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Members of the Our Neighbors Civic Association in Ozone Park vote for budget items as part of Councilman Eric Ulrich’s participatory budgeting process, opened for the first time to residents who live in the 32nd Council District and Community Board 9 area.

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effectively and more importantly, continue to receive the taxpayer money it receives ueens Library President and CEO from government funders while he continTom Galante should take a leave of ues to serve as President,” Katz said in her absence while the various investiga- letter to the board. “As an elected official tions into the institution’s operations charged with allocating taxpayer dollars, I and finances are carried out, Borough Presi- must ensure they are appropriated wisely — and I cannot do that while the Library’s dent Melinda Katz said Monday in writing. Katz made the recommendation in two s i t t i n g P r e s i d e n t f a c e s a f e d e r a l letters, one to Galante — the embattled investigation.” Two days later, Councilman Jimmy Van library chief whose compensation, office renovations and outside employment have Bramer (D-Sunnyside), chairman of the Committee on Cultural prompted a City CounAffairs, Libraries and cil hearing, city audit International Intergroup and city and federal Relations, echoed the probe — and one to the ecent events have call, and the concern board of trustees that that the cont roversy keeps him employed at undermined the could affect the budget. the library. faith in the Library “The months of April She said the move through June are the must be made for the and its leadership.” most important for the good of the library and organization as they the people of Queens, — Queens Borough President lead into budget adopbecause “recent events Melinda Katz tion,” Van Bramer said have undermined the in a statement emailed faith in the Library and its leadership.” And she said it should be to the Queens Chronicle. “It is imperative done at the board’s meeting set for tonight, that the organization have a laser-like focus on this effort. To that end, I share Queens April 3. “As I said to Tom, I do not believe that Borough President Melinda Katz’s concern there is faith that the Library can operate that the issues currently faced by Mr. GalanEditor-in-Chief

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Borough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer say Queens Library President Tom Galante should take a leave of absence until city and federal probes FILE PHOTOS into the institution are complete. te and the ongoing revelations in the news media distract everyone from the work the library does and could impact the library negatively at budget adoption. ... “Given the ongoing investigations, I believe that it is in the best interest of everyone at the library if the CEO takes a temporary leave of absence,” Van Bramer, who is also the Council’s majority leader, continued. “This should not be perceived as a presumption of guilt, but rather as an understanding of the gravity of the ongoing investigations.” The library is a private, nonprofit entity under contract to provide its services, but it

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De Blasio, in Rockaway, says $100M in funds will be redirected to homeowners by Domenick Rafter Editor

Mayor de Blasio appointed a new senior leadership team to oversee and execute the city’s recovery and rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and announced new plans to improve much-needed relief delivery to those recovering from the devastating impact of the storm. Bi l l Gold st ei n , who most recently oversaw capital projects for the MTA, will serve as senior advisor to the mayor for recovery, resiliency and infrastructure. In his new capacity, Goldstein will serve as City Hall’s lead on the planning and execution of New York City’s broader infrastructure efforts, including oversight of the newly created Office of Recovery and Resiliency, which will provide overall coordination of the city’s entire federally funded rebuilding and resiliency efforts. The new team also includes Amy Peterson, an engineer who worked on the city’s recovery following 9/11, as director of the

Housing Recovery Office, and Daniel Zarrilli, who worked on resiliency i n t he Bloomberg ad minist ration, will ser ve as director of the Office of Recovery and Resiliency. T he mayor a n nou nced the appointments Saturday in Rockaway a longside Se n. C h a rle s Schumer (D-NY) and other elected officials. The announcement came two days before the City Council held a hearing on Sandy recovery. “Since Day One, my administration has prioritized the fast and eff icient deliver y of relief to affected families, and now we begin to see results,” said de Blasio. “Construction has started, the first checks are on the way, and we are making immediate policy and staff changes to further expedite and streamline the process so that New Yorkers get the help they need now.” De Blasio also a n nou nced changes to streamline the muchmaligned Build it Back program, which has been besot with red

tape and bad com mu nication between officials and residents. As of March 1, not one house had been fixed through Build it Back, despite nearly 20,000 applicants and only 1.4 percent of the $648 million allocated to the program had been spent. Residents who signed up for the program have complained about missed appointments, lost paperwork and misinformation on what documents were needed to sign up, which often forced residents to make multiple visits to Build it Back field offices. Under the initiatives unveiled by de Blasio on Saturday, the city will: • Reallocate $100 million previously appropriated for community development block grant funds to homeowners, regardless of an applicant’s income or current program prioritization. • Immediately boost Housing Recovery Office staff by 35 percent — to 105 staff members — by transferring skilled personnel from other agencies into HRO.

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Mayor de Blasio, surrounded by other officials, announces his Sandy recovery team and changes to the city’s program-plagued Build it Back program at the Queens Library’s Seaside branch in Rockaway Beach on Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE

• Accelerate the design process for home repairs and rebuilds by moving design consultation to immediately after an offer is given to a homeowner.

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Taxpayers pick their spending priorities First participatory budgeting votes cast in parts of 32nd Council District by Domenick Rafter Editor

Giedra Kregzdys, vice president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, casts her vote during the participatory budgeting balloting at the WRBA office on Jamaica Avenue PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER Monday. Ulrich included the northern portion of his district in the program for the first time. As one of the first Councilmen to conduct participatory budgeting, Ulrich has been doing it in the Rockaways for several years. The first year of participatory budgeting in this part of the district did not go as smoothly as desired. Because of the shift in power at City Hall, the process did not begin until January. At that time, budget delegates were appointed representing the communities in the district that were taking part and the

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In the back room of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association headquarters at 84-20 Jamaica Ave., the civic group’s former president Ed Wendell stood watch over a cardboard box that was once used to transport printer paper. The box was decorated with the words “Ballot Box” and stickers similar to the “I Voted” ones you get on a typical election day. Next to the box, ballots — printed on paper that perhaps came in the box — were stacked. On the ballots was a list of nine proposed projects that were drafted as part of the participatory budgeting process, sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). The participatory budgeting program allows residents themselves to determine where to allocate a certain amount of a Council member’s earmarks to capital projects in and around the district. By 8 p.m., 14 votes were cast by Woodhaven residents at the block association office, one of a number of balloting locations in the section of the Community Board 9 area represented by Ulrich that includes Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and part of Ozone Park. Among the projects appearing on the ballot: funding for countdown clocks at three bus stops; repaving paths in Forest Park; signs on those paths; rehabilitation of the Giovanelli Playground in Richmond Hill; and technology upgrades for select schools. Voters can choose up to five of the nine projects. The winning projects up to $1 million will be funded through Ulrich’s office.

projects were chosen, some from a selection of propositions made by the public during civic meetings. But snowstorms disrupted that process and the delegates were only able to meet twice. But the ballot was created and this week the nine items are being put before voters. At the Our Neighbor’s Civic Association meeting on Tuesday night at Christ Lutheran Parish Hall, about a dozen members who lived in the Community District 9 section of Ozone Park cast ballots. Ballots were also cast during the day in the Richmond Hill Block Association office at 110-08 Jamaica Ave. The process did create some minor confusion. Some residents could not take part because they were not residents of the CB 9 area or didn’t live in the 32nd Council District. That included those living in Woodhaven west of 80th Street and Forest Park, Richmond Hill, generally south and east Atlantic Avenue and 108th and 113th streets and Ozone Park south of 103rd Avenue. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association lobbied Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) to institute participatory budgeting in her district, but she ultimately decided against it saying she believes it “pits communities against each other,” although she also praised the idea. “I welcome all community input on budget ideas, and I will closely review the Woodhaven proposals from Councilman Ulrich’s participatory budgeting process in determining the best ideas for funding to improve all the communities I represent,” she said in a statement earlier this year. Although 38 percent of Woodhaven residents live in her continued on page 26


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Cops boost patrols in Howard Beach Command post set up outside PS 207 in the wake of home burglaries by Domenick Rafter Editor

In the wake of a series of burglaries in Howard Beach, the NYPD has boosted patrols in the neighborhood and set up a command post outside PS 207, close to where some of the incidents took place. Police identified at least five burglaries last week in the neighborhood. one on March 22, another on March 24, a third on March 25 and two on March 26. All but the March 25 incident took place in the Rockwood Park section of the neighborhood, also known as New Howard Beach, within five blocks of each other. The issue dominated the March 25 meeting of the Howard Beach/Lindenwood Civic Association, the first since the civic’s creation from the merging of the Lindenwood Alliance with the Howard Beach Civic Association. The latter two burglaries took place after that meeting. At the meeting, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, and Assistant Chief David Barrere, commander of Patrol Borough Queens South, fielded questions from concerned residents and promised to boost patrols in the wake of the then-two confirmed burglaries. As a result, the precinct says 15 plainclothes officers and over 30 uniformed officers have been sent to Howard Beach, as

The NYPD command post bus was parked outside PS 207 in Howard Beach last week after a PHOTO COURTESY JOANN ARIOLA string of burglaries in the neighborhood. well as eight community affairs officers and 10 auxiliary officers. According to police sources, each burglary took place during the daytime hours and the thieves broke into the homes through windows and doors. In one case, the burglars entered through the front door. Items that were stolen include jewelry, electronics and cash, and safes were targeted in most of them. In an email sent out by Schiff late last

week, the deputy inspector said there were no injuries in any of the burglaries that took place last week; and in homes that had alarm or camera systems, they had not been activated. Over the last week, the neighborhood’s elected officials — Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) met with

police at the command post, as has Joann Ariola, president of the Howard Beach/Lindenwood Civic Association. “With these additional resources, it is only a matter of time before the person(s) responsible for the recent spike in crime is arrested and brought to justice,” Ulrich said in a press release. “Howard Beach is a safe community and I will do everything I can to help the NYPD keep it that way.” Schiff noted that there was another home invasion in Howard Beach on March 12 in which one person inside was tied up. That robbery — in which three suspects, two white men and one male suspect who is either white or Hispanic, are being sought, — has not yet been connected to the other burglaries. Overall crime in the 106th Precinct, which covers Howard Beach, as well as Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park, has been about flat so far in 2014, but burglaries have dropped almost 26 percent and robberies are down 12 percent. The precinct has had issues with grand larcenies in the past year, largely due to scammers preying on senior citizens, though they have dropped about 3 percent this year. Most recently, car thefts have been a problem. In those cases, the cars that are being stolen are ones whose owners leave the engines idling, often while unloading Q the vehicle or warming it up.

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oday we join Borough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in calling for Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante to temporarily give up his position. This was not an easy call to make, and we’re sure it wasn’t for Katz, who now controls half the library board, and Van Bramer, who chairs the Council committee that oversees the library, and worked there for years under Galante before being elected to office. But it’s a necessary one. Galante has drawn a storm of criticism over the last two months, some of which may well be overblown but some of which appears to be warranted. One concern is the time he puts into the job. Galante told Van Bramer, who represents Sunnyside, and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, who represents East Elmhurst and chairs the Finance Committee, that he works 70 to 80 hours a week.

