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Interest on student loans set to double Meeks calls on Congress to take action, stresses importance of higher education by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

ike many in Southeast Queens, John Harris, 26, a resident of Rosedale, is working hard to pay off his student loans. He is just getting a handle on paying what he owes, but if the interest were to double, as is expected if Congress doesn’t take action by July 1, he will be struggling to keep his head above water. “When you talk about having immense debt and then with only being able to make the minimum payments and to have the interest compound on top of your principal amount, it makes for a very hard time,” Harris said. It took Harris nine months to find a goodpaying job after he graduated from Hartford University with a degree in economics. In the interim he took several minimum wage positions. Harris shared his story at a press conference organized by Rep. Gregory Meeks (DJamaica) on Monday, during which he called on Congress to prevent the increase to student loan interest and announced a meeting he will be having next month to educate people on how they can better address what they owe. The average student debt in New York State is $26,271, according to a report by the Institute for College Access and Success. The Sixth Congressional District has large numbers of students and professionals who have student

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loan debt and may be financially distressed because they are unemployed, Meeks said. Many students rely heavily on Stanford loans, which are distributed by the U.S. Department of Education, to pay for college. The current student loan interest rate is 3.4 percent. Without Congressional action, it will jump back to 6.8 percent on July 1 when legislation from 2007 that cut it in half expires. The increase would affect more than seven million students across the country. “This burden shouldn’t be placed on our young people,” Meeks said. “We should be trying to figure out how we can make education less expensive.” Meeks said he knows firsthand how hard it can be to pay off a student loan. It took him 15 years to pay back what he owed, but he said it was well worth it. Now, he wants to make sure his constituents have an easier road. “I grew up in public housing, and it was a struggle,” Meeks said. “It was the life dream of my parents for me to get to college, and the same is true of a lot of other parents, but you can’t do it without loans.” He said the increase would deter students from pursuing higher education for fear of incurring massive debt and possibly ruining their credit. Fewer people seeking a higher college degree puts the country at risk of not being able to remain viable in a global economy.

“Lets incentivize education,” Meeks said. “Let’s try to figure out creatively how we can incentivize young people to go to school, get an education and then contribute back and have some relief on that loan. That is the kind of investment we should be making as Americans.” Aside from pressing for an extension of the lower interest rate, Meeks has organized a “know the options on student debt” town hall meeting at York College on June 13. It will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the faculty dining room at the college, located at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Meeks said the money needed to keep the interest rates steady could be generated by raising revenue and employing cost-saving measures but did not elaborate. The cost to the government is estimated at $6 billion a year. But the United States is borrowing about $1 trillion a year. The price of a college education has continued to rise over the last decade, according to Ronald Thomas, the vice president of York College, making it beyond the reach of many capable and talented students. The pending increase poses great risks, Thomas said, preventing many students from being able to continue their education. Jennifer Ching, project director of Queens Legal Services, said the group serves 10,000 borough residents annually and all of them

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In alleged robbery, stories differ Shirley Huntley, casino disagree on last week’s events by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

The husband of state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) filed a police report last week, alleging he had been robbed at gunpoint in a parking lot outside the Resorts World Casino New York City in South Ozone Park, though the gaming establishment said the accusations are not panning out. The NYPD said Herbert Huntley filed the report late last Thursday night, saying he had been approached by three black males, two of them armed with revolvers, who stole about $380 from him. According to the report, the men returned his wallet and, upon inspecting his cell phone, “said it was too old and gave it back to him,” a police spokesman said. The state senator also confirmed that her husband filed a report. “When my husband goes to the casino, he never takes a lot of money, and he usually comes back early,” Huntley said. “He called me and told me he was winning and was going to hang out a little longer. When he was walking to the parking lot, three guys, two with guns, referred to him as ‘pops,’ and told him to give them his money.” She also said the thugs looked at his wedding ring, but could not get it off his hand, “so they didn’t deal with that. “Then they got into an old car,” Huntley continued. The senator also said that the incident had upset her husband so much that he would likely be unable to identify his attackers. Police would not comment on the investigation because it is still ongoing, but Stefan Friedman, a spokesman for Resorts

World Casino New York City, said his company has so far been unable to find evidence of Huntley’s claims. “The safety of our patrons is Resorts World New York’s top priority, and working alongside the NYPD, we have launched a thorough investigation of these allegations,” Friedman said. “A preliminary look at our surveillance system does not support the allegation. We have provided all relevant information to the NYPD and will continue to cooperate with them as they conduct their investigation.” According to a source close to the situation, who wished to remain anonymous, security cameras filmed Herbert Huntley the entire time he was at the casino, as well as when he walked to his car, and there is no footage of him being held up. “There were cameras on Mr. Huntley from the time he exits the casino to the time he gets in his car,” the source said. “There’s just nothing there.” The source said Herbert Huntley was not out of view of the cameras for more than a few seconds. But Shirley Huntley said she was informed by a “credible source,” whom she would not name, that not all of the casino’s security cameras are working. “I don’t want to criticize the casino; I want it to be successful because it brings jobs and money to the state, but people need to feel safe when they’re there,” Huntley said. “The security cameras should be working.” The same source who discussed Herbert Huntley being caught on tape said no cameras were down in the areas where he walked.

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Herbert Huntley, left, the husband of state Sen. Shirley Huntley, filed a police report last week alleging he had been robbed FILE PHOTO outside the casino in South Ozone Park. The senator noted that her consituents have not complained about security at the casino. “My concern is safety for everyone,” Huntley said. “I haven’t heard bad complaints about them; I just happen to know there Q were cameras that weren’t working.”

JFK taps vets’ skills to reduce fliers’ stress Program aims to help travelers and recognize military men and women by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

Joe Peters, left, Bill Spencer and Raj Bacchus are three of about 30 veterans working in a program that launched this week at JFK Airport to reduce stress among travelers, as well as allow former military men and women to use the skills they cultivated during their service. PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON The former military men and women have volunteered to report to airport personnel when they notice colleagues being especially helpful with travelers — who flood JFK in even greater numbers during the summer. The initiative is being offered by the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University, as

part of the school’s “Edge 4 Vets” leadership training program. As a number of participants explained, while the program may seem beneficial but not ground-shaking, they emphasized it’s about more than helping passengers about to go off the deep end thanks to endless layovers or lost luggage — it’s about veterans

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It has been more than four decades since Bill Spencer retired from the Marines, but the Richmond Hill native can still rattle off lyrics to songs he sang in the military — and, within minutes of recalling his service, he smiled, looked over at a fellow veteran, and said, “Semper fi.” “Yes, semper fi, semper fi,” Joe Peters, a Brooklyn resident who served in the Marines from 1998 to 2003, said and nodded, repeating the Marine slogan that is short for the Latin phrase semper fidelis — always faithful. It is, Spencer and Peters said, a term that has bled into their everyday lives since they first entered the military, including after they left. And while they are no longer on the battlefield, the two said the axiom is the reason they decided to be a part of a new program aiming to help stressed out travelers at JFK International Airport. “In the Marine Corps, it was all gung-ho camaraderie — that could be implemented here, that camaraderie,” Spencer, who served around the globe and now works as a supervisor for Delta at JFK, said of the program that launched at the airport this week. The program, titled “NICE Corps,” standing for Neutralize Irritations Customers Experience, kicked off in the airport’s Terminal 4 on Tuesday with training for about 30 veterans.

getting to use the skills they honed in the military, and be recognized for it. “I’ll be able to use what I experienced in the Army, like leadership skills, for this, and that’s meaningful,” said Raj Bacchus, a Kew Gardens resident who served in Iraq in 2002 and Afghanistan in 2003. He now works as an airport coordination agent for Delta. Dawn Jolly, a Navy veteran who works at the Human Resiliency Institute, stressed that those from a military background are “mission oriented and detail oriented,” which she said meshes well with having to observe such things as employees’ body language with frazzled travelers, or even slight changes in someone’s tone of voice. The program, the first of its kind at JFK, will run through the summer, during which time area businesses will donate various awards for workers recognized for helping travelers. At the end of the summer, two of the veterans will be flown to a fishing resort in Alaska, and there will be a culminating event at which everyone will be recognized. “In addition to solving passenger problems themselves and highlighting the efforts of topperforming airport employees, the training also give veterans a chance to promote a positive, proactive image for veterans and contributes to the building of a sense of community for vets at the airport,” said Tom Murphy, director of the Human Resiliency Institute. Q


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Candidates promise to focus on Woodhaven In new 7th, Dilan, Velazquez rep vow to back small biz, help solve murder by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

Now that Woodhaven has been swallowed by a Congressional district which includes communities quite unlike the Queens neighborhood — hipster-heavy Williamsburg in Brooklyn and Chinatown in Manhattan, for example — what is in store for constituents who will, no matter how this year’s election goes, definitely not be represented by someone from their neck of the woods? According to one Democrat running for the 7th Congressional District — which much of Woodhaven is now a part of — and an individual representing the district’s current legislator, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens), residents getting used to their new political lines need not worry. The new area that covers Woodhaven, which had been part of U.S. Rep. Bob Turner’s (R-Queens, Brooklyn) 9th Congressional District, was born from the recent redistricting process, which happens once every 10 years and determines which neighborhoods fall within which Congressional, Assembly and state Senate districts. At a forum held Tuesday night by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation at St. Thomas the Apostle in Woodhaven, Councilman Erik Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and Evelyn Cruz, a congressional liaison for Velazquez, said they plan on doing every-

Evelyn Cruz, left, of U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez’s office, and Councilman Erik Dilan discuss the race PHOTOS BY ANNA GUSTAFSON for the 7th Congressional District at a forum in Woodhaven this week. thing they can for Queens residents — including assisting small business owners in areas like Jamaica Avenue and working to close the murder case of a Woodhaven woman’s father. Dilan and Velazquez, who represented a small slice of Woodhaven in the old district, are running in the Democratic primary on June 26. There is a third challenger, Manhattan economist Dan O’Connor, who did not show up for Tuesday’s event, which GWDC Executive Director Maria Thomson said the

group held to allow residents to get face time with the candidates. “There’s certainly issues here in Woodhaven I have to get familiar with,” Dilan told the gathering which drew about 15 people. “But as a councilman, I’m certainly versed in acting on local issues.” Dilan and Cruz agreed that improving life for small business owners is paramount to their campaigns. The Brooklyn councilman cited Jamaica Avenue as an area emblematic of those he wants to focus on, and Cruz said

Velazquez has already worked on rejuvenating the commercial strip. “We want to work hard with small businesses,” Cruz said. “We’ve walked down Jamaica Avenue and seen a lot of ‘For rent’ signs, and owners are saying rent is going up.” The two also spoke about trying to get police to refocus their efforts on finding the person responsible for murdering Carlos Rosario, the father of Woodhaven resident Ismelda Rosario. Carlos Rosario was shot dead at the tire shop he owned in Bushwick, Brooklyn last November, and his daughter said she is frustrated that the murderer has not been caught. “We’ve met with the family and the commanding officer, and we’re frustrated they don’t have leads,” Dilan said. “I got my flats fixed in his shop.” Alex Blenkinsopp, of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association and Community Board 9, told Dilan the WRBA has repeatedly tried to contact his office about the murder, but has never received a response. Dilan did not reply to the complaint that his office was unresponsive, but he did say he will keep on top of the 75th Police Precinct to arrest Rosario’s killer. Cruz said her off ice has spoken with Ismelda Rosario and that Velazquez’s office is staying on top of the case as well. continued on page 41

