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Unions sue city to stop school closures Argue Bloomberg cannot replace staff at 24 schools — 7 in Queens by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

he United Federation of Teachers and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators filed a lawsuit this week to stop the city’s plan to shutter and restaff 24 city schools by next September, including seven in Queens, saying it amounts to “sham closings” and violates labor contracts. The Panel for Educational Policy voted last week to approve Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to shut the schools at the end of June and reopen them when classes begin in September with new names, up to half the teachers replaced and possibly other principals. Essentially, the UFT and the CSA, the latter of which represents principals, argue in the suit filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Monday that the plans for the 24 schools do not amount to closure, and therefore the city cannot use current contract provisions to restaff them because the labor agreement only regulates situations that involve closing facilities. “These sham closings are an attempt by the Department of Education to evade its duty to help these struggling schools succeed,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew and CSA President Ernest Logan said in a prepared statement. “We are asking the court to ensure that no final decisions are made on

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United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew, left, said his organization’s lawsuit aims to stop the city’s “sham closings” of 24 public schools, including seven in Queens. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott slammed the suit, saying the closures will bring needed new programs FILE PHOTOS to the struggling institutions. the staffing of these schools, pending an independent review by an arbitrator on the issue of whether the DOE is trying to get around its labor agreements.” The seven Queens schools targeted in the city’s plan include August Martin High School in Jamaica, Bryant High School in Long

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as low graduation rates and test scores. While the UFT and the CSA argue that the city is not actually closing the schools and is basically opening the same facilities, with many of the same students and similar programs, the city disagreed and said its plans were to shutter the facilities, making it legal to seek to replace up to half the teachers at each of the schools. “The UFT and CSA have shown that they would rather leave our students’ futures to the courts than do the difficult work of turning around failing schools and giving students the education they deserve,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said in a prepared statement. “We have already begun preparations to open these 24 new schools next fall, training their leadership teams and holding productive meetings with the UFT to begin the process of staffing the new schools. Sadly, today’s lawsuit could have damaging consequences for that process, jeopardizing the creation of exciting new schools with new programs, teachers and leadership structures.” Queens students, parents, educators and legislators have criticized the city’s plans, saying they have disrupted pupils’ lives. Juniors, for example, said they are concerned about finding teachers to write them letters of recommendation for college if the continued on page 46

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At Forest Pk., caring for century-old horses New York Carousel Entertainment will open merry-go-round in May by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

After the city announced on Friday that it had selected an operator for the Forest Park carousel, the doors to the merry-go-round in Woodhaven have been flung open, paint cans linger outside its periphery and men in dusty work boots wind through the maze of wooden animals that have been entertaining children — and all those young at heart — for more than a century. The sight of those from New York Carousel Entertainment, the group tapped to run the merry-goround, preparing the ride to open on Memorial Day weekend has thrilled community activists who having been fighting to reopen the historic carousel for more than three years. The city Parks Department also selected NYCE to run the carousel at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which has not operated since last fall. “The carousel is part of our community’s identity,” Woodhaven Residents Block Association President Ed Wendell said. “We couldn’t be happier that the Parks Department has done the right thing, something

we’ve requested for years, and gotten a deal done so that our community can enjoy it again. The ride is a beautiful work of art, an historic specimen that embodies our community’s heritage, and a form of entertainment that has amused generations of Woodhaven residents. We’re overjoyed to have it back.” The Woodhaven carousel has been closed since 2008, and the city has since issued four requests for bids for its operation. The structure, built in 1903, holds some of the last surviving creations of master wood-carver Daniel Carl Muller, including 49 sculpted horses, a lion, a tiger, a deer and two chariots. There is also a carousel band organ. Additionally, the company will run a snack bar next to the facility. “For a long time, I’ve said that our carousel is the jewel of Forest Park and a treasure that deserves better than the treatment it has received the last few years,” said Maria Thomson, executive director of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation. “Finally, we have a concessionaire who promises to restore it to its former glory.”

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After the city announced last week that New York Carousel Entertainment will operate the Forest Park carousel in Woodhaven, workers have been sprucing up the site for its opening on Memorial Day weekend. PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON Ara Chekmayan, a NYCE spokesman who grew up in Maspeth and now lives in Middle Village, called the company “a group of people who are enthusiasts of the amusement industry.” “Carousels are becoming rarer and rarer,” Chekmayan said. “They’re pieces of history. The horses are wooden, carved figures — it’s a lost art. If we don’t maintain

these now for future generations, they’ll be lost forever.” Chekmayan said while the company should have the carousels up and running for Memorial Day weekend, refurbishment, particularly of the Forest Park site, will continue. “They’ve already started to sand the floor, repaint the fences and spruce it up for the opening,” he said. “The amount of time and the

amount of people they have, it’s a pretty big undertaking.” Once it opens on Memorial Day weekend, the carousel is expected to be open to the public daily. The cost per ride will be no more than $3, according to NYCE. NYCE has launched a website with information about the Forest Park and Flushing Meadows Q carousels, nycarousel.com.

State to hold hearing on Peninsula closure Health Department commissioner will attend after pressure from pols by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, at podium, state Sen. Malcolm Smith, center, and Councilman Eric Ulrich, right, gather last week with civic leaders and residents to call for the state to hold a public hearing PHOTO COURTESY U.S. REP. BOB TURNER on Peninsula Hospital’s closure.

public hearing on the impact of a hospital closure, it was not until a number of legislators and civic leaders protested and pressured the state to do so that such a meeting was announced last week. Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway closed its doors in April, about 104 years after it first opened in what was then a sleepy beach community. The end of the 173-bed facility, which employed about 1,000 people, leaves one hospital on the peninsula, St. John’s Episcopal in Far Rockaway. “Providing residents with an opportunity to ask questions and get answers is the least the Department of Health can do, not to mention that it is required by law,” said U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn), who gathered outside Peninsula Hospital last week with Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica) to call for the state to hold a hearing. “There are serious questions about how the community’s healthcare needs will be met going forward.” But while Turner said he’s pleased the state is seeking community input, he is upset that the hearing’s hours run during the workday. “Holding the meeting during this time will make it difficult for many hard-working resi-

dents to attend,” Turner said. Ulrich called the hospital’s closure “nothing less than a healthcare emergency for the 130,000 year-round residents of the Rockaway Peninsula.” Ulrich also criticized the state for holding an event that will be difficult for some residents to attend. “While I welcome the opportunity for this discussion, it comes only after several requests for dialogue have gone ignored, and at a time that is less than convenient for most of the hard-working people of Rockaway,” Ulrich said. “They deserve better.”’ Turner and Ulrich had sent a letter to Shah on March 28 requesting the required public meeting, but received no response. They then sent a letter to Gov. Cuomo on April 23 with the same request. The end of Peninsula comes on the heels of a rocky seven months for the institution, including the state shuttering its clinical lab after documenting a long list of “serious deficiencies” with it. The hospital was rocked by financial problems, and Peninsula’s parent company, MediSys, ended its affiliation with the medical canter last August. At that point, continued on page 40

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South Queens residents are expected to pack an overdue state Department of Health hearing on the impact of closing Peninsula Hospital today, May 10, when community leaders and legislators say they hope to convince the DOH that there is a “healthcare emergency” in the Rockaways and another medical facility is desperately needed.

“Make no mistake, this is a health crisis and death sentence to the people of the Rockaways and surrounding communities, as the impacts ripple across the borough,” said Brett Scudder, a community activist. State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah is expected to participate in the public hearing, set for 3 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus at 333 Beach 90 St. in Rockaway Beach. While state law mandates that the DOH hold a


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Budget plan: no new taxes, same old cuts Mayor again targets fire companies, libraries for spending reductions by Peter C. Mastrosimone Editor-in-Chief

Mayor Bloomberg released his latest budget proposal May 3, setting off a familiar chain of events: The mayor boasts that his administration’s economic prudence is keeping the city financially afloat, institutions whose budgets would be reduced decry cuts in the amount of public spending they receive, and City Council members associated with those groups echo the claims and vow to maintain the funding. The mayor’s plan, called the executive budget, totals $68.7 billion for fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1, with the city funding $49.2 billion of that. Expenses under city control would be cut by $110 million, Bloomberg said, but those that are not, such as pensions, healthcare costs, Medicaid contributions and payments on existing debt, would rise by $1.9 billion, a 7.2 percent increase over fiscal 2012. The mayor stressed that the plan would not increase any taxes, even while tax revenue edges up, from $24.2 billion to $25.2 billion, because of improvements in the economy. And he credited his policies during 10 years at the helm with allowing spending in certain areas, such as education, to increase without putting the city in the red. “Our budget won’t impose any new taxes on New Yorkers, maintains the strength of the NYPD and continues our strong support for public schools,” Bloomberg said in a prepared

statement. “We’re able to make all of those and organizations that rely on taxpayer funding commitments as a result of fiscal care, fore- would prefer. sight and a constructive partnership with the As always, some officials and institutions City Council, as we began setting aside savings sent out statements decrying the planned cuts and reducing spending well before most other almost immediately after the mayor announced city and state governments heeded the econom- his proposal. ic storm warnings.” “Closing even a single fire company in New The mayor went on to say that diversifying York City will lead to increased response times, the city’s economy, more fire fatalities especially in the areas and millions of dolof high technology, lars in property n his second-to-last budget entertainment, damage,” said tourism and higher C o u n c i l wo m a n plan, Mayor Bloomberg again education, has been Elizabeth Crowley sets up a battle with the City helpful because in the (D-Middle Vilpast, “a drop like the chairwoman Council over cuts to services. lage), one we saw this year of the Fire and in Wall Street profits Criminal Justice would have been a devastating blow.” Committee. “We simply cannot accept a budThe mayor said the cuts in the executive get proposal that puts the safety of New Yorkers budget are all ones that had already been put on in jeopardy. I have always been, and will the table in November, when he released his remain, committed to preventing even a single mid-year savings plan. He said those had saved firehouse from closing.” $464 million in fiscal 2012 and would save $1 The mayor has proposed closing a number billion next fiscal year. of fire companies citywide for several years in After the release of the executive budget, the a row, including, typically, four in Queens. administration and City Council will work to Each time the City Council has refused to go hammer out a final plan for fiscal 2013. Tradi- along, saying doing so would undermine public tionally, members of the council fight against safety. The mayor counters with statistics supbudget reductions and win restoration of some posed to demonstrate that safety would not be funding, resulting in more spending than the compromised. In the end, however, following mayor planned but less than what the council rallies led by area elected officials, the fire

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companies are kept open. Crowley is one of several Democrats vying for the Sixth Congressional District nomination, and has the support of the firefighters’ union. Libraries are another area where proposed cuts draw ire. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), vowed to fight the reductions in a statement issued by his office. “As Chair of the New York City Council’s Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee, I strongly object to the mayor’s proposed cuts which threaten to slash $100 million in funding to our three prestigious public library systems as well as $50 million to our museums, zoos and other cultural organizations,” Van Bramer said. “Such cuts would decimate library hours, devastate nearly 1,000 nonprof it cultural groups, and lead to over 1,000 layoffs of hardworking New Yorkers.” The Queens Library actually has reduced the hours its branches are open in response to previous reductions in its funding, and says that if the mayor’s plan is approved as is, it would be devastating to the system. Van Bramer was a high-ranking library official before winning his seat on the City Council. Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) took a more circumspect approach, saying in an interview on Tuesday that he wants to hear from the city unions what the impact of the various cuts would be before taking a stand. continued on page 39

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Preserve funding for the Queens Library e’re all used to the annual budget dance. The mayor proposes spending cuts, organizations that would suffer funding losses decry the cuts and lawmakers who oversee or are somehow affiliated with the groups vow to fight the cuts. Sometimes the impact spending reductions would have is exaggerated, or the truth is bent just a little for political purposes. Take the Fire Department. Every year its defenders say Mayor Bloomberg wants to cut 20 “firehouses” citywide. But it’s not true — what he keeps proposing is the closure of 20 fire companies. Since you usually have two fire companies within one firehouse, you can’t say he wants to cut 20 firehouses. Whether closing any fire companies is a wise idea is another matter, but the debate should be an honest one. Then there are those organizations that truly would suffer a tremendous negative impact if the budget were to go through as the mayor proposes. Tops on the list is the Queens Library system. Well-known as the highest-circulation library in the country, it’s the intellectual envy of the world, helping to keep New Yorkers of all ages educated. But the mayor is looking to cut its city funding by $26.7

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million, a whopping 31 percent. That’s a slash in support that simply cannot stand. It would cause the closure of 18 branches across the borough, according to the library’s spokeswoman, and make it so that the remainder are closed more days than they’re open. As many as 600 people engaged in valuable work could lose their jobs. It would be an intellectual and cultural travesty. The library system is not like some small art gallery or playhouse or other cultural entity that relies on public largesse to keep operating. Its role in Queens is unique, and maintaining public libraries is among any municipality’s most important functions, right up there with safety, transportation and land use. Though technically a private entity, the Queens Library gets the bulk of its funding from the city. It’s an invaluable resource for students, job hunters, book lovers and more. Its branches provide employment information to new immigrants, hold seminars on everything from ID theft to human trafficking and entertain the community with concerts and other social events. They send books to the homebound and provide the setting for after-school tutoring. In high-crime communities they offer a refuge for children who want to avoid the streets. The list of services outlined at

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Planes are louder Dear Editor: For the past month, the Briarwood community has been the victim of alternate air traffic route noise pollution (aircraft noise exceeding the 100 dB of “very loud,” according to Federal Agency Review of Selected Airport Noise Analysis Issues, Federal Interagency Committee on Noise, August 1992), which is especially acute with aircraft flights by the minute in the morning hours until noon. Apparently, either there has been a permanent change in the regular air traffic routes or weather dependent utilization of alternate routes. In any case, the use of land routes as the primary mode of air traffic control, rather than ocean routes and noise abatement technologies, is a severe form of noise pollution, which has been documented in an earlier report, Noise: A Health Problem (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Noise Abatement and Control, August 1978). Some significant points from this report are: • “noise can produce serious physical and psychological stress. No one is immune to this stress”; • “of the many health hazards related to noise, hearing loss is the most clearly observable and measurable by health professionals”; • “noise that causes annoyance and irritability in healthy persons may have serious consequences for those already ill in mind or body”; • “a growing body of evidence strongly sug© Copyright 2012 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. 11374-7769.

queenslibrary.org seems to go on forever. As Borough President Helen Marshall said at a pro-library rally on Tuesday, keeping libraries open is “a measure of our success as a government.” There are many other areas where the city could find $26.7 million without having such a major impact on the people, such by reducing the ongoing tax breaks that go to national companies located in Times Square, as Councilman James Sanders Jr. of Laurelton suggests. It made sense to offer the breaks to lure big names to 42nd Street back when it needed cleaning up, but no more. It’s time some of those chains stand or fall on their own. And that’s just one idea. The Queens Library can’t stand on its own, without city support. It’s not a profit-making entity and never could be. Libraries have been a key part of the American landscape since Benjamin Franklin established the first one in Philadelphia in 1731 (which still exists). During the Great Depression, the Queens Library system stayed open seven days a week; and the economy was in far worse condition then than it is now. Are we really a lesser people, a lesser city, than we were then? We hope not. Budget negotiations between the mayor and City Council will tell the story.

