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Feds remove geese from Jamaica Bay Plan had environmentalist support but some worry about other birds by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

n Monday morning, there were more than 1,500 Canada geese living around Jamaica Bay. By the end of the next day, that number had been cut by about half. The U.S. Department of Agriculture moved forward with a plan to eliminate the population of Canada geese at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which many fear are a threat to airplanes flying into and out of nearby JFK Airport. USDA agents captured a total of 751 geese on Monday and Tuesday between sunrise and noon near the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge on the north end of Broad Channel. The agency trapped the geese this week because they were rendered “flightless” due to molting of their feathers, which normally occurs in June and July. Without their ability to fly, the geese are easier to round up. Also, all migrating Canada geese are far north by midsummer. They were then moved to a poultry processing plant in Dutchess County where they were euthanized and their meat sent to soup kitchens and food pantries, according to Carol Bannerman, spokeswomen for the USDA’s Wildlife Service and Animal Care office. The process in which the geese are captured and euthanized is termed “culling.”


The US Department of Agriculture removed more than 700 Canada geese that could pose a threat to airplanes flying into and out of JFK Airport, but some are worried other species of birds, such as FILE PHOTO gulls (above), could be targeted next. The move comes after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) pushed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, whose agency manages the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, to move forward with removal of the geese after the USDA released its environmental impact study at the beginning of the month. “We could not afford to sit back and wait

for a catastrophe to occur before cutting through bureaucratic red tape between federal agencies,” said Gillibrand. “We are finally taking action to help reduce bird strikes and save lives. I thank Secretary Salazar for his leadership in moving this process forward.” One thousand of the roughly 1,500 Canada geese that had been living in the refuge

and the area surrounding it were targeted for removal by the USDA. Several hundred geese can be seen often on landfill parks along the Brooklyn shoreline, directly below a commonly used flight path for jets landing at JFK. The agency has already culled over 200 Canada geese in the last three years. Don Riepe, northeast chapter president for the American Littoral Society, said those geese are not migratory and were introduced to the bay in the latter half of the last century by fish and gaming agencies. The geese have become “overabundant” around the bay according to the National Park Service and the presence of mowed lawns around Gateway National Recreation Area and on properties in Howard Beach, the Rockaways and Brooklyn have provided geese with a source of food all year round. “Even though they’re native, they’re kind of misplaced,” Riepe said, adding that migrating geese stop at the refuge in spring and fall, but the 1,500 or so geese that had been living around Jamaica Bay are not migratory and spent most of the time at the wildlife refuge. Besides the threat to planes, the Canada geese also disrupt the ecosystem at the bay, taking away some food supply for smaller birds native to the area. The NPS also warned that resident Canada geese damage salt marshes in Jamaica Bay, many of continued on page 20

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16 hurt as blaze guts three homes More than 100 firefighters battled Richmond Hill fire in 90 degree temps by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

The acrid smell of smoke and f ire and an ominous white haze permeated multiple residential blocks in Richmond Hill late last Thursday afternoon as firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that gutted three homes and injured 16 people during some of the hottest temperatures of the summer. The Fire Department received a

call at 5:11 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, reporting a fire in an unattached residence at 107-47 112 St. in Richmond Hill. The blaze went to three alarms, with a fourth alarm called for relief efforts. The temperature was around 90 degrees at the time and the conditions were taxing on some of the responding firefighters requiring the department to trigger the fourth alarm to call in relief crews.

Firefighters on the roof of the one of the three homes damaged by fire last Thursday.

By 5:30 p.m., flames were shooting out of the front and back of the attic of the home as firefighters doused it with water. The fire spread to two adjacent semiattached homes. At least three witnesses reported the fire had also spread to a large tree in the rear of the residence and may have jumped to the adjacent homes. The FDNY said 39 units and 168 firefighters responded to the fire. It was brought under control about 90 minutes later and firefighters searched the three homes looking for any hot spots or potential victims. More than 100 people, mostly residents of the block, crowded 112th Street and watched the FDNY f ight the flames before off icials forced people off the street around 6 p.m. Overhead, an NYPD helicopter circled while other news helicopters hovered high in the sky. The incident resulted in the rerouting of two bus lines during rush hour.

More than 100 firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that injured 16 people PHOTOS BY DOMENICK RAFTER in Richmond Hill on July 5. All 16 injuries, including 13 f iref ighters and three civilians, were considered minor. At least f ive families are reported to be homeless as a result of the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but FDNY officials said they are focusing on a rear deck of the house where the fire started Q as the possible origin.


Schumer, Goldfeder: Clean Charles Park Duo wants feds to fund maintenance by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Cooling center confusion Last Saturday was recorded as the hottest day of the year, but misled South Queens residents sought relief at the wrong locations. While the temperature climbed to almost 100 degrees, residents in Richmond Hill and Woodhaven trekked to their respective libraries in hopes of cooling down, but to no avail. Residents contacted 311 for information about cooling centers, but the service provided incorrect data. Callers say they were told that the Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, above, libraries served as cooling centers, but both are closed on Saturdays. Mary Ann Carey, district manager of Community Board 9, stated that she received a phone call from a livid constituent. “He was hollering at me,” she said over the phone. “But I can’t blame him. He lives in

Woodhaven and walked all the way to the library in that heat, just to see that it was closed. Then he walked to Richmond Hill and that library was closed too. He was so furious that he didn’t even give me his name and he just hung up the phone.” Joanne King, spokeswoman at the Queens Library commented, “I understand Ms. Carey’s concerns, but libraries that are not open on Saturdays are not listed as cooling centers.” Carey sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg on Tuesday describing the situation, suggesting that he find cooling centers that are open late or around the clock, such as hospitals or evacuation centers. She has yet to receive any feedback. — Stefania D’Andrea

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Frank M. Charles Park is packed on a typical summer day. The thwack of tennis rackets and baseball bats in use and the laughter of children on squeaky swings is as common a sound as jets landing and subway trains snaking across the bay. The park has seen some major changes in recent years. New playgrounds were built in 2010 and the athletic f ields were repaired. But while parkgoers are enjoying the new facilities, one thing they are not enjoying is the litter on the ground, overflowing pails and unkempt baseball fields. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) are asking the federal government to pour some more money into the park for maintenance purposes. Because the park has been part of the Gateway National Recreation Area since the latter’s creation in 1972, it is managed by the federal government under the National Park Service. “Federal resources are hard to come by,” Goldfeder said, pointing out that the West-

ern United States gets the bulk of the NPS budget because the western states have more federally owned land, especially national parks. But Dorothy McCloskey, president of Friends of Charles Park, said she has heard of similar problems in parks in the west and believes funding maintenance is a general problem with NPS. She believes part of the problem is the agency does not normally deal with urban parkland like Charles Park. “Most of the land the National Park Service deals with, people don’t step on,” she said. She is happy for the support Goldfeder and Schumer are giving the park, but is not optimistic. “There’s a vicious cycle of us putting in capital funding to rehabilitate the park but the improvements are not maintained,” she said. “Who is the National Park Service answerable to?” McCloskey said most of the maintenance at Charles Park comes from volunteers. “I can’t tell you how hard we have worked as volunteers to keep that park at Q least the way it is now,” she said.

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DOE ‘turnaround’ plan Casino subway stop in peril after ruling work remains stalled City, UFT went before judge Tuesday by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Less than two weeks after an arbitrator put the brakes on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's “turnaround” plan for seven Queens high schools, the Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers went before a judge on Tuesday. The DOE is appealing the ruling arbitrator Scott Buchheit issued on June 29 which said the DOE violated its contracts with the UFT and the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators with the planned closure and renaming of 24 city high schools including seven in Queens. As part of the plan, some of the schools’ staff were fired at the end of the school year. The city sought a temporary restraining order against the ruling which would have allowed them to move forward in the process, but that request was denied on Tuesday afternoon by New York State Supreme Court Justice Joan Lobis, who had ordered the two sides to go before an arbitrator in May. As it stands now, the ruling forces the city

to rescind the terminations of the staff and hold off on the hiring process for September. Lawyers for the UFT argued that the city had not properly applied for an injunction, nor can establish enough of a likelihood that a judge will ultimately rule in the city’s favor. Lawyers for the UFT also denied DOE’s claim that there would be “irreparable harm” if a restraining order is not issued. The DOE said it needed to begin implementing the “turnaround” plan immediately to be ready for the start of the school year, and any delay could impact students in the fall by putting the plan in limbo for most, if not all, of the summer break. But Lobis was not convinced allowing the arbitrator’s ruling to stand would do “irreparable harm.” “Maybe you’d have to rescind some letters. How is that irreparable harm?” She asked Maxwell Leighton, legal counsel for the DOE. Oral arguments on the city’s appeal case begin on July 24. The 2012-13 school year starts for students Sept. 6, but staff begin Q reporting Aug. 27.

Station was due to open months ago by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

The Resorts World New York City Casino is closing in on its first anniversary in business. The bars, restaurants, games and other amenities are all open and serving customers. All, save but one. Months after it was due to open, the A train subway station at Aqueduct Racetrack still is not operating full time. The station, which has one platform on the Manhattanbound track, is open only on racing days and is served only by Manhattan-bound trains. Resorts World NYC Spokesman Stefan Friedman said the enclosed skybridge connecting the casino to the station is completed, but work at the station itself is held up because approvals are still needed for work to transform the station into one that could be used full time and in both directions, including a second platform to serve southbound trains “While we’ve encountered a few unexpected delays en route to the completion of the Aqueduct station, we’ve been working

nonstop with the MTA to expedite its completion,” Friedman said.“Construction of the bridge is complete and we hope to soon have all approvals from the MTA in order to move forward with the renovation of the platform.” Resorts World had planned on having the subway link open by this past winter. For the time being, Resorts World has been utilizing shuttle buses from the Aqueduct-North Conduit Avenue station which has an exit at the south end of the property. Subway ridership to Aqueduct Racetrack has increased substantially since the closing of OTB parlors in December 2010 and later the opening of the casino in October 2011. Ridership at the Aqueduct-North Conduit Avenue station, also used by some commuters, doubled in 2011 from 2010, the biggest year-to-year increase of any station in the city except two in the Bronx that were closed for most of 2010 for reconstruction. Ridership at the one-platform Aqueduct Racetrack has also increased by over 80 percent between 2010 and 2011 even Q though it is only open on racing days.


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More cops, less crying lackout, heat wave, .44-caliber homicide,” is the opening line of Billy Joel’s angst-driven rock classic “Close to the Borderline.” He was talking about the summer of ’77 in New York: Son of Sam, the Bronx ablaze and all that. Not the best of times (despite “Annie Hall”). And 35 years later, it’s starting to seem like the bad old days all over again. Violent crime is up in many areas, including the roughest sections of Queens. And though every murder and every attempt is dreadful, some recent cases seem especially horrifying. Three men killed in Springfield Gardens, with 63 shots fired, most if not all apparently from an AK-47 submachine gun — yes, the old favorite of the Russian military and terrorists everywhere. An MTA cop stabbed in the eye by a lunatic at the Jamaica LIRR station. An executive killed in her Astoria apartment, allegedly by her live-in boyfriend, an attorney. No amount of cops on the street, no law however strict, can deter all crime. And it may be that the record low level of violence the city has achieved simply can’t last forever. But we must do all we can to make it last. That means increasing the police force, which has


dropped from its high of 41,000 in the Giuliani administration to about 34,500 now. And of course those officers are doing much more, i.e., preventing terror attacks, than they were before. While we can’t blow the budget, policing the streets is the city’s first obligation. Cuts must be made elsewhere to hire more cops. We should also reconsider the so-called reforms to the Rockefeller drug laws that were made in 2009, which more and more officials now agree resulted in freeing too many hardened criminals. Among those who have said so in recent days are Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. of Astoria, the public safety chairman. And it’s time for the ivory tower types to stop beating up the NYPD over stop and frisk. Patting down suspicious people is nothing new. And it happens more in minority areas because fully 90 percent of both killers and victims are minorities. As state Sen. Malcolm Smith of Jamaica said after the stabbing, stop and frisk, when done respectfully, is necessary to keep the city safe. So are more cops and more prison time for criminals. Let’s keep our priorities straight.

