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School bus strike called off by union City moves forward with new bidding process that workers call unfair by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

ellow school buses whose drivers walked off the job a month ago are moving once again. ATU Local 1811 announced last Friday that its strike, which began five weeks ago, would end when students returned from their abridged winter recess on Wednesday. The union called the strike over the Department of Education’s plans to bid more than 1,000 routes citywide in an effort to cut costs without including a provision that would protect existing workers. The city said it was barred from including the clause by a ruling from the state Court of Appeals, but the union said the administration could and should fight the decision. The bids are the first for school bus routes in over 30 years. In a statement released last week, Local 1811 President Michael Cordello said the union would continue to fight for employee protections. “Though our strike has been suspended, the principles that we f ight for remain pressing issues that the city will have to address,” the statement read. “The fact is, a safe workforce is an experienced workforce and the employee protection provisions currently included in the city’s busing contracts protect our most experienced drivers,


Picketers outside the school bus depot on Metropolitan Avenue in Ridgewood on the first day of PHOTO BY RICK MAIMAN the school bus strike, which ended on Wednesday after five weeks. matrons, and mechanics — and have created one of the safest workforces in the entire country. We continue to be dismayed by the Bloomberg administration, which offered no assistance in bringing this strike to a close and, furthermore, continued to mislead the public that the drivers, who make an average of $35,000 per year; and the matrons who make at most $28,000 per

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year, are somehow the driving force behind rising school bus transportation costs.” Cordello went on to say he expects the next mayoral administration, which will take office next January, to be more responsive to the union’s requests. Five of the declared or likely Democratic candidates for mayor — Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John

Liu, former Comptroller Bill Thompson and former Councilman Sal Albanese — have all said they would revisit the issue of job protection clauses if they win the election, according to a letter to Local 1811 that the quintet signed during the strike. Despite the walkout, the city opened up the routes to new bids last week. In a statement released Monday, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the new bids will include “the same safety provisions and requirements as the old contracts,” but a DOE spokesperson would not say if that included a clause that would protect current employees. “As the mayor and I made clear from the start of this process, bidding out these contracts was not only good for our school system, but important for our city and taxpayers,” the chancellor’s statement read. “Last week, the city accepted the first significant bids on school-age bus contracts in more than 30 years, with the potential to cut costs, transfer the savings to classrooms and secure better bus service for our students.” The city said the cost of bus service has soared to over $1 billion, and the new bids are aimed at saving money. Ironically, Walcott said the city actually saved $80 million during the strike because striking drivers were not paid. More than 150,000 students — mainly continued on page 26


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Beached boat shines light on forgotten park Charles Park’s problems have gotten worse since Hurricane Sandy struck by Domenick Rafter

inside is trashed. As the tide goes out, water drips from the back of the craft. In It sits on the beach at the mouth of Shell- the sand, footprints inform passersby that bank Basin like a ruin — a relic marking the there have been visitors. The 15-foot boat washed up in late January site where something action-packed took place. It can be seen by people driving along and still has not been moved. It joins a bevy of Cross Bay Boulevard — a curious piece of other pieces of trash and debris that have flotsam that has evolved into a local landmark: found a home in the neighborhood’s largest recreation area. The Howard Beach’s very scene is a familiar one own shipwreck. for residents living The boat that lies he problem is Charles near Charles Park, on the beach at Frank M. Charles Park wasPark has to compete for who have had their fill of the trashy situan’t left there by its funds with Yosemite.” tion there. owner. It washed up “The park is a there last month, — Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) mess,” said one local probably a victim of resident. “But it’s Hurricane Sandy that always been a mess.” found its way to the shore months later. During Hurricane Sandy, the park was No one knows whose boat it is. The assumption is that it came loose from a under more than 8 feet of water. The storm dock along Shellbank Basin or nearby left behind debris and seaweed stuck in the Hawtree Creek during Sandy, sank and fences surrounding the baseball field and bobbled back and forth in the tide before tennis courts. Along the park’s pathways, coming to rest on the shore. Some more cars, pulled out by the tide, sat scattered. The fantastical theories among nearby residents cars are gone, but some litter remains: empty are that it came all the way from the Rock- water bottles, potato chip bags, cups, plates aways, Staten Island or even New Jersey. A and a chair. Discarded plastic bags and other thick layer of mud and barnacles covers trash have collected along the fence in the most of the numbers on the boat and the corner of the baseball fields. Associate Editor


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A private boat washed up on the beach in Charles Park last month and as of Feb. 19, still had not PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER been moved. Local residents and parkgoers have complained to anyone who listens, but to no avail. Dorothy McCloskey, president of Friends of Charles Park said the hurricane undid years of slow progress in making the park better. “Twenty years of work went out the door in Sandy,” she said. The beached boat is only one of many problems inside the park since the hurricane, McCloskey explained. Numerous trees were destroyed while some still are in a precarious

situation. Graffiti and litter are rampant in the park, most notably in the tennis courts, which were just redone a few years ago and were hit hard by Sandy’s storm surge. “There’s no police presence around the park,” McCloskey said. “That needs to be stepped up.” As far as the trash and graffiti, the NYC Parks Department won’t come and help. It’s not the city’s responsibility. Charles Park does not belong to the city. It is part of the Gateway continued on page 37

Search is on for problem bug in Woodhaven USDA, state look for signs of Asian longhorned beetle in local trees by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

The Asian longhorned beetle has been nearly eradicated in New York City, but federal and state agents are still looking for signs PHOTO COURTESY USDA of its presence in Woodhaven. dents’ Block Association, said he found out about the investigation from residents who called and complained about plain-clothed officers claiming to be from “the city” or “the Parks Department” asking for access to backyards to search for the beetle. “It’s the middle of February and they want to look at trees? That’s kind of suspicious to people,” he said. One of the doors they knocked on was at the home of Community Board 9 member Alexander Blenkinsopp, who remembered

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Woodhaven has a lot of trees. To its north is the eponymous Forest Park; along its residential streets is a cool canopy of maples, oaks and evergreens. The trees give the neighborhood a nice suburban feel in the spring and summer, but can also invite an unwanted guest who found a home in the neighborhood — and many other parts of the borough — a decade ago. The Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive species from East Asia, arrived in Queens in 1999, first being spotted near the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The beetle was first discovered in Forest Park in 2003. It has no natural predators in the United States and is destructive to trees. Within a few years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared war on the beetle that killed hundreds of trees in the borough, setting up a quarantine zone that includes the northern half of Queens. At the southern end of that area was shady Woodhaven. The city says they are on the cusp of eradicating the beetle problem. But inspectors from the USDA and state agencies are still looking for signs of surviving beetles in Woodhaven. But these inspectors are coming at a time when numerous burglaries are being reported in southern Queens allegedly committed by suspects who pose as government agents. That has left people afraid to open their doors to people seeking access. The USDA and state agents have been ringing doorbells in Woodhaven seeking access to backyards to look for evidence of the beetle. Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Resi-

the USDA giving a presentation to the board in November, when they discussed the search for the beetle. He notified Wendell, who contacted the agency and found out the investigation was real. On the WRBA website, Wendell issued a statement to area residents. “These inspectors are doing important work to protect trees in Woodhaven and across Queens,” he wrote. “If someone claims they’re from an official agency and asks for access to your property, request to see their identification and make sure they are dressed appropriately.” Residents should keep in mind that New York State inspectors do not have a uniform but should always be wearing an official orange vest with lettering. Federal inspectors should be dressed in either green pants or blue jeans, and should have on a black coat with USDA lettering. Inspectors carry official badges or official IDs and will show them on request. Wendell also asked that federal and state investigators keep a line of contact with his civic association. “[The WRBA] hopes that the USDA takes steps to make sure that their inspectors properly identify themselves,” he wrote on the website. “The WRBA also hopes that improved openness and communication with residents will help inspectors keep Woodhaven free of this destructive pest.” Though the beetle is small, it is easily identifiable by its long white and black antennae. But it is uncommon to see them in the winter. Signs of their existence include dime-sized holes in tree trunks, which are where female beetles lay their eggs. It is that process that often kills the trees. A spokeswoman for the USDA said it will be on the ground Q in Woodhaven for the about three more weeks.

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MTA changes routes for three area buses Q10, Q37 and QM18 affected by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Three bus routes in South Ozone Park are on new paths. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority made minor changes to the routes of the Q10, Q37 and QM18 near the terminus for all three lines south of the Belt Parkway. On the Q10 and Q37, southbound buses will now turn left onto South Conduit Avenue from 130th Street, then travel east to 134th Street before heading south and then west on 150th Avenue to their southernmost terminal at 132nd Street and 150th Avenue. Previously, the buses made a left from 130th Street onto at 150th Avenue, then looped around the block, headed north on 132nd Street, then east on South Conduit Avenue, before going south again on 134th Street to the last stop. Both the Q10 and Q37 buses connect South Ozone Park to the Union Turnpike-Kew Gardens subway station. The two routes were moved to avoid congestion at a Sanitation yard at 150th Avenue and to prevent buses from making

a turn onto South Conduit Avenue from 132nd Street, where there is no traffic light and vehicles often pass at high speeds, often causing severe delays, especially at rush hour. Also, 132nd Street is a narrow residential block. The new route allows all three bus lines to avoid it. For the QM18 express bus, the last southbound stop will be at South Conduit Avenue and 130th Street, rather than one block south at 150th Avenue and 130th Street. That will allow QM18 buses to unload passengers after making a left onto South Conduit Avenue, rather than continuing another block down 130th Street. Prior to the change, the last southbound stop was directly across the street from the first northbound (Manhattanbound) stop. Passengers will still be able to board northbound buses at 150th Avenue and 130th Street. The change was done so that the QM18 could share the bus stop on South Conduit Avenue with the Q10 and Q37, as they had previously done on 150th Q Avenue.

Cuomo may control city teacher evaluations plan Still no agreement between city, UFT by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Fed up with the ongoing stalemate between the city Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers, Gov. Cuomo is expected to offer legislation that will give him the authority to force a plan on the city without the two sides coming to an agreement. Cuomo’s office would not comment on the legislation Wednesday, but published reports say that the governor will propose his administration implement a new teacher evaluations system on city schools. A DOE spokesmsn said the city has not seen any bill from Albany. In a letter to Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott earlier this month, Cuomo’s education commissioner, John King, had warned that the governor may consider stepping in if no deal was reached. King offered a deadline of Feb. 15 for an accord in order to qualify for $200 million in grant money, but the two sides are still far apart on a plan. The original deadline of Jan. 17 was not met and Cuomo kept his word on

withholding $250 million in state aid, despite pleas from Mayor Bloomberg for an extension. The mayor and the UFT failed to reach an agreement on two aspects of a teacher evaluations plan: a sunset clause of two years and the amount of arbitration a fired teacher is entitled to. Although every other school district in the state that met the Jan. 17 deadline included a sunset clause in its deal, Bloomberg opposes one, arguing it would render a plan useless because it could take years to remove a teacher. A plan must be implemented by Sept. 17, but some worry that if negotiations go on any longer, it would be impossible for the DOE to put a plan in place by then. In a statement, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the union would support state intervention as a last resort. “The UFT would prefer a negotiated settlement with the Department of Education, but rather than seeing the schools suffer any more loss of state funding, we are supportive of the state imposing one if an agreement cannot be reached before the Q September deadline,” he said.