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gests a link between exposure to noise and the development and aggravation of a number of heart problems. The explanation? Noise causes stress and the body reacts with increased adrenaline, changes in heart rate, and elevated blood pressure”; • “noise can make it difficult to fall asleep, it can wake us, and it can cause shifts from deeper to lighter sleep stages. If the noise interference with sleep becomes a chronic problem, it may take its toll on health”; • “the elderly and the sick are particularly sensitive to disruptive noise. As a group, the elderly require special protection from the noises that interfere with their sleep.” Studies done at Cornell University on noise and stress, as early as 1998, have shown signif icant increases in stress hormones (epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol) in children exposed to the “constant roar from jet aircraft.” Therefore, in view of the abundant research studies proving that “noise is a significant hazard to public health,” I must adamantly oppose

even temporary air traffic routes in the Briarwood airspace redesign. I suggest we discuss this issue at future town hall meetings to decide on an appropriate class action lawsuit against the FAA. William Dean Howells said, “it is truly a serious problem to escape from noise.” Next stop? Supreme Court. Joseph N. Manago Briarwood

Respect Jimmy Carter Dear Editor: Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a few cheap shots at our 39th president, Jimmy Carter. They said that Barack Obama is making the Carter presidency look good! While most Americans agree Carter was an average president, he served our nation with dignity and devotion. Assisted by a great national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter had respect for human rights, which served as the fundamental tenet of his foreign policy.


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The ‘Adult services’ ads Dear Editor: Your article “Meng knew f irm’s ties to adult ads” (May 3, multiple editions) about the Queens Tribune newspaper printing ads promoting “Adult services” while having a consulting and printing firm, Multi-Media, had important information missing. The information that was missing was that Congressman Gary Ackerman is a part-owner of the Tribune. There is certainly something wrong with this picture. While Meng and others were testifying in front of Congress to pass a bill that would end the exploitation of non speaking women, trafficking, and prostitution, the congressman’s newspaper “featured 37 ads promoting adult services, including 23 promoting the use of Asian women.” The congressman started the Tribune in the 1970s and continues to have a stake in it. Would publishing those ads be called procuring? Here is just another example of a congressperson putting monies before morals and the protection of women. Joyce Shepard, CSW Bayside

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Dear Editor: Sen. Chuck Schumer announced a deal with cell phone carriers to instantly shut down any stolen phones, to prevent thieves from reselling them. It won’t work. Tech savvy crooks will figure a way to get around this measure. The only effective way to stop cell phone theft is not to use cell phones in public. One-third of all robberies involve cell phones — not just smart phones, but all cell phones — according to the FBI. New York City police warn people not to display cell phones or any other hand-held electronic devices in public. Victims have been murdered or beaten by thugs who value these objects more than money. Either conceal these devices or leave them at home or your office, where they belong. Not using cell phones in public not only prevents crime, it also reduces noise pollution. Who wants to hear ringtones and cell phone freaks yakking away? By keeping electronic devices at work or at home, you’ll also discover a delightful alternative to those gadgets — real life. I’ve never used cell phones (which I call hell phones) and never will. In fact, I miss rotary dial phones, when real live people actually answered your call and you were not thrown into voicemail jail. Richard Reif Flushing

included a lament that lawyers might oppose this sorely needed initiative. The Times wrote the “measure may prove more controversial ... because it wades into the fierce debate among lawyers over whether mandatory pro bono service is the right solution — and because it could hit the pocketbooks of young lawyers at a time when they are struggling to find jobs.” The story went on to quote one attorney saying lawyers don’t want to be told what to do. I applaud Judge Lippman’s mandatory requirement; it is absolutely needed. Not just poor people, but middle class families have too often been priced out of the civil legal system in America. Lawyers and judges who practice in civil courts can attest to the rising occurrence of unrepresented parties, even in very complicated and crucial cases. As a practicing attorney I’ve seen how it can tilt the legal playing field, and rob our civil justice system of our desire for “equal protection under the law.” Frankly, the problem is growing worse. In fact, as necessary and laudable as Judge Lippman’s requirement is, it is really just a start. Though the new admission mandate is likely to produce at least 500,000 pro bono hours a year, it will only begin to address the need. Before people begin to think most lawyers don’t recognize the crying need for access to affordable representation, or oppose ways to address it for reasons of narrow avarice, we should all recognize that bar associations, law schools, consumer groups and, yes, individual lawyers across New York and America have been struggling to address this growing need. In the New York City area, some of them are associated with the CUNY Legal Resources Network, a group of several hundred lawyers dedicated to practice in the public interest including meaningful pro bono and low bono representation for individuals, families and small businesses otherwise practically denied access to our justice system. Ben Flavin Manhattan The writer is an attorney.

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Proposed ’13 budget cuts city arts deep Mayor proposed $47Mil arts slash by Josey Bartlett Associate Editor

The mayor’s preliminary budget released on May 3 proposes to cut about $47 million from the Department of Cultural Affairs, the city agency that funds public and nonprofit cultural programs. So the dance begins; these will not be the final numbers. The Mayor’s Office proposes cuts to the arts and then if the usual pattern holds, the issue will be discussed until much smaller cuts are signed into law in May or June. “We are currently working with city government to come to a budget for the next fiscal year. It’s still a work in progress,” said Danai Pointer, a DCLA spokeswoman, who cited how last year the cuts were slimmed down by about $50 million. If that doesn’t happen this year the proposal would be a significant bite out of cityfunded arts programs. “If these cuts were enacted it would be terrible for Queens,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). “Our smaller arts groups are surviving on the

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Advocates and pols pan after-school cuts Praise mayor’s teacher restoration, but fight proposal to axe youth sites by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

While Queens education advocates and legislators praised Mayor Bloomberg for restoring close to 2,600 teaching positions in the executive budget he released last week, they panned his proposal to axe funding for after-school programs throughout the city, including 29 sites in the borough. The mayor’s $68.7 billion proposed budget, which must be approved by the City Council before any of its measures are implemented, does not cut 2,570 teachers through attrition, as Bloomberg originally proposed earlier this year, but it does slash about $170 million to children’s services. The cut in youth funding could result in the number of after-school programs in Queens to drop from 81 to 52, according to the Campaign for Children. Additionally, seven Beacon programs — essentially community centers for children and adults — in the city would be closed, including one at JHS 190 in Forest Hills and another at MS 58 in Bayside. Thousands of Queens children in neighborhoods throughout the borough stand to be impacted. The two Beacon sites alone serve more than 2,000 students in their afterschool programs.

“In this challenging economy, our center was already doing the best we could to provide quality services with the disproportionately small funding available to serve our community,” said Grace Yoon, the executive director of the Korean American Family Service Center in Flushing. “Now, the funding source has dried up and our children are left with nowhere to go after school ends. These kinds of decisions by Mayor Bloomberg to take away funding from our children and youth does not send them the message that we believe that they are the future and are individuals worth investing in.” Legislators also slammed the mayor for proposing to eliminate funding for afterschool programs that they said give thousands of children with working parents a place to go in the afternoon and evening, during which time they can do everything from receive homework help to play sports. “Let me be clear — although I am grateful for the progress we’ve seen in the mayor’s executive budget, I still have deep concerns about how the remaining cuts will impact the lives of working New Yorkers and their families,” Council Speaker Christine Quinn (DManhattan) said in a prepared statement.

Students in Queens after-school programs protest Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to cut youth funding, which would result in the number of Queens sites dropping from 81 to 52. Bloomberg has also proposed to cut seven Beacon programs in the city, including two in Queens. PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall joined the chorus of lawmakers critical of the mayor’s budget. “In tough economic times, the last thing that we should be slashing are essential early education and after-school services that children and hard-working families need to survive,” Marshall said. Less controversial than Bloomberg’s call

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Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing and Services Now for Adult Persons Seniors can breathe a sigh of relief — well, in Queens Village received additional funding to enhance their programming and become sort of. Mayor Bloomberg released his fiscal year two of eight “innovative” facilities citywide. 2013 executive budget last week, and it does In the coming months DFTA plans to either not call for the closure of any senior centers build or enhance two more senior centers in and will make only minor “back office” cuts Brooklyn. The money from the City Council would to the city Department for the Aging, Marc La Vorgna, a spokesman for the mayor said Mon- go to services like transportation, senior day, adding that those will have no impact on centers, naturally occurring retirement communities and elder abuse prevention. the services. The City Council fully restored case manIn years past, Bloomberg has proposed closagement for homeing senior centers and bound elders in fisslashing money out of cal year 2011 — DFTA’s budget, typi$6.6 million, cally leading to older t the end of the day, we according to the adults participating in always lose something CSCS. In 2012, protest events and the only $3 City Council eventuduring the budget dance.” however, million was ally restoring the replaced — a 55 funding in what has — Bobbi Sackman, CSCS percent cut. become known as the The organization budget dance. “At the end of the day, we always lose is fighting to get back to the original fundsomething during the budget dance,” said ing level, calling it “a worthy investment to Bobbi Sackman, director of public policy for allow frail elders, living in isolation, to age the Council of Senior Centers and Services. in place with supportive services and digni“The budget dance for seniors is like dancing ty.” The CSCS says the cut has led to casein quicksand, and we can’t keep pace with the loads skyrocketing from 70 to 90 per case growing need. It makes things very difficult. manager. Some $2.3 million in funding, the entire The city is not moving in the right direction to support today’s seniors and baby boomers budget for social adult day care, which consists of specialized programs for elders turning 65.” This year, the council will have to replace with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other dis$26 million using its discretionary funds in abilities, was eliminated, the CSCS says, order for services to remain intact, according and it is trying to get that back too. “While to Christopher Miller, a spokesman for DFTA. the service is critical for these elderly indiAnd it appears they plan to do just that, as viduals, the hidden victims of this cut are many lawmakers joined senior advocates for a the family caregivers who must work or rally on the steps of City Hall Wednesday to need respite from the stress of caregiving,” the group says. demonstrate their support. Sackman said over 300 seniors citywide “We are very lucky and thankful that we will not be impacted by any budget reduc- have already met with 49 out of the 51 City tions,” Miller said Wednesday. “We have no Council members to show their support for restoring previously eliminated DFTA plans to close any senior centers.” Q In fact, Miller noted that this year the funding. Assistant Editor

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The annual chess match-bar fight over the number of New York City fire companies kicked off last week when Mayor Bloomberg announced his $68.7 billion executive budget for fiscal year 2012-13. Bloomberg once again is calling for the elimination of 20 FDNY companies, a request he has had since 2009. A spokeswoman for Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who chairs the Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee, said Tuesday that it still had not obtained a list of companies on the mayor’s list, and the Chronicle could not get through to Bloomberg’s press office prior to deadline to determine if any are in Queens. Four Queens companies were on Bloomberg’s list last year. “Any cuts to the FDNY threaten public safety, but closing 20 fire companies will have a devastating impact on fire and medical safety across New York City,” said Steve Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. “Real public safety is not a luxury; it’s a necessity to attract people willing to raise their families here and businesses that provide jobs, economic development and tax revenue that sustain New York.” Tom Butler, spokesman for the 8,000member UFA, said no firefighters will be

Luigi’s, the ex-baker of Seviroli, will hold a Mother’s Day bake sale at Nativity Church Hall on Sunday, May 13. The church hall is located at 94th Street and Rockaway Boulevard. There will be a variety of goodies, including cheese cake, honey balls, meat and grain pies and many other pastries. There will be free hot coffee and cookies. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the church. Q

laid off — a federal lawsuit that has prevented the department from hiring for several years now has the FDNY about 600 short — and that eliminating a fire company does not necessarily mean closing a firehouse if a ladder company and an engine company are in the same location. “The city doesn’t lose fire companies,” Butler said Tuesday. “Neighborhoods do.” Butler said an engine company attacks the fire itself while ladder companies deal with search, rescue and recovery, along with ventilation. Engine companies also provide medical first response for medical calls. “A company in Woodside would respond not only to Woodside, but maybe also Astoria, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, maybe parts of Brooklyn near the border and Maspeth,” he said. “If it closes, not only Woodside feels the impact.” He said relocating a company of any kind even a few blocks can add critical minutes to response time. “A f ire in a small garbage container can go from an ash to enveloping a room at 2,000 degrees in a few minutes, and every few minutes can double in size,” Butler said. “Or how would you like to be an elderly person lying on the floor in pain for those extra minutes? Think of the difference those two to four minutes Q can make.”

