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Arbitrator rules for teachers unions Ruling says city violated contracts with UFT, CSA in closing schools by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

eachers unions scored a big victory against the Department of Education Friday afternoon. An independent arbitrator assigned to mediate a dispute between the UFT and the Council of Supervisors & Administrators and the DOE has ruled that the city’s move to shut down low-performing schools and lay off half of their faculty and administration violated contracts between the city and the unions. The move may mean thousands of staff laid off at the end of the school year may again have jobs in September if they want them, and the city might lose out on almost $60 million in federal funding. The city closed seven high schools in Queens at the end of the school year, and plans to reopen them with new names and largely new staff in the fall. The schools that were closed include John Adams, Richmond Hill, August Martin, Flushing, Newtown, William Cullen Bryant and Long Island City. Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood had been targeted for closure but was given a reprieve at the 11th hour. The schools joined Jamaica, Beach Channel and Far Rockaway high schools, which have all been closed in recent years or are in the process of closing. In a statement, the UFT and CSA said the decision vindicated their belief that the mayor’s school turnaround proposal is a


Mayor Mike Bloomberg called the decision “an injustice.” Warning it will hurt federal funding, he and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, left, vowed to appeal the ruling to the New York State FILE PHOTO Supreme Court. failure. “Based on this decision, the current staff in these schools has the opportunity to remain there for the next school year, though those who have found new positions elsewhere are free to go to those new jobs if they choose,” the statement read. “This decision is focused on the narrow issue of whether or

not the mayor’s ‘new’ schools are really new. The larger issue, however, is that the centerpiece of the DOE’s school improvement strategy — closing struggling schools — does not work. Parents, students and teachers need the DOE to come up with strategies to fix struggling schools rather than giving up on them.”

The decision now puts in limbo the mayor’s turnaround plan for the seven schools closed this year, though it would not affect any of the schools closed in previous years. Mayor Mike Bloomberg blasted the decision and vowed to appeal. “Today’s decision is an injustice to our children that — if allowed to stand — will hurt thousands of students and compromise their futures. The ruling puts the career interests of adults ahead of the educational needs of children, and it contradicts the State Department of Education’s decision authorizing our plan to move forward,” he said. “We believe that all New York City public school students deserve the highest quality education, and these 24 schools were failing to provide it. We put in place a plan to close the schools and reopen them in September with new staff. The plan was permitted by state law and is consistent with existing union contracts — but we now risk losing the opportunity to hire effective faculty eager to be a part of the new school community. We will appeal the decision because we will not give up on the students at these 24 schools.” The DOE declined to comment directly on the decision but referred to the mayor’s statement. The ruling was supported by Queens’ continued on page 23


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New bus route leaves locals seething 109th Avenue residents say MTA left them in dark on Q41 change by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Geraldine Burccoleri’s home did not come with a driveway. But when her family moved there 40 years ago, that was not much of a problem. Parking was never much of an issue in the residential part of South Ozone Park where she lives. But in recent years, finding a spot has gotten more difficult along 109th Avenue as the population in the community rises and residents utilize the side streets to park cars and take the A train, which is located two blocks away. Finding a spot is important for Burccoleri. Her mother is handicapped and has a handicapped placard for her minivan. Her sister has Down syndrome and needs to utilize special vans to get around. That makes the parking spaces in front of Burccoleri’s home so important. But last Thursday morning, she woke up to a life-changing surprise. The coveted parking spaces in front of her house were gone. Half the block, including the section in front of her home, had been reserved for a bus stop serving Jamaicabound Q41 buses. There was never a bus line along this section of 109th Avenue. Until July 1, the route took the Q41, which runs from Jamaica Center to Howard Beach, along 111th Avenue from 111th to 130th streets. The change in the route was done to eliminate what the MTA described as time-consuming turns in South Ozone Park. The Q41 would run up 109th Avenue to 111th Street, then turn south one block to 111th Avenue. Then

Residents say the bus stops between 115th and 116th streets on 109th Avenue take away as many as 10 parking spots. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

Jamaica-bound buses would turn north at 130th Street, then west on 109th Avenue, then north again on 128th Street. The turns occurred where the cross streets are not contiguous on either side of 109th Avenue near PS 121 and St. Teresa of Avila church. When the MTA brought the plan before Community Board 10 last September, the board overwhelmingly rejected it, but the community board vote is merely a recommendation and the MTA is still allowed to implement plans without its support. Among those on CB 10 who opposed the change was Margaret Finnerty, president of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association, who suggested the change would affect students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and PS 100, both of which are on 111th Avenue, forcing them to walk a long block to access buses. But for Burccoleri and her neighbors, including Sherry O’Neil, who has lived on 109th Avenue between 115th and 116th Streets for four decades, it’s a quality of life issue. “We bought this house knowing we didn’t have a driveway, because we knew we had parking,” she said. Burccoleri was also concerned about who would be standing on the patch of grass in front of her house waiting for a bus, especially with two schools nearby. Deka Singh, who lives directly across the street from Burccoleri, has already experienced that problem. The red and blue sign marking the new bus stop sits almost directly in front of her home. “I found people sitting on my front steps,” she explained. continued on page 34

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Daytime robbery at Ozone Park casino Police say man stole $60,000 across the parking lot and escape to the street,” said State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. A robber swiped more than $60,000 at (D-Howard Beach) in a statement. “I will continue to advocate for the hirResorts World New York City Casino in South Ozone Park on Friday, according to ing of additional security personnel on the premises of the casino in police, raising questions an effort to create jobs and regarding security at the supplement the safety of eight-month old casino at the patrons there,” AddabAqueduct Racetrack. bo added. Police said a man The suspect is described walked into the casino as a Hispanic man and was around 4:30 p.m. and last seen wearing a blue approached one of the shirt, blue jeans and black cashiers. He passed a note sneakers. demanding money, simuThe robbery occurred lated a handgun in his just two weeks after the waistband and then fled casino reported that it the scene with the cash “in made more in slot machine an unknown direction.” revenue in the month of “I do have serious conMay than any other casino cerns regarding the procein the country, raking in dures that are in place $57.5 million. which would allow an Spokespersons for individual to take a bag of Police are searching for this money from the cashier man who allegedly robbed Resorts World Casino did not return requests for window, down to street $60,000 from the casino. Q PHOTO COURTESY NYPD comment. level, out of the casino, Chronicle Contributor

PS 63 Harvests Donations Students at PS 63 in Ozone Park, who took part in the Roundtable for the Penny Harvest, collected $600 in donations. The students gave the money to three organizations and presented checks to two of them. The first was to the Sophia Maglione organization, which is named for a child diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of two and a half and the second was the Little Baby Face Foundation, an organization that

helps children with facial deformities afford reconstructive surgery. Ms. New York was on hand to accept for Little Baby Face. The students said they enjoyed taking part in Penny Harvest and meeting Ms. New York, who stopped for a photo with the participating students. "As soon as I walked into the library, I knew I had done something right,” said fifth grader Riad Cruz.


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For three summers, the carousel at Forest Park sat shuttered behind a cyclone fence and tree overgrowth. The ornate merry-goround sat as a sad reminder of what parkgoers were missing. But this summer, the rustic horses and mules are spinning once more. The carousel opened in May and last week, as schools let out for summer, it went from just being open on weekends to spinning daily. The new operators, New York Carousel, have finally brought food vendors to the site, as well as more seating and entertainment for kids, including magic shows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They seem to be making a lot of the really good, smart moves,â&#x20AC;? said Ed Wendell, President of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association.â&#x20AC;&#x153;That gives me the confidence that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be there long term.â&#x20AC;? He said he has noticed a regular clientele visiting the attraction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weekends seemed to settle into a nice routine. It was a con-

stant stream of kids and parents going up there.â&#x20AC;? The carousel closes at sundown, but stayed open later a few times when plays were being performed in the nearby Seuffert Bandshell. Wendell said the carousel is especially popular with Woodhaven reisdents he talked to. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody we talked to went up there, making it a regular or semi-regular thing.â&#x20AC;? he said. Wendell was front and center in the years-long fight to reopen the carousel after its previous operator let its contract with the Parks Dept. lapse. He also made note of the new gate that surrounds the hilltop the carousel sits on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really defines the area,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting the old cyclone fence was not very appealing. As for the future, Wendell suggested there is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot of potentialâ&#x20AC;? in the grassy hill area east of the carousel that slopes down to Woodhaven Boulevard. He said the hoped to see more rides and entertainment in that Q area.

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Transportation dollars wasted merica’s transportation infrastructure is lagging behind. Europe and China have airports and rail systems which, since they were built more recently than ours, seem light years ahead. We were the leaders a century ago, but no more. Combine that with the fact that the economy remains sluggish at best after the crisis of 2008, and there’s no doubt that agencies such as the Port Authority, which runs the big airports, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subways, commuter rail lines and buses, must spend every penny wisely. Bridges like the Kosciuszko, which links Brooklyn and Queens over Newtown Creek, and the Tappan Zee, which crosses the Hudson River north of the city, are in such bad shape they need to be completely replaced, at a cost of billions of dollars. Eighty percent of city subway stations are not fully accessible to the handicapped, a blatant case of government-sponsored discrimination. The same is true of half the Long Island Rail Road stations in Queens. City councilmen like Danny Dromm of Jackson Heights have been pressing NYC Transit to fix the atrocious-looking elevated rail line above Roosevelt Avenue for years. Improvements at the airports have been made largely by the airlines to their terminals, while the PA has been unable to modernize the actual infrastructure enough to keep up with


demand. And of course the PA has taken heat for hiking bridge tolls beyond what’s needed to maintain them, so it can pay its share of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site. And yet it still doesn’t have enough money to do so — even with large trucks paying nearly $80 to cross a river. So while all these needs go unmet, where do you think the PA, MTA, U.S. Department of Transportation and city Economic Development Corp. recently dropped a collective $12.7 million in taxpayer money? Down the rabbit hole of the Greater Jamaica Development Corp., which used it to improve the strip of Sutphin Boulevard under the LIRR tracks at the railroad’s downtown hub. Nearly $13 million that could have been spent on improving the actual rail system, gone to subsidize as-yet unnamed retail stores. The only entities that are ready to move into the new shops built with your money and ours are two arts groups. They’ll be getting the space rent-free. And these are groups which, respectively, have recently been showing stuffed roadkill and a “sculpture” that looks like nothing more so much as a speed bump. No joke. Millions in taxpayer money, largely from transportation agencies, spent not on rail lines or airport runways, but on art only an artist could love. Talk about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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Traffic light needed Dear Editor: A pedestrian danger is lurking, at 67th Avenue and Austin Street in Forest Hills, and nothing concrete is being done about it. The intersection is a small but active and critical one that leads to and from the Long Island Rail Road footbridge. The problem is that it needs a red light. The city Department of Transportation does not think so. But the evidence is there. There are two stop signs, as well as “Stop” painted on the road leading up to the crosswalk. Yet, the three warnings rarely stop motorists, whether the crosswalk has people in it or not. Some slow down slightly. Some don’t even slow down. And some are too busy talking on their cell phones. At my urging, an aide for Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz observed, with me, the traffic pattern on a Sunday afternoon. In 15 minutes the aide, Joe Nocerina, counted nearly 60 cars; nearly all of them just drove through the stop signs. A large truck rumbled through without slowing down. To his credit, Joe subsequently brought down representatives from the DOT and the NYPD. They said the best thing that could be done is establishing an occasional police presence to catch people. So far, I have seen no police car there in the morning or evening rush hours. Ms. Koslowitz’s office also asked the DOT to do a traffic study. Bottom line of the study: not enough traffic. The real bottom line: no one has gotten killed there. © Copyright 2012 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc. at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, N.Y. 11374-7769.


