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END OF THE ROAD St. Mary Gate of Heaven school to close after 116 years

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St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy will shut its doors in June after more than a century of service to the Ozone Park community.

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BP race entering the homestretch Transportation, influence of the office discussed at Queens College by Richard Heaton

borough as well as each community. Transportation was a much-debated subhe Student Union building at Queens ject as the candidates each used their College hosted a debate among four 60-second allotments to attack the Metrohopefuls running for the office of politan Transportation Authority’s Queens Queens borough president on Monday bus redesign plan and the lack of transit in many Queens neighborhoods. evening. Constantinides’ biggest gripe with the The only one missing was City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), the draft redesign is that it was made by people Democratic party’s official choice, who who don’t even live in the borough. “They made poor assumptions about how attended a campaign event instead. The candidates shared their thoughts on a we ride our buses,” he said. “Our buses are variety of issues and why they should be the our lifeline and it shouldn’t be about next borough president. Those in attendance assumptions but about data and input. Someone’s job should be to draw a line S included Councilman Costa Constanaround Queens and say it’s not good a tinides (D-Astoria), former Councilfor f Queens residents.” woman Elizabeth Crowley, retired Crowley spoke of the subway NYPD Sgt. Anthony Miranda and Long Island Rail Road. Her and former Queens Prosecutorr ideas focused on re-opening old i James Quinn. LIRR lines for subway access and Questions were asked by City reducing the cost of an LIRR ticket. and State senior reporter Jeff Col“Believe it or not, 85 percent of tin, Jamaica Branch President of the 2020 Queens is transit poor,” she said. “There’s NAACP Candace Prince-Modeste and Queens College Urban Studies Professor over 20 square miles of transit access that Alice Sardell. The debate was moderated by could be opened up for little to no cost in comparison to these Manhattan projects MetroFocus’ Jenna Flanagan. The panelists made sure to cover every such as the 7 train extension and the Second topic from education to transportation and Avenue line. It’s time we get the resources how each candidate would work around the we deserve.” Miranda and Quinn’s strongest points clock to improve the infrastructure of the Chronicle Contributor

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Councilman Costa Constantinides, left, Elizabeth Crowley, Anthony Miranda and James Quinn fielded questions Monday night at a borough president debate held on the campus of Queens PHOTO BY RICHARD HEATON College in Flushing. focused on the powers that the borough president possesses and the steps that need to be taken to ensure that Queens as a whole can thrive. “One of the functions of the borough president that’s outlined in the City Charter is that they can conduct public hearings on any issue,” said Quinn. “I would start holding public hearings on a whole host of

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St. Mary Gate of Heaven will close Parents and faculty upset over school’s sudden decision to shutter by Jason D. Antos Associate Editor

After 116 years of service to the community, St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy will be closing its doors. The school’s board of directors said the decision was made as a result of declining enrollment resulting in severe budget deficits. The decision was reached after an analysis of enrollment trends and the school’s financial status revealed that enrollment had fallen nearly 51 percent since 2015, a press release stated. The academy, located at 103-12 101 Ave., in Ozone Park, was founded by the Montfort Fathers and Daughters of Wisdom in 1904. The budget for the current school ye a r shows a n ap prox i m at e $300,000 shortfall, with the total fund balance projected to be a deficit of $750,000 by the end of this school year. The board thus voted to close at the end of the 2019-20 school year. The affected students will be accommodated at nearby Catholic academies. They will automatically receive a $500 tuition assistance grant, made possible by the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust, if they attend an acade-

St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy will shut its doors in June after more than a century of service to the PHOTO BY JASON D. ANTOS Ozone Park community. my or parish school within the Diocese of Brooklyn, as long as they have met all of their financial obligations. Academy Principal Philip Heide expressed remorse over the closing saying, “We are tremendously sad and we pray for our students and

their families.” “Emotions are high and the parents understand that this is a problem,” said Frank Gulluscio, board of directors chairman. “It’s very sad that we have to close the school, but the legacy which is almost 120 years old will live forever.”

Some parents, meanwhile, are outraged at the school’s decision to close on such short notice. “They should’ve given people more time,” said Ravin Sing. “Education is so important because it’s the one thing in this world that they can’t take away from you.”

At an open house held on the night of March 10, parents and students came to browse information from various Catholic academies the children could attend in September. Those in attendace were Our Lady of Grace and St. Helen in Howard Beach; Divine Mercy and St. Elizabeth in Ozone Park; Holy Child of Jesus in Richmond; Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Our Lady Catholic Academy in South Ozone Park. “There should have been more help. There are other schools with bigger deficits than this and they are not closing.” As for the faculty, some who have been teaching there for three or more decades will be unemployed come the end of the school year. “It’s not fair to the teachers,” said parent Samantha Murray. “I just wish they had more time. There’s a lot at stake here.” Bill Miller whose wife has taught at the school for 35 years feels that there are so many questions which need to be answered. “The school never tried to prevent the closure,” Miller said. “Let the public defend themselves and have a say in the matter,” Miller said adding that he would also like a look Q at the school’s financials.

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The Saturday night robbery of Aqueduct Race Track has law enforcement thinking it just might be an inside job. It was just before 10:30 p.m. on March 7 when two bandits, both men, wearing surgical masks intercepted money being transferred from the counting room as it made its way toward the elevator that leads down to the vault room. The robbers were armed. The security guards were not. The NYPD and the New York Racing Association have confirmed that the duo made off with a haul of $250,000, making it one of the largest heists in Aqueduct history. So far, no arrests have been made and the heist is still under investigation, an NYPD spokesperson said. The masked men forced the victims transferring the money, collected from self-service

betting terminals, into a room, ordered them to face the wall and then made them surrender their cell phones. Additional evidence that has law enforcement suggesting that the heist might be an inside job comes from the fact that the robbers avoided using the main entrance, which is covered by security cameras, and instead used the entrance to the track’s third-floor Turf & Field Club. The entrance used by the men opens onto the south-side parking lot, which faces the track’s main entrance on Aqueduct Road. “The NYPD is leading the investigation into this matter,” NYRA spokesman Pat McKenna posted on Twitter. “Fortunately no one was hurt.” “We are cooperating with law enforcement,“ said state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Ozone Park), who chairs the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee. “We are looking at the surveillance footage and I have full faith

that the NYPD and NYRA will help bring these thieves to justice.” In a robbery that was reminiscent of the infamous Lufthansa Heist that went down at JFK International Airport in December of 1978, the racetrack’s video surveillance footage shows the two suspects as they went about the robbery at the South Ozone Park facility clearly brandishing guns. The victims cannot be seen in the footage as they were ordered to get into the corner facedown and count to one thousand, police said. Authorities have described both suspects as 6 feet tall. One man wore camouflage pants while the other man was seen carrying a black duffel bag. Authorities are currently conducting a thorough investigation. The 106th Precinct is asking anyone with information as to the whereabouts of these two men to please contact 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). Q The reward right now is up to $2,500.

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Woodhaven woke up to the sound of running feet on Forest Parkway early Sunday morning as the first-ever running of a road race through the heart of the neighborhood took place. The course for the Queens Distance Runners’ third-annual race through Forest Park veered out of the park for the first time this year, down Forest Parkway to Jamaica Avenue and back. The race was a dry run for the group’s long-range plan to stage the Queens Marathon, the highlight of its calendar of races, in the streets of the borough rather than just within the confines of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Police closed off the streets around Forest Parkway for three hours. Some residents along the boulevard who missed the posted warning signs woke up to find their cars had been towed to nearby spots away from the course. The revitalized Woodhaven Business Improvement District organized 17 businesses on Jamaica Avenue to co-sponsor the March 8 event. About 260 runners signed up for the race said QDR President Kevin Montalvo, but the turnout was less than hoped for. Montalvo said between 30 and 40 percent of the registered runner, were no-shows, presumably due to the coronavirus scare. Forest Park, one runner said, was a particularly difficult challenge. “One guy told me he never knew there were so many hills in Queens,” said one police officer assigned to security for the race. The winners of the 10 Miler were Jaime Juliawith (men’s winner in 56 minutes 9 seconds) and Nina Manso (women’s winner in 1 hour, 8 minutes and 3 seconds, The winners of the 5 miler were Weiheng Sun (men’s winner in 30 minutes 45 seconds) and Paulina Albarracin of Woodhaven (women’s winner in 35 minutes 21 Q seconds).

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Friends greet each other on Forest Parkway, above left. After the first time around the course, the more experienced runners, above, sprinted out to a lonely lead. At the finish line, left, were Kevin Montalvo of the Queens Distance Runners, far left, Raquel Olivares of the Woodhaven BID and Loycent Gordon of Neir’s Tavern.

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

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Bioswales and new cul-de-sacs placed Start of new sewer project phase will cause delays in Centreville by Jason D. Antos Associate Editor

The $41.4 million infrastructure project in Ozone Park that is replacing water mains and sewers, and increasing the sustainability of city streets, has entered yet another new phase. About the next two weeks will see the installation of the Cul-de-Sac and Green Street infastructure, resulting in approximately two weeks’ worth of lane closures. The city Department of Design and Construction has announced that lane closures will happen on 149th Avenue between Cross Bay Boulevard and 94th Street. The temporary lane closure will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The DDC reports that the work will in no way interfere with gas, electric, telephone or cable service. The agency also stated that while work operation can be noisy, it will monitor the construction to ensure the noise is within the Department of Environmental Protection Noise Code regulations. T h e o n g o i n g p r oj e c t , k n ow n a s HWQ411B, is an ambitious one with more than 16,300 feet of new water mains to replace pipes that in some cases date back to 1903. An additional 16,000 feet of new, larger sewers will be installed, increasing the drainage capacity for the area and reducing

The intersection of Albert Road and Crossbay Boulevard, where the installation of bioswales is PHOTO BY GREGG COHEN currently underway. The project will cause two weeks of lane closures. the likelihood of street f looding during storms. Roadways and sidewalks are being rebuilt and will include 13 new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant pedestrian ramps at area intersections. The project area stretches from the corner of Linden Boulevard and Cross Bay Boulevard to the intersection of Cohancy Street

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heart a health crisis, not a financial crisis. One particularly bad idea, reportedly coming from President Trump himself, is a payroll tax cut. Depriving the government of more revenue at a time like this is just what we should not do, especially given the impact of the Republicans’ previous tax cuts. We’re glad to see that when it comes to testing, Northwell Health, with its locations in Queens and Nassau County, will be working with the state Health Department to do the job. Northwell is extremely good at what it does, and its involvement is reassuring at a time when reassurance is needed. This paper went to press just before Trump was set to address the nation on the situation. We can only hope his speech marks one of those rare moments when he appears to put the public’s interest ahead of his own, whatever he’s really thinking. Events may finally have convinced him that his ratings on Fox and even the performance of the stock market are not the most important things here. Lives are at stake. Meanwhile, individuals who are not directly involved in the response can protect themselves as best they can and do worthwhile things like checking on elderly neighbors to see if they need shopping done or other assistance. Whatever the state of our national leadership, we’re all in this together.