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Back Vallone’s renaming bill here he goes again: City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. of Astoria, proposing common-sense legislation that wouldn’t even be necessary if half his colleagues were half as smart as he is. Vallone wants to ban the renaming of city infrastructure for people who are still alive. He, like 75 percent of Queens residents, thought the renaming of the Queensboro Bridge for former Mayor Ed Koch was a slap in the face for our borough. And he may also be thinking of the poor choice former Mayor Rudy Giuliani made in renaming the Manhattan jail for ex-Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who turned out to be a criminal himself, and is still behind bars. Naming things for living people is largely a ploy to maintain their political allegiance, Vallone says. And, we would add, it’s just plain tacky. His bill makes sense. Given their continuing contributions to the city, it’s likely that one day something will be named for either Vallone or his father, the former council speaker. Or both. But not until long after they’re gone. And maybe by that time, motorists will already be getting tickets for drinking Big Gulps while driving along the Michael R. Bloomberg Belt Parkway.



so they can be an exception. Many of us had forebears who came from Dear Editor: Europe, unable to speak English. Their children I always enjoy reading The Chronicle; the may have been born abroad, but thrust into pubJuly 5 issue was especially good. lic schools, became fluent in English even if I liked your editorial on city transportation another language were spoken at home. In later (“Transportation dollars wasted”). Well-written decades, people from all other regions came and informative, it did, however, here for basically the same realeave out the salaries of the peosons: life and liberty back home ONLINE ple at the top and the endless were lousy or nonexistent. No perks of former employees who one leaves home without a very Miss an editorial or don’t pay to use subways and letter cited by a writer? good cause! buses. Is this not wasteful? Do You may have visited the Want news from our they get a free ride on the AirQueens Museum which had a other editions covering Train, too? display called “Crossing the the rest of Queens? Find I was impressed with Pat past reports, news from Boulevard,” the title of a book Adams’ letter (“A colleague’s across the borough and written by Warren Lehrer and kudos”). I also commend you on Judith Sloan (Norton, NY 2003) more at your ads for vets and the worthy If the library can’t get a copy for piece on “ObamaCare” (“Most you, or B& Queens pols applaud ruling”). can. It is a good investment and a very interestI noticed that Domenick Rafter is now an ing read. Perhaps you caught “Finding Your associate editor at your paper. I welcome him Roots” on PBS (Channel 13). We are all confor his reporting skills and fine writing. nected. Learning English does not mean we Perhaps someone can answer a nagging ques- abandon our heritage. It is a very tough lantion in regard to James Solomon’s letter, “Assimilate already.” When an immigrant wants to become a citizen, hard study is required to learn our laws, language and customs. Why then are so many languages printed at our polling places? Adding Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi add enormous costs unnecessarily. I can rationalize the use of Spanish as the Canadians do French. Puerto Rico and the Philippines were grabbed by us,

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Editorial was wrong Dear Editor: The facts underlying the Queens Chronicle’s July 5 editorial “Transportation dollars wasted” are simply not correct; nor is its assertion that the $12.7 million investment in the renovation and conversion of the LIRR Sutphin Boulevard underpass was not productively spent. Almost 85 percent — $10.6 million — of that $12.7 million went directly to LIRR transportation infrastructure improvements and new public sidewalks and walkway and roadway lighting. The enhancement of the Sutphin Boulevard underpass provides a critical link between north and south Jamaica. An area which was once dark, dirty and uninviting, is now beautiful, safe and attractive. The arts groups that will utilize the

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Dear Editor: There have been 16 murders in the past five days. So far this year 193 murders have occurred, most by illegal guns. I feel even one murder is too many. There were seven since Friday, the victims including children, clubgoers, a shopkeeper and a husband. In Queens this weekend three men were killed with an AK-47 and about 63 shots were fired. There are those like the ACLU who complain that civil rights are being violated by the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. But I wonder if they lost one of their loved ones due to illegal guns, might they say, “Why is more not being done?” Talking about civil rights, what of those being murdered? Didn’t they have civil rights too? Let me also point out our Finest are doing their best and are being shot at and wounded in the line of duty trying to protect us. Illegal guns must be stopped and taken off the street, along with those carrying them. Here’s one idea: If you know someone with an illegal gun, report him to the police because the life you save could be your own. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks

Dear Editor: An investigation by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has determined the City Council rubber stamped the Bloomberg administration’s Willets Point plan after it had been illegally lobbied by the Flushing-Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation, led by former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman. As a politician with many years of experience in city procedures and requirements, it would appear Ms. Shulman either knew what she was doing was improper or should have known. Equally criticized was Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City Economic Development Corporation and The Coney Island Development Corporation for illegally lobbying. (“City admits illegal Willets Pt. lobbying,” July 5, multiple editions). As captain of the ship, Mayor Bloomberg must assume the responsibility for the above. As when he and his cabal of term-limited City Council members overturned the public’s endorsements of term limits, this may be a black mark on his legacy as mayor. Term limits are now the law, but if Bloomberg wants to redeem himself on illegal lobbying, he should insist the City Council enact legislation withdrawing its approval of his Willets Point plan, and the process should start anew without illegal lobbying. Should he fail to do so, the City Council and Speaker Christine Quinn, who aspires to be mayor, should do so on their own. The public is entitled to the fresh air of good and honest government and nothing less. Benjamin M. Haber Flushing

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space are sure to enliven the downtown. One of the groups, Chashama, has already made a substantial positive impact in Jamaica by attracting a major new commercial tenant here. We agree with the need for better transportation infrastructure and have obtained tens of millions of federal dollars for new infrastructure to support economic growth around Jamaica Station. The project will dramatically improve the station environment experienced by hundreds of thousands of LIRR passengers each day. The station area has been rezoned to accommodate extensive new transportation-oriented commercial and residential development, of which the Shops at Station Plaza are only the very first evidence. Fred Winters Spokesman, Greater Jamaica Development Corp. Manhattan Editor’s note: The description of the project on the GJDC website says: “Shops at Station Plaza, breaking ground this spring, will transform the Long Island Railroad underpass from a dark, uninviting corridor at the heart of the transit hub into a passenger friendly space with special lighting, public art, retail shops, and other amenities. This is a vital pedestrian link between the subway exits north of the LIRR embankment and the development sites to the south.”


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Boro budget bacon brings boons, blues Member item mayhem as council divvies up $50 million for districts by Michael Gannon Editor

City Council members from Queens came out on the long and short end when City Council Speaker Christine Quinn allocated discretionary funds as part of the city’s new $68.7 million budget. The funds — which can go to libraries, Little League fields, soup kitchens, and just about any other type of organization or activity — have been called both pork and funding necessary to advance community welfare. But this year’s allocations may do little to dispel conspiracy theorists citywide, who in the past have accused the speaker of using the money to reward her friends on the council, and to punish dissenters. Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), a deputy speaker and Quinn loyalist, received more than $1.1 million for programs in his district. The sum is the third-highest among all council members and the highest by far for members from Queens. To put it in perspective, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (DForest Hills) came in 17th on the council and second in all of Queens with $668,224, according to figures compiled by Citizens Union, a nonpartisan civic organization that seeks political reform in the city and state. It represents an increase to Koslowitz’s district of $137,000 from last year. On the other end of the spectrum, however, sit Councilmembers Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and Elizabeth Crowley (DMiddle Village). On paper, the take for Vallone’s district does not look all that bad, with his $628,321, tying him with Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) for third among 15 members who serve Queens and brings him in at 22 in the council. But it also represents a cut of $60,000 from last year, and part

Political disagreements with Council Speaker Christine Quinn, center, may have cost Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. left, and FILE PHOTOS Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. of what Vallone sees as a pattern. “My funding was never cut until I spoke out about the Queensboro Bridge being taken from the people of Queens,” Vallone told the Queens Chronicle last week, referring to his opposition two years ago to the renaming of the Queensboro Bridge for former Mayor Ed Koch. “Now it has been,” Vallone said, referring to his funding. “The council claims it could not be sustained. If you believe that I have another bridge you can claim.” Weprin’s total is an increase of $48,000 and raised him five places over last year. While Vallone’s allocation dropped him seven places on the list, Crowley’s funding fell off a cliff. She has been allotted $378,321, a cut of more than $286,000 that plummeted her 33 places to second-to-last place on the funding list. The cut comes on the heels of Crowley challenging

Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) for the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District, a move believed to have angered party leaders — including Quinn and Crowley’s cousin, Congressman and Queens Democratic Chairman Joe Crowley — who had endorsed Meng from the start. Crowley’s funding places her above only Councilman Larry Seabrook (D-Bronx), who has been stripped of control over discretionary funding for his district by Quinn pending the outcome of criminal proceedings against him. Crowley’s funding also leaves her two places behind Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) with $415,321, and one slot behind Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn). Quinn and the entire New York Democratic establishment campaigned feverishly against Barron in his recent Congressional primary against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn). During that race, Congressman Eliot Engel (D-Bronx) said Barron would be “an embarrassment to the party, to the Congress and to the country.” In published reports, Quinn aides are quoted as saying that Vallone’s district had a history of high funding from the time his father, Peter Vallone Sr., was council speaker. Quinn’s office responded to an email seeking information for this story, but did not answer questions in the email asking her to comment on Vallone’s claim; on whether or not she thought Peter Vallone Sr. abused his position to bestow money on his district; or whether or not Crowley’s steep cut was merely coincidental with her insurgent challenge to Meng. “There are various different factors involved in the decisionmaking process regarding discretionary funding allocations, which results in a broad-based citywide distribution of funds,” said the statement issued by the City Council press office on Tuesday. continued on page 32

Goldfeder seeks bus meetings Bill would require more MTA outreach on route changes by Michael Gannon

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Back in the spring, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for a public meeting on proposed route changes that will eventually alter the Q11, Q 21 and Q 53 bus lines that run through his district in Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways. He was floored by the response. “They sent me a letter saying that they don’t hold a meeting unless they are changing at least 25 percent of the route,” Goldfeder said in a telephone interview on Monday. “I think most of the people in my district probably would actually like most of the proposed changes. But I thought there should be a hearing because people have to know if they are coming or going.” Goldfeder has introduced a bill that now would require a hearing for changes — any changes — to a bus route. He said the bill does not yet have a companion in the Senate, and that it would not apply if, for example, a new Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder speaking about trains this stoplight would add a minute or two to past spring. But MTA buses were on his mind when he a scheduled arrival time. drafted a bill to require more public hearings for route “But I did draft the bill as broadly as FILE PHOTO I could for now,” he said. “Twenty-five changes.

percent is not acceptable. Are they saying 23 percent isn’t important enough? Even 10 or 15 percent can be a big change.” In a statement from his off ice released on Monday afternoon, Goldfeder said he believes there should be hearings no matter how small the intended changes. “It is important that the channels of communication are open between the MTA and the hardworking families of Queens who are impacted by these service changes,” he said. Since the introductionintroduction of the bill he has gotten a call from the MTA expressing willingness to sit down and see if there is some sort of accommodation that can be reached, a result Goldfeder admitted he was hoping for when he worded his bill so strongly. “With them at 25 percent and me at zero, I hope we can find a solution that will allow more hearings and work within the agency’s ability to function,” he said. MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said the proper MTA officials are examining the Goldfeder bill, and that it would be premature to comment until they have Q subjected it to further study.

One drowns, another lives One boy drowned but another was saved in pool incidents in Queens on July 4. Police report that Christos Voulkoudis, 4, drowned while at a party with his family at 224 Beverly Road in Douglaston. The boy, who lived elsewhere, was transported to North Shore University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses said it was a tragic accident and that Christos was already unconscious when discovered in the pool. A happier outcome occured in Glen Oaks, when lifeguard Emily Harms, 21, helped save the life of an 11-year-old boy, who apparently suffered a seizure at the Royal Ranch Club community pool. The boy, who was not identified, has a history of seizures and was playing in the shallow end when he went under. His mother rescued him and Harms proceeded to perform CPR on the youth. He eventually came around, coughing up water and was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center as a precaution. Harms, of Bellerose, is entering her senior year at Providence College in the fall. “We are very proud of her,” said Q her father, Charles Harms Jr.

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Woodhaven declares war on mailbox graffiti Group will clean corner mailboxes and keep tabs on problem ones by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association, spent four hours driving down every street in his neighborhood making a note of how many mailboxes were bombed with graffiti.

