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Howard Beach pays tribute to fallen soldiers PAGE 14 Veterans salute at Howard Beach’s Vietnam Memorial at Walter Wetzel Triangle during Monday’s Memorial Day parade, the first neighborhood parade held after Hurricane Sandy. The parade started in Coleman Square, named for Bernard Coleman, who died in World War I. There Coleman’s relatives, Jim Perry, Grand Marshal Coleman Peppard and his father, Don Peppard, inset, remember their ancestor.

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The difficulties of cyberbullying Psychologists and legislators speak out on internet harassment by Tess McRae Reporter

yberbullying or the act of teasing, harassing and making fun of one or more children through an electronic medium, has become a talked about issue. There are studies, legislation, Lifetime movies and books that discuss the issue and yet it is hard to determine why kids partake in it. “Unlike regular bullying, cyberbullying turns the child into a piece of paper so it becomes much easier for people to go overboard,” Yoko Nomura, an associate professor of psychology at Queens College, said. “The people who get bullied become almost nonhuman beings” Last year, approximately 9 percent of high school age girls in New York City attempted suicide but the age when children turn to ending their lives is becoming younger. On May 23, Gabrielle Molina, a Queens Village resident who attended IS 109, ended her life. The 12-year-old reportedly was found by her sister, hanging by a belt from her ceiling fan. Police suspect cyberbullying was a major contributing factor in the pre-teen’s untimely death as it has been reported that Molina mentioned being picked on in her suicide note. She also apologized to her family for what she did. Friends of Molina, who barely stood 5 feet


A graph from the Cyberbully Research Center shows that while cyberbullying fluctuates, an average of 23.9 percent of students between 2004 and 2007 have been bullied online. GRAPH COURTESY CYBERBULLY RESEARCH CENTER . tall, said that the seventh-grader had a history of cutting herself and was often teased because of it. After breaking up with her boyfriend, the teasing online became worse as students called her crude names. When she couldn’t take it any longer, she decided to end her life. But how does someone, especially someone so young, get into a mindset in which they see death as the only option?

“The feelings of a child who is regularly bullied have a lot to do with stress hormones being released in the brain,” Nomura said. “This release is only supposed to happen in bursts. For example, if you were to be face to face with a tiger, your brain would release the hormones, and your muscles would become stronger and your pupils would be able to see more clearly, so you can determine if you are


going to fight the tiger and kill it or run away from the tiger. Now, imagine every day waking up and having to face the tiger that you fought or ran from the day before. You would be exhausted.” A famous study was done to test resilience in traumatic situations in which lab rats were placed into a tank of water, too deep for each animal to stand in. This forced the rats to swim. While some took longer than others, eventually the rats gave up and stopped swimming. “Human beings are very delicate and complicated machinery,” Nomura said. “If something is introduced to the brain as something important, your whole entire body is going to focus on that one thing, like with the mice in the water. But eventually, when they are not able to handle these things any more, they are going to give up.” In an effort to prevent a child from entering a fragile and depressed state of mind like Molina, there have been a number of initiatives on both the legislative and education levels. “We did a lot of work on this last year in the Senate,” state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) said. “We put together the first ever cyberbullying census, where we asked 10,000 young people across the state about their experiences with continued on page 34

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Queens officials fight Cuomo casino plan Want governor to include Resorts World in proposal for table games by Domenick Rafter Editor

Gov. Cuomo wants New Yorkers to be able to play traditional roulette, craps and baccarat — just not in the city. Under the governor’s proposed plan should New York voters approve a referendum scheduled for this November to legalize full gaming, including tables games, casinos with those games would be limited only to upstate for the first five years. That is not sitting well with Queens elected officials, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation, who gathered for a rally outside Borough Hall on Tuesday to demand the governor include Resorts World Casino New York City among the first in the state to receive table games providing New York voters approve the referendum this year. Their argument, why leave out a successful enterprise like Resorts World that has been a good Queens business? “Resorts World has created hundreds of jobs for Queens residents, has led to millions of dollars in local economic activity and has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to local not-for-profits. Adding table gaming would increase those numbers exponentially,” said Albert Pennisi, president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. The governor said putting table games at Resorts World — or at any other proposed casino in New York City — would steal business from the upstate gaming facilities.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, left, Rob McKay of the Queens Economic Development Corporation, Albert Pennisi, president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and Councilman Leroy Comrie in front of Borough Hall on Tuesday calling for Gov. Cuomo to include Resorts World Casino New York City in his plans to allow table games at some new casinos. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

But supporters of bringing tables, manned with live dealers, to Resorts World said it makes economic sense to bring them there. “This is about jobs, and bringing table games to Resorts World would create jobs,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park). Goldfeder, along with state Sen. Joe Addabbo

Jr. (D-Howard Beach), said the addition of table games would bring around 1,000 new jobs to the casino. “Keep in mind the amount of money the casino brings in and would continue to bring in if we had table games and the jobs that would be created with new hotels and restaurants,” Goldfeder added.

Addabbo said Resorts World is prepared to put table games in its facility, as opposed to proposed casinos upstate that have yet to be built. “The infrastructure is already there,” he said. “It would take them a month to get up and running and we would have table games at Resorts World by the end of January.” At times, Addabbo seemed to hedge on his support of the referendum, though he did not say he would oppose it or delay it unless Cuomo includes the casino at Aqueduct. “How can I tell my constituents to vote on a referendum when it wouldn’t help them?” he said. Recent polls have shown the referendum to be supported by most New Yorkers, but by only a bare margin. Jack Friedman, the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, argued that Resorts World’s already proven success makes it a smart place to put table games. “Why wouldn’t the state take advantage of a market-proven commodity?” he asked. “This is not an either-or position. Allowing table gaming at upstate casinos should not come at the expense of Resorts World or Queens’ economy.” Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) also attended the rally, expressing support for the plan. “I don’t represent the casino, but I represent Queens and this would be good for the Q whole borough,” Rozic said.

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A goodwill trip from one disaster to another Phil Goldfeder visits tornado victims who stepped up for Sandy survivors by Domenick Rafter Editor

The assemblyman with Moore, Okla. volunteer firefighters.

It was an eerily familiar picture to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), who, along with the vast majority of his constituents, had their lives thrown upside down by Hurricane Sandy seven months ago. Goldfeder decided he needed to share his post-Sandy experience and make a trip to Oklahoma to return the gesture many residents there gave to Queens after Sandy. “It was something I thought I had to do,” Goldfeder said. “We only survived after Sandy because so many people came to help us, including those in Oklahoma.” Goldfeder arrived two days after the tornado went through Moore, located just south of the state capital. While driving through Oklahoma City, he saw the first signs of recovery. “Along the side of the road, I saw all these tents set up to help the

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is applauded by the Oklahoma legislators in the PHOTOS COURTESY NYS ASSEMBLY statehouse in Oklahoma City, Okla. last week. people in Moore,” he explained. Goldfeder met with Oklahoma state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, whose district includes Moore, as well as T.W. Shannon, the speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representa-

tives, who presented him with a pin worn by state representatives there. He was also given the opportunity to speak on the floor of the Legislature. continued on page 34

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Weiner looks to gain public’s trust Mayoral candidate addresses scandal and Queens issues with Chronicle by Tess McRae

acknowledges that he will have to work to gain the trust of the people. “I guess what I’m saying is, to start with, I know I need to The newest and most controversial candidate in the mayoral race, Anthony Weiner, said he knows he’s got a lot to prove but regain their trust and I would hope they would look at this believes New Yorkers will be looking forward when choosing the through the lens of my career, they would look at this personal failing, I hope, in context of the things I’ve done to fight for next mayor this fall. “We’re making a big mistake if we think that voters are look- them, but I know a lot of people will read these words in the Chronicle and say ‘I’m never going to vote for that guy ing to the past,” Weiner said in a sitdown last Friday with the again.’” Queens Chronicle staff, the first of his candidacy. Weiner’s first day of campaigning last week was a “When they go to flip that switch, it is a fundamental, bumpy one as he received a lot of flack from politiforward-looking, aspirational thing.” cians and voters. New York Gov. Cuomo made one The former congressman, who was pressured to of the more notable statements when asked his resign after accidentally leaking sexually suggesthoughts if Weiner is elected into office. tive photos onto the public section of his Twitter “Shame on us,” he said during the interview. account, announced his candidacy last week with a Cuomo later stated that the comment was a joke, focus on the middle class. and Weiner accepted it as such. “The pillars of middle-class life, the things that 2013 Along with a YouTube video announcing his run, have made this the middle-class capital of the world, are Weiner released an idea book entitled, “Keys to the City: 64 crumbling before our eyes,” he said. “This notion of finding an affordable place to live, getting a decent education and being Ideas to Keep New York the Capital of the Middle Class” as a able to find a good job with good benefits has been the underpin- way to outline his plans for the city. The ideas were bundled into ning of the social ladder that has allowed people to come into the 12 umbrella issues: education, hunger, transportation, small middle class. If you look at today, all three of those things are, to business, New York City/Albany/Washington, healthcare, safety and crime prevention, reform and transparency, housing, envisome degree or another, out of reach to a lot of New Yorkers.” Weiner, a longtime resident of Forest Hills, now lives in Man- ronment, job retention and creation, and tax reform. “We have to constantly be doing in government what is comhattan with his wife, Huma Abedin, and their 2-year-old son, monplace in households and what is commonplace in business Jordan. “After all that has happened, I think my wife has earned the and that is saying what’s working and what ain’t,” Weiner said right to decide to move us to Manhattan so she can be closer to when asked how he would prioritize city funding. One system Weiner mentioned that many believe isn’t her family,” he said. While he says he has regained the trust of his family, he continued on page 35 Reporter

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Weiner addresses the fiscal crisis hough anything can happen, it’s almost certain that the biggest crisis the next mayor will face will be fiscal. And it must be addressed head on. All the city’s unions are working without contracts, a disaster in waiting Mayor Bloomberg is leaving for his successor to handle. The costs of healthcare for city employees and retirees, which almost none of them pay a dime into, continues to grow. Taxpayers’ contributions to the retirees’ pensions are skyrocketing. According to a recent study by the Citizens Budget Commission, pensions, retirement benefits and other costs the city is committed to paying will total $17.8 billion — nearly a quarter of the city’s budget — just two years from now. That’s twice as much as in 2005. While we appreciate the vital services city employees provide, the situation is unsustainable. This is the reason that even as budgets keep going up, you hear about nothing but budget cuts. Pensions, the fastest rising expense, cost city taxpayers $3.2 billion in 2005 but will cost them $8.2 billion in 2015, according to the CBC. Reining in these costs, so the city doesn’t go bankrupt as some municipalities across the country should be the No. 1


issue in the mayoral race, but it’s not. That’s probably because most of the major candidates on the Democratic side are angling for endorsements from the very unions sure to oppose any cutbacks in their benefits. All except one: late entrant Anthony Weiner. This is not an endorsement by any means, but we have to hand it to Weiner for being the only major Democratic candidate who is offering anything concrete on tackling these costs, anything more than vague promises to “put everything on the table” when it comes to negotiating new contracts. Weiner has said in writing that it’s time to revisit guaranteed pensions for teachers (42 percent of the city workforce, according to the Manhattan Institute) and told this newspaper that it’s time city employees started paying into their healthcare. He’s right on both counts. The ex-congressman, forced from office two years ago over lewd behavior and public dishonesty, can afford to make these proposals in a sense, because he’s not seeking union endorsements he’ll never get, and he’s not fundraising, since he’s got a leftover campaign chest of more than $4 million. We wish the other candidates would tackle these issues. Whether they do or not, the next mayor will be forced to.

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Bet on the city Dear Editor: The Chronicle’s May 16 editorial “A ‘bettor’ casino plan for NY” was as good as a Mets grand slam! As editor-at-bat you kept your eyes on the ball and cleared all bases with your determination to drive home your point, that all casinos must be treated equal when it comes to full table games. I urge all New York City and Long Island residents to inform Gov. Cuomo that if he expects the powerful downstate block of voters to support the gaming referendum in November, he better rethink his remark, “In order to make full casinos work upstate, they have to be blocked downstate.” In addition, they should tell their state legislators that if the governor goes through with his ill-conceived plan, we New Yorkers will, on Election Day, drop our Big Apple on Albany! Anthony G. Pilla Forest Hills

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Cyberbullied into suicide he was 12 years old when she decided life was not worth living. Twelve. So a week ago today, Gabrielle Molina of Queens Village hanged herself with a belt from the ceiling fan in her room. Individual tragedies don’t get much worse than that. And what was it that drove poor Gabrielle to her fate? She was being bullied online, by other kids mocking her over a breakup and the fact that, like an apparently rising number of girls in pain, had taken to cutting herself. Cyberbullying, committed without the face-toface contact of the traditional kind, “turns the child into a piece of paper,” in the words of Queens College Associate Professor of Psychology Yoko Nomura, dehumanizing the victim and allowing the tormenter to go even further overboard. Gabrielle’s death reminds us that parents must monitor what their children are doing online, as difficult as that is. Those who need help, or just more understanding of the issue, can also visit the website for information.


message of tolerance, not a stark message of deterrence.” To the contrary, under the facts of this case, the sentence to be imposed is both appropriate and just. Testifying in open court can be a traumatic experience for any crime victim — but especially for a young child who, as in this case, would have had to testify about that which occurred in the presence of her abuser. In pleading guilty to the top count against him, second-degree rape, and waiving his right to appeal, we ensured that the defendant stands convicted of a Class D felony and will serve a period of six months’ incarceration. But, more important, we spared the victim the ordeal of having to recount her abuse at trial. Moreover, had the defendant been convicted of the top count at trial, he could have been sentenced to less than a year in jail at the discretion of the court. Beyond that, with this conviction the defendant has given up his license to teach, is a convicted sex offender, must register as one with New York State and must complete a sex offender treatment program. If he fails to comply with any of the conditions to be imposed,

