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Community shares street vision for city City officials hear ideas and concerns from residents on Vision Zero project by Tess McRae Associate Editor

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he Vision Zero initiative remains somewhat vague despite it being announced some months ago. The idea of eliminating pedestrian deaths in the city — as Vision Zero intends to do — is something almost everyone can get behind but the means of accomplishing that goal are still under debate. The City Council hosted a Vision Zero town hall on April 24 at LaGuardia Community College so electeds, city agencies and the Police Department could listen to the ideas and concerns of the public and vice versa. “My office has been working on this issue since day one,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), whose district the meeting was held in, said. “We committed to Vision Zero long before it became as popular as it is today.” A bevy of Council members were in attendance and each Queens representatives made sure to lay out problem areas in their districts — from congestion on Northern Boulevard in the west and Main Street in the north to the lack of slow zones in the southeast. Each of them shared stories of tragedy that resulted in the deaths of young children, parents or teenagers. “W hat do you say to the mother? ”

Shahir Erfan, vice president for administration at LaGuardia Community College, addresses City Council members regarding the school’s recently released traffic study of Thomson Avenue at PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE the Queens Vision Zero town hall. Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) said. “What can you say to a mother whose child has blood running down his face because he got mowed down by a car? There’s nothing you can really say but one thing we can do is make sure it never happens again.”

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Understandably many of the anecdotes used by the Council members led to a wave of sorrow hitting the audience all at once. No one wants a child to get run over on the way to school. But while residents and city leaders can agree that a single pedestrian death is one

too many, there seemed to be a clear disagreement on the best answer. Many testimonies were directed specifically toward Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, who is new to the position. Those testifying came from all walks of life: Taxi drivers, professors, parents and activists had stories to share. One testimony was particularly relevant as it involved the street on which LaGuardia Community College sits, Thomson Avenue. The school hired Philip Habib & Associates to conduct a comprehensive traffic study. It was released the same day as the meeting. “We have more than 50,000 students and five high schools with more than 2,000 students who cross Thomson and Van Dam every day, making it a high traffic and pedestrian corridor,” LGCC President Gail Mellow said. “LaGuardia urges the city to rapidly make the necessary improvements for both pedestrian and vehicular safety by making modifications on Thomson Avenue between Skillman Avenue and Van Dam Street.” Comments such as Mellow’s were met with applause and words of praise while others, including one Astoria man’s statement, continued on page 22

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New head of recovery program sees more than 300 residents at civic by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor

Tom Marco, a 37-year resident of Howard Beach, is upset and frustrated with the city’s Build it Back program. His 163rd Avenue home was flooded by over 3 feet of water by Superstorm Sandy 18 months ago and he has yet to receive any reimbursement under the program for his out-of-pocket costs to repair his house. “We’re not getting any help,” Marco said, adding that it was a waste of time to file the required paperwork, noting that the representatives were constantly changing the rules. Build it Back was created by former Mayor Mike Bloomberg to help New Yorker s repai r, rebuild and elevate their homes. Marco was one of the more than 300 unhappy Howard Beach residents who attended the Howard Beach / Lindenwood Civic Town Hall Meeting at the St. Helen School cafeteria Tuesday evening to express their frustrations about the program to its new administrator, Amy Peterson, and their elected representatives. Ju ne Scafo of Old Howard Beach, whose home was inundated with 8 feet of water, is also waiting for the funds she needs to fix her house. She said that Build it Back representatives told her that she was approved for the money for the repairs and last Januar y sent 18 tradesmen to look at the damage. “Haven’t hea rd f rom t hem since,” said Scafo. A resident who did not give her name said she has been out of her

The new administrator of the city’s Build it Back Hurricane Sandy relief program, Amy Peterson, addresses the Howard Beach/Lindenwood Civic Association as residents and officials including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, center left, PHOTO BY STEPHEN GEFFON and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., center, look on. home since Sandy. She noted that she had filed the required paperwork and was told she would be required to elevate her home before she could move in. “I’m ready to elevate, I can’t wait any longer for you to come,” she said, adding, “I can’t keep waiting, I want to go home.” Peterson acknowledged to the audience that 18 months after the storm, “It is very clear that the program has not been working the way it needs to work. “We should be farther along than we are,” she said, adding,

“But we are taking really proactive steps.” She told the audience that residents should be seeing transformations in Build it Back soon. “It’s not going to happen overnight, [but] it’s going to happen quickly and really start,” Peterson said. She assured the residents that anyone’s home that was destroyed will be built back regardless of income level. She also said that priority levels for reimbursement had been eliminated.

Residents will also have the ability to choose their own contractor to perform the repair or rebuilding of their home, she said. And relief will be offered from water bills for vacant homes. According to Peterson, if a home was substantially damaged and the homeowner is interested in relocating, the city has an acquisition for redevelopment program. Peterson said the city is committed to the goal of 500 constr uction starts and 500 reim-

bursement checks issued by the end of the summer. I n other business, meeting attendees also got an update from Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct. Schiff told the audience that since March 26 there have been no reported burglaries and robberies in the community. “We have corrected the condition for now,” he said. T he deput y i nspector said there is still a police presence in the area including anti-crime and plainclothes officers. He said that many more residents have activated their alarms as conf ir med by a 38 percent increase in alarm trips from last year. “I’d rather respond to an accidental trip and make sure that everything is OK,” said Schiff. Schiff said crime in the 106th Precinct is down 20 percent for the most recent 28-day period compared to last year. He added that burglaries are down 55 percent for the month. D i s c u s si n g t h e p r e c i n c t ’s response to the community’s concern about squatters at 162-38 90 St. in Howard Beach, he said officers had responded right away and taken the individuals out of the house. He said they were arrested and given summonses. “We warned these individuals that next time you break in there will be much more serious charges,” Schiff said. Schiff said that the bank that owns the property was contacted and chains were put on the Q doors.

A police detective assigned to Queens found out what it was like to be on the other side of an arrest last week after he allegedly drank on the job, accidentally shot his partner and then drove him to the hospital for treatment. Det. Jay Poggi, 58, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and has had his license suspended, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Poggi was driving an unmarked police car with his partner, Det. Matthew Sullivan, sometime before 1:30 a.m. April 24 when he took out his weapon, a revolver, to show Sul-

Took injured partner to hospital: NYPD livan the hammer on it, according to a deposition given by Sgt. Idris Guven of the Internal Affairs Bureau and provided to the media by Brown’s office. The weapon discharged, and the bullet hit Sullivan in the right wrist, according to the deposition, which was based on the sergeant’s observations and interviews with a police lieutenant and a deputy inspector. The incident occurred as the two were in Howard Beach, within the 106th Precinct area, a Police Department spokesman said.

Poggi then drove Sullivan to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, arriving at approximately 1:50 a.m., the deposition says. The lieutenant responded and saw the unmarked car parked there. Guven arrived and said he was told by the lieutenant that Poggi acknowledged driving Sullivan to the hospital. Guven saw that the front seat area “was covered in a significant amount of blood.” Approaching Poggi, he smelled alcohol and saw that the detective’s eyes were bloodshot.

The deputy inspector gave Poggi a breath test, and the detective blew a .113, according to the deposition, showing more alcohol in his system than the .05 percent threshold over which it is not legal to drive. Poggi later refused to submit to a second test at the 112th Precinct, the document says. Sullivan was admitted to the hospital and underwent surgery to his wrist. Poggi was released on his own recognizance, that is, without having to post bail, Q and is due back in court June 16. — Peter C. Mastrosimone

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Reps to meet with HUD over Sandy aid New York’s House members intent on retaining $3.5B set for repairs here by Peter C. Mastrosimone Editor-in-Chief

Furious that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development could divert some of the approximately $3.5 billion in aid expected to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy in rebuilding — and area municipalities in preparing for future disasters — two congressmen representing Queens and a third from the Bronx said last Friday that the agency has agreed to meet with them to discuss the dispute. Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau), Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) and Jose Serrano (D-Bronx) made the announcement during a press conference held in front of the steps to City Hall. It followed a letter that they, and 10 other members of New York’s congressional delegation, sent to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan April 22, after media reports led by the Wall Street Journal said the agency was considering diverting some of the funding to other areas of the country hit by natural disasters. According to the congressmen, the money clearly was meant to be spent on rebuilding and strengthening communities struck by Sandy, even though the law allocating it said it could go toward responses to other natural disasters too. HUD reportedly is thinking of holding a nationwide competi-

Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, center, Jose Serrano, left, and Gregory Meeks outside City Hall last Friday, insisting that all funds meant to aid Hurricane Sandy victims do so. PHOTO BY PETER C. MASTROSIMONE tion for funding for “resiliency” plans, efforts to improve infrastructure to withstand storms and other disasters. “It is clear, and no one in Washington, DC doubts that the primary purpose of that bill was to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy,” Jeffries said at the press conference

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ust about the last thing homeowners and small businessmen and women in Queens need is an increase in taxes, whether under that name or any other. But that’s exactly what they’re about to get hit with by the de Blasio administration, unless the mayor keeps a campaign promise he made to end the last mayor’s habit of increasing fees that are essentially taxes whatever they’re called. The issue is water rates. The Water Board is planning to hike them 3.35 percent, and some officials are touting that as a good thing because it’s a far lower increase than the ones we’ve had to put up with for the last decade or so, when the cost of water — just about the most basic of human requirements — has been rising by leaps and bounds. Water and sewer rates combined are now 2.5 times what they were 10 years ago. But the simple fact is there’s no good reason the cost of water should be raised at all. The problem is that de Blasio, if he allows the Water Board to impose an increase, would be doing it solely to pad city coffers, not to fund water delivery as the fee is designed to do. The city, you see, rents out to the Water Board those parts of the delivery system that were built before the board took over services. And what it was doing

under former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and now is set to do under de Blasio, is charge far more rent than is necessary, so that the extra money can go into the city’s general fund. While the city does of course face a fiscal crunch — as the economy continues to improve only slowly after the crisis of 2008, and all of the roughly 150 municipal unions continue to await new contracts in which they expect retroactive raises, and the cost of their benefits and pensions continues to rise, and residents continue to expect more and better services — the books should not be balanced even in part on the backs of small business people and homeowners, not to mention renters who end up paying for their landlords’ rising costs, however indirectly. As Rich Hellenbrecht, president of the Queens Civic Congress and former chairman of CB 13, points out, homeowners have been seeing huge cost increases, including rising real estate taxes, heating fuel prices and insurance premiums. They can’t take any more — especially when a planned fee increase isn’t even necessary. Leading the charge against any water rate increase is City Councilman Rory Lancman of Fresh Meadows, who says the 3.35 percent rate hike would bring in about $120

