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Rockwood Park Jewish Center hosting raucous parties; neighbors upset PAGE 5 Residents of Howard Beach living near the Rockwood Park Jewish Center are concerned about wild parties at the synagogue featuring loud music and drinking that they say have spilled out into the streets late at night.

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CB 7 OKs Mets mall, Willets redevelopment by Joseph Orovic Assistant Managing/Online Editor

lot can change in f ive days. Community Board 7 voted on Monday to approve the proposed Phase One redevelopment of Willets Point, including a controversial 1.4 million-squarefoot shopping mall adjacent to Citi Field, after its Land Use Committee initially failed to approve the project. The outcome flipped after the developer, city and CB 7 Land Use Committee chairman Chuck Apelian had several exchanges between Wednesday and Monday that produced written promises to attend quarterly meetings and mitigate the traffic impacts of the project. “Today’s vote brings us one step closer to advancing the vision approved by the community in 2008 and cleaning up an area that has experienced a century of environmental contamination,” read a statement from the Queens Development Group, a fusion of Sterling Equities and The Related Companies, the duo picked by the city for the $3 billion project. The planned mall/entertainment hybrid outside the bounds of the Iron Triangle, dubbed “Willets West,” was not part of the plan originally approved by the CB 7 and the City Council in 2008. Nor did that plan call for the phased-in implementation now deemed necessary by the city’s Economic Development Corp. “We look forward to continuing to work with the community as we move ahead with transforming Willets Point through the largest


The view from the cheap seats: This is how Community Board 7’s Land Use Committee discussed the proposed redevelopment of Willets Point before a vote that approved the proposal, flipping a PHOTO BY JOSEPH OROVIC failed attempt at OKing the plan five days earlier. private investment in the borough’s history,” the statement added. The plan passed the full board by a 22-18 tally, but not before four Land Use Committee hearings that featured two attempts to approve the project, as well as a full board meeting that lasted four hours. The developer and EDC did not set any commitments to the board in writing until after a motion to approve was initially shot down on May 8 by a 7-2 tally. The Land Use Committee called a do-over

on the project’s approval in a hastily convened meeting two hours before the full board’s vote. The Land Use chairman, Apelian, said the committee was headed toward offering no recommendation on the project — uncommon and not ideal. A veritable army of 17 suits comprised of attorneys, spokespeople and representatives for the developer and city loomed in the background as Apelian sat with his back to the public and press.


He told committee members he had several exchanges with the developer in the five days following the first failed vote, which produced a laundry list of what he termed “new commitments.” The developer had agreed to meet with the community board every quarter and pay a $100,000 fine to the EDC if it doesn’t attend. It will also fund the implementation and study of further traffic mitigation work. “Some of the stuff we talked about, we had questions, we now have answers,” Apelian said. “Now there’s more teeth to this.” The commitments from the developer, however, did not go too far beyond promises already made in a supplemental environmental impact statement issued months ago. In fact, a majority of the bullet points in the document touted by Apelian and the developer are rehashes of requirements or promises already laced into the plan. And the commitments did not include opposition concerns, including: the prioritization of affordable housing; the loss of parkland; the use of eminent domain; or the security of tenant businesses currently seeking to relocate from the Phase 1 area. Still, a second committee vote flipped the outcome to 10-6. A motion to disapprove the plan was never proposed by any member of the committee. Its passage paved the way for a vote approving what was technically a simple rezoning application. But for all intents and continued on page 22

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Synagogue is a party place, neighbors say Loud music, late-night ruckus at Rockwood Park Jewish Center by Domenick Rafter Editor

People who live near the Rockwood Park Jewish Center, Howard Beach’s only Orthodox synagogue, have a message for its rabbi: This is a residential neighborhood, not a place for nightclubs. The temple, located at 156-45 84 St. near the Belt Parkway and in the heart of a residential area, has been a venue for parties featuring live music, and residents say the events are bringing in patrons who have been causing problems in the neighborhood late at night. After nearly a year of problems, the synagogue’s leadership may have finally gotten the message. Fearing retaliation from either the temple, the event promoters or the partygoers themselves, many residents did not want to talk publicly about the issue, though at least four neighbors acknowledged the problem existed before declining to comment. Those who were willing to talk did not want to be identified. “We don’t mind that they’re having parties, especially if they need the money,” said one resident of 85th Street, whose house faces the rear of the Jewish center. “But they should be more respectful to their neighbors.” Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton said the board has received numerous

The Rockwood Park Jewish Center has been hosting wild parties that have caused quality of life issues PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER in Howard Beach and left some residents concerned about safety. complaints about noise and disorderly conduct in the community near the center. A source at the 106th Precinct acknowledged that police have been called to the area in the past because of incidents that may have stemmed from parties at the venue. Event promoters linked the center’s Facebook page to fliers advertising events to be hosted there. Live DJs performed at events on Feb. 6 and March 23. Some of the advertisements were written in Spanish

and listed the venue as “Rockwood Center,” using the address of the synagogue. A party that had been scheduled for Saturday, May 25 was to have featured live music and a bikini fashion show, but a source with knowledge of the situation said that event and all future scheduled events were canceled after police got word that liquor would be served at the May 25 party. The Rockwood Park Jewish Center does not have a liquor license and the flier for

the party offered liquor specials. As of press time Wednesday, the flier still is posted on Facebook and linked to the Rockwood Park Jewish Center’s page. Repeated calls for comment made to the synagogue went unanswered as of press time. The center suffered extensive damage in Hurricane Sandy and multiple sources say the synagogue has had f inancial trouble recently. The Howard Beach Senior Center operated out of the temple’s basement until Sandy and was forced to permanently relocate. It is now operating in St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall, directly across the street from the Rockwood Park Jewish Center. The senior center is scheduled to move into the new senior housing development in the Bernard Fineson Center on Cross Bay Boulevard later this year. A religious school and an early intervention program also operates on the Rockwood Park Jewish Center’s property. But one resident who lives on 85th Street said the parties date back to before Sandy. “It’s been going on at least a year,” he said, noting the partygoers use the St. Helen’s parking lot and take up most of the street parking in the neighborhood. “It has become more frequent since the hurricane. Some of the parties start at midnight and last until continued on page 58

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Forest Park Carousel eyed for landmarking LPC agrees to schedule a public hearing on century-old amusement by Domenick Rafter Editor

want to know if it will inhibit us from investing money and labor in the carousel. Right now there are a lot of questions.” New York Carousel reopened the ride last May and also runs the food booth and free children’s entertainment on the carousel’s grounds. Abramson said there are also plans to extend the attractions to the grassy areas between the carousel and Woodhaven Boulevard, but those ideas are still in the early stages. Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) who represents much of Forest Park, has lobbied the LPC to put the carousel on its agenda. “Landmark status will allow it to be maintained with funding and not place the responsibility on the vendor,” Thomson said. “This means the carousel will go on in perpetuity.” Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, took a lead role in pushing the Parks Department to

The 110-year-old Forest Park Carousel may be on the road to landmarking. FILE PHOTO

find a vendor for the carousel during its three-year closure. He said the idea of landmarking could prove to be attractive to the vendor. “Giving it landmark status may make things a little more attractive than putting the costs of refurbishing it entirely on the vendor,” he

said. “At the end of the day, we want what’s best for the carousel.” Though the carousel was built in 1903, it did not come to Forest Park until the 1970s. It was destroyed by fire and closed for much of the 1980s before being Q renovated in 1989.

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The historic Forest Park Carousel, which has survived fire, closure and bad management in the past, may finally be heading into a safer position than the tenuous one it lived under for decades. The carousel built in 1903, will be considered for landmark status after the city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to schedule a public hearing on the proposal. No date has been set yet for the public hearing, but the vote is considered the first step in an eventual landmark designation. “I’m ecstatic,” said Maria Thomson, executive director of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, who found out about the LPC’s vote at Tuesday’s Community Board 9 meeting. “We’ve been trying to get the carousel landmarked for over 20 years.” Thomson explained that landmarking would ensure the carousel’s future and noted that it

had been through a number of concessionaires, including the vendor previous to the current one — New York One LLC — who abandoned the merry-go-round in 2008. That vendor was later found to be neglecting it and the other carousel it ran in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, overcharging customers, violating health codes and keeping shoddy financial records, according to a 2011 audit by city Comptroller John Liu. The carousel was closed from 2008 until its current operator, New York Carousel, took it over and reopened it last summer. Ami Abramson of New York Carousel said the vendor is not opposed to the landmarking, but has questions about what it could mean to their plans for the carousel. “I’d like to learn more about what the implications of landmarking will be,” he said. “I’m open to it and I believe landmarking is good for operations and for us in serving the community. But we

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Suspect sought in A relatively subdued fatal stabbing case CB 9 meeting in May 21-year-old died from stab wounds

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A man died after police found him bleeding from stab wounds on Liberty Avenue early Sunday, and police are looking for the suspect in his murder. Stephen James, 21, was found by police at 3:50 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 123rd Street in South Richmond Hill. Police say James approached officers and said he had been stabbed. The officers called for an ambulance and EMS responded and transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was first listed in stable condition with a nonlife-threatening injury. However, 12 hours later, doctors upgraded James to critical and he died Monday morning at 7:46 a.m. Police have classif ied the death as a homicide and are looking for the suspect in the case, who they believe is the same man caught on surveillance video near the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS

Compared to the March and April meetings of Community Board 9, which featured raucous debates over the future of Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the mitigation of toxic chemicals at an Ozone Park industrial site, Tuesday’s meeting of CB 9 at Maple Grove Cemetery seemed serene. The meeting’s most action-packed moment came over renewing the beer and wine license for a Woodhaven bar whose owners made an error on the establishment’s application and failed to respond to CB 9’s request to fix it. The address on Tropical Restaurant’s license application is one number off, identifying its location as 88-18 Jamaica Ave. when the bar is actually located at 88-19 Jamaica Ave. Two Woodhaven members of CB 9, Maria Thomson and Etienne David Adorno, attempted to salvage the application. “I can vouch for the owners; this is just a simple mistake,” Adorno said, before suggesting a motion to table the license.

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But CB 9 Chairman James Cocovillo said the board had to vote on the motion that came out of the Public Safety and Consumer Affairs Committee to deny the license renewal. “Their license expires at the end of the month. They have had the opportunity to clear up the mistake and have not,” he said. “If we don’t vote on what we have here, we will be doing the public a disservice.” The board later voted unanimously to deny the license on account of the mistake and the lack of response from the owners. During the meeting, the board also discussed a number of other issues concerning the board including school overcrowding and the use of temporary trailers as classroom space at Richmond Hill High School and the possibility of bringing permanent mounted patrols to Forest Park. The NYPD had placed temporary mounted patrols on the park’s bridle paths after a woman was attacked while jogging on March 31. CB 9 also welcomed two new members: Kenichi Wilson of Ozone Park and Jagir Q Singh of Richmond Hill.


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A ‘bettor’ casino plan for NY ore than 40 percent of the state’s population lives here in New York City, and when you count the other downstate counties, the number soars above 60 percent. Put simply, this is where the people are. So why does Gov. Cuomo want to see new casinos built upstate only? And why would he continue to deny Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct Race Track the full table gaming he would allow upstate? The answer is that he believes new entertainment venues upstate and in Western New York will improve the economies of those regions by drawing more players with money. But it’s a foolish scheme, because downstate residents will simply continue to go to casinos in Atlantic City and Connecticut for table games. Who would drive all the way to, say, the Adirondacks, where special environmental laws would probably make a casino very tough to get built anyway, or Rochester to gamble, when you could make a much shorter trip to AC or Mohegan Sun?


The governor — who grew up in Queens, don’t forget — even made a point of slighting the city in his plan, saying that in order to make full casinos work upstate, they have to be blocked downstate. But not only is that economically unwise — because the state will continue to miss out on most of the revenue it loses now to New Jersey and Connecticut — it’s unfair. It’s unfair to our residents, who shouldn’t be denied nearby entertainment options available to people upstate. And it’s unfair to Resorts World, which has been a good neighbor and a great source of revenue for the state. For the fiscal year ending March 31, it sent $488 million to Albany: $306 million for education, $112 million for the horse racing industry and $70 for the Lottery Administration. The casino’s revenue for March alone was $71.2 million, 21 percent higher than it was in March 2012. Seventy percent of its revenues go to the state. And the governor wants to keep it from offering new games? We hope our other elected officials can change his mind.

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Honor Memorial Day Dear Editor: Memorial Day is fast approaching, I hope it will not slip by with many forgetting the importance of this day. It is not just another day off to maybe shop for sales and enjoy back yard barbecuing. Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. I find myself thinking what it means to be an American. The answer is crystal clear, and that is the pride to live in a county that allows us our personal freedom to express ourselves and speak our minds. These freedoms come with great personal sacrifice for those who leave family, friends and jobs to serve the greater good. I myself had served during the Vietnam era. Although I never saw combat, I had friends who did and who died serving their country. So, please honor Memorial Day by honoring those who gave their lives for what we all hold most dear. You can do this by attending parades in your local communities and saluting those who served our country so well. I also ask the many who can to display the flag of our country from homes and businesses You can also call those veterans you know and tell them thanks for serving and keeping us free from tyranny. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks

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The FDNY racial ruling overturned he idea that the City of New York intentionally discriminated against minority applicants to the Fire Department was never more than a misguided misinterpretation of test results, at best, or a demeaning lie at worst. Now a federal appeals court has agreed that it was wrong for U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis to determine that was the case because too few black and Hispanic applicants to the FDNY managed to pass the department’s entrance exam. Garaufis, driven by the need to diversify the department — a worthy goal — has hampered its ability to hire new firefighters for years as he presided over a discrimination case launched by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Vulcan Society, the organization of black firefighters. But no more. On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that he was wrong to find the city had intentionally discriminated against minority applicants, in an opinion so strong the court decided the case cannot go back to Garaufis. A new judge who will look at it more fairly must be found. The city welcomed the decision, though it did leave some of the rules Garaufis imposed on the city in place. Going back to square one would have been better, but at least the idea that the FDNY is less than honorable has been laid to rest. We look forward to a fairer trial.



