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Calls to put housing ahead of mall at Willets Pols, residents ask city to revisit deal with Mets for Iron Triangle fix by Joseph Orovic Assistant Managing/Online Editor

ousing advocates, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods chanted “What do we want? Affordable housing!” across the street from Citi Field on Friday, decrying what they considered a lackluster push for it in Willets Point and calling for a new agreement between the city and the development group selected to rejuvenate the Iron Triangle. “If they put a wrecking ball to 2,000 units of affordable housing to make room for a shopping mall, it would be front-page news and there would be no end to the outrage,” Peralta said. “That’s exactly what’s happening here. It’s just as outrageous. It’s just as unacceptable.” At the heart of the protest-press conference hybrid was the contract signed between the city’s Economic Development Corporation and a partnership between the Related Companies and Sterling Equities, called the Queens Development Group, which puts the creation of the 1.4-million-square-foot mall ahead of what at one point was 1,920 units of affordable housing. The contract between the EDC and the QDG outlining the first phase of the redevelopment of Willets Point puts the creation of

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State Sen. Jose Peralta, left, and Ivan Contreras of the Queens Housing Coalition are some of the growing chorus of voices calling upon the city to revisit its deal for the redevelopment of Willets Point, demanding promised affordable housing take precedence over a mall proposed for what is PHOTO BY JOSEPH OROVIC currently the Citi Field parking lot. affordable housing last on the to-do list, after the creation of a mall and entertainment space, and ramps leading onto and off the Van Wyck Expressway. The contract releases the developer from building the 875 units of affordable housing

slated for the first, 23-acre phase of the redevelopment in two ways: if the city doesn’t build the Van Wyck ramps by 2025, or if the developer pays a $35 million fine. “Neither party is ever legally obligated to build a single unit of affordable housing,”

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said Ivan Contreras, a community organizer with the Queens Housing Coalition. “They can walk away from the project leaving the community with a mall, a hotel, a retail center and a parking lot and not building a unit of housing.” An EDC spokesman said the agency “remains committed as ever to ensuring affordable housing is built,” adding the city is looking to secure funding for the construction of the ramps ahead of time. Peralta called upon the city and the developer to “come back to the bargaining table” and iron out a deal that puts affordable housing on the front burner. The redevelopment of Willets Point has been at the heart of a number of contentious hearings around the borough, strife that predates Community Board 7’s recent approval of the plan, promptly followed by Community Board 3’s near-unanimous disapproval of the project. The redevelopment as currently proposed varies from the version approved by the City Council in 2008 in numerous ways, with the addition of the mall and segmentation of the development into phases. The original deal, brokered by then-Councilman Hiram Monserrate, was a one-shot redevelopment of all 62 acres of Willets continued on page 35

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Howard Beach home explosion a mystery Fire Department says it has ruled out Rapid Repairs work as cause by Domenick Rafter Editor

What caused Joseph and Theresa Pepitone’s Howard Beach home to explode on May 29? The answer is still under investigation, according to the FDNY, but the department said it does not believe the cause to be tied to recent work done on the home’s gas main by a contractor hired through the city’s Rapid Repairs program. The home, at 162-39 84 St., burst into flames around 2 p.m. on May 29 in a loud explosion that led some neighbors to think a plane from nearby JFK Airport had crashed into the neighborhood. Theresa Pepitone was in the house at the time of the explosion and suffered severe burns. She was taken to Cornell Medical Center’s burn unit and was still listed in critical condition as of Monday. No one else was hurt in the fire. The home, located on the corner of 84th Street and 163rd Avenue, was damaged in Hurricane Sandy. The Pepitones had work on a gas main done through Rapid Repairs — the program created by the Bloomberg administration to help homeowners rebuild after Hur ricane Sandy — which was approved by the Department of Buildings.

The home at 162-39 84 St. in Howard Beach that exploded last week, injuring a woman, had work done to fix damage from Hurricane Sandy through Rapid Repairs, but the FDNY said that work had PHOTO BY DONNA DECAROLIS-FOLIAS nothing to do with the explosion. A FDNY spokesman would not go into detail about why officials have ruled out the Rapid Repairs work as a possible cause. But a source close to the investigation says the fire marshall ruled out that work as a cause at least in part due to where in the

house investigators believe the explosion first occurred. The source said the flashpoint was likely not in the same part of the house as the work done by Rapid Repairs. The house has also had other work done since Sandy, including

electrical work. It could not immediately be determined if that other work was part of Rapid Repairs or had anything to do with the explosion. The source stressed that it is still early in the investigation, adding that a number of possible causes are being explored, but would not give any specific possibilities. The gas line work was approved on May 23 and included installation connections for a new furnace and water heater, but the work that was actually done is still in question. The contractor, WDF Inc., has been used by Rapid Repairs to do similar work in at least a half dozen homes in Howard Beach. In at least two of the homes, the work was done in February and March, but the permits were issued in May, according to DOB records. Calls to WDF’s Manhattan office, which is listed on the DOB’s permit, were not returned by press time. The DOB has issued a vacate order for the destroyed home and it has been condemned. A tall wood barrier was constructed around the property. The explosion tore out the home’s south side and the subsequent fire gutted the rest of the 50-year-old structure. Interior walls, still decorated with wallpaper, can be seen from the street. None of the nearby homes were damaged Q in the explosion.

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Church damaged in Sandy rededicated Howard Beach Assembly of God was devastated by storm surge by Andrew Benjamin Chronicle Contributor

who passed away in 2011. One of the guests invited to the rededication was Dr. Duane Durst, the superintendent of the New York District of Assemblies of God, who oversees the more than 300 Pentecostal churches in New York State. “Right after the flood, we had congregations from all over the state contribute f inances and laborers who came,” Durst said. “To see it finished is just wonderful.” Area officials also attended the rededication and were delighted to see the church had recovered. “Hurricane Sandy tested all of us,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). “The faith of the congregants of Assembly of God was tested. They came through, their faith got them through and they survived Hurricane Sandy.” “It’s an absolutely great day,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park). “It’s not only a great day for Howard Beach but it’s a great day for everyone who continued on page 22

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Pastor Stephen Roser speaks to his congregation inside the newly renovated Howard Beach Assembly of God Church, which was devastated by Hurricane PHOTO BY ANDREW BENJAMIN Sandy’s storm surge in October.

When Pastor Stephen Roser saw the damage that Hurricane Sandy did to his church, he was devastated. “I thought it was over,” the Rev. Roser recalled feeling. “I thought of all the years this building has stood here and all the sacrifices that had been made to build this place. It was heartbreaking.” Like many buildings in Howard Beach, the Assembly of God Church at 158-31 99 St. was flooded in the storm. The water damaged furniture, including all their oakwood pews. Their sound amplification system was ruined, as well as their kitchen and pulpit. Roser said the church incurred thousands of dollars in damage. The Sunday after Sandy hit, the church continued to operate, holding services using rusty metal folding chairs. The church congregation and members of the greater community, including people from Brooklyn and as far as Georgia, came to help rebuild. This past Sunday, after months

of fixing the damage, the church, which has been in Howard Beach for over 50 years, rededicated itself as a place of worship. “We are thankful that this day finally came. There were moments we thought it would never come,” Roser said. The late morning service included prayer as well as songs of faith, some sung by the church’s children’s choir. The more than 100 members of the congregation joined in to sing. Those who sat down sat on red cushioned chairs in place of the destroyed pews. Passages from the Bible were read by Roser as well as the guest speakers who attended. A photographic slide presentation of the damage the church received due to the hur ricane was also shown, resulting in shocked gasps from some attendees. During the services, a new pew from a fallen oak tree in the church’s backyard was unveiled and dedicated to the memory of the founder and first pastor of the church, the Rev. Werner Kordon,


A new city program for Sandy recovery Bloomberg debuts ‘Build it Back’ by Domenick Rafter Editor

As the city’s Rapid Repairs program continues to provide service to homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg announced this week another city program to help in the recovery efforts. Called “Build it Back,” the program aims to give residents who still need help rebuilding or reconstructing damaged homes easier access to federal aid money. It will utilize $648 million of the $1.77 billion community block grant given to the city earlier this year by the federal government. It provides several pathways to help New Yorkers still rebuilding from Sandy: • A professional contractor can help eligible participants whose homes require minor to moderate repairs. Registrants also can select their own contractor within Federal and program guidelines. • If a home is substantially damaged and needs to be rebuilt, qualifying participants can choose a home model that is designed specifically for their community, uses the best available resiliency standards and is

designed by a NYC Build it Back developer. Alternatively, registrants can choose their own architect and contractor to develop and build their homes within federal and program guidelines. • The city can also help participants recover eligible out-of-pocket costs for minor repairs already made to their homes that satisfy all U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other requirements. This specifically has been an issue among many who have already paid for f ixes, but cannot get reimbursements through new programs or moved too quickly with fixes to take part in programs like Rapid Repairs. • Some owners may want to voluntarily sell their homes and in some cases, the city will be able to work with communities to strategically redevelop these properties in a smarter, more resilient way. Housing recovery specialists will be able to explain these options. Those interested in par ticipating should visit nyc.gov or call 311 for more Q information.

Addabbo bill would put peace officers in casino Legislation passes key committee by Domenick Rafter Editor

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) that would put unarmed peace officers in Resorts World Casino New York City has cleared a key Senate committee. The bill was approved by the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee last month and now heads to the Senate floor for a full vote. If passed, the measure would allow unarmed officers into the casino in order to make arrests, which private security there is currently unable to do. “In the event of any criminal activity or disruptive behavior that could be dangerous to the public or casino employees, the security guards can detain offenders, but must wait for local NYPD off icers to arrive on the scene to carry out any procedural arrests,” Addabbo said. “I think that the threat of immediate arrest might serve as a greater deterrent to those who are seeking to cause trouble in the area, and peace officers would have that authority.”

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The bill is supported by Resorts World. In a statement, Stefan Friedman, spokesman for the casino, said the addition of peace officers would be helpful to the facility’s already existing security system. “The safety of our customers has always been top priority and we are proud of our record to date,” the statement read. “In addition to our state-ofthe-art surveillance technology and welltrained security staff, Sen. Addabbo’s bill will allow us to continue ref ining our efforts and ensure 100 percent security for all guests at Resorts World Casino New York City.” Other casinos in the state, including Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, already have peace off icers on site to make arrests. Addabbo’s bill is specific to Resorts World only. The state Assembly is also considering its own version of the bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park). It is currently in the Assembly Q Codes Committee.

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An attack on Israel, here in Queens e were disappointed to see our friends at the Queens Pride House in Jackson Heights helping to promote the insidious movement to boycott, divest from and impose sanctions upon Israel. But that’s just what happened Tuesday, when the center had Sarah Schulman, an anti-Israel CUNY professor and supporter of the BDS movement, speak before a crowd of about 30 like-minded people. The Pride House is dedicated to the interests of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, and is the only center of its kind in Queens. We wish it had not hosted a onesided event attacking the only country in the Middle East where LGBT people enjoy anything approaching equal rights. According to Schulman and Pauline Park, the Pride House president, Israel is guilty of “pink-washing,” promoting friendliness to the gay community while hiding a darker truth. The fact is, Israel is far more welcoming to the LGBT community than any other nation in the Middle East or all of Asia. Out Magazine calls Tel Aviv “the gay capital of the Middle East.” Israel has antidiscrimination laws that protect LGBT people. While it has yet to allow full same-sex marriage — as a majority of the United States have not yet done — it recognizes gay marriages performed elsewhere and allows same-

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sex common-law marriages, granting most rights to gay couples. It is the only country in the Middle East that honors same-sex marriages made in other countries. It is home to a couple of Palestinian gay rights groups — which presumably would not find a warm welcome in, say, the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. As it continues to expand gay rights, Israel is the last country LGBT advocates should be seeking to harm. And yet at the Pride House forum, most if not all attendees apparently want to bankrupt Israel into withdrawing to its indefensible 1967 borders, which would only invite war from its volatile neighbors who have made war against it so many times before. One member of the audience, a Queens College student, openly called for armed aggression against Israel. Gay rights in the Western World, from Israel to the United States, have undergone a revolution in a generation. While Israel, like the U.S., is not perfect, it’s infinitely more accepting of LGBT people than any of the medievalist states in its neighborhood. We’d like to see the Pride House hold a forum on how some of them treat gay people. Even more, we’d like to see everyone support the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, as so much of the rest of the region continues to implode and threaten peaceful, tolerant people everywhere.