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Give peace a chance Dear Editor: On Memorial Day, the New York Daily News recorded the line of duty deaths in Afghanistan. The young men and women who sacrificed their lives in all wars, past and present, shall never be forgotten! It is way past time for “herculean efforts” by people to organize for real peace — diplomacy between countries instead of wounding and killing each other with constant fighting. Human beings worldwide deserve to have their dreams of the “good life” realized. Leonore Brooks Whitestone

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Dear Editor: In advocating a soccer stadium at the former site of Yankee Stadium, the May 23 Queens Chronicle editorial, “Build the soccer stadium in the Bronx,” is right on the mark. Since it is an excellent idea and one that did not originate with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, it is unlikely Bloomberg will adopt it. In his misguided arrogance, Bloomberg believes in: • an expansion by the United States Tennis Association in Flushing Meadows Corona Park; • a trampling upon the approved 2008 Willets Point project to allow the Mets ball club, its related companies and The ONLINE Related CompaMiss an ar ticle or nies to build and editorial cited by a prioritize a 1.4 writer? Want news from million-squareour other editions coverfoot shopping ing the rest of Queens? mall next to Citi Find past reports, news Field, which is on from across the borough FMCP land; and more at • allowing the mall without insisting upon the replacement of alienated parkland or adherence to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure for the project; and • not only supporting a private, for-profit soccer stadium in FMCP, but justifying it on the preposterous claim that there is an abundance of green space in the city, so he will be leaving office with an excellent legacy. Bloomberg’s cabal, with 21-term limited City Council persons to overrule the public’s twice-supported term limits; his mistreatment of FMCP and the people who need and use the park; his incessant need to romance with the very wealthy; and his general indifference to the plight of small businesses and the less privileged in this city all suggest he will in fact leave office with a legacy — but not what he envisions. On a scale of 1 to 10, it will be a minus 10. I believe the majority of the people in this city, real estate moguls excepted, will welcome Bloomberg’s departure. Benjamin M. Haber Flushing

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shoplifters or jaywalkers from the long arm of the law. In some places illegal immigrants are treated as if they were in a witness protection program. We are told it is impossible to find all the people who crossed the border illegally and violated our laws. Does anyone think because we can’t find all embezzlers, bank robbers or drunk drivers, we should stop trying to enforce the laws they violated? Should we instead let them “come out of the shadows” and “normalize” their lives? Ed Konecnik Flushing

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White Jr.’s death. Baldeo ultimately did not receive any public money in that race, which was won by Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica). Baldeo finished fourth in the election. Bharara also accused Baldeo of threatening contributors who cooperated with investigators. In a statement made through his attorney, Baldeo denied any wrongdoing and said the case was politically motivated. “The government’s crusade against Mr. Baldeo is particularly vindictive and discriminatory given that past history reveals that more sinister conduct alleged against establishment candidates often resulted in civil administrative proceedings — and not criminal cases,” the statement reads. “This case represents another example of overreach by prosecutors.” Besides his 2010 race, Baldeo ran for the same seat, which includes Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park, as well as South Jamaica and Rochdale, in 2005 and ran for the state Senate in 2006, coming within 894 Q votes of then-Sen. Serphin Maltese.

The new City Council map is officially final. The NYC Districting Commission said that the final stage in certifying the map was completed on May 20 when the U.S. Department of Justice precleared the commission's plan to map out the city’s 51 Council districts. The DOJ received the maps for preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in March for districts in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn because of the higher population of blacks and Hispanics in those boroughs. The DOJ took comments from the public before making its final ruling. The approval means that the final districting plan can now be legally implemented and the new maps will be in effect for the September primary elections. The NYC Districting Commission drew three drafts of the map instead of the usual two due to a controversy over political influence on the process in several districts, including one covering Ridgewood and sev-

eral Brooklyn neighborhoods. Critics of the second draft say the lines were drawn to purposely include then-embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s home in order to allow him to run for the City Council. In an unprecedented move, Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) asked the commission to redraw the lines and it did, removing Lopez from that district. Nevertheless, several groups said all three drafts divided neighborhoods and like communities for political advantage, including Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, North Flushing and Oakland Gardens. The lines also included a strange border between districts 28 and 31 in JFK Airport, where the runways were drawn into one district and the terminals and roads into another. The commission said the JFK Airport lines were drawn because the access roads come out of a different district than the airport had been in and the members did not want to move the entire facility into a new district. The map will be in effect until the lines are redrawn after the next national Census in Q 2020.

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Politicians, library staff and local residents held a rally on Tuesday in front of the Central Library in Jamaica in response to a proposed budget that would cut $29 million, shut 36 libraries and cut 420 jobs in the Queens Library system. Queens Library President and CEO Thomas Galante, Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and John Hyslop of the Local 1321 Queens Library Guild spoke about the importance of the libraries and also opened the floor up to local residents to share their personal stories of how cutting the library budgets would affect their daily lives. One vocal Queens resident who introduced himself as Ray spoke specifically about the Central branch, whose library staff said has one of the largest media collections in the country. “The library in Manhattan with those lions pales in comparison to this media section — I can attest to that,� Ray said. “A library is a place of knowledge. Without knowledge in the world and art and reading, there is no hope and if there’s no hope, there is no future. Save this library— save all libraries.� The system provides free online access, holds after-school programs and hosts workshops that teach skills ranging from how to use social media to English literacy. Supporters said while seventy-five percent of New Yorkers use their public libraries, the library budget makes up only less than one half of one percent of the city’s budget, and the proposed cuts would cause Queens to lose half of its current library access, dwindling the average number of weekly hours from 40 to 21. Comrie called on Mayor Bloomberg to restore the library budget, stating that the cuts are a sign of disrespect. “Hopefully this is the last go around where

we ask the mayor to restore the money for the libraries because we know the libraries are critical,� Comrie said. “We know that the libraries are critical to the lives of immigrants, children, and seniors.� He asked listeners to contact the mayor and added he will fight for full restoration as a member of the Council’s budget negotiation team. Yvonne Reddick, district manager for Community Board 12, offered to help protest the budget cuts. “Every hour, every minute, every second makes a difference,� Reddick said. “We have so many of our youth that go to school that only on the weekend can they take advantage and come into the libraries to do their homework.� Various parents spoke about how the library has been a resource for books for their children’s homework and school projects. Resident John Dupont spoke about how the library has serviced his family for years. “I have six boys and before I was in the position to possess a computer, this library was the only place I could turn to for my guys to get their books,� Dupont said. He questioned why Bloomberg would want to cut the libraries’ budgets. Margaret Gibson, a library employee, told supporters at the rally how it is more than a place where she receives a salary. As the caregiver for her 84-year-old mother who has Alzheimer’s, Gibson brings her mother to the library before she leaves for work. She said how important it is, “not just for staff members but for everybody in the community, caregivers and parents that libraries are opened. This is probably one of the only free institutions where you can come to get resources for free.� These resources come in the form of continued on page 18

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Mayor Bloomberg announced on Tuesday that weekday ferry service set up between the Rockaways and Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy will be extended at least six more weeks, with the potential to remain in service through Labor Day should ridership remain strong. The ferry, running between Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive in the Rockaways and Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan, was started after Sandy knocked out A train service to and from the peninsula in October. Train service was scheduled to begin today, May 30. Weekend service also is slated to be extended between July 4 and Labor Day. “The continuation of weekday service will give Rockaway residents another transportation option, and the expanded weekend service will make it easier for visitors to get to the Rockaways,” Bloomberg said. Councilman Donovan Richards (DLaurelton), who represents a portion of the Rockaways, believes the ferry will remain a preferred method of transQ portation to Manhattan.

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Cross Bay Diner is back open after Sandy The Cross Bay Diner reopened its doors last week almost seven months after Hurricane Sandy flooded the neighborhood favorite. The popular eatery at 160-31 Cross Bay Blvd., which sits on the banks of Shellbank Basin, was flooded in the storm and had been closed ever since. Even as other restaurants and stores along Cross Bay were reopening, the diner remained closed. The owners displayed a giant banner on the building a few months ago saying that it would

reopen soon and the newly renovated diner starting serving customers again last week. “It’s great to be back,” the diner’s owner, Michael Siderakis, said. “It was tough to rebuild, but we’re excited to be serving Howard Beach again.” He said the diner was completely gutted “right down to the beams” and rebuilt. A wall separating the front dining room from the back overlooking the canal was removed allowing for a more open floor plan. Siderakis said there has been a steady

flow of patrons since the diner reopened. “Customers are back and they’ve been real supportive,” he said. Cutting the ribbon above left, are Councilman Eric Ulrich, left, Howard Beach businesswoman Frances Scarantino, Democratic District Leader Frank Gulluscio, Emilianna Siderakis, her husband, Michael, and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., who also presented Siderakis with a certificate to celebrate the reopening, above right. — Domenick Rafter


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Jim Perry stands with his grandson and Grand Marshal Coleman Peppard in front of the memorial to Jim’s uncle, Bernard Coleman.

The parade, which honors those lost in battle, especially those from Howard Beach, heads for its first stop at Our Lady of Grace.

Co-Grand Marshals Patty Bellaw and Joanne Connolly. PHOTOS BY STEVE MALECKI

Howard Beach honors soldier sacrifice Hundreds march in first post-Hurricane Sandy Memorial Day parade by Domenick Rafter Editor

undreds gathered Monday to march in Howard Beach’s Memorial Day parade, the neighborhood’s first since Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the procession’s path seven months ago. The nasty weekend weather cleared up in time for Monday morning’s parade, which featured residents, children, elected officials and veterans. It kicked off and ended in Coleman Square, near the memorial to Bernard Coleman, a Howard Beach resident killed in World War I, for whom the square is named. The grand marshals included Coleman’s great-nephew Coleman Peppard and residents Patty Bellaw and Joanne Connolly. Marchers went from Coleman Square to Our Lady of Grace Church to the neighborhood’s two other war monuments: the World War II memorial at Howard Beach Assembly of God and the Vietnam memorial at Walter Wetzel triangle. The Korean War was commemorated at St. Barnabas because the community’s memorial is severQ al miles away in Charles Park.


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The third stop was the the WWll Memorial at the Howard Beach Assembly of God Church.

Councilman Eric Ulrich, left, and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. thank our veterans.

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Heartshare celebrates 24 years Group thanks supporters at annual benefit in Howard Beach by Domenick Rafter Editor

eartshare Human Services of New York held its annual dinner-dance benefit to celebrate its 24th anniversary on Thursday night at Russo’s On The Bay, featuring raffles, a DJ and a live performance by 1980s pop singer Alisha. The event was special for the organization because its Angels on the Bay evaluation center on Cross Bay Boulevard was damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Carol Verdi, Heartshare vice president for educational services, thanked everyone for their support and said the center had reopened and returned to serving the community. Q “We are back stronger than ever,” she said.


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Memory Project, a collaboration between the library and Queens College, spoke about the importance of the Queens Library system to the documentation of the borough. “The history of Queens is the history of the entire United States of America,” she said. “We have a very important place in the world and if we don’t do it as a public library to record our own history and maintain archives about our own lives and our own histories and neighborhoods, nobody else will.” Speakers emphasized the importance of relationships among people from all cultures and backgrounds that are made at libraries. Fred Gitner, the assistant director for the library’s New Americans Program, spoke about the effort to help immigrants adapt to life in the United States. “The whole idea is to bring people together

in a community center like the library so that people can understand each other’s cultures, people can improve themselves, immigrants can come and learn English and they can come and find books and DVDs in their own language,” he said. Selina Sharmin who also works for the New Americans Program, said she owes all of her success to the library. “I used this library when I came to this country and started working part-time,” she said. “The library supported me and so I went to library school and became a librarian.” Sharmin spoke about the different workshops available at the library, including information sessions on how to find jobs. Other workshops focus on teaching people how to sew in order to be able to start a business, while another was geared for Bengali

speakers to learn computer skills. “Queens library is for immigrants a home away from home,” Sharmin said. Chief Operating Off icer of the Queens Library, Bridget Quinn-Carey, said it is important that elected officials hear these individuals’ personal relationships to the library.



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“You see the faces, you see the kids, you see the moms and dads that come in, the new Americans that flood through our doors looking for help and assistance getting established here in a new country,” Quinn-Carey said. “I thank you all so much for everything that you do everyday with such passion and such devotion,” she added. “Encourage the people that you see every day to fill out a postcard, to go online, and to sign the online petition, to call elected officials, City Council members and the mayor, to tell them how much the library means to you.” There will be another community rally in support of libraries today, May 30, at 3 p.m. at the Queens Library at Baisley Park in Jamaica, located at 117-11 Sutphin Blvd. followed by a rally tomorrow, May 31, at 3:30 p.m. at the Queens Library at Hollis, 202-05 Hillside Q Avenue.

