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Tony Salatti and Sue Langan march around Charles Park in Howard Beach carrying the same banner of love ones lost to and survivors of cancer that they have borne for the last six years, at this past weekend’s Relay for Life event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.




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Pan Am Hotel turned into homeless shelter Two weeks after DHS official said it won’t happen, 36 families move in by Christopher Barca Reporter


n a move that shocked community board members and an elected official, the Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst was converted into a homeless shelter by the Department of Homeless Services last Friday despite denials of the scenario being a possibility just two weeks ago. At a May 22 public hearing over a proposed 125-family shelter in Glendale, DHS Assistant Commissioner Lisa Black insisted the 216-room Pan American Hotel at 79-00 Queens Blvd. would never be used as homeless housing. “The law in the City of New York requires all families with children to be sheltered in a facility that requires both a kitchen and a bathroom,” Black told around 200 area residents in response to a question. “The hotel that was presented to us is just that, a hotel. It does not have kitchens, it does not have bathrooms. The answer is that site, as is, is not suitable for families with children.” But the agency had changed its tune by Friday, as it shuttled 36 homeless families into the structure, which had closed in January but was recently planning to reopen as a hotel-hostel hybrid, according to Community Board 4 District Manager Christian Cassagnol. At Tuesday night’s meeting of the board,

Michael Mallon, left, a spokesman for Councilman Danny Dromm, discusses the representative’s stance on the Pan American Hotel’s redesignation as a homeless shelter at Community Board PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA 4’s monthly meeting on Tuesday night. Cassagnol announced the hotel’s redesignation as a shelter, which he said will be operated by Samaritan Village, to the sound of gasps from board members. He said the board received a letter from Samaritan Village, dated June 6, that called for a meeting with CB 4 Chairman Louis Walker and Cassagnol within the next 30

days to discuss the plans for the hotel, but a DHS letter dated June 10 was more urgent. “At the time, it sounded like they were willing to work with us,” Cassagnol told the board, “and today, we received a letter, and the final sentence is ‘DHS will occupy the site immediately.’” With board members grumbling about


the news, Cassagnol expressed his disappointment with the swift move but said he is very much still in the dark over how the shelter will be operated. “I have the feeling it was rammed down our throats,” he said. A source with knowledge of the decision said the overwhelming community opposition to the proposed Glendale shelter rendered the contentious plan unfeasible, forcing DHS to search for another location, such as the Pan Am building. While Cassagnol said he was unsure of the details regarding how the shelter would operate, another source with knowledge of the situation said the shelter is a temporary one and the decision to use the hotel was made after the May 22 hearing over the Glendale proposal. The source also said DHS will provide three meals a day to the families residing at the shelter and that no public hearing is required before a shelter is opened. Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) expressed his anger over not being informed of the plan in a written statement, read aloud to CB 4 by spokesman Michael Mallon. “I am upset that I was only informed that 36 homeless families would be given shelter at the Pan Am hotel as it was actually continued on page 36

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Could This Non invasive, Natural Treatment Be the Answer to Your Knee Pain? For 10 days only, I’m running a very special offer where you can find out if you are a candidate for cold laser therapy. What does this offer include? Everything I normally do in my “Knee Pain Evaluation.” Just call before June 22, 2014 and here’s what you’ll get… • An in-depth consultation about your problem where I will listen … really listen … to the details of your case. • A complete neuromuscular examination. • A full set of specialized X-rays to determine if arthritis is contributing to your pain (If necessary). (If you have films please bring them for evaluation). • A thorough analysis of your exam and X-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • You’ll see everything firsthand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, as it has been for so many other patients. Until June 22, you can get everything I’ve listed here for only $37. The normal price for this type of evaluation including X-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking me up on this offer. Remember what it was like before you had knee problems– when you were pain free and could enjoy everything life had to offer. It can be that way again. Don’t neglect your problem any longer – don’t wait until it’s too late.

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After two hit, Lindenwood grows tired of waiting for city to solve problem by Domenick Rafter

parents, school staff and students calling for the DOT to put a crosswalk and a stop sign or While Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone traffic light at 153rd Avenue in the intersecPark) stood at the podium during last Fri- tion, which parents and students and other day’s press conference outside PS 232 in Lin- residents use to access the shopping center. Though there was a temporary electronic denwood to implore the city Department of Transportation to move on installing some sign installed for several months last fall, permanent safety improvements at the corner nothing permanent has been in place. Queens of 83rd Street and 153rd Avenue, an example DOT Commissioner Dalia Hall was even at the site last month when the agency unveiled of their concern played out behind them. signs created by stuA woman drove dents at PS 232 focusby, stopped, backed ing on safety. up into the path of e don’t need another At the time, state parents and students Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. leaving the school study to tell us what (D-Howard Beach) and then drove up we already know.” and PS 232 Principal onto a heavily used Lisa Josephson sidewalk to look at — Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) warned her: It was purses at a kiosk in only a matter of time the parking lot of the before tragedy strikes. Lindenwood Shopping Center. Then it did. Her maneuvers forced a woman crossing On May 29, a mother and her child, who the street to stop in her tracks — and in the is disabled, were hurt when they were hit by path of traffic. Luckily, no cars were coming in the other a car crossing 153rd Avenue. Though their direction and the woman was able to safely injuries were minor, it was the last straw for this community. wait for the driver to “park” her car. “We want something here and we want it “See,” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) said immediately after. now,” Addabbo, whose daughters go to the school, said at Friday’s press conference. “See what I mean? It’s dangerous here.” It was almost a year to the day since the “We need to keep our children safe. If we same officials gathered in the same spot with can’t do that, then we are failing.” Editor

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Pols to DOT: Act on PS 232 corner now


Barbara McNamara, left, joins Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, state Sen. Joe Addabo Jr., Councilman Eric Ulrich and PS 232 parent Jean Ferrera-Rodriquez outside PS 232 in Lindenwood Friday PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER to call on the DOT to improve safety outside the school. He added that he has been in constant contact with Hall about the situation for weeks. The DOT has said it was studying the intersection, but members of the community have heard that long enough. “No more studies, now is the time for action,” retorted community activist Barbara McNamara. Ulrich said the intersection has already

been studied and another one wouldn’t change the outcome. “We don’t need another study to tell us what we already know,” he said. One issue with the intersection is the entrance and exit to the shopping center meet the intersection at a weird angle. A straight line across 153rd Avenue from the continued on page 39

Addabbo Center open at last in Ozone Park After years of delay — and lost funds — facility finally accepting patients by Domenick Rafter Editor

The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center in Ozone Park finally opened last month after nearly two years in limbo. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

and Red Hook, which slowed things down company-wide. Then, finally, issues with the city over permits and construction in Ozone Park dragged on — and on. The site is a mixed-use building with residential units above the main offices, and the safety protocols the center had to go through to operate a medical facility there were more than it

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The big sign that for nearly two years screamed “COMING SOON” is gone, as is the haphazardly placed plywood behind imposing steel gates. The Ozone Park branch of the Joseph Addabbo Health Center System finally — and proudly — replaced all that with a new sign: WE ARE OPEN Outside an employee stands at a table, handing out literature to people passing by about what is offered in the center: dental care, pediatrics, OB/GYN and help for the underinsured. She quickly runs inside to grab more brochures. As she opens the door, a rush of air blows out. Air conditioning or a sigh of relief? The facility at 105-34 Rockaway Blvd. held its ribbon cutting on Oct. 26, 2012 — three days before Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed the organization’s flagship Rockaway office and a satellite facility in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Since then, the process to formally open the Ozone Park location has been a nightmare the organization, named for the former congressman who represented South Queens, wasn’t expecting. The location, the organization’s seventh, was due to open several weeks after that ribbon cutting. But weeks turned into months and months turned into years. First the organization fired its executive director, Dr. Peter Nelson, suddenly, due to internal rifts, Then, the center had to renovate its offices in Rockaway

was expecting. Last October, Robert Fliegel, then-interim executive director of the Addabbo Health Center System, said the organization had finished the center and was just waiting for the city to give the OK to open. “The site has been done since December, and we have been struggling to get certificates of occupancy from the city,” he said then. It would still be another half year, at least. In the process, the Addabbo Center had to give back $250,000 in grants to the state awarded by the Primary Care Development Corp. because the Ozone Park facility did not open within the required time frame. Under PCDC rules, a medical facility has to be operating within a year. It had been much longer than that. Staff hired to work in the Ozone Park center filled in at other facilities while they waited for their permanent place of employment to open. The frustration existed right up to the top. “The healthcare world is burning outside my window and we want to get in there,” Fliegel said in October, noting that South Queens is notoriously underserved. Since the closing of Jamaica’s Mary Immaculate Hospital in 2009 and Peninsula Hospital in Rockaway in 2011, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is the only major medical institution in the area. Now, finally, Addabbo Heath Center gets to do its part in Q putting the fires out.

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More trash days in Coleman Sq. A local official makes a request to the city. Seven days later he gets a response, granting said request. Seems too good to be true? Well not for the business owners in Coleman Square in Howard Beach. Last week, Assembly man Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) wrote to Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia asking for more frequent pickups of the one trash can in Coleman Square, a busy commercial center in Old Howard Beach. The trash in the receptacle there is only picked up twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Goldfeder asked for an additional day for pickup On Tuesday, Associate Commissioner Maria Termini responded to Goldfeder, saying in a letter that Garcia had approved a third day of trash pickup there. Termini noted that Coleman Square is the location of the busy Howard Beach-JFK Airport subway station. She added that three other litter baskets exist nearby — which Sanitation deems sufficient — but another pickup day is warranted. The department did not say what specific day crews will collect the trash. Q — Domenick Rafter

Crime dips as cops tackle teen issues 106th CO says many arrests made by Domenick Rafter Editor

The 106th Precinct has made 13 burglary arrests in the past month and a number of arrests for other crimes for which the suspects have been teenagers. That comes as crime took a sudden drop in the command after spiking in mid-May. Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, told a meeeting of Community Board 10 last Thursday that crime is down more than 7 percent in the month of May and about 2 percent for the year as a result of a precipitous drop — 42 percent — in the last week of the month as compared to last year. Schiff said cops made 13 arrests in the month of May for burglary — only two were made in May 2013. Burglary reports are flat this May as compared to last. “Our main problem is grand larceny autos,” he added. On June 4 officers arrested a man accused of stealing a van, using it for personal errands before he allegedly planned to sell it for scrap. During the winter, cars were often sto-

len when owners would leave them running unattended while warming them up. As of late, Schiff said thieves seem to have a focus — Ford Econoline vans. Schiff also addressed the issue of crimes perpetrated by students at area schools. He noted that a significant number, though he didn’t say exactly how many, of grand larceny, robbery and assault arrests recently were of teenagers, some as young as 13. Much of the issue has stemmed from a dispute between students at a South Ozone Park school and another in South Jamaica and the precinct has worked with the 113th Precinct to combat the issue. CB 10 member Renate Teuschler asked about the hunt for the two people wanted for mugging a woman in Lindenwood on May 29. Schiff said cops suspect the perpetrators were in Lindenwood to break into cars, but have since long left the area. “We’re going to do what we can,” he said, noting that cops have spoken to the Q victim often.

Man hit, killed on N. Conduit A man was killed crossing North Conduit Avenue in South Ozone Park last Saturday morning. At approximately 9:56 a.m., police officers responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian struck in the vicinity of 130th Street and North Conduit Avenue. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a 58-year-old male — whose identity has not been released pending family notification — was attempting to cross North Conduit Avenue heading north. When he was midway across the avenue, he turned around and attempted to return back. The pedestrian was then struck by a gray 2005 Toyota Avalon sedan that was traveling westbound on North Conduit Avenue. EMS responded and transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in critical condition where he died several hours later. The driver remained at the scene and the investigation is continuing. The incident was not the only fatal one on that road Saturday. Several hours earlier, a man riding a bicycle was struck and killed a few miles east on Nor th Conduit Avenue in Q Laurelton.

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The homeless shelter suprise


he people of Elmhurst and surrounding communities think the city misled them, and while officials deny it, it’s easy to see why the residents feel the way they do. At issue is how the Department of Homeless Services has turned the former Pan American Hotel on Queens Boulevard into a shelter for undomiciled families. That happened last Friday, apparently with no advance notice to the area’s city councilman, Danny Dromm, or Community Board 4. In fact, it was just the opposite. Rumors had been swirling for months that the city might house homeless people there, but at a May 22 hearing on another shelter plan in Glendale, a DHS deputy commissioner insistedthe Pan Am would not be used for emergency housing. The rooms don’t all have kitchens and bathrooms, the offi-

cial said, so the shuttered hotel could not be used as a homeless shelter. But in the span of just two weeks, something changed, and now it’s a shelter. Community Board 4’s district manager was notified in two letters, one from the DHS and one from Samaritan Village, the agency operating the facility, dated June 6, the day the city started moving people in. Dromm also was notified June 6. There’s no law requiring a hearing on a homeless shelter plan, even though one was held on the one proposed for Glendale. And there’s no law that says two homeless shelters can’t be located a block apart, but that’s all that separates the Pan Am from the existing Metro Family Residence. In light of the sucker punch the city just laid on Elmhurst, maybe both those things should change. Let’s have

mandatory hearings, and let’s make sure shelters are spaced out, to be fair to the residents who live near where they are placed. In this case, the city’s most overcrowded school district will now be taking in even more students. Just about everyone agrees the city must house homeless people somewhere, especially families. Our collective conscience says we must do that for those down on their luck. In fact, the Metro is one of several facilities where children benefit every year from a holiday gift drive the Chronicle runs and our readers generously contribute to. But shelters can bring problems, and overburdening any community with two just a block apart is unfair. We hope that what just happened in Elmhurst can lead to reforms of the system to ensure it won’t happen next where you live.

