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Applying to high school simplified So long Round 2! City tries to take headaches out of finding a spot by Michael Shain Editor


he anxiety and complications of getting into the high school or middle school of your choice in New York City have sometimes made getting a mortgage look simple. Last week, the process was made simpler — though no less anxiety-inducing — when the city announced a new, streamlined application process that will take effect for the 2020 school year. Under the new system, the two-round application has been scaled back to one and, from now on, students will be placed on waiting lists for schools they want to attend but can’t get into right away. Much of the process that was instituted in 2004 remains. Eighth-grade students will still have to apply by the December deadline and rank their top 12 school choices. Schools usually informed students of their decisions by March. Until now, students who were matched to their third choice would be assigned there automatically. Under the new system, the student will go onto the waiting list for his or her first two choices. If a spot opens up at one of those schools, the student can move up.

Students who were not matched with any school under the old system applied again to three new schools in a second round. The plan outlined last week by Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza eliminates the second round. Instead, an unmatched student will be assigned to a school by the Department of Education. Some 80,000 students a year have to go through the initiation rite of applying to high school. “Parents have enough on their plate—tangling with bureaucracy to get their child into school shouldn’t add to the load,” de Blasio said in a prepared statement. “We are changing the middle and high school application processes so families don’t have to go through the gauntlet just to get a placement. There will be one application round and one deadline to make everyone’s lives easier.” The new system also promises to make life a little simpler for school administrators. Schools sometimes found themselves with unfilled seats after students to whom they’d offered spots accepted invitations from elsewhere. Schools that in the past had to wait until the second round to fill up can now know pretty much by March who and how many students Q will attending the next fall.





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Honk, honk — rally targets speeders Woodhaven Blvd. drivers get a late-night reminder to slow down by Michael Shain Editor

Long after dark, when the traffic on Woodhaven Boulevard dies down and the speed of cars picks up, drivers last Friday got a surprise. More than 20 people lined the traffic median strips at 91s t Av e n u e waving signs that said a man had been killed three weeks ea rlier crossing the boulevard at that spot and asking them to slow down. It was an unusual protest, if only for the hour that it began, 11 p.m. The demonstration was as grassroots as it gets, organized by Woodhaven civic activist Ed Wendell with his friends and neig hbors follow i ng the death of a 56-year-old Dunkin’ Donuts worker who

was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the early morning hours of July 25. The strategic protest was staged at the spot where Sivananaintha Perumal, a native of India who had left his family behind to work in America more than decade ago, was killed. When the traffic lights on the boulevard turned red, the protesters walked onto the crosswalk and silently held their signs up for stopped motorists to see. “ T he ca r wa s goi ng 92 mph ,” read one of t he protest signs. “Speed kills people like us,” read another. The protesters scurried back to safety before the lights changed back to green. “The cars are flying at that hour,” said Wendell. “It’s a scary place to be.”


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That’s one-stop shopping In the parking lot behind the Planet Fitness gym on Cross Bay Boulevard, a tree did what a brick wall could not — stop an out-ofcontrol Tesla sedan from crashing onto busy 92nd Street. The driver of the car was not injured in the accident last Thursday, Aug. 15, according to several social media posts.

It appears the driver mistook the brake pedal for the accelerator while trying to park. There were no other passengers in the car, the posts indicated. Police at the 106th Precinct said the incident was not reported to 911 and they had no information on it. — Michael Shain

The size of the group was purposefully kept to a minimum, said Wendell, because of the possible dangers. “I was worried about too many people going out onto the boulevard at one time,” he said. While some drivers at that hour seemed surprised to see the protesters, said Wendell, “most people just sat there. “A lot of people who went by beeped. And there were a few jerks,” he said, who made a show of gunning their motors and pulling away quickly when the traffic light changed. “We’re going to do it again, definitely,”

said Wendell. “Next time, I’d like to do it at 4 or 5 in the morning,” he said. “That’s when you will catch a lot of people” with the message to slow down. He added that the demonstrators hoped city officials would kick up traffic enforcement during the late hours. “If they just scheduled an officer to be here twice a week at that hour, they’d catch a bunch of people,” Wendell said. “I bet those flashing lights of someone getting pulled over would set an example for Q all the other drivers.”

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Arnie Mig Concert is here One of Howard Beach’s most cherished summer traditions, the Arnie Mig Memorial Big Band Concert, is set for this Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. The parking lot of St. Helen Roman Catholic Church at 84th Street and 157th Avenue will again be the site of the show. In case of bad weather, the concert will be moved to Father Dooley Hall, across the street from the parking lot. The show carries on a tradition that stretches back to the 1980s when Howard Beach bandleader Arnie “Mig” Migliaccio presented a series of free summer

concerts featuring his orchestra. The concerts were meant to serve as a love letter to his Howard Beach neighbors. After Migliaccio’s death in 2009, the tradition was picked up by Frank Pedulla’s swing band, with sponsorship from state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). “The hundreds of people who attend this event each year are a true testament to the legacy he left behind and the impact that Arnie Mig had on contempoQ rary music,” said Addabbo. — Michael Shain

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Polish nationalist booted by church Holocaust revisionist was set to speak Sunday at Ozone Park rectory by Michael Shain Editor

A last-minute letter campaign has derailed the appearance of a Holocaust-revisionist historian who’d been scheduled to speak this Sunday night at the rectory of the St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church in Ozone Park. Edward Reid, an Atlanta blogger and filmmaker, espouses a new version of antiJewish history that has escalated in popularity in Poland since the election of a nationalist party president in 2015. Reid is part of a movement that aims to counter what it calls the “slander” that some Poles collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. “Holocau st orga n i zat ions” have “monopoliz[ed] suffering” caused by the Nazi occupation “to keep the Poles out of this ‘holy 6 million,’” according to his social media page, referring to the number of Jews killed in the genocide. Reid’s video lectures on the war have been pulled from YouTube, he confirms, as hate speech. Two weeks ago, notices appeared on Twitter that Reid would be appearing Aug. 25 at the rectory across the street from St. Stanislaus, whose congregation is largely Polish. Not long ago, the church became part of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish a

Edward Reid, a controversial writer and filmmaker who claims Jewish groups have unfairly labeled Poland as Nazi collaborators in the Holocaust, had been scheduled to speak at the St. PHOTOS FACEBOOK / EDWARD REID AND BY MICHAEL SHAIN Stanislaus Church rectory, right, in Ozone Park. few blocks away on Rockaway Boulevard. “The parish space was reserved for a meeting of a local Polish veterans organization with no reference to Edward Reid being invited as the guest speaker,” a spokesman for the Brooklyn Diocese said this week when asked about the engagement.

“In light of the concerns raised about Edward Reid’s past commentary surrounding the Holocaust, this event is now under review.” While the diocese spokesman said no final decision had been made, the organizers of Reid’s appearance — identified by Reid as the Polish American Strategic Initiative and

the Katyn Monument Preservation Committee — quickly arranged for a new location, the Polish National Home, a cultural hall in Greenpoint that doubles as a club for punk rock bands. Sergey Kadinsky, an adjunct professor of Jewish studies at Touro College in Brooklyn, called Reid “truly a hate figure.” Late last week, Kadinsky, who lives in Fresh Meadows, hand-delivered a letter to the pastor of Nativity and St. Stanislaus, the Rev. Paul Palmiotto, questioning the parish’s decision to provide a venue for Reid. Palmiotto is on vacation until next month, a parish secretary said, directing all inquiries to the diocese main office in Brooklyn. The role of everyday Poles in the Holocaust is a bitter and divisive issue in Poland these days. A new law that made it a criminal offense to refer to Polish guilt during the Nazi era was criticized both by Israel and the United States. (The law was changed last year to require only civil penalties.) “Poland has the highest number of righteous people of any country in the world,” said Kadinsky, referring to the special designation Israel bestows on those who helped rescue Jews during the war. “But there were collaborators, there’s no denial of that,” he said. “We should honor the Q heroes without ignoring the villains.”


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As passionate birders and wildlife advocates walked the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center’s trail, they spent just as much time swatting away mosquitoes as they did spotting shorebirds. That’s because, according to the organizers of the 14th annual Shorebird Festival, the conditions on Aug. 17 were not too conducive to birding. It was quite muggy and overcast as Don Riepe, president of the American Littoral Society’s North-

east Chapter, and others led dozens on the walk. The East Pond, normally overflowing with a variety of birds, was just overflowing on that day — in other words, it was flooded. Program leader Kevin Karlson said the pond’s conditions were a consequence of climate change. The birders who showed up bright and early made the best of the situation, spotting plenty of feathered friends along the trail, including ducks.

One of the bay’s many ospreys was on a nesting platform, left. Terns, center, flew over the trail and landed on the water. Professional wildlife photographer Lloyd Spitalnik, in blue shirt above, led a seminar on shorebird photography, Karlson taught the crowd how to identify different shorebirds and other experts shared their knowledge of coastal avian life. Keep your talons crossed for better weather next year! — Anthony O’Reilly

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Wicked wickets: Guyana vs. Carib The annual Indo-Caribbean Federation Cup match is top-notch cricket by Michael Shain Editor

Every August for the last 29 years, the IndoCaribbean Federation has done its best to keep a rivalry going between Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean. For one day — on a well-worn field in Baisley Pond Park usually reserved for cricket’s equivalent of Little League teams —professional players, active and retired, compete for the coveted ICF Cup and bragging rights for the next 12 months. All the players are from a part of the world where cricket is king, though nearly all of them have lived for years in the country where baseball is supposed to be the national past time. Over the years, Cr icket Day has g row n i nt o t wo matches — one in the mor ning for player s over 35 called the Master match and the featured match in the afternoon. Trophies for the winning A live broadcast teams are on display in front o v e r Fa c e b o o k of the announcers’ table. included play-by- Play-by-play commentary was play announcers. Q provided by three experts.

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Very special World Series The World Series starts in August when you play for the American Softball League. The league devoted to adult players with autism and other developmental disorders is wrapping up its season Saturday, Aug. 24, at Locascio Field in Ozone Park. It is the eighth season for the unusual athletic program that brings in players from all over Queens and Brooklyn every summer weekend to compete. The day will cap the season with t rophy presentations and closing ceremonies. The games start at 10 a.m. “These players are truly special,” said Randy Novick, the leag ue’s founder. “Giving them the opportunity to play the sport of softball is priceless! The r ules are, there are no r ules. Everyone is equal.” The organizers hope to f ill the stands on Saturday with fans and well-wishers to cheer on the players. As many as 50 or 60 players take Q the field each week. — Michael Shain

Cricket is played with 11 men on each side and the batters wear shin guards and gloves for protection against the exceptionally hard ball. A bowler for the Caribbean team winds up to deliver the pitch. The man in red is the umpire. Usually, both team’s wear all white. But because this is an exhibition PHOTOS BY MICHAEL SHAIN match, players can wear team jerseys, with ads.