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They gathered to honor their fallen comrades who died defending our freedom. Members of Woodhaven Post 118 of the American Legion came together to pay tribute at the its annual Memorial Day ceremony at their Woodhaven headquarters on Monday in a ceremony that also brought out many residents. Multicultural High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC cadets participated in the service and set up a “Garden of Remembrance,” a replica of a military A soldier salutes at the Garden of Remembrance outside cemetery, containing nearly Woodhaven Post 118 of the American Legion on Memorial Day. PHOTO COURTESY DAISY CROKE 700 miniature crosses and Stars of David, each adorned with an American flag and a red poppy those who gave their lives in service to their flower to represent a post member who died country. Among those paying homage to the fallen in service. The program began with a prayer by Loret- heroes was past member Al Matukonis, 95, ta Phillips, president of the post’s Ladies Aux- who served as a paratrooper during World War iliary, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance II and helped liberate the Los Bainos prison and the singing of the national anthem. John camp in the Philippines. Matukonis received Lawless, commander of the post, then noted the Bronze Star from the Army. He said his that this year four new markers will be added unit, the 11th Airborne Division, served as Gen. MacArthur’s bodyguards and had trained to the Garden of Remembrance. “Our departed comrades exemplify the to invade Japan. Also participating in the cerehighest virtues of citizenship and love of mony was Army Reserve Sgt. Major David country by their service in our armed Valentin, the post’s vice commander, who has forces,” Lawless said. “I say to our deceased served in the Army for over 32 years. He is a military police officer currently comrades, thank you, God bless you, we assigned to the 800th Military Police Brigade miss you, we will never forget you.” Wreaths were laid at the foot of the monu- in Farmingdale, LI. Valentin participated in Operation Desert ment on the post’s front lawn by Ladies Auxiliary member Donna Marie Caltabiano and Storm in 1991 and in Kosovo in 2001 and was deployed with his military police unit to members of the Junior Auxiliary. The ceremony concluded with Phillips Iraq in January 2003, where he spent 15 Q reading a special prayer in remembrance of months.

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JOHN ADAMS HS SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT ‘Order in the (classroom) court’

s. Libretta and Ms. Leonardo, two English teachers at the John Adams annex building in South Ozone Park, conducted a mock trial with their students based on the short story “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl, a tale of a devoted wife, who kills her husband in an act of desperation against his cruelty and feeds the murder weapon, a leg of lamb, to the police to “hide” the weapon.


The unit, which was aligned to the Common Core Standards, took three weeks to complete, and was comprised of a variety of Meaningful Engagement Strategies. As part of the unit, which concluded with the mock trial, students learned various literary devices, were introduced to court roles, court proceedings and legal terminology, took part in argumentative writing and participated in a mock trial that included opening and closing arguments, direct and cross examinations, jury deliberation and, of course, a final verdict. For the two-day mock trial, students had to come dressed formally — and in character. Students were also instructed to use legal jargon while court was in session such as “The defense rests, Your Honor,” “Permission to approach the bench, Your Honor,” “I plead the Fifth” and “Objection, Your Honor.” Each student was also given a specific role: members of the jury, bailiff, defendant, defense and prosecution [f irst chair and second chair], detectives, fingerprint expert, medical examiner, police photographer, psychiatrist and witnesses. The role of the judge was played by the teachers themselves.

Ten classes participated in the mock trial, and fought to either acquit the defendant, Mary Maloney, on grounds of temporary insanity, or convict her for a capital offense. Of those, three classes acquitted Mrs. Maloney on grounds of temporary insanity, while the remaining seven classes convicted Mrs. Mary Maloney on the grounds that she committed a capital offense and, hence, deserved the death penalty. At the conclusion of the trial, Ms. Leonardo said, “I was happy to see that all my students were actively engaged and interested in preparing for and participating in the mock trial course. Students spent a lot of time in class and outside of class preparing for their parts, and went so far as to bring in Rorschach ink blots for direct and cross examination and medical research that would prove the defendant had a prior traumatic brain injury that caused the temporary insanity.” Ms. Libretta added, “I was extremely impressed with the level of work and effort my students put in to make the mock trial successful. Not only did they learn, but they had the best time during the actual court proceedings.”

Pvt. Emmanuel Rodriguez, a graduate of John Adams HS ’09, came back recently to visit some of his teachers. He spent some time talking to Mr. Lenard Persaud, who is a math teacher and now works part time in the programming office. He also visited one of his English teachers, Ms. Bell. Rodriguez told of enjoying participating in Mr. Persaud’s Rubik’s Cube club and his math club, and participating in the Swim Team, the book club called the BLEEP club, writing some poetry, which was published with the help of Mr. Badia and taking part in the video productions club with Def Jam Poet Yolanda Witkins in an afterschool club. After graduating from John Adams HS, Pvt. Rodriguez ran a successful networking firm through, and worked with ASPIRA as well as with HYLI by representing Congressmen in Albany by debating bills. He attended Brooklyn College for a year where he played bass f iddle, then he joined the U.S. Army where he became a paralegal and is now a member of the JAG Corps with orders to report to Fort Bliss Texas for a permanent assignment. He is PHOTO BY BOB HARRIS thinking of making the military a career.

Students’ ‘striking’ reward by Sean Persaud

John Adams HS students who gained a 90-plus average on their fall semester report card were treated to sandwiches and the opportunity to bowl at Cozy Lanes, located a few blocks away from the school. Faculty from both the main and annex buildings were present at the function. The event was coordinated by Ms. Panzer, and Principal, Mr. Scanlon, who were both on hand to congratulate the students for their hard work.



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City lawyer slams stop-and-frisk bill by Laura A. Shepard Chronicle Contributor

Mayor Bloomberg is bracing for a showdown with the City Council over the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. He is trying to disarm a bill which would expand the definition of profiling and authorize litigation against it. In a letter to the City Council, Michael Best, a lawyer for the mayor, claims the bill would end the use of stop-and-frisk and therefore jeopardize public safety. “[The bill] is a way to prevent police officers from stopping anyone at all, to encourage lawsuits that threaten effective police strategies, and to take decisions about how to prevent crime out of the Police Department’s hands,” Best wrote. While a near majority of the City Council supports the bill, Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria), the chairman of the Public Safety Committee, is staunchly opposed and refuses to hold a hearing on it. Vallone noted that the sponsors could discharge the bill from the committee and circumvent him, but said that has never been done before. “You can believe Ray Kelly and I, or you can believe the sponsors of the bill who don’t have one day of law enforcement experience in their lives,” Vallone said, referring to the police commissioner and noting his own six years of experience as a prosecutor and 11 years as chairman of the committee. “Ray Kelly is so upset, he’s personally calling council members.” The New York Civil Liberties Union supports the bill because it “gives New Yorkers an important tool to challenge discrimination that’s already illegal under New York City law,” Interim Advocacy Director Johanna Miller said. It also expands the definition of bias to protect more groups of people. The bill precludes bias based on “actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, immigration or citizenship status, language, disability (including HIV status),

housing status, occupation, or socioeconomic status.” “Bias-based profiling by the police alienates communities from law enforcement, violates New Yorkers’ rights and freedoms, and is a danger to public safety,” the bill states. Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) called the proposed bill “vitally important.” He said that there were more than 18,000 stop and frisks in his district last year and only 8,000 this year, with no change in the homicide rate, which must indicate that most of them were unnecessary. “We’re not trying to eliminate stop-and-frisk completely. We’re trying to make sure they do it selectively, with reasonable suspicion,” Dromm said. Best contends that the bill is redundant because state and local laws already prohibit profiling and require reasonable suspicion of criminal activity before a police officer can stop an individual. He also noted that citizens who believe that they have been unlawfully stopped by the police already have several legal remedies, including filing a complaint with the Civilian Complaint Board, a tort in state court, or a federal lawsuit. Miller said the bill is necessary because the current ban is unclear and doesn’t set forth a specific avenue for citizens to protect their rights, while the bill makes it very clear. “This bill will ensure that those people who feel they’ve had their rights violated get their day in court,” Dromm said. Best argues that permitting lawsuits by individuals and organizations claiming that “the activities of law enforcement officers have had a disparate impact” upon any group would empower judges to order the NYPD to cease using stop and frisk. “The consequence of giving courts that power is both clear and radical. It would shift authority for making law enforcement policy from the mayor and the police commissioner to the state courts,” Best wrote. Miller said Best’s claims are exaggerated and the bill does




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Published reports are saying that a car with an assault rifle and a bulletproof vest in the trunk has been stolen from in front of the South Ozone Park home of an FBI agent. The vehicle was stolen Tuesday night at about 8 p.m. The Daily News was saying the car was the agent’s personal vehicle, while CBS News and 1010 WINS Radio were saying it was a governmentowned car. The Wall Street Journal also was reporting that it was a governmentowned vehicle; that there was ammunition for the gun in the vehicle; and that the vest was emblazoned with markings identifying the wearer as an FBI agent. The agent is believed to be the same one who last July pulled a weapon and fired at three men attempting to break into his Lexus. In that incident, the agent called 911 and fired on the men from his home. He struck Adrian Rickets of Brooklyn in the back. The agent was not charged following investigations by the NYPD, FBI and Q Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Casino donates to Howard Beach VFW Replaces equipment lost in Sandy by Domenick Rafter Editor

In honor of Memorial Day, Resorts World Casino New York City helped a Howard Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars organization that was affected by Hurricane Sandy. Representatives of Resorts World and local community leaders welcomed the Bernard J. Coleman VFW Post # 2565 of Howard Beach to the casino over Memorial Day weekend. The VFW was on hand to receive new digital audio equipment donated by the casino to replace old equipment that was washed away during Sandy. “We’re so thrilled to celebrate this Memorial Day with the Howard Beach VFW and provide them with this brandnew equipment, replacing what was lost in the storm,” said Michael Speller, president of Resorts World. “We believe strongly that our success is in large part due to the hospitality shown to us by the residents of Queens. This borough is our home, and as part of this community we are committed to

continuing to do everything we can to continue supporting it.” The Howard Beach VFW lost a significant amount of electronics and digital audio equipment that is necessary to continue the regular events it holds for veterans in the area. Resorts World has supported the VFW with donations each Memorial Day, and this year’s donation includes loudspeakers and microphones for the annual Memorial Day parade and for other events sponsored by the VFW, replacing the equipment lost to Sandy. “Memorial Day is a day to honor those who gave up all of their tomorrows for us here today, and an opportunity to celebrate the lives of our fallen heroes,” said Pat Connolly, commander of the Howard Beach VFW. “We thank Resorts World for their generous donation in honor of these brave men and women, and for standing with us in commemorating those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.” The new equipment was used in MonQ day’s parade in Old Howard Beach.

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Sheehan loses appeal A state appellate court has upheld a weapon conviction against Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach woman who shot her abusive husband 11 times and killed him in 2008. A jury in 2011 acquitted Sheehan of murdering her husband, ex-police officer Raymond Sheehan, in their home, but found her guilty on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. She was sentenced to five years. Sheehan had claimed self-defense at trial, and had the support of her grown son and daughter who testif ied to years of abuse and their father’s threats to kill her. “The majority of the Appellate Division appropriately respected the judgement of the trial court,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement issued by his office Wednesday evening. “It was the trial court that saw and heard all of the evidence in the case,” Brown said. “It was the trial court that was in the most informed position to balance the equation of what I have often referred to as a tragedy.” The trial court will make arrangeQ ments for Sheehan’s surrender.

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Thompson comes back for second try Ex-Comptroller, who nearly beat the mayor in ’09, is making another run by Domenick Rafter Editor

This is not Bill Thompson’s first time on the mayoral campaign trail. The former city comptroller ran against Mayor Bloomberg in 2009 and lost by less than 5 percent — a much closer margin than had been expected. Now he’s back for another run and says he’s the best candidate. “I think so many of the issues that I’ve talked about are issues that impact Queens and the city as a whole,” he said at a recent meeting wtih the Queens Chronicle editorial board. Thompson said his experience as former president of the Board of Education and as the son of a city schoolteacher makes him wellqualified to understand what city schools need to succeed. “Look at a system that’s clearly not working for our children right now,” he said. “Everything from the excessive focus on standardized testing, the lack of focus on comprehension and critical thinking; the large number of school closings when in fact you could’ve turned those schools around.” He said colocations and closures are sometimes warranted, but schools should be closed only after all other options are exhausted and colocations should be temporary and only done when space is limited. Both those factors have not played into the Bloomberg administration’s decisions,

however, Thompson alleged. He said that in for their work on public safety, as well as many cases multiple schools in one campus programs like CompStat and Safe Streets and end up fighting over resources and new colo- the number of cops on the force. He did criticated schools have a negative effect on already cize the cut in the police force, which he existing institutions in the building. notes is below 35,000. He said a couple “When you don’t make sure there is fair- thousand more cops are needed. ness and equity and balance within “37,000 is probably the number that schools, then there’s something makes sense,” he said. “It’s going to wrong,” he said. “Then what you take time to get there, we have to do are at the very least doing is it gradually. There are things we sending a message to teachers can start to do within budget: and students particularly that civilianization, for example. you’re second-class citizens.” There are hundreds of cops sitting Thompson stressed he behind a desk, we can start would offer an educator as putting them out of the street. Chancellor in his administration He also said he would keep stop 2 013 in the mold of former chancellors and frisk, with reforms. Ramon Cortines and Rudy Crew, who “It’s a useful policing tool that has been served during the Giuliani administration. used and abused,” he said. “The fact that “We need someone to help project an edu- you’ve tied stop and frisk into ‘performance cational vision for the city of New York,” goals,’ that’s wrong. That’s not the way it was Thompson said. designed.” Education is Thompson’s top issue, along He said the high number of stop and frisks with public safety, the latter of which he among black and Latino men that have yielded praised the past three administrations in their too few guns or contraband show it is being work in bringing crime down. abused and also pointed out the drop in stops “New York City is the safest big city in the last year, when crime remained historically country,” he said. “We have to keep that up. It low, as a sign it doesn’t need to be used as has changed the perception of the city. It’s often as it is. changed the way we look at ourselves.” Thompson said he expects the next mayor He credits former police commissioner to have to deal with a slew of contract negotiaBill Bratton and current top cop Ray Kelly tions and a budget mess.


