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as told by QPTV, it’s a lie,” Arcabascio’s comment said. “Call QPTV and demand that ony Arcabascio, the Republican candi- they air the debate, demand that they tell you date for Queens borough president, is the truth!” In a press release announcing it had canasserting that Queens Public Television decided against airing a debate between him celed the airings of the debate, QPTV said and his Democratic opponent, Melinda Katz, the reason was “a technicality incurred during the recording of the candidates,” but did out of politics, a charge the station denies. Arcabascio and Katz had debated before not elaborate. But there was no technical problem. the QPTV cameras on Oct. 10, and the The station said Monday that it decidstation said it was going to broadcast ed against airing the debate after the event a dozen times before Electhird-par ty candidate Everly tion Day. But before the first airing, Brown complained that he wasn’t at least two newspapers, the Queens invited — even though he was Chronicle and the Daily News, ran invited personally by the station’s articles on the event. programming and access services Arcabascio claims those articles 2013 manager, Clifford Jacobs, and Roslyn made him look good and Katz look bad Nieves, its community development manbecause he didn’t back down from her attacks and instead went right back at her with ager, according to Jacobs. Jacobs said that even though he and Nieves facts he says bear out his arguments. As a result, he claims, the Queens Demo- had spoken to Brown, when the candidate cratic Organization pressured QPTV to not claimed he was never invited, they “gave him air the debate and the station agreed. Both the benefit of the doubt” and decided not to air entities deny the charge, which Arcabascio the debate out of fairness. Nieves, reached last Friday, said, “That first made in an interview with the Queens Chronicle on Friday, and then repeated in a show was pulled for a technicality” and comment posted Monday on the paper’s referred questions to Jacobs. “There is no conspiracy theory, there’s no online report on the debate. “For the record ... with regards to this arti- malice aforethought, there’s nothing of that cle reporting that there was a technical issue kind going on here,” Jacobs said Monday. Brow n had r u n for the Democratic that has forced the cancellation of this debate Editor-in-Chief

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Republican borough president candidate Tony Arcabascio doesn’t believe Queens Public Television’s reason for why it decided against airing the debate he had with Democratic nominee PHOTO BY PETER C. MASTROSIMONE AND, RIGHT, FILE PHOTO Melinda Katz. nomination but came in third, with 12.6 percent of the vote, behind Katz, who won with 44.5 percent and Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who took 33.7 percent. He stayed on the general election ballot by running on the Jobs & Education Party line. When Brown called to complain about not being in the debate, Jacobs said he asked him,

“Mr. Brown, what would make you happy?” and Brown said, “Don’t air it.” Jacobs said he notified the Katz and Arcabascio campaigns of that decision, and that neither had a problem with it, despite Arcabascio’s statements now. Brown said Monday that he had asked continued on page 19

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Middle school was OK’d in March; now a new high school is proposed by Domenick Rafter Editor

Only a little more than six months after voting to co-locate a second junior high school at JHS 226 in South Ozone Park — on top of a special education school that is already there — the city Department of Education is proposing a high school for the location as well and may approve it next week. The building, at 121-10 Rockaway Blvd., will play host to four different schools by September 2014 if the co-location is approved. It is one of a dozen 11th-hour co-locations planned by the Bloomberg administration for schools in Queens. Critics of the proposals allege the move is an effort by the administration to push through education policies before a new mayor takes office in January. The plan is to open a new high school, currently unnamed, with 75 to 85 ninthg rade st udents begin ning in the next school year. The enrollment in the school will increase to 300 to 340 students by 2017-18. At that time, enrollment in JHS 226, the already long-existing junior high school, will decrease from 1,371 students

JHS 226 is slated to become home to a new high school under a proposed co-location to be voted on next week. It is already home to a special education school and a middle school that FILE PHOTO was approved in March. this year to 945 to 975 students in 201718. Enrollment in the new junior high school that was approved last March, MS 297 — Hawtree Creek Middle School — will rise from 108 students this year to 315 to 345 st udents in 2017-18, while enrollment in PS 223, the special education school in the same building, will

hold steady at around 40 students. The DOE said the new co-location will leave the school at 79 to 84 percent capacity in 2017-18, up from 75 percent this year. The agency describes the JHS 226 building as “underutilized.” JHS 226 is no stranger to co-locations. Besides the new junior high school and the

special education school sharing its facility, a high school was placed there 10 years ago, causing the school’s population to more than double, overcrowding the building. Though that co-location eventually ended and the school’s student population dropped back down to below capacity, it made many skittish about future co-location proposals. More than 600 parents signed a petition opposing the middle school co-location in March, though the Panel for Educational Policy — the DOE’s policy-making body — approved it anyway. “Parents don’t want to relive that incident again,” JHS 226’s parent coordinator Claudia Bethea said in March. She also noted that during the co-location a decade ago, the hallways in the school were overcrowded and students were fighting each other. The public hearing for the new co-location was to be held Wednesday night at JHS 226 with a vote on the proposal by the PEP scheduled for Oct. 30 in Brooklyn. At the same meeting, the PEP will vote on a number of other planned co-locations in Queens including a new school at IS 59 in Springfield Gardens and new high schools at the Long Island City and Martin Van Buren Q high school buildings.

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CB 9 articulates ire on articulated buses MTA instituted longer vehicles on Q10 line in spring to meet demand by Domenick Rafter Editor

Articulated buses, otherwise known as double or accordion buses, have been running along the Q10 line on Lefferts Boulevard since the spring and some say the longer buses have been an unnecessary burden on traffic. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

vard directly across from Borough Hall. Either way, the buses are forced to make sharp turns up 82nd Avenue, a narrow tertiary street, to get back onto Kew Gardens Road. On the southern end of the route, the buses utilized residential streets in South Ozone Park. Crawford said she has met with the bus line manager and requested the MTA come back to the community board with statistics — such as ridership figures, the number of

buses running and the time of the day they run — to back up its claim that the articulated buses are necessary on the Q10. “The question now is how can we tweak this?” she said. “Let’s get the data. I don’t want them to defend something without having the data to back it up.” When the buses were introduced back in May, CB 9 was furious. District Manager Mary Ann Carey said the board was not notified that the

city Department of Transportation was extending bus pads to accommodate the new buses. Dozens of parking spots in the neighborhoods along the line — where street parking is already an issue — were eliminated. Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the MTA, said Crawford’s analysis is “flawed.” “First, the Q10 is the highest-volume local route MTA Bus operates, continued on page 29

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To say the Q10 bus line may be one of the borough’s busiest would surprise few people. The route that runs from Kew Gardens to JFK Airport was, in the days before the AirTrain, the only connection between the Queens Boulevard subway lines, the LIRR and the airport. But today, the bus is still an important commuter connector for residents in South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens. So much so that in the spring, the MTA instituted articulated buses on the route. Colloquially called “double buses” or “accordion buses’ — named for the accordion-like connector between the cabs — the articulated buses are vehicles that resemble two separate carriages linked by a flexible section. They’re common in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but were rare in Queens until recently, though they’ve been running on the Jamaica-The Bronx Q44 for some time. The MTA ran them on the Rocka-

way-to-Queens Center Q52 line earlier this year while the subway tracks over Jamaica Bay were being reconstructed after their destruction in Hurricane Sandy. At the time, the MTA added them on the Q10, citing the high demand along the line. But critics say the buses are more a hassle than a help. “It’s a disaster,” said Andrea Crawford, chairwoman of Community Board 9’s Transportation Committee. “You’re putting articulated buses on a main road that has only one lane in each direction. They get stuck at lights. They back up traffic. You put these buses on a street like Woodhaven Boulevard, not on Lefferts.” Crawford issued a report critical of the articulated buses on the Q10 at the Oct. 8 CB 9 meeting, suggesting that they cause traffic headaches and are unnecessary because they are typically not filled, especially on off hours. The Q10’s northern terminus is the intersection of Kew Gardens Road and Queens Boulevard. Some buses load on Kew Gardens Road, while some board on Queens Boule-


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Lindenwood fire injures 1 One person was injured when a fire broke out on the second f loor of a Lindenwood apartment building last Thursday morning. T he t wo -ala r m bla ze er upt ed around 8 a.m. at 151-27 79 St., about two blocks south of Linden Boulevard near the Brooklyn border. The fire was located on the second f loor i n the cock lof t of the b r ick b u i ld i n g. Mo r e t h a n 10 0 firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze, which sent thick black smoke bi l low i ng over t he neighborhood that could be seen as far away as Woodhaven. Flames could also be seen shooting out of the roof of the building. The f ire w a s b r o u g h t u n d e r c o n t r ol b y about 9 a.m. One victim, a civilian, was pulled f rom the bu r ning apar t ment and taken to an area hospital with critical injuries, according to the FDNY. The Red Cross said it has assisted one family of two adults with emergency food, clothing and lodging. The cause of the fire is still under Q investigation. — Domenick Rafter

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Missing teen Police are searching for a missing Richmond Hill teenager. Jaylene Estrella, 17, was last seen on Oct. 16 at 6 a.m. at her home at 86-44 122 St. She is 5 feet, 1 inch tall, weighs 137 pounds, has a medium build, light skin complexion, brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a beige leather jacket, blue jeans, pink T-shirt and black high-heels. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in finding the suspect wanted in connection with three bank robberies that occurred in Queens on Oct. 19. The first robbery occurred at 9:14 a.m. The suspect entered a Chase Bank at 10348 Lefferts Blvd. in South Richmond Hill and passed a note demanding money. The bank’s teller did not comply and the suspect fled the location empty handed. Six minutes later, the suspect entered a Citi Bank, located at 121-11 Liberty Ave., around the block from the first robbery. He passed a note demanding money. The bank’s teller walked away and the suspect fled the location empty handed. About an hour later at 10:22 a.m., the suspect entered an Astoria Federal Savings Bank, located at 179-25 Hillside Ave. in Fresh Meadows. He passed a note demanding money. The suspect fled the location after the bank’s teller handed the suspect $3,300. The suspect is described as black man in his 20s or 30s, 6-feet tall, weighing 185 to 200 pounds with a medium complexion. He was last seen wearing black sunglasses, a tan top and a black lumberjack style hat.

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Mr. de Blasio, we nixed the stadium

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t was a great triumph for the people of Queens when public opposition, led by civic activists and echoed in community newspaper editorials and internet blog posts, defeated the misguided plan to build a professional soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The vast wealth of the New York Yankees and their business acumen also were key, as the team made a deal with Major League Soccer that the Mets had declined, meaning the stadium will probably be built in the Bronx, if anywhere. The plan to steal more Flushing Meadows parkland and give it to the superrich Arabian prince who will be the soccer team’s chief owner is dead. Dead, dead, dead. City Councilman Leroy Comrie, the Queens delegation’s leader and the Council’s deputy majority leader, pronounced it so months ago (not that his colleagues in government did much to stop it; that was left to the people). He was right to do so. But it seems that our likely next mayor, Bill de Blasio, didn’t get the memo. When asked about the stadium proposal at Tuesday’s mayoral debate, de Blasio made some populistsounding statement about halting giveaways to big corporations — note that Mayor Bloomberg was ready to hand over 13 acres of our crown jewel park for a dollar! — but then,

astonishingly, said that if a stadium would bring in money for upgrades to Flushing Meadows, the idea is worth discussing. It was astonishing because for one, the plan is dead. Dead, dead, dead. Someone tell Bill. And it was astonishing because de Blasio himself had gone out of his way to state his opposition to the idea earlier in the campaign. That was point one of a three-point plan he announced to protect the park. “The era of giving away prime land to commercial interests at bargain basement prices must come to an end,” he said at the time. Of course, that was when he was locked in a race with several fellow Democrats, each trying to be the most progressive, grassroots leader of the people. Now, perhaps, de Blasio wants to move toward the center, not his home territory. His Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, got it right at the debate, saying the stadium just doesn’t belong in the park and noting that the city doesn’t have enough green space as it is. Lhota, however, is going to lose, barring some truly major unforeseen event. De Blasio will be New York’s 109th mayor. He’s got a lot of plans to improve our quality of life, but they’ll all cost money. He’d better forget the idea that a dime of it will come from building a stadium in our damn park.