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Equal rights now Dear Editor: I’m writing to call on the New York City Council to adopt the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The United States has not ratified it, but cities around the country (San Francisco in particular) have taken the initiative to adopt CEDAW, and it is time for New York City to do the same. By providing a comprehensive definition of what constitutes discrimination against women and by outlining steps that governments can take to prevent discrimination against women, CEDAW would be pivotal in ensuring gender equality and in protecting women’s rights. In 2010, the City Council introduced the Human Rights Governmental Operations Audit Law, which included CEDAW and its provisions. It also included the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and would have created a task force to monitor gender and racial discrimination in New York City. Although the bill wasn’t called for a vote, it had 30 co-sponsors — among them were current Public Advocate Letitia James and current Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito. We are calling on Speaker Mark-Viverito to introduce and bring up the Human Rights GOAL for a vote, and for the entire City Council to pass it. It’s time that New York take this critical step and this bold stance toward estab© Copyright 2014 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc. at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, N.Y.

million more than the Water Board already collects, while the mayor’s excess rent plan totals $150 million. Take away the unnecessary rent, and the board could keep water rates right where they are and still come out $30 million ahead. Lancman on Monday released statements from 15 civic and community leaders, led by Hellenbrecht, opposing the rate increase. And those are just from central and northeastern Queens. Imagine how many could be secured from the entire borough. It’s hard to imagine any leader of a civic group or homeowners association in the borough supporting a hike in water fees. Queens is especially hurt by such increases because it has so many single-family homes and small, independent businesses, as Lancman notes. The public will get its chance to speak on the rate plan before it takes effect at mandatory hearings, though when those will be held is not yet known. We urge anyone who can to speak out against the hike and to remind the mayor that he campaigned against the very thing he is now set to do. If he can keep his promises on establishing universal prekindergarten, changing police practices and trying to ban carriage horses, surely he can keep his promise not to force water rate hikes by keeping the rent too damn high.

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lishing greater equality and fairness for women. If any of your readers would like to join us as we continue to advocate for CEDAW’s adoption, they can email us at northeastqueensforaction@gmail.com or find us on Twitter (@NEQForAction) or Facebook. Jonathan Eckman Chapter Leader, Northeast Queens for Action Organizing for Action Flushing

Fairs were no friend Dear Editor: Granted, I may well be in the minority, but I have much difficulty understanding the media hoopla about the 50th anniversary of the 196465 New York City World’s Fair (“There’s plenty left from World’s Fair,” April 24). I am old enough to recall attending both the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, and while there were some interesting exhibits in the ’64 Fair, the Unisphere and several others, on balance it could not be judged spectacular. Indeed even

the use of the word “World’s” could be questioned since many of the western European countries declined to participate. It was a financial disaster, as was the 1939 Fair. The ’39 Fair returned bond holders 40 cents on the dollar whereas, worse yet, the ’64 Fair returned bond holders 19.2 cents on the dollar. At the conclusion of the ’64 Fair, ignoring the fact its venue had been Flushing Meadows Corona Park, part of the city municipal park system, it was left with a plethora of structures that did not belong in an urban park and would not have been allowed in Central, Prospect or Bronx parks, and rightfully so. As a result of so leaving these alien structures, myopic politicians have over the past 50 years used that as an excuse to dump more structures and permit misuse of the park. Notwithstanding FMCP is the second-most used park in the city, it is also the most abused, treated as real estate and not a park, the lifeblood of an urban society. Lost in the euphoria for this misguided celebration is the fact that to construct the Fair, FMCP was shut down for about five years,


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Play brings learning Dear Editor: Ridiculous! Regarding a Long Island school’s cancellation of its kindergarten play, these students are 5 and 6 years old. Putting on a show requires learning words to songs as well as speaking parts. This builds memorization skills, requires following directions and

Dim fiscal future Dear Editor: Re Your April 24 editorial, “NY must get all its Sandy funding”: Who would have believed that money allocated to Sandy’s victims is now being diverted to victims of mudslides in Washington state and tornadoes in Missouri? Our country, it seems, is now so broke the Department of Housing and Urban Development will seek to award the funds to whomever competes and wins the contest: “How to improve your region’s ability to withstand future disasters!” Would that be a composition of 300 words? — using only green products? — have to show how illegal aliens will be housed and supported? As Jeb Bush said, “These people came here out of love for their families.” They’re more like heroes, not criminals. Lest we forget, Gov. Cuomo was the head of HUD when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac died, taking the U.S. economy with them; and Chuck Schumer, who will now “fight to ensure Sandy’s victims that New York’s needs are met,” helped destroy them by forcing banks to give loans to people for houses they couldn’t afford to buy. Schumer, on being told Americans didn’t want Obamacare (from which he and all senators are exempt), said, “Americans are going to get Obamacare whether they like it or not.” He and Carl Levin pressured the IRS not just to harass organizations with the words “freedom,” “Tea Party” and “Israel” in them, but to prosecute them for any reason they could find. It is possible that our senior senator — who on a recent flight asked a stewardess who didn’t show him the proper deference, “Do you know who I am?” — didn’t know that Obama (as he did with Obamacare) changed the terms for the $3.5 billion allotted to Sandy’s victims and would now split the money three ways? Or more, depending on how many more disasters come up. New Yorkers know who Schumer is and should know who Obama is by now. Does the name Gillibrand sound familiar? It should, she’s the other Democratic senator who never did anything for New York. Where did the $17 trillion go? Some went to wind machines that only produce energy when the wind blows and now kill bald eagles in Nevada and some went to contractors and companies partially owned by George Soros, in Spain, who will now miscount the coming election results. Don’t we have an American company that could do the job? Sandy’s victims? Obamacare’s victims? Dying businesses? Unemployment? Suck it up. In two more years these are going to look like the good old days. Janice Wijnen Rego Park

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depriving the people of Queens the use of a much-needed park. A proper remembrance of the ’64 Fair would be to start removing those alien structures and insist the city allocate the necessary funds to make FMCP the first-rate park Robert Moses promised when he took it for the Fair, but never delivered. Indeed, if while walking around Meadow Lake, one wanted to sit down on a bench to admire the lake, he or she could not, because there are no benches. Benjamin M. Haber Flushing

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Long Island Rail Road station in Woodside. On the southern end it would continue both east and west along a portion of Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Vincent Arcuri, chairman of Community Board 5 and a member of the Queens Traffic Safety Council, does not think that is an unrealistic goal, particularly in the segment between Eliot and Metropolitan avenues in the Rego Park-Middle Village area. “Woodhaven Boulevard is very wide at the northern end, and it can easily support bus lanes,” Arcuri said. “Even if you wanted to wait until the end of the fiscal year in June, you can do a lot in July, August and September.” He did say he would like to see so-called “bump-out” bus stops constructed so that they would extend out to meet the bus lanes. Arcuri said that has the additional benefit at major intersections of shortening pedestrian trips across the street. “Then you don’t have to mess with the traffic signals for pedestrians because they’re walking a shorter distance,” he said. Down south, where the boulevard picks up service lanes, Arcuri believes there would have to be cuts in traffic islands to allow vehicles from the main road to merge with the service lanes to better allow more right-hand turns off Woodhaven. “The problem there is that it will cost you some trees,” he said. Following a brief video presentation from Thompson, the crowd broke up into more than a half dozen small groups at tables with maps of the Woodhaven-Cross Bay corridor to discuss ideas, questions and concerns with DOT facilitators. continued on page 27


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Leroy Comrie taking on Smith in 14th SD Most recent challenger to indicted senator also the most formidable by Michael Gannon Editor

Leroy Comrie confirmed the worst-kept secret on Queens politics on Monday when he formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the state’s 14th Senate District, the seat held by embattled Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis). Comrie, speaking in a telephone interview on Tuesday, said the move was prompted both by people actively urging him to take on Smith, and a bit of homesickness for the hands-on legislative process. “I liked being deputy borough president, and I’m thankful to [Borough President] Melinda Katz,” he said. “I’m sorry I have to do it. I like the legislation process, the idea of going to Albany with the trust and respect of the people to get things done. That has to be re-established.” Comrie joins a field of Democratic challengers that already includes attor neys Munir Avery of Queens Village and Clyde Vanel of Cambria Heights; and U.S. Navy veteran Bernadette Semple of Laurelton. The winner of the Democratic primary, right now scheduled for September, would be considered a virtual lock to win the general election in November. The district includes Southest Queens, running west from the Cross Island Parkway.

State Sen. Malcolm Smith, left, picked up his most dangerous challenger to date on Monday, when former Councilman and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie announced his candidacy FILE PHOTOS for the Democratic nomination in the 14th District. It goes south to the Belt Parkway and stays mostly south of the Grand Central parkway. It reaches west into Jamaica and portions of Briarwood, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens. Comrie believes the Senate post will require, among other things, the ability to build consensus both in the district and within a fractious Democratic caucus.

“That’s one of my skill sets,” he said. Katz spokesman Michael Scholl said Comrie resigned late last week but would stay on in the role of special assistant to the borough president. Comrie said he has been delighted by the support that he already has gotten both in the district and from fellow Democrats

in Albany. His candidacy already has been endorsed by party leaders, including Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens), who also i s t h e Q u e e n s C o u n t y D e m o c r a t ic chairman. He also did not feel the need to mention Smith, who is under federal indictment, by name to attack him with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer in an initial statement issued on Monday. “It simply means that people are ready for a change,” Comrie said in the statement. “The 14th District will not be sidelined waiting for a leader to do the right thing.” Crowley said Comrie, who was a popular three-term Councilman from Southeast Queens before being named deputy borough president, has been a leader on education, senior citizen issues and job creation. “For decades, Leroy Comrie has been a dedicated public servant who has delivered for his com munity and the people of Queens,” Crowley said. “Now, we need Leroy in Albany delivering for us on the issues that matter most.” Comrie first came to prominence as a member of the former District 29 school board prior to the establishment of the city’s community education councils. continued on page 27

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On April 26, the Ozone-Howard Little League honored veterans with a dedication of a new memorial and the flagpole at the league’s ball fields in Ozone Park. On a cool and windy morning children, parents, volunteers, and veterans all gathered together to celebrate the new memorial. The fields were soaked from the pouring rain the night before, but that didn’t stop the Ozone-Howard Little League. “We don’t care about that, we care about right now,” said Ralph Wallace, vice president of the league. Games were scheduled on all of their fields and they were being worked on before 8:30 a.m. to be prepared for play later on. Joe Bode, the president of the league, was proud to put this idea together and thanked all those who helped make it possible. “We often honor the athletes, but the veterans are the true heroes,” said Bode. The memorial plaque honors not only “all veterans of all conflicts in which the United States Armed Forces were engaged in past and present,” but the families of those

who have fallen. “May their sacrifices never be forgotten,” it says. The flagpole above it stands 50 feet tall. Billy Folz, from Park Promotions, made 200 shirts for the event. The proceeds raised went to the Wounded Warriors Project. What started out as a chilly, cloudy day turned out to be a beautiful, bright one. At 9 a.m., just as more and more people were arriving, the sun started to come out. A few minutes later music was playing, kids were playing, and the breakfast provided by the league was being enjoyed. A few of the veterans in attendance took time to talk baseball to some of the kids and parents. They told firsthand accounts of growing up in New York and going to see the Brooklyn Dodgers. They recalled how great Jackie Robinson was. Joann Ariola, president of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association, was one of the speakers at the ceremony. She spoke of her own experience as a Little League mom and how important this dedication was. “Baseball is undoubtedly America’s greatest pastime,” Ariola said.

