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AGAINST THE TIDE Republican Councilman Eric Ulrich declares victory ELECTION COVERAGE PAGES 2, 6, 20, 21, 22 AND 24 Despite Democrats dominating citywide, Queens’ lone Republican officeholder, Councilman Eric Ulrich, seen here with his wife Yadira and 1-year-old daughter Lily Tuesday night, appears to have won a second term, defeating his Democratic opponent, Rockaway civic leader Lew Simon, 53 percent to 47 percent.



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Katz, de Blasio, most Democrats win easily Ulrich the only GOP victor in Queens; casinos OK’d; judges’ tenure bid fails by Peter C. Mastrosimone Editor-in-Chief


uesday’s elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would. Following a tough primary battle, Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.4 percent of the general election vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures. In his acceptance speech, de Blasio reiterated his campaign theme that there are two New Yorks — one for the haves and Find more Election one for the have— and pledged Day coverage in this nots to set in place liberedition and online al policies to address the ecoat nomic divide, such as increasing taxes on the wealthy to pay for early-childhood education and forcing developers to build more affordable housing. “Tackling inequality isn’t easy; it never has been, and never will be,” de Blasio said. “The challenges we face have been decades in the making, and the problems we set out

to address will not be solved overnight. But make no mistake: The people of this city have chosen a progressive path, and tonight we set forth on it, together, as one city.” Fellow Democrat Scott Stringer won the office of comptroller by an even bigger margin, beating Republican John Burnett 80.6 percent to 16.6 percent. Letitia James rounded out the Democrats’ dominance in citywide offices, being elected public advocate with 83.6 percent of the vote. James had no Republican rival. In Queens, Democrat Melinda Katz beat Republican Tony Arcabascio in the race for borough president by nearly as much, winning 80.3 percent of the vote compared to her opponent’s 17.1 percent. In her victory statement, Katz said she would work with de Blasio “to take on the inequality crisis in our city” from her new post in Queens Borough Hall. “I’m humbled and honored by the trust placed in me tonight by the people of Queens,”

Queens Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, right, celebrates her victory with outgoing BP Helen Marshall and Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Reich in Forest Hills Tuesday night. Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio also has plenPHOTO, ABOVE, BY STEVE MALECKI; FILE PHOTO ty to smile about. she said. “For months, this campaign has been about confronting the chal2013 lenges facing working families in our borough — whether by stimulating responsible economic development in Flushing, creating truly affordable housing in Jackson Heights, or protecting the Rockaways from future storms.” Katz celebrated with supporters at Queens


Democratic Party headquarters in Forest Hills before heading over to de Blasio’s victory bash in Brooklyn. It was the Democrats’ night across the city. The only Republican to win a race in Queens was Cou ncilman Er ic Ulr ich (R-Ozone Park), who defeated challenger Lew Simon 53.1 percent to 46.9 percent in the 32nd District, though Simon has yet to concede. continued on page 36

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Freshmen would be relocated from annex back to main building by Domenick Rafter Editor

The city Department of Education recently announced it will seek to relocate Richmond Hill High School freshmen from an annex building several blocks from the school back into the main building. Currently, some of the freshmen are served in the former St. Benedict Joseph Labre Catholic School at 94-25 117 St. If the move is approved — it’s scheduled to come to a vote later this month — the ninth-graders will be moved back to the Richmond Hill High School building at 89-30 114 St. next September. Some of the new freshman classes will be held in trailers in the schoolyard. The move is meant to accommodate a new high school the DOE plans to open at the St. Benedict’s site in September 2014, according to the educational impact statement the department released on the proposal. Critics are arguing the relocation of the ninth grade would make the overcrowding situation at Richmond Hill High School worse as the annex was opened to decrease the student population in the building in the first place, but the DOE says enrollment in the school will decrease from 2,184 students this year to between 1,580 and 1,620 students in 2017-18. The department says Richmond

A new proposal by the city Department of Education will move the freshman class at Richmond PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER Hill High School back to the main building from an annex nearby. Hill’s target capacity is 2,165 students. “The enrollment reduction and re-siting is intended to provide an opportunity for Richmond Hill to concentrate on a smaller cohort of students in a consolidated location, and allow for a new school option to develop

at [the St. Benedict’s site],” the EIS reads. The plan confirms fears parents expressed when the school’s former principal, Wayne Anderson, was let go in September. The DOE says the move will cost $78,120, but the department argues that

money will be made up through a decrease in teacher salaries and material costs once the enrollment at Richmond Hill drops over the course of the next few years. Should the Panel for Educational Policy not approve the relocation, the planned high school for the St. Benedict’s site would be put on hold. Richmond Hill High School was one of seven schools that were slated for closure in 2012 by the DOE due to poor academic performance. However, a lawsuit by teacher unions against the city resulted in a courtappointed arbitrator ruling against the city and closure of the schools. According to the EIS released this month, Richmond Hill’s four-year graduation rate rose from 57 percent in 2010 to 60 percent in 2012, and the percent of students graduating with a Regents diploma increased from 42 percent in 2010 to 58 percent in 2012. Community Board 9 is expected to discuss and vote on a resolution opposing the relocation at its meeting Tuesday night. That resolution has already passed the board’s Education Committee. A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at Richmond Hill High School before the PEP votes on Q the plan on Nov. 26.

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Sandy-damaged church rededicated Hit hard one year ago, St. Barnabas now ‘95 percent’ back, pastor says by Domenick Rafter Editor

after the storm and volunteers came to help in the cleanup. “We never lacked for labor,” he said. St. Barnabas was among a number of hard-hit houses of worship in the neighborhood. Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Assembly of God Church and the community’s two synagogues — the Howard Beach Jewish Center and the Rockwood Park Jewish Center — all suffered damage in the storm. St. Helen Church, which is located close to the Belt Parkway, had minor damage, but the parish’s main community center, Father Dooley Hall, was relatively unscathed, allowing it to be used as a relief center in the weeks after the storm. Baum said it was unfortunate that St. Barnabas wasn’t able to fill that role after Sandy because its community space was left devastated. “We’re used to being frontline responders to crises,” he said. “Having that space destroyed, we were kind of stuck. We couldn’t function Q the way we normally do.”

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St. Barnabas Church in Howard Beach lost a lot in Hurricane Sandy, but the congregation’s faith was not among the items taken by the storm. A little more than a year after Sandy’s storm surge destroyed the church’s basement and events space in the adjacent parish house, Bishop Robert Rimbo of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America joined congregants to rededicate the sanctuary at 159-19 98 St. on Saturday. “It’s been a long, slow slog,” said Pastor William Baum of the church’s recovery from Sandy. He said the process has been “frustrating” because it has moved so slowly. The church’s electrical system, which had been in the basement, was only made fully operational last month. “It’s taken a great deal of patience because it moves at its own speed,” Baum said, adding that the church

was “95 percent” recovered from the storm. It still needs a new oven for the kitchen and some other smaller appliance-type items and they are fundraising to help pay for that. Baum added that the center had to replace at least 150 folding chairs and some tables that were destroyed. The church is located on the east side of the neighborhood, which was hardest hit. Nearly 6 feet of water flooded the two basements. Besides furniture, the flood also destroyed a kitchen and a piano, but the worship space itself was not affected, except for being without electricity for a month. “We were able to hold our worship services once we got temporary heat and electric service,” Baum said. “We never missed a liturgy.” A total of 6,000 square feet of space was damaged. The parts of the church damaged typically host church events, support groups and scouting programs. Baum said the church received help from other congregations across the country

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Ulrich rides out Democratic wave Republican incumbent declares victory over opponent Lew Simon by Domenick Rafter

where de Blasio trounced his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota — and held his own in A Democratic surge swept across the city his native Rockaway. Though totals still had Tuesday night, but it did not appear to take him down, Ulrich campaign staffers assured supporters that Howard Beach had not yet down Queens’ lone Republican officeholder. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) been counted and would give the incumbent appeared to prevail over his Democratic the lead. In Lindenwood, Ulrich prevailed rival, District Leader Lew Simon 53 percent even as de Blasio won the neighborhood by a to 47 percent in the 32nd Council District — wide margin. “I am happy to announce we won,” a margin of about 1,100 votes — in what Ulrich said as he took the podium ended up being the closest race in the with his wife Yadira and year-old entire city. daughter Lily. Bot h U l r ich a nd Si mon Ulrich said he would move fordeclared victory Tuesday night, ward to work with the mayoreach assuring supporters that elect, but praised the previous ballots still to be counted would two chief executives for their go in their candidate’s favor. work over the years. At Russo’s On The Bay in 2013 “I have a lot of work to do, Howard Beach, Ulrich supporters helping people recover from Hurrifiled in slowly after 9 p.m. They had cane Sandy, working with the new little reaction to the expected victory of Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio and other Demo- administration to create jobs in the city and crats on the ticket as the night wore on, but continue some of the good things Mayors kept eyes glued to the televisions screens in Giuliani and Bloomberg have done and the catering hall for news on the Council race. implemented over the past twenty years,” Simon lead for a good portion of the night he said. “I will work with Bill de Blasio. I — and often by large margins — and was will work with Melinda Katz. I know them ahead right up until Ulrich declared victory at both personally. I consider them friends and around 11 p.m. The Democratic challenger I will work with them in a bipartisan way to was able to run up his numbers in Woodhaven help my constituents.” Ulrich will be one of only three Republiand Richmond Hill — areas moved into the district during redistricting last year and cans on the City Council and the only one Editor

Councilman Eric Ulrich, joined by his wife Yadira, as he declares victory Tuesday night in a close PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER race against Democratic District Leader Lew Simon. outside of Staten Island, where newcomer Steve Matteo was elected to the seat left open by Staten Island Borough President-Elect James Oddo and Councilman Vincent Ignizio, who was re-elected to his seat on the island’s South Shore. When asked about entering the new Council as the senior Republican, Ulrich dismissed talk of running for minority leader in the new Council.

“I think I could play a much different role in the Council and I want to see who the next Speaker will be,” he said. Ulrich said he wasn’t too surprised by the close margin, noting that the Republican Party has taken a hit in New York City. He blamed national Republicans for the issues his party has locally and noted the ongoing civil continued on page 22


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Fix the judge’s stop and frisk mess


e were thrilled to see the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit put on hold the so-called “remedies” Judge Shira Scheindlin had tried to impose on the Police Department after wrongly determining that it intentionally discriminates against minorities when stopping and frisking people officers deem suspicious. As this page said after Scheindlin made her ruling last summer, the judge had not taken a fair view of the case from the start. Breaking judicial standards, she had made sure she was the one who got to hear it, had put excessive weight in the testimony of the plaintiffs’ expert witness while dismissing the city’s own expert, and had made comments to the press that revealed she sees judging as a way to write the laws as she sees fit, rather than just determine if they’ve been broken. Scheindlin clearly sought to set Police Department policy, just as her fellow U.S. Judge Nicholas Garaufis set some Fire Department policy, to the detriment of members and the public alike. And she went even further than he had. Now the Court of Appeals has agreed that Scheindlin did not display the impartiality required of judges and stayed her order, under which she was going to force some officers to wear miniature cameras on their uniforms to record interactions with suspects, seat yet another monitor to oversee the department and have

a panel of 12 academics, almost all of them having an outlook on policing like her own, also keep an eye on what cops are doing. All this would be a massive administrative boondoggle that would hamper crime fighting, as Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the NYPD’s unions have all been saying. So the city appealed and the Appeals Court not only delayed her order but took the extraordinary step of dismissing her from the case entirely. One problem: The appeal will not be resolved before Bloomberg leaves office, and Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio is on Scheindlin’s side, not that of the police or the public, who said in a recent poll that crime fighting is more important than reforming stop and frisk (which has already been reformed, by the way, and is being reined in even more by new city legislation). So the police unions are also looking to appeal the case, as are former Mayor Giuliani and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey. We hope all are granted standing, because even if de Blasio thinks it’s OK to put the NYPD under judicial and academic control, it’s not. This is one area where we hope our incoming mayor, who brings much promise to the office, will flip flop once he has to actually govern. If not, we hope our former mayor and the others will prevail. We cannot handcuff the police.

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Thank a veteran Dear Editor: Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a day to honor all who served this great country of ours. Americans really should take pause on that day to honor our brave fighting men and women. Over 237 years many have fought to defend those freedoms we hold most dear. I myself served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era and am proud to have done so. We need to remember all those who gave their lives and the many who lost limbs, hearing and sight. These veterans who served our country did so with pride and devotion to duty so that we might have those freedoms we enjoy today. We salute our brave men and women who are now serving in Afghanistan and who have served in Iraq as well as other parts of the world. Those who have served have done so at great personal sacrifice, leaving family, friends and jobs behind to serve the greater good. I hope and pray this Veterans Day that many will be f lying the f lag of our great nation in their honor. Let me also ask all who read this letter to call a veteran you might know and say thank you for a job well done. May God bless these brave Americans and may God bless America on this day we call Veterans Day. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks © Copyright 2013 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.