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Mayoral hopefuls target taxpayers on school busing e pledge, if elected, to revisit the school bus transportation system and contracts and take effective action to insure that the important job security, wages and benefits of your members are protected within the bidding process, while at the same time are fiscally responsible for taxpayers.” So said five Democratic candidates for mayor — City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, former Comptroller Bill Thompson and former Councilman Sal Albanese — in a letter that urged Amalgamated Transit Union 1181 to end the school bus strike it had inflicted on the city for five weeks. The ill-advised strike ended Wednesday, enabling about 150,000 students, many with special needs, and their families to get back to normal. It was a complete failure for the union, aside from the just-as-ill-advised promise issued by the mayoral hopefuls. The strike was called because the city, in a well-justified effort to save money, announced that it would put certain school bus routes out to bid for the first time in more than 30 years. And that it would do so without the employee protection provisions that previously ensured workers would keep


their jobs no matter which companies won contracts. It did that because the state’s highest court had previously ruled that the provisions are illegal, a decision that dovetailed nicely with the city’s drive to protect the taxpayers. Enter the five candidates who collectively pledged to reinstate employee protections. They paid lip service to fiscal responsibility, but lip service is all it was. Don’t believe it. The amount the city pays for school busing is ridiculous, last year reaching $1.1 billion, an average cost of $7,000 per student. In Chicago, the cost is $5,000 per student, while in Los Angeles it’s $3,200. So if New York could get away with paying the same rate as Chicago, it would save more than $300 million a year. If it could match LA, the savings would reach nearly $600 million per annum. That would pay for a lot of those fire companies, libraries, senior centers, school arts and music programs, police officers and all the rest that are always on the chopping block due to skyrocketing nondiscretionary spending — largely employee and retiree healthcare and pension costs. Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota is one who recognizes this reality. “I find it appalling and disrespectful that five Democrat candidates for mayor would pledge to put the

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Coverage that kicks Dear Editor: I just want to put my two cents in and say Thanks! to the Chronicle for its continuing coverage of the attempted destruction of Flushing Meadows Park by Major League Soccer and the United States Tennis Association. I have been avidly following your articles and editorial stand on the subject. Your Assistant Managing Editor Joe Orovic has been on this continuing story since the beginning. Look forward to reading more of his well-researched articles. I hope his Jan. 31 article “MLS to Queens? Stop by Harrison, NJ first” will wake up those not yet convinced of the folly of MLS’s plans. Gary Miller Jamaica

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desires of a union ahead of the needs of all New Yorkers in a joint letter just as they learned the strike was coming to an end,” Lhota said. “This is simply further proof that these candidates are beholden to union interests.” Exactly. And there are many other unions whose contracts are overdue and are likely to be drawn up by the next administration. During the strike, the union claimed the city didn’t care about the safety of the children. It ran distasteful radio ads with audio clips of news reports about school bus accidents playing over a haunting rendition of “The Wheels on the Bus.” The point was that only the most experienced drivers and bus aides — all union members with job protections — can keep the children safe. No doubt that scared some people, but it’s pure propaganda. Surely there are many fine would-be drivers out there hoping their firms win a contract. It cost the city about $20 million to give the kids MetroCards or pay for taxis, or reimburse their parents for driving them to school, and yet it saved $80 million by not paying the drivers — meaning the taxpayers came out $60 million ahead. That just illustrates how out of control costs become without competition. Here, the union’s loss was the taxpayers’ win. That’s something to remember come November.


Exacerbating the issue is the fact that 311 is not very adept at handling multiple complaints on the same issue. One resident’s complaint was filed on Jan. 10 and was subsequently closed out with the comment: “The Department of Environmental Protection investigated this complaint and determined that no repair is needed.” Really? Only after calling 311 and speaking to a supervisor (and being placed on hold for 15 minutes while they researched the problem) did we find out that there was still an open complaint under investigation. As I write this, there is a frozen patch of human waste just waiting for some unsuspecting passerby to slip and fall on it. In short, it’s beyond disgusting. Back in January, during a period of extreme cold, this patch of ice was close to 40 feet long, eight feet wide and over an inch thick. It was discolored and bits of toilet paper were sticking out of it. How could it possibly take six weeks to investigate this? Inspector Clouseau would have gotten to the bottom of this

investigation faster. In the meantime, is it too much to expect that the sidewalk be closed? This is a health hazard to our residents as well as to the many children who attend the nursery school that abuts this property. This was a massive failure on many levels, and even after repairs are completed the residents of Woodhaven deserve answers on why this was handled so poorly. Edward Wendell President Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association Woodhaven

You’re wrong on Obama Dear Editor: I must take issue with your Feb. 14 editorial “Gov’t must be there for us.” There are too many conclusions here that are just flat out wrong. First, you praise the president’s comment at the State of the Union speech when he said

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Dear Editor: The Jan. 31 Chronicle report concerning a presentation by Sterling Equities, Inc. and Related Companies — firms designated by Mayor Bloomberg as developers of Willets Point and Willets West — to the Queens Housing Coalition (“Plan for Willets Point housing is last step”) gives a false impression that business owner Marco Neira and I were among the attendees who “made passionate speeches about the need for affordable housing instead of a mall.” We made no such speeches. Rather, Mr. Neira asked: What will happen to the hundreds of skilled mechanical workers who are employed by Willets Point businesses and will be displaced by the Sterling/Related plan, and what will happen to their dependents? What about the group relocation of businesses? Sterling/Related had nothing to say about any of that. As for me — a healthy, 80-year-old resident of Willets Point who was also born there — I stated that I am proof that even an entire lifetime at Willets Point is not the slightest bit hazardous, contrary to the developers’ totally bogus claims about the area. Furthermore, I emphasized that the substantial, growing opposition to Sterling/Related’s proposed development, which would sacrifice 30-plus acres of public parkland, now includes the Queens Civic Congress, which represents more than 100 civic associations throughout the borough. I respect the goals of the Queens Housing Coalition. However, it should be noted that Sterling/Related are the same developers who, when they responded to the city’s 2011 Willets Point Request for Proposals, submitted a plan that called for no housing whatsoever, that deliberately minimized the remediation of property to the greatest extent possible, and instead sought to construct a 450,000-square-foot casino using parkland beyond the bounds of Willets Point. For Sterling/Related now to pass themselves off as champions of affordable housing at Willets Point is simply incredible. And even if Sterling/Related wanted to build housing sooner than 2025, they can’t, because any housing requires new Van Wyck access ramps as a prerequisite. The membership of Willets Point United Inc. and I are well aware that there is a six-year statute of continued on page 10


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“We can’t just cut our way to prosperity.” I would suggest that Barack Obama is the last person we should be asking for directions on how to get to prosperity. We are suffocating under unprecedented deficits and national debt. Government spending is higher than at any time since World War II. Obama called this “stimulus.” What exactly has been stimulated? Economic growth is on life support at less than 1.5 percent, job creation is stuck in neutral, more than 12 million Americans have simply stopped looking for work, and all Obama can offer is a laundry list of who’s to blame, other than his own policies. The president is clueless on how to get to prosperity. If he knew, we’d be there by now. You then make the absurd comment that “Obama’s approach recognizes that government cannot solve all problems.” That’s precisely the problem. He does not believe that. Obama and his party want an ever growing, ever more intrusive, ever more expensive government that dictates and micro-manages Americans’ lives from cradle to grave. What do you think Obamacare is all about? A panel of unelected presidential appointees will decide what and how much medical care we’re all entitled to. Your most ridiculous point is where you set up the false choice between getting the streets plowed and tax rates that are now consuming 25 percent of our national wealth. I’m supposed to sit around and say, “Oh well, I want trash collection and police protection, so I guess the price is confiscatory taxes.” We can get the streets plowed, and flood insurance and other appropriate functions of government without a giant beauracracy that blasts through $180 million an hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. John LaPorte Whitestone


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Dear Editor: As evidence grows to demonstrate the folly of building a professional soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows, I would like to suggest my own backyard as an alternative. As a longtime resident of Ravenswood Houses, I would like to see my neighborhood prosper economically, creating jobs and cultural venues close to my home. Less than a year ago and only a mile away from Lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn parcel known as Atlantic Yards was reborn as Barclays Center. The basketball arena has quickly demonstrated itself as an economic engine, attracting not only the Nets basketball franchise, but also the Islanders hockey team and top headliners in the music industry. I believe much of the arena’s success is derived from its location above a major hub for the subway, buses and a Long Island Rail Road terminal. In addition, it is within a mile of downtown Manhattan and even closer to downtown Brooklyn, a burgeoning business district in its own right. It is an arena accessible to everyone from the metropolitan region. Contrast the Barclays Center with the proposed Flushing Meadows location, tucked deep inside Queens, accessible by only one subway and a railroad line, in a location that would encourage driving rather than public transit, with three highways surrounding it — far from centers of commerce, situated atop landfill with a high water table. Now imagine Major League Soccer in Long Island City, within proximity of four subway lines. Sitting atop a rail yard, the arena would be accessible to fans from across Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut. Within minutes of Midtown, it would easily attract an affluent clientele that could also contribute to the hotels, restaurants and arts institutions in the surrounding neighborhoods. At the same time, being adjacent to the 7 subway line, the arena would also attract the working-class fan base from the borough’s Hispanic neighborhoods. With Manhattan as a backdrop, the arena would be instantly recognizable and attract not only enough fans, concertgoers and conventioneers to make it profitable, but maybe it could even lure the Jets football team back to the borough of their origin. Eugene Krymko Long Island City

Dear Editor: I am a middle-school social studies teacher writing in response to the letter about immigration and American culture from reader Robert Miler in the Feb. 14 edition

(“Immigrants must adapt”). Mr. Miller is certainly entitled to his opinion but simply wrong about the facts that he cites. Mr. Miller states that multiculturalism dilutes the national sovereignty and national identity of America. He states that immigrants should adapt to “our language” and “our Christian religion” and “our culture.” He admonishes immigrants to “accept the country you chose or go back to your own.” Mr. Miller’s ill-conceived ideas could come straight out of the anti-immigrant political party of the 1850s called the “Know Nothings.” First of all, he should not assume that every American born here shares his idea of what “our” country is or isn’t. What is more American than a hot dog? Maybe pizza or a taco? All three entered American culture as foods from different immigrant groups but are now enjoyed by millions of Americans of different ancestral backgrounds. While many nations have official languages, America chose not to, precisely because we are a nation of immigrants. Whether it is an immigrant from Germany in 1840, China in 1880, Italy in 1910 or Korea in 1990, the pattern of language assimilation is remarkably similar. While the first generation may have varying levels of trouble learning English, succeeding generations always do learn. As far as religion is concerned I would like to remind Mr. Miller that the Pilgrims came to America as a Christian group that was persecuted by other Christian groups. In fact, as Europe suffered from Christian-onChristian violence, many of those victims came to America to practice their own religion without fear. Religious freedom is so ingrained in our national beliefs that it is enshrined in the First Amendment, which states the U.S. does not and will not have an official religion and people may worship according to their beliefs. One of the central threads of our shared history is that we are all immigrants. Even native Americans, the original human inhabitants, emigrated from other continents. And all immigrant groups have made contributions to American culture. African Americans, many of whom today are the descendants of unwilling immigrants, have helped make our nation a more vibrant and better society. Each immigrant group adds to American culture and assimilates into American culture and thus retains the cultural heritage of their past and embraces America as their future. I am a proud resident of Queens, which has the most diverse population in the nation. I teach the history of the United States and of immigration to students at the Joseph Pulitzer Intermediate School. The students are immigrants themselves or the sons and daughters of immigrants. I am the grandson of immigrants. There is no such thing as an illegal person. Maybe not all Americans share the sentiments of Emma Lazarus, but I know that millions of my fellow Americans will join me in echoing those words engraved into the Statue of Liberty and say welcome to the new immigrants of America: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” John Gordon Jackson Heights

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The Doe Fund helps clean the boulevard Crews working on 1.2-mile stretch of Cross Bay in Broad Channel by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Evidence of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath are still prevalent all over southern Queens, even nearly four months later. In few places are the scars of Sandy more visible than along Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. There, debris and garbage lay strewn in the brush and along the sidewalks and curb. Though this section of Cross Bay Boulevard was not hit as hard by the floodwater as others, the surge did leave behind trash and debris from the nearby residential part of Broad Channel. Cleaning up the mile-long stretch of Cross Bay Boulevard between the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge and the neighborhood of Broad Channel seems like an impossible task. There’s also a question over whose domain it is. The road is city land, but the green space surrounding it is part of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge — operated by the National Park Service, a federal agency. Now, The Doe Fund, a nonprofit group focusing on helping homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals, headed by declared GOP mayoral candidate George McDonald, has poured its resources into cleaning up a 1.2-mile, mostly undeveloped, stretch of Cross Bay Boulevard

A section of Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel before Doe Fund crews began working on it, PHOTOS BY DOMENICK RAFTER left, and a spot along the boulevard that they cleaned on Friday. between the Addabbo Bridge, which connects the island that is home to Broad Channel to Howard Beach, and the American Legion Hall — the gateway to the small neighborhood. Starting Friday, crews from The Doe Fund, homeless men and women looking to get back on their feet, took to the sides of Cross