He did that in writing. But a Daily News investigation into his second job, as a part-time financial consultant for the Elmont School District in Nassau County, shows that if that’s true, he’s working a schedule that seems superhuman, with some 20-hour days. Is it possible? Maybe. It may also be one of the reasons the Federal Bureau of Investigation and city Department of Investigation recently descended on the Central Library with subpoenas for various records. The library, it cannot be said enough, is a fantastic institution, one that is crucial to the lives of countless people in Queens. As Katz and Van Bramer emphasized in their statements calling on Galante to step aside for now, the most important thing for all involved is to protect the library and maintain the vital services it provides. And, as Van Bramer said, we’re tired of

seeing it dragged through the mud. We hope the whole situation is resolved soon, whatever the investigations, and the audit being carried out by City Comptroller Scott Stringer, reveal in the end. Who’s to blame for all this? Certainly Galante for some things, like having that luxurious $27,000 outdoor lounge built outside his office. But it’s likely the library board is culpable too. It was the members, after all, who approved the “evergreen clause” in Galante’s contract that kept it renewed every day for another five years. And it was former Borough President Helen Marshall who appointed half the board, and former Mayor Mike Bloomberg who appointed the other half. Maybe they should have done better oversight, as Katz and Van Bramer are now. Galante should take a leave of absence — unpaid — until it is determined whether he should continue to serve.

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Build it back now Dear Editor: My name is Roger Gendron and I am the president of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association and have been a resident of Hamilton Beach for over 50 years. Many of us are still in the process of recovering from the worst natural disaster to hit our area but we are faced with an even greater man-made disaster, the Build it Back program. Homeowners, their homes destroyed or damaged, who lost nearly all of their possessions were informed by the city that Build it Back would do just that, help build back their homes. In the year and a half since Sandy hit, while some homeowners have completed repairs on their own, most are still repairing their homes using insurance proceeds, which more often than not did not cover all of the damages inf licted from Sandy, as well as savings accounts and retirement accounts. Most have maxed out their credit cards. They are also paying both the mortgage on their damaged home as well as renting another place to live. The areas, and the residents who live there, that have been affected the most seem to be the same areas that will suffer the most if Build it Back does not start releasing funds for repairs as well as reimbursements. Hamilton Beach, like Howard Beach, Broad Channel, Breezy Point and other hard-hit areas, is © Copyright 2014 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc. at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, N.Y.

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composed mostly of single-family homes. Most of our residents have family ties to our community having grown up here and later purchased their first homes. The homes are modest but they are our homes, homes that would have become unaffordable if the flood insurance rates hikes were allowed to go through, but they were stopped in large part because of a grassroots organization called Stop FEMA Now. We are now facing an even bigger battle. The Build it Back program has allocated $306 million for single-family home rehab and reconstruction. They have spent $ 9.6 million but have finalized and released to the homeowners zero. We call upon the mayor to start releasing funds to homeowners who desperately need the financial help before this man-made disaster does more to destroy our communities than any storm has ever done. Roger Gendron President New Hamilton Beach Civic Association Hamilton Beach

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t’s been a year and a half since Hurricane Sandy struck, and for many people in South Queens and the Rockaways, the rebuilding process remains stuck in neutral. That’s ridiculous. A major problem is the abject failure to date of the city’s Build it Back program. As of March 1, not a single house had been repaired under Build it Back, despite $648 million having been allocated to it. The lack of progress just may be the single worst failure of the last days of former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s administration. Now Mayor de Blasio has the chance to set things right, and it appears he’s trying to, appointing a new team of people to oversee the effort, shifting funds to make it easier for homeowners to access them and taking other steps we hope will finally get people in South Queens, Rockaway and other areas the help they need.

For the bag fee bill I Dear Editor: Re “Many questions on dime-a-bag bill,” Editorial, March 27: The great thing about using a model that was tested in a lot of other cities is that the kinks have already been worked out. The questions the Queens Chronicle asks have already been answered. For example, checkout registers can be programmed to just take the number of bags as an addition to the transaction at the end. It’s pretty simple. Self-checkouts are almost always partially staffed and have strategies to avoid theft of much more expensive products. Home Depot and other large retails have already worked out the logistical details in other cities. The Chronicle’s question about what happens if a customer buys a plastic bag that rips points to a better question: How about using a more durable and reusable canvas bag instead? And finally — as per the Chronicle’s fear


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For the bag fee bill II Dear Editor: Your recent editorial entitled, “Many questions on dime-a-bag bill” misses the point of the bill entirely. The point is to stop people from continuing to use plastic bags and get them to start using reusable grocery bags. A simple behavioral change is what this bill is about — and for a good reason. We really cannot afford to continue to pollute with wild abandon this way. Back in the ’80s, I was in Europe where they were already charging for plastic bags. The first few times I went to the stores there I forgot my reusable bags and paid for the plastic ones (They rang up my items, bagged them, then added the cost of the bags I used to the total, then I paid — not a problem. If one broke they replaced it free like you would any other defective item for sale — again no problem.) After that I remembered to bring bags. I have been doing so here since that time. New Yorkers are fully capable of doing the same after a bit of adjustment (mainly remembering the bags and calculating how many will be needed). In fact I found some great benefits of reusable bags. They hold a lot of items, so less total schlepping of bags, and they rarely rip! This is such a small, simple measure in the right direction. I am shocked that Councilman Ulrich is against this bill. He has small children. Doesn’t he care about the world he is leaving them? He calls it a backdoor tax but it isn’t. Its a deterrent and a tax that New Yorkers can easily get out of paying if they simply change their behavior. Karen Klein Whitestone

Dear Editor: So many reasons this is a bad bill: As a single person, I use plastic grocery bags as garbage bags. Why use a quarter- or half-filled trash bag each and every day when the one from the grocery store is perfectly suitable for daily disposal of my small amount of household garbage? Dog owners use grocery plastic bags to pick up and dispose of their pets’ waste on the street. Are they now supposed to pay 10 cents in order to clean up after their dogs? How many of them will now simply elect to leave the mess on the sidewalk and walk away? It isn’t like they’re giving out hefty fines for not picking up after the dog. (Now that is something worth pursuing.) I will be watching where I walk more carefully once this bill

Against the bag fee bill II Dear Editor: The City Council is ready to vote on a 10-cent fee to consumers who don’t use their own bags at checkout counters. The idea is to get the consumers to bring in their own reusable bags. Mayor de Blasio is on board on this legislation because he is going for zero waste. Now this will include grocery stores, bodegas, retail and drug stores. I’m all for recycling but I’m not for taxing the poor who can little afford another expense when they go shopping. I think an ad campaign about recycling is a smarter way to get people to do the right thing for our environment. In my opinion, I think the City Council is operating under the influence of stupidity. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks

Plane noise progress Dear Editor: It is with great pleasure that I read of the accomplishments of Queens Quiet Skies and other entities in convincing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to advocate for mitigation of the noise and pollution problems of aircraft flying over our communities. The governor ordered the Port Authority to increase the number of noise monitors keeping track of violations of the allowable noise levels of aircraft and to carry out a Part 150 noise study to see how noise from aircraft is affecting residents. He also called for the establishment of roundtables where community representatives and officials would meet regularly to discuss aircraft noise and flight pattern concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration would need to cooperate and participate in these measures. This is just the beginning of the process to mitigate the noise issue. Those involved continued on page 10

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A fast-moving fire struck two homes in Howard Beach early last Friday. The blaze started at 164-02 92 St., one block off Cross Bay Boulevard, at around 1 a.m. on Friday morning and quickly went to two alarms 10 minutes later. Flames shot from the roof of the home as neighbors, woken from their beds by the sound of fire trucks racing to the scene, came out to see what was going on. The blaze later spread to a second house, attached to the one where the fire started. It took 115 firefighters less than an hour to bring the fire under control. No one was injured and the family of five that lives in the one part of the home, who were inside when the fire broke out, got out safely with their two dogs. There was one tenant living in the lower portion of the house who also got out safely. The residents living in an adjacent house were not home at the time of the fire. Their home suffered smoke and water damage. The FDNY said the cause of the fire Q was electrical. — Domenick Rafter

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down,” he said. CompStat shows those have dropped 12 Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the percent and 26 percent, respectively, as commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, compared to the first three months of 2013. told members of the Our Neighbor’s Civic There also hasn’t been a single murder this Association in Ozone Park that crime has year, compared to two by this time last year, or a single shooting, been stable in the precinct compared to four already despite concerns about at this point in 2013. recent burglaries in HowSchiff has faced critiard Beach that led to some cism over a spree of five criticism of his leadership. Howard Beach burglaries, While not addressing and some have accused the issue directly, Schiff, him of not taking the situwho took over as comation seriously enough. manding officer last fall, “I always try to instill said crime in the precinct courtesy and professionalis slightly up for the year ism in the officers in this — just over 1 percent — precinct,” he said in Ozone because of a rash of car thefts over the winter. Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff Park Tuesday night. “I’m Most of the victims had PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER not in the business of politics and I have a thick skin. their car stolen while leaving the vehicle running to warm it up or Our guys are going to do what they need to do to keep everyone safe.” while unloading. He also noted that crime had been on Serious crime, however, is down. “Robberies are down and burglaries are the upswing in the precinct since 2009. Q Editor

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he consortium of organizations led by urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land displayed the first renderings and ideas for the proposed QueensWay, the High Line-inspired park and trail that advocates want to construct along the former Rockaway Beach LIRR line between Rego Park and Ozone Park. At two public workshops last week, one in Forest Hills on March 24 and another in Ozone Park on March 26, members of the public got their first direct looks at proposals for the park, including concepts for activities and connections to the surrounding neighborhoods and already-existing infrastructure. Adam Lubinsky, managing principal at WXY Architecture + Urban Design, one of the groups taking part in the QueensWay feasibility study, said the concept and the ideas came from three earlier workshops held last fall. “We took some of what we were told you wanted to see and incorporated them into these plans,” he told the attendees at the March 26 Ozone Park workshop. Many who attended were skeptical or outright opposed to the plan, though some residents did support it. The proposal divides the entire QueensWay into six sections: The Clearing, in the far northern section of the trail between the LIRR Main Line in Rego Park and Fleet Street, where the Forest Hills Little League fields are located; The North Passage between Fleet Street and Metropolitan Avenue; The Metropolitan Hub between Metropolitan Avenue and Forest Park; The Forest Park Grove within the park; The South Passage between Forest Park and Atlantic Avenue; and The Elevated, the section of the former rail line that’s a viaduct between Atlantic and Liberty avenues. In the section called The Clearing, which includes a large open area where the former LIRR tracks turned to merge with the main line, the plans call for a public event space, a dog run, extra baseball fields to complement the Forest Hills Little League fields, bathrooms, a playground and bleacher seating overlooking the fields. The plans also call for entrances to the QueensWay at 64th Road and Dartmouth Street in Rego Park and 64th Avenue and Burns and Fleet streets in Forest Hills. At The North Passage, the plan suggests a community garden, a commuting path and stairs to access the QueensWay at Yellowstone Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue. In this section, the QueensWay would abut backyards of homes on Alderton and Selfridge streets. The proposal creates two paths — one bike path and one walking path — separated from homes by between 99 and 130 feet and in a grove surrounded by mounds that would block the

Residents and members of the QueensWay feasibility study proposal during the March 26 workshop in Ozone Park.