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Delta opens new JFK Terminal 4 hub Airline closes historic Worldport, readies for phase 2 of JFK project by Domenick Rafter Editor

With a cavalcade of notable people and an avalanche of blue and red balloons, Delta Airlines officially opened its JFK Airport gateway at Terminal 4 last Friday, just in time for the summer flying season. Delta CEO Richard Anderson welcomed elected officials, sports stars and heads of foreign airlines, including Virgin’s Richard Branson, to Gate B41 at the end of Delta’s

renovated and extended Concourse B — which at some points seems to look more like a mall than an air terminal — for the ceremonial grand opening. “We are excited to be here and to be in New York,” Anderson said, adding JFK will be one of the airline’s major international hubs. “We want people who come to the United States to come here through this airport and this city,” said Rep. Greg Meeks (DJamaica).

Notable New York athletes Adam Graves of the Rangers, left, Clyde Fraser of the Knicks, Keith Hernandez of the Mets and Bernie Williams of the Yankees, joins Delta CEO Richard Anderson at the grand opening of the airline’s new Terminal 4 hub at JFK.

“It’s projects like this that are bringing good jobs to this city,” Mayor Bloomberg remarked. “Over the past six years, Delta has doubled the number of employees based at JFK and created quality construction jobs, with a focus on local hiring and priority to minority- and women-owned business enterprises.” Representing Gov. Cuomo was Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy, who noted that he flew into JFK that morning from Albany on a Delta flight. “I’m not only here as the lieutenant governor,” he said. “I’m also The inside of Delta’s new Terminal 4, which opened last Friday, replacing the a customer.” Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, old Terminal 3 Worldport building that once housed Pan Am. PHOTOS BY DOMENICK RAFTER Bronx) noted the work Delta is also doing at LaGuardia Airport on the swap landing slots at Washington, some of New York’s most wellother side of Queens. known chefs; and a new, 24,000“I’m here representing JFK’s lit- DC’s Reagan National Airport. The new Terminal 4 at JFK was square-foot flagship Delta Sky tle brother across the borough at LaGuardia, which is in my dis- the first phase of Delta’s $1.4 bil- Club with the first-ever Sky Deck trict,” he said. “We are thrilled with lion project at the airport, which rooftop terrace. The new concourse also the improvements Delta is doing includes nine new and seven renovated international gates; improved includes a number of duty-free over there.” Delta last year completed a $160 and renovated check-in areas, shops and restaurants, including a million project at LGA linking its including a dedicated Sky Priority Shake Shack. Phase two of the Terminal 4 redeterminal with Terminal C, formerly check-in area; an enlarged and cenowned by US Airways, after Delta tralized security checkpoint; new velopment plan, which began Friday, agreed with the later airline to retail and dining options from continued on page 35

JFK workers protest Terminal 4 opening Say they haven’t had raises in years, are left in dark about plans by Domenick Rafter

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While inside the dry, warm concourse of Terminal 4, officials and Delta employees celebrated the grand opening of the airline’s new JFK Airport gateway, outside dozens of airport service workers marched in the cold drizzle, saying that while Delta Airlines received billions of dollars in subsidies for its new terminal, workers have been left with low pay and little job security. The protest, organized by the largest service employees union in the New York area, 32BJ of SEIU, as well as New York Communities for Change, called on airlines and airport service

Protesters bang drums outside JFK’s Terminal 4 Friday.

companies to treat their employees better. Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Rosedale), who represents part of the airport and many of the workers who rallied, also attended the protest. The workers, who mainly work for companies subcontracted by Delta for terminal operations, marched outside the building, where several hundred feet away, officials and executives were gathering for its official opening. They were calling for an increase in wages and benefits for workers and more job security. “Today, Delta is celebrating and you have to wonder, are they laughing at us?” asked Jean Sassine, the Southeast Queens chairwoman for New York Communities for Change. “They got their money and their expansion. Their luxury travelers get pampered in their terrace sky deck. What do we get? Where are the good jobs we were promised?” The protest was not only against Delta, but against other airlines that have received subsidies or tax breaks for doing work at JFK and LaGuardia airports, including American Airlines, which received $1.2 billion in bonds from the NYC Industrial Development Agency, a wing of the Economic Development Corporation, for construction of a new terminal at JFK. JetBlue and several foreign airlines such as Air France, Korean Air Lines and Lufthansa also

received over $400 million collectively in subsidies for work at Terminal 1. “Companies at the airport get billions and people like me — low-wage subcontracted airport service workers, continue to struggle to get by on wages as low as $8 an hour with no meaningful benefits,” said Terminal 4 security worker Tasleema Mohamed. Jamaica resident Prince Jackson, a security officer for Air Serv who has worked in Delta’s terminal for more than three years, said he’s tired of being told there isn’t enough money for raises or benefits while billion-dollar terminals are constructed. “We haven’t received a single pay raise since I started,” he said. “We work full-time and still wonder if we make enough to pay the bills. This is no way to live. The problem is Delta received millions of dollars in tax subsidies to expand Terminal 4, but at the same time, we’re told there isn’t enough money for raises or benefits. There’s enough money.” Jackson says some employees who worked in Terminal 3, Delta’s former facility that they closed last Friday, do not even know if or when they will move to Terminal 4. Michael Allen, a spokesman for 32BJ, said security employees remain at Terminal 3 since it closed, but their jobs will eventually be moved or eliminated. “These workers don’t even know if they’ll have a job in Terminal 4,” he said. “All they

A JFK Airport service worker pickets outside PHOTOS BY DOMENICK RAFTER Terminal 4 on Friday. want is to be given a better sense of what is going on.” A spokeswoman for Delta offered no comment because many of the protesters were Q not employees of the airline.

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Anthony Weiner, the ex-congressman who entered the Democratic race for mayor just last week, is already moving up in the polls, coming within just 5 points of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), the frontrunner, in the latest survey. A Marist College poll released Tuesday shows Quinn with the support of 24 percent of registered Democrats in the city, with Weiner in second place at 19 percent. Twelve percent preferred Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, 11 percent went for former Comptroller Bill Thompson, 8 percent for current Comptroller John Liu and 1 percent for former Councilman Sal Albanese. Weiner had the support of 15 percent of Democrats in an April survey by Quinnipiac University, compared to Quinn’s 29 percent. If no candidate gets 40 percent of the vote in the Sept. 10 primary, a runoff between the top two candidates will be held. “The Democratic primary for mayor remains wide open,” Marist poll director Lee Miringoff said. “It is likely to come down to who can punch their ticket for the runoff.” The winner will face one of three Republicans seeking their par ty’s Q nomination.

by Mollie Galchus Chronicle Contributor

Tommy Tibball, co-director of the TKO Dance Academy in Ozone Park, was a featured performer on this week’s episode of “So You Think You Can Dance.” The FOX dance competition program is in its 10th season and recently aired this year’s first-round auditions. Tibball advanced to the next round of the competition in Las Vegas and is now one of the top 50 finalists. After majoring in dance at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Long Island City, Tibball decided to open a dance studio. As the studio’s co-director, he teaches lyrical, contemporary, jazz and hip-hop classes. TKO Dance Academy is a family-run business, with Tibball’s parents managing the finances and maintenance while his sisters also teach classes. “In his senior year he wasn’t really one hundred percent dedicated to going to college because he wanted to pursue his dance career,” Tibball’s mother, Maria, explained. “Besides performing, he’s a great teacher and a great choreographer. He does the music, costumes and numbers — each one of his numbers tells a story.” Tibball and his family drove to Boston for the show’s audition, which was taped earlier this year. “It was exciting for the whole family — it was really amazing,” Maria said,

Tommy Tibball was featured on this week’s episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” and YOUTUBE IMAGE advanced to the competition’s next round after impressing the judges. adding how proud she was of her son’s accomplishment. The TKO Dance Academy is celebrating its fifth year and recently moved into a larger space. Tibball, along with the studio’s codirector, Kareem Hills, will take a group of students to the Starpower International Talent Competition this summer.

Though Maria’s daughters are both studying to become teachers, the whole family travels to the dance competitions. “It becomes a part of your life,” Marie said. “Each individual child has a gift and you should believe in them and pursue and follow their dreams. Just believe in what they do — good things happen to good people.” Q

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Howard Beach fire sends 1 to hospital Sandy-ravaged house’s gas line replaced days before incident by Josey Bartlett Editor

Days after repairs were made to a Howard Beach home’s gas line, it exploded, partially collapsing the house with its plume and sending one woman to the hospital, according to fire officials.

The house at 162-39 84 St. erupted into flames at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. “We heard a large tremendous boom,” a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous said. “When we looked outside a woman was hanging outside of her window.”

Theresa Pepitone, who lives in the home with her husband, Joseph, sustained second-degree burns and was taken to the Cornell Medical Center’s burn unit. The couple’s German shepherd also sustained injuries in the explosion.

Theresa Pepitone, who lives there with her husband Joseph, was brought to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center with second degree burns on half of her body. She was then transferred to the Cornell Medical Center’s burn unit. The neighbor said another longtime resident, John Dezago, pulled Pepitone out of the house. Responders arrived shortly after and were still on the scene at 4:30 p.m. Joseph Pepitone arrived home about an hour after the explosion. Rapid Repairs was g reenlighted to replace the gas line on May 23, according to the Department of Buildings. Pepitone’s house had a tree fall on it during Hurricane Irene and again sustained signif icant damage during Superstor m Sandy. “He lost everything in Sandy,” the neighbor said. “It’s a shame. It’s just overwhelming.” She said people in the neighborhood are shook up and nervous following the incident, about the work Rapid Repairs did on their homes.

A Howard Beach home exploded just days after Rapid Repairs replaced the gas line that was ruptured during Hurricane Sandy. Firefighters arrived on the PHOTOS BY MARLY GURINO scene quickly. “We all had our houses done after Sandy,” she said. After Sandy the Pepitones

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Council to grill Parks honcho on FMCP’s ills by Joseph Orovic

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A trio of big-ticket projects has put Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the sights of community activists, parks advocates and Queens residents; its chewed up fields, persistent flooding and dilapidated state have become part of a broader discussion about the economic inequality between parks across the city. In Flushing Meadows’ case, the shoddy conditions justified pushes by the city and developers to find alternate uses, including an expansion of the United States Tennis Association’s grounds, the creation of a mall alongside Citi Field and a Major League Soccer stadium. The renewed focus on the park also left many wondering why FMCP was ever allowed to deteriorate in the first place. The City Council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation hopes to get answers next Friday, when it will hold an oversight hearing into the condition and needs of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The gathering will start at 1 p.m. at the 16th floor committee room at 250 Broadway, allowing for public testimony while also giving the seven-member committee a chance to question Parks Commissioner Veronica White. It will be a rare turn for Flushing Meadows, a park that otherwise does not seem to garner much attention at the municipal level. It has 18 full-time staff members to maintain and repair what was 1,250 acres of parkland that recently shrunk to just over 900 acres. The Parks Department has not responded to months and months of inquiries by the Queens Chronicle, seeking an explanation for Flushing Meadows’ shrinkage. The Council’s parks committee includes four members of the borough’s delegation, with Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (DEast Elmhurst) pressing for the hearing at the behest of the Fairness Coalition of Queens, a group that has been fighting the three recent projects proposed for the park.

The City Council’s Parks Committee plans to grill Parks Commissioner Veronica White about the administration policies and the PHOTO BY JOSEPH OROVIC state of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. “It is my goal that the park’s budgetary, safety and maintenance issues will be addressed,” the lawmaker said in a statement. “Many New Yorkers who do not live in Queens are unaware of the issues this park has faced, and it is time we all start thinking and talking about it.” The hearing was sparked, in part, by some of the very same complaints used by the city to justify projects that would have eaten away at parkland. For example, the sorry state of the Pool of Industry was a selling point for MLS when it pushed the creation of a 25,000-seat soccer stadium atop the Fountain of the Planets. That project now appears to be dead, but MLS did bring up a good point. “Why is the Fountain of the Planets one of the dirtiest parts of the park?” asked the Fairness Coalition’s Will Sweeney, who

said FMCP has been “mismanaged, understaffed and ignored for too long.” The state of the fountain is just one part of Sweeney’s longer list of ills, which includes: cars parked on the grass during the United States Tennis Association; a strategy for the persistent flooding in the park; the seemingly abandoned strategic plan for the park and accountability for the alleged corruption perpetrated by the now-deceased Estelle Cooper, who was charged with stealing $50,000 meant for the park. Sweeney hopes all these questions and more will be addressed by White when she sits before the committee. But there’s one that sticks in the craw of most park activists: money. FMCP stands as one of the city’s most underfunded and understaffed parks. Unlike its marquee brethren in Manhattan and Brooklyn, it doesn’t benefit from wealthy donors funneling cash into a nonprofit organization aimed at maintaining the park. Councilman and Parks Committee member Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is wondering if Flushing Meadows is really getting an equitable amount of funding, considering it’s home to the USTA and the Mets. “How much do they give? How much do the Mets give back?” Dromm said, noting he’s skeptical the tenants contribute much at all. “Why are they getting away with a free pass?” For Sweeney, bridging that income gap should be a priority for the city and committee. “We have to make sure that the money that is generated in the park is directly invested back in the park,” he said. “We can no longer be a cash machine for Manhattan mayors to finance beautiful things in other parts of the city.” Ferreras sounded as if she’d be the one to press the issue. “There is no reason for FMCP to be treated any less than Central Park or Prospect Park, especially when it has such a rich history as the home of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs,” Q she said.