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op if they could help it. This time the stores would benefit from the charge. How about merchants issuing a cloth bag for free with their logo on it (after all, we are advertising them)?. How about offering paper bags? Or a discount reward (10 cents for every bag we don’t use). Or a 60 percent cacao bar good for our health. I hope we all show up at the City Council hearing, not just with our criticisms, but with some creative ideas. It’s not just the dime; it’s the principle. Shirley Sacks Forest Hills

A hero in Pakistan Dear Editor: The United States should make it clear and warn the Taliban that if anything happens to Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl they once tried to assassinate, the lives of the political prisoners being held in the Cuban jail are at risk. Frank Blainey Bayside

He doesn’t fit the Bill Dear Editor: Bill de Blasio says he wants the city to provide pre-K in the public schools.All we ever read about in the papers is how overcrowded all the schools are already. Where are they going to put all the children? As fast as a new school is built it fills up, and school yards where children once played have been replaced with buildings to ease overcrowding. De Blasio also wants to increase afterschool hours till 6 p.m. Schools are already providing breakfast and lunch, and I suppose now it will be dinner too. What’s next, sleepovers? My neighbors’ small children are picked up by a school bus at 7:20 a.m. and return at 6:20 p.m. That’s a long day for a young child. Can you imagine what it will be like for a pre-K child? He also says he wants to give illegal aliens a special drivers license that the city will issue because he says they are already driving here and maybe this will encourage them to get insurance. He says this will bring everyone’s car insurance costs down. Yeah, sure.


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Dear Editor: It is long overdue, but the federal government is open and the debt ceiling is raised. This is a welcome development for our country, but the damage caused is irreversible and was completely unnecessary. Without repealing, delaying or defunding the Affordable Care Act, reasonable elected officials were able to avert a crisis that would

Defund the charters Dear Editor: Profit-making groups have always paid the city for use of public school space. Most charter schools are extremely, and in some cases obscenely, lucrative investments. They are only “public” schools in the sense that the public is forced to fund them through involuntary donations known as taxes. New Yorkers should get to pick their own charities. For my money and yours, there are far worthier causes than charter schools. Ron Isaac Fresh Meadows

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Addabbo: One year after Goldfeder: The lessons Sandy, a mix of emotions we learned from Sandy by Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. On any particular day, whether I’m working, getting a cup of coffee, shopping or having dinner in the district, people detail their experiences involving Superstorm Sandy in many different ways. A year later, many still get tears in their eyes, others remain frustrated about the lack of progress, while some see it as a chance to make improvements and some are optimistic about community improvements. One storm, a year later, still causes many emotions. While we can’t control the weather, we can take steps to control the level of our preparedness and what direction our government takes in addressing the next storm. We’ve learned a lot from Sandy, and I would urge my constituents to think ahead and make sure they have detailed emergency plans in place: Know how to contact one another in case of an emergency; have adequate supplies of canned goods, medicines, bat ter ies, f lashlights and water on hand; know what to do to help secure your homes and properties to minimize risks during a storm. Useful hurricane preparedness information may be found at this New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services website: http://www.dhses. ny.gov/oem/event/hurricane-safety.cfm. I, along with other elected officials, have been advocating for adequate funding and needed legislation to help the district address the many serious human, economic and other consequences resulting from Sandy. As a member of the state Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy, I look

forward to continuing the effort of ou r st ate in responding to Sandy’s devastation and obtaini n g a s si s t a n c e for those in need. Currently, ou r cit y’s a nd state’s portion of the federal funding of $61 billion to help Sandy victims is being distributed through the city’s Build It Back program, and the state’s utilization of community leaders in its NY Rising Community Reconstruction prog r a m a i med at i mprov i ng ou r infrastructure. A range of bills aimed at addressing various aspects of Sandy’s impact were passed by the state Legislature and have been recently signed into law by the governor. Some topics include rebates of real property taxes, assisting Breezy Point residents with street frontage issues unique to their neighborhood, exemptions to filing fees related to federal Small Business Administration Disaster Loans and the implementation of improved tornado warning systems. This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is not yet over. We have learned a lot from Sandy and a year later, are still dealing with its aftermath. It’s OK to share our emotions, feelings and sentiments about Sandy, knowing also that by working together we can rebuild and Q be prepared better than ever. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. is New York State Senator for the 15th Senate District, in South Queens.

by Phillip Goldfeder Nearly 365 days ago, Hurricane Sandy came in as a force of destruction, but what came next was a force of unity and strength that no storm can take from us. In what seemed like a tunnel with no end in sight, days turned into weeks and then months and now we realize how far we’ve come. There are still enormous tasks ahead of us. Almost 85 percent of the people I represent were affected by Sandy, including my own home and office. The destruction displaced my family and gave me an intimate experience in the tragedy. I have been on the front lines since the beginning of the storm and many days have tested my resolve, but seeing the strength of my own wife, Esther, and my young children, Eliana and Asher, willed me to keep going. As I traveled around the affected neighborhoods coordinating relief efforts, I quickly realized the awesome nature of this tragedy and the enormity of the challenges that were before us. I was humbled by the heroism of regular citizens working around the clock with community leaders from every neighborhood to arrange food and distribution sites. It wasn’t the city or FEMA, but through the kindness of strangers and neighbors helping neighbors that we survived. It is unfortunate that it took a natural disaster like Sandy to demonstrate the problems that our communities have feared for years, but we must take the opportunity now to prepare for our future. We must invest in our infrastructure. Our sewers and roadways are dangerously outdated. Many reports from Sandy detail the water rising from catch basins and sewers that were not equipped to handle it. Also, city-owned sections of the bay wall and bulkheads, especially in Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach, are rapidly deteriorating. In many areas they need to be reconstructed and redesigned to keep our streets and homes from flooding during high

tides or major future storms. In addition, roadways must be raised and pitched to steer water away from our homes and businesses. We must invest in our transportation. After the storm, we experienced firsthand the detrimental impact of limited transit infrastructure. Since elected, I have made transportation and the restoration of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line a top priority. I am proud to announce that earlier this month, the MTA released their 20-Year Capital Needs Assessment, which included the restoration of the line. Our voices have been heard, but this is only the first step. We need to invest in transit infrastructure to create intra-borough connectivity and more accessible transportation that will help our environment, ease congestion and boost our struggling local economy. We must hold utility companies accountable. Those entities that failed, including the utility companies, will be held accountable and I will work with Gov. Cuomo to ensure that we are better prepared. We need to make sure that our communities are provided the quality service they deserve, and most importantly, we need to prepare for future storms. Earlier this year, I sponsored legislation that will overhaul utility operations to bring real oversight, ease the burden on ratepayers and improve emergency and storm response. I will continue to fight to ensure that we are building stronger and smarter for the future, but our efforts must remain on our families until they make a complete recovery from Q Sandy. Phillip Goldfeder is New York State Assemblyman for the 23rd Assembly District, in South Queens.

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A little more than six months after Hurricane Sandy, several dozen Rockaway residents stood in the cold spring rain at Beach 95th Street and Shore Front Parkway to protest. From their vantage point, they were able to see right out into the ocean. Any rougher weather and where they stood would have been underwater. With summer, and hurricane season, bearing down on them, the residents feared they were vulnerable to an angry

Shore protection and flood insurance Atlantic Ocean. Much of Rockaway Beach was washed away in Sandy and the Army Corps of Engineers is undergoing a massive $10 million reconstruction of the lost beach John Cori, of the civic group Friends of Rockaway Beach, said the construction of a new beach and of trap bags — heavy sand-filled bags meant to stop water — are helpful, if a little slow in coming. “The snail’s pace is frustrating,” he said. “Especially if the sea level is rising

like they’re predicting.” Cori would like to see small jetties placed along the beach as part of any “study,” which the federal government plans to do. Meanwhile for all residents, the potential rise in flood insurance rates presents a big future problem. Because of the Biggert-Waters Act, a law passed shortly before Sandy, f lood insurance premiums may skyrocket and new maps drawn by the Federal Emer-

gency Management Agency may draw most of Howard Beach into a flood zone. Dan Mundy Jr., president of the Broad Channel Civic Association, has been leading the fight against the 2012 law in South Queens. He said if changes aren’t made soon — and so far Congress hasn’t touched the issue — it could be disastrous for coastal communities. “We survived the 700-year storm and now we find out that bureaucrats are our biggest threat,” Mundy said. “We’re now going to deal with the unidentified conseQ quences of the mistake.”


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The new normal in Howard Beach Residents struggle with finances, flood mitigation, painful memories by Domenick Rafter Editor

From Sara Barbera’s kitchen, the view outside the great window is like a painting canvas. The crystal blue water of Hawtree Creek, the vivid green of the coastal flora, the white clouds shimmering in front of the seemingly endless blue sky. It could be easily mistaken for a painting if not for the moving water or flying birds. But if everything has a downside, Barbera’s is that her house bore the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge one year ago. Several feet of water flooded her entire first f loor, destroying her kitchen, bedrooms, living room, dining room and bathroom decorated with ornate antique furniture. A month after the storm, Barbera’s home was gutted, her walls ripped open, her soggy furniture still strewn about where the tide left it. Today, few traces remain. Her kitchen has been rebuilt. Her furniture was replaced. Her home is habitable again. But the comeback wasn’t easy, and it still isn’t fully complete. Because she suffered some damage in Irene in 2011 and received more than $8,000 then and did not have flood insurance when Sandy hit, Barbera got no help from the Federal

Sara Barbera stands in her kitchen one month after Hurricane Sandy, left, and a look inside the PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER same room today. Emergency Management Service. She sought help from other sources, but found none and paid for her entire recovery out of her pocket. “I didn’t get a dime,” she said. Barbera applied for FEMA funds anyway and her case is still being reviewed. She wasn’t able to get back into her home until the late spring and had to rent an apartment nearby for several months while her home

was being reconstructed. “I’ll get it if they let me pay quarterly,” she said of the insurance. “I can’t pay one lump sum.” Though most residents in Howard Beach received funds from FEMA — cumulatively more than any other community hit by Sandy in the country — for many it was not enough, and some still have not received any help.

Perhaps the biggest problem residents have complained of in the past year was dealing with insurance companies. In July, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) brought up an issue at a town hall meeting at St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall how an insurance company was denying a claim to a constituent of his whose house was flooded, even though the damage was not caused by water. Residents have also been dealing with the slow pace of the city’s Build It Back program. Nevertheless, on the front yards of the hard-hit community, water-logged furniture and flooring have been replaced by decorations for the holiday the neighborhood was deprived of last year — Halloween. “We didn’t have Halloween last year, so this year it’s special,” said Howard Beach resident Nick Colavito, who decked out his 84th Street house with spooky and gory decor for the holiday. For Barbera, however, the memories of last October remain strong. Sitting in her kitchen, she shook her head at the thought of the storm and it’s aftermath and gave a dire warning. “It’ll happen again,” she said. “Maybe not as bad as Sandy, but there will be another Q one.”

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Howard Beach: 12 months of recovery A visit to the hardest hit areas, one year after the storm

Devastated homes on a flooded 99th Street near Charles Park less than a day after Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge swept through, left, and the street today.

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A fence on 157th Avenue in the Rockwood Park section of Howard Beach was destroyed in Sandy, left, but has been rebuilt.