Does it take a little kid from the Montessori school to get hit by a car to take the only appropriate action — a stop light? A stop light would end the danger. I have nearly been run over a dozen times in the past few years. Others have, too. When I shout at the driver, I usually get the middle-finger salute or shouts back in return. Yes, I know that people cheat at stop signs. Most of us have. But the cheating at this intersection (where cars also rush out of the driveway of the apartment complex opposite the crosswalk) is at an epidemic level. Forget that it’s not a busy street like Queens Boulevard, where stop lights are de rigueur. Think of the 4-year-olds from the school, the elderly and everybody else who has to dodge these recklessly driven cars. Does the city care? We’ll see. Richard Sandomir Rego Park

Casino pawn stars Dear Editor: Hopefully the tax revenue generated by the casino means no tax increases for the foresee-

The Con Ed lockout t’s lamentable that Con Edison locked out around 8,000 employees early Sunday morning after contract talks failed. Lamentable and dangerous. But we understand where the utility is coming from. It offered to extend the current contract for two more weeks so talks could go on, along with the condition that the union would warn of any strike a week ahead of time, and Con Ed would do the same for a lockout. But the union refused. We sympathize with the workers. But their leadership should have extended the current contract and stayed at the bargaining table. We urge Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers United of America to reopen the talks. Con Ed’s offer remains. The ball is in the union’s court now.


able future. The money has to go somewhere. Meanwhile I see new businesses sprouting up around the area. At least four pawn shops have opened up. This is fantastic. I would never have thought the quality of life would improve so fast with the casino opening. Ray Hackinson Ozone Park

Frankly, my dear ... Dear Editor: Here we go again. The chorus of the politically correct wants us to believe the horrible turnout on Primary Day was due to the fact that it was held in June and not September. Nonsense. One can always remember the words of Rhett Butler (who must have been a Democratic district leader in the South Bronx before he moved to Charleston), who told his Scarlett, “I don’t give a damn.” That’s what the voters really said. At least the inspectors at the polling places had some good naps while collecting their $200.

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Dear Editor: Since Con Edison as of 2 a.m. Sunday, July 1, 2012 locked out 8,500 ConEd power workers jeopardizing the health and safety of the City of New York and Westchester during this heat wave, in accordance with the fascist corporate state policy “to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions” (“Occupy Wall Street Declaration,” New Politics, XIII (4),Winter 2012, p. 9), I propose the measure of “extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State” (The Communist Manifesto, 1848, Marx and Engels) be implemented by the United States Congress with respect to Con Edison and all power companies. Con Edison is bargaining in bad faith with the intent to phase out defined pensions and adversely impact wages and healthcare so, to avert a legal strike, Con Edison authorized a lockout by notifying unionized workers not to report to work. Amendment V of the Constitution of the United States of America permits the confiscation of private property for “public use” with just compensation (i.e., nationalization). Despite high electric rates for residential and


commercial consumers, brownouts and blackouts every year during heat waves in New York City, this relative monopoly survives since they have “donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them” (“Occupy Wall Street Declaration,” New Politics, ibid. 9). This is in perfect synchrony with Mayor “Bloomberg’s aversion to democratic planning and oversight” (“Planning the Neoliberal City,” Dan Steinberg, New Politics, ibid. p. 145), and the concomitant political neutralization of the counter-hegemonic force of American trade unionism. Joseph N. Manago Briarwood

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A colleague’s kudos Dear Editor: I would like to offer kudos to the Queens Chronicle for their free ad campaign targeting employment for U.S. veterans (“Chronicle seeking to match vets with work” and “Veterans: Let us help you find work,” Editorial, June 21). By offering our veterans the chance to participate at no cost, the Chronicle sets an example for everyone in a position to help out with much needed resources. Many publications brand themselves as community newspapers; however, that title is earned not by selling ads; it’s earned by publications that put their best foot forward in trying to improve the quality of life for their readers. The Forum recognizes and commends the Queens Chronicle for this very important contribution they have made. As the publisher of The Forum, I know the effort and the cost that goes into organizing projects such as these. Your readers should know that their loyalty to your publication is rewarded with your best attempt to give back to the community at large. Very few publications merit the congratulations of their peers, but I am pleased to say that the Chronicle is worthy of such congratulations, and I am proud to call its publisher, Mark Weidler, my colleague. Patricia Adams Publisher, The Forum Howard Beach Editor’s note: See another article and promotional ad on the veterans’ employment initiative in this week’s edition.


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Let’s wait till September, when the next batch of primaries are held at their regular time. The inspectors should bring cots and fluffy pillows. Kenneth Lloyd Brown Forest Hills The writer says he has not missed an election or primary vote in 65 years.


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continued from page 9 after a short CPR lesson is empowering. I am truly thankful to my representative, Sen. Kemp Hannon, for sponsoring and helping champion the passage of the CPR in Schools legislation in the state Senate. He is well aware how important this bill is to saving lives. Today, far too many people die suddenly from cardiac arrest. If no CPR is provided or no defibrillation occurs within three to five minutes of collapse, the chance of survival drops signif icantly. With the passage of this bill, every high school graduate would be prepared to save lives in their own homes and communities. With hands-only CPR, it is now even easier to teach this lifesaving skill. In less than the time it takes to watch a 30 minute TV episode, we can give students the skills they need to help save a life. Please think of Leah this Aug. 31 when she celebrates her “6th re-birthday” as a college senior at Fordham University. Encourage your state representatives to pass this bill in the next session. Claudia Olverd Plainview, LI

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Dear Editor: The recent article, “Beast!” in the NY Daily News (June 22), about the pitbull fighting ring in the Bronx run by the building’s superintendent, should have been a headliner. It also should be a wake up call to people everywhere. There were 100 chairs set up for spectators. This man was raking in the cash at the expense of non-willing participants who had no choice but to fight. The ringleader of this circus of horrors will probably get fined and minimal jail time and he is probably already trying to find another location for this bloody sport. If you have a conscience and a heart beating inside of you, you will contact your local politicos and protest. If you don’t care for animals, think about what these people will do on the street to other humans. The light sentence this offender will probably receive is a travesty of justice and an affront to animals and humanity. I’m heartbroken. Debra Greca-Rauh Woodhaven Editor’s note: See the Chronicle’s May 3 article “Bill to crack down on animal fight spectators” in the archives at

Assimilate already Dear Editor: There is an old saying that goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” I refer to your June 21 Letters to the Editor column in which you posted several letters from Queens residents (“Vote in English” I, II and III) regarding the “demand” from state Sen. Toby Stavisky and Assemblyman David Weprin that voters be provided information in three more languages, Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi. I agree with the writers, who said that people who wish to vote should learn English. If you come to this country to lead a better life, learn English, become a legal citizen and become an asset to the country — rather than coming here illegally, refusing to learn English and demanding that you receive free benefits and the legal rights of American citizens. People coming to this country who do not

want to learn English and become citizens, and want America to cater to them and the customs of their homelands, are not making any contribution but have the nerve to demand equal rights. How many times have you gone into a supermarket and seen a young non-English speaking person handing the cashier a “blue” benefits/Medicaid card and paying absolutely nothing for their groceries? Or seen the same at the drugstore, hospital, eyeglass store or anywhere else they can get something for nothing? Many times the card has someone else’s picture on it but the cashier doesn’t even question it. Who is paying for all these free benefits? The American taxpayer. What a ridiculous situation the government has put us into: paying for all these free benefits while Americans are finding it difficult to get jobs because illegal aliens got them. Something must be done about this, and done quickly. Write to your senators and Congress members and demand that they do something regarding foreigners who come to this country and demand that we change our rules to suit their customs and languages. James Solomon Jackson Heights

Don’t raise our pay Dear Editor: (An open letter to Gov. Cuomo): Allow me the opportunity to comment on your recent proposal to increase legislators’ salaries. In my opinion, it represents a conflict of interest for any legislator to vote on their own pay raise. In the past, legislation increasing the salaries for Assembly members and Senators was passed in one legislative session and would take effect in the next session, in other words the next elected class of officials. Although this practice does not seem to be spelled out in law, it should be continued, with one caveat. Any such proposal should be announced prior to the November general elections so that voters will have an opportunity to view Assembly and Senate candidates in light of a higher salary. Your proposal also suggests including a requirement that a pay raise should be conditional on eliminating the “per diem” for legislators that currently exists. I do not believe that abolishing the “per diem” in return for a pay raise serves any useful good government purpose. The per diems serve to compensate legislators for their hotel bills and meals while in Albany and other expenses such as gas and highway and bridge tolls to go to and from the district. In addition, since some members travel much greater distances than others, eliminating the per diem would unfairly financially affect those members. A better approach would be to stop the antigood government “lulus” (bonuses) which have been used historically by the leadership of both houses to control individual member votes. This is a practice which should be outlawed, and making this happen in exchange for a pay raise would help to greatly improve Albany. Quite frankly, these positions should also be made full time in exchange for any pay raise. I hope that you will consider my suggestions when submitting your proposal to the legislature. Tony Avella NYS Senator for the 11th District Bayside

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De Blasio to Macy’s: We want a better view Public advocate wants July 4th show moved back to East River next year by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

For many years, Queens residents from Astoria to Flushing to Howard Beach would go to their rooftops, terraces or attic windows at sunset, or find a comfortable place on the Grand Avenue LIE overpass, in Queensbridge Park, or on the Joseph Addabbo Bridge, anywhere with a good view of the Manhattan skyline, and look west. They were treated to one of the country’s most well-known pyrotechnics shows — the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks Then in 2009, Macy’s moved the show to the Hudson River to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s sail up his namesake waterway. That year, the show was blocked from view for most of the borough by the Manhattan skyline. Macy’s promised them the move would only be temporary, but four Independence Days later, the barges that carried the Macy’s show still sat on the New York-New Jersey border. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is asking Macy’s to bring the show back to the East River next year and is circulating a petition seeking signatures in support. De Blasio spokesman Wiley Norvell said as many as 1,000 people have signed the petition as of June 30, and the public advocate is planning to bring the list of signatures to a meeting with the famous retailer sometime in July with state Sen. Dan Squadron (D-Brooklyn)

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is circulating a petition asking for Macy’s to bring the retailer’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show back to the East River, where they can be viewed easier by FILE PHOTO Queens residents and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “We’re going to be sitting down with Macy’s sometime in the next couple of weeks,” he said adding that the petition will be circulated even after the meeting.

The Hudson River is a wider body of water, and unlike the East River, it does not have any bridges spanning it south of the George Washington Bridge, which makes it an easier place to park barges full of exploding fireworks. But the show was done on the East River for a

number of years, and de Blasio believes an East River show is better for all residents of New York City, including Queens where people in high-rises in Forest Hills and Flushing could have good views of the show. “There’s a big difference in terms of the equity of it,” Norvell said, pointing out that an East River show is more convenient both for residents living in the wealthy Queens West development and in adjacent Gantry State Park, as well as in low-income housing projects like Queensbridge, Ravenswood and Astoria Houses. The East River fireworks were viewable from at least as far into Queens as MacNeil Park in College Point and Broad Channel. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), whose district includes much of the East River shoreline, has been pushing Macy’s to bring the show back for a few years. “I have watched the fireworks from Gantry State Park in the past. I know what a boon it is to local businesses and restaurants and I know how people enjoy watching them from their rooftops or in the street,” he explained. “It’s a big, big deal. Van Bramer understood the reasoning that the Hudson River is an easier venue to conduct a fireworks show, but noted that an East River show is not unprecedented. “Whether or not it’s easier is not something I would dispute,” he said. “But it’s not like Q they haven’t done it before.”

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“I did worry,” said Carmen Becker, 82, at her apartment in Jackson Heights. “If I fainted, what would happen?” . Becker, a diabetic who suffers from arthritic pain and is a retired social worker and pianist, told Sunnyside Community Services that she didn’t have an air conditioner at the end of June. Case managers raised $1,500 at a bake sale and raffle in December and have used that money to pay for medication and 12 fans that were given to seniors in SCS’ service area, Supervisor Iolanda De Souza said. Becker was told it might be too late to receive a donated air conditioner, but was brought a fan right away. However, soon after Becker, who lives on a f ixed income supplemented by food stamps, made the request, the Home Depot donated one to the cause. SCS drove the machine over and Becker’s super installed it. “Many seniors worry about the financial impact of the AC, because they won’t be able to afford the electrical bills. So we need to be aware of that,” De Souza said. Becker plans to install a curtain to block off the entrance to the room where the air conditioner is housed to cut down on the cost. For those seniors who can leave their house, but don’t want to go to the beach, a

Sunnyside Community Services received an air-conditioning unit from the Home Depot, which they PHOTO BY JOSEY BARTLETT donated to senior Carmen Becker of Jackson Heights. library or another public space, or pay for an air conditioner, there are cooling centers throughout the city, De Souza said. Centers can be found by calling 311 or visiting the city’s office of emergency management’s website. SCS, located at 43-31 39 St., is a cooling center and hosts games and free meals. Last weekend during the year’s first heat

wave, SCS stayed opened a few hours extra to make sure it was safe for the seniors to return home. Becker used to go to the beach to beat the heat, but a recent stroke makes it hard for her to walk. A rod in her leg from a fall in 2006 also impairs her mobility. SCS calls those clients who are homebound such as Becker, to check in. Many of

the seniors also receive Meals on Wheels, said De Souza, and the drivers make quick assessments of the clients to see if they seem cognizant. If something is amiss SCS calls their family and if the family member cannot be reached, or the situation is dire, the organization calls the police. “We make sure these people are in a safe place,” De Souza asserted. “Some have homecare, but it’s possible it’s just during the week.” SCS called the police about 20 times last year, De Souza said. The office of the Chief Medical Examiner certif ied 19 deaths in the city last year, including that of a 73-year-old Queens man, as attributable to the heat waves that struck the city in July and August. This year an 81year-old man from Queens died on June 21 from heat-related issues. Fourteen of the 19 died in the four-day period of July 22 through 25 in 2011, when the temperature reached 100 degrees or higher for three straight days. All the victims had underlying medical conditions, the Medical Examiner’s office reported. Seniors seem to overdress for the weather and do not hydrate enough, said De Souza. “Remind them to wear light clothing, and drink fluids. Seniors don’t move as much and don’t feel the heat like we do,” Q she added.