The Guyana Masters won a close match in the morning, but the Caribbean team crushed Guyana by more than 50 runs in the featured afternoon match.

Original Mets lefty Jackson dead at 83 by David Russell Associate Editor

Al Jackson, the Met pitcher with the most victories before Tom Seaver, died on Monday after a long illness at the Emerald Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the team announced. He was 83. The southpaw went 43-80 in six seasons with the Mets. His 10 shutouts were also a team record until Seaver surpassed the mark. Seaver would also pass Jackson in the losses column. Jackson pitched a shutout for the Mets’ first win at Shea Stadium, a 6-0 victory over the Pirates on April 19, 1964. He also threw a pair of 1-0 wins against Bob Gibson and the Cardinals. “It would be impossible to calculate the number of players and staff he touched and influenced during his career,” the team said. Jackson pitched for the Mets from 1962 to 1965 and 1968 to 1969. The lefty appeared in 10 games out of the bullpen for the Miracle Mets title team. After his playing career, Jackson became a coach. He was a pitching coach in the late ’70s with the Red Sox — managed by 1962 Met Don Zimmer — and

Al Jackson, a pitcher with the original Mets, NEW YORK METS PHOTO / TWITTER died Monday. the Orioles from 1989 to 1991. He was part of the Mets organization for decades, as a minor league coach, spring training instructor and bullpen coach. Jackson is survived by his wife, Nadine, Q two children and two grandchildren.

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P No Holocaust revisionism EDITORIAL


he number of hate crimes committed against Jews in the city nearly doubled in the first half of this year, with 110 incidents reported, compared to 58 in the first half of 2018. Those 110 anti-Semitic crimes made up more than half of all hate incidents, 184 compared to 112 in the first half of 2018. Just last week, dozens of fliers depicting a man wearing a yarmulke with the Star of David on it, labeling him a “worthless f---ing cancer filled Jew,” were discovered in Ridgewood [see separate story in some editions or at]. And there recently have been many violent attacks on Jews in Brooklyn. Clearly anti-Semitism is on the rise in the city. That must be recognized regardless of where one stands on the accusations and counteraccusations of anti-Semitism being hurled about nationally and internationally. So the last thing Queens needs is to have a far-right revisionist historian come here to deny that anyone in Poland collaborated with


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the Nazis in World War II, and to diminish the enormity of the Holocaust’s impact on Jews. Six million were killed, along with anywhere from five million to 11 million other people (estimates vary greatly; that higher one comes from the American Holocaust Memorial Museum). And yes, though many, many Poles fought bravely against the Nazis, who had destroyed their nation in league with the Soviet Union, some did collaborate the Germans, just as some French and others did. Yet until this week, one such revisionist historian was scheduled to speak at a Catholic church rectory in Ozone Park. Once it learned of that, the Diocese of Brooklyn, saying it had not known the man was to appear at the event, began a review, and the organizers of his speech moved it to a hall in Greenpoint. Not much better, but at least it’s not Queens. We all must remain vigilant about antiSemitism and, united, be prepared to strike it down whenever and wherever it appears.


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Drop Wells Fargo, hit NRA Dear Editor: Like so many I am frustrated by the influence of the National Rifle Association and its ability to prevent the passage of any kind of gun management legislation. The bank of the NRA is Wells Fargo — for loans and any of its accounts. I would suggest that one of the things we can do to “drain the swamp” is to close any accounts that we have with Wells Fargo as long as it keeps doing business with the NRA. If representatives don’t have the courage to do something, this is something that can be done. Stew Frimer Forest Hills

Sex Museum ads=free speech Dear Editor: I must respectfully disagree with “Ads too sexy for buses” (Frederick R. Bedell Jr., Letters,

pedal in an attempt to stop it, led to that fatal tragedy. Our hearts go out to him. We have no such pity for the young punk police say blew through a red light on Woodhaven Boulevard at 91st Avenue a month ago, at 92 mph, killing a 56-year-old man going to work. That driver faces manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges, and we hope that if guilty, he gets a stiff sentence. His actions were no accident. Hoping to avoid more such horrors, residents led by Ed Wendell staged a late-night protest last Friday, standing in the crosswalk and on the median at the site with signs telling drivers to slow down [see separate story in some editions or at]. We hope their message got through. We won’t get safer streets by accident; drivers must always be responsible behind the wheel.

Aug. 8). First it was alcohol, next cigarettes and now some want the MTA to ban Museum of Sex advertisements. This is sad for those who cherish free speech. Some have forgotten about the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment. Advertising is a multibillion-dollar business, helping fuel our economy. The MTA earns millions in advertising revenues that help pay for both operating expenses and capital improvement projects. If you don’t like the ad, don’t buy the product. Advertisers will get the message. This is life when you live in a free and open society. Those on the political left, who practice political correctness to the extreme, are no different from their counterparts on the extreme political right — the Moral Majority thought police. Both groups promote censorship and intolerance of those whose divergent viewpoints differ from their own narrow-minded ideological views. This is disappointing to people who cherish freedom of speech and intellectual discourse on issues of the day, no matter how controversial. Both sides need a refresher course on

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Dear Editor: Chirlane McCray’s program called “She built the city” asked the public to vote on new statues of exceptional women. The vote was clear, and Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini won, but she was rejected by McCray. Mother Cabrini, as she also was known, was the first American saint, who in the 1800s devoted her life to helping the needy. In addition to that she is the Italian-born patron saint of immigrants. City Councilman Justin Brannan has sent a letter to McCray’s office and is asking why Cabrini is being ignored. I am grand knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911 in Douglaston, and I am asking the same question: why? You see, the votes of the public really don’t count. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks Village

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It’s Trump’s fault, not Dems’ Dear Editor: Having read Larry Penner’s Aug. 15 letter to the editor, “Dems are way out there,” with due but limited respect, I believe Mr. Penner needs a refresher course in history. In claiming Democrats from decades ago, Sens. Moynihan, Jackson, Nunn and Lieberman, would not recognize their own party today, Mr. Penner is confused. They would indeed recognize their party, but would not recognize a Republican Party that no longer exists by reason of a grossly incompetent, pathological liar, currently residing in the White House, someone who has not the least understanding of our Constitution. Mr. Penner has chosen to close his eyes and ears to the fact that a growing national debt this country faces is clearly because the current president’s ridiculous tax cuts that favor the extreme wealthy and large corporations — the latter using their tax cuts to buy up their stocks and give executives enormous benefits and the workers be damned. I am a voter of the Jewish faith and I resent Mr. Penner telling me I need be concerned about the future of our nation, without specifically spelling out what my faith has to be concerned about. Religion has no place in our political process, and should not be used, as Mr. Penner seems to be suggesting, to decide whom to support. If he is referring to antiSemitism, he should look to the occupant of the White House, who is a racist, and his support of the autocrat in Hungary, who is an anti-Semite. If Mr. Penner is referring to an absurd claim that Democrats do not support Israel, he has earned an F-minus. It should be noted Mr. Penner chooses to ignore a child snatched away from an immigrant mother who is seeking asylum, and the mother deported. He chooses to ignore a rule that if a married couple legally in this country lose their jobs and may seek food stamps, they are to be expelled, and their native-born children, who are citizens, to remain here without them. He also believes global warming does not exist, scientists are of no value and jobs are more important than necessary global warming legislation. The demise of horse and wagons, replaced by motor vehicles, may have caused some job loss, but in the end created far more new jobs. Finally, it should be noted Mr. Penner has seen fit, notwithstanding that he appears to be a supporter of the current president, to nowhere in his letter state his name. I will note the proper noun for him. Donald Trump* *Bah Humbug. Benjamin M. Haber Flushing

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Dear Editor: Last week the Chronicle published my letter to another newspaper critical of that paper for stating that President Trump inspired the El Paso shooter (“Shooters and media bias”). The other paper printed my letter but edited out the quote from the shooter’s manifesto stating that to blame Trump for his actions would be “fake news.” The paper stated that to print his comments would “use this space to give this alleged hateful murderer a channel to voice his hatred and inspire others to lash out.” The other paper in its original editorial referenced the “hostile words towards immigrants” of the manifesto. Logic dictates that if the paper did not want to give the shooter a channel then it should not have mentioned his motives in the first place. It seems that the paper’s real motive to editing my letter was to save itself from embarrassment. I won’t bother to write to a paper that doesn’t have the courage to admit that it was wrong. That’s why the Chronicle has always been my number one choice in Queens for real journalism. Lenny Rodin Forest Hills Editor’s note: The writer’s Aug. 15 letter included the name of the other paper, which the Chronicle removed during editing. An editor’s note saying that was done was intended, but inadvertently left out. We regret the oversight.

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Queens GOP looks for DA candidate Republicans could turn to lawyer, former police officer Joe Murray by David Russell Associate Editor

The Republican Party is looking for a candidate to run against Borough President Melinda Katz in November’s race for district attorney. Queens GOP Chairwoman Joann AriolaShanks has met with defense attorney Joe Mu r ray, whom she considered “ver y qualified.” Murray, who is based in Kew Gardens, told the Chronicle he thinks he’ll be the candidate and said, “I’m going to be a prosecutor like they’ve never seen before.” He added, “I’m so sick of politicians pandering and lying to people just to please them.” Although Murray considers himself a conservative Democrat, a supporter of labor who believes the Republicans to be antilabor, he would still run under the Republican banner. He said he’s “kind of liberal on criminal justice having felt the sting of the criminal justice system, and I’ve been in a position where I’ve actually had cops lie about what happened in my case.” Murray, who was fourth vice president of the Jefferson Democratic Club in Flushing from 2009 to 2011, said he’s more libertarian when it comes to personal freedoms and believes maintaining privacy is critical. He is a supporter of President Trump, saying he identifies with him. “He’s not afraid who he pisses off and that’s kind of how I am,” Murray said. Murray has his aim set on what he believes to be corruption in the government. “I look at the Mayor’s Office and his wife embezzling money,” he said, referring to ongoing questions about funding for first lady Chirlane McCray’s ThriveNYC mental health program. “There’s money missing. This should never happen. Why isn’t anyone investigating this?” The Mayor’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. And he would want a corruption squad to look into the Democratic primary results.