Military sex assaults Dear Editor: (An open letter to the New York Congressional Delegation:) Sexual assaults in our military are running into the thousands and are way out of control! Victims usually are required to report all incidents to their military superiors. A very bad move ... very little justice will come out of this idea. I urge you to introduce legislation requiring Congress to create a civilian review board with power to discipline any accused military sexual predator found guilty. This matter should have prompt consideration on your part. Anthony G. Pilla Forest Hills

Background checks Dear Editor: HR 1565 is new legislation in Congress to expand Brady background checks on gun sales. But despite the fact that nine in 10 Americans support expanded background

checks, the gun lobby extremists are working overtime to kill the bill. Strong, sensible gun laws preserve Second Amendment rights, prevent gun violence, and save lives. While the Brady Law requires criminal background checks of gun sales at gun stores, these checks are not required at gun shows, online sales and other venues where unlicensed sellers operate. Right now in most states, felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill can walk into a gun show, flea market or even log on to the internet and buy weapons from unlicensed sellers, no questions asked. Congress should require a simple criminal background check on gun sales. The Brady Law has stopped over 2 million felons and domestic abusers from getting guns at gun stores. Now it’s time to finish the job. Completing the necessary paperwork for background checks takes mere minutes, and more than 91 percent of these checks are completed instantaneously. I strongly support the Second Amendment. However, this right also requires basic responsibility, and as a society we are responsible

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Dear Editor: If an investigation of the Benghazi attack should reveal that there were members of the Obama administration, including the president himself, who knew what really happened and did nothing to prevent it from happening, then all of them should be forced to resign from their positions, including the president. The anger of the American people is building regarding the entire incident. We have every right to know the full facts and truth about this tragic incident, which took the lives of several people. Why can’t our government

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A walk in the sun Dear Editor: Walking along the six blocks encompassing Windsor Park and Bell Boulevard with my aide, I meet and greet beautiful people who smile and offer their services well beyond the norm. This neighborhood offers everything for rich and poor alike. Windsor Park, you are the sunshine in my life — next to my family. Gregory Rofofsky Bayside

A better pipeline Dear Editor: There is much talk both positive and negative relative to the Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline. It is planned to pump crude tar sand oil from Canada across the U.S to Texas where it would be distilled and sold overseas. I happen to be in accord with the latter since in no way does the XL profit the American people, but rather exclusively the already bloated petroleum industry. For the public, what is left is a 3-foot diameter filth-filled funnel snaking its way south through their land waiting to burst. (see: Mayflower, Ariz. spill and multiply by 10). Those with a positive view have been conned into thinking that this filthy crude will some how help us to become oil independent by fulfilling our needs. Nevertheless, a pipeline could be a positive thing and truly benefit “we the people.” Imagine if in lieu of the KXL Pipeline, we built an H2O pipeline delivering desalinated water to our decimated states that have suffered through devastating droughts. No more Grapes of Wrath. Building that pipeline would create those jobs that the pro-KXLers claim we would not, lest the KXL is built. Additionally desalinization stations would have to be built creating additional jobs. There are already more than 21,000 world wide. The technology is there. In 1791 Thomas Jefferson did it (in small scale), cruise ships serve thousands, submarines, Saudi Arabia, Australia, even our embarrassing Guantanamo Bay. No more disputes concerning the shrinking Colorado River while lowering, however infinitesimally, the rising ocean. We could convert deserts to gardens a la Israel. It’s a win-win situation and if we can get lobbyists with enough of the necessary bribing collateral, Congress will love it and make it the law of the land (or sea). One critical measure however must be considered. President Obama must disapprove of the plan or it would undoubtedly be f ilibustered and blocked. As a proven “people’s President,” I’m certain he would comply. Nicholas Zizelis Bayside



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Freeloaders Dear Editor: I was in the supermarket the other day and the young person in front of me was speaking to the cashier in Spanish, and I noticed that he was buying four one-quart ice cream boxes. The total price was about $15 and he gave the cashier a “blue” Benefits/Medicaid card — with a picture of a woman on it. The cashier didn’t say anything about the picture on the card being a woman; she just processed the purchase. I noticed that the total amount he had to pay was zero. My questions are: 1. Why did the cashier accept a card from a young man (in his twenties) when there is a picture of a woman on it? 2. I thought the “blue” Benefits/Medicaid card was for impoverished people and could only be used for food. Is ice cream now considered food? 3. Why are my tax dollars being used to pay for people to buy ice cream? 4. Why are “illegal” aliens allowed to get a ‘blue’ Benefits/Medicaid card and get food, prescriptions, hospital/doctor visits, hearing aids, glasses, etc. for free? While I, a person who is 80 years old and has been paying taxes all my life, must pay for all these things? Why are my taxes being used to pay for all these free benefits (including ice cream)? Can anyone answer these questions? No wonder the United States is in such a financial mess! Andrea Farmer Jackson Heights

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Public, pols await next Huntley shoe Ex-Sen. gets 366 days; three of eight pols are taped under investigation by Michael Gannon Editor

If published reports are right, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and seven others were taped in former Sen. Shirley Huntley’s home either at the request of the FBI, or at Huntley’s recommendation to the bureau. In an interview following Huntley’s sentencing to prison last week, Peralta said he is at a loss to explain why either would consider him a possible target for a corruption probe. “I have no idea,” Peralta said. “I have engaged in no wrongdoing whatsoever. And once my name came out, my attorney reached out to the U.S. Attorney and was assured that I am not the target of an investigation.” Peralta said he understands why people’s faith in government could be shaken, but said he has not gotten any fallout as he campaigns for the Democratic nomination for Queens borough president. Huntley was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on May 9 in federal court in Brooklyn on a corruption-related charge. Huntley, 74, pleaded guilty in February to wire fraud in connection with the embezzlement of nearly $88,000 from a phony nonprofit organization. She faced up to two years in prison prior to her cooperation with federal authorities. It was revealed two weeks ago that her cooperation

State Sen. Jose Peralta, a candidate for Queens Borough President, said he does not know why the FBI or disgraced former state Sen. Shirley Huntley would have wanted to tape conversations with FILE PHOTOS him in Huntley’s home as part of an ongoing corruption investigation. included working with the FBI to secretly tape conversations with eight people, including six sitting Democratic state senators. Two of the senators, Malcolm Smith (DHollis) and John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), have been arrested on federal charges, Sampson on May 6 and Smith last month.

Earlier this year Huntley received five years’ probation in exchange for a guilty plea to New York State charges as a result of the theft of nearly $30,000 from a separate nonprofit, one run by her niece and a former legislative aide. Huntley’s attorney, Sally Butler, pleaded for mercy on her client’s behalf. U.S. District Judge

Jack Weinstein imposed a prison sentence, though it was lower than the federal guidelines. Following the sentencing, Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, expressed hope the prison term will send a clear message. “The crux of this case has always been the defendant Shirley Huntley’s greed and selfinterest,” Lynch said. “Promising to provide much-needed assistance to the parents of New York City public school children, she set up a nonprofit organization that received state funding. Instead of serving the parents, Huntley helped herself and her family to state funds. “Shirley Huntley violated the public trust and betrayed her constituents by stealing public funds for her own benefit.” In a statement sent to the Chronicle last week, state Sen. Ruth Hassel-Thompson (DBronx), who also was taped, said she was “perplexed” to learn her name was mentioned in a letter from Huntley’s attorney “We met and spoke, in general, about matters including our health and our families,” she said. “At no time — past or present — did we discuss anything inappropriate. Others taped by Huntley include Curtis Taylor, Smith’s former press aide; Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica); and state Sens. Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Eric Q Adams (D-Brooklyn).

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The former Bayside bar owner who was acquitted in December of the murder of two South Queens men in New Jersey was sentenced to 13 years in prison on drug conspiracy charges. Nicholas Kiriakakis, 29, of Richmond Hill was sent to prison last Friday after his sentence in a New Jersey courtroom. He stood trial last year for the February 2010 murders of Jonathan Beneduce of Howard Beach and Michael Mirasola of Ozone Park. The two were shot to death in a car in Teaneck, NJ on Feb. 17, 2010. Prosecutors tried to place Kiriakakis, who owned a bar in Bayside, at the scene by using EZ Pass records to show he had traveled to New Jersey and executed Beneduce and Mirasola. However, the jury acquitted him of those charges, but convicted him of lesser charges of conspiracy to distribute drugs and hindering apprehension. He was sentenced to an eight-year term for the conspiracy conviction and another five-year, consecutive term for the hindering offense. Kiriakakis must serve at least six and a half years before being eligible for parole.


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Nick Beneduce, Johnathan’s father, said Kiriakakis’ sentence wasn’t long enough for the crimes he committed. “As far as I’m concerned, he didn’t get enough time,” he said. “He shouldn’t be eliQ gible for parole after 6 1/2 years.”

An Ozone Park teenager was arrested after a high-speed crash last Friday afternoon in Broad Channel that left 10 people injured and shut down a busy stretch of Cross Bay Boulevard at rush hour. Police say Gurdip Miltani, 17, allegedly clocked 100 mph in his Honda northbound on Cross Bay Boulevard before he lost control of the car and hopped the grass median into oncoming traffic, slamming into two other vehicles heading southbound around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, just south of the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge. Aerial shots of the scene showed one of the cars ended up on the curb of the southbound side. The entire front section of the vehicle and its windshield were sheared off. The FDNY said 10 people were transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center or Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, where at least three were treated for critical injuries, none of which were considered life-threatening. Their condition was upgraded to stable by Sunday.

Miltani, who was among the injured, was later charged with reckless endangerment and was given a speeding violation. Police say he was driving 100 mph before the crash. Cross Bay Boulevard was shut down for more than two hours after the incident, forcing delays for hundreds of commuters heading home to the Rockaways on the six bus lines that pass through the area. Since Hurricane Sandy forced the closure of the A subway line, the bus lines along Cross Bay Boulevard are among the few means of access into the Rockaway Peninsula for commuters and Cross Bay is one of only three vehicular routes off the peninsula. The section of Cross Bay Boulevard where the accident occurred is notorious for speeding and drag racing. The road travels through a rural part of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, with more than a mile of roadway without any traffic lights. In May 1995, two people were killed when a Corvette they were riding in crashed Q on the same strip going 150 mph.

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Resorts World will not have table games for 5 years under proposal by Domenick Rafter

state unveiled by the governor last week, bettors at the South Ozone Park casino may Ten blocks west of Resorts World Casino have to get used to the electric roulette New York City, a billboard over Rockaway wheel and virtual dice. According to the proposal, if voters approve Boulevard advertised casino table games less full gaming in a statewide referendum, six new than two hours away in New Jersey. To anyone with even the slightest knowl- casinos with table games will be considered in edge of marketing, the ad seems to make upstate New York, which will be divided into six regions. Only one sense — targeting casino would be gamers leaving allowed in each Resorts World percan’t tell my constituents region. haps disappointed But New York that New York to vote for the referendum City, as well as City’s f irst casino if I find out Resorts World Long Island and the lacks real roulette lower Hudson Valwheels and craps will not be considered for ley, would not be in tables. any region, meaning Sure, the electable games.” no casino with table tronic versions of — State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) games would be both exist at allowed downstate, Resorts World, but for some gamblers, there’s nothing like the even at the region’s only gaming site — Resorts World. real thing. Specifically, the plan states “Winning proIt had been hoped that if voters approved Gov. Cuomo’s plan to legalize full gaming jects would be given a f ive-year in New York State, Resorts World would be exclusive period with no additional casinos one of those places where patrons could sited in New York City or upstate.” Cuomo said the focus on upstate has to do play traditional table games, but under the proposal to bring full casino gaming to the with the need for jobs and tourism dollars in Editor


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Cuomo casino plan leaves out Queens

Slot machines may be a more permanent fixture at Resorts World Casino New York City if Gov. Cuomo’s plan to limit new casinos with full gaming upstate for the first five years after a FILE PHOTO state-approved referendum for table games goes into effect. that part of the state. At a press conference in Albany last week, Cuomo said the market for casino gambling upstate exists because there are no table games in the city and in order for the plan to be successful, it would have to stay that way. “This was an issue about New York

City,” Cuomo said. “We believe there’s a market being created in upstate New York because there is no casino in New York City and to keep that competitive advantage, we would say there would be no additional casinos for a period of five years.” continued on page 28

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(R-Ozone Park) who grew up on the next block and would play in the plot of land that City officials broke ground Tuesday for a will soon be a playground. “This school will be part of the renaisnew K through 5 school in Ozone Park that is being constructed on the site of a former sance of Ozone Park,” he said at the groundbreaking. Catholic school. “We are thankful to Councilman Ulrich The new school, called PS 316, is located at 90-07 101 Ave and will serve 444 students for suggesting the site,” said Lorraine Grillo, from the Ozone Park community and is cur- president and CEO of the School Construcrently slated to open in September 2014. It tion Authority, which is managing the prowill feature reading and speech resource ject. “This school will serve to help ease rooms, a library, guidance room and a medical overcrowding here and it will be a beautiful suite. Two of the 20 classrooms in the school addition to this community.” St. Stanislaus merged with nearby Nativiwill be dedicated to District 75 students. This will not be the first time the site has ty BVM School in 2008 to form Divine been used for a school. The parish school for Mercy Catholic Academy. St. Stanislaus’ St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Catholic school building sat vacant for two years parish once stood on the site. The Diocese of before the diocese sold it to the city. It was Brooklyn sold the site to the city in 2011 in razed last year along with a convent that order for a school to be built there. The site stood adjacent to the school. PS 316 seeks to ease the ongoing overwas suggested by Councilman Eric Ulrich crowding problem in District 27 and ease the pressure on nearby schools like PS 63 and PS 64. Across the street from the school, SCA will also construct a new playg round on what was St. Stanislaus’ parking lot. The park will feature slides, swings and a jogging track. The entire project, including the school and the playground, carries a $38.3 million Pat McCabe, left, representing state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr.; Lorraine Grillo, price tag and though president and CEO of the School Construction Authority; Councilman the project officially Eric Ulrich; Maryann Maltese, representing Assemblyman Mike Miller; broke ground Tuesday, and Monica Gutierrez, SCA community relations manager, break ground construction began in PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER August, 2012. at the site of PS 316 Tuesday. Q Editor

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Sal’s here to stay in Coleman Square 67-year-old meat market endures personal tragedy, Hurricane Sandy by Domenick Rafter Editor

For most people, growing up in Queens often meant a trip to “the butcher,” “the meat market” or simply “the store.” The latter may sound vague, but any Queens native knows that does not mean a supermarket or Queens Center mall. “The store” is that place — larger than a bodega, smaller than a super-

A customer waits for his deli order at Sal’s Food Market in Howard Beach.

market — where you pick up a meal or two and some snacks for around the house, perhaps beer and a sandwich for a summer day trip, cookies to bring to a potluck party or potato chips to satisfy a craving. For residents of Old Howard Beach, Sal’s Food Market at 102-10 159 Road is “the store.” The early afternoon rush at Sal’s, located near the Howard Beach subway station, features many of the neighborhood’s older residents stepping in for a bit of lunch. Later in the afternoon, well-dressed residents stop in for a London broil or loaf of bread. But Sal’s was left devastated by Hurricane Sandy, shuttered after a 6foot wall of water barreled down 159th Road and into the store, destroying everything. “We had to throw everything out, all the food, all the equipment, everything,” said Mike Fazio Jr., whose grandfather, Sal Fazio, founded the store in 1946. Fazio admitted that his father, Mike Sr., considered shutting the store down for good. “A neighbor came up to us and asked when we’d be reopening,”

Fazio said. “We knew we had to do it for this community.” The Fazios realized they owed it to the neighborhood to bring back “the store.” Work on fixing Sal’s began before Christmas. The market was completely gutted, new equipment was bought. Two of Sal’s employees, Joe Kinsella and Ray Florio, worked to help rebuild the store. Kinsella’s father, a carpenter from Ireland, flew in to assist. Though fixing the destroyed store seemed like a big undertaking, the Fazios are unfortunately familiar with triumph over tragedy. Two decades after opening his market, Sal Fazio was killed in a car accident in East New York, Brooklyn driving home from work one day. His son, Mike Sr., then took over the store. He’s been sidelined by a broken leg since last summer. Then came Sandy, the second time in two years the store was hit by floods. Tropical Storm Irene caused some minor flooding in the store, but was quickly cleaned up. It took more than three months, but the store finally opened in mid-April.