Ozone Park Kiwanis to host block party The Ozone Park Kiwanis will hold a community block party on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 10234 Atlantic Avenue. There will be rides, games and more. For more information, call Paul at Q (917) 834-7327.

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Banking giant Citi will be sponsoring the city’s bike share program when it begins in July, with the bank’s logo going on the bicycles and the docking stations where they can be rented. Mayor Bloomberg, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, other officials and Citi CEO Vikram Pandit announced the deal today at City Hall Plaza. The bicycles will be rolling advertisements for the company, also known as Citigroup or Citibank, whose logo will appear on the front and sides of each one. The $41 million program, which officials said will cost taxpayers nothing, is being called “Citi Bike.” But even though Citi’s name is on the tallest building in Queens, One Court Square in Long Island City, as well as the Mets’ home at Citi Field, people will not be able to get Citi bikes at either location, at least not at first. The bike share program will only be available in Manhattan and Brooklyn when it is launched. Sadik-Khan said the program will be brought to Long Island City at some point, but she did not say when. Reached after the announcement, a spokesman for bicycle and public transit advocates Transportation Alternatives said the important thing is that the program will be launched soon. The spokesman, Michael Murphy, said it is not disappointing that Queens won’t be included at first, and noted that the city has been working with community organizations on where to locate the docking stations, a process that takes time. “The commissioner said there will be a Long Island City component,” Murphy said. “She didn’t give a timeline for that. ... It’s nice to know it will be coming to Queens, hopefully sooner rather than later.”

Andrew Brent, a spokesman for Citi, said the bikes will be available in LIC sometime next year, and that the company looks forward to the program expanding to other neighborhoods in Queens, including Sunnyside. The city held 90 forums and other public events on where to locate the docking stations, as well as another 150 meetings with certain stakeholders. They will be sited on streets, sidewalks, public plazas “and other locations suggested through the community process,” the city said. Participants will pay $95 a year to join the program, which will give them unlimited use of the bicycles for rides of up to 45 minutes. Members using them for a longer time will pay graduated fees to do so. Daily and weekly memberships will also be available. Participants have to be at least 16 years old. They will borrow the bicycles from and return them to the stations, which each will hold between 15 and 60 of them. “The idea behind bike share is simple: give people one more way to get around town,” Bloomberg said in announcing the program. “We’re able to create this new option at no cost to taxpayers because of the commitment of an institution with a 200 years tradition in New York: Citigroup. The new Citi Bikes will be an affordable, entirely new, 24/7 transportation network that will help New Yorkers get where they’re going faster. When the walk seems a little far, New Yorkers can choose to skip the hike, and take a bike.” “New York has been Citi’s home for 200 years, and throughout our history, we have been proud to work with the City on innovative ideas that contribute to its progress,” Pandit said. “Citi Bike, which will add a new, sustainable option to help people navigate the city, is the latest embodiment of that. We recognized an opportunity to play a meaningful role in an initiative that will enhance the lives of New Yorkers and become a

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of the United States from 1993 to 1995 and now teaches at the University of Virginia, told From her seat in a Queens College theater those involved in Friday’s production at last week, Rita Dove leaned forward, clasped Queens College’s Little Theater in Flushing. The college’s MFA program in creative her hands and smiled as she watched the lives of her grandparents — a story of a marriage, writing and literary translation partnered with of love and dancing and heartbreak set amidst the Poetry Society of America to present the Great Migration, when millions of African- “Thomas and Beulah,” for which Dove won Americans left the South to seek work in the the Pulitzer Prize in 1987. The show is part of North — unfold last week in what is believed “Poets in the Playhouse,” a series of perforto be the first theatrical adaptation of Dove’s mances sponsored by Queens College and Pulitzer Prize-winning book of poetry, PSA, the country’s oldest poetry organization. Dove, who lives in Charlottesville, Va. and “Thomas and Beulah.” “It really moved me — and it can be hard to came to Queens College specifically for the move me,” Dove, who served as poet laureate production, said she was thrilled to see her poetry being presented in a new medium. “It’s very exciting,” Dove said. “People have always told me that my poems seem like they could become theater, but it’s never been done.” Tyler Rivenbark, who received his MFA in playwriting from Queens College in 2010 and now teaches at the school, adapted Dove’s book inspired by her maternal Rita Dove, third from right, stands with those involved in last grandparents’ lives into the Friday’s production at Queens College. show, which included a Senior Editor

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As of Tuesday none of the f ive Queens historic spots secured a top four position in the Partners in Preservation competition to grab a chunk of a $3 million grant. All locations held open houses on May 5 and 6 to show off their goods. Partners in Preservation is a program headed by American Express through the National Trust for Historic Preservation — the organization created by congressional charter to preserve landmarks — to give grant money to restore historic locations. This year the organization picked New York City as its recipient. There are 40 spots vying for grant money. The f ive in Queens are: Flushing Town Hall, the Rocket Thrower statue in Flushing Meadows Park, the Louis Ar mstrong House Museum, the Queens County Farm Museum and the Astoria Pool Olympic high dive. On Tuesday the Louis Armstrong House Museum was doing the best out of the f ive, ranking in 11th place with

3 percent of the vote. So how do these places win the money? Anyone can vote for any of the 40 New York City locations on the website partnersinpreservation.com or on its Facebook page from now until May 21. Voters can voice their opinion once a day for the whole month. The four organizations with the most votes will win the full amount they requested. An advisory committee made up of civic, business and preservation leaders will divvy up the rest. The Parks Department proposal to Par tners in Preser vation is for $245,000 to turn the unused Astoria Pool’s dive tank into a performance area with the Art Deco dive platform as a sculptural theater tower. “The Astoria park pool and diving board have been a centerpiece in the Astoria community since 1936, and now the diving board will be the literal centerpiece for our upcoming performance space,” said Councilman Peter Q Vallone Jr.(D-Astoria).

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Gibbons family remembers crash victim at Rodriguez sentencing by Michael Gannon Editor

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Eammon Gibbons showed a small green marble notebook to Judge Dorothy Chin Brandt on Monday in her courtroom at the Queens County Courthouse. “I bought this in March 2011 to write my best man speech for my brother [Brendan],” he told Brandt. “Last October I used it to write my brother George’s eulogy.” George Gibbons was a big brother, confidant, genial host and raconteur — and the guy who could always be counted on to show up at a niece’s or nephew’s birthday party disguised as Batman. The man who killed him, Peter Rodriguez, did not look up once while Gibbons’ five younger brothers and sisters broke down in court as they described their brother to Brandt, and spoke of how they and their father continue to cope with his death in a car crash last October. “You didn’t just kill George,” Maureen Gibbons said to Rodriguez. “You killed a piece of each one of us.” Brandt sentenced Rodriguez to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison. He pleaded guilty last month to criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Gibbons, of Maspeth, owned The Gibbons Home, a popular tavern in the neighborhood

Peter Rodriguez, left, will serve a minimum of three years and six months for the wrong-way crash that killed Maspeth businessman George Gibbons in October 2011. He could serve as long as seven years for leaving the scene of a fatal accident and criminally negligent homicide. FILE PHOTOS “October 15 is my birthday,” Brendan Gibbons told the court. “But I remember getting a call from a police officer, telling me that George had been in an accident, and that it was bad. He didn’t say anything other than I should get to the hospital.” Rodriguez fled the scene and was arrested in Connecticut after one month on the run. The driver of the livery cab sustained serious injuries. Rodriguez’s passenger also was hurt.

where he grew up. He and Rodriguez, of Brooklyn, were both 37 when their paths crossed on the service road to the Long Island Expressway in the earlymorning hours of Oct. 15. Gibbons was heading home from the bar. Rodriguez was speeding and driving the wrong way on the service road near where he struck head-on the livery cab in which Gibbons was riding.

Gibbons’ sister, Siobahn McEntee, spoke of the time her big brother arrived at their house dressed as Santa at 7 a.m. on Christmas morning. “Just so he could see the looks on the children’s faces when they opened their presents,” she said. Brendan Gibbons, a new father, said he does not grieve for his own loss alone. “My child, my future children will never know their Uncle Georgie,” he said on the verge of tears Gibbons’ father, George Gibbons Sr., also was in court, as were about 100 friends and supporters of the family, all wearing shirts, sweaters, dresses or jackets in various shades of green. Outside the courtroom after sentencing, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said the city should push the State Assembly to make leaving the scene of a fatal accident a class C felony, rather than the D classification it now has. The measure passed in the Republicancontrolled state Senate last year, but has not been approved by the Democratic-controlled Assembly. “If it had passed the Assembly last year, and the governor had an opportunity to sign it, Peter Rodriguez would have been facing a continued on page 39

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“David Rosen cast a wide, corrupt net in his efforts to enrich himself and his compaDavid Rosen, the former CEO of MediSys ny,” Bharara said. “Today’s sentencing Health Network, a nonprofit corporation that brings to conclusion this case, which runs Jamaica Hospital and Flushing Hospital involved hundreds of thousands of dollars Medical Center, was sentenced Monday to of illegal payoffs, sham contracts and shell three years in prison by a Manhattan federal companies.” Rosen was charged during a bench trial court for bribery. with two counts of honRosen, 64, of upstate est services fraud, one Harrison will also spend count of honest services two years under superavid Rosen cast a fraud conspiracy and vised release following two counts of conspirahis prison term, and is wide, corrupt net cy to commit bribery. required to pay a $500 in his efforts to He was also charged special assessment fee. with violating the TravRosen pleaded guilty enrich himself el Act which is a crime to participating in a that engages in any scheme of bribery to and his company.” interstate or foreign state Sen. Carl Kruger — U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara travel, or using any mail (D-Brooklyn), Assemor facility in foreign or blyman William Boyland Jr. (D-Brooklyn) and former Assembly- interstate travel with the intent to “carry on” man Anthony Seminerio (D-Richmond Hill) or “facilitate” any “unlawful activity.” The scandal has been seen as casting light that included an exchange upwards of $550,000 between the three off icials on the escalating corruption in Albany and on the all too familiar ties there between leginvolved. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara islators and hospitals. Elkan Abramowitz, Rosen’s lawyer, said in a press release that Rosen bribed members of the state Legislature for over a reportedly told the judge that he would be decade to benefit himself and his company, f iling an appeal with haste on Rosen’s behalf, adding that he believes that his MediSys Health Network Chronicle Contributor

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Our hometown heroes for 50 years by Joseph Levy Chronicle Contributor

After the miracle of 1969, the Mets stayed strong but were knocked out of playoff contention by untimely slumps in 1970 and ’71, and injuries in 1972. The next year they roared back into the World Series, but lost in seven games to the Oakland A’s. 1970 Record: 83-79, third in National League East. After battling Pittsburgh and Chicago all year for first place, the Mets lose six of seven to the Pirates in September to finish six games back. Despite a late-season slump, Tom Seaver goes 18-12 and leads the NL with a 2.81 ERA and 283 strikeouts. On April 22, he fans 19 San Diego Padres, including the last 10 in a row, the latter a major league record that still stands. Donn Clendenon sets a club record with 97 RBIs in just 396 at bats; Cleon Jones overcomes a slow start to enjoy a 23-game hitting streak; and Tommie Agee is the first Met to win a Gold Glove, while scoring a club record 107 runs and stealing 31 bases. Attendance climbs to 2,697,479. 1971 Record: 83-79, third in National League East. The Mets once again finish third — with the same record as in the prior season. On June 30, they are 45-36 and just two games back of Pittsburgh in the divisional race, but a skid of 11 losses in 12 games to start July knocks them out of contention.

A New York Mets anniversary special Part IV: 1970-1973 and he homers against his former team in his first Mets game to give club a 5-4 win. Rookie John Milner leads the club with 17 homers; Jones leads in RBIs with just 52. Seaver is once again a big winner (21-12, 249 strikeouts, 2.92 ERA) while Jon Matlack (15-10, 2.32 ERA, 4 shutouts) wins Rookie of the Year. McGraw enjoys his f inest season, saving 27 games with a 1.70 ERA.

Seaver is 20-10 and has his best ERA ever, 1.76, and his highest strikeout total ever, 289. Tug McGraw (114, eight saves, 1.70 ERA) and Danny Frisella (8-5, 12 saves, 1.98 ERA) give the Mets a formidable bullpen duo. Bud Harrelson wins the Gold Glove; Cleon Jones finishes strongly, batting .319 while leading the club with 69 RBI’S; Jones, Agee and Ed Kranepool all hit 14 home runs to tie for the club lead.