line of sight between the trails and homes, and a buffer of trees, 38 feet wide on the Alderton Street side and almost 80 feet wide on the Selfridge Street side. At The Metropolitan Hub, the QueensWay would connect to shopping centers on Metropolitan Avenue and Union Turnpike. There would also be a direction connection to the schools at the Queens Metropolitan high school campus and a learning center on the pathway for students to utilize. This section would also include an event space, a playground and connection to the Glendale Little League fields. In The Forest Park Grove, the trail would connect to Victory Field and the Forest Park nature trails and plans call for an activity center and playground at Forest Park Drive, even a suggestion of incorporating the existing rail towers into a design. The trail would also connect to Trotting Course Lane in Glendale and 96th Street and Park Lane South near the Forest Park Co-Ops. Perhaps the most controversial section is in The South Passage, which would run along the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill border. In this section, the right of way passes extremely close to homes on 98th Street, where residents have expressed staunch opposition to the QueensWay and a competing plan to bring back rail service. In the section, there will be very few entry and exit routes — limiting access only from Park Lane South and Jamaica, 91st and Atlantic avenues, and not along streets that dead-end at the right of way. The section would have increased security measures, including cameras, and between 15 and 40 feet of trees between the trail and property lines of abutting homes. The trail, which would either be one path, or a divided bike and pedestrian trail, would be surrounded by higher-grade buffers that would block the line of sight between the trail and nearby homes, similar to the Forest Hills section. “We envision this part of the QueensWay as more of a passthrough than a place where people will stop,” Lubinsky said. The Elevated section in Ozone Park sits between 99th and 100th streets and is the location of the former Woodhaven and Ozone Park stations. This part of the QueensWay would be very similar to Manhattan’s High Line park where the park would be on the brick-and-mortar viaduct between 99th and 100th streets. One major aspect of this section is that the plan would allow businesses to continue to operate underneath the viaduct, rather than force them to move out. “We heard from you that it was very important to keep the businesses that are operating under the viaduct there, so we designed a plan that would allow them to keep operating,” Lubinsky said. Between 103rd and Liberty avenues on the extreme southern end of the QueensWay, the plans call for an outdoor event space, perhaps for movie screenings, a playground and a bridge connecting the QueensWay to DeMutis Playground at 101st Street and Liberty Avenue. The activity space there would also serve the adjacent PS 65 elementary school, which currently does not have a playground. The proposal yielded mixed feelings from the residents who at t ended t he event s. Ma ny expressed reservations about security, maintenance, funding and construction, though they thought highly of the plan. Fernando Morales, a resident of Ozone Park who lives near the Elevated section of the proposed QueensWay, said he liked the idea, but doesn’t think it would work in his neighborhood. “I don’t see it being that great, team discuss the park PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER especially in the area I live,”

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Morales said. “Maybe a few years back it would have worked, but just the way the community is changing, I feel it won’t be a good thing. I think it could create trouble.” Another resident, who did not give his name, said he is mainly concerned about maintenance. He said that Forest Park currently is neglected by the city, and he was worried that once the QueensWay is built, it would be ignored. “Where is the money going to come from to keep this operating and clean?” he asked. “Who is going to maintain this?” Morales agreed with the maintenance issue, noting that garbage is a huge issue in Ozone Park already. “My block alone, there’s just trash all over the neighborhood,” he added. “No one uses trash bins.” Lubinsky said he believes the QueensWay would bring more attention and finances to Forest Park. And Anne Green, a resident of Richmond Hill, said she believes the QueensWay would be good for the neighborhood. She empathized with homeowners who live along the route, but believes it would be beneficial to them in the long run. “I truly feel their home values will go up once this is built, I really do,” Green said. She also agreed with other supporters that the proposal would bring more focus to the neglected park and to the surrounding community. “I understand the concerns about Forest Park being forgotten about and the city not pulling its weight, but I think Q this would be a shot in the arm,” she said.


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Forest Park Carousel In memory ... reopens for season On Aug. 21, 2013, Gary Zammett Sr. rode his bicycle from his Canarsie home to Howard Beach to get a cheesecake for his wife. He never made it back. Zammett died after being hit by a car while on his bike at 84th Street and 160th Avenue. Just steps from where his life ended, a bicycle, painted white, sits tied to a stop sign. Called ghost bikes, such memorials “serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists’ right to safe travel,” according to the website of the bike safety group, ghostbikes.com, that sponsors the memorials. There are over 100 ghost bikes in New York City and thousands worldwide. Jacqueline Junttonen of ghostbikes.com said the city allows the memorials to be placed, but they are relocated if residents or business owners ask for that. Zammett’s memorial sits in front of a ConEd substation. On Sunday, cyclists will take part in a memorial ride that will visit the site of Zammett’s fatal accident. The ride will commence at 1 p.m. at 94th Street and Liberty Avenue and visit the site of the accident with Zammett’s family at around 1:30 p.m. Sunday’s ride will also visit the site of Peter Lopez’ fatal accident at Maurice and Borden avenues in Maspeth. Lopez was killed last November. — Domenick Rafter

More rides may be coming in 2015 by Domenick Rafter Editor

Though slightly dampened by the spring rain, the Forest Park Carousel took its first spin of 2014 this weekend, opening for its first full season as a city landmark. The merry-go-round, located atop a hill just a few dozen yards west of Woodhaven Boulevard across from the Seuffert Bandshell, will be open weekends until Memorial Day, when it will start spinning full time. It will be open daily while schools are on spring recess between April 12 and 22, according to the website of its operator, New York Carousel. Ami Abramson, director of New York Carousel, said the attraction opened as scheduled Saturday, but the rainy weather did not allow the ride to remain running all weekend. New York Carousel entered a contract with the city’s Parks Department to operate the ride in 2012 after it had been shuttered for three years after the previous operator’s contract expired. Under its contract with the city, New

York Carousel is permitted to add attractions on the parkland to the east and north of the carousel, in a section of the park leading to Woodhaven Boulevard. Abramson said there is movement to add attractions to the site, but not this year. He did not say what type of rides would be added to the site. “It likely will not happen in 2014,” he said. “It likely will happen for the 2015 season.” The ride, which features hand-carved horses and seats, is more than a century old and has been in the park since 1973, when it was moved from its original location in Massachusetts. It replaced the original Forest Park Carousel, which burned down in 1966. The carousel was given landmark status by the city Landmarks Preservation Committee last summer, made official by the City Council last October. The designation was long fought for by Woodhaven civic leaders, who feared the attraction might be torn down after it was shuttered Q in 2009.

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Players and fans alike shine on Opening Day Despite the loss, Citi Field’s first game features heroics and hope by Christopher Barca Reporter

Over the winter, a petition to make Major League Baseball’s Opening Day a national holiday garnered over 102,000 signatures on the White House’s website. St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith even appeared in Budweiser-sponsored advertisements for the movement. While getting the day off from work to watch baseball all day will remain just a dream in the minds of fans nationwide, Major League teams treat Opening Day like the grandest holiday of all. And the New York Mets are no different. The Amazin’s have not played a postseason ballgame since 2006, when they came within one Cardinals home run and Carlos Beltran at-bat away from the World Series. They haven’t finished with a winning record since 2008, either. And after years of managerial changes, front office firings, puzzling offseason acquisitions and losing key players like pitcher Matt Harvey and team captain David Wright to severe injuries, it would be understandable if Mets Opening Day would be one without true excitement. But despite all the faults with the New York Mets, Opening Day 2014 was flooded with enthusiasm and new players giving fans new reasons to cheer.

The pregame ceremony began with the customary introduction of the coaches and players of both the Mets and the Washington Nationals. New Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson, who spent the last four seasons with the crosstown New York Yankees, got a big, welcoming cheer, as did new pitcher Bartolo Colon. Wright and Harvey, the team’s unquestionable two biggest stars, both received lengthy ovations from the sell-out crowd. But what set the Mets Opening Day tradition apart from just about any other team’s celebration on Monday was the tribute to former broadcaster Ralph Kiner, who died in February at the age of 91. On the center field jumbo screen, the team aired a five-minute video-tribute to Kiner’s Hall of Fame playing career as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as his broadcasting career with the Mets, for whom he served as the radio announcer from the team’s inception in 1962 until 1981, when he served as a television analyst until last season. A special logo featuring a microphone along with Kiner’s name around it was then unveiled alongside the retired numbers on the wall of the new Party City Deck beyond the left field fence. After ceremony emcee Howie Rose, the

The Mets pay tribute to longtime broadcaster Ralph Kiner, who died in February, before losing to PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA the Washington Nationals 9-7 on Opening Day on Monday. team’s radio announcer, told the crowd of the commemorative patch each player will wear on his jersey all season, everyone in attendance roared for Kiner one last time, as if to thank him for his tenure.

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The new law requiring most businesses in the city to give their workers paid sick leave took effect Tuesday, and the de Blasio administration began an advertising campaign to inform both employers and employees about it. City Hall also issued a press release detailing some aspects of the law. Under the Earned Sick Time Act, companies with five or more employees who work more than 80 hours a year must provide them with up to five paid sick days annually. Employees accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work, up to the 40 hours, or five days.

Companies with fewer than five employees must provide unpaid sick leave, and employers with one or more domestic workers must give them two days of paid sick leave. The workers may use the time to care for themselves or a sick relative. The law will be enforced by the Department of Consumer Affairs. Workers can file complaints about alleged violations with the agency, and it will hold a hearing on proposed rules surrounding the new law on April 29. For details on the regulations, visit rules.cityofnewyork.us. For more about the Q law itself, go to nyc.gov/paidsickleave.

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PS 60’s science team was proud to display their students’ projects at the school’s science fair. Many parents and family members attended the fair to support the students’ success. Councilman Eric Ulrich, center, was the guest judge who carefully selected the overall winners in grades 3, 4 and 5. He spent time with each student to have a discussion about the details of his/her project. The winners were presented with trophies to acknowledge their outstanding work. Race to Read is an annual school-wide event at PS 60, the Woodhaven School. This year’s theme was “PS 60 Takes Manhattan.” The students were enthusiastic about reading daily in order to further their class’ reading race car in the competition. Students were eager to track their class’ progress on their journey through Manhattan on a bulletin board displayed in the school’s main hallway. Ms. Carrion and Ms. Beckmann’s classes read their way to victory at the close of the six-week competition. Ms. Pisciotti, the assistant principal, was proud to present trophies to the top reader in each grade. This event was graciously supported by Subway, Applebee’s, and McDonald’s.

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Physical education teachers Mrs. Kapovic and Mr. Cruz trained and encouraged their students as they participated in the Mighty Milers running program. The program helps kids of all fitness levels build their self-esteem and learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The fifthgrade students in Mrs. Ciccone’s class set and reached many personal goals during the school year by demonstrating a high level of motivation and commitment.

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Mother allegedly told school her son likes to run and ‘will leave building’ by Tess McRae Associate Editor

The special commissioner of investigation for the New York City School District released a report last week detailing the agency’s investigation of the disappearance of Avonte Quendo. Avonte, a 14-year-old mute boy with autism, ran out of the Riverview School in Long Island City on Oct. 4, 2013 and was never seen again. In January, his remains washed ashore in College Point. The report revealed that miscommunication, misunderstanding and misinformation made for a disastrous cocktail that would ultimately result in the boy’s death. According to the investigation, Avonte’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, submitted a form to Avonte’s teacher letting her know of his tendency to flee. “Safety concerns — Please make sure you keep an eye out, he likes to run,” Fontaine wrote. “Need 1 to 1 supervisor, will leave the building.” The information was never passed on to the school’s administration or to the paraprofessionals who were caring for Avonte at the time of his escape. It was also reported that the form Fontaine filled out, which Avonte’s teacher had sent home, had not been approved by the

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October were also shared in the report. According to the SCI, Avonte ran past a school safety officer — assigned to the school’s lobby — and she tried to get the boy’s attention by calling out “Excuse me.” In the video, the view of the officer was obstructed for “safety reasons” but Avonte does appear to turn around when the officer called him. He takes three steps towards the desk before the video — made public by the NYPD — cuts out. The next clip is of Avonte running down the hall toward an open door that had been ajar for more than 30 minutes. Approximately three minutes after the boy ran out of the building, the same safety officer casually walked to the door and closed it. When administration was informed that Avonte was missing, the officer told the assistant principal that she witnessed him running around the building and believed he had gone upstairs. The school safety officer was unable to chase after Avonte because she was assisting a parent and child at the front desk. She also said the boy was moving too quickly for her to catch him if she tried. The report has been submitted to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, who will determine if disciplinary actions or further Q investigation is necessary.

