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Court rejects LGA trash station appeal Federal judges say 2nd Circuit lacks jurisdiction on FAA letter by Michael Gannon Editor

n appeals court has rejected a request from Friends of LaGuardia Airport to review federal recommendations for construction of a 100-foot-high garbage transfer station near the end of the airport’s Runway 31. FOLA, led by Kenneth Paskar, has been challenging the process by which the city, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the decision to approve and build the North Shore Transfer Station, a 100-foothigh garbage facility in College Point. The site is just over 2,000 feet across Flushing Bay from the end of LaGuardia’s Runway 31. Paskar and FOLA contend that the location will attract birds looking to feed on the garbage and on rats attracted to the site, thus increasing the likelihood of bird strikes on planes landing at and taking off from the airport. They have in the last two years accused the city, the PA and the FAA of ignoring normal approval procedures regarding potential risks to aviation around airports. The city says that it will simply replace a garbage facility that operated on the same site for decades until 1999, and that the new one will be totally enclosed and “is specifi-

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A passenger jet makes its final approach to LaGuardia Airport. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled on April 9 that it cannot intervene in the city’s plans to complete the 100foot-high North Shore Transfer Station to process garbage some 2,000 feet from the end of PHOTO BY STEVE FISHER LaGuardia’s Runway 31. cally designed to prevent attracting birds and other pests.” At issue was a letter from the FAA to the city dated Sept. 2, 2010, which accompanied

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mended changes to the proposed construction and methods of operation at the site. In a 17-page opinion issued April 9, Senior District Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit wrote that the court does not have the jurisdiction to review the letter, as it cannot be construed as an order from the FAA. “No term in the letter ‘imposes obligation’ on the city, or ‘fixes some legal relationship with the city,’” Hellerstein wrote for the three-judge panel. He added that the letter “urge[d]” the city to implement the report’s recommendations and expressed the sentiment that the recommendations “are important for the city to adopt. “However, there is nothing in the Letter that commands the city to stop, change or continue construction of the North Shore Station,” the opinion states. “The city could have accepted or rejected the FAA’s recommendations with no recourse by any party. [Paskar and FOLA] do not contest this point, and have presented no authority that holds otherwise.” The Second Circuit’s Motions Panel had rejected the city’s motion to dismiss in April 2011, paving the way for the current proceedings. Had the court found it did have jurisdiction, it could have ruled on the plaintiffs’ continued on page 24

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Century-old building in Woodhaven collapses Vacant structure crumbled Friday evening, senior center damaged by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

The second floor of an 109-year-old building on 79th Street and Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven collapsed Friday evening, destroying a car and damaging the adjacent Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps building. No one was hurt. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

Witnesses said they just thought it was a train passing overhead, but the sound of screams and a rising dust cloud told them otherwise. Just yards from congested Jamaica Avenue at one of the busiest times of day, the second floor of an 109-year-old vacant structure at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. crumbled to the ground around 6:15 p.m. on Friday, destroying the structure and damaging a section of the newlyrenovated Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps building next door, shutting down the Woodhaven Senior Center that operates there. “It was like one of those scenes you see in a disaster movie during an earthquake,” said one witness, who would only identify herself as Tammy. She said she thought the rumble of falling bricks was just a passing J-subway train and did not think about it as she walked into a nearby store, until she turned around and saw the dust plume rise. “At first, I thought a train had fallen off the tracks,” Tammy said. “Then I saw the crushed car and some guy run.”

Miraculously, no one was hurt, though f irst responders furiously removed bricks to make sure no one was trapped underneath. The collapsed portion of the building was on the block along 79th Street, a few yards from Jamaica Avenue. One minivan parked in front of the building on 79th Street was crushed by the debris, though no one was inside the vehicle at the time. A few witnesses said a train had just passed overhead right before the collapse. Emergency responders shut down Jamaica Avenue between 85th Street and the Brooklyn border Friday night and stopped all subway service overhead out of fear the vibrations from the train would cause a further collapse. Dozens of f ire tr ucks and emergency vehicles lined Jamaica Avenue for blocks well into Friday night, creating a traffic nightmare in the side streets near the site. By Saturday afternoon, police had kept 79th Street closed to traffic, but passersby were able to get a close-up look at the collapse. Officials from the Department of Buildings arrived to assess the situation.

Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association said the collapse damaged the kitchen used by the senior center, but much of the ambulance corps building is structurally sound. “It’s not as bad as initially feared,” he said. Kathy Sexton-Dalbey, president of the WRHVAC, said the equipment, including the ambulances themselves, were not damaged. “I was one of the first ones down here when this happened and I actually got the ambulances out,” she told Wendell on his radio show Friday evening. The WRHVAC went through several years of financial trouble until recently. “We just finally got some stability to the building and now with the building next door imploding on itself, it’s just a mess,” Sexton-Dalbey said. The Woodhaven Senior Center will be closed for a number of weeks, and seniors who attend the center will be bused to the Ozone Park Senior Center at 103-02 101 Ave. A shuttle bus will take seniors from All Nations Baptist Church at 86-76 80 St. to the continued on page 18

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Howard Beach is not OK with flood maps Hundreds attend second FEMA town hall at PS 146 to express concern by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Dan Mundy Jr., president of the Broad Channel Civic Association, speaks to residents of Howard Beach about the potential flood map changes at a town hall meeting at PS 146 last Thursday. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

not a reason to change the neighborhood’s flood designations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that would add thousands of residents to flood zones.

“My house has never flooded in 64 years,” said Dorothy McCloskley, whose husband grew up in her Howard Beach home. “The Army Corps of Engineers said

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Fifty-three years ago, Howard Beach was very different than it is today. New homes and streets were being laid out around what had always been a sparsely populated area, transforming it into the neighborhood we know now. That was the last time a hurricane struck Queens with enough force to send a storm surge into Howard Beach. But while 1960’s Hurricane Donna did flood part of the neighborhood, most of the few residents who lived in Howard Beach at that time and are still around were too young to remember it. Many of the homes — especially on the new side — weren’t built yet and the storm was not nearly as devastating as last year’s Hurricane Sandy. Since Howard Beach became the neighborhood it is today, the worst flooding it has experienced was that from a few nor’easters and tropical storms that mainly affected Hamilton Beach or along Hawtree Creek and Shellbank Basin. For many residents, Sandy was a fluke: a confluence of perfect conditions — a full moon, high tide, a hurricane making landfall from the west — that they believe will not be repeated for several lifetimes. For them, it is

this flood hasn’t happened in 200 years. I want to know, what are we going to do to fight the flood plan?” The concern among many at last Thursday’s town hall meeting at PS 146 is what happens when the flood maps do change and much of the neighborhood is moved from Zone X — a lower flood risk — to the higher-risk Zone A. What would that do to residents flood insurance premiums if they don’t raise their homes, which in many cases is next to impossible to do? Mike Klitzke, a disaster assistance representative for FEMA, said the maps were being altered even before the storm and the final ones will not be out for another two years. When the first draft maps do come out later this year, there is a 90-day appeal process before preliminary maps are drawn. Then the city would have to adopt them. Advisory maps were released by FEMA in February. They are aimed at preparing residents for the possible changes in a few years. But they will not affect flood insurance rates. “The advisory maps will not affect insurance rates,” Klitzke said. “The insurance rates will be based on the current maps until the new maps come out.” According to FEMA, anyone who does not continued on page 34


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Tell your favorite Jamaica Bay tale Queens Library hosting residents, patrons for story-sharing event by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Did you once take a fishing trip on Jamaica Bay and get caught in an isolated thunderstorm? Did your favorite uncle take you to Charles Park to watch the Concorde take off from JFK Airport when you were a kid? Or maybe you grew up in a house that hovered over the water on stilts, waiting nervously for each coastal storm to pass. If you have a story about Jamaica Bay you love to tell, the Queens Library and producers of the upcoming documentary “Jamaica Bay Lives” want to hear it on April 24. They’ll be recording the stories for posterity from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Queens Library’s Broad Channel branch at 16-26 Cross Bay Blvd. “We’re hoping to talk to people who live right around the bay,” said Dan Hendrick, the “Jamaica Bay Lives” producer. “But then there’s also a lot of people who have just spent some time at Jamaica Bay who we want to hear from. We’ve had so many people who want to participate in this project and who really see Jamaica Bay as a forgotten place.

There is a lot of unfulfilled potential.” The event is in coordination with the Queens Memory Project, an online archive of historical photos, news clippings and other items that tells the history of the borough. The site is a collaboration between the Queens Library and Queens College funded by a 2010 grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council. Natalie Milbrodt, director of the Queens Memory Project, said the Broad Channel event will give the group a great opportunity to reach out to a section of the borough it has not yet covered. “We’re really excited to start documenting South Queens,” she said. “It is exciting to think we could use this night to connect with people.” Milbrodt said she hopes to be able to give residents around Jamaica Bay the tools to do their own documentation of history. She said the project will allow people to really get up close to the borough’s history and be able to add their own experiences to the archives. “It altogether gives you a richer, multilayered history.” she said. “You

get to see a lot of different life experiences happening simultaneously.” Hendrick noted that much of Jamaica Bay’s history remains untold or unknown outside of the communities around it. He is especially interested in hearing stories about Hurricane Sandy and also what people think should happen with the bay in the future. “We are encouraging people to come in with family photos and films, whatever they have,” Hendrick said. “The idea is to have people come in for as much time as they can give us and tell us their story and then tell us where they think we should go with the bay.” He hopes the event will trigger a discussion about the future of the bay and the communities around it. “This could be the time to really start ushering in some long-term views of how to shape the bay,” Hendrick added. “It really reinforces the value of Jamaica Bay” Residents can register to share their Jamaica Bay story by contacting Dan Hendrick at jamaicabaylives@gmail.com or Q (917) 207-8715.

A Rosedale woman in her flooded basement in a photo dated 1951. The Broad Channel Library is hosting local residents and Jamaica Bay patrons on April 24 to seek stories and photos of the bay’s history. PHOTO COURTESY DAN HENDRICK

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The new Boston Massacre ho did it? That’s the question on most minds as the investigation into the terrorist slaughter of three people and the maiming of nearly 200 in Boston on Monday continues. On Wednesday afternoon we had to suffer through one of the worst failings of the media: false reporting. There has been an arrest, respected outlets such as CNN said. No there hasn’t, law enforcement authorities quickly responded. To the dead it doesn’t much matter who did it. Eight-year-old Martin Richard; Krystle Campbell, 29, a restaurant manager; and Lingzi Lu, a graduate student at Boston University — their names are ones we will not soon forget, and really never should. They died in an act as heinous as any you can think of. The Newtown shootings, Sept. 11, the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 — they’re all terrorism, whether committed by a mentally deranged young man, an antigovernment radical or al Qaeda. And whichever type of person or persons committed this act, this new Boston Massacre, they must be found and suffer the full weight of justice. If the perpetrator is an American citizen, that means a federal trial. If he is a foreign enemy engaged in this war between civilization and the followers of Osama bin Laden, it must mean swift and certain death at the hands of our military and intelligence services. No other retribution will suffice.