1973:Ya Gotta Believe Record: 82-79, National 1972 League Champions. Record: 83-73, third in Yogi Berra became Mets manager After languishing in last National League East. Before the season begins, in 1972, and got them back in the place for almost the entire summer, the Mets — the club is touched by the World Series the next year. tragic death of Gil Hodges PHOTO COURTESY PETER MANZARI/WIKIMEDIA inspired by Tug McGraw’s famous rallying cry, “Ya from a heart attack; Yogi Berra takes over as manager. Under Berra, the gotta believe!” — win 23 of their last 32 games Mets get off to their best start ever, 25-7, before to take their second divisional title. a rash of injuries strikes. Rusty Staub, acquired Milner leads in homers with 23 while driving from Montreal, misses more than half the sea- in 72 runs, and Staub leads in RBIs with 76. son with a broken hand, and is joined on the Felix Millan, acquired from Atlanta, bangs out disabled list by several other players. 185 hits while steadying the defense as well. Willie Mays is acquired from San Francisco, Seaver (19-10, 2.08 ERA, 251 strikeouts)

wins his second Cy Young Award; Koosman (14-15, 2.84 ERA) returns to his 1969 form, while Matlack overcomes a slow start to finish 14-16 with a 3.20 ERA, and is the first Met lefty to strike out 200 batters, fanning 205. George Stone, acquired from Atlanta as part of the Millan deal, goes 12-3 with a 2.80 ERA. After a horrendous start, McGraw finishes strong to save 25 games. One of the worst moments of the season comes on July 7, 1973, when leftfielder George “the Stork” Theodore crashes into centerfielder Don Hahn, breaking Theodore’s hip and allowing an inside-the-park home run for the Braves’ Ralph Garr. Atlanta wins the game 9-8. The most memorable game of the year comes on Sept. 20, when the Mets defeat Pittsburgh 4-3 in 13 innings. It’s the game famous for the “ball off the wall play,” in which a ball that appeared to be a home run bounced back into Jones’ glove, who then threw out the Pittsburgh runner at the plate. In the LCS, the Mets upset the heavily favored Cincinnati Reds 3-2, in a series largely remembered for the fight between Pete Rose and Harrelson. In the World Series, the Mets lose two of the first three games, but then take a 3-2 lead over the heavily favored Oakland Athletics before the A’s, led by Reggie Jackson, rally to win the final two games, spoiling the Mets dream of another world championship. Rusty Staub bats .423 in the series, including a Q 4-4, 5 RBI performance in Game 4.

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NYC Park Advocates keep heat on DCAS Documents appear to show not all trees were diseased before cutting by Michael Gannon Editor

The president of NYC Park Advocates says his organization has found a “smoking email” to substantiate claims that the city took little or no interest in examining cherry trees at Borough Hall before they were cut down to accommodate a multimillion-dollar construction project. In a report prepared for Borough President Helen Marshall in April, the landscape architecture firm Abel Bainnson Butz states that

“no official arborist evaluations have been conducted for Queens Borough Hall by ABB.” The report, obtained by NYC Park Advocates and provided to the Chronicle, appears to contradict the prior claim by the city’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services that it removed about nine cherry trees from behind Borough Hall based on a report of disease in a 2009 memo from ABB. A copy of that memo shows that only three trees were thought to be diseased. “It is

painfully obvious that neither the city nor the landscaper hired by them was very interested in protecting those trees,” said Geoffrey Croft in an interview on Tuesday. Croft has been seeking documentation from DCAS of any survey or study that determined the approximately nine cherry trees — some believed to be about 40 years old — were diseased before they were cut down in March and fed into a wood chipper. DCAS is the general contractor for a new atrium being built at Borough Hall at a

reported cost of between $14 and $18 million. DCAS officials have not responded to numerous requests for comment on the tree removal in recent weeks, including the exact cost and scheduled completion date for construction. The last request was placed Tuesday. The initial response from the city in early April was that the trees were removed to allow for a safe staging area for heavy construction equipment. Subsequent statements indicated that the trees, or at least some of them, were diseased. “When they got caught, after the trees were destroyed, that’s when the shenanigans started to emerge,” Croft said, ading that while the city now is considering relocating some existing trees rather than cutting them down, that the chances of transplanting mature specimens successfully are reduced if the movement takes place during a growing season such as the one the trees are in now. Q

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At IS 204, a lesson in changing the world Students work with Generation Citizen to curb public drinking by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

Tired of drunk loiterers plaguing their neighborhood — intimidating elderly shoppers and keeping children out of parks — students at IS 204 in Long Island City recently decided it was time to take action. For the past three and a half months, 31 students from the middle school have worked with the nonprofit Generation Citizen to curb the drinking and loitering problem by creating petitions, writing letters to newspapers and contacting elected officials and civic leaders. Generation Citizen works with students in lower-income neighborhoods throughout the city to teach them how to become more effective citizens. “Loitering and public drinking is a major issue, and we want that to change,” said Hanif Ahmed, 13, of Astoria. “Let’s say you have a child and you see someone public drinking, you don’t want your child to see that. If you’re going into a store and see groups of people trying to intimidate you, it could drive down business.” Ahmed and his peers were recognized on Friday for their attempts to better western Queens, and landed the “best collaborative effort” title from a panel of judges, including elected officials and community leaders, at Generation Citizen’s “Civics Day” at the

Students from IS 204 in Long Island City attend Generation Citizen’s “Civics Day” at the Smithsonian COURTESY PHOTO National Museum of the American Indian last Friday. Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan. After studying the problem and speaking with area business owners, the students said they believed increasing the fine from $25 to $100 for first-time offenders caught drinking in public would help to eradicate the problem. If someone is caught again, the students argued they should have to pay for themselves to attend a rehabilitation program. “One of the biggest reasons the students

chose to look at this issue is because when they try to go to the park across from their school, they can’t because people are drinking there,” said Drew Lombardi, a chapter director with Generation Citizen who has worked with the IS 204 students twice a week for the past three and a half months. “One soccer player was robbed when he tried to go to a nearby park. To them, it’s part of their day that they might get robbed or harassed. We were trying to make them

realize this doesn’t have to happen.” This is the first year that Generation Citizen has worked with IS 204, and the students who participated are in an honors social studies course and a class titled Environmental Action Through Technology. “They now understand if there’s a problem that just complaining amongst themselves won’t make a difference,” said Melissa DiazLee, who teaches their social studies course. “They know that petitions, writing letters to the editor and getting groups together can make a difference and gives them a stronger voice in their community.” Ellen Krant, who teaches the environmental class, said the program helped to empower the students. “They didn’t understand how the political system worked, and they didn’t see, because of their age and where they come from, that they have a voice in government,” Krant said. “This taught the students that when they speak, people do want to listen.” The students agreed, saying the program has inspired them to take on future problems that may arise in their neighborhoods. “We learned that no matter how young you are, you can still make a difference in your community and that you can change the world for the better,” said Mohammed Islam, Q 13, of Astoria.

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Complaints against the Water Board over rate hikes are nothing new. Here Councilman Leroy Comrie, standing, takes the panel to task at a hearing on the 2010 increase of 12.9 percent. PHOTO BY STEVE MALECKI

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why‚ it just happened. I ran because I was scared, not because I had been drinking ... I hope one day they will believe it was just an accident.” Rodriguez’s plea came just after Bernadette Gibbons offered him some advice from her late mother. “She would say ‘Act your age and not your shoe size,’” Gibbons told Rodriguez. “Man up and deal with the consequences of your actions. “Take this advice with you and run with it,” she said. “We know you’re good at running.” Q

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$100 million a year by “standing up to the lobby” that demands the tax breaks. Comptroller John Liu also said the city should spend less on subsidies to private companies. “In this challenging economic environment one of the best ways to maintain critical services for New Yorkers like daycare, fire protection, and libraries is to strengthen our fight against the waste of taxpayer funds and wasted subsidies to large corporations,” Liu said in a prepared statement. The comptroller, however, owes the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for signs his campaign illegally posted throughout the city during his run for office, and Q refuses to pay up.

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Crowley legislation would allocate $70 billion in federal funds for jobs by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

The sound of construction cranes and drills filled the air as workers were busy building the future College Point Police Academy. It provided the perfect backdrop as one lawmaker announced a plan on Thursday to keep police officers, firefighters and teachers on the job. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) planned to introduce the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act this week. The bill would provide $70 billion in federal funding to states over the next two years, aiming to save or create thousands of jobs for teachers and first responders. It reflects the approach of President Obama’s larger American Jobs Act. And like the president, Crowley supports placing a 0.5 percent tax on people earning a $1 million or more, though he said that is not the only way his bill could be funded. Courtney Gidner, a spokeswoman for the lawmaker, said the source of the revenue would be decided later on as the bill is debated and amendments are added. City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), one of only two Republican members from Queens and a candidate for a different house seat, later said that while job creation is important “throwing money at a problem”

while the nation sinks deeper and deeper into debt is not going to be beneficial. “In theory I think it’s a great bill,” Halloran said Tuesday. “The problem is Joe has no mechanism to fund it. We keep putting off paying what we owe until tomorrow, and we can’t keep going on like that.” There is a mirror version of the bill in the Senate, which was introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) on Oct. 17, 2011, but it was filibustered, and supporters could only get 50 votes to move it forward when 60 are required. Nevertheless, Crowley said he is confident that his bill will pass. “We can’t keep cutting back on our first responders,” Crowley said. “They are the people that run into the burning buildings and apprehend violent criminals without hesitation.” Some $30 billion would be doled out in competitive grants per year to help school districts nationwide to avoid layoffs, hire new teachers and re-employ those who have been let go due to budget cuts. About $1.2 billion would go to city schools for that purpose, as well to reduce class sizes giving each student more individual attention. Crowley said the supply of teachers is dwindling, due to attrition, and those educators are not being replaced. The result is class size

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Rep. Joe Crowley, center, joined by Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz, left, and state Sen. Tony Avella, talks about a new bill to help put teachers and first responders back to work. PHOTO BY ANNMARIE COSTELLA swelling to 25 students in elementary grades to an average of up to 29 pupils in junior high school and high school classrooms. [The mayor’s latest budget plan, released the same day Crowley spoke, puts an end to the loss of teachers for fiscal 2013. See separate story in most editions or at qchron.com.] The legislation also provides $5 billion in grants to support jobs for police officers, firefighters and first responders. The funds would also be used to maintain resources. “We need to join together to make the investments in our communities and that means

investments in people on the front lines of education, protecting our streets from criminals and keeping us safe from fires,” Crowley said. “We are serious about improving and protecting the quality of life of our neighbors.” There are 210 firehouses in New York City and only 10,400 uniformed members of the FDNY, representing the lowest level of staffing at the Fire Department in the last 40 years, Crowley said, adding that it is a “dire situation.” The lawmaker said his bill would restore staffing to 60 fire companies that experienced continued on page 46

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More minorities than ever take FDNY exam A 130 percent jump from the 2007 exam; department credits outreach by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

A record-breaking number of minorities and women have taken the FDNY entrance exam this year, an increase the agency attributes to increased outreach efforts and dedication to diversity. Some 42,161 people took the test including 19,260 minorities — a 130 percent increase from the last test, given in 2007. More women also took this year’s exam — 1,952, compared to 1,788 for the last three tests combined, according to the FDNY. “The extraordinary effort we made to reach people of color and women and interest them in the firefighter exam has been an unprecedented success,” Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano said in a prepared statement. “We’ve used every tool at our disposal, from recruitment events and tutorial sessions to phone banks and social media, to communicate to people from all backgrounds about the great benefits and invaluable rewards this job offers.” The test was administered from March 15 to April 20 at 15 loca-

tions in the tri-state area. A makeup exam for those who missed their scheduled test was administered on April 26. Minorities made up 46 percent of all candidates. Some 8,186 blacks, including 843 women, took the test compared to 3,855 in 2007; 9,582 Hispanics, compared to 4,062 for the same year; and 1,314 Asians, compared to 464, according to the FDNY. Cassano called the campaign the most successful the FDNY has conducted to date. The agency spent $1 million on both print and broadcast advertising. FDNY staffers conducted 6,000 recruitment events, sent 384,000 email alerts, made 146,000 phone calls to applicants and conducted tutorial sessions attended by 8,600 candidates. FDNY Deputy Chief Paul Mannix, the founder of Merit Matters, a group that opposes race-based hiring said he was happy more minorities took the exam, but he has some concerns. “We don’t care if the department is 100 percent white or 100 percent black, or 100 percent Asian, or 100

percent Hispanic, or 100 percent women — as long as everyone is treated equally and standards are maintained,” Mannix said, speaking in his capacity as an advocate. “That’s our whole objective.” Mannix also said that while the new numbers show improvements in minority recruitment one-third of those who signed up to take the exam never showed up. Controversy over the FDNY exam has been persistent over the last few years with the Vulcan Society, a fraternal group of black firefighters who have long lamented a lack of diversity in the department, joining a lawsuit launched by the Justice Department, accusing the city of discrimination. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis concluded the tests given in 1999, 2002 and 2007 were biased because of the small number of minorities who passed. Mannix was also concerned that some questions on the new test are too subjective and the people who designed the exam under the supervision of special master Mary Jo White have not made public how

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the test would be scored. Paul Washington, immediate past president of the Vulcans, said the FDNY’s recruiting efforts were not much better than those before the 2007 exam.