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Looking back at my 50 years as a pediatrician by Dr. Allan Rothenberg Since I decided to retire as of July 1, I have thought about how things have changed in pediatrics over the past half-century. Fifty years ago I became a board-certified pediatrician and after two years of caring for children of Army people as a captain/pediatrician I opened my first office in the Lindenwood part of Howard Beach. So how are things different? An office visit was $6 and a house call was $10 (there was no insurance, and there were house calls). I remember on one house call to a sick child in Brooklyn, the neighbor was in labor and waiting for her husband — but the baby couldn’t wait, so I delivered the baby. Fortunately, the experience of delivering about 50 babies under a professor’s supervision at Metropolitan Hospital four years before had stayed with me. The mom was so appreciative she named the baby after me. So there is a 48-year-old man out there named Allan. I’m not sure how he looks but as a baby he was cute. There were no beepers or cell phones or even touch-tone phones (remember rotary dialing?). I did have a copy machine; it was one of the earliest ones and made a wet copy, which could make things messy. Of course there were no fax machines or computers. How did we survive? There were no office CBC blood count machines or rapid strep tests or off ice screening tests for lead poisoning, middle ear fluid, hearing loss or lung function as we have now. A brief word about vaccines. I had a newborn girl patient born without hearing because her mother had rubella (German measles) in early pregnancy. This was two years before the rubella vaccine became available in 1969. Several times a year I saw children suffering from high fever and croupy cough, who had difficulty breathing and were turning blue. They were given oxygen and a high-speed ride down Linden

Boulevard to Brookdale Hospital. Since the HIB vaccine became available in 1985, that condition, acute epiglottises, is rarely seen. When I was in the Army I saw an 8year-old girl with high fever, rash and red eyes. It was measles, and followed a typical course until the fourth day, when she became worse and now had measles encephalitis. After a long stay in the hospital and a month in rehab she was back to normal — she was lucky. This was six months before the measles vaccine became available in 1965. The moral of the story: Vaccines, when available and used, make a significant impact on our quality of life. Do we have more of any particular conditions? Yes, asthma and autism. Thirty to 50 years ago I saw four or five children with asthma per year, and now I often see four or five per day. Is pollution in the air causing more asthma? Are chemicals in our food causing more autism? We don’t know. There are no definite answers, even though more money and effort are being spent on research than ever before. I hope we will soon know the causes and then medical teams will develop both preventions and cures. So pediatrics has changed, but have parents or children changed? I think not. Parents still look for two attributes in a doctor: knowledge and compassion. Some children are cuter and some are smarter, but somehow over the past 50 years all my patients were always the smartest and the cutest. Thank you for trusting me with your most precious possessions, and allowing me to say my work for the last 50 years has been Q child’s play. Dr. Allan Rothenberg practices medicine at Queens Pediatric Care, located at 158-49 84 St. in Howard Beach.

Packages for our troops The Marine Corps League Detachment 240 North Shore Queens is continuously collecting personal care items and small food packages to be sent to U.S. troops overseas. Among the items needed are: • shaving cream and men’s and women’s razors, feminine hygiene products and deodorant for men and women; • baby wipes, travel-size toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash, and travel-size shampoo and hair conditioner; • T-shirts, men’s and women’s underwear, green socks and shower shoes;

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Denies his claim annual $6M grant was cut over Queensboro Bridge renaming by Josey Bartlett Editor

On April 26 Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) held a rally outside City Hall with immigrant advocates and other politicians, calling for the mayor and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) to restore money for a scholarship geared toward undocumented college students. Those opposed to the grant’s elimination accused Quinn of punishing Vallone for renouncing the partial name change of the Queensboro Bridge for former Mayor Ed Koch. Vallone also claims his discretionary funds were cut by 40 percent because of his nay bridge vote. Quinn said the decrease was made to even out the district that for years enjoyed the added monetary perk of being represented by former Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. Almost a month later Quinn sat down with the Chronicle editorial staff. She spoke of her stance on several topics, including saying that Vallone’s claim is just plain false. “One thing that Peter has been saying, that is just wrong, is about the Vallone Scholarship,” Quinn said. “On the year we had to cut the funding for the Vallone Scholarship, in 2008/2009 it was the peak of the recession. Every program that year in the Council budget was not restored.” Roughly 15,000 students were the recipients

Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Member Peter Vallone Jr. strongly differ about why funding for FILE PHOTOS the Vallone scholarship vanished. level, and that is just not what happened,” Quinn said. “Did she say this with a straight face?” Vallone asked Wednesday. Although the Council as a whole made the vote, Vallone reiterated that as the leader of the body, Quinn has the power. “She controls the Council,” Vallone said. “Just once I want her to say ‘I didn’t refund the libraries the Council did.’” “I was told by her staff that there would be retribution,” Vallone said, “and there was.

of the Peter F. Vallone Scholarship before it was cut. According to Quinn, the budget negotiating team slashed the $6 million provided annually for the scholarship, adding that it was not a decision made by the speaker alone as is the case with discretionary fund allocations. The decision was then reaffirmed by the Council, she said, adding that at least three boroughs had to say yes for it to go through. “Some members of the Queens delegation feel they are being punished on the retribution

“None of the other council members said a word prior to the vote and I certainly could have used some help,” he added. Vallone pledges if elected as borough president to restore the Queensboro Bridge name. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who voted against the renaming, said he didn’t speak as publicly as Vallone, but did make his opinion heard. “I sent a letter to all the folks who had writen to my office several days in advance of the vote. One blog picked it up. I also spoke very passionately against it in the council chambers before the vote,” Van Bramer said. He added his vote did not affect his funds. “She was good to me and my district before the vote and she was good to me and my district after the vote,” he said of Quinn. Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Queens Village), a longtime Koch pal, voted for the switch along with other members such as Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who said it “wasn’t that big of a deal,” and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village). At the time some political insiders speculated that the renaming served as a political chess move. In December 2011, Koch endorsed Quinn for mayor eight months after she backed the naming. Koch also put his money and name behind Weprin for Q speaker.

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continued from page 2 cyberbullying, and more than 60 percent of the students we interviewed reported that they or someone they knew had experienced cyberbullying.” Klein, who is looking to make cyberbullying into a criminal offense, also reported that about 70 percent of the students polled said they thought it should be a crime. “Right now, it is a crime to stalk someone or to harass someone, and I don’t think cyberbullying is any different,” he said. “We’re not looking to put kids in jail, but if young people know that this is going to be punished as a crime, they won’t do it. We’re putting way too much pressure on teachers to deal with this issue.” The bill Klein proposed last year was not voted into law but the senator said he is still hopeful. Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) was reluctant to agree that turning cyberbullying into a criminal offense is the way to go. “My initial reaction is that we’ve seen too much criminalization of our youth, particularly because they haven’t been told by our system that this is wrong,” the former teacher said. “But I do think it’s becoming a bigger and bigger problem, and it’s something that we’ve tried to combat in the Council and the [Department of Education] is even recognizing it as a serious issue now.”

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“There are no words to describe the feeling I had when I spoke,” Goldfeder said. “It was just about expressing gratitude to the people of Oklahoma for their help. I just sort of spoke from the heart. Afterward, almost every member of the Legislature came to talk — some came to discuss what the aftermath in Rockaway was like after Sandy.” Goldfeder then toured the disaster zone and met with survivors. “After walking with [Wesselhoft] to see the scene after the storm, I have to say, the word devastation is really overused,” he said. “You can’t understand it until you see it. A lot of it took me back to seven months ago, not just the destruction, but also the spirit of the community.” He took note of one woman he met at a relief center. “She had lost her home and she was there helping out,” he said. Goldfeder also met with the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Moore and talked about relief operations and Goldfeder’s experience in the days after Sandy. He said there was a noticeable difference in the recovery from the tornado than there was immediately after Sandy. “There was definitely a much quicker response in Oklahoma than we saw in Queens,” he said. “The role of public safety agencies was clearly defined. They

Bill Thompson continued from page 24 On development, Thompson said the NYC Economic Development Corporation needs to be “reined in” and has not worked with communities on development issues the way it should. “EDC needs to be more accountable and more responsible,” he said. “I favor growth and development in the city. I believe I was a pro-growth and pro-development comptroller. But at the same point, you want to involve the community in what works; making sure you don’t destroy the tenor and flavor of neighborhoods.”

Phil Goldfeder with Oklahoma state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft. PHOTO COURTESY NYS ASSEMBLY were working with a plan in place.” The town of Moore has had more experience than Queens with natural disasters. The May 20 tornado was the third large twister to hit the city since 1999. Goldfeder was not the only southern Queens Sandy survivor to step up for Oklahoma. There have been a number of collections for tornado victims in the Rockaways since the storm hit. Goldfeder said some of the schools on the peninsula have collected supplies, and the flea market on Beach 113th Street has already sent two truckloads of supplies to Moore. “Their homes are still gone and yet they’re being there for others in the same situation,” he said. “It’s good to see.” Q

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Elissa Brown, PhD., the executive director of Child Help Partnership and a professor at St. John’s University, spoke about teaching people who know a bullied child how to deal with these situations. “What seems to be working is the bystander intervention,” she said. “I think there needs to be some sort of parallel training for adults and children that will teach them to step in on the intervention and say that this is hurtful.” “Parents need to start younger and let them know that this is not allowed and if it does happen, that this is what we should do,” Nomura said. “Something like stop, drop and roll. You know if you are on fire, what to do because of that. Parents need a procedure set in place at a young age and students will be more likely to talk about it. When a tragedy like this happens, it is awful, but to try and prevent it, parents should take this as an opportunity.” There are also online resources as well. is a website dedicated to informing children and adults on the effects of internet bullying. “Children really do understand much more than we give them credit for,” Nomura said. “I really do believe that people are good at heart and that they do not want to hurt people. There is a way to reach them, at any age. It has become more difficult to approach the issue but a support system is Q most important.”

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continued from page 6 working is the process of school suspension. “I believe one child in the back of the classroom is disruptive,” Weiner said. “Now, the child has some rights and you can’t toss them out onto the street but let’s make clear here that there is another constituency being affected here that isn’t the student doing the disrupting. It’s the class, it’s the teacher trying to teach the class. Now, I would agree that there are some fundamental issues with the suspension process but it is imperative that the teacher be able to teach and that the classroom not be disruptive.” He also briefly addressed his concern over the United States Tennis Association stadium expansion proposal for Flushing Meadows Corona Park. “I think that the U.S. Open is a valuable asset to our community and to our city and it has grown and become a fixture in our lives and I am cautiously supportive of expanding the USTA further, but I reserve the right to look into it further and explore the arguments from both sides,” he said. He spoke similarly on the Major League Soccer stadium proposal in the park. “I think that there has been an important change in tone by the sponsors in the project,” he said. “I think that if this business wants to f ind a place to play 25 soccer games each year, I’d have some reservations. If they were looking to build a home, then I think we should welcome them.”

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Weiner’s mayoral candidacy Weiner did say he was enjoying his time in the outer boroughs and getting the opportunity to speak with a local paper. “Being out in Queens, and Brooklyn and Riverdale, this is the way you’ve got to run a campaign,” he said. “You can just as easily talk to the New York Post but this is much more fruitful.” Weiner’s odds of winning are not ideal but not impossible either. A recent poll released by Quinnipiac University showed Weiner with 15 percent of the vote, second only to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (DManhattan), even though she and the other Democratic Primary candidates, Bill Thompson, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Controller John Liu and Sal Albanese have had much longer to appeal to voters. A new Rasmussen poll released last week showed Quinn with 24 percent and Weiner with 18 percent. Voting for the Democratic nominee will take place on the Sept.10 primary and if none of the candidates receives at least 40 percent of the votes, the top two will have a runoff, but Weiner was not focusing that far ahead. “My goal is to get 100 percent of the vote,” he joked. “I’ve had good luck in campaigns, and what I will say is if you want to convince people that you’ll make a good mayor, you’ve got to talk about the issues everywhere and you’ve got to talk about Q them the same everywhere.”

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Clearing a path to the QueensWay Local group hosts cleanup event on abandoned LIRR train tracks by Tess McRae Reporter

The closed portion of the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach train line got some TLC last week in effort to showcase a proposal to transform the abandoned tracks into a park called the QueensWay. “The cleanup was done in conjunction with Parks,” Andrea Crawford of Friends of QueensWay, a group pushing to make the park a reality. “The rail that runs across Forest Park is loaded with debris and junk so we got in there and cleaned some of it up.” Crawford said about two dozen residents showed up for the event. The proposed park would mimic the High Line in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan that attracts thousands of people daily. “We have this amazing opportunity to do something fabulous,” Crawford said. But not everyone is in favor of turning the line into a park. “It isn’t the park,” Woodhaven resident Neil Giannelli said. “Once the line gets past Park Lane South, it rises 10 to 17 feet above ground and is right up against the houses that line 98th Street. I walked over there myself and in the wintertime when the trees lose their leaves, you can look directly into the second floor window of these homes.” Giannelli, who writes a blog called NoWay

Volunteers met up with Parks Department employees to clean up the old Long Island Rail Road Rockaway train line. The Friends of QueensWay is hoping to turn the abandoned land into a highPHOTO COURTESY FRIENDS OF QUEENS WAY rise park, similar to the High Line in Manhattan. QueensWay and lives just under the train line, said he is worried about safety. “I’m concerned about privacy, property value and safety,” he said. “If you want to have the bike path just have it end at Park Lane South and leave 98th Street alone.” Another proposal that surfaced before the park idea would turn the right of way back into a fully

functioning train line. Giannelli isn’t thrilled with that idea either but sees the sense in it. “Ideally I’d like my area to be left alone but with the traffic pressure on Woodhaven Boulevard, it makes more sense to have a train,” he said. Re-establishing train service on the Long Island Rail Road line was first proposed by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway

Park), who says it would give Rockaway residents easier access to the rest of Queens and Manhattan. Crawford countered that creating a train line would not benefit the community. “Much of central Queens doesn’t have access to green space,” she said “This park would be 3.5 miles of clean hiking, biking, walking space. We feel that there have been multiple feasibility studies on building a train. It’d cost billions of dollars for a train that wouldn’t get much use. You would have to de-map parkland and do all of these things that are not going to serve the community where this greenway would. We’re excited by the project and by the enthusiasm from the community and elected officials.” Gov. Cuomo has already given his approval to considering the park by giving funds to the Trust for Public Land, which is now reviewing proposals for a feasibility study that Crawford said she hopes would begin in 2014. “We’ve gotten over 2,500 signatures from people who support the QueensWay,” she said. “We also plan on having another cleanup in the fall. Parks has been fantastic but they don’t have the manpower to clean up the area.” Crawford also mentioned the possibility of a meet and greet so that residents can learn more about the QueensWay proposal. Anyone interested in future Friends of QueensWay events Q can visit their website

SE flood victims take their fight to the DEP Residents, leaders say they will continue push to pump old wells by Michael Gannon

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Protesters march outside the Corona offices of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection to demand pumping of wells to reduce flooding PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON in Southeast Queens.