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Joe Bode, president of the Ozone-Howard Little League, second from left, with veterans Bill Bunker, left, Pete Zaun and Charles Hilgendorf. The league dedicated a plaque, bottom left, to those who have served and the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. PHOTOS BY AARON MALDONADO “The national anthem before every game is a personal thank you to those that fight for freedom,” Ariola added. “God, Family, and Country are synonymous and we should never forget that.” State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) was also in attendance for the ceremony. He spoke of how this league has represented the community for generations and how proud the neighborhood is to have it.

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For the first time in New York City history, representatives of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the Federal Aviation Administration joined representatives from surrounding communities for a roundtable discussion on the noise and other impacts of f lights ar riving and departing from LaGuardia Air port, on Monday night. “Governor Andrew Cuomo made clear his concerns about aircraft noise in communities surrounding JFK and LaGuardia airports and that’s why we’re here tonight,” Ralph Tragale, the Port Authority assistant director of aviation, said. “He’s directed us to take some aggressive action.” The governor issued the executive order on March 24, almost a year and a half after Queens Quiet Skies formed to advocate on behalf of the people whose homes are bombarded with constant plane noise to the point where it was disrupting their conversations, activities, sleep and overall quality of life. The first meeting was largely dedicated to presentations on the status of the airport itself and discussions about the functions of the roundtable and the direction it will take. At the moment, the schedule has not been determined and the members have yet to agree on bylaws. QQS President Janet McEneany laid out the basics. Some core tenets are that roundtable members must represent entities or groups with a stake in aviation, operate under written bylaws signed by all members (except the FAA, which is barred by federal statute) and follow a work-plan to address specific issues in committees, McEneany said. “Roundtable members — this is a very important principle — they agree that we will not shift noise from one community to another,” McEneany said. “Roundtables all over the United States have found ways to get rid of the noise.” Queens Quiet Skies recommended forming one roundtable for both JFK and LaGuardia Airports, but the Port Authority chose to form two, one for each airport, but Tragale said that if there are many overlapping issues and the members of both groups support it, the Port Authority will consider consolidating the two. Roe Dario of the COMET Civic Association also supported one roundtable as communities like Maspeth are subject to noise from both airports, she said. The Port Authority and the FAA are adding staffers and hiring consultants to conduct a three-year, $3 million study of noise impacts and possible mitigation measures. The Port Authority is doubling its noise

monitoring program and will work with the roundtable members to find locations for the new ones, especially in communities that currently do not have any. If more are necessary, the Port Authority will add them. There are permanent noise monitors at the end of runways so that the Port Authority can inform the airlines when their departing planes violate noise limits and portable monitors in surrounding communities, which look like mini fridges with a microphone atop a tall pole that must be placed in otherwise quiet residential areas. The roundtable will also ease communications between the communities and the agencies, as there has been a lot of confusion in the past, since the Port Authority operates the airports, but the FAA dictates flight patterns. “There was always a lot of misunderstanding about what the airport operator does and what the FAA does,” Tragale said. Sometimes they were at a meeting, sometimes we were at a meeting and people felt they were getting the runaround. This meeting does a lot to establish that we’re both going to be here and you can respond to both of us equally in front of each other so there can’t be any finger-pointing.” The Port Authority also revamped its website to make it easier for people to register complaints by simply typing in their address and hitting a complaint icon. This will enable the Port Authority to compile data over time and make appropriate changes. Rosemary Povoromo of the United Community Civic Association was also there on behalf of several politicians and expressed her hope that the roundtables “will not just be venting sessions to tranquilize the masses.” “LaGuardia Airport is our immediate noisy neighbor and we who live in northwestern Queens have suffered its ongoing assault on our quality of life for decades, not only from heart-pounding earsplitting noise from the thousands of arriving and departing jetliners, but from jet fumes belched from its thunderous engines and both these assaults must be coupled when addressing airport negatives and both if at all possible must be neutralized,” Povoromo said. “We don’t run these airports to detract from the quality of life, we do it to improve the quality of life,” Tragale said. “The airports are a very important economic generator, the airports provide a lot of jobs and a lot of economic benefit to the city, but it’s very important to us that they be good neighbors and I think we’ve made a lot of progress over the years, but we obviously have some work left to do and that’s why Q we’re starting these roundtables.”


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Children from the Howard Beach Judea Center Hebrew School read a poem and sang a song at Sunday’s service. State Supreme Court Justice Augustus Agate spoke and related a conversation with his daughter about the evil in this world. She asked him “Would anything like that [the Holocaust] ever happen again?” “I doubt the world would sit by and allow that to happen.” Agate reminded people that evil still exists in the world and mentioned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Many believe it is not far-fetched to liken Putin’s excuse of “defending ethnic Russians” to Hitler’s claim that he needed to protect ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia, a key element in the war he began. Genocide is a terrible act of evil and has taken place all over the world. The Jewish population still remains millions short of what it was before the Holocaust. The hatred of Jews that led to the Holocaust is not just in the past. It exists today. There have been many accounts of synagogues being vandalized. Anti-Semitic crimes are a social injustice still very alive. Sunday night, there were six candles lit representing the six million lives lost. The great Jewish philosopher Emil Fackenheim put it best when he wrote that Jews should observe a 614th commandment: “You shall survive as Jews.” The promise of triumph over evil is the hope that gives the Jewish community the reason and strength to never forget the evil that so Q many endured.


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Sciame receives Assembly proclamation from Goldfeder. State Supreme Court Justice Augustus Agate, left, Club President Danny Golom, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., honoree and Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Kiwanis Club Past President Bob LoCascio. T he K i wanis Club of Howar d Beach held its 52nd Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, April 27th at Roma View. The club honored three community leaders. Developer and Howard Beach native Frank Sciame received a community service award. Former Assemblywoman and current Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer received the Clement Vicari service award. Immediate past club president Edward Tudisco, who spearheaded the Kiwanis response to Hurricane Sandy, was also honored. — Mark Weidler

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Frank Sciame receives a gift from the Kiwanis Club, presented by past president LoCascio.

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Honoree and Immediate Past Goldfeder presents plaque to honoree Pheffer as Addabbo looks on. Pheffer with club president Golom. President Ed Tudisco.

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Rockwood Park Center remembers Holocaust Memorial service for Yom Hashoah honors memory of 6 million Jews by Stephen Geffon

trial attorney at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague, Netherlands, for the former Yugoslavia. During her tenure from 1996 to 2007, she obtained convictions against five defendants from the Omarska concentration camp case in Bosnia; against two senior military officers for deaths, injury and dest r uct ion f rom t he shel l i ng of Dubrovnik’s Old Town in Croatia; and against two political and military leaders involved in a widespread and persecutory campaign in Central Bosnia. Somers has been a public prosecutor in the United States for 14 years and discussed the legal legacy of the Nuremberg Trials. She talked about some of the analogies between the Nuremberg trials and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague, Netherlands. “Because of Nuremberg and the tenacious prosecutions there, we are able today to attempt to mitigate some of the principles of law by making it clear that impunity is no longer the byword,” she said. Legal scholars have noted that after the Holocaust, the world was faced with a challenge: how to seek justice for an almost unimaginable scale of criminal behavior. The International Military Tribunal held at Nuremberg, Germany, attempted to broach Q the challenge on a legal basis.

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Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is a time when Jews over the world remember the six million Jews who died during World War II. It also honors the survivors, most of them elderly, whose numbers decrease every year. Their testimony serves as a reminder of what they endured and is an attempt to prevent such atrocities from happening again. The members of the Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard Beach held its Yom Hashoah service on Sunday afternoon. The program began with a moment of silence for the victims of the Holocaust. Candle lighting was performed by Holocaust survivors Martin Braun, Jack Gruer, Julius Rafalowicz and Judy Berkowitz. The survivors lit six candles in memory of the Jews who were murdered dur ing the Holocaust. Welcoming remarks were made by Rockwood Park Jewish Center Rabbi Tzvi Berkowitz, whose mother, Judy Berkowitz, is a survivor. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said the memorial services are very important: “It really falls upon us and becomes our responsibility to keep their memories alive, to keep telling the stories that they have been telling for so long, so that we can

Holocaust survivor Judy Berkowitz, mother of Rabbi Tzvi Berkowitz of the Rockwood Park Jewish PHOTO BY STEPHEN GEFFON Center, lights a candle in memory of the six million Jews who died. speak out against injustices when we see them and crimes which violate the human dignity of every single person.” Continuing, Ulrich added: “and we have an obligation to make sure that those crimes never happen again and that the people who are responsible are brought to justice.” Queens Supreme Court Justice Augustus Agate told the audience that the Holocaust memorial services must continue so that history doesn’t repeat itself.