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Reform the library Dear Editor: We have been reading and hearing about various reports and allegations concerning the Queens Public Library System leadership over the past several months. Some of these assertions are quite serious and shocking. Although no one has been brought up on formal charges at this point, it seems apparent to me, and others, that more transparency and accountability is needed in this agency. State Sen. Tony Avella is sponsoring legislation that will do just that (S7015). He has incorporated the ideas of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz as well as additional proposals of his own to ensure the library system will not come under a cloud of suspicion again in the future. His legislation would also apply to the Brooklyn and New York library systems. I have read that state Sen. Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry have proposed library legislation as well. Apparently, their bills do not go as far in mandating change and reform as Sen. Avella’s proposal does. With little time left to this legislative session, it is necessary for all involved to come to an agreement that should include opening up the library system’s financial books for an audit by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. The agreement should also put in place other mea© Copyright 2014 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc. at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, N.Y.

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he Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge was in the planning stages for decades, building it took years and 50 men were killed doing it. But in the end we had a majestic structure spanning the East River that runs 3,724 feet between its anchorages and totals 7,449 feet if you count its approaches. As it neared 80, it finally underwent a major renovation that took 15 years to complete, but it stands tall and strong today. Compare that with the tiny 149th Street Bridge over the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Flushing. Four years ago a $7 reconstruction project began. Two years later the city determined it was not yet safe for cars. Then just a few days ago, after two more years of waiting, it was finally revealed that the work was a complete failure and the bridge will have to be torn down and replaced from scratch. How far we’ve fallen. Now the city is suing to get our money back from the contractor. It hopes to have a new bridge open by next November. We hope so, but we’re not counting on it. What we are counting on is a structure that will be built right in the first place. This is embarrassing.


sures of oversight and transparency regarding the library’s board of trustees and the CEO who oversees this agency’s operations. Henry Euler Bayside

Teach peace, not war Dear Editor: This is in response to your June 5 editorial support of JROTC in our public high schools (“JROTC is an excellent program”). JROTC is a military curriculum supported by city taxpayers in 14 high schools, at an annual cost of $2 million, to recruit our students. As a former public school teacher, Councilman Danny Dromm understands the needs of our public schools, which do not include supporting military education. Taxpayer money must be reallocated to educational programs that better serve our students and prepare them for a meaningful role in society. JROTC is a misuse of taxpayer money. We Veterans for Peace (veteransforpeace.

org) have long opposed the increasing militarization of our society, including training our children for war, which has been found to be so costly and destructive to our society, while creating new enemies. We support peaceful alternatives to war. We veterans, who know something about wasteful military spending, say stop the war machine, which consumes so much of our budget with no real benefit. Meanwhile, programs for our returning veterans are significantly underfunded, in order to pay for unnecessary new weapons, when we have no conceivable enemies. Let’s stop teaching war, and concentrate on funding human needs, including healthcare and education, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and mass transit, and funding useful jobs for our young people. World peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st century. Teach peace! Robert Keilbach Flushing The writer served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1965.

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Dear Editor: On June 9, Queens Community Board 7 passed a resolution that originated in the CB 7 Health Committee that encouraged owners and landlords of new multifamily housing to create smokefree housing units and to establish a smokefree environment wherever possible. This resolution is not a statement suggesting that people who smoke cannot live in these apartments; rather it is similar to existing restrictions where the indoor air is shared with others and smoking is not acceptable. I proposed this resolution to the Health Committee after Community Board 2 in Staten Island took a similar step several months ago. I commend those who supported it, and

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No scandal here Dear Editor: When America is at war, our military leaves no soldier behind. This is a bedrock sacred duty. President Obama made the right decision to request the emir of Qatar to intermediate in the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who became a Taliban prisoner of war in 2009. The five exchanged Gitmo Taliban detainees will be in Qatar’s custody for one year. Despite this agreement, Republicans will accuse Obama of negotiating directly with Taliban terrorists, plus violating congressional notification. Folks, you can be sure Fox & Friends will create a Gitmo scandal. Oh yes, the GOP House will launch a new series of hearings. This one will be GitmoGate. Obama haters love to discredit Obama. Anthony G. Pilla Forest Hills

Frisks down, shootings up Dear Editor: I’m feeling rather disturbed over the fact that shootings are up by 43 percent in just last month alone. In addition to that, fewer guns are coming off the street. Now more men, women and children are in danger as our police are being handicapped by their inability to use such tactics such as stop and frisk. There are those who say that stop and frisk was a bad idea, but I don’t think so. These numbers don’t lie. Since January there has been an increase of 13.2 percent in shooting victims. The criminal element is not afraid to hit the street with heat, and that’s scary. Remember this too: It is not only the public whose lives that are in danger but all the police officers who put their lives on the line to protect all of us. They have families too who will grieve over their loss. I say bring back stop and frisk, and do it now! Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks

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Dear Editor: One frequent letter writer always blasts “liberals” as being socialists and takers and those who want the government to take care of everything for everyone. They want more doles and handouts, he says. He then compares his twisted opinion with fiction writer Ayn Rand’s writing. She, he believes, offers a sound template for a great society based on the government being neutered. He insists that living in that make-

He noted that congestion and bottlenecking is a big problem, notably where Woodhaven Boulevard meets Rockaway Boulevard and Liberty Avenue. But board members were concerned about the plans to create bus-only lanes on Cross Bay Boulevard between Plattwood Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard, where there are a number of small businesses. “Many of these businesses rely on that parking to bring in customers,” said CB 10 First Vice Chairman John Calcagnile. “If you take away their parking, you’re taking away their business.” Beaton said the bus-only lanes northbound would only be in effect during the morning rush hour before many of those businesses open. North of Liberty Avenue, bus lanes would take away some residential parking between 101st and Liberty avenues during the afternoon rush hour, which has a few residents concerned. “Parking is already difficult as it is in the neighborhood and this will make it worse,” said resident Jennie Stuart. The lanes are expected to be conQ structed later this summer.

believe society would be more “American” with everybody for himself. His argument sets up a false view of liberalism, then uses fictional nonsense to condemn it. Liberals, or progressives, by definition are broad-minded folks who tolerate different views and behaviors in others. They are progressive socially and politically, favoring reforms that advance culture, protect personal freedoms and embrace a government that works for everyone. We believe government is our friend, since “We the people” are the government. We believe its role is one of promoting the general welfare, and having an inclusive hand in our lives by providing a safe environment and laws that protect our way of life. Contrast that with conservatives, who are in favor of the status quo, keeping traditional values and customs, in spite of social changes, and in general hate change and anything to do with government in our society. Their world is one of exclusion rather than inclusion. The libertarians even go so far as to not want any government at all. Think about it. We would still be under the control of England if they were in charge. They would have seen the breakaway colonials as disruptive “Occupy Wall Streeters” who should be mocked and broken up. We would never have had a Constitution or a Bill of Rights. It was the liberals and progressives of that time who launched the American Revolution. Be thankful for that. How ironic. Tyler Cassell Flushing

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Intersection redesign turns controversial Amid community opposition, CB 9 tables vote on Hillside-Metropolitan proposal by Domenick Rafter Editor

Kenici Wilson, chairman of Community Board 9’s Transportation Committee, seemed to be taken by surprise by the reaction to what many members thought would be a run-of-themill vote. The city Department of Transportation came to CB 9’s June meeting Tuesday night to unveil its plans to alter the intersection of Metropolitan and Hillside avenues on the Richmond Hill/Kew Gardens border. The odd confluence of the two east-west thoroughfares is dangerous — no one disputes that – but the DOT plans for the intersection, plus two nearby, part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to reduce pedestrian fatalities, did not sit well with some residents who attended the meeting hoping to speak out before the board weighed in with a vote. They were concerned about the effects on traffic and businesses in the area. According to DOT statistics, 46 people were hurt in more than 50 motor vehicle accidents at the intersection between 2008 and 2012. Sixty percent of crashes involving pedestrians occurred when they were crossing with a signal. A quarter of all accidents involved a left-turning vehicle, most notably cars making left turns from westbou nd Met ropolitan Avenue onto westbound Hillside Avenue. “This is a dangerous intersection,” said Richard Carmona, project manager at the DOT. “There are really long pedestrian crossings on Hillside Avenue. There is poor visibility and difficulty for drivers to see pedestrians crossing the street.” The location, about a quarter mile west of the Van Wyck Expressway, is used by pedestrians living nearby accessing stores along both streets and children and parents walking to nearby PS 54. But several residents and business owners at

Richard Carmona goes over the DOT’s plans for the intersection of Hillside and Metropolitan PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER aves. at Community Board 9 Tuesday night. the meeting opposed the DOT’s plans, which include converting one block of Metropolitan Avenue into a one-way, adding medians on both routes and altering the intersection of Hillside Avenue and Kew Gardens Road a block away. Michael Butler, president of the Richmond Hill Business Persons Corp., who owns a business nearby, said he opposed the plans and wanted the board to take the effect it would have on businesses into consideration “They are completely wrong about this, it’s a mistake,” he said The main issue was the proposal to make Metropolitan Avenue a one-way eastbound between Hillside Avenue and 131st Street, which Butler said would disrupt businesses by eliminating a key route customers take by car. Westbound traffic would have to make a

right on 131st Street and a left onto Hillside Avenue, where drivers could either continue straight or make a right back onto Metropolitan Avenue. The DOT would also add medians to Hillside and Metropolitan to allow pedestrian refuge and extend curbs to shorten crossing distances. The department is also planning a left-turn lane for westbound traffic on Hillside Avenue to turn south onto 127th Street near PS 54. At the intersection of Kew Gardens Road and Hillside Avenue, the DOT plans on changing Kew Gardens Road to a one-way southbound from Hillside Avenue to 134th Street. Medians would be installed on Hillside Avenue, along with turning lanes. Concrete curb extensions and shorter crosswalks would also be installed.

Because the presentation was done before the public forum, Butler was unable to speak on the topic earlier. Several members of the board went up to him and inquired about his opposition. “I’m telling you we will fight this plan,” Butler told CB 9 member Clark Whitsett, who pulled him aside to speak. “We’ll shut down traffic if we have to. They’re lying and this is wrong.” After speaking to Butler, Whitsett asked for a final vote on the plan to be tabled pending a public hearing. But Wilson, the transportation chairman, who had brought a motion from the Transportation Committee to the full board to approve the plan, warned that any delay would push a vote on the plan until September with the possibility of no action on the changes until next year. “What ends up happening is it’ll be OK’d in November and December, but then it’s too cold to do any work there,” he said. “It may be seven more months before anything is done.” Wilson motioned for a public hearing with the full board present to be held on June 23 so that a final vote can be taken then, but the board voted that down as well as several members said they couldn’t attend a meeting that day, pushing the issue to September. CB 9 member Jim Coccovillo said the board should have approved the plan, or at the very least worked out a public hearing date for the summer. “Now this issue is going to get pushed to the fall and this intersection is going to remain the dangerous place it is for that much longer,” he said. But board member Dr. Stephen Sofer halfjokingly reminded Coccovillo that the community board’s vote is purely advisory. “If it makes you feel any better, Jim, they’re going to do whatever they want anyway,” he Q said.

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A debate over a proposed charter school in Woodhaven turned somewhat contentious at Community Board 9 Tuesday night. The Circle Academy Charter School is due to open in a former church at 85-27 91 St. next year, but its application to the New York State Education Department was recently withdrawn. Michael Etsep, a spokesman for the school, was at CB 9 and told the board the school intends to reapply next month after it was encouraged to make some changes to its application by the NYSED. “We will go through the entire process again, but we still expect

to be accepting our first students next year,” Etsep said. According to its application, the school will enroll K through 5 students during its initial charter term, starting with 88 kindergarten and 66 first-grade students in 2015. Each year, CACS will take in 88 new kindergarten students through 2020. The school then intends to expand to K through 8, add i ng one g rade each yea r, should its charter be renewed. After the 2015-16 year, the school is slated to move to a permanent home in a larger building at 74 -15 Ja maica Ave. Etsep announced the school’s creation at a March meeting of CB 9. But some members of CB 9,

including Seth Wellins, the chairman of the Education Committee, are not satisfied with CACS. The committee drafted a letter to send to the NYSED, at the agency’s request according to Wellins, that said CACS had not been very cooperative with the board and complained of inadequate outreach. Some members of the board, l e d b y Wo o d h ave n’s M a r i a Thomson, said the let ter was unfair. “I really feel his letter is disparaging and biased,” she said, f u r ther ask i ng for the enti re board to vote on whether or not to send the letter rather than just leave it to the committee. “This

letter represents the whole board and I really feel we should vote on this as a board.” Thomson called the letter a matter of opinion, which Wellins took issue with. “This letter is completely factual,” he said. “It is not an opinion and it does not take a position on whether or not the school should open.” CB 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez noted that the letter had to be changed to remove an allegation that no public meeting was held. One had been. Ultimately the board voted to send the letter without a vote of the full board with many WoodQ haven members voting no.