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Queens’ population nears 2.3 million After surprising Census results in 2010, feds say borough is growing by Domenick Rafter Editor

Queens County is growing, and the population of the borough is nearing an all-time high of 2.3 million, Census figures estimated last week. Nearly halfway through the decade, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the borough’s population as 2,296,175, an increase of 2.9 percent from 2010, or about 65,000 people. That makes the borough larger than every city in the country except New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and more populous than 15 states. Queens is still not as large as Brooklyn, which topped 2.5 million and was the fastest-growing borough so far this decade. Both boroughs grew by just under 1 percent in 2013 alone, and were the second and third fastest-growing counties in the state. Queens is still the 10th mostpopulated county in the nation, though it may soon be surpassed by the faster-growing and geographically much larger Riverside County, Calif. The results of the 2010 Census, which claimed the borough had only grown by a mere 1,343 people since 2000, baff led many who pointed to the spur in development and demand for real estate, especially in Western Queens and Flushing, over the previous decade as a sign the population of Queens had to have grown by a larger number. Most notable was that Astoria lost a significant number of residents according to the 2010 Census, a claim officials found questionable at the time as the neighborhood has attracted new immigrants and residents from elsewhere in the country during the past decade. Periodic updates since the 2010

Census have shown the population of the borough growing far more rapidly. Queens grew by about 40,000 people between 2010 and 2012 and another 25,000 since. No breakdown of race, gender or ethnicity has been made for the 2013 numbers as of yet, but according to the 2012 estimates, which placed the population of Queens at 2,275,889, the borough was almost equally split among four major ethnic groups. The Hispanic population was at 27.9 percent, while the white, nonLatino population was recorded at 27.2 percent. Asians made up 24.8 percent, while blacks were 20.9 percent of Queens’ population. According to the 2012 numbers, the borough’s white population was growing in Long Island City, while the Asian population was booming in the outskirts of Flushing and in Nor theast Queens. Hispanics, though heavily concentrated in Corona and Jackson Heights, saw growth throughout the borough — notably in Woodhaven, Ridgewood and Maspeth — while the black population, mostly centered in Southeast Queens, was stagnant and even dropped in neighborhoods that had long had a thriving black population, such as East Elmhurst. The estimated population of all five boroughs combined topped 8.4 million, an increase of nearly 400,000 people since 2010. New York is still the largest city in the United States, more than double the size of second-place Los Angeles. The city is growing at a rate twice that of the state as a whole, which saw only a 1.4 percent increase in population since 2010. New York City now makes up just under 43 percent of the entire state’s population. Over 84 percent of the state’s entire population

The population of Queens County has grown by almost 3 percent since 2010, according to Census numbers, a PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA turnaround from the anemic growth the Census Bureau recorded in the last decade. growth is taking place in the five boroughs. Every borough registered growth since 2010, with Staten Island adding the lowest number of people, in part due to Hurricane Sandy’s effect on the borough, which displaced thousands of residents there. One major reason for the population jump is that more people are moving to the city from within the United States than moving out of it, a reversal of a trend that existed for decades and still largely exists in the rest of the state, especially upstate. Most of the domestic transplants come from other parts of New York — especially upstate — and New Jersey, followed by Florida, California and Pennsylvania, according to the Department of

City Planning. Many of those transplants are younger and are living in more affordable places in the outer boroughs, especially Astoria, Jackson Heights and Sunnyside. Immigrants are also still a major factor in Queens’ growth, though citywide the number coming in dropped slightly. Just under 48 percent of the borough’s population is foreign-born, according to 2012 numbers. City Planning also adds that life expectancy in the city is rising, which means births are outnumbering deaths, and that is contributing to the population growth. It was not determined in which neighborhoods specifically the growth was occurring, but in the 2010 Census, areas that have and

are continuing to experience a building boom topped the list of fastest-growing neighborhoods. They include the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, downtown Flushing and A r ver ne in the Rockaways. The de Blasio administration said the numbers show the need to create more affordable housing, one of the new mayor’s major policy initiatives. “These population increases underscore the need to spur creation of housing for all New Yorkers, something which we are focusing on as part of the mayor’s mandate to provide 200,000 affordable apartments over the next ten years,” New York City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod said Q in a press release last week.

Mystery letter details CB 9 leaders’ feud by Domenick Rafter Editor

A letter from former Community Board 9 Chairman Jim Coccovillo detailing the year-long feud between him and District Manager Mary Ann Carey was sent to the Queens Chronicle Tuesday, but Coccovillo, who stepped down as chairman last month, said he wasn’t the one who released it to the public. “I didn’t send anyone anything,” Coccovillo said when contacted Wednesday. The letter was faxed early Tuesday afternoon with no cover sheet or any number

Ex-chairman said he didn’t send note from where it was sent. It includes signatures of Coccovillo and Carey, who acknowledged the letter’s authenticity, but said she didn’t make it public. The note explains the issues that dominated the last year of CB 9 meetings. A note, allegedly written by Carey, said she disagrees with it. Coccovillo’s successor, Ralph Gonzalez, said Tuesday that he did not know about the letter. According to the letter, CB 9’s executive board decided to move forward with a

motion to terminate Carey last spring after offering to let them resign, which she refused. That led to a contentious meeting last June in which the board decided, after more than an hour of closed-door deliberation, to give Carey a six-month probationary period. However, that time line led to more contention on the board last fall. The note also describes Carey’s behavior as “inappropriate” and “unprofessional,” alluding to an incident at the January CB 9 meeting when Carey accused Cocco-

villo, who was not present at that meeting, of harassing her and her staff. She later walked back those remarks. Coccovillo and Carey said at the board’s February meeting that they had resolved their differences and vowed to move beyond the previous year’s issues. When asked about the letter, several board members said they didn’t know where it came from, but felt the issue needed to be handled behind closed doors. “This is in the past and someone is trying to stir it up again,” one board member Q said.


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continued from page 2 reporting by the News revealed that Galante also works part-time for the Elmont School District on Long Island, earning more than $100,000 a year there. Questioned about his work schedule by Van Bramer and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), Galante said he works 70 to 80 hours a week for the library, with his work for Elmont on top of that. The News subsequently obtained time sheets from Elmont that, the paper said in an editorial calling for Galante to step down, show he either “can bend the space-time continuum,” overbilled Elmont or is not working enough for the library. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and city Department of Investigation recently served the library with subpoenas for records, though the Queens Chronicle could not determine what documents those were. The News also reports that Galante has an association that traces back to Elmont, which lies just over the city line opposite Hollis and Cambria Heights, with a construction manager who won contracts for a number of the library system’s recent renovation projects. In response to the criticism, the library and its board have said that Galante does an excellent job as CEO, pointing to its modernization, the upgrades at numerous branches, its response to Hur ricane

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Celebrating the past while eyeing the future Katz and other officials announce a plethora of anniversary events by Christopher Barca Reporter

It won’t be as extravagant as the 1939-40 or 1964-65 World’s Fairs were, but officials hope the summer celebrations to commemorate the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the events will be noteworthy. According to Borough President Melinda Katz, the programs will rebrand Queens as a destination ref lecting the heart and soul of New York City. Flanked by members of the newly formed World’s Fair Anniversary Committee in the lobby of the Queens Museum, Katz declared on Friday the celebrations will not only honor the past World’s Fairs, but celebrate the bright future ahead for Queens. “We are in the world’s borough, the most ethnically diverse borough on the entire planet. It is our asset, it is our strength and the World’s Fair knew that all those generations ago,” Katz said. “The next six months are going to signify events that will help keep the spirit of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs alive.” In addition to the Tent of Tomorrow public tour on April 22 and the World’s Fair Anniversary Festival on May 18, numerous other events involving a myriad of organizations were announced. Queens Theat re managing director Taryn Sacramone revealed a series of anniversary events such as theatrical performances, historic World’s Fair memorabilia displays and Lego workshops. Queens Museum Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl announced new summerlong exhibits detailing famous World’s Fair-related art projects such as “Andy

Borough President Melinda Katz, center left, stands with Assemblywoman Marge Markey and other elected and city officials in front of the Unisphere after a press conference to announce a six-month series of celebrations to honor the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the 1964-64 and PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA the 1939-40 World’s Fairs. Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men and the 1964 World’s Fair” and an exhibit of World’s Fair posters from around the world over the course of a century. Details about the advertisement campaign for this year’s World’s Fair anniversary were also announced by NYC & Company president Fred Dixon. Starting in early April, posters will be placed at bus stops throughout the borough,

and commemorative shirts and buttons will also be sold online at nyc.gov/citystore. “As New Yorkers, we all know what a special place Queens is,” Dixon said. “It’s a chance to further showcase what Queens is. That’s what the World’s Fair is all about.” The Queens Botanical Garden, the Museum of the Moving Image and the New York Hall of Science will all host anniversary events as well.

The full list of events throughout the borough can be found online at itsinqueens. com/worldsfair. Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be a busy place once the weather warms up, and Katz half-joked that she hopes thousands of people come to the borough and “spend lots of money” in the area. When it comes to money, area billionaire and former Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis told the Daily News he is willing to help foot the bill when it comes to saving the aging New York State Pavilion, depending on the idea for reuse the task force, set up by Katz earlier this year, settles on. “I’ve certainly been there ready and able to write a check,” Catsimatidis told the Daily News. A self-proclaimed World’s Fair buff, Catsimatidis hopes another global gathering will come to Queens in the near future and he says he wishes to discuss the possibility with Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio. Like Catsimatidis, Katz hopes this summer will be more than just about celebrating the past, it will be about re-launching Queens as the place to go for tourists and city residents alike. “[The events] will help achieve the goal to rebrand Queens as a tourist destination with world-class cultural institutions and other attractions that people from around the city and the world should explore,” she said. “You should never come to the City of New York as a tourist and think you have seen the City of New York until you have Q been to the Borough of Queens.”

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When the NYPD decided it wanted to use basketball as a tool for reaching out to young men in souther n Queens, off icers in Patrol Borough South reached out to York College, and to Doneilous King. King, who runs a basketball academy of national acclaim in upstate Utica, put more than 40 through his drills in dribbling, passing, shooting and teamwork on Sunday. “If I can teach them to have discipline on the court, it makes it much easier to carry it over to discipline in life,” King said while his charges took a water break. Officer Johnny Hines of the 113th, who helped organize the morning and afternoon sessions,

said they brought in players from various areas of the city as part of the department’s Cops and Kids program. “They’re from Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan,” he said. “We reached out through the Police Explorers, Police Athletic League, schools we work with and word of mouth. They’re from different neighborhoods, different communities. We want to help them bridge that gap.” As well, Hines said, as the gap between the young men and the police. Lt. Donzel Cleare, a community affairs officer in Patrol Borough South, naturally reached out to York College, where he had been a star for Head Coach and Athletic Director Ronald St. John. The two-time CUNY Athletic Conference all-star is a member of the school’s 1,000-point club.