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No money for Sunnyside Dear Editor: I could not agree more with “Sunnyside plan so pricey” (Editorial, March 5). Few remember that in 1998, as part of the proposed MTA Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project, construction of a passenger station was considered for Sunnyside Yard. It would have provided access to the growing Long Island City business and residential district. Fast-forward 21 years. The MTA has still not advertised and awarded a contract for the new Sunnyside Yard LIRR Station (that was to be built at Queens Boulevard and Skillman Avenue). There is no significant funding included for this project within the current $51 billion MTA 2020-24 Five Year Capital Plan. The next opportunity for funding would be under the upcoming 2025-29 plan. The same is true for the proposed new City Hall and Albany budgets. If you have to wait until 2025 for funding, the Sunnyside Yard LIRR station would not be completed until 2030 or later. No one has promised any funding to support any planning feasi-

bility studies for a new rapid transit bus line connecting Queens with Midtown Manhattan or a future new subway line, as promised in the master plan. Can the existing sewer, water and utility systems support such a huge development project? There is also the challenge of expanding fire, police, sanitation, schools, parks and other critical municipal services to support the thousands of new residents and commercial development that would come with this project. Larry Penner Great Neck, LI The writer is a transportation historian, advocate and writer who worked for 31 years for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York Office.

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A CEO, but no chairman Dear Editor: Easy to say but hard to do ... Frank Sinatra used to sing “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere …” But three-time mayor of New York Mike Bloomberg definitely could not make it outside his city. Victor Maltsev Rego Park

Public charge and COVID-19 Dear Editor: Since its earliest days in office, the Trump administration has been working aggressively to ensure an America that only benefits the white and wealthy — employing every opportunity to keep immigrants from accessing programs and benefits they are legally entitled to. The administration’s changes to the public charge provision, which impact some immigrants’ ability to get a green card based on their use of government social services, have set our country up for a public health catastrophe. Confusion and fear generated by the rule have had a demonstrable chilling effect on immigrants’ willingness to access public health services. Now with the arrival of the COVID-19 virus, community well-being and health is directly dependent on trust and cooperation with our public healthcare system. Those who most need our support have been made even more vulnerable thanks to the public charge rule. Our country’s leadership should be positioned to implore people — all people — to seek out services, treatment and medical care. Instead, immigrants, who fear that seeking government assistance will put their status in jeopardy, are refusing care in droves — for themselves and their family members. We remain hopeful the courts will put an end to the president’s draconian changes to the public charge rule. Until then, we will stand with and speak out for those who feel excluded and marginalized by this administration. Ann Toback Manhattan The writer is the CEO of the Workers Circle, formerly the Workmen’s Circle.

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Dear Editor: Re. Michael Gannon’s March 5 report “Shea: Crime up and challenges ahead”: NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea blamed bail reform for a sharp rise in crime this year at a St. Albans community forum on Feb. 27. City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) disagreed with him during the discussion. Lancman is wrong, but at least he’s willing to publicly discuss this issue. That’s more than can be said about his former protégé and counterpart in Albany, Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Kew Gardens Hills), who remains silent on bail reform despite a heated battle raging in the Assembly over modifying the controversial bill. I signed a petition on March 2 to put Rosenthal on the ballot for the June 23 Democratic primary. But whether I vote for him depends upon how he tackles this problem. At a meeting of the 107th Precinct’s Community Council on Feb. 24, Commanding Officer Scott Henry, a deputy inspector, said Rosenthal voted against Gov. Cuomo’s 2019 budget package, which included bail reform. Why doesn’t Rosenthal publicly say so? Does he fear retaliation from Assembly Speaker Carl (“The Hustler”) Heastie, who acts like a cheerleader for criminals? Heastie is a smoother version of his disgraced predecessor Sheldon Silver. While not yet stained by corruption charges, Heastie is just as unscrupulous as Silver and a perfect example why Albany is a “Field of Schemes.” He claims data on bail reform’s impact is inconclusive. The NYPD says serious crime soared by 20 percent in the past two months. Robbery rose by 35 percent and auto theft by 64 percent. How much more data do we need? Bail “reform” will be the decisive issue in the primary and general elections. Queens Assembly Democrats’ actions on it will determine whether or not they remain in office. If Rosenthal wants our votes, we deserve his total candor on this troubling topic — now. Richard Reif Kew Gardens Hills Editor’s note: Assemblymen Daniel Rosenthal and David Weprin were the only Queens state lawmakers to vote against the budget bill that changed the law on bail.

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Dear Editor: President Donald Trump has made clear the absurdity that he is the smartest president in the history of this country, in addition to his no use of scientists. In fact, members of his cabinet are prohibited from making any reference to scientists when writing reports dealing with their work. It is no wonder Trump is bewildered with the coronavirus, which is beyond his ability to deal with, compounded by his refusal to pay attention to those who seek to help him. Appointing Vice President Mike Pence, who has no significant health background, to be in charge of the government’s involvement with the virus is another example of foolishness. The dismissal of Mick Mulvaney as chief of staff makes administration officials fired by Trump, or who resigned, an unparalleled total of 78.The United States would be better off if Trump made himself No. 79. Benjamin M. Haber Flushing

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scious and took her Air Jordan sneakers. Apparently, more than a dozen teenagers took part in the assault. Didn’t their parents teach them that you never hit a girl? I think, as they get older they might hit their girlfriends and wives. These teenagers ought to be punished to the full extend of the law. I also think at their trial that they should be made to apologize to the girl and her parents for the beatdown given for no reason. And they should be given community service to help those in the community. Furthermore, I think they should be forced to attend with their parents their local houses of worship and get closer to God and learn to love all people and respect girls and women. Such hateful acts must not be repeated! Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks

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Falling dominos of COVID-19 Schools, gov’t, stock market and more react to deadly virus by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

COVID-19 cases continue to rise on a global scale, prompting Gov. Cuomo to declare New York in a state of emergency on March 7, and the World Health Organization to declare the outbreak a pandemic on March 11. According to a live March 11 CNN count, the coronavirus has infected more than 115,800 people and claimed over 4,200 lives globally. Cases in the U.S. surpassed 1,000, with 33 of them proving to be fatal. Cuomo announced Wednesday afternoon that there are 216 cases in New York State, making it the state with the second-highest number of cases. Westchester County leads in case numbers, but New York City follows with 52, at least three of which are in Queens.

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Schools St. John’s University in Jamaica became the first Queens institution of higher learning to temporarily shut down in response to the rising cases of COVID-19. “Let me report that there are no known cases of COVID-19 at this time on any of the St. John’s University campuses or locations. The safety and well-being of our students and the entire University community are of primary importance,” St. John’s President Dr. Conrado Gempesaw stated in a March 10 notice to faculty and staff, also posted to the university’s website. The school suspended face-toface instruction at all its locations “out of an abundance of caution” and “as an additional effort to keep our community healthy and assist with the containment of the

Gov. Cuomo announced the state is producing its own hand sanitizer.

spread of COVID-19,” though online instruction will continue until Friday, March 27. Additionally, all residential students with the ability to do so were advised to vacate the dorms. A day later, Cuomo announced that city and state universities will follow the move to a “distance learning model,” or online classes, which he said in a tweet “will help us reduce density and reduce the spread of this virus,” beginning March 19. Yeshiva Har Torah in Little Neck canceled classes after the assistant principal of the kinderga r t en t h roug h eig ht h-g r a de school, Rabbi Etan Ehrenfeld, contracted the coronavirus, according to a note sent to families late March 10. City public schools remained open at press time. Legislation On March 6, President Trump signed a sweeping bill to combat the rising cases of COVID-19, providing funding for federal public health agencies for virus testing and potential treatments, as well as to aid governments to prepare and respond to the threat. The $ 8.3 billion bipar tisan emergency package includes over $3 billion for research and development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics; $300 million to ensure access to affordable vaccines; $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness and response; almost $1 billion for medical supplies, healthcare preparedness, community health centers and medical surge capacity; and $1.25 billion to address the coronavirus abroad. Also included in the bill is a provision by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), along with Reps. Nydia Velázquez (D-Manhattan) and Judy Chu (D-California), to allow small businesses that have suffered economic losses related to the outbreak to access Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses. Under the Small Business Relief From Com mu nicable Disease Induced Economic Hardship Act of 2020, the Small Business Administration would provide about $7 billion in loans to help companies that have suffered financially as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak. “It is critical that as we dedicate

Mayor de Blasio reminds city residents of safe practices against the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus, stating that NYC PHOTO / FLICKR, ABOVE; NYS PHOTO /FLICKR BELOW the biggest defense against the disease is one’s own precaution. the resources needed to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, we do not forget about the many small businesses that have been negatively impacted,” Meng told the Chronicle. “Our hard-working small businesses drive our economy and enhance our communities; they are the lifeblood of our neighborhoods. We must assist them in their time of need so that they can continue to operate, and not further suffer from the downturn they have been forced to endure.” A possible economic stimulus plan was discussed at a March 10 Capitol Hill strategy-planning lunch, but the event concluded without an agreement. The proposal by Trump involves a payroll tax cut designed to boost worker’s paychecks, legislation valued at more than $300 billion, according to reports from the Los Angeles Times. Economy The stock market has boomeranged in recent weeks, first experiencing a seven-day decline that turned out to be its weakest week since the 2008 financial crisis, mostly stemming from disrupted international trade and travel. After the disappointing week, the market surged 4.6 percent on March 2, the largest single-day climb since 2009, before stabilizing. On March 9, the market plummeted 7 percent according to The New York Times, putting it on track to experience its worst day since 2011. Trading was briefly halted in the morning due to the sudden drop. As of March 11, the market was on its way down once again. “The stock market lives and breathes on stability and right now

things are uncertain,” Queens Chamber of Commerce President Tom Grech told the Chronicle Wednesday. “I think there will be a big bounce back once we get through this thing, but we’re trying to figure out when it’s going to end. Fear and panic do not solve anything.” Grech said that some Queens businesses, mostly small momand-pop stores, have seen 60 to 70 percent declines, a hit they will struggle to overcome. “They can’t stand to go much lower ... Even with loan programs, they’re great, it’s tough to pay those kind of loans back. We’re encouraging our members to be cautious ... but we still have to eat, work, pay the bills.” Price gouging of cleaning materials, medical supplies and basic necessities has been reported, such as a 12.5-oz. Lysol spray selling for $62.99 on Staples’ online store. In an effort to protect New Yorkers from paying for overpriced materials, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer to New Yorkers free of charge. The antiseptic is being made by Corcraft, the state Corrections Department’s manufacturing service fueled by inmate workers. It is 75 percent alcohol and has “a very nice floral bouquet.” Transportation International travel screenings were implemented before COVID19 made its way into the U.S., but Mayor de Blasio called upon the CDC in late February to expand its testing regimen for t ravelers beyond those coming out of China to travelers returning from any location that’s seen a major surge

in cases, namely Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. On March 3, Cuomo announced that state college st udents in study-abroad programs in countries with high prevalence of novel coronavirus would come home. The MTA announced on March 11 that in addition to sanitizing trains, stations and buses daily, its turnstiles, MetroCard and ticket vending machines and handrails will be disinfected twice a day with CDC- endorsed clean ing products. Tips for travelers on keeping clean and safe have been posted throughout the subway, bus and railroad systems in multiple languages, and the hours in which MTA employees can receive f lu shots have been extended. Events Despite initially stating the parade would go on, de Blasio canceled the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan for the first time in its 250-year history, citing fears of indoor gatherings following the outdoor event. Additionally, the annual Queens Greek Independence Celebration, scheduled for March 13 in Astoria was canceled to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. Some major entities have also begun canceling events, however — the Queens Public Library, for example, stopped multiple events, including “Let’s Talk Democracy: Deep Dive into Census” scheduled for March 12 at Forest Hills; the “Women i n Bu si ness” pa nel scheduled for March 26 at Central; and “The Revolution of ‘28: Robert Chiles Author Talk” scheduled Q for March 14 at Forest Hills.