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Tired of playing “Whack-AMole” with graffiti artists, Wendell embarked on the neighborhood-wide canvass only weeks after holding an anti-graffiti event in late May, pondering a better way to protect the blue and green mailboxes and improve the aesthetics of Woodhaven in the process, instead of having occasional anti-graffiti events and then seeing the vandalism return weeks later. He thought a better idea would be to prevent the issue from becoming an epidemic in the first place. First thing was to create an organized plan of attack. Using a method similar to when he gathered information on unplowed streets in the neighborhood after the 2010-2011 blizzards, Wendell took a map of Woodhaven and divided the neighborhood into three zones; Zone A, from the Richmond Hill border at 98th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard; Zone B, between Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Parkway; and Zone C, from Forest Parkway to Elderts Lane, which marks the border with Brooklyn. On the map,

he identif ied all the neighborhood’s mailboxes and placed red dots on ones marred by graffiti, while small green and blue squares represented mailboxes that had not been targeted by graffiti artists. He then shared the map on Facebook with other Woodhaven residents. Creating the map allowed him to notice a geographic pattern concerning the graffiti problem. “As you went from Richmond Hill to Brooklyn, you had more mailboxes that were hit,” he said. Breaking it down into numbers, Wendell said 31 percent of mailboxes in Zone A have some sort of graffiti, 44 percent in Zone B and 92 percent in Zone C including every single mailbox within four blocks of the Brooklyn border. Armed with that information, Wendell is planning on a painting blitz over the course of the summer, where teams of five people will join him to paint mailboxes a few at a time. He sought out the help of area politicians and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), whom Wendell said responded almost

immediately, supplying WRBA with some blue and green paint. Wendell is planning the f irst painting mission on Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m., with other outings on Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 19. all at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, July 24 and Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. for those who wish to help after work. Wendell said each painting session will last about 90 minutes because each mailbox would only take a few minutes to paint. He said he compiled a list of times that would give residents who want to get involved a variety of opportunities whether it be on the weekend or after work on a weekday. Wendell will keep a record of when each mailbox was painted. He hopes to use it to help crack down on graff iti by identifying problem spots where graff iti is common. “As we paint one, mark down the date we painted it and build up a history of the mailboxes,” Wendell said. “We can get a grasp on which ones are targeted often and which ones we paint over and over again.” continued on page 34

Graffiti-bombed mailboxes like these on 91st Avenue and 80th Street will be repainted as part of an anti-graffiti blitz this summer organized by the Woodhaven Residents Block Association. PHOTOS BY DOMENICK RAFTER



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MTA officer shoots perp who stabbed him Cop-hating attacker had criminal history; victim lauded for his bravery by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

An MTA police officer was stabbed in the eye by a knife-wielding assailant on July 4 in Jamaica. When the man refused to drop his weapon, the officer shot and killed him. The incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. at the Jamaica Station of the Long Island Rail Road. Edgar Owens, who has a history of beating up cops, walked up to Officer John Barnett, completely unprovoked, and said “I’m going to kill you,” according to Marjorie Anders, a spokeswoman for the MTA. Barnett, 45, tried to disarm the emotionally disturbed man, and ended up shooting and killing him. The officer fired four shots, three of which struck Owens, hitting his jaw, chest and hip. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to the MTA. The 13-year veteran of the MTAPD suffered a “devastating” wound to his left eye and underwent surgery at Jamaica Hospital, lasting four and a half hours, according to the agency. It is still unknown whether Barnett will retain his sight in that eye. However, he was conscious and able to speak to his family in the emergency room. He was released from the hospital on July 5. “He did exactly what we expect of all of

our officers: In a split second, confronted with a violent individual who posed a threat to everyone around him, he took action without regard to his personal safety,” MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a prepared statement. “We are all in awe of his bravery.”

“Today we are reminded once again of the bravery and sacrifice of our men and women in law enforcement.” — Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Barnett was on routine patrol when Owens, 46, of the Bronx, walked out of the station at street level while holding the knife at his side. He approached Barnett, who was standing near a taxi booth. The incident was caught on video and witnessed by several bystanders. “The off icer kept saying ‘Drop your weapon,’ but the guy didn’t listen, so the cop shot him,” Anders said. Owens has a criminal history which


includes arrests for criminal possession of a weapon, assault on a police officer and criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to the NYPD. In 2006, he punched an officer in the face at the 26th Precinct in Manhattan. In 2007, he walked into the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica and demanded to be arrested or he would punch someone, according to the MTA. The investigation into the incident did not disrupt LIRR service, but access to the staircases and escalators was blocked temporarily. Customers had to use the elevators near the ticket offices or in the AirTrain building to access the platforms, the MTA said. Barnett had never fired his weapon on the job before, according to the MTA. He had served a year with the NYPD before joining the MTAPD in 1999. He is a graduate of SUNY Maritime College and served in the Navy Reserve, doing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He lives in Suffolk County and has a 12-year-old son. “Today we are reminded once again of

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Islamic school to open in Flushing Former detox center on Parsons will become Muslim-oriented charter by Stefania D’Andrea Chronicle Contributor

A building that used to be part of a detox center on Parsons Boulevard in Flushing will become a Muslim charter school in the fall. For more than four years, three buildings that made up the Aurora Concept detox center remained unsold and unkempt. Ken Cohen, president of the Flushing Suburban Civic Association, expressed his dissatisfaction when asked about the condition of the property. “There are things just laying outside, like mattresses and old vehicles, and the grass is very tall,” Cohen said. “It is an eyesore for anything to be vacant, but this is just an insult to the community.” He continued, “Recently, there was an application for a school, but it was kicked back. I believe the application was sent in again.” The second application, which was approved, was for a Muslim-oriented school to be run by the Jamaica Muslim Center. Aftab Mannan, joint secretary of the Jamaica Muslim Center, said there will be 140 students, from pre-K to seventh grade. “We are hoping that there will not be less, and maybe we will have more,” Mannan added. He said that the new school will use the same name as the Jamaica facility’s — Al’Mamoor School — and that the school in the center will be closed and the area used for

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prayer services. Al’Mamoor School will open this September or October, or December at the latest. Al’Mamoor School will be located at 78-31 Parsons Blvd. and when the center raises more money, Mannan hopes to renovate the building at 78-39 and expand.

“We are pro-education, and we are pleased with it.” — Ken Cohen, president of the Flushing Suburban Civic Association

Aurora Concept was composed of three buildings, the two on Parsons and one at 160-40 78 Rd., none of which have been used since 2007. The treatment center was founded in 1972 and offered 107 beds for long-term care, and a large outpatient service that included a teen-drug rehabilitation program. Due to alleged mismanagement of funds in 2006, the program sought help from another nonprofit group, the Samaritan Village of Briarwood. Aurora then entered into a receivership with the state Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and the two pro-

grams agreed to end Aurora Concept. Since 2007, the properties have been listed as two separate entities — the two buildings on Parsons Boulevard and the one unit on 78th Road. Cohen is not happy that the 78th Road building will be left vacant, feeling that there could be many hazards, such as fires or break-ins. Mannan said Al’Mamoor is expanding because space in the Jamaica center is so limited. The school in the center has been operating for nine years with the approval of New York State, and Mannan said Al’Mamoor is a charter school that has also been approved by the New York State Board of Regents. “It follows a curriculum like any other charter school,” he said. “The school is not religion-based, there are just many Muslim students.” Reflecting the diversity of the borough, the Muslim-heavy school will be just one block away from the Yeshiva Ketana of Queens. “I have a very, very good feeling,” Mannan said. “I think they are f ine. Jamaica Muslim Center has a very good relationship with the Hasidics. The Jews have been very friendly to us. We are very welcoming, as they are welcoming. We are not like other Muslim schools; we are very open-minded.”


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Utility says contract offer would raise wages, but union rep says that’s a lie by Josey Bartlett Associate Editor

Locked out Con Edison workers, Patricia Erikson, left, Regina McFadden and her dog Bixley, Aiden Walch and Frank Caira, rallied outside the company’s PHOTO BY JOSEY BARTLETT learning center in Long Island City on Tuesday.


Truck drivers honked their support and bikers gave thumbs up as they passed the handful of Con Edison Workers who protested on Tuesday outside Con Edison’s Learning Center on Vernon Boulevard, in Long Island City. Contract talks broke down July 1 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. “I feel terrible,” said Patricia Erickson, a Con Ed worker from the 14th Street/East River Power House. She said she moved from her previous job to Con Ed because of the pension and now she wonders why she bothered. Originally, 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



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running. The locked out workers are not receiving pay, but Con Ed administrative assistant Frank Caira said they are eligible for immediate unemployment benefits. “I don’t think we’re asking for anything unreasonable,” Erikson said. 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. 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. 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 July 2. “We need to balance the demands of the union leadership with the

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Memories of John Adams HS senior prom sure to be ‘timeless’ by Symone Simon

ednesday, June 6th, was a night to remember for the 2012 Senior Class of John Adams High School, Ozone Park. The senior prom was held at the Chateau Briand, in Long Island, and it was a monumental evening for the seniors who attended. The night was filled with the sounds of reggae, soca, reggaeton and so much more. The dance floor was packed all night long, with everyone celebrating the end of high school with their friends. The theme song was “The Time (Dirty Bit)” by the Black Eyed Peas. During the evening, the titles of Prom Queen and King were awarded to Megan Aguirre and Brandon Maharaj. “Best Dressed Couple” was given to Rudiana Bunberry and Emilio Cortez. “Best Dressed Male” was Danny Perez, and “Best Dressed Female” was Katherine Collado. The theme for this year’s prom was “Timeless Memories,” and was reflected throughout the decor. The walls and tables were adorned with beautiful clocks designed by members of the senior class and teacher, Mr. Rappa. The theme was, in fact, well chosen, as it mirrored the feelings of all the teachers and students who were present since this was one of the last opportunities for the graduates to be together with their classmates and many of the teachers who helped them along their high school journey.


Pictured are a few glimpses from the 2012 John Adams HS prom: Prom King Brandon Maharaj and Prom Queen Megan Aguirre (left), couple Marissa Wynn and Darian Ramkissoon (top left), four graduating seniors whose smiles spell “friendship” and whose dresses exclaim “Elegance!” (above) and graduate Danny Perez, who wears a surprised look on his face as he holds his “Best Dressed Male” trophy (top right). PHOTOS BY SYMONE SIMON AND MS. PANZER

Drama students showcase their talents in “Romeo and Juliet” John Adams HS students left their hearts on the stage for an intense, dramatic production of “Romeo and Juliet.” This retelling of the romantic tragedy by William Shakespeare was a sight to behold on May 24th and 25th in the school auditorium. Ms. Novak’s theater arts classes created a memorable production of a forbidden love. “Romeo and Juliet” is the tragic tale of two love-struck teenagers whose deaths bring together two feuding families — the Montagues and the Capulets. The acting throughout the play was superb and beyond the actors’ years of experience. The chemistry between Desiree Tavarez (Juliet) and Daniel Perez (Romeo) was electrifying and amazingly genuine. The choreographed action scenes held a lot of suspense and easily grabbed the audience’s attention, especially scenes in which some of the performers used kendo sticks for jousting. The play was a great success and, at the conclusion, the audience gave the performers a powerful standing ovation. It was obvious that an enormous amount of time, effort, dedication, sweat and practice went into what took place on stage. Following the conclusion of the play on Friday afternoon, a final and muchdeserved gesture was made by Perez (“Romeo”), who handed Ms. Novak a bouquet of flowers for her hard work with her students. “It is an honor and a privilege to work with Ms. Novak and to witness such incredible talent radiate from our students,” said Mrs. Charles, assistant principal Above are some memorable scenes and cast members from “Romeo and Juliet,” held at John Adams HS of ELA, MCA Small Learning Community. “It was magical.” Representing the last two performances of a theatrical play at the school under in May. The production, from the students’ performances and music to the costumes and setting — all the name of John Adams High School, the experience was riveting for all. under the wonderful direction of drama teacher, Ms. Novak — was unforgettable and spectacular. PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER ALCINE

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Cheyanne Campo of Woodhaven, center, with her aunt Natalie Rokowicz, left, and brother Ricardo, right, raised more than $600 to fight arthritis after taking part in a 3.5-mile Arthritis Walk COURTESY PHOTO despite suffering from juvenile arthritis herself.