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A community board exceeds its mandate ow broad are the powers of a community board hearing a zoning application? Is the panel to determine whether granting an exemption to the regulations, known as a variance, would serve area residents’ best interests? Or does it also have the authority to dictate how the company applying for a variance should operate once established, such as by dictating who may or may not work there? We believe it’s the former. But at least one community board seems to believe it’s the latter, and that fits into a disturbing trend we see reflected also in the City Council — of government officials making more and more demands on the private sector in exchange for the right to do business. The immediate case in question is one before Community Board 12 in Jamaica. The panel held a hearing last week on an application from Blink Fitness, which wants to open a location downtown. The gym needs the simplest kind of variance to do so, essentially a special permit, as required by the city of any “physical culture” establishment. But the board, rather than just considering potential impacts on the community, is insisting that Blink guarantee that some of the jobs it will create will go to area residents. We understand the employment situation is dire in eco-

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nomically disadvantaged communities like Jamaica, where the unemployment rate is much higher than in most other parts of Queens. But the board has no mandate to demand set-asides — a loaded term, yes, but let’s not beat around the bush; that’s what’s being called for. It has no right to delay ruling on the gym’s plan for such a reason, as it did last week. Here’s another loaded term that’s apt for what CB 12 is doing: extortion. If the board were to turn down the application because Blink Gym declined to say exactly how many people it will hire and from where, the Board of Standards and Appeals will simply overturn the decision — a good thing, because if it didn’t, the company would have every right to sue the city, and it would win hands-down. This is a routine application. It’s not like the establishment of the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct, where an entirely new kind of business won a state contract to take over a large, unique parcel of land and, in exchange, promised a multitude of public benefits, including work for local people. One could argue that Resorts World shouldn’t have had to make promises on jobs either, but it’s an entirely different situation. Again, we sympathize with CB 12, understand its intent and find it hard to blame the members for thinking making

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I love big priorities Dear Editor: The story told in “Area leaders call ‘big cans’ offensive” (May 17, multiple editions) was disappointing. New Yorkers face a 9 percent unemployment rate, with an additional 7 percent more who have given up looking, a looming multibillion-dollar municipal budget shortfall, a growing $65 billion dollar longterm debt and long-term pension funding shortfalls in the billions — along with critical issues dealing with education, housing, transportation, public safety and the environment, just to name a few. Don’t City Council members Leroy Comrie, James Sanders Jr. and Julissa Ferreras have more important issues to deal with than going after the Arizona Iced Tea firm’s “I Love Big Cans” campaign promoting their 23ounce beverages? Even if this was meant to be a play on words, it would be no different from standard street corner or bar conversations wherein someone refers to a woman with “too much junk in the trunk.” In the real world outside the City Council, no one really cares about these phony issues. Arizona Iced Tea distributors provide gainful employment for hundreds of warehouse and delivery people. Supermarkets, local delis and bodegas who stock Arizona Iced Tea and related products assist in providing thousands of additional jobs. © Copyright 2012 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc. at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, N.Y. 11374-7769.

job demands is in their purview. After all, the City Council just voted to override the mayor’s veto on two different bills forcing certain employers to pay certain workers far more than the state-mandated minimum wage. And it’s making new demands on banks in another bill the mayor tried to block, a measure that will, if anything, force them to make more of the risky loans to unqualified borrowers that were a major factor in the financial crisis we’re still working to recover from. In each case, only a handful of lawmakers, mostly the Republican contingent, voted against the bills. CB 12 is a board in flux, one whose new leadership is trying to update its bylaws and irking some longtime members in the process. The chaos that erupted at a recent meeting — covered in the Queens Chronicle and nowhere else — was enough to catch the attention of Borough Hall and area lawmakers who attended the next session to keep an eye on things. Now it looks like city officials may also have to remind the members of the scope of their powers. The board should approve Blink Fitness’ application. It can encourage local hiring, not demand it. Residents, after all, will probably be glad of a new opportunity to fight another problem in the community, as well as many others: obesity.

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All of these people are our neighbors who are just trying to earn a living. Businesses and employees alike pay taxes that help pick up the tab for municipal services. Customers purchase these products under no coercion. How disappointing to see that progressive liberals like Council members Comrie, Sanders and Ferreras are throwing their lot in with the Moral Majority social police and politically extreme conservatives who attempt to use government rules, regulations and the threat of boycotts to impose their own moral values on others. For those who don’t like Arizona Iced Tea, please feel free to purchase a competitor’s product. You are welcome to pay more for a far less satisfying iced tea. This is the basic nature of free enterprise and how life works in a free society. Companies use advertising and marketing to promote their products. Consumers are free to make their own individual decisions. They can choose to select which product they desire to patronize. Larry Penner Great Neck, LI

Save the cemetery Dear Editor: (An open letter to Robert Tierney, chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission) On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Bayside Historical Society, I’m writing you today to express our passionate desire that the Landmarks Preservation Commission immediately designate the historic Brinckerhoff Cemetery in Fresh Meadows as an official city landmark. This cemetery should have been landmarked long ago. It is a final resting place to scores of early Dutch colonials, with some burials dating back to the 1600s. It is a rare historic artifact and precious to the integrity of our community. The current attempt to de-calendar the Brinckerhoff Cemetery and develop two homes on the property is an absolute disgrace. To desecrate the well-documented graves of those who are interred there is an abomination of all that is good and decent. Civic groups


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Respect the faith Dear Editor: This is in response to the April 26 letter “Let priests marry” from Mr. John Amato. Mr. Amato recommends that Catholic priests should be allow to get married. I guess that Mr. Amato doesn’t know anything about the Catholic religion, so he should not make comments on that issue, or he should learn about our faith. He shouldn’t tell the Catholic Church to “get its act together” and make some changes. What makes him such an authority to make this type of statement? I think you should apologize publicly to Catholic people. Christina Serilla Forest Hills

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and leaders from around the area and throughout Queens in general are up in arms and demanding action to have the site protected and preserved in perpetuity. It has been calendared for 12 years. Not only is it time to reject any attempts to de-calendar; it is also time to commit to grant full landmark status. The Bayside Historical Society occupies one of the most beautiful and iconic landmarks in all of New York City, the Officers’ Club at Fort Totten. We are also caretakers of the Lawrence Cemetery, which, like the Officers Club, is a city landmark (1967). The Lawrence Cemetery had a mishap similar to Brinckerhoff’s in its history. It was mistakenly claimed and subsequently sold by the city. Only through the diligent work of the Bayside civic community was this horrendous action reversed and the burial site of more than 100 early residents of Bayside (including two New York City mayors) saved from desecration and destruction. Similarly, the city should move to fix its mistake by purchasing the Brinckerhoff Cemetery property, which would be spearheaded through capital funding via local elected officials, and thus make sure it is protected for all time. Paul DiBenedetto President, Bayside Historical Society Bayside The writer is a member of Community Board 11.

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102nd receives additional officers Dog fights, graffiti and car break-ins top talk at meet by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor

There was widespread relief among those attending the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting last week when Capt. Martin Briffa, the precinct’s executive off icer, announced that 15 new officers had been assigned to the precinct. “We are so thankful, and I know that it’s going to help our precinct,” said Maria Thomson, president of the council. The officers were previously assigned to NYPD impact units and have been with the department an average of three to four years. Impact units are comprised of new officers who are assigned to precincts in high crime neighborhoods in the city upon their graduation from the academy. Residents at the meeting voiced their complaints about such issues as dog fights, prostitution, graffiti and car break-ins. Before addressing the complaints, Briffa urged the attendees to call the police if they see something suspicious. He said that a resident recently called police to report seeing two individuals who were putting tires and rims into a Honda Civic in Forest Park. Briffa said that precinct officers responded to the location and arrested the alleged tire and rim thieves. “If you see something, call us — we can’t

do it alone,” the captain said. “We need everybody’s help.” A South Richmond Hill resident, who declined to give her name or address for fear of retaliation, complained about a motor vehicle repair business which recently opened in her neighborhood and operates 24 hours a day, and which she alleged were conducting dog fights, promoting prostitution and doing other unspecified illegal activities. She said she has called the police and the Department of Motor Vehicles about the business. The resident alleged that the business owners found out that she had made complaints against them and threatened her and her family. “I really want your help; I really do,” she said. Briffa asked her to meet with him after the meeting to discuss her complaints in further detail. Murray Berger, of the Kew Gardens Civic Association, complained about graffiti on the Long Island Rail Road stations on Onslow Place between Austin and Grenfell streets. Berger was also concerned about the recent rash of grand larcenies and assaults in the precinct. Briffa acknowledged that car break-ins are a constant problem in the precinct. “People leave their GPSs in their cars,”

said Briffa. The captain added that people also leave their wallets, pocketbooks and credit cards in their cars when they go to clubs and restaurants. Briffa said a large percentage of the felony assaults in the precinct are the result of domestic abuse which police consider a serious matter and a priority response by officers who receive the 911 call. Berger also relayed his concerns about illegal taxi drivers trying to solicit customers at the Union Turnpike/Kew Gardens/Queens Boulevard subway station. He said the drivers were jamming the stairs of the station, looking for fares and making it difficult for subway riders to get up or down the steps. Berger asked Briffa if he could provide a continuing police presence at the station. Community Affairs Officer John Martin said police had a meeting with the other concerned city agencies, including the Transit Police and the Taxi and Limousine Commission about the issue. “We’re working on this problem,” Martin said. Ozone Park resident Karl Baker complained about late-night basketball being played until 2 a.m. in Maurice A. Fitzgerald playground at 106th Street and Atlantic Avenue, after the park’s closing time, disturbing his peace and quiet.

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robber who the NYPD said had a long criminal record and was on parole for past Chronicle Contributor 102nd Precinct Police Officer Pablo burglaries. According to Capt. Martin Briffa, execDeJesus was honored with the Cop of the Month award at the community council utive officer of the precinct, DeJesus was meeting last week for capturing an alleged on routine patrol on Wednesday, Mar. 28 at 4 p.m. when he observed two individuals fighting in the street near Jamaica Avenue and 91st Street in Woodhaven. Briffa said the fight turned out to be a robbery in progress. The captain said that DeJesus recognized one of the individuals as a person whom he had previously arrested. After a brief chase, DeJesus apprehended the robbery suspect, Briffa said. Briffa said the individual had numerous arrests in the last eight years for robbery, assaults, burglary, drugs and weapons possesOfficer Pablo DeJesus, right, received the Cop of the sion. “It gives me great honor to Month award from Capt. Martin Briffa and Community thank him for his great work,” Q Council President Maria Thomson. PHOTO BY STEPHEN GEFFON Briffa said.

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This Memorial Day, thousands of South Queens residents will honor Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice — their lives — for their families, their friends and the countless number of citizens they will never know. The annual Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade will take place Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at Coleman Square. All marchers are asked to line up in front of the Howard Beach train station at 10:30 a.m., and the parade will proceed along its normal course and end where it Veterans and residents participate in last year’s begins, at Coleman Square. There will be a Memorial Day Mass at Memorial Day parade in Howard Beach. FILE PHOTO Our Lady of Grace Church, located at the corner of 101st Street and 159th will provide an honor guard and colors Avenue, that same day at 9:30 a.m. All are detail. The Greater Woodhaven Development invited. The American Legion’s Woodhaven Post Corporation and the Woodhaven Business 118 will hold its Memorial Day ceremony Improvement District will hold a ceremony on Monday, May 28 at 10:45 a.m. at the on Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Forest Woodhaven post. The post is located at 89- Parkway and Jamaica Avenue. All are invitQ 02 91 St. During the ceremony, the cadets ed to attend all of the events.

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At Ozone Park school, stars are born by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

aint Mary Gate of Heaven School in Ozone Park exploded with song and dance last weekend, when about 60 students performed Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” — which landed them not only rave reviews from the hundreds of people who packed the audiences, but praise from big stars as well. Whoopi Goldberg, an actress who works with the musical’s director, Vinny Napolitano, on “The View,” sent a message congratulating the children on the performance, as well as a signed cast photo. Goldberg wasn’t the only star to give the thumbs-up to the first- through eighth-grade students who performed in the musical — the Backstreet Boys posted a video of the students singing one of their songs. “There’s no other grammar school in Brooklyn or Queens that does such a sophisticated Broadway show,” said Frank Gulluscio, who produces the annual show. “People walk out of there in awe. From the lights to the sound to the Q scenery, it’s all professional.”