Community Board 9 member Maria Thomson, a Woodhaven civic leader, opposed sending a letter from the board that she considered too critical of the school. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

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Mary Whalen plans unveiled this week Woodhaven playground will have new play equipment, handicapped access by Domenick Rafter Editor

The reconstruction of Mary Whalen Playground in Woodhaven is moving forward. The $1,180,000 project to completely overhaul the hillside facility, named for a late Woodhaven civic leader, on Park Lane South and 79th Street, may begin next year, the Parks Department announced at a meeting Tuesday evening at Oak Ridge in Forest Park, just up the hill from the playground. The meeting was hosted by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who is allocating $1 million toward the renovation. The Parks Depar tment designer, Ricardo Hinkle, unveiled his plans for the space at the meeting. The proposals include separating the age-appropriate locations by creating a park for toddlers, another for children and a teen sports area, which will be a concrete area in the north end of the park. The plans for the playground include a greater tree canopy to break up the large concrete area that currently exists. An Americans with Disabilities Act compliant ramp, which doesn’t currently exist, will be built as well. The park’s theme will be based on the glacier that used to end at Forest Park and created the moraine the park and the playground sit on. Part of the park will be shaped like a glacier weaving through a mountain valley. New swings and play equipment will also be installed. Ed Wendell, former president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, had some concerns with the plans, notably the height of the fence, safety and the lack of restrooms. The fences facing Park Lane South are slated to be 4 feet high, but

The plans for the renovation of Woodhaven’s Mary Whalen Playground, which were unveiled to the public Tuesday evening at a meeting in Forest Park. ILLUSTRATION COURTESY NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT

because they are on top of a 2- to 3-foot retaining wall on a hill that’s several feet above Park Lane South, Wendell was concerned that children would climb the fence, fall over and be seriously hurt or killed. Hinkle noted his concern and said that Parks Department standards are to build fences that are 3 1/2 feet high, so the

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Dorothy Langan, 70 gives a kiss to her 74-year-old husband, William Langan. Married 50 years, they are both cancer survivors.

Survivors of cancer, in purple shirts, starts off the Relay For Life walk around Charles Park.

Desiree Cotto, left, Alexis Addabbo, Sophia Brady and Arianna Addabbo, write messages on their Remembrance Bags before placing them on the field. PHOTOS BY STEVE MALECKI

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Katz asks DOT to revisit corner

City plans flood resiliency study Zoning, infrastructure to be looked at in Howard Beach

Borough President Melinda Katz wants the city Department of Transportation to take another look at the intersection of Rockaway and Lefferts boulevards in South Ozone Park. Several years ago, Com munity Board 10 asked the DOT to put leftturn signals at the intersection — one of the busiest in the neighborhood. The agency declined the request, suggesting the level of traffic there does not call for one. The DOT said it would revisit the request for left-turn signals only at Katz’s suggestion. Dan Brown, a representative from Katz’s office, told CB 10 at its June meeting last Thursday that she has asked Queens DOT Commissioner Dalia Hall to look again at the intersection and the request for left-turn signals. Many residents and CB 10 members say the intersection is dangerous to drivers and pedestrians. Several years ago a pedestrian was killed at the corner when she was hit by a turning bus. A number of car accidents have taken place there in recent years, many allegedly involving cars making left turns. Q — Domenick Rafter

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The Department of City Planning is conducting a study on flood resiliency in coastal neighborhoods around the city, including Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways. Tom Smith, a city planner, said the study will focus on how the city can help prepare for future storms and mitigate common problems in several areas, including zoning, commercial districts and infrastructure. “We’re going to look at what we can do to harden the shoreline to reduce the normal flooding,” Smith said. In Howard Beach, the main focus areas for the study are along Cross Bay Boulevard and in Old Howard Beach, where most of the severe damage from Sandy occurred. On zoning, Smith said City Planning will look at the possibility of changes to make building resilient homes easier. On commercial zones, Smith said the study will focus on the business strip along Cross Bay Boulevard, which on the eastern side abuts Shellbank Basin, which overflowed its banks during Sandy. The commercial study will also include Coleman Square and the area around the

Howard Beach-JFK Airport subway stop, which was inundated by nearly 10 feet of water during Sandy. Coleman Square, which sits in a marshy part of the neighborhood adjacent to Hawtree Creek, is also prone to flooding in heavy rainstorms and nor’easters. On infrastructure, the study will become more broad and look at road construction, bulkheads along the shoreline and street ends, which are especially important in Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel where streets dead-end at the waterfront. Catch basins will also be looked at. Smith added that the study will look at work done by other city agencies, both before and after Sandy, and suggestions made by New York Uprising — a panel of residents under a mandate from Gov. Cuomo to suggests ways to spend Sandy aid money on recovery and resiliency. “We’re going to be inventorying all the work that has been done,” Smith said. “We’re going to look and see where their programs intersect, what’s been left out and get a good assessment on what everyone has done.” Smith said the research could last several years. The study will also include other areas of the city hit by Hurricane Sandy or that are

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Casino covers Retail set for former gas station? path from train Realty group advertising unused Metropolitan Ave. lot People accessing Resorts World Casino New York City from the Aqueduct-North Conduit Avenue subway station will no longer have to wait for a shuttle or walk in the elements. The casino is constructing a covered walkway to allow people to walk from the station to the casino and be protected from rain or snow. The project is expected to be completed by mid summer. The new walkway will lead to the stairs of the Aqueduct Racetrack station, and to an enclosed pedestrian bridge that opened last summer connecting the Aqueduct Racetrack station — several hundred feet north of the Aqueduct-North Conduit Avenue stop — to the casino building. The Aqueduct Racetrack station only serves Manhattan-bound trains. Passengers coming to the casino from Manhattan have to get off at the Aqueduct-North Conduit Avenue stop and either transfer to a train heading to Manhattan, walk or wait for a shuttle bus. The casino will still run shuttle buses to and from the station entrance for those who do not wish to walk. Q — Domenick Rafter

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The unoccupied former Gulf gas station near the border of Rego Park and Middle Village may soon become a retail space. The Manhattan-based Ripco Real Estate firm is seeking a tenant to take over 5,000 square feet of retail space at the unused site at 90-04 Metropolitan Ave. in Rego Park, on the southeast corner of the intersection with Woodhaven Boulevard. The gas station closed last year and the only work that has taken place at the site was the removal of the underground fuel tanks and various Gulf signage around the lot, according to Department of Buildings’ records. Harris Reichenbaum, the Ripco agent assigned to the listing, said he did not have the authority to speak to the media about the plans for the site when contacted by the Chronicle. However, the listing for the address on Ripco’s website states that any tenant’s possession of the building would take place one year from signing and that pylon signage will be made available. The listing also states that the property stretches for 132 feet along Woodhaven Boulevard and 119 along Metropolitan Avenue.

The unoccupied former Gulf gas station at 90-04 Metropolitan Ave. on the Middle Village-Rego Park border may become retail space in the near future. The Manhattan-based Ripco Realty PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA Estate firm has begun advertising the space on its website. It is unclear whether any remediation of the grounds would need to be done in order to clean up any oil or gas leaks that may have occurred over the years.

According to city financial records, the lot has yet to be sold. Calls for comment made to Community Board 6 were not returned by press time. Q

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A federal court judge has signed off on a Taxi and Limousine Commission plan to fund 7,500 handicapped accessible taxis in New York City by 2020. The New York Post reported that Judge George Daniels will allow the TLC to implement a 30-cent per ride surcharge on all trips in yellow medallion cabs and green street-hail livery vehicles. As of April 30, when its board first approved the surcharge, the TLC reported 631 existing accessible cabs out of a total taxi fleet of more than 13,000. The agency estimates that the 7,500 vehicles will amount to half the fleet in 2020. The surcharge will go into place on Jan. 1, with the first of the new accessible cabs coming on the road in January 2016. The Chronicle was unable to contact representatives of Disability Rights Advocates New York for comments or a statement on the settlement. According to the TLC, taxi operators

who bring accessible vehicles into service in 2016 will be eligible for grants to help offset the cost of converting them. Another portion of the funds collected will be made available to owners to help offset the additional cost of operating and maintaining an accessible taxi. Meera Joshi, Mayor de Blasio’s TLC chairman, voted for the surcharge. The mayor, in the TLC statement, called the plan fair, equitable and achievable. He said the proposal is a vital change for thousands of New Yorkers. “This is about recognizing the fundamental rights of New Yorkers with disabilities,” the mayor said. “Our transportation systems should open doors, not close them.” As of this month, all drivers who apply for a taxi operator’s license are required to receive approved training in wheelchair passenger assistance. All drivers must receive the training by the time of their first license renewal Q after Jan. 1, 2016.

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Teachers and staff volunteered at Family Reading Night.

Art teachers, Ms. Torre and Ms. Graf, of PS 60, Woodhaven, took classes 3-216 and 4-306 on a field trip to the Museum of Natural History. The students had been creating sketches of dinosaurs during their art classes. They were enthusiastic about the topic and were eager to come face-to-face with the creatures that inspired their artwork. Above class 4-306 enjoyed the exhibit in the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs.

The fifth-grade students were excited to partake in a special assembly hosted by Bobbi Giordano, director of Bobbi and the Strays. The assembly provided the students a first-hand opportunity to learn about the humane treatment of animals, how to properly care for pets and the pet-adoption process. The fifth-graders were also proud to present Bobbi with the items collected from their second annual school-wide pet drive. Above, Bobbi brought her dog, Mr. Trouble, who stole the show and the hearts of the fifthgraders at the Bobbi and the Strays assembly. Bobbi and the Strays is a non-profit animal shelter with locations in both Glendale and Freeport.

Students are proud to exhibit creativity, kindness, perseverance, respect and integrity each day at PS 60. “Cloud 9 World” is a school-wide program that has been implemented at PS 60. The program educates students on the importance of having and developing good character traits and being upstanding citizens. Assistant Principal, Kathleen Degnan, first-grade teacher, Danielle Mancuso, and school psychologist, Aymee Reip, were dedicated to the success of this program and provided on-going support to the staff and students. The use of character trait-themed books allowed the students to create meaningful connections and to grow academically and socially.

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Jamaica man indicted Flushing man arrested for 5 home burglaries for rental car joyride Harry Garcia caught after alleged heist A Jamaica man has been charged with breaking into five homes in Ozone Park and South Ozone Park over the last month and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and other items. Queens DA Richard Brown identified the defendant as Harry Garcia, 48, of 134th Avenue in Jamaica. Garcia was arraigned last Saturday on five separate criminal complaints charging him with five counts of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of resisting arrest. According to the DA, Garcia allegedly broke into five homes between May 6 and June 6, and stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and other items. New York City police officers, investigating a pattern of residential burglaries on the morning of June 6, allegedly observed Garcia entering a rear yard on 117th Street in South Ozone Park, prying open a window and entering the residence.

After a short period of time, Garcia was allegedly observed leaving the rear yard with a bag he had not been carrying when he entered the home. It is alleged that as officers approached Garcia, he dropped the bag and fled on foot. He was apprehended a block away, where it is alleged that he resisted arrest by flailing his arms and legs in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed and placed under arrest. It is further alleged that in retrieving the bag that Garcia dropped, police discovered it contained a Sony PlayStation, game controllers and other accessories. Police also recovered a bracelet and a chain that allegedly Garcia had on his person. The four additional burglaries Garcia is accused of occurred on May 6 on 109th Street in South Ozone Park; on May 13 on 135th Avenue in South Ozone Park; on May 23 on 83rd Street in Ozone Park; and May 30 on 113th Street in Ozone Park. Garcia, who faces up to 75 years in prison if convicted, was ordered held on a total of $60,000 in bail and to return to court on Q June 23.


Suspect damaged car at JFK Airport A Flushing man was arrested last week after allegedly going on a wild joyride with a car from a rental facility at JFK Airport, damaging the vehicle and then allegedly trying to do it a second time in a car from another rental facility. On June 2, at approximately 7:10 a.m., Port Authority uniformed police officers responded to Hertz Car Rental near Federal Circle, not far form the Van Wyck Expressway entrance to the airport, after receiving reports of a man driving recklessly in the parking lot and on a nearby road. Port Authority Police said the suspect, identified as Jonathan Eric Schneider, 21, of Flushing, allegedly stole and damaged a 2014 Chevrolet Impala belonging to Hertz. According to police sources, Schneider entered the Hertz parking lot and illegally gained access to a 2014 Dodge Avenger. After he was directed to exit the car by car rental staff, he allegedly complied and ran to a nearby 2014 gray Chevrolet Impala, also belonging to



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Many inventions became popular; some ideas did not fare as well by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor


et packs, Corfam and disposable dishes versus color television, computers and the Mustang. Did prognosticators at the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows get it right? The answer is inevitably, yes and no, but based on long-term success, many of the winners introduced at the World’s Fair exceeded expectations and are thriving 50 years later. Take the Mustang, which was unveiled at the fair at the Ford Pavilion. The car was based on the platform of the Ford Falcon and to keep costs down, many of the parts were taken from the Falcon and Fairlane. The first model sold for $2,368. The company hoped to sell up to 100,000 cars the first year; that was surpassed in three months, and in its first 18 months, more than 1 million Mustangs rolled off the assembly line. At the pavilion, fairgoers could ride one along the Magic Skyway, which featured scenes of dinosaurs and depictions of the future. The Mustang remains popular today, and now starts at around $25,000 with no frills. Color television was introduced at the RCA Pavilion, where visitors could watch themselves on color monitors and images of lost children could be broadcast in color to 250 sites throughout the fairgrounds. There was also a color TV studio where live shows were recorded on a regular basis and the glass-enclosed control room was open to public view. Computers, though not brand-new, were introduced to the general public at the World’s Fair through several pavilion exhibits. The IBM facility featured an egg-shaped theater, and below it visitors could interact with computers to get information about a particular date in history. The National Cash Register building offered fairgoers a chance to use a computer to get a recipe from the Hilton International Cookbook. It could also provide information on important events on any date and answer 100 scientific questions.

An ad for the 1964 Mustang shows a couple in front of the car at the World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, where the car was introduced. PHOTO COURTESY FORD MOTOR CO.

