,” she said. A number of Southeast Queens lawmakers seemed disarmed by the backlash against bail reform. State Sens. Leroy Comrie (D- St. Albans) and James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) declined comment when asked about the future of bail reform. State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), the deputy majority leader, was out of town this week and could not be Q reached for comment.

of our population.” The Assembly version of the bill, known as A09697 and sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo), currently sits in the Committee on Education. Four other bills were passed in the Senate in addition to Liu’s, including Sen. Velmanette Montgomery’s (D-Brooklyn) Educator Diversity Taskforce and Jamaal Bailey’s (D-Bronx) Commission on Education Opportunity Program, as well as two by Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan) —Statewide and Regional Conventions bill and Establishing The Amistad Commission. All five bills sit in their respective committees, where they await approval to be

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IMMIGRATION CORNER NYPD vet takes his Int’l Mother Language Day life in MidVille tragedy by David Russell Associate Editor

NYPD Det. Paul Federico, 53, hanged himself in his mother’s Middle Village home Monday, reports said. “Paul was a dedicated, 29-year veteran of the NYPD whose kindness and caring personality touched thousands of fellow cops and New Yorkers,” the Detectives’ Endowment Association wrote on its site. Federico was most recently assigned to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea’s liaison unit, reports said. New York Attorney General Letitia James tweeted Monday, “Sending my deepest condolences to the family of Detective Paul Federico. Det. Federico dedicated his life to protecting our city & we are all grateful for his service.” She added that there are resources available to the NYPD along with a number — (646) 697-2020 — for a 24/7 hotline connecting officers interested in confidential and free mental health services. Federico’s suicide was the first of the year involving an active-duty NYPD officer. The department saw 10 officers take their own lives in 2019.

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He reportedly was stripped of his gun and placed on restricted duty due to unspecified personal problems. “He attempted to get help for medical conditions and ... personal issues he was having,” Chief of Department Terence Monahan said. Monahan spoke one day after Federico’s death, announcing that the department hired a new psychologist to work with troubled officers. The new hire will oversee a team of psychologists in every borough whom officers can turn to. “This is going to be different than anything we’ve ever done,” Monahan said. “Her responsibility is unlike any psychologist we have ever hired.” Federico’s wake will be at the Claude R. Boyd-Caratozzolo Funeral Home at 1785 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park LI, on Friday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass will take place at Our Lady of Grace Church at 666 Albin Ave. in West Babylon, LI, on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. Federico will be interred at All Faiths Cemetery at 67-29 Metropolitan Ave. in Q Middle Village.

by Bitta Mostofi New York City is not only the most diverse city in the nation, its linguistic diversity is unmatched by any other city in the world, with over 200 languages spoken by residents across the five boroughs. This Friday, Feb. 21, we once again gather to proudly celebrate our linguistic diversity on International Mother Language Day. In the ultimate city of immigrants, nearly half of all New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home — a population as big as the second-largest U.S. city. And Queens takes the prize as the single-most linguistically diverse county on the planet. International Mother Language Day emerged out of the political experience of Bangla language activists in the 1950s as they struggled to gain official recognition of their linguistic rights. It has since inspired communities across the world to promote the preservation and protection of their languages and traditions. We must remain true to that mission, to work toward a city that embraces our diversity and our historic status as one of the world’s most vibrant cradles of languages in all their varied forms. Language is integral to our identities, to our communities and to our sense of self and belonging. A city that affirms and uplifts the languages of its people is one that signals it is a place for everyone. The importance of language diversity to our city is exemplified by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ work with sister agencies to implement Local Law 30, the city’s language access law. This law ensures that city government can effectively communicate with and improve access to services for all individuals, including New Yorkers who are limited English proficient. To further this work, we are expanding our linguistic reach to New Yorkers who speak languages of lesser diffusion — those that are historically marginalized and endangered in

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New York City. As par t of this effort, we are thrilled to unveil at our International Mother Language Day event this Friday a new series of more than 15 videos in native languages spoken by local community members, including Arabic, Fulani, Garifuna, Indonesian, K’iche’, Kichwa, Mande, Mixteco, Nepali, Punjabi, Tagalog, Thai, Tibetan, Uzbek, Wolof and Yiddish. The videos share the message of IDNYC, the city’s free identification program for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, and the card’s many benefits, including access to city services, affordable healthcare, free memberships at museums and discounts on prescription drugs, groceries, fitness, entertainment and so much more. With the ability to include a preferred language, emergency contact and gender marker on IDNYC cards, the program empowers, protects and provides a sense of security for New Yorkers including those who proudly speak languages other than English. Paired with a live language presentation by community members, the new video series affirms the commitment of MOIA and IDNYC to serve and create greater visibility for multilingual New Yorkers. We welcome everyone to join us for a celebration this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Surrogate’s Courthouse (31 Chambers St., main auditorium) — and encourage all New Yorkers to take pride in their native languages as we recognize the richness and strength that emerge when we embrace the many languages that have found a home here. As I say in Persian, my family’s mother language, “Be omide didar!” (Translation: Q We look forward to seeing you!). Bitta Mostofi is Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.


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13 lining up for a race against AOC Eight Republicans, five Dems hoping for second straight upset in 14th CD by Michael Gannon

On education Murray supports more tion with government because of debt, trade and vocational training for those immigration, the environment, crime, racism and other matters at the feet of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who choose it over college; and she the Democratic Party and Ocasio-Cor(D-Bronx, Queens) has gone in two years backs the Trump administration on tez. He reported $44,400 in donations from being an upstar t who shook up deregulation and “pro-growth free marand $599.96 left in the bank. Queens, national and Democratic politics by ket policies.” She does not support govRepublican Rey Solano reported no toppling Joe Crowley to being probably the ernment-run healthcare. Republican Jineea Butler, who on her financial activity and no cash on hand. most recognized member of Congress outHis campaign Facebook page advoside of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San website describes herself as an urban analyst, motivational speaker and comcates private health insurance, a 10 Francisco). percent cap on income taxes and iniAnd this year, there is no shortage of can- munity organizer, has raised just over tiatives to collect income taxes from didates, Democratic and Republican, who $60,000, with more than $18,4300 cash a n est i mated 11 m illion illegal have announced their intention to take on on hand. Her website says her New American Agenda is a “compreimmigrants. A the face of the progressive movement. Democrat Jose Velazquez of the hhensive community-based platBallotpedia lists five Democratss Bronx works in real estate and property fform that will solve the cycle and eight Republicans in the race. of poverty and violence,” but management, according to his website. The website of the Federal ElecHe advocates bringing small business, ooffers no specifics. tion Commission has received filListed next on the FEC labor and developers together in order ings from all Republicans and roster is Councilman Fernanto work out solutions to the affordable t h r e e D e mo c r at s , i nclud i ng do Cabrera (D-Bronx), who is housing crisis. His campaign reported Ocasio-Cortez. 2020 coming up on his Council term no financial activity. For the last filing period, which limit. Cabrera is chairman of the Last week Michelle Caruso-Cabreended Dec. 31, Ocasio-Cortez has far more cash in her campaign coffers than any of her Committee on Governmental Opera- U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a baker’s dozen ra, a resident of Queens best known tions. He has raised just over $30,000 candidates running for her seat in the 14th District. for her more than two decades as a TV opponents has raised individually. The freshman firebrand has raised more and reported $19,215 on hand. PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON repor ter and anchor for CN BC, Under jobs and i nf rast r uct u re, entered the race as a Democrat lookthan $5.3 million this cycle and reported Cabrera accuses Ocasio-Cortez of a leading less than $1,600 in the bank. ing to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in the prijust over $2.9 million in the bank. Republican Miguel Hernandez, on his mary scheduled for June 23. She has a Next on the FEC list is Republican John role in killing the Amazon HQ2 deal in Cummings, a retired police officer who Long Island City, resulting in the loss of website, speaks of the need to tackle lead degree in economics and is the author of the teaches high school in the Bronx. His web- $27.5 billion in state and city revenue over and asbestos in older residential buildings in 2010 book “You Know I’m Right: More site states that he favors school choice, while 25 years; of 25,000 high-paying jobs over 10 the 14th District and for changes to health- Prosperity, Less Government.” Ballotpedia also lists Democrat Bardun on the economy he calls for deregulation years; 1,300 construction jobs and more — care policy, but offers no specifics. He does while producing “zero jobs.” He backs for- back increased vocational training in Khan of Queens. The daughter of Bengali and simplification of the tax code. On healthcare Cummings supports low- mer Vice President Joe Biden’s plans to schools. His campaign finance report listed immigrants is a mother, financial officer at a school and former member of Community cost, nonmandated insurance, saying that build on the Affordable Care Act, or Obam- $18,415 raised and a balance of $31.10. Republican Ruth Papazian refers to Oca- Board 2. government interference has driven up acare, in an effort to bring costs down. Her website states she will work to Republican Antoine Tucker, according to sio-Cortez as the candidate of “progressive costs. He also backs tax-free health savings accounts and permitting companies to offer his website, also wants to reintroduce more activists, billionaires and entertainers” with reduce taxes on small businesses and suphealthcare vouchers in lieu of direct insur- vocational training options in middle school no connection to Queens or the Bronx. She port the expansion of trade and vocational ance. On immigration he said the country and high school. He supports flexibility on a pledges to oppose the Green New Deal, training in schools. She favors incentives to must start with a secure border and have case-by-case basis for lifting restrictions on Medicare for All and efforts to abolish U.S. support green technology but calls OcasioCongress set up a new system that places residents in Section 8-supported housing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Cortez’s Green New Deal fiscally “untenthose in the country legally at the front of against having a live-in partner, saying such known in the modern Washington, DC, ver- able.” She also supports universal backthe line for citizenship. The FEC filing arrangements can, in some cases, be benefi- nacular as ICE. She reported $10,632 in ground checks for firearm sales and the prostates he has raised $895,000, with more cial for children in the household. He also donations in 2019 with zero expenditures, hibition of guns for those with a history of violence. She also favors a ban on the AR-15 favors incentives for small businesses and, as and listed $10,922 in the bank. than $318,000 cash on hand. Republican Israel Ortega Cruz is a native rifle. Republican Scherie Murray has raised an ex felon, programs to stop re-incarceration Democrat James Dillon, who has a cammore than $560,000, with $187,000 on hand and to help former convicts get jobs as they of Puerto Rico who was raised in New York She ran for the City Council in 2013 and for re-enter society. Tucker, according to the City. He is married with three daughters. He paign Twitter account, also is listed by BalQ FEC, has raised nearly $22,000 but reported lays responsibility for people’s dissatisfac- lotpedia. the state Assembly in 2015. Editor