Sal’s Food Market at 102-10 159 Road opened in mid-April after being out of business for more than six months after the store was completely destroyed in PHOTOS BY DOMENICK RAFTER Hurricane Sandy. Fazio said there has been a steady stream of customers since reopening, including one woman who came to Sal’s the day it

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A new library at Goddard HS JHS 202 and Robert Goddard High School of Communication Arts and Technology cut the ribbon on the new library in their Ozone Park school building last Friday. The postmodern study hall features globe-shaped light fixtures, tables for group study and colorful bookshelves, though much of the tech-savvy school’s students read electronically. The library, which like the building is shared

by the middle school and the high school, was made possible by a $500,000 allocation from Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), cutting the ribbon above with Goddard High School Principal Joseph Birgeles, left, and JHS 202 Principal William Fitzgerald. Ulrich also announced he provided some grant money toward new technology, such as new computers and smartboards, for the school.

The last section of the spire atop 1 World Trade Center — the building once officially known, and still often referred to, as the Freedom Tower — was installed last Friday, marking the building’s off icial height of 1,776 feet, which pays homage to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. The top of the mast was placed just after 8 a.m. Friday morning. The $3.8 billion skyscraper can be seen from nearly every neighborhood in Queens. It returns the title of the city’s tallest to Lower Manhattan for the first time since 9/11 and stands next to the former site of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, which were destroyed that day by terrorists, killing 2,606 people, including more than 200 from Queens. Besides being the tallest building in New York City, 1 WTC is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere and the world’s tallest office building. It is the third-tallest building in the world, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Royal Clock Tower Hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The cornerstone of the building was laid in 2004, even before the final design was agreed to, and construction began in 2006. The structure was topped out in August 2012. It is expected to be occupied by 2014. Several other skyscrapers are expected to be constructed as part of the new World Trade Center complex, which includes the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, which Q opened in 2011. — Domenick Rafter

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Fourth graders at PS 96 wax poetic Second-annual poetry jam features rhymes about ice cream, pizza, mom by Domenick Rafter Editor

As smiling parents and excited teachers filed into room 301 at PS 96 in South Ozone Park Monday morning, the fourth-graders in Anna LoMagno’s class smiled anxiously and shuffled their feet nervously. In a few moments, they would stand up and perform in the school’s second-annual poetry jam. Some students in Class 4-301 welcomed parents and guests outside the classroom with programs. Armed with cameras and

Fourth-grade teacher Anna LoMagno thanks parents and staff for attending the poetry jam.

proud smiles, parents waited for their children — and the others in the class — to step up and perform their work. The performance opened with a song, “Let’s Go,” written and performed by the students, followed by a skit led by Madison Bitna and Serenity Anderson that discussed the history and elements of poetry, including metaphor, simile and onomatopoeia. Afterwards the students recited their own original poems dedicated to favorite types of food — including ice cream cake and shrimp — and favorite people, including mothers and grandmothers. The children’s lyrics ranged from humorous to heartwarming. Later, the class recited the poem “Homework, I Love You” by Kenn Nesbitt and closed the jam with a perfor mance of Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” during which parents joined their children. The hit song’s chorus was used earlier in the jam by one of the students as an example of a simile. “You should all be proud of yourselves,” Principal Joyce Walker told the class after the performance. LoMagno added that the poetry jam showed the importance of art education in school. “We need arts in our curriculum to give students the opportunity to express themselves,” Q she said.

Fourth-grader Anthony Dharie, left, performs a poem about fried chicken, while his classmates Seena Nagizaid, Leon Nicholas and Madison Bitna recite their own personally-authored verses, about topics ranging from pizza to ice cream cakes to the love of a grandmother. PHOTOS BY DOMENICK RAFTER

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Hillside Honda, Major Auto World hit; three suspects from Queens Editor

Ten people have been indicted on 82 counts in an alleged auto theft ring that targeted four well-known Queens auto dealerships, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. The suspects are accused of stealing vehicles from the four dealerships in Queens and one more in Brooklyn over the course of three months and allegedly selling one of the cars to a defendant who planned to send it overseas on a container ship. The 10 suspects — seven from Brooklyn and three from Queens — were indicted May 8 on various charges including third- and forth-degree grand larceny; third- and fourthdegree criminal possession of stolen property; first-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle and fifth-degree conspiracy. The three suspects from Queens include Luis Guzman, 33, of Ridgewood; Eduardo Rodriguez, 37, and Joshua Vasquez, 25, both of South Ozone Park. The other suspects are Robinson Santiago, Jose Trinidad, Luis DeJesus, Curtis Outlaw, Frederick Akinsehin, Eddie Rodriguez and Nilo Blanco, all residents of Brooklyn. The suspects are accused of stealing cars from various dealerships in Queens and Brooklyn, including a 2012 Nissan Altima, stolen from Major Auto World on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City on Dec. 3, 2011. The suspects also allegedly heisted a 2012 Honda Accord from Hillside Honda on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica in broad daylight on Jan. 30, 2012. Queensboro Toyota and Paragon Honda, both on Northern Boulevard in Woodside,

were hit with multiple auto thefts, allegedly committed by the ring, between Dec. 5, 2011 and Feb. 27. 2012. A dealership in Brooklyn and a privately-owned vehicle were also allegedly targeted. In one case, the defendants allegedly planned to load the car stolen from Major Auto World onto a ship to be transported overseas. Investigators discovered the plot after placing a GPS in the stolen car while it was parked on a Brooklyn street, and tracked the car to a shipping terminal in Staten Island.



The Richmond Hill High School Parent Teacher Association will hold its final two meetings for 2013 on May 16 and June 13, both at 7 p.m. in Richmond Hill High School Cafeteria. Richmond Hill High School is located at Q 89-30 114 St.

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The Ozone Park Civic Association will hold its next meeting on May 21 at 8 p.m. at the Ozone-Howard Little League, 97-14 135 Ave. in Ozone Park. The guest speaker will be Connor & Sullivan LLP, who will be giving a seminar on elder law, estate planning, trust and avoiding probate. Please use the entrance at Centreville Street and Q 149th Avenue.

Six of the defendants — Guzman, Rodriguez, Rodriguez, Vasquez, Blanco and Outlaw — were arrested and arraigned before a judge in Kew Gardens. DeJesus is in custody in Florida and is to be extradited to New York. Akinsehin, Santiago and Trinidad are not in custody and Helen Peterson, a spokeswoman for Brown, said Akinsehin is known to be out of the country. Brown said the bust is part of a successful two-decade long effort to combat car thefts in the borough, which reached almost

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St. Mary Gate of Heaven goes under the sea Students at Ozone Park’s St. Mary Gate of Heaven school performed their annual school show last weekend. This year’s performance was “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” featuring an all child cast of the 1989 Disney classic. The show starred Genesis Barreto as Ariel, Tiffany Vega as Ursula, Sebastian Perez as

Sebastian and Jordan Molina as Flounder. The show was produced by Frank Gulluscio, who has been producing Gate of Heaven school shows for over 30 years. SMGH alumnus Vincent Napolitano directed with fellow alumni Melissa Planty and Gina Scotto choreographing and state managing respectively. Costumes were made by Anna Murray and the set was designed by Roe Miller. This year, the students sang all of the songs live; in past years, most of the performances were lip-synched. Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder perform a scene during the show, left. Ariel poses with the story’s villan, Ursula, right and the cast poses for a group photo, top.

Woodhaven may join GCOP At the most recent Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol meeting, held last Thursday, there was mention that Woodhaven residents may join the group in the future. “I have spoken with people from Woodhaven to possibly get them to join the group and include Woodhaven in the patrols,” Assemblyman Mike Miller (DWoodhaven) said at the meeting. G-COP President Frank Kotnik pointed out that the volunteers would start by adding a couple of Woodhaven members. “We still have some steps to finish before this is official,” he said. “We need to get approval from the Community Board and we need NYPD approval but in the meantime, we could use a few new members and if the people living in Woodhaven are looking to help out, then we’ll let them.” President of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association Ed Wendell could not yet speak to the plans. “I was approached and we talked about it but we haven’t made any plans yet; at least, nothing has been finalized,” he said. Miller also mentioned that the plans Q were in the very early stages. — Tess McRae

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Dedicated LGA bus under review at MTA Editor

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is close to approving a new bus route that would offer more direct service to LaGuardia Airport while cutting the existing Q33 route short to focus more on neighborhood riders. The proposed Q70 Limited line — “a new faster and more direct route to LaGuardia” — would run from transit hubs in Woodside and Jackson Heights along the 7 subway line on Roosevelt Avenue and provide a shorter link with the airport. The existing Q33 line, which serves as a feeder line for the subways in the area, would be stopped outside the airport at 95th Street. A public hearing was held last month, though the recommendation had its genesis in a joint study carried out by the MTA and the New York City Department of Transportation in 2009. Deidre Parker of the MTA said final recommendations would be given to the agency’s board members for meetings scheduled for June 3 and 5. If approved, the new routes would go into effect in early September. A staff report presented to the MTA board in March outlined the difficulties inherent in a bus line that serves both local transit customers and the airport. Both formal analysis and customer feedback pointed out that the Q33 often is subjected to unpredictable delays along its route. As a local subway feeder route, it must travel side streets and sometimes one-way residential streets that can be blocked with double-parked vehicles and other hazards, thus adding to delays. Passengers from the community who are traveling back and forth to the subway lines can be inconvenienced by airport passengers who are carrying luggage, which takes up considerable space.

Turnaround time back from the airport can vary greatly depending on traffic and airport security requirements. “Shortening the Q33 would ... allow the Q33 to better serve its primary ridership in the local communities to and from the subway, separate local community riders from airport ridership and the associated luggage, and improve reliability on the Q33 by providing recovery times at both ends of the route,” the internal report states. Currently only 3 percent of the line’s ridership, or 300 people per day, travel between the local community and the airport, with a lesser number on weekends, the MYTA says. The Q70, on the other hand, is estimated to have the ability to cut travel time from Jackson Heights to the airport by 40 percent by bypassing local stops and traffic delays. It also would allow for new bus connections with the Long Island Rail Road and the 7 express subway line at Woodside. The report states that the new route could cut travel time between Midtown Manhattan and LaGuardia to 35 minutes and that direct connections to the Woodside LIRR station would open direct LaGuardia access to eight LIRR branches that currently have no direct access. City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said the MTA’s rationale makes sense. “I think it’s a good idea,” Dromm said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “It would give people the advantage of getting to the airport quicker, and still offer convenience for neighborhood residents who wanted to get to 94th Street. And the ride won’t cost people more.” While there would be some cost to the MTA, officials said some of the increase would be partially offset by shortening the Q Q33 route.


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Students document Woodhaven history St. Thomas pupils put together film about neighborhood they call home by Domenick Rafter Editor

Queens neighborhoods are all ripe with history. There’s a seemingly never-ending parade of people, places and events that define the borough’s 350-year existence and have given birth to hundreds of books and f ilms. From the Flushing Remonstrance through Hurricane Sandy, the myriad of stories can take a lifetime to tell. Woodhaven’s rich history is not wellknown to people outside the neighborhood, but with the help of some tech-savvy and devoted young teenagers, the community’s past will be put on film for all to see. A group of sixth-, seventh- and eighthgraders at St. Thomas the Apostle School are producing a film about Woodhaven’s history. Titled “Woodhaven: Diverse Backgrounds United in One History” — a title St. Thomas teacher Patty Eggers said the students thought of themselves — the documentary features interviews with local leaders, residents and elected officials. The students put it together with the help of Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Historical Society and Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association. “They told me they wanted to do a film about Woodhaven’s history and I thought that was great,” Wendell said. “They already mapped it out real good, they just needed a

Eighth-graders from St. Thomas the Apostle interview Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley in front of the Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park for the documentary “Woodhaven: Diverse Backgrounds UnitPHOTO BY JOSEPHINE WENDELL ed in One History.” little help getting people to interview.” The students sat with the owners of renowned Woodhaven businesses like Schmidt’s Candy Store and Neir’s Tavern. They met with Maria Thomson, executive director of the Woodhaven Economic Development Corporation, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who represents part of the neighborhood in City Hall.

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CB7 approves Mets mall continued from page 2 purposes the community board’s vote was the only ground-level input from unpaid community members. It now must move on to Borough Hall before possibly heading towards the City Council as it navigates the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. The motion ultimately passed includes stipulations calling for road repair for the Willets Point streets outside of the Phase 1 area, the placement of Van Wyck Expressway on-and-off ramp funding in escrow and the expansion of computerized traffic signals in the Community Board 3 area. CB 7 Chairman Gene Kelty was among the committee members who switched votes. Calling his initial vote “an angry one,” he said he re-evaluated the developer’s commitments and changed his mind. “I now have two pieces of paper in front of me that I like,” he said. “They did not get off without my taking a pound of flesh off them.” The redevelopment is the latest in several attempts to rejuvenate what has been portrayed as a highly contaminated vestige of the borough’s industrial era, with one board member calling it a “giant monster that nobody can get their arms around.” The developer tried to keep the remediation at the center of all discussions. “A vote against this plan is a vote against cleaning up Willets Point,” said Ethan Goodman, an attorney for the developer.

But public speakers and some board members insisted the mall was at the heart of the vote. The developer justified that addition as the only sort of economic engine that can transform Willets Point into a desirable neighborhood, while also generating the funding needed for remediation. Aside from the mall, the first 23-acre phase of Willets Point’s redevelopment calls for the creation of retail, a hotel and commercial uses, as well as 2,500 housing units, 875 of which would be affordable, and an estimated 7,500 permanent jobs. It will also include the creation of ramps connected to the Van Wyck Expressway meant to ease congestion on adjacent highways and local streets, though the contract between the city’s Economic Development Corporation and the Queens Development Group puts the onus for the ramps’ creation on the city. Should the ramps never materialize, the developer would not be required to build the housing component of the project. And it can walk away from the 2,500 housing units if it pays a $35 million fine. “The only thing we have here is a guarantee to build a mall,” said Ivan Contreras, a community organizer for the Queens Housing Coalition. The city and developer have both been adamant that the affordable housing will Q become a reality.

Wendell also assisted in getting the children a place to premiere their movie — the Cinemart theater on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. The kids will attend the premiere of their film at the theater on Friday, June 10 and will even walk a red carpet outside. “I want it to be really kind of special for the kids,” Wendell explained.