Bay Boulevard in their signature blue jackets, cleaning empty bottles, pieces of wood, paper, plastic bags and other trash, much of which were left behind by Sandy’s storm surge in October or have been collecting along the side of the road since. “For the past 25 years, New Yorkers have been so generous to The Doe Fund and to the

‘Men in Blue’—helping them to re-establish their careers and become fathers to their children,” McDonald said at a press conference with Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Community Board 14 chairwoman Dolores Orr and crew members who began cleaning the street on Friday. “We are thrilled to be able to give back.” The crews, made up of homeless or formerly incarcerated individuals taking part in a nine-to-12 month transitional program that aims to help them get a full-time job, began cleaning the northbound side of Cross Bay last Friday afternoon. By the end of the day, they had completely cleaned a stretch of road near the southern end of East Pond and hauled away dozens of trash bags full of debris. Broad Channel was not the first stop for the Men in Blue during the recovery from Sandy. The Doe Fund has sent crews to Staten Island, Coney Island and parts of the Rockaways, where Orr said the group has helped clean Beach 116th Street, Rockaway Park’s main commercial strip, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge. “They were there assisting us early in the recovery,” she said. Ulrich thanked McDonald for this help and noted The Doe Fund’s mission in helping homeless people get off the streets. “This will not only remove all of the trash continued on page 36

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If you are in the process of passing your General Educational Development tests, you may want to finish all five by the end of this year. Starting in 2014, the State Education Department will change the five tests given to adults who are seeking their High School Equivalency certificate. The GED, formerly known as the General Equivalency Diploma, requires adults who never completed high school to pass tests in language arts, science, math, writing and social studies. A student would need to score a 410 to pass each of those subjects, and a total score of 2,250 is required to pass the overall test. Partial passing scores can be transferred if students take the test again. But under the new rules, that won’t be allowed; and students who haven’t completed all five tests will need to start from scratch. Among the changes that will be made: the cost to take the tests will increase to

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Valentines for Veterans Assemblyman Mike Miller, third from right, and volunteers with Vietnam Veterans Chapter 32 in Queens joined the staff at the St. Albans VA Day Rehab Program and the New York State Veterans Nursing Home on Feb. 14 to distribute homemade Valentine’s Day cards to U.S. military veterans from school children in Miller’s district. The cards were crafted by students from PS 62, 65, 68, 210 and 254; IS 77 and 93; Divine Mercy, St. Elizabeth’s, St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Mary Gate of Heaven

schools. The assemblyman’s office sponsors the Valentines for Veterans drive each year. Residents in the district also made donations of snack food, sugar-free candy, toiletries, personal care items and other gifts for the veterans. Miller said he was gratified to see the outpouring for the veterans. “These men and women that served our country deserve our continued gratitude and support,” he said.

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Man hit by car in Woodhaven An elderly man was killed after he fell into oncoming traff ic on Woodhaven Boulevard in Woodhaven on Feb. 13. At around 9 p.m., Mostafa Mirabahar, 67, of 148-25 89 Ave. in Jamaica, was crossing the busy intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue walking westbound across when he slipped and fell off an island into one of the northbound lanes of Woodhaven. He was then struck by a 2002 Honda Accord. The driver stayed at the scene. The victim was transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center with traumatic injuries to his head and face and was

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The US Open is not the only place where the United States Tennis Association can draw an overflow crowd. More than 100 people turned out at the Feb. 13 meeting of Community Board 6, where the USTA continued its push for plans for a multi-year $500 million construction project at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The USTA and the Parks Department have filed a joint application to add a strip of city-owned property totaling 0.68 acre to the more than 40 already leased by the group. The process by which the city “alienates” public land requires a series of public hearings. The USTA will not offer an equal amount of parkland to replace the acreage that would be lost. CEO Gordon Smith of the USTA, joined by Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowsky, laid out the benef its to Queens and the city should the project be allowed to go through. Smith cited the $756 million in economic impact the US Open has on the city, and the jobs from full time to part time and seasonal work ranging from the three weeks of the Open to six months of the year. He said the event draws people from around the country and around the world, and that the proposed construction would allow 10,000 more people per day during the tournament. “We’re good neighbors ... We like to think we are the best possible postcard for Queens,” Smith said. The Billie Jean King Tennis Center hosts the Open, the fourth and final Grand Slam event in the annual profession-

al tennis calendar. USTA officials said the small swathe of land it seeks is the linchpin of a project that would result in a new Louis Armstrong Stadium on its current site. The Grandstand Stadium, currently attached to Louis Armstrong, would be eliminated and replaced by a new freestanding arena on the opposite end of the complex. That section of the tennis center currently is home to a block of practice courts, and is accessible through a labyrinth of narrow walkways. The strip of land would allow the tennis association to move the practice courts 30 feet to the south, offering freer access to the new Grandstand Stadium. CB 6 Chairman Joseph Hennessy said the board would vote on the measure at its March meeting. Members of the public speaking out in favor of the plan outnumbered opponents by about three to one. Supporters included business leaders, construction trade unions and people whose families use the facilities, which are open to the public for 11 months out of the year when the US Open is not going on. While the public courts are more expensive to rent than those in other city parks, several residents said they and in some cases generations of their families have been able to take advantage of the facilities and instruction available in Flushing Meadows. “It offers great opportunities,” said Emir Lewis. William Weise, a retired police officer, said he never even took up tennis until the Open came to Flushing Meadows from the old West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills in 1978, and that many in his family have taken advantage of it since. continued on page 12


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Flushing celebrates the Year of the Snake Thousands come from throughout Queens to enjoy festivities

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Flushing was bit by a snake on Saturday. The annual Lunar New Year parade has become a welcome staple of life in the neighborhood, with lion dances, music, dragons and delicious food galore. The parade’s organizer, the Flushing Chinese Business Association, was focused on being inclusive to all nationalities, not just the Chinese and Korean contingents that bookended the parade. The parade, now in its 17th year, features an average of 4,000 marchers. The holiday began on Feb. 10, but the gala Q event occurred a weekend later. — Joseph Orovic

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State launches inquiry into energy markets Schneiderman, AARP sought probe in response to consumer complaints by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor

Maria Concolino of Woodhaven has had her fill of energy service company representatives knocking on her door and making numerous calls to her home in an effort to get her to switch from Con Edison to the ESCO they represent. “They come, they mislead you to begin with, they almost make it sound like they are from Con Edison,” she said. Concolino was glad to hear that the state Public Service Commission has responded to consumer complaints and prodding from state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the AARP and consumer advocates, and has launched an inquiry into the retail electricity and natural gas markets. “Unless the commission monitors the marketing activities of ESCOs, identifying those that treat consumers dishonestly and takes f irm action to bar such dishonest ESCOs from continuing to do business in New York, retail choice will be more of a burden than a benef it to consumers,” Schneiderman said in comments recently submitted to the PSC. “Only by vigorously enforcing honest marketing standards will the PSC drive out dishonest ESCOs and thereby enable honest competitors to thrive and consumers to enjoy the benef its of

competition.” leads consumers into thinking the call is In a statement, AARP spokesman Bill Fer- from Con Ed or National Grid,” Braton said. ris said his organization wants to keep poten- “Local residents also complain of door-totial customers from falling victim to dishon- door contacts from solicitors seeking to get est marketing ploys. them to change their utility providers. Better “As energy costs for the New York con- regulation preventing these unsolicited consumer soar, saving money by switching ener- tacts from occurring would probably be a gy providers good idea.” becomes very The Retail a t t r a c t iv e ,” Energy Supnly by vigorously enforcing honest Fer ris said. ply Associamarketing standards will the PSC “We just want tion, which to make sure represents drive out dishonest ESCOs and consumers many ESCOs, have all the thereby enable honest competitors said in a news facts before release that it to thrive and consumers to enjoy signing on is proposing the dotted several retail the benefits of competition.” line.” energy market Communireforms in the — NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ty Board 10 cur rent proChairwoman Betty Braton said she has heard ceeding before the PSC, such as measures of numerous complaints from residents — designed to enhance the shopping experience especially among the elderly — who have for residential and small commercial cusbeen badgered by ESCOs seeking their busi- tomers, including the use of a web-based ness. price-comparison calculator. “While the concept of providing choice to Many consumers who switch to an ESCO utility customers is good, in practice con- wind up paying more than if they had stayed sumers are being bombarded with unwel- with their utility company, according to data come phone calls — sometimes on a daily from National Grid’s recent rate case before basis, often couched in language that mis- the PSC.





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USTA plan tabled by CB7 — again Parks panel requests long-term investment fund from tennis org by Joseph Orovic Assistant Managing/Online Editor

Community Board 7’s Parks Committee continues to drive a hard bargain with the United States Tennis Association, tabling a vote Feb. 13 over the nonprofit’s planned expansion within Flushing Meadows Corona Park, again citing a lack of specifics on community benefits. But the meeting was not a complete wash: CB 7 Chairman Gene Kelty suggested the USTA and city Parks Department make a long-term investment in the park in the form of an initial capital contribution geared toward immediate fixes, as well as a longterm endowment funded by the tennis organization for the perpetual upkeep of the park. “There’s an opportunity to make sure there’s an endowment and to make the USTA a steward of the park,” Kelty said. “If there’s any fighting chance this will be approved, we need a dollar figure.” The planned expansion, alongside plans for a Major League Soccer stadium and 1.4-millionsquare-foot mall on Citi Field’s parking lot, have brought to light the park’s admittedly shambolic state, despite its many glitzy neighbors. “The Parks Department needs to do a better job of paying attention to the largest green space in the largest borough in the city,” CB 7 Parks Committee Chairwoman Kim Ohanian said to Parks Deparment Assistant Commis-

Parks Department Assistant Commissioner Joshua Laird, left, and United States Tennis Association President Daniel Zausner at a Community Board 7 Parks Committee meeting. PHOTO BY JOSEPH OROVIC sioner Joshua Laird. “You treat it like crap.” The USTA is somewhat amenable to the plan, according to its president, Daniel Zausner. “We’re willing to contribute. We’ve always been contributing,” he said in an interview. He did not, however, offer a specific dollar figure and emphasized the organization’s “ask,” a piece of parkland that will not be replaced, which fuels opposition to the plan. The USTA has filed a joint application along with Parks to expand the National Tennis Center within Flushing Meadows Corona

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USTA at Community Board 6 continued from page 16 Jerry Mezillo, a union electrician, backed Smith’s contention that the expansion would result in about 800 high-paying, local construction jobs over the life of the project. “I’ve piped a lot of those practice courts myself,” he said. Jack Friedman, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, and Seth Bornstein, executive director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation, supported Smith’s economic numbers, and said losing the small slip of land being sought is justified by the positive impact. “This is a no-brainer,” Friedman said. Opponents included residents who live in the vicinity of and use the park, open space advocates and community and environmental groups. While Hennessy limited discussion on Feb. 13 to the USTA application and the USTA alone, several speakers said the application should be taken in the context of building plans by Major League Soccer and a consortium led by the New York Mets ownership in and near Flushing Meadows. Others focused on the USTA’s proposal itself. Will Sweeney of the Fairness Coalition was one of several people pointing out that the USTA does not intend to honor

Emi Lewis told members of CB 6 that USTA expansion also means an expansion of opportunity for young and beginning tennis players. PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON

the tradition of entities replacing the parkland they take over. “You would think the Parks Department would be the first ones calling for replacement of the land,” Ed Westley of Community