School’s out! Early voting site changes by Michael Shain Editor

Early voting: Round 2. Select polling sites will be open for voting 10 days before the March 24 special election for Queens borough president, the Board of Elections said this week. Eighteen polling places have been designated to begin accepting voters on March 14. None of the sites will be located in schools, a significant change from last November, the first time the city instituted early voting under a new state law that

went into effect a year ago. Accommodating voters and poll workers during and after class hours proved to be a hardship for the schools. Four more sites were also added since last fall. Election officials have said these first two elections — the one last fall for a new district attor ney in Queens and next month’s — have served as dry runs for the presidential primary and general elections later this year, when recordbreaking voter turnout is predicted. Early voting presented some thorny

logistical problems, including how to check the registration for voters who show up at distant polling places and the ability to print paper ballots on-site for local races. Included in the usual voter information mailing next week will be a key fob that contains each voter’s registration data for quick check-in at polling places, the spokeswoman said. Complete information is available at https://vote.nyc/important-notices/specialelection-queens-borough-president-earlyQ voting-hours-and-locations.

Early voting starts 10 days before the special PHOTO BY MICHAEL SHAIN election, March 24.

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Retired NYPD sgt. makes case for BP Anthony Miranda says Queens needs an independent voice in the role by David Russell Associate Editor

Retired NYPD Sgt. Anthony Miranda drew a comparison between police officers and politicians as he spoke about his bid to become borough president. “Officers join the police department because they feel they can make that change. And then they come in and the pressures of things just kind of crumple them down and they fall in line. You’ve got to have an independent voice,” he said in a sitdown interview with the Chronicle editorial staff last Friday. Miranda said voters came out for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens, Bronx) in her upset over incumbent Joe Crowley in 2018 and for Tiffany Cabán in her near upset of Melinda Katz in the Democratic primary for district attorney last year but this race had no independent voice. “Most of the situations that I’ve been encountering, people just felt like their voices haven’t been heard or listened to,” he said. The nonpartisan special election will take place March 24. Several of the candidates are elected officials and Miranda said if voters take them at their word “that they’ve done the best job that they can do where they are, then that means they’ve taken us as far as they can take us.” He added, “The things that we’re suffering didn’t happen overnight. The things that we’re suffering was a pattern of neglectfulness.” Miranda criticized his opponents in office saying they believe they were elected by people in their districts to represent their district only. “You also have to represent the rest of Queens,” he said. Miranda has a question: “Why am I going back to them and saying, ‘Here, do it again? Please harm us a little bit more than you did

Retired NYPD Sgt. Anthony Miranda is running PHOTO BY DAVID RUSSELL for borough president. last time,’” he said. Miranda, chairman of the National Latino Officers Association, said he’s running for borough president instead of a City Council seat because, “You are the vision of the entire borough of Queens as opposed to a small district.” He said there was a need for criminal justice changes but that state legislated bail reform that went into effect at the beginning of the year has gone too far, comparing it to a rubber band that was pulled and eventually snapped. “Now we’re all the way on the other side and everybody’s saying to balance out all the misconduct that happened we need to do all

these things but then there’s no common sense Jamaica students. “That’s not a true raising of the school’s in the middle,” Miranda said. He also criticized politicians who voted to quality,” Miranda said. “The quality of the close Rikers Island by 2026 so that they “not school is still the same. You’re just putting difonly closed it but did so when none of them ferent students who had a different edge into those school systems. How does that improve would be in power.” A plan for borough-based jails, including the system? It doesn’t.” He said if there’s not an independent voice one in Kew Gardens, is to be implemented at a to push back on misguided ideas “then our cost of close to $10 billion. “In their planning, they already know that community is going to suffer.” Miranda pointed to the highly critiit’s going to exceed that amount of cized MTA proposal to redesign bus money,” Miranda said. c routes across the borough, noting the He said the problem with Rikers, r agency says it’s just a plan. which became a “gladiator-type a “But if you proposed it and if school,” was that it failed to treat nobody pushed back, we would people from the beginning. have all been suffering that plan,” “We didn’t need that,” he said. he said. “You needed wraparound services, Miranda wants municipal control of you need to separate people who are 2020 transportation and to have borough presisuffering mental illness from people who dents appointed to the MTA board. are criminals.” He also knocked proposals such as the Miranda also said he’s concerned about the privatization of jails and that he believes LaGuardia AirTrain and the Brooklyn Queens there’s an entire industry such as wrist- and Connecton, saying other things, such as public ankle-monitor makers who will get rich with housing, need to be improved before such projects commence. alternatives to incarceration. “How are we not trying to fix the problems “Is that a local business or is that something we’re currently facing in huge numbers and that’s already planned?” he said. Miranda said the borough has become still building billion-dollar projects? That’s “inundated” with homeless shelters, more so why people are getting pissed off right now,” Miranda said. than other boroughs, according to him. Miranda also wants a moratorium on luxu“Not that we’re against homelessness and people suffering but when you’re looking at ry developments that cause a “bigger strain on how you balance services, then we should be infrastructure,” even if it means a loss of union jobs during construction. equal to all the other boroughs,” he said. “So the union guys eat for a season and then He said schools are being built in areas of the politicians with the most power instead of the rest of the neighborhood gets displaced for being based on need. Miranda also ripped the the rest of life,” he said. Miranda added that his opponents are plan to ethnically diversify middle schools, including three in District 28, consisting of “short-term thinkers” only concerned about Q Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park and the next four years.

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The high tensions and ill feelings between Community Board 7 and MinKwon Center for Community Action remain after the board’s Feb. 10 meeting, with board Chairperson Eugene Kelty calling for the termination of the advocacy group’s staff member Charlie Cheon, citing racist and disrespectful remarks. “At the end of the meeting, [Cheon] went directly up to one of our senior citizens and distinguished Board Member, Arlene Fleischman and without provocation called Ms. Fleischman a “WHITE BITCH,” Kelty’s letter to MinKwon read before demanding an immediate and public apology from Cheon and the organization. “MinKwon must immediately terminate Mr. Cheon.” In response, MinKwon Executive Director John Park stated that there is no evidence of Kelty’s claim, though the group is

reviewing video footage of the meeting to investigate the incident. “Presuming guilt before innocence, demanding immediate significant consequences and making public a serious accusation against a person’s character without first providing unassailable evidence, beyond one person’s word over another, is hasty and out of order,” wrote Park after vouching for Cheon’s character as the organization’s community organizer. MinKwon will not take action against Cheon until evidence is proven against his assumed innocence. Cheon and other MinKwon advocates attended the meeting to protest the proposed plan to rezone and redevelop the 29-acre stretch of waterfront industrial property and surrounding land in Downtown Flushing between 40th Road to the south, College Point Boulevard to the east, 36th Avenue to the north and Flushing Creek to the west.