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Rejecting COVID-19 fueled bias in NYC by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

On Monday, March 9, Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Flushing) invited Asian American and black elected officials from various levels of government to denounce racism toward Asian Americans in the face of rising coronavirus cases across the city, state and country. “We all know that in times of distress people are already on edge and are triggered by a number of different things,” said Kim. “When there is a public health crisis where the media is continuing to portray Asian Americans as the face of this virus there’s a sudden normalization of people thinking that it’s OK to go and take out their anger, to take out their racist sentiments and xenophobia against Asian Americans.” Kim specifically referenced a March 8 New York Post story on the stabbing of an Asian man in Brooklyn, which he claimed was “clickbaited” to appear as if it was linked to the coronavirus. “When it comes to COVID-19, I fear that in some ways the negative stereotypes and the outright hate crimes are more dangerous than the virus itself,” said state Sen. John Liu (D-Flushing), who referenced another New York Post story from March 1 that used a photo of an Asian-American man wearing a mask on Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing for reporting on the first COVID-19 case in New York City — the patient was a white

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City Councilmember Donovan Richards, left, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, state Sen. John Liu, Assemblymembers Ron Kim and Clyde Vanel, Rep. Grace Meng and Zachariah Boyer of Jumaane Williams’ office gathered to denounce discrimination towards Asian Americans caused PHOTO BY KATHERINE DONLEVY by fear of COVID-19. woman in Manhattan who had recently visited Iran. “What does the picture have to do with the content that was reported?” Assemblymembers Rodneyse Bichotte (D-Brooklyn) and Clyde Vanel (D-Queens Village) both stated that they understand the hurt felt by Asian Americans because of their own Haitian descent — they said their community was in a similar situation in the

1980s trying to defend themselves against accusations of causing HIV/AIDs. “Coronavirus is borderless. The virus is not racist; it doesn’t care what you look like, doesn’t care if you’re a man, a woman, young or old,” said Vanel. “We are here to say the hysteria, the ignorance and the racism and discriminatory attacks against Asian Americans must end,”

said Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), who recently got legislation passed allowing small business owners to apply for loans to help with financial struggles they may be facing as a result of the outbreak. “In some cases, some businesses have gone down 50, 60, 70 percent. We have businesses that have shut down and this is not simply because there is a virus going around, but a lot of this is driven from fear and ignorance about people visiting or being scared to visit these businesses.” Meng called out her co-worker, Rep. Paul Gosar (D-Wyoming), who released a statement about his potential exposure to what he referred to as the “Wuhan Virus,” a reference Meng said was intentional. Similarly, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) received backlash after calling the disease the “Chinese coronavirus” in a March 10 tweet. “This labeling of the illness is embarrassing, disrespectful, offensive and downright disgusting. It is shameful,” said Meng in a March 10 prepared statement. “[COVID-19] doesn’t care about your geography, but one of the ways we can fight this virus is through education, and ensuring that we are doing the right things and pushing the [Centers for Disease Prevention and Control] and [Food and Drug Administration] and others to get more testing in New York State,” said City Councilmember Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), whose district saw the first Q Queens coronavirus case on March 9.

Virus prayer gets no crowd — as planned Interfaith Council encourages people to take COVID-19 safety measures by Michael Shain

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Nine Muslim and Christian clergymen and other religious leaders staged a prayer meeting on the steps of Borough Hall on Sunday for the victims of the coronavirus and nobody came — as expected. One at a time, the clergymen stepped up to a microphone and asked for God’s blessing on those who have died of the novel disease a nd pr ayed for t he Almighty to deliver the rest of the world from its danger. T h ey s p oke t o a n unmanned video camera on a tripod and pointed at a podium set up on the sidewalk on Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens. The entire audience for the meeting watched from home, via the internet, a sign of the times. “We had a discussion on streaming and social media for the prayers of each faith,” said Arsalan Mohamed, president of the Interfaith Council for Community Development, a Queens-based group. “It’s been wellreceived by everyone.” At daily prayers, said the imam of Masjid

Al Abidin in Richmond Hill, Safraz Bacchus, “the way people greet each other, you can sense the fear.” Mohamed, who invited the leaders of the churches and mosques in Queens and Brooklyn to stage the public prayer meeting, said he was unsure if anyone would show up, given the advice of public health officials to stay away from groups. That’s when he decided to video the event and get it out to different cong regat ions over thei r social media sites. O n a m ild Su nd ay af ter noon, it was a n unusual sight to see a group of men in front of Borough Hall greet each other with fist bumps and elbow touches rather than handshakes before speaking to a camera with no crowd standing behind it to listen. The audience-less prayer meeting was, however, in keeping with other plans and proposals floated in recent weeks by officials trying to limit public exposure to the COVID-19 virus. The NBA and NCAA have proposed broadcasting upcoming basketball games

The Interfaith Council for Community Development held a prayer vigil as faith leaders gathered last Sunday at Borough Hall for those who are sick or have been killed by the coronavirus. The PHOTOS BY MICHAEL SHAIN event was streamed online as nobody came. from empty arenas. Colleges are making arrangements for students to attend class online, instead of gathering in classrooms. Various other private entities are canceling meetings, conferences and other events. “These are very special times,” noted the Rev. Emanuel Asese of the Greater Springfield Community Church. The clergymen said they came to the prayer meeting in hopes of adding a spiritual dimension to the fight against the virus.

“When everything fails, we turn to prayer,” Mohamed said in his message to the camera. “Prayer alone has tremendous impact,” added Saleem Syed, general secretary of the Interfaith Council. In the hour-long meeting, the clergy were careful to note that taking safety measures was as important as faith. “Prayers will help,” Mohamed told the online audience. “But supplement them by Q taking all the proper precautions.”


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No answers as metal crashes through roof S. Jamaica homeowner says tenant narrowly missed injury in January by Michael Gannon Editor

On Jan. 27, the upstairs tenant in Michelle Mosley’s home had just left her kitchen when she heard a loud crash. Upon inspection, a heavy piece of metal that looks like a broken link of chain had come through the ceiling and smashed a tea pot and a planter. The next morning, after sunrise, it became apparent that it had fallen through Mosley’s roof as well. Everyone, including Mosley’s insurance

The metal fell with enough velocity to break through Michelle Mosley’s roof. COURTESY PHOTO

company, acknowledged that the link must have hit her house at a high rate of speed. But no one can tell her where it came from. “My first thought was a plane,” said Mosley, who lives about two miles north-northwest of the northern terminus of Runway 22-Right at John F. Kennedy International Airport. “What if this had hit her?” she asked, referring to her tenant. She contacted Bill Huisman, executive director of the Port Authority’s Aviation Development Council, who assisted her in filing a complaint with the Federal Aviation Administration. But the agency told Mosley the same thing it told the Chronicle this week. “The FAA investigated a report that an object crashed through the roof of a residence ... in Queens, N.Y., on January 27, 2020,” according to an email. “The FAA has completed its investigation and determined that the object did not come from an aircraft.” Mosley has since spoken with the manufacturer of the link and a construction company that had cranes working about a block away at the time, but no one has been able to tell her where the metal came from. “My insurance company agreed to pay for the repairs, though I do have a $1,000 deductible,” she said. “I would like to get my $1,000 back, but what’s more important is public

Michelle Mosley shows the broken piece of metal that damaged her home, narrowly missed her PHOTOS BY MICHAEL GANNON tenant and has left her no answers as to where it came from. safety. This might happen again. What if this had hit my tenant? What if hit someone walking on the sidewalk?” The office of Congressman Gregory

Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau), which Mosley contacted, told the Chronicle that the FAA was finalizing its investigation and will proQ vide Mosley with the results.

Hollis school picked for new Success spot Temporary space at Susan B. Anthony Academy and Far Rockaway schools by Michael Gannon

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Parents and officials at Success Academy Charter Schools are claiming victory with the city Department of Education offering two temporary sites — including IS 238, the Susan B. Anthony Academy in Hollis — for middle school co-locations. “I am so happy! I can’t wait to be a middle school scholar with a Chromebook and a locker!” said Dylan Sukh, a fourth-grader at Success Academy Far Rockaway, in a statement issued by Success. The second school will be located at PS 53 in Far Rockaway, where an existing Success Academy elementary school already is co-located. The Chronicle last week reported exclusively on the selection of IS 238 as a possible co-location choice. The selections came in just under the deadline to have the sites approved next month by the DOE’s Panel for Educational Policy. The group now is scheduled to vote on the co-location sites during its April 22 meeting. The Susan B. Anthony site is for one year. The Far Rockaway site is for two. “This means the city still must provide permanent space,” Success said in its press release.

IS 238, the Susan B. Anthony Academy in Hollis, will host newly minted Success Academy middle schoolers in August. The school will serve as a co-location for one year while the city looks PHOTO BY MICHAEL SHAIN for permanent space. Success has 227 fourth-graders in its Queens schools who either would have had to go to their district schools in Queens or leave the borough to remain within the Success Academy system. The de Blasio administration had been

promising a site for two years, and the impending deadline was the cause of heated disputes between City Hall and Success officials. The mayor and Eva Moskowitz, founder of Success Academy and a former city coun-

cilwoman, have had an often-pugnacious relationship. Under state regulations, charter schools are public schools, though de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza have never been enthusiastic supporters. The city nevertheless is required to offer space to approved charters or give them the money to rent space, and de Blasio’s office and the DOE had insisted all along that there would be suitable space for Success before the start of the 2020-21 school year. Thousands of Success parents and students rallied in Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans last September in a swarm of orange T-shirts to call on de Blasio and the DOE to provide the space that the city has been promising. In November the city proposed the former Our Lady Catholic Academy in South Ozone Park. But parents and school officials said that the building is too small and would require massive — and costly — renovations. Ann Powell of Success Academy said DOE officials admitted as much in a meeting in January. Parents kept the heat on de Blasio this past January, showing up in numbers, again in their T-shirts, as the mayor hosted a town hall meeting at August Martin High School Q in Jamaica.


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By Jason D. Antos Associate Editor

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There comes a time in the life of every actor when she dreams of landing the lead in a popular theatrical role. For Lola Alexander Jaeger of Howard Beach that dream came true very early. Later this month, the 9-year-old acting prodigy will star in “Annie Jr.,” produced by Sunshine Studios. “She has such high hopes working in the performing arts,” said Lola’s mother, Lauren Jeager. Lola has been dancing and singing since she was 5 years old. “We couldn’t be more proud,” said Jeager. The performance featuring a cast of 30 under the direction of DawnMarie Napolitano, will be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, located at 158-20 101 St. in Howard Beach. The show times are Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, “Annie Jr.” is edited to be

St. Helen’s wins CYO title Lola Alexander Jaeger of Howard Beach will PHOTO BY SUNSHINE STUDIOS star in “Annie Jr.” performed by youngsters in a shortened version. It is performed internationally every year by acting academies, programs, school and theater camps around the country. Tickets to the show are sold online at sunshinestudiosanniejr.eventbrite.com. They are $10 for children and $15 for Q adults.

The St. Helen’s 10th-grade boys basketball team has done it! They captured the CYO diocesan championship on March 7 by outlasting Our Lady of Grace from Brooklyn and winning in double overtime. “It was a great day for the St. Helen’s family,” their coaches said. Getting there was not easy as St. Helen’s had to overcome a 10-point deficit in the March 1 semifinals against St. Margaret’s with 58 seconds left to come back and win in overtime. Back-to-back three pointers from John Gianesses and Anthony Russo

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led them to overtime. It was an exciting two weeks — “an amazing accomplishment,” the coaches called it — for this group of boys who have played together at St. Helen Catholic Academy in Howard Beach since third grade. The team members are Anthony Romano, Anthony Russo, Antonio Leone, Christian Focarino, John Giannesses, Joseph Andriano, Marco Jannis, Matthew Bodziony, Nicholas Musca, Samuel Collao and Tyler Rivera. They were coached by Joe Russo, Dominick Santoro and Ed Collao.