Help with Barbara Nichols Dear Editor: My name is Richard Koper and I’m an author of movie-related books. I live in Europe, The Netherlands. Currently I’m researching the life and career of actress Barbara Nichols. Nichols was a wellknown name in the 1950s and ’60s, appearing opposite Doris Day, Clark Gable and Tony Curtis (“Barbara Nichols, Queens’ pinup girl,” I Have Often Walked, Oct. 18, 2012). She was born as Barbara Marie Nickerauer in Mineola, Long Island on Dec. 10, 1928. In 1935, when Barbara was 6 years old, she moved with her parents to Queens. Her father, George Nickerauer, owned a gas station called Rauer’s on Baisley Boulevard in Jamaica. Barbara attended Woodrow Wilson High School. Her teacher from the first grade was E.F. Proctor. Around 1948 the family moved to the Town of Huntington. I’m hoping to get in contact with people who knew Miss Nichols or her family, and

Our new museum


e bet you’ve never been to the Queens Museum. “Sure I have,” you say. But you haven’t been to this Queens Museum, the newly remodeled, expanded and vastly improved facility in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Its grand reopening is this weekend; see the details in this week’s qboro, the Chronicle’s arts and entertainment section. Then go see the museum. View the stunning New York City Panorama in a new light. Check out “The Shatterer,” the museum’s new exhibit of Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann’s works. Marvel at an exhibit on the city’s water system that hasn’t been shown since 1940. You could hardly find a better way to spend eight bucks; half that for older and younger folks. And it’s all right here in Queens; no run to Manhattan required.

family members of Miss Nichols who are willing to share their memories about her and her parents with me. My last two titles were “Fifties Blondes — Sexbombs, Sirens, Bad Girls and Teen Queens” and “Affectionately, Jayne Mansfield.” Both are published by The Bear Manor Media. Please contact me through my email address: Richard Koper Heemskerk, The Netherlands

It was the surge Dear Editor: Your Oct. 31 editorial, “A year after Sandy: Show us the money,” begins “After Hurricane Katrina demolished so much of New Orleans ...” New Orleans’ damage was from post-Hurricane Katrina storm surges and flooding. Wendy King New Orleans

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Dear Editor: As a resident of New Orleans, I do understand your concerns that the federal government may not adequately follow through with its promises of financial support and rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. Citizens and citizen groups must take responsibility for examining all plans and overseeing that all deadlines are met. Constant lobbying of government agencies is required. Also, you and your readers need to read the truth behind the Katrina disaster. Hurricane Katrina did not “demolish” New Orleans. The destruction in New Orleans occurred when levees built and supervised by the federal Army Corps of Engineers failed. As a result of their failure, over 80 percent of the city moldered in stagnant waters for over a month. The question becomes who can get the federal government to “speed things up”? If “wealthy power brokers” have not had success, then The Queens Chronicle and citizens need to step up their pressure on the government. Ann Sayas New Orleans

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Dear Editor: Before I refute his “facts” I have a few questions to ask letter writer Ed Konecnik (“Save the Republic,” Letters, Oct. 24). During the “so-called” (his words) government shutdown, in which the Teabaggers in Congress made us the laughingstock of the world (even Iraq’s gover nONLINE ment is paying its Miss an editorial or letbills, never shutter cited by a writer? ting down Want news from our other despite wars, reveditions covering the rest olutions and of Queens? Find past elections) did we r e p or t s , ne w s f r om not lose the “soacross the borough and called” amount more at of $24 billion from our economy? Was that not an amount that could have paid for Obamacare for every previously uninsured American twice over? Were “so-called” children with “so-called” cancer not denied treatment during the “so called” shutdown? Let’s turn our attention to Ted Cruz. Recently a court stenographer was hauled off the House floor and to the nuthouse after ranting about God, country and Freemasons. Where were the men in white coats when future GOP presidential candidate Cruz, who while addressing Congress during his historic 21-hour filibuster, uttered words that will go down in history with those of Jefferson, Washington, Adams and Franklin? Quote: “I do not like green eggs and ham ...” And if Cruz and the rest of the GOP had so much confidence Obamacare was going to fail, why are they putting so much effort into stopping it? Because it’s really going to help people. That’s why. Americans have waited 70 years for affordable healthcare, but now if the website makes you wait an hour Republicans want to scrap the whole thing. The immorality of Republicans, trying to convince young people into not buying health insurance! As for the debt: Where was all the Republican outrage when Duh-bya and the GOP were running up this debt? They left Obama this mess, and fought everything he did from day one! The reason people are out of work is because the top 2 percent ship jobs overseas! Food stamp enrollment is at a record high because billionaires need to buy a new yacht every year. Typical Republicans, blaming Democrats for the problems Republicans caused. As for calling Konecnik a racist? Where did that come from? Perhaps he has a guilty conscience. Finally, I would’ve gladly accepted his challenge to refute his facts. Sadly, his letter didn’t contain any. As for us living in a Constitutional republic? Since when are Republicans concerned with the Constitution? We live in a democracy! And to Larry Penner, funny how you mention $147,000 going to Frank Lautenberg’s widow (“Let them vote cleanly,” Letters, Oct. 24) but neglect to mention the $3 billion (that’s billion) Mitch McConnell stuck in at the last second for his state. Robert La Rosa Whitestone

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Dear Editor: A shameful political event took place on Sunday, Oct. 13 in front of a Washington, DC memorial. Veterans were prevented from entering the memorial, it having been fenced off due to the government shutdown or more precisely, the GOP Government Shutdown. And who would ironically, one might say dishonestly, show up to “commiserate” with the disheartened veterans? None other than the very ones primarily responsible for initiating the unnecessary and destructive action which they championed and cheered when they succeeded. They were Ted Cruz, his echo Mike Lee and the ever-ready opportunist, half-governor Sarah Palin. They soulfully decried with repeated speeches the horrible injustice at hand, much to the cheers of the vets, while of course blaming it on President Obama. There was also the Freedom Watch’s Larry K lay man doing Tr u mp’s ever-popular “Obama the Muslim” shtick, and all with the Confederate flag as well as the infamous Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” f lag held proudly aloft. I cringed hearing my fellow veterans being duped by these outright liars, who were taking advantage of their grief and making fools of them merely to further their very own political ambitions. Perhaps there are still enough of the old-guard Republicans left to be Tea-ed off at this cyst festering in their party and lance it once and for all before it infects the entire party. There is the old adage of the elephant being terrified by a mouse. Let us hope that it is merely an anecdote and that the true symbolic Republican figurehead displays greater courage. Nicholas Zizelis Bayside

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Those concerned over the possibility of massive f lood insurance rate hikes can breathe a sigh of relief. At least for now. Congress unveiled a deal struck last week to postpone the rate hikes that started taking effect last month because of the BiggertWaters Act, a 2012 law that sought to put the cash-strapped National Flood Insurance Program, administrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on more solid financial footing. Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) and Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) laid out the provisions of the compromise bill, called the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, at a press conference in Broad Channel last Thursday. “The flood insurance premium increases were like a freight train headed right for our communities,” Jeffries said. “This bill would stop the freight train right in its tracks.” Under the terms of the legislation, drafted by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) — an original sponsor of the Biggert-Waters Act — and supported by both Democrats and Republicans, including Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island), FEMA will be required to do a two-year study that will include remapping coastal areas and flood zones, identifying flood elevations and do an affordability study that will then be reviewed by Congress during the following two years. The last six months of the time frame will be for Congress to analyze the study results to make permanent changes to the NFIP.

Meeks said the Biggert-Waters Act, which was passed only a few months before Hurricane Sandy struck, called for an affordability study, but FEMA never followed through on it. The new bill would force the agency to do one and give it a set timeframe for completion. If there are no changes to the law, Biggert-Waters would eliminate some subsidies given to homeowners in areas deemed f lood-prone, including the Rockaways, Howard Beach and Broad Channel. The result would mean flood insurance premiums going from an average of several hundred dollars a year to, in some cases, as high as $12,000 annually. In Howard Beach specifically, most residents did not need to have flood insurance before Sandy unless they had a mortgage. For months, civic leaders and state and local officials from neighborhoods near the coast have been calling for Congress to repeal the Biggert-Waters Act. The City Council passed a resolution calling for its repeal last month and hundreds of residents attended a rally Sept. 28 in Broad Channel also calling for a repeal. The rally was one of hundreds held nationwide in f lood-prone areas hit by the premium hikes. Both Jeffries and Meeks said the bill’s wide bipartisan support makes them optimistic that it would pass the House and then the Senate — where it is being sponsored by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) — even at a time when there is stifling polarization. Meeks, who sits on the Financial Services continued on page 38

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A building under construction at a busy intersection on the Ozone ParkRichmond Hill border will be a grocery store. A representative for J Metro Construction, the firm building the store at the corner of 104th Street and Atlantic Avenue, said a grocery store is scheduled to open at the site. Construction of a planned grocery store at Atlantic Avenue and It is located on the Rich- 104th Street in Richmond Hill appears to be stalled, but the mond Hill side of the bor- construction company working on the project said it is moving der, directly across the forward. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER street from a strip mall that includes a Staples and a Rite Aid and sever- according to city records, to include a bigal doors down from a liquor store. It is also a ger building and roof work, which have not block away from the Construction, Trades, yet commenced. So far, only the brick facade of the buildEngineering and Architecture High School. The construction at the site, formerly a ing is completed. A grocery store might be a well-received used car lot, has been ongoing for a while, leaving some to wonder if construction has addition to the area. There are few grocery shopping options in this part of the commuceased. “It looks like work is stalled,� said one nity, where Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and resident who lives a block away. “It looks Woodhaven come together. The closest supermarket is Pathmark, about 10 blocks awful.� But the representative from J Metro, who away, while smaller bodegas and markets declined to give her name, said there hasn’t can be found several blocks down Atlantic been a long stoppage in construction and Avenue or along Jamaica Avenue, about six residents should expect a new store there blocks to the north. T h e a r e a a lo n g A t l a n t i c Ave n u e soon. “Work has stopped for a few days, I’m between Woodhaven Boulevard and 108th Street is not very developed except for the not sure why,� the woman said. She added that plans for the grocery store st r ip mall bet ween 102nd a nd 104th are still in motion, but did not specify streets. The rezoning of Woodhaven and whether the store will be a chain supermar- Richmond Hill that was approved last summer aimed to spur development along ket or a mom-and-pop-type store. Permits to construct the building were Atlantic Avenue to allow for commercial filed with the city in late 2008, according and residential growth along the strip to Department of Buildings records. The between the Van Wyck Expressway and Q plans were altered a number of times, the Brooklyn border.


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There was a public hearing at Borough Hall on Oct. 24. Marshall gave her final approval on the plan Oct 29. At least one homeowner on Centreville Street opposed the rezoning at last month’s CB 10 meeting because he feared that the new zones would prevent him from doing planned work. The proposal is now before the City Planning Commission, which was to hold a vote Wednesday. The City Council will hold a final vote on the plan likely later Q this month. — Domenick Rafter

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More cops for 106th Precinct Sixteen new men and women added to command by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor

The 106th Precinct welcomed 16 new officers to its command last week, as the communities covered by the precinct saw a spike in auto thefts and grand larcenies last month. The precinct’s commander, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, said he is glad to have the officers to bolster his crime-fighting efforts. “They are a most-welcome addition to the community and we are very happy to have them join our local team,” he said. The inspector said the new officers will be given an orientation period in the precinct area during which they will tour the communities and be advised of the relevant information about them. He added that community members will be invited to meet with the new officers and advise them of neighborhood concerns while the precinct briefs on crime trends and quality-of-life issues. Schiff said the addition of the 16 officers will decrease response times to calls for assistance. Most of the newly assigned officers will be assigned to the 4 p.m. to midnight tour, which is the busiest time for the precinct. None of the new personnel will be assigned to Resorts World Casino New York City, the commander explained, since a small detail of precinct officers are already there on

Friday and Saturday nights and the casino also has private security. “At this time we don’t see a need to increase police presence due to the fact that crime is starting to go down in that location,” Schiff said. The officers were previously assigned to NYPD Impact Units and have been with the department for an average of three to four years. Impact Units comprise new officers assigned to precincts in high-crime areas upon their graduation from the academy. The boost in numbers comes as some crimes have gone up in the command. During the 28-day period ending Oct. 20 auto thefts rose by 73 percent and grand larcenies jumped 56 percent compared to last year. The addition of new police officers was welcome news to civic leaders and elected officials who had made numerous requests to police brass for additional officers. Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton said the board is very pleased that the NYPD responded to its request. “Our population has grown in recent years and since the opening of the casino, our area’s ambient population has grown by 12 million people a year,” she said in an email. “Whether resident or visitor, all people need police service and the personnel available has to be sufficient to meet their needs 24/7. Our proximity to the airport and other critical

infrastructure important to our national security also make it imperative that our precinct is always adequately staffed.” Lindenwood Alliance President Joann Ariola also said in a statement that her group welcomes the new officers to the precinct, “and looks forward to the plan which our new Deputy Inspector Schiff has implemented to make the best use of the additional personnel.” Area officials, including state Sen. Joe Add abbo, Jr. (D -Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), who have been calling on police brass to assign more officers to the 106th Precinct for some time, praised the news. “The 16 new, permanent officers at the 106th Precinct will have a direct, positive impact on the safety of the area residents and were certainly needed in a precinct that uniquely deals daily with a casino and a major airport,” Addabbo said. Goldfeder and Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) singled out Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for praise as well. “I am very grateful for Police Commissioner Kelly’s decision to assign additional police officers to the 106th Precinct. He is responsive, he is effective and in my opinion he will go down in history as one of the best police commissioners the city has ever Q had,” Ulrich said.