Doneilous King put children and young adults through their paces on Sunday at the gym at York College in a clinic PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON sponsored by the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens South. “I’ve been to six NCAA tournaments,” St. John said. “He took me to my first one.” St. John said the school does whatever it can, whenever it can, to promote community projects

that benefit the city. Cleare said use of a gym on a college campus was a deliberate choice over any one of myriad parks and playgrounds in southern Queens. “That was no accident,” Cleare

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Honoring World’s Fair is personal for Katz by Christopher Barca Reporter

Saving the rusting New York State Pavilion and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World’s Fair isn’t just a tremendous personal goal for Borough President Melinda Katz. It’s also a deeply personal one. At the end of Friday’s press conference to announce a six-month-long series of events to celebrate the global gathering’s golden anniversary, Katz, who often jokes about attending the World’s Fair in 1964 “in utero,”

briefly spoke of her late parents, who were extremely influential in the arts and culture scenes in Queens. “The World’s Fair meant a lot to my family. Arts and culture and tourism was the lifeblood of my family,” Katz said. “It is what we stood for. It is what they spent their entire careers dedicated to in the borough of Queens.” The main attraction of the upcoming series of celebrations will be the anniversary festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on May 18, where the Queens Symphony, which

Katz’s father David founded and conducted, will close the night with a concert adjacent to the Unisphere, similar to a performance her father led decades earlier. After the press conference, Katz admitted how much personal interest she has in celebrating the World’s Fair in an interview with the Chronicle. “The personal is certainly a driving factor, it’s like the culmination of their careers,” she said. “I think the fact that I’m carrying the banner of Queens so high, they would be proud of that.”

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With three decades or so standing in between their careers, and very different styles of music as their focus, Gloria Estefan and Doris Day wouldn’t seem to have all that much in common. But two new albums of standards just may lead you to think they do.

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Doris Day “The Essential” (Sony Legacy) Doris Day was one of the most popular singers and actresses in the 1940s and ’50s. These days the 92-yearold Day is best known for being an animal rights activist in Carmel, Calif., where she has lived since basically retiring from showbiz nearly 40 years ago. “The Essential Doris Day” is a 36-song, doubleCD of her best-known work. “Que Sera Sera” is of course the tune most identified with her, and yes, it’s included in this compilation. Sylvester Stewart, better known by his stage name, Sly Stone, was such a big Doris Day fan that he covered “Que Sera Sera” on his 1973 “Fresh” album. Sly had only recorded his own compositions until that point. Other future standards that Day made hits out of were “When I Fall in Love,” “It’s Magic,” “Secret Love,” “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” and “Moonlight Bay.” Granted, a lot of tracks here have not aged well, but there is something delightfully nostalgic recalling a time when record labels would hire big orchestras and choruses to back up singers. I guarP antee that will never return.

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Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine were one of my favorite musical acts of the 1980s as they could mix smart catchy uptempo tunes such as “Conga,” “Bad Boy,” “Betcha Say That” and “The Rhythm’s Gonna Get You” with heartfelt ballads that weren’t syrupy Hallmark cards, as exemplified by “Anything For You,” “Don’t Wanna Lose You,” “Here We Are” and “Can’t Stay Away From You.” Estefan was still a major force on the pop charts when she was badly injured and nearly paralyzed in March 1990 when her tour bus was rammed by an out-of-control truck on a snowy Scranton, Pa. highway. She would make a full recovery and even produce a No. 1 hit in 1992, “Coming out of the Dark,” whose title and lyrics obviously referred to her struggle to recover both physically and mentally from that near-fatal experience. In the ensuing years she has shown less interest in competing on the pop charts and has instead focused her energies on holiday albums, as well as making recordings in Spanish. In 1994 Estefan recorded an album of her favorite Top 40 hits from the 1960s and ’70s. Twenty years later she once again mined popular music’s past by digging into the Great American Songbook with her new album, simply titled “The Standards.” Estefan is well aware that Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon and many other rock stars have employed the same idea for albums with mixed results. While there is some overlap in terms of song choices, it’s clear that she was diligent in trying her hand at tunes that were not covered by her contemporaries. Her renditions of “Good Morning Heartache” and “What a Difference a Day Makes” are serviceable but they won’t make anyone forget Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington, or even the ’70s remakes of

those tunes that became hits respectively for Diana Ross and Esther Phillips. The only serious misfire here is the Louis Armstrong chestnut “What A Wonderful World,” which was co-written by Forest Hills Gardens native Bob Thiele. Estefan is done in by a drawn-out and turgid string and woodwind orchestration. Her singing is OK on the tune but let’s face it: Only longtime Corona resident Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, with his joyous and throaty vocals, could do this tune justice. This is not to say “The Standards” is a disappointment. Estefan would make George and Ira Gershwin proud with her interpretations of “Embraceable You,” “How Long Has This Been Going On,” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” No one has ever come close to recording “Young at Heart” as well as Frank Sinatra did, but Estefan’s phraseology brings out the importance of the lyrics. The standout tune is “Sonrie,” which is Spanish for “Smile.” She does an admirable job singing the Charlie Chaplin signature song, which is also associated with Nat King Cole, in Spanish, though it is not a literal line-for-line translation. The alterations were in all likelihood made for rhyming purposes.

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Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg came under heavy criticism for his handling of the city school system in his final years in office. But a gathering in South Jamaica last Friday, hosted by state Sen. James Sanders, Jr. (D-South Ozone Park), showed that many parents and education advocates have similar or new concerns with the policies of Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo. More than 80 people attended the town hall meeting, which took place at the Calvary Baptist Church Houses on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard. Panelists included Meryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, which oversees education matters; and Sadye Campoamor, special assistant to New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina. Typical of a Sanders town hall meeting the talk was free-wheeling and absolutely no topic was off-limits. “Just don’t ask me a question if you don’t want the answer,” he said. The senator allowed the superintendents and community education council presidents from districts 27, 28 and 29 to offer brief overviews of what is going on in their purviews. But parents were interested in Common Core, the effort to nationalize instruction and standards in math and English language arts; co-location and charter schools, which did not go away in January with Mayor Bloomberg; and state funding not just for de Blasio’s universal pre-K plans but city public education in general. The latter subjects were particularly bothersome to Tisch, who called the recent focus on charter schools a diversion. “Charter schools serve 60 or 70,000 children in New York City,” she said. “I’m concerned with 1.1 million.” Cuomo did not announce a state budget agreement — one that included $300 million for universal pre-K and capital support for charter schools — until Monday. And on Friday night, Sanders said he had been leaning toward voting against the budget as he knew it. Tisch said during the meeting that she was hoping to hear about the budget from Albany if an agreement come down during the town hall. “I’m going to do something I would have criticized my students for,” she said. “I’m keeping my cell phone out tonight.” And she did not like what she had heard about negotiations, saying Cuomo’s proposals for supporting charters ran the risk of taking resources from the remaining 95 percent of the city’s students. Another speaker on the agenda was Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class

Size Matters, dedicated to emphasizing the benefits of having fewer children per teacher and per classroom. Haimson said the average elementary school in District 27 is currently at 106 percent of capacity, and that the typical Queens high school is at 111 percent. Others pointed out that the Department of Education, when seeking to co-locate new schools within existing ones, says that a given building is utilized below capacity. The DOE, for example, is hosting a public hearing at August Martin High School in Jamaica at 6 p.m. on April 8 to get community input on plans to co-locate a district high school there this September. Plans of the Bloomberg administration to co-locate an elementary-level charter school in the building have been rescinded following massive public outcry. But Haimson believes that too is tied into funding, charters and other issues. “This is only in New York City,” she said. “They wouldn’t dare do these things on Long Island or in Westchester County.” Haimson also warned parents who did not know about InBloom, the program under which many parents fear the state will expose personal information on schoolchildren throughout the state to outside technology vendors. “Without parents’ knowledge or consent,” she said, and with no guarantees of security. She added that of the original eight or nine states that planned to enter the program, only New York remains committed to setting up the database. “These are the things they will be posessing about your children,” Haimson said. “Their name; phone number; address; your name; their test scores; any disabilities, disciplinary records; attendance. And InBloom is not responsible for leaks.” InBloom has stated in numerous published reports that it offers data storage services with the ability to connect school districts, teachers and students to specialized, tailored services, and that it does not engage in date mining. They also have said it is up to each individual school district to decide just what information on students it is prepared to place in the system. Ellen Hayes, a grandparent from District 27, said Common Core still is a great unknown, and worries it has been crafted by unelected and unaccountable people. Sanders, without singling out the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference or state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), said the cause of many problems mentioned Friday lies in the state capital. “The problem is that Republicans run continued on page 38


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continued from page 5 their options. Homeowners will be able to fully proceed through the design process before needing to make transfer payments. • Allow homeowners to set aside their transfer payments for temporary relocation expenses if they are displaced during construction. • Eliminate permit and procedural bottlenecks that are slowing repairs and rebuilds; for example, clearing outstanding DOB permits that have prevented some Sandy rebuilds and repairs from moving forward. • Publish an updated strategy with diagnostic and additional specific recommendations to improve Sandy recovery in two weeks – on April 11. Since January, de Blasio says Build it Back has completed 7,000 of nearly 10,000 damage assessments, had nearly 2,500 more review meetings, constituting more than $275 million of the $300 million in offers made and completing calls to 5,000 unresponsive applicants to yield an additional 1,200 applicants interested in program re-entry. Elected officials representing South Queens said the mayor needed to move fast to restore confidence and make the city’s Sandy recovery programs work. “Build it Back has been an abysmal

failure since day one,” Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said at Monday’s Council hearing. “Bureaucratic red tape, lost paper work and overall lack of accountability have stood in the way of people getting the help they need. I am hoping that the new administration will address these long-standing issues and deliver the relief that homeowners and residents have been waiting for.” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) also called for the new Sandy recovery team to move quickly and fix issues with Build it Back. “No more excuses, ever y family should get the resources they need to allow them to move on and rebuild their lives,” Goldfeder said testifying at Monday’s hearing. “No one currently waiting on Build it Back should have to see another Sandy anniversary pass before they finally get the help that they need. I strongly urge the City to expedite this process immediately.” State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said admitting the program had problems was itself a big step. “The most important step was to acknowledge that the Build it Back program was not working for most of my constituents throughout Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach, Broad Channel, Rockaway and Breezy Point and that changes Q were necessary,” he said.

Ridgewood couple slain in apartment No arrests have been made as of yet by Christopher Barca Reporter

Nearly a week after a young Ridgewood couple was gunned down in their apartment, police are still searching for their killer. The bodies of Louis Oscar PadillaLopez, 22, and his girlfriend, Natalie Mejia-Tavares, 21, were discovered by a female relative of Mejia-Tavares shortly after they were murdered in their 18-15 Summerfield Street around 6:30 p.m. last Thursday. Mejia-Tavares suffered a gunshot wound to her torso while Padilla-Lopez died after being shot in the head. According to police, no weapons were recovered at the scene and the motive beh i nd the k illi ngs is st ill u nder investigation. It was unclear whether the crime was a murder-suicide and if anyone else was inside the home at the time of the incident. Padilla-Lopez was not without his own legal issues, as a police source confirmed he had three prior arrests, all within the

last two years. In July 2012, he was arrested for criminal mischief. Padilla-Lopez was also arrested that December for possession of a controlled substance. Lastly, he was nabbed in Hempstead, LI last October on charges of DWI and obstructing government administration. Published reports indicate the case against Padilla-Lopez in Nassau County was still pending at the time of his death. Reports have also hinted the murders appeared to be drug related, but according to police, ever ything is still under investigation. The murders of Padilla-Lopez and Mejia-Tavares are the second and third homicides within the confines of the 104th Precinct in 2014, tying 2013’s homicide total for the entire year. However, 104th Precinct Captain Christopher Manson believes Emilliano Llames, who was found stabbed to death on Cypress Hill Street in Glendale in January, was murdered in Brooklyn and dumped in Q Queens.