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Shore communities face a new reality In Rockaways and Broad Channel, Sandy set a new standard of living by Domenick Rafter Editor

On the hard-hit Rockaway Peninsula, the risk of a major hurricane barreling down on the barrier island was always in the back of residents’ minds. But while Sandy’s destruction was always a nightmare that could happen, once it did, it ushered in a new standard of living. Many Rockaway residents are prepared to raise their homes or completely rebuild, and city programs, though not without their criticisms, seem to be helping. “The various programs in place are impressive when they come through,” said John Cori of Friends of Rockaway Beach. “We definitely have issues with the Bloomberg administration, but in hindsight, it was extremely impressive. It gave people a better choice than going into trailers at Floyd Bennett Field.” Cori said that for many people, the problem remains getting funds from insurance claims to rebuild basements, but otherwise life on the peninsula is slowly returning to normal. But the need for assistance in Rockaway is still apparent. Rena Resnick, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, said her

The site of Bayview Restaurant in Broad Channel still shows the destruction wrought by Hurricane PHOTO BY SARA SCHULMAN Sandy one year ago. organization is serving 2,000 ongoing clients and has taken up 6,000 new clients since the storm, most of whom are in the Rockaways. The council opened a restoration center on the peninsula for four months after the storm so residents could access federal relief agencies and the Red Cross. On much of the peninsula, Sandy set a new standard for building resilient infrastructure. In Arverne, L&M Development Partners

was due to close on the Ocean Village complex at Beach 59th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard the day of the storm. The firm ended up closing on it two weeks later. “We didn’t think about the possibility of not closing,” said Rick Gropper, a project manager at L&M. “We thought about what to take from the storm and prepare for the next.” What that meant for the 1,093-unit complex was moving its electrical infrastructure

from the basement to the ground floor — a “heavy undertaking” according to Gropper — as well as installing generators on the roofs of the development’s high-rise buildings. Post-Sandy construction at Ocean Village is 90 percent completed, Gropper said. Every unit is occupied, including many by Sandy victims who had lost their previous homes. Broad Channel, which was especially hard hit, has come back to normal, according to resident Don Riepe, president of the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society. “Many people are raising their homes, I raised my floor,” he said. Riepe noted that there were a few people who have moved out, but most have stayed. Dan Mundy Jr., president of the Broad Channel Civic Association, said the vast majority of residents have rebuilt or are in the process of rebuilding, but a number of them — roughly 15 percent — saw their homes completely destroyed and are waiting for funds from the $61 billion federal Sandy aid bill that was promised. “There isn’t a single person in Broad Channel who has gotten a penny to help out,” he said. “We’ve got some people out here who are out of their house and need money. I don’t Q understand, where did the money go?”

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Cross Bay Boulevard bustles once again Hard-hit businesses still struggle, but customers are not scarce by Domenick Rafter Editor

The sound of honking car horns is typically not a welcomed noise. It’s a harbinger of traffic and congestion. But in Howard Beach a busy Cross Bay Boulevard is a thriving Cross Bay Boulevard, even as the commercial strip struggles in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Nearly all of the businesses along the boulevard are open. Some, such as Vincent’s Clam Bar, only recently. A year ago, almost every business on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach suffered some damage in the storm surge. For several weeks, the entire boulevard was shut down with just a few businesses opening. Gradually through the winter, the strip came to life. “It’s almost like Sandy never happened,” said shopper Joann Bosco as she left lunch at Cross Bay Diner, the popular boulevard eatery right on Shellbank Basin that reopened in May — six and a half months after the storm. Though the main dining f loor did not f lood, the basement did and the diner u nder went a major renovation. For an outside observer that may be true,

It was only a year ago that Cross Bay Boulevard was inundated with several feet of water, shuttering most of the businesses on Howard Beach’s main commercial strip for several weeks PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER to several months. but the amount of work that was put into most of the boulevard’s businesses range from cosmetic fixes to, in cases like the diner, complete renovations. Fazio Dance Center’s location at 164-48 Cross Bay Blvd. is close to the hardest hit part of the boulevard, near the Joseph P.

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Everyone had to step it up.” A few doors down from Fazio, New York Families for Autistic Children was due to open its new headquarters last November, then came Sandy. The new building flooded badly and the official opening was postponed until April. The CVS store under Gold’s Gym at Cross Bay Boulevard and 157th Avenue was decimated in the storm and had to be completely gutted. The 7-Eleven store still has not reopened its store on Cross Bay and Duane Reade pulled out of its property at 163-20 Cross Bay Blvd. Key Food is slated to open a store at the site. A former flooring outlet at the corner of 165th Avenue and Cross Bay Boulevard remains vacant. But many Howard Beach staples, like Sapienza’s Deli and Cross Bay Travel, were able to get back to business fairly quickly — within a month or two. Sapienza’s, located at 164-26 Cross Bay Blvd., lost all of its kitchen equipment while the Cross Bay Travel office at 158-20A Cross Bay Blvd. was damaged and needed new floors. Both businesses reopened once power was restored to the neighborhood, several Q weeks after the hurricane.

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Plans to revamp the ‘Triumph of Civic Virtue’ location put on hold by Christopher Barca Reporter

The former site of the “Triumph of Civic Virtue” statue continues to lay dormant outside of Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, with little in the way of development planned. Plans to turn the area near the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike into a pedestrian plaza honoring historically important Queens women were in development even before the statue was taken down and moved to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn last December. Since the statue’s removal, the fenced-in site has become a t a rget for g r af f it i a nd controversy. The walkway inspired by inf luential Queens women is still the desired idea being floated around in the halls of the Borough President’s Office, according to Borough President Helen Marshall’s press officer Dan Andrews, but neither a list of women being honored nor a final design for the promenade has been agreed upon yet. “A design had been proposed by the Parks Department, but Helen did not like it and she asked for another idea,” Andrews said. “We do know we want to honor important women in Queens, but names are still being thrown around.” A second design was supposed to be presented to Marshall at a meeting scheduled

The site of the former “Triumph of Civic Virtue” statue, as seen in May, has sat unused since the statue was moved from Borough Hall to Brooklyn. Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz says that PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE plans for the area will not be formalized until after next month’s election. for two weeks ago, but that meeting was postponed. According to City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), that session will not be rescheduled until after next month’s election of a new borough president. “We’re getting a new borough president so we want them involved,” Koslowitz said.

“We’ll be changing administrations so the meetings regarding the statue will take place after the election.” The 22-ton “Triumph of Civic Virtue” statue, a sculpture of Hercules standing atop two sirens to represent virtue defeating vice, was created by Frederick MacMonnies and given to the city in 1922. Mayor Fiorel-

lo LaGuardia disapproved of the statue and moved it from City Hall to Queens in 1941, where it stood outside Queens Borough Hall until its removal in December 2012. Koslowitz said she did not know how much the construction of a pedestrian plaza will cost, but she is excited about what might become of the site. “My plan is to have some kind of park with benches and something there dedicated to women since the statue was a put down to women,” she said. “We would want to honor famous people who contributed to Q ue e n s, l i ke G e r a ld i ne Fe r r a ro for instance.” City Council candidate Jon Torodash says that he does not know the exact nature of the plans regarding the site, but he accuses the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and the Design Commission of potentially withholding items pertinent to the statue’s removal in an ongoing Freedom of Information act lawsuit. “Both DCAS and the Design Commission from the outset have tried to withhold records illegally, ignore state-mandated requirements for disclosure deadlines, and obstruct citizens’ right to know the truth,” Torodash said. “We will continue to relentlessly pursue this matter until the full truth comes out. The ideals of Civic Virtue Q demand nothing less.”

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Ulrich has some unfinished business Republican incumbent says he’s best to continue progress in district by Domenick Rafter

fares and stop at fewer stops than regular or limited buses. A version of select bus service For elected officials, incumbency is typi- already exists on Fordham Road in the cally a positive — a chance to make the case Bronx, Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island and to voters that your term in office has been Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, as well as on successful for the community you represent some major Manhattan thoroughfares. “I believe select bus service is the right and their vote will give them more successes way to go in the short term,” Ulrich said. “If in the future That’s exactly what Councilman Eric Ulrich it worked in every other borough, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work here.” (R-Ozone Park), running for a second full He hasn’t taken a position on term in office, is hoping for. reactivation of the Rockaway At a sitdow n with Queens Beach rail line, noting its quesChronicle editors, Ulrich laid out tionable costs. a long list of positive improve“Nobody can tell me how much ment he helped bring to the disit’ll cost and nobody can tell me trict, including new garbage cans how they can pay for it,” Ulrich on 101st Avenue, the rezoning of said, noting that residents will not be Woodhaven and Ozone Park, anti2013 willing to pay more taxes to fund it. He graffiti initiatives and SAT prep programs in schools, but he said there is still a added that he isn’t sure an alternative idea, a QueensWay park, is an attractive idea either laundry list of things to do. “I’m running again because I still have because, unlike the High Line in Manhattan, unfinished business,” he said. “I still have a there is no significant private investment to few things that I set out to do that haven’t support it. Ulrich supports keeping the Rockaway been completed yet.” Among those is installing brand-new LED ferry permanently and suggested bringing lighting along Jamaica Avenue in Wood- CitiBike to the peninsula. “Bikes are popular in Rockaway,” he haven and Richmond Hill, where there are both street and sidewalk lights. He also spoke said. “I think people will generally be in favor of bringing in select bus service — a receptive to it.” The idea is one few have proposed. system in which city buses travel in a dedicated lane, have quicker means of collecting Ulrich said it is just an example of his desire Editor

Councilman Eric Ulrich is running for a second full term representing South Queens and the PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER Rockaways. to try new things. “I have never been afraid of trying new things and taking risks,” he said. “If it fails and I fall flat on my face, I’ll take the blame, but if it’s a success, it was worth trying. If we’re not bold, we don’t take chances and try new things, we’re not going to get anywhere.” Ulrich noted his support for a pedestrian plaza in City Line, which many longtime residents oppose. The plaza was proposed by a Bangladeshi organization representing the growing Bengali population living on both

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out a letter saying I’m an evil Republican just out for the 1 percent,” he said. After all, of the two candidates in the race, he’s Tony Arcabascio just can’t stand it when someone runs for the one who is the son of the working class, his indigent paroffice unopposed. So when he saw that the Queens Republican ents immigrating to Queens from Italy when his mother was Party didn’t seem to have anyone planning a race for borough five months pregnant with him. Katz, he said, is the one born well off — and the one getting president, he stepped in and launched his campaign. It’s Arcabascio’s second run for office; last year he took on the big donations from corporate interests such as development firms. She’s the one whose family has lived in the same Forest state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), losing by a 6-1 margin. He says making the run was more about giving people an Hills home for three generations, while he’s moved up in the world through hard work. He’s now a technology and crisis alternative than about anything wrong with the incumbent. management planner working for the North Shore-Long “I told the Dutch Kills Civic I’m not here to bash GiaIsland Jewish healthcare system. naris,” he recalled during an interview last Friday with “My father didn’t found the Queens Symphony the Queens Chronicle. “I’m not better, I’m just Orchestra,” he said to illustrate the difference. different. Katz’s did. Arcabascio’s father was a union laborer “So this year, I was waiting for someone to step and his mother a union seamstress, who used to up and run for Queens borough president — and I thread needles at home to get a jump on the next kept waiting, and waiting, and no one showed up.” day’s work. So Arcabascio, who will appear on the ballot 2013 Italian was his first language; he had to learn English under his legal name, Aurelio Arcabascio — though in school. he’s been known as Tony his whole life — decided he’d do it The GOP hopeful said that because of his background, again. But he’s got a bit more fire in the belly this time around upbringing and work ethic, he’s the candidate who’ll reprebecause, he said, Democratic nominee Melinda Katz has been sent “the real Queens” if elected, not his opponent, an attorney who was formerly a city councilwoman and state bashing him unfairly. When a pro-Katz mailer claimed that Arcabascio was a no- assemblywoman. Arcabascio, 53, is married and has three daughters and one good Republican running so that the rich would have an ally in son. His wife works for the city Department of Education, Borough Hall, he got mad — for a couple reasons. One was that although the Queens Republican Party gave managing school social workers in Queens. In his Chronicle interview, he said relatively little about spehim its endorsement, “that’s as far as that went,” he said. Riven by division and plagued by scandal, the party has not lifted a cific issues, focusing instead on his background and the state of the campaign — including his assertion that the Democratic finger to help his campaign, Arcabascio said. “So you can understand how angry I got when Melinda sent Party leaned on Queens Public Television to nix broadcasts of Editor-in-Chief

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VIRGIL I. GRISSOM SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT MS 226 holds Pink Out for breast cancer

Officials at Jamaica Hospital hope the new state health insurance exchange — and their planned community outreach and education program — will result in more preventive healthcare, and fewer people needing trips to emergency rooms. PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON

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Officials at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center said on Tuesday that they have little interest in the political arguments over the state health insurance exchange that was established on Oct. 1 under the federal Affordable Care Act. “It’s here, and between 400,000 and 440,000 people in Queens may be eligible to apply,” said David Evangelista, director of managed care. M ichael H i nck , d i rector of public affairs at the hospital, said its staffers are undertaking a massive community outreach effort that will include postings on their website; the hiring of navigators to assist people with the application process; tow n hall-st yle meetings before civic groups and even printed literature that will be available at medical facilities. He also said they have been working closely with their doctors and staff to make sure they are ready to handle the changes, which kick in this January for those who apply before Dec. 15. Feb. 15, 2014 is the deadline to sign up before being subject to a fine. Flushing Hospital, like Jamaica, comes under the MediSys Health Network, and will be offering the same information and outreach efforts. Evangelista said Family Heath Plus, the cu r rent state insu rance plan for lowincome patients and the underinsured, is going to be terminated. “And a lot of the people we serve come under that,” Evangelista said. “Uninsured, people who don’t get insurance through their jobs.”