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Meanwhile life for the rest of us must go on, just as it did after Newtown, Sept. 11 and Oklahoma City. We cannot prevent every act of terror, as Boston demonstrates, but we cannot let terrorists of any stripe win by letting them scare us into altering our way of life. There will be other marathons, including here in New York, and the crowds will turn out as they always have. The same goes for baseball games, theater performances, New Year’s Eve and every other event for which people congregate en masse. That doesn’t mean we don’t exercise vigilance, and we are. The NYPD said it has received three times as many reports of suspicious packages since the Boston attack as it normally does. LaGuardia Airport’s main terminal was briefly evacuated Tuesday after someone reported an odd package there. That’s an inconvenience but it beats the alternative. If you see something, you must say something. Meanwhile it’s been reported that letters containing a poisonous substance were sent to the president and at least one U.S. senator this week, in an echo of the period after Sept. 11, 2001. They were intercepted, and further tests will be done to confirm if the substance is indeed the poison ricin. That’s a job for the government, just like finding out who was behind the Boston bombing. The rest of us can only go on, and hope that whoever committed this disgraceful act, for whatever reason, will soon pay the price for it.

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Another massacre Dear Editor: The explosions at the Boston Marathon that caused death and injury to innocent people again prove that no matter how much security is out there, if someone really is intent on committing such a murderous and heinous crime, he will find a way to do it. The police, f iref ighters and EMTs responded immediately to tend the injured and dead. They are to be commended for their ver y swift and overwhelming response to this senseless act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the dead and injured, as well as those injured. It is indeed a sad day in this country when it is no longer safe to go to a movie theater, house of worship, shopping mall or event such as the Boston Marathon. The same goes for students and teachers to be in their classrooms learning and then to be senselessly slaughtered by a deranged gunman, as happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. What is happening to the value of life? It seems that there is no longer any respect for that, or for morals or decency, in this country. That is a sad testimony to how some in our society behave today. John Amato Fresh Meadows

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The decline of morality Dear Editor: “You cannot legislate morality” is a saying used by the government. However, now you can legislate immorality. Same-sex marriage, abortion, the morningafter pill, classroom furtherance of sex, euthanasia, destruction of the Defense of Marriage Act, annihilation of religious values, removal of parental rights — our leaders continue to insert laws that are detrimental to our entire JudeoChristian teaching, which shows they have no foundation in our leaders’ thinking. A house built on sand will soon collapse. Joseph T. Klonowski Middle Village

Autism and plastics Dear Editor: It was with some interest that I read your “Autism rates rising ... but why?” article in the April 11 Health & Fitness section. I’ve wondered about that myself, because

A failure on guns pretty shameful day for Washington.” That’s how President Obama described the failure on Wednesday of attempts to tighten gun laws. He is correct. Who could be against expanding background checks for people trying to buy firearms? Only the leadership of the National Rifle Association and its dependents on Capitol Hill. Poll after poll shows the public wants it to be just as difficult to buy a weapon at a gun show as it is at a store. Yet members of the U.S. Senate, led by Republicans but including Democrats, knocked down even that commonsense, along with others meant to reduce the daily carnage in our streets. The president promised to keep doing what he can on his own to further gun control. We hope he succeeds.

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when I was a kid (I’m now called a senior citizen), autism was very rare. There may be one villain that may not have been checked out to any degree for economic reasons. To find it toxic would cause upheaval in many industries. It’s plastic. A small item I read stated that plastic containers leak deadly chemicals no matter what’s stored in them. Glass has been passé for a long time now. Regular foods and, worst of all, baby food, have been sold in plastic containers that have stood nobody knows how long on grocery store shelves. Baby bottles are now made of plastic, which means that from the time a baby has been born, it has been ingesting toxic chemicals with its milk and vegetable juices. I don’t know how much research has been done along these lines, but I do believe whatever is done would be worth the effort. Since the Environmental Protection Agency is always so concerned about Americans’ health, this should be right up its alley. Janice Wijnen Rego Park


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Fund the 19th District Dear Editor: It is very important that the projects that were approved for funding in Councilman Daniel Halloran’s 19th Council District under the participatory budgeting project be allocated those monies (“Quinn takin’ Halloran’s bacon,” April 11, multiple editions). The people voted and their choices must be honored. In addition, other projects that were put forth must also be considered for funding, because those ideas came from the people as well. They worked hard to formulate proposals to meet the needs of the communities that make up the district. As a member of the steering committee of the PB project, I saw firsthand the dedication and drive of dozens of community residents who wanted to move forward on worthwhile projects that would benefit the people of the 19th District. I would urge Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman Leroy Comrie and the rest of the Queens City Council delegation, who will be deciding on how our funds are allocated, to please do their best to ensure that the people of the 19th District are not shortchanged or left out in the cold during this very difficult time. Henry Euler Bayside

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maturity and a basic sense of decency they might instead use this as an opportunity to bring people together and to rally the Queens Republican Party behind their leader and their fellow Republican candidates instead of heading down a path that can only result in damaging the party and further eroding the public’s trust in their Republican elected officials, party leaders and candidates. We continue to give our full and unqualified support to Phil Ragusa as chairman of the Queens Republican Party and stand ready to defend him against these transparent attacks from longstanding and predictable foes. Serphin R. Maltese Former New York State Senator Former Queens GOP Chairman Glendale Frank Padavan Former New York State Senator Jamaica Estates Michael J. Abel Former New York City Councilman Bayside

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Dear Editor: When I was growing up in liberal Forest Hills in the 1960s all I heard were people describing themselves as compassionate and then they would tell how terrible Republicans were in an extremely hateful manner. Watching this hypocrisy made me a political conservative. Hating someone for having different political views is as repugnant as people who are racist, homophobic and anti-immigrant. Of course the far left justifies their hatred by assuming that all people who oppose legislation they favor have those motives. I will be the first to admit that there are people like that but to attribute everyone who opposes their political agenda with those feelings is as stupid as some people on the right to claim all people who get government assistance as abusers of the system based on a few documented cases. That hatred is still alive and well today. In the April 11 issue you have Robert LaRosa referring to those who favor tradional marriage as “homophobes” and Richard Reif, who continues the far left politics of envy by calling for more taxes on the “1 percenters” as if they did something wrong for earning their money. I could cite many other letters over the last few years that had a similar tone. I have decided that this will be my last letter. I started writing because I wanted to engage in an honest debate on the issues. All I got in response were replies by people who could only respond by reciting talking points they heard on television while ignoring what I wrote and by people who demonize all those who disagree with them. I do not hate anyone. Yet, if I continued on page 10

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Dear Editor: As former elected officials from Queens County, we have had the opportunity to work very closely with Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. We have known Phil for over 30 years and in our experience, he is one of the most honest, diligent, decent and forthright people we have had the pleasure to be associated with in our many years in public service. Phil has led this Queens County organization for the last seven years and has been an exceptional leader. We admire how he has shown great vision in growing the Queens Republican Party, recruiting a new group of active and dedicated members to lead our party into the future, and attracting talented and qualified candidates to run for office. It is always shocking when someone in the political arena betrays the public trust and is accused of corrupt activities. It is even more disturbing when those accused are individuals we’ve known for years. What is even more unfortunate and disappointing is when political opportunists use such circumstances to advance their own narrow agendas and personal aspirations for power. The recent scandal involving two Queens Republicans is allegedly of their own making and now, they must face the consequences. No one should be so cynical as to make baseless charges as to the integrity and forthrightness of Phil Ragusa, or to attempt to use this scandal to tarnish his good name and reputation. No one should be accused of guilt by association. We realize that there are some who have been trying to replace Chairman Ragusa almost from the minute he was elected chairman. We are appalled at their crass attempt to twist these unfortunate events into a tool to use to undermine Chairman Ragusa’s authority and to serve their own purposes and longstanding agenda. If these people had more experience,

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Weekly newspapers based in Queens such as our own Queens Chronicle provide more in-depth coverage of local news not found in major daily newspapers. We continue to be fortunate to live in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available. Sadly, most American cities and suburbs are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper. Newspapers have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership. Larry Penner Great Neck, LI

continued from page 9 continue to try to debate those on the far left, I worry that I will start becoming more like them. I would rather keep my humanity. On a final note, I would like to thank Peter Mastrosimone and everyone at the Chonicle for giving me the opportunity to write on these pages for the past few years. I have often disagreed with the paper’s editorials but there is not a paper I respect more. Peter always stated his position in a clear and logical manner and he has always allowed opposing viewpoints their fair allotment of space. That is what makes the Chonicle a great paper. I wish the Chronicle all the best in the future. Lenny Rodin Forest Hills

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Dear Editor: Congratulations on “Our public service rewarded/Chronicle wins community leadership press award” (by Peter C. Mastrosimone, April 11). Daily newspapers concentrate on international, Washington, Albany, City Hall, business and sports stories. They have few reporters assigned to cover local neighborhood news stories. These reporters have to compete against colleagues for limited available print space. As a result, daily newspapers miss significant news and political stories from local neighborhoods in Queens.

... At least some of it Dear Editor: In southwestern Queens we are fortunate to have access to four weekly papers. Some cover our local news better than others. Unfortunately, one of the four was congratulating itself last week on winning the New York Press Association Award for General Excellence. In my opinion its editorial content does little to educate its readers about local South Queens events and happenings. It does contain an abundance of advertising, though (and the editor’s weekly column is almost always about the editor’s family affairs). I must conclude by saying that compared to the NYPA award given to this other paper, the Chronicle is deserving of a Pulitzer for its coverage of South Queens news! Dave Shlakman Howard Beach


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Cuomo gears funds to Jamaica Bay marshland $645K grant will go toward twin restoration projects this spring by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Gov. Cuomo announced Tuesday that he is awarding $645,000 in grant money to two organizations for the restoration of two marshes in Jamaica Bay. The money, most of which comes from mitigation funds paid as part of a construction project at the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge, will go toward restoring 28 acres of salt marsh grasses on the recently rebuilt Rulers Bar and Black Wall islands in Jamaica Bay, both located just west of Broad Channel. The work will be done by two groups, the American Littoral Society and the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers. The project is part of Cuomo’s NYS 2100 Commission and the governor calls it “a model approach for resiliency investments that will help protect communities” from storms like Hurricane Sandy. “These two marsh islands had all but disappeared, exhibiting the same kind of erosion that is affecting marsh islands throughout Jamaica Bay,” Cuomo said in a statement released Tuesday. “As recommended by my NYS 2100 Commission, green infrastructure projects such as this one should be an integral part of rebuilding and making New York more resilient for the future.” Five hundred thousand dollars of the grant money for the project comes from the Marine Parkway Bridge project mitigation fund while the other $145,000 comes from a settlement over illegal sewage dumping in Shellbank Basin in Howard Beach. Dan Mundy Sr., president of Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, said the restorations are impor-