Park, with additions that include a new Grandstand Stadium, a rejuvenated Louis Armstrong Stadium, parking and courts. Most of the expansion would occur within parkland already leased to the organization during its first expansion in 1993. But in order to create an acceptable flow of people to the new Grandstand within the NTC, the USTA asserts it must expand its southern boundary facing the Unisphere by .68 acre to accommodate wider pathways. That parkland, or “ask,” has put the tennis Board 3 said. “In this case, not.” “It is a chipping away of our parkland,” Anna Dioguardi said. “Where does it stop?” Sweeney reiterated that the entire complex is located on property that is a natural wetland, an argument that also is being made by opponents of the MLS stadium plan. Sweeney also cited an environmental impact study that he said states more than 400 trees would be destroyed to acommodate construction. Smith said only about 10 percent of that number would be destroyed, and the rest would be relocated, while the USTA would be required to replace any trees that are lost. Critics on CB 6 noted that while Arthur Ashe Stadium and the rest of the complex are the jewels that the USTA claims, the rest of the park in which they sit has fallen into disrepair over the decades since the 1964 World’s Fair. And any money that the city realizes from the US Open and the year-round activities at Billie Jean King are not dedicated to Flushing Meadows or even the Parks Department specifically, but sent straight into the city’s general fund, they noted. Smith was noncommittal when Steven Goldberg, CB 6’s second vice chairman, and then Hennessy asked if the USTA would agree to set aside money every year for maintenance and upgrades to the Q park as a whole.

organization at the center of a debate over the surrender of parkland to private developers. Opposition groups like the Fairness Coalition of Queens and Save Flushing Meadows Corona Park have blasted the USTA’s plan, which they have categorized as a land grab. The promise of ongoing funding toward the park is a good start, according to Hilary Klein of Make the Road, which is a Fairness Coalition member, but does not alleviate conconcerns about the loss of parkland and Flushing Meadows’ pressing needs. “We’re encouraged by signs from them that they’re reaching out to the community,” she said. “We’d like to see more of that kind of response. But the history of their presence in the park has not lent itself to proving the history that they’re being good neighbors.” According to Zausner, the USTA has done its best to be a good neighbor, pointing to a boom in economic activity during the US Open. Misperceptions are fueling anything short of that notion, he said. “We’ve been a pretty decent neighbor,” Zausner said. “I think we’ve been a little too focused on doing the work instead of getting the message out there. “At the end of the day we’re going to support what the community feels is in its best interest,” he added. “The USTA is willing to grow off the success it’s had being a steward Q of the park.”

Assessment info town hall Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) will host a town hall meeting focusing on questions about tax assessments on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall in Howard Beach. Representatives from the Tax Commission and the Department of Finance will take questions from residents who are seeking more information about property tax assessments. The meeting is open to the general public, though most questions on assessments recently have come from residents in Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways whose homes were damaged by floodwaters during Hur ricane Sandy last year. Many saw their assessments rise despite the damage, something the city says is caused by a law that forces a lag in property value increases from prior years. Rudy S. Giuliani, Ulrich’s chief of staff, said the town hall meeting will be geared toward those residents who suffered damage, but that everyone is free to attend the meeting. Father Dooley Hall is located at the corner of 84th Street and 157th Avenue. Q — Domenick Rafter

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“The students are here to learn; they are not advocates for anyone at this point,” The return to friendly skies over Queens Bratspies said. “I’m really encouraging may come thanks to the efforts of nearly them to take the issue that has been pretwo dozen aspiring attorneys studying envi- sented and use it as a lens.” The class will ultimately produce a ronmental law at CUNY Law School, foermerly of Flushing, now located in Long report for the community, which will be presented to the community board and Island City. The Northeast Queens community is in available to the public online. Bratspies is the throes of a battle with the Federal Avia- also considering publishing the work as a tion Administration over new flight patterns book. Bratspies’ assignment has left communiinto and out of LaGuardia Airport that residents say have diminished their quality of ty members like McEneaney ebullient. “I can’t stress enough how impressed I life. The student’s involvement began with a am with CUNY Law School,” she said, after meeting with friendly inquiry from the class and speakCommunity Board 11 ing to some students member Janet McEindividually. “These nything they can do neaney, who reached students are great. out to CUNY Law will be very helpful. They’re just excited School Dean about pitching in.” Michelle Anderson, It’s saving a lot of State Sen. Tony who, in tur n, sugAvella (D-Bayside) gested Professor research time.” has been among Rebecca Bratspies. — State Sen. Tony Avella several elected offiMcEneaney was only cials at the forefront looking for one student to help navigate some of the legal of the fight with the FAA. He met with the CUNY law students himself to discuss the aspects of the FAA’s decision. “Instead of one law student, we have issue, and left with high hopes the outcome would be fruitful. On a practical level, 21,” she said. Bratspies saw in the FAA’s new flight they’re simply saving activists and elected patterns an opportunity to dissect environ- officials time, according to Avella. “Anything they can do will be very helpmental law from nearly every angle, including environmental justice, noise, the ful,” he said. “It’s saving a lot of research National Environmental Policy Act and the time.” Bratspies has taken an early glance at the Clean Air Act. “I realized this could be a great project legal picture, and doesn’t like what she sees. for my class,” she said. “I’m very disturbed to f ind the FAA That’s what it has become; the students now have a semester-long project, dissect- resorted to categorical exceptions to avoid ing the various legal aspects of the FAA’s environmental planning,” she said. “It’s something that concerns me deeply that decision and Northeast Queens’ qualms. “This is an ambitious project,” Bratspies I’ve written about in the past.” Avella has also scheduled a community said. “There is so much rhetoric in the air about law school preparing people for prac- meeting with the FAA to air complaints and tice. This is real. I’m hoping this can be a hear the agency out. The gathering will be on March 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Bay model for how to run this class.” The novelty of the assignment doesn’t Terrace Jewish Center, 1300 209 St. Efforts like CUNY Law’s have helped just apply to the students, but also the teacher. Though she’s an environmental deepen an interest in the federal decisions lawyer, the professor admitted she doesn’t that affect day-to-day life, according to know too much about laws governing the Avella. “More and more people are conscious of skies. “I’ve flown on planes,” she said jokingly. the effects that these facilities have on the The FAA’s new patterns were made per- environment,” he said. “A lot of people are manent last fall, after an initial “test peri- asking, ‘Hey, what happened to the comod.” The new patterns call for outbound munity I moved into?’” That now includes the law school, flights on Runway 13 to turn east over Kew Gardens and then north over Flushing and according to Bratspies, and her class’ work Bayside. The resulting increase in noise has serves as a reflection of that belief. “I’m very excited about this,” she said. been accompanied by concerns over pollu“It’s a great opportunity for the college to tion, among other headaches. Q reach out into the community.” But the students aren’t picking sides. Assistant Managing/Online Editor


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13-year-old slain in Cambria Heights in 2009; his mother still grieves by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

Two gang members involved in dispute with a rival gang resulting in a shooting that killed one teen and wounded another were each sentenced to 50 years in prison on Feb. 13. Gregory Calas, 21, of 228th Street in St. Albans, and Nnonso Ekwegbalu, 19, of 183rd Street in Springfield Gardens, were convicted last November following a sixweek jury trial. The victims — Kevin Miller, 13, who was killed, and Pedro Garcia, 17, who was wounded — were innocent bystanders not involved in the dispute, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office. “I knew the bullet wasn’t intended for my son, but they intended to kill someone,” Miller’s mother, Donna Hood, said Feb. 14. “It’s so reckless.” Calas was convicted of f irst-degree manslaughter, second-degree attempted murder, f irst-degree assault, second-degree assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Ekwegbalu — whose case was heard by a separate jury — was convicted of f irst-degree manslaughter, f irst-degree assault, second-degree assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon. The violence occurred at around 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2009, near the corner of Linden

Kevin Miller, left, was gunned down in 2009. His mother, Donna Hood, is doing her best to keep LEFT, FILE PHOTO, RIGHT PHOTO BY ANNMARIE COSTELLA his memory alive. Blvd. and 208th Street. Calas pulled out a handgun and fired in the direction of three members of the rival Bloods gang with whom he had just had a physical altercation, according to the Queens DA. Ekwegbalu, then 16, a student at Humanities and the Arts Magnet High School

in Cambria Heights, also was armed and fired his weapon, Brown said. Miller, a freshman at the same school, was headed to a nearby McDonald’s to grab a bite to eat when a stray bullet hit him in the head. He was taken to North Shore University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

“What makes me so mad is it doesn’t make any sense,” Hood said. “Why did they have to get a gun? Why did they have to escalate the fight like that? My son died for nothing.” Garcia, an employee of a carwash in the vicinity, was also struck, the bullet entering his thigh, but he survived. “Without the slightest regard for human life, the defendants recklessly turned the streets of Queens County into a deadly battleground that claimed the life of an innocent young student walking home from school and wounded a second hardworking teenager,” Queens DA Richard Brown said in a prepared statement. “The lengthy prison sentence imposed today is more than justified and sends a strong message to others who might think of resorting to gunfire to settle disputes. Hood said she is satisfied with the sentence, but doesn’t believe the apologies offered by the defendants were sincere. “They made poor choices,” Hood said, “And they need to think about what they’ve done.” With her son’s killers now set to serve lengthy prison terms, Hood hopes to be able to move on with her life. She is keeping her son’s memory alive through a nonprof it organization that she started in his name in 2010 called the KLM Jr. Foundation, which gives college scholarships to high school Q students.

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MetroCards or reimbursements for cab fare and gas mileage for parents who had to find alternative modes of transportation for their children. Walcott said the city will still honor those reimbursements for costs endured up through last Friday as long as the correct paperwork is submitted within 30 days of Feb. 18. “We encourage families to get these forms in as soon as possible so that we can process them and get the payments out,” he said in his statement. Walcott said those who received special student and parent MetroCards should return them to the school they were distributed from. Those MetroCards were deactiQ vated on Wednesday.

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Rabbi charged in underage sex sting Allegedly tried to meet ‘14-year-old’ — really an undercover detective by Carlotta Mohamed Chronicle Contributor

A Brooklyn rabbi was arrested and charged last Thursday for allegedly trying to meet up in Queens with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, to engage in sex, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. The defendant, Nathan David Rabinowich, 59, of Avenue R in Brooklyn, allegedly sent explicit online messages to what he thought would be his victim. But really it was Det. Sean Ryan of the Major Case Squad’s Vice

Enforcement Division, conducting an Internet sex sting. Rabinowich was charged with seconddegree attempted rape, second-degree attempted criminal sexual act, first-degree attempted dessemination of indecent material to minors and attempted endangering the welfare of a child. If he is convicted, Rabinowich could face up to four years in prison. “This arrest is the latest in a series of child luring cases that this office, in conjunction with the NYPD, has pursued over the years,”

Brown said in announcing the charges. “It is disturbing that a man who is supposed to be held in high esteem by the community in which he lives would allegedly try to lure a child to meet him for sex. It is imperative that parents monitor their children’s online activities to protect them from the internet predators that we know are out there looking for victims.” Rabinowich runs a synogogue and a business called Jewish Heritage Tours. Brown said that, according to the complaint,




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the NYPD detective was f irst contacted by Rabinowich using the screen name on Dec. 5. He allegedly sent the detective, whom he thought was a teen girl, sexual instant messages until Dec. 22. In their second alleged online interaction, on Feb. 4, Rabinowich used a different screen name, defendant allegedly said he was using a new screen name because his “girlfriend” had the password to his email account and saw all of the messages between the two that were not sexual in nature and did not mention the age of the detective. Rabinowich allegedly sent the undercover graphic sexual messages on Feb. 4, 11 and 12. Then they agreed to meet. The DA’s off ice would not say where in Queens the meetup and arrest were made. Rabinowich’s attorney, Israel Fried, told the Queens Chronicle the day after the arrest that it was too early to comment on the case, but issued a short statement. “He was charged with attempted rape of a person that doesn’t even exist,” Fried said. “He is presumably innocent until proven guilty in this case.” According to Kevin Ryan, the DA’s chief spokesman, the office prosecutes 25 to 30 child luring cases each year. The workload is governed by the activities of the NYPD unit, which is sometimes assigned to handle other aspects of the human trafficking problem, he said. Ryan added that defendants who commit such acts of child luring range in age from their twenties to their sixties, and their jobs run the gamut. Among them were an upstate police officer, a cardiologist, an MTA employee, a National Guardsman and a construction manager, showing there is no one type in particular when it comes to such cases.