Access to the new exchange programs is available — or is supposed to be — at nystateof health.ny.gov. “That will guide people to pr ivate i nsu rers,” Eva ngelist a said. “It w ill guide you through the process and help you determine what subsidies you are eligible for.” Evangelista said he, with his knowledge of the topic, was able to navigate the website, though it has had difficulties. It crashed the first day when 2 million people in New York State attempted to sign in within the first two hours. That dispelled the theory, Evangelista said, that no one would be interested, but also was a troublesome sign in a state that has openly embraced and prepared for the Affordable Care Act. Hinck said the hospitals and the providers they have negotiated with plan to stress preventive care, and acknowledged that they have an interest in as many people finding affordable insurance as possible. “If you have a manageable condition, like diabetes, some people won’t see their do c t or s , won’t get t hei r me d icat ion because they can’t afford it,” Hinck said. “When it becomes serious, they show up at the emergency room and may have to be admitted.” And medical care, he said, never gets cheaper by delaying it. Evangelista said one large unknown they are trying to deal with is what he called the “woodwork factor,” people who upon getting medical coverage, maybe for the f irst time, will seek to f ix a sore shoulder or a chronic bum knee. “And we hope that they do,” Hinck said. Q

On Wednesday, October 17, the MS 226 community took part in its annual Pink Out celebration in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On the right is sixth-grader Quentin Price’s account of this schoolwide extravaganza. That day it was Breast Cancer Awareness Day and this wonderful event, mainly hosted by Ms. Nepal and her selected students, was an amazing experience at MS 226. This schoolwide event proved to be more than educational. It was an engaging, inspiring way to learn about a topic that concerns many people. Many of the sixth-grade students participated in the festivities. Students, both boys and girls, wore pink on this special occasion to acknowledge Breast Cancer Awareness. Some of the activities that took place included an assembly to inform students about the development of breast cancer, why it is so dangerous, and the effects it has on its victims.

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More than 4,000 Queens residents who have been denied Social Security disability benefits since 2008 will receive new hearings under a class-action settlement approved last week by a federal court. The settlement is the result of a suit filed in 2011 U.S. District Court by the Urban Justice Center. As a result of the suit, the courts found that five administrative law judges hearing cases in Queens since January 2008 “were biased against disability claimants in Queens, and that those judges repeatedly broke the law in denying full and

fair hearings, according to a statement issued by the Urban Justice Center and the law f ir m of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher in Manhattan. Claimants who are part of the class action will receive new hearings, and have the right to appeal if their benefits are denied by replacement judges. “Thousands of disabled workers suffering from f inancial hardship and declining health will now receive longoverdue consideration of their claims,” said Emilia Sicilia of the Urban Justice Q Center.


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continued from page 5 with an average weekday ridership of 25,000,” he said in an email. “To put that in context, the average weekday ridership on NYC routes is approximately 12,000, so yes, the demand on the Q10 is there.” Ortiz said the size of the street is irrelevant to the buses’ operation. “The fact that Lefferts Boulevard is only one lane bears no physical relevance,” he said. “Articulated buses are no wider than a traditional 40-foot bus, and while articulated buses are longer (to accommodate more customers), they are actually easier to maneuver than a 40 foot bus.” Commuters have mixed feelings about the buses. “It’s a mess,” said Kevin Urmansk, who regularly commutes to his job at JFK Airport from Kew Gardens on the Q10. “When the buses make turns, the back gets tossed around. It’s scary sometimes.” But Patty Mattaraj, who commutes on the Q10 from her South Richmond Hill home to Kew Gardens to connect to the F train, is a fan of the articulated buses. “I think they’re great,” she said. “When I come home at six or six-thirty, the buses are always packed in like sardines. The [articulated] buses are not. Even if there aren’t any seats, there’s Q room to stand.”

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Speaking Sicilian The Sons of Italy Fiorella LaGuardia Lodge #2867 hosted Gaetano Cipolla, professor emeritus at St. John’s University, at its meeting Thursday at the Old Mill Yacht Club in Howard Beach. Cipolla, a winner of the Telamone prize from the Italian city of Agrigento, for advancing peace and a sense of communi-

ty, spoke about the origin, grammar and modern use of the Sicilian language, spoken in Sicily and the Calabria region of southern Italy. At the presentation above are William Aiello, immediate past president of the lodge; Cipolla; and current President Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone.

Community Education Council 29 is organizing a bus trip to the Oct. 30 meeting of the Department of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy, where the PEP is scheduled to vote on proposals to co-locate new schools in 12 ex ist i ng scho ol fa ci l it ie s i n Queens. The aim is to allow opponents of the co-locations to have their voices heard prior to the vote. There is no charge for the bus, which will leave at 4 p.m. from IS 59, located at 132-55 Ridgedale St. in Springfield Gardens. Schools in Queens facing co-locations include IS 59, August Martin High School, PS 40, Mar tin Van Buren High School, The Corona Arts and Sciences Academy, JHS 226 and MS 72. The meeting of the PEP is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Prospect Heights Campus, locat ed at 883 Cla sson Ave. i n Brooklyn. The public is welcome to attend. Those wishing to ride the bus leaving f rom IS 59 must sig n up in advance by calling the CEC 29 offices Q at (718) 341-5408.

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Day one of 5Pointz artists’ court battle Building put on temporary restraining order to protect renowned street art by Tess McRae Associate Editor

The group of artists and supporters for the aerosol mecca 5Pointz sat uncomfortably in their seats as they waited for Judge Block to call their case number on Oct. 17. Many wore 5Pointz T-shirts and jeans which, despite the clean, professional setting of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, did not make them look out of place. “What is it you want? ” Block said to Jeannine Chanes and Roland Acevedo, the two attorneys representing the artists. The question created an instant tension in the room as onlookers shifted in their seats, some appearing too nervous to look up from their hands. “We prefer to be given the opportunity to purchase the building at a fair market value,” Chanes said. “Our money is as good as anyone else’s.” Almost immediately after the City Council ruled in favor of granting G & M Realty, owners of the old warehouse on Jackson Avenue known as 5Pointz, a variance that would allow it to demolish the building and create a massive development, a press release was sent out announcing that a federal lawsuit had been filed to block it. The plaintiffs are claiming that by G & M Realty razing 5Pointz, it will also be violating the Visual Artists Rights Act, signed

One of 5Pointz curator Jonathan “Meres” Cohen’s more recent works, “7 Angle Time Lapse” is an oversized art piece featured on four surfaces of the graffitied building. Meres’ copyright registration PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE is pending before the United States Copyright Office. into law in 1988. “The artists who have painted on the building did not sign a waiver, that didn’t happen,” Chanes said. “They have rights over their work and are entitled to those rights.” Throughout the opening arguments,

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Block proved that he was going to be a tough nut to crack. “This is an interesting cup of tea, I’ll say that,” he said facing Chanes. “You’re going to have a tough case to prove.” Though the artists looked frustrated, Chanes continued to make their case, but

then defending at tor ney David Eber t dropped the bomb that almost killed the lawsuit before it could even get a chance to begin. “If you look at the website, the videos, the pictures, these things are temporary,” Ebert said. “They are always being painted over and they haven’t pointed to a single piece that’s been there for more than 10 years.” Ebert continued by saying that because the walls were not a coinciding mural but a hodgepodge of different pieces, the VARA would not apply to the work. “Why don’t you two sit down and discuss this? ” Block asked after the two parties went back and forth a while. “It seems like the defendant has been a supporter of the arts and has given the artists a lot.” Though no final decision on what would become of the building in Long Island City was forthcoming, the plaintiffs were hoping Block would grant an injunction on the space and to hold a hearing so the artists could voice their love of 5Pointz in their own words. In the end, Block did not issue an injunction but he did place a 10-day restraining order on the building, meaning neither party can touch or alter the walls on the property in any way until Oct. 28. As the session ended, the artists and continued on page 39

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York’s Delgado honored Hill High School, scored York’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss against Maritime College last Tuesday. On Sunday she set the school’s singlegame scoring record with four goals — all coming in an 11-minute span — as York defeated Medgar Evers College 12-0.

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Gold’s Gym fights cancer Gold’s Gym in Howard Beach raised money this month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month — a cause that is close to the organization’s heart. Golds Gym staff member Anisa Elmer lost her mother to breast cancer. Gym staff honored Hope Elmer by having A & J Stitching up pink shirts to raise awareness.

Throughout October, the staff, top, and some members, donned pink. Donations were raised on Oct. 16 and with the support of the members, raised $800. Sporting the pink shirts, above, are staff members Bianca Muniz, left, Priscilla Muniz, Elmer, Justine Orr, Millie Matias and Claudia McCabe, wearing boxing gloves.

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continued from page 24 going to be hundreds of millions of dollars of state and federal money spent on long-term flood mitigation projects and I have a very good grasp of these issues from working through them in the aftermath of the storm and I think I need to be at the table.” He noted the City Council bills he drafted calling on Congress to change the Biggert-Waters Act, which is expected to cause flood insurance rates in coastal communities to skyrocket, and the Council’s responsibility in approving new flood maps drafted by the Federal Emergency Management


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Parsons Blvd. Islamic school still not open Center still waiting for city permits

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A planned Islamic school on Parsons Boulevard in South Flushing is still not open, nearly two months after it was due to begin accepting students — and some in the community want to know what’s going on with the site. In July, Aftab Mannan, joint secretary of the Jamaica Muslim Center, told the Queens Chronicle that the school, to be housed in two buildings at 78-31 and 78-39 Parsons Blvd. respectively, was to open in September as long as the city

issued a certificate of occupancy to the organization, more than a year after the school was first announced. But a source close to the project said on Tuesday that the CO has not yet been issued even though the building is set to open. The planned school would have 160 students, most of them bused directly from the Jamaica Muslim Center. But one civic leader said the community has received zero information on

the project. “ Eve r y b o d y b u t t h e c o m mu n it y seems to be satisfied by the project,” s a id Ke n C ohe n , p r e sid e nt of t he Flushing Suburban Civic Association. “We had requested a sitdown with the owners, but it has never happened. We made a couple of attempts to reach out, but we never seem to make contact with the right person.” T h e r e a r e s eve r a l ot he r s cho ol s w i t h i n a f e w b l o c k s of t h e s i t e ,

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Thank You The Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach held its annual book sale last week. The success of this event was made possible in no small par t by the behind-the-scenes cooperation and help from Waldbaum’s Manager Mario Segura, the Kiwanis Key Club’s young student volunteers from Bayside High School, Boy Scout Troop #237 from St. Barnabas Church, and 5 Star Carting for trash removal, and to Mike Siderakis, manager of the Cross Bay Diner for his generous contribution of coffee and rolls for the club members working the sale. Thanks to all, Dan Golom, President Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach Q

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Councilman looks to designate Festival of Lights as official day off for students by Tess McRae Associate Editor

Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), along with several other elected officials, is calling on the Department of Education to designate the Hindu, Jainist, Budd hist and Sik h holiday of Diwali as an official day off for public school students. “There are tens of thousands of public school students in New York City who celebrate Diwali,” Dromm said. “These students must pick between attending class or spending the day with their families, while students in the Christian and Jewish faiths do not have to make this decision when they celebrate holidays like Rosh Hashana and Christmas. There shouldn’t be this discrepancy. I urge the Department of Education to recognize this important holiday called Diwali.” Diwali, also referred to as the Festival of Lights, is a five-day Hindu festival and is considered one of the most important celebrations of the year. The resolution was introduced to the City Council on July 24 and since then, 15 Council members have signed on as cosponsors and several state and federal elected officials have voiced their support. “Diwali is of great significance to the Indian-A merican com munity and it is

Councilman Dromm stands with state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, right, and members of the community on Oct. 17 to demand that the Department of Education designate Diwali as an PHOTO COURTESY NYC COUNCIL official public school holiday. celebrated annually by various faith groups across the City of New York,” Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) said. “We need a public school calendar that is reflective of the growing diversity of our communities so that students from these various faiths have the opportunity to observe their religious traditions without sacrificing

valuable time in the classroom.” This year, the main festivities will be on Sunday, Nov. 3, but the holy day does not always fall on a weekend. Dromm said that he experienced how those who celebrate Diwali are affected by not having the school day off firsthand during his career as a teacher.

