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Hurricane Sandy: a true perfect storm Record strength, rare track made Sandy a uniquely powerful system by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

urricanes are not rare in New York. Dozens have hit the area in the last century, including, most recently, Irene, only 14 months ago. But Hurricane Sandy was not like most of the others. The destruction of the boardwalks in Rockaway and on the Jersey Shore, along with the record storm surge in Howard Beach and Lower Manhattan, all hint at a storm unlike any the city has seen in living memory. Sandy was not Irene, or 1985’s Hurricane Gloria, or Hurricane Belle of 1976 or even the 1938 Long Island Express storm, the strongest ever to strike land north of Cape Hatteras, NC. Hurricane Sandy now rivals the latter’s record. What caused Sandy to be a storm of record strength was a perfect confluence of different meteorological factors. Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ Monday evening as a Category 1 hurricane with top winds of around 85 mph. However, the barometric pressure upon landfall was measured at 946 millibars, just slightly better than the 941 mb-pressure recorded when the 1938 hurricane hit Long Island — as a Cate-


gory 3. In fact Sandy’s pressure at landfall was similar to that of Hurricane Hugo, a Category 4 hurricane when it struck Charleston, SC in 1989. Lower air pressure indicates stormier weather. As a general rule, the lower the barometric pressure, the stronger the storm. Category 1 hurricanes typically have a barometric pressure of around 980 to 1,000 mb, making Sandy oddly powerful for a Category 1 hurricane. Sandy was also one of the largest hurricanes in size to ever develop in the Atlantic Ocean and the largest to ever make landfall. At one point, the mass of clouds swirling around Sandy stretched from Spartanburg, SC to Quebec City, Canada and as far west as Iowa. Its size was attributed to its combining with a frontal system that stalled over the MidAtlantic. The two combined, turning Sandy into a post-tropical storm after landfall, which allowed it to maintain its strength even after it left the ocean. Tropical systems cannot survive unless they are over water. Perhaps the biggest factor that played in Sandy’s favor was the rare path it took during its life. The storm formed in the Caribbean Sea on October 22, strengthened rapidly and struck Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas before emerging over

the open Atlantic. It rode the Gulf Stream, a current of warm water that flows along the East Coast up the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Newfoundland, right up until it made the abrupt left turn toward New Jersey. That allowed the storm to continue strengthening right up until Monday. The turn itself was a rare feat, caused by a high-pressure system over the the Canadian maritime provinces that steered it into the coast. Because of the location of landfall, New York City bore the brunt of the storm. The north and east side of a hur ricane — the upper right hand quadrant — is the location with the most powerful winds and storm surge. The New York area was in that part of the stor m, which placed the city directly in the path of the strongest winds and highest storm surge, which clocked in at 13.88 feet at Battery Park, breaking the old record by more than three feet. One thing Sandy did not bring to the area was much rain. Less than an inch of rain fell on New York City during the storm. The majority of the The path of Hurricane Sandy from its birth in the Caribbean up moisture remained on the south side, the Atlantic Seaboard until its landfall in New Jersey on bringing over 5 inches of rain to Wash- Monday. Triangles indicate pre- and post-tropical status. Q ILLUSTRATION BY CYCLONEBISKIT/WIKIPEDIA. SATELLITE IMAGE BY NASA ington, DC and Baltimore, Md.


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Sandy’s storm surge stuns Howard Beach Devastated community picks up the pieces and wonders, ‘What now?’ by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

They didn’t think it would be this bad. When Hurricane Irene hit New York last August as a tropical storm, the worst Howard Beach had to deal with was some minor basement flooding and trees knocked down. But Irene was just a blip on the radar compared to what Hurricane Sandy had in store for the bayfront community. “I’d take one Irene every year for the next 10 years before I’d ever go through Sandy again,” said Diane Caruso, who walked out of her flooded home on 99th Street to find her boat lying across the road on her neighbor’s lawn. She recalled watching the boat float away from her driveway the night before. When Sandy made landfall at dusk Monday night, more than 100 miles south of Queens near Atlantic City, the storm pushed an incredible amount of water into New York Harbor and Jamaica Bay. That water rose — and rose — and rose — coming over the banks of Shellbank and Hawtree basins, into the streets and driveways, basements and especially close to Charles Park, living rooms, kitchens and dining rooms of residents. Less than 24 hours after the water rushed in, the sound of generators and emergency

George and Robin Molnar’s boat capsized in Hawtree Creek just behind their home on 99th Street. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER The storm surge reached over six feet, tossing their dock onto land. sirens echoed through the streets of Howard Beach. Even with electricity cut, some homes hit hard by the storm surge that reached more than 10 feet in some spots, struggled to dry out. Mike and Kathy Figliola had just renovated their home on 102nd Street near Coleman Square. Their first floor sits about four feet

off the ground. Unfortunately, that was not enough. The water reached higher than seven feet outside their home, flooding their basement completely and ruining their new wood floor and living room set. On Tuesday, the Figliolas began moving their furniture and rugs out onto the street.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do now,” Kathy Figliola said. “Where do you start?” In Coleman Square, the floodwaters were as high as 10 feet at one point, tossing garbage Dumpsters around like driftwood near the subway station. The surge destroyed storefronts including the office of state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). Among the items ruined in his office was a desk used by his father when he was a congressman from the area from the 1960s until 1986. Garbage pails, coolers, pillows and even a pool ladder were among the items strewn about on 102nd Street leading into Hamilton Beach, left behind by the surge as it retreated back toward Jamaica Bay. As late as Tuesday evening, First Street in Hamilton Beach remained underwater. Back on 99th Street, George and Robin Molnar lost a boat in the storm. Their house facing Hawtree Creek was inundated by over six feet of water. Behind their house, their dock was lifted up and thrown into a neighbor’s yard. One of their two boats did not survive the storm. George Molnar said he came out in the height of the storm to attempt to save it but couldn’t, and it capsized. The couple said the storm surge came into continued on page 16

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Rockaways bear Sandy’s brunt More than 100 homes burn in Breezy Point; boardwalk destroyed by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor


More than 100 homes were destroyed in an inferno that broke out in Breezy Point at the height of Hurricane Sandy. Firefighters were unable to reach the neighborhood to fight PHOTO BY RIYAD HASAN the fire due to the storm surge. But this was far worse. The water from the Atlantic Ocean met the water from Jamaica Bay, inundating the entire peninsula. At the 100th Precinct, three blocks from the beach at Beach 94th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, police officers had to be evacuated by boat after the water rose dangerously high. At the western end of the peninsula, Breezy Point was left marooned — a

deserted island cut off from the outside world. The floodwaters there were met with another element during the storm — fire. How or where it started is unknown, but the blaze quickly escalated out of control, engulfing more than 100 homes in a section of the neighborhood between Oceanside Avenue and the beach and Ocean Avenue to the east and Hudson Walk to the west. continued on page 16

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Driving down the ramp toward Shore Front Parkway off the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, it is common to catch the red light at the end of the ramp before the Rockaway Freeway. But the view from the stop light has changed. Now, the view is uninterrupted straight to the ocean. That’s not how it used to be. Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge nearly wiped the Rockaway Peninsula off the map. Where the beach ends and city begins is no longer clear. The boardwalk, which runs nearly the entire length of the nation’s largest urban beach is gone — the concrete pillars that held up the wood structure are all that’s left of the icon of the Rockaways. Sections of the boardwalk, with lampposts and benches still attached, now sit along sand-covered Shore Front Parkway and lodged on side streets, as far as Rockaway Beach Boulevard in some places. Though the Rockaway Peninsula was ordered to be completely evacuated, many people — as many as 50,000 — stayed behind. A number of residents expected a storm similar to Irene, which only caused minor damage to Rockaway in August 2011.

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Away from water, trees the top worry Power remained on for most of South Queens outside flood zone by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

While Howard Beach struggled under rising floodwaters, other neighborhoods in South Queens were left to worry about falling trees, power lines and whether or not the lights would stay on. Power held for most of southern Queens, especially in Ozone Pa r k a n d Wo o d h ave n , t h o u g h South Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park lost ser vice f airly early in the storm. Though most residents in Ozone Park had electricity, businesses on Cross Bay B o u l eva r d s o u t h o f L i b e r t y Avenue were dark after the storm and traffic lights were out for the stretch between Liberty and the Conduit. Falling trees and live power lines were a major concern for residents during and after the storm. A woman from South Richmond Hill, Lauren Abraham, 23, was killed when she stepped outside her home on 105th Avenue n e a r 1 3 4 t h Ave n u e d u r i n g t h e storm and a live power line fell and electrocuted her. A number of trees fell, blocking

roads throughout the area. In some locations, trees took out electrical lines, but cut power only to one or two houses on a single block. A large tree crashed down onto Woodhaven Boulevard, blocking all but one northbound and right before Jamaica Avenue. The tree remained on the road on Wednesday, forcing commuters waiting for buses to wait on the median between the northbound service and express lanes. Woodhaven also suffered the loss of its iconic 40-foot tall evergreen tree at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue. The tree has for decades been the site of the neighborhood’s Christmas celebration and was decorated each year with lights and ornaments. Forest Park saw extensive tree damage, with fallen limbs and trunks blocking Forest Park Drive. A tree struck the roof of the Forest Park Carousel, which recently closed for the season, but there was no damage to the ride itself, just to a small portion of the roof, according to its operator, New York Carousel.

R e s o r t s Wo r l d C a s i n o N ew York City closed its doors during regular hours for the f irst time since opening a year ago on Monday at 4 p.m. The casino, however, suffered no damage and reopened on Wednesday. For most residents, Sandy’s aftermath was dedicated to sharing stories of the storm and focusing concern on relatives and friends south of the Belt Parkway. As power was out in the neighborhoods to the south, many residents from there crowded into the shops in Ozone Park and Richmond Hill looking for food and supplies and talking about the storm and its aftermath. For many in South Queens, the hurricane was a storm to remember. Rachel Torie, a flight attendant who moved to Ozone Park over the summer from her lifelong home on the Texas Gulf Coast, s a i d t h a t wh i l e s h e wa s n o stranger to hurricanes — having survived both Rita in 2005 and Ike in 2008 — Sandy was major even by her standards. “This was a big stor m,” she said. “And we know something about big hurricanes in Texas.” Q

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Recovering from the devastation, together urricane Sandy was a horrific event, by far the worst thing to happen to New York City since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. And while the two events are vastly different in scope and impact — Sandy is known so far to have killed 34 people in the city, while nearly 3,000 died in the massacre at the World Trade Center — they have more in common than just the temporary closure of the New York Stock Exchange. Because Sandy, like the Sept. 11 attacks, has shown how lives can be changed or ended in an instant, and has brought out the best in many of those who survived it. Cooperation is among those things most needed right now to get through the aftermath of the storm. And it’s what we’re seeing, for the most part, all over Queens. Families washed out of their homes in Howard Beach and Broad Channel, for example — as well as those burned out of them in the devastating fire that destroyed so much of Breezy Point — are being welcomed with open arms by friends and relatives. Yes, there was looting in the Rockaways, and rumors of it elsewhere, but those crimes are being committed by the few. The many are taking care of their neighbors in need, whether by helping clean up the mess, storing food in their freezers,


letting them charge their cell phones, letting them stay over, giving them rides into Manhattan for work ... in every way you can think of and probably more. Here at the Chronicle, we opened our doors this week to two other community newspapers whose offices are without power so they could publish — one of them a direct competitor. They, like us, are determined to keep the readers informed about the rebuilding process that has begun and will continue into the foreseeable future. Helping them out may seem like a small thing, but we did what we could — and if you’ve ever seen an editor or publisher faced with the possibility of not getting a paper out, you know it’s no small thing. The hurricane reminds us all of what’s most important in life. Belongings can be replaced and homes repaired. Gas lines eventually will shorten and businesses will reopen. It’s the relationships between people that really matter the most. We don’t need to say that everyone should team up and work together to get through the multiple crises brought on by the hurricane, because we know everyone already is. Just look at the praise New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave to President Obama when the president promised the federal