The Jamaica Bay marshes, seen here from Forest Park, have been the focus of a decade-long restoration project. Gov. Cuomo announced Tuesday that he is awarding two groups $645,000 PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER toward the restoration of two marsh islands near Broad Channel. tant to both animal and human life around the bay. “This project will restore two wetland islands that are nurseries to the tremendous number of species of bird and marine wildlife,” he said. “In addition, these islands will play a critical role in dissipating the impact of future storm events and in the process will help to protect the adjacent communities.” Though the force of Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge was devastating to Broad Channel and other communities such as Howard Beach as well as Canarsie and Mill Basin in

Brooklyn, environmentalists say the situation could have been far worse had the existing marshland not been there. The reconstruction of marshland is one of the items officials are seeking in order to protect the shoreline in the event of another storm like Sandy. Don Riepe, president of the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society, said most of the work will be done by volunteers starting next month. “It’s going to be a big volunteer planting of the marshes. We already have 200 volunteers signed up,” he said. “We want as much

as possible to be done by hand.” Riepe said more volunteers are welcome and those interested in taking part can sign up at restoremarshes.eventbrite.com. The work will begin on May 18 and will last about a week, depending on weather and other factors, Riepe said. Though most of the restoration will be done by volunteers, there are a few contractors who will do some of the more difficult work. The project also includes mechanical seeding of the remainder of both islands and installation of protective fencing, which has already started. The American Littoral Society and the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers will monitor and maintain the site for f ive years following the plantings, which they regularly do with the other restored marshes in the bay. Riepe said in November that much of the restored marshland was undamaged by Sandy. Over the last decade, a number of marshes in Jamaica Bay have been restored. In 2003, the National Park Service, which manages Gateway National Recreation Area, conducted a two-acre pilot project at Big Egg Marsh, just to the southwest of Broad Channel. That project was followed by a 43-acre project at Elders Point Marsh, located just southwest of Howard Beach near the entrance to Spring Creek, in 2007 and 2010. Another 42 acres of marsh were restored at Yellow Bar Hassock, located to the east of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, in 2012. The State of New York has contributed $5 Q million to these projects.

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (DBrooklyn) thought issues like unemployment and foreclosures would dominate his first 100 days in office, if he was to win the 8th Congressional seat. Then Hurricane Sandy happened, and then a gunman killed 26 people —including 20 children — at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut a month later. And the storm’s recovery as well as the fight over gun control legislation has dominated his time in office so far. Sitting with members of community-based news outlets from both Brooklyn and Queens — the two boroughs he represents — Jeffries said by having a seat on the House Judiciary and Budget committees, he has a front row seat for the process to craft legislation in response to both incidents, as well

as an issue on top of President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda: immigration reform. Jeffries’ district includes Howard Beach and Ozone Park, but also includes Brooklyn neighborhoods hard hit by Sandy’s storm surge, such as Canarsie, Mill Basin, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach and Sea Gate. Jeffries has called for the Army Corps of Engineers to look into ways to mitigate coastal flooding in Jamaica Bay to protect the bayfront neighborhoods in his district in the future, including restoring marshland and building jetties and other forms of flood control. On more national issues, such as gun control, Jeffries said he expects the Judiciary Committee to take up a bill only after one passes the U.S. Senate. He noted that some Republicans, including the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte

(R-Virginia) are not very supportive of gun control proposals and Goodlatte has not yet scheduled hearings on a proposal. Jeffries supports strengthening background checks, saying that the current system of background checks works, but only where it’s applicable. “Though it’s been successful, there are still gaping loopholes,” he said. “Forty percent of gun sales do not require background checks.” Jeffries also expressed optimism that immigration reform would also come to a vote soon and said the Judiciary Committee has held hearings on the issue. “It’s a broken system that needs to be reformed,” he said. As a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Jeffries was appointed, with two other members, to a CBC task force on immigration. “It’s an important issue for my

district because we have a big population of immigrants here,” he said. “Any bill will have a direct impact on the people I represent.” He noted the number of constituents from Africa and Eastern Europe in the district have been negatively effected by the system of diversity visas, which creates the lottery system that limits immigration from countries with a lot of people coming to the United States. He discussed the difference between immigrants who illegally cross the Mexican border, which often get the majority of the attention in the debate, and those who let their legal status lapse and are simply undocumented, or are “out of status.” Jeffries noted that there are many undocumented immigrants from South Asian countries like India and from Caribbean nations, especially in parts of southern Q Queens.


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Community Council also holds nominations for new officers Chronicle Contributor

Democratic Club The Queens Borough Democratic Club will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Tropical restaurant, 88-18 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven. Refreshments will be served. Q

Rich Hill S. Civic meeting The Richmond Hill South Civic Association will be holding its next meeting on Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 112-14 107 Ave. A representative from the Sanitation Department will be speaking. Refreshments will Q be served.

added this vandalism has been going on for the past year and one-half and had been referred to the precinct’s detective squad. Pascale had the residents meet with the precinct’s conditions officers to discuss what steps could be taken to correct their problem. He also told the group that he would personally meet with them after the meeting and review the old case file. The Community Council’s nominating committee also presented its recommended

slate of officers to members. Incumbent President Frank Dardani and Vice President Donna Gilmartin were renominated, as was Joy Patron for treasurer, Frances Scarantino for recording secretary and Pelham Justinaino for corresponding secretary. South Richmond Hill Civic Association President Margaret Finnerty was also nominated from the floor for recording secretary. Elections will be held at the council’s next meeting Q on May 8 at 8 p.m. at the 106th Precinct.

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Heavy rain did not deter community residents from packing the April 10 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council to voice their concerns about quality of life issues. Before the complaints were addressed, Lt. Frank DiPreta, the 106th Precinct’s Special Operations Coordinator, discussed the precinct’s response to last month’s concerns. Residents had long complained about a problematic bar in the vicinity of 107th Street and Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park. Community Affairs officer Ken Zorn reported at the last month’s meeting that eight summonses were issued to the bar for noise violations on Jan. 24. He added that the bar was cited as a disorderly location on Feb. 26. DiPreta said an arrest was made, but gave no further details, and the bar appears to be in the process of being closed. “They actually started boarding up the 107th Street entrance (to the bar),” he said. DiPreta also responded to complaints about parents double parking at PS 63 in Ozone Park. Summonses have been issued to violators and police are meeting with the school’s administration to find a permanent solution. Acknowledging that burglaries and grand larcenies are up in the precinct for the year to date compared to last year, Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, urged people not to leave themselves open to crimes of opportunity. As he has before, Pascale reminded residents not to leave valuables in full view inside their cars when they go shopping. Pascale said some burglary suspects are believed to be driving around in late-model rental cars, such as Nissan Altimas and Chevy Impalas. He added that usually three individuals ride in each car. Two will get out of the car on a residential block and knock on the front doors of homes while the third at a given house acts as the lookout. If no one answers they will then go around to the back and kick in the side door or backdoor. “They’re nonconfrontational, though.” said Pascale. “They’ll kick the door, and [if] there’s a scream they’ll go away.” Pascale urged residents to look out for their neighbors and call 911 if they see suspiciously acting individuals who appear to be aimlessly walking around the neighborhood

or late-model vehicles driving slowly down the street with the occupants looking at homes on the block. Several neighbors living on 97th Street near Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park brought to Pascale’s attention a group of teenagers who walk up and down their block at night trying the door handles of cars parked on the street. One of the neighbors said the teens vandalized resident cars and slashed the tires. He

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A Richmond Hill man was killed in his apartment Tuesday night, and police have taken a woman into custody in connection with the murder. Police were called to 87-37 112 St. in Richmond Hill at 10:44 p.m. on Tuesday evening to respond to a 911 call of a man stabbed. Upon arrival, officers found 55-yearold Lee Burrison lying faceup on the living room floor and bleeding from an apparent stab wound to the upper left side of his chest. EMS also responded to the location and transported him to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A woman, whose name police did not release, was taken into custody from the scene and questioned at the 102nd Precinct, but no charges had been filed as of press time Wednesday. Published reports say the police have been called to the home before for domestic disturbances and that the female in custody is the victim’s girlfriend, but the NYPD would not say if the killing is related to any domestic incident. Q The investigation is ongoing.

The Federal Emergency Management agency has extended the deadline for its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program an additional 17 days until May 1 for New York State. The program provides assistance for families to live in hotels for a time while their homes are being repaired and are considered inhabitable. The deadline was April 13, but FEMA extended it at the request of New York officials who wanted the program to continue until the weather gets warner and permanent housing solutions are explored. All TSA applicants currently staying in hotels are evaluated for continued eligibility, a FEMA press release said Thursday. As of Tuesday, 331 households, which could be one person or one family — continue to take part in the TSA program. At it’s peak, more than 2,000 households were in the program. FEMA’s deadline to register for aid is Saturday. Debra Young, a spokeswoman for the agency, said that deadline would not be extended. It has been extended at least half a dozen times since November.

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106 Pct. Cop of the Month Police Officer Michael Ludeman, center, was honored last week with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award at the community council meeting for his arrest of three alleged tire and rim thieves. According to Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct's commanding officer, Ludeman and his partner, Officer Elizabeth Leudesdorff, observed three individuals taking the tires and rims off an Infiniti automobile in the vicinity of Lefferts Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park on Saturday. March 30 at 4:30 a.m. After a foot pursuit through backyards, the

officers nabbed the alleged perpetrators. The three males arrested were ages 17, 20 and 46 and after they were arrested police questioned them to determine if they were involved in any other thefts. Pascale added that the arrests put a dent in the tire and rim thefts that have been plaguing the Howard Beach area. The 17-year-old had been arrested in the past for robbery and burglary, he said. Celebrating with Ludeman above are 106th Precinct Community Council President Frank Dardani, left, and Pascale. — Stephen Geffon

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102 Pct. talks park safety, burglaries by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Even as Tuesday’s meeting of the 102nd Precinct Community Council began in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library, the line to sign in was still out the door. The packed room listened to Captain Hank Sautner, the commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, discuss two major events that occurred within its jurisdiction in the past few weeks: the collapse of a vacant building in Woodhaven last Friday and the attack on a jogger in Forest Park on March 29. Police thought they had captured the sus-

Huge turnout at monthly meeting pect, but later voided his arrest for the attack and rearrested him for a second attack in Woodhaven two days later. Sautner said police are following a number of leads on the attack in Forest Park, but have fingered no suspects yet. “We went back as far as two years to take a look at any unsolved crimes that have been sexual in nature against women that have been in the vicinity of the park and had sketches,” he said. “I want this guy caught. The bottom

line is we’re going to need help from the community.” Sautner added that extra patrols have been added to Forest Park since the attack. “I got a lot of borough resources,” he said. Sautner warned parkgoers to stay on the correct paths and not go into the park night. “Anybody who is in that park after 9 o’clock is trespassing,” he warned. Sautner also took questions from the audience on a number of quality-of-life issues,