While the plan aims to improve pedestrian flow and vehicular movement, add affordable housing and improve the water quality of Flushing Creek, the advocates voiced concerns over increased congestion, pollution, construction hazards and mass displacement resulting from the development. “We need a plan that represents us, not developers,” Cheon pleaded with the board members during his one minute of speaking allowance during the public hearing portion of the meeting. Moments before, Cheon and Rezoning Committee Chairperson Joe Sweeney engaged in a heated confrontation in which the men shouted inches from one another until officers from the 109th Precinct stepped in and broke them up. In another heated moment of the meeting, Kelty “lunged” toward another MinKwon staff member, in what Park calls an apparent attempt to grab her phone, which the organi-

MinKwon community organizer Charlie Cheon pleaded for CB 7 to vote against the Special Flushing Waterfront District at its Feb. 10 PHOTO BY KATHERINE DONLEVY hearing. zation maintains video evidence of. The board ultimately voted to approve the zoning text amendment to establish the Special Flushing Waterfront District, 30-8. The plan now moves to the Queens Borough President’s Office before heading to the City CounQ cil for official approval.

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War hero, Mets usher dead at 95 Lifelong Astoria resident Gasparre fought in the Battle of the Bulge Associate Editor

Luke Gasparre, a World War II hero and lifelong Astoria resident, died last Thursday at 95. Gasparre was a private first class in the Army during World War II. As a soldier in the 87th Infantr y division ser ving in Europe, he helped liberate the French city of Metz from Nazi control and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Gasparre, who was wounded in action, was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He was enshrined in the Veterans Hall of Fame by the state Senate in 2016. “We must never forget all the veterans and their families and must support them providing the necessary services to repay them in some small way for their sacrifice,” he said while being honored at Borough Hall in 2018. “Finally, we must keep them in our thoughts and prayers for protecting us from those who wish to harm us and endanger our way of life.” Gasparre worked for the Postal Service for 34 years and was an usher at Mets games for more than a half-century at Shea Stadium and Citi Field. “So many of our fans knew him as he always welcomed everyone with open arms and a friendly conversation,” the team said

in a Facebook post. “He will be missed by many and we send our heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends.” Gasparre could be seen over the years riding in parades around the borough. Assembly woma n A ravella Si mot as (D-Astoria) remembered him on Facebook. “Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of lifelong Astoria resident, and usher for the New York Mets for six decades, Luke Gasparre,” she said. “Luke brought so much joy to those around him and inspired us all with his service to his community and his country. He will be greatly missed.” Mayor de Blasio tweeted last Friday afternoon, “Luke Gasparre loved his city and his country — and he REALLY loved his @Mets. He was also a tireless advocate for his fellow @nycveterans. On behalf of the city, I offer our deepest condolences to all who knew and loved this truly great man.” Gasparre is survived by his son, Luke, and daughter, Roseanna, according to Drago Funeral Home in Astoria, where visitation services were provided. His funeral was held at St. Joseph’s RC Church in Astoria and he was laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst. He will not be forgotten by the Flushing faithful.


Luke Gasparre, a lifelong Astoria resident and World War II hero, died last Thursday at 95. An enthusiastic participant at patriotic parades, he was also a fixture in Flushing, working as an FILE PHOTO usher at Mets games for more than 50 years at Shea Stadium and Citi Field. A Facebook group “In Memory of Legendary Mets Usher Luke Gasparre” was started with members sharing recollections and photos of the fan favorite.





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Crime in Queens parks up from 2018 Final 2019 months saw crime spike by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

Statistics from the first three quarters of 2019 showed a slight decrease in overall crime in Queens parks when compared to the same time frame in 2018, but a sudden spike from October to December confirms that crime is on an upward trajectory. According to newly released NYPD statistics, the total index crimes — murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny of a vehicle — throughout city parks rose by 3.8 percent between 2018 and 2019. Queens parks index crimes saw a 9.5 percent increase for the year. Where index crimes in Queens parks had decreased slightly through the first three quarters — the total was down 1.7 percent from January to September when compared with the same time frame in 2018 — recently released NYPD data revealed that the final quarter of 2019 saw 57 total incidents, a spike high enough to surpass those in 2018. While total index crimes in Queens parks in the final quarter of 2019 were lower than in the third quarter, total crimes for the months of October, November and December in 2019 were 62.9 percent higher than the final three months of 2018. “Any rise in crime is concerning. Last quarter’s newly released numbers are dishearten-

ing, to say the least,” said state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing). “As local legislators, we need to creatively look into ways to increase patrols. We also need the necessary resources to ensure ... all of the borough’s green spaces serve as sanctuaries within their communities.” While Queens saw a year-to-year 100 percent decrease in murder, from two to zero, an 8.3 percent decrease in grand larcenies and a 25 percent decrease in auto thefts, the borough saw a large spike in the other, mostly violent index crimes — felony assault increased by 14.3 percent, rape by 75 percent, robberies by 25 percent and burglaries by 140 percent. Total incidents of grand larceny were down from 2018 to 2019, but it still remains the most frequently occurring crime for Queens, accounting for 38.3 percent of park index crimes, which Deputy Inspector Nicola Ventre says is mainly stolen property that was left unattended. Ventre serves as the commanding officer of the 110th Precinct which patrols the 897 acres of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The largest green space in Queens saw a 19.2 percent increase in crime from 2018, 54.9 percent of which were grand larcenies. “It’s unacceptable that robberies have doubled and grand larceny has more than doubled in Flushing Meadows comparing the last


City during our upcoming budget hearings.” During her last months as borough president, Melinda Katz provided the 110 with a trailer that acts as a permanent post in the park, which the officers and elected officials Q hope will deter the increasing crime.

VALENTINES FOR VETS DRIVE PS 97Q participated in Assemblyman Mike Miller’s 11th annual Valentines for Vets Drive having fun making pretty and inspirational cards for veterans. Mrs. Murphy and Class 4-409 shared some of their photos and Mrs. Abramowitz worked with her English of Another Language students, being creative and having fun learning. Students collected over 300 cards! They were happy to say thank you for their service with creative drawings and quotes. The students send a thank you to veterans for all they have done.



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quarters of 2018 to 2019, and all the more so since the Council has actually increased funding for Parks Department enforcement officers,” said City Councilmember Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows). “We will be expecting answers and solutions from the


“SOUP”-ER BOWL No matter what team you were cheering for in this year’s Super Bowl, all students are all winners at PS 97Q. The student council hosted its very own “SOUP”er Bowl celebration and it was ‘SOUP” - erb! They all wore their favorite Jerseys and brought in cans of soup to donate to the local food pantry! They collected several boxes of soup which will be going to the local food pantry. The student council hosted this drive and are very excited about their success.

Data from the NYPD shows an increase in crime in Queens parks from 2018 to 2019, as well as across the city.

FINGER PUPPETS Ms. Buynak, PS 97Q’s art teacher, is so thrilled to have received a grant for a five-session family engagement program with Puppetry in Practice and students’ families are overjoyed as well. This program will be offered to students and their parents in kindergarten through grade 5 and will be held over the next two months. Ms. Buynak, with support from Ms. Dee Dee and Ms. D’Andrea, held a packed house art session for kindergarten and first grade families. Clay finger puppets was the theme.

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For the past ten years, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in Howard Beach has been a part of a very special cause, “Pennies for Patients,” an organization that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “Pennies for Patients” ensures that no child has to take on cancer alone. As a science-based servicelearning program, “Pennies for Patients” connects schools with local blood cancer patients, provides tangible life skills to participants and allows students to see the impact they’re making in the lives of others.” OLGCA kicked off the fundraising with an assembly in which a representative from “Pennies for Patients” comes to talk to the students about the significance of this organization and how they can make a difference. To raise money, the students hold weekly class competitions; for the third year in a row, some of the eighth-grade students have organized “Shoot for a Cure,” a basketball fundraiser. Each student brought in a certain amount of money to have the opportunity to shoot as many baskets as they could, the more money-the more chances one gets. Not only did the students enjoy themselves, but they recognized the importance of supporting those who need help, a true testament of their Catholic faith. It is a phenomenal way to teach students that they can have a positive impact on the lives of others. The OLG students raised a very impressive $1,050.00, and “We could not be any more proud of them,” exclaimed Principal Marybeth McManus.