At Parker Pens, computers could match up pen pals across the country based on interests, and at the Clairol Color Carousel, computers could pick the most f lattering hair colors for a woman based on an information card she filled out. Something new in the field of cooking that was used at the fair was the radar range, which used microwaves to cook food. Greyhound cooked some of its food using the modern technology. Unquestionably, the most popular edible at the fair was the Bel-Gem waffle, first served at the Belgian Pavilion. It proved so successful the first year, stands were added later throughout the fairgrounds. The extremely light waffles topped with fresh-made whipped cream and strawberries were easy to eat on the run and refreshing in

Four young ladies at Flushing Meadows get a taste of the Bel-Gem waffles sold at the fair. PHOTO COURTESY QUEENS EDC

the hot weather. It was brought to the fair by Belgian Maurice Vermersch and his family. Though the confection was first introduced two years earlier in Seattle, it didn’t take off until its offering at Flushing Meadows and its popularity continues. “A couple of months ago, my father told me that he loved the Belgian waffles from the 1964 World’s Fair,” said Rob MacKay, director of the Queens Tourism Council. “I didn’t think anything about it, but since then, I have met hu nd reds and hu nd reds of people who attended the fair, and they all report that they loved the waffles. It appears that they are people’s fondest memory.” A mixed success was Bell System’s picturephone introduced at the fair. Visitors were fascinated to be able to see whom they were talking to at booths in the pavilion. But the cost to produce them was high and there was limited interest, so Bell scrapped the idea. However, jump ahead a few decades to Skype and FaceTime and it’s easy to see where their beginnings came from. Companies at the fair made many predictions and products for the future that have not transpired or failed. Take, for example, DuPont’s Corfam, a synthetic product that was supposed to simulate leather. The problem was it lacked the flexibility and give of leather and was expensive to manufacture. It also was allegedly itchy to wear. The company ditched the product in 1971. Jet packs were a novelty at the fair with men flying around the grounds. That idea, pardon the pun, never took off and is more likely seen in a James Bond movie than on the streets of a real city.

The General Motors Pavilion with its Futurama theme made several predictions that did not happen: underwater hotels and colonies on the moon and on Antarctica. The three-wheeled car does now exist, though it’s rare, and computer-controlled highways are still on the drawing board. By today’s standards, GM’s most deliterious display was of a futuristic bulldozer that could clear rain forests and leave a paved road in its wake. One of the oddest inventions and hardly green by today’s standards was Norge’s Dishmaker at the Festival of Gas pavilion. It looked like a kitchen cupboard and was able to mold plastic dishes by pushing a button. The product used dirty plastic plates and cups, ground them up and washed the emerging pellets. They were then remolded into new dishware. The idea went nowhere. The Hall of Education highlighted a school of tomorrow for the year 2000. It featured a soaring, circular edifice with sections leading up to the sky. Plans called for a four-hour school day. If anything, school days are getting longer, not shorter, with the emphasis on preparing for test taking and afterschool tutoring. With all the pluses and minuses of the fair, perhaps its greatest legacy is the fairgrounds itself. World’s Fair President Robert Moses wanted to reuse the 1939 site so he could finish what he started out to do then — develop Flushing Meadows as a great urban park. And even though the 1964-65 fair lost money, Moses squirreled away $1.5 million from assets for park improvements instead of using it to repay the debts of the fair. Q The legacy lives on. This is the ninth in a series of stories commemorating the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows.

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The statue may be in Brooklyn, but it clearly still has some fans in Queens. Eighteen months after it was moved from the perch outside Borough Hall it sat on since the LaGuardia administration, “Triumph of Civic Virtue” resurfaced as an issue at Tuesday night’s Community Board 9 meeting. Supporters attended the meeting, whose leaders, including Chairman Ralph Gonzales and District Manager Mary Ann Carey, have expressed support for the statue in the past, to decry the relocation of the statue to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn and its recent cleaning, allegedly at taxpayers expense, as well as a plaque that they say inaccurately por trays the controversy behind the statue. The statue, which features a nearly naked man, representing “civic virtue,” stomping on mythological Greek sirens, representing “vice” and “corruption,” has been controversial since it first appeared in public in 1922 outside City Hall. It sparked outrage then. Mayor LaGuardia had it moved to Queens two decades later because he disliked it. The statue found a home outside Borough Hall. But many who opposed the nudity of the man, or the representation of the female sirens, targeted the statue as immoral and

sexist. The statue was also not cared for and decayed at its Kew Gardens location. Former Borough President Claire Shulman wanted it moved. Former Rep. Anthony Weiner took up the cause, along with Shulman’s successor, Helen Marshall, in 2011. Weiner actually suggested selling it on Craigslist. The statue was moved — with little warning — in December 2012. It found a new home in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where, according to Richard Iritano, a supporter of bringing the sculpture back to Queens, it was to be restored with public money. Iritano and another backer, filmmaker Robert LoScalzo, both spoke at Tuesday’s CB 9 meeting, criticizing the city’s treatment of the statue and demanding that the statue be returned to Queens. Iritano said nearly $100,000 was spent to move the statue and restore it and he is upset that instead of coming back to Queens, it will remain “exiled away” at Green-Wood Cemetery. “Civic Virtue has finally been cleaned and restored and we the taxpayers funded this entire debacle that was costly, counterproductive and completely devoid of public consent,” Iritano said. “The newest administration at borough hall is already bent on rejecting a fair and reasonable proposal to

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Despite the controversy about potentially cancer-causing PCB contamination at hundreds of public schools, attendance was scant at a hearing last Thursday in Queens on the city’s plan to remove the material from hundreds of city schools by the end of 2016. Meetings were held in every borough over the past week and a half to discuss the issue. While attendance was lacking in Queens and the Bronx, meetings in Staten Island and Brooklyn were slated for this week. Last Thursday’s meeting was hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency and held at Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School in Jamaica Hills. Fewer than a dozen people attended. Christina Giorgio, an attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, attributes the low turnout at the hearing to lack of publicity and failure by organizers to contact the borough’s community education councils. But she said that parents from all over the city turned out at the June 3 meeting at Stuyvesant High School and “gave the city an earful. “When parents get informed, they get it,� Giorgio said. “Their voices in this landscape are critical because the EPA has not made its determination yet on whether to accept or reject the city’s proposal.� PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls. are synthetic chemicals that were manufactured in the United States from about the 1930s to the late 1970s. They were used in the constr uction of hundreds of city schools between 1950 and 1979. “They were considered like a magic chemical because they had valuable properties,� said James Haklar, a representative from the EPA. “They had these good properties, but they were also dangerous and potentially cancer-causing.� Chronic exposure to PCBs has been linked to lot of problems in animals, including effects on the immune system, the nervous system, cognitive functions, liver, kidney, toxicity and depression. However, the effects on humans are harder to assess, according to Mark Maddaloni, the EPA risk assessor and toxicologist for the region. He noted that exceeding the EPA’s safety guidelines of 300 nanograms per cubic meter does not necessarily cause any harmful effects, but said that it is important to stay below guidelines to maintain the cushion of safety. PCBs were banned by the Toxic Substances Control Act in 1978. However, 1.4 billion pounds were produced prior to that, and used in electrical components and building materials, par ticularly caulk around windows and in between masonry.

Christina Giorgio, an attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, speaks at last Thursday’s hearing in Jamaica Hills. PHOTO BY LAURA A. SHEPARD

About seven years ago, some individuals started collecting samples from school buildings and sending them to labs for testing. When the results came back, they alerted the EPA to the problem. The federal department discussed the issue with the city and agreed to a consent order in Jan. 2010, under which the city is investigating the severity of the problem. The city conducted a pilot study, where it analyzed one school in each borough that was constructed between 1950 and 1979 with PCBs to determine the best approach to solving the problem around the city. Gary Hunt, the principal scientist and vice president of TRC Corp., the consulting firm the School Construction Authority hired to conduct the pilot study on removing PCBs, said the study is “the first and only study in the U.S. of this scope and magnitude,� and called it a “groundbreaking program,� since the problem has not been looked at in other urban areas around the world with the same issues. Removing PCBs is unlike dealing with asbestos or lead, according to Hunt, because the chemistry is complex — there are over 209 chemical compounds — and it is hard to assess their primary sources and completely remove them. The city replaced the windows at PS 183 in the Rockaways as part of the pilot study, to see if removing the PCB-contaminated caulk would lower the levels of PCBs in the air, dust and soil around the school. Other methods were tested in the other schools, continued on page 41

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before pulling him out without the cover of a hose line through an escape route quickly being cut off by flames. The victim later died. Capt. Paul Miller, who rescued an unconscious elderly Glendale man from a fire in his apartment on Jan. 25, received the Uniformed Fire Officers Association Medal. Miller, temporarily detailed to Engine Co. 286, was told by building residents that their father was trapped on the second f loor, already engulfed in f lames and smoke. They also told him that there were potentially explosive oxygen tanks inside. Leading a team upstairs, Miller entered a fully-engulfed room when he got more bad news — the 10-degree temperature had left the nearby hydrant frozen. Crawling through high heat and zero visibility without water, Miller found the man prone on his couch. He shielded the man from flames as he retreated to the apartment door and handed him off to the firefighters who got him out to EMS personnel. Capt. Frederick Fuchs of Engine Co. 306 in Bayside rescued an elderly man from his burning home on March 11, earning the Battalion Chief Frank Tuttlemondo Medal. Engine 306 was met by the homeowner who said his father had set a bedroom on fire. Fuchs forced open the second-story bedroom door and encountered a free-burning blaze. He eventually found the man wedged between a wall and a toilet in a rear bathroom. He and Firefighter Stephen Buonavita, finding their escape route cut off, pulled the man into a temporarily safe part of the room until a nozzle team attacked the fire. Reinhardt, of Ladder Co. 152, led the continued on page 38

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Tips to keep kids learning over the summer “No more pencils, no more books” is a familiar su m mer ref rai n. But ma ke su re you r you ngster doesn’t t ake those words too seriously. All students — regardless of socio-economic status — lose approximately 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation over summer, according to a Johns Hopkins study. The study also concluded that low-income students experience significant losses in reading comprehension and word recognition while on break. This pattern of academic regression has been dubbed “summer slump.” Fortunately — for proactive parents — these quick-and-easy tips can help stem its tide.

Make learning fun Remember when you had to take a spoonful of cough medicine and your mom or dad would let you wash it down with something sweet? For kids, summer learning can be a bitter pill to swallow, but it tends to go down more easily when paired with a fun activity.

Wonderopolis also features handson offline activities. “The key is to make learning feel like an extension of their vacation,” says NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick. “Camp Wonderopolis seeks to tap into a child’s natural feelings of wonder and curiosity, allowing learning to occur organically.” Learn together Why should kids spend the summer learning while mom and dad get off the hook? It’s easier to get cooperation when learning is a shared experience, so dust off some books you never got around to reading and share them together.

The National Center for Families Learning, for instance, has created a program called Camp Wonderopolis, a digital platform aiming to harness the spirit of exploration and adventure captured by traditional summer camps. After registering at Wonderopolis. org/camp, kids can wend their way through six science-themed tracks and 42 individual lessons, all of which can help combat the dreaded “summer slump.” For parents who want to keep kids active during the summer months, Camp

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During summer vacation children can’t wait to get outside and make the most of a beautiful day. But in their haste to enjoy the great outdoors, children can easily overlook safety precautions that protect them from potential hazards. Though it’s easy to get excited about a sunny day, it’s important for outdoor enthusiasts to take safety seriously. No matter your activity, always bring adequate sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, and remember to bring enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day. In addition to packing sunscreen and water, outdoor enthusiasts can employ various additional safety methods depending on which activity they choose to enjoy. Cycling — Cyclists must always be on alert for those with whom they are sharing the road. While many motorists respect cyclists, there are some who see cyclists as a nuisance, and such motorists may drive recklessly around cyclists in an attempt to scare them off the road. Cyclists are oftentimes at the mercy of motorists, so it pays to stay as attentive as possible. Never listen to an MP3 player or another music player while riding a bike. Such a distraction could prove deadly if it takes your attention away from the road. Alertness is important when cycling, as are the following precautionary measures: • Always wear a helmet and reflective clothing that makes it easy for motorists to see you. • Obey the traffic laws. • Always ride with traffic. • Inspect your bicycle and address any mechanical issues before each ride. Hiking — When the weather permits, few activities combine the benef its of physical activity with the aesthetic appeal of nature as well as hiking does. Hikers should never hike on poorly developed trails or trails that are too difficult for them to handle, and they should have at least a basic understanding of the symptoms of altitude sickness. Always share your route with friends or family members before embarking on a hiking trip. This protects you if you should get lost or injured and you need a rescue team to find you. Hikers should also pack the following supplies before hitting the trails: • Compass • Flashlight and extra batteries • Whistle and signal mirror • Map of the park that includes the trails you plan to hike • Waterproof matches • First aid kit • Blanket • Inline skating and skateboarding — Inline skating and skateboarding are popular activities for adults and children alike. But even though you may associate such activities with your childhood, that does not mean the risk of injury is insignificant. In

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Baseball, apple pie and camp Good news for parents from the ACA It seems that we cannot turn on the TV or open a newspaper without hearing a discussion on the state of the economy, corruption and loss. Not only is this constant negative bombardment emotionally exhausting, it gives the impression that everything is just a mere flush away from being sucked down the giant bowl of economic failure, and leaves us wondering “What is left?” Well, the good news is that not everything has headed south in a hand-basket. Yes, America, a tradition prevails that we can still count on — there is still summer camp. American summer camps have been weathering economic climate changes for nearly a century and a half, and have remained viable throughout good times and bad because of the strength and value in their mission to change lives for the better. The camp experience is an American tradition because of the value camp adds to the lives of kids. Camp helps children: • Grow emotionally • Develop values like respect, honesty, caring and sharing; • Develop critical skills, such as leadership, independence and personal responsibility; • Participate in physical activities and exercise; • Connect to nature; • Form authentic relationships; and • Take healthy risks in a safe and nurturing environment. It is because of these types of positive outcomes that summer camp has retained its value with American parents for 150 years. Camp is a legacy worth preserving. Research provides evidence that all children benefit from the camp experience, and that now, Q more than ever, camp is an essential part of a child’s development. — American Camp Association

Coping with homesickness Parents don’t have to feel helpless if homesickness strikes when their child is away at camp. The prescription for camper homesickness is a simple solution of preparation and patience. Board-certified clinical psychologist Christopher Thurber conducted a study on homesickness with a group of campers. Accordi ng to h is results, homesickness is the norm rather than t h e e xc e p t io n , with 83 percent of the campers he studied reporting homesickness in at least one day of camp. Since most campers suffer f rom homesick ness, Thurber and the American Camp Association suggest the following tips for parents to help their child deal with it at camp: • Encourage your child’s independence throughout the year — sleepovers with friends and long weekends away from home can help. • Involve your child in the process of choosing a camp — your child will have ownership in the decision.