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Brian Jenkins and Yasmeen Ramos belt out “The About 60 students from Saint Mary Gate of Heaven in Ozone Start of Something New.” Park performed “High School Musical Jr.” Students sing “We Are All In This Together,” in the production’s final scene.

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Assemblyman writes twin to Addabbo bill setting it at 21 Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) announced Monday that he wrote a bill proposing the change of the gambling age from 18 to 21 in New York. The bill follows a similar one state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) proposed in January in response to the opening of the Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct Race Track. When asked why he drafted his bill several months later, Goldfeder said, “I really wanted to get a sense that I was right in my thought that this was a real problem.” Addabbo said he has worked with Gamblers Anonymous and has seen kids as young as 16 with online gambling addictions. He also added 18 to 21 is not the target age range for revenue for casinos. Goldfeder said there is a big difference, not just in age, between 21-year-olds and 18year-olds. “Those few years build the ability for people to understand what the dangers of gambling and placing bets can do,” he said. Another prominent issue is how close Resorts World is to John Adams High School. “Kids in high school in their senior year shouldn’t be spending their lunch money on gambling,” Goldfeder said. He said the gambling age will be in line with the drinking age and the gambling age in other states, such as New Jersey. A bill legalizing gambling in New York has already been passed — but it has to pass again in the next session and be approved by the voters. Addabbo noted that it also may take a while for the gambling age to increase. The Legislature’s session ends in June, but Addabbo said he is not optimistic the bill will be passed before then. “We basically have until next year to get

this piece of legislation passed,” he said. Both Goldfeder and Addabbo said Resorts World is doing a fine job and is quite successful, but that does not take away from the importance of the bill for the community. Addabbo said those who oppose the measure often bring up the fact that 18-year-olds have other rights, like voting and joining the military. He said gambling should not be paired with dying for one’s country because it is a “totally different issue.” Despite the opposition, Goldfeder said

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As prom costs spiral, a lucky break for one Thanks to Richmond Hill church, a teen will have her dress made for free by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

With the average high school student in the United States expected to shell out about $1,100 on the prom this year, some in Queens are left shaking at the thought of having to dig deep into their pockets and shell out money that many families just do not have. But thanks to the United Methodist Church in Richmond Hill and the Queens Chronicle, one student will not have to worry about dropping loads of cash for a gown. The church helped to connect Jasmine Brown, a student from Brooklyn whose mother works in Jamaica, and Shakeya Armstrong, a high school student studying fashion who will design and make a prom dress for Brown at no charge. “When I heard that there was a student who needed a prom dress but couldn’t afford it, I really wanted to make it for her,” said Armstrong, 17, who attends the High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan and lives in the Bronx. The two students connected after Darryl Madison, a fashion photographer based in Laurelton, read in the Queens Chronicle that the Richmond Hill church is conducting a drive to collect prom attire for students who cannot afford the exorbitant prices for gowns and tuxes. Madison knows Armstrong well and thought she would be the ideal candidate to

Shakeya Armstrong, left, is designing a free prom dress for Jasmine Brown. lend a helping hand. Leaders at the church were able to connect Armstrong with Brown because Brown’s mother runs a food pantry in South Jamaica that partners with the United Methodist Church in Richmond Hill. “It’s such a great experience — it’s a once in a lifetime thing that I’d be able to do this,” said Brown, who graduated early, in January, from

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the East New York Family Academy in Brooklyn and will attend York College to study speech pathology this fall. “I feel really grateful.” Laneda Mondesir, Brown’s mother, said she was thrilled her daughter was getting a dress designed personally for her — which Armstrong said will be black and baby blue. “It’s so exciting,” Mondesir said. “My

daughter’s done so well in high school — she has been in the National Honors Society for four years, and this is such a wonderful way to end high school.” According to a study recently released by the credit card company Visa, students spend an average of $1,078 on the prom, including for attire and a limo — a 33.6 percent boost over the average $807 spent in 2011. However, the study, for which 1,000 families across the country were interviewed at random, reported that individuals living in the Northeast will spend an average of $1,944. Families in the Midwest are expected to spend the least amount on the prom, at an average of $696 per student. “Prom season spending is spiraling out of control as teens continuously try to one-up each other,” Jason Alderman, the senior director of global financial education at Visa, said in a prepared statement. “It’s important to remember the prom is a high school dance, not a wedding, and parents need to set limits in order to demonstrate financial responsibility.” The United Methodist Church, located at 113th Street and 107th Avenue, is continuing to collect prom attire. Residents who wish to help can drop off new, or lightly worn, gowns and tuxedos at the Queens Chronicle’s off ice at 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. or at the church in RichQ mond Hill.

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After f inding out that her 9-year-old daughter’s after-school program in Jamaica may be closed this summer because of Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed budget cuts, Janet Guerrero has spent many sleepless nights wondering what she will do if the site is shuttered. “I don’t have many choices,” Guerrero said. “I work full-time in Manhattan to pay the mortgage, to support my family.” Guerrero was one of dozens of parents and students who crowded into the auditorium at JHS 190 in Forest Hills on Tuesday evening to attend a protest sponsored by Queens Community House and urge the mayor to rethink his plan to cut youth programs, which, if approved by the City Council, could slash the number of after-school opportunities in Queens by 40 percent. Among those that may be shuttered include an after-school spot at PS 82 in Jamaica, where Guerrero’s daughter, Janel, goes; the Beacon program at JHS 190, and others sites in public housing developments around Forest Hills and Pomonok — all of which are run by the Queens Community House, which is based in Forest Hills but operates programs around the borough. “Every day I come to this wonderful program,” said Nicole Kitiashwili, 12, of Rego Park, who attends the Beacon at JHS 190. “Where else are kids like me going to go if it closes? We can’t all go home, and the paid programs are too expensive for working parents.” Because of proposed cuts to the city Department of Youth and Community Development Bloomberg has outlined in his preliminary budget, what are known as Out of

School Time programs would shrink from 83 to 51 sites in Queens. The cuts to the free after-school programs, which would have to be approved by the City Council to be implemented, would impact thousands of Queens students from all corners of the borough. Besides the Beacon in Forest Hills, the mayor has also called to shutter a Beacon at MS 158 in Bayside. Representatives from the offices of Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Assemblywoman Grace Meng (DFlushing) said they are fighting to ensure that funding is restored for youth programming. “It is unacceptable they’re thinking of closing these programs,” said Alex Schnell, communications director for Hevesi. Schnell noted that the mayor’s administration selected which Beacons to close based on Zip codes — meaning wealthier areas like Forest Hills are targeted, despite the fact that the program at JHS 190 serves low-income students from throughout the borough. “I may have to quit my job because of this,” said Christine Ferreira, a Rego Park mother whose two sons attend the JHS 190 site. “I just don’t feel it’s safe for children after school right now. It’s a peace of mind for working parents, knowing their children are here.” Jamaica resident Elaina Feliciano, whose son, Justin Sanchez, attends the PS 82 program, reiterated Ferreira’s concerns, citing the case of Leiby Kletzky, a Brooklyn boy who was murdered after being kidnapped while walking home from day camp last July. “Do you want to see children walking home alone, sitting home alone after that?” Q Feliciano asked.


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more harmful, inorganic arsenic. The FDA found that the chickens treated with Roxarsone, State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) compared to those that were not, had higher announced Monday he has proposed a ban of levels of inorganic arsenic in their livers. Alpharma, a company under Pfizer Animal Roxarsone (3-Nitro) and other drugs containing Health, voluntarily stopped the sale arsenic in chicken feed. of Roxarsone, but state Sen. Toby Roxarsone aids in making the Stavisky (D-Whitestone) said that appearance of poultry pinker is not enough. because it causes the chicken’s “We do ban other carcinogens in blood vessels to grow unnaturally bird feed and this should just be larger. The additive has been added to the list,” Stavisky said. linked to several diseases, “Chicken soup will taste very good including cancer. without it.” “This is a known cancerAfter reading the bill, Stavisky causing agent that has no busisaid she is going to cosponsor it. ness being in our system,” GiaSandra DeFeo, executive direcnaris said. tor of the Humane Society of New He also wrote a letter to the York, said there is no benefit for United States Food and Drug Michael Gianaris having the additive. Administration requesting the FILE PHOTO “We’re in support of it [the nationwide ban of the use of bill] because we want a better living quality drugs containing arsenic in chicken feed. Last June, the FDA said on its website the for animals and people.” Gianaris said he wants people to feel confilevels of Roxarsone found in chicken feed were so low that they did not pose a health risk. It dent in the food they consume. “This is important to public safety — to pubreported last August that organic arsenic, which Q is found in Roxarsone, was transforming to the lic health.” Chronicle Contributor

The last few weekends we have experienced beautiful weather for walking our Woodhaven Business Improvement District on Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street. As I previously stated, “in Woodhaven we have walkability” with all amenities being within walking distance. Our thriving shopping strip — with mom and pop stores and larger stores, contributes to our vibrant community. This is the reason that every year the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation sponsors our annual Spring Anniversary Dinner Dance where we honor elected officials, store owners, business owners and contributors to our community. This year, the theme for our 33rd year is “Everlasting Spring.” Our honorees for 2012, in addition to being important to Woodhaven, have led very interesting lives. Our honorees are: Woman of the Year, Debbie Hoffer, project director of Catholic Charities Older AdultsWoodhaven Senior Citizen Center; Man of the Year, Dr. Robert Castelli — a longtime Woodhaven podiatrist and foot specialist. Dr. Castelli was originally from Cypress Hills but after meeting his future wife — who was from Woodhaven — he became a Woodhavenite. Business owner of the Year, Michael “Mike” Brennan, owner of “Mike’s Pub,” was at one time an iron worker and worked on the Golden Gate Bridge and on the Twin Towers. Businessman of the Year, Jaime “Jimmy” Illescas, owner

of the new “Tropical Restaurant,” started in the restaurant business as a dishwasher and because of his hard work and ambition throughout the years he now owns his own popular restaurant. This year our special recognition award goes to St. Luke’s Nursery School where so many older Woodhavenites were introduced and now members of our younger generation are being introduced to their ABC’s. For 38 years this school has nurtured and enriched Woodhaven’s three- and four-year-olds. Mark your calendar for Friday, June 1, for the social event of the year, the GWDC’s “Everlasting Spring” 33rd Anniversary Dinner Dance at the Cordon Bleu Caterers, 96-01 Jamaica Ave. — with our own chef. There will be an unlimited buffet and libation. In line with this spring theme, the ladies are encouraged to wear warm spring colors. The music will be by the “Solid State Band,” five excellent musicians who have opened for Blood Sweat and Tears. They will be playing all types of dancing music including, our favorite, Doo Wop. Tickets are $65 each. This fundraiser is always a very enjoyable evening with good food, music and good company. Attend and enjoy. Now let us make sure we continue to fly our American flags above all others and also wear your flag lapel pins. May God bless our leaders, armed forces and disabled veterans and may God bless Q America.