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Uneasiness over job cuts

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Labor, riders’ rep worry about MTA service, safety by Michael Gannon Editor

With the Metropolitan Transportation Authority trying to rein in costs, the agency confirmed on Feb. 26 that up to 2,000 jobs could be eliminated in the near future, though there are no specifics as to the positions that would go. The MTA needs to find $1.6 billion in savings by 2023. An MTA spokesman told the New York Post last week that the agency can find positions that would not impact efficient service or the MTA’s troubled overtime budget. But labor and riders’ representatives told the Chronicle this week that they have misgivings. “Once again, TWU Local 100 members on the front line are taking action to keep riders safe and secure, disinfecting subway trains, buses, stations and more,” said Tony Utano, president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, in an email to the Chronicle. “From the subway action plan to the coronavirus, transit workers deliver. If MTA officials and the authority’s chief hatchet man are still thinking about laying off transit workers, they need to have their heads examined,” Utano said. Lisa Daglian, executive director of the

Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA, said in an email to the Chronicle that as the agency transforms over the coming months and years, its focus must be on ensuring that riders can get where they need to go “safely, efficiently and reliably, with no reductions in service.” “While there is not an indication of imminent layoffs, we do anticipate downsizing through attrition and agency consolidations, and appreciate concerns that have been raised by the 72,000+ MTA employees,” Daglian wrote. “Any changes in the workforce that moves New York must be through a lens of effect on riders, so we were particularly concerned to hear that 700 operational positions might be eliminated.” She also said, on the other hand, that it will be important for the MTA to identify the staff and personnel whose knowledge and skills are vital to the mission and not lose them through attrition. “We await details of what roles and positions will be affected and we hope that the MTA alleviates concerns of its workers and the riding public to ensure that the gains that have been made in recent years continue unabated,” Daglian Q said.

Riders and unions have misgivings about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plans to reduce its head count by about 2,000 positions. FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON

Amid fears of the coronavirus, parent teacher conferences will not be done in person, the Department of Education announced Tuesday on Twitter. Conferences scheduled for tonight, March 12, and Friday will take place but instead of parents going to the school, the meetings will occur by phone or virtually. If families are unable to connect during the Thursday evening or Frid ay af ter noon con ference t i me, schools will offer a more f lexible schedule based on school and parent schedules through the rest of the month. To prepare for conferences, families can see their child’s report card through the New York City Schools Account. For families without an account, visit schools.nyc.gov/learning/in-ourclassrooms/nyc-schools-account. There haven’t been any confirmed cases within city schools, a DOE spokesperson told the Chronicle. A number of colleges, including St. Jo h n’s Un ive r s i t y, h ave m a d e arrangements for students to meet Q online instead of in classrooms. — David Russell

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NYPD’s 2020 Prom Drive

Half-dozen Women of Distinction honored Assemblyman Mike Miller presented his annual New York State Assembly Women of Distinction Awards on March 9. The women Miller honored were co-founder of The Association of Mutual Help Unity and Solidariy, Inc. Arvelyn Batista, left, Beacon of Peace Vice President Deokie Jagdeo,

Parent Coordinator from PS 97 The Forest Park School Amelia Joseph, Beacon of Peace Director of Public Relations Natalia Sasha Khan, Greater Ridgewood Youth Council Chief Operating Officer of Education and President-Elect of the Kiwanis Club of Ridgewood 3-2-1 Janine Mahon and Assem-

blywoman Catherine Nolan. “There are women who make an impact every day through volunteerism, engaging with our youth, creating foundations and serving our community,” Miller said. “This year I honored six women in our community who have been trailblazers in their own way.”

T he N Y PD’s Pat rol Boroug h Queens South command is accepting donations of new or slightly used suits, dress shoes and accessories to help young men in high school prepare for their proms this spring. The 2020 Prom Drive is also seeking donations of shirts and belts to help make prom night just a little bit extra special. Donations can be dropped at any Community Affairs Office of any precinct in Queens South. They include: • 100th Precinct, 92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Park; • 101st Precinct, 16-12 Mott Ave., Far Rockaway; • 102nd Precinct, 87-34 1118 St., Richmond Hill; • 103rd Precinct, 168-02 91 Ave., Jamaica; • 105th Precinct, 92-08 222 St., Queens Village; • 106th Precinct, 103-53 101 St., Ozone Park; • 107th Precinct, 71-01 Parsons Blvd., Flushing; and • 113th Precinct, 167-02 baisley Blvd., Jamaica. Further information Q is available at (917) 681-5426.


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MVP will stay on CTK campus Agreement ends years of back-and-forth over land use by David Russell Associate Editor

Middle Village Preparator y Charter School and Christ the King Community Day Care will continue to operate on the Ch r ist the K ing Campus, the school announced in a press release Tuesday. The Diocese of Brooklyn and the school at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave. announced a resolution to their longtime dispute, with CTK calling it “positive news for the Diocese and the Middle Village community.” The agreement also ensures the majority of the property will continue to be used for the operation of a Roman Catholic high school. The diocese will also have one member on the Christ the King board. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said he was pleased to learn the news. “Our residents no longer have to worry if their school would be evicted from its location on the Christ the King campus, and can focus on learning and the best interests of the children,” he said in a statement. A bitter back-and-forth went on for years in court, stemming from a 1976 agreement between the two parties, granting Christ the King financial independence in return for the campus being only used as a Catholic high school or something consistent with

running such a Catholic educational facility. The deal expired in the late 2000s and the parties argued whether it should be extended. In 2013, the diocese claimed in a lawsuit that CTK was the only one of six dioceseow ned Cat holic h ig h schools that had not reaffirmed the right of the diocese to regain the proper ty if the school ever closed. It also said the school refused to give 40 percent of its revenue from renting space to the Middle Village Preparatory Charter School to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust. The Diocese of Brooklyn and Christ the King High School announced In 2017, after multiple a resolution to a longtime dispute, allowing a prep school to continrallies led by MVP stu- ue to operate on campus. FILE PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA dents and parents, the Queens Supreme Court ordered the school Court ruled the school could continue its to evict MVP. enrollment process, denying a motion filed In September 2017, a judge granted a by the diocese to stop it. temporary restraining order allowing MVP In October 2018, the state Appellate Divito remain open. In February 2018, the sion ordered the diocese to pay $10,400 in Q Appellate Division of the state Supreme legal fees to Christ the King.

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• SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT

Many Forest Park Public School students are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday in style! They have read many of his books including “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Fox in Socks” and “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” enjoying his rhythmic, repetitive and whimsical language. Students are learning that writing like Dr. Seuss is a great way to expand their imagination by turning regular situations into ones that are full of silliness and nonsense! Here are some facts they have learned! Dr. Seuss is a pen name and his real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel. “Green Eggs and Ham” uses only 50 different words. This was a task reached by Seuss after his editor bet him that he couldn’t write a book using fewer words than he did for “The Cat in the Hat,” which used 225 words. Just like the cat in his most famous book, Dr. Seuss loved hats and had accumulated a large collection of over 300 in his home.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is continuing presentations as it reviews plans to redraw bus routes in Queens. Members of the public are invited to attend. The remaining meetings as of this publication include: • Thu., March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (workshop), August Mar tin High School, 156-10 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica; • Mon., March 16, 7-8:30 p.m., Queens Community Board 8 Transportation Committee, Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Tpke., Hillcrest; • Wed., March 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church of Whitestone, 12-01 150 St., Whitestone; and • Thu., March 19, 7-8:30 p.m., North Shore Towers, 272-48 Grand Central Pkwy., Floral Park. The complete 434-page draft plan can be viewed in its entirety and downloaded online at new.mta.info/system_modernization/bus network/queensbusredesign/draftplan. An overview, compete with a link to the full draft plan, can be seen at new. Q mta.info/queensbusredesign.

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Class 4-307 wins big at Lego Expo Under the direction of Coach Ms. Stuart, several students from class 4-307, four amazing teams, participated in the Long Island Lego Expo on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Cheering them on were Principal Mrs. Custodio, Parent Coordinator Mrs. Joseph and teachers Mrs. Capobianco, and Ms. Hollaran. They spent weeks building amazing structures for “Boomtown Build” to be entered in their very first competition. These budding architects constructed mini-cities that were accessible, durable, environmentally friendly and beautiful. The competition was fierce and they were very anxious and ready! They were the only students from the NYC DOE and they came home winners! PS 97Q’s teams won the Design and Show Award and the Explore and Design Award! The school’s students who attended this event were Olivia Mosquea, Elena Kicovic, Edgar Fontanillss, Jaeden Moses, Sophia Perez, Gabriella Horna, Charles Chan, Steven Cortes, Kristhen Fajardo and Zarieya McCray, and they are very much looking forward to next year!

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Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and 100th Day

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Dr. Seuss’ first book was “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” which was published by Vanguard Press after being rejected more than 20 times by other publishers. “Oh, The Places You Will Go” has sold more than five million copies since it was published in 1990. PS 97Q’s 100th Day of school came so quickly but the students were ready with 100th’s Day projects and shirts! They all had so much fun making the shirts and celebrating the 100th Day of School! The students had so much fun being silly just like Dr. Seuss! Learning is fun at 97!

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Your LIC takes latest meeting online due to concerns over coronavirus by Michael Gannon Editor

The group looking to reimagine and remake the Long Island City waterfront had to quickly reimagine the fourth workshop in its ongoing public outreach campaign. Heeding the state of emergency declared by Gov. Cuomo over the coronavirus outbreak and calls from the city and state to avoid large public gatherings where possible, Your LIC hosted its meeting on infrastructure, transportation and sustainability via webinar and teleconference. Organizers said approximately 100 people participated remotely in the meeting that featured experts in transportation, water and energy engineering. Those in the audience were invited to ask questions following the presentations. Plaxall, TF Cornerstone, L&L MAG and Simon Baron Development make up Your LIC, and they own or control the ability to develop 28 acres at and around Anable Basin. The group was formed by the City Council after Amazon pulled out of an agreement for a massive headquarters complex at the LIC site in February 2019. Speakers included Riley MacPhee and Bernardo Matalucci of SHoP Architects, engineer Jason Loiselle of Sherwood Design

eng i neers a nd Ebony You ng of TF Cornerstone. MacPhee discussed t ranspor tation options, which he said at the moment are not abundant within the 28-acre site. “What can we do without adding pressure to existing transit and road infrastructure?” MacPhee asked. “There’s not a lot of mobility on the site right now. It’s pretty much a blank slate.” He said the developers will examine three kinds of bike lanes including shared, conventional and protected; bike share stations; scooters; ferries; and even two controversial projects that would affect the area — the draft bus redesign plan from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the proposed Brooklyn Queens Connector streetcar. Later, during the question-and-answer session, he did have one caveat. “I think no one here is excited about a carcentric district, as opposed to one as pedestrian- and bike-friendly as possible,” he said. Loiselle followed up on a subject he discussed in December, that of using the land, open space and in- and above-ground engineering to protect the site and neighborhoods surrounding it from storm surges; and protecting the East River from unnecessary combined sewer overflow discharges during heavy rains.