Defense attorney Joe Murray, left, could be the choice of the Queens GOP to run against Melinda Katz for district attorney in November. Former prosecutor and judge Greg Lasak, who finished third in the Democratic primary, will not seek a run on the Republican line. COURTESY PHOTO, LEFT; FILE PHOTO The apparent winner on primary day turned out to have lost after a recount including absentee and affidavit ballots. “I’m watching the results and Tiffany Cabán won by 1,100 votes,” Murray said. “She was so happy and they’re celebrating and then they go over to Melinda Katz. She looked like the cat that ate the canary, like she knew already she won. I was like, there’s something wrong there.” Murray would also look into police corruption, and he is the attorney for Sgt. Steven Lee, who has filed a lawsuit against the city and the NYPD after he claimed he was harassed following his whistleblowing of wrongdoing in the 109th Precinct. Murray said the idea to run for DA came as he watched the Democratic debates and believed many candidates were running too far to the left, though he supported former prosecutor and judge Greg Lasak. Murray said he was happy that Cabán, a fellow defense attorney, was exposing issues in the system but that he was blown away by some of her “extreme” positions. He did note there are protracted delays in the discovery process on evidence in court

and how cases are moved along. Murray blames court congestion on the fact that people come to court for every appearance and are sometimes told there is no room. But, unlike Cabán, he is in favor of cash bail and prosecuting sex workers. Murray thought about running in the Democratic primary before throwing his support behind Lasak and even trying to convince him to run on the Republican line in the general election. Murray believes he can defeat Katz. “I don’t owe anything to the party. I don’t owe anything to either party, actually,” Murray said. “And I’m running because in the position that I am in, I am so sick of polit ics as usu al, cor r upt ion i n the government.” He joked about Queens being more liberal than Long Island. “At least in Queens County they don’t like your client but they’re friendly with you,” he said. “When I go to Nassau and Suffolk, they don’t like us or our clients.” Murray was a police officer in 1993 when he was arrested and charged with felony assault for breaking the jaw of another on-

duty NYPD officer during a fight in a station house as he came to defend a high school friend, according to Murray. The friend was the brother of one of Murray’s high school football teammates at John Adams High School. A grand jury refused to indict Murray and dismissed all charges. The NYPD still looked to fire him and he accepted a suspension without admitting guilt. A civil lawsuit from the injured officer went to trial with Murray defending himself because of high debt from legal expenses. After a two-week trial in Man hattan Supreme Court the jury ruled in his favor, leading to his new career. He retired from the force in 2002 and went back to school, graduating from Queens College and the CUNY School of Law so he could become an attorney. Lasak, who finished third in the Democratic primary, will not run on the GOP line. “Greg Lasak, after much consideration, decided he did not want to go further in another race,” Ariola-Shanks said. She added, “I think that Greg Lasak would have been an amazing candidate for DA but certainly the decision was his in the end.” Daniel Kogan, who was given the GOP nomination in August, was nominated to the state Supreme Court. “I think that he wanted it and then it became a much larger race than anyone could have imagined,” Ariola-Shanks said. Murray and any other potential GOP candidates will make their case at an upcoming state committee meeting. Ariola-Shanks also noted a couple of district leaders reached out saying they had candidates who would be interested but didn’t mention names. Betty Lugo, who also ran in the Democratic primary but stated her possible interest in running as a Republican if she lost, was never seriously considered. “Any of the candidates that were in the primary, but for Judge Lasak, certainly Q veered

Husband runs over wife in fatal accident by David Russell Associate Editor

A Ridgewood woman was killed last Saturday afternoon when her husband accidentally backed over her at a gas station, according to reports. Isabel Ramirez-Cohetero, 51, and her husband, Marcos Salas, had been washing their red Jeep Commander at the BP at 60-90 Eliot Ave. in Maspeth. They were moving the vehicle to dry it off when Salas realized the car was left in reverse. He tried to stop it but accidentally stepped on the gas, backing the Jeep over his wife.

Responding officers found RamirezCohetero lying on the ground unconscious and unresponsive. EMS responded and transported her to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Salas was distraught and sought help to save Ramirez-Cohetero. An attendant at the gas station told the New York Post, “A man ran inside crying ‘My wife, my wife, my wife in serious condition. Call the ambulance.’ He kept repeating ‘ambulance, ambulance.’” The investigation is ongoing by the Police Department’s Highway Patrol ColliQ sion Investigation Squad.

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Laurelton cop ninth NYPD suicide in ’19 Family, officers say the city doesn’t have enough mental health support by Michael Gannon Editor

“How did this happen?” A Facebook friend of veteran NYPD Officer Robert Echeverria posted the question on his page after the officer from Laurelton on Aug. 14 became the ninth member of the NYPD to take his own life this year. Echeverria, 56, was off duty at his home at about 6:20 p.m. when his wife called 911. He was the second officer to kill himself in two days. Officer Johnny Rios, 35, shot himself in the head in his Yonkers home on Tuesday. Echeverria’s sister, Eileen, and Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, said it happened because of a department and a city that have turned a blind eye to cops in crisis, and betray those who do seek assistance. “It’s an epic failure,” Eileen Echeverria told CBS Channel 2. “They’re responsible. They don’t want police officers to get help.” Echeverria in multiple interviews said her brother was visibly in crisis and in serious financial straits. She says he ignored her attempts to get private counseling outside of the NYPD network because he feared reassignment to a desk position if the department found out. She contacted the NYPD with her concerns multiple times, the last time just over two months ago, leading to confiscation of his guns and a mandatory checkup with a department doctor. He passed. “Two months later my brother killed himself,” she said. Lynch, in an appeal viewed on the PBA’s website, implored cops to help themselves and each other. “If you’re on the edge and are contemplating suicide, don’t f--king do it!” Lynch said. “It solves nothing, and it leaves devastation behind you.” Lynch said it is time for city leaders to stop paying lip service in the wake of the rash of suicides in the NYPD’s ranks. He said the city must improve its medical insurance benefits so they meet the cost of top-of-the line mental health professionals — a report published since Echeverria’s death said the existing benefits can pay as little as onefourth of a top doctor’s regular fee. City and NYPD officials have said in the last week that is a work in progress. Lynch also lent credence to Echeverria’s fears that seeking help would jeopardize his job if his superiors found out. “Stop destroying the careers of cops who reach out for help,” Lynch said. Joseph Imperatrice is an active-duty law enforcement sergeant and the founder of Blue Lives Matter, a fraternal organization that is unaffiliated with the NYPD. Imperatrice said the normal stresses of the job can be exacerbated by stress at home in an officer’s family life, financial problems, illness and other factors.

Officer Robert Echeverria ended his life in his Laurelton home, fearful, his sister said, of seeking help. FACEBOOK PHOTO / ROBERT ECHEVERRIA

“There’s also the stigma attached to asking for help,” he said. Imperatrice believes the suicide of Deputy Chief Steven Silks — an accomplished 38-year veteran — in June may have had a domino effect on members of the NYPD who already might have been on the edge. “He was retiring, he had a ton of money in the bank and he made the decision to end his life,” he said. Silks shot himself in his car on Burns Street in Forest Hills. He had reached mandatory retirement age and was days from leaving the job. Echeverria’s death, coming only about 24 hours after that of Rios, brought to light a controversial decision by the de Blasio administration to pull out of a mental health forum originally scheduled for this past Monday night in Staten Island that was sponsored by the office of Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) and Blue Lives Matter, and hosted

by an SI community board. Borelli, in a telephone interview with the Chronicle last week, said ThriveNYC, the citywide mental health initiative run by first lady Chirlane McCray, initially was on board to provide counselors for the Aug. 19 session — until the Blue Lives Matter logo was seen on a workup of a flier being proposed for the event. “They don’t want to be associated with an event that includes Blue Lives Matter,” Borelli said last Thursday. But a chain of emails provided to the Chronicle between Frank Mascia of Borelli’s staff and City Hall show that Blue Lives Matter was known to be involved with the meeting at least as early as June 27. “Works for us!” began an email to Borelli’s office from City Hall. When the problem arose, the councilman said, he was first told that ThriveNYC officials said they did not put their logo on event fliers with other logos. “Googlably false,” he told the Chronicle. De Blasio last week said Borelli could have cleared up any confusion immediately by calling him directly before going to the press. In the text of a press conference emailed from his office, the mayor called Borelli a liar. “I’m saying he’s playing a game, it’s a lie and of course we would have mental health first aid with that organization,” the mayor said. “The question was whether it was for a limited group of people or for the general public. That’s what brought up the issue.” “This was an event sponsored by a councilman’s office and hosted by a community board,” Borelli said. “On what planet is that not an open event?” The Chronicle did learn that more than 8,000 NYPD staff have been trained in mental health first aid, and the NYPD budget for fiscal year 2020 includes $5.3 million for crisis intervention training. Asked in an email for a response to Borelli’s comments last week, de Blasio’s office sent a statement from Susan Herman, director of the Mayor’s Office of ThriveNYC, in an email sent at 9:52 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. “Thrive did not cancel the training with Council Member Borelli’s office — we have said repeatedly that we would be happy to bring mental health first aid training to whomever he wants to train. Thrive has been deeply involved in developing the NYPD’s comprehensive suicide prevention strategy for officers and will hold nine Mental Health First Aid trainings for each Patrol Borough in the next month.” In response to a followup email from the Chronicle, ThriveNYC said the room listed on the flier was no longer available and that officials were trying to identify a location for the training “next week.” Borelli the day before told the Chronicle that the meeting was in fact canceled. “They have no venue and they’ll have no cops,” he said. Q

Anti-Semitic fliers seen in Ridgewood by David Russell Associate Editor

Dozens of anti-Semitic f liers were seen near the Halsey Street subway station by Norman Street and Wyckoff Avenue in Ridgewood last week, according to reports. The fliers depict the top of the head of someone wearing a Star of David kippah, along with the words “Worthless F---ing Cancer Filled Jew.”

Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) denounced the hateful message in a statement. “It was absolutely sickening to see such a display of hatred,” he said. “AntiSemitism and all forms of discrimination are not tolerated in this city and I trust the NYPD to make that clear by finding the perpetrator.” NY1 reported that a man came into the 104th Precinct to report the fliers.

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Anti-Semitic fliers were seen in Ridgewood last week near the Halsey Street subway station. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force READER PHOTO is investigating.