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Queens pays early tribute to heroes Borough Hall ceremony marks Memorial Day by Michael Gannon Editor

Lt. Col. Neil Murphy called on Queens residents to remember the reason for Memorial Day in services held Tuesday at Borough Hall. PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON

Queens officials paid an early tribute to the nation’s war dead on Tuesday with a Memorial Day ceremony in Borough Hall. More than 60 people, many of them former or active duty members of the armed forces, crowded into a second-floor room when threatening weather made the regular annual outdoor ceremony impractical. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Neil Murphy Jr., who has served multiple tours in Afghanistan

and Iraq, was the keynote speaker. The colors were presented by the Francis Lewis High School ROTC Honor Guard. And the invocation was given by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, a chaplain with the FDNY. “I am the child of Holocaust survivors,” Potasnik said. “My parents lost five children. I was taught to have high regard for those who serve their country. We want to let them know we don’t forget you.” Col. Murphy said he had just returned from Afghanistan a few weeks ago to take his cur-

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Food drive underway by Maspeth church The Queens Hunger Project is in response to the growing problem of hunger in Queens. The Glendale-Maspeth United Methodist Church has adopted two places that provide food for the hungry. The first is the United Methodist Center in Far Rockaway, a soup kitchen and food panty. They provide between 100 and 120 nutritious meals daily Monday through Friday and food packages Tuesday and Thursday depending on how much food they have on hand. Missions Chairperson Hellen Block and other church members volunteer there every week. The second place is the Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave. which gives out an average of 450 to 500 food packages a month, feeding over 1,500 people. The congregation makes regular food donations to each place but help is needed from the public. Items needed are canned, boxed and packaged food, but nothing that is perishable or needs to be refrigerated. They can be dropped off at the Chronicle office at 6233 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park, Monday Q through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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JOHN ADAMS HS SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT NHS holds induction ceremony

By Symone Simon On May 8th, the National Honor Society of John Adams High School, Ozone Park, held its annual induction ceremony. With about 80 seniors and 46 juniors on the induction program, this yearÕs NHS event was the largest in recent years. The National Anthem was sung by junior Rosa Moore. Special speeches were made by principal Grace Zwillenberg, as well as NHS coordinator Ms. Schiller, and assistant principal Mr. Landman. The ceremony was conducted by the NHS Executive Board: President, Shaquane Smith; Vice President, Vhy-Shelta Kewladar; Secretary, Eliesha Jhagdat; and Treasurer, Ayah Innab. The inductees performed the traditional “Ceremony of Candles” to signify the membership and dedication to scholarship, leadership, citizenship

and service. The Executive Board presented students with medals to wear at graduation — seniors who exceeded expectations in terms of NHS requirements. These medals signify qualities such as citizenship, scholarship, leadership, perseverance, athleticism and service. Awards were also given out to a select group of teachers — selected by NHS students — who have made a profound impact on their lives. These certificates of recognition were given to Mr. Persaud (math), Ms. Jarrett (English), Mr. Trotta (English and journalism) and Mr. Budhu (history and Model UN). Mr. Budhu is also a coordinator for NHS. This was, indeed, a very special night for all those present. It gave acknowledgement to many years of hard work, and to academic excellence on the part of these students.

The International High School Program at John Adams High School, Ozone Park, awarded 25 freshmen with certif icates of merit at its premiere assembly this past March. The new program focuses on crosscurriculum English immersion. Facilitator and ESL teacher Karla Molina said, the “program sets the stage for students and teachers to collaborate.” Fellow ESL teacher Julie Skiddell added, “The International High School Program provides a natural venue for differentiation in the classroom.” Students in the program are from nations across the globe such as Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, India, Mexico, Pakistan

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State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said New York City Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandry should step down if he is unwilling or just unable to mobilize city resources to stop notorious Queens developer Tommy Huang. Avella spoke in Elmhurst last week at a press conference outside the property at 8416/18 Queens Blvd., where a 26-year-old construction worker was killed in January 2010 when a wall collapsed on him. A Huang family company was working on the site. The senator said the city should bar developers with numerous illegal projects and long-standing violations from receiving building and construction permits. He said LiMandri, appointed in 2008, should resign if he can’t effect such changes. “If you can’t solve this issue, maybe you should step down and let someone else do it,” Avella said in a speech posted to his Senate website. It is not the first time the senator has had

Huang in his sights. In his days as a city councilman he introduced a bill aimed at stopping chronic violators like Huang, but neither the mayor nor the Department of Buildings went along. Hedilberto Sanchez Hidalgo was killed in January 2011 when an unbraced concrete block wall collapsed on him. Huang’s H Rock Corp. was one of three companies fined for “willful, repeat and serious” violations of safety laws. A DOB spokeswoman said Avella’s claims are baseless, in a statement sent by email. “Under Commissioner LiMandri, the Department of Buildings has moved aggressively to make construction safer, enforce the rules and stop unsafe construction — as we have done at Mr. Huang’s site — and we continue to work on new proposals to strengthen our ability to enforce against bad actors,” said Ryan FitzGibbon. She said they have implemented 25 new laws, created specialized oversight units, and brought disciplinary charges against Q hundreds of industry members.

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combustible appliances, such as water heaters and furnaces. Make sure the windows are closed, then turn on exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen to suck the air out of the rooms. Feel around outlets, doors, windows, baseboards, fireplaces and attic hatches for any apparent leaks. Use a stick of incense to easily see the flow of air in the incense smoke. If any leaks are found, address each one. This generally involves recaulking or sealing around points of entry. The DOE says the potential energy savings from reducing drafts in a home may range from 5 percent to 30 percent per year. Additional steps. There are other steps you can take to make a home more efficient. • Install solar panels to draw power from the sun. • Plant deciduous trees or bushes on the south- and west-facing areas of the home. The leaves will shade the home during the summer months and fall off to allow sunshine in during the winter months. • Plant bushes by the front door to act as a wind buffer. • Use skylights to add light and warmth from the sun to the home. • Think about using motion-activated lights in the home. • Install a new programmable thermostat.

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A new level of style and comfort Transit retiree gives his home a makeover, thanks to Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Tito Soto likes to see people working, especially in these difficult times. So when he decided it was time to do major renovations on his house — more than he could do himself, though he’s always working on some project or another — he was glad to hire the crew of construction workers that has been doing the job. “They’re hardworking guys, very hardworking guys,” said Soto, who learned something about hard work during his 32 years as an electrician for the MTA. “I’m happy to be putting people to work with the way the economy is. I told them every day, ‘I’m glad to see you guys working.’” Soto didn’t select the crew all on his own, however. The company was prescreened for him by the group that helped make the entire project — and the jobs it created — possible: Housing Rehabilitation Assistance. HRA is the organization that’s helping homeowners all over the city and on Long Island do the home renovations of their dreams, by not just screening for the best contractors but working with banks to get the loans for major projects, finding extra financial assistance for clients who qualify, explaining the tax breaks that come with energy-efficient door and window treatments and new insulation — and ensuring that the job is always done right by holding contractors’ payments in escrow until clients cer tify that they’re absolutely satisfied. “The services offered by the HRA extend beyond just financial assistance for home improvement projects,” an administrator with the program explains. “We have implemented numerous processes to ensure that projects com-

pleted by HRA-approved contractors are done to the homeowner’s satisfaction.” Soto certainly is. “I’m quite pleased with the work and would definitely recommend them to anybody interested in spending a little money to fix up their house,” he said. Soto’s home, built in 1920 in a hilly section of the Bronx, provides a perfect example of how utilizing HRA can help the homeowner. Though solid overall, it had a roof that leaked for years, a drafty foyer, some bad floor joists and a small kitchen that needed a modern makeover. It wasn’t that Soto wanted to upgrade the home he’s lived in for 27 years just for himself. With his daughter and his grandchildren having moved out for a place in the suburbs a few years ago, he’s decided it’s getting near time to sell. So he needed more curb appeal and a more inviting interior, one where the kitchen and foyer matched the quality of other rooms he remodeled himself over the years. He will miss his home, but Soto has been retired for nearly 23 years and says it’s time to move to an apartment where someone else can take care of the maintenance. “I’m fixing it up for the next owner,” he said. “It’s cozy and I love it, and if it wasn’t for the snow and the grass and everything else, I’d stay here. But I don’t need a house. It’s just me; the kids are gone, and it’s time to move on.” Until he does sell, Soto’s enjoying a new level of comfort and style provided by those HRAapproved workers he’s so glad to be employing. The first thing they did was replace the roof, taking care of the

leaks. On the inside, the kitchen was the first part of the project to be finished. Formerly a bit drab, it now features new granite countertops and complementary floor tiles in soft, eye-pleasing earthtones, rich real-wood cabinets, a ceramic brick backsplash and wall treatment, a gleaming stainless steel stove, new lighting, energy-efficient windows and a new door. “I love these cabinets; they still smell like wood,” Soto said as he made himself dinner one recent night. “These are not the cabinets you buy in your local Home Depot. And the ceramic brick is beautiful; it’s a beautiful selection.” It’s not just the parts you see that have been upgraded, though. The HRA-approved crew removed and replaced all the walls, the floor, the joists below it and the ceiling. Because the home had settled over the years, when they replaced the rafters they also had to raise the floor. To make up for the difference, they then lifted the ceiling a little, allowing those new wood cabinets to fit as well as they do. Since the kitchen juts out of the rear of the house, and none of the second-floor rooms are above it, they were able to make the adjustments without causing any other issues. That’s how it is with the contractors HRA supports — they respond to whatever unique needs a client has. The only thing Soto decided to change after the kitchen was done was the color of the door, so he was repainting that when he received a visitor recently. Soto just couldn’t resist getting in on the work somehow. “I love projects,” he said. In the foyer, which looks out over the hilly street, the crew

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Rich wood cabinets, granite countertops and ceramic brick make Tito Soto’s kitchen more inviting than it’s ever been. removed the old ceiling, walls and front windows. They replaced any beams that had rotted because of the leak and put in a beautiful new bay window that gives the home’s curb appeal a major boost. Since there’s nothing like a first impression, that window alone will have a big impact on prospective buyers. “It’s a tremendous, tremendous difference,” he said. “Without a doubt, just seeing it adds value to the house.” Like many HRA clients, Soto found out about the program through a card that came in the mail. Deciding it was worth checking out, he called and met with HRA representatives, who explained how the program works.

“They were very amiable,” he said. “They make you feel comfor table, because it is a big investment.” He received financial assistance for the window treatments and help with getting the loan that covered most of the project, and has remained in touch with his HRA representative as the work continues. “I would recommend them to anybody,” Soto said. To find out if you qualify for the Housing Rehabilitation Assistance program, just call HRA toll-free at 866-791-6302. Tell them you read about the great job they’re doing for Tito Soto, and they’ll be sure to give you the same level of excellent service.

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C M SQ page 35 Y K Maintenance and improvement are both essential realities of home ownership. From windows and skylights to gas ranges and front doors, everything in your home will eventually need some work. But how do you know when something simply needs repair, or merits being replaced? Of course, each situation will be as unique as the home in which it occurs — and as individual as the homeowners themselves. A few good rules of thumb, however, do apply in most cases. When you’re considering repair or replacement, ask yourself these questions: • How old is the malfunctioning item? • How extensive/pervasive is the problem? • Will the cost of repair approach the cost of replacement? • Which course — repair or replace — will yield the maximum energy efficiency? • How does the cost of repair measure up to the value it will provide? How does replacement stack up using the same measure? To help you get an idea of how these rules apply, here’s what some experts have to say about home elements that frequently raise the repair/replace question: Skylights. While many modern skylights are energy-efficient, qualify to use the Energy Star mark and are leak-free, if you have an older, plastic model it’s probably a good idea to replace it. Not only are these older plastic bubble-type skylights often faded and unsightly,

reducing visibility, they are not UV resistant, are not energy efficient, and are much more likely to leak. “There are millions of those unattractive, cracked and yellowed plastic skylights still out there,” says Ross Vandermark, national product manager of VELUX America. “Replacing them with new energy-efficient, double-pane (insulating) glass models is quick and easy. They don’t leak, they look better, they reduce UV rays and provide substantial energy savings.” In fact, based on an estimate of 15 cents per kwh/hr, replacing an old plastic skylight with an Energy Starqualified skylight can save a 2,000-square-foot home about $194 a year on cooling costs, a company study shows. Add skylight blinds — which are available in a variety of styles that can be remotecontrolled, including blackout to block light, light filtering to diffuse light, or Venetian to adjust light — and the energy savings can be enhanced even more. And blinds in colors and patterns can add a fresh look to your room decor. What’s more, depending on the age and condition of even older glass skylights, it’s not a bad idea to consider a modern, more energy-efficient model. Windows. Recent research shows that skylights and vertical windows can work well together to effectively daylight a home while contributing to heating and cooling energy savings. Like skylights, windows have vastly improved in energy efficiency over the past few decades. Leaky, inefficient windows can be a

major source of heat loss in a home, boosting energy bills and decreasing the comfort level indoors. Window manufacturer Pella points to these signs that old windows need to be replaced: • They’re difficult to open or close. • You can feel air leaking in or out around them. • Condensation or fogging occurs on or between glass panes. • You can see chipping, deterioration or water stains on the window or the wall around it. • Cleaning is a major chore and you avoid it because of the difficulty. • It’s difficult or impossible to find replacement parts for the old windows. The Efficient Windows Collaborative (efficientwindows.org) site also provides extensive information on selecting both windows and skylights, including fact sheets and computer simulations for typical houses using a variety of windows in a number of U.S. cities. Heating, ventilation and air cooling. Furnaces and air-conditioning units are among the most important parts of your home’s infrastructure; they’re directly responsible for the comfort level and air quality inside your home. They’re also among the more costly items to repair or replace. So how do you know when it’s time to replace part of your heating, ventilation and airconditioning (HVAC) system? EnergyStar.gov offers these guidelines: • Your heat pump or air conditioner is older than 10 years. • Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old.