Eggers said she was impressed with the students’ work. “I really took an advisory role, it was all them,” she said. She expects the film will run 30 to 45 minutes when complete; and editing will begin next week. Students are in the process of conducting the finishing interviews. Eggers added that she and her fellow teachers at St. Thomas always try to instill community spirit in the kids. “We really do try to build this sense of community in them, and they respond,” Eggers explained. “They want to know how to fit in Woodhaven now and in the future.” She noted that the students have often stepped in when residents are in need, shoveling driveways during snowstorms and last year, collecting supplies for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Wendell wants the film to lead to a renewed interest in the neighborhood’s history. “I’m kind of hopeful this will be kind of an ongoing thing,” he said. To defray some of the costs of the project, Wendell’s website, Project Woodhaven, has a link for donations to help the students finance their project. Donors who help sponsor the movie soon can receive tickets to the June 10 premiere. A link to donate can be found at sta-project.html

City approves water rate increase of 5.6% That’s 3.7 times the rate of inflation by Michael Gannon Editor

The New York City Water Board voted on Friday, as expected, to increase water rates by 5.6 percent for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The average annual water bill for a single-family home will increase from $939 per year to $991. The average increase for a unit in a multifamily dwelling will go up from $610 to $644. Officials from the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, including Commissioner Carter Strickland Jr., said during the public hearing process that the increase was the smallest in eight years due to more efficient operations at the agency. The DEP has seen four double-digit increases since 2007. The increase of 7 percent for the current year followed consecutive increases of 11.5, 14.5, 12.9 and 12.9 percent. Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate and a Democratic candidate for mayor, blasted the Water Board’s decision in a statement issued by his office on Friday.

“Our homeowners and small businesses deserve better,” he said. “The water rate hike isn’t just going to fund the water system — it’s being used to plug gaps in the city’s general budget.” De Blasio called it a hidden tax that he said is chipping away at middle-class residents, particularly in the outer boroughs. Comptroller John Liu, also a Democratic candidate for mayor, calling the increase a blow to struggling New Yorkers’ pocketbooks, pointed out in a statement last month that the city’s water rate has doubled since 2006. Liu’s stance hadn’t mellowed any as of Friday. “That still stands,” said a spokesman for the comptroller. The U.S. Department of Labor indirectly corroborates both officials’ positions. According to the DOL website, inflation over the last year as of March was 1.5 percent. That would make the increase approved Friday 3.7 times the rate of inflation, or Q 373 percent higher.

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Queens borough president candidate Melinda Katz’s campaign says that the recent allegations made against her and her partner, radio personality Curtis Sliwa, are an attempt to compromise Katz’s run. “This is a sad, frivolous lawsuit,” George Arzt, a spokesman for Katz’s campaign, wrote in an email. “Unfortunately, it is an attempt to use a political campaign and false innuendo as leverage to publically rehash a long-ago settled divorce.” In a lawsuit filed on March 21, Mary Sliwa, Curtis Sliwa’s ex-wife, is charging him and Katz with conspiring “with each other to drain marital assets so Curtis Sliwa could leave the plaintiff in due course, join his mistress, Melinda Katz, and have a ‘nest egg’ of marital assets.” Allegedly, Sliwa, who had two children with Katz through in vitro fertilization while he was still married to Mary Sliwa, told his ex-wife that they would have to pay child support for the Katz’s children. According to the Child Support Standards Act in New York, payments are mandated, under the circumstances presented, to be no more than $1,700 each month. “Despite the forgoing, the defendants fraudulently conspired together for a payment of $8,000 per month ($96,000 per annum, tax free) plus another $1,150 per month (tax free) for Curtis Sliwa to provide his mistress with a $2 million life insurance policy,” the suit alleges. “The response given by Katz’s campaign is about as broad as the Empire State Building,” Paul Siegert, Mary Sliwa’s attorney, said. “The complaint is very, very specific, and neither Melinda Katz or Curtis Sliwa has denied any of

the claims made. Mary had harbored this for a while. She is a devoted wife and mother. Melinda Katz wrecked this marriage.” In the complaint filed, there are seven specific dates that Mary Sliwa said her husband and Katz met at her home in Forest Hills and “engaged in sexual intercourse.” Siegert said the timing of the lawsuit has nothing to do with Katz’s bid for Queens borough president. “It is not as if we believed they had relations,” he said. “We know they did. There are specific dates and times laid out that show that Melinda Katz and Curtis Sliwa were having an affair. Mary could care less about Melinda Katz or her political aspirations. The comment made by her campaign is just to distract people from the issue at hand. There is a broken marriage and a woman and child who have been negatively affected, and she’s making this about her campaign.” Siegert went on to say that his client had no choice but to file after Sliwa stopped putting money toward the couple’s old co-op, where Mary and their son reside. “There is a six-year statute of limitations and Mary has not been able to pay the co-op mortgage and it’s gotten to the point that she couldn’t wait any longer,” he said. “In December, Curtis’ salary was cut and he hasn’t paid child support since then. The courts originally wanted to have the money automatically deducted each month but he opted out of that so he could pay when he felt like paying.” Sliwa was not available for comment and Katz’s spokesman would not comment further on the matter. Mary Sliwa is seeking $1.4 million in the lawsuit. There was no finalized date for Sliwa Q and Katz to appear in court.

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Sen. Schumer and Rep. Meng speak on immigration measure by Tess McRae Reporter

The comprehensive immigration reform bill that U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is co-sponsoring would put millions of immigrants on the path to citizenship and would specifically benefit the Asians here, he said. “We have a great Asian community and I am a great fan of immigration because it adds to the greatness of New York and the greatness of our country,” Schumer said during a phone press conference Friday. According to the senator, the new bill would clear the entire family backlog of people waiting to be admitted into the country in less than 10 years, a process that can take up to 15 years. Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), who also spoke during the phone conference, praised the senator for the reforms. “This is a better bill than we originally anticipated,” Meng said. “Senator Schumer has been working incredibly hard on this tremendously monumental task for the people of the state and country. He has mastered the art of compromising and has made very progressive strides that will benef it the Asian community.” The phone conference, held on Friday, came two days after Meng sent Schumer a letter criticizing some of the provisions that

could be “particularly disadvantageous to the Asian American community and detrimental to our immigration system and American economy at large. “Over the past 10 years, U.S. residents have sent over $450 billion dollars in remittances to foreign countries,” Meng writes. “Much of this money goes to family members who cannot legally join their relatives in the United States. Making family reunification a priority would strengthen communities and would inject billions of dollars into our economy every year. Beyond the numbers, immigrants’ relatives often provide an unpaid caregiver support system, pool extended family resources into business entrepreneurship, and facilitate long-term assimilation into American society.” The letter did praise the inclusion of additional visas for a range of workers, legal counsel for vulnerable immigrant populations and the expanded implementation of the DREAM Act within the proposal that will ensure that “hardworking young Americans, who remain undocumented due to no fault of their own, are provided with a dignified and expedited path to citizenship.” Meng called all of those provisions necessary and overdue. Schumer insisted that the revisions, including a point system for adult siblings seeking citizenship would greatly benefit

members of the Asian community, citing the increase in Asians attending specialized high schools and Ivy League universities. “The point system favors Asians because it favors families and high-skill workers, which means Asians will do better than other communities,” Schumer said, adding, “1.3 million undocumented Asian immigrants will be immediately legalized. We can’t get everything we wanted to for it to go through the Republicans but it does have most of what we want.” The new provisions added to the bill will guarantee U.S. citizens the ability to bring in siblings and adult married children as long as one petitions for them within 18 months. “We’re going to do everything we can to keep it from being watered down when it’s brought to the floor,” Schumer said. “There will be people trying to do that. Conservatives do not want this to happen even though Republicans and Democrats authored the bill.” The bill will be up for debate within the next couple of weeks but Schumer said that if it passes the Senate with 70 votes, there will be pressure on the House of Representatives to pass it as well. “It’s going to be a fight,” Schumer said. “We debated what to do with our borders and now we’re debating the path to citizenship because it is still a hot issue. We have to fight back against those who are looking to

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Child safety tops talk at 106th Pct. meeting Community council also casts votes for executive board positions by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor

A Hispanic male with dark curly hair, driving a gold minivan who has allegedly been exposing himself to young girls in South Richmond Hill is the subject of a police manhunt. Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, told members of the 106th Precinct Community Council at their May 8 meeting in Ozone Park that the individual they seek has exposed himself three times to two different girls 14 and 19 years old in the area bounded by 111th and 116th avenues from 123th and 126th streets. Officers are actively looking for the minivan in the precinct area and also paying special attention to harassment and related complaints, Pascale said. Police had originally thought the suspect was the same man accused of groping two girls in South Ozone Park. That man was arrested last Wednesday and is not suspected in the flashing incident. Pascale said that unfortunately, the victims are not immediately reporting the crimes to police but are going home and discussing what happened with their parents. “We’re getting the jobs late,” said Pascale. “People really have to call 911.” Sgt. Ryan Kenny of the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau told the audience that he has been giving talks on Stranger Danger at local schools, a presentation that educates

area youth about staying safe and provides practical information to prevent abduction. School administrators who are interested in having Kenny speak at their school can contact him at (212) 614-6741 or at Pascale said that with the summer coming police will be stepping up their motorcycle and noise enforcement in the community. He said that police have a plan in place for noise enforcement which includes a designated noise enforcement patrol car. Pascale asked residents to alert police when they see large party preparations, such as tents and large quantities of alcohol, and not wait until the party is happening. Noting the recent rescue of three young women who had been kidnapped and held for 10 years in Cleveland, Frank Dardani, president of the 106th Precinct Community Council, told the audience to be more aware of what happens in the community. “That first reaction to call 911, do it, let the men and women of the NYPD figure it out,” he said. “The more we are active in our communities, the safer everybody is going to be.” Residents voiced their concerns about a myriad of other issues at the meeting. On the quality-of-life front was the problem of youths on dirt bikes riding up and down 76th Street between North Conduit

and Pitkin avenues in Ozone Park. Resident Jay Goldstein, along with a group of his fellow neighbors, came to the meeting to ask the police for help with their situation. “It started since last year and it’s gotten so bad that they ride up and down the block on a one-way street going as fast as they can doing wheelies and not just on the street, which is dangerous itself, but on the sidewalk,” he said. Pascale noted that police had seized three motorcycles on the block and explained that it is a dangerous situation for both the police and the bike riders for a marked police car to attempt to catch the riders. He said that in this case unmarked police cars were sent into the area and made the seizures. The decision is now up to the courts as to whether the motorcycles will be returned to the owners, Pascale noted. However, Goldstein said that now that they don’t have their motorcycles, they are riding their bicycles in the same manner. “Nobody feels safe just walking down the street,” he said. Pascale said the police will come up with a game plan for the situation. A resident said that her elderly neighbor’s home was burglarized and the thieves stole a TV, money and jewelry. She said the neighbor, who does not speak English, did not call the police.

Pascale said that 911 can handle calls in any language and used that situation as an example of how not all crimes are reported. Dardani said that it is very important that crimes get reported to the police so that resources can be directed to the area. Also during the meeting, a Tudor Village resident, who would only give his name as Paul, asked if a police car could check on Addabbo Park in the late evening hours since youths were in the park after the posted closing time. Pascale said the precinct’s midnight conditions unit goes through the park during their tour. An Ozone Park resident complained about tractor trailers parking overnight on the southbound side of Woodhaven Boulevard between 103rd Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard. “It’s a dangerous situation,” he said. That issue had been brought up a number of times at meetings of community boards 9 and 10 and both the 106th and 102nd precincts have made a note of the problem. The council also held elections for its executive board. President Frank Dardani, Vice President Donna Gilmartin, Treasurer Joy Patron and Corresponding Secretary Pelham Justiniano were re-elected without opposition while Frances Scarantino defeated Margaret Finnerty for the position of recording secretary in the only contested Q race by a close vote of 16 to 13.

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Police Officer Frank Calafiore was honored with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award at the Community Council meeting in Ozone Park on May 8, for his arrest last month of an alleged armed robber and the seizure of a loaded firearm and other assorted contraband. According to Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, Calafiore, Sgt. John Egan and members of his anti-crime team responded to an armed robbery in progress of a 25-year-old woman in South Ozone Park on April 11. The officers spotted the alleged perpetrator when they arrived and a “hot pursuit” ensued, which took the officers into a house around the corner from where the alleged robbery had occurred. Inside the house the officers found five individuals. According to Pascale, Calafiore spotted a 9mm loaded silver firearm in full view. After obtaining a search warrant, the officer found 200 Xanax pills. All five people were then placed under arrest. Pascale said they believe an 18-year-old individual arrested by Calafiore was the person who robbed the woman. It’s not the first time Calafiore has been named Cop of the Month. He has been honored with the award twice before. In November 2011, he was honored with anti-crime team members Officers Kevin

Missing Officer Frank Calafiore, left, the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month, 106th Precinct Commanding Officer Thomas Pascale, 106th Precinct Community Council President Frank Dardani, and Sgt. John PHOTO BY STEPHEN GEFFON Egan, the 106th Precinct’s anti-crime supervisor. Desormeau and David Marconi for their arrest of a gunman who allegedly robbed the owners of two stores on 101st Avenue. Calaf iore was also honored in August 2010 with Officers Michael Baio, Matthew Steiner, Andres Gonzalez, John Tripodi, Joseph Osolin and Sgt. Brian Goldberg for

their capture of an alleged graffiti vandal who, according to police, had defaced more than 15 locations in Howard Beach in June and July 2010 including the former Bernard Fineson Developmental Center building on Cross Bay Boulevard and 156th Avenue, near Q where the suspect was caught.

Police are looking for a Richmond Hill man who has been missing since earlier this month. George Inczenko, 54 was last seen at his home at 119-12 Hillside Ave. on Saturday, May 4. He is described as being 6 feet tall with brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

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Queens’ own three little pigs The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo is now home to a trio of mulefoot hogs (Sus scrofa domesticus), a breed of domestic pig that is classified as critically rare by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The Mulefoot is different from other pig breeds in that it has non-cloven hooves

that resemble those of a mule, as its name implies. Mulefoots have become rare because they are no longer commonly bred by farmers. The three mulefoot hogs at the Queens Zoo are all females and have coarse black coats typical of the breed. They can be seen on the zoo’s farm.

No craps tables at Aqueduct? continued from page 13 In a press release announcing the plan released last Thursday, Resorts World is cited as an example of the success of casinos despite having no table games. The release says the casino “generated $306 million in revenue to the State while employing 1,750 people.” But state legislators who represent the communities that surround Resorts World reaffirmed their desire to see table games at the casino. “My support for full gaming at Resorts World has not diminished,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) described the plan as a “moving target” and said he believes Cuomo can be persuaded allow table games at Resorts World after all. “This is cement that is still fresh and not hardened yet,” he said. “The governor can only garner support if the legislators back it.” Right now, the referendum is slated for this November, but any delay in getting it out of the state Legislature could put it off until 2014, when the referendum would be on the same ballot as Cuomo himself. It is possible that city legislative leaders could prevent a referendum from going on the ballot unless they get an assurance from the governor that Resorts World would be considered for table

games. Addabbo said that was not out of the question. “I can’t tell my constituents to vote for the referendum if I find out Resorts World will not be considered for table games,” he said. “If the governor wants to do three or four gaming sites upstate, I’ll buy into that plan, but only if I hear the next casino will be in Queens.” Though Resorts World is the only gaming facility in the five boroughs, casino plans had been offered for Willets Point and for Coney Island, but both proposals were killed. Resorts World declined to comment on the proposed legislation, but the casino’s president, Michael Speller, has said in the past that he fully supports the governor’s call to legalize table games statewide. Before any new casinos can be built, voters would still have to approve changing the state constitution to allow table games. A poll by Global Strategies released in early March stated that half of New York voters — including a majority in the five boroughs — opposed the amendment if the state does not allow table games at Resorts World. The survey was paid for by Genting, the parent company of Resorts World. Other polls have showed only a narrow majority or plurality of state voters Q approve of the amendment.