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Residents and business owners who have been waiting since 2010 for the reopening of the 149th Street bridge between Roosevelt and 41st avenues in Murray Hill still have a long wait ahead of them, according to elected officials, who announced last week that shoddy workmanship is forcing the city to demolish the structure and start over. Among those meeting behind closed doors at Queens Borough Hall last Friday were state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and New York City DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall. The elected officials then held a press conference outside. Stavisky reported that about a dozen representatives from the city, including those involved in the legal and engineering aspects of the project, were also there. The bridge, which was originally built in 1924, runs over the Long Island Rail Road tracks. It was considered “in fair condition” when it was inspected in 2007 and, three years later, in March 2010, was closed for reconstruction. It was expected to reopen in May 2012. Pointing to a photograph of the barricades on the bridge, Kim said, “Every time I see this, I get frustrated,” blaming “bureaucratic failure” for the multiple delays. In May 2012, the bridge, which cost around $7 million, was inspected by the Department of Transportation, that found cracks making it unsafe to carry vehicles. The pedestrian sidewalk was reopened in June of that year. According to Kim, it was determined that there is a “need to demolish and rebuild” the bridge. The project is in the “re-design”

phase, to be followed by the bidding process The city is suing the contractor, Gandhi Engineering. Stavisky looked at the bright side, saying, “Finally, we’re beginning to see some solutions. The meeting was long overdue.” According to the senator, the design phase is “60 percent complete.” She estimated it would take another two months to complete the design and between nine months and a year for the bidding process. The bridge would then be demolished and a new one constructed. Plans now call for the entire project to be completed by November of next year, Stavisky said. There’s got to be more accountability by the city agencies involved, she added. In its current state, Kim said, “The bridge is not usable.” He expressed optimism that with the new city administration in place, progress might finally be made. Koo indicated that “we expressed our frustrations” to the commissioner who, he said, promised that if everything goes well, a new bridge would be open by November 2015. “We learned from this mistake,” he added, referring to the millions of tax dollars already lost as a result of the project. The city has had to pay the LIRR “in the millions” for shutdowns during construction, according to Stavisky. She has also been concerned with how the disruption has affected area businesses and residents. Located in the vicinity are several apartment buildings, a church and a few businesses, mostly Korean. Kim said two years ago that business was down 20 percent because people don’t come to the area due to the detour. Not even foot traffic will be able to cross when demoliQ tion begins.

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Hotel turned homeless shelter continued from page 2 happening around 4:45 p.m. last Friday night,” Dromm said. “My office and our com mu nit y were given no advance notice.” It was not immediately clear if DHS would fill all 216 rooms at the hotel with needy families. Area civic group COMET, Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together, has organized a protest outside the hotel at 6 p.m. on June 17. Multiple CB 4 members said they planned to attend. The Pan American Hotel sits just one block away from another homeless shelter, the Metro Family Residence. Screen shots posted online in March from the hotel’s website, which has since been deleted, showed renovated rooms and new bedding. DNAInfo also reported last week that guests would be able to make reservations starting next month with room rates as low as $35. However, when contacted by the Chronicle, a hotel employee said rooms could not be booked “until management comes.” Cassagnol said he had a similar experience when he repeatedly called the building over the last week. He was unable to get in contact with management even when he posed as an official from various city agencies. “For the last week or so, I’ve been contacting the staff to talk to a manager on

duty and there has never been a manager on duty,” he said. “I even tried changing my title. I said I worked for City of New York or the Mayor’s Office.” Calls for comment made to Samaritan Village and the Mayor’s Office were not ret u r ned by press t i me, but DHS released a statement Wednesday citing the sizable rise in the number of homeless families in the city. “As the number of families with children residing in temporary, emergency shelter grows, we must consider all available options to address our capacity needs and meet our legally mandated right to shelter,” the agency said. “In the short term, DHS is using the Queens Boulevard facility to provide essential shelter and supportive services to families with children.” The Pan American Hotel joins the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale as lightning rods for community anger and controversy. The proposal to house 125 families at the site of a former factory has drawn criticism from hundreds of residents and a united Community Board 5, specifically citing the possible contamination of the site and the impact on infrastructure the sudden influx of people. Like Glendale, Elmhurst is included in School District 24, one of the most overQ crowded in the city.

Katz earmarks $1.1M to beautification work Six Queens neighborhoods will collectively receive more than $1.1 million allocated by Borough President Melinda Katz for streetscape improvements, her office announced Monday. The upgrades are designed to enhance commercial shopping districts to promote business development and investment in the areas, as well as encourage shoppers to patronize local establishments. Katz noted that it is widely recognized that attractive commercial districts add to the development of healthy neighborhoods. “The commercial corridors found in the diverse neighborhoods throughout Queens are key assets and economic engines for our borough,” Katz said in announcing the disbursements. “The funds I am allocating to enhance these commercial corridors will help them maximize their potential as retail centers and civic gathering places. These capital improvements will help our borough’s small businesses create jobs and offer quality goods and services for many years to come.” Downtown Jamaica will get $229,000 to add pedestrian arms, the extensions on

light poles that illuminate sidewalks, on Jamaica Avenue and Union Hall Street. Sunnyside will receive $56,950 to add 27 new street trees on Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue. St. Albans will see $100,000 for trees and plantings at 99th Avenue and Farmers Boulevard, and more greenery at Murdock Avenue and Farmers. Astoria will get $200,000 for green space around the Steinway Clock and at a municipal lot, both on Steinway Street. Woodhaven will receive $250,000 for the installation of energy-efficient lighting under the elevated subway line along Jamaica Avenue, and another $75,000 for trees and plantings at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. Rockaway Beach will see $200,000 for improvements including fencing and directional guides, along Beach 116th Street. In each area, a partner organization such as a business improvement district worked with Katz’s office to determine how best to use the funding. The money will be distributed by various city agenQ cies, the borough president said.

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Two sides in the battle over Walmart’s charity by Peter C. Mastrosimone Editor-in-Chief

After at least 26 members of the City Council last week signed a letter telling retail giant Walmart and its owners’ family foundation that donations from them to organizations in the city are not welcome, several charitable groups that receive the contributions were quoted in the media as saying they have no intention of returning the funding. “We will not give the money back, nor should we,” Joel Berg, executive director of the Coalition Against Hunger, told the New York Post. “Our determination of whether we ask for and take money is not how the company earned the money, it’s how they want us to spend it. In this case it’s on progressive values. Never has it been tied to any public-policy agenda.” The Council members who signed the letter, including many from Queens, claimed in it that Walmart and the Walton Family Foundation are helping to “bankroll the privatization of public education,” referring to their financial support of charter schools. The letter also cited the company’s support of “conservative organiza-

tions” acting to undermine the signatories’ progressive agenda. But it did not mention contributions given to groups such as the Coalition Against Hunger, City Harvest and NY Women’s Goodwill Industries of Greater New York. The Walmart Foundation says it gave $3 million to nonprofits in the city last year, and it will continue to. Asked for a response, Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said in a statement that the charities should seek funding from other businesses whose workers do not say they violate wage laws and provide inadequate benefits. “Decades ago when I founded the Queens LGBT Pride Parade, the organizing committee made the decision to turn down sponsorship money from cigarette companies,” Dromm said. “I believe organizations that receive f unding from Walmart should do the same. Some Council members disagree. “Partisan politics should never stand in the way of helping organizations that serve some of the neediest New Yorkers,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). The members who oppose Walmart’s charity don’t want it to open a store here. Q


Queens firefighters honored continued from page 30 search and rescue effort, working his way to the second-floor apartment. His group used a hand fire extinguisher before hose lines were set up. Nicolosi’s group could see fire and panicked civilians in the window as they approached. Upon reaching the victims, Reinhardt shielded a young boy until members of Engine Co. 299 could gain the upper hand over the flames. Nicolosi came in through the window and immediately passed a child to Firefighter Noel Curry on the ladder. Curry then entered and helped Nicolosi evacuate a girl via the window. They were preparing to move an unconscious man down the ladder when 299 gave them enough of a gap to exit through the building. Nicolosi received the Holy Name Society Medal. Reinhardt was awarded the M. J. Delehanty Medal. Lt. George Torres of Rescue Co. 4 in Elmhurst received the Hispanic Society Memorial Medal for his role in rescuing a man in the basement of a building as an uncontrolled fire raged around them. The building was located near the Elmhurst-Jackson Heights border, and it eventually was deter mined that the source of the blaze was in the basement. With fire engulfing both staircases into the basement, Torres and his colleagues began to bring hoses down, only to be confronted at the bottom of the

steps with a maze of rooms that had been converted into single-room occupancy apartments, some of them locked. They then heard via radio that one resident was unaccounted for, and presumably in the basement. During his search, Torres found a man face down in water. Torres, attempting to remove the man, injured his back and was unable to move him further. Other firefighters arrived quickly and brought the victim out. He initiated CPR on the victim, who survived. Torres was hospitalized for his injuries. Less than one month later, Firefighter Edwin Sanchez, also of Rescue Co. 4, would crawl through a fully-engulfed first f loor of a wood frame house to locate a woman trapped inside. The fire initially blocked entry by the front door, and at two separate windows. Once inside with Firefighter Rod Ford, Sanchez advanced about 25 feet, beyond the protection of hoses from Engine Co. 292. They found an unconscious woman by a staircase. Sanchez began moving her while Ford searched for more victims. Sanchez was joined by firefighter Joseph Matz of Ladder Co. 154, and together, crawling on their stomachs, they got her out. He and members of Engine Co. 289 attempted to resuscitate her. She would later die at a nearby hospital. Sanchez was presented with the Mayor Q Fiorello H. LaGuardia Medal.

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Hoping to increase ethnic diversity in the city’s elite high schools, a Queens lawmaker, several of his colleagues and the United Federation of Teachers are looking to broaden how students are judged for admission. The group of eight specialized schools includes one in this borough, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, founded in 2002, and longstanding institutions such as Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and The Bronx High School of Science. Entrance requirements for Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Technical High School are set by the state, the UFT notes in a June 9 online article, and the five others “have traditionally followed the lead of those three.” Those requirements entail nothing but applicants’ scores on one test, the union says. Now a group of state lawmakers including Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) is looking to broaden admission considerations to include grades, state test scores and attendance. The legislators and the UFT say that would allow more minorities to be admitted. They say only 5 percent of the 5,096 students accepted into the schools for the next academic year are black, while 7 percent are Hispanic, 26 percent are white and 53 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander. Nine percent are listed as “unknown.” The change would not lower standards but draw students “who excel not only at test taking but exhibit other measures of excellence, intelligence and determination,” a UFT official said. The bill was prompted by a civil rights comQ plaint filed by the NAACP.

Obama cuts student loan burden for many Acting under his own executive authority without Congress, President Obama on Monday provided what he said would be nearly five million young people who took out government student loans with a way to cut their payments. Those who are eligible will be able to cap

continued from page 5 curb cut on the southeast corner would lead you into the middle of the ramp. But on the west side of the intersection, two curb cuts on either side of 153rd Avenue invite pedestrians to cross, but there is no crosswalk or stop sign at the location. The strip — one of the busiest in the area — lacks traffic control for most of its route. There are no lights for the entire sixblock length of the road east of 84th Street and only two corners have stop signs. Cars heading east often speed to catch the 84th Street traffic light, barreling through the

their monthly bill at 10 percent of their income starting at the end of December 2015. Workers in the public or nonprofit sectors also may be able to get their loans forgiven after 10 years, while those employed in the private, for-profit sector may be able to do so after 20 years. Further details, including those regarding eligibility, can be found by searching for “student loan memorandum” at Q

Ice Jewelry: where the owners can relate to their clients

City drops wage suit; latest legal reversal In at least the third break from the Bloomberg administration’s position in a major court case, the city last week dropped a lawsuit seeking to block the new prevailing wage law. The law requires building service workers in developments that receive at least $1 million in city subsidies to be paid union-level wages, just like employees on public-works projects. It was passed over former Mayor Bloomberg’s veto, and his administration then sued to block its implementation, claiming it would push businesses out of the city. Mayor de Blasio says employees of the affected businesses deserve higher wages that will offer them “a pathway to the middle class.” In a joint statement with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) and two union officials, the mayor said, “By dropping the City’s challenge to the prevailing wage law, we are taking an important step toward helping families that may be one paycheck away from homelessness and hunger.” The mayor previously ended the city’s opposition to more oversight of the Police Department and new hiring rules for the Fire DepartQ ment meant to increase ethnic diversity.