“Eternal vigilance is the price of living and part of the vigilance that we who live in a free society and want to keep it that way to ensure that the memories continue and get transferred down from generation to generation,” said Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton, who urged the audience not to let the Holocaust memories fade. The guest speaker for the evening was Susan Somers, former senior prosecuting

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The Queens Library has not yet turned over all documents the city comptroller is seeking for an audit, despite what the Queens Chronicle reported last week based on a public statement and information from a source familiar with the tug of war between the two. The library, which has been under fire since late January for its spending and operations under President Tom Galante, and is the subject of both city and federal criminal probes, is refusing to hand over some records the comptroller seeks because in the 1990s, it reached an agreement with thenComptroller Alan Hevesi that said it would not have to provide them. The agreement, which Hevesi said would also bind future comptrollers, said the library would only have to provide records of how it spends city funds. Those account for about 80 percent of its operating budget, with the rest made up by the state and federal governments and private donors. Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office criti-

cized the library after last week’s Chronicle story. “The Queens Library has not provided the Comptroller’s Office with complete access to financial records that would shine a light on how the Library spends its money, most of which comes from the City,” Stringer spokesman Eric Sumberg said in an email. “To justify its refusal to provide its records, the Library has relied on a stipulation from the 1990s, forcing the Comptroller to seek a Court order to gain the disclosures needed to do a complete audit. Misinformation campaigns are not a replacement for opening the books.” “I certainly am not attempting to give you misinformation,” library spokeswoman Joanne King told the Chronicle in response. King had not actually said the library was providing all documents last week but did not say it was still withholding some either. She said that if the comptroller wants more than the agreement allows, he would have to go to court to vacate it, as his office has. Stringer maintains that he is legally entitled to all the records he is seeking as the city’s chief fiscal steward under its charter. Q

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At least he builds it back After hearing news of what he termed “the tremendous selfless efforts of a small business helping local residents get back on their feet after Superstorm Sandy,” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder this week awarded Jeff Bershad, left, owner of J & B Home Improvement in Ozone Park, with April’s Small Business of the Month award. Bershad stepped up to rebuild the Iroquois Yacht Club in Broad Channel, a key meeting place for fishermen and other area

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Mayor, Council split on new police hires Budget team wants 1,000 more cops; de Blasio says unnecessary by Michael Gannon Editor

When the overwhelmingly Democratic City Council and a new Democratic mayor have a budget dispute, it’s a big one, with the city’s executive and legislative branches at odds over NYPD staffing levels. In a 53-page report largely praising Mayor de Blasio for his progressive spending priorities, the Council’s budget negotiating team called for the NYPD to add 1,000 new of f ic e r s t o t h e a p p r ox i m at ely 35,000-member department. But the mayor is saying that a tenuous city budget situation makes the expense of hiring more officers difficult, while asserting that plunging crime statistics show it to be unnecessary for the immediate future. “This would add about 13 officers per precinct,” according to the Council’s report, which went on to say that new initiatives like de Blasio’s Vision Zero traffic safety plan and expanded community policing programs require more officers on patrol. Council figures state that the NYPD had a high of 40,710 officers in the 2001 fiscal year, and that present levels are a drop of between 60 and 75 officers per precinct since then. Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) laid out the case for the Council’s proposal on Tuesday. “We had a lot more cops back in the ‘Safe Streets, Safe City’ program,” Weprin said. “Our precincts have suffered over the years. And our principal concern is the safety of New York City. Yes, the murder rate is down but crimes like burglary still keep popping up occasionally.” Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) also backed the increase last week at a rally

to fund anti-violence programs. The Council’s budget team places the additional cost of 1,000 officers at $94.3 million in FY 2015, going up to $97.9 million the following year. The report adds that civilianization of some positions in precincts and administrative areas could return more than 700 officers to patrol and other law enforcement duties. De Blasio, in a statement issued by his office last week, reiterated the position he first took during his candidacy. “I think with the force we have right now, we’re doing a great job,” de Blasio said, praising the rank and file officers and Commissioner Bill Bratton. “Crime remains low. And let me give them additional credit for continuing the healing process between police and community. “So the resources we have now are getting the job done,” the mayor added. “And we’re in a structural deficit. So I am not in the business of adding to that deficit when I believe we can get the job done with the resources and personnel we have now.” The Daily News last week quoted Bratton as saying he would like any additional spending on police personnel to go toward pay raises for the officers he already has. Police officers, and members of the roughly 150 other municipal unions, are working on expired contracts. Cops have not had a new deal in more than four years. The department did not respond to an email from the Chronicle seeking additional comment on Bratton’s position. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the union that represents officers below the Q rank of sergeant, declined to comment.


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Advocates want activities, programs in place to head off street violence by Michael Gannon Editor

Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) doesn’t want the city fooled by unseasonable cold weather — he says with summer and hot weather coming, the city does not have a moment or a dollar to spare as it plans for summer youth programs and services aimed at curbing street violence. Wills was joined on April 25 by Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica) outside the Cornerstone Community Center the South Jamaica Houses on 160th Street. The press conference took place just over 100 feet from the street corner where two young men had been shot the previous weekend. “Crime goes up in the warm weather,” Wills said. “We need the Safe Summer Program. We need Saturday Night Lights basketball. We need schools staying open for activities.” Wills was speaking less than 48 hours after the City Council released its response to Mayor de Blasio’s proposed 2014-15 budget. The Councilman wants anti-violence youth programs to be paid for directly by the city with dedicated funds in the budget. He said de Blasio wants to spend the same $7.5 million on summer youth programs that was budgeted last year.

Anti-violence youth advocate Erica Ford, center, is supporting efforts by Councilman Ruben Wills, second from right, to greatly increase dedicated city spending on summer youth activities. Other speakers included the Rev. Richard Hogan, left, and Talib Bey, right. PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON “The Council is asking for $12.5 million,” Wills said. “I’m trying to negotiate for $14 million.” And he said time and publicity are imperative. “We want our children finding out about these programs before the summer comes,”

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said law enforcement is not enough. “The city needs to treat violence as a public health crisis,” Ford said. Talib Bey, a member of the Rochdale Village board of directors, said for all the funding and programs that are touted by the city “there just doesn’t seem to be as many as there were when I was young.” Speakers Donna Hood and the Rev. Richard Hogan know all too well about the cost of doing too little. Hogan, pastor of Divine Deliverance Ministries in Jamaica, lost his son Laseam, who was shot multiple times at the Pomonok Houses in Fresh Meadows in 2010. Laseam was a member of a group founded by his father titled Brothers Against Killing Each Other. “He was killed by a friend,” Hogan said. Hood’s son, 13-year-old Kevin Miller, was walking from Campus Magnet School to a McDonald’s blocks away at the corner of Springfield and Linden boulevards. He never made it, shot by a stray bullet that a gang member meant for a rival. “I have three more sons, ages 10, 6 and 4,” she said. “They ask me about their brother. They ask me why he died, and if he’ll come back ... You carry on, but the hurt becomes a part of your lives. Can you imagQ ine asking those questions at age 6?”

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continued from page 22 were responded to with jeers and hisses. “We need to also look at these people who are jaywalking and not looking up as they cross,” he said. “They aren’t paying attention. “Even if the driver is doing the right thing, an accident can happen if a pedestrian comes out from between two parked cars and from what I’m hearing, for a lot of these accidents, the pedestrian was jaywalking.” People began shouting at the man, dismissing his statement, “The pedestrian has the right of way, always,” someone yelled. As more and more people stood up to share their grievances and beg the city to implement traffic-calming measures in their neighborhoods, more and more questions on enforcement bubbled to the surface. “Why can’t pedicabs be allowed to ride in the bike lane?” “Why does the DOT refuse to recognize cabs that don’t have a medallion?” “When will we receive more bike lanes?” There were also requests to improve snow cleanup near the college. These were all questions that community members wanted answered because e a ch is i m p or t a nt t o a s p e ci f ic neighborhood. There were also requests to improve snow cleanup near the college.

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Some of the requests addressed exactly what the city is looking for — busy corridors that are often the site of fatal car accidents — while others strayed from the point a bit. At the conclusion of the meeting, little if anything had been resolved. The officials were invited to respond to the testimonies delivered, but most of the responses from city officials were promises that they would look into the various concerns. Despite confusion, a wide spectrum of requests and warranted emotions — several speakers lost their family members to cars that were too fast or swerved onto the sidewalk — there was a single thought that almost every speaker began their testimony with. “I am so happy with the city’s Vision Zero plan.” Trottenberg and the co-sponsor of the Vision Zero legislation, Councilwoman Vanessa Gibbs (D-Bronx), suggested that for some residents, their prayers would be answered soon as the mayor was in the processes of arranging a press conference to make an an nou ncement regarding the traffic program. City off icials hope once the plan finds its legs, 50 corridors around the city will be chosen for study and implementation of traffic-calming measures Q every year.

by Phillip Goldfeder The month of April is dedicated to raising autism awareness. However, for the countless families affected by this neurodevelopmental disorder, every day of the year is spent raising awareness in ways both big and small. As the chairman of the inf luential Assembly Mental Health Subcommittee on Autism, I am humbled by the stories I hear of their love and dedication to their family members diagnosed with autism. I am also honored to work on behalf of those afflicted and their families by helping to secure funding for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and providing our families handling this disability with a strong voice in Albany. Today, every 20 minutes a child will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, which currently affects more than 1.5 million people in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 68 children will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder this year. But, in spite of these overwhelming statistics, families do not have to go through raising their son or daughter alone. Local organizations, such as New York Families for Autistic Children and HeartShare, have dedicated their mission to offer support, educate and provide direct services to help guide our families after diagnosis. Although we still do not know the cause of autism, we do have a much better grasp on how to reach and teach these individuals to live better and richer lives. I was a staunch advocate to include OPWDD funding in this year’s state budget and I am proud to announce $44 million in additional funding was awarded to expand OPWDD facilities. Of these funds, $9 million will be provided to enhance direct care and $35 million for new services.

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A d d i t i o n a l l y, this year’s budget i ncluded a pay increase for direct care workers — a 2 percent increase on Jan. 1, 2015 and another 2 percent bump on April 1, 2015. Direct caregivers are entrusted with the well-being of some of our most vulnerable family members. Their duties are often arduous, heartbreaking and physically challenging, but finally we have a state budget that recognizes their hard work and has awarded them with better wages and the tools they need to do their jobs. There are lots of challenges that come along with raising a child with autism, but there are also so many things that we can celebrate. This month, we are not only raising awareness, but we are celebrating all the positive attributes of those who have been diagnosed with autism. As Autism Awareness Month comes to a close, I hope more individuals have a wider social understanding of what it means to live with autism. In the world of autism, we can make a difference on the state level by providing more funding to allow these individuals the tools necessary to be successful and provide them a lifelong gift. Additionally, in appreciation and acknowledgement of Autism Awareness Month, I will be testifying at the City Council hearing on Autism Education, Awareness and Safety this week. The purpose and goal of the hearing is to educate residents on the disorder as well as to propose ways to avoid any potential dangers that affect those who have the disorder (i.e., the use of GPS tracking devices as well as other means of providing comfort and safety to families of children and adults living with autism). There has been significant progress in achieving mental health parity in New York State. However, more help is still needed, and I look forward to joining my colleagues in continuing to work with local organizations like NYFAC and HeartShare to make strides for autism. We need to do more to assist, support, and help these families understand how they can help their children. I look forward to hosting a hearing in the future to continue our dialogue and do what is necessary to ensure every family has the support they need. For more information on autism visit nyfac.org or heartshare.org. Q Phillip Goldfeder is New York State Assemblyman for the 23rd District, in South Queens and the Rockaways.