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As the body prepares to fend off pollen invaders, other symptoms may occur. Fatigue, aches and pains and other flu-like symptoms may be present. While battling pollen, the immune system is in full swing and may not be able to fully devote attention to other invaders, like bacteria and viruses. A person with allergies might be more susceptible to sickness. There really are no cures for common allergies, only methods to manage the symptoms. Individuals with strong allergies to pollen should avoid spending a lot of time outside when pollen counts are especially high or the wind is blowing pollen around. Pollen predictions can be obtained through the local weather report or doing a little investigating online. Here are some other steps to limit troublesome springtime allergies. • Take a shower to wash off pollen from hair and skin after coming indoors. • Launder clothes regularly. • Keep windows and doors closed on high pollen days. • Use a HEPA air f ilter inside of the home. • Do not air-dry clothes, linens or other items outdoors on a clothesline. • Consider using a saline irrigation spray to improve breathing and cleanse the nasal passages of pollen. • Talk with a doctor about the best overthe-counter products available for allergy symptoms. If those are ineffective, prescription medications may work. • Some people find relief from alternative health treatments, such as acupuncture or ear candling. Being proactive about seasonal allergies can mean getting relief earlier or even preventing serious complications in Q the spring. — Metro Creative Connection

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Frequent spring allergy questions answered Spring is in the air — and that means pollen, mold spores and other airborne allergens are going to bring on sneezing and wheezing for an estimated 40 to 50 million Americans. The spring season can be especially bothersome with so much conflicting information on how to find relief. To help you better understand spring allergies and combat symptoms this sneezing season, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, has answered some of the most frequently asked questions. 1. Why does it seem like more and more people have spring allergies? This is likely due to increased awareness and more people taking the steps to being properly tested and diagnosed. According to a recent study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, pollen counts are gradually increasing every year, which can cause heightened symptoms. 2. Do spring allergy symptoms only last during the spring months? The length of the season can help determine the severity of symptoms. For many areas of the country, spring allergies begin in February and last until the early summer. Mild winter temperatures can cause plants to pollenate early. A rainy spring can also promote rapid plant growth and lead to an increase in mold, causing symptoms to last well into the fall months. Allergists recommend starting medications to alleviate symptoms two weeks before they begin. If you have a history of prior seasonal problems, start your medication at the first sign of any symptoms. 3. Will eating local honey cure allergies? A common myth is that eating a spoonful of local

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Tanning: Smart or not? A look at melanoma through the eyes of an expert Dermatologists and skin cancer experts, especially before and during the summer months, write articles and give speeches on the harmful effects of sun exposure on the skin: the risk for melanoma and other skin cancers and premature aging of the skin. Despite all efforts, beaches are Dr. Julide Tok Celebi PHOTO COURTESY filled with people MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER tanning in the midday sun, streets are filled with people with a pink-red burnt or bronze skin and tanning salons are filled with clients. Why can’t we deliver our message? Tanning is harmful to our skin just like smoking is harmful to our lungs. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. One person dies every hour from melanoma in the U.S. There are more than 76,250 estimated new cases of invasive melanoma in the U.S. annually resulting in over 9,180 deaths per year. It is the fifth and sixth most common cancer in men and women, respectively. If melanoma is diagnosed early, it is typically cured with surgery. However, advanced disease has a poor outcome and can lead to death.

Warning signs of melanoma. Melanomas often resemble moles; some develop from moles. The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can also be skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. The ABCDE rule of melanoma indicates that melanomas are typically asymmetric, have irregular borders, irregular color, a diameter greater than 6 mm, and evolve. However, not all melanomas follow this rule and have all of these characteristics. What are the risk factors for melanoma? Everyone is at some risk for melanoma. However, increased risk depends on several factors: fair skin, increased sun exposure, increased number of moles, dysplastic or atypical moles (benign moles with special features), large moles from birth, having had melanoma and other persons in the family with melanoma. Melanoma as a genetic disease. Cancer results from an accumulation of genetic changes in the DNA that leads to uncontrolled growth of cells. Thus, melanoma is a genetic disorder. Even though melanomas can look similar on the skin (usually brown or black and irregular), recent studies show that genetic changes in one melanoma can be quite different than the other. These findings imply that there are many different types of melanomas. The future requires genetic characterization of a person’s melanoma and treating the patient based on these findings. The link between melanoma and sun exposure. The majority of melanomas develop on the skin (~95 percent). Rare forms are present such

as those that develop in the eye, mouth, gut and the genitalia. Clinical studies that were carried out in the past decades suggested sun exposure (ultraviolet radiation) as a critical factor in promoting melanoma development of the skin. Recent genetic studies examining changes in the DNA now provide evidence that melanoma of the skin is closely related to ultraviolet-related damage. One exception, however, is the sun-protected sites of the skin, such as palms and soles, for which the reason of their development is beyond sun exposure. These recent scientific studies confirm sun exposure as a critical element in the majority of melanomas of the skin. Tanning and indoor tanning (tanning booths or beds) increase one’s risk for melanoma. Indoor tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors. Those who tan indoors only four times a year increase their risk of developing melanoma by 11 percent. There is an alarming increase of melanoma among young women possibly due to increased use of indoor tanning in this age group. These studies provide further evidence linking sun exposure to melanoma. One can avoid harmful sun exposure by avoiding the midday sun (11 a.m.-4 p.m.), using protective clothing and by frequent sun block (SPF>30) application. Indoor tanning should never be used. More importantly, one can enjoy the summer months without being subjected to significant levels of ultraviolet radiation by using these measures.

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by Dr. Arthur Hayward As the percentage of our older population increases, healthcare providers appreciate the need to stop disease before it starts. A recent study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of obesity and related health conditions than do members of the previous generation. While chronic diseases are among the most costly of all health problems, they are also the most preventable. So how does one begin to make sense of preventive care advisories when so many screenings are recommended at once? Here are the most-recommended screenings for keeping older adults healthy. • Cancer. While you may hear about many cancer screenings, colon cancer and breast cancer impact the highest number of people in the United States. Both men and women ages 50 to 75 should be screened for colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. One in 20 risk developing the disease. The easiest of several acceptable strategies is to take a

fecal immunochemical test at home every year, or every two years, to check for hidden blood in the stools. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women. One in eight will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Women ages 50 to 74 are advised to have a mammogram every year or every two years. • Heart health. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both sexes. The risk of heart disease can be reduced by maintaining a healthful diet and regular exercise. Even so, doctors highly recommend screening for risk factors of heart disease. Most importantly, blood pressure, normally taken at the doctor’s office, should be checked every two years at minimum for those 18 years and older. Though it often shows no symptoms, high blood pressure can damage vital organs — including your heart. To keep your heart healthy, Kaiser Permanente doctors recommend members get their cholesterol checked by a blood test at age 20 or at their first visit after that age. Routine testing should next occur at age 35 for men and age 40 for women and afterwards on a schedule determined by results. Screening for diabetes with a fasting glucose plasma test or an HbA1c blood

test is recommended for those with other risk factors for heart disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are often associated with being overweight, and boomers surveyed in the study mentioned earlier had higher rates of all four conditions compared to an earlier generation. They also reported exercising less than those in that earlier generation, which is very likely related. • Osteoporosis and bone health. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, nearly 10 million Americans are living with osteoporosis. About half of all women over 50 will break a bone because of the disease. Kaiser Permanente doctors who have researched osteoporosis have developed screening recommendations to find and treat affected members. Their guideline urges women to have routine osteoporosis screening at age 65 and repeat at age 70. The screening consists of a simple, noninvasive bone mineral density scan. A little prevention can go a long way. Check the table provided and make sure you’ve at least had these six screenings, Q which could save your life. — NAPS Dr. Arthur Hayward is a geriatrician at Kaiser Permanente.

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Jamaica Hospital’s Trauma Team offers warning Stay focused on the road and avoid becoming a distracted driver Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States today. Each year, nearly 2.5 million Americans are treated in hospital emergency depar tments as a result of an MVA. While the numbers are staggering, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Trauma Team is dedicated to decreasing the number of these preventable injuries through education, research and community outreach. Jamaica Hospital operates a Level 1 Trauma Center, the highest designation to treat critically injured patients. Last year, Jamaica Hospital’s ER treated more than 500 patients injured as a result of motor vehicle accidents and the staff wants to offer the following tip to our community on how to avoid serious injury: Stay focused on the road and avoid becoming a distracted driver. What is a distracted driver? A distracted driver is a driver engaged in another activity that

takes his or her attention away from the primary task of driving. These activities include: electronic devise use, eating or drinking, applying makeup, talking to passengers or adjusting the radio. Here are some distracted driver f acts and f igures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: • 16 percent of fatal crashes involve reports of distracted driving • 20 percent of injury crashes involve reports of distracted driving. In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. • 387,000 people in 2011 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010 ( • 16 percent of all distracted driving crashes involve drivers under the age of 20. Distractions can impair a driver in three ways: • visually — forcing the driver

to take his or her eyes off the road; • manually — forcing the driver to take his or her hands off of the steering wheel; and • cognitively — forcing the driver to take his or her mind off of driving while they are doing something else. While there are many forms of distractions for drivers, the type that has seen the largest increase in occurrences is texting while driving. Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it impairs the driver’s visual, manual and cognitive abilities, and studies indicate that text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. In a recent study by the CDC, 9 percent of U.S. drivers reported texting or emailing regularly or fairly often while driving. Jamaica Hospital’s Trauma Team is well aware of the growing trend involving injuries and fatalities associated with distracted drivers and wants to offer the following warnings:

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Corrupt politicians or targeted leaders? Debate in Jamaica focuses on the arrests of minority political figures by Michael Gannon Editor

The recent spate of arrests and criminal investigations involving public officials has ensnared a high percentage of minorities in the state Legislature, leading some in the community to ask if black and Hispanic lawmakers are being targeted. State Sen. James Sanders (D-Jamaica) decided last week that the question of conspiracy or corruption was far better-suited for an open, frank and free-wheeling debate before nearly 200 people at the Black Spectrum Theatre in Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica. A panel consisting of former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin (D-Bronx), student Betty Mahmud of the New York City Urban Debate League and Terryl Demendonca of the Misunderstood Youth Center argued that corrupt politicians come and are prosecuted in all colors and ethnicities. Attorney Richard Washington, student Tyler Anderson of the Debate League and Paul Nichols argued that the numbers and percentages of investigations run suspiciously and disproportionately high among minority legislators. Nichols, a member of Sanders’ staff, said he was speaking for himself and not the senator. The moderator was Prof. Leonard Baynes of the St. John’s University School of Law. Washington said a look at the 14 state sen-

State Sen. James Sanders addresses the audience at the Black Spectrum Theatre before a debate on whether the recent arrests of minority legislators have to do with personal conduct or PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON racial politics. ators currently under investigation turns up seven African Americans. And he also took issue with the release of names in a letter at the sentencing on May 9 of former State Sen. Shirley Huntley. Six minority state senators are on the list, as well as Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica). While federal authorities have said only

three people on the list are under investigation, he said all are now smeared by innuendo. “If you do the crime, do the time — we’re not condoning corruption,” Washington said. “But if you are investigating, why publicize it? I’m a former prosecutor. The purpose of an investigation is to not let people know you are investigating. Why make that public?”

He believes the U.S. Attorney’s Office could have argued harder to keep the letter sealed. As a counter to Huntley, and names like Sens. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) and malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) who have been arrested in recent weeks, Benjamin offered others. “Seminerio. Kruger. McLaughlin. Biaggi. Stanley Simon and Stanley Freidman in the Bronx,” he said. “They were not targets of conspiracies. They were corrupt.” Former Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, he pointed out, died in federal prison while serving a six year sentence. Former Senate Republican Leader Joe Bruno had a conviction overturned on appeal. “And former U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani made his name going after Italian mobsters,” he said. Mahmud called the issue of race a red herring. Demendonca agreed. “If you are honest and on the straight and narrow, you don’t have to worry about what’s on those wiretaps,” she said. Nichols said the conspiracy argument is not necessarily undermined by the arrests of Italian, Jewish and Irish politicians. “Just use the same measuring stick across the board,” he said. “If that would happen, we wouldn’t be here having this debate.” A show of hands in the remaining crowd at the end of the evening came down 27 to 24 Q in favor of the corruption argument.

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The intersections surrounding St. Stanislaus Kostka School are about to get safer. In an initiative to focus safety improvements at city schools with high accident rates, the Department of Transportation started the Safe Routes to Schools Program, a branch off of the statewide program that began around the same time. At a town hall meeting that ended early due to low attendance, hosted by the DOT, the Department of Design and Construction and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (DMiddle Village), who will be funding the project, it was announced that the program would be brought to St. Stanislaus Kostka at 61-17 Grand Ave. in Maspeth, a private school on busy Grand Avenue. “The Safe Routes program is looking to make some of the intersections around schools more pedestrian friendly,” Crowley said. “Some places are really bad but the DOT has determined St. Stanislaus to be one of the worst, so we’re starting there.” In 2001, the Department of Transportation examined the accident histories around the city’s 1,471 elementary and middle schools. In 2003, an initial list of 135 priority schools considered especially unsafe was made. There were 33 schools in Queens on the first-round priority list. “Pretty much, the way we make these areas safer is by installing neck-downs,” Ryan Kalleberg of RBI, the group working with DOT on the project said. “We build out the curbs which shortens the crossing distance and will force vehicles to slow down when they’re making turns, particularly

right-hand turns.” The neck-downs will extend 6-feet past the curb and will be implemented on Maspeth Avenue and 61st Street, as well as Grand Avenue and 61st Street. A section of 57th Drive that branches off from Grand Avenue will be blocked to cars entirely. “The project is currently in the bidding process,” Kalleberg said. “It’ll be open for bid on June 5 so it’ll probably be another 6 months before the project is completed.” According to DDC, the project will work around school opening and dismissal times so that students walking to and from school will not be in danger. Safe paths will also be set up to ensure students are able to cross the street and walk on the sidewalks easily. After St. Stanislaus Kostka is complete, Crowley said she is looking to bring the Safe Routes to Schools Program to a few more schools in her district. “This will be the first of many safe projects to come,” she said. “There are some places in our area that are really bad. Stanislaus was probably the worst in the district but I would like to see work done at PS 128 and St. Margaret’s as well.” Kalleberg and Crowley noted that priority will be given to schools with higher accident rates and that not every school in the city require neck-downs or other improvements to nearby roadways. “Some schools are located in an area that isn’t as accident prone as others,” Kalleberg said. “The program is designed for the schools that need it most. The cars going down Grand Avenue drive incredibly fast Q and it’s just not safe.”