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Besides Valentine’s Day, February has another important connection to matters of the heart. It’s also American Heart Month, a time for everyone to benefit from raised awareness of how to maintain good cardio health. Though tremendous strides have been made against conditions involving the heart, the statistics are still alarming: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 715,000 Americans have heart attacks each year and nearly as many die from heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. But, the CDC insists, the good news is that heart disease is both preventable and controllable. Coronary disease occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. It can cause heart attacks; angina, the chest discomfort that occurs if the heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen; heart failure, which occurs when the heart is unable to distribute blood flow to meet the needs of the body; and arrhythmias, or problems relating to the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. For Dr. Bijan Golyan, a cardiologist with affiliations at several area hospitals, “Prevention is key,� as are early detection and fast treatment. Golyan urges his patients to “get involved with their own treatments,� saying, “They have to be active participants to care for themselves and work with their doctors.�

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Expert tips for keeping kids’ smiles healthy Poor oral hygiene can affect the health and well-being of a child Tooth brushing can be a struggle for children. Your child may go in the bathroom for 30 seconds and declare that he or she has brushed. Kids should know that good oral care is just as important as taking a shower, especially if your child has braces. Make the process a little easier and ensure they are brushing for the proper amount of time by keeping a two minute timer in the bathroom. Parents can help children establish “Oral health is an important issue particularly for healthy oral care routines early to kids in their adolescent years. According to the aid in preventing cavities. American Academy of Pediatrics, 51 million hours

of school are lost each year due to dental-related illness,” says Dr. Jennifer Salzer, orthodontist, dentist and mother. The American Dental Association recognizes that early childhood cavities are a significant public health problem. In fact, tooth decay is still recognized as the most common chronic disease affecting children in the United States. Fortunately, parents can help their children avoid dental issues like cavities by establishing healthy routines early. Dr. Salzer offers the following tips

to help parents keep children’s smiles healthy all year. • Speak to your pediatrician about when to schedule baby’s first dental visit. • A good rule of thumb is to schedule a visit by their first birthday with regular visits every six months. • Set a good example and let your kids learn by watching and imitating you as you brush, rinse and floss. • If you need to brush up on your own oral care knowledge, check out the “Parent Guide” available online at • Encourage your kids to brush in front of a mirror; it will help them see spots they may otherwise miss. • To help keep track of their oral care routine enlist the help of a brushing chart to record each time your child brushes. • Have plenty of oral care supplies on hand for your kids in the flavors and designs they’ll be excited to use to encourage proper oral hygiene. • Show kids with braces how to brush using a two-step approach — from the top down, and then the bottom up — to help dislodge any food that may be stuck in the brackets. “Not only can poor oral hygiene affect the health and well-being of a child, it also plays a role in self-esteem,” Dr. Salzer concluded. Q — Metro Creative Connection

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continued from page 29 The Heart Hospital of Queens at New York Hospital Queens offers several tips on how to have a healthier heart: reduce stress, eat healthily, maintain a proper weight, keep blood pressure in check and refrain from smoking. The CDC also suggests regular exercise, limited consumption of alcohol, proper management of diabetes, a reduction of salt ingestion and the faithful taking of any prescribed medications as additional measures to ward off heartrelated problems. The adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” seems to apply to everyone who is interested in maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle. According to Golyan, the greatest disservice people can provide for themselves is denial. “People are afraid of knowing they have heart problems,” he said. “Don’t be afraid. Treat it if you have a problem.” Common symptoms of heart attacks include pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back; a feeling of weakness or light-headedness; chest pain or discomfort; pain in the arms or shoulders; and shortness of breath. Anyone who experiences any of those symptoms and thinks he or she is having a heart attack is advised to call 911 Q immediately.

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What’s behind dental cavities? Knowing what causes them can help with prevention Cavities are a problem for adults and children alike. Some people seem more susceptible to cavities than others, and the pH, that is, the acid level, of the mouth and other factors may play a role in the formation of cavities. The number of dental caries, or cavities, increases with age. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, dental Dental cavities in children can largely be prevented by brushing and decay remains the most flossing regularly to remove extra bacteria from the teeth. prevalent chronic disease in both children and adults, even though Preventing cavities it is largely preventable. Although it may seem Cavities can be largely prevented by brushlike children who love sugar would have the ing and flossing regularly to remove extra highest rate of cavities, data actually shows bacteria from the teeth, and preventing them that 92 percent of adults in the U.S. age 20 to from attaching and building up on the teeth. 64 have dental caries in their permanent teeth Regular dental checkups and cleanings and an average of 3.28 missing teeth. also play a preventative role. Dentists have equipment that can effectively clean teeth in What causes a cavity? areas that can sometimes be difficult to keep Bacteria is the main culprit behind cavi- clean with just manual brushing. ties. Bacteria migrate into the mouth and are constantly present on the gums, teeth and High susceptibility to cavities tongue. While most oral bacteria are not Medications and biology can affect the pH harmful, certain types can prove trouble- of a person’s mouth and contribute to the forsome. Bacteria mation of dental caries. attach to the enamel When the pH drops, that of the teeth and is, when the acid level eventually start to increases, demineralizaform a colony. Protion of the tooth enamel teins present in salioccurs and cavities va mix with the bacform. Some forms of teria, which then bacteria contribute to forms a hard layer tooth decay more than on the tooth known others. as plaque. As mentioned, sugar Sugar plays a role feeds bacterial growth. in the process because the bacteria use sugar as Research by the American Academy of Pedia food source. The sugar also helps them stick atric Dentistry has found that it’s not often to the tooth surface, making it more difficult the amount of sugar eaten at a given time, for bacteria to be cleared away with saliva. As but the frequency of sugar exposure that can bacteria eat the sugar, they produce waste, lead to cavities. Sucrose, it seems, is bactewhich is acidic. Over time, this acid can wear ria’s preferred energy source. Saliva producaway at the tough enamel on teeth, making it tion is important for keeping bacteria at bay. porous. These holes can become bigger, even- Individuals who produce less bacteria, due to tually forming what is known as a cavity. medication or their physical history, may be It may take a while before you realize you more susceptible to cavities. have a cavity because the enamel of the tooth Dental caries are a common health probdoesn’t have nerve fibers. But once the cavi- lem. Knowing what causes them can help Q ty becomes large enough to expose the sensi- with prevention. tive dentin within, pain ensues. — Metro Creative Connection

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What women should know about heart disease Millions of women around the country live with cardiovascular disease and may not know it. The consequences of being uninformed can be fatal. According to the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women. More women die from heart disease than breast cancer in any given year. That’s a frightening reality that might surprise some.

What puts women at risk? There are a number of factors that can put a woman at risk for heart disease. • Hypertension: High blood pressure can exert extra stress on blood vessel walls and make them more likely to get clogged. • Cholesterol levels: Cholesterol in the blood can build up on the inside of blood vessels and lead to blockages that can cause a number of different problems. • Smoking: Women who smoke have a higher risk of heart attacks than nonsmoking women. Those who smoke and take birth control pills are at an even higher risk. • Obesity: The chance for heart disease increases with a woman’s weight. Even losing a little bit of weight can help diminish the chance. • Diabetes: High blood sugar can damage the arteries that supply blood to the heart. • Family history: A woman with blood

relatives who were diagnosed with heart disease is at a heightened risk of developing heart disease. • Lack of physical exercise: Inactivity can promote heart disease. Daily physical activity can go a long way to help the heart and prevent heart disease.

Preventing heart disease Recognizing the risk factors for heart disease is just the beginning when it comes to prevention. Once those risk factors are known, it’s up to women to take steps to live a more healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, there are many ways women can do just that. • Exercise daily. Thirty minutes of exercise per day is recommended. This can improve cardiovascular health by getting the blood moving through the body. It can also help women lose weight, decreasing risk for other ailments as a result. • Quit smoking. Do not use tobacco products. Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for developing heart disease. Smoking narrows the arteries in your heart and can also contribute to the hardening of arteries, called atherosclerosis. This condition can ultimately lead to a heart attack. Carbon

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they would know everything about hypothyroidism, especially when she because pregnant again in late 2008. She would later learn that her doctors did not know enough about hypothyroidism, especially the dangers of thyroid disorder and pregnancy. Under their care her TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), the gold standard for thyroid function, reached levels far above the recommended reference range for pregnancy and she miscarried. On that fateful day, she vowed to research everything there was to know about this disease and warn women everywhere. She fulfilled her vow with the launch of Hypothyroid Mom. Who knew that little butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the base of our necks could affect our lives so completely? Don’t underestimate the power of that little gland. It is the master control center for the metabolic functions of every single cell in your body. Therefore, it has the power to disrupt every part of your body and to produce profound changes in every aspect of your life. Scientific research links hypothyroidism to heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, gall bladder disease, liver disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. The Thyroid Federation International estimates there are up to 300 million people worldwide experiencing thyroid dysfunction, yet over half are presumed to be unaware of their condition. Despite research connecting an underactive thyroid to some of the deadliest diseases of our time, the hypothyroidism epidemic sweeping across the globe has gone largely unrecognized by the mainstream medical community is for the millions of moms worldwide with hypothyroidism (and the millions more who don’t even know they have it yet). After three years of intense research and a quest to find the top thyroid health experts, the time has come to share all Q that she has discovered. —

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Prosecutors raised concerns about effectiveness of redefining crime by Josey Bartlett Editor

Hours after Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and Lydia Cuomo, a young woman who was forced to perform and participate in oral and anal sex in August 2011, traveled to Albany to tout the reintroduction of the Rape is Rape bill, a separate but related bill was introduced in the Senate. The sponsor of that bill is state Sen. Catharine Young (R-Cattaraugus County) who earlier that day had been a cosponsor of the Rape is Rape bill. “We were taken by surprise,” said Samantha Darche, Simotas’ chief of staff, adding Young had dropped her initial support of the Assembly bill. Cuomo was attacked vaginally, orally and anally by drunken, off-duty police officer Michael Pena. The court could not prove that there was penetration vaginally as needed for a rape conviction and currently the other two crimes are defined as criminal sexual acts, but not rape. Pena was convicted of predatory sexual assault, which carries the same sentencing as rape, but not called rape. Cuomo, no relation to the governor, said when a criminal is convicted of something other than rape, as in her case, it’s harder for the victim to heal.

Hours after state Sen. Catharine Young, left, promoted the Rape is Rape bill with Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, right, and rape victims Lydia Cuomo and Andrew Willis, Young rescinded her support and introduced a bill that could convict perpertrators of rape for sexual contact yet does not define the act to include forced oral or anal sex, the main component of the Rape is Rape legislation. PHOTO COURTEST NYS ASSEMBLY

“It’s our obligation to respect survivors by ensuring that what any person would recognize as rape is unequivocally called rape by the law,” Simotas said.