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Living inside an NYC landmark Kingsland Homestead caretaker resides in third floor apartment by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

“It’s just like taking care of any other house — you just have to make sure you stay on top of the little details,” said Jeran Halfpap, the live-in caretaker of the Kingsland Homestead, the 1785 New York Cit y-desig nated land mark and National Register of Historic Places listing that operates as the Queens Historical Society headquarters. Halfpap begins each morning by unlocking the 18th-century home’s doors at 8 a.m. sharp. The landmark is named for homeowner and British sea captain Joseph King, the son-in-law of the building’s creator, Charles Doughty, and sits at 143-35 37 Ave. in Flushing. Although its current site is not where it was originally erected, it now lies just a few feet from other landmark buildings: the Lewis Latimer House Museum and the Bowne House, and sits beside the landmarked Weeping Beech, the historic tree and mother of all European weeping beeches in the United States. Half pap became the home’s caretaker just short of a year ago after moving to Flushing from the Annapolis area of Maryland. He ear ned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology as well as a minor in museum studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and spent years working in various museums, such as Historic St. Mary’s City and the Chesapeake Children’s Museum, but had been working at a retail craft store for five years when he decided to apply to the Lewis Latimer House Museum. “I’ve been just living in muse-

ums my whole life ... I decided it was time to take risks and make major changes,” Halfpap said. The process of finding out about the Lewis Latimer position and moving to Flushing took less than a month, and soon after a friend recommended that he apply for the Kingsland Homestead caretaker position as well. “I’m really into small museums, I’m a really handy person, I like to help out around. It’s a perfect fit,” said Halfpap, who now lives in the surprisingly spacious third f loor apartment of the landmark with his husband, Sebastian. “It’s always fun to win the ‘I live in the oldest house’ game.” After opening the doors, Halfpap conducts a walkthrough and refers to his checklist, which includes taking out the trash and making sure all lights and other electronics are operating properly. One of Halfpap’s responsibilities is to clear the outside sidewalk of litter as construction commences on the deteriorating roof of the home. The project, funded by former Borough President Melinda Katz and the Parks Department, will replace the roof with shingles to match its historic aesthetic. Halfpap works around the workers to pick up litter and other discarded trash, being careful to not leave anything behind except for a cardboard box with a bowl of catnip left by a neighbor. “She leaves this to feed the feral cats. Black, Lotus, Bobby — and the new one who has been hanging around is Sparkles,” Halfpap says of the animals who romp around

The Queens Historical Society’s newest exhibit on the Flushing Garden Club features a flower arrangement by Halfpap on the top shelf.

Jeran Halfpap sits at his desk where he brainstorms education and outreach programs and activities during the times he isn’t busy with caretaker duties. Below, a painting of the Kingsland Homestead hangs inside Halfpap’s PHOTOS BY KATHERINE DONLEVY third-floor apartment within the landmark house.

Weeping Beech Park, but can hardly be considered the unofficial mascots of the landmark since they keep their distance from museum visitors. “I’ve only been able to pet Black once!” Halfpap keeps a sporadic schedule between his many duties as a caretaker and an educator for both the Kingsland Homestead and Lewis Latimer House. “It’s actually a very common phrase in small museums, the ‘wearing many hats,’ because small museums generally only have one or two full-time employees and only one is part-time. Everyone has to be able to do more than one thing so we can function as agile as possible. I really enjoy being able to do more than one thing, so switching over between tasks is crucial for me to be continuously engaged in the work that I do.” As his title of education and outreach coordinator would suggest, Halfpap is responsible for public programs, film screenings, lectures and other activities, as well

as designing lesson plans for historic and scientific events. “We have been doing a small marathon of grant applications lately, so that’s all I’ve been working on for the last week and a half, but ever ything’s in and we’re ready to start a couple new programs and be able to offer new programs on a regular basis. I’m a fan of making new things because if something’s new it’s novel to come back to the museum.” Halfpap’s educator and caretaker responsibilities sometimes overlap, exemplified through his recent design and implementation of a small exhibit that lies on the second floor landing — the “Queens’ Green Thumb: The Flushing Garden Club” exhibit celebrates the horticultural history of Queens through the lens of the dedicated women of The Flushing Garden Club, which was founded in 1914 and contributed to the Gardens on Pa r ade pav ilion at t he 1939 World’s Fair. “I had to quickly paint this in two days, install a little raspberry pi [computer], which is my solution on how to have a looping video without spending a whole bunch of money.” Halfpap’s projector displays a rare color footage clip from the Flushing Garden Club’s arrangements at the 1939 World’s Fair. Halfpap also used his experience as a five-year craft store employee to recreate one of the f loral arrangements for the

exhibition. “It’s exciting. It was all fun to make.” Half pap’s role as caretaker allows him to marry his love for museums, education and creativity to his day-to-day life, but he says his favorite aspect of the job is interacting with the structure itself. “One of my favorite things is that there is no such thing as a level surface in this house. You can see how it kind of dips and bulges out in certain places, so when it comes to actually installing things and mounting things that are needed in exhibits there are challenges. The walls aren’t drywall and studs, Q they’re lath and plaster.”

“There is no such thing as a level surface in this house.” Halfpap points to the doorways as proof.

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Schools serving breakfast after the bell can cut down on chronic student absences, according to a new report by the University of California Santa Barbara on behalf of advocacy group No Kid Hungry. The report said nearly 8 million students — about 16 percent of all students in the country — are missing at least three weeks of school each year. That can lead to an increased likelihood of dropping out and a greater risk of becoming unemployed adults. The study pointed out the importance of serving breakfast after the bell as opposed to before because of the difficulties of getting children to school. The issue is “especially daunting” for low-income parents more likely to have limited transportation options and less flexible schedules. There is also a stigma children face by being “one of the poor kids” eating in the cafeteria before the bell. New York City schools offer free breakfast, lunch and afterschool meals to all students during the school year. Part of the study examining young elementary school students attending a school that served breakfast in the classroom found a four-percentage-point reduction in the likelihood of chronic absenteeism and a five -percentage-point decrease in the number of

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she said in an interview Tuesday. But, di Figlia-Peck said, skipping breakfast is “a missed opportunity to get key nutrients that we need.” She said it’s important to jump-start the metabolism by having breakfast but another problem is that many kids are going to sleep later and eating late in the night.

“So when they get up at seven, they’re not hungry,” di Figlia-Peck said. She said she sees patients choosing to stay in bed instead of eating in the morning. “Why would I get up 10 minutes early to eat something when I can get 10 more minutes of sleep?” she said. Di Figilia-Peck, who works with patients ages 8 to 21, said kids stay up late looking at their phones, and she has been told by parents that they realize their children are still awake when they see the light from the phone under the door. She said she finds a lot of students are skipping lunch as well and then it’s a “feeding fest” when they get home. “The brain wants us to have a steady supply of glucose and nutrients and when we’re not getting them then the brain kicks in extra and taps a little bit harder and says, ‘Time to eat,’” di Figlia-Peck said. The nutritionist added that she sees more dieting at younger ages, something she believes is due to children seeing altered versions of people on social media. “The amount of adolescents that are dieting today is staggering,” di Figlia-Peck said. She is a proponent of schools serving free or low-cost meals to students. “For some children that is the only nutritious Q meal of the day,” di Figlia-Peck said.