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Triston Griff ith, a 20-year-old from Jamaica, wears a Barry Manilow Broadway play pin on his tie and someday hopes to sing just like him. “I want to go to college and work on my singing more to make sure I don’t make a fool of myself,” Griffith said. He sits calmly in the lounge area at the Mental Health Association of New York City. His hair is neatly braided and his suit is fancier than anyone’s dress in the multiroom school. Before he makes that leap into college he wants to earn his General Educational Development certificate and he’s on the brink of taking the test. The MHA, whose free program funded by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, cut the ribbon on its Long Island City facility last Thursday. The program helps Queens students who dropped out of high school get their GED — with a 100 percent success rate. Twenty-three students attend MHA — about 30 per year — in the building above Outward Bound on Northern Boulevard just steps away from the Queensboro Bridge. The students live with a variety of mental health issues, from mild anxiety to dysthymia — depression that comes and goes — to bipolar disorder. The MHA moved from a building in Astoria in search of a place to stretch out. “The last location was really small,” Program Director Carleton Archer said. “It’s hard to teach in a cramped location, especially with the population we serve.” The halls of the about six-room school are covered with information about colleges and jobs. Students have to pick careers they want to pursue and give a PowerPoint presentation to their peers about the vocations. The MHA teaches interview skills and how to write

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resumes to help achieve those goals. Also in the halls is a chart listing everyone’s name, with stars for punctuality, attendance and turning in assignments. “An incentive to do what they are supposed to already be doing,” Archer said, adding that these skills are important for holding down a job. Students, aged 16 to 21, enter the program with literacy levels from a third-grade level and up. Individuals set their own goals, which gives them a sense of control, Archer said. Griffith most appreciates the one-on-one attention and smaller classes. In traditional high school, he struggled with being distracted by the other students. The students attend biweekly group counseling sessions and interns trained in social work and staffers help them with other basic needs such as finding healthcare and, for some who are on the verge of homelessness, shelter. “If you don’t have food and shelter, the Q GED isn’t going to matter,” Archer said.

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Lindenwood continued from page 10 adding, “a nice neighborhood, a safe neighborhood, [public] transportation for staff and residents of the group home.” Another resident expressed concern about the house being empty for the next several months. Rosenberg said the owner regularly checks and maintains the house as does Birch staff. Lindenwood resident David Postrion asked if it would not have been a better idea if Birch had asked the residents whether or not the community needed the house in the

press brief ing. By May 7 we knew differently. One of the most sacred duties of the press is to hold our government accountable on statements it makes to the people. If the people have no faith in what they are told, how can there be trust? I don’t, however, take much issue with nondisclosure of a threat that was well in hand, like this one. What is at question now is the witch hunt for the leak. The DOJ had issued subpoenas for phone records of 20 separate telephone lines, including personal phones of the reporters involved. It also obtained the records for numbers at three main offices, including the general AP switchboard — all with no prior notice to the news organization, which DOJ guidelines strictly demand. The DOJ has guidelines for cases concerning the press and they were clearly not followed. They are only three pages long and you can read them yourself on our website. The DOJ can now look over every call made to and from the AP, many of which may include other confidential source calls. Should reporters and news sources have to resort to burner cell phones and handwritten messages? We have come a long way in technology since 1971 but apparently not in federal understanding of not “... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ...” Justice Black also wrote, “The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.” So this is just another right gone by Q the wayside since 9/11. Michael Ojaste is the Queens Chronicle’s technology consultant and president of DragonMac & PC Consulting, LLC.

neighborhood before they bought it. Ariola said that the organization is not obliged to advise the community before they buy the house for a group home. She added that Birch has been very forthcoming to the Alliance. The group home is expected to be ready for occupancy next spring. It is not the only group home in Lindenwood. In October 2008 despite the protests of residents of 79th Street, a proposal to place a group home at 153-10 79th Street was unanimously approved by CB 10. The residence is home to six to eight male residents, age 21 and over, with Q moderate to mild retardation.

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When you search “New Music” on the festival, said. “Genrefication is sort Google, the results are overwhelming. of dissolving.” New hip-hop, pop, Latin, new wave, “The idea was to only have new classical and other work,” said Allen genres are listed for Schulz, co-founder Queens New what seems to be of Random Access an infinite number Music, the group Music Festival brings of pages. But while of Queens-based contemporary-classical composers hostnone of these genres artists together are new music, they ing the festival. aren’t entirely wrong to celebrate the borough “So a group can’t either, as the new just come in playmusic genre cannot ing Beethoven. We be confined or compared to any other wanted group performances to be by music type. all living composers in classical style.” New music is classical, in that many The origin of the New Music Festival composers write for violin, piano or came about after one too many trips flute, but it is also pop in that it uses across the river to Manhattan. electronic sounds and riffs; even still, it “There is a whole group of classicalis also opera, rock, hip-hop and other style musicians and composers living music types. and working in Queens, but we rarely The definition of “new music” is perform here,” Schulz said. “In every quite muddled and yet it is — and has one of those groups, we talk about been — a developing culture, a culture there being no venues in Queens. In that will be showcased at the 2nd An- the rest of the city on any given night, nual Queens New Music Festival start- you can go listen to music in Manhating May 16. tan or Brooklyn but you can never do “New music, quite simply, is music of that here, which is where the idea for our time,” said Patrick Castillo, a com- the festival came about.” poser for one of the performances at Continued page continued ononpage 47

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


“Gravity of the Sculpture: Part II” will remain on display at The Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, through July 3. Call (718) 937-6317, email or visit

The Bella Italia Mia’s next meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 19 at Christ the King HS, 6802 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village. Call (718) 426-1240.

Photographer Walker Evans’s “Havana 1933” collection will be on display at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thompson Ave., Long Island City, through May 29. Free. Visit

Northeast Queens Multicultural Democratic Club will meet on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at Carlyle Towers, 43-10 Kissena Blvd., Lobby Floor, Flushing. Speakers will be Cathy Guerriero, candidate for Public Advocate; Bill Thompson, mayoral candidate; and Barry Grodenchik, candidate for Queens borough president.

AUDITION St. Gregory’s Theatre Group, 242-20 88 Ave., Bellerose, holds open auditions for “Jesus Christ Superstar” to be performed on August 2-4 and 7-11. Auditions are on Saturday, May 18 from 12:30 to 4:40 p.m., adults ages 15-65+ and 10 a.m.-noon, kids ages 7-14 and Monday, May 20 ages 15-adult from 7-9 p.m. Email or call (718) 989-2451.

DANCE Dance Into Light hosts its 10th Anniversary Benefit Event on Saturday, May 18 from 5-7:30 p.m. at The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. Call (347) 770-3454. Paul Taylor Dance Company performs at Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, on Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. $46, rear side seating, $25. Call (718) 760-0064.

THEATER “Blood Brothers” will be performed through May 18 by the Astoria Performing Arts Center at Good Shepherd Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at

Douglaston Community Theatre Group presents “Hound of the Baskervilles” on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. at Zion Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 243-01 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Entrance on Church Street (44th Avenue) off Douglaston Parkway. $17, $15 seniors and students with ID. Call (718) 482-3332.

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The Tokyo Oratorio Society joins the Queens College Choral Society and Orchestra to perform Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” on Saturday, May 18 at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd./Queens Hall 270H, Flushing. $20. Call (718) 997-5597. Oratorio Society of Queens features Puccini’s “Messa di Gloria” in its spring concert on Sunday, May 19 at 4 p.m. in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside. $30, $25 seniors and students with ID, $10 children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult. Call (718) 2793006 or visit Andy Statman, one of the world’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists, will perform at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd./Queens Hall 270H, Flushing, on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. Prices vary. Call (718) 997-5597. A Memorial Day concert, sponsored by Woodside On The Move, to honor veterans and first responders will be held on Thursday, May 23 from 6-9 p.m. at Windmuller Park, 52nd Street and 39th Drive, Woodside. Contact Adriana Beltran at or call (718) 476-8449. Free.



The Jamaica Bay film crew hosts a screening and fundraiser, co-sponsored by Edible Queens, of the Jamaica Bay trailer on Sunday, May 19 at MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2, Shore Front Parkway between Beach 94-95 streets, Rockaway Beach, from 1-4 p.m. Suggested donation levels are $50, $100 and $250 but any size donation is welcome. Contact or (917) 207-8715.

The Renaissance Charter School flea market will be on Saturday, May 18 at 35-59 81 St., Jackson Heights, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (718) 803-0060 ext. 106.

MUSIC The Bayside Men’s Glee Club presents its spring concert on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at the Church on the Hill, 167-05 35 Ave, Flushing. $10 suggested donation. Visit

There will be a spring outdoor neighborhood flea market on Sunday, May 19 at the Maspeth Federal Savings parking lot, 101-09 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Forest Hills. St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church of Bayside will hold a rummage sale plus ethnic Polish bake sale on Saturday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 35th Avenue and 210th Street, Bayside. Call (718) 224-3052.

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 69-07 Cooper Ave., Glendale, hosts a rummage sale on today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Call (718) 456-5292.

Richmond Hill flea market is held on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 117-09 Hillside Ave. Call (347) 709-7661 or visit

LECTURE Dr. Barbara Bianco discusses genealogy basics on Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at “The Castle” at Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Bayside. Contact or (718) 352-1548 or visit $5, free for members. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, hosts hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy in the “Sonos and Vevo Present: The Director’s Studio” series on Friday, May 17 from 7-8 p.m. Free. Visit The Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, hosts two lectures: on Sunday, May 19 at 10 a.m. John Schwartz will discuss his memoir, “Oddly Normal” about his family’s experience helping his son Joseph come to terms with his own sexuality. $5.; the Y celebrates its 13th annual Sholem Aleichem Day on Monday, May 20 with a talk at 1:30 p.m. by Jonathan Brent, the executive director of YIVO, one of New York’s leading organizations for Yiddish culture. $6. Call (718) 268-5011 ext. 151, visit or email A day-long seminar entitled Overcoming Anger and Bitterness will be held at Faith Baptist Church, 10501 37 Ave., Corona, on Saturday, May 25 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (718) 598-4528.

MEETINGS AARP Chapter 2889 meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 69-60 Grand Ave., Maspeth.

The Sisterhood of the Rego Park Jewish Center, 9730 Queens Blvd., holds it next meeting on Monday , May 20 at 12:15 p.m. The meeting will discuss Access-A-Ride. Call (718) 459-1000. There will be poetry writing and reading with the Woodhaven Poetry Society on Tuesday, May 21 at WRBA office, 84-20 Jamaica Ave. at 6:30 p.m. City View Pharmacy’s free spring walking club meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m. through May 30 at City View Pharmacy, 23-07 Astoria Blvd., Astoria. Call (718) 545-2550.

FOR KIDS “Spellbound” by Masters of Magic, a family fun day in Kew Gardens, will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at the Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road. $10 per family, $5 for members. Reservations required. Call (347)-878-6614 or visit Queens Library at Hollis, 202-05 Hillside Ave., hosts a reptile “Edventure” with Erik Callender for children ages 6 and up on Friday, May 24 at 4 p.m. Free. Call (718) 465-7355. Clown duo Bolo and Claus will per form at Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, on Sunday, May 26 at 1 p.m. in English and 3 p.m. in Spanish. $14, with Family Flex pass, $10. Call (718) 760-0064.

CLASSES Watercolor classes at the National Art League, 4421 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston. All techniques, beginners to advanced. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25 per session. Call (718) 969-1128. Foundations in Astronomy workshop series will be offered on Sundays, May 19 and June 9, 23 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. $50 for series. Pre-registration required. Call (718) 2294000 or visit

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Lifelong circus dreamer comes to Queens phase. They helped me pack. They were so sick of hearing me talk about joining the circus.” It is considered something of a cinematic cliché: the The Buffalo native was such a nag about his big top wide-eyed child stepping under the big top for the first ambitions he was nicknamed “Circ” as a teen. time, walking out hours later to swear to anyone who’ll He started as a magician and was soon eating fire for listen that he or she will join the circus. the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers circus, before making a The story rarely plays out. Inevitably, the kid comes to short-lived move on to being a clown. his or her senses and picks up a seemingly sensible career, The 52-year-old has called the circus home for 30 like accounting or lawyer. Yawn. years. This excludes a diversion into Starting May 19, Queens will the wild world of journalism (which host a true embodiment of that you may understandably confuse starry-eyed kid, when the Big Apple with being a clown). When: May 19 to June 16 Circus’ John Kennedy Kane appears Kane then paid his professional Twice per day, times vary under the big top — as the ringmasdues, traveling with 15 “mud Where: Cunningham Park ter, just as he always wanted. shows,” inside show-biz talk for the 196-22 Union Tpke., He’ll be the master of ceremonies dirt-pit classic circuses that act as Fresh Meadows for the circus’ “Legendarium,” a testing grounds for top talent. Tickets: $20-$60 nod to the circus as it used to be. Venues like Big Apple and other It’s a suitable venue for Kane, who bold-faced names don’t accept himself is a veritable time warp. resumes, Kane said. They’ll find you. A substantial mass of humanity, with a deep guttural And all those years working the circuit have paid off voice and cadence that’s prone to theatricality, Kane is the professionally for Kane. He knows the ins and outs of a rare case of a ringmaster who’s born, not bred. In an era show, and can keep the pace going. when actors stand under the big top and deliver “I know circus rigging,” he said, citing an example: “I rehearsed lines, Kane can say he is doing the very job he know that trapeze isn’t ready to go yet. They have said has wanted all along. that the few times here that I had to make up stuff, I did “I was that kid who wanted to join the circus and actu- a great job. All my years being a clown, being a magician ally did,” Kane said. “[My parents] thought it was a have helped. Nothing here phases me.”