Arthritis is a disease we commonly associate with aging. The mere utterance of the word conjures up mental images of older people suffering from the painful aches and swollen joints that are its symptoms. Rarely do we link arthritis and youth. But for those who know Cheyanne Campo, arthritis is not an old person’s disease. Campo, who lives in Woodhaven, suffers from the condition at the young age of 10. Juvenile arthritis is an umbrella term for autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that afflict children age 16 or younger. Campo has suffered from juvenile arthritis since the age of 3 when her parents noticed her swollen knees on Christmas morning. But despite being troubled by an illness that could leave her with less limberness than most girls her age, she, with the help of doctors and modern medicine, is living a normal life. So normal in fact, she took part in a 3.5 -mile walk to raise money and awareness in the fight against arthritis. Sporting T-shirts reading “Team Cheyanne,” she, along with family and friends, took part in the Arthritis Walk on June 23 in Battery Park. So far, Campo’s team has raised over $600 this year. This is the fourth year Campo is taking part in the walk. “On the back of the T-shirt, it says ‘Walking for a Cure’ so they can find a cure for kids like me with juvenile arthritis and anyone else, because it’s hard for us to do activities sometimes, especially during the winter,” Cheyanne explains. “When I get sick, my knee bothers me with the rest of my body.” Nearly 200 staff members from the Hospital for Special

Surgery in Manhattan, where Campo receives treatments, also took part in the walk and the hospital has raised close to $20,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. The Hospital for Special Surgery specializes in orthopedics and rheumatology and was ranked the No.1 orthopedic hospital in the country by US News & World Report in 2011. Although her condition often makes walking painful, Campo’s treatments at the Hospital for Special Surgery have allowed her to literally take strides to fight her disease. Thanks to an intravenous treatment she receives biannually, Campo is able to take part in gym class in school and run around like a normal 10-year-old at recess. She enjoys running and jumping rope, two activities untreated juvenile arthritis would have made impossible. “When a child is diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, many parents are worried and upset,” said Dr. Emma Jane MacDermott, a rheumatologist at the hospital who treats Campo. “They are thinking about a future for their child full of problems, and we really like to reassure parents that’s not the case. A lot of parents worry that their children shouldn’t be in sports, they won’t be able to take part in physical activity, and that’s often not the case.” Campo receives her treatment twice a year, but that is not a standard time frame. The treatments are customized to each patient. Campo’s treatment is based on the severity of her condition, which doctors said exists in multiple joints in her body. Despite the pain and swollen joints, Campo advised children diagnosed with her condition that with treatment, the disease will not severely impact their lives. “You don’t have to be that scared because after a while you’ll know it’s just a small part of your life, and you will Q just believe that it’s not even there,” she said.


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Greenfield (D-Brooklyn), who introduced legislation barring the administration from charging such a fee, with support from Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) earlier this year, have said the revenue estimate was snuck into the budget. “I actually didn’t know,” Vallone said. “We didn’t think they’d be dumb enough to put the money in, knowing they’re just going to have to replace it.” “If everything was talked through with the City Council, it would never have time to get anything done,” the mayor said. The mayor said the plan would encourage more recycling, but organizations like Hour Children said they already do their part and are never inspected for it. Fitzgerald said she would welcome an inspection and accept a fine if she was found not to be recycling properly. “Our custodians are fabulous,” she said. “That’s not a valid reason at all.” Regardless, the fee is not something most nonprofits can afford. “We’re trying to keep our heads above Q water,” Fitzgerald said.


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The race for New York’s 15th Senate District took a turn for the nasty on Monday with an exchange of insults and candidates questioning each others’ judgment. And this is just for the Republican Primary, which is pitting GOP-endorsed Juan Reyes, a Forest Hills attorney, against City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). On Monday morning, the Reyes campaign issued a statement questioning Ulrich’s judgment for associating with John Haggerty. Haggerty was convicted last October of stealing money from the re-election campaign of Mayor Bloomberg and is out on bail awaiting sentencing. The headline on the press release asked “Why is a convicted felon filing Ulrich’s nominating petitions?” “Part of the District Attorney’s investigation of Haggerty and his conviction related to Haggerty producing fraudulent campaign instruments,” the statement reads. “What does it say about Eric Ulrich’s judgment that he would have a convict handle important campaign-related documents?” The statement also refers to Haggerty’s brother, Bart, as Ulrich’s current council chief of staff, a post he recently left. Bart Haggerty has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Both Haggertys and Ulrich are part of an insurgent group within the Queens Republican Party that has been at bitter odds with the current leadership. The party officials declared their support for Reyes a few weeks after Ulrich announced his intention to challenge Democrat incumbent Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). The Reyes campaign called on Ulrich to “explain his ongoing ties with this convicted felon and explain why he continues to allow him a leadership role in his campaign for state Senate.”

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Three murdered in Springfield Gardens Men were followed and gunned down with an AK-47 Saturday by Kori Tuitt Chronicle Contributor

On Saturday morning three men were killed with an AK-47 on a residential street next to Springfield Gardens High School at 5 a.m. The shooting took place in front of 185-10 144 Ave. Resident Maria Montalvo, who lives in the house next door, said one of the men was found bloodied and lying on the ground in front of her home. Montalvo said as soon as she heard the shots she gathered all of her children and called the police. The three men reportedly left Albany Manor Night Club in Brooklyn in a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee. They were reportedly followed by men they had gotten into an argument with over a woman at the club. The three men were shot with an AK-47 submachine gun, which reportedly fired at least 63 rounds. The number of shooters is still unknown. Two men were found in the Jeep and the other in the street — all with multiple bullet wounds. Emergency Medical Services pronounced the three men dead on arrival at the scene. Police have not yet publicly identified the victims or suspects. “It sounded like they were hitting on metal,” Montalvo said. “I’ve been here three years and I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”

Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton), right, pointed to the house in front of the crime PHOTO BY KORI TUITT scene and said that the AK-47 rounds could have penetrated its brick face. Another resident of the block, who wanted to remain anonymous, said “At 5 in the morning we hear something like a firecracker — repetitive,” he said. “We saw the police and the ambulance and a young man on the ground.” He said he has been a resident of the area

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extended to all gun sales. “Most of the guns wreaking havoc in New Three men were murdered in Springfield York City come from other states,” he said, Gardens Saturday morning in a drive-by shoot- adding they are mostly Southeastern states. ing with an AK-47 assault rifle. At least 63 Mayor Bloomberg has repeatedly pressed for shots were fired, and questions are still loom- greater restrictions on guns sold in other states. He added that microstamping technology ing over the incident, including why such a serious weapon was on the streets. The subma- should be used to track down shooters. A microscopic code is chine gun was develembedded in the shell oped in Russia to be casings so that police used as a military can trace a gun withweapon. The 11out having it in their pound weapon can possession. California fire 600 rounds per is the only state to minute, or 10 rounds The AK-47 is a deadly assault rifle that can fire pass that legislation, per second. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIPEDIA but it has not yet been The Assault 10 rounds per second. implemented. Weapons Ban, enactHenigan said New York State has been coned by Bill Clinton during his presidency in 1994, banned automatic and some semiauto- sidering the legislation for several years, but it matic guns, including AK-47s. The ban expired keeps getting stalled in the Senate. He added that 80 percent of gun owners in 2004 and has not been renewed since then. “It’s horrific and it’s shameful that our support extending the Brady Bill and that the nation allows this kind of slaughter to contin- National Rifle Association, a strong gun ue,” said Dennis Henigan, vice president of the lobby, represents only a small percentage of gun owners. Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “Right now, too many politicians are only Henigan said he wants the Assault Weapons Ban to be reinstated and he also hearing the intimidating voice of the gun lobby, wants the Brady Bill, which requires back- and the gun lobby does not represent the AmerQ ground checks of licensed gun sellers, to be ican population,” he said.

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for more than 30 years, but this is the first time something like this has happened. “This is a pretty quiet neighborhood,” he added. Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) and his chief of staff, Donovan Richards, held a press conference addressing the issue of guns at the crime scene on Tuesday.

“Just because these assailants are not from this neighborhood doesn’t mean we’re safe,” Sanders said. He believes that this incident could not have stemmed from an argument about a girl alone. “The police would be idiots not to look for other possibilities in a case like this — and they are not idiots,” Sanders said. “It has all the hallmarks of a drug hit.” A gun buyback program would cost about $85,000, Sanders said. The councilman also supports stricter gun laws. Although he said, “Anybody who is going to the extent to get an AK-7 is unlikely to have a change of heart and bring it in,” he added that the gun buyback should only be part of the response to the incident. A recent buyback in Jamaica took 55 weapons off the streets — a low number compared to the buyback several years ago that collected 922 weapons. “It’s not enough to just do it here — we will take this to every corner of our community, including the Rockaways,” Sanders said. He commended District Attorney Richard Brown’s work, but said he is blind to the benefits of a gun buyback program. Brown will say there is no room in the budget to fund another one, he said. “What will it take, sir?” Sanders said, addressing Brown. “What body count will be Q enough?”

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with physical evidence, and first degree criminal contempt. The Tuesday before his arrest he called Jason Bohn, who allegedly beat and strangled his girlfriend to death in their the police to report an unconscious woman, shared Astoria apartment on the weekend of Thomas, in his apartment. When officers arrived they found her in a June 23, was indicted by a bathtub of ice. It is susGrand Jury on July 5. pected she was allegedly Since Grand Jury prokilled a few days before. ceeding are done in secret, Thomas’ body was the details of the indicttaken to her hometown of ment will not become Danville, Ky., on July 2 public until it is filed in where she was rememcourt. If convicted, Bohn bered with a Disneyfaces 25 years to life in themed service on July 6. prison. She worked for Disney in Bohn, 33, a lawyer with Florida before moving to a masters from Columbia New York city and landUniversity and a rough ing a job as an ad execuchildhood, met Danielle Thomas, 27, last fall at Jason Bohn was indicted on the tive for Weight Watchers. Bohn had allegedly their alma mater, the Uni- killing of Danielle Thomas. beaten Thomas before. versity of Florida. She PHOTO COURTESY NYPD On June 7, he was moved to New York to be charged with assault for with him in March. Bohn fled from the police for four days, brutally beating Thomas. While she was until he was arrested at a diner in White reporting the incident at the 114th Precinct, Plains on June 29. Bohn was charged with he called and told her he would hunt her Q murder in the second degree, tampering down “like a dog in the street.” Associate Editor

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An apprenticeship with the United Association Plumbers Local No. 1 union gives men and women an opportunity at a career, not just a job, director of trade education Artie Klock said. People slept outside the union hall at 37-11 47 Ave. in Long Island City since July 2 for the opportunity to fill out one of 1,000 applications for a five-year apprentice program. There were 1,200 people waiting in line on July 5 when the applications began rapidly flying out the door. The enroll- Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) gives ment process started at 8 a.m. and some encouraging words to UA Plumber Local No. 1 union applicants on Thursday morning. ended at noon. PHOTO COURTESY NYC COUNCIL “Not too many were disappointed, but a few,” Klock said. However, an application in hand does not leg up as well. A goal of the union is to have 15 percent guarantee admittance into the program. Over the next two years the union will enroll 200 of its membership be women. If there are not enough qualified women in this pool, the to 250 applicants. “The journeyman population is going to union seeks candidates through the Nontradiage out. The baby boom generation is work- tional Employment for Women organization. Apprentices in the program start off at ing its way through and will retire in the $14 an hour and graduate earning $50 an next 10 years,” Klock said. Once an application is submitted, each hour. Some training fees are deducted from person takes an aptitude test administered by the apprentice’s pay, which provides necesthe state Department of Labor. Results put sary training and an associate degree in scieach person in one of three tiers. An inter- ence from Empire State College. Journeymen, who perform plumbing jobs view process also differentiates candidates. Applicants must pass a drug test and have in all five boroughs for anything from largereceived a C or better in math during high scale jobs at the World Trade Center to small school or scored at least a 550 in math dur- jobs in homes, receive a pension and 401(k) as well as benefits. ing their GED exam. “This is an opportunity at a career,” Potential union members receive extra Q points for work experience. Veterans get a Klock said.

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in the community, but the studio has also made a name for itself at numerous dance competitions. Steps Ahead competition teams have won countless awards through the years. This year proved to be yet another remarkable season for Steps Ahead competition dancers, who placed first in every competition, were recognized for “Top Choreography,” “Precision” and “Most Entertaining” performance, and took home many special judges’ awards. This summer, they will be competing at Dancer’s Inc. Nationals in Hershey Park, Penn. Over the last 20 years, Steps Ahead dancers have gone on to succeed in many aspects of dance. They have been accepted to performing arts schools such as LaGuardia Performing Arts High School, Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented, Professional Performing Arts High School and the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Others have been chosen to dance or choreograph at renowned institutions, programs and shows like the American Ballet Theater, Martha Graham School, The Ailey School, the

Steps Ahead’s 2012 opening number, “Distortion.” Summer Arts Institute, Pacif ic Coast Dance Fest, KTU’s Beatstock, “Disco Ball,” the Big Brother/Big Sister Foundation of New York and “Hollywood Stars Pageant and Talent” for the TLC show “Toddlers in Tiaras,” just to name a few. Steps Ahead dancers know how to take their love of dance to the next level and their accomplishments are true testaments to the work done at the studio. Steps Ahead Dance Studio has proven to be a leader in dance


education in Queens for the last 20 years, a place that has always defied the ordinary when it comes to the performing arts. Enriching your child’s life with Steps Ahead lessons means not just teaching them the art of dance, but joining the studio’s family and developing lifelong friendships between dancers, parents and families. For more information, visit Steps Ahead Dance Studio at 9055 Desarc Road in Ozone Park, or Q call (718) 641-2005.