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Restrictions placed on the Police Department as a result of the federal lawsuit over stop and frisk are all on hold, and the judge who imposed them has been thrown off the case by the Court of Appeals. The court determined that Judge Shira Scheindlin compromised her need to appear impartial in the case and criticized her for making sure she got to hear it when it was filed six years ago. Scheindlin had determined last summer that stop and frisk — the police practice of patting down people whom officers deem suspicious for weapons, drugs and other contraband — was unconstitutional. She said it violated the Fourth Amendment right against unwarranted search and seizure and the 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law, the latter because it unfairly targeted minorities. The NYPD has been stopping hundreds of thousands of people a year under the practice, though the number has declined in the last few years as the policy came under increasing criticism. Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the police unions all maintain that they practice stop and frisk lawfully, adhering to the guidelines for police interactions with citizens that were codified in a

1968 Supreme Court decision, Terry v. Ohio. cameras on their uniforms to record interacThe city and the sergeants’ union had tions with suspects. appealed Scheindlin’s decision, while the All those measures are on hold as a result other police unions are seeking standing to of the Court of Appeals ruling. intervene in the case. But a majority of the City Council and de In an opinion piece the Daily News ran last Blasio agree more with Scheindlin and the Sunday, author Heather MacDonald of the plaintiffs in the case she heard, Floyd v. City Manhattan Institute of New York, which said for mer Mayor was brought primariRudy Giuliani and ly by the Center for he police unions expect former U.S. Attorney Constitutional Rights. General Michael “I’m extremely disMayor-Elect Bill de Blasio Mu k asey a re also appointed in today’s to drop the city’s appeal of decision,” de Blasio, a seeking to intervene, requesting permission said in a a case on which he differs Democrat, to continue the appeal prepared statement as friends of the court. the d ay of the with Mayor Bloomberg. The unions, GiuAppeals Court ruling, liani and Mukasey before Tuesday’s elecseek to keep the appeal going on their own tion. “We shouldn’t have to wait for reforms because Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio is expect- that both keep our communities safe and obey ed to drop the appeal when he takes office. the Constitution. We have to end the overuse Scheindlin had made sure she would get the of stop and frisk — and any delay only means case, rather than have it randomly assigned to a continued and unnecessary rift between our a judge. As remedies to the discrimination she police and the people they protect.” determined existed, she had ordered that an His opponent, Republican Joe Lhota, called attorney she chose monitor the Police Depart- de Blasio’s thinking on crime “naive” and ment, appointed a panel of a dozen academics lauded the three-judge panel’s decision in his to also oversee it, and insisted that officers in own statement. one precinct in each borough — the one with “Bravo!” Lhota said. “As I have said all the highest number of stops — wear miniature along, Judge Scheindlin’s biased conduct


corrupted the case and her decision was not based on the facts. The ruling by the nation’s second-highest court was an unprecedented rejection of both the result of the case and the manner with which it was achieved. From Day One, I have stood with Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly in support of these proactive policies that have saved countless lives. The court has vindicated our positions.” The ruling does not affect other restrictions placed on the Police Department as a result of stop and frisk. The City Council this year enacted two laws, collectively called the Community Safety Act, that are designed to ensure people are not unfairly stopped due to their appearance and to impose another monitor to oversee the NYPD. That monitor, dubbed an inspector general, will answer to the city Department of Investigation, which is charged with uncovering illegal activities by municipal employees. Mayor Bloomberg had vetoed both measures but was overridden by the Council. The administration then sued to block one part of the law in state court, charging that the Council incorrectly legislated in an area, criminal procedure, that is reserved to the state. The police unions also sued to nullify the law, fearing that the administration’s lawsuit will Q not be pursued by de Blasio.

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The ongoing personnel conf lict surrounding longtime Community Board 9 member Sam Esposito will come up for discussion and possibly a vote at this Tuesday’s board meeting in Richmond Hill. The board was to debate the possible expulsion of Esposito, who is accused of sending around an email that included anti-Semetic comments, at last month’s meeting, but then postponed the closeddoor session on the topic because the meeting was running late. An executive session has been put on the Nov. 12 agenda, along with a vote.

Esposito has said he believes he is being targeted for his support of District Manager Mary Ann Carey, whose termination was considered by the board last June. Members ultimately voted to give Carey a probationary period, but Esposito protested at the September meeting, arguing that little information had been given to the panel about that process. Removal of appointees, who are named by City Council members and the borough president, is a rare event usually reserved for those who miss too many meetings. Q — Domenick Rafter

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The Queens Library will begin lending customers Google tablets on their library cards at select South Queens branches beginning Nov. 20. The tablets — donated by Google to communities in New York State affected by Hurricane Sandy — will be loaned from seven Queens Library locations: Howard Beach, Broad Channel, Arverne, Far Rockaway, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park and Queens Library for Teens in Far Rockaway. Customers may borrow them for a month with the option of three renewals for a total of four months. Queens has received 5,000 of the 17,000 tablets donated by Google statewide. The tablets are pre-loaded with curated content so there is plenty of i n for mat ion available whether a patron is online or not. The tablets also can access e-books and e-magazines for reading offline. The content will be refreshed and updated every time a user comes into a Queens Library or is within WiFi range. Customers who have access to wireless internet at the library or in other locations will have the full internet experiQ ence, as well.

Police catch suspect in serial burglaries Brooklyn man accused of 11 break-ins by Domenick Rafter Editor

A Brooklyn man being held on charges for an Ozone Park burglary is now suspected in burglarizing at least 10 other homes in Queens over the last two years. Mario Girau, 28, had been arrested on Sept. 19 af ter he was allegedly caught breaking into a home on Tahoe Street in Ozone Park. He was nabbed by police who had been investigating him as a potential suspect in a rash of burglaries in the area and had allegedly observed Girau looking into windows. On Oct. 30, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced that Girau had been charged in connection with 10 more burglaries that occurred in Ridgewood, Forest Hills, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park and Howard Beach. Nine of the break-ins occurred this year and the Ridgewood crime occurred in September 2011. Girau was charged on multiple counts of second- deg ree bu rgla r y, th i rd-,

fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourthdegree criminal possession of a weapon. He had been charged with seconddegree burglary, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglar’s tools after the Sept. 19 arrest. Girau is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of items including jewelry, computer equipment, cameras, sports memorabilia and ammunition that were recovered from his home while executing a search warrant after his ar rest in September. Police also a l lege d ly r e cove r e d jewel r y f rom Girau’s possession at the time of his arrest that they say was taken from the Tahoe Street home. Brown said that in the 2011 instance, the owner of a stolen camera was discovered when police tracked down the victim through the people in the photos left on the camera’s memory card. If convicted, Girau faces up to 150 Q years in prison.

QueensWay info meetings The Trust for Public Land, the parks advocacy group that is studying the possibility of building a High Line-like park along the right of way of the Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line, is holding three public workshops on the plan. The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Emanuel Church of Christ, 93-12 91 Ave. in Woodhaven. The second will be on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School at 91-30 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills and the third will be on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ozone Park Senior Center at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Church, 103-02 101 Ave. in Ozone Park. The Trust for Public Land says the workshops are “an opportunity for community members, business owners and interested individuals to share input and ideas on the design and programming of the QueensWay.” Besides the park, there are some who want to reactivate the rail line and some, especially in Woodhaven and Forest Hills, who want to the right of way left Q alone. — Domenick Rafter

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Melinda Katz cruises to BP in a landslide Former Shulman protege promises to be advocate, fighter for borough by Michael Gannon

funding for eduction, senior citizens and children’s programs at their current level, but to Melinda Katz spent her early years in public bring back more from the city. She did not elaborate on just how she would service under the tutelage of former Borough do so with the city facing a projected $2 billion President Claire Shulman, Come January, the former councilwoman deficit for the fiscal year starting next July, and and member of the state Assembly will move with a new mayor, Bill de Blasio, who has up to the chair Shulman filled for more than a made many potentially expensive promises during his campaign. decade. Prominent officials who were present Katz won an expectedly lopsided vicfor Katz’s victory speech included tory on a night replete with them for Queens District Attorney Richard New York City Democrats, garnerBrown, who also was re-elected ing 80.3 percent of the vote in Tuesday; Assemblyman Andrew unofficial totals obtained from the Hevesi (D-Forest Hills); and the New York City Board of Elections. newly re-elected Councilwoman Republican Tony Arcabascio Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills). got 17 percent, while Jobs and “Curtis says you and I are the only Eduction candidate Everly Brown 2013 two Democrats he’s voted for since garnered just 2.6 percent. McGovern,” Katz said in congratulating “I announced a year and a half ago, and I’ve gotten great support,” Katz told a crowd- Koslowitz. Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian ed room in her native Forest Hills. “Some were there from the start and others joined Angels and father of Katz’s two sons, was along the way. But even if you just joined unable to make it to Forest Hills prior to Katz’s departure for de Blasio headquarters in Brooktoday, I thank you.” Katz ran on her experience in government, a lyn, due to a commitment to his radio talk show. But present was current Borough President desire to embrace perhaps the most ethnically diverse county in the country, and her plans to Helen Marshall, who was unable to run to defend the office she has held for 12 years increase the borough’s funding and profile. “We are a county of diversity,” Katz said. “It because of term limits. “I’m making the office nice for you,” Maris an asset, not a flaw.” Katz said she will fight to not just keep shall said with a broad smile. Editor


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Elizabeth Crowley wins second term Incumbent Democrat triumphs over GOP challenger Craig Caruana by Christopher Barca

Crowley and her campaign staff on their victory.” While Crowley did not directly address Cou nci lwom a n El i z abet h Crowley (D-Middle Village) defeated her Republican Car uana, her campaig n manager Joe opponent Craig Caruana on Election Night O’Hern recognized the arduous challenge to win a second term as the 30th District’s put up by the Republican. “It was a great effort and we take every City Council representative. Speaking to dozens of family members challenge seriously, but she had a clear manand supporters inside the Woodhaven House date tonight,” O’Hern said. “She’s going to bar and restaurant at 63-98 Woodhaven work hard whether it’s fighting for women’s Blvd. in Rego Park on Tuesday, Crowley healthcare or doing the best job she can for praised those who aided in her re-election the district.” Although the councilwoman didn’t campaign and those who voted for her. arrive until around two hours after “Thank you all for being here the party began, the crowd was tonight and for your support over buzzing the entire night. They these very difficult weeks. This cheered every time the prelimihas been a long campaign but nary results scrolled across the the people of the 30th District television screen above the bar have spoken tonight,” Crowley and high-fived once she was prosaid to loud applause during her jected to win. victory speech. “They want to 2013 Crowley wasted little time on send me back to City Hall.” developing an agenda for her second According to the Board of Elections, the 35-year-old Crowley handily defeated term, outlining issues she plans to focus on. “Whether it’s investing in infrastructure Caruana by a margin of 59 percent to 41 projects in the district or making sure we percent. The 30-year-old Caruana was gracious in improve public transportation, or a woman’s defeat, and in a speech to supporters on access to healthcare, there’s so much more Tuesday night, he spoke of how proud he work ahead of us,” she said in her speech. “I’m so grateful for the four years the diswas of his campaign. “There’s not a drop of sadness in my trict is giving me to go back to City Hall to heart tonight,” Caruana said. “I’m humbled represent the people here.” After her speech, Crowley pointed to by the hard work and support of my voluneducation as one of the cornerstones of her teers and staff.” Caruana campaign manager Kevin Ryan next term, saying she’s determined to keep congratulated Crowley on her victory, but “providing some of the best schools in the also heralded the young Republican’s efforts. entire city right here in the district.” “I want to make sure that our communi“Forty-one percent for a first-time candidate in a heavily Democratic district against ties remain some of the best communities a big-name incumbent ... is no small feat,” in the whole entire city to live in and raise Q Ryan said. “We congratulate Elizabeth a family.” Reporter

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Vallone returns 19th District to the Dems GOP’s Saffran can’t hold Halloran’s City Council seat for Republicans by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor

Following a contentious headto-head battle in the 19th Council District, Democratic candidate Paul Vallone defeated his Republican opponent Dennis Saffran 57 to 43 percent in a bid to replace Cou ncilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who was indicted on corruption charges earlier t h i s ye a r a n d d id n o t s e e k re-election. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Vallone’s vote count stood at 12,791; Saffran had 9,582 votes. “They tried to take us down. They couldn’t do it. We kicked their butts today,” Vallone said as he addressed his cheering supporters Tuesday night at a recept ion at Vivald i rest au ra nt i n Bayside. Vallone, an attorney and member of a longtime Queens political family, called his win “a victory for everybody in District 19. It’s an amazing journey and it’s just begun.” With his win, Vallone continues a family tradition at City Hall. His

father, Peter Vallone Sr., served on make this part of Queens a wonthe Council from 1974 until 2001, derful place to live and work. becoming speaker, while his broth- Pau l h a s broug ht ever ybody er, Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), together.” Echoing that, Kim said, “We’re has been on the Council since 2002 restoring integrity back into the and has been term-limited out. On hand to join in the celebra- district and City Council. Paul is tion were, in addition to Vallone’s going to continue the tradition as a Vallone and bring a new father and brothers Peter and wave of energy.” Perry, his wife, AnnaPet er Vallone Jr., Marie, daughters Catena who this year unsucand Lea, and son Charcessfully sought the lie who, at age 6, Democratic nominaalready seems poised to t ion for boroug h follow the family path. president, said of his Ha nded a m icro b r o t h e r ’s v i c t o r y, phone, Charlie 2013 “ We ’r e v e r y p r o u d . declared, “We needed a We’re going to have a CounVallone in this district and that’s what we got,” earning per- cil member who u nderst a nds middle-class values.” haps his first political ovation. Peter Vallone Sr. declined to Many of Vallone’s political allies were also in attendance, comment on what his son’s win including state Sen. Toby Ann meant for the family personally, Stavisky (D-Whitestone), Assem- saying it “means more to the city blyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) than anything else.” He described his son as being the person who and City Comptroller John Liu. “Tonight means integrity and can “br ing ever yone together dignity have been returned to the again,” recalling past years when 19th Dist r ict,” Stavisk y said. members of both major parties “Together with all the elected gover ned ha r mon iously. “We off icials, we can continue to worked together with [then-may-

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Incumbents win in 20th, 23rd Area Democratic incumbents won their City Council races Tuesday in Districts 20 and 23. Councilman Peter Koo of Flushing had no Republican opposition but faced three third-party candidates. Koo took 79.6 percent of the vote, outdistancing himself from the others who ran: Independent Jobs and Education candidate Martha Flores-Vazquez, who took 10.5 percent; Reform candidate Sunny Hahn, who took 6.5 percent; and Green Party candidate Evergreen Chou with 3.4 percent. All three opposing Koo have run and lost in past elections, both on the city and state levels. Councilman Mark Weprin of Oakland Gardens was re-elected to his District 23 seat, which includes Bellerose, Oakland Gardens, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Glen Oaks and parts of Fresh Meadows, Bayside, Queens Village and Hollis. Weprin trounced his Reform Party opponent, Joe Concannon, with 84.1 percent of the vote to Concannon’s 15.9 percent. The incumbent also faced no Q Republican challenger. — Liz Rhoades

Three generations celebrate the City Council victory of Paul Vallone, center, Tuesday night at a party at Vivaldi in Bayside. With him are his son, Charlie, PHOTO BY MARK LORD and his father, Peter Vallone Sr. ors] Dinkins and Giuliani,” he said. “That’s what we have to do again.” Paul Vallone’s road to victory included a nail-biting win over fellow Democrat Austin Shafran in September’s primary. At the

Wills, Richards and Miller win blowouts All get 92% or more in Council races by Michael Gannon Editor

Democratic candidates for City Council seats in Southeast Queens all annihilated their competition on Tuesday night. Incumbent Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica), running for a second full term in a 28th District redrawn after the 2010 Federal Census, won more than 95.3 percent of the vote against Mireille Leroy of the Unity Party. Cou nci l m a n Donova n R ich a rd s (D-Laurelton), who was facing two opponents in the 31st District, including Republican Scherie Murray, garnered 92.2 percent of the vote. Richards had won a special election in February to fill the vacancy created after former Councilman James Sanders Jr. was sworn in as a state senator. Richards was Sanders’ chief of staff, and Murray campaigned on a platform of Richards being a continuation of policies that provided no change under Sanders.