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Business patrons, delivery trucks flout signs in Maspeth-Woodside by Michael Gannon Editor

If one works at or patronizes a business on Queens Boulevard between 61st and 64th streets on the Maspeth-Woodside border, you might say the nearby parking is inconvenient. A curbside section of 61st Street south of the boulevard is reserved for delivery trucks from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. The full block between 61st and 64th is a no-standing zone including a city bus stop. Turn southbound onto 64th and there are spaces clearly marked with a large sign for firefighters assigned to FDNY’s Rescue Co. 4 and Engine Co. 292, a half block to the east on the boulevard. Resident Regina Massaro, however, says the clearly posted signs are routinely ignored by workers and customers of the block’s dollar store, liquor store, coffee shop and pizza takeout restaurant, creating inconvenience and potential hazards. “Deliveries are made on Queens Blvd. instead of around the corner at allocated space and also drivers park illegally all day in the truck parking,� Massaro told the Chronicle in one of two emails. She said the delivery trucks that can’t or don’t use the truck zone often force buses to stop in the only available travel lane on the eastbound service road — “since they put that bike lane in� — and that customers for all the

Parking spaces set aside for firefighters on 64th Street in Maspeth were available for New York’s Bravest last Friday. But that was not the case the day before, and one resident says illegal parking PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON there and elsewhere has potentially dangerous ripple effects. businesses routinely stand in the bus stop or the no-standing zones fronting all the businesses. She said she has seen emergency vehicles held up in the service lane because of that. But the thing that concerns her the most, she said, is when drivers park or stand illegally in the spaces for reserved for firefighters,

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firefightersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vehicles in the FDNY zone. But Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check back also found a car parked in the delivery trucksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; loading zone on 61st for the duration of the visit; a FedEx truck unloading on Queens Boulevard directly in front of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Standingâ&#x20AC;? sign; and numerous cars parked or standing there and in the firefightersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spaces on 64th as someone ran into one of the businesses. Massaro has been in touch multiple times with the office of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). The councilman told the Chronicle in an email that he and his staff are on the case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illegal parking is a rampant problem in our precinct,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It becomes especially dangerous when drivers park in spaces that are reserved for our first responders. The FDNY has enough to worry about on a daily basis. They should not have to worry about parking on Queens Boulevard. I will continue to call upon the NYPD to crack down upon all forms of illegal parking in our district and across Queens.â&#x20AC;? Van Bramer enclosed a copy of a letter he wrote to Harjinder Singh of the NYPDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Queens North Traffic Enforcement Command laying out his and Massaroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns. Officials from the FDNY did not respond to a request for comment prior to the ChroniQ cleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadline on Wednesday.

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Small protest slams India over Kashmir Activist warns of possible violence to avoid being ‘wiped off the map’ by Anthony O’Reilly Chronicle Contributor

Standing in Jackson Height’s Diversity Plaza last Friday, Jahangir Kabir warned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he was planting the seeds for a potentially violent Kashmiri uprising. “When your back is against the wall, you’re really not going anywhere,” Kabir, executive director of the Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group, later told a Chronicle reporter. “You’re either going to be totally wiped off the map, or you’re going to march forward.” He said he’s confident that 14 million Kashmiris would pick the lat ter option. “They’re not just going to be banished from the Earth,” he said, “they’re going to move forward.” Kabir was one of more than two dozen advocates who stood in Diversity Plaza to protest India’s crackdown on Kashmir, a territory that until Aug. 5 had been semiautonomous since 1947. Earlier this month, Modi’s Hindu nationalist government revoked the constitutional amendment that allowed the Indian-controlled parts Kashmir — Pakistan

controls other parts — to act as an independent state, along with severing telephone and internet lines and closing schools. Modi’s move to effectively cancel the constitutional amendment giving Kashmir autonomy, known as Article 370, has been viewed as a deliberate attack against Muslims, who make up the majority of the Kashmiri population. “It’s the idea of ethnic cleansing, where you’re trying to erase the identity and history of the native population to bring in a foreign population to change the demographic,” said Raja Abdulhaq, execut ive d i r e c t or of t he Islamic Leadership Council of New York. By canceling Article 370, Modi suspended a law barring people from outside the state from buying Kashmiri property and displacing Muslims. Abdulhaq likened it to the Israeli military takeover of Palestinian land. “We have a foreign occupier that comes into the land, tries to displace the indigenous people, the natives, to make space for a new population to steal the land,” Abdulhaq, who is of Palestinian descent, said. Although the revocation of Article 370

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About two dozen people gathered in Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights last Friday to decry India’s policies in Kashmir. The territory, where Muslims are the majority, recently lost its legal autonomy under the Hindu government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaker Abdul PHOTOS BY ANTHONY O’REILLY Howladar, left, called on people to pray for Kashmir’s liberation. brought tensions to a boiling point, Kashmiris have clashed with Indian authorities many times in the past. Numerous Indian troops have been accused of raping and killing Kashmiris throughout the years, including in 2016 when protests broke out following the killing of pro-Pakistani figurehead Burhan Wani by Indian troops. At that time, phone lines and internet service were cut, too. However, Modi’s Aug. 5 decision to cut Kashmir’s line to the outside world was not preceded by such unrest. The Indian government also jailed prominent Kashmiri politicians and deployed thousands of troops into the state’s streets before its announcement to revoke Article 370 was made public. Abdur Howladar, senior vice president of the Elmhurst-based Bangladeshi Society, Inc., called for all in Jackson Heights to pray for Kashmir’s liberation. “You don’t have to be a Muslim, you don’t have to be Hindu,

you don’t have to be of any faith,” he shouted to the crowd. “You just have to be human to support the Kashmiris.” His speech was cut off by a passerby who shouted “Lies, all lies,” to which Howladar shouted, “This is what’s happening in Kashmir.” A Chronicle reporter could not catch up with the passerby, who was the only one throughout the rally to raise any objection to the protesters. Otherwise, the crowd spent much of the night chanting, without interruption, “Hey hey, ho ho, Indian occupation has to go” and “What do we want? Freedom. When do we want it? Now.” India in recent days has promised to loosen its hold of Kashmir, but the protesters didn’t seem convinced Modi was being honest. “Anything that comes from the Modi government, I don’t trust it,” Kabir said. “Their agenda is simple: Build India as a Hindu Q nationalist government.”

Paper shredding to be held in Rego Park A paper-shredding event will be set up on Sat., Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot of the Parish of ResurrectionAscension, located at 85-25 61 Road in Rego Park. Attendees are encouraged to use the vehicle entrance on Woodhaven Boulevard. The goal is to destroy unwanted documents that otherwise could end up in the wrong hands. “One simple way to prevent identity theft is

by shredding any pieces of paper with your personal information on it, like account numbers and other banking information as well as important information such as Social Security numbers,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., who added the shredding is a great way to recycle and keep paper out of landfills. For more information about this event, contact Assemblyman Brian Barnwell’s office at Q (718) 651-3185.

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The New York Roadrunners are sponsoring free open runs in Baisley Pond Park on Saturdays at 9 p.m. The event is open to runners of all ages and abilities. Participants with strollers and dogs also are welcome. All who are interested are invited to meet with the group at 8:45 a.m. at the Baisley Pond Park South cricket pitch at the intersection of Rockaway and Baisley boulevards. All the runs are directed by volunteers, and the course is two full loops around the pond. T h e c o u r s e w i l l b e cl e a r l y ma rked , a nd pa r ticipa nts a re encouraged to go at their own pace. Ru n ners not wanting to do t wo complete loops are welcome to do one. The runs are held in cooperation with the New York City Depar tment of Parks and Recreation under its Community Parks Initiative. Volunteers are also needed. More information can be found on line on the event’s Facebook page at Q 17541146271/?ref=bookmarks.

Ronald Drabman, 61, to spend five years in prison A Bayside man who hoarded more than 70 guns and over 50,000 rounds of ammunition is going to prison, prosecutors announced Monday. Ronald Drabman, 61, had pleaded guilty in January to f irst-and-second degree criminal possession of a weapon. Last Thursday, state Supreme Court Justice Eugene Guarino sentenced the defendant to five years in prison on the first-degree weapons charge and three and a half years on the second-degree weapons charge to be followed by five years of post-release supervision. T he sentences w ill be ser ved concurrently. Drabman had been arrested in September 2017 for tr ying to hide a loaded revolver and several bullets from police following a car crash on Hillside Avenue. Police from the 103rd Precinct removed him from the 2016 Dodge truck he was driving. As medical personnel tended to Drabman, he took a black firearm from his waistband and tried to give it to one of the EMTs on the scene. When the EMT refused, Drabman got out of the ambulance where he was being treated and returned to his vehicle to hide the weapon. Police later retrieved the .357 revolver, two speed loaders and several rounds of


Guns from Ronald Drabman’s huge collection were displayed at an NYPD press conference last FILE PHOTO year. The Bayside man was sentenced on weapons charges last week. ammunition from the defendant’s truck. Then, in April 2018, authorities entered his 208th Street home and found the arsenal of guns and a huge ammo collection. In total, officials found 45 rif les, 23



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Maspeth-based biz owes workers $6M A Maspeth-based company cheated 499 workers out of overtime pay and wages owed and reported fraudulent financial information to the state, resulting in the return of approximately $6 million to welders and iron workers — the largest single wage recovery in the state Department of Labor’s 115-year history, the governor announced last week. A joint investigation with the Department of Labor and the Manhattan District Attor ney’s Constr uction Fraud Task Force revealed that from November 2013 until December 2017, AGL Industries committed fraud, and when workers brought concerns about underpayment to the company, they were told there was nothing they could to receive the wages. The investigation began following a referral by the Manhattan DA and Iron Workers Local 361 in February 2018. “We have absolutely zero tolerance for any business that exploits workers and robs employees of hard-earned wages — zero,” Gov. Cuomo said. The structural steel fabrication company has admitted to third-degree grand larceny and will pay back the money on a

five-year plan, which started with a $1.5 million payment on Aug. 13. Company official Dominic Lofaso also pleaded guilty to a Class D felony for grand larceny. In total, AGL will be responsible for $6.25 million in restitution, which in addition to wage restitution includes $260,855 in contributions due to the state’s Unemployment Insurance fund. “This landmark conviction will restore nearly $6 million to workers who were cheated out of their rightful earnings,” said Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., adding that wage theft is especially common in the construction industry. “It is our job as labor leaders to assist al l worker s when t hey a re bei ng wronged,” said Matthew Chartrand, business manager for Ironworker’s Local 361. “Through the efforts of the Construction Fraud Task Force, as well as the great team at the Department of Labor, one of the bad players in the construction field is being brought to justice.” The Department of Labor collected nearly $35 million last year and returned Q it to approximately 35,000 workers.

To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will conduct its fourth adulticide treatment of the season. Trucks will spray pesticides in sections of Queens on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning in parts of Fresh Meadows, Hollis Hills, Holliswood, Blissville, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village and West Maspeth. In case of bad weather, the application will be delayed until Monday or Tuesday. For the truck sprayings, the Health Department will use very low concentrations of Anvil 10+10 and/or DeltaGard insecticide. The risks of pesticides applied by the department for mosquito control are low to people and pets. Some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash. People with respiratory conditions may also be affected. To stay safe during the spraying, the department advises staying indoors whenever possible. Air conditioners can remain on and, while unnecessary, people may wish to close air conditioner vents or choose the recirculate function.