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either mail it to the Chronicle or email it to “It’s definitely a worthy public service,” comFor many of us, summer is the season to relax and spend time with family. Children and mented retired Army Sgt. First Class Marvin young adults are off from school, parents take Jeffcoat. Jeffcoat is a member of VFW Post vacation days, and everyone has the opportunity 2813 in Woodside and state chairman of the VFW’s Legislative to be with each other. Committee, and he We do this especially been featured preduring the holidays, ou guys there are doing a has viously in the paper. such as the Fourth of Marine Corps July, when we great job. ... I commend League’s commanremember the birth you for your work.” dant of the Det. 240 of our nation. NSQ, James Seaman But, what about — State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., noting that Sr., was very enthusithose who fought for unemployment for veterans is growing much astic about the ad. “I our nation? As we more than that for the rest of the population think it’s wonderful take time this sumthat you guys are mer to enjoy ourselves and celebrate, we very often do not really doing this. It really is.” He even offered to help think about those who fought for us. In fact, with our endeavors when he stated, “I’m going many of them are not fortunate enough to spend to contact the American Legion, and if there is summer the way many others can, by going on anything else I can do, let me know.” Andrea Scarborough, a member of the Unitvacations or taking expensive trips, because they ed Coalition for Veterans and Community do not have the jobs to earn the money to do so. This season, we wish for everyone to spread Rights, was very excited when she heard about the word to veterans that the Queens Chronicle the service. “Oh!” she exclaimed, “That’s really is offering a Situation Wanted section in which neat! I like that!” Candace Sandy, communications director they can give their information for a free ad in the paper to help them find work. The least we for Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), can do for those who sacrificed their lives for is working with Scarborough for a Welcome Back Troops event. The event will be on Friday, ours is for us to help improve theirs. The promotion, which is running again in July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at York College this week’s paper, is entitled VETERANS in Jamaica. “I forwarded the ad to the coordinaNEED A JOB: and at the bottom of the page is tor of the event, Andrea Scarborough,” Sandy the ‘VETERANS “SITWANT” SECTION’ stated, “and what we will do is make fliers out Here, a veteran would fill out his or her name, of the ads. I will also print one out and talk to address, phone number(s), skills, etc., and my chief of staff.” This service has also caught the attention of some members of the state Assembly. “The ad looks good,” said Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), a member of the Veterans Committee. “We’ll put it in the window. Good luck!” The Senate has also taken notice, Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D- Howard Beach) stated, “You guys there are doing a great job. The major growth of unemployment for veterans is twice the average of regular unemployment. I commend you for your work.” Vets Helping Vets President and CEO Stephen Smith is very pleased with the project. “I was highly impressed,” he said exuberantly over the phone, “I think this is a great idea. I emailed it to Senator Addabbo, [Councilman Eric]Ulrich, and [Assemblyman Phil] Goldfeder. I printed a stack and am dropping them off at the Queens Veteran Center tomorrow.” If you or anyone you know is a veteran and is seeking a job, please let them know to fill out the small form in our paper and send it to us. We sincerely hope that this will be an efficient These soldiers, at an event in Jamaica, returned way to help everyone who is seeking work to from Afghanistan in 2009. find it, and hopefully this will only breed more Q PHOTO BY THEODORE PARISIENNE success as the summer continues. Chronicle Contributor

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Two Elmhurst men were arrested on burglary charges last week after allegedly casing houses in Queens with the 3-yearold daughter of one of the suspects in their vehicle. According to a statement issued by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Michael Nantindim, 34, and Edgar Mortel, 22, were arrested on June 26 as they allegedly tried to fence stolen property at an electronics repair shop in Woodside. Police officers assigned to the Burglary Larceny Apprehension and Surveillance Team allegedly found Nantindim’s daughter in the rear seat of his Lincoln Navigator after following the men as they cased houses in Elmhurst, Little Neck and Flushing before going to the electronics shop. They allegedly have been tied to four burglaries in Kew Gardens Hills, Fresh Meadows and Flushing between June 22 and June 25. Both have been charged with seconddegree burglary, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, possession of burglar’s tools, seventh-degree crimi-

nal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree criminal trespass; and Nantindim with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Nantindim had bail set at $40,000 and Mortel at $15,000. Both are due back in court on July 11. Nantindim allegedly admitted to police that he had smoked methamphetamine earlier in the day. “These are disturbing allegations,” Brown said in a statement issued by his office last Friday. “Burglary is a serious crime in and of itself. It is unthinkable that a father would put his innocent child in harm’s way while allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and casing potential burglary targets.” Items allegedly recovered from the vehicle included a camcorder, a camera, a computer hard drive, a cell phone and an Apple MacBook laptop, a pipe and a substance believed to be methamphetamine. A search of Nantindim’s home allegedly recovered a stolen credit card and more Q suspected methamphetamine.


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Most Queens pols applaud ruling Supreme Court’s decision to back Obamacare garners praise here by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor

The decision by the Supreme Court last Thursday to uphold most of the controversial Affordable Care Act of 2010 — also known as Obamacare — was received pretty much along party lines by Queens elected officials. The 5-4 ruling by the country’s highest court was a major victory for President Obama, but Republican opponents are continuing to call for the law’s repeal. The lengthy measure’s most controversial aspect requires people to have health insurance or pay a fine. The Supreme Court ruled that the fine for lacking insurance is valid as a tax, though otherwise it would not be allowed under the Constitution. Individuals without health insurance will face the fine beginning in two years. Only the very poor are exempt. Other provisions of the act prohibit insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing medical conditions and allow parents to keep their children on family polices until the age of 26. “I am pleased that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act,” said state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside.) “It is time to move beyond the right-wing, Tea Party rhetoric against this law, which masked the fact that healthcare in this country is in need of real reform. This legislation is certainly a significant step in the right direction and I applaud the Supreme Court for letting it stand.” Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) hopes the decision will lead to a bipartisan effort in Congress. “Over two years ago, President Obama and Democrats in Congress took on the longstanding challenge of improving our nation’s healthcare system. We worked to put an end to runaway premium increases and arbitrary coverage denials, to improve and strengthen Medicare, and to create options for individuals and small businesses to purchase quality and affordable insurance. I am pleased our hard work was validated,” Crowley said. “I also hope a new bipartisan spirit emerges after today,” he added. “Instead of wasting energies on pursuing a repeal of health reform, I hope my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will start working with Democrats to implement this law in the best way possible and return our attentions to the pressing issues of the day — creating jobs and strengthening the economy.” City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) had a different take on the court’s decision. “We were told by supporters of Obamacare that it was definitely not a tax,” Vallone said. “Now the court is apparently saying that the only way it can pass constitutional muster is because it is a tax. I haven’t read the decision yet, but the American people don’t take kindly to being misled.” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) advises fellow Democrats to be vigilant, despite Thursday’s victory. “Today’s decision marks a huge win for the American people. The constitutionality of healthcare reform has today been reaffirmed by our nation’s highest court,” Maloney said. “We must now put our shoulders to the grindstone in seeking to protect health care reform,” she continued. “We can’t forget that just yesterday, Speaker Boehner promised if the court does not strike down the entire law, the House will move to repeal what’s left of it.” Republican Rep. Bob Turner, who represents Brooklyn and Queens, said he was disappointed in the ruling. “Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold Obamacare is disappointing. While declared constitutional, the Supreme Court’s ruling does not change the fact that it is still a very bad law,” Turner said. “Congress has already found many mandates in Obamacare that would hurt small businesses and kill jobs. Several more taxes and burdensome regulations on small businesses are set to go into effect in the next two years,” he said. “Congress must now rededicate itself to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with common-sense proposals that will lower healthcare costs for all Americans.

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“Today’s decision is complicated and it will take time to fully understand,” Turner continued. “However, one thing is clear; this decision has made the law’s implementation more difficult for states, small businesses and families.” Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens, Nassau) said the court’s decision is a huge win for the American people. “Republicans were expecting to high five each other today. But fortunately, the highest court in the land KO’d that plan, and quashed their ridiculous claims that providing quality, affordable healthcare to all Americans was unconstitutional,” he said. “This decision finally ends the practice of insurance companies making healthcare decisions for Americans, and puts consumers in control of their coverage,” he added. “Now, individuals without health insurance will be afforded the opportunity to purchase coverage through new exchanges, and insurance companies will be required to implement landmark protections for everyone such as not denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, prohibiting lifetime caps and banning plans from dropping people who get sick. It also improves coverage for seniors by expanding Medicare and extends provisions that target baby boomers.” State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said improved healthcare is a priority in his district. “Quality, affordable healthcare is everyone’s goal,” Addabbo said. “It is our job now to get accurate information out to the people on this act.” He added: “It shouldn’t be a political football. It’s about helping everybody.” Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) also applauded the decision. “The Supreme Court recognized a necessary, practical and comprehensive overhaul of the largest sector of our economy,” Meng said. “After so many long, costly, and sometimes bitter discussions about this law and litigation, it is time to move onward and upward,” she added. State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said, “The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is good news for the millions of Americans who lack affordable healthcare. I hope this decision finally ends the divisive partisanship exhibited by the extreme right wing to advance its political goals. Our focus should now be on implementing this law in a way that will cause healthcare costs to decrease and grant more people coverage, particularly for the most vulnerable members of our communities who require additional care.” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) said that the decision “elicits a collective sigh of relief from 33 million previously uninsured Americans who will receive coverage under the ACA. It brings comfort to 77 million Americans that health

insurance companies will no longer be able to deny, restrict, or drop from coverage due to a pre-existing medical condition. The same for millions of children who will be able to stay on the plans of their parents until age 26.” Meeks went on to ask that the two parties unify under the plan. “Republicans must act in the interest of Americans now, and put the politics aside,” he said. “Instead of rhetoric about repealing the ACA, it is time for Republicans to work toward successful implementation. I remain ready for a bipartisan effort, but Democrats must push forward even in the face of opposition from those in our nation who want to put politics before progress.” Republican Councilman Dan Halloran of Whitestone was not happy with the decision. “Like most Americans, I am disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling. Obamacare is expensive, expansive and unpopular,” Halloran said. “Americans oppose it by large margins. Obamacare adds hundreds of layers of regulation, rules and bureaucracy to our already-overburdened healthcare industry,” he continued. “Big government Obama Democrats just don’t get it. Today’s ruling has given them the last thing they need — encouragement to add more laws, taxes and rules that make health- care so expensive in the first place. “Even in upholding Obamacare, the Supreme Court held that it’s a tax — the biggest tax increase in American history. That’s the last thing we need in these economic times,” Halloran added. Queens’ other Republican councilman, Eric Ulrich of Ozone Park, agreed. “I am deeply concerned that the decision to uphold Obamacare will lead to healthcare rationing and deep cuts in services for Queens residents. Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Paterson both warned that Obamacare would hurt New York disproportionately as the medical capital of America. It will also cut $500 billion out of our trusted Medicare program. We desperately needed reforms to control rising healthcare costs, but I am afraid this will make things worse.” Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica) called the decision “fantastic” and that the act “will provide the opportunity to cover 30 million people who don’t have health insurance and allows for more preventive care.” “Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights” said the act “is a real boost to people who need healthcare. I think it will help the country and it’s time to move forward.” Dromm admitted it’s not perfect: “There are some kinks that need to be worked out,” he added. State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) said that now politics is taken out of the equation. “These are exciting times,” Stavisky added. “We need to work together to make sure it works.” Phil Ragusa, chairman of the Queens Republican Party issued the following statement panning the decision: “While the Queens Republican Party’s Executive Committee appreciates Chief Justice Robert’s rebuff of the Obama administration’s tortured attempt to use the commerce clause to justify an individual mandate as well as the court’s decision not to allow the Obama administration to punish states that do not comply with Obamacare dictates by withholding critical Medicaid dollars, it is obviously disappointing that this economy-killing law survives in any form. Obama’s policy prescription was always worse than the disease. “That the court upheld it as tax to be collected by the IRS from those unable to afford private insurance unmasks the Obama administration’s hypocrisy. Obama swore time and again it wasn’t a tax but then instructed government lawyers to argue it was a tax. “This President has once again lied to the American people and levied the largest tax on the people while overseeing the largest expansion of government ever —deepening our recession and causing more pain on the middle class and small businesses — and just to make a name for himself.” Q

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The suspect in three armed attacks on knife pulled her into a walkway, sexually women in Forest Hills is alleged to have abused her and robbed her. A 17-year-old woman was attacked outstruck again in Corona in the early-mornside her house at 3 a.m. on May 28. Police ing hours of June 22. Ibrahima Ragis, 20, is suspected of being said a man with a knife dragged her into an alley and raped her. one of two men who accosted a On June 3, a 22woman in front of year-old woman a building on the was accosted at Horace Harding 2:37 a.m. as she Expressway at entered her home. around 2:30 a.m. She was robbed The 20-year-old before the man was victim told police seen by a witness that two men Ibrahima Ragis, left, and an unidentified sec- and fled. attacked her in omd suspect are being sought by the NYPD. The suspect in PHOTOS COURTESY NYPD the first attack on quick succession, and both fled when she fought back. June 22 is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall Ragis is wanted in connection with the and weighing 150 pounds, wearing dark blue second attack on the woman. He is described basketball shorts. as a black male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing Anyone with information is asked to 160 pounds and has black hair. call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800)-577-TIPS He is wanted for three attacks in Forest (8477). The public also can submit tips by Hills between May 19 and June 3. On May logging onto by 19, a 19-year-old woman was entering her texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering Q home at about 3:30 a.m. when a man with a TIP577. All tips are confidential.