Residents and off icials from Southeast Queens appear to be through asking the city for action to alleviate flooding from groundwater levels that have been rising since the mid-1990s. Now they are demanding it. Nearly 30 people rallied outside the Corona offices of the Department of Environmental Protection on Friday to once again call on the city to restart pumping operations at wells formerly owned by the old Jamaica Water Service. “DEP has known for about this problem for 20 years and has not responded,” Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Jamaica) said outside the offices on Junction Boulevard. “In 1996 the city bought Jamaica Water Service and capped 69 wells that pumped 60 million gallons of water per day,” he said. Between 1997 and 2006, as the city phased out pumping operations at the wells, the water table in some areas rose more than 35 feet. As a result, any heavy or sustained period of rain can result in flooding of streets and of people’s homes ranging from

several inches to several feet. The DEP’s response has been that while it is responsible for handling runoff caused by rain, groundwater does not fall under its purview. As DEP personnel came out to observe the rally, Scarborough and others said the issue is one of fairness and environmental justice. And they are particularly maddened by the fact that the DEP will begin pumping the wells in 2018, when the water will be needed to compensate for the temporary but long-term closure of a supply tunnel from upstate. “This water problem is not one of mystery, but one of overt and benign neglect by the City of New York,” said Leroy Gadsden, president of the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP. “The City of New York was well aware of the consequences of shutting down the wells. ... We cannot wait until 2018.” “If flooding was taking place in Midtown Manhattan, it would have been resolved,” Scarborough said. “If flooding was taking place on the Upper East Side, it would have ben resolved.” State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), who also attended the rally, and

Scarborough have companion bills in the state Legislature that would compel the city to resume the pumping. Scarborough said the problem never needed to have come this far, and still can be resolved short of the force of law. “If they have another solution, we’re willing to listen,” he said. “We’ve been talking to them. We’re trying to find them funding.” Following a town hall meeting at York College on Feb. 28, DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland and state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens met with the two lawmakers in Albany to discuss the matter. Smith said Friday they are anticipating another meeting with city and state officials within the next two weeks. A spokesman for the DEP on Friday repeated almost verbatim a statement issued after the York College meeting, saying that the DEP in the last 10 years has spent $1.5 billion in capital projects to improve drainage in Queens, and has more than 200 other projects either underway or in the pipeline, costing Q another $1 billion.

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Dispute with Legal Services NYC centers on healthcare, retirement by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor

As he tries to fight eviction from the Jackson Heights residence that he has occupied for the past four years, Imran Masood faces a court date and a dilemma. His attorney, one of approximately 220 members of the Legal Services Staff Association, is on strike. According to his lawyer, Maurice Muir, a senior attorney with Queens Legal Services of NYC for 13 years, every year “we go into contract renewal mode.” Working without a contract for the past year, the members of QLS, which represents tenants in foreclosure or with other housing issues, are currently in dispute with management over several points, Muir said. “They want to reduce their contribution to the retirement plan,” Muir said, in reference to Legal Services NYC, the organization of attorneys, paralegals, social workers and support staff that provides over 45,000 lowincome New Yorkers with a full range of legal assistance each year. Ongoing disputes over contributions members must make toward their health coverage prompted Muir

to say, “No one knows the mechanics been on strike. The organization deals with issues of what’s going on.” Legal Services NYC cited a reduc- ranging from immigration, education tion in federal funding as a reason to and family law to foreclosure prevenchange the benefits its attorneys have. tion, taxation, and Social Security, And the threat of layoffs remains according to Muir. “The constituents are not being an issue, according to Muir, with the serviced,” he said. two sides unable Among his to agree upon a clients are some ratio in cutbacks whom he said are between staff and ne client told a “facing serious management. problems.” According to judge that his In a telephone Muir, QLS, with attorney was on interview on approximately 30 Tuesday, Masood employees, has strike and that he explained that he already had to recently went close one of its could not afford before a judge to two off ices due another one, but plead his case. to budget con“I can’t just straints, the he says that got leave my apartremaining one ment and go in being in Jamaica. him nowhere. the street,” he Muir said the said he told the organization is a non-profit which receives funding judge, explaining that he cannot from the federal, state and city gov- afford to hire an attorney and that his ernments, as well as private organi- was on strike. According to Masood, the judge’s zations. For the past two weeks, members response was, “That’s none of my of QLS, along with their counter- business.” “They treated me like a dog,” he parts in the other boroughs, have


said. “They don’t care.” Facing the prospect of having to appear in court without representation, he said, “When the judge or lawyer speaks out, I’m not familiar with that language.” While Masood was waiting for his original court date, Muir said, his landlord opened a second case against him. “They did something sneaky,” Muir said. “I don’t know what it is.” Masood’s court date for that case is May 31. “Honestly speaking, I don’t know what to do,” Masood said. Efforts to contact Legal Services NYC were unsuccessful, but a statement on the group’s web page reads in part, “We are disappointed that Legal Services Staff Association voted to strike rather than accept our proposal to respond to a 50 percent drop in federal funding with necessary changes to healthcare and retirement prog rams. Without those changes, we will be forced to lay off as many as 50 people by the end of 2014. We are very hopeful that we can return to the bargaining table quickly and Q resolve this impasse.”

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Cicadas all the buzz this summer by Laura A. Shepard Chronicle Contributor

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Cicadas will be buzzing in full force over the next few weeks, as the now-mature 17-year-old Magicicada species are ready for some summer loving. From June to September, the males will be buzzing all night long to attract mates. There are three different species and each one makes a distinct sound, but the females know what frequency to listen for, according to Bonnie McGuire, the deputy director for the city’s Park Rangers. Now, the immature nymphs are waiting 8 inches below the soil for the temperature to reach 64 degrees, according to Lou Sorkin, an entomologist at the The Brood II cicadas, which take 17 years to mature, are due American Museum of Natural for a mass emergence any day now. PHOTO BY BRUCE MARLIN VIA WIKIPEDIA History. Then they will crawl up out of the ground and undergo metamorphosis. The immature cicadas’ backs Going back to the Ice Age, having a long split open and the mature adults emerge, underground stage meant increasing the chances of hitting a warmer springtime, with ready to mate. While the cicadas are already blanketing favorable conditions. Also, emerging by the trees and yards in Staten Island, Queens is still millions in a single year increases the odds cicada-free, according to’s data- that more members of the species will find base. Brood II will span the northeast corridor mates and survive predators. Cicadas are food for birds, raccoons, posin forested areas with older trees and undisturbed soil, McGuire said. In Queens, residents sums, rats, mice, dogs, cats, turtles, frogs, near Alley Pond, Cunningham, and Forest parks spiders, wasps, and even ants, which scavenge the carcasses and bring them back to especially may experience louder nights. Sorkin said Hurricane Sandy may have their nests. “They have a great effect on the local enviharmed some cicada nymphs because the whole landscape changed, but the insects are ronment,” McGuire said. “They’re a great resilient and no one mentioned seeing cicadas start of a food chain.” According to Sorkin, cicadas are also on the roots of trees that were removed after edible by humans, and the light-colored the hurricane. The lean black insects are 1 to 1.5 inches soft adults that have just emerged are the long, with bulging red eyes, but cicadas best to eat. “Some people say they taste like asparaattract each other through sounds, which come from organs on their abdomens, which gus,” Sorkin said. “I’d say they taste more like corn.” operate like timpani drums. As for the cicadas’ palate, the insects suck “They can be a little scary if you don’t know what they are,” McGuire said. “They’re sap from trees, but cause minimal damage doing so. While the nymphs are in the ground, big and globulous.” When a male sees a female, it changes its they drink from the roots. When the females song a little, Sorkin said. The female responds lay eggs, they make small holes in the trees by flapping her wings, which span about 2 but not enough to hurt or kill the trees, inches. Once a pair find each other, they hook McGuire said. According to Sorkin, sometimes the tips of up and copulate. They’re harmless to humans, as they don’t branches of older trees break because of cicada eggs, but this is merely a natural pruning sting or bite, McGuire said. “Some people worried about invasion,” process. As for smaller trees, gardeners may Sorkin said. “They’re not out to get you, opt to wrap them in netting to prevent damage they’re not dangerous or venomous. Cicadas or wait until next year to plant new saplings. McGuire said the cicadas will only be are interesting to watch. People should not be afraid, they should try to observe them and around for a couple of months. “They come out, make noise, mate, lay eggs, and that’s it,” see what they do.” The three species in Brood II have a 17- she said. Mature cicadas do not live through year life cycle, so the insects maturing this the winter. “If you get a chance, take a look because it summer were made in 1996. Their offspring won’t mature until 2030. There are also four won’t happen again for 17 years,” McGuire species of 13-year cicadas, but they mainly said. At the end of the season, the dead bodies live in the Southeast and Midwest. According to Sorkin, there are evolutionary littering the ground will make an excellent Q advantages to their prime-numbered lifespan. fertilizer, Sorkin said.



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Artist Felix Sherman in his Long Island City studio with one of his mixed-medium works on cardboard paper. Bottom left, a sculpture made with paper, fabric and wire.

SIMPLICITY “It’s not serious,” Sherman said of his own art. “When it is serious, something is wrong.” The artist, who speaks with a thick

Felix Sherman aspires to paint like a child by Josey Bartlett Russian accent and fills his Long Island City art studio with his own “little jungle” of plants and paper, disliked having to produce a certain style for his

collectors and galleries. Many of the galleries that sold his works, besides one in Nashville, have gone out of business. However, many devoted patrons still collect his work and he enjoys the increased freedom. His flying figures — men and women with their legs and arms stuck straight out — get bought up quickly. “I want to always change my style,” he said. “Sometimes I return to an old look, but it’s always a little different.” Right now he loves paper. He uses heaps of New York Times pages to draw on. Sometimes the portraits fully Continued onpage page continued on 43

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rtist Felix Sherman loves quoting Picasso, who said, as an older artist, that he had tried his whole life to paint like a child and now he finally could. Sherman can relate. He respects the uninhibited way a child can create art — simpler lines, colors and subjects. Sherman’s portraits reflect this with smiling three-eyed faces sporting blue outlines that come straight from his imagination. His bodies forgo knees and elbows, instead opting for hammock-shaped forms that fly and lay as if they were poured Jello from a bathtub.

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Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, 84-20 Jamaica Ave., hosts a free poetry workshop every third Tuesday, until Monday, Dec. 16. Email

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

Afternoon Composting: Weekly Food Waste Drop-Off at the Broadway Library, 40-20 Broadway in Long Island City on Saturdays at 1 p.m. Call (718) 721-2462.

AUDITION Interested performers are invited to audition for Theatre By The Bay’s production of “Guys and Dolls” on Tuesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside. Rehearsals begin in August. Call (718) 4286363 or visit

The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, hosts a summer book sale on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact, (718) 268-6704 or visit On Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m., Murder By Marriage, a comedy-murder-mystery dinner show, will be held at Riccardo’s, 21-01 24 Ave., Astoria. $45. Call (718) 721-7777.

FSF Community Theatre Group, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, holds auditions for Legally Blonde, the Musical on Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6 from 7:30-10 p.m. Call (516) 521-5500 or email



Once Upon a Time presents “Peter Pan, the musical tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up” on Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m. at 87-61 111 St., Richmond Hill. $7 adults, $5 children. Call (718) 846-9182 or (718) 849-6594.

St. Raphael’s Church, 35-20 Greenpoint Ave., Long Island City, hosts an outdoor flea market from 9 am. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 2. Call (718) 729-8957.


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

The 19th annual Thalia Spanish Theatre’s free outdoors festival will be held on Sundays, June 2 and 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Thompson Hill Park/Noonan Playground, Greenpoint Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd streets, Sunnyside. Call (718) 729-3880. Jamaica Drum Jam presents a West African Drum and Dance Circle at Queens Library-Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, on Saturday, June 15 from 2-3 p.m. Free and open to all ages. Call (917) 608-6805 or visit

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Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet will perform on Saturday, June 8 at Hollis Presbyterian Church.

The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra hosts a concert on Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. $5, $3 seniors and students. Call (718) 374-1627.

LECTURE Hollis Presbyterian Church, Sons of Encouragement presents a special conversation with jazz giants of Queens, Bill Jacobs, Steven Kroon, George Cables and Onaje Allen Gumbs on Friday, June 7 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 100-50 196 St., Hollis. Call (718) 776-4646.

MEETINGS AARP Chapter 2889 meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 69-60 Grand Ave., Maspeth. There will be Queens Public Hearings on allocation of federal funding to combat poverty and support community-based programs, held at Elmhurst Hospital, 7901 Broadway, on Saturdays, June 1 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call (212) 676-8208.

The Long Island Fretted Quartet will perform at Horizons, a club for those 55 and over, on Thursday, June 6 at 12:30 p.m. at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 St. $3. Call (718) 899-8298.

VFW Post 4787, 19-12 149 St., Whitestone, holds its monthly meeting on Monday, June 10 at 8 p.m. The Vietnam Veterans of America Post 32 holds their monthly meeting on Friday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at the same address.

The Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet will perform on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at Hollis Presbyterian Church, 100-50 196 St., Hollis. $25. Call (718) 776-4646.


FLEA MARKETS There will be a flea market at Transfiguration Parish Hall, 64-14 Clinton Ave., Maspeth, on Sunday, June 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (347) 339-1362.

Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, hosts: a summer star party astronomy night held on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. for adults and hildren ages 7-12. $14, $8 per child.; “Insects — Story Time Safari” on Sunday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. to noon, for ages 5-9. $18 per child; and

“Toddler Adventure Hour — Baby Animals” on Sunday, June 9 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. for ages 1836 months with parental participation, for $16 per child. Preregistration required for all programs. Call (718) 229-4000 or visit Help out with chores and enjoy some fun and games when finished at King Manor Museum, 15003 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, on Saturday, June 8 from noon to 3 p.m. Free. Call (718) 206-0545.

CLASSES Watercolor classes at the National Art League, 4421 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston. All techniques, beginners to advanced. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25 per session. Call (718) 969-1128. Foundations in Astronomy workshop series will be offered on Sundays, June 9, 23 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. $50 for series. Pre-registration required. Call (718) 229-4000 or visit Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, hosts dance with instructions every Monday and Friday from 7:15 to 8 p.m. and a social dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Call (718) 478-3100. Cost is $10.

SPECIAL EVENTS Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., hosts a singles social and dance for singles over 45 from 2-6 p.m. on Sundays, June 9, July 21 and Aug. 18. $10. Call (718) 897-6255. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, hosts a knitting circle on Mondays, June 3 and 17 from 6-8 p.m. for adults only. $5. Pre-registration required. Call (718) 229-4000. A flute concert and lawn tea will be held on Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. $20, $16 members. Call (718) 359-6227.

Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance announces a walking tour of Sunnyside Gardens. The tour meets Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. by the flagpole in J.V. Daniels Park, 52nd Street between Roosevelt and 43rd avenues in Sunnyside. $20. Call (646) 298-8669. A spring fling car show and blood drive will be held on Sunday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, 56-18 69 St. Call (917) 682-5362. Free. A wellness fair will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 1-5 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 11426 Mexico St., St. Albans. $5 donation for those 12 and older. Call (917) 837-1139. All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunnyside has its annual Strawberry Fair on Saturday, June 15 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on 46th Street between Queens Boulevard and 43rd Avenue. Call (718) 784-8031.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES The Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside, hosts: Qi Gong, Mondays at 10:45 a.m.; topical club, Mondays through Fridays at 12:30 p.m.; Wii time, Mondays and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; Music with Dee, Mondays at 1 p.m.; beginner’s drawing, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; aerobics, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.; drawing and painting, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; yoga, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; bingo, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; tai chi, Wednesdays at 2 p.m.; dance fitness and “You Be the Judge,” Fridays at 10:45 a.m. Plus music appreciation, current events discussions, card playing and more. Movies, Fridays at 12:45 in June: “Lincoln,” June 7, and “Les Miserables,” June 21. Open house, June 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (718) 224-7888. Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, 92-47 165 St., details its safety program about rent, Medicaid and food stamps. Call for an appointment at (718) 657-6500. Free. Computer classes are being held at Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Prince Street Senior Center, 4525 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. For seniors 60 plus. Call John at (718) 559-4329 to register.

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Snippets of acts to come with play fest by Mark Lord

Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich’s “Attention Shoppers,” described by Culver as “a war play” in which various widows Named for the small Ohio town in which its founder grew engage in conversations with a voice that comes over a store’s up, the Piney Fork Press Theater is bringing one installment public address system, is among the other plays scheduled for of its inaugural play festival to Queens on June 15, spotlight- June 15, along with such works as “The Fact Checker” by ing eight short plays averaging about 10 minutes apiece. Gabriel Davis, “Ordinary,” by Jack Feldstein, “Room 12” by Best of all, the event is free, in keeping with the theater Anthony Pezzula, “Scratch Off” by Scott Tobin, “God and the group’s tradition since its inception. Book Publisher” by Joseph Passarella and According to long-time Astoria resi“Interview Explained” by John McCaffery. dent Johnny Culver, who launched the In all, this year’s festival will feature group in 2003, “Members of the Ginsome 35 works, selected from over 100 gerbread Players, Parkside and other submissions. When: June 15, 2:30 p.m. theater groups got together and one And Culver promises “there’s not an Where: Broadway Library thing led to another.” obscene thought in any of them.” 40-20 Broadway, LIC Culver, a triple-threat actor-directorCulver’s interest in playwriting was writer, realized “to get your play in a festicultivated when he took a class at the Tickets: Free, (631) 898-4205 val you had to pay a humongous fee. It Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in was money after money after money. It’s a Manhattan. His first effort was entitled, pyramid scheme.” “Across the Lake,” a 10-minute play The festival, which kicks off in Manhattan on June 9, is about a war being fought from opposite sides of a lake. To a way to have plays heard without major funds. date, his longest play is “The Bermuda Curse,” a comedy The following week, it moves to the Queens Library about customer service at a publicity house, which he said Broadway branch in Long Island City. runs about an hour. Cu l v e r ’s ow n e ntry i n th e fe s ti v a l , “ We l co m e All of Culver’s plays are set in the 1970s, a period he said Wagon,” is set, as are many of his works, in a small he knows well. In total he has written, at his estimation, town, and finds a woman being interrogated by the between 25 and 40, some as short as one minute. head of a welcoming committee. Actors who perform with Piney Fork receive no financial “It starts out funny and ends up sad,” Culver said. compensation. Any expenses come out of Culver’s own Chronicle Contributor

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Members of Queens’ Piney Fork Press Theater perform the comedy “The Bionic Woman Scrapbook” by Johnny Culver COURTESY PHOTO in 2012 at the Producers Club. pocket, he said, such as carfare for performers who belong to the professional actors’ union. “It’s been kind of fun,” he said, about constantly having to find free spaces in which to perform. In 2012, he estimated the troupe presented an average of one show a month at different venues. “We have a core group of people” who are regulars in the Q company, Culver said. “We just have a good time.”

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With a stadium named in his honor at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, jazz and entertainment legend Louis Armstrong’s name has long been associated with the sport. But with the Major League All-Star Game coming to Flushing this year for the first time in 49 years, the museum in Armstrong’s former Corona home is calling attention to Satchmo’s passion for baseball in an exhibit that will run through August. “We maintain the largest archive of any single jazz musician in history, and the more time I spent looking through it, the more I kept coming across references to baseball,” said Ricky Riccardi, the archivist at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. “He was a lifelong fan of baseball, even playing in New Orleans when he was young,” Riccardi said. “He was a passionate follower of the Brooklyn Dodgers ... He was always following the game.” “Swingin’ with the All-Stars: Louis Armstrong & Baseball” features photographs, news clippings and references to baseball from Armstrong’s personal correspondence with friends. He is pictured with Dodgers Junior Gilliam and Don Newcombe in 1955 after they defeated the Yankees in the World Series; and in another photo with Yankees Phil Rizzuto and Joe Collins at a Chicago blues club.

Another exhibit combines his love of baseball and creating collages — a collage done in tribute to Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 with the Dodgers, and Monte Irvin, the New York Giants’ left fielder who became the second black man in the National League. Riccardi said collages, with materials clipped from newspapers and magazines, were a hobby of Armstrong’s. “We have nothing saying he and Jackie Robinson were friends,” Riccardi said. “But the collage indicates that Armstrong truly admired him.” The display also included a page torn from a book on which Armstrong for some reason wrote the names of Robinson, fellow 46 continued on page 00

Armstrong & Baseball When: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Where: Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107 St., Corona Tickets: Adults $10; students, seniors, children $7; group rate $8; members, children under 4 free. (718) 478-8274,

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Felix Sherman’s fleet of flying characters continued from page 39 00 obscure the letters and other times they peek out in the whites of the eyes or on a cheek. Sherman also cuts out figures from the newspaper or sculpts an ad of a woman selling a dress or a vacation so the picture becomes 3-D, as if someone has stuck a straw into the flat sheets and puffed the little clouds out. He throws gobs of paint on the pages and folds them to create a monolith print that he goes over with charcoal to bring out extra details. His latest works use acrylic and oil paints, charcoal and markers on sheets of cardboard. Scratched-up pieces are preferable and give Sherman a diving board for his imagination. He fills some rectangles with primary colors, others with numbers and others with letters. “I think he wants to be a writer or counter,” his wife of “30 or 31, maybe 32, we stopped counting,” years, Polina Osnachuk,

Felix Sherman, an artist who showed his works in the LIC Arts Open this year, with one of his sculptures, PHOTOS BY JOSEY BARTLETT right, and one of his mixed media works done on paper. said. Osnachuk teaches painting at the Bridgeview School of Fine Arts off Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. The couple moved to Nashville 20 years ago, where Sherman worked with a gallery. They didn’t like that going anywhere

required a car. It took Sherman, who didn’t speak much English at the time, three times to pass the driver’s license test. Although he despised the car it’s what got them out of Nashville. When their visas expired they

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decided they never wanted to leave and applied for green cards. Although Russia was changing, their modern art styles still came under scrutiny by the KGB. “We stuck mostly with theater there,” Osnachuk said while miming people peering through

binoculars into windows. They threw their two suitcases each into the car and drove to New York City, even though many of their friends warned against it. For years they lived in Williamsburg and now in Lower Manhattan near the Brooklyn Bridge with a Long Island City studio for about five years, which he opened up to the public during last week’s LIC Arts Open. One of Sherman’s works dangles from their balcony — a sculpture made to look like legs dressed in jeans and tennis shoes. Vines have made a home there. Sherman uses a whole mixture to create his whimsical sculptures. He starts with fabric and wire to create the form. From there he slowly adds a papier-mache-like mixture of glue and paper along with plaster. He adds little people sitting in the sculpture’s hands or a little piece of fruit to throw off the perspective and veer away from the serious. Q

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Ice Jewelry: where the owners can relate to their clients

boro SENIOR ACTIVITIES The Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center, 68-52 Fresh Pond Rd., Ridgewood, hosts dancing to live music, bingo, blood pressure screening, chair yoga, monthly theme parties, oil painting, movies and much more. Lunch served daily at noon. Requested donation is $1.50. Meals on wheels is delivered for homebound seniors. Call (718) 497-2908. The Selfhelp Latimer Gardens Senior Center, 34-30 137 St., Flushing, offers ballroom dancing, Mondays, Wednesdays through Fridays at 10:30 a.m. to noon; tai chi, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. to noon; English as a second language, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. to noon; Ping Pong, exercise and mahjong, Mondays though Fridays. Call (718) 961-3660. The Innovative SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Queens Village, offers Lunch and Learn Cinema Talk: A film series discussion group on Tuesdays, June 11, 25, July 9 and 23 between 12:30 and 4 p.m. $7.50 per class or $25 for the series. Call (718) 454-2100 or visit

Ice Jewelry Buying Service is located on Queens Boulevard in Rego Park.

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

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


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Selfhelp Innovative Senior Center (Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Senior Center), 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, has a special Saturday program, open every other Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all seniors, especially South Asians, offering basic computer classes, basic English, health education, Indian movies, Indian yoga, games, Kinect bowling, tai chi, Yuan Ji dancing, breathing yoga, Ping-Pong, karaoke, field trips, case assistance and have a vegetarian Indianstyle lunch. Call (718) 886-5777

SUPPORT GROUPS Gay and Jewish siblings of Gay and Jewish Victims of Domestic Homicide/Violence meets in Forest Hills. All are welcome. Call (917) 561-4252. Try a NEW way OUT of FAT with Overeaters Anonymous, Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Rego Park Library, 91-41 63 Dr.

Nar-Anon is a self-help support group for anyone affected by a loved one’s use/abuse of drugs. The group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the basement lounge at The-Church-In-The-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. Call 1(800) 984-0066, or visit Emotions Anonymous, an emotional support group, will be held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Victoria Congregational Church, 148th Street and 87th Avenue, Briarwood. Call (718) 938-8869 or (917) 312-7150. The Lupus Alliance of Long Island and Queens meets once a month on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Flushing. To attend and for more information, Alliance members can register by calling Paula Goldstein at (516) 802-3142. Anyone with Lupus and family members are invited to attend an Education Day on Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required in advance. A fee of $10 per person for members and $15 for nonmembers includes a light breakfast, handouts and lunch. Call (516)826-2058. Free caregiver support groups at Queens Community House, Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. Call (718) 226-5960 Ext. 226 Drug problem? Call Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit Meetings are held seven days a week. Al-anon meets every Sunday at noon at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center basement, 85-18 61 Rd., Rego Park. A free schizophrenics anonymous self-help support group will be held on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. at L.I. Consultation Center, 97-29 64 Rd., Rego Park. Call (718) 896-3400.

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Armstrong baseball continued from page 00 42 Dodgers Duke Snyder, Pee Wee Reese and Gil Hodges as his favorite players. Armstrong was in the stands for Game 5 of the 1969 World Series when the Mets stunned the baseball world by defeating the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles. “One of his biggest disappointments is that the Mets never asked him to play the National Anthem before a game,” Riccardi said. “He lived only a few blocks from the stadium. I guess he didn’t want to ask them.” There also is a 1931 flyer promoting a game between a New Orleans semi-pro baseball team and “Armstrong’s Secret 9,” a rag-tag sandlot squad that the music great adopted upon returning to his hometown for the first time in nine years. Riccardi said some of the players were the sons of friends from his youth, and that Armstrong, upon seeing the old worn uniforms and equipment they were forced to use, bought everything new. “And they would get games against some good teams, like the New Orleans Black Pelicans,” Riccardi said. “A story he liked to tell is that from that point they never won any games — because they didn’t want to slide or dive for balls and mess up Q their nice new uniforms.”