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Leasing now available in Queens A recently announced solar leasing program available to Queens residents and businesses will help those considering a conversion. Financing is offered through a partnership with SunPower Corporation, a U.S.based manufacturer of high reliability solar panels, and Citi, a global financial services company. The SunPower Lease is a Con Ed-compliant program that features low monthly payments with $0 down and offers consumers immediate savings on their electric bills, as much as $1,200 a year for residential applications, according to Schieren.

The solar lease has helped dramatically increase solar adoption around the country. Solar leases now account for over 70% of solar energy sales in California, the nation’s leading solar market. The sun generates 1,185 megawatts (MW) of solar power in California, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The power created by the sun in California is nearly equivalent to the electricity being produced by the Astoria Generating Station, a 1,280 MW natural gas and oil-fired power plant on the East River. Among the many

Selecting a PV designer and installer For a high quality, high performance and long-lasting solar energy system, it is best to use an experienced, professional installer, one certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). A professional installer will assess how much energy the home or business consumes, hot water needs, the structural integrity of the roof, electrical requirements and the best spot to maximize a system’s effectiveness. The installer should have a thorough knowledge of local building codes and required permits. Prospective customers should get a few estimates or recommendations from those who have systems. “Word of mouth is the best tool in finding a knowledgeable, professional PV installer who will do the job right,” added Schieren, who is NABCEP certified.

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by Charles H. Gamarekian Homeowners are continuing to change plans from vacations to staycations as dreams of tropical islands become visions of transforming backyards into elaborate paradises, laden with creative features that can be enjoyed all year long. However, budgetary realities can often discourage homeowners from fulfilling their dreams for a total outdoor living experience. There is a solution for those who are deliberating over a budget or a start date. Think big, but start small — accomplish a grand design scheme one section at a time. Completing a project in several phases may require a crystal ball or relying on the talents of a professional contractor who just may have one in their tool bag. For example, if you are starting with an in-ground pool, think interlocking concrete pavers for your surrounding pool deck. Many hardscape contractors can handle your pool installation and the interlocking pavers as well. Paver systems such as those offered by Cambridge — manufacturers of pavingstones, wallstones and a comprehensive line of outdoor living products in pre-packaged kits — are ideal for poolside applications. The colors of Cambridge Pavingstones with ArmorTec® will not fade from the sun or harsh weather and the pavers can be easily removed and reinstalled in an area where future repairs of underground utilities may become necessary. Adding square footage at a later time is very doable. On the other end of the scale of things, you can start with a fire pit that is positioned within a short distance away from the back of the house. It can be custom-built or again, ready-toinstall, pre-packaged kits are available in an array of colors, styles and textures in square and round configurations. If

roasting marshmallows and frankfurters on a stick as well as grilling steaks, chicken, seafood and corn on the cob perks up your taste buds, consider a barbeque and fire pit from Cambridge with cantilevering grills and you can do it all with one pit. Add a small paver area adjacent to the pit and perhaps a low wall for casual seating around the pit and you are off and running to phase one of a great outdoor lifestyle experience. Grade changes can present challenges especially when projects are completed in segments. But this should not stop your contractor from planning the completion of your backyard project in phases. In a multi-level patio design, he will probably suggest starting at the lowest level of the grade, using perimeter walls to bring up the grades according to number of elevations in the plan. For instance, if a finished project embodied 100 cubes of Cambridge-brand pavers and walls and totaled three levels when completed, an outdoor kitchen complete with a stainless steel appliance package and a pizza oven all from pre-cut/pre-packaged Cambridge Kits could be laid out on the top level for a convenient cooking and food preparation area. This could step down to a mid-level, comprised of a striking outdoor fireplace with the optional added features of dual wood storage boxes flanking each side. Sitting or dining elements and a Cambridge Bar Module with a professional quality, stainless steel Bull® Bar Center Package, sink, refrigerator and a Patio Pub and Bistro Table from Cambridge would also work well on this level. All countertops in these pre-cut/prepackaged kits are polished granite and include all of the hardscape materials needed. Working with kits such as those from Cambridge afford the homeowner a totally coordinated plan, which considers color, texture and overall style, while saving valuable project management and installation time. The bottom level, installed first, could be the smaller patio with a fire pit kit. Before beginning a project that is to be completed over an

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extended period of time, it is best to see a drawing that illustrates the full spectrum of the venture. The rendering can be prepared by a landscape architect or your contractor who can create one internally using one of the many digital software tools in the market such as the Cambridge DesignScape Visualizer™, which will show you professional looking, computer-generated renderings with “before and after” views. The drawings help to pinpoint certain areas and develop a workflow in order to give you, the homeowner, a sense of reward after certain phases reach completion. So don’t hesitate to show your contractor a wish list — large or small. Tell the contractor to bring along a crystal ball and you will be surprised at how soon you will be enjoying your own piece of paradise … right in your own backyard. For more outdoor living ideas and the nearest distributor, visit Q Cambridge online at cambridge pavers.com. Charles H. Gamarekian is the chairman/CEO of Cambridge Pavers Inc., manufacturers of Cambridge Pavingstones with ArmorTec®, Cambridge Wallstones and a full line of products for outdoor living.

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emerges as a top-flight reliever with 22 saves. Doug Flynn wins the Gold Glove at second base; Mazzilli leads the club with 16 homers, 76 RBIs and a .280 average. With an eye to the future, Darryl Strawberry is drafted out of Crenshaw High in Los Angeles. Shea Stadium undergoes extensive renovations and the Home Run Apple makes its debut.

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Part VI: 1979-1982 1979 Record: 63-99, sixth in National League East. A combination of weak hitting and pitching dooms the Mets to their third consecutive last place finish. Ed Kranepool plays in his 18th and final season with the club. Lee Mazzilli bats .303 with 79 RBIs and becomes the first Met to hit a home run in the All Star Game. Craig Swan wins a career high 14 games; Neil Allen saves 8 games, all in the second half of the season. The Mets lose 33 out of 40 games from mid-August to late September to fall to 57-99; they’re spared 100 losses by winning their last 6 games, 4 of them in St. Louis. Attendance falls to a dismal 788,905 and following the end of the season, the Payson family announces that the club is for sale. 1980 Record: 67-95, fifth in National League East. On Jan. 24, book magnate Nelson Doubleday and real estate developer Fred Wilpon buy the Mets for the then-exorbitant price of $21.1 million dollars. Wilpon becomes team president, and Frank Cashen, architect of the powerful Baltimore dynasty of the late 1960s and early 1970s, is hired as general manager. After a 9-18 start, the Mets play well for much of the summer, going 47-39 from early May to mid-August with several exciting wins. Mike Jorgensen’s walk-off grand slam gives the Mets a 6-2 win over Los Angeles on June 11, and a few days later, Steve Henderson’s walk-off three-run homer caps a five-run ninth in an unbelievable 7-6 win over San Francisco. As of mid-August, the Mets are 56-57, and just 7 1/2 games out of first — but then they lose 38 of their last 49. Mark Bomback leads the staff with 10 wins, and Allen

1981 Record: 17-34 first half, 24-28 second half, 41-62 overall, fifth in National League East. The strike season sees the Mets begin the rebuilding under Cashen. Dave Kingman (22 homers) and Rusty Staub (.317) are reacquired; while rookies Mookie Wilson (.271, 24 stolen bases) and Hubie Brooks (.307) show promise for the future. Allen saves 18 in just 43 games and ties Pat Zachry for the club lead in wins with seven. Joe Torre is fired as manager at the end of the season. 1982 Record: 65-97, sixth in National League East. The rebuilding is now in full swing, as the Mets start to stockpile tremendous minor league talent that will eventually bring success back to Flushing. But on the major league level, the losing continues. Though the Mets get off to a very respectable 2721 start under new manager George Bamberger, they go 38-76 the rest of the season. Kingman becomes the first Met to win a home run title, leading the league with 37 while driving in 99 runs, despite batting just .204. Slugger George Foster, acquired from Cincinnati, is a big disappointment. Wilson is the bright light of the season, stealing 58 bases and scoring 90 runs. On the mound, Swan (117) enjoys a fine comeback, while Allen, despite missing most of Q the second half due to a colon infection, saves 19.

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Stop and frisk by the numbers A block in Jamaica sees the second-most weapons checks by Alice Brennan The New York World

Two toddlers swung from a yellow bar in the playground at the center of Brooklyn’s Marcy Houses on Wednesday morning. Laughing and chasing each other, they were oblivious to what had just happened. The night before the boys’ father, 25year-old Marcus Thomas, had been shot in the head and killed. “They don’t know what’s going on,” said their grandmother, who declined to give her name, sucking something from between her teeth, looking at her feet, “Lucky for them, eh?” Police continue to investigate the death and are still looking for witnesses. Neighbors said they heard explosions of gunfire from an automatic assault weapon. “Woke me up in a fit!” said William Torres, 78, who lives in the adjacent red brick building. “About 15 shots it was, then I hear people screaming and running.” Torres estimated he’d see someone at least once a day wandering around with a gun visible. He said it’s been like that for years. Gun violence at Marcy Houses and else-

where in New York City’s public housing have been the NYPD’s primary justification for its stop, question and frisk policy, which last year led police to stop people 685,754 times on city streets. Already this year, the NYPD has conducted more than 200,000 stops. This week, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging that the implementation of the policy is racially biased. In her 57page statement Judge Scheindlin criticized what she called the city’s “cavalier attitude” toward suspicionless stops. Just down Myrtle Avenue, just one corner of the Sumner Houses had 1,131 of these stops in 2011 — more than all but five other spots in all of New York City. Three of those stops resulted in arrests for criminal possession of a weapon. But police data also indicates no guns were among the weapons seized. In the 79th precinct, which includes Marcy and Sumner Houses, police found 12 guns among the 14,493 stops in the precinct. Eleven were in the possession of black men between the ages of 17 and 38. And every one of these seizures occurred in or within a block of public housing.

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102nd meet continued from page 12 commercial vehicles parked on Park Lane South and 112th Street in Richmond Hill. He said that the vehicles were also parked on the sidewalk near Jamaica Avenue and 89th Avenue. Briffa responded that he would have the precinct summons officer check the locations. Thomson said that now that summer is almost here, noise complaints will rise. “Now that it’s starting, we have to nip it in the bud,” said Thomson. She asked the captain what the precinct’s

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plans were to combat noise. Briffa said the precinct has a dedicated noise complaint response car to address the complaints. He encouraged the attendees to call 311 with the location of the problem so police could address the issue. “Don’t wait until two in the morning to call, when the party has been running for eight hours; call us as soon as you can.” Briffa urged residents. The captain said that letters are also written to the prior years’ chronic noise locations. The next meeting of the 102nd Precinct Community Council will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jun. 19 at the Moose Lodge, Q 87-25 118th St. in Richmond Hill.