Small biz outlook so-so Taxes and government regulations remain the biggest concerns for America’s small companies, according to the latest survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Taxes were the top problem for 25 percent of firms, while regulations were for 20 percent, according to the study, posted at Optimism is at its highest level since September 2007 but is far below normal during times of economic expansion, the NFIB said. Q — compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone dangerous intersection at high speed. Residents living along 153rd Avenue have seen a number of accidents take place in recent years, especially after development on the western end of the neighborhood caused the community’s population to grow. Ulrich added if nothing is done, he’ll call on the city to close 153rd Avenue between 83rd and 84th streets during admission and dismissal times — something that is done at many schools across the city, including nearby St. Helen, as part of the federal “Safe Routes to Schools” program. But he noted that a move like that wouldn’t help residents who use the corner to cross 153rd Avenue at Q other times.

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

WE PROVIDE CASH LOANS FOR AUTOS AND MOTORCYCLES! they treat everything like it’s a one-shot deal and we don’t do that,” Elias said. In addition to buying gold, silver, diamonds, watches Recently, a woman and her boyfriend went into and coins, Ice Jewelry Buying also offers instant cash an unassuming gold buying and cash loan shop on loans for jewelry and eBay selling services. Queens Boulevard. She had a $35 offer on her ring Their cash loans program is straightforward and from another area shop, but was looking to get a simple. “It’s a perfect solution for someone who better deal. In what may be viewed as poor business has a bill due and a check on the way,” Goldberg acumen, she told her new prospective buyer what said. “But we make sure they have a game plan to her previous offer was. Still, after examining her buy their jewelry back before the end of the term. piece, he offered her $1,600. He did so, as he says, Sometimes these are people’s heirlooms we’re “...because that’s what it was worth.” talking about and we respect that.” The plight of the worker who’s hard-up for cash For those who are less Internet-savvy or just don’t in today’s economy is something that Arthur Elias have the time, Ice Jewelry Buying offers a convenient and Edward Goldberg can relate to firsthand, eBay sales service. If what a customer has isn’t an having been laid off from their jobs in jewelry item that Ice Jewelry Buying would purchase, like manufacturing. They understand that people get a handbag or antique furniture, they can help find into situations where they just need a little cash fast a buyer on their eBay store. Elias consults with the to make the bills and Ice Jewelry Buying Service customer to find a target price and hopes to help out in the most STORE HOURS let the Internet auctioneers handle honest way they can. the rest. “For this, I like to think we’re MON.-FRI. 11am - 7pm For anyone who has ever dealt doing the community a service,” SAT. 10am - 6pm SUN. by Appointment with the hassle of selling and Elias said. “We’re in the business of helping people who are in a tough shipping an item on eBay — all the forms involved in setting up a user spot. They can come to our store and paypal account, the 10-15 percent fee that Ice and know that we can educate them on what they Jewelry Buying charges to do all the work is really a have and we’ll give them what their items are worth. bargain deal. When that woman told me her previous offer, it made “At the end of the day, I just want people to feel me wonder how many times this happens — how comfortable doing business with us. People have many people who really need that money get taken this conception of gold buying stores as these slimy advantage of?” places with slimy people, and they’re typically right. Elias opened his Rego Park shop with Goldberg But we want to be different. I don’t think it’s cool to in 2009, and already they’re seeing a lot of repeat see someone buy a ring for $200 and put it in their customers and referrals. This is a sign to them that counter for $800. We don’t do that.” they’re doing something right — the pawn business Ice Jewelr y Buying Ser vice is located at typically deals in one-time transactions but Elias is 98-30 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park. Hours of operation determined to break that mold, building a reputation are Monday-Friday from 11 am to 7:00 pm and on trust. Saturday 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday – private “Everyone around here is buying gold these days; appoinments are available. Call for more information you can go into the barber shop down the road and Q (718) 830-0030. sell your jewelry. The problem with all these places is

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CB 1 wants more for Astoria Cove plan Members push developers for more affordable housing and union workers by Tess McRae Associate Editor

Once again, developers find themselves bumping heads with community members on one of the biggest concerns middle- and lower-income residents have, affordable housing Alma Realty and Studio V Architecture proposed a new development that would re-zone the area known as Astoria Cove a nd prov id e g r e at e r a c c e s s t o t he waterfront. “Right now, the peninsula is isolated and cut off from Astoria,” architect Jay Valgora said before hundreds of Community Board 1 members, advocacy groups, union workers and residents at the Astoria World Manor on Tuesday. “These are old, underused industrial spaces that’s a desolate eyesore. We want to bring the community to the waterfront.” When completed, the project would consist of three buildings along the waterfront, ranging from 26- to 32-stories high; a six-story mixed-use building and a six-story elementary school. A majority of the project, 84,000 square feet, would be dedicated to open space for public use, including a waterfront esplanade and children’s playgrounds. Presumably, Astoria Cove would most likely resemble the recent work done in Hunters Point South, which has been widely well-

received by all. But what concerned many CB 1 members and others on Tuesday night was the lack of affordable housing that would be made available to the public and the fear that it would turn Astoria into an expensive and elite neighborhood, forcing blue-collar workers out. “We currently have 295 affordable units out of approximately 1,700 apartments,” Valgora explained. “We are looking to increase that number.” That adds up to about 18 percent of the units being affordable, a number many felt to be unacceptable. “Where we are, 20 percent doesn’t even come close to what we need,” Evie Hantzopoulos of CB 1 said. “We need 25, 30, 35 percent at least.” The packed room erupted in applause at her statement. What’s more, the developers do not have a new number they are aiming for nor do they know when the updated number of affordable units would be made available. “We are planning to increase it,” one developer said. “You have to trust that. We are going to be working with the city, according to the mayor’s new housing plan but we cannot provide a solid number for you right at this time.”


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“It is my belief that this could be one of the most magical, outstanding sites in New York City,” Valgora said. While affordable housing was a principle concern, board members also fired off questions on safety, transportation, sanitation, traffic and parking. In addition, 56 individuals representing activist groups, unions, neighborhoods or themselves, lined up to share their concerns and emphasize that a decision on a project such as Astoria Cove should not be made lightly. “I urge Community Board 1 to ask hard questions and not roll over for promises,” John Collins, an Astoria resident and professor at Queens College, said. “As a professor who studies cities, I favor responsible development that doesn’t hurt the community.” The hearing went on for three hours and while there were moments of high tension, there were a few speakers who said they were eager to see the beautiful green spaces and economic opportunities that the project will provide. CB 1 will not vote on the plan until June 16 and, even then, the board’s vote is merely advisory. The plan will also appear before Borough President Melinda Katz and the Department of City Planning, before it goes before the City Council Land Use Q Committee.

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Applied for 14 new charters, four in boro by Domenick Rafter Editor

Fresh off a political victor y that brought it, and other charter schools, strong support from Gov. Cuomo and the st ate budget, Success Academy announced that it is planning to open 14 new public charter schools across the city, including four in Queens. “[Schools] Chancellor [Carmen] Fariña recently noted that it is important to listen to the community. That is what we are doing in applying for these charters because the community is demanding more high quality charter schools,” said Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz. “These families — representing more than a dozen neighborhoods — are desperate for great schools. Even with 14 more schools, we will not make a dent in the demand we are seeing.” Success Academy said Tuesday it is submitting applications to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute for the 14 schools. They are slated for areas with a large black and Hispanic student population.

No specific locations were identified in Queens, but Success Academy plans on opening the new schools in District 24, which includes Corona, Elmhurst, Middle Village, Maspeth, Glendale and Ridgewood; District 27 in South Queens and the Rockaways; District 28 in Forest Hills and Jamaica; and District 30, which includes Astoria, Long Island City and Jackson Heights. All except one would open in 2016. The District 27 school, where Success Academy said 586 applications have been received by parents for its schools, would open in 2015. More than 1,200 applications in total from Queens parents have been received by Success Academy, the organization said. Success Academy already has a school planned for District 29, to be co-located at IS 59 in Springfield Gardens. The school was originally due to be co-located in August Martin High School, but was one of several co-locations canceled by the de Blasio administration in March, when the state Legislature passed legislation forcing Q the city to find homes for the schools.

EPA public hearing on PCBs continued from page 28 such as encapsulation, or putting a coating on the caulk to trap the PCBs inside. “A lot of good scientific work was done under the pilot study,” Haklar said. “We have a better idea of where PCBs can be found in a school, and by removing the PCB-contaminated light fixtures, the city is removing a significant source of PCBs.” However, light fixtures were found to be a significant source of PCBs in the air, as many that were installed around the 1960s have smoked or leaked PCBs into the air, most notably at IS 204 in Long Island City in September 2012, in an incident that helped bring the problem into the public eye. These fixtures were removed from all five pilot schools and the city is in the process of removing them from all 438 schools that have them. The city incurred the costs of the study and spent millions of dollars over the past few years, especially on lab analyses, according to Ross Holden from the School Construction Authority. He said removing all the light fixtures is going to be “about a billion dollars give or take.” However, Giorg io said t hat she reviewed the data, and while removing the lights was effective, the link was not as direct as the EPA claimed because PCB levels did not decrease everywhere. A peer review of the city’s pilot study, which called it “comprehensive and appro-

priate, also advised that proactively addressing the PCB issue would be preferable to dealing with the issue over the normal course of school construction. Ventilation is a key component to lowering indoor air concentrations and the reviewers recommended optimal ventilation. However, many older schools have systems that only operate with the windows open and some newer ones don’t have windows that open. Giorgio expressed some frustration with the study because testing with the windows open allows outside air to dilute the PCB levels, compromising the study’s scientific validity, and doesn’t provide an accurate representation of real classroom conditions. Windows are often closed due to construction and other noise sources, as well as poor air quality and temperature. “For all the work they’ve done, we don’t even know the extent of the health risk to these children,” she said. The peer reviewers also said that actively removing PCBs from soil would not significantly reduce exposure because inhaling PCBs from the air was far more common. The public can submit comments by mail to James Haklar, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2890 Woodbridge Ave., Building 10, Edison, NJ 08837 or at PCBsPrefer red Remedy. Q

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Fariùa likes DOE’s 5-month report card From pre-K to tech schools, chancellor touts achievements, talks future goals by Michael Gannon

need the assistance. In a statement near and dear to Katz’s heart, FariĂąa said the proposed budget calls for $23 million for arts education. And the chancellor said she will be the first to admit that the Department of Education needs a major overhaul of its website. “But that costs money,â€? she said. “We’re trying to see what we can do in-house. I’m frugal.â€? In that same vein, she wants to have a master phone list in time for September for people tired of feeling they are running into walls at 311 for DOE-related issues, a list, she said, that would allow someone to make one call to one office for specific problems and services. FariĂąa also wants to greatly expand the number of career and technical high schools, and to change people’s impression of them. “We want to advertise what they are and what they are not,â€? FariĂąa said. “These are not your parents’ vo-tech schools, where you went there and would never go to college. These are college prep schools and the students are workforce ready.â€? She said they especially want to encourage girls with an interest in particular technical or career fields to consider the schools, which she said “are oversaturated with Q boys.â€?


New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen FariĂąa was the guest speaker Tuesday night at the Queens Borough President’s Parents Advisory Board where she said bluntly that the success she envisions for the school system will not be accomplished overnight. “But we have accomplished a lot in five months,â€? she said. FariĂąa, who came on board with Mayor de Blasio in January, told a room of 60 at Borough Hall the system cleared a major hurdle with the recent settlement of the long-expired teachers’ contract. “I think the reason it worked is that we went into it as partners,â€? she said. If it is at all possible, FariĂąa might embrace de Blasio’s universal prekindergarten plans even more fervently than the mayor does. And she said parents in Queens who may not get their first preference of sites — often a zoned public school — still stand to benefit greatly. “Particularly with all the [communitybased organizations],â€? FariĂąa said. “Queens seems to be the richest borough in terms of CBOs.â€? But she encouraged parents to leave themselves some flexibility when applying for positions prior to the June 26 deadline.

Monica Guttierrez of the Department of Education, left, Borough President Melinda Katz and PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON Schools Chancellor Carmen FariĂąa at Borough Hall on Tuesday. She also said they now have offices that either did not exist before or had been eliminated by budget cuts in recent years. “We now have an office for gifted and talented programs,â€? she said. “We have offices for professional development and for guidance. These offices did not exist five months ago.â€? With the planned expansion of charter and

co-located schools, FariĂąa said that in most cases decisions have been made and the schools will be moving forward as planned. But she is promising all necessar y Department of Education resources and ingenuity to help smooth over any problems. She said special teams already have been dispatched to help reach accommodations where two or more school administrations

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Here’s your chance to be on the court with Rafael Nadal or Maria Sharapova. The United States Tennis Association is looking for guys and gals who want to be ballpersons at this year’s US Open. Tryouts will be held at the Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Thursday, June 19. Participants can register on-site at the National Tennis Center beginning at 3 p.m. The evaluation process will begin at approximately 4 p.m., after a welcome by US Open Ballperson Director Tina Taps a nd a vet e r a n ba l lp e r son demonstration. US Open ballpersons are paid an hourly wage and will wear Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms. The 2014 US Open Qualifying Tournament will be held Aug. 19 to 22 and the main draw will be held Aug. 25 through Sept. 8. There are 80 positions up for grabs with over 400 people expected to tryout.You must at least 14 years old to try out, but there is no age limit. As one famous New Yorker, Cosmo Kramer, taught us, you don’t need to be young to be “spry” enough to catch tennis balls. Q

The Q88 bus, which runs between the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst and the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue in Queens Village, will be rerouted, starting in September. Community Board 4 District Manager Christian Cassagnol told the board that the MTA had provided him with two preliminary plans and the best option will be chosen when CB 4 meetings resume in September. “We were given two preliminary plans, none of which we have officially settled on. However, the change will not begin to take effect until the fall,” Cassagnol said. They are not rushing this on us by any means, but sometime in September, we are going to see a change.” CB 4’s Transportation Committee will vote on the measure first before being decided on by the full board. In 2013, over 3.3 million people rode the Q88, an increase of nearly three percent from the year before, making it the 85th most actively taken bus in the city. Cassagnol was set to meet with MTA officials on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the proposed bus Q routes.