Young’s bill would not require proof of vaginal penetration, as used in the conviction of a criminal sexual act. That change would address Cuomo’s case. However, that bill does

not define forced oral and anal sex as rape, which is the main component of the Rape is Rape bill. In the New York Daily news a “prosecutorial source” said that studies show juries don’t call forced oral sex rape. Simotas responded to the article by asking people to imagine this act happening to “your mouth, your brother or your sister’s mouth, your daughter or your son’s mouth. Is this a criminal sexual act?” A source also told the paper changing the law would make consecutive sentencing difficult. “Concerns about consecutive sentencing are similarly misplaced,” Simotas responded in a statement. “As the law stands now, sex offenders are regularly tried, convicted and receive consecutive sentences on the Criminal Sexual Act statute, which includes both oral and anal sexual conduct. Michael Pena did. A simple specific pleading is enough to overcome this legal red herring.” Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) has submitted a resolution in support of the Rape is Rape bill. As a former district attorney, he said, “I understand the concerns of the prosecutors, but I absolutely agree with Aravella.” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown released a statement in the same vein: “We are continued on page 55

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Katz and Curtis visit 104th G-COP Beep candidate in her old district; Sliwa lauds civilian patrol spirit by Michael Gannon Editor

Democratic borough president candidate Melinda Katz dragged her significant other out for a night on the campaign trail on Valentine’s Day. Of course, it’s not as if Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa was exactly out of his element at a meeting of the Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol. “The missus put the arm on me,” Sliwa said with mock seriousness. “Being here tonight is the reason I don’t have to take out a reverse mortgage to pay for a Valentine’s Day gift.” Katz, a Forest Hills resident, is a former state assemblywoman and City Council member who was back in a corner of her old district on Feb. 14. She is one of six Democrats seeking to replace Borough President Helen Marshall, who is ineligible to run in November because of term limits. Katz said the campaign and her fundraising are going well. In a brief interview following the meeting, she said she is still pleasantly surprised by the amount of support

from people she represented in her last two stints in public office. “I guess a lot of people thought this is the next step for me,” she said. On one potential issue, Katz said it is a little too early for elected or community off icials to take too strong a stance either in support of or in opposition to Mayor Bloomberg’s recent budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year, saying what she referred to as the annual “budget dance” still is in its very early stages. “I took part in a lot of those budget talks,” she said, referring to her time on the Council. “A lot of people are going to be working very hard on that. We’ll see what happens.” Katz and Sliwa have two young sons together. She said the judotrained founder of the Guardian Angels does, in fact, change diapers. “And to answer your first question — yes, he does wear the beret all the time,” she offered. Sliwa the day had before celebrated the 34th anniversary of the founding of the Guardian Angels in 1979. “When we started, with my guys

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Man killed in hit-and-run An elderly man was struck by a car and killed in a hit-and-run in Jamaica on Feb. 15 at around 12:30 a.m., according to the NYPD. The victim, Carlo Carlos, 65, of Jamaica, was struck by a dark-colored sedan traveling northbound on Rockaway Boulevard, as he was crossing the street from west to east near 137th Avenue, police said. When off icers from the 113th Precinct arrived at the accident location, they found Carlos with trauma about the body. EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, according to the NYPD. The driver fled the location and the investigation is ongoing, police said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential. Q

Queens Borough President candidate Melinda Katz, left, and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa dropped by a meeting of the Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol to talk about her campaign and his affinity for volunteers who keep PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON their communities safe. from the night shift at McDonald’s, I never would have been welcome at a meeting like this,” Sliwa said. “I was called a vigilante; we were called gang-bangers by a man who

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He spoke of becoming a radio show host, and about the 1992 attempt on his life when he was shot in a stolen cab. Sliwa has said since the incident that the shooting was sparked by remarks he has made about the late former organized crime figure John Gotti Sr. Federal authorities unsuccessfully tried John Gotti Jr. three times in the case. Sliwa, who survived by jumping out a window in the moving cab, recalled waking up in a hospital intensive care unit. “Whose was the first face I saw? Ed Koch! And John Cardinal O’Connor was with him,” he said. The latter, Sliwa said, was dressed in the clerical vestments worn when giving last rites to Catholics at the point of or near death. The city, and even Koch, came to accept the Angels, who Sliwa said now have chapters in 15 countries and nearly 5,000 members. He said their work is all in the spirit of community. “You don’t need a G-COP jacket or a red beret to do what we do,” Sliwa said. “It’s that Good Samaritan Q spirit we all need to have.”

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Reportedly took meds from a stranger A Flushing teen was found dead in Rosedale Sunday morning, in what reportedly may have been a drug overdose. Police responded to a call about an unconscious woman at 245-07 135 Ave. and when they arrived at around 7:40 a.m. they found Aisha Farooqui, 15, outside the house. There were no signs of trauma, the NYPD said. Farooqui lived on Parsons Boulevard in Flushing. She was a sophmore at Jamaica High School and before that attended Robert F. Kennedy Community Middle School in Flushing. The investigation into her death is ongoing, police said. The Daily News, citing unnamed police sources, said Farooqui may have overdosed on prescription drugs before collapsing behind the house where she was found dead, foaming at the mouth, wearing a black jacket, black pants and red shoes. The victim had attended a birthday party on Saturday and left with a man she didn’t know who gave her pills, the report said. There were three Facebook memorial pages honoring Farooqui as of Monday

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afternoon. One post read, “All my prayers go out to this beautiful, young girl’s family. No mother should ever have to worry about burying their child. This is a sad thing, but it’s also a wake-up call. This can happen to anyone, no-matter who it is. She’s in a better place now. Watch over all Q of us. R.I.P Aisha.”

and debris that accumulated during and after the storm but will also assist our fellow New Yorkers who are trying to re-establish self-suff iciency through employment and opportunity,” he said. Ulrich added cleaning the strip is will give local civics and other groups a leg up in keeping the notoriously dirty route clean. “Regular maintenance won’t seem too daunting,” he said. Weather permitting, the crews will f inish cleaning the strip in a few Q weeks.

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continued from page 5 National Recreation Area and under the domain of the National Parks Service, making it federal land, and resources on that level are scarce and spread out among national parks nationwide. “The problem is Charles Park has to compete for funds with Yosemite,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). And even then, the limited funding steered toward Gateway is usually reserved for the more heavily trafficked parts of the park, such as Riis Park in the Rockaways, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and Marine Park in Brooklyn. But McCloskey said she is optimistic federal money would come to help the park, especially after all the attention the New York shoreline has received after Sandy. She has been in touch with Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) who used to represent Howard Beach and still represents much of Jamaica Bay. The neighborhood and the park are now represented by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), whose district also includes all of Brooklyn’s Jamaica Bay shoreline, much of which is part of Gateway. Jeffries said he expects some of the $348 million in the relief package approved by Congress last month to make its way to Gateway for reconstruction, but how much is still in question. “We do not yet know exactly how much

of the $348 million in the Sandy Relief Bill has been allocated to the National Park Service for construction [at Gateway],” he said. “However, it is a top priority of my office to make sure that Gateway National Park is provided with the funding necessary to rebuild successfully.” McCloskey has also requested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers examine building a bulkhead by the park, noting that the Corps is already working on marshland in the bay. “There’s no bulkheading, there’s nothing there to help the park,” she said. Protecting the shoreline with new infrastructure should be a priority, Jeffries added. “Sandy devastated our neighborhoods, parks and businesses,” he said. “We must now rebuild in a smart and sustainable way that restores our quality of life and leaves our communities better equipped to withstand future storms.” Whether or not federal money comes to the park’s aid, McCloskey is planning on reaching out to foundations to see if they could offer some help. She said focusing on the park could provide a much-needed boost to community pride. “It’s our only green space in Howard Beach and it’s the one thing that would be very uplifting for the spring if we can get it up and running again,” McCloskey Q said.


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

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102nd Precinct hosting a blood drive The 102nd Precinct will be hosting a blood drive this Friday, Feb. 22 from 12 to 6 p.m. at the precinct, located at 87-34 118 St. in Richmond Hill. Anybody willing to donate must be at least 16 years old, in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, have had no tattoos or piercings in the last 12 months and must eat well before. The drive comes as Mayor Bloomberg has declared a state of emergency in the Q city over the dwindling blood supply.

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FUN BEGINS! Councilman Danny Dromm, right, urges caution while dating following the murder of three openly gay men in a two-week period. He spoke outside the Crown Motor Inn on Queens Boulevard, joined by Tony Simone, left, a representative of Councilwoman Christine Quinn, and Ejeris Dixon, deputy FILE PHOTO director at the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

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Officers have arrested the boyfriend of the man murdered in an Elmhurst motel on Feb. 9. Lleuyel Garcia, 23, of the northernmost Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood, was charged with murder, robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and tampering with physical evidence. The victim, Joseph Bezinger, 54, a sanitation worker from Middle Village, was the most recent victim in a string of three homicides that took the lives of three openly gay men in the city over two weeks. There has been speculation that the suspects had met their victims online, but police had no evidence the crimes were linked, though they were all strangled, openly gay and middle aged and there had been no forced entry into their rooms or apartments. Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) called the crimes an “eerie coincidence,� at a Feb. 12 press conference outside the Crown Motor Inn, where Bezinger was murdered.




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Dromm, along with the Anti-violence Project, told community members to be cautious when dating online and urged them to meet individuals for the first time in public spaces. Sources continue to say the incidents are unrelated and that the acts do not seem to be hate crimes. “Despite the arrest, it is vitally important that we continue to remain vigilant,� Dromm said. “The other murders committed against gay men remain unsolved but I am hopeful that the NYPD will capture the perpetrators. Again, I want to urge everyone that it is always important to practice safety whether meeting people online or in person.� On Feb. 3, public school teacher David Rangel, 53, was found strangled under his couch in Jackson Heights. A few days before, on Jan. 28, Charles Romo, 48, of Hamilton Heights, a neighborhood in nor thwest Manhattan, was found dead in his apartment with a bag over his head. Individuals can report information to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1 Q (800) 577-TIPS (8477).




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Sabina Friedman-Seitz, left, Cari McHugh and Connie Constanzo in their finest frocks, designed and created by artist Beth Garrett.

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Quirky costumes and modern details spice up ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

niece, pledge separately never to be such fools as to fall in love. But when their friends and relatives, Claudio, a count, and Hero, Beatrice’s cousin, fall in love, they join together with a whole slew of characters to trick the love-cynical pair into falling for each other, which they do. But as these two are falling, the marriage of Hero and Claudio is thwarted by the prince’s evil brother, who pays off a guy to sleep with one of Hero’s attendants dressed in the brideto-be’s clothes. Her fiance sees the duo getting frisky and believes his love has betrayed him. In a dramatic wedding scene, he refuses to marry Hero and dishonors her in front of her father. continued onon page 43 Continued page

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It’s easy to get lost in the “ye sayeths” and “doth command thees” of Shakespearean prose, but with emotion and modern flair the Queens Players make “Much Ado About Nothing” accessible. “We worked really hard to find comedy in the script and very often, although one must be aware that knowing the language is important ... we realize that timing and occasionally slapstick take the place of study,” director Richard Mazda said. “We ran several clown workshops during the rehearsal process to help the actors with the physicality of their roles.” The play’s plot goes like this: Benedick, the prince’s friend, and Beatrice, the governor’s

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students is $5 and nonmembers $10. Free parking. For more information contact and visit the website at

On Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. the Once Upon a Time Theatre Company, 87-61 111 St., Richmond Hill, presents “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” a musical for young and old alike. Advance tickets are $8, $5 for children. At the door tickets are $10, $7 for children. Call (718) 846-9182, email or visit for more information.

The Central Queens YM & YWHA 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, announces the return of PERC, a club for retirees. Come meet and speak with others about what concerns you Tuesday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. Free for members of the CQY. Nonmembers free for first session, then $2 per session. Call the Adult and Senior department at (718) 268-5011 ext. 160 or 622 for more information.

St. Gregory’s Theatre Group, 242-20 88 Ave., Bellerose, with the entrance on 88th Road, presents “Gatsby to Glee: An SGTG Song and Dance Cabaret” on Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Admission is $18, $15 for seniors and $7 for children. Call (718) 989-2457 or email Marathon Little Theatre Group presents “The Pajama Game” on Saturdays, March 2, 9 and 16 at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays, March 3, 10 and 17 at 3 p.m. Cost is $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and children under 13 at 247-37 60 Ave., Douglaston. Call (718) 229-4644 for more information.

DANCE Green Space’s resident company Valerie Green/ Dance Entropy presents “Skimming the Surface,” an evening of dance in celebration of their 15th anniversary season at their home studio theater, Green Space, 37-24 24 St., Suite 301, Long Island City, on Feb. 21-23 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance online at and $20 at the door. Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, performs “Afro Tango” through March 17 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35; students and seniors $32; Fridays only $30. For information and tickets call (718) 729-3880 or visit


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Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, will present a “Best of 2012” program of films selected by chief curator David Schwartz and assistant film curator Rachael Rakes, through Feb. 22. The cost is $12. Times vary. Visit or call (718) 777-6888 for hours and more information. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, hosts a month-long series which includes 36 independent feature and short films by black filmmakers beginning in the 1970s, with personal appearances by director Haile Gerima and series curator Jacqueline Stewart through Sunday, Feb. 24. Admission is $12. Visit for hours.

MUSIC A musical show, “The Ghetto Chronicles,” by writerdirector Duane DWhit Witley will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in Goldstein Theatre at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. The show is free.


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A new music composers’ forum concert will be held at The Church-In-The-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students and kids under 12 are free with an adult. Contact Barbara Podgurski at (718) 894-2178 or for more information. Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra presents its 49th season concert on Sunday, March 3 at Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. Call (718) 374-1627 for more information. Queens College Chamber Music Live concert series opens with Claudio Monteverdi’s “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” Friday-Saturday, March 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the QC Opera Studio, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Additionally the Calidore String Quartet will perform on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. and the Kashkashian-Artymiw Duo will perform on Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. Call the Aaron Copland School of Music at (718) 997-3800 or email for purchasing information.