Among all of New York City’s top six stop-and-frisk hotspots, which saw 8,099 stops in 2011, police seized only three guns. Two were from the same person at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. One was in Jamaica — which contains the No. 2 spot in the entire city, with 1,546 stops last year. The Ravenswood Houses, Flushing and Corona all had areas in the top 50 stop-andfrisk sites citywide. A block-by-block list of stop and frisk records is posted online at thenewyorkworld.com/public/2012/may/nywhotspots-map/index.html Residents in the Brooklyn housing projects say they know guns are a tremendous problem in their communities, but many have started questioning the effectiveness of stop and frisk as the way to eradicate the plague. “They come around all day, stopping us for droppin’ butts on the ground, but where are they when we really need them?” said one woman in the Marcy Projects today. “They here stop stopping innocent people, but when the sun goes down and we got problems with them young kids, you can’t get no help!” The city has vehemently defended stop and frisk, citing a massive reduction in crime since its introduction. Mayor Bloomberg told a press conference this week, “I think it’s fair to say that stop, question and frisk has been an essential part of the NYPD’s work; it’s taken more than 6,000 guns off the streets in the last eight years, and this year we are on pace to have the lowest number of murders in recorded history. We’re not going to do anything that undermines that trend and threatens public safety.” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly this week ordered closer

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scrutiny of stops, and the department says it’s enhancing officers’ training. But as Torres gazed over to Marcus Thomas’s two young sons, who don’t yet understand the depth of their loss, he sighed. “I just don’t understand,” he said. “Stop and Frisk don’t work around here, they haven’t stopped the shootin’ and the killing, so why don’t they try something else? Something a Q bit more strategic?”

Primaries moved from 9/11 This year both state and local primary elections have been moved to Thursday, Sept. 13 from Sept. 11, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. State law requires primaries to be held on the second Tuesday after Labor Day. New York City emergency personnel requested the date change so those affected by the 9/11 attacks can remember their loved ones. Memorial services have been held each year since 2002, so voting may have interfered with those events or the voter turnout, officials said.

On Monday, Gov. Cuomo signed the bill that proposed the date change. A similar arrangement was made when the primaries fell on Sept. 11, 2007. That year, the primary date was pushed to Sept. 18. The primaries were only moved two days later this year as opposed to the week-long postponement in 2007 because of concerns regarding absentee ballots, especially for military voters, arriving in time for the general election. Congressional primaries are unaffected Q and are still scheduled for June 26.


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“It’s a travesty,” Cruz said. Dilan and Cruz did not launch verbal attacks at each other, nor did the councilman criticize the sitting congresswoman, and they focused on many of the same issues — job creation and bringing in resources for housing, veterans and those who have fallen ill after responding to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Cruz emphasized Velazquez’s opposition to what Democrats have have argued is an attempt by the GOP to water down the Violence Against Women Act, a piece of

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throughout the new public review process. One group leading the attack is Willets Point United, made up of businesses that don’t want to move. They have successfully fought eminent domain and continue to oppose the city’s plan to add new entrance and exit ramps on the Van Wyck Expressway. WPU attorney Michael Rikon doesn’t think the city will try using eminent domain again for the project, however, his members are not resting on their laurels. But they have earned some breathing space. Rikon estimates the new review process could take up to three years. One of the businesses determined to stay is Bono Sawdust Supply Co. located on 127th Place, just a block from 126th Street. It’s headed by Jack Bono and his son, Jake, who said in 2008 that they were certain a portion of Willets Point would eventually be used by the Mets for parking. Their prediction proved to be true. The city owns about 90 percent of the property needed to begin work on the 62acre site. Mayor Bloomberg announced in 2007 plans to convert the neglected area filled with auto repair shops and parts stores into a mixed-use development including housing, a school, a hotel, a small convention center and retail space. The plan was approved by the City Council in 2008, but the downturn in the economy and opposition from WPU led to little progress on the project. Last year, the city divided the plan into three phases to make it more palatable to potential developers. The city never put in sewers, sidewalks or made improvements to the streets. Ironically, the city called the area blighted in announcing plans for the redevelopment and Bloomberg said the new Willets Point would be “the next Q great neighborhood� in New York.


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Vets helping vets at VFW stand down Annual event provides clothes, food, resources, comfort to service members by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

Dozens of veterans were at the Proctor Hopson VFW Post in St. Albans on Thursday, combing through donated clothes, learning about health benefits and job opportunities and socializing with other service members at the facility’s annual stand down event. The attendees were thankful to know that there is a place they can turn to for support and comfort, a place where other people understand their problems and hardships. Many of those who took advantage of the

services were homeless or battling drug addiction. The program was the brainchild of the VFW’s commander, Willie Burks, a disabled Army veteran of the Vietnam War. When he returned home from his time in the service, people were less than welcoming, and he wanted to make sure that other service members are aware of their rights and are not treated poorly. “Since Queens has the largest number of veterans — more than any other borough — and one out of four homeless people are vet-

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erans, I don’t want them to go through what we went through when we came back from Vietnam,” Burks said. “We work very hard to let the veterans know that somebody out there cares about them.” Anthony Simpson, an Army veteran and client of JCAP, a social services and drug treatment organization, attended the event to get some free clothes, network and chat with other vets about their experiences. He said he became addicted to crack-cocaine and alcohol partly because he had difficulty coping with problems and dealing with some of the experiences he had in the service. “I lost everything, from my house to my wife — all the material possessions that I owned,” Simpson said. “It’s been a rough road in this process, but now I have 14 months of sobriety. The [JCAP] program helped me get my life together.” Army vet Thomas McNeal has also battled alcohol and drug addiction, which ended up leaving him homeless and living at the St. Albans VA domiciliary. He too was taking advantage of the resources and free clothing at the stand down. “When I got out [of the service], my drug use star ted to increase,” McNeal said. “There were a lot of other things going on in my life as well, that I wasn’t dealing with, and not dealing with it made it worse, and

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jealous husband, a mad scientist’s monster, poisioned martinis and blond curls with pearls are just a few of the classic elements encountered in this murder-mystery play that grasps the audience’s attention from the first stab to the last gasp. The Parkside Players are performing Fred Carmichael’s “Done to Death” at the Grace Lutheran Church in Forest Hills. Carmichael is a famous playwright from Vermont who has written more than 50 plays, most with a comedy-murder theme. The play revolves around five stylistically different murder-mystery writers who have been challenged by their host, Jason Summers, to compile the ultimate story wherein reality meets fantasy. The five washed-up novelists wrestle during the play with the problem of combining their classic styles into one television mystery series. They bring the audience into a clever ruby heist one moment, and the next moment into the middle of a sexy love affair between a young girl continued on and an aging con-man. Continued onpage page50

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t’s two days before opening night and the much reviled leading lady has just been shot to death on stage during a rehearsal. Who’s responsible? That’s the idea behind “Murder Takes the Stage,” the current attraction at Douglaston Community Theatre, running through May 26. It’s a play about a play. The fun, of course, in any murder mystery is figuring out whodunit and, in that regard, this little-known play by James Reach is satisfying enough, providing a wide range of possibilities as to whom might have done in the self-centered diva. After all, practically everyone who has ever come in contact with Hazel Laverne seems to have reason to loathe her. The scene of the murder is the bare stage of a barn that has been converted into a summer theater in a small village in New England. From the moment she arrives, Laverne, who feels her very appearance is beneath her, spews venomous barbs at everyone in sight. And when she is murdered, there are few tears. Among the prime suspects is Drew Pelman, the author of the play within the play, whose hopes of a Broadway transfer are dashed by Laverne herself. Or could it have been Sara Farnham, the aging actress whose career was destroyed by Laverne years earlier? Or possibly Leo Truesdale, the theater owner who has an unusual fear of all firearms? continued onon page 48 Continued page

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

CLASSES Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, teaches ballroom dancing every Monday and Friday night from 7:15 to 8 p.m. followed by a social dance. Cost is $10.

In conjunction with Queens College’s Year of Turkey, the Queens College Art Center is presenting a group show in which 27 contemporary artists look at the evil eye May 29-June 29. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays. Free and open to the public at Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, college entrance at 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.

The Suddenly in Command safe boating class will be taught by qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors from Flotilla 12-01 at the College Point Yacht Club on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This four-hour class will focus on emergency procedures in the event that critical personnel become disabled while operating a recreational vessel on the water. The fee for the class is $35. For information call Mike Kaff at (917) 952-7014, Ralph Traub at (646) 418-1239 or email 1201@verizon.net. To register online go to Flotilla 1201’s website at a0141201.uscgaux.info.

AUDITIONS FSF Community Theatre Group, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, is holding auditions for the musical “Ragtime” on Tuesdays, May 29 and June 5 with callbacks on Wednesday, June 6, all from 7:30-10 p.m. Performances: Nov. 2012. For information call: (516) 521-5500. The AARP Queens Chorus performs at Queens nursing homes and rehab/senior centers. If interested in joining call (718) 523-1330 for audition dates. The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra has openings in oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and bass sections. Auditions will be held during the regular rehearsals of the orchestra on Wednesday from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 10606 Queens Blvd. Interested players should contact the conductor, Franklin Verbsky at (718) 374-1627 or (516) 785-2532.

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Parkside Players presents “Done to Death,” a mystery-comedy, at Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., on Fridays, May 25 and June 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 26 and June 2 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14/$12 for seniors. For information call (718) 353-7388. “La Callas & Medea,” a new play by one of the most celebrated contemporary playwrights from Spain, Jaime Salom, will be presented through June 24 at Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. Performances in English: Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. Performances in Spanish: Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25/students and seniors $22. For tickets call (718) 729-3880. or thaliatheatre.org.

MUSIC The Gingerbread Players at St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, present a chamber recital of music for solo piano and trumpet/piano duo on Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m. Forest Hills native Ivy Zohra Adrian, at the piano, is joined by trumpeter Daren Wilkes in a program that includes works by Beethoven, Chopin and Satie. Tickets are $12/$10 for students and seniors. For reservations call (718) 268-7772.

The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra will present its final concert of the season on Sunday, June 3 at the Forest Hills IMAGE IS THE FOREST HILLS SYMPHONY ORCHESTA LOGO Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens will present a free Mother’s Day concert on Sunday, May 27 at 2:30-5 p.m. at El Paraiso Tropical, 102-11 42 Ave., Corona. IT will feature classical guitarist Francisco Roldan and soprano Camille Ortiz-Lafont, interpreting zarzuela and music from the Americas. To RSVP call (718) 261-7664 or email laccq@aol.com.

day, May 26 from noon-1 p.m. at New York Hospital Queens, Theresa Lang Children’s Ambulatory Center, 56-45 Main St., Flushing. Dr. Jose Villarin, associate chairman of Pediatrics and director of Theresa Lang Children’s Ambulatory Center, will present the free lecture. To register call (718) 670-1808.

Celebration 2012 will feature Irene Failenbogen, Spanish Ladino singer; Modi, nationally recognized comedian and Cantor Moti Fuchs in a concert on Sunday, June 3 at 7:15 p.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing. Tickets are $25-$100. For tickets call (718) 380-4145.

SNAP of Eastern Queens will hold a health expo on Wednesday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Bldg. #4, Queens Village. Call (718) 454-2100. Continental breakfast sponsored by councilman Mark Weprin.

The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra will present the final concert of its 48th season on Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. The concert will feature Weber/Berlioz: Invitation to the Dance; Schubert: Symphony #6 in C; Debussy: Petite Suite; Glinka: Mazurka from A Life for the Czar. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors citizens and students. Tickets are available by calling (718) 374-1627.