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AHA offers three tips for a healthier heart Heart disease is a formidable foe. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately 800,000 deaths every year. While heart disease exacts a devastating toll on the United States and Canada, its reach extends far beyond North America, as the American College of Cardiology notes that cardiovascular disease accounts for 31 percent of all deaths across the globe. In spite of the prevalence of heart disease, men and women are not helpless against it. In fact, there are many ways for men and women to reduce their risk for heart disease. 1. Maintain a healthy weight. The American Hear t Association reports that between 60 and 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Carrying around extra weight takes a toll on the body, increasing a person’s risk for heart disease and stroke. Overweight or obese men and women can work with their physicians to develop a plan for effective, longterm weight loss, a plan that will likely include a combination of diet and routine exercise. 2. Understand and manage blood pressure. The AHA notes that high blood pressure, a common condition affecting roughly one in three Americans, is often referred to as “the silent killer” because it does not necessarily produce symptoms. Blood pressure measures the force pushing outward on the walls of blood vessels as they carry blood oxygen to the

body’s organs, and the force created as the heart rests between beats. Over time, the arterial walls of people with high blood pressure may become stressed and develop weak spots or scarring that makes them vulnerable to the buildup of plaque. Plaque buildup can increase the risk of blood clots and stroke. Blood pressure can rise as a person ages, so managing blood pressure involves routinely checking it and making certain changes, such as eating healthier foods and exercising more often, if it is high. 3. Control cholesterol levels. High levels of low-density lipoprotein, often referred to as “bad” cholesterol, can increase a person’s risk for heart disease. The AHA notes that excessive amounts of cholesterol can be deposited into the arteries as plaque. When that happens, it leads to a condition known as atherosclerosis, or a narrowing of the inside of the artery walls. That narrowing leads to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Men and women should get their cholesterol levels checked at least once every four to six years beginning at age 20. Men and women who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol should recognize that cholesterol is only found in animal products, so a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and low in animal products can provide a simple way for men and women to lower their cholesterol. A more thorough and detailed plan to lower cholesterol levels should be discussed with a physician. More information about heart disease and how to combat it Q can be found at heart.org. — Metro Creative Connection

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Visits to the dentist for periodic cleanings and checkups are an important component of oral hygiene. Dentists also may be the first people to identify potential issues that can affect health elsewhere in the body. Many people are unaware that children should visit the dentist early in their lives. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should visit the dentist by age one or within six mont h s of t h e eruption of his or her f irst tooth. However, many parents wait until much later — age t wo or three — to take kids to the dentist, for parents’ insurance plans to work. Hesitance to visit the dentist may stem from personal fears or perceived reactions by children. Primary teeth may eventually fall out, but they shouldn’t be ignored. They save space for permanent teeth and serve other f u nctions. Therefore, parents should begin to acclimate children to the dentist at a young age to make the experience fun and even enjoyable.

Get a tour of the office Ask the staff if your child can get a special tour of the office with explanations of all the tools and equipment. Understanding what to expect the next time around in a no-pressure situation can make the process much easier for everyone involved. The dentist may be able to also give a test ride on the exam chair, moving it up and down, as well as showing off the water fountain and oral irrigator.

Lead by example Children who witness their parents putting off going to the dentist or being apprehensive about visiting the dentist may develop their own fears. Always paint the dentist in a positive light and keep appointments.

Focus on the good aspects Talk up all the benefits of going to the dentist, such as having a squeaky clean and fresh mouth. Many hygienists will hand out small toys after a successful visit, or at the least a great new toothbrush and other fun products to try.

Avoid giving false hope Do not tell a child that “everything will be OK” at the dentist’s office. If a child needs treatment that may be uncomfortable, he or she may not trust you the next time a dental visit is scheduled, according to Joel H. Berg, D.D.S., M.S., director of the Department of Dentistry at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Avoid words like “shots,” “pain,” “hurt” or even “cavities.” Dentists, particularly pediatric dentists, may have their own vocabulary that can assuage fears and seem less alarming to kids. Over time, dental visits can become an easy routine with children, setting them up for a lifetime of healthy mouths and Q teeth. — Metro Creative Connection

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A healthy heart needs a healthy diet A large part of healthy eating involves choosing the right foods. In addition to choosing the right foods, health-conscious individuals must choose the right methods to prepare those foods in order to maximize their nutritional value. Cooking methods such as frying can make for delicious meals, but such meals may not be so healthy. For example, each tablespoon of oil used when frying can add more than 100 calories to a meal. When counting calories, men and women should recognize that the way they prepare foods can affect the overall calorie count of a meal. In addition to choosing healthy cooking methods, health-conscious men and women can employ the following strategies to make meals as healthy as possible. • Invest in new cookware. Choose nonstick cookware that will reduce the amount of oil, spray and butter needed to keep foods from sticking. Manufacturers are now touting ceramic cookware, which is free of trace metals or dangerous chemicals that can leach into food from the cooking surface. What’s more, ceramic pots and pans don’t contain chemical coatings that can eventually flake off into food. • Stock up on healthy recipes. Purchase cookbooks that showcase healthy recipes or peruse the internet for heathy recipes. Many websites cater to health-conscious foodies who do not want to sacrifice their health to enjoy delicious meals. • Choose smart fats. All oils are loaded in calories, but healthy oils can still be used without sacrificing flavor. Olive oil is an unsaturated fat that is a much healthier choice than butter or saturated fats. When cooking with oil, do so in moderation. • Think about baking foods. Baking is handy for more than breads and desserts.

Baking is one method of cooking that may not require the addition of fat. Meats that are baked can be placed on top of a rack, so that excess fat drips off and is contained in the bottom of the pan. • Explore poaching, broiling and grilling. Poaching, broiling and grilling are three healthy alternatives to frying. Broiling and grilling expose food to direct heat, so it is a fast method of cooking and may not be appropriate for foods that require longer cooking times to tenderize. Poaching is the process of simmering foods in water or another flavorful liquid. • Use minimally refined ingredients. Select among whole grains and ingredients that have not been refined. The closer a product is to its natural state, the more nutritional properties it is likely to have retained. • Season foods yourself. Rather than relying on prepackaged seasonings, mix your own blends. Packaged seasonings generally contain a lot of salt. Use fresh herbs whenever possible for the freshest of flavor. • Add heat for flavor. Spicy pepper, dry mustard and other zesty flavor enhancers can make foods taste delicious without added calories. • Try low-fat or fat-free dairy. Substitute low-fat alternatives for full-fat dairy items. For example, Greek yogurt can sometimes be used in place of less healthy ingredients such as mayonnaise. • Trim excess fats. Prepare meats and poultry well by trimming the fat and skin to make the final product even healthier. By remembering that healthy eating involves not just coosing healthful foods, but also how those foods are cooked, home cooks can make their meals that much healthier. Q — Metro Creative Connection


Black History Film Fest features

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The executive director of the Queens Center for the Arts believes in striking while the iron is hot. The result is what Ruth Whaley wants to be the first annual Black History International Film Festival, an afternoon-into-the-night event of short films, art exhibits, musical and dance performances and much more on Feb. 22 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. “We had a daylong arts festival in October that was very successful,” Whaley told the Chronicle in a telephone interview last week. Among the entries were music videos and poetry videos. We also fund some short films.” Whaley, whose organization now also operates under the title of queensunderground718.com, thought there was more to do, particularly with short movies and videos. The result is being billed as a “red carpet night” with live performances, movie shorts, videos featuring music, dance, poetry and comedy and web series episodes at the 400-seat venue on Jamaica Avenue. “We have more than 80 films, artists and exhibits from 12 countries. We have films from Texas, Atlanta, Louisiana — they’re all coming here to Jamaica.” Whaley said with the movies it was decided to focus on shorts and stay away from feature-length films as both a practical matter and an artistic decision. “We want people to be able to see more artists,” she said. The 65 films include dramas, comedies, romances and documentaries. Titles include “No Strings Attached,” “Ex-Offenders,” “Dance,” “Where My Girls,” “Two Wrong z : The Cake,” the music video “Bet ter Naija,””Black Art” and “The Reckoning.” She said the films are suitable for teens and older. A number of the films already have adorned their posters with the traditional laurel leaves marking them as an official selection of the Jamaica event.

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W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G EXHIBITS “Claytopian New York,” with sculptors expressing the beauty, diversity and wonder of life in an idealized metropolis; and “Back to the Table,” with ceramic artists reclaiming the dinner table as a place for human connection at a time when meals are often eaten elsewhere. Thu., Feb. 20 (“Claytopian”) and Fri., Feb. 21 (“Table”)-Sun., March 15 (“Claytopian” curator’s talk Sat., Feb. 22, 6-7 p.m.; opening reception for both Sat., Feb. 22, 7-10 p.m.), The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info: (347) 8480030, licartists.org. “Survival: The Exhibition,” an interactive setting providing science-based techniques to prepare visitors of all ages to stay alive in various environments, with an adventure zone including a zip line, ropes course and more. Through Sun., Sept. 13, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. $7 plus admission: $20; $15 seniors, kids, students. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org. “The Art Work of Meagan J. Meehan,” with abstract works by the artist, author and journalist who coined and defined “conscious perceptionalism” as a genre. Through end of Feb., The Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. Free. Info/RSVP (requested): (347) 878-6614, friendsofmaplegrove.org. “Race and Revolution: Home/Land,” with works by several artists that pair true stories of slaves facing the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act with the control of Immigration and Customs Enforcement over immigrants and refugees today, in a look at systemic American racism. Through Sun., June 14, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137 St., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 961-8585, latimernow.org.