FLEA MARKETS St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church of Bayside holds a flea market plus ethnic Polish bake sale on Sunday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 35th Avenue and 210th Street. Plenty of free parking. Call Steve at (718) 224-3052 for more information.

LECTURES A Haitian Students Association update on Haiti: three years after the quake will take place on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Student Union, 4th floor, at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Attend a lecture about caregiving for an aging parent and the unique challenges and opportunities it presents on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Central Queens Y, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. No

charge. RSVP is requested. Call Pamela Leff at (718) 268-5011 ext. 621 or visit for more information.

FOR KIDS School age children are invited to join the Richmond Hill Library, 118-14 Hillside Ave., on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. for a free Black History Month event.

CLASSES Registration is open for Kids With Cameras Making Movies at the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 12715 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, for 10 kids ages 11 to 15. The five-week program, beginning Feb. 23 from 2-4 p.m., is free but the Friends of Maple Grove are requesting a $10 registration fee to secure the reservation. Send fee to Friends of Maple Grove at Maple Grove Cemetery, at the same address. Call (347) 878-6614 to reserve. Nuts and Bolts of Homeownership, a class on mortgage affordability analysis: How much “house” can you really afford? and dealing with your credit, will be held on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 37-43 77 St., 2nd floor, Jackson Heights. A class on how to make your own graphic novel, for teens, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217 St. Call (718) 776-6800 for more information. A class about how to unlock the secret of the Rubik’s Cube will be held on Wednesday, March 6 at 4 p.m. at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217 St. Pre-registration is required. Call (718) 776-6800. New York State Society for Clinical Social Work members can come to find out more about the group and discuss social work issues at Speed Networking. Bring your business card on Sunday, March 3 at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Holliswood Hospital, 87-37 Palermo Street. Free to members, the fee for

The JCC-Chabad of Long Island City/Astoria, 10-31 Jackson Blvd., hosts Torah Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.; Taam Shabbat, Mommy and me, on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Carlbach Shabbat service and LeChaim on Fridays at 6 p.m.; Shabbat morning service and kiddush on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.; Kids Klub, Saturday night kids, with woodworking on Feb, 16 at 6:30 p.m. Listen to the Megillah and enjoy a Purim nosh on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Purim with Dr. Seuss with entertainment for all ages and a feast will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3:30 p.m. at PS 78, 48-09 Center Blvd. Call or visit (718) 6090066 or for more information. Celebrate Purim at Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., with Megillah reading on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Purimspiel. Hamantashen and soda will be served. No charge. The Megillah will also be read on Sunday morning, Feb. 24. Morning services begin at 8:45 a.m. Call (718) 459-1000 for more information. The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and the Sunday to Remember program hosts a Valentine’s day celebration on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m. at El. Paraiso Tropical, 102-11 42 Ave., Corona. H2I Youth Group will be hosting its annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 24 from noon-3 p.m. at Hollis Hills Jewish Center, 210-10 Union Turnpike. Game tickets are five for $3; raffle tickets and food sold seperatly. Email for more information. Come to Langston Hughes Library, 100-10 Northern Blvd., Corona, for a free evening of African-American and Jewish poetry: From images of despair to images of hope, on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Havurat Yisrael of Forest Hills will participate in the nationwide program Shabbat Across America on Friday night, March 1. The program will include a speaker, David Alkalay, who is a survivor of the Holocaust. The synagogue is located at 68-60 Austin St., Forest Hills. For more information call (718) 261-5500 or email by Monday, Feb. 25. Cost for dinner is $10 for newcomers. The Glendale Kiwanis Club's 27th Annual pancake breakfast will be held on Sunday, March 3 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at St. Pancras School’s Pfeiffer Hall at 68th Street and Myrtle Avenue. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at: Coldwell Banker Kueber Realty, 67-13 Myrtle Ave., Schwille Funeral Home, 6632 Myrtle Ave. or McKenna Florist, 67-11 Central Ave.

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Cirque du Soleil makes flying look natural by Josey Bartlett qboro Editor

The acrobatics and the howdid-they-do-that contortions of Cirque du Soleil will be coming to the Citi Field parking lot March 27 to April 19. Under the big top performers dressed in glitter and fringe or painted intricately from head to toe will illustrate the evolution of the human race from amphibian to the almost superhero traits of flight. The show “Totem” is about dreams, according to

Cirque du Soleil, and about growth. That’s something the show aims to be each year, Totem Artistic Director Tim Smith said. This year, in its first-ever stop in Queens, the show is experimenting with technology. As the performers leap and crawl and seem to fly the interactive floor will morph. For example, an acrobat will touch the stage that looks like a still pond of water and watch it break into multi-colored ripples.

‘Cirque du Soleil: Totem’ When:

Where: Tickets:

Wednesdays, March 27 and April 3, 10 and 17 at 8 p.m. Thursdays, March 28 and April 4, 11 and 18 at 7 p.m. with additional 2 p.m. performance on April 11 and 18. Friday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m. Fridays, April 12 and 19 at 4 p.m. Citi Field, Lot C,126-01 Roosevelt Ave. about $45 to $130

Cirque Du Soleil’s performers are coming to Queens. Even in typical Cirque performances there’s a way to grow, Smith said. His contribution to “Totem” is a new hand-balancing act. A woman and man perform the section, in which she teaches him and pushes him to grow while employing tricks new to the Cirque du Soleil repertoire. “It’s a 6-foot-tall pole with disks

balanced on top,” Smith said. “She arrives with the apparatus as a challenge, as we as people are always challenged every day.” The act began as a a backup routine. In Cirque du Soleil the acrobatics and skills are specialized enough that there are no understudies — instead the show creates full replacement acts such as

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Smith’s disk-balancing routine. Although his masterpiece holds a special affinity for him, another one of his favorite acts is the opener. “It starts really cool — pretty spectacular mystery that gets the audience excited,” Smith said. “There are things coming down, people are flying and I Q really love the music.”

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veterans, all turn in positively madcap performances, under the watchful eye of When Alfred Hitchcock directed the director Susan Young. spy thriller “The 39 Steps” back in 1935, The only actor in the quartet playing a little could he have imagined the hilarity single role, K.C. Schwab, has a field day the film would inspire three quarters of a as Richard Hannay, who finds himself on century later. the lam throughout most of the play’s A play of the same name, adapted by two-hour running time, including a brief Patrick Barlow from period atop a both the film and speeding train. the novel that Schwab is most inspired it, opened entertaining, on Broadway a thanks to his When: Feb. 22 and 23, March 1 and 2 at few years ago and comic timing, 8 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. enjoyed a sucphysical dexterity Where: Grace Lutheran Church, Forest Hills cessful run there and boundless Union Turnpike and 71st Road before settling in energy. Tickets: $14 and $12 seniors, (718) 353-7388 for another exOn a rare tended period off departure from Broadway. the musical stage, Now, courtesy of the Parkside Players Monica Barczak turns in several memoin Forest Hills, the play is being given its rable renditions as the women with first Queens production. whom Hannay becomes entangled. The play, like its sources, is filled with And as a pair of clowns who take on melodrama, spies, heroes, villains, mur- every other role, including some of the der, intrigue ... and lots of laughs, due opposite sex, Johnny Young and Ian primarily to the adapter’s choice to have McDonald must surely be two of the most all the parts — dozens of them — played tired actors around. They seemingly by a total of four actors. This requires lots change personalities and accents effortof quick changes, many in full view of the lessly, make entrances and exits in unexaudience, and, on occasion, actors must pected places and provide much of the play two or possibly even three parts evening’s fun. simultaneously. Well-timed sound effects and music that The cast at Parkside, four local theater continued on page 00 45

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Shakespearean actors swathed in trash bags continued continued from from page page 39 00 But the family recoups and launches a Romeo and Juliet-like plan wherein Hero fakes her death. When the family gathers confessions from the home wreckers, Claudio repents for believing such slander, Hero’s honor is restored and the couple is married. They then live happily ever after. The play is presented in keeping with the Queens Players motto to stage classics in a thought-provoking way. The show will run at the Players home base, the Secret Theatre, through March 2.

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can relate to. Other modern touches let the viewer get into the script that was created more than five centuries ago. For example Benedick gets drunk from Heineken beer, the chamber maid drools over boys like a 21st-century schoolgirl and when the friar launches into his monologue, he does so with Southern Baptist flair — all swagger and hands up in the air. The set combines a nonchalant vibe with a modern touch. Instead of having meticulously painted backthe stage is lined with ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ drops brown paper boxes, some of * * * When: Through Feb. 23 and Feb. 27 which emulate hedges to hide to March 2 at 8 p.m., and behind in two of the most The lights go up, and in come Sunday Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. comedic scenes of the play. the messengers — three men These are scenes in which Where: Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., LIC and one little woman with a yell Benedick’s and Beatrice’s relaas big as her counterparts’ Tickets: $18, tives and friends on two sepastature— dressed in yellow-andrate occasions reveal information orange vests fashioned out of trash bags, designed by the trash bag whiz, Long Island about the other’s love to somewhat trick them into City-based artist Beth Garrett, whose works were recent- admitting their feelings to each other. “Whether 400-plus years ago or present day, most ly on display nearby at Found Materials for the Arts. The maidens have flowing dresses and aprons with people will recognize the archetype of two friends who big, bright pink bows in their hair — all made from are obviously attracted to each other while not able to express their feelings,” Mazda said. “I think the comeplastic bags. dy works even for a modern audience because the The friar’s white robe — made out of bags. The effect adds a lightheartedness, a we-don’t- nature of attraction and how people express that has Q take-ourselves-too-seriously quality that the audience not really changed over the centuries.”

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boro SPECIAL EVENTS Maspeth Town Hall Community Center holds an Irish Celebration on Sunday, March 10 at 3-7 p.m. at St. Adalbert’s Parish Hall, 84th Street off Grand Avenue in Elmhurst. Tickets are $30 for adults, children ages 6-12 $12 and children under 6 are $7. To reserve call (718) 335-6049. Human Growth Foundation, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children and adults with disorders of growth and growth hormone, will host its first annual 4.8K Step Up and Walk on Sunday, April 21 from 7 a.m. to noon at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 113-01 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing. Individual and team registration is now open online at St. Pancras School, 68-20 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraising dance on Saturday, March 9 from 7-11 p.m. Proceeds will go to smartboards for the school. The Boston Burglars will play Irish hits and a buffet will be served. Tickets are $50. Call (718) 821-6721 or (347) 853-9348. The Samuel Field Y has two weekday programs for preschool children ages 3-5 with developmental disabilities and their families. On Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. there is Monday Magic: Learn and Play at the Bay Terrace Center, 212-00 23 Ave., Bayside. On Wednesdays from 3-4:30 there is Gym and Creative Exploration at the Little Neck Site, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy. Contact Amanda at (718) 225-6750 ext. 262 or email for more information.


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Atria Forest Hills, 112-50 72 Ave., welcomes older adults and family members to its upcoming free concert on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 3:15 p.m. Louisiana dinner to follow. Parking is available upon request. RSVP with Bella Kirschner at (718) 261-5300 or The Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside, hosts: Qi Gong, Mondays at 10:45 a.m.; Wii time, Mondays and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; Music with Dee, Mondays at 1 p.m.; beginners drawing, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; health education, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; aerobics, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.; yoga, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; mind, body and soul, Wednesdays at 11 a.m.; bingo, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; jewelry making, Wednesdays at 1 p.m.; stay well exercises, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; reminiscing group, Thursdays at 10:45 a.m.; Scrabble, Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; dance fitness, Fridays at 10:45 a.m. and AARP chorus, Fridays at 1 p.m. Additional events: current events on Friday, Feb. 22 at 12:45 p.m.; a Purim celebration on Monday, Feb. 25 at 11:45 a.m.; music appreciation on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 12:45 p.m and fall prevention on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10:15 a.m., shopping trips, computer classes, lunches and more. Call (718) 2247888 for further information. The Innovative SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Queens Village, offers a wide array of programs and services including: healthy lunches, current events, diabetes self-management classes, yoga and the Reminiscence Groups. Receive information on benefits and entitlements or share your life story in a safe, private setting. For more information on classes and transportation call Kathleen at (718) 454-2100 or visit’

I HAVE OFTEN WALKED The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., welcomes seniors age 60 and older, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A food pantry is available Tuesdays-Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. Other activities include daily hot lunch, mini-trips, daily exercise classes, monthly birthday parties and theme parties. The MetroCard van is at the Center on the fourth Thursday of every month. Movies are held every Monday or Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. Art classes are held every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Call Karen at (718) 4562000 for more information. The Brooks Senior Center, 143-22 109 Ave., Jamaica, welcomes all seniors age 60+. Come and enjoy a healthy lunch from noon to 1 p.m., activities such as Wii sports, bowling, bingo, laptop classes, exercise, ceramics, cards and board games, blood pressure checks, trips, monthly nutrition presentations and monthly birthday celebrations and theme parties. Suggested contribution is $1.25. For more information call (718) 291-3935. Selfhelp Innovative Senior Center (Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Senior Center), 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, has a special Saturday program, open every other Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all seniors, especially South Asians, offering basic computer classes, basic English, health education, Indian movies, Indian yoga, games, Kinect bowling, tai chi, Yuan Ji dancing, breathing yoga, Ping-Pong, karaoke, field trips, case assistance and have a vegetarian Indian-style lunch. Call (718) 886-5777 for further information.