FLEA MARKETS The Richmond Hill flea market held at the old RKO theatre, 117-09 Hillside Ave., is open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Richmondhillfleamarket.com or call (347) 709-7661 for more information and directions. A rummage sale will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church, Bayside, in the Parish Hall on 35th Avenue and 210th Street. Free Parking.

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MEETINGS Ozone Park AARP Chapter 4163 meets the last Tuesday of the month at noon at Christ Lutheran Community Center, 85-15 101 Ave., Ozone Park. New members are welcome. Queens Best Toastmakers Club meets the first, third and fifth Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Elmhurst Hospital Center, Conference Room, 79-01 Broadway. Toastmasters Club — Advance for Excellence meets the first and third Thursdays of every month at the Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main St. Upcoming meeting dates are May 30, June 14 and June 28. For more information contact Club President Letitea Archer at (718) 525-6830.

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

The Parks department is sponsoring free Zumba classes May 30-June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Little Bay Park roller hockey rink, 212 Street and Bell Boulevard, Cross Island Parkway Service Road intersection in Bayside. The Jackson Heights Art Club offers art classes, all mediums. Daytime and evening adult classes are offered Monday-Friday; daytime children’s classes are offered during the weekend. Classes are held at St. Mark’s Church, 82nd Street and 34th Avenue. Cost: $75 for adults, for four sessions, $75 for children for eight sessions. Membership available. For information, call Geraldine at (718) 446-4709. A one-hour auto clinic for women is held the third saturday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at Great Bear Auto Repair Shop, 164-16 Sanford Ave., Flushing. Call to reserve at (718) 762-6212.’ Ongoing drawing class every Wednesday 1-4 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy, Douglaston. Instructor, Marc Jasloff. Call (516) 2237659. Fee: $25 per class. The Flushing Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Flushing Hospital, enter at 45th Avenue and Burling Street on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of the month. For information, visit flushingcameraclub.org. Dance with instructions at the Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, every Monday and Friday, 7:15 to 8 p.m., followed by a dance social. Music by Sal Escott. Admission $10. The Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria, offers classes in Greek folk dance for adults and teens every Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The fee is $20 monthly or $150 for the whole year. Bouzouki lessons are also available every Saturday from 12:30-2 p.m. Registration is open to beginners as well as advanced players of all ages. Students are recommended to bring their own instruments to class. The fee is $40 to enroll and $60 monthly. For more information, call (718) 726-7329.

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45 continued from page 00 and black-and-white film, played The audience giggled as the first by Parkside Players veteran couple, of two, graced the stage Richard Weyhausen. The other is Brad Benedict, a with their spot-on bickering and young and slightly naive author soap opera-alcoholic style. The “Dick Tracey”-style couple, from the James Bond school, Whitney and Jessica Olive, are played by Mike DeRosa. This batch of murder-mystery played by Mark Dunn and Bridget writers begins to Bannec.Their sulbond over their try and exaggerfirst assignment ated dramatic coversations are When: May 25-26 and June 1-2 — to create a story revolving soon interrupted 8 p.m., May 27, 2 p.m. around jealousy. by Mildred Z. Where: Grace Lutheran Church The different Maxwell, an 103-15 Union Tpke., generations of elderly writer Forest Hills writers each reminiscent of the Tickets: $14; seniors $12 relay their ideas Agatha Christie (516) 520-9474 for a suspenseera — logical, ful tale and organized and a self-proclaimed “timeless” novelist — begin to create five plays in one with the help of supporting actors played by Rosemary Innes. The collaboration begins as the Laura Cetti, Johnny Young, Frank draconian tale expands with two Gentile and Susan Young. Then the play begins to leak more writers. One is Rodney Duckton, an infamous and out into the audience by the comrecently resurfaced author of mand of Summers, who points murder mysteries who goes back out to the dismay of the writers to the time of thrilling monsters that a crowd of people has been

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The cast of “Done to Death” includes Mike Miller, left, Richard Weyhausen, Mark Dunn, Mike DeRosa, COURTESY PHOTO Rosemary Innes and Bridget Bannec. watching them the entire time. They adapt quickly, engaging in plenty of audience interaction. “Well, publicity will drive the series now, not scripts,” Summers said. Soon the stage is transformed with lighting and backstage deathrattles as the audience falls silent. Duckton’s story about a mad scientist who can’t convince the woman he loves to be with him is

brought to life by strobing lights. The stagehand creates the aura of a silent film and heightens the horror of the monster the scientist has created to kill “the ingenue.” Each “damsel in distress” is played by Laura Cetti, a young actress who has proven her talents in more than 10 plays. Cetti steals the show with her unmatchable wit, various accents and the versatility of her characters,

from the 1920s dame to the conwoman guising herself as an airheaded housemaid. As each writer gets his or her own chance to shine, Act One concludes with the “real-life” stabbing murder of the host. Act Two brings on more twists than a J.J. Abrams series, with each character kicking the bucket one by one. continued on page 50 00

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Roughly four years ago Manhattan-based art curator Ombretta Agro Andruff began putting together an exhibit about the connection between mathematics and art. All her hard work has finally come to fruition at the Dorsky Gallery, a nonprofit gallery in Long Island City, in the show entitled “(Un)Folding Patterns.” The show took longer than most of her currating projects because she wanted to educate her admittedly “nonmathematical brain” on the backbone of many of her artists’ pieces. She read dense works on the connection between art, physics and math. She interviewed the artists several times and had

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each explain the behind the scenes of their works. However, even though Andruff spent several years of exploration, the viewer is not expected to do so. “It is important to underline how the viewer’s aesthetic appreciation of the works does not require an understanding of mathematical principles,” she wrote in her essay, which accompanies the show. “However, as with all art, a deeper knowledge leads to deeper appreciation. So it is hoped that the visitor will spend enough time to study and enjoy each piece.” Her journey started after watching “Between the Folds,” a documentary about modern origami. The film featured a fatherson genius team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Erik and Martin Demaine. The Demaines’ three sculptures twist and turn in the middle of the gallery like lime green sea plants. The viewer is hit with the complexity of the sculptures, how the circles bend and give way to each. However, probably few understand the science of geometric folding algorithms that created the artwork. Back in Massachusetts the professors are creating electrically charged paper that will

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The “(Un)Folding Patterns” exhibition explores the relationship between art and mathematics: Bernar Venet, “Communative Operation,” right; Jane Philbrick, “Floating Sculpture ’09”; and Susan Weinthaler, “Echo Prototypes,” far left. PHOTO BY JOSEY BARTLETT fold its self into these origami shapes. (Join the doctors at the gallery for an artists’ talk,“Folding Paper: Visual Art Meets Mathematics,” on July 21 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.) Behind these sculptures hangs a painting that from afar looks like “garbles of color,” said Andruff.

Brooklyn-based artist Kysa Johnson’s brightly colored lines swirl and dip on the white canvas. On closer examination the viewer sees tiny annotations. What is π doing in art? Well, actually these eye catching patterns depict atomic continued on page 00 53

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A murder mystery play about a play 45 continued from page 00 Interestingly, no one in the opening night audience, who was invited at intermission to guess the identity of the murderer, was able to do so. Only time will tell if future audiences will be able to figure it out. Director Kevin Vincent is obviously a fan of this genre, and this play in particular, having mounted a previous production about 10 years ago. He also knows the material enough to

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wisely condense the play to two acts instead of the original three. And in this rendering, he has cast himself in the leading role of Bob Rayfield, an actor with an eye for the pretty ingenue Mitzi Bond, a student of true crime stories, played with enthusiasm by 16year-old Jane Bella Kharkover. Vincent’s finest moment comes near the end of the evening in an emotional encounter with the current lust of his life. His real-life wife, Judy Vincent, turns in one of the sturdier performances of the evening, as Rayfield’s jealous sort-of fiancee. At Friday night’s performance, Armand Catenaro was sometimes hesitant as the wealthy Truesdale, a role originally intended as a female character, but he should gain confidence throughout the run. Jennifer DiMatteo seemed comfortable as the doomed actress. Keith Junas was a natural

At left, Jane Kharkover, Annette Daiell and Jennifer DiMatteo practice before opening night. Kevin Vincent and Kharkover embrace. PHOTOS COURTESY DOUGLASTON COMMUNITY THEATRE

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Accusations fly as a huge twist erupts from the stage, sending the crowd into a series of gasps. “It’s like turning the last page of a mystery book and it saying: Guess who?� Jessica Olive declares from the stage, reconfirming that like the cast, the crowd is simultaneously solving this murder mystery. Janet and Benny Tesoriero from Ozone Park enjoyed the play from the first row, where they said they couldn’t take their eyes off the action. “It’s so nice to see something different,� Janet Tesoriero said. “I like that they include all the different eras of mystery that you don’t think of anymore.� The Tesorieros and everyone else watched the last scene with bated breath. The murderer is exposed and the cast is only slightly less shocked than the audience. A second later the crowd erupts into the loudest boom of laughter. “This is the perfect murder mystery,� Maxwell said. Q And she’s right.

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boro CLASSES The YWCA of Queens, 42-07 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, has expanded its GED preparation program to include free adult classes. Tracks vary in length from 10 to 20 weeks depending upon entrance test results. Contact the YW and sign up for the next placement examination. Call Stacy McKelvey at (718) 353-4553 for more information or to reserve your placement exam seat.

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

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(Un)Folding continued from from page page 49 00 continued decay. The piece from 2003 is one of 11 drawings depicting the microscopic movement within all things. Another installation in the exhibit is Jane Philbrick’s “Floating Sculpture ’09.” At a glance the pink balls set against a black background appear as a minimalist painting at its ideal. Then the viewer looks behind and around each ball, and realizes it floats magically, but really magnetically, a few inches above the base. Philbrick, an artist in residence at MIT, collaborated with scientists, mathematicians and sound engineers to create the 12-floating-ball sculpture using magnets. The installation is meant to be the future of Marta Pan’s 1961 “Sculpture Flottante.” Pan’s sculpture in Sweden is composed of two spherical halves. One floats in a pool of water. The other half balances on a pointed tip in the middle of the floating half. MIT mathematicians used the curvature of Pan’s piece to birth Philbrick's spherical sculpture. A looping, fizzy buzz of a sound tape that fades in an out of intensity also accompanies the artwork. Both Johnson and Philbrick will host a panel discussion about their pieces on June Q 3 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the gallery.

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MARIA ORSIC LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/19/2012. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 47-21 47 St., Woodside, NY 11377, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: SOANN SERVICE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/06/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 32-43 88th Street, Apt. 403, East Elmhurst, NY 11369. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: PRO NURSES STAT LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/17/2012. Office location is New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 22019 145th Avenue, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of 6753 78TH STREET LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/17/12. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 61-10 85th St., Middle Village, NY 11379. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: 19515 LINDEN BLVD LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/17/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Roosevelt Warner, 194-30 116th Avenue, St. Albans, NY 11412. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

A & I GENERAL CONSTRUCTION, LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/29/2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 33-20 112 St, Ste 2, Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

SUN LAKE 185 LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/13/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 73-39 185th St., Fresh Meadows, NY 11366. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: One AIM Holdings LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/13/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVE., STE. 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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Howard Beach/Lindenwood, 3 BRs w/terr, 1 1/2 baths, close to all shops & trans, no pets/smoking, credit ck req. Call owner, 917855-7390 Howard Beach/Lindenwood, studio apt, $825/mo, gas incl. Owner, 917-881-0071 Howard Beach/Lindenwood, MUST SEE! Spacious 3 BR, 2 bath, pvt house, upstairs, heat incl, no pets. $1,550/mo. Call 646-242-8652 Howard Beach/Lindenwood, hirise, 2 BRs, 2 baths, totally renov, terr, board approval req, $1,600/mo. Connexion I RE, 718845-1136

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Det. Legal 2 Fam. 3 Bdrms, 2 Eat-in-Kitchens, 2 F/Bths. Pvt Drwy and Garage. Full Fin Bsmt w/Private Entrance.