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Greenberg will be combining these words and new works for “Word,” which is one of “You end up making a lot of words in the many exhibits during this week’s LIC Arts the world of neon,” Krypton Neon Studio Open — a neighborhood event when galco-founder and artist Kenny Greenberg said leries, stores, studio and performance spaces as he sifted through a pile of discarded display recent and loved works. words in his Long Island City shop. Twisted Greenberg will team with neon artist and white tubes that turn a spectrum of bright Krypton employee Tom Unger and artist colors when plugged in lay on the concrete William Garrett as well. ground — “smile,” Unger created a “come,” “the,” “a” piece that plays with and “extraordinary.” the words “walk, The words come slide, trip, stumble When: May 18 and 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and fall.” from broken signs and Reception May 17, 6 to 9 p.m. Broadway play disEach word rumiWhere: Krypton Neon Studio, plays. The “a” came nates on what it 5-26 46 Ave. second floor from a neon piece for means. The letters in the traveling perforTickets: Free, “slide” look like they mance of “The Pro(718) 706-6869 are sliding. The “m” ducers.” During the in “stumble“ stumshow’s travels they broke bles over the “b” and the “b” over the “l.” the “a” several times, and Krypton would “The works play with the feel of the have to ship a replacement to wherever they word,” said Unger, who rarely creates were. After several last minute Fed-Exes they words for his artistic pieces, though he has decided to make a backup just in case. penned several columns on neon techThe “a” never broke again. nique for a trade journal. (Of course writSome of the other words were literally left ing about neon is much different than creon Greenberg’s doorstep. ating neon words.) When he owned a shop on Vernon The third artist in the show, Garrett, opts Boulevard, people who presumably didn’t not to use fire and poisonous gases to create want their neon signs anymore, but didn’t his art. know how to discard the toxic tubes, would, Instead he will hang several magnetic by cover of night or silently during the day, panels throughout the lit-up space. drop the broken signs on his doorstep. continued on on page page 00 49 continued

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00 continued from page 43 The festival will run through May 19 with nine groups performing in total. “When we curated the event, we asked people to send in proposals,” Schulz said. “We got at least 50 proposals and culled it down to nine. Diversity was the main key in choosing the nine but artistic quality as well. We didn’t want four or five groups that played the same kind of music.” One of the nine, the Brooklyn-based Two Sides Sounding, will explore life in Brooklyn and Queens in a multimedia performance entitled “BrooklynQueens Expressway.” “I was thinking about the connection of the two boroughs and Daniel Neer [the lyricist] was thinking of writing a new piece,” Two Sides Sounding co-founder and vocalist Eleanor Taylor said.

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Neer partnered up with composer Robinson McClellan to create a 30-minute ode to the expressway that connects the neighboring boroughs. The group, which was founded in 2005, will also perform two pieces in response to Hurricane Sandy. “We have one called ‘Far Rockaway’ and another called ‘Red Hook’,” Taylor said. “Chandler Carter composed “Far Rockaway” and it’s based on a poem written by Daniel Neer. It’s a beautiful poem and has kind of a lullaby feel to it.” In addition to these pieces, Two Sides Sounding will perform Tom Cipullo’s “G is for Grimy: An Ode to the G Train,” Eric Moe’s “Rapid Transit” and Gabriel Kahane’s “Coney Island Avenue” on May 18 starting at 1 p.m. One of the more unexpected groups is the Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music, an alt-classical ensemble of more than 115 kids from in and around the city. For the festival, three string quartets — the Face the Music Quartet, the Pannonia Quartet and the Sorpresa Quartet — will perform May 17 at 8 p.m. “If you think about the simplicity of pop music, there is always a techno kind of beat,” Irene Chun, a cellist in the Pannonia Quartet, said. “That beat is a bit more obvious in that style and the fact that you’re

incorporating the new technology, like with David Guetta, you don’t have to be experienced in classical music to appreciate new music because it’s so unique.” Chun, who joined Face the Music when she was in sixth grade, is from Flushing and now in eighth grade. Along with the other musicians, she will play a stream of constant sixteenth notes where, instead of the beat time running at the standard “one, two, three,” it goes at a much faster, “one-e-anda, two-e-and-a, three e-and-a.” On May 19 at 1 p.m., Castillo is performing with violinist and fiancée Karen Kim and poet Keno Evol for a program inspired by the avante garde composer John Cage’s work. The trio first performed together at an experimental salon in Minneapolis, where they reside. Staying true to Cage’s form, in addition to live music, the performance will include precomposed fragments, found sounds and live audio processing systems. “Every day we have these magical experiences,” Castillo said. “There will be a street musician playing Bob Dylan and then a car horn going off that just happens to go well with the G chord in the song. I don’t think that diminishes the music in any way. All of these things integrate into this miraculous

Musicians Mila Henry, center, and Daniel Neer and Two Sides Sounding co-founder Eleanor Taylor. PHOTO COURTESY RANDOM ACCESS MUSIC

moment. To create that kind of experience, seeing how that changes experience is endlessly interesting.” Among others, Evol will perform his poem “The Violins Who Were Blind When the Thunderstorms Hit,” a piece that explores God, life and their meanings, accompanied by Kim on violin. “The spoken word piece has shape-shifted a few times; different violinists approached it in different ways,” Castillo said. “When we put this together, we just sort of decided to let him do his thing and Karen do her thing.” Passes for the entire weekend or a single day are available online in addition to tickets for an individual performance and Q at the door.

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boro CLASSES Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, hosts dance with instructions every Monday and Friday from 7:15 to 8 p.m. and a social dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Call (718) 478-3100. Cost is $10.

SPECIAL EVENTS St. Matthias’s R.C. Church, 58-15 Catalpa Ave., Ridgewood, will participate in the Sacred Sites open house weekend beginning on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at 1-4:30 p.m. Contact Jean McNamara at or (646) 654-5953 or visit Free. The Historic First Presbyterian Church of Newtown, 54-05 Seabury St., Elmhurst will participate in The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites open house weekend on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (718) 639-3126. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, holds a spring fashion show luncheon on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. in the grand ballroom. $20. Call (718) 478-3100.


Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, 84-20 Jamaica Ave., hosts a free poetry workshop every third Tuesday, until Monday, December 16. Email Afternoon Composting: Weekly Food Waste Drop-Off at the Broadway Library, 40-20 Broadway in Long Island City on Saturdays at 1 p.m. Call (718) 721-2462. Doodle and Conquer: the Art of Re-Invention Through Creativity, a free seminar will be given at Johnson Family’s Studio J, 11-11 44 Road, Long Island City, on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (201) 981-6455. Church of the Resurrection, 85-09 118 St., Richmond HIll/Kew Gardens, will be one of the sites on the Sacred Sites third annual open house on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Bayside HIstorical Society hosts a Civil War reenactment on Sunday, May 19 from noon to 3 p.m. at “The Castle” on Fort Totten, 208 Totten Ave., Bayside. $5. Call (718) 352-1548, contact or visit The Center for Culture, The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, presents a celebration of the life and times of Gloria Lowery Tyrell and a pot luck on Friday, May 17 from 5-10 p.m. Free. Call (917) 972-9159. On Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. join a birthday celebration of the ensemble and tribute to the late co-founder, Yusef Waliyaya. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Call (718) 523-3312. PEKG-061194

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There will be a Bohemian festival at the Onderdonk House, 18-20 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood on Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19. Ticket prices vary. Visit American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 enrollment will be held at St. John’s University on Tuesday, May 21 from 3-6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Law School’s private dining room, 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Flushing. Contact (718) 990-5789 or email

On Saturday, May 18 from 5-7:30 p.m. the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, hosts its 10th anniversary and spring benefit celebration with live dancing and musical performances, buffet and wine tasting, a silent auction and special guests including the Benjamin-Rosenthal Self-Help Senior Center dance students. Free, donations accepted. Call (718) 359-6227 and visit Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities presents “Save Our Children” on Saturday, May 18 at the Louis Armstrong Center Elmcor campus, 33-16 108 St., Corona. Doors open at 7 p.m. $20. Call (718) 651-0096 ext. 217. Italian Charities of America hosts Saturday night dances through May 18 from 8 p.m. to midnight at 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Call (718) 478-3100. Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., hosts a singles social and dance for singles over 45 from 2-6 p.m. on Sundays, May 19, June 9, July 21 and Aug. 18. $10. Call (718) 897-6255. The Ravenswood Lions Club will hold a spring luncheon and fashion show fundraiser on Sunday, May 19 from 1-5 p.m. at Riccardo’s by the Bridge, 21-01 24 Ave., Astoria. Call (718) 932-1854 or (718) 274-3487. St. Luke’s Nursery School, 87-34 85 St., Woodhaven, holds an open house from Monday, May 20 to Friday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit the 3- and 4-year-old classes and register for September, as well as for Mommy and Me classes. Call (718) 296-6683.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES The Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside, hosts: Qi Gong, Mondays at 10:45 a.m.; Wii time, Mondays and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; Music with Dee, Mondays at 1 p.m.; beginner’s drawing, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; health education, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; aerobics, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.; yoga, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; bingo, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; jewelry making, Wednesdays at 1 p.m.; tai chi, Wednesdays at 2 p.m.; stay well exercise, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; tropical club, Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.; Scrabble, Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; dance fitness and “You Be the Judge,” Fridays at 10:45 a.m.; ceramics, Fridays at 1 p.m.; current events, Fridays, May 17 and 31 at 12:45 p.m.; music appreciation, Tuesday, May 21 at 12:45 p.m.; blood pressure screening, Thursday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m.; fire safety program, Thursday, May 23 at 10:15 a.m.; a movie “Parental Guidance,” Friday, May 24 at 12:45 p.m.; jokercise, Tuesday, May 28 at 12:45 p.m.; and history with Hy, Thursday, May 30 at 10:15 a.m. Call (718) 224-7888. The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., hosts: bingo fundraiser, Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m.; bus trip to Yonkers, Monday, May 20; board of directors meeting, Tuesday, May 21 at 10 a.m.; nutrition class and a seminar by Myrtle Eye Care about eye health, both on Wednesday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m.; MetroCard van, Thursday, May 23 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Memorial ±Day picnic party with music and dancing by Tommy Mason, Tuesday, May 28; a seminar by Perry Funding about reverse mortgages, Wednesday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m.; and a mini-trip to Coney Island, Thursday, May 30. The center will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. Call (718) 456-2000.

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ACROSS 1 Vacationing 4 Wasn’t colorfast 8 Ohio nine 12 Neither mate 13 Ethereal 14 List-ending abbr. 15 Blackmailer’s task 17 - mater 18 Barracks bed 19 Apparent 21 Incalculable 24 Witness 25 Island neckwear 26 Conclusion 28 Door fastener 32 Corner 34 Do sums 36 Salver 37 Cancel 39 “- the season ...” 41 Cleo’s slayer 42 Calendar abbr. 44 Type of raincoat 46 Vanquish 50 Director’s cry 51 Stead 52 Double-take, e.g. 56 Actress Jessica 57 Barn roof decoration 58 Sphere 59 “Hey, you!” 60 Eastern potentate 61 PBS funding org.

‘Word’ 46 continued from page 00 One series, “Relationships parts 1, 2 and 3,” is made of grids of repeating words. One will have 23 framed magnets that say “love” and one “you.” Another panel is the same concept but lots of “thanks” and one “you.” The last is lots of the four-letter word that starts with “f” and one “you.” “Obviously Fu** can have a double meaning” Garrett said. Such is the same for “We should have done it on the first night.” This piece will not

be shown, but led to the exhibited “It’s your dirty mind not mine.” Garrett’s then-12-year-old daughter years ago questioned her father’s sexy phrase. To that he replied she was the one with her mind in the gutter. “Define ‘it’,” he said. “It could have been laundry on the first night, or really anything.” “The meaning is in the eye of the beholder,” Garrett said, adding that it is the point of show to be full of double entendres and at times “massively immature.” Which makes this show just that much Q more fun.

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DOWN 1 Individual 2 “Family Guy” airer 3 Bit 4 Fight 5 Roman 52 6 Cupid’s counterpart 7 Units of force 8 Beef, e.g. 9 Needle case 10 “Phooey!” 11 Smeltery refuse

16 Bill’s partner 20 Conger or moray 21 Radius neighbor 22 Element no. 10 23 Modern-day evidence 27 Old insecticide 29 Tension caused by pulling 30 Moolah 31 Syringe, for short 33 Fruit used in preserves

35 Brief swim 38 Rawls or Reed 40 World Cup game 43 Gall 45 Eccentric 46 Applaud 47 Rembrandt works 48 Beaks 49 Stationery unit 53 Singer DiFranco 54 Tramcar load 55 Cagers’ org.

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

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


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department has long lagged behind competitors. If the Islanders are to win a Stanley Cup within the next 30 years, then team owner Charles Wang will have to put f inancial resources into this area. The odds are that Wang will sell the team before it gets to its new home, the Barclays Center, in two years, so don’t bet on that happening. The Pittsburgh Pirates, who just played the Mets, have not had a winning season in 20 years. I asked Pirates manager Clint Hurdle about whether he’ll be relieved if and when his team wins its 82nd game this year, guaranteeing a winning record. “That’s on our to-do list. Our fans have let us know how much that means to them,” he replied forthrightly. NBC Sports and MLB Network air personality Bob Costas, who was born in Astoria, picked up his 25th career Sports Emmy Award last week. Someone in the press room asked him if he would “tweet” about it. “Twitter is an echo chamber for idiots!” he quickly replied. He deserves a 26th Emmy for that remark alone. The Nets’ failure to get out of the first round of the NBA playoffs gave their TV voice, Forest Hills native Ian Eagle, an opportunity to be a presenter at the Sports Emmys. He and Costas exchanged jokes about their lack of height on the stage of the Frederick Rose Jazz Hall. NeiQ ther is diminutive in stature, however.


Shopping, drinking on Union by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

The Bellerose, Glen Oaks and Floral Park neighborhoods in Queens were among the very last parts of the borough to be devel- The shopping center on Union Turnpike in Bellerose, looking oped, starting right after the end east, March 14 1950. of world War II. The last virgin lots of farmland were day and Sunday night at the piano keyboard. It was also fully air-conditioned, which sacrificed for the exploding population of men coming home from the service wanti- many bars were not in the 1950s. In 1958, ng to get married and start a family. In owner Vic Diaz sold it to Harry and Ray1948 a shopping center had to be built to mond Bernstein of Manhattan and the name accommodate the needs of the new home- was changed to Ray’s Anchorage Lounge. owners. On Union Turnpike between 247th In later years it was just called The Anchorand 248th streets, rows of stores were built age. It survived over four decades, which is a on both the north and south sides of the tough thing to do in the competitive bar business. Directly across the street on the roadway. In these two strips were two pharmacies, south side was Kap’s Ice Cream & Soda two hair salons, two delicatessens, two shop at 248-02, which lasted almost as long cleaners and two meat markets — but only if you had a sweet tooth. All the original stores are now long gone one bar and grill. That last, at 248-03 Union Tpke., was originally called The Glen Oaks but the shopping center still looks as fresh Tavern and later became Vic’s Anchorage and clean as it did over 60 years ago, as the Lounge. It was a popular spot to unwind, new storeowners take great pride in their Q featuring Ray Simmons every Friday, Satur- community.

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Notice of Formation of Sand Lane SI, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/26/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Mikhail Neystat, PhD, 101-24 Queens Blvd., Suite A, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: BORELAND & BORELAND, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 5/26/2009. 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 Boreland & Boreland, LLC, 244-11 136 Avenue, Rosedale, New York 11422. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of formation of limited liability corporation (LLC). Name: Corona Crown Publishing, LLC. Reg. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 3/8/13. 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 103-19 32nd Ave., East Elmhurst, NY 11369. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Classified Ad Deadline is 12 Noon on Tuesday for Thursday’s paper.



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No Limit Property Management, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/25/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Christina Teape, 119-05 202nd St., St. Albans, NY 11412. Purpose: General.