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including noise, traffic and burglary issues. He said he had met with Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the commanding officer of the adjacent 106th Precinct, on the issue of burglaries targeting homes of Hindu residents A resident of the Forest Park Co-Ops said there are broken streetlights on a section of Park Lane South between 98th and 101st streets, adjacent to Forest Park. The resident also expressed concern over traffic utilizing the northbound service road of Woodhaven Boulevard during the morning rush hour when traffic backs up. Sautner said both issues have been on the precinct’s agenda, but require discussions with other city agencies that are not moving as fast as the captain wants. “I think it’s a matter of getting the right people together,” he added. Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, brought up the issue of noise. “We get tons and tons of calls from people,” he said. “Particularly, there are a number of repeat offenders.” Sautner said he often meets with people who make repeat 311 calls to see what the problems at the site are. He also said that he is dedicating certain patrols, which he termed 311 Auto, to quality-of-life issues like noise. “What they do is they go out to noise complaints and large groups,” he said. The meeting’s special guest was Captain Mike Telfer, commanding officer of Transit District 20, the transit police bureau that covers most of Queens subways, except the A line in South Queens and the Rockaways. Telfer introduced himself to the audience and discussed ways to keep items safe on the subways as the epidemic of robberies of smartphones and tablets continues. Telfer said police are putting undercover officers on trains carrying iPhones and iPads in order to catch thieves as they steal them. One undercover cop was robbed at the Woodhaven Boulevard J train stop. The thief was caught. Telfer also took questions on panhandlers and street performers disrupting people on the subway, noting that transit police do step in when they do mock shows on the trains. “We do arrest and summons them,” he said. Telfer also commented on the turnout at the meeting. “I commend you for coming out to these meetings,” he said. “I’m really, really impressed. I have never, ever seen a turnout like this. Keep on doing what you’re doing, Q because you’re doing a good thing.”

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Cuomo nominates Prendergast PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

102 Pct. Cops of the Month Police Officers John Sullivan and Mary Carter were awarded the Cop of the Month award at the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting Sunday night for the arrests of two separate groups who allegedly assaulted and robbed two people. In the first incident, on March 20, Sullivan and Carter arrested three teen girls for allegedly assaulting and robbing another teenage girl. One of the three suspects has six prior arrests.

In the second incident, Sullivan and Carter nabbed three men who allegedly assaulted and robbed another individual on March 28. The officers saw the assault and followed the suspects through the community and caught the men at 101st Avenue and 106th Street in Ozone Park. The three suspects in that case had 27 prior arrests among them. Celebrating above with Sullivan and Carter is Captain Hank Sautner, center.

Thomas Prendergast, who has served as imagine anyone having a better understandpresident of NYC Transit for more than three ing of how the region’s vast system operates years, has been tapped by Gov. Cuomo to be and the challenges that it faces.” the next chairman and chief executive officer Prendergast said he was honored by the of the Metropolitan Transportaappointment. tion Authority. “The MTA will improve the customer experience, operate Prendergast, a native of more efficiently and build for Chicago, began his career with the future,” he said, adding that the Chicago Transit Authority the MTA will “aggressively in 1975. He moved to the New build smarter and better” in the York City Transit Authority in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 1982 following a term with the U.S. Department of TransPrendergast must be portation. approved by a vote of the state He worked in numerous Thomas Prendergast Senate. He will replace former management posts before serv- PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON Bronx Borough President Fering as president of the Long nando Ferrer, acting chairman Island Rail Road from 1994 to 2000. since Joseph Lhota resigned in January to He also ran the transit system in Vancou- run for mayor. ver, British Columbia, from 2008 to 2009. Gene Russianoff, spokesman for the “Tom Prendergast is a consummate public Straphangers Campaign, said in a statement transit leader who is the ideal candidate to that his group has found Prendergast to be oversee the nation’s largest transportation accessible, knowledgeable, smart and fair. system,” Cuomo said in a statement on April “Tom Prendergast has the hands-on skill 12. “From track bed to budget to moderniz- and long commitment to transit to make a Q ing our system for the 21st century, I can’t great head of the MTA,” he said.

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STEVE BLEAIYA OZONE PARK “No. If you’re gonna die, you’re gonna die, but I don’t like what they stand for. They’re cowards.”

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DAVID POSTRION LINDENWOOD “No. We cannot live by terrorism alone. We must always go forward. That is the American way.”

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treatments, he estimated. “It’s hard to tell exactly the results they will get,” he said. “But this is the best method of managing hair growth.” Corona said his clinic uses the Alexandrite Laser, considered by some to be the most effective for hair removal on certain types of skin. In addition, Corona said that he and his two laser technicians, all of whom he said have been certified following completion of a 40-hour training class, “do test spots to increase the delivery of light, which provides higher-than-average results.” The clinic has a total of four employees, Corona said. Also popular with customers are treatments involving Botox and Juvederm, facial fillers that are designed to soften, respectively, fine line wrinkles and deep folds in the skin. Corona indicated that when either of the two prescription injectibles is used, the procedure is performed by a nurse practitioner under medical supervision. According to Corona, over 10,000 people have been served by his clinic since it opened. He said that, on average, between 15 and 27 customers are treated per day. Of this total, Corona estimated that 80 percent have been women. As for possible side effects, which could include blisters and hyper- and hypo-pigmentation, Corona called them “very rare.” Velvet Effect Lasers is located at 62-85 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For further information, visit laservelQ vet.com or call 718-505-2737.


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$6.1 million in bogus credits: DA Three men, including a certified public accountant from Jamaica, have been arrested for what the Queens District Attorney is calling a $6 million state tax fraud scheme. MD Hyder Alam, 47, of 175th Street in Jamaica and Mohammed Liton Khan, 55, of 81st Street in Ozone Park have been charged with first-degree attempted grand larceny, second-degree grand larceny, firstdegree falsifying business records, firstdegree scheme to defraud and seconddegree criminal tax fraud. Kazi Alamgir, 52, of Highland Avenue in Jamaica has been charged with seconddegree grand larceny, first-degree scheme to defraud and second-degree criminal tax fraud. District Attorney Richard Brown said the three participated in a scheme in which more than 350 New York State 2009 tax returns allegedly were submitted during a nine-month period in 2010, fraudulently seeking more than $6 million in tax credits for which taxpayers were ineligible. The scheme allegedly was discovered by employees of the state’s Tax Department

while routinely processing returns. Brown said with this being tax season, people should be careful when hiring a tax preparer, as improper actions taken by an unscrupulous preparer could have an impact on the taxpayer’s own liability. “In addition, taxpayers should know that there are no ‘secret tax credits’ known only to a few preparers, as alleged in this case,” Brown said. Brown said his office is alleging that Alam prepared 367 returns in 2009 for which he claimed special mortgage recording tax credits on behalf of clients worth more than $6.1 million. All but two of the returns allegedly listed the home address of the taxpayer as being the home address of either Khan or Alam. It is alleged that Khan and Alamgir steered clients to Alam in return for a fee. Alam then allegedly told taxpayers he had been tipped of by a legislator to “secret mortgage recording tax credits” which do not exist. They face up to 15 years in prison if conQ victed on all charges.

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Four of the Democratic hopefuls for mayor gathered at Queens College on Tuesday to talk about education, public safety and other issues. Former Councilman Sal Albanese, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu and 2009 Democratic nominee Bill Thompson attended the event, which was co-moderated by jour nalist Er rol Louis and Michael Krasner, a political science professor at the school. On the matter of the NYPD, Thompson reiterated his call to replace Commissioner Ray Kelly, who he said has been the architect of what he says is the massive abuse of the department’s stopand-frisk policy. “When used correctly, stop and frisk is a useful tool,� Thompson said. “But 90 percent of the people being stopped are young black and Hispanic men.� He also said the nearly 700 percent increase in searches since Mayor Bloomberg took office has not resulted in a proportionate increase in weapons seized. Liu said stop and frisk must be ended, saying it leads to a breakdown in trust,

and therefore communication, between the police and the community. “It actually makes the city less safe,� he said. De Blasio called for an inspector g e n e r a l p o s i t i o n t o ove r s e e p o l i c e department conduct, saying that existing measures such as the Civilian Complaint Review Board have been largely defunded. But Albanese accused de Blasio of playing “public safety theater.� “The City Council already has subpoena power over the Police Department,� he said. “I don’t remember you calling for that when you were on the Council, Bill.� Albanese said his public safety plan calls for 3,800 more off icers and increased training. Asked about economic development, de Blasio said his most important initiative would also be his top education priority — a massive expansion of preschool funded by a tax increase on top city earners which he says would make children better prepared for school when older. Thompson said Bloomberg has failed in his effort to run the schools as a business,

including a series of chancellors from the business world. “I would put an educator in charge of education,� Thompson said. “[Chancellor] Dennis Walcott is a good friend. But he’s not an educator.� All four would like to make the city college system more available and affordable to city high school graduates. Conspicuous by her absence was Council Speaker Christine Quinn (DManhattan) whose place card was removed just prior to the debate. Quinn made a major speech on mass transit earlier in the day, and her campaign could not be reached for comment. A Marist College poll published on Wednesday said Quinn led the current field of Democrats with 30 percent of those responding supporting her. The remainder of the field was de Blasio at 15 percent, Thompson with 14, Liu at 11 and Albanese at 2. Undecided came in at 26 percent. The same poll said if former Congressman Anthony Weiner got in the race, Quinn would lead him by a margin of 26 to 15 percent. Thompson and de Blasio at 11 percent would fall behind Q Liu with 12.

The central terminal of LaGuardia Airport was evacuated due to a report of a suspicious package on the third floor Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. However, the package turned out to contain part of a lighting system and an all-clear was given less than an hour later, according to a spokesperson from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Several hundred travelers evacuated the airport and waited on the surrounding roads and terminals while the authorities investigated. The evacuation order did not affect passengers who had already passed through security to the terminal gates, or prevent them from boarding flights leaving the airport, the spokesperson said. The NYPD has received many similar reports since the blasts at the Boston Marathon on Monday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at a City Hall news conference that there had been 77 reports of suspicious packages within 24 hours, Tuesday afternoon, but that there had been “no specif ic threats� made Q against the city.