“It wasn’t only the kids,” he said. “This is the holiest of their days and there are more and more families who celebrate Diwali moving here. The teachers are also being affected because they can’t come into work.” Dromm alleged that by designating the holiday as an off-school day, students and teachers will not be put under so much pressure to keep up with school work and celebrate Diwali at the same time. “There would be times when I wanted to give a test and there would be several kids absent,” he said. “These kids should be treated equally to the Christian and Jewish kids who aren’t put under the same stress.” The same requests have been made for two Muslim holidays. In 2009, the City Council approved the important holidays of Eid-al-Adha and Eid-al-fitr be a day off for public schools. Mayor Bloomberg did not sign the resolution despite the Census Bureau’s 2011 survey reporting 207,414 New York City r e sid e nt s id e nt i f y i ng t he m s elve s a s Asian-Indian. With the ever increasing Asian-Indian population — many of whom are adherents of Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism or Buddhism — Dromm said that he hopes to have the bill in place before the start of the Q next school year.

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DEVELOPMENTS Hotel plan elicits a Street fair and carousel landmarking WOODHAVEN by Maria A. Thomson Executive Director GWDC

The Greater Woodhaven Development Cor poration sponsored the Wonderf ul Woodhaven Street Festival 2013, held this past Sunday. We had a great day, packed with many in attendance. The children enjoyed the rides, pony rides, and the rock climbing wall. Their families enjoyed the musical groups and danced in the streets as well as the main stage entertainment and all the good food in our avenue restaurants and vendors. On our Woodhaven Day, God blessed us with a beautiful day. At the festival, the GWDC and the Woodhaven Business Improvement Dist r ict debuted our new “Woodhaven Flag” — inspired by Joseph Volkens who created the first Flag. It is very well made on quality material stating “Woodhaven A Haven in the City,” established 1844. The nice part of our flag is that it is small, so that you can tape it to your window, and show your pride in our hometown. These one-of-a-kind f lags are priced at $12 each, a small price to pay to display your Woodhaven pride. Many sales were made from our local stores as well. It was so satisfying to our President Stephen Esposito, our GWDC board, our fantastic staff and me that it was a success and so rewarding of our hard work. Have you visited our new Woodhaven

Library? It is newly renovated, very bright with additional computers and more. A big thank you to Council members Elizabeth Crowley and Eric Ulrich, as well as our great Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, who will be leaving us this year due to term limits. Woodhaven thanks you for all of your support through the years, you will be missed. The latest on the collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue: No progress has been made at this location. It has also become a dumping ground for garbage. The only solution for this deteriorating location and this negligent landlord is to demolish this building. This coming Monday at 3:30 p.m., please join us along with Councilwoman e Elizabeth Crowley to celebrate the landmarking of our Forest Park Carousel. This being the culmination of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation’s 25 years of hard work to landmark this “Jewel of Forest Park.” Reminder: NYPD Police Officers Exams are given six days a week. Please go to their website atnypdrecruit.com for more information. There are also NYPD civilian job opportunities for school safety agents, traffic enforcement agents and 911 operators. Visit their website at nypdcivilianjobs.com or call 212-recruit. May God bless our Armed Forces, our disabled veterans and may God bless America. Q

sharp rebuke at CB 12 Land Use chairman slams GJDC by Michael Gannon Editor

Last month, the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. trumpeted its long-awaited deal with a developer to build a hotel on property it owns across from the Long Island Rail Road’s transit hub on Sutphin Boulevard. But when Justin Rodgers, director of economic development for the GJDC, made a presentation to Community Board 12 on Oct. 16, it also brought long-established tensions between the two bodies to the surface. Cardinal Sandiford, chairman of CB 12’s Land Use Committee, was unimpressed with the GJDC giving a presentation to the full board just under a month after making the announcement of a deal for a 24-story, 200-plus-room hotel with Long Island-based Able Hotels. “We read about it in the papers, but they don’t come here before the Land Use Committee,” Sandiford said. “It’s an attempt to bypass the land use procedures, which they always do.”

Sandiford also believes the name Greater Jamaica is a misnomer, saying the organization is interested only in the commercial corridors like Sutphin Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue. He also aimed scathing remarks at long-time GJDC President Carlisle Towery before CB 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams cut him off. “He’s too smart to come before us,” Sandiford said. “He sends someone who looks like us.” Adams stepped in, saying the presentation was made for the very purpose of keeping the board informed. “There will be no bypassing of land use procedures,” Adams said. Rodgers did not address Sandiford’s remarks. The hotel will be built on two parcels of land, one belonging to the GJDC and the other to the LIRR. Rodgers said construction might not begin until at least late next year while Able negotiates the relocation of an LIRR loading dock and some major electrical Q infrastructure.

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Edmonds’ killer faces 20 years A Queens man is facing 20 years in prison for stabbing his brother’s roommate to death in 2010 on the same day he was released from prison on an unrelated charge. Adam Rodriguez, 44, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on Monday in the death of 27-year-old William Edmonds of Long Island City. “The defendant admitted that he stabbed the victim in his own home,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement issued by his office. “By pleading guilty, justice is served and the defendant will be severely punished for his actions,” Brown added. Rodriguez admitted that he went to his brother’s apartment on 37th Avenue in Long Island City on March 18, 2010. He had just been released from custody at the prison on Rikers Island earlier that afternoon, and was looking for a place to stay. He encountered Edmonds, who was the only one home at the time. Evidence indicated that Edmonds called Rodriguez’s brother to see if it

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Ebert was furious when Block said his client wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to continue pre- const r uction work on the building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a multimillion dollar project,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to have to go back to him and tell him that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not allowed to work on his own property?â&#x20AC;? After the 10 days are up, the judge will decide whether to hold a hearing and issue an injunction. Ultimately, the artists would like to purchase the property and create a mixeduse community center where artists from all over the world can create and students from all over the country can watch their work unfold. If they do not get their wish, Chanes said that they will be suing for monetary gain which could, at best, grant each artist upwards of $150,000 for damages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what they want,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The money is not the goal. The artists want to have control over the building without worrying about it being taken away from them.â&#x20AC;? Dozens of pieces created by the 16 artists involved in the case are currently awaiting a copyright registration decision from the United States Copyright Office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not going to be fixed overnight,â&#x20AC;? Chanes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the artists are still entitled to their rights and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Q going to see to that.â&#x20AC;?

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continued from page 30 5Pointz supporters sat almost in disbelief. Many were stone faced while others were more visibly upset about the outcome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take photos of everything you can,â&#x20AC;? Chanes said to the group outside of the courtroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take photos of as much as possible to show the pieces that have stayed up longer than two years.â&#x20AC;? The artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lawyers maintain that while pieces on the ground floor are temporary, many, if not all, of the works on the upper floors of the building have been in place for several years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like any museum,â&#x20AC;? Chanes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have a permanent installation and you have the temporary exhibits. The argument that none of the pieces have remained up for more than two years isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a substantial one.â&#x20AC;? Chanes said that the website was quoted out of context and that it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t maintained by Meres but by a 5Pointz volunteer who may not have worded everything clearly. While the fight isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t over, many of the artists left looking defeated and empty. Even Meres, the curator for 5Pointz, looked upset. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meres was upset at first,â&#x20AC;? Chanes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think all of the artists were, but this is a big win for us. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to fight like hell and make sure this goes forward.â&#x20AC;?

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LIRR ticket scam The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department is investigating a credit and debit card scam that has targeted Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines at four locations in Queens and Nassau County. Investigators have found hidden cameras attached to machines in Bayside, Great Neck, Merillon Avenue and Greenvale. MTA Police Chief Michael Coan said the cameras

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College options close to home by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor

Choosing a college is rarely easy. In fact, it is generally one of the most nerve-wracking decisions anyone ever has to make. So many variables come into play: Would a large or small school work best? What are the costs? Does the school have a financial aid program? What fields of study are offered? What extracurricular activities are available? What is the on-campus social life like? What percentage of graduates get jobs right away? Perhaps the first decision that needs to be made is whether to go out of state or to remain close to home. For anyone wishing to remain local, a wide variety of institutes of higher learning offers some interesting options. Consider, for instance, St. Joseph’s College, a private liberal arts school with campuses in Brooklyn and on Long Island. Originally named St. Joseph’s College for Women, it was founded by the sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood in 1916. Today, the college has a total enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate students between its two locations, in addition to some 800 students in its combined graduate programs. Among the more than 25 majors offered are Business, Health Care Management, Human Resources, Nursing, Accounting, and Education. New programs include Journalism, Medical Technology, Sports Management, Hospitality, and Tourism Management. In addition, Michael Banach, the college’s director of public affairs, said, “We just welcomed the inaugural Writer’s Foundry,” a master’s program which is geared toward writers who dedicate themselves to excellence in all areas of literary life. Described by Banach as a “boutique program,” it is limited to 20 students. “We’re keeping it small and exclusive,” Banach said, indicating that “we welcome writers of all stripes.” The program, according to Banach, is “steeped in the philosophy of

Marie Ponsot,” an acclaimed poet and graduate of St. Joseph’s, and favors an approach whereby competency can refine itself. While Ponsot once said, “The duty of the writer is to the welfare of the work,” the program follows the belief that “the duty of the writer implies character, practice and, in no small dose, the pleasure of artistic freedom.” The college, which went coed in 1971, still has a mostly female student body, with women outnumbering men around three to one. And while it is nondenominational, “Catholic values guide our mission,” Banach said. “We have a nurturing, supportive atmosphere, an open and welcoming environment to all students. It’s an excellent place to get a college degree,” he continued. For further information on St. Joseph’s, contact: Brooklyn — 245 Clinton Avenue, (718) 940-5300. Long Island — 155 West Roe Blvd., Patchogue, (631) 687-5100. Staying right here in the borough is, of course, a distinct option. Lander College for Men, a division of The Touro College and University System, offers small, seminar-style undergraduate classes in a personalized environment. Majors include Accounting and Business, Computer Science, Natural Sciences, Math and Pre-Engineering, and Behavioral and Social Sciences. With an eye toward enriching the Jewish heritage while serving the larger American community, Touro College opened its doors with a class of 35 liberal arts and sciences students in 1971. Today, some 19,000 students are enrolled in its 32 divisions across five countries. According to Dr. Moshe Sokol, dean of Lander College, “Students make wonderful progress ... gaining rigorous mastery over the disciplines to which they will be devoting their careers.” Rabbi Barry Nathan, director of admissions, said the school is looking for students with “a desire to excel in all aspects of life ... and is willing to work diligently.” He indicated that the faculty is chosen not

Plaza College 2013 graduates with writing awards they won earlier this year, and Professor Lynn McCann, right. COURTESY PHOTO only for their “superb credentials” but “because they have an interest in helping our students grow.” A sister school, Lander College for Women, is located in Manhattan. For further information on Lander College, contact: For men — 75-31 150 St., Flushing, (718) 820-4800. For women — 227 W. 60 St., NYC, (212) 287-3500. Queens-based Plaza College offers bachelor’s degrees in Management and Patient Information Management, and associate degrees in, among other disciplines, Business Administration, Accounting, Medical Assisting and Computer Business Support. The school is a private, specialized institution that offers programs to students who desire, according to its mission, “challenging careers and a continuation of their formal education.” Founded in 1916, the school, according to spokeswoman Brittany Travis, was not only family-founded but remains family-operated. The son, grandson, and great grandson of the original founder, Charles Callahan, as well as a lot of other family members, all hold continued continuedon onpage page42 1

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Higher Education Queensborough Academies now help all students Queensborough Community College is proud to announce the launch of the Queensborough Academies, a major academic initiative with the mission of increasing retention and graduation rates by facilitating undergraduate education. The initiative is built on the acclaimed Freshman Academies, a program for full-time, firsttime freshmen that supports students with their degree completion the first year, up to 30 credits. The program’s promising data on student retention and performance resulted in the decision to expand the Queensborough Academies for all full-time students for their entire academic career at the Bayside school. The program matches every full-time student to an adviser based on area of study in one of Queensborough’s five Academies: Business; Liberal Arts; Health Related Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. New software will act as an early alert tool to help advisers intervene when students face challenges in their studies. A Queensborough Academies website, qcc. cuny.edu/academies, provides current and prospective students with information on curriculum, transfer agreements and potential careers. The Q school can be reached at (718) 631-6262.