When public health concerns made a meeting inopportune, Your LIC turned to an online-video conference on redeveloping the Anable FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL SHAIN Basin area, above. “New York City has one of the oldest water systems in the country, and it is an undersized system,” he said. Much of the city has combined sewer and wastewater lines. When storms are heavy enough to tax them to full capacity, untreat-

ed sewage is combined with water and discharged into the water in and around Queens. Loiselle said proper land use can recapture a great deal of stormwater naturally. “You can filter it through the landscape and store it to mitigate flooding,” he said. That, in turn, reduces the stress on combined water-sewer lines, allows for less sewage to be released and permits the water to be released after a storm event has passed. Matalucci said even the future construction of buildings on the site can reduce the area’s potential carbon footprint, using windows, for example, that allow for maximum light and more efficient heating and cooling. Even using locally obtained building materials, he said, reduces the pollution incurred transporting them. Young, vice president of Corporate and Social Responsibility at TF Cornerstone, said unlike the other developers that own their properties, her firm was selected to manage development of two city-owned plots of land adjacent to the existing Department of Education building. “We don’t control that,” she said. She said there will be no luxury housing on those sites, and that Cornerstone’s take has been that residents want new schools, open and community space and Q job creation.

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Your list of Queens early voting sites by Jason D. Antos Associate Editor

Queens residents will have an additional option to cast their vote for the special election for Queens borough president. Early voting runs from Saturday, March 14, until Sunday, March 22. Election Day is Tuesday, March 24. The times vary with the day and are listed at vote.nyc.ny.us. The locations for early voting are as follows: • Machine Facility Annex, 66-26 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village; • Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Ave. in Bellerose; • First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst, 100-10 Astoria Blvd.; • Holy Trinity Parish Church, 222-05 116 Ave. in Cambria Heights; • LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave. in Long Island City; • Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing; • Rego Center, 61-35 Junction Blvd. in Rego Park; • Rochdale Village Community Center, 169-65 137 Ave. in Jamaica; • Club of New York-Abbe Clubhouse,

133-01 41 Road in Flushing. • Elks Lodge, 82-20 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst; • Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens; • Korean Community Services, 203-05 32 Ave. in Bayside. • Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria; • Jackson Heights Library, 35-51 81 St. in Jackson Heights; • Resorts World Casino New York City, 111-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park; and • YMCA, 207 Beach 73 St. in Arverne. The last day to apply by mail for an absentee ballot is March 17; the last day to apply for an absentee ballot in person is March 23. Completed absentee ballots must be mailed by March 23 or delivered in person on March 24. The final five candidates are Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria); Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton); former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley; Assistant District Attorney James Quinn; Q and Flushing businessman Dao Yin.

BP debate at Queens College continued from page 2 have been left out of the discussion. As the Queens borough president, we become that advocate. We can also introduce legislation and become chief organizer of our elected officials in Queens.” One other topic that was discussed in detail was resources allocated to local colleges, notably CUNY schools. “CUNY College was meant to be free and yet we keep raising the prices over and over again,” said Constantinides. “Being an advocate is going to Albany to make sure that CUNY is a priority and that we can pay our professors, that we’re not cutting programming, and that we aren’t expanding the budget of CUNY by just increasing tuition.” “I know what it’s like to struggle as a student,” said Crowley. “I was limited to schools I could afford and I was well into my 30s by the time I paid my student loans off. When it comes to being a leader, we need to make sure that our schools in the borough get the resources that they deserve.” Not all questions by the panel were geared toward involvement in the community. Coltin questioned Quinn on whether tying himself to President Trump would be a liability in his campaign. “I don’t know,” said Quinn. “But asking me about my position on the president’s race is just about as relevant as

asking what my favorite color is and I think there are issues in this county that are more relevant.” Toward the end of the debate a series of questions was asked by Coltin that dove into the personal lives of the candidates. These questions included whom they are supporting in the 2020 presidential race or what the last book they have read is. Miranda responded to the latter with the Bible, while Crowley asked, “Do audio books count? ” She later named four audio books. Richards (D-Laurelton), who has the Democratic Party’s endorsement in the nonpartisan special election, missed the event to instead attend a fundraiser at the Guy R. Brewer United Democratic Club in St. Albans. “The Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club’s support is Key as we inch closer to March 24th,” Richards said on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. The New York City Campaign Finance Board issued public matching funds to candidates in the race totaling nearly $70,000 on Monday. That included $32,827 toward Crowley’s campaign, $24,092 toward Constantinides’ and $9,965 toward Richards’. The special election will be held March 24 but early voting will begin Saturday [see separate story in some editions Q or online at qchron.com].

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NYC is moving on up when it comes to the U.S. Census by Destiny Hamilton

ernment has proved time and time again that it is capable of manipulating black people. Although social conditions for black people have somewhat improved, there are still systems of oppression such as mass incarceration and police brutality that continue to evoke fear for black and brown people, and make them hesitant to willingly share personal information. Under the Trump administration, deportation has surged in New York City by 150 percent. Im mig ration and Customs Enforcement raids in the city have also significantly increased. These raids and deportation efforts target immigrants of color in mostly Latinx communities. Once taken by ICE, the families are then placed in detention camps where they wait to face a judge and most likely be deported. Many undocumented immigrants come to the United States to live a better life, and they do not want to sacrifice that by giving out personal information to unfamiliar faces. Many individuals in New York City are also subleasing apartments. Due to family dynamics, there are more people living in their houses than stated on the lease. This situation causes conflict because those individuals do not want to fill out the Census, fearing that they will be evicted and forced to search for a home during a time when rents in the city are at their highest ever. These struggles prove why a highly diverse group of individuals are needed to execute the groundwork and persuade unique individuals in New York’s historically undercounted neighborhoods to fill out the Census. The people from NOCCs live in and speak the languages of the communities they are based in. Therefore, they have the best ability to connect to individuals on a personal level in order to overcome the adversities that NOCCs have to educate the community about the Census. There are only 10 questions asked in the Census, and under Title 13, your information is not allowed to be shared with anyone. This includes ICE, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the New York Police Department. If information is shared, it would result in a fine of up to $250,000 and jail time. Now that you know about the city’s efforts to ensure a Complete Count, let’s spread the word about the Census to others so NYC can move on up! #NYCCounts. Q Destiny Hamilton is New York Youth and College State President for the NAACP, and a resident of Jamaica.

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Every decade since 1940, New York has lost at least one congressional seat due to an undercount in the decennial Census. The Census is a survey taken every 10 years to count the U.S. population. The information collected is used to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and how much federal funding each state will receive. Crowned “The Melting Pot,” New York City is one of the most diverse places in the world. There are roughly 8.6 million residents in NYC and yet every decade, only a little over half of those individuals are actually counted in the Census. This year the New York City Council and the City University of New York have allocated $19 million to community-based organizations across the five boroughs to mobilize and educate the community about the Census. This funding is known as the Complete Count Fund. No other city in the nation has allocated such a large amount of funding towards Census-related work. The goal of the Complete Count Fund is to increase the self-response rate for the 2020 Census to ensure that every person residing in New York is accurately counted. In December 2020, Mayor de Blasio and the City Council announced more than 150 awardees of the Complete Count Fund. Each awardee received from $15,000 to $250,000 to engage in direct mobilization around the Census in their neighborhoods. The awardees and volunteers are known as Neighborhood Organizing Census Committees. The organizations were strategically chosen to serve the most hard-to-count neighborhoods in the five boroughs. The NAACP Metropolitan Council of Branches, under the leadership of Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, is amongst the many organizations to receive funding. Prior to receiving the funding, the NAACP’s New York State Conference was already organizing for the Census to serve its Civic Engagement Game Changer issue area. Some of its Census engagement initiatives include hosting Census information sessions at local NAACP branches, tabling at events and hosting workshops about the importance of the Census. Other awardees include, but are not limited to, Life Camp Inc., the Rockaway Youth Task Force, African Communities Together and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. New York City must overcome many adversities to increase the Census count this year. The idea of strangers going into communities to solicit personal information evokes fear for many residents. For many in the black community, this fear stems from millenniums of violence and deception caused by racism and hatred. From slavery to the Jim Crow era, the United States gov-

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Protesters slam BQX plans at CUNY meeting Streetcar project seen as triggering gentrification; backers steadfast by Michael Gannon Editor

Opponents of the Brooklyn Queens Con nector streetcar proposal enjoyed something of home court advantage Tuesday night as the city’s Economic Development Corp. hosted its fifth pubic workshop at the CU NY School of Law in Long Island City. Shortly after the start of the meeting, a large group, made up largely of CUNY students and community activists who have opposed the BQX, flooded the room in which the EDC had set up information stations for attendees on various aspects. Speakers criticized the proposal as a gift to wealthy real estate interests looking to develop the Queens and Brooklyn waterfront along the East River. The BQX, as it is called, is a proposed 11-mile streetcar system that would begin in Astoria, running from just north of 27th Street to Red Hook in Brooklyn and stopping north of the Gowanus Canal. The original plans called for a route of up to 16 miles stretching farther into Brooklyn. Existing plans call for construction of a new br id ge a c ross New t ow n Cre ek between Vernon Boulevard in Queens and Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn. The city is backing it as a needed northsouth option for up to 400,000 people in Queens and Brooklyn who live near the proposed route. Amid posters critical of the project and chants of “Hey, hey, ho, ho, EDC has got to go!” multiple speakers said the streetcars and the potential for luxury residential development would bring increased property taxes — the city is counting on higher property assessments or “value capture” to pay for up to half of the $2.7 billion startup costs. They said that would lead to gentrification through higher rents and the inability of many existing residents to keep up with rising taxes. Others said the city would get more bang for its money investing the sum in buses and better subway service; said that EDC right now has no way of guaranteeing

Protesters chant their disapproval of the proposed Brooklyn Queens Connector streetcar project at a meeting Tuesday night at the CUNY School of Law in Long Island City. PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON that a streetcar would have free transfers to and from subways; and questioned the wisdom of placing streetcar tracks in a coastal flood zone. Jenny Dubnau of Jackson Heights isn’t a student at the law school, but carried a sign. “I’m an artist and I used to be in Long Island City with other artists,” she said. “Then our rent went up 40 percent. I know about gentrification.” She and others attended a student-run opposition presentation an hour prior to the BQX meeting and one floor below. The Chronicle was asked to leave the meeting, which was advertised on the same Eventbrite site as the EDC session, as coverage had not been arranged with school communications officials. The project still had its supporters on hand upstairs, including Tom Grech, president and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and a member of Friends of the BQX. Grech said the streetcars would be faster

and cleaner than additional buses, and represent a chance to bring badly needed transportation infrastructure to the area. “This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity,” Grech said. Christopher Hrones of the city’s Department of Transportation said buses and other alternatives will come under further review as environmental studies progress. He said the question of underground infrastructure that would be disrupted is largely the responsibility of the owner, with the city having to move its own pipes, wires and other things, and private utilities and companies responsible for theirs. Hrones also said along some nar row streets or areas with low clearance there could be the possibility for some limited wireless operation. In regard to a 2018 report that said among other things that the proposed route might be in conflict with the operation of some facilities such as fire stations and sanitation sites, Hrones said such problems have been dealt with in other cities.

“All agencies would be in contact with each other,” he said. After leaving the room with the informational setups the protesters went to a workshop where residents were sitting down with engineers and facilitators with large maps to offer their suggestions. Their chanting grew increasingly louder, to the annoyance of several people who were in the room. One had attended the student meeting earlier in the evening. “I listened to what they had to say,” he said. A Representative of Friends of the BQX wasn’t impressed with the protesters. “We were disheartened to see one small but very vocal group attempt to hijack the latest BQX meeti ng by i nti m id ati ng attendees, disrupting workshop groups, calling people names and defacing public materials,” according to a statement issued Wednesday. “While we respect the right to protest, their actions were designed to silence others. Residents who showed up to ask questions, learn more about the project, and provide feedback as part of an inclusive public process were unable to do so, leaving many with no choice but to leave.” The project has been fraught with difficulties practically since Mayor de Blasio announced his support for it in April 2016. It was at first projected to run between 14 and 16 miles with its southern terminus in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. Construction was to begin in 2019 and end by 2024. The city also said for two years that the cost would be no more than $2.5 billion and that it would be self-funding through value capture. Supporters repeatedly stood by the cost estimate, telling the Chronicle repeatedly it would be the same whether the route went over the Pulaski Bridge or required construction of a new span. It was not until August 2018 that the city said the cost had gone up, and that it would require in addition between $1.3 and $1.4 billion in federal funding. By then the projected construction had been pushed back to 2024, with the first passenQ gers in mid-2029.