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2 Family, Spacious, Well Kept Att. Colonial, 4 BRs, 2.5 Baths, Lg LR, EIK, Ter, Lots of Closet Space. Full Fin Bsmt, Comm. Dwy, Near Gateway Shops, Exp Bus to NYC.

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First base blues by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

Every major league team counts on its first baseman to be a hitting star. If a team’s first baseman is struggling at the plate then the odds are that the team will be struggling as well. When the season began both the Mets and the Yankees appeared to be solid at first base. Ike Davis, who missed a good chunk of last season with leg and foot problems, was supposed to be fully recovered and poised to have a breakout season, particularly with the Mets having moved in the fences at Citi Field. Mark Texeira was considered money in the bank for the Yankees, given both his Gold Glove fielding prowess and his history of belting homers and driving in runs. Unfortunately for fans of our local baseball teams, both Davis and Texeira have started the 2012 campaign as badly as one could ever imagine. Ike has looked rusty as he has constantly flailed at bad pitches. He was hitting a pathetic .163 as the weekend drew to a close. Mark has fared only slightly better, hitting a nothing-to-write-home about .226. Of greater concern to Yankees manager Joe Girardi is that Texeira has been battling a bronchial infection all season that has so far proven resistant to antibiotics. Obviously it’s hard for a player to perform when he clearly isn’t feeling well. Mayor Bloomberg and Major League

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced last Wednesday that the 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field. Selig said he was thrilled to have the midsummer classic return to New York and cited the Yankees’ fine stewardship of the All-Star Game four years ago as a reason for awarding it to the Mets next year. Although not known as a baseball fan, Mayor Bloomberg noted how one of my childhood heroes, Phillies outfielder Johnny Callison, hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the 1964 All-Star Game for the National League by a score of 7-4. It was the only All-Star Game ever played at Shea Stadium. The mayor said he hoped the 2013 game would have a similar dramatic finish. Given that the Mets are understandably making a big deal of their 50th anniversary this season, I asked Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon why the team did not try to defer the game until 2014 to mark the golden anniversary of the last one held in Queens. “This is what we were offered,” he said forthrightly. Selig quickly chimed in that he likes alternating the game between National League and American League parks, with the NL getting the game in odd years and the AL in the even. Bud neglected to point out, however, that the 2006 All-Star contest was played in San Francisco while the following year it took place in Q Pittsburgh, both National League cities.

Wolosoff homes in Briarwood by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Three brothers — Leon, Morty and A.B. Wolosoff — built up a building dynasty in the 1930s that rivaled any other in the area, and the company name is still active today. Perhaps not as well known as Cord Meyer, Fred Trump or Gross-Morton, the low-key Wolosoff Brothers came out to Queens at the height of the The 1937 “Holland” — one of eight designs of Great Depression in 1931 and made homes offered by Wolosoff Brothers in Briarwood. good with their first venture, called Stafford Lawns Homes, off 69th Avenue in daughter, Joan, married a young attorney who had graduated cum laude from WashForest Hills. In the late 1930s, they pushed on east ington and Lee University. His name was into newly created communities called Kew Sol Wachtler, and he later became chief Gardens Hills and Briarwood, giving future judge of the state Court of Appeals. But he homeowners a choice of eight different lost it all in a scandal involving another model homes, priced between $8,500 and woman and resigned from office. As you drive down the service road of the $14,000, for the middle- to upper middleclass family. They gave families of modest Grand Central Parkway, the Wolosoff homes means — often still tied to some landlord in look as good today as when they were built Brooklyn — the confidence to move out to more than 70 years ago. And the Wolosoff family continues to make headlines as their suburban Queens. Leon Wolosoff, who lived on Ingram charity foundation recently lost $38 million Q Street, was proud in 1953 when his only in the Bernard Madoff scandal.

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John Park, spokesman for the YWCA, said the state program is aimed at combating The YWCA of Queens, located at 42-07 the 40 percent unemployment rate for innerParsons Blvd., is offering a new, free job city youth in New York State. “We aren’t just training program to unemployed and disad- giving our youth a promise; we’re giving them a pathway,” Park said. vantaged young people. Qualif ied youths between the ages of 16 and 24 will receive a stipend for the training and the job placement transition. Once the certification is earned, participants will work with a job developer for placement. An expected 90 participants will attend 48 hours of classes over a three-week period. The Y received $127,200 in funding. Also, a wage subsidy of up to $4,000 will be provided to businesses that hire those who successfully complete the program. Those who think they qualify to participate in the job training should go to the YWCA on Friday between noon and 5 p.m. for open registration. Bring a photo ID, The YWCA of Queens in Flushing is offering a job training Social Security card and proof Q COURTESY PHOTO of eligibility to register. program for youth.

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HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE Lg Hi-Ranch w/Bsmnt, 40x100 Lot, Beautiful Large Hi-Ranch (50x25) 5 BRs, 3 Full Baths, All Hardwood Fls, 2 Family Brick/Vinyl, 41x100, 6 over 6. on 100x45 Lot, 3 BRs, 2 Full Baths, 1 Car Gar, Well Water for Sprinklers, Basement Sheetrocked with High Hats. Lg Manicured Lawn, Pvt Dvwy & Oversized Garage. $669K High Ceilings. Asking $619K CAC, New Roof. Asking $690K

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HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE Lg Cape on 42x100, Updated HOWARD BEACH/OLD SIDE Windows, H/W Fls on 1st Fl, Updated Large quaint colonial on 40x100, 4 EIK w/9' Ceilings and Access to HOWARD BEACH/LINDENWOOD BRs, 2.5 baths, LR w/Enclosed Porch, Bkyd, Det 2 Car Gar w/Pvt Dvwy, Full Fin Top Fl & Bsmnt, Pavers in Bkyd. All Brick, 2 Family 6 over 6 plus store, Fireplace, EIK, Fin Bsmnt, Pvt Dvwy Balcony. Asking $569K for 4 cars. $539K Asking. $629K

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3.5 Rms 1 BR Hi Rise Co-op, All redone, New Kitchen, New Appliances. PARKING AVAILABLE! Asking $112,500

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96-10 101st Ave., Ozone Park, NY 11416

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

HOWARD BEACH Mint Condition 3 BR/1 Bath (Conv. To A 2 BR W/FDR 2nd Flr. Co-Op W/Lots of Updates. $822.93/Mont. Maint. Fee Includes Heat & Electric, Parking Space @ $50/Mont. Add’l. Express Bus to Manhattan & City Bus @ Doorstep. 20% Down. Req. For more details Call Maryann 917-838-2624 or Theresa 347-531-9060

Broker/owner

RIDGEWOOD HOWARD BEACH Lovely Hi-Ranch Style Brick Home w/In-ground Pool, Central A/C, Built-In BBQ, Anderson Windows & Doors, Updated Kitchen & Baths. Beautiful Fireplace! Storage Attic, In-ground Sprinkler System, & Home Alarm System. Call Carolyn DeFalco 718-848-4700

HOWARD BEACH Super Mint Co-op/Move-In-Cond! 3 BR Converted To 2 BR W/Formal Dining Room. Updated Kit. W/Granite Countertop & Ceramic Flooring & Updated Bath. Refin. Hardwood Flooring - Freshly Painted. 1st Floor Unit & Pets Allowed. Maint./Month Includes 2 Air Conditioners (At $20/Ea. Per Month) & 2 Parking Spots. Convenient To All! For more details Call Maryann 917-838-2624 or Theresa 347-531-9060

WAKEFIELD

2 Fam. Plus Store. Used as Bar Restaurant Business (Sell as Package with Building) Plus 2 apartments w/2 BR, LR, DR, Kit & Full Bath! in a Good Area! A Must See! Call Teddy for more info 917-513-6621

HOWARD BEACH

1 Fam Tudor! Affordable & Low-Maint. Better than a Condo - It’s All Yours! 2 BR/2 Bath Att. Brick Tudor W/Gar. Charming Cathedral Ceiling L.R. - Hardwood/Parquet Flrs Throughout - New Fully Tiled Bath W/Jacuzzi Tub. Fin. Walk-Out Lower Level. Convenient To JFK, Racino, Shopping, Schools & Trans. For more details

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

JOHN DIBS

OZONE PARK

ROCKAWAY BEACH

Lovely 2 Family Home, Detached, 5 BR, 2 Full Bathrooms and a 2 Car Gar!! Formal Dining Room and Hardwood Floors! A Must See! Call Nancy 718-848-4700 for more info

Great Summer Sale!! $110K!! If You Like The Ocean This Apt Is Right For You!!! Quaint Co-op on the ocean!! A Must See!! Kitchen Has New Appliances And Building Has Laundry Room! Call Dominic 718-848-4700

Huge 3 BR Condo w/2 Full Baths & Lots of Closets in Excellent Condition, Close To Transportation & Major Highways, JFK Airport And ‘A’ Train. Easy To Show Call Now And Reserve Your Appointment!! Paul Deo 718-848-4700

S. OZONE PARK

HOWARD BEACH

Beautiful One Fam. Det., Party Dvwy, Excellent for First-Time Home-Buyers!!! A Must See!! Short Sale! Call Pedro & Cecilia for more info 718-848-4700

Beautiful, Spacious Colonial w/Private Dvwy! On A Great Block In Old Howard Beach. House Has 3 BR, Walk-Up Attic, Fin. Bsmt. A Must See House Priced at $499K!!

Contact John Dibs 718-848-4700 for more info!

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OZONE PARK

FAR ROCKAWAY

Brick 2 Family Home in Family Friendly Centerville Area, Open Front Porch, Full Entrance with Separate Entrance, Quiet Residential, Conveniently Located Only a Few Minutes To JFK, Aqueduct Racino, Local Beaches, Marina Fishing, Etc. Call Rene Rose 718-848-4700

5 BR, 3 Bath, Formal Dining Room, Great 1 Family Det. Colonial in Far Rockaway! A Must See!! Call Margie Baraket 718-848-4700

S. OZONE PARK BRIARWOOD UPDATED! Lovely Kitchen, Bathroom, DR/LR Combo, One BR!! Great condo! Great Location! A Must See!! Mint Condition!! Also, Terrace with nice view! Call Anthony Fernandez 718-848-4700

Beautiful House In Mint Condition!!! 4 BRs, 2.5 Baths, Full Fin. Bsmt, Formal Dining Room, Legal 2 Fam. Home is Used As 1, Great Price! Call Ana Maria for more details 917-309-3408

OZONE PARK 700 Sq. Ft. Storefront For Rent in Busy Section of Ozone Park. Close To Pathmark Shopping Center on Atlantic. Perfect For Candy Store, Luncheonette, Newsstand, any Business. For more info: Please Contact Carolyn De Falco 718-848-4700

ROCKAWAY BEACH Great Investment, 1 Block To Beach, Close To Schools And Transportation, 1 Block To “A” Train. Needs some TLC Call Pedro & Cecilia for more info 718-848-4700

SHEEPSHEAD BAY Great Property in Sheepshead Bay!!! Selling Business, Building, & Merchandise For $1,900,000! Selling Business & Property For $1,750,000! Plumbing Supplies Co. Well Established 9 Year Old Bus. 1 Fl, 6,000 Sq. Ft. Office, Warehouse, Gar., 2 Fl, 2,400 sq. ft. Showroom. Great Opportunity To Buy & Own Building, Seller Motivated. Can Be Sold Property Only. Call Rene Rose for more info at 718-848-4700

OZONE PARK Very Nice 2 Family House, Wood Floors, New Kitchen, Big Backyard, Close To Transportation, Schools & Shopping. Ready To Move In! Call Margie Baraket 718-848-4700

Queens Chronicle South Edition 05-24-12  

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