Liquor licensing bill in senate A potential law will give community boards more input on liquor licenses, Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) said. The bill passed in the Assembly last month. The Senate could see the bill sometime before November. If the Senate does not reconvene to pass the bill, Moya will need to reintroduce it in January. The law would require a business owner seeking a liquor license to notify their community boards 60 days before he or she turns the application into the State Liquor Authority instead of the required 30 days.

Additionally, the bill would provide community boards with a liaison responsible for communications between the board and the SLA. SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen said at a Community Board 3 town hall in May that the bill was unnecessary. The bill is in response to a rising number of bars in the area as well as increased crime at those establishments, Moya said. More input from the community could mitigate the problem. “There should be a remedy to this problem plaguing our community,” Moya said. Q


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continued from page 2 representative on the Panel for Education Policy, Dmytro Fedkowskyj, who voted against the closures, along with PEP representatives from the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn. In a statement, Fedkowskyj said the ruling is a chance to revisit other ideas to fix city schools including some that he said were not given a chance to work. “Borough President [Helen] Marshall and I were opposed to the ‘Turnaround model’ when it was introduced in January and at this point the Mayor and Chancellor need to address the situation with a proven educational plan that will fix our schools, not close them,” he said. “This should have been the agenda from the start and not some experiment that hasn’t been used by the DOE for more than 10 years, especially at this scale. We had proven plans in place last year (Transformation and Restart) when the school year started, but they were discontinued when this model was introduced. We need those models back because they had proven track records that can sustain improvement and gains over the long term and not some quick f ix band aid like the ‘Turnaround’ model.” A repeal could be a difficult lift for the Bloomberg administration. It filed an appeal Tuesday to the New York State Supreme Court, the state’s lowest civil

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is reminding residents that opening f ire hydrants to cool off in the summer heat is illegal and dangerous if done without a city-approved sprinkler cap. The caps can be obtained free of charge at city firehouses by adults 18 years of age or older. The DEP said open hydrants can reduce the water pressure needed to fight fires, thus reducing the flow of water into pumps and fire hoses. A loss in water pressure also can cause serious problems at hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities. Children also can be at risk because the pressure from an open hydrant that does not have a spray cap can knock a small child down and cause injury. An illegally-opened hydrant can release more than 1,000 gallons per minute, while one with a cap will release between 20 and 25. The penalty for opening a hydrant illegally can be up to 30 days in jail, up to $1,000 in fines or both. Open hydrants should be reported to 311. Q

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Boyfriend arraigned in alleged murder Danielle Thomas was found in the couple’s bathtub surrounded by ice by Josey Bartlett Associate Editor

Danielle Thomas, right, was found dead in the apartment she shared with her boyfriend Jason Bohn who was charged with her killing. Her mother, Jamie Thomas Bright, left, attended her graduPHOTO COURTESY FACEBOOK ation from University of Florida. When officers arrived at the apartment at about 7:30 p.m., they found Thomas’ body laying face up in a bathtub surrounded by bags of ice, according to the DA’s Office. Thomas had bruising on her forehead, face, shoulders and chest; broken cartilage and compressions in her neck; several fractures to all sides of her rib cage; and a lacerated liver. Medics arrived and pronounced her dead

at the scene, according to police. Officers also found two handwritten notes that allegedly said “It was an accident, it was accident, it was an accident ... I had been drinking and I was drunk when I got home ... she was already asleep ... I woke up and there was fighting between us ... When I woke up again she was unconscious ... I am sorry.” The second note allegedly said “Dani,

I will love you forever.” Thomas moved into Bohn’s Astoria apartment in March and landed a job as an ad executive at Weight Watchers. They met last fall at a football game at the University of Florida, where Thomas studied business and where Bohn received his law degree. Bohn had allegedly beaten Thomas before. On June 7 Thomas went to the 114th Precinct to report an incident on May 24, in which Bohn had allegedly punched Thomas in the face, leaving two black eyes, and knocked her to the ground causing injury to her knee which forced her to use crutches to walk. While she was at the police station Bohn allegedly called her and said, “It’s war. I’ll dedicate my life to hunting you down like a dog in the street. I am going to make your life impossible.” He was charged with assault and aggravated harassment and told to return to court on July 11. Thomas was given a temporary protective order. Since her death and before her Facebook page was taken down, friends posted comments about Thomas’ sweet nature. Her friend Rachel Rotella, whom Thomas reportedly visited after the May 24 incident, posted a picture of the two of them shortly after the killing. continued on page 32








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A relationship with a history of abuse ended when a man allegedly brutally strangled his ad executive girlfriend to death while he was inebriated, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Police arrested Jason Bohn, a lawyer who received his master’s degree from Columbia University, at 8 p.m. on June 29 in a White Plains diner while accompanied by his mother and lawyer Todd Greenberg. He was arraigned for the alleged killing of Danielle Thomas, 27, and charged on June 30 with second-degree murder, aggravated criminal contempt, first-degree criminal contempt and tampering with physical evidence. Officers at the 114th Precinct received a phone call allegedly from Bohn, 33, on June 26 asking for them to check on an unconscious woman in the apartment at 28-25 33 St. in Astoria which the couple shared. Bohn allegedly said he did not call 911 because he was out of the area. Some media sources reported he had fled to Florida. “The body was discovered on Tuesday after Bohn allegedly called the precinct. It is believed that Ms. Thomas had died prior to that day. I cannot, however, confirm when exactly she died,” a spokesman for the DA’s office, Kevin Ryan, said in an email.


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• At PS 7, also in Elmhurst, two ChineseAmerican voters were not listed in the poll books, but rather than being given affidavit ballots as they should, they were turned away and given forms to register to vote. • At PS 139 in Rego Park, another voter who was not in the poll book was turned away, denied an affidavit ballot and told to go to “the elections building.” It was not clear if that referred to the borough BOE office in Kew Gardens.

While some voters were denied their rights, things went smoothly at many polling places, Magpantay added. “Some poll sites were very good,” he said. “The coordinators were very helpful, the poll workers knew what to do, the interpreters were there. In places like Bayside, Floral Park and Bellerose, the inspectors were very good.” He could not say if there were any more problems last week than there are in any other Q election, until the review is complete.





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While last week’s primary voting went smoothly at many polling places in Queens, confusion reigned at others, with some voters being turned away, poll workers not knowing their responsibilities under the law and, in at least some cases, not even knowing what primaries were being held, according to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. The group is compiling a list of irregularities it observed at a number of polling places, and will be filing a formal complaint with the city Board of Elections with the goal of having them rectified before the next time voters go to the polls, its lead attorney said Thursday. Among the alleged failures June 26 were the turning away of eligible voters and the refusal to give them provisional “affidavit ballots” to cast, a lack of signs in Bengali and Hindi, a lack of interpreters who speak those languages — all required by federal law — and ignorance of the fact that Republicans as well as Democrats had a primary to vote in. “We went to 21 polling sites on Tuesday and we’re reviewing every report from every poll site very carefully,” said Glenn Magpantay, the AALDEF’s lead attorney and its democracy program director. “We’re compiling all our observations from Election Day and we’ll be filing a complaint with the Board of Elections.” After the complaint is lodged, the board must formally respond within 60 or 90 days, as per the settlement of a 2005 lawsuit filed against it by several groups, led by the AALDEF, and then the two parties will meet to try to rectify the issues before voters next go to the polls in September, Magpantay said. The goal is “to accommodate the growing and diverse community of voters in Queens,” he said, “so every American can fully exercise their right to vote.” Among the worst problems the legal defense fund observed on Tuesday were these: • At the Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing, poll workers were confused about which districts were holding primaries. One worker turned away a registered Republican, apparently unaware that GOP voters across the state were casting ballots in a primary for the U.S. Senate. • At Newtown High School in Elmhurst, where there is a sizable south Asian population, there were no signs in Bengali or Hindi, though there were interpreters for those lan-

guages available. The interpreters were sitting, however, in front of signs that said “Interpreter available” in Chinese and Korean. • At PS 89, also in Elmhurst, poll workers were confused about who could vote, and around a dozen names of eligible voters were missing from the poll books. Magpantay himself visited PS 89 to observe voting, and a poll worker asked him for help alleviating the confusion — but he had to say he was only there to observe, not to assist voters.

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Flushing man invents holy water dispenser New device aims to pervent spread of germs in congregation by Kori Tuitt Chronicle Contributor

Many people are concerned with the spreading of germs. A common complaint among churchgoers is the cleanliness of the holy water, said Flushing resident John Hartel. About eight years ago, Hartel began thinking of a way for people to wet their hands with holy water in a way more sanitary than dipping them into a bowl. “It’s automatic,” he said, “just like a soap dispenser.”

Each dispenser holds 16 ounces of water, which is about 500 milliliters, and provides each person with one milliliter of water. One dispenser can serve 500 people. “It’s affordable, it’s efficient,” he said. “There’s no down side. It’s going to be completely clean and germ-free.” Hartel is a fireman of 15 years and works at the Glen Oaks firehouse, Engine 251. The idea to create the dispenser began from a conversation with one of his coworkers about church and germs. His coworker mentioned

to him that he never dips his hands in holy water because he did not know where other people’s hands had been. To him, it just seemed unsanitary, Hartel said. “A lot of people don’t really shake hands anymore for the sign of peace — they just wave,” Hartel said. “Everybody’s really concerned about germs.” He said although he had the idea about eight years ago, he did not act on it because of family issues. He finally decided to do something when H1N1, commonly known

as the swine flu, broke out in the United States. He got a patent in 2008. He said he went through a lengthy process of designing prototypes. The dispenser was originally in the shape of a cross, but Hartel said it was too heavy and the shape made it too complicated for the electronics to work smoothly. Now the product is a hand-crafted stained wooden box with a cross and a plaque on the front. A few weeks ago, Hartel met with Chiarellli’s Religious Goods, a distributor, to discuss

“We’re saving$150 a month with EmPower’s Solar Lease!” John Hartel of Flushing invented an automatic holy water dispenser to make getting holy water a more sanitary process. the possibility of selling the product in stores. Hartel said he has not yet sold any dispensers, he has just been building them. But he has given them to several churches — he said the product has gotten great feedback. He is also going to the Catholic Marketing Trade Show in Dallas next month to showcase his product. His company’s name is JMH Castlerea, Inc., which is named after the town in Ireland Hartel’s grandmother left to come to the United States. He said the dispenser exists because of her courage to leave Ireland. Hartel said the product was such a simple idea and that he is glad to be the first one to think of it. To contact Hartel, submit inquiries or lear n more about the product, visit Q