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It’s our park Dear Editor: When one thinks of Flushing Meadows Corona Park there seem to be different opinions on exactly what the park is. Some see it as multiple soccer fields connected by green space and others see it as a park that has soccer f ields in it. These opposing viewpoints are really what is at the heart of the professional soccer stadium argument. Mr. Abbot, the president of Major League Soccer, in his letter to the editor (“No loss of fields,” Letters, Oct. 18) is fast to assure that his stadium will not result in a loss of soccer fields. He then spends seven additional paragraphs speaking of the role of soccer in the community. I contend, like many other local people, that the park is just that — a park ("Parks for the people," Letters, Oct. 25). I contend that recreation is not just playing soccer. If anyone were to visit the park during the warm months they would see thousands of Queens residents at the park. They come with family and friends. They come as large groups, couples and singles. Yes, some are playing or watching soccer games, but many others are picnicking, barbecuing, sunbathing, playing volleyball, bike riding, tricycle riding and doing a myriad of other activities. These are the people who will be displaced when the park becomes the home of © Copyright 2012 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc. at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, N.Y. 11374-7769.

government would do all it could, and quickly, to assist in the recovery effort. Christie is as ardent a Republican as they come and an opponent of the president — though it is possible he privately wants him re-elected so he can run for the White House in 2016. Regardless, the cooperation between the two sets a good model. In the end we are one community, however divided we seem during election season. In less than a week we’ll be casting ballots in the race for the White House between Obama and challenger Mitt Romney. That’s where we can show our divisions, but in a way that also brings us together as Americans and has for more than 200 years. Some want to delay voting because of the hurricane, such as northern Queens City Councilman Dan Halloran, who’s running against Flushing Assemblywoman Grace Meng for Congress, but it’s not happening. While Halloran’s concerns about getting the power fixed at polling places and the Board of Elections’ poor track record in problem-solving are legitimate, we will be voting on Nov. 6. And afterward we will come together to support the president, whoever he will be. Just as today we are coming together to support one another, here in the greatest city and greatest country in the world. We will recover, together.


a professional soccer stadium, parking lots and “new and improved” soccer f ields. These are the people who will lose their green space. Replacement green space is not available in Queens, so that is a straw man argument. Flushing Meadows Corona Park doesn’t have $100 million donors to ensure it remains a people’s green park (try putting the stadium in Central Park!). It is the park of the working and middle classes. Unfortunately, many of our politicians seem to have abandoned us. We need to all speak out to ensure that our park remains just a park that has soccer fields in it. Ellen Minaker Jamaica

A historic hurricane Dear Editor: We rode out Hurricane Sandy but suffered widespread damage to our electrical, property and transportation systems. As reported by Gov. Cuomo, we had two million people without power and over 4,000 trees down, many in Queens. I lived through Hurricane Donna in 1960, but Hurricane Sandy was of historic and maybe even Biblical proportions. But thanks are due to Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano who, via their mobilizing efforts with various agencies, have tried to keep us all safe. Their safety tips and

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Bloomberg, dietary despot Dear Editor: (An open letter to the City Council of New York, sent to all members) I had written to my city councilman, Dan Halloran, the other day about my family’s experience at the AMC Bay Terrace movie theater, which was doing a trial run of the law which is to go into effect next March. I thought it only fair to address each of you, as the legislative body of the City of New York, with respect to Mayor Bloomberg’s unilateral revision of the NYC Health Law to prohibit the sale of larger-than-16-ounce sweetened soda, including Classic Coke. Although my g randuncle, Mario J. Cariello, was the borough president of Queens from 1963 to 1969, I have never thought it necessary to write to a public official until now. I need to know from each and every one of you how you could sit idly by while a tyrannical mayor promulgates a law that restricts the most basic of the personal freedoms of your constituents, that of their personal diet. I can no longer go on like my apathetic, sleepwalking fellow citizens who I see reading about the soda ban in the local papers and just plodding on like everything is okay. Well, everything is not okay. Our founding fathers fought and killed for the freedoms that your chamber watched get taken away from the citizens at the suggestion of a mayor and the “rubber stamp” of eight members of the Board of Health. All of this was done without any semblance of a democratic process. In so doing, they restricted my ability, as a 5-foot, 7-inch, 165 pound person, to purchase a large Coke Classic to share with my family. The very same Board of Health allows me to purchase a thirty-two ounce Diet Coke or Coke Zero, which contain aspartame and phenylalanine. Nothing about this law is okay. Although the local newspapers jokingly ran portrayals of Mayor Bloomberg as a “nanny,” this is not a joking matter, and the restriction of a citizen’s rights should never be trivialized. I can assure you that neither King George III nor Napoleon restricted the diets of their citizenry. No government on Earth has the authority to infringe on that aspect of an individual’s sovereignty, the right to choose what and how much they eat, for any reason. You, as a City Council member not only

represent me but, most of all, you represent yourselves in that chamber. What kind of individual elected to legislative office would sit idly by and watch so great an attack on what it means to be American, the basic freedom to choose what and how much we eat? I can understand that Mayor Bloomberg is a very wealthy and influential citizen whose power has a broad sweep, but to sell out what we all were taught in third-grade history about our basic freedoms is absolutely unfathomable. I myself sat idly by while your chamber allowed Mayor Bloomberg to hijack a third term by overturning a citizen referendum restricting mayoral term limits to two, only to watch each of you go against the will of the citizens and afford him that third term. I can no longer remain silent. You would be shortsighted to dismiss this letter as the ramblings of some “lunatic” as opposed to the outraged father of two small children who need to grow up in a world where the government, be it local, state or federal, will both respect and protect their individual sovereignty and their “inalienable” right to enjoy the most basic of freedoms, the right to choose what and how much they eat. Let me get this straight: our soldiers are f ighting the Taliban in Afghanistan while the mayor of the greatest city on Earth is telling us what and how much food we can put into our bodies. This is embarrassing to your legislative body. If what Mayor Bloomberg did was, in fact, legal, and not contrary to our City Charter, then I need to know from each and every one of you what you are going to do to amend the City Charter and repeal this repugnant law to protect the rights of my fellow citizens in perpetuity from anything like this ever happening again. If there is a single one of you who disag rees with the words and sentiments expressed in this letter, then I challenge you, individually or collectively, to a debate of this issue in a public forum of your own choosing. If you agree, then I need to know what you as my representative body are going to do to immediately address this wanton intrusion of government run amok. This letter has been sent to each and every member of the City Council with my own personal funds and if I do not hear a response to this letter, I will make it my life’s mission to awaken the Patrick Henry in each and every one of those citizens you think are sleepwalking and you will wind up on the wrong side of history. William J. Cariello III Flushing Editor’s note: Councilman Halloran is a vocal opponent of the large sugary drinks ban.


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planned evacuations did save lives — although some did not take this situation seriously enough and could have endangered f irst responders. I also praise those first responders, who went above and beyond the call of duty to protect us. Around the corner from my house in Glen Oaks Village there was a very large tree ripped from its roots that fell near a co-op apartment. This scene was repeated all over Glen Oaks Village and all over Queens. As reported, neighbor helped neighbor and stranger helped stranger. New Yorkers proved once again that when things were at their very worst, we were at our very best. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks


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Vote Addabbo in the 15th Senate District outh Queens is well-served by two lawmakers who will be going head to head on Election Day: Democratic state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and Republican City Councilman Eric Ulrich. Like many in the community, we want them both to remain in office. There’s only one way to do that: Vote for Addabbo. If the senator wins, Ulrich does not lose his council seat, because he’s not up for re-election until next year. Which means that if Addabbo wins, the citizens win. Maintaining the status quo is not the only reason to reelect the senator, however. Both candidates say job creation is a top priority. But it’s Addabbo who’s held half a dozen job fairs for the community since being elected, drawing hundreds of companies to Atlas Park, Aqueduct and Resorts World to meet with thousands of people seeking employment. That’s solid constituent service. As a state senator, Addabbo also had a hand in getting Resorts World built in the first place. Now the casino at Aqueduct employs about 1,700 people — 60 percent, or about 1,000 of them — from Queens. Ulrich has been


criticizing Resorts World for falling short of its pledge to take 70 percent of its employees from the borough, but it agreed to do that when it was expecting to have only 900 people on the payroll. Sixty percent of 1,700 is a lot more than 70 percent of 900. Resorts World has also contributed about $658 million in much-needed education funding to the state, and another $500,000 to 37 community organizations. It’s been a boon to South Queens and all of New York, and Addabbo deserves some of the credit for that. That may be part of the reason Addabbo was recently endorsed by Gov. Cuomo, who’s very selective about his endorsements, even for fellow Democrats. In announcing his support, the governor called Addabbo “a man of courage” who has cast “tough votes.” The senator from the 15th District has backed the governor on a number of issues including the state budget and ethics reform. He’s also been a strong supporter of education funding. Ulrich, as we said, has been a fine councilman. He’s only 27 and potentially has several decades of public service ahead of him. He’s been successful in areas such as

cleaning up graffiti, living up to his promises. But we don’t agree with Ulrich on every issue. He would, for example, cut state business taxes by 20 percent, but the benefit of that is questionable, and he hasn’t offered a way to replace the lost revenue, when Albany really needs it. He’s also more inclined to support hydrofracking, the dangerous natural gas extraction method, than Addabbo, who utterly opposes it because of its potential to harm the city’s water supply. And Addabbo is a stronger supporter of gun control. Backers of both candidates, many from outside the district, have been flooding residents’ mailboxes with fliers, most of them attacking the other guy. State Republicans, for example, have been beating up Addabbo for backing temporary city tax increases after Sept. 11, 2001. No one likes tax hikes, but they were necessary and were later repealed. Ironically, the GOP is partially paying for these mailers with funds donated by Mayor Bloomberg — who proposed those very tax hikes. We’ve got two fine officials in this race. Keep both in office — by voting Addabbo for Senate on Nov. 6.

Hurricane Sandy help-drive at Atlas Park The owner of The Shops at Atlas Park is teaming with the office of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) to accept donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy through Sunday night. Macerich Co., which owns the mall, has set aside space in the old Borders book-

store for people to drop off canned and nonperishable food, clothing and cleaning supplies for the needy who were affected by the storm. Hundreds of thousands of homes in the region were still without power. Crowley and Macerich are asking anyone willing to

donate to bring their items to the mall at 8000 Cooper Ave. in Glendale. Residents will be given access to bathroom facilities and means of recharging their personal electronic devices. “Hurricane Sandy caused unprecedented damage to thousands of homes throughout

the city, but as always, New Yorkers are coming together to help those in need,” Crowley said in a statement issued by her office on Thursday. Donations started Thursday, and will be collected at Atlas Park from 10 a.m. to 8 Q p.m. through this Sunday.

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Funds for homeowners, businesses The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that disaster aid has been made available to the State of New York to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Sandy. The action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Queens, Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond and Suffolk counties. The economic impact from Sandy could exceed $25 billion in insured and uninsured losses, CNN Money reported Tuesday, citing estimates from Kinetic Analysis Corp., an international firm that analyzes risks and projects the impact of catastrophic events. The application period opened on Oct. 27. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, lowcost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Federal funding is also available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-

sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for Queens and the other affected counties. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. FEMA said Michael Byrne has been named as the federal coordinating officer for recovery operations in the affected areas. Byrne said damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in a designated county, such as Queens, can begin applying for assistance by registering online at, by web enabled mobile device at or by calling 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or 1 (800) 462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT seven days a week, and will continue until further notice. Q

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by Joseph Orovic Chronicle Contributor

The morning after Hurricane Sandy left Queens many found themselves staring down the daunting task of collecting the pieces of their former lives and hoping to get a quick answer from insurers. The good news is if your car and home are insured, a system is in place to handle the damage. First, don’t panic. A few common-sense steps will help you navigate the waters with less stress.

Homeowners • Be cautious: When navigating your home and inspecting for damage, always take a “safety first” approach, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Walk the perimeter outside and keep an eye open for any structural deficiencies or potentially loose and dangerous objects, and stay away from loose or dangling power lines. • Call your insurer: Make sure you know the essentials of your policy ahead of time and exactly what sort of coverage you have before calling your insurance company. Bear in mind, Gov. Cuomo ruled Sandy was a tropical storm, which should have a noticeable effect on the deductible on a claim (hurricanes typically require a bigger out-ofpocket expense from homeowners).