After spraying, people should wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Residents are advised to always wash fruits and vegetables with water. The most effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing water. New Yorkers are also encouraged to mosquito-proof their homes and take precautions when spending time outdoors. People should use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under 3), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535; make sure windows have screens — repair or replace screens that have tears or holes; eliminate any standing water from your property and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code; make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly; clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty or covered if not in use. Drain water that collects in pool covers. For more information about West Nile virus, visit or call 311. Q To report standing water, call 311.

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Bus plans impacting Ridgewood residents Fresh Pond bus lane will begin; B38 stops to be removed on route by David Russell Associate Editor

Like it or not, here it comes. The Depar t ment of Transpor tation announced last Friday that the Fresh Pond Road bus lane will be implemented this month. The DOT confirmed work began Monday. That is despite the fact that Community Board 5 voted 28-6 against the proposal. The board’s Transportation Committee, however, was in favor. Amid less fanfare, the MTA is scheduled to begin operating articulated buses on the B38 route. The new 64-foot-long buses will replace 40-foot-long buses on its run from Ridgewood to Downtown Brooklyn. However, the MTA’s plan means the loss of the Putnam Avenue, Madison Street, Palmetto Street, Grove Street and Harman Street stops in Ridgewood. “It is a wide spacing there already and eliminating both the Harman and the Grove Street does make for some pretty long runs for people that happen to live in the middle of those,” said Community Board 5’s Public Transit Services Co-chairman John Maier, at Tuesday’s Transportation and Public Transit Combined Committee meeting. He added, “I think we need to write [the DOT] a letter about Madison Street eastbound because that’s a connection to the

Community Board 5 Chairman Vinny Arcuri Jr. speaks at Tuesday’s Transportation and Public PHOTO BY DAVID RUSSELL Transit Combined Committee meeting. Flushing-bound Q58 ... why are they removing service?” Regarding the Fresh Pond plan, the work will see a nine-block bus lane installed on the southbound side of Fresh Pond Road from Bleecker Street to Putnam Avenue. Seventy parking spaces will be lost during its night peak, mitigated by 61 new metered

spaces on “spurs” with two-hour parking from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and alternate-side parking at other times. There would be new loading zones at key locations also. The DOT does not plan to eliminate select parking spots in bottleneck areas. Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle

Village) has spoken out against the lane. “This bus lane would have been an easier sell to the community if the DOT had slowly phased in other recommendations first, as both Community Board 5 and I requested,” he said in a statement. “Instead, the DOT’s community input process was ineffective, they ignored the votes of the community board, and they will end up making more changes to the bus lane once they realize the flaws in their plan after the fact. I will be sure to keep a close eye on Fresh Pond Road going forward and hold DOT accountable for this decision.” The DOT noted the lane will speed up the Q58, QM24, QM25 and QM34 buses. Gary Giordano, district manager of CB 5, said he believes the lane will be better for emergency vehicles that are driving through the area though he’s concerned about possible significant business losses for merchants. He voiced his disappointment regarding the DOT’s choice to not try some suggested traffic-calming measures. “I am upset that they didn’t go along even with the Transportation Committee and the community board recommendation to see if the signal timing could provide relief before they went ahead with this full-blown plan,” Giordano said. “I think that’s a bit of a Q smack in the face.”

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Maloney rallies with groups in LIC Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) rallied with a coalition of nonprofits on Wednesday in Long Island City to call on Congress members to support the House of Representatives’ recently passed spending plan. The coalition is also urging New York Cit y’s cong ressional delegat ion to advance measures to boost economic security for working families and expand affordable housing and continue fighting against a Trump administration proposal for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The groups attending the event, which was held at the Queensbridge Houses’ Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, included the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, UJA-Federation of New York, the Fiscal Policy Institute, the New York Housing Conference, LiveOn NY, the Human Services Council of New York, and United Neighborhood Houses. They are also asking the full New York

congressional delegation to co-sponsor the Working Families Tax Relief Act and the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act to give a boost to 6.5 million New Yorkers and generate over $500 million annually to finance affordable housing in New York City, helping to create and preserve more than 4,000 additional affordable homes each year, respectively. Lastly, the coalition is asking Congress to keep up the fight against the Trump administration’s proposed rules change for SNAP, which would take away food assistance from 3.1 million struggling Americans, prevent children from getting school meals and make it harder for states to administer food assistance programs. “From proposals to cut SNAP, Medicaid, and affordable housing to the recent public charge rule, the Trump Administration has launched unprecedented attacks on our nation’s most vulnerable communities and has threatened to take away food assistance from 3.1 million Americans who are struggling to put food on the Q table,” Maloney said in a statement.

A 38-year-old woman has been extradited from London to face homicide charges after a Queens County grand jury indicted her in 2016. Donna Francis — whom authorities said is not a doctor — allegedly performed a butt enhancement procedure on a Maryland woman, causing her death in May 2015. Francis’ last known New York address was on Huxley Street in Rosedale. “The defendant is alleged to have set up a temporary medical practice in the basement of a Far Rockaway home with a massage table and silicone gel purchased from Ebay,” acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan said in a statement issued by his office. “The victim in this case traveled from Maryland with her mother and $1,600 cash and the hope of returning home with the perfect figure. Sadly, she never returned home. She died as the defendant allegedly pumped a clear liquid substance into the woman’s backside, causing her to go into cardiac arrest. The defendant, who fought extradition, now faces prison time for these alleged egregious actions.” Francis fled to London and, Ryan said,

fought extradition, but was brought back to Queens last week. She was arraigned before acting Queens Supreme Court Justice John Zoll on an indictment charging her with criminally negligent homicide and unauthorized practice of a profession. Francis’ next court date is Sept. 27, 2019. If convicted, the defendant faces up to a year in jail, pursuant to the extradition order limiting a sentence greater than one year. According to the charges, on May 30, 2015, a 34-year-old woman traveled with her mother from her home in Maryland, to meet with Francis for a buttock augmentation procedure. Shortly after 6 p.m. that evening the victim’s mother called 911. The victim was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The medical examiner determined that her cause of death was systemic silicone emboli. Authorities said any silicone injected into a human body must be encapsulated to avoid free silicone from entering the bloodstream and causing an embolism. Francis allegedly fled the scene and Q left the country the following day.

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Meng, Gillibrand, Schumer write agency about NextGen Advisory Committee by Ryan Brady Editor

The Federal Aviation Administration should make public meetings of an industryconnected advisory group more transparent, three members of Congress say. Along with U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) sent a letter to the FAA requesting more openness with the meetings of the NextGen Advisory Committee. The group advises the agency on the implementation of NextGen, a program to modernize the United States’ airspace system. Queens residents have criticized the FAA over irritatingly loud satellite-based navigation routes in the initiative. Agency rules demand that the public notifications for the NAC meetings only have to be published 15 days in advance of them, the lawmakers’ letter noted. “This leaves interested members of the public little time to make arrangements to attend. For example, the next meeting of the NAC will be held on July 30, 2019 in McLean, Virginia,” they said in the letter, dated July 26. “This gives members of the public in New York State only 15 days to purchase a flight or train ticket for travel— costs for which can rise prohibitively in the

A plane flies low near LaGuardia Airport. Rep. Grace Meng and U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer want the Federal Aviation Administration to be more transparent about an PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON advisory group’s public meetings. days leading up to the travel day—and to book accommodations if necessary.” Meng, Gillibrand and Schumer also pointed out that the notifications are published in the Federal Register, “which can be difficult for members of the public to navigate when hunting for a specific meeting, and identical announcements are not

made on the more user-friendly FAA website until several days afterwards.” Lastly, the lawmakers noted that opportunity for the public to offer input is further l i m it ed becau se t he agency doesn’t livestream the meetings. Concluding, the congresswoman and the two U.S. senators asked the FAA to livestream

the meetings, notify the public about them more than 15 days in advance and simultaneously publish the Federal Register notifications about the meetings in a more userfriendly place, like the agency’s website. “The public deserves to be engaged on NextGen and this engagement must be a two-way street complete with dialogue and input from members of the community and other stakeholders,” Meng said in a prepared statement. “Increasing access and transparency to these meetings would help ensure this happens, and that committee members listen to their concerns. There should be no barriers that prevent this from happening.” The congresswoman is a member of the Quiet Skies Caucus, a group of representatives focused on developing solutions to excessive aircraft noise in their districts. “The federal officials determining aircraft route changes have a responsibility to listen directly to New Yorkers to ensure that any new routes carefully consider the potential effects on their quality of life,” Gillibrand said in her own statement. “I’m proud to join with my colleagues in this push to ensure that New Yorkers can participate in the NextGen process.” The FAA declined to comment to the Chronicle, saying that it would respond directly to the representative and senators. Q

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Mail woes in Queens Village Residents say misdelivered mail is getting worse by Michael Gannon Editor

It has been well documented that Queens residents have had a strained relationship with the United States Postal Service for at least the last two years. Now some residents of Queens Village are telling the Chronicle that service of late has not been up to even recent standards in the last few days, with numerous residents on multiple blocks having their own mail misdirected while receiving that of neighbors who sometimes live on other streets. “Two days ago all my mail went to the wrong address,” Yessenia Gomez said. “It was left at a neighbor’s house, and there was a bill that I was expecting.” Beginning in mid- to late 2017, service delays and interruptions in Queens and Brooklyn became so pronounced that members of Congress including Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing) got hands-on involved. They and other members Congress from the city have getting monthly pone calls from and regular meetings with postal officials. Queens Village resident Charlton Dsouza told the Chronicle in a telephone interview Tuesday that service had been getting worse in recent months before becoming so poor in recent days that he brought a letter to Meeks’ district office in person. To Dsouza it is more


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Queens has had its troubles with mail delivery in recent years, but residents of one Queens VilFILE PHOTO lage neighborhood say things are getting worse. than just a matter of inconvenience. “This increases the danger of ID theft,” he said. In a copy of his letter, he told Meeks he suspects that the recent mixups could be the result of a substitute letter carrier but that the overall problem is more concerning. He wrote

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Police are searching for a burglar who entered a home by 46th Avenue and 192nd Street in Auburndale on Aug. 7. Around noon on that day, he used a chair to get in through the bathroom window. But after the 58-year-old homeowner heard a sound and saw him, the burglar fled. The perp was last seen wearing a blue shirt and a white hat. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, 1 (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

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183 St. homeowner says nearby biz is making issue worse, which it denies by Ryan Brady Editor

It’s a purr-oblem. Peter Kaufman of 183rd Street in Fresh Meadows has absolutely had it with feral cats in the neighborhood using his yard as a bathroom and killing his grass. Avoiding the feces is difficult. “I can’t cut the lawn without either stepping in something or having the lawn mower kick it up on me,” said the homeowner, who lives on the block immediately south of the eastbound Horace Harding Expressway. Kaufman reached out to the city, which had cats at the location trapped, neutered and returned. But the problem hasn’t appreciably improved. He charges that a neighboring business is complicit in the feline fiasco, claiming veterinar-

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ians from Queens Animal Health at 183rd and the Horace Harding have been leaving food and water out for the cats in a space behind the business that it shares with other stores on the block. He recalls walking by and seeing a veterinarian from the business putting food out. “I said, ‘You’re attracting the cats,’” he remembered. “And they said, ‘What am I supposed to do, let them die?’” Speaking for Queens Animal Health’s ownership, attorney Robert Unger dismissed Kaufman’s claim that any employee from the business left food or water out for the felines, or did anything else to encourage their presence. The person doing that is a man in the community named “Spiro,” the attorney said. The next time the man is seen by a veterinary employee, they will ask him to stop, Q Unger added.