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City Council analyzes project spending Van Bramer calls on DDC to explain funding for cultural institutions by Tess McRae Associate Editor

The recent Queens Library controversy has resulted in many questioning the process by which cultural groups around the city are allotted money. After meeting with Queens Library head Thomas Galante, under whose leadership spending is being investigated, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who chairs the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee, called upon the Department of Design and Construction to explain what some Council members call a nontransparent procedure. The DDC is the city’s primary capital construction project manager. It develops buildings such as the newly revamped Queens Museum. “Although the DDC does not have its own budget, it manages a roughly $10 billion portfolio,” Van Bramer said. “DDC works in partnership with city agencies to complete innovative and useful projects. But particularly in light of news reports, we’ve convened this hearing of oversight on DDC on capital project procedures.” The meeting was held on DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora’s first day on the job so Deputy Commissioner David Resnick answered many of the Council members’ questions. Though the meeting was not dedicated solely to the Queens Library — which now has put

While they acknowledged the Department of Design and Construction appears to be doing its job properly, Council Members Elizabeth Crowley, left, and Jimmy Van Bramer would like more FILE PHOTOS transparency in how city funds are spent. a hold on cash flow due to the investigation — Council members and DDC representatives frequently made reference to it. Van Bramer, who used to work for the Queens Library, was particularly interested in the recent trend of projects having to go back to the drawing board because they are over budget, as was done with the Hunters Point library design. “In the early portion of development, when the rubber meets the road, that’s when you’re going to have discrepancy of funds,”

Resnick said. He off-handedly estimated between 25 and 30 percent of projects go over budget during the first stage. The procedure the Culutral Affairs Committee was most skeptical of is that of pass-throughs. Pass-throughs are used for projects using both private and public money. Public money is granted and used to leverage more private dollars and the agency for which the project is serving oversees everything. Retroactively, the

Office of Management and Budget goes th roug h the project pla n to approve reimbursement. According to Resnick, aside from the major Central Library construction project, passthroughs are generally given to smaller projects such as repairs to basements or roofs. According to the Queens Library and DDC, while the large project came with a $20 million price tag, only $8 or $9 million was from the city. “It seems like you don’t have any oversight for these pass-throughs,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who has criticized the Queens Library on a number of occasions. Resnick said that Cultural Affairs oversees these pass-throughs, though there is very limited oversight when the Queens Library opts for a pass-through — the recent redevelopment of the Central Library is the only Queens Library project to do so. “There’s no transparency here,” Crowley said. “I wish we were having a whole hearing on pass-throughs so we could pick at this. How do you know workers are being paid properly and not off the books?” She added that she trusts that DDC’s process is working but worries about the lack of transparency in how city dollars are spent on libraries and cultural programs, specifically with Q the pass-throughs.

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C M SQ page 27 Y K continued from page 12 He also served on the staff of former Councilman Archie Spigner. In the Council, Comrie rose to the rank of deputy majority leader and head of the Queens delegation. He spent his last four years as the Finance Committee chairman before being forced out of office by term limits. Comrie personally reached out to recruit former transit union leader Daneek Miller to run for his seat on the Council. Miller emerged from a crowded primary field last September to a walkover victory in last November’s general election. “Southeast Queens will reap the benefits

when Leroy Comrie enters the state Senate,” Miller said a statement. “Leroy enjoys the respect of all his colleagues in government to deliver what Southeast Queens needs from Albany.” A voicemail message left with Smith’s campaign was not returned on Monday. Smith was indicted in April 2013 on federal corruption charges that he attempted to bribe his way onto the Republican ballot for mayor last year. Smith, former Republican Councilman Dan Halloran and former Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone will go to trial June 2. If he is convicted, Smith would be kicked out of the Senate. His attempt to delay the

trial until after the Democratic primary was denied. Smith, the former Senate majority leader, incurred the wrath of the Democratic Party and some constituents for switching to the Independent Democratic Conference last year. The group had been formed earlier by breakaway Democrats in protest of Smith’s actions as majority leader. W hile Democrats have a numerical majority in the Senate, IDC members have a power-sharing agreement with Senate Republicans, headed by Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Nassau). Shortly after his arrest, Smith was kicked out of the IDC and stripped of his committ ee a ssig n ment s by Sen. Jef f K lei n Q (D-Bronx), leader of the IDC.

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Scouting out some news A group of Girl Scouts from Troop 4015 in the Middle Village-Glendale area stopped by the Queens Chronicle offices on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park Monday afternoon. Joined by two of their moms, the girls got a brief education in the community newspaper business and a tour of the offices, as part of their work in a journalism program. Taking part were Olivia Lawrence, left, Niamh Norvez, Holly Marchese, Patricia Agate, Dakota Reichling, Isabella Agate, Julia D’Elia, Lorraine Marchese and Olivia Von Drathen-Ruiz. The Scouts met several of the paper’s staffers in all areas, from reporting to advertising to artwork and management. They learned how the Chronicle focuses like a laser

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Proper planning with ‘Irrevocable’ Trusts by Alexander Bader, Esq. When a client comes to our office for an initial consultation the attorney that the client is meeting with will obtain information about the client’s family structure, asset picture and the client’s particular goals. Most often, a primary goal of our prospective clients is to “protect” their assets so that such assets can be passed to their children (or other loved ones), upon the client’s passing, as efficiently and with as much value retained as possible. In helping our client reach this goal, “trusts” are often employed as extremely useful tools. Two important questions logically follow from what is written above: (1) What exactly is it that assets need “protection” from? (2) What precisely is a “trust”? Answers:

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beneficiary designation, that asset (whether financial, real estate, or personal property) cannot be given away without some surrogate court involvement. The process of determining the person or persons to inherit such property is known as probate (when a person dies with a Will in place), or the administration process (when no Will has been done).

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Memorabilia and more at museum Built for the 1939 World’s Fair as NYC Pavilion; home to ’64 Panorama by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor

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he Queens Museum, which started out as the New York City Pavilion during the 1939 World’s Fair, is the only remaining building left at Flushing Meadows from that time. It is also the major repository of souvenirs and memorabilia from the 1964 extravaganza. If you like tchotches and souvenirs, this is the place for you. The museum now has on view 900 three-dimensional pieces arranged by date. There are sections for both the 1964 and 1939 fairs. Items from 1964 range from salt and pepper shakers, Unisphere plates, trays, coasters, ash trays and more to models of bu ild i ngs planned for the fair. David Strauss, a museum spokesman, said the exhibit will remain permanent, replacing a smaller one displayed before the facility’s expansion, completed last year. Soon to be added, Strauss said, is a touch-tone telephone — very modern for the time — that was used by President Kennedy to signal the one-year countdown to the fair, which he did not live long enough to see. There are soft plastic replicas of dinosaurs from the Sinclair pavilion in different colors. Strauss is hoping the museum will be able to track down one of the vending machines that made them for visitors. Meanwhile, another staff member, Annie Tummino, is working with the help of a grant to catalogue fair post cards, brochures and other ephemera so that the public will be able to access them in the future. If you’re looking for a virtual experience of the 50-year-old fair, head to the museum’s exhibit titled “ChronoLeap: The Great World’s Fair Adventure,” next to the memo-

rabilia. There are video tours of pavilions and even a short conversation with Robert Moses, president of the fair. Also on display now and through Sept. 7 is an exhibit on artist Andy Warhol’s “13 Most Wanted Men,” which he designed to appear on the side of the Theaterama, part of the New York State Pavilion. It depicted mugshots from an NYPD booklet of the most wanted criminals of 1962, but proved too controversial and was painted over before the fair opened. Warhol later made another set and nine of them are assembled at the museum. Future fair-related programs there include: • A n ex h ibit of 30 World’s Fair posters from a 100-year period, spanning several continents, from May 25 to Aug. 31. • A showing of rare phot og r aph s t a ke n of Louis Armstrong on June 30, 1964, which was Louis Ar mstrong Day at the fair, from June 30 to Sept. 14. Corona was Armstrong’s home. • “That Kodak Moment: Picturing the Fairs” includes more than 1,500 donations by professional and amateur photographers of the two fairs, from Oct. 5 to Jan. 4, 2015. But hands down the most famous and long-standing exhibit is the Panorama of the City of New York. It remains from the 1964-65 fair as a popular attraction for children and adults. Departing museum Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl, who will become the city’s cultural affairs commissioner, has called the Panorama “our pride and joy.” The exhibit is built to scale and featured 835,000 buildings (now 895,000) from all five boroughs. Visitors would board mock helicopters for simulated flights that took them around the city with the lighting

Queens Museum souvenirs from the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows range from jewelry, Unisphere-themed trays, plates, ash trays and more to a fair worker’s badge and umbrella. Below, a poster leading people to the Panorama helicopter ride in the New York City Pavilion, PHOTOS BY LIZ RHOADES which became the museum. changing to evening. The helicopters are long gone, but a ramp around the panorama allows people to see the city in all its glory. It is still being updated on a piecemeal basis, such as the additions of Battery Park City and the Yankees and Mets baseball stadiums. After the 1939 fair ended, the art deco building was used by the Parks Department, including its chief, Moses, who ran the two fairs. From 1946 until 1952 the facility served as the headquarters for the United Nations. It was here that the state of Israel was born, India became independent and the Republic of Korea organized. Moses wanted the UN to settle there permanently since it was close to the airports and would be less disruptive than in Manhattan, where it eventually was situated. After the UN left for Manhattan, the World’s Fair Ice Rink took over and for some time included a roller rink on one side. The other side of the building became home to the museum in 1972. It was modernized in 1994 and a major overhaul was completed last year after the ice rink moved to a new facility in the park, providing the

museum with almost twice the amount of space. It also added an additional entrance Q facing the Grand Central Parkway. This is the third in a series about the 196465 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows.