She received 5.1 percent of the vote, w ith Jobs & Educat ion ca nd id ate Ricardo Brown getting just under 2.7 percent. Brow n was one of a handf ul of Democrats whom Richards dispatched i n t h e d i s t r ic t p r i m a r y b a ck i n September. In the 27th District, transit union president Daneek Miller tallied nearly 97 percent of the vote against Sondra Peeden. Miller will take the place of Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who is being forced out of the Council by ter m limits. Com rie personally approached Miller early in the process and appealed to him to run. Like Richards, Miller defeated a broad field of candidates in a Democratic primary, including Peeden and Manuel Caughman. Caughman, an aide to state Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica), is a longtime party stalwart who ran in the primary with the endorsement of Q the Queens Democratic Party.

time, Vallone said his first order of business would be to unite the party. But the campaign was anything but uniting. His four other Democratic opponents in the primary held a press conference and continued on page 24

Ulrich wins continued from page 6 war in the Queens GOP between the party’s official leadership, and a faction Ulrich is part of, isn’t helping the situation. “The Republican brand is at an alltime low and people have lost confidence and respect for the Republican Party,” he said. “That’s mainly because of these Tea Party extremists who have taken my party off a cliff and also because of the corrupt elements of the party locally that have yet to be purged.” Simon did not concede in a statement released Wednesday. “We defied expectations,” he said. “The race isn’t over.” Simon supporters at his victory party at the Irish Circle pub in Rockaway Park were declaring him the winner, but a Democratic source said Simon had not taken the Howard Beach numbers into consideration when he declared victory. “We thought we had it,” the source said. “But the numbers [in Howard Beach] were terrible for us.” The 32nd District — which is one of the few in the city that remain competitive for both parties — covers Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Lindenwood, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the western Rockaway Peninsula including Belle Harbor and Q Breezy Point.

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Man with the plan wins District 22 seat After dozens of endorsements, Constantinides to be councilman by Tess McRae

Throughout his campaign, Constantinides said his experience in politics and For the first time since 1974, a member of having grown up in Astoria give him a the Vallone family will not hold the District unique perspective. He has served as the Democratic district 22 seat as Councilman-Elect Costa Constanleader for the 36th Assembly District, Part tinides won handily against his opponents A, and as legislative director and deplast night. uty chief of staff to Councilman “The voters have spoken,” he Ja mes Gen n a ro ( D -Fresh said. “I feel very humbled about Meadows). the weight of what this means By win ning the election, and the faith the people of this Constantinides is also making district have put in me.” history as he claims to be the Constantinides partied it up first Greek American to be electwith his wife, 4-year-old son, 2013 ed to the City Council. friends and supporters at Raven’s “I’m looking forward to repreHead Public House in Astoria. senting each and every one of the 160,000 Long t i me suppor ters st ate Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assembly constituents of this district and making sure members Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and the government works for them and that Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights) they have a voice in City Hall that is going to fight for them every single day,” Constanwere also in attendance. Constantinides, a lifelong Astoria resi- tinides said. “That’s why I decided to run dent, won 66 percent of the vote, according for City Council in the first place.” Key issues the councilman-elect would to the Board of Elections unofficial report. Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe came like to address when he succeeds Councilin second followed by Republican Daniel man Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) in JanuPeterson and Independent Danielle De ary are improving air quality, reducing traffic, investing in clean and environmentally Stefano. Associate Editor

Councilman-Elect Costa Constantinides in front of PS 85 in Astoria, flanked by Assemblywoman COURTESY PHOTO Aravella Simotas and state Sen. Michael Gianaris, after voting on Tuesday. friendly energy and decreasing class sizes in public schools. “I’m looking forward to fighting for the

Voting goes well in 30th Dist. Very few issues reported as election goes smoothly by Christopher Barca

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While the voting process was plagued with issues throughout some parts of the city, the election at polling sites in the 30th Council District went on almost without a hitch on Tuesday night, with only a few minor problems reported. Many voters exiting PS 49 and PS 128 between 6 and 8 p.m. said that they experienced no issues when they cast their ballot. Turnout in the area was also greater than some voters and election volunteers had expected. In total, there were 15,970 votes counted as of press time, with Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) defeating Republican challenger Craig Caruana 59 percent to 41 percent. At PS 128, some vote sca n n i ng machines temporarily went down around 8 p.m., but the problem was fixed relatively quickly, according to polling site coordinator Phyllis Mayr. “Until 15 minutes ago, everything was going very smoothly,” Mayr said. “A set of ballots weren’t working. They wouldn’t scan but we’ve gotten that mostly taken care of.” Mayr also believes that turnout at her

Republican candidate Craig Caruana, and he was very impressed with the number of people coming to vote. “It’s been very busy today. It’s a nice turnout from what I’ve seen,” Cazzola said. “I’ve been out here off and on all day and I’ve counted about 1,600 people going in to vote. It’s been a very organized process.” Crowley spent part of the evening with her family and Councilman Daniel Garodnick (D-Manhattan) outside PS 49 stumping for votes and she also noted that tur nout was a little higher than she expected. In various parts of Brooklyn, the machines used to scan the ballots malfunctioned, leaving many voters and coordinators unsure of whether some votes would be counted or not, but Queens saw Crowley, her family members and Councilman very little in the way of similar problems. John Gaidis of Maspeth voted at PS Daniel Garodnick (D-Manhattan), second from right, outside PS 49. PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA 128 and had nothing but good things to say about the volunteers working at the site and the voting process. location was much more than anticipated. “It was a very good turnout as far as I “We’ve had about 1,400 voters here today,” she said. “Turnout was very good. can tell,” Gaidis said. “The service was excellent. They have some good people I didn’t really expect it, to be honest.” Frank Cazzola of Middle Village spent working in there. It seemed like they had Q the day outside PS 49 campaigning for enough staff to work too.”

people in this district,” Constantinides said to supporters on Tuesday night. “The next step is to go out there and start fighting for them.” Q

Vallone wins continued from page 22 blamed him for what they called false and derogator y st atements made about them in fliers mailed by a real estate group that supports Vallone. Later, one of the candidates, Paul Graziano, threw his support to Saffran, while two of the other former hopefuls refused to endorse Vallone. In another t wist, Halloran announced Tuesday that he had voted for Vallone and on Wednesday issued the following statement: “I congratulate Paul Vallone on his impressive victory in the race to represent all the people of the 19th Council District. The Vallone family’s tradition of public service continues and I am sure Paul will work diligently for us. My staff is already hard at work to ease the transition and make sure that our constituents will continue to enjoy the exemplary record of community service my office maintained over the last four years.” Throughout the campaign, Vallone indicated his priorities are public safety, reduction of air traffic and equitable co-op and condo property tax assessments. The district includes Auburndale, Bayside, College Point, Douglaston, Q Little Neck and Whitestone. — Liz Rhoades contributed to this story

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Four arrested in LIRR card skimming Elmhurst apt. raid yields ‘thousands’ of stolen credit, debit card numbers Four Romanian nationals, including two men from Elmhurst, have been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of thousands of credit card numbers used at Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines. Niculae Peter, 45, and Dorin Husa, 37, of Elmhurst, were arrested last week by Nassau County and Metropolitan Transportation Authority police after search warrants were executed at their Elmhurst apartment. They have been charged by Queens

District Attorney Richard Brown with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of forgery devices and second-degree unlawful possession of personal identification information. A married couple, Valer Zaharia, 38, and his wife, Teodora Zaharia, 27, whose residence was unavailable, were arrested last week at the LIRR’s Sea Cliff station on charges of second-degree identity theft, criminal possession of forgery devices and

second-degree unlawful possession of a skimmer device. All four face up to seven years in prison and deportation if convicted, according to a statement issued by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. The group is accused of affixing pinhole cameras and credit card skimmers to LIRR ticket vending machines at stations in Bayside, Great Neck, Sea Cliff, Merillon Avenue in Mineola and Greenvale.

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Law enforcement is continuing its investigation into the theft of credit card numbers from Long Island Rail Road ticket machines that were FILE PHOTO tampered with. Rice’s statement said the Elmhurst apartment “appeared to be a virtual factory for creating materials to steal bank card information and use it to steal money from people’s bank accounts.” Search warrants allegedly turned up thousands of stolen credit and debit card numbers, cameras, skimmers, plastic molds, f lash drives, computers, cash and credit cards. A safe taken from the apartment contained hundreds of gift cards and other magnetic cards recoded with stolen account numbers, as well as a machine that reads and writes new cards, the authorities said. MTA and Nassau County police are working with the U.S. Secret Service to examine the seized items in an effort to determine the full scope of the operation. In the statement issued by Rice’s office, commuters are being asked to check their bank statements to see if they have been victims of fraud. Those who discover suspicious activity are asked to contact the MTA Q Police Department at (718) 361-2201.

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Enroll anytime at The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more information contact the plan. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, premium and/or copayments/coinsurance may change on January 1 of each year. 1You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. 2Out-of-network services may require more out-of-pocket expense than in-network services. Benefit restrictions apply. 3These are 2013 amounts and may change for 2014. Fidelis Care is a health plan with a Medicare contract H3328_FC 13097 CMS Accepted FIDH-062526

The Oct. 24 article “Hospitals plan Obamacare outreach” mischaracterized the status of people from Jamaica and Flushing hospitals who are assisting people with the healthcare law. They are employees of the Q hospitals. We regret the error. The Oct. 31 article “New to politics but not to the district” misreported the occupation of candidate Craig Caruana’s girlfriend, Mary Ann Cazzola. She is a regisQ tered nurse. We regret the error.

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NYC Marathoners jog through Long Island City as part of the 26-mile course by Tess McRae Associate Editor


ore than 50,000 runners hit the pavement on Sunday for the 43rd annual ING New York City Marathon. After Superstorm Sandy, thousands of New Yorkers demanded Mayor Bloomberg cancel the iconic event last year, disappointing runners who had traveled here from all over the world to participate. But this year, with no storm in the way, people showed up in droves to prove that New Yorkers can’t be held down. Security was amped way up to compensate for 4-year-old Brandon Cherrez gets a high-five from a the recent Boston Marathon bombings. About 1,500 passing runner. surveillance cameras were scattered throughout the 26.2-mile route, as well as 47 bomb-sniffing dogs and scuba divers protecting the bridges. But the race went off without a hitch as runners trekked across all five boroughs including Queens via Long Island City, where residents lined the streets to hand out cups of water, pieces of candy and well deserved high-fives to the partici- John Mackenzie and Mary Harvey handing out candy and donuts for the passing Q runners. pating runners.