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How to keep kids engaged all summer long With summer vacation coming very soon, children are excited about the prospect of fun days outdoors playing with friends, while parents anxiously await relaxing months without the responsibilities of school and extracurricular clubs. But once summer vacation arrives and the first few days have passed, parents often find that the litany of cheers and giggles transforms into a chorus of “I’m bored.” Many parents pore over ideas that will keep their children busy throughout the summer. Many activities that come to mind tend to be expensive, so if cutting costs is a priority, parents might need to think outside the box to come up with engaging ideas that won’t break the bank. Camp. Summer camp is a popular way for kids to spend their summers, but many camps are expensive.The American Camp Association has found that overnight camps can cost anywhere from $325 to $780 a week. Day camp fees may be $100 to $275 per week. Parents who send their children to camp for an entire season might pay anywhere from $3,000 to $9,000 for the seven- to nine-week program. Parents looking for an alternative to costly camps should consider local programs that offer summer activities. Libraries, schools and childcare centers may have programs that run the length of summer and are considerably less expensive than more formal camps. A YMCA or even a swim club may also put together activities. Parents whose children attend afterschool sporting classes, such as karate or soccer, may find that the organizations offer a camp or summer program. Day Trips. If a parent has time off for the summer, then day trips may be a possibility. Schedule a few day trips to

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After a few years of traditional summer camp — bunking in cabins, swimming in lakes — many teens think they have become too old, or too sophisticated, to continue attending. Others have never tried sleepaway camp at all, thinking it is “just not for them,” and have outgrown their local day camps. Working families then face the dilemma of finding fun, safe, and productive ways for their older teens to fill those long summer days. The good news is that each year, there are more and more programs tailored especially to the needs and interests of teenagers, and the options that are currently available far exceed what one typically thinks of when considering “summer camp.” Some traditional camps do offer more advanced programs for older campers. These programs might include more extreme sports and adventures, as well as wilderness activities like rock climbing, white There is no longer any reason for teens to feel they are too water rafting or mountain biking. old for summer camp. In today’s camp environment, they Many teens relish the opportunity can still enjoy the fun, freedom and independence of to develop their orienteering and summers past. “survival” skills and wilderness All of the teen programs can provide the challenges can teach the importance of both teamwork and self-reliance. The older child kinds of experiences and skills that can be can also choose to spend the summer scuba used to build resumes and college or scholardiving, sailing, or even skiing and snowboard- ship applications. Because of their imporing! Senior campers may participate in leader- tance to a teen’s future, as well as their ship or counselor-in-training programs, or train expense, these programs should be chosen towards lifeguard certification. All of these with perhaps even more care than a younger programs help teens develop the interpersonal child’s summer camp. Parents should not rely skills and self-confidence that will contribute simply on the glossy advertisements or pervasive Internet presence some marketers use to to their later successes. For the young adult who has already devel- appeal primarily to teens. Nor should they feel overwhelmed by the vast oped a strong interest in a array of programs available particular sport or other and the prospect of discernactivity, specialty camps ing reputable, well-run, offer intensive, profeslong-standing programs sional-level instruction, from those that are not. as well as the opportunity Organizations like the to socialize with others National Camp Association who share the same interare staffed by knowledgeest. Specialty camps are able camp and teen prooffered in virtually every sport, from golf and tennis to lacrosse and ice gram professionals, who can consider a famihockey, and in a broad range of performing ly’s specific needs and interests, and make arts, including filmmaking, acting, dance, appropriate recommendations. These referrals singing and musical theatre. These programs can be requested at summercamp.org/Camare typically staffed by professionals, who can pQuest. Armed with this customized informaoften provide career guidance and mentorship tion, parents should of course do their own beyond the camp experience. Due to the homework, and check the references of any intense focus of specialty programs, they are programs they are considering. There is no longer any reason for often of shorter duration than traditional camps, leaving teens’ summer schedules flexi- teenagers to think that their best summer adventures are behind them, and that there is ble for their other activities. Another option available to the older teen is nothing better for them to do than play video the academic program. Whether a student games or hang out at the local mall until requires remedial assistance in a particular school starts again. Now they can still enjoy subject, or help developing study and test-tak- the fun, freedom and independence of suming skills in general, there are programs that mers past, while building the life skills that Q teach these skills while improving the student’s can enhance their futures. — National Camp Association self-esteem and motivation.


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Comptroller audit claims agency slow to fix dangerous situations by Joseph Orovic Assistant Managing/Online Editor

Want to play? Would you allow your child to do it among protruding fences, loose monkey bars, even open manholes? An audit conducted by Comptroller John Liu contends the city Parks Department has been slow to respond to instances of faulty playground equipment around the borough, setting aside needed repair work for over a year in some cases. In one case, loose monkey bar railings sat unf ixed at a Glendale playg round throughout an entire summer in 2011. “It’s bad enough that the city is slow in keeping up with routine maintenance and repairs to playgrounds, but it is unconscionable for the city to drag its feet on fixing hazards that can injure children,” Liu said. “No child should get hurt on a playground or play equipment that the city knows is damaged. The Parks Department needs to better prioritize repairs to our children’s play areas.” The agency contended it keeps child safety a top priority and makes repairs in a timely manner. “We disag ree with the conclusions drawn from an analysis of records and work orders that safety issues were not addressed in a timely manner,” said Parks spokesman Phil Abramson.

An audit by Comptroller John Liu found the city’s Parks Department lacking in its response time to imminent hazards on borough playgrounds, including tripping hazards at Captain Mario Fajardo PHOTO BY JOSEPH OROVIC Park in Kissena Corridor Park. The audit looked at work orders reported by the Parks Inspection Program from April 1, 2011 through March 2012, and gauged the response time from the date first reported. The Parks Department has a separate categorization for repairs that pose a

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greater risk to children, called immediate attention conditions, which must be repaired within 30 days. The report found the city agency somewhat lacking in response time in the borough; run-of-the-mill repairs were f ixed

within 30 days 64 percent of the time, while 16 percent took more than three months to f ix. Inspectors also found 11 percent, 58 in total, of the immediate attention conditions in Queens were not fixed within the requisite 30 days. The borough’s parks endured the secondslowest response rate, with Brooklyn seeing 58 percent of its repairs completed within 30 days, compared to Manhattan’s 80 percent, the Bronx’s 90 percent and Staten Island’s 83 percent. The f indings ring a little too true to green activists such as Geoffrey Croft, who said the audit’s findings were endemic of a bigger problem within the agency. “There’s just so many issues revolving around that section of the Parks Department,” he said. “Part of it is the management structure; part of it is a personnel issue. They also don’t seem to have a grasp on what needs to be done.” What needs to be done, according to Liu, is a reprioritization and reassessment to make sure inspections adhere to Parks Inspection Program standards. He also called for a monthly review of work orders to identify immediate hazards that should take priority. The Parks Department said it would implement some of the comptroller’s recQ ommendations.

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Cooper underpass updates please CB 5 DOT applies recommendations made by board to new construction plans by Tess McRae Reporter

The Department of Transportation and Community Board 5 may have reached an agreement on the controversial Cooper Avenue underpass construction. The project that encompasses Cooper Avenue between 74th and 79th streets, where Middle Village meets Glendale, began in January 2012. Since then, proposals made by the DOT and the Department of Design and Construction resulted in push-back from members of CB 5, business owners and elected off icials including City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Maspeth), Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Glendale) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). But at the April 10 CB 5 meeting, board members reported some good news. “From what I know, the major issues relating to that underpass, DOT gave in to us on every major issue,” District Manager Gary Giordano said at the meeting. In addition to repairs to the underpass’ outer walls and installation of several new catch basins, the DOT and the DDC were considering inserting a new traffic island where Central Avenue meets Cooper and expanding an existing island located at Central and 73rd Place. Members of the CB 5 Transportation Committee fought the DOT on the islands, stating that the addition of one island and expansion of another would impede traffic flow around the already congested intersection. The one issue the DOT did not give in on is changing the direction of 74th Street, an adjacent roadway that currently runs northward, granting direct access to the underpass. Though a majority of those at the meeting were pleased with the outcome, board member Richard Huber expressed great concern.

Traffic resulting from ongoing renovations to the Cooper Avenue underpass. In updated plans, the Department of Transportation and the Department PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE of Design and Construction accommodated many of the requests made by Community Board 5 and elected officials. “Recently, the Transportation Committee was presented with the new plans for the Cooper Avenue underpass,” he said. “At that meeting, the DOT said there would be not loss of parking but now, a year later, the plans came back to us and it shows that we are losing parking. Not one of our recommendations were taken into consideration; oh wait, they did eliminate the tree on the island.” Despite numerous emails to the DOT and the DDC, neither agency provided a rendering of the updated plans, nor would

they provide a written description. The DDC said there was no rendering available while the DOT did not respond at all. There is no specific date for the Cooper Avenue underpass project to be completed but in the past, the DDC has predicted that construction would be done by the summer. Much of the street is tethered off by orange netting, allotting just one lane on each side. Over the past year, the underpass has caused issues in the community, the most

serious of which was the flooding that occurred in August 2012. The area’s sewer system could not keep up with several severe thunderstorms, resulting in flooded streets and homes. At the Cooper Avenue underpass, cars were fully submerged and elected officials suspected the construction project may have caused the pumping station in the location to fail. For now, most CB 5 members said they are happy with the new plans and the Q accommodations made by the DOT.

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Online biz DugDug mapped 311 rat sightings; Ridgewood is the worst by Josey Bartlett Editor

An online pet product, price comparison company has done some serious number crunching and through its research says Queens is the place to be when looking for a rat-free environment. Out of the five boroughs, Queens has the lowest residential incident rate per 1,000 people in Queens, coming to a ratio of 1.47, compared to an average of 2.76 per 1,000 people citywide, according to DugDug co-founder Ting Pen. The worst borough is the Bronx with a 3.83 ratio: 2.97 in Brooklyn, 3.38 in Manhattan and 2.51 in Staten Island. But there are still some places in our borough that rats seem to hang out in. Ridgewood has the highest number of reports over the past three years. Pen breaks the numbers down further. Residents at at 4601 67 St. in Woodside, right off Queens Boulevard, between 2010 and 2013 have phoned in more rat sightings than any other single address in the city. The idea about mapping the city’s rat population came

when Harvard business grad and former banker David Keh began looking for an apartment in New York City. The West Coast native said the images of rats in sewers and subways were pretty scary, especially as a new owner of Walter, a standard poodle he makes a point of noting does not sport a typical poodle haircut. “I came upon this huge pot of data that’s pretty useful,” Keh said. New York City has a Rat Information Portal that shows all 311 reports. The Bronx and Manhattan have many more inspections and violations because of a new “rat indexing” program, which involves inspecting most properties even if no complaint was filed. But DugDug’s map is much more user- friendly with an icky rat icon and an overall look of the boroughs. The government run map requires specific addresses. “A lot of New Yorkers walk their pets outside,” Ting said. “Rat droppings carry certain diseases that dogs can bring into the house or apartment. This information can be imporQ tant when planning one’s routes.”