• Make a record: take photographs and video, if possible, of all damage that resulted from the hurricane. • Fix it if needed: If you can’t get in touch with your insurance company and have emergency repairs that require immediate attention, take photographic evidence of the damage before addressing it out of pocket if you can, a State Farm spokesperson told Reuters. Insurers will reimburse you for the expense of such repairs. Remember to keep all receipts. • Know your rights: The state’s Department of Finance has an Insurance Department specifically designed to help distraught

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Car owners • Call the insurer: Know your insurance plan and what it covers. If you only have liability coverage, you’re out luck. All expenses are your own. If you have a “comprehensive” insurance plan, call your agent or insurance company as soon as you can and begin filing a claim. • Record the damage: Be sure to take a pho-

tographic and possibly video record of the car’s state as you found it. Then, do your best to keep it that way. If your car’s condition could deteriorate over time, try stopping things from getting worse by using a protective cover. Keep your receipts. • Check before you start the car: A wet air f ilter or interior are a good indicator of whether or not your car was flooded enough to cause engine issue. The air filter is prominently under the hood of most cars, often at one of the front corners under a plastic lid. If it’s wet, don’t start it, according to AAA. You’re going Q to need a mechanic.


Charities ready to help victims Now that Hurricane Sandy has passed, don’t give in to the very real urge to despair. A number of major charities and city programs have stepped in to help. The Red Cross has helped 2,216 Queens residents to date. Arguably the simplest yet most effective help is the Red Cross’ “Safe and Well” program, which is an open list that allows loved ones to see you’re OK. For further help, call 1 (877) 733-2767. The Red Cross is also accepting monetary donations. Visit, call the above number, or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10. The Queens Economic Development Corporation is encouraging local businesses to seek assistance from the city’s Department of Small Business Services. The Business Assistance Program is doling out emergency loans of up to $10,000. An emergency sales tax letter allows businesses to avoid state and city excise on purchases geared towards rebuilding. “Swing” offices for temporarily displaced businesses are also available. Find out more about these and other programs Q by calling 311.

consumers wrangle with troublesome insurers. Keep their toll-free number handy and call when your hitting a wall with your insurer: 1 (800) 342-3736.

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Buses back, trains ahead of schedule Transit restart tops most optimistic estimates; some tunnels remain shut by Michael Gannon Editor

Buses were back in full operation Wednesday morning in the wake of Hur ricane Sandy, and limited subway service began coming back on line by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, three to four days ahead of the most optimistic estimates of Monday evening. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority had shut down bus, subway and commuter train service at 7 p.m. on Sunday night in anticipation of the storm. It was the second such shutdown in the authority’s history, the first being for Hurricane Irene in 2011. Bridges and tunnels were shut down by the MTA and state as weather conditions worsened. According to a statement from Gov. Cuomo’s office the 7, C, E, G and Q lines, which all serve Queens to varying degrees, remained suspended. The A line began service making all local stops between Lefferts Boulevard and Jay Street/Metro Tech in Brooklyn; and Penn Station and 168th Street in Manhattan. F trains began operating on a schedule that included all local stops between 179th Street in Jamaica and Herald Square-34th Street in Manhattan. J trains are operating between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street in Brooklyn, while

An F train sits in the station at 169th Street in Jamaica less than three hours before the city’s transit system shut down on Sunday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. Several lines serving Queens PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON began coming back into service on Wednesday. the M train is running between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. N trains will serve all local stops between Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria and Herald Square-34th Street.

Lower Manhattan, with some of the most severe damage, is likely to be the last area to get subway service fully restored. All bridges and tunnels were at least partially open on Wednesday with the exception of the Queens Midtown Tunnel and the Hugh

Carey, or Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg banned vehicles with fewer than three occupants from entering Manhattan from 6 a.m. to midnight on Thursday and Friday. Bloomberg also temporarily lifted the ban on ride-sharing in taxis and livery cabs. The taxis are required to charge the normal metered fare, with the fee for extra passengers to be negotiated up front. The mayor’s office suggested $10. Long Island Rail Road service remained suspended at Penn Station though Cuomo was anticipating shuttle buses between there and the Jamaica hub by Wednesday night. He said the MTA was aiming to have hourly service on the LIRR’s Ronkonkoma and Port Washington branches by morning rush hour on Thursday. John F. Kennedy International Airport remained open throughout the storm, though individual carriers all suspended flights into and out of the city. LaGuardia Airport was closed, but reopened on Thursday. Thousands of flights were cancelled, and both the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates both airports, and the governor’s office were asking passengers with tickets to check with their individual airlines to determine flight schedules Q in the coming days.

Hurricane Sandy spares parts of boro Trees, power lines down, but floods and other troubles kept minimal by Michael Gannon

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The wind and rain from Hurricane Sandy still were hitting Queens, though mildly, as the cleanup effort began on Tuesday. Issues of flooding and loss of power depended largely on geography and good fortune. “We were lucky,” said Christine Coppinger of 77th Place in Middle Village, as she was clearing the remnants of a fallen tree from the road. “I don’t think anyone on this block lost power.” Her neighbor Donna Hilbert said there was one injury on the block, a woman who was hurt by a fallen tree when she went to check on her elderly mother down the street. Both women said streets south of Juniper Valley Park — with more overhead power lines — fared far worse, in the section of Middle Village believed to be one of the first to lose power in Queens. Numerous residents placed their loss of power between 3 and 3:45 p.m., but all interviewed agreed that it was before the storm kicked into full gear after 5 p.m. Harriet Koch of 72nd Street pointed to a young tree in the strip by her curb which had been uprooted and was leaning against its neighbor. “That happened before the storm really hit,” she said. And while the ensuing high winds didn’t knock the leaning tree over, they did drop a bough from another tree through the rear windshield of Koch’s car. Karen Taverone, also of 71st Street, said residents were trying their best to function around downed

trees until the Sanitation Department could come by. Coppinger and Hilbert said no cars appeared to be damaged on 77th Place, as residents on their street know better than to park near the trees in high winds. “These swamp maples are terrible,” Coppinger said. The owner of a white Volkswagen on 74th Street, south of the park, was not as fortunate when a massive tree — large enough to block off the entire street at the fork with Pleasantview Street — came toppling down. The homes along the street fared better. Jan Foreman, who has lived on 74th Street for eight years, said while he did lose power shortly after 3 p.m., damage was limited to a fence being knocked down. “No big deal,” he said. A man who identified himself only as Martin said his house appeared to have suffered nothing more than the loss of a few roof shingles. Several residents said flooding was not an issue in their homes. “There seemed to be hardly any rain,” said Linda McQuail of 70th Street. “It was all wind.” The wind also took its toll on the other side of Woodhaven Boulevard. Hermina Goldberg of Alderton Street in Rego Park had a cherry tree from her yard fall onto her car. “It was about 40 years old,” she said. “It was a small tree when we moved here in 1979, and we watched it grow.” It caused a dent in the car’s roof, and cracked the windshield. continued on page 26

Prudent shoppers at Vitelio’s Market Place in Forest Hills looked to stock up on milk and other essentials on Sunday afternoon, a few hours before Hurricane Sandy struck. Forest Hills and Rego Park sustained relatively light damage compared to PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON other parts of Queens.

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Debris left behind by the 10-foot storm surge that struck Coleman Square in Howard Beach. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

A boat tossed onto the sidewalk on 99th Street in Howard Beach.


South Queens surveys Sandy’s aftermath Fallen trees, power lines, debris left behind by storm surge litter streets by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

While residents in the Rockaways, Broad Channel and Howard Beach grapple with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge, neighborhoods away from the water dealt with downed trees and power lines blocking roads Q and sidewalks.

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An American flag torn to shreds by Hurricane PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER Sandy’s winds.

A traffic light moved by the wind on 103rd Avenue in Ozone Park. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

A house in Belle Harbor destroyed by the storm surge. PHOTO BY JAN SCHULMAN

99th Street near Charles Park in Howard Beach was hit by a 10-foot storm surge, but is located in PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER a Zone B evacuation area.

Left behind by the receding storm surge in Hamilton Beach, a PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER concrete angel remained intact.

A tree crushed a house on Woodhaven Boulevard in Woodhaven. PHOTO BY JAN SCHULMAN

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Survivors question evacuation plans Howard Beach, in Zone B, was not ordered to leave before hurricane by Sebastien Malo & Francesca Trianni Chronicle Contributors

Amid the cleanup in Howard Beach Tuesday, some residents said they were not adequately warned about the severity of the storm, which caused the normally calm basins in the neighborhood to swell by more than 10 feet. Howard Beach was among Queens’ hardest hit areas, along with the Rockaways and Broad Channel, according to Fire Department Chief George Haley of the 51st Battalion. The neighborhood is classified as a Zone B evacuation area, meaning that it was expected to experience flooding from only a Category 2 or stronger hurricane. Sandy was classified as a Category 1 hurricane, which only forced the evacuation of lowerlying Zone A areas such as the Rockaways, Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach. On Saturday, Mayor Bloomberg issued a mandatory evacuation order of Zone A, but the order did not extend to Zone B and C residents, who were encouraged to stay home and make contingency plans.

On 95th Street, Gina Montefuscio stood helplessly in front of her family home surrounded by soggy couches and wet family memorabilia. Montefuscio, a 42-year-old single mother, said that she was not told to leave her two-floor bungalow because she lives outside the evacuation area. On her street, men and women of all ages could be seen emptying their basements as pipes gushed water onto the streets. Montefuscio’s house, just a few feet from Hawtree Creek, was flooded up to the second floor. “I salvaged stuff the last time” she said, referring to last year’s flooding by Irene. “This time everything is gone: My pictures are gone, everything is gone. I’ve been crying all day.” When Irene hit in August 2011, water rose two feet in their basement. With that in mind, she placed sandbags by the doors before the storm, elevated appliances with bricks and set up a water pump. But this time, it wasn’t enough. On Monday, Montefuscio saw water rush in from the window of her first floor living room as she

scrambled with her 15-year-old son C.J. to bring their belongings to safety. She decided to retreat to the second floor when she saw the refrigerator floating in her kitchen. By that time, the water was up to her waist. Without electricity or running water, Montefuscio says she nevertheless intends to stay home — in large part due to her father’s disability. “We’re not bringing our father to a shelter,” said Montefuscio’s sister, Lisa, who came from Long Island to help clean up. But their dogged search for a generator — she had called 15 people so far — had not yielded any success. Just a few blocks away, 28-yearold David Silva said he spent two sleepless nights moving furniture and appliances to the second floor of the house that belongs to his father-in-law, William Ryan. But 14 feet of water engulfed the deck, then the first floor, and eventually made its way to the second floor of the canal-front home. Ryan, 56, gazed at the debris and broken glass littering his home

Cars were tossed around by a large storm surge near PS 146, a number of blocks from Hawtree Creek in Howard Beach, which sits in Zone B. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

of 40 years. “I’m selling,” he said. “I can’t do this anymore.” Ryan and Silva say they wish they had prepared better for the flood. “I would have moved everything from here with a moving truck, had I known,” Ryan said.