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What you need to know about enrolling in Medicare Medicare’s open enrollment period began Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. To help alleviate any confusion seniors may have with the new insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the AARP has posted a detailed question-and-answer article, written by Marsha Mercer, on its website. Excerpts are below. To read the full article, go online to, click on “Medicare & Medicaid News” in the left column and then, when the new page opens, click on “Medicare Open Enrollment Q&A,” which is in the center of the page under “In the Spotlight.” For more information from the government, visit Q: I have Medicare. Can I use my online state insurance marketplace to compare and buy a Medicare Advantage, supplement or prescription plan? A : No, the marketplaces (also known as health exchanges) are not for Medicare beneficiaries. They are mostly for uninsured Americans and do not offer Medicare Advantage, medigap

Beneficiaries shouldn’t get an ‘Obamacare’ plan supplemental policies or Part D prescription plans. Medicare is not changing because of the marketplaces. Q: What if I mistakenly sign up for insurance on the marketplace, will my Medicare coverage be automatically canceled? A: No, if you have Medicare coverage, you won’t qualify for insurance on the marketplace. But if you do sign up for a plan accidentally, cancel the marketplace policy. Q: But I’m a Medicare beneficiary, and someone contacted me and said I could buy insurance through the marketplace. What’s up? A: It’s illegal for someone to knowingly sell a Medicare beneficiary a marketplace plan. Watch out for scammers. Do not share your Medicare number or personal information with anyone who says he or she can sell you

a plan through the marketplace. Q: Can I get the premium tax credit that people get when they buy insurance on the marketplaces? A: If you’re enrolled in Medicare, you’re not eligible for the tax credits, but you already get a substantial break on costs. Plus, if you’re a Medicare beneficiary with limited resources and income, you may qualify for low-cost Part D drug coverage under the Extra Help program. Go to, call 1 (800) 772-1213 or visit your local Social Security office. Q. I’ve just become eligible for Medicare, but I haven’t signed up yet and haven’t started collecting Social Security. Can I choose coverage on the marketplace instead of Medicare? A. Yes, but be aware that if you fail to sign up for Medicare during your initial seven-month enrollment period,

you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty. Also, if you don’t enroll in Medicare Part B during your initial enrollment period, you can sign up only during the general enrollment period — Jan. 1 through March 31 — and your coverage won’t begin until July. Q: I’ll turn 65 next year and will become eligible for Medicare, but I don’t have health insurance now. Can I use the marketplace? A: Yes, you’re uninsured and can buy a plan on the marketplace now that will be effective Jan. 1. Once you receive Medicare coverage, you should cancel the marketplace plan. Q: I’m 65, a legal immigrant with a green card and have lived in this country for three years. Can I get Medicare coverage? A: No, Medicare requires that you have lived in the United States continuously for five years. You may qualify for

a health insurance plan on the marketplace, which does not have a residency waiting period. Q: I’m 65 and Medicare-eligible, but I’m still working and covered by my employer’s health plan. My employer says she may terminate the company plan next year. What are my options? A: If you didn’t sign up for Medicare Part A or Part B when you were first eligible because you were covered by a group plan based on employment — yours or a spouse’s — you can sign up for Part A or Part B (or both) anytime you’re still covered by the plan or during an eight-month period that begins the month after your coverage ends. Q: I’m eligible for Medicare but didn’t sign up on time, and I haven’t bought insurance through the marketplace. Will I have to pay a fine? A: Yes, if you’re uninsured and don’t qualify for an exemption to the requirement that everyone carry health insurance in 2014, you will have to pay. P

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Diocesan agencies sponsor bereavement conference Theme of the day is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Journey to Healing: We Remember; We Celebrate; We Believeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inevitable: All people experience grief or bereavement at some point in their lives. Different people deal with grief in different ways, and since November is the month dedicated to remembering the deceased, the Diocese of Brooklyn is offering a conference to foster communal grieving. On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University, in collaboration with the Bereavement Ministry Office of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and Catholic Cemeteries, will host a bereavement conference from 12 to 5 p.m. in the Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Angelo Center on the Jamaica campus. Both Catholics and non-Catholics are encouraged to attend. Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event needed to be canceled, so this will be the second bereavement conference at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s held with the hope of informing the people of the diocese that CCBQ has more than 40 support groups that serve the community, and that Catholic Cemeteries offers aid in the mourning process. More than 150 people attended

the last conference, so the organizers recognized the need to host such an event once again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had such an overwhelming request for it [the conference] again through the evaluations that we decided to go with it again this year,â&#x20AC;? said Ingrid Seunarine, director of the bereavement services program at CCBQ. The origins of the conference developed from a planning committee of six people: Seunarine; Nina Valmonte, director of parish and community outreach services at CCBQ; Stephen Comando, executive director at Catholic Cemeteries; Mary Ann Dantuono, conference coordinator and associate director of the Vincentian Center; Carlos Balcarcel, sales and marketing manager at Catholic Cemeteries; and Josefa Castro, community project director at the CCBQ. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The conference] was a way we felt to reach out to more people in Brooklyn and Queens,â&#x20AC;? Seunarine said. The event serves a two-fold purpose. Not only can bereaved individuals receive how-to information regarding the grieving process,

but caregivers who work with the bereaved can also strengthen their resources in assisting the bereaved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They [the bereaved] and all have the universal language of grief,â&#x20AC;? Seunarine said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone there is grieving. Some are in different stages of their loss, but they all will go through pretty much the same process in sharing their stories. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the healing begins.â&#x20AC;? If you are grieving the destruction of your home or the end of your way of life in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, or worse still, mourning the loss of a loved one, you may think of attending to find ways to help you manage your pain and work more effectively through your grief. The day will offer special presentations from two guest speakers. Dr. Sidney Callahan, a licensed psychologist and distinguished scholar and author, will talk about the theme of the day, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey to Healing: We Remember; We Celebrate; We Believe.â&#x20AC;? Paul Alexander, a psychotherapist and performing artist, will give an energetic presentation called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maintaining the Connection: A Tribute to Life and the Legacy.â&#x20AC;?

In addition to these presentations, participants will have the opportunity to attend two of a possible 10 different workshops including the following: Caring for the Helper; Inspiration for Hope; Strategies from a Male Perspective about Grief and Loss; Grief, Loss and Spirituality; Loss of New Life; Loss of a Parent; Grieving Process of Children, Teens and Siblings ; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Creative Way to Understand Reactions to Loss: Palliative Grief; The Bereavement Facilitator; and Burying the Dead, Consoling the Living, Resurrecting Both: Funeral Rites and Why We Need Them. The committee attempted to meet the needs of everyone in attendance by offering a wide variety of workshops. To close out the day, the Most Rev. Paul Sanchez, auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate Mass. CCBQ and Catholic Cemeteries were ecstatic that St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s once again offered a spiritual venue for this conference. T he planning commit tee was overwhelmed by the support at the last conference and is hopeful for an even greater turnP out this year.

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Happy 92nd birthday Theresa Labiento celebrated her 92nd birthday in October, enjoying it with her family at Vetro in Howard Beach. Theresa grew up in Ozone Park and comes from a family of seven brothers and one sister. She lived in Ozone Park for most of her life. She has two sons, Louis and Anthony, and one daughter, Elizabeth.

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Americans nearing retirement age are living healthier, working longer and playing harder than any past generation. Let’s face it — this is not your parents’ retirement plan. In fact, even how to apply for retirement benefits has changed — and for the better. Instead of waiting in line to apply in a busy government office, more and more people are applying for retirement benefits from the comfort of their home using Social Security’s website, About half of all retirement applications received by Social Security each month are online. Already, millions of people have taken advantage of this easy, secure and convenient way of applying. Applying online for benefits. Applying online is convenient and will save you time and stress. The application is easy to use and can take as little as 15 minutes to complete. You can save your work at any point in the process and finish at a later time without having to start over. The application also offers: • “More Information” links to guide you through the process; • A printable receipt for recordkeeping; and • A confirmation number to check the application status at any time. Getting started. Before applying, anyone thinking about retiring should make an informed decision based on a number of

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Liberty Health Advantage earns Senior Choice Gold Award for Excellence New York’s Liberty Health Advantage is the sole New York City metro area recipient of the 2014 Senior Choice Gold Award for its Preferred Choice Medicare Advantage plan. The award announcement was made by HealthMetrix Research Inc. based on in-depth research conducted in over 100 cities during October 2013. The research and selection process is based on the 2014 estimated cost-sharing comparisons, and the resulting cost-sharing effectiveness and value in the design of various medical and Part D prescription drug benefits for Medicare beneficiaries. The Liberty Health Advantage Preferred Choice Medicare Advantage plan is one of just 40 Medicare plans nationally — and the only plan in the New York City metro area — to be recognized with the Senior Choice Gold Award. “This award addresses the concerns that beneficiaries may have with both Medicare plan performance and the out-of-pocket costs incurred after they enroll,” said Alan Mittermaier, president of HealthMetrix Research and “Liberty Health Advantage has demonstrated a commitment to

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Christ the King High School sued Diocese of Bklyn says CTK misused grounds; a countersuit is planned by Christopher Barca Reporter

The Diocese of Brooklyn has filed a lawsuit against Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village, alleging the school has repeatedly violated agreements between the two entities. The school’s Board of Trustees will meet with a law firm Thursday to develop a countersuit against the diocese. In a Monday press release, the diocese alleges that the school has refused “to honor a long-standing covenant to reconvey the property and for conducting various enterprises on the property without consultation.” They claim that Christ the King is the only one of the six diocese-owned Catholic high schools that has not reaffirmed the right of the diocese to regain the property should the school ever close. It also alleges that the school has refused to give 40 percent of its revenue from renting space to the Middle Village Preparatory Charter School to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust, something that the other five schools have agreed upon. The other schools owned by the diocese include St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows and St. John’s Prep in Astoria and Bishop Ford, Bishop Kearney and Nazareth in Brooklyn. Christ the King’s Board of Trustees

Christ the King Regional High School is being sued by the Diocese of Brooklyn for allegedly refusing to comply with long-standing agreements. The Christ the King Board of Trustees is in PHOTOS BY STEVE FISHER the process of filing a countersuit. released its own statement on Monday, defending the school’s action, stating that CTK has, in fact, complied with the diocese’s reconveyance demand. “This board has met this obligation by operating the school independently in an exemplary manner since 1976,” the statement


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read. “This has been done for the entire 37 years without the school ever requesting or being offered any financial assistance from the diocese.” Board Vice Chairman Thomas Ognibene elaborated on Christ the King’s position, stating that the lawsuit is frivolous and only

came when the diocese realized the potential money to be made from having a Catholic charter school instead of a nonsectarian school at the location. “We want them to let us operate the way they have let us operate for 37 years before they saw dollar signs with these charter schools,” Ognibene said. “We’re the ones that are trying to promote and keep Catholic values alive.” Ognibene, a former city councilman who represented the 30th District from 1992 to 2001, sees the diocese’s suit against the school as just another example of the slippery slope the diocese is sliding down. “Ever since charters became viable, the diocese sees a lot of money in them,” he said. “They really want the schools back. That’s our firm belief because they’re selling off their grammar schools and the high schools are next.” M a r t y McL a u g h l i n of C o n n el ly, McLaughlin & Woloz, the public affairs firm representing the diocese, alleges that Christ the King has wrongly taken things into its own hands. “Over the years, Christ the King has refused to re-up on the conveyance saying it doesn’t apply to them anymore,” McLaughlin said. “They agreed to do nothing and after two years of negotiations, we’ve decidQ ed to sue them to get them to comply.”

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will be Celebrating their Seventieth Wedding Anniversary on November 7, 2013. The couple met in the East New York section of Brooklyn where they were born and married in St. Malachy’s Church. Louis enlisted in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He played Army football stateside and served line in Okinawa. Nora worked in a defense plant in Manhattan. They moved to Ozone Park in 1960 and have remained in the community ever since. They are parishioners at Nativity Parish where Louis is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Catholic War Veterans and Disabled American Vets. They have a son, Louis, a daughter, Lorraine, and three grandchildren. They will be celebrating with the family at Stella’s in New Hyde Park, New York.

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For most families, having a baby is a happy time, full of smiles, kisses, hugs and giggles. Sure, there are inconveniences such as sleepless nights or dirty diapers but rarely would a parent have to go through the adoption process. For Kat Dunams, who welcomed a beautiful baby boy about a year ago, with her wife, legal documents and at tor ney fees were becoming as common as baby rattles and blankies. “Despite all the privileg- Kat Dunams, left, with her wife and their son. Dunams is fighting es of living in this country, to legally be considered a parent to her child and has sought in order to be fully consid- financial help from a fundraising website called ered an equal parent to my PHOTO BY HONOR HEYMANN son, I must go through secAs of this week, Dunams has raised ond-parent adoption or else risk losing him, especially if traveling to states that don’t $3,858 over 21 days thanks to the generosity recognize same-sex marriage or abroad,” of 56 people who donated anywhere from Dunams wrote on her GoFundMe page, a $15 to $1,000. Though the fundraising is almost comgrassroots fundraising site. The Woodside resident, who came here plete, Dunams will have to wait at least from the Ukraine, assumed that when the eight months for a home study to be conSupreme Court repealed many parts of the ducted by a social worker to determine if Defense of Marriage Act —which previous- Dunams’ residence is appropriate for the ly prevented married same-sex couples from baby — despite Dunams, the child and her receiving the same benefits as heterosexual wife having lived under the same roof since couples under the federal government — his conception. While others may be upset about the that she wouldn’t have to worry about inequality, Dunams said she is not looking adoption. But shortly after her wife got pregnant, to be an activist. “Where I come from, there is a lot of Dunams realized that she’d be in for a abuse and violence going on towards homobumpy and pricey ride. “The main expense is the attorney that sexuals so for me, the fact that I’m able to will represent us in family court,” Dunams marry and be open about my life is sort of a said. “We weren’t familiar with how every- luxury. “I’m not an activist and there is certainly thing worked so we needed to hire a inequality but with all of these people fightlawyer.” That is why Dunams turned to GoFund- ing for same-sex rights, I’m just so grateful for their work and for having already gotten Me to ask people to pitch in. “I was very surprised and moved at the so much for us.” Dunams said the main lesson this experiresponse because going into this, I had no idea what to expect,” Dunams said. “For us, ence has taught her is how generous people $4,000 is a lot but I figured it wouldn’t be can be. “People do care,” she said. “So when you too much for someone to give $15 or $20. I never thought people would give but then it think there’s no help out there, just ask for it Q and you’ll surprised with the results. just started pouring in.”

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Stars and Stripes absent from store ’Nam vet upset Rego grocery flies flags of 22 nations, but not USA’s by Christopher Barca Reporter

Flags of 22 different nations fly on the awning of the Family Food Farm grocery store at 94-01 63 Dr. in Rego Park. Old Glory is not one of them. And that is something Vietnam War veteran George Gardner, 66, of Rego Park finds “ridiculous” — though many passersby and even store employees have never even noticed the lack of the Stars and Stripes. “It’s astonishing that you can have flags of 22 different nations on your store but not one of them is the American flag,” Gardner said. “It’s just ridiculous.” Andy Lee, a manager at Family Food Farm, has been working at the grocery store for the past five months, and he did not realize the American flag was missing from the awning. “There really isn’t an American one?” Lee inquired as he walked outside to look at the row of flags. “I don’t even look up there most of the time; I didn’t know.” Lee also said that if a customer would donate an American f lag to the store, he would have no problem adding it to the rooftop collection. “If someone wants to bring a flag here and we have space for it, I’ll put it up there,” he said.