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Church Street off Douglaston Pkwy., 243-01 Northern Blvd. $19; $17 seniors, students. Info: (718) 482-3332, dctonline.org.

“Colors in Black,” the 18th annual Southern Queens Park Association art show, with works in various media, including A. Larry Green’s “Two Little Boys,” above, honoring people of color as Black History Month ends and Women’s History Month begins. Sun., March 1 (opening reception 2-6 p.m.)-Sat., March 7, Roy Wilkins Park Family Center, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., St. Albans. Free. Info: (718) 276-4630, ext. 100, mryland@sqpa.org. PHOTO COURTESY SQPA “Unbound: Authentic Visions and Voices,” the first public exhibit by Art BreakOut, with works in multiple media by artists with roots around the world. Through Thu., Feb. 27, The Local NY, 13-02 44 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info: Lois Stavsky, (917) 562-8468, loisstavsky@gmail.com. “Fresh Meadows Camera Club Retrospective, with photos by members and group officers as

“Something Unspoken” and “The Spiral Staircase,” a drama and a thriller presented as a double feature by the Parkside Players. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 21-22 and 28-29, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 23, 2 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., Forest Hills. $18; $15 seniors, students. Info: (718) 353-7388, parksideplayers.com. “Jump,” the NYC premiere of a show about two sisters and their father grappling with loss while an unexpected friendship blooms, shining a light on finding peace after trauma, presented by the Astoria Performing Arts Center. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 21-22, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 22, 3 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 23, 3 p.m., 28-21 Steinway St., Astoria. $25; $20 students, seniors. Info: (718) 706-5750, apacny.org.

DANCE “Pirate Pete’s Parrot,” one of two family-oriented monthly shows at The Secret Theatre (the other being “Princess Particular”), which together are the longest-running plays in Queens, will be performed this Saturday, me hearties. See Kids/Families. PHOTO BY REIKO YANAGI they celebrate their 73rd anniversary. Through Sat., Feb. 29, Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Tpke. Free. Info: (718) 831-8636, queenslibrary.org, freshmeadowscameraclub.org. “Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 19912011,” with more than 300 works in various media by 80 artists, many based in Iraq or its diasporas, on the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the sanctions that followed and the 2003 Iraq War. Through Sun., March 1, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. Free with admission: $10; $5 students; free kids under 17. Info: (718) 7842084, momaps1.org.

MUSIC Global Mashup: Klezmer Meets Venezuela, with Michael Winograd and the Honorable Mentshn and Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo each playing a set and then jamming together. Sat., Feb. 29, 7:15 p.m. (dance lessons); 8 p.m. (concert), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $18; $12 students; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org. Tuesday Morning Music Club Classical Concert, with pianist Hannah Wang playing works by Schubert and Beethoven, and vocalists Ron and Julie Meixsell performing pieces by Mozart, Puccini, Schumann and more. Tue., Feb. 25, 11 a.m., Community Church of Douglaston, 39-50 Douglaston Pkwy. Free. Info: (718) 229-4707. Concert of Classics by The Beatles, with favorites by the Fab Four performed by violinist Olga Turkina, pianist Philipp Petkov and four other musicians on classical instruments. Sat., Feb. 22, 3 p.m., St. Michael’s Cemetery, 72-02 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst. Free. Info: (718) 278-3240, stmichaelscemetery.com.

Sunday Jazz Brunch, with the Carl Bartlett Jr. Quartet, food, 50/50 and more, to celebrate Mardi Gras. Sun., Feb. 23, 12-3 p.m., Bayside Historical Society, The Castle, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten. $50. Info/ RSVP: (718) 352-1548, baysidehistorical.org. SaaWee: New Ritual, with percussionist Sita Chay, left, and violinist Jihye Kim striving to heal the wounds of society in a fusion of Korean traditions and contemporary musical language. Fri., Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $18; $12 students; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org. COURTESY PHOTO

In-House Artist Concert, with several innovative choreographers from the Astoria area. Wed., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Rioult Dance Center, 34-01 Steinway St., Astoria (entrance on 34 Ave.). Free. Info: (212) 398-5901, facebook.com/rioultdancecenter.

FILM “Sorry to Bother You,” the 2018 dark comedy about a young African-American telemarketer who adopts a white accent to succeed but then learns dark secrets about his company. Sun., Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m., Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137 St., Flushing. Free; donations accepted. Info/RSVP: (718) 961-8585, lewislatimerhouse.org. See It Big! Outer Space, with more than a dozen films of all kinds set in the cosmos, including “Flash Gordon,” “Alien” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” Through Sun., April 19, various times, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; $10 more for admission to “Envisioning 2001” exhibit. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us..

THEATRE “Hunting and Gathering,” a comedy about four 20- and 30-somethings trying to find themselves amid the backdrop of apartment hunting in the city, with limited income and roommate troubles, by Headwall Theatre Co. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 27-29 and March 5-7, 7 p.m., Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria. $20. Info: (718) 726-7329, headwalltheatrecompany.org. “Driving Miss Daisy,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur, by Douglaston Community Theatre. Fri.Sat., Feb. 28-29; Fri., March 6, 8 p.m., Sun., March 1, 3 p.m.; Sat., March 7, 2 p.m., Zion Episcopal Church,

Little Women,” the 2019 coming-of-age drama based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved semi-autobiographical novel about four sisters in the Civil War era. Thu., Feb. 20, 2:30 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 21, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 23, 2 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; museum admission $5 more. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us.

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In two-fer, Parkside Players save the best for last by Mark Lord qboro contributor

One of the dilemmas facing community theater groups is which plays to produce. Many stick with the tried and true, presenting titles that are most likely to draw the crowds that provide the bread and butter needed to stay afloat. Parkside Players, a mainstay on the local scene since 1981, is among the more daring troupes, often opting to produce shows not generally in wide circulation, affording theatergoers a rare opportunity to see them. Such is the case with their latest offering, a double feature consisting of Tennessee

‘Something Unspoken’ and ‘The Spiral Staircase’ When: Fri.-Sat., Feb. 21-22 and 28-29, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 23, 2 p.m. Where: Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., Forest Hills Tickets: $18; $15 seniors, students. (718) 353-7388, parksideplayers.com

Williams’ little-known two-hander “Something Unspoken” and an adaptation of the screen classic “The Spiral Staircase.” As it turns out, the latter, which follows intermission, proves a much more involving enterprise. The Williams piece focuses on the relationship between Cornelia Scott, a wealthy Southern spinster, and her devoted secretary of 15 years, Grace Lancaster. The full extent of that relationship is alluded to throughout but it ultimately remains, as suggested by the title, unspeakable. In fact, it borders on the unthinkable. The play, written in 1958, was undoubtedly shocking in its day, but by today’s standards it is little more than a curiosity (fueled by the pedigree of its author), a character study of two women who may be reaching a turning point in their shared lives. The ladies are contrasts in many ways. Cornelia is outwardly forceful but suffers tremendously from inner insecurities. She longs to confront the issue that has remained off limits for so many years. Grace, some 20 years younger, must deal with frequent attacks of anxiety. She still prefers to not address the shadowed

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Rosemary Innes, left, Will Frenzel, Amy Rubinson, W. Gordon Innes and Gabby Fidis PHOTO BY MARK LORD perform in the Parkside Players’ “The Spiral Staircase.” aspects of the relationship. Despite the valiant efforts by Elizabeth Zimmermann as Cornelia and Farah DiazTello as Grace, we really never come to care about either character, resulting in a disappointing start to the evening. We do, however, take great interest in what happens to the individuals who are brought together in the far more rewarding

second half of the program, set in a mansion on the outskirts of a small American city in the early 1900s. As the action begins, a series of unsolved murders has taken place, causing a panic among the city’s residents. Adapted for the stage by F. Andrew Leslie from the screenplay by Mel Dinielli, “The Spiral Staircase” continued on page 33

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At St. Michael’s, a splendid time is guaranteed for all by Mark Lord qboro contributor

You love them, yeah, yeah, yeah! And now is your chance to hear all your favorite Beatles hits — with a twist. St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst presents a free concert featuring the music of The Fab Four, as performed by a sextet of award-winning classical musicians. Why a concert in a cemetery, you may well ask yourself? According to the cemetery’s director, Ed Horn, St. Michael’s thinks of itself not only as a place for visitors to remember their loved ones, but as “a resource, an active, daily part of the community.” And each of the past five or six or seven years (no one seemed to be able to recall exactly when the tradition started), crowds have gathered for this annual event, their numbers surging upwards of 100 strong.