Change smoke, CO batteries: FDNY FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro is urging all New Yorkers to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms if they did not do so for the star t of Daylight Saving Time last weekend. New Yorkers without an alarm are urged to get a 10-year sealed battery combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm for every level of their home. “Working smoke alarms provide early warning of a fire and give you and your

family the crucial seconds needed to escape,” Nigro said in a press release issued by the FDNY last Friday. “A working smoke alarm dramatically increases the chances of escaping and surviving a fire, so if you do not have one, install one immediately where you sleep and on every level of your home.” The department said that in 2019, its Fire Safety Education teams coordinated or participated in more than 7,500 events throughout the city, reaching more than

580,000 New Yorkers. After every fatal fire, members of the FSEU respond to the neighborhood to provide fire safety education to residents and information on smoke alarm installation. As part of a continued partnership with the American Red Cross and the FDNY Foundation, the FSEU has distributed or installed more than 200,000 smoke alarms in homes across the city since 2015. For more fire and life safety information, visit Q FDNYSmart.org.

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Forms you may need for your 2020 tax return Tax season is upon us. The deadline to file tax returns in 2020 is Wednesday, April 15. The Internal Revenue Service began accepting individual tax returns on January 27, 2020, and people can file their returns in various ways. Before men and women can begin preparing their returns, they first must gather all of the necessary forms and documents. If any forms are not included, taxpayers may have to prepare tax amendments, which leads to more work and may delay the time it takes to receive a refund. Taxpayers who have questions about their returns can access 24-hour tax help via the IRS website at www.irs.gov. According to eFile.com, an authorized IRS efile provider, the following forms and documents may be needed in order for taxpayers to file their returns promptly and correctly.

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Wrestlers work to body slam cancer

Nevaeh Chantelle has Valentina Vazquez on the ropes.

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It was an unusual night for a sport that is out of the ordinary to begin with. More than 40 professional wrestlers — performers with names like the Bushwick Beast, Awesome and the Saint — clamored to work for free at a show to benefit research to find a cure for a rare cancer called leiomyosarcoma. “I just said ‘yes’ to everybody,” said the promoter of the benefit show, Michael Eagle, whose wife Marcia was claimed by the disease 10 years ago. More than 150 fans packed the gym next to the Elks Club on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst the night of Friday, Feb. 28. Every $25 entrance fee went to the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation, and all the wrestler donated their usual fees back to the cause, Eagle said. Eagle and the wrestlers are part of what is called the indie circuit, the regional minor leagues of pro wrestling. Performers hoping to be discovered by the major promoters like World Wrestling Entertainment work the indie circuit next to veterans who may be past their prime but want to stay in the game. “It’s a community,” said Eagle. “They did me a favor by wrestling for a cause.” So many wrestlers volunteered, he said, most of the lineup had to be concerted to tagteam matches to get everyone a chance to perQ form.

Mike Eagle, the promoter of the charity event, in the locker room.

Rembrandt takes his opponent, Sasha Jenkins, for a spin during the Feb. 28 charity wrestling event in PHOTOS BY MICHAEL SHAIN Elmhurst, held to benefit the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation.

Noviana, left, shows off the championship belt a friend brought to the matches. Jay Vara, center, heads into the ring to help his partner in a tag team match. Gemma Guliana, right, is the winner of a five-way match of female wrestlers.

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IMMIGRATION CORNER

It’s time to get counted in the 2020 Census! play Device option by Bitta Mostofi Starting today, March 12, New York- and American Sign ers citywide — regardless of immigra- L a n g u a g e v i d e o tion status — can begin to raise our guide for the hearvoices to fight for our fair share of feder- i n g o r s p e e c h al funding and political representation impaired. Every New Yorkby exercising our right to get counted in e r, r ega rd le s s of the 2020 Census. Participating in the Census is safe. you r backg rou nd, All your responses are completely confi- immigration status, age or what landential and can’t be shared with anyone guage you speak, has the right to be outside of the Census Bureau. There are included in this once-in-a-decade count. no questions about citizenship or immi- And the more of us who fill out the Cengration on the Census. And this year, sus, the more money we get for the getting counted is easier and more things we care about, like schools, hospitals, housing, nutrition accessible than ever! and transportation. The form is available New Yorkers: We are in 12 non-English lancounting on you to get guages and you can find he more of us counted, so our commuglossa r ies, pr i nt a nd who fill it out, nities are seen and heard. video guides in a total of Get cou nted 59 languages at 2020centhe more money Queens: today! sus.gov. And for New • To complete the 2020 Yorkers who are blind or we get. Census on li ne, go to have low vision, forms my2020census.gov. embossed in braille and • To complete the 2020 Census by large-print guides are also available. You can get counted via paper form, phone, please call: at your local library or right at home by English (844) 330-2020 completing the Census online or over the Spanish (844) 468-2020 phone. There are dedicated phone num- Chinese (Mandarin) (844) 391-2020 bers in 13 languages that you can call to Chinese (Cantonese) (844) 398-2020 help you complete the form verbally, in Vietnamese (844) 461-2020 addition to a Telecommunications Dis- Korean (844) 392-2020 Russian (844) 417-2020 Arabic (844) 416-2020 Tagalog (844) 478-2020 Polish (844) 479-2020 French (844) 494-2020 Haitian Creole (844) 477-2020 Portuguese (844) 474-2020 Japanese (844) 460-2020 Telephone Display Device (TDD) Q (844) 467-2020. Bitta Mostofi is Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

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Magic Mike: Anderson has SJU on winning path St. John’s coach Mike Anderson learned under Arkansas’ Hall of Fame coach Nolan Richardson and his “40 minutes of hell” style of aggressive basketball. When Anderson was introduced as the Red Storm’s new coach — after other candidates turned the school down in a coaching search heavily criticized by both fans and media — he joked that early on it might be “30 minutes of hell, then 10 minutes of what the hell are you doing?” The team was losing key contributors from the 2019 squad that made the NCAA Tournament. But last Saturday’s 88-86 win over Marquette gave St. John’s a winning record for the regular season, 16-15. Still, true to the “30 minutes of hell, then 10 minutes of what the hell are you doing?” line, the Red Storm nearly saw a 21-point lead disappear before holding on in the final seconds. St. John’s fought through a season of close losses, cold shooting and injuries. Red Storm forward Julian Champagnie, who scored 21 points and hauled in 12

rebounds in the win, and was named Big East Rookie of the Week, spoke about the coach’s emphasis on defense. “Coach [Anderson] always talks about second and third effort, but for me, it’s on the defensive end of the court because some days coach says to us, ‘You can’t be only good at your jump shot.’ Some days it will go in and some days it’s not, so when it comes to the defensive part of the game, he’s helped us get better at it,” he said. Marquette committed 20 turnovers in the game. St. John’s often plays at a fast and furious pace, giving opponents problems as the team looks to run and force turnovers. “The main thing is playing with effort,” guard Greg Williams Jr. said of playing for Anderson. Williams, who scored 17 points in the victory, was named to the Big East Honor Roll for the week. “I feel like talent goes a long way, but when you play with effort and when other people don’t have it, it’s hard to play against that. Playing with effort is something you can’t teach, you just have to find within.”

St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson talks to his team during last Saturday’s 88-86 victory over Marquette at Madison Square Garden. Despite losing key players from last season’s squad, St. PHOTO COURTESY ST. JOHN’S ATHLETICS John’s finished the regular season 16-15. Williams and forward Josh Roberts made contributions to the team after being buried on the bench last season by Chris Mullin, who preferred shorter rotations and fewer substitutions to Anderson. Guard Nick Rutherford, a grad student who transferred to St. John’s, improved during the season. “I remember his first game, he had six or seven turnovers and he was throwing it in the stands, throwing it everywhere,” Anderson said. “You look at him now and you think is that really the same guy? It’s so refreshing to see guys develop right before your eyes.”

St. John’s regular season finish of 16-15 included a 5-13 mark in conference play. The Big East tourney starts this week. The team endured six losses by five points or less. If not for one or two misses at the end of games, the Red Storm could have been knocking on the door of an unlikely NCAA Tournament bid. Anderson came to St. John’s never having had a losing season in 17 seasons as head coach at three different schools. He told his team he was proud of them “because even with all the adversity, all the close games, they’ve stayed together and Q that says it all.”

Ozone Park liquor store stickup by Jason D. Antos

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A crew of masked and armed thieves raided a liquor store at gunpoint on March 2, threatening to shoot a 19-yearold clerk before running off with $700 worth of booze. The four armed suspects, two wearing ski masks, charged into Bob’s Discount Liquors at Lefferts Boulevard and 115th Avenue in South Ozone Park about 10:20 p.m. It was then that they jammed a gun into the face of the young worker and made their demands. “Don’t look at us! ” the g u n man screamed as his accomplices ran behind the counter and grabbed $700 worth of liquor along with $100 from the register, cops said. They put the bottles in a satchel and a backpack and ran off into the night. The worker was unharmed and the thieves remain on the loose. Cops released sur veillance video showing the dramatic holdup with one masked individual pointing a gun at the store clerk . Recognizing them may be difficult.

One of the masked thieves demanding PHOTO NYPD money from the store clerk. Two of the suspects not wearing ski masks had hoodies pulled over their heads, leaving little of their faces visible. Police are still searching for the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-8477. All calls are confidential. The recent robbery at the Lefferts Boulevard liquor store is part of an ongoing series of holdups and muggings that has been plaguing South Queens in Q recent months.

JVP track work starting soon After several years in the works, construction on the track at Juniper Valley Park is scheduled to begin this month. The project will completely revamp the track and field with new concrete pavement, synthetic turf carpet, improved site drainage and a long jump with a sand pit. New amenities will include a drinking fountain, benches and additional plantings, according to the Parks Department. Due to complications securing a contractor for the project, the procurement phase

took longer than anticipated. The average construction time for such projects is 12 to 18 months. The work here is funded with $4.6 million from the City Council. ThenCouncilwoman Elizabeth Crowley began the funding when she was in office. Design for the project began in October 2017 and was completed in October 2018. The procurement began in October 2018 and was projected to be completed in July 2019 but wasn’t until last month. — David Russell


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The Queens World Film Festival is celebrating its 10th year w with 220 films from around the world across a myriad of genres aand themes that Katha Cato, who curates the festival along w with her husband, Preston, says are guaranteed to make the aaudience experience every range of emotion, unless, she says, “ “you don’t have a heart.” “You can expect to be moved, shocked, encased with love and repelled by the brutality, by the conversations these artists are having,” she said. “It’s a turbulent time on this planet, and these films reflect the pain and love from a around the world.” The festival celebrates its opening night on Thursday, M March 19 and will run until March 29 with 60 blocks of s screen time throughout the week. Each block is dedicated t a theme, such as “Native Lands,” “Risky Thrills,” “Parato normal Activity,” “Women’s Voices” and more. Cato said the t blocks are grouped based on their core messages, which w is a process she says not all festivals follow. “We don’t have to curate the festival this way … it would w be easier to have a stacked schedule, but that’s not what w we’re about,” said Cato. The schedule of film screenings is also an important aspect of the show that sends its own message to the a community, according to Cato — the first film in the festic val, titled “EMBRACES & the touch of skin,” a twominute animated poem about the vital need for embraces and contact with other beings, begins the journey before inviting the audience to explore the many other themes to come. The festival closes with “An Interloper’s Kiss,” a seven-minute short of a woman’s everyday life seen through the perspective of an unlikely love interest. “We’re going to start you with an embrace, we’re going to show you about this planet that we’re on, and at the end we’re going to be together,” Cato said, stating that the journey is meant to reflect that the world is one large community despite the many differences from one place to another. “All these places around the world, and all there is is us and our stories. I recognize now you have your own experience and I will no longer ignore that you are valid.”