The flags of Brazil, Canada and Argentina among other nations fly side-by-side above shoppers. The United States is distinctly missing from the row of 22 nations represented by their flags PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA hanging on top of the store’s awning, irking some residents. However, Gardner claims to have already made such an offer. “I went to the store and offered to pay for a flag,” he said. “It’s a fantastic store and I understand they’re busy, but they just said ‘Yeah, yeah’ and that was it.” Lee said he hadn’t known about Gard-

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Democrats win top city offices continued from page 2 The open 19th Council District seat in northern Queens went to Democrat Paul Vallone, who beat Republican Dennis Saffran 57.2 percent to 42.8 percent. The open 22nd District seat in northwestern Queens was won by Costa Constantinides, who took 65.6 percent of the vote, compared to 15 percent for Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe and 11.2 percent for Republican Daniel Peterson. Incumbent 23rd District Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) bested Reform Party challenger Joe Concannon with 84.1 percent to his opponent’s 15.9 percent. In the 24th District in central Queens, another open seat, Democrat Rory Lancman beat Republican Alexander Blishteyn 73.7 percent to 20 percent. Southeastern Queens District 27 was won by Daneek Miller, with 96.9 percent of the vote compared to 3.1 percent for the Independence Party’s Sondra Preeden. In neighboring District 28, Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) won with 95.4 percent to independent challenger Mireille Leroy’s 4.6 percent. Central Queens Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) beat independent candidate Jon Torodash 91.4 percent to 8.6 percent. In a closer but still decisive victory, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Mid-

dle Village) won re-election in the 30th District by taking down GOP challenger Craig Caruana 58.9 percent to 41.1 percent. Thirty-first District Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) cruised back into office with 92.2 percent of the vote compared to 5.1 percent for Republican Scherie Murray. In District 34, which is mostly in Brooklyn but includes much of Ridgewood, Democrat Antonio Reynoso swept into office with 96 percent of the vote to independent Gladys Santiago’s 4 percent. There were also six statewide referenda on the ballot. Voters approved an expansion of casino gambling upstate 57.1 percent to 42.9 percent, according to the state Board of Elections. They denied a bid to let state Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges to serve until they are 80 years old, an extension of several years, 60.4 percent to 39.6 percent. They OK’d giving more civil service credit to disabled veterans 83.7 percent to 16.3 percent and allowed municipalities to take on more debt for sewage facilities 62.2 percent to 37.8 percent. And they approved two land preservation expansions in Adirondack Park, one involving a title dispute by a 72.6 percent to 27.4 percent margin and the other by 53 percent Q to 47 percent.

ner’s concerns. “I’ve never heard of anything like that,” he said. A nearby shopkeeper, who wished not to be named, believes that there should be an American flag on top of the building, but had never even noticed that it was missing

until it was pointed out to him. “I never even knew the f lag wasn’t up there,” he said. “But there definitely should be an American flag up there, for sure.” The store owner’s uncle, Mohamed Hussan Abdel-Baki, also had never noticed the lack of Old Glory before, and sees its absence as disrespectful towards the United States. “As a person, and for anyone who lives in the United States, we have to show our thanks to the goodness of this nation,” Abdel-Baki said. “We have to respect what this land has given us and from now on, I will beg the store to have an American flag up there.” Lee, while stating he is not sure of the real reason for the American flag’s absence, believes it could be because the store doesn’t carry U.S. products. “We really don’t carry many American products, the store across the street does,” he said. “We carry a lot of products for immigrants. Maybe that’s why we don’t have one.” Gardner simply laughed off the thought. “You’re telling me that those oranges and grapefruits aren’t American?” he said. “It’s just unbelievable that you could have a store in America and have 22 flags on your roof without an American f lag being one of Q them.”

Cops: illegal cigs ‘pedaled’ from bike Second arrest is made in Flushing in month; carries 4-year sentence by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor

A second arrest in less than a month for illegal trafficking of contraband cigarettes was made in Flushing last week. This time, the seller allegedly used an electric bicycle to peddle his wares of Asian and American smokes from his home. Arrested was Tiezhao Jiao, 59, of 41st Avenue, who was arraigned on various state tax law violations. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said just counting the cigarettes seized during execution of a search warrant at Jiao’s residence, more than $83,000 in tax revenue would have been lost had they been sold by the defendant. Brown also noted that it is illegal to sell Asian-brand cigarettes in the United States because they do not carry the required surgeon general’s warnings. Detectives recovered 1,248 cartons of cigarettes, $16,502 in cash and $152 found

in the defendant’s pocket. Jiao allegedly told police that he had been selling cigarettes for two years and that his U.S. smokes come from a Flushing connection who has them bused up from the South. He allegedly told detectives that he makes $5 profit per carton, selling the American brands for $55 a carton and the Chinese cigarettes, from the same dealer, for $25. Earlier in the month, police arrested Qinghai Wei, 50, of Saull Street, whom they had under suveillance for some time. They recovered 1,150 cartons of American and Asian cigarettes from Wei’s home. He was arrested and faces similar charges as Jiao. Brown said that cigarette smuggling cheats taxpayers who must pay higher taxes. “And it cheats the government ... ,” he added. While investigating Wei, police discovered that his next-door neighbors were allegedly running an illegal hotel from their home. The couple and their son were also Q arrested.

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OPEN HOUSE Saturday, November 16, 2013 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm What: A housing complex that features 48 individual apartments, consisting of studios, one-bedrooms, junior two-bedrooms and two-bedrooms, in a threelevel building, and 80 single-bedrooms in a separate, supportive living area. Limited to ages 65 and older, the property was built in 1922, with the apartments added in 1990 and 2000. The development, owned by the non-profit Plattduetsche Home Society, began as a retirement home for poor immigrants from Germany but is now available to all.

Getting around: The development is across the street from a deli and within walking distance of two banks, a liquor store and a pizzeria; a bank representative visits the property every two weeks. In addition, the development has two cars and a 12-passenger van and runs scheduled free trips to a shoe store, greengrocer, supermarket and Roosevelt Field, among other places. If the vehicles are available, the development provides free transportation for medical appointments.

Pros: Spotless and beautifully maintained, with ample parking. A geriatric case manager runs informational sessions on such topics as memory loss and over the counter medications and helps residents with everything from Medicare to elder law issues. A physical therapist, podiatrist, psychiatrist, and medical doctors visit the development regularly. In addition, residents who have recently been discharged from the hospital can convalesce in the sickbay area, which is monitored round-the-clock by a nurse’s aide. On the social front, the development has a recreational director, and The Ladies Society organizes fundraisers, holiday parties and monthly birthday celebrations. The development’s other activities include crafts, bingo, movies, word games and trips to places such as Lido Beach, Atlantic City, the Amish Country and dinner theaters. Cons: No pets are allowed. The inside line: Henry C. Bohack, the owner of the long-gone eponymous supermarket chain, and Henry Renken, a local dairy magnate, were founders of the charitable organization that started Plattduetsche. It continues to exude a strong German feeling, with its maps, murals, books and magazines. It also shows German music videos. In addition, the property’s chapel features regularly scheduled prayer and nondenominational Christian as well as Lutheran and Catholic services and Bible study. - CARA S. TRAGER PLAD-062754

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What you get: The monthly fee includes maintenance of all common areas, security, electricity, gas, weekly light housekeeping and laundering of bed linens, a daily main meal served in the communal dining room and a secure storage bin for personal belongings. Each apartment features a balcony and an intercom connected to the front entrance. Apartments are wired with a telephone jack, cable or Fios TV and house TV antenna, and each unit has at least two emergency pull cords connected to a nurse’s aide station. Heating and air-conditioning are individually controlled. Smoking is not permitted in the building. Communal amenities include a spacious dining room, lounge on each floor, chapel with stained-glass windows, library with an enlarger for residents with low vision, hobby room, beauty / barber shop, physical fitness room, billiards, private party room, coin-operated laundry, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and elevator. Outdoor facilities include gardens, seating areas, a gazebo, outdoor pavilion, pond and shuffleboard.

Getting in: Apartments and Rooms currently available! At times there can be an unpredictable wait, although residents generally move in within a year of submitting an application. Studios are most frequently available, with newcomers having the option of moving into a studio until a larger apartment becomes vacant. Prospective residents must undergo a medical examination that determines their suitability for living independently.

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QUICK HITS WOODHAVEN EVELOPMENTS been fighting this fight for decades, The ‘Jewel of Forest Park’ has a crown Grocers’ union asks and“We’ve we’ve made so much progress,” said Sen. will experience the magic of riding our Forest Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said in a prepared by Maria A. Thomson Executive Director GWDC

What a difference two weeks can make! Two weeks ago was the Greater Woodhaven Development Cor poration’s ‘Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2013.” We were blessed with warm, sunny weather, with happy families and friends of all ages enjoying rides, vendors, sausages and peppers, zeppoles and our local stores and restaurants. This all along our safe (thank you to the 102nd Precinct and Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner) 10 block fair. As I perused the pictures, I couldn’t help but see the elevated train structure newly creating a clean backdrop to our activities. Remember, how it was corroded and peeling and how it looked before. It took the GWDC and then later the assistance of our Woodhaven Business Improvement District 35 years to get it repaired and painted. It was well worth the perseverance and the years of dedication. This brings us to Oct. 28, another sunny warm day. On this day we gathered after 25 years of pursuing landmark status for the Forest Park Carousel to celebrate it happening. Many stated that it would never happen, but we had faith. Oct. 28 is the proof that our faith has been rewarded. This landmarking designation after 25 years has been accomplished. I would like to thank Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley for finally securing this landmarking. Because of your and our hard work, the future children of Woodhaven now

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Committee, which Waters is ranking member of, said the votes are not there for a repeal of the law, so a restructuring of it with bipartisan support would need to suffice. “I would love to come here and say we will repeal Biggert-Waters, but we don’t have the votes,” he said. “We have to do something before we have the votes to get it done.” Jeffries added that most members of Congress don’t oppose Biggert-Waters in principle, but are not happy with how it

Park Carousel and this our “Jewel of Forest Park” will be preserved for perpetuity. I would also like to thank all of our past GWDC board members and presidents, including our present board and GWDC President Stephen Esposito. The Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairman Robert Tierney, Christina Davis, chairwoman of the NY Landmarks Preservation Foundation, our elected officials and supporters through these past 25 years. Finally our Forest Park Carousel “the Jewel of Forest Park” has a crown. To be Noted — The WBID and GWDC are still pressing for the demolition of 78-19 Jamaica Ave. It has been stated that this building next to the Woodhaven Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Woodhaven Senior Citizen Center has structural integrity. We just hope that the coming winter weather does not prove this statement wrong and we have another collapse at this location. The GWDC still has Home Improvement Loans available at 2.5 and 5 percent interest if you qualify. Please call our Office at (718) 805-0202 for more information. Finally it is with great sadness I inform you that Rudy May, owner of the Crystal Cave and then Marquee Video. has passed away, after a lengthy illness. Rudy was a longtime member of the WBID Board of Directors, a fine gentleman who cared very much about Woodhaven May God bless our Armed Forces, our disabled veterans and may God bless America. Q was implemented. “We have to make sure the National Flood Insurance Program is sustainable,” he said. “But it was never intended to lead to premium hikes like what we’re seeing.” State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) had some optimism in that regard. “Maybe we’ll have the votes to repeal Biggert-Waters four years from now,” he said. There is no specific timeframe for the bill’s passage. Meeks said he expects the Financial Services Committee to hold hearings as early as this month with the bill moving onto the floor of the House by the end of the year. Both congressmen were Q hopeful to see a vote in the new year.

government to step into contract fight

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, New York State’s largest grocery workers union, on Wednesday requested that the federal government appoint a mediator to intervene in labor negotiations with Stop & Shop Supermarket. The UFCW is taking this action in an attempt avert a union strike or company lockout that could affect over 5,500 employees. Local 1500 members employed by Stop & Shop, which has six stores in Queens, are working without a contract. They say that is due to the company’s refusal to sign a twoweek contract extension. At issue are healthcare benefit cuts the store wants to impose due to the effects of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. The union had approved a strike starting Nov. 3, but the workers stayed on the job. “Stop and Shop Supermarkets’ refusal to sign the two-week contract extension offered by the union leaves consumers, workers and dozens of communities throughout the area holding their breath waiting to see if Stop & Shop will lock out its employees,” said Anthony Speelman, secretary-treasurer of UFCW Local 1500 and lead negotiator for the union’s Stop & Shop negotiating committee. “The Union is taking the responsible step of asking for a Federal Mediator to enter the negotiations in hopes of avoiding what would be an ecoQ nomically devastating work stoppage.”

Workplace gay rights bill unlikely in House A bill designed to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from workplace discrimination was moving through the U.S. Senate this week but appears unlikely to advance in the House. The bill, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, is meant to prevent people from being fired or facing other workplace sanctions due to their sexual identity.





Group of JFK workers claims to be underpaid Some workers at several Kennedy Airport terminals have complained that Alstate, a service contractor they are employed by, is breaking the law by not paying them enough. In a complaint filed with the state Attorney General’s Office, skycaps who work for Alstate allege that the contractor violated the state’s minimum wage law for tipped employees. The state requires the employer to pay tipped employees at least $5.50 per hour. The workers say Alstate has been illegally paying them less that that, with some as low as $4.15 per hour. They also complain the contractor often pays them at the sub-minimum wage rate when it assigns them to work as wheelchair attendants, who are not tipped and are supposed to be paid $7.25 per hour. The workers were planning to hold a press conference today, Nov. 7, at the airport to publicize their allegations. They added that in September, Massachusetts cited Airway Cleaners, which shares management with Alstate, for violating that state’s Q wage and hour laws at Logan Airport.