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Backstage was buzzing at Queensborough Community College on June 24, not just because it was Steps Ahead Dance Studio’s annual dance recital entitled “Dream On,” but also because it was the 20th year that the Steps Ahead dancers would be showcasing their amazing talents — talents that have been nurtured by the staff of the studio, which is owned and directed by Danielle Jenkins, who herself was and will always be a Steps Ahead dancer. Once again the show was a huge success and the dancers gave it their all. Dedication to dance and devotion to their students are what define Steps Ahead instructors. They believe in making their students great human beings, as well as elite dancers. It is important to the staff and students to keep growing as choreographers, performers and dancers. The staff finds great pleasure in watching the students grow and expressing themselves through their art. The mission of Steps Ahead, located in Ozone Park, is to provide quality and professional instruction to all types of dancers in a positive, inspirational and

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Meet Mets star in Astoria Grab your cameras, baseball legend Dwight ‘Dr. K’ Gooden will sign photos for free in Astoria on Saturday. Ridgewood Savings Bank’s Astoria branch, at 43-14 Ditmars Blvd., will hold the signing, from noon to 2 p.m. Gooden played for the Mets from 1984 through 1994. His career highlights include pitching one of the most statistically dominating single seasons in baseball history, with 24 wins, 268 strikeouts and a 1.53 ERA in 1985. He was the youngest-ever recipient of the Cy Young Award the same year, and was key to the Mets’ World Series win in 1986. He also pitched a no-hitter with the Yankees against the Seattle Mariners in 1996. Fans can choose a photo of Gooden in either a Mets or Yankees uniform. On-air radio personality Joe Causi will spin the prize wheel and play tunes. There will also be snacks, a magician and music. The bank will offer free checking from July 2 to 31 and a chance to win a 32-inch TV as well as other prizes such as a Kindle Fire. For more details call the Astoria branch at Q (718) 274-5400.

Repairs for ‘Rocket Thrower’ Funds set aside to restore 1964 artwork from fair by Liz Rhoades

will be cleaned and repointed. Located between the Unisphere and the Fountain of the Planets, the 43foot-tall bronze was designed by Donald DeLue, one of f ive modernist artists selected to create pieces to outlast the fair. It depicts a heroic figure throwing a rocket up to the heavens with his right hand and reaching for a constellation of gilded stars with his left hand. Because his was a late entry, DeLue had less than six months to work on the project at a cost of $105,000. It was installed just before the fair opened in April 1964 near one of the reflecting pools leading up to the Unisphere. Many of the fair’s sculptures dealt with the space theme, and the “Rocket Thrower” was located in the Court of the Astronauts. It received mixed reviews. The New York Times art critic John Canaday called it “the most lamentable monster, making Walt Disney look like Leonardo Da Vinci.” But Phylllis Cohen, director of the Adopt-a-Monument program, called the work a “tour de force” celebrating the space age, and one The 1964 “Rocket Thrower” in Flushing Meadows Park will Q FILE PHOTO undergo restoration work, probably in the fall. that is well worth restoring.

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It’s been a long time coming but the “Rocket Thrower” statue, left over from the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park, will be refurbished soon. The Parks Department determined several years ago that the statue is in need of gilding, restoration of the bronze and stabilization of the base, but the estimated cost was more than the city would provide. However, the Municipal Arts Society has included the sculpture in its Adopt-a-Monument program and announced recently that $115,000 would be provided for the work. The city hopes work will begin in the fall and be completed by December. The MAS will maintain it through its endowment fund. An emergency repair was made to one of the statue’s arms in 1989, but further tests have shown a number of small cracks in the bronze that need to be shored up. According to a Parks Department spokesman, restoration work will entail making all the necessary repairs, repatination, selective gilding and application of a protective surface coating. The base


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OLG gets gift for charity The Rotary Club of Southwest Queens recently presented a check for $220 to the Our Lady of Grace Ministry of Care and Service in Howard Beach, in honor of their outstanding work providing food and other items to people in need in the Southwest Queens community. The funds were made available as a result of the Chocolate Lovers Brunch that the Rotary

Club of Southwest Queens hosted in April. Celebrating above are Stuart Schneiderman, left, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Southwest Queens; Jeanie Rouvolo, volunteer director of Our Lady of Grace Ministry of Care and Service; and Frances Scarantino, past president of the Rotary Club of Southwest Queens.

continued from page 16 spoke to us about it. I’m not very happy. Another school just means congestion and rivalry in the neighborhood, and the neighbors have finally settled down with us coming here. Another school spoke to us about coming and we told them to back off.” Karman was not the only one in the area unaware of the new school’s entrance into the community. “We have not received anything at all,” said Marie Adam-Ovide, district manager of Community Board 8. “This is the first time I’m hearing this. No one has come to us. If they need a variance, they have to come to us. If the Department of Buildings stated the building is as of right, then they do not need to come.” Hannah Pribek, community liason for City Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), was also surprised when told about the new use of the building. She spoke to the Department of Buildings and relayed that, “A permit was submitted in June, and it was examined and approved for inside renovations. It is a nonprofit institution, so they have a current certificate of occupancy.” Cohen, who has known about the building’s future purpose and used to serve on the community board, stated, “I alerted the community. We are pro-education, and we are pleased with it,” he said. “Board 8 has a good relationship with the Muslims and Jews. We are a mixed community. There

The location of the future Al’Mamoor PHOTO BY MICHAEL TEPPER School. seems to be some form of harmony; I haven’t heard of any disputes. “As far as issues with schools, we deal with each individually,” he continued. “We do have plenty of schools, and we have been planning to talk to the yeshivas because there is double- and triple- parking. Maybe some of the schools could dismiss their students on 78th Avenue.” When notified of Karman’s discontent, Cohen stated that it was the first he heard about a problem with the school and that this created an issue for him. He said he plans to bring people in the community together to talk about any concerns over Q the project.

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Yoga moves are used in the excercises to help the students stretch and become more Students at MS 202, the Robert H. Goddard limber. A number of Queens schools have already School, will participate in the North Shore Animal League America/Yale University's taken part or will take part in the program this Mutt-i-grees curriculum next year, according coming school year, including PS 2 in Jackson Heights, PS 94 in Little Neck, PS 255 in to Assistant Principal Stacy Mizrahi. Middle Village, PS 239 in The Mutt-i-grees curricuRidgewood, PS 20 in Flushlum is built on a foundation ing, PS 209 in Whitestone of social and emotional and PS 256 in Far Rockaway. learning using the plight of Mizrahi said the program the shelter pet (the mutt-ihelps students to understand gree) to actually reach the that you can communicate students. without words and it can be “It was created to help compassionate. kids better manage their feel“This is a good way for ings,” said Byron Logan, middle school children to director of cor porate and learn that that is an important national outreach for the character trait for them to North Shore Animal League have,” she said. “We try to America, who works directly build character and teach them with the program. He added, words like compassion, “It helps to connect the head responsibility and citizenship.” with the heart.” She added that students Logan said that children can see how an animal who are better able to manage their feelings have less Byron Logan with 12-week old loves its owner and survived PHOTO BY LORI CANNAVA as a result of the compasconflict in the classroom and Bailey. sion of people and caring. less conflict in the school. “And that makes for a better learning envi- To the young students, these words do not ronment. We try to get the kids to put them- yet have real-life meaning. “Unless you have a program that can help selves in the place of a mutt-i-gree — a shelter pet — a pet without a home,” he said. “If them participate in understanding the meanthey can develop empathy for the shelter pet, ing of those character traits, they sre not or the mutt-i-gree, then it will be easy to going to get them, they are just going to transfer that over to how they treat a class- know the word.” Mizrahi said. The Mutt-i-grees curriculum was develmate, a family member, a teacher and those oped by North Shore Animal League Ameriin the community.” To make the program fun for the students, ca/The Pet Savers Foundation, in collaborait has a lesson called, “Moving With Mutt-i- tion with Yale University School of the 21st grees,” that has exercises which can be uti- Century, and is funded by Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan Foundation. lized in a gym class, said Logan. For further information about the Mutt-i“All of the actual moves are based on the movement of a dog, it mimics the way a dog grees curriculum, you can visit the program’s Q website at stretches on its hind legs” Logan said. Chornicle Contributer

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Ice Jewelry: where the owners can relate to their clients

Churches win right to rent space in schools Federal ruling goes against city DOE by Peter C. Mastrosimone and Will Sammon Editor-in-Chief and Chronicle Contributor


We Pay 15x Face Value For Coins 1964 and Below

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


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

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The city has lost its bid to ban religious institutions from renting space in public schools on weekends, as secular groups are allowed to do, according to the latest ruling in a case that has been in the court system for years. The ruling most directly affects community churches that do not have their own buildings in which to meet. Federal Judge Loretta Preska determined at the end of June that banning churches from using schools when class is not in session was a violation of the First Amendment’s free exercise clause. The city had argued the opposite, saying that letting religious institutions use public schools violated the amendment’s establishment clause. But Preska, issuing a final injunction in a 16-year-old case that originated in the Bronx, sided with the churches. The lawyer representing the religious organizations, Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defense Fund, was quoted in multiple media outlets as saying, “The court’s

order allows churches and other religious groups to meet for worship services in empty school buildings on weekends on the same terms as other groups.” Sixteen years ago, the Bronx Household of Faith sued the city over its policy preventing churches from holding worship services in public schools. In December 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in the case. In February, the city Department of Education evicted more than 60 congregations. But after a federal injunction was issued against the banishment, the churches were allowed to return to the school buildings until the end of June, when Preska was to issue her final ruling. The City Council had a bill before it that would have overridden the Department of Education’s ban, but Speaker Christine Quinn declined to bring it up for a vote. It was supported by Queens members including Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) but opposed by others including Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Q Heights).



Locked out continued from page 17 get to apply a cash balance to a pension formula. The company will increase its contribution to a 401(k) plan. In exchange, employees’ contribution to a healthcare plan will stay at 17 percent, but g row to 24 percent by the fourth year. “Ultimately the workers have to decide what they want and what they can support,” Van Bramer said. “And I support them because they know what is most important to them and what will

keep them and their families secure.” Melia said the proposal is a lie. “We would be paying $11,000 in health care,” he said. “They are giving with one hand and taking with the other.” Workers as of press time are still locked out, aren’t getting paid and as of June 30 they no longer had any health benefits, according to Regina McFadden, a meter tester from the 3rd Avenue Brooklyn Yard, who was protesting outside the Con Ed Learning Center on Tuesday “We’re not going to let Con Ed take away everything we’ve worked for,” Local 1-2 union rep and meter reader Q Aiden Walch said. — additional reporting by Will Sammon

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Tired of getting those unwanted telemarketing calls? Well, help is on the way. A bill passed by both houses of the state Legislature and supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would regulate all telemarketers who do business in New York, and change how they call you. The bill would prohibit them from making prerecorded telephone calls, also known as robocalls, without the express written consent of the recipient. It also would require that prerecorded calls provide an automated key-press or voice-activated opt-out mechanism that would allow recipients to automatically add their phone number to the telemarketers “do-not-call” list and then terminate the call. The legislation would also give authority to the New York Department of State to ban telemarketing companies that violate the laws from doing business here. Also under the legislation, all telemarketers doing business in New York will be required to register with the DOS, which will have the authority to revoke or suspend the registration of companies that do not comply with state law. Violation of the telemarketing law could result in additional fines and misdemeanor charges. According to the goveror’s office, only 22 telemarketers are registered in New York. In contrast, in nearby states that require registration of out-of-state telemarketers calling into the state, the numbers are much higher. Five hundred fifty seven telemarketers are registered in New Jersey, 213 are registered in Pennsylvania, and 333 are registered in Vermont. “The legislation passed by both the Assembly and Senate that takes major steps to prevent unwanted and annoying telemarketing calls is a big win for the people of New York State,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We all know what it is like to be harassed in our homes or on our cell phones by calls from telemarketers trying to sell their products, and with the legislation New Yorkers will have new safeguards to stop these intrusive calls.”