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Surge shocks Howard Beach

Rockaways bear Sandy’s brunt

continued from page 5 the neighborhood as early as 5 p.m. on Monday, peaking at around 9 p.m. and not receding until almost dawn on Tuesday. “This is like Katrina,” Robin Molnar said. Closer to Charles Park, the damage got progressively worse. The surge seemed to have torn the guts out of homes. Furniture, assorted pieces of wood, concrete and Sheetrock all sat in the streets and on the sidewalk. Cars Flooded basements, like Andrew Falzon’s on 82nd Street, tossed about ended up on the were common in Howard Beach, far from Jamaica Bay. paths in Charles Park. The PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER surge was high enough to move vehicles as far north as 158th Avenue. despite its being nearly a quarter mile The area west of Cross Bay Boulevard away from any body of water, flooding not did not fare much better. The storm surge only basements, but also some first floors. In Lindenwood, garages and basements flooded out a number of businesses on Cross Bay and rushed into the street suffered flooding closer to the Brooklyn almost as far north as the Belt Parkway. In border, where Spring Creek rose into the Shellbank Basin, docks stood straight up streets, but the lights were on in some of the stores in the neighborhood’s shopping in the air or were shattered. Andrew Falzon said he saw the storm center and in its high-rise condos. Lindenwood did suffer bad tree damsurge come down his block on 82nd Street near St. Helen Church in both directions, age. A large tree leaned against the first four floors of one of the buildings on rising to over a foot in height. 151st Avenue and a number of others “It was terrifying,” he said. A few blocks away on 87th Street, the blocked streets closer to the Brooklyn Q water rose to the first floors of homes border.

continued from page 5 Firef ighters were unable to f ight the blaze because the storm surge was too high and kept f ire trucks from reaching the neighborhood. The fire left Breezy Point a barren wasteland resembling a city in the heart of war. The homes of Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) and Mike Long, chairman of the New York State Conservative Party, were among those destroyed by the fire. Throughout the night, rescue workers struggled to save trapped residents as fire crews tried to control a number of fires that erupted on the peninsula besides the inferno in Breezy Point. A row of stores on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 116th Street burned to the ground. At one point, unable to get water from the fire hydrants, firefighters and other residents tried to control the blaze with seawater from the storm surge. By Tuesday morning, the National Guard arrived on the peninsula after setting up a staging area in Howard Beach. Waterfront homes in Belle Harbor were destroyed, mansions reduced to rubble. Wood planks, shingled roofs and personal items lay scattered on the beach and street for blocks. Even two days later, firefighters and displaced residents walked among smoldering ruins in Breezy Point and Rockaway Park, trying to piece together what was left of their neighborhoods. Police patrolled the

streets as concerns rose about the possibility of looting. Broad Channel, which was hardest hit by Irene last summer, was also devastated by Sandy. The storm surge washed away a number of homes and forced residents who stayed behind onto their roofs to wait for rescue. The floodwaters left behind a scene of destruction. A fishing boat sat in the center of Cross Bay Boulevard. For the residents of Rockaway, the first days after the storm were a rough adjustment. Hungry and homeless residents lined up at the 100th Precinct Wednesday morning looking for food, clothes or shelter. A riot nearly broke out in Broad Channel on Wednesday when people gathered after hearing an unfounded rumor that representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency would be in the neighborhood to answer questions. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway), whose office was destroyed by the storm, set up shop at the office of his colleague Assemblyman Mike Miller (DWoodhaven) on Woodhaven Boulevard near Forest Park. Goldfeder, who surveyed the damage in his district on Tuesday, said the hurricane had altered it drastically. “I think my entire district is underwater, except for Ozone Park,” he said the day after Q the storm.

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Casino cuts cake at 1st birthday party $500K handed out to local groups at first anniversary celebration by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Slicing into a cake shaped like its colorful building, management and staff from Resorts World Casino New York City celebrating the entertainment venue’s first birthday Thursday. The casino at Aqueduct Racetrack opened Oct. 28, 2011, a decade after slots were approved at the site by the state Legislature. After three failed bid processes, Genting, a Malaysian-based company, won the bid, broke ground in October 2010 and opened a year later. Now, after 12 months in business, the casino is boasting its record as the most profitable on the East Coast, raking in more than $635 million in profits in its first year, nearly $450 million of which went to education. “While we never doubted this would be a successful venture, not only for Resorts World Casino New York City, but for the Queens community and New York State, we have far exceeded expectations,” said Michael Speller, president of Resorts World, at the f irst anniversary celebration on Thursday. Hosted by Cat Greenleaf, star of the NBC show “Talk Stoop,” the event also featured a performance by a dancer from the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe and presentation of checks to representatives of the 37 local organizations that received a combined $500,000 from Genting’s charity

Resorts World Casino’s New York City first birthday cake was a model of the South Ozone Park PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER building. organization, Genting Gives. The money comes on top of the $175,000 the company has already given out. As part of its agreement with the state to operate the casino, Genting is required to give 1 percent of its annual prof its to the community. Speller said he was “thrilled” to be able to give that money out on Thursday. “Going forward we’ll continue to do that and we’ll identify as we go forward who

those recipients will actually be and we’ll do it every year,” he said. “Whether it’ll be on an annual or quarterly basis, we haven’t finalized that.” Speller said there was a committee that convened and looked over the requests and community relationships of the organizations which came requesting some of that money. He said the group looked especially at the local aspect of the organizations and how they

serve the communities around the casino. Resorts World also handed big checks to State Lottery Commissioner Robert Williams and Racing and Wagering Board Chairman, — and former Queens state senator — John Sabini with the total money given to the education fund and the New York Racing Association respectively. The celebration also included best wishes from a number of local officials including Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica), Borough President Helen Marshall, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) and Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton. Resorts World employee Eric Rodriguez, who has worked for the casino since its opening, also shared a few words on his experience as an employee. As far as the casino’s second year, Speller said he expects to business to continue to be strong and announced that the long-awaited subway link to the A train will open next month. The enclosed walkway connecting the casino to the subway is completed and workers are putting the final touches on the station itself. Speller also pointed out that the casino is running shuttles to Jamaica station and buses from the four Chinatowns in New York City; Manhattan, Flushing and two in Q Brooklyn.

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Scenes from the Aqueduct casino’s first anniversary celebration

Representatives from the 37 organizations that received some of the $500,000 handed PHOTOS BY DOMENICK RAFTER out through “Genting Gives” accept the donation.

A performer with the China Disabled People’s Dance Troupe performs the Peacock Dance from “My Dream.”

Cat Greenleaf, a former Queens journalist and host of the NBC show “Talk Stoop,” served as the celebration’s Master of Ceremonies.

Democratic District Leader and Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio stops for a picture with Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz.

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Addabbo Family Health Center opens its seventh Queens location by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

The number of hospitals in Queens may be fewer, but one healthcare network is expanding. The Addabbo Family Health Center cut the ribbon on its seventh location at 105-24 Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park on Oct. 26. The new location, which joins others in Jamaica and Rockaway, will offer general medical care, dental, OB/GYN and pediatric services. The center will also partner with Fidelis Care at the site to serve uninsured and underinsured patients. “We look forward to filling the medical void that exists in the Ozone Park community,” said Dr. J.R. Peter Nelson, chief executive officer of the Addabbo Family Health Center. “Our hallmark to success in our past endeavors, commitment to quality care, state-of-theart technology and excellent customer service, have provided us with a roadmap to providing our newest patients the excellent care that is the Addabbo trademark.” The centers are part of an organization established in 1987 shortly after the death of former Rep. Joe Addabbo Sr., who championed the cause of affordable healthcare in South and Southeast Queens, which he represented in Congress for more than 20 years. His son, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-

Borough President Helen Marshall, left, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and Addabbo Family Health Center CEO Dr. J.R. Peter Nelson cut the ribbon on the center’s newest facility in Ozone Park, due PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER to open in December. Howard Beach), attended the ribbon cutting and said the center is a testament to his father’s legacy. “It’s really great to see this center opening when it is needed the most,” he said at the

ceremony. Nelson said the center’s main goal is to fill the void left by the closing of many of the borough’s hospitals including two in Southeast Queens — Mary Immaculate in Jamaica and

Peninsula in the Rockaways. The new location is funded through $2 million in grants from the State of New York and the New York State Health Foundation. “The Ozone Park facility will challenge us to do our best,” said Dr. Alfonso Chan, the site’s medical director, noting the community has been devoid of hospitals since the closure of Mary Immaculate as well as Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills. Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is the only local one left for South Queens residents. Borough President Helen Marshall, who also attended the ribbon cutting, said a center like this one is sorely needed in other parts of the borough including Astoria, where Mt. Sinai Hospital Queens is overwhelmed and many patients have to be taken to Manhattan for treatment. Though the site has specific focuses, Nelson said patients who have needs best served by either of the Addabbo Center’s others sites would be transferred to it from the Rockaway Boulevard office. The Ozone Park site is not yet open for business and is projected to open on Dec. 3. At the start, the hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but Dr. Nelson said he would like to see weekend hours added in the future. For more information on the new office, Q call (718) 945-7150 ext. 7102.

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‘Geraldine Ferraro Way’ dedicated at Austin and Ascan in Forest Hills by Michael Gannon

the Democratic party, particularly on issues of women’s rights. Ferraro died in March, 2011 after a 12Geraldine Ferraro’s place in American history has been secured for nearly three year battle with cancer. She was 75 years old. City Council Member Karen Koslowitz decades. (D-Forest Hills) sponsored and purAnd on Sunday, the city renamed a sued the measure, which she said patch of Forest Hills where she passed unanimously in the walked with her husband, shopped council. and chatted with her neighbors for “When Karen called me I 37 years in her honor and loving was so happy,” Zaccaro said in memory. an interview prior to the cereFerraro’s husband, John Zacmony. “She would have been caro, her children and grandthrilled.” children were present as the Koslowitz said Mondale was intersection of Austin Street and invited but was unable to attend. Ascan Avenue was off icially Zaccaro said it was doubly sperenamed Geraldine Ferraro Way. cial to him as he grew up and lived in Ferraro — the former school Geraldine Ferraro Forest Hills and Forest Hills teacher, Assistant Queens District FILE PHOTO Gardens for 67 years. Attorney and U.S. congress“I went to school right here,” woman from the 9th District — was the first woman to run for vice presi- he said, indicating Out Lady Queen of Mardent of the United States on a major party tyrs over his right shoulder. “We wouldn’t ticket, teaming with Democratic nominee have sold our house if she hadn’t gotten and former Vice President Walter Mondale sick.” One of Ferraro’s granddaughters, 16-yearin 1984. Mondale lost in a 49-state shellacking to old Natalie Ullman, said it was strange at first President Ronald Reagan. But Fer raro to recognize the Geraldine Ferraro the rest of endured as a popular and forceful figure in the country knew. Editor

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“I knew about Geraldine Ferraro, and what she did, but I always knew her as Gammy,” she said. “Then one day I was in school looking through my history book. I was bored. All of a sudden I opened to her page.” She said her grandmother was not one for making cookies. “But she made great pasta,” Natalie said. “And the best fillet of sole ever.” PENDANTS • CEILING FANS • FLOOR LAMPS • TIFFANY LAMPS • BATHROOM FIXTURES • RECESSED & TRACK LIGHTING •

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NYPD ‘Cannibal Cop’ arrested by FBI, IAB Forest Hills resident allegedly plotted online to kidnap, rape and cook women by Michael Gannon Editor

A police officer with the NYPD has been arrested on federal charges in connection with a plot in which he allegedly conspired with others to kidnap, torture and cannibalize multiple women. Off icer Gilberto Valle, 28, of Forest Hills, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and one count of intentionally accessing computer f iles of the National Crime Information Center to gather information on at least one potential victim. Valle is married with a daughter, though his wife has left the state. He graduated from Archbishop Malloy High School in Briarwood in 2002. An NYPD spokeswoman said last week that Valle worked in the 26th Precinct in northern Manhattan and has been suspended without pay. All other questions were referred to the FBI. Valle was arrested at his home on Oct. 24 by federal agents and detectives from the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau. “Gilberto Valle’s alleged plans to kidnap, women so they could be raped, tortured, killed, cooked and cannibalized shock the conscience,� said Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a joint statement with the FBI

released by his office last Thursday. “The case is more disturbing when you consider Valle’s position as a New York City police officer and his sworn duty to serve and protect,� Bharara said. FBI Acting Assistant Director in Charge Mary Galligan said the allegations in the complaint needed no description. “They speak for themselves,� she said. “It would be an understatement merely to say Valle’s own words and actions were shocking.� The investigation is continuing. The Chronicle was unable to contact Julia Gatto, Valle’s defense attorney, for comment, though in published reports she has claimed that Valle was engaging in fantasy fetish chats. According to the allegations in the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, the FBI learned that Valle was sending emails and instant messages discussing plans with multiple coconspirators to kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and cannibalize a number of women in September. A court-authorized search of the computer allegedly revealed that Valle had created files pertaining to at least 100 women and containing at least one photograph of each. The computer also contained personal information about some of the women, including addresses and physical descriptions, as well as electronic communications in which Valle and co-conspirators, who

were not named, detailed their plans. The charges say Valle used the NCIC database and other methods to locate potential victims; surveilled potential victims at their homes and places of busines; drafted an “operation planâ€? to abduct and “cookâ€? an identified woman; researched methods of disabling and drugging women; and agreed with at least one other individual to kidnap a woman in exchange for a sum of money. Federal authorities said that in July Valle had a series of online communications with a coconspirator in which they discussed how best to kidnap and kill the first victim, including where to find a recipe for chloroform. During that time period, Valle allegedly also created a document entitled “Abducting and Cooking [Victim-1]: a Blueprint.â€? The document contains what authorities called “pedigree informationâ€? about the first intended victim, including her name, date of birth, height, weight, and bra size. The document also contains a section called “Materials Needed,â€? in which Valle allegedly wrote, in part, the following: • Car (I have it) • Chlorofor m (refer to website for directions) • Rope (Strongest kind to tie her up) In subsequent instant message conversations, the government says, the coconspirator asked Valle, “How was your meal?â€? to

which Valle responded, “I am meeting her on Sunday.� On the following Sunday, Valle told the woman he wanted to meet her. They met later that day at a restaurant for lunch. Valle also allegedly had conversations with another coconspirator in February 2012, in which they negotiated and agreed to a price for which Valle would kidnap another woman. In those conversations, the charges say, Valle insisted upon a price no less than $5,000 and assured the coconspirator that Victim 2 would be bound, gagged and alive when he delivered her. The FBI reviewed cell site data obtained through a court order and learned that, in March 2012, a cell phone with a number belonging to Valle made and received cellular communications on the block in Manhattan on which Victim 2’s apartment is located. When the FBI later interviewed Victim 2, she stated that she has never invited Valle to her home and does not know him well. On May 31, 2012, Valle allegedly accessed the NCIC database and obtained information about a third intended victim whose name matched that of one of the individual files he created, and stored the information on the computer. Valle did not have legal authorization to perform that search or to access any inforQ mation about Victim 3.