Plaza College plans for new Forest Hills campus, 100th anniversary year Forest Hills Tower at 118-35 Queens Blvd. will be the new home of Plaza College in September 2014. P la za , a private college founded in 1916 and offering market-relevant associate and baccalaureate degrees through its schools of Allied Health and Business & Technology, will utilize the tower’s “building within a building” option and have a dedicated entrance on Queens Boulevard. “We are dedicated to providing our student population with the best possible academic experience and are so excited to kick off our 100 year anniver sar y celebration with a beautiful new campus,” said Chad Callahan, Plaza’s director of strategic initiatives.

Forest Hills Tower is situated on the corner of Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike — a central location very accessible via multiple highways and mass transit — and will provide a more traditional campus experience. The new campus will feature additional medical labs, and expanded Student Commons, a dedicated outdoor pavilion, and much more. Plaza’s existing campus in Jackson Heights will become an annex. P la z a pr omis ed t ha t i t s expansion to the new main campus will be a seamless transition for students, staff and faculty. Call Plaza at (718) 779-1430 or visit plazacollege.edu to Q learn more.

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administrative positions at the school today, according to Travis. Plaza’s total student population is around 800, with class sizes generally between 15 and 20 students each. Travis said lecture classes may contain between 25 and 30 students. “They never really get any bigger,” she said. The school is dedicated to helping students achieve their personal and professional goals and, according to Travis, “A lot of our students like coming here because of the personal atmosphere.” She said the student population is diverse, coming from all over the world. The college is relocating its main campus to Forest Hills, opening there next September. For more information on Plaza College (74-09 37 Ave., Jackson Heights), call (718) 779-1430. Bramson ORT College has roots dating to 1942, when it served refugees and immigrants during World War II. It was established as a college in Manhattan in 1977 to provide technical education

at the college level. Today, its main campus is located in Forest Hills, with a satellite campus in Brooklyn. A nonprofit private institute, the school is run by U.S. ORT Operations, the American Branch of World ORT, the largest Jewish education and vocational training nongovernmental organization. With ORT’s motto, “Educating for life,” dating back to the organization’s founding in Tsarist Russia in 1880, the school offers a full selection of courses including Accounting, Business Management, Computer Technology, Electronics Technology, Medical and Natural Sciences, Office Technology and Graphic & Web Design. New classes include Paralegal, Game Design and Renewable Energy Systems. The school’s programs can lead to a professional degree, certificate or diploma. For further information on Bramson ORT College (69-30 Austin St., Forest Hills), call (718) Q 261-5800.

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by Andrew Benjamin Flushing Meadows Corona Park is not only a great place to have a leisurely walk, visit the Hall of Science or see the US Open and the Mets. It may also be home to something a bit more paranormal. According to self-certified ghost doctors Dr. Stew and Dr. Pete, the historic park is the stomping grounds for a series of ghosts. The brothers, both from Bayside, are licensed New York City tour guides who offer the only ghost tour in the borough of the nearly 900-acre park. The pair have been ghost hunting for years and conduct searches throughout the city, including in Central Park and Grand Central Terminal. Contrary to what many believers think to be the breeding grounds for the restless dead, such as cemeteries and abandoned houses, Dr. Pete said that spirits are more likely to appear in other areas. “People think all the ghosts are in cemeteries and graveyards,” he said. “They go to places that are fun.” Not surprisingly, Flushing Meadows may have become a popular destination with the ghosts of those who were drafted or enlisted in the armed forces during World War II. For them, the park holds memories of the World’s Fair, which was held there in 1939 and 1940. The international festival was enjoyed by thousands of people and may have provided some of the last good memories that soldiers who fought and died in battle may have had before being shipped overseas. Because of those memories, the ghost hunters say, those who died may be roaming the park, reliving the days before they were sent off to war. During my afternoon tour of Flushing Meadows Park, we stopped off at different locations to see if any of our Continued continuedon onpage page 48

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Watercolor classes, National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy. & Northern Blvd., 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, $25/session. Instruction from award-winning artist. Call (718) 969-1128.

Saint Sarkis Church, Showcase of Talent Art Exhibition, Chadrijan Hall, 38-65 234 St., Douglaston, Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. Community artist showcase, paintings, sculptures. Contact: Edward Barsamian, erugs@att.net, (212)689-6273.

FLEA MARKETS Italian Charities of America flea market, Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Call (718) 478-3100.

Dorsky Gallery, “Artists’ Walks: The Persistence of Peripateticism, 11-05 45 Ave., Long Island City, Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Nov. 17. Contact: (718) 937-6317, dorsky.org.

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Josaphat’s R.C. Church ethnic Polish bake and rummage sale, Parish Hall, 35th Ave. & 210th St., Bayside, Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact: (718) 224-3052.

The Friends of Maple Grove, Murder Mystery Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Celebration Hall at the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. Reservations, (347) 878-6614, $35 - general public, $25 - members of the Friends of Maple Grove.

Redeemer Lutheran Church rummage sale, Saturday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m., 36-01 Bell Blvd., Bayside. Furniture, clothing, household goods. Contact: Annelise (718) 229-2065, www.rlcb.org

Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance & Sunnyside Reformed Church, “Lilia,” written and performed by Libby Skala, Sunday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., 48-03 Skillman Ave. Free, donations welcome. Contact: Liliatheplay.com.

AUDITIONS Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra, Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Rehearsals/ auditions, Wednesdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Contact: Franklin Verbsky, (718) 374-1627, fhso.org

FILM Forest Park Jewish Center, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, Sunday, Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m. All welcome, brunch after the film. Call (718) 459-1000. Rego Park Jewish Center’s Sunday at the Movies series, “Kuni Lemel in Cairo,” Sunday, Oct. 27, 2:30 p.m. All welcome, $5 includes cake and coffee after the film. 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park. Call (718) 459-1000. For the latest news visit qchron.com

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MUSIC St. Luke’s Church, Chamber Music Concert, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m., wine & cheese to follow. $12 ($10 for seniors, students and groups). Contact: (917) 4944334, stlukesforesthills.org. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, ”90’s Boy Bands Concert Reunion,” with ALL-4-ONE and COLOR ME BAD, Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m. $45 all seats. Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside. Contact: (718) 631-6311, visitQPAC.org.

Lilia Skala, who starred in “Lilies of the Field” with Sidney Poitier, will be honored by her granddaughter Libby at the Sunnyside Reformed Church on Oct. 26. COURTESY PHOTO

MEETINGS Hike three lakes, three parks in Queens, 6 miles, Forest Hills to Flushing, through Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Botanical Garden, Kissena Corridor and Kissena Park. Optional dim sum meal $10-$12 at end. Bring snack/water. Meet Sunday, Oct. 27, 9:45 a.m., E, F, R or M train to Continental/71st Ave. station, north side of Queens Blvd. at Sterling Bank, Forest Hills. $3-4 to enter Queens Botanical Garden. Contact: Rachel Donner, shorrd@yahoo.com. The Flushing AARP Chapter No. 1405, Bowne Street Community Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Ave., meets Mondays 1 p.m. St. Agnes Academic HS Reunion, Homecoming 2013, all years especially ending in 3s or 8s, Saturday, Nov. 23, 1-5 p.m. Contact: (718) 353-6276, denise.fetonte@stagneshs.org. AARP Chapter 2889, American Legion Hall, 66-28 Grand Ave., Maspeth, meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, noon. Call (718) 672-9890.

FOR KIDS Children’s Fall Festival, Queens County Farm Museum, Sunday Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks. Admission $5; all ages. Also, the Amazing Maize Maze, Saturdays and Sundays thru Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Adults $9; children ages 4-11, $5; children 3 and under, free. Contact: (718) 347-3276, queensfarm.org. Kids’ Ukulele Jam Class, Mondays thru Dec. 16, 5 p.m., Genesis Tree of Life Yoga and Wellness Center, 102-02/06 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills.

Contact: Andrew Salamanca, andrewsalamanca@ gmail.com, (718) 544-5997. Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo, Flushing, registration for 2013-2014 fall and winter education programs, including teen zoo internship and meeting zoo keepers. Register: (718) 271-7361, queenszoo.com/programs, qzeducation@wcs.org.

CLASSES The Affordable Care Act for Small Business Owners, open house, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 9:3010:30 a.m., LaGuardia Community College, B-building at the Small Business Development Center, room B-A02, 30-20 Thompson Ave., Long Island City. RSVP: (718) 482-5439, business_services@lagcc.cuny.edu. English as a Second Language Course, Latin American Cultural Center of Queens, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 333, Kew Gardens, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., thru Dec. 19. Free. Register: (718) 261-7664, laccq@aol.com. Ballroom Dance Classes, Year ‘Round Social Dance Program, Monday & Friday evenings, Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Call 718) 478-3100. Zumba, Yoga, Kickboxing, YWCA of Queens, Mondays-Fridays thru Dec. 12, 7-9 p.m., 42-07 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, all ages, $7. Contact: (718) 353-4553, ywcaqueens.org. English as a Second Language Adult Classes, Immanuel Church, 68-10 31 Ave., Woodside, Saturdays, 10 a.m. Licensed NYC teacher. Free. Contact: (718) 335-1623, rnadar@ImmanuelChurchNY.org.

COMMUNITY 2nd Annual Woodside Halloween Pet Parade & Festival, Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Windmuller Park, 52nd St. & 39th Drive. Start Woodside Pet Store, 49-16 Skillman Ave. Costume contest, raffle, workshops, grooming demos, goody bags. $5 Fee. Contact Adriana: (718) 476-8449, woodside onthemove.org. NYC Compost Project in Queens, Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Free with garden admission($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students, kids) Contact: queensbotanical.org. St. Helen’s Church, the Secular Franciscans, a Candlelight Interfaith Prayer Service, to commemorate the 1st anniversay of Hurricane Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., St. Helen’s schoolyard, 83rd St. & 157th Ave., Howard Beach. Sacred Heart School, 84-05 78 Ave., Glendale, collecting for Annual White Elephant Fundraiser in Oct.; donations at 84th St. entrance to school, Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (718) 456-6636.

SPECIAL EVENTS Ukrainian Church Bazaar, Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 171-21 Underhill Ave., Fresh Meadows. Call (718) 463-5943. 12th Annual Totten Trot 5K Run, Fort Totten Park, Bayside, Sunday, Oct. 27, 7:30 a.m., meet at “The Castle,” race begins at 9 a.m. $25. Contact: (718) 352-1542, baysidehistorical.org. Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden and Tea and Talk stories with Barbara Aliprantis, Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Contact: (718) 352-1548, vomuseum.org. $5 suggested donation.

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Synopsis MikeyBoy is an Albanian-American pizza boy from Queens whose life is turned upside down when he learns he must travel to Albania for an arranged marriage. MikeyBoy sets out on a quest around the world with his best friend Robin to win his American girlfriend back and avoid going to Albania to get married. MikeyBoy was filmed at Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Park City Utah, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Switzerland, Hollywood, New York, Monaco, France, Hawaii and Italy! In a case of life imitating art, imitating life, with the soon-tobe-released “MikeyBoy,” the lines are seriously blurred. Written, produced and starring Mike Dusi, the film is as autobiographical as it gets. We’re almost in classic Woody Allen territory here, by way of Albania, but with more charm and heart than you’ll find in most of the indies being churned out today. www.MikeyBoyMovie.com

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Luca Padovan hardly could have known when he made his community theater debut in March, playing a Munchkin in a Bayside production of “The Wizard of Oz,” what fate had in store for him. Six months to the day af ter that show closed, Luca found himself front and center on Broadway, as one of the pivotal characters in the Disney hit musical, “Newsies.” That was on Sept. 17, when he first s tepped into the role of Les, the youngest of the street urchins who peddle their newspapers for pennies. “It was the best birthday present,” Luca, 10, said. Sharing the role with another young actor, he plays four shows a week. Luca seems to have show business in his blood, as does his older sister, Valentina, though how it got there is something of a mystery. The closest their mom, Daniela, ever got to Broadway was through her job in the human resources department of a law firm in Manhattan. Dad Bert serves as project manager of a plumbing and heating company. Luca, a lifelong resident of Queens, began playing the guitar at 6 years old. Shortly after, he discovered Art House Astoria, a conservatory for music and art, where he became the youngest member of the show choir and a community caroler.