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Parking scofflaws beware. If you have $350 or more in outstanding parking fines, red-light camera or bus-lane tickets that are in judgment, the city will be looking to boot your car. The Department of Finance recently rolled out its new state-of-the-art wheel-booting pilot program in Brooklyn. The three-to-six month initiative is expected to be expanded to Queens and the other boroughs later this summer. City DOF spokesman Owen Stone said that booting may be more efficient for the city with greater convenience for everyone involved. He said there is a total of $300 million in outstanding parking fines owed to the city by parking scofflaws, but noted, however, that 91 percent of people pay their tickets or successfully challenge them at a hearing. DOF Commissioner David Frankel, in recent remarks to the City Council’s Finance Committee, said, “Booting allows people to put their vehicles back on the road within minutes. It also allows people access to personal belongings left behind in the vehicle.” He added, “This pilot program will help us determine whether and how to implement booting as an additional tool to enforce parking judgment debt.” PayLock of New Jersey was selected by the city to work with the city sheriff on the program. Under the new program parking scofflaws’ cars will have a tire lock, called a boot, affixed to the rear wheel of their car, immobilizing the vehicle. The scofflaw can “self-release” the boot with an access code obtained after paying all fines and penalties with a credit, debit or gift card by calling PayLock’s 24-hour call center, or in cash at one of the DOF payment centers. If the motorist is unable to release the boot, PayLock will provide assistance within two to four hours of a request, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To find boot eligible vehicles, DOF uses vans with license plate recognition technology traveling throughout the city reading license plates. The LPR matches plates with a database that tells it which vehicles are boot eligible. When the system finds a match, it alerts a deputy sheriff, who determines if the vehicle can be booted. If the vehicle is boot eligible, the sheriff will authorize the booting of the vehicle by the PayLock employee. According to the Finance Department, booting allows the DOF to enforce parking judgments by affixing the 16-pound yellow boot to a car’s rear wheel instead of towing the vehicle, although it can still be towed if the fines are not paid within two business days of being booted. If a car is booted it will be expensive to get the boot released. In addition to the parking fines, there is a $180 fee for the boot and a $70 sheriff’s execution fee as well as a 5 percent surcharge on the entire bill. There is also a fee for paying with a credit card. After bailing out the vehicle, a motorist has 24 hours to return the bright-yellow SmartBoot to a PayLock drop-off site. After

that, additional fines will begin to accrue at $25 per day, up to a maximum of $500. A representative for the city marshals’ association criticized the plan. Michael Woloz, spokesman for the group, said the marshals are not participating in the city booting program at this time because in their view there are several unresolved issues that relate to everything from liability to public safety to payment procedures. “There are just a number of issues that we don’t have a comfort level with yet to be a part of their program, so we are not participating in the program at this time,” Woloz said. Woloz also questioned if it is wise to leave a booted car on the street for two days. He noted that when a city marshal tows a vehicle, the individual goes to the marshal’s office to pay the fines and fees as opposed to going to the desolate location of a city payment center with cash to pay for the boot. Commenting on the city’s efforts to collect the $300 million in outstanding parking fines, Woloz said, “We are certainly not convinced that this is the way to collect those fines.” State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) also had some reservations about the city’s booting program. “My concern with the boot is due process,” said Addabbo, explaining that when a person gets a parking ticket there is a process by which he can appeal the ticket at a hearing before he is required to pay. “With the boot, you can’t get the boot off your car until you pay,” said Addabbo. “What happens if they’re in an emergency situation and they go to move their car and there is a boot on it?” Commenting on booting as a way for the city to collect the millions owed for unpaid parking violations, Addabbo said, “This is one way of addressing it, I don’t know if it’s the best way.” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) appeared to be taking a “wait and see” approach to the city’s booting program. “This program is intended to be a deterrent for scofflaw motorists who do not pay their fines and makes it more convenient for people to get quick access to their cars as opposed to towing,” said Goldfeder. “This is only a pilot program and we have yet to see the effects that it will have on motorists.” Several Queens residents expressed varying thoughts about the city’s booting program. Simcha Waisman, president of One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center, said had the program been started a long time ago, the city would be in better financial shape. Waisman said the money the city will be collecting from the program should be put back into the community. Richmond Hill resident Joann, who did not give her last name, said the program is a good idea, “As long as [the ticket] is legit,” she said. She added that individuals who don’t pay their tickets harm everybody. Woodhaven resident Richard Smith, who also agreed the program is a good idea, added, “Anything that can bring in money to Q the city right now, they need.”


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Docs: Court ruling on Obamacare good for seniors by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

Doctors, senior advocates and those in the health field consider the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, a win for older adults. Among those expressing support was Dr. Eric Moskow, the founder of Empire Gate Medical Group, with locations in Jamaica and Manhattan. He said the law is beneficial to seniors and did not anticipate it resulting in any problems. Asked if he believes it would result in a rationing of care, he replied “absolutely not.” “It should result in a broadening of care,” Moskow said. “Obviously, the variety of medical advantage plans will continue to expand and the quality of the services and the access to the services should become increasingly easier to obtain. I think the president is clearly on the right track here. The onus is on the medical community to serve the need, and we are trying to participate in that.” According to, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare-covered benefits will not be reduced or eliminated under the law and elders are still free to choose their own doctor. Nearly four million Medicare recipients who

had a gap in their prescription drug coverage, known as the “doughnut hole,” received a onetime tax-free rebate of $250 to help cover their medication. After that, those in the doughnut hole receive a 50 percent discount on covered brand-name drugs until the gap is completely closed in 2020. Medicare covers some preventive services without charging the Part B coinsurance or deductible and recipients are offered a free annual wellness exam. Reducing waste, fraud and abuse, and slowing cost growth in Medicare is supposed to reduce spending by $500 billion and help sustain coverage and provide future cost savings on premiums and co-pays. Dr. Shauna Schwartz, who worked as the onsite physician at a Manhattan nursing home for three years and is now with Empire Gate in Jamaica, also sees Obamacare as something positive. “I became a doctor because I sincerely believe that everyone has the right to medical care,” Schwartz said. “I think that medical care in the United States should not be a luxury or a privilege, it should be a right.” Peter Nelson, the executive director of the Abbabbo Family Health Center, said that the aspect of the ACA that he believes is most bene-

ficial is the coverage of prescription drugs and the closing of the doughnut hole. “It will be a great help to seniors because they tend to take a lot of prescription drugs for chronic illnesses,” Nelson said. “It’s not uncommon for a person with diabetes to take $3,000 to $4,000 worth of prescription drugs a year, and if they are living on a fixed income of say $24,000 — that’s a big hit.” Linda Leest, executive director of Services Now For Adult Persons, said the ACA has many pluses. She noted that more people are a part of the sandwich generation — baby boomers taking care of both their children and their elderly parents. “We always say that senior issues are family issues, because seniors are part of the family,” Leest said. The provision in the bill that allows young adults to be covered under their parents healthcare plan until they are 26 eases the burden on boomers and allows them more leeway to care for their senior parents, Leest said. The ACA also allows those with pre-existing conditions to get coverage, another bonus for seniors, according to Leest, because they tend to have chronic illnesses. “There are so many positives,” Leest said. “It was a long time coming and long-past due, and we are thrilled.”

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by Sharon Knight Summertime is here and that means blockbuster movies are in season. This summer — and throughout the end of the year —moviegoers can catch some of the usual heroes on the silver screen. Take Batman. He’ll be back on the big screen in another surefire blockbuster. The superhero first gained fans in the comics back in 1939. He could be taking advantage of delayed retirement credits — the power to receive bigger payments for delaying retirement benefits beyond one’s full retirement age. The credit could be worth as much as eight percent a year until age 70. Learn more about this super power available to anyone on Social Security’s website: Dark Shadows made a big screen debut, based on the popular television series. The main character, Barnabas, is more than two centuries old. Surely, he would qualify for benefits if he would just go online and apply. Then there are the marvelous superheroes of the “silver age” of comics, several of whom are appearing in “The Avengers.” Captain America was born in 1941, making him not only fit for

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The Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction by Lloyd Carrol Chronicle Contributor

Although it was created 17 years before the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame has never gotten the attention from the entertainment media and the public that it deserves. Part of the problem is that the Songwriters Foundation has never gotten the funding to build a permanent home in a city (it now occupies a wing in LA’s Grammy Museum) the way Cleveland stepped up for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. It’s a shame because New York, with its rich music publishing and theatrical history, would be a natural fit to pay tribute to the greatest tunesmiths of all time. One advantage that the Songwriters Hall of Fame has over its rock ’n’ roll counterpart is that it can honor composers from various musical genres. At the 43rd annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held June 14 at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan, nearly every form of popular music was represented. The evening opened with Bob Seger, already a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, commemorating being honored by the SHOF with a performance of a relatively minor hit for him, “Turn the Page.” It would have been easy for him to sing any of his big hits, such as “Night Moves,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Hollywood Nights” and the like, but “Turn the Page,” with its lyrics that strip away the perceived glamor of the road life of a rock musician, was clearly autobiographical and downright personal for him. Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot still tours around the world at age 73, and though his voice has frayed a bit from his 1970s hit-making days, he still sounds great. It’s not shocking that the snooty and arbitrary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has ignored Lightfoot — it is surprising, however, that it has taken this long for the Songwriters Hall executive committee to honor this great storyteller, whose works

include “The Early Morning Rain,” “Rainy Day People,” “Beautiful,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Carefree Highway,” and “Sundown,” which was performed on this night by blues rocker Steve Miller. Although it wasn’t his biggest hit, “If You Could Read My Mind,” with its irresistible string section and acoustic guitar interludes, punctuated by Gordon’s ruminations over the regrets of a failed relationship, was the record that put him on the map. Lightfoot performed the song with all of the freshness and enthusiasm that he did back in 1971. Don Schlitz is not a household name for most pop music fans — and no, he is not related to the family that made Schlitz Beer. He is, however, highly respected in Nashville, and understandably so. Among the songs in his portfolio are hits for Randy Travis (“Forever and Ever, Amen” and “On the Other Hand”), the late Keith Whitley (“When You Say Nothing at All”) and Alabama (“Forty Hour Week”). In terms of recognition, those aforementioned songs pale in comparison to “The Gambler,” a gigantic 1978 hit for Kenny Rogers, who sang it again on this night. Interestingly when I met Schlitz on a Manhattan street years ago he told me that he knew nothing about poker or any kind of card games. Indeed, a close listen to the lyrics show that the poker terminology is merely a metaphor for the vicissitudes of life. Just as Rogers came to show appreciation to the composer who gave him one of his signature hits, so did Marvin Lee Aday, better known to most as Meat Loaf, come to honor Jim Steinman, the man behind his multi-platinum 1977 “Bat Out of Hell” album. In his speech for Steinman, Meat Loaf talked about how his songs were all miniplays and the lyrics were often tongue-in-cheek. “Fortunately our fans were in on the joke,” he said. Phil Rizzuto, the late Yankees broadcaster, always claimed that he wasn’t in on the humor when he recorded his bit for that album’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” — the teen anthem that had a ballplayer

trying to steal bases, including home, as a metaphor for a passionate evening. “He could go all the way!” the Scooter says in the song. But I have a feeling that Rizzuto was protesting with a wink of the eye. Steinman grew up in Hewlett, just a little ways over the city line in Nassau County, and his over-the-top bombastic production made him rock’s answer to the German classical composer Richard Wagner. While he is most identified with Meat Loaf, Steinman also composed hits for Celine Dion (“It’s All Coming Back to Me”), Barry Manilow (“Read ’Em and Weep”), Bonnie Tyler (“Total Eclipse of the Heart”) and Air Supply (“Making Love Out of Nothing at All”). Broadway was not forgotten at the SHOF event, as the composing tandem of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (not the Welsh pop singer) were honored for their contributions to musical theater. They’re responsible for the longest running play in showbiz history, “The Fantasticks.” Cheyenne Jackson, one of the hottest actors working in New York today, sang “Try to Remember,” whose lyric of “without the hurt, the heart is hollow,” is for my money one of the best one-line philosophical observations ever put into a song. Jackson did not put the passion into it that the late Jerry Orbach or the Brothers Four, who had a pop hit with it, did, P but he got the job done.