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Stop, frisk, save lives Dear Editor: I am appalled and seriously distressed with the shooting of 25 people this past weekend, including an 11-year-old Brooklyn girl who may now be paralyzed. This is why we need to step up the police policy of stop and frisk. We need to remove these weapons of hate. Those who use these guns to hurt not only themselves, but to kill and maim the innocent, need to be brought to justice and to pay the price for their despicable actions. The punishment needs to send a message to these punks that we are mad as hell and will not take this anymore. These thugs will run but they cannot hide, for our Finest will not rest till justice prevails and the streets are once again safe for our children to play in. I only hope and pray that day comes in my lifetime. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks

There they go again Dear Editor: On May 16, Republicans in the House of Representatives came together, cast a vote, and tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, just as they’ve done nearly 40 times before. At what point does obstruction become treason? The healthcare law was passed by Congress,

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A no-name parkland bill he state Legislature has so many flaws it’s hard to know where to begin — the members’ outside employment, the bills passed without hearings, the frequent disregard of the city’s interests, the flat-out criminality of a shocking number of lawmakers, and so on. This week we add a new flaw to the list, new at least to most members of the public who aren’t in on Albany’s archane machinations. It turns out that a bill can be introduced with no one’s name on it, allowing everyone to escape any repercussions from sponsoring a potentially unpopular measure. In this case it’s the bill to alienate a sliver of Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the United States Tennis Association’s expansion. It’s been introduced in the Senate by “Senator Rules,” that is, the Rules Committee. It appears Mayor Bloomberg is behind it, but he’s not a member of the Senate. We believe any bill in any legislative body should have a sponsor’s name on it. Here’s yet one more reform to bring to Albany, one day.

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signed by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s been the law of the land for more than three years. It’s not going anywhere. We know that, and so do the lawmakers on Capitol Hill. But instead of creating jobs and growing the economy, some of them want to make yet another gesture of protest — even if it’s meaningless. Repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean that 6.6 million young adults would lose the option of staying on their parent’s health insurance. It would mean that 34.1 million seniors would pay more for preventive care like mammograms and colonoscopies, and 18 million middle-class families lose the opportunity to save money on their monthly premiums starting in 2014. But this isn’t about numbers; this is about our families’s lives. And as usual the GOP couldn’t care less. Who would benefit from its repeal? The insurance companies that gave the GOP millions to fight its implementation. When asked for a reason as to why the GOP continues to vote on Obamacare John Boehner said, “We have over 70 new congressmen who haven’t had a chance to vote on it yet.”

Amazing. How about we also let them vote on all the other good votes they missed? Repealing Prohibition, declaring war on Japan or calling on America to put a man on the moon by the end of ... 43 years ago! Robert La Rosa Whitestone

Welcome the group home Dear Editor: At a recent meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance, representatives from Birch Family Services spoke about the proposed group home for autistic and developmentally disabled young adults in Lindenwood. Denis Rosenberg, Deputy Director of Birch Family Services, spoke with our group and outlined the plan for the home and its residents. Mr. Rosenberg was extremely transparent, and reassuring, when answering the many valid questions asked by our attendees. The home, located at 137-31 80 St., will be operated by Birch Family Services and house six young men with autism or other developmental disabilities. The residents will all be


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Teacher evaluations Dear Editor: As an NYC schools former education employee and student, and parent of NYC public school graduates, I have a few comments concerning Linda Rosenbury’s guest column in Friday’s Daily News. 1. The workplace (including schools) is not a participatory democracy. Everyone has a hierarchy above them! There are foremen (supervisors in the case of schools, such as assistant principals or department chairmen), middle management... and at the top level presidents and the CEO (the principal in the case of schools). Their job is to see that the “underlings” are doing their job adequately, and beyond adequately. If not, it is their responsibility to help and guide neophyte teachers to improve in a limited time frame (3 years) or realize teaching as a career is not for them! In the NYC school system, assistant principals are teachers’ immediate supervisors. It is and has been their main function to observe and evaluate the classroom teachers under their supervision and report to the principal teacher, the principal, who is the big cheese in every school. So can we conclude, that for certain reasons, it is the supervisors, and not necessarily the teachers who have not lived up to their responsibilities in letting “noneffective teachers” slip by and remain in the school system beyond their 3-year trial period!? Are they the ones who have dropped the ball!? We must ask ourselves what circumstances exist that would lead to this!? Can it be that in too many NYC school buildings the youngsters exemplifying today’s youth are not motivated to learn, but only want to have fun because they are overwhelmed and brainwashed by the popular culture presented to them by movies, TV, even print newspapers that celebrity is “what it’s all about”!? 2. Comparing charter schools with their selective student bodies (motivated parents and motivated students) to public schools’ populations, is like comparing a dedicated and motivated hardworking athlete to someone who once in a while throws a ball at the hoop and casually hopes it goes in!? Dave Shlakman Howard Beach

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Dear Editor: The Tea Party cheerleader, aka the Queen of Rage, Rep. Michele Bachmann, rattled the tea cup by announcing that she will not be running for a fifth term as congresswoman for Minnesota’s 6th District. Why the sudden move? If you see smoke, can fire be near? Could it be that the FBI is investigating her campaign finances? Only time can answer that question. Let’s review what the taxpayers got from her eight years as a representative, earning $177,000 plus perks and pork per year. Michele sponsored 58 bills, but only one passed the House — a total of 37 times! Yes, you got it right, her one claim to fame was her bill to repeal Obamacare. She recently said, “The repeal issue is back on the table!” Here are three of her famous talking points: • Obama would be a one-term president.

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New York State Education Commissioner John King outlined the city’s new teacher evaluation plan last weekend, ending a years-long stalement between the city and the teachers’ FILE PHOTO union.

State Education officials have stepped in to implement a longawaited teacher evaluation plan for the city, months after the city Department of Education and unions failed to agree on one themselves. The plan, announced by State Education Commissioner John King on Saturday, will be fourtiered — teachers will be rated highly effective, effective, developing or ineffective —and will make it easier for underperforming teachers to be terminated. Under the plan, which will be implemented in September, a teacher rated “ineffective” twice will be subject to possible termination and there will be a shorter appeals process, which will be open only to teachers rated “ineffective,” and where the burden of proof will be on the teacher. “The key to this plan is support and professional development that must be put in place to help teachers and principals improve their practices,” King said. The state stepped in after the DOE and the United Federation of

Teachers failed to reach an agree- request their observations be ment on a plan by the state-sanc- videotaped to be used in appeals. For teachers from grade three tioned January deadline. The failure resulted in the loss of $250 mil- through 12, 55 percent of the total evaluation will be observations lion in school aid from the state. Under the new plan, 40 percent while the other 5 percent will be of the evaluations will be based on through student surveys starting in the 2014-2015 student perforschool year. mance, includWhere the ing state tests. e are now finally UFT and DOE For teachers of failed to agree second grade rid of a system — a sunset for students and the plan — younger, the that has been King sided other 60 perdysfunctional with the city. cent of the The plan will evaluations for generations.” be in effect will be based per manently, on classroom — Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott but can be observations. amended if the The observation system will be based on unions and the city agree on four to six classroom visits a year changes. Nevertheless, both Mayor and teachers can choose between a minimum of one formal observa- Bloomberg and the UFT praised tion and three informal or six total the plan. “It will put students first, furinformal visits. That is a change from two observations per year, ther empower our principals and which the DOE and UFT agreed to solidify our accountability meain their ultimately unsuccessful sures,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “Good teachers will negotiations. Teachers will be allowed to become better ones and ineffec-

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tive teachers can be removed from the classroom.” The mayor admitted that the plan did not give the city everything it wanted, but expressed optimism that it would work. “This really is a landmark achievement on behalf of our students, and it’s wonderful,” he said. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott added that he saw the plan as a “major victory.” “We are now f inally rid of a system that has been dysfunctional for generations,” he said in a statement. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the plan will be good for teachers. “The new teacher evaluation system is designed to support, not punish, teachers and to help them develop throughout their careers,” Mulgrew said, also in a statement. Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy, said he had some reser vations about the plan’s implementation by the DOE and said he wanted to see the deal evaluated next year. continued on page 38

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Rockaway Beach is open and lifeguards are on duty, but beachgoers may notice work going on beyond the repair of the boardwalk and rebuilding of the shoreline. Along the beach in Neponsit and Belle Harbor, metal pilings line the border between sand and concrete, coming right up to the property lines of beachfront homes — or in some cases where homes once stood. The metal pilings are part of a new baffle wall — a protective barrier that existed before Sandy, but was destroyed in the storm — being constructed by the city Parks Department. The new wall, part of a $140 million project to repair and protect the Rockaway Beach shoreline, lines the beach from Beach 126th to Beach 149th streets where there was previously no boardwalk and where dunes that existed before Sandy were destroyed by the storm. The department said the new wall is bigger and stronger than the one it is replacing and is attached to 25-foot steel pilings that are being driven into the ground. The temporary fencing put up by the Parks Department will be taken down once the wall is completed. Work on repairing sections of the boardwalk and restoring parts of the shore will continue through the summer, even as the beach is open to the public. Among the other projects Parks will undertake this summer are the placement of sand-filled geotextile mesh bags next to the existing boardwalk piers. The first phase of that work will be from Beach 108th to Beach 126th streets, where there has been significant beach loss. The second phase will be run from Beach 26th to Beach 108th streets

later this summer. Much of the boardwalk that was destroyed in Sandy has not been replaced and discussions are ongoing on whether to rebuild it as it was, or construct it out of concrete. Parts of the boardwalk around the new lifeguard stations and concession stands are either open or will be open this summer. As far as the beach, the Army Corps of Engineers will be replacing sand this month along much of the beach that was eroded. Rockaway civic leaders have been critical of the city’s response to Sandy, even holding a rally on May 19 calling for the city to hasten shoreline protection projects to defend the community against further devastation during future nor’easters or hurricanes. John Cori, a member of Friends of Rockaway Beach, which has been calling for quicker construction of shore protection infrastructure, said the wall is helpful but not a panacea. “That’s not going to withstand a Sandy,� he said. “If that was all that they’re going to do, they would have to go another five or 10 feet higher.� Cori said Parks can only do so much for the shoreline before the federal government and the Army Corps of Engineers would need to step in. He said the shore will not be fully protected until a larger beach, dunes and jetties are built. “It’s a long and convoluted process,� Cori said, adding that he had a meeting with Parks on the issue. “This is the best Parks can do right now until they get the sand to build dunes and the sand will need to be placed on the beach by the Army Corps of Engineers, and they’re moving too slow on protection. I think the ultimate goal is to add a larger Q beach and jetties.�


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Honors for South Queens civic leader Margaret Finnerty begins 21st year leading Richmond Hill South Civic by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor

The Richmond Hill South Civic Association’s most recent meeting, held at the United Methodist Church on 112 St. on May 30, included the reinstallation of its entire executive board and a special tribute honoring a local community leader, but the star attraction of the evening was unquestionably Margaret Finnerty, who was celebrating the 20th anniversary of her first installation as president, as a seemingly never-ending procession of local elected officials stopped by to sing her praises. “It’s never about herself. It’s always about others,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich (ROzone Park), on hand to dismiss the outgoing board, to whom he added, “Don’t give up fighting for this neighborhood. Without you, it just wouldn’t happen.” The new board was sworn in for the 2013-2014 fiscal year by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), one of several officials who presented Finnerty with a certificate for her collective efforts. Other guests, most of whom made quick appearances throughout the evening, included recently elected state Sen. James Sanders, Jr. (D-Jamaica), who told the attendees, “It’s good to be your senator. It’s good to be an American. I look forward to working with you.” He then turned to Finnerty and said, “We’ll give you another 21 years.” Following the swearing-in ceremony, Finnerty said, “I feel honored to represent the community. We’ve worked on many projects. I look forward to more. I’ve seen many changes. Without the elected officials, our organization would not flourish.” In addition to Finnerty, members of the board who were reinstalled last week

The executive board of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association joins its president, Margaret Finnerty, top row third from left, and fellow honoree Joann Ariola of the Lindenwood Alliance, cenPHOTO BY MARK LORD ter rear, at the May 30 meeting of the RHSCA. were: Terri Saporita and Phyllis Saraceno as vice presidents; Lee Condra as financial secretary; Angela Morgan as corresponding secretary; Terry Haflich as treasurer; Rose Guida and Rosemary Ferrara as chairpersons; Elena Carruba and Maureen Faubion for hospitality; and Elke Henkell for publicity. While on hand, several of the elected officials were asked to comment on issues relevant to the community, including the controversial possibility that table games could be added to Resorts World Casino New York City. Currently, the facility offers only virtual games, with no live croupiers. “I don’t like gambling,” Sanders said. “If it

is here, I want to make sure it’s doing well for our community. We might as well have the [live] tables. It should not simply be for upstate or Jersey. We’re not getting the percentage we should. We are getting the traffic.” Also supporting the tables was Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows), who also spoke in favor of raising the gambling age to 21, particularly with a high school only a few blocks away. Weprin used the occasion to express hope that Alice’s Law, which would make it a separate felony to stage automobile accidents with intent to commit insurance fraud, would become a reality. He also supports the Adoptees’ Bill of Rights, which would allow

individuals who have been adopted to have access to their original birth certif icates upon reaching the age of 18. Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) said his newly delineated district brings to 169,000 his total number of constituents and admitted that there are “a lot of different issues we have to deal with.” He spoke of undertaking an “aggressive” plan to make all schools in the district part of a feeder program initiative and to set goals that would upgrade both technology and schoolyard equipment in the schools. “We don’t have one failing school [in the district],” he added. Also on hand were Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and a representative from the office of Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven). Joann Ariola, president of the Lindenwood Alliance, was honored at the meeting for outstanding community leadership. “She has really come out and worked with our civic,” Finnerty said of Ariola. “I am humbled, I’m honored, I’m surprised,” Ariola said. “I saw a lifetime of absolute enjoyment.” Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale of the 106th Precinct made a brief presentation that focused on how to deal with noise and the use of fireworks in the neighborhood. He encouraged anyone facing related problems to call (718) 845-2206. “I’ll get the right guys over there to take care of it,” he said. Police Officer Gary Maher spoke briefly on crime prevention tips, focusing on the need for caution when withdrawing money from ATM machines. “If there is a crew of guys in the vestibule, Q go to another vestibule,” he advised.

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Volunteers will be descending on Jamaica Bay this summer as part of a federal program aimed at repairing damage done at Gateway National Recreation Area by Hurricane Sandy. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on May 30 launched the “National Parks of New York Harbor Conservation and Resiliency Corps,” a partnership with the city and the Student Conservation Association, a group that has had experience with disaster recovery across the country. The program, which the Obama administration is hoping will lead to a large, similar one, will provide approximately 200 volunteer jobs for young people in 2013 to participate in Hurricane Sandy recovery and cleanup efforts. The U.S. Department of the Interior said 2013 will serve as a pilot year for what is expected to be a multiyear program for youth and young adults from around the region to assist in the response, recovery and mitigation of Hurricane Sandy damage within the national park units and their partner sites in New York City and New Jersey. The Corps’ first focus will be on Gateway and adjoining city parklands at

Jamaica Bay, possibly including Charles Park in Howard Beach, which residents nearby say has been neglected by the National Park Service, overseen by the DOI. “This youth corps will not only strengthen recovery and mitigation efforts in our National Parks throughout the region, but it will also serve as a model for the power of public-private partnerships to boost youth employment and connect young people to the great outdoors,” Jewell said. The program is a public-private partnership, with $975,000 in funding from Sandy Restoration and Recovery funds and matching SCA funds. Clothing retailer American Eagle Outfitters is sponsoring 25 of the 200 corps members, who will begin work on June 16. Kevin Hamilton, a spokesman for the SCA, said around two dozen volunteers began work on Monday and 100 high school volunteers will begin working in the area on July 6. Hamilton said the vast majority of the volunteers will be from the New York area. These 200 members of the new parks resiliency corps are in addition to the approximately 200 workers that city Parks Commissioner Veronica White announced on May 13 as part of the “Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Parks Restoration Corps,”

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Within the halls of Albany roams a lawmaker, unelected and unseen, with one role: to introduce legislation no other state senator wants to be associated with. “Senator Rules� is his (or her) name, and he (or she) is the lead sponsor of a bill currently in the Senate’s Rules Committee that will alienate what is now parkland to allow the United States Tennis Association to expand its presence in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The legislation literally lists “Rules� as its sponsor, reflecting the committee’s ability to refer bills to itself. It is part of a common practice in the Senate, sources with knowledge of Senate practices told the Chronicle. “Senator Rules� is the resulting fictitious lawmaker jokingly referred to in the halls of the state Capitol for such bills. But intrigue surrounds who exactly pushed for the USTA alienation bill. Several lawmakers demurred at speculating who pushed the Rules Committee to take up the bill, but several sources said a Republican-controlled Senate committee would not grant anonymity to a Democratic lawmaker. “Senator Rules� commonly introduces bills that increase taxes in Republican districts, said one source with knowledge of the Senate’s machinations. The fictional lawmaker also sponsors legislation on behalf of municipalities — which may point to the USTA bill’s author, which some sources believe to be the Bloomberg administration. The last line of the bill’s sponsor’s memo reads, “Accordingly, the Mayor urges the earliest possible favorable consideration of this proposal by the Legislature.� “The bill seems to have been submitted directly from the Mayor’s Office,� said one source, who asked to remain anonymous. An inquiry with the Mayor’s Off ice prompted a terse response stating Bloomberg supports the USTA’s plan, but no specifics about the administration’s role in the legislation’s genesis. The bill does not have a companion piece of legislation in the Assembly. “When you think about it, that’s a real disgrace,� said state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who has opposed the plan. “That

they’re going to bring something to the floor without attaching their name to it; they’re obviously trying to hide.� The proposed expansion of the USTA’s National Tennis Center has been navigating the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure since spring, with a vote before the City Council coming before the end of the month. It calls for the upgrade of the Louis Armstrong Stadium, new retail facilities and expanded parking. The plan also includes the creation of a new grandstand on land already leased to the tennis nonprofit during its first expansion. The USTA has argued it needs to expand pathways to allow for the smooth flow of pedestrian traffic within the NTC. As a result, the proposal includes 0.68 acre of what is currently mapped as parkland, which must be replaced. The proposed replacement parkland has been a source of contention though, as some park advocates have deemed it more akin to a “swap.� The 1.56 acres of land is currently within the USTA’s leasehold. The nonprofit would give back parkland it leases from the city, but continue to use it as if it’s paying rent. The deal represents no net gain in the acreage of mapped city parkland. The prospects for Senator Rules’ bill are still bright, according to Avella, who has promised to debate the measure on the floor. “There’s a good chance of it passing, because first of all, the tennis people have been lobbying people up here in Albany for the last two weeks,� he said. “They’ve been donating to elected officials.� State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), whose district includes the segment of Flushing Meadows used by the USTA, showed some semblance of support for the bill’s current incarnation. “My position has been that the USTA has to replace any parkland taken up by an expansion of the tennis center and that the USTA needs to be a better neighbor and end its antiunion hiring practices,� he said. “While I would like to receive additional community input, it is encouraging that the USTA has a reasonable plan for replacing the parkland, has agreed to build union and has committed Q to being a better neighbor.�


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Frustration and stress after Sandy Howard Beach’s Scarpati makes film documenting the storm’s aftermath by Mollie Galchus Chronicle Contributor

After living through Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, student filmmaker and Howard Beach resident Daniel Scarpati created an original short film entitled “Sandy Stories.” The film focuses on the post-traumatic stress caused by the storm and the relationships among the hurricane’s victims. Scarpati’s family lost two cars and parts of their roof in the storm. “In the aftermath of Sandy there were 11 days of no power and heat,” he said. During those days Scarpati spent time working on his own house while also helping Red Cross relief trucks and American Legion efforts by unloading supplies and serving food. Though Scarpati did not personally know anyone who died in the storm, he has relatives who lost everything they owned. “My uncle was one of the unfortunate people who lost his home to a fire. He and my aunt made it out okay — all they lost was the home,” he said. While there was nonstop reporting on Sandy during the storm, Scarpati noted that the coverage dwindled as time went on. “It’s been seven months now since the storm actually hit,” he said. “A lot of news stations were covering the storm, the damages, and the death. A month after the storm, you stopped hearing about the coverage.” He

Daniel Scarpati films a scene for “Sandy Stories.” wanted to find a way to bring coverage back to these areas. Scarpati’s video documentation from the two weeks following Sandy shows the piles of garbage and destroyed cars covering the streets. He did not originally know what he would do with the video footage, but

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thought the storm’s aftermath was important to document. “As time went on it became clear to me that most people couldn’t see on TV this post-traumatic stress that people were going through after the storm,” Scarpati said. “None of the other people really understood

what people were going through.” Victims not only needed to cope with the destruction and loss of their belongings but also compile lists for insurance companies and contact power suppliers, which led to constant phone calls. A student at the Macaulay Honors Program at Brooklyn College, where he is double-majoring in Film Production and Television and Radio, Scarpati enrolled in a film direction class and a film-editing class in late January. Those classes let him use his footage from the storm to combine a personal project with an academic one. “I just love telling stories,” Scarpati said. “I love sharing my real-life experience with people and talking to people.” Using both video and audio, film allows Scarpati to tell a story than he can permanently post online and share with hundreds of viewers. As the director and founder of Passing Planes Production Company, Scarpati hopes that sharing his videos online will bring feedback from viewers and help expand his fan base. “You can’t live life without getting feedback on things that you’re doing,” he said. He hopes to continue to foster this company and make short f ilms in the future. Scarpati best describes his film about Hurricane Sandy as a film “by the people, for the continued on page 37

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Missing teen The NYPD is looking for a Richmond Hill teenager who has been missing since last week. Miguel Olivera, 15, was last seen leaving his residence at 108-20 Jamaica Ave. on Thursday, May 30 at 10 a.m. He is described as being 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, gray cargo shorts and gray sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

Four Dems left in primary; winner will face GOP biz techie Arcabascio by Peter C. Mastrosimone