Remember the 1964 fair? If you attended the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows and are old enough to remember it, the Queens Chronicle wants to hear from you. As part of its series on the 50th anniversary of the fair, the Chronicle is seeking reminiscences from Queens residents who were there. What were your favorite memories of the fair? What astounded you? Did you go often? Do you still have any souvenirs from it? We will also accept photographs of you and your family at the fair for possi-

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Homeowners argue with officials, each other over summer shows by Christopher Barca Reporter

Last year’s sold-out Mumford & Sons concert at the iconic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium may have been declared an impressive success by elected officials and community leaders, but some area residents hope the curtain comes down on any future shows. At a town hall meeting on Tuesday night, West Side Tennis Club President Roland Meier and promotion company Madison House Presents President Mike Luba heard both complaints and compliments on their respective handlings of the Mumford & Sons concert and the future shows planned for this summer and beyond. After a quick presentation by Meier about the history of the stadium, Austin Street business owner Alex Tola was one of the many people at Our Lady of Mercy in Forest Hills to emphatically speak up against the neighborhood icon, once again turning into a concert hall. “I can’t tell you what torture it was that day, getting back and forth,” Tola said to the crowd of around 70 people. “What’s in it for us?” Tola, a resident of Exeter Street in Forest Hills for the last two years, defended his stance against concerts being held at the venue by claiming the shows booked by Madison House Presents will bring disruptive noise and open drug use by spectators to the immediate area.

“You’re bringing that element. You’re inviting them in,” he said. “What’s next here, Jay-Z?” After saying he would love to see rap legend Jay-Z perform in Forest Hills, Luba defended the concerts, saying the shows will continue if they prove to be successful and beneficial to the area. “I don’t and the bands don’t have people doing drugs on your lawn,” Luba responded. “If the greater good justifies the inconveniences, then we’ll move forward and have lots of concerts.” According to Luba, all concerts will end by 10 p.m. and there would be just six shows taking place this summer, including the already announced Zac Brown Band and Modest Mouse concerts. Before being bombarded with complaints, he briefly described the renovations ongoing at the stadium to bring the nearly 100-yearold venue up to date. In addition to a permanent stage, modeled after one in use at a former tennis stadium in Toronto, wider aisles, new seats and permanent handrails will be installed to make the concert-going experience more ideal. Conversely, the stadium does not have permanent bathrooms, and temporary portable bathrooms were used for the Mumford & Sons concert. Luba expects the same to be the case for all

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concerts this year, with the hope that permanent bathrooms will be constructed in time for any future 2015 shows. Pointing to a picture of the iconic stadium, Forest Hills resident James Van Westering passionately spoke in favor of the concert series, saying the economic opportunities the shows would bring could be tremendous and letting the stadium go to waste would do the community a disservice. “If you fill that stadium, you’re going to bring more economic activity to this borough than we’ve had in 40 years,” Van Westering said. “We have a wonderful opportunity. That is Forest Hills wherever you go, all over the world. For almost 100 years, it has represented the best of this community.” Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) didn’t take a stand for or against the shows, but she did praise the uptick in business due to last year’s show and knocked the claims of some individuals who contended disruptive and illegal activity swamped the area that day. During the Mumford & Sons concert, the Councilwoman said she observed the crowds leaving the subways on Austin Street and was pleased with the calm nature of the crowd. “There was nobody running around, nobody carrying on. It was very orderly,” Koslowitz said. “Whether we like the concerts or not, you can’t bash something that didn’t happen.” Additional concerts are expected to be

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Two Queens racers compete against the field as well as their own bodies by Christopher Barca Reporter

It might not be obvious by just watching a marathon, but running long-distance races requires near superhuman mental and physical strength and endurance. Rego Park athlete Luis Marcial, 34, knows it takes such abilities to run those kinds of races, and he uses that to his advantage. “You’ll hear people yell, ‘Go Superman!’” Marcial said. “So I’ll start a count in my head and count how many times people say it.” Marcial will be hearing that phrase a lot May 17 as plans to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon on May 17 that day alongside 20,000 other racers. But few have the stories of adversity and personal triumph to motivate them that Marcial and fellow Queens runner LeVar Kelly of South Ozone Park do. The Rego Park man believes dressing in Superman garb helps set him apart from other runners and distract his mind from the toll running endurance races takes on his body. “Maybe it’s my alter ego?” he joked. “I’m really big on Superman

and it makes me feel like an individual out there. You have to figure out ways to get your mind off the fact that you’re running a really long race too.” Marcial might not fly like Superman, but standing only 5 feet, 6 inches tall, the married father of one is incredibly fit, with the muscles of a professional athlete. But his impressive physical stature didn’t come without a super transformation. During his high school and college days, the Brooklyn native was more into lifting weights than he was lacing up running sneakers, but was still very much in shape. Once Marcial graduated college, he worked out less, but his calorierich diet that fueled his exercise routine stayed the same. “I kept eating but stopped doing the weightlifting part,” he said. “I thought I was into fitness, but I wasn’t into it the right way.” In 2010, a pudgy Marcial, who moved around the Ridgewood area before settling in Rego Park, went for a routine physical in order to get into a master’s degree program at

Vassar College. The results were anything but routine, as he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by a doctor who, he said, didn’t break the news in the most consoling way. “He said if I didn’t start taking medication right away, I would start [urinating] blood, losing fingers and I’ll eventually die,” Marcial said. “So I said ‘Forget you,’ I’m going to do my own thing.” Over the last four years, he rekindled his love for fitness in an effort to battle his disease, an ailment he says has been controlled by his intense running routine. “Running is my medication. With the changes I’ve made in my life, I’ve reversed it,” he said. “I’m literally running it off.” He isn’t just running it off, he said, he’s climbing, biking, and crawling the disease away too. In addition to simply running road races, Marcial competes in dozens of endurance events called Spar tan Races th roughout the Northeast every year. Consisting of miles-long obstacle courses, Spartans are difficult for even the

most experienced r unners, but Marcial loves a challenge. “Starting in March, every other week I have something,” he said. “It’s all about doing what you have to do to keep fit.” When it comes to the Brooklyn Half, the Rego Park man expects to finish in under 1 hour, 53 minutes, his personal best. He plans to accomplish just that, but he’ll have a little help along the way. Marcial credits his running partner, Mike Bozzo of Whitestone, with helping him battle his diabetes, and he pledges his loyalty will always come before trying to set a personal record. “You start [the race] together and end together,” he said. “We create goals and we push each other to get better.” Marcial will be running his first New York City Marathon this year, something he says every runner in the city should do. “I’m a New Yorker, born and bred,” he said. “It’s one of those things you just have to be a part of.” continued on page 38

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Queens marathon men continued from page 37 Fellow runner LeVar Kelly, 35, won’t be standing next to Marcial at the starting line of the country’s most famous foot race in November, but will be one of the other 20,000 racers competing at the Brooklyn Half later this month. While Kelly is too inexperienced a runner to partake in an exhausting full marathon alongside world-class runners, his journey from obesity to putting sneakers to pavement for 13 miles has been grueling in its own right. Born in Brooklyn but raised in South Ozone Park, Kelly began a running regimen in high school in order to lose a few pounds, but once he got to college, he put his healthy routine aside to focus on his work. A chemical analyst at Pall Corp., a filtration product supplier, Kelly ballooned to 310 pounds by the time he was 32. It was on a f light to the Caribbean island on Montserrat in 2010 when he knew he was in trouble. “I sat down in the airplane seat and it was so tight,” Kelly said. “It just hit me and I said, ‘I’m here right now because I did this to myself.’” The day he returned home, he weighed himself and decided he had to do something. The youngest of four siblings, Kelly first tried to work out to exercise videos, but it was his sister, Monica, an avid runner, whom Kelly credits with changing his life. “My sister wanted to make changes in her life and I saw how much fun she was having. So I went outside and started to run with her,” he said. “It’s become such a huge part of my life. I love it now.” Encouraged by Monica, who will be competing in the New York City Marathon this year, Kelly started entering races with his sister and over time, his love for running skyrocketed while the number on the scale plummeted. “The first race we did together was a 10K and we had so much fun,” he said. “We ran together and because of her pace, I was able to set a personal record.” Now at 235 pounds, Kelly runs as much as he possibly can outside of work.

LeVar Kelly stands tall after competing in the 13.1 mile New York City Half Marathon COURTESY PHOTO in March. During the cold winter months, he’ll hit the treadmill for a few hours before he goes to the office. Come summertime, Kelly can be found tearing up the streets of South Ozone Park around sunrise. “Running does for me what sitting around and doing nothing does for anyone else,” he said. “Running allows me to relax and clear my head.” Despite a nagging calf injury, Kelly plans to compete at this month’s Brooklyn Half for the first time. He also hopes to graduate to running full marathons in the coming years, even though he admits the thought of it is extremely nerve wracking. “I think I can do it,” Kelly said of running the New York City Marathon, “but it’s kind of freaking me out.” After trying to convince this reporter to begin his own fitness regimen, Kelly hopes to inspire others to run their own race of redemption. “When I was over 300 pounds, it seemed normal to me. Believe it or not, I thought I was cute,” Kelly joked. “People don’t realize you are given one body. Take Q care of it.”

August indie rock concert set With a successful folk rock concert already in the books and a country show planned for June, indie rock will be the next genre of music to come to the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. On Aug. 9, Modest Mouse, a critically acclaimed Washington state-based band, will join Merrick, LI act Brand New for a 6:30 p.m. show at the iconic stadium. The venue, which is undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation in preparation for the shows, will host the Grammy award-winning Zac Brown Band on June 21, 10 months after ultra popular folk

rock group Mumford & Sons played Forest Hills in the stadium’s first concert in nearly two decades. Tickets were scheduled to go on sale today at 12 p.m. on ticketfly.com. There is a ticket limit of four per order. Other acts will be announced in a few weeks. Alterations to the stadium include the construction of a permanent stage and the installation of new seats, permanent handrails and wider aisles. However, the construction of permanent bathrooms isn’t part of this year’s Q renovation plans.


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s the sun began to sink lower into the sky, I sat on my black motorcycle looking out at the road before me. I was ready to roll and nothing was going to get in my way. I turned the ignition, switched the electric start button toward me and revved the throttle before tapping my foot on the gear pedal. I moved forward and then … I stalled. Okay, so maybe I’m not a biker chick but getting to sit on a bike for the first time ever at the Motorcycle Safety School in Spring Creek made me feel as though I was. The facility is on Fountain Avenue on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, tucked behind the Aqueduck Flea Market. There isn’t much to it; just a trailer and an open lot. If you weren’t paying attention, you could drive right past it. Or maybe ride. In honor of Motorcycle Safety Month, MSS is holding introductory courses to teach beginners the basics of a bike throughout May. I’ll admit I have no experience with motorcycles aside from a quad I rode upstate once when I was 12 years old. It was on an empty road in a well-to-do township and I don’t think I exceeded 5 miles per hour.

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“Knarr,”Benjamin Rosenthal Library, level six, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, group exhibition: drawing, painting, sculpture and photography, Queens College Art Center, MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed weekends, thru May 8.