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

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Assemblywoman Grace Meng, left, Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley talked about taxes, Social Security, energy policy and the Middle East at Holy Cross High School in Flushing. PHOTOS BY MICHAEL GANNON

She also said her post as chairwoman of the Fire and Criminal Justice Committee has given her insight into homeland security issues that are the concern of the city’s entire Washington, DC delegation. “New York City still is primary on terrorists’ target list,” Crowley said. Yet on Afghanistan, where the 9/11 attacks were hatched, Crowley supports a faster and more complete pullout schedule than even President Obama. One audience member questioned whether this ran counterintuitive to her stated desire to protect the city from future attacks. But Crowley said there are some practical domestic concerns at play as well. “We are spending billions of dollars in Afghanistan,” she said. “Would you rather spend it there or here?” Lancman, with domestic and f iscal views that would be attractive to the party’s liberal base, touted his ser vice in the National Guard as just another extension of public service. He was more of a hawk, particularly in terms of the Middle East and support of Israel. “I want the United States to have a robust military,” he said, including the caveat that money must be spent more wisely on things like weapon systems. On energy independence, all favored more green technology. “Fracking isn’t the answer,” Meng said, referring to attempts to license drilling upstate for natural gas in shale rock deposits, a sentiment echoed by Lancman. Crowley would favor the practice in areas where it could be proven safe to the environment and water supplies. Lancman said the country should keep all energy options in play, including the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring oil supplies from Canada and has been at least temporarily halted by the president. But he also said renewable technology must have government investment. “We can’t be gun shy because of Solyndra,” he said, referring to the solar panel manufacturer that is in bankruptcy with more continued on page 46


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continued from page 24 into the show as its narrator. “I went through it several times to figure out what I wanted to do,” said Rivenbark, known in the Queens literary world for co-founding the “Oh, Bernice!” reading series, which takes places every month in Sunnyside. “After reading it several times, I realized I wanted to focus in on their relationship.” Dove also spoke of the relationship, and how it fared against the strong tides of some seven decades of tumultuous history. “It’s the story of a marriage, and how they make it work through all sorts of adversaries — personal and the pressures of the world,” she said. The production was minimalist when it came to props, using a backdrop of picture slides and silver and yellow umbrellas, in a nod to Dove’s own use of the colors in her book. Throughout the poems, the author often cites silver — or even more so, uses “translucent” as a color — to contextualize a world that cannot be explained in black and white, but rather is a more muddled, more varied experience on the continuum life. “I didn’t want something literal,” Nicco Annan, the show’s director, said of his desire to use little in the way of props. “Working with poetry, you have to leave yourself open to interpretation.” The students in the play said while they

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were nervous to be in the first theatrical performance of a piece of literature that is taught in classes worldwide, they were also thrilled. “This poetry is so deep and colorful that it was a little intimidating because I wanted to do it justice,” said Clarke, a senior majoring in biology who hopes to attend medical school. Echoing Clarke’s sentiment, Wilson, a drama major and English minor, said she “felt a sense of history of what it was like to be a woman, a mother, a wife at that time.” Winburn, who made his off-Broadway debut in “Hair,” told the audience that because Thomas does not speak very much in the poems, he focused on the character’s actions. “He can’t put his feelings into words, and so he puts everything into movement,” Winburn said. Also attending the performance were Darrel Alejando Holnes, programs director of the PSA, and Alice Quinn, PSA’s executive director and the poetry editor at The New Yorker from 1987 to 2007. “I wanted to do ‘Thomas and Beulah’ because it’s the first collection of poetry I ever read,” Holnes said. “I had moved from New Orleans to Houston because of Katrina, and I became a journalism major at the University of Houston. Then I took a creative writing class and read ‘Thomas and Q Beulah’ and everything changed.”

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continued from page 2 educators they know are replaced, and other students said they are worried successful programs, such as robotics and culinary courses, could be axed if the educators who run them are no longer employed at the school. The city has said successful programs will remain, and it plans to add new ones to the mix. UFT officials, as well as a number of Queens individuals — including Dmytro Fedkowskyj, the borough president’s appointee to the Panel for Educational Policy — have criticized the way the city went about implementing the plan. Originally, Bloomberg announced in his State of the City address in January that he wanted to close and reopen 33 schools — whittled down to the current 24 — all of which have been in a federal program for institutions placed on the state’s “Persistently Low Achieving” list. He argued the move was an attempt to secure about $58 million in federal funding, which the state, which controls access to the money, had withheld because the city and the UFT had not reached an agreement on annual teacher evaluations. Bloomberg then announced he would attempt to land the funding by implementing the more aggressive federal “turnaround” program, which, unlike the other federal programs that had been in place,

continued from page 41 reductions as of February 2011. It would provide relief to the “constantly shrinking” NYPD, Crowley said, which has nearly 7,000 fewer officers patrolling the streets than a decade ago. The legislation is supported by the Detectives Endowment Association, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Uniformed Firefighters Association, United Federation of Teachers and many area lawmakers. “This is really a huge step forward in protecting those key services that all New Yorkers and all Americans consider important — public safety, our police officers, our firefighters, and of course, educating our youth,” said state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). “Without these three services, what would this country be? We wouldn’t be safe, and we wouldn’t be educating our future generations.” Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz (DFlushing) said residents and unions should not have to be forced to rally and fight year after year in order to maintain essential services that should be available automatically. Steve Cassidy, the president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, called the legislation “critically important.” “Public safety is a not a luxury, it’s a mandate,” he said. “It’s required, not just for the citizens of New York, it’s required to make sure that tourism thrives — that’s Q a big part of the economy.”

does not require an agreement on teacher evaluations. Fedkowskyj, among many others, said the schools should be allowed to continue with their non-turnaround programs — which, for example, partnered the institutions with educational nonprof its that helped them with graduation rates — because they had just begun at the schools in September and had been expected to run for three years. Already, Fedkowskyj said, the schools had begun to see progress since September. Additionally, legislators like Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) have pointed out that the city may not be able to land that $58 million in federal funding because one, the state still needs to approve the plans, and two, if they are approved, the DOE has said it may not replace half the teachers at the schools. Federal regulations bar schools from taking back more than half of their former educators, if they want to receive the funding from Washington. However, city officials have said they are not necessarily aiming to replace half of the educators at the schools — most of whom would remain in the system and enter the large pool of substitute teachers. The city would continue to pay the individuals, which the unions estimate would cost the city more than the $58 milQ lion it could receive.

Candidate forum continued from page 44 than $500 million in government-guaranteed loans. Lancman reiterated his support for elimination of the capital gains tax credit, which would allow the government to tax things like stock and dividend income at the same 30 percent level as salaried income over $1 million. The view did not sit well with a member of the audience who said he collects substantial dividend income. “I’ve already paid my 30 percent on that money,” he said. In regard to runaway public employee pension costs, Crowley said the key is not to cut back. “Get more people jobs and you will have more people paying into those systems,” Crowley said. Lancman said reviving the U.S. manufacturing base is key. “And those manufacturing jobs may not be in textiles anymore,” Lancman said, calling again for investment in high-tech job growth, with more protection that would foster a more unionized workforce. Meng, the mother of a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, spoke of her incentive to continue support for education, while Crowley, with two teenage sons in high school, said her focus now also includes keeping college education Q affordable.

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concise artistic language. Minimalist paintings usually showcase one shape or color and are close siblings to modernism — which often features bright-colored geometric shapes — and abstract expressionism — which describes the famous Mark Rothko and his bleeding rectangles of colors. “Minimalism is tighter with less freedom, but you can still dance well,” said Leder, the gallery’s owner and co-director of development for the LIC Arts Open. Oh yes, the show will feature classic minimalist paintings of simple shapes or subtle fading colors, but will also present abstract landscapes, such as those created by Celuch, and the photo-realistic backs of women by Claire McConaughy. Technically, all the pieces in “Reductive” may not fit cleanly into a minimalism box; nevertheless, the works are all pared down in a way. continued on 53 Continued onpage page

Works by Long Island City artists Joyce Siegel, top left, Lisa DiClerico, top right, and Stephen Celuch, above right, will be featured in "Reduction," at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery. Leder is one gallery among many in the May 12- 20 LIC Arts Open, the second annual. ART PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE JEFFREY LEDER GALLERY

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From left, currator Dina Munzfeld and artists DiClerico, Celuch and Siegel at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery.

Long Island City art galleries and studios open their doors this Saturday for a week-long festival called the LIC Arts Open. Each day of the second annual event holds a diverse selection of art events including comedy festivals; kids arts contests; and improvisation, pottery, painting, sculpture and photography shows. One such gallery that will swing its doors open from May 12 through 20 is the Jeffrey Leder Gallery tucked away on tree-lined 45th Road. “Reductive,” opening May 15, features photography or paintings from 14 artists (three from Long Island City: Joyce Siegel, Stephen Celuch and Lisa DiClerico) who examine minimalism from a different viewpoint. The pieces are no larger than 4-by-5 feet and in general range from $500 to $2,000. Minimalism is a classification of art and design that uses a


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Joseph LoGuirato’s sketched collection of historic structures around the city will run through June 30 at the Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14 Rd., College Point. Call for hours: (718) 358-0067.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau will meet on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sloman Auditorium of Zucker Hillside Hospital, 266th Street and 76th Avenue, Glen Oaks. The topic will be Co-Occurring Disorders: A Special Challenge for Families. A support group for families meets at 6 p.m.

In conjunction with Queens College’s Year of Turkey, the Queens College Art Center is presenting a group show in which 27 contemporary artists look at the evil eye May 29-June 29. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays. Free and open to the public at Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, college entrance at 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, will present “Street Digital,” an exhibition of JODI’s recent works in installation, software and video, now through May 20. Museum admission: $12 for adults; $9 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $6 for children ages 3-18. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. SaturdaySunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Monday. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, will exhibit the photography of documentary photographer Audrey Gottlieb now through May 19. “Vignettes from the Queens Project” is a photo collection that celebrates the diversity of the Queens community.

AUDITIONS The AARP Queens Chorus performs at Queens nursing homes and rehab/senior centers. If interested in joining call (718) 523-1330 for audition dates. Auditions for “Big the Musical” for all teen/adult and male leads: Monday, May 14 and Thursday, May 17 from 7-9 p.m., kids and male leads: Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 244-87 Ave., Bellerose, Gregorian Hall on the site of St. Gregory the Great School. Production takes place Aug. 3-4 and 8-12. Call (718) 9892451 or email info@sgtg.org with any questions. The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra has openings in oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and bass sections. Auditions will be held during the regular rehearsals of the orchestra on Wednesday from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Interested players should contact the conductor, Franklin Verbsky at (718) 374-1627 or (516) 785-2532.

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THEATRE Face Off Unlimited presents “Improvius Maximus” at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Some of the best improv teams from all corners of the land gather to compete. Last performance: Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 at door or online at secrettheatre.com, or call box office at (718) 392-0722. APAC Performing Arts Center presents the musical “The Secret Garden,” through Saturday, May 19 on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria. Tickets are $18, $12 seniors/students. Visit apacny.org or call (866) 811-4111.

You Gotta Believe, a community-based older child adoption agency, is looking for families who would be willing to provide love and nurturing to a child in the foster care system. Join the agency on Sundays at 4 p.m. at Little Flower Children’s Services, 89-12 162 St., Jamaica. The next session will be on April 15. (No meeting on April 8).

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES The Louis Armstrong House Museum will offer a free screening of “Satchmo the Great” on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY ENDLESSPOSTERS.COM

Jack Cole invented jazz and musical theatre dance as we know it. See “Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project,” a musical tribute running now through May 20 at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows Park. Tickets: $42 weekdays, $49 weekends. Performance schedule: Wednesdays-Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.

FILM The Louis Armstrong House Museum will present the exclusive free film screening of “Satchmo the Great” on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. in the Garden at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107 Ave., Corona.

MUSIC Beautiful and memorable American songs featuring Cantor Guy Bonne and special musical guests will be featured on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. at Temple Tikvah, 33-15 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park. Tickets are $20 or special VIP package, $50. RSVP to themnus2@optonline.net or mail checks to Doris Silberman, 92 Nottingham Rd., New Hyde Park, NY, 11040. The Community Singers of Queens presents a Choral Concert: “The Romance of Spring” at the Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Flushing at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Tickets at the door are $10.

FLEA MARKETS A street carnival and flea market will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran School, 69-26 Cooper Ave., Glendale. A flea market will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grace Church, 14th Avenue and Clintonville Street, Whitestone.

The Richmond Hill flea market held at the old RKO theatre, 117-09 Hillside Ave., is open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Richmondhillfleamarket.com or call (347) 709-7661 for more information and directions.

HEALTH The Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps is conducting a pre-EMS Week blood drive open to the public on Tuesday, May 15 at 257-02 Union Turnpike from 2:45-8:30 p.m. To make an appointment to donate residents can call the Glen Oaks VAC, evenings or weekends at (718) 347-1637.

MEETINGS Queens Best Toastmakers Club meets the first, third and fifth Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Elmhurst Hospital Center, Conference Room, 79-01 Broadway. Toastmasters Club — Advance for Excellence meets the first and third Thursdays of every month at the Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main St. Upcoming meeting dates are May 17, May 30, June 14 and June 28. For more information contact Club President Letitea Archer at (718) 525-6830. David Speiser, wildlife photographer, will present a program on spring warblers at a meeting of the Queens County Bird Club on Wednesday, May 16 at 8 p.m. at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. AARP Chapter 2889 meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon at the Elks Lodge, 82-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. New members are welcome. Topic: May 16, music by John Larosa. Ozone Park AARP Chapter 4163 meets the last Tuesday of the month at noon at Christ Lutheran

Join Larry Plotnick from the Queens County Bird Club for an early morning bird walk at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, to celebrate International (World) Migratory Bird Day, on Saturday, May 12 at 8 a.m. Cost is $5 per person. Pre-register by calling (718) 229-4000.