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Parish sends off principal in style St. Mary Gate of Heaven leader starts retirement with celebration by Domenick Rafter

In a ceremony hosted by Community Board 6 District Manager and Democratic A lot was different when Patrick Scan- District Leader Frank Gulluscio, a former nell began his tenure as a teacher at St. teacher at SMGH, Scannell was awarded Mary Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic with a gift certificate to travel to Australia school in Ozone Park. Phones were still — a lifelong dream of his — as well as a New York City street connected to cradles sign bearing his name. by curly cords; a comParishioners, family puter was still a giant and friends at the celemachine and the moon bration were able to was still three years peek through old class away from its f irst pictures and watched a human visitor. video featuring parents For ty-f ive school and staff talking about years later, Scannell is Scannell, as well as ending his career in thoughts from the honthe world of cell oree himself. phones, laptops and Assemblyman Mike men on the moon as a Miller (D-Woodhistorical legacy many haven), who represents of the students in his the community includschool — and even their parents — Patrick Scannell, right, with his successor, ing SMGH, spoke about the first time he weren’t around to see. SMGH Principal Ralph Corso. met Scannell. Scannell retired “I walked into his school, disrupted his after 26 years as principal at SMGH last June. Before that, he spent nearly 20 years day, but he made me feel so honored and as a teacher. On Saturday, parishioners and welcomed to be there,” he said. “I knew alumni of SMGH from across five decades there was somebody special at that school.” Miller, as well as state Sen. Joe Addabbo gathered at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach to celebrate Scannell’s accomplish- Jr. (D-Howard Beach), presented Scannell with proclamations for his retirement. ment and years of service. Associate Editor

Teachers and staff from St. Mary Gate of Heaven school pose for one last picture with former principal Patrick Scannell, center right with hands on his knees, at his retirement celebration at PHOTOS BY DOMENICK RAFTER Russo’s On The Bay last Saturday. Ralph Corso, who took over as principal in September, said Scannell was a major reason why he got into education in the first place. After wanting to quit college, Corso — an alumnus of SMGH himself — said he had a conversation with Scannell about his future. “I don’t know if he remembers this, but his words were short,” Corso said. “He said ‘Don’t be stupid.’ Thanks to him, I get to

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Long Island), who is running in a newly-redrawn district that includes parts of Queens this year, is proposing a constitutional amendment to tweak the Electoral College — the system that elects the President of the United States — in future elections. Israel’s amendment to add 29 votes to the college to be given to the nationwide popular vote winner, reducing the possibility of a president being elected despite losing the popular vote. That scenario has played out three times in American history, most recently in 2000 when George W. Bush was elected despite Al Gore winning the popular vote nationwide. Bush won more electoral votes. Critics of the Electoral College also argue that the system forces campaigns to focus on a small number of “swing states” while ignoring large parts of the country. In the Electoral College system, each state is given a certain number of votes equal to its number of representatives and senators. The winner of the popular vote in each state wins that state’s electoral votes, with 270 votes needed to win. Because the Electoral College is part of the U.S. Constitution, an amendment is Q required to change it.

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follow in his footsteps.” Scannell noted he had been at SMGH so long some of his cur rent students are grandchildren of his f irst students and a few of his students are now teachers at the school. Scannell summed up his 45 years at SMGH with some simple words. “Being at SMGH, it has been a joy,” he Q said.

Welcome Baby Ulrich It’s been a bittersweet week for Councilman Eric Ulrich. While overseeing his office’s response to Hurricane Sandy, which left much of his district underwater, the councilman’s mind was pulled suddenly in another direction. Ulrich’s wife, Yadira Moran-Ulrich, gave birth to a baby girl on Halloween night. Lily Ulrich

was born at 7:42 p.m. on Oct. 31, weighing in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Both baby and mother are doing well, according to a press release from Ulrich. Lily’s father is facing off against incumbent state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. next week in what is seen as one of the closest state legislative races in the country.

continued from page 12 “But during the storm, the wind picked it up off the front of our car and dropped on the rear of one parked in front of it,” she said. Her husband, Steve Goldberg, is a member of Community Board 6, and had been out inspecting damage on Tuesday morning. “There are some trees down in the Crescents,” Goldberg said, referring to the neighborhood to the south. “And there are a lot of trees down in Forest Hills Gardens.” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) has crusaded about the flooding problems in her district, though her office on Wednesday said power outages remained the primary concern in Sandy’s wake. She said it is primarily a combination of the trees and the overhead wires Coppinger mentioned. In a statement issued by her office, the councilwoman thanked the city’s first responders, emergency crews and volunteers who have been helping get the city back on its feet. She is urging residents to report all remaining power outages to the city’s 311 hotline, and said her office will continue to work with all appropriate city agencies “to clean up, restore power and Q rebuild.”

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I listened to the debates and Romney â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like his ideas. Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideas are good, if you follow up on them. There is a lot of propaganda and a lot of lies, but I trust Obama more than I trust Romney. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go back to the Bush era.â&#x20AC;?

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The race between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, is shaping up to be a close one, but for seniors here in Queens and some visiting the borough, the choice is clear. Most have decided to cast their ballot for Obama, at least according to this short canvas done last week. Sandy Gussin, 76, Howard Beach â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like Obama. I like his humanity. I think Romney is pompous. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like him. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think he understands the middle class or poor people. I think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too egotistical. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not stupid. I know heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not stupid, but Obama is a humanitarian. He cares about people.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m voting for Mr. Obama. I like his policies. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been following the debates and he has done a lot for the country. With Bush, we had a bad time. I see where Obama has worked hard, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still trying to bring up the country. I think he represents the whole countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feelings.â&#x20AC;?

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“I’m voting for Obama. My union suggested it. He’s doing a good job, and he’s got some experience. Why change horses in midstream?”

Harvey Blas, 79, Rego Park

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Eric Chadborne, 63, Manhattan

“I have mixed feelings about Romney. He’s anti-abortion. I can’t figure him out. I feel Obama is more straightforward and I know what he’s talking about, so I’m voting for him. And my children seem to agree with me and they’re more with it than I am.”

“Obama is basically a good person. He’s done his best. He needs four more years to achieve more. Romney is very frightening — the way he lies about things, about what he’s going to do with health insurance. Any senior who votes for Romney should have their head examined.”

Melvin Warner, 75, Corona

Learon Pollard, 67, Springfield Gardens

“I think Obama’s doing a good job so far, and I always vote Democratic anyway. So far he has been keeping his promises and doing what he has to do.”

“I decided to vote for Obama because he came in with a large burden that the country was holding, left by the Republicans. Obama has been obstructed by the Republicans on every bill or issue that he’s tried to correct. And if he had been able to correct those with the help of the Republicans, we wouldn’t have the economy in the situation it’s in.”

Jose Rodriguez, 76, S. Ozone Park “I think Obama is going to do what he promised to do, so he’s going to get my vote and he’s going to get my wife’s vote too. I don’t like Romney. He wants to fight. He wants to go to war, and I don’t want that.”

John Buggs, 59, S. Ozone Park “I’m voting for Obama. Every president has to have at least eight years to straighten out what the other presidents didn’t do. He got bin Laden. He did a lot for us — for America. It’s not because he’s black. He needs another four years to get the rest of it done.”

“I’m a conservative, so I’m voting for Romney naturally. I dislike Obama because he’s done irreparable harm, and he’ll do much more if he’s re-elected.”

Edward Potter, 56, South Jamaica “I’m voting for Mr. Obama because he needs another four years. He’s doing what he said he would do and there is still more that he has to do, and more that he wants to do. He’s for everyone and I feel that he’ll do the right thing.”

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Art Garfunkel and I have two things in common. We’re both alums of Forest Hills High School and we both got our undergraduate degrees at Columbia University. Of course, he can sing a lot better that I can. My ego can accept that truism because his ethereal voice is one of the best that has ever graced a recording. It’s not hubris that his just-released 34-song, 2-CD career retrospective is titled “The Singer.” You can’t think of Art without thinking about his childhood buddy from Kew Garden Hills and onand-off again performing partner, Paul Simon. While Artie has had a far longer career as a solo artist than he did as half of Simon & Garfunkel, there are plenty of original S&G tunes here, including the well-known “Sounds of Silence,” “Scarborough Fair” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” as well as more obscure tracks like “For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her,” “Kathy’s Song,” “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright” and “April Come, She Will.” Regrettably the dour 1975 hit, “My Little Town,” in which Paul Simon painted Queens as a dreary place populated by people with small minds, is here as well. Few vocalists can consistently hit the upper octaves of the treble clef without breaking into falsetto. Garfunkel has always managed to pull it off, as evidenced by “Breakaway,” “A Heart in New York” and “99 Miles from LA,” a song cowritten by Hal David, who passed away this past September at the age of 91. It’s somewhat ironic that Artie chose to omit his three biggest solo hits, the overly dramatic “For All I Know,” the lighthearted “I Shall Sing” and the heartbreaking “Second Avenue.” He did include a samba version of “Some Enchanted Evening.” While it is pleasant to listen to, it can’t hold a candle to the definitive Jay & the Americans’ 1965 hit rendition, which truly brought the “South Pacific” standard to life and to a younger audience.

stage for well over two hours nightly, something most younger bands can’t even endure. “Fifty Big Ones” is a clever play on the title of the 1976 Beach Boys album “15 Big Ones,” on which the guys celebrated their 15th anniversary with both original tunes and covers of their favorite rock songs. Carl Wilson’s vocal take on the Righteous Brothers’ “Just Once in My Life” was worth the price of the ’76 LP alone. If you’ve been looking for the definitive Beach Boys’ greatest hits album, wait no longer. Name a Beach Boys hit and it’s here on this two-disc, 50song compilation. Two songs recorded in 1965, “Please Let Me Wonder,” the best song ever written about having a crush on someone, and “Kiss Me, Baby,” a tune about the pain of having a blowout argument with your girlfriend and hoping to make up ASAP, finally take their rightful place on a Beach Boys “best of” album alongside “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” I Get Around,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and the like. This year’s Beach Boys comeback tune, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” is here as well. Regrettably their terrific 1986 cover of the Mamas & Papas’ “California Dreaming,” which received substantial airplay on both radio and MTV back in the day, is not here.