Drama workshop, Poppenhusen Institute, 11404 14th Rd., College Point, Saturdays, thru June 28, 10-11:30 a.m., ages 8-12 with instructor Lisa LaGrande. Free, pre-registration required. Contact: (718) 358-0067.

“Harvesting Our History: The Story of Queens Botanical Garden,” 43-50 Main St., Flushing, opens Tuesday, May 6 (thru Sept.28), Gallery in Visitor & Administration Building. Free with QBG admission. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.

Boy Scout Troop #119, St. Margaret’s Parish Hall, 79 Place off Juniper Valley Rd., Middle Village, meets every Tuesday, 7:15-9 p.m. New members welcome.

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Artworks by Abdias Nascimento, Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 405 Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, works by Brazilian artist, author, playwright and senator, through June 21. Free.

THEATER “Night Must Fall,” a thriller, Douglaston Community theater Company, Zion Church Parish Hall, 24301 Northern Blvd., Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m., May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17; Sunday, May 4 & Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. $17 adults, $15 students/seniors. Call (718) 482-3332. Special benefit for Zion Church, Thursday, May 15; wine & hors d’oeuvres, 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. $25 pp. Info/reservations: (718) 225-0466, zion11363@aol.com. Queens Secret Improv Club, Queens’ only allimprov comedy theater, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Indie teams: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 7, 8 & 9 p.m., $5. House teams: Fridays, 7:30, 8:30 & 9:30 p.m., $7 for the whole night. Info: secrettheatre.com.

MUSIC “Serenade for Spring,” Community Singers of Queens, Church on the Hill, 167 St. & 35 Ave., Flushing, Saturday, May 3, 8 p.m. $10. Info: (718) 658-1021.

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Queens Music Fest, hosted by the Queens Symphonic Band, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, Latin, big band and jazz groups to perform, Sunday, May 4, 12-4 p.m. $10 at door; $8 seniors/students. Queens’ East Indian Music Academy Performance Day, 25 years of promoting Indian culture through music, Academy, 126-10 111 Ave., South Ozone Park, Sunday, May 4, 3-6 p.m. Musica Reginae 2nd Annual Composers’ Forum, The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, Saturday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. Info/tickets: musicareginae.org. Bruckner’s “Mass in F minor,” Oratorio Society of Queens, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside. Sunday, May 18, 4 p.m. $30, $25 students/seniors, $10 children 12-under (with an adult). Info: (718) 279-3006, QueensOratorio.org.

“Mexico en Primavera,” by the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, at Thalia Spanish Theatre, Sunnyside, through May 18.

DANCE Green Space Studio, 37-24 24 St., Suite #301, Long Island City, Take Root with Sunhwa Chung/ Ko-Ryo Dance Theater, a studio presentation, Friday-Saturday, May 16-17, 8-10 p.m. $15. Contact: (718) 956-3037, greenspacestudio.org/takeroot. html. Fertile Ground New Works Showcase, Sunday, May 18, 7-9 p.m. New works showcase for emerging and established artists. $10. Contact: (718) 956-3037, greenspacestudio.org/tickets.html. “Mexico en Primavera,” Thalia Spanish Theatre, with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, through May 18, Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 4 p.m. $35, $32 students & seniors, Fridays all tickets only $30. Info/tickets: (718) 729-3880, thaliatheatre.org.

AUDITIONS “Godspell,” St. Gregory the Great, open cast call, ages 16-40+ years. Wednesdays, May 7 & 14, 7-9 p.m., Oak Room, St. Gregory Church, 242-20 88 Ave., Bellerose. Thursday, May 8, 7-9 p.m., convent basement, 8819 Cross Island Pkwy. Prepare a 16 bar musical selection and one-minute monologue. Dance skills will be auditioned.

CLASSES Watercolor classes, National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All techniques, beginner to advanced with demonstration. Call: (718) 969-1128. Child abuse identification mandated reporter training, LaGuardia Community College, 31-10

Thomson Ave., Room M-143, Long Island City, Saturday, May 3, 1-3:30 p.m. Learn to identify symptoms of child abuse and neglect and the required procedures for reporting abuse. $80. Register: (718) 482-5097, laguardia.edu/acereg, using course code: A20CRD010A.

Mother’s Day fun & plant sale, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, Sunday, May 11, 12-4 p.m. Children’s activity table free with Garden admission. Contact: (718) 886-3800, dhector@ queensbotanical.org. Gus Schumacher: Farming in Flushing, Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing, Sunday, May 4, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Contact: Karyn Mooney, (718) 939-0647, kmooney@ queenshistoricalsociety.org. Turkish cooking class, Turkish Cultural Center, 43-49 45 St., Sunnyside, Wednesday, May 14, 7-9:30 p.m. Call: (718) 482-8263.

Defensive driving course, St. Mel’s Church, 2615 154 St., Flushing, Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $45 pp. Info/register: (631) 360-9720.

Subway Series fundraiser, to benefit Queens Community House, Modell’s Clubhouse at CitiField, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Corona, Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m. $250 pp. Guests get to watch the game inches from the field, along the warning track in right field. Tickets: queenscommunityhouse.org.

DJ classes, Mainline, 218-12 Hillside Ave., Queens Village, 1st & 2nd week of every month starting in April. Once a week, four sessions, classes in beat mixing and MC techniques. Call: (718) 479-4848.

Periodontal disease seminar, Steinway Family Dental, 35-20 Steinway St., Astoria, Sunday, May 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Diagnosing, understanding and treating periodontal disease. RSVP: (718) 728-3314.

Regents review classes, Maspeth Town Hall, 53-37 72 St. Register now for classes in June in: integrated algebra, geometry, global history & geography, living environment/biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, U.S. history & government, algebra 1, algebra 2/trig. Contact: (718) 335-6049, between 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Highway to Health festival, South Street Seaport, Fulton St., between Water & South Sts., Manhattan, Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. HealthCorps Highway to Health festival showcases neighborhood resources and promotes healthy lifestyle & benefits. Contact: (212) 742-2875, healthcorps.org.

KIDS/TEENS LP FAM’s youth basketball program, Queens Transition Center, 142-10 Linden Blvd., South Ozone Park, every Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Boys/girls, ages 8-16. Contact: Mike Glasgow (917) 442-0479. After-School Environmental Science Enrichment Program, Eastern Queens Alliance, Idlewild Park Preserve Environmental Science Learning Center, 149-20 Springfield Lane, Rosedale. Tenweek series of hands-on science workshops focusing on wetland and estuaries meets Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 3:30-5 p.m., thru June 14. Ages 8-12, $8 per session, $21 per week. Con-

COMMUNITY Celebrate Queens Farm! Queens County Farm, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 pp, free parking. Sheep shearing, hayrides, spring plant sale, locally made food, live music by Savannah Sky and more. Contact: (718) 347-FARM, queensfarm.org. It’s My Park Day, Briarwood Action Network, Hoover Park seating area, Manton St. betw. 83rd Ave. & Main St., Briarwood, Saturday, May 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Bus to Empire Casino in Yonkers, St. Josaphat Leisure Club, 35th Ave. & 210th St., Bayside, Thursday, May 29, $25 pp. Call: Joy (917) 921-7631.

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Grandmas can be a terrific source for stories, wisdom and of course, great food. A new web series, created by Astoria resident Caroline Shin, aims to weave good food and good stories together by focusing on the women who make it all possible: grannies. “‘Cooking with Granny’ is a web series featuring awesome grandmas cooking dishes from their culture,” Shin said. “While they’re doing so, they share their personal stories about moving to the United States.” Shin’s inspiration for the show came from interactions with her own granny, Sanok Kim of Corona. “I started it in 2012 and that was with my own grandma because she has always been my inspiration,” she said. “She’s just such a go-getter. She came here from Korea in the ’60s and adjusted to life here. Me and my sister used to sit with her and make dumplings together and just talk. It became a reallyy endearing g dish that caters to myy heart.”

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While Shin acknowledges all grandmothers have stories and good food to share, “Cooking with Granny” focuses solely on those who immigrated to this country. “When you go to another country, it becomes a different chapter in your life, you’re in a completely different environment,” Shin said. “My grandma doesn’t know English and she told me that it was extremely difficult when she first moved here because when you’re an immigrant, you have to discover your cultural niche.” For members of the older generation who struggle with the language, even everyday tasks can be difficult, but Shin said her grandma doesn’t let it get to her. “She thinks every hamburger, no matter the restaurant, is a Big Mac,” she said. “We would go to Wendy’s or Burger King and she’d ask for a Big Mac. That stuck with me and my siblings, it’s a testament to what an awesome lady she is.” The videos will run from five to eight minutes each, though preparing the food can take much longer in actuality. Shin said she likes to keep the videos just long enough to hear the granny stories but short enough to maintain viewers’ attention. While filming, Shin, who is a multimedia journalist, said she likes to bring out her warm personality, crack a few jokes and make sure the grandmas are comfortable. “With my grandma, I kind of just joke around a lot,” she said. “I love corny jokes and I love clownish things, Caroline Shin cooking with her grandma, Sanok Kim, in the continued on COURTESY PHOTO continued on page page 00 46 kitchen.