In December of last year he was a finalist at the Broadhollow Theater’s Bay Way Idol Talent Competition, and he spent part of this past summ e r at tending a p e r for m ing a r t s camp at Queens College. Still, his rapid leap to the big stage took everyone — even Luca himself — by surprise. It came as a direct result of Kids’ Night on Broadway, part of a national audience development program, which takes place in late February. The event lets kids ages 6 to 18 see a Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. The entire Padovan family decided to see “Newsies” together. After the performance, then-cast member Andrew Keenan-Bolger spoke to the audience, sharing stories about his own rise to theatrical success. “I felt he was talking to me,” Luca said. With that inspiration, he auditioned for the show and, while in the car driving home after the final callback, he got the call. Throughout the show, he and his fellow newspaper boys, the rest all played by actors at least several years older than he is, repeatedly charge up and down the elaborate scaf folding that is the focal point of the set. “It’s hard to keep up with these big, fast men,” lamented Luca, who stands all of 53 inches tall and weighs in at a spry 63 pounds. But, he added, “They’re so nice. continued on page They’re awesome.” page 00 50


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ostumed children and adults can get a head star t on Halloween with events throughout Queens that begin this weekend and run through the actual holiday on Thursday, Oct. 31. The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club will kick things off with its 27th annual Halloween Parade on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The parade will be led by three grand marshals: New York District Gov. Joe Aiello, Lenny’s Clam Bar owner Joe DeCandia and Mark Weidler, the publisher of the Queens Chronicle. It will begin on Cross Bay Boulevard and 159th Avenue and run along the boulevard to 165th Avenue. Hot dogs, pizza and soda will be served and the event will feature all kinds of fun activities for all ages. The rain date for the event is Nov. 2 at the St. Helen’s parking lot. The Creedmoor Civic Association will host its own annual costume parade on Saturday, rain or shine. Cinderellas, superheroes and goblins can line up at Breininger Park, at Braddock Avenue at 239th Street in Bellerose, at 1:45 p.m. The parade gets underway at 2 p.m. and ends at Fuzzy’s Wolfrose Bar at 239-21 Braddock Ave., where refreshments will be served for children up to 12 years of age. They must be accompanied by an adult, who are welcome to come along. The Jackson Heights Beautification Group is inviting everyone to its 23rd annual Jackson Heights Halloween Parade on Halloween Day at 5 p.m. The parade will run along 37th Avenue from 89th to 76th streets. The city Parks Department will hold a Halloween festival on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Crocheron Park, 33rd Road and 215th Place in Bayside. There will be games, rides, craft projects, a costume contest and a pumpkin patch. For two weekends, the Hall of Science will host a Dead or Alive event, where there will be catapults chucking pumpkins and encounters with wolves and bats, all to celebrate the unholy matrimony of science and Halloween.

Some Howard Beach residents went all out for their Halloween decorations this year. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

The festivities will be held on Oct. 26 to 27 and Nov. 2 to 3 and are free with admission, though there are extra fees for some projects. Also on Saturday and Sunday the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows Park will hold “Boo at the Zoo” from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Activities will include a haunted habitat, spooky animal presentations, face painting, trick-or-treating, crafts and animal enrichment with pumpkins. Children ages 12 and under in costumes accompanied by an adult will receive free admission. That will also apply on Oct. 31. Normal admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children and $6 for seniors. The Queens County Farm Museum, at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park, will sponsor a children’s fall festival on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Youngsters are invited to wear costumes. There will be bouncy houses, a pie-eating contest, live country western music and a hayride. Admission is $5 for all ages. A haunted house, recommended for 6- to 12-year-olds, will be open from noon to 7 p.m. at the farm museum. The cost is $4. In addition, the three-acre corn maze will be operating all day. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 11. The Voelker Orth Museum at 14919 38 Ave. in Flushing will feature scary characters in the garden, crafts, stories and surprises at its Halloween program on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $2 and children must be accompanied by an adult. King Manor Museum, the 18th-century former home of Constitution signer Rufus King, will be overrun by fall crafts, harvest foods and butter churning at the Ghouls at King Manor Museum celebration. The festivities start at noon on Saturday and go until 4 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets. Admission is free. The Friends of Maple Grove will host a Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Celebrat ion Ha ll at t he Center at Ma ple Grove, located at 127-15 Kew Gardens Road in Kew Gardens. Enjoy a classic whodunit show with your dinner for $35; members pay $25. To make a reservation, call (347) 878-6614. If you’re looking to get some exercise in, you can attend a haunted Halloween hike which will be held at the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Blvd., in Douglaston on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring a flashlight for the walk, which will be followed by hot chocolate and ghost stories. The cost is $13 for nonmembers. Reserve by calling (718) 229-4000. Flushing Town Hall, at 137-35 Northern Blvd., will host a free family event on Oct. 31 called Halloween Remixed. The bash will start at 4 p.m. in the Victorian headquarters to celebrate Halloween, All Saints’ Day and Dia de los Muertos — the Mexican holiday to remember family and friends who have died. Wear costumes, make a mask or other craft and hear ghost stories. The 34th annual Halloween Fest sponsored by the 207th Street Block Association of Bayside will be held on the grass mall at 208th Street and 42nd Avenue on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Betty the Witch will be there to hand out treats.

The pumas and bears at the Queens Zoo will get special treats inside pumpkins during the Boo at the Zoo event this weekend in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. FILE PHOTO There will also be a live scarecrow, crafts, storytelling and more. Saint Claire’s parish is hosting its annual Halloween costume party on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. at 137-35 Brookville Blvd. in Rosedale. There will be a DJ, refreshments, a costume contest, prizes and loot bags for kids. Admission is $8. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult and the church requests that no one wear a costume that features sharp objects including toy swords and lances as well as guns. Even though there is plenty to do with the little ones, Halloween isn’t just for the kiddies, and there are plenty of spots for older trick-or-treaters to have some fun. The Chutney Pride group is hosting its annual HalloQueen social on Saturday at Naresa Palace, located at 116-14 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park. Members of the LGBT community as well as allies are invited to dress in their most creative costumes to dance the night away. The haunted doors will open at 11 p.m. You must be 18 years old or older to partake in the festivities. Tickets can be purchased for $15 in advance at halloqueen2013.eventbrite.com or at the door for $20. If you’d like to do some good while you’re having fun, the B--ches Rescuing Animals Together group will host its annual Halloween party on Saturday at Gussy’s Bar, located at 20-14 29 St. in Astoria, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a DJ, raffles and a costume contest. Tickets are $15 per person but kids get in for free and all proceeds will go toward the rescue group that helps countless cats and dogs in Far Rockaway each year. Speaking of furry friends, there will be a Canine Costume Carnival on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Rockaway Freeway Dog Park at 83-02 Beach Channel Drive. This free costume contest for dogs will also have carnival games, a photo booth and face painting. Regardless of your age, Queens offers Halloween fun for everyone for little to no cost so make sure to embrace your inner goblin or ghoul and take part in the slew of community Q events offered boroughwide.


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Just about 30 years ago, a young woman from Ozone Park recorded an album entitled “She’s So Unusual,” whichbecame one of the mega-hits of 1983. In honor of that record, the pop icon Cyndi Lauper kicked off the “She’s So Unusual” 30th Anniversary Tour and made one of the stops in her hometown as part of the Kupferberg Presents Series at Queens College on Sunday. “The last time I was here, I was getting my honorary high school diploma,” she said to an almost sold-out auditorium. “I used to get in trouble back then but hell, trouble is my middle name, even now.” If there was any doubt that Lauper may have forgotten her roots, her thick and raspy New York accent eliminated them all. It was as if she had never left. Lauper performed every song from her debut album and every minute was electric. On paper, having a 60-year-old woman writhe and roll on the stage floor whipping her hot pink hair from side to side would seem tackiy and pitiful, but Lauper made it work, embracing her age, her music and the audience. “After you’ve been booed by 10,000 people at once, you’re not scared of anything anymore so I do what I want,” she said.

that got the blood pumping and the body Though there were a few rough notes, Laumoving. per’s vocals were mostly on-spot, hitting notes that many women her age would no longer be In the end, the Queens College stage was able to hit. almost the perfect size for Lauper and her Highlights included “Girls Just Wanna Have band — filled mostly with musicians who Fun,” where the entire Colden auditorium that worked with her when she was recording sits atop a hill on Kissena Boulevard and the “She’s So Unusual.” The space was large Long Island Expressway, boomed the chorus enough to accommodate a crowd but back at Lauper in unison. s m a l l e n o ug h t h a t t h e c o n c e r t f e l t Always one to speak her mind, Lauper intimate. told the story of the giggle that can be There was no fancy lighting or distractheard in her hit “She Bop” — which she ing jumbo screens that are featured in had no problem admitting is in fact many modern-day concerts. It was just about masturbation — came from. Lauper, her band and simple lighting. “I wanted to do something difThe recent Tony award-winner for best ferent so I went into a separate score for the new Broadway show “Kinky recording booth and since no one B o o t s” s a i d t h a t h e r d r e a m s we r e could see me, I took my top off and achieved by being focused, driven and star ted dancing around,” Lauper stubborn as hell. said. “I started tickling my sides and “My intention wa s always to be that’s when the laugh came out. Now, going places,” she said. “I wanted to go whenever I hear a song and I hear someone places and that’s what I did. I went from laughing I think to myself, ‘I know what I 30 years ago Cyndi Lauper a 5-floor walk-up apartment to writing had to do to get that laugh, what the hell released her debut album. the score for a Broadway show, for were they doing when they recorded it?’” COURTESY PHOTO Christ ’s sake. If you have a dream, Hunter Valentine, an all-female indie always be going places and when you band from Canada, opened for the “Time After Time” hit that wall, take a step back and look at it until you figQ singer with an incredible set of dancey yet edgy music ure out a way around it to the next plateau.”

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: EAST 80TH REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 9/3/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 40-28 College Point Boulevard, Apt. 1615, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of FSE Corona Realty, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 07/23/2004. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 48-02 48-04 108th St., Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of MJB BRONX RIVER LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/23/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 39-12 Corporal Stone Street, Apt. 3C, PO Box 610519, Bayside, NY 11361. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of PE ACEFUL PROPERT Y MANAGEMENT, LLC., a limited liability company (LLC). Arts of Org. filed with Secy. of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 08/26/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: PO BOX 520231 Flushing, NY 11352-0231. Purpose: any lawful activity.

RT REALTY GROUP LLC. Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 9/19/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC, 374 S. 2nd St., Apt. 20, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: SOPHIA ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/16/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 73-27 190th St., Fresh Meadows, NY 11366. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

ELPA LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/8/02. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, c/o Elena Tepeneu, 71-13 65th Pl., Apt. 1L, Glendale, NY 11385. General Purposes.

HOUSE ON FIRE LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 5/14/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 30-11 30th St., #1R, Astoria, NY 11102. General Purposes.

PARKASH 315 LLC. Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 8/12/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 17214 89th Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Ridgewood Realty Group LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/17/2013. Office location: Queens County. Princ. bus. addr.: 451 Seneca Ave., Queens, NY 11385. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Term: until 12/31/2099. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Significan Tech, Limited Liability Company. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/27/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 66-10 Grand Ave., Ste. 7-C, Maspeth, NY 11378. Purpose: General.

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718-938-3728 www.mairalawoffice.com NOTICE OF FORMATION, Velvet Moon Chronicles LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/25/2013. Office location: QUEENS. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served against the LLC to Velvet Moon Chronicles LLC c/o: United States Corporation Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful purpose or activity.