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He hit a kid Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with an assault on a teen. At around 4 p.m. on July 13, a 16-yearold boy was riding a bicycle in front of 60-61 Fresh Pond Road in Maspeth when he became involved in a verbal dispute with the man. The dispute escalated into a physical altercation and the suspect punched the victim in the face multiple times before fleeing in an unknown direction. The victim was treated for a broken jaw at an area hospital. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477), or, for Spanish, 1 (888) 57-PISTA

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Bayside HS PTA fights for Fair Student funds Group sends out thousands of mailers throughout NE Qns. in activist campaign by Ryan Brady Editor

Is the city effectively punishing high-performing Bayside High School for its success? Yes, says Parent Teacher Association Copresident Paul DiBenedetto. He’s leading the fight to get the school 100 percent of the monies that it is entitled to by the city’s Fair Student Funding formula. A system created by the Bloomberg administration, it is still used today by the city Department of Education as the primary money source for most schools. Bayside’s 98.7 percent graduation rate is the city’s third-highest. Ninety-six percent of students graduated with college credit. But BHS in recent years has only received 83 to 90 percent of the funding it would be expected to get under the formula, according to City Councilman Paul Vallone’s (D-Bayside) office. According to the DOE’s website, the school is set to get $17.47 million in Fair Student funds for fiscal year 2020. The PTA says the school is entitled to about $3 million more. Some other district schools get more than 100 percent of their FSF funding. “There’s no reason for them to abuse us like they are,” said DiBenedetto, whose son will be a junior in the fall. “They should be rewarding us for our excellence.” According to the PTA co-president, the school’s budget situation could lead to cuts to its popular Career and Technical Education program, which allows students to take elective courses that help them prepare for their careers. Bayside High’s success has been a factor in the increase in the values of nearby homes, DiBenedetto noted. “If our school goes down the tubes because

it’s underfunded, it’s going to hurt the neighborhood,” he said. The PTA is now waging an activist campaign to get Bayside High 100 percent of its FSF money. It’s sent thousands of mailers to northeast Queens homes, directing residents to call Mayor de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan). The group won the support of Community Board 11, which sent a letter to the DOE requesting full FSF funding for Bayside, Francis Lewis and Benjamin N. Cardozo high schools. It also has an ally in Vallone. “Strides to bring Bayside High School fair funding are critical to ensure educators have the resources they need to contribute to continued student success and high graduation rates,” the councilman said in a prepared statement. “I applaud the Parent Teacher Association on their call for true equity and I will continue advocacy efforts at City Hall.” In a statement to the Chronicle, the city DOE defended the Bayside High funding situation and called on the state to put forth more funds. “This administration has added $4 billion in education funding, including raising the Fair Student Funding percentage at Bayside High School from 84 percent to 90 percent and adding dedicated Career and Technical Education and College Access funding at the school,” a spokesperson said in an email. “We’ll be able to fund all schools at 100 percent Fair Student Funding when the State pays the $1.2 billion it owes the City.” The spokesperson also noted that the de Blasio administration has spent $800 million since 2014 to bring the Fair Student Funding floor for Q all schools from 81 to 90 percent.

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Timeless and tragic

‘Romeo and Juliet’ outdoors, for free

by Mark Lord

touch of the Elizabethan Renaissance has arrived in our midst, thanks to the Queensbased startup theater troupe known as Rude Grooms, which is presenting William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” at various locations in a corner of the borough through Aug. 25. A 90 -minute, minimalistic version of the famous tragic love story, the production officially opened Friday evening at Astoria Park, with several dozen spectators of all ages in attendance. What separates this theatrical company from several other local ones that, likewise, specialize in works of The Bard, are its efforts to present his plays as they might have been seen in his time.

They perform on a grassy playing area, bringing them up close to members of the audience, most of whom are seated on the ground on blankets and with whom they frequently engage. Friday night, the group’s manager, Montgomery Sutton, who also appeared in multiple roles, on more than one occasion even played directly to a canine spectator, much to the delight of the humans in attendance. Most amusing is the way the actors incorporate the environment into their performance. When a nearby elevated train created a disturbance as it roared past, the actors paused the action (and, in some cases, even paid homage via some deep bowing in the direction of the tracks).

According to Sutton, each night’s performance is unique, varying according to audience reaction, resulting in what he called “a very different experience” each time. He suggested that performances are “designed to be responsive in the moment, a cross between improvisation and classical theater.” And the actors performed without the benefits of microphones or lights, managing to take their final bows just as the sun was setting on the East River, which provided an idyllic backdrop behind them. The process leading up to opening night is also unconventional, according to Daniel Kemper, a company manager and performer. continued on page 31

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“Singin’ in the Rain,” the popular 1952 romantic comedy musical starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds as performers in late 1920s Hollywood. Mon., Aug. 26, 8:30 p.m., Astoria Park Great Lawn. Free. Info: (718) 728-7820,

“Imaging Women in the Space Age,” with vintage and current images of women as aviators and astronauts from fashion, TV, film, pop culture, toys and more; part of Space Out Summer programs honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Through Sun., Nov. 3, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. Free with admission: $16; $13 seniors, kids, students with ID. Info: (718) 699-0005,

SPECIAL EVENTS Free Corn Roast, cooked over a coal fire to celebrate one of summer’s best foods and thank the community for its support of the Cunningham Park Farmers Market. Sun., Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., northeast corner of parking lot off Union Tpke. by 196 Place, Fresh Meadows. Info: (914) 923-4837,

Flushing Town Hall Annual Members Exhibit, with multiple visual artists showing their work in various media; most works for sale to support the program and artists. Through Sun., Sept. 1, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $5 suggested; free students, teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, “40 Objects,” with historical photographs, artwork, correspondence and other ephemera about the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Through Fri., Aug. 30, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Free. Info: (718) 463-7700, “Escape: Celebrating the Great Outdoors,” with paintings created en plein air that represent the artists’ intimate communion with the landscape, including Emilie Lee’s “Indian Creek Canyon,” with a portion of proceeds going to The Nature Conservancy. Through Thu., Sept. 5, Eleventh Street Arts, 46-06 11 St., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 3925164, “Above and Beyond — The Ultimate Flight Experience,” with interactive components including flight simulation, augmented reality, design and skill challenges and more, examining innovations in aviation from the first powered flights to space. Through Sun., Sept. 8, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. $4 plus admission: $16; $13 seniors, kids, students with ID. Info: (718) 699-0005,

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“Tiffany’s Iridescence: Glass in Rainbow Hues,” exploring the science and artistry behind Louis C. Tiffany’s groundbreaking achievements in iridescent art glass, with vivid colors, hypnotizing patterns and more. Through Sun., Oct. 6, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $8 suggested; $4 seniors; free students, children. Info: (718) 5929700,

MUSIC Louis Armstrong House Museum Jazzmobile Block Party, with the Jumaane Smith Quartet and Jay Rodriguez, left, and his Latin Swing Band, with tours of the museum available. Sat., Aug. 24, 2-4 p.m. (tours 12-4:30 p.m. on the half hour), LAHM, 34-56 107 St., Corona. Free. Info: (718) 4788274, COURTESY PHOTO

Theater for the New City on Sunday will perform its free show “No Brainer or the Solution to Parasites,” a musical portraying America’s road to national madness as a trip to Hades and pitting a city worker against a “grandiose charlatan” driven toward the highest office in the land, with plenty of jokes at the expense of you know who. See Theatre. PHOTO BY QUINN CALCOTE Jazz Thursdays, with Carl Bartlett Jr. and Charles Bartlett’s live outdoor performances honoring the late musicians William Brown and Lois Brown, hosted by the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. Thu., Aug. 22, 7-9:30 p.m., 70 Road between Queens Blvd. and Austin St., Forest Hills. Free. Info: (718) 268-6565, “Colors of Us” listening party, with electronic music artist and technologist Claire Marie Lim (aka dolltr!ck) previewing her new album of music created by female-indentifying youth of Asian descent in Queens. Sat., Aug. 24, 5-6:30 p.m., Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137 St., Flushing. Free with registration. Info: (718) 961-8585,, Queens Get the Music Summer Festival 2019, with three shows featuring multiple local performers, celebrating Queens’ diverse soundscape. Thu., Aug. 29, 6-9 p.m., Athens Square Park, 30 Ave. and 30 St., Astoria. Free. Info: James Avatar, (718) 9163087,

THEATRE “Romeo and Juliet,” Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy about two young, star-crossed lovers whose families despise one another, by the Rude Grooms theater troupe. Daily through Sun., Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m.; also 1:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 25. Various locations in Long Island City and Astoria. Free. Info: (646) 725-8539, “No Brainer or the Solution to Parasites,” “a rip-roaring musical” about a city social service provider seeking to save the world from a somewhat drunk real estate magnate and reality TV star as the nation goes mad, by Theater for the New City. Sun., Aug. 25, 2 p.m., Travers Park, 34 Ave. between 77 and 78 Sts., Jackson Heights (further

shows in other boros in Sept.). Free. Info: (212) 924-0496, Shakespeare in the Parks, with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the comedy about young lovers, fairies and a theater troupe in a magical forest, and “Richard III,” the historical drama about the bloody rise and fall of an English king. Alternating days, Thu., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. (7 p.m. kids’ workshop), various Queens locations; Fri.-Sat., Aug. 23-24. Free. Info: (718) 729-8567, “Rupture/Ruptura,” a piece of radical puppet theater using more than 80 puppets holding spare parts of appliances and other machines gathered from Cuban households to “interrogate repair and reuse” with a critical approach. Sat., Aug. 24, 2-6 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 956-1819,