Classics by The Beatles When: Sat., Feb. 22, 3 p.m. Where: St. Michael’s Cemetery, 72-02 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst Entry: Free. (718) 278-3240, stmichaelscemetery.com

Olga Turkina, born in Moscow, raised in Mexico and now living on Long Island, is the group’s violinist and driving force. She recalled in a telephone conversation this week that the first concert she gave at the cemetery consisted mostly of classical music, with two or three Beatles songs thrown in for good measure. The audience “specifically loved the Beatles section,” she said. It was decided that the following year’s concert would be an all-Beatles celebration. It’s been that way ever since, and getting better all the time. Among the tunes expected this year are “Yesterday,” “Yellow Submarine” and “All You Need Is Love,” to be played, in addition to Turkina’s violin, on piano (by Philipp Petkov, her husband), another violin, viola and, a new addition this year, French horn. Olga Turkina and Philipp Petkov have been performing the work of The Beatles at St. Michael’s Ceme“The music comes across melodical- tery for several years. This year’s show will feature four other musicians too. FILE PHOTO ly,” Horn said, adding that the instruThe hardest part of getting the concert the music as close to the originals as possimental renditions of the songs afford the audience the opportunity to “appreciate the together was finding arrangements for the ble, with the violin melody “emphasizing the horn, Turkina said. Luckily, the horn player is words and phrasing of the singers.” genius” of the music. And, in the end, “we just try to have fun And if yesterday is any indication, it won’t also an arranger, so he was able to transcribe and have a connection with the audience,” take long for the audience to start supplying parts for himself, she said. Q She added that the performers try to play she said. the lyrics on their own.

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More than just a film festival in Jamaica continued from page 27 “I’d never organized a film festival,” Whaley said. But the success of the October event, the interest of artists and visitors, plus an ever-growing list of contacts with artists and potential vendors, convinced her to go forward. “I decided, ‘I can do this.’” Social media alone gave the QCA a huge head start when reaching out to artists and performers to solicit submissions. Word of mouth also got around quickly. There will be more than a dozen vendors featuring jewelry, arts and crafts and clothing. Food and beverages will be available.

The festival also will host Meet the Filmmakers segments, where attendees can interact with the performers, cast and crews of submissions including “Oxygen Box Band,” “One Single Rose,” and “Young Say So,” and artists such as Fever Faye, Soliel Hall, Wesley Hall, Hide Inaba, Mr. Orange Live, the Koluchi Band and others. The guest speakers will include Phil Andrews, president of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce. Whaley also hopes the artists and others will t ake advant age of net working opportunities. Advance tickets are available through eventbrite.com on the Queens Center for the Arts website at queensunderground718.com. A Community Service Awards ceremony, hosted by Rakim the Comedian, will honor Det. Tanya Duhaney of the Community Affairs Office of the When: Sat., Feb. 22, 4:15-10 p.m. NYPD’s 113th Precinct; Koleurz of Blaze Where: Jamaica Performing Arts Center, the Mic; Deputy Tayler Jackson and 153-10 Jamaica Ave. others. Tickets: $20; $25 at door. (718) 658-881, Among the festival’s sponsors and queensunderground718.com supporters are the Queens Underground Poets, the Queens Public

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FILM “Black History International Film Festival, with films, art exhibits, live music and dance and more. Sat., Feb. 22, 4:15-10 p.m., Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave. $20; $25 at door. Info: (718) 658-3881, queensunderground718.com.

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS Winter Wellness: Root Remedies for Detox & Digestion, with participants learning how to make an herbal tincture and how “bitters” boost the immune system. Sat., Feb. 22, 2-4 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. $30. Info/registration (required): (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org. Intro to Podcasting, with comedian, producer and writer Chris Gerbeck discussing ideas, formats, equipment, technology and more to help get your show out to the masses. Sat., Feb. 22, 2-4 p.m., QED, 27-16 23 Ave., Astoria. $35. Info: (347) 451-3873, qedastoria.com. Defensive driving, for better skills, insurance rates and license point reduction; and to cut down on accidents, by the National Safety Council. Sat., March 7, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., St. Margaret RC Church, 66-05 79 Place, Middle Village. $45. Info: (718) 326-1911.

SPECIAL EVENTS St. Gregory the Great Theatre Group Leap Day Soirée, with food by culinary arts students, wine, beer, open mic/karaoke, games and more. Sat., Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m., St. Gregory the Great Church Oak Room, 242-20 88 Ave., Bellerose. $30; free for Leap Day babies. Info/ RSVP (requested by Sun., Feb. 23): (718) 9892451, tickets@sgtg.org; sgtgkathy@aol.com.


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“Pirate Pete’s Parrot,” a play about a lovable rogue and his crew embarking on a high-seas adventure filled with music, mischief and laughs to find his runaway bird, with audience interaction and costumes encouraged. Sat., Feb. 22, 2:30 p.m. (and each fourth Sat. of the month), The Secret Children’s Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. $20; $15 kids; $40 family 4-pack. Info: (718) 392 0722, secrettheatre.com. Midwinter Craft Day, with kids and families creating things together. Fri., Feb. 21, 1-4 p.m., King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Free. Info: (718) 206-0545, kingmanor.org. Midwinter Break Family Programs, with kids and accompanying adults learning about flowers, gardening, bugs and more, with certain topics on certain days. Thu.-Fri., Feb. 20-21, varying times, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. $10 per kid each day. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.

Junior Makers Staycation: Foraging, Fibers and Food, with kids 2 and up and accompanying adults churning butter, learning to spin wool, creating works with natural materials and more. Thu.-Fri., Feb. 20-21, 12-3 p.m., Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. $10 per kid each day. Info: (718) 347-3276, queensfarm.org.

SOCIAL EVENTS Saturday night dance, with a live DJ playing classics, oldies, top 40, Italian and Latin music, food, raffles and more. Sat., Feb. 22 (and every other Saturday all year), 8 p.m.12 a.m., Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. $12. Info: (718) 4783100, italiancharities.org.

MARKETS Indoor Flea Market, with new and used items including costume jewelry, toys, games, curios, clothing and more. Sun., Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, Union Tpke. and Parsons Blvd., Jamaica. Info: (718) 592-1815. Flea Market, with new, used and vintage jewelry, collectibles, handbags, art, books, clothes, home goods and more, with food available. Sat., Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Info: (718) 478-3100, italiancharities.org.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES SNAP of Eastern Queens Innovative Senior Center for adults 60+, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Queens Village. Classes — Exercise every Mon.: advanced, 11 a.m.; beginners, 1 p.m. Every Tue.: magic and ABC computer class, 10 a.m. Every Wed.: armchair yoga, 9 a.m.; Zumba gold, 10 a.m. Every Thu.: creative writing, 11 a.m.; painting, 1 p.m. Every Fri.: fall prevention, 10 a.m.; women’s discussion group, 11 a.m. Info: (718) 454-2100. Young Israel Forest Hills Senior Center, with fitness classes and lunch every day, Mon.-Fri. Ping-Pong every Tue., 1 p.m.; Movie Club every Thu., 1 p.m.; Chinese Culture Club, every Mon., Wed., 1 p.m.; Beaded Jewelry Class first and third Tue. every month, 1 p.m., 68-07 Burns St. Info: (718) 520-2305, foresthillsseniorctr@nyc.rr.com. Woodhaven/Richmond Hill Senior Center, with arts and crafts, knitting, Wii bowling, education and more. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., lunch at 12 p.m. Strength/stretching exercise class every Mon., 1 p.m.; yoga class every Thu., 10 a.m.; Zumba every Fri. 89-02 91 St., Woodhaven. Info: (718) 847-9200.