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Area leaders fret over May rap concerts Knockdown Center set to host two shows by popular rapper M.I.A. by Christopher Barca Reporter

The Knockdown Center has landed one of the biggest names in hiphop to perform two concerts next month. Just don’t expect to see Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden rocking out in the first row. “This is exactly what we’re trying to prevent,” Holden said. “You know when thousands of people get together, there’s going to be alcohol, drugs and rowdiness.” Wildly popular, yet controversial female rapper M.I.A. is scheduled to perform shows on May 8 and 9 at the arts center at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth. Tickets costing $38 went on sale last week. Fellow rapper A$AP Ferg will open the concerts, which has a listed start time as 7 p.m. on both nights. But it is Holden’s hope that the city will nix the concerts in the coming weeks. “We need city officials to protect the quality of life for the neighborhood. So I think if it

British-born, Sri Lankan-raised rapper M.I.A. performs a concert in NPK / FLICKR 2010. could legally be stopped, it will be stopped,” he said. “This is going to be a good test for the Department of Buildings and we’re watching our elected officials very carefully. “If the Pope suppor ted the

Knockdown Center, I would say he’s wrong,” he added. The British-born, Sri Lankanraised M.I.A., whose real name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, burst onto the scene with her Grammyn o m i n a t e d m e g a - h it “ Pa p e r Planes” in 2008. Since then, her music has been critically acclaimed but has also spawned controversy. The short film that accompanied her 2010 hit single “Born Free” depicts a mock genocide against red-haired people, even featuring a scene where a child is br utally shot in the head and killed. The film, which was inspired by the ongoing conflict between the Sri Lankan military and the Tamil Tigers, the rebel group M.I.A. supports, was called one of the most daring and brilliant music videos in years by many critics, but was pulled off YouTube shortly after it was released. Some call her art controversial while others call it genius, and Knockdown Center manager Tyler Myers couldn’t be more excited for

the award-winning musician to perform back-to-back shows at the venue. “We’re very excited to host her,” Myers said. “Her music is exciting, interesting and layered. She is a very successful woman performing and writing in a genre that, I think, tends to be dominated by men.” The concerts are sponsored by Live Nation, one of the largest entertainment companies in the world, and tickets can be found on ticketweb.com. While the shows have already been scheduled, permit issues could potentially jeopardize them. The Knockdown Center’s plan exam for a place of assembly permit that would allow up to 5,000 people to gather there was disapproved by the Buildings Department on March 21. However, Myers says another plan exam will be filed and he still expects next month’s concerts to take place. “We do not anticipate any impact on the M.I.A. concerts,” he said. “We will need a public assembly permit of some kind to

host those concerts.” Because of the K nockdown Center’s lack of permits, Community Board 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri doesn’t see how the concerts will be allowed to take place. “I don’t believe they have a valid certificate of occupancy or a public assembly permit, therefore they should not be subjecting the community to this,” Arcuri said. “We’ll keep addressing it to the elected officials and city agencies, but that’s all we can do.” Det. Thomas Bell of the 104th Precinct said there will be a police presence in the area during the shows, as well. “We’re going to be out there monitoring everything,” Bell said. “We’ll be there.” Some enthusiastic fans are already jumping at the chance to see M.I.A. perform in their neck of the woods. Fresh Meadows resident Crista Sturgeon, 22, has previously seen the “Paper Planes” singer in concert and already plans to go to both concerts next month. continued on page 38

Council revisits school bus driver contracts Union rallies outside City Hall hearing; says child safety at issue by Michael Gannon

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When the union representing school bus drivers and matrons called off a onemonth strike in February 2013, then-Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio was among the many political supporters who said they would, if elected, reexamine the issue that led to the picket lines — employee protection provisions. Local 1811 of the Amalgamated Transit union on March 27 organized a rally outside City Hall prior to a City Council Education Committee hearing on EPPs. EPPs require private bus companies doing business with the city to hire from a list of the most experienced drivers and matrons. The city last year eliminated the provisions from new bus contracts for handicapped children, citing a 2011 New York State Court of Appeals decision which found them illegal in a case filed by bus companies over preschool runs. The new bus contracts were the first since 1979 without EPPs. The city agreed to the provisions as part of an overall labor settlement. Union officials said Mayor Bloomberg and then-Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott could have added the provisions within the framework of the 2011 ruling had

they wanted to. The city said it would reduce costs. The union said it would reduce experience and safety. “Employee protection provisions ensure that our city’s school children are being transported to and from school every day by the most experienced and safest drivers and mat rons available,” said Michael Cordiello, president of Local 1811, in a statement issued after the rally. “I am optimistic that Mayor de Blasio and the City Council will do the right thing and reinstate the EPPs as soon as possible to ensure the safety of our city’s school children and restore stability to our industr y,” he said. He may have been referring to Atlantic Express in Ridgewood, which f iled for bankr uptcy and closed at the end of 2013. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D Middle Village) spent time on the picket lines with drivers during the walkout. New Public Advocate Letitia James also has favored reinstating the protections. But the operative phrase in Cordiello’s statement could be “as soon as possible” according to David Gregory, the Dorothy Day Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law and director of the school’s Center for Labor and Employment Law. While none of the parties has yet set a specific road map for reinstating EPPs,

some of the options include the City Council passing legislation to give them the force of law; the city and /or the union going to court in an attempt to invalidate the existing contracts for handicapped students; or sitting down with the bus companies to try and negotiate the provisions into existing or future contracts. Gregory said the former two would be undertaken with at least some risk for the drivers’ union. “I think all parties want to settle this at the bargaining table,” Gregory said. The professor said it would be “very difficult” for the union to invalidate existing contracts in court. He added that should the Council pass rules requiring EPPs in future contracts, one or more bus companies might go to court. The city then would risk an outcome that relied on the 2011 appellate decision as precedent. Though school bus drivers are not city employees, Gregor y also said that the more than 150 expired municipal labor contracts also could come into play if they decided to try and negotiate EPP provisions with the bus companies. Published repor ts have said at least some unions have been offered the framework for nine-year contracts as a means of making up for lost raises over time.

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27-year NYPD veteran remembered by all as dedicated public servant by Michael Gannon Editor

New York City’s law enforcement community lost a leader last week when Lawrence Festa, chief investigator for the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, died suddenly at age 64. Festa served 27 years with the NYPD, retiring as a lieutenant in 1997 to join Brown’s staff as an investigator. His assignments in the NYPD included the Organized Crime Control Bureau. He became chief investigator for Brown in 2003. “Chief Festa successfully conducted and supervised many difficult and challenging investigations for this office,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “And he always did so with the true professionalism and a diplomatic demeanor that earned him the respect of his peers and subordinates. We owe Larry a debt of gratitude for his years of service to this office and the people of Queens County.” Anthony Como, a former assistant district attorney and city Councilman, now practices criminal defense. He worked with Festa in all three capacities. He said he was fortunate to call Festa a friend. “What a gentleman!” Como said Tuesday. “He was an absolutely dedicated public servant. He cared 110 percent, serving the public and serving the Queens District Attorney’s office. It didn’t matter if you were a low-level prosecutor or a senior assistant ADA who had been around for years. His door was always open. He was always ready to give advice to see that justice was done.” He said Festa would handle many cases personally, and that the two worked on several cases together, some of them high profile, when he was an assistant district attorney. Como said Festa’s door remained open when as a Councilman he would refer a constituent complaint or concern that he felt was suited for the District Attorney’s office

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to examine. He said it was no different when Como entered private practice and became a defense attorney. “You’ll notice I said ‘He made sure justice was done; not ‘He made sure the prosecutor got a conviction.’ When, as a defense attorney, I would bring certain matters to his attention, they would be investigated.” He said Festa’s staff did not shy away from evidence which might help or exonerate the accused. Como also said he was one of the lucky people to be extended an invitation to join Festa, an avid fisherman, on his boat. “I never went because I always get seasick,” he said. “But he had a lot of pictures of himself on his boat and some of the fish he caught.” Festa’s survivors include his wife, Pat. His funeral took place Tuesday at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hempstead, LI, followed by burial at Holy Rood CemeQ tery in Westbury.

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Rap concerts continued from page 36 “When I heard about the shows, I immediately went online and bought two tickets for each night’s show,” Sturgeon said. “After all, her concerts aren’t just a show, they truly are an experience.” The plan exam for the Knockdown Center’s place of assembly permit isn’t the venue’s only application in question. The DOB has placed an audit on the center’s previously approved application to allow for some renovations and to alter the building’s certificate of occupancy from factor y to public assembly. “[DOB] has placed an audit on the job ... whereby a second plan examiner reviews the plan. If that second plan examiner has notes, they automatically put the job in ‘notice to revoke’ pending another meeting with our architect,” Myers said. “That meeting will be soon, and we are confident we’ll be able to satisfy the additional objections the second plan examiner has raised.” Neither Myers nor the DOB could be reached again as of press time to clarify what objections the facility faced. When contacted by the Chronicle, a spokeswoman for Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said she had no comment on the matter. Q

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continued from page 34 Albany,” he said, alluding to the IDC’s power-sharing agreement with the numerical-minority Senate Republicans. “And ask yourselves, who gave them that power? One of them is one of your elected officials.” Smith had been a member of the IDC until he was dismissed from the group. And while he is facing three primary challengers, and possibly a fourth in Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie for what is considered a safe Democratic seat in the general election, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined the IDC last month. Lorraine Bridges, former president of the 29th District PTA Council, expressed the feelings of many in the room on Friday. “I came here as an angry parent,” she Q said. “I’m even angrier now.”

112th Pct. part of Twitter pilot program by Christopher Barca Reporter

If the 112th Precinct follows you on Twitter sometime in the near future, don’t assume it’s a parody account or a scam. In an effort to eventually have every police precinct in the city on Twitter, the 112th Precinct, along with four other city stations, including the 106th Precinct in South Queens, will be a part of a pilot program to test the effectiveness of the strategy, according to published reports. O n ly one police-related Twit ter account, @NYPDNews, is active on the social media site. The other units involved in the program are the 83rd Precinct in Bushwick and Manhattan’s 25th Precinct and Police Service Area 6. Heidi Chain, 112th Precinct Community Council president, said she thinks “this will be a very successful program” but could not offer more information. Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff of the 106th Precinct was active on Twitter

when he was the 76th Precinct commander until 15 months ago, when the station’s Twitter account he ran was ordered shut down. Schiff came under fire from NYPD officials in January 2013 after he tweeted about two career criminals’ impending release from prison. The men, Efrain Gauthier and Eduardo Guzman, were both re-arrested after committing additional crimes after being released. This is not the first time the 112th Precinct, which serves Forest Hills and Rego Park, has been involved in an NYPD pilot program. In December, the station was the first in the city to host a virtual community council meeting in addition to a regularly scheduled in-person gathering. The online meeting, which used a Skype-like video chat service called Spreecast, featuring Chain, precinct Capt. Thomas Conforti and Det. Gigi Redzematovic, ended abruptly after techQ nical issues.

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Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini, with his family in the famous “Diner Scene” in the series finale of “The Sopranos.”