Tony Arcabascio of Astoria, a business technology professional who ran against state Sen. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) last year. Arcabascio dropped out of the race for Queens borough received the GOP endorsement May 29. Katz said in a statement that she is “very president last Friday. The move follows the Queens County Demo- happy” to have Peralta’s endorsement. “He has been a leader in the all-important cratic Organization’s endorsement 11 days earlier of Melinda Katz, a former city councilwoman advocacy for immigrant rights in our state, which includes labor protections for immigrant and state assemblywoman, for the job. workers and financial assistance for immi“In the best interests of my campaign, my grant students through the Dream Act,” family and the Queens Democratic Katz said. “With his help, I will conparty, I am ending my bid for borough tinue to fight hard for the residents of president effective immediately and Queens in Borough Hall. will be supporting Melinda Katz,” Peralta was among those elected Peralta said in a prepared statement. officials recorded by the Federal Barry Grodenchik, the deputy to Bureau of Investigation having conoutgoing Borough President Helen versations with disgraced ex-state Sen. Marshall, also dropped his bid for the 2013 Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica), who recently job after the county committee announced its endorsement of Katz. Still in the running pleaded guilty to state and federal corruption against Katz are state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bay- charges. But last month, shortly after the govside) and City Councilmen Leroy Comrie (D-St. ernment released the names of those officials it had recorded, Peralta put out a statement assurAlbans) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). The winner will face Republican candidate ing his constituents that the FBI told him he was Editor-in-Chief

State Sen. Jose Peralta, here at a recent forum for borough president candidates, last week FILE PHOTO endorsed Melinda Katz in the race. not being investigated for any wrongdoing. In last Friday’s statement, the senator said, “I want to thank the thousands of Queens residents and civic and community leaders that I had the pleasure of meeting during the course of the campaign. Your warm reception of my candidacy and your encouragement and support are enormously appreciated. “I want to assure you that, though I am discontinuing my campaign, I will continue my fight for affordable housing, tougher gun laws and more classroom seats to alleviate overcrowding in our schools. I will also continue to promote ideas and develop legislation to help spur economic development and grow jobs.” Q


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Kelly, Schumer sway feds on Lady Liberty security screenings The federal government has reversed itself and agreed to screen visitors to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island before they leave Manhattan, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Monday. The move came after Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, backed by Schumer, requested the change in order to keep the iconic statue

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Church reborn continued from page 5 suffered damage in Sandy to see this sign of rebirth and recovery.” Betty Braton, chairwoman of CB 10, was also happy to see the church rededicated. “It’s a very good day to have one of our houses of worship back,” she said. Members of the Assembly of God congregation were just as delighted to see their church had recovered. “The church was completely annihilated,” said Rick Sorrentino of Broad Channel. “Through God’s provision we were able to rebuild.” Other churches in the community, including Our Lady of Grace and St. Helen’s Roman Catholic churches, were damaged, but reopened fairly quickly. The two synagogues in Howard Beach, the Howard Beach Jewish Center and the Rockwood Park Jewish Center, both suffered damages from Sandy’s storm surge, as did St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, located only a few blocks away from Assembly of God. St. Barnabas’ basement, which often hosted community events, was destroyed and the church is continuing to rebuild, according to a blog post made by Brooklyn Pastor Craig Miller on the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s Metropolitan Synod of New Q York website.

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Take the A Train — again A test train here crosses the newly restored Broad Channel railroad bridge prior to the restoration of the A subway line between mainland Queens and the Rockaway Peninsula, which took place on May 30. Back in October, Hurricane Sandy damaged the bridge so badly, it had to be rebuilt almost from scratch.

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The lab is welcoming to virtually all residents, thanks to its video conferencing abilities, touch-screen technology and super-sized keyboard lettering. Rosenblut amused the crowd of about three dozen on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with a brief anecdote of a resident who had been seen “playing the horse races in Yonkers” on one of the computers. “I was delighted,” he said, jokingly adding, “I got a little nervous that it could screw up his Medicaid.” The facility, located in New Hyde Park, LI, just over the city line, offers sub-acute care, short-term rehabilitation, a nursing home, adult healthcare, home healthcare and medical transportation, among other services, and serves approximately 1,800 patients daily, including just over 500 who are permanent residents. Galdi, who was honored in 2012 by Parker for his charity, said, “Custom’s relationship with Parker transcends a traditional business relationship. We consider Parker family, and we are honored to provide the residents with the technologies that help keep them connected P to the world and their families.”

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ROBERT H. GODDARD HS SPOTLIGHT College readiness program takes off

n Thursday, April 25, over 150 students at the Robert H. Goddard High School of Technology and Communication Arts, Ozone Park, invited their parents and guests to the DIG/IT Expo to show off their Digital Literacy skills and pick up their free Netbook computers. Media teacher Janet Fash and Math teacher George Medlin facilitated this year’s DIG/IT classes that ended with the successful students receiving a Netbook computer for their home use.

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The students were enrolled in a blended learning class sponsored by Connected Foundations through the Department of Education. Assistant Principal Seung Oh applied for and secured a grant for RGHS 308. The students signed on each day to the I-Learn website and then navigated to DIG/IT. Through the DIG/IT platform, students completed Quests and Reward badges. They learned about their online environment, future careers, and what classes and credits

they need to graduate from high school. There were four levels to master. In the Live Section, students learned about online etiquette, how to embed video, send email, and the importance of their digital footprint. Students also practiced basic computer skills such as attaching documents, emailing, spreadsheets and creating powerpoints. “DIG/IT has helped me improve my technology skills as well as my reading and writing skills,” remarked 9th grader Christ-

ian Valencia. As students went through the various levels, the difficulty in reading, writing, and critical thinking skills increased. As the course progressed, Principal Dr. Joseph Birgeles frequently visited the DIG/IT classes to encourage the students’ success. At the end of the EXPO evening, students were awarded for their hard work with a Netbook computer to further their technology skills at home and in college. PHOTOS BY 10TH GRADER ADBUS SATTAR

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The 2nd annual Visual and Media Arts Exhibit held May 9 was a wonderful family event. Under the direction of visual arts teacher Erica Fairfull, students showcased their art to their friends and family on the 3rd floor Gallery of Art. Parent teacher association president Kathy Wagner and Parent Coordinator Rose Pino provided refreshments along with board members Linda Mazzei and Ronnie Tibball. As parents noshed on vegetables and snacks students showed off their expressive self-portraits, African mask prints, still-life drawings and other various pieces. As parents walked through the gallery, they were invited to participate in student

run activities including a print-making booth run by sophomores Patrick Wagner, Angelica Alvarez and Jennifer Mendez; a henna designs table with personal designs by sophomore Afsana Ahmed and senior Ishrat Jabin and last but not least the face-painting table run by juniors Natasha Rafihian and Florencia Terra. The art exhibit drew a large crowd including past alumni and their families. Eleventh grader Kimberly Valdez played guitar and sang with classmate Nina Rae Recchia as other classmates Shaliza Wahab, Muhammad Khan, Ashley Veloz and Amanda Baldeo promoted a plant sale for their school garden.

Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser

On April 30th, students and staff gathered in the auditorium to kick off a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis. Tenth-grader Patrick Wagner explained to the audience about what it’s like to live with the incurable disease. He showed the audience a video illustrating his daily life. Each morning and evening he must hook up to a machine to help clear his lungs. He asked the Goddard family to support research efforts to help find a cure or fund medicines that help alleviate the effects of this lung and tissue disease. A representative from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Victoria Cella, was present and spoke to the audience as well. Ms. Cella described a new drug therapy that has been successful with some of the kids with CF. After the assembly fundraising began. For two weeks the school prepared for the school’s first Cystic Fibrosis Walk. On Friday, May 17th students and staff participated in the walk to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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As parents, you want the best for your children. Catholic schools provide an education program based on religious beliefs and values, enabling your children to grow in their understanding of themselves, their relationship with God and their relationship with others. Catholic schools promote the education of your children to their full potential; they teach respect and encourage real learning experiences. Your children acquire knowledge and develop the skills necessary for success in higher educational pursuits and a wide range of careers. SECTION • Who is eligible? Students in the eighth grade during the 20132014 school year, wishing to apply for Fall 2014 admission to Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens and the Archdiocese of New York are eligible to take the TACHS Examination in November 2013. • How much does it cost to take the TACHS exam? An examination fee of $52 includes registration materials, a student handbook, test materials and the reporting of scores to the three high schools of your choice. • How do I register? There are three methods of registration available for the 2013 TACHS examination. The preferred method is internet registration because it is instantaneous, and easily can be accessed using the link on the left-hand side of the screen. Telephone and paper registration are also available. Students, parents, guardians, or principals may register

students via the internet or telephone beginning Aug. 26. Internet and telephone registration ends on Oct. 21. The preferred method is internet registration at tachsinfo.com. Students or their parents/guardians may register by telephone, by calling 1 (866) 61TACHS (618-2247). Registering students by telephone is similar to the internet method in that information will be collected for each student individually. All telephone registrations are handled by a live operator. Telephone registration is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If English is not the native language of the caller, an operator speaking that person’s language will be made available. Students or their parents/guardians may register for the TACHS by submitting a completed paper registration form via U.S. Mail. Paper registration requires payment via certified check or money order (no personal checks). The deadline for returning paper registration forms is Oct. 9. Seats may not be available to “walk-in” on the day of the exam due to capacity issues, so register before the deadline. The 2013 TACHS Student Handbook will be availQ able electronically on Aug. 26 at tachsinfo.com. — TACHSinfo.com

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Some high schools to consider Archbishop Molloy High School, 83-53 Manton St., Briarwood, NY 11435 (District 28). (718) 441-2100 Christ the King Regional High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, NY 11379 (District 24). (718) 366-7400 The Kew-Forest School, 119-17 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills, NY 11375 (District 28). (718) 268-4667. Holy Cross High School, 26-20 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing, NY 11358 (District 25). (718) 886-7250 The Mary Louis Academy, 176-21 Wexford Terrace, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432 (District 29). (718) 297-2120 Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School, 71-06 31 Ave., East Elmhurst, NY 11370 (District 30). (718) 898-3800

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Why choose a Catholic high school and who is eligible

St. Agnes Academic High School, 13-20 124 St., College Point, NY 11356 (District 25). (718) 353-6276 St. Francis Preparatory School, 61-00 Francis Lewis Blvd., Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 (District 26). (718) 423-8810 St. John’s Preparatory School, 21-21 Crescent St., Astoria, NY 11105 (District 30). (718) 721-7200 Cathedral Preparatory Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, 56-25 92 St., Elmhurst, NY 11373 (District 24). (718) 592-6800

St. St. Edmund Edmund Preparatory Preparatory High High School School The Administration, Faculty and Staff of St. Edmund Prep congratulate the Class of 2013 on their many accomplishments, honors, and scholarships.