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Honors from Woodhaven State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., left, and Assemblyman Mike Miller were among those honored at last Friday’s Greater Woodhaven Development Corp. dinner dance at Woodhaven Manor. The two were awarded the 2014 Achievement Award by the GWDC for their work and commitment to Woodhaven, according to executive director Maria Thomson. Also honored at the annual event was Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, command-

ing officer of the 102nd Precinct, who was presented with the “Award of Distinction 2014” for his dedication to the Jamaica Avenue commercial strip. Rep. Nydia Velazquez and Matthew Xenakis, president of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, were honored as 2014 Woman and Man of the Year, respectively, while businessman George Smith was presented with an “Honorary Woodhavenite Award”




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Excited soccer fans Abe Pedroza and Chelsey Phillips enjoy a drink at El Basurero in Astoria on Friday.


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ne of the slogans used in the advertising camthe couple expects to do a lot of once the games kick off paign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South later today. Africa was “this is the one month, every four “We’ll be going somewhere in Astoria,” Pedroza, an years, that we all agree on one thing.” aavid Mexico fan, said. “There’s a bigger Latin community An undying love for the sport may unite Queens sochere, h so we figured it would be better to watch the games he cer fans from all corners of the globe, but that’s where the here.” agreeing ends for many. P Pedroza and Phillips, each donning soccer jerseys, said they Expect the already active streets of the city to be a little noissdon’t plan on watching every game in Queens, but they’ll still by Christopher Barca atics be screa ier and more energetic over the next four weeks as fútbol fanatics screaming and yelling over the matches they watch at home from all walks of life will descend on many of the borough’ss sports because of a friendly wager the couple agreed to. bars, obnoxiously-loud vuvuzelas in hand, to watch their team m play for the “If his team lo loses, he has to make me a Brazilian dinner,” Phillips, a die2014 FIFA World Cup title. hard Brazil fan, said. “If my team loses, I have to make him Mexican food.” Whether you’re a fan of Argentina and global superstar Lionel Messi, Brazil, the Phillips, who expects her team to “win it all,” and Pedroza are just two of the tournament’s host-country or any one of the other 30 nations taking part in the hundreds of fans manager Ramon Badillo expects to come to the restaurant over the World Cup, there are a myriad of locations throughout Queens welcoming enthusias- course of the World Cup. tic supporters of any and all teams. “We’ve gotten a lot of calls from people already. We’ve been preparing for two One soccer hotspot that expects to be swamped with flag-waving fans from 4 p.m. months,” Badillo said. “The last World Cup, people couldn’t even walk on the sidetoday, June 12, when Brazil kicks off the 32-team tournament against Croatia, until walk outside because there were so many people here enjoying the games.” the World Cup final on July 13 is El Basurero at 32-17 Steinway St. in Astoria. While the venue supports the Colombian team, flags of most of the competing naBushwick residents Chelsey Phillips, 27, and Abe Pedroza, 26, sat at the restaurant’s tions hang from the ceiling and mannequins throughout the restaurant don Spanish, bar together on Friday and watched Brazil’s exhibition match with Serbia, something Mexican and Brazilian jerseys among others. Continued on page

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After-School Environmental Science Enrichment Program, Eastern Queens Alliance, Idlewild Park Preserve Environmental Science Learning Center, Series of hands-on science workshops focusing on wetland and estuaries; 149-20 Springfield Lane, Rosedale; meets Mon., Wed., Fri., 3:30-5 p.m., thru June 14. Ages 8-12, $8 per session, $21 per week. Contact: (347) 824-2301, or science-in-the-park.html.

“Maldita Pared,” a photographic exhibition by Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Miller Gallery, on display thru July 26. “Between the Lines,” a group exhibition by Zaun Lee, TJ Volonis and Scott Fitzgerald, connected by a shared interest of line, plane and pre-determined structure; thru July 12, Crossing Art, 136-17 39 Ave., Flushing. Info: (212) 3594333,

Boy Scout Troop #119, St. Margaret’s Parish Hall, 79 Place off Juniper Valley Rd., Middle Village, meets every Tues., 7:15-9 p.m. New members welcome.

Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures by Bundith Phunsombatlert, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, located on the lawn between the Unisphere and the Queens Museum, on view thru November.


Artworks by Abdias Nascimento, works by the Brazilian artist, author, playwright and senator, Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 405 Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, through June 21. Free.

THEATER Queens Secret Improv Club, Queens’ only allimprov comedy theater, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Indie teams: Wed. & Thurs. 7, 8 & 9 p.m., $5. House teams: Fri., 7:30, 8:30 & 9:30 p.m., $7 for the whole night. Info:

The Greenmarket at Socrates Sculpture Park at Vernon Blvd. & Broadway in Long Island City, every Saturday thru November, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Willy Wonka,” Oakland Gardens Community Theatre, PS 203, 53-11 Springfield Blvd., Bayside, Thurs.-Fri., June 12-13, 7 p.m. $5. RSVP: (718) 423-8652,

Italian for Beginners, Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, every Tues., 7-9 p.m., 10-week course. $60 pp. Contact: (718) 478-3100.

“We Women Do It Better! (¡Nosotras lo hacemor mejor!),” Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, now thru June 29. Performances in English: Fri., 8 p.m. & Sat., 3 p.m. Performances en el Español: Sat., 8 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m. $27 adults, $25 students/seniors. Info/tickets: (718) 729-3880,

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AUDITIONS “South Pacific,” Theatre By The Bay, Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside, Thurs., June 12, 7:30 p.m. Be prepared to sing (bring sheet music), dance & read lines from the script; rehearsals begin July 31, performances in Nov. Info: (718) 428-6363, Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,

“Shrek The Musical,” HCJ Teen Drama Group, Holy Child Jesus School, 111-02 86 Ave., Richmond Hill, Mon.-Tues., June 23-24, 7 p.m. Actors, singers, dancers, set and stage crew; rehearsals begin June 29 from Sun.-Thurs., 7-10 p.m. Performances Aug 7-10. Info: (718) 847-1860,

LECTURES Drinking History: A Pint of the Past, Beer & Home Brewing in 19th Century New York, King Manor Museum, 150-30 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, Sun., June 29, 3 p.m. Free, reservations required. Contact: (718) 2060545, ext. 13,, Elder Law: Learn How to Protect Your Assets, Ronald Fatoullah, Esq., elder law attorney, Fresh Meadows Library, 193-20 Horace Harding Expy., Mon., June 16, 6 p.m. Free.


Free dance/fitness classes, a week of free classes for children & adults includes: belly dance, boot camp, break dance and yoga, EC Squared Studio, 80-20 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 207, Jackson Heights. Info: (646) 508-4818, (646) 229-5867,

Strawberry Festival & Two-Penny Auction, Grace Episcopal Church, Clintonville St. & 14th Ave., Whitestone, Sat., June 21, 2-5 p.m. $7 adults, $3.50 children under 12. Info: 35th annual Gregorian Festival, St. Gregory the Great, 88th Ave. on the northbound service road of Cross Island Pkwy., Bellerose, Thurs., June 19-Sun., June 29. No admission charge. Info:

COMMUNITY Leo Von Holden Memorial Health Care Expo, Community Board 3, Corona Health Center, 34-33 Junction Blvd., Sat., June 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free medical screenings on site, no insurance required. Info: (718) 458-2707. Property Management 101, free workshop designed for new & existing property owners, Community Bridge House, 120-50 Springfield Blvd., Jamaica, Sat., June 14, 10-11:30 a.m. Pet adoption fair, Richmond Hill Block Association, the Buddy Monument at Forest Park, Myrtle Ave. & Park Lane So., Sat., June 14, 12-4 p.m.

Watercolor classes, National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston, Wed., 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. All techniques, beginner to advanced with demonstration. Call: (718) 969-1128.

Barbecue, United Community Civic Association, Central Lounge (patio), 20-30 Steinway St., Astoria, Thurs., June 19, 6:30 p.m. $50 donation pp.

DJ classes, Mainline, 218-12 Hillside Ave., Queens Village, 1st & 2nd week of every month. Once a week, four sessions, classes in beat mixing and MC techniques. Call: (718) 479-4848.

Block party at the Kaufman Arts District, backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios, 36th St. & 35th Ave., Sat., June 21, 4-10 p.m. $35 pp. Info:

“Telephone Inventor, Antonio Meucci and the Age of Invention,” Tony DeNonno, historian, Bella Italia Mia, Christ the King High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Ave., CNL Anne+Henry Paolucci Center, Door#10, 3rd Floor, Middle Village, Sun., June 22, 12 p.m. $5 members, $7 nonmembers.

Drama workshop, with instructor Lisa LaGrande. Poppenhusen Institute, ages 8-12; 114-04 14th Road, College Point, Sat., thru June 28, 10-11:30 a.m., Free. Contact: (718) 358-0067.

Greenmarkets — Socrates Sculpture Park: Vernon Blvd. & Broadway, Long Island City, every Sat., through Nov. 22, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: Astoria: 14 St., between 31st Ave. & 31st Road, every Wed., July 9-Nov. 26, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Info:

Nutrition, guest speaker Dr. Rita Harper, Sisterhood of the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., Mon., June 23, 12 p.m. Free. Contact: (718) 459-1000.

LP FAM’s youth basketball program, Queens Transition Center, 142-10 Linden Blvd., South Ozone Park, every Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Boys/girls, ages 8-16. Contact: Mike Glasgow (917) 442-0479.

Wednesday Night Singles Group, SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, second and fourth Wed. of each month, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 nonmembers.


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Build your own way into a world of science The Sandbox area was a favorite among the boys. The section is meant for visitors to build sturdy structures they can stand inside. Six-year-old Macaih used wooden dowels and rubber bands to begin building his shelter. The Studio is an area for small, tabletop structures. The first session at the Studio challenges kids to build a structure out of cardboard, circuits and pipe cleaners that would make the city a happier place. The Treehouse was not fully complete but will be a split-level area for experiments and activities requiring a vertical drop. It was there Richard built his bridge out of cardboard and aluminum to get out of his room. A little girl sitting next to him wanted to be trapped inside a snowflake. The contraption she made looked like a tool straight out of a Dr. Seuss book but she was happy with it and she assured her dad she would be able to live inside a snowflake if she had this tool. What “Design Lab” does so well is put the kids in charge. Often, many kid exhibits are hands-on but are somewhat restrictive continued on page 50 00 continued

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You are stranded on an island, active volcano or in the belly of a dinosaur. How do you survive? How do you escape? Ten-year-old Richard was stranded in his bedroom and created what he thought was the best way to escape. “I made a bridge,” he said, hardly looking up from his project. A bridge — and he emphasized this — that would only take him out of his room, not back in. Richard and dozens of other children and their parents — mostly museum members — got a sneak peek at the New York Hall of Science’s “Design Lab” on June 5. It opened to the general public on June 7. Margaret Honey, president and CEO of the Hall of Science, describes the new, permanent exhibition as a partnership. “With ‘Design Lab,’ we are exploring a new form of engagement between a museum and its visitors,” she said. “Science museums have always been known for hands-on exhibits and participatory programs, but with ‘Design Lab,’ visitors are in the driver’s seat like never before.”

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Area restaurants forecasting flood of fútbol fans continued from page page 00 45 continued from “Our team may be Colombia, but we welcome anyone,” he said. Like Badillo, bartender Gaby Vasquez expects El Basurero to be packed with all different types of fans all month. “I think it will be mixed,” Vasquez said of the expected crowd. “It’s going to be ver y packed but we’ll make a lot of money.” For fans of Brazil who want to watch their team try and win its record sixth World Cup, Favela Grill at 33-18 28 Ave. in Astoria is “the place to be” according to manager Artur Goncales. “For Bra zil games, it always get s packed,” Goncales said. “We have specials and giveaways like Brazilian flags.” Alex Carvalho, an Astoria resident who came to Favela Grill with friends to watch Brazil’s 1-0 win over Croatia, says there’s nothing like the atmosphere inside the restaurant during a game. “It’s like a beach in Brazil, man,” Carvalho said. “If I’m here in Queens, I’ll definitely be watching the games here.” While Bra zil and Spain, the 2010 champion, have been pegged as two of

Boca Juniors steakhouse manager Mathias Coni, right, and the rest of the restaurant’s PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA staff are ready for an influx of Argentina fans this month. the favorites to hoist the World Cup trophy next month, Argentina, Brazil’s bitter rival, is also expected by many to be a serious championship contender. Mathias Coni, the manager of the

Argentinian-themed Boca Juniors restaurant at 81-08 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst, hopes for the throngs of customers he expects to fill the tables of his eatery that those experts are correct.

“People bring in drums and flags. It’s hectic,” Coni said of the crowds during the 2010 World Cup. “It’s going to be a free-for-all; a lot of fun.” Newly purchased flat-screen televisions have been installed all around the venue, named after the Argentinian professional soccer club, just in time for the World Cup. According to Coni, ownership will even be hiring a bouncer to keep the frenzy at safe levels. Nearly every square inch of the walls of the restaurant features images from Argentina’s two previous World Cup victories in 1978 and 1986, as well as posters of famous players scoring goals for the Boca Juniors, described by Coni as the “New York Yankees of Argentina.” Much like 2010, he expects hundreds of fans to flock to his Argentinian soccer shrine. However, he expects even more patrons to come through the doors for Argentina’s first game on Sunday. “It’s Father’s Day too, so we’re going to have that many more people,” Coni said. “They will be lining up out the door Q all month.”