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Global Mashup 2: Hungary Meets Ghana, with traditional, high-energy Hungarian folk band Eletfa and Ghana-drum-rhythm-inspired party-music group Kotoko Brass each playing a set and then jamming together; preceded by panel discussion on 1848 Austro-Hungarian uprisings and women’s suffrage in the U.S. Sat., March 14, 4 p.m. (panel discussion); 7:15 p.m. (dance lessons); 8 p.m. (concert), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $18; $12 students; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.

EXHIBITS “Queens College Students’ Biennale,” with works in various media by undergraduate and graduate students in arts programs. Fri.-Sun., March 20-29 (opening reception Sat., March 21, 3-6 p.m.), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $5 suggested; free students, teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org. “Dakota Gearhart: The Sextant of the Rose” and “Catalina Ouyang: it has always been the perfect instrument,” with new video and sculpture works that deal with themes such as control and power dynamics; and “Quad Relay,” a mural by Laurel Sparks based on the sestina form of mathematical poetry. Through Sun., April 12, Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth. Free (for reception; $25-$35 for concert). Info: (718) 489-6285, knockdown.center. “Claytopian New York,” with sculptors expressing the beauty, diversity and wonder of life in an idealized metropolis; and “Back to the Table,” with ceramic artists reclaiming the dinner table as a place for human connection at a time when meals are often eaten elsewhere. Through Sun., March 15, The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info: (347) 848-0030, licartists.org. “Creative Mosaic II,” with works in various media, as well as performance art, responding to Queens’ multifaceted texture, presented by Long Island City Artists. Through Sun., March 15 (closing party 3-5 p.m.), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $5 suggested; free students, teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.

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Debussy and more. Sun., March 22, 2 p.m., Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. $12; $10 students. Info: (718) 359-6227, vomuseum.org, conbrioensemble.org.

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“Sur vival : The Exhibition,” an interactive setting providing scienc e - bas ed techniques to prepare visitors of all ages to stay alive in various environments, with an adventure zone including a zip line, ropes course and more. Through Sun., Sept. 13, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. $7 plus admission: $20; $15 seniors, kids, students. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org. COURTESY PHOTO

Kids of all abilities up to a recommended age 6 and their families can enjoy the interactive and inclusive show “Tales From the Shed,” featuring Lion Down, above, and many more, this COURTESY PHOTO Sunday at Queens Theatre. See Kids/Families.

THEATRE “Guadalupe Maravilla: Disease Thrower,” a per formance incorporating other worldly characters, a revving motorcycle, totemic objects and more to address the immigrant experience under increasingly repressive systems. Sat., March 14, 6 p.m. (doors open 5 p.m.), Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth. Free with RSVP. Info: (718) 489-6285, knockdown.center. PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS CARTER “The Envelope, Please,” a revue of Academy Award-winning songs, and some that perhaps should have won, by Maggie’s Little Theater. Sat., March 14; Fri.-Sat., March 20-21, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 15 and 22, 2:30 p.m., St. Margaret Parish Hall, 66-05 79 Place, Middle Village. $20; $18 seniors, kids under 12. Info: (718) 579-5389, maggieslittletheater.org. “Chicken and Biscuits,” a new family comedy “with lots of love, shade and prayer,” about two African-American sisters who discover at their father’s funeral that he had a third daughter. Fri.-Sun., March 13-15 and 20-22, varying times, Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $25; $23 seniors, students. Info: (718) 760-0064, queenstheatre.org. “Steel Magnolias,” a comedy-drama depicting the bonds that form among a group of Southern women who gather at an in-home beauty parlor,

by Theatre By The Bay NY. Sat., March 14 and 21, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., March 15 and 22, 3 p.m., Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 1300 209 St. $25; $22 seniors, kids; $2 more at door. Info: (718) 4286363, theatrebythebayny.com. “The Lady of Ro,” a work casting a new light on a woman who became a Greek folk legend through hope, courage and tenderness. Sat., March 14, 7-10 p.m., Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $35. Info: (718) 726-7329, greekculturalcenter.org.

MUSIC Tomorrow’s Artists Today, with musicians who were some of the first kids in Musica Reginae’s Young Artists Showcase 20 years ago, and other artists, performing works by Schumann, Debussy, Beethoven, Popper and William Grant Still; followed by reception. Sat., March 21, 7 p.m., The Church-inthe-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills (preceded by 4 p.m. children’s concert; see Kids/Families). $20; $10 students; free kids under 12. Info: (718) 894-2178, musicareginae.org. Quintet of the Americas, with the internationally known group of Karla Moe, flute, Matt Sullivan, oboe, Ben Baron, clarinet, Barbara Oldham, horn, and Sasha Gee Enegren, bassoon, performing seven works including the premiere of James Cohn’s “Klezmer Fantasy,” Robert Deemer’s “Manahatta Windows” and Lembit Beecher’s “Music for Bayside.” Sun., March 22, 2 p.m., Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St. Free. Info: (718) 661-1200, (718) 230-5189, quintet.org. Con Brio Ensemble, with with violinist Alexander Meshibovsky, soprano Osceola Davis, clarinetist Gary Dranch and pianist Diana Mittler-Battipaglia performing works by Beethoven, Spohr,

The AirTrain Jazz Festival, with different performers each week paying tribute to Jamaica’s jazz history. Thu., March 12 (Eric Divito Trio), March 19 (Willie Martinez), March 26 (Libby & Co.), others each Thu. through end of May, all 5-7 p.m., Jamaica AirTrain concourse level, 93-40 Sutphin Blvd. Free. Info: (718) 291-2110, theairtrainjazzfestival.com. A Night of Fearless Guitar, with artists Loren Connors, Suzanne Langille, Dora Bleu, Alan Licht and Ava Mendoza performing in various genres. Sun., March 15, 7:30 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.), The Windjammer, 552 Grandview Ave., Ridgewood. $10. Info: (718) 456-5267, facebook.com/ thewindjammerny.

DANCE Take Root, with Zullo/RawMovement. Fri.-Sat., March 13-14, 8 p.m. $17; $20 cash at door; $22 credit card. Fertile Ground, featuring multiple dance troupes and post-performance discussion with wine, moderated by Valerie Green. Sun., March 15, 7 p.m. $17. Both part of monthly series at Green Space, 37-24 24 St., Long Island City. Info: (718) 956-3037, greenspacestudio.org.

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“The Wrong Man,” the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock docudrama starring Henry Fonda and Vera Miles, about an innocent man charged with a robbery, part of the “Made in Ridgewood” series of movies partially filmed there; followed by discussion. Sun., March 22, 3-6 p.m., Onderdonk House (inside tour included), 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood. Free. Info: (718) 456-1776, onderdonkhouse.org.

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A cast with the mettle to portray strong women by Mark Lord

The play, by Robert Harling, based on people and situations in his own life, is the “Steel Magnolias,” a popular play that current offering at Theatre By The Bay NY in remains a mainstay in community theaters Bayside, where it runs through March 22. It’s set in Truvy’s Beauty Salon in the ficacross the country, takes its grand time in getting to its heart — a story of love and tional town of Chinquapin, La., in the 1980s, sacrifice — while introducing its cast of six an ideal place for the local ladies to gather, female characters and the special relation- bond, and, of course, share the latest gossip and a few recipes. It’s their home away from ship that exists among them. There’s plenty of talk and down-home home. And, when the need arises, it does humor, and one might well wonder where quite well as a pseudo-psychiatrist’s office and part-time confessional. it’s all leading. You will likely come away not rememberIt leads to some devastating developments, taking its protagonists, and its audi- ing much about what happens in the play; ences, on a rollercoaster of a ride, before truth be told, not a whole lot does. But you will most assuredly remember at least some ending with at least a touch of optimism. if not all of the individuals who spend time at Truvy’s. The play is a rarity in that it offers no fewer than half a dozen meaty roles for When: Sat., March 14 and 21, 8:30 p.m.; women of various ages and types. A note Sun., March 15 and 22, 3 p.m. in the program from the production’s Where: Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, director, Patrice Valenti, explains the title: 1300 209 St. The characters possess the strength of Tickets: $25; $22 seniors, kids under 13. steel but the gentleness of the magnolia, a (718) 4228-6363, flower often associated with nobility and theatrebythebayny.com dignity. They are “delicate yet strong, gentle in spirit and fiercely empowering.” qboro contributor

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Annette Daiell, left, Nili Resnick, Liz Zimmermann, Samantha Kalinsky and Rosemary PHOTO BY MARK LORD Kurtz perform in “Steel Magnolias” by Theatre By The Bay NY. And so they are. And Valenti hit the jackpot with her cast. Every member of the strong ensemble fully inhabits her character and brings her vividly to life. The focus is largely on a mother, M’Lynn,

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Irish for a day — St. Pat’s in Queens Katherine Donlevy associate editor

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, but activities are set for days both before and after the Irish holiday, and Queens has a plethora to participate in. Listed here are just a few of the many events happening this year. Rockaway is kicking off its celebrations early with a St. Pat’s Half Marathon on March 14 at 9 a.m. The run begins at Beach 116th Street, but doors at Roger’s Irish Tavern, located at 203 Beach 116th Street, will open for number pickup and bag check 90 minutes before. Registration costs $45, and all runners will receive a T-shirt and medal. For more information or to register, visit rockapulcorun.com. The Bayside St. Patrick’s Day Parade will host a March 14 Pint Night to fundraise for its upcoming march down Bell Boulevard. Hosted by Brain Dempsey’s at 3931 Bell Blvd. in Bayside from 5 to 9 p.m., the event will see participants receive a special pint glass and unlimited refills. Proceeds will contribute to the third annual Bayside parade on March 28, which begins at 11 a.m. and travels down the boulevard. To

march in the parade, become a sponsor or for more information, call (917) 476-7057 or visit baysidesaintpatricksdayparade.org. Also on March 14, Astoria is hosting its sixth annual pub crawl down 30th Avenue. The crawl begins at Shillelagh Tavern and visits Passage, Wolfhound, Jusy & Punch, Dominie’s and Katch. Tickets guarantee drink specials, a commemorative T-shirt, complimentary food, photo booth pictures and giveaway prizes, and can be reser ved at eventbrite.com /e/ st-paddys-pubcrawl-tickets. Queens Dance Project at 214-26 41 Ave. in Bayside invites children of elementary school and tween ages to participate in its March 14 St. Patrick’s Day Party from 5 to 8 p.m. A night filled with St. Patrick’s Day activities and dancing is available for the price of $30 for nonmembers and $25 for members. The Peninsula Library at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach is hosting St. Patrick’s Day crafts from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on March 17. Another version of the same event will be hosted at the 54-22 Skillman Ave. Woodside branch from 4 to 4:30 p.m., also on March 17. Each event is

The third annual Bayside St. Patrick’s Day parade — where all are welcome — will take place March 28, but a pre-party funFILE PHOTO draising is set for March 14. free and open to kids aged 4 to 12. Reservation is not required but supplies are limited. Visit queenslibrary.org for more locations and events. Neir’s Tavern, the iconic 190-year-old bar that was recently saved from closing, is hosting a traditional Irish-classic folk performance by Curtis and the Dilettantes on March 17. The celebration will start at 6 p.m. and run until 10 p.m., and, as always

at Neir’s, there’s no cover charge. The Queens Museum, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, is putting an Irish twist on its usual Sunday Family Workshops — from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on March 18 families are invited to drop in to create St. Patrick’s Day paper hats. After finishing the creation, families of children aged 4 and up are invited to stay for the storytelling of mystical tales from Ireland. Family art making-workshops are drop-in, and no fee or advance registration is required. Storytelling sessions run for 15 minutes and begin at the top of every hour, at 1:30 p.m, 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The East Rockaway Knights of Columbus are celebrating with its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner/ dance on March 21 at St. Raymond Elementary School located at 263 Atlantic Ave. The evening, beginning at 6 p.m., includes full dinner, dessert, nonalcoholic as well as alcoholic drinks, Irish step dancers, bagpipers and a mix of traditional Irish songs and party favorites. Admission is $45 per person, but special discounts for seniors and signing up early are availble. For more information, contact Charlie Q Peknic at cpeknic@pekniclaw.com.