Jerry Cerasale, senior vice president, government affairs for the Direct Marketing Association, supports the bill. “The update to New York’s telemarketing law harmonizes it with federal law regarding prerecorded messages and gives consumers an easy method to be listed on a company’s do-not-call list,” he said. “DMA supports consumers having options in managing communications with marketers.” According to Cerasale, the DMA is the leading global trade association of business-

Beach), another supporter, said the new law is a necessary addition to already existing rules. “Despite the overall success of existing state and federal statutes that save consumers from being completely deluged by unwanted marketing calls, some companies that want to sell their goods and services over the phone have found a way around our laws,” Addabbo said. “This new measure, which I was proud to support, will help to crack Q down on these annoying practices.”

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The Howard Beach Senior Center, located at 156-45 84 St., will be hosting “Fun Fridays” on the last Friday of every month. For a $1 donation, seniors will receive lunch and there will be a DJ dance following lunch. There will also be a monthly drawing for the center’s 50/50 raffle. For more information, call Q (718) 738-8100.

The Howard Beach Senior Center is holding computer classes for interested seniors. Courses include beginner, intermediate and those with more advanced understanding of computers. The cost for a sixweek course is $25. Anyone interested Q should call Judy at (718) 738-8100.

es and nonprofit organizations using and supporting multichannel direct marketing tools and techniques, including the U.S. mail. “This measure will crack down on these unnecessary phone calls, as it is designed to specifically target consumers who have chosen to receive promotional messages and it will provide much needed peace to those who chose not to receive these messages on their phones,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway), who supported the bill. State Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard


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LIC beer garden to open this month Smokehouse will relocate in mid-July, featuring live musical performances by Kori Tuitt Chronicle Contributor

With two beer gardens in Astoria and another expected to open in Long Island City by mid-July, Western Queens seems to be becoming the “biergarten” central of the borough. John Brown Smokehouse, which closed its 25-08 37 Ave. location in LIC on June 30, will reopen as a place not only for delicious BBQ dishes, but as an outdoor ale house and music center as well. The new location at 10-43 44 Dr. will be a drastic change from the older 25-seat restaurant. It will now have more than 60 seats for customers, said Josh Bowen, owner of the smokehouse, which only opened in August of last year. “This place compared to our old place — we’re positioned by many, many trains now,” Bowen said. The smokehouse is conveniently located near the E, M, 7 and G trains. Bowen said the restaurant used to get a couple of hundred customers a day, but the 44th Drive spot can accommodate that many customers in one night. Their location may even bring in customers from Manhattan, he added. The growing business has already catered food for major events, including Socrates Sculpture Park’s 14th annual film festival series, dubbed Outdoor Cinema, which began on July 4.

The outdoor bar is approximately 40 by 40 feet, which he said can accommodate between 30 and 40 people. That is small compared to Studio Square and Bohemian Hall, the two beer gardens in Astoria, both of which can house a few hundred people. But Bowen added that a real highlight to the location is, “We don’t really have any neighbors, so we can play live music whenever we want.” The main music that will be played for live entertainment will be blues. There will not be singer-songwriter or rock ’n’ roll music, Bowen said. As a musician, he wants to maintain a “down home” atmosphere. Ideally, he said, he would like music to be played as many days a week as possible. Bowen said he hopes to also feature musicians outside of New York. “There’s not really big music venues in Queens either, so maybe we can cover those bases too,” he said. The smokehouse moved into what used to be the LIC Gyro Company. All that is left to do is “turning it around — decorating it to make it look like John Brown.” Although Bowen does not know what the grand opening will entail, he did say, “We might be adding a couple of steak cuts and maybe some appetizers.” He said his main concern is getting the place set up — the details can come later.

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Member item mayhem continued from page 10 A spokesman for Crowley said only that the councilwoman is pleased with the funding that she has been able to deliver to her district, including two new schools, and youth and after-school programs. The five top-funded council members remain unchanged from last year, with Finance Chairman Domenic Recchia (DBrooklyn) tops at more than $1.56 million in funding. Lew Fidler (D-Brooklyn), Comrie, Minority Leader James Oddo (R-Staten Island) and Joel Rivera (D-Bronx) all retained the same funding ranking from a year ago. Quinn remained in ninth place with a flatfunded $847,464. Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, called the process an annual rite by which some favored elected officials seem to do better than their colleagues. He did say that several reforms instituted to the council funding process a few years ago are working, which he sees as a positive development. “But we would like to see more transparency,” Dadey said in a telephone interview. “The reforms seem to have taken hold, which is a good thing, so the review and evaluation of organizations is taking place to make sure the money is not misspent. We think the process could use further reforms by making funding decisions based on merit rather than personal relationships.” Rounding out the rest of the Queens

delegation are Diana Reyna (D-Brooklyn) whose district includes a slice of Ridgewood at 20 on the list with $637,464. Reyna’s funding is level with last year’s allotment. James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) is 24th with $608,312, an increase of more than $47,000. Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) comes in 26th place with a flat-funded $603,321, while Julissa Ferreras jumps five places and $59,000 to 27th with $598,321. James Sanders Jr. (DLaurelton) was flat-funded at $588,321 and dropped five places on the list to 29th place. The district of Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) dropped six positions on the list to 31, at $578,321, a place he now shares with Councilmen Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) who both received increases. Wills also has been stripped by Quinn of his power to allocate the money since last month when he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to investigators for New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The state is probing a grant that Wills received before being elected in 2010 for a charity he runs. On the subject of coincidences, former Republican Peter Koo, (D-Flushing) fresh off his switchover to the Democratic Party, received an increase of $79,500, bringing his district’s total to $498,321, and vaulting him Q up seven slots to number 37. Josey Bartlett contributed to this story.

Lubos Spacek, the general manager of Bohemian Hall, said there is no precedent for how many beer gardens there can be in Queens. “Everybody’s looking for business and opening a new venue is a possibility of making new jobs,” Spacek said. Dan Miner, senior vice president of the LIC Partnership, said John Brown’s expansion is a positive thing for the community. “It’s a wonderful thing for Queens to have here,” Miner said. “We’re glad that John Brown is expanding — we certainly need nice places to eat and drink in our neighborhood.” Miner said beer gardens may be popular in Western Queens because of the area’s history. Bohemian Hall has been around for more than 100 years, and survived other beer gardens that closed several years ago. Studio Square, which is relatively new, opened in 2009. Within the last few years, he said, several barbecue eateries have also popped up. He added that when New York City was experiencing its barbecue renaissance about 20 years ago, Pearson’s Texas BBQ opened in LIC — the first restaurant of its kind to open in the city, Miner added. It is now located behind Legends Bar & Grill in Jackson Heights. Beer festivals are also becoming a bigger part of Queens. Get Real Presents will be having its “Cask Ale Festival” from July 13 to 15 at Alewife, a beer hall and restaurant located at

John Brown Smokehouse in Long Island City will soon be relocating from 37th Avenue to 44th Drive, where a beer garden and live entertainment will be new features. PHOTO COURTESY JOHN BROWN SMOKEHOUSE

5-14 51 Ave. in LIC. Four sessions will showcase more than 50 cask ales from several breweries, both national and international. It’s not just the beer that’s alluring, but the restaurants that serve it, Miner said. “People need to go out and eat and drink and enjoy themselves,” he said. “More restaurants serving good quality food and drink are Q valuable.”


WOODHAVEN EVELOPMENTS Free air conditioning and lunch by Maria A. Thomson Executive Director GWDC

Last year at this time I attended in Manhattan the City Council hearing on a bill proposed by Councilman Eric Ulrich and also supported by our Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley regarding residents’ noise complaints. I testified at that time as the president of the 102nd Precinct Community Council to noise complaints being the number one quality-of-life complaint at the 102nd Precinct (which covers Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and Ozone Park). I spoke about a new phenomena — pay parties — where anyone is admitted, for a fee, to go into backyards to hear DJ’s perform and where drinks are available at a price. These parties are extremely loud and volatile. All were in favor of the bill and more police were requested for the 102nd Precinct. In April 2012 we did receive 15 additional officers. With this law the police will be able to fine these individuals and confiscate their equipment. This is a good legislation and is still in committee. At this time there have been new protocols established at our precinct to deal with noise complaints. In addition to NYPD letters and visits to the offender’s homes, now violations will be issued. Remember call 311 to register your noise complaints, then call the precinct at (718) 805-3200. Community Affairs Officers Martins and Sanserino can be reached at (718) 805-3215.

Crime is down in our 102nd Precinct and with your help it will stay down. Governor Andrew Cuomo has offered free air conditioners to low-income New Yorkers with serious medical conditions. Please call the Community Environmental Center at (718) 784-1444 to find out if you qualify. Seniors, we are getting close to the deadline to apply for senior citizen housing at Richmond Place, located at 129-11 Jamaica Ave. Applications are being accepted online through Aug. 6 at — select “Apply for Housing.” To request an application by mail, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Richmond Place, P.O. Box 20229, Floral Park, N.Y. 11002 — regular mail only. Applications will be selected by lottery. Forest Park Activities at the George Seuffert Bandshell include: on Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m., a swingtime band; on Sunday, July 22, at 5 p.m., the Queens Symphomy Orchestra with “Latin Jazz Heat” featuring Willie Martinez and La Familia Sextet. The area cooling center is located at the Forest Park Library, at Forest Parkway and 85 Drive. Also, lunch will be served to children up to 18 years old from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Call (718) 849-1010 for more information. The Forest Park carousel will be open daily from 11 a.m. to sunset, with free clown/magic shows from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Q May God bless America.

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East Side Access Proposed bill would work cuts LIRR trains lengthen maternity leave The Long Island Rail Road is eliminating three eastbound rush hour trains out of Penn Station for approximately one month to accommodate excavation work connected with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s East Side Access program. Tunnel boring work on the Queens side of the East River has required the LIRR to shut down a major switch during construction. The shutdown will eliminate one of the three eastbound tracks normally used during the evening rush hour. The 4:42 p.m. train from Penn Station to Babylon will be canceled, with customers being able to take the 5:03. Passengers who take the 5:20 p.m train to Long Beach will be able to take the 5:23 train from Penn Station to Jamaica and then make all stops to Long Beach. Passengers who normally take the 5:40 p.m. train from Penn Station to Seaford will be able to take the 5:47 train, which will make all stops between Rockville Centre and Seaford. Scheduling changes in place to

accommodate the shifting of all trains to two tracks will include the 5:36 p.m train from Penn Station to Babylon, which now will leave at 5:47 p.m. It will arrive in Babylon at 6:42, two minutes later than usual. The 5:55 train from Penn Station to Long Beach will arrive at Long Beach one minute later at 6:52; while the 5:59 train from Penn to Babylon will arrive at 7:04 p.m., f ive minutes later than regularly scheduled. The 6:44 p.m. train from Babylon to Patchogue will leave two minutes later than usual and arrive at Patchogue at 7:16 p.m. This is a result of a connecting train from Penn Station — the 5:37 — arriving at Babylon two minutes later. The cancellations, which went into effect Monday, are expected to last for about one month. MTA officials warned that the project will reduce the LIRR’s operational flexibility and greatly increase the impact on service should there be a major disruption. Extra rescue personnel and equipment will be deployed for the duration of the work. Q


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Politicians rallied in suppor t of a bill on Monday that would allow women to double their job-protected maternity leave from 12 to 24 weeks. “As an expectant mother, I look forward to the exciting early weeks of my baby girl’s life knowing there are few things more important to her well-being than proper bonding and attachment at the early stages,” said Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas Councilwoman Aravella Simotas, center, and state Sen. Jose Peralta, right, support extending maternity leave. (D-Astoria) . PHOTO COURTESY NYC COUNCIL Anyone who works for a company with 50 employees or more would not be penalized nation in the world without a paid family for their leave of absence. Parents of recent- leave policy, Simotas said. “It is essential that New York recogly adopted children would also be eligible nize the benef its of extended family for a leave of absence. The bill does not seek compensation for leave to early childhood development and the time off, but will protect new mothers the quality of life of working parents,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson from losing their jobs. Q The United States is the only developed Heights).

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Mailbox Paint continued from page 12 He plans to use that information and share it with the 102nd Precinct to help them fight the graffiti problem in the neighborhood. Besides the mailboxes, Wendell said WRBA will also focus on the old red fire call boxes that stand on street corners or hang from telephone polls. The call boxes, which are used to alert the Fire and/or Police departments from the street in the event of an emergency, have been rendered mostly obsolete by cellular phones and other forms of mobile technology in the last decade and have become relics. In many cases, the boxes have been damaged and the few the city have not removed have not been maintained. With the assistance of Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Wendell acquired some red paint to give those a touch up along with the mailboxes. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (DHoward Beach) also responded to WRBA’s request for help. Wendell said taking on the graffiti has unearthed other issues, such as the red call boxes, and gives Woodhaven residents an excuse to improve the general quality of life in the neighborhood. “It presents us with a good opportunity to do some beautification of the Q neighborhood as well,” he said.