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ring an instrument created by Noguchi, the obsidian “Sounding Stone,” which will The Noguchi Museum will become the be used for the first time ever. venue for a unique art experience. Essentially, it’s a rock shaped in a specific “Labor of Love” is a joint venture by way so it produces a particular sound when per formance ar tist Ernesto Pujol and struck. sculptor Lesley Dill. After striking the instrument, the artists The project was created specifically for the will slowly switch places to add to each othmuseum in the spirit er’s scrolls. of Noguchi’s reverThe entire perforence for creation. mance will otherwise Pujol, born in be done in silence. When: Saturday, May 3, Cuba, and Dill, born In essence, the 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Bronxville, frequent piece is about the Where: Noguchi Museum the museum and are evolution of love and 9-01 33 Road, LIC inspired by the late relationships. As part Tickets: Free with admission, Isamu Noguchi. of a couple, one is noguchi.org The performance expected to trust a will begin just after significant other to the museum opens complete and improve and will conclude just before closing. life by bringing happiness and support. The two performers, over a six-hour Pujol is a site-specific public perforperiod, will sit facing each other at two mance artist and social choreographer. identical industrial worktables next to win- He became known for ephemeral installadows overlooking the museum’s highly tion projects that address individual and regarded sculpture garden. collective memory and gender. As they sit, the pair will draw on 12 rice He’s also covered ecological issues, paper scrolls, pausing every half hour to war, loss and mourning. qboro editor

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My quest to become a real motorcycle boss continuedfrom frompage page00 39 continued I also knew how to ride a bicycle and I’ve been driving for years so I foolishly thought, “How hard can it possibly be?” John-Peter Cruz, my instructor and, as far as I’m concerned, a godsend who put up with my novice skills, was incredibly patient as my fellow classmate Daryl and I awkwardly went through the motions of turning a bike on. “F-I-N-E-C-C,” he said. “Fuel tank, ignition, neutral, electric start, choke and clutch.” Normally, I’d find the use of acronyms to be a bit patronizing but boiling down motorcycle basics to a simple formula was comforting and made me feel more confident. The introductory course is two hours and, unlike MSS’ normal two-day classes, does not require a motorcycle permit. The first hour of the class involves some paperwork and watching the instructor turn the bike on and off. Finally, Cruz said the words I had been waiting for. “Let’s get on the bikes.” I walked over to my motorcycle with confident strides, tightening my leather gloves and lowering the clear window on my helmet until it covered my eyes. Sure, my pea coat and knee-high boots from Payless made me look like a newbie but I didn’t care, I was ready to ride. At least, I thought I was ready to ride. By the time Cruz said it was time to push off, all my confidence had been sucked out of me. A motorcycle, I learned, is similar to a car with a manual

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Jane’s Walk – Four Queens Neighborhoods, Meet at Starbucks, 83-51 Broadway, Elmhurst, Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m. Join licensed tour guide Linda Fisher on walking tour of Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside & Sunnyside. Free. Contact: (917) 568-8193, lfisher718@gmail.com. Come Clean Your River, Powells Cove Park shoreline, College Point/Malba border, Saturday, May 10, 1-3 p.m. Meet at 137th St. & 11th Ave., enter park via dirt path and proceed to shoreline. Gloves, bags & Starbucks coffee provided. Forest Park Classic 4 Mile Road & Trail Race, presented by Forest Park Runners Club, Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. start, Woodhaven Blvd. & Forest Park Drive. Register/application: forestparkrunners.org. Doggie boot camp, Crocheron Park, Bayside, every Saturday thru October, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. dogschoolny.com.

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Notice of Formation of SURLAK TAXI, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/1/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Lakhwinder Singh, 82-01 255th St., Floral Park, NY 11004. Purpose: any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: URGENT TOV DRUGS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/26/14. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2114. 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 Kalb & Rosenfeld P.C., 283 Commack Road, Commack, New York 11725. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: VIMSHOES4, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/1/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC, 164-01 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WANG HEE FAMILY ACUPUNCTURE PLLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/14/2014. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 34-07 Murray Street, #3F, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: WORTH888 LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/23/13. 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 WORTH888 LLC, 5023 Francis Lewis Blvd., Oakland Gardens, NY 11364. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of 15049 27TH AVENUE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/01/14. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 38-40 Regatta Pl., Douglaston, NY 11363. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Real estate.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: AMERICAN CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/18/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: the LLC, 61-11 159th Street, 1st Floor, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 2522, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/18/03. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2090. 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, 24-65 38th Street, #2A, Francis Lewis Blvd., Astoria, New York 11103. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Big National LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/14/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Llubica Janjic, 69-55 Juno St., Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: For any lawful activity.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAW, THAT, MEADOW PARK REHABILITATION AND HEALTH CARE CENTER SHALL ENSURE THAT NO PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHALL, ON GROUNDS OF RACE, COLOR, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, RELIGION, HANDICAP OR MENTAL DISABILITY, AGE, MARITAL OR FAMILY STATUS, BLINDNESS, SOURCE OF PAYMENT OR SPONSORSHIP, BE EXCLUDED FROM PARTICIPATION IN, BE DENIED BENEFITS OF, OR BE OTHERWISE SUBJECTED TO DISCRIMINATION UNDER ANY PROGRAM, ACTIVITY PROVIDED BY THE FACILITY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE ADMISSION, CARE AND RETENTION OF RESIDENTS.

Notice of Formation of 3301 Atlantic Partners LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/21/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 102-10 Metropolitan Ave Ste 200, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General.

Notice of formation of CEMA, LLC Articles of organization filed with the Secretary of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 1/30/2014. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Fang Zhou, 40-50 192nd Street, Flushing, NY 11358. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: GEORGETOWN APARTMENTS JAMAICA NY LLC. Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/8/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the registered agent at 9020 169th St., Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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Notice of formation of CLIFFSIDE PRODUCTIONS, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 1/28/2014. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against Joseph J. Gawalis, III, 30-78 37th St., Apt #2R, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Notice of formation of INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT GROUP LLC. Arts. of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/19/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 136-19 Franklin Ave, Ste 6A Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful act.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: NYC POMMES FRITES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/15/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to c/o UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC. 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation: 35-02 DEVELOPMENT, LLC, Art. Of Org. were filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/13/2014. Office Loc.: QUEENS COUNTY. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 34-30 Collins Place, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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Jung & Yoo, CPA PLLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 3/19/14. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 213-41 38th Ave, Bayside, NY 11361. Purposes: Public Accountancy. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: MARMINA TAXI LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/26/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 1720 Linden St., #1R, Ridgewood, NY 11385. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of MD & EET Management LLC. Art. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/06/2014. Office location: 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, 168-38 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Notice of Formation of A & W 7608 Realty, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/19/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 7608 Jamaica Ave, Woodhaven, NY 11421. Purpose: General.

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INDEX NO.: 703002/2013 Filed Date: 3/31/2014, SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE. MORTGAGED PREMISES: 168-31 104 AVENUE, JAMAICA, NY 11433. BL #: 10222-35. Plaintiff designates QUEENS County as the place of trial; venue is based upon the county in which the mortgaged premises is situate. STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS. LOANCARE, A DIVISION OF FNF SERVICING, INC. Plaintiff, -againstPHILLIP WILLIAMS, if living, and if dead, the respective heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignors, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and their respective husbands, wives or widows, if any, and each and every person not specifically named who may be entitled to or claim to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the verified complaint; all of whom and whose names and places of residence unknown, and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained by the Plaintiff, BERNADETTE HENRY, NYC PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, CRIMINAL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, NYC ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, NYC TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, OMAR WILLIAMS, Defendants. 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 attorneys for the Plaintiff within 20 days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE: YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT. THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $ 348,570.00 (said loan was modified to $ 288,164.01 by loan modification agreement dated August 1, 2012.) and interest, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of QUEENS on June 22, 2009, at CRFN NUMBER 2009000188584, covering premises known as 168-31 104 AVENUE, JAMAICA, NY 11433 – BL #: 10222 – 35. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. The Plaintiff also seeks a deficiency judgment against the Defendant and for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises. TO the Defendant PHILLIP WILLIAMS, the foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Sidney F. Strauss of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and dated March 10, 2014. Dated: New Rochelle, N.Y. March 25, 2014, McCABE, WEISBERG & CONWAY, P.C. /s/____________________. By: Jonathan Pollack Esq., Attorneys for Plaintiff, 145 Huguenot Street, Ste. 210, New Rochelle, NY 10801, p. 914-636-8900, f. 914-636-8901. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE: NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT: YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Department of Financial Services at 1-877-226-5697 or visit the Department’s website at www.dfs.ny.gov. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS: Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services.


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SQ page 52 ONE BUTTON LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 1/10/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Todd V. Lamb, Esq., 424 W. 49th St., Ste. 4B, NY, NY 10019. General Purpose. Notice of Formation of Pushing Strings LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/26/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 175-31 Devonshire Road, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432. Purpose: any lawful activity. NOTICE OF FORM ATION OF L IMI T ED L I A BIL I T Y COMPANY. NAME: S. H MARKETING Articles of GROUP, LLC. Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/04/2014. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: the LLC, 15-24 College Point Blvd., College Point, NY 11356. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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The Schaefer Center in May 1939, shortly after the first World’s Fair opened in Queens.

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Yankees home run king Babe Ruth leaving his footprints at the Schaefer Center. restaurant section seated over 1,600 patrons. It all was demolished in spring 1941. Schaefer returned for the 1964-65 fair and built another pavilion on the same spot using the same architects, Eggers and Higgins. Walter Dorwin Teague was an associate designer. The new bar was 300 feet long, making it the world’s largest curved bar. Again, after the fair ended, Schaefer’s building was demolished. The firm built a state-of-the-art brewery in Allentown, Pa. in 1971 and closed its obsolete Brooklyn plant in 1976, leaving New York City without a Q brewery for a long time to come.

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Yankees’ brand tarnished by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

The Yankees’ brand has long been synonymous with victory, and the world’s most famous sports franchise has never been shy about spending money on the best baseball personnel available to keep it that way Even their biggest detractors will concede that the Yankees beat you fair and square on the playing field. That is why no one was more upset with Michael Pineda using pine tar than Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was. He is well aware of the damage Pineda’s actions did to the Yankees image. The Boston Red Sox knew Pineda was putting a foreign substance on baseballs when they faced him at Yankee Stadium 10 days earlier but they elected not to make a big deal about it then. They had no choice last week, however, when he brazenly placed pine tar on his bare neck for the whole world to see. The Pineda scandal even hit the Mets indirectly. Mike Puma, the New York Post’s Mets beat writer, tried to have a little fun with Bartolo Colon, the team’s fourth starter, by writing that umpires would find peanut butter if they ever searched Colon for a foreign substance. While Mike was making a joke about Bartolo’s corpulent physique, he was also complimenting the veteran pitcher on the fact that he is not a cheater. Mets players did not see it that

way, however, and childishly refused to speak to the media after their 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins last Friday night as long as Puma was in the clubhouse. He graciously defused the situation by leaving. The players owe Puma an apology for trying to publicly embarrass him by using his colleagues on deadline as leverage. Flushing native AJ Mass was Mr. Met from 1993 to 1997 and has just written the definitive book about a subject that surprisingly has not been broached, the history of sports mascots, titled “Yes, It’s Hot in Here” (Rodale Books). AJ talks about his experiences as Mr. Met and is not shy about giving his less than favorable impression of how his old employer treated him. The job of a mascot is physically demanding and yet the Mets would not provide Mass with any health insurance. They also terminated him without giving him a reason. The best aspect of the book is that AJ chats with the folks who portrayed the Phillie Phanatic, the Phoenix Gorilla and other mascots. He has few kind things to say, however, about Ted Giannoulas, aka the San Diego Chicken. Astoria resident Luis Collazo will fight England’s Amir Khan in a welterweight bout this Saturday night in Las Vegas that will be part of the Marcos Maidana-Floyd Mayweather card Q and will be broadcast on Showtime PPV. See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at qchron.com.


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