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FLEA MARKETS Kew Gardens spring flea market, LIRR North Parking Lot, 82-60 Austin St., Sat., June 14, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Raindate: Sat., June 21. Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue with dogs & cats for adoption from 1-5 p.m. All vendor fees benefit Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Pediatric Dept. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, Sat., June 14, 9 a.m-4 p.m. Call (718) 478-3100.

class); fitness classes in Zumba, aerobics, line dancing, yoga, tai chi, lower-body toning, sit and be fit; recreational activities (daily bingo, singing, watercolor painting, bus trips, meals and more). Contact: Hindy at (718) 894-3441. Pomonok Senior Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, free SNAP screenings for all seniors 60+. Eligibility check and application help. Info: (718) 591-3377, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Richmond Hill, 117-09 Hillside Ave., every Sun., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Largest flea market in Queens.

Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center, 12310 143 St., South Ozone Park, offers service programs Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch is at noon with a suggested donation of $1.50. Programs include: tai chi stretch, dance groups, choral group, ceramics, camera class, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. Contact: (718) 657-6752.



Community Board 3, second annual outdoor board meeting, Diversity Plaza, 37th Road, between 73rd & 74th Sts., Fri., June 19, 7 p.m. Info: (718) 458-2707.

Caregiver support groups, Queens Community House, 108-25 62 Drive, Forest Hills. & Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. Do you provide help to a family member, friend or neighbor? Could you use some help yourself? Free support services. Contact: Anne Attanas, LMSW, (718) 268-5960, ext. 226.

St. Benedict the Moor Church, Merrick Blvd. at 110th Ave., every Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Vendors welcome. Contact: (718) 332-0026.

North Shore Chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America, LIJ Hearing & Speech Center, 270-05 76 Ave., New Hyde Park, every third Wed. of month, 6:30 p.m. AARP meetings: Open to the general public. Chapter 1405, Flushing, Bowne Street Community Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Ave., 1st and 3rd Mon. each month, 1 p.m. Chapter 2889, Maspeth, American Legion Hall, 66-28 Grand Ave., meets 1st and 3rd Wed. each month, 12 p.m. Contact: (718) 672-9890.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: BEAUTY POP LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/19/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Andrew Vagenas, 161-19 29th Avenue, Suite 2, Flushing, New York 11358-1049. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

C & C MATH FACTORY L.L.C., Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/25/2014. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Craig Tan Chu and Charles Allen Mills, 11-02 49th Ave., Ste 4B, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

DONG CAI, if living, or if either or all be dead, their wives, husbands, heirsat-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said DONG CAI, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and the respective husbands, wives, widow or widowers of them, if any, all of whose names are unknown to plaintiff; MING KWOK, if living, or if either or all be dead, their wives, husbands, heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said MING KWOK, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and the respective husbands, wives, widow or widowers of them, if any, all of whose names are unknown to plaintiff; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; STATE OF NEW YORK; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; “JOHN DOES” and “JANE DOES”, said names being fictitious, parties intended being possible tenants or occupants of premises, and corporations, other entities or persons who claim, or may claim, a lien against the premises, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorney(s) within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service is made by delivery upon you personally within the State, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner, and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE: YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Honorable Augustus C. Agate of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed on January 23, 2014, and filed with supporting papers in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, State of New York. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by DONG CAI and MING KWOK to WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA in the principal amount of $55,000.00, which mortgage was recorded in Queens County, State of New York, on December 5, 2003, as CRFN: 2003000491399. JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association has purchased the loans and other assets of Washington Mutual Bank, formerly known as Washington Mutual Bank, FA (the “Savings Bank”) from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, acting as receiver for the Savings Bank and pursuant to its authority under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, 12 U.S.C. 1821 (d). Therefore, JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association is now the real party in interest in the proceeding. Said premises being known as and by 6-05 BEACH 67TH ST, ARVERNE, NY 11692. Date: January 14, 2014. Batavia, New York, Tanisha Bramwell, Esq. ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Batavia Office 26 Harvester Avenue Batavia, NY 14020 585.815.0288 Help For Homeowners In Foreclosure New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Mortgage foreclosure is a complex process. Some people may approach you about “saving” your home. You should be extremely careful about any such promises. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. There are government agencies, legal aid entities and other non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about foreclosure while you are working with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANKNYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the Department’s website at The State does not guarantee the advice of these agencies.

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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR THE RMAC TRUST, SERIES 2010-8T, Plaintiff, -against-, NANCY B. NEARMAN A/K/A NANCY NEARMAN, if she be living, or if she be dead any heirs-at-law, next-of-kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors, successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming, under, by or through Ricardo Campbell, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein; BOARD OF MANAGERS OF THE BAY CLUB CONDOMINIUM, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, Defendants. Filed: 2/22/13, Re-Filed: Index No. 3447/13. Plaintiff designates QUEENS County as place of trial Venue is based upon County in which premises are being situate SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS WITH NOTICE ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your Answer or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance upon the Plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the date of service or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York. If you fail to so appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED: Elmsford, New York, February 20, 2013. NOTICE: YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR THE RMAC TRUST, SERIES 2010-8T AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Karen B. Olson, Knuckles, Komosinski & Elliott, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, 565 Taxter Road, Suite 590, Elmsford, NY 10523, Phone: (914) 3453020. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR THE RMAC TRUST, SERIES 2010-8T IS FORECLOSING AGAINST THE OWNER OF THIS PREMISES. IF YOU LIVE HERE, THIS LAWSUIT MAY RESULT IN YOUR EVICTION. YOU MAY WISH TO CONTACT A LAWYER TO DISCUSS ANY RIGHTS AND POSSIBLE DEFENSES YOU MAY HAVE. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Janice A. Taylor, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Queens County, entered Oct. 4, 2013 and filed with the complaint and other papers in the Queens County Clerk’s Office, Jamaica, NY. NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT. THE OBJECT of the above-entitled action is to foreclose a purchase money mortgage to secure $136,000.00 plus interest, recorded in the Office of the County Clerk/City Register of the County of Queens on March 1, 2004 in CRFN 2004000124907 covering the premises described as follows: 2 Bay Club Drive, Unit 21H, Bayside, New York a/k/a Block 5893, Lot 2017, Unit 21H. The relief sought in the within action is final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the mortgage described above. The Plaintiff makes no personal claim against any Defendants in this action except Nancy B. Nearman a/k/a Nancy Nearman.


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SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS, INDEX NO.: 16581/2011, Date Filed: 5/22/2014, MORTGAGED PREMISES: 103-21 170TH ST., JAMAICA, NY 11433, BL#: 10224 – 3, Plaintiff designates QUEENS County as the place of trial; venue is based upon the county in which the mortgaged premises is situate. STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS, HARTFORD FUNDING, LTD., Plaintiff -against- EMRAN HOSSAIN, if living, and if dead, the respective heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignors, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and their respective husbands, wives or widows, if any, and each and every person not specifically named who may be entitled to or claim to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the verified complaint; all of whom and whose names and places of residence unknown, and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained by the Plaintiff, NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU, PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ACTING THROUGH THE IRS, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the attorneys for the Plaintiff within 20 days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE: YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT: THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $500,950.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Queens on January 28, 2010, at INSTR. NO. 2010000032725, covering premises known as 103-21 170TH ST., JAMAICA, NY 11433 - Block 10224; Lot 3. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. The Plaintiff also seeks a deficiency judgment against the Defendant and for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises. TO the Defendant EMRAN HOSSAIN, the foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Augustus C. Agate of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and dated April 23rd, 2014. Dated: New Rochelle, NY, May 19, 2014. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, P.C. By: /s/____, Leroy J. Pelicci, Jr., Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff, 145 Huguenot St., Ste. 210, New Rochelle, NY 10801, p. 914-636-8900, f. 914-636-8901. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE: NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT: YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department of Financial Services at 1-877-226-5697 or visit the Department’s website at FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS: Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services.

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CONZA & MCNAMARA, LLC, a domestic PLLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/15/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the PLLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 94-01 101 Ave., Ozone Park, NY 11416. Purpose: Law. NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/19/14, bearing Index Number NC-000298-14/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) DARREN (Last) PAN. My present name is (First) ZIXIAO (Last) PAN (Infant). My present address is 55-08 69th Pl., Apt. 2 FL, Maspeth, NY 11378. My place of birth is China. My date of birth is May 23, 2012.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: GABRIEL & PELAEZ, PLLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/24/2014. 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, 72-11 Austin Street, PMB No. 406, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Grace F. Management, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/2/12. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Box 4093, Hempstead, NY 11551. Purpose: General.

North Carolina, Wake County. File No. 14CVD02307. In the General Court of Justice, District Court Division. Michael P. Centeno, Plaintiff, vs. Joan R. Manrique, Defendant. Notice of Service of Process by Publication. To Joan Manrique, take note: that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the General Court of Justice, District Court Division, by the plaintiff herein, the nature of which is as follows: Absolute Divorce based upon one year’s separation. You are required by law to make defense to such pleading within forty (40) days from the date of the first publication of this Notice. If you fail to do so, the plaintiff will seek the relief sought herein. This the 3rd day of June, 2014. Signed: Brian S. Demidovich, The Law Corner, 211 E. Six Forks Rd., Suite 205, Raleigh, NC 27609. Published June 5, June 12, June 19, 2014. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS H & R Block Bank, a Federal Savings Bank, Plaintiff, against Jesus Guevara; et al., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated February 5, 2014, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction in the Queens County Supreme Court, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York 11435, in Courtroom #25 on June 20, 2014 at 10:00AM, premises known as 84-12 108th Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11417 All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in Borough and County of Queens, City and State of NY, Block: 9143 Lot: 6. Approximate amount of judgment $447,206.67 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 17858/2012. Nicole Katsorhis, Esq., Referee; Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff, 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: May 8, 2014 1093828 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 06/12/2014

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NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/19/14, bearing Index Number NC-000277-14/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) ALEX ANDER ( Last) ANDRES TORRES. My present name is (First) ALEX ANDER (Middle) ANDRES (Last) TORRES (Infant). My present address is 35-30 153 St., Apt. 4J, Flushing, NY 11354. My place of birth is Queens, NY. My date of birth is October 3, 2010.

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Chrome gripe excusable by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

California Chrome’s co-owner, Steve Coburn, took a lot of heat after Tonalist defeated his horse at the Belmont Stakes last Saturday. Coburn voiced his “Coward’s way out” comment to NBC Sports reporter Kenny Rice just minutes after learning that his horse would not be a Triple Crown winner as Tonalist, a horse that skipped both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, ruined what many thought would be a day of immortality for Coburn and California Chrome. Coburn did not seem to care that Tonalist’s owners badly wanted to run him in the Derby but the horse’s sudden illness forced them to change their mind. The fact that Tonalist qualified for Belmont by winning the Peter Pan Stakes a week after the Derby enraged him. After California Chrome won the Preakness all eyes were on him leading up to the Belmont Stakes. A lot of media and fans watched every one of Chrome’s workouts while Coburn was incessantly interviewed by every conceivable media outlet. He was a good sport about it based on my observations and conversations with him the days leading up to the race. Coburn and California Chrome had to travel from Louisville to Baltimore to Elmont over a two-week period while Tonalist, through no fault of his own, stayed in his Belmont barn

without attracting much attention. Therefore you can’t blame Steve Coburn for voicing some frustrations in the moments following the race. The New York Cosmos, who returned from dormancy last year, are back playing in the revitalized North American Soccer League. One of their top scorers is 22-year-old David Diosa, who grew up in Corona. On Saturday night the Cosmos will take on the New York Red Bulls of the NASL’s rival league, Major League Soccer, in a US Open Cup exhibition at Hofstra University. For ticket info, log onto As soon as the Mets got their fans excited by taking four out of five games from the aging Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, they dashed their hopes by getting swept in road series by the Cubs and Giants. The Mets probably concur with WC Fields’ 1925 joke about what he would like written on his tombstone: “On the whole I’d rather be in Philadelphia!” As the Mets have struggled, so has rookie catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who couldn’t even hit a paltry .200 for the first two months of the season. In his defense, enduring two concussions probably affected both his ability and confidence. Last Saturday the Mets demoted d’Arnaud to AAA. The overlooked Anthony Recker now gets a chance to prove himself. Q See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at


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We all know of the famous August 1965 concert by the Beatles at Shea Stadium. However, the Fab Four first came to Queens a year earlier, playing at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. Girls anxiously waited for the tickets to go on sale at 11 a.m. on May 1, 1964 at Limelight Products, located at 118-30 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, next door to the Kew Tavern Bar. Tickets were priced from $1.95 to $4.95. The 15,983 available quickly sold out. Rather than turn fans away, the pro- Girls waiting for Beatles tickets to go on sale at moters added more seats up close on 11 a.m. on May 1, 1964, in front of 118-30 on the tennis green for the premium Queens Blvd., in Forest Hills. price of $6.50. The envelope the tickets came in had the stadium by helicopter late on the first advertising sponsored by Capitol Records night, and the show finally got underway and the E.J. Korvette department store, at 9:50 p.m. Unless you got a seat up close, the music and is sought by collectors as much as the was drowned out by the hysterical screamticket stubs are. For security, an 8-foot fence was erected ing girls. With the shows’ 50th anniversary with barbed wire on top. The two shows coming up shortly, these girls could be were to take place at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 grandmothers today waiting to celebrate Q and Aug. 29, 1964. The Beatles arrived at their memories of this historical event.

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