Mayor helps to launch youth work by Will Sammon Chronicle Contributor

Two former summer youth program workers who grew up to become prominent figures in the city greeted this year’s group Thursday in Flushing and shared how it shaped their upbringings. More than 31,700 youngsters will be participating in the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program and other internship, literacy and technical programs. The initiative provides youngsters with learning and employment opportunities in the summer. Both public and private funding was allocated for the program, including $20 million from the city, $13.5 from the state and $6.1 million from the federal government. Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott were at Queens Botanical Garden on Thursday, where 35 summer youth employees will take on positions as greeters, guides and aides to children. Many of the youngsters were chosen from low-income families. “I was a youth worker in the 1960s. Summer learning loss disproportionately impacts our

Mayor Bloomberg and Dennis Walcott, far right, welcomed about 35 new youth employees to Queens Botanical PHOTO BY WILL SAMMON Garden in Flushing on Thursday. most vulnerable low-income students, which is why it is so important we support our city’s summer jobs programs and pilot new initiatives,” Walcott said. Students who work during high school tend to stay in school and graduate at higher rates, according to a study by New York University. The analysis also found an increase in school attendance in the following year among those who were

in the program. Thursday was the first day of work for those in the program, and the mayor recalled what his summer working meant to him. “The program is something that really benef ited me,” the mayor said. “With many young people now struggling to find employment, opportunities for summer employment are very welcome. These programs help working families, keep kids in

school and help students do better on exams.” “In the short term, these jobs will mean learning new skills and earning extra money for tuition, books and household expenses,” said Jeanne Mullgrav, commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development. “But in the long term, this experience in the world of work is just the first step toward Q a lifetime of success.”



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Secret Theatre will perform the bawdy cult classic ‘Wild Party’ Joseph Moncure March, the show’s story, set the following year and told mostly in song, focuses on Queenie, a dancer in vaudeville, and her volatile relationship with a theater clown named Burrs. Queenie laments her situation and, to get even with her often abusive lover, decides to throw a party at which she will humiliate him in front of all the guests. And what a sordid lot they are! Among them are a hooker, a couple of flamboyant brothers who just happen to be composers, a boxer, a mute male dancer and a lesbian on the prowl. As the show (and the party) continue, tensions mount, jealousies are aroused, characters hallucinate, fights break out and a fatal gunshot is fired. “It’s an interesting study of people,” Turney said, “I’ve been a fan forever. It’s always been on my to-do list.”

The cast includes six members of the Actors’ Equity Association, the professional actors’ union, and several performers with Broadway and regional credits. At rehearsal Turney seemed pleased with the way the show was shaping up. “We’ve been building a better and better group around us,” she said of The Secret Theatre, to which she has been attached for the past two years, as an actress and, with increasing frequency, as a director. A resident of Sunnyside, Turney said the theater’s goal is to produce shows that are “closer and closer to Broadway” level. “We get a lot of new, talented people,” she said, many of them transplants who make their New York debuts at the theater. Continued page continued ononpage 39

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by Mark Lord Leave the kids and grandma at home! This summer, The Secret Theatre, tucked unobtrusively behind a former loading dock under the elevated train in Long Island City, continues its growing tradition of bringing to the public dark, rarely seen musicals that have developed cult followings since their original mountings. "The Wild Party," with book, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, opens July 12 for a two-week run, giving devotees a rare opportunity to revisit the show and newcomers the chance to become acquainted with its seedy denizens. “The show is hardly ever done” and it has a large fan base, director Taryn Turney said, mentioning that it is intended for “a very mature audience.” Based upon a 1928 poem of the same name by

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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.

The Queens Botanical Garden presents the Jamaica Estates Association Art Show “The Artist Within: The Urge to Create” on view through Sept. 30, Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Gallery of the Visitor Center and Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.


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.

The AARP Queens Chorus performs at Queens nursing homes and rehab/senior centers. If interested in joining call (718) 523-1330 for audition dates.

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.

THEATRE A free performance of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” will be given on Sunday, July 15 at 4 p.m. at Forest Park Bandshell, Forest Park Drive, off Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven.

MUSIC Summer heats up with Tuesday free outdoor concerts at Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47 Rd., Long Island City. Performing on July 17 at 7 p.m. are the Ebony Hillbillies who draw upon the traditions of the blues, jazz, bluegrass, country, rock and its offshoot, rockabilly. The Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery announce that on Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. jazz artist Barbara Rosene performs her 1920s/1930s vocal stylings of “New Orleans and Jazzy Things” at Celebration Hall at the Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens. Free parking on premises or street parking is also available. A pre-concert wine and cheese reception is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Reservations required; seating is limited. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for members. Checks are payable to Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery (include name and number of tickets). Online payment (PayPal) via:

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Spend an evening filled with the music of Radio Jarocho, a five-member ensemble from Vera Cruz, Mexico on Saturday, July 14 at 6 p.m. at Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Free with Garden admission: $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children. Free Sunday concert series “Planet Music” — Global Vibrations, dance lessons prior to each concert at 1 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Concerts begin at 2 p.m. in the FTH Theater. On July 15 hear Grupo Chonta by Diego Obregon with the sounds of the Pacific coast of Colombia. 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 The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau will meet on Wednesday, July 18 at

The five-member ensemble Radio Jarocho performs at the Queens Botanical Garden on Saturday, July 14. PHOTO BY CARIN ZISSIS

7:30 p.m. in the Sloman Auditorium of Zucker Hillside Hospital, 266th Street and 76th Avenue, Glen Oaks. Deborah Perlick, associate professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine will present “Coping Demystified: How to best care for a lived one and yourself.” A support group for families meets at 6 p.m. Free public speaking/effective communication meetings are held on the first, third and fourth Saturdays of the month at 10 a.m. Learn to be comfortable speaking before an audience. Meetings are held at the Elmhurst Hospital Center, Conference room A-1-15, 79-01 Broadway. Contact club vice president membership at (646) 748-8290.

FLEA MARKETS The Richmond Hill flea market held at the old RKO theatre, 117-09 Hillside Ave., is open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit or call (347) 709-7661 for more information and directions. A flea market will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 86-02 108 St., Richmond Hill. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, will hold a flea market on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FOR KIDS “Cinderella” will be performed by Plaza Theatricals on Friday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Alley Pond Park, 76th Avenue off Springfield Boulevard. Bring a low chair or blanket. SummerStage Kids presents Andes Manta performing on Monday, July 16 at Rochdale Park at New York Boulevard and 134th Avenue at 10:30 a.m. Daniel Carlton will perform at SummerStage Kids on Tuesday, July 17 at Rufus King Park on the lawn in front of Jamaica Avenue at 151st Street at 10:30 a.m.

CLASSES The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens announces the beginning of its ESL and U.S. Citizenship courses. These free 15-week programs are designed to assist students gain and improve their English and job-seeking skills, as well as prepare them to pass the U.S. Citizenship test. Registration will take place on Thursday, July 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. Courses will begin on Tuesday, July 17 at Arrow Park and Community Center, at 35-30 35 St. in Astoria. For more information contact LACCQ at (718) 261-7664. A points/insurance reduction defensive driving course will be held in the VFW Hall, 102-17 160 Ave., Howard Beach, on Saturday, July 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost per person is $35. Call Keith at (917) 599-6674 or visit to register. The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, is offering a family-friendly series of hands-on workshops on Wednesday, July 18 to Aug. 15. Workshops have a $4 fee ($3 for members). On July 18: Terrarium Workshop; Aug. 1: Summer Garden Discovery and Planting; Aug. 8: Art and Storybooks; and Aug. 15: Honey Bees and Honey Harvest Program. 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 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS The Queens Alliance Baseball League and the Queens Kiwanis Baseball League have combined to provide recreational baseball, as well as tournaments in the RBI, Pony, Federation and Greater N.Y. Sandlot. Any teams or players looking to play baseball in a local competitive league can call (718) 366-7717 or (718) 821-4487 for more information. A farmer’s market will be held every Friday until fall from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dalia Avenue off Main Street, near the Queens Botanical Garden. Kiwanis Club of Glendale and Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center presents a day at Cyclone stadium on Sunday, July 22 at 5 p.m. featuring the Brooklyn Cyclones vs. Staten Island Yankees. Donation is $20 per person. Contact Hank at (718) 386-7302 or Joe at (516) 622-6758 or (718) 386-3766 for tickets.

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Greco-Roman gods transform Astoria park by Josey Bartlett qboro Editor

Beginning this weekend pastel-clad Greco-Roman gods and goddesses will descend on — where else? — Athens Square Park, in Astoria, with “The Minervae.” The play, though comical at times, focuses on the heavy topic of religion. In the dying days of the Roman Empire, Minerva is trying to keep her followers, who are no longer as willing to believe in the gods, while Zebulon questions whether he should believe in the new religion — Christianity — or stick to the gods of the past. “These are questions I’ve asked myself,” artistic director Jackie LaVanway said, adding that the topic of faith though set in olden times, resonates with a current audience

‘The Minervae’ When: July 13-16, 20-23, and 26-29 at 7:30pm Where: Athens Square Park, Astoria 30th Street and 30th Ave. Tickets: Free

whose members might be examining their own beliefs. Rachel McPhee, who plays Minerva, and Michael Swartz, who plays Zebulon, have, independently of On the Square Productions, performed “The Minervae” a few times since 2007. Over the years the play has changed dramatically, morphing into what audiences will see this month. The original acts, written by Pennsylvania-based comedian Steven Bost, gives classical mythology a little sass. The gods will speak in an elevated oldtimey English when they let their emotions get the best of them (after all people no longer want to believe in them, which obviously makes them a tad upset), but will diverge into colloquial talk when they chat or bicker amongst themselves. For example, Miriam, played by Katie Lear, says her Christian God always listens to her and Minerva retorts, “Does he, honey?” “Our company is all about the playwright,” LaVanway said. On the Square Productions gave Bost, who comes to rehearsals once a week, liberties and a chance to hone his craft with 00 continued on page 40

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“It’s about building scientific process skills in a way that is engaging and fun for the whole family,� said Janella Watson, director of early childhood education at the Hall of Science. Every Wednesday and select Sundays through Aug. 22, curious children, ages 2 and up, will take part in several arts-andcrafts activities. Wednesday events are from 3 to 5 p.m. and Sunday events are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ice cream is the ideal summer treat for kids, so why not double the fun by letting them make their own? On July 15 and 18, kids can participate in “Ice Cream, You Scream...� Their imaginations will run wild as they shake bags of sweet mixtures to invent their own flavors. Kids can also contort pieces of wire, string, straws, pipe cleaners and more, during the “Bubble Trouble� session to make the bubble blowing tool of their dreams. Watson said they won’t be limited by shape or size, only by their imaginations.