FOR KIDS Flushing Meadows Soap Box Derby has begun registering participants for this year’s Soap Box derby event. Registration can be obtained online at aasbd.org or GNB Auto Repair, 85-05 Astoria Blvd., Jackson Heights on Fridays between 6 and 8 p.m. Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 17 years. A copy of a birth certificate must accompany the application or another document affirming proof of age. Kits may be obtained from the All-American or through sponsorship from the Flushing Meadow Organization.

CLASSES The YWCA of Queens, 42-07 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, has expanded its GED preparation program to include free adult classes. Tracks vary in length from 10 to 20 weeks depending upon entrance test results. Contact the YW and sign up for the next placement examination. Call Stacy McKelvey at (718) 353-4553 for more information or to reserve your placement exam seat. A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at St. Mel’s Church of Flushing, 26-15 154 St., on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and registration call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45. The Jackson Heights Art Club offers art classes, all mediums. Daytime and evening adult classes are offered Monday-Friday; daytime children’s classes are offered during the weekend. Classes are held at St. Mark’s Church, 82nd Street and 34th Avenue. Cost: $75 for adults, for four sessions, $75 for children for eight sessions. Membership available. For information, call Geraldine at (718) 446-4709. A one-hour auto clinic for women is held the third saturday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at Great Bear Auto Repair Shop, 164-16 Sanford Ave., Flushing. Call to reserve at (718) 762-6212.’

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Not all mothers are able to give birth to a chef, but they still have the opportunity to have a delicious Mother’s Day meal in Queens. Western Queens’ restaurants have been steadily growing in popularity over the past few years. Deni Anza, co-owner of Bistro 33 in Astoria, said the area has been expanding its culinary landscape with a great variety of ethnic food and vast options for a holiday weekend brunch. Leni Calas, a mother of two girls and the founder of the website queensmama.com, lives in Astoria and gives dining tips on her site. She says she likes to stay in the area for the traditional Greek restaurants. “These places really transport you to Greece,” Calas said. “And it is an amazing experience that you cannot get outside of Queens.” Calas said she loves to go to Greek restaurants for Mother’s Day because their menus are kid-friendly, from the usual “Greek burger”

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option to other simple dishes like Greek pasta and gyros. Calas also recommends traveling to Sunnyside for a family outting at the Sunnyside Gardens Park where families can picnic in the sun and purchase local garden goods. Astoria has long been a Greek neighborhood, but in the past decade has also welcomed almost a dozen new Italian restaurants. “I will come to western Queens just for the food on Mother’s Day,” said Ellen Pierce, a new mother from Howard Beach who loves to eat at Trattoria L’Incontro. “They have the best Italian restaurant in a nice family neighborhood. My family and I take the time to eat there then we browse the nearby shops, and that’s what I look especially forward to.” Pierce said that she thinks of Mother’s Day as a time to be spoiled and splurge by eating hearty pastas. “I think I’ll make my yearly tradition to load up on carbs,” Pierce laughed. With the holiday falling in the spring, however, some moms like to

stick with lighter cuisine that can make the whole family happy. Paula Quintieri of Mattituck, on eastern Long Island, is a mother of three adult children and said that it wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without brunch. “Every year since both my daughters moved to Queens I have traveled to them to have my Mother’s Day brunch date,” Quintieri said. “We’ll try different places, but always brunch. I like to have something really unique like eggs Benedict with fresh crabmeat, or maybe sometimes something like dessert for breakfast. I dream of apple cinammon pancakes with whipped cream, and I know several places in Astoria that have them.” Her middle child, Antonia, said her mother always cooks organic and will only dine at restaurants that she knows use fresh ingredients. “I think people realize now that fresh food is more important for your family than what the menu offers as a whole,” Quintieri said. “As long as they’re healthy and

Mother’s Day crowds for brunch and Greek cuisine have been surging in Astoria the past few years. happy, I am too.” Patricia Shanahan, a mother from Maspeth, said that after years of waitressing she feels that eating in a restaurant can be a bit “commercial” and would rather cook at home with fresh ingredients from the Queens’ markets. As with many moms the most important part of Mother’s Day for her is being with her kids. “It’s one day that is set aside for

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High-class stripping was not an oxymoron in the 1930 and 40s. The lady who starred in New York City’s sophisticated burlesque scene was Gypsy Rose Lee. In 1957 Gypsy wrote a memoir about her rise to fame, which centers around her mother Mama Rose, who pushed her onto the stage. The book was later turned into a film and musical. The relentless Mama famously pretended her daughters never aged past 10 years (during their singing and acting performances — not during Gypsy’s burlesque acts) and tirelessly pitched her self-produced musical acts to various stage managers. The shows always highlighted her younger daughter, June, who Mama

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wanted to become a star. However, to Mama Rose’s dismay June eloped with a dancer from one of the acts leaving a vacant leading role. Mama shifted her manic attention onto Rose Louise, known on stage as Gypsy. Louise’s singing and dancing didn’t shine, but her wit and poise created a unique, classy style of burlesque that catapulted her into a career of not only stripping, but also film and writing. “She was known for being extremely high-class and lady like,” said “Gypsy” director Mark Lord. Here in Queens the veteran Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theater Group will revive the musical play on May 12, 13 and 19. (The FSF Community Theater group is sneaking up on its 40th anniversary.) The actors in the show run the gamut in age and acting experience, said Lord (who is also a contributing writer for the Chronicle). Kassie Kueffner, 9, cast as baby June, is the show’s youngest star. However, this bubbly, budding actress is not without experience. She played the title role in “Annie,” in December with another community theater group.

Layla Dean as Mama Rose and Jon Schaller as Herbie rehearse for the upcoming production PHOTO BY JOSEY BARTLETT of “Gypsy.” Mama Rose will be played by Layla Dean, an actress and recent California transplant. “This is my dream role,” Dean said. Her favorite number is “Everything’s Coming up Roses.” Dean likes the darker take on the number. In most shows Mama Rose sings the tune in an upbeat bubbly

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LIC festival showcases a bit of everything continued from page page 00 47 continued from Siegel describes her minimal paintings of a colorful shape placed on a grid, which are featured in the show, as “obsessive and spontaneous with an element of control.” Celuch describes his colorful, abstract landscapes as concise. “I don’t want to tickle the paintings,” he said. Tickle? “I don’t want to be too gentle,” he said. “I want to be sure.” His landscapes are characterized by precise large brushstrokes. DiClerico, whose three pieces are ironically the most minimalist of the three artists, doesn’t describe herself as a minimalist.

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A restorer by trade, DiClerico is interested in how varnishes, waxes, and other substances will change a color or texture. Therefore, her pieces in”Reduction” show her examination of how one color reacts to different processes. The show’s curator, Dina Munzfeld, an NYU art history student from Berlin, and Leder both speak of how the pared-down art pieces allow the viewer to connect. “Less going on in the artwork allows more of a connection,” said Munzfeld. For example, one piece by DiClerico featured in the show is a white canvas that fades to a muted grey. In the middle, raised slightly up, in a soft, feminine cursive, are the words “down by the rollercoaster.” The words refer to the patty cake song lyrics “Down by the rollercoaster, I’ll never let you go.” For DiClerico the song connects to her new puppy and memories of childhood, but she hopes each viewer will recall something personal to them. “It felt very sweet and nostalgic,”DiClerico said. “I hope people will relate to it in some way.” The festival culminates with “open studios,” a once-a-year peak into the

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Dance with instructions at the Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, every Monday and Friday, 7:15 to 8 p.m., followed by a dance social. Music by Sal Escott. Admission $10. Ongoing drawing class every Wednesday 1-4 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy, Douglaston. Instructor, Marc Jasloff. Call (516) 2237659. Fee: $25 per class.

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Italian Charities of America at 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, offers Italian classes for adults and children. Adult classes are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. Children’s classes are on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon. The course is for 14 weeks. Price: adult — $80, children — $75 for first child, $50 for second and third child. Call (718) 478-3100.

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SOCIAL ACTIVITIES The Wednesday Night Singles Group of the SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, invites you to social evenings with special guest speakers on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 nonmembers.

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Spencers Theatre of Illusion will be presented at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, on Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35. For tickets call (718) 631-6311. The Queens Alliance Baseball League and the Queens Kiwanis Baseball League have combined to provide recreational baseball, as well as tournaments in the RBI, Pony, Federation and Greater N.Y. Sandlot. Any teams or players looking to play baseball in a local competitive league can call (718) 3667717 or (718) 821-4487 for more information.

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The Center for the Women of New York is now accepting registration for a new session of its Women’s Support Group. The group meets at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 325, Kew Gardens, every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. To participate no prior group experience is needed and there is no fee. For information and an interview appointment, call the Center for the Women of New York at (718) 793-0672.

The Queens Counseling Services of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health announces a free Women’s Support Group on alternate Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Kissena Jewish Center, 43-43 Bowne St., Flushing. If you are experiencing anxiety, fear or stress and are searching for a venue that can provide understanding, compassion and respect, call to register at (718) 461-6393. Problem with cocaine or other mind-altering substances? For local Cocaine Anonymous meetings call: 1-(212) COCAINE. The Queens Counseling services and LISUN of the Foundation of Religion and Mental Health announces a new mourning and bereavement group to be held on Saturdays form 1-2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 14-15 Clintonville St., Whitestone. For further information call (718) 461-6393. Co-dependents Anonymous (women only) meets every Friday at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, 85-18 61st Road, Rego Park. Free caregiver support groups at Queens Community House, Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. Call (718) 226-5960 Ext. 226 for details. Nar-Anon is a self-help support group or anyone affected by a loved one’s use/abuse of drugs. The group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the basement lounge at the Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. For information, call 1(800) 984-0066, or go to nar-anon.org. Schizophrenics Anonymous meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. at L.I. Consultation Center, 97-29 64th Road, Rego Park.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES The SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center is offering an exercise class for seniors. The group meets Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Bldg. 4 on the Creedmoor Community Campus, Queens Village. For more information call Kathleen at (718) 454-2100. The Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center, 68-52 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood, welcomes all seniors age 60 or above. Enjoy a daily healthy meal at noon. On Fridays there is a free lunch. They offer an array of activities such as bingo, movies, exercise, oil painting, yoga, line dancing classes, dancing to a live band, sing-alongs, health presentations, blood pressure checks, and monthly birthday celebration and theme parties. Suggested contribution is $1.25. Meals-on-Wheels program is offered also. Call (718) 497-2908. A leisure group meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, for area seniors.

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Crossing Art in Flushing is hosting works from Spanish artists dEmo and Depoe in the contemporary show entitled “Pop, Pop.” The show, which will run until June 1, is described as a modern twist on pop art. The works have that bright-color quality similar to American pop art icons Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, but take a new approach by adding sculpture and graffiti like murals to the show. dEmo’s bears come in basically every color of the rainbow, and range in size with the largest rising to the basketball player stature of 7 feet tall. “[My intent is] to seduce the audience with humor, without losing view of the sculpture as a question and an engine for the mind,” Eladio del Mora, aka dEmo, said. Jonathan “Depoe” Villoch’s mural, which wraps around the whole gallery, complements dEmoe’s bright-colored bears. His mural brings graffiti-type techniques to an indoor gallery setting. Crossing Art, located at 136-17 39 Ave., Flushing, is open Tues. through Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free. Call (212) 359-4333 for more information. Q

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by Lloyd Carroll

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The sports television industry honored its own at the 33rd annual Sports Emmy Awards ceremonies, held last week in Manhattan. Shaquille O’Neal, who retired from the NBA after 20 seasons and joined Turner Sports this past fall as an NBA analyst, was one of the presenters. Shaq told me that he and his business partner, former New Jersey Devils owner Ray Chambers, are seeking to purchase an NBA franchise that would play at the Prudential Center in Newark, now that the Nets have officially relocated to Brooklyn. He admitted there are plenty of obstacles, however. “We are probably going to have to compensate the Knicks, the Nets, and even the Philadelphia 76ers if we are to get an NBA team in Newark,” O’Neal said matter of factly. Astoria native Bob Costas won his ninth Emmy Award for best studio host. In a delightfully comic moment, Dan Patrick, who must feel like Charlie Brown tying to kick the football that Lucy always pulls away from him since he has always lost to Costas in this category, came on stage to accept the Emmy for him. Dan poked fun at himself and his Emmy drought and drew the loudest laughs of the night. Afterwards Bob told me that they had arranged it so that the “loser” would come up to the stage and accept it for the winner.