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

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: Samara Consulting Group, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/16/2011. 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 C/O United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

MJJS LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/13/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Bogdan Skrodzki, 65-47 Myrtle Ave., Ridgewood, NY 11385. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: NEE REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/02/2013. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 15-03 126th Street, College Point, NY 11356. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

G.I.L. Northern Enterprise, LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 5/4/05. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Peter H. Kim, 150-17 Northern Blvd, 2nd Fl, Flushing, NY 11354. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: CPV DEVELOPMENT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/08/2013. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 12-61 150th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of formation of Whitfield Surveys LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 2/11/2013. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 35-08 24th Ave., Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of HCT REALTY LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/21/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 135-11 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: RTISAN COFFEE PROJECT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/29/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Edgar M. Ortegon, 4628 Vernon Boulevard, Suite 502, Long Island City, New York 11101. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

DA-NUTRITION, PLLC Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 3/18/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The PLLC, 36-09 Main St., Ste. #204B, Flushing, NY 11354 which is also the principal business location. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: RINGADINGLE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/22/2013. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Michele Buchholz, 25-21 23rd Street, Apartment 15, Astoria, NY 11102. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

8409 Queens Realty LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/20/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 84-09 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: General.

Notice is hereby given that an on-premises license, #TBA has been applied for by OTG Management JFK, LLC d/b/a Due Amici to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an onpremises establishment. For on-premises consumption under the ABC Law at JFK International Airport, Terminal 2, Jamaica, NY 11432.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: L’ESPRESSO IMPORT GROUP, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/29/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 56-75 49th Street, Maspeth, New York, NY 11378. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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To Advertise Call 718-205-8000 WHL REALTY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/06/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Hui Zhen Li; Fong Keng Wong, 51-12 71st St., Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

CITARELLA FILM LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/19/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1716 Gates Ave., Ridgewood, NY 11385. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Registration of WHISPER PARTNERS, L.P., Cert of Limited Partnership filed with the SSNY on 04/17/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 8206 34th Ave., #12G, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Latest date upon which LP is to dissolve: 04-15-2113.

Notice of Formation of Arcade Affiliates, LLC. Notice of Conversion of Arcade Affiliates, a partnership, to Arcade Affiliates, LLC. Certificate filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/26/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 136-48 39th Ave., Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activities.

HOLLYWOOD EAST, LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/25/03. 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 Ramesh Sarva CPA PC, 109-17 72nd Rd., #6R, Forest Hills, NY 11375. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of 3236 48TH LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/22/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Neophytos Evagora, 31-16 30th Ave., Ste. 304, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: any lawful activity.

NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on the 17 day of January, 2013, bearing Index Number 1005/12, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Room 357, Jamaica, New York, grants the right for Ting Qian Jiang to assume the name Lily Jiang. The minor’s present address is 90-16 43rd Avenue, 1st Floor, Elmhurst, New York 11373; the place of birth is Queens, New York; the date of birth is March 8, 1997; and present name is Ting Qian Jiang.

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continued from page 5 five o’clock in the morning.” He noted that the partygoers come in from elsewhere.“These people are definitely not members of the synagogue, they’re definitely not from this area,” he said, adding that neighbors have attempted to reach out to the rabbi, but have gotten no response. The resident and another who lives on 83rd Street, identifying herself only as Anna, said the parties are predominantly on Saturday nights and patrons often leave broken beer and liquor bottles in the street near St. Helen Church. “They congregate in the parking lot at 3 a.m.,” Anna said. “When you have the windows open, you can hear them.” One of her neighbors said she has seen cars sit idle in the parking lot directly next to St. Helen school before and after parties at the synagogue. The resident of 85th Street said neighbors are especially concerned in the wake of Hurricane Sandy since the problem has only exacerbated the already-existing anxiety of the storm’s aftermath. “I guess we’re all just a little on edge since the stor m,” she said. “There have been reports of burglaries, break-ins and car thefts in the neighborhood. We don’t know who Q we’re dealing with.”

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Jamaica HS ‘History’ class New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted on Tuesday to have a public hearing on an application to designate Jamaica High School a city landmark. No date has been set for the hearing, according to a spokeswoman for the commission. JHS, located at 167-01 Gothic Drive, was the largest school building in the United States when it opened in 1925. Targeted for closure by the city for poor

academic performance, the building now hosts a number of specialized schools. Famous graduates include Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola, Olympian Bob Beamon, Pulitzer Prize winners Art Buchwald, Gunther Schuller (also a Grammy winner for jazz) and Alan Dugan, Nobel Prize for Medicine winner Gertrude Elion, former Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley and infamous former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell.


The bill mandating that companies in the city with more than 15 employees eventually provide paid sick leave is awaiting a promised mayoral veto — and an expected override of that veto by the City Council. The bill passed last Wednesday 453, more than enough to nullify the veto promised by Mayor Bloomberg, if members stick to their positions. The bill is set to take effect next April 1. At that point it will require companies with 20 or more workers to provide five paid sick days a year. Then on Oct. 1, 2015, the law will be extended to f irms with 15 or more employees. The bill includes a provision, however, that says it will not go into effect if the city’s economy worsens, as measured by the Federal Reserve. Advocates say the law is necessary to promote the health of working people and prevent the spread of germs like the flu. Opponents say it is an undue burden on businesses at a time when the economy remains shaky, and raises the cost of hiring Q people. — Peter C. Mastrosimone


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Hi-Ranch, 46x100 lot, 3/4 BRs, Gar, New boiler & Hot water heater, New Sheetrock. Make it your own. Financing thru Wells Fargo Chet Budhwa (516) 314-0184

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161-14A Crossbay Blvd., Howard Beach


(Brother’s Shopping Ctr.)






Large 2 Family with 6 BRs, 2.5 Updated Baths, Finished Bsmnt, Lg paved yard, Pvt Dvwy, Quiet block. Asking $559K



SAT, 5/18, 12:30 to 3:00pm 97-12 160 Ave. REDUC

HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK Mint Hi-Ranch, 3/4 BRs, New Kit, 2 New Full Baths, Crown Molding, New Roof, Skylights, Pvt Dvwy, New Condition, Simply Mint!


All Brick Colonial (New Construction 2009),4 BRs, 3½ Baths, LR w/Fireplace, 9' Ceilings 1st and 2nd Flrs, Full Fin Bsmnt, Pvt Dvwy, Det HOWARD BEACH/ 1 Car Gar, Sprinklers, ROCKWOOD PARK PVC Fencing, Pavers in yard, Wrought iron gates, Cape on 40x100, 4 BRs, 1 Bath, Full unfinished basement, Mint condition, All New! Needs TLC. Asking $469K Reduced $839K


HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK Hi-Ranch, XLg 5 BRs, 3 Full Baths, Updated Thruout, 27x55, On 40x109 Lot. Asking $699K OUR E X CLUSIV

Mint Hi-Ranch, All redone in 2004, 3/4 BRs, All New Kitchen w/ Stainless Steel, Appl, All New Brick, Stucco Windows, Kitchen, Baths, Pavers front & back, New Roof, New Gas Boiler, CAC, Polished Porcelain Tiles. Asking $699K

Charming Large Colonial, 5 BRs, 2.5 Baths w/H/W Fls, Updated Kit, New S/S Appl, Lg FDR w/Breakfast nook, Foyer & Den area, Full Fin bsmnt w/Full Bath, Laundry & Work Rm, Pvt Dvwy, Det Gar, Deck. Asking $545K

HOWARD BEACH HAMILTON BEACH Mint Waterfront 50x70 lot, 2 BRs Ranch, Deck overlooking the bay, Updated throughout. Reduced $269K




• JR4 Hi-Rise Coops .............Only $79K • Updated 1 BR Co-op.................$105K • XLG Updated 1 BR Hi-Rise .......$105K • Well maint. 1 BR Hi-Rise Co-op $112K HOWARD BEACH • Hi-Rise 2 BRs/2 Updated Baths$150K Mint Unique extended open fl plan home. 3 BRs, 3 Full Baths, Lg EIK • Garden, Mint, 1st Fl, Updated kitchen wood cabinets, 2 Skylights, All & bath, 2 BRs, 1 Bath with FDR $179K new doors, Lg family rm leading to lg yd. Move-in Cond! $499K • 2 BR, 1 Bath, S/S Appl, Mint ....$189K







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HOWARD BEACH/ HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK ROCKWOOD PARK Large oversized corner ranch brick & stone, 4 Brs, 2.5 Baths, Full finished bsmnt. $509K

Move-in Condition 4 BR Cape, 2 New Baths, New Roof/Windows, Excel loc. Asking $610K



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HOWARD BEACH/ OLD SIDE Legal 2 family, 6 over 6, 1.5 Baths on each fl, Irregular lot, New roof, New Boiler. Only $529K



HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK Custom 10 year young one of a kind home, oversized property. Totally loaded. One-of-A-Kind! Asking $899K




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HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK Beautiful 4 BRs, 2.5 Baths, Hardwood flrs, Updated bath, Walk-in 1 BR Apt, Garage. Asking $599K








Move-in Cond, Hi-Ranch, 4 BRs, 3 Full Baths, Maple wood kit cabinets, Granite countertops, H/W Fls thruout, New windows. Half IGP, Deck. Call for info. Asking $649K

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Legal 2 family on 40x100, 5/6 w/large full fin bsmnt, pvt dvwy. Asking $589K

Legal 2 family, 3 Large BRs per floor, Full basement, Pvt dvwy. Asking $599K

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OLD SIDE Beautiful Hi-Ranch, Completely Lg cape on 50x100, Full bsmnt, 4 BRs, Renovated, Walk-in 1 BR Apt., 2 Family all brick tudor, 3 BRs, 3 Large Hi-Ranch, Amazing 2 Baths, "Room to expand". House Just what you are looking for! Main floor converted to 2 BRs Full baths, All new wood flooring needs updating, Owner very motivated Location! 55x100 irregular lot, 40x100 Cape, 4 BRs, 1½ Baths, w/Large Jacuzzi Bath and deck & tiles, Private driveway, 1 car 4 BRs, 3 Full Baths, Hardwood Asking only $499K Unfinished Basement. $449K garage. Asking Only $659K off MBR. Asking $679K Flrs under rugs. Asking $659K Mint “Amazing” HOWARD BEACH Corner Ranch on T 40x100, 2 Car Det REDU AC CED TR Garage, 3 BRs, N CO 2½ Baths, All New IN Kitchen, Cherry Cabinets, Granite Countertop, Stainless WOODHAVEN Steel Appl, Lg LR HOWARD BEACH/ Charming very spacious brick Victorian, w/Fireplace, Huge ROCKWOOD PARK HOWARD BEACH Exquisite wood moldings and wood DR, All New Baths, Large cape on 60x100, 3 HAMILTON BEACH bannister leading up to 3rd fl. 9 stained Full Fin Bsmnt with Large BRs, 2 Baths, Updated Renovation in process, 1 Family glass windows, glass doorknobs, pocket Gas Fireplace Kit w/SS Appliances & Granite Colonial, 2 BRs, 1½ Baths, Totally doors and French doors. 6 BRs, 3½ baths, & Much More! Asking $629K 2 car gar, New roof. countertop. Asking $739K Asking $539K redone thruout. Only $299K



Custom Mediterranian Home, All Stucco, ROCKWOOD PARK 5 BRs, 3½ Baths, 10 Ft Ceilings on 1st Ultra mint 4 BR Colonial, House & 2nd Fls, Radiant Heat on All 3 Fls. 3 redone 4 years ago, 4 new full Romeo & Juliet Balconies, Full fin bsmnt, baths, New kitchen, fireplace, Home movie theater, Wine Room, 1 Car Gar, 2 Pvt Dvwys, Custom French Round In-ground heated pool, stucco & pavers front & back. $889K Doors, IG Heated Pool and more!




Empire Style, Hi-Ranch, 5 BRs and 3 Full Baths, CAC, Pvt Dvwy & 1 Car Gar, 40x100 Lot, Great Block! Asking $655K






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718-848-4700 Fax: 718-848-4865 WWW.REMAXLIBERTY.COM

JOHN DIBS Broker/owner





Diamond Condition Hi- Ranch, Totally Renovated First Floor, 4 BRs, 2 Baths, Garage, Koi Pond. Must See!

Our Exclusive!! Det 1 Family, 7 Room Colonial. Totally Ren. 1st Floor, Granite & Porcelain Kit. & Bath, New Heating System, New Washer/Dryer.

Renovated, Big Garden Apt, 3 BRs, 2 Baths Co-op Apt for Sale

Super Mint Condition 1 Fam. Brick Det, 3 BRs, 2 Baths, Pvt. Dvwy, Full Fin Bsmt.

Call Carolyn Defalco 917-208-9176

Call Carolyn For More Info 917-208-9176

Please call Glenda 646-325-3627 or John Hamel 718-207-2656

Call Paul Deo For More Info 718-848-4700

HOWARD BEACH Huge 3 BR Corner Unit With Master Bath & A Regular Bath, New Kit. & Lots of Closet Space, Close To Major Highways & Buses. Close To A Train & Walking Distance To Resort World Casino.


For More Info Contact Paul Deo 718-848-4700



5 BR, 3 Bath, Hi-Ranch, Mint Condition.

Brownstone Brick, 6/5 and Fin. Bsmt. Great Location For Shopping and Transportation, 10 Mins To Manhattan!

Pure Elegance, Superior Quality, Prestige Location - Legal Two Family, Frame with Pvt. Dvwy.

Call Maryann 917-838-2624 or Theresa 347-531-9060.

For More Info Call Pedro & Cecilia 646-552-4422

For Info Call Rene Rose or Richard Khan 718-848-4700

OPEN HOUSE Sunday May 19th 1 - 4 pm

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Magnificent Post Hi Ranch, Chef’s Kit., Formal Dining Room, Family Room W/Fireplace, Custom Throughout.

Mint Condition 2 Fam. Det. Frame, 6 BRs, 2 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths, 1 Car Gar.

Excellent 2 Fam. Income Property. Great For 1st Time Buyers Who Need Extra Income.

2 Family, X-large, Parking, 3.5 Baths And More! A Must See!

For More Info Contact Carolyn Defalco 917-208-9176

S. OZONE PARK 1 Family Det., Pvt. Dvwy., Full Fin. Bsmt, 2 BRs, 1.5 Baths

Call Broker John Dibs For More Information 718-848-4700

For More Info Contact Ana Maria 917-309-3408

Contact Paul Deo For More Info 718-848-4700

Call Anthony Fernandez For More Info 718-848-4700




2 Family Brick, Semi Det., Full Bsmt, Party Driveway. Lots Of Potential

Beautiful 2 BR Apartment, Garden, Ren. Kit., Formal Dining Room, Full Bath, 2nd Floor, Pet Friendly

Pizza Place for Sale at Citco Gas Station (Inside of Grocery Store) $20,000 RENT- $1,500

Please call Glenda 646-325-3627 or John Hamel 718-207-2656

For more information call Pedro or Cecilia Duarte at 646-552-4422

Call Milady Fernandez For More Info 718-848-4700

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