SUPPORT GROUPS The Lupus Alliance of Long Island and Queens meets once a month on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Flushing. To attend and for more information, Alliance members can register by calling Paula Goldstein at (516) 802-3142. Anyone with Lupus and family members are invited to attend Education Days on Saturdays, March 23 and June 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required in advance. A fee of $10 per person for members and $15 for nonmembers includes a light breakfast, handouts and lunch. Call (516)826-2058 for more information. Nar-Anon is a self-help support group for anyone affected by a loved one’s use/abuse of drugs. The group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the basement lounge at The-Church-In-The-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. For information, call 1(800) 984-0066, or go to Free caregiver support groups at Queens Community House, Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. Call (718) 226-5960 Ext. 226 for details. Drug problem? Call Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit Meetings are held seven days a week.

LISTING INFORMATION Items for the Community Calendar must be sent two weeks before the date of the event. Listings should be typed, from a nonprofit organization, either free or moderately priced, and be open to the public. Keep the information to one paragraph. Because of the large number of requests for the free calendar listings, we cannot include every event submitted. Send to: Queens Chronicle, Community Calendar, P.O. Box 74-7769, Rego Park, NY 11374, fax to (718) 205-0150.

The Ryan family tragedy by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Horror struck South Richmond Hill 52 years ago this month, when one of the deadliest fires in Queens history killed nearly an entire family. South Richmond Hill was predominately a German-American middleclass community when it was developed during the early 20th century. The Ryan home at 127-10 94 Ave. in South Richmond But on 94th Avenue, one house stood Hill on Feb. 13, 1961, after a terrible fire. out above the rest — an early all-wood clapboard home at 127-10 94 Ave. It was dren and their aunt on their mother’s side. Bill Ryan and his wife escaped through owned by German-born Emil Grimminger and his wife, Emilia. They had one daughter. the front window off the porch. Their son Emilia’s parents lived with them too, and William Jr., age 5, also survived. The rest they also took in a lodger to help with the were trapped in a rear bedroom. Various bills. Grimminger was a mechanic who charities aided the surviving family memworked for the Sheffield Milk Company just bers and helped them find a five-bedroom apartment in South Ozone Park. down the block. Today an all-brick three-family home He eventually sold the house to William Ryan, a sanitation worker. But Ryan’s time occupies the site, just steps away from Phil Rizzuto Park. The scars of that terrible day there would end in tragedy. On the cold night of Feb. 12-13, 1961, a 52 years ago are no longer visible, but must fire raced through the old wooden house. It persist in the hearts of the remaining family Q took the lives of four of the five Ryan chil- members and others who remember.



Piazza’s book a must read by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

It will be interesting whether Mike Piazza’s just-published autobiography, “Long Shot” (Simon & Schuster), will sway some of the crotchety members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who did not vote for him for the Hall of Fame to do so next year. Mike states that he did indeed take supplements but they were completely legal at the time. It is hard to criticize an athlete who wants to perform better for purchasing products at the local GNC that anyone else can get. He categorically states that he has never taken an illegal performance enhancing drug. While his detractors will dismiss his denials, Mike has always had a keen knowledge of how everything that you put into your body has either a harmful or benef icial impact in the long run, based on my conversations with him over the years. I learned about the benefits of wheat grass from him and he discusses health foods in his book. Piazza admits that he is still tortured about not slugging it out with Roger Clemens after getting beaned by him in a regular season game and then infamously having a broken bat tossed at him by the Rocket in the 2000 World Series. In a bit of self-deprecating humor, Mike writes “Roger is a big guy and I did not want to have my ass kicked in by

him.” Mike, of course, is a pretty big guy in his own right but what I think he was getting at is that he did not want to risk a careerthreatening injury in a fight. He nicely pokes fun at the baseless rumors about his sexuality by saying that if he were gay, he’d be gay all the way and not hiding behind Baywatch babes and Playboy playmates. While Clemens, steroids and, of course, the gay rumors are what will fascinate lazy sports talk show hosts and sportswriters, Piazza’s book peels back the curtain on life in the big leagues probably as well as any former player since Jim Bouton wrote “Ball Four” and “Glad You Didn’t Take It Personally.” He gives fascinating insight into the O’Malley family’s final days, and the Fox Corporation’s earliest, as owners of the Dodgers and how those coincided with his demands for a new contract, which got him dealt to the Marlins and a week later to the Mets. He also writes about how Lenny Dykstra and other members of the Phillies were willing to cave in to the owners’ demand for a salary cap during the 1994 baseball strike. On a lighter note, Mike talks about a bizarre breakfast he had with Fabio during his Dodgers days, as well as how a girl named Christina broke his heart when he first came Q up to the big leagues.

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ACROSS 1 Pickle holder 4 React in horror 8 Anything but that 12 Past 13 Concept 14 Stroll 15 Medium-sized dog 17 Without acting 18 To-do list 19 Every last crumb 21 Stimpy’s cartoon pal 22 Lassie, e.g. 26 Pavarotti’s range 29 A mere handful 30 Toss in 31 Nerve cell process 32 Carte lead-in 33 Turned blue? 34 Gas stat 35 Wall climber 36 Deep-voiced singer 37 “French” dog 39 Shriner’s chapeau 40 “- the fields we go ...” 41 Anti-elderly prejudice 45 Satchmo’s genre 48 Large terrier 50 Burn soother 51 Pesky insect 52 Silent 53 Night light? 54 Tackles’ teammates 55 Crony

There is virtually no set to speak of and only the simplest of set pieces, all of which are put to multiple and sometimes quite resourceful uses. While it must be admitted that the second act rarely recaptures the quick pace and unbridled elements of surprise that mark the first half of the show, this is more the result of the play’s structure than the performance. Despite the challenges of the material, last Saturday night’s opening went off with nary a hitch. Audiences interested in laughing out loud should put this on their must-see list. Q

‘The 39 Steps’ sounds like it could have been lifted from some of Hitchcock’s classic films add to the merriment, as do strobe light effects and s hadow i m ages project ed on a makeshift screen.

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11 Heavens 16 Company that went under in 2001 20 Depressed 23 Pringles competitor 24 Bad day for Caesar 25 Taro root 26 Pack (down) 27 World’s fair 28 “Forget it” 29 Aviate 32 Mean 33 In a stupor

35 - -de-France 36 Sires 38 Doughnut shop purchase 39 Capacitance measure 42 Poetic foot 43 Insult 44 Note to self 45 Van Eyck or Vermeer 46 Milwaukee product 47 Menagerie 49 Hostel

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AMENDED CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT TO: Leon Knutti, Leticia Knutti, Arturo Knutti, Pedro Juan Knutti, Nils Holder Schutzenberger, Alexander Rudigier, Maximiliano Knutti, Ingrid Knutti, Ivonne Knutti, Alejandro Knutti, DCM Services, American Infosource, Weltman, Weinberg, & Reis, NYC Human Resources Administration, Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of ELIZABETH KNUTTI A/K/A ELISABETH KNUTTI , deceased, and unknown “male” Knutti, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of ELIZABETH KNUTTI A/K/A ELISABETH KNUTTI, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 150-24 HILLSIDE AVENUE JAMAICA, NEW YORK, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of ELIZABETH KNUTTI A/K/A ELISABETH KNUTTI, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 28th day of March 2013, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $17,573.35 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why the claim to New York City Human Resources Administration in the amount of $127,543.35 should not be paid; and why the claim to DCM Services in the amount of $1,040.08 should not be rejected; and why the claim to American Infosource in the amount of $8,534.89 should not be rejected; and why the claim to Weltman, Weinberg, & Reis Co in the amount of $1,333.44 should not be rejected; and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 8th day of February, 2013 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County Margaret M. Gribbon Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you.

MG CONSTRUCTION AND MECHANICAL LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 1/14/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Marek Grabowski, 102-10 66th Rd., Apt. 27A, Forest Hills, NY 11375. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of 230 10th STREET BROOKLYN LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/26/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 167-41 147TH Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11434. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

GOLDEN AU T UMN INVESTORS LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 1/9/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, P.O. Box 541325, Flushing, NY 11354. General Purposes.

Notice of formation of 140-15 Flushing LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/27/2012. Office location, County of Queens. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 136-52 72nd Avenue, Flushing, NY 11367. Purpose: any lawful act


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secrecy around it. She hopes lively events, such as the Van Dam Street Valentine’s dance, will encourage those who have been abused to speak out against it. “It’s a tremendous message and it’s expressed in a way that students can Q access,” Bing said.



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continued from page 35 working closely with our fellow prosecutors in seeking to strengthen our state’s laws on sexual assault with the hope that we can find common ground with those who have similar goals.” Reportedly Gov. Cuomo will direct staff to help the two sides reach a compromise. According to Young, prosecutors also said proving penetration is often difficult. Moving forward Simotas is amending her legislation to say that does not need to be proof of penetration in order for the attacker to be convicted of rape. “While changing the standard of proof for sexual intercourse to mirror the standards for anal and oral sexual conduct is important, the language we use to discuss rape must accompany it,” Simotas said. “There is no good reason for these necessary changes to occur in a vacuum. Survivors should not be forced into a choice between healing and lowered standards of conviction. They deserve both. That is why I am amending my bill to include the standardized elements of forcible sexual conduct.” Simotas’ team is still hopeful the Rape is Rape bill will pass this year, Darche said. So far an online petition has gathered Q more that 6,000 signatures in favor.

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Extra Large 1-BR Co-op In Greenwood Arms, Hard Wood Flooring Throughout, Window In Kitchen! Asking $74,900.

Mixed Use Building, Lg Store 2 Apts 1 BR/2 BR., Lg. Store Could Be Converted to 4 Fam. or Business.

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OZONE PARK 1 Family Det. Colonial on Extra Large 20 X 150 Lot. Great Location. Easy Access.

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Excellent 1 Family Det. Home with Pvt Dvwy., Close to Trains, Buses, Schools Private and Public. Two (2) Blocks from Liberty Ave, Crossbay Blvd and Woodhaven Blvd.

3 Family Income Producing, 50 X 93 Large Lot, 2 Car Gar.

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2 Family Det. Good Investment, 6 BR - 4 Baths, Close to All Transportation, 1 Block to A Train

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2 BR Corner Co-op Unit Beautiful Quiet Tree Lined Courtyard, Near Shopping & House of Worship.

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HOWARD BEACH 1 Family Det., Pvt Dvwy., 1 Det Gar., 40 X 100 Lot

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HOWARD BEACH Huge 3 BR Condo W/ 2 Full Baths & Lots of Closets in Excellent Condition, Close to Transportation & Major Highways, JFK Airport and “A” Train. Easy to Show.

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SOUTH OZONE PARK Excellent 2 Family Income Property. 4 BRs, 2 Baths, Full Fin. Bsmt., Great For 1st Time Buyers.

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BROOKLYN 2 Family Semi-Det., 6 BRs, 2 BRs, New Boiler & Heating System, Full Fin. Bsmt, Pvt Drive

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