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Catholic schools today; why they’re right for your child One of the most important decisions in life for all parents — Catholic and non-Catholic— is that of choosing the education that will most benefit their children. Consider the following reasons a Catholic school is right for your children. Catholic schools: • have a proven record of academic excellence; • work closely with you for the good of your children; • continue the religious formation of your children begun in your home; • have clear and precise goals; • provide a challenging atmosphere; • maintain a secure environment; and • have educators who believe that all children can succeed.

emphasize generosity: celebrate creativity and support the joyful development of reflective, young men and women. Catholic schools teach Gospel ideals which permeate the substance and structure of the lessons. They share the faith through daily prayer and the regular celebration of Mass as a school community and foster a spirit of Christian service as an expression of our concern for the needs of others. Catholic schools offer a technology-enhanced, forwardfocused curriculum. They integrate interactive white boards, high-speed computers and science equipment into classroom instruction, preparing students to compete in an increasingly complex world. The students are motivated to do their best and develop their talents, find meaning in their lives and build on their strengths to achieve success in school and beyond graduation. Catholic schools provide students with skills and inspire the self-discipline and confidence needed for them to take their places as compassionate leaders in their communities and in society. The Catholic school experience is an unparalleled opportunity to develop a child’s mind, heart and soul. Q — courtesy americancatholic.org/newsletter and adnyeducation.org

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Building on over 200 years of inspiring students, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens and the Archdiocese of New York offer an excellent, nurturing, values-centered education in a structured environment that helps children realize their full potential as human beings. The schools provide superior academics, rooted in a strong moral framework, to children of all backgrounds; develop character and a love of learning; model and encourage respect for one another;

Named valedictorian, now what? The title of valedictorian is an honor that only one person from each school receives every year. Planning the right speech requires forethought and creative ideas. The person in school who receives the highest grade rank is named the valedictorian and it is customary for that student to give a speech at the commencement ceremony. The speech serves as a farewell to the graduating class and often remarks on the possibilities for the future. A valedictorian speech is an opportunity to address the entire class and highlight class camaraderie. The valedictorian is serving as the voice of all the graduates, and should include them in the speech. Here are some ideas to consider when drafting a valedictorian speech: • Be short and to the point. Chances are there will be a number of different speakers on commencement day. Attendees will appreciate brevity. • Use a current point of reference, such as acknowledging something making headlines or a favorite celebrity, as a way to break the ice. Be sincere and try to inject some humor into the speech. As a speaker you can refer to this point initially and at the summary of the speech as well. • Talk about what the school has provided for you and favorite moments throughout the last few years. Then open up the speech about how friends and fellow graduates made the experiences even more poignant. • Be sure to thank teachers and mentors who played a role in your success. Feel free to call out a special person who went above and beyond to help make you the person you are today. • Praise fellow classmates and their accomplishments. • Talk about plans for the future and refer to how the education provided offers a stable basis for jumping off into jobs and future projects. • Thank your audience for their time. These are just basic guidelines that can be customized and personalized Q depending on the person and the audience. — Metro Creative Connection

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ST. FRANCIS PREPARATORY SCHOOL For more than 150 years, St. Francis Preparatory has provided intellectual and spiritual growth to young men and women who seek the finest Catholic education available. The Class of 2013 has continued on Prep’s century and half old tradition of excellence in academics and achievement in athletics and extracurricular activities . They “chased perfection” while remaining true to the guiding Franciscan principles upon which Prep was founded.

The Class of 2013 like those before them proved that high GPAs, SAT scores, and college acceptance are only part of the story. “Excellence” has a great deal to do with the education of the whole person. Developing the capacity to care for and respond to the needs of “the least of their brothers” makes them excellent people.

“Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” - Vince Lombardi, St. Francis Prep Class of 1933 The Class of 2013 raised money for over a dozen local charities, as well as for our “sister Franciscan school” in Lare, Kenya. They did this while also continuing hands on ministering to those in need right here in New York City through our Soup Kitchen and Midnight Run programs. Through our Franciscan Immersion Experience they have touched hundreds

of lives in Camden, NJ; Centerport, NY; and Green Bay, Wisconsin. In athletics, our current graduates have achieved State, New York City, and Brooklyn-Queens championships with Step-Squad, Cheerleading, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball, Girls Softball, and Gymnastics.

The Class of 2013 chased perfection and achieved excellence, earning over $92,000,000 in scholarships. And, we can rest assured knowing that they will take the Spirit of St. Francis with them to Tufts University, United States Air Force Academy, United States Naval Academy, Parsons, RISD, Howard University, Notre Dame, Boston College, Princeton, Cornell, Penn State University, NYU and many other fine colleges and universities.

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TACS 2013-2014 Calendar of Events Early August 2013

Student Handbook is available electronically at tachsinfo.com.

Aug. 26

Registration materials available at the following types of locations: Catholic elementary and high schools, religious education offices, parishes and CCDs, select private and public elementary schools, and public libraries. Registration available via internet at tachsinfo.com and telephone at 1-866-61TACHS (1-866-618-2247).

Oct. 9

Deadline for paper registration. Form and fee must be received at the TACHS Exam Office by this date.

Oct. 11

Deadline for submitting request and supporting documentation to diocese for extended testing time accommodation. (Do not submit the request to the TACHS exam office. It will be returned to you.)

Oct. 21

Deadline for internet and telephone registration.

Oct. 28-29

Admit Card Distribution — Admit Cards for registrants enrolled in a Catholic elementary school are mailed directly to the schools for distribution. Admit Cards for all other students are mailed to the address provided on the registration form.

Nov. 4

Call 1-866-61TACHS (1-866-618-2247) if Admit Card is not yet received.

Dec. 11

Paper TACHS Applicant Records due to students’ three high school choices. (See Student Handbook for more information.)

Jan. 15, 2014

Release of admission notices by high schools.

February

Response Cards due back to high schools — high school notification letters will include information relative to the date on which students should return his/her acceptance letter to the high school they choose to attend.

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Ice Jewelry: where the owners can relate to their clients

Preparing for the next storm, in Albany and here by Joseph P. Addabbo Jr.

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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With the memory of Superstorm Sandy only seven months old, and the work to rebuild and recover from this devastating storm ongoing every day in our ravaged community, it’s no surprise that predictions for a very active 2013 hurricane season, which began June 1 in the United States, are a serious cause for great concern. After what we’ve been through and are continuing to experience here in Queens in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy — with so many residents still not in their homes and still attempting to repair the fabric of their lives — the thought of additional dangerous weather activity is almost inconceivable and most certainly unwelcome. However, while we can’t control the weather, we can take steps to control our level of preparedness. We’ve learned a lot from Sandy, and I would urge my constituents to think ahead and make sure they have detailed emergency plans in place: from knowing how to contact one another in the case of an emergency; to having adequate supplies of canned goods, medicines, batteries, flashlights and water on hand; to knowing what they can do to help secure their homes and properties to minimize risks during a storm. A great deal of useful hurricane preparedness information may be found at this New York State website: dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/hurricane-safety.cfm. As the representative of an area that was badly battered by Sandy and a member of the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy, I have been advocating for adequate funding and needed legislation to help our district address the many serious human, economic and other consequences that resulted from the storm. As you may remember, President Obama and the U.S. Congress approved an aid package of $61 billion earlier this year to help Sandy victims in the Northeast, including those of us in New York. The aid provided to New York City and New York State is being distributed to advance a variety of recovery and rebuilding initiatives, including mass transit repairs, infrastructure improvements, bridge and road upgrades, business aid, programs and resources for homeowners, buyout programs for those who lost their homes and do not want to rebuild, and many other services. I have been promoting the need for funding bulkheads, jetties, seawalls and other flood mitigating measures. We need these infrastructure improvements immediately, and I am optimistic that this aid will come soon. Details of how to apply for it will be made available this month and I encourage those interested to call my office. On the legislative side, I have introduced and support a range of bills aimed at addressing various aspects of Hurricane Sandy’s impact. Here is a sampling: • S.3736: This bill would enable residents

in Breezy Point to immediately start rebuilding the homes they lost through the combination of fire and flooding, one of the most horrif ic events of the storm. Specifically, the legislation reinstates existing building permits for homes destroyed in Hurricane Sandy and also waives certain city rules regarding street frontage issues that are unique to Breezy Point. In other words, people won’t have to reinvent the wheel to start repairing and rebuilding their homes in this deeply resilient and tight-knit community. • S.4053: This bill would establish a grant program to enable business owners whose storefront facades were damaged by Hurricane Sandy to repair them. Giving a facelift to our commercial areas is both a practical way to show they are “open for business” and to give all of us the positive psychological boost we need as we continue to rebuild, repair and recover day by day. • S.4405: In response to problems suffered by local residents whose homes were affected or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, this bill would require that homeowners with coverage purchased through the National Flood Insurance Program be given at least 90 days’ notice of premium increases or the pending cancellation of their policies. The cost of flood insurance has been steadily increasing, and consumers should have the ability and time they need to make informed choices about purchasing this coverage. • S.2128: Known as the “New York City Hurricane Sandy Assessment Relief Act,” this legislation would have homeowners whose properties lost 50 percent or more of their assessed value as a result of storm damage see their property tax bills reduced, or even eliminated if the property was completely destroyed. As we enter the Atlantic Hurricane Season — which forecasts 16 tropical storms, eight hurricanes, four major hurricanes, and three hurricanes making landfall in the United States by Nov. 30 — there is a lot we can do to prepare for the worst and to protect our homes and our loved ones from harm. And there is also something else we can do that is equally important: Be aware and informed of storm risks, but continue to live life to the fullest in our beautiful communities. Even in the face of all the rebuilding we have ahead of us, and the tragedy we have suffered, our communities — from the beaches, to our business areas, to our unique and diverse neighborhoods — are coming back Q and are going to be better than ever. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. is New York State Senator for the 15th District in South Queens.


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Our carousel and dinner dance My article this week will be devoted to two important Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation momentous events — The landmarking of our Forest Park Carousel and the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Dinner Dance. Many, many years ago I named our carousel “the Jewel of Forest Park” because of the unique and priceless beauty of this one-of-a-kind Daniel Mueller-carved carousel. As I have written in the past and especially last year, it was closed for years, it is wonderful that it reopened on Memorial Day. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation started and will continue its quest for landmarking of our carousel. I have been advised that on June 11 there will be a hearing by the Landmarks Preservation Commission who will hear and accept testimony for the acquisition of landmark status for our carousel. I am asking for your assistance. We need for you to send emails, letters or postcards stating that you support the landmarking of our carousel. The four email addresses that you should send comments to are: Robert B. Tierney, chairman Landmarks Preservation Commission, at mailto:RTierney@lpc.nyc.gov; mailto:Comments@lpc.nyc.gov; mailto: Mbetts@ lpc.nyc.gov; Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, mailto:ecrowley@council.

Willets Point continued from page 2 Point, which included nearly 2,000 units of affordable housing. Lawmakers who presented themselves as proponents of the redevelopment echoed concerns that the city has abandoned its original affordable housing plans. Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) said in a statement affordable housing “has always remained my priority.” The Queens Development Group has contended the construction of a mall on what is currently the Citi Field parking lot will provide the economic engine and

nyc.gov. Also you can send a letter or a postcard to Robert B. Tierney, chairman Landmarks Preservation Commission, 1 Centre St., 9th floor, N.Y., N.Y. 10007 Please show your support for the landmarking of our “Jewel of Forest Park.” It is time and with your help it will happen in 2013. Last call for the Social Event of the Year, the GWDC dinner dance to be held on Friday, June 7. This year, the theme for our 34th year is “Happiness is Spring,” so named because of the warmth of spring that everyone enjoys at the end of winter. Our honorees are: “Woman of the Year 2013” Melva Miller, director of the Economic Development for Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. “Man of the Year 2013” Stephen Esposito, president of the GWDC. “Business owner of the Year 2013” John Patel owner of the Haven Card Shop. “Business of the Year 2013” Scaturro’s Food Market. “Special Recognition Award 2013” Dr. Paul Fish, veterinarian and owner of the Animal Clinic of Woodhaven. Tickets are $65. Please call (718) 8050202 for reservations and ticket purchases. Attend and enjoy. Make sure you continue to fly the American flag. May God bless our leaders, our Armed Forces and our disabled veterans and may God bless our America. To contact us go to: mailto:Gwdcbid@ Q hotmail.com or Gwdcbid@hotmail.com. enticement needed to make the buildout of the rest of Willets Point commercially and fiscally sensible. Peralta denied the claim, saying, “You don’t need a mall to make it more desirable.” The lawmaker asserted the original deal needs to be revived. “Let’s hold everyone to their word and provide the affordable housing this community so desperately needs,” he said. “That way, in a few years, instead of a New York City mayor coming into this community to complain about a Census undercount, the visit will be to tout this area as a model of mixed-use development where everyone has a dignif ied Q place to live.”