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, celebrating Caribbean food and culture with spicy cuisine from 30 vendors, cooking demos, live music and more. Sun., Aug. 25, 12-8 p.m., Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley blvds., Jamaica. $39; $49 at gate. Info: (718) 425-1177, Once Upon a Time in Queens Summer Networking Mixer, a yearly tradition that draws about 150 people with conversation, prizes, specialty drinks and more, by the Queens Economic Development Corp. Thu., Aug. 29, 6-8 p.m., The Z Hotel, 11-01 43 Ave., Long Island City. Free ($5 for raffle ticket to win tickets to the US Open finals). Info: (718) 263-0546, Open Mic Series, with Thunderbird American Indian Dancer of the Year Bobby Gonzalez spinning a yarn and encouraging the audience to participate, part of the Building Bridges through Storytelling program, Mon., Aug. 26, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $5 suggested, students, teens free. Info: (718) 463-7700,

COMEDY Christian Finnegan’s “World’s 2nd Best Taste in Music Contest,” a pub-style trivia contest with questions about rock, funk, R&B and more, all based on Finnegan’s “sterling and unassailable personal taste.” Wed., Aug. 28, 7:30-9 p.m., QED, 27-16 23 Ave., Astoria. $7. Info: (347) 451-3873,

FILM “Hamlet,” the 1996 star-studded epic, unabridged version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, widely considered among the greatest plays ever written, with Kenneth Branagh in the title role. Sat., Aug. 24, 4:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 25, 2 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; includes museum admission. Info: (718) 777-6888,

Coronate Caribe, a Caribbean cultural celebration with live music, including by Dominican roots band Yasser Tejeda and Palotre, above, a photo exhibit, face painting, dance and more. Sat., Aug. 24, 1-6 p.m. (certain events at certain times), Corona Plaza, 40-04 National St. Free. Info: (718) 592-9700, COURTESY PHOTO “Family Feud” tryouts, with five people related by blood, marriage or legal adoption auditioning for the popular game show. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 14-15 (times and location not disclosed beyond “the New York area”); or by video submission. Info: (818) 451-4281, continued on page 30

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Ten years ago, Caroline Bergonzi lost her father, a doctor who, she said, liked the feeling of being around a garage and working with metal, a fascination that found him spending a great deal of time repairing cars. Bergonzi seems to have inherited this affinity, which she has put to creative use. “Ashes to Gold: The Alchemy of Caroline Bergonzi,” a solo art exhibit of some of her works, is now on view at the LIC Arts Open Gallery at The Factory in Long Island City, one of two fascinating attractions running concurrently in the former furniture warehouse. Both exhibits, curated by Richard Mazda, will remain on view through Sept. 6.

‘Ashes to Gold’ and ‘Burn This’ When: Through Fri., Sept. 6 Where: The Factory, 30-30 47 Ave., Long Island City Entry: Free. (718) 392-0722,

Among Bergonzi’s many extraordinary pieces is “Golden One,” which she created over a period of three weeks earlier this year. It was made from a single flat square sheet of metal. Bergonzi first drew on the sheet in chalk, then cut it, brazed it and shaped it into its finished form, an intricately designed phoenix, a mythical bird said to have risen from its own ashes. “It’s complicated to make, complicated to transport. I would almost say impossible,” she said. The themes of birth and transformation run through much of Bergonzi’s work, as do various incarnations of birds. A 40-pound mobile, called simply “Prey,” was inspired by ospreys, large hawks that feed on fish. In Bergonzi’s vision, it takes on “a little bit of aquatic flair.” It’s also her newest creation, completed at the end of July, one week before the exhibition opened. Across the lobby is the other exhibition, “Burn This,” which features the works of some five dozen artists and was inspired by one of them, David Sena. The title was taken from a play of the same name by Lanford Wilson. Sena employs fireworks in his art, using

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Mar Hwa, left, burns ghost money in questioning how we use social media, while Caroline Bergonzi follows a complex process to create her bird-inspired sculptures. PHOTOS BY MARK LORD them to make marks on paper, part of a process he has been practicing for 22 years. “In June, Richard saw my work and it inspired him to put the show together,” he

said in a recent telephone interview. Sena has three pieces on display in the show, all of which were created, in part, by continued on page 33

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KIDS/FAMILIES 123 Andrés concert, with Grammy-winning husband and wife duo Andrés Salguero and Christina Sanabria playing their interactive, bilingual, educational music that will have kids and their families dancing and the youngsters learning; part of the Live at the Gantries music series. Tue., Aug. 27, 7 p.m., Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47 Road, Long Island City. Free. Info: Info: (718) 544-2996, COURTESY PHOTO

Instructor Maria Gonzalez gets her clients moving in Forest Park during her Zumba Gold session, one of a slate of morning exercise classes for seniors. PHOTO BY MICHAEL SHAIN

Workouts for the chicka-boomer generation by Michael Shain

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“It’s hard getting up in the morning,” said Debbie Thalblum, “but when I get here, I never regret it.” “Here” is the weekly Zumba Gold class in Forest Park at the Seuffert Bandshell taught for the last three years by Maria Gonzalez. At a mid-morning session last week, seven spry, enthusiastic seniors are lined up, Rockettes style, behind their instructor, moving to the beat of Latin music. Half the hourlong workout is the vigorous dance program. In the second half hour, Maria switches the class to pilates, spreading her clients out on the benches of the landmark amphitheater for stretching and a resistance workout. Several members of the Friday morning class are regulars at the Middle Village Adult Center, located in a former synagogue on 75th Street about 10 minutes away. The rest are walk-ons who come several mornings a week to take part in the exercise series for seniors sponsored by the adult center and funded by a city grant arranged by City Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village). The program includes chair yoga, park walks (one session leisurely, the other vigorous), pilates and Zumba. There are five classes in all, meeting in Fores t Pa r k unt il t he we ek af ter Thanksgiving.

The classes are free. “This was a leftover New Year’s resolution from 2018,” said Liz Mooney, who attends the class with her husband, Tom. “We said we were going to do this last year. But this year, we finally made it.” Truth is, say doctors, nothing in the aging process necessarily slows older people down. It is that older people no longer move as much that accounts for most of the slowing down. The value of regular exercise for seniors is pretty much beyond question. Countless studies have shown it reduces the risk of falling and strengthens the cardiovascular system. Yet the latest Surgeon General’s report found that, among women over 65, only one in three get s regular exercise. Among men of the same age, about half are physically active. The rest ought to think about going to Q Forest Park.

Fun and Fitness for 55+ Seniors When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Nov. 29, various times Where: Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park Entry: Free. (718) 894-3441

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS Kayak Skills Sessions and Practice Paddle, for those at every skill level, to try new strokes or perfect standards. Fri., Aug. 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Kayaking Tryout, for those who have never done it before; open to those 6 and over with an adult. Wed., Aug. 28. Both at Riis Landing; entrance on State Road/Rockaway Point Blvd. opposite Heinzelman Road. Free. Info: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel. Free. Info: (718) 338-3799, (718) 318-4340, Life drawing, with a live nude model, free drinks, music, no judgments, no skeptical eyes. Each Thu., 6:30 p.m., The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. $10. Info: (347) 848-0030,

CLUBS Alley Eco-Club — a Citizen Science Club for Adults, a new group with participants making and recording their observations about the natural world and discussing them at meetings. Sun., Aug. 25 (and each 2nd and 4th Sun. of the month), 10 a.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Free. Info: (718) 229-4000,, Knit & Crochet Club, with participants meeting up to share techniques and patterns and bringing their own supplies. Each Fri., 10:30 a.m., Howard Beach Library, 92-06 156 Ave. Free. Info: (718) 641-7086,

SOCIAL EVENTS Saturday night dance, with a live DJ playing classics, oldies, top 40 Italian and Latin music, food and more. Sat., Aug. 24 (and every other Saturday all year), 8 p.m.-12 a.m., Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. $12. Info: (718) 478-3100. Yoga and tai chi, with participants enjoying classes in sun or shade. Yoga: each Sat.,

9:30-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; each Sun., 10-11 a.m.; tai chi: each Sun., 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.; both through Sept. 15, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 956-1819,

MARKETS St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church Flea Market, outdoors, with 160 vendors. Every Sat.-Sun. until Nov., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Union Tpke. and Parsons Blvd.-150 St., Jamaica. Info: (718) 969-3226.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES Della Monica-Steinway Senior Center. Serving adults 60 and over. 23-56 Broadway, Astoria. Exercise classes daily, 10 a.m. Social dancing every Mon. and Thu., 1 p.m. Daily lunch served 11:45 a.m. Info: (718) 626-1500. Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., Regular weekly hour-long classes: jewelry making, Mon. at 10:30 a.m.; Richard Simmons exercise, Mon. and Thurs. at 10:30; Eldercise, Tues. at 10:30 a.m.; massage therapy, Wed. at 10:30 a.m.; manicures, Thurs. at 12:30 p.m.; yoga, Fri. at 10:30 a.m. Movies every Mon., Tues. and Fri. at 1:15 p.m. MetroCard van, 4th Thurs. of month. Monthly buses to Yonkers. Contact: Karen (718) 456-2000. Woodhaven/Richmond Hill Senior Center, with arts and crafts, knitting, Wii bowling, education and more. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., lunch at 12 p.m. Strength/stretching exercise class every Mon., 1 p.m.; yoga class every Thu., 10 a.m.; Zumba every Fri. 89-02 91 St., Woodhaven. Info: (718) 847-9200. Howard Beach Senior Center, with exercise classes every weekday except Thu., varying times; dances with a DJ and hot lunch every Tue., 12-3 p.m.; art classes every Thu., 9:3011:30 a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m.; intro to sign language every Fri., 10-11:30 a.m.; karaoke every Wed., 1-3 p.m.; monthly book club; and more, 155-55 Crossbay Blvd. Info: (718) 738-8100. Knitting and crocheting class, to learn a new skill or share an idea for a craft project, by Jamaica Senior Program for Older Adults. Each Thu., 10:30-11:30 a.m., T. Jackson Adult Center, 92-47 165 St. Info: (718) 657-6500,