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Flushing Meadows Corona Park is full of borough staples including the Hall of Science, the Unisphere and the Queens Zoo. But while much of the park hasn’t seen an update in many years, the Queens Museum, however, is coming out with the big guns. The museum that has been described as struggling or fighting to stay alive has completed a massive remodeling and expansion. Museum representatives are saying that this redesign is in no way a last resort to save the Queens Museum. “This project cost tens of millions of dollars,” said Diya Vij, communications and digital media

manager of the museum. “If we were struggling I don’t think we’d be able to pay for such a drastic remodeling.” The new space offers audiences a longer, more satisfying visit than what was available. By taking over the neighboring skating rink, the museum doubled in size, creating space for a cafe, several new galleries, studio space for artists, classrooms and, most notably, a Queens Library branch. But with all of these new features, the Queens Museum is not looking to become the next MoMA or Metropolitan Museum of Art. Continued page continued ononpage 43

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AARP Chapter 2889, American Legion Hall, 66-28 Grand Ave., Maspeth, meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, noon. Call (718) 672-9890.

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

St. Agnes Academic HS Reunion, Homecoming 2013, all years especially ending in 3s or 8s, Saturday, Nov. 23, 1-5 p.m. Contact: (718) 353-6276,

THEATRE The Gingerbread Players, “Love’s Labours Lost,” Saint Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m. Suggested donation $12, $10 for groups of six or more. Contact: (718) 268-7772,

COMMUNITY Astoria Park Alliance, Cocktail Party to Benefit Astoria Park, Home of Kim Lancial & George Vafakos, 23-08 21 Ave. #1, Friday, Nov. 8, 6-8 p.m. Contact: Martha Lopez-Gilpin,

FSF Community Theatre Group, “Legally Blonde: the Musical,” Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., Saturdays, Nov. 9, 16, 8 p.m.; Sundays Nov. 10, 17, 3 p.m. $18, $15 seniors, children 10 and under. Contact: (718) 428-8681, Parkside Players, “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,” Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., Forest Hills, Fridays, Nov. 22, 29, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 16, 23, 30, 8 p.m.; Sundays, Nov. 17, 24 at 2 p.m. $17, $15 seniors, $10 children under 12. Call (718) 353-7388.

AUDITIONS Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra, Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Rehearsals/ auditions, Wednesdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Contact: Franklin Verbsky, (718) 374-1627, Marathon Little Theatre Group, “Hairspray,” 245-37 60 Ave., Douglaston, Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 12-13, 7:30 p.m. All roles open, dancers and backstage help also. Contact: (917) 842-7101,

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MUSIC The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, “Blaze Craze/ Open Mic Series,” 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Calling all poets, rappers, singers, community and business people. “The Nat Turner Special,” Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Call J. Bayete, (718) 476-8812. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, ”90’s Boy Bands Concert Reunion,” with ALL-4-ONE and COLOR ME BAD, Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m. $45 all seats. Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside. Contact: (718) 631-6311, Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra 50th Anniversary season opener, Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m. Tickets $5 adults, $3 senior citizens and students, group rates available. Contact: Franklin Verbsky (718) 374-1627,

FLEA MARKETS At the Queens Central Library on Nov. 2, probe the events that led up to President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. FILE PHOTO



Holy Family Church, Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by the National Safety Council, 175-20 74 Ave., Flushing, Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $45. Call (631) 360-9720.

English as a Second Language Course, Latin American Cultural Center of Queens, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 333, Kew Gardens, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., thru Dec. 19. Free. Register: (718) 261-7664,

HEALTH Sol Dance Center, Modeling Workshop, Promote Healthy Body Image for Teen Girls & Women, 30-16 Steinway St., Astoria, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. Reserve: (347) 935-3955.

LECTURE Talking About History: “Forever Free: Lincoln, Civil War and the American March to Emancipation,” lecture by James L. Coll, co-sponsored by King Manor Museum, Queens Central Library, at 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. Free. Contact: (718) 206-0545, ext. 13,

FOR KIDS Kids’ Ukulele Jam Class, Mondays thru Dec. 16, 5 p.m., Genesis Tree of Life Yoga and Wellness Center, 102-02/06 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills. Contact: Andrew Salamanca, andrewsalamanca@, (718) 544-5997. Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo, Flushing, registration for 2013-2014 fall and winter education programs, including teen zoo internship and meeting zoo keepers. Register: (718) 271-7361,,

Ballroom Dance Classes, Year ‘Round Social Dance Program, Monday & Friday evenings, Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Call 718) 478-3100. Zumba, Yoga, Kickboxing, YWCA of Queens, Mondays-Fridays thru Dec. 12, 7-9 p.m., 42-07 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, all ages, $7. Contact: (718) 353-4553, English as a Second Language Adult Classes, Immanuel Church, 68-10 31 Ave., Woodside, Saturdays, 10 a.m. Licensed NYC teacher. Free. Contact: (718) 335-1623, Watercolor classes, National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy. & Northern Blvd., 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, $25/session. Instruction from award-winning artist. Call (718) 969-1128.

MEETINGS Kiwanis Club of Bayside, Bourbon Street Restaurant, 40-12 Bell Blvd., meets 1st Wednesday of every month, 1 p.m. Contact: joecorace@aol. com The Flushing AARP Chapter No. 1405, Bowne Street Community Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Ave., meets Mondays 1 p.m.

Emanuel Church, Annual Fair & Flea Market, Woodhaven Boulevard and 91st Avenue, Woodhaven, Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Raffles, books, collectibles, baked goods, refreshments, lunch, lots of vendors. Free admission. Call (718) 849-1153. St. Josaphat’s RC Church of Bayside Flea Market, 34-32 210 St., Sunday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Also ethnic Polish bake sale. Free. Call Steve, (718) 224-3052. St. Gregory’s 33rd Annual Craft Sale, St. Gregory’s the Great Parish, 242-20 88 Ave., Oak Room (lower level), Bellerose. Saturday, Nov. 23, 12-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS Sacred Heart School, Supermarket Sweeps, 84-05 78 Ave., Glendale, Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. $10 admission includes: 2 playing cards, coffee/ tea, cake, door prizes. Call Miriam, (347) 2486227; Marcia, (718) 749-6075. Whitestone Veterans Memorial Association, service for veterans of all faiths, Memorial Field, 15th Drive and 149th Street, Glendale, Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. Rochdale Village 50th Anniversary Black Tie Gala, Grand Ballroom & Community Center, 169-65 137 Ave., Jamaica, Saturday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m. cocktails and silent auction; 7 p.m. dinner. Admission $65. Contact: Ivette Hernandez, (718) 276-5700, ext 336; ihernandez@rochdalevillage. com. Senior Resource Fair, St. Sebastian Parish Center, 39-60 57 St., Woodside, sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey. Information on qualifications for Medicaid, Food Stamps, STAR property tax exemption and EPIC. Thursday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.

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“Hungry” for victory, fairness and hot dogs by Tammy Scileppi

“It started to write itself based on what we saw: a world of very motivated people who have put their motivation Takeru Kobayashi, the world’s former No. 1 competi- into something unusual. Then when Kobayashi made tive eater, dubbed “The Tsunami” and “The Japanese Eat- national news after being arrested, we said, ‘There’s ing Machine,” made national headlines when he was something here.’” arrested and thrown in jail for trespassing at the 95th Reports claimed that Kobayashi — wearing his “Free Annual Nathan’s Famous International Fourth of July Hot Kobi” shirt — rushed the stage minutes after archrival Joey Dog Eating Contest in 2010. “Jaws” Chestnut gulped down 54 hot dogs and buns in 10 After a bitter contract dispute with Major League Eat- minutes, and claimed victory. ing, the six-time Mustard Belt champ “They make you sign a contract and — who rose to fame in 2001 when then limit nearly everything you do — he broke the Nathan’s Hot Dog like competing in other contests — Eating Contest world record — was and don’t pay you fairly,” Rothbart forever banned from competing in said. “Kobayashi tried to negotiate a When: Nov. 16 at 11:45 p.m. the contest he helped popularize. better contract to make fair money, Where: IFC Center, 323 Avenue of That summer, Barry Rothbart, a and they kicked him out of the the Americas, Manhattan young actor, comedian and budleague.” Tickets: ding filmmaker from Forest Hills, The filmmaker recalled Kobayashi teamed up with longtime friend telling him, “They treated me like a Jef f Cerulli, a fellow comic from marionette. Competitive eating is my Astoria, and delve further into Kobi’s battle with MLE. life; in this organization I couldn’t earn anything.” The creative directors embarked on an amazing advenShot on location in New York City, Buffalo, New Jersey, ture, one that would take them into the colorful realm of Philadelphia and California, “Hungry” enters the eating gastro sporting events and resulted in a film they aptly arena during Kobayashi’s arrest and scuffle with police, called “Hungry,” premiering at the NY’s Documentary chronicling his beef with MLE, and culminating with a Festival Midnight Movies. spectacular event on a Manhattan rooftop one year later. “We just thought it was a funny world and loved docWhile Chestnut gulped 62 in 10 minutes at the 2011 umentaries, so we turned on the camera,” Rothbart said. Nathan’s July Four th Contest in Coney Island, Kobi qboro contributor


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Queens Museum is back and better than ever continued from from page page 00 39 continued The Queens Museum wants to attract visitors from other areas while maintaining its reputation as a community museum. That is why each exhibition features work done by artists who are from or who work in Queens. “There has been a blossoming of art in Queens so we felt it important that we honor it, especially for our big opening,” Museum Director Tom Finklepearl said. One of the more notable collections is Peter Schumann’s “The Shatterer,” the first solo museum exhibition of the Bread and Puppet Theater founder and director.

The recognizable 20-foot-high puppets marched in protests and demonstrations throughout the years. This new collection consists of two impressive large-scale installations which combine painting, drawing, papier-mache sculpture and handmade books. Upon entering the modernized space, one might think Schumann’s work resembles a middle-school art room gone awry, but by taking a closer look you see the intricate brush strokes and paper cutouts that create a sense of creepiness that fascinates and entices. To coincide with the Queens Museum’s opening, there will be special events and celebrations throughout November. The opening weekend will include blessings made by various cultures, a community pilgrimage from Corona Plaza — which the museum helped recreate — When: Nov. 9 and 10, noon to 6 p.m. and folkloric dance groups and bands. Where: Queens Museum, “We really want to celebrate what Flushing Meadows Corona Park makes this borough and this museum near the Unisphere so unique and we wanted to do Tickets: $8 suggested donation for adults, something big which led to the idea $4 for seniors, children and students of a month-long celebration so that (718) 592-9700 the public can be reintroduced to the

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Ice Jewelry: where the owners can relate to their clients

SENIOR ACTIVITIES The CCNS Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horrace Harding Expy., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kosher/ nonkosher lunch, 11:30 a.m. $2. Bingo 3 times a week. Adults 60+. Contact (718) 225-1144. Wednesday Night Singles Group, SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 nonmembers. Middle Village Adult Center, 69-10 75 St., offers: computer training classes, all levels, beginners to advanced, including: 21st Century Technology, teaching use of iPods, smartphones, e-readers, tablet computers, and other latest gadgets; and Microsoft Excel (separate class); fitness classes in Zumba, aerobics, line dancing, chair and mat yoga, tai chi, lower-body toning, sit and be fit; recreational activities (daily bingo, singing, watercolor painting, bus trips, daily meals and more). Call Hindy at (718) 894-3441 or visit the Center.

Ice Jewelry Buying Service is located on Queens Boulevard in Rego Park. they treat everything like it’s a one-shot deal and we don’t do that,” Elias said. Chronicle Contributor In addition to buying gold, silver, diamonds, watches Recently, a woman and her boyfriend went into and coins, Ice Jewelry Buying also offers instant cash an unassuming gold buying and cash loan shop on loans for jewelry and eBay selling services. Queens Boulevard. She had a $35 offer on her ring Their cash loans program is straightforward and from another area shop, but was looking to get a simple. “It’s a perfect solution for someone who better deal. In what may be viewed as poor business has a bill due and a check on the way,” Goldberg acumen, she told her new prospective buyer what said. “But we make sure they have a game plan to her previous offer was. Still, after examining her buy their jewelry back before the end of the term. piece, he 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 cash For those who are less Internet-savvy or just don’t in today’s economy is something that Arthur Elias have the time, Ice Jewelry Buying offers a convenient and Edward Goldberg can relate to firsthand, eBay sales service. If what a customer has isn’t an having been laid off from their jobs in jewelry item that Ice Jewelry Buying would purchase, like manufacturing. They understand that people get a handbag or antique furniture, they can help find into situations where they just need a little cash fast a buyer on their eBay store. Elias consults with the to make the bills and Ice Jewelry Buying Service customer to find a target price hopes to help out in the most and let the Internet auctioneers honest way they can. STORE HOURS handle the rest. MON.-FRI. 11am - 7pm “For this, I like to think we’re SAT. 10am - 6pm For anyone who has ever doing the community a service,” SUN. by Appointment dealt with the hassle of selling Elias said. “We’re in the business of helping people who are in a tough and shipping an item on eBay — all the forms involved in setting spot. They can come to our store up a user and paypal account, the 10-15 percent fee and know that we can educate them on what they that Ice Jewelry Buying charges to do all the work is have and we’ll give them what their items are worth. really a bargain deal. When that woman told me her previous offer, it made “At the end of the day, I just want people to feel me wonder how many times this happens — how comfortable doing business with us. People have many people who really need that money get taken this conception of gold buying stores as these slimy advantage of?” places with slimy people, and they’re typically right. Elias opened his Rego Park shop with Goldberg But we want to be different. I don’t think it’s cool to in 2009, and already they’re seeing a lot of repeat see someone buy a ring for $200 and put it in their customers and referrals. This is a sign to them that counter for $800. We don’t do that.” they’re doing something right — the pawn business Ice Jewelr y Buying Ser vice is located at typically deals in one-time transactions but Elias is 98-30 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park. Hours of operation determined to break that mold, building a reputation are Monday-Friday from 11 am to 7:00 pm and on trust. Sat urday 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday – pri vate “Everyone around here is buying gold these days; appoinments are available. Call for more information you can go into the barber shop down the road and Q (718) 830-0030. sell your jewelry. The problem with all these places is

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The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., hour-long classes: jewelry making, Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Richard Simmons exercise, Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30; Eldercise, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; massage therapy, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; manicures, Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.; yoga, Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Movies every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1:15 p.m. MetroCard van, 4th Thursday of month. Monthly bus trips to Yonkers. Call Karen (718) 456-2000. Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 20811 26 Ave., Bayside, activities include: Qi Gong, Mondays at 10:45 a.m.; Dance Aerobics, Mondays at 10 a.m. & Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; Wii time, Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; Music with Dee, Mondays at 1 p.m.; beginner’s drawing, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; aerobics, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.; drawing and painting, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; yoga, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; bingo, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; tai chi, Wednesdays at 2 p.m.; dance fitness Fridays at 10:45 a.m.; health education class, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; fire prevention exercises, Wednesdays at 11 a.m.; mahjong/canasta, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; stay well exercises, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; Music, Dance & Fitness, Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Scrabble, Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; Sculpture, Fridays at 1 p.m; current events, card playing and more. Call (718) 224-7888.