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Pay hikes possible for state legislators Queens lawmakers discuss a potential salary raise in Albany by Kori Tuitt

prior to the November general elections so that voters will have an opportunity to view Assembly and Senate candidates Gov. Cuomo’s recent proposal for state lawmakers to vote on in light of a higher salary.” There has not been a state legislative pay raise since a pay raise has stirred controversy among several legislators. Cuomo’s idea is to hike salaries but eliminate the “per 1999. The base pay for senators and Assembly members diem” pay given to legislators, which state Sen. Tony Avella would reportedly increase from $79,500 to more than $100,000 annually. City council members now earn (D-Bayside) disagrees with. Avella sent a letter to Cuomo on June 28, which expressed $112,500 annually. The council members’ salary was raised from $90,000 in 2006. his opposition to a possible pay raise. Several other state senators have expressed their opposiIn the letter published in this week’s Chronicle, he wrote, tion to the possible salary increase. “In my opinion, it represents a conflict State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoof interest for any legislator to vote on ria) said, “I think it’s premature to be their own pay raise.” He added that in discussing pay raises when minimum the past legislators would vote on pay think it’s premature to wage is an issue.” raises for the next session, not the one But unlike Avella, Gianaris said he be discussing pay raises in which they are serving. does not plan on writing a letter to the He also said, “I do not believe that when minimum wage is governor about the issue, saying abolishing the ‘per diem,’ in return “there’s nothing to officially react to.” for a pay raise serves any useful good an issue.” State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D‘government’ purpose.” Whitestone) and state Sen. Jose PeralAvella added that revoking “per — State Sen. Mike Gianaris ta (D-East Elmhurst) also said it is diem” would be unfair to legislators too early to think of legislative pay. who live farther away. He said it Stavisky said it is “wrong to discuss a legislative pay raise” “would unfairly financially affect those members.” With “per diem” in place, legislators are paid a fixed and Peralta said in a statement that the top priority is to raise amount of money, for full and half days, to cover their the minimum wage so working families can make ends meet. Although some lawmakers clearly oppose the idea, others expenses — such as travel, meals and hotel stays — while in have not yet taken a position. Albany. “At first I had a hesitation,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo “Per diems” have reportedly been an issue because legislative sessions became longer when lawmakers worked more Jr. (D-Howard Beach) of his reaction to a possible pay raise, days to increase the amount of money they made. Although “but that’s the farthest thing from my mind.” Right now, Addabbo said, he is more concerned with and “per diem” rates vary, they can amount to $61 for a half day has been working toward his re-election. and $171 for a full day in New York. Although he is an attorney, he said, “This is my only job Avella said if a proposal is made it “should be announced Chronicle Contributor


— it’s my sole occupation. This is something I’ll talk to my people about when the time comes.” Addabbo said he has not seen a proposal yet, but once it is written, he will make sure to read it carefully before voting on it. Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) also said that he has not yet taken a position. “It’s hard to speculate what it will be. I don’t think it’s fair to speculate,” Miller said. “I have to see the final version — I have to see State Sen. Tony Avella is against raiswhat is added to it.” FILE PHOTO The assemblyman ing lawmakers’ pay now. did seem to empathize with those legislators who have worked for years but have not seen a raise in 13 years. “For a lot of people, they make this their full-time job,” he said. “There is no other income.” Like Addabbo, Miller said, “We have to see what happens when that time comes.” Despite hearing of the possible pay hike, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) said he has no position either. “It would be difficult to have an opinion before I see the Q proposal,” Goldfeder said.

Con Ed, union to meet Thursday Talks might resume as contract impasse, heat continue by Will Sammon

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Con Edison and the union representing its employees are scheduled to meet Thursday, potentially restarting stalled talks that have left managers filling in for workers. The contract talks are at a stalemate while temperatures continue to reach the low 90s in Queens and elsewhere in New York City, causing a high demand for power. Talks broke down Sunday after the workers’ contract expired at midnight. Both sides said there are many issues on which they have not reached agreement, including pensions for union workers, wages, pay freezes and healthcare costs. Con Ed offered workers a two-week extension on the contract, on condition they promise not to suddenly strike during that time. The union refused, and the utility declared a lockout, saying 8,500 workers would be replaced by 5,000 managers to keep services running. The unionized workers told the company they would be willing to work without a contract to keep the power company running, according to Utility Workers Local 1-2 spokesman John Melia. “These people screwed us,” Melia said.

“They fired 8,000 people.” But the utility also said that management asked union leadership to allow their employees to return to work immediately with only 72 hours notice of a strike and the union still refused. These offers are still on the table. Con Ed said that advance notice is important because it allows the company time to plan accordingly. “Imagine if a crew working on an outage at your home or business suddenly picked up their tools and left. We owe it to you — our customers — to prepare for any work stoppage,” Con Ed said in a prepared statement issued on Monday. “We need to balance the demands of the union leadership with the needs of our customers.” Still, the union, touting the company’s profitable stock prices, said it wanted to retain the right to strike at any time. “Con Ed never negotiated in good faith. All we want is a fair contract for the dignity of our work and our fair labor,” Melia said. The union has warned that, because the

demand for power is so high, if there were to be any serious problems, the managers would not be able to handle them. A Con Ed manager filling in for a lockedout union worker burned his hand Monday doing routine work in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the company confirmed. “It’s really dangerous,” Melia said. “Not only that, but it’s also reprehensible and it is irresponsible.” Con Ed closed walk-in centers, suspended meter readings and limited work on major construction projects in the city after the talks broke down hours after the deadline. The impasse came as the city endured temperatures that were just below 100 degrees and increased demand for air conditioning among the utility’s 3.2 million customers. Despite the heat wave, no major outages were reported across the city. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called on Con Ed to end the lockout and on the union to agree to “a reasonable walkout Q notice provision.”

Astoria murder continued from page 24 Friends also started a community page, Justice for Danielle, where friends added childhood photos and shared their thoughts about the alleged murder. The page accumulated 1,416 “likes” in the week since its start. “Danielle was a true friend. She was beyond friendly, beyond caring, and beyond uplifting,” Katrina Constantine posted. “She had a lot of friends, and she somehow made everyone feel like they were her best friend. She never talked bad about any of her friends and just made everyone feel special,” Rebekah Campbell posted. Despite his Ivy-league education the Bronx man’s childhood was marked with abuse. Bohn wrote an essay for the Jewish Child Care Association talking about his drug addicted, abusive father. According to a New York Times article about law students and their student loans in which Bohn was interviewed, he stated that he grew up as a ward of the State of New York. Bohn is held without bail and will be back in court on July 5. DA reports state he was put on suicide watch. Bohn faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Q

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at least a dialogue with the MTA on possibly changing the locations of the stops. As of Tuesday, more than 100 people have signed the petition and Burccoleri said they would continue gathering signatures in the coming weeks. She said she hopes to pressure the MTA to consider changing the route entirely, but the agency rarely reverses changes unless they prove to make service worse. In the meantime, however, the Q41 is stopping in front of Burccoleri’s house, her mother’s minivan is parked a distance away and problems are arising among the neighbors including arguments over parking. “I’m very disgusted, to say the least,” she said. For O’Neil, who has already gotten into arguments over parking with neighbors, the change may be the last straw. After 40 years, she’s looking at moving though she had planned to stay at least until her daughter graduates high school. “Now I guess I have to put my house up Q for sale,” she said. “I’m done.”

continued from page 5 “They were waiting for a bus.” The buses would also stop in front of Singh’s driveway, one of the few on that block, and she worries about whether or not she can access it if there is a bus picking up passengers. Even before the Q41 began running on 109th Avenue, she said people were treating her front stoop as a queuing area. The placement of the bus stops is also an issue for the band of neighbors fighting the change. The Q41 has three stops between 111th and 116th streets, but then none to Lefferts Boulevard — three blocks away. The two stops on this narrow stretch of 109th Avenue take up as many as 10 parking spots; six on the eastbound side and up to four on the westbound. Unsure of what else to do, Burccoleri and her neighbors put together a petition opposing the route change and looking for

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo is offering educational camp programs for children and teens this summer. Registration is now open for the summer 2012 season. Zoo camps offer a variety of animalthemed programs for children ages 2-17. Junior nature lovers can choose the program that is the best fit for them — from

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On a sunny Thursday afternoon, Teresa Colon was sitting outside a new medical facility that recently opened in downtown Jamaica, having her blood pressure taken. “Is it high?” she asked medical assistant Shellane Gill, who responded by saying it was slightly above normal. Colon is one of several area residents taking advantage of the Empire Gate Medical Group’s office at 88-10 Parsons Blvd. Its mission is to provide quality healthcare in the medically underserved community. “I’m very happy it’s here,” Colon, who lives about a block away, said. “It’s very convenient.” The office accepts all forms of insurance including Medicare and Medicaid. It’s open seven days a week, including holidays, and there is no appointment necessary. Its hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends. It also has staffers to translate for Spanish-speaking clients. The brand-new facility was built from the ground up and has 12 examining rooms, two stress test rooms, a medical lab and an X-ray room. Construction took about eight weeks. There are three doctors on staff now — Dr. Eric Moskow, the founder of EGM, Dr. Shauna Schwartz and Dr. Gregory Suprin — but in approximately three months, three more will be added. A long term-goal is to have the office open 24 hours a day.

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Dr. Eric Moskow, left, Dr. Shauna Schwartz and Dr. Gregory Suprin provide care at the facility. LEFT PHOTO COURTESY EGM, ABOVE BY ANNMARIE COSTELLA

“This is the best alternative to overcrowded emergency rooms with long wait times,” said Mike Jarmuz, a spokesman for EGM. Area leaders have been trying to attract a new hospital and more primary medical facilities for the last few years, but there has been little interest. Moskow said he didn’t understand why. He said the community is in need of primary medical care and he was up to the challenge of bringing it to downtown Jamaica, an area with many low-income residents and new immigrants. He bought the space at a cost of $1.25 million and invested $600,000 more for the renovations. “We want to build a multi-specialty practice that can serve the needs of the community,” Moskow said. “Clearly, we want to invest in the community and create jobs and obviously the mission statement is to keep people healthy, keep them out of the hospital and for

them to have a personal relationship with a physician that is there for them.” This is EGM’s second location. The first is at 2381 Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Manhattan. For more information on EGM, call (718) 291-8111, or visit the office online at Sylvia Cebollero, 58, of Jamaica was all smiles as she finished up her first visit. She heard about EGM when passing by and being handed a flier and decided to give it a try. She was so pleased by the service she said she is going to recommend it to her whole family. “It’s very good,” she said. “Everyone is so pleasant. ... I just told my doctor, Dr. Schwartz, that I am going to be telling my daughter to come here with my grandchildren because they have a pediatrician here — Dr. Suprin. I’ve been telling my daughter, ‘You can’t just take your children to the doctor when they are sick, you have to take them on a regular basis.’” The center is not only a welcome sight to residents, but to long-time pharmacist Curt Constable, who owns the nearby Medicine Cabinet Pharmacy. He was invited by Moskow to take a tour of the facility soon after it opened, and he was impressed by what he saw. He was also pleased Moskow was reaching out to community members like himself in order to be good neighbors.

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Medical assistant Shellame Gill checks the blood pressure of Jamaica resident Teresa Colon outside the EGM office. PHOTO BY ANNMARIE COSTELLA

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Our hometown heroes for 50 years by Joseph Levy Chronicle Contributor

In 2000 the Mets made it to the World Series for the fourth — and, so far, final — time, but were beaten by the Evil Empire in the Bronx in five games. After that the team declined, and wouldn’t see postseason play again until 2006. 2000 Record: 94-68, Wild Card and National League Champions. The Mets make the postseason back to back for the first time in club history. Mike Piazza enjoys another superb year with 38 home runs and 113 RBIs, while Edgardo Alfonzo hits 25 and drives in 94. Robin Ventura hits 24; Todd Zeile, replacing John Olerud at first, hits 22. On the mound, newcomer Mike Hampton is 15-10 and Al Leiter is 16-8 to lead the staff. Armando Benitez saves a club record 41 games. The most memorable game of the year is an 11-8 win over Atlanta at Shea on June 30, when the Mets score 10 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to overcome an 8-1 deficit. They also beat the Yankees 12-2 on June 9 in the Bronx, as Piazza hits a long grand slam off Roger Clemens, which prompts the Yankee hurler to bean Piazza in the head a month later on July 8. That day the Amazin’s and Bombers play a daynight double header, with the first game at Shea and the second at Yankee Stadium. In the Division Series against San Francisco, the Mets drop the first game 5-1, then win games 2 and 3 in dramatic fashion: in Game 2, they score two in the 9th to take a 4-1 lead,

A New York Mets anniversary special Part XII: 2000-2001 only to see the Giants tie it on a three-run homer; the Mets then win in the 10th on Jay Payton’s hit. In Game 3 at Shea, the Mets spot the Giants an early 2-0 lead, but tie with runs in the 6th and 8th. They finally win on Benny Agbayani’s 13thinning home run. In Game 4, Bobby Jones is perfect in eight of the nine innings and settles for a one-hitter, as the Mets win 4-0. In the League Championship Series against the Cardinals, the Mets win the opener 6-2; Game 2 becomes almost a carbon copy of Game 2 of the Division Series. With the score 3-3, the Mets score two in the 8th to take a 5-3 lead, but the Cardinals score two in the bottom of the frame to tie it, before Payton’s 9th-inning hit wins it. After the Cardinals take Game 3 8-2 in New York, the Mets close it out with a 10-6 win in Game 4 and a 7-0 win in Game 5, the latter coming on a three-hitter by Hampton, who is named LCS MVP. The Mets’ World Series opponents are none