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Finding the right Medicare prescription drug plan The most important shopping seniors may do this season is for a Medicare prescription drug plan. Therefore, it’s one holiday shopping item that shouldn’t wait until the last minute. New research from Express Scripts shows 84 percent of seniors (based on an analysis of Express Scripts Medicare 2011 PDP enrollment data) wait until the last minute to select a Medicare Part D plan and half of all seniors will attempt to enroll specifically on Medicare Monday — the Monday following Thanksgiving, the busiest enrollment day of the year. In addition, many seniors are not aware that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services changed the enrollment deadline in 2011 to Dec. 7, trimming the enrollment period by three weeks. “As a result of down-to-the-wire decision making, seniors risk overpaying because they do not have the time to shop, compare and ensure the plan they choose covers all of their pharmacy needs,” says Paul Reyes, host of the Ask the Pharmacist radio series and pharmacist for Express Scripts. “Choosing the wrong plan could end

up costing hundreds of dollars or more because you’re locked in until next year’s enrollment period.” Reyes has the following tips to help you make the right Part D choice: Look beyond the sticker price: While lower premiums are helpful if you do not currently take many medications, when you do need more medications, the costs of the medications can really add up. You should evaluate any out-of-pocket costs you’ll be responsible for based on the medications you take regularly, and make sure these medications are included on the plan’s list of covered medications. Star search: Beneficiaries should consider a plan’s CMS star rating — an objective comparison of important plan attributes and performance, such as patient safety and support. The CMS star ratings range from one to five, with four and five representing above-average plan performance. Mind the coverage gap: The coverage gap, also known as the “donut hole,” begins when your total drug costs (the amount that both you and your plan pay) reach $2,970. Once you reach the

coverage gap, you are responsible for paying the full cost of your medications until you hit a total of $4,750. Look for a plan that will alert you when you’re getting close to the gap and will help you stretch your Medicare dollars to delay or avoid it. If you use a lot of medications or have reached the gap in previous years, consider a plan that offers coverage in the gap. Is there a generic for that?: Generic medications can help lower your monthly drug costs by delaying or even preventing you from reaching the gap. Many plans offer incentives for generics. The great news for Medicare consumers is that many popular brand name medications, such as Lipitor, are now available in generic form. Care and convenience: A plan that offers round-the-clock pharmacist support can help you get the support you need from your plan — even if it’s the middle of the night, plus may offer you ways to help you stick to your treatment regimen and avoid potentially harmful drug interactions and side effects. Plans that have a national pharmacy network can make a lot of sense if you travel or spend time away seasonally — plus look

Start comparison shopping now for a Medicare prescription drug plan that is PHOTO COURTESY BRANDPOINT right for you. for other ways to save — such as through home delivery for chronic medications. These savings can really add up. Play it safe: If you’re shopping for a Part D plan online, be sure to start with, the official U.S. Government website for Medicare, to ensure you are signing up with a CMSapproved Medicare Plan. Also, if you order medications online, look for the

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Community mourns the loss of Arthur Lopez and Raymond Facey by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

A second man has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez and motorist Raymond Facey, who were gunned down Oct. 23 on the Cross Island Expressway. Gerald Williams, 27, of Jamaica, allegedly provided accused shooter Darrell Fuller, 33, also of Jamaica, with a car and weapons on the day of the crimes, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office. Williams is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which is a Class C felony punishable by up to fifteen years in prison. Lopez, 29, who was a member of Nassau County’s Emergency Service Unit, pulled Fuller over after he fled the scene of an accident. After a brief verbal exchange Fuller is accused of shooting Lopez in the chest. Then he allegedly fled the scene, later ditching his vehicle, carjacking Facey, fatally shooting him in the head and then fleeing in his car. According to the criminal complaint, Williams lent a silver 2000 Nissan Altima to Fuller on the day of the shooting, but it was not the car he crashed and later abandoned. A TEC9 semi-automatic firearm and a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol were inside the trunk of the car when it was returned to Williams. The Nassau County Police Department’s

Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez, left, and motorist Raymond Facey were both allegedly FACEBOOK PHOTOS gunned down by Darrel Fuller of Jamaica. Homicide Squad later recovered both weapons from the car and both firearms were loaded, the DA said. “We are presently awaiting the results of ballistics tests to determine if the Ruger was the murder weapon used to kill Police Officer Lopez and Mr. Facey,” Queens DA Richard Brown said in a prepared statement. Williams allegedly told an NYPD detective that he owned the TEC-9 and that he saw Fuller with the Ruger at approximately 10:53 a.m. on the day of the shooting at the intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and 114th Street, according to the criminal complaint.

“That’s what he said to police,” Kevin Ryan, a spokesman for the DA said. “Whether it follows a sensible timeline is something else.” Williams’ attorney Lori Zeno could not immediately be reached for comment. Fuller was found around 6:30 p.m. in a car in front of 173-06 111 Ave. in St. Albans after someone called 911 reporting gunshots. Fuller allegedly shot himself twice — once in the neck and once in the leg — reportedly in an attempt to commit suicide. He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was arrested. According to a report in the New York Post,

Fuller told Williams that he shot Lopez because he thought the officer was going to use a Taser on him. Fuller reportedly did five years for attempted murder and was out on parole on a subsequent drug conviction when he allegedly shot the two men. “Once again the community has had to suffer a terrible tragedy because of the lax sentences provided by the criminal justice system,” said Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria), a former prosecutor and member of the Council’s Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services. Lopez, an eight-year veteran on the force, will not soon be forgotten. Thousands gathered at St. Christopher’s Roman Catholic Church in Baldwin, LI on Saturday to mourn the slain cop. Thousands of fellow cops formed a sea of blue, 20 officers per line, stretching five blocks long, to bid farewell to their fallen brother. There will be a public viewing for Facey today, Friday, Nov. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Foster Phillips Funeral Home at 179-24 Linden Blvd. in Jamaica. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Church located at 222-05 116 Ave. Facey will be buried at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, LI. There are memorial pages honoring both Facey and Lopez on Facebook. Facey’s page had 6,582 likes as of Thursday morning, while Q Lopez’s page had 33,068.

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Merit Matters blasts FDNY exam Leader says the new test gives unfair advantage to minorities by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

Merit Matters, a group that opposes racebased hiring in the FDNY, is taking aim at the department’s new entrance exam, claiming it gives an unfair advantage to minorities and encourages lying on subjective questions in order to receive higher scores. The Vulcan Society, the fraternal organization of black firefighters, who helped create the exam, denies the accusation. “This test was engineered to produce a pre-determined outcome and should be challenged by those with standing to do so,” said Deputy Chief Paul Mannix, in his position as an advocate and the founder of Merit Matters, adding, “To allow this test to pass without analytical commentary would be a disservice to everyone connected to the FDNY and also to the civilians who depend on us.” Paul Washington, immediate past president of the Vulcan Society, who oversees the organization’s test prep program, said Mannix has accused the group of cheating before, but sent as many people as he could to the Vulcan courses. “Why would you send your people to a dishonest program?” Washington asked, adding “He’s not even worth responding to. He’s an ineffective leader and his organization is weak.”

Controversy over the FDNY exam has been persistent over the last few years with the Vulcans, who have long lamented a lack of diversity in the department, joining a lawsuit launched by the Justice Department accusing the city of discrimination. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garauf is concluded the tests given in 1999, 2002 and 2007 were biased because of the small number of minorities who passed, and he ordered that a new test be created. It was administered in April. Merit Matters takes aim at several elements of the test, which it considers problematic. Foremost is the way the exam was engineered, designed to minimize racial, ethnic and gender group score differences among other things, according to Merit Matters. That criteria “suggests that the test was engineered, or rigged, to achieve a pre-determined outcome,” Mannix said. The group also takes issue with the cognitive and noncognitive questions being given equal weight, claiming it effectively dumbs down the test. Cognitive questions are objective and designed to test knowledge while noncognitive ones seek opinions and therefore should not be measured equally, the group argues. Some of the 85 noncognitive questions

include: • How much time do you spend relaxing as compared to your friends? • How many times have you said “thank you” this week? • If someone is yelling at you, is it okay to yell back if you are right? The premise for asking such questions, according to Merit Matters, is to be able to predict what kind of employee a person will be based on the person’s answers. However, honesty is key in being able to make such an assessment, Mannix said, so he is angered that candidates have been coached and given “suggestions” for how to respond. A 2012 Vulcan Society tutorial cited by Mannix states, “Knowing what personality traits and characteristics are being sought will greatly improve your chances of scoring well on these questions.” It also goes on to describe the characteristics and personality traits of a firefighter; advises test takers not to state that they prefer to work alone, as team work is preferred; and it recommends never answering a question with “not sure” because it will result in a lower test score. “It blows apart the idea of honesty out of the water,” Mannix said. “It blows apart the premise of knowing what kind of employee

you’re going to get, if people aren’t answering the questions truthfully. It’s very dangerous.” Also a point of contention is the reading portion of the exam. While the skill was tested, it only accounts for 15 percent of the final grade, Mannix said. Video and audio sections of the test were added and prefaced related questions in an effort to equalize the differences between applicants who read well enough to do the job and those who exceeded the requirements, according to Mannix. Other issues Merit Matters found with the test include: the scoring methodology, which was not made public before the test was given; the time period to qualify for a five-point residency credit had expired before the test was given; and blacks received home visits from the Vulcan Society to help them complete any missing paperwork, an opportunity which was not afforded to white candidates. “The fact that they didn’t announce the scoring methodology before the test, and that the scoring methodology still hasn’t been made public, makes the test all the more ambiguous,” Mannix said. Asked whether he thought the new FDNY exam was more fair than previous tests, Washington replied, “I didn’t take the test, so I really can’t say. You talk to different people Q and you hear different things.”

continued from page 23 and Borough President Helen Marshall all fondly remembered Ferraro as a friend, as well as someone who broke down doors for women in the workplace as well as politics. “Before Gerry, a woman could only be a district leader in Queens,” Marshall said. State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Whitestone) said her son’s old bedroom still has the Mondale-Ferraro bumper sticker he got while working at the San Francisco convention as a teenager in 1984. “I just wasn’t going to paint over it,” she said. Other dignitaries who came out only a few hours in advance of Hurricane Sandy included Assemblywoman and Congressional candidate Grace Meng (D-Flushing), city Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, state Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights), Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village). State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) said women were not the only people able to walk through the door Ferraro kicked down. “Without Geraldine Fer raro, there would be no Senator Jose Peralta,” he said. Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who is openly gay, said he too is an admirer and beneficiary of the late con-

gresswoman. “She embraced LGBT rights long before it was popular,” Dromm told the crowd. Roberta Dunlop came from Warwick in upstate New York to attend. She worked with Ferraro in the Queens DA’s office at a time when it was still largely a boys’ club. “We were sworn in together as assistant DAs on January 2, 1974,” Dunlop said. “She was a great person ... I found out about the ceremony from a friend. I wouldn’t have missed this for anything.” Addie Guttag, who met Ferraro while working as a fundraiser for the Mondale campaign in 1984, said she continues to be amazed at how Ferraro was still able to maintain her focus in family during a national presidential campaign. Katz, who is the mother of two young boys with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa and is seeking to restart her political career with a run for Queens borough president, said mixing a political career with family was the subject of her last conversation with Ferraro. Katz was pregnant with her first son, Carter, and told Ferraro at the time she was planning to raise the child herself. Her mentor and friend counseled Katz not to concern herself with public reaction, in the typical Geraldine Ferraro way oh so familiar to everyone present on Sunday. “She said ‘They’ll just have to deal Q with it!’”


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QC goes greener, cleaner Queens College unveiled an on-campus green infrastructure project last Thursday that will save 900,000 gallons of storm water from entering Flushing Creek by redirecting rainwater towards permeable pavers and rain gardens. School administrators and the city’s Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland, second from left, unveiled the project, which

received $386,000 from the city, matched by $150,000 from Queens College. The project is part of a greater $6 million green infrastructure push the city is making, with applications being accepted now. The project was a boon for Queens College, which has been recognized as one of the most “green” campuses in North America by The Princeton Review.



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’Billy Witch‘ gives a PG-13 look at sleepaway camp The actors, above, cast for the production of “Billy Witch” were selected because they can “channel their inner tweens,” director Erik Pearson said. Child actors were not selected, although the main characters are 14, because of the mature content of the play.