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The NBA Draft Lottery held last week at the Disney Studios in Times Square determined the order of selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, scheduled for June 27 at the Barclays Center. The participants were all from NBA clubs that did not qualify for the playoffs, which meant that for the first time in years, neither the Knicks nor Nets were involved. Nevertheless, there were a number Queens-related stories. Ernie Grunfeld, the greatest basketball player in Forest Hills High School history, was at the lottery as president of the Washington Wizards. Ernie has the unique perspective of having been a former first-round draft choice himself, as he was chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1977, and now is in the position of selecting a player for that honor. I asked him about his memories of being selected by an NBA team after finishing his four years at the University of Tennessee. “The NBA Draft back then isn’t what it is today with all of the pomp and circumstance,” Grunfeld said. “I was taking a nap in my parents’ house in Forest Hills when they got a call from the Bucks informing them that they had chosen me.” Ranking right behind Grunfeld in terms of great hoops players coming out of Forest Hills High is Orlando Magic forward Mo Harkless. Jacque Vaughn, the coach of the Magic, told

me that he was very happy with the caliber of Mo’s play. I mentioned to Vaughn that Harkless never seems comfortable around sportwriters and is legendary for his one-word answers to media queries in the locker room. “We’ll work on his interview game!” a knowing Vaughn responded with a hearty laugh. Harkless could learn a thing or two from fellow Queens NBAers Royal Ivey and Charles Jenkins, who graduated from Benjamin Cardozo and Springf ield Gardens high schools, respectively, and now play 100 miles from home for the Philadelphia 76ers. Sixers PR director Michael Preston praised them for their genial personalities and willingness to engage the press. That is not very common in the NBA. Former Knicks player and ex-Nets coach Kiki Vanderweghe is now an executive with the NBA. He had the dubious distinction of coaching one of the worst teams in league history, the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets, who wound up with a 12-70 record. The ever upbeat Vanderweghe told me that he treasured the experience. I asked him how relieved he was when the Nets won their 10th game that year, meaning that the 1972-73 76ers would remain the worst team in NBA history. “I can leave now, I thought to myself. Mission accomplished!” Kiki admitted with a Q big smile.

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Nell Odella Newton, the Queen of Magic, was born on Oct. 2, 1897 in Wisconsin — though she always claimed to have been born in 1902, as noted by Dick Brookz of the Houdini Museum. Newton’s father was a traveling circus performer and promoter. A very attractive young woman, she likely worked in “girlie shows” before moving on to juggling and magic, Brookz said. She was an advocate of physical fitness and put on a strongwoman’s act, claiming the title “Miss Physical Culture.” Dell O’Dell was her stage name. Brookz notes that O’Dell is regarded as one of the few pioneers who provided a role model for modern female performers. She was one of the most successful female magicians of the first half of the 20th century. She specialized in snappy and cute rhyming patter, a quick wit and lots of promotional material. She was married to Charles Carrer, a juggler who managed her acts. Her act featured rabbits, doves, ducks, and goldfish, Brookz says, and she became known as “The Queen of Magic.” She was

Detail from a Sept. 7, 1943 postcard Dell O’Dell sent to a fan, signing it “Dell-ightfully.” one of the first magicians, male or female, to appear on television in New York. During the late 1930s she came to Queens and performed in the WPA circus, which was part of the era’s Federal Theater Project. She also performed with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the city. In 1940 O’Dell decided to make Queens her home, moving to a brand-new townhouse at 50-40 61 St. in Woodside. But by the late 1950s she had left Woodside and relocated to sunny California. She died in Santa Monica on Feb. 5, 1962 at age 64. Q

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

HOLLYWOOD EAST, LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/25/03. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, c/o Ramesh Sarva CPA PC, 109-17 72nd Rd., #6R, Forest Hills, NY 11375. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: Samara Consulting Group, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/27/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 6844A 136th Street, Flushing, NY 11367. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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

ST UDFINDER HOME INSPECTION LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/27/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Roberta Raeburn, Manager Member, 22615 77th Ave., Oakland Gardens, NY 11364. General Purposes.

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

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AYBAR ( NY ) LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/07/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Ben Rasabi, 145-11 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, NY 11435. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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

Notice of Formation of 2715 24TH Ave Realty LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 4/24/13. Office: Queens. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to 20-09 46TH St., Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 7125 Fresh Pond Road LLC. Articles of organization filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/3/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to the LLC at 7322 Juniper Valley Road, Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

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The 2013 Hometown Video Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, California, during the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) Conference and Exhibition. Overall Excellence in Public Access entries are submitted to the ACM by various access organizations, cable companies, educational institutions, local government, or other institutions that provide public, educational, or governmental access services throughout the United States. As an access center, QPTV submitted a compilation of programs that reflect the diversity in the NYC borough of Queens. Changing Lives & Building Communities for 31 Years QPTV has a long-standing history of serving the community. In 1982 QPTV made its entrance on the national stage of community television. Since our inception we have trained thousands of residents and cablecast over 90,000 programs. QPTV continues to be a leader in community television in New York. For over 31 years QPTV has advocated and supported media “of the people, by the people, for the people.” Queens, New York is the most diverse community in the world. Over two hundred languages and dialects are spoken here. Every race, creed, culture, religion, and political point of view can be found, not only in this community, but also on our four channels. QPTV is democracy in action: we are committed to assisting everyone in this community to exercise their First Amendment right to free expression.

QPTV has become the destination for journalists visiting from abroad, especially from those countries that are in a struggle for liberation. The International Visitor Leadership Program is an extension of the U.S. Department of State. Journalists from Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Libya, and Francophone Africa have visited our facilities over the past year. The journalists, as can be discerned from the list, are from countries deeply involved with the struggle for liberation. They are keenly interested in establishing a center for community media in their respective countries; a media free from government control and censorship. QPTV has become a model for journalists freeing themselves from oppressive governments. We are proud of our award - winning series: Queens Update: A Live Town Hall Meeting which has earned recognition for the programs Bullying in America and Gay in America. QPTV’s latest original series, Understanding Mental Illness, has been honored with two first - place awards from the Alliance for Community Media’s Northeast Region Video Festival for the episodes “What is Mental Illness?” and “Community -Based Treatment.” We’ve also covered other hard-hitting and controversial issues like building a mosque near Ground Zero, the disturbing reality of illegal gun violence, and the death penalty. Community Television offers an opportunity for every individual and not-for-profit organization to participate in community media, free from censorship, which is guaranteed and protected by our First Amendment.

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Detective convicted NYPD offers safety tips for city’s runners in Jamaica shooting Former Bloomberg guard faces 5 to 25

Cops say remain aware, alert Warmer summer weather in the city means more and more people will be using the city’s streets and parks to go running. With that in mind, the Community Affairs Bureau and the Crime Prevention Section of the NYPD are offering the following tips to encourage people to run more safely: • There is safety in numbers, so don’t run alone. Find a partner or a group to run with. A local runners’ club is considered a good start. • Run during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must run at night, wear light-reflecting or light-colored clothing. • Be thoroughly familiar with your route. Know the locations of phones, emergency call boxes, police stations, firehouses, hospitals and things like 24hour businesses.

• Listen to your instincts and be willing to vary your route if you sense that you are in danger. • Avoid running in deserted or poorly lighted areas. • Run against traffic whenever possible. • Be aware of who is around you at all times. • Do not acknowledge or respond to verbal harassment. • Carry a whistle or a bicycle air horn to summon help in an emergency. • Don’t wear jewelry, such as chains, medallions, rings or expensive watches when running. • Tune into your surroundings, not out. Avoid wearing headphones. • Always carry some form of personal identification with you, including a medical alert ID if applicable, in case of an Q emergency.

A veteran NYPD detective who once served on Mayor Bloomberg’s security detail has been found guilty of attempted murder for shooting a man believed to be a rival in a romantic relationship. Leopold McLean, 48, who was on the force for 19 years, faces between 5 and 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 13. “This is truly a sad day for everyone when a police officer is convicted of breaking the very laws he has sworn to uphold,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement released by his office on May 23. “But in the pursuit of justice, nobody is above the law. The defendant must now bear responsibility for his actions,” Brown added. McLean was convicted of shooting a fleeing Lepaul Gammons near the intersection of 119th Road in Jamaica shortly after midnight on Nov. 15, 2010. The detective confronted Gammons outside the home of a woman both men know. Testimony at his trial elicited that


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McLean, who was off duty at the time, pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at Gammons after demanding to know why he was outside the woman’s residence. McLean then “stated that he had something” for Gammons and lowered his gun to reach down to his ankle. Gammons then turned and fled from the scene, which Brown’s office said was captured on video surveillance cameras in the area. Gammons, running down 119th Road toward Sutphin Boulevard, heard multiple gunshots from McLean’s direction. One of them hit Gammons in the buttocks. Brown said Gammons jumped a fence and hid while McLean fired more shots while retreating to his car. Gammons was taken to Jamaica Hospital Center for treatment. A ballistics test of a bullet taken from a fence post in 119th Road determined that it came from the 9 mm Luger handgun regisQ tered to McLean.


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Colonial on Water, 3 Bedrooms, Needs TLC, Bulkhead, Seller Wants To Hear All Offers.

TUDOR VILLAGE / OZONE PARK Beautiful 2 Family Semi - Detached Home Located in the Heart of Tudor Village, Well maintained Property, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Full baths, EIK, Formal Dining rm, Living Rm, Full Finished Basement w. Laundry Rm, Must See! Call Today!



Custom Built house in New Howard Beach, New Full Fin Bsmnt w. Separate Ent, 1st flr has 25 ft. wide kitchen with center cooking island & S.S. appl, with sliding doors to Custom Backyard with AG pool & Brick BBQ grilling area, 2nd fl has 3 BRs, 2 full baths incl MBR with walk-in closet & Full bath w. Jacuzzi & sep. shower, also office space. MUST SEE! CALL TODAY!


Desirable Pembroke Studio, 1 Updated Full Bath, Hardwood Floors, Eff Kitchen, Owner Motivated, Must See! All Offers! Only $61K

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



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


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


Lg cape on 50x100, Full bsmnt, 4 BRs, 2 Baths, "Room to expand". House needs updating, Owner very motivated

Asking only $499K


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

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






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

Doors, IG Heated Pool and more!

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



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


Mint “Amazing” Corner Ranch on 40x100, 2 Car Det Garage, 3 BRs, 2½ Baths, All New Kitchen, Cherry Cabinets, Granite Countertop, Stainless Steel Appl, Lg LR w/Fireplace, Huge DR, All New Baths, Full Fin Bsmnt with Gas Fireplace & Much More! Asking $539K



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






HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK Large cape on 60x100, 3 Large BRs, 2 Baths, Updated Kit w/SS Appliances & Granite countertop. Asking $739K










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








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

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

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Ultra mint 4 BR Colonial, House HOWARD BEACH/ redone 4 years ROCKWOOD PARK ago, 4 new full Unique Hi-Ranch, 4 BRs, 2½ Baths, baths, New kitchen, Deck on top fl overlooking yard fireplace, In-ground w/beautiful pool w/ unique sideyard, heated pool, stucco backyd to entertain, walk-in, mint & pavers front & with granite etc. Beautiful bath, 1 car back. $889K gar, 3 car dvwy. Asking $669,500


Charming very spacious brick Victorian, HOWARD BEACH Exquisite wood moldings and wood HAMILTON BEACH bannister leading up to 3rd fl. 9 stained Renovation in process, 1 Family glass windows, glass doorknobs, pocket Colonial, 2 BRs, 1½ Baths, Totally doors and French doors. 6 BRs, 3½ baths, 2 car gar, New roof. Asking $629K redone thruout. Only $299K


• Old Howard Beach - 800 sq ft office space, Totally renovated, Ground fl, Across the street from "A" Train. HOWARD BEACH/ • New Howard Beach - 1400 sq ROCKWOOD PARK ft office space, Ground floor. Custom Mediterranian Home, All Stucco, $2200/mo. 5 BRs, 3½ Baths, 10 Ft Ceilings on 1st • Old Howard Beach - Excellent & 2nd Fls, Radiant Heat on All 3 Fls. 3 for Medical office, Fully renov, Romeo & Juliet Balconies, Full fin bsmnt, 1200 sq ft, Lg Front Rm w/3 Home movie theater, Wine Room, 1 Car Gar, 2 Pvt Dvwys, Custom French Round Pvt Rms, $1400/mo.

All Brick Colonial (New Construction 2009),4 BRs, 3½ Baths, LR w/Fireplace, 9' Ceilings 1st and 2nd Flrs, Full Fin Bsmnt, Large Hi-Ranch, Amazing Location! 55x100 irregular lot, Pvt Dvwy, Det 1 Car Gar, Sprinklers, PVC Fencing, Pavers in yard, 4 BRs, 3 Full Baths, Hardwood Wrought iron gates, Mint condition, Flrs under rugs. Asking $659K All New! Reduced $839K



to lg yd. Move-in Cond! $499K




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

• JR4 Hi-Rise Coops .............Only $79K • XLG Updated 1 BR Hi-Rise .........$98K • Well maint. 1 BR Hi-Rise Co-op $112K • Hi-Rise 2 BRs/2 Updated Baths$150K HOWARD BEACH Mint Unique extended open fl plan • Garden, Mint, 1st Fl, Updated kitchen home. 3 BRs, 3 Full Baths, Lg EIK & bath, 2 BRs, 1 Bath with FDR $179K wood cabinets, 2 Skylights, All new doors, Lg family rm leading • 2 BR, 1 Bath, S/S Appl, Mint ....$189K











Just what you are looking for! 40x100 Cape, 4 BRs, HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK 1½ Baths, Unfinished Cape on 40x100, 4 BRs, 1 Bath, Full unfinished basement, Basement. Needs TLC. Asking $469K $449K


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


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