Dan Patrick spoke to me about his old ESPN Sportscenter partner Keith Olbermann, the butt of some zingers at the White House Correspondents Dinner. “I haven’t spoke to Keith since he was fired by Current TV but he is too talented not to work again,” Patrick said. Fox’s Joe Buck won the Emmy for best playby-play announcer. In his acceptance speech he spoke eloquently about the fear that his career was over when he came down with vocal chord problems last year. Like all of us, Buck caught a cold that caused him some hoarseness. As frequently happens to those who use their voices a lot in their jobs, such as teachers, he was unable to recover his normal speaking tone even after his cold was long gone. Former NBC Sports CEO Dick Ebersol, who retired last year, told me he is enjoying his leisure time and is relieved that he won’t have to make a speech to the ad-buying community at next week’s Upfront presentation, when the TV networks announce their fall lineups. The highlight of the night was when 88-yearold Jack Whitaker received the lifetime achievement award. Whitaker, like his predecessor at CBS, Heywood Hale Broun, was a master sports essayist, and my dad and I would watch the CBS Evening News on Saturdays in the late 1960s and early ’70s just for his features. Sadly, the literate sports essay on television Q has gone the way of the typewriter.

by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

The name Alice Crimmins isn’t that well known today, but almost 47 years ago she was vilified as the Susan Smith of her generation. Her children, Eddie Jr., age 5, and Missy, age 4, vanished from their garden apartment in Kew Gardens Hills at 150-22 72 Drive on July 14, 1965 — victims of an alleged kidnapping. Crimmins was once very much in love with her handsome husband, Edmund. But he was working longer hours, started drinking, developed a paunch and double chin and was no longer paying any attention to his wife. She started seeing other men in her need for approval and attention. Several days after being reported missing, little Missy was found strangled. Later Eddie was also found dead but too decomposed to show a cause of death. Crimmins, of lower class, overly teased hair and too much black eyeliner, was tried in the media for her female promiscuity, not the actual homicides. There was never a shred of physical evidence to connect her to the murders. Still, she was put on trial and

found guilty in May 1968. Then highprof ile attorney Herbert Lyon took on the case, and Crimmins was released 24 days after the c o nv i c t i o n , Alice and Edmund Crimr e m a i n i n g mins leaving their Kew Garfree for three dens Hills home on July 16, years, until a 1965, two days after their second trial in children “disappeared.” 1971. She was convicted then too and imprisoned. Crimmins was paroled in November 1977. She had married her long-time millionaire boyfriend, Anthony Grace, and moved away to Boca Raton, Fla. to live in anonymity. However, since his death (of natural causes) there have been sightings of her back in Queens and on Long Island. Despite the conviction, the deaths of her children remain for many one of the most puzzling of Queens’ unsolved mysteries. Q

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Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: AMERICAN INTERIOR FINISHES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/14/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 94-25 57TH AVE., STE. 7E, ELMHURST, NY 11373. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation H And P Taxi LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/29/12. 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 6254 97th Pl., Unit 6H, Rego Park, NY 11374. Purpose: any lawful activities.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: BHNIJA LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/13/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Prakash Chavda, 179-15 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: KARATE FREIZER LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/27/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: BODAY MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT GROUP, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/16/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Daniel Yaw Boadu, 147-26 230th Place, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

MORNOS REALTY LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/13/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Ilias Theodoropoulos, 3935 Paradise Point Rd., Southold, NY 11971. General Purposes. Latest date to dissolve 4/11/2042

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: SOUP N MORE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/30/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 68-38 YELLOWSTONE BLVD., FOREST HILLS, NY 11375. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE is hereby given that a license, number 1262718 for restaurant Wine & Beer, has been applied for by the RK Restaurant, Inc. to sell wine & beer at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 149-22 41st Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355 for onpremises consumption.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: THE GPA GROUP LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/15/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

11-01 43rd Avenue Realty LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/16/1999. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 11-01 43rd Ave., L.I.C., NY 11101. Duration Date: 6/30/2050. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

MCB CITY PROPERTIES LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/1/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 108-21 64th Ave., Forest Hills, NY 11375. General Purposes.

WAWA LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/28/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 61-11 169th St., Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. General Purposes.


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Notice of Formation of Chee Ming Choo LLC. Arts. of Org. Holy Cross Church filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/13/12. of Whitestone Office location: Queens 150-05 12th Ave., Whitestone, NY SSNY designated as SAT, MAY 12, 2012 County. agent of LLC upon whom Indoor/Outdoor. Rain or Shine! process against it may be New & Used Items. Great served. SSNY shall mail Finds! Snacks & Bake Sale! process to: Chee Ming Choo, CALL 718-767-2955 64-46 Utopia Parkway, Subscriptions are only $19 for a Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. Purpose: any lawful activities. full year!!! Call 718-205-8000

NOTICE OF SALE Index No.: 17525/07 Supreme Court: County of Queens In the Matter of the Application of MARIE VALERIO, Guardian of the Person and Property of LOUIS BRUNO the Person alleged to be incompetent, to sell certain real property belonging to said alleged incompetent person. Pursuant to an Order of this Court dated April 26, 2012, by Hon. Lee. A. Mayersohn, a Justice of this Court, an application to sell premises at 90-04 Shore Parkway, Howard Beach, New York 11414, a plot 47.95’ by 100’, will be made on the 5th day of June 2012 at 9:30 AM at lAS Part 22 in Room 44A of the Supreme Court at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435. Said property is presently under contract, subject to the approval of the Court the price of $459,000.00. Contact John F. Ragano, Esq. of Ragano & Ragano, Esqs., the attorneys for the Guardian at 95-09 101th Avenue, Ozone Park, New York 11416, (718) 843-7584. RAGANO & RAGANO, ESQS. Attorneys for the Guardian, 9509 101th AVENUE OZONE PARK, NY 11416 (718) 843-7584 NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/1/12, bearing Index Number NC-000220-12/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants us the right to assume the names of Joshin John (last name) Perakattu and Jake John (last name) Perakattu. Our present names are Joshin (last name) John Perakattu and Jake (last name) John Perakattu. Our present address is 144-68 38th Avenue, Apt. #401, Flushing, NY 11354-5937. Our place of birth is Queens, NY. Joshin John Perakattu’s date of birth is October 19, 2006 and Jake John Perakattu’s date of birth is April 8, 2009.

SBG REALTY LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/17/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, c/o Susan Batz, 85-15 Main St., Apt. 8P, Briarwood, NY 11435. General Purposes. Our Classifieds Reach Over 400,000 Readers. Call 718-2058000 to advertise.

AMERICAN UNITED COMPANY LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/21/2012. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 8658 Pinto St., Hollis, NY 11423. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: NYC REGIONAL CENTER FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/19/212. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 131-08 40 RD., 4F, Flushing, NY 11355. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: SCOTTY FASHION LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/15/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 155 Beach 95th St., Rockaway Beach, NY 11693. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: DTN DANCE GROUP LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/07/12. 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, 212-14 39th Avenue, Bayside, New York 11361. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: FERAZZOLI CREATIVE DESIGNS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/13/12. 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 Joseph & Terracciano, LLP, 2 Roosevelt Avenue, Suite 200, Syosset, New York 11791. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: T.D.T.A LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/18/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the Tamita McKenzie, 19859 Pompeii Ave., Holliswood, NY 11423. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 132-13 LIBERTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/06/12. 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, 132-13 Liberty Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York 11419. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: SCRIMP LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/01/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 22-21 48 Street, Astoria, NY 11105. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice is hereby given that a license, serial number 1262662 for beer, wine and liquor, has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in a bar/restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 180-13 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432, County of Queens, for onpremises consumption: FUEGO BAR & LOUNGE INC.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: DONNA. G. L.L.C. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/03/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, Dominick Gentile, 159-07 78th Street, Howard Beach, NY 11414. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

AVERY 133-12 LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 02/28/12. Office Location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 64-65 210th St., Oakland Gardens, NY 11364. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act.

HOMES & HOMES LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/14/2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Maria Fermin, 211-03 28 Ave, Bayside, NY 11360. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of ImaginAerial LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/22/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 189 2nd Ave., Apt. 3S, NY, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Application for Authority (LLC) Airline Tech Reps, LLC. Filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/6/12. LLC formed in TX on 1/14/99. Office Location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CT Corp. System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act/activity.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: 1NATION1VOICE INTERNATIONAL LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/23/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to SHEREEN CALONGE, 61-18 PARSONS BLVD., FRESH MEADOWS, NY 11365. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.


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Residents protest library budget cuts Funding reduction would cause closure of 18 borough branches by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

It was a familiar sight — dozens of people standing on the steps outside the Flushing Library on Tuesday, waving signs and chanting to protest the mayor’s budget cuts to libraries in the city. The mayor’s executive budget includes a $26.7 million, or 31 percent cut, to the Queens Library, beginning July 1. The system has sustained $48.5 million in reductions since 2008, according to library spokeswoman Joanne King. If the funding is not restored by the City Council during the annual budget dance, it would result in the closure of 18 libraries and jeopardize more than 600 jobs, King said. In addition, most libraries would be closed four or five days a week and only the central branch in Jamaica would be open on Saturdays. All the borough’s libraries are closed on Sundays. “Just imagine, one-third fewer library staff to keep our libraries open, one-third fewer books, onethird fewer classes, one-third fewer computer sessions,” said Tom

Galante, president and CEO of the Queens Library, eliciting boos from the crowd. Some 50 people including several elected officials attended the rally, and all seemed to be in favor of not only eliminating cuts, but increasing funding, so more programs could be added. “It’s a measure of our success as a government — to keep the libraries,” said Queens Borough president, and one-time library worker, Helen Marshall. “Closing them down is just ridiculous.” City Councilman Peter Koo (DFlushing) called libraries the “gateway to success,” adding that they give all people an equal opportunity to educate themselves and have a chance at a better life. And he said libraries should be open seven days a week. “I can’t believe we have to come here every year,” Koo said of the annual budget fight. “The mayor doesn’t understand — the library is one of the basic fundamental services that we can provide to our citizens.” Assemblywoman Grace Meng (DFlushing), who is running for the

Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District primary, noted that libraries are used by people of every age, immigrants seeking to learn English and job hunters who use the resources to polish their resumes and look for employment listings online. Claire Bazinet, 74, a member of Flushing Friends of the Library, took Mandarin classes at the branch and said she visits every Thursday to pick up copies of community newspapers and sometimes attends concerts periodically held at the branch on the weekends. “If you get involved and you’re doing things, and you’re not just sitting at home doing nothing, it keeps you young,” Bazinet said. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), chairman of the council’s Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries, said closing libraries and reducing their services would be “the worst thing possible,” especially during a recession. “Libraries are as vital and critical a service as any other in the City of New York,” Van Bramer said. Pat Martin, president of LeFrak

Claire Bazinet shows her love of the library at a rally in Flushing. PHOTO BY ANNMARIE COSTELLA

City Friends of the Library, said the system is especially important because residents of the apartment complex do not have a community center nearby and since most parents work, the library is “essential for our children.”

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Admits he funneled more than $100K to failed bid for state Senate Hiram Monserrate, a former state senator and city councilman from western Queens, pleaded guilty on Friday to funneling more than $100,000 intended for a nonprofit to help fund his failed bid for the state Senate in 2006, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. Monserrate, 44, who was elected to the state Senate in 2008 and then ousted in early 2010 after being convicted of misdemeanor assault for dragging his bleeding girlfriend through his apartment building in Jackson Heights, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges of conspiracy and mail fraud. He faces two years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 14, prosecutors said. When Monserrate represented the 21st Council District, he directed about $300,000 in discretionary funding to a nonprof it called the Latino Initiative for Better Resources and Empowerment — $109,000 of which he secretly used to f inance his campaign for the 13th Senate District, Bharara said. The 21st district covers Corona, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. “As a City Council member, Hiram Monserrate was supposed to help deserving community groups by directing city funds to them, not use one of those groups as a front to illegally finance his state Senate campaign,” Bharara said in a prepared statement. “Sadly, Monserrate took money out of the pockets of needy people to fund his own

Hiram Monserrate, a former politician from western Queens, admitted last week to using more than $100,000 allocated for a nonprofit to help FILE PHOTO his state Senate campaign in 2006. political career. We will continue to pursue and prosecute elected officials who foolishly think that they can corruptly use public money for their own benefit.” According to prosecutors, Monserrate directed employees of the nonprofit LIBRE to perform work on behalf of his political campaign from June through September of 2006, for which the nonprof it paid them thousands of dollars. LIBRE — Spanish for “free” — also used its discretionary funds to

conduct a voter registration drive in the Senate district where Monserrate was campaigning, and the disgraced politician directed the group to create a database of the registered voters and provide it to his campaign. Prosecutors pointed out that because LIBRE deliberately delayed providing the same information to the state Board of Elections until shortly before the primary, Monserrate gained an unfair advantage by being the only candidate to know who LIBRE had registered to vote. Additionally, in June and July of 2006, Monserrate had LIBRE use its discretionary funds to pay workers to gather signatures of registered voters on petitions designating him as a candidate for the Democratic party’s nomination for the state Senate, prosecutors said. “As an elected off icial, this defendant should have protected his constituents and taxpayer funds,” Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said in a prepared statement. “Instead, he abused them to gain political advantage and support a failed bid for state Senate. Today’s guilty plea drives home the message that an elected official who betrays the public trust will be held accountable.” Monserrate is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon at Q 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 14. — Anna Gustafson

“If you walk through our library, you are going to see at least 300 kids in there,” Martin said. “After school, that’s where they are, every single day. We already lost Saturdays. We can’t afford to take anothQ er cutback.”

Howard Beach Senior Center Tuesday dances The Howard Beach Senior Center, 156-45 84th St., will host a dance party every Tuesday. A full hot lunch will be served at 12 p.m. followed by dancing to a DJ, which will begin at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The total cost for the party, including a full hot lunch and refreshments is $3. For information, call (718) 738-8100. Q

League of Conservation Voters gala May 21 They’re calling it the biggest, greenest night of the year — the New York League of Conservation Voters Spring Gala, to be held on Monday, May 21. One of the nation’s premier environmental organizations, the NYLCV will honor Richard Gelfond, the CEO of Imax, with an award to be presented by Richard Leakey, the renowned paleoanthropologist. Imax is the entertainment technology and theater company also known for promoting environmentally conscious films, such as “To the Arctic.” Gelfond also supports research at Stony Brook University, where Leakey teaches, into the effects of mercury on people. The event will be held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, starting at 6 p.m. For more information, tickets or sponsorships, call (212) 361-6350 ext. 204 or email development@nyclv.org. Q


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What an anniversary present!