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Atlas Park redesign to be unveiled soon Shopping center set to open new plaza and clothing stores in July by Tess McRae Reporter

The Shops at Atlas Park, the indoor-outdoor mall that opened six years ago in Glendale, is being revamped — and this time, the owners say they are making it all about the community. “We’re doing wonderful things, and I’m sure all of the community will be very happy,” said Liza Diaz, the property manager for the shopping center. “We have such belief that this property is going to do so well; it’s a hidden gem.” The Shops hosted a private tour last Thursday to show how the 10,000-square-foot construction project is coming along. Elected officials, including Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside), and representatives of Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (DHoward Beach), caught a glimpse of the newly designed Center Green plaza. “This will be good for business and good for the neighborhood,” Meng said. “It really is a win-win.” “Many of my siblings and I utilize this mall and know there is great potential here,” Crowley said. “I look forward to the changes to come, and I want the community to play a huge part in the future of Atlas Park.” The shopping center, located on Cooper Avenue and 80th Street in Glendale, was purchased by Macerich, owner of the Queens Center mall, for $54 million at a foreclosure auction in 2011, after struggling for several years. “There has been a big misconception when it comes to the operations of Atlas Park,”

Construction on the newly designed Center Green plaza in The Shops at Atlas Park is slated to be complete by July 1st. Macerich, the company that owns the shopping center, is hoping to use the PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE green space for special events and concerts for the community. Diaz said. “For a few years, we were in a point of receivership so nothing could be done, but now with Macerich, we really can begin working on redesigning Atlas Park, and I think the community will love the new Center Green.” In the past, there was criticism over the lack of store options, but with Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe — clothing store heavy-hitters for teenagers and 20-somethings — moving in, representatives at Macerich are expecting the community to find shopping at Atlas Park an enjoyable experience. “I have been with Atlas Park since it was first built,” said Nina Maurella, the leasing manager. “We are working to bring in more retailers. The community deserves such a place,

and Macerich is working hard to make that happen. For fall we’re working on bringing local retailers, it would be local private sector that will invite the community to come and enjoy. ” In addition to the new stores, Macerich began a massive project to redesign the Center Green and add 100 storefront parking spots. Trees and greenery surrounded the old plaza with a concrete ellipse-shaped center for shoppers to socialize in. Now special events will be held on a grassy centerpiece with glass kiosks, a removable stage and seating for patrons. Dozens of trees were torn down in March to make room for the construction, a decision Diaz said was necessary to improve the atmosphere. “A lot of the trees that were here were not thriving,” she said. “There was not enough

depth for the roots to grow and they became sick, so it wasn’t feasible to keep them for the new plaza. We did save the four magnolia trees, which were healthy, and those are going to stay. The whole landscape plan is more conducive to a retail center.” Macerich representatives said construction is scheduled for completion on July 1 though Senior Manager of Tenant Coordination Brian Lindsey said the work could be finished even earlier. “All of the curbs are set at this time,” he said. “Once they are finished with electrical grading, things will start moving very quickly here. By the end of next week, you’ll be able to see the Center Green basically in formation. It’s going to be a great addition, with a nice open area for people to congregate and special events.” In the meantime, Macerich, which also owns Kings Plaza and the nearby Queens Center mall, will begin community outreach in the coming weeks, but Diaz would not allude to what the plans include. While Macerich representatives wouldn’t share the number of vacant spaces the shopping center has, they are confident that shoppers will be excited by some of the potential tenants moving in. Asked by attendees about a report that TJ Maxx, Modell’s and Sephora cosmetics may be leasing space soon, they wouldn’t confirm or deny the rumors. The Center Green will be unveiled at a grand opening ceremony in early July, and a summer concert series is in the works. An events calendar will be available online when Q the plaza is officially opened.

Pride House forum slams Israeli policies by Mark Lord

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Queens Pride House in Jackson Heights hosted its first-ever forum on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday night, attracting an audience of about 30 individuals, most of whom identified themselves as members of one or more Palestinian-sympathizer organizations. The event was free and open to the public. Many in attendance indicated they were drawn to the gathering by the presence of the evening’s guest speaker, Sarah Schulman, a CUNY professor and supporter of the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. Presided over by Pauline Park, the Pride House president and acting executive director, the forum also included a slide presentation of her 2012 trip to the region, and a question-and-answer session. Palestinian-American documentarian Nadia Awad, who filmed the trip, was an announced participant but did not appear. The forum, to a large extent, focused on why the ongoing conflict

in the Middle East is an issue for the LGBT community and the work the participants have been doing to challenge Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Schulman said her interest in the subject was piqued four years ago upon learning of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, an economic and cultural-based movement seeking the end of collaboration with any institutions funded by the Israeli government. She spoke of “pink-washing,” defined as the promotion of the gay friendliness of a political entity in an attempt to downplay aspects of it that are considered negative, on the part of the Israeli government. The practice, she said, “Gives a phony image of Israel.” In 2012, she helped organize the f irst LGBTQ delegation tour of Palestine and invited Park to be one of the 16 participants. Delegations are a “crucial tactic” for Palestine, Schulman said. “Palestine relies on delegations.” Park said it was “the most important

trip I ever made,” other than the one which brought her here from her native Korea. “We all agreed it was important to see for ourselves what the Israeli occupation was all about,” Park said. The slides she showed included images of the separation barrier along the West Bank and refugee camps. According to Park, the wall, which Israel claims is necessary to protect its civilians against acts of Palestinian terrorism, is “really about land. It makes no sense. Pieces of the wall are disconnected.” “The term ‘settlement’ is quite a misnomer,” too, she said, indicating that many of the new buildings are quite elaborate, unlike the “Little House on the Prairie” image she suggested Israel is trying to portray. “Israeli settlers have seized 80 percent of the water” along the West Bank, she said. According to Park, there is “very significant discrimination against the transgendered in Israel,” suggesting that some areas of the country are safer for members of the LGBT community than others.

Speaking after the forum, she said, “Those who support Israel and engage in pink-washing claim that Israel is a paradise for LGBT people. If it’s a paradise for anyone, it would be for gay white Jewish men who are Israeli citizens living in Tel Aviv with money. For anyone else, it is far from a paradise. There is a lot of discrimination, especially against transgendered people, even in Tel Aviv.” Asked to compare the treatment of the LGBT population in Israel with other countries in the region, she said, “It’s perfectly okay to talk about homophobia in Arabic-Muslim countries,” but suggested that “pink-washing is a ploy designed to divert our attention from the reality of Israel’s occupation which LGBT Palestinians in occupied territories have to live under. A comparison between Israel and the neighboring countries is a false comparison.” To the audience at the forum she said, “The Israeli political system is stuck. The majority of Israelis are frustrated. Folks in this room have the power to change the situation.” Among those on hand was

Nicholas Maniace, a member of the Queens College Students Without Borders organization, who said, “The only way change will come will be by resistance against Israel. A state like Israel, the only way they listen is by opposing force.” Sarah Wolf, a member of the International Socialist Organization, said, “It’s going to be the people on the ground that will change things. Getting the United States to withdraw support for Israel is incredibly difficult. The U.S. has a huge stake in Israel and has used Israel as a solid go-to point from which it could control that region of the world.” Schulman suggested, “It is easier to change the U.S. than to change Israel. As Americans, we’re funding the occupation.” To effect change, Park suggested, “people have to become aware and educate themselves on this issue,” adding that there has been “very little discussion” about it in the LGBT community. It is important, she said, for people to get the “real story,” not the “propaganda.” continued on page 54


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New teacher evaluation plan continued from page 10 “I’m happy to see an agreement has been reached and I’m hopeful it will meet expectations,” he said in an email. “However, I’m concerned about it’s implementation since history and actions by the mayor regarding our teachers haven’t been amicable. This plan should be used as a supportive tool for teachers and not as a divisive hammer. I also believe it should be re-examined in 2014 for effectiveness by the new administration. The main goal is to support our teachers for the sake of our students and to ensure the plan creates successful outcomes, otherwise it’s just creating hardships for our learning environments.” Some teachers also expressed reservations about the plan. “I’m glad we have something to work off of,” said one elementary school teacher from Flushing. “It’s not perfect, but hopefully when there’s a new mayor, we’ll get something more concrete and workable.” She added that many teachers don’t trust the current administration and fear how they will implement the plan. “Between school closings and budget cuts, there is just this level of distrust with the city,” the teacher said. “I think some are worried about how the city will implement this.” One Queens high school teacher called the plan “a disaster.”

“We have a large staff and doing up to six observations a year will overwhelm the school administration and prevent them from focusing on the teachers who truly need the help,” he said. “I don’t see how this can possibly work.” Mayoral candidates, who may be tasked with amending the plan, also responded to the deal. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who served as president of the now-defunct Board of Education in the 1990s, thought the plan was “simply unworkable.” “I have serious concer ns about whether this plan is workable, especially given the Administration’s history of finger-pointing and accusation, instead of collaboration and cooperation,” he said in a statement. Democratic candidate Sal Albanese blamed Bloomberg and the unions for forcing the state to implement a plan on the city in the first place. “Had the UFT and the mayor put down their swords and talked like adults, we would be discussing a plan crafted by teachers, parents, and administrators, rather than by Albany,” Albanese, a former teacher, said. “Instead, they bickered and put our school system at the mercy of the state. For better or worse, now we have a plan. So let’s look forward and fight to ensure that the resources are in place to Q make it work for our kids.”

CB 5 to consider new industrial zone Board to hold public hearing on another IBZ in Ridgewood area by Tess McRae Reporter

Parts of Ridgewood are being considered to become an Industrial Business Zone in an effort to foster growth in the neighborhood’s industrial sector. Community Board 5 will be hosting a public hearing next week to discuss the possible IBZ creation. According to a press release, the area that would be converted includes blocks south of Myrtle Avenue by the Brooklyn-Queens boarder. Mayor Bloomberg, as a way to protect existing manufacturing businesses and create real estate certainty, created the IBZs in 2006. The initiative was in response to the massive amount of manufacturing buildings being bought up by landlords looking to turn the buildings into a residential space. To go along with the IBZs, Bloomberg also created the Office of Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses, which would address building owners’ concerns and advocate for their rights. However, eight years later, the OIMB no

longer exists and all the while loopholes and variance applications are allowing more and more IBZs across the city to be swallowed up by commercial and residential building owners — including one on Woodward Avenue in Ridgewood. Even the funds that grant tax incentives to manufacturers have zeroed out. With the ever-shrinking industrial sector struggling to stay afloat, it is difficult to say whether or not converting parts of Ridgewood into an official IBZ will benefit the community in the long run, but CB 5 District Manager Gary Giordano said in a press release that recognizing certain parts of Ridgewood as official areas for manufacturers will make it more difficult to legally convert the property to residential use. He also added that any properties that are currently used for legal residential living can continue to be used for housing if the Ridgewood IBZ is approved. The public hearing will start at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at Christ the King Regional High School, followed by the usual monthly Q board meeting.

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signs and even creating puzzle piece magnets to hand out to people who donated. The drive, and all of their work postSandy, will help each young woman earn a silver award, the highest award that can be won by a Girl Scout Cadette. Collecting donations above are Katelynn Boodoo, left, Victoria Schieren, Salima Ali, Yvonne Scorcia, Gianna Lavacca, Amber Mirabile, Anoula Cilento and Amanda Clark.