SUPPORT GROUPS Free Social Anxiety Support & Treatment Program for Queens Residents, thru Monday, Dec. 16, Queens College Psychological Center, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Call for appointment. Contact: Yvette Caro,, (718) 570-0500, Pomonok Senior Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Peer Support Group every Wednesday at 1 p.m.

For more information call (718) 591-3377, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Bereavement groups for loss of a spouse, facilitated by a licensed social worker. Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. Call Pamela Leff: (718) 268-5011, ext. 621. Narcotics Anonymous Drug problem? Call Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit Meetings held seven days a week. Al-anon meets every Sunday at noon at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center basement, 85-18 61 Road, Rego Park. Free caregiver support groups at Queens Community House, Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. Call (718) 226-5960, ext. 226. Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, 92-47 165 St., details its safety program about rent, Medicaid and food stamps. Call for an appointment at (718) 657-6500. Free. Gam-Anon is a 12-step program for families of someone with a gambling problem. Call hot line (212) 606-8177. The Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center, 12310 143 St., South Ozone Park, offers service programs Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch is at noon with a suggested donation of $1.50. Exercise programs include: tai chi stretch, dance groups, choral group, ceramics, camera class, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. Call (718) 657-6752. The Lupus Alliance of Long Island and Queens meets once a month on Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., Flushing. Register/information: (516) 802-3142. A fee of $10 per person for members and $15 for nonmembers includes a light breakfast, handouts and lunch. Call (516) 826-2058. Try a NEW way OUT of FAT with Overeaters Anonymous, Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Rego Park Library, 91-41 63 Dr. Emotions Anonymous, an emotional support group, will be held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Victoria Congregational Church, 148th St. and 87th Avenue, Briarwood. Call (718) 938-8869 or (917) 312-7150. Problem with cocaine or other mind-altering substances? For local Cocaine Anonymous meetings, call (212) COCAINE (262-2463). Co-Dependents Anonymous (women only) meetings are held every Friday from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, Fr. Freely Hall, 85-18 61 Rd., Rego Park. A free 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.

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Elizabeth Bell, Liv Nicole and particularly Tanya Fiebert stand out as three of the sorority sisters. Gene Ferrari is appropriately stuffy as the law professor with ulterior motives. Chris tian Barnes ha s the look and stiffness required for Warner. Dena Cinque a s his new girlfr iend, Vivienne, sing s in a clear, strong voice. Britain Gebhardt, as a fitness guru with a dark secret, leads a s weat-induc ing “ W hipp e d into Shape” routine. Several cameo per formances are among the most memorable: Nelson Rocha as a gay pool boy; Clarence Ilanan as his flamboyant other half; and Erik Neilssen as a UPS delivery man with a penchant for Irish dancing. Not to be overlooked are two performers with a combined eight legs, Nugget and Tucker Shakes, as a pair of vastly different pooches. The show’s energy and humor reach their combined pinnacle during “Bend and Snap,” a highlight that comes in the middle of the show’s second half. It’s followed by another peak moment, a big production number called “There!

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5225 Grand Realty LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/6/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 39-25 61 st #770081, Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: General.

BP ALLIANCE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 07/18/2007. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 179-50 Selover Rd, Jamaica, NY 11434. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 84-03 149th AVENUE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/16/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 157-18 88th Street, Howard Beach, New York 11414. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Cohen Fashion Optical Store No. 6, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/11/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Susan Goldberg, c/o Cohen’s Fashion Optical, 100 Quentin Roosevelt Blvd., Ste. 400, Garden City, NY 11530. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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

DAB Capital Group LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/30/12. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 102-10 Metropolitan Ave., Ste. 2000, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General.

Notice of Formation of EVERCLEAR LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/11/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1040 45th Avenue, Ste. 3G, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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

Notice of Formation of Denton Farm LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/29/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Ganfer & Shore, LLP, 360 Lexington Ave., 14th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: EXTEND INDUSTRY U.S. LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/09/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 136-20 38TH AVE #3G, FLUSHING, NY 11354. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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120-06 135 Ave. FINAL GARAGE SALE OF THE YEAR! EVERYTHING MUST GO! Tons of electronics, house items, gifts, clothing & more! Howard Beach, Sat 11/9 & Sun 11/10, 9-4, 85-10 157 Ave. Rain Woodhaven, Fri 11/8 & Sat 11/9, or shine. INDOOR ESTATE SALE! 9:30, 87-69 & 87-84 96 St. FINAL Contents of entire home! SALE! Lamp & telephone table combo, records, CDs, books, clothing, Christmas items & many bargains. Responsible, honest, reliable cleaning lady. I will clean your apt or house. I have exp. Call anytime, 718-460-6779 Ozone Park, Sat 11/9, 10-4, 137-19 96 Place. Pet items, vintage jewelry, clothing & miscellaneous items. HAS YOUR BUILDING SHIFTED Classified Ad Special OR SETTLED? Contact Woodford Brothers Inc, for straightening, Pay for 3 weeks and the leveling, foundation and wood 4th week is FREE! frame repairs at 1-800-OLDCall 718-205-8000 BARN. “Not applicable in Queens county” Our Classifieds Reach Over Call 718-205-8000 400,000 Readers. Call 718-2058000 to advertise. to place your classified ad NOW!

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

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


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

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



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The surprising Jets by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

The Jets enter their bye week, which is just a shade over the halfway mark of their NFL season, with a 5-4 record. They are certainly not an elite NFL team, as their 49-9 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals two weeks ago proved, but they have also shown resiliency by beating the NFL perennial powerhouse New Orleans Saints 26-20 last week. And that score did not even reflect how dominant the Jets were in that game. If you had told most Jets fans during the preseason that their team would be 5-4 in early November they probably would have hugged you while crying tears of joy. The conventional wisdom was that Jets head coach Rex Ryan was sure to be fired by new general manager John Idzik at the end of the season. As much as Jets fans had come to loathe QB Mark Sanchez over the last two years, the feeling was that the team would be lucky to win two games once it was learned that he would miss the entire 2013 season with a shoulder injury. It was asking a lot to expect rookie quarterback Geno Smith to win NFL games right out of the starting gate. Barring a complete second-half collapse by Gang Green, it would now seem very likely that Ryan will get a contract extension from Idzik, who is well aware that team

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Mint AAA Colonial, Legal 2 Family being used as 1, 4 BRs possibly 5, 2.5 Baths, New Kit, LR w/Parquet Fl, New Baths, Top Fl has Master Suite, Full Fin Bsmnt w/OSE, New Appl, Must See! Asking $580K


HOWARD BEACH/ HAMILTON BEACH Beautiful Mint Colonial, 3 BRs, 2.5 Baths, 2005 New Construction, 1st Fl all ceramic tiles, Granite Counters, Lots of cabinets, New H/W Heater/Boiler, All New Appl, Wood Fls. 2nd Fl Oversized Master BR w/Cathedral Ceilings & Full Master BR, 2 more large BRs, House equipped w/ Sprinklers. Asking $420K


Pristine (One of a kind) Custom Center Hall HOWARD BEACH/ Colonial, Wrought iron curved staircase, ROCKWOOD PARK 3/4 BRs, 3½ Baths, Det 2½ Car Gar, Pella Mint colonial, 3/4 BRs, 2.5 Baths, Master BR w/bed sized closet, was windows, Fab island kit, Cherry wood 4 BRs, All updated, 5 y/o kit, New cabinets, Viking stove, Family Rm w/remote roof, New stove & New flr. Fireplace, gas fireplace, Crown moldings thruout, Wine Skylights, Granite counter, New cellar, Hi-end Spa bath, Cathedral ceilings, concrete, IGP, Pavers in back, Pvt dr for 2 cars, 1 car garage. $679K Motorized Chandelier & much more!

HOWARD BEACH/ HAMILTON BEACH Beautiful 2 Family Home, 6/6, 2 Baths per flr, Full HOWARD BEACH/ fin bsmnt w/ ROCKWOOD PARK sep ent, Kit Corner all brick ranch with incl S/S Appl side yard, 3 BRs, 1 Bath, Full and Granite unfinished bsmnt, New boiler & hot water heater, Pvt dvwy. House Countertop, Fire sprinklers and Alarm. Asking $589K needs updating. Asking $498K

HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK Large Empire Style Hi-Ranch, 27x55 on 41x100 lot, 4/5 BRs, 3 Full Baths, New Boiler, Hot water heater, New CAC. Asking $639K



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Large Hi-Ranch, Amazing Location! 55x100 irregular lot, 4 BRs, 3 Full Baths, Hardwood Flrs under rugs. $659K


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HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK Charming cape on 50x100, 4 BRs, 2 Full baths, Full Bsmnt, Brand New IGP, CAC, Upgraded thruout. Only $575K






Mint Stucco (Built in 2006) Colonial. Colonial, - 4 BRs, 2.5 Baths, All OZONE PARK All updated 4 BRs, 3 Full Baths, MBR updated, EXCLUSIVE (Douglaston JAMAICA Cozy 1 Family, 3 BRs, LR, DR Det Corner 1 Family Colonial, 2 w/Balcony, Oversized bath w/Sep Manor Location), Steps to and Lg EIK, Semi Furnished BRs, 1 Bath, Pvt Dvwy, 1 Car Gar, Bath & Jacuzzi, All new appl, Radient Memorial Field. Asking 1.099 mil. Bsmnt, Driveway. Asking $319K Needs TLC. Asking $299K floors, Full fin bsmnt. $779K NEW EW LISTING YS ! CT 3 DA A T T C R A R AC NT ON T TR CO IN C ON IN C D IN SOL


Beautiful 5 BR Home, 2 Full Baths, Full Fin Bsmnt w/Sep Ent, Deck off 1st Fl, New Appl, 2 Car Gar. $679K

• Extra Large L-Shaped Studio, Updated, 2 to choose from! $72K • Mint 1 BR Hi-Rise ......... $93K HOWARD BEACH/ • Mint XL 1 BR, EIK ........$115K HOWARD BEACH/ HOWARD BEACH/ OLD SIDE • Mint 1 BR Garden, New Kit & ROCKWOOD PARK ROCKWOOD PARK Rare find, charming colonial Bath, 1st Fl, Low maint, Dogs Cape with 4 BRs & 2 Full Baths, Det Mint Hi-Ranch, 3/4 BRs, New Kit, on 80x100, needs TLC, Empty 1 Car Gar, IGP, Full Fin Bsmnt w/ 2 New Full Baths, Crown Molding, 40x100 lot adjacent to the house, Allowed..... REDUCED! $128K • Hi-Rise 2 BR 2 Bath, Move in Wet Bar, New Full Bath, ALL NEW! New Roof, Skylights, Pvt Dvwy, R3-1 Zoning, Can build Two New Cond, Simply Mint! $719K Condition .................... $149K 1 Family or 2 Family Homes. $559K • Hi-Rise 2 BR/2 Baths with Terrace ........................$159K • Mint 2 BR Garden co-op, Parking Available.........$179K REDUCED




Mint AAA 3 Level Split, 3 Brs, 2 Baths, Mint Raised Ranch on 40x100, Porceline tiled fls in LR, Radiant heat, 3 BRs, 1 Bath, New H/W Fls, H/W Fls, Den, Custom S/S & Glass New CAC, Full Bsmnt, 1 Car Gar. Railings, Beautiful yard w/3-ft IGP, Asking $499K Pavers, Security Cameras. Asking $719K


• "Elite Condo" - 1st Floor, Spacious 2 BRs, 2 Baths, Low common charges, Modern Kitchen and baths, Pets welcome!..............$290K NEW LISTING


HOWARD BEACH/ HOWARD BEACH/ OLD HOWARD BEACH OLD SIDE OLD SIDE Large 2 Family on great High Ranch on 41x110, 2/3 BRs, block, 6 BRs, 2 Full Baths, Full Basement, Private Driveway. $589K

Mint AAA, 4 BR Colonial, 2 Full 1 Bath, Great location! Can be Baths, Fin Bsmnt, New Kit w/SS converted to colonial, Huge attic. Appl, Porcelain Flrs, Cemented Great price! $499K Bkyard w/multi car dvwy. $599K

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Magnificent custom 5 BR, 3.5 Baths, All 2004, 3/4 BRs, All new kit with S/S Brick Wideline Cape, 50x100, Appl, stucco, Custom Mediterranean home, 10 foot All new brick/stucco/windows/ ceilings, 1st & 2nd fls. Radiant heat on all 3 fls, 5 BRs, 2.5 Baths, New Roof/ kitchen/baths/pavers front and back, 3 Romeo & Juliette Balconies, Full fin bsmnt, New roof, New gas boiler, CAC 200 w/home movie theater, Wine rm, Sitting area & Front Porch/Stairs, Brand new fin bsmnt, Lots of upgrades, Amp, Solid wood doors upstairs & full bath, Sep ent, 1 car gar, 2 pvt dvwys, 8 ft French round doors, I/G heated saltwater pool. Manicured Yard. Asking $589K polished porcelin tiles. Asking $685K




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