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“I had done my time at summer camp. It seemed like a special location for people, a transformative place, a transition between early childhood and adolescence,” said playwright Gregory Moss, explaining the inspiration behind his new work, “Billy Witch,” now enjoying its New York City premiere by the Astoria Performing Arts Center. A dark comedy, the play has variously been described as quirky, creepy and bawdy. At its center is 14-year-old Oliver, who braves the wilderness at sleepaway camp, an experience that turns out to be anything but normal. Though the play is about children, director Erik Pearson points out that it is aimed at “adults of all ages.” In fact, children under 14 will not be admitted to see it. According to Pearson, the play takes the summer camp horror movies and comedy films and “plays with the genre.” And he said, “In the tradition of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ such strange things happen in the woods.” Pearson and Moss worked together on the script, a relatively new experience for the 32year-old director. “I used to do nothing but classics. In graduate school, I realized I was limiting myself,” Pearson said. “Supernatural forces are at work” in the writing he added. “Greg does a fantastic job of helping us relive that period in our lives, of kids growing up.” The play “speaks frankly of what it means to be that age,” he said.

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Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, announces the continuation of its program of independently-curated exhibitions: “Contested Territories,” that will remain on view through Jan. 6, 2013. Contested Territories is an exhibition that explores the interaction of the city and society in an age of conflict. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

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The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra presents the opening concert of its 49th the season on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Tickets are available by calling (718) 374-1627. Group rates are available by calling (516) 785-2532.



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Dance Into Light has completed “Lifefull” which will be shown on Nov. 3 at 8:30 p.m. at Green Entropy, Inc. Green Space, 37-24 24 St., #301 in Long Island City. Call (718) 956-3037 for more information.

Auditions for Theatre By The Bay’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside. For more information call the Temple office at (718) 428-6363 or visit

Sign up for the Aradzani Dance Workshop and learn how to dance various Armenian folk dances on Nov. 3 form 7-9 p.m. at the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs, 209-15 Horace Harding Expressway, Bayside. Cost is $20. For more information contact

There will be a fair and flea market at Emanuel Church located on Woodhaven boulevard at 91st Avenue in Woodhaven on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments and lunch available. Free admission.



The Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, presents Colombia de fiesta with Mestizo Dance Company and Harold Gutierrez and his Band on Friday, Nov. 9 through Dec. 9 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30, students and seniors are $27. Friday tickets are $25. Call (718) 729-3880.

The Gingerbread Players presents Moliere’s scintillating comedy “The Learned Ladies,” every Sunday from Nov. 3 through Nov. 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, between Ascan Avenue and Harrow Street, Forest Hills. Cost is $12 ($10 for groups of six or more). Go to for more information.

Fertile Ground, at 37-24 24 St., #301 in Long Island City, will hold its next performance on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Cost is $10. It is a new works showcase for emerging and established artists which features six choreographers each evening and includes a post-performance discussion with wine and cheese moderated by Green Space’s artistic director, Valerie Green.

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Douglaston Community Theatre presents a heartfelt comedy about friendship, “The Dixie Swim Club,” at 8 p.m. on Fridays Nov. 2, 9; Saturdays Nov. 3, 10 and 2 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 3 at Zion Episcopal Church Parish Hall, Church Avenue, entrance off Douglaston Parkway. Cost is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students with ID. Call (718) 482-3332 to reserve.

MUSIC Steinway Reformed Church, 41st Street and Ditmars Boulevard, in Astoria, presents a 16-piece Astoria Big Band Concert, with new arrangements by band members, on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. with special guest organist Vito Di Modugno.

There will be a craft/vendor fair on Saturday, Nov. 10 at St. Fedelis School, 124-06 14 Ave., College Point, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish continues to run its outdoor flea market every Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is located at the intersection of Parsons Boulevard and Union Turnpike in Jamaica. On Saturday, Nov. 3, PS/IS 113, 87-33 79 Ave., Glendale, hosts a craft/vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LECTURE The Queens Library will hold lectures on the prevention, detection and treatment of common cancers on Wednesdays, Nov. 7 and 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Queens Library at Queens Village, 94-11 217 St. The lectures are free with pre-registration. Call (718) 464-0084 or (718) 776-6800 to pre-register. The Long Island Consultation Center, 97-29 64 Road, Rego Park, hosts a free workshop, “Ways To Repair Your Relationships After Addiction,” led by Sherry Amatenstein, author and TV commentator on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. To reserve space, call (718) 896-3400.

The Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities will meet on Monday, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Room 213, to discuss “The Transition Process To Adult Services” including an overview of the transition process from age 21/school-based programs to adult services including supportive employment/day habilitation/vocational training. Programs and services available as well as the responsibilities of parents, schools, Medicaid service coordinators and agencies will be discussed. For more information call (718) 297-3344. Free. A schizophrenics anonymous self-help support group will be held on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. at L.I. Consultation Center, 97-29 64 Rd., Rego Park. Call (718) 896-3400 for more information. The group is free. A leisure group meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, Prince Room, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing. Cost is $7 for lunch. The program includes yoga instruction, discussion groups, card games, bingo, birthday celebrations, guest speakers and holiday celebrations. For info., call Dr. Roz Gold at (718) 229-7511.

FOR KIDS Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. to learn about the interesting job of an animal caretaker. Children will have hand-on experience in feeding, brushing, cleaning and learning all about the needs of APEC’s animals. Animal care trainee certificate included. Limited to eight participants. Call (718) 229-4000 to register. Cost is $21. Bring your little ones between the ages of 18 and 36 months to Alley Pond Environmental Center, 22806 Northern Blvd., Douglaston for fall fun on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. The program will include games, songs, a snack, a craft, live animals and a nature walk. Call (718) 229-4000. Fee: $16 per parent/child paring. No non-participating siblings except for infants in infant seats.

CLASSES There will be a nature-inspired creative writing workshop on Monday, Nov. 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Cost is $12 for members and $18 for nonmembers. Pre-register by calling (718) 229-4000.

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Friends who swim together stay together by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor

Who says they don’t write parts for actresses over a certain age? “The Dixie Swim Club,” a bittersweet comedy about friendship from the united pens of Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, provides juicy roles for an ensemble of no fewer than five mature women, and the Douglaston Community Theatre’s production has been blessed with a fine assortment of actresses who bring the play to life. Watching the play might even call to mind such higher profile works as “Steel Magnolias” and

“Same Time Next Year,” with a touch of “On Golden Pond” sentiment at the end. But this is a character-driven vehicle — and what a bunch of characters they are. There’s Dinah, a big-time lawyer whose personal life is filled with frustrations; the self-centered and needy Lexie, who is drawn to men — many of whom become her husband — like a moth to flame; Vernadette, who spends her life under a perennial dark cloud; Jeri Neal, a late entry into the world of motherhood; and Sheree, the mother hen of the group, whose life seems almost too good to be true.

‘The Dixie Swim Club’ When: Nov. 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 8 p.m., Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Where: Zion Episcopal Church Parish Hall Church St. entrance off Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston Tickets: $15; $13 seniors and students with ID (718) 482-3332

Adrianne Noroian, left, Karen Schlachter, Kathleen Nadal, Annette Daiell and Barbara Mavro play the five lifelong friends in the play “The Dixie Swim Club.” PHOTO COURTESY DOUGLASTON COMMUNITY THEATRE The five met as members of a college swim team many years before the action begins, and have remained friends ever since, getting together for one weekend every August at a beach cottage

on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There they fight, make up, conjure memories of times gone by, and talk about life and all that it entails ... men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce and aging.


Beginning 22 years after the characters’ college graduation, the play spans some 33 years, posing special challenges, which, in this case, are successfully met. In fact, continued on page 45 00




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The Forest Hills Choir is all about community, and in keeping with that paradigm the two-year-old group will perform pieces by Forest Hills resident composer Bill Ryden on Nov. 17. “The Forest Hills Choir is a true community choir in every sense of the word. I’m new to the group, but I’ve already seen first hand how Todd [Wachsman, artistic director and conductor] and the members of the choir truly care about each other and the community as a whole,” member Lianna Purjes said. Through Wachsman’s work with the St. Luke’s Episcopal Choir in Forest Hills, he found many of the residents wanted a place they could sing besides in church. He put together an appreciation of barbershop singing, and after the concert many of the singers said they wanted more. “I can take a hint,” he said. ”My fellow singers, my coworkers and friends have all championed the idea of me starting a choir in New York and I’ve decided they’re right.” The now 35-person strong, eclectic choir grows each year. Members are anywhere from from 26 years old to in their 70s and their day jobs are just as wide spanning — lawyers, a computer programmer, musicians, teachers, dancers and scientists. Although members spend their days working various jobs, they show their dedication to the group by practicing every Tuesday as well as putting together two performances each year.

The choir is also a lot of fun for Wachsman, who said it’s a way to get “back to my roots.” He spent many years in Tucson, Ariz., exclusively as a choral director. When he decided to broaden his musical options, he realized he needed to move to the Big Apple. Since then he has found his musical companions not only in the offBroadway shows he has performed in, but close to home in Forest Hills.

Saturday’s performance will start off with “Magnificat” by John Rutter, a British composer who also created a “Gloria” and a “Requiem.” The composition has seven movements, which go from bombastic to tranquil, Wachsman said, in which a soprano has a few solo parts and the choir echoes. “It covers a really nice range and a lot emotional ground,” he said. In the second half of the performance, the choir will sing three of Ryden’s Christmas pieces — in the spirit of the upcomQ ing season.

Forest Hills Choir performs ‘Magnificat’ When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. Where: The Church-in-the Gardens 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills Tickets: $20/$15 for students and seniors/$5 per child.

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continued from page 37 00 Interestingly, all the actors, many of whom are members of Actors Equity, the professionals’ union, have long since left their adolescence behind. “We’ve cast actors with the ability to channel their inner tweens,” Pearson said, suggesting that “we don’t really want to see actual children” in roles that require more than a certain level of maturity. One of the actors, Andy Phelan, who, though 33, said his youthful appearance means he can’t even get auditions for characters over the age of 20, agrees that it might be inappropriate for pre-teens to

play roles that explore their identities and sexuality. “We’re not trying to pretend we’re 14,” he said. “Camp is a collective experience that everyone has had. I hadn’t thought of camp in forever. It’s great to do research on camp and revisit that.” Phelan, who describes his role as the play’s “dark horse,” is a former resident of Astoria for whom being in the play marks a return not only to his old neighborhood but to APAC, as well, where two years ago he starred in the much-lauded production, “MilkMilkLemonade.” Moss, who refers to “Billy

‘Billy Witch’ When:

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. through Nov. 17. Where: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church 30-44 Crescent Street, Astoria Tickets: $18; $12 seniors/students or call (866) 811-4111

Witch” as “an odd piece of work,” sees it having life on the university circuit and among up-and-coming theater companies. He said it has a particular sense of humor that tends to appeal to people 35 and under. Phelan, for one, looks optimistically ahead to a time when the play becomes a theatrical staple and he will forever be able to say he had “something to do with the initial production.” For this production, Pearson said he has done away with the traditional proscenium stage and “completely transformed the space,” making it “unlike anything APAC audiences have seen before.” Moss, having seen a recent runthrough, said, “I’m incredibly proud of the work that APAC has done.” For Moss, 35, camp was a local “Y” in his native Massachusetts. Currently residing in Brooklyn, he started working on the piece about four years ago, when he was in residence at the Millay

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CLASSES On Mondays at 10 a.m. there will be an ongoing discussion titled “In the News” at the Clearview Selfhelp Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside. Other classes held at the center include: QiGong on Monday, Oct. 29 at 10:45 a.m., dance aerobics on Tuesdays at 9 a.m., aerobics at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Wii Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m., Bingo on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m., Staywell exercises on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and dance fitness on Fridays at 10:45 a.m. Call (718) 224-7888 for more details. The Middle Village Adult Center, 69-10 75 St., will hold a beginner’s computer course on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and a digital photography/graphics class on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 t0 2:30 p.m. Each course consists of ten 2-hour sessions running from Nov. 5 through Dec. 12. Call Lori or Richard at (718) 8943441 for more information. Central YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St. in Forest Hills is now offering a ballet fitness fusion class which will combine the fundamentals of ballet barre work with traditional fitness training. This Wednesday class is designed to strengthen, tone and shape the lower body. Classes will run through Wednesday, Dec. 19. Free for members of the CQY; nonmembers can purchase a 10-class card at $150. One can start classes anytime. The Sunnyside Community Senior Center, 43-31 39 St., Sunnyside, offers free classes in Argentine tango every Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. Beginning tai chi classes are Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. with the intermediate level on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Creative writing classes are at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information call (718) 784-6173 ext. 411 or email Ongoing watercolor class every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston. Instructor is Diane Leiberman. Fee is $25 per class. Call (718) 969-1128.