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continued from page 31 “Ode to Passion� is among the hundreds of films Cato is excited to present, particularly because director Jack Danini chose the festival for its world premiere. “It’s all in verse, and they do sing at times, but it’s very Shakespearean. The language just elevates,� said Cato. Cato also expressed excitement for the U.S. premiere of “The Factory,� a 90-minute feature film that explores the stories of those who died from cancer caused by chemical fumes in an Italian factory of synthetic dyes. She worries, however, that director Max Chicco will be unable to make the premiere in light of travel restric-

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tions from the coronavirus. Children filmmakers will also make their debut on the festival’s final day during their own block: “Kid’s Corner.â€? Unlike the rest of the filmmakers, the young artists will celebrate their works with a red carpet rollout. The other 59 blocks don’t have a red carpet because Cato prefers to keep a “casualâ€? and “warmâ€? atmosphere. “I c a ll it fes t iva l- c a sua l,â€? C ato explained. “This is about community, and we feel that our community is the world, and that’s Queens.â€? Each film screening is followed by a Q&A in which the audience is encouraged to ask the filmmakers about their works. “You can ask them anything. It’s so they can talk about their work and so you recognize them ‌ the filmmakers want you to ask about their films.â€? Aside from enjoying incredible films, Cato’s favorite part of the festival is watching the filmmakers interact with the audience and witness the impact their art has. “I think when you really see a filmmaker emerge from themselves and stand in front of people that they don’t know —

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Advice expert Dr. Joyce Brothers was born in Laurelton by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Morris Kermit Bauer, father of Dr. Joyce Brothers, was born on Rivington Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in June 1901, the first of five sons to be born to Austrian immigrants. He graduated law school, became an attorney and married Estelle Rapaport in May 1926 before they moved to a Brooklyn apartment. The couple was blessed with a baby girl named Joyce Diane Bauer on Oct. 20, 1927, followed four years later by her sister Elaine. Without a son, Morris strongly encouraged his daughters to excel and do everything and anything a boy could do. The family soon moved to 137-57 228 St. in Laurelton — a 1,956-square-foot, one-story house on a 100-by-100-foot lot. Because there was no high school in Laurelton, Joyce graduated from Far Rockaway High in January 1944. She double majored in economics and psychology at Cornell University before earning a Ph. D. in psychology from Columbia University. She married Milton Brothers, a doctor of internal medicine, in July 1949.

The childhood home of Dr. Joyce Brothers, at 137-57 228 St. in Laurelton, as it appears today. INSET FACEBOOK PHOTO She became an overnight success in 1955 as the only woman to win the top prize on the TV game show “The $64,000 Question.” She later became the first female boxing commentator on TV during the 1957 RobinsonBasilio match. She also became the first TV psychologist, hosting her own talk show, “Living Easy with Dr. Joyce Brothers,” as well as being a favorite frequent guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Brothers passed away in her Fort Lee, NJ Q home on May 13, 2013 at age 85.

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FILM First Look 2020, the ninth edition, with international films of various kinds including features and documentaries, live performances, artist talks and more. Through Sun., March 15, various times, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15 per screening; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; packages available. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us. “The Cave,” the 2019 National Geographic documentary about an underground hospital in Syria where male and female doctors worked side by side as equals to treat victims of the war there. Sat., March 14, 2:30 p.m., Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 939-0647, queenshistoricalsociety.org. “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” the 1920 silent German horror film about an insane hypnotist who uses a sleepwalker to commit murders, accompanied by violinist Sam Gillogly; preceded by reception with refreshments. Sun., March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., King Manor Museum, 15003 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. $15; $10 students, seniors. Info: (718) 206-0545, kingmanor.org. See It Big! Outer Space, with more than a dozen films of all kinds set in the cosmos, including “Gravity,” “The Right Stuff” and “Spaceballs” Through Sun., April 19, various times, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; $10 more for admission to “Envisioning 2001” exhibit. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us.

LECTURES/TALKS Book talk and signing: “North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring,” with ornithologist Bruce Beehler on his 100-day 2015 field trip, wildlife, conservation, history and rural culture; with books available for sale. Wed., March 18, 8 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-75 76 Ave., Oakland Gardens (new address, in parking lot east of Springfield Blvd.). Free. Info: (718) 229-4000, qcbirdclub.org.

intellectual and developmental disabilities realize their goals and dreams. Sun., March 15, 1-4 p.m., Jib Lanes, 67-19 Parsons Blvd., Flushing. $1,250 per lane for four-person team. Info: Tom Lydon, (917) 215-4839, tlydon@lifespire.org; Elia Cintron, (646) 739-4839, give@lifespire.org.

KIDS/FAMILIES “Tales from the Shed,” an inclusive, interactive theater production with puppets, music, dancing and more, letting kids up to a recommended age 6 perform and explore with their families, by the Chickenshed NYC theater co. Sun., March 15, 1 and 3 p.m., Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $15; $13 students, seniors. Info: (718) 760-0064, queenstheatre.org. Composers Then & Now, an interactive piano performance for kids 4 and up and their families, exploring what creative choices go into composing music, by Musica Reginae. Sat., March 21, 4 p.m., The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills (followed by 7 p.m. regular concert; see Music). Free (kids’ event only). Info: (718) 894-2178, musicareginae.org. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and two other children’s favorites by Eric Carle, performed with puppets by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Sun., March 15, 2:15 p.m. (in English) and 4:15 p.m. (in Mandarin), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $14; $8 kids; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org. “Princess Particular,” an interactive live performance about a girl who’s used to getting what she wants when she wants it, with fun tunes and important life lessons; audience costumes encouraged. Sat., March 14, 2:30 p.m. (and each second Sat. of the month), The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. $20; $15 kids; $40 family 4-pack. Info: (718) 392-0722, secrettheatre.com.

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Flea Market, with new, used and vintage jewelry, collectibles, handbags, art, books, clothes, home goods and more, with food available. Sat., March 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Info: (718) 478-3100, italiancharities.org.

Stop ’N’ Swap, with people bringing clean, reusable, portable items to donate and taking home something that’s new to them, by GrowNYC. Sat., March 14, 12-3 p.m., Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. Free. Info: (212) 788-7900, grownyc.org/swap.

Spring Treasure Bake & Book Sale, also with clothes, shoes, household articles, one-of-a-kind items, toys and more. Sat., March 21, 9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.; Sun., March 22, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Church of the Resurrection, 85-09 118 St., Richmond Hill. Info: (718) 847-2649.

Trip to Resorts Casino, in Atlantic City, NJ, sponsored by the Sisterhood of Forest Park Jewish Center. Mon., March 30, departing Lindenwood Shopping Center, 84 St. and 153 Ave., 9 a.m.; also Woodhaven Blvd. at Forest Park Drive, 9:15 a.m. $50 with $25 giveback. Info: Sharon, (917) 292-8732; Phyllis, (917) 601-2234.

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Lifespire Foundation Bowl-a-thon, the 6th annual, to aid the group that helps people with

Caregiver Cafe, a complimentary lunch and discussion for people caring for a loved one with memory loss, by Sunnyside Community Services. Fri., March 20, 2-4 p.m., Pollos Mario Woodside, 62-01 Woodside Ave. Free. Info/RSVP (required): 1 (877) 577-9337, bit.ly/32XKSJx, scsny.org/care-nyc/events.


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The Brooklyn Nets surprised everyone by dismissing their head coach since 2016, Kenny Atkinson. They waited until the wee early morning hours of last Saturday to issue a press release stating he’d been relieved of his duties and that he’d be replaced on an interim basis by former Nets guard and one-time Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn. Normally when a coach is fired you hear an advance drumbeat coming from fans calling sports talk radio outlets or rumblings from NBA writers in the local dailies. If anything, fans and media were up in arms based on what I heard and read over the weekend. Atkinson never had much NBA talent to work with but was adept at developing guys who were a step away from the G-League, such as Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris, and mold them into leaders of a team that made it into the NBA playoffs against all odds last season. So why did the Nets fire Atkinson? Yes, the team has blown a number of big leads in the fourth quarter this season but that is going to happen when your squad lacks a single All-Star. Nets forward Caris LeVert, one of the team’s better players, may have hit the nail on the head when he told the press on Saturday that perhaps some of the new guys didn’t like Atkinson. The

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unnamed players had to have been the team’s big 2019 free agent acquisitions, forward Kevin Durant and guard Kyrie Irving. Durant hasn’t played a minute this year as he is recovering from an Achilles tendon injury incurred during the 2019 NBA Finals, while Irving is out for the rest of this season recuperating from a shoulder injury. He only played 20 games as a Net. It’s highly doubtful Atkinson will stay unemployed for long. The Knicks will undoubtedly be shopping for a new head coach when their season ends. Atkinson is represented by the talent agency CAA, where new Knicks president Leon Rose was a top executive. Atkinson and Rose certainly know each other well and that’s a key factor in the relationship business the NBA has become. Also working in Atkinson’s favor is the Knicks have a young team and Atkinson has a welldeserved reputation for getting the most out of NBA players who have three years or less of professional service. Another plus is he can handle the pressure of playing in New York. Atkinson grew up in Huntington Station, LI, so he wasn’t cowed at the notion of being an NBA coach in the Big Apple. He is well-liked by nearly everyone who has met him except, perhaps, by a pair of Q NBA superstars. See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at qchron.com.

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All brick, legal 2 fam, 2 BR, 1 bath over 2 bed, 1 bath. Full finished basement with sep entrance, 40x100 corner property. Reduced $939K

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Mint - 3 1/2 Rm, 1 BR, garden. Reduced $219K Hi-Rise - 2 BR, 2 Bths ................Reduced $239K Hi-Rise - Mint AAA, 2 BRs, 2 Bths & terrace. ...................................................Reduced $298K Mint - 3 BR, 1 full bath, new EIK, new bath, lots of light, dogs allowed under 35 lbs., washer dryer allowed and dishwasher.......Asking $319K Apartments For Rent

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HOWARD BEACH Cross Bay Blvd., commercial space for rent, 2nd fl., 850 sq. ft., all new tiled office w/bath. .............................. $2,750/mo., plus electric HOWARD BEACH Cross Bay Blvd., 2nd fl., 350 sq. ft. ............$1,500/mo., plus heat & electric Both good for attorney, mortgage company, accountant, trucking company, etc.

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Lovely all brick, very well-maintained home. 3 BRs, 2 full baths, formal dining room, EIK. Hardwood floors throughout, handicapped accessible, finished basmt., w/ outside rear entrance, covered patio off dining rm., det. 1 car garage w/ 1 pk. space. Close to express buses to Manhattan. Asking $789K

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