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David Chase created one of the 21st century’s most influential shows and now will discuss his creative process with the public during a special event at the Museum of the Moving Image. “The Sopranos” is credited as the greatest and most groundbreaking television series of all time by many critics. It received two Peabody Awards, 21 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes. In the Wall Street Journal, Dorothy Rabinowitz recently called “The Sopranos” “a dramatic enterprise unequaled in television history, and by most of what Hollywood offers today.” Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-

based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano — made iconic by the late James Gandolfini — the show portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and his criminal organization. The series features Tony’s family members and Mafia colleagues and rivals in prominent roles and story arcs, most notably his wife, Carmela — played by Edie Falco — and his cousin and protege, Christopher Moltisanti — played by Michael Imperioli. Chase was head writer and show runner for the series’ 86 episodes and yet he only directed two: the pilot and the finale. The Museum of the Moving Image will pres-

ent a special evening with Chase in conversation with Chief Curator David Schwartz about the groundbreaking HBO TV series, following a screening of these two episodes. “‘The Sopranos’ had a remarkable team of directors, writers, cast and crew, helmed by a visionary creator,” Schwartz said. “This series was a richly detailed and panoramic allegory of contemporary America, a reinvention of the crime drama, and perhaps the show that inspired the current renaissance of quality television series.” The first episode aired on Jan. 10, 1999 and introduced Soprano as a self-proclaimed “waste management consultant.” Continued onpage page44 continued on

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Professionals, Marbella Restaurant, Best Western, 220-33 Northern Blvd., Bayside, Saturday, Apr. 5, 12 p.m. Info: (516) 437-7038.

Gabino Abraham Castelan Solo Show, in collaboration with Mano a Mano, Space Art Gallery, 29-09 39 Ave., Long Island City, now thru Apr. 25.

Tarts & bake sale, Rosary & Altar Society of the Church of the Holy Child Jesus, school auditorium, 111-02 86 Ave., Richmond Hill, Saturday, Apr. 5, 9 a.m-6 p.m.; Sunday, Apr. 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Global Art Project for Peace Exhibition and The Potter’s Wheel Artists Exhibit: “Off the Wall,” Austin’s Ale House, 82-70 Austin St., Kew Gardens, Apr. 2-22; Contact: (718) 849-3939.

E-Waste and Eyeglasses Spring Cleaning Recycling Day in Jackson Heights, sponsored by the Queens Pride Lions Club & Lower East Side Ecology Center, outside the U.S. Post Office, 37th Ave., between 78 & 79 sts, Sunday, Apr. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

THEATER “The Gemini Killer,” Theatre Time Productions, The Colonial Church of Bayside, 54-02 217 St., Friday, Apr. 4 & Saturday, Apr. 5 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Apr. 6, 3 p.m. $16 adults, $14 seniors. Contact: (347) 358-8102.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Beach Cleanup, with New York Cares Day Spring, Saturday, Apr. 12, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Volunteers wanted. Register: littoralsociety.org.

Queens Secret Improv Club, Queens’ only allimprov comedy theater, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Indie teams: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 7, 8 & 9 p.m., $5. House teams: Fridays, 7:30, 8:30 & 9:30 p.m., $7 for the whole night. Info: secrettheatre.org.

Blood drive, West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 102-33 Davenport Ct., Howard Beach, Saturday, Apr. 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: (800) 9332566, nybloodcenter.org.

MUSIC

Social dance, Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, Saturday, Apr. 21, 8 p.m.12 a.m. Call: (718) 478-3100.

Spring Concerts 2014, Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, “Zarzuelas and Boleros,” Sunday, Apr. 6, 4 p.m. “Flamenco,” Sunday, Apr. 13, 4 p.m. $35; $64 for both concerts. Sponsored by Music Program of New York State Council on the Arts. Info/tickets: (718) 729-3880, thaliatheatre.org.

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AUDITIONS “Fiddler on the Roof,” American Martyrs Sullivan Hall, Bell Blvd. & Union Tpke., Bayside, Thursday, Apr. 10 & Saturday, Apr. 12, 7-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, Apr. 13, 3-5:30 p.m. Open call all ages, kids parts for 11 year olds and up. Required: head shot & resume, sheet music for ballad & up tempo, conficts for MayJuly, comfortable clothing for group dance audition. Children under 18 must be accompanied by adult.

CLASSES DJ classes, Mainline, 218-12 Hillside Ave., Queens Village, 1st & 2nd week of every month starting in April. Once a week, four sessions, classes in beat mixing and MC techniques. Call: (718) 479-4848. Regents review classes, Maspeth Town Hall, 53-37 72 St. Register now for classes in June in: integrated algebra, geometry, global history & geography, living environment/biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, U.S. history & government, algebra 1, algebra 2/trig. Contact: (718) 335-6049, between 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Music of Colombia, Folklore Urbano, Sunnyside Library, 43-06 Greenpoint Ave., Long Island City, Saturday, Apr. 5, 3-4:15 p.m. Free.

Gabino Abraham Castelan Solo Show, in collaboration with Mano a Mano, at Space Art Gallery, in LIC, thru Apr. 25. Citizenship workshop, Immaculate Conception Parish, 21-47 29 St., Long Island City, Saturday, Apr. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. To schedule an appt. and to be screened for eligibility, green-card holders call Cambia Tu Vida hotline (855) 622-6242; info: catholicmigration.org.

KIDS/TEENS Hands-on-History: Let’s Go Fly a Kite! King Manor Museum, 150-30 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, Saturday, Apr. 19, 12-3 p.m. Free. Create and decorate your own kite. Contact: (718) 206-0545, ext. 13, kingmanor.org. After-School Environmental Science Enrichment Program, Eastern Queens Alliance, Idlewild Park Preserve Environmental Science Learning Center, 149-20 Springfield Lane, Rosedale, began Monday, Mar. 31. Ten-week series of hands-on science workshops focusing on wetland and estuaries meets Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 3:30-5 p.m., thru June 14. Ages 8-12, $8 per session, $21 per week. Contact: (347) 824-2301, info@easternqueensalliance.org or eqa-ippc.com/science-in-the-park.html. Drama workshop, Poppenhusen Institute, 11404 14th Rd., College Point, Saturdays, Apr. 5-June 28, 10-11:30 a.m., ages 8-12 with instructor Lisa

LaGrande. Free, pre-registration required. Contact: (718) 358-0067. Children’s carnival, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, Saturdays, Apr. 5, 12 & Sundays, Apr. 6, 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $11 pp (includes all rides). Contact: (718) 347-FARM, queensfarm.org. LP FAM’s youth baseball registration, Dunton Presbyterian Church, 109-29 135 St., South Ozone Park, every Saturday, 12-3 p.m. Boys/girls, ages 5-14. Contact: Derik Braswell (917) 692-4775, or Paul Cox (718) 835-8416. Volunteer coaches welcome for baseball & football. LP FAM’s youth basketball program, Queens Transition Center, 142-10 Linden Blvd., South Ozone Park, every Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Boys/girls, ages 8-16. Contact: Mike Glasgow (917) 442-0479.

COMMUNITY Poetry for You & Me, a visual presentation by Michael Kusen, followed by open mic, Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., Thursday, Apr. 3, 6:30 p.m. Free. Luncheon & fashion show, Queens County Chapter of the International Association of Administrative

Wednesday Night Singles Group, SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 nonmembers.

SPECIAL EVENTS Harley-Davidson of NYC, Sign a “Get Well Card” for UFC Champ Chris Weidman, 42-11 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, Saturday, Apr. 5, 12-4 p.m. Chris had to cancel his appearance at this event due to injury. Free food. Taiwan: A World of Orchids, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, Saturday, Apr. 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with admission. Kick off Opening Weekend and World's Fair Anniversary Season. Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org. The Art of Ghost Dumplings, Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35 Ave., Friday, Apr. 11, 6:30-10 p.m. $75. Proceeds to scholarship fund. Contact/RSVP: Jackie (347) 505-3013, drosa@queenscouncilarts. org; queenscouncilarts.org/the-moveable-feastbook-launch/Proceeds. Car show & blood drive, Maspeth Federal Savings parking lot, 69 St. off Grand Ave., Maspeth, Sunday, Apr. 6. Cars: $20. Car show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; blood drive: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Info/call: Bob (917) 385-2322 or Lou (917) 682-5362. Legal seminar, Emblem Health Neighborhood Care Facility, 206-20 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights, Saturday, Apr. 5, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Learn about wills, trusts, identity theft, caregiving. Free. Sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Delta Beta Zeta Chapter.

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strange on-stage pairings. But they come together and carry on At la s t Fr iday night ’s f ina l dress as if all is right with the world. And rehearsal of “The Boy Friend,” a homage that’s the perfect embodiment of comto the musical comedies of the roaring munity theater. ’20s being presented by The Gingerbread Set on the French Riviera at a finishPlayers of Saint Luke’s Church, the com- ing school for proper English girls, the pany seemed well prepared for the show opens with the “Perfect Young scheduled opening L adi e s” — h ere m a t i n e e p e r f o rdescribed as “in the mance the next day. making,” owing to T h e s c e n e r y, a t he yout h of t he When: April 4, 7:30 p.m. pastel-inspired creportrayers — lookApril 5, 6, 2:30 p.m. ation set against the ing for wa rd to a Where: St. Luke’s Church lovely backdrop costume ball that 85 Greenway South, designed by Rosee ve n i ng. O n e o f Forest Hills mary Favia and feathem, the show’s turing appropriate Tickets: $12, (718) 268-7772 heroine, Polly, finds period costumes by her self without a J o a n n a G u i n t h e r, beau to escort her. sets the tone for this light-hearted romp That is, until a messenger arrives to in nostalgia. deliver her costume, and voila, they fall It must be mentioned that many in love at first sight. members of the cast are, in the words Love, in fact, runs rampant throughout of a popular song of the ’40s, either the show and among its zany characters, too young or too old, and in other who include a nobleman in disguise, a ways not ideally suited for their partic- flapper-chasing codger and his nagging ular roles, making for some rather wife, Polly’s father, Percival, and his old qboro contributor

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Creator of ‘The Sopranos’ talks shop in Astoria continued of his debut film, “Not Fade Away” continuedfrom frompage page00 39 The final episode, “Made in Ameri- — which did not receive the same ca,” aired eight years later on June 10, success “The Sopranos” did. In June 2007 with one of the most controversial 20 0 0, the museum screened the and widely discussed endings in televi- entire first two seasons of the series in a marathon presentation on the sion history. A vast majority of “The Sopranos” big screen. Cha se will no doubt discuss the fans were disappointed by the finale impact Gandolfini and its cliffhanger had on the show that would never as Tony Soprano be resolved. b e c a me one of “I have no the most recoginterest in explainnizable and popuing, defending, When: April 30 at 7 p.m. lar television charreinterpreting or Where: Museum of the acters of all time. adding to what is Moving Image Gandolfini t h e r e ,” C h a s e 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria tragically died in once said of the an Italian hotel controversial diner Tickets: $30 public, $18 members last year from a scene. heart attack. But one hopes The Museum fans and critics of the Moving Image expects tickets alike will be given a little more insight into Chase’s decision to end the series to go quickly and preference will be the way he did — something many given to museum members, who were allowed to purchase theirs on have waited seven years to hear. Chase was previously at the muse- Tuesday. Nonmember tickets went Q um in November 2012 for a screening on sale on Thursday.