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49-19 21ST AVENUE REALTY LLC. Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/5/05. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of 49-19 21ST AVENUE REALTY LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 28-02 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 6743 CENTRAL AVE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/09/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 84-25 109th Street, Richmond Hill, New York 11418. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS October 24, 2013 New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC), 38-40 State Street, Albany, New York 12207, (518) 486-3379 This Notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about November 12, 2013, the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) will submit a request to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Project-Based Vouchers under section 8(o)(13) of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C.1437f(o)(13)), in accordance with section 288 (42 U.S.C. 12838), to undertake a project known as Calvary Grandparent Residences for purposes of new construction of a 5-story building for seniors/ grandparents with 53 residential units, on a 29,650 square foot vacant site at 112-02 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard a/k/a 162-25 112th Road, in the City of New York, Queens County. FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT HTFC has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at CALBAC Housing Development Fund Company, Inc., Security Desk, 160-60 Claude Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11433 and may be examined weekdays 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. The ERR can also be obtained by emailing hspitzberg@nyshcr.org. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Heather Spitzberg, Environmental Analysis Unit, NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation, 38-40 State Street, Albany, New York, 12207 or at hspitzberg@nyshcr.org. All comments received by November 8, 2013 will be considered by HTFC prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Those wishing to comment should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing. RELEASE OF FUNDS HTFC certifies to HUD that Ms. Heather Spitzberg, Esq. in her capacity as Certifying Officer consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows HTFC to use Program funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and HTFC’s certification received by November 27, 2013 or for a period of fifteen days following its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of HTFC; (b) HTFC has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to: Director of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York 10278-0068. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Ms. Heather Spitzberg, Esq., Certifying Officer, October 24, 2013

August Sunshine LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 8/12/13. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 136-20 38th Ave, #3D, Flushing, NY 11354. General Purposes.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ABIERTO ART LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/19/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 28-25 33rd Street, Apartment E8, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 8/22/2013, bearing Index Number NC-500095-06/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, in Record Room 357, grants me the right to assume the name of Bert Leroy Walton. My present name is Bertram Leroy Pendergrass aka Bert L Walton aka Bert Walton. My present address is 96-08 57th Ave., Corona, NY 11368. My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY. My date of birth is August 22, 1956.

Abmari, LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 9/6/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 38-05 Crescent St., 3H, Astoria, NY 11101. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of Cohen Fashion Optical Store No. 6, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/11/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Susan Goldberg, c/o Cohen’s Fashion Optical, 100 Quentin Roosevelt Blvd., Ste. 400, Garden City, NY 11530. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: CUSTOM BROTHERS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 6/28/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to C/O United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

DAB Capital Group LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/30/12. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 102-10 Metropolitan Ave., Ste. 2000, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General. Notice of Formation of Denton Farm LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/29/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Ganfer & Shore, LLP, 360 Lexington Ave., 14th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS COMMERCIAL MORTGAGE FORCLOSURE Index No. 10944/12 Block 9187 Lot 35 Property Address: 102-51 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill, NY 11418 Date Purchased 5/23/12 PLAINTIFF DESIGNATES QUEENS COUNTY AS PLACE OF TRIAL Plaintiff’s Address: c/o Harry Zubli, 1010 Northern Blvd, Suite 310, Great Neck, New York 11021 FLUSHING SAVINGS BANK, FSB, Plaintiffs, -againstHAIMNATH RAMSAROOP, IF HE BE LIVING, AND IF HE BE DEAD, HIS EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, HEIRS AT LAW, NEXT OF KIN, DISTRIBUTEES, LEGATEES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, JUDGMENT CREDITORS, RECEIVERS, TRUSTEES IN BANKRUPTCY, TRUSTEES, COMMITTEES, LIENORS AND SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST AND HIS HUSBANDS, WIVES OR WIDOWS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, HEIRS AT LAW, NEXT OF KIN, DISTRIBUTEES, LEGATEES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, JUDGMENT CREDITORS, RECEIVERS, TRUSTEES IN BANKRUPTCY, TRUSTEES, COMMITTEES, LIENORS AND SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST, IF ANY, AND ALL PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH OR UNDER ANY OF THEM, ALL OF WHOM AND WHOSE NAMES ARE UNKNOWN TO PLAINTIFF, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, KHEAIRA RAMSAROOP, STATE OF NEW YORK, NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, ROYAL CUTZ BARBERSHOP, Defendants. TO EACH OF THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT(S): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the verified complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the plaintiff’s attorneys within twenty days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty days after service is complete of this summons if 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 verified complaint. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof Dated: September 30, 2013, Great Neck, New York Harry Zubli Esq., Attorney for Plaintiff, 1010 Northern Blvd., Suite 310, Great Neck, NY 11021, Telephone: (516) 487-5777, Facsimile: (516) 487-4834 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: the foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Augustus C. Agate, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Queens County, dated September 12, 2013 and filed with the complaint and other papers in Queens County Clerk’s Office, Queens, NY. The object of the action is to foreclose a mortgage recorded in the NYC Registers Office, Queens County, on the 28th day of February, 2005, as CRFN 2005000118235 covering prem. k/a 102-51 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill, NY 11418. Dated: September 30, 2013. Harry Zubli, Esq., Atty for Pltf.

Notice of Formation of Better Realty NYC, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/6/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 45-43 193rd Street, Flushing, NY 11358. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE FORSYTH COUNTY DISTRICT COURT DIVISION IN THE MATTER OF: 13 JT 078 AIDEN JAMES RICHARD DOB: 09-10-11 NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION TO: Robert “Last Name Unknown” putative father of the juvenile Richard “Last Name Unknown” also known as “R.J.” – putative father of the juvenile John Doe – putative father of the juvenile TAKE NOTICE that a Juvenile Petition seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is an adjudication of Termination of your Parental Rights with respect to the above-referenced juvenile pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7B-1103. You are required to make a written answer to the Petition alleging to Terminate Parental Rights within forty (40) days after the date of this notice; and upon your failure to make a defense to the Petitions within the 40 day period specified herein or to attend the hearing on the said Petition, the Petitioner will apply to the Court for terminating your parental rights to the abovereferenced juvenile. Any counsel appointed previously to represent you and not released by the Court shall continue to represent you. If you are indigent and not already represented by appointed counsel, you are entitled to appointed counsel and provisional counsel has been appointed upon your request subject to the Court’s review at the first hearing after this service. The hearing on the Petition alleging to Terminate Parental Rights is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 9, 2013 in Courtroom 4-J of the Hall of Justice in WinstonSalem, North Carolina or as soon thereafter as the Court can hear the said case. This the 4th day of October, 2013. Theresa A. Boucher, Attorney for the Forsyth County Department of Social Services, P.O. Box 999, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101 (336) 703-3900


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INDEX NO.: 27414/10. Filed Date: 10/01/2013. SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE. MORTGAGED PREMISES: 150-24 84TH AVENUE, QUEENS, NY 11432. (BL #: 9750 – 46). Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial; venue is based upon the county in which the mortgaged premises is situate. STATE OF NEW YORK. SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS. DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE OF THE INDYMAC INDX MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2005-AR25, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-AR25 UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED OCTOBER 1, 2005, Plaintiff -againstBALADEVA SAMANICH, if living, and if dead, the respective heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignors, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and their respective husbands, wives or widows, if any, and each and every person not specifically named who may be entitled to or claim to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the verified complaint; all of whom and whose names and places of residence unknown, and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained by the Plaintiff, MAXIM MELENDEZ A/K/A CARLOS MELENDEZ A/K/A MAX MELENDEZ, CITIBANK, N.A., NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, BIN SOO PARK, PETER OZELIUS, ZACK OZELIUS, BRETT GARNET, HO SOO PARK, JUN PARK, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the attorneys for the Plaintiff within 20 days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $508,000.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Queens on October 7, 2005, at C.R.F.N. No. 2005000561056, covering premises known as 150-24 84th Avenue, Queens, NY 11432 – BL #: 9750 – 46. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. The Plaintiff also seeks a deficiency judgment against the Defendant and for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises. TO the Defendant BALADEVA SAMANICH, the foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication to an Order of the Hon. TIMOTHY J. DUFFICY of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and filed on October 1, 2013, with the Complaint in the County of Queens, State of New York. The property in question is described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Fourth Ward of the Borough and county of Queens, City and State of New York, more particularly bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING AT A POINT ON THE SOUTHERLY SIDE OF 84TH AVENUE (FORMERLY FLORIAN AVNEUE), DISTANT 228.90 FEET EASTERLY FROM THE CORNER FORMED BY THE INTERSECTION OF THE EASTERLY SIDE OF 150TH STREET (FORMERLY ALSOP STREET) WITH THE SAID SOUTHERLY SIDE OF 84TH AVENUE; RUNNING THENCE SOUTHERLY AT RIGHT ANGLES TO THE SOUTHERLY SIDE OF 84TH AVENUE, 100 FEET; THENCE EASTERLY AND PARALLEL WITH THE SOUTHERLY SIDE OF 84TH AVENUE, 41.60 FEET; THENCE NORTHERLY AGAIN AT RIGHT ANGLES TO THE SOUTHERLY SIDE OF 84TH AVENUE, 100 FEET; THENCE WESTERLY ALONG THE SOUTHERLY SIDE OF 84TH AVENUE, 41.60 FEET TO THE POINT OR PLACE OF BEGINNING. Dated: New Rochelle, N.Y. September 27, 2013. McCABE, WEISBERG & CONWAY, P.C. By: Leroy J. Pelicci, Jr., Esq., Attorneys for Plaintiff, 145 Huguenot St., Ste. 210, New Rochelle, NY 10801, p. 914-636-8900, f. 914-636-8901. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877226-5697 or visit the Department’s website at www.dfs.ny.gov. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services.

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I HAVE OFTEN WALKED

Carol’s cars, right on the boulevard

by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

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Carol Ford, at 97-71 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park, Dec. 1961. Organization, demolished the entire block between the boulevard, 64th Road, 65th Avenue and 98th Street to erect an office building, eradicating the familiar Ford landmark. O’Rourke headed east, teaming up with Raines to open a Cadillac dealership in Smithtown, LI. Upon Raines’ death, Huck took in a new partner, Steven King, and started the King O’Rourke Cadillac dynasty in Smithtown and — much closer to Queens — Lynbrook, LI. O’ Rourke died in 2008, and Lynbrook is closed, but the King O’Rourke dealership in Smithtown still puts Q folks behind the wheel to this day.

The Big East conference has undergone some seismic shifts in the past few years as it has seen many members, such as Syracuse University, Boston College, the University of Miami and the University of Pittsburgh, bolt for the greener TV and licensing grass of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Last year, the Big East, which has been home to St. John’s University since the league’s formation in 1979, underwent its biggest reorganization as the seven Catholic universities without football teams — St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova, Providence, and DePaul — broke away from the nonsectarian schools that do, such as Louisville, Rutgers, and the University of Connecticut. The football schools are now in a conference called simply The American, while the basketball-only colleges retain the Big East name. The new Big East added Xavier, Creighton and Butler to make it a 10-team league. At the Big East media day held last week at Chelsea Piers, league officials and team coaches admitted some apprehension at losing Louisville and UConn (particularly the Huskies women’s team, long the gold standard) but all parties echoed the sentiments of Commissioner Val Ackerman (who was

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Carol Motors started its humble beginnings after World War II on a small lot near the Elks Club on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst. As the business grew, a larger lot was opened at 89-01 Queens Blvd. near White Castle, and the dealer was a staple in Elmhurst for many years. Carol allegedly was the name of one of the wives of the owners and was used for good luck. The proprietors were Ray Raines, Stan Winick and Fred Lichner. Business was good, and the group later opened up a new Ford dealership at 97-71 Queens Blvd., taking over the site held since 1939 by Patterson-Schmidt Lincoln-Mercury. Carol’s service department was located on Austin Street off 63rd Drive. The dealer’s No. 1 salesman was an Irishman with seven children named James “Huck” O’Rourke Jr. With the sheer gift of his powerful personality, he could sell a car to anybody. Singer Eydie Gorme came down from the Bronx to buy her first Ford Thunderbird here from O’Rourke. But in 1962 Carol’s landlord, The LeFrak

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