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tandup comedy has been described with terror, joy and despair by some of its betterknown practitioners. There’s an authority in being the only person in a room on a stage holding a microphone, but it comes laced with an additionally poisonous caveat: a very high probability of failure. So when lifelong Rego Park resident Liam McEneaney takes the stage, he knows he’s assuming a risk akin to tightrope-walking during a windstorm. And he should. The 36-year-old has been hitting the stage for nearly two decades. His story mirrors Steve Martin’s own slog, a course the comedy great described as “more plodding than heroic.” McEneaney’s accumulated experience and jokes were recorded at Union Hall in Brooklyn on June 5 and 6 for his first comedy album — which he plans to follow with a deserved break. “I’m very nervous,” he said ahead of the album’s taping. “But then it’s like, what am I going to do? This is what I want.” McEneaney finds himself in a batch of comedians who came up together and is currently part of a proverbial changing of the guards that happens in the standup industry with some regularity. The guys he slogged through open mics and dingy comedy clubs with are not seeing their fortunes turn for the better. And in some respects, McEneaney is still getting there too. Or at least he’s working on it. It’s what the Russell Sage alum has wanted to do since childhood days of consuming Bill Cosby specials, listening to Woody Allen’s sets and watching the requisite legends such as George Carlin and Richard Prior. “I’ve always kind of known I wanted to do it,” he said. “I just kind of knew I wanted to be in the center of the stage.” It wasn’t long before the Rego Park kid with a bit of a weight problem and chronic depression started stirring the pot. At Francis Lewis High School, McEneaney

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W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G 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.

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“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 david@dorsky.org or visit dorsky.org.

There will be a family workshop with sun printing at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., on Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. $20 per parent and one child, $10 each additional child. All proceeds to Long Island City Artists. Visit flushingtownhall.org.

“Bridging the Gap”—Long Island City Artists will be on display at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., from Thursday, June 27-Sunday, July 14, with an opening reception on Thursday, June 27 from 4-7 p.m. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. $5, members, students and Long Island City ar tists free. Visit flushingtownhall.org.

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.

THEATRE The Pioneer Ministry of First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica presents “Esther House,” a play about forgiveness, on Saturday, June 8 at 6 p.m. at 89-60 164 St., Jamaica. $5. Call (516) 223-2062 or (718) 528-3027.

DANCE The 19th annual Thalia Spanish Theatre’s free outdoors festival will be held on Sunday, June 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 jamaicadrumjam.org.

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Museum of Moving Image opens the June schedule of its film series See It Big! with a screening of “Ran,” an adaptation of “King Lear,” featuring an appearance by the film’s star Tatsuya Nakadai, on Saturday, June 15 at 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. The series will also include: Roberto Rossellini’s “Voyage to Italy,” Nicholas Ray’s “Bigger than Life,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” and “Mulholland Drive.” Free with museum admission ($12, $9 seniors and students). Call (718) 777-6877 or visit movingimage.us. On Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. Rego Park Jewish Center’s sisterhood will show the film “The Origin of the Israeli Philharmonic” starring Zubin Mehta, at 97-30 Queens Blvd. Free. Call (718) 459-1000.

MUSIC 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.

Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, announces the new season of its Music in the Garden concerts with Queens-based “Quintet of the Americas,” a woodwind ensemble, on Sunday, June 16 at 2 p.m. in collaboration with the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens. Free with Garden admission ($4).

Central Queens YM & YWHA will host a screening and talk with the director of “The Territory,” a film focusing on PHOTO COURTESY CENTRAL QUEENS YM & YWHA Soviet Jews as West Bank settlers, on Monday, June 17. Forest Park Rock Fest will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 1-5 p.m. at George Seuffert Bandshell on Forest Park Drive in Woodhaven. Free. Call (917) 689-9555. The Aaron Copland School of Music Guerrilla Arts Ensemble will perform at Flushing Town Hall, 13735 Northern Blvd., on Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m. $5. Call (718) 463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org. Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., will host a concert starring the Avram Pengas Duo on Sunday, June 23 at 2:30 p.m. featuring Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music. $10, $12 at the door. Call (718) 459-1000.

FLEA MARKETS 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 richmondhillfleamarket.com. American Martyrs Church, 79-43 Bell Blvd., Bayside, holds an indoor spring fair/flea market on Sunday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (718) 464-4582.

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is sponsoring the Kew Gardens spring flea market on Saturday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain date June 22, with Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue offering dogs and cats for adoption from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the LIRR North Parking Lot, 82-60 Austin St. All vendor fees benefit JHMC pediatrics department. Call (718) 359-0541. A one-day-only, summer treasure, bake and book sale will be held on Saturday, June 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 85-09 118 St., Kew Gardens. Call (718) 847-2649. The Ridgewood Library, 20-12 Madison St., Ridgewood, hosts an outdoor flea market and fun day on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (718) 821-4770.

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, 79-01 Broadway, on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call (212) 676-8208. 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.

FOR KIDS Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, hosts: “Insects — Story Time Safari” on Sunday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. to noon, for ages 5-9. $18 per child; “Toddler Adventure Hour — Baby Animals” on Sunday, June 9 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. for ages 18-36 months with parental participation, for $16 per child; Be an animal care trainee on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 8-12, $21 per person; and June star safari on Saturday, June 15 from 8-10 p.m. for ages 7 and older; $12, $7 for children ages 7-12. Preregistration required for all programs. Call (718) 229-4000 or visit alleypond.com.

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 alleypond.com. Join published author Laurie Graff for a special one-night writing workshop on Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at Central Queens YM&YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. Preregistrtion required. Call (718) 268-5011 ext. 621 or email pleff@cqy.org. Suggested donation $5. There will be coed mixed-level line dancing for adults at Cambria Heights Community Church, 11602 220 St., Cambria Heights, on Saturdays, June 15 and July 6 and 20 at 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. $10 per session. Call (646) 229-0242. 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) 4783100. 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. On Monday, June 17 at 1 p.m. Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, will host a film, “The Territory,” about Soviet Jews as West Bank settlers, with a talk by the director. $6 donation. Call (718) 268-5011 ext. 151 or visit cqy.org. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, hosts a knitting circle on Monday, June 17 from 6-8 p.m. for adults only. $5. Pre-registration required. Call (718) 229-4000. Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, 84-20 Jamaica Ave., hosts a free poetry workshop every third Tuesday, until Monday, Dec. 16. Email cabbz@aol.com. 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.

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Forest Park will rock ’n’ roll on June 15 by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor

Born and raised in Woodhaven, Greg Cerar, 31, says organizing a concert at the Forest Park Bandshell has been on his mind since the age of 6. “I grew up two blocks from there. As a child, my father used to take me there. I would hang out on the stage with my friends. Things just developed and I’m finally able to do it,” Cerar said. The Forest Park Rock Fest, which Cerar and its other creators hope to make an annual event, will become a reality on

Forest Park Rock Fest When: Saturday, June 15, 1 to 5 p.m. Where: Forest Park Bandshell, Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven Tickets: Free

June 15. The free show will put a spotlight on four distinct local musical acts. “It started as a pipe dream of Greg’s,” said Mario Robles of the band The Boom Section, which is producing the event. The group’s drummer, Cerar originally took up the trumpet while a student at JHS 210 in Ozone Park, and continued at Francis Lewis High School. One day he thought to himself, “What am I going to do with the trumpet?” and switched over to drums, which he taught himself to play. He and James Hayes, the group’s bass player, have been in various bands together since 2002. Guitarist Paul Wunsch, a Forest Hills native, has joined them on and off over the years. Robles, who has been friends with Cerar since high school, responded to his buddy’s online posting for a vocalist, thus completing the group. They have

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The Boom Section, left, and System In Chaos are among the groups that will be performing at the Forest Park Rock Fest. COURTESY PHOTOS been together for a year and a half, though “we’ve only been gigging for a year,” Cerar said. After their headquarters were swept away by Hurricane Sandy, they regrouped in Howard Beach, where they have been

rehearsing in the basement of Cerar’s parents’ house. The festival arose from Sandy’s destruction. “We wanted to do a show to give back to the community,” Robles said. “Now seemed the

perfect time to do it.” As for the group’s name, “We bring the boom, the power,” Robles said. Of their sound, he added, “You can’t say it’s subtle. It’s in the vein of AC/DC, but continued on page 00 46

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Posada’s works suggest the human form a blood vessel. “Maybe it’s my European side?” he said with a laugh. He Jorge Posada’s works take anatomy to another level. has dedicated collectors in Belgium, New York and Colombia. His several-foot-tall paintings suggest knees, legs and “Something can be just as dramatic in black and white,” sometimes just the act of an arm whisking through the air. he said, adding that the choice of color isn’t up to him. The smoothly painted tendons twist and bend on the canIt comes from his subconscious. “I listen to the painting,” vases, appearing both strong and vulnerable. Posada said. “More recently the human form, which is always a central He sketches because he loves to. He doesn’t transfer these element, is disappearing a little more with a suggested drawings to the page but instead lets the memory of the human presence [in its place],” the work drive his vision, and those Colombian-born artist, who has brushstrokes and feelings drive diflived in New York City for the last ferent decisions on color. 28 years, said. Beyond the connection he has When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Many of the works Posada is diswith his works, he hopes they will through June 16, 12 to 6 p.m. playing at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery create a connection with others. Where: Jeffrey Leder Gallery in Long Island City through June “My art is not to give a mes21-37 45 Road, Long Island City 16, in a show simply called “Paintsage,” he said, “but hopefully creTickets: Free. (917) 767-1734 ings & Drawings,” employ deep ates a connection.” jeffreyledergallery.com blood reds. These works will be shown along “It’s difficult to explain why I use with a few of his non-figurative different colors,” Posada said pointing at the many red- works in a series called “Urban Walls.” heavy works in the gallery. “People say red is violence and Posada uses photos of urban landscapes as inspiration for passion. Maybe it’s my Latino side? People say it’s more smaller abstract paintings. Although they capture a different dramatic.” subject, they help him paint more abstract figures. But lately the artist — no known relation to the baseball He began his career in Medellín, Colombia, as a classically player of the same name — has been using grays and trained artist, but has been moving into the realm of abstracochres without any loss of dramatism. The pieces still feel tion ever since. These small “Urban Walls” help gear his intimate and strong, like peering through a microscope at mind that way.

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Queens comic plods on purpose continued continued from from page page 39 00 printed a student-produced “zine” that featured some scathing (but true) phony articles. He repeated the feat at Queens College, writing an article from the perspective of “a very cranky Jesus” in the school paper’s humor section — the week after Easter. The article caused a stir with the school’s Catholic League, and gained some attention in the press. “You’re in this environment where everyone is upset with you and it’s like, ‘Man, everyone hates me,’” he said. An epiphany came on the school’s quad, when McEneaney noticed a distinct lack of pitchforks and torches following him around. He realized most of the people on campus didn’t pick up the paper, and the few who did probably didn’t read his column. “Nothing ever happened; it was a tempest in a teapot,” he said. “It was a really good learning experience for me.” As a 19-year-old, McEneaney ditched academics to start doing open-mic nights around the city. He described his early act like this: “I had a couple of funny things I said.”