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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE Index No.: 704253/2019 Date Filed: August 7, 2019 MORTGAGED PREMISES: 110-42 213th St., Jamaica, NY 11429 VENUE: QUEENS County (based on the situs of the Mortgaged Premises) REVERSE MORTGAGE FUNDING LLC, Plaintiff, -against- LAURIE ANN JACKSON AKA LAURIE ANN MCFADDEN, AS PRESUMPTIVE HEIR, DEVISEE, DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF EZEKIEL WILLIAMS AKA EZEKIEL WILLIAMS, JR., DECEASED; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; CRIMINAL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; CONNIE MCFADDEN, AS PRESUMPTIVE HEIR, DEVISEE, DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF EZEKIEL WILLIAMS AKA EZEKIEL WILLIAMS, JR., DECEASED; STEVEN MCFADDEN AKA STEVIE MCFADDEN, AS PRESUMPTIVE HEIR, DEVISEE, DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF EZEKIEL WILLIAMS AKA EZEKIEL WILLIAMS, JR., DECEASED; if he be living and if he be dead, the respective heirs-at-law, next-of-kin, distribute, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or inheritance, lien or otherwise any right, title or interest in or to the real property described in the complaint, RANDOLPH MCFADDEN, AS PRESUMPTIVE HEIR, DEVISEE, DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF EZEKIEL WILLIAMS AKA EZEKIEL WILLIAMS, JR., DECEASED; JOHN MITCHELL AS JOHN DOE #1; DAISY MITCHELL AS JOHN DOE #2; and JOHN MITCHELL, JR. AS JOHN DOE #3, Defendants TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff’s attorneys within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: June 21, 2019, New York, New York GREENSPOON MARDER LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, By: Holly Hamilton, Esq., 590 Madison Avenue, Suite 1800, New York, NY 10022 P: (212) 524-5000 F: (212) 524-5050 (No Service by fax) Please respond to Cypress Creek office: Trade Centre South, 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 700, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 P: (954) 343-6255 F: (954) 333-4281 (No Service by fax) The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honorable Ulysses B. Leverett, J.S.C. dated July 26, 2019 and filed August 2, 2019 Help for Homeowners in Foreclosure New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Summons and Complaint You are in danger of losing your home. If you fail to respond to the summons and complaint in this foreclosure action, you may lose your home. Please read the summons and complaint carefully. You should immediately contact an attorney or your local legal aid office to obtain advice on how to protect yourself. Sources of Information and Assistance The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Department of Financial Services at (800) 342-3736 or visit the Department’s website at Rights and Obligations. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME AT THIS TIME. You have the right to stay in your home during the foreclosure process. You are not required to leave your home unless and until your property is sold at auction pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale. Regardless of whether you choose to remain in your home, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PROPERTY and pay property taxes in accordance with state and local law. Foreclosure Rescue Scams Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. 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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 11722/2012 Date Filed: 06/12/2012 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Plaintiff Designates Queens County as the place of trial based on the location of the mortgaged premises in this action. CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, -against- RITA BUIUM, and, if she be living and if she be dead, the respective heirs-at-law, nextof-kin, distributes, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or inheritance, lien or otherwise any right, title or interest in or to the real property described in the complaint, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. (MERS), AS NOMINEE FOR CITIMORTGAGE, INC., NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendants. We are attempting to collect a debt, and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. To the above-named defendants: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the plaintiff’s attorneys within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) or within (60) days after service of this summons if it is the United States of America; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. To the above named Defendants: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant of an order dated the 29th day of July 2019 by the HON: DAVID ELLIOT J.S.C. Premises lying and being in the County of Queens. BEGINNING at a point on the southerly side of Bates Avenue, 396.87 feet easterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the southerly side of 116th Road and the easterly side of Rockaway Boulevard; being a plot 100 feet by 20 feet by 100 feet by 20 feet. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT This is an action to foreclose a first mortgage lien on the premises described herein. The object of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $350,000.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of the County Clerk of QUEENS County on June 27, 2007 in CRFN 2007000332209, which mortgage was assigned to CITIMORTGAGE, INC. by assignment of mortgage dated January 3, 2012 which was recorded in the Office of the County Clerk of Queens County on April 12, 2012 in CRFN 2012000144887, covering premises known as 150-42 116TH ROAD, JAMAICA 11434, COUNTY OF QUEENS, CITY AND STATE OF NEW YORK (BLOCK 12202, LOT 22). The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above. The Plaintiff also seeks a deficiency judgment against the Defendant, RITA BUIUM, for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises, unless discharged in bankruptcy. Dated: Rego Park, New York _______________, 2017 DAVID A. GALLO & ASSOCIATES LLP, Rosemarie A. Klie Attorneys for Plaintiff 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor Rego Park, New York 11374 (718) 459-2634

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BLUE MAN GROUP Donnelly Marks with one of the works in her Fire Series, left, and a skull made of paper by David Sena. PHOTOS BY MARK LORD

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continued from page 29 burning holes through layers of paper. The results are as unique as the process. In fact, Sena said he has never “seen anything particularly like” his creations. He traced the idea back to his childhood when, he recalled, he would see marks on the sidewalk from fireworks that had been set off. And, he said, he is still discovering new techniques to employ in his art. While some might think what he does is dangerous, Sena said he tries to keep things as safe as possible, but added, “I’ve been lucky not to burn my hands off.” Also represented in the exhibit is interdisciplinary artist Donnelly Marks, a resident of Astoria who has been a commercial

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NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 07-11-19, bearing Index Number NC-000391-19/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) MARIE (Middle) ISONE (Last) FENELON. My present name is (First) MARIE (Middle) ISONE (Last) KAVANAGH AKA MARIE FENELON AKA MARIE ISONE FENELON KAVANAGH. The city and state of my present address are Queens Village, NY. My place of birth is HAITI. The month and year of my birth are January 1955.

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Ray Romano grew up on Nansen St. in Forest Hills

Belmont boondoggle by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

Getting anything built in the New York metropolitan area, especially a sports stadium, is a Herculean task, so I am surprised that there hasn’t been more visible public opposition to the proposed arena for the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders franchise at Belmont Park. Allow me to offer some criticism. Let me state from the outset that I would have no problem with the idea of a new home for the Islanders if Nassau Coliseum, which was recently refurbished, weren’t available for them to use in perpetuity if they wanted. The team currently splits its home games between there and Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Islanders fans love the place that they call “the old barn.” The problem is that it only seats around 13,000 people, and NHL Commissioner and former Forest Hills resident Gary Bettman insists on his arenas seating at least 16,000. The “new” Nassau Coliseum could have seated Bettman’s desired number but the tandem team owners, reclusive money man Scott Malkin and ownership’s PR face, Bayside High alum Jon Ledecky, wanted to move the team to the greener pastures of New York City. They looked briefly into building an arena near Citi Field before choosing Barclays Center. But their old fans didn’t feel like traipsing to Brooklyn while most city residents were con-

by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Ray Romano’s roots run long and deep in Forest Hills. The comedic actor’s mother, the former Luciana Fortini, grew up and lived on Exeter Street. She graduated from Forest Hills High School in 1945 at only the age of 16. According to her yearbook, she was on the tennis and badminton teams. She dreamed of attending The Juilliard School of Music and later became a piano teacher. In 1953, she married Albert Romano, a successful engineer and real estate agent. They rented for a brief time on Burns Street. In 1956, while many young families were moving to brand-new homes in suburban Nassau County, they decided to buy a humble 1,590-square-foot house at 70-17 Nansen St. Their first-born son, Richard, was also born that year. He later became an NYPD sergeant. Raymond Albert Romano was born the next year. Then another boy followed named Robert. Raymond studied at Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood for his freshman

The Ray Romano house, 70-17 Nansen St., Forest Hills. As it appeared in its original condition in the 1940s. and sophomore years. He transferred to Hillcrest High for his last two, graduating in the same year as Fran Drescher. After that, he studied acccounting at Queens College. Ray got into comedy and eventually became one of the highest-paid actors on television with the hit show “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which he also co-executive produced. The Romanos’ childhood home on Nansen Street turned out to be a good investment, as the humble little home today is Q appraised at approximately $850,000.

tent to stick with the Rangers. Hockey is a niche sport and there are only so many customers. The land at Belmont Park is owned by state taxpayers and it shouldn’t be donated to the owners to bail out their bad business acumen. I can also state that based on my dealings with the Isles’ communications department — which has refused to issue me a press credential to cover them for the last eight years because its reps didn’t like my postgame questions to one of their players and their head coach at the time — they have a strange, insular culture. Ledecky has done nothing to change that. Whom you do business with counts in my book. Putting aside the Islanders’ bizarre corporate culture and the fact that a hockey franchise as your lead tenant in an arena is a risky proposition for profitability, there’s no shortage of arenas in our area. There aren’t many circuses; fewer musical artists have big tours; and the Harlem Globetrotters aren’t the draw that they once were. In short, there will be a lot of dates when the arena is dark. The Queens Chronicle reported last January that many residents in southeastern Queens and southwestern Nassau are understandably concerned about the increased demand for parking and traffic in their neighborhoods. And we all know that it doesn’t take much to back up the Cross Island Parkway. Sorry, Gov. Cuomo. This Q project doesn’t pass the cost-benefit test.

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Mint Low-Ranch (All brick). 3 BRs, connected to 2-3 full bths. Updated kitchen with skylight, 3 new baths. Updated kitchen with skylight, 3 new baths, living room with cathedral ceilings and skylight, oversize formal DR, granite kit., hardwood floors in BR. Full fin. bsmt., large den, CAC, 1 year old roof, updated windows, pvt. dr., no water from Sandy!




Beautiful Low Ranch. 3 BRs, 2 1/2 Bths, pavers front and back, French drains, in-ground sprinklers, new front Andersen window, x-lg. bath w/shower & Jacuzzi, granite tiles in liv. rm., 40x100, lg. fin. bsmt., move-in. Asking $730K

Mint High Ranch, move-in-cond, 3 BRs, 2 full baths, 1st floor, 2 large rooms, full bath, laundry room and heating system, central air, sliding glass doors to lg. yard with in-ground pool. 2 1/2 ft. to 5 1/2 ft. shed w/ elec. Garage, 2nd fl, 3 BRs, 1 bath. Large mint kitchen, cathedral ceilings in living room with hi-hats, dining area, living room, beautiful arched Andersen windows in front. Asking $809K

Totally unique, mint 2 fam. on the water, 41x110. Featuring 3 floors, walk-in mint 1 bed apt. with granite kit, custom island, SS appl., wine fridge. Gorgeous bedroom, tiled throughout. Middle floor boasts a huge custom kitchen, granite counter, new cabinets, SS appl., double wall oven and much more. Spacious living room, bedroom and sliders to huge terrace for beautiful sunsets. Master suite and mint 1/2 bath on top level. Dock to 4 boat slips. MUST SEE.

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