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spirit of the era. The hardworking music director Velma Adams provides the nearly nonstop piano accompaniment. The show moves fluidly from scene to scene and musical number to musical number. Choreographers Sharon Dwinnell and Lisa Bondi — who also displays a wonderful singing voice — keep the performers in frequent motion. In the role of Polly, which provided a young Julie Andrews with her springboard to fame in this country, Shannon O’Rourke, in her eighth season with the troupe, sings in a lovely if slight voice. She is paired with David Ashtiani, whose voice may be described similarly, as her love interest Tony. Under the loving direction of Louise Guinther, everyone on stage, from the youngest ensemble members whose ages have not yet reached double digit s through the seasoned veterans who threaten to steal the show from the romantic leads, works cohesively. The proceedings, off to a sometimes tentative start, gain momentum as the evening progresses. Becki Santana has a strong singing voice as Polly’s friend Maisie Merriweather. She is matched by

Ludovic Coutaud as her wealthy love interest, Bobby. Gingerbread veteran Jim Chamberlain injects a great deal of life into Percival. He is, perhaps, topped by another oldtimer, Andrew Dinan, as the girl-chasing Lord Brockhurst. Jillian Smith displays a surprisingly well-developed voice as Dulcie, a young lass who catches Brockhurst’s roving eyes; together they offer a musical highlight in the comic duet “It’s Never Too Late to Fall in Love.” Another standout number is “The Riviera,” which puts the Q dancers to their most strenuous test.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: Ammu LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/20/2014. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to Nazmus Zahangir, 8300 Talbot Street, Apt. 7H, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILIT Y COMPANY. NAME: CROWN J MANAGEMENT, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/25/2014. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to Eddie W Yu, 3100 Zinnia Court, Plano, TX 75075. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: Clare Gaskins, Ph.D., LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/26/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 85-31 120th Street, Apt. 1E, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: EAGER EAGLES CHILD CARE ACADEMY, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/27/2014. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to Sherene Joseph, Apt. 1A, 21040 Grand Central Parkway, Queens Village, NY 11427. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ALG INNOVATIONS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/09/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 154-63 Riverdale Drive, Beechhurst, New York 11357. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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SUPREME COURT-QUEENS COUNTY- MARILOU S. MARTIN and ROBERT ABAD as Sole heir of VIOLET M. ABAD vs. MARIA CARMELITA M. CASTANEDA Index No.: 25640 /2004Pursuant to Judgment of Partition and Sale dated April 13, 2010 and Order Appointing Referee ZENITH THERESA TAYLOR, ESQ. dated March 20, 2013 and Order Substituting Referee MARTHA TAYLOR, ESQ. dated January 17, 2014 auction in Courtroom # 25 of Queens County Supreme Court, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY on Friday May 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. prem k/a 85-09 Kendrick Place, Jamaica, NY. Said property located at the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of Kendrick Road, (formerly Pembroke Road) with the easterly side of Mayfield Road, (Kendrick Road being also known as Kendrick Place); northerly along the easterly side of Mayfield Road, 72.34 feet; easterly 97.42 feet to a point distant 86.91 feet northerly from the northerly side of Kendrick Road; southerly 86.91 feet to a point in the northerly side of Kendrick Road, distant 114.06 feet easterly from the point of beginning measured along said northerly side of Kendrick Road; westerly along the northerly side of Kendrick Road, 114.06 feet to the point or place of beginning, said premises known as 85-09 Kendrick Place, Jamaica, NY Sold subject to Terms and Conditions of filed Order and Terms of Sale. MARTHA TAYLOR, Referee, LAW OFFICE OF SCOTT SCHWEBER, P.C., 250 West 57th Street, Suite 1216, New York, NY 10107 Attys. for Plaintiffs.

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SUMMONS.ORIGINAL FILED WITH THE CLERK ON 01/28/2014. INDEX NO.: 700621/2014. MORTGAGED PREMISES: 75-34 FURMANVILLE AVENUE, MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY 11379. (Block: 3036, Lot: 63). SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. COUNTY OF QUEENS. ASTORIA FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff v. GEORGE NELSON, if living, and if he/she be dead, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or generally or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; PEGGY NELSON, if living, and if he/she be dead, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or generally or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; ANGELA FISCHER A/K/A ANGELA COCCARO; ALBERT FISCHER; BENEFICIAL NEW YORK, INC.; CAPITAL ONE BANK; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; NYC DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE-PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; JOHN DOE (Unknown Tenants/Occupants of the subject property being set for to represent any and all occupants of the subject property being foreclosed herein, and any parties, entities of any kind, if any, having or claiming an interest or lien upon the mortgaged property) Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above captioned action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the Plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal delivery within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a Defendant in this action may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. QUEENS COUNTY is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the mortgaged premises foreclosed herein. Dated: 1/28/2014. BY: /s/____ Margaret J. Cascino, Esq., Stern & Eisenberg, PC, 485A US Highway Route 1 South, Suite 110, Woodbridge Corporate Center, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, (732) 582-6344, Counsel for Plaintiff. To the above named defendants: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honorable Augustus C. Agate, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of N.Y., dated January 28, 2014 and filed along with the supporting papers in the Queens County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to foreclose a mortgage. The premises is described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the southerly side of Furmanville Avenue, distant 258.89 feet westerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the westerly side of 77th Street and the southerly side of Furmanville Avenue, as said Furmanville Avenue and 77th Street are shown on the Final City Plan; RUNNING THENCE westerly along the southerly side of Furmanville Avenue, 24 feet; THENCE southerly at right angles of Furmanville Avenue, 100 feet; THENCE easterly parallel with Furmanville Avenue, 24 feet; THENCE northerly at right angles to Furmanville Avenue, 100 feet to the southerly side of Furmanville Avenue, at the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as 75-34 Furmanville Avenue, Middle Village, NY 11379. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE. NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT. YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-226-5697 or visit the Department’s website at www.dfs.ny.gov. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS. Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services.


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NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 3/26/14, bearing Index Number NC-000092-14/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: assume the name of (First) ROSALYNN (Last) BELLIARD. My present name is (First) JOSSEMIRY (Middle) JOCELYN (Last) ORTIZ AKA Jossemiry Joselin Ortiz, AKA Jossemiry Ortiz. My present address is 9427 JAMAICA AVENUE, APT 2F, Woodhaven, NY 11421. My place of birth is BROOKLYN, NY. My date of birth is August 14, 1991.

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Now through May 18, Queens residents will be able to pick up free trees as part of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MillionTreesNYC program to plant 1 million over a 10-year period. Former Mayor Bloomberg started the initiative in 2007 to help provide cleaner air, cooler temperatures and to offset climate change. New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit group, is the leading private partner with the city for the program. Anne Tan, NYRP spokeswoman, said recently that the undertaking hopes to reach its goal two years early in 2015 and to meet that it is launching its largest spring giveaway with 12,000 trees throughout the city. The free trees are to be planted in front or backyards, gardens or commercial property, not on the street, in containers or on balconies. City property owners can register online to secure a tree two weeks prior to a giveaway by going to nyrp.org/treegiveaways. Additional trees may be available on the day of the event, first come, first served. Species available include dogwood, fig, magnolia and serviceberry Queens locations include: Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Partner: Bayside-Whitestone Lions Club, A & S Nursery at 23-02 Francis Lewis Blvd., Whitestone. Saturday, April 5, 1 to 3 p.m. Partner: Queens Library at Woodside, 54-22 Skillman Ave. Saturday, April 5, 9 to 11 a.m. Partner: Richmond Hill Economic Development Council. Location: 95th and Atlantic avenues, Phil â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scooterâ&#x20AC;? Rizzuto Park, Richmond Hill. Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to noon.

Partner: Home Depot, 131-35 Avery Ave., Flushing. Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to noon. Partner: Home Depot, 75-09 Woodhaven Blvd., Forest Hills. Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m. to noon Partner: Home Depot, 112-20 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park. Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m. to noon. Partner: Home Depot, 50-10 Northern Blvd., Long Island City. Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Partner: TD Bank, 73-55 Grand Ave., Maspeth. Saturday, May 3, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Partner: PS 219,144-39 Gravett Road, Kew Gardens. Sunday, May 4, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Partner: Susty Q and Ozone Park CSA. Location: 87th Street and Pitkin Avenue, Ozone Park. Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to noon. Partner: New York Anti-Crime. Location: 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue North, Astoria Park Parking Lot under the Triboro Bridge. Sunday, May 11, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Partner: GreenStar Hub, 108-23 Jewel Ave., Forest Hills. Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Partner: Build It Green! NYC, 3-17 26 Ave., Astoria. Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to noon. Partner: Douglaston Garden Club, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Little Neck. Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to noon. Partner: Friends of Cunningham Park, 196-20 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. Sunday, May 18, 1 to 3 p.m. Partner: Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance. Location: Queens Boulevard and 70th Avenue, MacDonald Park, Forest Hills. Sunday, May 18, noon to 2 p.m. Partner: HarborLAB, 53-21 Vernon Blvd., Long Q Island City.

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A footbridge over the boulevard by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Originally 67th Avenue in Forest Hills was called Roxton Street on the south side of Queens Boulevard and Ruskin Street on the north side. All the st reets were alphabetically Queens Boulevard and 67th Avenue in Forest Hills, arranged and named Atom to looking south from the north side across the wooden Zuni by the Cord Meyer Devel- bridge used during subway construction, July 30, 1930. opment Co. in 1906. The price was only $950 down, and the When the city changed the street names to numbers in 1913, the move was met with homes drew buyers from Manhattan wantresistance by homeowners and full compli- ing to flee the congestion of the big city for a suburban lifestyle. But the peace and quiet ance was not enforced until 1931. During construction of the great IND of suburban life was short lived, as the area (Independent) subway line along Queens was engulfed by apartment buildings when Boulevard, people needed a wooden bridge the subway was finally completed in 1936. The attached Tudors look generally the to cross the thoroughfare while the subway same after over 80 years with the exception was being dug out and built underneath. The wooden footbridge at 67th Avenue, of a few cracks due to vibrations of the nearwhich is now part of Rego Park, was in by subway. Big, beautiful trees help give place from 1929 to 1932. It may have been them much-needed privacy. Lastly, note the original fire alarm box on the pedestrian traffic that prompted development of the beautiful Tudor all-brick homes the left side of 67th Avenue in the photowith slate roofs built on the south side when graph. It is still in place today, after more Q than 80 years. neighboring blocks were still empty.

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JaKarr is dreaming by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

Sophomore St. John’s forward JaKarr Sampson surprised nearly everyone by declaring he will leave the Red Storm with the hopes of being drafted by an NBA team in June. The 6-foot-8 Sampson is a good player who averaged around 14 points per game this past season, but he is not an exceptional talent, since every college team has a player just like him on its roster. He was not listed on the Wooden Award ballot in which media members select the outstanding college basketball player of the year, and there are a lot of names on it. Toss in the fact that St. John’s University was “one and done” in both the Big East and the National Invitational tournaments, and you get the feeling that NBA teams are not exactly lining up for his services. Felipe Lopez was one of the best high school players in the U.S. during the early ’90s and even made the cover of Sports Illustrated as a teenager before embarking on a fine college career at St. John’s. He was one of the many hoops legends who went to Madison Square Garden last Wednesday to commemorate the return of the NCAA Tournament to New York City for the first time since 1961. Lopez tried to be diplomatic when the topic of Sampson’s decision to leave SJU inevitably came up. “I always believe that everyone

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should get a four-year degree like I did. I would not be a manager for NBA Cares [the philanthropic arm of the National Basketball Association] if I did not have a bachelor’s degree,” he said. “JaKarr does have a few months to work on his game and impress the scouts,” he added in a way that was anything but a ringing endorsement. In 2012, when former Forest Hills High School star Maurice Harkless decided to ditch SJU after his freshman year for NBA glory (he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers, who had the 15th selection in the first round that year, before being traded shortly afterwards to the Orlando Magic), the school’s Athletics Department arranged to hold a press conference for Mo at MSG. This time they arranged for JaKarr to meet with reporters at Taffner Field House the day after he made his decision. That’s a big difference in stature. The best-case scenario for Sampson is that he will be a late second-round draft pick but odds are he will not be selected. If he is not drafted, he’ll have to try to wrangle an invitation to an NBA training camp and be willing to start off in pro basketball’s minors, the NBA Developmental League. The other option is to play professionally overseas. Q See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at qchron.com.

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