Not exactly translating to comedy gold early on, he did have a detailed, funny story about applying to work at a peep show business on Queens Boulevard. Punchline: “The plus side is I didn’t get the job.” McEneaney realized the value of stage time early on, which many comics credit for their success. “It’s one of those things where you don’t really know how to do it ‘til you do it,” he said. His act developed, somewhat. Pretty soon, he was part of a college comedy tour. Not that he deserved it. “I was horrible; I was so bad at every college I went to,” he said. The trip also offered the first lesson of the business. He can’t remember what was said or when or why but for some reason, he still holds a grudge against Youngstown, Ohio. But the stage time and learning from pros working in New York’s comedy club scene helped McEneaney drive his own act to a higher level of sophistication. While the comedic standbys still get the usual laughs, McEneaney is searching for his jokes elsewhere. “I really want to up my game and do jokes that are better,” he said. “Obvious-

ly you want to do stuff that gets a laugh. I have to write jokes about things that people can relate to that isn’t about sex and dating — because I already have a lot of those.” His routine includes more anecdotes and self-referential stories surrounding a common-place experience stretched to the breaking point of reason. One more-recent McEneaney bit refers to his childhood karate classes, but ends in an accidentally successful back-alley showdown. In the time since that first college jaunt around the country, McEneaney has traversed the globe, performing across Europe and appearing on VH1’s “Best Week Ever,” among other shows. He also produced “Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!” — a retrospective look at the alternative comedy scene while showing bits from its current standard-bearers, including himself, Christian Finnegan and Reggie Watts. McEneaney’s crew of underground latenighters who used to hang out and party post-shows has since seen its prospects grow. “One of the sad things about everyone

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becoming successful, you move in different directions,” he said. “It’s obviously going to happen but it’s sad to see it happen.” But while others may rise to stardom at a faster clip, McEneaney sees the value in plodding like Steve Martin. “I’m very aware of the fact that I’m a fairly obscure comedian in the big picture,” he said. “It kind of gives me freedoms that comedians with huge followings don’t have. It gives me the freedom to follow my muse.” You can catch more of McEneaney on Twitter, @heyitsliam, tyfcomedy.com or Q tyfpodcast.com.

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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.

There will be a 5K walk/run health forum, sponsored by Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation, starting from Queens Faith Temple Church, 217-03 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica at 8 a.m. on Sunday June 23 ending at Roy Wilkins Park at 2:30 p.m. Call (917) 373-8434, (347) 233-1069, (917) 568-3624 or (347) 463-8793.

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.; beg inner’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. Coed mixed-level line dance sessions geared to the mature adult at least 60 years of age are being held at Robert Couche Adult Center, 137-57 Farmers Blvd., Springfield Gardens, with the current session ending July 9. Each session is on a Tuesday from 1:40-2:50 p.m. $20 for the series. Call (718) 978-8352. 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. 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 snapqueens.org.

The Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center, 123-10 143 St., South Ozone Park, offers service programs Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch is at noon with a suggested donation of $1.50. Exercise programs include: tai chi stretch, dance groups, choral group, ceramics, camera class, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. Call (718) 657-6752.

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Forest Park fest continued from page 00 41 with modern touches.” Another group on the June 15 bill is Still the Vizitors, a band Robles said plays “classic blues-based rock. They’re all older gentlemen. All north of 60.” They happen to include his own father-in-law, Astorian John Zahorodny, who is the group’s lead guitarist and primary song writer. System In Chaos, a five-member hardrock band specializing in original tunes, and Richmond Hill resident Daniel Tighe, who, according to Robles, plays “comedic anti-folk music,” offering “very funny stuff and social commentary,” round out the festival. “I had seen him perform at a street fair some years back,” Robles said of Tighe, who will be the club’s opening act. “I loved his rapport with the audience. I reached out to him.” With such a wide range of musical styles on the bill, one might wonder how the acts were selected. “We’ve all played in the dark clubs,” Cerar said. “We wanted to bring the music into the light, to make it accessible to families.” He anticipates “a nice party vibe, with picnics, the carousel — people can just hang out.” According to Robles, “We’re putting

this together from the ground up. We thought about who would be good. We hope people will come out to support local artists.” The Boom Section’s members are producing the entire show at their own expense. “We’d like to have this as an annual event and start slapping on those Roman numerals to give other local artists a chance,” Robles said. With no rain date scheduled, Cerar said, “If there’s a little drizzle, we’ll work Q around it.”

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I spoke with Mets outfielder and Whitestone native Mike Baxter last Wednesday at Yankee Stadium as the Mets were in the midst of their four-game sweep of the Yankees, and I asked him if he was concerned there would be a letdown in the next series, held this past weekend, when the Mets traveled to Miami to play one of the worst teams in the majors, the Marlins. Baxter did not pooh-pooh my question but understandably invoked the time-honored ballplayer philosophy of taking it one game at a time. “Let’s get through with this series first,” he responded. Sweeping the Yankees was a big accomplishment for our Flushing heroes, even if Robinson Cano was the only high-salaried Bronx Bomber in their lineup for the four games. Mets manager Terry Collins made it clear to everyone even before the Subway Series got underway that he considered it a very big deal for his team, and not just so that Mets fans could thump their chests for a rare change. Collins believed that beating the Yankees would inject some muchneeded confidence into his troops that would result in better play for the rest of the season. Instead it looks like the Subway Series will be the centerpiece of a 2013 Mets year-in-review reel that will be rather bereft of highlights. It would have been asking a lot from the

Mets to perform with the same enthusiasm against the Marlins that they displayed against the Yankees but getting swept three straight games the way they did was a clear case of a hangover that puts Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and the rest of the characters from the “Hangover” film series to shame. To be clear, I’m talking about a hangover caused by excessive euphoria after a major accomplishment, not one caused by drinking or drugs. Most ballplayers tend to underplay the significance of a regular season game in the first third of the season, but that was not the case with a couple of Mets I spoke with at Citi Field last week. “We feed off the energy of a ballpark,” stated pitcher Dillon Gee, two days before turning in the best performance of his career. Closer Bobby Parnell echoed Gee’s sentiment. “These must be big games. It’s rare to see so many of you guys [in the media],” he said with a smile. Mets outf ielder Marlon Byrd, who was arguably the most valuable player of the Subway Series, took a more detached view when I spoke with him the week before the crosstown showdown. “I am 35 and I have played a long time,” he said. “What I have learned is that every Major League game is special. I play as hard in front of five people as I do in front of 50,000.” Byrd’s teammates would have fared better in Q Miami had they followed his philosophy.

39th Street by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Skillman Avenue, named for Thomas Skillman, who immigrated here in the late 1600s, starts in Long Island City at 26th Street and ends in Woodside at 54th Street. The Queens Library and PS 11 are the last addresses on Skillman Avenue. For many years the intersection of Skillman and 39th Street was a busy little corner. Before you went over the bridge you could get supplies and gas at this little Mobil station. The island service station did not do repair work but sold gas, car batteries and

The same corner today, in a much-changed Long Island City.

The corner of Skillman Avenue and 39th Street in Long Island City, looking west, July 1939. tires. At the time, those latter items were such luxuries you could buy them on a payment plan. The station was a participating member of AAA too. By the 1960s it had switched ownership, going from A and C Service Station to Jack’s Service Station. The site eventually became Arista Taxi Meters. Down the bridge from the corner was the famous REA Railway Express Agency, which was once considered No. 1 in shipping packages, alongside UPS. The company’s empty office haunted the area for many years after it closed. Today work at the old gas station site Q promises something new coming soon.


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

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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.

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

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

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: DEVIVO HEATING & COOLING LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/15/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 161-43 84th St., Howard Beach, NY 11414. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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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 LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ON TRACK DRIVING SCHOOL LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/03/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 5911 Madison Street, #2A, Ridgewood, NY 11385. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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Real estate broker Francine Hamill says she was born to serve the people of Broad Channel, and after a series of setbacks, including most recently Hurricane Sandy, she is ready to continue her work. After the storm struck last October, Hamill was completely wiped out. When she returned to her office at 814 Cross Bay Blvd., there was a car lodged against the storefront window. She had put all the office equipment on higher ground, but the office was submerged nonetheless. Broad Channel real estate broker Francine Hamill is preparing to All the contents of her busi- reopen her office in a new location after Hurricane Sandy ness were destroyed with the destroyed her previous office. PHOTO BY JANINE GANAS exception of one wooden cross that Hamill, a devout Christian, had set up her Cross Bay Boulevard office and placed in the window the preceding day. received the Prestigious 1999 Centurion The cross was intact, and she felt it was sig- Producer Award of Queens. Eventually her off ice grew big enough to occupy two nificant of her faith. “It was symbolic of the future work I storefronts. She was there for 12 years. In 2006, she became a born-again Chriswas meant to do,” she said. Hamill, an Ozone Park native, is no tian and joined a Bible-based church. She decided to branch out with her own label stranger to triumphing over tragedy. She began her career working at a Man- in a newly named agency, Channel Team hattan property management firm. There, Realty. At a pivotal point in her life, she she learned the various aspects of the busi- had a revelation that she was put in this ness including sales, leasing, landlord-ten- business in this particular place, to help ant responsibilities and stabilization. It was the people of Broad Channel. Formerly, then that Hamill became groomed for the she was driven by money and ambition, but real estate industry. At 20, she obtained her not anymore. “I perform by principles first, and profreal estate license and continued to work as a sales agent and property manager for its second,” she said. Broad Channel is the hub of her marketfive years. She then worked in Long Beach as an on-site property and real estate busi- place, but she also covers Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and the Rockness manager. But after two years, the building was aways, and receives referrals. She continues her hard work through sold and she was laid off. She had also just had a baby and lost a member of her her faith to serve the community. She has immediate family. Hamill’s life was clearly become more spiritual and believes God had a plan to guide her along a more purat a crossroads. In the aftermath of those life-altering poseful path. In 2010 when the recession hit, she was events, Hamill was selling a family property and came in contact with an influential per- forced to downsize and reduced her office to son in the business, who helped her get a one storefront and had to minimize her staff position in a large company. There, she to lower her overhead expenses. Nevertheworked for two years, where she was less, she persevered through the downturn. Like so many other people who suffered tutored, prepped and primed to run her own losses, the damage to her business from business. With more knowledge and confidence, Sandy was overwhelmingly devastating. Hamill moved to another franchise where She looked at it optimistically, but had to she met a broker who offered support to regroup and figure out what to do next. Miraculously, a previously owned properopen her own office. She came to Broad Channel to show a home to a customer, and ty she had sold at 910 Cross Bay Blvd. noticed an abundance of property for sale. became available for her to lease by the Instinctively, Hamill realized the potential owner. She jumped at the opportunity to lease it as her new office only a little over a for opportunity and went for it. She moved into the existing Ruffle Bar block away. Every item in her office was location for about two years, bought out donated by various businesses, and she set her partner and moved across the street to up shop once again. Hamill’s off ice will open a solo office. Hamill was able to net- officially reopen in the new space on June 8. “This is exactly God’s plan for what he work in the area and gained the trust of the people in the neighborhood. In 1999, she meant for me to do,” she said of her work. Q

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Carousel and new amusement park for FMCP Flushing Meadows Corona Park Administrator Janice Melnick joined Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik, representatives of Community Boards 4, 6 and 8, New York Carousel Entertainment, students from PS 16 and local residents to open the Flushing Meadows

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continued from page 36 She also stressed her belief that it is important to “make your views known to government officials, especially here in the United States, at the federal, state and local levels. “The LGBT community ends up being one of the key communities in this issue,” she said, suggesting that while gay tourism is important to Israel, most LGBT people “face some degree of harassment” there. While the Pride House sponsored the event, Park made it clear afterwards that “Queens Pride House takes no position on the issue because we want to make sure everyone feels welcome. Sponsorship is different from taking a position on an issue.” She explained the absence of pro-Israel participants on the panel by saying, “There are forums every week of the year sponsored by pro-Israel groups, but very few where voices critical of Israel are given a chance to speak. I’m not opposed to dialogue or debate. We thought the most effective way to educate members of the LGBT community was a forum with us talking about our experiences and the conclusions we came to because of those experiences.” The event was co-sponsored by several other groups including Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, New York City Queens Against Q Israeli Apartheid and Queerocracy.

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