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other than the crosstown rival Yankees. Game 1 in the Bronx is a heartbreaker, as the Mets take a 3-2 lead into the 9th, only to see the Bombers tie it. The Yankees then win 4-3 in the 12th on a hit by ex-Met Jose Vizcaino. In Game 2, the Yanks take a big 6-0 lead, then hold off a furious Met rally in the ninth to win 6-5. The Mets

win Game 3 at Shea 4-2 on Agbayani’s 8thinning hit, but the Yankees, led by Derek Jeter, take games 4 and 5, 3-2 and 4-2, respectively, to win their 26th World Series. Piazza hits two home runs in the series and drives in 4 to lead the Mets, while John Franco is 1-0 and is not scored upon. 2001 Record: 82-80, third in National League East. As of Aug. 17, the Mets are 54-68; they then win 22 of 27 to climb into the Wild Card race, only to go 6-7 the remainder of the season and finish third. Piazza carries the offensive load with 36 home runs and 94 RBIs. Leiter and newcomers Steve Trachsel and Kevin Appier tie for the club lead on the hill with 11 wins, while Benitez saves 43 in 46 opportunities. The season is highlighted by an 8-7 win over the Yankees on June 17, in which the Mets score six runs in the bottom of the 8th, capped off by Piazza’s two-run homer, to overcome a 7-2 deficit. But that game is overshadowed by what is one of the most memorable nights in the history of New York sports: On Sept. 21, the Mets and Braves play the first game in New York following the cataclysmic events of 10 days earlier. With the Mets players wearing police and firefighter caps, and donating their salaries for the evening to the victims of the tragedy, they win 3-2 on Piazza’s two-run eighth-inning homer. Q


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Myrtle Avenue, whose name derives from the abundance of myrtle trees lining the street, has been a major thoroughfare since the early 19th century. A stagecoach line originally ran along it, and later a trolley car. But death once stalked it too. On Oct. 1, 1937, Anthony Falese, a petty officer in the Junior Naval Reserve, and Joseph Haas, both 14, played hooky from school. With a stolen rifle they went target shooting. Getting tired of aiming at trees in Forest Park, they decided to shoot at passing cars and trucks on Myrtle. And the trolley. Their recklessness killed Shirley Kopp, 17, who was struck in the left temple by a .22-caliber bullet on her way home from school. She was the youngest of the three children of Frank and Alice Kopp, of 7837 64 Place in Glendale. The two boys were quickly picked up. Their confession to Assistant District Attorney Vincent Kowalski was so freely admitted they seemed not to fully understand that they had taken a human life. Due to their

Shirley Kopp was killed on the Myrtle Avenue trolley near 80th Street in Glendale on Oct. 1, 1937, in an act of random violence. age, they most likely received youthful offender status, and the records were sealed. On April 26, 1950, the Myrtle Avenue trolley was replaced by the Q55 bus line. For many years the silver spines of the trolley tracks would show after a cold winter when the asphalt cracked, to remind all of the line that once ran there. Haas died in 1975 at age 52. Anthony Falese’s whereabouts, or date of death if he Q is gone, could not be determined.


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Hassan and Lena Mouchkelly visited Astoria from Washington, DC.

by Josey Bartlett New York City residents wasted no time — they dove right in. The Astoria Pool opened on Thursday, June 28, at 11 a.m. Hundreds filled the Olympic-sized pool in Astoria Park to beat the 90-degree heat. There wasn’t a cloud in sight on opening day, but the coming week has thunder clouds in its future. The pool, which is the biggest public pool in the city, was swimming with groups of kids and parents. Hassan Mouchkelly and his daughter Lena were visiting from Washington, DC and took some time for a dip. “This place is huge. I can’t find my friend’s that I came with,” Hassan said. Queens has a few other spots for

some pool fun, but no outdoor pool as large as the one in Astoria. The Fisher Pool on 99th Street and 32nd Ave. in East Elmhurst has a small wading pool and an outdoor intermediate pool. There are also small pools at Fort Totten in Bayside, and the Liberty Pool at 173rd Street and 106th Avenue and the Roy Wilkins Pool at 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard, both in Jamaica. The little ones can also try out their floaties in a few mini-pools around the borough at PS 10, PS 186, Marie Curie Park or at 54th Street and 39th Road in Woodside. Additionally, those who are prone to burning or want a serious workout can head to the indoor Olympic-size pool at Flushing Meadows Park.

Cristina Franco, 9, left, and Jayden Jarianillo, 6, posed on opening day at the pool.

Cornelius Easterling and Daquan Robinson joined their friend Adonis Mieves, who lives in Astoria, for a day at the pool. They said they were having a good time as they took a break from the water on the pool’s bleachers. Although registration for beginner swim classes has passed, the Astoria Pool offers a full schedule of other free events. Senior Splash — a water aerobics, swim instruction and additional lap swim and water ballet class for individuals over 62-years old — has class hours from July 9 to Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To register call Parks Citywide Aquatics at (718) 760-6969. continued on page 41

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A morning of music with Darlene Graham on Thursday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Alley Pond Park, 76th Avenue off Springfield Boulevard. Graham entertains children of all ages with her interactive performance of folk and remixes of familiar children’s songs. Bring a blanket or low chair.

The Richmond Hill flea market held at the old RKO theatre, 117-09 Hillside Ave., is open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit or call (347) 709-7661 for more information and directions.

Music in the Garden, an annual collaboration between Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33 Rd., Long Island City, presents post-classical string quartet ETHEL, performing “Present Beauty,” a program that celebrates the concepts of presence and continuity on Sunday, July 8 at 3 p.m. Free with museum admission, $10 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and students with valid ID; free for children under 12 and New York City public high-school students with valid ID. Multi-platinum rock band Daughtry will perform at Citi Field on Friday, July 20 following the MetsDodgers 7:10 p.m. game. Tickets starts at $28, and include admission to the game and post-game concert, and are available at and (718) 507-TIXX.

MEETINGS Independent Business Women’s Circle of LI and Queens meets Tuesday, July 10 at noon at Brandywine at the Savoy, 55-15 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck. Topic is: “The Secret to Making your Business

CLASSES A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at Holy Family Church, 17520 74 Ave., in Flushing, on Saturday, July 7 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For information and registration call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45. The Queens Community House, Pomonok Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, is offering Zumba with Nando Zee on Thursday nights at 6 p.m. for $10 per person. Participants must wear sneakers and be at least 16 years old. For information call Amy at (718) 591-6060. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, teaches ballroom dancing every Monday and Friday night from 7:15 to 8 p.m. followed by a social dance. Cost is $10. The Flushing Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Flushing Hospital, enter at 45th Avenue and Burling Street on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays of the month. For information, visit

The Jackson Heights Art Club offers art classes, all mediums. Daytime and evening adult classes are offered Monday-Friday; daytime children’s classes are offered during the weekend. Classes are held at St. Mark’s Church, 82nd Street and 34th Avenue. Cost: $75 for adults, for four sessions, $75 for children for eight sessions. Membership available. For information, call Geraldine at (718) 446-4709. A one-hour auto clinic for women is held the third saturday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at Great Bear Auto Repair Shop, 164-16 Sanford Ave., Flushing. Call to reserve at (718) 762-6212. Ongoing drawing class every Wednesday 1-4 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy, Douglaston. Instructor, Marc Jasloff. Call (516) 2237659. Fee: $25 per class. The YWCA of Queens, 42-07 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, has expanded its GED preparation program to include free adult classes. Tracks vary in length from 10 to 20 weeks depending upon entrance test results. Contact the YW and sign up for the next placement examination. Call Stacy McKelvey at (718) 353-4553 for more information or to reserve your placement exam seat. Mindfulness Meditation one-hour class with Rabbi Michael Weisser at Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Free. For more information, call (718) 961-0030 or email

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES The Wednesday Night Singles Group of the SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, invites you to social evenings with special guest speakers on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 nonmembers. Join Dancing Under the Stars every Wednesday through Aug. 1 at Little Bay Park roller hockey rink, Cross Island Parkway between Utopia Parkway and Totten Avenue, in Bayside from 7-8:30 p.m.

Free events at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave. on July 11-14 from 2-8 p.m. Offering free medical screenings, US citizenship information, English as a Second Language class information, music lessons, vacation Bible school, tutoring for students, live music and more.

TOURS Walk the East River shore between the Queensboro and RFK (Triboro) bridges on Wednesday, July 11 from 6-8 p.m. and end in Astoria at the Bohemian Hall Beer Garden (Czech food). This tour is led by Jack Eichenbaum. Fee is $15. Meets at the northwest corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue. No reservations necessary.

SUPPORT GROUPS A bereavement group will meet this summer at the Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horace Harding Expwy. Pre-registration is a must. Call (718) 225-1144. The Center for the Women of New York is now accepting registration for a new session of its Women’s Support Group. The group meets at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 325, Kew Gardens, every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. To participate no prior group experience is needed and there is no fee. For information and an interview appointment, call the Center for the Women of New York at (718) 793-0672. Co-Dependents Anonymous (women only) meetings are held every Friday from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at Resurrection Ascention Pastoral Center, Fr. Freely Hall, 85-18 61 Rd., Rego Park. Nar-Anon is a self-help support group or anyone affected by a loved one’s use/abuse of drugs. The group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the basement lounge at the Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. For information, call 1(800) 984-0066, or go to Drug problem? Call Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit Meetings are held seven days a week.

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Cool picnic recipes for summer dining by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor

Ah, summer and the living is easy — except for the cook. Here are some easy recipes that would be perfect for a picnic at the beach, park or even in your own backyard. Popcorn salad 8 cups popped popcorn 6 slices bacon (optional) 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup shredded carrot 1 red bell pepper, diced 4 scallions, thinly sliced, including greens 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese lettuce leaves Place popcorn in large bowl for transporting. Saute bacon until crisp, drain and chop or crumble and reserve. Mix together mayonnaise and seasonings. Set aside. Combine vegetables in medium bowl. Add mayonnaise mixture and mix thoroughly. Immediately before serving, add mayo mix-

ture, bacon and cheese to popcorn. Toss gently to combine. Serve on lettuce leaves. The Popcorn Board said this salad doesn’t hold up long, so serve immediately. Serves eight. Potato chip chicken 3 cups crushed ridged potato chips (any flavor, but barbecue flavor is appropriate) 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 broiler/fryer chicken, cut up 1/2 cup butter, melted In a shallow bowl, combine chips and garlic powder. Dip chicken pieces in butter, then roll in potato chip mixture. Place in a greased baking pan. Sprinkle with any remaining butter and coating. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for one hour. Serves four. Cauliflower salad 6 to 7 cups fresh cauliflowerets 1 celery rib, sliced thin 1/3 cup chopped green pepper 1/3 cup chopped red pepper 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 2 bacon strips, cooked, crumbled (optional) dash of paprika

An unusal salad to take on a picnic features popcorn. In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower, celery and peppers. In a small bowl, mix sour cream, salad dressing, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over vegetable mixture. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with bacon. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours. Sprinkle with paprika. Serves 10 to 12.