Happy couple is remodeling their home and saving money too, thanks to the HRA program Iris Escobar is a coupon clipper, proud to be frugal. But you don’t usually clip coupons for home improvement, so when she and her husband, Victor, decided to remodel their home, she had to find another way to save. But Iris didn’t have to look far. The answer arrived in her mailbox one day last summer: a card advertising the Housing Rehabilitation Assistance program. Thanks to the HRA, the Escobars are getting a world-class makeover to their kitchen, dining room and downstairs bathroom, along with a new roof and energy-efficient windows — all without spending a dime in cash, and without increasing their mortgage payments a penny. Taking advantage of the program is letting them save thousands of dollars on a project that would have cost $103,000, and thanks to refinancing, they’re making the same monthly payments they were before on their Baldwin home — but now $200 each month is going toward the principal. They couldn’t be happier — not about the savings, not about the work that’s being done, and especially not about the full range of services HRA is providing as their home is transformed. “It’s been a great ride,” Victor said. “I can’t say enough about the HRA program. I can’t say enough about everybody involved with the program.” His wife agrees. “I’m excited, I’m very excited,” she said. “I’m glad I met this team; they’re great!” Speaking to Carlos Fontanez, the couple’s HRA representative, she added, “I told my sister about you, I told my coworkers about you — I tell everyone about you.” What Iris is telling everyone is how the HRA guides clients through every step of the home remodeling process, from helping decide what

work should be done to how it will be financed, from securing financial assistance to overseeing the work and making sure the contractors are not paid until the homeowner is satisfied. A fan of “The People’s Court,” where she sees a lot of irresponsible contractors sued over jobs that weren’t done correctly, Iris said she was especially glad that the HRA holds clients’ money in escrow until they certify that they’re satisfied. Carlos described how he starts a project with clients like the Escobars: “I explain to them what HRA does and show them the different options for how we can accomplish what they want to do to reach their goals, help them get financing and a reduced interest rate on their mortgage.” “Af ter t he f i rs t 10 m i n u tes speaking to him, I was sold on the program,” Victor said. “All through this, he’s been great.” An HRA administrator explained the program’s basic approach: “The services offered by the HRA extend beyond just financial assistance for home improvement projects. We have implemented numerous processes to ensure that projects completed by HRA-approved contractors are done to the homeowner’s satisfaction.” Just take a look at some of the program’s requirements for contractors. They all must be: • licensed, bonded and insured for at leas t $100,000 per incident; • registered with the Better Business Bureau, with a rating of an A or higher; • in business for at least 10 years; • able to provide the names and addresses of eight clients they have done home improvement projects for in the past year; and • able to perform four test proj-

ects for the HRA prior to working for any clients. With that kind of screening, it’s no surprise that only the best contractors get to do HRA-sponsored jobs. At the Escobars’ house, it’s a big job that’s underway. First the roof and windows were replaced, and new gutters and leaders installed. The couple is thrilled with the result. There’s a stunning new bay window in the dining room that measures about 8 feet wide by 5 feet high. The kitchen features a garden window, an especially deep one with a glass shelf so their plants can be surrounded by light from all sides. Next the interior of the kitchen and bathroom were completely gutted, with everything from new gas lines and plumbing to new Sheetrock and insulation going in. The door to the basement was moved from one wall to another to make room for all the cabinetry surrounding the garden window. The new kitchen is going to feature only the best equipment and materials, including a six-burner stove with a pot-filler faucet, double sink with pullout faucet, beautiful real-wood cabinets, granite countertops and floor tiles. A new two-level peninsula with a granite top will serve as a bar, or just another place for family and friends to gather. There will even be a tilt-out drawer for sponges and brushes in front of the sinks. “I’m a hoarder,” Iris said. “They’re giving me lots of drawers and shelves to put away my stuff.” Even more of her and her husband’s “stuff” will go in the new pantries that will be built in an area just off the kitchen. Those will be done in the same deep finish as the kitchen cabinets, and feature modern conveniences like pullout drawers

Iris Escobar shows off the new tiling that will be going in her bathroom. behind the doors. The bathroom also will be allnew. The shower will feature a bench and a modern rain shower head. The tile walls will be accented by a mosaic design running around the whole room. The hardware will be bronze, and the contractor even found a toilet in Mexican sand, a cream-like color, that will complement the decor perfectly. I n t h e f r o n t o f t h e h o u s e, the contractor replaced all the windows in the foyer and added insulation. Not only will the Escobars earn tax credits for energy ef ficiency, but Iris says she felt the difference immediately. Drafty for years, the foyer is now cozy, she said.

After all the interior work is done, the project will go back outside, as a new deck and patio get installed. Iris likes to entertain, but for the last three years hadn’t bothered because she wasn’t happy with how the house was looking. But now she’s looking forward to holding a big bash in June, to show off the renovations made possible by the HRA program and to celebrate the couple’s 10th anniversary. The timing couldn’t have worked out better. To find out if you qualify for the Housing Rehabilitation Assistance program, just call the HRA toll-free at 866-791-6302. Tell them you read about the Escobars’ job, and they’ll give you the same level of excellent service.

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Iris and Victor Escobar are getting rich wood cabinetry in the kitchen and bathroom, and got to see how various colors would look on their walls before choosing. The bathroom will get a carved stone sink. Carlos Fontanez, the couple’s HRA representative, has become a friend as well — they’ve invited him to a party they’re planning to celebrate their 10th anniversary — and their newly remodeled home.


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HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE Beautiful Hi Ranch, w/ 4 BRs, 2 full baths, LR, DR, 2 Kitchens, CAC, 1 car garage, pvt dvwy! $549K or BEST OFFER, MUST SELL! CALL TODAY!

Beautiful Waterfront Property On The Canal In Old Howard Beach, New Construction, Custom Built Home, 3 Large BRs, 2.5 Baths, 2 Kitchens, FDR, New Dock, Beautifully Landscaped Backyard. 5 Year Tax Abatement. Call Today!

Detached Hi-Ranch, 4 BRs, All New 2.5 Baths, Formal Dining Room, Lg EIK, All New Walk In LR, Kit, Bed, Full Bath, Pvt Driveway With 1.5 Garage, A MUST SEE! CALL TODAY!

HOWARD BEACH

HOWARD BEACH

OZONE PARK

2 Family Brick/Vinyl, 41x100, 6 over 6. Basement Sheetrocked with High Hats. High Ceilings. Asking $649K

HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK Cape on 50x100 lot, 4 BRs, 2 Full Baths, Full Basement. Large Backyard, Private Driveway. Reduced! Asking $560K

Beautiful Large Hi-Ranch (50x25) on 100x45 Lot, 3 BRs, 2 Full Baths, Lg Manicured Lawn, Pvt Dvwy & Oversized Garage. $669K

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Beautiful Triplex w. Jacuzzi, 3 BRs, 2Full Bath, w/ terrace, Lg living room, Washer & Dryer available, Hardwood Floors, Eff Kit, $399k, also the option to RENT - $2100 per month ! CALL TODAY!

First flr Co-op Apt., H/W Flrs, Updated kit & bath, LR, Dining Area, Parking Space Available, Must see! CALL TODAY! $125K

Beautiful Semi-Det 2 Family, Colonial, 6 BRS, 2 Full Baths, 2 Kit, 2 LR, 2 DR, Full fin bsmt, Pvt Driveway, Lovely Backyard! A MUST SEE! CALL TODAY!

Move-in Condition Hi-Ranch 40x100, New Kitchen, Updated Baths, New Carpeting, 5 BRs, 2 Baths, Asking only $659K

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Move-in Condition, 1 Family, 3 BRs, Full Basement, Great Location, New Windows & Kitchen. $365K

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HOWARD BEACH/LINDENWOOD Townhouse/Condo, 3 BRs, 2 Baths, 2 Garages, 2 Driveways, 2 Terraces. Asking $299K

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Mint Tudor, Large LR w/Fireplace, Formal HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE All Brick, Huge Custom Split Dining Room, Updated EIK, 3 Large BRs, 2 Mint corner colonial, Huge master BR, Colonial 37x35 on 56x100 Lot, New Baths, 9' Ceiling on 1st Fl, Radiant Heat Updated kitchen, All new baths, Large 4 BRs, 3.5 Baths, New Oak Fls, in Kit & Bath, Sliding door to deck off kit, living room w/skylight, Hardwood floors, 2 Fireplaces, Paved Circular Dvwy, Basement framed & plumbed, 1 Car gar, Full-finished basement. Asking Only $539K 2 Car Gar, IGP. $1.199M Pvt Dvwy, New Roof, Asking $679K

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Houses Wanted - Free To List - Free Credit Check - Call Now! HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK Mint Corner Colonial on 100x40, Totally Redone w/New Kit, Granite Countertops & Stainless Steel Appliances, All Tiled Floors, 3 BRs, 2.5 Baths. $645K

HOWARD BEACH

HOWARD BEACH 5 Room Hi-Rise Co-op, 2 BRs, 2 Baths. Asking Only $125K. Call Now!

1 Family Colonial, 3/4 BRs, Full Fin Bsmnt, Pvt Dvwy, Garage, Walk to Cross Bay Blvd. Asking only $519K

Legal 2 Family, 3 BRs, 2 Baths over Studio Apt. 2 Car Pvt Dvwy, Updated Kitchen & Baths. $619K

HOWARD BEACH 2 Family with Private Driveway and Garage, 12 Rooms, 6 BRs, 5 Baths, Fin Bsmnt, Mint Condition. New Lower Price! Call Now!

HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE Lg Cape on 42x100, Updated HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE Windows, H/W Fls on 1st Fl, Updated Large quaint colonial on 40x100, 4 EIK w/9' Ceilings and Access to HOWARD BEACH/LINDENWOOD Bkyd, Det 2 Car Gar w/Pvt Dvwy, Full BRs, 2.5 baths, LR w/Enclosed Porch, Fin Top Fl & Bsmnt, Pavers in Bkyd. All Brick, 2 Family 6 over 6 plus store, Fireplace, EIK, Fin Bsmnt, Pvt Dvwy Asking. $639K Balcony. Asking $569K for 4 cars. $549K

HOWARD BEACH Heritage House Estate Sale 1 BR Condo, Priced for quick sale! Call Now!

HOWARD BEACH

HOWARD BEACH

Colonial, 30x100, 3 BRs, 1 New Bath, 1.5 Gar and Pvt Dvwy, New Lower Price! Must See! $449K

Hi-Rise Condo, 5 Rooms, 2 BRs, 2 Baths, HUGE Terrace. Asking $229K

COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE HOWARD BEACH - Walk-in Co-op, Perfect for Doctor's Office, Attorney or Dance Studio w/Parking Spaces. 1st Fl, 21x40. Asking $2500/mo.

APARTMENTS FOR RENT

HOWARD BEACH/OZONE PARK Howard Beach, 3.5 Rm 1 BR Apt, Terrace, Laundry Room on Premises, and parking.

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©2012 M1P • HBRE-057924

HOWARD BEACH CO-OPS

REDUCED $619K

• 1 BR ............................... $100K • 2 BR 2 Baths, New Kit with Granite & S/S Appliances, New Master Bath, H/W Fls.....$179K • 2 BR, 2 Baths, Terrace, HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE Move-in Condition! ........$189K HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK Excellent Detached, 40x100, 2 Family Detached Hi-Ranch, 4 BRs, 2.5 w/Full Fin Bsmnt, 2 BRs over 2 BRs, • Beautiful 2 BR, 2 Bath, Hardwood Flrs, In-ground pool, Terrace .......................... $215K Baths, 1 Car Garage, Great Block, Private driveway. Asking $699K

Walk to schools. Asking $619K

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3.5 Rms 1 BR Hi Rise Co-op, All redone, New Kitchen, New Appliances. PARKING AVAILABLE! Asking $114,900

HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE


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SPINAL DECOMPRESSION A New FDA Approved Medical Innovation Proven To Help Back and Neck Pain

Do you have NECK or BACK disc problems? Examples of Disc Related Problems

Normal Disc: is a large, spongy fluid-filled connective tissue that has a lot of bounce and shock absorption. It creates space between the vertebrae.

Normal Disc

Degenerated Disc: The aging process or an injury to the disc causes Degenerated Disc

loss of fluid and decreased flexibility, as well as reduces separation of the vertebrae. It dehydrates, cracks and tears fibers, which makes it more susceptible to a disc herniation.

Bulging Disc

Bulging Disc: is an injured and inflamed disc that has swollen beyond its normal borders. Conservation treatment, including chiropractic and physical therapy, may help this condition.

Herniated Disc

Disc Degeneration with Osteophyte Formation

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Spinal Stenosis

Disc Herniation: is a serious condition of the spine. The disc is damaged and the circular rings of connective tissue that hold the nucleus in place have been torn. Conservation treatment–including chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture and even epidural injections–may relieve the symptoms temporarily but it is more likely that the herniation will progressively worsen. A disc herniation is a progressive disorder that gets worse with time.

Once decompression is achieved, a sustained negative intradisc pressure takes effect within the disc space. This allows disc material to be drawn back into position allowing nutrients into the disc. The disc hydrates and allows healing to take place.

Clinical studies have shown that 86-95% of patients who completed the spinal decompression program reported immediate resolution of symptoms related to disc herniation and degenerative disc disease of the spine. Dr. Carmen Campisi

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