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Borough President Helen Marshall called for $15 million in funding, a greater focus in minority and women-owned business enterprises and union labor in her approval of the United States Tennis Association’s plans to expand its National Tennis Center within Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The recommendation ends the Queens-level portion of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, after six community boards and the Borough Board heard presentations and input from residents about the plan. The USTA’s proposal calls for the creation of a new Grandstand Members of the borough board convening to discuss the within grounds that is already USTA’s proposed expansion within Flushing Meadows Corona leased to the nonprofit, a rejuve- Park. PHOTO BY JOSEPH OROVIC nated Louis Armstrong Stadium, a shopping center, an expansion of its on-site on the parkland,” said New York City Park parking facilities and permission to allow Advocates’ Geoffrey Croft, adding the stipula10,000 more spectators. As a result of the tion calling for replacement parkland does litinflux of bodies, the USTA has contended it tle to console park lovers. Marshall also bizarrely calls for the Louis needs .68 acre of additional parkland. That expansion into what was previously Armstrong Stadium to retain its name after it’s mapped as parkland has been at the heart of rebuilt. That arena’s renaming was never a groups opposing the plan. It has been divisive topic of discussion nor were any proposals for at the community board level, with three a new name floated. “We’re very pleased that the Queens borboards voting in favor with stipulations, and three voting against. The Borough Board, a ough president supports the USTA and our fourth body capable of voting on the matter, proposed expansion plan for the National Tenrefrained from doing so because it lacked a nis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park,” said the USTA’s Chief Operating Offiquorum. Marshall’s approval comes with stipulations cer Danny Zausner in a statement. “Our plan, that address previously stated concerns, which has garnered strong support, will ensure the Tennis Center remains a top public recrethough it’s not enough for some. “It’s sad that she doesn’t understand or care ational facility and world-class spectator venue that the proposed alliance would only go to and also continues being an economic catalyst Q encourage further commercial encroachment for Queens and the City of New York.”

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let an insurance policy lapse will keep his or her current rates at least until the final maps are resolved in a few years. The only other ways rates can potentially change in the meantime is when the new owner of a home takes out a new policy or if another flood strikes and substantially damages the home, which is defined as damage that leads to costs exceeding 50 percent of the market value of the house. But the answer to what will happen after the flood maps change in a few years remained unresolved at the end of the meeting.

During the meeting, Dan Mundy Jr., president of the Broad Channel Civic Association, said his neighborhood was uniting to fight the changes and Howard Beach should do the same, arguing that a 100-year-old flood should not lead to a redesignation of the neighborhood’s flood risk. Mundy mentioned the Biggert-Waters Act, a law passed three months before Sandy, that allowed FEMA to raise premiums by as much as 25 percent over the next few years. The law was a response to recent disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, as well as recent floods in Tennessee and Arkansas, that have forced FEMA to pay out billions.

“Homeowners feel they are between the proverbial rock and a hard place,” Mundy said. “You need to call your congressmen, let them know this will destroy your community.” On Monday, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (DBrooklyn/Queens), who represents Howard Beach in Congress, said New York City is different than other flood-prone areas, such as South Florida and Louisiana, because many homes have basements and there are a number of apartment buildings and condos along the shore. Jeffries noted that various Brooklyn neighborhoods in the district, such as Canarise, Mill Basin, Brighton Beach and Sea Gate, have similar housing stock to Howard Beach. “For many people here, basements are liv-

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PARCEL #1 382 TULIP AVENUE FLORAL PARK, NEW YORK SECTION 32, BLOCK 249, LOT 12 DUPLEX – 10 ROOMS; 4 BEDROOMS; 2 BATHS; DET. 2 CAR GARAGE “AS IS” ................MINIMUM BID $ 395,000

PARCEL #5 146 ARCADIAN AVENUE VALLEY STREAM, NEW YORK SECTION 35, BLOCK 519, LOT 74 COLONIAL – 5 ROOMS; 2 BEDROOMS; 2 BATHS; DRIVEWAY "AS IS"..................MINIMUM BID $ 231,000

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PARCEL #2 170 LANDING ROAD GLEN COVE, NEW YORK SECTION 31, BLOCK 67, LOT 47 EXP. RANCH - 5 ROOMS; 2 BEDROOMS; 2 BATHS; ATT. GARAGE "AS IS"..................MINIMUM BID $ 317,000

PARCEL #6 130-132 LONG BEACH ROAD HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK SECTION 36, BLOCK 22, LOT 54 DUPLEX – 12 ROOMS; 6 BEDROOMS; 2 BATHS; BUILT-IN GARAGE `"AS IS"..................MINIMUM BID $ 230,000

PARCEL #10 215 BEECH STREET VALLEY STREAM, NEW YORK (LOOK FOR 134 ROAD IF COMING FROM HOOK CREEK BLVD.) SECTION 37, BLOCK 418, LOT 86 CAPE COD – 6 ROOMS; 3 BEDROOMS; 1 BATH; DET. GARAGE “AS IS” ................MINIMUM BID $ 161,500

PARCEL #3 1998 LADENBURG DRIVE WESTBURY, NEW YORK SECTION 45, BLOCK 503, LOT 2 RANCH – 8 ROOMS; 3 BEDROOMS; 2 BATHS; ATT. GARAGE "AS IS"..................MINIMUM BID $ 252,300

PARCEL #7 758 WYNGATE DRIVE W VALLEY STREAM, NEW YORK SECTION 35, BLOCK 519, LOT 94 CAPE COD – 4 ROOMS; 2 BEDROOMS; 1 BATH; BUILT-IN GARAGE “AS IS” ................MINIMUM BID $ 211,000

PARCEL #4 9 FOSTER LANE PARCEL #8 2733 MARION STREET WESTBURY, NEW YORK BELLMORE, NEW YORK SECTION 45, BLOCK 408, LOT 26 SECTION 63, BLOCK 209, LOT 40 EXP. CAPE COD – 7 ROOMS; 4 BEDROOMS; 2 BATHS; EXP. BUNGALOW – 6 ROOMS; 4 BEDROOMS; ATT. GARAGE 1.5 BATHS; DET. GARAGE "AS IS"..................MINIMUM BID $ 246,200 “AS IS” ................MINIMUM BID $ 205,600

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PARCEL #11 92 SCHOOL STREET OYSTER BAY, NEW YORK SECTION 27, BLOCK 25, LOT 133 COLONIAL – 6 ROOMS; 3 BEDROOMS; 1.5 BATHS “AS IS” ................MINIMUM BID $ 150,000 PARCEL #12 4 SARANAC ROAD WEST HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK SECTION 35, BLOCK 464, LOT 70 BUNGALOW – 796 (+/-) SQ. FT ABOVE GRADE LIVING SPACE; PLUS BASEMENT; 6600 (+/-) SQ FT. OF LAND AREA. HOUSE CONDEMNED BY TOH – MUST BE DEMOLISHED “AS IS” ................MINIMUM BID $40,000

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There will never again be a tropical storm or hurricane named Sandy. The World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee, responsible for naming tropical cyclones around the world, has retired Sandy from its list of names. According to the WMO, Sandy was retired due to the extreme nature of the storm as it hit the coast last October. Sandy killed 72 people and it is the second costliest hurricane ever to strike the country, causing more than $70 billion in damage. The group also noted the damage the storm caused in Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti — where Sandy killed another 54 people. The WMO has six rotating lists of names it uses to identify tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic basin. When a storm does an extreme amount of damage, the group will choose to retire the name and replace it. Since the naming system began in 1952, 79 names have been retired, including Andrew, Katrina, Gloria and Irene — the latter two of which struck New York in September 1985 and August 2011 respectively. Sandy will be replaced with Sara when Q the 2012 list is used again in 2018. — Domenick Rafter

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ing quarters and are often rented out for supplemental income,” he said. “It’s just not possible to raise many of these homes.” Though it is technically illegal to rent out basement apartments in New York City, Jeffries acknowledged that for many residents, it is an economic necessity and officials should recognize that. “I want FEMA to take into account that reality and recognize the uniqueness of New York City,” he said. Jeffries added that he is supporting a bill introduced by Rep. Michael Grimm (RStaten Island) that would roll back the Biggert-Waters Act and stagger flood insurance premium increases over a longer length of time. He expects there will be a hearing on Q the bill soon.

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Experience Jamaica Bay at sunset and after dark

At last month's moon walk hosted by the National Park Service, participants enjoyed views of the Manhattan skyline and the bay's native flora and fauna.

not employees on the 71st floor of the Empire State Building are still at work. A walk along a dark path in a New York City park at night may not seem like the smartest venture, but this is not any normal city park nor is it any normal walk. At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, part of Gateway National Recreation Area, nature trails in Broad Channel allow those seeking an escape from the concrete chaos of urban life a — well — refuge. An array of shorebirds and other wildlife call the area home. Though the trails and birdwatching are typically daytime events, on April 25, you can explore the park at and after dusk. Continued onpage page continued on 39

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Replace the sound of blaring car horns and the clackity-clack of passing trains with the calls of the woodcock and whistling of a springtime breeze through shorefront trees. Above, twinkling stars provide a more natural glow than the fluorescent illuminations in office building windows. Rising in the east — a big ball of light. That isn’t a lamppost, a traffic light, or even the spotlight from an NYPD helicopter. Nope, that’s the moon. Deep in the heart of Jamaica Bay lies an urban oasis, far enough from the bustling city streets to feel as if you’ve traveled hundreds of miles, but close enough that with a good pair of binoculars, you can tell whether or


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An audition and open cast call for “Les Misérables,” will be held on Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at American Martyrs Sullivan Hall, Bell Blvd. and Union Turnpike, Bayside from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Bring a head shot and resume (this is a requirement). Sheet music for your audition: 16 bars ballad, 16 bars up tempo. Your calendar for May, June, July and August. Comfortable clothing for a group dance audition. Parts available for 11 years old and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No one seen without the above requirements.

The Sisterhood of Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 1300 209 St., Bayside, will hold a defensive driving course on Thursdays, April 18 and 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. Participants are eligible for lower insurance rates and points reduction. Cost is $50 per person. Call Harriet Wolfe at (718) 423-6426 to register.

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

Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, presents on Sunday, April 21, Roots of Flamenco, Gypsy Soul presents music and dance from Spain, India, Persia and the Middle East, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more information call (718) 729-3880 or visit thaliatheatre.org. “Blood Brothers” will be performed from May 2-18 by the Astoria Performing Arts Center at Good Shepherd Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at APACNY.org. Theatre Time Productions presents “Once More with Feeling,” a musical cabaret, at the Colonial Church of Bayside, 54-02 217 St., on Saturdays, April 20 and 27 and Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, April 21 and 28 at 3 p.m. Call (347) 3588102. $18/$16 seniors and students.

DANCE Watch Circuitous Body on Sunday, April 21 at 8 p.m. at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 students. Visit danceseries.wordpress.com or chrisferrisdance.com.

FILM “Spectacle: The Music Video” explores the art, history and future of the art form at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria now through June 16. Call (718) 777-6888 or visit movingimage.us.

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MUSIC Rochdale Village Senior Center presents a gospel celebration on Saturday, April 27 at Rochdale Village Grand Ballroom, 169-65 137 Ave., Jamaica. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Showtime at 4 p.m. Tickets: $20, children under 12 are $10. Call (718) 525-2800. Holy Cross Fathers’ Club will hold its 15th annual doo wop show on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at 26-20 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing. Reserve seating is $40. Call (718) 279-0470. The Forest Hills Choir sings the Faure Requiem on Saturday, April 27 at the Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. Contact Todd Wachsman at fhchoir.info.org or call (646) 431-0820 for more information.

Watercolor classes at the National Art League, 4421 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston. All techniques, beginners to advanced. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25 per session. Call (718) 969-1128.