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Groups of all genres will fill the postage stamp-sized Sergeant Collins Park in Woodside with music every Thursday of July and a couple days in August. As the sun starts to go down at 7 p.m. the neighbors start to file in for the concert series dedicated to Louise McKenna, a community member who was involved in past concerts. Some residents donated funds in her name for the outdoor productions. “It’s all sorts of people and ages, which is really kind of nice,” Vita Tanga said on a sunny day while strumming his guitar. “It’s everyone from the neighborhood, a big mixture,” fiddlist Cady Finlayson added. Tanga, Finlayson and Tim Alworth, who

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plays the bodhran — the Irish drum— will perform on July 26. Their gig? Irish music with a spin, Finlayson and Tanga said. None of the band members are Irish, but they have an affinity for the music of the country. Finlayson, a full-time musician, fell in love with the genre at an Irish bar many years ago. And Tanga caught the Irish fever three years back when the duo began performing together all over the city. They performed at the Woodside on the Move Concert in the summer of 2010 and were pegged as a good fit for following concerts in the neighborhood by the Northern Woodside Coalition and Goliard Concerts. Their repertoire includes all upbeat reels and jigs, and a few pipe tunes — although the pipe tunes will be played without the bagpipes. Reels are classic Irish tunes played in 4/4 time and traditionally accompanied by a spirited hard-shoe dance that punctuates the melody with hardy stomps. Jigs are the infectious and most common of Irish tunes, performed in a quick 6/8 time. The spin or global flavor that this musical team adds to the music is sometimes an

Vita Tanga, left, and Cady Finlayson will play Irish jigs with a spin on July 26. PHOTO BY JOSEY BARTLETT

electric guitar and a modern intro. Some of the song titles on their CD “Electric Green” are “Pumpkin’s Fancy,” “Foggy Dew” and “Itchy Fingers” — although most of the jigs and reels performed on Thursday are unnamed. All the songs bring a smile to the audi-

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In the spring the Astoria Pool was one of 40 city historic a l s p o t s — f i v e w e re i n Queens — to vie for a chunk of a $3 million grant through the Partners in Preservation program. The pool received $10,000 to contribute to a $245,000 project to turn the unused dive tank, which is adjacent to the Olympic-sized pool, into a performance area, with the art deco dive platform transformed into a sculptural theater tower The Astoria Pool was founded in 1936 by then-Parks Commissioner Robert Moses. It opened to much fanfare on July 4, 1936, when the Olympic tryouts for the U.S. swim and diving When: Through Sept. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. teams were hosted and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the pool. The Where: Astoria Park, 21 Hoyt Ave. North event returned to Tickets: Free, (718) 760-6969 t h e l o c a t i o n i n Cornelius Easterling, left, Adonis Mieves and Daquan Robinson enjoyed the pool on opening day. Q PHOTO BY JOSEY BARTLETT 1964.

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An exercise class for seniors. meets Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Bldg. 4 on the Creedmoor Community Campus, Queens Village. For more information call Kathleen at (718) 454-2100.

Problem with cocaine or other mind-altering substances? For local Cocaine Anonymous meetings call: 1-(212) COCAINE. The Queens Counseling Services of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health announces a free Women’s Support Group on alternate Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Kissena Jewish Center, 43-43 Bowne St., Flushing. If you are experiencing anxiety, fear or stress and are searching for a venue that can provide understanding, compassion and respect, call to register at (718) 461-6393. The Queens Counseling services and LISUN of the Foundation of Religion and Mental Health announces a new mourning and bereavement group to be held on Saturdays form 1-2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 14-15 Clintonville St., Whitestone. For further information call (718) 461-6393. Co-dependents Anonymous (women only) meets every Friday at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, 85-18 61st Road, Rego Park. Schizophrenics Anonymous meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. at L.I. Consultation Center, 97-29 64th Road, Rego Park.

The Woodhaven Senior Center, 78-15 Jamaica Ave., announces free exercise classes at the center. Stay Well on Monday includes stress reduction; yoga on Thursday includes meditation time. The center is open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. United Hindu Senior Center, 118-09 Sutter Ave., South Ozone Park, offers free vegetarian lunch, health promotion, nutrition education, cards and games, mammograms and blood pressure screenings. In addition, we provide transportation for many seniors via bus. For more information, call (718) 323-8900. The Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center, 68-52 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood, welcomes all seniors age 60 or above. Enjoy a daily healthy meal at noon. On Fridays there is a free lunch. They offer an array of activities such as bingo, movies, exercise, oil painting, yoga, line dancing classes, dancing to a live band, sing-a-longs, health presentations, blood pressure checks, and monthly birthday celebration and theme parties. Suggested contribution is $1.25. Meals-on-Wheels program is offered also. Call (718) 497-2908.

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Notice of Formation of RHR Distributor, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/1/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 61-12 70th St., Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of ACO BAKERY 32ND, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/21/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 5-37 51st Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Notice of Formation of WHITESTONE COMMONS REALTY, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/25/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 12-40 Clintonville St., Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of formation of LUCKY Q & X, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 08/26/2010. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: 143-16 Willets Point Blvd., Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

THE DEPARTMENT LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 6/8/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: George Marc Bunag, 62-60 99th St., Apt. 416, Rego Park, NY 11374. General Purposes.

PROBATE CITATION File No.: 2012-555/A SURROGATE’S COURT - QUEENS COUNTY CITATION The People of the State of New York By the Grace of God Free and Independent To: American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, National Kidney Foundation, Judy Grise, Ruth Fenster, Miriam Goldberg, Paul Schorr, Richard Miller, Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of Ann Koznesoff, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence *That all the above named persons to be cited have a Prior/Equal Right to Letters of Administration, C.T.A. A petition having been duly filed by Lois M. Rosenblatt, Public Administrator of Queens County, with offices at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, 6th Floor, in Jamaica, New York, on the 16th day of August, 2012 at 9:30 A.M., why a decree should not be made in the estate of Ann Koznesoff, lately domiciled at 161-32 Jewel Avenue, Apt. 4C, Flushing, New York, admitting to probate a paper dated December 10, 2004, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Ann Koznesoff, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that: [X] Letters of Administration C.T.A. issue to Lois M. Rosenblatt, Public Administrator of Queens County, pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1402. Dated, Attested and Sealed, June 27, 2012 (L.S.) HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, Queens County GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., Attorney for Petitioner, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374, (718) 459-9000 Margaret M. Gribbon, Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court. This Citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: HEAVEN HOSPITALITY, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/13/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 137-08 REDDING ST., OZONE PARK, NY 11417. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ROCKAWAY BLVD. BASEMENT LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/23/12. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2050. 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, 195 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06855. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: BOY WONDER STUDIOS, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/04/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 89-15 145th Street, Jamaica, NY 11435. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: AMERICA MECCA REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/08/2012. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 7943 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, NY 11379. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: WORDSMITH PUBLISHING LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/02/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS THE BASIS OF VENUE IS THAT THE PROPERTY IS SITUATED IN QUEENS COUNTY U.S. BANK, N.A, Plaintiff, -againstMOHAMMED MOLLAH; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE AND MORTGAGEE OF RECORD; ADVISORS MORTGAGE GROUP LLC; TARIQ REZA; AMERICAN EXPRESS CENTURION BANK; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; BANGLA ESTATE, INC., BASHIR RAHMAN, “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 Amended Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your Answer, or, if the Amended Complaint is not served with this Supplemental Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorneys 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 amended 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. The following notice is intended only for those defendants who are owners of the premises sought to be foreclosed or who are liable upon the debt for which the mortgage stands as security. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. The amount of the Debt: $437,092.38 consisting of principal balance of $417,000.00 plus interest of $14,998.93, escrow/impound shortages or credits of $3,202.06; Broker’s Price Opinion, inspection and miscellaneous charges of $471.35; attorney fee $925.00 and title search $495.00. Because of interest and other charges that may vary from day to day, the amount due on the day you pay may be greater. Hence, if you pay the amount shown above, an adjustment may be necessary after we receive the check, in which event we will inform you. The name of the creditor to whom the debt is owed: U.S. BANK, N.A. Unless you dispute the validity of the debt, or any portion thereof, within thirty (30) days after receipt hereof, the debt will be assumed to be valid by the herein debt collector. If you notify the herein debt collector in writing within thirty (30) days after your receipt hereof that the debt, or any portion thereof, is disputed, we will obtain verification of the debt or a copy of any judgment against you representing the debt and a copy of such verification or judgment will be mailed to you by the herein debt collector. Upon your written request within 30 days after receipt of this notice, the herein debt collector will provide you with the name and address of the original creditor if different from the current creditor. Note: Your time to respond to the supplemental summons and amended complaint differs from your time to dispute the validity of the debt or to request the name and address of the original creditor. Although you have as few as 20 days to respond to the supplemental summons and amended complaint, depending on the manner of service, you still have 30 days from receipt of this supplemental summons to dispute the validity of the debt and to request the name and address of the original creditor. TO THE DEFENDANTS: MOHAMMED MOLLAH: If you have obtained an order of discharge from the Bankruptcy court, which includes this debt, and you have not reaffirmed your liability for this debt, this law firm is not alleging that you have any personal liability for this debt and does not seek a money judgment against you. Even if a discharge has been obtained, this lawsuit to foreclose the mortgage will continue and we will seek a judgment authorizing the sale of the mortgaged premises. Dated: December 19, 2011 s/Mitra Paul Singh, Esq. Mitra Paul Singh, Esq. 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A new level of style and comfort Transit retiree gives his home a makeover, thanks to Housing Rehabilitation Assistance HRA-approved contractors are done to the homeowner’s satisfaction.” Soto cer tainly is. “I’m quite pleased with the work and would definitely recommend them to anybody interested in spending a little money to fix up their house,” he said. Soto’s home, built in 1920 in a hilly section of the Bronx, provides a perfect example of how utilizing HRA can help the homeowner. Though solid overall, it had a roof that leaked for years, a drafty foyer, some bad floor joists and a small kitchen that needed a modern makeover. It wasn’t that Soto wanted to upgrade the home he’s lived in for 27 years just for himself. With his daughter and his grandchildren having moved out for a place in the suburbs a few years ago, he’s decided it’s getting near time to sell. So he needed more curb appeal and a more inviting interior, one where the kitchen and foyer matched the quality of other rooms he remodeled himself over the years. He will miss his home, but Soto has been retired for nearly 23 years and says it’s time to move to an apartment where someone else can take care of the maintenance. “I’m fixing it up for the next owner,” he said. “It’s cozy and I love it, and if it wasn’t for the snow and the grass and everything else, I’d stay here. But I don’t need a house. It’s just me; the kids are gone, and it’s time to move on.” Until he does sell, Soto’s enjoying a new level of comfort and style provided by those HRAapproved workers he’s so glad to be employing. The first thing they did was replace the roof, taking care of the leaks. On the inside, the kitchen was the first part of the project to

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

Soto’s HRA-approved contractors replaced inefficient windows in the foyer with a beautiful new bay window, adding tremendously to his home’s curb appeal.

Soto enjoys his cozy new kitchen, but decided to repaint the door.

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


Rich wood cabinets, granite countertops and ceramic brick make Tito Soto’s kitchen more inviting than it’s ever been. leak and put in a beautiful new bay window that gives the home’s curb appeal a major boost. Since there’s nothing like a first impression, that window alone will have a big impact on prospective buyers. “It’s a tremendous, tremendous difference,” he said. “Without a doubt, just seeing it adds value to the house.” Like many HRA clients, Soto found out about the program through a card that came in the mail. Deciding it was worth checking out, he called and met with HRA representatives, who explained how the program works. “T hey were ver y amiable,”

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

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H appy Valentine's Day! been happy Philly picked her son.

by Lloyd Carroll

Chronicle Contributor

The day before the NBA Draft, the league invites most the players it believes will be selected in the first round to meet with the media at the Westin Hotel in Times Square. The following day, the players, looking resplendent in their sharp suits, shake hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern on ESPN. Mo Harkless, the former Forest Hills High School and St. John’s Red Storm star, as well as the 2012 Big East Rookie of the Year, was not invited to last week’s NBA party. The league’s snub made no sense considering that it was universally acknowledged he would be chosen in the first round, plus the fact that it has become increasingly rare for a player from New York City to be in that elite category. To his credit, Harkless showed up at the Prudential Center last Thursday night and met with the press after he was chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers, who had the 15th selection. Harkless claimed not to fear his stock was dropping like the Facebook IPO when he learned the NBA would not invite him to the “Green Room” festivities. He also did not express any joy about playing in a city only 100 miles from home. The fact that the Sixers will be visiting the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks three times each didn’t seem to mean much either. He wouldn’t even concede that Rosa, his mom, had to have

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I’d like to offer Mo some unsolicited advice. The media and the fans in Philadelphia can be brutal. That town loves athletes who give it their all and risk their physical well-being to win. Harkless should not have a problem there. But Philly fans and media expect their players to show some emotion, and yes, even smile once in awhile. Mo’s tendency to give sullen one-sentence answers, suggesting a blunted affect, will hurt him. The Sixers should hire a communications expert to work with him, something St. John’s clearly did not do. Four years ago Yankees media relations director Jason Zillo created HOPE (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) Week to recognize unselfish individuals who do extraordinary things to help others. It’s safe to say that the Yankees under Zillo’s aegis have become the gold standard in the area of Major League Baseball’s community service endeavors. Last Tuesday morning, Yankees personnel, including star players Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson, visited the Woodhaven home of Jorge Munoz to help him with his daily preparation of meals that he makes for day laborers in Jackson Heights who might go hungry if not for his efforts. That evening Yankees general manager Brian Cashman helped Munoz distribute the meals underneath the 7 train tracks at 73rd Q Street and Roosevelt Avenue.

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