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Manfred’s bad week by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

The opening of spring training is normally an upbeat time in Major League Baseball. Most of us are excited that another season is around the corner and optimism abounds almost everywhere. Commissioner Rob Manfred, however, found the opening of training facilities in Florida and Arizona anything but exhilarating. Manfred made an unforced error by saying that he wanted to add two more wildcard teams in both the National and American leagues. A key advantage baseball has over its rivals is that fewer teams gain entry to the playoffs, which makes its regular season far more meaningful. If you are going to alter anything in a sport as traditional as baseball it’s important to get buy-in from owners, players, media partners and fans. Questions need to be raised such as “Will the regular season be shortened?” and “Is this being done primarily to raise the rights fees of future broadcasting contracts?” The 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal cast a pall over the entire baseball offseason, so it wasn’t a surprise that it became even more magnified with the beginning of spring training. Manfred didn’t suspend or remotely discipline any active members of the 2017 Astros, which has understandably led to some public anger, particularly in New York and Los Angeles since the Astros defeated the Yankees

and Dodgers on their way to winning the title. Manfred may not have wanted to challenge the Major League Baseball Players Association on this issue with the current collective bargaining agreement slated to expire after the 2021 season. He did state that since some of the members of the 2017 Astros are now playing for other teams it wouldn’t be fair to their current employers to suspend them in 2020. The Mets have two members from that tainted team on their roster, slugger JD Davis and backup centerfielder Jake Marisnick. Both came clean about the scandal last week when other Astros players finally did after either stone-cold silence or outright denials. While there is nothing heroic about Davis and Marisnick finally making mea culpas, one can be somewhat sympathetic to their complicity when the cheating was occurring. Davis was a rookie who got called up by the Astros during the season so he was not in any kind of position to alter a bad culture at that nascent point in his professional playing career. Marisnick, as is the case now with the Mets, was a 25th guy on the roster and lucky to be in the majors, particularly on a very talented team like the Astros. He could not have been expected to speak out against the cheating when it was happening at Q the risk of forfeiting his career. See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at qchron.com.


Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson ‘Got Rich ...’ with ‘In da Club’ by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Curtis James Jackson, more famously known as 50 Cent, got a rough start. The future rapper was born in South Jamaica on July 6, 1975 to 15-year-old Sabrina Jackson, who turned to dealing drugs as a means of support. Public records at ancestry. com show that Curtis and Sabrina shared a small 1,025-square-foot home on a 20-by100-foot lot with no garage at 140-52 161 St. Sabrina passed away in 1983 from suffocation within a mysterious fire. Little Curtis was only 8 years old and went to live with his grandmother. Later, Curtis made a living like his mother did by selling drugs, but after the birth of his son, Marquise, he decided to make a career change and compose rap music. Rappers Eminem and Dr. Dre took notice of his great talent and decided to help him. In 2003 he released “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” and was an overnight success. His hit song “In da Club,” also released in 2003, is considered one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all-time by Rolling Stone. His childhood home has since been updated and rehabilitated selling for $360,000 in

The childhood home of Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson at 140-52 161 St. in Jamaica, seen in the 1960s. INSET FILE PHOTO 2017. It has since increased in value to $489,000 according to real estate website Redfin.com. Multitalented 50 Cent is now the secondwealthiest rapper, behind only Jay-Z. For the talented 50 Cent, the sky is the Q limit, with more great things to come.

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NOTICE OF SALE - SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF Queens, RIdgewood Savings Bank, Plaintiff, vs. Renotti M. Hill Alexander, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to an Order Confirming Referee Report and Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on October 31, 2019, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Supreme Court, Courtroom 25, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY on March 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m., premises known as 17623 127th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11434 A/K/A 17623 127th Avenue, Addisleigh Park, NY 11434 A/K/A 17623 127th Avenue, Rochdale Village, NY 11434. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Queens, County of Queens, City and State of New York, Block 12526 and Lot 24. Approximate amount of judgment is $196,953.21 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 701087/2018. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, the Mortgagee’s attorney, or the Referee.Lamont Ramsay Bailey, Esq., Referee, Roach & Lin, P.C. FKA Peter T. Roach & Associates, P.C., 6901 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 240, Syosset, New York 11791, Attorneys for Plaintiff.

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NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 12-23-19, bearing Index Number NC-001262-19/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) YVETTE (Middle) L (Last) MCKENZIE-PEREZ. My present name is (First) YVETTE (Middle) LINDA (Last) MCKENZIE-WATSON AKA YVETTE L MCKENZIE AKA YVETTE LINDA MC KENZIEWATSON AKA YVETTE MCKENZIE-WATSON AKA YVETTE L MCKENZIE AKA YVETTE LINDA MCKENZIE AKA Y L MCKENZIEWATSON AKA YVETTE LINDA MCKENZIEPEREZ AKA YVETTE L MCKENZIE-WATSON AKA Y MCKENZIE WATSON AKA YVETTE MCKENZIE AKA YVETTE L MCKENZIEPEREZ AKA YVETTE L MCKENZIE WATSON AKA WATSON YVETTE MCKENZIE AKA Y L MCKENZIE-PEREZ AKA YVETTE M WATSON AKA MCKENZIE YVETTE LINDA The city and state of my present address are Cambria Heights, NY. My place of birth is BROOKLYN, NY. The month and year of my birth are November 1969.

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Legal Notices 4305 REALTY LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/6/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 43-05 31st Ave., Astoria, NY 11103, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 7909 HOLDING, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/23/19. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 64-31 Ellwell Crescent, Rego Park, NY 11374. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 13101 40th Road 10Y LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/07/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Olivia Cheung, 16 Melbourne Road, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 3Cords Enterprises, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/11/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: EVA SINGLETARY, 121-09 LINDEN BLVD 1FL, SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY 11420-2007. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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

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St. John’s suffers yet another bitter defeat Who said “Now I know I’ve got a heart, ’cause it’s breaking.” Was it the Tin Man near the end of “The Wizard of Oz” or St. John’s fans watching the Red Storm lose another close game? Monday’s 77-74 loss to Xavier at Madison Square Garden was the fifth by five points or less for the Johnnies. “The first thing I told my guys was, ‘I feel for you guys,’” head coach Mike Anderson said after St. John’s saw a seven-point second-half lead disappear. “You’re right on the cusp of beating a good team that’s been playing really well and just could not finish the last minute and a half the correct way.” St. John’s won the turnover battle 22-4 but still lost the game. “We just have to learn how to finish,” forward Marcellus Earlington said. “We played great for 35 minutes, but just like I said we have to learn how to finish.” Earlington scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Rasheem Dunn scored 17. Nick Rutherford scored 16 points, dished out seven assists and had three steals. Julian

Champagnie was also in double-digit scoring with 11 points. St. John’s outscored Xavier 22-3 in fast break points and 33-10 in bench scoring. Still, missed free throws late in the game and cold shooting from L.J. Figueroa, who missed 15 of 17 shots, hurt the Johnnies. “We may be taking some lumps right now, but we’re learning as we go and the thing I like about these guys is that they are resilient,” Anderson said. “They just keep coming back and keep fighting.” It’s been a frustrating time after St. John’s began 11-2. They lost by two at home to Butler. They lost by five at Providence. A 13-point lead disappeared against Seton Hall. A 17-point lead was lost to Georgetown. Then Xavier pulled one out. The team has battled since losing Mustapha Heron. It was reported earlier in the month he would likely be finished for the remainder of the season because of a right ankle injury. He initially injured it in December and missed three games, but then Heron aggravated it on Feb. 8 in a loss

Marcellus Earlington scored 17 points Monday against Xavier at Madison Square Garden but the Red Storm suffered a 77-74 defeat. It was the fifth loss by five points or less for the Johnnies, PHOTO COURTESY ST. JOHN’S ATHLETICS who are ninth in the Big East. against Creighton. Heron was averaging 13.8 points per game for a Johnnies team struggling to shoot well. Coach Anderson has a personal milestone on the line this season, his first on the St. John’s sideline. There are five Division I coaches with 15 years of experience and no losing seasons. One is North Carolina’s Roy Williams, who seems like he’s heading for a losing campaign as his Tar Heels are 10-16. Anderson, who coached at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Missouri and

Arkansas, is another. St. John’s is 14-12 with five regular season games remaining before the Big East Tournament at MSG. All five are against nationally ranked opponents. The coach said every night is a challenge in the conference. “It’s a challenge, but the other part is a great opportunity,” Anderson said. “We’ve played these teams before so we’re familiar with them. They’re familiar with us. They’re playing on a pretty good level. We’re coming in the right direction. “Our kids are playing their hearts out, Q just not getting rewarded.”

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Beautiful Townhouse, 2 terraces, 3 BRs, 2 full baths, 2 half baths. Kitchen with SS appl., granite counters and table. Deck, AG pool, tiled floors, all renovated, 2 car driveway, garage, view of water from front balcony.

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