“Blood Brothers,” shown here at rehearsal, will be performed from May 2-18 at Good Shepherd Methodist Church PHOTO BY BRADLEY HAWKS in Astoria. Listen to Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes on Sunday, April 21 at 6 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 30-14 Crescent St., Astoria. $10 donation at the door. Email info@redeemerconcerts.org.

FLEA MARKETS The Church of Resurrection, 85-09 118 St., Richmond Hill/Kew Gardens, holds its spring treasure, bake and book sale on Saturday, April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., preview sale on Friday, April 19 from 6-9 p.m. with a fee of $5. Call (718) 847-2649. St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church of Bayside holds a flea market plus ethnic Polish bake sale on Sunday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Parish Hall, 35th Avenue and 210th Street, Bayside. Free parking. Call (718) 224-3052. The Friends of the St. Albans Library will hold their spring flea market on Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19 from 1-5 p.m. at the library, 191-05 Linden Blvd. Admission is free. American Martyrs CWV Post holds an indoor garage sale on Sunday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the church basement at Bell Boulevard and Union Turnpike in Bayside. Call Ed at (718) 468-9351. The Maspeth Kiwanis Club Neighborhood Flea Market will be held on Sunday, April 28 with a rain date of May 5, at Maspeth Federal Savings Bank parking lot, Grand Avenue and 69th Street, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (718) 326-2400. There will be a Chinese auction on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 112-14 107 Ave., Richmond Hill. Call (718) 846-3925.

LECTURE Shmuel Shields will speak on Super Foods for Super Health at Central Queens YM&YWHA, 67-09

108 St., Forest Hills, on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. Call (718) 268-5011 ext. 501 or email dstark@cqy.org. Rego Park Jewish Center’s lecture series presents “Kiev to Broadway — The Creative Journey of Stage Designer Boris Aronson” on Sunday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m. at 97-30 Queens Blvd. Call (718) 459-1000. Award-winning professor Raymond Belliotti will talk in Forest Hills at the Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., on the meaning of life on Monday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. Call (718) 268-5011 or visit cqy.org

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, hosts dance with instructions every Monday and Friday from 7:15 to 8 p.m. and a social dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Call (718) 4783100. Cost is $10.

SPECIAL EVENTS Oakland Little Neck Jewish Centers, 49-10 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, presents: “Our Monthly Shabbat Morning Experience” breakfast and a Torah discussion, on Saturday, April 27 at 9 a.m. For more information call (718) 224-0404.

Northeast Queens Multicultural Democratic Club will meet on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at Carlyle Towers, 43-10 Kissena Blvd., Lobby Floor, Flushing. John Liu will speak.

On Saturday, April 20, come to New York’s Highland Park, Jackie Robinson Parkway, Vermont Avenue, Highland Boulevard between Bulwer Place and Cypress HIlls Street, to help regrow the area straddling Queens and Brooklyn that was devastated during Hurricane Sandy with a street tree planting from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Ariel Cohen at ariel_cohen@dkcnews.com or visit milliontreesnyc.org for more information.

Flushing Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in Flushing Hospital, 146-01 45 Ave.; enter at 45th Avenue and Burling Street, 5th floor, on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays of the month. For more information call (718) 749-0643 or visit flushingcameraclub.org.

A car show/blood drive/flea market to support autism will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PS 177 Robin Sue Ward School for Exceptional Children, 56-37 188 St., Fresh Meadows. Contact eccat4t@aol.com or (917) 607-3961 or visit eccatoysfortots.org for more information.

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There will be a carnival, dinner and dance fundraiser to benefit Jamaica Drum Jam on Saturday, April 27 from 4 to 10 p.m. at St. Patrick Church basement, 39-38 29 St., Long Island City. Contact julie@jamaicadrumjam, jamaicadrumjam.org or (917) 608-6805. $20.

MEETINGS

There will be a children’s carnival at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $11 per person. For more information, call Museum Events at (718) 3473276 or visit queensfarm.org. Robot fans: a Build-a-Bot workshop for kids ages 8-12 and parents will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 1-5:30 p.m. at The Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. Space is limited. $10 per child. Call (347) 878-6614 to register.

Long Island Cars’ Car Show and Swap Meet on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Belmont Racetrack, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, includes hundreds of custom and collectible cars from vintage to exotic. The rain date is Sunday, April 28. Enter through Gate 3. Admission: Saturday is $7. Sunday is $9. Both days are $13. Children 12 years and under are free. Visit LongIslandCars.com or call (631)567-5898.

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A novel full of lessons and history World War, I was imbued at an early age— being Jewish — that the Holocaust was an extremely important aspect of Author Stephen Maitland-Lewis hopes his novel “Emeralds one’s upbringing,” Maitland-Lewis said in a phone interview Never Fade” will put another personal face to the history of last Thursday. the Holocaust so that these “horrors are never repeated.” Although he does not consider himself a Holocaust histoHis book, which he will be reading from at Queens Col- rian, he has always been interested in the history. About 6 lege on April 21, chronicles the fictional lives of two boys liv- million Jews were killed in the concentration camps, Maiting in Germany in the late ’20s. Leo land-Lewis said, but added that Bergner is Jewish and Bruno “when that number is bandied Franzmann is not. around, it’s so daunting that it The two form a friendship starts losing its impact. When it’s When: Sunday, April 21, 4 to 5:30 p.m.; before the war begins, with Franztwo individuals, things are more book signing 5:30 to 7 p.m. mann teaching Bergner piano in clear and more personal.” Where: Queens College LeFrak Concert Hall exchange for math lessons. This is Maitland-Lewis’ sec65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing In 1933 when the Nazis take ond published novel. Before this Tickets: qc.cuny.edu/Pages/default.aspx over, Bergner’s parents lose their he wrote nonfiction and short jobs and are taken to a camp. stories as well as articles for a Franzmann is excluded from Hitler business journal while he worked youth groups because of his clubbed foot and instead the boy as an investment banker and jazz reviews as a teenager. takes a desk job for many years at a concentration camp. His love for jazz led to his teaming with Queens ColThe men go in very different directions. Franzmann lege. When Maitland-Lewis was 12 years old he sent a escapes to Argentina, using blackmail to work his way to a piece of fan mail to Louis Armstrong. top position at a high-powered Latin American bank. To his surprise the legendary saxophonist wrote back, But fate would have these two meet back up in 1970 at a starting a pen-pal relationship. The young music enthubank conference in London, where Bergner recognizes the siast even met Sachmo a few times when the musician emerald around Franzmann’s wife’s neck as the stone his visited London for concerts. mother owned before her death. The letters continued until Armstrong’s death when “Growing up in London, born at the end of the Second Maitland-Lewis was 27 in 1971.

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The Music Man is coming to Queens. Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Michael Feinstein will be performing at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College on May 4. Feinstein serves as the artistic director for The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind., but more notably is known for being an archivist and performer of the Great American Songbook, a compilation of the iconic songs of the 20th century, from “Over the Rainbow” to “Singin’ in the Rain.” One of his five Grammy nominations comes from his covers of Frank Sinatra’s works. In addition to the American Songbook, Feinstein will play compositions by brothers George and Ira Gershwin. Last fall Feinstein wrote a memoir, “The Gershwins Pianist and singer Michael Feinstein will perfomance in and Me: A Personal History Flushing on May 4. COURTESY PHOTO in Twelve Songs,” about his early 20s when he worked with Ira cata- most famously by Groucho Marx at loguing the Gershwins’ work. A CD of Carnegie Hall in 1971. The 1930s lyrics are silly and paint a Gershwin music performed by Feinstein picture: “Lydia, oh Lydia, that encyclopeaccompanies the book. “They are life-affirming songs,” Fein- dia; Lydia, the queen of tattoo; On her stein said in a phone interview on Mon- back is the Battle of Waterloo; Beside it day. “People still desire romance. I think the Wreck of the Hesperus, too; And people appreciate the eloquent way proudly above waves the red, white and romance is expressed like in ‘Love Is Here blue; You can learn a lot from Lydia.” “It has resonance,” Feinstein said. to Stay,’ a song that is played millions of times at milestone events like weddings “It couldn’t be more timely. More people have tattoos now than then, so in an and anniversaries.” He said that more than 90 percent of continued on on page page 00 41 continued the songs that he plays are about amore, but exactly which numbers will be played depends on the audience. “It really is spontaneous,” Feinstein said. “I like the variety and that a solo When: Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. show gives me complete autonomy to Where: Kupferberg Center, perform anything in the moment.” Queens College Often Feinstein plays with a band, but this time it will be just him and his piano. 65-30 Kissena Blvd. He particularly likes playing “Over the Flushing Rainbow” as well as some of the comedic Tickets: $30 to $50 songs in his huge repertoire including one (718) 793-8080 such number by E.Y. Harburg and Harold kuferbergcenter.org Arlen, “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady,” sang

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the water (though part of the trail is washed out due to Hurricane Sandy, forcing hikers to backtrack the way they came). A flashlight is recommended, and park rangers will give you a colored film to place over the light so the bright glow does not scare off animals. As you walk along the easy-tohike trail, peek to the west, where the sun sinks below the horizon, illuminating the sky in vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. As the sky dims more, the lights of Manhattan twinkle in the distance. The walk takes you to the west side of the island, where the west-facing views are the best. Along the way, stop and see some of the birdhouses and favorite aviary hangouts

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Human Growth Foundation, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children and adults with disorders of growth and growth hormone, will host its first annual 4.8K Step Up and Walk on Sunday, April 21 from 7 a.m. to noon at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 113-01 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing. Individual and team registration is now open online at hgfound.org/stepupandwalk_event_registration.html

Immaculate Conception School, 21-63 29 St, Astoria, hosts a reunion for all graduates on Saturday, April 27. Contact the alumni committee at icsastoriaalmuni@gmail.com for more information.

Join Elmhurst Beautification Day on Saturday, April 27. Meet at Elmhurst Community Garden, at the intersection of Kneeland Avenue and Manilla Street. Contact Jennifer Chu at jennifer.chu@arcadis-usa.com or call (646) 209-3306 for more detailed information. Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, 84-20 Jamaica Ave., hosts a free poetry workshop every third Tuesday, until Monday, December 16. Email cabbz@aol.com for more information. Glendale Community Garden, 74-10 88 St., celebrates Earth Day on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Email dorie.figliola@gmail.com for more information. The 104th Precinct will hold a free safety event at the Glendale Community Garden, 74-10 88 St., on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your bikes, cars, laptops, cell phones, ipods, etc. for registration and VIN etching. Call Dorie at (718) 805-0950.

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In addition to buying gold, silver, diamonds, watches and coins, Ice Jewelry Buying also offers instant cash loans for jewelry and eBay selling services.