SPECIAL EVENTS Sunnyside is holding a 10-day international flag festival through Nov. 10. Each participating business along Skillman Avenue, from 46th Street to 52nd Street, will hang the flag of a different nation, with restaurants and bars offering food specialties, drinks, music and culture from its chosen country. Other businesses wil hand out flags and offer discounts for the duration of the festival. Call (718) 424-2005 for more information.

There will be a harvest festival at the Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Flushing on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch is available from noon-2 p.m. The Samuel Field Y has two weekday programs for preschool children ages 3-5 with developmental disabilities and their families. On Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. there is Monday Magic: Learn and Play at the Bay Terrace Center: 212-00 23 Ave., Bayside. On Wednesdays from 3-4:30 there is Gym and Creative Exploration at the Little Neck Site, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy. Contact Amanda at (718) 225-6750 ext. 262 or email for more information. Join Dr. Aline Euler of Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, for a special visit to see the “Queens Giant,” on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. Car pool to the oldest and tallest tulip tree in New York City located in Alley Pond Park. $10 fee. Call (718) 229-4000. Tri-Community blood drive on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Young Israel of New Hyde Park, 264-14 77 Ave. Free breakfast is available for all donors. For more information or to schedule an appointment call Joe Varon at (718) 552-6449. All aboard for hands-on history on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 12 to 3 p.m. at King Manor Museum, located at Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street. Learn about Rufus King’s son John who was president of the railroad. Enjoy train-related stories, crafts and more. A farmers market will be held every Friday until Nov. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dalia Avenue off Main Street, near the Queens Botanical Garden.

REUNIONS The Hillcrest HS class of 1987 will host its 25th Year class reunion on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. at Cordon Bleu, 96-01 Jamaica Ave., Woodhaven. Email

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Al-anon meets every Sunday at noon at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center basement, 85-18 61 Rd., Rego Park.

Italian Charities of America will hold Saturday night dances on Nov. 3 and 17 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Call (718) 478-3100.

The Center for the Women of New York is now accepting registration for a new session of its Women’s Support Group. The group meets at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 325, Kew Gardens, every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. To participate no prior group experience is needed and there is no fee. For information and an interview appointment, call the Center for the Women of New York at (718) 793-0672.

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‘Dixie Swim Club’ 40 continued from page 00 as the evening progresses, the actresses seem to inhabit their respective characters more and more fully. At times one might be reminded of a young Vicki Lawrence playing her mentor Carol Burnett’s mother on the latter’s old television show. By merely donning a wig and varying her physicality, Lawrence was totally convincing. The same is true on the DCT stage. Under the attentive direction of Vincent Scott, each actress has ample opportunity to shine. Annette Daiell offers a sturdy portrayal as Sheree, the former team captain who still tries to set an example for the others. Kathleen Nadal is adorable as the 40something with a toddler at home. Barbara Mavro brings a no-nonsense attitude to Dinah, the least sentimental of the group. As the man-hungry Lexie, Karen Schlachter is engaging, tossing her feminine wiles around with abandon. In one of the rare moments when all five actresses are not on stage together, the two share a wellplayed moment of confidence. Perhaps best of all is Adrianne Noroian, as the ever-suffering Vernadette. She is great throughout, and she is responsible for two of the play’s most memorable moments. The first comes unexpectedly when Vernadette

delivers an emotional tirade on, of all things, biscuits. And near the play’s end, she is truly heart-wrenching as she questions the way she lived her life. The welcoming seaside set and the apt sound effects add to the play’s atmosphere. A couple of quibbles: the actresses assume Southern accents, which weren’t as consistent as they might have been, and, on Saturday night, a few lines were fumbled, perhaps the result of opening -night jitters. References in the play to an approaching hurricane prove everything’s in the timing, as Sandy was about a day away from wreaking Q havoc on the city.

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

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Brooklyn has suddenly become a major player in the world of professional sports with the opening of the Barclays Center. The Nets will begin their season there by taking on the Knicks. And the New York Islanders, those perennial cellar dwellers of the National Hockey League — those years when labor issues don’t cancel the games — announced that they would be moving from the dilapidated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to the Barclays Center in the fall of 2015. It’s completely understandable if Queensites feel a bit envious of all the attention our neighboring borough is getting, but there is another way of looking at things. Queens is connected to Manhattan, the home of Madison Square Garden’s Knicks and Rangers, by two bridges and a tunnel, while we also share a lengthy land border with Brooklyn. With our two million residents, Queens should be to New York’s winter sports teams what Ohio is to presidential election campaigns. The Knicks, Rangers, Nets and Islanders should be competing for our loyalties by sending their players and alumni to our community events and by advertising in our newspapers (OK, I admit to some self-interest here!). The Islanders in particular would be wise to promote themselves in our borough since they

have far more fans here than in any of the other boroughs, including Brooklyn, since Nassau County is our neighbor to the east. The Nassau Coliseum is on average a 30-minute drive for many of us. Isles owner Charles Wang said the team will still be called the New York Islanders and that their logo will be unchanged. I have no problem with the team name, but the logo, which features a map of Long Island, has always irked me because it only shows the land occupied by Nassau and Suffolk counties. They would be wise to now include all of geographic Long Island by adding Brooklyn and Queens to the design. One of the ironies of the Islanders’ move from Uniondale to downtown Brooklyn is that they will finally be near a Long Island Rail Road station, Atlantic Terminal. The absence of an LIRR station at the Nassau Coliseum has always hampered the box office success of the Islanders as it disenfranchises fans who don’t have cars. Even those who have one may not want to drive it in bad weather, which is frequently the case during hockey season. Parking fees and high gasoline prices also have to be factored into the budgetary equation. Congrats to baseball Hall of Famer and original Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner, who turned 90 last Friday. Ralph still offers commentary during select Mets games on SNY. Q


Spear’s Furniture and its stunning Jamaica store by Ron Marzlock

was, and remains, one of the most outstanding buildings in Downtown Jamaica. Today we are bombarded Many a newlywed couwith advertising for furniple bought their first bedture paid over time with no room set there. Spear’s also money down, but that’s added radios and rugs to hardly a bold new concept. their inventory at the new Spear’s was one of the location. pioneers of the idea back in But as the Spear brothers the Great Depression of the began to pass away and 1930s. Originally from Pittstheir family’s interest went burgh, Spear’s consisted of into other areas in the early the three brothers, 1950s, the company folded. Nathaniel, Alexander and The Jamaica location was Maurice Spear. Their replaced with a Sachs Furfamous slogan was always niture store. Nathaniel, the placed above their clocks: last of the three brothers, “We Give You Time.” They died in retirement in Florida knew early on that they could make twice as much Spear’s, 166-02 Jamaica in 1968. In the 1980s, the buildmoney selling furniture paid Ave., summer 1935. ing became a multi-retail over time with interest. They had stores on 23rd and 34th streets outlet selling clothing, wigs and costume and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan and in 1934, jewelry. Spear’s is long gone but the buildat the height of the Depression, boldly came ing is still regarded as one of the finest out to Queens and built a magnificent art examples of commercial art deco architecQ deco building at 166-02 Jamaica Ave. It ture ever built in Queens. Chronicle Contributor

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Gay activist dies after brutal beating Police offer reward for information a about the attackers of Lou Rispoli by Josey Bartlett Editor

Louis Rispoli, a 62-year-old gay man, died last Thursday night after being attacked and brutally beaten by two men five days earlier. The New York City Police Department, the Mayor’s Office and Crime Stoppers are offering a $22,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the attack, according to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). Earlier on Thursday, friends, who described Rispoli as funny and strong and an amazing cook — among them Van Bramer, who knew the music teacher personally — held back tears at a press conference as they detailed the beating that eventually took his life. They also asked anyone with any information about the incident to step forward. No additional information about any suspects had been released by press time. “[Lou] will not survive this and it will be a homicide,” said Van Bramer, hours before Rispoli’s death. The victim was taken off life support later on Oct. 25. Rispoli, 62, went out for a walk a little before midnight on Friday, Oct. 19. He often took walks around the Sunnyside neighborhood he called home for 30 years, his friend, Mike Horn, said. Rispoli was a bit of an insomniac, he added, saying he would talk

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, left, and Mike Horn detailed the attack on their friend Louis Rispoli, a 62-year-old gay man from Sunnyside who was then near death in Elmhurst Hospital, at a PHOTO BY JOSEY BARTLETT press conference on Thursday. with shop owners and try to walk off the excess energy he had. However on this walk Rispoli was assaulted by two men around 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, while a tall suspect kept watch at the car, Van Bramer said.

A witness, who called the police after the incident, said two men were walking with Rispoli toward 41st Street when they hit him over the head with a blunt object outside a large apartment complex at 41-00 43rd Ave. in Sunnyside. Rispoli might have been inside the

continued from page 16 on Tuesday afternoon, but signs of the flood were still visible. Barone pointed at a faded yellow mark running across his neighbor’s house, imprinted at eye level, a testimony to the heights reached by the flood. From the second floor of his home, he saw water slowly flow into the street until it violently burst into his house through the garage. “I was afraid,” he said. “We heard a ‘boom’ because of the pressure of water against the garage door.” Barone, who said he built the house with his own hands two decades ago, has seen other floods. But he was shocked by Sandy. “They didn’t tell us it was supposed to rise this much,” said Barone. “They didn’t come up to alert us knocking on doors. They came today for the first time.” Nearby, on Cross Bay Boulevard, rescue vehicles lined up over several blocks and men in uniforms crowded the usually bustling commercial avenue. About 150 National Guard soldiers were deployed in the area, estimated Pvt. Jose Otero, clad in his light beige Army outfit. James Jacobs, a spokesperson for the Fire Department, said the amount of damage due to the flood remained undetermined. “We’re going door to door,” he said. “It’s going to be a long Q rescue and recovery process.”


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car with his attackers prior to the beating, but that is not confirmed, Van Bramer said. The witness did not get a good look at any of the attackers’ faces, but believes they were in their 20s. He also could not confirm a description of the getaway vehicle, although it is thought to be a two-door white car or SUV. Van Bramer met the victim in 2009 at a dinner party when Rispoli approached him and said, “I’m thrilled a gay man is running for office.” Following the event, Rispoli volunteered with the now-City Councilman’s campaign. “Lou was a very proud gay man and someone who worked for equality,” Van Bramer said. In June 2011, on the first day same-sex New York couples were allowed to marry, Van Bramer visited the courthouse to congratulate newlyweds. Rispoli was there with his longtime partner wearing a homemade T-shirt reading “31 years together.” The couple waited until their anniversary in August to wed, but wanted to apply for their marriage license that day. Rispoli’s husband did not attend the press conference. A statement read at the meeting asked “the media to respect the privacy of Lou’s husband and family members during this time of sorrow.” Rispoli’s exact job, husband’s name and home address were not released in an effort to retain privacy — although they since have been reported on other media sites. It is unknown if the act was a hate crime. Police are reviewing surveillance tapes from the area, but images of the suspects have not been retrieved. The apartment complex where the attack took place does not have cameras. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All Q tips are strictly confidential.

46 years on the job at PS 62 Carmela Loquercio, above, an aide at PS 62 in Richmond Hill, received a special visit from city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott last month. Loquercio, 90, has worked at the school for 46 years. Walcott came to PS 62 to thank her for her decades of service. “Carmela Loquercio is a great example

of a hardworking, dedicated and caring public school employee,” Walcott said. “In her 46 years of service at PS 62, Carmela has won over the hearts of every student, parent and staff member. She is truly an inspiration. I thank Carmela for her dedication and serving as an inspiration to our students.”

Lou Rispoli, who friends described as an amazing cook, died on Oct. 25 after being beaten on PHOTO COURTESY FACEBOOK Saturday morning.

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