Using common kitchen ingredients (corn starch, water and sometimes food dye) to make a gooey substance called Oobleck, children will get in a science lesson this summer without even noticing it. They will learn how the slime acts as both a solid and a liquid on Aug. 1. Kids will also make personalized prints by carving designs into foam and using ink and paint. Bring a smock or T-shirt — anything to prevent your clothing from getting a color-splattered makeover — and be prepared to get a little messy. Next, families will get into a “green� mindset when they participate in environmentally friendly activities. On both Aug. 12 and 15, fabric, scraps of paper, leaves and flower petals will be transformed into sheets of paper within a couple of hours. The last session of the series, “Weaving Works,� which will be held on Aug. 22, will feature weaving recycled fibers and fabrics by hand on hula hoops to create colorful pieces of art. They can make, but continued on page 00 41

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The stage party gets wild in Long Island City continued continued from from page page 35 00 Having only recently become acquainted with Bringing Queenie to life in the current production is the show, he said, “Mr. Lippa’s score is gorgeous ... Courtney Glass, a former resident of Astoria who finds the ear candy. I love it.” role challenging vocally, physically and emotionally. He also apparently loves living just a few “She’s a complicated character,” Glass said, admitting, blocks from the theater, in an area he describes as “I can relate to her difficulties with romantic relationships. “a thriving artists’ community” and “the secret I’d love to play Queenie until my body and voice are bro- Williamsburg used to be.” ken. I’m having a blast.” Playing his equally outraKeith Collins’ portrayal of Burrs geous brother, Phil, is Astomarks his return to the stage of The ria resident Eugenio Vargas, Secret Theatre, as he starred last who is originally from TenWhen: July 12-28, Thurs. to Sat. year in “Parade,” another emotionnessee. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 7 p.m. ally involved musical. “It’s my fully staged New and July 28 at 3 p.m. Other leading roles are played by York City debut,” Vargas Missy Dowse, as trouble-maker said. “I’ve always loved this Where: The Secret Theatre Kate, and Adam Kemmerer as Mr. show. The poem and the 44-02 23 St., LIC Black, her boyfriend who is smitten story are so dark. I think Tickets: $18, with the passionate Queenie. Lippa’s score is fascinating.” The cast: Keith Collins, left and Courtney Glass; and standing left The cast of 16 also includes Phil is described in the Eugenio Vargas, Ryan Cavanaugh and Anthony Hollock rehearse Anthony Hollock, who lives in Long original poem as “rouged and for “Wild Party.” PHOTO BY MARK LORD Island City. He was taking classes at a ballet school that lisping,” according to Vargas, who said, “We’re shares a building with The Secret Theatre when he going to have very loud makeup. We’ll be dressed in keyboard at certain performances of “Mary Poppins.” became impressed by one of its productions and anxious men’s clothing but suggestive of a drag queen. It’s a blast For “The Wild Party,” he will be leading a four-piece to appear in a show there. He saw his dream come true to be so out there. The music is a very complex score, a band. What attracted him to the show was the music’s when he was cast as Oscar in “The Wild Party.” “mixing of styles.” As he explained, “The vocal lines and blast to sing.” As half of the over-the-top song-writing brothers, he said Helping to bring the score to life is musical director harmonies are complex. That creates the excitement of his biggest challenge has been “to have such a large perfor- Dror Baitel, who emigrated here from Israel eight years the show. It’s fun to work with this fabulous cast.” Q mance in such an intimate space and balance the two.” Turney expects the show to attract large crowds. ago to work on Broadway, where he can be heard playing

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Free caregiver support groups at Queens Community House, Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. Call (718) 226-5960 Ext. 226 for details. Problem with cocaine or other mind-altering substances? For local Cocaine Anonymous meetings call: 1-(212) COCAINE. The Queens Counseling services and LISUN of the Foundation of Relig ion 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. The Queens Counseling Services of the Foundation for Relig ion 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.

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this unique play. When the actors or the director feel something is not quite right, they collaboratively tweak the text with him to fit the scene. This is the company’s first experiment with open, free outdoor theater. Last year they produced “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” in a secluded garden in Astoria. McPhee, Many gathered to watch the rehearsal of “The an Astoria native, said she saw kids Minervae” on July 9. PHOTO BY JOSEY BARTLETT peeping over the walls and at that moment knew the company needed to few scenes next to the park’s Grecian create a show that was accessible to the columns that loom in the middle of the whole community. cement center. “People can come and stay for as long On the Square Productions will utilize as they like,” LaVanway said. these fixtures as well as add a few more “You really get a sense for the com- 8-feet-tall pillars to set the scene. Also, munity and how they respond to art,” music will attempt to block out the playsaid director Stephen Kaliski, who com- ground noises for the expected 60-perpares the play to the Hollywood block- son crowds. buster “The Avengers” — after all Mars, “Creating theater space in a non-theater Apollo and Vulcan could probably rival space is really interesting,” McPhee said. Spiderman, Superman and the Hulk. Also during the rehearsal, men on the There were some boys who were upset periphery of the park played chess and that these mystical characters were dis- commented on red-haired McPhee’s ethrupting their soccer game during a nicity. She admits she is Irish, and they rehearsal in the park on July 9. However, said “That’s OK.” She definitely exudes they were in the minority. A dozen chil- the strength of a Greco-Roman goddess. dren circled around the actors and actress- They also occasionally weighed in on Q es in complete awe as they performed a Bost’s interpretation of mythology.

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aren’t limited to, stool covers and pads to sit on. All these sessions will lead up to the World Maker Faire, an event that welcomes local and nonlocal “makers” from all ages, Sept. 29 and 30. The “Little Makers” sessions were meant to also promote the attendance of younger children to the World Maker Faire. The cost of each session is $8 per family (up to five people), or $5 for members. Online preregistration is encouraged for all the events to ensure there are enough Q materials for everyone to tinker with.

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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.

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.

Cascade Realty LLC, Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 6/12/12. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 10624 98th St, Ozone Park, NY 11417. 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 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.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: DOUGLAS PIPING AND HEATING LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/18/2012. 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, 216-59 113 Drive, Queens Village, NY 11429. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 41st STREET ASSOCIATES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/11/12. 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, P.O. Box 575042, Whitestone, New York 11357. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

492 MONROE LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/8/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 87-26 Jamaica Ave., Woodhave, NY 11420. General Purposes.

STAMMTISCH PROPERTIES LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/22/12. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Werner Lehner, 69-46 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, NY 11385. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: KOZY KORNER JAMAICAN RESTAURANT LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/23/2012. 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 Lavern Collins, 145-07 Frankton Street, Rosedale, NY 11422. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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Notice of formation of T4D Lab LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/30/2012. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: T4D Lab LLC, 2253 24th Street #2, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

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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. ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C., Attorneys for Plaintiff 51 East Bethpage Road, Plainview, NY 11803, Phone: (516) 714-2585 The original summons was filed on 9/24/08. THIS IS AN ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE ENCUMBERING THE REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS 1 BROADWAY, HOWARD BEACH, NEW YORK AND FOR UNJUST ENRICHMENT.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: MAKIDIGITAL LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/31/12. 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, 2162 Crescent Street, No. D8, Astoria, New York 11105. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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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: CROSSTOWN REALTY HOLDINGS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/30/2012. 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, 43-10 39th Street, Long Island City, NY 11104. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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Our hometown heroes for 50 years by Joseph Levy Chronicle Contributor

The first years of the 21st century were not kind to the Mets, but after Willie Randolph took over as manager in 2005, things started to turn around, and the next year the Amazin’s took their first division title in nearly 20 years. 2002 Record: 75-87, fifth in National League East. As of July 31, the Mets are 55-51, but a disastrous August (12-game losing streak, 6-21 overall) dooms them to a fifth-place finish. Mike Piazza again leads the club with 33 home runs and 98 RBIs; newcomer Mo Vaughn hits 26 after a slow first half. Al Leiter goes 1313, Pedro Astacio is 12-11, and Steve Trachsel is 11-11. Armando Benitez saves 33. Following the end of the season, Bobby Valentine is fired as manager and replaced by Art Howe. 2003 Record: 66-95, fifth in National League East. With new manager Art Howe at the helm, the Mets suffer their worst season in 10 years. Trachsel leads the pitching staff with a 1610 mark, including a one-hit shutout over the Angels on June 15. Leiter is 15-9, while Tom Glavine, acquired via free agency from Atlanta, is 9-14. With Piazza missing more than half of the season, Cliff Floyd leads in RBIs with 68 and ties Jeromy Burnitz in home runs with 18. Jose Reyes makes his major league debut and scores 47 runs in just 69 games.

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A New York Mets anniversary special Part XIII: 2002-2006 sweep at Shea, also a first. At the end of the season, Howe is f ired and replaced by Willie Randolph. 2005 Record: 83-79, third in National League East. Under new manager Willie Randolph, the Mets overcome a 0-5 start Jose Reyes debuted in 2003 and scored 47 times in just 69 games that year. to finish over .500 PHOTO BY DFLETCHER / FLICKR for the f irst time since 2001. Floyd leads in home runs with 34 and dri2004 Record: 71-91, fourth in National League ves in 98 runs; Wright hits 27 home runs, scores 99 and drives in 102; Piazza, in his last East. The Mets flirt with .500 for much of the year with the Mets, hits 19 home runs and driseason before losing 29 of their last 41 games. ves in 62 in 113 games. Reyes scores 99 to tie Mike Cameron leads with 30 homers and 76 Wright for the club lead. RBIs. David Wright makes his major league Newcomer Pedro Martinez leads the staff debut and hits 14 homers and drives in 40 in at 15-8, while Glavine goes 13-13. The highjust 69 games. Glavine is 11-14 and Trachsel light of season is a 5-3 win over the Angels is 12-13. on June 11, the winning runs coming on The Mets win the season series from the Floyd’s walk-off three-run homer. The Mets Yankees (4-2) for the first time in Subway also win a series at Yankee Stadium for the Series history, which includes a three-game first time ever.

2006 Record: 97-65, National League East Champions, Division Series winners. The Mets get off to their best start ever, 102, and easily win their first division title since 1988. Reyes, batting leadoff, scores 122 runs. Carlos Beltran scores a team record 127 runs, while tying another one with 41 home runs; he also drives in 116. Wright hits 26 home runs and also drives in 116, while newcomer Carlos Delgado hits 38 homers and drives in 114. On the mound, Glavine is 15-7 and Trachsel is 158, while newcomer Billy Wagner saves 40. In the Division Series, the Mets avenge their 1988 League Championship Series loss by sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers in three games. In the LCS, against St. Louis, the Mets win the opener at Shea 2-0 but lose the second game 9-6. After losing Game 3 50, they tie the series with a 12-5 win in Game 4, but the Cardinals win Game 5 4-2. Back home at Shea, the Mets force a seventh game with a 4-2 win. In Game 7, the score is tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth, when Yadier Molina hits a two-run homer to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, the Mets have the bases loaded with two outs, when Beltran is called out on strikes to end the team’s dream of a World Series. Over the course of the year, the Mets draw Q 3,379,535 fans to Shea.

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by Lloyd Carroll

Chronicle Contributor

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson was quite caustic about the fact that David Wright, who is having an MVP-type season to this point, was runner-up in the fan voting to be the National League’s starting third baseman at the All-Star Game, held in Kansas City Tuesday night. Alderson wrote on his Twitter account, “A city of 800,000 outvoted a city of 8 million people,” after San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who in fairness is having a very good season, was declared the winner. Some of Wright’s teammates wondered aloud if some technically savvy Giants fans who work in nearby Silicon Valley might have found a way to electronically stuff the ballot box. I asked Alderson, who used to work in the Bay Area when he served as general manager of the Oakland A’s, if he thought that San Francisco Giants CEO Laurence Baer might have some buddies at one of the Cupertino tech firms who could have done him a favor. “I have a clever response to that question but I had better keep it to myself,” he quipped. I doubt that the Justice Department will be investigating this matter. The fact that Wright could not muster

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the Mets’ disappointing attendance this year. The team has performed far better than expected but has been hard-pressed to draw 30,000 for most games. The park did sell out last Tuesday but that was because it was a fireworks promotion, and many Phillies fans came up to cheer for their team from Philadelphia, Bucks County, and southern New Jersey. There is definitely a “show me” attitude amongst potential Mets ticket buyers. To paraphrase Mets CEO Fred Wilpon, they want to see meaningful games in August, if not September. Cynical Mets fans are still upset that their team dropped five of six games to the Yankees. Fair or not, the Subway Series is a referendum to many Mets fans as to the true state of the team. The poor performance against their Bronx rivals had to have hurt grassroots mobilization efforts for Wright, in addition to having a negative effect on Citi Field attendance. During last Sunday’s dreary 7-0 loss to the Cubs, Alderson expressed his admiration for the fine catching work of both Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas, even if their offensive prowess has been below par. Thole was gratified for his GM’s support, but added “I have to drive in more runs in the second half of Q the season,” following the game.

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The Glendale postal substation at 69-36 Myrtle Ave. in April 1952.

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The 35,000 residents of Glendale are upset they’ve never been recognized by what is now the U.S. Postal Service as a neighborhood with their own identity and ZIP code — they want 11384. The latest ruling recognizes Glendale as a community, but still doesn’t give it a new ZIP code. Apparently the cost would be prohibitive for an already-broke Postal Service. But it’s sure the press for 11384 will go on, as GlenQ dale residents want their own identity.


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To relieve the massive wait lines at the Ridgewood Post Office brought on by the area’s postwar population boom, Brooklyn Postmaster Frank T. Quigley announced in 1948 that he would open two new substations — Fresh Pond Station and Glendale Station. Both would retain the same Ridgewood zone number of 27, which became ZIP code 11227 in 1963. They remained under the Brooklyn Post Office until 1979, when jurisdiction was transferred to Queens. The ZIP code later was changed to 11385. Retired Brooklyn builder William Welge provided a building at 69-36 Myrtle Ave. for the Glendale Station, at a lease of $1,680 a year. The Post Office also had to cover heat, water and sewer costs. Six years later Welge raised the rent to $1,848 a year — or $154 a month. Sixty-three years later, the substation is still there. Public records show it sold in September 2005 for $850,000 and again in December 2005 for $970,000. Today appraises it at $575,000.




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