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

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Volunteers needed for the Earth Day beach cleanup at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Broad Channel, on Saturday, April 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. To register call (718) 338-3799. The Annual Glendale Kiwanis Club Street Festival will take place on Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Metropolitan Avenue from 73rd Place to 79th Street in Middle Village. Free rides for children from 11am to 1pm. Call (718) 444-6028. Celebrate Israel’s 65th Anniversary at Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. on Saturday, April 20 at 12:30 p.m. after Shabbat services. Reserve by April 17. $18 per person. Call (718) 459-1000. The Sisterhood of Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside, is having a luncheon card party on Tuesday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $20 in advance and $22 at the door. RSVP by Monday, April 15. Call Janet at (718) 631-5468 or Marilyn at (718) 229-6877. Afternoon Composting: Weekly Food Waste Drop-Off at the Broadway Library, 40-20 Broadway in Long Island City on Saturdays at 1 p.m. Call (718) 721-2462. The Samuel Field Y has two weekday programs for preschool children ages 3-5 with developmental disabilities and their families. On Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. there is Monday Magic: Learn and Play at the Bay Terrace Center, 212-00 23 Ave., Bayside. On Wednesdays from 3-4:30 there is Gym and Creative Exploration at the Little Neck Site, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy. Contact Amanda at (718) 225-6750 ext. 262 or email asmith@sfy.org for more information. The 34th annual antique auto show will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, on Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5, $2 children ages 6 to 12. For more information call (718) 347-FARM or visit queensfarm.org.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES Celebrate and dance along with the sounds of BIlly C. on Thursday, April 25 at the Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., from 3-5 p.m. $6. Call (718) 456-2000 for tickets. The Clearview Selfhelp Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside, hosts: Qi Gong, Mondays at 10:45 a.m.; Wii time, Mondays, Tuesdays, April 23 and 30, and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; Music with Dee, Mondays at 1 p.m.; dance aerobics, Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; beginner’s drawing, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; health education, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; aerobics, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.; ballroom dancing, Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m.; drawing/painting and yoga, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; bingo, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; tai chi, Wednesdays at 2 p.m.; mah jong/canasta, Thursdays at 10 a.m.; reminiscing group, Thursdays at 10:45 a.m.; Scrabble, Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; dance fitness, Fridays at 10:45 a.m.; “You Be the Judge,” Fridays at 12:45 p.m.; current events, Friday, April 19 at 12:45 p.m.; music appreciation, Tuesday, April 23 at 12:45 p.m.; History with Hy, Thursday, April 25 at 10:15 a.m.; and a movie, “The Artist,” on Friday, April 26 at 1 p.m. Call (718) 224-7888 for further information. Computer classes at Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Prince Street Senior Center, 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing begin in April. For seniors 60 plus. For information call John at (718) 559-4329 to register. The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., has a food pantry Tuesdays-Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. The MetroCard van is at the Center on the fourth Thursday of every month. Movies are held every Monday or Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. Art classes are held every Monday at 12:30 p.m. For more information call Karen at (718) 456-2000. Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, 92-47 165 St., details its safety program about rent, IT 214 tax form, Medicaid and food stamps. Call for an appointment at (718) 657-6500. Free. Activities at the Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Ave., Bayside, are held Monday-Friday. For more information, call (718) 224-7888. The Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center, 68-52 Fresh Pond Rd., Ridgewood, hosts dancing to live music, bingo, blood pressure screening, chair yoga, monthly theme parties, oil painting, movies and much more. Lunch served daily at noon. Requested donation is $1.50. Meals on wheels is delivered for homebound seniors. Call (718) 497-2908. The Selfhelp Latimer Gardens Senior Center, 3430 137 St., Flushing, offers ballroom dancing, Mondays, Wednesdays through Fridays at 10:30 a.m. to noon; tai chi, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. to noon; English as a second language, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. to noon; Ping Pong, exercise and mahjong, Mondays though Fridays. (718) 961-3660.


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odd way it is a contemporary song.” Although the internet has changed how different the taste of say, the West Coast is when compared to the East Coast, Feinstein still changes his program accordingly. In New York he sees a greater appreciation for Broadway songs, which only makes sense. When he thinks of geographical tastes he thinks of the American lyricist Johnny Mercer, who wrote the lyrics to “Moon River” and “Accentuate the Positive.” Mercer grew up in Savannah, Ga., and said while growing up he didn’t relate to songs written by New York composers. “They didn’t have currency in his environment,” Feinstein said. But when Mercer moved to New York City his tastes changed. The songs he once hadn’t connected to he began to love. When Feinstein performs in Birmingham, Ala., he likes to play “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” because the composer Hugh Martin wrote it when he was vacationing there, and when he’s in Indianapolis he’s more likely to play “Back Home Again in Indiana.”

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In 1928 the community of Laurelton Homes was one of the most beautiful and affluent communities in Queens. It was built by the Gross Morton Organization, which constructed upscale homes for an upper working class. Gross Morton broke all records by selling 570 homes in less than three months in 1928. More than 10 percent of the one-family homes built in all of New York State that year were sold by Laurelton Homes. These upscale homes were bought largely by professional Jewish families escaping the pressures of renting in Brooklyn and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. These families brought with them the culture of insisting on strictly fresh kosher meat and chicken. Long before the supermarket, the butcher was the primary source of good meat you could trust. He became part of the family. The first kosher butcher to serve Laurelton was Benjamin Weinberg, whose shop was at 228-03 Merrick Blvd. It later became known as Max’s, and served the community for four decades. It sold meat and chickens

Max’s Kosher Meats and Poultry, 228-03 Merrick Blvd., Laurelton, August 1950. that were slaughtered and dressed clean and fresh for dinner, never frozen. The great demand for kosher meat was evident, with other establishments competing on Merrick Boulevard such as Utopia at 230-06, George’s at 229-13, P and B Kosher at 231-04 and Merrick Packing at 234-05. By the 1970s the kosher butchers were all gone, being replaced by daycare centers, check cashing stores and pizzerias as the community became primarily AfricanAmerican: proof again that nothing is forever in Queens, as it is an ever changing community rich with immigrants from Q everywhere in the world.


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ERIC HELMS LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/1/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 5-20 47th Rd., Long Island City, NY 11101. General Purposes.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PARTRIDGE EQUITY GROUP LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/06/13. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2099. 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, 23-08 Newtown Avenue, Astoria, New York 11102. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: NYC Human Resources Administration Charles Fiore, Esq. Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of ANASTASIA DERMODY AKA GERTRUDE DERMODY, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of ANASTASIA DERMODY AKA GERTRUDE DERMODY, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 119-19 Graham Court, Flushing, NY 11354, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of ANASTASIA DERMODY AKA GERTRUDE DERMODY, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 6th day of June, 2013 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $11,102.97 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why the petitioner should not retain the sum of $5,000.00 to satisfy the contingent and possible claim of Charles Fiore, Esq., for a period of 6 months from the date of the decree to be settled hereon; and why, upon service on the petitioner of an Order from the New York Supreme Court fixing the legal fees and commissions of Charles Fiore, Esq., for services rendered to the decedent, petitioner should not be authorized to pay Charles Fiore, Esq., said amount not to exceed $5,000.00; and why if Charles Fiore, Esq., should fail to obtain an order from the New York Supreme Court fixing his legal fee and commissions within six months from the date of the decree, the amount retained by the petitioner should not be distributed to the NYC Human Resources Administration; and why the claim from the NYC Human Resources Administration in the amount of $550,566.30 should not be allowed to the extent of the net distributable estate; and why the net distributable estate should not be paid to the NYC Human Resources Administration in partial satisfaction of their claim; Dated, Attested and Sealed 8th day of April, 2013 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County Margaret M. Gribbon, Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor Rego Park, New York 11374 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation

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SQ page 48 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index No.: 16727/11 Date of Filing: March 21, 2013 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC, Plaintiff, -againstDEYANIRA HORTON, if living, or if either or all be dead, their wives, husbands, heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said DEYANIRA HORTON, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and the respective husbands, wives, widows or widowers of them, if any, all of whose names are unknown to plaintiff; CITY REGISTER OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, QUEENS COUNTY; INDUSTRY MORTGAGE COMPANY, LP; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK; VERA COOPER; STATE OF NEW YORK; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; JOHN DOE (said name being fictitious, parties intended being possible tenants or occupants of premises, and corporations, other entities or persons who claim, or may claim, a lien against the premises), Defendant(s). TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service of this summons is made by delivery upon you personally within this state, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner, and 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 a 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. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Honorable Howard G. Lane of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed on March 6, 2013, and filed with supporting papers in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, State of New York. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by DEYANIRA HORTON to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for American Financial Resources, Inc. in the principal amount of $324,022.00, which mortgage was recorded in Queens County, State of New York, on September 2, 2010, in CRFN 201000297946. Said mortgage was thereafter assigned to GMAC Mortgage, LLC by assignment of mortgage dated February 9, 2011 and recorded on March 1, 2011 in CRFN 2011000073727. Said premises being known as and by 146-57 107TH AVENUE, JAMAICA, NY 11435. February 27, 2013 Dated: Batavia, New York Virginia C. Grapensteter, Esq. ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Batavia Office 26 Harvester Avenue Batavia, NY 14020 585.815.0288 Help For Homeowners In Foreclosure New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Mortgage foreclosure is a complex process. Some people may approach you about “saving” your home. You should be extremely careful about any such promises. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. There are government agencies, legal aid entities and other non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about foreclosure while you are working 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-BANKNYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the Department’s website at www.banking.state.ny.us. The State does not guarantee the advice of these agencies.

MJJS LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/13/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Bogdan Skrodzki, 65-47 Myrtle Ave., Ridgewood, NY 11385. General Purposes. Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: CPV DEVELOPMENT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/08/2013. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 12-61 150th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: RTISAN COFFEE PROJECT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/29/13. 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, c/o Edgar M. Ortegon, 4628 Vernon Boulevard, Suite 502, Long Island City, New York 11101. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

8409 Queens Realty LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/20/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 84-09 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: General. Notice of Formation of Valdez Logistics LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/6/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011, also the registered agent. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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Howard Beach/Rockwood Park, Sat 4/20, 1-3, 163-19 87 St. $649K. Sat 4/20, 1-3, 157-27 83 St. $499K. Sat 4/20, 1-3, 157-12 87 St. $499K. Sat 4/20, 1-3, 16223 85 St. Connexion I RE, 718845-1136

Howard Beach/Rockwood Park, 2 fl, 1 BR, G&E incl. No pets/smok- Sebastian, Florida Affordable cusing. $1,000/mo. 718-323-7832 tom factory constructed homes Old Howard Beach, 3 1/2 rms, $45,900+, Friendly community, No walk-in apt w/EIK, $1,250/mo, all Real Estate or State Income Taxes inclusive. Must have good credit. ,minutes to Atlantic Ocean. 772581-0080, www.beach-cove.com. 917-880-8001 Limited seasonal rentals Ozone Park, 1 BR, 1 fl, near all, $1,200/mo, cooking gas/heat/ hot water incl, avail 4/15, 917945-2430 Lyons Mortgage Services Inc. Call Woodhaven, studio apt, fully car- today for financing options and a peted, freshly painted, sep ent. free pre-approval. Contact Natallia $900/mo, all utils incl. Call owner Kolbun, 646-436-5455, nkolbun@elyons.com 347-208-4209

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